Thứ Bảy, 30 tháng 3, 2013

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese


Quite often what I make is driven by what I feel like making. At times however I find myself coming up with ideas just to use up whats left in my fridge from my previous ideas. This time around it was pickled jalapenos that I had shared with you a few days ago. Now I am a big fan of jalapenos, especially the pickled ones. My pizza always has to have some and so do my sandwiches. I made two big jars and have been working through them but still had quite a bit left of the last jar. That is where these sandwiches come in. Pickled jalapenos done popper style between two slices of bread grilled to perfection.
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Paya Mutton Masala

This is a recipe from Karnataka I dont know from which district some say its from north Karnataka normally this recipe is prepared along with goat meat and the trotters combined together I did not add meat to this just prepared with paya also reduced the spices since its really hot weather. best served with breads or Dosa...the dish turned out super tasty and yum it was sticky juicy thoroughly enjoyed every bite...
Ingredients:
1/2 Kilo Goat meat(optional)
Paya/Trotters 6 Pieces
1 Tbsp Chilly Powder
1 Tbsp Garam Masala
2 Tbsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder
1 Tbsp Pepper Powder
1 Tbsp Coriander Powder

1 Large Onion(roughly chopped)
1 Large Tomato(roughly chopped)
2 Sprigs Curry Leaves
2 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
4 Green Chillies

2 Tsp Oil
Salt as per taste

Onion Mint and Coriander and Lime for garnish
Do view my video demo in detail...enjoy....:)
Prep Up:
  • Wash and clean the meats thoroughly.
  • In a pressure cooker add the meat 1/2 tbsp of ginger and garlic paste 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder salt pepper powder add 1/2 cup water and pressure cook till meat is tender reserve in a bowl.
  • In the same pressure cooker add the paya 1/2 tsp tuemeric powder 1 cup water and cook the paya till tender.
Lets Prepare Masala:
  • Heat a wok with oil on medium flame. add the curry leaf, ginger garlic paste fry till raw flavor has gone.
  • Add the slit green chilly and fry a bit add the dry masala and fry till raw flavor has gone.
  • Add onion tomato salt and allow to fry till onion and tomato reduce a bit till oil surfaces to the sides.
  • Add the cooked meats and cover on medium high flame allow the water to reduce till the masala consistency reaches to your preference.
Garnish with lime juice coriander mint and finely chopped onion serve hot with roti or bread. this is best served for brunch...try preparing yourself enjoy...:) 

Thứ Năm, 28 tháng 3, 2013

Homemade Biryani Masala

I love making homemade masalas (of course not always) and as they say homemade is definitely the BEST! Fresh, aromatic and so full of Indian-ness! Make it and use it and you’ll have a new flavor in life and in your food. Even if you regularly use the store-bought version, you will mark the noticeable difference in flavor with this fresh homemade masala. The best part is that it is so easy to make that you’ll wonder why you have not been doing it for all these years. Mom always used to grind fresh masalas on her sil-patti (stone-block). Over time, the stone block was replaced by the more convenient electric mixer/grinder, the masala and the lip-smacking taste remained unchanged. The biryani masala is one such example which is one of my favorites. In fact I never quite like the store bought one as I always feel something off about them. So here is another one of my most favorite ones and stay tuned for more.
Here's a little tip- I always try to make small quantities as and when needed. Fresh-made, that's when the masala blends are the most fragrant. For grinding small quantities, I always use my coffee grinder.
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Thứ Ba, 26 tháng 3, 2013

Chocolate and Malai Peda for Holi/Five Minute Chocolate and Milk Fudge

Here's wishing all my readers a Very Happy Holi. Have fun, stay safe and healthy. This past weekend we were out on a road trip on a little vacation driving around the state to the usual vacation spots. Took some time off of the early part of spring break as well. By the time we got back yesterday, just in time for Holi, I already had several ideas crawling in my head for what to make for the festival of which - like most festivals - food is an essential element. Holi is all about having fun, painting each others with colors, spending an hour in the shower to get all the paint off you and then having some wonderful food from the kitchen. Coming back from our trip yesterday you would think I would take some time and relax but instead I went right to the kitchen (yes I did stop at the grocery store on the way). Since it was late at night, did some basic prep work and starting this morning  over a few hours put together five dishes. This sweet dish is one of them which in fact was easier of the five. You may find several versions of these Pedas out on the web that use almost similar ingredients. They are all done pretty much the same way with minor differences based on personal preference. I tried to put together the general concept of the dish together with my love for chocolate. A fine dessert to serve with an exquisite meal or a casual candy to have around and to pop in when you please.

