Thursday, 17 October 2019

Recipe of Leftover Rice Cutlets



What do you do with leftover rice? Our large hearts and good feeding intentions sometimes get us to cook a larger portion of rice leading to leftovers.
This time I decided to put together a healthy snack recipe of Rice cutlets for an evening snack.
Here the cooked rice will be mixed with veggies and spices and is pan-fried. The rice cutlets come out well done on the outside and soft inside. Delicious and have to be served nice and hot. 


Leftover Rice Cutlets

Here is how to do leftover rice cutlets. This recipe will make 12 to 15 palm-size cutlets. The preparation and cooking time of this dish is not more than 30 minutes, so it can be made just half-hour prior to tea time.



Ingredients 


 2 cups of leftover cooked rice
1 finely chopped onion
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 grated beetroot
1 boiled and mashed potato
1 chopped green chilly
2 tbsp gram flour
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
Pinch of sugar
1tsp lime juice
Salt to taste
Oil for shallow frying


Method 


1. Take a mixing bowl and add the two cups of cooked rice. Mash lightly with the back of a spoon.
2. Add in finely chopped onions, chopped green chilies, coriander leaves, mashed potato, grated carrot, and beetroot. Give it a stir.
3. Add the salt, sugar, lime juice, dry spices and gram flour. Now knead with your hands to make a dough.
4. The dough should not be sticky.  Check it by rolling on your palm to make a ball. If it sticks you can add a little more gram flour.
5. Now divide the dough into small round balls and flatten with your palm.



6.  Make oval shape cutlets, this is something different than the regular round Tikki shaped ones.
7. Take a non-stick frying pan, add a little oil to cover the bottom. When the pan is hot add the cutlets and brown them on one side.

Leftover Rice Cutlets

8. Now flip them over and cook on the other side. This can be done on the slow flame so that the cutlets cook through.
9. Remove them on a dish. Now serve it with a vegetable salad and tomato ketchup at tea time.


Leftover Rice Cutlets

Note

You can avoid the beetroot and add grated cabbage instead.

If you not having gram flour at home, substitute it with rice flour or bread as a binding agent.

Another variation for this recipe would be making ladoo shaped balls of the dough and dipping it in egg batter to deep fry them. This can be savored at mealtime.
The best part of this recipe is the experience of savoring it. It is so yummy that no one can tell it's made from leftover rice.

 

If you have a unique leftover rice recipe, I would love to hear from you on anahitairani200@gmail.com. And can invite you to do a guest post on my Blog.

Till then, keep it simple yet yummy for your family. 🍳🥘🍲🥣🥗


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                                                  - Spicy Mince Kebabs
 

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Butter Garlic Crab Recipe


I have never cooked up a crab recipe on my blog before. In the past I have made crab curry with coconut and masalas. Today I decided to share the easy butter garlic crab recipe that I stirred up a few days back.
After the month of Shravan, the fish is in abundance in local markets and so are the crabs. Beautiful big crabs that have sufficient meaty substance in it and combined with spices give a delicious taste to the palate. 4 to 5 big crabs is all you need to make this dish.

Butter garlic crab recipe

First and foremost crabs need to be cleaned well. You can ask your Fisher lady to do it for you.



Ingredients 

4-5 big crabs
1 onion
1 sprig of curry leaves
6-8 chopped garlic
1 chopped green chillies
1 piece chopped ginger
2 tbsp butter
I tsp crushed pepper
Salt to taste 


Method

1.Clean the crabs well in running water and crack the pincers.

2. Boil enough water that will soak the crabs. Add curry leaves, chopped ginger and salt in that heavy bottom vessel. Now boil for 8 to 10 minutes till crabs turn white.

3. Switch off the gas remove only tye crabs and discard the rest.

4. Heat butter to the pan, add the  finely chopped onion and saute till pinkish.

5. Also add the chopped garlic, chopped green chillies and saute for 2 minutes.
6. Now add the boiled crabs and mix it in gently.

7. Add half cup water, cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer on slow flame for another 5 minutes.

Butter garlic crab recipe


8. After opening the lid, you will see that the crabs have turned slightly pinkish red in colour.

9. Add salt to taste n crushed pepper.
Cook till the crabs are dry, add a dollop of butter if you wish.



10. Garnish with finely chopped spring onions or parsley. Enjoy this finger licking dish with all your fingers and all your senses.





