BLUEBERRY,LEMON GRASS JAM


Seasonal fruits should be preserved in the

forms of jams,preserves,chutneys and used

when they are out of season.

You can use these type of jams on tarts,cakes,

cheesecakes,biscuits,milkshakes,lassi or even

bread /chappathi.

It’s like raining lemon grass in my kitchen ,so

thought to add a little to the jam ,considering

the health benefits .

You can boil the berries with seeds or hull

out and boil.

If you are boiling with seeds, use a colander

with aluminium mesh and strain out with a

spatula.

Remove the seeds and add pulp to the jam .

Store in the refrigerator .

Now to today’s recipe

INGREDIENTS

2 cups blueberries

3/4 cup -1 cup sugar

1 small piece cinnamon

A pinch of nutmeg powder

A small piece lemon grass

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp lime juice

METHOD

Add all the ingredients together and heat till

thick . Remove the lemon grass stalk.

Cool and store in the refrigerator .

Use sterilised jars .

Do try and let me know how much you liked

the recipe .

GUACAMOLE,MANGO TACOS


Guacamole in any food is a favourite in my

home ,and I have posted recipes on it .Today it’s

a Mexican dish in my style ,everything made

from scratch even the taco shells is homemade

(lockdown is training our hands ).This is the

first time I have made at home ,and in the

process learnt a method of storing the shells.

(pre-made) .I found this recipe in my old books.

This tacos can be made with countless fillings,

Vegan or non vegan ,with various sauces,salsa ,

and good to be served as a snack or a meal with

decked up healthy fillings .I served this for

breakfast with guacamole and mango with

cheesy mustard sauce.Made few in conical

shapes and the basic tacos shape.

It was a crunchy delicious breakfast !

Now to the recipe

First to the tacos shell recipe

INGREDIENTS

200 gm cornflour

250 gm all purpose flour

25 gm gram flour ( optional)

1 tsp oil

salt

Lukewarm water to knead

METHOD

Mix all together to make a soft dough .

Allow to rest till you make the filling.

After 15 minutes ,divide into portions.

Roll out into thin circles.

Use your fingers and lightly make impressions

( To avoid the bubbles)

Heat a flat griddle and only warm each circle .

Do not allow to cook

( photo-after heating)

At this stage you can wrap in foil or cling wrap

and store in fridge .

Bring to room temperature before use .

Now preheat the oven to 200 C.

Lay each shell on a grill ( like in the photo)

If you want conical shapes -Make cone shapes

and insert into muffin tins and bake.

Bake for 15 -2O minutes .


For the basic guacomole 

1 -2 ripe avacado/butterfruit

1 cup chopped cilantro/palak

1 onion chopped fine

2-3 green chillies

2 tomatoes chopped

pepper powder (depending on your taste)

salt

juice of 2 limes

a little nutmeg powder (optional)

Method

Remove the pulp and mash lightly.Add the rest

of the ingredients and mix well.

Add semi-ripe mango cubes .


For the cheese-mustard sauce

Ingredients

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

1 cup cheese

1/2 cup water / milk ( I used water)

1 tsp mustard powder( yellow )

Method

Heat butter.When it melts add flour and mix

well.

Add water and then the cheese .

After the cheese melts add mustard and

remove from fire ,and use .

GINGER-MINT TOMATO JAM


This is a jam to be served with biriyani,or any

type of rice . After I innovated and tasted this

recipe only ,I thought it could be served with

even samosas, or used as a spread for wraps

or sandwiches.

I used to make this jam with tomatoes

alone,but today I wanted to make something

different.

So started with mint,ginger,and jaggery

( vellam) .

You could use brown sugar,country

sugar,or even sugar . Believe me your tastebuds

will have a feast.Awesome taste!

The ingredients are suited best for digestion!

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

4-5 tomatoes blanched,skin removed

A handful of mint leaves

2 -3 inch piece ginger

3/4 -1 cup vellam/ jaggery

Few cashewnuts

2-3 dates chopped

1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

1/4 tsp cardamon powder

1 tbsp ghee/butter

Salt to taste

METHOD

First grind the blanched tomatoes,ginger and

mint to a paste.

Heat ghee in a pan,add cashews,dates.

Sauté till cashews are light brown.

Add the paste with the rest of the ingredients,

and cook till thick .

This can be stored for a few days .Can be stored

in the fridge for more than a week.

Do try this recipe ,and post in your comments!

PANEER PIZZA WITH BASIL SAUCE


This recipe will be connected to another 2

recipes, as the dough is the same for all three

This dough was just a random dump of

ingredients, but it turned out to be the softest.

It’s doesn’t need much kneading,just proving

the dough only twice.

The sauces were my innovation,and the

outcome was awesome!

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

3 cups wheat flour

1.5 cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp milk powder

2 tbsp curd

1 heaped tsp.instant yeast

1 tbsp sugar ( preferably brown)

1 tsp salt.

