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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bisibelebath in crockpot


Crockpot is also called slow cooker. This was something new to me and have been thinking of investing in for a while. Since we're rice eaters and use rice cooker quite a lot, almost everyday you can say, wasn't sure it will be of any use for me. Last november I went ahead and bought one of these and I fell in love . It's easy, simple and heavy of course. Have been trying dishes which might reduce my cooking and staying in the kitchen time.( my long cooking time, that's why I said I love it).

I have tried couple of dishes now and I still go and check every now and then to see if it needs any more liquid or is it boiling or is it burnt :P. But now have got an idea and still up for experiments. This one is of those experiment dishes I did and know now what changes I need to make next time. Crockpots are perfect for working ladies and whose family demands for fresh hot meals.

This crockpot  is a very basic one and has only 3 settings and there're quite in the market with automatic ones. This one is working well for me. I would definitely recommend who wants to buy a crockpot, don't hesitate give it a try. 

I guess it was big into on CROCKPOT, now lets get talking about the dish, Bisibelebath a South Indian Dish very well known and favorite for most of them. It's a main dish with lentil and rice with vegetables. It's a super filler and very tasty. It can be altered according to your spice levels/tastes. It is usually eaten with a yogurt dip(Raitha) and chips. My kids call this dish as BB Bath and we do have started to call it that way. So let's see what all we need to prepare it.

Ingredients:

1 cup Toor Dal
2cups Rice( uncooked)
2 cups fresh/ frozen vegetables( I used Greeb beans, carrot, peas, potato, capsicum)
1 medium sized onion chopped
1-2tbsp BBbath powder
1tsp tamarind paste
A small ball of jaggery
1 Tomato
Few curry leaves
1tbso oil
1/2tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Urad dal
5-7 Peanuts
1tsp turmeric powder

Method:

First cook the Toor dal in pressure cooker for 3 whistles. In a small pan add oil and once it's hot put mustard seeds, as the splatter add urad dal, peanut & curry leaves. Now add capsicum and fry for couple of mins until the capsicum is soft. Now pour this into the crock pot and add cooked dal, washed / thawed vegetables, and the rest of the ingredients except rice. Give it a nice stir and add rice.  Now add 8 cups water and salt to taste. Finally cover it and turn it on to low for 5 hrs or high for 2.5-3 hrs.. It's a perfect warm meal for any day.

Serve it with Raitha, chips and ghee.

Tips: 
1. Never add Dal/lentil directly before you precook it. Otherwise the Lentil will not break down and it will get to that consistency. 
2. Check for enough water, as each rice needs different amount.
3. Choose any vegetables you like.
4. 2 cups rice yields for 4 people easily.

Eat it warm with Raita and chips.Enjoy! Happy Cooking. My next dish would be vegetable Lasagna in Crockpot.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Granola cookies

I love the smell of the fresh baked cookies, if you're like me then this one is yummy in your tummy. I have tried couple of cookies but granola cookies ware new to me. We're not a big fan of granola in our house but when saw this recipe was drooling over the picture and I wanted them right away. I was very sure my son would love it who can munch a cookie any time of the day. It's really simple (even simpler with semi-home made when u buy ready granola at a store near you which I did ;)) with few ingredients and chewy, healthy home made cookies are ready for u. 

I got almond granola mix with coconut from the bulk in one of the farmers market store. They were really yummy to eat just the way but I wanted in the form of cookies. I was a little scared it might crumble and will not get a cookie form, but it didn't happen and came perfect. Ok now let's get into the recipe and get you all baking.

Ingredients:
3 cups Granola( the recipe calls for no fruits or nuts, but I had almond and coconut )
3/4 cup Raisins
1/2 cup peanut
1/2 cup silvered almonds( I skipped this as I already had almonds in granola)
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut(I skipped this aswell for same reason)
1/3 cup wheat germ
7oz unsalted room temperature Butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup All Purpose Flour

Direction:
Preheat the oven 375 degree F. Line the baking tray with parchment paper & Set aside. In a large bowl put all the dry ingredients ( granola, raisins, peanut, coconut, silvered almonds, wheat germ and give it a good mix making sure there are no lumps). In a seep rate bowl, add butter and sugars and beat with an electric mixer for about 3-4mins. With a low speed on the mixer, add all purpose flour slowly one spoon at time, so you are not covered in flour :). Stop it once it's incorporated and add granola mix to this and mix it with a spatula. 

