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Easy Instant snack Recipe- Mushroom Upma

July 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

Easy Indian Snacks

Here is an easy recipe for Mushroom Upma which is a popular South Indian breakfast dish. Upma is traditionally made out of Semolina (sooji) and here I have used Cream of Wheat (breakfast cereal) for this dish. It’s quick and tasty. Give it a try if you are craving something savory in the morning or looking for healthy snack ideas. 

Ingredients/ Method
2 tbsp cream of wheat ( finer version of sooji/semolina)
1-2 tbsp oil ( or clarified butter)
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
4-5 cashews
1 tbsp chana dal (split yellow lentil)
2 tbsp chopped onions
4-5 chopped mushrooms
3-4 dried crushed curry leaves ( fresh work wonderful but dried ones are a good substitute)
1/2 tsp salt ( or as per taste)
1 cup of water

Method: 
Begin by dry roasting sooji/cream of wheat. Once it starts turning brown, take it off the heat. 
In the same pan, add 1-2 tbsp oil and fry mustard and cumin seeds. Remember oil needs to be hot. Give seeds 30 secs and then add cashews and chana dal, followed by onions and mushrooms. Give them 2-3 misn and then add salt and 1 cup of water. Add cream of wheat and cook until water dries up or semolina puffs up and is tender enough to eat. Serve warm with a cup of chai tea.

If you like Indian Snacks, here are few other ideas for you to try .  Enjoy :)

Indian Snack Ideas

Easy Dessert Ideas- Ricotta and Coconut Snowballs Recipe

July 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

Ricotta Cheese Dessert

Want to make delicious and easy dessert in no time? Well, here is an easy version of ricotta cheese and Coconut flakes cheese balls, almost like ladoo. I visited my friend Victoria Paikin from Easy Recipes with a Twist and she showed me how to make these. Kids had fun rolling them out and then I ate a few with a cup of tea.Yum :) 
Cold and Creamy with a hint of coconut and cinnamon..quite tasty. You know how much I love new, quick and easy dessert ideas :)

Ingredients
1 tub of Ricotta cheese ( or 1 lb)
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1 lemon ( use 1/2 to squeeze, 1/2 as a zest)
1/2 tsp cinnamon – adding some in, sprinkling some on top
150 ml condensed milk ( or use whole can) – Condensed milk already has sugar so you don’t need to add anymore.
200 gms of unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 tsp ginger powder and cardamom powder
( you can add pinch of other flavours of your choice in their as well)

Method:
Mix together all the ingredients and let them chill for 30 mins atleast. Roll out into small balls and sprinkle with some cinnamon. You can dig right in or let them set a bit more. Nice creamy little dessert. 

 

Quick Carrot Halwa Recipe

July 7, 2014 | By | No Comments

Easy and Quick Carrot Halwa

Easy and Quick Carrot Halwa

 

Want to make delicious and easy Indian dessert within 30 mins? Well, here is an easy version of Gajar Ka halwa ( Carrot Halwa recipe) popularly known as Gajrela in India, it is quite tasty and is a really popular Indian dessert. We have flavoured it here with Cardamom powder and coconut flakes and then topped it with dry fruit of our choice. Traditionally when Halwa was made, carrot were cooked in milk for hours and hours, we have made the whole process easy by using condensed milk (which is already sweetned)
Try this recipe and I promise that you will not be disappointed.

Ingredients/ Method

3 cups of carrots (grated)
1 can of condensed milk ( 300 ml)
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
2 tbsp coconut oil ( or Clarified butter- desi ghee)
1/2 cup unsweetened dry coconut flakes
12-15 pieces of dry fruit (chopped) – I use raisins, cashews and almonds

Heat oil (ghee) in a pan. Once melted or hot, add carrots and cook them for 15-20 mins until soft and tender on medium low heat. Keep stirring them so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan. add coconut flakes and further cook for 3-4 mins. Add condensed milk and mix well. Let carrots soak in the milk and rest of the milk will evaporate ( about 3-4 mins) add cardamom powder and sprinkle your fav. dry fruit on top. Serve it cold or warm. Enjoy :)

If you have a sweet tooth, you might like some of these other desserts as well.

Delicious and Super Easy Desserts

Two Easy Quinoa Salad Recipes

June 20, 2014 | By | No Comments

Quick and Easy Quinoa Salad

Easy, Healthy, Fresh and Hearty- This Quinoa salad is perfect for any summer potluck or for a quick lunch.

