Monday, July 29, 2013

Nails, Arm Candy N Cast Iron Griddle - Recent Happenings

Confusing title right??.. Din't know what else to put in there.. hmm..

My recent nails. arm candy and recently got a cast iron griddle... did you know that cooking in cast iron helps boost iron in our body??... I got rid of all non-stick, aluminum cookwares a couple of years ago.. 

Can you guess what the bottom right pic is??

PS : If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you'll already know all of this.. just updating my blog with everything...  

Monday, July 22, 2013

Quick Fix - Tofu Chapathi / 3 in 1 Mini Idlies

My posts are getting really sparse over the last few days.. hmm.. I've been studying a course and have the finals in the next couple of weeks.. that is the reason.. Feels really good to study after a long time.. and with a kid of course.. it takes a lot of planning!

Anyhooo.. these are 2 quick fixes that I've tried lately.. One is from my friend..

Tofu Chapathi:
I'm not a big fan of tofu nor is my kid.. but try to incorporate it into our food... so tried stuffing tofu with a ltiitle potato for binding... it turned out pretty good.

Tofu (toasted in a tava to dry it out - so that it can be shredded for the stuffing)
Potato (boiled)
Cumin powder
Red chilli powder
Turmeric powder

Mix all the ingredients and make the stuffing.. vary the proportions according to your taste. Make chapathi dough and stuff it and roll it out like you usually do for chapathis.

3 in 1 Mini Idly:

Tried this at our friend's place.. she made a lot of mini idlies and made 3 different flavors of them - Sambar idly, podi idly and lemon idly... my kid loved the podi idly so much!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fun Shaped Poori - Kids Delight! - 250th post

This is the 250th post on my blog.... feels good :) 

Fun shaped pooris for the kids... with cookie cutter.. trust me it works when different shapes are given.. be it eggs, idly, chapati or poori :) My kid liked the butterfly one even more.. 
flowers were kind of realistic.. you know..

Shapes from past...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Mint (Pudina) Biriyani - Lunch Plate Today (with recipe)

A big bunch of mint has been sitting in my refrigerator... and I had to finish it today.. it was loosing its freshness. So thought of making biriyani. Turned out to be very flavorful and yummie!

Number of servings: 3 - 4
Mixed vegetables - 1 cup (I used cabbage, red pepper, beans, carrots)
Basmati rice - 1 and 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 big
Yoghurt - 2 tbsp
Ginger garlic ( finely minced/shredded) - 1 spoon
Cumin seeds - 1 spoon
Cinnamon, cloves -2 

To Grind:
Mint (pudina) - a big bunch
Green chilli - 2
Jalapeno - 1
Pepper corns - 5-6

  • Soak the basmati rice in water along with cinnamon and cloves and keep separately
  • Make a paste of the items to grind and keep separate. Do not make a super fine paste - slightly coarse is better
  • In a wok, heat oil and splutter the cumin seeds. Add the onion, ginger garlic freshly shredded and saute well
  • Add the mint paste, salt and saute well. Add the vegetables and saute like a nice stir-fry. Add the yoghurt and saute
  • Drain the rice from the spices and water and add it to the wok and wait till it heats a bit
  • Now add water for the rice to cook. Adjust the water depending on the amount of water the paste contains. I added a little less than 3 cups
  •  Let the rice cook and stir occasionally. Mint biriyani is ready!