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Thứ Tư, 20 tháng 3, 2013

Mad Over Donuts

Hello Friends, Its been almost a month since i blogged basically struck with work and a lot more which i will keep updating on my vlogs. this meet was a last minute call I must thank lubna and vivek for invite enjoyed my visit at Mad Over Donuts.

Mad over donuts is located at kormangala Bangalore right opposite to forum mall next to pizza comer. I've been there couple times before when i was working at a company located near by. they are centrally located to many schools colleges and offices. I like their ambiance its hip and chic has a wonderful vibe. they are celebrating their 5th anniversary and have awesome deals. I always love their staff they are very friendly and give suggestions on what picks are best.
This is the best part of eating out for all those vegetarians Mad over donuts is eggless...and has over 25 varieties to choose on menu.

Menu Card:
Black & White Bavarian
Filled with creamy homemade vanilla custard and dipped in dark chocolate - a scrumptious blend
of black & white.

Black Forest Beauty
Beautiful dark chocolate crowned with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry - Beauty is only
taste away

Choco Bomb
Filled with yummy milk chocolate ganache and dipped in dark chocolate - Da Bomb!

Cinna-ster
The eternal lover’s squabble between sugar and spice has finally settled into something nice -
Cinnamon Sugar!

Cool Blue Ice
Blueberry compote topped with icing sugar, this cool surprise hits the spot!

Colour Me Bad
Smooth milk chocolate topped with colourful rainbow sprinkles.

Dark Knight
Crushed Oreo cookies on smooth white chocolate - your knight in shining armor

Double Trouble
Milk chocolate with waves of white chocolate and filled with gooey dark chocolate ganache -
your daily double!

Hazel Dazzle
Nutella Bavarian cream on the inside and hazelnut flavoured chocolate on the outside. This donut
is sure to dazzle.

The Chocolate Spot
Dipped in rich milk chocolate, topped with shavings of dark chocolate. That hits the spot!

The OC
Dipped in milk chocolate and drizzled with orange jelly with zesty orange custard in every bite

Super Mango
Mango chocolate drizzled with mango jelly and filled with delicious mango custard. Simply super!21.

Yellow Jello
Dipped in our homemade mango glaze and topped with mango jello.

Lil' Drops of Mango
Mouth-watering dark chocolate sprinkled with drops of mango. Delicious!

Centre of Perfection
Smooth milk chocolate with mango chocolate drizzle and fresh mango custard...the centre of perfection!

Mama Mia!
A sprinkle of Italian herbs and sautéed garlic on oodles of cheese...Just how Mama makes it!

Midnight Beauty
Dark chocolate laced with white chocolate drizzle. For the true chocolate lover...

M.O.D - My Original Donut
The original flavor with a sweet glazed coating - an absolute classic!

Pi’Dazzled
Cheese and our home-made Napoletana sauce sprinkled with chilli flakes and herbs. This donut
pizza is sure to dazzle.

Original Sin
Smooth milk chocolate decorated with white chocolate...an irresistible temptation!

The Blush Factor
Our original icing glaze crowned with strawberry compote is guaranteed to make you blush!

Rainbow Surprise
Mouth - watering white chocolate with a colorful twist!

Spice Surprise
A nice surprise of chilli and cheese... Spicy salsa on a bed of delicious cheese...

Each Donuts Ranges between : 40 and 50 rupees
Half dozen donuts ranges Between: 200 to 250 rupees
One Dozen Donuts ranges Between: 360 to 450 rupees
Mad over donuts also sell cream filled  and absolutely amazing melt in your mouth donut pops it is a must try for kids they will love the bite size donut pops and how can anyone miss cupcakes on the menu they have super spongy cup cakes to celebrate any occasion which is eggless...I also love their coffee totally made my day...Love at first Bite...
Everyone can get to see how the donuts are cream filled and topped with toppings I liked this concept where in people can see behind the scenes activity its nice and interactive. the place is well maintained and very clean normally it takes a lot of effort to keep small spaces tidy and clean...
We also met Mr.Tarak Bhattacharya, COO who was very patient answering all our questions one by one i never knew mad over donuts is a Singaporean based company. all the basic ingredients are shipped from abroad they want to maintain the same standard across. Mr. Tarak is focused to target all age groups and the concept eggless is so good as we can serve and celebrate with a donut for all occasions I'm already planning for Diwali...all the donuts prepared are fresh on a daily basis  they do not store and serve remains for the next day which is again an added + point currently there are 6 stores across Bangalore which is expanding in other locations soon...
I got to taste Double trouble, Rainbow Surprise and Pi Dazzled along with Hot Coffee...ummm it was super...
Finally got to meet all my blog world friends deepa, valarmathi, satrupa, jaishree and Lubna thank you girls for a wonderful meet enjoyed...thank you vivek for getting us all together...:)

