Monday, March 30, 2020

Spicy Chilli Potatoes


Hello Friends..... I hope you all are doing good. As we all know the summer season is here and along with that, all our kids are at home due to the summer vacation. It's always good to involve our kids in our day-to-day activities. All year round they are so busy with their studies and extra-curricular activities that it's hard to make them involved in the household chores.

Whether it's cleaning, dusting, cooking or washing make them involved. They can do their own bit and will learn gradually. My 3 year old loves to help me in the kitchen. Today, in this post I'll be sharing the recipe of Spicy Chilli Potatoes.

This recipe of Spicy Chilli Potato is extra special for me because I have made this recipe along with my 3-year-old son. He has helped me from peeling the potatoes, onions, garlic to adding the sauces in the dish. This is a very simple recipe which can be made in a jiffy.
You can also make this dish if you have any guests at your home and can earn some brownie points.

So, without any further ado let's begin with the recipe:

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Fruit Custard


Hello Fellas........Summers have arrived in almost every part of India which brings summer vacations too. As the kids are home they always ask for some sweet treats, isn't it?  As a mother how many times a day we can give chocolates, brownies or other sweet things to our kids, that always remains a challenge!

We always want to feed healthy to our family. If we can fulfill our family's craving and that too in a healthy manner then nothing can make us more contented. In order to gratify the dessert craving of your kids, make them a healthy Mixed Fruit Custard. 

Usually, the custard is a cooked mixture of milk/cream and egg yolk; its consistency can vary from thin pouring sauce to thick pastry cream. The cooking option also varies. But, the method I have used here is very easy and crowd-pleasing too. Moreover, it's eggless. This recipe of Custard will not only satisfy the dessert craving but it is loaded with the nutrients of milk, fruits, and dry fruits. You can add or subtract any fruit as per your or your family's liking.

Mixed Fruit Custard is a very old school recipe. We have grown up eating this Custard along with other desserts made by our mom during the summer vacation or any other occasion. The Custard is usually made by mixing the fruits with the custard sauce along with some dry fruits. This is sometimes known as Fruit Salad with Custard.

Few things to keep in mind while making this custard is that:
  • Reduce the milk to half or make use of whole milk (if available). This enhances the richness of the custard.
  • Add fruits once the custard is completely cooled down otherwise the custard will not get thickened.
  • Strain the custard through a strainer to get a silky smooth texture  
So, without any further ado let's indulge ourselves in this scrumptious dessert:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Soya Chunks Kebabs


From last many days, I was craving for Kebabs but was not in the mood of making regular Kebabs made from Chicken or Mutton, I wanted to try something new. I googled Kebab recipes and came across zillion of recipes starting from chicken, mutton, fish, paneer, potatoes, chana and what not. One ingredient that caught my attention was Soya Chunks.

My family loves to eat Soya Chunks. They're very rich in nutrients. The protein content in soya chunks is even higher than that of lentils. So we must include them in our diet at least twice a week. Also, soya chunks are the best meat replacement. I know we sometimes get bored with the usual recipes and look for something different. I have few Soya Chunks recipes on my blog do check them out if you like:

Today in this post I'll share one more delicacy made from Soya chunks and i.e Soya Chunks Kebabs. Since soya chunks have high protein content vegan and gluten-free so you can easily feed them to your toddlers. The best part is they are super easy and quick. 

Generally, three varieties of Soya chunks are available in the market: the larger ones, mini soya chunks and soya granules. The one which we have always handy is the larger ones. We can make these kebabs with any variety of soya chunks. I have used the larger chunks as they were lying in my pantry for many days. You have to just soak the soya chunks and then grind them in the mixer-grinder. You're ready to make the Kebabs.

So, without any further ado, let's begin with the recipe:

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Steamed Momos with Momo Chutney


Hello Foodies.........Today in this post we will be talking about a delicacy which is very popular in our neighboring countries as well as in the North-Eastern part of India. Yes, you guessed it right I'm talking about MOMOS.  

India is embraced by so many countries so its quite natural to inherit the flavors of that delicacy in our local cuisine too. Momos are small flour-based dumplings steamed or pan-fried and stuffed with either veggies, meat or a mixture of both. They are usually served with spicy red momo chutney or sauce.

Momos are native to Nepal, Tibet, Northern India, and North-Eastern India but these cute little beauties are equally popular in other parts of India. If you walk down to any of the street food joints or hawkers you can find many variations in the filing, folding technique and even the way the Momos are folded. 

