December 22, 2008

Cauliflower Bhaji

Seeing the title of this post, some readers might feel this recipe as a everyday dish. But I have tried to make this recipe look colourful and healthy by adding carrot, green peas, tomatoes to it. It adds a variety and different taste to the typical recipe. It is an ideal one for luncbox.

Ingredients:
2 cup cauliflower florets
1 carrot finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
1/4 cup green peas
5-6 curry leaves
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp red chili powder
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tsp asafoetida
1 tsp turmeric powder
Sugar to taste
Salt to taste
3-4 tbsp Oil
1/2 cup water
Finely chopped coriander for garnishing.

Method:
  1. Heat oil in a pan. As it heats, add mustard and cumin seeds.
  2. After they pop up, add curry leaves, asafoetida and turmeric powder and mix well.
  3. Add salt, sugar, chili powder, garam masala and mix well.
  4. Now add all vegetables one by one starting with tomatoes, carrots, green peas and finally cauliflower florets mixing well each time.
  5. Saute the vegetable well. You can add salts and masala (step 3) after adding vegetables (step 4), but then you will have to make sure to mix ingredients evenly.
  6. Finally add about 1/2 cup (cannot be quantified exactly) to the pan and let it cook on high flame for about 7-8 min, stirring in between.
  7. Reduce the flame to low and allow it to stand covered for next 5-6 min.
  8. The actual cooking time may defer depending on how much you want to cook the vegetables.
  9. Before serving, garnish it with finely chopped coriander.

Serves: 2-3

Preparation Time: 30 min

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December 2, 2008

Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is just the perfect thing these cold windy days. Its a best appetizer and makes you eat more :) Also it is the first item in soup's section menu in any Indian restaurant.

Ingredients:
1 onion chopped
2-3 tomatoes cut into 3/4 pieces
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder
Cumin powder
Water
Corn flour mixed in cold water
Sugar (optional)
Oil or ghee
Basil (optional, but good to have)
Cream (optional)
Croutons

Method:
  1. Heat oil in a pan, add onions and saute untill golden brown.
  2. Now add the coarsely cut tomatoes. Saute till they become soft.
  3. Add salt, little bit of black pepper powder and cumin powder, basil (if available).
  4. Add 2-3 cups water to it and let cook it covered for 5 min. Let the mixture cool down.
  5. After the mixture cools down, blend it to fine paste in mixer.
  6. If you want clear soup, filter it out in a colander.
  7. Now reheat it and add corn flour paste (mixed in cold water). This gives clear soup its required consistency. Bring to boil.
  8. Serve hot garnished with croutons.
Serves: 2-3 cups

Preparation Time: 15-20 min
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