In the past 4 days, the nation has been terribly shaken. I see outcries in FB,  twitter, BB, etc. Its valid and absolutely needed. If not today, then when?? We are hearing a lot of versions on how to punish the rapists hang them, castrate them in public without anaesthesia, life sentence, and so on. I don't disagree that the gravest punishment should be awarded. But then will this help?? Seriously, is this the solution or justice that will be given to a woman who lost her soul?? Once they die and this case is closed and this story is over, what next? Another rape, another victim, some criminals, again a public outcry. The story goes on.

I have a point to make. When the general public can be so intelligent and smart and demand justice, I want to ask, where were the same general public when the girl was lying on the road, naked, bleeding, with an iron rod in her vagina??? Nobody came forward to help her!!!! She was emotionally devastated and too weak but onlookers (general public) just kept staring and were too scared to take the first step!!! Nobody dared at that moment to rush her to the hospital. Every second wasted was accountable for the girls' life. If she lives, I wonder what her life will be. Maybe everyday she will shudder at the thought of stepping out of home. Maybe she wont trust anybody, man or woman, ever again. Maybe.

We are talking about bringing in cultural changes, how mothers' should teach their sons' to respect woman, how men should treat woman, mothers, sisters, wives at home, etc. Don't we do that already?? Which mother teaches her son to go rape another woman and put an iron rod in her vagina??

Today, we as general public just know how to change our display pictures on FB to a black dot, or get on to the streets to protest or sit outside the CM's office to demand justice. At the scene of crime, we just freeze and become onlookers, thinking why should I take the trouble of being the first to report a crime. We shout at the police and make allegations that they don't register the FIR when a woman goes with a complaint. Have we seen how the police constables live their life at a mere salary of 6k  per month?? What motivation will he have to save a crime from happening??

We want some bills to be passed, some rules to be changed, implemented, etc. A simple question to ask here. Do we know our basic constitutional rights?? Nowhere in our education system are we taught about the constitutional rights of the people of India. I remember in school I had a subject called "civics" which taught me about how many seats does Lok Sabha have, how does the Indian parliament look from inside, and all that bullshit. What do I care? Atleast in colleges when we are 18 and above, we should have a subject which talks about rights of an Indian citizen. It doesn't matter which stream you are studying in, at the end of the day, you live in India and need to know your constitutional rights. We, the general public, need to be aware of our constitutional rights. We claim to be literates having a white collared job, but we don't know our basic rights. Let us learn them first.

Raising your voice for something which is wrong is correct. But expecting that my raised voice will bring in the change is incorrect. Let us first be humans and learn to help another fellow human being in pain. Let us have moral values and learn to respect each other first rather than protesting on the streets. Let us not play a blame game here. Men and women are equal. Period. Let us not bring politics into this and play a divide and rule game here. We are all a part of the same society and the onlookers at the rape scene were a combination of men and women, who didn't bother to help the girl for almost an hour!!! Let us be that change that we want to see, first!!!
Up until now, I've have had ready made sundried tomatoes bought from supermarkets. They do taste good and I'm a great fan of them. However, recently I realized that the same could be tried out in an oven if you do not have great sunlight in the place you live. They are the same sundried tomatoes except that they are made in the oven and save a lot more time and effort.

Recently I got the desi tomatoes which were absolutely fresh. The desi version has a lot of juice and a lot more flavor than the English variety. I added some fresh garlic to the tomatoes as it just enhances the flavor of the roasted tomatoes.



Ingredients:

2kg, fresh ripe tomatoes,
Coarse sea salt,
Fresh garlic,
Olive oil, plain or extra virgin.

Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to the lowest heat setting.
  2. Depending on how big you’d like them, either slice the tomatoes, or halve them (the bigger they are, the longer they will take to dry up). Scoop out the seeds and drain out the juice as much as possible as it will reduce the oven time. 
  3. Place the tomatoes on the baking tray. Place the crushed garlic on top of each tomato.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle a generous amount of olive oil on top of the tomatoes.
  5. Bake or grill at the lowest oven temperature (mine is 100 degrees) for 2-3 hours.
  6. Remove when the moisture from the tomatoes have almost evaporated.
  7. Place the tomatoes in a sterilized glass jar and cover it with some more olive oil.


