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Cabbage & Coconut Stir-fry

photo-01-01-09-12-04-30-amIngredients:

4C. Cabbage (shredded)
6-8 Potatoes (small to medium size)
2 Green chilies (sliced and deseeded)
3-4 Dry red chilies
1T. Cumin seeds
1T. Mustard seeds
1T. Lemon juice
2T. Desiccated coconuts (lightly toasted)
4T. Coriander (chopped)
2T. Oil
Asafoetida (a generous pinch)
Salt & Pepper

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Method:

Start with preparing the potatoes for the recipe. In a pot of boiling water add salt and cook potatoes for 10-12 minutes. Peel and lightly crush. Set aside.

In a pan heat some oil and add dried red chilies along with mustard, cumin and asafoetida. Smoke till fragrant. Once the seeds began to crackle, toss in the cabbage and sliced green chilies.

Make sure the cabbage gets coated with spices and oil nicely. Add the potatoes and continue tossing for few minutes. Add salt and pepper according to your taste.

Once it combines, throw in the toasted coconut, chopped coriander and lemon juice. Give it a final toss to combine.

Serve hot as a side dish.

The key here is the crunch in the cabbage. Don’t overcook!

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Cauliflower Risotto

Photo 01-01-09, 12 08 38 AMIngredients:

1C. Arborio rice
½ C. White wine
2C. Vegetable stock
2T. Parmesan – Romano (grated)
1T. Lemon Juice
3T. Olive oil
Saffron (optional)

Ingredients for Puree

1 Cauliflower head (minced)
1 Onion (chopped)
6-8 Basil leaves
1C. Water
3T. Butter
Salt & Pepper

Ingredients for Garnish

2T. Garlic (minced)
3T. Cauliflower (minced)
3T. Mushrooms (chopped)
2T. Red bell pepper (chopped)
2T. Green bell pepper (chopped)
2T. Spring onion (chopped)
1T. Olive oil

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Method:

Start with preparing the cauliflower puree. In a pan add the butter, basil leaves and onions. Once the onions start to sweat, stir in the cauliflower and season with salt & pepper. Cook the cauliflower on slow – medium heat without turning it brown. Add a cup of water if required. Once cooked properly let it sit for few minutes and puree using a blender. Set aside.

Take another pan and prepare for the garnish. Drizzle few drops of olive oil once heated add the garlic, spring onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and cauliflower. Saute for 6 – 7 minutes and reserve for later use.

Heat a flat pan on medium heat. Add some olive oil, once hot add the Arborio rice. Toast the rice till fragrant and then stir in the wine. Once the wine is absorbed add the vegetable stock. Keep on stirring to avoid sticking at the base. Also, you can add a dollop of butter to emulsify the rice. Add the lemon juice, cover and cook. Once the rice is almost done add the cauliflower puree and stir. This is the time when you will add the saffron, if using. Remove from the heat and add the grated cheese. Stir to mix the cheese evenly. Check for seasoning.

Pour some hot risotto in a plate, top it up with some prepared garnish and serve hot.

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Creamy Cottage Cheese

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Ingredients:

250G. Small Curd Cottage Cheese
1T. Ginger – Garlic Paste
2 Green Chili (deseeded, finely chopped)
1C. Red Bell pepper (finely chopped)
½ C. Green peas
2 Onions (chopped)
1 Tomato (chopped)
1T. Cumin seeds
¼ T. Garam Masala
¼ T. Turmeric Powder
½ T. Red Chili Powder
1T. Coriander Powder
¼ C. Milk
1T. Lemon Juice
2T. Fresh Coriander (chopped)
Oil
Salt

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Method:

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Allow them to crackle.
Add chopped onions, chilies, ginger-garlic paste and saute for few minutes.

Now add the chopped tomatoes and bell pepper. Give it a quick stir and cook till they turn soft.

Add garam masala, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and salt to taste, stir.

Once fragrant add the milk and mix.

