Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ginger Lemonade




Ingredients

2 inches ginger, grated
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup sugar
4-5 cups water
2-3 lemon slices
mint leaves
ice cubes
kiwi or any fruit slice to decorate

Preparation

Combine the ginger and sugar with two cups of water in a pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continuously until the sugar dissolves. Simmer for three minutes.
Strain the syrup with a tea strainer and set aside to cool.
Combine the syrup with two and a half cups of water. Add the lemon juice and stir well. Pour into individual tall glasses, add the ice cubes, lemon slices, mint leaves. Decorate the glass with kiwi or lemon slices and serve.

Sending this to Siri and Sara's Healing Food-Ginger and Garlic!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Stuffed Spinach Fritters (stuffed Palak Bajjis)



This is a lovely snack for tea time.

Ingredients

10-15 big size palak leaves(spinach)
oil for deep frying

for stuffing
2 Boiled and mashed potatoes
2 finely chopped green chillies
1 onion finely chopped
salt to taste
1/2 tsp garam masala

For batter
1/2 cup Gram flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chilli powder
water to mix batter

Preparation
Wash the spinach leaves gently so that they do not tear. Wipe with dry cloth so that there is no water on the leaves.
Prepare stuffing by mixing potatoes, onions, salt, garam masala and geen chillies.
Gently spoon the stuffing on the spinach leaves and fold them carefully as shown in the picture.


The leaf will stick together because of the potato filling.
Prepare bajji(pakoda) batter by mixing all the batter ingredients. Dip the palak fillings in the batter and deep fry in oil till brown and crisp. serve hot with chutney and chai:)



Sending this to "Food Palette series green"

Monday, February 7, 2011

Gobi Masala Naan ( Cauliflower masala stuffed Naan)



This Stuffed Naan came out very well though I tried it for the first time after lot of research on the web:) Kids loved it! I followed the ingredients for making naan from Sailu's blog!

Ingredients
For Naan
2 cups all purpose flour (Maida)
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
a dash of baking soda
2 tsp butter

For stuffing

1 cup grated cauliflower
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/3 cup finely chopped tomato
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp kitchen king masala
salt to taste
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
2 tsp oil

Preparation

Sift the flour along with baking powder and baking soda. Make a dough by adding yogurt, milk, salt and sugar. Cover with lid and set aside for 2 hours.

Mean while we can prepare the stuffing. Heat a pan and add oil. Splutter with cumin and fennel seeds. Add onions, ginger-garlic paste and fry for 10-15 seconds. Add grated cauliflower, all the masalas, tomato and salt. Mix well and cook for 10 minutes or till all the ingredients blend well and all the moisture has evaporated. The stuffing should be dry. Switch off the heat and let the stuffing cool down completely.

To make stuffed naans, Knead the dough for a minute, dust the working surface with some flour and take a small portion of the dough and roll it on the dry surface. Take a spoon full of stuffing and fill it inside the dough as we do for Parathas. Seal the dough in an elongated manner very gently. Roll the stuffed dough only towards one direction very gently so that the stuffing does not leak out.
Heat the iron tawa (Cast iron skillet) and transfer the prepared dough to the tawa. On medium heat cook the naan on both the sides. You can add little butter and cook till it is brown on both the sides.
Serve hot with chutney and kids will love it with tomato ketchup.




I am sending this to Pari's "Cooking with bread event".



I am also sending my Amish Friendship Bread and Christmas tree Pizza to this event!!




Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ginger Rasam ( Allam Charu)


Rasam is a great comfort food especially during winter. We make rasam powder in large amount at home and its a must have. Rasam powder recipe will be posted later.

Ingredients

3 cups water
2 large tomatoes ( chopped)
1/2 cup tamarind extract
1 tbsp rasam powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ginger
2-3 pods of garlic
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
diluted thoor dal water
salt to taste

for tempering

2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
a dash of asafoetida
handful of curry leaves

Preparation

There are two ways to make this rasam.

First method is to grind all the ingredients like tomato, ginger, garlic, coriander leaves and curry leaves in a mixer and mix it all with 3 cups of water. Bring this mixture to boil by adding tamarind water, salt, rasam powder and turmeric powder. At last add water of cooked thoor dal and temper with the given ingredients. We call this rasam/charu medicinal(mandula charu) as it helps in clearing cold and fever.

The second method is to add all the ingredients without grinding. In water we add crushed ginger, chopped tomato, coriander leaves, tamarind water, turmeric powder, rasam powder, salt and bring it to boil. Once the rasam starts boiling add thoor dal water and temper with the given ingredients. In this tempering you can add finely chopped garlic. This will give a nice taste to the rasam!


