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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bisi bele Bath | Bisibelebath Recipe - Rice and lentils cooked along with spices (in pressure cooker)

Today's recipe is Bisi bele Bath / Bisibelebath (pressure cooker version). It is the rice cooked with lentils and vegetables with some aromatic spices. Being a South Indian, I love Bisi bele bath a lot. I have had them in restaurants and functions but have never tried making at home. I wanted to try at home and was googling for the recipe, most of them had a lengthy process, but I wanted a simple and easy to make version, mostly as a one pot meal. Then I came across this recipe at Sangee's space. I tried this and absolutely loved it. If you are looking for easy to make, simple version of  bisi bele bath recipe, here it is. 

Bisi bela bath recipe

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fish Biryani Recipe | Fish Dum Biryani | Meen Biryani | Machli ki Biryani - (Fish biryani prepared using dum method)

Fish Biryani is an aromatic biryani prepared using dum method. This fish biryani is so flavorful and delicious. Since fish is so tender, it might break into pieces if cooked as a one pot meal in a pressure cooker. So prepared this fish biryani using dum method. First I fried the fish, prepared gravy, cooked rice and assembled them all together in layers, cooked in dum and it was ready. Though it is a long process, it was worth the effort. I was so happy with the outcome.
I prepared this fish biryani specially for my brother. Few days back I got a mail from my brother asking for the recipe of Fish biryani. So I was determined to try and post it before the weekend. He is staying too far from me that I can't cook for him, at least can give him a virtual feast. So here I am posting the recipe of Fish biryani.


What are the ingredients needed?

To marinate the fish
Fish ,  1 lb
Ginger garlic paste, 1 teaspoon
Chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder, 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Garam masala, 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Lemon juice, 2 Tablespoon

For the rice
Oil, 2 teaspoon
Fennel seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Cardamom, 3 nos.
Cloves, 3 nos
Cinnamon stick, 1 inch small piece
Bay leaves, 1 no
Star Anise, 1 no
Green chillies, 2 nos.
Ginger Garlic paste, 1 teaspoon
Water 6 cups
Rice, 2 cups
Salt to taste

For the Gravy
Oil, 2 teaspoon
Fennel seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Cloves, 3 nos
Cinnamon stick, 1 small (1" long)
Bay leaves, 1 no.
Tomatoes, 2 nos.
Ginger garlic paste, 1 teaspoon
Mint leaves, a handful
Cilantro, a handful
Turmeric powder,1/4 teaspoon
Chilli powder, 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder, 2 teaspoon
Yogurt,  1/2 cup
Salt to taste

Other ingredients
Onions, 1 no (large)
Oil (to shallow fry fish, frying onions)
Saffron food color
Cilantro, 2 hand fulls.
Lemon juice, from half lemon


How it is made?
Preparations:
  1. Chop and fry the onions and keep them ready.
  2. Dissolve the food color in 2 tablespoon water and keep them ready. 
  3. Soak rice for 30 minutes.
Preparing the fish:
  1. Clean and wash the fish and marinate them with the ingredients listed and set them aside for at least 30 minutes.
  2. After that, shallow fry them on both sides and keep them aside.
Now for cooking rice:
  1. Take a pan heat oil, add fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leave, star anise and fry for a minute or two. 
  2. Then add green chillies and fry then add water and  bring it to boil. 
  3. To this add the soaked rice, reduce the temperature and cook till the rice is 90-95%.
  4. Then drain the excess water and keep it aside. (save a cup of water drained from this for future use).
To prepare the gravy:
  1. Heat oil, add fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon & bay leaf and fry for a minute or two.
  2. To this add tomatoes, turmeric Powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and ginger garlic paste, mint leaves and cook them for few minutes. 
  3. Then add yogurt and cook them for few minutes. 
  4. To this add the reserved cup of water from rice and simmer for few more minutes and turn off the heat.
Final assembly:
  1. Take a heavy bottomed pan. Grease the pan with oil.
  2. First add the gravy on the base, then a layer of rice, sprinkle some fried onions, small handful of cilantro, then arrange fish in this layer , sprinkle some gravy on the fish then another layer of remaining rice and again sprinkle the fried onions, cilantro and gravy. Finally drizzle the dissolved food color on the top equally  over the rice. Cover it with a heavy lid.(such that steam cannot escape)
  3. Cook this set up on low flame for 10-15 minutes .
Then open the lid, squeeze some lemon juice, gently fluff it up and serve.


