Sunday, November 2, 2014

VEGETABLES AND CURRYS

ALOO: Potatoes are the most vital and cheaply available vegetable in the market. It adds taste to all vegetables. We can say Tastemaker :) . Here are few dishes you can try with potatoes at home. I am sure you will definitely relish them.

SADA ALOO





INGREDIENTS:
*1/2 Kg potato
*1 tbsp oil
* 1-2 green chillies
* 1/2 tsp jeera
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
* 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
METHOD:
* Heat oil in a pan
* Add jeera and after it platters add the sliced potatoes
* Fry till it becomes golden brown and soft
* Add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder
* Cook for few more minutes
Delicious potato bhaji is ready to serve, with puris or chapati as you may wish.
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ALOO GHOBHI (potato with cauliflower)


INGREDIENTS:
* 1 cauliflower
* 250 gm potatoes
* water to boil
* 1/2 tsp ghee
METHOD:
* Boil cauliflower in water till it gets soft.
* Heat oil and add little asafoetida(hing)
* Add sliced potatoes and cook in low flame till it is cooked.
* Add the boiled cauliflower and cook with all water gets dried up.
* Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala .
* Spicy delicous aloo ghobi ready to serve. Believe me it has great aroma and taste!!
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ALOO PALAK


INGREDIENTS:
* 1/2 Kg Spinach
* 1/2 Kg Potato
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
* 4 tbsp ghee to cook
METHOD:
* Boil spinach in cooker and belend in a mixer after coooling
* Heat ghee in a pan and add sliced potatoes
* Add salt, red chilli powder and cook it till the potatoes are cooked.
* Add the boiled spinach and cook until you see the ghee coming out.
* Aloo palak is ready to serve hot.
Spinach has high iron content, tasty and healthy!!!! Enjoy
Spinach as its own salt, so while adding salt to the vegetable be careful.
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ALOO KA BHURTA



INGREDIENTS:
* 1/2 kg potatoes
* 1 oninon
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp jeera
* 1/2 tsp garam masala
* 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
* 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
* 1/2 tsp dry mango powder
* coriander leaves to garnish
METHOD:
* Boil potatoes in pressure cooker.
* Peel off and mash them together to make a paste
* Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala
* In a pan heat some ghee and fry finely chopped onion till golden brown
* Add the paste and fry for 2-3 minutes
* Garnish with corainder leaves
* Ready to serve hot with chapatis/puri
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ALOO BEANS
INGREDIENTS:
* 250 Grams french beans
* 1-2 potatoes
* 1 onion
* Grated coconut
* 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
* 1/2 tsb salt
* 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
METHOD:
* Finely chop onions in a pan with oil in it.
* Add sliced potatoes
* Fry till it's little soft, add the beans and cook
* Add salt,red chilli powder, turmeric powder and cook at very low flame
* Garnish with grated coconut
So you see you can make almost any dish very tasty with potato in it..
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Now too much of carbohydrates I mean potatoes.Many of them will not be having a liking for the potatoes but we have lots of vegetable and curries you can try.

KARELA:
Also well known as bitter goud, it's really bitter but has great properties. It cures diabetes .
If you don't like it's juice, you can try karelas in many other ways.

PYAZ WALA KARELA
INGREDIENTS:
* 1 onion finely chopped
* 2-3 bittergouds
* lemon juice
* 4-5 tbsp salt
* 1/4 turmeric powder
* 1/4 tbsp red chilli powder
* 1 tbsp finely grounded saunf
METHOD:
* Chop karelas and put them in salt for 2-3 hours
* Wash them throughly
* In a pan heat oil and fry onions till golden brown
* Fry the karelas till soft.
* Add salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder.
* Add the saunf powder
* Squeeze 1 lemon in a bowl and pour it in the pan when cool.
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BHINDI:

You very well know it as lady finger as known by it's shape, it has high fibre content. Research says it prevents cancer, never know but I love it:)



 

BHINDI KI SABZI
INGREDIENTS:
* 1 onion finely chopped
* 250gms lady finger
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
* 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
* 1/4 tsp dry mango powder
METHOD:
* Fry onions in a pan with oil
* Add chopped bhindi
* Cook in low flame and add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
* Keep checking , once it is cooked turn off the gas and add dry mango powder.
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MATAR PANEER CURRY
INGREDIENTS:
* Paneer 250 gms
* 1 onion finely chopped
* curd 200 gms
* green peas 100gms
* 2 Tomatoes finely chopped
* 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
* 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
* 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
METHOD:
* Slice paneer into small cubes and fry till golden and keep aside
* Fry onions till golden brown
* Also fry the sliced tomatoes
* Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and the garam masala powder.
* Pour in the curd cook in low flame
* Add the green peas , cook till they become soft.
* Matar Paneer curry is ready!!!
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ARBI KI SABZI (Taro Root )

