Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fish Pakoda


A dinner party recipe to cook for a small gathering. This is seafood platter  is crunchy on the outside and moist  inside. 

Any kind of fish can be used to make pakoda like ocean perch, tilapia, salmon, white fish fillet, catfish and so on. 

Long strips of fish is marinated in a spicy batter of corn flour, ginger-garlic paste, pepper and red chili powder which is then deep-fried until it is crunchy.

                       

Ingredients

1 kg Fish fillets (ocean perch, salmon, catfish..)
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
Juice of 1 Lemon
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp red Chili powder
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1 cup of Corn flour
Salt
Oil for deep frying

Method

  • Into a large bowl, mix corn flour, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and pepper powder. Season it with salt. Add little water to make thick paste
  • Apply this spice mix on fish fillet on both the sides. refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Heat oil for deep frying
  • Gently drop fillets in oil. Fry in medium heat until it turns deep red color. Use an absorbent paper to drain excess oil
  • Serve hot 


Zucchini Sabji


Zucchini is used in almost everything from breakfast to dinner. It is a summer squash vegetable which is very easy to work with. The most easy way to work with zucchini is sauteing with some seasoning. 

This recipe is a quickest approach to fix your lunch or dinner served with bread. Zucchini is sauteed with onions and tomatoes , then added Indian spices for flavoring. 

Ingredients

4 nos. Zucchini, 
1 Medium Sized Onion, finely chopped
1 Tomato, finely chopped
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Red chili powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala
Salt
2 tsp Ghee

Method

  • Heat ghee on a preheated sauce pan. Add onions and saute until it turns brown

  • Add tomatoes, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder and garam masala. Cook until tomatoes are completely cooked

  • Add zucchini and mix well. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt

  • Serve hot with Roti or chapathi

Pesarattu


A  breakfast recipe represents  Andhra's delightful cuisine. I learnt this recipe from my friends who hail from Andhra Pradesh. Other varieties include "Moong Dal ka Cheela" , "Besan Ka Cheela"  from North Indian Cuisine.

Pesarattu is prepared from ground batter of  green gram, green chilies and ginger.
Green Gram is highly nutritious as it is a good source of protein, thiamin, Niacin, and dietary fibers. Due to its rich protein content, it is served for breakfast. 

Ingredients

1 cup Green Gram
6 Green Chilies, divided
1 inch piece of Ginger
1 red onion, finely chopped
handful of Cilantro
Salt
Oil

Method

  • Soak green gram for 6-8 hours

  • Grind green gram, chilies, ginger, coriander into a smooth thick batter. Add water for grinding as needed. Then add salt as per taste

  • Separately mix onions, chilies and salt in a bowl

  • On a preheated flat pan, pour a ladle of batter in center and spread it into thin circle from inside to outside. Sprinkle onions on top (it should stick to the crepe). Drizzle few drops of oil in edges. Wait for 30 sec until the edges starts turning brown

  • Flip over other side and cook for another 30 seconds

  • Serve hot with coconut chutney



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cauliflower Sabji


A simple veggie delight made from cauliflower florets seasoned with whole variety of Indian spices such as - cayenne, garam masala and turmeric powder. 

This recipe is best for a busy weekday dinner platter. 

Ingredients

1 Cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets
1 Medium sized Onion
1 Tomato, finely chopped
2 Garlic cloves
1 small piece of Ginger
A sprig of Curry leaves
1/2 tsp Cayenne
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/4 tsp Garam Masala powder
Salt
2 tsp Oil

Method

  • Coarsely make a paste of onion, ginger and garlic
  •  Heat oil in a heavy bottomed dish. Then add the coarsely ground paste and curry leaves

  • Add in tomatoes, turmeric powder, garam masala, and cayenne. Stir for a minute

  • Add cauliflower and toss  well. Cook for 15 minutes on medium heat while stirring occasionally

  • Season with salt and cook for another 5 minutes

  • Serve hot with roti

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kale - Carrot Juice


Are you on Juice cleanse? Try this new juicing recipe "Kale - Carrot Juice" made from fresh veggies such as carrots, kale and ginger.

This recipe is a powerhouse of antioxidants, high fiber, great anti-inflammatory  food, rich in calcium, vitamins A, C, K and off course great detox food.

Ingredients

1 Carrot, chopped
3 Stalks of Kale (also include tender stems)
1 inch piece of Ginger
1 Cup of Water or Orange Juice

Method

  • Grind all these ingredients in a blender. If have a juicer, works good.
  • Serve immediately or chilled