Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Starter snack

For serving as starters before dinner or even as a snack with tea its a tasty accompaniment.Its a non fried tasty snacking.

200gm peanuts---roasted----normally if you put them in microwave at high for 3 minutes, shaking them once in between-----they are well done.
2 tomatoes finely chopped
1onion finely chopped
3 green chillies finely chopped
half cup cucumber finely chopped.
2-3 tbsp. green coriander-finely chopped
salt to taste
just before serving mix everything together and the sprinkle the lemon juice and serve it garnished with green coriander. its a very tasty, crunchy snack. In the garnishing you may add Bhujia also.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009


I make Upma once a week in breakfast, i learned it from a north India friend who was very good in cooking, then improvised it with a maharshtrian friend. Actually I dont know Upma belongs to which region..maharashtra or south, but i like it as its a healthy breakfast, though i dont put the same quantity of oil one sees in the restaurants.

one and half cup semolina
4 cups water
1 tsp mustard seeds
3 greenn chillies split
salt to taste(half tsp. for me)
5 french beans..chopped very finely
1small carrot..chopped finely
1 onion..chopped..optional( I dont use it)
1tbsp. roasted chana daal
few curry leaves
oil 4 tsp.
juice of one lemon
Take a pan, and roast the semolina on medium fire for 4 minutes., then take it off.
Now in the pan, put 1 tsp. oil, heat it.
add mustard seeds and when they start splitting add chana dal and roast till it is light brown.
Add curry leaves and green chilli and stir
add the vegetables and stir for 2 minutes.
Now add water.
Add salt, rest of the oil and juice of one lemon. and let it boil.
When it is boiling , slow the fire and add roasted semolina, stirring all the time, till the mixture is smooth.
Now cook for one minute and its ready.
You may garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and fried cashewnuts.
we enjoy this as it is or sometimes with pickle.
Tips......onion and tomato are optional, if you like them then add onion before curry leaves and tomato with the vegetables.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Shahi Paneer & Missi roti

Paneer is the most favourite dish for most of the north indians, rather mandatory for any festival or guest lunch or dinner. Paneer can be made with so many varieties, this is the speciality of my sister who stays in Lucknow. She makes it real yummy and this time I learned it, so friends here it is........

For Shahi Paneer,

4 medium sized onions
1/2 tsp ginger chopped
2 big tomatoes.
6-8 cashew nuts
1 cup fresh milk
2 tsp. kitchen king (MDH)
1/2 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. coriander powder,
1tsp. turmeric powder
salt to taste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
2 tbsp oil.
Cut the paneer in cubes and keep aside (here we have fried it because my nephew like it this way, but its very tasty without frying also)
Grind the onions. & ginger together
Put the oil in pan and add the onion paste and ginger and saute it.
grind tomatoes and cashewnuts together.
When onions become golden brown add tomato and cashewnuts paste and saute it
then add all the spices and stir it for 1 min.
then add milk and let it simmer for 5 minutes on fire
now add paneer and simmer for another 3-4 minutes.
garnish it with chopped fresh coriander leaves.

Missi Roti
1cup wheat flour
1cup gram flour(besan)
salt to taste.1 onion finely chopped
2 tbsp green coriander finely chopped.
Mix. all the ingredients and make a dough adding very little water at a time.
Dough must not be very soft, as then it will be dififcult to roll into chapatis.
now make small chapatis with this dough and serve with a dollop of butter or desi ghee and shahi paneer.