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The ‘cartwheel’ that won me the first prize!- Ruote pasta and eggplant gratin

Ruote pasta is popularly known as Cartwheel pasta or Wagon wheel pasta owing to its shape. This Ruote pasta & Eggplant gratin is a scrumptious one pot meal which is sure to please everyone.

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Onion Magic

  “It’s probably illegal to make soups, stews and casseroles without plenty of onions.” -Maggie Waldron

 It’s hard to imagine my food without Onion and Garlic. The flavor of Onions and Garlic being sautéed in the ‘tadka’ is simply irresistible. Especially in the evenings nearing dinnertime, you go for a walk and you are sure to get this irresistible aroma from someone’s kitchen window. Both onions and Garlic add the required ‘zing’ to my food.

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Here’s a simple starter from Tarla Dalal. Very quick and easy to make; yummy to taste-family opinion. Baby onions (I used Madras onions) and mushrooms sautéed in butter and seasoned with Tabasco sauce and Oregano (I used the oregano seasoning you get with Dominos pizzas). This can be served as a starter or as a side dish. I served it as a side dish with Tomato- Basil Pasta.

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recipeOnion Mushroom with Oregano recipe as adapted from Tarla Dalal

 

Ingredients

  • 10 baby onions , peeled
  • 10 button mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt to taste

 Heat the butter in a saucepan and sauté the onions till they turn light brown.

Add the button mushrooms and cook for some time (till the excess water evaporates).

Finally add the Tobasco sauce, oregano and salt and mix well.

Serve hot with toothpicks pierced in each mushroom and onion.

 The original recipe recommends spring onions for garnishing. I did not have any on hand so I have not added.

Here’s some more Allium magic for Click: August 2009 (Allium).

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                                 Allium Magic

Thanks Jai and Bee for hosting Click.

August 25, 2009 at 2:11 pm 2 comments

Quick Roti Quesadilla

 A very simple way to use leftover Rotis and curries: This is a hit with my little one and he doesn’t even know he is eating beans, cauliflower, carrots!  

Left over Rotis are stuffed with vegetable mixed with soya sauce, tomato ketchup, sprinkled with cheese, drizzled with oil, toasted and cut into triangle like Quesadillas.

 The Idea for sealing the Roti edges comes from Nupur’s Aayis samosa. Thanks Nupur and your Aai for this brilliant idea.

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recipeRoti Quesadilla Recipe:

 Leftover Chapatis (you need them in pairs)

Butter as required

Grated Cheese

Chickpea Flour paste in water (for sealing the edges)

Oil

For the Filling:

Cooked mixed Vegetables of your choice (I have added carrots,   cabbage, capsicum, Green beans, onion and tomatoes)

Tomato Ketchup 2 tbsp

Soya Sauce 2 tsp

Ginger Garlic paste-1tsp

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  •  Heat 1 tsp oil/butter in a pan.
  • Add ginger garlic paste.
  • Add the cooked mixed vegetables. Fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add salt if not already added, tomato ketchup , soya sauce and mix well. Keep Aside.
  • Spread butter on one side of the Roti.
  • Add the vegetable filling and spread, leaving ½ inch space from the sides.
  • Sprinkle cheese.
  • Apply the Chickpea flour paste on the edge of the Roti.
  • Cover with another Roti (you can apply the Chickpea paste to the edges of the 2nd Roti too)
  • Press edges using a spoon or fork.
  • Heat a flat pan and drizzle some oil.
  • Cook the Rotis on both sides till golden brown.
  • Cut quarters of the Roti-Quesadilla using a pizza cutter.
  • Serve Hot.

   Thank you for visiting My FoodCourt ..Cheers

August 12, 2009 at 7:18 pm 4 comments

Farfalle with Lima Beans

I felt lost after posting recipes for all the blog events J What next? was the question.

To utilise a can of Lima beans, (I bought when I was searching for Fava Beans) last night I fixed us a quick pasta dinner- Farfalle with Lima Beans. BTW, Lima Beans are also called Pavta in Marathi (which I very well know). This I learned after some research on them; though what we get locally looks a bit different than the canned ones.

The buttery nutty flavour of the Lima beans complimented the soft beautiful Farfalle bows in a tangy tomato-mushroom sauce. This bean-bow combination will be often repeated in my house!  

I stumbled upon this blog just as I was to post the Farfalle with Lima beans recipe.

Regulars to my blog will already know I have become a slave to food blog events; how could I not send this recipe for the Presto Pasta Nights.Ruth this simple, quick Farfalle with Lima Beans is for your Pasta Night.

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Farfalle with Lima Beans recipe

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1 packet Farfalle (~ 3 cups uncooked farfalle)

1 Can Lima beans

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3 tbsp Tomato-Mushroom Spaghetti sauce (storebought)

3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup

1 large onion chopped

3-4 garlic cloves peeled and crushed

2 tsp chili flakes/chili powder/pepper powder- whatever you like

1 tsp Mixed herbs

3-4 tsp Oil/butter

Salt as per taste

Grated Cheese (any cheese) as much as you like 

Cook the Farfalle as per instructions till ‘Al dente’ or see ‘How to Cook Pasta’ here.

Heat Oil/butter in a pan.

Add the garlic and sauté for few seconds.

Add the onion and sauté till they turn translucent.

Drain the liquid from the canned beans and add them to the onions.

Mix in the cooked Farfalle.

Stir in the sauces and mix nicely, so that the sauce coats the Beans-Farfalle.

Add little water if required to make a thick sauce.

Season with chili flakes, salt and mixed herbs.

Add cheese and cook for 1-2 minutes more.

Serve hot with Garlic bread or any other bread or as it is. 

August 30, 2007 at 5:12 pm 9 comments

Monsoon Magic- Butterfly Sandwich

The only butterfly in this sandwich is the shape J

A hot grilled sandwich is an all time favourite in our house. I usually dress up some left over stir fries with white sauce- stuff it in between two slices of bread and grill it till crisp and you get Irresistible, yummy crisp sandwiches.

The stir fries which get this L look in the morning (usually for lunch) suddenly get this J look with the grilled sandwich.

Enjoy this hot grilled Butterfly sandwich with a cup of tea in the wet cozy rainy weather!

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Butterfly Sandwich recipe

For 4 sandwiches

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 8 Slices of sandwich bread

2-3 tsp Butter for the sandwich 

For the White Sauce:

2 tsp butter

1 tbsp all purpose flour (Maida)

2 cups milk

1 tsp freshly ground mustard powder

½ tsp white pepper powder

1 -2 tbsp Grated cheese (optional)

Salt to taste 

For the filling:

White sauce

1 ½ cups chopped sautéed mix vegetables (I have used Sweet corn, Purple cabbage, French beans, tomatoes) 

Mix the maida with the milk and remove lumps if any.

Heat butter in a pan.

Add the milk-maida to it. Let it boil for a few minutes and it starts thickening.

Add the other ingredients-mustard powder, pepper powder, cheese and salt. Mustard powder adds a nice zing to the sauce.

Cook for a few more minutes. (Adjust the proportion of maida depending on the consistency of the sauce required. I made this semiliquid-not too thick nor too thin.)

You can also first cook the Maida directly in the butter without blending it with the milk and then add the milk. I usually end up with lumps in my sauce that way so I prefer the first blending and then cooking method!

Add cooked/ sautéed vegetables to the white sauce. (Add some green chillies to the veggies while cooking to make it spicer.) Mix nicely till the white sauce coats the veggies.

Cool and divide into four portions

Spread some butter on one side on each bread slice.

Spread one portion of the filling on one slice of bread and top with another slice

Brush a little butter on the outer surface of the sandwich and Grill in a sandwich toaster till golden brown.

Repeat with remaining bread slices.

Cut as shown in the photo to make a butterfly sandwich J

August 17, 2007 at 5:15 pm 9 comments

Chocolate Samosa with Cappuccino cream

I happened to accidentally stumble on this recipe by Sanjeev Kapoor here while surfing the net.

I love chocolates and I had the ingredients in stock. I tried this recipe out of curiosity and it turned out to be something different and great. Frying the chocolate was something different!I halved the proportions in the original recipe for the samosa- i.e. the covering and the stuffing, since I was not sure how it would turn out to be. I made the Cappuccino sauce thicker than that mentioned in the original recipe. Also I tried 2-3 different shapes along with the triangular samosa shape. I found the karanji shape (half moon) shape easiest to make.

