Friday, August 02, 2013

Basil fried rice

INGREDIENTS:

1- 2 cups cooked white rice

Garnish:
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
1/2-3/4 cup chopped basil leaves


Main Ingredients:
4 cloves crushed or minced garlic
1 onion chopped
1/2 block firm tofu cubed
About 2 cups of finely chopped below vegetables:
carrot, green beans, squash., mushrooms, broccoli, sugar snap peas
(I used mushroom yellow squash and green beans)

Sauces/spices:
1 tablespoon soy sauce/tamari
1 table spoon ponzu ( if no ponzu just double soy sauce)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon sriracha

METHOD:
Heat 2 tablespoon oil on wok
When hot add garlic when it sizzles and turn golden add veggies and onion
saute for 2 minutes
add tofu mix well saute for another 2 mins
add all sauce/spice ingredients mix well.
Add rice, fry for a minute
Add garnish mix well

Serve hot with sliced cucumber or grated carrots on side.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Paneer lawabdar or Paneer lababdar

Paneer in ajwain flavored gravy
Servers 6 nicely
Ingredients
3/4 spoon ajwain seeds
1/2 spoon jeera
3 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon flavor less oil(i used ground nut oil)
2 medium sized yellow onion chopped nicely
1 spoon minced garlic
1 spoon grated onion
1-2 spoon brown sugar
1 spoon turmeric
1/2 spoon chilli powder
1 heaped spoon coriander powder
1 spoon flavorful garam masala
pinch of kasthoori methi
2 cups crushed tomatoes or whole deskinned tomatoes whirled to paste
1 can evaporated milk
1.5 - 2 cups water
about 1.5 cups panner cut into big squares
salt to taste about 1.5 -2 spoon
2 table spoon sour cream(optional)
Method
heat butter and oil
add ajwain and jeera when they crackle or sizzle add onions, ginger garlic.
saute in medium flame for 5 minutes when they sweat i.e soften add brown sugar mix and leave it to carmalise
When onion start to get slight brown add turmeric, chili powder and dhania powder mix nicely
Add salt and crushed tomatoes
let it simmer for 5 minutes
add garam masala
simmer for 5 more minutes
Add evaporated milk slowly so it doesnt curdle( a pinch of baking soda added after adding milk also helps to prevent curdling)
Add sour cream, kasthoori methi , microwave paneer for 30 seconds and add that too.Let it simmer for another 10  15 minutes


Enjoy paneer lawabadar with roti, rice or naan.

If possible prepare couple of hours before serving so the flavors gets absorbed by paneer.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Thai red curry paste with at home ingredients

Ingredients:

Set 1:
5-7 dry red chillies soaked , or fresh red chillies (more if you like it spicy)
2 strips of peel from  lemon
2  lemon leaves
3-4 huge shallots or 10 little shallots
3-4 garlic cloves
2 inch ginger
1/2 spoon black pepper corns (whole black pepper)

Set2:
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds

Method:
Dry roast 1 tablespoon coriander seeds and 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

Grind set1+set2 to a thick paste using oil(not water). I use olive oil.

You can store in fridge and it will stay good for 2 -3 weeks or freeze in ice cube trays.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tomato tofu curry and chili broccoli


Serves 4 people

Tomato tofu curry and Chili broccoli































Tomato tofu curry

5 - 6 tomatoes chopped fine or 1 can chopped tomatoes
1 red bell pepper diced
1 onion finely diced
1 spoon curry powder
1/2 spoon cayenne or chili powder
3/4 spoon turmeric
a pinch of cumin seeds
1 slab tofu cut in squares
1 spoon green curry paste(optional)
salt to taste
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp butter + 2 sp oil


Heat butter + oil
When sizzles add onion, cumin seeds
saute for 10 seconds
add curry powder turmeric cayenne powder saute nicely
add tomatoes, red bell pepper, salt. Cover and cook for 6-10 minutes till tomatoes become mushy

now add coconut milk and green curry paste( if using.) Let it simmer
With hand held blender grind contents(if no hand held blender user food processor)
Add tofu simmer and serve with rice and chili broccoli(recipe below)


Chili Broccoli

3 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
3 to 4 garlic cloves crushed
2 heads of broccoli florets
salt to taste


Heat oil in a non stick pan when smoking add red chili flakes, when aroma comes add broccoli salt garlic.
Slightly stir and close with a a lid leave for about 5 minutes
It will be done.



Monday, August 23, 2010

Vegetable paratha

Stuffing

1/2 cup cauliflower, 1/2 cup broccoli,1 big russet potato STEAMED
1 small onion minced
1 table spoon of minced cilantro
1/2 spoon jeera
1/2 spoon red chilli powder
1 spoon tandoori masala or combination of dhania, jeera and pepper powder
salt
2 teaspoon constarch

Mix and mash all the above ingredients

For dough:
2 cups atta + 1 spoon garlic powder+ salt
Mix into chapati dough consistency


Method:
roll dough
place stuffing
close it
roll it
cook on tawa

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Simplest Alfredo

Our family loves alfredo sauce. I came up with the following recipe based on Perla Myers recipe.
Only difference is my version does not use heavy cream..


Ingredients:
1 can evaporated milk
1/2 cup grated hard cheese (use parmesan or parmesan+romano or parmesan+asiago)
4 table spoon light butter
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 garlic clove crushed nicely into paste
1 teaspoon corn starch

Method:
add cornstarch to 2 tablespoon water and mix nicely.

Take a wide pan. Keep in medium flame
Add butter
once melted add garlic saute for another minute

If needed lower the flame
now slowly add milk, salt pepper, cornstarch mixture
Mix nicely.

Once the starch is nicely incorporated into milk
start adding cheese and mix simultaneously
once cheese is completely mixed into milk
leave it for a few minutes
you will see the sauce bubbling and thickening
once it thickens to a stage where it can coat the back of spoon
switch off flame
toss it with hot pasta.

enjoy!!!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Simple black bean soup

1 can s/w black beans(I like this brand...u can use other brand or homecooked...then u may need to alter spices accordingly)
1 big garlic clove minced
1 jalapeno diced (if you can take heat deseed it)
1 table spoon olive oil(extra virgin if possible)
salt to taste
1/2 spoon red chilli powder
1/2 spoon cumin powder
1 spoon coriander powder
pinch oregano dried (optional)

Method
drain black beans and smash nicely
Take a pan heat oil when it nicely hot add garlic and jalapenos
when garlic turn golden brown add beans, salt and spices
add 1/2 cup water or veggie broth mix well
Let it bubble

Then scoop it into a cup

serve hot with
sliced of toasted bread or
top it with low fat cheese
or sliced avacados
or 1 low fat cheese quesdilla

Avacado red radish Sandwich

Serving size
3 sandwiches


1 very ripe large avocado
3 medium sized red radishes sliced
dash of black pepper
3 soy cheese slices (0ptional)

6 slices of bread white(I use sheperds bread from TJ) or oats or multigrain or wheat

Method:
Toast bread slices

Cut avocado into half, take out the seed. Slice into thin slices. Divide into 3 portions
slice radishes with skin and divide into 3 portions

Now spread one portion of avocado, 1 portion of radish over a bread slice. add a dash of pepper.
Close it with another bread slice. If using soy cheese add it after black pepper.

Enjoy.