Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Event Announcement - Bake Fest # 2

Hello Friends,
    I am happy to announce that i am guest hosting the event, "Bake Fest" started by Vardhini. I am so excited and happy to be guest hosting  the event, Bake Fest # 2 for this month, December 2011. Thank you Vardhini for giving me this opportunity. Baking , yes we all love to bake and also this is a festive season , where people love to share their festival greetings with homemade baked goodies with their friends and family. So friends the event is for U, don't forget to send in your entries and make this a very successful event. Nothing is possible without your love and support, so please show your love and support by sending all your baked entries to this event and enjoy the festival season with your family.

The event runs from Dec 1st - Dec 31st.Here are some simple rules to send in your entries...

1. Send in any recipe which has been baked / broiled.
2. Only vegetarian or vegan recipes please. Eggs are allowed in Baking only.
3. Usage of the logo is appreciated as it helps spread the word.
4. Please Link to this announcement page and also to Vardhini's Bake Fest announcement page.If sending an old entry, it needs to be re-published with both the links.
5. You can send in any number of new entries and a maximum of 2 old/archived entries.
6. Last date for your entries, December 31, 2011.
7. Non Bloggers can also participate and send in your recipes to the email sangeethaskitchen(at)gmail(dot)com.

So Please friends link your recipes to the attachment link by Dec 31st 2011. If you have trouble with linking your recipes, please do send your entry to the above email ID with the following details..
Your Name:
Blog Name:
Recipe Name:
Recipe URL:
Recipe Photo (Please limit to max 400 pixels)

Looking forward for all your wonderful recipes, thank you !!!



Potato Poppy seeds Gravy / Rich Potato Gravy !


             Its again time for Blog Hop Wednesday and this is 10th week happening successfully all because of Radhika and other Co-Hoppers who actively participating in this fun filled event for every alternate Wednesday. And this week i am paired with one of  my blog buddy Nisha of Nisha's Kitchen. This time i don't have any confusion to choose the recipe, as i decided to pick any curry from her space. Since daily my toughest job is to decide what's for dinner?? with Chapathis/dosa?? So i tried her Potato in Poppy seed Coconut Gravy. This is bit similar to my mom's kurma recipe and it goes well with both Idly/Dosa n Chapathi/rotis also. For breakfast i served with dosa n the left over we had it with chapathi. This is a rich and heavy dish which you can choose for any Potluck Party or get together Party. Now to the recipe...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beet Root Usili With Mung Bean/Green Gram Dal


           Generally for usili, we use combo of tuvar dal and chana dal or tuvar dal alone. For a change i tried with Mung bean/Green gram dal. I love this usili with rasam sadham. I made Thattai Payir Rasam and beet root usili for lunch and that was so healthy n filling . I saved some 5 steamed mung bean dumplings which i made for Mor Kuzhambu and tried this yummy n healthy beets usili. Now to the recipe,


Monday, November 28, 2011

Soya Tomato Curry / Soya Chunks In Tomato Gravy

          Hello Friends, Hope you all doing great. Me too fine and still in a Holiday mood, feeling so lazy and not willing  to do any work :) As here, climate also was so cold and dull which again makes me so lazy and see not even in a mood to blog , but still i have some recipes for this month's events and i want to share them within this month end so i am here with today's recipe, Soya Tomato Curry. This is somehow similar to my mom's chicken curry, with more tomatoes and freshly ground spices. The first recipe came to my mind when i saw this month's Dish It Out ingredients - Soy n Tomatoes. This curry tasted so yummy both with chicken and soya chunks. I just love it a lot ,still its lingering and couldn't stop drooling at my pic :) Yep, really its an excellent recipe suits well with chapthi,poori ,pulao/biryani and i event like it with hot steamed rice. Do give this a try and let me know h it turned out to you...Now to the recipe..

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mung Bean Dumplings In Yoghurt Sauce / PachaPayir Urandai Mor Kuzhambu


          Today's Recipe is Mor Kuzhambu with PachaPayir/Mung bean Urandai. Mung Bean Urandai really suits well with Mor Kuzhambu. This is my style of Mor Kuzhambu with Mung bean dumplings and i just loved  it with hot rice and pickle.  Mung bean dumplings are so healthy n nutritious than the regular tuvar/chana dal dumplings. love mor kuzhambu a lot n with this mung bean dumpling tasted so good n my kids too liked this kuzhmabu n the mung bean dumplings a lot. Do give it a try n let me know h it turns out to u :) Now to the recipe...



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mung Bean Capsicum Pulao


            Today's recipe is a healthy and yummy pulao with mung bean and capsicum/bell pepper. This is very simple and easy one pot meal which also perfect for lunch box. For this pulao i added a very flavorful n yummy combo of masala ingredients which made this simple recipe to a super hit one. For presentation, i simply tried some cutting the veggie slices like flower shape n hope it look so :) Now to the interesting n flavorful healthy pulao....

