Sunday, February 21, 2010

American Sweet Corn

American sweetcorn is found everywhere in India now. A small cup of sweet corn costs upto 25 Rs. Hmmmm...Well I am not going to give recipe for the masala sweet corn. I tried fajita seasoning instead of chat masala and it tasted different and yummy.

Spicy Hot Pakodas

Spending a Saturday evening watching TV with hot tea and spicy pakodas is heaven. Thats what we did. I made pakodas/pakoras with a small ingredient flip. I love to play with ingredients of a regular recipe. I did the same with these pakodas. Here is the recipe.

  • 1 and 1/2 Cups of Rye flour
  • 1/2 Cup Rice flour
  • 4-5 Green Chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 Medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup of finely chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Fennel seeds
  • 1/2 Tablespoon red chilli powder
  • 1 Carrot, shredded
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to fry the pakodas
Heat the oil in a frying pan. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Add debatter moist of water to make the batter. I added only 1/2 cup of water as the onion and the carrot make the
batter without even adding water. Scramble the batter in the hot oil and fry until they are golden brown. Remove the pakodas from the oil and drain the excess oil with a tissue napkin. Serve hot with ketchup or maggie sauce.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Its Pi(ta)zza time!

I have always wondered if there is a quick way to make pizza. Ofcourse we get variety of pizza crust available in the grocery stores. I tried making a pizza with a Pita bread. It was very quick and tasted good. I didnt use marinara sauce because I thought it might make the crust soggy. After tasting the pizza I felt I should have used the sauce. The pizza tasted very bland. Here is the recipe.
  • 1 Whole wheat pita bread
  • 2 Tablespoons of marinara sauce
  • 3/4 Cup of shredded cheese ( I used a mexican style mixed shredded cheese)
  • 1 White mushroom
  • 1 Small bellpepper
  • 1 Small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Pitted black olives chopped
  • 1 Chipotle pepper chopped*
Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees. Spread the marinara sauce on the pita bread. Layer the bread with the cheese and vegetables. Keep it in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the cheese melt.

*I used a tinned chipotle pepper soaked in adobo sauce. You can used tinned jalapenos too.

We can bring in variations to this recipe by adding pineapple, tomatoes and any vegetables that you like.