WHEAT FLOUR PIZZA WITH CAPSICUM SAUCE


This pizza is made with wheat flour ,and no tomato sauce added .I just made a

tangy capsicum sweet sauce(red peppers only).You could add slices of tomato if you

like,or serve with tomato sauce if you like.We had it tomato free.Vegetables can be your

choice.Well,i added only cucumber and some thin green capsicum slices .

The preparation of the dough had a slight change(my twist).Let’s get into the recipe.

Ingredients for the dough

250 gms wheat flour

1/2 cup white flour (you can opt out if you like)

2 tblsp.milk powder or 1/2 cup warm milk

1 egg yolk

2 tsp.active yeast

3 tblsp.olive oil.

1 tblsp.sugar.

1/2 tp.baking soda.

1-2 tp.salt

curd to apply on dough.

Method

Mix in the yeast to 1/2 cup lukewarm water.Sprinkle sugar on top,cover and allow to

rise.Once you see active fermentation,add in to the flour with the rest of the ingredients

and bind to a soft dough.Apply curd on the dough .Cover and allow to double in size.

Once it has doubled roll out into pizza shapes you like.Place on greased trays,cover till

you make the sauce.

For the red pepper sauce

3-4 red capsicum cut and seeds removed.

1 inch ginger

4 pips garlic

1 tsp.chilli paste.

1 tsp.kashmiri chilli powder

2 tblsp.vinegar

3-4 tblsp.of jaggery or sugar(preferably brown)

salt to taste.

Method 

Grind all the ingredients together .Cook on a slow flame till you get a thick saucy texture.

For the cheese sauce.

2 cups milk

2 tblsp cornflour

1 tsp.black pepper powder

1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated.

salt to taste

Method

Make a thick flowing paste with cornflour and milk.Heat the rest of the milk,simmer and

add the cornflour mixture preventing lumps.Next add the rest of the ingredients and

cook for 2-3 minutes.It will look like custard.Set aside.

For the topping

Thin slices of cucumber,green and yellow capsicum rings.

tomato slices (optional)

1 cup mozzarella cheese or plain cheese grated .(optional)

Assembling

Apply the prepared capsicum sauce on the prepared dough(if the dough has risen

up.punch it down flat.)Arrange the cucumber and capsicum slices.Drizzle the cheese

sauce.Add mozarella cheese and bake in a hot oven (200 degrees for 10 minutes per

pizza).

Pan pizza also can be made with this dough,as this dough has a nice texture (soft inside

and crispier on the crust.

Note: Olives and herbs can be added as per your choice.

Herbs can be added to the dough too.

INNOVATE AND ENJOY!

 

 

 

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SPICY PRAWN ‘N’MUSHROOM PIZZA


This pizza is made with a minimal amount of cheese,lot of herbs,white sauce .The base made

with pure olive oil,the concasse,white sauce too was made by me.All homemade except the

prawns and the veggies,and a mixture of cuisines.Well the produce was awesome.This dough

can be made ahead and refridgerated,and used within a week.

Let’s get into the recipe now.

For the dough

5-6 cups flour

4 tblsp olive oil

1 egg

2 tsp active dried yeast.

2 tsp.salt

2 cups milk+water (warm)

1/4 cup lukewarm water (for the yeast)

1 tsp.sugar.

Method

Mix yeast in warm water,allow to rise and sprinkle sugar on top.Set aside.

If you are making in a mixer ,use the dough hook ,and mix in the the liquids with the egg ,and

beat for 2 seconds.Add the yeast and mix well.Gradually add in the flour and make a soft

dough. Mix on low speed for 15-20 minutes.(by hand mix for half an hour).If you beat well,or

mix well at this stage,there is no need to knead again.(less muscle power).Set aside for 1 hour

and use .(it will be double in size)

For the concasse

6-8 large tomatoes

10-15 small onions

10 garlic cloves

1 tblsp.olive oil

salt to taste

2 tblsp red chilli paste

few rosemary leaves

few basil leaves

1 tblsp.sugar or jaggery.

Method

Mix all these in a pan  except the herbs and  cook  on medium flame till its thick and saucy.

(minimum half an hour).Chop the herbs fine and sprinkle on the mixture cover and set aside.

To prepare the mushroom

2 packets mushroom

1 capsicum julienned

200 gm prawns

1 onion chopped

2 tblsp.butter

1/2 tsp.pepper powder

2 tsp.chilli paste

4-5 garlic cloves

2 lime leaves

small piece of fresh turmeric root/1/4 tsp turmeric powder

salt to taste.

