Friday, 8 January 2016

Cooking Stories Series:1 Cow

My sunshine, my little bundle of joy came in our life and every thing changed. I had never imagined that I can cook random stories, but seems my LO is developing these qualities in me.

Yesterday night while putting him to sleep, I cooked one story for him.There is no logic or reasoning behind these stories, these were random thoughts coming in my mind one by one and I started imagining with him and our story was ready! 

This is how our Cow story goes...


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Once upon a time there was a cow. she was very hungry and was looking for food. But she could not find any food which was healthy and clean. So, she went to GOD and explained her problem.

GOD said, I will create  green grass, plants, tree, shrubs, fruits for you to eat and clean lake, river, fountains to drink water. This solved cow's problem and she went home happily.

Now, cow started eating grass, fruits, plants and drank fresh water. But with so much eating she was becoming fat. Due to so much over eating she gained  huge weight. Now she found it very difficult to walk around and became very lazy. 

One day she fall sick and requested GOD that you have given me every thing to eat but this has made me lazy and fat, due to which I am falling sick. Please help me in solving this problem.

GOD, said there is only one way we can solve this problem. You can produce milk and give it to children and other needy people around you every day. This way what ever you eat and drink will get digested and your body will also be healthy. Since then cow started giving milk to us, which is full of nutrition. She is no longer fat and lazy. 

God has solution for every problem, you just tell him once and he will fix it for you, just the way he did it for Cow.

My LO pronounces COW and "Cau"


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Monday, 11 November 2013

Mattar Mushroom# Green Peas Mushroom Sabzi

Small tiny white umbrella's are so cute and full for nutrition that it's very hard not to love them. Yes, I am talking about mushrooms. It is nature's super food full with protein, carbohydrate, vitamin D, Iron, immunity booster are few of the nutritional qualities of this nature's gift. There is a wide variety of mushroom available in market with different taste, texture and qualities. In India white button mushrooms are easily available in vegetable market and we all love it in our family.

When in mood B prepares his classic "stuffed mushrooms" as a starter dish for us. Otherwise I often prepare mix veg with mushroom or mattar mushroom. 



Let me share this easy Mattar mushroom recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 200gms white button mushroom
  • 100gms green peas
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 medium chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander/dhaniya powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin/jeera powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric/haldi powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tsp oil
  • chopped fresh coriander for garnishing.
Step by step instructions for preparing Mattar Mushroom:-

  • Wash mushrooms under flowing water for some time to remove dust and mud particles completely.
  • Chop Mushroom, onion, tomatoes and keep it aside.
  • In a wok/kadhai heat oil.
  • Add chopped onion and cook for some time until they become translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until tomatoes are soft and cooked.
  • Add turmeric, salt, chilli, coriander powder, jeera powder, garam masala and mix well.
  • Add green peas and cook for another 3-4 mins.
  • Add chopped mushrooms and mix well. No need to add water as mushrooms leaves water which is enough for cooking all the veggies.
  • Cover  wok with a lid and cook it for another 7-10 minutes.
  • Once water completely evaporates and veggies are completely cooked, turn off the gas.
  • Transfer it to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh chopped coriander.
  • Server with chapati and parantha.



Hope you like it. Do try and share your experience with us.

Happy Cooking!!







Monday, 21 October 2013

Fluffy Soft Eggless PanCake

I have a big list of to-do's and things to try, so here is the latest completed item from things to try.

Couple of months back McDonald's has started their breakfast menu only at few selected stores and this got added in my things to try list as until them I had never taste pancake or was not aware how they even look like.  As McDonald's breakfast menu is being served only between 7 am to 11 am and I can never think of going out of my house so early on a weekend. So B and I waited for a long time and finally I got a chance to had them as by chance we were there early and breakfast menu was still available in McDonalds.

So we ordered  two Mc-egg burgers and one plate hot pancake with maple syrup. First look at pancake made me thought ohh...they are very similar to the "meethe aatte ka puRa" that my mom used to make for us during rainy season with sunf/ fennel seeds. After finding all these similarities I was quite sure in my mind that I want to try it at home. So my search started and ended at Rak's recipe.