INGREDIENTS:
* 200 gms Arbi
* 3-4 cups water
* 250 gms curd
* 1/2 tsp salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder
METHOD:
* Boil arbi in water .
* Peel off and cut in round pieces after it is cool
* In a pan heat some ghee
* Add hing, ajwain
* Add the arbi pieces and cook in low flame
* Pour in the curd and cook in low flame till the ghee comes out.
* Ready to serve hot
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RAJMAH (Kidney Beans):
We also know it as kidney beans and the best we serve it hot with rice.. You might have heard many times

 
Rajmah chawal
 
Presenting the recipe to make tasty rajmah
INGREDIENTS:
* 250 gms rajmah (kidney beans)
* 1 litre water
* 1 onion
* 1 tomato
* 1/2 tsp salt ,red chilli powder, turmeric powder.
* curd
* corainder leaves to garnish
METHOD:
* Soak rajmah in 1 litre overnight
* Boil them the next day in the same water with 1 tbsp salt.
* Fry some onions till golden brown in ghee, and then pour the tomato puree.
* Cook for few minutes, then add curd and again cook add the boiled rajmah and keep cooking in low flame for 5-10 mins
* Serve hot with rice. Best combination :-)
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BEET ROOT:
High iron content, it will increase your heamoglobin level and you will enjoy it will dal and rice. If you don't like the vegetable than salad, and juice also there to increase your appetite.
INGREDIENTS:
* 2-3 beetroots
* 5-6 curry leaves
* 1-2 gren chillies
* mustard seeds
* oil to cook
METHOD:
* Peel of beetroots and cut into small pieces.
* Heat oil in a pan and add hing and mustard seeds,let it splatter.
* Add curry leaves and the beetroot.
* Add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
* Cook for few minutes.
It is a great combination with dal and rice. Combo of health and taste..

CHOCOLATE DISHES RECIPES

CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH CREAM
Ingredients: -
* 300 ml Milk
* 5 tblsp Sugar
* Slices Brown Bread
* 3 Eggs
* 2 tblsp Drinking Chocolate or cocoa powder
* 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
* 250 ml Thick Sweetened Cream
To make chocolate pudding with cream: -
*Cut the bread into pieces.
*Beat the eggs and add the essence.
*Warm the milk and mix in the sugar.
*Gently mix in the cooca powder.
*Put off the flame and add the beaten eggs and the breadcrumbs. Mix well.
*Grease pudding moulds and pour the mixture into the mould.
*Cover lossely with foil and steam in a rice cooker or pressure cooker without whistle for 30 - 40 minutes
or until the pudding is spongy.
*Allow the pudding to shrink before unmoulding.
*Then put it in the fridge for 1 hour before serving with fresh, thick and sweetened cream.
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CHOCOLATE ANGEL CAKE
Ingredients: -
* 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
* 1/4 cup Hot Water
* 1 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
* 3/4 cup Fine Wheat Flour (Maida)
* 1/4 tsp Salt
* 12 Eggs White
* 1 tsp Cream of Tartar
To make chocolate angel cake:-
*In a bowl mix cocoa powder and hot water and keep aside.
*Preheat the oven at 350F
*In a separate bowl sift together flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and keep aside.
*Beat the eggs till foamy and then add cream of tartar.
*Beat till the mixture forms peak.
*In the egg mixture add the remaining sugar.
*Now then gently add half the sifted flour.
*When completely mixed add the remaining half of flour.
*Now pour some of this mixture in the cocoa powder mixture and stir well.
*When done pour this egg cocoa mixture back to the remaining egg flour mixture.
*Mix lightly.
*In an ungreased dish pour this mixture.
*Bake this dish for 50 minutes or till the tooth pick comes out clean.
*When baked completely let it cool.
*Then with the help of a knife invert it on a plate.

*Serve it with fresh berries and vanilla ice cream.