Notes:
  • I have used King fish. You can other fishes too which doesn't have much bones. 
  • While frying the fish take care not to fry it too crispy. 
  • Use the same pan prepared for frying the fish to make the masala gravy too. So that the fish flavors are incorporated into the gravy too.
  • Soak the fish in little bit of gravy for few minutes before starting the layering process.
  • Take care the rice is not fully cooked (just a tad under cooked) and make sure to drain the water properly from rice.
  • If you want you can fry some cashews in ghee and use them as garnish too.
  • Drizzling the food color is optional. 
  • Adjust the spice according to your personal preference.



Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spinach Pasta- Easy Pasta Recipes- Healthy & Vegan


We are pasta fans and I keep trying different combinations each time. Since I make pasta often at home, I keep it simple and mostly make them without cheese. Recently I posted another easy pasta recipe- Lemon Garlic Pasta. Today's recipe is Spinach Pasta. I have posted Spinach Rice too with similar combination. 

What are the ingredients needed?

Pasta, 1/2 lb
Olive oil, 2-3 teaspoon
Cumin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Onion, 1 no.(small)
Garlic, 3-4 cloves
Dried red chillies, 2-3 nos.
Spinach, 1 1/2 cup (cleaned and chopped)
Ground pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
Salt, to taste.

How it is made?
  1. Cook pasta as per package instructions. Once they are cooked, drain them and set them aside.
  2. Chop the onions and mince the garlic and keep them ready.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet, add cumin seeds and  dry red chillies fry for a minute. Then add the chopped onions and minced garlic and saute for few minutes.
  4. Then add the spinach and salt to taste and cover and cook in low flame till the spinach is cooked.( It takes only few minutes)
  5. Then add the cooked pasta to this and add the ground pepper mix well and serve.

Notes:
  • I have used angel hair pasta. You can use other types of pastas too.
  • While cooking pasta, add salt and oil to the water. 
  • Adding dried red chillies are optional. You can omit it if you don't prefer it.
  • Instead of fresh spinach, you can use frozen spinach too.


Linking this to Julie's Flavors of Italy hosted by Priya Akka

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Channa Pulao Recipe | Chickpeas Pulao | Chole Pulav

Today I am going to post Channa Pulao Recipe (pilaf). It is a easy one pot meal made with Channa / Chickpeas / garbanzo beans. It is healthy and is vegan. I have cooked this Pulao using pressure cooker. Though it is very easy to make, it requires planning ahead, so that the chickpeas are soaked and are ready in time for cooking. It is perfect for packing lunch. 
Flavorful Pulao with Channa
Channa Pulao

Friday, April 19, 2013

Boondi Laddu | Boondhi Ladoo


Today I am posting Boondi laddu recipe. As the Tamil New year and vacation came, me and my friend Geetha planned to make sweets. When we asked the kids, they wanted halwa and Laddoo. So made them and kids enjoyed it. The newest fan for Laddu is Tejas and he calls them 'LATTA'.  We have made this laddu once before too together, that is for Diwali.. Actually  she made this as I watched her. ;) She is a very good cook and I am lucky to be near her to enjoy her cooking often. The Laddu tasted awesome and so I wanted to post this in the blog too.  

Boondhi Ladoo recipe
Boondi Laddu

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mini Mango Cheesecake - Eggless & No Bake


Spring is here, so is the vacation for Thaara. She is at home, so keeping  her occupied and doing referee job between her & Tejas takes up most of the time. So I hardly get time for blogging. This week it is going to be like that. Hopefully next week, as school starts, things should be back to normal, so is my blogging. 
Today I am posting the recipe  of  Mango cheesecake, I prepared for Baking Partners. Thanks to Swathi and Sweatha for the selection of recipe. Loved this yummy cheesecake. This cheesecake does not require any eggs or does not involve any baking. I halved the recipe and made it in mini spring form of 4" dia. and got 2 mini cakes. The cake came out wonderful, but was in a hurry to click pictures before the sun went down, so even before the glaze set well, clicked pictures. Will update new pictures soon. And even before I finished clicking my son was ready to dig in. 

