Sunday, March 30, 2008

Egg Paratha


5 eggs
1 tbs milk
6 chapatis (or) pulkas (or) tortillas
1 cup onions ( chopped)
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp chat masala
oil ( for making parathas)

Beat eggs with 1 tbs of milk and pour in to plate like as shown in below picture
Heat skillet with 1 tsp of oil
Take one pulka dip in egg mixture on both sides and drop it on a skillet
( if u want u can pour some more egg mixture with spoon )then
sprinkle with salt ,chilli powder and cilantro, drizzle with oil and cook on both sides until golden
Once paratha is cooked on both sides , fill with 2 tbs of chopped onions and sprinkle with chat masala
Do the same processess with remaining pulkas
Done serve hot

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ghee rice with Moong dal curry

Ingredients for Moond dhal

1 cup whole moong dhal ( green )
1 tomato (chopped)
1 onion (chopped)
3 garlic cloves ( chopped)
1 tsp cumin seeds and musturd seeds
1/2 tsp turmuric
1 tsp chillis powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp kasuri methi
2 tbs oil
1 tbs butter
2 cardamom pods,cloves,cinnamon


Soak moong dal over night

Heat oil in a preassure cooker add cumin seeds ,musturd seeds,cardamom pods,cloves ,cinnamon fry for min then add chopped garlic fry until golden

Now add chopped onions ,salt,turmuric sautee untill onions are soft then add chopped tomatoes,garam masala,kasurimethi,chilli powder cook on low flame until tomatoes are mashed

Now add soaked moong dhal and 2 cups water ,mix everything and cook until 2 wistles ( or until dal becomes soft) open lid and add chopped cilantro and butter


Ingredients for ghee rice

2 cups basmathi rice
1/2 cup frozen green peas
2 cardamom pods,cloves,cinnamon
3 green clillis (slit)
3 tbs ghee


Wash rice 2 to 3 times and soak for 30 min

Add 1: 2 ratio of rice and water add salt and 1/2 tsp ghee or butter ,cook until rice is fluffy , spread it on a wide plate and cool for sometime

Cook frozen green peas with salt in a microwave for 3 min

Heat ghee in a wide pan add cardamom,cloves,cinnamon,green clillis fry for a min then add green peas and cooled rice mix everything fry for 2 to 3 min

Adjust salt and done

Serve hot with moongdal curry

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mini Spinach Pizzas

Ingredients for dough

1/2 cup warm water
1-1/2 cup all purpose flouse
1 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tbs olive oil

2 tbs corn meal for dusting pan

Ingredients for toppings

1/2 cup marinara sauce ( I used store bought)
1 cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
1/2 cup frozen spinach (sqeeze out water completely)
1 onion (chopped)
1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
3 garlic cloves ( chopped)
2 tbs oil

Take warm water in a glass bowl add yeast ,sugar,salt keep aside for 10 min
Now add oil and flour ,mix everything to a soft dough
Apply oil and over with wet towel and keep in a warm place for 1 hour
In a pan heat oil and add garlic and red chilli flakes fry for a min then add onions and salt sautee untill onions are soft then add spinach (sqeeze out water completely) fry for 3 min and keep aside
Now take baking pan sprinkle with corn meal and spread dough ( what ever shape and size u want )
Now spread marinara sauce and add a layer of cheese and spinach mixture
Preheata oven to 450 c
Bake for 10 to 12 min until u get golden color

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Vegetable Malai Masala


1 cup potatoes (chopped)
1 cup paneer (cubed)
1 cup green peas (frozen)
1/2 cup carrots (chopped)
2 tbs oil

For gravy

1 tbs oil
2 cardamom pods
2 tomatoes (chopped)
1 tbs ginger (chopped)
1/2 cup cashews
8 green chillis
2 tsp kasuri methi
1 tsp garam masala powder
2 tbs butter
2 tbs cream