The most common and popular form of Momo is the Steamed version but you can also ask for Pan Fried Momos, Schezwan Momos, Tandoori Momos, Chilli Momos, Chocolate Momos, and the list goes on.

I like to make Momos from scratch starting from kneading the dough, making the filling, preparing the Momo Chutney, shaping the Momos and finally steaming them. I know it's a lengthy process but it's worth the effort. The Momos are shaped in a number of ways but I find this way very easy and quick to make. 

So, without any further ado let's start with the recipe:

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Chilli Idli


India is a very diversified country and its diversity can not be seen in art, culture, language but also in food too. The diversity in food can be seen in its look, taste and even in the way it is cooked. One dish can be different in its look, taste and the process of cooking in different parts of our country. That's how diversified our country is and we Indians are definitely proud of it.

Have you ever tried Fusion Dishes? Fusion Cuisine doesn't fall under any particular cuisine style and has played a part in innovations of many contemporary restaurant cuisines since the 1970s. It's really very innovative and at the same time challenging to fuse elements of different culinary traditions into one style of cooking. I usually try to experiment with some traditional dishes and give them a new look and feel. 

Today in this post I'm going to blend together two different cuisines which are way apart from one another, one is South Indian cuisine and the other one is Chinese Cuisine/ Ind0-Chinese Cuisine to be very specific. If you love these cuisines then you'll definitely love this recipe.

If you're wondering how to cook Idlis which are soft and fluffy then I have got your back. I have already posted the recipe of Idlis which you can read here (click here). So, let's begin with the recipe:

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Instant Poha Uttapam


We all love South Indian Breakfast recipes, there are multiple options available starting from Idli, Dosa, Sambhar Vada, Panniyaram and the list goes on and on. Today in this post I'm going to share one more very common breakfast recipe and i.e. Uttapam.

One thing I love about South Indian cuisine is that it's very healthy and uses minimal oil. You can feed these dishes to babies, aged persons and even to the people on diet. I have already shared some of the delicacies from South Indian Breakfast recipes like
Click the names and you'll be redirected to the posts.

Uttapams are South Indian breakfast recipe made with rice, lentil and topped with veggies. These are generally served with coconut chutney and sambhar. Generally, Uttapams are prepared from the leftover Dosa batter and toppings are added to balance the sourness of the batter. Personally, I like to make my Uttapams very colorful so I try to add different veggies which make the Uttapam not only colorful but gives it a nice texture too.

The traditional approach of making Uttapams is very tedious and time-consuming too. So, here I'm sharing a quick and instant recipe of Poha Uttapam. Apart from using Poha or flattened rice, we will also require Suji or Semolina and Curd/Yogurt. You can top the Uttapam with any veggies of your choice. Here I have used onion, capsicum, carrot and coriander leaves.

So, without any further ado let's begin with the recipe:

Friday, February 14, 2020

Strawberry Dessert Cups / Strawberry Shortcake Parfaits


As Valentine's Day is here, we all have secret plans to please our loved ones but I strongly feel that love doesn't need any date and time to be expressed. You can always show your love for your loved ones by gifting them expensive and luxury items but what we do on a day-to-day basis for our loved ones matters the most. 

Love doesn't need any special occasion to be expressed. If you love somebody you can express it in a number of ways. I strongly believe that Food is one thing which is the best way to express your love and care for your loved ones. Treating your family members by making a sumptuous meal is an excellent way to express your TLC for someone.

So, to embark on this festival of Love I thought of making Strawberry Dessert Cups. This dessert is filled with the tanginess of Strawberry Jelly, creaminess of Yogurt and goodness of Strawberry Cake. You can add or subtract the ingredients as per your choice. Whatever options you choose I can assure you that it will definitely please your mind and soul.

So, let's begin with the recipe:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Potato Cheese Nuggets


Hello Friends..... I hope you all are doing fine and enjoying the last few days of the winter season. How was your winter season this year? I relished it completely and indulged myself and in some of the winter delicacies like 
You can find all these yumilicious and lip-smacking delicacies on my blog just click the links and enjoy. 

Today's post is about Potato Nuggets. We all love nuggets, isn't it? Whether you're an adult or a kid we can resist ourselves from having those cheesy and gooey nuggets. Whenever we urge to have nuggets we either go to any restaurant or get some store-bought nuggets. HOW ABOUT MAKING POTATO CHEESE NUGGETS AT HOME? I have already shared the recipe of Chicken Nuggets earlier. You can check it out here (click here).

