Showing posts with label Cooking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cooking. Show all posts

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Samosa or Veggie pasties

Total Time

Prep Time:
Cook Time:

1 hr 30 mins
1 hr 


  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Cinnamon Stick – 1 inch piece
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Whole Cloves – 2
  • Onion – 1 large, finely chopped
  • Ginger – 2 tsp, minced
  • Garlic – 2 tsp, minced
  • Green Chilies – finely chopped
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – to taste
  • Salt – to taste
  • Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
  • Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
  • Ground (Minced) Meat – 250gm or +Vegetables of your interest (Carrot,Beans,cabbage,beetroot,peas)
  • Frozen Green Peas – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 1/2 cup or little more
  • Cilantro – finely chopped for garnishing
  • Potato-2
  • Oil for frying
  • Maida / White Flour

For Masala Mix,

1. Add Bay Leaf, Cinnamon Stick, Black Cardamom, Green Cardamom and Whole Cloves. Stir for 30 seconds in 2 tbs oil.
2. Add Onions and a little salt, mix well, cover and cook for about 15 minutes stirring frequently.
3. Add Ginger and Garlic, mix well and cook uncovered for another 5 minutes until Onions turn brown and oil starts to separate from the mixture.
4. Add Green Chilies and mix well, cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Be sure to stir a few times in between.
5. Remove cover and continue to cook until oil starts to separate from the mixture again.
6. Add Red Chili Powder, Turmeric Powder, Coriander Powder and Cumin Powder. Mix well and switch off stove.

So our masala mix is ready now :)

In Pressure cooker,

1. First chop the potatoes and cook for two whistle with minimum water, little salt and turmeric. After 2 whistles remove pressure cooker from heat and allow the pressure to go down before opening the lid.Drain the water and smash the potatoes.

2. Next add the chopped meat in the cooker and cook for two whistle. (Add little water to the cooker, as more water will be coming from the meat). After 2 whistles remove pressure cooker from heat and allow the pressure to go down before opening the lid.Drain the water mince the meat in mixi for 2 min.

Add the smashed potatoes and minced meat to masala mix to a pan and g
arnish with fresh Cilantro.   

To make Crust: 
Whisk together plain flour / maida and salt in bowl. Stir in oil until clumps form. Add 6 to 10 Tbs. cold water, 1 Tbs. at a time, until dough holds together. Shape into ball, cover with damp towel, and set aside for 20 mins. Roll out Crust dough to 11-inch circle on floured work surface. 
I used the dumpling mould dough to make the samosa (see pics in right- Fresh).
Heat Oil in a medium non-stick pan on medium heat
Deep fry the samosas on low to medium heat until light brown.
Serve with tomato sauce or any chutney you love.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kovakka Ulathiyath /Ivy Goud Stir fry

One more entry to my cooking recipe. a vegetable stir fry,

  • Kovakka (Ivy Gourd) - 250gm
  • Green chili -2
  • Garlic Chopped -1
  • Turmeric Powder - a pinch
  • Curry Leaves -3-4 
  • Small Onions -3
  • Mustard Seeds - 1tsp
  • Oil -2 spoon
  • Salt to taste.
  1. Clean and slice as above.
  2. Heat Oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
  3. Add chopped onion and curry leaves and fry for a minute.
  4. Add chopped kovakka , chilli’s, garlic and turmeric powder mix and toss it well.
  5. Sprinkle 2/3 tsp of water, cover the pan with lid and cook for 6/7 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid and stir fry for another 3/4 minutes.
  7. Remove and serve warm with roti /rice.
Health benefits  of this vegetable include,

  1. Improved bowel movements of the body due to existence of vitamin A and beta carotene in vegetable.
  2. Liver enzyme in vegetable controls the blood sugar level in a natural way.
  3. Development of general structure of body due to increased Vitamin A,C, B1 and B2 in vegetable
  4. It is used as a  medicine to cure asthma, bronchitis,jaundice.
  5. Ability of detoxification acts ideal in cleaning our blood also.
So choice is your try this dish :)


Monday, August 4, 2014

Onion Bhaji

Serves 1
Cooking Time : 30min
Vegetarian Recipe


•          50g gram flour/Maida
•          20g rice flour/Corn Flour
•          ½ tsp turmeric
•          1 tsp cumin seeds,
•          1 tsp medium Chili powder
•          Fresh /Dried Coriander
•          Asafoetida Powder/Kayam a pinch
•          Salt a pinch
•          One big Onion
•          One small potato
•          Water to make batter
•          Oil, to cook

Method of Cooking

In a bowl, mix all the batter ingredients together except oil and make a thick batter with water.  Batter should not be too watery. It should be medium thick. Add sliced onions, chopped potatoes and mix well. Keep aside this batter for 15 minutes.

