Friday, 26 February 2010

Panini with spinach and roasted red pepper hummus!!

I got this recipe all the way from U.S.A, washington D.C, when we visited the 'National Air and Space Museum' daughter and husband take lots of interest in Astronomy,they never miss any opportunity in gaining more knowledge about the space and the universe..specially my daughter has done an Astronomy course in GCSE at very young age and passed the exam with A* it was after visiting NASM and NASA space centre in florida, she was so facinated about Astronomy that we decided to put her on an Astronomy course...

In between these visits we approched a cafe inside the space centre where we found that only vegetarian dish available was "Panini with spinach and Hummus" we were starving we went for this dish and to our surprise, this dish turned out to be so delicious that I asked the assistant for the recipe...;0)) kindly she gave me the recipe and this dish has become a big hit with my family !! I've made it so many times with diffrent flavoured hummus...

You will need;-

Italian Panini Bread( I bought from supermarket)
Healthy margarine
Baby spinach
Roasted pepper hummus


Slit open the panini bread.  Apply margarine in the inside, now fill it up with thick layers of hummus and spinach.  Now wrap the top layer of the panini bread on it.  Toast useing the panini maker or grill it.(I know pics are not good as I wanted..:0(, trust me taste is much much better)

Enjoy it as much as we always do...

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Roasted pepper Hummus !!

To make hummus you don't need too much time, and the taste is gorgeous...even you don't have to use dried chickpeas and soaking and all that..just use shop bought tin of chick peas and that would be fine...great as a dip but you can use many ways..this time I made it with Roasted red peppers, and also added Harrisa paste for bit of spiciness..I hadn't much time so I used peppers straight from the turned out really well !!

you can see jalapeno hummus recipe here.

You will need :-
2/3 cups garbanzos (Chickpeas)(drained; reserve 1/4 cup liquid) Tin
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste, made of ground sesame seeds, used jar one)
juice of 1 lemon
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2- cup Red Roasted peppers(used jar one)
1-2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
1 tsp Harrisa Paste
1/2 teaspoon salt


Place the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth, adding reserved liquid if necessary. Eat with whole wheat pita breads and/or raw vegetables or use in any other recipe which I used for my panini..


Wednesday, 24 February 2010


This very popular Butternut Squash (Kaddu) raita is a delicious and easy recipe prepared with boiled butternut squash, creamy yogurt, and other basic but flavourful ingredients.

Went to see yesterday MNIK (MY NAME IS KHAN) !!! really I don't prefer to watch movies in the first week, coz gets really over crowded, I prefer some breathing space as people sitting nearby suffocates you with sneezing and coughing, also inconsiderate parents allowing their kids sitting behind kicking your seats, endless disturbance!

This very popular Butternut Squash (Kaddu) raita is a delicious and easy recipe prepared with boiled butternut squash, creamy yogurt, and other basic but flavourful ingredients.

If a person has a disability of some sort and does unusual things everybody reacts to it but when normal people behave unjustly in public places like cinemas, It is just not right !!during my movie yesterday I had to break my silence and asked the two ladies sitting next to me to stop making noise with their crisp packets, which went on for ages and it was just driving my patience. So I bravely spoke out to them !!

This very popular Butternut Squash (Kaddu) raita is a delicious and easy recipe prepared with boiled butternut squash, creamy yogurt, and other basic but flavourful ingredients.

I would like to ask you fellow bloggers Did I do the right to speak out to them inconsiderate people or Should I have kept quiet? (Snack which makes irritating noise should be eaten before the movie starts or during interval) Because of such distractions in cinema, I prefer to watch movies at home in my own comfort zone!!

This very popular Butternut Squash (Kaddu) raita is a delicious and easy recipe prepared with boiled butternut squash, creamy yogurt, and other basic but flavourful ingredients.

Now coming to my recipe, Butternut Squash Raita which my Mum used to prepare, it was her favourite. Very healthy, light, slightly sweet and creamy. This raita is very easy to digest. So quick and easy recipe which can be consumed during the fasting period too.

This very popular Butternut Squash (Kaddu) raita is a delicious and easy recipe prepared with boiled butternut squash, creamy yogurt, and other basic but flavourful ingredients.

Instead of butternut squash pumpkin can be used for this recipe.

