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August 31, 2009

EASY VEG SANDWICH

My neighbor told me this recipe..I tried this in a weekend long back for dinner..We just loved itTongue out..Last week i went to AAB for dinner..We had Mini tiffin and APCHI MUMBAI SANDWICH..To my surprise , it tasted really the same i prepared @homeSurprised.So i thought of posting this simple yet yummy sandwich..Do try this and let me know ..No need to toast the bread and cut the corners ..U can do both if u want..Wink

easy sandwich 1

Ingredients :

  • White bread – 12 slices
  • Carrot – 1 –2 nos (Grated )
  • Butter – 1 – 2 tbsp
  • Tomato ketchup /Sauce – 2 tbsp (adjust )
  • Tomato -  2  -  3 nos
  • Cucumber – 1  - 2 no
  • Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp (optional )

For Chutney :

  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Green chilly – 2 – 3 nos
  • Coriander leaves – Quarter bunch
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Lime juice – a few drops

Method :

  • Grind all the items given under “for chutney” to make a smooth paste and set aside.
  • Cut tomatoes into small pieces and cucumber into thin  round slices.
  • Grate carrot and set aside.
  • Take 3 slices of bread and apply butter in one of the slices , tomato ketchup on the second bread and coriander chutney on the third .
  • Keep the tomato pieces on the butter spread bread , grated carrot on the bread with ketchup , cucumber slices on the chutney bread  and sprinkle red chilly powder on the veggies.( i dint do )
  • Arrange in ur desired order and serve !!

sandwich cross section

bread sandwich

KITCHEN CLINIC :

BREAD :

Of all the foods which have been around throughout history, bread is close to being about the oldest one. The first ingredients were used during the Neolithic ages when bread is said to have been made from grains of ground cereal and water. The johnnycake, pita, tortilla and oatcakes from Scotland are ancestors of these early recipes.

Did you know that more than 59 pounds of bread and bread products are consumed by Americans?.  
And, almost every household has at least two types of bread within them? 

Bread is a wonderful source for iron, vitamins, calcium and protein as well as fiber in the whole wheat varieties which aids in the digestion process. Most white breads are not that high in calories, they usually range about 75 calories per slice or a little above; whole wheat on the other hand, is lower in
calories at only 60 per slice. Keeping bread inside of a bread box will make your bread last longer at room temperature than keeping it out on the counter. You can also wrap a freshly baked loaf of bread with wax paper and keep it in the
refrigerator; this keeps it from getting mold on it and helps it stay fresh longer as well..

HEALTH BENEFITS:

There are many health benefits of eating whole wheat bread, not just the high content of fiber. Whole wheat bread is also loaded with vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and niacin’s that are very important to your health and weight maintenance as well. Studies have shown that women who eat
whole wheat instead of white breads weigh much less and are better able to maintain their healthier weights.

Inflammation is lessened by people who eat healthy wheat breads on a regular basis and the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart diseases are lowered too.
Wheat bread keeps your digestive system on track and decreases problems of the gastrointestinal tracts. The fiber content within wheat breads has been shown to protect women of pre-menopausal age against cancer within the breasts. The women in these studies ate at least 30 grams per day.
These breads will be of great benefit to your heart in several ways. Cholesterol can be lowered; blood pressure and glucose levels can be regulated also.

The bread which is the healthiest for you can be found by checking the back label to see which ingredients are included in them. For the best health benefits from bread, either stone ground or whole grains should be the first on the ingredient label, not enriched. The bread should not contain high
fructose corn syrup but be sweetened by the use of honey or a molasses instead, as these are healthy natural types of sweeteners. The salt and these sweeteners should be towards the bottom of the ingredient label for the healthiest benefits.  Look for breads which don’t include preservatives or types of
additives in them as these are not very healthy. These breads can be kept just as fresh without these additional chemicals by just closing properly and refrigerating the loaf.

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Simple bhendi fry from lubna’s blog

bhendi fry This picture will tell u how well it tasted..Yes , it was really superb..Thanku lubna Smile..I make bhendi fry by adding finely chopped green chillies and grated  coconut…This one is a bit different..U can find the actual recipe here..

