Monday, February 25, 2013

Quick and Easy Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer(Cottage cheese and Spinach Curry) My Easy way:-
Preparation Time:- 10 minutes
Cooking time:- 10 to 15 minutes
Serves:- 4

Hello my dear visitors,here is the easy and quick Palak Paneer recipe. This is very simple and tastes really good best for surprise guest or in a rush time if u have spinach,paneer/cottage cheese and garlic in your house. This is my son's and husband's favorite recipe and mine too as it gets ready in no time. My family like it more eating with steamed rice.So here is my simple recipe.
1)Spinach blanched and pureed 2 cups
(Puree should be thick as it will become thinner when we add cream or milk at the end)
2)Cottage cheese or Paneer cubes 200 grams
2)Oil 2 table spoons
3)Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
4)Garlic Grated 1/2 tablespoon
5)Green chilies 3 to 4 numbers (Small size)
6)Lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon
7)Garam Masala 1 teaspoon
8)Fresh cream or Milk 1/4 cup
9)Salt to taste
1)Heat oil in a kadhai,add in cumin seeds allow it to splutter
2)Add in Garlic grated,fry for 2 to 3 minutes add in spinach puree
(Puree the spinach along with the green chilies)cook for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat
3)Add in lemon juice and Garam masala mix well.
4)Add in paneer pieces and salt ,mix and cook covered for 3 to 4 minutes
5)Add in fresh cream and mix well gently,cook for one minute and turn off the heat.
Garnish with fresh cream and serve with chapati or steamed rice.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

VADA PAV(Bombay Burger)

Vada Pav:-
Preparation time:- 20 minutes
Cooking + Frying Time:-15 minutes
Makes:- 10 to 12 numbers of Vadas

 Vada Pav is hugely popular street food in Mumbai India.It consists of a potato vada that is potato fritter,sandwiched between two slices of a extra soft round bread roll or Pav. Potato vada or batata vada is synonymous with the South Indian Potato Bonda. Basically it is an Indian burger, last year i prepared 50 to 60 Vadas  in my sons school fate organised in purpose of raising money for school funds, i named it as BOMBAY BURGER... :). Most of you must knew about this but i am writing this for the people who don't know about it.There are many different ways of seasoning the potato mixture.This is my own style which is very Favorite among my friends.This recipe post is special for me as my son noted the ingredients and directions for me on paper, as it was a Sunday and he wanted to help me in doing my blog work, I am so proud of you my dear Sid.Very easy to make and definitely good for potlucks,snacks,and even as a party menu. So here is the recipe in my own style.
Ingredients For the Batter:-
1)Gram Flour 2 cups
2)Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon
3)Red chili powder 1 teaspoon
4)Garam masala 1/4 teaspoon
5)Carom seeds 1/2 teaspoon
6)Dry fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi 1/2 teaspoon
7)Ginger grated 1 tea spoon
8)Garlic grated 1 tea spoon
9)Salt to taste(I used little more than 1/2 teaspoon)
10)Water 1 cup (Add the water slowly as required refer the pictures for batter consistency)
11)Baking Soda 1/4 teaspoon
Ingredients For the Potato Mixture:-
1)Oil for frying\
2)Oil for cooking 3 table spoons
3)Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
4)Garlic Grated 2 teaspoons
5)Ginger Grated 1 teaspoon
6)Green chili crushed 1 teaspoon
7)Dry fenugreek leaves or Kasuri methi 1 teaspoon
8)Red chili powder 1/2 teaspoon
9)Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
10)Garam masala 1/4 teaspoon (Optional)
11)Salt to taste
12)Potatoes 3 to 4 numbers (Big Size. Boiled ,and cut into small pieces)
13)Lemon juice 1 teaspoon
14)Fresh Coriander chopped 1 tablespoon
Ingredients For Serving:-
1)Extra Soft Round bread rolls about 12 numbers
2)Garlic Chatni 3 to 4 table spoons (Have a look on my garlic chatni post for the Garlic Chatni recipe)
3)Sweet Tamrind Chatni  1/2 cup
For Making Batter:-
1)Mix all the Ingredients into the Gram flour one by one in the order as given in ingredients except Baking soda.
2)Add water slowly and mix well to form a little bit thick batter than normal Bhaji(Indian fritter) batter.Keep aside.
3)Just 2 minutes before starting to fry the vadas add the baking soda by mixing it in a 1/2 teaspoon of water.
For Making The Potato Mixture:-
1)Heat Oil in a deep pan,add in cumin seeds,allow it to splutter.
2)Add in garlic grated and ginger grated ,stir for 30 seconds
3)Add in Green chilies crushed,fry for 2 seconds,add in fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi
4)Add in red chili powder ,Turmeric powder and salt ,mix well
(If u like you can also add 1/4 teaspoon of Garam masla just for flavor,its totally optional)
5)Add in Small Chopped Potato pieces ,stir well .
6)Add in lemon juice stir well. After 5 seconds turn off the heat.
7)Finally add in chopped coriander and mix well.Allow it to cool down.
8)When cool,make medium size rounds,the size of the vada depends upon the size of the Bread rolls u get.So make the potato mixture rounds accordingly.
9)Add in the baking soda to the batter before making the potato mixture rounds.
10)Heat oil ,when the oil is hot enough,mix the batter well,deep the potato mixture rounds into the batter and slowly slide it into the hot oil. And deep fry on medium heat until golden and crisp.
(Make sure the pan for frying must be deep then only the vadas will be nice round in shape)
11)Remove the vadas on a paper napkin after done.
 How to serve:-
1)Now we have our vadas ready, bread rolls ready, Garlic chatni and tamrind chatni ready
2)Slit the bread rolls in the middle to have two equal sides.
3)Spread the tamrind chatni on both sides,sprinkle the Garlic chatni, sandwich the hot vada in between
and take a bite. Umm yumm...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Protein and iron rich Paratha(Indian stuffed Bread)

