Friday, December 18, 2009

BOOKS I AM READING .....



I have been reading quite a lot nowadays and these are the books that i loved reading


 

 
This is one book that  i think is a must read for tea lovers like me .. It has simple stories revolving around tea and the memories that are difficult to forget.






These are stories which are suitable for the description above

Sunday, September 27, 2009

GANAPATI PULE TEMPLE....


This photo is taken by my father at GANAPATI PULE temple ....
I love the look of this temple its sooo nice

Friday, August 07, 2009

BOILED POTATO CURRY...

The fastest and simplest dish of all times . I am sure each one has their own version of cooking a potato vegetable , i am yet to see a house which does not cook or like a potato . Patoto is probably the only vegetable which is loved my the rich and the poor , It is something that gives us energy instantly.

The above vegetable is very very simple to make.
I usually boil some extra pototoes whenever i get time and keep them in the fridge so that i can make this almost instant potato gravy .


INGREDIENTS AND METHOD:
chopped boiled potatoes to the size you desire.
take a kadai and put oil in it. add mustard seeds , cumin seeds, hing, green chillies and curryleaves , when the whole thing splutters add finely chopped onions stir add the chopped potatoes, and let the whole thing cook for some more time till the masala incorporates with the potatoes.
add a little chilli powder, haldi powder, and dhania jeera powder .
stir and smash some potatoes in the gravy to get a thicker and tasty gravy.
add salt and a pinch of sugar , garnish with lots of coriander leaves finely chopped.





Wednesday, July 29, 2009

BANANA NUT CAKE......

If you have read my earlier post you will know my love for baking, and how i am experimenting with baking, This cake which you see in the picture is a BANANA AND CASHEW NUT CAKE

You will find the recipe of cake at this link . I just added some cashew nuts to this previous recipes ,

This cake came out better than the cake which i made earlier, so i am improving "Yeeee.."


How do you find the look of this cake? Please all my friends and fellow bloggers comment on this please...

Sunday, July 05, 2009

INSPIRATIONAL TWO PASTA GRILLED BRINJAL RECIPE

FETTUCCINE AND SPAGHETTI MIXED PASTA WITH BRINJAL


GRILLED BRINJAL PASTA

Blogs are such a great thing to enter ones life it is just like "that someone special" being their in your life, I receive so much inspiration everyday when i read blogs of like- minded bloggerS s who love food and cooking and eating as much as i do , that sometimes you tend to do some thing that you wont imagine yourself doing or cooking.
It normally so happens that we tend to do the same types of food which we are used to and thats what happens in my home too i usually cook the same type of food which i really don't enjoy i love to cook new things and try them but my dear hubby is not too fond of experimenting and loves his home style goan food. so we have that every day.
yesterday this is what happened i cooked my daily morning meal of fish curry, vegetable rice, chapati and salad . After finishing my cooking i thought of browsing the net which i usually do for some recipes and reading what other bloggers around the world are cooking right now.
And as i was browsing I found a site which had these beautiful,lovely breathtaking food photos of pasta dishes.I just could not stop myself from rushing to the kitchen and cooking myself a pasta dish which i had never cooked before and which had no recipe but just an inspiration and idea which silently creeps into your mind when least expected.
so here is the inspiration pasta dish for you (please friends if you want me to make some changes which would enhance its taste please tell me so i will try to make the changes when i make it for the second time)



I finely sliced the small brinjals and grilled them on a pan after applying a little salt and pepper.
i cooked 2 types of pastas fettuccine and regular spaghetti
Then in a pan i took oil and put finely chopped garlic (lots) and added finely chopped tomatoes to them , stirred them till the tomatoes turn soft added salt , a pinch of sugar and pepper powder. then i added some tomato ketchup, for the final touch i added some Italian seasoning.finally i added some boiled which was lying in the fridge.
had the pasta with some grated mozzarella cheese. I loved the pasta and was happy i could do something quick and easy.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

CARROT CAKE

Those who read my blog will know of my love for baking, I just love to bake I get very excited even if I think about it.

I don’t bake that often (although I would love to) because as I have always said I feel they are very high in calories and contain the ingredients which are not too healthy and good for us. So I try my best to change the recipes and incorporate some change so as to make the baked goody a little bit healthier than what it would have been. But whatever said and done baking is something that gives me the most pleasure.

