Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer - 250 gms (cut into cubes)
Tomatoes - 4 Large (chopped)
Onion - 1 Large (chopped)
Fresh ginger paste - 1 tsp
Fresh garlic paste - 1 tsp
Bay leaves - 2
Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
Cloves - 2 (grounded)
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Kasoori methi - 1 tsp (roasted and crushed)
Butter - 3 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Fresh cream - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste

Procedure :
  • Heat butter in a deep pan and add cloves, bay leaves and cinnamon powder. Saute` for a few seconds and then add onions.
  • Stir fry the onions and add the ginger, garlic paste. Saute' for a few minutes and add the chopped tomatoes.
  • Add red chili powder, coriander powder and cook till the oil begins to separate.
  • When the masala is done, turn the gas off and let it cool for sometime.
  • Grind this masala into a fine puree`.
  • Now in a separate pan, heat the oil and cook this pureed mixture for a minute or two.
  • Add paneer cubes and salt.
  • Add some water, cover it and let it cook for a few more minutes.
  • Sprinkle over some kasoori methi.
  • Remove from heat and gently stir in the fresh cream.
  • Serve hot.

Note : For a good paneer preparation, the key is to use good quality paneer, either homemade or store-bought.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kesar Badam Pista Milk (Saffron Flavoured Almond Pistachio‬ Milk)

Ingredients :
Almonds - 1 cup

Pistachio - 1/2 cup
Saffron - a few strands
Green Cardamom - 2-3 (Grounded)
Sugar - 2 tsp
Milk - 3 cups

Procedure : 
  • Soak almonds and pistachios in water for over two hours, and then remove the skin.
  • Take few of these almonds and pistachios and chop them fine.
  • In a pan, heat the milk on low heat stirring continuously. Let the milk simmer till the quantity remains half.
  • Take 2 tbsp of this hot milk and add saffron strands for 10-15 minutes. It helps release its flavours and colour perfectly.
  • Grind almonds and pistachios into a fine paste. Add this paste to the boiling milk. Stir well.
  • Now add sugar, green cardamom and the saffron milk. Stir well and remove from the heat.
  • Garnish with chopped almonds and pistachios.
  • Refrigerate and serve it chilled.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Potato Leek Soup

Ingredients :
Leeks - 2 (medium size, sliced)
Potatoes - 1 Large (cubed)
Onion - 1 large (sliced)
Thyme - fresh (2 tsp) if dried (1/2 tsp)
Vegetable/Chicken stock - 2 cups
Oil - 1 tbsp
Freshly Ground Pepper 
Fresh cream (optional)
Salt - to taste

Procedure :
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the leeks and onions.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes till they soften.
  • Add the vegetable/chicken stock and the cubed potatoes.
  • Add salt, pepper and thyme.
  • Pressure cook for 5 minutes on full flame. Reduce heat to medium and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove from flame and let it cool.
  • Using a hand blender blend till smooth. 
  • Reheat in a pan and add some fresh cream. 
  • Serve hot.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Homemade Chocolate Almond Butter

If there is one thing in my home in abundance...its Almonds! My mom simply loves buying them for us and I somehow can't come up with recipes enough to consume them. I like eating soaked almonds but more often than not, I forget to soak them overnight and the 'almond stock' keeps growing everytime my mom pays us a visit!

Luckily I found a way to utilise oodles of almonds in an healthy and delightful way. Its nutritious and yummy beyond belief!

Ingredients :
Almonds - 2 cups
Your favourite dark chocolate
Honey - if you like it sweet (optional)
Salt - to taste (optional)

Here is a step-by-step photo tutorial:

Step-1 Place Almonds in your food processor
Step-2 Process for 4-5 min.
Continue to process and it would look like this after 2 mins.
Step-3 Scrape the walls and process for another 8 mins.
Step-4 The almonds would now begin to form clumps
Step-5 Add your favourite chocolate

Step-6 Process for another 8-10 mins
End Result - Almond Chocolate Butter

You can now add honey or salt. Enjoy it on toast, muffin, waffles, pancakes or whatever takes your fancy!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Must Eats @ San Francisco, Bay Area and Los Angeles

This is a rather different and non-conventional post, not including any recipe or review. It's more of a snapshot of our trip, which was filled with food and some gorgeous varieties of food! Its amazing how, with each and every place we ate at, we made some wonderful memories. So it was only right that I share it here with you all.