Butternut squash raita
Yield: 4-6 SERVINGS



This very popular Butternut Squash (Kaddu) raita is a delicious and easy recipe prepared with boiled butternut squash, creamy yogurt, and other basic but flavourful ingredients.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 15 M


  • 250g butternut squash peeled and diced
  • 300g yogurt 
  • salt to taste
  • 1 Tsp. dry roasted cumin seeds
  • 1 Tsp. red chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh coriander leaves



  1. Cook Butternut squash in a microwave with little water till tender about 6-7 minutes or cook on a stove until well done. 
  2. Mash well and leave aside. 
  3. When it gets cool add yogurt and all the other stuff. mix well and it's ready. 
  4. This raita complements really well as a side dish with the rest of the meal.
  5. Enjoy!


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Sending this Raita to Mahimaa's event Cooking Basic Event .

Monday, 22 February 2010

Avocado Pesto Pasta

A delicious and healthy pasta recipe with avocado pesto!

My Daughter just loves Pasta, !!!..she can have them for B'fast, lunch and dinner..never gets enough of it...I don't know why? well, when she reads this she will say "ma, how can you say this"?do you ever get enough of eggplant or Aubergine!! hehehe...:-)) somehow I am sure this will be her response.. she always looks out for different sauces and methods for her pasta....I had few ripe avocados left , after using them in smoothies, guacamole and freezing some Avocado puree for later my daughter  looked more recipes for avocados and she came up an idea for Avocados in Pasta..and she was very happy to make it all by herself...;-)) so here is the Avocado pasta dish which Hayley made and we all loved it...

You will need:-
  • 1 cup cooked pasta
  • 1 ripe avacado - chopped
  • small bunsh basil
  • 1-2 garlic clove
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese( I didn't use it, there was a enough  good fat for me in Avacado and walnuts)

Process together all the ingredients except the pasta, in a food processor untill almost smooth.  Toss together with hot pasta and serve.  Sending it to Siri's event Healing FOODS- Avacado. Also Jo's event Pasta Party.

Yesterday my kind hearted daughter sent me this beautiful gift on my mail...I loved it!! that's my sweetheart..!! I wanted to share yesterday in my 50th post, but the post went so long so I left it for today  to share this gift with all you my friends!!  If you are happy to accept the gift please please collect it...

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I've included almost all of my friends who visits my blog regualr, list will be updated if I have left  any of you...I do apologize ... please let me know...

Please accept this gift and enjoy the pasta!!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Tiger Paws !!!

Whenever I go shopping with my husband, there will always be a time when he will drag me towards the bread section - especially when he goes shopping on an empty stomach ! We would stand near there for a while, staring at the bread and then he would ask me : "Jagruti, do you want buy some tiger bread?", when I know full well that is it him that really wants to eat the bread ! :)  . . . I always end up saying yes, but I try and make it look as if it is only him that likes the bread - but i secretly love it too ;)
There has never been a time where we have gone shopping together and we have not brought home tiger bread or tiger rolls for the family.....
I have tried many times to find a good recipe for tiger rolls or bread but never had any success. I came across a really good recipe on this blog.
I have said alot about how much we love tiger bread, but what exactly is it?  This link will give information on the unique bread. These tiger rolls have a nutty flavour which comes from sesame oil and the mottled crust is due to a rice paste glaze...when I made this bread and showed it to my husband he was the happiest man on earth, he was so happy that he took me out and bought me a lovely black dress!!!!

You will need:-Bread
  • 400 g strong white bread flour
  • 100 g rice flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 300 ml warm water
You will need:-Topping

  • 1 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 100 ml warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 60g rice flour

I used my bread maker to make a dough. Mix together the tiger paste ingredients and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Preheat oven to gas mark 5. When the dough is ready or doubled in size flatten the rise dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for few seconds.  Divide in to a equal size and shaped them into a ball. Place on a well greased baking Sheet.  Coat the surface of the rolls with rice paste and leave it for half an hour.  Cook rolls for 10-12 minutes and turn the oven down to gas mark 4 and cook the rolls for further 10-15 minutes. At this stage I coated more seasame oil on a rolls. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy it as much as my darling husband did ...

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Broccoli with Bengal gram Daal and Fenugreek seeds!!

Continuing on my Superfood diet I made another dish which is very healthy and nutrious to maintain my 0 size figure in good health in this 21st Century!!! Broccoli, when I saw first time in U.K, thought why do they have green Cauliflower? well over 20 years ago... in India never heard about it...well now I know brocolli inside out....;0)) We include broccoli in our diet specially for getting Iron, as we are vegetarian very hard to get all the vitamins and minerals....Very thankful to Italians who brought this prized vegetable with them to the new world around Colonial I am in love with this little green gem!!!  Also Bengal gram Daal which is full of protien and has very low GI values( which ranks foods on how they effect our blood sugar levels) Chana Daal is very beneficial for Diabetic people...for more info see here ...Now on Fenugreek seeds you all know about it, so I am not going write about it and coming to my recipe....

