Sunday, 17 April 2016

Quinoa salad

New super food which is vegan and full of antioxidants is Quinoa.This time when B went to U.S, I requested him to bring a small pack of quinoa assuming it will be cheaper there, but to my surprise it is expensive everywhere!
Qunioa is very versatile food and can be used in different ways.



How to cook quinoa

Soak 1/2 cup  in water for 30 minutes and then cook them in a deep vessel with 1cup water and salt until fluffy and soft. This will look like rice grain.

Ingredients

Iceberg lettuce
Firm English Tomatoes
Radish
English cucumber
Boiled eggs

How to assemble salad

  • Take a chilled glass bowl and arrange first layer of lettuce.
  • Now another layer of round cut cucumber and radish.
  • Add Layer of cooked quinoa
  • Add layer of lengthwise cut tomatoes
  • Add qyinoa
  • Add some nuts like walnuts or other seeds like pumpkin or sunflower you have.
  • Add salt,pepper and lime juice
  • Give it a light mix
  • Decorate with boiled egg.
  • Keep in fridge for 30 minute and your protein rich salad is ready.

Enjoy!




Eggless Chocolate Walnut Brownie

I Love non fancy simple cakes or naked cakes over fancy cakes. I am part of home bakers guild on FB on came across this wonderful eggless brownie recipe which was shared by one of the fellow member during some baking challenge running on the page. On rainy days I want to have a big slice of hot brownie with a nice strong cup of coffee and my window sil. This is perfect for me.

This is tried and tested recipe by a number friends and it works as a charm, you get nice soft moist yummy chocolaty brownie.



Recipe as shared by Khushboo Gugle

Ingredients


  • 1cup maida or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup +2Tbsp of powdered sugar
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/3cup of vegetable oil
  • 1cup milk
  • 1tsp of vinegar
  • 1tsp of instant coffee powder (I used NescafĂ©)
  • 1tsp of vanilla extract
  • Chopped walnuts
  • 3Tbsp chick chips
Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 180 C
  • Mix milk at room temperature with vinegar and keep it aside
  • Sift flour ,soda,cocoa powder,coffee powder and salt
  • Mix powdered sugar to this
  • Mix the oil and vanilla extract to the milk and vinegar mixture kept aside
  • Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, add choco chips and and gently fold until there are no more streaks of flour left
  • Transfer to a greased 8x8 pan and add walnuts on top
  • Bake for 25-30 mins or until skewer comes clean.
  • Cool and cut square of brownie
I added 1tsp of orange zest and 2Tbsp of orange juice to get extra sinful flavour.

Enjoy!!






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 :)