Archive for May, 2016

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Being mother is hard, fun, challenging and life changing. Each day you learn so many things from your child, from the circumstances, etc., you hardly get time to enjoy yourself by having your own personal time. When things are tough, you have to find alternate ways of keeping yourself busy and overcome unwanted / unpleasant situations. Luckily, there is food to the rescue. I eat or make food when I feel sad, overwhelmed, exhausted, happy, etc. Creating something new and healthy gives inner satisfaction to my soul. Sometimes they do not turn out as I wanted (and I get mad) but slowly I start analyzing positives and learn from mistakes.

Coming back to this post, it’s one of the most delicious dishes and can be made in a jiffy. This recipe makes good use of the leftover rice (brown or white) which otherwise might be sitting idle in refrigerator. I always like fresh ingredients hence using fresh corn in this recipe will make it taste even better. The patties can form base for many dishes like burgers, wraps, sandwiches, subs etc. I have used them in the form of a wrap and it becomes the wholesome dinner/lunch OR can be enjoyed as snacks with a hot cup of tea.  You can even add grilled shredded chicken or scrambled egg to make it more hearty and meaty. The combination is endless so get your creative mind rolling and try it on. It also works well with picky toddlers/kids who likes specific type of food.

Ingredients :-

For Corn Rice Patties/Cakes:-

Fresh boiled corn/Canned corn kernels 1 and 1/2 cup 
Oil 4 tablespoons
Onions, chopped 2 medium
Cilantro, finely chopped 2-3 tablespoon
White/Brown rice, boiled 1 and 1/2 cup
Potatoes, peeled and boiled 2 medium
Salt to taste
Green chillies, finely chopped 2
Crushed red chillies 1/2 teaspoon
Fresh bread crumbs 1 cup

For Wrap/Roti

Whole wheat flour 1 cup 
Oil 1 tablespoon
Salt a pinch

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Method :-

  • If you are using fresh corns take out the kernel and boil it until soft. Discard the extra water.
  • Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a nonstick pan. Add onions and saute it until onion turns light brown.
  • Add the corn kernels and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Take out the onion corn mixture in a bowl.
  • Add rice, mashed potatoes,salt, green chilies, crushed red chilies, cilantro leaves and mix well mashing the contents slightly.
  • Add the fresh breadcrumbs and mix well. Keep the mixture aside for 10-15 minutes.
  • Heat 2 tablespoon oil in another non stick pan. Divide the mixture into equal parts and make oval or round shape patties/cakes out of it.
  • Place the patties on the second pan and cook each side till both sides are equally golden.
  • Serve hot with any sauce, salsa or tomato ketchup. 
  • For oven spread the patties in a baking sheet and spray a little oil over them.Then cook them in a preheated oven of 350 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes.
  • If you want charred effect broil it both sides for 2 minutes each.

For wraps :-

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and knead into a soft dough using enough water. Keep aside.
  • Divide the dough into four equal portions and roll out each portion into a round circle approx of 8 inch diameter using a little flour.
  • Heat a non-stick griddle and lightly cook the rotis/wraps on both the sides. Keep aside.

Assembling :-

  • Cut julienne of a medium onion.
  • Just before serving warm a roti on griddle.
  • Place the roti/wrap on a clean, dry surface and spread one teaspoon of green chutney, ketchup or any of your favorite sauce or salsa on the wrap/roti.
  •  Arrange 2 patties/cakes in a row in the center of the roti/wrap
  • Spread some onion julienne over the patties.
  • Roll the wrap tightly and serve it hot.

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Notes :-

  • Instead of rotis you can try this rolls with soft tacos.
  • You can even deep fry the patties/cakes.
  • Amount of chillies can be increased or decreased according to your taste. 
  • If you like the taste of mint leaves you can add some of it in patties.
  • Here I have used yogurt sauce for the rolls. If you want you can follow the recipe for yogurt sauce here Falafel – The Healthy Way
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While browsing through the food pictures from last year, I came across above picture and thought to post it on the blog. Its not one of the best pictures I clicked but I did not get time to bake this cake again for new pictures. There are too many dishes to experiment with and hence most of the times I am not able to re-create my old recipes. I love this cake for its sweet and tangy taste. The sweetness comes from blueberry and tangy taste comes from fresh squeezed orange juice. In the picture you can see how hastily I cut the cake before it cooled down. I am just like that – impatient. I couldn’t wait for the cake to cool down to have a good slice as I wanted to taste it so badly. That will be my advice and tip for any cake – make sure that the cake is not hot/warm and is cooled before cutting the slice from it. You will get the best slice of cake if kept in freeze for at least one hour.You can relish this cake with a cup of milk, coffee or tea. This cake can be a prefect gift to someone you love, someone special like mom as mother’s day is nearby. 

