Posts filed under ‘carrot’

Mushrooms stuffed with carrots and Del Monte Mint Mayo

Mushrooms stuffed with carrots and Del Monte Mint Mayo is a quick, bite sized snack. Mushroom caps are stuffed with a mixture of carrots and Del Monte Mint mayo to make this crowd pleasing appetizer. The delightful Del Monte mint mayo bursting with flavor adds zing to the filling and is sure to please those who are not very fond of Mushrooms. The crushed groundnuts add crunch as well as improve the health quotient. This Mint mayo also goes well with crispy tikkas and vegetable sandwiches. Use it as a dip for all grilled & fried snacks like tikkas, kebabs,…

Continue Reading November 11, 2016 at 2:37 am Leave a comment

My Foodcourt turns 10! We are celebrating with the prize winning recipe for Microwave Borscht with Golay!

Yes! My Foodcourt turns 10 today! and a recipe for Microwave Borscht with Golay- to celebrate this decade long journey,the win and good food in general!

Continue Reading August 4, 2016 at 9:18 am 2 comments

Three Bean Chilli for a fiery Lunchbox Fiesta

Three bean Chilli – fiery Lunchbox fiesta for The Urban Spice Sweet September Giveaway

Continue Reading September 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Celebrating the season with Spicy Masale Bhaat

I am back from a weekend of food and fun in Pune. There is a sudden chill in the weather here; the nippy, foggy mornings making it all the more difficult to get back to work on a Monday morning!

We love this season for the bounty of veggies that it offers. The farmer’s market is flooded with variety of colorful veggies, rarely found during the rest of the year. So, many of my recipes this season, will be celebrating winter vegetables. One such recipe is Masale bhaat. The veggies which go into this spicy Rice are available year round. But they lack the freshness and color that this season offers.

Here’s a spicy Rice (Masale Bhaat) recipe perfect for the weather.

Masale Bhaat; characteristic Maharashtrian Rice cooked with seasonal vegetables and spices. Masale Bhaat is an imperative dish for every festive/wedding meal in Maharashtra. The ivy gourd (Tindora/Tondli) used in this rice is the key ingredient apart from the spices used, to lend its distinctive flavour. Rest of the vegetables can be substituted depending on the availability.

In my home it keeps revisiting like ‘old styles coming back in fashion’ every now and then for dinners with family and friends. You will find plenty of recipes for Masale Bhaat depending on the origin. Here’s how I make it:

 Masale Bhaat Recipe

2 cups Long grained rice washed

10-12 Tindora/Tondli(Ivy Gourd) cut lengthwise

1-2 carrots peeled and cut into chunks

1 small potato washed, peeled and cubed (optional), any other veggies of your choice like peas, cauliflower…

1 tsp Kala Masala,

Salt

4 cups water

Whole spices: 2-3 cloves, 2-3 black peppercorns, 1” stick cinnamon, 1-2 bay leaves

Tadka ingredients: 2 tsp Oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, ½ tsp turmeric powder

For Garnishing: Freshly grated coconut, chopped coriander and Ghee (clarified butter)

 Heat oil in the pressure cooker (or in a pan if you are using a rice cooker)

Add the mustard seeds and allow them to splutter.

Add the turmeric and the whole spices.

Add the veggies and sauté for 2-3 seconds.

Add the Kala Masal and mix well.

Add the salt and water and bring to a boil.

Pressure cook till the rice is cooked (the grains should be separate after cooking)

Garnish with coconut, coriander and a generous dollop of ghee!

Serve hot.

 

December 28, 2009 at 12:57 pm 23 comments

Vegetable Kung Pao

I wanted to make Kung Pao ever since I saw it on Deeba’s blog here. Being a vegetarian I skipped the chicken and used the available vegetables for this quick and easy vegetable Kung Pao.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients: 

8-10 button mushrooms sliced

1 large carrot diced

1 small Red cabbage diced

4 spring onions, white bulbs and green tops cut separately into 1/2″ pieces

1 red/yellow bell pepper, chopped

3 Tablespoons soy sauce

1Tablespoons sherry

2 teaspoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons sugar

2 Tablespoons white-wine vinegar

2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil

1/3 cup water

2 Tablespoons cooking oil

3/4 cup cashews

1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

3-4 garlic cloves, sliced

In a small bowl, combine the sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, water, soy sauce, sherry and cornstarch.