Ok, so let's get started :)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour/ Maida
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Butter and Maple syrup/ Honey for topping


Steps by step instructions for Eggless Pancake:

  • Mix Maida, baking powder, salt, sugar and milk  with a whisk in a deep bowl.
  • Keep it aside for 10 -15 minutes and then give it a quick mix once again.
  • In the mean while heat non stick pan for until it's hot. Once hot turn off the gas and leave  it for 5 minutes.
  • Turn on the heat of non stick pan and set it to Medium.
  • Grease your pan with oil.
  • Now pour one big ladle of batter in the pan and do not spread.
  • Wait until bubbles are gone and pancake changes its color to golden brown. Flip it carefully. You can cover it with a lid for few minutes, this makes pancake extra soft.
  • Let another side get cooked and then transfer it to a serving plate.
  • Serve hot with butter and maple syrup/ honey or syrup of your choice.
  • You can serve cut fruits like banana, apple and any other fruit of your choice along with it.
  • B loved it so much that now he frequently requests pancakes in the morning.
You can make this pancake with atta/ wheat flour, just increase the quantity of milk to get dosa like batter consistency.

I like eating pancake with scrambled egg more than fruits, as now smell problem is gone, but you can make your own choice.




Do share you comments and suggestions and they help me in improving my cooking skills.

Till then happy cooking and healthy living!











Saturday, 21 September 2013

Choco Chip Chocolate Cake # Chocolate Cake

Happiness is in small things, how true this statement is :)

I do not remember having any B'day party with friends on my birthday. But my Dad use to make sure that we as a family celebrate this day as a very special day among immediate family members. He will bring home all the food items that we request him, while coming from office, such as pastry, chips, snack, sweets, ice cream, cold drinks, yes cold drink as it was not common those days :0  But yes, no going to Restaurant or calling neighbors for B'day or give and take of B'day gift business. B'days were special small family affair and still are in our house :).

Today is my eldest sis B'day and from last few days debt was going in my mind, what to bake on this special day?? a cake or cookies. And I finally decided that what could be better than a cake specially for her. I know I can not share even a single piece with her becoz of the physical distance, but still sharing it with through this virtual world and through  my thoughts as there is no distance that way :)

Happy Birth Day Di!



Ingredients:

- 50 gm butter at room temperature.
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup all purpose flour (APF)/Maida
- 2 eggs
- few drops of vanilla essence.
-  1/2 cup choco chips optional
- 3 TSP chocolate powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 5 Tsp milk



Step by step guide for preparing Choco Chip Chocolate Cake:-

- Sieve APF , chocolate powder , baking powder well and keep it aside.
- In a bowl mix butter, powered sugar until it becomes creamy.
- Add few drops of vanilla essence.
- Add 2 eggs, yes with yellow yolk :) and mix it well until fluffy.
- Now slowly add sieved flour and mix it well.
- Add little by little milk if cake batter is too thick.
- Apply butter on a bake pan and sprinkle some flour, by doing this cake will come out easily from the pan.
- Transfer cake mix to the baking pan.
- Preheat oven at 170 C.
- Bake it at 170 C for 30-35 minutes.
-  Once baked test it by inserting one toothpick and if it comes out clean it means cake is baked completely.
- Let it stand and cool.
- Once it comes on room temperature cake will come out easily from the pan.
- Cut it into pieces and celebrate the occasion :)
- It's soft and moist and perfect for the occasion.
Isn't it easy and simple :)






Happy occasions!, happy cooking.

















Coriander Mint Chutney # Dhaniya Pudina Chutney # Indian Dip # Green Chutney

Coriander chutney often called as Dhaniya Pudina chutney or Green chutney is very common dip often used to compliment evening snacks in India. My elder sisters and Mom use to prepare it to very often.

