Saturday, September 21, 2013

Caramelized Onion and Rosemary Focaccia

Focaccia is an oven baked Italian flat-bread that is topped with herbs and various other toppings. Focaccia dough is similar to pizza dough just that the amount of leavening agent (yeast) used in focaccia is slightly more than that of pizza. This gives the focaccia a slightly thicker base in comparison to the flat and flexible pizza base. I love baking breads and Focaccia was on my list for long. Herb Focaccia is the most popular one but the taste and texture caramelized onions give to focaccia or for that matter to any recipe is delicious. Hence thought of baking Caramelized Onion and Rosemary Focaccia this time and we all absolutely loved it. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bhindi Do Pyaza - Okra Onion Stir Fry

Bhindi Do Pyaza - Okra Onion Stir Fry is a very popular Indian sabzi/side dish that is served/eaten with Naan/Roti/Chapati. Bhindi is also popularly known as Okra or lady finger and is one of our favorite vegetable. There are different theories and methods associated w.r.t preparation style for this dish due to its name "Do Pyaza" which in literal translation is 2 onions. Some say it was named "Do Pyaza" as the onions are used twice during the cooking process once to make the gravy and then as garnish where as some say its the quantity of onions used. Since I make this in stir fry style (not gravy) I like to follow the later theory i.e. use two onions. That way its simple, quick and delicious all at the same time.