Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Cold Pasta Salad ... An Yummy n Healthy Diet

Ingredients :-
Boiled Fusilli Pasta - 1 cup
Boiled Chickpea 
Sweet Corn
Chopped Carrot
Chopped Yellow-Green Bell Pepper
Chopped Cabbage

You can add more fresh veggies (Onion, Cucumber, Olives, Cheery Tomato, Broccoli, Mushrooms etc) as your choice.

1/4 cup grated Mozzarella/any type of Cheese
1/2 tsp Crushed pepper
1/2 tsp Red Chilly flakes

For Dressing :
2 tsp Mayonnaise
1 tsp Mustard Powder
2 tsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Lemon Juice 
Dried herbs
Salt to taste
A pinch of Sugar
Mix well all these ingredients with a spoon and keep aside.

  • Fill a large pot with enough water, add salt and bring to boil in a high heat.
  • Add the Pasta to it and cook uncovered about 8-10 minutes Or follow the instructions given on the packet. Stirring continuously. When Pasta cooked, switch off the flame. Drain and cool under the running cold water.
  • Next mix all the chopped veggies and grated cheese to pasta, Pour the dressing over the salad, Seasoning with fresh crushed pepper and Red chilly flakes, stir to combine. Toss well. Cover and refrigerate about 30 minutes and Serve Cold Pasta Salad.
Enjoy Pasta Salad with your family, friends, relatives at home, party everywhere... :)

Happy Cooking...Happy Blogging

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Bread Dahi Vada Recipe

Ingredients :-

For Bread Vada:                              
8 slices of Bread 
1 chopped Onion
2 chopped Green chilly
Few chopped Curry leaves
Curd - 3-4 tsp
1/2 Cumin seeds
Salt to taste

Process :-
Cut the bread into small pieces, Add curd, chopped onion, green chilly, curry leaves, cumin seeds, salt to taste and mix them properly. Make a soft dough (like  atta dough). Divide the dough into equal portion and give a shape like bara and shallow fry it with little oil. Flip it and fry it until light golden brown in colour. Switch off the flame and keep aside.

For Aloo dum:
8-10 nos. small size boiled Baby potatoes (You can take medium size potato also)
1 no. medium size grated Onion / Onion paste
Haldi powder
Salt to taste
Pinch of Sugar 
Pinch of Garam masala powder
1 tsp Cooking Oil

For masala paste:
6 garlic cloves, 1' inch of Ginger, 4-6 nos whole Peppercorns, 1 Cardamom, 2 Cloves, 1 Cinnamon, 1 tsp Poppy seeds, 1 Tomato - Grind together to make a very fine paste

Heat oil in a kadhai/pan. Add the sugar, when it start to caramelize, add the grated onion and saute a while. Then add the blended masala paste and stir continuously, add the haldi powder. Cook about 5 minutes in a low-medium flame. Once the masala starts leaving oil on the sides, add the boiled potatoes and cook for another 2 minutes. Add water as you required to get desired thickness of gravy and let it boil about 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle little garam masala powder and Switch off the flame.

Tamarind (Imli) Saunth chutney 
Curd - 1/2 cup (add little salt, sugar, chilly powder to it and mix well)
Black salt
Roasted Cumin-Coriander-Chilly powder
Fried Sev
For Garnishing: Coriander leaves,chopped onion, chopped green chilly, grated carrot, grated beetroot, pomegranate seeds etc etc... 

Arrange the plate:
When ready to serve, soak the vadas in salt water for a minute and then squeeze them. Now, arrange the bread vadas in a serving plate, spread some curd, drizzle the tamarind chutney, aloo dum, sev, roasted cumin-coriander powder, green chilly etc etc etc...n Serve it. Enjoy it as breakfast, lunch, starter at anytime !!! 

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Bread Uttapam ... an instant n easy bread uttapam / pancake

Ingredients :-
Bread - 6 slices
Semolina - 4 tsp
Curd - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Mango ginger - 1/2 tsp (grated)
Chopped Green chilly - 1 tsp (as per your taste)
Cooking oil 

For Topping:
Onions - 2 medium size ( cut into thinly slices)
Tomato - 1 medium size
Capsicum - 1 medium size
Sweet corn - 1/2 cup
You can add any veggies as your choice.

