Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Christmas Crinkle Cookies

So.. i apologize everyone for not being active on the blog. Too many things going on. I do have tons of recipes that i have to note down.

Thought this would be something sweet to start again. So this Christmas i decided i will go to an event that was hosted by my friend. I did decide that i wanted to make crinkle cookies. I even noted the date in my memory....but guess what happened .....somehow i have assumed that it was a Friday... i was so wrong....

On Wednesday evening while hubby and my friend were having a conversation while texting each friend sent him the address where i was supposed to go for the exchange and she stated that it starts at 7 pm and see you tomorrow. so hubby comes to me and tells me ... you are going for the cookie exchange tomorrow...right? and i was like..NO.. it's on Friday, he looked at me with lots of confusion on his face which was so legit.. and then i realized that it was a Thursday, not a Friday....

So the whole idea of making the cookies from scratch....NOOOO....coz i haven't even bought the stuff i needed. No time to go shopping as it was a busy day and the time was already 7:40 or so...had no idea what to do, but decided i will look into the pantry as i do always keep the cake/cookie mix ready packs coz of the LO's ... magic...i found 4 cake mix boxes. 3 were yellow super moist mixes and 1 was white cake mix. The cookies turned out really yummy ..hubby and kids loved them. The only crazy part was i had to make 120 cookies in 1 night. That definitely was an adventure!!!!

we served them to Santa too....

Prep time = 5 mins + refrigeration time
makes 24 cookies (medium size)

Here's what you need - 

1 Box Cake mix ( I used super moist cake mix) 
2 Large Eggs
1/4 Cup Canola oil
Food coloring (Optional)
Powdered sugar for rolling the cookies

How to make it - 
  • Mix the cake mix, Eggs and oil in a bowl without any lumps. 
  • If you want to add colors, divide the portions and add the food coloring. Make sure you knead it until the colors blend in properly.
  • Refrigerate the dough for at least 3 hours. 
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 
  • Using a scoop divide the dough into equal portions, roll them into a ball. 
  • Roll the cookie ball into powdered sugar. 
  • Cook for 7-10 mins depending on your oven time

Store them in a air tight container.

* Make sure you put a parchment paper or silicone mat to line your cookie sheet as the bottom of the cookie tends to turn dark.

 posted 2017

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Samosa Chaat

I know i haven't been writing much now a days as i am caught with so much work. I know excuses should be made for something that you love doing, but i do have to prioritize. I am trying to catch up and hopefully i can write all the recipes i saved to write from past years... LOL.... Thanks for not giving up on my blog and showing your concerns on the facebook page. I will catch up as fast as i can. 

Preparation time = 20  mins
Serves = 4
Calories = Approx 400 / Serving

The season looks like changing quite a bit here in Washington state for us. There has been reported fires in the forests of Washington and Idaho for the past week. The skies are looking really smoky and the day looks like kinda lazy too with sun just sneaking past the smoke. I wanted to make something that brightens the day...and then it came to me that there is nothing more comforting than having a tangy, spicy and yummy chaat to snack on a lazy cold or rainy day. 

Samosa Chaat

Here's what you will need-

2 Medium sized Samosas
1 Can Garbanzo beans / Chick peas (Drained)
1 Potato (Boiled & Cut into pieces)
1 Small Onion (Chopped fine)
1/2 Cup Yogurt (Whisked smooth)
1/4 Cup Tamarind chutney
1/4 Cup Green chutney
1/4 Cup Sev
1/4 Cup Cilantro (Chopped)
10 Mint leaves (Chopped)
Chaat masala (To taste)
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder (Pinch or so to sprinkle)

Here's how you make it-

  • Rinse and drain the chickpeas if using canned ones. If you are using dried ones soak them over night and boil till fork tender. Drain completely and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add chick peas, potato cubes and toss.
  • Now plate ingredients. Add the chickpeas and potato cubes. Crush the samosa and add to the mixture. Add a pinch of salt to this mixture if needed.
  • Add yogurt, green chutney, tamarind chutney. Sprinkle chaat masala on top  making sure it covers the entire prepared mixture.
  • Sprinkle chopped onions, cilantro, mint and sev. Sprinkle red chilli powder on top.
  • You can add chopped tomatoes and green chilli peppers if you prefer. 
  • Serve with extra chutneys on the side.  

Samosa Chaat

Serve immediately. 

Posted 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Navratan Rice

Preparation time = 20  mins
Serves = 6
Calories = Approx 350 / Serving

We love rice recipes in our family....ESP my hubby. I love trying different recipes. I tried this one while we were hosting a birthday party for our little one and it became a instant hit. It was really rich and very delicious. I keep making it again and again, sometimes i do change the ingredients i am using. 

