January 20, 2010

Thai Cuisine- Vegetarian Pad Thai




This is simplest Thai dish made with rice noodles. The original recipe calls for fish sauce, shrimp, egg and other non vegetarian ingredients but here is the vegetarian version of this dish.

You will need:
Chopped vegetables (i used baby corn, carrots, cauliflower, green pepper, green peas, handful of Beans spourts, onion)
Rice noodles (I used 1/3 of the noodles)
Tamarind paste/ lemon juice
Chopped garlic 1 clove)
Soy sauce (2 tsp)
Chili sauce (I used 2 tbsp)
Sugar (to set off tanginess)
Salt to taste
Olive oil (2 tbsp)
Corriander leaves finely chopped
Firm tofu (cut into small cubes)
Coarsely ground peanuts (optional)

Here is the method:
Soak rice noodles in hot water till they are tender.It will take about half an hour.Heat oil in a wide bottomed pan, saute onion, beans and other vegetables till they are half done. Beans tend to reduce in quantity after they are cooked. Now, add tamarind paste, soy sauce, chili sauce, salt and mix well. Drain water from noodles and add it to the pan and stir. Do not over mix. Add tofu while serving. Garnish with corriander leaves and peanuts.

January 11, 2010

Fruit Salad With Custard




I prefer custard with almost all my desserts... sounds crazy right??? its always been my favourite.. i usually prepare this way..I add 2 tsps of custard in 1/4 cup of cold milk. In seperate pan, i heat milk bring it to boil, i add this custard mixture to the milk while boiling and boil for another couple of mins till custard is cooked. I then add sugar (according to ur taste). Keep stirring this mixture untill u turn off the gas or else it will burn at the bottom.. It should be a thick liquid.
I add chopped fruits like apple, banana , blueberries, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple once the custard cools down. It usually thickens after it cools down. So make it bit watery so that it will get the right consistency after its cooled. Top it with ice cream.


Most of the times i make very thick custard and pour it into a container and keep it in the refrigerator for half an hour. I then invert the container on a plate and enjoy the custard as it is. I love this form. It looks like jelly :)

January 4, 2010

Guacamole




Gaucamole is a Mexican dip made from fresh avocadoes and other seasonings. Its is generally served along with corn chips.

Here is what you need:
5 Avocadoes
1 medium sized Red Onion
1 plum Tomato
1 cup chopped Cilantro leaves
2-3 hot Green chilies
salt
1 tsp Lemon juice

Mash the avocados with fork. I prefer guacamole to be chunky. So fork will do a better job. Add finely chopped onions and tomatoes. Add chopped cilantro, green chilies and lemon juice. Add salt in the end. You can add pepper powder if you like and you are done. This is the easiest recipe ever.

Tips:
Always keep this dip covered. It tends to change its color when exposed to air for a long time.