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Archive for October, 2009

Ingredients:
Onion-1
Potato-2 small
Tomato-1
Methi leaves- 2 bunch
Cumin seeds- 1 tea spoon
Turmeric powder-1 tea spoon
Red chilli powder-1 tea spoon
Corriander powder-1 tea spoon
Garam masala- a pinch
Water
Salt
Oil-3 table spoon
Method:
1.Pressure cook the potatoes and set aside to cool. Once cool, peel the skin and dice them roughly.
2.Cut onions and tomatoes.
3.Heat oil in a pan, splutter cumin seeds and fry onions until light brown.
4.Add tomatoes and fry until pulpy. Then add the diced potatoes and methi leaves.
5.Add turmeric powder, corriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala and also little water and let it soak up the veggies.
6.Stir it every 5-7 minutes and once the raw smell of the masalas give away and when the water in the pan thickens to form a gravy like consistency. switch off stove and serve the aloo methi subzi with hot rotis.

aloo methiServes:3

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Ingredients:

Baby carrots-30 nos

Celery-2 sticks

Onion-1/2

Garlic-3 flakes

Ginger-a small piece

Cream-4 table spoon

Cumin powder-1 tea spoon

Olive oil-2 table spoon

Salt

Pepper

Water

Method:

1.Peel the skin of carrots and dice them. Dice celery.Pressure cook carrots and celery giving 2 whistles.Set aside to cool, once cooked.

2.Once cool, blend them to form a smooth puree.

3.Heat oil in a sauce pan. Grate garlic and ginger ands finely chop the onion.

4.Fry the ginger and garlic in the heated oil and then add the chopped onions and fry until light brown.

5.Pour the carrot celery puree and sprinkle salt, cumin powder and pepper and give it a slight boil.

6.Add water if necessary to get a desired soup like consistency.

7.Add the cream to the carrot celery mixture and mix well. Cook on a low flame for 5 minutes and switch off.

8.Serve hot with a bread of your choice.

carrot celery soupMakes: 4-5 servings

Just like its been raining at my place, its raining in my blog too.Sreevidya and Rohini have passed on some awards and a tag to go along. Thank you girlies.

Pheww..thats a lot!

Rules of the award:

* You must thank the person who has given you the award.
* Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
* Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
* Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
* Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
* Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
* Leave a comment in the nominated blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

Now, I have done this tag quite some time back..hence skipping it this time. I guess, everyone around the blogosphere have already done this. So whoever has not, please take it up. Thanks Sreevidya and RO, I will treasure these.


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Cheesy Spinach Pasta

Ingredients:
Linguine pasta- 1 packet
Onion-1,chopped fine
Garlic- 3 cloves
Spinach-2 cups ,finely chopped
Light cream-1/4 cup
Cherry tomatoes-10 nos
Mozarella cheese-for sprinkling
Olive oil-2 table spoon
Salt
Method:
1.Cook the linguine as per the packet instructions and set aside to cool
2.Heat oil in a skillet,fry garlic and onion until light brown.Fry the cherry tomatos.
3. When the cherry tomatoes start breaking,add the chopped spinach and fry for a couple of minutes until tender.
4.Throw in the cooked linguine, pour the cream and sprinkle salt.
5.Cook until the cream and linguine gets coated with each other.
6.Sprinkle cheese on top and serve hot.

Ingredients:

Linguine pasta- 1 packet

Onion-1,chopped fine

Garlic- 3 cloves

Spinach-2 cups ,finely chopped

Light cream-1/4 cup

Cherry tomatoes-10 nos

Mozarella cheese-for sprinkling

Olive oil-2 table spoon

Salt

Method:

1.Cook the linguine as per the packet instructions and set aside to cool

2.Heat oil in a skillet,fry garlic and onion until light brown.Fry the cherry tomatos.

3. When the cherry tomatoes start breaking,add the chopped spinach and fry for a couple of minutes until tender.

4.Throw in the cooked linguine, pour the cream and sprinkle salt.

5.Cook until the cream and linguine gets coated with each other.

6.Sprinkle cheese on top and serve hot.

cheesy spinach pastaServes:2-3

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Tomato Fried Rice

Ingredients:

Basmati rice- 2 cups

Tomatoes- 2

Coconut milk extract-2 cups

Water-2 cups

Onion-1

Carrots-1/2 cup

Green peas- 1/2 cup

Cardamom-2

Cloves-2-3

Cinnamon stick-1

Oil-4- 5 table spoon

Salt

Grind together:

Green chillies-4

Red chillies-4

Ginger-a small piece

Garlic-3 flakes

Method:

1.Wash and soak the rice for 10 minutes.Later, drain the water, add coconut milk extract and water and cook until rice is done.Spread the rice on a plate to cool.

2.Dice onions, tomatoes and carrots.Microwave the carrots and peas for 3-4 minutes.

3.Heat oil in a wok,add cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom and then onions.Fry until light brown.

4.Continue frying with diced tomatoes and when it becomes pulpy, add the ground paste and cooked carrots and peas.Stir in medium flame for few minutes.

5.Add cooked rice with enough powdered salt and fry in a high flame for few minutes till rice becomes hot.

