Wednesday, November 02, 2011

BREAKFAST BARS...


 I made this recipe in September ...




I have been seeing so many breakfast bars and granola bar recipes floating around the net and so wanted to try something that will be good for my son to carry in his lunch-box ..
Granola bars would be a little difficult to prepare due to lack of all the ingredients but I thought I would try these breakfast bars which seemed to be a cross between a cake and breakfast bar... 
and it being a healthy option was a plus point...
I have this taken this recipe from the Rachael Ray site....I have done a few modifications to suit my taste...
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal (instant or rolled oats both work well)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • Choco-chips for topping
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence.
METHOD

Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.
Grease an 8-inch x 8-inch cake pan.
Mix all of the ingredients into a large bowl and stir until well combined.
Pour the mixture into a prepared cake pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares.
The squares can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Makes 6-8 squares.





Wednesday, October 26, 2011

LUNCH BOX ....


This is one of my favorite lunch box meals for my son...
So easy to make and great to taste....
I have to pack my son's lunch box by 7.00 in the morning and I pack two boxes for him , one which he eats during his small 15 min break and the other for the longer 45 mins break. And so I plan it in such a way that one is very quickly done with minimum effort and the other one which is a bit elaborate ( not that I want it to be.. but here in India we make everything from scratch even our daily bread i.e Rotis are made in the morning and packed in lunch boxes).
I try to chop the vege's at night which saves my precious morning time. This is a simple stir-fried vegetable with veges of your choice stir fried with lots of onion, garlic, soya sauce and a little bit of sugar to balance of the flavours.
You can mix these with anything you can think of in the morning pasta, noodles or rice (Rice needs to be cooked and cooled so I make it the night before...)
If you are a Non-veg person you can add your choice of meat or eggs  YUMM!!!!

LUNCH BOX a pleasure to cook...



Its been a long time since I have posted about the Lunch boxes that I pack for my son... I still do pack 2 lunch boxes at 7.00 am in the morning but it just do not get myself to take the camera and click it.. This one was taken some time back but its one of my favorite thing to make and my sons favorite thing to eat....


This is a stir-fry made with as many vegetables that I can find and also noodles and hence this dish can also be a noodle dish but as the quantity of noodles is very less compared to the vege's I call it a stir-fry.


I love to pack hot dishes in a steel container..

So easy to make and great to taste....
As I mentioned earlier I have to pack my son's lunch box by 7.00 in the morning and I pack two boxes for him , one which he eats during his small 15 min break and the other for the longer 45 mins break. And so I plan it in such a way that one is very quickly done with minimum effort and the other one which is a bit elaborate ( not that I want it to be.. but here in India we make everything from scratch even our daily bread i.e Rotis are made in the morning and packed in lunch boxes).
I try to chop the vege's at night which saves my precious morning time. This is a simple stir-fried vegetable with veges of your choice stir fried with lots of onion, garlic, soya sauce and a little bit of sugar to balance of the flavours.
You can mix these with anything you can think of in the morning pasta, noodles or rice (Rice needs to be cooked and cooled so I make it the night before...)
For those who like to have a Non-veg version can add meat or eggs to it...

Monday, September 12, 2011

INTERNATIONAL WITH AN INDIAN TWIST......

I read a lot of cooking magazines which are from the US, presented to me by my sister who stays there..
My sis who knows my love for these gorgeous magazines makes sure I get my quota whenever she visits India 
The pleasure I get when I browse through these magazines is beyond words , I am transported into another world of food and cooking .
Whenever I read the recipes I want to try them out here, but the problem is that the ingredients are not all available and if they are , they are found only in super specialty stores and are very expensive to buy just for trying out a particular dish... but that does not stop me from trying out my own versions with a twist and with the available ingredients which do turn out yummy many a times... 


so a couple of days back I tried this recipe with zucchini ( available only in a few supermarkets at an exorbitant prize..)I gave it a complete Indian twist and it turned out real yummy tasted so much like a bottle gourd... 



I would request my readers to try your zucchini in the way you would prepare a bottle gourd and tell me what you feel or how you like the taste (not my version by yours ...)



The recipe is the same as my recipe for a bottle gourd vegetable which you will find here...
please try this and let me know if you like it and you feel the difference between both these vegetables...

Thursday, August 04, 2011

RAINY DAY.....

