Monday, January 31, 2011

Flattened Rice Snack Mix

  • Flattened rice (aval) – 3 Handfuls
  • Cashew nuts (broken into pieces) – 10
  • Peanut (broken into pieces) – 20
  • Dry roasted channa (Pottukkadalai) – 20
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ Teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ Teaspoon
  • Cumin powder - ¼ Teaspoon
  • Green chili (slit into half) – 2
  • Curry leaf – 1
  • Salt as needed
  • Canola oil – 1 Tablespoon
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil over medium heat in a wide frying pan. Add mustard seeds, when they pop up add cashew, peanuts and channa. Sauté until they are roasted half way.
  • Add curry leaf, green chili, turmeric and cumin powders. Sprinkle salt. Toss them well.
  • Add pressed rice and gently toss until they are roasted. After roasting pressed rice will be crispy (it takes for about 7 to 10 minutes) and tasty.
  • It’s an excellent snack for tea or with a cup of hot milk.
  • Flattened rice is also called beaten rice. It is dehusked rice, flattened into thin flakes. It is available in Indian stores in the name of Aval or Poha.
 Sending this to HRH - Rice Flakes by Kurinji  and
Any one can cook series 14 by Ayeesha

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mattar Paneer (Green peas - Fresh cheese curry)

  • Fresh green peas – 400 g
  • Paneer (cut into cubes)– 1 pack (400 g)
  • Yellow onion (medium size, finely chopped) – 2
  • Tomato (finely chopped) – 2
  • Chili powder – ¾ Table spoon
  • Coriander powder – ½ Table spoon
  • Cumin powder – ½ Tea spoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1 Table spoon
  • Ginger and garlic paste – 1 Table spoon
  • Kasthoori methi – 1 Table spoon
  • Roasted cashew – 7 nos
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Canola oil – 2 Table spoons
  • Mustard seeds – 1/8 Tea spoon
  • Shallow fry paneer cubes and keep aside.
  • In a frying pan, heat one table spoon of oil. When the oil is in medium heat add one chopped onion chopped tomato and ginger and garlic paste. Sauté until they are slightly mashed.
  • Grind them with roasted cashews into a fine paste.
  • In another pan heat one table spoon of oil. When the oil is in medium heat add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When they pop up add another chopped onion, curry leaves and a pinch of salt. Sauté till onion is slightly brown.
  • Add ground mixer, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and kasthoori methi. Toss them and add green peas. Cook until they are done.
  • Add paneer cubes, a cup of water, adjust salt and cook for few minutes. Turn off heat.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.

  • This is a kid’s friendly dish.
  • It can be served warm with chapati, puri, and rice. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Date - Walnut Loaf

  • Pitted dates, roughly chopped - 140 g
  • Walnuts, lightly toasted - 100 g
  • Baking soda - 11/2 Teaspoons
  • Salt - 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature - 3 Tablespoons
  • Warm water - 170 ml
  • Sugar - 155 g
  • Large eggs, lightly beaten - 2
  • Unbleached all purpose flour - 200 g
  • Pre heat the oven to 325 degree F.
  • In a large bowl, using a large rubber spatula, stir together the dates, walnuts, baking soda, salt, butter and water until combined. Mix in the sugar and eggs, then the flour.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan (81/2 by 41/2 inch) and bake until the cake is puffed and browned, and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, 50 - 55 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
Source : Cake 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Boiled Chestnuts

Chestnuts are famous here in Canada during Christmas holidays. We can smell the roasted chestnuts around the streets especially in downtown. It's nutritional and other informations are here.

  • Chestnut - 10 nos
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Boil chestnuts with water for about 20 mins. Cut open the nut into half by using a sharp knife and remove the meat inside the shell. It is very good with evening tea during rainy days.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sweet Potato Muffins

  • Sweet potato – 1
  • All purpose flour – 2 cups
  • Brown sugar – ½ cup
  • Baking powder – 1½Teaspoons
  • Baking soda – 1 Teaspoon
  • Eggs - 2
  • Salt – ½ Teaspoon
  • Cinnamon – ½ Teaspoon
  • Ground nutmeg – ½ Teaspoon
  • Vegetable oil or butter – 1/3 cup
  • Grated orange rind – 1 Tablespoon
  • Orange juice – ¾ cup
  • Mixed nuts (chopped walnuts and pecans) – 1/3 cup
  • Pressure cook sweet potato and let it cool. Remove outer skin and mash sweet potato until smooth.
  • In large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk in eggs, oil and orange rind and juice until smooth. Pour over flour mixture; stir just until combined.
  • Now add mashed sweet potato, mix slightly. Then scoop into paper-lined or greased muffin cups.
  • Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and let it cool.
 Source –

I am glad to inform you all that I have won the Tetley’s giveaway at Torview. I sincerely thank Akheela and Tetley for the great event.