Friday, September 21, 2012

Chickpeas curry

Since morning I’ve been very busy. We are going to Disneyland to celebrate our little one’s birthday. He is turning four on 23rd September. I’m doing lots of jobs simultaneously. From cleaning, packing to baking cake, everything I’ve to finish within 11:30. We are departing home at 12 o’clock. Yesterday, my hubby asked about my plan for today’s lunch. I told him that, I would cook at home. Today morning, I have been scratching my head, until I remember that some boiled chickpeas are already available in my fridge. So, I readily cook that chickpeas. Now I’m going to dump everything in the suitcase. I need to pay more attention, while packing, because every time I forget something. Not only that, again I forget something to pack when I come back from any tour. By this way, I’ve already lost many things. Now I’m sharing my quick recipe for chickpeas.
Ingredients:
Serving size: 2
1 medium size potato
1 medium size onion
1 medium size tomato
2 thick clove of garlic
¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garam mashala powder
½ tsp kasuri methi
Pinch of turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
For tampering
2 dry red chili
1 bay leaf
½ tsp cumin seeds
Method:
Soak the chickpeas overnight. Boil the chickpeas in pressure cooker. Cut the potato in small cubes. Finely chop the tomato, onion, and garlic. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a heavy bottom wok. Add red chili, bay leaf, and cumin seeds into the oil. When the cumin seeds start crackling add potato, onion, tomato, and garlic, and coriander leaves, sauté for few minutes. Add all the spices and sauté again for few minutes, constantly stirring.  Add the chickpeas and bring it into boil. If you need, add one cup of water. Boil it until the potato becomes tender. Serve with roti or paratha.

Also I’ve to bake a cake for little one right now. Bye.
Happy weekend!!!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Stuffed pancake



I don’t know the actual name of this dish. One day, I’d just switched on the TV amid a pile of works. I saw Lucinda of the program ‘Mad Hungry’. I love to watch this very program. Anyway, she was cooking something like pancake. However, after making the normal pancake she started adding some more things. Out of curiosity I sat down to watch the show, without caring that the time was passing by. As a result, I came to know a very tasty recipe. Till date I only knew that pancake was sweet, but stuffing with some delicious thing, that could be made as a lips smacking dish. As I watched it from halfway, I couldn’t come to know the name. So, I decided to put some name that suits with the dish. Though her recipe was much more delicious, I changed according to the availability of items in my kitchen.

Ingredients:

For three pancakes

4 tbsp flour

2 eggs

¼ cup milk (if you need, you can add more milk slowly)

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp sugar

Oil for butter for frying

For stuffing:

1 medium sized potato

3-4 florets of broccoli

2 tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese

Salt to taste

1 cup tomato sauce

Method:

For pancake:

Whisk all the ingredients in mixer to make a medium thick batter. Heat a heavy bottomed frying pan. Add one tbsp butter or oil. When the butter sizzles add ½ cup of the batter on the middle of the pan and move the pan in circular motion to spread the batter throughout the pan. Fry it for 1-2 minutes in medium heat or until done. Then flip the pancake to fry the other side. In this way you can make the pancake. According to quantity of the ingredients, I’ve written, you can make 3-4 pancakes.

For feeling:

In the meantime boil potato and broccoli. Smash them with salt. Divide the mixture in three parts and give them a cylindrical shape. Put each of them in the three pancakes. Spread cheese over them and roll the pancakes.

For stuffed pancake:

Preheat the oven at 350 F. grease an oven-proof pan. Spread sauce all over the pan. Place the three pancakes in the pan. Spread cheese over them and bake for 15 minutes.

 

P.S. I used less sauce. I thought that it was going to be too tart to eat. However, it was not so. After baking sauce tasted little bit sweet. And please don’t go by my photo, because my frying pan was not in good shape, so I faced difficulty to detach the pancake from the pan.





