Unique Blogger Award.

Hi,once again to all my beautiful blogger friends.And Yes,I am happy to tell that I have been nominated for the UNIQUE BLOGGER AWARD by the very sweet and talented Nena of Nena’sbakingrecipes. Please visit her blog,its wonderful and so vivid and there is lots of learning from it about making cakes and more about baking.You may just find something of your choice surely and do yourselves a favour.

RULES– 1.Share the link to the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.

2.Answer the given questions.

3.In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family nominate 15 people and notify them.

4.Ask your set of 3 questions made for the nominees.

 Questions for me….

1.What is the greatest thing that you have done in your life?

Ans-The greatest thing according to me has been that I have managed,taken care of and balanced aspects of my life and my family successfully in which I have found total satisfaction.

2.What is your favourite dessert that you will never feel tired of eating?

Ans-It’s Phirni,an Indian porridge made of rice and milk and nut.It is a slightly different version of Indian kheer. Unlike kheer here the rice powder is mixed in milk to prepare the dish.

3.If you get a chance to travel,which place would you want to go and why?

Ans-If I get a chance to travel,I would like to visit New York.I have seen the place in movies and pictures and I have really liked it.

My questions for the nominees…

1.What is your favourite dress which you find always in fashion?

2.What dish is your favourite which you make in a jiffy and still enjoy its grand taste?

3.What are some qualities a budding blogger should keep in mind when starting a blog to make it presentable?

MY NOMINEES ARE1.Rateka of Spicey and Sugary Bites.

2.Tingle ur tastebuds blog.

3. Lathiya of Cook with Smile blog.

4. Anuradha Mukherjee of Aromas of my kitchen blog.

5. Megala of Megala’s Kitchen.

6.An Indian Homemaker blog.

7.KR’s blog.

8.Smart veg recipes blog.

9. Priya Pandian of Indian Kitchen blog.

10.The Light hearted kitchen blog.

11.A foodie housewife blog.

12. Saumya Ananda Krishnan’s blog.

13.The friendly epicurean blog.

14. Malini of Malini’s Space blog.

15.Vinitam singh 09 of Home made delights blog.

 

Fish curry with poppy and mustard.

Ingredients:-

  1. Fish(small variety)-250 gms.
  2. Poppy seeds – 2 tbsp.
  3. Yellow mustard seeds – 2 tbsp.
  4. Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp.
  5. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
  6. Red Chilly Powder – 2 tsp.
  7. Fish curry masala – 1 tsp.
  8. Garam Masala – 1 tsp.
  9. Dry Mango or Amchoor Powder.- 1 tsp.
  10. Salt – According to taste.

For the tempering:-

  1. Curry leaves – A handful.
  2. Cumin and black mustard – 1 tsp.
  3. Vegetable Oil – 1 tbsp.
  4. Green Chililes-2.
  5. Kasuri Methi – 1 tsp.

STEPS.

Step 1 – Wash and marinate the fish with salt,turmeric powder and garlic.Here I have used a variety of fish called Shrimp Scad.You can use any fish of your choice.Keep aside.

Step 2 – Shallow fry the fish properly.

IMG-3582.JPGStep 3 – Grind the poppy seeds,yellow mustard and coriander seeds using a little water.

Step 4 – Take a kadhai. Add the vegetable oil to it.Now add the cumin and black mustard,curry leaves and after it splutters add the coriander powder,salt,turmeric powder,red chilly powder and fry for two minutes.Now add the masala paste of poppy and yellow mustard,green chillies,fish curry masala and fry again for two minutes.Add the garam masala. Add water to make the gravy and add dry mango powder to make the curry a bit tangy.Let it simmer on medium flame for three minutes.Now add the fried fish to it and simmer for two more minutes.

Garnish with kasuri methi and chopped coriander.Our fish curry is ready to be served.

Friends do try the recipe at home.Share your comments and feed backs. Have a great week everyone.Till then healthy cooking,happy living!!!

 

 

 

Shallow-fried cottage cheese dumplings curry.

Ingredients:- For the cottage cheese dumplings.

  1. Home made cottage cheese or panir – 200gms.
  2. Gram Flour – 1 small cup.
  3. Onions(finely chopped) – 1.
  4. Green Chillies(finely chopped) – 2.
  5. Asafoetida – A pinch.
  6. Garam Masala – 1 tsp.
  7. Salt – According to taste.
  8. Cumin – A pinch.
  9. Chopped Coriander – A small bunch.

