Archive for July, 2007

@tempting Junnu


Attempt of making Junnu. I bet one cannot stop with a spoon and satisfy with a bowl. Junnu is famous sweet made in Andhra. Junnu is made from the cow’s lactating milk. The first 3 days milk after giving birth to a calf. The milk man’s happily distribute the milk when their cow deliver’s or another source in India is from villages. This sweet has a heavenly taste that we can’t forget. And the recipe I got I don’t even have the cow’s lactating milk (junnu paalu) but I succeeded in making it. One day my neighbor and friend Swapna prepared this sweet after looking at it I was amazed and was like hey how u made it? And pouring my questions on her without even inviting her in? (See how happy I am for the junnu she gave me………J ). I was so happy to learn we can make it even without lactating milk. Well I know that we can make it with china grass (china grass) that is available in Indian stores but never came through it. It was a nice and easy recipe. And I even searched for other version but I really feel this is easy as everyone has these ingredients in handy.

Preparation time: 10 mints

Cooking time: 45 mins

Serves………….. 4

Ingredients:

Sweetened Condensed milk…………1 can

Milk……………………………………………21/2 cups

Eggs…………………………………………….2

Cardamom powder………………………2 tsp

Black Pepper powder………………………………2 tsp

Method:

  1. In a bowl Wisk the eggs smooth eliminating the bubbles.
  2. Add condensed milk and milk to the eggs and mix till all the ingredients mixes well.
  3. Now transfer it into a bowl that fits in your pressure cooker and sprinkle the cardamom and pepper powder.
  4. Cook in medium heat without whistle for 45 mints.
  5. Then cool and refrigerate till it and have it when it’s cool.

Note: The finished product will be little tight but looks like it’s floating u can check if it’s smooth and thick like cake and not hard like cake. It’s quite tricky. U will know when u prepare. It’s better when cooled. It leaves a little juice from it.

As i observed the above  version will  be difficult for vegiterians i am adding the other 2 versions i knew.

With Curd:

Sweetened condensed milk…………1can

fresh curd……..1cup

milk…………..1 cup

Sugar…………1/2 cup or to taste can use brown sugar.

cardamom powder………..2tsp

pepper powder……………..2  tsp

Method:

1. Mix condensed milk and yogurt and to that mixture add warm milk, add sugar to taste and add cardamom and pepper powders.

2. Follow the cooking procedure.Same as above.

With China grass:

1. For 1 can condensed milk, 1/4 cup of sugar ,2 cups of milk mix all  of them and boil it .

2. When milk boils add china grass (10gms) and let it dissolve in the milk completely.

3. Add cardamom and pepper powders ,let it cool in fridge or pour in  shaped containers and cool it in a fridge so it becomes thick.

4. It’s done.

Note:

wash the china grass before use. I haven’t tested the above 2 versions i tested only the first version with eggs.

Will let u know when i prepare these also.

I hope u all like this all at one place.

Paalak Paneer


                    

Punjab……………The land of Five rivers. The Punjabi Cusine is one of the best cuisines in India. Of course each and every state has their own cuisine, but all of them Punjabi cuisine takes the cake from all by its variety starting Buttery parathas, Naans, Kulchaas to palak paneer, tandoor and the rice variety all with the sufficient blend of spices in them. Today I am posting palak paneer. Let me tell u something we can make this easily. I am fond of palak paneer I love eating it with Naan .But Now this is the fastest dish I can make for a nice healthy dinner. I still remember the day in Newyork airport we had this Punjabi chole and spinach curry with rice for 7$ 5yrs back. Till then I was not an ardent fan of any cuisine other than Andhra except for Manchurians.

I am posting this for RCI Punjabi cuisine hosted by Richa of As Dear As Salt.

Preparation Time: 5 mints

Cooking time: 10 mints

Spice level is mild.

Serves…………4

Ingredients:

Spinach……………..1 lb pack.

Paneer (Indian cottage cheese)……….1 pack (cut into cubes)

Onion…………………1 chopped

Green chillis……….3 chopped

Garam masala……….1 tsp

Salt………………………….to taste

Turmeric………………….I/4 tsp

Ginger-garlic chopped……… 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. In a pan heat one tbsp oil add chopped onions,green chillis,ginger garlic. Sauté them.
  2. Now add washed spinach no need to chop.
  3. Add water cover and let it boil for 2 mints. The spinach is cooked, keep aside and cool.
  4. Transfer the cooled spinach into blender and puree it.
  5. In a flat pan place the paneer cubes and sauté them without oil till the sides turn golden brown on all sides.
  6. Keep them aside.
  7. Now in the pan add little oil, cumin seeds and spinach puree, add salt, turmeric powder and garam masala.
  8. Let it boil for 2mins,now add paneer. Mix well.

