Apr 15, 2015

Mutter paneer recipe - No onion garlic tomato quick dishes

      Hope you all(read tamilians) are celebrating the new year in a grand manner. I made a few delicacies too today.It would have been apt to post a payasam I tried today. But I have been working on this post since yesterday and with the little time I got, I thought of posting the same. Uploading and editing the pictures would have taken up a long time and as usual I would not have managed to do any post.
no onion tomato side dishes
        A similar recipe was posted by someone in a facebook food group almost a year ago. It sounded too good and I had saved the recipe in my phone. Accidently the recipe got deleted when my phone had a problem one day. I had lost the recipe. But then a few days ago , I saw a similar recipe with sweet potatoes here. I tried it immediately and everyone loved it. I make sweet potatoes only this way nowadays. This recipe reminded of the mutter panner I had saved from  the facebook food group. So I used the same recipe to make mutter paneer and it came out delicious. Try it especially when you run out of onions and tomatoes or you just dont want to use onion for the day.
side dishes for chapati
 Ingredients-
Paneer/cottage cheese- 2 cups of cubed paneer
Peas/mutter- 1/2 cup
Ginger - 1tsp( grated)
Green chillies- 1 chopped fine
Yogurt/curd - 1.5 cup (thick)
Turmeric powder- 1/2tsp
Red chilly powder- 1tsp
Coriander powder- 1tsp
Garam masala- 1tsp
Kasuri methi - 1/2tsp
Salt to taste

For tempering-
Oil- 1/2 tbsp
Jeera - 1tsp
Asafoetoda/hing -A pinch
Red chilly powder- 1tsp

lemon juice- 1tsp
Coriander leaves chopped fine for garnishing.


Method-
If you are using frozen paneer and peas , place them in hot water till it softens.
Drain the water properly.
Lightly roast the paneer pieces on the tava drizzling little oil on it till it turns a golden brown.
Beat the thick curd in a bowl. Add around 1/2 a cup of water in it if necessary(only in the case where curd is too thick).
Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder,coriander powder,garam masala, kasuri methi in it. Mix well.
Add the ginger and green chillies followed by the roasted paneer and peas.
Heat a pan. Add the paneer curd mixture.
Cook on medium flame.
Keep stirring in regular intervals taking care the curd does not curdle.
Cook for 7-8 minutes.Remove from flame.
Heat oil in a seasoning pan.
Add the cumin seeds and asafoetida.
When cumin seeds crackle,remove from flame.
Add the red chilly powder.
Pour the seasoning in the cooked paneer.
Add the lemon juice and mix well.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with rice or rotis.
mutter paneer
Notes-
1. Take care that the curd is not watery.
2. keep stirring while cooking so that the curd does not curdle.
3. Roasting the paneer is highly recommended.
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Apr 7, 2015

Basbousa - Semolina cake- Eggless bakes

      I have always wanted to try this cake when I saw it for the first time a couple of years ago.I loved that semolina was the main ingredient in this cake. Also the process of adding sugar syrup on the baked cake sounded interesting. I love baking cakes in different ways. This one is also my favourite. This cake is actually a middle eastern dessert. Its way of making and the taste reminds me of our very own gulab jamun or rava kesari. This recipe traditionally uses eggs. But as I wanted to make it on thursday as an offering during our Sai prayer , I wanted to make it eggless.
eggless basbousa
     I found many recipes for eggless basbousa on the net. But I wanted to make it very simple without too many ingredients and also wanted a less time consuming recipe. Many recipes used dessicated coconut or yogurt and ground nuts etc. This recipe which I found here suited all my conditions. I went ahead and made this in less than an hour. My family and friends liked it. It goes very well with your afternoon tea. I stored the leftovers in the refrigerator. It tasted even better the next day. Next time, I plan to bake this cake one day ahead. I do hope you try this one - its really delicious.
eggless semolina cake
 Ingredients -
Semolina/rava - 1 1/2 cup
All purpose flour- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 1/2 cup
Melted butter/oil - 1/2 cup (I used oil)
Milk(room temperature) - 1 cup
Baking powder- 1tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Rose water- 1tsp
Almonds - Around 16(for garnishing)
For making sugar syrup:
Sugar - 1 cup
Water -1 cup
Lemon juice - 1tsp


Method-
Combine the sugar and water in a pan. Heat and allow the sugar to dissolve. Boil till the syrup turns sticky. No need for a string consistency. When it is sticky, add the juice of lemon to prevent crystallization. Add few drops of rose water. Keep this aside.
 Soak the almonds in hot water for 30 minutes.
Peel off the skin of the almonds.
I cut them into halves.
Keep them aside.
 Preheat the oven to 180c.
Grease the cake tin with butter.
 Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
 Pour the oil followed by milk and rose essence.
Mix until well combined.
Pour the batter in the prepared cake tin.
Gently draw lines with a sharp knife on the batter to form squares or diamonds.
Place the almonds on top of each square and press gently.

