Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sing bateta ni Khichdi (Peanut and Potato Khichdi) - Fasting dish

With the month of Shravan coming near, foodies will start looking for faral or fast recipes. This is one such easy preparation. It takes minutes to make and it is tasty, nutritious and filling. It is also one of my grandmothers favorite 'fast' recipes and since she fasted often this recipe is certainly tried and tested. My grandmother often used red chili powder in the recipe as well - I use green chilies this time, you can use either according to taste. Another variation in this is crushing the peanuts after dry roasting them. Since it is made to be eaten while fasting, use only peanut oil and avoid oils made from corn etc. The practice at my home is to use fresh oil and salt bought for cooking only during days of the fast. This dish carries well in the tiffin and pairs well with a side of yogurt. Hope you all make and enjoy this fast food. 

PS: Sorry for the long break in posting. I was visiting my parents in Mumbai and the combination of rains, moms home cooked meals and vada pavs kept me away from blogging. I hope to get back into rhythm quickly and post regularly.

Ingredients:

3 large potatoes
1/2 cup peanuts, dry roasted and deskinned
1 teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)
1 inch knob of ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon peanut oil
2 green chilies, chopped
Salt

Wash, peel and chop the potatoes into 7-8 mm cubes / rectangles(1/3 inch). Try to keep them of uniform size so they cook at the same time. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and when it heats up, add the jeera. When it crackles, add the chilies, ginger and potatoes. Stir to coat all the potatoes with the jeera and oil and cook them on low- medium heat until the potatoes are cooked. Cover the vessel while cooking as the steam cooks the potatoes faster. Stir halfway thru the cooking process. Add salt according to taste and stir well to evenly distribute the salt in the dish. Remove from heat and serve.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Pesto Tomato Pizza

Here is another recipe where the walnut pesto I made a couple of days ago is used. Adding pesto to pizza makes it taste very fresh and light. Top it with light mozzarella and some tomato slices. Try and cover all the pesto with cheese as it will darken in the exposed areas in the oven. 

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons pesto
1/3 cup light mozzarella shredded
1 pizza base (half portion from this recipe)
1 medium tomato sliced

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Take the pizza dough from its resting place and knead it again for a couple of minutes till it has deflated and is nice and stretchy. Make a round base by pressing the dough outward. Stretch to make a thin round base. Place the pesto on the base. I spread it almost to the edge. Next place the tomatoes on top. Spread the shredded mozzarella. Bake for about 20 minutes till the cheese has melted and the edges are crispy. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I am back and with a review in the near future...

I had been travelling for the last two weeks and hence no posts. I am back now and have some exciting posts coming up. Also CSN contacted me to do a review and I will be posting that in the coming days. 
As you move into a bigger home, you need to buy a lot more things for the new home. So where do you go to buy a variety of items in all different categories? CSN Stores is the place to go! CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from cookware to toys to specific needs such as dining room sets and bedding! 
I love CSN and I'm so excited that I get to do a review with them. So stay tuned for a CSN review in the future, who knows what I will pick!
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