Tomato Chutney – South Indian Condiment

Tomato ChutneyTomato Chutney is a tangy and spicy simple to make condiment. Tomato Chutney tastes best when served with South Indian Breakfast recipes like Idli, dosa, upma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves – 2 to 3
Preparation time –  5 mins
Cooking time – 10 mins
Ingredients:

  • Oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Roasted Chanadal (Dalia) – 2 Tbsp
  • Green Chilli (Slit) – 1 or to taste
  • Dry Red Chillies – 5 or to taste
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Onion(sliced)  – 1/2 no
  • Tomatoes (sliced) – 2 no
  • Coconut Milk – 2 Tbsp
  • Salt – to taste

For Seasoning:

  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – few
  • Dry Red Chillies – 2 no
  • Asafoetida (hing) – pinch

Process:

  • In a medium pan, add oil. Heat it on medium flame.
  • Add in green chillies, dry red chillies, roasted chanadal and fry for 10 secs .
  • Add in Onion, cover and cook till they slightly sweat.
  • Add in tomato and cover to cook till soft.
  • Let the mixture cool slightly then blend with salt and coconut milk to a smooth paste.
  • Remove the chutney to a serving bowl.

For Seasoning:

  • Heat a small pan with 2 tsp of oil.
  • Add mustard seeds and wait till they pop completely.
  • Add hing and dry red chillies, curry leaves. Mix well and pour immediately on top of the chutney.
  • Serve with any South Indian Breakfast like idli, dosa, upma.

Potato Curry

Potato Bhaji is a simple potato curry that can be used as stuffing for samosas, dosas, pakoras or you can serve it as is with some chapathi, poori or any Indian bread.

Serves – 4
Preparation time –  5 mins
Cooking time – 20 mins
Ingredients:

  • Potatoes – 5 medium size
  • Onion (Sliced) – 1 cup
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – few
  • Cilantro – as required
  • Salt – to aste
  • Green Chillies – 10 or to taste
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Dry Red Chilli whole – 1
  • Lemon Juice – 2 tsp
  • Oil – 4 tsp

Procedure : 
Step 1: Peel and pressure cook the potatoes till they are cooked but still they don’t loose their shape.
Step 2 : Chop them into small pieces or mash them up.
Step 3 : In a sauce pan, add oil, when it is hot, add mustard seeds, cumin seedsm curry leaves, turmeric powder and red chillies.
Step 4 : Saute this for 30 secs and add onions , salt, cover and cook till they are soft. Keep an eye so that the onions does’nt burn.
Step 5 : While the onions are getting done, make a paste out of cilantro, ginger, green chillies.
Step 6 : Add this paste to the cooked onions and saute this for 3- secs and add the cooked potatoes and mix well, add salt and mix well.
Step 7 : Garnish it with finely chopped cilantro and lemon juice.
Step 8 : Serve it with dosa.

Chinese Noodles

Spicy, easy and tasty noodles can be now prepared and enjoyed in your own kitchen. Watch the video for tips and tricks needed while cooking the chinese food.

Serves – 2
Preparation time – 15 mins
Cooking time – 15 mins
Ingredients:

  • Oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Garlic (finely Chopped) – 1 Tbsp
  • Onion (thin slices) – 3/4 cup
  • Carrot (julienne) – 1/4 cup
  • Cabbage (julienne) – 1/2 cup
  • Beans (finely chopped) – 1/4 cup
  • Bell pepper (slices) – 1/4 cup
  • Spring onion (chopped) – 1/4 cup
  • Green chillies – 2 tsp or to taste
  • Salt – to taste
  • Garam Masala Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Soy Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Egg – 1 (optional)
  • Lemon Juice – to taste

Procedure :

Heat oil in a wok, the oil should be really hot, add in garlic, fry for 5 secs, then add in green chillies, onion and fry for 30 secs.

Then start adding all the vegetables (carrots, beans, cabbage, peppers). Add them in the same order as I did. Keep stirring them continuously and add add new vegetable after every 30 secs.

Once all the vegetables are into the pan, add in the egg, soy sauce, garam masala powder, pepper powder.

Add in the cooked noodles (make sure that you cook them according to the package directions and once they are cooked pass them through the chilled water to stop them cooking further and to remove the extra starch).

