Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Corn Upma

Corn upma is a nice variation from regular rava upma with vegetables. Corn I used here is tinned American sweet corn which is readily available in the market. So, try it and who knows it becomes regular in your kitchen.
Recipe of corn upma
1 cup sooji (rava/semolina)
2 tbsp corn kernels (tinned)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste
Few curry leaves
2 tsp chane ki dal (Bengal gram dal)
3 green chillies- chopped
2 1/2 cups water
1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadhai and roast sooji on a low heat for 5 minutes till nice aroma comes out and
sooji turns very light brown. Take out sooji from kadhai and keep aside.
2. Heat remaining 1 tbsp oil in the kadhai and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add chane ki dal.
Roast for few seconds.
3. Add curry leaves, green chillies and corn. Fry for 1 minute.
4. Add water and salt. Let it come to boil, then simmer on low heat, covered, for 5 minutes.
5. Slowly add sooji (little by little) mixing with other hand to avoid lumps.
6. Cover the kadhai and let all water gets absorbed. Your corn upma is ready. Serve hot. 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Paneer Koliwada (Cottage Cheese Fritters)

Recipe of paneer koliwada
300 gms paneer (Indian cottage cheese)
2 tbsp curd (yogurt)
1/2 cup besan (chickpea flour/gram flour)
Salt to taste
2 tsp ginger paste
1 tbsp lemon juice
3/4 tsp red chilli powder (cyenne pepper)
1/2 tsp cumin powder
chaat masala- as needed
Oil to deep fry
1. Cut paneer lengthwise into thin strips.
2. Add curd, red chilli powder, cumin powder, ginger paste and lemon juice to besan to form thick
batter. Add little water if needed.
3. Mix paneer strips in besan batter and leave it for 1/2 an hour.
4. Heat oil in a kadhai and deep fry paneer pieces till crisp. Drain.
5. Sprinkle chaat masala over paneer koliwada and serve hot.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Matar ki Kheer (Green Pea Pudding)

Matar ki kheer is an unusual dessert but very tasty. Cook this kheer for your loved ones and let them be surprised!
Recipe of matar ki kheer
1 cup shelled green peas (matar)
4-5 tbsp sugar
2-3 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
1 1/4 liter milk
1/2 tsp green cardamom powder
1 tbsp sliced pistachios (pista)
1. Boil matar for 5 minutes. Put matar in cold water so that it cools down. Drain.
2. Grind matar to a fine paste.
3. Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan and saute green pea paste for a few minutes. Set aside.
4. Boil milk and add cooked matar paste to it. Let it come to boil.
5. Cook on a low heat for 15-20 minutes.
6. Add sugar, cardamom powder and sliced pistachios to kheer. Cook stirring continuously, on a low heat for 8-9 minutes. Turn off the heat. Let it cool down, refrigerate and serve matar ki kheer cold.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Jhaal Muri Recipe (Spicy Puffed Rice)

jhaal muri
Jhaal muri is a famous East Indian street food which is easy to put together and makes a delicious any time snack. Your muri or puffed rice should be crisp and if it is not, dry roast it in a kadhai till crisp.
3 cups puffed rice (muri/moodi/murmura/mamra)
1 boiled potato- diced
1 tomato- diced finely
1 onion- chopped finely
1 green chilly- chopped fine
2 tbsp roasted peanuts
2 tsp lemon juice
Kala namak (rock salt) - to taste
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp amchur powder
1 tbsp mustard oil (cooked till smoking point, then cooled)
1. Combine all the above ingredients and give it a good mix. Serve jhaal muri immediately.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Easy Potato Sandwich

potato sandwich
This is an easy breezy recipe of toasted potato sandwich. This is an instant recipe when you are in a hurry but tell you what, this potato sandwich tastes yummm!!
Recipe of potato (aloo) sandwich
2-3 potatoes (aloo) - boiled, peeled
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
Salt to taste
Butter as needed
Bread slices (I used brown bread)
1. Break the potatoes into uneven pieces by your hands.
2. Mix salt and pepper powder in potato pieces.
3. Apply butter on bread slices. Place potato mixture on bread slice and cover it with another slice.
4. Toast in a sandwich maker and serve potato sandwich hot with tomato ketchup.
aloo sandwich

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Palak Chilla (Spinach Pancake)

This spinach chilla is packed with goodness. If your kids do not like eating palak, this is one way to make them eat it.
Recipe of palak (spinach) chilla
2 cups besan (gram flour/chickpea flour)
1 cup palak (spinach) leaves- finely chopped
1/2 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder (cayenne pepper)
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp cumin powder
Oil to shallow fry
1. Mix all the above ingredients (except oil) in a bowl and add enough water to get a batter of thick pouring consistency. Beat the batter.
2. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and for the first chilla, grease it with few drops of oil. Rub your wooden spatula on the tava, a few times, so as to season it. You don't have to repeat this process for remaining chillas.
3. Turn the heat to low and pour 2 tbsp batter in the center of tava. Spread it in a round circular motion with the back of a serving spoon.
4. Turn the heat to medium and drizzle some oil on the cheela. When the edges turn brownish, it means chillla is cooked from underneath.
5. Loosen it with a flat spatula and turn over the cheela.
6. Cook from other side also till golden brown. Serve hot spinach chilla with chutney.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Karonde ki Sabzi

karonde ki sabzi

Karonda is a tangy berry and karonde ki sabzi is hot and tangy due to green chillies. Karaunde is cooked as a sabji and served as a pickle along with meals. karonde are a rich source of Iron and Vitamin C and this sabzi stay fresh for a long time when refrigerated.
Recipe of karonde/karaunde ki sabzi
250 gms karonde (karaunde)
4-5 green chillies- chopped
Salt to taste
2 tbsp mustard oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1. Wash and halve karonde. Deseed them.
2. Heat mustard oil to smoking point. Add mustard seeds.
3. When they pop, add karonde and green chillies.
4. Add salt and mix. Cook covered, on a low heat till karonde become limp. Take out in a serving bowl and serve karonde as a pickle.
karonde ki sabji