Achari Paneer

I heard a lot about achari paneer but I never got a chance to taste it so far.....one day while browsing i found this recipe in Aipi,s blog .It was very easy and sounds interesting so decided to give it a try and believe me this is now among one of so many tasty dishes which i make of paneer.Easy and fast  to make and tasty too.

I just followed the recipe given by Aipi,s blog US Masala ,so not going to post it again .Please visit her blog for the recipe,she has an amazing collection of recipes in her space.

I am sending it to Bookmarked recipes-every Tuesday Event hosted by Priya and Aipi.


Moong dal Halwa

Moong dal halwa is a well known sweet specially from the state of Rajasthan.Its rich and creamy in
taste and people use to enjoy it as dessert in winters after dinner.Its full of energy also as it contains moong dal and lots of pure ghee ,so recommended for weak people too.


Ingredients-

Split Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Pure Ghee or Unsalted butter- 1/2 cup
Sugar - little less than 1 cup or according to taste
Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp
Saffron a pinch
Water - 2 cups
Few almonds silvers fore garnishing

Method

1- Wash and soak dal in water for about 3-4 hours.
2-Drain dal and grind it into smooth paste just adding little water.
3-In a heavy kadai or non stick pan add ghee and dal paste and mix well,turn on the gas at medium heat.
4-Stir continuously as dal tends to stick at the bottom of the pan,press it gently with spatula and keep stirring the paste for about 15-20 minutes or untill a sweet aroma comes out of it.
5-In another pan mix sugar and water and boil for 4-5 minutes.Add saffron and cardamom powder and keep it aside.
6-After sweet aroma comes out of the dal paste add this sugar syrup to it slowly .keep string well and cover for 2-3 minutes.
7-Remove the lid and stir it if more water is there untill the desired consistency .
8-Switch off the gas and serve it warm ,garnished with silvered almonds.

One more click to tempt you more...............Enjoy.


Daal Pakwan Popular Sindhi Breakfast

Hii all,so finally I am here with something ,this is my post after a long time ,anyways I took a kinda break......So today my post is about a popular Sindhi breakfast 'daal pakwan'. I remember in my college days we had a sindhi classmate first I heard about it from her but with time I forgot about it,Then one day while surfing internet i found the recipe and decided to give it a try and it came out well .I bookmarked this recipe from Home Made Food.I just followed the recipe as it is in her blog so not going to post it again here,Please visit her blog for the yummy recipe.

I am sending it to Priya,s and Aipi,s Bookmarked Recipe Event'




Roundup Veggie\fruit A month

Hello ,friends first of all I am really very sorry for the delay in posting the roundup of the Event ,I know you all must be waiting for the yummy recipes made of green peas ,actually I was really very busy so could not even get time to login in last few days........But Its better to be late then never ,rite, Ok you can say its an excuse -


I am really thankful to Priya who gave me this opportunity to host the Event and I am sorry Priya for posting roundup late .

SO here is the roundup --

Shobha of Foodmazaa send her delicious Gobhi Mattar sabji, , Methi Matar Paneer Bhurji  , Green Peas stuffed Puris and Green Peas Pulao






Then enjoy the Creamed peas and Peas with Cheese n a Tangy Twist of Priya Sreeram from BON APPETIT




 Try Vatana Na Ghughra of Supriya from Queen of My Kitchen



Something new for me from Priya of Priya's Easy and Tasty Recipes ,her recipes are Green Peas Puree and Matar Tawa pulao





Rupali of  RecipeGrabbag send her Green Peas with Tofu


Then try Kavita's Green Peas Delight from Seasoned and Dressed




Last but not the least try some Green Peas Chutney of Kanchan from Kitchen gossip


SO here is the round up with so many delicious recipes of Green peas ,Thank you all who send all these lovely entries for my Event and please let me know if I missed anyone of you .


 And I apologize  once again for delay in posting the roundup and I shall make sure it will not happen again.....Thats all for now,Have a Great Day.................



