Friday, December 26, 2014

Corn Chat | Healthy Snacks

Hi Friends, 

Sharing a simple and yummy appetizer. It is vary healthy with goodness of boiled corn and zero oil. Made this as a accompaniment for tea when few friends visited us. Well loved by all :)

1 can tinned corn
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
1 green chili, finely chopped (optional)
finely chopped coriander leaves
1 or 2 tsp lemon juice
¼ tsp red chili powder or as required
1 tsp chaat masala powder or as required
black salt or rock salt as required
for garnish:
a few coriander leaves
tamarind chutney
green chutney

boil or pressure cook the corn till the kernels are cooked well.when the corn cools down, mix the corn kernels along rest of the ingredients in a bowl.check the taste and add more salt or chaat masala or lemon juice if required.serve the corn chaat immediately, in individual serving bowls or plates topped with sev and a garnish of coriander and chutneys.

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 47.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Cheesy potato balls | Kids delight


4 boiled potatoes
1 cup grated processed cheese/or 2 cheese slices cut into small pieces
1 green chilies, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoon fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoon bread crumbs
Oil for deep frying
Salt to taste

Mash the boiled potatoes in a bowl.
Add finely chopped green chilies, red chili powder,turmeric powder, finely chopped fresh coriander leaves, bread crumbs and salt to taste.
Mix all the ingredients very well and keep aside. Now heat good amount of oil in a frying pan. Divide the potato mixture in small balls or portions. You can make about 12 balls from this quantity of mixture.
Take some oil in your palms, get one ball and smoothly round it, make a small hole in center and stuff good amount of grated cheese or small cheese piece in it. 
Now close the ball carefully from all the sides and in such way keep making all the balls and keep aside. Roll the ball in bread crumb.
When the oil is heated properly. Now drop 2-3 balls in hot oil and keep the flame from high to medium. It is very important to cook these balls on medium flame, so that you can enjoy the melted cheese and properly cooked potato mixture while eating. Keep frying and flipping for 2-4 minutes, till the balls turns out golden brown in color.
Drain on oil absorbent paper napkins.
Serve immediately with Dip, Sauce or Chutney of your choice.

If you do not want to deep fry these potato cheese balls, then you can bake them in oven at 450 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Will try this next time around :)

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 47.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Bread besan toasties

finely chopped onions, tomatoes, ginger, green chilies and coriander leaves
4 bread slices
oil for shallow frying
1 cup besan/chickpea flour
turmeric powder, red chili powder, asafoetida and salt

In a bowl or small pan, take finely chopped onions, tomatoes, ginger, green chilies and coriander leaves. everything has to be finely chopped. otherwise its difficult to manage medium pieces of onions and tomatoes while frying the toast. Add besan/gram flour, turmeric powder, red chili powder, asafoetida and salt.add water.whisk to a medium consistency batter.
there should be no lumps in the batter. avoid make thin batter. in case the batter makes thin, add a few tablespoons of besan and whisk again.Heat 1 tbsp oil for frying in a tava or frying pan.
Dip the bread slice in the batter. with your hands, coat the bread slice evenly with the batter. also place the chopped onions & tomatoes on the bread slices with your hands. don’t keep the bread too long in the batter as then the slice breaks. Place the batter coated bread slices on the tava.
When the base is cooked and browned, flip and fry the other side. Flip and fry a couple of times to get even browning and cooking. fry the remaining bread slices in the same way. you can add more oil if required while frying the remaining batch. Remove and serve the besan toasts immediately, plain or with tomato ketchup or coriander chutney.

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 47.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Puff pastry vegetable pinwheel

◾2 sheets vegan puff pastry
◾1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
◾1/2 cup onion (finely chopped)
◾1/2 cup tomato(finely chopped)
◾1/2 cup mixed vegetables
◾1/2 teaspoon salt
◾1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Begin by taking your puff pastry sheets out of the freezer and thaw them.Heat your olive oil in a pan on the stove on medium to medium/high heat, and saute onions until are they  soft. Add tomato and mixed vegetables and cook untill they begun to soften. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Spread about 1/2 of filling mixture evenly on to your puff pastry. Roll up your puff pastry as tightly as possible without losing any of your toppings out the sides. This part can get messy. That's okay. :)
Once you have created a nice log with your puff pastry, use a sharp serrated knife to slice 3/4 inch thick rolls off of your log. Place rolls cut side up on to a prepared baking sheet. These pinwheels do expand some while being baked, so you won't want to try to fit more than 12 on a standard-sized baking sheet.
Bake these puppies at 350 degrees F for about 22 minutes, or until the puff pastry is just barely starting to turn golden brown on the edges.
To store, you can place the pinwheels in an airtight container and leave at room temperature for up to 48 hours, or place in the refrigerator for up to a week. (They will probably be eaten long before then, though.)
Enjoy! :)

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 47.

Coconut mawa laddu | Coconut balls with ricotta cheese | Coconut fudge

Ricotta cheese - 2 cups (500 gm)
Sugar - 1 cup
Unsweetened dry desiccated coconut
Ghee or butter - 2 TBSP
Cardamom powder or vanilla - 1/2 tsp (optional)

Grease a plate with ghee. I lined a 8" cake pan with parchment paper. Set aside. Take a thick bottomed vessel. Add butter or ghee and turn on the heat. Once the butter or ghee has melted, add ricotta cheese. Keep stirring on medium flame till it starts bubbling and spitting the water out(approx after 5-10 mins). Add the sugar and immediately add the coconut powder. Stir. They all come together in 3 - 5 minutes. When there is almost no liquid left and it makes a huge mass, add the flavoring if using and stir for the final time.Make them into balls when cool enough to handle. Garnish with some chopped nuts if desired or roll it over dry dessicated cocunut.
Alternately, you can pour it on to the grease plate or the parchment paper lined pan. The mixture won't fall like that of fudge. Take a wax paper and cover the entire surface with it. Flatten by pressing on the top of the wax paper. Let it set and cool. When completely cool, cut into desired shape and size.
Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week if it lasts that long!

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 47.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Card

Hi Friends

Sharing a quick christmas card which me and my friend made . You can see the tutorial for the christmas tree here.


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