Friday, June 29, 2007

Punjabhi Treat- First 3 in a row

I was living in Lucknow for more than 8 years .During these years i have visited many places in north India .From Jammu to Shimla ..almost every place.I still remember those days we had a road trip from Lucknow to Shimal ...on the way we visited Chandigarh , Delhi , Ludhiana ..Wow!!those places are amazing .,..and most fun part was eating at the road side dhaba ..Really hot and tasty food .You can really watch how the cook prepares the naan and tandoori roti ..Mouthwatering .. I really love those days ..Missing India for all that ...I was very happy to see Richa's event As Dear As Salt-Punjab Cuisine for this month .So loads will be from my side ....Today only i could get 3 of them ..but still more in the kitchen ...So here we go ...

Pulka Chapati ..

Raw Materials Required

Wheat Flour -2 Cups
Salt as per taste

Oil -2-3 tsp

Preparation Style

Take a small bowl , add the flour and salt and mix it well .Make a soft dough by adding little water to it .Knead the dough until it is soft and a bit elastic .See to that you are able to pull the dough out and make small balls.Before pulling the dough out , you can set it aside for sometime ..say about an hour.

This time i used the bread man machine for kneading the dough and came out to the great .It really a time saving device .Very happy to own it ...

Later on take small balls of the dough and roll them over and make a small circle .Place them in the tava and allow them to cook on both side .When they start to lift them take it out from the tava and place them on the gas directly and allow it to pop up ...

Once they are fully popped then remove from the gas. Simple Pulka sabji is ready ...

Aloo Sabji

Raw Materials Required

Aloo - 5-6 (peel the skin )
Onion -1 cup
Tomato -2 (cut them into pieces)
Red Chilli powder -2 tsp
Haldi powder -1/2 tsp
Jeera -1 tsp
Garlic -2 cloves
Green Chilli -3
Salt as per taste
Preparation Style

I cook this dish directly in pressure cooker....In the cooker pour little oil and add jeera to it .Let it crack then add garlic,green chilli,onion and saute them .Then add tomatoes and the masala's too it .Saute them for 2-3 mts and add aloo .Pour some water such that the aloo submerges to it .Close the cooker and allow about 3-4 whistles.Let the cooker simmer and transfer the dish in a bowl and smash the cook .It would get easily smashed .Then garnish it with cilantro... One can also add few drops of lime ...The taste would be excellent ....

Rajma Masala

Raw Material Required

Rajma -1/2 lb
Onion-1 (cut into small pieces)
Tomato -3 nos
Rajma masala -2tsp
Coriender for garnish
garlic -2-3 cloves
ginger -little
Jeera -1 tsp
Lemon few drops
Oil 3-4tsp

Preparation Style

Soak the rajma previous night in water .The next day wash it well with cold water and pressure cook the rajma.Grind half onion , 2 tomato and half the quantity of garlic and ginger together and keep it aside the paste .In a kadia add few drops of oil .Then add jeera and allow it to crack .Add the balance of onion , ginger and garlic to it and saute them .When they become golden brown then add the balance tomato and saute them .When it starts to leave water then add the paste to it .Allow the onion to loose color and leave the oil back .Now add the rajma masala and saute them for some time .Then add rajma and mix it together .Do not let the rajma water to waste .Preserve them to add in the kadai and keep it loose.After the masala comes to boil add cilantro and lemon drops .It would taste great .

This would be my entry for the Regional Cuisine created by Laksmi and this month's host by Richa As Dear As Salt-Punjab Cuisine .
Chk out in a couple of days with Gajar halwa, Methi Matar malia and Cauliflower Manchurian ..all on it way .......

Monday, June 25, 2007

Bread Making Machine

We recently bought a new breadman machine .The first time we where making home made bread .It came out to be great . Simple one .Just followed the instruction on the package .This is how it looked .Just thought of sharing it with all you my friends..Going to try many things and share many more recipes ....

Any suggestion from you all ....

Friday, June 22, 2007

Bangda Pepsi

Perfect Summer Drink ....Simple cocktail that i know to make .People staying in chennai would have had lunch or dinner at Punjabi Dhaba ...Wow!!!The food used to excellent (till date i think they are the same )and best of the all would be their welcome drink .."BANGDA PEPSI "...That would awesome ...Pepsi and mint together ...used to crunch your thrist away.I made my version of this drink and wanted to share with all you guys ...

Raw Material Required

Mint Few Leaves
Chat Masala -1/2 tsp

Preparation Style

Grind the pepsi , mint and chat masala together .Add few ice cubes and serve it chill..

Cool Cool Chill Chill Pepsi Ready ...Enjoy

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Whats coming out of this ?..Keep Guessing

What coming of MINT ....Keep guessing results will be out on friday .....

