Posts Tagged ‘yogurt’

This is a great, every-day cake. The kind you can make on a whim, when you feel like having a simple  cake with your cup of tea. What I love about this recipe is that none of the ingredients are fancy. I almost always have everything I need on hand. Of course not the cherries, it happened that I had some fresh cherries in the fridge. So, I have used those, but you can use whatever berries or stone fruit you have in hand. It really doesn’t matter. Next time I am thinking of making this with fresh plums or apricots…hmmm …can’t wait to try!

The cake is moist, buttery, light and super delicious. And the aroma that fills your kitchen, and home, when the cake is in oven is amazing. Serve this with a cup of tea or coffee or as a  lovely simple dessert with some whipped cream or ice cream, whichever way you prefer. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup low-fat yogurt mixed with 2 tbsp of milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 heaped cup pitted dark cherries, cut in halves

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Lightly butter a 9-inch cake pan.Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, place the softened butter, sugars, and vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy and the sugars have completely dissolved.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. 
  • At low-speed, mix in the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the yogurt-milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined.Transfer the cake batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  • Scatter the cherries evenly over the top and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
  • Bake for about 60 minutes, or until risen, and cooked through.  A skewer inserted in the centre will come out clean when it is ready.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before removing from the cake pan on to a serving dish.

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We are having one of hottest summer on record this year, every other day there’s heat advisory. With that, my popsicle obsession also continues, only thing I want to eat is these pretty pops. In my opinion slurping on these beauties is best way to beat the scorching heat.

I have three-four different flavors of popsicle sitting in my freezer right now. This time I have experimented with some whole milk yogurt and strawberries.

Again this recipe is super simple to execute, it just blend and freeze..here’s what I did..

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • pinch of salt

Method:

  • In a blender, combine the strawberries, 2 tbsp of honey , lime juice and salt. Process until well blended and smooth.
  • Whisk honey, vanilla essence and yogurt together and keep it aside.
  • Layer the mixture of strawberry and yogurt in a popsicle molds until the molds are full.
  • Dip a knife into each mold and swirl slightly to combine the flavors together. Insert sticks when partially frozen and freeze until solid, preferably overnight.
  • To remove the popsicle from the mold, just run warm water around the mold and pull on the sticks to remove the pops. OR else Let the mold stand at room temperature for about 2-3 minutes and pull the sticks to unmold.

Breakfast and smoothie goes hand in hand in my house. When I am tired of eating regular bowl of cereals and want some exciting and nutritious breakfast, I go for smoothies. I love smoothies…they are so versatile and incredibly easy to make.

I make my smoothie with all the fresh fruits in season but you can definitely go with the frozen ones, its doesn’t make any difference.  And let me tell you, this is the best way to include fruits in your diet. If you have kids, you know how difficult it is to feed them fruits and veggies. So, you can sneak in some veggies in their smoothie and they don’t even know what is in there…believe me it works! As I said, smoothies are so versatile and easy to make that you don’t have to go with an exact recipe – just little bit of this and that.

I keep thinking of all kinds of fruit combos to try , seriously the flavor combos are endless, so be creative.

Ingredients:

  • 1 green apple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 banana, peeled and broken into pieces
  • 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into segments
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 4 tbsp greek plan yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2% milk)

Method:

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. And serve! Doesn’t get easier and healthier than this…Cheers!!

Naan

Posted: April 29, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Bread, Dinner, Indian Food
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Naan is a thick flat indian bread, which is cooked in a tandoor. Tandoor is a clay oven used in cooking and baking, this commonly used in South and middle eastern Asian countries. The heat for tandoor is traditionally generated by a charcoal fire or wood fire, inside the tandoor itself and the food is cooked exposing to live-fire. It really gives a wonderful and rustic smell to the food.

Naan is typically made by mixing all-purpose flour with salt, yeast culture and yogurt to make a smooth, elastic dough. Every Indian restaurants serves this flat bread with different exotic side dishes.

Naan

Naan

I wanted to make naan at home since long, but some or the other way it didn’t happen. So, when I saw this posting at Soma’s blog, I couldn’t resist any further.. Hence decided to make some naan for ourselves.

Naan

Naan

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 warm water
  • 1 teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 1/2 tablespoon thick yogurt

Method:

  •  Mix active dry yeast and honey in lukewarm water and let it sit for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture becomes frothy.
  •  Add salt and baking soda to the flour and mix well. Add the oil and yogurt  to the flour and combine everything together.After incorporating the ingredients you will have a crumbly dough.
  •  Now slowly add the water/yeast mixture and knead the dough until it is smooth and soft. Coat a big bowl with olive oil, drop in the dough, and turn it to oil it all over. Seal the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.
  •  Punch down the risen dough and knead briefly. Gently press and stretch it into an evenly flat round and divide the dough into 5 equal triangles.
  •  Brush the top slightly with oil and keep aside to rise once again.
  •  When you ready to serve, heat a heavy bottom flat pan over high heat.Roll each slice in triangle-shaped bread and brush one side with water and place the water side down on to the skillet.
  • Cover with a lid immediately. You will see the top of the naan bubbling because of the steam getting gathering inside. After a minute or so, flip naan to other side and let it cook for few seconds and then with help of tongs expose the side to direct flame and cook for half a second or so or until you get some desired burned flames marks.
  • Brush butter on the naan and sprinkle some nigella seeds and finely chopped cilantro leaves on top.  Keep it in a foil lined with kitchen towel. Cover the foil and follow the same method to complete the rest of the slices.
  • Serve hot with  dish of your choice. Enjoy!!
Naan

Naan

I can’t stop myself from writing about Wednesday’s win and really excited to watch the finals. India really did great and played wonderfully well.I know every Indian is crazy about World Cup Final, I hope they do the same what they did on wed’s match and wins the WORLD CUP. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best!…GO INDIA GO….