If you are a garlic lover like me, trust me the garlic tastes awesome once roasted. You could use these tomatoes on pizzas, foccacia breads, salads, or just eat it as is. They taste amazing just on their own. You could also serve them up as sides with drinks too.

Yummmy!!!!
If you are looking for a healthy cake which you can keep munching on every time you pass by it, and be guilt free, then you are at the right place reading this post. This lemon cake is an outstanding discovery I made a few days back. This doesn't have butter and and has very little flour. The recipe uses semolina as a base and that's why you see the cracks on top of the cake. The texture is very soft and grainy and just melts in your mouth.


Ingredients:
For the cake:160ml light olive oil,200gms curd,2 tbsp fresh lemon juice,1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind,eggs, lightly whisked,75g flour,1 tsp baking powder,235g fine semolina,155g castor sugar.
For the Glaze:2-3 tbsp lemon juice,155gms castor sugar,250ml water,2-3 star anise, lightly crushed.

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees for 10 mins. 
  2. Line a 9 inch round cake pan with butter paper and grease it with oil or butter. 
  3. Use an electric beater to beat the oil, yoghurt, lemon juice, lemon rind and egg in a bowl. 
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder, semolina and sugar in a another large bowl. 
  5. Make a well in the center and add the yoghurt mixture and stir until smooth. 
  6. Pour this into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into center comes out clean. 
  7. Set aside the pan to cool slightly before turning onto a serving plate.
  8. Meanwhile, to make the glaze, stir the sugar and water in a small saucepan over low flame until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon juice and crushed star anise. Simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly thick.
  9. Run the glaze through a sieve and remove the crushed star anise.
  10. Using a skewer, pierce holes all over the surface of the cake. 
  11. Slowly pour the syrup over the cake and set aside to cool. 
  12. Serve with a little syrup.

    Trust me, this is one cake to die for. It is so so delicious. The contrast of the lemon infused with star anise is so beautiful. If, like me, you could allow the lemon glaze to infuse completely into the cake and have it the next day, I can guarantee you will not stop at one piece.

    This is an absolute guilt free indulgence...so go... dig in!!!

There have been so many versions of cheesecakes, baked, no bake, with eggs, without eggs...etc.. I have made many cheesecakes before and have blogged about it here. But I do get a lot of requests by my vegetarian friends and bloggers to come up with an eggless or gelatin free version. So here is what I came up with. I'll be honest, this was a pure experiment!

So, on my recent trip to Metro C&C, I found the newly launched Britannia Cream Cheese. Its expensive, however cheaper than the other versions like Philadelphia, etc. So I decided to give it a shot.

Ingredients:
For the crust:
125 gms plain flour,
100 gms chilled butter, cut into cubes,
A pinch of salt,


For the Cheesecake:

180 gms cream cheese, (I have used Britannia),
100 gms castor sugar,
50 gms whipped cream,
100 gms blueberry topping, can use fresh blueberries also.
Method:

For the crust:
  1. To prepare the crust, mix the flour, salt and chilled butter using light fingers. Rub the butter into the flour so that it resembles coarse bread crumbs. Slowly bring the dough together. Cover using a cling film and chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190 degree for 10 mins.
  3. Remove the dough from refrigerator and roll out the dough using a rolling pin to 1/4th inch thickness.
  4. Place this dough sheet on a loose bottom baking tin and press it down gently. Ensure the sides are adequately covered. 
  5. Leave a little excess on the sides as the dough will shrink upon baking.
  6. Pricking the base of the tin with a fork, cover it with a butter paper and put some dried beans on top of it.
  7. Allow it to bake for 15 mins. Remove the beans and the butter paper and bake for another 15 mins.
  8. Allow it to cool down completely.