In a wok or large frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately high heat.

Add the cashews and stirring until light brown, about 30 seconds. Remove from the pan.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the garlic & chili flakes. Stir for 2 minutes till fragrant & light pink.

Add the white part of the spring onions, carrot & cabbage and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes.

Add the bell pepper and mushroom and cook for a 1-2 minutes more.

Add the soy sauce mixture and the onion greens and simmer for 1-2 minutes Stir in the cashews.

Serve hot over steamed rice.

December 26, 2009 at 7:00 am 8 comments

Vegetable Tagine with Harisa

This is a warm up to the 7-day recipe marathon initiated by Nupur, at One Hot Stove. Just making sure I haven’t forgotten writing posts!  Nupur has provided the much needed push for My Foodcourt and hope to reach the finish line, even though I shall be travelling.

Harisa Seasoning was not a very familiar spice to me till recently. My dear brother picked up some free samples for this from a trade fair in Berlin last month. Some Google research and I was tempted to use it immediately; Hit the bulls eye with this recipe for Vegetable Tagine with Harisa. Loved this recipe since I had all the ingredients that were required (a very rare coincidence!).

All the veggies used for this Tagine are in season now. I did not have the traditional ‘Tagine pot’ but slow cooked it on the stove top for the flavours to mingle and the result was a scrumptious spicy-sweet and tangy stew. Traditionally served with couscous, I served this with rice. As usual I tweaked the recipe a little bit to suit our taste.

Here’s the recipe:

Vegetable Tagine with Harisa

2 onions, sliced

½ tsp ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp sugar

3 tsp Harisa seasoning

a pinch of saffron (optional)

1 tsp cumin seeds (roasted and crushed)

1 cinnamon stick

1 bay leaf

250ml vegetable stock or water

3 ripe tomatoes, skinned and chopped

2 large carrots, cut into chunks

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 red pepper, seeded and cubed

1 yellow pepper, seeded and cubed

2 brinjals, cubed

400g chickpeas soaked overnight and cooked

1 tsp dry red chilli powder or pepper (optional)

Salt

2 tsp Oil

Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Heat the oil and fry the onion, ginger-garlic and sugar over a low heat until onions begin to caramelise.

Add harissa powder and spices and cook until fragrant.

Add the veggies, season with salt, Cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

Serve hot with couscous or rice.

December 17, 2009 at 4:39 pm 5 comments

Power Parathas- Veggie stuffed Spinach Parathas.

We had some guests last night for dinner; one of our family friend’s daughter is getting married. We celebrated her engagement earlier with Chaats.Now for the pre-wedding dinner (this is called ‘Kelvan’ in Marathi) I wanted to make something substantial yet different. Also there were two grandmothers coming, so I had to plan something accordingly.

This was the time I felt the need for a ‘Menu Planner’ website! You feed what you need;

Prewedding dinner+substantial+Something different+2 grandmothers and press Search!

And then automatically you get the planned Menu:

Veggie stuffed spinach parathas

Boondi Raita

Tricolored Penne pasta

Mushroom fried rice

Fruit Salad with Raspberyy Jelly and Custard

(Anytakers for such a website??)  

Yes that’s the spread that I cooked finally. It’s really a spread since it spans cuisines from many countries! Indian to Italian to Chinese. As you can see I did not follow any theme! But they loved it!J

I will post the recipes one–by-one as and when I can. __________________________________________________________ 

Veggie stuffed Spinach parathas recipe

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(You have to excuse the poor photos. I had to click them before the guests arrived and after slogging in the kitchen for the whole evening I was too tired to take extra efforts!)

