Baigan Bharta

Baigan Bharta

Baingan Bharta is mashed eggplant cooked with spices. Traditionally Bharta is made with charcoal roasted eggplant on a sigree. With the modern kitchen it sometimes becomes difficult to accommodate the traditional technique. I have tried to customize the method by roasting it in the oven in order to get the perfect bharta taste & flavors .

Ingredients

  • 2 Big  Fat Eggplant
  • 1 Cup Tomatoes Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Onion Finely Chopped
  • 3 Chopped Chillies (Use the ones used in roasting the eggplant)
  • 5-6 Garlic Chopped (use the ones used in  roasting the eggplant)
  • 2-3 Red Chillies
  • 2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • A pinch Asafoetida
  • 2 Tbs Oil
  • 2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 Tbs Coriander Powder
  • 2 Tbs Cumin Powder
  • Salt to Taste
  • Handful Coriander.
  • 1 small piece of charcoal

Instructions :-

-Preheat Oven at 180 C /350 F

-Make slits in the eggplant and insert the garlic cloves and green chillies in it.

-Rub some oil on the eggplant.

-Bake the Eggplant in the oven for 30 mins or until the skin starts to peel. (Keep turning the eggplant  after every 10 mins.

-Once the Eggplant is completely roasted ,Remove the garlic cloves & chillies.

-Peel the eggplant & mash the soft part. For the smoke flavour:

-Take a small piece of lit coal in a katori.

-Place the katori in the middle of the mashed eggplant.

-Pour 1 tsp of ghee on it and cover it immediately.

-Let it rest for 10-15 mins so that the smoke flavour is absorbed.

-Heat Oil in a kadhai.

-Add  Asafoetida + cumin seeds + chopped garlic + chopped chillies + Red chillies + Red chili. powder + turmeric powder + coriander powder + cumin powder. Cook for 1 min.

-Add chopped onions + tomatoes + salt  Cook until tomatoes are soft.

-Add the mashed eggplant + chopped coriander. Cook until oil separates.

-Serve hot with roti

Eggless Whole Wheat Cake – No Added Sugar

While Surfing the net I came across this interesting recipe of Whole wheat cake. I felt it worth giving it a shot. I prepared it with some of my personal modification. It turned out just awesome. No one could ever tell you if it is made from whole wheat & that too without any sugar added to it. Yes all natural sugar. This cake stood true to the regular one, it had the moistness, taste. It is healthy, guilt free & tasty. We rarely get all the 3 combination Healthy, Tasty, Guilt Free.

wheat-cake

 

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅓ cup Whole Wheat flour
  • 325 gms. Pitted Dates
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ cup Butter (Room Temp)
  • 1 tbs Oil
  • 1-2 tbs. Splenda (Optional.)
  • A pinch Salt
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. Vinegar
  • 1 ½ cup Warm milk
  • 3-4 tbs. Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • ½ cups Any Nuts (Walnuts, Almonds, Cashew, and Pistachio etc.)

Method

  1. Pulse the Dates in a blender (Keep the consistency as per your preference. I completely crushed them)
  2. Pre-Heat Oven at 180 ° C or (350 ° F).
  3. In a bowl Add butter + Oil & Flour. Rub it with hands and ensure that the flour is moist.
  4. Add Cocoa powder + Salt + Baking Powder + Baking Soda + Splenda (Optional) & mix well.
  5. In half cup milk add Vinegar + Vanilla Essence
  6. Add the Dates mixture to the flour + 1/2 cup milk. Stir well
  7. Now add the remaining Milk to mix.
  8. Add half of the Nuts
  9. Pour the batter in a greased cake tin.
  10. Drizzle the remaining nuts over the batter.
  11. Bake the cake for 45-50 mins. (Keep checking the cake after 45 mins.)
  12. Insert a toothpick or knife. If it comes out clean remove from the oven.
  13. After 10 mins remove from the Tin
  14. Let it cool & then serve.

