Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
So to celebrate my shorting vanishing act from this blogoshere, here are these yummy vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. You can find the original recipe here. I got the recipe from the lid of the Oatmeal box and I have tried it several times. The key change to the original recipe is that I didn't use eggs and instead some milk and it still turned out yum. It was my son's idea to add the M&Ms. My son eats it hot off the oven. My daughter who neither likes the raisins nor the oatmeal loves this cookie too...
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
2 cups old fashioned Oats
1 cup of raisins
1/2 cup milk
Heat oven to 350°F.
In large bowl, mix butter and sugars well until creamy.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; mix well.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Add oats and raisins; mix well.
If the mixture is too stiff, add milk. I added about 1/2 cup milk.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 10 - 12 minutes or until light golden brown.
Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; add the M&Ms if you want and bake for 1 extra minute.
Remove from oven and cool completely.
Enjoy the cookies hot off the oven with a nice cup of tea!
Monday, November 16, 2009
While kids played, the focus shifted to food and I needed some comfort food. I had food in the refrigerator from the weekend, but no that wouldn't work. I needed something different. So thats when I made this ultimate comfort food, Curd rice and Aloo Bharta (Mashed potatoes - I guess!)
You must be thinking that she is crazy to have clicked pictures when the day was so crazy. The pictures were taken earlier, when the day was not so crazy but the food was the same.
So enjoy the food and wish that I remember to get off the bed on the correct side next time...
There is not much to these recipes, they are more of comfort food. Make sure you add enough salt and don't burn the seasonings and it tastes good...
Ingredients for the Aloo Bharta (Mashed potatoes)
2-3 large potatoes boiled with the skin
2-3 green chillies chopped finely
1 large onion chopped
spoonful of punch phutan
1 tea spoon of mustard oil
Salt to taste
Peel the skin of the potatoes and mash well.
Take the oil in a pan and heat well. (use regular oil if you like. I like mine in mustard oil)
Add the panch phutan and chillies and onions. Mix well.
Add the potatoes and the salt and mix well.
Serve hot with cold yogurt rice - yum!
Ingredients for the curd rice
1 cup of Cooked rice
1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 inch of ginger - grated
few green chilies
1 tea spoon of oil
handful of curry leaves
1 tea spoon of mustard seeds
Salt to taste
Beat the yogurt with salt and then mix well with rice.
Take a small pan. Heat oil in it. Add mustard seed, curry leaves, green chillies and grated ginger.
Pour on the rice and serve!
Enjoy my comfort food and tell me about yours....
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
And while I dislike Lau, my husband loves it. So we have quite a few preparations of Lau at home. This lau pachadi is a quick win for both of us.
Lau peeled and then grated - about 2 cups
1 cup of yogurt
1 tea spoon of mustard seeds
2-3 green chilies
handful of curry leaves
1 inch of ginger grated
salt to taste
1 tea spoon of oil
Take the bottle gourd peel the skin and grate it to get about 2 cups.
Take a pan and heat oil in it. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, green chilies, grated ginger and the curry leaves.
Mix well and add the bottle gourd and salt and cover and cook for 7-8 minutes until the water from the lau evaporates.
Take off the heat, add the yogurt and some water and serve.
This goes well with rice and lasts well in the refrigerator.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Plantain is a dish that you need to develop taste for. As a kid I ate it in disguised forms like in cutlets. But slowly over time I have started enjoying it.
2-3 Green Plantain cut into round slices
Salt to taste
1 tea spoon of Turmeric powder
1 table spoon of Oil
Boil the plantain in a water and salt and turmeric powder for 10 minutes. Keep an eye, so that plantain is nearly cooked through. This process helps make the cooking faster and allows the dish to use less oil.
Throw the extra water out or use in curries, it has loads of vitamins.
Take another pan. Heat oil in it. Once the oil is hot, add red chillies and punch phutan and the plantains.
Fry for 2-3 minutes to brown the edges and you are done!
Isn't this a life saver in terms of time ? If you don't like plantain, you can cook potatoes in the same way too - uses much less oil.
On another note, the picture in the background is a Patachitra painting from Orissa. These painting are done on special cloth called "Pata" and usually depict Krishna leelas and other folk stories.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
After Mom is gone, I am cooking the basics over the weekend and eating through the week. This Mund Daal Dalma is my husband's favorite Dalma. He takes this for lunch atleast once on most weeks. I am not a big fan of Mung Daal or Lau or Lauki... But fried Mung dal changes the flavor of mung and becomes palatable for me too...