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Coconut Buns / Sweetened Coconut Stuffed Buns / Sweet Buns


            Little bored with savory baking and so tried this simple coconut honey stuffed sweet buns. Iprepared both savory Cauliflower Stuffed Buns and this Coconut stuffed sweet buns on the same day, same time and the sweet buns dominated and the coconut, cardamom, honey smelled so good and my kids loved this buns a lot. Here i have used sweetened coconut flakes, tutti frutti for stuffing, you can also use freshly grated roasted coconut and also add some finely chopped nuts for nice crunch. Now to the recipe...



Monday, November 21, 2011

Stuffed Buns / Spicy Gobi Stuffed Buns / Spicy Cauliflower Stuffed Buns


      Long long ago i tried this savory stuffed buns with cauliflower masala . Like my previous baking attempt this was also successful and am happy to share this here . I took Rak's Kitchen's recipe for dough preparation and prepared stuffing to my choice. Now to this interesting recipe...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tomato Parsley Penne / Penne Pasta With Tomato N Parsley


         Pasta/Macaroni/Spaghetti  breakfast is almost everyone's fav breakfast except my H's. He doesn't like such kind of recipes even without cheese. And also he wont allow me also to buy pasta or macroni and even restrict for kids but for the first first he allowed to buy this penne pasta which is made of whole grain n whole wheat , 0g saturated fat,0g trans fat and no cholesterol and the most notable is rich in fiber. I know its a well known fact to you all but want to share for people like my H who think Pasta/Macroni/Spaghetti as a Junk food. I made a very simple version with tomato and parsley as main ingredient. the tangy tomato and parsley flavor dominated more and was so yummy !!! Now to the recipe...


Friday, November 18, 2011

Parsley Potato - Oven Roasted !


           Parsley Potatoes, very yummy and flavorful crispy potatoes can be served as an appetizer/snack or side dish. This is originally an Italian Parsley potato recipe but took the idea of steaming the potatoes alone and baked in oven whereas the original recipe sauted on stove stop. I simply steamed and mixed with mild spices and parsley and baked them until crisp and enjoyed. Now to the recipe..


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kaju Pista Roll - My 300th Post N A Giveaway !


           Yep,Today I am Writing 300 th Post. I am so happy and excited, woke up early in the morning started making sweet to celebrate the moment :) Blogging has changed my life a lot, made me more energetic creative and over all more colorful. My first blog was about my life love story :) That time also, i use to recollect all my sweet memories and tried to wrote my real story with lovely quotes and poems. But later, lots of pressure from my family members not to continue so i stopped writing and also 2 years back my kids were all infants and they need my attention 24/7 :) Then finally i learned myself to create a food blog and started posting my recipes. First few months, like you all i was posting my recipes with full enthu i didn't bother about anything / anyone...keep on posting 4-5 recipes per day and cooking a lot. Yes, i was so much addicted and later when i saw people commenting here and joining my site which again doubled my energy and fully dedicated...Without you all i couldn't reach this soon and so i thank each and every one who visit my space and also a very very special thanks to all my dear blog buddies who always supported and encouraged me thru their valuable comments and often embraced me by showering awards and much more. Thank you n Thank you friends !!!
            Coming to today's recipe, everyone's favorite Kaju Pista Roll / Cashew Pistachio Roll or in other words- Pistachio stuffed Cashew Nut Sweet Rolls :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mixed Vegetable Kurma


           Most of us love to cook and experiment new dishes right?? I too love and started my cooking from my school days(higher secondary) itself. Being a working woman, my mom definitely need my help in the kitchen that too during weekdays busy morning hours, making both breakfast and lunch in a hurry. I just started by helping by mom with cutting and doing small works in kitchen, later learned myself to cook rice, sambar n rasam , Typical south Indian samayal :)  After marriage, we came here- life in US is bit boree...no hard work, more free time( before kids). That too for me, i left alone in home without neighbors, no one to talk around, My H leaves home by morning 8.30 n use to come by 6.30 till that time i am alone...alone..alone :( Now at least i know blogging but 4.5 hears back i know nothing with computer. But through browsing i came to know more blogs and websites i use to wonder h they share these recipes online?? h people comment on their recipes?? h they share their pictures?? h to create a blog?? This was my computer  G.knowledge :)
            Yes, i am a Maths-biology student and no nothing in computer n internet. I know h to talk using Skype n gtalk. h to chat online...that's it. since i use to talk with Him thru these networks only(before marriage ) I use to try recipes from their blog, but most of the blog which i was following during 4 years back were writing now :( Or else i could comment on them now :) Like that, once i tried this green color kurma once and i liked it more but later forgot the recipe and tried by myself but couldn't get that taste. And now , when i visited  Anusha's site "Tomato Blues" for Blog Hop Wednesday, i saw this mixed Vegetable Kurma, same green color yay!! i got it!! i tried this recipe and the taste was same which i made 4 years back. Thank you  Anusha for sharing this recipe and sure a keeper recipe. Do checkout her space for more interesting recipes.Now to the recipe...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Soya Methi Mutter Sabzi


