Thursday, April 30, 2015

Punjabi Style Chole Masala

Today let us see how to make this Punjabi style chole masala. It is a traditional north Indian dish. Chole masala is a blending of equal proportion of spices to the fresh chick peas. It is quite spicy too so watch out before giving to kids.
Nutritional facts:
One cup of cooked chickpeas contains 269 calories, 45 grams of carbohydrate, 15 grams of protein, 13 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of fat and 0 grams of cholesterol. Additionally chick peas contains vitamin K, folate, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Choline, selenium.
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serving: 4 members

For masala paste:
Big Tomatoes – 2
Garlic pods – 5
Ginger – 1 inch piece
Dry red chili – 6
Coriander seeds – 2 tsp
Other ingredients:
Oil – 1 tbsp
Green chili – 1, slit
Boiled chick peas/ channa – 1 cup
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Cilantro to garnish

1. Add tomatoes, garlic, ginger, dry red chilies, and coriander seeds into a blender and blend it into a smooth paste without adding water.
2. Heat oil in pan, Add the ground paste and fry till the raw smell disappears and oil leaves the sides of the masala. It will take about 8 – 9 mins.
3. Add the green chili and enough amount of water, cook for about 5 mins.
4. Now add the boiled chickpeas/channa and give a good mix. Let them cook for about 15 mins on a low flame.
5. Now add the garam masala, salt and cook for 2- 3 mins. Switch of the flame and garnish with cilantro.

6. Spicy and delicious chole masala is ready.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Steamed Vegetable Momos

Momo is one of the popular foods in Nepal. Momos are easy to cook and they are undoubtedly a low calorie snack. They can be either steamed or fried with a meat or vegetable filling. They are generally served with a red chili sauce. Today I am going to give you the recipe of steamed vegetable momos.
Prep time: 50 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins

For Momo
All purpose flour – 1 cup
Salt to taste
Oil – 1 tsp
For Filling
Oil – 1 tbsp
Onion – 1, finely chopped
Garlic – 2 pods, finely chopped
Carrot – 2, finely chopped
Cabbage – 1 cup, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Pepper – ½ tsp
Soy sauce – 1 tsp

1. In a bowl mix all purpose flour, salt, oil. Add water in parts and knead a firm dough. Cover the dough and keep aside for 30 minutes.
2. Heat oil in a skillet, Saute garlic for 1 min. Add onions and saute for 2-3 mins.
3. Add all the vegetables and fry them on high heat for 6 mins. Add salt, pepper and soy sauce to it, continue to fry on high heat till the vegetables are cooked.
4. The vegetable stuffing is ready. Let it cool for some time.
5. Dive the dough in to equal portions of balls. Roll it in to a small thin disc. Place the vegetable filling in the center.
6. Bring the sides of the disc together to the center, pinching firmly together to form a momo shape.
7. Steam it in a steamer for about 10 mins. Delicious vegetable momos are ready..

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Caramel Carrot cake

Today I am going to post the recipe of delicious carrot cake. Yesterday I and my husband celebrated our 1 year engagement anniversary and today my sister gave birth to a boy baby, as a double treat I baked this carrot cake and enjoyed each delicious piece. Carrot cake is very simple to prepare and also we can feed carrot to kids in an easy way. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B8, potassium, iron, copper and manganese.
Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 40mins
Total time: 1 hour and 5 mins

Eggs – 2
Sugar – 1 cup + 5 tbsp
All purpose flour – 1 cup + 1 tbsp
Baking soda – ½ tsp
Baking powder – ½ tsp
Butter/Ghee – ¼ cup
Oil – ¼ cup
Grated Carrots- 1 cup
Cinnamon powder – ½ tsp
Nutmeg powder – ½ tsp
Caramel syrup – 2 tbsp
Almonds and cashews – few, coarsely powdered
Butter – to grease

1. For preparing caramel syrup, Heat 5 tbsp of sugar. Once it turns brown and watery, remove from the gas and allow it to cool.
2. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda and keep it aside. In another bowl beat the eggs well.
3. Add sugar to the beaten eggs and beat again. Add the four mix little by little to the egg, sugar mixture and keep on beating till the whole flour is added to the egg, sugar mixture.
4. Add oil, butter/ghee and give a good mix. Now slowly add the carrots, cinnamon and nutmeg, mix them well.
5. Add the coarsely powdered almonds and cashews to the mixture. At last add the caramel syrup and give a good mix.
6. Pre heat the oven to 180 degree, 10 minutes before baking. Transfer the mixture to the butter greased baking tray.
7. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 -40 mins. Delicious caramel carrot cake is ready.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Egg

