Monday, October 20, 2008

Chinese Sabji

Chinese Sabji


1.Carrots,Caulifowers,Spring onions,Cabbage,Beans(all cut lengthwise) - 2 cups

2.Onions(sliced lengthwise) - 2 cups

3.Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp.

4.Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp.

5.Green Chilli(finely chopped) (optional)- 1 big

6.Corriander Powder 2 tsp.

7. Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp.

8.Tomato Sauce - 2 tsp.

9.Soya Sauce - 1 tsp.

10.Chilli Sauce - 1tsp.

11. Vinegar - 1tsp.

12.Salt - according to taste

Corriander Leaves - for garnishing

Method :

1.Pressure cook the beans upto 1 whistle.

2.In a separate pan, fry the onions and ginger-garlic paste till the onions turn brown.

3.Add corriander powder, red chilli powder and turmeric powder.

4.Then add the vegetables, green chilli(optional) and salt.

5.Stir fry till the vegetables are cooked. Sprinkle some water.

6.Then add vinegar, tomato sauce, soya sauce and green chilli sauce.

7.Garnish with corriander leaves.

This dish has an Indo-Chinese taste. Do try it out and leave your comments :-)

Dal Paneer Cutlets

Dal Paneer Cutlets


1.Crumpled Paneer - 200g

2.A mix of masoor dal and tuar dal/sambhar dal(boiled and mashed) - 1/2 cup

3.Chopped Onions - 1

4.Chopped Tomatoes - 2

5.Corriander Leaves - a small bunch(you can use curry leaves as well, nut corriander leaves taste better)

6.Bengal gram flour/Besan/Kadalapodi - (less than 1/4 cup)to be mixed with water to make a batter

7.Rice flour - to coat the cutlets before frying

8.Green chilli(chopped) - 1

9.Turmeric powder/Haldi - 1/4 tsp.

10.Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1tsp.

11.Baking powder - a pinch

12.Garam masala - 2 tsp.

13.Chaat masala(optional) - 1 tsp.

14.Red chilli powder(optional) - 1/4 to 1/2 tsp.

15.Vinegar/Lemon juice - 1 tsp.

16.Salt - a pinch

Method :
1. In a bowl, mix the crumpled paneer, onions, green chillies, tomatoes, chopped corriander leaves, the dal mixture, turmeric powder, jeera, garam masala, baking powder, chaat masala(optional), red chilli powder(optional), vinegar/lemon juice and salt.

2. Mix well and make small cutlets(raised ovals) out of this mixture .

3.Make a batter of besan and water. this batter should be slightly thick. Dip the cutlets in this batter and then coat with rice flour.

3.Heat some oil in a non-stick pan, add the cutlets one by one, fry both sides till brown.

4. Take them out and absorb the extra oil with a tissue paper.

5.Serve hot with or without any sauce.

Variation: You can use any dal to make these cutlets, and can add as many vegetables as you wish.

These scrumptious cutlets are easy-to-make and have a taste that is different from our common potato cutlets. Comments are always welcome :)

Vanilla Biscuits

Vanilla biscuits
My Mom's recipe


1.Plain Flour/Maida - 1&1/2 cup

2.Butter - 1/2cup

3.Sugar(powdered) - 1/2 cup

4.Baking Powder - a pinch

6.Vanilla Essence - 1/4 tsp.

Method :
1.Beat the butter and mix with powdered sugar till creamy. Add vanilla essence to it.

2.Separately, sieve the flour and add baking powder to it.

4.Combine both the mixtures and make a soft dough.

6.Make small (not completely flat) balls of the dough.

7.Place in a greased tray or in a tray covered with butter paper.

8.I bake them in an OTG for 10-15 minutes at 130 degree Celcius. The temperature and time may vaary according to the oven.

9.Enjoy the yummy crunchy soft biscuits. If you don't like the biscuits to be soft, keep them in fridge for 4 -5 hours.