Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Spicy Keema Pasta

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Ingredients:
  • 2 cup pasta (i used penne pasta)
  • 1 cup minced chicken
  • 1 potato, skin peeled and cubed 
  • 1 onion, copped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt
Method:


1. Boil pasta with 1 tbsp of oil, salt as needed. Drain the water and set aside.

2. Heat oil in pan, add garlic,ginger and onion, saute till onion become transparent.

3. Add tomato, saute until soft.

4. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt. Mix all well.

5. Now add minced chicken and potato, half cup of water and mix well. Close the lid and cook until potato cooked well.

6. Add the boiled pasta into it and toss it, until pasta well coated with the spices and remove from the flame.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Braided Egg Bun | Braided Bread

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Ingredients:
  • 3 cup of All purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp Active dry yeast
  • 1 cup Warm milk
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 tbsp of Butter (room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp of oil (kneading)
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp of Sesame seed
Yield:

1 Medium Braided bun, 2 Small bun.

Method:

1. In a small bowl add warm milk, honey, salt and yeast. stir and rest for 10 minutes.

2. Take a large bowl, add all purpose flour, egg, butter, yeast mixture and knead for few minutes.

3. Add little water to make the dough right consistency. Finally add oil and knead well.

4. Close the dough with plastic wrap/ lid. Rest for 2 hours.



5. After 2 hour, the dough should doubled the size. Punch and Knead it again using oil.

6. Line the baking tray with baking sheet.

7. Divide the dough into 5 long thin pieces.

8. Take 3 pieces and make the one end together.

9. Now start braiding by taking the left end across the center and then right end comes to the center  and the center one goes to the left side.



10. Repeat the process until reach the end. Tuck in the end pieces.

11. Place the dough in Baking tray and  cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for another 30 minutes.

12. Preheat oven to 375 F and brush the braided dough with egg yolk and sprinkle sesame seeds on it.

13. Bake until it turn to Golden colour. (braided bun took 30 minutes, 2 small bun 18 minutes). 

14. Let it cool for sometime and serve :)




Sunday, January 26, 2014

Chicken 65

Ingredients:
  • 2 lb chicken
  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp rice flour
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbp of fennel powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp curd
  • Salt
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • Oil for deep frying
Method:


1. Take chicken in mixing bowl, add all the ingredients expect lemon and mix altogether.

2. Marinade the chicken in refrigerator for minimum 2 hours.

3. Heat oil in frying pan,  fry the chicken in batch wise ( 1 batch = 5 pieces ).

4. Fry till it turns to reddish brown colour. Drain the excess oil using paper towels.

5. Squeeze fresh lemon on the chicken pieces and serve with sliced onion and tomato.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Potato Peas Pulao


Ingredients:
  • Whole garam masala - 2 bay leaf, 2 cinnamon stick, 5 cloves 1 star anise
  • 1 tsp of cumin seed
  • 2 cup Basmathi rice
  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • 1 Potato (skin peeled and cubed)
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 6 Green chillies slited
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt

Method:


1. Wash and soak Basmathi rice in water for 15 minutes.

2. Heat ghee and oil in pressure cooker, add whole garam masala and cumin seeds.

3. Add onion and chilies, fry till onion become transparent.

4. Add cilantro and ginger garlic, saute for few minutes.

5. Add peas, potato and salt. Mix well and cook for  few minutes.

6. Add rice, saute the rice for 3 minutes. Then add 4 cup of water and lemon juice. check for salt taste after adding water. 

7. Close the cooker with its lid. When the steam starts to arise, put the weight on the lid and wait for 1 whistles and then turn off the flame.

8. Keep the pressure cooker aside for some minutes until all the steam settles down. 

9. Serve hot with Raita or any gravy.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Oma Podi | Plain Sev


Ingredients:
  • 2 cup Besan Flour
  • 1 cup Rice flour
  • 1/2 tbsp of chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp of Butter ( room temperature )
  • 1 tbsp of Omam / Ajwain seeds
  • 3 tbsp of Hot oil 
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:


1. Dry roast omam and Soak it in 3 tbsp of water for 15 minutes. Blend it in mixie and filter the water and set aside.

2. Heat oil in frying pan.

3. Take a mixing bowl, sieve besan flour, rice flour and add chilli powder, butter, hot oil, salt and filtered omam water in it. Mix well .