Heat oil in a pan add potatoes and carrots sprinkle with salt and fry on high flame for 2 min then turn the flame to low ,cover and cook until potatoes are fork tender
Now add paneer cubes and green peas fry for 2 more min ,turn off heat and keep aside
Heat 1 tbs oil in another pan add cardamom pods ,ginger and green chillis fry for a minute then add chopped tomatoes cover and cook untill tomatoes are soft then add cashews,kasuri methi , and garam masala ,mix everything ,turn off heat let it cool for 5 min then add everything to blender ,and make a smooth paste
Transfer the above blended masala paste to a pan and add cooked vegetables and 1 cup water, bring to a boil then add butter and cream ,MIX and adjust salt
Done serve hot with roti or pulao

Friday, March 21, 2008

Califlower Manchurian


3 cups califlower florets
1 cup corn starch
1/2 cup all purpose flour
oil for deep frying

For making sauce

2 tbs garlic (chopped finely)
2 tbs ginger (chopped finely)
1 cup onions (chopped finely)
5 to 6 green chillis (grind to a chunkey paste)
1 bell pepper ( chopped in to cubes) optional
1/2 cup cilantro
2 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs tomato ketchup
1 tbs chilli garlic sauce ( optional)
3 tbs oil
1/2 tsp sugar

Boil califlower florets with salt and water for 1o min ,until raw smell is gone,drain and keep them aside
In a bowl make a loose batter of corn starch,all purpose flour,salt and water
Heat oil in a pan ( for deep frying) ,dip califlower florets in to batter and drop in to oil ,fry on medium flame until crisp
Drain in paper towel and keep aside
Heat 3 tbs oil in a wide pan
Add chopped garlic and ginger fry for 2 min then add green chilli paste ,onions and cilantro sautee until onions become soft then bell peppers fry for another 2 min
Now add soysauce,tomato ketchup,and chilli garlic sauce mix everything and add
above fried califlower florets ,mix everything and fry on a high flame for 5 min
Done serve hot

If u want a saucy manchurian to eat with fried rice then add 1 cup water to the above sauce ( before adding fried florets ) bring to boil ,adjust salt then add fried califlower florets mix and add a tbs of corn starch mixture ( 1 tsp cornstarch + 2 tsp water) Mix everything and cook until sauce becomes thick
Done serve hot with fried rice

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Stuffed eggplant with sesame seeds ( Nune Vankaya)


6 small indian Egg Plant
3 tbs black sesame seeds
4 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger root
1/2 cup cilantro
2 tbs coconut powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmuric
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tbs tamarind paste
1 tsp sugar or jaggary
5 to 6 tbs oil
1 onion ( chopped in to big chunks)
1 tsp cumin & musturd seeds
2 cloves

Heat pan on medium and toast black sesame seeds for 3 to 4 min

In a food processer add toasted sesame seeds and salt grind to a smooth powder
then add garlic,ginger,coconut powder,chilli powder,coriander powder,turmuric,cilantro ,sugar and tamarind grind everything untill smooth (do not add water)

Now add 2 tbs oil to a ground masala and mix

Make a slit in the middle of eggplants and stuff them with masala ( like as shown in above pic)

Heat oil in a pressure cooker add cloves ,cumin seeds,musturd seeds,chopped onions fry for a min then add stuffed eggplant mix and cook for 2 min then add 2 cups water cover with lid and preasure cook for 2 whistles then trun off stove and rest it for 10 min ( if eggplants are not soft u can cook them for 1 more whistle)

Done open the lid and serve hot with ghee and roti

Monday, March 17, 2008

Egg Fried Rice


2 cups cooked rice ( cooled)
2 eggs
2 green cillis
3 garlic cloves
1 cup mixed veggis (onions,bell peppers,peas,carrots)
1 tsp sugar
3 tbs oil
3 tbs say sauce

Make a paste of garlic and green chillis
Chop all veggis and keep aside
Heat oil in a pan add garlic and green chilli paste fry for 1 min then add veggis
fry on high flame until little bit cooked and crunchy ,move all veggis to corner of pan and add eggs and scramble it for 1 min then mix everything (veggis and eggs)
add salt,sugar,saysauce add cooled rice fry on high flame for 5 min
Squeeze lemon juice before serving

