Wednesday, February 18, 2009

How to make Tom Kha - The Thai recipe


I love Thai Food.. the taste of their fresh vegetables, the aroma of their spices make me go crazy. And we always prefer to dine thai, for it is one food that you dont feel " O god, why the hell did I just eat so much! " . We are on strict no-going-out for lunch /dinner for past 3 weeks, so constantly trying out something new @ home so that we dont get bored.. Today i had almost lost it, I wanted to eat thai so badly.. especially their Tom Kha soup.. I just love the tangy/spicy/sweet taste it has.. I looked up a hundred website,had no thai ingredients and thought I could never make it!... But then, dint feel like giving up.. I had half a bag of frozen mixed veggie left, so thought , why not giving this a try ?? From all the blogs for this recipe, it was evident that the soup needed two main things- coconut milk, lemon juice- little did I realise that it is all one needs to make this delicious thai dish!!
right, forget the lemon grass, basil leaves or the thai leaves!!!!

If you enjoy thai food, definitely try this out -


Is this all it needs??
1/2 bag Oriental Mixed Veggies- (Mine had broccoli,beans,mushroom)
1/2 Carrot chopped
1 cup of boiled peas
1/2 bunch of corriander leaves chopped
1/2 onion chopped as for salad
2 1/2 cups of coconut milk
3/4 cup of water
1 small piece ginger chopped finely
6 small green chillies chopped length wise
1 tbspn chilli powder
1 big lemon or 2 tbspn of lemon juice
1tbspn oil
salt to taste

The Secret......

-> Heat oil in pan , and add ginger ,chillie and corriander and saute for 1 minute
-> Add the onion and saute for 2 minutes
-> add all vegetables ,chillli powder, salt and saute till vegetables are cooked
-> Add the coconut milk ,water and let cook for 3-4 minutes.
-> When the flovour gets into the vegetables, switch off and take out from stove
-> Add lemon juice and mix well

Can be eaten as soup or served with hot Thai rice ..!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Vegetable Manchurian


Ingredients

For Manchurian:
200 gms of finely chopped cabbage
100 gms of fine chopped carrots
1 big garlic chopped finely
1 small piece of grated ginger
2 spring onions
2 tbspn of corn flour
1 tbspn of all purpose flour
1/2 tbspn chilli powder
2 green chillies
salt to taste.
Oil

For the Gravy:
1 big garlic chopped finely
1 small piece of grated ginger
5 spring onions.
4 tbspn tomato sauce
4 tbspn soy sauce
1 tbspn chilli powder
1 tbspn oil
1tbspn corn flour
salt to taste
spring onion leaves

Method
->Mix the ingredients needed for manchurian and make into balls and deep fry in oil.
-> Keep the friend manchurian aside.
-> heat oil in a pan,fry ginger,garlic and add the onions.
->When the onions are golden brown, add chilli powder , salt, tomato sauce and soy sauce.
->After frying briefly , add water .When gravy begins to boil add corn flour and stir as gravy thickens.
-> Take from stove and add the fried manchurians.
-> Top with spring onion leaves.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cabbage-Paneer Paratha


When Anu said she made cabbage paratha, I thought ..wow thats cool, I can do something different with this vegetable that Iam bored of making just curry and kootu.. Also, paratha doesn't have to be just aloo,gobi or mooli right? .. so tried this with my own revisions, and it came out pretty good! . I decided to use the red cabbage instead of white ( i always feel that the red one is more tasty) and added some paneer to her original recipe.

Ingredients
2 cups of finely chopped cabbage
1 onion chopped finely
4 green chilles
1 cup of grated paneer
1tspn chilli poswdwer
1/2 tspn cumin seeds
1tspn garam masala
1tspn oil
1/2 tspn ginger ,garlic paste.
salt to taste

Method:

-> Heat the oil and add the cumin seeds, onion ginger -garlic paste and the green chillies.
-> when onion turns golden brown, add the cabbage.
-> when cabbage looks cooked (which is usually in aroudn 3-4 mintues.),add the paneer, chilli powder,salt and garam masala.
-> Cook for about 3 minutes and take from stove and let the curry cool.
-> Stuff sufficient in each chappathi dough and roll out to make cabbage paratha!