For the cheesecake:
  1. Put the cream cheese in a big bowl and using an electric beater, beat until it turns slightly fluffy.
  2. Add the sugar and beat some more. You will see that the filling has increased in volume.,
  3. Using a ballon whisk, fold in half of the blueberry topping.
  4. Now fold in the whipped cream with gentle hands. 
  5. Pour the mixture into the cooled crust and using a spatula level the mixture.
  6. Put the remaining bluberry topping on top of the cream cheese mixture and level it once again.
  7. Place the tin in the refrigerator to chill overnight.
  8. Gently remove the crust from the tin, it would come off easily.
  9. Using a sharp knife, cut into slices and serve chilled.

The result was beyond my expectation. Here I must add that the Britannia cream cheese is slightly salty, hence, you will have to keep tasting to get the right sweetness. The bluberry topping already had a little sweetness and it set very well on top. You could make strawberry cheese cake the same way.

Overall, I'm pleased with the result!

Hi All....I've missed updating the food blog for a long time now...and I will say I missed blogging too...I know what I've missed, now that I'm updating it :-)

Will start off with this cookie recipe which I made a couple of days ago...

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour,
  • 1 cup powdered sugar,
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces,
  • 1/2 tsp salt,
  • egg yolks,
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence,
  • For egg wash, (optional): 1 large egg white, beaten with 2 teaspoons water,
  • Decorating sprinkles, (optional)

Method:
  1. Place the flour, sugar, butter and salt in the food processor and mix until it is well blended yet coarse.
  2. In another bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks and vanilla.
  3. Now add this liquid mixture into the dry mixture and keep processing until a dough is formed.
  4. If the mixture is not coming together, add 1 or 2 tbsps of cold milk.
  5. Place the dough on the kitchen counter, and kneed it until soft and pliable.
  6. Wrap it in cling film and keep in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours to chill.
  7. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees for 10 mins.
  8. Line a baking tray with butter paper and set it aside.
  9. Take out the chilled dough, dust the working surface with flour and using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into 1/4 inch thickness.
  10. Using the cookie cutter, cut out shapes of your choice.
  11. Place them on the baking tray and if using the egg wash, brush the cookies with the egg wash. If you want to add sprinkles, you can do now.
  12. Bake the for 10-12 mins.
  13. Remove and place them on the wire rack to cool.



I dont have a better picture than this, next time will surely have more pics :-)

They came out really well :-)
In a long-term relationship it is often necessary to get back to basics and come back to center with each other.

Anyone in a long-term relationship knows that the dance of intimacy involves coming together and moving apart. Early in a relationship, intense periods of closeness are important in order to establish the ground of a new union. Just as a sapling needs a lot more attention than a full-grown tree, budding relationships demand time and attention if they are to fully take root. Once they become more established, the individuals in the union begin to turn their attention outward again, to the other parts of their lives that matter, such as work, family, and friendships. This is natural and healthy. Yet, if a long-term relationship is to last, turning towards one another recurrently, with the same curiosity, attention, and nurturance of earlier times, is essential. 


In a busy and demanding world full of obligations and opportunities, we sometimes lose track of our primary relationships, thinking they will tend to themselves. We may have the best intentions when we think about how nice it would be to surprise our partner with a gift or establish a weekly date night. Yet somehow, life gets in the way. We may think that our love is strong enough to survive without attention. Yet even mature trees need water and care if they are to thrive.

One of the best ways to nourish a relationship is through communication. If you feel that a distance has grown between you and your partner, you may be able to bridge the gap by sharing how you feel. Do your best to avoid blame and regret. Focus instead on the positive, which is the fact that you want to grow closer together. Sometimes, just acknowledging that there is distance between you has the effect of bringing the relationship into balance. In other cases, more intense effort and attention may be required. You may want to set aside time to talk and come up with solutions together. Remember to have compassion for each other. You’re in the same boat together and trying to maintain the right balance of space and togetherness to keep your relationship healthy and thriving. Express faith and confidence in each other, and enjoy the slow dance of intimacy that can resume between the two of you.
Oh!!! the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person....

