Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Potato Cheese Roast

Potatoes : 1/2 kg
Butter : 2 Tbsps
Grated Cheese : 100 gms
Red chilli Powder : 1 tsp or less
Salt to taste

Cook potatoes (not too soft, grateable so to say!)peel and grate, add salt and mix well with a fork.
Heat butter in a flat non-stick fry pan (not Tawa)on the stove and when butter melts spread it all over the insides of the pan by lightly shaking it from side to side.Put the scraped potato in the pan and press down with a flat spoon to make it like a thick pancake. Keep on low fire till the under side becomes golden brown. Now carefully turn it over without breaking it, in one piece.Sprinkle the chilli powder (or flakes)and top it with the grated cheese.Cover the pan and let cook on a low fire for 5 to 10 minutes till cheese melts. Cut into pieces and serve hot.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fruit salad with Sweet Yoghurt

This is a healthy fat free fruit salad that old and young alike would love.

Peel and chop fresh fruits of your choice and keep in a bowl in refrigerator for atleast 30 minutes.( I have used apples,oranges,seedless grapes,bananas)

Take fresh home made sweet curd in a large bowl and add sugar to taste and beat well till the sugar is dissolved add a pinch of salt also while mixing .

When the chopped fruits in the bowl is cooled add to the curd above and gently mix . Add honey on top as a decoration if desired. Serve when cool as a dessert.You can also skip sugar and add only honey for sweetness.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Barbecued Potatoes

Large potatoes : 6
Grated cheese : 1/2 cup
onion : 1 large
Carrots : 2
Green peas fresh : 1/4 cup
Chilli powder : 1 tsp
Butter : 1 Tbsp
Tomato sauce : 1 Tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste

Pressure cook potatoes with jacket till done.
Peel and chop onions and carrots. Cut potatoes lengthwise into half and scoop out the pulp, leaving a thin brim along the skin.To the scooped out pulp add pepper, half of cheese and a little butter and mash well. Fill the potato cases with this filling and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake in a preheated electric oven for about 10 mins till until crisp.

For garnishing , heat oil in a pan and fry onions till golden. Add carrots and peas and saute. Next add the salt and pepper and sprinkle water and cover to get mixture cooked. Add the tomato sauce and mix gently and remove from fire. Place a spoonful of this on the baked potato and serve hot.This is a great favourite with kids.

Apple Ginger Jam

Apples : 1 kg
Sugar : 1 kg
Ginger : 50 gms
Limes : 2
Citric acid : 1 tsp
A few drops of color if desired


Core apples and cut into small cubes, scrape and clean ginger and chop fine.Pressure cook these with a little water for 8 mins. ( You can also cook these in Microwave)
Extract puree by passing through a fine strainer or mesh.You can also use a crusher and then strain to extract the puree.

Add sugar, citric acid and lime juice to the puree in a thick vessel and boil rapidly ,stir with a wooden spoon and remove scum from the top of the mixture. When the setting point is reached remove from fire, add colour and KMS ( optional).Bottle while still hot in a clean dry glass jar. Don't forget to keep the bottle on a wooden surface lest it crack when hot jam is poured.

To test if jam is done, drop a blob of jam in a bowl of cold water and if done it will remain as a shiny blob, if not it will start dissolving.