Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chocolate Shahi Tukra with Orange Sauce


Cheers!! My food blog - Ribbons to Pastas completes a year today !!!

A baby which is slowly growing and has a long way to go.The first few months had numerous teething problems, so much so, that in fact after publishing my first post I decided to quit. It drove me crazy to understand various technical details of blogging, posting and photography. But a big huge hug and thanks to my lovely children who pushed me and so here I am today.

It started with a craft post and I wish I could post more craft but somehow managing between family and work this is all I can do. Food blogging, Blog Hop Wednesdays , Blogging Marathons and sending my entries to soooo many other events opened up the window and I have had some great experience during this past one year.

I have enjoyed and had fun.I have met some wonderful people and made some very good friends, they all seem like a family now. I enjoy the communal aspect ,where we get great feedbacks,tips on cooking and improving ,learn about different ingredients, new methods of cooking.

Today is a perfect day to thank my family too - their support has been tremendous and a big thanks to all my friends who have helped me and last but not the least, a huge thanks to my blogger friends who give me encouragement ,feedback and tips and happiness beyond anything.

To celebrate this landmark in my blogging life, and life in general, I would like to share the happiness through a giveaway . Yup ! A Book by India’s top Chef – Sanjeev Kapoor.


Called “Cooking with Love”, this treasure trove of Vegetarian recipes is a wonderful book sourced across generations by the masterchef himself ! So, dearies to get your hands on this book, read on :



1)    The winner of this book shall be drawn through a random selection, and will be shipped to a blogger residing in India or with an Indian address.
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I wanted to Celebrate the Blog Anniversary with Shahi Tukdas but even though they are really delicious wanted to innovate something ...so here I am with  the same Shahi Tukdas..but with an interesting twist!!


8............ slices super soft white sandwich bread
Ghee for frying
Place two slices together.
Cut them into a big round,saving the rest for crumbs or bread upma
Cut a small round in the centre.
Repeat with other bread slices.
Heat ghee and fry to a crisp golden.

Sugar syrup
1cup sugar
1cup water
Boil water.
Add sugar.
Boil for 7-8 minutes or till you reach one thread consistency.

Chocolate Rabdi
500ml............. milk
50gms ...........cooking choclate
Sugar if required
Vanilla extract
Boil milk till reduced to three fourth.
Add chocolate  and cook till melts.
Cool.
Blend to a smooth paste .add vanilla extract.

Orange Sauce
1....................orange
2tsp............. sugar
1tsp............. corn flour dissolved in 2tb sp water
1tsp............. orange zest
Boil orange juice.
Add sugar.
Add dissolved cornflour and stir constantly.
Remove from flame.
Add orange zest.

Assembling
Dip the bread into sugar syrup.
Place on the serving plate.
Top with choclate rabdi.
Drizzle orange sauce.
Garnish with orange zest and chocolate sauce.



Since two slices of bread are cut together  the bread gets a thickness and it gets crunchy outside and a little soft inside.
This is off to Cooking Concepts,Chocolate Mela,Valentines Special andValentine Fest served with love.





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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Shufta


BM # 12   Day 7

Whenever  I cook ,some how there are a few things which have to be either savoury or sweet…I mean I just cant relate Paneer being a sweet…or sweet potato being savoury..wonder why such fixed notions?...and to break this temprament I wanted to create something sweet with paneer.Of course there are these Bengali sweets…but..paneer  as such being sweet somehow  was a little difficult for me to digest.All the same today I have prepared a Kashmiri sweet called Shufta .This is a rich accompaniment to a Kasmiri party meal.Lots of dry fruits,saffron ,cardamon and paneer ..all in a sweet syrup,which is totally divine.The taste buds refuse to satisfy…wanting more and more…but let me tell you this is served as an equaliser and not as a dessert.Just a teaspoon or so…but I bet any Indian sweet lover will not be able to resist this….check out for yourself…..



1cup ..........assorted dry fruits(you can choose what you like)
Few pieces dry coconut
½ cup........ diced paneer
Ghee for frying

Boil almonds,pistachios,figs,raisins,apricots. (I also used some dry apple slices too)
Peel off the skin of almonds and pistachios.
Chop the boiled fruits.
Heat ghee.
Fry these fruits.
Fry cashewnuts,walnuts and hazelnuts.
Fry coconut.
Lastly dice the paneer into small cubes and fry to a golden brown.



Sugar syrup
½.......... cup sugar
½.......... cup water
½ tsp.... milk
4-6 .........cardamons
Saffron strands

Combine sugar ,water and milk and boil till the sugar dissolves.
Strain.
Add crushed cardamon and saffron.




Add all the fried dry fruits,coconut and paneer.
Boil till a little dry.
Serve warm.






Ending this BM with a sweet note..and hoping to meet very soon.
This was my second week,In the first week I choose Daals..a small recap of what I posted  under Daals

Tri-daali Daal  au Joovar-jo-Dhodho

Gul-gule'

Daal Paatra
Daalwada

Hari Daal ke Kebab



Thanks Valli…the BM keeps us on toes,else we get lazy.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Paneer Steak with Roasted Peppers

BM # 12   Day 6

Since a long time I had been wanting to try Paneer steak  and Paneer pie but wonder why kept post poning them. With paneer theme I had my chance to try both the recipes.I was not sure how the steak would turn out as I was using all fusion flavors to marinade.......Paneer Pie would naturally turn out great,nothing risky!!well....it went vice versa!!,,,the steak turned out super hit!!...and the pie just average...so I was told not to post that pie.(actually it was’nt that bad!!)..My son said," Ma you need to make the perfect one and then post." He is such a critic,when it comes to food,since he himself is a wonderful cook .Anyway, so here is the steak  served with sauted peppers which was relished by all .

