Fattoush – Arabian bites
March 2nd, 2007
1 medium green capsicum, seeded, cubed 1 medium tomato, cubed 1 medium cucumber, cubed 1 medium onion, cubed 2-3 slices bread, cubed 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small bunch lettuce (iceberg), hand torn 5-6 black olives 5-6 green olives 1-2 sprigs fresh parsley For dressing 3 tbsps olive oil 1 tbsp vinegar 1 tbsp lemon juice Salt to taste 5-6 black peppercorns, crushed 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped 1 tsp dried mint Heat olive oil in a pan, add bread pieces and sauté on medium heat to make croutons. To make the dressing take olive oil in a bowl, add vinegar, lemon juice, salt, crushed black peppercorns, parsley, dried mint and whisk well. Tear iceberg lettuce into a bowl. Add all the vegetables and onion. Add black and green olives. Tear parsley and add. Toss well. Just before serving pour the dressing over, add ...

 

Asparagus with saffron chilli cheese sauce
January 19th, 2007
8 fresh asparagus 1 gram saffron 3 fresh red chillies 2 tbsps butter 1 cup fresh cream 1/2 cup cheese, grated Salt to taste 5-6 black peppercorns, crushed Satay sticks as required Trim and cut asparagus into six-inch pieces. String them onto the satay sticks. For the sauce, chop two red chillies. Heat two tablespoons of butter in a pan, add red chillies and sauté. Add fresh cream and mix. Cook till slightly reduced. Add saffron and cheese and cook on low heat till it thickens. Heat the remaining butter in a grill pan and place the satay sticks with asparagus on it. Grill the asparagus, turning the sticks from time to time. As the asparagus is getting cooked sprinkle salt and crushed black peppercorns. Take care not to overcook the asparagus. When done, place the asparagus neatly ...

 

Dark chocolate orange cake
January 19th, 2007
1 cup dark chocolate, grated 1 tbsp orange zest, chopped 2 tbsps orange marmalade 1 1/2 cups refined flour (maida) + 1 tbsp 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar 3 eggs, beaten 2 tsps baking powder 2/3 cup milk 1/3 cup almonds, flaked Preheat oven to 180°C. Line and grease an eight-inch round baking tin. Take butter and brown sugar in a bowl and cream till light. Add orange zest, orange marmalade and mix well. Add grated chocolate and mix well. Beat eggs till light and fluffy. Add some of it to the butter-sugar mixture and mix with a light hand. Sieve refined flour and baking powder into the bowl and mix. Add some more eggs and mix. Add the remaining eggs, milk, almond flakes and mix. Transfer into the greased tin and bake in the preheated oven at ...

 

Banana French Toast
December 11th, 2006
8 slices white/brown bread 2 large bananas 2 tablespoons orange marmalade 6 eggs 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 2-3 drops vanilla essence, optional ½ cup milk 4 tablespoons butter Maple syrup as required Peel and grate the ripe bananas. Add orange marmalade and mix with a hand blender. Break eggs into a bowl, add powdered sugar and mix with the hand blender till well blended. If you wish you can add a few drops of vanilla essence and mix. Add milk and blend again. Spread the banana mixture over one bread slice. Place another slice over it. Heat a pan. Add half a tablespoon of butter. Dip the sandwich in the egg mixture and place it on the hot pan and cook on medium heat. When one side is done turn ...

 

Toasted Cheese Sandwich
December 11th, 2006
8 brown bread slices 1 1/2 cups cheese, grated 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium green capsicum, seeded and chopped 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped 4 tablespoons tomato sauce 2-3 green chillies, chopped 4-5 tablespoons butter Take cheese in a bowl. Add onion, capsicum, tomato, tomato sauce, green chillies and mix. Apply this mixture on top of a bread slice, place another slice over it and press slightly. Similarly prepare the remaining sandwiches. Apply a little butter on one side and place them on a grill buttered side down. Apply a little butter on the top side and close the grill. Grill till golden brown. Serve hot.

 

Vegetable Triple Decker Sandwich
December 11th, 2006
12 slices bread 1 1/2 cups cream cheese 1 cup cheese spread A few leaves iceberg lettuce 3-4 cucumbers, sliced 4 medium potatoes, boiled and sliced Salt to taste Black pepper powder to taste 3-4 tomatoes, sliced 5-6 pickled gherkins, sliced 1 teaspoon red chillies, crushed Use a day old bread. Take three slices per sandwich. Mix cream cheese and cheese spread to make a smooth paste. Apply a portion of this paste on one slice of bread. Place a lettuce leaf and cover with a layer of cucumber and potato on it. Sprinkle salt and black pepper powder and put another slice of bread over it. Apply a portion of the cream cheese paste over the second slice of bread generously. Place a few lettuce leaves and cover with tomato slices. Sprinkle sliced gherkins ...

 

Dabeli
December 11th, 2006
4 round buns (pavs) 1 1/2 tablespoons dabeli masala powder 3 tablespoons oil 2 large potatoes, boiled and mashed Salt to taste 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 cup sweet tamarind chutney 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup masala moongphali (spicy peanuts) 1/4 cup coconut, scraped 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate pearls 10-12 black grapes, chopped 1 cup nylon sev 2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, chopped 1/4 cup red chilli-garlic chutney 2 medium onions, finely chopped 2 tablespoons butter Heat oil in a pan. Add potatoes, salt and a little water. Mix well and add dabeli masala, lemon juice, half a cup of sweet tamarind chutney and sugar. Mix and cook till the moisture is absorbed. Transfer the mixture into a plate and spread it. Sprinkle masala moongphali, scraped coconut, fresh pomegranate pearls, black grapes, half the sev and coriander leaves over the top. Slit ...

 

Luscious lips
November 26th, 2006
Use this home remedy to lighten the colour of your lips: Crush a few rose petals, and mix with a small quantity of butter. Apply this mixture on your lips at night. Follow this beauty routine every night for a week, and you will notice a difference. Make sure you use a lipstick from a reputed company.

 

Mixed fruit chaat
November 26th, 2006
Mixed fruit chaat 1/4 small pineapple 1/4 small watermelon 2 medium pears 2 medium apples1 medium green apple 1/4 small musk melon 2 small plums, seeded and quartered 4-5 strawberries, halved 1 large star fruit 1 tsp cumin seeds black salt to taste 3 fresh red chillies, chopped 2 green chillies, chopped 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp lime juice 2 tsp chaat masala Cut pineapple, watermelon, pears, apples, green apples, melon into one-inch sized pieces. Halve the star fruit and then slice thinly. Place fruits in a large bowl. Roast cumin seeds nicely. Grind the roasted cumin seeds coarsely with black salt in a mortar with a pestle. Place in a bowl. Grind fresh red chillies, green chillies, coriander leaves and mint leaves in the mortar with ...

 

Badam Sheera
November 16th, 2006
Ghee and sugar are good for the body in winter; two spoons of Badam Sheera along with a glass of milk every morning, can keep you healthy. Ingredients: 1 cup ground badam (almonds) 2 cups milk 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp ghee Method: Put ghee in a thick kadhai. Let it heat for a minute. Add ground badam and stir for 2-3 minutes. Add milk to the mixture. Let it boil on a slow flame. Add sugar once the mixture has thickened. Continue stirring till it has become thick like halwa. After the ghee has settled, take off from heat. Garnish with peeled, sliced badam and serve hot.

 

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