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Aug 14, 2015

440: Roasted Red Capsicum Hummus



Popular in Middle Eastern cuisine, hummus is a delicious dip/spread that is easy to make with simple ingredients and provides lot of fiber, protein and vitamins. This zingy version can bring some variety to your plate. Serve this with fresh veggies and Pita Bread.

Ingredients:

 Soaked, Cooked and drained Chickpeas        1 cup
Roasted Red Pepper                                    1 no.
Finely chopped Coriander leaves / Parsley     1 Tbsp.
Roasted White Sesame seeds                       1 Tbsp.
Ground cumin                                            ½ Tsp
Lemon Juice                                               2 Tbsp.
Olive oil                                                     1 Tbsp.
Red chili powder                                         ¼ Tsp.                                         Chopped fresh cilantro                                1 Tsp.
Salt                                                           To Taste.


Method:

  • Soak the chick peas (Kabuli Chenna) for overnight. Next day cook it in pressure cooker and drain and keep aside.
  • Place the red pepper in to a burner over a medium flame until skin is blackened on all sides toss it in ice,
  • And chop it and keep aside.
  • In a electric blender or food processor, puree the chick peas, with red pepper, cilantro/ parsley ,lemon juice, roasted sesame seed, cumin seed,  olive oil, red chili powder  and salt.
  • Grind it until the mixture is fairly smooth and slightly fluffy.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate for at least 1` hour..
  • Sprinkle with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve with veggies and pita bread.


Note:

  • You can use tinned Chenna and Tahini (Sesame sauce) sauce.
  • You can adjust the spice level to your taste.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus



Apr 1, 2015

428: Jalapeno Virgin Margarita


Margaritas are practically the national drink of Mexico. Non-alcoholic margaritas, also called virgin margaritas, taste just as wonderful as the full-alcohol versions.
This sweet and spicy margarita flavored with sweet and jalapeno chilies.

Ingredients:
Ice water                                   ½ cup
Fresh Lemon Juice                      2 Tbsp.
Sugar                                         2 Tsp.
Agave     syrup                           1 Tbsp.
Kosher Salt                                1 Tsp.
Lemonade                                  1 tin
Finely chopped Jalapenos            1 Tbsp.
Roundly chopped Jalapenos         1   no.               
Crushed Ice cubes                       1/2 cup
Ice Cubes                                    ½ cup

Method:
  • Place the lemonade concentrate, water, Lime juice, salt, agave syrup, sugar ,1/8 tsp op Jalapeno chilies, and ice cubes in a conventional blender or frozen drink mixer.
  • Blend at high speed until the ice pulverizes and the drink is thoroughly mixed.
  • Garnish with chopped Jalapenos and ice and serve chilled.
  • Enjoy!


Apr 16, 2014

Tofu & Lemongrass Vegetarian Thai soup



Last week I was craving for healthy, so I decided to make Thai soup.  I always make Tom Kha Gai at home.  I already posted the Tom Kha Gai soup in my blog.This time I wanted to create my own version of lemongrass soup at home.  This lemongrass soup  includes the health benefits of ginger, and lemongrass. This soup is an excellent remedy for a cold or flu. High in vitamins A and C, plus calcium, it is also extremely delicious, and makes an elegant soup to serve guests

Galangal
LemonGrass


Ingredients

Vegetable Broth                        3 cups
Lime Leaves (kaffir)                   2 no.(substitute with lime peel)
Fresh Basil leaves                       3 no.
 Chopped Galangal                      1 Tablespoon
Lemongrass, finely sliced              1 stalk
OR frozen prepared lemongrass     2 Tbsp.