Here's what you will need-

2 Cups cooked Basmati rice
1 Cup Paneer cubes 
1/4 Cup Cashews 
1/4 Cup Almonds
1/4 Cup Raisins
1/4 Cup Green peas
1/4 Cup Carrot pieces
1/4 Cup Bell peppers (yellow, red & orange colors)
1/4 Green beans (Chopped) 
1/4 Cup Cilantro (Chopped)
1/4 Cup Mint (Chopped)
4 Green chillie peppers (Slit lengthwise)
1/4 Cup Clarified butter / Ghee
Salt to taste

Here's how you make it-

  • Heat Butter in a pan on medium heat. Add paneer and fry till golden. Drain and set aside.
  • Repeat the process with cashews, almonds, raisins, peas, carrots, bell peppers, beans and set aside. 
  • Now to the remaining ghee add the chilli peppers and saute. Add rice and all the fried ingredients while turning the heat to low.  Mix well. Add salt according to taste.
  • Finally add chopped cilantro & mint, mix well and turn the heat off.
  • Serve with rich gravy curry.

Posted 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Baby Corn Manchuria

Preparation time = 20 - 30 mins
Serves = 4 - 6
Calories = Approx 300 / Serving

My family loves Asian fusion foods...esp on a rainy day and one of those day during winters. The good thing about making these is once you know the process you can just replace the main ingredient and make your own favorite ones. I have written recipe for Cauliflower manchuria couple of years ago, but i have never written the rest. I know i do have to keep up with my writing....but i have too many things to do and too little time. Like i promised i will try to keep posting as much as i can or whenever i can. 
So i basically changed few ingredients and made another recipe. 

Here's what you will need-

For Frying -
Baby corn ( 2 cups)
2 Tbsp Corn Flour
1 Tbsp All Purpose Flour / Maida
1/4 Cup Water (or as needed)
Fresh Ground pepper (to taste)
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

For Sauteing -
1 Onion (Chopped fine)
2-3 Finger Hot Peppers / Green chilies (Chopped fine)
1 Cup Green peppers / Bell peppers (Cut lengthwise / mixed colors)
1 Cup Cilantro (Chopped fine)
2-3 Scallions/ Spring Onion (Chopped fine)
9-10 Garlic Cloves(Minced)
2-3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp Green Chili Sauce
2 Tsp Vinegar
2 Tbsp Oil for sauteing
1 Lemon (optional)

Here's how you make it-

  •  Clean the corn under running water and set them aside to drain excess water. If they are too long just cut them in half. Meanwhile Heat oil in a frying pan.
  • Take the corn pieces into a bowl and add corn flour, all purpose flour, salt, ground pepper to taste and mix well. Adding little water at a time mix well so that each corn piece is covered with flour completely. Set them aside.
  • Once the oil gets hot add the corn pieces and fry. Do not over crowd the pan. Cook on medium heat turning them on all sides to fry evenly on all sides. Drain them onto a paper towel once golden brown in color. Continue the process until you finish all your corn. Set them aside. 
  • Add oil to another heavy bottomed pan, once oil gets hot, add minced garlic and saute till golden color. Now add the chopped onions and cook for 2-3 mins. Once you add onions make sure the heat is on high heat but maintain caution not to burn the onions... keep stirring constantly. Once onion are done for 2-3 mins or when they just turn tender turn the heat to low. 
  • Add soy sauce, chili sauce, vinegar, green peppers, deep fried corn and mix well. Add some salt if necessary. Stir well until every piece of fried corn is coated well. 
  • Finally add the chopped green onions and cilantro and mix well and switch the flame off.
  • Transfer into a serving plate. Squeeze some lemon juice and serve. 

You can omit the green peppers if it does not suit your taste. Sometimes i do skip using them if i do not have them handy. Also feel free to adjust the amount of sauces you use depending on your taste. 

Posted 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Apple Roses

If there is something that looks and tastes beautiful...yes... you read it right...i did write beautiful......would you hesitate to try it? Depends...right!!!

How about this
Some times we look at recipes which leaves us in surprise and we instantly question whether the recipe is for real or just a sham.... some of us will go ahead and try anyways but till we see the final product our head will still be bombarded by so many doubts. Some of us would try it only if the recipe comes from a reliable source. If you ask me what would i do... i do both...some times i dare enough to try it..and some times i just wait for a reliable source esp if its not a vegetarian recipe. 
So the recipe i am talking here not just looks beautiful but also tastes delicious.....As sweet as Roses. Last week i bought ready made puff pastry sheet and happened to see the picture of roses on the box.... i was so stunned. There was no given recipe but i kinda figured out as the picture was very clear. I really wanted to try... so i just tried in a little quantity and they turned out perfect. I will surely try them again. 