Thursday, 26 September 2019

The Unbelievable Benefits of Drumsticks


It’s a beautiful feeling as I reminisce the drumstick tree (Moringa Oleifera Tree) we had in the backyard of my grandmother’s village home. Drumsticks grew in abundance and we cooked it in various form all through the month. We even sent out neighbors and relatives a bundle of Drumsticks.
You will be happy to discover the Drumstick vegetable (thin, long green seed units) being cooked in almost every Indian home. Elderly people in India swear by the taste and medical benefits of the drumstick. The drumstick tree is common to India and also found in the continent of Africa. While Drumsticks have been proclaimed as one the later superfoods, the truth of the matter is that this vegetable has been utilized in Indian cooking, particularly in South Indian dishes for a considerable length of time.


The Unbelievable Benefits of Drumsticks

Drumstick may be boring in taste for most of us, however, it offers plenty of medical advantages.


The Benefits of consuming Drumsticks

1. Controls glucose levels

Drumsticks are known to benefit diabetics as they are known to decrease the high glucose levels fundamentally. It is additionally known to improve nerve bladder work, which thus is useful in bringing down blood glucose.

2. Aids stomach health

Drumsticks are a great source of B nutrients like niacin, riboflavin, and nutrient B12, which are famous to assume a primary job in improving your stomach health. B nutrients help to separate the nourishment and make it simpler to process them easily. Besides, drumsticks contain dietary fiber that additionally helps the stomach related procedure.

3.  Health for bones
My grandmother told me to chew the drumstick skin as it is good for bones. This is amongst the most significant medical advantages of drumsticks is that it advances a sound bone structure because of the nearness of high measure of calcium and iron that help construct solid bones, yet in addition avoids the loss of bone thickness, further expanding by and large stamina and wellbeing.


 4. Improves blood purification
Drumsticks are acknowledged to have blood sifting properties and further goes about as an extreme enemy of contamination administrator. Consuming drumsticks all the time may empower you to streamline blood course well. The leaves and seeds of drumsticks help in cleaning blood just as go about as a strong serum poison pro. Use of this green vegetable all the time lessens the chance for skin irritation and other skin related issues.



 5. Helps respiratory issues
 Drumsticks have high calming elements and a good quantity of Vitamin C which aids breathing. It controls the development of hypersensitivities in the respiratory tract because of allergens and keeps them from forming into diseases and clog.

 6. Drumsticks is an immunity booster
 The main nutrient Vitamin C helps fight off different allergies, boosting by and large insusceptibility arrangement of the body. They counter attack bacteria that attacks the body and helps in building its immunity.

7. Helps during Pregnancy
Pregnant ladies are frequently prescribed to incorporate drumsticks in their eating routine as they help during delivery time. Drumsticks can adequately ease pre and post-delivery complications. The high substance of nutrients and minerals in this vegetable assumes a significant job in lessening drowsiness of the uterus and lifts creation of milk post conveyance.

8. Enhances Sex quality
The occurrence of a decent measure of zinc in drumsticks upgrades the procedure of spermatogenesis – advancement of the male regenerative cell. The bark of the plant contains certain exacerbates that help in restoring impotency, untimely discharge and slimness of semen.

The bottom line
Don’t go by the taste, Drumsticks have proven to be utmost healthy and full of nutrition. With loads of quantity in calcium, iron and other vitamins, drumsticks have varied all-round health benefits to aid all kinds of ailments. This is why you must add drumsticks in your diet.



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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Chilli Potato Chinese Recipe


Chinese Chilli Potato??
Is it a dish??
Yes, Indeed!!

Potato Chinese is a Chinese recipe which is prepared with potatoes, Chinese sauces, salt, and red chilies. This dish can be prepared if you are really bored with cooking the same yellow potato bhaji. Its sweet and spicy is very likable. Simple to cook, stunning to look and very enjoyable.

One can enjoy this vegetarian delicacy as snack or starter on occasions like Friday nights, kitty parties, packed lunches, children's tiffin, and relished during the monsoon season. Add a dash of.ketchup to this dish and garnish it with spring onions.

Chilli potato chinese recipe

Ingredients


1/2 kg boiled potatoes/ 4 large potatoes
3 tbsp cooking oil
2 - 3 chopped spring onions
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Shezwan sauce
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp chopped garlic
Salt to taste
Spring onion greens for garnish



Method


1. Boil the potatoes in a  pressure cooker. Pour enough water in it and cook for 2 -3 whistles. Let it cool, peel and cut potatoes into cubes.

2. Now place a frying pan over medium flame and heat oil in it. Once the oil is heated, shallow fry the boiled potatoes until golden brown in color. Switch off the gas and take the fried potatoes out.