Bake the cake at 180c for around 40 minutes.
Insert a skewer or knife in the center to check if it comes out clean.
Remove the cake from oven.

When the cake is hot, pour the sugar syrup on it.
Allow the cake to absorb the syrup for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Cut the cake along the lines.
Serve along with your tea.
Basbousa
Notes-
1. You can use vanilla essence or rose essence instead of rose water.
2. Alternatively, you can bake the cake for 20 minutes. Then score the batter with a knife to squares or diamonds. Place the almonds on the squares. Return the cake to the oven and bake for further 20 minutes or till the cake is done.
3. The cake tasted even better the next day.
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Apr 4, 2015

Pasta pizza bake - easy kids snack recipes

      I started doing this posts two days back and still doing it till now. Things are keeping me really busy. But as it was a public holiday yesterday , we went to a 3D art musuem and had a different and fun day . It was after a long time we went out and enjoyed ourselves. We do need this kind of breaks in between so that we get diverted from the usual routine. I do wish we had long weekends very now and then!!!!
pasta pizza bake
        I usually make this kind of breakfasts or snacks during the school holidays. I also find time to make it and kids also find time to have it in leisure.So this too I made during the kids first term break. They love this kind of pizza and had made something similar during the chinese new year holidays. They had enjoyed this. I had this recipe in my mind for long and finally made it then. Its quite filling.  I hope you try this for your loved ones for your weekend breakfast!!
See how to make white sauce here.

easy kids snack recipes
 Ingredients-
Bread slices - 6
Tomato sauce - 1 cup (you can use pasta sauce or pizza sauce)
Pasta in white sauce - 1 cup( see the recipe here)
Cheese- 1 cup

Method-
Preheat the oven to 180c.
Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Place the bread slices on it.
Pour a tbsp of tomato ketchup on it and spread on the slices.
 Place a generous portion of cooked white sauce pasta on the slices.
Slightly spread it with a spatula.
 Sprinkle some cheese on it.
Bake at 180c for 15-20 minutes.
Bake till the cheese slightly golden brown.
Remove from oven.
Allow it to cool and then serve.
snack recipes - creative saga
Notes-
1. I used pasta in white sauce. You can use pasta in your favourite sauce.
2. You can also use tiny pieces of vegetables like capsicum,mushroom,corn etc if you wish.
3. Use cheddar or mozarella cheese or mix of both.
4. You can slice off the edges of the bread before serving.
5. Sprinkle chilli flakes if you prefer it a little spicier.
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Mar 31, 2015

Soya chunks sambar recipe - Side dish for rice

         Its a long time I posted a indian recipe in this blog. It has been cakes and muffins and other desserts for a long time now. Its not that I make more of these baked things on a daily basis. Its just that I have a lot of them in my drafts for over a couple of months . As I don't get time to post very often, it gets accumalating and the desserts are quite tempting to get an entry into the blog soon . But its actually, I cook this kind of healthy recipes everyday. I try to make my family's meal a healthy affair. I try to incorporate lots of vegetables and other healthy ingredients like soya, paneer ,tofu , pulses in our daily meals. But of course kids enjoy more of my bakes and other snacks rather than this daily boring healthy food!!
 But this is one sambar dish which is relished by my kids.
soya chunks sambar
      I first had this kind of soya chunks sambar when I had dinner at a local  temple here. I think it was served with idiappam. It was extremely delicious and I can never forget the taste of that simple delicious meal ever. My son loves the food served at the temple here. So I decided to re create this sambar at home. Though the taste is not very similar to that of the temple, it still tastes good. My son loved it, so that says it all. My little one has also taken a liking for soya chunks. I am really happy about this. So this is one dish which I never have to worry about if the kids will have it and its healthy too!!
soya chunks recipes
Ingredients-
Soya chunks - 1 cups(use small sized ones)
Sambar onions - 8- 10
Curry leaves - few
Salt to taste
Tamarind paste- 1 tbsp
Potato - 1 chopped into cubes
Tuvar dal- 1 cup cooked
Oil- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1tsp
Asafoetida/hing- a pinch

