Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Kuttu in Kitchen - His Cooking Event

Kuttu is my Son, 4 years old. Yes, 4 years old and he cooked something, well not for me but for himself. I posted these pics in my FB page, jokingly said i m going to send this to Priti's Event and to my surprise, she asked me to send it. 
This Lovely scene happened on this weekend. Weekend Mornings are always Lazy!!!! My Son wakes up only by 10 or 10:30. But this time, he happened to wake up early and asked for some breakfast. I had some Dosa Batter in the fridge, I kept it out and was heating up the tava, he suddenly came with a stool and said "Amma, Kuttu Dosai Pannanum!!". I didnt want to say No to his curiosity. I just stood besides me, jus to make to sure he doesnt get himself hurt!!! But, Mummy the ignorant, Son made 3 small cute dosas and had all it by himself. I m jus posting the pics and giving you the measurements for the dosa/idly batter.

3 cups Parboiled rice
1/2 cup urad dal
1 handful of raw rice
1 tsp Methi seeds

Soak Rice and Dal separately for 3-4 hrs. Methi seeds with the dal. Grind urad dal and methi first and then grind Rice to a smooth battter. Then mix them together.I normally use Mixie to Grind. If you are going to make dosa, you can just take the required batter and add salt and make it immdly. It has a good taste. Many, like my hubby doesnt like dosa's to be sour. 
To make idlies, let the batter sit outside for a day. If you are grinding it in the morning, leave it out for the day, you will get good idlies for night.

Sending these cuties to Festive Food - His Cooking Event hosted @ Indian Khana

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Potato Capsicum Curry - His Cooking Event

Blessed are those Wives, Whose Husband Knows Cooking and also does it sometimes. A heartfelt appreciation to Priti for hosting an Event like this, to showcase our better half's Talent!!!! My hubby is a Good Cook, not to exaggerate, all the 3 brothers cook very well. An art they adopted from there Father. My Father-in-law in his late sixties, Enjoys cooking even now. He makes Lip-smacking Puri-Aloo!!!! All the puri's will be of the same size and we call the Aloo as Traditional Sydoji Lane Recipe!!!!! Sydoji Lane is the name of the street .where my in-law's live :)

Now Coming to this Aloo-Capsicum Curry, this is one of the tasty recipe from my dear hubby. When i was pregnant with my Kuttu, he used to cook for me every weekend!!!! But the problem is, he is a Perfectionist!!!! VIRGO!!!!!  If he is cooking, he needs things his way and takes all the time on Earth, which makes my BP go sky-rocket. Now, that's a lot of story there, let us get to the recipe.

5 medium Potatoes
2 medium Capsicum
2 medium Onions, thinly sliced
2 green chillies, finely Chopped
2 sprigs of curry leaves 
2 tsp Sambhar powder/Red Chilli Powder (He used Sambhar Powder)
Hing, turmeric each a pinch
Salt to taste

Wash, peel, cut the Potatoes to small cubes and Boil them until soft, but firm, Don't over-boil it or else you will get mashed potatoes!!!!. Wash the capsicum and Chop them to thin Slices. Heat oil in a Wok, Splutter mustard seeds, add hing and turmeric, curry leaves, green chillies. When the chillies are slightly roasted, add Onions and sauté till translucent. Now add the boiled potatoes, add Sambhar powder/Red Chilli Powder, salt and Mix well. Let it cook in a slow flame for 10-15 minutes or till the rawness of the chilli/sambhar powder escapes. Then Add capsicum and Mix well and cook for 7-8 more minutes.Take care of capsicum, it shouldn't be over-cooked. Take it off the flame garnish with some fresh coriander and Enjoy with Rice/Roti's

Sending this to Festive Food- His Cooking Event hosted @ Indian Khana

Monday, June 07, 2010

Spinach-Feta Rolls

Had a box of Feta cheese bought 2/3 months before.  I have never used/tasted feta cheese before. So, i just cut open the box and took a small piece to taste  it. Ohhhhhhhhh!!!! My God, it was damn salty!!!!!!!!! i didnt expect it to be this salty, seriously!!! Just thanked god,for giving me the thought to taste it before i used it!!!!
Now coming to the recipe. This recipe is an inspiration from Priya's Cheese Palmiers and Raks's Vegetable Puff.  Both make a great evening snack, So i just mixed and matched both and tried this Spinach-Feta Rolls. Came out great. 

1 bunch Palak
1 large potato,Peeled and boiled.
2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped
1 1/2 - 2 tsp red Chilli powder
1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
2-3 tbsp Feta Cheese (No Salt added to the Filling, since feta cheese has enough salt!!!!!)
hing,turmeric each a pinch

Wash, Blanch and finely chop the Palak. Mash the Potato. Heat oil in a wok, crackle cumin seeds, add hing and turmeric. Add Onions and saute Till translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste. Add Mashed potato, Red Chilli powder. Cook in a low flame, to avoid burning of masalas, sprinkle water. When the masalas are mixed well, add chopped palak, mix well and Cover and cook in a slow flame for 10 minutes. Open the lid and stir in between. 
When the rawness of the masalas escapes, add the cheese and Mix well. Take it off the flame. Let it cool.
Preaheat the oven to 190C. Roll the Pastry Sheets to not-so thick/not-so thin Discs. Place 2 tbsp of Spinach-Feta Filling and roll it and seal the ends by pinching it. Make 4-5 rolls, Brush some oil on top.  Bake it for 40-45 minutes. Enjoy with Tomato Sauce. 
Sending this to BB4 - What's Lurking in the Kitchen @ One hot Stove and also to Healing Foods - Onions hosted by Priya, Event by Siri

You Can Also find this @ LYRO#Potato happening @ Sindhi Rasoi

Tangy Tomato Baby Corn (Brown) Rice

What to do when your tummy grumbles and you have nothng but Onion and Tomatoes @ home. This Happened to me last week, Luckily had some Brown Rice. Made this Tomato rice. mm, Happy Tummy!!!
2 cups Brown Rice Cooked
1 Large Onion, thinly sliced
3 Large Ripened Tomatoes, Finely chopped
2 nos Baby Corn
2 green Chillies
1/2 tsp Red Chilli powder'
1 tsp Ginger Juliennes
Salt to taste
1 tsp Oil for the seasoning
hing/asafoetida, turmeric each a pinch

Heat oil in a pan, Spluter Mustard seeds, add hing, turmeric and Green chillies. then add Onions and saute till translucent. Add Tomatoes and saute for 3-4 minutes.Then add Chopped baby corns ,red chilli powder and a cup of water. Add salt. Let it cook in a slow flame for 15 minutes.

Once the rawness of the chilli powder escapes and the tomatoes are well cooked, take it off the flame. 
Mix it with Brown Rice, garnish with Ginger juliennes and enjoy with a raita.
Keep the flame low while cooking. Incase, if you feel the veggies are getting burnt, try sprinkling water.  This way you can avoid adding extra oil. Whether you are in a Diet or Not, Try this!!!! you will definetely feel the difference.

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