Method :-
Take a bowl, break the bread into small pieces. Add semolina, curd, water, salt to taste and mix them properly or you can blend it. Add grated mango ginger, chopped green chilly to the batter. Make a very smooth and thick batter and keep aside about 10 minutes. 

Heat a non stick pan at medium heat and spread little oil. Pour 1 ladle full batter and spread evenly to make a thick uttapam. Put the sliced vegetables on it, add some oil drops and cook till it become crispy n golden brown from both the sides. Serve hot Bread Uttapam with any kind of chutney .... Enjoy it !!! 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Sweet Boondi recipe

Ingredients :-
Besan (Gram flour) - 1 cup
Turmeric powder - a pinch (for colour) (its optional)
Oil/Ghee for deep frying
Water - as required

For Sugar syrup:-
Sugar - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp

Dry fruits (almond, raisins, cashew nuts)  
Clove - 2/3 nos.
Cardamom - 2/3 nos.

Take a big wide bowl, sieve the gram flour properly. Add water slowly and make a lumps free smooth batter. The consistency of batter should neither thick nor watery. You can check by pouring little batter in strainer and if it falling easily then its ok, if not then add little water. Keep aside the batter.

For Sugar syrup, in a pan or kadai add sugar and water and let it boil. Make one string consistency of syrup, add cardamom powder. When its done, switch off the flame.

For colourful boondi, I've divided the batter in two bowls. In first bowl, added little pinch of turmeric powder and in 2nd bowl, added raspberry colour for red boondi. Mix it properly and keep aside. You can use any food colour as your choice.  

Now, heat oil in a pan. Take one laddle full of batter and pour over the strainer and spread slowly. So that the boondi drops in to the oil. Deep fry in a medium flame, remove the boondi by using another strainer. Repeat the steps to make more boondi, before starting the process wash and clean dry the strainer, then continue.
Put the boondi in the warm sugar syrup and mix it. 

For garnishing, heat little ghee in a pan and fry the dry fruits, clove, cardamom and then mix it with the boondi. 

Now your Sweet boondi is ready. You can keep it for a week in an air tight container and enjoy !!!  

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Phulkobi Patra Bhaja (Cauliflower leaves stir fry with pink lentil)

Ingredients :-
Phula Kobi Patra (Cauliflower leaves) - 1 bunch (wash and clean it properly and then finely chop)
Baingan (Brinjal) - 1 medium size (finely chopped)
Masoor Dal (Pink lentil) - 1/4 cup (soaked in water about 20 mins)
Onion - 1 no. (thinly sliced)
Garlic cloves - 6-8 pods (Crushed)
Green chilly - 2 nos.
Dry Red chilly -1 nos.
Tomato - 2 nos. (I've used here 4 nos. of baby tomatoes)
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method :-

  • Heat oil in a kadai/pan. Add the cumin-mustard seeds and red chilly. When it start to splutter, add the onion slices, crushed garlic, chopped green chilly, soaked masoor dal and saute for a few minutes. 
  • Now add the chopped brinjal and mix well. Add the chopped Kobi patra, sprinkle salt to taste and cook in medium flame about 5-8 minutes. 
  • When the leaves get cooked, add the chopped tomatoes and cook more 2-3 minutes in high-medium flame.  
  • Any one can also add fried crushed badi (Urad dal Wadi) and then switch off the flame.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice, Pakhal bhat etc.   