To roast and grind-
Tuvar dal - 1tbsp
Channa dal- 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds- 1tbsp
Dried red chillies - 2-3
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1tsp

Method-
Heat a teaspoon of oil.
Add the ingredients listed under the "roast and grind " label.
Roast till the lentils and coconut turns into a golden brown.
Add  2-3 sambar onions/shallots while roasting.
Keep it aside until it cools slightly.
Grind it to a paste adding some water while grinding.
In the same pan, heat some more oil.
Add the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.
When they crackle, add the curry leaves along with shallots . Roast for a minute.
Add the potatoes and the soya chunks.
Add the tamarind paste with a glass of water.
Allow this to cook for 10 minutes.
The potatoes and soya chunks will turn soft.
Now add the ground paste from the mixer.
Mix and add the cooked tuvar dal.
Pour around a glass of water as it will be very thick.
Sprinkle the salt.
Mix everything well together.
Allow this to cook for 10- 15 minutes in medium flame till it becomes thick.
 Serve with some rice and pappads.
easy sambar recipes
Notes-
1. Use smaller sized soya chunks as it will cook easily. Personally we like the taste of the smaller ones. If you are using larger ones, soak them in hot water till it turns slightly soft.
2. You can add sambar powder if you want it spicier.
3. You can add half a cup of coconut milk in the end for a more richer and creamier taste and texture.
4. One chopped tomato can also be added for more tanginess.
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Mar 27, 2015

M& M Brownies recipe - Easy eggless bakes

         This was another thing I made during the kids first term break.M and M candies are my favourite and my kids favourite too though they love anything with chocolate.I always have surplus amounts of this candies at my home anytime and pop a few into my mouth every now and then. A few months back when I made this cookies with M and M , I thought of trying brownies too and finally got to make it. I tried to follow a slightly different recipe so that I wanted a  gooey texture filled with moist chocolate almost oozing out. The crust was beautiful and as expected too.
Though the M and M sunk , the sweet little bites while eating the cake was to die for.
Low fat chocolate brownies
     
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Mar 20, 2015

Toblerone candy shortbread recipes - easy kids recipes

       The one week school holidays are almost coming to an end now. This week was the busiest and is still going to be more busy for the next few days. But I also enjoyed the time with my kids and tried spending the maximum time with them keeping them occupied with some activity or the other.
And as usual, I tried to cook their favourite dishes too. I had seen this recipe in several blogs a couple of years ago. I had loved it and had wanted to try. But I could never do it as I buy chocolate rarely and by chance if I buy or get toblerones, then it would be over in no time.
recipes with toblerone
    
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Mar 17, 2015

Whole wheat bread recipe - easy bread baking recipes

           I really love baking bread and buns at home. Home made breads are always interesting to make and eat. Its healthier and creates opportunity for a wide number of options too. Saying all this, I make bread very rarely though I want to do atleast once a week. Its the time constraints and partly my laziness too. But when I saw this recipe , I wanted to try it totally as the recipe used whole wheat flour and the ghee and yogurt in it gave an Indian touch and flavour to the bread. I had the maximum portion of the loaf applying some low fat cream cheese on the the toasted bread. I am surely going to try making this one again soon and also update the pictures too!!
       If you love baking breads and like homemade bread, then I do recommend you to try this recipe.And if you try this ,please leave your feedback in the comment section.
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whole wheat bread recipe

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Mar 11, 2015

Quick pizza buns - easy kids snack recipes

        This is another recipe I made for the kids during the chinese new year holidays. They enjoyed this for breakfast. My son loves pizza , so this quick , instant and easy to make recipe always comes in handy for me when the kids are hungry. I have made this couple of times with burger buns, hot dog buns or even butter rolls. When I made this time with hot dog buns, my little one called them pizza boats which sounded quite apt due to its shape!! Now when the first term break is approaching again, I do look forward to make some variations to this recipe to make it even more interesting.
kids snack recipes
      
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