Friday, August 22, 2014

Chic Peas/Garbanzo Beans Stew (Choley Chana curry)

The other day, I met a friend at local grocery Store near beans section, I was very much surprised to see her and couldn't believe my eyes, as she was looking about 15-20 lbs less, from what I have seen her earlier. This was about 4 months back. She told me, she changed her diet, increased more protein in her food. Initially it became difficult for her, as she is a vegetarian, but later on after some research ( you guys also know these days research means, she go-ogled), she came to know that more consumption of protein and less consumption of carbohydrates can help her. 

Now, the question is which food item contains more of protein. All beans, peas contains more of Proteins. Garbanzo Beans - This is also known as Chick Peas in some parts of the world. These seeds are high in Protein, and is easiest cultivated beans. 


Nutrition - This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein and Copper, and a very good source of Folate and Manganese.

Amount per 1 cup - 
Calorie - 269
Carbohydrate - 45.0 g
Protein & Amino Acids - 14.5 g
Fats - 4.2 g
Cholesterol - 0.0m

So beneficial for people who want to concentrate on weight loss program. With a regular exercise and good diet, one can reduce his/her weight easily.

The recipe of cooking Garbanzo beans is also very easy. It takes about 30-40 minutes to cook.


Ready Choley (chick Peas)

Ingredients -


1.   Onions - 1/2 Big onion ( sliced)
2.   Garlic - 4 cloves
3.   Ginger - 1 small piece
4.   Tomato - 1 small or 1/2 big
5.   Cumin seeds - 1 Teaspoon
6.   Cumin Powder - 1 Teaspoon  
7.   Turmeric Powder - 1/2 Teaspoon
8.   Coriander Powder - 1 Teaspoon
9.   Chilli Powder - 1 teaspoon
10. Cilantro- 1/2 Bowl ( to garnish)
11. Cooking oil- 2 Tablespoons
12. Water -1 glass
13. Channa - 4 handful (1 handful for each person,also known as chic peas or garbanzo beans)

Directions-

Soak channa overnight. Transfer the soaked Channa into a pressure cooker and cook it on high flame for 1 whistle and on low flame for another 5 whistles.Now, move the pressure cooker away from the flame and let it cool down.
Boiled Chick Peas
 Take a mixer jar and put all onion, garlic, ginger and tomato and grind it with little amount of water. Now, take a pan and add oil in the pan, add cumin seeds to the heated oil. Add the content of mixer jar to the oil and stir it. 

Spices getting fried

Cook it for another 10 minutes, until n unless the paste starts leaving oil in the pan. Now, put the Channa in this paste and add a glass of water, mix it properly and cook it on medium flame for another 10 minutes. 
Chick Peas added to the paste

Your curry is ready, enjoy it with Kachori or Jeera Rice.

Tofu- veggies stir fry

A Girl's favorite place to go after marriage is her "Mayka" (parents house)..... Since, staying so  far away from mom's place, sometimes is very painful, as I cannot fly and reach her place whenever I want to....

This summer situation was very similar... Wanted to visit my family back in India, but was not possible for me to go.... And then, had a conversation with my sis-in-law (Bhabhi), she wanted us to visit her... So, made the plans of visiting them...

Kids had a wonderful time... playing with Cousins is always a fun... When we were young, we use to meet our cousins, once in a year... And for this 1 month, we use to wait for full whole year.... I want my LO, also to have fun filled summer, love her cousins, wait for next summer to meet them...  the same way we use to have fun....

We, Adults also had a wonderful time... talking, cooking, enjoying food, watching kids, outing, everything was just perfect... One of the best ever relaxed holidays I had, after my marriage....

So, between everything, we wanted to cook meals for each other... One of those meals, which my Sis-in-law (Bhabhi) made for me was Tofu-Veggies stir fry... too delicious, too healthy and goes perfectly with my taste bud...

Here, is a step-by-step recipe for you to try -

Ingredients -

  1. Tofu - 1 Packet (extra firm)
  2. Salt to taste
  3. Zucchini - 1 (diced)
  4. Onion - 1/2 (diced)
  5. Bell peppers (red, Yellow, green) - 1/2 (diced)
  6. Cabbage -  1/4 ( diced)
  7. Ginger - 1 inch
  8. Garlic cloves - 3 (minced)
  9. Cornflour - 1tsp
  10. Sugar - 1tsp
  11. Red Chilli flakes - 1 tsp
  12. Dark Soya Sauce - 1 tbsp
  13. Olive Oil - 1tbsp
Diced Veggies


Directions -
  • Dice Tofu in 1 inch size. Roast them.
Roasted Tofu

  • Heat oil, add Onion, cabbage, bell peppers and cabbage, and stir fry.
Veggies added in pan to fry

  • Veggies should be crunchy.
  • Mix minced garlic and ginger with 1/2 cup of water, with chilli flakes, cornflour, soya sauce and sugar. Mix this mixture with veggies and saute.
Ginger, Garlic, Soya, Salt, cornflour and Sugar mixture, mixed with Vinegar

Fried Veggies

  • Mix fried Tofu in them...
  • Add diced Spring onions from the top just before serving (optional).
  • Serve it hot with Rice or Noodles.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Potato-Peas Samosa

Yesterday, it was a Friday Evening.... And Friday Evening's are always special... I always make something special for Friday Evenings... Most of the time, it's a family favorite... Since, Rakhi is round the corner, so decided to make something which was loved by we siblings, when we were Kids...