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August 28, 2009

SIDE DISHES FOR VIKI’S EVENT

I wanted to send side dishes something different from i usually make , for our Viki’s event..So I’ve given three distinct entremets that goes very well with chapatti..

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POTATO – CAPSICUM CURRY :

I learnt this from my friend Shalini..Normally I dont make dry curries for chapatti.My husband likes to have gravies more than dry curries..So i was a little hesitant to do this.But my friend was telling for a long time..At last i tried yesterday along with an easy tomato gravy for safer side....But we liked it very muchThumbs-up…Iwill make it more often.Thanks to ShaluBig Hug..This can be made in a jiffy..I took just 15 mins to finish including the cutting part.

Ingredients :

  • Potato – 2 nos (Cut into finger size)
  • Capsicum – 1/2 no (-do-)
  • Big onion – 2 nos
  • Channa masala – 1 tsp (I used a local brand )
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp (optional, I used )
  • Salt – as needed.
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – Very little .

Method :

  • Cut the above said veggies and set aside.
  • Heat a kadai with oil and add  mustard seeds.
  • Once it splutters  , add the chopped  potato , capsicum & onion.
  • Saute till they are half cooked.
  • Then add the channa masala powder , salt & pepper powder.Mix it well and saute for a minute.
  • Sprinkle little water and cover cook it for 2 mins.
  • Open the lid and mix well (Take care it should not get burnt )
  • Sprinkle some more water if necessary.
  • Cover cook till its done.

Remove & serve hot with chapathi.

potato bataka

EASY TOMATO GRAVY

This gravy is my own experimentationCool.I tried with some combinations , it came out very well.This gravy tastes good not only for chapattis but also for idly ,dosa..

Hope u all will try and leave a note to me :)

Ingredients :

  • Ripe Tomato – 3 nos (I used small ones..Finely chopped )
  • Big onion – 1 no (Slice cut )
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Oil – 2 tsp

To grind :

  • Coconut – 1 Pointer finger size piece
  • Fried gram dal /Pottukadalai – 1 tsp
  • Green chilly – 1 no (adjust , add more )
  • Cinnamon /Pattai – 1 small stick
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Water – as needed.

To Temper :

  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a few

To garnish :

  • Coriander leaves – a  few.

Method :

  • Heat a kadai with oil and temper with ingredients given under “to temper “.
  • Then add the onion slices & finely chopped tomato pieces.
  • Saute well till the tomato becomes mushy.
  • Add little water and cover cook till onions get cooked.
  • In the mean time , grind all the ingredients given under “to grind” with water to make it a smooth paste .Set aside
  • Once the onions get cooked , add the ground masala with required water.
  • Add the salt and let the gravy boil for sometime and gets thicken.
  • Finally garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot !!

EASY TOMATO GRAVY 1

 

FRIED GRAM DAL , COCONUT POWDER :

I learnt this from my MIL.I am sure Kids would love this to have with chapatti & poori.I too prepared this for my kid i.e... My husband Wink . People with sweet tooth can surely give this a try.I used sugar here..If u wish , u can replace with jaggery.Both tastes good.

Ingredients:

  • Fried gram dal /Pottu kadalai – 1 fistful
  • Coconut – 1 finger size piece or 2 tsp of grated coconut
  • Sugar – 2-3 tsp
  • Cardamom – 1 no

Method :

  • In  a mixie , add coconut , cardamom and fried gram..Run it  twice or thrice to make a powder.
  • Finally add the sugar and run it once.
  • Remove & serve !!

 

FRIED GRAM DAL , COCONUT POWDER

KITCHEN CLINIC :

POTATO :
Potatoes have been getting a bad rap in the food world. But the pride of Idaho actually has much to boast about. Potatoes are filling, moderate in calories, and non-fattening, and are an excellent way to ensure your continued success in eating healthy..

Potatoes are nutrient-dense, meaning you receive many nutrients for the amount of calories they have. The fiber is half soluble, half insoluble, so it helps to keep you regular and helps to lower cholesterol. And slowing down digestion helps to keep you full longer. Phytochemical in potatoes include flavonoids and a recently identified compound called kukoamine that appears to help lower blood pressure.

