Wednesday, March 31, 2010

PANEER BURJI [Scrambled Cottage Cheese]


I wanted to do something different with Paneer because my dear hubby likes only paneer butter masala,so for change did this recipe

Ingredients

250gm grated paneer [cottage cheese]
onion finely chopped -1/2 cup
finely chopped tomato-1/4th cup
finely chopped red pepper [capsicum]-1/4th cup
butter -1/2 tsp
kasuri methi -1/2 tsp
basil -1/2 tsp
salt to taste
red chilli powder -1tsp
cumin and coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp

Method

In a wok ,heat the butter add finely chopped onion fry til it is brown,later add the tomatoes and red pepper
to this mixture add red chilli powder,turmeric powder,cumin and coriander powder,basil and kasturi methi,mix these well so that masala's blend well with each other
At last add the grated the paneer and salt to taste add water if necessary fry this for 5 min and serve hot with roti or puri.

akshata

Ginger Chutney

After marriage i started cooking though not a good cook but ok,recently my husband got bored of cocunut mixed chutney so i wanted to try this ginger chutney since Ginger is considered to be having some medicinal content in it.
In India, ginger is applied as a paste to the temples to relieve headache and consumed when suffering from the common cold, people use ginger for making tea, in food etc.
So after some research i got this recipe which is very simple and the taste came out really good and my husband relished it with dosa.

The measurement what i took gave me 1 cup of chutney



Ingredients:

* ·Tamarind – Big Gooseberry Sized
* ·Ginger – 10gms
* ·Red Chillies – 11
* ·Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2tsp
* ·Mustard Seeds – 1tsp
* ·Black Gram – 2tsps
* ·Jaggery – 40gms
* ·Salt to Taste
* ·Turmeric Powder – 1/4tsp
* ·Asafoetida – 1/8tsp
* ·Curry Leaves – Handful
* ·Oil – 12tsps

Preparations:

Take tamarind in a microwave safe bowl and add some water. Soak for few minutes and microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Keep the cooked tamarind aside for cooling. Wash and clean the ginger and dry it completely. Chop the ginger to small pieces and keep it aside. Break the red chillies into small pieces.

Method:

Heat a pan and add oil to it. When oil is hot add fenugreek seeds and black gram. Fry till the seeds start changing color. Take a bowl and place a wire mesh above the bowl. When the seeds start changing color add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle. Now add asafoetida and red chilli pieces. Fry all the seasonings well. Take care of the Red chilli, it soon gets brunt if we are not alert. Finally add the curry leaves and fry till dry. Transfer this seasoning to the bowl over which the wire mesh is placed. All the oil will be collected in the bowl. Grind the seasonings in a mixer grinder along with ginger pieces, turmeric powder, salt, jaggery and tamarind along with the water. Grind to a paste adding water if required. Finally add the oil and mix well. Transfer the chutney to a serving bowl.
And serve it with any kind of dosa you like.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Transition period for my 2 year old....

Here i am writing today about my son's transition period from breast milk to bottle,And though i must say it was the most difficult period for us as this transition was quite difficult for my son .
he just did not self-wean himself at a year, like I thought he would. I did a little research and decided I was OK with breastfeeding him until he was two years old, especially since that is what the American Assoc. of Pediatrics recommends. However, now that he is over two years old, he show no sings of stopping and, in fact, worships my breasts with the ardor of a true believer. We breastfeed to fall asleep (THAT was my big mistake), both at naptime and bedtime, and during the night a couple of times. I don't NEED him off of the breastmilk I'm kind of ambivalent about it,
but he has over come the difficulties and for the first time he drank milk in his bottle yesterday and i was really happy for him.

akshata

Friday, March 19, 2010

Cashew


The other day My Dear husband brought cashews from Market and i was just munching on it and it took me down to my memory lane where back in India when i used to go to my native to spend my summer holidays, i would find GONKU[in tulu] around the house and wonder how do they make cashews out of this fruit and i must tell you the fruit was really tasty..