You will Need:-
  • 2 cup Broccoli florets(steamed)
  • 1/2 cup Bengal gram daal (soaked and cooked not mushed)-Chana daal
  • 1/4 cup Fenugreek Seeds (soaked about 2-3 hours)
  • 1 big Onion finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • Salt t taste
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil(pomace from Italy I use)
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp corinder and cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan and add onion and fry for few minutes.  Add garlic and let it brown.  Now add steamed broccoli and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Add channa daal and fenugreek seeds without water and mix well.  Now add salt and all the masala and mix well and cook further for 5-6 minutes on a medium heat.  Serve hot with roti or naan..we had ours with roti and BUTTERNUT SQUASH Raita..RECIPE COMING SOON..

Enjoy as much as we did and specially my kids without any fuss!!!! I know my rotis don't look like roti, coz I use Wholemeal Flour which is very healthy and full of fibre without any oil or ghee...

Sending this dish to Cooking with Seeds-Fenugreek Seeds event held by SE started by Priya 

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Mango Pancakes !!

Today it's Shrove Tuesday in U. K, also call 'Pancake Day'....!!! and I made these pancake for my kids..I've made mango pancake 3-4 times in the love it..:-))....I used to serve mango pancake with whipped cream but it also compliments with Mixed berry Coulis !!!

 You will Need:-

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 3/4 cup caster Sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh coconut-shredded
  • 1 cup mango pulp
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked and cooled rice
  • Little milk for thin the batter
To make pancakes, In a bowl combine all the ingrediants and make a smooth batter.  Heat a oil in a non stick frying pan, take small ladel of the batter and spread evenly to make a circle.  Cook evenly on bothside untill golden brown.  Repeat this process for the rest of the batter.

Serve it with your choice of filling. Enjoy as much as my kids did...

Monday, 15 February 2010

Super foods Smoothie!!

Avacado, Watercress and Mango posses such strong health benefits, that they are referred to as "Super Food" and my family always love to add superfood in our regular here I come with the Superfoods smoothie which contains health benefits from Avacado, WATERCRESS AND MANGO contribute nearly MORE THEN 20 vitamins and minerlas...

You will need:-

  • 1 Avacado, Peeled
  • 80 g Watercress
  • 1/2 mango flesh, peeled
  • 250 ml any fruit juice(I used tropical juice)
  • Few icecubes if you are living in a hot climate..I am not :-((

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend untill smooth.  Serve in a glass and enjoy as much as we did..

Sending this to Yasmeen's event Health Nut Challenge 4 : Bitter Better Health as this smoothie contains watercress..
Siri's Corner event healing-foods-avocado
and Padmajha's No Cook Event as there is no cooking requirment.
Sending it to Madhuri's event Serve me Some...Juices,Shakes and Smoothies.

"Also avacado make excelant face masks for dry skin...they boast 14 minerala as antioxidant, vitamin E and A...To prepare facemask mash up avacado, add touch of almond oil and smooth the mixture over your face, keep for as long as possible then wash it off with water"

Woop-100 Joyful Friends!!!!!!!!!  :))

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Creamy Daal Makhni without cream for your loved one's heart !!!'ve read title right...daal makhni also call it Maa ki Daal,without any butter or ghee..I've made it for my family...we are quite addicted to this daal, therefor I make regular, but i am careful using lots of fat in this dish..even without ghee daal tasts delicious and creamy....then why cream in this pics? the heart shape just an added decoration...tha's not the cream, i've used a low fat yogurt....

You will need:-
  • 2 cups whole Black Gram(whole urad) soaked overnight.
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 1-2 cinamon bark small
  • 1-2 bayleaves
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes or tin tomatoes-pureed
  • 1 big onion finely chopped (i pureed in a mixer)
  • 4-5 cloves of Garlic-paste
  • 4-5 green chillies- paste
  • 2" ginger piece- paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tsp coriander and cumin powder
  • 3 tbsp olive oil (use unsalted butter or ghee for richer taste)
  • Salt to taste

Cook the daal in pressure cooker with 3 whole spices and enough water, about 20-25 minutes.  Mash daal slightly to make creamier.  Now in a heavy bottom pan heat oil and add pureed onion, fry on a slow heat untill turns slightly brown, add ginger, chillies and garlic paste, fry for a 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes and all the masala powder and cook till you can see oil leaves the masala(this tells you that masala has cooked properly). Now add daal in the masala and mix really well.  add salt and let it simmer gently for 20-25 minutes. Daal is ready to serve.  Goes well with Roti, Naan or rice...i love mine with slightly burnt roti, yes I delebrat burn my rotis....