6.Serve with raita of your choice.

tomato fried riceServes: 2-3

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Maida cake

Neither me nor TH have a sweet tooth..however, whats diwali if we dont indulge in sweets? I did not want to make anything extravagant, but a simple sweet.I quickly called up my MIL and noted down what is to be done.She said all it would take is 15 minutes and boy, this sure  can be made in a jiffy.So, wishing everyone a very happy and a prosperous diwali. Happy eating !

Ingredients:

Maida  or all purpose flour-1 cup

Sugar-1 1/2 cups

Cardamom powder-1 tea spoon

Coarsely chopped cashew nuts -3 table spoon

Ghee-1/4 cup

Food colour-any colour of your choice, I chose yellow

Method:

1.Heat ghee in a kadai and fry the maida in the ghee. Make sure the maida doesnt get browned and its enough if just the maida’s raw smell gives away.

2.Meantime, pour little water in a pan and melt the sugar. There is no need to get any string like consistency .Its enough for the sugar to melt.

3.Mix the sugar syrup with the maida ghee mixture, add cardomom powder, food colour and the cashew nuts and mix it well.

4.On getting a dough like consistency, flatten out the dough and make slices the way you want to.

maida cakeServes: 15 small bars

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Squash Soup

I had been to a local farmer’s market and had picked up some squash.And the day I picked it, I wanted to make a soup out of it.I think, this is one of the easiest of the soups.It was so good.Just realised, this is my 51st post.A starting of a milestone..

Ingredients:

Squash- 2 small nos
Onion-1
Cinnamon stick- 1/2
Cloves-2
Butter or margarine-2 table spoon
Milk-1 1/2 cups
Water- as required

Squash- 2 small nos

Onion-1/2

Cinnamon stick- 1/2

Cloves-2

Butter or margarine-2 table spoon

Milk-1 cup

Water- as required

Salt

Pepper

Method:

1.peel the skin and dice the squash into medium sized pieces. Pressure cook them giving 2 whistles.

2.Once the cooked squash cools, puree them in a blender along with cinnamon and cloves.

3.Melt butter in a soup pan, fry chopped onions until light brown.

4.Pour the pureed mixture into the pan, add salt and give it a slight boil just so the raw smell of cinnamon and cloves give away.

5.Add milk and stir well.Add water if necessary .Cook on low flame for 10 minutes.

6.Switch off and serve hot in a soup bowl,sprinkling some pepper powder and some grilled bread to go along the side.

squash soupServes:4-5 servings

Eddited to add: What wiki has to say about squash plant The squash that I got from the market was  a local one and wasnt exactly in these kinda shapes..I missed to click a picture of the squash.

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Malai Dhal

This is similar to dhal makhani, but sans the tomatoes and some spices. Just so easy to make.

Ingredients:

Black gram ( whole) -1 cup

Rajma / kidney beans ( optional)-1/2 cup

Garlic-7 flakes, cut into thin round pieces

Ginger-1 tea spoon

Chilli powder-1 1/2 tea spoon

Ghee-1 table spoon ( optional)

Fresh cream- 1/4 cup

Salt

Water-3-4 cups

For garnishing:

Green chillies-3 cut

Cumin seeds-1 tea spoon

Method:

1.Fry the garlic and ginger in ghee.Put the dhal in it.

2.Add water, chilli powder and salt and cook in a pressure cooker for 15-20 minutes after  3 whistles.

3.Remove the cooker lid and cook in a low flame for 20 more minutes.

4.Add cream and slightly cook for 2 more minutes.

5.Season with cumin seeds and green chillies fried in ghee and serve with lime.

malai dhalServes: 3-4

Sushma of “Authentic food delights” has passed on an award and a tag for me.Thanks dear.

This award goes with a fun meme which has to be passed on to 6 of your favourite blogs and which has to be answered with only one word.Here is the meme part:

1. Where is your cell phone: coffee table

2. Your hair: Black

3. Your mother: “P”

4. Your father: “H”

5. Your favorite food: North Indian

6. Your dream last night: nothing

7. Your favorite drink: Paneer soda

8. Your dream/goal: restaurant owner

9. What room are you in: living room

10. Your hobby: blog hopping

11. Your fear: ghosts

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years: anywhere

13. Where were you last night: at birthday party

14. Something you aren’t: egoistic

15. Muffins: banana nut

16. Wish list item: too many

17. Where did you grow up: Chennai & Trivandrum

18. Last thing you did: soak rice for making appam

19. What are you wearing: night pant, t shirt

20. Your TV: Off

21. Your pets: No

22. Your friends: quite a few

23. Your life: blessed

24. Your mood: normal

25. Missing someone: family

26. Vehicle: car

27. Something you’re not wearing: bangles

28. Your favorite store: oil & vineager

29. Your favorite color: Black and Blue

30. When was the last time you laughed: dont remember

31. Last time you cried: lets skip this one

32. Your best friend: “P”

33. One place that I go over and over: the grocery store

34. One person who emails me regularly: appa

35. Favorite place to eat: too many

I tag Jyoti, Somoo, Prathibha, Mye,Preethi,Lubna

Tag 6 people as you take this up


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