One Lovely Blog Award- My First Award EVER

Yayyyyyyy finally I got an award too. I got this award from Ghar ka Khana chef Sheelu and a very dear friend 🙂 This was indeed a lovely gesture. A goodie box shall reach you soon. 🙂

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Add The One Lovely Blog Award to your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Pass the award onto 15 nominees and let them know.

Here you go -7 things about me 🙂

  1. I love food 🙂 Period
  2. I have a very loving husband who is my biggest support system.
  3. I might look like a calm person at times but I am like a duck in water.
  4. I love to be a host, but I over work myself in the process and I am cranky there after.
  5. I am blessed with the most lovely friends. They are more like family.
  6. I am very bad at handling conflicts. I would love to stay away from them as much as I can.
  7. I hate to drive at night.
  8. I love my younger sister. [Could not skip this one hence an extra]

I give this award to:

Radhika from Tickling Palates

Soumya from nivedhanams

Priya from priyaeasyntastyrecipes

Archana from madscientistskitchen

Reshmi Mahesh from funwidfud

Julie from erivumpuliyumm

Janani from RedChillycurry

Sanoli from sanolisrecipies

Paricash from paricashkitchen

Swathi from zestysouthindiankitchen

Nandita from Nansyumyums

Spread the love 🙂

Cheers!!

Pasta Salad with Yogurt Dressing

My recent obsession is ordering groceries online. I found the veggies offered by http://www.towness.in to be exceptional. Thanks to Nandita ji aka [@saffrontrail] I have become a regular there.

Yesterday I got this whole bunch of beautiful lettuce leaves and I just cant get enough of them. However for dinner on one of the weekdays we had a pasta salad and greens with a simple vinaigrette and garlic croutons.

For the pasta Salad you shall need: [fFeeds 2 with another side dish]

1/2 cup… Pasta of your choice. [I used elbow pasta]

1/4 cup… Yogurt

1/8th cup.. Olive Oil

4 tbsp… Coriander [finely chopped]

1/2 tbsp.. Honey

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Pepper and Salt to taste

Method:

  • Boil the paste Al-Dente [It must have a slight bite to it] Keep aside
  • Whisk the yogurt and oil until smooth.
  • Add the coriander, lemon and honey.
  • Add seasoning as per your taste.
  • Mix the pasta in it. And voila.

Hope you like this creamy, sweet, salty and sour goodness.

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Sukhadi

This was the sweet dish element of the Gujarati Thali.

You shall need [Makes about 15-20 pieces depending on the size]

1 cup… Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 cup… Jaggery [powdered]

1/2 cup… Ghee

1 tbsp.. Poppy Seeds

Method:

  • Heat ghee on a slow flame in a non stick pan.
  • Once it is melted, add the flour.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Keep the flame to low.
  • The flour should start giving out a nice welcoming/cooked smell in about 7-10 min.
  • Let the flour turn light brown.
  • Take it off the flame and add the Jaggery.
  • Once it is combined, out back on flame to get rid of any jaggery lumps that might remain.
  • On a thali, spread a little ghee. You need to do this before hand as the mixture starts to thicken very quickly.
  • Pout the mixture on the thali and sprinkle poppy seeds on it.
  • Let it set.
  • Cut in pieces and serve.

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Yes we have night outs 🙂

Ghar ka Khana..!!

Last weekend it was like we had a marathon party.. 🙂

For me it started as I woke up on Saturday… and continued till I dropped dead at around 2 p.m on Sunday… Ohh it was an awesome time spent with all my wonderful wonderful friends..:)

We had invited all our friends for an overnight stay at our place on Saturday and had the entire menu already in place till Sunday lunch… So since I had to start the preparation for the dinner and the party, I prepared Gobhi Ke Paranthe as Brunch..

Thankfully Pallavi from Cook..Eat..Burpp… had brought along some superb starters & brownies for dessert which saved me from preparing those..;)

So getting on with the dinner, this is what we had…

Maggi Stuffed Buns & Vegetable Hakka Noodles by Pallavi for starters…

Daal Makhani, Aaloo Gobhi & Lacha Parantha as Main Course

And finally for Dessert…

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Ambarsari/Amritsari Stuffed Kulcha

If you have ever been to Punjab, you shall know what I am talking about.

The butter lathered, spicy mix stuffed goodness from the tandoor served with kaali dal/chole [Chick pea gravy] is indeed to die for.