It is so easy, simple and can be prepared in couple of minutes. For some reason I am not a big fan of tomato ketchup and coriander mint chutney is one of my favorite :)



Ingredients:

- 1 cup washed and chopped Coriander leaves
- 1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
- small piece of ginger
- salt as per taste
- 1 tsp dry mango powder/ raw mango it you can get
- 1 green chilli
- 1 small chopped Onion.
- 1 tsp anaar dana - Optional
- 3-4 walnut pieces - Optional
- Water very little

Steps to prepare Coriander Mint Chutney

- Add every thing to the Mixer/Pulse.
- Add very little water or only when you are not able to grind it without that.
- Grind it well and you will get a thick paste.
- Chutney is ready.
- Transfer it to a clean and dry bowl. You can keep it refrigerated for 3-4 days.
- Server it with Pakora, Sandwich, Parantha or even Dosa, anything you like.

Happy cooking :)






Thursday, 6 June 2013

Quick and simple Bhel : 10 minute bhel

I was craving for some thing hot and spicy the moment, I started from home after work and was debating in my mind what will I cook or eat to satisfy this evening hunger. And to my relief , the moment  I reached home I saw this pack of puffed rice sitting on breakfast table . I knew it then and there what I am going to eat and enjoy this lovely Bangalore weather.

I prepared a hot cup of strong  tea to compliment this chat pat bhel to satisfy my hunger.



Here is the quick recipe:-


Serves: 1 person, increase ingredient proportion if you are making it for more people.

1 cup puff rice
1 small chopped onion
1 small copped green chilly
Salt as per taste
1 tsp chopped coriander
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp  zero number sev/ nameek / I used MTR namkeen

Optional/ Good to have :)
2-3 drops of mustard oil.
1 tsp boondi
1 tsp corn flakes ( use any type flavored sweet or plain)
1 tsp lemon juice.
1 tsp tomato
1 tsp roasted groundnut
Add any other nameek/ mixture/ vegetables like chopped cucumber, grated carrot if  you want. You can play with it as per your taste and interest.

Procedure:

-Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
-Add lemon juice
-Garnish with chopped coriander.

This helps to control quick hunger. experiment with it as per your taste and you will love it.

Happy cooking and enjoy namma Bangalore weather.





Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Starter / Snack: Potato Cheese Ball

Fried snacks never fail in attracting me towards them. During one of our team lunch, I had these jalapeno cheese balls at Prost ( new restaurant in Kormangala). They were crispy from outside with melting cheese inside them...  mmmm...  it was yumm.

I wanted to try them at home and got the chance in the same week, as my younger sister was coming to our home. So, I did all the preparations in advance, so that I can spend more time with her and less in kitchen... sister's talk a lot .. you know.. :). I prepared same for evening snacks for kids during my home visit and it was an instant hit at home. I think all kids love potato and are never conscious or afraid of gaining weight.Love childhood!

Sorry, I do not have nay picture as before camera is ready to say cheese these cheese balls get disappear.

Ingredients:

  • 6-7 boiled potatoes
  • 5-6 white/brown bread slices
  • Grated mozrella/ cheddar cheese
  • salt as per taste
  • 2 tsp chopped coriander( optional)
  • 4 tsp sweet corns (optional)
  • Oil for deep frying.


Step by step process:

  • Take boiled potatoes, add bread slices in a bowl and mash them properly.
  • Add salt as per taste and mix it well.
  • Divide potato mix in equal portions and make small balls.
  • Make a small hole in the potato ball and add some grated cheese.
  • Roll it once again to make sure cheese is not coming out.
  • Let them cool for an hour in refrigerator.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Deep fry until light brown and crispy.
  • Serve them with cheese dip or mint chutney.

Note:
  • Roll potato ball in bread crumbs before frying this will make this extra crispy. 
  • You can add boiled veggies like carrot, beans or sweet corn in the potato mix.

You can serve them as starter or enjoy them as evening snack with evening cup of tea. Also, you can make them in advance and can deep fry these potato cheese balls when your guests arrive. By doing this you not only save time  but get plenty of time to spend with your lovely guests and family during those special moments.

Keep cooking and enjoy life!