Heat oil in a frying pan. Drop teaspoons of the batter (3/4 portions depending upon the size of pan) and fry till
golden color on both the sides.

Drain and place on kitchen towel to absorb excess oil.

Serve hot as an evening snack with Tomato ketchup or Mint chutney.

Enjoy #Onion Bhaji /  #Ulli Bhaji /  #Onion Pakoras / #Onion Fritters

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Carrot lemonade

Prep time
45 mins
Total time 
45 mins

Serves: 3 cups
  • 1KG carrots, cut into chunks
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup ice (optional)
  1. In a pan /pressure cooker boil the carrots in the water and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the carrots and let cool. Save the water.
  3. Once cooled add the carrots, and lemon juice and sugar to your high powered blender/mixi and blend until smooth. Add about ½ to 1 cup of the water.
  4. Blend.
  5. Add ice
  6. Blend
This post and contents belong to mum, she gave me this drink in my last holidays and it was really good and continued to make it back in UK on weekends , basically it is my saturday alternative for evening tea if I am at home. With the hope of you will also try this I am sharing her recipe.
Please consider drinking carrot juice which gives the body Vitamin A, B Vitamins, Vitamin E and many minerals. It is  good for  prenatal health, eyesight, bones and teeth, liver and nails, skin and hair as well as helping in cancer prevention.
Carrot juice reduce the risks of many different types of cancer including skin and breast cancer. The cancer-fighting properties of carrot juice are often thought to be excellent due to the high amounts of beta carotene. Beta carotene changes to Vitamin A in the body. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Herbal Tea

Tea is commonly called as Chai / Masala Chai. Tea is one of my addiction in life, and I need at least 2 cups for my soul to be happy.Tea is the refreshing drink taken in the morning and when tired or stressed out.

I start my day with herbal tea and if I don't drink a cup of tea then for sure my day will be lost with headache. I can bet that most Indians have tea in the morning and most of us use herbs it to make it more healthy.

I am typing this blog post from my flat on May 26th 2014 one of the bank holidays in UK and it is called spring bank holiday. But the weather over here in UK is like Indian monsoon, is raining non stop for past 12 hours now. It is nice to see rain through window but rains pulls out the laziness out of your body.

I personally dont like Dip tea if I am at home and I make Indian Herbal tea. I wonder I have it everyday what took me so long to share this Indian Tea recipe with all of you. The herbal teas consists of simple herbs, which you can grow in your backyard. The aroma and taste of this Indian Herbal tea is awesome do try this.

The kind of herbs one can add in a herbal tea depends upon their medicinal value as some of the herbs like ginger, cloves will produce a lot of heat in the body whereas some herbs like mint, tulsi (holy basil), rose petals are cooling. on a cold climate you can have the tea hot. 

The herbs which I used for my herbal tea :

1. Ginger (sliced/grated)
2. Two  cardamom
3. Cinnamon powder (sometimes)

If you don't herbs in hand I would suggest  Tesco Finest Fragrant and Spicy  Tea it has same same effect. Try out local brands of spicy tea.

If you add Ginger to your tea it relieves nausea, combats motion sickness, inflammation, helps digestive processes, limits flatulence and minimizes symptoms of common cold, allergies and other respiratory conditions.


  • Do not remove the peel of cardamoms as they impart good flavor and have lots of medicinal values.
  • Never add cold milk and then heat the tea it spoils the taste of tea.
  • Correct practice is adding milk to tea not tea to milk this way the amount milk can be regulated without spoiling the taste of tea.
  • To get the complete flavor of herbs and spices boil the water for at least 5 min.
  • Lastly don’t forget to add some love while making this tea.

There are many other varieties of herbal teas hope below pic helps you to try out the different herbal teas.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausages & Grilled Vegetables

It is lent season so experiments are progressing in vegetables and new spices 
The possibilities for this dish are limited only by what you've got fresh on hand, so don't hold back—add other summer vegetables, like peppers, eggplant, asparagus or sweet onions.