3. In the same pan, add chopped onion garlic, all the sauces and fry for one minute.

4. Now add the potatoes and stir well with a light hand. Add salt and mix it well. Keep stirring on a slow flame for another one minute.


5. Garnish it with spring onion greens and serve it piping hot. Relish Chinese Potatoes and enjoy with friends and family.

Note-


You can use cornflour and deep fry the potatoes too.
Try the same recipe with sweet potatoes.
Add capsicums to this dish for variation
This dry potato filling can be stuffed in samosas too.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Mexican Chicken in Red Sauce Recipe - Pollo Rojo Chicken

Mexican Chicken in Red Sauce Recipe


The Wild Asparagus Table is an interesting concept brought together by Ms. Saloni Malkani - Founder member of the FBAI and Chef Ananya Banerjee. Once a month they introduce an International Cuisine, bringing home chefs/ food enthusiasts, together with a potluck lunch or dinner.

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Each lady researches and stir up a dish to present on the day planned. It can be a starter, main course or dessert.
It was the fastest finger win, to be a part of the second #WildAsparagusTable. And the theme for the month of August was Mexican Cuisine.
Mexican food has Spanish, European and traces of African and Asian influences. Their food is full of robust flavors, spicy and is generally slow-cooked all together. The primary ingredients in the cuisine are corn, beans, garlic, avocado, cacao, locally grown vegetables, all kinds of meats and of course - Chillies. What's your favorite Mexican food?


Mexican Chicken in Red Sauce Recipe

On my quest to cook easy yet delicious dishes, I decided to try a Mexican Chicken in Red Sauce Recipe -  Pollo Rojo Chicken dish.  It has 6 basic ingredients and this rich saucy chicken dish is eaten with steamed rice. My dish turned out well, I could tell by the empty pot at the end of the potluck lunch, that it was well appreciated by all. I feel simple, less complicated flavors makes a dish more enjoyable.

Now note down the ingredients and method to make Pollo Rojo Chicken.

Ingredients

Half kg boneless chicken breasts
1 large white onion
5 large tomatoes
6 -7 garlic pods
2 cups chicken stock (broth)
6 - 8 Mexican chilies
Salt to taste

Method

1. Deseed the chilies and soak then in warm water for ten minutes.
2. Add a little oil in the pan and brown the chicken breasts on both sides.
3. Now remove the chicken and cut them in long strips. Keep aside to use later.
4. In the same pan, add onion and tomato halves. Broil until the tomato skins become very wrinkled and shriveled. Let the onions get translucent.
5. Take a blender, add the onions, tomato, garlic, and soaked chilies to make a paste. You can add chicken stock to get a fine puree.
6. In a pan, add the remaining oil and the tomato chili paste, chicken pieces, chicken stock, and salt to taste.
7. Cook till the gravy thickens. You can season with oregano if need be and garnish with greens of spring onion.
8. Enjoy Pollo Rojo chicken with Tortilla chips or steamed rice.

Pollo Rojo chicken


Note


Mexican chilies may not available, use the lesser spicier version of Kashmiri red chilies.
If your dish gets too spicy, add a heaped tablespoon of tomato ketchup to lessen the spice and sweeten the dish.
You can use Maggi chicken stock cubes instead of chicken broth.
If white onions are not available use large spring onion heads or the regular red onions available.


Some delicious nonvegetarian dishes of our fun Mexican Potluck Table.



Mexican Potluck



Friday, 23 August 2019

Moong Sprout Salad with Pomegranate Recipe



Moong Sprout Salad with Pomegranate Recipe


When was the last time you had a healthy Sprout salad?
Many find it too boring to make or eat. However, I love to munch on homemade sprouts. Guess, I know its nutritional value while also being used to its acquired taste.
What can be better than an early dinner with a  wholesome Healthy Sprout salad, packed with all kinds of health, the abundance of flavor, and crunchy textures?

Moong Sprout Salad with Pomegranate Recipe


The recipe I am about to share is super easy to make, loaded with vegetables and fruits. So check this salad recipe, it will leave you satisfied and full.


