Monday, May 31, 2010

Gravy with Potato Wedges & Leeks

This is one of my classic Chinese recipes which I have tried to create using leeks ...just love the flavour and the mild touch which gives to the whole dish and undoubtedly love this ....I just enjoyed having with fried rice ..well would make a very nice side dish for paratas as well ...but this dish truly is a winner if u fancy a change from the usual gravy so try this and let me know how u liked it and do drop in Ur lovely feedback i adore reading each of Ur suggestion and feedback which makes my blog ever more special every day.....:)


8-9 Ready Made Frozen potato wedges

2 tsp red chilli flakes

1/4 cup leeks sliced

5-6 cashews

5-6 raisins

1 tbsp tomato ketchup

1 veg stock cube crushed in 1 cup water

1 tsp soya sauce

1 tsp cornflour mixed with little water

1 tbsp cream

Salt to taste

2 tbsp finely chopped spring onion greens

2 tbsp oil

  • Bake the potato wedges at 180 C for 20 minutes till crisp and golden brown on both the sides and then keep aside
  • Heat oil in the pan, add chilli flakes, leeks and fry till light brown, then add cashews, raisins and fry for a min
  • Add Soya sauce,tomato ketchup, salt and then fry for another min and then add potato wedges and mix it well
  • Add the veg stock, cornflour paste and allow it to come to a boil
  • Lastly add cream and spring onion greens, mix well and then serve hot

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mushroom Butter Pepper Rice

I wanted to try something new in my favourite cuisine that everyone knows which is my favourite cuisine which I just adore to experiment ....yes it is undoubtedly Chinese:) ended up tying this very lovely flavoured rice ....In this rice I have tried to keep it simple yet flavourful ....simple and awesome one word for this ...I am a big fan of pepper, lemon , spring onion Oh so many ill just end up typing all of them ....So try this yummy and my favourite rice ;-)


1 cup sliced mushroom

1 1/2 cup Basmati rice

2 tbsp spring onion(white part)

2 tbsp spring onion greens

2 tbsp freshly ground pepper

2 tbsp butter

4-5 garlic sliced

salt to taste

  • Wash & Soak basmati rice for 30 min, drain it and cook till 3/4th done
  • Allow it to cool and then mix 1 tsp butter, 1 tsp crushed pepper,and salt and mix well and keep it aside
  • Heat butter in a pan, add sliced garlic and fry till golden brown, then add spring onions(white part) and fry for a min
  • Add Freshly ground pepper and mushrooms and fry
  • When mushroom leaves water add the rice and mix it well so that all the flavours gets mixed well
  • Lastly add spring onion greens and serve hot

Monday, May 24, 2010

Apricot & white chocolate chip Cookies

I just love apricots wanted to try out cookies using these from a long time , but didnt get a chance well today I thought finally let me give it a try so just mixed apricots and white chocolates together and just loved the result :)...if u dont find white choco chips u can substitute it with any of ur favourite chocolate u love and fancy ,..... well I had baked this at night so was tired that I just had a small bite and thought tht I would leave it for tommorow and it was just awesome the next day just got finished in no time .....waiting for ur lovely feedback do try this and let me know :)


1 cup Plain flour

1/2 cup butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

4 tbsp sugar

1 egg

3 tbsp sliced apricot


Mix flour & butter till they are crumbly and then add sugar to it and mix well

Add vanilla essence, egg, chocolate chips, apricots and mix well to form a sticky dough

line the cookies on a baking sheet, put sliced apricot on each and bake it at 180 C for 20 min or till light brown on the edges

Cool it on a wire rack and then serve when required

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Methi-Aloo Vermicilli Balls

I just love the flavour of methi leaves it add such a lovely aroma to the dish which I just adore wanted to do something new with it so came up with the idea of doing pakoda this time using my two favourite ingredients:)......Aloo and methi is such a good and great combo together I just love the texture of the pakoda outside being very crispy and inside a very nice smooth texture ...just loved it !!!!!!!...So do try this simple yet delicious pakoda:)


2 Potatoes peeled & grated

1/2 cup chopped methi leaves (Fenugreek leaves)

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp red chilli powder

2 tbsp gram flour

salt to taste

1/2 cup vermicilli (crushed)

oil for deep frying

  • Spread the vermicilli on a plate and keep aside
  • In a bowl add all potato, methi leaves, cumin seeds, gram flour, red chilli powder, salt and mix well
  • Sprinkle water to make it sticky
  • Make small balls out of it and roll it in vermicilli

  • Heat oil in a pan and deep fry it till golden brown and crisp, drain on a kitchen towel and serve hot with ketchup

Am also sending this and the following entries to the green gourmet event hosted by preeti of Write Food

Stir fry spinach & mushrooms
Leafy paneer fritters
Thai green curry with colourful veggies

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tomato Slice Chaat

Well heres another lip smacking chaat which I loved trying as well as having it ..long back during my college days I and my friends used to love having chaat from the stall just outside my college ....I used to just enjoy the taste there and I remember having tomato slice chaat which he said it to be a new chaat worth trying and I just loved it ..well thats a way long story now the other day when I saw tomato lying in my fridge I thought y not re create this chaat which I had tasted long back .......It is not only healthy but u would love it too :)


1 Ripe & Firm Tomato cut into 6 Thick slices (deseeded)

2 Potato Boiled (grated)

1/4 cup coriander leaves chopped

salt to taste

1/4 cup Fine sev

1/4 cup curd (whisked)

1/2 cup Tamarind chutney (Recipe given below)

1/2 cup green chutney(Recipe Given below)

For Green chutney( Makes 3/4th cup)

1 cup chopped coriander leaves

1 cubed onion

2 green chillies

2-3 garlic flakes

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp sugar

a pinch of black salt

salt to taste

For Sweet Tamarind chutney( makes 1/2 cup)

Med size piece of tamarind

1/4 cup deseeded dates

Med size piece of jaggery

1 tsp Roasted cumin powder

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp dried mango powder(amchur)

salt to taste


Boil, grate the potatoes and then add salt and mix.