Sending this to Think Spice : Think Coriander seeds event , hosted this time at Priya’s easy N tasty recipes, originated at Sunita’s World!
1 cup Mung Daal
1/2 of a lau - chopped into small pieces (about 2 cups)
Salt to taste
1 table spoon of Oil for tempering
1 tea spoon of cumin seeds
Friday, October 23, 2009
2-3 handful of goat cheese crumbled
1 handful of basil leaves (I used cilantro at home)
10-12 red cherry tomatoes - chopped
few olives chopped (I had none at home)
salt to taste
peper to taste
Warm the red kidney beans in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes to get it slightly warm. (The cafeteria chef put this salad on the flat bread and baked it for 5 minutes).
Add the goat cheese, basil leaves and cherry tomatoes and olives and toss well.
Serve with salt and pepper sprinkled on the top...
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sushma, Prasu, Shubha, VS - Thank you so much for passing on this award. This award goes with a fun meme, which has to be passed on to 6 of your favourite blogs and which has to be answered with only one word.
Here is the meme part:
1. Where is your cell phone: in my purse
2. Your hair: Black
3. Your mother: U
4. Your father: D
5. Your favorite food: Goat Biryani
6. Your dream last night: Can't remember, its time for todays' dreams...
7. Your favorite drink: Hot chocolate
8. Your dream/goal: Retire at 40!
9. What room are you in: Bedroom
10. Your hobby: blogging, reading
11. Your fear: cats
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years: India
13. Where were you last night: Home
14. Something you aren’t: Punctual
15. Muffins: Eggless ones baked at home are my favorite
16. Wish list item: trip on Palace on Wheels
17. Where did you grow up: Orissa
18. Last thing you did: Put my little one to sleep
19. What are you wearing: Pj's
20. Your TV: Off
21. Your pets: None, but would love to get a dog
22. Your friends:Many
23. Your life: Hectic/Chaotic
24. Your mood: Blissful
25. Missing someone: Mom
26. Vehicle: Maxima
27. Something you’re not wearing: Makeup
28. Your favorite store: Kohls
29. Your favorite color: Blue
30. When was the last time you laughed: just hours ago.
31. Last time you cried: Wasnt this week
32. Your best friend: N
33. One place that I go over and over: grocery store
34. One person who emails me regularly: My cousins
35. Favorite place to eat: Mings at Edison, NJ
And the award goes to all my talented blogger friends.
Also I received the following awards from Raje:
And the following awards come from Indrani and Babli:
Thanks to you all for thinking of me and showering me with awards. You are the inspiration for this blog and these mid night posts... I would like to share all these awards with all my blogger friends
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
The bhoga is usually done with Paneer and banana mashed together and made into balls. I added some honey and crushed cardamom powder...
Happy Purnima everyone!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Macha Ghanta is a typical Oriya dish again. While I don't think it is a main dish for asthami, it is one of the fish dishes made on that day. Ghanta in oriya means 'mixed' and each specific ghanta has a typical set of vegetables to be added. Macha ghanta has the additional fish pieces in it. In Orissa mom makes it with the head of the fish - oh it is delicious...
Fried fish - few pieces
1 large onion - thinly sliced
1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
1-2 pieces - bay leaves
1 big cinamon stick
2-3 tablespoon of Oil
Salt to taste
1 tea spoon of turmeric powder
1 tea spoon of chili powder
1 tea spoon of garam masala
1 handful of channa dal (washed and soaked for 4-5 hours)
Vegetables of your choice (what works well is mentioned below)
1 large potato diced
few string beans - cut into small pieces
1/4th of a large white radish
1 egg plant - diced
1-2 tomatoes (optional)
few pieces of red pumpkin or white pumpkin
Heat Oil in a Pan and add a large Bay Leaf, cardamom, cinnamon stick.
Add the thinly sliced onions and fry till the onion turns golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and turmeric powder and chili powder and mix well for 2-3 minutes and then add the vegetables and the Dal. In this process you don't have to cook the ginger-garlic paste through completely, since it gets cooked with the vegetables.
Cover and cook the vegetables until cooked through. Add any tomatoes if you like and the garam masala and then the fried fish. Mix well. Adjust seasoning and serve hot with rice and salad.