Having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words....

But pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together....

Certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them....

Keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness....

Blow the rest away....
Pardon my absence. The last 4 weeks have been really hectic. The weekends have been busier. I have not had time to even check my personal mailbox. I attended a photography workshop 3 weeks ago. It was the best thing that has happened in a very long time. I'm amazed at the insight I have got about my DLSR and now its no longer a "dabba" which I lug around the city :).

A week later, we headed to Chennai on a family function. On our way back we visited Mahabalipuram. Here are some pictures of our trip.







On the way, we also went to Kanchipuram and picked up some silk sarees....and let me tell you, they are damn cheap. I mean, if you really want to pick up lots of silk sarees for a wedding or a function at home, I think its truely worth picking it up from there. You will save at 25% on what you would have spent in Bangalore.

On the other side, summer is picking up big time, and Bangalore is really hot! With the school being closed summer holidays, really having a tough time managing my son at home. Again, this is the time of the year when its difficult to manage work and home.

Off to some cool drinks now :)

I made this watermelon mojito over the weekend.  

Watermelon Mojito

Ingredients:
1/2 watermelon,
500 ml chilled Sprite or 7 Up,
1 lemon,
Sugar, to taste
Few sprigs of mint,
Few ice cubes


Method:

  1. Cut the watermelon into big chunks and juice it in a juicer or food processor. Strain it through a strainer and keep it aside in the refrigerator to chill.
  2. At the time of serving, using a motar and pessel, crush the mint. Squeeze out the juice of one lemon and set aside.
  3. Add the lemon juice and freshly crushed mint and stir well. Check the sweetness. Add sugar only if required because the Sprite or the 7Up will also be sweet. Use your judgement here.
  4. Half fill this mixture in a serving glass using a tea strainer, carefully.
  5. Next add the chilled Sprite or 7Up slowly over this mixture, ensuring it doesn't fizz out of the glass.
  6. Add a few ice cubes and top it with a sprig of mint.
  7. Serve absolutely chilled.

Watermelon Mojito

Very simple yet very refreshing...give it a try :) 
Sometimes a detox diet is the way to go...after horrendously torturing the little tummy with loads of butter, cheese, fried food, and gallons of tea and coffee, the tummy needs a break :)

I wanted to go on a detox diet for sometime, but couldn't really get to it. I still haven't :) but will get there soon...

But atleast to start with, I've started supplementing my snacks with healthy salads. Rather than munching on digestive biscuits with tea in the evening, I thought of replacing it with a fresh salad which is easy to make and tastes good as well.

IMG_3168 
Ingredients:
1 cucumber,
1 carrot,
1 tomato,
1 onion (optional, I've not used),
1 tsp grated cottage cheese or regular cheese,
1/2 tsp sesame seeds,
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil,
Salt and pepper to taste.

Method:
  1. Wash and peel the vegetables and set aside.
  2. Make very thin slices of cucumber. Leave it in a plate, allowing the water to come off.
  3. With a peeler, make thin ribbons out of the carrot.
  4. Make thin slices of tomato and onions
  5. In a bowl, mix all the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
  6. To serve, place the salad in the center of the plate. Sprinkle cottage cheese and sesame seeds and drizzle olive oil all over the salad.

Fresh Cucumber and Carrot Salad

Yummmmmy!

After getting back to blogging last month, I've received numerous emails and messages from my blogging friends saying they are happy to see me back. I feel happy too. And my happiness was enhanced when Anna from Crunchy Creamy Sweet presented the Liebster Blog Award. Wooooowwwwww! I didn't even know that my blog has reached out to so many other bloggers and its overwhelming to know that. Thank you Susan!