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Methi Palak Dal


1/2 cup toordal
1 cup methi leaves
1 cup palak
6 green chillis (chopped)
1 tomato (chopped)
1/2 onion (chopped)
4 garlic cloves (chopped)
1 stalk cilantro
3 to 4 tbs oil
1 tsp cumin and musturd seeds
2 dry red chillis
1/2 tsp turmuric


Wash toor dal ,preasure cook untillll soft , mash cooked dal and Keep aside

Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds,musturd seeds,dry redchillis when cumin seeds spluter add chopped garlic and fry for 1 min then add chopped onions , green chillis ,turmuric sautee for 2 min then add tomatoes ,methi leaves , palak leaves cook until both greens become soft then add cooked and mashed dal ,salt ,cilantro and water until u get required consistancy cover and cook on medium plame for 10 min

Done saeve hot with rice and pickle

Friday, March 14, 2008

Paper Dosa

Ingredients for dosa batter

5 cups raw rice
1 cup urad dal
1 cup poha (atukulu)
1 tsp methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)

After fermenting

1/2 tsp baking soda


Wash rice , urad dal and poha add methi seeds mix everything and SOAK overnight with enough water (atleast 8 hours)

Next morning drain water from above soaked mixture and grind in to a course batter by adding just enough water ( it must be like a pancake batter consistancy)

Now keep the batter for fermenting atleast 7 hours or overnight

( If weather is cold keep the batter in oven and turn on oven light or preheat oven for 5 min ,turn off and keep batter )

Befor making dosa add salt and 1/2 tsp baking soda ,mix well

Batter is ready for dosa

Potato filling

Ingredients for Potato filling

2 potatoes ( boiled)

1 big onion (sliced)

4 green chillis (slit)

1 tbs ginger (chopped)

1 tsp cumin and musturd seeds

1/4 cup cilantro


3 tbs oil

1/2 tsp turmuric

1 tbs chana dal


Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds,musturd seeds,chanadal fry for 1 min then add ginger ,onions,greenchillis ,turmuric and salt sautee until onions become soft then add boiled potato cubes ,cilantro and 1/4 cup water mix eveything and cook for 3 min ( If u want u can add frozen peas)


Ingredients for Onion spread

1 cup onions( chopped)

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp tamaring paste


Grind everything to a chunkey paste and keep aside

pappula podi ( roasted chanadal powder )

1/2 cup pappulu ( roasted chanadal or chutney dal)

1 tsp cumin seeds ( toasted)

1 small piece tamarind

5 dry red chillis( toasted)


grind everything to a fine powder

For making dosa

Heat dosa griddle to medium heat and spread batter with laddle like as shown in below picture then add 1 tsp oil and spread onion paste and sprinkle dal powder

and add 1 scoop of potato filling in the middle and fold ``

For cone dosa cut one half of dosa in middle as shown in below picture and turn it round

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Shrimp biryani


2 cups basmathi rice
2 cups shrimp ( I used frozen salad shrimp , u can use any shrimp)
1/2 cup onions ( sliced)
1 tbs ginger garlic paste
1 tsp coriender powder
1 tsp chilli powder
4 to 5 green chillis( slit)
3/4 cup yogurt
1/2 cup cilantro and pudina leaves
3 tbs biryani masala (I used shan chicken biryani masala)
4 tbs oil
2 tbs butter ( chopped in to small cubes)
2 tbs cashews
1 tsp garam masala powder
2 cloves, gardamom ,cinnamon
saffron color


Wash basmathi rice 2 to 3 times and soak for 30 min

Wash shrimp with salt and water and marinate with ginger garlic paste ,salt,coriander powder,redchilli powder for 30 min

Boil water in a large vessel add tbs oil and soaked rice cook until 95% is cooked, drain and keep aside

In a pan heat 4 tbs oil add cloves,cardamom ,cinnamon and marinated shrimp fry

on medium flame until shrimp is tender then add onion ,green chillis and fry for 2 more min then add yogurt,cilanto,mint,biryani masala ,cashews adjust salt and cook for 5 to 10 min until thickkkkk gravy

Now add cooked rice on top of shirmp gravy ,sprinkle with garam masala,cilantro, butter , saffron color and cook on very low flame for 15 to 20 min

