Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Raw Mango Chutney


A small town girl in her school days used to get up early in the morning to pluck flowers with secret intention of picking raw mangoes from neighbors without informing.. hehhe

Back home used to give them to mom with art of fake story telling... :P
Just loved to munch them with blacksalt and chilli powder, Often Mom used to prepare fresh chutneys out of them & I just loved it. That little girl is now mother of a 2 years old. 
Goes to store to buy these raw mangoes to quench her thirst in summer days. The experience then is unforgettable.Feeling nostalgic.

I always love to experiment them in a variety of dishes and enjoy them in every way possible. It’s the simple lip smacking chutney which pleased my taste buds since ages..
It can be served with rice and chapatis and spread for a sandwich and much more. So here is simple recipe for mango Chutney..




Ingredients

2 medium size mangoes, washed peeled and sliced
3-4 garlic cloves
2-3 green chilies suits your taste bud
1 tblsp jaggery or sugar as per your choice
black salt- 1tsp
coriander leaves a few
1/2 cup mint leaves
roasted cumin seeds powder- 1tsp

Method:

Take a blender. add all the ingredients & blend until smooth chutney.
Now transfer the chutney to a clean bowl & store in refrigerator & enjoy with rice, puri, chappatis & as a sandwich spread.









Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Fish masala fry (macha jhal)

There is proverb in odia (regional language of Odisha) "Aaghrane ardha bhojana" which means inhaling smell of food is like eating portion of your meal... And when it happens to be fish masala or in fact any dish of fish, and you happen to be a fish lover you need to have really good self control to resist yourself having a piece or two when it is being fried to be cooked for curry later. There are many versions of fish curry and to me all are yummy and fish masala fry is definitely one of  the top three. Goes well with both rice or roti. If you have not tried yet, give it a shot and you won't regret! Here it goes...






Method

Fish- 5-6 pieces (you can take any fish rohu, tilapia, samon.. I have used salmon)
mustard oil- 4-5 tblsp
Turmeric powder- 2 tsp for marinating and 1tsp for gravy
1tsp  red chilli powder
2-3 whole cardamon pieces.
1 big onion- roughly chopped
2-3 slit green chilies 
handful fresh curry leaves
1 tblsp crushed ginger garlic
2 medium size tomatoes Sliced ,
1tsp cumin- coriander powder
1tsp garam masala 
1tsp tomato sauce
sugar- 1tsp
salt as per taste

Method:

Wash the fish pieces properly and marinate with turmeric and salt for at least half an hour. 
Heat mustard oil in a pan. Fry the pieces till they turn golden brown in color. keep them aside.
In the same pan heat 1-2 tbsp oil, whole cardamon pieces. Now add onion,  green chilies and curry leaves. let them fry till onion becomes translucent. 
Add crushed ginger garlic. Saute for 2-3 min. Add sliced tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin- coriander powder and salt.
Saute  till tomatoes become soft. Now its time to add the tomato sauce. Gently add the fish pieces to the masala. Sprinkle some water. Cover and let it cook for 2-3 mins till the masala is well absorbed by the fish. add garam masala to it. mix well and garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with plain rice and daal.



Thursday, 26 March 2015

Sweet Potato Halwa

I had lots of sweet potatoes in my freeze. Since I was planning on making dessert, I decided to prepare halwa with those sweet potatoes.This sweetpotato halwa is really amazing & simple too..This is especially helpful when making it during festive occasions. Needs only few regular home ingredients. I have added milk powder to it but it is optional.so friends here is the recipe..






Ingredients:

Sweet Potato 2 nos large
Sugar 1 cup or as per your taste
Ghee/ Butter- 2-3 tblsp
handful of (Cashew nuts, raisins, pistachios, almonds), chopped - except  raisins 
Milk- 1 1/2 cups
milk powder- 3-4 tblsp (optional)
pinch of salt
cardamom powder - 1tsp 

Method:

Wash the sweet potatoes & pressure cook it for 2 whistles.
Peel, remove ends and grate the sweet potato.
Heat ghee in a pan, add dry fruits, Saute till they turn light brown.Remove the pan from the heat. keep the sauted dryfruits aside.
Heat the same pan, add grated sweet potato. saute for 8-10 min till the colour changes & now add milk & milk powder to it. stir continuously on low-medium heat till the halwa becomes dry. Keep stirring it to prevent it from getting burnt.
Then add sugar and mix till it dissolves.
Now add cardamom powder and garnish it with cashew nuts and raisins.. Now switch off the flame.Now your halwa is ready to be served. Can be served hot or cold. Enjoy :)




Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Mixed bean soup with pasta & veggies




This recipe is perfect simple to prepare, wholesome, filling hot meal. I always love to eat the healthy foods & this is the perfect simple meal. You can use anything you have in your kitchen pantry for this soup. A healthy soup packed with healthy source of protein, low in fat and cholesterol, high in fiber & lots of flavors too.  



Try this at home & I’m sure you will love it…so here we go…












Ingredients:

½ lb assorted dried beans( you can find it in any American stores)
1 onion- chopped
2-3 green chillies- chopped
1 tsp minced ginger 
1tblsp minced garlic
2tblsp veg oil
Chopped Vegetable (carrots, zucchini, bell pepper, celery)- 1cup
Corn, peas- 1/4th cup
Ground pepper- 1tsp
Lemon juice- 1tblsp
2 medium size tomatoes chopped
½ tsp turmeric powder
Boiled pasta- u can use any type of pasta , but I hav used penny pasta.
Italian herbs - 1tsp
 basil leaves- 1tsp

Method:

 Soak the beans for at least 7-8 hours or overnight.
 Now clean them well. Keep aside.


