Sunday, March 10, 2019

Soya Chunks Ularthiyathu

Lent and advent are two times of the year that we try too many recipes. Because feeding pure non veg family, vegetarian food alone for those number of days is a difficult thing. Soya chunks is one thing that remains in stock during this time. Nutritious and similar in taste to chicken/meat makes them a hit at home.

Soya chunks ularthiyathu is so simple. I have used a some what similar recipe as that of beef ularthiyathu, but this soya chunks ularthiyathu is half the effort and mess that is created by beef. So why don't you too try it. It goes perfect with chapathi or rice. Don't forget to make additional chapathi or rice. Because I know it is gonna be a hit and they would eat more than usual :).



Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup of soya chunks, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
  2. 1 cup of sliced red onions
  3. 1 1/2 tsp of ginger garlic paste
  4. 1 tomato, finely chopped
  5. 1 tsp of fennel seeds
  6. 1 tsp of coriander powder
  7. 1/2 tsp of red chilly powder
  8. 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  9. 1/2 tsp of pepper powder
  10. 1/2 tsp of garam masala
  11. 1 strand of curry leaves
  12. 2 tbsp of cooking oil
  13. Salt to taste

Method
  • Cook the soaked soya chunks in water and salt for about 5-6 minutes. Remove it and rinse it in cold water and squeeze out excess water from them. To it add the ingredients 6-8 and mix well. 
  • In a pan, add the cooking oil. Once hot, add the sliced onion, ginger garlic paste, curry leaves and salt. Stir it well and turn down the heat to medium. Let it cook untill the onion turn tender. To it add the tomatoes and continue to cook untill the tomatoes disappear.
  • To it add the garam masala and stir well. Add the marinated soya chunks, 2 tbsp of water and sprinkle pepper powder on it. Mix it all well.
  • Continue to cook it for about 10 minutes on low flame , stirring it well needed. Turn down the heat.
  • Serve it with hot chapathis or rice.
Tips
  1. You don't have to cook for longer if you don't need to have more dry version of it. 
  2. You could choose to add in some coconut pieces too.


Sunday, March 3, 2019

Garlic and Herb Pull Apart Bread

It is very unlikely to get this freezing cold in our part of the world. It doesn't snow but it snowed...atleast on the mountains, that is visible from our nest. Even though we would love to stay all tucked in the blanket, we have places to go to and so it doesn't get any better. Should I mention the countless number of times that the kido has fallen sick in the past one month...uff..I just want it all to end and embrace the warmth of the sun which seems to be hiding somewhere. I know I am going to say something totally contradictory when it would get too hot in summer. But hey isn't that human :D.




Anyways, coming back to food, we have been trying to keep ourselves warm with some great food which is easy to make and provides warmth to the body in this dropping temperature. This bread is just the perfect one for the crazy weather conditions. They are great for the tea time with some hot cup of coffee or tea. It has a blend of a variety of flavours that will definitely wake your taste buds esp. if you have been under the weather lately given the crazy weather. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Stuffed Ladysfinger / Bharvan Bhindi / Bhindi Sambhariya

Watching television was never an addiction to me and after having Jordan I ignored it purposely to reduce screen time for him. But at times to keep my sanity I switch it on for him. One day accidentally I saw some basics of cooking being taught in a food channel and they were showing 3 different dishes with one single vegetable. The veggie being okra, which is a family favorite I chose to watch it. Thankfully Jordan cooperated as he started imitating the lady by cooking in the vessels he borrowed from mamas kitchen. 







The recipes were simple and that we usually see or eat everyday. But everyone has got their own version and this version sounded cool. So I made a note of it and tried it. It was a hit. So here is the recipe that I got hold of and is a keeper.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Eggs Kejriwal

Simple breakfasts with complicated names can make my lil one finish it without throwing fits. And it can also spark a little conversation about how the dish got its name :). Which in this case was so funny when I announced what we were going to have for breakfast. Isn't that, little joys of having a family breakfast over the weekend, when its rainy outside and there is no rush to get to anywhere and you have all the sweet time in the world to just sit and relax and have your breakfast and chit chat as a family.




When I got to introduce myself to Eggs Kejriwal, I was so curious to know and try it. It is one of the different versions of bread and egg combo that one can have for breakfast. The melted cheese and the sunny side up, sandwiched between the bun when taken a bite into, can be just a yummy treat everyone would wish to start a day with. So if you are an egg lover and love having it for your breakfast, then I would definitely recommend to try it. You would love it.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Peanut Chutney (Dry version)

The idea of a very fulfilling breakfast for me would be Idli/Dosa with some chutney. Simple yet very delicious and it does please the South Indian in me. It never seems monotonous if we keep switching between the chutneys that we eat with the dosa/idli. We have chutney fans here in our home and I can always have the dosa/idli batter handy and be ready to just feed them with just some chutney done.