Method

Grind the bold listed and keep aside.Heat the butter ,add the sliced mushrooms and let it cook

for 5 minutes.Remove and keep aside.In the same pan add the ground paste and the prawns

(cut the prawns the way you like),and cook till prawns are half cooked. Add the onions and

capsicum  Add the mushrooms and mix well till almost dry and thick.Remove from fire and set

aside.

For the white sauce

2 tblsp.flour

4 cups milk

1 tblsp coarsely ground pepper

salt to taste

grated cheese can be added to this if you are not going to top the pizza with any cheese.

1 -2 tblsp butter

Method

Heat butter in a saucepan,add immediately add the flour .Do not brown.Remove from fire,add

milk mix well,and again keep it on the fire.Keep stirring to avoid lumps .When it is thick like

custard ,in this heat add the grated cheese ,pepper and salt.Remove and set aside.

Final assemble

Divide the dough into portions you like .(This amount makes 4 large sized pizzas)Make a slight

rise at the edges.Pour a ladleful  of concasse first and spread it on the base.Next add the prawn

mixture on top of this.Pour white sauce ,and some cheese grated if you like,and bake in a very

hot preheated oven( 230 degrees)for 15 minutes .

Serve with dry herbs if you like.

To make chilli paste

Soak 20-30 dry chillies in hot water for half an hour .Remove from water and grind with 1/2

cup vinegar and rock salt.

Variations:You can add herbs /cheese to the dough while mixing.

Chicken,paneer,or any type of meat can be used instead of prawn and mushrooms.

Vegans can use spinach and cheese,pineapple and paneer,baby corn,mushrooms and potatoes

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PAN FISH BUNS


I did not have the idea of making this in the pan ,till all was set to go into the oven.Yes, i

wanted to make fish buns  for dinner. I have made pan pizza  successfully before,but still i

was a little hesitant ,and made just one for a sample,and  tasted.It was really awesome,

very soft and fluffy.I took the time and made one by one in my egg frying pan,and it was

more than worth the try and time. So now i’m really excited to share the recipe .

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

500 gm flour

2 tsp.yeast (fermented in 1/2 cup warm water and 2 tblsp.sugar)

2 tblsp.butter melted in 2 cups warm milk

2 tsp.salt.

1 egg

1/2 tsp.baking soda

METHOD

Mix all these together and form a soft dough .Set aside for 1-2 hours .Knead well again and

allow to rest for another 20 minutes.Divide into portions (makes 12).Flatten the dough

and keep filling inside ,seal the edges ,and flatten again with your palm.(use flour for

rolling ).Heat pan ,put the flattened dough and cover with a lid,and cook on a slow flame.

(you can add butter or little oil if you like.) Ceramic coated pans are excellent for making

these buns .Turn over and remove lid.It will pop up in size too.Once cooked remove.

FOR THE FISH FILLING

200-250 gm fish boiled in turmeric and salted water (Remove bones and flake)

2-3 potatoes boiled and mashed lightly

1 bundle spring onions chopped fine

3-4 green chillies chopped

2-3 pips garlic chopped

2 tsp.pepper powder

1 tsp.cummin seed powder

1/4 tsp.garam masala powder

juice of one lime

salt to taste

1-2 tblsp.oil /butter

METHOD

Heat oil in a pan,add the garlic,cut spring onions and saute for 2 minutes.Next add the

flaked fish ,potato and rest of the spices,and remove from fire.Add lime juice and salt to

taste.

 

 

 

SEENI SAMBOL LOAVES


This is a famous snack or breakfast of Srilanka,and its one of my favorites.I tried making

tiny loaves,and one big loaf with the seeni sambol and boiled egg stuffing.People who have

tasted this know how awesome the taste is with the simple ingredient onion.I will not be

going into different variations for the dough,as iv already given a recipe for the bread

dough .Here’s the link  to it MUTTON CURRY BUNS.So now i will be giving the recipe for

the filling only.

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INGREDIENTS

5-6 big onions chopped fine

2 inch piece cinnammon

1 tblsp red chilli flakes

1 tblsp chilli powder

1/4 cup tamarind extract /lime juice/vinegar (whatever you prefer for the tangy taste)

2-3 tblsp.coconut oil

1 tblsp.sugar

salt to taste.

3-4 hard boiled eggs sliced

2 tblsp.maldive fish (optional)

few pieces of rampe(pandan leaf)or curry leaves.(optional)

METHOD

Heat oil in a pan,and add onions cinammon and salt,and allow the onions to cook in the

oil,till it is light brown.Next add the chilli powders,and the rest of the ingredients except

the egg ,and cook on a slow fire for 10 minutes .Add the boiled egg pieces and mix.Use for

the stuffing.