With the exception of vitamin A, white potatoes have just about every nutrient. Did you know potatoes are full of vitamin C? However, since we do not eat potatoes raw, most of the vitamin C is lost due to the heat of cooking. In addition, one baked potato offers about 20 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin B6, which is good news for your heart. They are also very high in potassium, beating other potassium-rich foods. They are a good source of iron and copper, too. In fact, a potato a day is good for your heart, promoting normal blood-pressure levels.
As it turns out, the bad rap belongs to the toppings and preparation methods we often use to turn potatoes from a healthful food to a fatty, salty snack. The health-conscious will want to bake, not fry, and be conscious of the nutritional value of the oils, toppings, and condiments that touch our spuds.

Nutritional Values for White Potato, Fresh, Baked (with Skin)
Serving Size: 1 large baking potato (3-4")

Calories - 278

Fat -<1 g

Saturated Fat -<1 g

Cholesterol -0 mg

Carbohydrate - 63 g

Protein -6 g

Dietary Fiber -6 g

Sodium -21 mg

Vitamin C -37 mg

Thiamin -<1 mg

Niacin -5 mg

Vitamin B6 -1 mg

Copper -<1 mg

Iron-2 mg

Magnesium -81 mg

Manganese -<1 mg

Phosphorus -224 mg

Potassium-1,627 mg


CAPSICUM:

Red, green, orange, and yellow capsicum, once a native of Tropical America, is now cultivated worldwide. The mildly flavored capsicum is used extensively as a spice, medicine and as vegetable. Capsicum known as chili, jalapeno, pepper is also famous for its health and nutritional values. Rich with vitamins A, C, capsaicin, beta carotene, capsicum has been used traditionally for treating diverse ailments right from impotency to liver disease.

Health & Nutrition Benefits of Eating Capsicum

  • Capsicum has been known to be beneficial to the mucous membranes. It is also good for eyesight as well as smooth skin.
  • The vegetable encourages healing and helps the body ward off infections.
  • Capsicum promotes cardiovascular health, by helping lower the blood pressure.
  • The vegetable has antioxidant properties, which help neutralize the free radicals responsible for damaging tissue and cells.
  • Capsicum is full of anti-inflammatory properties.
  • The vegetable helps reduce cholesterol and thus, is effective in warding off strokes and heart attacks.
  • It has been seen that capsicum speeds up the metabolism and helps burn more calories. Thus, it if good for those trying to lose weight.
  • The vegetable has proved to be quite beneficial for treating colds and fevers.
  • Capsicum stimulates stomach secretions and improves digestion.
  • By helping lower triglycerides, the vegetable helps keep cholesterol in control.
  • Capsicum is known to have a laxative effect and is good for those suffering from constipation.
  • The vegetable triggers the release of endorphins, the neurotransmitters produced in the brain, which reduce pain.
  • Regular consumption of capsicum is believed to be beneficial for those suffering from diabetes.
  • The vegetable has been said to be helpful in improving digestion, as it increases the stomach secretions.
  • Capsicum has been found to be useful in the treatment of chronic rhinitis.
  • The vegetable has been found helpful in slowing down the assimilation of fat in the intestines.
  • Regular consumption of capsicum can help the body fight against obesity.
  • The vegetable is rich in beta carotene, capsaicin and vitamins A and C, all of which work together to prevent a host of diseases, including live disease and impotency.
  • Capsicum has the ability to starve cancer cells and tumors of oxygen, thus making them die.
  • Many herbalists recommend the vegetable for treating sluggish metabolism, cold hands and feet; obesity and respiratory tract infections.
  • Capsicum can also be used externally, for treating arthritis, sore back muscles, rheumatism or sprains and bruises.

