Posted by: Sahaja | March 18, 2009

Healthy and Clean Kitchen – 1

When it comes to cooking, cleanliness is of utmost importance…As we all know, the easiest way of ingestion into Human Body is through Mouth….i.e, the food we eat!! Also, its the easiest way we could avoid unwanted things too coz we can control and choose what we eat and what we dont! Dont you agree?

So, I thought, why not list out some basic things we should do, before taking over the Kitchen and starting our new work….or how to maintain it cleanly not only to see, but also to eat! Afterall, Healthy food has no meaning without Cleanliness!

 

  • Always, wash your vegetables before you use, this is especially if you buy it from a street vendor or vegetable market ….but its def recommended even when you buy packed veggies in shops like reliance food. Make sure you dont overdo it like soaking in water for hrs….if its leafy vegetable, soak in water for 10 mins max and other just wash under running water.
  • And obviously, you should wash your utensils before you use. This depends, just see if its dusty/dirty …I always prefer to wash before use.
  • After cooking, clean the surface of the kitchen where you cut veggies etc…if not to sparkling clean you should make sure its not sticky !
  • The used utensils depending on the usage, soak them or clean them after you finish dinner.
  • Take care while storing veggies in fridge and make sure you dont mould them! Coz sometimes, when one forms mold/gets spoiled, it spreads to good ones…
  • Store curry leaves and coriander in air tight containers in fridge to keep fresh for many days and to keep the aroma.

 

These simple things, most of you guys might know but thought it could be a good start for kitchen aliens! 🙂 More to come too!

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Keep it healthy and Clean 🙂

Enjoy your food 😀

Posted by: Sahaja | March 16, 2009

Tomato Pepper Rice

Tomato and Pepper Rice

This is really very simple dish and delicious , takes about 15mins…….Let me tell you how to make it.

I love when my mom makes it, its simple, easy to make and delicious!! I like to sprinkle a bit of sugar on it Ummm Yummy!!

So, i dedicate this to my mother and to participate in the event FIL-Tomato hosted by Sanghi of Sanghi’s Food Delights!

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What you need ?

  • Tomatoes – 2 chopped.
  • Green chillies – 2/3 chopped.
  • Peppercorns – ½ tsp or Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander – finely chopped to garnish
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 1 ½ tsp
  • Tadka ingredients – 2 tsp

 How you do?

 Cook the rice in a cooker and spread it on a flat surface for drying,

  • Heat the oil in a pan, add tadka ingredients and allow the mustard seeds to pop.
  • Grind the peppers into a coarse powder, in a mortar and pestle.
  • Add green chillies and pepper powder.
  • Add tomatoes now and cook till the raw smell of tomatoes go and add the salt.
  • Now add the cooked rice and mix well.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve hot.

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Yummyy!! I loved this one….its a bit different from the simple tomato rice given there are no onions used. In Andhra, we have a telugu calendar month called KARTEEKA MAASAM during DIWALI time and we prefer to avoid onions as much as possible. So this one was developed for one such days 🙂

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This is also going to the event Think Spice, Think Pepper hosted by Divya at Dil Se.

 Do try and let me know the feedback or any suggestions.

 Love

Me 🙂

Posted by: Sahaja | March 14, 2009

Eggless Sponge Cake!

 

Sponge Cake – And eggless ? Ya for all those who are veggies but am afraid this variation is not for vegans as it uses condensed milk…but soon I would bake up a Vegan cake so watch this space buddies!

So this one is one of my strong experiments to bake a cake eggless and finally I succeeded! I felt very happy! heres the recipe readers!

 What you need?

 

  • Plain flour/all purpose flour – 2 cups
  • Baking powder – 2 tsp
  • Baking Soda – 1 tsp
  • Sugar – 2 cups [depending on ur taste]
  • Vanilla Flavouring – 3 -4 drops
  • Butter – 1 small cube 500g?
  • Icing Sugar – for dusting
  • Icing – for decorating.

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How do you do?

 

  • Combine and mix all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl
  • In another bowl melt the butter and add sugar and beat well with a mixer.
  • Pour the wet mixture in the dry one and beat well again till you get a running consistency.
  • Line a baking tray with butter and if you need with baking paper and pour the above batter in the tray.
  • Bake it for 45 mins in a preheated oven at 2000C .
  • Cool it preferably in a wire rack. And decorate with icing and icing sugar.

