September 13, 2012

Tomato Fried Rice-:Variant of Tomato Rice

Long  grain/Basmati Rice- 2 cup
Tomato - 1 cup Sliced thin 
Onion - 1 large sliced thin
Green chillies - 2-3 split
Garlic - 2-3 cloves crushed
Black Pepper Powder-1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup chopped
Red Chilly Powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds
Cooking Oil
1. Cook the rice with salt according to the package directions. Fluff using a fork and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a wide pan or wok, and splutter mustard seeds,add crushed garlic,split green chillies,and curry leaves and saute for a minute.
3. Now add thinly sliced onion and saute until soft,and then add sliced tomato and saute until it becomes soft and mushy.
4. Add all the powders and saute until its raw smell goes. Now add chopped coriander leaves and mix well
5. Add and mix the cooked rice well with the above masala. Adjust salt.Remove from heat and serve hot with pickle,curd or papad.:)

September 10, 2012

Caramel Pudding / Flan

Milk - 2 cup
Eggs - 3
Sugar - 1/2 - 3/4 cup + 4 tbsp
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Water - 1/8 cup
1. Add 1/8 cup water and 4 tbsp sugar to a thick bottomed vessel.Heat this pan and allow the sugar to melt and caramelize.Do not stir,only shake/swirl the vessel.After 8-10 minutes the liquid starts bubbling and turns brown color.
2. When it turns golden brown in color,remove from heat and pour it into the ramekin(or any oven safe /heat withstanding small bowl)
Swirl it to spread the caramel syrup evenly on the bottom of the bowls/ramekins
3. Whisk together egg and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in vanilla essence and milk. Beat and mix well.Pour this over the caramel syrup in ramekin/bowls.It will harden in seconds
4. Cover it with foil paper -optional
5. Boil water in a wide and deep vessel and keep the ramekins/bowls in it(fill the water upto 1/2+ level of ramekin-do not allow boiling water to seep into the bowl) .Cover with lid and cook for 20 minutes.Take out.
Place the ramekins in an oven safe pan ,partially filled with water.Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 F until the center is firm but wobbly
6. Keep it in refrigerator for 2 hrs or until the time of serving.
7. To take it out from the ramekin,run a knife along the sides of the ramekin,and place a dessert plate upside down over the ramekin. Now holding tightly,invert the ramekin and plate together.Lift the ramekin slowly,slightly shaking to loosen the pudding. Caramel syrup will run down the sides.

September 5, 2012

Chilly Chicken-Dry

Boneless chicken - 1 lbs/500 gm,cleaned and cubed
Onion - 1 big,cubed
Capsicum/Green bell pepper - 1/2,cubed
Corn flour - 3 tbsp
Chilly powder - 2 tbsp I used Kashmiri chilly powder)
Green Chillies -3 split
Pepper powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Ginger - 1 tsp crushed
Garlic - 1 tsp crushed
Coriander leaves/Cilantro - 1/4 cup chopped
Tomato Sauce -2 tbsp
Soya sauce - 1 tsp
Cooking Oil
1. Mix 2 1/2 tbsp of corn flour,Chilly powder,turmeric powder and salt together with very little water to make a smooth paste.Marinate the chicken pieces with this and keep it for 30-45 minutes.
2. Heat oil in a deep pan and deep fry the chicken pieces and drain them into paper towel
3. Heat oil in a saute pan,add crushed ginger garlic and split green chillies.Saute for a minute then add cubed onion,bell pepper and saute.
4. When they are soft, add pepper powder and salt.
5. Mix 1/2 tbsp of corn flour,tomato sauce,and soya sauce together. Add this to the onion and saute well. Now add the chopped coriander leaves.
6. Add the fried chicken pieces and mix well with the onion -bell pepper.When everything is mixed well and dried enough switch off the stove 
Serve hot with Fried Rice,Chappathi,Veg Biriyani,Porotta etc..