Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lauki Kofta Curry - Ghiya Kofta Curry - Bottle Gourd Dumplings Curry

Lauki Kofta Curry is a delicious Indian gravy dish which mainly comprises of two parts - Gravy made from onion tomato base & dumplings made from mixture of Bottle gourd, gram flour & flavored with spices. These two mixed together & served make an excellent combination with Rice/Roti. The Lauki Kofta's (bottle gourd dumplings) on their own can be enjoyed as appetizers or as evening snacks with tea. This is one of those two in one recipes where you can enjoy it as appetizer or as entree/main-course. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Fruit Salad - Dessert Recipe

Fruit Salad is a very simple,easy & quick to make Dessert. This is my Mom's recipe & she often made this when we were kids.  Since this recipe is very easy I was contemplating whether I should post it or not. But then thought with the festive season kicking in, parties/celebrations/get-together happening there will be need to make some fancy yet quick dessert. Fruits mixed with milk & condensed milk is my all time favorite dessert. It can be made ahead of time & stored in refrigerator till time to serve. Best part is its loved by all age-groups. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Phodnicha Bhaat - Spicy Tempered Leftover Rice

Phodnicha Bhaat is a simple & easy to make Indian Maharashtrian recipe usually made by tempering the leftover rice. With barely any ingredients used this dish gives your leftover rice a completely different flavor, taste & color. Although traditionally this recipe was made to use the leftover rice, you can still make it using freshly cooked rice. Just ensure the cooked rice is cooled properly before making this dish. Hot rice used for this recipe would cause the rice granules to stick & become lumpy. Serve this rice either with a hot pickle or Raita/salad. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Boneless Chicken Masala

Boneless Chicken Masala is an Indian onion tomato based gravy dish which tastes excellent with both Rice or any Indian bread of your choice. With the adjustment of water consistency this dish can easily be transformed into a gravy dish but I prefer to prepare this dish slightly on the thicker side which not only helps coating the chicken but also to bring out the gravy flavor more with every bite. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mutter Paneer - Mattar Paneer - Paneer Mutter - Cottage Cheese & Green Peas Curry

Mutter Paneer is an extremely popular North Indian curry dish made of Indian cottage cheese (paneer) and green peas (Mutter) in a creamy onion-tomato base gravy. By altering the gravy consistency this dish can be served with Rice as well as Roti/Chapati/Naan/Indian bread of your choice. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pinwheels - Cheesy Peppery Pinwheels

Pinwheels are my latest go-to appetizers be it potluck or a self hosted party. They are easy & quick to make & most of all loved by all age groups. There is a variety of pinwheels you can make by altering the stuffing but for this year's Thanksgiving potluck party I made these cheesy peppery Pinwheels which I'll be sharing with you in today's post. I used the crescent dinner rolls & stuffed them with sour-cream, onion tomato & bell peppers to make these delicious, crunchy & yummy appetizers. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Aloo Paratha - Potato Paratha - Potato Stuffed Flat-bread

Aloo Paratha a.k.a flat-bread stuffed with spicy potato filling is common breakfast dish in most Indian homes especially north India. Served with curd, chutney  and/or pickle this dish is a wholesome meal in itself. Basically Aloo(Potato) paratha is made by stuffing spicy potato filling in dough & then sealing & rolling it into a circular shaped flat-bread. Its cooked on griddle with some clarified butter (ghee) or simple butter till golden brown.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Karanji - Gujiya - Fresh Coconut Karanji - Fried Sweet Dumpling with Coconut Filling

For my Diwali Faral, along with Besan Ladoo I made these Fresh Coconut Karanji/Gujiya as they are my hubby's absolute favorite. They look fancy but are really easy to make. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Besan Ladoo - Besan Laddu - Sweet Chickpea Flour Balls

Wishing Everyone a Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year! 
May this festival of light bring Happiness, love, luck & prosperity!! 
Have a Safe Deepavali!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Birthday Cake - Chocolate Cake with Sourcream Filling & Ganache Frosting

