Sunday, February 23, 2014

Eggless Pancakes

Believe it or not! This recipe was part of an exercise book of my niece. Maybe there were trying to teach them how to cook. Fascinating!

Its a simple, clean and quick recipe thus this one goes in the quick recipes section. I made the pancakes with my niece. They turned out to be light, fluffy and yummy. She said her mouth is watering at the sight of the pancakes. :)

You can make them for breakfast, sunday brunch or for satisfying the mid night hunger pang. They will surely rock you ;)

Eggless Pancakes
Makes 2
Level: Easy
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

1. 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2. 1 tsp baking powder heaped
3. 1/2 tsp sugar
4. 1/2 tbsp melted butter
5. 1 pinch ground cinnamon
6. 1 tbsp olive oil + extra to grease the pan
7. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
8. 1 cup milk (adjust to keep the consistency of the batter flowing, purpose is that it should be easily pourable)

1. Mix all the dry ingredients
2. Add the vanilla extract, butter and olive oil
3. Slowly add the milk and keep mixing to avoid formation of lumps
4. Keep the batter aside for five minutes
5. Heat a non stick pan. Grease with olive oil.
6. Pour about half of the batter in the pan. Do not spread and let the pancake take its shape and thickness naturally.
7.  Flip the pancake when it turns golden brown (approximately in two minutes)
8. Cook the other side till it turns golden brown.
9. Serve hot with honey/chocolate sauce/maple syrup.

So no excuses now to skip the breakfast while you are late for office. Also do not toss in the bed at night thinking of all the amazing food. It ain't gonna put you to sleep. Believe me I know what does (see the picture above ;))

Have fun cooking and eating guys. Cheers.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Vegetable Pulao (Tahri)

This is the first post in the quick recipes section. This is my mum's recipe :)

Vegetable Pulao (Tahri) is something I have been eating since I am a child. We preferred pulao whenever it was a holiday so that we could enjoy it hot. I think there was a time when we had it every friday as that was a day off for my paternal uncle.

Pulao is a simpler version of biryani. You can make it for dinner after coming back from office and eat it hot with some curd, pickle or papad. You can reduce the number or quantities of vegetables put as per your liking/time available/exhaustion level.

A good tip to cook faster is to chop the vegetables while you cook. Like while frying onions you can chop the other vegetables. It's faster that way.

So let's start with the recipe.

I will post for two hungry people who have come home after working for the whole day in the office.

Vegetable Pulao
Serves 2
Level: Easy
Preparation & Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (you will need the ingredients in the order mentioned):
1. 2 tbsp oil/olive oil
2. 1 tsp cumin seeds
3. Whole Spices (1-2 clove, 1-2 black pepper corn, some bayleaf, 1 star anisse) - Optional

You can skip a few veggies or add more e.g. carrot etc. Even if I miss all, I don't miss the onions and tomatoes.
4. 1 red onion - chopped lengthwise
5. few cauliflower florets - broken/chopped into smaller florets
6. 1 chopped potato
7. 1-2 chopped tomatoes
8. 1 bowl green peas
9. 1 chopped green chili + chopped ginger

10. 1 tsp red chilli powder - As per taste, 1 tsp keeps it spicy
11. 1 tsp turmeric powder
12. 1 tbsp coriander powder
13. 1/2 tsp garam masala
14. 2-3 tsp salt - As per taste
15. 150 grams washed up/soaked up rice - fill up a small bowl, say a pudding bowl
16. water - Use the same utensil used for measuring rice and double the volume of rice is the volume of water you need
17. Chopped coriander - To garnish

1. Heat up a pressure cooker. Add oil to it.
2. Add cumin seeds and the whole spices.
3. Add onions when the cumin seeds brown up. Fry till translucent.
4. Add the rest of the vegetables. Let them cook for 2-3 minutes.
5. Add spices and mix well.
6. Add water & rice. Close the lid.
7. Switch off the gas after two whistles.
8. Let the steam settle in and then open the lid when there is no more steam inside. This will ensure that the pulao is cooked properly.
9. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.

We had it with pickle and curd. It was an absolutely homely, filling and mouth watering meal.

Let me know how it goes for you. Happy cooking :)

Quick Recipes

I have been meaning to post recipes which could be made by people who have lesser time and are not so enthusiastic about cooking. Some of my working friends have been asking for the same as well. After working for the whole day in the office they want a quick fix meal which is filling, easy to make and homely. When you are working and are not a big cooking fan, you ought to either skip dinner, eat out, hire a cook/ get bored/fire the cook. I don't like any of the above options and I want to give better choices to people. There is a simpler choice. Cook yourself. I will help you cook faster, healthier and intelligently.

It is a part of my effort to encourage people to eat good healthy homely food, whenever and where ever. Never compromise with food. If you can cook you don't need to depend on anyone. It is more economical and while you look for a restaurant/open the menu/decide what to eat/order/wait for the delivery boy/pay, you will be done cooking and eating, both.

If you have any special request about anything in specific do let me know.

This is just a beginning. We have a long way to go my friends. This is for anyone who can light on a fire in their kitchen or someone else's. Light it on and get cooking :)


Eggless Pancakes

Pohe (flattened rice)


Baingan Bharta (Eggplant Mash)


Vegetable Pulao (Tahri)