Its been raining quite heavily for the whole of last week here in Mumbai...
If you ask any Indian who has enjoyed this weather what is your favorite dish at home or outside when have this wonderful atmosphere which is chilly and cool .
And I am sure the answer would be a hot cup of tea or coffee mostly tea and a plate of bhajia or vegetable fritters...

And I had just that yesterday evening when it was pouring outside , my son who had just come home drenched from college demanded that I make these deep fried delights (I hate making deep fried stuff  on a regular basis , off course one in a while is not a problem.. and knowing that he made this demand as he knew that on a day like this I would never refuse but readily oblige.... clever child )




Here above you see the closeup of the onion fritters that I made with a cup of frothy milky tea....
can you tell me what is your rainy day favorite ? 

Monday, July 25, 2011

PURE VEG MEAL .....

One more of  my daily meal sharing.....


I love to share with you my daily meals and this is what we had over the weekend...
french beans vegetable
vermicelli  kheer
tomato dal
chapati 
and rice (not in the pic)

                        TOMATO DAL
This meal is very simple, and quick to make . I cooked the vegetable and the dal in a pressure cooker . 
I love using a pressure cooker for my day to day cooking as it not only saves gas but also helps in storing the nutrients in the vegetables.
                      SHEVYACHI KHEER (vermicelli kheer)


Monday, July 18, 2011

DAILY MEAL SHARING....

Its been long since I have shared my daily meal thali with you.. I love to share this little part of my day with all my dear blogger friends who appreciate the efforts that one puts in to bring something out to others....
So here is my meal a couple of days back...


EGG CURRY, DOSA AND PEAS USAL


A nice and tasty meal which has all the necessary components for an complete meal

Saturday, July 02, 2011

DINNER TONIGHT****

This is what I had for dinner tonight
MASOOR MASALA OR TONAK as we call it in Goa and dosas
I love this combination...

Friday, May 27, 2011

PRAWN-EGG SUKHA....

I tried this combination just at the spur of the moment , I had opened my freezer to get some spices out and my eyes fell upon the prawns which I had in my freezer for a pretty long time waiting for me to cook them..

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I was planning on making the usual egg sukha which i make when I have less time and want to do something yummy and simple .
another advantage of making this dish is that the family feels that I have done something exotic when this is a real easy and quick dish...
so here is the recipe...

INGREDIENTS


5 Eggs boiled
3 medium sized onions sliced but thickly
2 tomatoes thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic finely sliced too
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp dhania-jeera powder
finely chopped coriander for garnish
I use a little about, 7-8 medium sized prawns but it entirely depends on you...


METHOD:

Take oil in a pan
Add the onions and garlic together..
Fry till they turn soft and translucent 
Add the tomatoes stir , add salt and cook covered till they cook and leave oil on the sides
Add the powdered masalas
Add prawns and stir
let them cook...
Add sliced boiled eggs to the mixture
garnish with finely chopped coriander.
Your dish is done serve with roti or bread
If you want to eat it with rice add a little water to the mixture or increase the no of tomatoes and onions...





Tuesday, April 05, 2011

INDIA WINS WORLD CUP

India finally wins the WORLD CUP 2011 after 28 yrs...

                                    Source television

MS DHONI our captain got the man of the match awarded for his superb innings...


Thursday, March 31, 2011

ON THE BEACH

This picture was taken by my nephew on the Dhapoli beach , which is a small place in Maharashtra.We were visiting my hubbies cousin over the weekend ...


SUCH A SERENE AND CALMING EFFECT THIS PICTURE HAS, I WOULD LOVE TO JUST SIT ON THE ROCKS AND ENJOY THE COOL EVENING BREEZE ...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A REAL GREAT MEAL


This meal was cooked so long ago but I don't know how but i forgot to share the photos with you...

I made this for a small get together at our house , where our very near relatives were invited...






This meal was cooked so long ago but I don't know how but i forgot to share the photos with you...
I made this for a small get together at our house , where our very near relatives were invited...
The menu was
stir-fried french beans
roasted corn salad
clams sukha
ambat varan of sour dal
sol kadi or coconut milk kadi
potato vatana masala i.e made by grinding roasted onion and coconut



GLIMPSE OF MY KITCHEN*****

I have been working really very hard lately... more so because of the absence of my regular maid and the new one is not sincere enough to help me with the kitchen work the way my old maid used to


But I am enjoying the experience with inspirations from blogs like
www.homeliving.blogspot.com
www.down---to---earth.blogspot.com
Whenever I feel bored or don't feel like doing the endless task of homemaking I read these blogs and get rejuvenated and inspired to do a good job of what I am doing...


filter water filled in clean bottles...
These are a very small small part of the total vessels that are hand washed everyday.



