Monday, June 14, 2010

Paani Puri/Golgappa/Puchka/Pani puri

Back home in India, me and my brother would go and have chaat every 2 weeks ...the thing that my brother didnot know was I had pani pur or chaat regularly with my friends after college... When Srivalli of spice your life announced Pani puri as this months Indian cooking challenge, I was very excited so I started making puri's and the first three times I had a hard time. But the fourth time was a success. But I was so frustrated that I didnot take pics of the step by step process . I am going to make them again this weekend for the chaat party we're having at home......Yay....and I will definetly post the recipe and step by step pics of the whole process next month as we'll be on our vacation...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Watermelon and Ice cream cooler

Going through my blog, I realized that there were no posts for drinks/tanda . So decided to do a post on drinks today. We have gorgeous days now here in Ca , so I frequently make coolers.



Ingredients:
3&1/2 cups of cubed watermelon(seedless)
3/4 cup of vanilla ice cream
2-3 tbsps of rose syrup
2-3tbsps of soaked & drained tukmaria/basil seeds(optional)
1/2 tsp of kala namak/black salt
1 tsp lemon juice
A pinch of salt (optional)

Method:
  • Juice the water melon in the blender or juicer without any lumps. Add the ice cream and rose syrup and blend well.
  • Add lemon juice, kala namak(black salt) and salt and blend.
  • Pour in a container and put in the fridge for 1-2 hrs or in the freezer for 30 mins.
  • Mix well before serving.
  • Add the soaked and drained tukmaria seeds .Serve chilled.
  •  Enjoy!!!
Sending this to Divya's show me your smoothie event.


    Tuesday, June 8, 2010

    Flax Seed and veggies rice

    Flax seeds contain high levels of dietary fibers and is rich in omega-fatty acids. it also helps in reducing cholestrol levels especially in women. Its  healthy fat and high fiber content make it a great food for weight loss.



    Ingredients:
    2 cups cooked rice with enough salt
    1/2 small onion , finely chopped
    1tsp ginger-garlic paste
    1 tsp red chilly pwd
    A pinch of turmeric
    1tbsp coconut pwd
    1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    1/2 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
    4 curry leaves
    1 small piece of cinnamon
    1 green cardamom pod
    4 cloves
    1 small bay leaf
    1tsp garam masala pwd
    1 tsp roasted peanut pwd
    1/4 cup fresh or frozen peas
    1 medium sized carrot, chopped into small cubes




    Method:

    • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadai and when hot, add mustard seeds, jeera and curry leaf. Let splutter.Add the cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon,cardamom and saute for 1 min.
    • Add the chopped onion and saute till it turns translucent. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell disappears.
    • Add the peas and saute for 2 mins. Add the cubed carrots and cook for another 5 mins, covered and on low heat. 
    • When the vegetables get soft, add  salt (just enough for the vegetables),turmeric, garam masala pwd, red chilly pwd and saute for a min.Add the roasted peanut pwd and flax seed pwd and mix and add the cooked rice immediately and mix well.
    • Lower heat and cover the kadai and cook for 2-3 mins or till the rice gets warm.
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