For the cover:

1 bunch Spinach/Palak

~  2 ½ cups Wheat Flour

1 tsp green chilly paste

1 tsp cumene powder

1 tsp coriander powder

Salt to taste 

For the stuffing:

3/4th  cup cauliflower florets

3/4th  cup finely grated Carrots

3/4th  cup French beand finely chopped

3 Potatoes boiled, peeled and mashed

½ cup Paneer (cottage cheese) grated

Handful of fresh green coriander leaves finely chopped

2 tsp ginger-green chilly paste

Salt to taste 

Oil/butter for frying the parathas 

†For the cover:

† Clean and Wash the Spinach leaves thoroughly. Keep the stems as much as possible. Blanch the Spinach leaves; Bring about 2 cups of water to a boil. Add a pinch of sugar and little salt. Add the spinach leaves and cook uncovered for ~5-8 minutes. Strain the water (don’t discard the water) and immediately add the cooked spinach to cold water. This helps to retain the green color of the spinach. Alternatively you can blanch the spinach in the Microwave.Puree the blanched spinach.

†In a wide bowl add the wheat flour, spinach puree and all the ingredients for the cover.

†Knead into a soft lovely green dough ball. Add water if necessary.

†Divide the dough into lemon sized balls. Keep aside covered for ½ an hour. 

For the stuffing:

†I used Nupur’s tip for cooking potatoes in the microwave with excellent results! Specially if you want no moisture in the potatoes for parathas follow this simple method: Wash the potatoes and prick them all over with a fork.Microwave on the turn table for 3 minutes. Turn them and microwave for another 2-3 minutes.(The time required may vary) That’s it. Peel and mash the cooked potatoes.

†Cut the cauliflower florets finely or as I did spin them in the Food processor once to have really fine florets!

†I did the same with the French beans.

†In a non stick pan dry cook the cauliflower and beans. Try and remove moisture as far as possible.

†Add the carrots and cook for a few more minutes.

†Cook till the veggies become a little tender.

†Mix all the ingredients for the stuffing.

†Flatten the dough ball into small thin circle.Stuff with as much stuffing as you can.

†Bring together the cover from all the sides to the center, seal tightly and roll out into thin round discs, using wheat flour for dusting.

†Cook on a hot griddle/tava, using a little oil/butter, until both sides are golden brown.

†Repeat with the remaining dough and stuffing.

†Serve hot with Raita, Pickle or Chutney.

October 14, 2007 at 12:26 pm 18 comments

Panaki

Panaki or Panagi is a traditional recipe originating from the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Usually it is made with a sweet stuffing of jaggery and coconut.

This is my mom’s non-sweet version of the recipe.

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This savory Panaki is a Rice pancake steamed between turmeric leaves stuffed with some vegetables. (traditionally the sweet version is stuffed with coconut-jaggery)  The dominant flavour in this recipe is that of the turmeric leaves. If you can’t find turmeric leaves or if you don’t like its strong flavour you can use banana leaves.

This is entirely my mom’s recipe; in fact these photos are taken when she was actually teaching me how to make it.(the photos don’t do much justice to the recipe, since I was busy learning how to make it!) 

My Mom’s version of Panaki goes to JFI-Rice hosted by Sharmi of Neivedyam

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Panaki recipe

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2 cups Rice soaked in water for~ 2 ½ hrs

3 cucumbers peeled and chopped

10-12 fresh Turmeric leaves

Salt as per taste

Oil for greasing 

For the stuffing:

2 Carrots peeled and grated

~ ¾ th cup Moong Sprouts (You can use any vegetables of your choice ) 

Blend together the Rice and Cucumber pieces to a smooth paste to the Dosa batter like consistency. Cucumber gives a really cool flavour to the Panaki; you may skip the cucumber if you don’t like it.

Add salt and keep this covered overnight for fermentation.

Wash and dry the turmeric leaves.Grease them with little oil.

Spread the Rice batter evenly on each leaf using a ladle in the shape of the leaf.

Sprinkle the grated carrots and moong beans evenly on the leaf-shaped batter and fold the leaf into half.

Steam these Panakis in a steamer.(I use a stainless steel sieve on a pan with water) 

The Turmeric leaves change colour from green to a little blackish-green.

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Wait for 10 minutes after switching off the steamer and remove carefully each Panaki from its leaf and serve with Coconut chutney or Curds.panaki2.jpg

August 27, 2007 at 1:56 pm 19 comments

Spinach-Carrot soup and Stuffed Dinner Rolls

I love having different types of soups for dinner. Many times we have some soup teamed up with sandwiches or a pizza or a burger for dinner- a welcome change from our regular Daal-Chawal .