When we were small, My dad use to work with a N.T.P.C. So we use to live in a township... So, the option of getting street foods there was very limited. All of us, love street foods. Whenever we are going to nearest town, we make sure that we are getting some street food... But, these trips were not more than once in a month.... These trips depends completely on our grocery stock at home... If the stock is getting finished, we need to go... Well, these are the one of the beautiful memories from my childhood...  I must say, I had a beautiful childhood....

Some months it does happen, that we are completely full of grocery, and we do not need a trip to the nearest town... So, in those days, my mom brings these delicious street foods at home.... So, thinking back those wonderful days of childhood, thought of making Samosa, which mom use to make at home....


So, here presenting you a wonderful and amazingly delicious street food of India,
Potato Peas Samosa.........



Ingredients -
  1. All Purpose Flour (Maida) - 2 cups
  2. Whole Wheat Flour (Atta)- 1cup
  3. Semolina fine (Rawa) - 1 cup
  4. Baking Soda - 1 tsp
  5. Onion (medium size) - 1/2 (chopped)
  6. Peas (frozen) - 1 cup
  7. Potato (Boiled) - 5 ( medium size)
  8. Green Chilli -4
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Turmeric Powder - 1/2tsp 
  11. Chat Masala - 1tbsp or according to taste
  12. Mangrela-Ajwain - 1tsp
  13. Oil - 1/2 cup + 2 cups (for frying) + 2tbsp
  14. Water - 1 glass (warm)/*
Directions -
  • In a mixing bowl, put together Maida, Atta, Rawa, salt, mangrela-ajwain and 1/2 cup of oil.
  • In small portions, add warm water and knead, and make a tight dough.
  • Wet clean Kitchen Towel, by warm cloth, and cover the dough, and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the towel, and knead the dough for 5 minutes.
Ready Dough

  • While, dough is resting, put the pan on a heat, and add 2tbsp of oil.
  • Now, add chopped Onions, and Green Chillis, and saute till it turns translucent.
  • Now, add washed Peas, Saute. Add Salt, Turmeric powder and Chat Masala, and cook for a while.
Chopped Onions, Green Chilli and Peas

Frying with all Masala
  • Add mashed boiled Potatoes, and saute.
Boiled Potato added to the peas mixture

Ready Potato filling
  • Transfer this stuffing to the other dish to let it cool down for a while.
  • Now, heat another pan, and add 2 cups of oil to fry the Samosa.
How to roll the Samosa -
  • Take the dough 2 the size of walnut.
  • Make a ball, flatten it and roll it like a flat roti.
Ready dough
  • Roll it as thin as possible.
  • Cut in half.
Rolled dough ball

  • Pick one half, and make a shape of cone, sticking the edges.

Cone filled with Masala

  • Fill the filling in cone, and stick the bottom together.
Bottom of the Samosa Stick together

Ready to be fried
  • Repeat the process for rest dough.

  • Reduce the heat to medium, and start frying these Samosa, one at a time.
  • Fry till, they are golden brown from all sides.
  • Serve it hot with green chutney, Tomato Ketchup, any dip you want...

Enjoyyy.....

Friday, August 8, 2014

Chocolate Chip Ice cream Bowl Cookies

Whenever, we are in any grocery store, my little one wants me to get some snacks for her. Whether she finishes at home or not, or I need to throw it away, is a secondary thing... But, at that moment when she is in store, she wants to get it.... And talking her out of it, is just out of question, or I should say waste of energy, as she gets completely struck in one particular snack.
It must have happened with other parents as well, and every parent has a different way of handling the situation... I believe every parent do best for their kids.... I usually say yes for my little ones demand, but it cannot happen every time.... Especially when the stuffs she is asking for, is going to get spoiled, without consuming.... so, I have founded some other ways, to distract her... One of them, is promising her and making the same stuff at home, or something similar to that... Last weekend, we were running out of some grocery, which was required for baking.... And then, we accidentally went into aisle which had cookies and ice cream cones... getting the Cookies and Ice cream cones are easier, but then these Kids do not finish them, and it get spoiled fast, due to the moisture... I hate to waste the food.
So, here is the conversation which happened between we two-
" Mamma, I want these",- my daughter.
" No dear, we do not need them",- me.
" But, Mamma we do not have these cones at home," - my daughter.
" No Sweetie, we always get them, and we have to through them away, as you do not finish them and they get spoiled", - me.
So, I decided instead of getting Ice cream cones and Cookies from the store, I will make some for the Kids. These Bowls became their favorite, and was so filling, became a complete treat for them.  
Here, I am presenting you Chocolate Chips Ice cream Bowls -
Ingredients -
  1. All Purpose Flour - 2 3/4cups
  2. Baking Soda - 1/2tsp
  3. Salt - 1tsp
  4. Chocolate Chips - 1/2 cup
  5. Butter - 1 cup (at room temperature)
  6. Granulated Sugar -  1 1/2 cups
  7. Egg - 1
  8. Vanilla Extract - 1tsp
Directions -
  • Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
  • Mix All purpose flour with Baking soda and Salt.
  • By a hand blender, mix butter wit a granulated sugar and Vanilla extract.
Sugar, Butter and Vanilla extract
  • Now, add an egg in this mixture and beat by a hand blender, till it becomes fluffy.
Egg added in the butter mixture
Well beaten mixture of egg, butter, sugar and Vanilla
  • Now, with a spatula, mix butter mixture with a flour mixture, gently.

