Sunday, June 22, 2014

Spinach Dosa and Garlic Chutney

Here is a delicious, veggie loaded dosa for all the dosa lovers out there. This goes well with garlic chutney and sambar along with the potato filling(masala). Try this out yourself and let me know how you like it.
For Dosa
Dosa batter -2cups
Spinach puree/paste-1/2 cup ( take fresh clean spinach and grind to smooth paste)
Salt -1tsp
Mix dosa batter along with spinach paste.Add water if needed to get a pouring consistency add  salt. Heat a Non Stick Pan and take a laddle full of batter and spread it in circles, this has to be done quickly. It is a skill which comes with practice, spread little butter or ghee or oil around the edges. Roast the dosa on medium flame and then reduce the heat.When dosa  turn golden brown in color   fill with several tablespoons of the potato filling  roll up and serve immediately with sambar and chutney.
For Garlic Chutney
Garlic -3/4 cup
Tomato paste-2 tbs/2 medium tomatoes
Red chili - 4
For seasoning
Oil  – 1 table spoon
Mustard -1 teaspoon
Red chilli-1
Curry leaves -few
In 2 tablespoons of oil sauté the chilies first and remove it from the oil. Then sauté the garlic and tomatoes n till the garlic turns translucent. Finally add salt as needed. When this cools down grind it to a paste.My chutney was too thick so I ended up adding 1/4 cup of water. Heat oil ,add the mustard seeds and then when it splutters add dry red chilly.Add this to the chutney and mix

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Quick Fix Tiramisu Parfaits

Today being the Father's day, Aishwarya and I thought of indulging Jai with all his favorite foods.We had home made waffles and berry syrup for breakfast. We had a quick lunch from outside after the father- daughter and mother movie date. After the movie, lunch and shopping I didn't have much time nor energy. I had planned on making his favorite Biriyani and Tiramisu for dinner. I didn't want to experiment with the biriyani so I made it the way I always does. But I was a bit more daring with the Tiramisu -  I thought  after all, what can go wrong with Liqueur cake and pudding .Just as  I figured it turned out quite good. I am not promising you the real tiramisu but this sure is a delicious quick fix substitute for Tiramisu.
Happy Father's day to all the awesome dads out there.  Today I feel so blessed to be having such awesome dads in my life: an awesome Father,Father-in-law, Grandfathers and a wonderful dad for my daughter.
2 cups milk
2 3/4 ounces vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cups brewed coffee, cooled
1 (16 ounce) frozen Schlunder Liqueur Cake , cut into 3/4-inch cubes( I used only half the cake)
1 tablespoon cognac/Coffee liqueur
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup grated chocolate, optional
Whipped cream, for serving
In a  saucepan, stir together the  2 cups milk and the vanilla pudding mix over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Pour the coffee into a shallow dish pour in the cognac or coffee liqueur. Dip the cake cubes into the coffee mix, turning to coat.  Place  the cake cubes in  parfait glasses; drizzle with half the coffee mixture.  Cover with half the pudding mixture, then 1/3 of the grated chocolate. Repeat if needed.Refrigerate 4 hours Before serving top with  whipped cream. Dust with the cocoa powder and serve

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Italian Cream Soda with Homemade Syrup

I typically go for Italian soda when we dine Italian. I had been thinking of recreating it for some time now.
With the thermometer showing the north of 90s on many days, now was a good time to try this out. The best thing about this is that since we are using home made syrup, it tastes way better than the restaurant ones. You also can control your calorie intake by reducing the sugar content in the syrup or by substituting cream with whole milk and still have an awesome drink.
Recipe adapted from: Curly girl Kitchen
Homemade Berry Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups berries ( Any berry would do)
Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat and stir to dissolve the sugar.  Add the berries, return to a boil, then reduce to medium heat.  Boil for 10 minutes.  Reduce to low and simmer for 10 more minutes.
Remove from the heat; pour through a mesh strainer, pressing the fruit with the back of a spoon to extract all the liquid.  Store in the refrigerator in a glass jar until chilled and ready to use. Yields 1 and 1/2 cups syrup

Italian Cream Sodas
1-2 tablespoons syrup
Club soda
Splash of cream, half 'n' half or whole milk
Fill a tall glass halfway full of  ice.  Pour the syrup over the ice,add more if you like it sweet.  Add the club soda, filling an inch from  the top of the glass.  Add the cream . Enjoy
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