Indo-Chinese Mushroom

My husband is a foodie & loves to relish every bit of the food I cook. He is a big time fan of Indo Chinese food. Few days back I was left with an excess stock of Mushrooms. My Husband came up with this Idea of me making them in an Indo Chinese way. These Indo Chinese Mushrooms turned out really good. It is a spicy dish that you can eat is a main course with some bread or serve it as an Entrée.

Doesn’t the below pic look so beautiful & tempting? Hope you make it & give your self a spicy treat. Happy Cooking!!

Indo Chinese Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Portobello mushroom chunks
  • 1 large onion slits
  • 1 large bell pepper slits (I took Yellow & Red Peppers – The Colors in the dish look Fab)
  • 1-2 tbs. ginger paste
  • 1-2 tbs. garlic paste
  • 1-2 chilli slits
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper powder to coat mushrooms
  • 2 tsp. red chilli sauce
  • 1 tbs. soya sauce
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli pd
  • 1 tsp. turmeric pd

Tools Required

  • Paper Towel

Note: You can always adjust the spicy sauces based on your taste & preferences.

Method

  1. Boil mushrooms in a pan with turmeric powder and a little salt.
  2. Strain the water & towel dry the mushrooms.
  3. Microwave a little butter (Around 1 tsp) and pour over on the dried mushrooms and sprinkle pepper powder. Coat them well.
  4. In a separate pan heat butter, pour few drops of regular oil to avoid butter from getting burnt.
  5. Add onions add garlic and ginger paste. Cook until pink.
  6. Add Bell peppers cook for 2 mins
  7. Add Salt + Garam masala + Chilli Slits + Chilli powder+ Red Shilli sauce + Soya sauce.
  8. Mix well until the mixture starts leaving sides
  9. Add the coated mushrooms cook for 5-10 mins
  10.  Serve Hot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veg Muffins

What should I make for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner?That’s the biggest question I guess most of us women encounter daily. Then be it, it’s for any meal of the day. I personally list out the items that I would prepare for the week & plan out the grocery list to make them. I believe it’s a very challenging task to plan out your grocery shopping for the whole week ensuring that what you are planning to make is everyone’s favorite and the most important thing, it’s not a repeated. The other day I realized that all the breakfast items were checked & I was left with no other variety even though the grocery stock was in plenty. I decided to try something new and different, after having a quick peek at the available material I thought of making vegetable muffins from flattened rice (Poha). Yes Poha, doesn’t that sound interesting? It was my first shot which was a big hit at home. My husband just loved it!! The veg muffins turned out to be tasty & very healthy too (Minus the Cheese J). You can make them one day in advance & serve them for breakfast the next day. You can even pack them for picnics, school or work. Hope you try it & let me know your experience.

Veg Muffins

This recipe will yield 12 cupcakes. Happy Cooking !!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Flattened rice (Poha) – crushed in blender to coarse powder
  • ½ cup  Chopped Potatoes
  • ¼ cup Chopped Onions
  • Handful finely chopped Cilantro
  • 1 tbs. Green Chilly paste
  • ¼ cup Green Peas
  • 1-2 tbs. Peanuts or chopped cashews
  • 1 tbs. Sugar (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tbs. Cheese (Optional)
  • 2 sachet of Eno (Fruit Salt)
  • 2-3 tbs. Olive Oil (Optional- If you are a diet conscious skip it or add around 1-2 tsp)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tbs. Yogurt
  • Cheese for Topping(Optional)
  • Any Sauce of your choice to top the muffin

Tools Required

  • Cup Cake Liners
  • Cup Cake pan for 12 cup Cakes

Note: You can use any veggies of your choice. Adding Chopped Carrots, Corn would also taste great.

