capsicum · Indian Cuisine · peas · Rice

Tawa pulao

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Tawa pulao is a bombay street food but I have never been to bombay hence never tasted it. Prepared this after my sis shared the recipe and really liked it. So here is my way of making it.

Cook Rice and let it cool. I usually spread it in a plate and dont mix much.
Heat oil in a pan, add 1 chopped onion , 3 garlic cloves finely chopped and saute.
Add veggies of your choice,  I usually add beans carrot peas and capsicum.  Fry for a couple of mins and add tomato puree made of 2 big tomatoes. Add a spoonful of pav bhaji masala, R.chilli powdee and salt. Cover and cook till the oil separates, maybe 5 mins.
Now when you want to prepare pulao , in a pan or a tawa take a spoonful of the tomato masala , add required rice and mix. Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon juice.
Do it the same way for every serving or you can mix the rice and gravy all togeather at one go.

I like to do it a single serving and that to on a tawa only.

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Chutney · Chutneys · Dips · Italian · Tomatoes

Pasta/Pizza Sauce

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This sauce is so easy and you can use it so many ways. Make in this when tomatoes are in abundance and you can store it in the fridge for a fortnite or freeze it for longer duration.
Blanch 1 kg tomatoes, peel and puree them. Chop 2 onions and 4 garlic cloves finely.
Heat oil in a pan, add some chilli flakes and some pasta seasoning. Add onion and garlic and saute for a couple of mins.
Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper,  little sugar ,a big spoon of tomato sauce.
Mix and let it cook for 10 to 15 mins covered.
Once all the water has been reduced store it in a bottle.

Breads · Breakfast · capsicum · Cheese · Kids · Sandwiches N Toast

Paneer Capsicum N Cheese Toast

For me breakfast is a very important meal of the day and i hate to have the same breakfast every day n week so i always try to prepare something different which is good in taste and which is liked by the 3 of us at home. This is a very easy sandwich toast recipe and a very fulfilling breakfast or snack as well. Do try this easy peasy wholesome breakfast.

Paneer Capsicum N Cheese Toast

Makes 4 toast

Ingredients

Bread Slices 8

Paneer Crumbled 1/2 cup

Onion 1 small thinly sliced

Capsicum 1 Finely Chopped

Amul Cheese Slice 2 cut into squares

Salt

pepper 1 tsp

Butter as reqd.

Method

In a bowl mix paneer , Onion,capsicum , cheese,  salt n pepper and mix.

Take a bread slice, spread the mixture evenly in generous quantity and cover it another bread slice.

Spread butter on both the sides and toast in a toaster till nicely crisped and brown.

You can do the same method on a tava as well, after applying the butter, place the bread on a hot tava and press nicely with a spatula and cook on both sides.

Have these hot with Tomato Ketchup!

Pinks Notes

Many add ons can be done to the basic toast, I sometimes spread some mint chutney on the base then then placed the filling.

Adding some finely chopped g.chillies will also give a nice spicy kick to these toast.

Remember the Creamy Curd Dip, i spread that on the base of the sandwich before the filling and then toasted it.

Cooking is all all about you, so cook according to your taste.

Happy Toasting:)

Breakfast · Chutney · Tomatoes

Tomato Onion Chutney

This chutney I had prepared sometime back to accompany dosa’s along with the coconut chutney i usually prepare. I prepare a lot of different type of dosas at home, so I always try to prepare different chutney to pair with it. This has a lovely tang taste to it coz of the tomatoes and has  a lovely flavour as well. Do try this version as it and it surely will be a regular feature in your menu.

Tomato Onion Chutney

Recipe Source : Raks Kitchen

Ingredients

Onion 1

Tomatoes 2

R.chillies 4

Chana Dal 1 tbsp

Coconut Grated 2 tbsp

Oil 2 tsp

Salt to taste

For Tempering

Oil 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds 1 tsp

Urad Dal 1 tsp

Curry leaves 5 leaves

Dry Red Chilli 1

Method

Chop Onion and Tomatoes into big pieces.

Heat oil in a pan, Add chana dal and saute till light brown, then add red chillies and fry them till it turns a bit dark in color.

Set aside.

In the same pan, add the onions and tomatoes and saute them nicely till the tomatoes turns soft.

Cool and blend to a paste along with the chana dal, r.chillies, grated coconut and salt.

Add little spoonfuls of water to get into a smoother consistency.

Transfer to a serving bowl.

Prepare the tempering with the ingredients mentioned and pour over the chutney.

Serve with Idli or Dosa of your choice.

Would love to know what are the different type of chutneys you prepare  for idli’s and Dosa’s?

Baking · Breakfast · Curds · Roti/Paratha/thepla · Spinach

Savoury N Nutty Semolina Cake

Cooking is always therapeutic and when you try some new recipe and it comes out good…it makes you very happy. This week we are here back with Blog Hopping and it has been so much fun till now,  I am paired with Jyothi of  Pages and i am glad that i discovered her blog. She not only tries to post recipes but has posted many book reviews as well. I am a huge reader and love reading books so it was great to read some reviews on her blog.

This is a very healthy recipe and loved the taste of it. The taste is very similar to Haandvo and is best eaten  when fresh out of the oven. I had seen this recipe some months back on Anjum Anand Tv show and wanted to prepare it from that time but had forgotten to make a note of the recipe. These Savoury Semolina Slices taste great and with the addition of ground almonds it imparts a very nutty flavor as well. A great snack option which is packed with veggies. 

Ready to go into the oven.

This Post will fulfill two ongoing events, one is Blog Hopping and the 2nd is for Magic Mingle where this months magic  ingredients are “Ginger And Almonds” So i tweaked the recipe to a bit so that i can add Almonds and ginger to it as well.

Savoury Semolina Cakes

Recipe Source Pages

Ingredients

Semolina 3/4 cup

Almonds 1/4 cup + 5

Curd 1 cup

Water

Oil 3 tsp

Mustard Seeds 1 tsp

Jeera 1 tsp

Sesame Seeds 2 tbsp

Asafoetida Pinch

Grated Ginger 2 tsp

G.chilli 2 Finely Chopped

Curry leaves 5

Haldi 1/4 tsp

R.chilli Powder 1 tsp

Salt

Carrot 2 finely chopped

10 beans Finely Chopped

Frozen Peas 1/4 cup

Cooking Soda 1 tsp

Freshly baked 

Method

Preheat oven for 10 mins at 170c

Grease a loaf pan and keep aside.

Ground Almonds to a fine powder.

Mix with Semolina , Curds And water if required to make a thick batter.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard jeera and 1 tbsp sesame seeds when it splutters add ginger, curry leaves and G. Chilli.

Saute for a min and add all the veggies and cook for 2 mins by adding along salt, haldi and r.chilli.

Add this mixture to the Semolina mixture and mix nicely.

Add Cooking soda to the mixture, give a nice mix and pourt into the greased loaf pan.

Sprinkle the sesame seeds and the remaining 5 chopped almonds and bake at 170c for 25 mins.

Insert a toothpick at the centre to check whether it is done.

Let cool for sometime and cut into slices and serve immediately.

Best Served with chutney Creamy Curd Dip and Tamarind Chutney.

The option of veggies is totally open, you can add as many as you can like bottlegourd or zuchinni will be a good option.

This recipe is off to the following events.

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Lastly this is off to Jyothis event Healthy and Hearty