Saturday, 2 August 2014

DAHI RAITA


Cucumber & Tomato Raita

This is a yoghurt based accompaniment extremely popular with Rice dishes in India.

Preparation Time 10 mins
Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

Yoghurt 1 cup
Cucumber Chopped ½ Cup
Tomato Chopped ½ Cup
Roasted Cumin Seeds Powder ½ tsp
Salt To taste

METHOD

In a Bowl Mix All the ingredients together.

Serve as an accompaniment to Rice or along with Dry Vegetable & Roti.

TIP- You can prepare this in advance & Refrigerate for a while. Tastes Best When Served Cold. You can add Onions as well. 

VEGETARIAN PULAO (PILAU)


This is a simple veg rice dish usually served with raita or occasionally as an accompaniment to a mild curry.

Cooking Time 15 mins
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
Rice 1 cup
Onion 1 Medium (Sliced)
Mixed Vegetables (½ cup include Peas, Carrot, Cauliflower, Cottage Cheese or Potato)
Ginger 2 inch Piece
Garlic Clove 2
Bay Leaf 1
Clove 2
Green Cardamom 2
Black Cardamom 1
Cinnamon Stick 1 small
Salt
Red Chilly powder
Garam Masala
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Desi Ghee (Clarified Butter)

METHOD 


Wash Rice Several times to get rid of the starch and then soak it for about 10 minutes.

Heat Ghee in a pan. Add Cumin Seeds, Bay Leaf, Green Cardamom, Black Cardamom, Clove and Cinnamon, sauté for a minute. Then add the ginger, garlic and onions sauté for 2 mins or till the onion changes its color and becomes transparent.

Add the vegetables and the remaining ingredients. Add the water and let it boil for a minute.


Cook On Low Flame for 10 Minutes or till the rice absorbs all the water.

Serve Hot With A Curry Or Raita.

KADAHI PANEER


This is a quick recipe of Indian cottage cheese, full of flavours and is a healthy alternative to the traditional paneer recipes.

 

Preparation Time 20 mins

Serves 2 to 3


INGREDIENTS

Paneer (cottage cheese) 200gms
Onion 1 medium
Green Chilly 1slit
Dry Red Chilly 1
Tomatoes 2 medium sized
Tomato Puree 2 tbsp
Ginger 2 inch Piece
Garlic Clove 2
Salt to taste
Red Chilly Powder 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Powder 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Karahi Paneer Masala 1 tsp
Garam Masala 1/4 teaspoon.
Cream or Milk 3 tablespoons
Kastoori Methi (Optional)
Chopped fresh coriander for garnish.


METHOD

Cut The Onion in 4 parts and take out each layer. In a pan Heat Oil, Add Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds, 1 Dry Red Chilly & Saute. Now Add Chopped Ginger, Garlic, Green Chill, Onion & Sauté for a minute.

Add Bell Pepper & Chopped Tomato Cook for 2 mins. Now Add the Cottage Cheese, Salt, Red Chilly Powder, Corriander Powder, Karahi Paneer Masala & Tomato Puree & Mix Well.

After 5 minutes add 2 tablespoons of Cream or Milk and simmer and cook for another 5 minutes. Your curry is ready now.

Add Kastoori Methi & Garam Masala. Mix Well. Serve hot with Roti, Naan or Lachha Paratha.

TIP - If using frozen Paneer, after defrosting, put paneer in boiling water for about 10 mins.This will make it soft.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

SHAHI PANEER


As the name suggests this is a recipe that was extensively used by the royals in India. The rich creamy curry is  made with fresh cubes of cottage cheese. Its an all time favourite for vegetarians and very popular in restaurants.