4. Add little water as needed and mix well to form as sticky dough.

5. Take a small portion from the dough and Put it in the idiyappam press. Now press the dough directly in hot oil. ( do not overlap)

6. Cook until bubble stops, flip to the other side and cook for few seconds.

7. Take oma podi gently from the pan and drain the oil in paper towel. Store it in air tight container.


Note:
Check the oil heat : when you put little dough into the oil, it should come up immediately.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Mushroom Biryani Recipe - One Pot Meal

Mushroom Biryani Recipe

Mushroom Briyani is a comforting one pot meal. It is so simple to make and tastes delicious . It can be prepared in jiffy. I have made it spicy, so please adjust the spiciness (add 1/2 tsp chilli powder instead 1 tsp) according your taste buds. Read on for detailed recipe with stepwise pictures.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cup Basmathi rice
  • 250 g white button Mushroom (cut into 2 pieces)
  • 2 medium size Potatoes (skin peeled and cubed)
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 tbsp of Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp of garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp of fennel seed powder
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro chopped, tightly packed
  • Juice from Half lemon
  • 4 cups of Water
  • Salt as required
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of vegetable Oil 
  • Whole Spices ( 2 bay leaf, 2 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 star anise, 2 to 3 mace strands, 3/4 tsp fennel seeds, 3/4 tsp cumin seeds)
Method:



1. Wash basmathi rice thrice in running tap water and soak it in enough water for about 15 to 30 minutes.

2. Heat oil in pressure cooker over medium. One the oil is heated, add whole spices and saute for 30 sec.

3. Add onion and saute till it turn to transparent.

4. Add garlic garlic paste and tomato, saute until tomato turn soft.

5. Add potato, mushroom, all spice powders, cilantro and salt (as per your taste). Mix all well and close the lid and cook for 5 minutes. ( Adding cilantro gives nice flavor to the rice)

6. Add soaked rice with 4 cups of water and squeeze half lemon. (Check for salt taste after adding water) Stir well and close the cooker with its lid and wait for 1 whistle. Then switch off the flame.

7. Keep the pressure cooker aside for sometime until all the steam settles down.

8. Garnish it cilantro and serve hot briyani with cucumber onion raita.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My First Liebster Award

First of all, i really thank Sangeetha ( Eat n Eat Little More ) for nominating my blog for this award. This Award meant a lot to me because this is my very first award. I hope this year 2014 will bring lots of Happiness in my life.
What is Liebster Award?
“The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.”


Here are the rules to receive this award:
  1. Present the award to at least 5 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
  2. Include the award in your post
  3. Thank the blogger that awarded you on your blog and link them in your post
  4. Answer the questions asked by the blogger that nominated you
  5.  Create 10 question that you want to ask your nominees that will allow their readers to get to know them better :) 
  6. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.

And here is the answer for the ten questions which was asked by Sangeetha.

1. Who or what is the strong reason and motivation behind the food blog you started?
    Uma Maheshwari Anandane. She is the one who inspired me, motivated me, taught me about what blogging is. She is the only reason behind this food blog i started.
  
2. Which is that very common dish that you prepare at home and is blogged at your space?
    Chicken Biryani. This dish is very popular in my home and my husband loves it lot, so i prepare that minimum 5 times in a month. YES, Chicken Biryani is one of the popular post in my space :) 

3. What you love most cooking or baking?
    50 - 50 :) I love both. 

4. What is the dish that you are planning to prepare tonight?
    This is a very tough question. I usually decide 10 minutes before i start cooking. Ok jokes apart, I am planning to prepare Radish sambhar with Potato curry ( Nice Combo na?? ).