Monday, September 17, 2012

An hour in Starbucks

I always longed for one simple thing, to sit alone in a Starbucks coffee shop and spent some time with myself . One may frown, but I never done it so far. I have always been there with my family. One day I told about my desire to my hubby. He told me that I could easily do that, when my son is in school. That was true. Actually, I had been thinking for a few months, but I never went there, though it was very convenient to me, because there was one Starbucks near to his school. So, I could go there and spent some time before picking him from school, but somehow I never got around doing it.
Since past few days my legs had been paining intolerably .so, when my hubby suggested going there on previous day ,I did not have the strength. In the morning my hubby again told me to go there. After both of them left home, I gave a little thought. First I thought to drop my plan to go, but later I decided to go. It was already 10:30, and my son’s school was going to be over at 12:30. So there was not much time in my hand, still I decided to go. Around 11:15 I reached there. I took one cold café-mocha and sat at a corner table. When I entered there, as usual, all the tables were full. Somehow I managed to get one table, but the place was very nice. I could see the road from there. Anyway, I took my journal and a book with me. Past few days I didn’t write . So I decided to pen down all the stored up thoughts. Truly there was mystery in the environment. When I write something at home, I often cannot find words, but here words flowed in. I didn’t stumble anywhere in my writing. After finishing my journal, I started reading the book. It was so easy to concentrate there. I always face difficulty to concentrate in reading at home. Now I could understand why people go to Starbucks to study. Previously I used to think,’ why do these people sit here? Don’t they have place at home to study? Is it really easy to concentrate? ‘What was the magic behind? I wondered. Anyway, it was already 12:30; my hubby picked him from school and called me to get ready for home. Thus ended a beautiful outing to Starbucks .I enjoyed the special ME time to the fullest.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Avocado-smoothie




Suddenly many guests arrive at your home, and you don’t want to cook anything. Or you want to have something cool right now, without giving much effort. Do you have avocado at you home? Then there is no problem you have to give a little effort to make a delicious smoothie. 

 

Just like me, what I did with the lonely avocado was left in my refrigerator. One morning I was not feeling good. My right leg had been paining since previous day. So, I decided not to do any kind of work, but just to sit on my bed. However, suddenly I craved to have something sweet. Nothing was available at home. I opened the refrigerator and saw the avocado. I decided to give a try to make something sweet with the avocado. 

 

Here is the recipe:

Serving size: 1

1 avocado (a little ripe works the best)

¼ cup milk (you may need more according to the firmness of the avocado)

1 tsp honey

1 tsp sugar

Method:

Mix everything in a food processor. Pour in a glass and decorate with chopped almond. Serve cold. 

 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Today's Lunch

What you have cooked for today’s lunch? I don’t like to take any pain to cook any difficult dish on weekdays. But without pain, cooking tasty food is yet another challenge. Today I’ve opted for snow peas fry with prawn and spinach-chicken.

Snow peas and prawn recipe:
Chopped snow peas 1 ½ cup
Prawn 1 cup ( I used small prawn)
Onion 1 medium sized
Ginger paste 1 tsp.
Red chili powder ½ tsp ( if you want spicy hot, then you can you more chili powder)
Pinch of turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp. of oil
For tampering:
½ tsp fenugreek seeds
½ tsp urad daal
Method:
Trim the snow peas and cut into small piece. Finely chopped the onion, and keep aside. Wash the prawn and mix salt and turmeric with the prawn. Heat 1 tsp. of oil in a wok. Add fenugreek seeds and urad daal. When a fine aroma starts coming add onion and snow peas, and cover it. Reduce the heat and maintain a medium heat throughout the cooking. Stir occasionally. Add the ginger paste.If you need add a little bit of water (like, 2 tbsp.) I had to add water, because I used little oil. If you add 3 tbsp. of oil, instead of 1 tbsp. then you won’t need to add water. After the snow peas and onion become tender add the prawns. Continue stirring to avoid burn at the bottom. Cover and keep it for few minutes. Again if you need, add more water, but 2 tbsp. at a time. 


N.B. How to Trim Sugar Snap Peas
Hold a knife in one hand and a snow pea in the other, with the inside curve of the pod facing you. Cut the tip of the top of the pea, but not sever totally, and pull off the string that runs along the length of the pod. Do the same thing on the other side. Source: realsimple.com



Spinach-Chicken
6 leg pieces
1 medium sized onion
1 medium sized tomato
1 tbsp. ginger paste.
1 tsp. corriendar powder
1 rsp. Cumin powder
1 tsp. garam masala powder
1 tsp. red chili powder (optional)
2 cups chopped spinach
2 tbsp. of oil
Pinch of turmeric powder
Salt to taste
For tampering:
½ tsp fenugreek seeds


Method:
Wash the chicken pieces and mix salt, add keep aside. Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a heavy bottom wok. Add the fenugreek seeds. When the fine aroma stars coming add onion and tomato, and sauté for few minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, and cover it. When the oil starts oozing out add ginger paste, and stir for 1-2 minutes. Then add rest of the spices, and stir for few minutes. Add the chicken pieces, and cover it. Reduce the heat to low and cover it. After few minutes, add chopped spinach. Don’t cover it. When the spinach will reduce add salt and turmeric. Add adequate water. Bring it into boil. When the chicken pieces become tender , increase the temperature to reduce the water. When the gravy starts thickening, switch off the oven/gas. Serve hot with rice or roti.