Preparation Time 30 mins

Serves 2 to 3


INGREDIENTS

Paneer (cottage cheese) 200gms
Onion 1 medium
Green Chilly 1slit
Tomatoes 3 medium sized
Ginger 2 inch Piece
Garlic Clove 2
Water half cup
Green Cardamom 2
Butter 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Sugar a pinch
Red Chilly Powder 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Powder 1/2 teaspoon
Garam Masala 1/4 teaspoon.
3 tbsp Cream or Milk (1 cup)
Kastoori Methi (Optional)
Chopped fresh coriander for garnish.



METHOD

Roughly chop the onions and tomatoes. In a cooker add the chopped onion, tomatoes, green Chilly, ginger, garlic and cardamom and half cup of water.

Pressure cook for 10 minutes, then open the cooker and blend all the ingredients to a puree. Then strain this gravy through a sieve.

In another pan add butter and this gravy bring to a boil, simmer and add red chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala, sugar and salt. After 5 minutes add 2 tablespoons of Cream or Milk and simmer and cook for another 5 minutes. Your curry is ready now.

Add the paneer just before serving and heat for 2 -3 minutes. Add Kastoori Methi.Serve hot with Roti, Naan or Lachha Paratha.

TIP - If using frozen Paneer, after defrosting, put paneer in boiling water for about 10 mins.This will make it soft.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

SAGO KHICHDI (SABUT DANA)

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Serves 2


INGREDIENTS        
SAGO 

Sago 1 cup
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Potato chopped 1 small
Peanuts 2 tbsp
Curry leaves 7 or 8
Green chilly 1 slit 
Sea salt as per taste
Red chilly powder 1/2 tsp
Oil 1 tbsp

METHOD

Soak the sago with 4 cups of water overnight. Drain the excess water and take the sago out in a strainer to get rid of all the water. Let it dry a little.

In a pan add oil and let it heat, then add the mustard seeds let crackle. Add the chopped potato and cover with a lid for 3 - 4 minutes. Check if the potato is cooked.

Then add the curry leaves, green chilly and peanuts. Add the sago, salt and red chilly powder, cook for a minute. Mix well and serve hot. 

BULGUR WHEAT SALAD

Serves 2
Preparation Time: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS

SALAD 
Bulgur wheat (daliya) 1/2 cup
Split yellow lentil (Moong) 1/2 cup
Cucumber chopped 1/2 cup
Onion chopped 2 tbsp
Capsicum chopped 2 tbsp
Roasted peanuts 2 tbsp

FOR THE DRESSING

Olive oil 2 tbsp
Lemon juice 2 tbsp
Garlic chopped 2
Salt and Pepper as per taste

METHOD

Dry roast the bulgur wheat. Wash the yellow lentil thoroughly. In a cooker add water just to cover the bulgur wheat and yellow lentil, pressure cook  for about 3 to 4 mins. Just one whistle and close the flame. Release the steam and let the mixture cool.

In a bowl mix rest of the ingredients and add the bulgur wheat and lentils. Mix all the ingredients of the dressing in a bowl and mix well with the salad just before serving.

DAL MAKHNI

Preparation Time: 1 hour
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS


Whole Black Gram (Sabut Urad)1 cup
Red kidney beans 2 tbsp
Tomato 2 medium
Tomato purée 5 tbsp
Ginger 1.5 inch
Garlic 2 cloves
Green chilly 1
This is a rich Vegetarian Indian Curry known as Dal Makhni.
DAL MAKHNI
Black Cardamom 1
Bay leaf 2
Cinnamon 1 stick of about 1.5 inch
Clove 1
Cumin seeds 1 tbsp
Asafoetida (hing) a pinch
Red chilly powder 1 tsp
Garam Masala 1tsp
Clarified butter (Ghee) 1 tsp
Milk 1 cup
Cream 1 tbsp (optional)
Butter 1tbsp
Whole red chilly 1
Chopped Coriander for garnish

METHOD

In a bowl mix the lentils and red kidney beans, wash thoroughly and then soak this mixture with enough water overnight. 
Wash the lentils once agin and drain the excess water. In a pressure cooker  add the lentils mixture and 4 cups of water. (It should roughly be double the level of lentils).

