Gobi Manchurian

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I love Chinese cuisine, especially the one adjusted to the India palate and if it is home-cooked then it’s definitely gets my thumbs up. I have heard people saying it’s difficult to prepare Chinese at home.

I say if you prepare well in advance, have the correct ingredients, recipe, measurements ready then no recipe is difficult. There are recipes which take time, but then what’s wrong in waiting for a tasty meal.

Recipes like Gobi Manchurian, seem to take a lot of time with the large no of ingredients & steps, but believe you me… it isn’t.

We often prepare Chinese at home. I make all the preparations at home and if we are short on time or if my husband is cooking he buys fresh julienned vegetables from a vegetable seller, picks out a readymade bottle of sauce and within minutes his noodles are ready. Whichever way you do it, if its turns our good taste wise I think it’s a winner, all through the way.

One of the preparations from the Chinese menu is the Gobi Manchurian You can make it with or without the gravy. It can be made as a starter or with rice. Whichever way, it’s pretty tasty :D. I was skimming through various recipes and I found one here. Made some teeny weeny changes to the main recipe as per my need. And here it is..:D

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Cauliflower florets – 2 cups
Oil – to deep fry

For the sauce:

Oil – 1 tablespoon
Onion (medium) – ½,  finely chopped
Garlic – 4-5 medium cloves, finely chopped
Green chilies – 2-3 cut lengthwise
Tomato Ketchup – 1 tablespoon
Ching’s Red chili sauce – 2 tablespoons
Ching’s Soy sauce – 3 tablespoons
Vinegar – 2 teaspoons
Water –  4 – 5 tablespoons
Corn flour – 2 teaspoons
Spring onion – 2 -3 stalks, chopped

For the batter:
Maida/ All purpose flour –  4 tablespoons
Corn flour – 3 tablespoons
Salt – ¼ teaspoon
Water – ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons

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Procedure:

 

  • Sauce: Heat oil in non-stick pan and add onions, green chilies, and garlic and sauté till the onions are golden brown in color.
  • Add tomato ketchup, red chili sauce, and cook till oil starts to separate from the mixture.
  • Add soya sauce and vinegar to it and mix well.
  • In a small bowl, mix corn flour with water and add it to the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken. Keep the sauce aside.
  • Batter:  Add maida, corn flour, salt, and water to a bowl. Mix until there are no lumps.
  • Coat the cauliflower florets well with the batter and deep fry until medium dark brown in color.
  • Once fried add all the fried florets to the sauce and toss well to coat the cauliflower completely.
  • Garnish with spring onion and toss again.
  • Serve immediately.

Tips:

  • You made change the red chili sauce and green chili quantity as per your taste.
  • After adding the fried cauliflower to the sauce you may heat the final dish a little in case u have made the sauce beforehand.

Vanilla Ice-cream

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I scream, you scream we all scream…WE LOVE ICE CREAM!

Very First Ice-Cream Post!!!

Excitement + nervousness + anxiety = me making ice-cream for the first time. While the ice-cream was in the process of setting I felt like a kid waiting to open his birthday presents. ;) (I am always eager to open presents even now. But who isn’t??)

This recipe is by the famous chef Sanjeev Kapoor. I never thought making an ice-cream was so darn easy. Definitely happy with my first attempt, although it has scope for improvement. I am happy that it was not crystallized. This opens a new gate to making more ice-creams. I made some teeney weeny, itsy bitsy changes to the main recipe, but made sure that it did not change the actual recipe. So here it is..tadaaaa!!!

Ingredients:

Milk (skimmed) – 2 ½ cups
Amul Fresh cream – ½ cup
Corn flour – 1 tablespoon
Brown Sugar – 5 tablespoons
Vanilla Essence – 1 teaspoon

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Procedure:

  • Mix the cornflour in ¼ cup milk and keep aside.
  • Boil the remaining milk in a pan.
  • Add sugar and cornflour mixture to it and cook for 4-5 minutes on low flame. Keep stirring in between. Set aside to cool it.
  • Add fresh cream and vanilla essence.
  • Transfer it to a shallow container. Cover it and tip it in the deep freezer till almost set.
  • Divide the mixture into two portions and blend/ churn each portion separately in a blender till smooth.
  • Transfer each of the two portions into the shallow container.
  • Cover it with cling film and then put the lid.
  • Freeze until firm. Scoop and serve and enjoy.

Tips:

  • I used amul fresh cream. You may use any of your choice.
  • In this recipe it wasn’t mentioned whether to use full cream milk or skimmed. I used what was available with me. For best results I feel we should use full cream milk.
  • The recipe called for normal white sugar, I used brown sugar instead.

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Stir Fried Bell Pepper Mushrooms

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Back to blogging after all the festivities of Ganapati. I must confess I have had loads of sweets, especially modaks. Not that I am complaining but one tends to get other cravings too. So back to savory cooking!!

Sometimes there are days when I spend more time in the kitchen than I usually do and I end up making tiny bit of snacks to gobble up every now and then. There was lunch, there was gharge i.e. sweet pumpkin puris (again sweet!!!) and yet I wanted to make something for the evening snack. I usually have mushrooms in the refrigerator and saw a green bell pepper next to it. So what can be done with these things. Think think..

Actually without thinking much :P I started cooking what came to my mind which would need minimum efforts. And here it was. Girish and I actually ate it off the pan. Couldn’t wait any longer. Hope you guys like it too just like we did!!