A Liebster Blog Award is given to talented  and loved bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

I'm very happy to pass on this award to

  1. Karishma from Effortless Cooking, Easy Baking, she has some amazing desserts in her blog.
  2. Amarendra from Amu's Recipes, he has step by step pictures of all the recipes. 
  3. Create With Mom, she has some really good stuff for the kids.
  4. Vimitha Anand from Culinary Trial Room, she has some excellent veg and non veg recipes.
  5. Vidhya Subramony from Sweet Karam Kapi, she is an amazing events host, wonder how she manages it!

Here are the rules:
  1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
  3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
  4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
  5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.
Congratulations to all!!!
As promised, here I come with this delicious recipe of Strawberry Compote. But before we head to the recipe, I would like to give you a little insight into what a compote is.


A compote is any fruit which is cooked in syrup.

Compote is a healthier version of jam because it has very less quantity of sugar and no preservatives. Here you use the natural flavoring and sweetness of the fruit.You can use any fruit to make a fruit compote. Its also a great way of using seasonal fruits. You can mix a few fruits together and make a compote. It can be used in many ways like top it on toasts, pancakes, make tarts or even use it as a cake topping.

Some fruits that are suitable to make compote are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mango, lithchi, rhubarb, apples, bananas, cherries, and the list is endless. You can have endless possibilities with a compote.
Strawberry Compote

Here I am sharing my Strawberry Compote recipe. The same can be used to for any other compote that you want to make by just replacing the fruit.

Ingredients:
400 gms of fresh strawberries, washed, stem removed,
4-5 tsp of vanilla sugar (see recipe below)

Method:
  1. Chop the strawberries into small chunks.
  2. Place the chopped strawberries in a heavy bottom pan.
  3. Add the sugar and mix well.
  4. Stir occasionally and simmer allowing it to cook gently.
  5. Fruits with high water content release their water on heating, hence there is no need to add additional water. But if it starts to stick at the bottom of the pan, add a tbsp of water.
  6. Once the strawberries have softened, remove from fire and allow it to cool.
  7. Pour it into a bottle and store in the refrigerator. 
Strawberry Compote
Ingredients for Vanilla Sugar:
Sugar, castor or regular,
1-2 pods of vanilla,


Method:
  1. Place the sugar in a bottle. 
  2. Insert the vanilla pods and shake well.
  3. Close the lid tightly and leave it for a few days.
  4. The aroma of the vanilla will be taken up by the sugar granules in a few days.
  5. Use as required, refilling with fresh sugar.
Strawberry Compote

Remember to store homemade compote in refridgerator once it has cooled down. You should use it up within 2-3 days, but I can bet it won't be available for that long :). I have used this compote on pancakes and it tastes great.

This compote goes out to participate in the Berries - Strawberry event hosted by Zesty Palette conceptualized by Anu's Healthy Kitchen


Pancakes are really one of the fastest ways to cook up something delicious instantly. I prefer to make it as an evening snack as its not too heavy and it fills the stomach just enough to have enough room for dinner. Everybody loves it, so its pretty much like one-snack-for-all types.

I decided to make this pancake with banana and sesame this time. Banana has a rich source of anti-oxidants and has good amount of soluble dietary fiber. Sesame seeds are rich in omega-6 fatty acids and dietary fiber.

Banana Pancakes with Sesame and Strawberry Compote

Ingredients:
1 cup plain flour ( maida)
1/4th cup powdered sugar,
1 tsp baking powder,
1 tbsp white sesame seeds,
1 egg, (optional, I have not used it)
2 ripe bananas,
2-3 cups of milk, (may require more),
1/2 tsp vanilla essence,
2-3 tbsp of butter,

Method:
  1. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and sesame seeds together and set aside.
  2. Next, mash the bananas and pour in about 1 cup of milk and mix well. If adding egg, beat the egg into the same mixture. Add the vanilla essence as well.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Gently add the remaining milk slowly being careful of the consistency.
  5. You should get a pouring consistency. Adjust the sweetness depending upon taste.
  6. In a non stick pan, pour a laddle full of batter. Cover the sides with butter, and cook until golden brown on both sides.
  7. Serve hot.
Banana Pancakes with Sesame and Strawberry Compote

I've topped it up with Strawberry Compote. You could drizzle maple syrup or honey. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or freshly grated coconut.

