Friday, November 30, 2012

Alu ke Paranthe (Potato Tortilla)

As a Child, I was a picky eater. Always say no to food and it became tough for my mom. My mom who is an excellent cook, always looks for some or the other alternatives for my dinner. I still remember, when she is not able to convince me for eating regular dinner, she makes "Alu ke paranthe" especially for me. Now, being a mom, I understand it is a big responsibility of raising a child, and also it becomes so painful for mother, when child do not want to eat a regular dinner. So, now every time I make food, I keep my little one in mind, and make dishes which is approved by her. One more thing which I have understood from my experience, kids love varieties.

Here, is one of the favorite dish of my little one and me- " Alu ke Paranthe- Potato Tortilla".
 


Ingredients-
  1. Potato - 2 (big boiled and mashed)
  2. Onion - 1/2 (chopped)
  3. Green Chilli - 2 (slit)
  4. Wheat Flour - 2 small cups
  5. Olive Oil - 4-5tbsp + spray (to cook parantha)
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Mangrela- Ajwain - 1/4 tsp
  8. Cilantro (Dhania patta)- 1/2 cup (chopped)
Directions to make Potato filling- 
  • In a big pan add remaining 1tbsp of Olive oil and add chopped onion and green chilli.
  • Fry till the onion turns golden brown, add mashed potato and fry for 5 minutes on high flame.
  • Add salt according to ur taste.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Sprinkle Cilantro.
  • And let it cool down.
Directions to make a dough - 
  • Mix Wheat flour with 4tbsp of olive oil and salt. rub it gently.
  • Add enough water to make a tight dough.
Directions to make Parantha/Tortilla -
  • Divide the dough in 12 equal parts. Each Part should be big enough to fit in your palm.
  • Divide the filing also in 12 equal parts.

  • Make a ball from each part of dough.
  • Convert the balls in small bowl, by pressing it in center.
  • Fill the potato filling in this dough bowl, and cover it, by again making it a ball.
  • Now, roll this ball by rolling pin. Make it as bi as you want. Do not make it too thin, otherwise it will start breaking.

  • Put it on a Griddle and cook on either sides for 2-3 minutes on high flame or till it light brown on either sides.
  • Spray oil on either sides and again cook it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Enjoy it hot with raita or Coconut Chutney.



Friday, November 23, 2012

Apple Cake

Hello Guys, how are you all this thanksgiving? I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving day. Thanksgiving is said to be a day to say thanks to anyone or everyone, to whom you are grateful for anything or something. I am thankful to all my friends and family over here, who have encouraged enough that my love for cooking turn into a my love for sharing the recipes.

This recipe of Apple Cake is devoted to an amazing lady and an awesome mother, who is also a mother of my Daughter's dear friend. Thanx Eden, for sharing this amazing recipe with us.

Ingredients - 
  1. Apple- 1 (chopped) + 2 (grated)
  2. Baking Powder - 1tsp
  3. Cinnamon Powder - 1tsp
  4. All Purpose Flour (Maida) - 1 Cup
  5. Milk Powder - 1 cup
  6. Olive Oil  - 1 cup
  7. Sugar - 1 cup
  8. Cashews - 1/2 cup
  9. Milk - 1/2 cup (as required)
Directions -
  •  Mix All Purpose Flour with a Milk Powder and Baking Powder.
  • Add Olive Oil with Sugar and Cinnamon Powder, mix it until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add grated apple in the sugar mixture.
  • Slowly, add Flour mixture in to the sugar mixture. Stir in gently, to remove all the lumps.
  • Add Milk as required, to make the batter.
  • Stir the mixture for another 10 minutes, till the batter starts leaving bubbles.
  • Add in Apple pieces and Cashews.
  • Preheat the Oven for 5 minutes on 350 degrees.
  • Transfer the batter to the cake pan.
  • Cook for another 20-25 minutes, till the toothpick starts coming out clear from the center of the cake.
  • Enjoy it at room temperature.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Palak-paneer for non Onion-Garlic eaters

In India, lot of people do not eat Onion and Garlic. Some of them do not eat on some festivals, and some of them do not eat Garlic- Onions through out their life time. For some people, it is because their culture do not allow them to do so. And for some people, it is the tradition they are following from generations of not eating Onion and Garlic during Festivals, and for some people, it is their health which didn't permits them from having Onion and Garlic.

