Friday, February 28, 2014

Peanut chutney

Listing two different recipes of peanut chutney below, easy and yum!

Recipe I -
Peanuts - 1cup
Red chillies - 2
Small or regular onions - 50g
Fresh coconut - 1tbsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Mustard tempering - 1tsp

Heat a pan and dry roast peanut, red chillies, coconut and onions, separately. Add all these to a blender with some water and make a smooth chutney. Lastly add salt and add freshly made mustard tempering.

Recipe II -
Peanuts - 1cup (dry roast)
Green chillies - 4
Red chillies - 3
Tamarind paste - 1/2tsp
Kaddale pappu / chutney dal - 1/4cup
Coriander leaves - 1/2cup
Fresh coconut - 3tbsp (optional)
Salt to taste
Mustard tempering - 1tsp

Add all the above except mustard tempering to a blender. Add little water and ground to a paste. Lastly transfer to a bowl and add the tempering.

This peanut chutney tastes great with idlies and dosas and also can be served with other South Indian recipes.

My Nail Art Gallery (Nail art done by me)

The very popular Canvas Nail Art <3 <3 <3

Very Cute Butterfly Nail Art :)

Simple Flower Nail Art ;)

Another simple floral pattern!!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Paneer Kati rolls

Kati rolls are nothing but Indian version of wraps.  Kati rolls can be stuffed with paneer, tofu, chicken, meat... and so on..... Here's my version of the "Paneer Kati rolls". These rolls can be served as an appetizer too, just cut the rolls into small bite size pieces.

Serves 8 or more rolls

Category - Lunch / Dinner

I - Ingredients for the rolls 
Wheat flour - 2 Cups
All purpose flour / maida - 1 Cup
Salt to taste
Oil - 4tsp
Water as needed.

In a big mixing bowl, combine all the above ingredients except for water. Mix throughly, add water slowly and start to knead by adding enough water. The dough should be little soft than chapathi dough.
Knead the dough for 5 minutes and keep it aside, covered.

After your stuffing and chutney is ready, take a small portion of this dough and roll into 1/4 inch thick discs. These discs can be rolled small or big depending on your preference. Roll all at once and fry them just like chapathis with oil.

II - Ingredients for the stuffing
Paneer - 500g or 1 big pack, small dices or bite size pieces
Onions - 2 Big ones, sliced thinly
Tomatoes - 2 medium ones, thinly diced
Green bell peppers / Capsicum - 1 medium, diced to bite size
Green chillies - 6 finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste (G&G) - 2tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
Red chilli powder - 1tsp,  Adjust to taste
Garam masala - 1tsp
dhaniya /  coriander powder - 2tsp
Jeera / Cumin powder - 1tsp
Kasuri Methi - 1tsp
Dry mint powder / fresh mint - 1tsp
Oil - 5tsp
Salt to taste

In a deep bottom thick pan heat the oil, add in the G&G paste, onions, green chillies and sauteé till the onions turn transparent. Next add in the tomatoes and cook these only for 3 minutes next add in all the dry powders including salt, mint & kasuri methi. Mix throughly and sauteé for 2 to 3 minutes. Next add in the Capsicum and paneer, put the flame on low and gently mix and cook for another 2 minutes. Make sure the paneer has been coated with all the masalas. Now the stuffing is ready.

III - Ingredients for Green chutney
coriander - 30g
Green chillies - 1 or 2 depending on your taste
Curd - 2tbsp

Blend all the above without adding any water. Transfer this chutney to a bowl and keep aside.

IV - Vinegar onions
Click on Vinegar onions link above to follow the recipe.

Now to make the "Kati rolls", place the wrap on a flat surface. Now start placing your stuffings horizontally and top it with some green chutney and vinegar onions add a pinch of chat masala too. From one end start rolling along the filling just like any other wrap. Serve immediately.

There are a tons of ways to make these wraps so feel free to play with the ingredients.

Simply replace the paneer with tofu to make a vegan friendly roll.
You can make the stuffing with chicken or meat or even eggs.
For the wraps you can use only wheat flour and omit All purpose flour, totally works fine.
You can replace the green chutney with green chilli sauce / ketchup and it can be kids friendly too.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Oats Parfait / Breakfast trifle

Oats Parfait is a healthy breakfast bowl which includes oats, fresh fruits, dry fruits and some cornflakes. In other words its a breakfast trifle.

Serves, 2 single serving trifles

Category - Breakfast

Cooked Oats with honey / sugar & milk - 4tbsp (I used quick cooking oats here but you can use any of your choice.)
Fresh mango cubes - 4tbsp
Dried figs - 2, cut to bite size pieces
Cornflakes - 2tbsp (I used plain but you can use any of your choice.)

Spoon 1tbsp of cooked oats in a clean serving glass cup, next top 1tbsp of the mango cubes, next top one more tablespoon of oats, next 1tbsp of mango cubes, add 1tbsp of cornflakes and  lastly add the chopped figs. The breakfast trifle is now ready to be served.

Follow the above procedure to make another trifle using the remaining ingredients.

Variations - 
You can add any seasonal fruits of your choice and also you can add in your favorite nuts and dry fruits.
You can make these trifles and cover it with a foil paper and store it in the fridge for upto 3 days.
You can cook the oats with almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, to make it vegan friendly.

Traditional sweets for any occassion

Be it any special or auspicious day, the first thing comes to mind on cooking is a Sweet. So here are a few recipes listing from my blog which can be prepared any day.

1) Besan Laddu - A simple sweet made from Besan.

2)Moong Dal kheer - A different kheer with many health benefits.

3)Rava Laddu - Another traditional laddu from South India.

4)Sandesh - A sweet Cottage cheese famous and available in Indian sweet meat stores.

5)Beetroot or carrot halwa - A healthy version of sweet made with the goodness of beetroots or carrots. You can make it with half quantity of carrots and other half with beetroots.

6)Apple halwa - Very different from the regular halwa's.

7)Cream Burfi - A unique yet easy to make burfi.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Royal falooda

This is a milk based cooling drink. This particular drink is famous on street food stalls. An easy peasy drink / dessert.

Recipe is mentioned in the picture below, so don't get lost!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Death By Chocolate

Death by Chocolate Cake

Ingredients -

Sugar - 2 cups
Flour - 1 3/4 cups
Cocoa Powder - 3/4 cup [I used Cadbury's]
Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Baking soda - 1 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Eggs - 2
Milk - 1 cup
Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
Oil - 1/2 cup
Boiling water - 1 cup


Preheat oven to 175C.Grease and line two 9" round cake tins.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

Recipe by - Ms.Jayashree Ramchandra, Bangalore

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