Dry Mix Vegetable

I have been wanting to make this dish for a very long time. Everytime, its turned out different.Today seems to be my lucky day and its turned out great.Before I forget, I want to jot down the recipe.IMG_4090

Its easy as well as cooked a bit on stove and in microwave.

Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower – 1 cup of florets
  • Potato -1 medium – cubed
  • Peas – 1/2 cup ( I used frozen green peas)
  • Bell Pepper – 1/2 cup , cubed
  • Tomato – 2 medium, diced
  • Onion – 1 medium, chopped
  • Ginger – finely cut or crushed, 1tsp
  • Garlic – finely cut or crushed, 1tsp
  • Green chilli – 3 nos., sliced
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1tsp
  •  Oil – 2tbsp (I used coconut oil)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water to sprinkle for the vegetables to cook

 

Procedure:

  • In a plate, take the potatoes and peas , spread evenly and cook in the microwave for 5 to 6 minutes, till half cooked.This is done so that the shape of the vegetables are retained and cooking time on the stove top is reduced.
  • Simultaneously, heat oil in a kadai and saute the ginger and garlic for 1 minute.Add in the chopped onion and green chilli and saute till onions are translucent.Now add the bell pepper and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add in the turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder.Fry for half a minute.Take care not to burn the masala powders.
  • At this point, spread cauliflower florets on a plate and cook in the microwave for 4 minutes.
  • Add in the diced tomatoes and fry till the tomatoes are pureed and well cooked.Use you spoon to do this.
  • To this add the microwave cooked vegetables as well as  salt to taste with just a sprinkle of water to cook the vegetables.Cover and cook on medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes, making sure to stir in between.
  • Have with roti, paratha, rice or even just like that!

Note:Water added in the last step is to get the vegetables cooked to your desired level.

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Pasta in white sauce with spinach and chicken

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This Friday , wanted to try pasta.

This recipe is all credits to the internet, but tweaked to my family’s taste.Got good review from them, so wanted to save the recipe for future use.

Ingredients:

  • Boiled Pasta – 4 cups (I use Penne, boiled as per the box instructions with salt to taste and 1 Tbsp of  olive oil. Oil is used so that the pasta don’t stick together.
  • Cooked Chicken – Chicken is cut into small pieces and cooked in water, salt and pepper.Keep any stock left to be added to the sauce when we add milk. It adds flavor to the pasta sauce
  • Butter – 1 Tbsp
  • Garlic – 4 cloves ; finely chopped
  • Spinach – 1 – 2 cups ; cut
  • All purpose flour – 2 Tbsp
  • Milk – 1 cup (I used 2% milk)
  • Oregano – 1tsp
  • Crushed chilli flakes – 1tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste

Procedure:

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  • Heat kadai / pan on medium heat and melt butter.To it add chopped garlic and stir fry for a minute.You will get a roasted fragrance of garlic.
  • To it add all purpose flour and stir it for 2 minutes on low flame.This is done to get the flour cooked, but make sure you don’t burn the flour.
  • Add in chopped spinach and fry for a minute so that its wilted.
  • Now slowly add in the milk and keep stirring till any clumps formed are removed.Here, you can also add any chicken stock if you have.
  • When the milk boils and the sauce thickens, add the pasta as well as oregano, chilli flakes and pepper powder as per your taste.
  • Finally, add mozzarella cheese and let it melt.
  • Yum, your pasta is ready.Enjoy with garlic bread or even just like that!