Hello!! It was my Hubby's birthday on 5th Nov & ever since I started blogging I was waiting for this special occasion to bake this delicious cake all from scratch.  Both of us are chocolate lovers so thought why not make a super rich chocolaty cake thus Chocolate cake with Chocolate & Sour cream filling & Chocolate Ganache frosting.  Total Yum!! Coincidentally this happens to be my 75th post too!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Onion Capsicum Cheese Pizza

For this post, I'll be sharing my Mom's Onion Capsicum Cheese Pizza recipe which I've slightly twisted & given some of my own punches. For keeping it simple I've used the ready made pizza base. Honestly, when I planned to make this pizza recipe I was so hungry that I didn't have the patience to wait & bake the pizza base. Although I love baking breads & pizza crusts, these ready made crusts really come handy for such hurried situations. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Vegetable Fried Rice - Veg Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice is a popular Indo Chinese dish that is usually served with a gravy dish. Its a simple dish where left over rice is stir fried with veggies on high heat (wok style). This rice tastes best with left over & cooled rice as the moisture in freshly cooked rice make this dish lumpy by steaming the rice further instead of stir-fryingThere are many variations available for this rice, you can add eggs to make egg fried rice or add chicken or meat to give chicken fried rice. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Vegetable Manchurian - Veg Manchurian Gravy

Vegetable Manchurian is an Indo-Chinese recipe which is popular both as appetizer & as Main-course.  This dish comprises of fritters made of mix vegetables deep fried & then mixed with the sauce. The dry or appetizer version usually calls for thicker sauce just to coat the Manchurian balls while the gravy version is more liquidy yet thick & goes well  with noodles or fried rice. For this post, I am sharing my gravy version. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Rajma Masala - Rajma Chawal - Red Kidney Beans Curry

 Rajma is a popular North Indian curry relished with plain or zeera (cumin) rice. Its a thick red kidney beans gravy flavored with spices. Not only its a staple diet for most north Indians, this curry is immensely popular and loved across the globe. You will find this curry cooked as a regular meal to special occasion menu's and not to forget mentioning its permanent place on the restaurant menu. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Kanda Bhaji - Onion Pakora - Onion Fritters

Kanda Bhaji - Onion Pakora, a cup of hot tea & rain showers ...what a classic combination. Don't you think?? When rain starts pouring, all we want to do is cozy up at home with a cup of tea & some hot hot crispy & tasty Bhaji's to go with it. Slurp!! I know in most parts of the world the showers may have called it a day but hey that shouldn't stop you from trying these fritters, they are perfect even on a sunny/chilled winter days.

Kanda Bhaji or Onion Pakora are Onion fritters made by mixing onion in the gram flour (chickpea flour) batter seasoned with some spices to give flavor & then fried. Since there are no fancy ingredients or cooking methods required for this dish you can practically make these fritters in jiffy. Well those were few of the pros, coming to the cons - its a fried dish & these fritters are addictive i.e. you just can't stop having these. Having said that I am also not the one who would go for a baked version of these as that would compromise the taste. So just control the frequency you make these & enjoy them guilt free.

1 large onion cut in julienne
3 red chillies finely chopped (or to taste)
some finely chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp of red chilli powder (or to taste)
1 tbsp of roasted, freshly & coarsely grounded coriander seeds powder
1 tsp of cumin seeds powder
1 tsp of dry mango powder (Amchur)
1/4 tsp of garam masala (or to taste)
3 tbsp of gram flour (besan)
2 tbsp of rice flour
salt to taste
Oil for frying


In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients except oil & mix well. Add water a tbsp at a time to make the batter. Batter consistency should not be runny & should cling to the onions well. Add more besan if required. 

Heat sufficient oil in a vessel for frying. Once hot, add a tbsp of this hot oil carefully into the onion batter mixture.Wait for a while before you mix that since the oil is hot. Then make small to medium sized clusters & add as many as your vessel can hold to the hot oil. Once they start turning golden brown, flip & cook till the other side turns golden too. Drain on absorbent paper. Continue frying the remaining batches in same way. 