Veggie/Fruit A Month Event

So here I am with the 1st Event of my blog.This is actually the Event started by Priya of Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes.Thanks a lot Priya for giving me this opportunity. As the rule of the Event we should choose a fruit or Veggie as the theme of the event,so i choose  Green Peas  ,who is not aware of green peas ,this is very essential veggie in our daily cooking at least in my kitchen ,I use to prepare some thing or the other with green peas frequently.So I thought lets see what my other blogger friend are cooking with this wonderful vegetable.For this You can use any peas (I mean fresh green peas,canned one or dry peas )



The rules of the event.
  1. Please link this announcement page and Priya's event page with your entries.
  2. We would like a new recipe with the event links and the use of Logo is appreciated.
  3. you can cook the vegetable in any way and presented in some form in any course of the meal.
  4. Only Vegetarian recipes please,can use eggs.
  5. If you would like to participate and do not have a blog please feel free to email; your name, recipe and picture.
  6. This event will be from November 1st to November 3oth. 
  7. Send your entries @ richaskitchen@gmail.com and include the following details too - 
Subject line -Green peas
Your name 
Your blog name 
Your site url
 Recipe name
 Recipe url 
Picture of the recipe
Please do participate in the Event,I am looking forward for your emails and host many more Event in the future.

I will be able to post the roundup of the event only after 15th of December because I shall be busy next Month.Happy Blogging and cooking to all.........

Chikpeas Salad

 

This post was in my drafts for quite a some time now so today finally i decided to post it.This a very healthy salad with lot of vegetables as well as the nutrition of chickpeas  too.I adapted this recipe from Rachel Ray of Food Network ,but of course i made some changes in that and made it suitable for my taste buds .There are two recipe for this with slightly change or i would say hot or cold salad ,so here comes the recipes -



Ingredients                                                                                                                                                   


  • 2  cans chickpeas( rinsed and drained) or 1 cup chickpeas (soaked overnite and boiled)
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • Spinach leaves 7-8 ,cleaned and chopped
  • 1 small carrot ,grated
  •  2-3 tbsp Fresh coconut ,grated (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • juice of half lemon
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • some coriander leaves and lemon wedges for garnishing.
Method (cold salad)- 

Combine all Ingredients for salad in a large bowl mix well garnish with coconut ,coriander leaves, lemon wedge,keep it in the refrigerator for some time and serve.

Hot Salad-

Heat oil in a pan add all the vegetable and saute ,add salt and chickpeas and saute some more,Finally add red pepper flakes,black pepper and lemon juice ,take it out in serving plate ,garnish with coriander leaves,coconut and lemon wedges,serve hot.

Note- You can use any vegetable in this salad whatever you have,almost all veggies goes well with it.

Lemon Rice


Lemon rice is a quite easy and traditionally a dish form southern parts of India,they have  many different Varieties of rice in their cuisine among them Lemon rice is very famous.This is the best way to use your leftover rice too.



Ingredients :
 
 
Rice       1 cup (cooked & cooled) 
Oil                1 Tbsp.
Mustard  seeds     1 tsp
Green chillies     2
Dry red chillies   2 
Turmeric            1 tsp
Salt               To taste
Lemon  juice       1/4 cup or less
Peanuts            1/4 cup
Cashew nuts        1/4 (pieces)
Chana dal          1tsp 
Urad dal           1/2 tsp
Curry leaves       3-4

Method-

1-Add lemon juice in cooked rice (make sure the rice should not be mushy and grains should be separated)
,keep it aside.

2-soak chana dal in water for at least half an hour.

3-Heat oil in a kadai add mustard seeds ,let it crackle.

4-Add cashew pieces and peanut and fry it for some time till sligtly brown,take them out of the pan.
 
5-Now in same pan and oil add red chillies,turmeric,curry leaves and chana dal fry for
 some time and then add urad dal and fry some more.
 
6- Now finally add rice,fried cashews ,peanut and saute lightly ,serve hot. 


