Monday, December 31, 2012

Eggs on bed of tomatoes

Food that will help you overcome the hangover after last nights new year revelry  Try this recipe if you have a hangover or otherwise also :) .

Eggs on bed of tomatoes

Prep time - 5 mins
Cooking time - 10 mins

6 tomatoes
2 eggs
8 garlic cloves
1 cheese slice
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp red chilli flakes
Salt to taste
Crushed black pepper

1. Chop the garlic cloves and the tomatoes.
2. In a pan add olive oil and then add the garlic. Once the garlic is little brown add in the chopped tomatoes.
3. Cover the pan and allow it to cook.
4. Once the tomatoes are soft add salt, oregano , red chilli flakes and mix well.
Cooked Tomatoes
5. Now put the cheese slice over the cooked tomatoes and allow it to melt.
6. Break the 2 eggs over the tomato bed and sprinkle little salt ,crushed black pepper .Now cover and cook until the eggs are done.
Eggs on tomatoes

7. Dig into the eggs and tomatoes along with bread slices and enjoy the breakfast or brunch :)

Tip - do not cook the tomtoes too much before adding the eggs. As tomtoes will cook alonwith eggs as well. Egg

Wish all my friends and followers a prosperous and Happy New Year 2013

Friday, December 28, 2012

Masoor Dal Kebab Recipe

Masoor Dal Kebab

Planning New Year party at home and thinking of some healthy cocktail snack options try these dal kebab :)

Prep Time - 20 min
Cooking Time - 10 min

3/4 cup masoor dal
1/2 onion finely chopped
1 tbsp roasted and crushed peanuts
2 bread slices crumbled
Salt to taste
2 tsp red chilli powder ( substitute with finely chopped green chillies
2 tsp chaat masala
Oil for frying

1. Wash the masoor dal and soak for 5 minutes in water.
2. Add water till the dal is immersed in the pressure cooker. Do not add too much water.
3. The masoor dal cooks fast. It took me 4 whistles of the pressure cooker and the dal was cooked.
Cooked Dal

4. Now in a bowl add the finely chopped onions, crumbled bread, crushed peanuts, cooked dal, salt, red chilli powder and chaat masala and mix well.
5. Add 2 tbsp of hot water to the mixture and mix well. You should have a dough like consistency.
Kebab Mixture Ready 

6. Now make small round shape kebab of the mixture and coat with a bit of wheat flour and dust away the extra wheat flour by patting the kebab between the fingers.
7. Place the kebabs on the hot tawa.
Kebab on tawa

8. Cook from one side and then turn and cook from the other side.
9. Now add oil and cook from both sides to get nice crispness.
10. The kebabs are ready to be enjoyed.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Pav Bhaji and Pizza @ Supreme's Corner , Pune

The Supreme's Corner on the J M Road is a popular hangout for all age groups from youngsters in groups to families . The menu is very simple pav bhaji, pizza and pulav.

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The place has been part of Pune for the last 30 years but nothing has been changed in the menu or the interiors of the place. The owner believes a lot in the vastu of the place and has continued with the same menu of pav bhaji , pizza and pulav. All the people working in the restaurant live in the owner's house and work as a perfect team.

The restaurant opens at 7:30 in the evening and you can see queue of people especially on weekends.The restaurant has a unique method of reservation and to control the long queue's in a systematic manner. This advancement has been brought in by the new generation of the family members joining in the business. You need to SMS on the number 56070 with the message "Toke number Supreme Corner Name Number of people" .You get a prompt message on your mobile giving you your number in the long queue. We had send our message at prompt 7:30 , still our number in the queue was 14 and got a place to sit after an hour . Take away option is also available- for that you need to go on the backside of the shop to place the orders and here also you will find a big queue of people.

The pav bhaji is served along with nicely buttered pav and finely chopped onion and pieces of lemon. The pav bhaji is served piping hot with dollop of amul butter and is amazing. You get this delicious pav bhaji for INR 90  and you can order extra jodi of pav (pair of pav) for INR 10
Pav Bhaji @ Supreme Corner

Pizza's served are home style pizza with the base being nice crispy, topped with tomato sauce base, chopped onion, chopped capsicum and amul cheese. We ordered a small pizza and it was awesome.The base was crisp and the amul cheese taste was amazing. The small pizza is also for INR 90.
Could not resist taking a bite of the pizza before taking this pic 

Stuffed Eggplant with cheese

you can add a twist to the boring eggplant - try this stuffed eggplant recipe
Stuffed Eggpalnt

Prep Time - 10 min
Cooking Time - 20 min

1 eggplant
2 onions finely chopped
3 tomatoes finely chopped
16 cloves garlic finely chopped
5 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp chili flakes
salt to taste
grated mozzarella cheese

