Monday, 26 January 2015

Red Beans Quesadilla

Preparation Time:10 minutes| Cooking Time:5 minutes |Makes:4 or 6 Wedges

Category:Snack |Cuisine :Mexican 

Red kidney beans-200g (1/2Can)if using home boiled beans means 1/2cup
Spring onions-2 sticks,finely chopped
Fresh Coriander-2tbsp
Red chilli flakes-1/2 tsp(if preparing for small kids,use black pepper powder instead)
Oregano (dried herb)-1/2tsp
Garlic clove-2
Salt to taste
Flour tortilla's-4

!.Toast all the tortilla's lightly on a tava and keep aside.
2.In a bowl  add red beans mash it roughly and add all the other ingredients mix well and keep it aside.
3.Heat a tava place the tortilla and evenly spread the handful of mixture on the tortilla and cover the another tortilla on top and press gently,make sure that the flame is low because tortilla's will burn quickly.
4.Cook on both sides until cheese melts,cut them diagonally into 4 or 6 triangular wedges.Serve warm with sour cream or any dip of your choice.

1.You can use any variety of boiled beans and seasoning of your choice .
2.You can prepare this with chappatis too.
3.Good for kids lunch box.
4.Don't overload the stuffing on tortilla's makes it soggy,don't put more
than a Tbsp.
5.If you are cheese lover you can add more cheese if you wish.
6.Look for more Mexican Recipes and Veggie Quesadilla
7.It can be cooked in the oven too,In a preheated oven at 180'c,place the sandwiched tortilla's on a baking sheet and bake for 2-3minutes until cheese melts.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Methi Malai Paneer

Methi or Fenugreek is a flavourful leafy veg which goes well with any veggies.
Methi Malai Paneer is a popular Punjabi dish which is very common in restaurants menu's but I love dhabha style which is more richer,rustic and full of flavours a with desi ghee or butter...yumm.This is my take on this classic dish.

Methi/Fenugreek leaves-1 small bunch
Fresh cream-4 Tbsp
Jeera/ Cumin seeds-1/2tsp
Oil/Butter-1Tbsp( I have used oil)+ extra oil for frying paneer
Salt to taste
Garam masala-1/2tsp

For Grinding:
Onion-1 medium
Green chillies-3-4(according to your taste)
Garlic-4 cloves
Cashewnuts powder-1Tbsp

1.Take quarter cup of cashew nuts and grind them into a fine powder,store it in air tight container.You can use this for thickening gravies.I am using only 1Tbsp of powder for this recipe.
2. Grind all the ingredients into fine paste adding little water at a time.
3.Clean methi by removing only the leaves and discard the stalk,Wash the methi leaves in water,drain and chop them roughly.
4.Heat tsp of  Oil in a pan,add jeera,when it begans to splutter,add turmeric and  chopped methi leaves fry until the rawness of the methi vanishes.
5.Meanwhile cut paneer into bite size pieces  and fry them  lightly with little oil  and keep it aside.
6.Add grinded paste to fried methi fry for 2-3minutes then add 1/2cup of water,salt to taste and sugar close the lid and cook for 5minutes.
7.Now add paneer pieces and garam masala, let it cook for 2 more minutes.
8.Reduce the flame and add cream simmer for minute and take out of the flame.
9.Methi Malai Paneer is ready to can serve hot with any kind of Indian breads.
1.For healthier option you can use milk instead of fresh cream.
2.If you are not a fan of paneer and for healthier option you can 
add fried potatoes or mushroom.
3.If you don't have fresh methi,instead use kasuri methi.
4. Basically It is a mild curry,if you are spice lover you can add more chillies for 
grinding or chillipowder while frying methi.
5.Don't over cook,this will hardens the paneer.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Green Apple Chitranna

The winter is in full swing with unbearable cold,one good thing we can look forward in winter is winter crops.Among number of  winter crops apples top the list with its amazing nutritious properties as a saying eating apple a day keeps the doctor away.We have tasted apples in desserts,pudding and pastries but not much in savoury dishes apart from chutneys.Here is my take on popular rice dish chitranna which got a little twist with the addition of grated sour apple instead of lemon or lime juice.This gives a rice new fresh taste  and easy way to add the fruit to your daily intake.Hope you like it. 

2-Green Apples sour variety(grated)
2cups-Cooked rice
2 tbsp-vegetable or sunflower oil+ oil extra oil for mixing
1/2 tsp- cumin seeds
1/2 tsp- mustard seeds
1/2 tsp- turmeric
4- green chillies finely chopped
12 to 15 fresh curry leavesA
1 tbsp- channa dal/bengal gram
1tbsp-urad dal/blackgram
1/4 cup- roasted peanuts
1/4cup-fresh coconut,grated
1 salt to taste
Fresh coriander chopped

1.Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat,add mustard and cumin and allow them to splutter

2.Now add both dals,make sure to keep an eye on the flame other wise it will burn the tempering,after the dals become lightly brown add green chillies,red chillies,curry leaves and turmeric and salt, saute for 1 minute,mix well
3.And grated apple with little water(1Tbsp),cook for 3-4 minutes and take out of the flame and keep aside to cool for 5 -10 minutes.

For mixing:
Take a wide bowl and add all the rice,break the lumps very gently with wooden spatula(clean hand is better),now add the cooled tempering,chopped coriander,and 1 or 2tbsp of oil,roasted peanuts,grated fresh coconut on top of the rice.mix gently with wooden spatula ,making sure not to break the rice.If you find salt is less you can add and mix it along with other ingredients.

Before serving garnish with fresh coriander,fresh grated coconut and fried peanuts and enjoy with pickles and curd rice.

1.If the apple is not sour you can use lemon or lime juice while mixing the rice.
2.You can store the leftover gojju in fridge for 2-3days in refrigirator.