 

Garlic Breadsticks T&T from Divya's blog

I love Garlic bread sticks anytime,with soup or simply for munching at tea time.It is always in my menu whenever i go out ...I tried it so many places but Sbarro's garlic bread sticks are the best......
I tried so many recipes of breadsticks before also but somehow i did not like or may be they did not came out perfect as i wanted,then i came across this recipe of bread sticks in Divya's blog and decided to give it a try and believe me it came out so-so perfect ....soft and chewy.
I just followed her recipe as it is only one change i have done is ,I did not use garlic salt because it was not in hand so i sprinkled chopped garlic and some Italian seasoning on top.

I am sending it to Priya's bookmarked recipes-Every Tuesday Event.

Easy Pasta

This is the perfect recipe when you are not in mood to cook something elevorate or you don't have enough time and want a quick and easy meal.you can make this in jiffy with very few things,who does not like pasta specially kids ,so try this out ,its very easy and delicious dish.


Ingredients

Thin Spaghetti- 1/2 pack (1lbs pack)
Red onion- 1 medium size
tomato - 1 medium size
tomato Ketchup-2 tbsp
soy sauce - 1 tbsp
Balsamic Vinegar -1/4 tsp
black pepper powder
oil-2tbsp
salt to taste

Method-

1-Cook spaghetti according to package directions .(usually boil 9-10 minutes in boiling water with salt and oil)
2-Chop onion and tomato lengthwise,keep aside.
3-Heat oil in a pan add chopped onion and saute for sometime ,then add tomato and saute a little bit more.
4-Add cooked spaghetti pasta ,soy sauce ,black pepper,tomato ketchup,balsamic vinegar and salt,saute and serve hot.......see how easy it is.....enjoy...

Easy-breezy tomato salad

This is a very easy and quick salad with very few Ingredients,serve it as a side with any meal ,for me it goes best  with dal and rice.
Ingredients 

Cherry Tomatoes- 1 lbs box
Sugar - 2tbsp
black salt- 1tsp
salt -according to taste
black pepper powder-1 tsp
Cumin powder-1tsp
some chopped cilantro

Method-

1- Wash and cut Tomatoes into halves.
2-Add sugar and leave it for about 5 minutes.
3-Then add black salt,salt,pepper powder,cumin powder stir well.
4-Finally add chopped cilantro and serve.....enjoy....


I am sending it to Taste of pearl city's 'Anyone Can Cook Event'.




Akeela of Torviewtoranto passed this participation Award for participating in Cold dessert Event.Thanks Akeela........



Bombay street Food -Pav Bhaji T&T from Nupur's Blog

Well who is not familiar of famous Pav bhaji of Nupur in blogging world.I also came across with her Pav bhaji recipe,although pav bhaji is not new for me ,its a kind of staple food in my house .but my recipe is slightly different from hers (anyways that is the story of some other day).I just followed her recipe as it is one difference i did was i added some chopped carrots as well and it came out so so good mmmmmm.........
Actually a nice change from my kind of bhaji so now i have two different recipes of making bahji.
I tried this recipe from One Hot Stove ,so you can just follow the link and try it out,its just yummy..... 

I am sending it to Priya's  Bookmarked recipes-every Tuesday event.

Bari-Dried Lentil Dumplings -ICC July Challenge

This month Indian Cooking Challenge is baris which are made of urad dal ,actually i wanted to try them since so long but just out of laziness i did not try it so far but when srivalli gave this as a challenge ,i tried it out and it came out perfect .The only thing i was thinking before is sunlight but its summer here so just on a sunny a day i tried my hand on it in my Patio itself and for me it took 2 full sunny days to dry it completely.So here is the recipe how I made them.


Ingredients

Urad dal- 2 cups
Bottle gourd - 1 big size (I used bottle gourd in place of ash gourd)
Green chillies- 3-4
Ginger-2 inch piece
Coriander seeds-4 tbsp(coarsely ground)
Coriander Leaves-1bunch (cleaned and finely chopped)
Fennel seed-4 tbsp
Black pepper seeds - 25-30 (coarsely ground)
Red chilly  flakes - about 5-6 tbsp
Cloves - 8-9 nos (coarsely ground)
Cumin seeds - 4-6 tbsp
Nutmeg- 3-4 tbsp (freshly grated)
Asafetida -2tbsp


