Sunday, December 30, 2007

..................................Dahi Palak

.......................Tomato Pickle

....................Sponge Cake Bars

....................STUFFED DATES.................... Crispy French toast Looking forward to try and share a bunch of yummy food in the comming year

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sponge Cake Bars

Ingredients :

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup +2 tbs sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Set rack at the middle level in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Combine eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture then add half the milk mixture. Continue to alternate beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Spray cake pan with non stick spray
Pour the batter in to pan and smooth top
Bake cake about 20min until a toothpick comes out clean
Cool pan for 5 minutes and cut in to sqares

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Sugar Cookies

This is my first attempt to bake cookies and I started with basic sugar and butter cookies I made a shape of square but after baking they endup with round I have seen lot of wonderfull and yummy cookies baked by fellow bloggers ,inspired by them and started baking and the final result of my cookies are OKEY
(but not so perfect) and i have taken this recipe from Asha ji's "Foodies hope "

Ingredients :
1 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp soda, 1/4 tsp salt ,1/2 cup soft butter,1/3 cup sugar ( I used sugar powder) ,1/2 tsp vanilla extract ,1/2 cup chopped cashews ,sugar for sprinkle
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy , shift all the above dry ingredients
Add the dry ingredients in batches to the creamed butter and sugar mixture
Make a soft dough, divide in to equal parts ,shape as u like ,sprinkle with sugar and cashews and refrigerate for 1/2 hour
Preheat oven to 350 and bake for 12 to 15 min
cool and done .

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tomato Pickle

4 tomatos ( chopped finely)
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp methi seeds
3 dry red chillis
pinch of hing
1 tsp musturd seeds
pinch of turmuric
5 tbs oil
2 tbs tamarind paste


Heat 1 tbs oil in a pan add chopped tomatos fry for 4 to 5 min mashing with back of spoon in the middle ,HEAT remaining oil in another pan when oil is hot add methi seeds,musturd seeds,red chillis and hing then add mashed tomatos and tamarind paste cook on a low flame for 15 to 2o min until oil is separated completely then add chilli powder and salt cook for another 5 min

cool and store in refrigerator

Monday, December 10, 2007

Chicken in Green Gravy


2 chicken breast cubed( u can use dark meat or white meat which ever u prefer 2 cups)
4 tbs oil
1tsp cumin and musturd seeds
2 dry red chillis
2 cloves and cardamom pods

for grinding :

1/2 cup cilantro
6 green chillis
4 garlic cloves
2 in ginger
1 tsp pepper powder
1 tsp coriander powder
2 tbs coconut ( fresh or dry)
1/2 cup pudina leaves
1 tomato (small)
1 onion (small)

grind all the above ingredients to a smooth paste by adding 1/4 cup water


Heat 2 tbs oil in a pan add cubed chicken ,salt and turmuric close lid and cook chicken until water is eveparated
Heat remaining oil in another pan add cumin and musturd seeds,red chillis,cloves ,cardamom then add ground masala paste sautee until oil is separated on edges
When masala is cooked completely add cooked chicken and fry for 5 min then add 1 cup of water and cook for 10 min .done
Serve hot with plain rice or roti

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Dahi Palak

4 cups palak (chopped)
1/2 cup yogurt
1 onion (chopped)
2 tbs ginger (chopped)
2 tbs garlic (chopped)
1 tsp garam masala powder
4 green chillis (chopped)
3 tbs oil
1 tsp cumin and musturd seeds
1/2 tsp turmuric

Heat 1 tbs of oil in a pan add chopped spinach sautee until it is wilted and cooked
remove from pan and keep aside, in a same pan heat remaining oil add cumin and musturd seeds let them splutter then add chopped ginger,garlic,onions and green chillis fry until golden then add cooked palak ,turmuric , saltand garam masala powder sautee for 5 min ,now add yogurt mix well and cook for another 5 min.DONE