Add in the salt, lemon juice and fry for 3 mins. Mix the noodles and vegetables together with the sauces and spices and allow them to get heated up all the way through. Serve it

 

Paneer Tikka – Indian Vegetarian Appetizer Recipe

Paneer Tikka Paneer Tikka is an exotic appetizer where marinated paneer is skewered and baked in Tandoor oven. Just to keep it simple and easy this Paneer Tikka is baked in the regular oven. if you don’t have oven simply grill it on the tawa with some oil.

 

 

 

 

 

Serves: 2 
Preparation time – 10 mins
Resting time – 30 mins
Baking time – 10 mins or until edges char at 550F 
Ingredients:

  • Roasted Gram Powder – 2 Tbsp
  • Yogurt (Curd) – 1/4 Cup
  • Oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Dry Fenugreek Leaves (Kasoori Methi) – 1/2 tsp crushed
  • Tomato ketchup – 1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder – pinch
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger and Garlic Paste – 1/2 Tbsp
  • Paneer (medium chunks) – 250 gms
  • Bell Pepper (cubes) – 1/4 Cup
  • Onion (cubes) – 1/4 Cup
  • Tomatoes (deseeded cubes) – 1/4 Cup

Process: 

  • Soak the wooden skewers in water overnight or atleast 2 hrs.
  • In a mixing bowl, add in all the ingredients except vegetables and peppers. Mix well. Now the marinade is ready.
  • Add in vegetables, and paneer. Mix gently and rub the marinade to the vegetables and paneer.
  • Cover and rest the mixture for 30 mins atleast overnight  in refrigerator.
  • Preheat the oven to 550 F and meanwhile skewer  the paneer, onion, tomato, bell pepper into the skewers or toothpick.
  • Line a baking tin with aluminium foil and arrange the skewers on top so that all the sides are exposed to the heat.
  • Bake for 10 mins at 550 F or until the edges turn lightly burnt. Rotate them half way through the baking process.
  • Serve with green chutney or ketchup.

Notes:

  • Use firm tofu for a vegan version instead of paneer.
  • Use Pineapple, grapes or any fruit of your choice to give the paneer tikka a twist.
  • Play with the spice blend for the marinade to suit your tastebuds and experience different flavors.
  • Fry on tawa if oven is not available.
  • Paneer should be firm otherwise one can’t skew them properly as they may break.
  • Use the leftover paneer tikkas and make paneer tikka masala gravy for your next meal.

 

 

 

Chilli Cheese Toast – Quick Snack Recipe

Chilli Cheese ToastAre you looking for a yummy and quick snack ideas? This Chilli Cheese Toast is the perfect one which can be made in a jiffy and tastes so good. The spicy chillies when cooked with gooey cheese and crunchy bell peppers makes it a wonderful snack that everybody would love to have.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Step by Step video of making Chilli Cheese Toast here:

Serves – 3
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 8 mins
Ingredients:

  • Bread – 4 Slices
  • Mozzarella Cheese (Shredded) – 1/2 Cup packed
  • Butter – 2 Tbsp
  • Mini Bell Pepper/ Capsicum (finely chopped)* – 1 no
  • Garlic (grated) – 1 Clove
  • Milk – 2 Tbsp approx ( use just to make the cheese mixture moist) – optional (Use if the cheese is dry)
  • Onion (Chopped) – 1 small no
  • Salt – to taste
  • Black Pepper (Crushed) – 1/4 tsp or to taste
  • Cilantro (chopped) – 1 Tbsp
  • Oregano (crushed) – 1/4 tsp
  • Green Chillies (finely chopped) – to taste

Process

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F
  2. Line the baking sheet with some aluminum foil.
  3. Place the bread slices onto the lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake them for 3 mins or until slightly crisp.
  5. Take them from the oven and set aside while preparing the cheese mixture.

Cheese Mixture:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add in cheese, oregano, green chillies, milk, grated garlic, butter, onion, bell pepper, black pepper, cilantro salt.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Now the Chilli Cheese Mixture is ready.

Putting together:

  1. Spread the cheese mixture on all the bread slices evenly.
  2. Place them back into the oven and bake for 4 mins or until the cheese melts.
  3. Once done remove from the oven and cut the slices vertically or diagonally.
  4. Serve them immediately as it is or with any favorite dip.

