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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Seven links game and a tag !!!!

Today Iam not posting a new recipe.Just trying to play a new game.Many of you are aware and many have played this game.Seven links game..very interesting ,Isn't it???  I have been tagged in this game by Sobha of Good Food and Priya of Now Serving .I would like to thank them for that.The rules are very simple to learn and its like you can browse your own blog to find your own ratings. 

The blogger who is tagged in this game must select the most appropriate posts from his/her blog for the categories below, which are the 7 links:

 1. The most beautiful post
 2. The most popular post
 3. The most controversial post
 4. The most helpful post
 5. The post that was surprisingly successful 
 6. The post that did not get the attention it deserved
 7. The post I am most proud of

Then the blogger should publish these in his/her space, choose 5 other blogger friends and pass it so as to keep the ball rolling.So,friends here is an easy way to feel proud about your own blog and at the same time a recollection of all yummy recipes.In my blog,these are the posts which I feel fits into the respective categories.I hope each of my blogger friends would agree to it and enjoy the sum ups.

1.THE MOST BEAUTIFUL POST- I think none of my blog posts have put up that level ;I mean to the level of photography and garnishings ,But one among the rest I would like to choose Black Forest Cake for two reasons.First of all it was my 100th post,never thought I would reach it so soon.Second because my son told me that it was looking better than the bakery made.(They dont show him the layering and frosting and the remaining frosting he can gulp it at home :-)

2.THE MOST POPULAR POST-This is a bit easy task as ever since I posted the Duet Ice cream and Chicken 65;both are on the hit list till date.So,I didn't have to much think about it.I too loved this Ice cream since with two ingredients,I never imagined to freeze an ice cream.The Chicken 65 is also my much interested recipe and so I love to see that on the popular post.

3.THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL POST- As of now,there is none.

4.THE MOST HELPFUL POST-Dates Nuts Laddu was a helpful post to me because my kids just loved to have them and it was a healthy laddu to sneak out for kids.

5.THE POST THAT WAS SURPRISINGLY SUCCESSFUL- There are two posts in this category.The Plantain Pancakes and Baked Broccoli cutlet.The common part about both these recipe are that both are my own innovations.The best part is that both have surprised me with the taste and the responses from all of you.

6.THE POST THAT DIDNOT GET THE ATTENTION IT DESERVED - There are two posts in this category - Easy beef curry and Egg Chicken momos .Beef,I think many donot use it and Egg Chicken Momos was posted initially when I started the blog.(may be because of that:-)

7.THE POST THAT IAM PROUD OF - There are again two posts  as I found it very difficult to decide.The Ice cream Cupcake (eggless)and the Mixed Fruit Salad in Watermelon Basket.Ice cream Cupcake ,as it was a hit at my home and the watermelon basket was a creativity that I add to cravings with fruits and veggies.

I would like to pass this to all my blogger friends as possible but the rule says to pass it to five,so restricting myself to it.

So, friends enjoy the lovely game !!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mushroom Butter Masala - Real creamy dish

Mushrooms in any form is one of my family's favourite.I tried many mushroom recipes.This one is become my favourite.This is a bookmarked recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor's Recipe .It has become very easy to write the post as the link is already given.The only thing I modified in this recipe is reduced the addition of cream ,just added 4tsp of cream.So, I didnot get a offwhite creamy colour.But it tasted real good with the mango rice.Do give this a try !!!

Also, check out my recipes with mushroom

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mango Rice

Mangoes are the most prevalent fruits in summers.Mostly everyone love to have this thick fruit or use this tangy raw mango in curries .But,how about a tangy flavourful rice using mango.Its a very simple recipe and a nice twist to the usual plain rice.It can be served with a creamy side dish.I had prepared it for the first time and I should say it tasted almost like lemon rice and there were bits of the grated mango to munch in between.I also added grated coconut to make it more tasty ,you may omit that step to taste the simple flavourful mango rice.

