Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cauliflower shrimp curry

Long time ago one my MIL made Cauliflower with Shrimp. The two things my hubby loves and his mom just combined the two of them into one...single...love...for him LOL
From then on I have been trying to recreate that dish but it never tasted the same.

I finally found this recipe which is pretty delicious.

Cauliflower shrimp curry (Shrimp with cauliflower in spices)
Shrimp Cauliflower curry
Ingredients:
  1. 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  2. 2 tablespoons oil
  3. 1 onion, diced
  4. 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  5. 1 medium large tomato chopped fine
  6. 2 small  potatoes  peeled and diced
  7. 2 cups cauliflower
  8. 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  9. 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder
Mix the shrimp with turmeric and heat them in a pan for 1-2 minutes. Drain and set aside.In the same pan heat the oil and add the onions and fry till they start turning brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. Add tomatoes and all the spices and cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add a cup of water and cook for 5 more minutes. Add cauliflower, shrimp and peas and cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the gravy reaches a consistency of your liking. Enjoy with steamy hot rice

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Eggnog creme Brulee

So...my last post with eggnog was not my last after all. I just love love love eggnog and I can't pass it on when I see it in the fridge , in the grocery store, waiting for me to pick it up :p

Anyway, one more carton of my fav eggnog back at home and ofcourse after I drink enough of it I start looking for things to make with it. And it is a snow day today I decided to make some creme brulee with it yesterday. There are hardly any other desserts' I like more than Creme Brulee and to make something more yummy than it already is...great. And did I mention I made it all for myself...in 1 ramekin. thats it. If you want more of it, multiply it by the number of servings you want

Eggnog Creme Brulee(Creme Brulee with egg nog)
Eggnog Creme Brulee
Ingredients:

  1. 1/3 cup each of eggnog, whole milk, heavy cream
  2. yolk from one fresh egg and make an egg white omelet with the rest :)
  3. 4 teaspoons sugar
  4. 3 cups water
heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Combine the eggnog, cream and milk and bring to a slight simmer over medium heat. Whisk together the egg yolk and 2 teaspoons sugar for about 2 minutes.
While whisking constantly add the hot milk mixture slowly . Add the mixture to a ramekin. Heat the water in a microwave for 2 minutes and add it to a pie pan. Put the ramekin in the middle of the pie pan and put the pan in the middle rack in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Test with a tooth pick, if it comes out clean it is done. Cool on the counter for 30 minutes.
Cover with a plastic wrap and put it in the fridge until ready to use.
Before serving sprinkle the remaining 2 teaspoons of sugar . Put the oven on broil and broil the creme brulee on the top self for 2 minutes. Keep an eye on it and take care not to burn it. Serve or enjoy all by yourself


Monday, January 2, 2017

Sindhi Sai Bhaji

Sindhi cuisine has a very distinctive flavor. I am not sure what it is but Sindhi dishes taste different. None the less they are delicious. This is one such recipe. Full of flavor and good for you too.  This recipe is usually cooked with Spinach and Sorrel leaves but I used what I had on hand...canned mixed greens and it turned out pretty delicious

Sindhi Sai Bhaji (Split peas cooked with mixed greens)
Sindhi Sai bhaji
Ingredients:
  1. 1/2 can mixed greens 
  2. 1/2 bunch fresh Dill
  3. 1 cup Tamarind juice 
  4. 2 medium Tomatoes chopped and diced
  5. 1 medium Onion diced
  6. ½ cup Chana Dal
  7. ½ tsp each of grated Ginger, turmeric powder
  8. 2-3 garlic cloves
  9. 1 fresh Green Chili finely chopped
  10. 1 tsp each of cumin, coriander powder, Salt 
  11. 1 cup Water
  12. 1 tablespoon Oil
In a pressure cooker add the dal and mixed green and 2 garlic cloves and turmeric and 1/2 of cumin and cook for 6-7 whistles with 2 cups of water. After the steam has escaped open the cooker.
In a pan heat the oil and fry the remaining cumin until they start spluttering. Add the remaining chopped garlic and ginger and fry for a minute. Add the onions and fry till they start getting a little brown. Add the tomatoes and cover and cook for 5-7 minutes. Add all the spices and salt and mix well. Add the dal and the tamarind water and simmer for 10 minutes. Add a little water if the dal looks too thick. Cut the heat and garnish with cilantro and serve with roti or rice

Dry shrimp curry

In terms of sea food Shrimp might be one of my favorites beside crabs. But somehow I do not like fish. Donno why...something fishy about them LOL

Anyway, the following shrimp recipe is one of the best spicy shrimp recipes you will ever have, I guarantee it

Dry Shrimp Curry
Dry Shrimp Curry
Ingredients:

  1. 12 oz medium/large shrimp cleaned
  2. 1 medium small onion chopped fine
  3. 2-3 big garlic cloves chopped fine
  4. 1 inch ginger grated
  5. 1 tablespoon oil
  6. 1/2 teaspoon each of onion seeds (nigella seeds), turmeric powder, cumin powder
  7. 1 teaspoon salt, chilli powder, coriander powder, sugar
  8. 2 medium large tomatoes finely chopped
Mix the prawns with turmeric powder, salt and keep marinated for 15 mins. Heat oil in a pan and add the kalonji/onion seeds and fry for a minute. Add chopped onions and green chilies to it. Fry on medium high heat till they turn light brown. Add ginger and garlic and fry for a minute. Add all the spices and mix well. Add the tomatoes into the pan and mix well with spices. Add chopped tomato to it. Sprinkle salt and sugar and mix them well. 