Friday, 6 February 2015

Doodh Peda / Malai Peda / Milk Peda

Valentine Day is near to door.....So what you are planning friends !!! Here is presenting easy n quick delicious MALAI PEDA from my kitchen...... :) :) :) My hubby loves peda in any form.....so thought to make this n wish a Happy Valentine day to my darling hubby.... <3 <3 

Ingredients :-
Nestle Milk maid - 1 tin (400 gms) (sweetened condensed milk)
Milk powder - 5-6 tsp
Milk - 1 cup 
Corn flour - 1 tsp
Lime juice / Citric acid - 1 tsp
Ghee - 2 tsp
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Saffron - a few strands (dissolve in warm milk)
Few drops of Rose essence 
Beetroot juice - 2-3 tsp (or you can use any food colour)
Few slices of Pistachio or Almonds for garnishing 

Method :-
  • Mix all the ingredients (Nestle milkmaid, milk powder, milk, corn flour, saffron) together in a wide bowl. 
  • Heat a kadhai/wide pan. Pour the mixture into it and let it boil in high-medium flame. Continuously stir it without any break. 
  • When it becomes slightly thicker add lime juice, which curdled the milk very little and will help it to make thick faster. 
  • You can make peda any colour of your choice. Here I've not used any food colour, added beetroot juice for pink peda. 
  • When the mixture starts leaving the sides of the pan, add ghee, cardamom powder to it and give a quick mix. Consistency should be thick enough, so the dough can be prepared. Ensure that no water content in the mixture. 
  • Then remove the mixture from heat. Let it cool at room temperature about 15 minutes.
  • Mixture is little sticky, so apply few drops of ghee when shaping into Peda. 
  • Then give shape as your choice, garnish with some almonds, pistachio or silver vark. You can keep it in refrigerator to set for an hours. 
  • And Now your yummy Malai Peda is ready.....Celebrate it with your Family, Friends, Colleagues in any occasion.

NOTE : I've made this peda from Nestle Milkmaid. Any one can make it without milkmaid also and use 1 ltr of milk, sugar with above remain ingredients.


Thursday, 5 February 2015

Soya chunks / Meal maker Curry (Mustard paste flavour)

Ingredients :-
Soya chunks / Meal maker - 1 cup 
( Boil in water about 5 mins, drain the water and wash with normal water. Squeeze the excess water from the chunks and keep aside. ) 
Potato - 1 medium size (cut into cubes)
Onion - 1 no.
Tomato - 1-2 no.
Mustad and Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Mustard oil Or cooking oil - 1 tsp

For paste: Mustard seeds-1 tsp, Cumin seeds-1/4 tsp, Garlic - 6-8 pods, Green chilies- 2 nos. Make a very fine smooth paste from this.

Method :-
Heat few drops of oil in a pan/work and stir fry the soya chunks till light brown in colour and the raw smell goes out. Sprinkle little salt and fry. Remove from pan and set aside.

Now, add 1 tsp oil to the pan. Add mustard and cumin seeds, when it start to splutter add chopped onion and saute a while. Add the chopped tomato, salt to taste, turmeric powder and mix. When oil leaves from sides of the pan, add the mustard paste and cook for a minutes. Don't over cook it otherwise it will taste bitter. Add the chopped  potato, soya chunks to the masala and mix well.  Pour water as your requirement and make a lightly thick gravy. Cook about 5-8 minutes in a high-medium flame. Switch off the flame and Serve hot with Khichdi or steamed rice.. Enjoy it with your family !!!   

Ganth Gobi / Kohlrabi / Olloo Kobi Chutney

Ingredients :-
Ganth Gobi / Oollo kobi / Kohlrabi / White Vienna - 1 medium size
Peanuts - 1 tsp
Dates - 2-3 pieces (seedless)
Tamarind pulp - 1 tsp 
Garlic - 5-6 pods
Ginger - '1/2 inch
Green Chilly - 2-3 nos. (as your choice)
Cumin seeds
Oil - 1/2 tsp

For Tempering :-
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dry Red Chilly - 1 no.
White Urad dal- 1 tsp
Few Curry leaves
Few drops of Lemon juice 

Method :-
Peel the skin of the Ganth gobi and cut into small chunks. Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, when it start to splutters add the gobi / Kohlrabi pieces, peanuts, chopped dates, chopped ginger n garlic, green chilly. Sprinkle little salt and saute for a while. When gobi becomes soft add the tamarind pulp and mix well. Switch off the flame, keep aside and let it cool at room temperature. Blend it by adding few coriander leaves and salt to taste. Make it a smooth paste.

