I am putting up a post after a long break. So, I thought to restart with a super easy one. All you need in this recipe is cheese, Italian tomato/ basil sauce and good quality medium size aubergine (eggplant or baingan in Hindi). Italian sauce was also handy for me since it was precooked and kept as frozen cubes.
Serve Grilled Cheesy Aubergine as an appetizer or along with main course. It is quite filling and taste great when served with any warm bread. Continue reading Grilled Cheesy Aubergine
I usually avoid giving traditional recipes in my blog. But on insistence of my friends, I thought of sharing my samosa recipe which they think is easy with perfect proportion and size.
Samosa doesn’t need any introduction. It is a favorite Indian snack, now popular across the country. It is a triangle, deep fried flaky crust made of flour, filled with spiced potatoes and peas. Enjoy it plane with green chutney or smash it and use it as sandwich filling. You can also make chaat from smashed samosa by adding spicy mint and sweet chutney. Continue reading Two Bite Samosa
Chunky Tomato Chutney or dip is a deliciously spicy condiment prepared from pulpy red tomatoes and tempering of tangy masala. It is no onion no garlic recipe, easy to make with not much of oil and least of chopping.
This zesty dip goes well with various starters or snacks. It taste great with potato chips nachos and pairs well with Indian breads. You can store leftover chutney in fridge for 5 to 6 days or keep it frozen as cubes for 2 months for later use. Continue reading Chunky Tomato Chutney
A very easy and simple starter for cocktail parties. Main ingredients of this energy rich appetizer is cottage cheese and dill leaves. Thick curd is used for binding the ingredients. Topping of sliced olives further enhance the flavor and appearance of the squares. Continue reading Cottage Cheese Hung Curd and Dill Squares
Green Kebabs are somehow similar to Hara Bhara Kebab – a favorite of Indian palate. I simplified the recipe by mixing all the ingredients in one step and by avoiding traditional method of deep frying. Instead, I opted for grilling which is much healthier and less cumbersome. Kebabs are loaded with healthy green vegetables like spinach, peas, coriander etc and flavored with readily available spices. It can be served as an appetizer or as a starter with green chutney. Or make a complete meal by using it to prepare burgers, wraps and rolls. Continue reading Grilled Green Kebabs
Hummus is no more new to our palette. It is a classic, creamy Middle Eastern dip or spread made of chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, tahini and lemon juice. My method has all these ingredients with addition of fresh basil leaves. Instead of buying tahini sauce from the market, I use sesame seeds. My simple fix for hummus is grounding all the fresh ingredients at one go and adding whipped curd while serving.
Hummus is very versatile. So I prefer making large quantities and store it in deep freezer in the form of cubes.
- Chick peas -1 cup boiled
- Sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon
- Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
- Basil leaves – 1/2 cup approximately
- Yogurt or curd – 1 tablespoon, thick curd or hung curd
- Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
- Ginger – 1/2 teaspoon chopped
- Green chilly – 1 inch or as per taste
- Garlic – 1 teaspoon chopped
- Salt and pepper as per taste
- Dry roast sesame seeds.
- Grind all the ingredients except curd along with roasted sesame seed.
- Grind to smooth creamy texture by adding 1 or 2 tablespoon of water or as per requirement. I avoid using extra olive oil.
- Hummus is ready to be served. Before serving mix in curd, drizzle olive oil, paprika and finally garnish with sliced olives.
After the step 3, remove hummus in the ice cube tray. Store frozen cubes in a zip lock bag.
To use frozen cubes:
Defrost required quantity of cubes, mix in curd, drizzle olive oil. Finally garnish with paprika and sliced olives just before serving.
Tips & tricks:
- Frozen hummus cubes can be stored in deep freeze for 2 months
- Use of garlic and basil is optional
- Traditionally, curd is not included in the recipe but I feel it gives nice creamy texture to the dip.
- Also, curd gives freshness to the recipe if we are using stored cubes
- Thick curd can be easily replaced by greek curd
It has been long since I last put up my post….actually it seems like starting new. Got quite tied up with Diwali festivities, vacations and other activities focusing home and family. So I thought to start with simple salad with beautiful mixture of colours and textures. I had all the ingredients ready with me including dressing. I only had to caramelise walnuts to give crunchy and sweet taste to salad. Continue reading Pear, Candied Walnut & Green Leafy Salad
Theses dumplings are similar to Paneer or Cottage Cheese Kofta. Koftas are very popular as an Indian main course but, unfortunately, they are generally deep-fried. I’ve tried to make it healthier by steaming them with the same ingredients. It turned out quiet tasty and is much easier to make. I added spinach to simply make it more nutritive and colourful. It can be served with chapatis, nan or any Indian bread. Continue reading Steamed Cottage Cheese & Spinach Dumplings with Zesty Tomato puree
This “goes with anything” sauce is rich in flavour and makes a brilliant base for almost any Indian vegetable dish – mix in green vegetables or Paneer or Potato or whatever you like.
Cook & Store: I like to make plenty sauce at one go, and then store it for weeks (even months) in the freezer. I store the sauce in a simple ice-tray so that, when needed, I only break off as many cubes as I need. Continue reading Zesty Tomato Onion Sauce