Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vegetable Puff Recipe

Vegetable Puff is an excellent appetizer/snack recipe with a combination of crispy flaky crust and a soft vegetable filling. Its a crowd pleasing dish and loved by all age groups making it apt for parties and potlucks. This was one of the appetizers for my Lil one's First Birthday Party and was a huge success. 



Palak Paneer Paratha - Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Flatbread

Palak Paneer Paratha is an Indian Flatbread made with whole wheat flour that is stuffed with a mixture of spinach, cottage cheese (paneer) and/or cheese which is flavored with Indian spices. I have the recipe for Palak Paneer  on this blog which is a famous North Indian gravy dish made with Spinach and Indian cottage cheese and served with Indian flat bread like Chapati/Roti/Paratha/Naan or even Rice. This Paratha is a my flatbread version of this gravy dish. Its a healthy breakfast/dinner option. Serve it with some Curd/Raita, Pickle Or Green Chutney and top it off with glass of  Sweet LassiYumm!!



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sanjori - Rava Sheera Paratha - Sweet Paratha - Semolina Pudding Stuffed Indian Flabread

Sanjori is a Sweet Paratha (Indian flatbread) that is stuffed with Rava Sheera (Semolina Pudding). Its a Popular Maharashtrian dish and is similar to our regular paratha, the only difference is that of stuffing which is sweet as opposed to the savory kind.  It can be served for breakfast or as a snack with some Ghee applied on it. This recipe is definitely not for those watching their weight but having said that once in a while a small portion definitely doesn't hurt :)



Monday, November 3, 2014

Rava Sheera - Sooji Halwa - Prasadacha Sheera - Semolina Pudding

Rava Sheera also known as Sooji Halwa is a very popular Indian Sweet dish. Its one of those easy sweet recipes which comes together quickly and requires only a few ingredients like Rava(Sooji/semolina), Ghee (clarified butter), Sugar, dry fruits and some cardamom powder for flavoring. You can serve this dish as dessert or even as a breakfast item. Its a usual sight to find this dish as a Prasad (blessed food which is then distributed to all) at most Pooja's (prayer to worship one or more deities). In addition to this, its also made on a number of Indian festive occasions such as Ganesh festival, Navratri, Diwali etc. If you are planning a Satyanarayan Katha Pooja at your place, this Sheera is one of the Prasad that you will need for this Pooja. 



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Cheesy Garlic Bread is an easy appetizer/snack that is super simple to make comes together with just a few ingredients. Its a no-fail recipe and comes out good every single time. Its great on its own OR with a dip of tomato ketchup/hot sauce and also pairs perfect as a side with pastas and soups to make it a wholesome meal. Its a classic combination for all the bread and cheese lovers like me. 



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rava Ladoo - Rava Laddu

Rava Ladoo is an Indian sweet made from semolina (sooji/rava), sugar, Ghee (clarified butter) and dry fruits. These are shaped into balls which are called ladoo or laddu. Its a very basic and simple recipe requiring very few ingredients as mentioned and no advance preparation as such. These can stay good at room temperature for a week or so and hence are the perfect type of sweets for Diwali or other festivals or simply any time of the year. 



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Petha Vadi - Petha Wadi Sabzi - Pethe Ki Sabzi - North Indian Style Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Recipe

Petha Vadi is a sweet and spicy North Indian style Sabzi which can be served with  Roti/Chapati. The texture of this dish is like a Bharta i.e soft and mushy and is basically Pumpkin and Punjabi vadi cooked with onion tomato and dry Indian spices. For those who are new to the concept of Vadi (or Wadiyan), these are ground and spiced lentils shaped in rounds/dumplings and then sun-dried for long preservation. Wadiyan can be made at home but are also available at most grocery stores. Pumkin when cooked is sweet and soft while the Vadi is spicy and hard/crunchy so the combination together is just perfect. 



