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This one’s quite common (in terms of recipes – you will find it everywhere) – I call this dish to be a very ‘royal’ and ‘courteous’ dish as it takes lots of time, effort and art to make it happen.  One of the best things about this dish is that it involves bright colors: Red, Green, Yellow, White; The combination (with right presentation) is just awe-inspiring.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

1. 2 Potatoes (Medium sized), 2 Tomatoes (Large), 2 -3 Capsicum (bell peppers) (Medium/Small)

2. Basmati Rice (Trust me! The Basmati makes all the difference) (I use proper Dehradun Basmati rice 🙂 )

3. Milk (Half cup)

4. Chopped Onion (1)

5. Garlic (to taste)/ Garlic Paste

6. Kitchen King Masala, Dhaniya Masala, Garam Masala, Oregano, Parsley, Zeera (To taste)

7. Red Chilli ( Fresh – Not dried ones) (to taste)

8. Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper (to taste), Kaddi Patta

9. Cheese (Cheddar) (to taste)

10. Amul butter (yes, amul only :P)

Process:

1. Cut the Capsicum from the top and empty the contents inside. Make sure you remove all the seeds (use water force)

2. Do the same with Tomatoes. Be a little careful.  They are a tender fruit.

3. Micro Empty Tomato (1min) and Capsicum (2mins) (Add Olive oil if required)

4.  On a separate bowl: Micro Olive Oil for 30sec . Add Zeera and Micro for another 30 secs.

5. Add rice with water (in proportions)

6. Micro it for 7-8 mins – Let the rice cook.

7. Create a paste of Chopped Onions, Garlic and left over tomatoes (after emptying the tomatoes 😛 )

8. Mash the boiled potatoes (Add salt, pepper)

9. Heat another pan with olive oil. Add the onion – garlic paste. Fry.

10. Add all the masalas (as per taste) – Mix it well. Add Kadi Patta

11. Add Mashed Potatoes (Half of your total stock).Mix it well.

12. You don’t have to cook the potatoes. Just heat them and let the masala cook and give it a flavor. Add Red Chilli.

13. Add Milk to the cooked rice and micro it for another minute.

14. Stuff the rice in the tomatoes and Fried Potato mix in the Capsicum.

15. Take a Micro/Grill Bowl (Flat one) – Add Cooked rice, a layer of Oregano, Arrange the Stuffed Tomatoes and Capsicum in a decorative manner.

16. Make sure the rice layer (below stuffed vegs) is as thin as possible)

17. Grill the bowl (with everything) for 4 mins.

18. Add Butter, Cheese (to taste) and Grill till the cheese melts.

19. Serve it directly while its hot with Mashed potatoes (the other half)

20. Enjoy a light dinner in a candle light on your first anniversary and have an awesome year ahead.

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Most Indians (specially women) are crazy fans of Pani Puri. In Gujarat, you can actually propose a girl over an evening pani puri date (trust me it works, try that in bhuj or valsad it will work).  People generally improvise on the ‘Pani’ and have many different flavors for the same – Nimbu (Lemon/Lime), Lassun (Garlic), Dhaniya , Imli (Normal one) etc etc. But have you ever thought of improvising the Puri itself? Hmm… Let’s do it!

Ingredients: (Serves 2-3)

1. A packet of puri (Pani Puri) (round shaped)

2. Cheese Sauce:

  • 1.5 oz (40 grams) of butter
  • 1.5 oz (40 grams) of plain flour
  • 1 pint (600 ml) of milk
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg(optional)
  • Salt and pepper for taste
  • Fresh cloves (optional)
  • Bay leaf (optional)
  • 1/2 or 1 onion, diced (optional)
  • 4 oz (115 grams) of shredded cheddar cheese or another cheese of your choice.