Nutritional Value of Capsicum

Capsicum has been known to comprise of the following nutrients:

  • Carotenoids (Capsanthin, Capsorubin, Carotene and Lutein)
  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Capsaicinoid Oleoresin
  • Provitamins E, P, B1, B2 and B3
  • Steroidal Alkaloidal Glycosides (Solanine and Solasadine)
  • Scopoletin (Coumarin)

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Cabbage – peas gravy from Valarmathi’s kitchen

I tried cabbage – peas gravy from Valarmathi’s simple & yummy recipes.Yes , as per her blog name , it’s really a very simple but yummy side dish..I always make poriyal & kootu with cabbage.But this one is really a welcome change..Thank u so much Valar for this delectable side dish..Smile I have bookmarked two more gravies from ur blog dear..Soon , i’ll try and let u know Winking

cabbage peas gravy

Have a nice weekend Wave

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August 24, 2009

OATS KAARA KOZHUKATTAI

My Belated Vinayakar chathurthi wishes to all ..Hope u all celebrated well by offering  kozhukattai & sundal Smile..Now coming to the post,

I always make oats dosa for my husband.Last week ,for a change i tried oats kozhukattai ..I got the recipe from a cookbook.I made some changes to the actual recipe and tried for breakfast..It was goodSmile.A good replacement for oats dosa and porridge .I am glad in sending this to EC’s WYF – Break fast event .

 

oats kozhukattai

For 10 – 12 nos :

Ingredients :

  • Quick Oats – 1/2 cup
  • Red chilly – 2 nos (pinch into two )
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Coconut pieces – a few (cut into very small pieces )
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
  • Hing – 2 –3 pinches
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Oil – 1 tsp

Method :

  • Heat a kadai and dry roast the oats till nice aroma arises.. It may take 3-5 mins..
  • Coarse grind (Run the mixie once r twice )the roasted oats and transfer into a bowl..
  • In the kadai , add 1 tsp of oil and season with mustard seeds , urad dal , red chilly , curry leaves and a pinch of hing.
  • Add the coconut pieces to it and fry for a minute.
  • Mix the seasoned items with the ground oats along with the remaining hing.
  • Add salt & water to knead like a chapatti dough.
  • Then make small balls or ur desired shape to make kozhukattai and steam in idly pot for 8- 10 mins.

Hot & spicy oats kozhukattai is ready to serve !! Tastes the best when hot.

No side dish is required!!If needed , u can serve with coconut chutney !!

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VARIATIONS :

  • Instead of coarse grinding the oats , u can grind it to make a powder and prepare the same .
  • If  u want, u can add equal amount of rice flour to the ground oats and make kozhukattai.

KITCHEN CLINIC:

OATS:

Studies show that eating a daily serving of oats not only lowers total cholesterol levels, but also reduces the risk of developing heart disease. In addition to being rich in heart healthy soluble fiber, oats offer a variety of other nutrients that boost health.

Nutrients in Oats

Oats are considered a “super food” because of the vast array of essential nutrients that are not only needed by the body but also boost overall health. Oats are a cereal grain that provides complex carbohydrates, B vitamins, fiber, and minerals such as phosphorous, iron, selenium, and calcium.

Benefits of Eating Oats
  • Complex carbohydrates such as oats not only lowers the risk of heart disease, but also reduce the risk of stroke and certain cancers and helps lower high blood pressure. Carbohydrates also contain tryptophan, a nonessential amino acid that improves mood.
  • The specific type of fiber found in oats not only promotes a healthy digestive system by helping prevent constipation, but also helps control blood sugar levels. Because of the fiber, oats have a low impact on blood sugar levels and may help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Studies also show that high-fiber foods help control appetite, which is a plus for those trying to lose weight.
  • Selenium works as an antioxidant with vitamin E to help protect the body from free radical damage and may help protect the body against certain cancers. Selenium also boosts immunity, and studies suggest selenium may boost mood.
  • When it comes to strong teeth and bones, phosphorus, which is also found in oats, is just as important as calcium. Phosphorus also boosts energy and plays an important role in healthy digestion.
  • Oats offer B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. B vitamins are used by the body for energy production and maintaining a healthy nervous system. B vitamins also help reduce stress and boost immunity.
  • Like other whole grains, oats are a good source of magnesium, which is important not only in energy production, but also maintaining strong bones, and magnesium may help relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
  • With 6.1 grams of protein per one cup (one-half cup raw), oats are a good source of protein. Protein is used to build, repair, and maintain all body tissues, provide the body energy, and studies suggest protein has a thermogenic effect that boosts metabolism, which may aid weight loss.
  • Oats also contain iron, which helps boost immunity, increase energy, and produce collagen.
  • Oats are rich in calcium. Regular consumption of calcium helps keep bones strong, reduces the risk of developing certain diseases, such as periodontal disease, and studies suggest calcium is beneficial to weight maintenance.

