Sunday, 21 January 2018

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

My today's recipe is extremely simple. It hardly takes just 10 to 15 minutes to prepare. It is so easy and so exotic that you will be left wondering.

We are in a fast food generation. No one is having any time. Instant gratification is needed. So one day I had some unexpected guests and being winter season they expressed desire to have something light, hot and sweet.

I asked for 5-10 minutes and checked what is all available. Fruits, sweets and ice-cream were there but expectations were for  hot and sweet. I had a can of pineapple also available at that time but again it was not a hot material to delight guests.So I was thinking of what will make pineapple wear different taste. I realized cinnamon goes very well with pineapple;honey will make it bit sweet and lemon will make it tangy. I just placed the slice on the grill marinated with honey, cinnamon powder and little bit of olive oil. I mixed all these ingredients and and then dipped pineapple slice in this mixture and then grilled it. 

This gave it a smoky flavour. It got grill lines, hot, sweet and tangy giving my guests out of the world experience 

Preparation Time :  5 Min

Cooking Time : 10 Min

Ingredients  : 

  • Pineapple slice 8 to 10 (fresh or Canned)
  • Honey 1 Tablespoon
  • Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon 
  • Cinnamon powder 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Olive oil 1 Teaspoon
  • Few mint leaves for garnishing 
Procedure  :  
  • Take all the ingredients

  • In a bowl take Honey, oil, lemon juice and cinnamon powder mix it well

  • Dip pineapple slice in the mixture

  • Heat a grill pan

  • place pineapple slice on grill pan

  • Caramelise it for 3 to 4 minute or till it get nice grill marks as shown in picture

  • Cook it from both side
  • Repeat the step with rest of the pineapple slice 

  • Serve it garnish with mint leaves and enjoy

Tip :

  • Better to use a fresh one 

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies

Christmas festivities are year celebration mood is already set in....everywhere chocolates are cakes are visible. I was sitting idle and thinking. Thinking about cooking. Is it all about set of rules and recipes that have to be followed to get the outcome you desire.

I took a pause and looked around what all ingredients I am having. I found nuts, cornflakes, dark chocolate, peanut butter etc. and i thought of doing an experiment. I started rehearsing in my mind what i want. The process I adopted was a bit unusual but the end result delighted me. I was able to create a very nutty crunchy chocolate cookies full of nutrients and suitable to the occasions around that to with in 6-7 minutes!!

My thoughts became firm, cooking is not only following rules and laws. It is more about how much your love to experiment and give shape to your creativity.

For 12 to 16 cookies

Preparation Time : 5 to 7 Min

Cooking time :  4 to 5 Min

Ingredients :  

  • Cooking chocolate dark 100 gm
  • Cornflakes 1 Cup (I used brownie flavour of Kellogg's)
  • Muesli 1/2 cup (I used Kellogg's Muesli nuts delight
  • Peanut Butter 2 tablespoon
  • Honey 1 Tablespoon (optional)
  • Parchment paper as required 

Procedure  :  
  • In a double boiler melt chocolate compound nicely 

  • Once the chocolate comes to a smooth texture, add honey to this and mix it

  • Now add Peanut butter to this

  • Mix it, add cornflakes and nuts muesli

  • On a parchment paper place a small portion of this mixture

  • Repeat the steps with the rest of mixture

  • Now keep this in refrigerator for 30 to 40 minutes 

  • Transfer this into an airtight box 

  • Enjoy with tea coffee or milk 

Tip : You can give variation to this according to your taste by adding nuts of your choice

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Bread Cheese Canape

Bread Cheese Canapé  

Winters are in. Time to enjoy winter veggies. My favourite one is green Chana. I prefer to add these Chana in various vegetables that i cook. Recently I prepared another variant of evening snacks using these Chana and paneer. I prepared paneer bhurji which is quite popular in our homes. For variation to that I added green chana and put crushed black pepper.

This gave it a different taste and crunchiness of chana made it more delicious. Once this stuff is ready I placed it on top of brown bread canapes, to make them more tempting for kids to pick one and gulp down. It is  nutritious and a change from routine evening snacks. Great option which is filling, healthy and innovative.

Enjoy and delight your family...

Preparation Time :  20 Min

Cooking Time : 15 Min

Ingredients :

  • Cottage Cheese (paneer ) 200 gm
  • Onion 1 medium size sliced
  • Potato 1  medium size disced 
  • Green chana 1/2 cup
  • Green chilly chopped 2
  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black pepper crushed 1 tea spoon
  • Sant according to taste
  • Oil 2 tablespoon for cooking
  • Coriander chopped 1 Tablespoon
  • Brown bread slice 4
Procedure :  
  • Slice onion keep aside, chop potato keep a side

  • In a pan take oil 1 1/2 tablespoon heat it add cumin seeds

  • Now add sliced onion to this cook it for a minute or two
  • Now add potato to this and on low flame cook this for 5 minute or till the potato is cooked

  • Add salt, chopped green chill along with crushed pepper

  • Mix it add green chana and cook is fro 3 minutes

  • Crumble cottage cheese and add to the mixture

  • Now increase the flame to high and cook the whole mixture for two to three minute. Make sure that all water is evaporated but paneer should not be over cooked

  • Add chopped coriander to this

For Canapés   
  • Take brown bread cut, it into square or rounds what ever shape you like
  • Toast it on hot tava from both the side by applying little oil.

  • Now place small portion of paneer and chana bhurji as shown in picture

  • Repeat the steps with rest of the canapes 

  • Serve it with a glass of milk or juice 
  • Or you can serve this bhurji with lacha parantha and butter milk .. the way you like 

Tip :   
  • If you wish you can apply green chutney to bread canapé to make it more spicy
  • You can give it more colours by adding bell pepper to your bhurji
  • You can use this as a sandwich filling
  • Variations are unlimited ...