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Homemade Ghee From Butter - How To Make Ghee At Home - Indian Clarified Butter

Ghee also known as Indian clarified butter is the most commonly used fat in Indian cooking. From stir frying veggies to deep frying (due to high smoking point) to serving/smearing/topping food to enhance taste to making sweets for all occasions, this fat is the preferred choice. It has a sweet aroma and nutty flavor which both are very addictive. Saturated Fats are considered unhealthy for you exception being Ghee which has been proven as one of the most beneficial fats to be used in the kitchen. Few of its benefits are: Its known to be great source for energy and Vitamin D, helps digestion and strengthens the immune system. It has a great shelf life and thus can last up to couple of years (known for 100 years too) at room temperature without any refrigeration. Although known as clarified butter its actually just a form of it and the two are different.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Vegetable Kofta Curry - Veg Kofta Curry

Vegetable Kofta Curry is an exotic Indian gravy dish that comprises of two parts Kofta and the curry. The Kofta's which are basically balls made out of minced veggies and spices that are deep/shallow fried and then added to a tangy,creamy and spicy onion tomato base curry. The Kofta's on their own too are very delicious and addictive and can be served as appetizers or snacks with some Green Chutney or Tomato Ketchup. This dish can be served with Rice or any Indian flatbread like Roti/Naan/Chapati etc. 



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tomato Chutney - Easy Tomato Chutney Recipe

Tomato Chutney is a tangy and spicy condiment that can be served as a side dish with Idli/Dosa or can be used as a spread for sandwiches and wraps. Its a very simple one pot recipe where you cook the tomatoes, garlic and spices till the they are cooked and then grind the whole mixture to get a smooth paste. I like to add some tamarind pulp to make this chutney even more tangy and spice it up with some red chilli powder. Easy to make and store, this chutney can stay good in an airtight container for days in the refrigerator. I initially tried this chutney with the Whole Wheat Dosa and have ever since loved this combination. Give it a try if you haven't already. 




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Instant Wheat Dosa - Instant Whole Wheat Vegetable Dosa

Instant Whole Wheat Vegetable Dosa is a quick and wholesome breakfast or even an easy lunch-dinner option since it requires no fermenting and can be made the moment you craving a Dosa. Its as simple as mixing whole wheat flour (atta) with water, adding veggies and seasoning it . Let it sit for 15 mins and you are ready to make dosas.  These are so easy and quick to make that they are now a regular in my kitchen. I usually  pair these some Tomato Chutney for breakfast. We love eating these for lunch/dinner too in which case I serve some dosa (potato) bhaji along with the Chutney. 



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cabbage Potato and Green Peas Stir Fry - Kobichi Bhaji

Cabbage Potato and Green Peas Stir Fry Or Kobichi Bhaji as its called in Marathi is a simple dry curry/sabji from the Maharashtrian cuisine that can be served with hot Phulka/chapati. Its a non onion-garlic one involving stir-fry of the main ingredients i.e. cabbage, potato and green peas flavored with  very few ingredients like curry leaves, coriander leaves, turmeric powder and green chillies (for spice). Ever since I was a kid, I have seen my mom and granny make this recipe and now its one of the favorite Indian side dishes in my home. 



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Arugula Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwich - Tea Sandwiches

Arugula Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwich is a super easy recipe that can be enjoyed for breakfast, snack or even as appetizers. It can be made ahead of time and are best when served cold so no heating/reheating required. Thus these make the best options to carry for picnics, lunch box or for Tea parties, bridal showers and baby showers. We have been enjoying these sandwiches this summer with our evening tea. I usually serve these with a mix of tomato ketchup and mayonnaise. 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rice Kheer - Rice Pudding - Chawal Ki Kheer - How to make Rice Kheer

Rice Kheer (Pudding) is a very popular, thick, creamy and delicious Indian dessert made with rice, milk, sugar and flavored with some cardamom powder and nuts. Some like to use cooked rice for making this dish but for today's post I'll be sharing the recipe for making this pudding from scratch. Its my MIL's recipe and comes out perfect every single time I make it.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Chilli Cheese Toast

Chilli Cheese Toast is a quick and easy appetizer, snack or breakfast recipe which is as simple as topping bread with a mixture of cheese, chillies, veggies and baking until bread is crisp and cheese has melted. I like to add green chillies but you could use red chilli flakes too. Adding some onions and bell peppers gives it a nice crunch and color. But you could totally add some other veggies like finely chopped carrots or cabbage too. Its the perfect after school or office snack when you want something spicy and cheesy to go with your glass of milk or cuppa. For serving, I like to cut the bread sides off and slice each slice into 3 giving them a finger shape and making the perfect portion to binge on.



