Mumbai my new abode

I never thought I would ever get an opportunity to sample working and discovering a new city but thanks to a great boss and husband moving bases, this opportunity landed in my lap. So here I am in Mumbai, trying out new stuff to cook for dinner and trying out new tastes. I am consciously avoiding chains that I can get to eat in Delhi so that my food horizons broaden. Will be writing my reviews soon so far I have had Parasi, Gujarati, Mexican, Italian, only in Mumbai cafes and street food here. A few places get my likes , some don’t impress me much contrary to what some people might say.

I have another handicap- as much as I would like to try new places I’m avoiding being too adventurous so that I don’t get Mumbai Belly (read Delhi belly) here, so I try to be innovative for dinner at home. A few experiments that I try on husband have been as follows

1. Garlic bread- All time favourite

Ingredients

1 French loaf or Garlic bread loaf

2 table spoons of butter (I use Amul)

2 small cloves Garlic crushed (depends on how strong do you want it)

Pinch of Salt

Pinch of Pepper

Pinch of Oregano

1 tea spoon Olive Oil

Mix garlic, Olive oil, Oregano, Salt and Pepper in softened butter. Cut the French loaf diagonally into 8-10 pieces. On top of each piece of loaf spoon out the butter mixture, spreading it across the pieces equally. On a baking tray arrange the pieces and let it bake till the bread top is crisp and brown but should be soft from inside.

If the tray is not non-stick  spray a little bit of Olive oil before putting the pieces on the baking tray. You can also jazz up the bread by putting alternate juliennes of tomato and capsicum after you’ve put the butter mixture and bake. Or you could also put a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella on top of the tomato and bake till the cheese has melted and is slightly brown.

2. Vegetable Au- Gratin

1 cup par boiled vegetables- carrots, mushrooms, baby corn, french beans, broccoli, capsicums (red, green and yellow) and potato (all veggies are to be cut into cubes)

2 table spoons maida

2 table spoons butter

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

¼ cup milk

Ina non stick pan put the maida and sauté it with butter till the maida is slightly brown. Add milk to the pan stirring it constantly so that no lumps are formed. You can add water or more milk if you feel that the sauce is thick or will not cover the veggies. Add salt and pepper to the sauce and pour it over the par boiled veggies, hope the veggies are in a bowl that you want to bake the dish in. On top of the veggies in white sauce add generous helping of cheddar and mozzarella mixture and put it to bake. I usually use  100 degree Celsius for pre heating  the OTG and then keeping the dish at the same temperature till the cheese has melted and has become brown (approx. 5-10 mins) depends if your using a microwave with grill make sure you are using both microwave and grill so that the veggies are hot and the cheese slightly brown.To be served immediately.

3. My take on Cesar  Salad

For the dressing

2 table spoons olive oil

1 table spoon mayonnaise

1 tea spoon white vinegar

Salt to taste Pepper to taste

¼  tea spoon Oregano

1 tea spoon tomato ketchup

For the salad

¼ Ice berg lettuce torn into pieces and put in drinking water with ice

¼ carrot cut into cubes

¼ capsicums cubes (green, yellow, red)

5-6 Cherry tomatoes cut into half

4-5 pieces of Bread croutons

Drain water and dry the lettuce leaves on a kitchen towel , add carrots, capsicum and croutons. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl. Mix dressing and the veggies together make sure the dressing is not runny and coates the veggies. The salad is ready to eat, you could keep the salad in the fridge as well, it tastes best when served cold.

To add Hawaiian touch to this, you can also add a few pieces of canned pineapple cut into same size cubes as the rest. For non-veg add cold cuts of chicken or cold fried beacon and mix in with the veggies.

That’s it for now, I would be writting my reviews soon, let me know if you would like a few recipes that I have tried so far

1. Golgappa jaljeera home made (gol gappey ka pani)

2. Phirni

3. Pizza including the pizza base

or

4. Moong Dal cheelas

 

An attempt at Choc Chip Cookies

The weekend has been a washout … with continuous rain for the last 48 hours or so….. ..what better way to spend time indoors than do a spot of baking….. I asked Dwaip what he wanted and he said chocolate chip cookies- after a quick check in the baking cupboard… i figured I had all the ingredients to give this a shot…..

I baked a quick batch of cookies and I’m very pleased with how they turned out…… with a hot cup of coffee -it really hits the spot!!! Some pics below for you!!

For those of you interested in trying them out….here’s the recipe

150g unsalted butter,1/4 cup soft brown sugar(i used light muscavado),1/3 cup caster sugar,,1 egg yolk, 1 tsp vanilla essence,1&1/2cup self raising flour, 1 cup choc chips

  • Preheat oven
  • Using electric beaters, beat butter, sugars and yolk until light,creamy and fluffy, add essence and beat until combined
  • add flour, and 2/3rds of the chips- use a metal spoon to combine
  • use fingers to press mixture to a soft dough
  • roll one tablespoon of mixture into a ball
  • press remaining chips firmly on top of the balls
  • arrange on a prepared tray, allowing room for spreading
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned..cool biscuits on tray
  • and HAVE FUN EATING:)

 

Date cake recipe: Healthy and tasty

This post is courtesy my good friend Himani, who has been teaching us to make cakes since we were students at BITs pilani!

Here’s the trick for what is possibly the worlds most tasty and healthy cake ( right from the chef’s mouth):

Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup dates chopped finely, 3/4 cup sugar, 3 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, 100 gm butter, 1 cup boiling water.< optional : 1/2 cup chopped walnut>

Process: Soak the dates in hot water and keep aside. Sift the flour with baking powder and soda. Beat the sugar & butter, and add the eggs into it and mix well. Add vanilla essence into this, alternately add the flour and the dates ( with the hot water), and mix everything well. Add walnuts if you choose to.

Grease and dust the cake tin – bake at 180 deg for 30 min ( test if done, else keep until a knife comes out clean).

Eat warm, or store in a container to be served with tea, coffee or just like that!