It is a small evergreen tree growing to 10-12m (~32 ft) tall, with a short, often irregularly shaped trunk. The leaves are spirally arranged, leathery textured, elliptic to obovate, 4 to 22 cm long and 2 to 15 cm broad, with a smooth margin. The flowers are produced in a panicle or corymb up to 26 cm long, each flower small, pale green at first then turning reddish, with five slender, acute petals 7 to 15 mm long.

What appears to be the fruit of the cashew tree is an oval or pear-shaped accessory fruit (sometimes called a pseudocarp or false fruit) that develops from the receptacle of the cashew flower. Called the cashew apple.Some people are allergic to cashew nuts, but cashews are a less frequent allergen than nuts or peanuts.

CONTRIBUTION TO DIET

The cashew apple may be consumed fresh, but contains high quantities of tannins yielding a bitter taste and dry mouth feel. It is more often cooked, partially dried, or candied, as in the Dominican Republic and India. The alcoholic drink, Feni, is made from fermented cashew apple juice in India. The wine made from the juice is said to be the finest made from tropical fruits. Per capita consumption of cashew is 0.8 lbs/year in the USA.


akshata

AT LAST SPRING IS HERE HURRAH..

Spring is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition period between winter and summer. Spring and "springtime" refer to the season, and broadly to ideas of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. The specific definition of "spring" as a season differs, however, among scientific disciplines such as astronomy and meterorology, and in cultural and human terms.

One thing which comes in my mind now is i can take pradhan where ever i want to without putting any jackets on him which gives him an extra 5 pounds,and it makes him more heavier and hard for us to carry him around,As he is exploring new things he is pretty excited about being out all day playing outside with his ball and bat.
This year we celebrated holi with full enthu.because Holi, celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), is the most vibrant festival of colours celebrated by Hindus in North India. People throw water and apply colour powders on each other.
Vasant Panchami is celebrated in North India on the fifth day of the Indian month Magh (January–February), the first day of spring. Sankranthi is celebrated in South India (Andhra Pradesh) in mid January to mark the beginning of spring season.

so we are looking forward for more good weather hurrahhhhhhhh.


akshata

ITS TIME TO POTTY TRAIN

I always thought what is the correct time to potty train my son.Being in US this question has always been in back of my mind.In India and other Asian country's children get potty trained very fast compared to here in America .so as i was surfing the net to get an answer for my question i read so many articles which were very usefull and i have successfully potty trained my son before 2 but i still put him diapers because i am scared of accidents.

Some children show readiness for toilet training between 18 and 24 months. This should not be confused with the achievement of toilet training, which may not occur until the child is between two-and-a-half to four years of age.

You may already have a potty in the bathroom and you both may have names for urine and stools. Your toddler may let you know he is dirty or wet, indicating a desire to have his diaper changed. Toilet training requires a combination of physical and mental developmental skills, which must be mastered before training can be successful. Here are some tips to get you and your toddler started:

How Do I Know if My Child Is Ready?
Your child should be able to walk well and be able to climb up and down from the potty unassisted. Your child must also be able to recognize when he has the urge to urinate or defecate (“signaling abilities.”) Your child then must be able to verbalize that urge.
Other signs of readiness include dry nap periods, grunting or straining after meals, asking to have diapers changed after a bowel movement, or telling you she has had a bowel movement. This is a sign that she can recognize the signals.

When Is a Bad Time to Start?
Try not to start toilet training during any type of upheaval in the child’s world - for example, the move to a new home, the birth of a new baby, divorce or illness.

When is a Good Time to Start?
Remember, toilet training requires a combination of physical and mental developmental skills, which must be acquired before training can be successful. Your child must have the physical ability to hold urine and stool and must be able to recognize the urge to go. He should be able to pull his pants down and sit on the potty by himself. He should be able to verbalize when he needs to use the potty.


akshata