Serve hot with Naan or as u wish. We had ours with Butter Naan.

Crescent Samosa Rolls



As a kid I always loved eating samosas. Well who don’t love eating them? When I go down through my memory lane samosas are part of my life. It’s a very nice snack to eat out. I never tried making them at home. I still remember my college days we ate the huge hot samosas in our college canteen. I wish we can again go and sit in the canteen and eat with friends. And when we are staying in Hyderabad my hubby dear pampered me bringing samosas almost every day while returning from office (he sure does know my tastes).Ahh……….those golden brown colour and the curry in it is sure a treat for jihva. We cannot stop eating them. But the thing I don’t like is the deep frying in samosas. Then I thought to bake. With what? I had crescent rolls handy and gave it a try. Though these r fake samosas and this is just an attempt to make them. We loved the beauties. Hope u too will love them. As this is made of crescent dough it taste entirely different. But it’s a good change once in a while. U can make this with puff pastry also. That will be another post. I am saving it.

Preparation time:40 mins

Ingredients:

Crescent rolls…………………1(Pillsbury preferred)

Potatoes………………………4 big (boiled and cut into pieces)

Onion……………………………1 big (chopped)

Peas…………………………….1 cup

Coriander leaves……………1 fistful

Green chillis…………………………3(chopped)

Ginger-garlic paste……………..1 tsp

Garam masala……………1/2 tsp

Chat masala……………….1/2 tsp

Turmeric………………………..1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder…………1/2 tsp

Lemon juice………………..2 tsp

Salt ………………………….to taste

Oil…………………………….2 tsp

Method:


Making stuffing:

  1. Boil potatoes and cut into pieces. Chop onions, coriander and green chillis.
  2. Now in a pan heat table spoon oil add chopped onions and green chillis. Let them fry and add gingergarlic paste.
  3. Add the potatoes and salt, turmeric mix well.Now add garam masala,chat masala, red chilli powder,lemon juice.
  4. Let it fry for 2 mins add lemon juice and remove from heat.

Making Rolls:

  1. Open the crescent rolls dough as directed and u get eight triangles.
  2. Now place the stuffing in the middle and roll as u feel comfortable or as shown in pictures.
  3. Now place the rolls on greased aluminum foil or tray.
  4. Place in preheated oven at 350 c and bake for 20 mins or till they turn golden brown.

Serve hot with tomato ketchup or green chutney.

Mushroom Vindaloo



I am occupied a bit with my daughter, husband and everything else except blogging is in my list of items. These days my daughter is going to pre-school and I thought I get some-time for me and I am getting the time and enjoying it. But I put blogging on the second burner it’s not I don’t have time or anything but I am feeling a little full off hands with all those I want to do. that’s it. And coming to the recipe there is something to tell about this. Here is the good nutritious Mushroom curry which just boost your taste buds. This is another one from my hubby. Trust me it’s a good one from him. It just has sufficient amount of everything in it and resembles restaurant dish. I have another thoughts in my mind why not start as a restaurant with my hubby as a chef. OK….OK……..I am crazy. I am kidding. But it’s not a bad idea. What does u say? OK now let us jump to the recipe.

Ingredients:

Mushrooms………………….1 pack (button preferred as whole else slice them).

Green pepper………………..1 chopped lengthwise

Onion………………………………1 big (paste) and 1 small……….sliced

Tomato……………………………1 big (paste)

Yogurt……………………………2 tsp

Garam masala………………..1/4 tsp

Chilli powder…………………..1/4 tsp

Salt…………………………………..to taste

Coriander powder…………………1/2 tsp

Cumin powder…………………..1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder………………..1/4 tsp

Oil…………………………………………2 tsps




Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pan .Add garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, chilli powder.
  2. Add onion and tomato paste. Sauté till it turns light brown.
  3. Add mushroom pieces and stir it, now add yogurt and mix.
  4. Add salt and stir , leave it for 15 mins until u get the required consistency.
  5. Now in a pan add oil and remaining onion and green pepper fry till they r half done.
  6. Add these onions and green pepper to the mushroom gravy stir well, leave for 1 minute.
  7. Serve hot with Chapati, roti, Naan whatever u like it.