Tuesday, January 31, 2012

TUTTI FRUITY COOKIES ( EGGLESS)

    This is one of the fantastic cookies i have baked so far. when i saw this recipe in Sharmis place without any second thought i bookmarked this and i tried this in a week. But i couldn’t click the pictures as kids feasted on this yummy cookies and my hubby also asked me to pack a few for his friends. Last week i made this again and finally i clicked this with step wise pictures.
cookies
Source:Sharmis Passion
INGREDIENTS:
ALL PURPOSE FLOUR(MAIDA) 1 CUP
UNSALTED BUTTER 6TBSP
POWDERED SUGAR 1/2 CUP
TUTTI FRUITY 1/3 CUP
MILK 1 TO 2 TBLSP
ORANGE ZEST 1 TSP(OPTIONAL)
cookies
METHOD:
  • In a bowl cream the butter and sugar.
  • When this becomes fluffy add this to the all purpose flour and add the tutti fruity and orange zest (if adding)to this.
  • When i made for the first time i added orange zest, but while i made this for the second time, i didn’t have oranges.
  • Knead this into a dough by adding a tblsp of milk to this.
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  • Roll this into a log and wrap this in a butter paper.
  • Dust with some flour if needed.
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  • Freeze this for 40 mins and after that cut them into thick slices using a knife.
  • Don’t try to cut this into thin pieces. The this will tend to break.
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  • Preheat the oven at 150 degrees and bake the cookies for 10 to 12 mins.
  • Take out carefully and cool this completely.
  • Store in airtight container and enjoy.
cookies
Notes:
  • These cookies tend to brown easily so keep a close watch after 10 mins
  • Mine got done in 13 mins.
  • I added a tsp  of orange juice to this and this enhanced the flavor.
  • If you don’t have tutti frutti just replace with any nuts of your choice.

Friday, January 27, 2012

DAL KHICHDI RECIPE

    If you are searching for a comforting one pot meal then this is a perfect recipe which can be made in a jiffy. I learnt this recipe from my neighbor from whom i learnt the recipe of Kachori . I always follow this method for making this dal kichidi. dal kichidi

INGREDIENTS

BASMATI RICE 1/2 CUP
GREEN MOONG DAL(SPLIT) 1/2 CUP
VEGETABLES 1/2 CUP
RED CHILLI POWDER 1/2 TSP
CORIANDER POWDER 1/2 TSP
CUMIN SEEDS 1/4 TSP
OIL/GHEE 1 TSP
ONION 1 NO
GARAM MASALA A PINCH(OPTIONAL)
SALT AS NEEDED
dal kichidi

METHOD:

  • Wash and soak the rice and dal in 3 cups of water for 20 minutes.
  • In a pressure cooker add oil/ghee and throw in the cumin seeds.
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  • Now add the onions and saute till it becomes translucent.
  • Add the veggies( i added carrots, beans , cauliflower and green peas)
  • Saute for 2 minutes and add the red chili powder, coriander powder and salt.
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  • Add the soaked rice and dal along with the water.
  • Pressure cook for 3 whistles.
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  • Serve hot with plain curd or onion raitha and papad.

dal kichidi

Note:

  1. Raw rice or sona masoori rice can be used instead of basmati rice.
  2. Pepper powder can be added instead of red chili powder.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

CRUNCHY NUTELLA TRUFFLES – CELEBRATING 200TH POST.

     It has been a more than 2 years , I am blogging and and i have gained a lot of friends and without the support of you all it  cannot be possible. I am posting my 200th post today and this makes me to feel so proud and happy and to celebrate this occasion i made a truffle which i bookmarked from Deesha's Space. She has a wonderful collection of vegetarian recipes and this one is very easy to make with only 5 ingredients.
chocolate truffles
INGREDIENTS:(yields 9-10 truffles)
Source:Vegetable Platter
NUTELLA 4 TBLSP
BUTTER 1 TSP
CHOCO CHIP COOKIES 8 BISCUITS
CORNFLAKES 2 HAND FUL
COCOA POWDER FOR ROLLING
CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
  • Microwave the butter and nutella for 2 mins.
  • Add the crushed corn flakes and choco chip biscuits and mix well.
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  • Keep it aside and when this comes to room temperature make this into balls.
  • Roll over cocoa powder and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
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  • This recipe is done in a jiffy.
truffles
NOTE:
  1. Choco chip biscuits can be replaced with digestive biscuits or any oat meal cookies.
  2. You can add finely chopped almonds or cashew nuts or walnuts to this before rolling or even mix with cocoa powder for rolling.
Serving Suggestion.
  • Before rolling into truffles this crunchy crumbles can be served as an topping for ice cream or Custard.
  • These truffles be put in a mixer along with  a cup of milk to make an yummy chocolate milkshake