Capsicum egg is a healthy side dish which goes excellent with rice and roti. Capsicum is the common name referred by Asians and Australians. In Us and Canada they are called as Bell pepper. Capsicum is very good for health. Capsicums have very high content of vitamin A, C and E. It also has almost the whole range of vitamin B complex. It also has many medicinal values. In this Capsicum egg, I used spices but you can also avoid spice, which can be served to kids.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time:  15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serving: 3 members:

Oil – 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Curry leaves – 1 spring
Onion – 1, chopped
Green chilies – 2 slit
Capsicum - 1, chopped
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Eggs – 4
Salt to taste

1 Beat the eggs and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet, Temper with cumin seeds and curry leaves.
3. Saute onion and green chilies, till onion turns translucent. Add capsicum and allow to cook.
4. Add chili powder, salt and fry for 2 mins. Now add the beaten eggs and scramble it well.
5. Stir continuously till the egg is well cooked and dried up. Healthy Capsicum egg is ready.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ulundu Vadai

Ulunda vadai is a popular South Indian fried snack. It is traditionally prepared during festival seasons and weddings. Weight watchers can enjoy baked version of ulunda vadai.
Prep time: 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 2 hrs 35 mins

Urad dal – 2 cup
Green chilies – 5, chopped
Shallots – 15-20, chopped
Ginger – 1 inch piece, chopped
Curry leaves – few
Cilantro – few
Salt to taste
Asafoetida – ¼ tsp

1. Soak urad dal for about 2 hrs. Drain the water and grind without adding too much of water.
2. Add Green chilies, shallots, ginger, curry leaves, cilantro, asafetida and salt. Give a good mix.
3. Wet your hands and take a medium ball sized batter and pat slightly, make a hole in the center.
4. Heat oil in the pan. When the oil becomes very hot, place the vadas in oil and fry till it turns golden brown on both sides.
5. Enjoy hot and crispy vadas.
1. If you add more water during grinding, Vadas will drink more oil.
2. If the oil is not very hot vadas will drink more oil.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Egg Cutlet

Egg cutlet, a delicious Indian snack prepared by wrapping the hard boiled eggs with potatoes. These yummy cutlets are so easy to prepare and it is an excellent evening snack.
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 45 mins

Egg – 1, hard boiled
Potatoes – 2, boiled and mashed
Green chili – 1
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Cilantro to garnish
Bread crumbs – ½ cup

1. Add green chili, cilantro, salt and all the spices to the mashed potatoes. Give a good mix.
2. Slice the hard boiled eggs vertically into four pieces. Wrap the egg piece with potato mix.
3. Roll the cutlet over bread crumbs on all sides.
4. Heat the skillet, place the cutlet and cook until it turns golden brown on both sides.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kerala style baked fish

This is a simple kerala style baked fish. It is also known as Meen polichathu in kerala. It is one of the lighter way to cook fish which makes a healthy dinner for a family. This is mostly baked in oven by wrapping the fish with a banana leaf. Since it is tough to find banana leaf in my area, I used silver foil for baking.
Prep time: 25 mins:
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hour and 5 mins

For Marinating:
Tilapia fish fillets – 2
Red chili powder – 2 tsp
Garlic powder – ½ tsp
Pepper powder – ½ tsp
Salt to taste
For Sauce:
Oil – 1 tbsp
Onion – 1 chopped
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Green chilies – 3, slit
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Tomato – 1, chopped
Salt to taste
Lime juice – 1 tsp
Cilantro to garnish

1. Marinate the fish with all the spice powders and salt. Refrigerate it at least for 1 hour.
2. Heat oil in a skillet, saute onion till it turns golden brown. Add green chilies, ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes off.
3. Add all the spice powders, salt and tomato, saute till it turns mushy. At last add lime juice and cilantro.
4. Heat the oven to 400 F. Place the silver foil on the tray and grease it. Place some of the cooked sauce in center of the foil. Place the fish on the top and spread some more sauce over the fish.
5. Tightly cover the fish with the foil and seal the edges so it can be formed as packed parcel.
6. Place the tray in oven and bake it for about 40 minutes. Now the juicy baked fish is ready for serving.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Parupu vadai

Festival days are not fulfilled without special dishes. Parupu vadai is a most popular south Indian snack that are mostly enjoyed during the festival days. It is very easy to prepare and no difficulty in making the shapes. You don’t need any special ingredients to prepare this vadai.
Prep time: 2 hours and 30 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 2 hours and 50 mins

Chana dal – 2 cups
Green chilies – 5
Fennel seeds – 2 tsp
Garlic – 1
Ginger – 1 inch piece
Shallots – 15 – 20
Cilantro- few
Curry leaves – 1 spring
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