Stir in the cottage cheese, green peas, along with the lemon juice and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with the bread of your choice.

Tip: Any type of cottage cheese can be used for this recipe. Crumble or grate it before use.

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Basic Makhani Gravy

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Ingredients

2C. Tomatoes (chopped)
1 Onion (chopped)
1 Green chili
2 Cloves
2 Cardamoms
5 Cashew nuts
3T. fresh cream
2T. Butter
2T. Ginger garlic paste
1T. Sugar
1T. Tomato ketchup
1T. Tomato paste
½ T. Cumin seeds
½ T. Dried fenugreek leaves
1T. Red chili powder
¼ T. Garam masala
½ T. Coriander powder
¼ T. Turmeric powder
Salt

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Start with combining tomatoes, cloves & cashew nuts in a mixer jar and form a smooth puree. Set aside.

Now puree onion and green chili as well.

Heat the butter in a pan and add cumin seeds along with the cardamoms and sauté.

Now add the onion puree along with the ginger garlic paste, tomato paste and sauté on medium flame for 3-5 minutes.

Add the tomato puree and continue stirring. Once the oil begins to separate add chili powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder & a cup of water. Let it simmer for few minutes.

Add the fenugreek leaves, sugar, ketchup and check for salt, while stirring occasionally.

Once the gravy reaches the desired consistency turn the flame off & add the cream.

The Makhani gravy is ready for use.

Tips:

For restaurant style smooth gravy, pass the gravy through a mesh before adding crème. This will remove all the whole spices.

If you would like to freeze this gravy for future use then do not add crème as it may spoil. To use the frozen gravy just thaw it before use and add the crème in the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Carrot Cake

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Ingredients

3C. Fine grated carrots
1 ½ C. White sugar
½ C. Brown sugar
1C. Raisins
1C. Crushed pineapple
4 Eggs (lightly beaten)
1 ¼ C. Vegetable oil
2T. Vanilla extract
2C. All purpose flour
2T. Baking soda
2T. Baking powder
3T. Ground cinnamon
1C. Dried coconut (grated)
½ T. Salt

For Frosting & Garnish:

1C. Chopped nuts
½ C. Unsalted butter (softened)
2C. Cream Cheese (softened)
4C. Confectioner’s sugar
1T. Vanilla extract

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Recipe:

Preheat the oven at 180°C.

In a large bowl whisk together eggs, oil, white and brown sugar; once combined stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, dried coconut, grated carrots, raisins, vanilla extract  & crushed pineapple.

Grease and flour a cake pan and pour the batter into it. Bake in the pre heated oven for 50 – 60 minutes or until the tooth pick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Let it cool completely.

To prepare frosting, in a bowl, combine butter, cheese, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract. Beat under the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Spread the frosting evenly over the cake and sprinkle the nuts on top.

Mixed Vegetable Soup

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½ C. Corn Kernels (frozen or fresh)
1 Carrot (peeled & chopped)
1 Onion (finely chopped)
4-6 Beans (finely chopped)
2T. Spring Onions (chopped)
2T. Cauliflower (small florets)
2T. Peas
1T. Cornflour
2C. Water
2C. Vegetable Stock
½ T. Sugar
¼ T. Oregano Seasoning
Salt & Pepper
1T. Butter

Recipe:

In a pot melt some butter & sauté all the vegetables except the spring onions. Around 3 – 4 minutes.

Meanwhile stir the cornflour in 1 cup of water and leave aside. Make sure there are no lumps.

Now in the pot with the vegetables add the stock and water. Once comes to a boil allow to simmer for few minutes.

When the water in the pot is reduced, stir in the cornflour mixture. The soup will start to thicken at this stage. Add the sugar, pepper and check for salt. Let it simmer for 5 more minutes.