That's it our crispy & tasty Kanda Bhaji - Onion Pakora -Onion fritters are ready. Serve them hot with Green Chutney or with Tomato ketchup
Happy Cooking!!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Eggless Nutella Cookies

Nutella Cookies have been on my list of to-do recipes for so long....finally this weekend I had the opportunity to bake these goodies. These cookies came out chewy & soft with the cookie crust a bit crisp. These cookies go fabulously with a glass of milk for breakfast or a snack in between meals & perfect to curb the dessert cravings post meal. All Nutella lovers these cookies are a must try. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Butter Chicken - Murg Makhani - Chicken Makhani

Butter Chicken - one of the most popular non-vegetarian dishes of the Indian Cuisine. You haven't tasted this delicacy yet?? bet you are missing something really delicious. Taste it once & you are hooked on to it for life. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Eggless Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad is one of my favorite salads. The combination of crunchy lettuce and even crunchier croutons tossed with the smooth creamy dressing is just the way I like my salads. There are many varieties of this salad available the most common being Chicken Caesar salad where grilled and succulent chicken strips are topped over the regular Caesar salad. 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a famous Indian fast food dish that originated in the central & western states of India and now well spread due to its immense popularity. Pav Bhaji as the name says comprises of a Pav (bread) that is served with a Bhaji, a thick and smooth mix vegetable curry dish. Bhaji is basically made of onion, tomato & potato gravy with the addition of other veggies like capsicum (bell pepper), cauliflower, green peas all finely mashed & well integrated with the tomato gravy. Pav Bhaji is served with the pav soaked in butter & lightly roasted & bhaji garnished with finely chopped onion, some butter & dash of lemon.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pav - Ladi Pav - White Bread Dinner Rolls

Am a big-time bread fan, can eat it for all my three meals. Baking Pav (White bread dinner rolls) is my first bread baking experience and wow what an experience it was!! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Addicted to bread baking now so you will be seeing more bread recipes on this space.  Recommend bread baking to all, must try at least once !! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Vanilla Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting - Eggless

After my Banana Chocolate chip Muffins recipe, here is a my first cupcake recipe - Vanilla Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting , a simple & delicious treat. Keeping majority ingredients same as used for my Basic Vanilla Sponge Cake with slight alterations I was able to make these yummy cupcakes. Simple butter, cream cheese & sugar frosting topped on the cupcakes makes it the most delicious dessert. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Shahi Paneer - Cottage Cheese in Creamy Tomato Gravy

Shahi Paneer is one of the very first recipes I learnt from my MIL thus making this recipe very close to my heart & truly special. She is an awesome cook. Even today when I make this dish, I recollect her words & her explanation. Anyone & everyone who has had this dish, keeps asking for more. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fried Modak - Sweet Dumplings

Wishing Everyone a Happy Ganesh Chathurti!! 
May Lord Ganesha shower his blessings on All. 
Ganesh Chathurti & Modak (sweet dumplings) are synonyms for me. Modak is Lord Ganesha's favorite food & hence these are patent offerings to the Lord during this festival season. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Peach Raspberry & Cucumber Salad

Peach Raspberry & Cucumber Salad is refreshing fruit salad which goes perfect as evening snack. Its a great alternative to fried/junk snack items especially if you are watching your weight or even otherwise. Just like other salads, this recipe calls for mixing the main ingredients (fruits here) with the dressing which is made of mint, lemon juice, honey & roasted cumin powder. The addition of cucumber provides the right balance of crunchiness to this otherwise soft fruit salad. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Spaghetti with Marinara sauce

Spaghetti with Marinara sauce is basic Italian preparation where the Spaghetti (long thin round strands or noodle like pasta) is served with a tangy tomato, onion, garlic & herbs sauce famously known as Marinara sauce. Its a simple & versatile sauce which can be used for pasta or for even as your pizza sauce. Traditionally this sauce is used to add flavor to pasta, rice or pizza. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Onion Tomato Capsicum Rice

