Saturday, August 7, 2010

Event Announcement - "COOK AND CLICK"

Tried and tasted by Nivedita 
Hi All,
After getting lovely responses from all of you for my last week's POST, I am very excited to announce my another new event "COOK AND CLICK"
Before you go through the rules, please read the previous POST.
Now coming to the rules,
As many people thought that I will be giving traditional recipes, Sorry, its not about only traditional recipes. The recipes I am giving you are from old books, magazines or my mother's collection, which I have with me. There might be many recipes you might be already knowing or you might have already  prepared it. May be you might have got those books with you also.
I am still a newbie in this food world. May be many of you feel the recipes I am giving you are very old for you. Please bear with me and send me the tips to improve myself.
My intention here is to explore few old recipes and mainly "LETS COOK TOGETHER THE SAME RECIPE AND SHARE OUR EXPERIENCES" I am sure we all are going to have lot of fun.
I AM GIVING YOU ONE RECIPE PER EVENT. (I changed it from two to one, as its confusing for you and me also). You may not get time to try two recipes and one recipe will miss out from your list.
Now the rules,
1.I will post one recipe with ingredients, procedure and the source (if possible), exactly the way its written in the book.
If possible! because, I have few pages without the main book :-) also.
2. The event will repeat 3 times in a month (10 days per recipe)
3. You should try  the recipe. The only STRICT RULE is: First time, TRY TO FOLLOW THE RECIPE 100%. YOU CAN REDUCE THE QUANTITY TO HALF OR DOUBLE according to your requirement.
4. Once you prepare it, click the photo and send it to me with link back to this post. No need to retype the ingredients and procedure. Only extra tips can be added when you try second time.
5. If you already have the recipe in your archive, just send the photos with the link.

6. If the ingredient is available in different varieties or colors(like bell peppers and similar) you can substitute it. 
7. If you like the dish, and wants to prepare it again, and if you find the dish will taste better with certain changes, you can send me the tips. I will add it in the recipe with your link.
8. I will post the round up(only photos with your blog link) within a week (or less). First round up may take time, as I do not want to repeat the mistake I did in the last event(skipped few recipes in a hurry)
Once the weeks pass by, the roundup will be done faster.
9. I will giving some guidelines if it is required about substituting some ingredients or similar.
10. I will be trying these dishes with you all. 
Some times, I may give a very simple or easy and very popular recipe also!


Recipe for this week: I felt, this is interesting and good starter.

Onions - 6, sliced
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Tomatoes - 2, thickly sliced
Bread crumbs - 1/2 cup
Apples - Peeled and sliced
Green chillies - 2, finely chopped and seeds removed
Chopped coriander - 2 tbsp
Veg stock(you can use Maggi cubes to make) - 1 cup, heated
Procedure :
1. Lightly sauté onions in 1 tbsp ghee. Remove with slotted spoon.
2. Sauté tomatoes. Drain off juiced through strainer and reserve.
3. Sauté breadcrumbs in remaining ghee to brown lightly.
4. Grease baking dish and arrange onion, apple and tomato in alternate layers.
5. Put chillies, coriander and reserved juiced into hot stock and pour over vegetables. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over top.
6. Cover and bake at 190 degree C or 375degree F for 30 minute.
7 Uncover and cook another 15 minutes.
Serves 4.
(Source : Indian Cookery by Bay Books Cookery collections)

The last date for this recipe to try is 16/08/2010
Hoping to get more clicks from your cameras!

Send the following details to with subject "COOK AND CLICK" :
your name, 
blog name, 
url of the link  and 
the photo attached.
Non bloggers can send the details to my mail.

Please share your experience about this dish.

Any suggestions, new ideas are welcome. 
(If you have any hidden or unknown recipe, you also can send it to me. I will add it in the event whenever possible)

Keep Smiling,

Friday, August 6, 2010

Chapati Poha

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
The chapatis made for dinner always are extra. And I do not like those chapatis.(I can eat  2 days old Jowar rotti but not the chapatis) Its big question with remaining chapatis. But I try to turn these chapatis into something tasty and healthy recipe.  One of those recipes is this Poha. Its very tasty and great breakfast.