I still remember, first year of my marriage and Navratari festival arrived, and I came to know from my in-laws family, that we are not suppose to cook and eat onion, garlic and eggs, throughout the festival, i.e. 9 days of the festival. My reaction was, " Ooooooooohhh, mmmmmy gggggod". At that time, I didn't knew what to do, some people told me if u will use more of tomatoes than it will taste the same curry as it tastes with onion and garlic. But, it never tasted the same. Then, after talking to my mom, she told me about 1 of the incident,when I was in 6th Grade. I was small, but I do recall that incident, as my mom also faced the same problem, and at that time she was so disturbed that she told me about it. One of my father's colleague, who's family do not eat any onion and garlic throughout their lifetime, was  getting relocated, and my father wanted them to come over to our house for dinner. My mother who is a great cook, always cooks any curry with onion and garlic. So, she was bewildered to what to do next. And then she did some trials and the results were a hit.

I followed my Mother's direction, and got a real good results. She says, "If you are not having Onion n Garlic, then that doesn't mean you need to have tasteless food". Now, I totally agree with her.

Here, is the recipe for Palak -Paneer for all those lovely people out here, who cannot eat Onion- garlic for some or the other reason. 

Ingredients-
  1. Palak (Spinach) - 2 bowls (chopped)
  2. Paneer - 1 bowl
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Turmeric Powder - 1tsp
  5. Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Coriander Powder - 1tsp
  7. Cumin Seeds -  1tsp 
  8. Aamchur Powder - 1/2tsp
  9. Cooking Oil - 1tbsp
  10. White Cream - 1tbsp
  11. Green Chilli/ Red Chilli Powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Directions -
  •  In a heated pan, add oil.
  • Add cumin seeds to the Oil when heated.
  • After Cumin Seeds crackle, add chopped spinach in the pan.
  • Fry it on medium heat, till it leaves water.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, aamchur powder and chopped green chilli or red chilli powder, stir it and cover and let it cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add cut Paneer to the pan, and again let it cook for another 5 minutes covered.
  • Stir and dry all the water from the pan.
  • Garnish it with a white cream.
  • Serve it hot with Roti/ Parantha.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Balusahi

Diwali (Deepon ka Tyohar)- A festival of lights. It is 1 of the important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. Every Year Diwali falls in between mid-October to mid- November, and this year it fall on 13th Nov. We celebrate Diwali by lighting each and every corner of the house, make sweets at home, offer sweets to god, worship them, and pray for well-being of every one at home. This year, like past year I again made some Namak- paare or Nimki, Sakarpaare and a famous BaluSahi. Since, Balusahi was appreciated by all my family and friends. So here I am, sharing a recipe with you guys.

Ingredients-
  1. Maida (All Purpose Flour) - 1 1/2 cup
  2. Baking Soda/ Soda bi-Carbonate - 1/4 tsp
  3. Olive Oil + deep fry - 1/2 cup
  4. Yogurt (beaten )- 8 tbsp
  5. Sugar - 2cup
  6. Milk - 2 tbsp
  7. Pistachios - 4-5
Directions -
  • Mix refined flour and baking soda together in a bowl. 
  • Add two-thirds cup of olive oil into the flour mixture and rub, till it resembles breadcrumbs. 
  • Add beaten yogurt and knead into soft dough. Cover and allow it to rest for forty-five minutes. 


  • Divide into twelve equal portions and shape into smooth balls. Take care not to overwork the dough.

  • Make a slight dent in the center of the ball with your thumb. Keep the balls covered. 
  • Heat sufficient olive oil in a kadai and when it is medium hot, add the prepared dough balls and deep fry on very low heat. Gradually the balushahis will start floating to the top. Turn gently and fry on the other side till golden. 

  • Drain and allow to cool to room temperature. It might can take overnight. 
  • Heat together sugar and one cup of water till it reaches a two-string consistency. Midway through add milk to the cooking syrup so that the scum rises to the surface. Carefully remove this scum and discard. 
 