Method-

1- Grind dry Urad dal in a blender coarsely.
2-Add water about half inch above the level of dal and soak it for couple of hours (about 5-6 hours or overnite)
3-Peel and grate bottle gourd and drain out excess water from it,  keep it aside.
4-grate ginger and chop green chillies very finely.
5-Now add grated bottle gourd,ginger ,green chillies and coriander leaves to the batter of dal and mix it vigorously to incorporate air in the batter ,so that baris will be fluffy and light.
6-Now add all spices in this mixer and mix them well.It should be of dropping consistency like pakoda mixer (add little water if needed).
7-Grease a plate or tray with little oil.
8-Place small blob of this batter about 1 inch apart in tray.
9-Place them in sunlight and let them completely dry and hard.
10-Store them in a airtight container and use as required.

Note- 1- I made two kinds of baris the above which i mentioned above are masala baris and the other one is plain (only with dal no masala at all) ,so that if i need little less spicy i will combine both badis in the same amount to adjust the heat of my dish.

There are two dishes with baris in my blog one is Wadi ka paani and other is aloo wadiyan .same you can use them in many different dishes.

Palm Leaf Plates

Today my this post is not related to recipes but yes,with food certainly,In my opinion food is not only about cooking but managing everything in kitchen and pre-planning.Storing things in proper way.cleanliness and some other certain things are also important.
  One more thing is that now a days everyone is talking about 'Global Warming'  ,when we are the part of any discussion we also say that yes, we should do something or we are doing something or  some people even say no we don't care about it because nothing is going to change only if we do or want.For me reducing global warming may require global solutions, but it also requires personal action by millions of individuals.I know we can not change the World but ya a little action which are done by us may help us and others probably.

In terms of food also there are so many things ,if we keep in mind we can help reduce global Warming.Here I am talking about disposable plates and papers.Now a days we are using those disposable plastic and paper plates because they are convenient for us to use .Whether its any Birthday party,potluck party ,picnic or just like that we use to bring those plates and bowls from market and use them ,actually I am also agree that they are very convenient .no mess ,just use and throw.But these things increases more plastic waste ,RESULT-----GLOBAL WARMING.

So I found a alternative way to fight or you can say to help in reduce global warming ,I know little effort but......} Actually I started using Palm Leaf Plates,and found them equally convenient as those of plastic disposable plates.These plates are environmental friendly because-




 

 . No trees are harmed to make them…they’re a super-sustainable, non-timber resource. When the palm trees naturally drop their leaves, they’re collected and turned into plates, so first of all no harm to trees.Secondly They’re not just disposable, they’re biodegradable & compost able! Just like any other leaves, these plates will return to the earth without taking up landfill space.so we are using just the fallen leaves of trees and not the plastic. They are tough and super light also however, people are consistently surprised by how incredibly sturdy they are ,so that you don't need to care about your food if it is hot also you can hold these plates easily thats what i felt after using them.

Here is my personal opinion on this ,actually after using them I felt we are just using those "Donas" and "pattals" made of leaves back in India.I hope all my Indian fellow blogger must be familiar of them.I found these plates convenient and environmental friendly.So just give them a try and give your feedback to me.

















   

Spinach Crakers (Palak Mathri)

Mathris are very popular snack throughout North India,There are so many ways to make and varieties of mathris ,in fact every household have their own recipe of this delicious snack .Specially in Uttar Predesh you will found  mathris in almost every house.
This is kind of comfort snack also because you can store it almost for a month or so.Take it along while you are traveling or for picnic ,or just for munching at home with a cup of tea and pickle............


Ingredients-

All Purpose flour - 2 cups
Fine Semolina - 1/2 cup
Spinach  - 1 bundle
salt to taste
carom seed- 1/2 tbsp
Chilly flakes- 1/2 tsp
Oil- 1/4 cup for dough
oil for frying

Method-

1-Wash and clean the spinach and make puree of it in blender,keep it aside.
2-For dough mix All purpose flour ,semolina ,salt,carom seed,chilly flakes with 1/4 cup of oil.
3- Then add pureed spinach slowly to form a stiff dough,add little water if needed.(the dough should be stiff and not like chapati dough)
4- Leave it for at least 1/2 an hour to rest by covering it with a damp cloth.
5-Knead the dough again and divide the dough into small parts.
6-Heat oil for frying on medium heat.
7-Roll the dough into small rounds with rolling pin and prick them with fork so that they will not puff up while frying.
8-Fry these mathris on medium heat till golden brown and take them out on paper towel.
9-Let them cool off little bit and store in a airtight container,they will be fresh for about a month.

