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!!



Saturday, August 4, 2012

Chilli Garlic Noodles

My hubby is a big Chinese cuisine Fan & Noodles are his favorite. So after trying out a couple of restaurants we both knew that the kind of noodles we like (Indo Chinese) are best when they are made at home. Almost every alternate weekend we like eating noodles, so I keep trying new options. After Vegetable Noodles here is my version of Chilli Garlic noodles using the ready made Chilli Garlic sauce that is available in market.



Thursday, August 2, 2012

Eggless Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Do you have some ripe bananas at home which you were planning to throw away as they are no longer pretty or look edible. I'd say don't ! I now have a delicious way to save one from a guilt trip of throwing away bananas. Banana Chocolate chip Muffins is an apt recipe for using your ripe bananas. The more ripe the banana is the better it is, as then you have to add less sugar. A total win win!!