Left over chapatis (Indian wheat flat breads) - 8 to 10
(Click Soft Chapatis my way for the recipe to make chapati)
Oil - 1 tbsp
Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
Green Chilly - 1 finely chopped
Curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal (Skinned Black  gram) - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - pinch
Sugar - 1 tsp
Tomato - 1 medium (optional)
Lime juice - 1 tbsp(I used this)
Fresh coriander to garnish

Cut the chapatis in to four pieces. Grind into batches to turn those into coarse powder, not powder. We need the chapati like Poha. Keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan. 
Add mustard seeds. When splutter, add Urad dal
when they start changing the color, add jeera or cumin seeds, curry leaves. Fry till the urad dal changes its color to gold.
Add onion, green chilly. Fry it till the onion becomes almost brown and well cooked. Add the tomato in between (If you are adding it)
Now add salt and  turmeric powder. Add lemon juice. Mix well. 
Put the coarsed chapati. Add sugar and mix well to combine the ingredients together.
Cook for 2 minutes. Garnish with fresh coriander.
Serve hot with a hot cup of tea. 
It tastes good  only with one day old chapatis.
This serves 2 persons (not very hungry :-)  )

Sending this to PJ's very useful event 

Keep Smiling,

Idli, Soup and Sweet from Veg Inspirations for T&T

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
The blog selected  for this month's Tried & Tasted event is one of those blogs, where you get everything which you can follow blindly and get the good food at home. I am doing the same. Usha of  Veg Inspirations  has huge number of recipes in each category. Most of the times I will be browsing for some recipe and I end up in visiting her blog.
This happened when I got the recipe for making Microwave milk pedha. I got recipe to make it, and that recipe was inspired by Usha's pedhas!!
I have tried many recipes before also, but have not clicked any photos. But, now for the event, I have clicked the photos. 
First one I tried last month is, 
Barley Pinto Bean Soup : I followed the exact recipe except olive oil as It was out of stock and the Celery, which we do not get here. The taste was very good. Its healthy. I loved it, my daughter had it but was not much happy with the taste as she is not used to barley taste.

The second one was 
Quick & Simple Milk Fudge ( Microwave Doodh pedha ...) I followed it except the kesar or saffron and Pista for garnishing. I do not know why the color of pedhas are different from her photo.

The third one was 
Instant Oats Idli : I copied it exactly!! These softest and just melt in mouth idlis are really good breakfast or evening snack for everyone. I have kept full box of prepared oats and semolina powder to make idlis again.

and linking it to the original creator  Zlamushka.

Keep Smiling,

Thursday, August 5, 2010

My first bake - Chocolate Cookies

Tried and tasted by Nivedita 
Hi All,
At last, today was the day for my OTG to put into the test. I was searching for the easiest recipe, which my kids also should enjoy.  
As on my friends voting for Cookies I thought of trying these cookies. Here is my tale of baking the cookies.
I decided to follow the simple recipe which was given in the book with my OTG. But I got a very good and easy recipe from HERE.  Thanks to Deepa for sharing so easy recipe.
I am giving the recipe too, as I reduced the quantity to half.
All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Unsalted butter -  1/4 cup
Coco powder - 1/6 cup
egg- 1/2
White chocolate or milk chocolate -1, cut into small pieces
Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Milk -  2 tbsp
(I skipped the black coffee as I did not had it)

The cups and spoons I used to measure

Grease the baking tray. 
Sieve the APF, Coco powder, baking power and salt in a big vessel.
Beat the egg, butter and sugar till creamy and fluffy. 
Add the sieved flour to this and mix well.
Add milk and knead like a soft dough.
Divide the dough in to lemon size balls. Press the balls to make round cookies shape.
Spread the cookies on baking tray.
Keep it in the middle rack.
Bake it on 180 degree C(350 degrees F) for 10 minutes.
First batch, I kept for 20 minutes (as it was written in the book) 
But When I saw the cookies were getting burnt, I was helpless. I was not sure whether to take the timer knob to zero or not.
These are my burnt cookies. The upper part was too good and was crispy. I GRATED THE BURNT SIDE TO REMOVE THE BLACK PART. 

I could not count how many I made as my daughters went on eating!!
I am happy that I started baking and succeeded in it.

What is Preheating means? What is the temperature, how much time to keep.
Can I off the OTG in the middle?
Can I bring the timer knob to zero If the food is getting burnt?
I hope to get more answers from you all!
Hey, I am the proud owner of this new OTG and promise to maintain it for many years.

Keep Smiling,

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tawa Fried Paneer Tikka

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Scroll down to laugh or say Ohhh!Very funny incident happened while making this one.  I wanted to make 100% microwave cooking with paneer. I got a recipe from LG microwave cooking book(I got it when I brought my microwave, 3 years back). The recipe was Hariyali Paneer Tikka.I kept in my draft and was planning to go to the shop to get Paneer. The same day I saw this  recipe!  It tempted me to prepare it the same day. But it was oven grilled dish. I thought let me use the ingredients at least.
Immediately I went to the shop and brought paneer.