Masala Lemonade


Lemonade is a lemon-flavored drink, typically made from lemons, water and sugar.A quick and refreshing drink,perfect for hot summer days.

Ingredients-

Drinking water -1/2 glass
Sugar - about 4 tbsp
Lemon juice-3-4tbsp
Black salt-1/2 tsp
Roasted cumin seeds powder- 1/2 tsp
Ice cubes
some lemon wedges for garnishing

Method-


1- Dissolve sugar and water together (if the water is at normal temperature,sugar will dissolve fast)
2-Add lemon juice,black salt and cumin seeds powder.
3-Keep it in refrigerator to chill.
4-Add ice cubes in glass and pour chilled lemonade on it ,serve with a lemon wedge in it.

Sago Idli bookmarked from Priya's and Madhuri's blog

I saw this post sometimes back in Priya's blog and i knew I am going to try this soon.I tried it yesterday and it came out very well.Something new and different from regular rava idlis.Serve it with any chutney or sambhar ,it just tastes awesome.Even i fried some leftover idlis with finely chopped veggies today for breakfast ,they were good as well.

This is originally a recipe from Madhuri's blog ,the picture of this recipe in her blog is very good.Do check her blog for the recipe because i followed her recipe as it is and it just came out perfect.

Thanks Priya and Madhuri for sharing this recipe.

I an sending it to Priya's Bookmarked Recipe-every Tuesday Event.

Microwave quick Mango Burfi

Here I am with one more mango recipe,this is quick ,easy and delicious . This is also a perfect recipe for fast (vrat)days .


Ingredients --

Mango Puree - 1/2 cup (sweetened)
Milk powder- 1/4 cup
Coconut Shreds -1/2 cup (I used frozen)
Sugar  - 4 tbsp (according to taste)
Cardamom Powder- 1/2 tbsp
Almond - 6-7 (halves for garnishing)


Method--

1-Mix Mango Puree and milk powder in a big microwave safe bowl and microwave it for 2 minutes.
2-Stir and microwave it for 1-2 more minutes.
3-Now add thawed coconut shreds in it and microwave it till thick (about 6-8 minutes) ,keep stirring after every 2 minutes.
4-Now add sugar mix and microwave it for 2 more minutes.
5- Add cardamom powder and microwave it for 1 minute .
6-Grease a plate with little butter or ghee .
7-Pour the mix in greased plate to set for about 1 hour at least.
8-Cut it in square or diamond shape and garnish with almonds halves for each piece.

Spinach & Corn Curry

India has a wide variety of food and in all cuisines curry or subzis plays a vital role ,no meal is complete without different kind of curries .The subtely spiced curry accompanying the rotis is Spinach Corn prepared as the name suggests with spinach,corn,green chillis,ginger,mango powder and cream.The curry dish offsets the rich flavor of fresh cream  with the sweet-tangy flavour of corn and mango powder– creating a unique balance.In short,a healthy meal spiced with a myriad of flavors to enhance  your taste buds.

Ingredients-

Spinach - 1 big bunch
Onion- 1 big
tomato puree- 1/2 cup
1/2 cup corn kernels(boiled or frozen)
Green chilly- 1
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
Fresh or sour cream - 1 tbsp
salt to taste
coriander powder- 1 tbsp
Red chilly powder-1/2 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Dry mango powder-1 tsp
Oil- 1 tbsp


Method-


1-Wash and blanch spinach in hot water.
2- puree onion,green chilly and ginger together in a blender.
3-Puree balanced spinach in blender too.
4-Heat oil and add cumin seeds and let it splutter.
5-Add pureed onion and chilly and saute for sometime,add salt.
6-Cook till oil separates and add tomato puree to it.
7-After 5 minutes add pureed spinach along with coriander powder,chilly powder ,bring it to boil.
8-Add corn kernels ,cook for some more time (uncovered),adjust consistency by adding some water.
9-Add dry mango powder ,garam masala and cream and serve hot.