Add 1 tsp salt, bay leaf and black cardamom. Bring it to boil and pressure cook for 10 mins on full flame and  about 15 mins on slow flame.

In a pan put the clarified butter, cumin seeds let it crackle add the cinnamon, clove, garlic, chilly, ginger and asafoetida. Put this Mixture in a liquidiser along with the tomatoes and blend to a smooth paste.

Put this mixture back in a pan and add red chilly powder let it cook on a slow flame till the oil separates. Open the cooker and check if the lentil is properly cooked. Take out the bay leaf and black cardamom and throw it.

Add the tomato mix to the lentils and then add the tomato purée. Let it cook for 10 minutes on slow flame then add milk cook for another 10 mins. Put the cream and add the garam masala and stir.

Just before serving heat the butter add the whole red chilly, heat for about 30 secs and put it on the dal. Garnish with green coriander and serve hot.

Friday, 21 March 2014

RAVA IDLI CHATPAT


Preparation Time : 5 Minutes
Serves 1

IDLI CHATPAT

INGREDIENTS

Idli 1 (Idli recipe http://thedalroti.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/idli.html)
Green Chutney 1 tsp
Tomato Sauce 1 tsp
Namkeen Bhujia 1 tbsp
Cucumber for garnish

METHOD

Put the Idli on a plate and spread the green chutney and tomato sauce.

Put some bhujia or any namkeen of your choice.

Garnish with cucumber.

SAUTEED IDLI


Preparation Time : 5 minutes
SAUTEED IDLI
Serves 2- 3

INGREDIENTS

Idli - 6 (To make the idli follow this recipe http://thedalroti.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/idli.html)
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Green Chilly 2 slit
Curry Leaves fresh or dried a few
Oil 1 tbsp.

METHOD

Cut the Idli from the centre vertically and horizontally. You will get 4 pieces from each idli.

In a pan heat the oil, add the mustard seeds, let it crackle then add the slit chillies and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.

Now add the idli pieces and saute till brown. Serve hot with green chutney.


BAGEL DELIGHT


Preparation Time : 5 minutes
Serves 2

BAGEL DELIGHT

INGREDIENTS


Bagel 2
Pizza Sauce 2 tbsp
Butter 1tsp
Grated Cheese 2 tbsp
Jalapeno Chopped 1 tbsp
Red Peppers Chopped 1 tbsp
Salt & Pepper to taste
Oregano (Optional)

METHOD

Cut the bagel from between, so that you have two semi circles.

Put 1 tbsp of pizza sauce at the bottom half and 1/2 tsp of butter on the top half.

On the bottom half now put the cheese, jalapeno, red pepper and season with salt pepper and oregano.

Place the top half and grill it for about 2 to 3 mins. Serve Hot with Chips. 

Monday, 17 March 2014

RAVA IDLI

IDLI

Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes

Serves 2 -3 people.

INGREDIENTS



1 Cup Semolina (Sooji )
1 Cup Yoghurt  (Dahi )
1 teaspoon Soda Bicarbonate (You can alternatively use ENO)
1 teaspoon Salt
Oil for greasing the moulds.

IDLI BATTER

METHOD

In a bowl, mix the Semolina and yoghurt to form a smooth paste. You may add a little water if the mixture isn't getting properly mixed.(this depends on the quality of yoghurt being used). Now add salt and Eno and let the batter sit for 5 minutes. It should look like the picture given alongside.

DEMOULDING
In the Idli pot add water and grease the idli tray. Cover it for 3 minutes so that steam starts to build up. Add 1 tbsp of this mixture in the mould and put it in the idli pot. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes. 

Serve hot with sambhar and chutney or use it as a quick snack.

TIP : Let it rest for 5 minutes and use only the tip of the knife to demould.
As you may break the idli elsewise.

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