Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tawa Sabzi

Tawa is a heavy iron griddle used in Indian and Asian cuisine.The normal tawa is used for making chapatis ,but when we have to make Tawa delicacies we have to use a big flat tawa.
Tawa dishes are normally dry..or you could say semi dry. Gravy is added to the veggies and then dried so that the vegetables are well coated with it.These are best served straight from the Tawa...and this particular tawa subzi you can choose the vegetables you fancy.Extra spices can be added while mixing to suit individual tastes.
This  recipe is a favorite of all my children ,particularly my son.I. law . I always land up cooking  in surplus.Anyway the leftover vegetables can be used to make wraps.


Makhani Gravy
250 gms.............tomatoes
½ tsp...................ginger
½ tsp...................garlic paste
1...........................green chilly
½ tsp...................red chilly pwd
2...........................laung
1...........................cardamon
Salt to taste
2tbsp..................butter
1tbsp..................honey
1tbsp..................kasoori methi

Chop tomatoes roughly.
Add 1 cup water,ginger,garlic paste ,green chilly,red chilly pwd,laung and cardamon.
Boil.Cook on low heat till reduced to saucy consistency.
Remove from fire.Cool.Blend in a mixer.Strain.
Add ½ packet of ready tomato puree and cook for 5 mins.
Add salt to taste add butter,honey and kasoori methi and swith off the gas .Cover.


You will require 250 gms of  assorted vegetables for this recipe of gravy.
For that  you will require
2 tsp............ginger garlic paste
4-6 tsp.........curd
2tb sp..........besan
½ tsp ..........red chilly pwd
¼ tsp...........turmeric pwd
¼ tsp...........garam masala
¼ tsp...........black salt
Salt to taste(careful !!..we have added black salt too!)




Assorted vegetables to be prepared for Tawa Sabzi

Potatoes .......boiled ,peeled ,cut into two halves
Arvi .................boiled ,peeled cut into two halves
Cauliflower....boiled with salt(you could also add turmeric and garam masala while boiling)
Karela.............peel,slit,wash,immerse in curd ,salt paste,wash and fry.
Paneer............cut into big pieces.
Capsicum......cut into bigpieces
Okra.................wash,wipe ,trim edges,slit.
Tinned mushroom.......as it is
Fresh mushroom.........boil in salt wter with a drop of lemon juice.
Bhe’.................................peel,clean.boil.
Brinjals...........................slit cross ,boil with salt and turmeric(choose small round brinjals)
Big green chilly............slit,boil in salt and sugar water

Marination
Salt
Black salt
Red chilly pwd
Turmeric pwd
Garam masala
Ajwain (cauliflower ,Arvi,Brinjal)
Ginger garlic paste
Curd
Besan

 You could use any combination of vegetables.
After preparing the vegetables,spread them in a tray and sprinkle the dry spices.
Now add ginger-garlic paste and curd.
Mix gently.
Let stand for about 2 hrs.
Sprinkle besan.
Heat oil on a tawa.
Saute’ the vegetables one by one.
For vegetables like Okra and Capsicum ,you will have to keep them on slow fire covering with a lid,as these vegetables need to be cooked.
To serve
On a big tava assemble all sauted vegetables in a circle.
Put some gravy in the centre of the tava .
Add vegetables of your choice.
Add a dollop of butter.(optional)
Stir.
Sprinkle corriander and serve.
To simplfy things .
Arrange vegetables in a flat dish.
Pour the gravy on top.
Add butter.
Microwave for a few minutes.
Serve with hot Tandoori Parathas.



 You can prepare the vegetables and the gravy in advance.Set the tawa and mix portions for individual servings.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Punjabi Mango Pickle

 I am very fond of pickles,but normally I make water based pickles ,which last for a week. I have some wonderful friends who are very good with the other pickles,so normally I get my stock from them..The ICC .....yes..The Indian Cooking Challenge announced a Punjabi pickle this time…a pickle which had oil and the recipe is the  brain child of  Simran of Bombay Foodie.
Since the season for raw mango was at its end I picked up the mangoes as soon as the event was announced.My experienced friends told me to buy the desi variety which is sour.they also told me to carry a bottle of water and a napkin to wipe these mangoes.Well This was my first time to buy mangoes for a pickle.I reached the market..and when I saw the different varieties of mangoes ..was a little confused…I asked for the desi ones,checked if they were not over  ripe..and asked the guy to cut them for me..after washing with the water I had carried..and ofcourse wiping them too.
I came home and sundried them for about 4hours.I did not have any ceramic jar..so just used a regular glass jar….washed and sundried it too.
The next step was to weigh all the spices…..and then of course it was a simple procedure.But I must tell you the interesting part of this.after measuring all my spices I mixed them and suddenly realized that something was wrong with kalonji!!...I wore my glasses..but ..for sure this looked something else......I soaked it in water and..ah..this is sabza..!!thankfully I had not added the mango!I sieved the spices..it was easy to get turmeric and salt..then I used the bigger sieve and all the sabza was out!!..I finished adding the rest of the ingredients except kalonji..which I added the next day.



