Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cheesy Onion Potato pie.

Let me tell you all cheese lovers, this is an awesome treat that's gonna be ready in bare 25 minutes[and mind you that includes the chopping of vegetables too:)]

1. 2 Onions medium sized.
2. 2 Potatos medium sized.
3. 25 grams cottage cheese/Panneer
4. Green Chillies - 2 to 3 - hotness tempered as needed.
5. Pizza cheese - 50 - 75 grams [I used a local variety available in the market, you could substitue this with any cheeze of your choice : parmesan , blue or american would work wonders]
6. About 6 teaspoons of salsa sauce.[This was an optional ingredient. Tomato sauce can be used as a perfect substitute.]
7. Salt to taste.
8. Pepper powder - 1 tea spoon
9. 3 Baby corns
10. Oriagno[Any special herb can be added to enhance the taste.]  - However this is opional.
11. Butter or oil - about 2 teaspoons.
1. Peel potato and onion. Cut them into thin slices.
2. Boil the potato thins in water for about 2 min and drain water completely.
3. On a pan smear butter or oil. Place the potatoes and onion slices on the pan and fry them on both sides for 3 min each.
4. Take a microwave safe tray [preferably round]. Dust it with all purpose flour/bread crumbs to avoid the sticking. For the first layer place potatoes. sprinkle salt,pepper and origano as per your taste.
5. Grate cheese over the layer and next top this layer with small cottage cheese cubes and chopped chillies.
6. Layer up next the crisp onion slices and sprinkle pepper, salt and origano.
7. Grate cheese on the top of this layer.
8. Slice the baby corn lengthwise each into a slice of 4. Arrange them on the cheese layer.
9. One last step is to spread the salsa sause/tomato sauce on the circumference.  Add another layer of cheese if you can stand a few more calories in your diet. And sprinkle herbs and salt on the top.
10. Microwave this pan for 7-8 min in medium heat/power.

Once you notice crispiness on the top layer of cheese, that is when the dish is ready to be served.It can be cut into triangles and served with extra tomato sauce.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Fruit pudding

There are times when you have a lot of fruits lying in the fridge and there walks a guest with a bagful of fresh fruits. Don't worry of them right away. I will like to give you a splendid idea on how best you can feed your guests with a lovely dessert which is ready in like half an hour to 45 minutes inclusive of the setting time in the refrigerator.

It definitely sounds interesting and pretty easy.
1. Fruits - I had plenty of chikoo and banana. So here goes a recepie I'd narrate with those available fruits.
2. Custard powder - your favourite Flavour. I chose plain vanilla as I thought of complimenting it with a hint of coffee. - 1 cup
3. Marie or glucose biscuits - about 10 to 15 nos.
4. Sugar/Sugar substitute
5. Raisins and Nuts
6. Milk - 2 cups
7. Black Coffee - 1/4 cup
8. Butter - melted - 2 tsp

1.  Crush the biscuits/grind them in a mixer so that they are in the coarse form.
2.  Mix it with melted butter, 2 tsp of coffee. Pour half of this mixture to make a bottom layer in the pudding bowl.
3.  Add a cup of custard powder into a bowl with 2 cups of milk.
4.  Now boil this milk and custard powder by adding sugar as per taste.[I added about 4 tbsp of castor sugar]
5.  Once it thickens pour the contents over the biscuit layer. Keep this bowl in the fridge for about half an hour.
6.  Scoop out chikoo into small spheres using a round spoon, cut bananas into small rounds to arrange them into the pudding.
7.  Arrange one layer of cut banana.
8.  Now pour the remaining biscuit mixture over the banana layer.
9.  Pour extra black coffee as per your taste balance.
10. Now adde a layer of nuts and raisins[whole or chopped]
11. On the top arrange remaining banana slices and scooped chikoo.

Your fruit pudding is ready to serve. If you are okay for an extra indulgance of coffee, you can have a couple of teaspoons sprinkled on the top layer.

If you need the dessert cold, chill it for another hour or two before you take your first scoop into the serving bowl.

Variations: Different fruits can be used but make sure you compliment the coffee.
                 You can add a layer of fresh cream whisked with sugar and essence of fruit.
                  A layer of chocolate can add the richness that is required.
Please do try with these variations and let me know which was a wow, superb and great. If you find some interesting add ons share them so I could give a try.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sabudana Vada

For the vada:
1. 200 Grams Sabudana/Sabakki
2. Coriander leaves - 4 strands chopped
3. A pinch of turmeric
4. Salt to taste
5. Green Chilli - 1 or 2 finely chopped
6. Jeera - 1 tea spoon
7. Potato - 1 small boiled.
8. Oil to fry.

For the chutney:
1. Groundnut - 2 tea spoons
2. Cashew nuts - 2 to 4
3. Oil(I used olive oil) - 1 teaspoon
4. Green Chilli - 1
5. Salt to taste


Soak the Sabudana in water for about an hour.
Drain out water completely and mix chopped coriander leaves, turmeric, chopped green chilli, jeera ,boiled potato and salt to it.
Make small vadas[flat ovals] out of the mixture and deep fry in hot oil.
Drain out excess oil and serve it with the ground-nut chutney.

For the Chutney roast the groundnuts and cashew nuts on a low flame until the aroma of the nuts start to spread in the air.
Grind it with a tsp of olive oil a green chilli and a little salt. Garnish with chopped coriander.

Optional: You can also add chopped onion for the vada mixture to enhance the taste