Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Mango Milk shake - A refreshing drink for summer

Mangoes are one of the best fruit you can get during the summer and everyone loves mangoes:). I still remember the childhood summer vacation days when we used to sit under the mango tree and wait for the wind to blow to get the sweet ripe mangoes. Now we don't have the luxury to have such fresh mangoes but still we can get tasty mangoes form market :)

The mango milk shake is one of my favorite and it is very easy to prepare. Somehow my kid doesn't drink the milk shake so as an alternate I pour them into Popsicle maker and keep it in fridge and she just love to have it.

So here we can see the simple steps to prepare the mango milk shake.

Ripe Mango - 2 Medium
Chilled Milk - 2 cups
Sugar - for taste
Horlicks powder - 1 tbsp (Optional)
Ice cubes

First take 2 medium sized mangoes and cut the it into small pieces. Blend the mango pieces into a thick paste by adding little milk. Then add rest of the milk, sugar, 4 ice cubes, Horlicks (optional) and blend it for few seconds.

Pour it into glasses and add ice cubes on top if required. If you like to prepare the Popsicle, you can pour the same mixture into the Popsicle maker and refrigerate it.


Add some more milk if the consistency is too thick.
Add vanilla ice cream on top to make it Mango Ice cream milk shake :)

Friday, 18 April 2014

Grill Pan Chicken fry @ home

The Grill pan is one of the best cookware I bought recently. You can use very less oil for frying and it will not stick to the pan also. Its a worth buy.

Marination is very important to prepare the grilled chicken. The chicken has to be marinated and refrigerated for at least 8-10 hours before preparing.

Take thick curd to marinate the chicken, if the curd is watery then pour it in a muslin cloth and squeeze out all the water.

So here is the method to prepare the tasty tawa grill chicken.

The Ingredients required are as below:

Chicken Pieces - 500gm (Cut into big pieces as shown in picture. Here I have used 2 leg pieces)
Thick curd - 1/2 cup
Salt for taste
Crushed Red Chilly / red chilli powder - 1 tbsp
Garam Masala - 1 tbsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
little soya sause
one lemon juice

Mix thick curd and all the ingredients mentioned above in a bowl to make it a thick paste. Add the chicken pieces to this mix and coat evenly.

Transfer it into an aluminium container or airtight container and freeze it for 10 hours.

Heat the grill tawa with 2-3 drops of oil. Keep the chicken pieces and fry it in medium flame.

Fry both sides till its done.

The juicy grilled chicken is ready to serve. Enjoy the taste :)

Friday, 11 April 2014

Paneer Tikka Masala

Today's post is about the delicious paneer tikka masala. I have been planning to write this post from past three days, but just felt lazy to write it down. :) As today is Friday I thought of sharing this so that you get an excellent dish recipe for the weekend... hmmm

I still remember the first time I tasted paneer, it was when I went to Calicut for an exam with my father and I had it at the very famous "The paragon restaurant". Hmm.. I think I just liked it that time. But now I just love paneer dishes and try to prepare as much paneer variety as possible. 

This recipe is a combination of many paneer tikka recipes which I got from the internet. This is really easy to prepare and very tasty also. This is a must try if you are a paneer lover.

Ingredients required for preparing this dish are

Paneer - 200g (Milky Mist Paneer)
Onion - 1 medium
Tomato -1 medium
Capsicum -1 medium

Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Garamasala - 1/2 tsp
All Purpose Flour /Maida - 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds  - 1 tsp

Lime Juice  - 1 lime
Kasoori Methi - A pinch
Thick  Curd - 3 tbsp
Salt - As required

Tomato Pure - 2 tomatoes
Oil - As required
Water - 2 cup

Onion Chopped - 1 big

Cream Fresh /Milk
Coriander Leaves - optional

Cut Paneer, Onion, tomato and Capsicum in big cubes and keep it aside. Take a bowl with thick curd and add Chilli powder, salt, kasoori methi, lemon juice and oil, mix well. Add the paneer cubes to it and mix well. Now add the onion, tomato and capsicum cubes to this and keep it aside for 15 minutes.

Heat a wide nonstick pan and add very little oil(say 1tbsp) and add the marinated paneer and veggies and fry both sides till done and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a kadai and add cumin seeds and once they splutter add the chopped onion and saute for a minute. Here we don't need to saute till the onions are brown in color. Add turmeric powder, salt, ginger garlic paste, Maida and saute for two more minutes. 

