Saturday, March 12, 2016

Grilled Mushrooms and Vegetables

This is my family's favorite dish.I made 2-3 times by now.First time,I made only with mushrooms and later with vegetables.The very simple ingredients make the dish very delicious.I bought the poultry blend ,so it had both the herbs of thyme and rosemary.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Mint Paratha

Atta/Wheat flour-1 cup
Green chillies-1-2
Cumin-1 tsp
Ginger-1" inch
Salt to taste
Water -as needed
Oil as needed


1.To make mint paste,Grind Green chillies,mint,cumin and water.
2.Mix the atta/wheat flour,salt and mint paste
3.Add little water and make a soft dough
4.Knead the dough for five to seven minutes and rest it for 15 minutes 
5.Roll the dough into thin roti/chappathi with dusting some flour
6.Cook in hot tawa /iron griddle both the sides 
7.Apply oil or ghee as serve hot

Monday, February 01, 2016

Omapodi /Sev

The best reason to avoid buying snacks from outside is making it at home.Why there is need to fetch the silly snack packets ,if it is homemade and healthy.But many people are fond of buying it than making it at home.May be kids are resisting to eat them or those variety of available snacks are magically more convenient.At least we have to make these once in a while to get ride of those snacks.

Besan flour-1 cup
Rice flour-1/2 cup
Hing-1/2 tsp
Ajwain/Omam-1 tsp
Red chilli powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Salt-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-9-10

1.Dry Roast omam/ajwain for 2-3 minutes in a hot pan
2.Add it to mixer along with hing,red chilli and turmeric powder
3.Grind them into fine powder
4.To make a soft dough,add besan and rice flour to a bowl,add the powder,salt and turmeric powder
5.Add water and make a soft dough
6.Heat 3/4 cup of oil for medium hot
7.Add the dough to sevai nazhi or murukku press with same hole which is used for idiyappam
8.When the oil is hot enough,press the sev in circular manner until it fills the oil space 
9.Turn the sev/omapodi and fry other side.Remove it from oil when sizzling stops
10.Fry curry leaves directly in oil and add it to omapodi
11.While serving ,crush the circular omapodi and curry leaves.So it will be very flavorful.

1.Make sure omam/ajwain is finely powdered,otherwise the dough will be blocked while pressing it.
2.Instead of besan flour ,you can also use chickpea flour 
3.Another way of using ajwain worked better for omapodi.Soak ajwain in water for overnight ,grind and strain the water.Use the water to make the dough.It also gives more strong flavor 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Flatbread Pizza(No yeast recipe)


    Baking something new once in a while always been regular in my kitchen .Pizzas and cakes are never a miss when it comes to birthday party.So those are the days when we have so much to do, we always look out for instant fix.I liked the pizzas made in wooden oven.The people waiting after an order could see how thinly the base is made and the long ladle(peel blade) that sends the pizza inside the hot oven.It hardly takes 5-7 minutes to bake.I tried similar one and saved in my draft last year.

The flatbread pizzas can be made with pre-made naan or any flatbreads and also without any sauces.The vegetables are previously saute'd.The cheese is used over the sauce and the vegetables comes over all the toppings.So the vegetables stays crunchy and holds the right flavor.

Recipe Link:Robert Irvine's Flatbread Pizzetta

For Dough
All purpose flour-2 cups
Minced Garlic-1 tbsp
Italian Seasoning-1 tsp
Salt-1 tsp
Water-1/4 cup
Tomato Sauce
Cheese of your choice
Vegetables of your choice
Olive oil -2 tsps
Red chilli flakes as needed


To make the dough, mix garlic,flour,italian seasoning and salt in a bowl.Add water in center and gently make the dough.Cover the dough with wrapper and rest it for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough into thin sheets(1/8th inch) thickness ,mostly in shape of oval or circle.
Place them in a baking tray.

Heat a pan, add the olive oil ,saute sliced onions,capsicum and mushrooms for a minute.

Spread the tomato sauce on top with a spoon

Spread the shredded cheese and then sauted vegetables

Top it with arugula ,red chilli flakes, jalapeno and sliced olives 
Bake them at 400*F in a preheated oven , for 7-8 minutes.

The topping starts with sauce,cheese,sauted vegetables and pickled vegetables.
If you need more crusty pizza, you can increase the temperature and the time.
If the dough rolled  into a base goes thick,the base will be uncooked.
So make sure it has to be as thin as possible.


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