Tips:

  1. For crispier chilli cheese toast, bake them 2 mins longer before and after placing the cheese mixture onto the bread slices.
  2. Adjust the baking time depending on the oven you are using.
  3. Use variety of grated vegetables to make another variation of chilli cheese toast.
  4. Use whole grain or whole wheat bread for a healthy alternative.
  5. One can add paneer in place of cheese and make a chilli paneer cheese toast.
  6. Use Capsicum/ Bell Pepper that is available. I used Red one, as it looks vibrant on the toast.
  7. Top with another toasted bread slice and make a chilli cheese toast sandwich.
  8. If making it for kids, use mildly spiced chillies or reduce the quantity of chillies.

 

 

Feb 18

Methi Matar Malai – Side dish for Chapati/ Roti/ Phulka

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At home I do make number of gravies to go with chapathis/ rotis/ bhakris. This creamy punjabi restaurant style Methi Matar Malai is one of them. Methi/ fenugreek leaves when paired with green peas in a creamy gravy makes a great combo. Watch Step by Step process of making Methi Matar Malai:   I generally …

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Feb 09

Vegetable Cutlet – Easy Evening Snack/ Tiffin Recipe

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Cutlets are quick to make and can be done in numerous ways. I used simple everyday spices and vegetables that we generally have handy at home to make these delicious cutlets. I shallow fried these cutlets, you still don’t miss on the taste. You can go for baking option if looking for a low cal …

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Feb 09

Sooji Kachori| Crispy Rawa Kachori – Easy Indian Snack

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Kachoris are generally made with all purpose flour as outer layer, however this sooji kachori has a crispy outer llayer made with semolina or sooji. I made delicious potato and vegetable mixture as stuffing. It comes out delicious just with plain potato stuffing too.Kachoris are generally deep fried, but feel free to shallow fry or …

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Jan 27

Veg Pulao – Easy Indian Lunch/ Dinner Recipe

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Vegetable Pulao is a simple but flavorsome dish prepared with mixed vegetables and basmathi rice. Here I cooked Veg Pulav in a pan, however we can make this in pressure cooker. We can make this for lunch or dinner, serve it as is or with raitha or salan. It’s an absolute lifesaver for my busy …

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Jan 21

Curd Dosa| Perugu Dosa – South Indian Breakfast Recipe

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Curd Dosa is a simple tasty dosa that’s made with lot of yogurt/ Curd.  Yogurt imparts soft texture and a tangy flavor to these dosas. Curd dosas can be taken in lunch boxes as they keep soft for long time.  You can make these for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I generally soak rice and fenugreek …

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Jan 16

Methi Paratha – Healthy Indian Breakfast/ Luchbox Recipe

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Parathas can be made several different ways. They are easy to make and make a great breakfast. Generally Parathas are served for breakfast but they make a great lunch/ brunch or dinner. Parathas can be served hot or cold with chutney, subzi,pickle curd etc. My favorite way of eating these parathas would be with Andhra …

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Dec 16

Bread Pakoda – Aloo Bread Pakoda | Evening Snack | Indian Street Food

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Crispy and tasty Indian Snack Recipe made using bread. These Bread Pakodas are stuffed with flavorful potato filling and batter fried until crispy and golden. This is a favorite evening snack and breakfast especially among kids. Serves – 4 pieces  Preparation time – 10 mins Cooking time – 20 mins Ingredients: Bread – 4 slices …

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Dec 06

Ajwaini Bhindi Masala

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Quick, creamy and flavorful Bhindi/ Okra Curry Ingredients: Tomatoes – 2 medium Cashews – 10 no Oil – 2 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp Lady Fingers/ Okra (wash, pat dry, trim the ends, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces – 300 gms Capsicum (cut into bite size pieces) – 1/4 cup Carom Seeds/ Ajwain – 3/4 …

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Feb 29

Paalakoora Pulusu Koora – Traditional Andhra Recipe under 15 mins

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Quick, easy and healthy Andhra recipe that can be made in under 15 mins and it taste divine when served with steamed rice and fresh cut onions on the side. Try this heavenly combination and enjoy with your family.   Click here to watch step by step of making this simple and yummy side dish …

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Feb 22

Dahi Kebab – Melt In Mouth Kebab

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Creamy, delicate and melt in mouth Dahi Kebab Recipe. Preparation time – 10 mins Cooking time – 30 mins Ingredients Hung Yogurt (Cold) – 250gms Paneer – 100 gas Cheese (grated) – 1/4 Cup  Brown Onions – 1/4 Cup Green Chillies – 5 or to taste Onion (finely chopped) – 1/4 Cup Cilantro (finely chopped) …

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