Usually it is made with Maida but since I was trying it at home, I mixed it half and half with Maida and Whole Wheat Flour.

You shall need: [Feeds 3-4 people]

For the Dough-

1.5 cup… Maida

1.5 cup… Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 tbsp… Salt

3 tbsp… Curd

Water

For the Potato filling-

3… Medium Sized boiled potatoes

1… green chilly [finely chopped]

Salt

1/2 tsp… Chilly powder

1/2 tsp… Corriander powder

1 tsp… Amchur [Dry mango powder]

1/2 tsp… Ajwain/carom seeds

1 tbsp…Fresh corriander

1/2 tsp… Turmeric powder

For the Paneer filling-

1 cup… Grated paneer

salt

2…green chilly [finely chopped]

Corriander leaves

For assembling-

Generous amount of butter melted/at room temprature

Sesame seeds

Dried mint leaves powder

Method:

  • Mix all the ingredients of the dough and add enough water to make a slightly sticky and loose dough.
  • Keep it aside for atleast 1.5 hours. Cover with a damp cheese-cloth.
  • Mix all the ingredients of both the fillings separately and keep aside until use.
  • Once the resting time for the dough has passed. Give it some kneading and make roughly about 8 equal size balls out of it.
  • Pre heat oven to 180 C.
  • Slightly flatten the dough ball and place the filling in the middle.
  • Seal it well and roll/flatten on a lightly floured platform sing a rolling pin/hand. [I used my palm]
  • For more details on how to stuff a paratha/kulcha refer this.
  • Once it is nice and flat, apply butter using a brush/the back side of a spoon and scatter some sesame seeds and mint powder.
  • Put on a slightly buttered baking tray and bake for about 14-15 min on the bottom and 5 min on top heat.
  • Serve with Paneer/chana/with achaar.

Well I was lucky to have Sheelu from Ghar ka Khana around to help so we had both paneer and chana 🙂

Do let me know how it went.

 

Cheers.

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Chocolate cake with Peach Mousse

I made this came from my birthday 🙂 The combination of a moist chocolate [chip] cake with a peach mousse is mind blowing.

You shall need:

1… 7″ Moist chocolate chip cake

2/3 cup… Peach Puree [I used del monte tinned peaches]

1/3 cup… Peach cut in small pieces

1.5 tbsp… Unflavored gelatin

1 tbsp… Lemon Juice

1 cup… Whipping cream

1/4 cup… Caster Sugar

1/8th cup… cold water

Chocolate-vanilla pirouettes [Optional]

Method:

  • Cut the cake in half to make 2 layers and keep aside.
  • Soak the gelatin in the cold water until it blooms.
  • Sir the bloomed gelatin over boiling water until dissolved.
  • Add the gelatin, sugar, lemon and peaches together.
  • Whip cream until stiff peaks.
  • Fold the peaches in the cream and put in the fridge for about an hour.
  • Place one layer of the cake on the cake board and put 1/3 rd of the mousse on the cake and layer it well.

  • Put the 2nd layer on the mousse and cover the cake with the remaining mousse.

  • Place the cake in the fridge for an hour.
  • Before serving, break the wafer sticks in uneven lengths and stick around the cake.

Serve with love.

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Tortellini with Spinach and cheese

I saw how to make and shape a tortellini at a show. The show is called Raymond Blanc’s kitchen secrets. I am a huge fan of this chef and follow his advise closely.

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I made this as a part of our Romantic meal oddesey on a weekday 🙂

You shall need: [Feeds 2, makes about 8-10 tortellini’s]

Filling-

2 cup… Fresh Spinach leaves [washed and blanched for 30 sec in boiling salty water]

1/2 cup… Paneer/ricotta [Whichever you get]

1/4 cup… Cheese of your choice [I used cheddar]

1/2 tsp.. Salt [You might need little less of it, taste and then develop the flavour]

Pepper

1 Tbsp… Olive oil

Eggless Pasta Dough-

1/2 cup… Semolina/rava [Fine one]

1/2 cup… maida/AP Flour

5-6 tbsp.. Water

1 tbsp… Olive oil

Pinch of salt

Herbed butter sauce-

2tbsp … Butter

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp… Sage

Method:

  • Combine the dough by adding 1 tbsp of water at a time.
  • We dont want to add too much water, because we cant take it back.
  • When the dough comes together, cover it with a damp cheese-cloth and keep aside for 30-35 min.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan and add the paneer/cheese and spinach.
  • Add the salt and pepper.
  • Cook until combined.
  • Keep away to be used later. Let it cook completely.

