Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Spaghetti Squash for kids

Being a worried Mom of 16 months old, who is not a big eater, makes me try different varieties. I do not know, how you can relate to me, but surprisingly most of my friends do not have this difficulty. My baby just few days back started taking cow milk, and 'touch wood' she continues it. I have been trying different recipes and the one she liked the most is broccoli-potato-carrot soup.  I will share the recipe soon. I just tried this spaghetti squash today, and she seemed to like it.
Here is the recipe
You will need
Spaghetti squash-1
Carrot medium size-1
Salt to taste
Brown sugar 1tbsp
Butter/cooking oil-2tbsp

Pre heat the oven to 350F. Make some slits on squash here and there. Pop it in the oven for 1hr. After an hour check if it has cooked properly by inserting a knife into it, if the knife moves in smoothly with little resistance, that is when you know it is ready.
Let it cool down, meanwhile heat oil in a pan and saute noodled/julienned carrots in  low flame. Add brown sugar and pinch of salt and mix well.
Remove the seeds from cooled squash and with the help of fork, remove the inner soft part( it will be flaky and noodley in texture). Add it to the sauteed carrots and mix well, cook for 1min and turn off the stove.
The spaghetti squash is ready to serve and enjoy. 

Caution: Please do not give it to the infants with no teeth.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Malai Kofta Curry (Spicy vegetable dumplings in creamy curry)

Being a new mom and with the job on other hand, it is really had for me to get back to the blogging. I finally sat down today as my little one is napping. I wanted to post this recipe from several days and here it comes. This is one of my party potluck recipe, and yes you gussed it right it was a big hit, for those who are calorie conscious,  I share few tips that cut down the calories, hoping they will be helpful to you. 

All you need for the recipe:
(Makes around 30 dumplings)
Can feed around 15people. 

For dumplings:
Paneer grated- 8 table spoons
Boiled or pressure cooked mixed vegetables, I used the following vegetables.
  • Potato-2
  • Cauliflower-6 florets
  • Carrots-3
  • Green peas- 1/2 cup
Binding mixture:mix 2tbsp of all purpose flour/corn flour with 20ml of water. 

Salt to taste
oil for deep frying/ ponganalu maker
Green chili- finely chopped-5

For curry
Roasted cashew nuts- 2 table spoons
Cream or half and half milk- 50ml
Tomato- 3large chopped
Onion- 1 chopped
Turmeric- 1tea spoon
Ginger garlic paste 1tbsp
Coconut powder-3table spoons
Red chili powder-2table spoons
Salt to taste
Cumin powder-1tbsp
Coriander powder-1tbsp
Garam masala-1tea spoon


To prepare dumplings:
I pressure cooked all the vegetables for two whistles. Then, drained all the water and saved it to prepare curry, took all the boiled vegetable in a muslin cloth and squeezed all the water out after cooling them. In this process they got mashed real good. 

Now I took all these vegetables in a bowl and added the grated paneer, salt, chopped green chilies and mixed well. It forms a thick dough, just like the roti dough (remember you need to squeeze out the water real good from the vegetables after pressure cooking them, other wise it becomes soggy and you may not be able to fry them)
Heat oil enough for deep frying in a pan and make the dumplings out of the just prepared dough, dip in the corn flour mixture and fry them till they turn golden brown. 
Place the dumplings in the paper towl, to remove any excess oil.

To prepare curry:
Heat 2tbsp of oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and when they begin to splatter add onion, turmeric and ginger garlic paste. When the onion turn translucent add tomato and cook till tomato is tender. Turn off the stove and grind this mixture to a fine paste by adding some water. Heat the same pan and this mixture back to the pan and cook it till it starts to boil. Make sure you put the lid on as the mixture bubbles and spills a lot. Once the mixture start bubbling add cashew nut paste and cream. Mix throughly, bring this to a boil and add salt, chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder. Mix well, taste the mixture, adjust according to your taste. Simmer for 3min and turn off tge stove. Add in the dumplings just before serving the curry. 

Now here let me tell you how to cut down the calories in this curry:

You can avoid deep frying the dumplings, by baking them. To the dumpling mixture add 2 egg whites and mix well, prepare the dumplings, and bake them for 20min at 345F. 

To prepare the dumplings in paniyaram/ponganalu maker. Simply dip the dumplings in flour batter and cook them in paniyaram pan under low flame for 3-4 min, keep turning them in between. 

You can avoid cream either by increasing the cashewnut paste or substituting cream with coconut milk 

You can enjoy this yummy curry with anything you like(roti/rice/biryani/tiger rice).
I hope you like my recipe and thank you for taking time to write back to me, I appriciate it. Please come back again. Your DD

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.