Today when I opened my fridge I saw a variety of left over food items & it became a puzzle for me, with only one aim, have a delicious final product at my lunch table. Sounded like Déjà vu ? This is a common situation for most of us, and I enjoy it because this breeds creativity & innovation, which eventually helps one grow in the art of cooking. 
One of my such creations is Onion Tomato Capsicum Rice. It is also possibly one of the best ways to use left over rice. Bell peppers are something which you will always find in my refrigerator. So basically pulled out all what I could reach my hands to.  Neither fancy cutting nor cooking & this delectable one pot meal is ready in no time.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tomato Basil Soup

Ever since childhood my favorite soup has been Tomato Soup. In restaurants, I would order it even without looking at the menu (in India, almost every restaurant menu had it). Even now, given an option be it my office cafeteria or for a lunch/brunch buffet at any restaurant I always tend to pick Tomato soup. There are so many varieties - plain tomato soup, cream of tomato, chunky tomato soup this list is never ending. But lately, I have been a huge fan of the Tomato Basil soup. Since this will be the first soup recipe on ShwetaintheKitchen I wanted to start with my favorite.  

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Chilli Chicken Dry

Chilli Chicken is one of the most popular Indo-chinese appetizers. This dish also has a gravy version but for this post I'll be sharing the dry version. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lobhia - Chawli Chi Usal - Black Eyed Peas Curry

Black Eyed Beans are known differently in different parts of India. In North India they are referred to as Lobhia whereas in the West as Chawli. Which ever name they go by the basic way to make this curry dish remains more or less the same.  Lobia/Chawli chi Usal is a simple Indian main-course dish cooked in a onion tomato gravy & can be served either dry or in gravy form. Dry version goes well with Roti/Chapati/Indian bread whereas the gravy version is more suitable for Rice. Having said that, this is not a hard & fast rule. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sevai Kheer - Vermicelli Kheer - Vermicelli Pudding

There are very few fasts that I observe and Angarika Sankashti (chathurti that falls on a Tuesday) in one of them. This fast ends at night where you prepare your meal without using any onion garlic & seal it with a sweet dish. Mom usually makes Sevai Kheer (her patent) for such occasions and I would fondly eat this in comparison to the other members of the Kheer family. Also during a recently chito chat with my MIL, she expressed her content over the quick cooking time of this dish which is so true. All in all, I finally decided to make Sevai Kheer for this auspicious occasion.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Kadhai Paneer - Wok Style Cottage Cheese

Kadhai Paneer is one of the exotic Indian main course recipes that can be churned very quickly & yet looks like you have invested your whole day making it. The high points of this dish is its very colorful due to the addition of capsicum (bell peppers) & at the same time very flavorful too. 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Dal Fry - Lentils Curry - Yellow Pigeon Pea & Split Chickpea Curry

Dal (Lentils) is an undisputed staple ingredients of Indian cuisine. Its rich protein content makes it immensely popular option for vegetarians. There are many varieties to prepare Dal but for this post I would like to share my Dal Fry recipe

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cracker Topper - Soopuh Quick Appetizer

A troop of friends coming over in short notice ? And you don't have anything jazzy at home to  serve as appetizers ? Don't panic and don't worry, here is an ace up your sleeve for such situations - Cracker Topper. They are perfect for any party, regardless of the number of guests, or even as snacks to go with your cup of tea. Crispy base with a creamy cheese & tomato topping is divine. Not only does it look attractive, these quick bites are satiating too. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka in India is like Kangaroo in Australia, they live in each other. But this 'Kangaroo' is now spreading fast across the globe like a wild-fire, courtesy our love for this dish. And with a fan following of that magnitude this dish perfectly deserves to be my first non-veg recipe on "ShwetaintheKitchen". Yaaaaaaaaay to all my chicken lover friends out there !! 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vegetable Biryani - One Pot Meal