Protein Paratha:- 
Preparation time:- 20 to 25 minutes
Cooking time:-15 minutes
Makes:- 8 to 10 Parathas

Hello my dear visitors. Here i have tried and tasted this recipe because i bought a huge bunch of fresh, green, spinach from the South Melbourne market here in Australia,and i don't wanted to loose its freshness by storing it in the fridge. So full in a healthy mood,was looking for all healthy ingredients in the fridge and found sprouted moth beans,small block of paneer, and here i go, preparing and posting my own creation. This is full of protein and iron as i have used moth sprouts and spinach to make this paratha,very healthy for kids and for adults too,i have tried this specially for my kids and it suited our test buds perfectly. So here is the perfect breakfast,brunch or lunch recipe.
Ingredients For the Dough:-
1)Wheat Flour/ Chapati aata 2 cups
2)Mashed potato 1 number (Small size)
3)Olive Oil 1 table spoon
4)Dry fenugreek leaves/kasuri methi 1/2 tea spoon
5)Spinach Puree 1/2 cup (Blanch the spinach in hot water,run trough the cold water and puree)
6)Carrom seeds 1/4 teaspoon (Optional)
7)Salt 1/4 teaspoon

Ingredients For Stuffing:-
1)Moth Beans or Matki Sprouted and  boiled 2 cups
(Soak the Moth beans over night and next day drain all the water from it and tie them in a thin cotton cloth and leave hanging for 1 to 2 days make sure the cloth should be wait all the time)
2)Grated Cottage cheese or paneer 1 cup
3)Garlic grated 1/2 teaspoon
4)Ginger Grated 1/2 teaspoon
5)Crushed green chilies 2 to 3 numbers
6)Garam Masala 1/2 teaspon(Optional)
7)Chat masala 1/2 teaspoon
8)Salt to taste

1)Clean and blanch the spinach leaves. And blend to a smooth puree
2)Mix all the dough ingredients to form a soft dough(Refer the picture)
3)Coarsely grind the moth beans in a grinder
4)In a large bowl mix all the dough ingredients to form a soft dough(Refer the picture)
5)In a  deep pan or kadhai heat oil,add  in garlic grated or paste,stir for a second.Add in ginger grated
or paste stir for 30 seconds.Add in crushed green chilies,mix well
6)Add in coarsely ground,boiled moth bean sprouts,mix well and cook for 1 to 2 minute
7)Add in garam masala,coriander powder,chat masala and salt to taste,mix well.
8)Add in grated cottage cheese or paneer,mix well and cook for 30 seconds.
Allow it to cool down.
9)Now as the stuffing is ready,dough is ready,make a small deep bowl shape out of a small portion of the dough.(Refer the picture)
10)Fill in the stuffing,close all the ends and make a flat round with the help of hands(Refer the picture)
Deep it into the dusting flour and roll out a 1/2 to 2 inch thick flat round chapati.
11)When the griddle is hot enough,transfer the paratha on to the griddle and roast both sides
untill done.
12)Apply some clarified butter or ghee.serve hot with yogurt,sweet lemon pickle or mint chatni.