Showing posts with label Blogging Marathon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blogging Marathon. Show all posts

Monday, May 11, 2015

Re Cap of Baked Event " Fire Up Your Oven"

For one long month excluding Sundays we friends at Blogging Marathon have featured yummy baked dishes under the theme "Fire Up Your Oven". Enjoy the round up. 

Day 2 <-> Baked Asparagus

Day 4 <-> Cabbage Fritters

Day 6 <-> Orange Cupcakes

Day 8 <-> Brownies

Day 11 <-> Baked Omelette 

Day 12 <-> Baked French Toast

Day 14 <-> Scrambled Eggs

Day 15 <-> Baked Granola

Day 16 <-> Egg in the Hole

Day 17 <-> Onion Samosa

Day 18 <-> Fried Moong Dal

Day 20 <-> Masala Vada

Day21 <-> Baked Green Peas

Day 22 <-> Kanda Poha

Day 23 <-> Gobi 65

Day 26 <-> Masala Corn

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Gobi 65

Gobi 65 is a easy to make quick snack. My favorite version of 65's is Paneer 65 & always loved to order it or make it at home. This time I tried baked version of gobi 65 & interestingly it turned out to be great. As I have mentioned in my blog many times, I'm not a fan of deep-fried foods. I love shallow frying anything & everything. It kinda gives me a satisfaction that I'm taking control on what I dump in to my tummy. So with that inspiration I made Gobi 65 in both baked & shallow frying versions. I liked both the versions, but loved the shallow version as it has right amount of crispiness & oil to it. Sharing both versions of this dish here. Enjoy them as you like.
Prep Time- 45mins {30mins marinating + 15mins}
Cook Time-30mins
30 to 40 Cauliflower florets
4Tbs oil {for shallow frying}
2Tsp {For baking}
1/2Cup corn flour
2Tbs all-purpose flour
2Garlic cloves grated
1Tsp grated ginger
1/4Tsp turmeric
1Tsp red chili powder
1Tsp garam masala powder
2Tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
- In a bowl take all the ingredients under batter. Add in little by little of water to make a some what thick batter. Adjust taste if needed.
- Now add in florets to batter & coat them well. Allow them to sit in batter for 30mins.
- Pre-heat oven @350F & line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay marinated florets in line on the sheet & in to the oven for 10mins.
- Remove from oven & by now the batter should be dried out. Brush oil on the florets on both sides & again in to oven for 15mins.
- Now you can see a nice crust on top of the florets.
- Remove from oven & cool them off on counter.
Shallow Frying
- Heat pan with 4tbs oil. To pan add few battered florets & fry them on both sides.
- Remove them on to a paper towel & repeat with rest of the florets.
- Serve them with ketchup & enjoy.
- Chili powder I use for cooking is extra hot & spicy. Adjust it in recipe as needed.
- You can replace garam masala with chat masala powder.
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Kanda Poha

Kanda Poha is a traditional Maharashtrian breakfast dish. It is simple yet filling breakfast dish to start fresh mornings. While growing up my mom made this as a snack & some times she even served it for dinner too. Like my mom I make this dish for dinner as it is easy to make & also love making this dish on hot summer nights as it consumes very less time in making. This recipe can be customized according to your taste easily. The best part of this recipe is it is a microwave version & consumes less time than the stove-top method. 
You can also check the other recipes for Kanda Poha Maharashtrian Kanda Poha & Madhya Pradesh version of Kanda Poha by clicking the links. 
Prep Time-10mins 
Cook Time-6mins in microwave 
2Cups thick poha {Flatten rice or beaten rice}
1Onion finely chopped 
1/2Cup broccoli florets 
2Green chili's slit into half 
Few curry leaves 
Lemon juice for taste
2Tbs grated coconut
Coriander leaves for garnish
Salt for taste 
1Tbs oil
1Tsp jeera 
1Tsp mustard 
2Tsp urad dal 
- Take a strainer & add poha to it. Under running water wash poha & keep aside.
- In a microwave bowl add oil, jeera, mustard & urad dal. Microwave for 1min. 
- Next add in finely chopped onions, green chili's, turmeric & curry leaves. Microwave for 1min & mix with a ladle. Back into microwave for another 1min.
- Next add in salt & broccoli florets to bowl. Microwave for another 1min & mix with a ladle. Back into microwave for another 1min. 
-  Add in poha & salt to bowl. Microwave for 1min & you are done. 
- Mix in lemon juice & grated coconut. Taste poha & adjust salt, lemon juice if needed. 
- Garnish with coriander leaves {I skipped} & serve warm. 
- You can add in grated carrot, potato & green peas to make it much yummier. 
- I skipped adding coriander leaves as they were non available at that time. Add it for a much flavorful dish.
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Baked Green peas

Baked Green Peas is a guilt free snack & it is also a sister dish of Fried Green Peas. This fried peas are widely available in Indian stores, but the sad part is they are deep-fried with god know's what oil they have used. I'm too reluctant in buying any kind of snacks from out side & that gives me a chance to experiment these dishes at home. I made this baked green peas to make them healthy & at the end result was yummy as the deep-fried one's. Try making this guilt free snack & enjoy !!! 
Prep Time-30mins {Thawing + Drying}
Cook Time-30mins 
1/2Cup green peas 
1Tsp oil 
Salt & chili powder for taste
- If using frozen pea's then thaw them & fresh peas are the hero then cook them ahead. 
- Dry peas on a kitchen towel & make sure they are dry before baking them. 
- Pre-heat oven @400F & line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
- In a bowl take peas, oil, salt & chili powder. Mix them well & make sure that peas are well coated.
- Layer up the arranged baking sheet with green peas by leaving a little distance in between them.
- In to the oven @400F for 30mins or until green peas are crisp.
- Remove from oven & cool them on counter. 
- Store them in an airtight container. 
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Masala Vada {Baked}

