Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Spongy Pan-cakes[No eggs]

Pancakes is a breakfast recipe which i got to know after comming to U.S.Just love them now.I was just going thro'various sites of recipes and in some site i found a easy recipe of pancake where in no eggs where used.This is very simple and a bit healthier too.

All purpose flour - 1 cup
Baking soda - 2 tsp
sugar - 2 tbsp
salt - pinch of salt.
water -1/2 cup
milk - 1 cup
Butter - 1 tbsp
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp

1.Mix melted butter,sugar salt and pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg powder[Optional].
2.To the above add flour and baking soad .Then slowlly add milk and water and wisk roughtly to for a not over mix it.
3.Keep aside to set the batter for about 15-20 mins.
4.Then pour a laddle full of batter to a nonstick pan to form a small circle.
5.slowly flip to other side when the bubbles starts to for on the top surface .Cook on both sides till they turn golden brown.
Serve hot topped with the small piece of butter ,drizzle some maple syrup or honey and powdered sugar sprinkled over the top.I have used honey, as its better and good for health. Enjoy hot with hot chocolate ....

Friday, April 20, 2007

Asparagus Soup

Asparagus is my altime favorite vegetable .It just make anything extra tasty i feel. I'm a soup lover. Just love any kind of soup so keep preparing soups of differnt varities.Well this one I saw in a book and found intersting and just dont even ask me how simple is it to prepare too I never even thought the waste edges which are very fibrous will add up to give such a wonderful flavour... Well to give a shot, experience the heavenly taste of this soup by your self and be contented just like me.

Asparagus ends - 1 cup
Red Onion - 1 large
Vegetable broth cube -1 dice[OXO Company]
Water - 2.5 cup
Olive oil - 2 tsp
Milk - 1 cup [or halk cup cream]
Salt and pepper -for seasoning[1 tsp]

1.Take a heavy bottom pan , add oil and then saute the onions till the turn slightly golden then add the asparagus and saute for 2 mins.
2.Add the vegetable broth 2.5 cups .I have added one cube with water abd bring to a boil , season with salt and pepperand then cover and cook till the asparagus become tender.
3.Allow it to cool down and then blend it into a smooth paste .Strain it thro' seive if desired .
4.Then add the milk and heat it a bit so that it just begins to boil.Remove from the stove and serve hot with a roasted bun or bread in the side.Enjoy.....
5.This asparagus can be substituted to mushrooms too.You can use the chewy stems of the portabella mushrooms or even dried mushrooms too...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Green Vs White

This season of spring has really inspired me to prepare this recipe with fresh broccoli and cauliflower.Simple yet a healthy recipe with the richness of tomato base which has added to the unique flavour.This curry can be eaten as it is or with simple rice or roti/pita breads as sides.

Cauliflower - 1 cup
Broccoli - 1 cup
Onions - 1/2 cup finely chopped
Garlic - 2-3 cloves
salt -1.5 tsp
pepper -1 tsp
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
wheat flour -3 tsp
tomato paste - 3 tsp
tomato diced - 3 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
paprika powder - 1 tsp

1.Take a pan add oil and then add cumin when it splutters add onions and garlic , saute them till it turns transparent.
2.Now add tomato ,continue to stir it.When the tomatoes turn soft add tomato paste and mix properly.
3.Now add wheat flour mixed in cold water to the tomato mixture and keep mixing properly .Season with salt and paprika powder, bring to a boil and simmer and cook for 5 mins adding enough water to make a gravy thick as you like.
4.Now cook the cauliflower and broccoli florets in microwave for 7 mins season with salt and pepper.
5.Now assemble the cauliflower and broccoli florets in a dish and pour the gravy over it and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.You can also bake this for an additional flavour for 10 more mins.I have not baked it.Enjoy....

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Spinach Enchiladas

Today I am here with a nice Mexican food recipe .Once in a while its good to leave off your strick diet rule and enjoy the creamy spinach with the chewy cheese combo rolled in corn tortillas..hmm the yummy tomato base sauce with the cheesy spinach rolled enchilada make the best combo ever.....This is the best meal anyone can ever have.I made a big trayof this enchiladas which got almost empty in no time. I must confess that it came out so good and yummy which forced me to post this recipe immediately. Its the best recipe to share with you all.So here i am....

Corn tortilla - 6 large
Spinach - 1 bunch /a frozen pack
Green onions - 1/4 cup
Garlic cloves - 3-4
Oil - 1 tsp
Cheese -1cup+3tbsp
Sour cream - 1/2 cup

For the base sauce:-
Tomato puree - 3 tbsp
tomato basil pasta sauce- 1 cup
Barbecue Sauce - 1 tbsp
Sambalo-leek - 1 tsp
chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
salt - 1/2 tsp

1.Take a pan , add 1tsp of oil and then add green onions followed by garlic to it and saute for 1 min in medium heat till it just releases the fragrance.
2.Chop the spinach into thin strips and cook in microwave for 4 mins.
3.Add the spinach to the onions and saute for another 5 mins.Then remove from heat.
4.Add sour cream and 3/4 cup of cheese of your choice and mix properly adding enough salt and pepper.I have added even chilly flakes as we like it spicy[Its optional]
5.Now mix all the base sauce ingredients and keep ready.
6.Now take a large pan and just heat up the corn tortilla on both side for about 15 secs without adding any oil . a big spoon full of spinach mixture in the center flatten a bit and roll them up .Then place the folded side down in a 9x13 inch pan which has a little of base sauce already spread in it.
8.Similarly roll out remaining 5 tortillas and place them one after the other .Then pour the remaining tomato base sauce over the tortilla rolls cover totally with this sauce.
9.Pre-heat the oven to about 350deg F .Now sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of tortillas uniformly and bake in the oven till the sauce starts to bubble and the cheese melts and turns slightly brown about 8-10 mins.
Enjoy when its still hot....

