Saturday, February 9, 2013

Shrikhand Delight, The 2 Minute Recipe

Shrikhand delight, a delicacy of Maharastra(India) is an eye soothing and mouth watering Dish. This sweet dish is prepared by incorporating so many dry fruits. Its my husband's favorite dessert. The recipe that am demonstrating here is a very simple one. You can always customize this recipe the way you wish.

Preparation- 5 minutes
Serves- 2

  • Hung Curd/ Strained yogurt- 250 gms . The one i used is the Ready made hung curd called as speise quark (Readily available in Germany).

  • Cardamom- 1 Tsp, Crushed
  • Sugar- 2 Tbsp
  • Saffron strings- 1/2 Tsp
  • Water- 1 Tbsp 
  • Cashewnuts - 8 nuts, chopped.


  • Hung curd or strained yogurt are easily available in the market these days. In case you wish to prepare it at home, you can simply strain the curd over a muslin curd, and leave it overnight to thicken under refrigeration .
  • To the hung curd, add the sugar , crushed Cardamom and give it a gentle blend with a spoon.

  • Now add the saffron string to the water, and you can gently crush this in a mortar.

  • Add the crushed saffron along with the water to the curd. Mix well .

  • For garnishing you can add cashew nuts to this or any dry fruit of your choice.
The Shrikhand delight is ready to be served, serve it cold or mild cold, it tastes awesome anyways.

Enjoy and keep cooking :)

By- Sushmita Pandit

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tortellini Salad

There are times when i have little patience to cook a dish that takes a long time. That's when i look for easy to cook, healthy and filling meals.
Today i just opened my cupboard and found a packet of tortellini. That's when i decided of making a quick tortellini salad. Being a tortellini fan i would use it here and there every now and then.
I would also like to share my experience from the time i included salad in my daily diet, i have been benefited a lot health wise . Here's sharing you the healthy recipe, Hope you like it.

Preparation- 10 minutes
Cooking - 8 minutes.
Serves- 4

Tortellini Pasta Salad

  • Carrot- 4 , large in size , Washed peeled and chopped.
  • Tomato- 4, Medium in size, cut into cubes.
  • Lettuce leaves- Washed , Dried with kitchen towel, and gently tore with hand into small chunks.
  • Corn - 1/2 cup boiled and salted.
  • Lime juice- 2 Tbsp
  • Tofu- 100 gms, cut into cubes
  • Tortellini Pasta- 250 gms.
  • Pepper cons- Freshly crushed
  • Salt as per taste.
  • Butter- 1 Tbsp.
  • Olive oil

  • Boil 1 liters of water, by adding salt to it. Once the water gets boiled, add the tortellini to it and cook it for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes turn off the heat and drain the water. Transfer the tortellini in a large bowl. Add 1 tbsp of butter to it and simply toss it.
  • In the same bowl bring together all the other ingredients, mix well by adding lime juice and olive oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
Your quick and healthy tortellini salad is now ready to be served.
if you want to eat them cold you can cover it and refrigerate it . This way tortellini absorbs all the flavors of lime and pepper and make our salad more mouth watering.

Enjoy and Happy cooking.

By-Sushmita Pandit.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Gobi-Matar-Aloo Ki Sabzi

when you want a quick spicy sabzi in just no time, nothing can be more relishing than Gobi matar aloo ki sabzi . In India during winter Gobi or the cauliflower is widely used in making several varieties of dishes, Namely Sabzi's(vegetable currys) , Parotha's(stuffed flattened breads), Achar(Pickle) and also Bhajiya's(dumplings). My dad would always buy this bio cauliflowers fresh from the local farmers .My mummy would prepare this mouth watering tasty subzi every now and then it was always perfect with rice or chapati. I thought it would be really helpful for the beginners to post this Sabzi recipe, Enjoy.

Preparation- 15 mins
Cooking time- 20 mins
Serves- 4


  • Cauliflower florets- 5 to 8 medium size, cut into halves
  • Potato- 2 medium size(boiled)
  • Chilly- 1 or 2
  • Onion- 1 medium ,sliced
  • Paanch foren- 1 tsp (Right click, select new tab)
  • Cinnamon stick 
  • Oil for cooking
  • Masala's (Turmeric powder- 1 tsp, cumin powder- 1 tbsp, coriander powder- 2 tbsp, pepper powder-1 tsp)
  • Tomato- 1 chopped
  • Peas- 1/2 cup
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt as per taste.


  • Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a kadai
  • Add the cinnamon stick to flavour the oil.
  • Add the panch foren and green chilly, let them crackle .
  • Add the onion and saute until onions are soft.
  • Add the florets, and season with salt. Cover the kadai and wait for 1/2 min.
  • Stir well and prepare the masala paste.
  • Mix all the masala powder and add the tomato to it. Adjust the consistency of the paste by adding water.
  • While florets are still tender , add the masala paste and fry until the oil separetes from the masala.
  • At this point add the boiled potatoes and salt seasoning the potatoes.
  • Add the peas too.
  • Add 300 ml of water and let the subzi simmer for 3-4 minutes in low heat.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
Your Gobi-matar-aloo ki sabzi is ready to be served. Serve it hot with rice, nan ,chapati or bread.
Enjoy and happy cooking. :)


Monday, February 4, 2013

Vegetable Manchurian

Vegetable Manchurian is one of my favorite dish. This Chinese dish has come a long way to the streets of India is one of the highly famous and most liked fast food in India.
I remember having it every now and then in my college canteen during my college days. Its basically vegetables mixed and then fried into balls which are later cooked in the sauce.

Preparation time- 30 mins
Cooking time - 30 mins
serves- 4


  • Vegetables (2 carrot- grated, 5 florets of cauliflower- half boiled and mashed, 2 florets of Broccoli- half boiled and mashed, 1 Cabbage- small in size , grated  )
  • Green Chilies- 2
  • Ginger-1 Tbsp, Minced
  • Garlic- 1 Tbsp, Minced
  • Salt as per taste
  • Cooked rice- 1 Tbsp(Optional)
  • Corn flour- 4 Tbsp
  • All purpose flour- 5 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce.
  • Oil- for frying
Ingredients for sauce:
  • Oil- 2 Tbsp
  • Onion- 2 medium size, chopped
  • Ginger and garlic- 2Tbsp, minced
  • Bell pepper- 1, chopped into cubes
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Chilli sauce
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Water- 200 ml
  • Corn flour-2 TSP
  • Pepper- 1 Tbsp, crushed

  • Mix all the vegetable in a bowl, add salt, ginger garlic, chilly, corn flour and, soy sauce . Start adding all purpose flour to make a moist dough like consistency of the mixture.
  • Prepare balls out of this mixture.
  • Deep fry the balls in the oil, until golden brown in colour.
Sauce Preparation
  • Heat oil in a wok.
  • Add onions and saute until they are soft
  • Add garlic and ginger saute until you can sense the aroma of ginger and garlic.
  • Add the bell pepper and salt, fry until they are just tender
  • Bring together all the sauces and add little water to prepare a fine solution of sauce
  • Add this solution to the wok.
  • Bring it to boil
  • Prepare a solution by adding 2 Tbsp of corn flour in 120 ml of water.
  • Add this to the wok. Just after adding this the gravy will thicken. You can adjust the consistency of gravy by adding little more water.
  • Turn off the heat.
Your Vegetable Manchurian is ready to be served. serve it hot with Basmati rice.
Garnish this dish with freshly chopped Coriander leaves.

Thank you for reading my recipe. Happy cooking.