Friday, January 30, 2015

Cucumber avocado rolls and Baked parmesan zucchini

Considering I find cooking tedious , it's ironic that it is the most creative thing I do presently.... 😄  😄
Cucumber avocado rolls; Baked Parmesan zucchini; a salad of roasted shiitake and capsicums to go with pan fried Salmon... Happy weekend !!

These are not original recipes but have been improvised from recipes on Pinterest.

 1. Cucumber Avocado Rolls : Mash an avocado and add lemon juice, salt, pepper to taste. Cut a cucumber thinly lengthwise with a mandolin. Apply the avocado paste to the cucumber slice and  sprinkle a little red chilli powder for taste and more for decoration. Chill it in the refrigerator till it is time to serve.

2. Baked Parmesan Zucchini : I had never cooked zucchini or seen a zucchini till I came to Singapore. But now it is one of my favourite vegetables as it is so easy to chop, cook.. ;) :)

Quarter zucchini length wise. Drizzle olive oil on it.  Sprinkle a mixture of grated parmesan, Italian seasoning, ground black pepper on the zucchini. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees centigrade for fifteen minutes or till cooked.  Serve warm.

3. Pan fried Salmon

Apply turmeric powder , salt and chilli powder to taste ( chilli powder is optional) to the washed salmon. Heat the oil till it is very hot. Fry the salmon on both sides till crisp. Serve warm.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Aalu Achaari , Aalu achaar

Aaloo achaar as learnt from my friend and cook par excellence Neeta Agrawal..... Chop two boiled potatoes and add turmeric powder - salt to them ( as I worry about burning the turmeric powder if I add to oil directly).  Heat mustard oil and give a chonk of methi seeds / temper with fengureek seeds . Add finely chopped green chillies and the potatoes. Saute them for some time. Add grounded roasted jeera ( say 1/2 measuring teaspoon) and coarsely grounded roasted sesame seeds ( say 1 measuring tablespoon) and saute for a minute. Sprinkle lemon juice and put off the fire... It tastes lovely, achaari and its different like the Maggi sauce ad goes..😊😊

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Eggless ginger walnut banana cupcakes

Eggless ginger walnut banana cupcakes.. This recipe by Sunita Bhuyan uses atta / whole wheat flour  and so works out like a good snack too for those who would like to minimize use of maida / refined flour... The next time, I  will bake them longer and in smaller cups ... 1.25 cups of atta/ whole wheat flour  sieved with 2 teaspoons  of baking powder and 1/3rd tsp of baking soda + 1 over ripe banana+ 1/2 cup almond milk + 4 teaspoon ground ginger + chopped 12 pieces of candied ginger + chopped 8 pieces of walnut + 1/4th tspn nutmeg powder + 1/2 cup oil + 4 tbspn brown sugar.. Bake at 180 deg in a preheated oven for 20 mins or till an inserted toothpick comes out clean.. For the original recipe and some excellent recipes, do checkout Sunita's blog