Monday, March 28, 2011

Burnt onion pasta soup

This is one of the most delicious pasta soup. Burnt onion gives divine taste to the soup. So without any delay here is the recipe of this simple few ingredients soup.

1 cup pasta (any kind of your liking)
2 big tomatoes chopped
1 onion chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 clove garlic chopped finely
Salt to taste
crushed black pepper (optional if you want hotness in your soup)
water 2 cups.

In a big pan, boil 5 cup water with 1 tsp salt and when water starts boiling, put the paste in. Let it cook until pasta is tender, around 10-12 minutes. In a separate pan, heat oil and put garlic. When garlic turns brown, add onion. Saute onion until they become brown (or little bit burnt). Now add tomatoes and salt and let it cook until tomatoes are mushy. Add water and when water comes to boil, add pasta. Let it cook for few minutes and then add crushed pepper. Serve hot. You could add bell peppers in it if you wish. If you want more spicy, fry some green chilies with the onion. I usually cook it for lunch on weekends.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Misal pao

This spicy preparation is one of the famous breakfasts in Maharashtra. Misal is served with pao and crunchy bhujia or mixture preferably with peanuts is used to garnish misal.

Sprouted moong daal 1 cup
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp red chili powder
salt to taste
paste of 1 medium onion and one tomato

Bhujiya or mixture (I used this haldiram mixture)

To sprout moong soak sabut moong daal in water for 15-20 minutes and then put the daal in wet cheese cloth and hang for 24 hours. Keep sprinkling water every now and then on the cloth. Sprouted moong daal will look like this.

Now make paste of onion and tomato in a blender and keep aside. Heat oil in a kadai and when oil is hot, put red chili powder. Stir once and immediately add the onion tomato paste and salt. Fry till side leaves oil. Add garam masala, sprouted daal and 3-4 cups water and cook it on simmer until daal is cooked. Garnish with mixture and serve hot with pao and onions and a slice on onion on the side.

Besan ke laddoo


These mouth watering laddoos are actually very easy to make. But let me warn you, if you are counting calories, stay away from them!!!!

1/3 cup ghee
1/2 cup besan
1/3 cup sugar
pistachios to garnish

In a kadai heat ghee and fry besan on medium until it becomes aromatic. Now add sugar, mix well and switch off the stove. When the mixture cools, give them shape of laddoos. Some people like to add cardamom powder in the mixture. I don't because I like besan aroma a lot. If you wish you could put a pinch of cardamom powder as well. Now garnish with pistachios and serve.

Herbed Veggies

These are very healthy, super delicious quick dish and is very satisfying. You need some veggies with different textures. I used broccoli and Zucchini. This will be ready in 5-10 minutes.

1 lb veggies, say broccoli and zucchini, cut in big pieces
1 medium tomato diced
handful of dill (or basil or chives)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic salt (or to your taste)
A pinch crushed black pepper

Heat olive oil in a pan and add tomatoes. When tomatoes are soft, add veggies and garlic salt. When veggies are half done, add dill. Switch off the stove when veggies are just done. You don't want to overcook. Add black pepper if you want little spicy.