Monday, January 30, 2012

mickey in cross stitch

M & M by always_smile..
 
After my examination of class XII I had ample of time in my hand before joining my Bachelor Degree course. I wanted to create something, but I couldn’t get any idea. Then I had been started looking at all my raw materials to get an idea until I found an aida cloth. I always love to do cross stitch, though it takes a lot of time to finish. After getting the cloth, I wanted to stitch Mickey Mouse. However, the problem was that I couldn’t find a suitable design of the Mouse. So, I drew the mouse on a graph-paper and put the crosses according to the picture. Then I stitched it and here is the end product.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Chili tofu


One day my husband, after coming home from office, told me about a forthcoming pot-luck in his office. He told me to cook a vegetarian dish. To cook a delicious vegetarian item is always a difficult task to me. Anyway, that evening we went to Costco to buy our routine groceries. The idea of preparing tofu clicked on my hubby’s head. I also agreed with him. We bought a big packet of tofu. He told me to cook chili-tofu. Though it was a very time consuming preparation, still I agreed to cook. My effort didn’t go waste, when I heard that everybody in his office had licked their fingers for a long time.
Here is the recipe:
Ingredients:
One block tofu
One capsicum
One large onion finely chopped
1 tbsp. ginger paste
2 tbsp. garlic paste
2-3 tbsp. whole wheat flour
2-3 tbsp. rice flour (both wheat flour and rice flour may be needed more)
Black pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
2 tbsp. tomato sauce
2 tbsp. soy sauce (both the sauce can be used more according to taste)
Method:
Cut the tofu into small a cube. Make a batter of whole wheat flour, rice flour, 1tbsp. of garlic paste, ½ tsp. of black paper, and salt to taste to make a light batter with sufficient water. Dip the cubes into the batter and fry them. Heat 1 tbsp. of oil fry chopped onion, ginger paste, and garlic paste for few minutes until the onion turns golden brown. If the paste becomes dry add little bit of water. Add tomato and soy sauce. Fry for 1-2 minutes. If you like the curry hot, you can put red chili powder. However, as a sweet-tooth I never use chili powder. Cut the capsicum into thin slices length-wise. Add the slices in the pan. Fry for few minutes. Add salt to taste. Add one cup of water and bring it to boil. After few minutes add the tofu cubes. Boil for another few minutes or until the water content become half. Serve hot with rice.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pohas


Poha is a very popular Indian snack. Whether it is breakfast time or evening snack time, the first item usually comes in my mind is poha. However, the question is why? Why this particular food item is extremely popular, when there are so many Indian snacks? The reasons are, first is tasty, and second in easiest item to cook in least time.  You can tell me then bread-butter, take less to prepare than poha, but, if you consider the taste, poha put bread-butter far behind. At the time of evening snack I try to make different kind of poha, because same kind can make us feel boring. So, I cook vermicelli poha, upma etc. beside traditional poha. One day my hubby taught me to cook bread-poha. You can’t believe that, that was the first time I found that how much bread-poha could be tasty. 
I love to write something about poha:
Flattened rice (also called beaten rice) is dehusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids. The thicknesses of these flakes vary between almost translucently thin to thik. This easily digestible form of raw rice is very popular across India and Bangladesh, and is normally used to prepare snacks or easy fast food in a variety of styles.It is known by a variety of names: Poha in Hindi, Pohe in Marathi, Aval in Tamil,Chindé in Bengali, Chira in Assamese,and many other names in different parts of India..

Here the recipes of pohas whichever I know.
Traditional poha:
Ingredients:
Poha or flattened rice 2 cups (thick type)
One medium sized onion, finely chopped
One small sized tomato, finely chopped
One tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
3-4 curry leaves
½ tsp. mustard seeds
Salt to taste
¼ tsp. turmeric powder
Oil for frying
Method:  Wash poha with water, mix well with salt and turmeric powder and keep aside. Heat one tbsp. of oil in a pan. Put curry leaves and mustard seed in the heated oil. When mustard seeds start splutter, add chopped onion and tomato in the oil. Add salt to it. Fry in low heat with cover.  When onion and tomato become soft, add the poha and stir to mix the poha with onion and tomato.  Sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves over it. Serve hot.  Also you can add cucumber salad with it. I love to eat poha with cucumber salad.

 
Vermicelli poha:
One small cup vermicelli
One small onion chopped
One cup finely chopped mixed vegetables
One small tomato, chopped
One tbsp. cashew (optional)
½ tsp. mustard seeds
2-3 curry leaves
1-2 green chili, sliced
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Method: Boil the vermicelli for few minutes, and set it aside. Heat one tbsp. of oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and curry leaves into it. When the seeds start splutter, then add onion and tomatoes. Fry for few minutes in low heat with cover. Add the vegetables and cashew, and fry in low heat with cover. Add salt to taste. If the vegetables do not become soft add little water and boil for few minutes. Drain the water from vermicelli. Then stir the vermicelli in to it for 1-2 minutes. Serve hot.


Puffed rice poha:
Puffed rice is another popular snack in India. Long ago, when I had been staying for few days with one of my friends, one day she cooked puffed rice poha for evening snack. It was very tasty. From her I learned the recipe of puffed rice poha.
Ingredients:
3 cups puffed rice
One medium sized onion, finely chopped
One tbsp. of peanuts (optional)
One tbsp. of finely chopped coriander leaves
2-3 curry leaves
½ tsp. mustard seeds
1-2 green chili, chopped
Salt to taste
Pinch of turmeric powder
Oil for frying
Method:  Soak puffed rice in two cups of water in a big bowl. Heat one tbsp. of oil in a pan; add curry leaves and mustard seeds. Add peanuts and chopped onion when the seeds starts spluttering. Fry in a low heat with cover wait for few minutes. Add salt and turmeric powder into it. Drain the puffed rice, and stir it in the pan for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves over it. Serve hot.


Bread poha:
Ingredients:
3 bread slice
One medium sized onion, finely chopped
One small tomato, finely chopped
One tbsp. peanuts
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Tomato sauce (optional)
Method:
Cut the bread slices into small cubes.  Fry the slices in one tsp. of oil. Keep the bread cubes aside. Fry peanuts in a dry pan and keep aside. Heat one tbsp. of oil in a pan, and add onion and tomato slices. Add salt to taste. Fry in low heat until onion and tomato become tender. Add peanuts and fry for few minutes. Add the bread cubes and stir for 1-2 minutes. Serve hot. Sprinkle little tomato sauce, if you like.