Garnish with spring onions, oregano seasoning and serve hot.
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Falafel Wrap with Pea & Feta Hummus

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Ingredients for Falafel:

1C. Chick pea/Garbanzo beans (soaked in water overnight)
3 – 4 Garlic cloves (minced)
1 onion (finely chopped)
1T. Cumin powder
1T. Coriander powder
1T. Red chili powder
½ T. Black pepper powder
½ T. Baking soda
½ T. Cardamom powder
2T. Whole wheat flour
1T. Lemon juice
¼ C. Parsley leaves (chopped)
½ C. Coriander leaves (chopped)
Salt to taste

Ingredients for Pea & Feta Hummus:

1C. Peas
½ C. Feta cheese
1T. Tahina paste
2T. Olive oil
Salt & pepper

Other Ingredients:

Whole wheat wraps or tortillas
Oil to fry
Salad filling (thin diced – cucumber, tomato, onion & lettuce)
Mayonnaise

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Recipe:

Start with preparing the falafel. Add all the ingredients for falafel into a food processor and make a course mixture. Leave it in the refrigerator for one hour.

To prepare the hummus, add peas, feta cheese, tahina paste, olive oil, salt & pepper in a food processor and pulse until smooth puree is formed.

Remove the chickpea mixture from the refrigerator and roll into medium sized balls. Deep fry in batches for about 3 to 4 minutes or till golden brown and drain on paper towels

To make a wrap, warm the tortillas a bit. Spread a generous layer of hummus and place 3 – 4 falafel balls on top. Layer the wrap with desired amount of salad and mayonnaise. Roll up the tortilla and tuck it well.

It is now ready to be served. Enjoy!

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Classic Pesto Pizza

I got this recipe from my aunt and I liked it a lot as it’s a great alternative to a regular pizza. Less  of cheese and more of flavor!

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Ingredients:

1 Pizza crust
th C. Italian 5 cheese or any mozzarella (shredded)
th C. Crumbled goat cheese
5-6 Cherry tomatoes (halved)
2T. Pesto
1T. Fig balsamic vinegar
Handful of baby lettuce leaves

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Recipe:

Pre heat the oven at 230°.

Layer the pizza crust evenly with pesto and add a layer of shredded cheese on top.

Add cherry tomatoes and the crumbled goat cheese on the pizza crust.

Bake the pizza in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

Once it’s out from the oven add a handful of baby lettuce leaves on top and drizzle some fig balsamic vinegar.

Cut pizza into slices and serve immediately.

Bon Appetit-O !

Lentil Broccoli Curry

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Ingredients

4 tablespoons butter
2 medium onions (chopped)
1 T. Chili powder
1 ½  T. Black pepper
2 T. Cumin
1 T. Ground coriander
2  T. Turmeric
1 C. Red lentil
1 lemon juice
3 C. Vegetable broth
2 medium broccoli, chopped
½ C. Dried coconut (optional)
Salt

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Recipe

Heat butter in saucepan and sauté onions until well browned.

Add chili powder, pepper, cumin, coriander and turmeric. Stir and roast for a minute.

Add lentils, lemon juice, broth and coconut if using.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45-55 minutes.
(If mixture is too thick, you may need to add a little hot water).

Add broccoli & salt to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Serve hot over Basmati rice or chapattis.

Rajma Masala

Rajma masala

Ingredients:

2C. Kidney beans (soaked overnight)
3 Tomatoes (pureed)
2 Onions (chopped)
2T. Ginger Garlic paste
1T. Coriander powder
2T. Chili powder
1T. Cumin powder
½ T. Turmeric powder
1T. Garam masala powder
Salt
3T. Clarified butter or oil

Recipe:

Cook rajma with five cups of water and salt in a pressure cooker till totally cooked and soft.

Heat some oil in a deep pan. Add chopped onions and ginger garlic paste and sauté till the mixture turns golden. Add tomato puree and continue to cook. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and cook till the oil begins to separate.

Now add rajma along with the cooking liquor and mix. Adjust salt and add garam masala powder. Lower the heat and simmer for about fifteen to twenty minutes on low heat.

Garnish with coriander leaves & serve hot with steamed rice.

Rajma Masala