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  • Make small-ish ping pong ball out of the dough and roll it very thin.
  • Use a round cutter and remove excess dough

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  • Put some of the filling in the dough circle and fold the other half over the filling.

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  • Press the sides properly so that they don’t open while cooking.
  • Hold the semi circle pasta in your hand and push the centre a bit on the inside.

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  • Join the two ends of the pasta so that they stick together.
  • Keep aside until further use.
  • Boil water in a pot, make sure it is bubbling hot water.
  • Add the tortellini to the water.
  • Once they are done, they shall float on the water.
  • Take them out using a slotted spoon. Keep aside

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  • In a pan, heat 2tbsp butter on a slow heat.
  • Add some sage (I used dried one)
  • Add the tortellini’s to the butter and coat them with the herbed butter.

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Serve with love.

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Happy Birthday to me :)

Yesterday was my birthday 😀

I move on to 29  and I am filled with memories that I have collected over the years.

  • Mom baked my first birthday cake [I know from the pics]
  • Dad took us all out station
  • we had a big family get together
  • I got my first tobo car
  • Mom made cake to be distributed at school
  • I had a younger sister to celebrate it with
  • I got Barbie doll’s house.
  • New clothes
  • Cards
  • Flowers
  • Money
  • More money
  • Best friend surprised me by coming all the way from Hyderabad
  • Friends sending gifts from across the nation
  • HUGE cakes

But this birthday was the most special one as DH and I spent it together. He took an off.

He made a breakfast. 🙂 Awesome gobhi paratha with raita. We then watched some tv, lazed, slept for sometime. Around 5ish we left to buy a gift for me. One thing turned to another and I got the new ipad [ipad3] as a birthday gift.

It was the most special birthday ever.

Thank you pati for making it so.

Love

Maggi Stuffed bun

This is one of my old recipes and the one closest to my heart 🙂 This was the first invention from my kitchen in breads.

Here is all you shall need for the Dinner Rolls:

For the Bun:

3/4 Cup… Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 Cup… A.P. Flour/Maida

1 Tsp… Active Dry Yeast

1 Tsp… Sugar

1/4 Cup… Warm Milk

5 Tbsp…Warm Water

1-1/2 Tsp… Salt

Method:

  • Pour Half the milk in a smaller bowl, add the yeast and Sugar. Cover and put in a warm place for the time till it becomes frothy.
  • Put the flours in a bowl add the salt and make a small well in the middle.
  • Pour the yeast and mix the flours in it.
  • Add the remaining milk little by little and form a dough.
  • Place it on a clean slab, add little water at a time.
  • Make the dough like this

  • Put a little oil on the dough and keep aside in a warm place for at lease an hour. The Dough should have risen atleast twice the amount.
  • Keep it aside for sometime till use.

To make the Noodles.

You need:

1 Packet… Maggi/any instant noodles

1 Tbsp… Bhuna masala [I used ready made] You may also use veggies cut very small/cheese and oregano/Spring Onion and cheese – Various combinations are possible.

1 Tsp… Oil

Salt the taste

Method:

  • Boil instant noodles as per instructions.
  • Strain and wash under cold water.
  • Keep aside
  • Add oil in a wok, heat it. Add the bhuna masala and cook until it leaves oil.
  • Add the noodles and stir a bit until noodles are covered.
  • Add salt to taste and keep aside to be cool completely

To make the bun:

  • Punch the dough to release the air a bit.
  • Make 4 equal balls of the dough.
  • Add a little flour on the slab and flatten the balls a bit.
  • Put a 1/4 of the mixture in the middle and collect the edges to make a ball.
  • Seal the edges by dabbing fingers in milk and sealing them off.

  • Apply oil on the baking try {i used oil spray. It is wise to invest in it. comes in very handy}
  • Put all the balls on a baking tray and keep aside to rest for 15-20 min, Sealed side down.
  • Apply little butter on the buns and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees for 10 min.
  • Put the baking tray in the oven and set the timer to 40 min.
  • Once 15 min have gone by, brush the buns with oil spray/melted butter.
  • Put them in again.
  • For the last couple of min set the oven to top rod heating so that the top of the bun can become golden brown.
  • Once out of the oven let them rest for a couple of min before serving.

Cheers.

P.S.- They taste YUMMM.

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