Monday, August 18, 2014

Nectarine Smoothie Recipe - Nectarine Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are the just the perfect breakfast recipes for a quick, healthy and delicious way to kick-start your mornings. For today's post its the Nectarine Banana Smoothie recipe. If you like the combination of tart and sweet then you are going to love this smoothie. For this recipe, I have used ripe nectarine (which looks very much like a peach but just with a smoother outer skin) but you can also use peach too. Banana is optional but I like to use it as it provides the bulk and creaminess to the drink along with the boost of energy needed to kick start my mornings.  I have used whole fat milk and homemade curd but you can use low fat variations or even almond milk, soy milk or any kind of choice. Also low fat or greek yogurt can be used too. My banana was nice and ripe and gave me the right amount of sweetness so I skipped adding honey/sugar. Would recommend tasting your smoothie before adding any sweetness. Last but not the least trying to get my Omega-3 in so a tbsp of milled flaxseeds and my yummy breakfast/snack is ready.  



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mooli Paratha - Radish Paratha - Radish Stuffed Flatbread

Mooli Paratha is a popular North Indian Flat bread stuffed with grated mooli (radish) which is flavored with Indian spices. Like always there are variations of this paratha. Some like to cook the mooli and then add that as the stuffing to the paratha but for this recipe I am adding raw grated mooli like my MIL does. Although this paratha is common in the breakfast category, it makes a great brunch/lunch option too.  Serve it with some Curd/Raita, Pickle Or Green Chutney and top it off with glass of  Sweet LassiYumm!! 




Thursday, August 7, 2014

Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies

A batch of freshly baked homemade cookies is a life saver for those rushed mornings. Baking for me is therapeutic so love to bake over the weekends and have a snack/breakfast ready for the week. For this weekend, I baked these crunchy and chewy Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies. Absolutely love these cookies. They have oats, walnuts, raisins which are the good/healthy ingredients along with the bad ones like like sugar and butter. But not so bad as these will get distributed in 20 to 24 cookies. Much better than buying the store bought ones as we know whats gone in making them. Love to sit by the porch with my tea and these cookies to dip in it and enjoy the morning sun. Quick and lovely way to start a day. 



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Baked Roasted Vegetable Pasta Recipe - Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables - Baked Vegetable Pasta

Baked Roasted Vegetable Pasta is a flavorful blend of oven roasted veggies tossed with cooked pasta and tangy tomato basil/marinara sauce. These are then layered with cheese and baked until cheese melts and is golden brown. Baking provides this dish a nice crusty top layer which takes the taste and texture of this dish to the next level and so highly recommend it. I prefer to roast the veggies in the oven as that way when am cooking my sauce and boiling my pasta my veggies are cooking too. But you could also roast them on a pan over a stove-top. I like using dry herbs with the veggies as the chances of these burning (in the oven) are less. 




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Cookie Bars are crunchy,chewy and gooey bars made with chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts topped over layer of sweetened condensed milk and graham cracker crumbs. Traditionally these bars are made by layering all the ingredients in a single layer like the butter & crumbs mixture topped with condensed milk (which holds everything in place) followed by chocolate chips, nuts and then coconut. But I prefer to mix the coconut, nuts and chocolate chips together and sprinkle that as a layer. But you could totally do the single layer option too. 



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Green Roti - Spinach Broccoli Pistachio Roti - Green Chapati - Green Indian Flatbread

A very staple menu in most Indian household is Roti Sabji or Dal Chawal or combination of  both. Green Roti is a very healthy and nutritious twist to the the regular Indian roti/chapati. Instead of using only wheat flour and water to make rotis this one contains tons of green goodness like Spinach, broccoli and some pistachios, mint and coriander too. Spinach, broccoli and pistachios are all super rich in minerals and vitamins. Thus addition of these to roti's is a great way to ensure the intake of greens in your diet.  The recipe is as easy as puree,knead, roll, roast and you have these healthy yet tasty rotis ready. You can even make a thepla/paratha out of these by adding some chopped green onions while kneading the dough. You can serve these like regular chapati/roti as a side with any Indian Sabji (vegetable dish) or dal (lentil curry). I even love eating these with a side of pickle that my granny sent me. Yumm!!



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles - Strawberry Watermelon Ice Pops

Fresh fruit flavored,all natural Popsicles or Ice Pops make such a  great frozen treat for kids as well as adults. You could make these with any fruits you like but for today's post its Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles. I chose this combination as love the way sweetness of the watermelon combines with the tartness of the strawberries. Secondly love the reddish color these two fruits impart to the popsicles making it yummy and pretty at the same time. 