 

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Posted by: Sahaja | March 10, 2009

Spicy Yummy Pasta

 Spicy Pasta

Pasta and spicy, ya , fusion recipe, though I did use pasta sauce too! So lets do it!

What you need?

·       Pasta – 1 cup any shape actually, macroni anything would do!

·       Water – 2 cups

·       Onions – 1 finely chopped

·       Tomatoes – 1 chopped

·       Courgette/cucumber – ½ cup chopped.[optional]

·       Pasta sauce – 2 tsp

·       Oil – 1tbsp

·       Salt – to taste Read More…

Posted by: Sahaja | March 4, 2009

Courgette and Bean rice – English and Indian fusion

 

 Courgette and Bean rice – English and Indian fusion:

 

Well, In my office, I sometimes have these cooked cucumber sort of things coated with salt and pepper. I kinda like them and so I figured out , its called Courgette and belongs to the family of cucumber. These are quite long and not so sweet in taste . Anyways , why all this sutti….so there arised an idea in my tiny little brain – why not make variety rice? So pesh ker rahi hoon apni yeh fusion, make it and please do tell me how u like it …. Ok??

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Posted by: Sahaja | March 4, 2009

Yummy Carrot Rice

 

Yummy Carrot Rice

 

This can very well be sent to Bookmarked recipes. This is a recipe, Sailaja aunty told me….and believe me ITS AWESOME!! Its very simple and looks lovely too…..I was patting myself and telling Sabash while I was eating! Its that easy and tasty….Deliously simple could be the word. Read More…

Posted by: Sahaja | January 30, 2009

Birdie Scripted!

Heres a unique event I found on Lubna’s blog! Its called Birdie Scripted and you can find more abt the event here.

My Line would be – a birdie with a tiara and saying “Rare is Precious , So am I “

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Rush in to participate!

And ofocurse dont forget to wish me luck 🙂

Love

Sahaja

Posted by: Sahaja | January 25, 2009

Aloo Palak – Potato Spinach Curry!

Republic Day Special!!

I was thinking of what to make, and my greek friend, Katarina [ohh she is a lovely girl!] asked me the recipe for making spinach and potatoes….Ya Aloo Palak! So lets do that now [i have never made it too but thought I would experiment!]

Aloo in Hindi is Potato and Palak meaning Spinach! Potatoes, are rich in carbohydrates and I have observed that in English food, potatoes are inevitable! [though there are weighwatchers!! ]Spinach is rich in Iron and is a very popular leafy vegetable here [rather the only one we get 😛 , remember Popeye?]

If we just boil and eat these two….ohhh no, who would like it? thats how the warner bros cartoon came i guess, to make children eat this since popeye eats! anyways lets come to recipe. I felt, I can make two variations in this…

  • first, the one I am showing you today!
  • Second , the one with palak blended in a blender and made as a gravy [right now, i dont have one but next month I am getting so wait for the recipe] Read More…
Posted by: Sahaja | January 23, 2009

Tomato Chutney!!

This forms my entry for Monday’s Bookmarked Recipes by Ruth on her exclusive blog Bookmarked Recipes.

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This recipe, I made it from Lubna’s YUMMY FOOD blog. Its indeed yummy food …mouthwatering recipes she gives….full of energy and love!

Here is the bookmarked recipe  – CLICK HERE Read More…

Posted by: Sahaja | January 22, 2009

Hot Hot Dosa!

 

I love Dosas….especially when my mom makes onion chutney with it! Umm…mouthwatering…My dad loves it too, my mom says i have inherited all his foodie tastes…..and my mom even makes me wonder saying ” U just eat like your dad too, the style, and way of eating!!” 

Coming to the recipe , once batter is made and ready, its easy to make and batter once made stays for about 1 week if you keep in fridge after using! So perfect for breakfast or evening dish !

It has pulses and rice so, though its not as good in proteins as Dal/Pappu its really good and is not high calorific value either coz though there are carbohydrates from rice, its never as much calories as rice alone! Read More…

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