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Oven Baked Samosa

Samosa are my hubby's altime favorite.He loves them so much that he can eat them at anytime of day.But as they are deep fried i always try to avoid them.So i thought of trying them in a different way avoiding deep fry i.e baking and to my surprise it came out very good.So i thought of sharing it with you all....

All purpose flour - 2 cups
Margarine - 2 tbsp
salt - 1 tsp

For the stuffing:-
Potatoes - 2 large
Carrots - 2
Peas - 1 cup
Onion - 1 large
Beans - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 1 large [Optional]
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Kitchen king masala-1/2 tsp
Cumin - 1 tsp
Oil - 1tsp

1.Take flour,salt and 1/2 tbsp of margarine and add water and make a dough out of it just like chapathi and keep aside.Melt the remaing margarine and keep ready.
2.Then roll out into square chapathi's.Then grease it with melted margarine on the inner surface ,then fold it into half then again grease the inner side touching the margarine with your fingers.Then again fold it and roll ou into a sheet just like how you do for ghee parata's.These are the base for your samosa's.
3.Now for the stuffing cook all the vegetables in microwave.
4.Take a pan , add cumin and 1 tsp oil.Allow cumins to splutter then add onions and saute till they turn golden brown.
5.Then add all the veggies,season with salt,and the masala powder sprinkle with little water and mix all of them together.
6.Now cut the rolled out dough into small squares of about 3 inch lenght.
7.Roll out a cone fill the stuffing and seal the edges like a pie using the fork tooth.
8.Bake in a pre-heated oven of 350deg F for 20-30 mins until done.
9.Keep checking and rotating the sides of the samosa.
10.Enjoy with coriander chutney or tomato sauce.Healthy,tasty and crisphot samosa's are ready.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Recipes tried out of blogger friends blogs-2

I wish all a happy Easter....Once again i would like to publish some very nice recipes tried out from my dear friends blogs. Many more to come..

1.Banana (plantain) Chips:
This is my all time favorite chips.I and my sis loved them and mom was never fedup preparing them for us.She used to get nice fresh raw banana's and prepare a big dabba full for us and we enjoyed emptying this in no time....those were such a lovely days.Hmm well looking at this crispy chips in my sis Seema's blog i was tempted to prepare i am.Thanks akka .....It came out so good and those chilly powder and pepper seasoning adds up to the taste....

2.Aloo Mirch:
Well this is a lovely creation from my sis's Seems's blog.Easy and a tasty recipe.My hubby is a great fan of potato.He loves potato in any form.So i keep searching for new recipes and this time i had prepared these..Loved them a lot...

3.Puli ogaare:
This is a recipe i always wanted to prepare and thanks a lot asha for posting it...It came out so good that my hubby asked me to prepare it again...Thanks Asha

4. Methi Mutter Malai:
This is a lovely recipe from Indiar's -Mahanandi blog...Love this too..Well all were great.Initially was sacared to try.This acme out great.I had no cream so added 2%milk instead.Well it came out great.And the potatoes added to it satisfied my hubby too...very nutricious and a differnt flavour.Really innovative i say..

5.Adai Dosa:
This is a lovely recipe what i tried from malabar spices blog..It a crunchy and a healthy breakfast.Really good one.Thanks dear for sharing.I had seen this in many blogs and thought of giving a shot and here i am..

Monday, April 2, 2007

Kashi halwa[Kumbala kai halwa}

This is a famous recipe from Karnataka and my moms best sweet which is my altime favorite.All in our family love this.....It has so intense flavour and texture is simply so good.Hmm simply the name makes my mouth to water its simple and devine thats all i have to say.This is a best sweet for those who are of my types i.e trying to avoid adding fat...The winter melon/ash guard what we get is a rich source of iron content and other essential minerals which our body requires.We ayurvedic doc's prepare a leha caled khushmanda avaleha out of this hmm ....spicy and sweet at the same time which acts as general tonic,helps to gain body weight,helps in lactating mothers .....So so many medicinal property all will be combined with your halwa also.So its best in all ways.

Winter melon- 2 pounds
Sugar - 2 cups[as per taste]
cardammom - 1/2 tsp
edible food color- a pinch dissolved in water
saffron -[optional]
ghee -3 tsp
Cashew nuts-1 tsp
raisins -1 tsp

1.Peal up the wintermelon ,remove all the seeds and grate it and keep aside.
2.Take a heavy bottom pan,add 1 tsp of ghee, add the grated wintermelon to it and saute till it almost becomed dry.
3.Mean while roast the dry fruits in little ghee
4.Now add the sugar and saffron and keep stirring till all the liquid evaporates and comes out as a single mass.The add cardammon powder and 2 tsp of ghee.roasted dry fruits and stir properly
5. Remove from the fire and serve hot or after cooling .Simple yummy....hmm...