Method

  1. In a bowl Mix the Flattened rice powder + Potatoes + Onion + Green Peas + Cilantro + Chillies + Salt + Sugar+ Peanut.
  2. Add 3 tbs. of Yogurt + 1 cup of water. Mix well and let it rest for around 10 to 15 mins.
  3.  5 mins. past pre heat the Oven at 180 ° C or (350 ° F).
  4. After 15 mins. add the remaining 1 tbs. yogurt + ½ cup water + Oil & empty the 2 eno sachet into the mixture.
  5. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of water & mix well.
  6. Arrange the cupcake liners into the cake pan.
  7. Drop equal proportion of the mixture into each cupcake liner.
  8. Sprinkle some cheese & Bake it for 30 – 35 mins (Until golden)
  9. Remove the cupcakes from the pan & let it cool for 15 mins.
  10. Top it with your choice of sauce & serve.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Soya Nuggets

Soya bean nugget is one of the healthiest dishes that my family loves. I bet no one can eat just one. It can be eaten as a starter, main course or just as a munching snack. I assure you will love the way it tastes. It is a rich source of proteins & is very healthy for the body.

Soya Nuggets
Ingredients
• Mini Soya Nuggets – 200 grams
• Dry Kashmiri Chillies – 4 – 5
• Kasuri Methi – 3 tsp
• Curd – 1 ½ cup
• Maggi Tastemaker cubes – 3-4
• Salt to taste
• Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
• Chilli Powder – ½ tsp
• Chaat Masala – 1 Tsp
• Garam Masala – ½ Tsp
• Ginger – 1 inch (Make Paste)
• Garlic – 10 cloves (Make Paste)
• Oil – 1 ½ tbs (I used Olive oil)

Instructions
For the Red Chilli Paste:
1. Soak the Red chillies in Hot water for some time until they turn soft.
2. Remove the chillies & grind them to a fine paste.

For the Soya Nuggets:
1. Boil water (ensure that your utensil is big enough. A lot of froth tends to come up while we boil soya nuggets)
2. Once the water starts to boil at the peak add all soya nuggets.
3. Remove all the froth that comes up with the help of a spoon
4. Boil the nuggets until they are completely soft ( boil for around 5 mins)
5. Drain all the water and wash the nuggets with cold water
6. Squeeze all the water from the nuggets(In small quantities press the nuggets between your palms to remove all the water)

For the Marinate:
1. Whisk the curd in a bowl.
2. Add the Red chilli paste + Garlic Paste + Ginger Paste + Red chilli powder + coriander powder + Chaat Masala + Garam Masala + Maggi Tastemaker (crush it & then add) + Salt.
3. Mix the Marinate well.
4. Add the Soya Nuggets to the above marination. Mix well
5. Let it marinate for at least half an hour (More the Marination time better it will taste)

Final Step:
1. Heat oil in a pan
2. Add the nuggets to the pan when the oil heats up.
3. Cook till all the curd water dries up. (Keep stirring to avoid burning)
4. Add the kasuri methi. Cook for more 2-3 mins
5. Serve Hot

Zero Oil Chana Masala

Healthy food can be delicious too!! O yes I prepared these zero oil chana masala without compromising on the taste. It turned out to be really delicious. All my family members just love it and it is prepared quite often now.

Zero Oil Chole

 INGREDIENTS

  • 250 gms boiled chickpea
  • 1 tsp tea leaves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp carom seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 – 5 green cardamom
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 – 5 dried red chillies
  • 2 tsp dried pomegranate seeds
  • A pinch asafoetida
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp chana masala
  • 3 – 4 chopped green chillies
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste

 INSTRUCTIONS

  • Boil Chickpea with tea leaves, soda, salt (Pressure cooker) .
  • Then stir fry the following ingredients:
  • Coriander, cumin seeds, black peppers, fennel seeds, carom seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, red chillies and pomegranate seeds. To this, add a pinch of asafoetida.Grind the masala to a fine powder.
  • Take some chickpeas (around ½ bowl) and grind them to fine paste.
  • Add rest of the boiled peas to a pan, add water until they are soaked (start to cook on slow flame); Add ginger garlic paste. Then add the chana masala + the grinded masala powder + the pea’s paste .Add some chopped chillies to this. Cook for a total of 20 to 25 minutes. Finally add the tamarind paste and mix well before you serve.