This peanut chutney is one among the many chutneys that we make to have with dosa and its so flavourful and delicious that even the little one keeps asking for more. I do make it less spicy for my kido. if you would want to spice it up as per your taste, just increase the amount of chillies that goes into it.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Banana Bread Waffles with Blueberry and Quinoa

Weekend mornings are about some hot breakfast served and all of us sitting down together to have some talk over breakfast. When compared to the weekdays, where there is no sitting down for breakfast, I overlook for weekends to come to have some family breakfast and also gives me an opportunity to try new things for breakfast :). This waffle comes together in just minutes and its another recipe to use up those overripe bananas yet not let the consumer know about the presence of overripe bananas in it :).




The little crunch of quinoa and a bite into some juicy blueberries is an additional bonus of these waffles which makes it a joy to have it for breakfast. We love the waffles that we get in Costco and so I got inspired to try this recipe and I must say that this recipe is just the alternative to those waffles. Try it and let me know if you like it. 


Monday, December 24, 2018

Tutti Fruiti Cookies

When its the happiest time of the year, you got to cook something that would look happy too. These cookies bring out that prettiness in the form of mosaic pattern of red, green and yellow that makes it so perfect to bake in this season.




Not just in its looks, they taste great too. Moreover, it is very easy to make. I usually do these for parties, where in I just make and chill the dough the previous day so that all I got to do is just slice and pop it in the oven on the day of the party. That way I don't have to deal with the messier part of making these cookies. At the same time, serve these cookies fresh for the party. 


Ingredients
  1. 1 stick of softened unsalted butter
  2. 1/3 cup of sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp of Orange zest
  4. 3/4 cup of tutti fruiti
  5. 3/4 tsp fo vanilla extract
  6. A pinch of salt
  7. 1 cup of flour
Method
  • Beat the softened butter and sugar untill creamy. Add the orange zest, tutti fruiti, vanilla extract, salt and flour.
  • Beat it again untill combined.
  • Remove the dough on to the counter top and shape it into a log of about 1 1/2 inch in thickness. Wrap it in a cling wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Slice the dough log into cookies of even thickness and spread it on a baking sheet.
  • Bake it in the oven for about 12-15 minutes or untill they are golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove it onto a wired rack to cool down before you store it in a air tight container.
Tips
  1. Chilling the dough helps to let the dough turn firm to help in cutting it evenly. So do not skip on that one.
  2. If using salted butter, avoid adding the salt in the recipe.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Cranberry Pickle ~ No cook version

If you want to stock on some pickle without much effort then this pickle is the best. Effortless and tasty - two characteristics of this pickle that makes me make it every year during this time. Pickle is not mandatory for me to have with my meals generally, but during Advent/Lent it is one thing that I would prefer with my meals. And this cranberry pickle is the best. 



The very first time I made it, I was a little hesitant how it would turn out to be and hence had made it in very small quantity and it was so awesome that it vanished in less than a weeks time. Now, every cranberry season has to have this pickle made at home and in larger amount too. Here's the recipe to the awesome cranberry pickle.

  

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Cranberry and Pistachio Cookies ~ Eggless

Eggless christmas treats is always a thing of worry for me when I pack the christmas treats for friends who don't consume eggs esp. because I believe that eggs is an unavoidable ingredient in cakes and cookies. Their absence is always felt in terms of quality of a baked goodie. But this cookie proves it all wrong to me. Its eggless and I can't tell you how many I ate at one go and so did my two boys. They are so good with the bite of cranberry and pistachio as a bonus. They hardly last at our place.






I have a recent crush on these cranberries. I didn't like them earlier but since last year I am kind of hooked. I can't get enough of them, either in the form of fresh or dried ones. They have been impressive every single form that I have tried it. These cookies are just one of them. The recipe for these awesome cookies is as below.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Swedish Chicken Meatballs

Happy Thankgiving everyone ! 

These meatballs were clicked last Thanksgiving. I am glad that I am able to atleast post it this year. With the new schedule/routine in life I have just not been able to take care of my blog baby. Blogging has really taken a back seat, but cooking and clicking had not ..he he.. So, hopefully I should be atleast making an attempt to post once in a week. 








It just seemed ages when I logged in today to pen down this post. It really felt like I was in a happy place which gave me a platform to make new friends across the globe, an encouragement to try new things and ideas, and a place which helped me keep myself busy and creative. How can I be not thankful to all the people who have encouraged me to carry on with the blog. How can I be not thankful to this little space which gave me so much happiness by providing new friends, opportunities, etc. Hence this post is dedicated to all those who have been with me and my blog Palaharam in every little way possible. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Buttery Dinner Rolls


That aroma of freshly baked dinner rolls is something that I can't explain in words but if you have baked it yourselves you would know, how heavenly it is. I am not exaggerating, but the very thought of it is making my mouth water. I had never seen or done bread baking untill I came to the US, but everytime I passed by the bakery in our small township that I grew up in, the smell of the bread getting baked has always left me tempting. Bitting into a warm bread having spread some butter, which melts with the warmth of the bread slice is the simplest of pleasures.














