Thursday, 26 February 2015

Carrot-Beetroot Soup




Soup is something which all of us desire to have specially in winters or during cough/cold.It is a very healthy option even for babies.My son loved it for the taste and colour, and I loved it since he had such a nutritious meal with no fuss :P

Ingredients-
carrot (1medium)
beetroot (1/2)
onion (1small)
garlic (1-2cloves)
milk (2tbpsn)
salt
butter
oil

Method-
Wash the carrot and beetroot thoroughly.
Peel the skin and chop them roughly.
Boil/pressure cook them till soft.Do not throw the water.
Chop the onion and garlic finely.
Heat butter in a non-stick pan.Add few drops of oil so that the butter does not burn.
Put in the chopped onion and garlic.
Saute it for about 2min and turn off the gas.
Let it cool, then add it to the boiled carrot and beet and grind to a paste in a mixi.
Now put the paste in the same pan and add the water(in which carrot and beetroot were boiled).
Add salt as per taste.I did not add any pepper since it was for my toddler.
Once it comes to a boil turn off the gas and add few drops of milk.
Serve the delicious soup hot :-)

Monday, 16 February 2015

Wheat flour Apple Cake

Cake is a favourite amongst everyone in our home specially home-made cake.This cake apart from being tasty is also healthy as it has atta and apples.So go for this easy and delicious recipe instead of the calorie rich cream cakes :)


Ingredients-
wheat flour/atta(2cups)
all purpose flour/maida(2cups)
baking powder(1tbspn)
eggs(4)
brown sugar(3cups)
melted butter(1cup)
vanilla essence(1tspn)
apple(1)

Method-
Beat the eggs together.Add sugar to the eggs and mix well.
I have used brown sugar but you can use normal sugar also.You can blend the egg-sugar mixture for less time.
Mix the atta, maida and baking powder.
Start adding butter little by little and knead the dough simultaneously.
Now add this dough to the egg-sugar mix.
Sprinkle some drops of vanilla and mix well so that the batter is consistent and smooth.
Peel one apple and slice it finely.Add these chopped pieces to the batter.
Preheat the oven.
Grease a baking dish and bake it in microwave(convection option) for 40min.
Healthy atta cake is ready :)

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Palak Paneer/Spinach with cottage cheese


This is one dish which is present in almost every restaurant menu.But somehow both of us never prefer to have paneer dishes outside because we dont like the taste of paneer.So while preparing this recipe I was sceptical whether at all we would like it or not.But to prove me wrong, this recipe turned out simple delicious and I could not believe myself that YES-palak paneer is indeed very tasty when cooked with the right ingredients and ofcourse the home-made touch is always there :)

Ingredients-
paneer(1cup)
spinach/palak(14-15leaves)
onion(1big)
garlic(1small piece)
ginger(6-7 cloves)
green chillies(2-3)
tomato(1small)
turmeric/haldi powder
red chilly/mirchi powder
coriander/dhaniya powder
cumin/jeera powder
Fresh cream(1tbspn)
salt

sugar
oil

Method-
Wash the palak leaves thoroughly.
Add some water and blanch them. ie- either boil the leaves or pressure cook them for one whistle.
Keep it aside till it cools.
Once done grind the blanched leaves in a mixer to a fine paste.
Cut the paneer into small cubes.
I have used home-made paneer as it is much more tasty as compared to the store brought one.
Chop the onion,green chillies,tomato fine.
Make a paste of ginger and garlic.Again you can use ready-made ginger-garlic paste, but home ground paste is always my choice.
Heat some oil in a non-stick pan.
Fry the paneer cubes till golden brown.
Remove the cubes, now add the chopped onion.
Saute the onion, then add ginger-garlic paste and green chillies.
Fry for about 2 min, then add chopped tomato.
Add the masalas -haldi,mirchi,dhaniya,jeera and salt.
Let the masalas cook.Add a pinch of sugar for taste.
Add the palak paste,fried paneer cubes and cook for about 2-3min more.
Just before turning off the flame, add fresh cream and give it a stir.
This is optional, but since I regularly make ghee so I always have it ready and believe me it gives a nice-creamy texture :)
Thats it ! serve hot palak-paneer with phulkas or roti :)


Monday, 5 January 2015

Kalakand Parathas


This is a dessert/sweet wishing everyone a very Happy New Year !! We had this paratha once at "Not Just Parathas" Gurgaon and fell in love with it. I could not believe myself that such a lip-smacking paratha with the kalakand melting... could be made at home with such ease :)You just need to get kalakand from a sweet/mithai shop and have this unique dessert at home.Try it once and am sure you would not forget it ever :)

Ingredients-
wheat flour/atta
salt
water
kalakand

Method-
Knead the flour with a pinch of salt and water and prepare the dough.
Refrigerate the kalakand for half an hour.
Make equal sized balls out of the dough.
Place the kalakand stuffing inside each one of them.
Roll out and make parathas.
Fry on both sides with ghee.
Serve delicious kalakand parathas hot :)


Monday, 17 November 2014

Besan Ladoo


Besan ladoos are a common sweet delicacy during festivals in India specially Diwali.I made these on Diwali this year, but sorry for posting so late.This is an easy recipe ,but yes you have to be patient for this one,but at the end of it you have mouth-watering laddos..so give it a try atleast once :)
 

Ingredients -
chickpea flour/besan
ghee
powdered sugar
raisins/kismis

Method -
Heat a non-stick pan/kadhai.
Add the besan to it(flame should be on sim).
Keep on stirring till the raw smell/taste of besan goes.
This takes a long time so you need to be patient for this step :P.
Once the raw smell goes ie-the besan is almost done, add some ghee to it and stir.
After adding ghee, stir for another 10min or so.
Next,remove the pan off the flame.
Add ghee and sugar to it.
Adjust the sugar as per your sweetness.The amount of ghee should be adjusted such that you are able to make ladoos out of it.
Now mix all together and make small ladoos out of it.
Add a kismis each to one ladoo as a garnish :)