Thursday, March 30, 2006

TOMATO DOSA...

TOMATO DOSA

This is one breakfast that I don’t have to plan ahead of time usually when I don’t plan my next day and when I get up late and have to make something nourishing and filling its tomato dosa for me.

Let me tell you how I make it and how easy it is.



ING:
2 medium size tomatoes finely chopped..
1 cup besan or chick pea flour.
one medium size onion finely chopped
1 tsp jeera
lots of coriander finely chopped
1 tsp red chili powder
½ tsp haldi powder
salt to taste



METHOD:

In a bowl mix together all the ingredients.
make the batter of dosa consistency
pour it on a hot griddle or tava
pour oil on all sides( not too much oil)
close the tava and let it cook on one side
flip on to the other side let it cook on the other side
serve hot with chutney or tomato ketchup.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

nutritious sandwiches...


NUTRITIOUS SANDWICHES


After the nutritious soup here I have a nutritious sandwich.
I am sure many of you must have made this sandwich before but I am giving you my version as I feel the same dish made with the same ingredients need not taste the same but always almost tastes different..



INGREDIENTS:

All ingredients cabbage, carrots, capsicum are finely sliced.
You can add shredded chicken or boiled egg to this mix if you like it different.
1 tsp pepper powder
Required amount of mayonnaise,

Shredded cheese cubes.
Brown bread slices. And butter for making slices crisp.


METHOD:


Take all the ingredients in a bowl and add mayonnaise,cheese,pepper powder, apply it on the bread slice which has been toasted with a little butter.
I always use wheat bread to increase the nutritional value of the sandwich.

SUPER COOL SALAD....

SUPER COOL SUMMER SALAD





I call this salad super cool salad because it’s really very very refreshing and cool. I usually make this salad not only in summer, when it is more frequent. but also with spicy dishes. It cools your palate and makes the spicy food tastier in contrast.
Its simple to make it takes only about 5-7 minutes to make this salad.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups fresh tomatoes finely chopped
½ cup or one medium onion finely chopped
Coriander leaves for garnish
One chopped green chili
One-cup thick curd (you can add more curd as per requirement).

METHOD:

Take a bowl and in it add all the ingredients together
Add salt at the very end, as the salad will leave water as soon as you add the salt.
Take sweet (i.e. not with added sweet naturally sweet) curds as it balances the sourness of the tomatoes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:
A useful source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and potassium.
A good source of lycopene , an antioxidant that protects against some cancers.
They are at their best when they are fully ripe.

THIS WHOLE SALAD PROVIDES YOU WITH THE ABOVE NUTRIENTS PLUS THE CURDS PROVIDE THE ADDED NUTRIENTS, CURDS ARE NOURISHING AND A VALUABLE SOURCE OF PROTEINS, VITAMINS, MINERALS, CALCIUM AND RIBOFLAVIN.HENCE IDEAL FOR ALL AGE GROUPS.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

nutritious clear soup......


CLEAR VEGETABLE SOUP


This is the simplest soup that one can make and I love to make it as it is packed with nutrients there is nothing in it that should not be eaten so you can pack in as much as you like for your kids. My son loves soups and this is my trick to put in as many veggies as possible as he is not a salad person so in goes my salad into the soup. My son says “ its not a soup it’s a vegetable”. But being a hard-core clear soup fan does not protest for too long.

INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp butter
1 cup boiled corns or you can use a tin of sweet corn (but by using sweet corn tin the clarity and the consistency of the soup changes and you get a sweetish taste so it is best to use corn removed from the cob)
½ cup each finely sliced cabbage, carrots
Little finely sliced capsicum (optional).
One finely sliced onion.
1 vegetable soup cube.
Sugar, salt and pepper as per taste.

METHOD:

Take butter in a pan
Soften the onion and add the veggies all together including the boiled corn.
Let the whole thing cook for at least 15 mins on the stove.
Add the veg soup cube.
Add pepper powder, a little about ½ tsp sugar and salt to taste.
Make it watery by adding water.
you can add coriander if you like the taste I do not add coriander.

Enjoy!!!!!!! your soup nice and hot, with fried crotons if you like.

Monday, March 20, 2006

aloo tikki-pasta masala

The flower is added there by my son for effect




yummy..............

contribution toward event RASOI # 4

This is my contribution towards your monthly event RASOI # 4
Your topic is FUSION, which I thought was very interesting I am a new blogger and this is my first participation in any event. I like this idea of having events it makes us food lovers think and think so much about food in order to get the idea together . I too have come up with this tasty recipe and after tasting it when I made it today I am very happy with the result and will see that it is on the list of my next party menu thanks for making me come out with such a interesting recipe so from this you know that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.
Here is my recipe its called.

ALOO TIKKI-PASTA MASALA

Ing:
Take 4 medium sized potatoes boiled and mashed.
Little jeera, haldi, chilli for the cutlets or tikkis
2 medium big onions finely chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
4 big tomatoes finely chopped
½ tsp haldi powder,1 tsp chilli powder- if you like it more hot pls put more chilli ,1 tsp everest pav-bhaji masala
1 tsp dhania jeera powder (less if you don’t like it)
salt a little sugar and lots of coriander to garnish.
1 cup macaroni pasta.

METHOD:

For the aloo tikkis:

1. Add chilli powder, haldi powder and jeera powder (if you have) to the mashed potatoes, with a little salt.
2. Make small balls and flatten. Shallow fry on a hot tawa with a little oil.