Heat oil in a cooker. Add chopped onion, minced green chili, ginger & garlic. Sauté till onions are translucent. Now add the soaked beans to it. Add 2 cups of water to it. Add salt, turmeric powder to it. 
Cover & cook for 3-4 whistles till the beans are tender. 

On the other hand take a pan. Heat oil. Add the chopped veggies carrots, zucchini, bell pepper, celery, corn & peas. Sauté till they turn light brown. 

Now put the sautéed veggies to the cooked beans, add the boiled pasta, chopped tomatoes to it. Let it boil for another 4-5 mins. Adjust salt, pepper. Add the herbs & Now add the lemon juice. 
 Mix well & switch off the flame. Your bean soup is now ready to devour.




Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Sweet and Sour Tofu


Perfect recipe for Meatless Monday ….Sweet and sour tofu.  You can also add broccoli pieces to this for better taste. As I’m not a broccoli fan so I didn't add.. Goes well with brown rice & stir fried noodles. So here is what I did….





Ingredients:
2 tblsp sesame oil
1tblsp Minced ginger
1tblsp Minced garlic
Minced onion- ½ cup
Sesame Seeds for garnishing

For Sauce
1 tblsp Vinegar
1 1/2 tblsp soya sauce
1 Tbs Ketchup
1/4 Cup Water

2 tsp Sugar & 1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 Tbs Cornstarch + 2 Tbs water

How to proceed:


Wash the tofu & Slice the tofu into small cubes. Keep them on a paper towel.
Heat oil in a pan. Toss the tofu till they turn light brown in colour.
Heat a pan. Add minced onion, ginger garlic. Sauté for a min. 

Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl. Throw in the sauce. Mix well. 

Now mix cornstarch, sugar , honey, salt & water into a small bowl and whisk until sugar and salt is dissolved.
Add cornstarch mixture and whisk until the sauce thickens. If you leave the sauce unattended now it will thicken and burn, so keep an eye on it. When thick, place gently tofu in sauce and toss to completely coat.
Top with sesame seeds and serve immediately.

Note. You can also deep fry the tofu (marinate the tofu pieces with the flour, soy sauce and salt) till they turn golden brown before adding them in the sauce.


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Ras Malai

Rasmalai …King of Indian sweets..  It’s my ultimate  fav dessert.  Rasmalai is dumplings made from  homemade paneer/ cheena/ cottage cheese & shaped in to flatten balls & soaked in thickened sweetened milk flavored with cardamom, pistachios & saffron... Very easy to make & it is served chilled tastes heavenly. It tastes ever better if it sits a day or two in fridge. So here is what I did…












Ingredients:

Soft paneer (cottage cheese)-  250 gm
1 tblsp semolina/ rawa
Sugar- 2cups
Milk- 1litre
Rose syrup- 1tsp optional
Few strands of saffron
sliced almonds and pistachios 
Cardamom powder- 1tsp

Method:

Take a plate & knead the paneer & rawa for 8-10 minutes until the paneer is almost rolls into smooth soft dough & your palm will be little greasy.
Once dough is done mold it into small balls & flatten the balls to patty shape.

Take a big vessel. Add 1 ½ cup sugar & 3 cups water to it. Let it boil. Stir it till the sugar dissolves in water completely. Kep the flame high & when water starts boiling add the panner patties one by one & boil it for 18-20 mins .  The balls will be swell up to 3 times  in size. Now switch of the flame. Allow the patties to cool in the syrup.

Take out the patties from the syrup and squeeze them lightly, and keep aside.

Boil the milk in a pan on medium heat until the milk attains creamy consistency with rich flavor.Make sure to frequently stir the milk as the milk burns easily in bottom of the pan. 
 Add remaining sugar to themilk. Let it cook for 1-2 mins till sugar dissolves completely.

Add crushed saffron, rose syrup and cardamom pwder. Mix in. now add the patties. 

Let it cook for few more minutes. 

Garnish with sliced almonds and pistachios. Enjoy chilled. 






Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Oats and Apple crumbs







Ingredients:

2 pound apple peeled, cored and sliced
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
2-3 brown sugar to mix with apples
½ cup brown sugar
1/2  tsp cinnamon powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup rolled oats (uncooked)
¼ cup pecans chopped
1/3rd cup all-purpose flour
4 tbsp unsalted butter (cut in to pieces)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Coat a 8*8 inch pan with butter. Keep aside.

Take a pan boil the apples with 1 tbsp sugar for 5-10 mins. Don’t make it too soft.
Now remove from heat & strain. Keep aside for 10-15 mins. Let it cool. 

Take a bowl. Mix together butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, salt & pecans until evenly combined.
With your fingertips mix all until small clumps form & the butter is mixed well.
Keep aside. 

Now take another bowl. Combine apples, brown sugar and cinnamon, salt & toss well to coat. Place the apple mixture to the prepared baking dish.




Now sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples & bake for 45-50 mins till the toppings are crispy & apples are tender. Let it cool properly before serving.