Thursday, September 24, 2009


Extra Crispy Pakodi (Spinach or Cabbage fritters)___________________________________________________________________________
Come Rainy , dull ,depressing and gloomy weather , the heart desires something hot and delicious.Pakodies are a big hit in my house and my husband loves these to the extent that he learnt how to make them.Come iftar time and the question lingering in my mind is "what do we make today" and there comes the voice of my husband...Pakodies!!!
The pictures are of the pakodies made by my dearest hubby. Enjoy!.

Ingredients :
Besan: 1 cup
onion : 1 big sliced
Ginger garlic paste : 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1 tsp
Salt : 1tsp
turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
Spinach or Cabbage - 2 cups chopped like we slice onions. (not too thin), You can use any vegetable you like.
Oil to deep fry

In a blender/grinder add besan, Red chili powder , turmeric , ginger garlic paste and salt. Now add half of the onions. Grind well for 5 mins. The onion releases water which makes the besan into paste. The paste should be of the consistancy of tooth paste or else add some more onions and grind. Now remove this paste in a dish and add palak.Add all the remaining onions.We are being extra careful not to add any water. Adding water decreases the crispness of the pakodies.
Now Heat oil to deep fry pakodies. Now using your fingers slowly release these spinach or cabbage slices coated with besan into the oil. fry till light brown.Remove on a napkin so that the oil is absorbed and you are left with crisp pakodies. These are ideal for when guests drop in or you feel like having a quick snack.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Eid Greetings

Eid Mubarak!!!

Wishing Everyone a blessed and happy Eid.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Chicken Fry (mmm smells amazing!!)

Chicken Fry (Indian ishtyle)

When I just have a smiple currly like dal or tomato cut or tomato chutney already made, I go for chicken fry. It tastes soo good with them and also can be made in very little time.It comes in handy when you have a bunch of guest suddenly drop in.It also makes it a good candidate for ramadan as you get more time for other chores. Mashallah this Ramzan has been very good. Its a different kind of joy of fasting..and at the end of the day when the whole family comes together to break there fast and share there stories you stop for a second an think about the oneness and love it brings along. I will also be participating in the Ramdan event hosted by Lubna of Kitchen flavours and Yasmeen of Healthnut. They are amazing and they have put in an amazing effort for this event. I will definately be posting more recipies for this event.

Cheers to easy cooking!!

Chicken - 1 cut into medium size pieces(about 14-16 pieces)
Red chili powder - 2 tsp (you can reduce the amount if you don't want it to be spicy)
Salt : 1-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Onion - 1 sliced

Garam masala powder - 1-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - hand ful
Green chillies - 3 (slit vertical)

Mix everything except Garammasala,curry leaves and green chillies in a pan.
Add 2 cups of water and cover. let it cook until all water evaporates.
Now in a separate kadhai (pan) heat 3 tbsp of oil. Add green chillies and saute
until the ends become light brown. Add curry leaves and saute a little more.
Now add the chicken mixture.Also add the garam masala powder.
fry for 10 minutes.

The aroma should fill the room now. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Tada...Dish is ready!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Egg Puffs

Egg Puffs (Quick and Easy)

I remember that one fine day my dad came home and said - you know Now we have two new bakeries down the road?. That evening my whole family had puffs. Oh how scrumptious they were!.That was my first time eating puffs.
Now I am a big fan of any kind of puffs be it curry puffs or egg puffs or kheema puffs. However I have developed my own versions of them according to my tastes. They are the most easiest to make (where you get puff pastry LOL). Enjoy!!

Eggs -3 (Makes 6 puffs)
Puff pastry sheet - 1 (Has three slabs)

Masala Ingredients :

Redchilli powder
Dhania powder (Coriander powder)
Zeera powder (Cumin powder)
Black pepper powder.

Boil eggs well. Cut them into longer halfs. Take a pan and put 1 tsp of oil. Now place the eggs yolk side up on medium flame. Sprinkle one pinch of each of the masala ingredients on each egg half.(Refer Picture). Now turn them and let cook for like a minute. Remove from heat and let them cool off.

Keep the puff pastry out for thawing. After done. Cut each slab into half. place one egg half from above , Yolk side down on each part. Now make fold and make a rectangle. seal with a wet hand.

Heat oven to 400F. Take an aluminum foil and lightly spray butter so that the puffs don't stick. Now place the puff pastry rectangles on it and bake for like 15 minutes. They will puff of and the edges will slightly brown. The egg puffs are ready to devour.