Ingredients

250 gms sprouts ( 2 cups ))
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup pomegranate
1 tsp lime juice
1 chopped green chilly
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish
Optional
I boiled potatoes
1/2 cup chopped raw mango
1/2 cup chopped apple

Method

For the sprouts
You need to soak the green whole moong overnight. They will swell by soaking water and sprout.
Now drain out the water and keep it in a vessel with a lid on the top. Alternatively, you can tie it in a cloth and let it rest for 4 to 8 hours further.
The moong with germinate and swell more. You will see a root growing out of the seed. Now it is ready to be used for the salad.
For the Salad preparation
1. Parboil the moong in half liters of water with a pinch of salt. Salt is added so the sprouts don't lose the bright green color.
2. Drain the water, cool and keep aside.
3. Finely chop up the tomato. Make sure to scoop out inside seeds and discard.
4. Take a mixing bowl, add the sprouts and other chopped vegetables, green chili and pomegranate.
5. Also add the lime juice, salt, and sugar.
6. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
6. Refrigerate for half an hour and serve it a little chilled to enjoy it better.


Moong Sprout Salad with Pomegranate Recipe


Note
I have not added onions as it starts to smell. But you can add if you wish.
Add a dash of pepper in the winters.
Variations
This preparation can be made with chopped pineapple and mayonnaise. And filled in canapes. It makes a lovely kitty party/evening snack.
Add boiled potatoes and imli chutney to the same salad mix and top with the readymade sev. This is a lip-smacking snack. 
Same salad mix can be added to whipped curd. This makes delicious raita.
Try experimenting in the kitchen especially with sprouts. Sprouted seeds like moong and making are excellent sources of fiber and antioxidants. The fact is, a sprouted seed contains far more vitamins and nutrients than the dry grain variety.


Monday, 19 August 2019

Health Benefits of Flaxseeds


Proven to be the world’s most nutritious superfood with health benefits in abundance, Flaxseeds is simply amazing. Why is it that in India people have still not understood flaxseeds and have not yet started to inculcate it in their daily diet and meals.  Its mild nutty flavor and crunchy texture are so enjoyable. 

What Is Flaxseed?
Flaxseeds are also called linseeds, their appearance is small, brown, tan or golden-colored seeds. In fact, linseed or “flax seed” are two names for the same seed. Flaxseeds are an incredible source of dietary fiber and plant-based protein. According to scientists, flaxseeds contain zero cholesterol.  They have an abundance of alpha-linolenic corrosive, omega-3 unsaturated fats, and lignans. Minerals present in these seeds incorporate thiamine, manganese, and magnesium. They are additionally a source of nutrient C and B6, calcium, iron, potassium, and sodium.


Health Benefits of Flaxseeds


 Health Benefits of Flaxseeds


1. Flaxseed stimulates brainpower.

"They're high in omega-3 unsaturated fats, a plant-based source, which is significant for vegetarians or people who don't eat fish,". "This kind of fat ensures the mind stays healthy with the food it requires to sharpen brain power

2. Helps constipation.

"They are a phenomenal source of dietary fiber, which means they'll keep your absorption ordinary, flushing poisons and abundance fats out of the body," They contain both solvent and insoluble fiber so they are really a powerhouse, as these sorts of fiber additionally keep your gut microbiome in solid equalization.

3. It helps you stay full.
It's has a decent source of protein and will enable you to remain full and fulfilled. Surveys have shown that constant munching on flaxseeds help you remain less hungry. Actually, one tablespoon of flaxseed contains two grams of protein. Furthermore, when joined with such fiber, it'll keep you super-satisfied.


4. It helps diminish cholesterol
About 20 to 40 percent of flaxseed's fiber is solvent, which structures a gel in the gut that ties to cholesterol in the gut and expels it from dissemination

5. Flaxseeds help in weight loss.

The low-calorie wonder superfood flaxseeds are perfect for weight reduction. Yet, flaxseed can support the procedure: "On account of their fiber content, they help to keep up glucose levels, avert hunger in this way supporting in weight reduction.


Health Benefits of Flaxseeds

Recipes ideas

Smoothies: Add a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds to a smoothie, porridge, cornflakes for that morning jumpstart. 

Baking: Perfect for baking cookies, muffins, pancakes, and quick breads: If you love to bake, coarsely ground flaxseeds can be mixed here to boost texture and nutrition.

Salads: Sprinkle some flaxseed oil over roasted vegetables, or add the chopped seeds as a last minute topping. 

Snacks: Flaxseed oil can be sprinkled on popcorn or the ground meal can be mixed with herbs and spices and used to make your own crackers or baked chips.

Egg Substitute: Mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed with three tablespoons of water. This can substitute an egg in any recipe. 

Granola and breakfast bars: If you make your own energy bars or granola, add ground flax meal to the recipe.



Recipe of Leftover Rice Cutlets

What do you do with leftover rice? Our large hearts and good feeding intentions sometimes get us to cook a larger portion of rice leadin...