So now that the first part of the festive season and a short break is over..here is something that i made for my family some time back
Thai Green Curry
In a large sauce pan, simmer half the quantity of the coconut milk. Add all the vegetables to it (exclude the tofu) and cook...
Add required amount of thai green curry paste and salt to it and let it simmer for 10 more minutes or till the vegetables are cooked.
Add the balance amount of coconut milk, tofu and simmer for some more time...
Add the thai basil leaves and serve hot with cooked rice...
This is a variety fo vegetable pulao which i made recently on a week day. Having less time in hand i had to make something which is a meal by itself and is also tasty…so here goes
This is my entry to Sunita’s “Think spice-think saffron “…
Soak the basmati rice in water for 30 mins and cook it with the whole masala powder till each grain seperates. (While cooking one could also add 1-2 tsp of ghee, increases the flavour of the rice)
Once the rice is cooked remove the rice on a plate and let it cook and let the rice grains seperate.
Take a kadai and heat oil in it.
Add finely diced onions and ginger-garlic paste to it and saute till the onions turn little brown in colour.
Once the raw smell of the ginger - garlic paste is gone add, pureed tomatoes and let it cook till the oil seperates on the sides of the kadai..
Add the other diced vegetables and let it cook.
Once the vegetables are 80% cooked, add the masala powders and cook till the vegetables are well done.
Add the cooked rice, salt and mix well and cook under a very low flame with the lid closed so that all the flavour seeps in the rice...
Dissolve saffron in little luke warm milk and set aside for 15 minutes. Add the saffron milk to the rice and mix well...
Garnish with corriander leaves and serve with raita
This is Pav Bhaji with a difference, have made this in the microwave (most of the vegetable cooking), but the result was good
Prick the potatoes all around with fork and cook on High for 9-10 mins in the microwave and set aside.
Cook the rest of the diced vegetables in the microwave for 10 min on high
(use a lid which has vents or else do not close the microwave container with a lid whiile cooking)
Peel the potatoes and dice the cooked potatoes.
Take 50% of cooked potatoes and mash them with a ladle or with hand.
Take half quantity of the cooked diced vegetables and mash them in a mixer to a pulp and set aside.
Take oil in a kadai and heat it. Once the oil is hot add choppped onions and ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute...
Once the onions are cooked, add the chopped tomatoes and saute till the oil seperates from them.
Add the various masala powders and saute for some more time.
Add all the cooked vegetables (pulp and diced) and mix well.
Add salt, pav bhaji masala and let the whole thing simmer for some time.
Before serving, add chopped onions, grated cheese, lemon juice and garnish it with corriander leaves
Serve hot with toasted pav / bread.
Last week made a pasta preperation…made according to D’s guidelines…simple and yet delicious and does not consume much time
Creamy pasta with vegetables
Cook the penne pasta till al dente and after washing it in cold water set aside (While cooking the pasta always add some oil and salt)
Take a pan, add butter and cook the diced vegetables in it.
Once the vegetables are cooked, add the pasta to it, add salt and mix well.
Add chilli flakes, oregano, rosemary etc and cook for 5 more minutes
Add the cream, mix well and let it simmer once. (if the pasta looks very thick, one could add some milk to get it to the right consistency)
As a variation one could also add garlic while sauteing the vegetables...