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Sunday, June 27, 2010


Here i am with very famous Indian Flat Bread!

2 cup All purpose flour + 1/2 cup more
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tea spoon Dry Active Yeast
2 tbs Yogurt
1-2 tbs oil( any oil will work)

1/4+ 1/2 cup water(room temperature)

Yeast Mixture: take 1/4 cup of water in a bowl add 1 tsp sugar to it.Give it a stir so that sugar get dissolve then add 1 tsp yeast and give it a light stir(just once).leave it for 15-20 min.

In a big Bowl take 2 cup of flour. Add 2 tbs yogurt and 1 tsp salt and mix it.Then add yeast mixture and mix.
Then add 1/2 cup of water little by little.Dough will be lil sticky at this point then add another 1/2 cup of flour to make a smooth dough.

Keep in a bowl and add 2 tbs oil and knead it a lil bit then covered and keep it in warm place for at least 2 hr(I warm the oven for 2-3 min and then switch it off and keep the dough there ).

After giving the dough rest, take a golf ball size dough and roll it over(try to give it a triangle shape). Sprinkle some black onion seeds and give some spots of water over it( water spot will give brown spots to Naan ).

Final Stage:Making the Naan:Broil the oven on high.

You can make Naan on any Oven Tray or Pizza Stone

Oven Tray:Keep the Naan on top rack for 1 min(util you see the brown spot) and then turn and keep for 30 sec or so. And Serve :)

Pizza stone:I read on one site that if we make Naan on Pizza Stone, we dont need to flip it.Well i too tried on Pizza Stone and that true upto an extent.For that you need to make pizza stone really hot and as soon as you put Naan over it, it get cooked from down(will not give you brown spot) but will not be raw in taste so you dont need to flip it and when you dont flip it you will let it cook from one side which will make Naan more soft but remember pizza stone has to be really hot.

Serve with any curry of your choice:)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Homemade Colourful n Flavored Paneer!!!!

Bored with using that White paneer all the time,here i came with all new Looks of Paneer.Yeah this is really wonderful will say an Upgrade to the white paneer,after all Paneer also need some Promotion or say Make over hihihi ;0)...
So here i am going to give you all new Paneer!!!!!!

You need few ingredients other than what you need for making normal paneer.There are many websites which provide paneer recipe with each steps pics.

For colourful paneer you need.

Whole Milk (1/2 Gallon will give you ~1 1/2 cup paneer cubes which is quite enough for 4-6 people, 4 if you are making dry recipe and 6 if you are making gravy recipe)
you can also use 2% it will give u lil less amount of paneer than this otherwise it should be fine.

Lemon juice ~1/6 cup(u need to add it until the whey separate from curd so cant give the exact measurement for this)

2 tbs Cilantro Leaves finely chopped(it shld be really finely chopped )
1/2 tsp Crushed pepper and 1/2 Crushed Black pepper.I have one spices which says 'Kick n Chicken'(you can see it in below picture) no no i dont cook chicken but i bought it as it seems to be mixture of different spices like dry onion, dry pepper etc which seems interesting to me and guess what it is very very colorful so instead of crushed peppers i used that which gave absolute amazing look and flavor to my paneer.But you can def. go ahead with Black Pepper and Chili Flakes.

Boil the milk in a heavy bottomed pan, stirring occasionally, making sure not to burn milk.
As the milk comes to a boil(it shld start coming up), immediately turn the heat to medium add Cilantro and Pepper mix and add the lemon juice gradually(1 tbs at a time)and stir the milk gently. The milk will start separating from the whey.
Once the milk fat has separated from the whey(you shld see the green whey left,if you feel the whey is still whitish then there are chances to take out more paneer add lil more lemon juice). Drain the whey using a strainer line with cheesecloth or muslin cloth((i use my hubby handkerchief :P)).
Wrap the curds in a cloth, and squeeze well.
To make the paneer firm, press the wrapped paneer under a heavy pan(i take any vessel and fill it with water) for about 3-4 hour or preferably overnight.