Here goes the recipe……
½ kg............ mangoes
100ml.......... musturd oil
70gms........ salt
10gms.........methi seeds
10gms........ saunf
5gms ..........kalonji
10gms........ turmeric pwd
5gms.......... peppercorns
½ tsp ..........sugar
6-8 ...............whole red chillies

How to go about…..
Wash ,wipe and cut the raw mangoes.
Sun dry them for 4 hours.sun dry a ceramic or glass jar.
Measure all spices.
Mix them with the mango pieces adding oil.
(no metal or plastic to be used)
Place in sun for the day…infact I placed it off and on for a few days.
Cover the mangoes with more oil.
Shake the jar regularly.
Gets ready in 15-20 days.

The result….
Well I was quite happy with the pickle..but since we eat less salt…I felt I could have reduced it by minimum 15 gms..also since I like more masala in the pickle ..may be I could have doubled the quantity of methi,.saunf and kalonji.I added whole red chillies ,not disturbing the color,yet making it a little spicy. 

Serve this lovely mango pickle with mathis or puris..or immerse a spoon of this pickle oil and masala into your daals...you will simply love it.
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Pink Monochrome + Tic Tac Toe Chart


"PINK MONOCHROME + TIC TAC TOE CHART"...This is our new challenge for ICRC6 pink on pink....somehow Pink color makes me think of a bundle of joy all wrapped up.....and this card is all about a baby.Pink cardstock has been textured with peacock feathers...denoting the beauty of the baby...shimmered it a bit.Have hung the baby dress on that gold cord and the pink organza ribbon highlighting it.The socks have been mounted on lighter pink striped chipboard with  Three tiny pearls.The pink stripes are from a shimmery paper.These two are the twist in the challenge...Tic Tac Toe.The sentiment"HUGS"is always apt for little dolls.
simple card welcoming the baby.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

My First Scrap Book.....Recipe Book

My first scrap book...when I had hardly any knowledge of scrap booking.I made this book about four years back.This was a book that I made for my daughter..she has a cooking blog and giving her this recipe book for her birthday seemed just appropriate.Throughout the book I used downloaded papers,which I got printed.I got ruled papers and stuck these on ivory papers....now I understand that I could have used some other cheaper paper...it was not going to show anyway.I used dots and stripes..and my circle punch to fullest!!
II did'nt get any embllishments....I took pictures of foods from her blog and got these printed...and the blog logo...."olives and basil"...I made small prints of these and pasted them....created pockets at a few places.
At that time I did'nt even have a good camera..so had taken pics very randomly fortunately saved them and today I am posting them.
The only place where I used embllishments was the cover page....I made a mini jute sack and filled grain and pasted some stickers which said..Tea ,Sugar,Coffee and Flour...these were 3D stickers..also I stuck some tiny lamasa fruits..a watermelon slice..a pear.
After getting the book binded ..I prefer spiral....I attached loads of ribbons..and thats it!!










I know if I were to make a book on the same format I would do a much better job...but still this one remains to be my favorite there was so much love into the making of book where there was no  inking..no die cuts.....no special papers...no stylish embllishments......n no special camera...just love to wish my doll a happy birthday.
For a slightly better version click and see the pages.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Broccoli and Bean Wraps

We all are aware of the goodness of Broccoli,that it is full of vitamin c,has anti cancer properties also it’s good for the heart.Best eaten raw,but steaming or stirfrying does not destroy its goodness.Today I have combined Broccoli and paneer with other healthy ingredients and made a wrap.Somehow I am fond of wraps...lots of veggies and the basic tortilla ...roti..made from wheat flour and a bit of refined flour...some mayo and salad.... all is well placed and wrapped up to make a complete meal.No messy hands..no dishes...wat more can we want?The children love it too since it’s not roti sabzi!!

8 wheat rotis /or ready tortillas

Stuffing
250 gms............Broccoli cut into small flowerets and blanched
¼ cup................ baked beans
¼ cup................ boiled corn kernels
 ½ cup.................paneer / tofu
2 .........................spring onions
2tb sp................capsicum
2 tbsp............... olives
2tbsp................ ketchup
Chilly sauce to taste
A handful of fresh basil leaves
Salt to taste
(you could change the combination if you wish to)
Mayonnaise(I have used ready made)

Salad
Shreeded cabbage
Sliced onions

Heat oil.
Add spring onion and capsicum.
Saute.
Add broccoli and saute.
Add rest of the ingrdients and cook for 4-5 mins.

Assembling
Take a roti.
Spread mayonnaise.
Place salad on one side.
Place stuffing on that.
Roll it up.
You can pre prepare these and wrap them in a cling film.
Microwave for 5secs.




these wraps go to......

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