Sending this entry to Cooking with Whole Foods - Sesame seeds hosted by Kaarasaaram conceptualized  by Kiran, Banana recipes hosted by My Culinary Creations, and Berries - Strawberries hosted by Zesty Pallete & conceptualized by Anu's Healthy Kitchen




As the post title suggests, Low Calorie No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake, you must be wondering, if there is chocolate and its a cheesecake, how could it be low calorie - well, its not really low calorie, but it would be definitely lower than an actual "cheesecake" :)

This cheesecake is a fast track recipe which can be thrown in within a few minutes. I don't follow the classic baked cheesecake method. I've tried earlier and failed. But later I came across the no-bake cheesecake recipe and that became the base for all kinds of cheesecakes that I have prepared earlier.

Coming to the ingredients, I don't use cream cheese which is the base for any cheesecake, because, firstly, its very high in calories and secondly its very not easily available here. So see we saved some calories there, with a little price paid on the taste. However, I can bet most people won't be able to make out the difference whether there is cream cheese or something else.

I'm preparing this chocolate cheesecake for the first time. I've been conceptualizing this recipe for sometime in my mind. Actually I've been off baking for sometime now. It actually took me sometime to get this recipe in place unlike earlier where reinventing or putting a new recipe together was a few hours job.
Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients:
For the base:
5-6 dark fantasy biscuits,
2 tbsp butter, melted

For the cake:
400 ml fresh cream (I've used Amul)
250 gms dark chocolate, chopped, melted,
5-6 tbsp powdered sugar,
15 gms 20gms of gelatin, soaked in 15 ml of water,
7" cake tin with a removable base,

For Decoration:
1-2 tbsp powdered sugar,
1-2 tbsp chocolate shavings,

Method:
  1. Crush the biscuits in a mixer. Add the melted butter and mix well.
  2. Layer the crushed biscuit powder on the base of the cake tin and press it hard.
  3. Put it away in the refrigerator to set.
  4. While the base is getting ready, put the chopped chocolate in a microwave proof bowl and heat for less than 1 mins. Remove, mix well and reheat if required. You must have no lumps and should be of a pourable consistency.
  5. Heat the gelatin in the microwave for about 10-15 secs. It should look transparent.
  6. Pour the contents of fresh cream in a microwave safe bowl and heat for less than 1 min. 
  7. Now pour gelatin into the cream and mix well.
  8. Pour the warm chocolate into the warm cream mixture and mix well.
  9. At this stage if you need more sweet, add a few tbsps of powdered sugar.
  10. Pour the contents into the base (which by now should have become quite stiff). Tap the contents a little bit to remove any air bubbles that might have formed.
  11. Put it into the refrigerator and allow it to set overnight.
Chocolate Cheesecake
  1. To remove the cake, run a pallete knife along the sides first. Gently push the tin base upwards and push the cake side tin downwards.
  2. Place it on a serving plate gently.
  3. Take a tea seive and put some powdered sugar onto it. Now gently tap the seive to make a bed of snow like covering on the cake.
  4. Take a piece of chocolate and using a small grater, grate the chocolate on top of the powdered sugar.
  5. Serve a chilled slice immediately.
Chocolate Cheesecake
Important Notes:

  1. Its important to follow the sequence of steps as mentioned above.
  2. For the base, you could also use a thin slice of chocolate cake, cut into the size of the cake tin.
  3. Every microwave is different, so you might have to adjust the timing according to your microwave.
  4. I think a little more gelatin would have done. If you notice the picture, the cake is quite sticky. I was worried it would fall off and not stay stiff. It should be stiff.
  5. This should be kept refrigerated at all times.
I'm sending this cake to all my loved ones for whom I have not baked anything for quite sometime. It also goes out to all my friends who love me and/or hate me, but I'm still a part of their life. This also goes out to all my blogging friends and friends from my workplace who have been an immense support and warmly welcomed me into their lives. Last but not the least, goes out to my son and his bunch of friends, for whom I specially made this!