 Finely chopped Fresh Thai chilies    3 No
Firm Silken tofu                            ½ blocks (Cut into 1” pieces)
Thai Chili sauce                              1 Teaspoon
Bamboo shoot                                 ¼ cup (optional)
Salt                                                To taste
Fresh lime juice                               1 Tablespoon                                               


Method:
  •  In a sauce pan, bring the vegetable broth to boil.
  • Once the boiling, add chopped lemongrass, galangal and lime leaves into it and boil for at least 10 minutes in very low heat. Reduce to a simmer and cover for 20 minutes to infuse.
  • Now add the chopped thai chilies, chili sauce, tofu , bamboo shoots  and salt. Let it cook  for another 5-8 minutes in a simmer. Switch off the stove heat.
  • Add the lime juice and taste for seasoning.
  • Taste-test for salt, If your soup turns out too salty, add more lime juice. Add more fresh chili or chili sauce if not spicy enough.
  • Garnish with basil and coriander leaves.
  • I could drink the whole pot (not bowl!) of this. Enjoy!
See my other Thai Recipes:
Thai Green Curry
Tom Yum Soup
Tofu Vegetable Soup
Thai Fresh Salad Rolls
Tom Kha Gai Soup/ Thai Coconut Soup








Jan 2, 2014

Vegetarian Noodle Soup

This simple soup recipe really relies on the natural flavors of the vegetables in this dish. This soup is an East and Southeast Asian staple. Perfect for winter. Serve with baguettes or bread sticks.

Ingredients:

Egg free noodles                  ½ cup
Frozen vegetables                ½ packet
Chopped Jalapenos               2 no.
Green chili sauce                  1 tsp
Spinach (torn)                      ¼ cup                     
Dried Thyme                        ¼ tsp.
Vegetable Broth                   4 cups.
low-sodium soy sauce           1 Tbs.
Salt                                    to taste
Crushed Pepper                    ½ tsp.
Butter                                 1 tbsp.
Water                                 cook for noodles
Fresh basil stems, leaves      5–6 reserved for soup

Method:
  •  Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Keep aside.
  • Melt the butter in a sauce pan, add all frozen vegetables, jalapenos and sauté for 5 minutes in medium heat.
  • Now add the torned spinach leaves , sauté for one more minute.
  • Now add the green chili sauce,soy sauce and dried thyme and mix well with vegetables.
  • Now add the vegetable broth, salt, crushed pepper and cooked noodles.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  • Serve basil and lime  wedges on the side to be stirred into soup.
  • Enjoy the cold weather with this hot noodle soup.

Dec 16, 2013

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup




Minestrone is a thick soup of Italian origin made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice.  It is a very popular vegetable soup that is quite healthy and low in fat. This recipe is no oil in it. This vegetarian soup contains carrots, tomatoes, green beans, spinach, zucchini, canned beans, and cooked pasta, in vegetable broth with herbs.

Ditalini Pasta
Ingredients:

Ditalini pasta (Or) Macaroni Pasta     1 cup     (the tiny cylinder-shaped noodles)
Vegetable broth                              4 cups
Crushed black Pepper                      1tsp.
Dried Basil                                     1tbsp.
Oregano                                         1tsp.
Bay leaves                                      1 no.
Organic Tomato Sauce                       ¾ tin
Kidney bean                                     1 tin
Salt                                                 to taste

Vegetables  
 Chopped Tomatoes                        1no. 
Frozen vegetables                           1 cup.
Chopped Zucchini                            1 cup
Yellow squash Chopped                    1 cup.
Chopped Spinach                             ½ cup
                                                        
 For Garnish

Parmesan cheese or Cheddar cheese 
Chopped Cilantro                              1 tbsp.
       

Method:
  • In a slow cooker, add all ingredients expect pasta and cheese, and left it on high for 3to 4 hours or until vegetables are tender. If needed, add a little more water to the soup.
  • In a separate pot, boil the pasta, drained them and added to the slow cooker and stir them well. Cook just until combined
  • Remove bay leaves before serving.
  • Serve immediately with fresh grated Parmesan cheese& Cilantro leaves.

Tips:
  • Serve with crusty bread and a salad for a hearty meal.
  • Leftovers store very well in the refrigerator.



May 17, 2013

Vegetable Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup is a Mexican staple. Homemade tortilla soup is easy to make healthy ,and high fiber kidney beans for protein. Tortilla soup can be very spicy or rather mild, depending upon what chilies are included.  If you want extra heat, try a chipotle or ancho chili.
The tortilla strips should be added at the last minute to preserve their crisp texture. A squirt of lime juice brings all the flavors together.

