Friday, March 25, 2016

CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP

Cream of mushroom soup is a very comforting soup on chilly days.Mushrooms are low in calorie,fat free,cholesterol free,gluten free abd very low in aodium,yet they are a powerhouse with the most important nutrients like vitamin D,Selenium, potassium and more!
Mushrooms were never cooked at our home and it was an unknown veggie for us!First time I tried mushroom in the form of  cream of mushroom soup at a restaurant and just loved it!Tried making the same and it turned out to be great!
Try this yummy soup yourself and let me know what you think!

INGREDIENTS :

  • Button mushrooms - 1 cup finely sliced
  • Onion  (small)-1 finely chopped 
  • Garlic-2 flakes finely chopped 
  • All purpose flour or maida -1 tbsp
  • Milk - 1 1/2 cups
  • Butter- 1 tbsp 
  • Fresh cream -1 tbsp 
  • Oregano powder- 3 tsp
  • Pepper -ground to sprinkle/taste
  • Salt to taste


HOW TO MAKE :

  • Peel the mushrooms,rinse and chop them fine.
  • Take a pan.Add maida and saute it on medium flame for a minute. Keep it aside to cool.
  • Now heat the butter and add chopped onions and garlic and saute fo about 3 minutes. 
  • Once onions turn translucent, add in the mushrooms and saute for abt 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile mix the set aside maida with 3 tbsp milk and make a paste without lumps.
  • Now add this to the pan and mix well.Now add 1 cup water and bring it to a boil.add in oregano and salt. 
  • Now add in 1 tbsp fresh cream and stir well.
  • Serve hot with sprinkled oregano and pepper!
Serves :2
Preparation time:20 minutes 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Palak Methi Aloo Sabzi

    Palak [Spinach] and Methi[Fenugreek] are the most commonly used greens in everyday cooking in the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East. It has great nutritional value.. It is a power house of nutrition and one of the must haves for expectant mothers and a boon for Type 2 diabetics. In this particular curry/sabzi we are using Potato to go along with Spinach n' Fenugreek. It balances the taste and gives the dish volume. Have used very less cooking oil and goes well with hot Phulkas/Roti/Indian breads. 

    INGREDIENTS :

  • Spinach/Palak - 2 Big bunches
  • Fenugreek/Methi - 2 Big bunches
  • Potato - 6-7 [smaller ones have intense flavour and suits this dish better]
  • Onion - 2 Big
  • Garlic - 4-5 cloves finely chopped
  • Oil - 1 or 2 tbsp
  • Cumin/Jeera - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Green Chillies - 2
  • Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Kitchen King Masala or Garam Masala - 1-2 tsp
  • Yogurt - 2 tbsp
  • Amchoor/Dry Mango Powder - 1/2 tsp [Optional]
  • Salt - As per taste

HOW TO MAKE :
  • Clean the greens well and pat them dry. Stack the leaves together and chop them finely. Set aside.
  • Take a thick bottom vessel/kadai, add a tbsp or 2 of cooking oil and heat it. When the oil is hot add cumin and let it splutter. Add diced potatoes and fry till its half done. Add finely chopped onions and garlic. Fry till the raw smell is gone. 
  • Add dry masalas/spices - turmeric, chilli powder, green chillies [optional], kitchen king or garam masala. Fry till the oil separates.
  • Add the yogurt and mix well. This is done to give the dish a wholesome taste and a creamy texture. 
  • Add the chopped greens and salt to taste. Mix well. Turn off the heat as we dont want the greens to lose its nutrition or the taste!
  • Serve hot with Rotis/Phulkas/Parathas.

    I have added excerpts from relevant websites to throw more light on the nutritional aspects..
    Nutritional Value of Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline. Spinach - The World's Healthiest Foods [Source: www.whfoods.com]
    Nutritional Value of Fenugreek contains a wide variety of beneficial nutrients, including iron, magnesium, manganese, and copper, as well as vitamin B6, protein, and dietary fiber. Fenugreek also contains a number of powerful phytonutrients, including choline, trigonelline, yamogenin, gitogenin, diosgenin, tigogenin and neotigogens.[Source: www.organicfacts.net]

KODUBALE

Kodbale is a perfect tea time snack and can be stored for a long time!Try this recipe and enjoy snacking:) Ingredients ½ cup...