5. When you arrange parties, do you cook for the crowd or do you arrange a caterer for the same?
    I prefer to cook. 3 months back we celebrated our little one 1st Birthday. We invited 6 families for the party. I prepared food in my home for them and they enjoyed my dishes too :) 

6. Whats is the best compliment you ever received for any particular dish of yours?
    Vegetable stuffed Bun :) got many lovely comments for this dish.

7. Which is the recipe that you consider is the best in my space here?
     Besan Laddoo. Well explained with drooling step wise clicks. I love it lot.

8. What according to you is blogging, end of the day is it a hobby, a storehouse of recipes or a source of income, explain what you feel on these contexts?
    According to me, Blogging is the place where i can share my way of cooking to others. After 20 years, this blog will be more useful for my Daughter to follow her mom's recipes. 

9. Do you love cooking complicated recipes with perfection or recipes that could be followed easily with perfection?
  I love to try complicated recipes with perfection then and there.

10. When you go through different blogs, do you enjoy reading entire stuff or just the recipe?
     Yes,  I  really enjoy by go throw the entire recipe with their tempting clicks.

My 5 Nominees are...

Remmy's Kitchen : http://remyasean.blogspot.in/
Easy and Simple Foods : http://easyandsimplefoods.blogspot.ca/
From my own Kitchen : http://frommyownkitchen.blogspot.ca/

Here are the 10 questions for my Nominees...
  1. Who or what is the strong reason and motivation behind the food blog you started?
  2. Which is that very common dish that you prepare at home and is blogged at your space?
  3. What you love most cooking or baking?
  4. What is the dish that you are planning to prepare tonight?
  5. When you arrange parties, do you cook for the crowd or do you arrange a caterer for the same?
  6. Whats is the best compliment you ever received for any particular dish of yours?
  7. Which is the recipe that you consider is the best in my space here?
  8. What according to you is blogging, end of the day is it a hobby, a storehouse of recipes or a source of income, explain what you feel on these contexts?
  9. Do you love cooking complicated recipes with perfection or recipes that could be followed easily with perfection?
  10. When you go through different blogs, do you enjoy reading entire stuff or just the recipe?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mushroom Masala | Mushroom Gravy


Ingredients:

  • 250 g Mushroom
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 6 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp of fennel seed
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp of fennel seed powder
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Cilantro for garnish

Method:


1.  Wash and cut the mushroom, set aside. Heat oil in a pan, add bay leaf, cinnamon stick and fennel seeds.

2. Add onion and saute till it become transparent.

3. Add garlic and tomato, saute until tomato turn soft.

4. Add all powders, chopped mushroom and salt as per your taste. Mix well and close the lid and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat (do not add water, it will some moisture).

5. Remove from flame and garnish with cilantro and Serve with rice or chapathi.


Linking this recipe to Gayathri's Cook Spot


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Asparagus Stir Fry | Asparagus Poriyal


Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch Asparagus (cut 1/2 inch size)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 10 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • 1 tsp of coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp of crushed pepper
  • 1 tsp of mustard seed
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt 
  • Oil

Method:


1. Heat oil in pan, add mustard seed, curry leaves and garlic. Saute for 1 minute.

2. Add onions,saute till it becomes transparent.

3. Add asparagus, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, pepper and salt. Mix all together. ( do not add water ).

4. Close the lid and cook in medium flame until raw smell of asparagus goes away.





Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Capsicum Rice | Bell Pepper Rice


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Basmathi rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 2 cups chopped Bell pepper ( yellow, orange, green )
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 4 green chilly finely chopped
  • oil
  • salt
  • water
Method:



1. Wash and soak basmathi rice in water for 20 minutes. Then drain the water and set aside.

2. Heat oil in the pan. Add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon stick, cumin seeds.

3. Add ginger and green chillies, saute for few minutes.

4. Now add onions, saute till it becomes translucent.

5. Add chopped bell peppers, salt and soy sauce, saute till bell peppers turns soft.

6. Add the rice into the pan and stir gently and cook for 3 minutes.

7. Transfer the rice mixture into the microwave safe container and add 4 cups of water. After adding the water check for salt taste and cook for 25 minutes.

