Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dal - Roti. (Comfort Food.)


  • 1 Cup Moong Dal
  • 1 tbsp Ginger (grated)
  • 1 tbsp Garlic (grated)
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Corriander powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1" Cinnamon stick
  • Few Curry leaves
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • lemon to serve.


  • Soak the dal for an hour.Then pressure cook the dal for about 2-3 Whistles.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the ginger , garlic & onion till they are soft.
  • Add the tomatoes & cook till it disintegrates & all in all the spices except garam masala.
  • Let this cook well for about 5 mins & then add the boiled lentils to this.
  • Mix thoroughly & let it simmer on slow flame for about 10-15 mts.
  • Now heat the ghee , once its hot add the dried red chillies & stir around till fragrant.
  • Add the garam masala , curry leaves & instantly pour it into the dal.
  • This will fill up the kitchen with wonderful aroma.Remove.
  • Check for salt & squeeze the lime, garnish with chopped cilantro, some raw onions & serve hot with rotis.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Garlic Naan.


  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp water.
  Garlic-butter topping(Mix both) :
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic


  • Microwave water for 10sec.The water should be luke warm.
  • Add yeast, sugar and salt. Leave it for 10mins till the yeast forms a froth(gets activated).
  • Now add all remaining ingredients and make it into a dough.Knead for 3-4mins.
  • Cover with a cloth or plastic wrap and leave it in a warm place for about 2-3hrs till the dough doubles in volume.
  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Make balls from the dough and roll them. Do not make them too thick as they puff up when baked
  • You can roll them a little thicker than chapathi/phulka but thinner than alu paratha.
  • Apply a little butter on top. Line them on a lightly buttered cookie sheet.
  • Bake in the oven at 425F for about 7mins till they puff up.
  • Take out, apply the garlic-butter mixture on the top and keep it in the oven again.
  • Bake for another 5mins till the top looks brownish.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Pineapple Pastry for New year


For the Cake:

  • 2 Cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar (Confectioner's Sugar)
  • 6 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Pineapple Essence

For Filling & Frosting:

  • 2 Cups heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup Pine apple Chunks

For the Syrup:

  • 2 tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup cold water
  • 1/2 tsp Pineapple essence


  • Preheat oven to 300F.Lightly oil & flour the metal pan & set aside.
  • Seperate the white from the yolks.Beat each separately adding pineapple extract & lil sugar at a time.
  • The Whites should form stiff peaks & the yolks should be pale & thick.
  • Slowly mix the beaten yolks into whites in a circular inward to outward motion. Do not beat or mix vigorously.
  • Sift flour & baking powder twice & mix with the beaten eggs.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pans.Bake for 20 mts till cake is done & springs back on touch or a toothpick come out clean when inserted.
  • Let the pan cool for 10 mts& invert cake.let it cool completely before frosting.
  • Chill the beater & bowl in which you will whip the cream.
  • Whip cream while slowly adding sugar till cream is thick & stiff.(Do not overbeat , it turns to butter)
  • Mix Sugar, essence & water in a bowl.Cut the cake into two equal halves.
  • Place one cake & spoon the syrup all over the cake till it is moist (not till soggy)
  • Spread an even layer of the cream, some pineapple chunks.Place the other cake on the top & again spoon some syrup over it like before.
  • Spread an even & thick layer of cream on the top & decorate with the pine apple Chunks & cherries.
  • Decorate the cake with the cream as per your imagination.Enjoy the pastry.

Happy New year Once again.