Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Simple Fried Rice

Basmati rice - 1 cup
Carrot - 1, chopped finely
Capsicum - 1/2 cup, chopped finely
Pepper - 1 tsp
Spring onion - 3 to 4 sprig, white and green parts separated
Olive oil - 2 tbspns

Wash and soak the rice in water for 20 minutes. Drain and cook the rice with 1 1/2 cups of water. Add a tsp of olive oil and separate the grains.
Heat a broad pan with olive oil. When its hot, add the white part of the onions and veggies and fry for 2 minutes or until its cooked, but retains its crunchiness. Now add pepper and salt.  Add the cooked rice and stir till it gets heated up. Garnish with green parts of spring onions.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Baked Nutella Doughnuts with Nutella Glaze

Yields 10 Donuts
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tbspn unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tbspns packed light-brown sugar
1/3 cup Nutella
3 tbspns butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

For the Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 tbspns Nutella
4 - 6 tsps milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Chopped, toasted hazelnuts or sprinkles, for topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium-low speed, whip together granulated sugar, light-brown sugar, Nutella and butter until well blended, about 20 seconds. Stir in egg and vanilla. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula and working in three separate batches, add 1/3 of the flour mixture alternating with half of the milk, mixing and folding just until combined after each addition and beginning and ending with flour mixture. 
Divide batter among greased doughnut pans filling each about 3/4 full ). Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into doughnut comes out clean, about 7 - 9 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes, then run a butter knife around edges to loosen and invert onto wire rack and allow to cool completely.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, 2 1/2 tbspns Nutella, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth, then spread Nutella glaze over tops of doughnuts. Top with sprinkles or chopped hazelnuts and allow glaze to set at room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Oreo Milkshake

Serves 1 Glass
Chocolate Syrup - 1 tsp
Oreo Cookies - 2
Milk - 3/4 cup
Vanilla Ice Cream - 1/4 tsp

Spoon the syrup into the glass. Roll the glass to coat bottom and inside of glass. Finely chop one cookie. Set aside.
Quarter remaining cookie. Place it in the blender. Add milk and ice cream; blend until smooth.
Pour into prepared glass. Top with chopped cookies. Serve immediately.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Aloo Mutter Korma

Serves 4
Inspired from Tarla Dalal
15 small potatoes boiled or 4 medium sized potatoes boiled and chopped
1 1/2 cups boiled green peas
2 tbsp thick fresh curds, whisked
1/4 cup fresh cream or whole milk
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp ghee
Salt to taste

To be blended into a smooth paste;
1 tsp oil
1 cup roughly chopped onions*
2 tbsp broken cashew nuts 
1 tsp chopped ginger 
3-4 finely chopped green chilies
1 cup water

*Saute the onions in a tsp of oil. Cool completely and blend it with other ingredients.

Heat the ghee in a pan, add the prepared paste and sauté till the mixture leaves oil.
Add the potatoes, peas, curds, cream, garam masala and salt and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Serve hot.