Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Achari Baigan / Eggplant / Brinjal | Aubergine in Pickling Spices

The eggplant is as versatile as it is delicious. With the summer crop of fresh tender eggplants coming in in the farmers market, I am raring to try so many lovely recipes that I have collected. I always make an eggplant pickle every summer - in fact we are enjoying last years batch presently, and Eggplant Pakoras (fritters)! Both are simply divine.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Banana Walnut Cake (Eggless)

Back to some baking!! The banana-walnut combination is what I always describe as sterling for cakes. The sweetness of the banana is set off perfectly by the oily nuttiness of the walnut. Needless to say, Banana-Walnut Cake ranks as one of the favourites in our home. I developed this recipe for an eggless cake many years ago when I wanted to stop adding eggs to my bakes. Though I still bake with egg whites, I like to avoid them wherever I can. This cake comes out so soft, spongy, and moist, you will never know that it was made without eggs!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dal aur Til Tarka Wali Patta Gobhi | Lentil and Sesame Tempered Cabbage


Things have been so hectic in the last few months we have not had time to catch a breath. With packed schedules, it is easy to be tempted with take-out or making do with some snacking. Both being seriously unhealthy as meal substitutes, I try to do some quick cooking everyday. Usually a vegetable and a lentils is a must with chappati and or rice. We love yogurt/curd and I always keep some handy in the refrigerator. Off late I have begun making the simplest of recipes, which are packed with flavour, but not time consuming in the effort to keep meals healthy.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gajar, Matar, Bhutte ki Bhaji | Mixed Vegetables Sabzi

I love the taste of peas and carrots together, or beans and corn together in a sabzi. In a Delhi winter, it is quite common to combine sweet green peas, beautiful red carrots, with tender beans to make a flavourful sabzi. We don't get the lovely red carrots in this part of the world, but to the remaining vegetables I add a handful of corn. A mixed vegetable sabzi can be made pretty much with any masala, but my favourite is with Goda Masala!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Daring Bakers April 2011: Maple Mousse in an Edible Container

Here' is my version of maple mousse. It is a very light vegetarian option, made with maple syrup, yogurt, and agar agar. Sadly, I am unable to make the edible container as I am off serious sweets for a while. Great challenge Evelyn. Thanks!!
Post Script: The April 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Evelyne of the blog Cheap Ethnic Eatz. Evelyne chose to challenge everyone to make a maple mousse in an edible container. Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 27th to May 27th at http://thedaringkitchen.com!

 Click here for the Complete April 2011 Daring Bakers Challenge.

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