Tuesday, December 24, 2013

French style beans stir fry with sesame seeds

This is the best filling, comforting and quick recipe you can make, just have these french beans handy all the time.

French style cut beans-2cups
chopped onion-1/2cup
Sesame seeds (nuvvulu )-2tbsp
mustard seeds (aavalu) -1/2tbsp
cumin seeds (Jeelakara) -1/2tbsp
salt to taste
pepper powder/red chili powder-1/2tbsp (or to taste)


  • Heat oil in a pan. 
  • Add mustard and cumin seeds and allow them to splutter, later add onions and saute till they are transparent. 
  • Add ginger garlic paste, sesame seeds and turmeric and saute for a minute under medium flame. 
  • Add french style beans, mix well and close the pan with lid. Cook under medium flame for 10min and keep stirring in between. 
  • Now remove the lid, add salt and red chili power and saute it in open pan until the beans are done. 
  • The yummy fry is ready, serve it hot with steamed rice or chapati. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Vegetable pot pie

These days I have been running crazy with my school work and I never had a chance to open my blog. I am very happy that I finally sat down to write a post. Todays recipe is a vegetable pot pie, I made this for my family friends. They always shower me with a ton of compliments, I love to cook for them and spend time with them. This pot pie is really easy to make and tastes wonderful, you can use your choice of vegetables.

Potatoes chopped to fine wedges- 1cup
Carrots 1cup chopped
Corn 1/4cup
Green peas 1/4cup
Campbells cream of mushroom- 1can
onion finely chopped-1/2cup
Green beans- finely chopped-1/4cup
Salt to taste
Black pepper-1/2 tbsp.
Pillsbury pot pie crust-1 (Available near the dairy and cheese section at Kroger)


Heat 1tbsp of butter in a pot and add onions and when they are half cooked add all the vegetables and mix well. Cook them under medium heat for 15min, make sure you keep an eye on them
as they burn quickly. When the vegetables are done add can of cream of mushroom and stir properly. Finally add black pepper and salt to taste and mix well. Turn off the flame and pore it on to the unrolled Pillsbury pie crust in a pot pie baking dish. Now cover the filling with the pot pie crust and make a hole at the center for the vapor to escape.

Bake for 15min or until it turn golden brown at 415 degree F.  You can also coat the pie with egg wash if you want your pot pie to look fancy. Egg wash makes it to appear golden brown.

You can add pieces of cooked chicken if you like.
You can also cook your vegetables in a vegetable or chicken broth for more flavor.
I love adding broccoli in my pot pie, but my hubby is not a fan of broccoli so I had to skip it. If you are a broccoli fan feel free to add it to your filling.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Salad with simple dressing

Before sharing the recipe with you, I have a small story to share. Few years back, that was my first visit to a restaurant in USA with my hubby, it was a Mexican restaurant. We were very formally greeted and seated as we entered the restaurant by a nice lady and menu cards were handed. I being new to the Mexican food, asked my hubby to suggest any vegetarian dish that I could enjoy. There were only few options in the menu which include salad, some cheese burritos and vegetable fajita. So he ordered salad for appetizers and soon it arrived on to the table. I never had lettuce or any raw food before in India. The only thing that came on to my mind was a GOAT! yup, because my brother used to say that I eat leafy vegetables like a goat, but I never agreed because I used to say that goats eat raw leaf not me, but now what am I doing! I was glad that my brother was not around. I soon laughed out loud looking at a salad and my hubby had a question mark on his face about why am I laughing and I soon explained him the same. Even I used to feel creepy when I saw people eating raw vegetables, and later I closed my eyes prayed to god and had a first bite of it, immediately I had to open my eyes and say wow! I loved it. From then salad became one of my favorite food. Today I am sharing with you the simple salad recipe with simple dressing.

Romaine lettuce/iceberg lettuce-1 head
Baby carrots or julienned carrot-1/2cup
Ripe pitted olives chopped-1/4cup (or to taste, I love olives so I put more)
Squash/cucumber slices-1/2cup
cherry tomatoes washed and halved -10 in number

For Dressing
Olive oil-3tbsp
Apple cider vinegar/white vinegar-2tbsp
salt to taste
Lemon juice-1/2tbsp

Wash and chop lettuce and add all other ingredients and mix well. Mix all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and add it on top of the salad before serving. You will love it. Refrigerate the salad before serving. You can also add avocado if you like.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you like it!