A few days back, we had some friends over for lunch. Amongst various dishes that I made, I made this Methi Malai Matar dish. This is the first time I was preparing and was'nt sure of how it would turn out. But once it was served, everybody said it tasted fantastic.

This was a high calorie dish but it tasted heavenly. I served it with hot rotis and jeera rice.

Here's my version of Methi Malai Matar.

Methi Malai Matar
Ingredients:

2-3 cups of methi (fenugreek leaves), only leaves, washed, chopped,
3/4th cup green peas,
1/2 cup fresh cream (I used Amul),
2tbsp butter,
1 tsp cumin seeds,
1-2 pinches of kasuri meethi, slightly roasted,
1 tsp sugar,
Salt to taste

Masala - 1
onion, diced,
1 inch ginger,
3-4 garlic pods, (optional)
2 green chillies,


Masala - 2
1 green cardamom,
1 black cardamon,
1-2 small sticks of cinnamon,
1tsp black pepper corns,
5-6 cashews



Method:
1.) Grind the ingredients in Masala 1 and Masala 2 separately and set aside.
2.) Heat butter in a wok and add the cumin seeds. Once they become golden brown, add the ground Masala 1.
3.) Once the masala turns golden brown, add the chopped methi and stir well. Add the sugar and add the salt as per taste. Cover and allow it to cook half way.
4.) Add the green peas and stir well. Cover and simmer until the peas are cooked half way.
5.) Add the ingredients of Masala 2 and mix well. Keep stirring and add a little water to adjust the consistency.
6.) Remove from the heat and stir in the cream. Sprinkle the kasuri meethi and serve hot.


Methi Malai Matar

This dish is slightly sweet and creamy. But all in all its delicious! 

This dish is going to participate in New Year, New Dish event hosted by UK Rasoi and also to Spotlight - Winter Vegetables event hosted by Recipe Junction.




Last weekend we had a fest in our apartment. They hold this every year and encourage residents to participate and display their creativity. It gives everybody an opportunity to showcase their talent and also make some quick bucks.

My neighbour and me decided to put up a samosa-kachori stall along with tea and coffee. We just picked up the samosas and kachoris from a local vendor and prepared the tea and coffee at home. The idea of participating was just for sheer experience and fun.

Lets not get into the success of the stall, the less we talk about it the better. We were left with a lot of kachoris is all I can say :) After distributing a lot of them to the security guards and maids, we were left with a handful of them.

I decided to make some kachori chaat the next day for breakfast.  

Kachori Chaat 


Ingredients:
2 hot kachoris,
1 cup fresh curd, beaten well,
1 tomato, finely chopped,
1 onion, finely chopped,
2 tsp coriander leaves, finely chopped,
1/4 tsp red chilli powder,
1/4 tsp chat masala powder,
2 tbsp green chuntey,
2 tbsp sweet imli chutney,
Some boondi or sev,
Salt to taste, if needed

Method:
1.) Place the kachoris in a serving plate. Make a hole in the center of the kachori.
2.) Pour a generous amount of beaten curd all over the kachori.
3.) Put green chutney and sweet imli chutney as per taste.
4.) Now sprinkle chopped tomatoes and onions all over.
5.) Sprinkle chat masala powder and red chilli powder.
6.) Put boondi over this and sprinkle the chopped coriander.

Kachori Chaat

I didn't have time to prepare sweet imli chutney, so I didn't add it. However it adds a lot of flavor.

We all had a good time relishing this classic street food right at home!!!

I'm sending this to Street Foods Event hosted by Tomato Blues.