Yay!!  Immensely happy posting my 50th recipe. I started my food blogging voyage few months ago & never expected to reach golden jublee milestone so soon. Everyone loves to celebrate such occasions with something special. In this situation that 'special' would be a recipe very close to my heart, something I love to cook for everyone around me, & hence decided to go with it at THE 50th recipe of ShwetaInTheKitchen - presenting to you my all time favorite -Vegetable Biryani , a total hit in my family. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mix Vegetable Curry

Sometimes I have only small potions of different variety of veggies left over, which on their own are too less to make a dish. That's when I like to mix the veggies together to give me my versatile Mix Vegetable Curry. Versatile because it gives me an option of serving it with Roti/Paratha (Indian bread) or Rice or even as a gravy layer for Vegetable Biryani. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tomato, Cucumber & Lettuce Sandwich

Tomato, Cucumber & Lettuce Sandwich is a simple recipe (I'm not even sure this can be called a recipe) but nevertheless I wanted to share it because I love it. Need anymore reason !!?? Nah... 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Vegetable Spring Rolls

Vegetable Spring rolls are ageless appetizers in my Chinese cuisine closet, my granny loves it, the kids in my family love it - it works in any kind of party. It is primarily made by rolling a mixture of shredded vegetables like cabbage, carrot, bell peppers  & sometimes even noodles & sprouts in to thin spring roll pastry sheets. There are many versions of the stuffing & the ways to cook these i.e. fry or boil or now a days even bake.  But for now, I decided to stick with the traditional Indo-chinese way of deep frying. Frying gives these spring rolls a crunchy texture which I definitely like. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Gobi Paratha - Cauliflower Stuffed Flat-bread

Gobi (Cauliflower) Paratha is a popular North Indian breakfast recipe which is now loved in every part of India. It is quite filling and satiating breakfast and a punjabi-household favorite. Eat it with butter, yogurt, chutney , pickle or even ketchup it always tastes super yummy. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Watermelon Juice - Sugarless drink

With Summer at its peak, keeping yourself hydrated is vital. But if you got bored with monotony of cold water and are looking for other natural options, try Watermelon Juice. Thinking about it, watermelon is available in abundance during summers. Its nature's way of balancing the heat with this coolant fruit which contains 92% water & is naturally sweet so you need no sugar to be added to your drink. Isn't that great - some calories saved happy

Monday, August 13, 2012

Poha - Pohe - Flattened rice with Onions, Potato & Green peas

Pohe/Poha (Flattened rice) is a very popular Indian breakfast dish. Its most basic version is prepared with only onions referred to as Onion (kanda or pyaaz) Pohe but you can add potato & green peas to the basic version to make it Kanda Batata Vatana  (Onion Potato Green peas) Pohe. This is the way I like to make as then it gives me wholesome dish. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Chickpea Burger - Veg Burger

It breaks my heart to hear burgers are catergorized as junk food. They are soooo delicious just like all the members of junk food family. Since we are living in a calorie conscious world we need to watch what we eat, not that I munch a burger every other day but every calorie counts, right. So then why not replace the deep fried patty with a healthy chickpea shallow fried patty!!?? I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome, it tastes so much better that you must try it. 
Traditionally burger & french fries are a great combo, but since I wanted to keep my junk food at minimum I opted them out. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sevai Upma - Vermicelli Upma

Couple of years ago I started feeling saturated with the usual (read lazy) breakfast options, and I was compelled to start exploring new breakfast options, to feed my soul with freshness to begin my day. And that is when I discovered my Sevai (Vermicelli) Upma recipe. Basically I added the main ingredient vermicelli from the regular sweet dish my mom makes (Sevai kheer) to the Maggi recipe my granny makes. Ever since I made this, we all have been hooked to it, so much so that it is present atleast once a week on our breakfast table. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Maa Chole Ki Dal (Yellow Gram & Split Black Lentils Curry)

Maa Chole ki Dal is a curry dish made from combination of two lentils - Chana Dal (yellow Gram) & split black urad dal (black lentils). Its a popular north indian dish & tastes great with Rice/Roti/Indian bread of your choice. 

Enjoy this protein packed lentils curry!!