Monday, January 26, 2015

Chinese Fried Rice

There are days, when you feel very low. Lot of things, happen around you, which you do not approve but sometimes you do not have options. And have to go through the flow of life... Well, it was a real bad day for me. And I didn't feel like cooking.. So, thought of making something real quick.

It itself is a complete meal. And goes perfectly in Lunch Box.

So, here presenting you Chinese Fried Rice.. When I was in Anaheim, we went for our daughter's Belle Dance Class. While coming back, it got late, and we decided to go to the nearest restaurant. And we landed, to this Chinese restaurant. It was very clean, and decor was very beautiful. Ordered Fried Rice, as it was my Kiddo's Choice... But, I am glad I did. It was too yummy. I tried recreating same fried rice. It took me about 4 attempts, to get to the same taste...

Here, presenting you the same fried rice, which you can make ready in 10-15 minutes.

Ingredients -

Vegetables(Orange pepper, Yellow Pepper, peas, corn, carrots) - 2 cup (chopped)
Spinach - 2 cup (chopped)
Onion - 1 (chopped)
Paneer/ Tofu - 4-5 big pieces
White Vinegar - 2 tbps
Dark Soya Sauce - 1 tbsp
Red Chilli flakes - 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
White Rice - 1 1/2 cups
Cooking Oil - 2tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp

Directions - 


  1. Boil Rice in a vessel, and drain the water. Put the boiled rice in a strainer, and run in a cold water for about 2 minutes.
  2. In another pan, add Cooking oil. When heated, add cumin seeds (zeera) to crackle.

  • Add chopped onions, and fry for few seconds, and add carrot in it, and fry till onions are golden brown.


  • In another open pan or Tawa, with little oil, roast pieces of Paneer/Tofu.

  • Add all the veggies, and stir fry on high flame for about 5 minutes.


  • Add boiled rice, and salt to this veggie mixture.

  • Close the flame.
  • Add Soya Sauce and White Vinegar to this mixture, and Saute.


  • Cut Paneer/Tofu, in your desired shape, and mix it to the rice mixture.

  • At this point, I added Ghee and Red Chilli flakes and little bit of Red Chilli Powder, to increase the spiciness of rice.
  • Can be enjoyed like that, or with Boondi Raita.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Chocolatey Chocolate Chip Recipe #Creative Cookie Exchange


When we moved to Bay Area, my biggest concern was giving snacks to my Kiddo, as she was spending much longer time in School. Earlier, when we were in Anaheim, her School timing was less, and she was home by 2:30 in afternoon, so I never have to really bother about Snacks.. That time, only concern was her lunch time in School.

Though there was many things available in store. And I use to get those Snacks, for her.... But, then slowly, I realized I can only control her sugar and oil intake by making Snacks at home...So, I made my habit of baking or cooking snacks, every Saturday or Sunday, which will last atleast 1 week as her Snack... Sometimes, When I am having more time, I cook 1 Sweet and 1 Salty snack... Some of the Snacks, which I often are Soft Sugar Cookies, Nimki (Salty Biscuits), Baked Thekua, Cake pops and Chocolate Chip Cookies (you can click on the names o snack to check out the recipe). These are one of those Snacks, which never comes back from School ( Happy me).



This recipe, I got it from All Recipes website... But, I did some changes to suit my Kiddo's taste.. It's a very simple, and my go to recipe... Takes, only 5-7 minutes for preparation, and baking time is about 15-18 minutes. And, we are done.

Being a part of Creative group, " Creative cookie Exchange", gave me a lot of opportunity to learn different varieties of Cookies. This month's theme is Make Someone's Day Cookies! we chose some one in our lives that we loved and baked them cookies that they love! maybe you will feel inspired to bake someone that you love a cookie! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com, and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links. 

You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes-- be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and out monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:


Here, is the recipe for you people to try..

Ingredients for 10-12 cookies -

  1. Unsalted Butter - 1/2 cup
  2. White Sugar - 3/4 cup
  3. Egg - 1
  4. Vanilla Extract - 1tsp
  5. All Purpose Flour -  1 1/2 cup
  6. Cocoa Powder - 1/4 cup
  7. Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
  8. Hot Water - 1 tbsp
  9. Salt - 1tsp
  10. Semisweet Chocolate Chips - 1 cup
Directions -
  • Mix Butter with sugar, until light and fluffy.

  • Add Egg, and beat until mixed.

  • Add Vanilla and stir.

  • Mix Baking Soda in a hot water, and add it to the Butter-Sugar mixture.
  • Add All Purpose flour and Cocoa powder, to the above mixture and stir.
  • Add Chocolate Chips, to the above dough.

  • Cover it with a cloth and keep it in warm temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Now, Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
  • With Icecream Scooper, Scoop the dough in a baking tray, maintaining a distance of 1 or 1 1/2 inch.


  • Bake the Cookie, for 15-18 minutes.
  • Transfer the cookie, to a cooling rack after a couple of minutes.

  • Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Oreo Coconut Bundt Cake

#BundtBakers

I love Oreo's... It's have been favorite of both of us... A glass of milk, with a bowl full of Oreo's.... Yummmm. I love Oreo's so much, want to try different versions of it....  I tried many desserts, with Oreo's, even Sundaes with crushed Oreo in it, taste wonderful.... One of my favorite is Oreo CheeseCake... Check the recipe here...

There are two things at my place... On one side me and my kiddo love Oreo, on the other side it's too sweet for my husband, so has to make something, which is approved by everyone in family.... Well, I knew, my hubby always has something for Coconuts.... And my earlier recipe of Coconut Cake was approved by him.... So, thought of giving my version of Coconut Cake, a twist with Oreo....


This Cake turns out to be amazingly delicious, moist and since, no egg has been used, it seems to be perfect Cake for the Vegetarians as well..


#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on the BundtBakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.

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Ingredients you need -
  1. All Purpose flour- 1 1/2 cups
  2. Milk Powder - 1 cup
  3. Baking Powder - 1tbsp
  4. Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
  5. Butter (melted) - 3/4 cup
  6. Whipped Cream - 1/2 cup
  7. Fresh Coconut (shredded) - 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup 
  8. Banana - 1 (ripened)
  9. Sugar - 3/4 cup
  10. Oreo - 1/2 cup ( 20 broken, 5 crushed)

Directions -
  • In a pan, mix All purpose Flour with Milk Powder, Baking Powder and Baking Soda.
  • In another pan, mix butter with Sugar and Whipped Cream.
  • Slowly, add flour mixture to sugar mixture, to avoid the lumps.
  • Now, add milk in small portions to make batter smooth.
  • Beat the batter just for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add 3/4 cup of Shredded coconut and broken Oreos in a batter, and mix the batter for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Coat a baking pan with a layer of cooking oil and sprinkle some flour.
  • Transfer the batter by spooning into the Bundt Pan, and sprinkle 1/4 cup of shredded coconut from the top.
  • Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees, and keep the pan in an oven.
  • Cook for 30 minutes, and check if it's done or not by inserting a toothpick or a fork.
  • If it comes out clear, it's done.
Sugar Glazed on top - 

Ingredients - 
  1. Powdered Sugar - 1/2 cup
  2. Fresh Coconut - 1/2 cup (shredded)
  3. Crushed Oreo - 2-3
  4. Vanilla Extract - 1/4 tsp
  5. Milk - 2-3 tbsp (as required)
Directions - 
  • Mix Sugar with Vanilla extract and 1tbsp of milk. Add milk as required, depends on how you want your glazed to be. Do not make it too runny.
  • Sprinkle fresh coconut and crushed Oreo from the top.
  • And Enjoy..................

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