Sending this dish to three events..

  1. Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipe event  Hearts for St Valentine's Day .
  2. Rachel's event MLLA started by Susan .
  3. Shama Nagarajan's event Family's Favorite Food Event - Valantines Day .

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Friday, 12 February 2010

Maha Shivratri and Sinful Ricotta Cheese Peda !! (Saffron and Cardamom milk fudge)

Glitter Words to every one.....for more on this see here and here ..Devotees of Shiva observe a fast during Mahashivratri , so i observe fast today, but my fast is not what you call a fast..I can't stay hungry so i do make Vrat food, and eat it more than I would in normal is it really worth it to fast? well yes so you can indulge  yourself in to heavy food..basically the vrat food has much more fat and sugar content....:(([ - *Glitter Words*]It's an excuse to eat rich food, so fasting for me only happens about twice a year.....So here I come with my one of the dish which i made for shivratri, yes and i want to call it sinful because after seeing the ingredients you will agree with me..from now on I am starting my Sinful series...I'VE TRIED MANY TIMES MAKING PEDA WITH MAVA OR KHOYA, but never suceeded then someone told me years ago that why don't you try it out with Recotta cheese and i gave it a go and it turned out really well....since then I always make peda using recotta cheese...

You will need:-

100 g Ricotta cheese (Full fat)
75 g full fat milk powder
30 ml double cream
100 g sugar
2 tbsp ghee
Saffron threds soaked in little warm milk
1 tsp cardamom powder
few pistacho for decoration


Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan, keep heat low and add cheese, milk powder and cream.  Mix well and keep stirring so doesn't stick to bottom of the pan. Now add sugar and saffron milk and  keep stirring till everything comes together and becomes a one mass.  Mixture should be like cookie dough so you can roll or make it into a shape.  let it cool, now add cardamom powder and mix well. Take small amount of mix and make a small ball or give any shape like i made them into a heart shape.  I didn't add any food colour, this is the natural colour from saffron..

Enjoy them as much as we did...

Sending this to Priya's event Heart's for the St Valantine's day .

P. S  hi friends, please can you leave your blog URL in my other blog "Other Bloggywood Fellows" , i've moved it there, so i can see when you post a new recipe... it's on my sidebar...

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Marinated Tofu-paneer(Indian Cottage Cheese) on a bed of wilted spinach and baked beans

 Healthy dish for those people who are on a low carb diet...very easy to prepare, tasty and packed with nutrients....I've made this dish with paneer and Tofu...saw recipe long time back on tv, since i'been making it and all the time goes well with my family...

You will need :-

  • 4-5 pieces Paneer-3"-1" in size
  • 4-5 Pieces Tofu-3"-!"
  • 2 tbsp Marinated Spice Powder(Cumin seeds,Carom seeds,Fennel Seeds,Nutmeg,Mace) grind it in the grinder untill becomes a powder.
  • 2-3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tspRed chilli Powder
  • 2 tsp coriander and cumin powder
  • Salt to taste

Mix all the powder and oil and add paneer and tofu. Leave it a side for marinate about 1 hour or more.

  • 1 big Onion
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato finely chopped
  •  1/2Garam Masala
  • 1 can Baked Beans(low sugar)
  • 1 pack Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 2 Garlic Cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt

In a pan heat very little oil, add onion fry for few minutes and add green chilli...Now add tomato and  garam masala.  let it cook for few seconds and add baked beans.  cook for 2 minutes and turn the heat off. Now heat  a non stick pan(flat), place marinated paneer or tofu and let it cook bothside untill golden brown on a slow heat.  Meanwhile in another pan heat very little oil, add garlic, fry till brown and add baby spinach and cook untill it wilt.

Serve on a plate and ready to eat...

I am participating in the JFI : Fennel seeds event by Siri started by Indira ....

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Chick pea Kofta(VADA) reposted

When I started my new blog and posted a few recipes I was eagerly waiting for responses or comments !!! Even my kids would ask me as soon as they come from school "any comments?".. and you know what's the answer..My DD said to me: I'll tell my friends and they can tell their Mum's to look at your blog..  I posted quite a few recipes..and one of them is Chick Pea Kofta ..thought it was a great opportunity when I saw Repost Event going at on Dessi soccar mum ... so grabbing this, I'm posting some of my recipes again and waiting for my bloggywood friends opinion....

