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Saturday, December 26, 2009

"Fusion Cuisine'- Methi 'Ricotta' Mutter

'Ricotta cheese' isn't my refrigerator staple,but I am seeing that I am buying it more often than before and experimenting with it. It is a not 'real' cheese, has very creamy texture and blends well in both sweet and savory dishes. More so....I have started using it in Indian cuisine..making Pedhas, Rasmalai and now this -Methi 'Ricotta' Mutter.....which is as you all might know....a variant of  Methi 'Malai' Mutter.
Fenugreek/Methi has a distinct 'bitter' taste to it. If the bitterness in not your favorite..and you prefer mild tasting curries....this one is a good choice.
Last week, couple of my friends went to NY city for a weekend trip.I had asked them to get me some fresh methi from the Indian Grocery store.'M' isn't a big fan of just stir fried methi......so I thought I will make 'Methi-Mutter' but with Ricotta instead of the 'Malai'.

1 and 1/2 cups cleaned chopped methi leaves
1/2 cups frozen green peas
1/4 cup chopped onion
2tbsp Ricotta cheese
1tbsp milk powder
1 cup Milk
2 tsp ketchup
1/2tsp cumin
1/2tsp cumin-coraineder powder
1/4tsp chili powder
1/4tsp garam masala
1pinch black pepper
1 pinch nutmeg
1bay leaf
1tsp ghee/butter
1/4tsp sugar

1) Heat ghee/butter.Add cumin, bay leaf.Add onions saute till translucent.Add the chopped methi.Saute 2 mins
2) Add the milk, all the spices, milk powder, ketchup and let the methi cook on low flame
3) Add green peas and Ricotta cheese. Mix well.Let it boil for 2 mins.The curry is pretty thick.
4) Serve hot with naan/roti/rice.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"Everyday Cooking'- Kobi chi vadi/ Steamed cabbage and gram flour rolls

Ever wonder what to do with that BIG cabbage head you buy at the grocery store? It lies in my refrigerator for an awfull amount of time.Last week after buying the cabbage.....I used the cabbage to make 'Bhaji' , then in chinese type stir fry, in fried rice, in mix veg soup....but still some was left. I remembered the 'Kobi chi vadi' my mom used to make. It is nothing but cabbage, gram flour mixed together....kneaded into rolls, steamed.....cut into discs...and shallow fried. It doesn't feel that there is 'cabbage' in there and is a sure winner for those 'Cabbage dislikers' out there.
Couple months ago I tried a different version of this, but this time decided to stick with the 'known simple' version of it. They came out really good.....I was snacking on those all day long!!!
1 cup cabbage finely chopped
1 and 1/2 cups Gram flour/ Besan
1tbsp corn flour
1tsp garlic ginger paste
1/4 cup roasted sesame seeds
1tsp tamarind extract+ 1tbsp jaggery mixed in little water
1/2tsp turmeric
1tsp chili powder
1/2tsp cumin seeds

1) Mix together cabbage, Gram flour, corn flour, turmeric, cumin, chili powder,sesame seeds, ginger garlic paste,salt etc. Knead with the tamarind-jaggery water. The dough is very sticky.Add only as much water as necessary to make semi soft dough. If dough is too hard, vadis will be hard and dry.If too soft, it will be hard to make into logs.
2) With oiled hands, roll the dough into log shape.
3) Place the logs into oiled vessels.
4) Steam in pressure cooker without whistle for 20-25 mins.Let them cool.

5) Cut out thin slices/ discs from the cooled roll.
6) Shallow fry in oil untill golden brown and crisp .
7) Garnish with roasted sesame seeds and serve warm with ketchup.

Monday, December 21, 2009

"Everyday Cooking"- Tomato-Parmesan Soup

Of the many things you cannot 'do' after having a baby ...some are.....watching a movie in a theater, eating out 'peacefully'....going out whenever 'you' want to!
'M' and I haven't been to a theater, to watch a movie together, since 'E' was born ( And 'E' is now 2and 1/2 yrs old!).We 'try' to eat out...but it is no where 'peacefull'.We have to take turns eating and entertaining 'E'...it's a Big venture!!!
So.....since 'E' started pre-school from September this year..I started dreaming on- how I would utilize the time I have 'off' and what all we could do! Those 3 hrs (9am to 12pm) were going to be 'ours'.
I made plans..once 'M' and I can go for a movie...or may be just for a 'brunch' to some Cafe. My first plan ..of going to a movie failed....as there are no shows from 9am to 12 pm in Regal Cinema,Ithaca.What a bummer! But we did work on our next plan....
Lat week 'M' took a morning off from work....we went to this place called 'Hope's Way Catering and Cafe' nearby.They have many 'brunchy' items on menu-soups, pastas, salads,scones, muffins,pound cakes,coffee cakes etc etc.Also, they are famous for their incredibly yummy desserts.
We tried this 'Tomato-Parmesan' soup on that snowy- wintry morning.The soup was nice and creamy, had a pinkish hue.It was amazing to sip on warm soup, in the cozy Cafe.....especially 'M' by my side....
I tried to make 'similar' soup at home this week...and it came out pretty good!

2 Ripe tomatoes chopped
2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I used Parmesan-Romano cheese)
1tbsp crushed tomatoes/ 1tsp ketchup
2 tsp All pupose flour
1tsp butter
1tbsp onion finely chopped
1tsp Italian seasoning
Black pepper
Red chili powder

Oyster Crackers/Croutons/  Bread to serve along

1) Heat 1tsp butter in a sauce pan. Add the chopped onions.Fry till translucent.
Add the all purpose flour .Fry for few seconds.
2) Add the milk and mix well. Let the flour cook and the 'sauce'/ soup thicken up.
3) Add the tomatoes, seasoning, black pepper, sugar , chili powder, crushed tomatoes and let it simmer.The soup gets a 'pinkish' color.
4) Add the grated cheese. Mix well. Check for salt. Cheese is pretty salty, so add salt after tasting.Adjust consistency with milk/water.
4) Serve warm with Oyster crackers/ Croutons/ Bread.

Sip on the warm,creamy soup with tomatoes with the warmth of black pepper and chili powder!