 Ingredients:

Button Mushrooms – 15-18
Green Bell Pepper/ Capsicum – 1 finely sliced
Ching’s Secret Dark Soy Sauce – 1 ½ tablespoons
Ching’s Secret Green Chili  Sauce – 1 ½ teaspoons
Oil – 2 tablespoons
Garlic (finely chopped) – 1 ½ tablespoons
Salt- to taste

Procedure:

  • Roughly slice the mushrooms vertically.
  • In a fry pan heat 1 tablespoon oil and add ¾ tablespoon finely chopped garlic.
  • Sauté the garlic for a minute and then add the sliced mushrooms.
  • Sauté the mushrooms on high heat till it starts leaving water. Strain the water and transfer the mushroom-garlic mixture back to the pan.
  • On medium heat stir fry the mushrooms till they have dried up but not charred.
  • Meanwhile in another frying pan add the remaining oil and garlic and stir for a minute. Add the sliced green bell pepper. Keep stirring in between.
  • Till the mushrooms are ready the bell pepper slices should be done.
  • Now add green chili sauce and soy sauce to the mushroom pan. Add a little salt and mix well. Stir this on a medium flame.
  • Add the sautéed green bell pepper slices to the above mixture and turn off the gas.
  • Mix well and serve hot.

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Notes:

  • Always taste the mixture before adding salt, since soy sauce has good amount of salt in it. Sometimes it may not be necessary to add any.
  • Even if the mushrooms sweat a lot, do not panic. It happens to be that mushrooms have lot of water and they tend to release it. Just strain the water and you are good to go.
  • You may also add any other colored bell peppers.

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Schezwan Noodles (quick and easy)


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Hello Gang,

It’s me Girish, posting a recipe today instead of Deepa, your regular chef at foodlyrics.
I wasn’t much of a cook other than preparing tea, coffee, sandwiches, pizzas and a few simpler recipes.

Thanks to Deepa and her love of cooking that I was introduced to a lot of variety and advance level of cooking recipes and ingredients which I would never have known otherwise. One main element that I always try to keep going is that any dish should be quick, easy and simple to prepare. I don’t know many guys who spend a lot of time in the kitchen for various reasons (debate which I don’t intend to start ;)) but for all those who are interested and yet keep themselves away due to the fear of getting into complicated recipes and putting in tons of time… my effort is to share dishes that are way too easy to cook and don’t take much of your time.

So here we go, this is my version of the Schezwan noodles. But instead of the trouble (for me) to prepare the sauce/chutney… I’ve used Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney. We’ve chopped the vegetables at home but to further simplify the process you can get a packet of diced or finely chopped vegetables specially for Chinese style recipes at any vegetable mart or a local grocer who stocks such items. Make sure they are fresh.

Go ahead and enjoy, I hope you all like this quick version and share it across with your friends.

Ingredients

Ching’s Secret Hakka Noodles – 1 packet 150 gms
Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney – 2 1/2 tablespoons
Mixed vegetables (cabbage, french beans, carrot, spring onion, capsicum) – thinly sliced – 4 cups
Onion – 1 medium sliced, finely sliced
Oil – 2 tablespoons
Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
Vinegar – 1 tablespoon
Salt to taste

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Procedure

  • Cook the noodles as per the packet instructions.
  • In a big wok, heat the oil and add the garlic paste and onions. Saute till onions become transparent.
  • Add vegetables, Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney, vinegar, salt and saute for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Add the noodles, mix gently so that noodles are well coated with Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney and vegetable mixture.
  • Serve hot!

Notes

  • Please note while sauting the vegetables, they shouldn’t be overcooked. They should remain quite raw, that’s the key.
  • Using a pair of cooking tongs while mixing the noodles will help ease the mixing process.
  • If you know how to, enjoy it with a pair of chopsticks.. cause I don’t ;)

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Corn-Tomato Rice

Corntomatorice _Foodlyrics(2)As mentioned in the Vegetable Pulav post, this is the second recipe to the rice series.

I had been to my brother’s place and Ketaki (sister-in-law) had prepared this for all of us. She is a very good cook herself and keeps trying various recipes, especially for my beloved nephew Bhargav and my brother Devdatt. This recipe came as a great change from the typical rice preparations we generally have and till date remains as one of my favourites.

The best part of this dish is that it’s fast and simple to make. It doesn’t require any fancy items and I find it totally fuss-free, especially when you have a toddler around, who keeps you busy round the clock. I feel dishes like these help you keep up with the hobby of cooking as well as gives you enough time to be with your baby.

Thanks a lot Ketaki for sharing this. I hope you guys love it. Give it a try and enjoy it as much as all my family does including my two year old nephew Bhargav, who loves to eat boiled corn :).

Ingredients:

Onion (big) – sliced thinly
Tomato Ketchup – 4 tablespoons
Cumin Seeds (Jeers) – 1 teaspoon
Oil – 1 tablespoon
Biryani masala – ½ teaspoon
Dried red chillies – 2
Boiled corn – 1 ½ cups
Red chilli powder – ½ teaspoon
Salt – to taste

For the rice:

Basmati Rice (uncooked) – 1 cup
Water – 1 ½ cups

Procedure:

  • First cook the rice in a pressure cooker by mixing the ingredients mentioned under “For the rice”. Cook it for 3 whistles.
  • In a pan heat oil and add cumin seeds.
  • Once they splutter add sliced onion and dried chillies and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Then add the tomato ketchup, salt, and red chilli powder. Mix well.
  • Now add the boiled corn and the cooked rice. And mix gently.
  • Sauté for about 5 minutes and finally add biryani masala and mix well.
  • Serve hot.

Tips:

You may also add khada masala in case readymade biryani masala is not available.

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