Masala Vada is a popular Indian tea time snack. This vada is crisp & crunchy in texture. This is originally a deep-fried dish, but here I'm sharing a healthier baked version of this snack with out loosing the goodness of deep-fried version. This recipe can be customized easily with your choice of ingredients. Other than baking & deep-frying you can also shallow fry them with out loosing any goodness of this vada. 
Prep Time-40mins {30mins of soaking + 10mins}
Cook Time-30mins
Serves-8 to 10 vada's
1/4Cup channa dal
1/4Cup toor dal
2 Tsp jeera
2Green chili's
2Tsp grated ginger
1/2Cup chopped onions
Few curry leaves
1Tbs oil
1Tsp chili powder
1/2Tsp baking powder
Salt to taste
- Soak chana dal & toor dal for minimum of 30mins & maximum of 3hrs. 
- Pre-heat oven @350F & line up a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
- Strain water from dals & add them to a blender along with jeera, green chili's, ginger, curry leaves & onions finally. 
- Coarse grind the mixture & transfer to a bowl. Mix in salt, chili & baking powder.
- Scoop up a small ball of batter & lay it on the baking sheet. Press a little to make a nice round shape as shown above. Repeat the same with rest of the batter. 
- Place sheet in oven & bake them for 10mins. Remove from oven brush on little oil on each side of the vada's. Back in to oven for another 15mins or less @400F. 
- You can see a brown crust on top & when you flip it will be light brown too. 
- Remove from oven & allow them to cool on the counter. 
- Serve warm with ketchup or any spicy chutney of your choice. 
- I changed the temp of oven as it will help in perfect baking. 
- You can bake @400F thru out but the bake time will be sure reduced. Keep an eye to prevent from burning vada's.
- In addition to the ingredients you can add in 1Tbs of ginger garlic paste for more flavorful vada's. 
- Don't add extra water for grinding. We need a thick batter for crisp vada's.
- You can replace curry leaves with coriander or mint leaves. It's your choice.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies {Semi Homemade}

Chocolate Chip Cookies are delicious sweet bites. It is hard to categorize them as you can enjoy them any time of the day. For me they are a go to snack as when ever I'm hungry & I love to take a bite of them. The recipe I'm sharing is a semi homemade & makes it easy when you are in desperate of having a cookie. I have a sweet tooth & I crave for a sweet at night times. I love keeping something in hand for those nights when I'm desperate to have a sweet. Today is one of those nights &  I ended up making a big batch of cookies to sooth my cravings.
Prep Time-10mins
Cook Time-10 to 15mins
Serves-12 large cookies
1Pack of Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookies mix
{Follow the instructions on box} or
1/4Cup butter @ room temperature
3Tbs milk
- Pre-heat oven @300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Unpack the mixture in to a bowl. Add butter & milk to bowl & make dough out of it.
- Scoop up a small lemon size dough balls & place them with 2inch space on baking sheet.
- Bake it for 10mins-15mins or till cookies are light brown in color.
- Remove from oven & cool them on the counter.
- I replaced water with milk & rest all the same as on the package.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fried Moong Dal

Fried Moong Dal is an amazing tea time snack which is crunchy & addictive. I'm sharing two versions of making this snack. The actual recipe for fried moong dal requires moong dal to be deep fried in oil, but the microwavable recipe for this snack reduces the oil content in it & tastes the same as deep dried one. To keep this snack fresh & crisp store it in a air tight container & it should be good for 1week. As said this is very addictive snack & sure you will not be able to stop with little bites.
Prep Time- 30mins {minimum or overnight}
Cook Time-6mins
1/2Cup moong dal
1/2Tsp baking soda
1Tsp oil
1/4Tsp chili powder
Soft Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
- Soak moong dal along with baking soda for minimum of 30mins & maximum to overnight.
- Strain water from dal & allow it dry on a towel. Dal should be dry. It will take 10mins to dry.
Microwave version
- In a microwave safe mix dal & oil.
- Microwave it for 1mins & mix. Then microwave it for 1more minute & mix.
- Repeat the same procedure for another 4 more minutes. If you see any lumps break them while shuffling the dal.
- You can see a fried moong dal which is fried & crisp.
- Mix in salt & chili powder. Enjoy this snack as it is.
Deep Frying Version 
- Heat oil for deep frying. Mean while arrange a plate with paper towels.
- Dal should be dry with no drops of water left to it. Once oil is hot add little by little of dal to pan & fry them to puffed shape. 
- Dal doesn't have to turn brown in color. It should be puffed & you are ready to remove it on to the paper lined plate. 
- Repeat the same with rest of the dal.
- Transfer the fried dal to a bowl. To that add in salt & chili powder. Mix it well & enjoy the snack.
- For every 1min mix the dal to fry it evenly.
- Add a 1/4 tsp of chat masala to flavor it up.
- Make sure dal is dry before deep frying it.
*** Pictures represent the microwavable version.
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