The most nutritious oats are those that have been minimally processed with no sugar added. Although well-known as an inexpensive breakfast food, oats can also be incorporated into many recipes from baked goods to main dishes.


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RASAM – NAAGAIYANALLUR STYLE

I tried this rasam from lata raja’s flavors & tastes..Thanks mam , it tasted really nice..We loved the flavor & aroma..I Will make it often.Smile

nayaganallur rasam from lataraja

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August 19, 2009

MATKA KULFI | ICE CREAM RECIPES


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I still remember the days  i ran behind the Bombay kulfi walahs to buy mouth watering , 1 rupee , cone shaped kulfis.Drooling.I  really crave for those kulfis now Raised Eyebrow…Last month we had been to my native and there i tasted Matka kulfi ,  my hubby’s favourite..After tasting it, i got an idea to try my ownIdea.So I washed those matkas and took home Wink..I tried and Yes,I got the same tasteThumbs-upWhistling..My husband was very happy when i prepared this for himSmile..Generally, Kulfis are prepared using a combination of condensed, evaporated and whole Milk..But i prepared in a very simple way..Here is the recipe,

Ingredients
  • Milk – 500 ml
  • Sugar – 2 –3 tbsp (adjust )
  • Cardamom powder – 3  - 4 pods (powdered )
  • Saffron threads -  few
  • Almonds and pistachios – Few (finely chopped )
Method
  • Take the milk in a Microwave safe wide bowl  .The bowl should accommodate at least two litres of milk to avoid spill over.Please see to it..
  • Microwave high for 10 minutes..Remove the bowl and stir well.If u want u can remove and collect the skin( paal aadai), blend it at the end to a paste and add to the milk ..But I mixed the skin as it is along with the milk..
  • Microwave again till the milk is reduced to half in volume.. (My MW took nearly 25- 30 mins to complete the process....Adjust the timings according to urs..)
  • Then add sugar, saffron threads and cardamom powder, mix it and MW high for 5 mins..Let the sugar dissolve well and boil…
  • Finally add the chopped almonds and pistachios and mix well.
  • Pour into the moulds and freeze it for a minimum of 6 hours..
I got these cute kulfi moulds from my SIL and i poured some mixture into these moulds to serve my kid and of course for meOpen-mouthed.. Eat immdiately after u take out from the freezer because it gets melted very soon ...


kulfi yellow
 
VARIATIONS
  • The above process can be done using stove top method . Take the milk in a wide mouthed kadai and boil the milk till it is reduced to half in volume..
  • Give a constant stir and simmer the flame to avoid the spill over..
  • Then add sugar, cardamom powder and saffron threads..
  • Mix well and boil till sugar dissolves completely..
  • Finally garnish with chopped almonds and pistachios.