Coming back to the dish of the day…

Dahi Vada is served as an appetizer usually at the time of festivals like holi, diwali and so on. Dahi is hindi word for yogurt and vada is like a dumpling or fritters made out of urad dal without skin/polished urad dal.

This appetizer has to be served chilled, chilling the dish brings more flavors and deliciousness to the dish. This is also served with tamarind-date chutney which really makes the difference in the dish. The soft, soaked vada with a spoonful of dahi mixed with chutney, ahh..sounds complete bliss to me!

 

Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

Ingredients:

For Vada

  • 1 cup urad dal without skin
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 green chillies, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • Oil for frying the vadas
  • salt to taste

For Dahi batter

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Tamarind-date chutney
  • 1/2 cup sev for garnishing
Urad dal dumpling/fritters

Urad dal dumpling/fritters

Method:

  • Soak urad dal in about 2 cups of water for overnight.
  • Drain the water and grind the soaked urad dal with very little water just enough to keep the motor running to make smooth batter.
  • Add grated ginger, green chillies, coriander leaves, red chilli powder to the batter.
  • Beat this batter well in order to avoid any lumps and also for a fluffy vadas.
  • Heat oil in a flat frying pan, do not use more than 1/2 inch oil or else your vada will absorb most of the oil and it will be soggy.
  • Once the oil is heated enough, check by dropping a little of batter in oil and if it comes on the surface expanding, your oil is ready for frying the vadas.
  • With the help of a spoon, drop the batter in form of vada in the oil.
  • Fry the vada on both the sides until golden brown. Drain excess oil on paper towel.
  • Repeat to complete the rest of the batter, fry in batches.
  • Now dip this fried vadas in luke warm water for about 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, squeeze out excess water from vadas and keep them aside.
  • Mix 1 cup of yogurt with 1/2 cup water, roasted cumin powder, red chilli powder and salt to taste. Keep aside.
  • In a deep dish, layer the fried vadas and pour the above yogurt mixture over them to cover completely.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and chill in the refrigerator for few hours before serving.
  • To serve, take 2 or 3 vadas in a plate with some yogurt, sprinkle with red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder, tamarind-date chutney and sprinkle some sev on top…Enjoy!
Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

Mango Lassi/Mango Smoothie

Posted: August 17, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Smoothie
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Recipe Yields: 2 Servings

Mango Lassi

Lassi(Pronounce Lah-see) is popular yogurt based drink which is almost like smoothie texture originated in the northern part of india.  Traditionally lassi is prepared by blending yogurt with salt and some spices. There is sweeter version of lassi as well but I like to make mango lassi often whenever I get fresh mangoes. Lassi is served chilled and its such a refreshing drink in hot summer days. My mom would make simple sweet version of lassi sometimes with nuts like pistachios, cashews and almonds.  It’s such an easy and quick drink to put together and enjoy without adding any calories.

Mango Lassi/Mango Smoothie

Mango Lassi/Mango Smoothie

 

So, here goes the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh chopped mango
  • 1 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup 2%  low-fat milk
  • dash of ground cardamom powder
  • 2 teaspoon  grated pistachios
  • 4 strands of saffron

Blend Mango pieces with milk and yogurt in a blender until completely puree. Add honey, cardamom powder and process until smooth. Garnish with grated pistachios and couple of strands of saffron and serve chilled.

Mango Lassi/Mango Smoothie

Mango Lassi/Mango Smoothie

 

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Rajma Paratha

Posted: July 19, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Paratha
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Recipe Yields: 10-12 Paratha’s 

Rajma Paratha 

I know the name to the dish sounds strange but believe me when you try this recipe for paratha you will me amazed of the outcome it gives. Also, you do not have to think about any side dish to go with this paratha, just serve this with freshly home-made yogurt or the store one is good too. I got this recipe from my mom in law. She uses any kind of leftover dal or beans to make paratha the next day for the breakfast. What she does is knead the dough with the curry and then make paratha’s as usual . 

So, yesterday I had prepared Rajma curry for the dinner and I had some leftover of the same. So, decided to make this paratha for the breakfast. I hope you try out this recipe whenever you have some leftover dal or rajma curry and you are not in a mood to have the same curry again. 

Rajma Paratha

Rajma Paratha

 

For the rajma curry recipe: 

Click here 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 cup rajma curry
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain
  • 1/2 teaspoon kalonji
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach leaves ( you can use methi leaves or coriander as well)
  • salt to taste( be careful while adding salt because the curry has already salt in it)

Preparation: 

  • Mix all the ingredients mentioned above with the wheat flour.
  • Knead the dough by adding rajma curry little at a time. You may have to use some water in the end to incorporate the dough fully.
  • Divide the dough into ball-sized portions and roll between your hands till they are smooth and without cracks.
  • Roll them into circles about 4-5 inches in diameter.
  • Heat the griddle and fry the paratha by glazing the oil on the surface of the paratha. Repeat this for the other side of paratha too.
  • The paratha is done when both the side is golden brown or crispy.
  • Serve it with curd and pickles of your choice.
  • OR just roll the paratha and eat it.
Rajma Paratha

Rajma Paratha