8. Stir gently without breaking the rice and serve hot  with any gravy.

Note:
You can also make this dish in pressure cooker. cook till 1 whistle then turn off the flame.
If you want more spicy, add the quantity of green chilly.


Linking this recipe to Gayathri's Cook spot


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Monday, January 6, 2014

Rajma Masala | Red Kidney Bean Curry

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Ingredients
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 cup of Red kidney bean
  • 3 onions 
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp of chilli powder
  • /2 tbsp of cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp of coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp of garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of ginger garlic paste
  • Oil
  • Salt to taste
Method:


  1. Soak the Red kidney bean overnight. Drain the water and wash with running water.
  2. Pressure cook the kidney bean with enough amount of water for 4 whistle.
  3. Chop the onions and puree it. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in the pan. Add bay leaves, cloves and cinnamon stick.
  5. Add onion puree and saute till the raw smell goes away.
  6. Add ginger garlic paste saute for sometime.
  7. Add chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, turmeric powder and salt. Mix altogether.
  8. Now, add tomato paste and little water. Stir well, close the lid and cook in the medium flame for 15 minutes.
  9. Add the cooked kidney beans, cook for another 5 minutes in low flame.
  10. Serve hot with Jerra Rice or Ghee Rice.

Linking this recipe to Gayathri's Cook Spot


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Chicken Biryani - Pressure cooker Method


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken
  • 2 cups Basmathi rice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cloves
  • 3 onions finely chopped
  • 2 tomato chopped
  • 5 green chilly finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of fennel seed powder 
  • 1 tsp of cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • cilantro for garnishing

Method:


1. Wash and Soak basmati rice in water for 20 minutes, drain the water and set aside.

2. Heat oil in pressue cooker, add bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and cloves.

3. Add chilly, onion and cilantro, saute for few minutes.

4. Then add ginger garlic paste and tomato, saute until tomato turns soft.

5. Add the chicken pieces, chili powder, fennel powder, cumin powder, turmeric and salt. Mix well and cook for 10 minutes.

6. Add rice with 4 cups of water and squeeze half lemon. Stir well and close the cooker with its lid and wait for 1 whistle. Then switch off the flame.

7. Keep the pressure cooker aside for sometime until all the steam settles down.

8. Garnish it cilantro and serve with Raita.


Friday, January 3, 2014

WeChat - Indian General Election 2014


Voting is the important right to everyone, who is 18 age or older. Your vote is your voice. So, you should raise your voice for better future of our country. A single vote has more power than you think. It can change our entire country fate. So do vote for whomever you believe will best represent you.

Many youths are not voting in the Election. The reasons are,
1.They do not have enough awareness and knowledge about the Politics.
2.They feel powerless to change things.


Now-a-days, it is rare to find youths without Electronic Gadgets. Social Networking sites and Social Apps are the ideal place to reach Youths. They are improving themselves in many fields using the Apps. So, lets try to inspire the youths to vote using mobile Apps.

Here are my few suggestions how to inspire India's Youth using Social Apps.

1. Displaying Flash Ads(Quotes):

A Random quotes (Flash Ads) will appear during chatting with friends using WeChat. These quotes can inspire them to talk about the election in between the chats.
(You can turn off the Quotes in the option "setting")
  • Choose your Leader.
  • Raise your voice through Vote.
  • Your vote has more power. Don't waste it.
  • Do not give up yours Rights for your laziness.

2. Shows the list of candidates:

When it comes to an Election, voters should know about the candidates and their policies. Some people may feel  lazy to browse about the candidates in different websites. So, including candidate details in social apps will helps youths to know about all the candidates in one place.




Once he go through the candidate's History, Policies, Promises and Achievements. It may trigger him to vote for the candidate, who he feels right or who he meets his demands.

3. Use Drift Bottles:

You can share your thoughts/knowledge about the Indian General Election'14 using Drift bottles.

4. Voting Via WeChat:

Voting through social Apps can inspire many youngster to vote in the Election.

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This post has been written for  "WE CHAT - Indian General Election 2014 using Social mobile apps"  contest by We chat and Indiblogger.
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