Making Potato Cheese Nuggets is very easy and hassle-free. You can even make and freeze them in batches and use them as and when needed. They also serve as an excellent appetizer if you have some unplanned guests coming your way or you have any party at home.

So, without any further ado let's begin with the recipe:

Friday, January 31, 2020

Soft and Spongy Idli


Hello, my foodie friends....... I hope this post finds you well. In order to stay energetic and enthusiastic the whole day it's very important to have a healthy breakfast. I always stress on having breakfast and making it healthy.

Today's post is all about a South Indian delicacy Idli. Idli's are soft, spongy savory cake made from fermented rice and lentil batter. The lentil used here is Urad Daal. Idlis are generally served with Sambhar and Coconut chutney. Having Idlis in breakfast is a very common scene in every South Indian household but nowadays it has become popular worldwide. It is one of the healthiest breakfasts known as it can be served to babies,  aged persons and even to the people on diet.

Idlis can be made in two ways:
  • Rice Idli: Using rice along with urad daal
  • Rava Idli: Using rava or semolina along with urad daal
For making soft and fluffy Idlis rice and daal are soaked in water for about 4-5 hours. There are many controversies whether rice and urad daal should be soaked together or separately but to be very frank I don't find any difference in the texture or taste of the Idlis. So, I soak them together and even grind them together but if you want you can soak them separately, grind them separately and then mix them together.

Today in this post we'll make some soft and spongy Idlis. It is very easy to make and just needs 15 mins of your time if you do the prep work beforehand.

So, let's begin with the recipe:

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka Masala


Paneer Tikka Masala is a very popular North Indian dish that is commonly served in restaurants. This is a super delicious dish where marinated and grilled Paneer pieces are dipped in the spicy and tangy onion-tomato based gravy. 

Whenever we visit any Indian restaurant and we have to order any veg recipes Paneer Tikka Masala is one of our favorites along with Garlic Naan. This Paneer recipe tastes amazing with both Indian flatbread or Jeera Rice.

This recipe of Paneer Tikka Masala is a bit on the heavier side as it has onions, tomatoes, yogurt and cream (adding cream is optional). The most important step in this recipe is to balance the spices. This recipe is appropriate when you have any guests coming your way or you have a party at your home. You can prepare the Tikkas beforehand and make the gravy and dip the Tikkas in them. Ta-Da our Paneer Tikka Masala is ready.

You can grill the Paneer Tikkas or even Pan Fry them. If you don't have an oven then pan fry them and trust me there is no difference in the taste. So, without any further ado let's begin with the recipe:

Friday, January 24, 2020

Amritsari Chole


There is something about Punjabi cuisine which is so alluring that one can't resist. To be very frank I just love North-Indian cuisine. The main reason behind my love for Punjabi food is because I have spent 7 years of my life in Punjab. 

Nobody makes Chole the way Punjabis do. I have already shared the recipe of Chana Masala in my earlier days of blogging. You can check out the recipe here (click here). Today's post is all about Amritsari Chole. This recipe is a bit different from Chana Masala, the main difference is in the mix of spices used to cook this dish.

Amritsari Chole is often enjoyed as a delicious breakfast in many parts of Northern India. It makes a complete meal when served with curd or lassi. This easy vegetarian recipe is a perfect spicy blend of ingredients easily available in your kitchen. If you love spicy food, then this one is a must-try for you! 

This delectable Amritsari Chole is usually accompanied with Bhature (a fried bread made of flour) or Kulcha. Chole-Bhature is a breakfast invented in Delhi after partition and nowadays, it is a popular breakfast around Northern India and other parts of the country.

So, let's begin with the recipe:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Egg Tawa Burger


Hello, my Foodie Friends....... I hope you all are doing great as usual. We all love street food, isn't it? Starting from kids to adults to the aged person who doesn't love street food. The aroma and flavors coming out of the street shops are so alluring that we can't keep control of ourselves.

But whenever the hygiene factor strikes our mind we have to think twice before gulping down the street food. No worries.....we can still enjoy the Indian street food keeping the hygiene factor alive. In today's post, we will be making Street Style Egg Tawa Burger.

Making an Egg Burger is not rocket science. If you have Burger Buns available with you then you can make any Burger in a jiffy. You can serve these Burgers in breakfast or pack them in lunch boxes, it's just that you need to microwave (heat) them before eating. 

Making this Street Style Egg Burgers involve two steps:
  • Preparing the egg stuffing
  • Making the Burger
So, let's begin with the recipe: