Friday, May 22, 2015

Undhiyu Pulav

To make undhiyu from scratch is takes lot of time. And its only for me so I avoid that but its my favorite dish, so I used frozen undhiyu mix whenever i have craving for that. Its always in my frozen. But in that mix, small eggplants are not good, so i get rid of that and use fresh one. So this is also quick weeknight meal. Pair it with simple kachumber and diner is done.

Ingredients :

1 packet frozen undhiyu mix
2 cups of basmati rice
3 small eggplants
1/4 cup peanuts
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
4-5 or as per taste green chilies
2 tsp. ginger paste
salt to taste
2 tbsp. Lemon juice
3 tbsp. oil
Whole Spices


Wash and keep aside undhiyu mix.
In a blender, add peanuts, coconut, coriander leaves, green chilies, ginger paste, salt and lime juice and little water to make a paste.
Add that paste in undhiyu mix. Cut the eggplants in the middle and stuff it with green masala too.
Take a pressure cooker (you can make it in big pan too but I wanted to make and eat fast, I did it in cooker)
Add whole spices (black pepper, cloves, green cardamom, cinnamon stick).
When it pop, add undhiyu mix with and rice and enough water and salt and cover with lid.
Cook it on medium flame till two to three whistle.
Let the cooker cool down. Then open up and enjoy with your favorite raita. I had with simple tomato and onion kachumber.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Banh Mi Vegetable Burger Sandwich

So made burger for him, kids had regular burger , for me , I made banh mi sandwich. Everything was ready just have to make pickled vegetables and done. I used both burgers for me, readymade as well as chickpeas burgers too. For non vegetarian you can use pork, chicken and vegetarian you can use tofu too. You can grilled whole thing and make grilled banh mi too.

Ingredients for pickle Vegetables 

1 cup warm water
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
chopped vegetables like carrot, radish, onions, Jalapenos

Method :

Mix the water, vinegar, sugar and salt until its dissolve.
Put the vegetables in it and cover with the pickling liquid.
Leave it in liquid for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

For sandwich :

1/2 French baguette , I like soft bread so I used french whole baguette
2 burgers - homemade or readymade
Butter as needed
1/2 cucumber thinly sliced
1/2 cup pickled vegetables without liquid
few strings of fresh coriander leaves
Sriracha sauce

Method :

Take your bread, apply butter on it.
Put on one slice of bread, burger, top it with pickled vegetables, cucumber, coriander leaves, sriracha and close it with other slice. If you are making grilled cheese, add cheese and grilled it.
Otherwise enjoy it as it is.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Chickpea and Spinach Burger

Since he can not have anything ready made or frozen food, I have to make it fresh everything. Generally for burgers I use morningstar products which is easily available in supermarkets here and kids love that too. Before his illness that way easy way for all of us now not for him but rest of us still enjoy ready made. So we three had readymade and made this for him. Its really easy when I was done making it. Whip everything in blender, make pattice and cook it, enjoy with burger bread or sandwich , choice is yours. I used black beans too, you can use just black beans and make it too. I already boiled and froze beans so just have to throw it and use it in dishes whenever I wanted , but you can use tin too.

Ingredients :

1 cup boiled chickpeas
1/4 cup black beans
2 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup chopped onion
3 cloves of garlic
Lime juice and salt as per taste
1 brown bread or  1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup Mozzarella cheese
Few leaves of cilantro

For burger / sandwich toppings

Grilled vegetables - green and red capscicum, onions, spinach, mayo


Put beans, spinach, onion, garlic, bread, cilantro in blender and make  a paste, it's upto you how puree or little bit of whole pieces you want.
Take it out add salt, lime juice and cheese.
Make burger size patties.

If you have time, put it in fridge for 30 minutes so it's nice and firm.
Take it out and shallow fry it in pan, till its nice and brown on both sides.

Take your bread, assemble is as you like. For him , just use little bit of mayo, grilled vegetables and burger.

Enjoy your delicious, quick, healthy homemade burger at home.
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Sprouts Pulav

Weeknights are busy so put the food on table and done with all chores is also quick. This is very easy , one pot dish, I made lot of dishes with using sprouted beans. so was not in the mood to make curry so I have to make rotis too with it. thought about putting everything in cooker and 2 release and done. You can enjoy it with raita but not a big fan of it so had stuffed big chilies with it. I like spicy so color of my pulav is red, but if you like less spicy, add less red chili and more turmeric to give yellow color. But I don't cook for the picture for the blog, I cook so I can enjoy my food. So you can adjust the seasoning as per your taste.

Ingredients :

2 cups of basmati rice
2 cups of sprouted mixed beans
1 onion sliced
1 potato - big cubes, you can add your favorite vegs too.
Few whole black pepper, green cardamon, cinnamon stick
1 tbsp. Ginger, garlic, chili paste
1 tbsp. Turmeric powder
2 tbsp. red chili powder
1 tsp. garam masala powder
1 tsp. cumin coriander powder
salt to taste
2 tbsp. oil


Put a oil in pressure cooker, add whole spices, when it gives nice aroma, add onions in it.
let it cook and get nice brown color.
Add ginger, garlic paste along with all powder masala.
Add potato, beans and rice and mixed nicely.
Add salt.
Add enough water to cook rice and beans.
Cover the cooker and cook it on medium -low flame till it release air two times. you can make this in pan too. but for me time is crucial so i made it on cooker.
When its done and all the pressure from the cooker is gone, open up and enjoy with your favorite raita.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mexican Bitesize Basket

Need some quick but delicious party food or just for snack? I had this chat basket in my pantry and was in a mood to use up  but not same way as Indian chat basket. Wanted to make something different and "hatke". so here it is my favorite Mexican Ingredients in chat flavors. You don't need to cook anything, just simply put everything together and enjoy this one bite snack. Its perfect for the parties too. I used Indian chat baskets but you can here in US can used Pillsbury shells too. To keep it purely mexican , I didn't add potatoes or green or red chutneys but if you want , you can add it too.

Ingredients :

20 Chat baskets / Shells
1 finely chopped onion
3 tbsp. cooked black beans
3 tbsp. corn - cooked
1/2 Avocado mashed
Sliced cheddar and monterey jack cheese
As per taste salt , taco seasoning, hot sauce


Line up your shells.
Arrange beans, corn, onion, taco seasoning, salt, cheese and hot sauce.
Serve and enjoy Immediately.

 I had it with my favorite virgin Pina colada.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Vegetable Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce #UCRecipe

This I made for my husband, since he can not have tomato so can not have tomato based sauce too , so made pumpkin sauce and put vegetables in it and served him so he can have at least some variation in his diet. Its the same vegetables but treated differently and it makes a difference.

Its the same way as this sauce, nothing fancy, just making it to little easy for him to give some variation in diet. Because i know how boring it is to eat same food again and again.

Ingredients for sauce :

2 cups of chopped yellow pumpkin
1 red capsicum  chopped
1 carrot chopped
salt and pepper as needed

Method :

Heat a pan, add two cups of water in it.
Boiled it, then add pumpkin in it and cook it, when its more than half done, add carrot in it and cook till its done. then add capsicum and cover it. It will cook in boiling water.
Let it cool down , puree it.
Heat up again in same pan, add salt and pepper in it and boiled down extra water in it.
Sauce is ready, you can use this for pasta, Mexican dishes or even for pizza sauce.

For Stuffing

2 Whole wheat tortillas
1/2 each red and green capsicum chopped
1 carrot chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and Black pepper as per taste
Pinch of Taco Seasoning
Any grated hard cheese


In a pan, add oil in it, add vegetables and cook for minute or two.
Add salt, black pepper and taco seasoning.
When Stuffing is cold, put in it tortillas and close it with toothpick.
Add sauce and cheese on top and bake it till cheese melted.
Serve it hot with guacamole and chips

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Schezwan Stir Fried Poha (Flatten Rice)

When I come home after work, First thing I do , make dinner for Husband then for kids, because I need to take care of their timings, so by the time its my diner I am all exhausted and don't even feel like making anything or eating, mind says rest but tummy needs food. So have to make something. This is how this quick stir fried poha borned. That day I was in mood for chinese but didn't have energy to cook rice, then get cold and then make stir fried, So Poha comes to rescue. Its rice only right so why not to treat it like rice. I saw this in one of FB group and since then it was in mind to make it , it was so quick and delicious, I eat it leftovers next day too. You can make it with brown poha too. I pair it with quick stir fried tofu and vegetables and enjoyed it once kids went to sleep and huby is all done eating diner and his medicines. Now its my time to enjoy my meal. So here you go with quick and delicious stir fry with poha.

Ingredients : 

2 cups washed and dried Poha
1 and 1/2  cups of chopped vegetables (cabbage, carrot, capscium, onion)
Few frozen or fresh green peas
As per taste ginger , garlic and green chilies finely chopped
As per taste soya sauce
2 tbsp. Schezwan sauce
1 tsp. Vinegar
1 tsp. Hot chili sauce
2 tbsp. oil
Few leaves of chopped coriander leaves chopped
Salt as per taste - I like to add little soya sauce and then add salt, so it doesn't become very brown.


Get your vegetables ready and washed and dried your poha. Keep your sauces out.
Heat a wok  on high flame.
Add oil in it, add ginger, garlic and chili in it.
Saute till its gets nice aroma.
Add your vegetables and cook on high flame for minute or two.
Add poha along with all sauces, mix it nicely and check for salt and other seasoning.
Quick stir fried everything on high flame for minute or two.
Once its done, shut off the gas and add coriander leaves.
Serve hot with your favorite stir fried vegetables or gravy manchurian or as it is.
I had it with quick tofu and vegetables stir fry.

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