This is also my contribution to Nandita’s Weekend Breakfast Blogging-Christmas special WBB# 8

For the covering
Refined flour (maida) 1 cups
Ghee 1tbsp
Oil to deep fry
For stuffing
Dark chocolate 125 grams
Fresh cream ½  cup
For cappuccino cream sauce
Egg yolk 1
Sugar 5 tablespoons
Fresh cream 1 cup
Instant coffee powder 1 teaspoon
To serve
Pomegranate seeds to garnish

Sieve maida. Rub ghee into it and knead into a stiff dough using water as required. Keep covered with a damp cloth.
Mix grated chocolate and fresh cream and keep chilled in a refrigerator.

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                      Chocolate stuffing

Divide dough into eight equal sized portions and roll out into oval shapes. Cut into half, fold into a cone and fill with chocolate stuffing. Seal and refrigerate.At this point I made different shapes! Be careful and seal the edges properly.The chocolate may run out from the samosa while frying..it happened with my first samosa!

To make cappuccino sauce, whisk egg yolk with sugar till fluffy.
Pour fresh cream into a pan and heat it gently. As it begins to boil, stir it into the egg mixture. Pour this back into the pan and cook on low heat, stirring continuously.
Add instant coffee powder and continue to cook till sauce coats the back of the spoon. Remove from heat and strain. Let cool if required, place in freezer to chill completely.

 

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                     Cappuccino Cream
Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep fry samosas on medium heat till golden and crisp. Drain onto an absorbent paper.
Serve samosas with cappuccino cream sauce garnished with pomegranate seeds.

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CHOCOLATE SAMOSA WITH CAPPUCINO CREAM to celebrate the New Year!

Wish you all a very Happy and Healthy 2007 blossoming with smiles, sunshine and happiness!

January 1, 2007 at 1:58 pm 4 comments

From China Town

    A couple of years back I visited Sydney, Australia. Just after 2-3 days of having sandwiches and fruits for lunch/dinner I craved for Indian food. We discovered a place called China Town during one of our expeditions for food! I was all excited to have Chinese food -something to remind me of food at home! The menu boasted of a range of Chinese dishes. We ordered for some Rice and some Noodles. To my utter disappointment the rice and noodles were nothing like the ones we have at home…here in India.The Chinese food served in India is more of a Indo-Chinese fusion.Basic Chinese recipes altered to suit the Indian palette,with lots of garlic and chillies and sauces!I am not complaining, I prefer it that way.I am a great fan of this Indo-Chinese food.Here’s my favourite Veg Fried Rice and Veg Hot and Sour …Indi style..my style

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For the Veg Fried Rice you need:

1 cup rice, cooked

2 cups finely chopped vegetables (Carrots, French Beans, Green Capsicums, fresh button Mushrooms, fresh green spring onions)

3-4 garlic cloves finely chopped

½ tsp ginger grated

2 tsp green chilly sauce

2 tsp Soya Sauce

¼  tsp white/black pepper powder

A pinch of Ajinomoto (Mono Sodium Glutamate) -optional

2 tsp oil for cooking

Salt as per required  Heat oil in a wok. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 min.Add the ginger and then add the spring onion whites. Sauté for a few minutes on high flame. Then add the carrots and French beans and cook for a few minutes till the carrots and beans become a little soft.Add the green capsicum, Mushrooms and spring onion greens.Cook for a few minutes.Now add some Chinese green chilly sauce, soy sauce, ajinomoto and some salt .Adjust the salt depending on the soy sauce and ajinomoto added. Add the cooked rice mix and cook for few minutes more on high flame.Serve hot.

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For Veg Hot and sour you need:

1 small cabbage diced. 2 Carrots sliced (in thin rounds)

1 medium sized green Capsicum cut into thin strips

2-3 sprigs green onions (bulbs as well as greens)

½ tsp ginger grated

2 tsp green chilly sauce

2 tsp Soya Sauce

1 tbsp hot and sweet tomato sauce (or just add some red chilli powder to tomato ketchup)

2 tsp cornflour

½ cup water

¼ tsp white/black pepper powder

¼ tsp sugar

Salt as per taste.

2 tsp oil

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Heat oil in a wok. Add the ginger and chopped onions (white part).Sauté for few minutes.Add the carrots and then add the cabbage.Cook for a few minutes then add the capsicum.When the veggies are just cooked add the sauces, salt and sugar.Add some water to the veggies.In a small bowl mix the cornflour with little water.Add it to the veggies and mix nicely.Cook till the gravy becomes little thick and saucy.Sprinkle pepper powder. Serve hot with Veg Fried Rice.

September 21, 2006 at 10:09 pm 3 comments


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