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lemon Iced Tea - How to Make Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea is one of my favorite and amongst the most ordered drink when we are out at some restaurant. The very first time I had Iced tea (probably a decade ago) I was shocked to see the word Iced Tea. I imagined my typical Indian style hot tea (with milk) being chilled and getting served. Not a pleasant site to think of for tea lover. So I gave that drink a pass. My friend however happened to order it and that's how I was introduced to this drink. Loved the first sip and every since hooked onto it. So what is Iced Tea?? Basically its regular black tea water sweetened with sugar and flavored with choice of flavor.Its served chilled in a tall glass with lots and lots of ice. Tea lovers will definitely love this but I have known many non-tea lovers who like it too. Its a great summer drink and fits perfect as welcome drink for parties. 



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Orange Granita

Granita is a frozen Italian dessert made from water, sugar and flavor of choice. Fresh fruit Granita are immensely popular but you can practically make a granita from any flavoring. Summer and citrus kind of go hand in hand for me so for this post I will be sharing my Orange Granita recipe. This dessert is very simple and easy to make and the best part is you don't need any fancy icecream machine to make it. All you will need to do is pour the liquid/juice in a pan/container and pop it in the freezer. After about every 30 mins in next 2-3 hours scrap the ice crystals using a fork and Tadaaa you will  have nice and granular granita. Isn't that easy!!



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Chana Dal - Split Bengal Gram Curry

Chana Dal is a North Indian style curry dish made using Split Bengal Gram (also know as split chickpea or yellow gram) as the main ingredient in onion tomato base gravy. Chana Dal (like most lentils) is a highly nutritious and a great source of proteins for vegetarians. No wonder its so popular in India and a staple ingredient in most pantries. This dal (which is actually split chickpea with skin removed) inherits the nuttier texture from Chickpeas giving the gravy a nice texture. Serve this dal with Rice/Roti/Indian Flat bread and a side of simple onion tomato salad and voila you have a comfort meal ready. 



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lemonade - Nimbu Pani - How to make Lemonade

Lemonade also know as Nimbu pani in India is one of the famous summer drinks all over the world. Its basically lemon flavored water sweetened with sugar. So basic and easy yet the most refreshing. Perfect to revive the parched throats during summer. With many lemonade variations having branched, this basic version is still my favorite. You definitely wont buy the ready made/store bought ones once you try this one, its that good. This lemonade stays fresh for days in refrigerator so make a big batch, sit back and enjoy every sip of this lemony drink!



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sweet Lassi - Sweet Punjabi Lassi - How to make Lassi


Lassi is a extremely popular, rich and creamy Indian beverage/drink made using yogurt and water/milk. Originally from Punjab/north India this drink is now famous and available world wide. There are mainly two types - sweet and salty Lassi. Both are amazing hot weather refreshments but the sweet one is slightly heavier leaving you full for a longer time. Traditionally the lassi's are made using a wooden whisk but now a days blender does an equally great job and in less time. In Punjab/North India, lassi is usually served as a side with meal/breakfast in tall glasses. For today's post I'll be sharing the Sweet Lassi recipe but surely stay tuned for the Salty version.  



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Paneer Babycorn Jalfrezie

For today's post I am sharing one of my favorite jalfrezi recipes - Paneer Babycorn Jalfrezi which is an Indian side dish (sabji or dry curry) served with Rice/Naan/Roti/Chapati or any Indian flatbread of choice. Jalfrezi actually means "stir fry" or "hot fry" and it originated as a way to use leftovers by frying meat and veggies in chilli,onions and tomatoes. But over the years Jalfrezi has gained immense popularity and is no longer just a dish to use leftovers but instead a delicacy. You will find many restaurants having variety of jalfrezi dishes on their menu. 


Monday, May 19, 2014

Naan Pizza


Typically a pizza comprises of a base topped with a sauce, cheese, veggies/meat which is then baked. The Naan Pizza is based on the exact same model (if i may call that) just that we are using our Indian Naan bread as base instead of making one from scratch or using a store bought one as i did for my Onion Capsicum Cheese Pizza recipe. Infact I found Naan pizza to be a quicker, healthier and tastier homemade pizza option when compared to store/restaurant bought pizza. I happened to make this pizza as a lazy lunch option with the leftovers I had in my fridge. Although I love the pizza from the various pizza joints I sometimes find them too greasy so I decided not to use any oil or butter for this one. Took the Naan, layered it with my favorite tomato ketchup, topped it with some paneer, veggies and cheese and baked it at 425F for 10-15 mins. Nothing fancy at all. But surprisingly this pizza turned out really crispy and yummy. Loved it so much that had to share it with you all. Its definitely a healthier feast for pizza lovers like me.



