Thursday, 3 September 2015

Bread Pizza

Bread Pizza is a simple and delicious treat for kids as well as adults. People might think bread is boring but I do not agree with this statement. You can prepare lot of things using bread. Moreover, recipes using breads can be made in no time. Suppose you have sudden guests at your home, if you have bread you can prepare many things. Bread Pizza is one of them. You can pack it in your kids lunch box and it is healthy as it has fresh vegetables and topped with cheese. So next time when your kid asks for pizza from famous pizza retail chain, you can give him/her a surprise by making this bread pizza at home. In many places of India ready-made pizza bases are not available and even in those places there are no retail chain pizza giants but can't they taste this Italian delicacy? For them Bread Pizza is a good option to get the similar taste of pizza.



Bread Pizza

Ingredients

Bread Slices - 8
Capsicum - 1 big size, finely chopped
Onion - 2 medium, finely sliced
Tomato - 1 medium, chopped
Oregano - 2 teaspoon
Tomato Ketchup - 3 to 4 tablespoon
Butter - 50 gms or 2 cubes
Salt to taste
Cheese - grated, 1/2 cup

Procedure
1. Lightly butter both sides of bread and toast them light brown on nonstick pan.


2. Now apply tomato ketchup evenly on one side of the bread.
3. Put chopped capsicum, tomato and onion on the bread.
4. Sprinkle salt to taste and oregano.


5. Finally add grated cheese on top. Then keep the bread on heated non-stick on medium flame and cover it with a lid and wait for 4 to 5 minutes or till the cheese melts. Serve hot.


Sunday, 30 August 2015

Cauliflower in Mustard Gravy/ Phulkopi r Jhal / Sorshe Phulkopi

Festive season has started and this week it was truly festive! India celebrated Onam, Varamahalakshmi Puja and Raksha Bandhan. What a lovely week to celebrate and a bonus was three consecutive days of holiday. Raksha Bandhan refreshes my childhood memory. Though we did not have brother but we used to tie rakhi to our cousin brothers. I remember how we used make handmade rakhis with various colors. The preparation used to start few days back and we used to buy lot of colourful threads to make rakhis. Finally we used to decorate it with our own creative thinking. Those days are gone when we used to make floral round shaped rakhis for our brother and now the market is flooded with modern style rakhis which are very sleek and single thread kind, quite similar to friendship band. One more new thing I observed today which made me surprised! Cartoon characters are also in as form of rakhi! Marketing tool has been injected to this market as well ---- My realization :-).

Today I am sharing Cauliflower in Mustard Gravy/ Phulkopi r Jhal / Sorshe Phulkopi, which is a simple traditional side dish from the land of Bengal. Sorshe phulkopi goes very well with plain rice and recipe is quite simple.

How did you celebrate this festive season and what all dishes did you cook ?

Cauliflower in Mustard Gravy/ Phulkopi r Jhal / Sorshe Phulkopi

Ingredients

Cauliflower - 2  cups, florets
Potato - 2 medium, cut in elongated shape
Turmeric Powder - 1 teaspoon
Mustard Paste - 2 teaspoon
Nigella Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Tomato - 1 medium chopped
Green Chilli - 2
Sugar - 1 teaspoon
Mustard Oil - 4 to 6 tablespoon

Procedure

1. Cut the cauliflower florets in medium size and boil them in water for 10 minutes adding salt. Drain the water and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a wok and fry the cauliflower florets with turmeric powder and salt until they are little golden in colour. While frying the florets keep the gas on medium to high flame.
3. Take the florets out and keep aside. In the remaining oil fry the potatoes with salt and turmeric powder and take them out.
4. Now heat fresh oil in a pan and add nigella seeds and add chopped tomatoes. When oil starts to separate add green chilli, and sugar.
5. Add little water to mustard paste and filter it from the top and add the top extract in to the cooked tomato and mix well. Do not pour the bottom of the mustard paste, it makes the taste bitter.
6. Add 1/2 cup water along with fried cauliflower and potato. Cook under slow flame covering with a lid for 5 to 10 minutes. Once the water gets dried serve it with plain rice.


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Mocha r Kofta Curry/Banana Flower Dumpling Curry

Mocha r Kofta Curry/Banana Flower Dumpling Curry is a popular dish of Bengal. This is an authentic dish and earlier it was cooked without onion and garlic and served on Vegetarian Days. Nowadays people cook it with onion however I am sharing the authentic no onion no garlic recipe. Banana Flower is a good source of iron but cleaning and chopping banana flower is a real tough job. While buying banana flower take out one flower and chew a little to know whether it is bitter or not. If you won't do so, your all work might go in vein. This is I am telling from my own experience ;). Here is the recipe for you :).



Mocha r Kofta Curry/Banana Flower Dumpling Curry

Ingredients

For dumplings

Banana Flower - cleaned and chopped, 11/2 cup
Potato - 1 medium, boiled and mashed
Ginger Paste - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Garam Masala Powder - 1 teaspoon
Roasted Gram Flour - 1 tablespoon
Green Chilli - chopped, 1 teaspoon
Oil for deep frying

For Gravy

Ginger Paste - 1 teaspoon
Potato - 1 medium, boiled and mashed
Tomato Paste - 1/2 cup
Turmeric Powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Cumin Powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander Powder - 1 teaspoon
Garam Masala Powder - 1 teaspoon
Ghee - 1 teaspoon
Clove - 2
Green Cardamom - 2
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
Bay Leaf - 1
Dry Red Chilli - 1
Sugar - 1 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder - 1 teaspoon
Green Chilli - 2
Mustard Oil - 2 tablespoon

Procedure

Dumplings

1. Boil the chopped banana flower and drain the water well.
2. Take all the ingredients (except oil) in a bowl and mix them well and make a tight dough. If require you can add little more gram flour.

3. Make lemon size balls and fry them in oil.
Fried Dumplings

Gravy

1. Heat oil in a pan and add bay leaf, clove, cinnamon, cardamom and dry red chilli.
2. After that add ginger paste and stir for few minutes and add tomato paste and cook till the raw smell is gone.
3. In the mean time, in a bowl add turmeric powder, salt, sugar, cumin powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and make a thick paste.
4. Add the above paste and cook well. Add smashed potato and mix well. This will help to give a thicker consistency gravy.
5. Finally add some water and allow it to boil. Next add the fried dumplings and boil for 3 to 4 minutes.
6. Add ghee and garam masala powder and switch off the gas. Serve with plain rice.