Monthly Archives: April 2015

Palak Paneer

Palak paneer………..always brings back memories of medical college, studying in India. We don’t get such delicious food in the mess ( canteen) , so we go out, a bunch of us once in 2 months perhaps and we always end up ordering North Indian dishes when we go out. And 20 years ago there weren’t that many hotels in Pondicherry, so we always ended at one of the 2 decent hotels in Pondy and ALWAYS end up ordering Palak Paneer! or Paneer butter masala with butter naan….hahaha doctors..so predictable!

Anyway, my son loves palak paneer and I believe the recipe is quite perfect but I’ve tweaked it a little to suit my taste.

Recipe: adapted from Cooking and Me blog

  • a big bunch of baby spinach
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder or 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 large onion. sliced
  • 1 green chilly, sliced half lengthways and deseeded
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • a pinch of hing/asafoetida
  • 1 heaped tsp of tomato paste
  • 1.5 tbsp. of ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of cubed paneer
  • 1 heaped tsp of greek yoghurt
  • 1 tsp  garam masala

 

 

Boil some water in big pan, once it’s at a rolling boil, throw in the cleaned spinach. Blanch it for about 2-3 minutes. Remove and let cool on a plate, then puree fine in a blender.

Throw out the water from the pan, heat up on medium flame and add 2 tbsp. of vegetable oil or ghee. Add the cumin powder/ cumin , let sizzle for 5 seconds then add the chopped onions, green chilly and fry till golden brown. Then add coriander , chilli and turmeric powders. Fry for about 30 seconds. Now add the ginger garlic paste ( which I usually grate directly into the pan) 😉 ( lazy). Fry it for about a minute then add the tomato paste, mix well.

Now add the pureed spinach followed by the cup of milk and mix well. Bring to a simmer, then add kasuri methi ( crushed between your palms) and salt to your taste. Cook covered for about 5-7 minutes, then stir well and add the paneer cubes. Add the yoghurt, followed by the garam masala and stir on low medium heat for 1-2 minutes and you are done!

Enjoy with rotis or a jeera rice

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Prawn Tostada

Hungry and home alone. Too lazy to cook? Try this! It’s simple and fresh and bursting with flavour! Adults love it and kids love it too. Serve it with a soup on the side.

Perfect for picnics too!

 

Recipe: (adapted from Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking)

  • 200g raw tiger prawns/king prawns
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • olive oil
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, stoned and diced
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2  red chilly, seeded and finely sliced
  • 5 radishes, trimmed and quartered
  • 5-6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 baby gem lettuce, shredded
  • small bunch of coriander, chopped
  • 2 corn tortillas
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Put prawns, garlic and chilli flakes into a bowl, with a pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil, mix well and set aside.

Put the avocado, radishes, cherry tomatoes, chilli and spring onions in another bowl. Taste and season with salt and pepper and a little of the lime juice. Mix well, stir in the lettuce, then the coriander and set aside.

Heat  dash of oil in a heavy based pan and put in the prawns. Fry for about 2 minutes on each side, until just cooked through.

Toast tortillas in a dry pan until nicely coloured and beginning to crisp up. Divide the salad equally between the toasted tortilla, top with cooked prawns and serve.

Enjoy!

Serves 1

Power Breakfast

This is me relaxing on a Saturday morning…..on my swing…looking at food magazines , thinking of what to try out this weekend ( I think we should all get swings or a hammock..it’s so soothing to just swing ever so slightly). Anyway, husband is out, kids sleeping….so this is my time. Enjoying the quiet….birds chirping, …..I think I’m gonna stop working on Saturday mornings and relax this way ! 😉

Anyways…this is my new power breakfast I’m crazzzy about. It’s oats of course but cold oats and made the night earlier. Put it in an old jam jar and pick it up the next  morning to work! How easy and cool is that! Well, I love it! I come home about 10.45pm..get my jar , heat up the milk, add all the ingredients , close it , into the fridge and off I go to sleep. Next morning…yummylicious cold oats .

 

Recipe:

  • 180ml low fat milk ( pour into your jam jar or any container you prefer)
  • 4 tbsp. rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp. chopped almonds
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. coconut flakes ( secret ingredient..which makes it so super yummy…you could use the sweetened or unsweetened variety)
  • 2 tbsp. greek yoghurt
  • handful of blueberries and 1/2 a small banana sliced thin

I mix all the ingredients except the fruits the night before and put it into the fridge. Next morning add the berries and banana just before I eat it or take it to work.

Enjoy! 🙂

Chocolate beetroot smoothie

Weird but wow how healthy! I’ve been missing for awhile cos I’ve just been so crrazzyyyy busy and by the time I get home, it’s too dark to take pictures! and you know I won’t post if I don’t get a good shot! 😉

A quick note on beetroots.

  1. It can lower your blood pressure in just 24 hours! because it helps dilate blood vessels by the release of nitric oxide which dilates vessels.  Super rich in iron, potassium and magnesium. So how much to take if you are a hypertensive, try with a glass a day ( 4oz), because however good, anything might be, I still believe in moderation.
  2. Rich in flavonoids and betacyanin which are anti oxidants to reduce your LDL and works as an anti inflammatory agent.
  3. Rich in silica which help calcium absorption.
  4. High in soluble fibre which helps with constipation.

I saw this on a blog and wanted to try it cos it’s so healthy! Here goes…remember….weird but oh so healthy!  And such a cheap root veg to get healthy!

Recipe: ( adapted from To her Core blog)

  • 1/2 a cup of beetroot, chopped into cubes and steamed
  • 1/8 cup cocoa powder+ 1/8 cup of 70% chocolates ( chopped)
  • 1 cup of soy milk
  • 1 medium sized banana( frozen)
  • 1/4 cup cranberries

Steam the beetroot, let cool for 10 minutes, then add to your blender together with the soy milk, cranberries, banana and cocoa powder+ chopped chocolates. Blend till smooth and enjoy it chilled.

I have a few more beetroot smoothie recipes. Will post soon! 🙂

p.s If you don’t quite enjoy the root taste of beets, try extracting the juice and then follow the recipe as above, but you’ll miss out on those fibres!