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Friday, December 23, 2011

Cheese Sprint Dosas

I woke up in the morning with a smile on my face. Winters.
They remind me of childhood, of love, the quilts we've slept in, snuggling in front of the room heaters, of all the good times and piping hot food that we've shared in these frozen warm moments.

Rubbing my hands together in the morning breeze, I stood in the kitchen when it dawned on me. What better way to get you warm than some molten cheese! :)

As always I believe in quick recipes and I had to remember that Prasad will give me the longest face ever if I repeated yesterday's Dosa. Thus, here's our recipe of the day!

Cheese Sprint Dosa

Always remember, presentation is Everything! Well, almost everything.

1 medium sized Onion
Grated Cheese
Salt, Pepper
Dosa Dough

1. Cut the onions and grate the cheese.

2. Mix these two together and add salt & pepper to taste.

3. Spread the Dosa batter on a greased pan. Make smaller sizes as shown in the picture.

4. Immediately sprinkle the cheese mix on it and cover it.

5. Covering with a lid ensure faster cooking and especially the porous (and soft) Dosa.Which I Totally Love.

6. Toss it! Crisp it out.

7. Serve with Coconut-Ginger chutney and Tomato Ketchup! O yes, who said Ketchup goes well only with Burgers and Fries.

Bon Appetit!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hello!? You're expected somewhere!

What panics me most? Being late.
When I am late to work or late for an appointment or commitment.
Especially when I leave the house in a hurry, I'm almost always sure that I've forgotten somethign behind. Which later reveals when I'm almost half the distance away from home.

This is what amazes me that when you see movie scenes which need a person to go on stage or for a fight or a conference or live on TV. When the person is told, "You're up in 5!". He / she just nods and continues with their daily chores like nothing happened.
They complete a whole scene, some dialogues, mental perplexities, emotional turmoils, reconciliation with heartbreaks and if Bollywood movie, then perhaps a song as well. Meanwhile, you've forgotten that they are expected somewhere else and suddenly the assistant peeps in and reminds us!

If I were to be in that scene. I would pop up in the first call and march down! Or mostly would have cold feet to begin with and perhaps not even make it to the stage 'cause I fainted en-route.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Crispy Sada Bahaar Parantha!!

Tell me if these don't melt in your mouth.
And what's more? They are healthier than most dishes you can think of in five minutes!

This Easy Wheezy Recipe power packs all the nutrition that you can ask for, so its best for Mommies and barely takes 15 minutes to get done; what more can working girls ask for?

This proportion makes around six paranthas.

2 bundles of Methi leaves ( Fenugreek). You even get them neatly cut and bundled up nowadays to make your life easier.
Garlic pods - 4
One small onion
Salt, Chilly powder
2 cups of Wheat flour
Curd - on the side.


 1. Grind the Methi, Garlic and Onion in a grinder.

2. Mix this paste into wheat flour, add salt, chilly, some oil and knead it. You mostly wouldn't need to add any additional water. Be vary of making the dough too slimy, as the Methi and Onion discharge water themselves. (Yup, I don't knead it by hand. Why waste energy here when you can use it in better ways!)

3. Make regular Paranthas with this dough.

Wowie! You've got yourselves Sada-Bahaar Paranthas. Even the kiddos who hate greens, will float towards the kitchen on the whiff of these beauties.

4. Serve them hot with set curd and pickle of your choice!

Bon Appetite.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Face the daemons!

Confrontation. Some of us just hate the sound of that word.
Me? It makes me go uneasy in my guts. Especially because I want to make it face-saving for the other person.

I take pride in the fact that I tend to notice a lot of facts and things around me that most don't. I do think I am overly-observant. But then, sometimes I just wish I wasn't. Ignorance can be a bliss especially when you want to erase the fact you've discovered.

There are just so many occasions when I have realized that I could have done without the additional piece of information that has landed in my grey cells. And once it does, I am not at peace until I do something about it. Like the other time I observed that my ever-faithful maid had flicked half a cake of washing soap. Now, she might have been doing this all the past years, or might have been her first time. I was just too upset knowing that she 'can' steal. I hated confronting her for something as petty but I did want her to know that I knew. Finally, I did. And it wasn't that bad. She gave some lame explanation for it and I halfheartedly accepted it to kill the topic.