Cook it covered till the tomatoes become soft add shrimp. Cook uncovered till the shrimp get cooked through and the water evaporates. Remove from heat and finish it off with freshly chopped coriander leaves. Serve with hot steamy rice and Sambar

Eggnog Latte

Happy new year everyone...Hope you had a great start to a new year. Hope you have all the wonderful things you seek, come to you this year. Good Luck.

So, with that well wishing I start my blogging for this year. We have to see how it will go.
The cold front from the North has finally reached the South and the temperatures have plummeted to below 40 degrees and its been raining...a wet and cold start to an year. I need some warm "pick me up" and I am turning to my old friend "eggnog" and made my own EggNog Latte...and yum did my Honey pick me up :)

Also, since the eggnog season is almost at the end, this is almost my last eggnog recipe of the Year season

Eggnog Latte (Coffee with steamed eggnog)
Eggnog Latte

Ingredients:

  1. 1/4 cup water (or strong brewed coffee)
  2. 1 teaspoon instant coffee (if you are using water in #1)
  3. 1/4 cup 2 milk (I used 2%)
  4. 3/4 cup store bought eggnog
  5. sugar or sweetener to taste
  6. Nutmeg to sprinkle
Make the coffee with the instant coffee or set the brewed coffee in a cup.
In another microwave safe tall cup heat the milk, eggnog and sweetener for a minute. Use a standing blender and froth the milk for a minute. (I have the amazing little 'frother', I once got in one of those Chinese shops...I used this to make my Lattes :)  )
Heat the milk again for 1 more minute (watch it carefully....make sure it doesn't spill...) Froth it again and add this to the brewed/ready coffee. Garnish with nutmeg and serve hot and enjoy 

Also try the other recipes with eggnog

Monday, December 26, 2016

Sugar cookies

I can cook but baking cookies is my nemesis...I have tried and tried again. Either they turn to be very crunchy...which I do not like, or turn to be cake like. I want a chewy cookie not a cake EEEKKK!!!

But today I hit the jackpot. Finally found the recipe which makes the delicious chewy cookies I love love love.

So...I must tell you, I have never baked a sugar cookie. So I missed one BIG detail about baking it. I should have left them like a ball and with enough space between each of them. So :(  they spread out and touched each other...so no round nice looking cookies. But for the first time baker, the taste is fantastic. Anyone trying to bake a cookie for the first time should start with this recipe.

This recipe makes about 30-32 cookies.

Sugar Cookies


Sugar cookies
Ingredients:
  1. 2-3/4 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 cup (8oz) butter melted
  5. 2 cups sugar divided into 1-3/4 cup and 1/4 cup
  6. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  7. 2 eggs


In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until  fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until just blended. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and roll the balls in remaining 1/4 cup of sugar ( I used the different colored sugars I had) . Place cookies 2 inches apart onto a cookie sheets and flatten slightly.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned at the edges. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve with coffee or as is :)


How to freeze sugar cookie dough
 Place the cookie dough after rolling them in the sugar on to a cookie sheet and freeze them. So once you need some sugar fix, thaw as many as you want and bake and enjoy 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

eggnog pancakes

Eggnog is one of my favorites during Christmas time. Its super sweet and loaded with calories. What else could be wrong with it LOLLLLL. No Matter, I just luuuuuuuuuuvvvvveee it. I have one of the recipes for cooked eggnog. I make it when I have a hunkering for something sweet and creamy and its not December

So, once I found the eggnog in the markets, I got it. Ofcourse, there is only so much you can drink. And I was trying to find a good breakfast for Christmas. Ofcourse I made it before Christmas because I had to try it :) and boy oh boy it is sooo delicious. DO try.

Eggnog Pancakes
Eggnog Pancakes
Banana and Raspberry cane 

Ingredients:

  1. 11/2 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1 cup eggnog
  5. 1 tablespoon melted butter
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt 
Beat together the butter egg and eggnog. In another dish sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the liquid ingredients to the flour and add water little by little until you get the pancake consistency batter.
Heat a griddle and add some butter to it and add a ladle of batter. Cook until you start seeing bubbles and flip the pancake and cook for 2 more minutes.

For more festivity set the fruits...banana and raspberry or strawberry in the form of a candy cane and enjoy with syrup or without