Ingredients: 
Corn Tortillas                                                         4 nos.
Jalapeno peppers (seeded and chopped)                   2 nos.
Frozen corn kernels                                                 1 cup
Zucchini & carrot   (chopped)                                   1 cup
Kidney beans                                                           ½ can
Vegetablebroth (see the link)                                  3 cups
Ginger paste                                                             1 tsp
Organic Tomato sauce                                                ½ tin
Ground cumin                                                            1tsp.
Cayenne pepper                                                        a Pinch
 Finely chopped Fresh (coriander leaves)                     1/3 cup
Shredded Low-fat Monterey Jack                                 ¼ cup    
 Fresh Lemon Juice                                                     2 tsp.
Salt                                                                          to taste
Olive oil                                                                     2 tbsp.

Method: 
  • Cut the tortillas into half and then sliced into thin strips (Using a pizza cutter helps here.)
  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the tortilla strips evenly on a baking sheet. Bake until crisp and beginning to brown, 7-8 minutes.  Keep aside.
  • Put the frozen corn kernels, kidney beans in the microwave bowl, and heat it for 5 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a soup pan,  add ginger paste, tomato  sauce, jalapeno, Cayenne pepper,2 tbsp. of chopped cilantro and ground cumin.
  • Cook for 5 minutes,  in the medium heat. Stirring occasionally, until thickened. Now add the broth.  Mix well.
  • Add corn, kidney beans and zucchini & carrot. Add salt.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  
  • Remove from the heat and add chopped cilantro in it.
  • Ladle the soup into the  bowl. Sprinkle lime juice, Top the soup with cheese, tortilla strips and cilantros
  • Serve hot.
Note:

 You want to make this soup very fast, instead of Tortillas , you can use left over Tortilla chips.




Apr 8, 2013

Easy Basil Pesto

Pesto (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpesto], Genoese: [ˈpesto]) is a sauce originating in Genoa in the Liguria region of northern Italy (pesto Genovese)[1] , and traditionally consists of crushed garlic, basil and European pine nuts blended with olive oil and Parmigiano Reggiano and Fiore Sardo (pecorino sardo. This same Latin root through Old French also gave rise to the English word pestle. Pesto is traditionally prepared in a marble mortar with a wooden pestle.
Pesto in the US is commonly available in supermarkets in either green (original) or red (with sun-dried tomatoes or red bell peppers) varieties, produced by major manufacturers or under a generic or cheaper brand. Cashew nuts, walnuts or Chinese pine nuts are often used instead of European pine nuts, because they are less expensive and have a similar texture (although not the same taste). Cheaper oils and other herbs, like parsley, may also be used to further reduce the price.
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesto)

You can make this quickly and easily using a blender.

Ingredients
fresh basil leaves                                2 cups packed
pine nuts                                            1/4 cup
extra-virgin olive oil,                             1 /3 cup divided into two parts
salt                                                    to taste
 Freshly ground black pepper           to taste
freshly grated Parmesan cheese      1/2 cup


Method:

  • Combine the basil, , and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. 
  • If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese. 
  • If freezing, transfer to an airtight container and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Do not add the cheese now. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw and stir in cheese.
You can served and used this pesto on pasta, Beef tomatoes, sliced potatoes.



Apr 1, 2012

Tom Kha Gai -- Thai Coconut Soup

This soup is northern Thailand specialty, called tom kha gai. I'm a huge fan of coconut(Thanks to Kerala) & Thai food(thanks to moving to US). The first time I tasted  vegetarian Tom Kha Gai, at Thai Restaurant served it to me in a large mug.  Paddy asked me Do you like it.? “I love it! It’s like heaven on my tongue.” Ever since then, I’ve been an addict to this soup. So I want to try this soup at home. It really came out well. This recipe is adapted from http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/But I create my own version. The end result was exactly what I was hoping for. It was the comforting and familiar Thai restaurant taste. 
Ingredients
Homemade Vegetable stock -                           2cup
 Lite coconut milk                                           1 cup
Minced galangal                                              2 tsp.
Fresh Lemongrass   -                                       3 tbsp.
 Kaffir Lime Leaves – 2/Grated lime zest            1 tsp.
Lime juice                                                      1 tbsps.
 Thai Frozen stir fry vegetables                         1 cup
Chopped Thai chilies                                        2 no
Thai red chillis paste                                        1-2 tbsp. (depending on desired hotness)
1 red bell pepper, sliced into matchstick-sized strips (reserve some for garnish)
Peanut Butter                                            -      1 tbsp. (optional)
Fired or fresh tofu                                             ½ cup
Sugar                                                               1 tbsp.
Soy sauce                                                         1 tsp.
Salt                                                                 to taste.
Coriander leaves                                                1 stem