With friends, you observe some annoying habits which you would like to correct as a friendly gesture. But then, no one likes free advise in today's world. Also, my relentless brain can't help but notice these habits again and again. Like those who pick their nose, tap their feet at 10 times per second!, have lice in their heads or don't wash their hands but like to share your food!

Confrontation at work is even worse. You don't want to burn bridges with anyone. Yet, whether friendly or not-so-friendly suggestion is in the calling. I could never get myself to say No. Or, "Sorry! I beg to differ".

But, I think time and experience has told me that its best to confront. Sometimes you're doing the other person a favor. What would you think?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Julienne Chicken Quickie!

I always wondered how do they get the chicken shredded so well while I gobbled chicken salads or sandwiches. Now, I know. :)

Easy Wheezy Recipe for a sumptuous Sandwich filled with creamy shredded chicken stuffing.

Chicken breasts - 2
Mayonnaise - Any flavor of your choice
Pepper, Salt
Olives - I prefer the black sliced ones in brine
Jalapenos - If you like these
Carrot & Cucumber - Shredded into thin strings

Pardon me for the borrowed photos from the net this time. I couldn't stop myself from gobbling down before clicking!

Easy Wheezy Method of preparation:

1. Boil about 4 cups of water. Clean the chicken breasts, slice into quarter of each breast and place them in the boiling water pan.
2. Let the chicken cook thoroughly for about 15 minutes. The way to check is ensuring that there is no pink all the way inside of the chicken pieces. Also, don't over cook to avoid getting a rubbery texture.
3. Once done, discard the water and place the chicken on a clean plate. Let it cool down.
4. Place a fork on the chicken piece and slowly start scraping that piece with another fork. This will give you beautiful shredded textures. Tada! Julienne.

Allow it to be chilled preferably especially for cold sandwiches or salads.
5. Now, you're open to creativity of what all you want to stuff in your sandwich. This is what I did.
6. Mix this shredded chicken with Mayonnaise, pepper, salt into a thick paste.
7. Add this on top of a toasted bread slice.
8. Spread torn lettuce, olives, Jalapenos, shredded carrots & cucumber on top of this.
9. Place another toast on top of this. Ready to gobble!

If you have some chicken left over, make sure you put it in air tight container in the refrigerator. This chicken can also be used in pastas, salads or grills. Just that if you intend to cook it again for say baked or grilled dishes, do not boil it all the way. Or else, you will end up overcooking the final dish.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Creamy Cottage Cheese Sunrise

So this one's a delicacy according to me, for my veg friends. :)
Creamy Cottage Cheese Sunrise.

Why did I name it that.. you'll know soon!

Onion, Tomatoes, Garlic Pods, Ginger
Cottage Cheese  ( Paneer)
Corn kernels & Green Peas ( Frozen ones available in market)
Milk / Fresh Cream
Corn Flour; Mix about two table spoons of cornflour in few spoons of water.
Salt, pepper, chilli to taste
Pasta Seasoning / Oregano
Oil / Butter for seasoning
Cheese for Garnish.


1. Grind ginger-garlic in fine paste. Chop onions and tomatoes in fine cubes.
2. Saute the garlic, ginger and onion in some oil / butter.

3. After the onion turn golden brown, add tomatoes.

Cover this and cook until the tomatoes are cooked completely. You might want to mash this mixture into a fine paste or use a hand blender.

4. Add Salt, Chilli & Pepper to this. Add the corn and peas to this mixture.

5. Add milk on top. Pour the cornflour mix in this, stir and cover the lid and cook well till the peas and corn are soft. In few minutes this sauce will have a smooth thick texture and a beautiful creamy orange 'sunrise' shade. Hence, the name. :)

6. Saute paneer ( Cottage cheese) in some butter. Add salt, pepper and oregano seasoning to this. Remove as soon as the paneer is soft.