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Mexican Dishes in a Row

It was a great weekend last week .We had been to S and G's place last week .Excellent Lunch ...S and G are really great cooks...S always looks into innovative things ..G always brings his bachelor's style into practice..S Just graduated from college and it was her treat for all of us .Even K and N where present at the party .So 6 of us and great time ....
This time is was Mexican in total ....and guess what was for dessert...Ice Cream showered with Coke ....K always combines ice cream and coke ...But trust me it was really awesome...

So here is the recipe from my dear friends ...

Recipe No 1 ---Guacamole :

Raw Materials

Avocado 1 ripe,
Sour cream - 4 - 5 tbsp
Butter 1 tbsp
Coriander handful
Green chilly- 1
Salt to taste.

Preparation Style

Grind coriander and Chilly to a paste. Now add the cut avocado, sour cream, butter and salt and grind to a fine paste.

Recipe No 2 Pico De Gayo (Salsa)

Raw Materials
Cucumber- 1/2
Corn- Handful
Lemon half
Coriander little

Preparation Style
Cut Tomato and cumber into fine pieces , add corn kernels, Mix well with lemon juice of half lemon, corriander and salt.(option to substitute with onion instead of cucumber or add both)
Variation: In addition to the above ingredients, you can half avocado and half raw mango also. That gives a different taste.
Recipes No 3 De fried Beans

Right from the store, from the can. Empty the can and microwave well for about 2 minutes. Now add the Mexican cheese on top of it when its hot from the microwave. and wait for the cheese to melt.
Recipes No 4 Fajita filling with vegges

Raw Materials

Red,yellow,orange and green Bell Pepper - 1 each
Green and Yellow Zucchini - 1 each
Carrot- 1
tomato - optional -
1 pink onion - optional

For Marination:

Lemon 1Pepper from pepper mill - to taste
Chilly power or Chilly Flakes- to taste
Cumin powder- 1 tsp
Salt- to taste

Preparation Style
Cut these vegges into thin strips, vertically about 2 inches long. Marinate the vegges by mixing them with the ingredients listed for marination. Mix the marination mixture very well that it covers all the vegges and keep it aside for about 15 - 20 min. Now heat the skillet, add little amounts of marinated vegges so that there is only one layer of vegges in the skillet. Spread them well, saute it for about 4 mins till they turn light brown on the sides of the skin. Repeat for the rest of the vegges. Do not waste the water that comes from the vegges at the bottom of the bowl. They contain lot of flavors , then just pour it over the cooked vegges and mix well.

Recipe No 5 Mexican Rice:

Raw Materials
Rice- 1 cup
Tinned Tomato paste - about 2 tbsp
Tinned Tomato puree - 1 tin
Fresh cut Roma tomatoes- 2 to 3
Cumin powder - 1 tbsp or more as per flavor
Coriander for garnish
Oil for lightly frying the rice.

Preparation Style

Fry the rice with sufficient oil till they turn light brown. Now add the tomato's, paste,puree, salt,cumin powder and water for the rice to cook. Close the pan with the lid and allow the rice to cook well. Stir occasionally for every 7 minutes. Add water as required or when the pan becomes dried. Once the rice is cooked well, garnish with fresh coriander.

Now comes the dessert part .

K just took a scop of vanila ice cream and added coke on it ..Yummy it was ...
We all enjoyed the day with loads of fun ...The next time "Grilling Time "......Just waiting for the perfect weekend.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Suran (YAM) Curd Pachadi (Raita)

Surprising .....Thank you so much my dear blog friends for participating in the guessing game .This particular raita is very simple and easy to make .It is very famous among the palaghat region in kerala .The official name of this recipe is " ARACHAKALAKI"....Its mostly commonly made especially when we make "MOLAGUTAL"....So here the recipe goes..

Raw Materials Required

2 tsp -Yam

1/3 tsp -Mustard Seeds

3 tsp - Coconut

2 Green Chilly

2 Cups -Curd

Salt as per taste

For seasoning

1 tsp -Oil

1/3 tsp -Mustard seeds

1/3 tsp Fenugreek seeds

2-3 Red chilly

Preparation style

Mix all the ingredients in the blender except the curd , by adding little water to them .Try to make a smooth paste and transfer in the small bowl .Mix the curd to the paste and add salt to it . In a small kadia (skillet) pour the oil for seasoning .After few seconds add mustard seeds and allow them to crack and then add fenugreek seeds and red chilly .Before the fenugreek seeds become dark remove them from the fire and pour on the bowl .Mix all the ingredients together and pachadi is ready ...

Its is very simple and easy .It taste really great and so very tasty .Hope all of my friends would try it at home ......Sorry guys for keeping you all wait .....Next time we shall keep the game for just one day alone and not 2 days .......

Monday, June 4, 2007

Whats Coming Out of this?....Keep Guessing

Something really simple is coming out of this ...Keep Guessing ...Results on Wednesday