Basmati 2 cups
raw mango 1 peeled n grated
Asafoetida / hing 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
coconut grated 1/2 cup(optional)
urad dal 3 tsp
Chana dal 3 tsp
groundnuts 1/3 cup
Vattal mulakku / Red chilli 4
green chillies 4
Cilantro 1/2 bunch
cumin seeds 1tsp
mustard 1/2 tsp
oil 3tsp

  • Wash and rinse basmati and soak it in water for 20 minutes.
  • Cook the rice in an open vessel for 10 minutes or till 3/4 coooked.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and fry the red dried chillies.
  • Splutter mustard,cumin seeds.
  • Then,add the urad dal,chana dal ,groundnuts and fry for a minute.
  • Saute the green chillies.
  • Now add the grated mango ,cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the coconut and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the asafoetida powder,turmeric powder and toss.
  • Add the salt and mix the rice.
  • Steam the mix and garnish with cilantro/ coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with any butter masala.

Servings 4 adults

- You can add 1tsp of pepper powder to make it more spicy,if desired.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Semolina- Dates Cookies (sugarless yet sweet)

Usually its the bleached flour or the wheat flour used for preparing cookies,but here I have used semolina as the binder.Semolina can be replaced with oats .Then comes the other two important ingredients dates and bananas. Bananas are always an easily moulded fruit in any form and are readily available at all times.The bananas with dates modified into cookies is a very easy snack for moms to prepare and a healthy one for pranky ones.I have not added sugar as banana and dates are sweet.These cookies are very soft ones and they can be named as chewy cookies as well.My kids enjoyed them a lot but regarding the storage part ,I think it cannot be stored for more than 2 days.

semolina/sooji  1 1/2 cups (you can replace it with oats)
ripe bananas 3 mashed
dates 3/4 cup
baking soda 1/2 tsp
sugar 2tsp (if required)
vegetable oil 1/3 cup

  • Mash the bananas without adding water in a blender to a smooth paste.
  • Chop the dates to small bits and keep aside.
  • Mix the sooji and baking soda ,add the wet ingredients .mix well.
  • Add the chopped dates.
  • Line a tray with parchment paper and place the mix with a spoon 2'' apart.
  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees and place the tray.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or till the tooth pick comes out clean  when inserted in the centre of a cookie.
  • Cool it down completely and store in air tight containers for 2-3 days.

Servings 15 cookies

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Paneer / Cottage cheese Khurchan (Simple Quick recipe)

Hi, Frenzzz.. Am Back..Missed all your recipes for a while,But I hope to be regular now..Thanx to all my blogger friends who enquired about me and missed my recipes too.Thats the time I realised there is a definite place for me in blogging.Anyways,today's is a simple paneer recipe.
Paneer or cottage cheese Khurchan is an north Indian style of recipe.The recipe goes well with all staple foods.I just bookmarked the recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor's recipes.This is a very simple recipe and its cooked in tomato gravy.The most flavourable part is the addition of kasoori methi.

Paneer 250 gms
green capsicum 1 medium
garlic paste 1 tsp
onion cut into thick strips 1 large
tomato deseeded and cut thick strips 2
tomato puree 1/3 cup
red chilli powder 1 tsp
cumin seeds 1 tsp
lemon juice 1 tsp
Dried fenugreek leaves / kasoori methi 1 tsp
oil 3tsp

  • Heat the oil in a non stick pan and splutter cumin seeds .
  • Add the ginger garlic paste.
  • Add the capsicum ,onion, tomato and saute.
  • Add the red chilli powder,tomato puree and salt.
  • Saute till the paneer starts to stick to the pan.
  • Scrape the pan and stir till brown.
  • Add the lemon juice and dried fenugreek leaves/kassori methi.
Servings 3 adults

Also,sending this to Bookmarked recipes hosted by Priya(yallanpantula) Mitharwal and Aipi