Posted by – March 31, 2013
Whip up these Sides
Peanut butter and jelly. White wine with fish and poultry. Red wine with beef. These are some famous combinations. Pairing side dishes with your main dish may be tricky but let me show you some recipes that can go with almost anything. Side dishes are as important as they complement your main dish. So let me share to you two simple and very easy to make side dishes that can be done in no time. Have I mentioned that they are also healthy and absolutely delicious? You can easily find these ingredients at their freshest from your nearest grocer.
Let’s start with my version of spiced mashed potatoes. We can use instant mashed potatoes as a substitute if you don’t have time to peel the potatoes. We’re going to need: instant mashed potatoes like Smash, one small onion, thinly sliced, 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds, half teaspoon of crushed chili flakes, 2 cloves of garlic, minced, and a 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced. While waiting for your potatoes to boil, you can play Partypoker online, and if you’re new to poker it’s really easy to get started. The easy How to Play Guide will teach you the poker basics and lets you ease your way through the game. Hitting the jackpot is really easy with this sophisticated yet easy to use software platform in the same way this spiced mashed potatoes recipe is a sure winner with all your family and guests. Heat the oil to high and fry the onions until crispy brown and fried, stirring often. Remove onions when it’s done. Reduce the flame to medium, and leave the oil in the pan. Add both cumin and mustard seeds. When they start to pop, add the chili flakes and stir for 1 minute. Add the garlic and ginger together and stir a bit until it becomes fragrant. Put everything onto the mashed potatoes and stir in with crispy fried onion bits. Immediately serve.
Let’s go on to the lighter side of things. Since our potatoes are a bit on the heavy side, a light, refreshing salad is in order. This will be the easiest salad you will ever make, like playing online at Partypoker.The easy to use gaming interface is one of the best in the web. There are also plenty of tournaments you can join and win loads of huge prizes. Back to the meal now: dice three cucumbers, toss with a low fat yogurt like Yeo Valley, lemon juice, cumin and mint. Adjust to taste. These versatile side dishes sure can go with any main dish you whip up. The easiest side dishes can be both healthy and delicious, just follow these simple recipes.
Posted by – March 10, 2012
Love, biochemically no different than consuming large quantities of chocolate.
A friend shared a Nigella Lawson recipe in which she created chocolate bars out of chocolate bars. I was impressed. I loved Picnic from Cadbury which had peanuts & puffed rice. Nigella used classic salted peanuts and honeycomb chocolates in her recipe. I decided to make my own picnic bars. My first attempt was very simple.
You will need
- A bar of Rich Cocoa Bournville or similar dark chocolate. We need dark chocolate bar. Nothing else.
- Plain unsalted cooking butter, I used Amul butter which is actually salted. For 100 grams of chocolate I used 25grams of butter.
- Classic salted peanuts
All these are easily available. Now the steps. Melt chocolate with butter. Chocolate is melted in a double boiler. I simply microwave-d mine in a glass tray which I use for baking cakes. Double boiler isn’t a highly sophisticated boiler. Boil water in a pan. In this pan place another steel bowl. You have your double boiler. Melt butter and chocolate in this steel bowl. Just melt, do not boil. Add peanuts. Mix well. Make sure peanuts are evenly distributed in the mixture. Pour this on a flat aluminium foil sheet or some other wide flat and shallow utensil like a tray. You can also use silicon moulds. Put it in fridge for 20-30 minutes. Let the chocolate set. If you set your chocolate in a tray you will have a “thick sheet”of chocolate which you can cut into desired shapes. Now what can go wrong in all this. Nothing other than the chocolate bar you just made will melt down in your hands at room temperature. What did you miss? Tempering.
Chocolate is tough thing to handle in kitchen. It just melts. You have to temper it. People own patents on tampering chocolate. I have seen in a Eric Lanlard’s TV show a chef used water to temper chocolate. Tempering chocolate makes it stay solid at room temperature. Chocolates with high melting temperature of 55° C is also available not in India though.
So how do to temper your chocolate so that it can withstand room temperature or body temperature?
I know of two methods, one I saw on Eric Lanlard’s show. That involved using water and then flipping molten chocolate on a stone slab. Amateurs like me can’t do this. 2nd is a very simple technique. Tempering is nothing more than actually creating a good crystal structure. So you can use a crystal as a seed to grow a crystal structure. More science theory here. The actual work. When you are done with mixing peanuts in your molten chocolate do not take it off from double boiler. Keep it on boiler. Snap out a finger of chocolate from Bournville bar you have. Start reducing the temperature slowly. The “finger” actually acts as a seed crystal and helps in setting up a structure. Though this process is not good as patented or industrial process of tempering chocolate but still works well.
My first attempt at making bars was very simple and was moderately successful. Bars melted at 36° C. In 2nd attempt, I reduced the amount of butter I used, added raisins, almonds and roasted pistachios. I loved the bars I made. Adding raisins was a good idea. In my next attempt I will be adding puffed rice.
Posted by – October 2, 2011
Necessity is the mother of invention. Though creationist may attribute everything to God. I just invented a plain jane way to make Sabudana Tikki or Tapioca Patty. The patty I made is kosher for Hindus observing Navratri fast and with some experiments and changes can be made non kosher. Without going deep into why what why not that lets get into how to make this simple thing.
For Kosher patty you will need:
- Tapioca, soaked for at least 2 hours, mandatory, half a cup
- Boiled or microwaved potatoes, mandatory, proportionate to tapioca
- Salt and Chilli pepper to taste, mandatory
- Kuttu flour or Buckwheat flour, mandatory, this will be the binder.
- Sliced Green Chillies, optional
- Kosher Oil or Ghee also known as clarified butter for deep frying
- Strain tapioca or sabudana and make sure its neither dry or contains too much of water. I usually soak tapioca/sabudana over night and then just before I start cooking it I will put the soaked tapioca in a flour sifter.
- Mash the boiled potatoes, add tapioca/sabudana and mash further so that everything is “in sync”.
- Add green chillies.
- Add the flour, I added hardly a tablespoon of flour in 250 grams of the mixture I made above. Try to knead it into a dough shape.
- Add salt and chilli and knead again.
- Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.
- Take a small portion of dough, give it a small patty like shape.
- Deep fry and make sure you do not burn neither your fingers nor the patties.
- Enjoy with ketchup.
I added raisins while kneading the dough. Don’t know why and later realised when I will be deep frying these patties I will be essentially burning those raisins.
For a non kosher version you can use fine wheat flour and experiment with spices. Also, adding lime juice while kneading the mixture can add some tinge.
Posted by – August 14, 2011
Posted by – August 10, 2011
Its more than a week and half I quit facebook. I have lot more time to spend on other things. It felt easy for me. I revoked the dedicated tab status for facebook. Dedicated tab for Facebook meant that I had it opened all the time. Only Facebook and stackoverflow had these status. iGoogle is also seeking this status as Google Toolbar doesn’t work in FF5. So next day I sneaked few times on to Facebook but didn’t comment on anything. Next day the sneaking was less. And now its hardly once if I really feel bored. All said and done, I was hyperactive on Facebook. I could rant on facebook. So I missed being able to rant. But then I found the solution. I will be ranting on my blog that has seen very less activity in last 2-3 years. So if some one wants to rant against me, come to my blog. Old school conversations on blog. I will share this post on Facebook as an announcement. I hope to get some traffic and then make some money out of that traffic Money!!!