Saturday, March 12, 2016

Grilled Mushrooms and Vegetables




This is my family's favorite dish.I made 2-3 times by now.First time,I made only with mushrooms and later with vegetables.The very simple ingredients make the dish very delicious.I bought the poultry blend ,so it had both the herbs of thyme and rosemary.


Ingredients
Mushrooms-10-12 nos
Bell peppers-1
Broccoli-1
Fresh Rosemary-2-3 stems
Thymes-4-5 stems
Olive oil-1/4 cup
Garlic-4-5 cloves
Red chilli flakes-1 
Any cheese-1/4 cup
Salt-1/2 tsp


Method



1.Chop garlic finely and mix with olive oil
2.Removes the leaves of rosemary and thyme
3.Add the leaves ,Red chilli flakes,salt to the olive oil
4.Wash the mushrooms and chop vegetables to lengthy size


5.Marinate the vegetables and mushrooms with the seasoning of olive oil mix for at least one hour
6.Heat a pan ,add the mushrooms & vegetables and toss for a minute,move the pan to preheated oven for 400*F/220*C.
7.Grill them for 8-10 minutes.


8.Sprinkle the grated cheese, and place the pan in oven for two minutes
9.Add the mushrooms to serving plate, along with the left out juice.
Serve with a dip or sourcream(optional)
I mixed achar/pickle with curd 




Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Eggless Banana Bread




          Happy woman's day! How come this year is being more special with so many messages like never before.But still I could only think of all my best friends who gone through-ed a lot ,who happened to be bold,gorgeous and much better than me.I am sure i am truly inspired by them.I should thank all my close friends for being so nice to me and patience for all my silly blah-blahs.Woman has a great strength in multi tasking,creativity,loving and what not! To me ,only woman can be the best soulmates and can understand way beyond the facts and reality.Over the years,the crime against women is increased and there is no justice to rape victims as we can see they convicted and still walk freely.In competitive human race ,the ethics and lethality are missing ,so do the respect for woman.Woman are much more than in the posters that used to stare for hours.Woman power is way beyond physical beauty.Men should treat a woman like how his daughter has to be treated by others in future.Even if there is none,he still needs a woman to be born again in this world.So,do something good and get the same back.Preach the sons the same about the woman.I wish every woman is safe and peaceful in this world as the forwards speaks so.

The bread recipe is almost vegan,since there is no egg or milk products.


Ingredients
All purpose flour-1+1/2 cup
Baking powder-1 tsp
Baking soda-1/2 tsp
Oil/melted butter-2/3 cup
Banana-2(long size)
Regular Sugar or Brown sugar  -1/2 cup
Vanilla essence-1 tsp



Method
1.Sieve the flour,baking powder and baking soda for couple of times.
2.Smash the bananas ,oil/butter,mix with sugar and vanilla essence.
3.Incorporate the flour and wet mix slowly and add the chopped walnuts.
4.Grease the bread pan with oil and dust  with flour.Pour the batter into it.
5.Bake them in a preheated oven at 300*F/170*C for 30-35 minutes.




Thursday, February 11, 2016

Paneer Kofta Curry






I make this curry quit often for last two years.If anything is worthy , I like spending my entire day in kitchen.I am bit slow in progress,but absolutely worth the end results.The kofta curry is long process ,we have to saute,cool it down to grind and again cook it.Its not everyday cooking recipe to try. I tried many recipes that turned mediocre in taste even though with lots of ingredients.But this one is good enough to share it.


Ingredients
Courtesy:Madhurasrecipe 
For Kofta
Paneer-1+1/2 cup,grated
Boiled Potato-1/2 cup,smashed
Green chillies-1/2 tsp,sliced
Ginger-1/2 tsp,chopped
Coriander powder-1/2 tsp
Salt ,Corainder leaves to taste
Cashewnuts-1/2 cup
Cornflour-2 tsp
Oil to fry the koftas

For Curry
Onions-2
Tomato-2
Cashew-3 tbsps,soaked
Oil-2 tbsps
Red chilli powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder-1/2 tsp
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
Sugar-1 tsp
Green chilly-1
Fresh cream-1/4 cup


Method

1.Mix all the ingredients for kofta and make them into balls.


2.Use appe pan,add some oil and fry all the koftas until it turns brown on all sides
Or just deep fry them.


3.For Curry,add the oil into the pan and saute onions for couple of minutes.
4.Allow it to cool and grind it with tomato,green chilly and cashews to a fine paste.
5.Add the paste back to the pan,cook it back with closed lid for ten minutes(it splashes).
6.Add remaining ingredients of salt,red chilli powder,garam masala and cumin powder.
7.Add some water to loosen the curry.
8.Add the koftas and cook it for a minute and off the heat.
9.Add the cream at the end and serve hot.






Friday, February 05, 2016

Mint Paratha





Ingredients
Atta/Wheat flour-1 cup
Mint-12-15
Green chillies-1-2
Cumin-1 tsp
Ginger-1" inch
Salt to taste
Water -as needed
Oil as needed



Method

1.To make mint paste,Grind Green chillies,mint,cumin and water.
2.Mix the atta/wheat flour,salt and mint paste
3.Add little water and make a soft dough
4.Knead the dough for five to seven minutes and rest it for 15 minutes 
5.Roll the dough into thin roti/chappathi with dusting some flour
6.Cook in hot tawa /iron griddle both the sides 
7.Apply oil or ghee as serve hot






Monday, February 01, 2016

Omapodi /Sev



The best reason to avoid buying snacks from outside is making it at home.Why there is need to fetch the silly snack packets ,if it is homemade and healthy.But many people are fond of buying it than making it at home.May be kids are resisting to eat them or those variety of available snacks are magically more convenient.At least we have to make these once in a while to get ride of those snacks.

Ingredients
Besan flour-1 cup
Rice flour-1/2 cup
Hing-1/2 tsp
Ajwain/Omam-1 tsp
Red chilli powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Salt-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-9-10



Method
1.Dry Roast omam/ajwain for 2-3 minutes in a hot pan
2.Add it to mixer along with hing,red chilli and turmeric powder
3.Grind them into fine powder
4.To make a soft dough,add besan and rice flour to a bowl,add the powder,salt and turmeric powder
5.Add water and make a soft dough
6.Heat 3/4 cup of oil for medium hot
7.Add the dough to sevai nazhi or murukku press with same hole which is used for idiyappam
8.When the oil is hot enough,press the sev in circular manner until it fills the oil space 
9.Turn the sev/omapodi and fry other side.Remove it from oil when sizzling stops
10.Fry curry leaves directly in oil and add it to omapodi
11.While serving ,crush the circular omapodi and curry leaves.So it will be very flavorful.


Notes
1.Make sure omam/ajwain is finely powdered,otherwise the dough will be blocked while pressing it.
2.Instead of besan flour ,you can also use chickpea flour 
3.Another way of using ajwain worked better for omapodi.Soak ajwain in water for overnight ,grind and strain the water.Use the water to make the dough.It also gives more strong flavor 





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