            From my childhood days i love this soya/meal maker a lot. I love this in biryani, my mom makes yummilicious biryani with soya/meal maker.I just love the biryani...yum..yum.. Its texture appearance are similar to meat and the protein content of soya are richer than the meat. Recently started using soya chunks/granules in many forms,(soya granules) curry,(soya)cutlets and soya bread rolls and now with combination of methi n mutter. This is very quick sabzi and more tasty with rotis/puris.

Ingredients
  1. Soya Chunks   1 cup
  2. Methi leaves    from 1 bunch(cleaned n washed)
  3. Mutter/peas    1/4 cup or less
  4. Onion     1 large(sliced)
  5. Tomato   1 large(chopped)
  6. Wheat flour     1 tsp
  7. Chilli powder    1 tsp
  8. Turmeric powder     a pinch
  9. Cumin powder     1/4 tsp
  10. Garam Masala     1/2 tsp
  11. Amchur powder    a generous pinch
  12. Salt     to taste
  13. Oil     2 tsp
  14. Fennel seeds    1/4 tsp(optional)
  15. Cumin seeds    1/2 tsp
Method
  • Take a wide skillet, add 4-5 cups of water , bring to boil and add soya chunks and leave it for 3-4 minutes and drain completely, squeeze the soya chunks to remove excess water and chop them roughly and keep aside until use.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add fennel n cumin seeds allow to splutter then add curry leaves and sliced onions.
  • Saute till it turns translucent and add chopped tomatoes saute for another minute.
  • Now add 1 tsp of wheat flour and stir fry for a minute.
  • After that add, chilli, turmeric, cumin and garam masala powder and stir fry for a minute.
  • Then add chopped soya chunks and mix everything well and stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • And add peas , mix well and add methi leaves and stir well and cook with lid for 2 minutes.
  • Lastly add amchur powder and mix well and simmer for few minutes and turn off the stove.
  • That's it...Soya Methi Mutter Sabzi is ready to serve. Enjoy with Hot Rotis/Puris.

Sending this recipe to the event, "Only" Curries event started by Pari and guest host by Janaki's Kitchen. and also to the event,  Healthy cooking challenge-Healthy Lunch now happening @ Kavi's Edible Entertainment.
 I am also happy to link this recipe along with my archived entry, Vegetarian Keema/Curry With Soya 
Granules to the ongoing event
, Vardhini's  Dish It Out- Soy n Tomatoes


Monday, November 14, 2011

Coconut Poha N Peanut Thuvaiyal / Chutney + Awards


             Hello Folks, hope you all had a great weekend. Here was not as good as previous, windy and cold weather not willing to go out :( and also not feeling well. Suffering with severe neck pain n took medicines n feeling better now. As i was advised not to do any work n do not blog any post today by my H but i couldn't stay way, yes i am addicted more and impressed and boosted by all your lovely words at my space for all my recipes :) Once again Thanking  you all ....
           Today's recipe was Coconut Poha, simple and my fav breakfast. I made this long back and was in my draft for long time, And today when i saw Indian Cuisine's post ,came to remember about this and now presented to you along with my grand mom's Peanut Thuvaiyal...I like this tangy spicy peanut thuvaiyal for my lemon rice / Tamarind rice / curd rice.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tortilla Espanola - Spanish Omelet


              Tortilla Espanola is nothing but a Spanish omelet, which involves only 3 ingredients. I made this recipe from "The Saji" to participate in the Blogoversary Giveaway.  This spanish omelet is one such easy recipe and so delicious. First time i tried omelet with potatoes and it was superb. Now to the recipe..


Friday, November 11, 2011

Veg Burrito Bowl - Chipotle Style


         Chipotle is a famous Mexican Grill known for its Burritos and Tacos. Just one year back it was introduced to me by my friend and now its my fav lunch spot :) I love veg burrito bowl a lot , Burrito bowl includes a lemon cilantro combo rice, pinto or black beans, salsa(mild or hot), roasted bell pepper n onions, lettuce -spinach Salad,cooked sweet corn,sour cream and guacamole all mixed and served as such or wrapped in a tortilla(burrito wrap) with or without cheese.This veg burrito bowl/wrap, for non-veg you can prefer roasted chicken/beef/pork. I never tasted the later one and always love the VEG. I was planning to post this in my blog for long time but everytime i lack one or the other ingredients. And now the time came, recently i happen to know about the site "The Saji" and its blogoversary giveaway. The Saji, wonderful space loaded with all delightful recipes and the most popular "50 from 50 in 50 " ie. she had posted 50 recipes from 50 countries in just 50 days !! How smart!! To participate in her giveaway one should try any one recipe from the 50 recipes and post it in blog within Nov 14. I tried two from the 50 and bookmarked some to try later. As to participate in her giveaway i pick this Burrito bowl - Mexico recipe and altered slightly to my taste and the recipe as follows..