I am tempted to buy Fresh green spinach leaves (Palak) and fresh orange-red carrots every time I visit the market.

This time I cooked the two together to make this scrumptious Spinach- Carrot soup– a treat for all the Popeye’s in the world

We also had some very soft and fresh dinner rolls from our local bakery. I stuffed them with some potato-beetroot-mushroom filling (usually my choice of filling depends on the vegetables available in my fridge) to make these lovely looking appetizing stuffed rolls.

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Spinach Carrot soup recipe

For about 3-4 servings

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 1 bunch Spinach (Palak) –keep the stems as far as possible

2-3 carrots peeled and grated

1 onion skin removed and cut into half

1 large potato boiled (optional)

1 tsp butter/ margarine

½ tsp sugar

White/green pepper powder

Salt to taste 

Blanch spinach and onion together. Cool and blend in a food processor along with the boiled potato.(I add the boiled potato to give thickness to the soup.You can avoid adding the potato if you like and use cornflour to thicken the soup)

Heat butter/margarine in a pan.

Add grated carrots, sauté for a few seconds.

Pour the spinach puree over it.

Add water(used for blanching) to adjust the soup to the desired consistency. Boil for few minutes.

Add salt, sugar, pepper powder and boil one last time.

Serve hot with breadsticks or toasts or bread rolls.

You can garnish with some grated cheese when serving this soup to kids.

Note: To preserve the green colour of the spinach, don’t cover the pan while blanching. Boil for 10 minutes and immediately immerse the blanched leaves in cold water. (Don’t discard the water used to blanch the spinach.Use it for diluting the soup or for making dal or Roti dough)_________________________________________________________ 

Stuffed Dinner Rolls recipe

For 8-10 rolls 

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 8-10 Dinner Rolls

2 large potatoes boiled, peeled and grated

1 beetroot boiled, peeled and grated

7-8 button mushrooms cleaned and chopped

1 tomato chopped

1 onion finely chopped

2 tsp green Jalapeno sauce (readily available, you can use green chili sauce also)

3-4 greenchillies finely chopped

2 cheese cubes grated (optional)

~ 2 tbsp tomato ketchup

1 tsp butter 

Heat butter in a pan.

Add the chopped onion,green cillies and fry till translucent.

Add the mushroom and sauté till the water from the mushroom evaporates.

Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they become mushy.

Now add the grated potato and beetroot.

Add salt, mix nicely and remove from fire.

Mix in the tomato ketchup and grated cheese.

Cut the dinner rolls horizontally without cutting through.

Spread as much filling as you can evenly and grill for few minutes.

Serve hot.

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August 7, 2007 at 4:04 pm 14 comments

Coriander Soup

From incessant torrential downpour the Monsoon has shifted gear and we now have light showers. That must be sounding like a weather update to you J

The wet rainy weather is just perfect for a hot piping Coriander soup, which we had for dinner last night.

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Photographing soups is quite challenging for me J and you can see that the result doesn’t make justice to the Coriander soup…It is much more tempting and tastier than it looks in the photo!__________________________________________________________                                                            Coriander Soup recipe

Serves : 4-5

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½ cup carrots, peeled chopped and finely chopped

½ cup Cauliflower finely chopped

(Or veggies of your choice)

½ cup Paneer (cottage cheese) finely cubed

½ cup chopped coriander leaves (don’t discard the stems)

~ 6-7 cups water

1 tsp Black/White pepper powder

2 tsp White Vinegar

Salt as per taste

Boil water and add the chopped carrots and cauliflower.

Nicely wash and add the Coriander stems to the water.

Add salt.

Cover and cook till the veggies are almost done.

Remove the coriander stems.

Add the Paneer cubes and the chopped coriander leaves.

Boil for 2-3 minutes more.

Season with Pepper powder and white Vinegar.

Serve piping hot.

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Coriander soup and Spaghetti in mushroom tomato sauce -for our dinner last night

July 10, 2007 at 10:25 am 6 comments

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