Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Egg Curry

I made this egg curry for dinner with plain rice. It was inspired by this recipe from Asha's blog Foodie's Hope.

Egg Prep:

Hard boil 8-10 eggs. Shallow fry them with 2 tbsps oil until they crisp a little on the outside. Cut 1 inch vertical slits around the egg.

Ingredients for Gravy:
  1. Onions - 3 large, chopped finely
  2. Tomatoes - 4 chopped finely
  3. Tomato sauce - 1 can
  4. Bay leaves - 2
  5. Elaichi - 2
  6. Cloves - 4
  7. Star anise - 1
  8. Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  9. Jeera Dhania powder - 1.5 tsp
  10. Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  11. Tandoori masala - 1/2 tsp
  12. Kasoori methi - 1 tsp
  13. Tamarind paste - 1 tsp
  14. Oil - 1 tsp
  15. Green chillies - 2 slit lengthwise
  16. Curry leaves - 7/8
  17. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  18. Salt
  19. Water - 3 cups
  20. Corriander - 1 cup chopped
  1. Heat the oil and add the cloves, elaichi, bay leaves, star anise, green chillies and curry leaves. Sautee until well fried.
  2. Add the onions and sautee until soft, golden brown and well done.
  3. Add the ginger garlic paste and cook for 1 min.
  4. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft.
  5. Add the tomato sauce, garam masala, tandoori masala, red chilli powder, kasoori methi, jerra dhania powder and mix well.
  6. Cook until the raw taste of the masalas and tomato sauce goes away.
  7. Add the water and tamarind paste and cook until you see the oil separate.
  8. Add salt if required.
  9. Add the fried and slit eggs and mix well. Cover with lid for 10 minutes and allow to cook and steam.
  10. Garnish with chopped coriander and enjoy with hot rice.

Simple Dinners, Take 2 - Tomato Moong Dal and Cabbage Sabji

I had a lovely and simple dinner last night after a few days of binging on outside food. It feels really good to eat such simple food.

The moong dal was inspired by this recipe from Saffron Trail and I followed it all the way except the dried mint. It was really tasty and very easy to make.

The cabbage curry was very simple too and it was slightly tamilian style.

  1. 5 cups of chopped cabbage
  2. Oil - 1 tsp
  3. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  4. Dried red chillies - 5
  5. Hing - 1/4th tsp
  6. Curry leaves - 7/8
  7. Chilli powder - 1/4th tsp
  8. Salt
  1. Heat oil and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chillies and hing. Fry until you can smell all the aromas.
  2. Add the cabbage and stir fry until well cooked.
  3. Add the salt and red chilli powder and mix well. Heat for 5 mins.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Gulla-Malai by Smita-Ram's

Are you baffled with the name? Hehe...I don't blame you. The credit goes to my husband for coming up with the name. This recipe is my dear friend Hetvi's and it is one of the smartest semi-homemade recipes I have come across. The recipe uses canned Haldiram rasgulla's as the rasmalai and the milk is from badam milk mix with some dry fruits thrown in - hence the name. It is fool proof and really easy to make for those challenged in the desert making department. I simply had to try it out after I ate it at my friend's place recently. Needless to say it was a hit with my dinner guests. Thanks Hetvi for the lovely recipe!

  1. Two cans of Haldiram's rasgullas
  2. 1/2 gallon fat free or low fat or whole milk
  3. Condensed milk - 1/4th can
  4. MTR badam milk mix - 3 spoons
  5. Slivered almonds, toasted - 3 tbsps
  6. Slivered pistachios, toasted - 2 tbsps
  7. Saffron strands - 1/4th tsp
  1. Open the rasgulla cans and squeeze all the syrup out of the rasgullas and set aside. Do not use the syrup otherwise it will get very sweet.
  2. Heat the half gallon of milk for 30 minutes on low flame until it thickens.
  3. Add the badam milk mix and condensed milk and bring the milk to a boil.
  4. Add the almonds, pistachios and saffron and stir.
  5. Pour over the rasgullas while hot and allow it to come to room temperature before popping in the fridge and your dessert is ready. This tastes even better if you make it the day before as the rasgullas then have enough time to absorb the flavorful milk.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Simple dinners and gourmet chocolates...

I am having a pretty eventful Feb, what with our anniversary and Valentine's day and friend's visiting and trip to Napa. Ever since my India trip and all the sickness, I am more and more inclined to very simple dinners during weekdays and I avoid eating out too much. Not sure if these recipes are exciting but they are surely very simple and comforting.

Moong dal:


  1. Two cups moong dal, soaked overnight
  2. One small onion, chopped fine
  3. One tomato, chopped
  4. Oil - 1 tsp
  5. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  6. Jeera - 1 tsp
  7. Curry leaves - 5
  8. Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  9. Goda masala - 1/2 tsp
  10. Salt
  1. Take a pressure pan and heat the oil. Add the mustard, curry leaves and jeera and let it sputter.
  2. Add the onions and tomatoes and sautee until soft.
  3. Add the soaked moong dal, chilli powder, goda masala, salt and pressure cook for two whistles.

Pumpkin Sabji:

  1. 2 cups of chopped yellow pumpkin
  2. Oil - 1 tsp
  3. Green chillies - 4/5 chopped fine
  4. Jeera - 1 tsp
  5. Salt
  1. HEat the oil in a pan and add the jeera and green chillies.
  2. Once the jeera turns dark brown, add the pumpkin and salt and cook until soft. This is a simple yet tasty recipe and goes well with rotis.

We stopped by a place called bittersweet chocolate cafe and it had an amazing variety of chocolates from all over the world. I got my hands on a few, thanks to my hubby's generosity on Valentines day.

I also tasted the best coffee I have had in recent times at the same place and the latte art there just made my day:)

Going forward I will be adding tidbits of my life to each post as the recipe blogging is getting kinda monotonous:)

Monday, February 01, 2010

I ♡ My Food Processor

I love my food processor:)...I have had it for 3 years sitting in my garage and finally I opened it this year (one of my new year resolutions)...It is awesome and cuts my veggies so fine...I mostly use it when I have a lot of veggies to cut and I want them chopped fine or grated like beans, tindora, carrot, cabbage, karela, etc.
Another change I made starting Oct last year is to start making fresh rotis. I have survived the last 5 years on store bought rotis and that wasn't cutting it for me. We would end up eating stale rotis or rotis which had preservatives or just resort to rice if we were out of rotis. I was inspired by my friend Hetvi and I tried my hand at making phulkas and it has been such a welcome change to our eating habits. Phulkas with 0% oil are so healthy and light and a godsend to our digestive system. My hubby is a great help and kneads the dough for me. I tried all the different flours in the market and have decided that Pillsbury is the best. The rotis come out super soft and light. Now when I do this, I cannot imagine why I never did this all these years. Agreed its an additional effort but totally worth it. To all you people who have store bought roti land rotis and parathas, I highly recommend making your own.