Friday, January 10, 2014

Radish stuffed Indian Flat Bread / Mooli Parantha

Here's another Indian flat bread recipe. Radish has many health benefits. I cook it for one main reason that
it is good for eliminating gastric complaints. For it's smell, not many prefer to have it. This is a very tasty method to have it.

You can have the parantha as is, or you can have it with achar / pickle and curd, or you can even have it with ketchup. It tastes amazing with literally anything.

I usually mix dough overnight if I have to make it for breakfast and keep it covered outside in winters and in summers, I store it in an airtight box and keep it in the fridge and before making paranthas, I microwave the dough for few seconds to make it to room temperature. You can also keep it outside for few hours after refrigeration, to get it to room temperature. But preparing the dough 8-12 hrs before really makes the flat bread softer and it just melts in the mouth. If you cannot prepare it way before, you can prepare the dough half an hour before too.

Fold the dough over the stuffing as shown in the top left picture and cover it completely with dough as shown in bottom left picture. Now dust the stuffed dough ball as shown in top right picture and press it flat, as thin as possible making sure not to tear it apart. You can have the paranthas thick too, but I prefer them thin.

Now for cooking them on the flat pan, in picture 1, the flat bread has been just spread on the pan.
In picture 2, you can see there are few spots or dots seen. That is when you flip to the other side.
In picture 3, you see the other side of the flat bread. It is swelling a bit. Once the other side is also cooked, turn it back. Keep turning till both the sides are done well. Make sure not to burn the parantha or over cook it as it turns hard when it is burnt or over cooked.

So, that is it !!!!!!!! Hope you guys would make it soon and let me know how it came out.
Till the next post, happy cooking and stay healthy.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sambar Rice

I love everything I make, but I have a strong association with Sambar and anything made with it. I just looooooovvvvveeeeeee Sambar, I don't know why ?

So here's sambar rice. This is again a one-pot dish that can be had for lunch, dinner, or would even make for a lunch box treat.

I soaked tamarind, the size of a lemon medium size, in a bowl of water.

Pre-cook a small cup of toor dal / kandi pappu and also 3 small cups of rice.

Hope you'll like it. Till the next post, happy cooking and stay healthy !!!!!!!!!!!!


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Methi and Mutter Pulao / Fenugreek and peas rice

I did this post previously, long time back. Then I didn't have better pictures. Thought I should re-do it with complete pictures. So here it is.

It is a one-pot dish ideal for dinner and tiffin box.

I like to use a pressure pan when I am cooking for 2-3 people, but I use a pressure cooker when I am cooking for more than 3 people. The taste that comes from pressure cooking doesn't come with traditional cooking and the time taken with pressure cooking is also less. So I prefer the former over latter.

I make ginger-garlic paste fresh. I don't pre-make and store as I think that kills the aroma.

I do not like using small fenugreek leaves as it requires a lot of washing, even more than the bigger leaves.

I don't soak soya chunks or basmati rice before hand as I am pressure cooking the whole thing and they are cooked well. It just saves a lot of preparation time and less things to remember to do while preparing the
ingredients for cooking.

I also add chopped coriander  leaves before pressure cooking the whole thing as this increases the flavor of the dish than when it is garnished on top after the whole thing is cooked and just before it is served.

I like to serve it with raita made with beaten yogurt and chopped cucumber ( kheera ), onion and  coriander leaves. I add grated carrot to the raita along with enough salt, a pinch of red chilly powder and a teaspoon of sugar. Try making raita like this and let me know how you liked it.

Till the next post, happy cooking and stay healthy !!!!!!!!!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tomato, Cucumber and Onion sandwich

I like my sandwich plain, simple with not much of a procedure, yet healthy and not to forget, tasty too.

Just spread the mix on the bread and have it...

Enjoy and let me know how you liked it. Till the next post, happy cooking and enjoy food !!!!!!!!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Sabudana Khichdi / Sago one pot dish

I love this dish....... I posted a simpler version of the same previously, which I'm thinking to re-do it again with better pictures. For now, here's another method to make sabudana/sago khichdi which can be had for breakfast, dinner or a 4 p.m snack.

Till the next post, happy cooking...