Getting the perfect dinner rolls was always a challenge. Yes the dinner rolls would be soft when warm, but when they cool down, they would turn dry and hard. After couple of trial and errors, I finally landed on this recipe and its a keeper. Both my boys are not bread lovers. They would like it if dunked into some spicy curry to pair with. But with these dinner rolls, I just saw them taking and bitting into them even without anything spread on them. They being not a big fan of bread, but still loved these dinner rolls , I knew I had to document it before I forget the ratios. So here it is - the recipe to soft and buttery dinner rolls.


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Tomato Rice

Something instant to cook on a busy weekday, at the same time delicious and approved by the family, is a recipe that I always lean on when tired and have hardly any energy to enter the kitchen. If its liked by all at home equally then you don't have to see people frowning at the dinner table. This Tomato rice is one such recipe that we can have for dinner after a long day at work - happy faces and most importantly, easy to put together. 











Some papad/chips and little bit of pickle is all what you need to pair with this delicious tomato rice to enjoy your meal. When I started my kitchen garden last year, I planted a tomato plant. It would produce flowers but nothing got converted to tomato, which made me think that either it is a flower plant :D or may be my hands aren't good enough for gardening. Its not gonna bear fruit. But this year, thankfully, if not it surplus, we got a decent harvest of tomatoes. And when making tomato rice, with the tomatoes from our own garden, it gets even more fulfilling. At dinner table, you can see me repeat it over and over again "it has tomatoes from our own garden". And my little harvester gets even more interested in having his tomato rice since his little hands were also involved in producing the tomatoes :).



Now off to the recipe. This recipe needs the everyday pantry items, so you need not just wait for to get the ingredients before you try it. So try it for todays lunch or dinner and I bet you won't regret.




Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup of white rice
  2. 1 1/2 cup of chopped tomatoes
  3. 1/2 cup of finely chopped red onion
  4. 1 tbsp of finely chopped green chilly
  5. 1 tsp of ginger garlic paste
  6. 5-6 mint leaves, finely chopped
  7. 2 tbsp of finely chopped coriander leaves
  8. About 2 3/4 cups of water
  9. 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  10. 1/2 tsp of red chilly powder
  11. 1/2 tsp of coriander powder
  12. 3/4 tsp of black pepper powder
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Coriander/ Mint leaves for garnishing
For tempering
  1. 1 tbsp of oil
  2. 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
  3. 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
  4. 2-3 dry red chillies
  5. 1/2 tsp of fenugreek seeds
  6. 1 sprig of curry leaves
Method
  • Wash and strain the rice. Keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan. Pour in the oil. Once the oil gets hot, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Now add the fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, ginger garlic paste, green chillies, dry red chillies and curry leaves. Saute it until the rawness is gone.
  • Now add the onion and saute it. Once onion starts turning dull and translucent, add the chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves, and saute it.
  • Add the tomatoes and stir it. Let it reduce and cook. Add the turmeric powder , coriander powder and black pepper powder. Saute and cook untill the tomatoes are all soft and the mixture looks like a paste.
  • Add the rice, water and salt. Stir it to spread it evenly.
  • Cover and cook on medium low flame untill the water evaporates completely. Turn off the heat.
  • Garnish it with coriander/mint leaves and serve it hot with some raita and chips of your choice.
Tips
  1. Using basmati rice would enhance the taste.
  2. You could add some urad dal to the tempering to enhance the taste.
  3. Keep a close watch when cooking rice. The cooking time and water required would vary according to the type of rice used.


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Poha

With temperatures dropping, all I want to do is just snooze and snooze the alarm every 5 mins. I understand that it is not actually letting me rest as I would want to, because it will keep on interrupting me by ringing every other 5 mins. But still I keep doing it every single day. It is just so hard to pull your eyelids apart when you are resting under the cozy blanket. Anyways, winter mornings get better with a warm breakfast. I still recollect Poha to be a delicacy during winters. Because my mom would pluck some fresh coriander leaves to garnish the hot poha. But with the coriander leaves available year round now, I have the luxury to make it whenever I want to. Poha and some steaming chai- isn’t that just the best thing to start your day with . 







grew up eating poha as a tea time snack on cold and wintery evenings. I was not a great fan then. When I landed in pune for my job, every other day I would choose to get poha for breakfast from the canteen. They were not as good as my mom used to make and hence brought in the realization of the value of home made food.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Corn Dog Muffins

My kido is a big fan of corn dogs. Initially he would recognize the stores that we have bought corn dogs at, and would begin asking for corn dogs at the very sight of those stores. These days, as he learnt reading on his own, he can read the menu or displays and even though he has no clue about that eating place, he would tell us that corn dogs are available there and we should get it.








Making it at home, would require deep fryer and so that was definitely not an option for us. But when I saw this baked version, I just had to make these at home. I did not have a mini muffin pan, so I baked these in the usual muffin pans. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Grilled Chicken ~ Mediterranean Style

We did grill more frequently this year than the past years. But, somehow I kept pushing away or postponing the publishing of posts. But finally, as the boys are catching up on a movie, here I go drafting this post, to let go. 












If you are looking for easy grilling recipe, both in marination as well as cooking, then this is one keeper. Very basic ingredients are needed for its marination. Plus, its healthy too. Include these grilled chicken in your wraps or as sides - they are superb either way. 


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