Friday 26 December 2014

Poha cutlets (Flattened Rice Cutlets)

Poha cutlets (Flattened Rice Cutlets)

Many times we are fed up of same dishes...hence this time tried our trusted poha with some twists and turns to bring curiosity and amusement on the faces of my family members,  without compromising any nutritious values... 

Preparation Time : 15 Min

Cooking Time : 15 Min

Ingredients :

  • 2 Boiled and grated potatoes
  • 1/2 Cup blanched green peas
  • 1 Cup soaked Poha ( flattened rice)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Pinch of hing Asofoetida 
  • 2 Chopped green chillies
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoon roasted and crushed peanuts
  • 1/2 Teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 Teaspoon chat masala
  • Salt according to taste
  • Red chilly powder according to taste
  • Spring onion greens chopped ( optional)
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped coriander 
  • 1 Lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoon cooking oil + oil for shallow frying cutlets
Procedure :
  • Finish all the preparation like cutting chopping, boiling potatoes and blanching green peas
  • Now in a pan add 2 Tablespoon of cooking oil, add cumin seeds, asofoetida, chopped ginger and garlic. Saute this for a minute. Add green chillies and chopped onions and saute this as well

  • Now add turmeric powder, salt and red chilly powder and saute this 

  • Add green peas to this, cook it for 2 minutes, now add boiled and grated potatoes to this and cook it for another 2 minutes

  • Now in a bowl take soaked poha, add green peas and potato mixture to this. Now add spring onion greens, roasted and crushed peanuts, chopped coriander, chat masala and lemon juice

  • Mix the mixture nicely and form a dough
  • Now divide the mixture into 12 - 15 portion and form round cutlets
  • Take a pan add a tablespoon of cooking oil and shallow fry your cutlets from both the sides till they are crispy and brown

  • Poha cutlets is ready enjoy it with chutney of your choice .....

Monday 22 December 2014

Marble Chocolate @ Home

Marble Chocolate @ Home

I love chocolates. Since my childhood I got attracted towards fancy chocolates. Now a days it's so simple to prepare chocolates at home as all the material is easily available in the market.
Today when I went to the market I saw full market flooded with Christmas and New Year articles. I saw a chocolate mould plate with Christmas theme shapes so I picked one and thought to prepare chocolates for friends and family

For 12 - 15 pieces

Preparation Time : 5 Min

Cooking Time :

  • For microwave 2 Min
  • For Gas stove 5 to 7 Min
Resting Time : 5 to 7 Min

Ingredients :
  • 1/2  Cup chopped white compound
  • 1/2  Cup chopped dark compound
  • Dry fruits of your choice (I used hassle nuts, raisins, almonds and cashew nuts)
  • Chocolate moulds
Procedure :
  • Chop dark and white compounds and keep it in two separate bowls

  • Now melt the chocolate compounds. If you are using microwave then microwave the chopped compound for 1 minute at medium temperature. Now rake it out and mix it well if chocolate is fully melted you will get a smooth chocolate otherwise microwave it for 30 more seconds. Make sure that the chocolate should not be over cooked
  • If you are using gas stove create a double boiler. Take water in pan, heat it and take another bowl which is having chopped chocolate compound keep it on the the pan in which water is heating. Make sure that you should continuously mix the chocolate till it is completely melted
  • Now take a chocolate mould  make sure it is dry. To make a marvel chocolate pour 1/2 side of mould with white chocolate place some dryfruits and now fill the mould with dark chocolate 

  • You can repeat this step for all the moulds. Once done, tap the moulds so that the air bubbles are not formed
  • Now keep this in freezer for 5 minutes. After 5 to 7 minutes remove this and tap the moulds to de-mould the chocolates

  • Your marvel chocolates are ready ........ surprise your kids and family..... Or you can wrap this and gift it to your friends ... And wish them marry Christmas .....

Note : Make sure that you should not over cook the chocolate. There should not be a single drop of water in utensils and mould and don't keep the chocolate in freezer for long.

Friday 19 December 2014

Oreo Cup Cake with White Chcolate Sauce

Oreo Cup Cake with White Chocolate Sauce

 Few days back I got a call from my childhood friend that she is visiting my place in next 20 minutes and I was not having enough time to plan something special for her. But suddenly I got an idea she loved chocolates and I was having only Oreo biscuits, few red trutti fruity and white chocolate.
And with these few ingredients I prepared a nice dessert for her in just 5 minutes that too in microwave oven...