Preparation: 
  • Put the stock into a pot and bring to a boil. Toss the Galangal, lemongrass, sugar, and lime leaves in. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the coconut milk, chilies, soy sauce, chili paste and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Now add the vegetables and fried or fresh tofu, salt and peanut butter. Stirring well to combine
  • Simmer for about 10 more minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, add lime juice and garnish with coriander leaves. Test for saltiness and sourness.
  • You should get the earthy flavor of Galangal, noticeable amount of saltiness, sweetness from the coconut milk, and a fair bit of lime flavor, with a hint of chillis in the background.
  • Garnished with red pepper strips and grated lime peel, with extra lime on the side.
 Note:
  • Galangal has no real substitute. Ginger does a poor job. In this soup especially, the whole point is the Galangal flavor, so ginger simply won't do. (Tom Kha means "boiled Galangal".).
  • I buy lots of lemongrass and Galangal ahead, then chop and freeze in pre-sorted Ziploc bags for future use.  They keep quite well.


Tom Kha Gai Soup

Hot and Sour Vegetable Soup


This is one of my favorite Chinese soup.  This soup is prepared a million ways depending on the region of China. Made of simple ingredients, this soup does not take a lot of your time, and is great for people suffering from cold. 

To Make a delicious  soup:

1. Always use vegetable stock. Do not use water to make hot and sour soup. You can make a vegetable stock from scratch or buy ready-made ones.
2. Use natural vinegar. Do not use cheap vinegars. Rice vinegar is preferred, especially dark ones. Best to add vinegar it last.
3. Thickening is an art.   Adjust the amount of corn-starch mixture needed.
4. Cut ingredients into similar sizes.

Sambal chili Sauce
My version is heavy on the spicy heat.

Ingredients
Carrots chopped                                 3 tbsp.
Cabbage shredded                              3 tbsp.
Chopped capsicum                              2 tbsp.
Chopped French Beans                        2 tbsp.
Freshly grated ginger                          2 tbsp.
Soft tofu –                                         ¼ cup (optional)
Snow peas (sliced)                             8-10
Fresh red chillies (sliced)                    4 nos.
Home made Vegetable stock              4 cup
 Sesame Oil                                       1 tbsp.
White Black Pepper                            ½ tsp.
Rice Vinegar                                       1 tbsp.
Chili sauce (Samba Chili sauce)           1 tsp.
Corn flour /Corn starch                       2 tbsp.
MSG (Ajinomoto )                               ¼ tsp  (OPTIONAL)
Sugar                                                  1 tsp
Salt                                                     to taste
Fresh coriander leaves                        1 Tbsp.

Method
  • Dissolve corn flour in quarter cup of water and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok, add snow peas and green chilies. Sauté for some time.
  • Now add vegetable stock in it. Add chili sauce, soy sauce,  sugar, salt, ginger and pepper powder and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Now add all vegetables in it and cook for a minute on medium heat. 
  • Now add MSG and  vinegar , bring the mixture to a boil.
  •  Add Dissolved corn starch to the soup stirring constantly till it becomes thick.
  • Cook again for a  minute then remove from flame.
  • Add the cubed tofu  and boil for minute. 
  • Pour the soup into the serving bowl.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.
Note:

  •  In this recipe I used  Sambal Oelek (ground chili sauce ),  because this chili sauce  is made of chilies with no other additives such as garlic or spices for a simple taste.