Preparation time = 10-15 mins
Servings = makes about 6 roses
Calories = Approx 120 / rose

Here's what you will need -

1 Red delicious apple
1/2 Slice lemon
1 Tbsp Apricot jelly
1 Tsp Orange zest
Ground Cinnamon as needed 
Powdered sugar as needed

Here's how you make it - 

  • Preheat oven to 400*F.
  • Core and slice apples thin. In a bowl add a cup of Luke warm water. Squeeze the lemon and submerge the apple slices so that they are covered. This helps to prevent the apples from turning brown. If you have your own technique that you are comfortable using...please feel free to use. 
  • Meanwhile thaw the puff pastry sheet. Spread it out and stretch out thin. Cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch strips length wise. 
  • Check for the tenderness of apples as you don't want them to break into pieces when you roll them. If they are still crisp microwave on high for 10-20 secs checking for tenderness. Be careful not to make them mushy.
  • Now mix apricot jelly and orange zest. Spread thinly and evenly.
  • Arrange the apple slices evenly taking care not to care them.

  • Roll and set them in a greased muffin pan. 

see how beautiful it is

  • Finish rolling the remaining stripes of pastry sheets until you finish the apple slices.

  • Bake them for 35-45 mins keeping a close so that they don't over cook.
  • Once done sprinkle with cinnamon and powdered sugar. 

  • Eat them as it is or serve with ice cream. 

Note - I have noticed that the slices were turning dark even before they were baked completely, so next time i will try covering them with foil till half way done just to prevent it.

Posted 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Easy Poached eggs

My hubby loves poached eggs so we try to make them every now and then. They are one of the comforting food one can make....goes perfect with any kind of salad, pasta or sandwiches. I have the sous vide gadget so sometimes i do use it...but at times i'm just lazy so i use the regular kitchen utensils to make it.

Poached eggs
Preparation time = 10 mins
Serves = 2
Calories = Approx 80/ Serving

Here's what you will need-

2 Large eggs
Salt & pepper to taste
Container to boil some water
Slotted spoon
Bowl filled with ice water

How to make it -

  • Bring water to bowl. Using the spoon create a swirl.
  • Break the egg and transfer it to a tiny bowl.  Simmer the water and lower the bowl and let the egg into the swirl.
  • Let the egg cook for a min. You can use the spoon to keep the egg close. Once the egg is done to your desired consistency ladle and drop it in cold water until ready to use.
  • Sprinkle with salt & pepper before serving.
  • Serve with whatever you want.

Posted 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cinnamon pull apart bread

SO....... I have to apologize everyone for just taking off and not posting anything on my blog or what the hell was going on. I have been really busy over the past year as being a mom, active duty military service member, moving, travelling..... the list is never ending guys. I will try to post as much as i can from now on. I have a countless number of recipes that i have tried over the past year and i do have some pictures related to the food i tested. So hopefully i can keep with my blog along with the running clock on my wrist.
And lastly i do appreciate all of your concerns about why i haven't been writing..... and i did notice the frustation too....but i know its all the love and concern you all have for my blog. Thanks for not giving up on me though i'm been lazy. so let's get to the recipe.....
I thought i will start something sweet...but i do have a ton of pictures to dig i choose the first picture i saw....

Preparation time = 30 mins + baking
Serves = 6
Calories = Approx 250/ Serving

Here's what you will need - 

3 Cups All purpose flour
1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
2 Tbsp Honey
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 1/2 Tsp Instant yeast
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 - 1 Cup Whole milk
2 Extra large eggs
1 Tsp Pure vanilla extract
Cooking spray

For the filling -
1/4 Cup Unsalted butter
1 Cup Granulated loose Brown sugar
1 Tbsp Ground cinnamon
1/4 Tsp Ground nutmeg

Here's how you make it -

  • Start by warming the milk. Add honey to the warm milk and mix. Add yeast and allow it to proof. 
  • In a large bowl add all purpose flour, salt, sugar and mix. Now add eggs, vanilla extract, proofed yeast mixture and mix. The dough will be smooth. Cover and allow the dough to double in yeast.
  • Once the dough doubles, punch it down and roll it in to a sheet. 
  • Mix all the ingredients for filling. Now spread them evenly on the rolled dough. Cut the sheet into equal size squares and slowly stack them on each other. 
  • Spray the baking pan with oil. Set the prepared stacks in the pan. Cover and let it raise and meanwhile preheat oven to 350* F. 
  • Bake for 30-40 mins or until the bread turns golden. Once done let the loaf cool and slowly trasnfer to a plate.
  • Serve warm.

Cinnamon pull apart bread

I have no clue where i saved my pictures after i transferred the loaf, so i just posted the one i have.

Note -
You can replace regular granulated sugar for filling instead of brown sugar. I actually used the turbinado sugar. 

(C) Sasha
Posted 2015