Add tomato puree followed by coriander powder,cumin powder,red chilli powder and mix well. Let it cook for five more minutes or till you can see the oil gets separate

Add enough water and allow it to boil. Add water such that you get enough gravy after you add the paneer and veggies.

Add the cooked paneer and veggies to this gravy and allow to cook for next 3 minutes. Add garam masala powder also to the gravy. Add cream to this gravy as required. I added milk as the cream was not available at home. Now cook this mix for about 3 minutes and switch off the flame. 

Garnish with coriander leaves. The tasty paneer tikka masala is ready :)


While frying paneer, onion , capsicum and tomato; add tomato at the end to avoid it getting overcooked.

This dish goes well with Jeera rice or butter naan.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Easy Vegetable Cutlet with beetroot potato and peas

Cutlets are my all time favorite vegetable snack. But somehow I never tried preparing them at home. This was my first attempt to prepare vegetable cutlet and YESSS... it came out very well :)
So here comes the ingredients and method to prepare tasty vegetable cutlets at home.

Beetroot : 1 
Potato : 3 
Green Peas - 1 cup
Finely chopped Onion : 1 big 
Ginger (Chopped) : 1 tbsp
Garlic (Chopped) : 1 tbsp
Green chilli (Chopped) : 3
Turmeric powder : 1 tsp
Coriander Powder : 1 tsp
Red chilly powder : 2 tsp
Pepper powder : 1 tsp
Garam Masala : 1 tsp
Bread crumbs & Rava mixed: 1 cup
Maida mixed with water  : 2 cup
Salt : As required
Oil : for frying

:- Pressure cook the potatoes and beetroot. Microwave peas or you can pressure cook it with very little water till done. Peel the potatoes, beetroot and add peas and mash all of them together. Keep it aside.

:- Take a bowl and mix Maida and water together to form a smooth paste. This should not be a thick paste (watery consistency).

:- Mix Bread crumbs and rava together in a plate and keep it aside for coating the cutlets. Rava will give extra crispiness to the cutlets.

:- Heat oil in a pan and add green chilies,ginger,garlic and onion.Saute until onion turns golden brown. Add chili ,turmeric,coriander,black pepper and garam masala powder.Saute for 2 minutes. Now add mashed vegetables and salt to it mix well and cook for 3 more minutes. Allow this mixture to cool.

:- Now roll out small portions of the mixture into small sized ball and flatten them between your palms to give it shape.

:- Dip each cutlets in the prepared batter and roll in breadcrumbs-rava mix making sure that all sides are nicely and evenly coated.

:- Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the cutlets in medium flame ,turning once in between. Once done transfer to a kitchen tissue.

Serve the tasty cutlets hot with tomato Ketchup and tea.

You can use egg mix instead or Maida.
You can add chopped coriander leaves, carrot and beans to the veg mix.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Seer or King Fish Fry / Ayakoora fry

Seer fish/ayakoora tastes good if you fry it or prepare curry. This is very easy to clean and easy to eat as well. :)

This is a very simple recipe. The ingredients required are as below.

Seer Fish/King Fish/Ayakoora - 500gm (3 pieces)
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Chilli Powder - 3 tsp
Salt - As required
Water - 1 tsp
oil - for shallow fry

Take a bowl and mix turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt with little water to make it a thick paste. Apply this paste on both side of the fish pieces and keep it aside for half an hour.

Heat a pan with oil and once the oil is hot arrange the fish pieces in the pan. Fry the fish on both sides and serve hot with rice and curry.

Mix 1 tsp corn flour to the turmeric-chilli paste to make the fish fry crispy. 
You can add ginger-garlic paste to the mix.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Watermelon Special Recipe for the summer days

This season watermelons are available everywhere. Watermelon is one of the best fruit you can have during summer days.

This is a simple recipe which you can prepare at home and have it whenever you feel to have something cold and tasty.

First cut the watermelon into half. Now peel the watermelon and cut it into small chunks using a knife. Place this in a bowl and cut all the remaining pieces into very small chunks and mash it using a spoon.

Once you can see small pieces of watermelon and juice in the bowl, add some sugar according to taste and cover the bowl and refrigerate for an hour.

Serve chilled and enjoy.


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