Cook Time :20 min

Serves :1


Vegetables I Used:

1 Onion
2 Pickled pepper
5 Beans

Spices Used:

2 Table Spoon(tsp) Oil
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper Powder
1/2 tsp Basil 
1 tsp Lemon Juice

Main Ingredient:

Linda McCartney Foods - Vegetarian Sausages - 2 No's

Method :
  • Heat up 2 tsp oil in a flat vessel , add Linda McCartney Foods - Vegetarian Sausages
  • When it turns golden brown
  • Add sliced onion, salt, basil, pepper and cook till it becomes soft.
  • Mean while grill vegetables, I used #George Foreman Grill for by beans and peppers
  • Grill vegetables uncovered over medium heat for 6 to 8 mins 
  • Serve hot with Linda McCartney Foods - Vegetarian Sausages after sprinkling lemon.

Please try yourself and let me know feed back in your time.

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients please refrain from using it. 

Signing off..

Pic Courtesy: Iphone 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Spicy Cabbage Masala

Hi Guys and Girls,

Yet another attempt in Kitchen Lab, this time also victim is 'Self'. It is called Spicy Cabbage Massala, it turned out to be well so sharing it with recipe.This is my first recipe post in my blog so please do add comments so I can be better in my next post and in kitchen too.
Spicy Cabbage Masala


Vegetables Used:

1 Tomato chopped
1/2 Cabbage shredded
1/2 Cup Coriander leaves(Optional)
1/2 Cup Green Peas(Optional)
1/2 Cup Chopped Mushrooms(Optional)

Spices Used:

3 Table Spoon(tsp) Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds/ Fenugreek
1 tsp Cumin seeds (Optional)
4/5 Curry Leaves
Pinch of Hing / Asafoetida
5 to 6 cloves of Garlic/ Paste
1 Onion sliced
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Coriander powder

Method :
  • Heat up 3 tsp oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing, curry leaves, garlic and cook garlic till it changes its color.
  • Add sliced onion and cook till it becomes soft.
  • Add turmeric powder, garam masala, red chilli powder, coriander powder, mix and cook for 2 mins.
  • Add tomatoes, mix, cover and cook till tomatoes get soft.
  • Add sliced cabbage, mix, salt to taste, cover and cook till cabbage gets tender.
  • Add Green peas mushrooms and other vegetables you  choose and cook for another 5 min.
  • If you need a liquid curry in dilute form add milk/ curd and switch off the cooking hob.
  • Serve hot with chapati, fulka or rice!
Please try yourself and let me know feed back in your time.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients please refrain from using it. 

Spring started here in UK and new vegetables are also in farmers market so expect more recipes in coming weeks. Until then take care Guys

Signing off..

Pic Courtesy: Iphone 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sponge cake

I was not feeling well this weekend because of cold and fever (Winter started in UK), is on antibiotics , but when I had a word with my friend Sarita she tempted me with her photos to cook something very special outside my dinner plan. 
I had recently bought an oven but didn't use its conventional features. I kept doing the regular stuff, heating my food. Sarita introduced me to her Prestige OTC, and I was convinced that Russell Hobs Oven  I am having is also good for cake making.So started searching for ingredients,

Egg, Flour, Sugar,Butter,Vanila and finally little patience..... Recipe is here
I didn't have silicon bakeware at home, so used the pizza tray I got along with the oven, 
Hope it will be an inspiration for some one too 

And my sponge cake is here ,

Friday, October 11, 2013

Chicken Tikka

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes+ marinating time
  • Cooking time: 9-10 minutes
  • Serves: 4

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 250 ml hung yoghurt
  • 3/4tsp toasted cumin seeds
  • 1tbsp garlic paste
  • 1tbsp ginger paste
  • 1tbsp mustard oil
  • 2tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1tsp salt
  • ¾tsp ground turmeric
  • ½tsp garam masala
  • ½tsp black pepper
  • 2 green chillies

  • Handful chopped coriander
  • 450g skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into3.5cm cubes
  • Oil to baste

Recipe Method: 

Whisk the yogurt. Puree all the ingredients, except chicken and yogurt, in a blender to make a fine smooth paste. Put chicken in a large bowl.  Add yogurt and spice mixture. Rub the marinade well on the chicken pieces and marinate for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator.

Divide chicken among skewers leaving 1 cm space between cubes. Arrange skewers suspended across a grill. Grill chicken about 4 inches from heat, turning regularly, until browned in spots and just cooked through (9 to 12 minutes).  Baste with oil at intervals to retain the juiciness of the chicken.

Remove from fire and serve hot with onion rings, lemon wedges and a fresh green salad of your choice.