Friday, April 28, 2006

love for healthy food...

SOYA CUTLET SANDWICH


I believe in making food as nutritious as possible and so I try to find things or ingredients, which make the regular food more nutritious.
Yesterday I wanted to make something with the Soya granules that I purchased from the supermarket, if you make a dish only out of the granules they have a peculiar taste which non of us in the house like much so I decided to make Soya cutlets and see if I could mask the taste of Soya granules which I don’t much appreciate. But this I kept this from my family, as I wanted to just give these hot cutlets and make them guess what went into it.
And guess what I was successful in masking the peculiar taste they were very happy with the cutlets,

Nutritious Soya cutlets.
1.1/2 cup Soya granules treated as per instructions on the box
2. 3 medium potatoes boiled and mashed.3. Ginger, greenchillies, coriander to be ground into a fine paste.
4. Haldi powder a little, lemon juice and salt
5. Mix all the above ingredients and form cutlets
6. Before frying roll them in rava or semolina
7. Shallow fry and brown on both sides

You can serve these with toasted bread, I use wheat bread to make it healthier or you can serve it with plain ketchup.



SOYA-ALOO-MUTTER PULAO





The soya-aloo cutlets turned out so tasty that it gave me great encouragement to try soya granules in a different way. So the next day I did soya-aloo-mutter pulao with biryani masala and it too tasted delicious and the best thing is that we got our daily quota of proteins.
ING:
11/2-cup basmati rice
½ cup Soya granules (increase the quantity if you like)
2 medium chopped onions.
1 small tomato finely chopped.
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
Chili powder as per taste
1 tsp haldi powder
1tsp biryani masala
Half lemon juice
2 cubed potatoes.
1-cup mutter or peas

METHOD
1.heat oil put in chopped onion, ginger-garlic-paste
2.once it becomes soft add the tomatoes
3. Treat the Soya granules as indicated on the box.

4.add the soya granules, cubed potatoes , and peas
5. add biryani masala powder , chilli powder and haldi powder
6.let the vegetable cook
7.add the washed and dried rice.
8. add double the quantity water i.e. 3 cups of water
9 add lots of chopped coriander
10 cook and serve with dahi

Both the dishes are made by me, by my own recipes and you can do what ever changes you like

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

TOKRI CHAAT


TOKRI CHAAT

This is a favorite dish in my family , this is something must that has to be done when my sons cousins come visiting this is one of the first in the list of things of "must do...".

Here i am giving you the recipe and the ingredients together as all the things used should be used as per each persons requirement there is no fixed amount to be used some like it khatta and some like it meetha so you see......

So here is my chatpatta favorite which has its own crunch and colour which adds colour to my culinary world...

METHOD:


Take one packet ready made tokris
3-4 boiled and mashed potatoes to which you add salt, bhelpuri masala or sandwich masala and lemon juice.
Cook whole moong which were soaked for about 7-8 hours.
Take khari bundi as per requirement.
I do not make 2 separate chutneys for my chaats as we prefer to have a medium tikkha chutney.
For the chutney I use, Dates, tamarind pulp, jaggery, jeera, salt, ginger, green chilies, coriander, and chilli powder too.[I have not given the exact amount because each one can make the chutney as per requirement, as in chaat items the requirements differ from person to person.]
Take finely chopped tomatoes, and onions.
You will need barik shev to garnish on top and if required more coriander.
In the tokris you have to arrange the tokri , then the mashed potatoes, moong, chutneys , onions, tomato, and shev.
You can add sweet dahi if you like to make it more filling and nutritious.

You can also sprinkle on top bhelpuri or chat masala.

ENJOY!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

flower power.....






As I love cooking, I love photography too and you will find lots of photos on my blogs, which I have taken much before, I started blogging, which was just a month back.
Yesterday I was rummaging through my files of photos when i came across snaps taken by my hubby about a year back. My husband loves to do nature photography and he is quite good at it , a purely self taught photographer.
So looking at some photos i thought i should share some with you are they are for everyone to share and see.
We were at a small cottage at Madh island , we were just along the beach side and it was so beautiful with so many different types of flowers and trees that he could not stop clicking such lovely flowers. I am posting only a few for you all nature lovers to enjoy.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

token of appreciation for my fellow bloggers.....

