October 27, 2007

Gobi Peas Masala - Cauliflower Peas Masala Curry

Peas and Gobi are a match made in heaven. If you add the right spices, this dish can really be elevated to a fantastic side dish for pulao, rotis, and chapatis. I was on a bit of a cooking hiatus for a while and wanted a simple yet tasty dish to get my groove back. I am also a fan of quick recipes that matches my cooking style and also gives me more time to just laze around and do nothing on a weekend.

Anyway, I am trying revive myself out of the hiatus with this quickie cauliflower peas recipes.

You may also like gobi manchurian gravy recipe, gobi biryani recipe, dry cauliflower manchurian, and this easy gobi paratha recipe.

Gobi Peas Masala Recipe

Cauliflower - one medium, chopped into fine pieces
Peas - 1/2 cup
Onions - 2 large
Tomatoes - 2
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Green chillies - 4
Chicken masala - 2 tbsp
Chilly powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 3 tbsp
Salt - to taste


1. Saute the onions in the oil, with some added salt, till golden brown.

2. Add the ginger garlic paste and the masala, along with green chillies. Fry well for 3-4 mins.

3. Next, add the cauliflower, peas and tomatoes and mix well. I like the gobi in small pieces so I chopped it up finely.

4. Add 1/5 cups water and cook closed.

5. Adjust salt to taste. For added taste, also add one pinch sugar.

It tasted fine but lacked the rich colour that I have normally seen in gobi peas masala. Please let me know what you do differently. This was just a quick fix for lunch on Saturday.

October 18, 2007

Easy Tomato Pasta Recipe-Pasta Recipes for Kids

I know I have been away for way too long. I do have a reason (aka excuse), of course. Err.. Work! Anyway, I am back with yet another dish which I have been wanting to make for a long time. Pasta!! I think this can pass off as one of the easiest things I made and came out great though it was a first attempt.

Pasta is an easy and filling snack or meal that's especially kid-friendly since you can make it interesting by adding vegetables and cheese per your preference. Also, you can make the pasta sauce as spicy or flavourful as you prefer. You can also check out this vegetarian pad thai recipe, vegetarian lasagne with mushrooms, or this super simple basil pesto pasta for a quick weeknight dinner that your kids would love too. Browse all noodles and pasta recipes here.


Pasta (boiled with little salt) - 1 cup
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Onions - 1, finely diced
Crushed garlic - 6 cloves
Crushed red chillies - 3
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Capsicum - half
Oil - 1 tbsp

How to Make Simple Tomato Pasta:

1. Saute onions and garlic in oil till golden brown.

2. Add pepper and crushed chillies and fry for a min.

3. Make a puree out of the tomatoes and add to the above mixture, along with the capsicum. Boil for 3 mins.

4. Add the boiled pasta and keep on fire for another 2-3 mins. Add salt to taste.

It was slightly bland, but it was great for dinner. If you have any suggestions in making pasta dishes more flavourful, do let me know. Adding cheese would be a last option, since its not too healthy (though I love cheese!).

October 10, 2007

Basic White No-Knead Bread Recipe

For so so so long I have been wanting to bake a loaf (or even a chunk is good enough) myself. I went around in search of yeast and even lamented in a post that good quality yeast is difficult to come by in Hyderabad. The next day after layered paratha recipe post, Bhags from Crazy Curry emailed me with the sweetest offer I have received in my life. An extract from her email (hope she doesn't mind)
"I just read in your blog that you are looking for yeast in Hyderabad. I got some yeast packets from USA, when I used to live there. So if you think it is ok with you, I can mail you some of them. This is not going to be any botheration to me, so please dont hesitate. I will be more than just happy to mail them. The packets are small sachet size, so they can easily be mailed in an enevelope."
I received the envelope last week and I wanted this post to be a surprise for her.

This post is dedicated to one of the sweetest people I have come across in my life, Bhags :)

I have taken inspiration from Raaga's and Jai and Bee's posts on similar kind of bread/buns. Since I made my first bread, I have gone on to bake a lot more loaves and rolls. My most popular and favourite bread recipes are - garlic bread rolls, hokkaido milk bread and 30 minute pizza base.

Basic White Bread Recipe

Maida or plain flour - 1 cup
Yeast - 1tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Salt - 3/4 tbsp
Milk - 4 tbsp
Boiling water - 4 tbsp


1. Dissolve yeast in little water and keep aside.

2. Mix oil, salt, sugar and boiling water well till the sugar dissolves. Add milk to bring it to room temperature.

3. Add yeast to this mixture and blend in well. Add flour and knead well until well incorporated  Keep mixture in a greased bowl for an hour and let it rise.

4. The mixture will be sticky and very difficult to shape. Transfer it to a thick baking pot/dish and bake for 20-25 mins.

My first attempt at baking bread was far from perfect and I think I should get hold of a better baking pan and try fermenting for an entire day like the original recipes suggests. I also want to try this with whole wheat since I prefer healthier bread. Also want to try adding oats, bran and other stuff to the bread. Lets see, all in good time.

I am super thrilled with my first attempt and it was pure heaven having the smell of baked bread in the house for an entire day :)

October 7, 2007

Simple Vegetable Rice Recipe - Vegetable Rice Recipe

On most days, I end up making a simple vegetable rice recipe which is mixed rice with some vegetables and minimum spices. It's an easy one pot meal option for bachelors (and bachelorettes like me) who don't want to spent too much time in the kitchen or don't have fancy equipment to cook with. This recipe is a standard one I use on most weekends with minimum variations. You may also like my pressure cooker vegetable pulao, simple veg pulao recipe, and egg fried rice recipe.

Simple Vegetable Rice Recipe - Vegetable Rice Recipe
It was Saturday, a break after a hectic week. I had carrots and beans in the fridge, and a packet of frozen peas. Was too tired to go grocery shopping so decided to make do with rice with vegetables in it. When you are a bit tight on time, putting together some rice and vegetables in the pressure cooker is the simplest way to get a meal on the table. Buying frozen vegetables is a great way to ensure that you always have some vegetables in hand to throw together this vegetable rice but if you are averse to using frozen vegetables in general, then you can buy fresh vegetables and chop them up before freezing them in ziplock bags or airtight containers. I often do this with vegetables that we only need in smaller quantities (like celery, or kaffir lime leaves), or curry leaves which I can only get fresh when I get to the Indian store every month or so.

So let's check out how to prepare a simple vegetable rice with whatever vegetables you have lying around in your fridge. A great way to use up leftovers and also get a nutritious meal for you and your family.

Simple Vegetable Rice Recipe

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Carrots - 2
Beans - 8-10
Peas - 1/4 cup
Onion - 1 medium
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1tbsp
Salt - to taste

How to Make Vegetable Rice:
1. Wash and drain the rice and soak in water for 30 mins.
2. Fry chopped onions and ginger garlic paste in oil, in the pressure cooker pan.
3. When onions turn transparent, add the garam masala and cumin powder. Fry for another minute.
4. Add the vegetables and mix well. Then add the rice, salt and fry for 2 mins.
5. Add 1 cup water, wait for a whistle (5-6 mins), remove pressure cooker from fire and wait till the pressure leaves.
6. When warm itself, add the pepper powder and mix well.

This vegetable rice is easy and very flavourful. I had it with papad and raita.