Read the ingredients, the steps and the procedure:
Paneer - 500 gm (cut into big cubes)
Capsicum - 1 big, diced 
Tomato - 1 big, cubed
Onion - 1 big, cubed
For Marination
Hung curd - 1 cup( I used normal curds)
Ground mint leaves - 1 tbsp
Fresh Coriander leaves (ground) - 1 tbsp
Green chillies -1, finely chopped (I reduced it to one, in LG Book, they have given 4)
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp(my addition, it was not there in LG recipe)
Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp(I used MTR)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp
Gram flour - 1 tbsp (My addition)

Mix all the ingredients for Marinade in a Microwave safe big and wide bowl. (I had the plastic one which was given by LG People with the M/W.)

Marinate it for 2 hours at least. 


Now the real fun started.
(As per the LG recipe, we need to place the marinated cubes and vegetables in a M/W safe dish  on the high rack and grill for 15 - 20 minutes, till golder brown all the sides)
I transfered the marinated cubes and vegetables in to another safe bowl and kept it on high rack  and chose " Grill" and kept  for 15 minutes. Nothing happened. So I thought I will try with "combo grill". I pressed the option and kept for 15 minutes.

Aftet 5 minutes, what I can see!! The bowl is melting!!! I offed the M/W immediately and took the bowl out. I burnt my finger without realizing it was hot. I transfered the ingredients in to another bowl.
See in the photo what happened to my bowl, in which I used make many things :-(
My dosa pan came to my rescue.  I arranged the cubes in to wooden skewers and kept ready.
I made the pan very hot, brushed some oil on it, and kept the skewers. After few minutes I brushed the cubes with oil and turned upside down. Repeated the process till they were golden brown all the sides.
Paneer tikka was ready to eat.My daughter who does not like paneer so much, she asked me to make again for the dinner :-)
Very easy and yummy tikka without oven, without grill and without without tandoor!!!

Sending this to 

Umm's (of Taste of Pearl City)'s 
Keep Smiling,

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Milk Pedha and Choco Pedha

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Dharwad (my home town) which is in Karnataka, is famous for Pedhas. Dharwad Thakhur pedhas are world famous and no pedha can beat the taste. I have been brought up with pedhas. And I always loved Thakhur pedhas. I will try to give the link about that pedha, as the recipe for that pedha is a secret and is not revealed any where.(if any of you know the recipe, please let me know!)
When I was a kid, I loved pedhas a lot. My grandfather always used to bring a piece of pedha for me. I used to keep it for a long time in my hand and I used to eat it the way one eats ice cream. I was scared that it will finish soon!
Now coming to my recipe over here, I love these white pedhas or doodh pedhas. I would have never dared to make these pedhas at home till I really wanted to try something new(for me) for Jagruti's event. I browsed many blogs and sites to get the recipe. And I was surprised to know that the recipe is so simple. So I thought of trying two pedhas at a time(no patience to wait for next day)
When I browsed for pedha, I got many links. I was searching for quick recipe, and came through THIS one. I was happy with the procedure and when I scrolled down to check the recipe, even this was inspired by Usha of Veg Inspirations and even she followed some other blog with little variation!! 
Now I am  here with my recipe  with not much modification :
First is for Milk Pedha :( I used cup for measurement)

Sweetened condensed Milk - 1 cup
Milk powder - 3/4 cup
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp

Add the sweetened condensed milk and the milk powder in a deep and big M/W safe dish. Mix well. Add cardamom powder and mix well.
Keep the dish in microwave on HIGH for a minute. 
Remove, mix well and repeat the step till done. 
The mix will be a soft dough.
Add ghee and mix well.
Remove in a plate. Allow it to cool for some time.
Moist your hand with milk to make pedhas.
You can store it in a fridge for a week. 

I could prepare around 15 pedhas out of this.

Recipe for Chocolate Pedhas :

I got the recipe from HERE. This is also a quick but tasty pedhas.
My daughter loved this chocolate pedhas so much that she kept all for her self.
I followed the exact recipe.

Sweetened condensed milk - 1 1/2 cup
Curd/ thick yogurt - half cup
Milk - half cup
Coco powder - half cup
Ghee - 2 to 3 tablespoons
Warm the milk in microwave in Microwave safe dish.
Mix the yogurt and coco powder and whisk it till no lumps.
Add this coco milk to the condensed milk and mix well.

Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Open and mix well. Repeat the step till you get the thick paste like above in the photo. Add the ghee and mix well. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds.
Keep it for 15 to 20 minutes.
Make pedhas of desired shapes. 
Sending these pedhas to two events :

Jagruti (of Joy of Cooking) 

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