Monday, May 12, 2014

Oreo Pops

Oreo Pops are basically chocolate covered oreos on a stick with some decorative sprinkles/designs on them giving them a candy/lollipop like look . These pretty looking sweets make great treats/goodies/favors for kids birthday parties and for other occasions too like Christmas/Valentines day party. I made these pops on my baby's (Rhea's) 1st birthday party along with the Pink & White Marshmallow Pops. These stay good for weeks when stored airtight so you can make these well inadvance to avoid any last minute rush. As much the kids liked these pops the adults enjoyed them too. 



Monday, May 5, 2014

Corn Capsicum Fritters - Corn Capsicum Pakora

Nothing beats the combination of a hot cup of tea and garma garam pakoras.  So here is another pakora recipe. Corn Capsicum Fritters (Pakoras) are light and crunchy textured snacks/appetizers made by sauteing some onions,corn and capsicum (bell peppers) along with spices and then mixing with all purpose flour and corn flour. For these fritters, I prefer to skip the gram flour (besan) unlike in Onion Fritters (Pakora) as it usually makes these fritters dense. You could shallow or deep fry these fritters. Serve these with some Green Chutney and/or tomato ketchup. 


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pink & White Marshmallow Pops

Marshmallow Pops is a very simple and gorgeous looking candy recipe that is definitely a crowd-pleaser be it kids or adults. Its as simple as marshmallow dipped in chocolate to give us these pops. Now who wouldn't love that. These pops are great sweets for dessert buffets or even as favors/goodies for birthday parties or as valentines day gift . 



Friday, April 18, 2014

Oreo Milkshake

With the temperatures soaring, intake of  smoothies & milkshakes are on the rise too. Oreo Milkshake is simple recipe using the very classic Oreo cookies, some vanilla ice-cream, milk and chocolate syrup. that's it. I know this is indulgence but sometimes we all need it, isn't it?



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Chickpea Salad - Garbanzo Bean Salad - Chana Salad

Healthy food often gets labelled as boring and tasteless. But this Chickpea Salad is here to prove that wrong. Chickpea is also know as Garbanzo beans or Chana and is a great source of proteins. This simple yet full of flavor salad can be served as an appetizer/snack or salad with your meal. 



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Whole Wheat Orange Cake with Orange Glaze

Whole Wheat Orange Cake with Orange Glaze is a light moist and spongy citrus cake that is perfect as a dessert or a side with your cuppa. The best part about this cake is you need no fancy ingredients to bake it. The combination of whole wheat, oil, yogurt and orange juice really works wonders.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Brown Rice Stir-Fry with Tofu, Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper

Brown Rice Stir-Fry with Tofu, Broccoli and Red Pepper is an one pot Indo-chinese meal that is not only tasty but also nutritious comprising of some carbs, proteins and veggies. This is my go to recipe for those weekend dinners or potlucks/parties. Quick and satiating. 



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Eggless Blueberry Muffins

Looking for some quick and easy breakfast/snack options? Try these Eggless Blueberry Muffins . Bake a batch of these muffins over a weekend and viola you have a quick breakfast/snack ready for the week. I love to pair these muffins with with my Strawberry Banana Smoothie for breakfast and it keeps me going till lunch & or I like to have it as my snack with evening cuppa. 



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lachha Paratha - Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha - Flaky Multilayered Indian Flatbread

Lachha Paratha is a flaky multi-layered Indian flatbread typically served with thick curries/gravies/sabzis. Its a great way to turn a simple meal into a special one with the addition of this paratha. It may look difficult to make this but its really simple. Its almost a staple in my home as my hubby loves to have this paratha for breakfast with his favorite Dal or any leftover sabzi from previous nights dinner.



Friday, March 7, 2014

Palak Paneer - Spinach and Indian Cottage Cheese Curry

Palak Paneer is a famous North Indian gravy dish made with Spinach and Indian cottage cheese and served with Indian flat bread like Chapati/Roti/Paratha/Naan or even Rice. Its a very healthy vegetarian dish with the goodness of spinach and paneer. 

