Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gibassier Bread(A French Anise & Orange Flavored Bread) / Eggless Gibassier

For this Month's We Knead to Bake, we are baking Gibassier / A French Anise & Orange flavored bread. Gibassier is a French Breakfast bread that is flavored with Candied Orange, Orange blossom water and Aniseed. This is one of the popular French Bread that is baked during Christmas Occasion.

These Gibassier are pretty shaped bread looks like a oval shaped leaves. Again this is also a new bread to me and baked it for the first time. This is a simple and easy bread with lengthy process. Gibassier needs Biga or pre-ferment that required 14-16 hrs resting time, so it should be made the previous night if you plan to bake this bread the other day.

Very soft and delicious sweet bread with lovely orange and aniseed flavor. I don't find the orange blossom water, so i skipped and used Orange juice and double the orange zest. I shared this bread with my friends and everyone loved it, that too this is super hit with kids. Shaping Gibassier is pretty fun and time and patience required process, i used knife to make slits and star cutter edges to make snips. And i tried it as Eggless Gibassier, i just skipped Eggs and used warm milk.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Soya Chunks Brown Rice Biryani / Soya Chunks Biryani Using Brown Rice / Brown Rice Biryani Recipe!

Today's recipe is a healthy, flavorful and delicious one pot meal Soya Chunks Biryani using Brown Rice. For more than 2 years i am using brown rice for my meals. I have tried more recipes with brown rice before but biryani, this is the first time. For May month's Shh secretly cooking challenge i was paired with Manjula of Desi Fiesta and she gave Brown Rice and Cilantro as the secret ingredients and in turn i gave her wheat flour and Pepper. She made healthy Wheat Dosa with Pepper. And i am here with Soya Chunks Brown Rice Biryani.

First i thought of making some Snack or Dosa Recipe using Brown rice but then Yesterday i was craving for some spicy foods and also wanted to make it healthy with simple recipe, so decided to make Brown Rice Biryani for lunch. Only thing i worried was the water ratio, since i usually cook brown rice in open pot with a small fistful of rice and water above 1/2" the rice level. That worked perfectly for me. But for one pot meal i dunno the right measurement and roughly tried with near by 3 times of water and it turned out so good. The rice was cooked perfectly soft, fluffy and at the same time not mushy. I shared it with my friends and they too loved it and appreciated me for the yummy recipe. For this Brown Rice Biryani i used soya chunks but you can use mixed veggies or mushroom or even chicken. Now off to the recipe.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Punjabi Kadhi Pakora / Punjabi Kadhi With Pakora ~ Punjabi Recipes!!

Today's post is an Authentic Punjabi Kadhi recipe / Punjabi Kadhi Pakora recipe which i learnt from my Neighbor Aunt. After moving to Aurora, we are happy to have two Indian Neighbors. And the two families were so kind, caring and helping people. Really its blessed to have such people around us. I am lucky to have such people around me after 3 years. Yes.,for the past 3 years we don't have any Indian neighbors. One of the neighbor family is from Punjab and the other family is from Himachal Pradesh. So you can expect more recipes from punjab & Himachal Cuisine soon.
This Punjabi Kadhi is not cooked by me and it was prepared by my neighbor Aunt. One fine day talking to Aunt, i asked for the kadhi recipe and she said tomorrow i am planning to make kadhi for guest than will give it to you. I said No, that i want the recipe for my blog and I myself asked her that shall i come tomorrow to take the pictures of kadhi making. Without a second thought, she said ok and the next day she called me after preparing the stuffs ready for kadhi making. I went and took pictures at their house. She helped me a lot and i enjoyed cooking this recipe with her.

Though she has some frozen homemade lauke pakoras in hand, she prepared fresh onion pakoras for me and explained everything patiently. I simply clicked the step wise pictures and final pictures. She also packed me a cup of Kadhi Pakora and we enjoyed it to the core. It tasted so good and flavorful. My sweet friend Gaury, she gave me her bowl, spoon and flowers to use for my pictures. She also suggested some ideas for presentation. She is very good at presenting, organizing and decorating things. Thanks gaury and aunty for this recipe and for your time. On that day, aunty prepared Garam masala powder also and i too the picture of that too. She is kind enough to share the recipe for my blog. Its really nice to have mom with us. Now i don't need to yearn for my mom, since aunty is here for me to help, luv and care. They are not my neighbors, they are my family :) Now off to the Kadhi recipe...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Aloo Methi Paratha / Aloo Methi Stuffed Paratha Recipe