This rasam is being sent to Siri and Sara's Healing Food-Ginger and Garlic!

I am also sending Allam Pachadi to this event!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Baingan-Mooli ki subzi (eggplant-raddish dry curry)



This is a yummy subzi I learnt while in North India. Many of us reject raddish because of its smell. I usually make only sambar out of it! But this subzi goes great with rotis and tastes great.

Ingredients

2 cups diced raddish
1 cup diced eggplant
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup diced tomato
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste
1 tsp cumin seeds
a dash of asafoetida
2 tbsp oil
fresh chopped coriander for garnish

Preparation

Heat a pan and add oil. To the oil add cumin seeds, while they splutter, add asafoetida and onions. Once the onions are sauted for a minute, add raddish, eggplant, salt, chilli powder, coriander powder and at last tomatoes. Mix it all well and cover with lid and cook on low heat for 15 minutes or till the veggies are soft and cooked.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve warm with rotis!!

This chutney is from Rak's kitchen:) I truly enjoyed the Sutta Kathirikkai chutney

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Best eat outs of 2010!- a visual treat for you!

When Smitha asked me to participate in her event I could not think of anything better than this post. While in Bengaluru for the winter vacation we visited some really nice restaurants as I love to experiment different cuisines:)
This Picture is an authentic Rajasthani thali with poris, rotis, many varieties of subzis, dals, kadhi, rice, kichidi/ghee, papad, samosa, dahi vada, desserts like hot malpua, dal poli, fruit salad and at last sweet pan!!

The speciality about this thali was that they were of unlimited serving. You can ask for more :)

Before and after food we can wash our hands in warm water this way...

This thali is my entry to the event "Best food I have eaten and blogged about" by Smitha

Can you guess what this is??


It is Idly steamed in banana leaf. When we ordered Idly for my little one we were given this soft spongy idly fully packed in the banana leaf!!


Northern Karnataka meals served with Jonna rotti(Jowar roti) at Kamat on the way to Mysore
Men serving food in Traditional Indian khadi clothes..
Bananas, onions, garlics, pumpkins, hanging ....
Fresh hot potato chips being fried...
Who is not familiar with MTR. We ordered masala dosa...
and my favorite Sambar vada:)

It is very difficult to choose one food as favorite. I am a big fan of chinese too. Noodles and Manchurian, I can eat it anytime!!



The following pictures are of a wedding we attended in the North India. This plate is just one porting of my food. There were more than 500 items served in the wedding. There were stalls of India street food like chat, dosas etc and almost all types of north Indian food, Chinese, kid friendly food like steamed corn, icecreams fruit salad, juices too


It was winter and we were served hot milk garnished with pista..
He was making some hot milk for me....
Ya kulfi in the freaking cold winter....
Hot Jelabis with milk is a great combi.....
Hot masala chai being served in small terracota pots... I had plenty....
These were Pan leaves which can be designed as you wish..
Thses are the items which are into the pan leaves ..... ya these many!!!
Hope you all enjoyed the pics......

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sabudana Thalipeeth (Sago Chapatis) My 150th post :)

I know you people might be wondering, just 150th post in 4 years!! I too felt the same way!!
Thanks to all for making it happen! This success of Neivedyam would not have happened without you guys:)



This beautiful world map caught my eyes in the food court of a mall in Bangalore:) Isn't it beautiful! Foodies like me admire such things!!



This is a very nice snaking item with some hot masala chai.

Ingredients

1 cup Sago (Soaked overnight)
2 medium potatoes (boiled,peeled and mashed)
2-3 green chillies
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 cup crushed roasted peanuts
2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander
1 tbsp cumin seeds
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
3-4 tsp ghee



Preparation

Mix together the sago, mashed potatoes, green chillies, chilli powder, roasted peanuts, fresh corander, cumin seeds and salt.
Divide the mixture and make small balls. Grease a plastic or polythene sheet with some oil.(milk packet is best)Place the sabudana ball on it. Flatten the ball with greased fingers into a thick round.
Heat a non-stick tawa and add a tsp ghee. Gently transfer the thalipeeth onto the tawa removing it from the plastic sheet. Cook, spreading both sides with a tsp of ghee till evenly light golden brown.
Serve hot with spicy chutney!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

@ Handicraft Exhibition!!

How many of you like hand crafted items? I am just crazy about them. We had been to All India Handicraft exhibition @ Hyderabad. There were more than 200 stalls from all over India. I wanted to buy almost everything out there!!

There were folk dances to entertain people..