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KITCHEN CLNIC


MILK:
Health benefits of milk include good bone health, robust skin, good immune system, prevention of illnesses such as hypertension, dental decay, hydration, respiratory problems, obesity, osteoporosis and even some forms of cancer. The beneficial health nutrients obtained from milk are mandatory for human body and for prevention of chronic ailments.
Health benefits of milk have always influenced people all over the world to include it in diet. Milk is the best and complete food that is widely considered a well-balanced diet. Many animals do provide us with this vital health liquid, but cow’s milk is considered the best wholesome supplement to solid food for infants, children as well as adults. Milk is an ideal source of nutrients such as vitamin A & B, calcium, carbohydrate, phosphorous, magnesium, protein, zinc and riboflavin. The Teagas Dairy Products Research Centre at Moore park, Fermoy has reported recent research on the utility of milk in neutralizing cholesterol content in the body.
The health benefits of milk can be achieved from its products including cheese, butter, curds, clarified butter or ghee, condensed milk, diary whitener, ice cream, paneer, tofu, skimmed milk, milk powder, flavored milk, khoya, rabri, milk sweets etc. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has clearly mentioned in its Dietary Guidelines to include milk and milk products in the diet.
Deficiency Symptoms: Milk deficiency can cause severe anemia, osteoporosis and other related illnesses. Milk consumption is very essential to maintain good health and doing normal activities. It is the best source of calcium for all age groups.
Benefits: Milk is extremely beneficial drink for mankind. Some of the advantages of drinking this life-giving nectar are as follows:
  • Calcium: Milk is the best source of calcium supply to our body. Calcium protects the body from major chronic ailments such as cancerous chemicals, bone loss, arthritic condition, migraine headaches, pre-menstrual syndrome, and obesity in children and aids in losing unwanted fats.
  • Healthy Bones: As mentioned above, milk is rich in calcium, which is very essential for growth and proper development of strong bone structure. Bone disorders such as osteoporosis can be prevented with daily intake of adequate quantity of milk. Children deprived of cow milk have an increased chance of bone fractures when injured.
  • Healthy Teeth: Encouraging children and youngsters to drink milk would give them excellent dental health, as milk protects the enamel surface against acidic substances. Drinking milk for energy and health would dissuade children from consuming soft drinks, thus reducing the risk of decayed teeth and weak gums.
  • Rehydration: Fluids are an integral part of human body. The body needs to be replenished with liquids at regular intervals. It is very essential for growing children and they must drink at least six to eight glasses of fluid every day. Milk contains a good quantity of water molecules and is considered the best fluid for rehydration.
  • Skin Care: Milk and milk products are used in a number of cosmetic preparations that help in giving you a ‘peach and milk’ complexion.
  • Slim Body: People who are known to consume diary products and milk do not gain excess weight. In fact milk tends to make you slimmer, as whole milk contains only 4 percent of fat and skimmed milk contains even lesser percent of fat. Milk is related with leanness as against sugary fluids that may lead to obesity.
  • Improving Diet and Vitamin Intake: According to medical research, drinking milk considerably improves our intakes of vital minerals and vitamins. A man who consumes a carton of whole milk doubles his chances of fulfilling calcium requirement per day, whereas, another person consuming a can of fizzy or carbonated drink may in reality lower his calcium levels by one third percent.
  • Wholesome Food: It contains a whole lot of vitamins and minerals to keep you fit, healthy and strong. A glassful of milk contains vitamin A & B for good eyesight and increasing RBC count, carbohydrates for vitality and energy, potassium for proper nerve function, magnesium for muscular function, phosphorous for energy release, protein for body repair and growth.
I am glad in sending this kulfi to sanghi’s FIL – MILK ..
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Spicy Peanut powder from Lubna’s blog:


I tried this yummy peanut powder from Kitchen flavours as a side dish for dosa..My husband liked it very much..THANKS A LOT LUBNA!! Smile

peanut podi
Bye for now..take care..Wave


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August 14, 2009

VEG PIZZA

I’ve tasted homemade pizza at shalini’s house long back and i liked it very much..She taught me tawa method....But I tried in MW in my own way.It tasted excellent , soft and  flavorful..We all loved it..The mistake i made was,i bought normal low fat amul cheese..I dint buy mozzarella cheese..I dint know there are varieties of cheese..So when u want to try this recipe, please do with pizza cheese..That will give u the exact taste like Pizza hut..My parents came yesterday & i prepared this for them .So i am sending this pizza to “Cooking for guests “ event by my SIL ..Smile and also to Srivalli’s MEC : Potluck Party event..

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VEG PIZZA CLOSE UP

Ingredients :

  • Pizza base – 1 no (medium sized )
  • Tomato ketchup –1- 2 tbsp
  • Tomato – 1 no ( cut into thin slices )
  • Big Onion – 1 no (thin slices )
  • Capsicum – 1/2 no (Small cube cut ) (i cut a little into slices and remaining into cubes )
  • Green chilly – 1/2 no (finely chopped ) (if u get jalapeno,u can use it )
  • Garlic – 5 flakes (finely chopped )
  • Olive oil – 1 tbsp
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Salt & pepper powder – a pinch (optional )
  • Cheese – 1 small block .(Grated)

VEG PIZZA

Method :