Nov 6, 2011

Gobi Manchurian ( Cauliflower Manchurian)

Indian Chinese cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes. A wonderful blend of easy Chinese cooking with a dash of Indian spices thrown in!. Gobi Manchurian is also famous and known as a Cauliflower Manchurian. You can easily find the Gobi Manchurian in any restaurant menu. Gobi Manchurian is also one of the ultimate party food. Learn How to make Gobi Manchurian(especially without garlic and onion)  and make your party an exceptional one

Ingredients:
For Gobi Manchurian florets
Cauliflower                            – 1 medium sized cut into medium sized florets
All Purpose flour  Or Maida         – ½ cup
Cornflour                               - ½ cup
Ginger Paste                        –  1 tbsp
Red chili powder                     – 1 tsp
Cooking oil                          – to  deep fry
Red color                            – few drops
Salt                                      – to taste
 Method:
  • Wash the cauliflower and steam cook the flower for few minutes and keep aside.
  • Combine together all-purpose flour,red color, corn flour, red chili powder, salt , ginger paste and a little bit of water to form a batter thick enough to coat each cauliflower floret.
  •  Heat oil in a big wok,dip each floret in the batter and gently put it into the oil.Do not overcrowd the wok while frying.Do it in 2 or 3 steps as needed.
  • Fry it until it turns golden brown in color.Drain into a tissue paper and keep them aside and allow it to cool.
Fried Cauliflower

For Gobi Manchurian Gravy
Cooking oil                                    as needed
Julienned ginger                            1 tsp
Mixed color capsicums                  1 cup (cut into1/2’ pieces)
Shredded cabbage                        1/4 cup
Sweet and sour sauce
Red chilli powder                          1/2 tsp
Chopped green chillies                  1 tsp
Green chili sauce                           1 tsp
Soy sauce                                    2 tbsp
 Organic Tomato sauce                  3 tbsp
Sweet and sour sauce                  2tbsp 
Vinegar                                      1 tsp
Hot water                                 ½ cup
Corn flour                                  1tsp
fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped for garnish

Method for Gravy:         
  • Fine chop the  capsicums, green chillies.
  • Heat oil in a wok add green chillies, ginger paste, capsicums and cabbage . Saute for a while.
  • Now add a soy sauce, sweet & sour sauce,chili sauce , tomato sauce and vinegar .  Mix them well.
  • Pour hot water in it. Let it  boil for 3-4 minutes in a low flame.
  • Now add a fried cauliflower florets in it.
  • Dissolve 2 tablespoon of corn flour in a cup of normal water and add in a pan. Mix them properly. Cook it on low flame for 1 minute.
  • Saute again for 3-4 minutes to absorb excess water of any and switch off fire when it is semi dry/saucy Consistency has reached.
  • Garnish with freshly  chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with Indochinese noodles or vegetable fried rice.


Cauliflower Manchurian, Manchurian, Indo Chinese

Indo Chinese, Manchurian



Oct 10, 2011

Jalapeno& Serrano Pickle

Pickled jalapeno& Serrano chili peppers are deliciously hot and have a satisfying crunch. If you have surplus jalapeno& Serrano chilies, pickling is a fast and easy way to preserve them.

Ingredients:
Jalapeno peppers                             - 4 no
Serrano Peppers                               – 3 no
 Extra virgin olive oil                         - 1 tbsp.
Julienne gingers                               2 tbsp.
 Pickling solutions:
Pickling salt                                  – 2-3 tbsp.
White Vinegar                                – 1 ½ cup
Sugar                                             – 1 tsp.
Dash of basil, oregano, thyme             - optional

Other things:
Kitchen gloves                                 a pair
Small Glass Jar with lid(sterilized)        1 no.

 Before Pickling Peppers
  • Always be sure to wash and dry your peppers before pickling them.
  • Glass Jars which is sanitized by soaking the jar in hot boiling water for about 10 mins then and thoroughly dried with paper towel or clean kitchen cloth. 
Method:
  • Wear the Kitchen Gloves first.
  •  Remove the pod and slice the Peppers roundly.
  • Fill Jar with pieces of peppers and julienne ginger, olive oil and pickling solution and leaving ½" room at the top.
  • Cap the jar tight, and refrigerate.
  • It stays good for almost more than a year.
  • Its good with curd rice, sandwich 


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