For Tamarind chutney
  • Grind all the ingredients mentioned under tamarind chutney with little water to a fine paste
For Green chutney
  • Grind all the ingredients mentioned under green chutney with little water to a fine paste

For the chaat

  • In bowl or a serving plate arrange deseeded slices of tomato then put 1 tsp of boiled potato on it .
then drizzle with 1 tbsp curd, then put a tsp of tamarind chutney and green chutney then sprinkle sev generously then top with corr leaves and serve and enjoy :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Red Hot Potatoes

I just loved having this ...this is the most simplest of the potato dish I have ever tried but it was so good that i wanted to have it even more ....just loved the buttery flavour complimenting the spicy flavoured potatoes so well ...For Best results use butter I know most of u would like to use oil but if u really want to get lost in the taste then follow the exact recipe and Enjoy;))


2 potato boiled, peeled & cut into wedges

1 1/2 tbsp butter

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp curry powder

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp freshly crushed peppercorns

salt to taste

  • Heat butter in a pan, add cumin seeds & when it splutters add red chilli powder, curry powder, turmeric, peppercorns and salt

  • Fry for a min and then add Potato wedges

  • Toss and mix well such that masala coats well with the potatoes and then serve hot

Monday, May 10, 2010

Lime Biscuits

I had  tried this recipe from Anjum Anand's Book and it was very nice to have as was so nice to have way beyond my expectation and very tangy to taste reminded me of the lime candy sweet which I used to adore during my travel to any place :).....This is bookmarked as my favourite cookies so do try this if u like the flavour of lemon:)


1/2 cup Plain flour

1/4 cup Castor sugar

1/4 cup softened butter

1/2 tsp lemon zest(grated)

juice of 1/2 lemon

Few almond flakes for garnishing


  • Mix all the ingredients to a smooth dough and keep aside for 20 minutes

  • Roll the dough into 1/4 " thickness and cut into desired shape with a cookie cutter

  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 15 minutes

  • Cool it on a wire rack and serve when required

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mini Taco Bell

My sister was speaking to me other day about a new food place opened in Bangalore where they do a lot of variations in tacos ..she was saying she had tasted something like potato tacos there but wasn't spicy enough ...well i thought why not try out a dish just for my sister and experiment it according to our taste buds cause we both have a very similar taste buds and we both are total foodie :).....Ok about this recipe ya i had some potato bites lying in the fridge which is my son's fav too so thought of doing something new as usual using this ...So this is for U Dear Sister hope u love this experiment of mine and even u all lovely bloggers and my readers out there if u just love my this new tacos please drop in your lovely feedback and comments as I love reading each one of Ur comments truly treasure each of them :)
4-5 Taco Shells
For the chilli potato filling
10-12 Frozen potato bites
4 big cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 tbsp Tomato sauce
1 tsp chilli sauce
2-3 broken Red chillies
1 tsp soya sauce
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp oil
salt to taste
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
For the cabbage mix
1/2 cup finely shredded cabbage
2 tsp fresh thick cream
1 tbsp sour cream
2 tsp freshly crushed peppercorns
salt to taste
For the Chilli potato bites
  • Bake the Potato bites in a preheated oven at 200 ' c for 20 mins till the it turns golden brown .
  • In wok add oil fry chopped garlic till golden brown and then add broken red chillies, fry for a minute
  • Then add tomato sauce, soya sauce, chilli sauce and honey , mix well then sprinkle little water and then add the potato bites , roasted sesame seeds and salt to taste and at lastly add coriander leaves and then keep aside

For the Cabbage Mix
  • Lightly roast the cabbage for a min and then keep aside
  • In a bowl add cream, Sour cream, cabbage, salt, pepper and mix it well and then keep aside
For the Tacos

  • Microwave the Tacos for 15 seconds and arrange it in a serving dish
  • Fill each tacos with 1-2 tsp of cabbage mix, then top it up with 3 chilli potato bites and then garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot


Creamy Vegetables

Am sending this entry to Mothers Day Event Hosted by Jyoti of Panch Pakwan

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sesame & Coriander Biscuits


1 cup Maida

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2-3 tsp sugar

1/4 cup finely chopped coriander

2 tbsp white sesame seeds + for sprinkling on top

3/4 cup softened butter

1 tsp yogurt(optional)


  • Mix flour, baking powder, sugar & salt in a mixing bowl. Add butter, Do not knead, just mix it well with your hands until you get a bread crumb consistency
  • Add chopped Coriander leaves, sesame seeds and mix and make a soft dough and refrigerate for 30min ( can use yogurt to get the right consistency)
  • Now roll the dough and cut it with the help of a cookie cutter, sprinkle sesame seeds on it, press a little so that it sticks to it
  • Bake it in preheated oven at 180'c for 10 to 15 minutes or till it is slightly brown on the edges
  • Cool it on a wire rack and then serve when required