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Monday, January 31, 2011

PANEER METHI RICE***

There are various ways and reasons for a new recipe to be tried in one's home....now this wonderful pulao was invented or cooked for the first time in our home as a compromise...



A few days back, I purchased paneer which is a favorite with me and my son and not liked much by my hubby,,, Methi leaves which I and my hubby loves but hated by my dear son... and rice we all love (DID YOU NOTICE ? There is nothing which I don't like....Hehe... ( I am a real foodie....)


So in order to incorporate all the ingredients I made this 
PANEER METHI RICE....


INGREDIENTS:.
1 cup rice
100 or 150 gms paneer 
one small bunch methi or fenugreek leaves washed and finely chopped....
2 small onions finely chopped
one tsp ginger garlic finely chopped...
2 cloves, one bay leaf, 2 pods cardamom and 1 inch cinnamon...
1 tbsp garam-masala...
1 tsp green chilli paste
salt to taste..a little lemon juice
finely chopped coriander for garnish




METHOD:

Wash a cup of basmati or long grain rice...
In a pan take oil and temper with cloves,cardamom, bay leaf and cinnamon.
When fragrant add the onions , stir till soft add ginger garlic paste and stir
add the finely chopped methi leaves
cook covered for sometime till it looses its raw taste.
Add rice and stir
Add the garam masala powder and lemon juice...
Add double amount of HOT  water to this mixture i.e 1 cup rice = 2 cups water
add salt to taste
Add the paneer cubes, some like to fry paneer before eating it.. but I prefer to eat it the way we get it at the market...
Cover and cook ... cook for 15mins in low flame
Your simple and fragrant rice is ready to eat with papad , salad or a bowl of dahi...or yoghurt
Eat
METHI PANEER RICE








Wednesday, January 12, 2011

INSTANT 10 MINS POHA""""


There are some dishes that can be done instantly when your kids are hungry and you have nothing nutritious to put before them..
This poha recipe is really very nutritious and this can be increased by increasing the no of things that you put into it...







Here is the recipe

2 cups beaten rice or as we call it poha
2 green chilies
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ cup green peas,carrots , or finely chopped cashew pieces or all
1 tbsp sugar
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ cup grated coconut
little coriander for garnish
1 pinch asafoetida ,curry leaves
salt to taste, 
little lemon juice too

METHOD
Wash and drain beaten rice
Grate carrots finely
Take oil in a pan add mustard seeds,jeera,asoefotida, chilly and curry leaves
Then add the chopped vegetables , add a little water and let them cook
When the vegetables are cooked  add the beaten rice, sugar, salt, lemon juice 

Add grated coconut, and finely chopped coriander leaves.
Stir for two minutes and serve.




11.1.11

SUCH A GREAT DATE TODAY NICE TO LOOK AT   11.1.11  and so was my today's mid-morning snack....

Here I am using my new camera presented to me by my little sister , please comment on the pictures I will love to hear from you and also improve if you feel so...

A PAPAYA......




PAPAYA...Is one of my favorite fruits and I must say even more than a mango...
I love to have fruits as my mid-morning snack , I feel so virtuous to be saying that Hahah....because I love snacking and its not necessary that they are fruits , they can be anything sweets, cucumber, biscuits anything but munching on something is my favorite pass time while I am cooking my morning meal....I think I have diverted from my topic so back to it..... 
So eating and looking at a papaya feels my heart with great joy , I love the way a healthy and robust papaya looks when you slice it the way I have and I always slice it this way and then cut it into small pieces with a fork and gobble it up.....or should I say munch on it??? does it sound more feminine???
These lovely plates that you see are gifted by my sister who is in the US , so all those staying there go for the spring colors it brings a little spot of brightness to your daily routine...(which I could get them here in India)
Jokes apart done you agree that a papaya is a good looking fruit more so on the inside than the outer coating...



There is one more thing I love to do and that is I love to eat it on a equally colorful plate....
Try it once only because I say so and I guarantee you that the experience of eating in a bright colored plate is much more interesting or should I say yummlicious than eating from a drab (not always....some food stuff look and taste good only on a white pristine plate ... more about that later in some other post dedicated to the beauty of white dinnerware....) white plate.
A papaya has lots of health benefits too you can read about it here