Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mushroom baskets

Chopped mushroom - 2 cups
whole grain bread - 6 slices
cheese - 1/2 cup
chopped coriander leaves- 1 tbsp
chopped garlic - 1tsp
red chilly flakes - 1/2 tsp[ optional]
salt - as per taste

1. In a non stick pan take about a spoon full of olive oil. When it becomes hot add chopped garlic to it and saute for 1 min . Just when it turns a bit golden add chilly flakes . Wait for about 30 sec.
2. Now add coarsely chopped mushrooms and season with slat and pepper and saute for about 4 mins.
3. Just when the mushrooms are done add the cheese and put off the fire. Keep mixing to inco-operate the cheese with the mushrooms.
4. Now cut the bread into half and then spray it on both the sides with pam or apply oil/ ghee on both the side of the bread. If required you can use a cookie cutter and cut it into circles and then apply the oil.
5. Now place these bread into muffin pan and bake in the oven for about 5-7 mins at 350 deg or until it becomes golden at the edges.
6. Now remove them from the oven,add about a spoonful of the mushroom stuffing into the bread baskets which we have already baked to form hard crust.
7. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander greens and place it in oven and bake for another 5 mins.
8.Serve immediately with desired chutney or ketchup . Can be enjoyed as its is also.

Monday, November 14, 2011

batani gashi [ konkani style]

onion - 1 large+ 1 medium
garlic - 4-5large cloves
green chillies - 2-3
black pepper - 10-12
coriander leaf - 1/2cup
salt - as per taste
cooked green beans-3 cups
water - 1 cup
jaggary - 1.5 tsp
tamarind - small gooseberry size
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
oil - 1 tsp

1. Chop up onions into 4 large chunks and roast them over the rack with garlic cloves over high flame.I have used the grilling rack which i use for fluffing up phulka's. Grill until they turn blackish at the edge . Allow it to cool down.

2. Chop up the coriander leaf and green chillies. Dry roast the black pepper until you hear the cracking sound.

3.Remove the pepper corns and in the same pan add green chillies and coriander leaves and simply saute them without adding any oil for a minute or two.

4. Add everything together in a blender and make a fine paste out of all the roasted ingredients, tamarind and greens and keep aside.

5.Now pressure cook the green peas until just done and keep aside.

6. Chop one medium sized onion .

7. In a deep nonstick pan add 1 tsp of oil,when the oil is heated add cumin seeds and wait for 15-20 sec.

8. Then add chopped onion and saute till it turns slightly transparent.

9. Now add the cooked peas,add the paste and saute for few minutes. Add jaggery ,adjust salt as per taste.

10. Simmer and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Serve with warm phulkas or rice as you wish.

Moolike patheki subji

chopped raddish greens - 2 cups
onions - 1 large chopped lengthwise
cumin/jeera - 1 tsp
mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
curry leaves - 4-5
brown sugar/jaggery - 1 tsp
red chilly powder - 1 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
salt - as per taste
oil - 1 tsp

1. Clean and chop the radish greens and keep aside.
2. Chop onions lengthwise and keep ready.
3. In a pan add 1 tsp of oil , add jeera,mustard seeds,dry red chilly and just when it starts to splutter add onions ,curry leaves and saute till it turns slightly transparent.
4. Now add the greens and keep mixing to blend everything together.Add 1/4 cup of water.
5. Add turmeric powder,chilly powder ,salt as per taste .
6. Cover and cook on medium heat for 5 mins.
7. Now add brown sugar mix and stop the heat. Serve with warm rotis or rice with ghee.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kadle uppukari

Black channa - 2 cup
oil - 1tbsp
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
urad dal - 1/2 tsp
dry red chillies - 1-2 broken
fresh coconut grates- 1tbsp
salt - as per taste
chilly powder - 1.5 tsp
hing - 1.4 tsp
jaggery - 2 tsp

Method :-
1.Soak the dry channa overnight in water and pressure cook them adding little salt until tender.I have cooked for 3 whistle.