Whenever I bake something it’s my son who eats the most but for the rest I have to be after them to eat a slice each day , my dear hubby will have one slice a day ,not that he does not likes cakes he loves them and also eats them with relish but he says he cannot have more than one slice at a time , and as he is of the kind who don’t believe in eating between meals or who believe in having 3 full meals a day it’s very difficult to put in a extra slice into his daily food schedule. As for me, I have to keep a check on my weight as I tend to put on really very fast (but I do eat a little bit more than permitted when the cake is just out of the oven, I just can’t resist the aroma and the taste of hot freshly baked cake).


So now for the best part, my sister is come on a vacation from the US she has a little boy who is born and bought up in the US and who is not too fond of our spicy Indian food, and this gave me inspiration to bake something nice and sweet and which will also have the goodness of vegetables which I would have to sneak in.

So I decided to try my hand at cakes which could be innovative and not like the one which I normally make and so was born my very own carrot cake, I call this a blender or mixer cake because I made this completely in my blender as I wanted to make it fast and without fuss so that I could make it often for him after managing the day to day cooking.


NUTRITIOUS CARROT CAKE

INGREDIENTS.


50 gms plain flour

50 gms wheat flour

1 cup finely grated carrots.

½ cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

100 gms caster sugar

11/2 tsp baking powder

A little milk if you find the mixture to be too thick

1 tsp vanilla essence

METHOD:


Sieve together plain flour, wheat flour and the baking powder keep it aside.

In a mixer or a blender churn the oil and caster sugar mixture. It’s done when it comes light and creamy.

Add the eggs and churn again on medium speed

Add the vanilla essence to it.

Take this mixture in a bowl add the cup of grated carrot to it, now add a spoon of milk into the blender and churn this will remove all the remaining mixture from the sides of the blender . Add it to the bowl.

Add the dry ingredients which where sieved to the above bowl

Mix with the cut and fold method usually used for cakes.

Grease a loaf tin and pour the mixture in.

Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 mins or till ready.

You have a nutritious and tasty cake for you


This cake was really very Yum!!!!

My little nephew enjoyed eating it along with my son , the both of them polished off the whole cake in no time (my sister and I had one slice each when it came just out of the oven--- you can see it in the second pic)



Wednesday, May 27, 2009

AMRAS PURI(MANGO PUREE)





There are mangoes mangoes everywhere . It is the most loved fruit of Indian especially as you can eat it only once a year....

Here you see that i have made mango puree which is made by churning together pieces of mango in a blender add a spoon of cardamom powder and serve.

Puris serve as bread , they are made with wheat flour and deep fried in hot oil.

You will find amras{am=mango and ras= pulp or juice(thick)} being served in almost all houses and that to almost everyday with their daily meal.

Monday, March 23, 2009

LUNCH AT MY BROTHERS PLACE......

last week end i had been to my brothers house to see his new car and get a ride in it.
The menu for the day was veg , i love veg food .
The menu was
chole
shrikhand
bhendi bhaji
dal , rice, chapati
and some salad or koshambir too









Friday, January 16, 2009

OATMEAL DOSA......

HI
Friends,
Recipe after a very very long time , as all of you know that i have taken up teaching and now this takes most of my day which also includes cooking and packing tiffin boxes with an additional box
which is offcourse for me.
By the time i am home in the evening i feel very exhausted to cook something elaborate, the way i used to earlier so i have to give my brain some extra exercise and think of dishes which are nutritious , filling and which takes less time and energy to prepare.
so here is one such dish which i am sure all moms will love to prepare.
If there are any moms out there who like this dosa please dont forget to comment here and tell you your opinion on this dosa...

INGREDIENTS
1 cup ground ready to eat oatmeal.1/2 Cup rice flour or plain flour as per availability (i prefer rice for being more nutritious)
1 cup yoghurt which is a little sour (the rest of the ingredients balance the taste)
1/2 cup semolina or rava
1 tsp ground green chillies and jeera or cumin seeds (grind them together )
1/2 tsp sugar
lots of chopped fresh coriander
salt to taste
{you can add finely grated carrots,palak , or beetroot to it this batter}


METHOD

Soak oatmeal , rice flour, semolina and yoghurt together.
keep it soaked for atleast an hour,
add the rest of the ingredients to the above mixture and make a semi thick batter.
heat a hot tava or griddle
pour the above batter , these dosas should be made thick or they break while they are turned to cook on the other side.
pour a spoon of ghee on the sides for extra yummy taste.
serve hot with chutney or pickle
ENJOY EATING THIS DOSA PIPING HOT!!!!!!!


YUMMY YUMMY DOSA READY TO BE SERVED