7. Spread the paneer on a flat dish. Pour the red sauce that you've prepared on top of this.

8. Garnish with Cheese. Go on, be a little generous ;)

9. Place this dish into a preheated oven for about 10 mins at 180 degrees.

Tada! Tell me if this doesn't get people kissing your hands in sheer joy!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Me back with some yummilicious recipes :)

I know I have been away on a long hiatus from blogging.
I had too many thoughts and things to share when I sat down. Which eventually ended up in not writing anything after all!

I have been cooking so much more (not because Prasad has been making me do that (;) but ) because, I just always loved doing this so much.

I was gifted a lovely OTG Oven by Prasad as a ( belated )birthday gift. This opened the doors to my world of baking which I always wanted to explore. Although, today I shall share one of the Mangalorean dishes I have learnt to make. Its called Mooga-gashi or Masala Rande or Masol . Which basically means Moong in the Masala.

It has an authentic flavor which your palette will never forget. Trust me.

Moong (I sprouted these for better nutrition)
Fresh coconut
Red dry chillies ( Select the ones that are crinkled and more spicier version)
Dhanya seeds ( Whole Coriander seeds )
Tamarind or Amchoor, i.e. Dry mango powder ( Optional , this is my addition )
Mustard seeds and curry leaves for seasoning
Coconut oil or any other oil you use
Salt to taste

1. Steam cook the sprouts so that they are ready to eat.
2. Season the coriander seeds and red chillies in some oil.
3. Grind coriander seeds, chillies and coconut in the grinder into a very fine paste. The finer the better. You'll see that the roasted red chillies have created a mesmerizing orange color that will get your taste buds dancing.
4. Splutter the mustard seeds and curry leaves in some oil. Add the coconut paste to this.
5. Add some water to make the gravy. Add salt and the moong dal.
6. Cover and bring to boil.
7. Since I love the curries to become tangy, I added a little amchoor powder to this in the end. This also kills the bitterness of sprouts. However, this is completely optional.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Red Sauce Mushroom Spaghetti!!

This easy weezy recipe will leave you finger-licking! Trust me on that.
Although, the red sauce is not Prasad's favorite, he prefers the white sauce hands-down. Nevertheless, I had been planning on making this one as I had imagined the recipe to be and so I did.

Here it goes:

Serves 2-3

- Pack of Spaghetti ( Go for Delmonte or Bambino)
- Tomatoes - 3 medium sized
- Onions - 2 medium sized
- Garlic paste or finely chopped pods - about 6-7
- Pack of Fresh Mushrooms
- If you like broccoli, it would make a great combination here.
- Corn flour - 3-4 Tablespoons
- Other basic condiments, salt, black pepper, red pepper, pasta seasoning or oregano, basil.

Easy weezy process to cook!
First and foremost, boil some water with about 1 teaspoon of salt and add the spaghetti to it. Once cooked ( do not overcook lest you want a spaghetti chutney), set aside in a strainer. Sprinkle a spoon of oil over this and stir so that the spaghetti strings do not stick together.

1. Chop the onions and garlic.
2. Add some oil in a cooking vessel. Saute first the garlic and then add the onions.
3. Meanwhile puree the tomatoes. After the onions turn golden brown, add the tomato puree to it.
4. Let this mix simmer until the tomatoes cook really well.
5. Add salt, pepper and all the seasoning to taste.
6. Once cooked, add the chopped mushrooms. If you're adding broccoli, now would be the good time.
7. Add about one small bowl of water to this and let it come to boil.
8. Meanwhile, take the cornflour in a separate bowl and mix with few spoons of cold / regular water.
9. Start adding this cornflour paste to the onion-tomato mix slowly while stirring.
10. You'll notice that you're red sauce is taking shape. Now depending on how soupy you like your spaghetti, retain the consistency of this red sauce.

Your red sauce is ready!!!

Mix the spaghetti with the red sauce while the sauce is simmering and has some liquid left to it. This helps the two mix well. Add any seasoning if lacking. Tada! Your Red-Sauce Mushroom Spaghetti is done!!