1. Soak chana dal for about 2 hrs. Drain the water completely and coarse grind with green chilies, fennel seeds, ginger and garlic using very little amount of water.
2. Transfer the grounded coarse paste to a bowl and add shallots, cilantro, curry leaves and salt.
3. Heat Oil in a heavy bottomed vessel.  When oil is hot, shape the coarse paste into a vadai and drop it in the oil.
4. Deep fry it till it becomes golden brown on both sides. Spicy and crispy parupu vadai is ready.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Poori Chaat

Poori chaat is a kid’s favorite recipe and it can be easily prepared in home. It can be served as evening snack. It is a popular street food snack in Mumbai.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins

Oil – 2 tsp
Onion – 1, chopped
Green chilies – 2, slit
Ginger – 1 inch piece, chopped
Garlic – 2 cloves, chopped
Tomato – 1, chopped
Boiled white chickpeas (Chana) – 1 cup
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Chaat masala- ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Cilantro to garnish
Poori – 10 pieces

1. Heat oil in a skillet, saute  onions, green chilies, ginger and garlic for 5 mins.
2. Add tomatoes and all the masala powders, salt,  saute till it turns mushy. Add boiled chana and give a good mix.
3. At last while serving crush the pooris and add to the top. Garish with cilantro.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pepper Chicken

Pepper chicken is one of the most spiciest and aromatic side dish. Black peppercorn is the main ingredient which gives spiciness and hot taste to the chicken. Pepper chicken also tastes good for cold, the hot taste of pepper will be comfortable during cold and fever. It goes well with rice and roti’s.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serving: 4 members

Oil – 2 tbsp
Onion – 2, chopped
Curry leaves – 1 spring
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Green chilies – 4
Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 2 tsp
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Chicken – 500 gms
Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Cilantro to garnish

1. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet, cook onion and curry leaves till it turns golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste and green chilies and fry till the raw smell goes off.
2. Add all the spice powders and fry for 2 minutes. Add chicken, salt and cook until it becomes tender.
3. At last add the pepper powder and give a good mix. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot..

Monday, April 6, 2015

French Toast

French toast is one of the great breakfast dishes.  It is sweet and healthy way to start your day. Try these sweet version of French toast and enjoy it.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 15 mins

Bread slices – 10
Egg – 1
Milk – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 1 tbsp

1. Beat egg, milk, sugar in a shallow bowl. Dip bread in egg mixture, turn to coat both sides evenly.
2. Cook on a butter greased non-stick skillet until browned on both sides

Crunchy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

These homemade chicken nuggets are healthier than the restaurant version.  The spices and the breadcrumbs lift the taste of the chicken and it can be easily prepared.
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 25 min
Total time: 45 min

Paprika – 1 tsp
Cayenne pepper – ½ tsp
Oregano – ½ tsp
Garlic powder – ½ tsp
Pepper powder – ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Chicken breast pieces - 3
Egg – 1, whisked
Bread crumbs – 1/2 cup
Parmesan cheese – ¼ cup

1. Cut the chicken pieces into small bites. Marinate them with the first six ingredients. Let it sit for 15 mins in room temperature.
2. In a bowl mix the breadcrumbs and cheese. Dip the marinated chicken pieces into the whisked egg and then coat with the mixture of breadcrumbs and cheese.
3. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Grease the tray with butter and place the chicken pieces.
4. Cook for about 25 min, Flip aside in the halfway through. Crunchy homemade chicken nuggets are ready now.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ghee Mysore Pa

This is the easy way to do soft ghee Mysore pa at home. Mysore pa is a very popular south Indian sweet. It is very soft, delicious and I am sure that kids will love this.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 50 mins

Water – 1 cup
Sugar – 1 ½ cup
Gram flour / kadalai maavu – ½ cup
Ghee – 1 cup

1. To get smooth gram flour, sieve it without any lumps. Heat 1 cup water in a heavy bottomed vessel and add sugar to it.
2. Stir continuously till the sugar syrup get a single thread consistency. Keep the flame medium, add gram flour slowly and give a continuous stir so that the flour will be mixed with sugar syrup.
3. Once the gram flour is completely mixed with sugar syrup, add 4 tbsp of ghee at first. Stir continuously till the ghee is fully absorbed by the gram flour mixture.
4. Add the next 4 tbsp and follow the same process mentioned above. Continue the process till all the ghee is finished.
5. After some time the mixture gets thicken and leave the sides of the pan. Remove the mixture from flame and spread it in a greased tray evenly.

6.  When they starts to cool down, Cut the Mysore pa mixture into your desired shape. Now the delicious Mysore pa is ready.