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Kaju Katli / Kaju Burfi


           Today's recipe is Classic Indian Sweet, Kaju Katli / Kaji Burfi / Kaju Katri . Today November 10th is one of the memorable and important day in My life. Wanna share some sweet memories with you, so this post will be bit lengthy ......Generally we celebrate all festivals, important days like Birthday, Anniversary etc with sweets to enjoy the day with our family. Like wise , today is one of the most memorable day, mine is a love cum arranged marriage :) Five years back on the same day, My parents accepted our love and promised us that they will Join us for ever. November 12 th 2006 he was supposed to travel US for his Job. So he came to my home(from Chennai) on Nov 10 th and talked to my parents and the conversation went long for about 2-3 hours but it was a happy ending :-)
            Now coming to the recipe, i blindly followed Raks Kitchen's recipe and made it easily this morning. I tried this 3-4 times before but every time i went wrong with the sugar syrup or with cashew powder. But this time it's a successful attempt and thanks a ton Raks for this recipe. One extra step i did which she did not mentined, i sifted the cashew powder with mesh strainer...so that i got fine coarse powder :) As i made this today morning i was in hurry and not able to get proper step wise pictures. Please refer the original recipe for the detailed pictorial.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Veggie Bread Fry - Baked !


             Do you Love Bread?? Yes , Then this recipe is for you ! Simple bread fry can be turned to a healthy and delicious one by adding vegs of your choice and lastly baked to get extra flavor and taste. Few days back i tried this spicy , tasty and yummy bread fry for my evening snack and loved it a lot. The bread didn't turn soggy or soft even after its cooled long time because it was baked !! I am sure definitely you will love this recipe and try for your tea time snack and enjoy !!

Ingredients
  1. Bread slices    4 no.s( i used whole grain whole wheat bread)
  2. Onion   1 medium( chopped)
  3. Tomato   1 small(chopped)
  4. Green Bell Pepper   2 tbsp(finely chopped)
  5. Carrot    1/2 (finely chopped)
  6. Peas    2 tbsp(i used frozen)
  7. Cabbage    1/4 cup(thinly sliced)
  8. Kashmiri Red chili powder   1 tsp
  9. Cumin  Powder     1/4 tsp
  10. Turmeric powder    a pinch
  11. Soy sauce   1/2 - 1 tsp
  12. Salt      to taste
  13. Parsley flakes     1tbsp
  14. Garlic     2 cloves (finely chopped)
  15. Fennel seeds     1/2 tsp
  16. Oil     2 tsp

Method
  • Cut bread slices in to small bite size cubes and keep aside.
  • Chop all the vegs and keep ready.
  • Heat oil in a pan, splutter fennel seeds and add garlic and fry lightly.
  • Then add onions and saute for a minute and add green capsicum and saute for 2 minutes.
  • After that add tomatoes and stir fry till turns soft but not mushy.
  • Now add carrots and peas stir fry for a minute then followed by cabbage and stir fry everything well for 1 minute.
  • Now add soy sauce, kashmiri chili powder, turmeric and mix everything well and fry for a minute.
  • Then add cumin powder and mix everything well and add cubed bread pieces and toss it well with the veggie masala.
  • If needed, sprinkle some salt and toss them well.
  • Lastly add the parsley flakes and mix everything gently and turn off the stove.
  • Preheat oven to 300 degree Fahrenheit
  • Transfer the veggie bread fry to a oven safe pan/dish, (sprinkle shredded cheese if desired ) and bake it for 5-7 minutes or until the bread pieces turns crisp and not burnt.
  • Once done, remove from the oven and Enjoy !!

I am happy to send this recipe to the events, Radhika's Winter Carnivals, Vardhini's Bake Fest Series #1 and to the event, Serve it Series - Savory Baked by Krithi and Denny.


Notes:
I didn't add cheese before baking but if you like you can add to the bread fry and bake it n enjoy. def it will give extra flavor n taste.
Kashmiri chili gives vibrant color to the dish but if u don't have can add dry red chili powder, add / adjust spices to your taste.
Instead of parsley ,cilantro can also be added to this recipe.