You can garnish it as you like :) I did it this way.
Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My photo blog is here as well!!

Dear readers,

I know I've been away for a couple of weeks but that is only because I got a little too occupied with my Canon 550D !!!! :D
I promised myself to make better use of it than I did for my Canon 400D. So, I started my photo blog..
My Shutter!!!

So please do check it out and keep checking in, because I am going to be posting in every now and then!

O yes, and my recipe for Red Sauce Spaghetti with Mushrooms is coming right up!!

Monday, July 25, 2011


Prasad got the censored Anurag Kashyap movie; Paanch. It is meant to be the initial script of Shaitan that recently released. It got shelved because of its high amount of violence and drug abuse story line, w.r.t. the audience tolerance levels back in 2002. So, I was in a rush to get done with dinner and get down to the movie.

We've been trying to cut down on heavy food lately but, that has caused a cumulative heap of left overs in the refrigerator. The thing is, I hate to waste food. So, I decided I got to make a quick fix AND put all the precious food in the fridge to good use AND make Prasad's palate happy.

So, here's what I made! Crunchy-fried-mushy-roast-cheesy-block. That's how I would like to name it. Yes, that little heart was my personal touch.

Ingredients from my refrigerator: 
1. Mutton sheek rolls
2. Mushrooms
3. Cabbage
4. Onion
5. Left over rice. Now, mind it you must use earlier made rice lest you want to make a rice paste.
6. Vinegar, Soy sauce, Chilli sauce
7. Salt, Chilli, Black Pepper
8. Some cheese to garnish.

1. Roast the Sheek rolls and set aside. Cut them into smaller pieces. For the vegetarian folks, you can substitute this with paneer or even french fries!

2. Roast the cut onions and cabbage into a crispy golden brown texture.

3. Add mushrooms to this and add all the condiments i.e. salt, chilli, pepper.

4. Season this mixture with Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Chilli Sauce to taste.
5. Add the rice and mix well.

This is where you realize that if you add freshly made rice, you'll end up with a warm paste, which you do not want.
6. Now, the best part. Garnish. :) You see, its all about presentation.

Cause its all about happiness and love after all :)

Bon Appetit! 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Egg-xxotic Friday! :D

As always Friday nights are special and so, they call for some special treat for the palate.

Today I decided to make the South-Indian Egg Curry since me and Prasad are whole-heartedly eggitarians. Its surprisingly easy and your stomach will thank you profusely as soon as the aromas of this delicacy fill your home.

So, here it goes!

Serving size: 2-3
Cooking time: 30 mins
1. Eggs - 4 ( or as many as you'd like to eat!)
2. Onions - 3 medium sized
3. Tomatoes - 4 medium sized
4. Green Chilli
5. Coriander
6. Grated coconut (optional)
7. Ginger-garlic paste
8. Tamarind paste
9. Regular condiments: Salt, Chilli, Turmeric, Garam masla, Jeera, Mustard, Curry leaves

1. Hard boil the eggs and cut them into halves. Set them aside.

2. Heat oil in a cooking vessel. Add mustard seeds, let them splutter. Add the slit green chilies and curry leaves.
3. To this add ground onion paste. Let this roast till its golden brown.

4. Add the regular condiments mentioned above except salt. ( You see, salt doesn't let tomatoes cook well!)
5. Once all spices are cooked for about 3-4 minutes, add tomato puree to this.


6. Let the tomatoes get cooked. ( Add a lid to this if you don't want a mess around your stove! Plus the steam lets them cook faster.)

 7. Once all the fluid from the tomatoes starts drying up, add another cup of water to it and let it simmer.
8. Once done, add the ground coconut, tamarind and salt.
Now, its imperative, that you check all the spices at this stage because you don't want to be smashing around those lovely eggs later for mixing up.
9. Add eggs to this, let it simmer for about 10 minutes to get the flavor of the spices.

10. Garnish with coconut or coriander on top and serve immediately!

Bon Appetit!!

NOTE: Do not boil the eggs too much in advance of consumption, else you may land up with blackened insides. Although, I'm an egg-lover, I myself despise that!