3.  Pani Puri ka Pani ( This could be of your flavor/choice) (assuming you know how to make this)

 

Process:

A. Make Cheese Sauce

1. Heat butter for 30 secs (Micro)

2. Add diced Onions, Fresh Cloves, Bay leaf – Micro for 30 secs.

3. Add Plain flour and milk (Keep stirring) – Micro 2mins

4. Add Salt and pepper (to taste)

5. Add Shredded Cheddar Cheese + Mozilla (Or any of your choice)

6. Micro (1min-2mins) – Till the Cheese disappears (add some more as topping)

7. Add little hot milk if the mixture is stiff.

(you can also use your own recipe for Cheese Sauce)

B. Final dish

1. Dip the Puri’s in the Cheese Sauce (Make sure they don’t crumble)

2. You don’t need to fill the puri with Cheese sauce – Just need apply a coating of Cheese sauce over the puri (from inside and outside)

3. Keep it to cool (let the cheese sauce dry)

4. Serve it with Pani of your choice. Here you  go: Cheezo O Pani Puri: White Puris with a Indo-Italian Punch 🙂

 

Surprise your Gujju Girl with this amazing evening snack! (Do it only if she is NOT a calorie freak)

 

 

Hara Chatpata Masala

This dish is one of the many dishes that almost anyone can cook. It simple, requires less ingredients and takes very less time to cook.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  1. 50Grams of Beans
  2. 50 Grams of Capsicum
  3. Chopped tomatoes (half)
  4. Chopped Onions (half – if the onion is big / else full)
  5. Garlic (Chopped – half table spoon)
  6. Zeera (very less)
  7. Olive Oil
  8. Butter
  9. Curd (one table spoon)
  10. Dhaniya Masala (half table spoon)
  11. Garam Masala ( half table spoon)
  12. Kitchen King Masala ( Half table spoon)
  13. Red Chilli powder (depends)
  14. Salt (depends)
  15. Haldi (depends)
  16. Parsley

Process:

  1. Heat the frying pan (non-stick) for 30 seconds.
  2. Add olive oil and heat it for a minute.
  3. Add Zeera, Haldi & Dhaniya Masala (Cook for 1 minutes)
  4. Regulate the gas to Sim/Low  – Add Garlic
  5. Add chopped onions (Let the onions fry a little) [Do not add more oil]
  6. Add Chopped Tomatoes (Fry till the tomatoes release little water and onions go a little brown)
  7. Add Crud (and stir the mixture till the curd disappears)
  8. Add the vegetables (Capsicum & Beans)
  9. Add Garam Masala, Kitchen King Masala, Salt and Red Chilli as per your taste. Mix it well.
  10. Cover it with a lid for 2 mins. Mix it well if required.
  11. Add butter when all the oil is soaked and the masala starts to stick to the pan.
  12. Add Parsley (If required)
  13. Do not add water. Cook it enough to make it edible but make sure you do not over cook. The vegetables should not lose their strength (2-2.5 mins)
  14. Serve hot with Chapatis drenched in Desi Ghee & Aam ka Achar.

Here you go, impress your wife/Girlfriend with the same and you shall have the best sweet-dish for the night 😉

Feel free to post if you have any questions.

 

 

 

Innovatofy Cooking!

You must have heard this story before.

“Once upon a time, there was this little boy who was very interested in Information Technology industry. Since childhood he was focused on learning as much as he can about computers. He finished his Computer Engineering and started working in the world of IT. But as time flew by, he realized that he had a potential talent to do something else too; Cooking.”

Yes, I am another computer engineer who wants to explore the world of cooking.  I started cooking during my stay in Mumbai; I never knew how to cook so I always innovated…did something, anything to somehow cook FOOD. Later I realized that this “Somehow” was good stuff. People loved it or at least they said so (may be they said so, because they did not want to break my heart); But whatever it may be, I kinda fell in love with cooking so here I am…Innovating Food.

I am a MAD fan of Innovation. The adjective ‘innovative’ precedes almost anything I do in life.

So here it is: Innovatofy Coooking – When food becomes hungry for Innovation!