2. In a pan add oil and then to it add mustard seeds,urad dal,broken red chillies and curry leaves. wait till the mustard seeds starts to splutter. Then add hing to the oil.

3. Then add the cooked channa with the water ,adjust salt to taste ,add chilly powder. Cover and cook for 5 mins.

4.Switch off the heat. Add freshly grated coconut grates and cover it.Mix when ready to serve.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Dates Halwa


This is another dessert with low calories compared to others. It contains minimal ingredients,easy to prepare,yummy to taste. Beleive me friends its simply irresistable. You will be tempted to prepare it again and again. Its very healthy and good for winter as it contains variety of dry fruits.

Dry Dates - 2 cups
Banana - 4 fully ripe
Ghee - 1.5 tbsp
Cashew - 1 tsp
Almonds - 1tsp
Raisin - 1 tsp
Milk - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1.5 cup [adjust according to taste]
Cardamom pod - 4-5

1. Put 2 cups of dates and milk in a microwave safe bowl and cook in the microwave for 3-4 mins on high. Allow to cool down.

2. Peal all 4 banan's and chop them into chunks and blend into a paste.

3. Now blend the dates with the milk into paste using the blender.

4. Take a heavy bottom nonstick pan, add 1/2 tsp of ghee, then add pureed banana and dates . Keep stirring . Then after 10 mins add sugar to the mixture. Grease a plate or a try with ghee and keep ready.

5. Keep stirring for around 15-20 mins. The color also changes to deep brown from light brown. The mixture combines to gather forming a single mass and leaves edges when stirred.be very careful and keep stirring.

6. Now take little ghee in a small kadai and add broken cashews,almonds and raisin to the ghee and fry till it turns slightly golden.

7. Now add all the dry fruits to the date mixture ,add the freshly powdered cardamom . Mix properly.

8. Now transfer the entire mixture to the greased plate and spread uniformly with a greased spoon. Allow to cool and draw lines in desired pattern .

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Creamy fruit popsicle

This is a very easy and a healthy dessert. Good one for those who are very conscious of what they are eating calories etc. This is a very good option for those late night cravings.I have tried this with many other fruits like rasberry , pine apples , blueberry......endless option. Here banana gives the creamy texture. For tropical feel try adding coconut milk mango and pine apple chunks .

Ripe banana - 1 large ( a cup app.)
Strawberry - 1.5 cups
sugar - 2 tsp
Milk - 1/4 cup
water - 1/4 cup

Method :-
1. Add banana, strawberry , sugar milk and water into a blender and make a course mixture.

2. Take a popsicle rack and fill it with the same mixture.

3. Cover and freeze it for 5-6 hrs.

4. Keep it out for 1 -2 mins before removing it from the rack.

5. If it does'nt come out easily try pouring the exterior of the rack with hot running water for 1 min then pull out.It becomes much more easy.Enjoy.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Broccoli Salad

This might be one of the best way to have the broccoli. Its very easy to make, requires less efforts . Let me tell you one who don't prefer to eat broccoli also fell in love with this dish. This is rich in fibers and vitamins too. It requires very minimal everyday ingredients. This had become a weekly salad in out house.As me and my hubby love to try different type of salads it has become one in our hit list.

chopped broccoli - 1 big head
chopped garlic - 1 tbsp
chilly flakes - 1/2 tsp ( optional)
olive oil - 1 .5 tsp
salt - as per taste
pepper - as per taste
parmesean cheese - 1 tbsp

1. Cut up the broccoli florets and wash them properly. Put them in a microwave safe bowl and cook them in high temperature for 2 mins .Then keep them aside.

2.In a nonstick pan add the olive oil,put the heat in medium and just when olive oil becomes hot add chilly flakes and wait for around 15-20 sec. Then add chopped garlic and fry till it turn a bit golden in color.

3. Now add the broccoli to it and mix well for anothe2 mins and remove the pan from the heat.

4. Add the prepared broccoli to the serving dish and sprinkle some powdered cheese on the top as little or more as you prefer.

5. Enjoy it when its still warm.