Thursday, January 19, 2012

PANEER KORMA RECIPE | SIDE DISH FOR ROTI

         This time I wanted to try out a new paneer recipe other than the usual Paneer Butter masala which i make every week. This I tried out a few days back and it tasted very nice , my little one who doesn’t eat anything with rotis, except butter, feasted on the gravy.

korma

INGREDIENTS:

PANEER CUBES 1 CUP
ONION 1 NO
TOMATO 1 NO
GREEN CHILLI 1 NO
COCONUT 2 TBLSP(GRATED)
CUMIN SEEDS 1/4 TSP
CASHEW NUTS 4-5 NO
GARLIC 3-4 PODS
SALT AS NEEDED
GARAM MASALA A PINCH
RED CHILLI POWDER 1/4 TSP
CORIANDER POWDER 1/4 TSP
MILK 3/4 CUP
OIL 1 TBLSP
KORMA

METHOD:

  • Roughly chop the onions and fry them in a tsp of oil till it turns golden brown.
  • When it is cool, grind this along tomato and a pod of garlic.
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  • In a pan, add oil and transfer the ground masala.
  • Add red chili powder and coriander powder to this.
  • Saute nicely till the oil separates.
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  • Grind the coconut, green chili , garlic(2 pods) and cashew nuts into a smooth paste.
  • Add this to the onion tomato gravy.
  • Add the paneer cubes and milk to this (bring paneer to room temp.before adding)
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  • Do not boil for more than 2 minutes after adding milk and the coconut masala.
  • Switch off the flame and add a pinch of garam masala and mix well.

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  • Serve hot with roti or puloa.

paneer korma 

NOTE:

  1. Fennel seeds can be added instead of cumin seeds.
  2. Whole garam masala can be tempered before adding the onion tomato gravy instead of adding garam masala at the end.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

CAULIFLOWER CURRY RECIPE

   When I posted the recipe of Peas Pulao I mentioned that i will post the recipe of cauliflower curry too. Though i made this many times after that, somehow i couldn’t click and today finally i clicked and sharing the recipe of Cauliflower curry|Gobi curry recipe.
cauliflower curry
INGREDIENTS:
CAULIFLOWER FLORETS 2 CUPS
ONION 1 NO
REDCHILLI POWDER 1 TSP
TOMATO KETCHUP 1 TBLSP
SALT AS NEEDED
OIL 2 TBLSP
CUMIN SEEDS 1/4 TSP
TURMERIC POWDER A PINCH
CORIANDER LEAVES FEW
CURRY
  • Wash the cauliflower florets in hot water and drain all the water completely.
  • Chop the onions finely.
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  • Heat oil in a pan and add oil , cumin seeds to this.
  • Then add the chopped onions to this and fry till it turns golden brown.
  • Add the red chilli powder, tomato ketchup and turmeric powder.
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  • Now add the cauliflower florets,salt and mix it nicely.
  • Cook this in a medium flame till it becomes soft.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.( I was running out of it, so i didn't use)
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  • Serve with any pulao or roti.
cauliflower curry

Friday, January 13, 2012

KEERAI THANDHU MORKOOTU | MORKOOTU RECIPE

    This recipe is a yogurt based gravy , which my mom makes with keerai thandu(stem of the spinach) and vazhaithandu(banana stem). Whenever I make  Keerai masiyal or Keerai poriyal I include the stem in that. This time I wanted to try out this morkootu as i had a sudden craving for this.

morkootu

INGREDIENTS:

SPINACH STEM (CHOPPED) 1 CUP
COCONUT 3 TBLSP
GREEN CHILLI 1 NO
CUMIN SEEDS 1/4 TSP
RICE FLOUR 1/4 TSP
COCONUT OIL 1 TSP
MUSTARD SEEDS 1/4 TSP
YOGURT(CURD) 2 TBLSP
SALT AS NEEDED

morkootu

METHOD:

  • Chop the stem of the spinach finely. Discard the root.
  • Cook this in a pan adding very less water.Add salt while cooking.
  • This will get cooked in 7-10 minutes.
  • Grind the coconut, green chilli and cumin seeds along with the rice flour into a smooth paste.Add little water while grinding.
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  • Mix the paste to the cooked spinach stem and add the yogurt to this.
  • Mix well to form a  thick gravy. do not add much water as it will make the kootu watery.
  • After adding yogurt  do not boil for a long time. Just put off the flame in a minute.
  • Temper with mustard seeds and serve with rice .
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morkootu