Egg less and No bake mango cheesecake
Mini Mango Cheesecake

Friday, April 12, 2013

Strawberry Pancakes Recipe | Soft and Fluffy Pancake with Strawberry

Today when I asked to Thaara what she wanted for breakfast, she said PANCAKES.  We had picked a box of strawberries while we went for grocery shopping and there were some left waiting to be used and also its her favorite fruit. So made Strawberry pancakes. It was soft and fluffy,with strawberries in each bite- they were too good. The pancakes are not very sweet but you can enjoy drizzling some honey or maple syrup for sweetness.

Soft and fluffy strawberry Pancake
Strawberry Pancakes

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Kothamalli Chutney Recipe | Coriander Chutney | Side dish for Idly, Dosa


Today I am posting a simple chutney recipe-  Kothamalli|Cilantro chutney made with coconut. It is my favorite chutney. I love cilantro flavor a lot and also its color. Also it is very easy to make and it is a wonderful side dish for Idly & Dosa.

Chutney made with Cilantro and coconut
Kothamalli Chutney

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Carrot Soup Recipe - Easy and Healthy


I was once a person who was not so fond of soups. But recently I have developed liking for soup and every now and then I make it at home. But of course I have not blogged  about them. Yesterday I made carrot soup for my guests and they were so good I couldn't resist myself from blogging about it. This is a very healthy soup and also very easy to make. Here is the recipe for Carrot soup which I have made without using any vegetable stock. So you don't need any special ingredients, just can make with the ingredients that are readily available in the pantry. 

Carrot soup
Carrot Soup

Monday, April 8, 2013

Announcing Home Bakers Challenge


We are a group of friends who love baking have joined hands together. Our motive is to learn and excel in baking, helping each other. One fine day, we were discussing about Baking and its techniques and suddenly we got an idea what if we start a group and bake together, so that we can learn things together. Thus this group, Home Bakers Challenge was born. This is how it works, every month one person of the team will suggest a recipe and all the members have to bake the recipe and reveal it on the said date. By doing this we get to learn new techniques and explore the side of baking which otherwise we would not have ventured so. With the support and suggestions from the group members this is possible. Do you find this interesting? Do you love baking? Do you want to learn new techniques? If your answer is yes, then come and join hands with us.

We have created a group in Face book, do join us there, for more information on the our Facebook group.



Friday, April 5, 2013

Lemon Garlic Pasta- Easy Pasta Recipes


At least once in a week I make Pasta at home. But since I usually make them for dinner (I couldn't click pictures) I have not posted any recipe here except Linguine pasta made with Cilantro Almond Pesto. I like to experiment with ingredients and ended up with this simple recipe that I am posting today.  It is quick and easy to make and is light, refreshing and  also is Vegan. 


What are the ingredients needed?

Pasta, 1/2 lb
Olive oil, 1 tablespoon
Onion, 1 no.
Green Chillies, 2 nos.
Garlic, 7-8 cloves
Italian seasoning, 1 1/2  teaspoon
Lemon juice, from half lemon
Salt, as needed


How it is made?
  1. Cook Pasta as per the package instructions. Then drain it and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet. Add Chopped onions, green chillies,  chopped garlic and fry for few minutes till the onions turn translucent.
  3. Then add Italian seasoning and fry for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked and drained pasta and mix well.
  5. Then turn off the heat and add the lemon juice mix well and serve.

Notes:
  • I have used angel hair pasta here. 
  • You can add fresh herbs like basil, parsley to the pasta.
  • You can also add roasted nuts like almonds or pine nuts too.
  • Instead of green chillies, you can add ground black pepper too.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Doodh Peda Recipe | Milk Peda- Quick and Easy Version


I love milk sweets a lot, especially doodh peda. The traditional method of  making them consumes a lot of time. But I came across this quick and easy version at Reshmi's space and I wanted to try it immediately. It is so simple and easy to make and it requires just 3 ingredients. How awesome is  that? It came out wonderful and it tasted delicious.