For the gravy:-

  1. Onions -2.
  2. Asafoetida – A pinch.
  3. Tomato Puree – 2 tbsp.
  4. Cashew Paste – 1 tbsp.
  5. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
  6. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  7. Coriander – Cumin Powder – 1 tsp.
  8. Curry Powder- 1 tsp.
  9. Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp.

For the garnish:-Chopped coriander and fresh cream.

STEPS.

Step 1 – To make the homemade cottage cheese boil half litre milk in a boiler and then squeeze the juice of half a lemon in it.The milk will curdle and then let it be on gas flame for ten more minutes.

Step 2 – Now squeeze out the water from the curdled milk and put it in a muslin cloth and tie it tightly on a hook or put it under a stone mortar-pestle.Let it be as such for half an hour.

IMG-3537.JPGStep 3 – To make the tikkis take the cottage cheese in a bowl.Add some gram flour,finely chopped onions,green chillies,salt,garam masala,cumin,a pinch of asafoetida and chopped coriander and make patties out of it.Shallow fry them.Keep aside.

Step 4 – To make the gravy grind the onions and keep aside.Take kadhai and add  vegetable oil to it.Add cumin seeds and add a pinch of asafoetida to it.Now add the onion paste.Fry  for four minutes.Next add the salt,turmeric powder,red chilly powder,coriander-cumin powder, curry masala and fry them well.Next add the  tomato puree and fry for two minutes.Now add cashew paste and fry it also for two minutes.Add the water to make the gravy.Let it simmer on heat for four minutes.When the gravy looks cooked drop in the dumplings in it and switch the gas off.Garnish with fresh chopped coriander and fresh cream.

Our shallow fried cottage dumplings in curry is ready.Serve it with naan,tandoori rotis,fried rice and other lunch and dinner combos.

Friends do try the recipe at home.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great weekend everyone.Till then healthy cooking,happy living!!!

 

 

 

Indian Mashed Potatoes.

Ingredients:-

Potatoes :-8.

For the three tadkas:

Tadka no.1—–

  • Onion(finely chopped)-1.
  • Green Chillies(finely chopped)-3.
  • Chopped Coriander – A small bunch.
  • Salt – According to taste.
  • Mustard Oil(raw) – 2 tsp.

Tadka no.2-—-

  • Cumin – 1 tsp.
  • Dry red chillies – 2.
  • Salt – According to taste.
  • Mustard Oil – 2 tsp.

Tadka no.3-—-

  • Black mustard – 1 tsp.
  • Dry red chillies – 2.
  • Salt – According to taste.
  • Mustard Oil – 2 tsp.

STEPS.

Step 1 – Wash and boil the potatoes.Peel and mash all of them.

IMG-3559.JPGStep 2 – For making the first set, take a portion of the mashed potato and mix in the finely chopped onions,green chillies,salt and mustard oil in it.And it’s done.We will make the remaining two in the same way.

IMG-3557.JPGStep 3 – For the second tadka take a pan and add the mustard oil in it.When it gets hot splutter the cumin in it along with the dry rd chilly.When it crackles add it to the mashed potato and mix in some salt according to taste.It’s done.

IMG-3554.JPGStep 4 – Similarly take a pan,add the mustard oil and black mustard along with some dry red chillies.When it crackles pour it over the third set of potato mash and mix it adding a pinch of salt.And it’s done yet again.

All of our three types of mashed potatoes are done,as fast as you could have wanted them to and they are equally tasty.It is best served with khichadi and fried veggies.

Friends do try this recipe at home.Share your comments and feed backs. Have a great weekend everyone.Till then healthy cooking,happy living!!!

 

 

Oil-free Mustard Chicken.

Ingredients:-

  1. Chicken – 250 gms.
  2. Yellow Mustard – 50 gms.
  3. Onions – 2.
  4. Ginger-Garlic Paste – 2 tsp.
  5. Kasuri Methi – 1 tsp.
  6. Salt – According to taste.
  7. Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp.
  8. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  9. Tomato Puree – 1 tbsp.
  10. Yoghurt – 2 tbsp.
  11. Chicken Masala – 2 tsp.
  12. Coriander Powder – 2 tsp.
  13. Cumin Powder – 2 tsp.
  14. Garam Masala – 2 tsp.