Today the tamil Month Aadi started, Aadi Month is specially celebrated in My Home town, Salem, Tamil Nadu. The first day of Aadi is celebrated as Thengai Suduthal Pandigai in our home town. The local schools will be closed early mainly for this occasion and i still remember those days where we rush to home to clean coconut, fill it with stuffing and to do fire roasting. Me, my sister, cousins and neighbor friends wil have a competition like who is filling the coconut first and whose coconut has the more quantity of stuffing and tasty one. Mom buys a whole fresh coconut from the market and we ourself remove the outer fibre and rub it in sand to get the smooth shell. Then we wash the coconuts and put a hole on one of the 3 eyes on the coconut and start stuffing the coconut with sweet stuffing like - Jaggery, poha, rice, moongdal, dalia, sesame seeds. To know how the coconut is filled and roasted checkout my friend Chitra's space where she explained everything with detailed pictures. Chitra is my school mate and we are from same town, same area. Today Morning after seeing her post, i was excited & tempted to taste that delicious roasted coconut and at the same time felt sad missing my home town. I too wanted to try it but so far in all my apartments we have electric stove only. And more over here the coconuts will not be fresh, tender and good like we get in India. Not only the first day of the month, the whole month is considered auspicious and we worship the Goddess Amman, salem Kottai Mariamman Festival is very popular lots of people visits the temple this month from in and around the districts.

Now coming to the recipe, this Aloo Methi Paratha /Potato Methi Stuffed Paratha goes to the Shh Cooking Secretly Challenge started by Priya. In which every month the group members were paired each other and each pair exchange ingredients between them and cook a recipe with the given ingredients by their partner.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Paneer Pasta / Curried Paneer Pasta / Indian Style Cheese Pasta

Paneer Pasta / Indian style Cheesy Pasta / Curried Paneer Pasta is my kids' recent favorite Pasta. My kids love both Paneer & Pasta a lotand when both combined in a single dish is a super duper feast for them.(That was the comment given by sanjay - super duper yummy pasta ;)] Not only my kids most of the kids loves Pasta & Paneer. So definitely this is one easy & handy recipe for Moms to feed their picky eaters. Also an interesting and easy to make recipe with great taste. I did not want to make it more spicy so added less masala. But if you want it super spicy and a masala pasta you can add more spices & spice powders. Here i used Tri colored Fusili Pasta, you can use any pasta which your kids love. Paneer Pasta sure gives you a rich and cheesy pasta taste with mild flavors. Do give it a try and let me know how it turned out to you. Now off to the recipe...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Foxtail Millet Savory Pongal / Thinai Pongal ~ Easy Thinai Recipes !

Today's recipes is a healthy, filling and delicious recipe, Thinai Pongal/Millet Pongal a savory version. I have already shared the sweet version of Thinai Pongal. A typical South Indian breakfast, Ven Pongal can be made even more healthy and tasty with Cracked wheat, Millets, Oats, Brown Rice and here am with Thinai / Foxtail Millet instead of rice. Ven Pongal is one of the easiest and our family's favorite breakfast. And most of our weekend's breakfast will be Pongal and Instant Sambar. Now i started skipping rice and using Millets to make Ven Pongal, Sambhar Bhat. Millets are rich in fiber, low in calories, healthy, perfect for diet & diabetic people with delicious taste and my recent favorite grain too. I have tried few more millet recipes and is all coming next.
This Millet Savory Pongal is one wholesome and filling meal with the addition of moong dal & mild spices. Even my kids love this pongal, if you are looking for some healthy and easy recipe then this Millet Pongal is one best choice. Now off to the recipe...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Petit Pains au Lait / French Milk Bread


Today again I am here with another We Knead to Bake Event's Post, Petit Pains au Lait / French Milk Bread that was May Month's bread recipe chosen by Aparna. I wanted to try this bread from the time i saw the recipe on Facebook group and happy that i baked it Yesterday. This is a very soft, delicious milk bread with nice flaky texture and buttery flavor. And also this bread is so easy to make and the most fun part is shark tooth like scissor cuts on the dough. Since the dough was too soft and delicate to handle, i couldn't cut it neat and little deep, so after baking it doesn't look neat but still the taste was perfect. Thanks again Aparna for another delicious bread. My kids requested to make it again and the little one ordered me that he wants this rolls daily for his breakfast :) Definitely a kids friendly bread, and the milk and butter in the recipe is good and perfect for kids.
Before trying this recipe, if you want to decorate the bread the traditional way, then do take a look at both these video links to get a good idea of how to cut this bread.