For tadka, heat oil in a tadka pan. Add mustard seeds, dry red chilly, pinch of hing, urad dal, curry leaves and let it splutter. Pour it to the chutney and mix well. Just add few drops of lemon juice and Now its ready. You can enjoy it with Rice, Roti, Dosa, Idli etc etc.... 

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Ragi Kanji (Spicy Version of Ragi/Millet flour)

Ragi is a powerhouse of health benefiting nutrients that help in reducing weight and also acts as a treatment for multiple diseases like Brittle Bones, Osteoporosis, Anemia and Diabetes. It is a natural relaxant that helps in relieving stress and anxiety. It is one such rare cereal that doesn’t need to be polished and, therefore, can be consumed in its purest form with all its goodness intact.                         

                           It helps in weight loss, increase bone strength, controls Diabetes, reduces Cholesterol, good source of protein and amino acids, helps digestion, increase lactation, reverts skin aging. 

                      This is a spicy salted version of Rgi flour. also make sweet dish by adding milk / curd to it. Or you can take Ragi flour in a soup, idli, dosa form. 

Ragi (Millet flour) - 1/4 cup
Water - 5-6 cups
Aambula (Dried mangoes) - 2 pcs

Vegetables I've used ; Potato, Radish, Pumpkin, Carrot, Cauliflower n Green peas. Any one can use veggies as your choice.

For Tempering :-
Mustard oil - 1 tsp
Garlic cloves - 8-10 nos.
Green chilly - 2 nos.
Dry red chilly - 2 nos.
Panch phutan - 1 tsp
Pinch of haldi powder
Pinch of hing (Asafoetida)
Salt to taste
Lemon jiuce - 1/2 tsp
Few Curry leaves

Method :-

  • Put the dried mangoes in water about 20 mins.
  • Take the ragi flour in a wide bowl, add water and let it for 5 minutes. Mix it well without any lumps.
  • Heat little drops of oil, saute the vegetables about 2-3 mins and then put the ragi mixture into the kadhai. Let it boil in high flame for 5 minutes and then keep the flame low-medium. Add more water if required. Cook it about more 5-8 minutes. Add pinch of haldi powder and salt as per your taste. When the veggies are semi cooked, add the dried mangoes to it and cook more 2 minutes.
  • For tadka/tempering, heat mustard oil in a tadka pan. Add dry red chillies, Panch phutan, crushed garlic, curry leaves, hing and immediately pour it to the cooked vegetables. 
  • Sprinkle little drops of lemon juice and Serve hot with hot steamed rice. Or you can take it as hot Soup / Stew.


Check here the sweet version of Ragi.... http://recipebysagarika.blogspot.in/2015/01/ragi-kheer-mandia-jau-sweet-version.html

Ragi Kheer / Mandia Jau (Sweet Version)

Ingredients :
Ragi / Millet flour - 1 cup
Jaggery / Sugar - 1/2 cup (as per your taste)
Salt to taste
Milk - 2 cups
Water - as needed
Cardamom powder -  a pinch
Saffron a strand
Roasted Dry fruits 

Method :-
Take ragi flour in a bowl, add water slowly to it. Mix it well without any lumps. then strain it with a strainer, if required. Boil it with water in a low flame. When it start to thicken, add milk and stir it continuously. Cook it in low-medium flame about 10-15 minutes. Add jaggery or sugar as your taste. Add saffron and roasted dry fruits as your choice. Switch off the flame and let it cool at room temperature. Serve chilled with more nuts and raisins and Enjoy your breakfast !!!

Any one can add fresh curd or milk while serving, which enhance the taste more...

It's a healthy and very nutritious dish, specially very useful for ladies and baby. It helps in weight loss, increase bone strength, controls diabetes, reduces cholesterol, good source of amino acids, helps digestion, increase lactation, revert skin aging...etc...etc...