For the tempering :

  1. Bay Leaf – 2.
  2.  Black mustard- 1 tsp.

STEPS.

Step 1 – Wash the chicken.Chop the onions finely.

Step 2 – Take a kadhai,add black mustard,bay leaf to it.When it splutters add the chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste and fry for two minutes.

Step 3 – Now add the masalas,salt,turmeric powder,red chilly powder,coriander powder,chicken masala and fry again.Now add the tomato puree and yoghurt.

IMG-3516.JPGStep 4 – Now add the mustard paste and fry for not more than two minutes.The amount of mustard paste should be less only as there are so many other masalas also in the dish.Add the garam masala and fry again. Add water for the gravy and simmer on low flame.Lastly sprinkle some kasuri methi and mix everything well.

Our oil-free mustard chicken curry is ready.You may garnish it with fresh cilantro,fresh cream.Serve it with tandoori rotis,naan,fried rice etc.This is a nutritious and healthy dish which has not even one drop of oil in it.Is great for sick people  specially the ones with unhealthy and weak stomach systems.

Friends do try the recipe at home.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great week everyone.Till then healthy cooking,happy living!!!

Lajawab Fish Curry.

Ingredients:-

  1. Basa fish fillet – 250 gms.
  2. Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tsp.
  3. Poppy seeds – 2 tbsp.
  4. Cashews – 5.
  5. Almonds – 4.
  6. Onion- 1.
  7. Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp.
  8. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  9. Coriander Powder – 1 tbsp.
  10. Tomato puree – 2 1/2 tbsp.
  11. Garam masala – 1 tsp.

For Garnish

  1. Fresh Coriander and green chillies.
  2. Fresh Cream – optional.

STEPS.

IMG_3494.JPGStep 1 – Wash and marinate the fish with salt,turmeric and red chilly powder. Shallow-fry the fish properly and keep aside.Grind the poppy seeds,cashews,almonds and onion to a fine paste.

Step 2 – Take a kadhai. Add oil to it.When it gets hot, add ginger-garlic paste,tomato puree and fry for two minutes.Now add coriander powder,red chilly powder,turmeric powder, above-made paste and fry again.Now add water to make the gravy and simmer on medium flame for two minutes.When the gravy gets two boils drop in the fish pieces and also add a pinch of garam masala. Cook for two more minutes.Garnish with cilantro and green chillies.You can also add some fresh cream but it is optional.

IMG_3492.JPGOur Lajawab fish curry is ready.Serve it in main course.

Friends do try this recipe at home.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great weekend everyone.Till then healthy cooking,happy living!!!

 

Roasted Eggplant Raita.

Hi friends,welcome to my food corner again.I try to usually make the healthier version of foods and believe in eating right food only,and in this regard,here I have tried to come up with an interesting,healthy and experimental dish which is partly a bharta and partly a raita. I make it in my kitchen quite often because its tasty and healthier and good at times when someone in your home is having a stomach problem.This raita-cum-bharta can be made without adding any oil and it has the goodness of curd in it.So its a great dish you all must try.

Ingredients:-

  1. Eggplants – 2.
  2. Yoghurt – 1 cup.
  3. Onions(finely chopped) -1(small).
  4. Green Chillies(finely chopped) – 2.
  5. Grated Ginger – 1 tsp.
  6. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  7. Roasted Cumin Powder – 1 tsp.
  8. Mustard Oil – 1 tbsp.
  9. Salt – According to taste.
  10. Black Salt – A pinch.
  11. Dry Mango Powder(optional)- 1 tsp.
  12. Catch Dahi Masala(optional) – 2 tsp.

STEPS.

Step 1 – Wash and slit the eggplants,keeping them intact and roast them on gas.Now put them under running water and deskin them taking out its pulp in a bowl.Mash them.

IMG_3491.JPGStep 2 – Take a bowl.Add the yoghurt into it.Now mix in the chopped onions,chillies,salt,red chilly powder,black salt,roasted cumin powder and add the mashed eggplants into it.Also sprinkle some grated ginger.Now add mustard oil.You can also add some dry mango powder if you want a tangier version of this dish,but if you like it simple you can omit this ingredient out.You can also add some catch dahi masala but its optional.

Our roasted eggplant raita is ready.Garnish it with fresh cilantro.

Friends do try this recipe at home.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great weekend everyone.Till then healthy cooking,happy living!!!