Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tomato Mozzarella Pesto Sandwich

Tomato Mozzarella Pesto Sandwich is our current household favorite. As the name suggests its a simple Italian sandwich made with tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil pesto. I like to add some salad (lettuce) leaves (to get my dose of greens) and also some roasted tomatoes. These really add a great flavor and taste to the sandwich. Lastly grill this on slow flame allowing the cheese to melt giving it a great texture and taste. 



Friday, December 20, 2013

Pumpkin Halwa - Pethe Ka Halwa - Kaddu Ka Halwa

Pethe Ka Halwa or Pumpkin Pudding is an Indian dessert made using very few ingredients like Pumpkin, sugar, cardamom, ghee (clarified butter) and dry fruits. I like to call this a healthy Dessert....why? Reason is although clarified butter gives the halwa a nice and rich taste you can still cook it in very little ghee and sugar and it will still taste yumm. In fact depending on how sweet your pumpkin is you may not really need that much sugar.  So a complete win-win for all the dessert lovers. Also you can enjoy this sweet during fasts just avoid the black cardamom. 



Saturday, December 14, 2013

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto is a classic Italian sauce that is traditionally made by pounding/grounding the ingredients like fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic & olive oil in a mortar using circular motion of the pestle and finally adding shredded cheese (parmigiano reggiano) to the ground paste. But now a days many use food processors, mixers to quicken the process as I did for this recipe. I find Pesto quite similar to our Indian Green chutney which we prepare using Mint & Coriander, green chilies.  This Pesto can be served tossed with cooked pasta or used as spread for sandwiches and rolls.




Friday, December 6, 2013

Hakka Noodles - Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Hakka Noodles is one of the famous Indo-Chinese recipe that you will find being served from small food stalls on Indian streets to famous big restaurants. This dish is a simple stir fry of boiled noodles with veggies seasoned with sauces to taste. Very quick and easy recipe. 




Sunday, December 1, 2013

Eggless Vanilla Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake is a combination of Vanilla sponge cake mixed with some chocolate chips and topped with some sugary buttery crumb mixture giving this cake a soft spongy and crispy texture all in one. This is an egg-less version and this cake stays good for couple of days at room temperature when stored in airtight container.