Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cauliflower and lentil Dhal

Just now finished making of this cauliflower and lenti Dal.It is my first attempt of mixing both Dal and cauliflower,but it came very delicious.We served with chapati's.Here goes the recipe..


Ingredients:
Cauliflower-1small,cut into florets
Onion-1large,thinly sliced
Tomatoes-3,chopped
Dried red lentils-1cup
Ginger garlic paste-1tsp
Cumin seeds-1tsp
Turmeric-1tsp
Chilli powder-1tsp
Coriander powder-1tsp
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Oil-2tbsp
Salt to taste



Preparation:

Heat oil in a large frying pan.Add cumin seeds,once it splutter,add onions and fry on medium heat stirring,until starting to colour.Add tomatoes along with ginger garlic paste and turmeric powder.Cook till raw smell goes out from the paste.


Add cauliflower and chilli,coriander powder and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.Add required water and lentils.Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or till both cauliflower and lentil is cooked.Season and add a little more water if needed.
Serve topped with chopped coriander and enjoy with chapati.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Kachumba

I made this Kachumba salad for my lunch along with cauliflouwer curry.The salad is simply superab and it is made with fresh veggies.Here goes the recipe..


Ingredients:
Tomatoes-2 large, diced 
Cucumber-1, diced 
Red onion-1large, finely diced 
Chat masala-1tsp 
Lemon juice-3 tbsp
Coriander leaves-2tbsp, chopped 
Salt, to season



Preparation:
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and season with salt to taste.
Transfer into a serving bowls and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kaja

First time i made these Kaja's.I learned this recipe from MIL,she makes it very delicious.During deepavali festival it is a must sweet in the home.Here goes the recipe..



Ingredients:
All Purpose flour/ Maida -2cups
Butter- 50grams,melted 
Baking Soda a pinch
Sugar - 11/2 grams
Maida - 1 tbsp for dusting
Gram flour - 2 tbsp, for filling in the middle of the kaja.





Preparation:

For the dough:
Shift Soda along with the flour in a  bowl. Add the melted butter and crumble well. Then slowly add water and knead to a pliable dough. It should be softness but not to stiff. Knead till you get soft dough.Cover the dough a wet cloth and let it rest for 1 hour. Once 1 hour done, knead again and divide to equal size balls. 


For the Sugar Syrup:
Meanwhile,take the sugar in a pan. Add water till the sugar covers and  then bring it to a boil. Cook till you get a consistency of one thread. This you can confirm, by touching the syrup with your thumb and index finger, when you will find one thread forming. Switch off the hob.

For Making the Kaja:

Dust the dough with maida and roll the first ball like a chapati.Then roll out the second ball to the same size.
On the first rolled out chapati, apply melted butter and gram flour. Spread evenly all over. Now take the second chapati and place on the second. Press firmly.Again brush with butter and gram flour on the top.Starting from top,fold it like a roll.
Then cut into small pieces of 1 inch size.Press them down on the vertical side, then roll them out to get a long strip. 
Heat a pan with oil.Once its hot,bring it to Sim flame and drop in the rolled out Kaja's gently. Turn to the other side to cook evenly.Repeat this to entire Kaja's .
Once they are done, drain the Kaja's and drop them into sugar syrup. Gently press in so that , it soaks the sugar. Let it soak for 2 to 5 Min's, then remove and spread for it to cool.Enjoy!


These stays good up to 2weeks in a airtight box.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Crunchy Bhindi Fry

Just now i prepared this crunchy bhindi fry for hubby's lunch box.It was very crispy and tasted delicious.Here goes the recipe..



Ingredients:
Bhindi/lady's finger/okra-250grams
Gram flour-2tbsp
Red chilli powder-1tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying



Preparation:
Wash and pat dry the bhindi.It has to be really dry.Cut them into lengthwise pieces.
Place the bhindi,gram flour,chilli powder,turmeric powder and required salt.Toss them well so that bhindi is nicely coated with the flour.
Heat a pan with oil for deep frying.Oil must be really hot,but be careful sometimes it splutters.Fry the bhindi in batch's and place them on kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.
If you wish sprinkle amchur powder and enjoy crispy and delicious bhindi fry ..