Ingredients/ Method:
1 Cup Cooked Quinoa
2 cloves of Garlic minced
1/2 cup chopped avacado
2 tbsp chopped onions
1/2 cup tomato and peppers (red and yellow)
1/2 tsp Roasted cumin powder
1/2 to 3/4 tsp salt
3-4 tbsp lemon juice
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 to 1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried mint leaves ( you can use other fresh herbs too)

Just toss all the ingredients together. Let the salad chill for atleast 15 mins and then serve.

Bonus Quinoa Salad Recipe: Here is another exciting Quinoa Salad Recipe which I really like because it is sweet, super easy and really delicious. Best part is it’s kids approved.

Ingredients/ Method
1 Cup cooker Quinoa
1 cup fresh chopped strawberries
1-2 cups dry fruit of your choice
(We used raisins, cashews, lightly salted and roasted peanuts and walnuts) Almonds, pecans, pistachios can also be used
Dressing- Honey Mustard Vinagerette made by using
2 parts Honey ( 2 tbsp Honey)
1 part Mustard (1 tbsp Mustard)
1 part Balsamic Vinegar ( 1 tbsp Vinegar- you can use vinegar of your choice)
Optional- Salt-pepper ( although we didnt use any and the result was really tasty)

Mix all the components. Prepare the dressing and add over the quinoa. Let everything chill for at least 15 mins before serving.

2014 FIFA World Cup Eats (9 Snack Ideas for a World Cup Party)

June 18, 2014 | By | No Comments

Spicy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Today, world cup fans will see a match up between Australia and Netherlands, Spain and Chile as well as Cameroon and Croatia. If you are like millions of other fans, who couldn’t go to Brazil to watch these matches in person then you are actually in luck because you can enjoy these matches from the comfort of your own home, office or even your favourite sports bar.

Now, if you do decide to catch the action from your own tv, then why not make the experience really awesome by having these snacks on hand to eat. Better yet, invite your friends over and have an ultimate soccer party. Here are few snack ideas, you can try :

1. Baked Chicken Nuggets

2. Ultimate Chicken Wings

3. Spicy Indian style Bhuna Masala Chicken – Spicy Indian Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

4. Tandoori chicken

5. Ultimate Nachos Platter

6. Ultimate Spicy Pizza

7. Punjabi Fish Pakoras

8. Chicken Tikka Recipe

9. Fried Chicken Recipe

Hope you will try some of these recipes and will make your next world cup soccer party a great success.

2014 FIFA World Cup Eats – World Cup Food Ideas Iran VS Nigeria

June 16, 2014 | By | No Comments

2014 FIFA World Cup Eats

Carlos Queiroz’s men take on the Super Eagles later today with both eager to begin the tournament with a win. Will we see any excitement at Arena da Baixadain in Curitiba? I don’t know, we’ll have to see. Last time Iran faced Nigeria was in 1998 and Nigeria was the champion. Here are two players to watch out for as per the Sport Gurus. 

Ashkan Dejagah - The Fulham attacking midfielder is one of the most recognisable figures in the team. He has four international goals in his 14 appearances for Iran.

Kenneth Omeruo -  The defender signed for Chelsea back in 2012 but was immediately loaned out to ADO Den Haag and spent last season with Middlesbrough, making 14 appearances. He made his international debut at the age of 19 and is set to vie with Celtic’s Efe Ambrose for a spot in Keshi’s starting line-up.

Nigerian national football squad
Eagles: Nigeria will hope to soar into the last 16 and beyond in Brazil

 Projected lineups

Iran (4-4-1-1): Daniel Davari; Mehrdad Pooladi, Amir Sadeghi, Jalal Hosseini, Steven Beitashour; Masoud Shojaei, Jevad Nekounam, Andranik Teymourian, Alireza Jahanbakhsh; Ashkan Dejagah; Reza Ghoochannejhad.

Nigeria (4-3-3): Vincent Enyeama; Juwon Oshaniwa, Godfrey Obabona, Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose; John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, Ramon Azeez; Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, Ahmed Musa

Although I am not too invested in these two teams, it’s just  fun to watch a match with my kids who are starting to get into soccer. I actually enjoy prepping the snacks and indulging during the matches. Since this match is in the late afternoon for us, I am going to enjoy some Kebabs with a cup of tea. Here is a simple Lamb Kabobs recipe, you can try and enjoy during your favourite teams matchup.

Ingredients:
250 gms Lamb pieces
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 Green Chilli
1 tbsp cilantro leaves
2 tbsp Yogurt
1/4 tsp turmeric

Method:
Marinade lamb with yogurt, spices and green chilli/cilantro paste for atleast 4 hours. I prefer to leave it overnight. Thread onto skewers and cook in the oven at 425 F for 5-6 mins. Then lower the temp to 350 F and cook for another 10-15 mins. Serve with chutney of your choice as an appetizer or over rice with naan for a complete meal.