There were numerous places that we went to but I'm only writing about the ones that I really really enjoyed. So in case you guys happen to be around the area, do try them out.

Also most of the restaurants that we went to were recommended by our friends and family who have been living there for quite sometime. Without them the food trip wouldn't have been as enjoyable and exciting.

So a big thank you to Shanky, Mayank, Puneet Bhaiya and Bithika Di.

 'DOSA' - One of our favourite places, undoubtedly. 
Their vada-pav was something that I had never eaten before...really awesome!
   That's habanero chilli uttapam at 'Dosa'. It leaves your face flushing, nose running and eyes watering :P
'ihop' - Their pancakes and waffels are simply yummylicious!
At the world-famous Ghirardelli Square. This place is heaven for any chocolate lover.
Imam Bayildi & Falafel plate at 'Ephesus', a Greek-Mediterranean-Turkish restaurant in Mountain View.
Hot & spicy pineapple fried rice at 'Shana Thai', Mountain View. 
Loved the sweet, spicy and tangy flavour. Would love to try this one at home ;-) 

Awesome Crepes & French toast at 'Crepevine', University Ave, Palo Alto.
'Mirchi Cafe`' is a fusion of 'Indo-Pakistani' & 'Ital-American' style food. 
Its located near Fremont. Their aloo-tikki burger is a must try!
Pizza at 'Giovanni's', Sausalito. The cheese on the pizza was so very fresh and it simply tasted heaven!
The Cheesecake Factory. In case you are wondering what exactly that 
chocolaty things is, its Godiva cheesecake!! Need I say more..??
Mouthwatering Cupcakes at Kara!
Boudin Bakery at Embarcadero, San Francisco, is world-famous for its
original San Francisco sourdough french bread, which is baked with the same 'Mother Dough' used since 1849!
Healthy & refreshing salad at 'Sprouts Cafe`', University Ave, Palo Alto.
Good food with an amazing view at 'The Waterfront' restaurant in Foster City.
Irish Coffee at the famous Buena Vista Cafe`, Fisherman's Wharf. Its the 'House of Irish coffee' in the US.
Farmers Market at The Grove, Los Angeles.

Enjoyed a voluptuous meal at Shamshiri, a Persian restaurant located in Westwood, Los Angeles.
800 Degrees is a pizzeria located in Westwood, Los Angeles.
The pizzas here are freshly made, right in front of you with toppings of your choice.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Egg Factory, Bangalore.

As the name suggests, this place is all about eggs and despite the monotony of the ingredient, there is enough variety in the menu to keep things interesting. It is a must visit place for all the egg lovers.
Today, for a change, I'll just let my photos do the talking for me. And yes, everything pictured here tastes as good as it looks.

"Cilantro Chilly Sauce Frittata" 

"Eggs & Vegetables Medley"

"Bun Masala"

"Southwestern Frittata"

"Kutthu Parantha"

"Fried Egg Sambal"

"Choco Sin"

"Caramel Custard"


"Strawberry Cheese"
Need I say more...??

Monday, April 16, 2012

Samarkand, Bangalore.

The cultural mark of every tribe is palpable in more than one ways, not least in any region's varied cuisine. Samarkand, named after the city in Uzbekistan, is one such restaurant that serves the rich flavor of its province in India's garden city, Bangalore.

One look at the menu and we were sure that our craving was soon to be satiated. We started with sabuta chooza (char grilled chicken in  robust blend of spices). It's cooked on the skewer and is brought to you as it is. The murg kurcharan and the kebabs that followed were amazingly tender and had flavor in each and every bite. Also their dal afghani, mutton biryani are excellently done and the baklawa is a must try.

The decor of the place is in sync with the cuisine they offer and you would see waiters dressed in sherwanis and turbans. The place exudes a rustic charm, thus making it one of a kind in bangalore.

The prices at Samarkand are a bit on the higher side but the experience and food will only make it worth it.