Thursday, August 6, 2009

Salted Crackers




These crackers will be great for a tea time snack or just to munch on.I made these for my daughter.


1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp butter or ghee
salt as per taste
ajwain seeds or cumin seeds(optional)
Method:
Take all purpose flour in a bowl and add ajwain or cumin seeds and salt.Also add melted butter or ghee. Knead to a dough using little water or as needed.Take out small balls of the dough roll them out like a chapati. Cut out circles using a milk can lid or use any desired cookie cutters.Make holes with a fork and bake them in the oven at 350F for 20 Min's or till golden brown.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Home made Amchur Powder

When right mangoes are in season my Mom makes this amchur powder and stores it for us.when ever we visit her during the rest of the year we bring back a big packet of this with us.
We use this in just about anything and everything that needs mango and things that need a tangy taste.This is one very useful ways that worked out for us to use the mango crop every year in my parent's house.

To make this,it takes some time but it is really worth it.

  • When u have right ,firm,sour mangoes in season, take a few,wash,dry and peel them after cutting the stalk.
  • Grate the mango and dry it in the hot sun for 3-4 days or till you feel it very dry and no moisture left out.
  • Store it just as it is or grind it once for a more finer constituency.It can be stored for more than a year.

We use it to make many things like mango rice or mamidikaya pulihara,mango dal or mamidikaya pappu,coconut-mango chutney,moong dal-mango chutney to name a few.I also use this a substitute for tamarind in many recipes.

Green Peas Masala sans Onion & Garlic

I made this green peas masala curry for lunch to along with rotis .With the fresh ripe tomatoes and very little spices used it was just prefect with very minimal ingredients.


Ingredients:

3 medium tomatoes

2 cups fresh or frozen green peas

2 cloves or a pinch of clove powder

1 pinch of dried fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi (optional)
salt ,sugar and red chilly powder as desired to taste

1 pinch of garam masala powder(optional)

1/4 tsp of cumin seeds

1 tbsp of oil

1 tsp of almond powder


Method:

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan.Add 1/4 tsp of cumin seeds,let them splutter.
  • Add 2 cloves or a pinch of clove powder.
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes.
  • Add salt according to taste and about 1/4tsp of sugar.
  • Let the tomatoes cook.
  • Once the tomatoes are cooked,add a pinch of kasuri methi leaves crushed between palm of your hand.
  • Also add a pinch of garam masala and red chilly powder according to your taste.Stir everything together.
  • Stir in green peas.
  • Add a cup of milk and let the gravy cook till it thickens.
  • Stir in almond powder to enhance the taste.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Oatmeal Carrot Cookies


I made this cookies with my daughter today.They turned out great and she liked them,the best part of our effort.
To make these cookies I used,
1 cup of oatmeal( I pulsed some quick cooking oats in blender)
1 tbsp of all purpose flour
1/4 cup of softened butter
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
2 carrots grated
1 large egg
1 cup of sugar
Method:
Heat oven to 350F.
In a bowl,add oatmeal,flour,baking powder,and baking soda.Stir and keep aside.
In another bowl,cream together butter and sugar.Beat egg till fluffy n another bowl and add to the creamed butter and sugar.Now add grated carrots and all the dry ingredients.Stir to form dough.
Grease cookie sheets and drop batter by spoonfuls about two inches apart.
Bake at 350F for 7 -8 minutes or till the cookies turn golden brown.Take out of oven and enjoy warm soft cookies.
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