Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Soup Recipe- Carrot and Lentil with bread sticks

Carrot, beetroot and lentil soup

Carrot beetroot and lentil soup

Carrot beetroot and lentil soup

This is another healthy and quick soup to enjoy in winter. Last week I made this soup with fresh carrots, beetroot and added little red lentil which made the soup more thick and yummy. I  normally make only carrot and beetroot soup but this time I wanted something different. This soup is quick and tastes yum when added lemon juice. So lets start

Ingredients

Carrot 2 cups chopped
Beetroot 1/2 cup chopped
Red lentil 2 tablespoons
Dried bay leaf 1 small
Minced Garlic 1 tsp
Butter 1tsp
Salt to taste
Pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Lemon juice 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp( optional)
Veg stock 5 cups

Method

Start with peeling and chopping the vegetables.
Put the vegetables and red lentil in a pressure cooker, add little salt and 1 cup water, give 3 whistle.
Open the cooker and let it cool.
Now grind the boiled vegetables and dal in a smooth paste.
Heat butter in a heavy bottomed pan.
Add bay leaf, onion and garlic.
Fry for 2 to 3 mins.
Add the puree, salt and pepper.
Add the vegetable stock and let it boil.
Add red chilli powder.
Serve hot with baked bread sticks.


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Egg and chicken frankie

Egg chicken frankie

Chicken frankie

Chicken and egg frankie

Normally in India it is called Egg roll and chicken roll and is a very popular street food. It is very easy to make at home and it tastes delicious. If you are a vegetarian skip egg and chicken and prepare the filling with veggies. Today I made two frankies one with egg and one with chicken sausage. First lets learn how to make egg roll.
 Ingredients
Chapatis/ tortillas 1
Egg 1
Pepper powder 1/4 tsp
Oil 1 1/2 tsp
Onion 1 sliced
Green Chilli 1 chopped
Cucumber 1/2 sliced
Chaat masala 1 tsp
salt to taste
Tomato sauce 1 tsp
Green chilli sauce 1/2 tsp( optional)

Directions

First prepare the Chapati and keep aside.
( To make chapati take Whole wheat flour, oil, a pinch of salt. In a bowl mix together flour, oil and salt. Add water and make a soft dough. Divide the dough in equal sized small balls.
Take a ball, flatten it with finger tips and using a rolling pin start roll out the dough to form a circle. Use dust flour while rolling. Now in a heated skillet put the rolled out dough and cook for few mins. Flip and cook the other side too. When done keep aside.)
Now break an egg into a bowl and beat it with salt and pepper.
Heat a nonstick pan, apply oil and pour the prepared egg.
Place the chapati on top of the egg mixture and press it.
When one side is cooked flip and cook the other side.
Take it out in a flat dish.
Now place the sliced onion, cucumber, green chilli, chat masala and tomato sauce.
Roll the chapati tightly and cut into half.
Your egg roll or egg frankie is ready.
Now to prepare Chicken sausage roll make the chapati in the same way as mentioned above.
Fry the chicken sausage and cut it into small pieces.
Now put the sausage, onion, cucumber and tomato sauce.
Roll tightly, cut it into half and your Chicken sausage frankie is ready.




Egg frankie

Monday, 16 January 2017

Pasta Arrabiata

Pasta Arrabiata

Pasta Arrabiata

Pasta Arrabiata

Ingredients

Penne pasta 400g
Onion 1, finely chopped
Garlic 1 clove chopped
Red chillies 3 small chopped
Can tomatoes diced 800g
Extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup
Caster sugar 1 tablespoon
Vegetable stock 1/2 cup

Directions

Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water until tender.
Drain the pasta and keep aside.
Now heat oil in another saucepan.
Add garlic, Onion and chillies.
Stir for 5 to 6 mins
Add tomatoes and stir.
Now add the stock and bring it to boil.
Add sugar and season with salt and pepper.
Spoon sauce over pasta.
Toss and cook for 6 to 7 mins.
Serve hot.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Pasta Recipe- in Peanut butter

Pasta in hot peanut butter sauce

Pasta in hot peanut butter sauce


Pasta in hot peanut butter sauce

I never thought that pasta in peanut butter sauce could be amazing….Last Sunday I went to an Indo Chinese restaurant for lunch. I ordered Pad thai noodles in hot sauce. It was awesome…. the noodles was actually cooked in hot peanut butter sauce. So I tried this morning my pasta in hot peanut butter sauce which was delicious. Actually now I found another simple dinner or lunch recipe for weeknight meals.Creamy, spicy and slight sweetness and nutritious too, this sauce is super easy to make. Sometimes simple meals turned out just awesome. I bet all the ingredients are present in your kitchen, so lets start

Ingredients

Penne pasta 12 ounce/ spagetti can be also used
Chicken broth 1/2 cup/ vegetable broth
Minced ginger 1/2 tablespoon
Soy sauce 3tablespoon
Peanut butter 3tablespoon
Chilli tomato sauce 2 teaspoon(optional)
Honey 1/2 tablespoon
Chilli paste 1 teaspoon
Garlic 3 cloves
Chopped peanuts 3 tablespoon
Oil 2 teaspoon