BANANA MUFFINS




READY FROM THE OVEN



BANANA MUFFINS READY



INGREDIENTS FOR THE MUFFINS
BEFORE GOING INTO THE OVEN


HAPPILY BAKING !!!!!!!!!!
since i started blogging about a month back i have been hooked to blogging and viewing other blogs too . Today i will post two recipes which i have tried from my favorite blogs and they are
1. BANANA NUT MUFFINS- www.saffronhut.blogspot.com
2. CABBAGE ZUNKA-www.onehotstove.blogspot.com

My son insisted that I bake a banana cake for him and I did not know what to do, as he rarely ever demands anything for himself and with the bird flu scare everywhere in Maharashtra a state in India where I stay, I did not want to use eggs for baking a cake (I had baked a banana cake couple of years back which had eggs in it).
So the next thing I did was to go to my favorite blogs where I knew I had read a recipe of
Banana muffins and I found it at saffron hut’s blog.
So this is my token of appreciation for the most delicious BANANA MUFFINS that I have tasted in recent times.
The recipe which I have used is exactly as per given but I substituted walnuts with almonds as they were readily available.
THE RECIPE OF THE ABOVE MUFFIN YOU WILL GET AT SAFFRON HUTS SITE.

CABBAGE ZUNKA-
Today for lunch I planned to do a vegetable dish from one of my favorite blogs as I had got great success with the banana muffins I was really charged…
So I tried cabbage zunka from nupurs site “ one hot stove” and it came out really very very well and tasty
.
Pls try it.

you will find the recipe on www.onehotstove.blogspot.com
its a lovely recipe and all should try it its simple and tasty yummy.....
sorry i could not upload the image of the photo which i took but the photo on nupurs site is great

Sunday, April 16, 2006

local markets in panchgani....

BUDH-BAZAR AT PANCHGANI



FARMERS LITTLE GIRL




PANCHGANI IS A SMALL HILL-STATION JUST 16 KMS AWAY FROM MAHABALESHWAR AND HAS ITS OWN CHARM.

DO YOU SEE THE COLOURS OF THE MARKET !!!!!!

For me wherever I go, the most important place which I have to visit is the market may it be a small place or a big one but the local market is a
Place where a visit is a must for me.
I feel a market is a hub of all activities and you get to know the food culture of the place when you go to the market, you get to see the locals and also to know about the local specialties, I would never think twice before missing out on a outing to a place of tourist attraction if told to choose between the market and the place of tourist attraction.

If you go to a market here in the rural parts of India you will see that the seller uses the old iron scale with weights on it. As you go around the market you will hear happy sounds of people and their weighing machines. You will see energy levels high among the sellers and the buyers.

I reached Panchgani on Wednesday morning and I knew that panchgani holds its weekly bazaar called the ‘BUDH BAZAR”
On Wednesday, so off I went to see the bazaar and came out really thrilled with the experience in Mumbai you don’t get to see such fresh vegetables, which have come right out of the farms and are grown organically.

foodvendors of mahabaleshwar.....

For me the local vendors are very important, as they are a big part of the food culture of the place
In mahabaleshwar and panchgani you will see the following vendors almost everywhere “ ice-gola maker”, “ cornwala”-person who sells roasted and boiled corn, “bhel-puri wala”,limbu-pani wala” and most important the strawberry vendor or the “strawberrywala


SWEET CORN BEING ROASTED


BHEL-PURI BEING MIXED

STRAWBERRY VENDOR


ICE-GOLA MAKER

above you see the green ice crusher which crushes ice which is put in glasses and the above syrup is put on it and you get the ice-gola.

mahabaleshwar


ROAD TOWARDS MAHABALESHWAR


ON THE GHATS


CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!!!! IT'S MUMBAI AT 5.45 IN THE MORNING.


NEARING MAHABALESHWAR....


once you leave mumbai its so picturic that you that you get drowned in the beauty of nature and the lush green surroundings .

You can enjoy the ride and the greenery around as you reach mahabaleshwar.