I am sending it to Torview's Veggie fruit a month-Corn event started by priya.

Chokha (Eggplant & potato )

Today i am going to share a traditional recipe with you all.Simply speaking, chokha, as they call it in Bihar, is a rustic dish of veggies cooked and coarsely mashed, topped with fresh flavourings like green chillies and garlic, and a drizzle of mustard oil. It can be eaten hot or cold.Mainly Chokha of eggplant and potato use to serve as side with Litti,Very simlar to Baati in Rajasthan in India but littis are stuffed Baatis.It is easy and quick to make and it has distinguish flavor of its own.So try it with Litti ,baati or just as a part of your meal as side and give me your Feedback.......


Ingredients-

Eggplant -1 (big one)
Pototo-1 (Medium size ,boiled)
Onion - 1 (small) (Finely chopped)
Tomato-1/2 (small)(finely chopped) optional
Green chillies -1-2 (according to taste) (finely chopped)
Garlic cloves- 1-2 pods (Finely chopped or crushed)
Ginger -1/2 inch piece (Finely chopped)
salt to taste
Mustard oil 1 tbsp (must)
Red chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam masala- 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice -3-4 drops (optional)
Cilantro -(chopped)


Method-

1-Wash eggplant and wipe it ,prick it with the help of a fork and rub some oil on it.
2-Now there are two ways to cook eggplant for this recipe one is in Microwave which is quick and one is in conventional oven which will take little longer time ,i am giving both ways here ---

Microwave Method--Put the whole eggplant in a microwave safe dish and cook it for about 8-10 minutes or till tender.

Oven Method-Preheat the oven at 400 degrees ,put the eggplant in a shallow bowl or on cookie sheet and bake it for about 45-50 minutes ,turn often after every 10 minutes.

3-Let eggplant cool off slightly and peel off the skin and mash it well.
4-Peel and mash boiled potato and add it to eggplant.
5- Add all chopped vegetables excluding garlic.
6-Add salt ,red chilly and garam masala.
7-Heat mustard oil and let it come to smoking point,switch off the heat and add crushed garlic and add it to Chokha.
8-Add Lemon juice if required ,garnish it with chopped cilantro and serve.


I am sending it to Side Dish Showdown Event by Cinnamon Girl .


Easy Tacos

We love Mexican food,This is quick and easy to make and they use almost all the same ingredients which we use in Indian Cooking so always everything is ready to make Mexican food at home.

Last week I had some leftover Kidney beans so i decided to make tacos out of it ,i used tortilla in place of taco shells because i had tortilla in hand.It was very easy and delicious. The main thing is that use lots of tomatoes and it will taste good.

Ingredients-(For 2 servings)

Corn tortillas -4
Onion - 1 small (finely chopped)
tomato-1 big (finely chopped)
kidney beans -about 1/2 cup (soaked and boiled)(can use canned one too)
Corn kennels -about 1/4 cup (boiled)
Taco seasoning mix- 1 pack
Mozzarella cheese- for garnishing
Spring onion -for garnishing (finely chopped)
Cilantro- (finely chopped)
Little oil
Salt to taste

Few Nacho Chips and salsa on side.


Method-

1-Heat oil in pan add onion and salt ,saute for sometime.


2-Add half tomato and saute for some more time.


3-Add boiled kidney beans ,corn and entire pack of taco seasoning saute and turn off the heat.


4-Heat Tawa and palce one tortilla and flip it over after 30 seconds.


5-Arrange all tortilla into serving plate(as in the picture) and place kidney beans and corn mixture on it ,top it with chopped tomato,spring onion,cilantro,cheese and salsa.


6-Serve it hot with some chips and salsa on side.


NOTE- You can get taco seasoning mix in any Mexican or American grocery stores easily.