 

2014 FIFA World Cup Eats – World Cup Food Ideas

June 16, 2014 | By | No Comments

World Cup Eats

So far 2014 FIFA World Cup has been pretty exciting. Today we’ll see battle between Germany and Portugal, Iran and Nigeria, Ghana and United States. GermanyVSPortugal is/was a big one. Thomas Muller’s second goal had all Germany fans rejoicing. Do you know this is the fourth straight World Cup in which at least one Portugal player is sent off (6 red cards total.) If you are/were watching the match, you would know Raul Meireles wasn’t happy with Müller or the referee.

Well, it’s almost lunch time here and guess what I am craving for lunch..some German street food. I hear the Doner Kebap Sandwich’s are quite popular over their. Although Germany is well known for their variety of delicious sausages, kebab sandwiches are loved all over the world.  Other German street foods include Bavarian Fleischkase (also called Leberkase) which is similar to meatloaf sliced to the thickness of a finger and generally served with either hot mustard or sweet mustard in a roll. In recent years, their is increased popularity of  hybrid curry-sausage, Currywurst. Yes, who doesn’t love some hint of curry. Oh and let’s not forget about french fries and beer. Turkish-influenced street foods popular in Germany include include shawarma and doner. North African stalls can be seen selling shawarma, falafel and halumi. Who Knew?

Here, I am sharing with you a simple recipe of pork Kebabs which you can prepare and fill in any sandwich and enjoy a tasty lunch while watching your favourite teams fight for FIFA World Cup 2014.

 

How to make Jeera Rice? Cumin Flavoured Basmati Rice

June 16, 2014 | By | No Comments

Simple Jeera Rice

Learn to transform simple plain rice into flavourful side dish by adding cumin – Jeera in the preparation. One of the simplest rice dishes Jeera rice are popular Indian food and are usually paired with variety of curries, chutneys and pickles.

Ingredients and Method
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1-2 tbsp Oil
1 cup Basmati Rice (or any other variety)
2 cups of water

Method: Wash and drain the rice. Depending on the variety you may or may not need to soak them. Basmati rice usually doesn’t require any pre soaking. Heat oil in a pot and add cumin seeds. Let seeds sizzle for 30 secs and then add rice. Mix well. Add water and cook covered until water evaporates. Serve with curry of your choice.

 

Like Rice, also try our other rice recipes like veg pilaf, meethe chawal, Idlis etc

How to make Curried Sweet Potato Chips? Healthy Snack Ideas

June 10, 2014 | By | No Comments

Curried Sweet potato chips

Hey Foodies, here’s a recipe for a healthy snack- Curried Sweet Potato Chips and these are baked not fried so you can munch on them guilt free. They are easy to prepare and are ok to store in an airtight container for couple of days (once they are completely cool)

Ingredients and Method:

1 Small Sweet Potato ( or 1/2 of one large one)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 to 1 tsp curry powder
1-2 tbsp olive oil ( or other vegetable oils)

Thinly slice the sweet potato. You can use good old knife and if you have one of those fancy kitchen gadgets like Mandolin Slicer, even better. Mix the above ingredients thoroughly and then spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put in a preheated oven ( 250 F) to cook for 2 hours. Turn them half way through to ensure even cooking. Let cool and then serve and enjoy!

Having a ladies night at your place, why not prepare this tasty snack for your girlfriends.

 

How to make an easy Lamb Curry? (Fathers Day Recipe)

June 7, 2014 | By | No Comments

Easy Lamb Curry

Here is another exciting recipe that you can make for dad, this Father’s Day. Flavourful and Delicious Lamb Curry with Mushrooms Peppers.

Ingredients and Method:

650 gms of Cubed Lamb (We used Boned In)
2-3 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 large chopped onions
4-5 garlic cloves
2 inch piece of ginger
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp Paprika
1 green chilli ( or half)
(skip if you can’t handle spice or adjust to your taste)
1 tsp Curry Powder
3 chopped fresh tomatoes
1/2 tsp garam masala
cup of mushrooms and peppers chopped
1-2 cups of water and Cilantro for garnish

Method:

Fry Lamb until brown and then set aside. Make paste out of onions, ginger garlic and green chilli.
Heat Oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle for 30 secs and add onion paste. Mix well and add salt, paprika and turmeric. Cover and cook for 4-5 mins.
Once masala is done, add veggies. Mix well. Add tomatoes and curry powder. Let them become tender ( within 3-4 mins) .
Add meat and cook until done. ( I would suggest simmering – on low heat at least 30 mins. Add water as required. 1-2 cups is sufficient.
Garnish with cilantro leaves and Serve with fresh rotis, naan or over rice.