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.

Ingredients: 
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

Method: 


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!!
Shweta



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.