Thursday, May 31, 2007

Macaroni Salad

This is a simple helathy recipe best for the summer.Cool sald which is quite filling ,creamy with fresh vegetables of your choice and creamy yogurt used in the dressing which is best choice for one who are conscious about thier calories.

Shell pasta - 1.5 cup
Cucumber - 1 cup
Tomato - 1/2 cup
Bell pepper- 1/2 cup
RedOnion - 1/2 cup
Green onion- 1/4 cup

Thick plain yogurt- 1 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Salt and pepper - as per taste

1.Chop up all the vegtables to the length of 2 inches lenght and 1 cm thick.
2.Cook up the pasta in salted water untill just tender and drain and keep aside.
3.Mix up all the dressing ingredients and keep aside.
4.Now add all the vegetables to the pasta, add the dressing and mix properly to coat the pasta and vegetables properly.
5.The thickness of dressing can be adjusted by adding milk or water.
6.Chill and serve or serve at room temperature.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Jat-Pat Chakkuli

This is a simplest recipe which anyone can prepare. Some times we all feel lazy to prepare but wanna have some nice snack to munch . So this was one day for me so thought of trying this instant chakkuli what i call it.Its a recipe with minimal ingredients but taste is simply superb.It will last for atleast 2-3 weekd when stored in an airtight container.

Rice flour - 1 cup
Besan - 1/2 cup
Butter - 1 tbsp
Salt - as per taste
Cumin - 1 tsp
Black til - 1/2 tsp
Oil - for deep fry

1.Take all the dry ingredients in a bowl.Melt Then butter and add it to the dry ingredients.
2.Add salt ,cumin and til.
3.Add little water and mix into a soft dough almost like chapathi dought.It should not stick to your hands.
4.In a small pan heat up the oil. a greased sheet using icing syringe press some chakkuli's in circular fashion like jelebi's and keep ready.
6.Fry them till golden brown on both sides In medium heat.
7.Remove from oil and place them over paper towel to drain off execess oil.
8.Store in an air tight container.
9.You can also add finely chopped onions and curry leaves and then press the chakkuli's.the just taste awesome.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Mangalore Buns

This is a wonderful recipe which is very famous in my place.Hence the name Mangalore buns.Its our all time favorite.Well as i was feeling home sick i though of refreshing my good old memories by preparing a dish from my own native.This is a simple yet a tasty recipe that no one can go wrong.I love to have them as its is.Well it can also be served with sambar or chutney as sides.This is a promising recipe my friends.Do give a try yourself and let me know.

Well ripen banana's - 3
All purpose four - 3.5 cups
Sour curds - 1 cup
Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Oil - For frying

1.Take a clean Bowl,Mash the ripen banans into a smooth paste using your hand.
2.Now to this add all the dry ingredients and mix properly.
3.Add sour curds and cumin to the above so as to for a dough like chapati dough .
4.Keep aside for about 3-4 hrs for it to set.
5.Now heat up the oil .
6.Roll out small balls of dough a bit thick say about 1.5 cms thick just like poori size aand they fry them till golden brown.
7.You can see the buns bloting into a round, brown buns.Then they are ready.
8.Remove them and place over a paper towel for excess of oil to drain off.
9.Serve hot or cold with sambar or chutney.Enjoy....

Monday, May 7, 2007

Spinach chickpeas soup

Soup are normally an appitizer or used as a starter but a soup lover like me enjoy it as a complete meal itself.Well some may say as how one can satisfy his hunger only by a soup then my this spinach cickpeas soup is really a good answer and that too a complete filling and satisfying meal.It tastes so good that with a slice of tosted bread at the side is more than enough for a cool night .So why dont you guys note down the ingredients and heat up you soup pot....

Red onion - 1 mediem size
Garlic cloves - 2 large
Spinach - 1 cup
Potato - 1 cup
Cick peas - 1 cup
Tomato paste - 1 tbsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Vegetable broth cube- 1
Water - 2 cups
Salt and pepper - as per taste
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Olive oil - 2 tsp

1.Cook potatoes and chickpeas seperately and keep aside.
2.Take a heavy bottomed pan ,add litlle oil and saute the onions and garlic untill they turn a bit transparent.To this add chickpeas and mix and cook for 5 mins .
3.Now add potatoes and saute .Now powder the broth cube or even you can add vegetable broth and season with salt pepper and other spices and simmer and cook for 10 mins.
4.Then add roughly chopped spinach ,add milk and mix properly and cook for another 5 mins in high.
5.Now serve hot with a pinch of paprika sprinkled on top.Enjoy....

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Lentil rice

This a wonderful recipe which i tried out from a book with a little bit of my own twist to it.Lovely healthy recipe which is quite easy to prepare and will be ready in no time.It contains a very few ingredients .Believe me friend i just love the way it tasted so creamy,rich and lovely....Just cant wiat to prepare it again.

Basmati Rice- 2 cup
Split lentil - 1/2 cup
Bay leaves -1 large
Red onion - 1 large
Green chilly - 1 large
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Ghee - 2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves-2 tsp
Orange zest - 1 tsp

1.Cook the rice and allow it to cool for 1/2 hr
2.Take the lentil ,rinse it and cook it with bay leaf until just tender,then drain and set aside after removing the bay leaf.
3.Now chop up the onion and green chilly very fine and keep aside.
4.Take a large pan add oil and then saute in onion and chilly till the onion turns transparent.
5.Then to this add 2 tsp of ghee/butter the spice it up with salt,pepper,chilly powder and garam masala .
6.Now add the rice mix properly to combine all the flavours,then add lentil and mix slowly.
7.Now remove the pan from the fire add orange zest and finely chopped fresh green cilantro leaves.Serve hot.....Enjoy