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June 16, 2018

SOY CHILLI SAUCE

Ingredients:
Garlic - 1 small clove
Salt -pinch
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Soy sauce - 3 tbsp
Sesame or peanut oil - 2 tsp
Water - 2 tbsp
Mirin or dry sherry - 2 tbsp
Minced chilli or chilli sauce - 1/2 tsp
Ginger - 1/2 tsp (grated)

Method:

  • Crush garlic with salt and sugar in a small bowl.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients.
  • Use sauce cold or warmed in a saucepan or microwave.
Variations:
  • If using a sweet chilli sauce, leave out the sugar.
  • Add one tablespoon each chopped scallions and toasted sesame seeds.
Serving with:
  • Broiled or grilled kebabs, chicken pieces, and fish can be dipped into this sauce.
  • Splash the sauce onto a bowl of noodles or fried rice.

DAL HANDVA

Ingredients:
Rice - 500 gms
Urad dal - a handful
Tuvar dal - a handful
Channa dal - 2 handfuls
Sour buttermilk - 1 glass
Ginger - 1" piece
Garlic flakes - 4
Asafoetida - a pinch
Green chillies - 6
Coriander leaves - small bunch
Baking soda -1/2 tsp mixed with 1 tsp oil
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Til - 2 tbsp
Salt and chilli powder to taste

Method:

  • Wash and soak the rice and dals separately for 6 hours.
  • Drain and grind the rice and the dals together coarsely.
  • Add buttermilk and keep aside for 10 hours.
  • Grind together ginger, garlic and chillies and mix into the batter along with soda and coriander leaves.
  • Heat 4 tbsp of oil; add asafoetida, curry leaves, fenugreek, cumin and mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.Pour this over the batter along with salt and chilli powder. Mix well.
  • Now take a greased thick bottom pan, pour the batter and level the surface and sprinkle til on top.
  • Cover tightly, place a griddle or tava over the lid, put live coals in it and cook over a slow fire for 20 minutes or until the top turns into golden.
  • Cut into slices and serve with sweet chutney.
  • Or you can bake it in a moderate oven,

SURAN RAITA

Ingredients:
Beaten curds - 2 cups
Suran or Jami kand - 100 gms (boiled)
Sugar - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves -  2 tsp (chopped)
Salt and chilli powder to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Method:

  • Mash the suran to a paste and mix with all the above ingredients except oil, mustard seeds.
  • Heat oil in small pan; add mustard seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Pour this over raita and decorate with coriander leaves.

June 15, 2018

TIMES SQUARE SPECIAL

Ingredients:
Bermuda onions- 1 tbsp
Diced green bell peppers- 1 tbsp
Butter- 1 tbsp
Smoked salmon- 1 1/2 ounces
Eggs- 3
Pumpernickel bread- 2 slices

Method:

  • Saute onions and pepper in butter about 5 minutes, until onions are golden brown and peppers cooked.
  • Add diced salmon and beaten eggs and fry lightly to make an omelet.
  • Place omelet on bread and eat as an open-faced sandwich.
  • Decorate the plate with lettuce, tomato slices, pickle, olives, and onions and serve.

CREAM OF CHICK- PEA WITH SPINACH

Ingredients:
Onions-2
Garlic clove-1
Olive oil- 2 tbsp
Pureed chick-pea- 2 cups
Potatoes- 3 cups
Chopped spinach- 2 cups
Bechamel sauce- 4 cups

Method:
  • Fry the onions and garlic in oil for 4-5 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Combine pureed chick-peas, potatoes and spinach and add to the bechamel sauce.
  • Stir and bring to quick boil.
  • Add onions and garlic, and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.

TROPICAL SUPERWHIP

Ingredients:
Avocado-1
Banana-1
Pawpaw- 1/4 cup
Honey- 2 tsp
Desiccated coconut- 2 tsp
Mint leaves- 6
Orange juice or milk- 600ml

Method:

  • Blend all the ingredients and serve in very tall glasses, with a slice of kiwi fruit on the slide of the glass.
  • Decorate with a cocktail umbrella.
  • Serves 4

LEBANESE AVOCADO CAULIFLOWER

Ingredients:
Cauliflower-1
Garlic clove-1
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice- 1/2 cup
Tahini paste- 1 cup
Avocado- 2
Roasted pine nuts- 1/2 cup
Chopped parsley- 1/2 cup

Method:

  • Steam or boil whole cauliflower in large saucepan till tender.
  • Blend garlic, salt, and lemon juice until smooth puree.
  • Then add tahini paste,chopped avocados and enough water to make a thick sauce.
  • Gently warm the sauce in a saucepan until hot and pour over whole hot cauliflower placed on a serving platter.
  • Garnish with roasted pine nuts and chopped parsley.

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SOY CHILLI SAUCE

Ingredients: Garlic - 1 small clove Salt -pinch Sugar - 1/2 tsp Soy sauce - 3 tbsp Sesame or peanut oil - 2 tsp Water - 2 tbsp Mirin...