  •  Remove the syrup from heat and soak the fried balushahis in it for thirty minutes.
  • Gently remove the balushahis from the sugar syrup and place on a serving plate. 
  • Garnish with pistachios. Serve when the sugar has hardened.  
 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dhanteras

Dhanteras, is the first day of 3 day Diwali Festival, widely celebrated in North region of India. Dhan means wealth and teras means 13th day of the fortnight.

On Dhanteras, the "Owl" form of Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. Dhanteras holds special significance for the business community due to the customary purchases of precious metals on this day.

Dhanteras Celebration-

On this Auspicious day, people worship Lord Yamaraj, the God of death, on this day and light a 'Yama-Diya' in the night to offer prayers to him to bless them with prosperity, well being and protection. They also purchase either a new utensil, or silver or gold coin or some other precious metal as a sign of good luck on the day of Dhanteras. The day of Dhanteras has great importance for the mercantile community of Western India. In the rural areas the cultivators worship their cattle because they form the main source of their income and livelihood. 

Legends of Dhanteras -

There are few famous legends of Dhanteras. Among which one of them, is  a story of son of King Hima and his intelligent wife. It was predicted about King Hima's son that he would die on the fourth day of his marriage and the reason behind his death would be snakebite. When his wife came to know about such a prediction she decided not to let her husband die and for this she made a plan. On the fourth day of their marriage she collected all the jewelery and wealth at the entrance of her husband's boudoir and lighted lamps all around the place and started telling stories and singing songs one after another in order to not let her husband sleep. When God Yamaraj, came to take him along with himself in the form of snake, he was not able to see because of lights coming out from the jewellery, and he sat on the jeweleries, and kept listening to the melodious songs whole night, and in the morning left silently. Thus, the wife saved her husband's life from the cruel clutches of death. Since then the day of dhanteras is also known as the day of 'Yamadeepdaan' and it has become a tradition to light a diya on dhanteras and to keep it burning throughout the night in reverential adoration of Lord Yama, the God of death.






Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bean Taco


Today's Morning was a lazy 1. My DD was not well, day before yes'day, so thought of making something light, which is also good for her too. I thought if she wants to have something light, she can have bread, or if she wants she can also have plain rice with some salt and yogurt. I thought of making Rajma- Roti/ Tortilla for our dinner. I soaked the Beans in the morning, was thinking of boiling them. At that time, my DD return home from School and whoosh, she saw Beans soaked and her song started, " Mamma, I want Bean Taco, Mamma, I want Bean Taco,.........." I can't even explain you guys, how many times she repeated this particular sentence in 5 minutes. I seriously wonder, how our little ones learn to convince their moms. For my DD, it just takes 5 minutes. So, here you go ' A Delicious recipe of Bean Taco', my little ones favorite.

Ingredients -
Preparation Time -
cooking Time -
  1. Soaked and Boiled Beans - 1 big cup
  2. Onion - 1/4 cup (chopped)
  3. Tomatoes - 1 (diced)
  4. Cooking Oil - 1tsp
  5. Oil to spray
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Black Pepper powder - 1 tsp
  8. Chat Masala - 1 tsp
  9. Sour Cream - 2 tbsp
  10. Cheese (shredded) - 1 cup
  11. All Purpose flour - 2 Big Cup
  12. Baking Powder - 1 tsp
  13. Water as required

Directions  for filling - 
  • Fry chopped Onions in a heated pan.
  • Add cooked and boiled beans in a pan. Fry for another 10 minutes.


  • Add salt, Black pepper powder and some Chat Masala (to make it spicy). It will look like this.
Directions for Tortilla - 
  • In a big Bowl, mix all purpose flour with salt and baking powder.
  • Add water slowly, and make a tight dough out of it.
  • Cover the dough with a hot damp cloth for 10-15 minutes.
  • Divide the dough in equal 6 parts.
  • Make a ball  and Roll them in round and small tortilla.


  • Cook it on either sides on a heated pan for 2 minutes.
Directions for making Taco - 
  • Chop some Cabbage.
  • Add fried beans inside the tortilla. Fold the tortilla in half.
  • In the open side of tortilla, add a layer of chopped onions, then a layer of thinly sliced lettuce.
  • Spray some oil on the top of tortilla on either side and cook it in oven open for 5 minutes, on either side.
  • Now, add a layer of cheese covering the whole opening.
  • Wrap it in wax paper, and serve it hot.


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