Ingredients :-

All purpose flour 1 and 1/2 cup minus 3 tablespoon
Blueberries 1 cup
Orange juice 1/2 cup
Orange zest 1 tablespoon
Sugar 1 cup
Baking powder 1 and 1/2 teaspoon
Baking soda 1/2 teaspoon
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Yogurt 1/2 cup
Cornstarch 3 tablespoon
Oil 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence 1 teaspoon

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Method :-

  • Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Coat a 9×5 inch loaf pan well with non-stick cooking spray or butter. You can even line the bottom of pan with parchment paper.
  • Wash the blueberries and pat them dry with a kitchen towel. Add some all purpose flour to the blueberries once they are dry and give a good mix. Keep it aside.
  • Sieve the all purpose flour/maida along with cornstarch/cornflour twice to ensure the even mixing.
  • Mix yogurt and sugar in other bowl and add baking powder and baking soda and let it rest for 2-3 minutes so that mixture turns bubbly and frothy.
  • After the mixture turns frothy add oil, vanilla and orange juice to it. Mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture one tablespoon at a time to the wet mixture and mix well. Do not over mix.
  • In the end add the blueberries and orange zest and fold them gently.
  • Put the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool it on wire rack. Let it completely cool before slicing and serving.

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Notes :-

  • You can use orange flavored orange yogurt to enhance the taste
  • You can use cranberries instead of blueberries or mix of both as as both goes well with orange 
  • If you see the top browning too fast loosely cover the cake with aluminium foil.

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Chicken, in any form and style, is one of my favorite food. Chettinad is a region in Tamil Nadu state in India and famous for its spicy and flavorful cuisine. I would love to visit this place to try other dishes of this cuisine. I have tried this recipe many times mainly with Chicken but also with Mushrooms and it has always turned out good with its bursting and tickling taste. I have never tried this dish at a restaurant but researched online before making it. Also, I don’t get good variety of food in Indian restaurant in our town. As always, the inspiration behind this recipe is the great chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Traditionally, the Chettinad cuisine offers spicy food with lot of red chillies and spices. The most important thing about this dish is the freshly grounded masala made of roasted spices and fresh coconut. For a vegetarian version, you can try this with Mushroom as they are as meaty and similar in texture as Chicken. Of course, my preference is Chicken over the Mushroom. Don’t let the long list of ingredient scare you as the end result will be very delicious. Enjoy this dish with ghee (clarified butter) rice or roti (whole wheat flat bread).

Ingredients :-

Chicken 1 pound (approx 500gm)
 Oil 2 tablespoon
Poppy seeds, soaked 2 teaspoon
Ginger, chopped 1 inch
Garlic, chopped 1 tablespoon
Cashew nuts, soaked 8-10
Onions, finely chopped 1/2 cup
Curry leaves 8-10
Tomatoes, finely chopped 2 medium
Turmeric 1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Crushed black pepper 1 teaspoon
Lemon Juice 1 teaspoon
Cilantro, finely chopped 1/4 cup

For Chettinad Masala :-

Coconut, scraped 1/2 cup
Coriander seeds  1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon 
Fennel seeds 1 teaspoon
Dried red chilies
6-7
Green Cardamoms 3
Cloves 2-3
Cinnamon 1 inch piece

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Method :-

  • Add a pinch of salt, turmeric powder and lemon juice to the chicken. Keep it for marination for one hour
  • Heat one tablespoon of oil in a nonstick pan. Add the coconut, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, red chillies, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and saute on medium heat for four to five minutes.
  • Cool and grind the above mixture with ginger, garlic, poppy seeds and cashew nuts and some water into a smooth paste. Put water as little as possible.
  • Heat the remaining oil in another non-stick pan.
  • Add the curry leaves and onion. Saute onion till golden brown.
  • Add the ground paste and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, salt  and mix well
  • Cook for five to seven minutes or till the oil separates.
  • Add the chicken, crushed peppercorns and saute for more five minutes.
  • Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

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    Notes :-

  • I have used here boneless chicken breast but you can try it with thighs or chicken with bone. The cooking time would differ.
  • You can decrease the hotness of this dish by reducing amount of red chillies.
  • If you can’t find fresh coconut you can use the dried coconut powder.
  • This curry is known for the flavors, the spice and the aroma due to its fresh grounded spices. You can get ready made store bought masala but it will not justify the real taste of this dish.