    1. In  a  MW safe bowl, Add 2 tsp of olive oil .Take the sliced onions, capsicum and green chilly & garlic pieces..Mix it well. MW high for 1 minute to saute well.Take care, the color should not change.(My MW is of 700w output.Please adjust the timings according to urs)
    2. Remove and set aside.. Take a MW plate and keep the base on it.
    3. Apply butter on both the sides of pizza base and MW medium high for just 30 seconds..Please dont keep it more because the base will become hard.. (If u want , u can omit this step .just apply the butter on the base.)
    4. Then , apply the tomato ketchup on one side of the base evenly..Apply more if u like..
    5. Take the sautéed onion, capsicum mixture and spread it with tomato slices in ur desired order.. Grate the cheese and spread it all over the pizza..
    6. Then pour 1 tsp of olive oil over the pizza and brush the sides too..
    7. MW high for 2-3 mins and just leave it till the cheese melts..
    8. Remove and sprinkle salt and pepper powder..Serve hot !!

VEG PIZZA AFTER A BITE

KITCHEN CLINIC:

CHEESE:

Cheese is a good source of calcium, which helps build strong bones and teeth, and also prevents osteoporosis. Cheese provides 25% of the calcium in the food supply.

Cheese contains a high concentration of essential nutrients: calcium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and high-quality protein. Certain cheeses, including Cheddar, Swiss, Blue, Monterey Jack and process American, have been demonstrated to reduce the risk of dental caries.

Individuals who are lactose-intolerant can safely consume aged cheeses, which contain little or no lactose.

Both regular and low fat cheese products are available in today’s market. Research has shown that a diet that includes three servings per day of dairy foods (such as low fat and fat-free milk and yogurt, high and low fat cheeses) as well as eight to 10 servings per day of fruits and vegetables reduces blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease, including lowering HDL-cholesterol and blood homocysteine levels.

New research demonstrates that an energy-controlled diet rich in dairy products, including cheese in moderation, is associated with lower body weight as well as reduced risk of developing insulin resistance syndrome.

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Songs from kandasamy..

What do you think about the person who tagged u ?
Good cook, talented,friendly bloggers ..

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be? 
It would be in Bangalore..

 
What are your must-have pieces for summer?  
Hanky

 
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour,
where would you go?
No doubt, its USA ..(My dream place )


Which language do you want to learn?

Love to learn Kannada and Hindi..I think I'll learn both from my li’l one after she go to school..

What’s your favorite quote?

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.Buddha

But I never follow this ;)


Who do you want to meet right now?*

My friends and my sis..

What is your favorite  color? 
Red, Black,White, Blue..Red is the most ..


What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own ?
chudidhar..


What is your dream job?
No idea of going to job.But i wish to earn by sitting @home ;)

What’s your favorite magazine? 
At present i like reading NAANAYAM VIKATAN.. Very informative magazine..
  
If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
I’ll buy a short kurta for my hubby and  some dress for my baby..


What do you consider a fashion faux pas? (faux pas
mean error in etiquette.. )
I dont have anything to say on this..Its all the individual’s wish and comfort..

Who are your style icons?
No one ..


Describe your personal style.? 
Simple & caring  person..

What do you try to cook when you have cooking blues
(When you feel real lazy to cook some thing)"?

Maggie noodles..


What are your favorite movies?

Nothing like that..It keeps changing ..


What are three cosmetic/makeup/perfume products that
you can't live without?

I dont use any …Believe me . But I use deodorant ,only in summer.. 

What inspires you?

Loving  and encouraging words from my friends and relatives..

Give us three styling tips that always work for you:

I always prefer to be simple…But i wear dress according to the place i visit..

****What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even
though your closet’s packed)? ***
 

coffee or tea? 
don't drink both . Very rarely coffee..


What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly
depressed?

Talk to my friend Shalini..


What is the meaning of your name? 
Art / Picture ..

Which other blogs you love visiting? 
All blogs ....i love to visit every ones blog ..


Favorite Dessert/Sweet?
Jangri and Milk sweets

Favorite Season ?
Spring

Who inspired you to start blog? 

Its my husband who told and helped me to start..


I would like to add on this Question? 

I dont want to add any questions , but i want to remove one..

**What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even
though your closet’s packed)? 
 

What inspired you to keep this blog name?

Its the movie, Ratatouille…(My hubby suggested the title )

By this time U all would have been tagged by some of our blogger friends..So i am  not going to refer anybody here..But u all deserve those honorable awards.So all the visitors of this blog please accept the awards. Smile

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