If u want to can transfer everything to oven proof dish cover with foil and bake on 350 for 20 to 30 min

Done serve hot with sliced onions and lemon

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Sesame noodles with fried egg

I was expecting a surprise ingredient from divya,and I was eagarly waiting to know the ingredient ,finally I got a package last week and the surprise ingredient is SESAME SEEDS along with sesame seeds I also received cute bunny and a lovely card .Thank you soo much divya for lovely card and bunny

3 cups boiled noodles
1 cup chopped veggis ( carrots,beans,onions,spring onions,celery ,cabbage,peas )
3 garlic cloves
2 green chillis
3 tbs oil
1 tbs sesame seeds ( roasted)
1 tsp sugar
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs rice wine venigar
In a chopper make a chunkey paste of garlic and green chillis
Heat oil in a wide pan add garlic and green chilli paste fry for 1 min then add
chopped veggis fry on high flame until all veggis are crisp tender then add sugar,salt,soysauce and venigar fry for one more min and add boiled noodles
mix everything and sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds
For fried egg just make a plain omlet with egg ,salt and pepper
done serve hot noodles with fried egg

And I am waiting for the conformation from 2 other girls to send the surprice ingredient
I am so happy that I received this award fromdear friend CHITRA ,thank u so muchh chitra

Friday, March 7, 2008

Allam Rasam ( ginger rasam)

2 tomatoes ( chopped)
3 garlic cloves ( chopped)
1 inch ginger root ( chopped)
cilantro and curry leaves
1/2 tsp turmuric
1 tsp rasam powder
6 to 7 green chillis ( chopped)
2 tbs oil
1 tsp cumin and musturd seeds
2 dry redchillis
1 tsp sugar
Heat oil in a saucepan add cumin seeds,musturd seeds,dry redchillis,green chillis,garlic,ginger and curry leaves sautee untill garlic turns light brown
then add turmuric to pan mix and add chopped tomatoes ,cilantro and salt
cover and cook tomatoes until mushy then add 3 cups of water,rasam powder,sugar bring to boil .
done serve hot with rice

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Pepper chicken fry

1 lb whole chicken (or) 4 chicken thighs ( do not use only breast meat)
1 large Onion (chopped)
1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
1 tsp Pepper Powder
1 Tomato (chopped)
1/2 tsp turmuric
2 to 3 Cloves
piece of Cinnamon
1 tbs Ginger and Garlic paste
5 green chillis (slit)
4 tbs oil
1 tsp cumin and musturd seeds

Heat oil in a wide pan add cloves, cinnamon,cumin seeds,musturd seeds when they start to splutter add chopped onions , green chillis and salt fry until onions become golden brown
Then add ginger garlic paste ,turmuric fry 2 min then add chopped tomatoes ,garam masala
sautee on low flame untill tomatoes are mushy and oil ozzes out of masala
Add chicken and fry for 3 to 4 min on high then cover and cook on a low flame until chicken
is cooked completely ( do not add any water)
Once chicken is cooked completely add pepper powder and fry for 2 more min
serve hot with rice or roti

Monday, March 3, 2008

Fruit pie


1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut in to cubes)
5 tablespoons shortening (cut in to cubes)
1/4 cup ice cold water

Keep butter & shortening into freezer for about 20 minutes.

Take all-purpose flour, brown sugar, salt and baking powder into the bowl ans mix well.

Mix butter and shortening cubes to above flour mixture with fork ( do not over mix)

Sprinkle with ice water untill all the flour comes together ( dough must not be wet)

Place this dough into plastic wrap , chill in refrigerator for a 20 to 30 minutes.

Remove from refrigerator and press the dough in to pie pan

place foil above the dough and add cup of dry beans ( blind baking)

bake at preheated 350 oven for 25 to 30 min and cool

For fruit topping
1 cup apples
1 cup pineapples
2 tbs butter
1 tsp cornstarch or all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
Heat pan add butter when butter melts add fruits cook for 5 min then add brown sugar and cook on a low flame untill apples become soft , sprinkle with flour or cornstarch to make it thick, mix well and pour on cooled crust .
refrigerate for 1 hour