The main and important part of this dish is preserving the green color of spinach else it can make this delicious dish look not so appealing. Spinach has a tendency to change color when cooked or mixed with the Indian masalas (spices). Its tends to go from vibrant green to dark and then to a Mehndi (henna) green color.  So what I like to do is boil/cook my spinach in very little water. This helps lock the nutrients from spinach in the water. When spinach has completely cooled down use this same water to grind it to puree. This tip I learnt from my MIL :) The key is to add the spinach puree to the cooked paneer and onion tomato masala only when its time to serve this dish. Boiling process ensures the spinach is completely cooked so there is really no need to cook it further. Also I read adding sugar helps preserve the green color so I add a tiny bit. 

Palak Paneer is creamy on its own so I usually skip the cream for my day to day cooking but you can add some if you like. I usually use couple of tbsps for garnishing when I have guests over or for potlucks/parties.

Now to the recipe...


Ingredients:

For Spinach Puree: 
5 cups packed Palak leaves washed thoroughly 
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt 
1 cup water

For the Gravy: 
1-2 tbsp oil
1 bay leaf 
1 tsp cumin seeds
300 gms paneer cut into cubes
4-5 cloves of garlic minced
2 inch piece ginger finely chopped or grated
2 green chillies (or to taste)finely chopped
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes finely chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (optional)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder (or to taste)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (zeera) powder 
1/2 heaped tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp dry mango powder (amchur)
1/2 tsp garam masala (or to taste)
1 tbsp dry fenugreek leaves (optional)
1/2 tsp of salt (or to taste)



Method: 
In a vessel heat water and when it comes to a boil add the spinach leaves. In couple of minutes the spinach leaves will wilt and shrink in size. Then add 1/2 tsp salt and sugar and mix and cook for couple of minutes more. So in all you will cook the spinach for 5-7 mins on medium high. Remove and keep aside (along with the remaining liquid) to cool and then puree it in a blender until smooth. Usually the water remaining in the boiled spinach should be sufficient to puree but if not add some and puree. 


Now in a vessel heat oil in a vessel and once hot add the bay leaf and cumin seeds. Once the seeds splutter add the onion and saute till they tuurn translucent. Now add ginger garlic green chillies and saute till raw garlic smell disappears and onions are light brown.  Add the tomatoes, salt and turmeric powder. Mix well.


Cover and cook till tomatoes are soft. Now add all the powder spices like red chilli , cumin seeds, coriander, dry mango and garam masala. Crush the fenugreek leaves between your palms and then add it to the gravy. Mix well and cook for about 2 mins stirring intermittently. Then add paneer cubes and gently mix so that all the masala is well incorporated with the paneer. Cover and cook for 2 mins. Finally add the spinach puree and give it a good stir. Cook for about a minute or two. 



Notes: 
  • Depending on the quality & size of spinach leaves the cooking time may vary. Cook till the leaves are soft, dark and reduced insize.  I have used baby spinach leaves for this recipe. 
  • Adding turmeric powder is optional as its said to play with the green color of the gravy. I usually add it but you can skip it too. 
  • Depending how thick/think you like your gravy to be adjust the water consistency. 
  • Use good quality fresh and soft paneer for this dish. 

That's it our Palak Paneer is ready. Serve it hot with Paratha/Roti/Chapati/Naan or even Rice. Enjoy!! 

Happy Cooking!!
Shweta


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup is one of the most common and favorite soups of all. There are many versions and combinations of this soup but for this recipe I am sharing a healthier version using all fresh ingredients. This soup is low-fat and healthy yet creamy and thick.  How? with the addition of secret ingredient - potato. Yes!! add a boiled potato to your soup to get a thick and creamy soup. I have used some tomato paste to get a rich and deep soup color but that's completely optional and you can only stick to the fresh ingredients.



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Red Velvet Cupcakes


Red Velvet Cupcakes are primarily vanilla cupcakes kissed with a hint of cocoa and colored red to match its name. Traditionally these cupcakes got their red color from beet juice but now a days mostly its the red food color that does the trick. Cream Cheese frosting is the perfect classic frosting combination with these cupcakes. Red Velvet cupcakes perfectly match the valentines day or even Christmas theme due to the red white color combination. 



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bread Upma

Bread Upma is one of my favorite breakfast and snack dish since childhood days. Its basically bread cooked in onion tomato masala along and spices. My Grandmom & mom mostly made this dish when we had some stale bread. Although this recipe is a great way to use stale bread, fresh bread will taste equally good.



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal

Kick Start you day on a healthy note with some Banana Blueberry Oatmeal. In less than 10 mins you can make this yummy bowl of oatmeal for your family.