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BANANA CHOCOLATE CAKE


Ingredients: -
* 1 egg
* 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 1 cup meshed banana
* 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
* 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter which is melted
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 2/3 cup white sugar
* 1/4 cup milk
To make banana chocolate cake: -
*In a large mixing bowl stir together all purpose flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
*Take another bowl and mix together melted butter milk egg and meshed bananas.
*Now add the banana mixture into the flour mixture until thoroughly blended.
*Be careful not to over mix.
*Add the chocolate chips. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F to 175 degrees C.
*Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
*Pour the batter into the pan and bake it for 32-35 minutes or until the toothpick inserted into
it comes out clean.
*When the cake gets baked take out the pan from the oven and let it cool for 10-15 minutes.
*This cake will have some melted chocolate but no crumbs

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CHOCOLATE CHEESE CAKE

Ingredients: -
* 2 tblsp All-purpose Flour
* 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
* 24 vanilla wafers or chocolate wafers
* 8 oz Cream Cheese
* 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
* 3 Eggs
* 8 oz Sour Cream
* 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
* 3/4 cup semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
* 1 1/4 cup White Sugar
To make chocolate cheesecake:-
* Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
* Line muffin cups with foil bake cups.
* Place one vanilla wafer (flat-side down) in bottom of each cup.
* Beat cream cheese in large bowl until smooth.
* Add sugar, cocoa and flour and blend well.
* Add eggs and beat well. Stir in sour cream and almond extract.
* Fill each muffin cup almost full with batter.
* Bake 20-25 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and let them cool completely on wire rack.
* Heat heavy cream in the microwave for 50 to 60 seconds on high.
* Stir in chocolate chips until smooth.
* Let rest in room temperature for half an hour.
* Dollop on cooled cheesecakes.
* Remove cheesecakes from pan and refrigerate.
* Serve after an hour in the refrigerator.

FOOD DISHES FOR DIABETICS

Diabetes is a disease in which the the body stops producing insulin.
 
Garlic Bread 

Roasted garlic makes a delicious, fat-free garlic bread. Choose heads with nice big cloves for easy peeling.

Ingredients:-
  :- 2 roasted garlic heads
:- 1/2teaspoons mixed Italian herbs
:- 1/2 teaspoon salt
:- 2 loaf of French bread, sliced
:- Preheat oven to 350°F.

:- Peel roasted cloves or squeeze flesh from skin and place in a bowl. Mash with a fork, then mix in Italian herbs and salt.Spread on sliced bread. Wrap tightly in foil and bake for 20 minutes.
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Brown Rice Pilaf
Ingredients:-
:- 2 cups brown rice
:- 5 1/2 cups water
:- 2 TBSP dried red and green peppers, or 1/2 red, 1/2 green pepper, diced
:- 2 TBSP dried carrots or 1 fresh diced carrot
:- 2 TBSP dried celery, or 2 ribs fresh celery, chopped fine
:- 2 TBSP dried onion, or 1/4 cup diced fresh onion
:- pinch pepper
:- 2 TBSP chicken or beef boullion, or soy sauce
:- 1 TBSP dried or fresh parsley
*Throw all that into a pot. Bring to a boil and then lower heat, cover, and simmer for about 40-50 minutes.
*Keep an eye on it at the last to make sure it does not get too dry. Rice grains will start to split when they are done.
*Add cooked, cubed beef or chicken to make a full meal. Serving size is 2/3 cup, or 3/4 cup if meat is added.
You can make this in a rice cooker also, using smaller quantities of ingredients. Make sure you add enough water to compensate for the dried veggies, they will absorb quite a bit.
Create a full meal by adding beef, chicken, beans, or other protein.
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Potato Chowder
Ingredients:-
:- 6 small potatoes (4 oz, approx. size)
:- 1 med onion, diced
:- 1 carrot, diced
:- 2 ribs celery, diced pepper parsley
:- 2 tsp chicken boullion
:- 3 TBSP margarine or butter
:- 1 cup milk powder
:- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

*Wash and trim potatoes - leave the skins on. Cube into 1/2 to 3/4 inch cubes.
* Place into pot on stove, or into crock pot.
*Add other vegetables, sprinkle in a little pepper and parsley, and add the boullion and margarine. Add water, just until ingredients are covered (not too much!).
*Bring to boil on stove and cook until potatoes are tender, or cover and leave on low in the crock pot for 4-6 hours. Blend milk powder and flour together.
*Add water a little at a time, stirring after each addition to remove lumps. Add enough water to have a pourable mixture. Pour mixture into soup, stirring constantly.
*Cook until soup is thickened and bubbling (this may take up to half an hour in a crock pot, but only a few moments on the stove).
*Serve hot with whole wheat bread or biscuits. Makes 6 generous servings (one per potato)
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Cornbread

Ingredients:-
:- 1 cup cornmeal
:- 1 cup whole wheat flour
:- 2 TBSP sugar (omit if you want)
:- 1/4 cup oil
:- 1 TBSP baking powder
:- 1 cup milk, or 1/3 cup milk powder and a cup of water
:- 2 eggs
Blend together to make batter. Pour into greased 8X8 pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and set in the middle.