Variations

Fried mutton mince ,chicken mince,or any type of chicken pieces,fried prawns can be

added to the seeni sambol

Paneer or potatoes will be good for vegans.

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COCONUT ‘N’MORINGA ROTI


Moringa oleifera ,also known as the drumstick tree ,is a miracle tree , packed with

nutrients.Its leaves,bark,flowers,seeds,fruits,roots are mostly used in eastern countries in

various ways.It’s produce is beneficial to treat diabetic ,heart,liver ,arthritis and many

more.As it composes good amount of antioxidants,consuming this everyday gives good

results,also scavenging fat in your body.Moringa leaf juice is best for those on a diet too.

Well,let’s get into the recipe now.

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INGREDIENTS

500 gm flour

1 coconut grated

coconut water(optional)

2 green chillies chopped fine

1-pips garlic chopped fine(optional)

1-2 cups moringa leaves

1 tsp.cummin seed powder

1/2 tsp pepper powder(optional)

salt to taste

a little coconut oil

METHOD

First slightly saute the moringa leaves in a tsp.of oil.Mix this with the rest of the

ingredients,with a little water and make a soft dough.

Apply oil on the board you are going to flatten the dough.Flatten the dough with your

palms.Apply oil on the griddle (do not pour oil) .Cook on both sides till crisp and serve hot

with any curry or chutney of your choice.

POTATO COCONUT SALAD


Potato for some is a misconception that it makes you fat.Of course if you are taking potato

mixed with butter(potato mash),french fries,fried potatoes will definitely play the role of

making you fat.People who want to gain weight can opt for food like that.It is always

important to take food according to your own body structure and requirements.

Potato is one of the common and important food which carry a wealth of health benefits.

This seems to be a staple diet for many around the planet.The research so far shows that

potato helps to reduce cholesterol,boost heart health,immunity,eye health,skin and many

more healthy facts.Potato is a storehouse for energy,minerals and vitamins .Potatoes store

70-80 percent of water content of it weight,so regular intake of this vegetable,ensures you

with a good supply of water and ions in the body.whew..!

Now for the simple recipe.(no butter/oil)

Ingredients

200-250 gm boiled potatoes

2 green chillies chopped

3-4 stalks of spring onions chopped fine

3/4 cup coconut grated

1 tsp.chilli flakes

1/4 tsp.pepper powder

a pinch of nutmeg grated

juice of 1 lemon or 1 tsp.amchur powder(dry mango powder)

salt to taste

Method

Mix all these together .Do not mash well.Break the potatoes with your fingers.This can be

served with any meal.Good for a wrap,nuggets,or filling for samosas,or toasted

sandwiches

ZUCCHINI AND CHEESE MUFFINS


Zucchini a low calorie vegetable ,which contains no saturated fats or cholesterol,rich in nutrients is good for those who are on the weight reduction process.Zucchini or courgette is to be included in the antioxidant list,having high source of potassium,thus helping in  reducing blood pressure and good for heart.To add to its benefits ,Folates which is good for pregnancy is also found in moderate amounts.The golden yellow type of zucchini  has antioxidants like carotenes,lutein…which remove harmful radicals from the body.I have only given you a dot of an explanation of the zucchini.Do find more about this vegetable and enjoy its benefits!

This is a very easy try for breakfast,one pot mix,and if you have a food processor its made at a click of a button!So now let’s get into the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 yellow zucchini (100gm) (yellow ones retain color even after cooking)

1-2 eggs

1 cup milk

75-100 gm any cheese you like(even cottage cheese is fine)

1 tsp.pepper powder

1/4 tsp of thyme

1/2 capsicum chopped

3 cups flour sieved with 2tsps.baking powder

2-3 tblsp.olive oil

1/2 cup spring onions or 1 onion chopped

1 tsp.salt

METHOD

Grate the zucchini which the skin on .Beat eggs lightly and mix all the ingredients together and pour into greased muffin tins(do not use paper cups to line).Bake in a moderate oven(180 degrees) for 30-35 mins.

If using food processor,put the zucchini first and rest next and click on …Pour into muffin moulds and bake.

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WHEAT FLOUR PAROTTA


Parottas  are usually  layered flat bread ,and is served in all parts of India,whether it’s

a street food stall,restaurant,or five star hotels.This particular flat bread is served in many

ways in many parts of India.In Kerala it’s the Malabar  parotta.Mughlai and Laccha paratha

from Northern India.In Pondicherry  small sized parottas are fried in ghee and served in

banana leaf..Wow !that was really amazing(sorry if you are on a diet).Well,there are days

when those who diet too, crave to eat food like this.(experience speaks ….).