1. In a wok add 2tbsp of olive oil and add chopped onion and garlic.
Chopped Garlic

Chopped Onion

2. When the onion are little translucent add in the chopped tomatoes.
Cooked onion and garlic

Chopped Tomatoes

3. Cover the wok and allow the tomatoes to cook. Once tomatoes are cooked add in the salt, oregano and chilli flakes and mix well.the stuffing to be added to the eggplant is ready
4. To prepare the eggplant, cut the eggplant lengthwise in to two halves. Scoop the eggplant. Now brush the eggplant with olive oil and sprinkle salt.
Scooped Eggplant

5. Now cook the eggplant in the preheat oven at 180 degree Celsius for 10 mins or until tender.
Cooked Eggplant

6. To the cooked eggplant add the stuffing and top it up with grated mozzarella cheese.

Stuffing in the egggplant

7. Cooking again in the oven at 180 degree Celsius until cheese melts and enjoy a different take on the eggplant. You can enjoy the eggplant with breads or with just the stuffed eggplant with a glass of wine 

Tip - Keep a thick layer of the eggplant and do not scoop to much otherwise it will not taste good.
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Mushroom on Toast Recipe

This one is my mom's favourite breakfast . She loves the mushroom toasts

Mushroom Toast

Prep Time -  10 min
Cooking Time - 15 min

250 gm mushrooms sliced
1tbsp oil
Salt to taste
Crushed black pepper
1 tsp cream
Grated mozarella cheese
1 capsicum thinly sliced
Chilli flakes
6 bread slices

1. Heat oil in a wok and add the sliced mushrooms.
Sliced Mushrooms

2. Once mushroom are cooked ( no water left ) add cream , salt and black pepper and cook for a minute and allow to cool.
Cooked Mushroom

3. Take a bread slice and generously apply butter ( or depending on your diet plan adjust the butter ) . Place the cooked mushroom , then the sliced capsicum ( gives a nice crunch to the toast) .
Butter on bread slice

Cooked mushroom

Sliced capsicum

4. Now add the grated cheese.
Grated cheese

5.Cook the bread slice in a preheated oven at 180 degree Celsius for 15 minutes or until the cheese melts.
6. Add to the ready mushroom toast oregano and red chili flakes (if you like) and the mushroom toast is ready for you to break the fast :)

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

New Cheesy Boloroni Crust Domino's

New Cheesy Boloroni Crust - Domino's
Yet another hectic day in the office and ended up late at home and the same day my cook decided to take leave. But then i thought let's end the day on a cheesy not and walked into Domino's  to try the New Cheesy Bolorni Crust :)

Tried the new Chessy Boloroni crust at Domino's. The tangy bolognese sauce along with molten cheddar and mozarella  cheese tastes awesome.
The bolognese sauce gives a nice tangy taste to to the pizza and mind you it is very heavy and filling.

The bolognese sauce also contains macaroni in it so basically the pizza construction is like the pizza base then a layer of veg bolognese sauce with macaroni, then a very thin layer of pizza dough which is topped with choice of your topping and molten cheddar and mozarella cheese.

The crust option is available on medium and large size pizzas at an extra charge of INR 60/- .

The advertisement that tempted me to try the new cheesy boloroni pizza crust

My pizza slice and you can see the macaroni beneath the cheese layer

Friday, November 30, 2012

Urad ki dal recipe

Its very simple to cook and tastes awesome

The awesome urad ki dal 

Prep Time  5 mins
Cooking Time  20 mins

1/2 cup dhuli urad ki dal (dhuli and split)
2tsp jeera (cumin) seeds
2tbsp oil
1tsp hing (asafoetida) powder
2tsp lal mirch (red chilli) powder
1tsp haldi (turmeric) powder
1tbsp grated adrak (ginger)
salt to taste
water to boil dal
fresh coriander leaves for garnishing

1. Wash the urad ki dal and soak in water for 10 minutes.

Soaked urad dal
2. Now add the dal in the pressure cook and add enough water for boiling the dal. Allow 4 whistles and then lower the heat and cook for 3 minutes or until 1 more whistle and then remove from gas.
Dal Cooking

3. Once the steam is released form the pressure cooker add salt, turmeric powder and grated ginger.
Grated ginger in cooked dal 

4. You can see lots of water still in the dal . We need to boil the dal to achieve a  thicker consistency.

Dal boiling
 5. Once the desired consistency is achieved we prepare the tadka (tempering). Heat oil in a small ladle and add cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds crackle add hing and lal mirch powder. As soon lal mirch powder mixes in oil add the tadka to the dal. The secret to get the nice red color of tadka is that the lal mirch podwer should not get  burnt in the oil.