Here is your Paneer with new look.You can use it to make any Paneer recipe of your choice.I cant wait to try it out, hmmmm time to try new Recipe of Paneer!!!!!!!!!!!

*For Traditional white Paneer just don't add the cilantro and Pepper mix.
*You can try other flavour too like instead of cilantro you can use Mint or Methi leaves.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dal Dry!!

Dal Dry:Yellow Lentil boiled and mixed with onion n tomato paste.

A Purely North India Dish

I am saying it a purely north indian as i dont find this dish in any other part of country Infact not even in delhi region too.I can find it only in Uttranchal And U.P. area.So here i am with Dal Dry!


1 cup Urad(white) daal
1 Onion Chopped
1 Tomato diced
1tsp Ginger Chopped
1-2 Green chilies chopped
Coriander leaves finely chopped
1tsp Cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Amchur powder
Salt to taste
A pinch of Garam masala
Red chili powder to taste
2tbsp oil
1tsp lemon juice


Clean and wash the daal properly. Soak it in water for 1-3 hours(as this dal here comes in really small in size so need to soak for longer time so that it become bigger in size).
Boil it in 1 cups of water(Just that water cover the dal). Boil till it becomes lil soft.(if using pressure cooker give only 1 whistle) It should not become pasty(it should be lilttle "Kaccha" only). Drain the water and keep aside.
Heat oil in a kadhai add cumin seeds, allow to splutter.
Now add ginger, onion and green chili and stir-fry till golden brown.
Add tomato and fry till it softens. Add all dry masalas (turmeric powder, chili powder,amchur pwder salt) and fry for a moment.
Now add daal and lemon juice, mix very gently.
Sprinkle garam masala and garnish with coriander.
Serve hot with ur choice of bread.

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Focaccia Bread!!!!!!

I am glad to bake my First Bread: Focaccia Bread.
From long i have been thinking to bake a Bread.I did some search on Internet and came to know that Focaccia is the easiest bread to bake.So thought to give it a try.And yes now i can say "It is a very easy bread to bake and yummy too".You can do lots of version with this, you can have it with any dip of your choice and you can make sandwich out of it, its all your choice.

So here is the recipe of Focaccia bread as this was my first try so being on safer side i make a small size focaccia with ingredient which were available in my Pantry.Traditionally you Need Rosemary seasoning for this but as it was not available at that time in my pantry so i go ahead and tried it with other Seasoning


All Purpose Flour (Maida) – 2 1/2 cups
Warm Water – Lil less than 1 Cup
Dry Active Yeast – 1 Tsp
Sugar – 1/2 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Olive Oil – 3 tbs

What ever is available in your pantry,i used sliced Onion, Slices Jalepeno, basil leaves, Kosher salt


1. In the mixing bowl mix Warm Water, Yeast and Sugar. Cover and keep for 5-10 mins until foamy.
2. Add Salt, Olive Oil and 2 cups of All Purpose Flour.
3. Knead the dough until the dough comes together,add more flour 1/2 cup at time as needed until dough forms.
4.When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly for about 2-3 minute.
5. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place,i put it in Oven until doubled in volume, about 1- 1 1/2 hr.
6.Drizzle the baking tray with Olive Oil Place dough ball in pan and press into the bottom into an even rectangle shape.
7. Again cover it and keep in a warm place for 30 min to 1hr.It shld rise a bit now.

Preheat Oven to 425F

8. With your finger, gently make indentations one inch apart all over the dough.
9. In a small bowl, mix 2-3 Tbsp of Olive Oil with Basil leaves(or any other seasoning,good if you have rosemary), Sliced Onion, Sliced Jalapeno.
10. Spread the Oil mixture over the top of the risen dough. Arrange them evenly over the top.Sprinkle some Kosher salt according to your taste.
11. Bake Focaccia for 10 mins and then turn the tray around (change the direction of tray so that bread get baked evenly) and then again bake it for another 10 min.It shld be done by 20 min,if you feel its not done yet keep it for 1-2 more min.
12. Cut it into pieces with the help of pizza cutter or any simple knife and Enjoy it with Olive Oil or any other dip of your choice.