Saturday, March 12, 2011

Chinese Fried Rice(Restaurant STyle)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
We all four in my family love Chinese food.
The Chinese food  I enjoyed the most and many times was when I was in UAE. I miss Chinese food from UAE!!
Strange right!Hey I love Arabic food too.
Coming to the recipe,
Fried rice is very common in my house, and I learnt to make exactly like restaurant after many trial and error method. Now its on weekly menu in our house. We never get tired of this rice. In UAE, I used to add the chicken to make it Chicken fried rice. But now restricted to only Veg. Fried rice. I have many benefits in this.
My younger daughter who never likes to eat vegetables, love this rice and all the vegetables goes in without any fuss. Its easy for me to make it for the lunch box. My elder daughter's friends love this rice, so I have to pack two boxes and that makes my daughter happy to share it and get compliments for her mother(thats me).

Here is the easiest recipe to enjoy the Chinese food at home. Cutting vegetables is time consuming, most of the times, I cut the vegetables at night(I do not like but, depends on the time available in the morning) and keep ready.
Ingredients:
Cooked and cold rice - 1 big bowl, loosened.
Finely cubed vegetables - 1/2 cup(Carrot and beans)
Fresh or frozen peas - 1/2 cup
Finely Shredded Cabbage - 1/2 cup
Spring onion - few lines, finely chopped OR
Normal onion - 1  small, finely sliced
Green Capsicum - 1 small, finely cubed
OR
I always use,
Green chilly - 1 big, finely cubed
(Me and my daughter are allergic to Capsicum, it gives hyper acidity)
Oil - 1 tbsp(normal or Olive)
Garlic - 4 cloves, finely chopped
Ginger - 1/4", finely chopped
Salt to taste
Cornflour - 1 tbsp
Sugar  - 1 tsp
Dry red chilly powder - 1/4 or 1/8 tsp(just to give color)
Soy Sauce - 1 tbsp
White Vinegar - 1 tbsp
Tomato Ketchup - 1 tbsp

Method:
  1. Para boil the carrot, beans and peas(if using fresh peas) and keep it aside.
  2. Keep everything ready on hand as you should be very quick to add and saute the vegetables.
  3. Heat the oil in a thick bottomed kadai.
  4. When its VERY HOT, add ginger and garlic, saute it for few seconds. 
  5. Now add the onion(if using normal one), fry for half a minute. 
  6. Add, paraboiled vegetables, green chilly(or capsicum if using), shredded cabbage. Saute for a minute.
  7. Add the spring onion at this(if using).
  8. Add the soya sauce, White vinegar and tomato ketchup. Mix well. 
  9. Add the rice, salt,red chilly powder, sugar and cornflour.
  10. Mix well, and cook for few minutes.
  11. Serve hot with Vinegar and chilly sauce.
  12. (Vinegar and Chilly sauce : Take 2 green chilly and chop it very finely. Take 1/2 cup vinegar and put it in a glass or plastic bowl. Add the chopped green chilly. Keep it for 3 to 4 hours before using. You can store it in the fridge for a week also)

I think this is the best recreation by me which tastes same like restaurant. Thats why Sending this to 
Champa's guest hosting event
Which is the original idea of Srivalli.



(Very upset, because I can not upload any new photos for my blog. Two days back, I lost my camera. My many recipe clicks went off! Need to wait to buy one more camera, which is not going to be possible soon.)


Keep Smiling,

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sprouted Moong Chutney Powder

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
"Necessity  is the Mother of Invention"
This holds good in the field of cooking. And if you are a mother of a fussy child who hates eating healthy food, then you have to keep on inventing and reinventing the recipes to feed your child a good food. I come in that category and always think and plan of making new food which includes the best ingredients and which my younger daughter never likes to eat. I have already one Chutney powderr in my blog.
I prepared this chutney powder because my daughter hates to eat sprouted Moong. Last week, when I prepared Moth gravy and tried to feed her, she was so upset and started crying loudly. That was the time, I thought of making this chutney powder(Because of the event going on in my blog, my mind is more  alert for new ideas).
And then again I thought adding few more grains other than only moth.
Tried to take the photo with perfect cube, could not because the chutney powder is very dry :-)
So here comes the tastiest and healthiest chutney powder which goes very well with chapati, dosa, Idly, hot rice, bread and what else!!!

Ingredients :

Mixed moong - (Green moong, Moth, green and brown chana, Soya bean, Cow peas, dry green peas and any grain that can be sprouted) - 250 gm
Curry leaves - 15 to 20 leaves
Garlic - 10 to 15 cloves(if small, 6 to 8 if they are big)
Dry red chilly powder - 1 tsp or
Dry red chilly - 8 to 10
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar 1 tsp

Method :
Soak the grains in the water in a big vessel(it should cover double the grains) for at least 8 to 10 hours.
Drain the water.
Tie in a cloth or the way you keep the moongs to sprout.
I
Sometimes, I tie in the cloth or I keep it in a colander with proper cover.
Allow the grains to get little longer sprouts. It may take only one day in Summer or 2 days in winter. If keeping for two days, keep on mixing the grains every 6 hours. Otherwise it will start stinking.
Once the sprouting is done, keep the grains under the sun to dry. It takes again one more day in summer, and 2 or more days in winter.
You will get nice crispy grains once its fully dried.
Dry roast the grains till you get nice aroma on a low flame, as green moong, or small size moong takes less time to roast and bigger grains take more time.
When cold, add all the other ingredients and grind into a fine powder. 
Adjust the seasoning.
The aroma makes you feel like eating it just like that(I did it :-)  )

Sending this to two events:

One is My event 
A brain child of Pari.
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Another is
event from Ammalu's Kitchen
which is started by  The well seasoned cook .


Keep Smiling,

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Malpua (Food remake)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
The name is same, most of the ingredients are same. But each region makes this sweet with little variations. Sindhi's one of favorite desserts :- "Malpua". Its usually prepared with Milk, All Purpose flour and sugar with cardamom powder, which is fried in Ghee.
Here is another version, which more healthier(not for weight watchers!!!), which I prepared today and my daughter loved it(:-(, she loves everything prepared with Maida, and doctor has strictly avoided to eat). I thought  she will not eat this. But she had full one malpua. Hope she will be fine tomorrow.
I was checking aipi's blog US Masala as this month, her blog is selected for T&T.
When ever I visit any blog to follow, my eyes will check for the dessert recipes first. So I opened her Indian sweets label and got this one : Malpua. I decided to try this one, And when I finished reading the recipe, I was happier as this dessert has to be served warm.
Yes, Malpua tastes heaven, if you eat warm or hot directly from the frying pan.
So, here is the recipe which helped me to hit two birds with one stone :-)
Please visit her blog for the recipe. I am giving only the photos.

This is the batter how it looks when you mix everything.

Sending this to two events, 
One is Tried & Tastedwhich was originally started by Zlamushka's Spicy Kitchen and now is owned by Lakshmi of Kitchen Chronicles.  This month  Priya's(Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal) has hosted this event and she has selected Aipi's US Masala. Aipi has wonderful blog with amazing recipes. 


AND


One more event,again
(event started by  Me ) 


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