For the pasta masala:

1. Add onions to the oil, let it become soft, and then add the ginger garlic paste.
2. add finely chopped tomatoes cook till they become soft. After that add chilli powder, haldi powder, pav bhaji masala and stir for sometime.
3. Add a little i.e. ¼ tsp sugar for balancing the flavours.
4. Garnish with a lot of finely chopped coriander leaves.
5. Keep water to boil. To the boiling water add little salt and oil and cook your 1-cup macaroni pasta in it.
6. Once the pasta is cooked put it in the above gravy and here you have the indianized pasta masala.

Serve as shown in the picture .

Sunday, March 19, 2006

corn for you all.....


Here I am giving you a recipe of my favorite salad.

ROASTED CORN SALAD

This salad is very simple to make and very tasty too.

Roast whole sweet corn on the gas stove till you get black spots on it.
Remove the corn kernels with a knife
Add the finely chopped tomatoes, onions, cucumber, capsicum, coriander and green chilies to it.
Half tsp of lemon juice.
Add salt as per taste.
Eat with pulao or with any other rice preparation.

CORN:
Corn is the most abundant grain crop; worldwide , it is exceeded only by wheat as a cereal grain. Most of the corn is grown in the united states and Canada. Sweet corn , which is harvested while still immature, is the type consumed as a vegetable.

CORN AND NUTRITION:
Corn is high in starch and protein but not a suitable protein substitute due to lack of amino acids.It is a good source of fibre too .-(source food harms food heals)
POP-CORN: Air popped unbuttered popcorn is low in calories and very high in fiber.one cup of pop-corn contains only 30 cals making it an ideal high fiber snack.

Friday, March 17, 2006

beetroot is one thing that i love to eat ....




















I love to eat beet koshambir as we call it or beet salad, and beet is one of my favorite vegetable
Let me tell you the benefits of beet.
Beet is a juicy root vegetable. This vegetable is a good tonic for health. it contains carbohydrates, mainly in the form of sugar .
They should be washed thoroughly washed before boiling and the skin should be removed before use.
I make 2 types of beet salads
The one on the left has boiled and chopped beet with green chilies and coriander and salt and the other has dahi or Yogurt added to it.



Thursday, March 16, 2006

love for food.....

some times i wonder if my site should have been called love for food as i really love food as well as cooking offcourse ....
as i proceed posting i will be telling what i like eating and cooking. Normally my day to day cooking depends on the tastes of my hubby and my son. Their likes and dislikes take precedence over mine.
but i will start the blog recipes or pictures with my favorites what say.......
there are so many things that i love to eat the list is endless but i dont have pictures for all so as and when i cook my fav dishes i will click photos and they will come right here for you to see with recipes if they are something special otherwise for a simple one you might say what is mahek writing yaar.....

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

photos are not being uploaded...

i hav been trying sincerely for the last two days to post some photos which i have been clicking for the last week since i have started my blog...
but.... they are just not getting uploaded so pls bear with me and continue reading my blogs without the photos i will upload them as soon as possible

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

my love for food.......

I love to eat good food and that does not mean expensive food, the expenditure done on food is not as important as the love with which it is made. A simple plate of home cooked food gives me much more pleasure than a platter full of exotic fruits and vegetables.I started cooking at a very late age i.e. after marriage but since then I have been hooked to cooking and eating good food. I get immense pleasure in cooking new dishes everyday!!! , But this is not always possible as one usually tends to do our traditional style of cooking as making new things takes up a lot of time which one cannot afford to lose everyday…
I feel cooking good food is very therapeutic and whenever I feel low I try to make something new which is an instant rejuvenator for me and when I get appreciated for what I do…wow… its enough to keep me going for the next one week…
I am a housewife and hence I get a lot of time to devote to food, my friends always say that I talk of food all the time. But I feel it’s always better to talk food then to gossip right????.
Food plays an important role in my life I cook, eat, talk, write and read about food.
If anyone ever asks me what gift I would like it’s always a cookbook, I have so many of them. (Off course all are not gifts but many a times I gift myself a book too. I don’t need any occasion to buy cookbooks I buy them when I am happy and when I am sad so see….For me love of food is not restricted to Indian food although I have not had the opportunity to try many different types of cuisines I love to know more about all types of foods and hence the books and television are my great friends they make me aware of what is going on around the world and what people cook around the world I hope this blog helps me make friends with like-minded people who will love to share their food culture and habits with me and others like me.
Television programs like PLANET FOOD, which are telecast in India, help me know about other countries and their food. There are food programs on discovery channel too, which showcase a lot about food.
Net is a lifesaver when I am desperate to know what people cook at home in other countries. For me the homemade daily cooking is more important than the exotic food that we make when we have guests over, hence when I go visiting I tell my friends never to make anything special for me as I would love to eat the food that they eat everyday at home i.e. home cooked, fresh, simple food. I think its this food that gives you real satisfaction and you feel that warmth and affection with which the person has cooked the food for you with every morsel that you have.

about me!!!!

I am Mahek from Mumbai, being born and bought up in Mumbai where all cultures mingle harmoniously .I always got an opportunity to sample the various cuisines from parts of India where you might not be fortunate enough to visit.
If ever I get a chance I would love to travel the length and breadth of the country, dine at private homes to appreciate the variety of authentic Indian food that you find unique to that place.