Flour added to the Butter mixture
  • Add Chocolate Chips to the batter.
Choco Chips added to the dough
  • Grease you hand with little butter, and make a ball of size of walnut.
  • Spray, back of your muffin  pan with a cooking oil.
  • Press the ball, on the back of pan completely covering, as shown in the picture.
Batter molded in the back of muffin pan
  •  Put the Muffin Pan, in the Oven for 15 minutes to bake, Bake till it's light brown in color.
Cookie Bowls done
  • After taking it out from the Oven, let it cool down for 5-10 minutes.
  • Take it out and then let it cool completely on a cooling rack.
Completely firm Cookie Bowls
  • Serve Ice Cream in these Bowls...
Ready to be served
  • It looks delicious, it tastes delicious.... 2 treats in 1.....

Friday, August 1, 2014

Vanilla Whole Wheat Muffin with Cream Cheese Frosting

These days I am completely into Baking.... Love to Bake... And when you have adorable Kids around who praise every time you bake, then that's the enough encouragement for the next baking...
 
Well, my last baking project was Chocolate Cake... Kids loved them, and yes they finished the whole batch in a day... So, now it was again time for next baking project... So, this time wanted to bake something different....N number of Ideas, started moving in my brain, but then I have to think also about the taste of my lovelies.... So, decided to bake a batch of Muffins....
 

There are variety of flavors of Muffin.... And Vanilla is one of the flavor, which is loved by almost every kid and mini Muffin is the right size for their Snack ..... When I added a cup of All purpose flour to the Mixing Bowl, a thought ran in my head, why not make it little healthy, if not completely healthy... I do not know whether, working completely with Whole Wheat Flour will work.....or it will change the flavor of Muffins, but to be on safer side, I replaced half quantity of All Purpose Flour with Whole Wheat Flour.... I am happy it turned out to be really great and is approved by the Kids as well.... So, next time I will be replacing, All Purpose Flour completely with Whole Wheat Flour...
 
 

Kiddos also got a chance to do a Tea Party, with Muffins and Cranberry Juice ( they were pretending the Juice as a Black tea)..... Well, all in all it worked out amazing, and Kids also had a wonderful time...
 
 
Here, is my version of Vanilla Whole Wheat Muffins -
 
Ingredients for 22-24 mini Muffins -
  1. Whole Wheat Flour-  1 cup
  2. All Purpose Flour - 1cup
  3. Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
  4. Baking Powder - 1tsp
  5. Vanilla Essence - 1 tbsp.
  6. Sugar - 2/3 cup
  7. Cooking Oil - 2/3 cup
  8. Eggs - 2
  9. Milk- 1/2 cup
Directions for baking Muffins-
  • In a bowl, mix Whole Wheat Flour, All Purpose Flour, Baking Soda and Baking powder together.

  • In another bowl, mix Sugar, cooking oil, eggs and Vanilla Essence.
 

  • Add dry ingredients in small portions, to wet ingredients. keep mixing, to avoid lumps.

  • Add milk, and mix.



  • Preheat the oven at 350 deg.
  • In a Muffin pan, spray some oil, and add this batter to the Muffin tray by a tbsp.
  • Fill almost full of each section.

  • Put the tray in a oven for 20-25 minutes, till the toothpick comes out clean.

  • Let the tray out of the Oven, and cool down for couple of minutes.
  • Transfer the muffins to the cooling rack.

  • Muffins are ready to be eaten, but if you want to frost the Muffins, you need to wait for at least an hour....
Ingredients for frosting -
  1. Cream Cheese - 1 (8oz)
  2. Unsalted Butter - 1 (at room temperature)
  3. Vanilla Essence - 1tsp
  4. Sugar (powder) - 1 cup
Directions to make a frosting - 
  • Add cream cheese and butter in a bowl, and beat them with a hand blender.
  • When mixed, add Vanilla Essence and mix.
  • Now, add Sugar, and keep on beating, until the mixture is light.

  • Now, it depends on which purpose you want to use the frosting for. If you want to use it to spread on cake, the mixture should not be very stiff. And, if you are using to decorate the cakes and cookies by piping method, then you want your frosting to be stiff. So, keep on beating, until you get the stiffness.

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