The Tadka
6.  Garnish the dal with fresh coriander leaves and then the dal is ready to eat.
Urad ki dal

Let me know your experience of cooking this dal and do share some pics :)

Tip - The taste of the dal depends on the consistency

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Methi Matar Malai Recipe

The recipe appears on most of the restaurant menu but is simple to cook. :)

Prep Time - 10 mins
Cooking Time - 10 mins

1 bunch methi ( fenugreek leaves)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 onion finely chopped
1/2 cup malai or cream
1 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric podwer
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp sugar

1. Chop and wash the methi ( fenugreek leaves)
2. Heat oil in a wok and add the finely chopped onions.
3. Once the onions are translucent add the chopped methi 
4. Boil the frozen peas 
5. Add the peas and allow it to cook until water if any dries 
6. Now add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, sugar and mix well.
7. Now add cream mix well and then cook on low heat for 1 minute and serve 

Tip - Add cream just before serving the dish and do not cook for long after adding cream

Chopped Onion

Chopped methi ( fenugreek) leaves

Frozen peas in boiling water

Methi Matar Malai

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cafe Good Luck, Pune

My dad told me to try Cafe Good Luck. I must say it is a nice place to have good food at low cost :).
The place is entirely packed through out the day. The place attracts all generation of people from youngsters to people coming along with family.

We had gone during lunch hours and tried rumali roti , special chapati and Good Luck Special Boneless chicken.The chicken was awesome - very soft and the gravy is was full of fire with chunks of onion pieces in it.The rumali roti is very soft and light and is served nicely folded in square shape.
The entire meal cost was  INR 191 :) 

After a great lunch we decided visit the place again to try the breakfast delicacies. The breakfast starts at 6 AM and the cafe is open till 11 PM.We tried the famous brun maska and bun cheese omelette.The brun maska is a small bread loaf with the outer crust a little hard like a rusk and filled with generous quantity of maska ( butter) . The brun maska should be had along with tea because you can dip it in tea and easily bite into the hard crust of the brun. The bun cheese omelette is basically a cheese slice, omelette served between the bun. The bun is a big sweet bun with cherry in it and is really fresh.

The next thing we tried was chicken cheese grilled sandwich and chutney sandwich. The chicken cheese sandwich had lots of chunks of chicken and cheese and was grilled perfectly. The chutney sandwich had nice layer of maska and chutney ( not grilled) , the bread slices were fresh and soft and was awesome. In all we spent approx INR 180 for the awesome breakfast. A must visit to this place when you are in Pune.

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Jhatpat Gobhi Aloo

This one is a quicker and tastes awesome :)

Prep Time 5 mins
Cooking Time 5 mins

250 grams gobhi (cauliflower florets)
4 aloo (potatoes)
2tsp coriander powder
2tsp dry mango powder
2 tsp slat
2tsp red chili powder    
oil for frying

1.Wash and peel the potatoes.
2. Slice the potatoes.
3. Heat oil in wok and fry the gobhi (cauliflower) florets until they turn brown.
4. Remove the gobhi florets and place on tissue paper to remove excess oil.
5. Fry the aloo (potatoes) until they turn brown and then remove on tissue paper to remove excess oil.
6. Place the fried gobhi florets and aloo (potatoes) in a mixing bowl
7. Mix coriander powder, red chili powder, dry mango powder and salt.
8. Sprinkle the dry powder mixture as desired on the gobhi florets and the aloo (potatoes) and mix well.
9. Enjoy the jhatpat gobhi aloo
Tip - Put the dry powder mixture on the gobhi florets and aloo (potatoes) when hot.

Raw gobhi florets and sliced aloo (potatoes)

Fired gobhi and aloo

Dry powder mixture

The final product :)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Spinach Macaroni with Cheese

Spinach Macaroni with cheese is a good accompaniment with breads..

For Spinach Layer
1 bunch spinach blanched and chopped
2 onions chopped
100 grams grated paneer
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
crushed black pepper

For Mushroom Layer
250 grams mushroom
2 tsp oil
1 tsp salt
crushed black pepper

For Macaroni Layer
4 tomatoes blanched and puree
1 1/2 cup boiled macaroni
10 cloves garlic
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
crushed black pepper
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

For Spinach Layer
1. Heat oil in a wok and add chopped onions.
2. Once the onions are translucent add blanched and chopped spinach.
3. Once the spinach is dry add grated paneer.
4. Add salt and crushed black pepper.

For Mushroom Layer
1. Wash and slice the mushrooms.
2. Add oil in the wok and add sliced mushrooms.
3. Once the water dries in the mushroom add salt and crushed black pepper.

For Macaroni Layer
1. Puree the blanch tomatoes.
2. Heat oil in a wok and add chopped garlic.
3. Once the garlic is little brown add the tomato puree.
4. Add the boiled macaroni when the tomato puree is little thick.

Arrange the layers in oven proof dish
1. First add the spinach layer, then mushroom layer and then macaroni layer.
2. Now add grated mozzarella cheese or cheese slices.
3. Bake in the oven at 180 degree Celsius until cheese melts.
4. Dig in to the Spinach Macaroni with cheese.

Spinach cooked with onion

Final spinach layer

Diced mushrooms

Sauteed mushroom

Mushroom layer on top of spinach layer

Garlic in wok

Blanched tomatoes
Tomato puree thick enough to add macaroni

Boiled Macaroni

Top layer of macaroni

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