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Friday, June 18, 2010

Donuts

Who doesn't love this fried treat, coated in an exquisite glaze with a cup of coffee? There are two kinds of donuts, cake donuts and yeast donuts. Cake donuts are raised with baking powder and are a little stiff like a cake, while yeast donuts are raised with yeast and are very soft.

I have selected today the yeast raised donuts for my blog. I used two kinds of glazes, chocolate and lemon. You can make any kind you like and use them with the donuts. You can coat donuts with icing sugar as well.


Recipe:

Ingredients:


2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
2 tbsp warm water
3/4 cup warm milk
2 1/2 tbsp butter
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 3/4 cup flour
3 cups oil

In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, butter, eggs, sugar and salt and blend until smooth. Add half the flour and mix for 30 seconds. Add remaining flour and knead with flour dusted hands. Cover and leave to rise for at least one hour (rise until double in size) in a warm place.

Punch down dough. Dust rolling surface with flour. Roll the dough about 1/2 inch think. Cut out donuts. Place donuts on a flour dusted cookie sheet and let rise for 30-45 minutes in a warm place.

Heat oil in a pan and fry donuts. Cool for 5 minutes and dip in glaze of your choice.

Chocolate Glaze:

Ingredients:


1 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Milk, as required

Put icing sugar and  cocoa powder in a bowl. Add milk 1 tsp at a time and mix until glaze has the desired consistency.

Lemon Glaze:

Ingredients:


1 cup icing sugar
Juice of one lemon
Water, as required

Mix icing sugar and lemon juice. If water is needed , add 1 tsp at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Happy cooking!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Chicken Stew

Here is some desi style chicken stew with lots of onions cooked in yogurt with some red dried chilli. This stuff tastes really good with some tandoor bought parathas. The best thing about Pakistani recipes is the flexibility of the recipe. You can adjust almost everything to your taste.

You can use a couple of days old yogurt in the recipe and it would impart a slightly tangy taste to the dish. I used more yogurt than required because if I didn't, the remaining yogurt would have gone more than couple of days old (shhh).  You can add red chilli powder or you can crush dry red chillies to have a spicier stew. I don't like black cardamom, so I used just one, again you can adjust to your taste.

I don't usually weigh meat, rather I count the number of pieces and then adjust the spices. This recipe can also be adjusted for mutton.




Recipe:

Ingredients:


6 pieces of chicken (it would be around 300 - 350 grams)
3/4 cup yogurt
4-5 medium large onions , sliced
7-8 dry red chilli
3-4 peppercorns
1 cm cinnamon
3-4 cloves
3/4 tsp cumin
1 black cardamom
Salt, to taste
3 tbsp oil

Put all ingredients in a pan and place the pan over high heat. When water is released from yogurt and starts to boil, reduce heat and cook covered for 15 - 20 minutes or until chicken is tender. Ideally there should be no liquidy gravy in the dish, so if there is any, increase heat and thicken to your desire. Serve with chapatis or tandoori parathas.

Happy Cooking!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Okra in Yogurt

Summer vacations are here. And I now have the time to do more experiments in my kitchen. I already have done many, but due to a little picture editing stuff, I haven't been able to post them as of yet. My first vacation experiment was with okra.

Okra or lady finger are very much in season these days. I like okra if it is cooked such that the gluey sticky stuff from okra is at the minimum. I found this recipe of okra cooked in yogurt really good and tasty.


Recipe:

Ingredients:

500 g okra - cut and fried in 3-4 tbsp oil on high heat
1 inch ginger
1/2 tsp peppercorn
2 tbsp oil
2 dry red chilli
1 tsp cumin seeds
4 green chillies, split in length
2 tsp coriander powder
pinch turmeric
2 tbsp gram flour (besan)
2 cups yogurt
salt to taste
fresh coriander to garnish

Make a paste of ginger and peppercorn by grinding them together. Heat oil, add red chilli and cumin. Fry until aromatic. Don't let it burn. Add green chilli, turmeric powder, gram flour and stir. Add okra and salt and cook over medium high heat for 4 - 5 minutes. Add ginger paste.

Reduce flame and add yogurt. Cook for 12 - 15 minutes or until okra is cooked to your taste. Thicken or thin the gravy as per your requirement. Garnish with chopped coriander.

Okra in yogurt can be served on boiled rice or with chapatic/naan.

Happy cooking!!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Versatile Blogger's Award

I am honored to be recognized and for being awarded with the "Versatile Blogger Award" from Delishhh. Delishhh is a dedicated food blogger, does not like olives, has a great style of writing and prefers her peanut butter and chocolate to be separate.


As a tradition of this award, I have to share seven random things about myself. So here they are:

1. I love chocolate, so I have to spend a lot a of effort to try things with ingredients other than chocolate.
2. I like to use the proper equipment in my kitchen, so I try to update my utensil inventory often.
3. I love Arabian cuisine and plan to include recipes of the same here too.
4. Baking comes to me in phases, so sometimes it is a cake only phase, sometimes, cookies, and sometimes I just move over to some over the stovetop recipes, rather than in the oven ones.
5. Don't tell anyone, but I have to work hard on my cookies, they don't come out perfect the first time. I guess practice will make me perfect.
6. I enjoy shopping. There is a reason they call it therapy.
7.A good recipe, a good assignment submission, and a good software, all give me the same pleasure. Weird, huh?

I also have to share 7 blogs I have discovered and pass on the award, so here is my list

1. Bake at 350 - Cool cookie recipes and ideas, specially cookie decoration. Love it.
2. Heaven is a Cupcake - I followed her on facebook, and now she has a blog. She does some amazing multicolored cupcake decorations.
3. The Purple Foodie - For the South Asian touch to her recipes
4. Bake Fresh - She  makes really beautiful fondant cakes, which can be seen on her facebook group.
5. Sweet Tooth - I love desserts. Period.
6. Everyday Home Cook - Well, one has to make other things besides desserts and cakes.
7. Sweetopia - She not only has recipes, she has tutorials on her site too.

Congratulations!!!