Preparation Time : 5 min

Cooking Time : 5 min

Ingredients :

  • 8 Oreo Biscuits (with chocolate cream)
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped white chocolate
  • 2 Tablespoon tutti fruity
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon fruit salt
  • 1/2 Cup milk
For Garnishing :
  • White Chocolate sauce
  • 2 - 3 Oreo biscuits 
Procedure : 
  • In a mixer jar add Oreo biscuits and sugar and make a powdered mixture
  • Now in a bowl transfer Oreo biscuits mixture, add fruit salt to this, now add milk and form a smooth paste. Make sure that the mixture is in a smooth consistency, it should not be very tight nor very thin

  • Take muffin cups and apply oil to it. Now pour the Oreo mixture and add some chopped chocolate and tutti fruity, cover this with Oreo mixture again

  • Microwave this for 5 min on medium temperature 

  • You can check if the muffins are cooked or not by using knife or toothpick.
  • As the muffins are done, let's serve it and make it little bit more interesting 
  • Take a nice glass or bowl add some crushed Oreo biscuits powder to it, now place Oreo muffin, top it with warm white chocolate sauce and garnish this with a piece of Oreo biscuit

Note : for white chocolate sauce, in a bowl take some chopped chocolate add 2 tablespoon of milk and microwave this for 30 sec, mix it and then again microwave this for 30 sec chocolate sauce is ready

Monday 15 December 2014

Grilled Baby Potato and Dill Salad

Grilled Baby Potato and Dill Salad

I usually prefer salads for dinner as it is light and full of nutrition. But salads are normally served chilled or at room temperature. In winters to eat something chilled is not ok rather its like having a kind of punishment, at least for me. I remember in my childhood I used to wait for winters so that I can get roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes to eat.

This salad is inspired by my childhood memories. I grilled baby potatoes with dill leaves which is full of nice aroma, coated with olive oil, garlic and mixed herbs, served with salad leaves, cucumber, onions and tomatoes which are full of fibres. Toss with lemon juice, lemon zest and honey and garnish with cottage cheese.... a complete meal ...

Preparation Time : 10 min

Resting Time : 20 min

Cooking Time : 10 min

Ingredients :

  • 12 to 15 half boiled baby potatoes (80 percent cooked)
  • 2 Tablespoon Dill leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic 
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Spring onion chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon mixed herbs
  • Salt according to taste
For Salad : 
  • Few iceberg leaves
  • Few salad leaves
  • 1 Cucumber dised
  • 1 Spring onion chopped
  • 1 Tomato chopped (remove seeds) if you have cherry tomato use that
For Salad Dressing :
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Lemon zest
  • Chilly flakes according to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon mixed herbs
  • Salt according to taste
For Garnishing :
  • 1 spring onion greens
  • 2 Tablespoon scrambled cottage cheese
  • Few Dill leaves

Procedure :
  • First of all, boil the baby potatoes but make sure it is 80% cooked only
  • Now press each baby potato slightly with a masher

  • In a bowl prepare a marination for baby potatoes add 2 tablespoon olive oil, crushed garlic, chopped dill leaves, chopped spring onions, crushed black pepper, mixed herbs and salt. Mix all the ingredients nicely

  • Now add baby potatoes in this marination and keep this aside for 20 min

  • Now take a grill pan and cook baby potato mixture on this till potatoes are golden brown from both sides

  • By the time potatoes are getting cooked take another bowl add iceberg, salad leaves, chopped cucumber, chopped onions and chopped tomatoes

  • For salad dressing take a bowl, add a tablespoon of olive oil, tablespoon of honey, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, mixed herbs and chilly flakes and mix it nicely

  • Now add this dressing to the salad bowl and toss it well. By now baby potatoes are cooked, so add hot grilled potatoes with dill leaves to this salad bowl and toss altogether gently

  • Your salad is ready serve it warn in a bowl and garnish it with scrambled cottage cheese, spring onion greens and dill leaves...... 

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Triple Schezuan Noodle Rice

Triple Schezuan Noodle Rice

Triple Schezuan Noodle Rice is a fusion of schezwan noodles and fried rice topped with crispy fried noodles. Some time we want to have some thing different from the usual stuff to surprise our family and guests . This one is perfect for that as it is made of lots of garlic, veggies, soft rice, crispy noodles and schezuan flavor......

Preparation Time : 20 min

Cooking Time : 15 min

Ingredients :

  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Cup boiled rice
  • 1 Cup boiled noodles
  • 1 Cup fried noodles ( first boil the noodles and let them cool for some time then fry it )
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon sliced green chilly
  • 1/2 Cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 Cup sliced beans
  • 1/2 Cup sliced capsicum
  • 1/2 Cup sliced carrots
  • 1 Cup sliced cabbage
  • 2 Table spoon Schezuan sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato sauce
  • 1/2 Tablespoon soya sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon spring onion greens
  • Salt according to taste

For Serving :
Procedure :
  • First of all finish all the preparation like prepare steam rice, boil noodles with salt and olive oil, fried noodles and all cutting & chopping of vegetables

  • Now heat oil in a wok or pan. Add garlic to this then green chilly and sauté it
  • Add sliced onion and saute it on high flame now add beans, capsicum, carrots and cook it for a minute or two

  • Now add sliced cabbage to this and mix it nicely

  • Then add Schezuan sauce and tomato sauce to this and mix it. Add boiled noodles and toast it for a minute or two

  • Now add boiled rice and mix all ingredients nicely. Last but not the least add fried noodles , soya sauce and salt. Toss all nicely on a high flame for another minute

  • Triple Schezuan Noodle Rice is ready  garnish it with fried noodles and spring onion greens and serve it with hot Assorted Vegetables in Chilly Garlic Sauce....

Tip : For Assorted Vegetables in Chilly Garlic Sauce Recipe click

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