Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The other day it was already more than 12 in the afternoon when I entered the house after my normal weekly market trips.I had an hour in hand to make a filling ,sumptuous lunch for the foodies in my life.The first question thrown to me when they enter the house is "aaj khane mein kya bana hai?"...so much for taking me for granted!Sometimes I also sweetly reply(if I am in a grrrr kind of a mood)Lauki and Karela...Love the look on their faces :)
I rummaged the fridge to scoop out something of the previous day but then I was in for utter dissapointment.The packet of mushrooms peeped out from my shopping bags and before I could put it on the kitchen counter the Sanjeev kapoor's Khana khazana"Accompaniments "drew my attention which was lying on the microwave.And lo and behold! the combo did wonders....I rustled up a delicious Mushroom Biryani within an hour with a Aloo ka raita.The saffron and kewra with the whole garam masalas and the aroma of the Basmati wafted through the whole house when my hubby dear entered for lunch.Seeing the pleased look on his face I knew what was coming and before he could open his mouth I silenced him By saying "Aaj khane mein Karela bana hai"!!!
This is a healthy version of Mushroom Biryani and is made with only 2tsps of oil.I gave the name Guchhi to it as it sounded very Nawabi and a little different.Mushrooms are called Guchhi or Khumbi in Hindi.The Biryani turned out to be amazingly tasty and was relished by all of us.
Fresh button Mushrooms-15 to 20 medium sized,cut into quarters
Basmati rice -1 1/2 cups,washed and soaked for 1/2 an hour
Onions-2 medium sized,sliced long and fine
Fresh corinder leaves-1/4 medium bunch,chopped
Fresh mint leaves -1/4 medium bunch,chopped
Tomatoes - 2medium sized,pureed
Skimmed milk yoghurt -1/2 cup,whisked
Saffron-5-6 strands,soaked in 1/4 cup warm skimmed milk
Bay leaf -1
Mace - 1blade
Red chilli pwdr-2tsp
Coriander pwdr-1 tbsp
Crushed Peppercorns-1/2 tbsp
Cumin pwdr-1/2 tsp
Turmeric pwdr-1/2 tsp
Garam masala pwdr-1/2 tsp
Kewra water(optional)-4-5 drops
Salt to taste
- Peel, wash and grind ginger and garlic into a fine paste.
- Cook for 8-10 mins ,stirring frequently or till rice is 3/4th done.Drain in a colander.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
With the summer in, the temperatures soaring and the mercury rising with every passing day the only respite are the summer chillers .Nothing says summer like a desi lassi, healthy fruit laden shakes and smoothies,cool old fashioned lemonade,colourful juices or ice cold ,creamy coffee shakes.Today my post is a creamy coffee shake adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor's store of recipes.The drink is a very easy to make and in a jiffy recipe.The ingredients of this recipe were a little different from the Cajun Coffee I had in Oslo which had rum, molasses and nutmeg powder in it.
4 tbsp Instant Coffee Powder
4 cups cold full cream milk
4 tsp Vanilla essence
4 small pinches cinnamon powder
- Blend instant coffee powder, full cream milk and vanilla essence in a blender.
- Pour over crushed ice in tall Collins glasses.
- Sprinkle cinnamon powder over the top and serve immediately.
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Plain Flour -60 gm
Cocoa -30 gm
Butter (softened)-75 gm
Vanilla extract -1tsp
Sesame seeds(white til)-2tsp
- Add Vanilla extract and beat again.
- Add flour to butter and mix gently to form a soft dough.
- Form into balls,flatten them and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg C for 13- 15 mins( my oven took 20 mins)on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Friday, April 23, 2010
When Mishti heard the name of the cake she didn't find it appetizing and refused to touch it...she thought Mama dear used the messy mud to bake the cake...but when she saw all of us gobbling down the sinful chocolate glazed pieces she forgot all her inhibitions about it and gorged on the cake.
The name reminded me of the novel" Uncle Tom's Cabin"in which the river Mississippi featured and which was our syllabus english book in std 6 .I was so fond of the book that I had read and reread the book numerous times.The character had evoked so much of sadness and sympathy for him in me that I would cry thinking about the agonies,the pain and the suffering that he and the other slaves had gone through.The humiliation and the torture faced by them was too much for a young reader to handle,may be that's why the story is etched in my memory till date.
Do not judge a recipe solely on its title:).The cake was rich, dark and moist ,the taste was awesome which made us crave for more and more!I made the recipe a bit healthy by adding oil instead of butter and cream.The topping had less dark chocolate than what the recipe asked for as I had run out of cooking chocolate.So me thinks the cake would have been mercilessly tasty if I would not have omitted the above ingredients.So go ahead with this recipe and let me know how it turned out to be.
You need :
185 g(6oz) butter ,softened(I used 4 oz vegetable oil)
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup cold black coffee
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup cocoa pwdr
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking pwdr
a pinch salt
1 tsp Vanilla extract
100 g block cooking chocolate,grated
- Put all the ingredients except chocolate into the large bowl of an electric mixer and beat at medium speed for 1 minute,scraping down the sides of bowl while beating.
- Pour into a greased lamington or slab tin(i used a round one) and bake in a moderate(180 deg C) oven for 40-45 mins or until done when tested.
- Carefully remove from tin onto a wire cake cooler,sprinkle the grated chocolate over the hot cake.Leave for 1 min and then using a spatula or knife,spread the softened chocolate over.Leave until cold and sprinkle some chocolate sprinklers before cutting.