As these vadas are big hit in my family, especially my kids, I do make them in large quantity and freeze whenever they want it for a snack, they can just warm them in the oven for 15-20 minutes..or even for save them for guests..
My earlier post of the same recipe was on the 8th Jan '10-- see here

Very similar to Falafel, but i added fresh green chillies in them to make them more spicer and I cooked these koftas from just soaked chickpeas.........

You will need
250 gms chickpeas(soaked overnight)
8-10 fresh green chillies
1 onion
3-4 cloves of garlic
Handful of coriander
salt according to your taste
1tbsp lemon juice
2tbsp chapatti flour
oil for frying


Drain the water out from the soaked chickpeas. In a food processor add all the ingridiants except oil and flour, blend till its become fairly smooth with adding bit of water, now add flour and make a small ping pong size of balls. Fry them untill it's get golden brown. Enjoy with some fried chillies and raw onion!!!!!!!!!!

Cous Cous with Moroccan Vegetable Tagine!!

I have used cous cous for many years in my dishes. It is part of a different cuisine - the moroccan cuisine. This meant that I only made cous cous according to the British way (a cous cous salad or with roasted vegetables), which is hardly traditional.... Another example is the famous british curry- it is so different to the curry served in India... 
For once, I thought that it would be a good idea to explore the moroccan cuisine in a more traditional way..hence, making Cous Cous with Moroccan Vegetable Tagine ;)
Me and my family loved this flavour - packed vegetable stew. It seems a long list, but is actually quite simple to make, and makes it look like you have spent alot of time on it ;) . With this dish, I got a chance to use dried fruits in my main meal - this, in turn, made the dish spicy yet sweet at the same time. Plus point for this dish is that Beans and chickpeas are an excellant source of protien, even better when they are eaten with grains such as wheat and rice...
You might remember my earlier post on Fennel and Saffron Rice where I mistakenly forgot to add the saffron..well that saffron ended up in this dish instead!

You will need for the vegetable tagine:
  • 1 cup butternut squash - peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup carrots - cubed
  • 1/2 cup french beans - chopped
  • 1/2 cup red pepper - chopped1 can chickpeas - drained
  • 1 red onion - chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinammon
  • 2 tsp ground cumin and coriander
  • 3-4 green cardomom pods
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 250 ml boiling vegetable stock (i used a stock cube)
  • 5 -6 dried apricots - roughly chopped
  • raisins - about a handful
  • 3 tbsp chopped, fresh coriander
You will need for the Spicy cous cous:

  • 300 g couscous
  • 450ml boiling vegetable stock(used vegetable stock cube)
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp harrisa paste 
  • 1 tsp ground cumin and coriander
  • here i added my soaked saffron

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for 2-3 minutes or untill change the colour.  Tosss in the garlic and ginger and cook for a few seconds.  Add squash, carrots, french beans,red pepper and tomatoes and all the spices and bay leaves.  Pour the boiling stock and add the raisins and apricot, then cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the couscous.  in a large bowl tip the couscous,pour the stock and add oil, harissa paste and spices.  leave untill the liquid has been completely absorrbed, then fork the mixture through to separate the grains.

Now add the chickpeas and stir and cook 5 minutes more or untill all the vegees are tender but still retain their shape and texture.  Now add finely 2 tbsp chopped corriander into a stew.  Turn off the heat.  Stew is ready.

Tip the cous cous onto a platter.  Pile the vegetable stew on top of the couscous and scatter over the chopped coriander.
Enjoy it....Sending this dish to Regional Recipe, Middle east hosting by Joanne...
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Harrisa Paste

 " This famous pungent sauce from North Africa is made from fresh hot red chilies and is a must for hot sauce aficionados. It is used as a condiment or as a dip to accompany couscous.

Serve with Moroccan couscous with Vegetable Sauce or with Middle Eastern Round Breads (Pita) and a selection of Middle Eastern mezze (entrees). "

225 g fresh hot red chilies or if you use dry one soak them in the warm water for 2-3 hour. 
1/2 teaspoon   asafoetida powder
 1 teaspoon  ground caraway seeds
 salt to taste
11/2 teaspoons  ground black pepper
11/2 teaspoons  ground cumin
1 teaspoon  ground coriander
 4-5 Garlic Pods
2-3 tsp olive oil

  • Place the chilies in a blender or food processor. Process until coarsely ground. Add the remaining ingredients except the olive oil and process until almost smooth. Store the sauce in a small jar and top with a thin layer of olive oil. Refrigerate until required