Also if you want, you can make the vegetarian version where you don't add the fish. That's the version my Mom had. Since you add fried fish at the end, you can easily make both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian version at the same time...
In Orissa it is usually made with fried head of the fish and tastes awesome. It is a regular in Oriya weddings too...
Happy Dusshera everyone.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I love summer - especially here in US where it is a mere 2 months with bursts of rain in between. It also reminds me of the summer vacations in India. Growing up I loved the long summer vacations lazing around at my grandma's house. She had huge mangoes, custard apple, lichi and guava trees and we cousins would have a feast on different fruits everyday. Oh I wish for those days... Mango was a high-light of the season. Well mangoes are gone here... But we still do get watermelon. Between cousins, a huge water melon would vanish in seconds...
Now a days when I get watermelon, sometimes it goes bad and gets thrown out. I love eating it, but there is barely any time to enjoy this simple delight. Also I feel its fun to have it with friends/family, with the juice rolling down ones hand.... My kids are not big watermelon fans, but I religiously bring it and try it on them every year... I am sure they will develop some taste for it sometime.This watermelon juice was a favorite in summer for the adults. While we chomped on the full melon, the elders sipped elegantly on this simple juice.
Both these simple juice and sorbet are going to " Soup N Juice "event hosted by Sreesha of Mom's Recipes.
There is not much to the recipe, cut some water melon flesh, add some sugar or honey and a little salt and lemon juice and there you have it. Serve cold with crushed ice...
This sorbet is nothing but frozen watermelon balls. This reminds me of those hot summer days when we used to quietly eat ice cubes while our moms were napping or busy chatting...
Take some water melon pulp, sugar and freeze for an hour. Break it up with your fork and refreeze for an hour again. Scoop out with your ice cream scooper and serve in a tall glass or in a plate (as I did...) It tastes yum either way! Slurp it down before it melts and drink it if it does....
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The 1st one is the participation award from Shanthi for participating in her State's Special event. Thanks a lot Shanthi. It means a lot to me. It was a nice event to participate in and showcase different cusines from different states.
Hema has showered me with the following awards. Thanks a lot for thinking of me. The lovely awards and the encouraging comments keep me going. So here is the list of awards
Scrumptious Blog Award
Yum Yum Blog Award
One Lovely Blog Award
Beautiful Site Award
Best Blog Darts Award
I would like to pass these awards to all my blogger friends. You all have been true inspiration to me....
I am happy to receive the Honest Scrap award from Padma. Thank you so much for your encouragement.
1. I love to sleep.
2. I work diligently, given any task I take it seriously.
3. I love good food decorated nicely. I will try anything well presented.
4. I love shopping, window shopping more so...
5. I love chatpata food...
6. I love fresh herbs - mint, cilantro...
7. I love the food channel.
8. I love get togethers, I just sit and watch the fun around me.
9. I am a very quiet person and it takes me a long time to open up and make friends
10. I am trying to teach honesty to my 8 year old daughter. Any help/tips on that will be a life saver.
I would like to pass this award to all my blogger friends.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Parita this muffin is inspired by your blueberry muffins! When I saw her muffins, I knew I had to try it. What attracted me to the recipe was the egg less, low fat healthy version of this muffin. Mine is not low fat really, since I can't seem to enjoy muffins made in Oil. So I replaced the Oil with butter and made some minor tweaks to her recipe... The muffins came out really well. They were a little dense, but still much better than the blueberry muffins from the store. My kids had fun time packing in the blueberries into the batter and we ended up putting more blueberries than intended into the batter. That made the muffins even more flavorful... Its a simple one and takes about 20 minutes to put together, including the time for a 3 year old trying to help...
1 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup of oats
1/2 cut of whole wheat flour
pinch of salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup of butter (melted to room temperature)
1 and 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Preheat the oven to 375F, line 12 muffin molds with paper liners.
Mix the wheat flour and baking powder and salt and oats by hand.
In a separate bowl mix butter (at room temperature), sugar, milk.
Slowly add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and mix carefully.
Fold in the blueberries.
Spoon the batter into the muffin pans, filling up to 3/4 full. Bake them for 20-25 min, until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
We all sat down and enjoyed it warm off the oven. And the rest of the muffins were gone the next day by the time I was back from work...