 
400gms ..........paneer
1tbsp ..............ginger garlic paste
½ cup.............. hung curd
2tbsp ..............chopped onion
Few................. mint leaves
2tbsp ..............lemon zest
¼ tsp............... white pepper
¼ tsp............... black pepper
1tsp................. garam masala
1...................... fresh red chilly roughly chopped
Salt to taste
¼ cup............... all purpose flour for dusting.

Cut the paneer slice into a circle.
Apply salt on both sides
Mix all herbs and spices.
Marinade the paneer for 30 mins.
Heat a grill or non stich pan.
Dab the paneer into the flour.
Sprinkle sesame seeds.
Place on the pan/grill.
Roast both the sides.



1......................onion
1......................red capsicum
1......................yellow capsicum
5-6 ................. cloves garlic crushed roughly
Pinch sea salt
Pinch white pepper
Salt to taste
Heat oil .
Saute’ the diced onions and capsicums along with garlic.
Add salt and pepper.

Assembling
Spread the saute’d peppers.
Place the paneer .
 Sprinkle some crushed roasted peanuts on the peppers.
Garnish with fresh red chilly.





It sure was a treat to eat this paneer,the flavors of mint and lemon zest dominated while the other flavors were infused.The roasted onions and peppers made a super combination.
This is also off to Sweet Heat Chilli Challenge: Lets Rock Indian and Zesty Palette








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Friday, January 27, 2012

Stuffed Mushroom with Spinach

BM # 12   Day 5

Normally the quality of mushrooms available here is just average,and since I am no fan of these I genrally avoid looking for them.Yesterday I spotted some lovely looking mushrooms ,I just could’nt resist buying a packet.I got them and decided to make some mushroom mattar.In comes my sunny and tells me to make stuffed ones....so I stuffed these mushrooms with paneer...but that would just pass of as a biting!!...What about dinner?..I was in no mood to make extra...and extra..so served these on a bed of spinach..and there it became a meal for him with nice hot chapatis.

10-12 mushrooms
Remove the stalk and boil the mushrooms in salted water.

Stuffing
1cup............... grated paneer
1........................green chilly finely chopped
1tsp................. kasoori methi
Itsp.................. onion
Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients and make the stuffing.

2tsp.........cornflour
Dissolve this with water to make a paste.


Spinach bed
500 gms............ spinach,washed and very finely chopped
2 ..........................green chillies
1...........................onion finely chopped
1tsp.................... ginger garlic paste
1tsp.................... kasoori methi
1tsp.................... fresh cream
Salt to taste
Heat a pan.
Add oil.
Add onions ,chillies and ginger garlic paste.
Saute till pink.
Add spinach.
Let shrink.
Add all spices, cook for a while .
Add cream.

Getting the mushrooms ready
Fill the mushrooms with the paneer stuffing.
Apply a little cornflour batter on the tops ,to cover the stuffing.
Shallow fry these.

Assembling
Place spinach in the serving plate.
Place stuffed mushrooms.
Sprinkle very little kasoori methi.
Spread the left over paneer around the spinach.
Garnish with cherry tomato and some greens.


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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Agar Agar Cheese Salad


BM # 12   Day 4

Agar agar is one ingredient which I use very regularly.I normally make a dessert with it ,which happens to be included in everydays menu.I might make some variations  but thats about it.Recently my daughter suggested me a salad with agar agar,something she wanted to try but since she was pressed with time passed it to me.It sounded quite interesting  and went with my paneer theme,so I  tried it. Since it was the first time I followed the recipe blindly,but after tasting I feel it needed some changes..so I am giving you the original recipe and will suggest what changes could be made....you could tweet it according to your taste buds.

Agar agar layer
5gms......... agar agar
300ml......... water
Pinch salt
Boil water and add agar agar.
Boil till it dissolves completely.
Add salt.

Cottage cheese layer
3tsp ...........agar agar
1cup.......... water
2cups........ cottage cheese
1cup........... mayonnaise
½ cup......... cucumber and capsicum finely chopped
¼ cup......... spring onion
2tsp............. lemon juice
½ tsp ...........musturd sauce
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Dissolve agar agar in water.
Crumble the paneer.
Fold in all the ingredients in agar agar mix.

Assembling
Rinse a mould with chilled water.
Arrange olives,carrots and capsicum.(any veggies could be used..this is only presentation)
Gently pour the agar agar mix.
Place this carefully on a ice bowl to set.(you could place in the deep freeze too for a few minutes..till it sets)
Pour the folded mix of agar agar and paneer.
Cool and set.
Demould.


The salad looked pretty and tasted good but I felt the first layer was a little bland,may be we could add some flavor to it...may be orange juice...or some lemon juice  if we don't want to change the color.
Also I felt we needed to add more zing to it by adding some chilly to it.(I hate bland stuff) or may be I could have used garlic and onion mayo,which has more flavor.



A very Happy Republic Day to all my friends.......perhaps the colors of the dish too reflect the spirit!!

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