2-3 tbsp ghee/ butter

METHOD

Put the flours,milk powder,yeast sugar and mix

well.

Next add the rest of the ingredients (except

ghee) and knead to a firm dough .

Now add the ghee and knead for 10 minutes.

Cover and allow to rise double.

After you see it doubled,punch down the air

and knead for 5 minutes and allow the second

rise.

Divide into portions,roll and make pizza.

The main additions to the pizza

1. Paneer mix 2.Basil sauce 3 .Onion sauce


For the paneer

200 gm cottage cheese or paneer

1 -2 tomatoes sliced

1 tbsp chilli paste

Mix all these together and set aside.


For the basil sauce

1 cup basil leaves

10-15 cashewnuts

A small blob of butter

A pinch of pepper and salt to taste

Grind the basil and cashewnuts together with

little water to a paste.

Heat the butter in a pan, add the ground paste.

It will start to thicken . Remove from fire and

set aside .


Onion sauce

2-3 big onions chopped fine

1/2 cup milk

Salt to taste

a pinch of nutmeg powder

Heat all this together till you see the onions

turning colour or translucent .Remove from

fire and set aside.

Option : You can sauté the onions in a little butter till light brown ,and add to the milk too.


For the final assembly

Your favourite tomato sauce/ ketchup /concasse

to spread on the pizza .

Cheese gratings (I used Gouda cheese ). You can

use any cheese..

Roll out the pizza .

Drizzle tomato sauce all over the dough.

Add the onion sauce.

Next the paneer mixture .

Next drizzle the basil sauce .

Lastly add the cheese gratings.

Bake in a hot oven ( 200C )for 20 minutes .

Serve hot .

CORIANDER KEBAB IN SPICED CURD


Confused in naming this dish,came up with this

Simple title .

Lots of coriander leaf + seed . Flavourful,mild

and good to be served with biriyani,rotis,side

dishes.

Do try this easy and elegant dish, and send in

your comments and suggestions!

I think I should go to the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

For the kebab

250 gm mutton/ lamb cubes

1/2 cup channa dal ( kadala parippu)

3-4 dry chillies

1 inch piece ginger

A handful of coriander leaves

1 tblsp of roasted coriander

1 tsp of roasted cummin seed

Salt to taste

METHOD

Leaving out the bold listed ,cook the rest of the

ingredients with a little water ( 1/2 cup) till dry.

Powder the coriander + cummin seed powder,

and set aside .

Now mince all the cooked ingredients with the

coriander leaves in a mincer or a mixer to a

coarse paste.

Add the rest of the ingredients, divide into

portions and shallow fry till golden brown.

For the curd sauce

Ingredients

1 tblsp ghee/butter

1 tblsp chilli flakes

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp mustard powder

1/4 tsp cummin seed powder

Salt to taste

1 cup curd ( lightly beaten curd)

1/2 tsp sugar /jaggery powder

Method

Heat the ghee ,add chilli flakes and turmeric,

with 1/4 cup water.Once it reaches a boil,add

curd and salt to taste .Drop in the fried kebabs

Add 1/4 tsp mustard powder and 1/4 tsp

cummin powder.

Mix and remove from fire .

Garnish with coriander leaves.

MANDARIN CHICKEN


Mandarin is in season now,and the idea of

mandarin chicken came up as a side dish for

ghee rice.It was really awesome and everybody

loved the taste and the crunchiness.

For the recipe now

Ingredients

500 gm boneless chicken

1 tblsp. ginger-garlic paste

1-2 tblsp. chilli powder

Salt to taste

2 tsp rice flour

1 egg

For the sauce

Juice of 2 mandarins

1 tsp sesame seeds

1 tsp cornflour

1-2 tsp. chilli flakes

1/2 tsp vinegar

Salt to taste

Leeks or spring onions for garnishing

Method

First marinade the chicken in the ingredients

listed for few minutes and fry to a crispy

golden color and set aside.

Mix all ingredients listed for the sauce and heat .

Once it starts to thicken add the chicken and

stir till the sauce coats the fried chicken.

CHILLI VINEGARETTE PASTE


This sauce can be used for stir fry dishes,fried

rice,chinese dishes,salads ,sandwiches and

anything you innovate with chilli sauce , or

any recipe that calls for chilli sauce.

Let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

250 gm red chillies

100 gm Kashmiri chillies ( optional)

Few chopped cloves of garlic (10-15)

1/4 cup vinegar

1/2-3/4 cups sesame oil

2-3 tblsp jaggery

Salt to taste.

METHOD

Soak the chillies in hot water overnight.

Drain the water ( don’t discard water)and

grind to a coarse paste with vinegar.

Heat oil , and add garlic . When you see the

garlic turning brown, add the chillie paste.

Add a little of the left over soaked water to

adjust the desired consistency.

Add jaggery and salt and cook for few minutes.

Store in a bottle after it is cool.