I tried this not so heavy,tasty and crunchy ( trust me..you can eat just like that) with wheat

flour and only a little maida/white flour.This is not too heavy like the normal parotta,its

not hard when its cool.You needn’t pull it apart.(That’s why its soaked in kormas and

eaten)This can be eaten with a snap of two fingers.Kothu Parottas are made with thin

strips of parottas ,vegetables,chicken or any meat you prefer.

Now for the recipe

Ingredients

500 gm wheat flour

5 tblsp.white flour

1 egg

1 tblsp.sugar

1/4 cup curd

1/2 tsp.salt

1 tblsp oil.(to add to the dough)

enough oil or ghee to cook the parottas

To make the dough

Knead all these together with enough water to make a very soft dough. Apply oil on the

dough and  allow to rest for minimum 15 minutes.

(Normal parottas are soaked in oil )

For smearing to get the layers

1/2 cup ghee or butter mixed with 2 tsp.rice flour.

Set this aside and now separate the dough into portions you prefer.

Method to roll 

Keep a little white flour in a separate bowl .Just dab a little flour and roll into a nice circle.

Apply the ghee -rice flour mixture all over on one side.Roll in, the circled dough to a long

roll. Apply some more ghee (use a brush) on the roll (as the ghee smeared part will be

inside).Now roll this like a wheel.(you will be able to see the layers).

Lightly roll it out thin (not very thin).

Use a shallow pan  to make these parottas.Heat two tblsp.oil and cook till done on both

sides.Put it on a plate and puff up the layers by beating on the sides of the parottas.

For a rich lovely taste make this with ghee or butter.You can use any choice of your oil too.

A  matching curry or korma to serve with will be an awesome meal.

Horsegram sprouts dosai(pancakes)


Horsegram or kollu,is protein rich,fat burner,and a good source of heat and energy.Compared to other legumes it has the highest content of calcium.Good for arthritis,asthma, bronchitis.It is a tough grain which doesn’t cook easily if not presoaked. Here I’m using horse gram sprouts for a quick and easy preparation. Any lentil which is sprouted, and used will add to the nutrient,and I like to use sprouted gram. Now for the recipe
Ingredients
1 cup horsegram sprouts
1 cup raw rice soaked
2-3 tblsp black gram/ulundu
1/2 tsp cumminseeds
10-12 onions(small)
2 green chillies chopped
1 inch piece ginger
Few curry leaves chopped
1/2 tsp peppercorns
1/4 cup grated coconut (optional)
1 tsp salt.
Ghee or oil
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Method
Soak the rice and black gram for 20 minutes.Grind coarsely with the sprouts,cumminseeds,ginger,and peppercorns.Add salt.
Mix the cut onions,green chillies, curry leaves,coconut. Mix well and make like pancakes.
Serve with coconut chutney or any chutney of your choice.

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Chicken cheesecake


Today I thought i’d turn a sweet dish to a savoury and succeeded.Got five star ratings from my judges none other than my kids..the best critics ever!
I made a sauce for the topping with the remaining chicken stock.Seems a healthy recipe and easy too.
Now for the recipe
Ingredients
150-200 gms boiled chicken (keep a little stock)
4 eggs
150-200gm cottage cheese/cream cheese
1 tblsp.ground pepper
2 tblsp.pickled capers
A few cranberries
1/2 cup fresh cream
I tblsp honey
Salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped coriander /spring onions
1/2 tsp thyme or rosemary
2-3 finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp.cummin seed powder
A pinch of nutmeg

For the base :I used 2 spring roll sheets.You could use lasagne sheets.
Graham cracker crumbs with melted butter is also a good base.

Method:Grease a springform pan.Dip the springroll sheets in water for a minute and put it on the base.
Use a food processor or any blender and mix all the ingredients.Pour over base, and bake in a moderate oven for 30-35 minutes (180degrees).Remove and drizzle with lemon and mustard sauce.
For the sauce
1 cup chicken stock
1 lemon
1 tblsp.cornflour
1/2 tsp.mustard
Salt to taste.
3-4 tblsp cream
Mix the cornflour with a little stock and keep aside.Heat the stock,add the cornflour,and when it becomes thick add the lemon juice and mustard.
Salt to taste.
Drizzle over the cheesecake, or serve separately.

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