Scoop one tablespoon of dough and make it into a ball and press a little bit and place it on the baking tray. Make the rest of them or enough to fit the baking tray.( I only bake I tray at a time and freeze the rest of the drought, so whenever I am out of cookies I bake fresh batch and use them, you can try this or bake all of them share them with friends and family). With this ingredients you can make about 2 dozen cookies.

Now bake them in the preheated oven for about 10-12 mins or until golden brown. Remove them from the tray and cool them on the rack and store them in an airtight container and enjoy some sweet treats.





Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Hello to all my blogg friends and wish you all a very Happy New Year! Hope this year is everything you dreamed for. This year I am looking forward to be blogging and visiting you all more often. It's been a big roller coaster for us this past 3 yrs so am hoping for lots of good time this year. I see a lot of new recipes and dishes everywhere, so I am definitely giving them a try and bookmarking them.

I had lot of recipes in hand to make them or post them but wasn't sure which one to go first, then I tried one snack which was waiting in line for too long. It really didn't disappoint me on this 1st day of the new year. Was very happy and was all gone in less time than I took to make. It's a simple, easy n delicious snack for any evening or party. It needs all ingredients handy available in your pantry and refrigerator. With no more talks let's jump into the recipe and method to make.

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen sweet corn
1tbsp(or more) besan/ Bengal gram flour
1tsp rice flour
A pitch of baking soda(optional)
1tsp ajwain
1tsp red chilli powder
Salt to taste
1tsp chopped curry leaves
1-2cups oil for deep frying

Method:

Thaw the frozen corn and dry it on a paper towel or napkin. Chop it a little bit in the food processor(pulse). Remove it to a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients other than the oil. Parallely heat the oil in a pan. Mix all the ingredients into a dough form. Use more besan if it's too sticky. Divide it into equal proportion balls and flatten a little bit and deep fry it medium heat.( It takes a little longer to cook) remove it on paper towel when it's brown and serve it chutney or ketchup, when it's warm.



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Avocado custard

Avocado's in India are called Butter Fruit, it comes in a big size as we get the California Avocado here. This custard is very simple and yummy dessert. It was introduced for me by my MIL. I do like the avocado quite a lot and loved this dessert too. Simple ingredients and simple method, it's a quick fix on a surprise guest visit day.

Ingredients:
Avocado 1-2
Sugar 1 -2 tbsp(as per taste)
Cardamom powder 1/4tsp

Method:
First cut the riped Avocado in the middle and remove the seed. Scoop the avocado into a bowl and mash them well. Now add sugar and cardamom powder and beat them well. Now it's ready to be served.

Note: This dessert needs to be made and eaten. You can't make it in advance as Avocado turns brown when left for a while.



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fruit cake

Hi, here I am back after a long break from blogging with my daughters First Year Birthday cake. It's a fruit cake and it's a lot fun to do and eat. It's one of my favorite one of all the cake I have made and it's a no bake cake. You can decorate it in different forms and shapes.

Ingredients:
1 small Watermelon
1/2         Cantaloupe
10.          Strawberry
1             Pear
10-15.     Grapes/blueberries/banana

Method:

Cut the water melon into a cylindrical shape using a sharp knife . This will be our cake and base. Now cut the strawberries and cantaloupe to desired shapes and stick it to the cake with toothpicks.
Cut the  pear  into a number(I used pear since its a little hard and it will hold the shape, do keep the skin on so it stays well.). Now place a candle behind the number and Whalah! The cake is ready.

Note: I used banana as I didn't have blueberries/grapes. If using banana do put them in the very end as they change color and turn brown soon.

Enjoy and have a Fruitfully Birthday Party.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Paneer Butter Masala




This is one of the easiest dishes I have ever prepared. It was as yummy as you get it in a restaurant. I was wondering why restaurants charge such huge price on this simple and easy dish. So I recommend you all to give it a try and see. You can alter some of the fatty items here, but substituting butter might not be that tasty as name itself says butter masala. I made this dish from Vahrevah.com website and his video. So here is the link for the same. Enjoy.

Video:-

Recipe:(This link also has the video)
http://www.vahrehvah.com/Paneer+Butter+Masala:3536http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rSygSz7aj9w

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fire Truck Red Velvet Cake

Here is the Fire Truck for my son on his 5th year Birthday. He enjoyed cutting and eating it. Will post the recipe soon.

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