Directions

Start with boiling water in a large pot.
Add pasta and cook until tender according to package instructions.
Drain water and keep aside.
Now in a small sauce pan put oil and add garlic.
Fry and add ginger.
Saute for 1 to 2 mins.
Now add chicken/ vegetable broth, soy sauce ,peanut butter, chilli paste, chilli tomato sauce and honey.
Cook over medium heat.
When the sauce thickens add pasta and toss to coat.
Garnish with chopped peanuts and serve.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Strawberry smoothie

strawberry smoothie

Strawberry Smoothie

Strawberry smoothie

Sometimes its better to start your day with simple, healthy and less fussy breakfast. For this smoothies however could be your best option, the blended beverage offers tons of nutrition as well as protein and fiber to help you keep full until your next meal. I will share various easy and yummy smoothies which are super heathy too. Today lets start with strawberry smoothie

Ingredients

Strawberries 6
Skim milk 1/2 cup
Plain yogurt 1/2 cup
White sugar 2 teaspoons, use honey to avoid sugar. Today I used sugar…… as I didn't have honey today at home.
Vanilla extract 2 teaspoons

Directions

Put all the ingredients in a blender, combine and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour in a glass and serve.

Muffin Recipe- Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry muffins

Strawberry Muffins

Whenever I feel depressed or sad I start baking something. So I decided to make muffins... soft, quick and yummy….. I baked strawberry muffins…and my recipe is super simple just flour, baking powder little oil, egg, milk and vanilla extract and strawberries. You can add nuts and choco chips instead of strawberries. You can even try with other berries like blueberries, blackberries raspberries or cherries. Believe me the aroma of strawberry muffins baking is not one you want to miss…. its just amazing.
so lets start with the ingredients

Ingredients


All purpose flour 3cups
Baking powder 1tablespoon
Baking soda 1/2teaspoon
Salt 1/3teaspoon
Ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon
Milk 1 cup
Eggs 2
Butter 1/2 pound melted
Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
Fresh strawberries 2cups
Sugar 1 1/2 cups

Directions


First preheat oven at 180C
Line muffin tins with muffin liners
Now shift flour, Baking powder, Baking soda,salt and cinnamon.
Now combine milk, eggs , vanilla extract and Butter with a mixer.
Add the egg Butter mixture into the dry ingredients.
Add strawberries and sugar and mix well.
Now spoon the batter in the muffin cups to fill the liners.
Bake for 20 to 25 mins or till the tops are nicely browned.






Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Set dosa with mixed vegetable

Set dosa and Mixed Vegetable

Set Dosa

These are soft, spongy and light dosa prepared specially for breakfast. In restaurants specielly in Bangalore where I stay, these dosas are served in a set of 3 with a very delicious mixed vegetable. Usually set dosas are cooked only on one side but I cook them on both the sides. Sometimes I even make these dosas for tiffin. I will share both set dosa and mixed vegetable curry recipe. Lets start

Ingredients

Idli dosa rice or parboiled rice 1 cup
Urad dal 2 tablespoon
Thick poha( flattened rice) 1/2 cup
Methi seeds( fenugreek seeds) 5
Sugar 1/3 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Baking soda 1/4 teaspoon
Oil for frying

Directions

First in a large bowl take rice, urad dal, fenugreek seeds.
Wash two three times in running water.
Drain water and keep aside.
Now take flattened rice and wash properly.
Strain and add flattened rice or poha to the bowl of rice, urad dal and methi seeds.
Now put flattened rice, dal and dosa rice,sugar and methi seeds in a grinder and make a smooth paste.
Pour this batter in another bowl and let it ferment for 10 hours.
Now for preparing dosa heat a nonstick pan or griddle.
The griddle has to be medium hot not very hot.
If the batter is thick then add some water and baking soda and mix well.
Take a ladle of the batter and pour it on the non stick pan or griddle.
Spread the batter carefully to make a small round dosa.
Put some oil with a spoon on the sides.
When one side is golden flip the dosa.
When the other side also gets golden lift with a spatula and serve hot.

Now for the mixed vegetable recipe we need
Carrot 1
Potato 1
Cauliflower few florets
Green peas 1/4 cup
Tomato 1 
Onion 1 
Mustard seeds 1/4 teaspoon
Urad dal 1/4 teaspoon
curry leaves 5
Salt to taste

Ingredients for grinding

Ginger 1cm length
garlic 4 cloves
greated coconut 1/2 cup
coriander and cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon each
roasted gram 2 teaspoon
green chilli 2
cinamon 1
cardamom 1
cloves 2

Directions

Lets first start with grinding the masala.
Take all the ingredients and put them in a blender.
Add little water and make a smooth paste.
Keep aside.
Now chop the vegetables.
Transfer carrot, potato, green peas and cauliflower in a pressure cooker.
Add salt and cook till 2 whistles.
Now heat a heavy bottomed pan.
Put oil and when the oil is heated add chopped onion and fry.
Add chopped tomatoes and stir.
Add the cooked vegetables and ground spices.
If required add water.
Stir and cook the vegetables well.
Let it boil for 6 to 7 mins.
When the vegetables and the masala is cooked properly take it out and serve hot with Dosa.