Tuesday, October 21

Namak paare/Dimond Cut. Happy Diwali.

Happy Diwali to all my blog readers and my friends. This year I would not be celebrating diwali and that is the main reason I have not prepared anything much. Actually I had no plan to cook anything at all, But the moment I open my FB page I see lots of different types of sweets and savoury dishes pictures and that tempted me to at least cook something savoury items and store them for later.. I know this will be very much in use once the cold weather starts and the good thing with this snacks is you can store them for more then 2 to 3 months. This namak paare goes very well with ginger tea. Have a great fun friends and enjoy your Diwali with your family and friends.

1/2kg maida ( all purpose flour)
1/2tsp ajwain (Caron seeds)
1/4tsp kalonji (samal fennel)
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying.

Cooking Method.
Make a firm dough with the maida, salt, ajwain and kalonji, by adding water and set it aside for atleast 30 minutes.
In mean time keep oil for heating in a deep frying pan on a medium flame.
Take a lemon size ball from a dough and roll into a disc neither to thick nor to thin.
With a sharp knife make a criss cross cuts on disc.
Fry them to golden brown and take out the namak paare onto a papper towel to remove the excess oil.
Once they are cool completely. Store them in a airtight container.
Serve with Tea.

Thursday, October 16

Baby Prawn And Vegetable Masala Khichdi.. Pressure Cooker Version.

Baby Prawn And Vegetable Masala Khichdi.. I cook this masala khichdi when ever I feel low and to enlighten my mood this is food I would prefer. This particular dish has no recipe from any where, actually one day I wanted to make pulao but I end up adding all the ingredients what ever I got into my hands and that's how I innovated this masala khichdi and this is a dish which you put everything together in a pressure cooker and give 2 whistle and you have a delicious masala khichdi ready to eat... I have also tried many other ingredients but I always thought the first recipe was the best, so since then I'm stick to this recipe only and believe me it taste real good.

1/4 cup of baby prawn (pre cooked)
1/2 cup mix vegetables
1/2 cup of rice
3 tbsp toor dal
1 small onion, 2 green chilli, 1 small tomato ( finely chopped)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp coriander powder, 1/4 tsp garam masala
1 bay leave, 1 black cardamom, 2 cloves
1 cinnamon stick, 1 green cardamom, 1 star anise
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
Salt and Oil to taste
3 cups of water.

Cooking Method.
In a large mixing bowl add rice, prawns, dal and vegetables, wash them nicely and set aside.
In a pressure cooker, add oil, when oil is hot, add cumin seeds, bay leave, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and cloves, when they splutter, add chopped onion and green chilli, fry to light brown,
Then add tomato, red chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder and garam masala, fry for 1 minute, Add prawn, vegetables, dal, rice and salt. Give a good mix and add water, close the lid and cook for 2 whistle (1 in high flame and 1 in low flame) allow the pressure to go before opening the lid.
Serve hot with little ghee on top.

Tuesday, October 7

Egg and Cheese Sandwich.

Egg and Cheese Sandwich. Here comes the quick and easy recipe of sandwich. If you are bored of eating everyday same bread and omelette like me! Then this is the best way of making something new with same egg and bread. Just by adding cheese, iceberg lettuce and tomato sauce it will give you a whole new and lip smacking delicious sandwich. Sandwich is my regular breakfast but I try different ingredients everyday, sometime I take pictures but sometime after seeing the sandwich I just can't wait to eat.. This is one of the all time favourite sandwich in my family.

2 slices of brown bread
2 large leaves of iceberg lettuce
4 thin slices of cucumber
1/4tsp tomato sauce
1/4tsp mustard sauce
1/4tsp mayonnaise.

Ingredients To Fry The Egg.
1 egg
1 slice cheese
Pinch of black pepper powder
1/2tsp oil
Salt to taste.

Cooking Method.
In a frying pan add oil, when oil is hot break the egg into pan, sprinkle salt and black pepper, and fry the egg. 
In a mean time just toast the bread to light brown in a bread toaster.
Once the egg is cooked, Place the cheese slice onto the egg, once the cheese starts to melt, take out on to a plate. 
Take one slice of bread and place lettuce leave and apply tomato sauce, mustard sauce and mayonnaise, then place the cucumber slices, fried egg and cheese, and cover it with another bread, cut into 2 pieces
Serve hot with Juice or Tea.

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