Location:
 no 6, ground floor,
 Money centre, 121 Industrial layout,
7th Block, 80 feet road, Kormangala, Bangalore

Stores are also located in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and NCR

For Home deleviry locate store and call: http://www.madoverdonuts.com/storelocator

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Chủ Nhật, 17 tháng 3, 2013

Homemade Bagels with Jalapeno Cream Cheese spread


This is another one in the line of my attempts to recreate at home a commonly available preparation that I thought for the longest time nearly impossible or at least too difficult to create at home. The humble bagel definitely proved to me it sure is a little tricky and requires attention to detail to get the best result. I speak from experience. The first time I tried it, it got too chewy and tough. After much I though I figured out where I was going wrong. To get the right taste and texture, you have to be very mindful of how long you boil the dough, the right pinch of baking soda and finally baking it just right. Once you get it how you want it, and not to mention with the easy-to-put-together but outta this world jalapeno spread, a fresh out of the oven hot bagel with a spicy spread will be close to if not the best kind of bread you ever had.
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Thứ Tư, 13 tháng 3, 2013

Rose Lemonade

The first whiff of this drink will put you somewhere in the middle east that too in the times when kings and queens prevailed and they often enjoyed exotic drinks from ornate cups. At least that where it put me. Yes, exotic is the right word for this drink. To bring you back to modern times, thaw out of winter and welcome spring while you enjoy your favorite TV show at the end of an exhausting day - it is guaranteed to put a spring in your step - no pun intended. I already spoke enough about the smell and yes that is the best part and what's more, that fragrance makes the crisp bubbly lemonade - the kind that you have had several times before - just that extra special.
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Thứ Sáu, 8 tháng 3, 2013

Smashed Spicy Baby Potatoes


Oh this one is just yum! We finished a plateful only a few hours ago and as I write this I am craving bad for another bite of these cuties. Yes, no kidding, they are that good. With their super crispy skin coated and infused with spices that carry a kick that could lift any spirit, warm creamy insides that are ever so slightly crunchy with all the roasting, they are so good I could bet you would fight the others at the table for the last one. Do try these especially with my homemade Tandoori masala.

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Thứ Ba, 5 tháng 3, 2013

Bhindi/ Okra Masala


There are a couple of posts in which I have used okra as the primary ingredient. Every time I use okra, I try to make it a point to clarify that it is a tricky vegetable to cook with. If not done right, it can get slimy and texturally unappealing. A simple trick can get it right and avoid keeping you from liking an otherwise wonderful vegetable. The trick is as simple as dry them completely after washing and before cooking and always cook them uncovered. Most people just fry them to avoid the slime but using these two simple tricks, you can uncover a whole new side of okra. This okra preparation is tangy and mildly spicy and one of my personal favorites. Even though you will intend to serve it as a side to a meal, they tend to be more popular as finger food and will be gone before you get a chance to serve!
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Thứ Hai, 4 tháng 3, 2013

Quick Pickled Jalapenos

Yesterday I was at our local farmer's market. They have the most beautiful and colorful stuff all around. I go crazy around all the fresh produce they have. The sight, the smell, just too good to resist. I began picking all different kinds of vegetables. The pretty one... the colorful one... the new kind (which I had no idea what to do with) whatever I could get my hands on. Hubs was watching from a distance waiting with the kiddo, pretending to not know the crazy lady raiding all the vegetables ha ha. I love my trips to the local farmer's market for our regular quota of vegetables and fruit. There’s always an excitement waiting to see what produce has arrived. Every season seems to bring some new variety of vegetable and fruit. Lot of new varieties, kinds that was never familiar to me growing up. Nowadays, I take a lot of them for granted because they are easily available.
For those who are not very familiar with Jalapenos, they are thick skinned and a moderately hot variety of Mexican green chillies. A smoked and dried Jalapeno is called Chipotle.
Pickle or achaar to me as like every fellow Indian is the tangy, hot thick raw, mango/ chilli pieces drained in hot spices infused oil and oh so mouthwatering. I have had my share of pickles (the pickle monster as I was named by my mom). Though, for the most part, I detest vinegar based western style pickle, but this one I absolutely love, I keep buying a jar whenever I visit the supermarket and eating like a side not a condiment much to my hubs surprise. That was until yesterday when I saw these fresh, beautiful (and to my pleasant surprise, so very inexpensive) peppers yesterday in the market. The idea to pickle them was instant and I am glad I did. These can jazz up any boring meal - nachos or tacos, wraps or sandwiches, pizza - just about anything! To top it all, it takes just about 15 minutes to put it together (of course beside the couple of days in the fridge for the pickling process). If you are a fan as big as I am of tangy and hot stuff, trust me, this pickle is absolutely addictive.
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