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Sunday, February 27, 2011

TOMATO GREEN PEAS RICE / TOMATO BATANI BHATH



Tomato green peas rice is a very simple recipe and can be done within a few minutes of time..the ingredients required are very easily available in the day to day kitchen  and no need to run to a vegetable market..
Ingredients:
  • Cloves 4 nos
  • Sliced onion 1 cup
  • Green chillies slits of 8 nos
  • Green peas 1 cup
  • Tomato slits of 6 nos
  • Ginger garlic paste 2 tsp
  • Haldhi 1/4 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Pudina leaves/mint  1/4 cup
  • Basmathi rice / rice 1 glass
  • Water 2 glasses
  • Cashew nuts 10 nos
  • Biryani leaf 2 nos.
Method:
  • Place a cooker on the stove,add oil to it.After heating add cloves,onion pieces,green chilli slits and fry for some time till onions turn translucent.
  • Then add green peas and let it simmer by closing it with a lid for 5 minutes.
  • Next add chopped tomato pieces and mix thoroughly.
  • Now add ginger garlic paste,and again let it simmer in a low flame by covering with a lid.
  • Next add haldhi,and salt and mix well.
  • Lastly add pudina and after mixing well add 2 glasses of water to it.
  • After the water starts boiling add the washed basmathi rice and cook till it is done.
  • Or if cooking in cooker cook for 2 complete whistles..
  • Transfer in to a serving bowl,garnish with cashews which are fried in 1/4 tsp ghee.
  • Serve hot with any raitha..
  • Its a soft and yummy rice with very less spicyness..obviously children will love it..

Thursday, February 17, 2011

BANANA CHOCLATE CHIP MUFFIN


Ingredients:
  • Banana (ripe) - 1 cup
  • All Purpose flour(Maidha) - 1 3/4 cup
  • Sugar- 3/4 cup
  • Baking soda - 1 T spn
  • Baking Powder - 1 T spn
  • Choclate chips- 3/4 cup
  • Butter - 5 Tb spns
  • Yogurt - 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1 Tb spn
  • Salt - 1/4 Tspn 

 Method:

  • Dry Mixture 
    • Mix maidha, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar thoroughly in a vessel.
  • Wet Mixture
    • In another vessel, mix melted butter (at room temperature), banana puree, yogurt and vanilla extract. 
  • Mix wet ingredients with the dry ingredients thoroughly. Lastly add the choclate chips and mix it thoroughly.
  • Preheat the oven at 350 F.
  • Place the muffin liners in the muffin tray.
  • Start filling the paper liners in the muffin tray with the above prepared mixture up to 2/3rd of it.
  • Bake it at 350F for 20 mins.
  • Make sure it is baked properly by placing the knife or toothpick when poked should come out clean.
 
Tips:
  • If you like crunch add the almond flakes in addition to the chocolate chips.
  • Here I did not add the egg. But egg eaters can add 1 egg to it.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

RAVVA LADDU/ SOOJI LADDU


Ingredients:

  • Sooji - 2 1/2 Cups
  • Sugar - 2 1/2 Cups
  • Dry coconut flakes/Powder- 1 1/4 Cup
  • Unsalted Butter - 4 Tb spns
  • Cardamom powder - 2 pinches
  • Almond Flakes - 4 Tbspns
  • Raisins - 3 Tb Spns
  • Milk - 3/4 Cup
Method:

  • Take a pan and add butter to it. When it is hot add almond flakes and raisins.
  • When the raisins pops up add sooji to it and roast it for 10 minutes or until you get light brown colour. The raw smell should go away. Make sure you continously stir it so that the sooji won't get burnt.
  • Now add dry coconut powder and fry by stirring it for 3-5 minutes.
  • Then add sugar and stir it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Finally before turning off the stove add cardamom powder.
  • After turning off the stove add the milk and mix it. The mixture will be tight.
  • Let it cool for 5 mins and start making ladoo.
  • Make sure you don't put too much milk. You should be able to gather the mixture and make a laddu. You can also sprinkle water or milk on the mixture for making a laddu.
  •  Make sure to put a bowl of cold water so that you can dip your hand in the cold water and then a make a laddu. By dipping in cold water and then taking the mixture into hand will also make the task more easy because this wetness will be helpful for binding it easily.


 Tips:
  • Here I used milk because it will be more tasty. Otherwise you can also divide little milk and little water instead of only milk. Or you can only use water instead of milk.
  • After turning off the stove you can also sprinkle milk or water on the dry mixture and make laddus or you can add some milk immediately after turning off the stove mix it then make the laddu's. See whatever is comfortable for you.
  • I got 40 laddus by that measurements. So if you don't need that many you can reduce the quantities.
  • You can also adjust the sugar as per your taste.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

EGGLESS PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE


Saw this in a cookery show and gave it a try. It is very very tasty and yummy. Especially children will love it..

Ingredients:
  • Maidha 2 cups
  • Salt a pinch
  • Baking powder 2 tsp
  • Sugar 1 cup
  • Pine apple juice - half cup
  • Vanilla essence 1 tbsp
  • Butter/Ghee -1 cup
  • Pine apple pieces finely chopped - 2 tbsp
  • Boiled milk fat free 1 glass/250 ml
  • For garnishing-7 to 9 finely chopped pine apple slices(rounds)
  • Cherries 4 to 5 nos-cut into half
Method:
  • Grease the cake pan with ghee and sprinkle maidha and spread  it across the pan evenly.
  • Dry Mixture 
    •  Mix maidha, salt, baking powder thoroughly in a vessel. You can also seive the mixture 4 to 5 times to get mixed fully.
  • Wet Mixture
    • In another vessel, mix melted butter (at room temperature) with sugar.
    • Then add pineapple juice, vanilla extract(essence), pine apple crush and milk into the vessel and mix them thoroughly.
  • Lastly add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix them well without any lumps.
  • Place 7 to 9 pine apple slices in the greased baking tray.(it is for garnishing as after it is baked when u turn the cake upside down it will be seen as flowers).
  • Pre heat the oven.
  • Pour the cake mixture in the cake  pan (on the arranged pine apple slices)
  • Bake it in convection mode, and set  for 180 degreesC (or 325F) for 40 minutes
  • After 40 mins the oven will automatically be switched off.
  • Make sure it is baked properly by placing the knife or toothpick when poked should comeout clean.
  • Let the cake cool for an hour.
  • Place the cake holder / tray on top of the cake pan and flip it. (Run the butterknife through the edges of the pan if needed.)
  • Garnish the cake with half cut cherries in the centre of the pine apple pieces and serve.
  • You can, if needed, add a dollop of whipped cream on the slices when seving it.