Friday, March 25, 2011

KIWI, BANANA AND STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE/SHAKE




INGREDIENTS

Kiwi fruit---------------3,remove the skin and slice it
Banana-----------------1
Strawberry-------------2 large
Sugar-------------------2 tbsp or to taste
Ice cream-------------a large scoop (optional)
Cool milk-------------1 cup

METHOD
In a juicer blend together all the ingredients and enjoy this cool,refreshing and very healthy drink.This is a best way to make kids have fruits. 
Note: You can use either vanilla or strawberry ice cream for this shake.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

VEGETABLE PULAO



Pulao is quite easy to make than a biryani and it tastes fabulous.

In this preparation you can add vegetables of your choice.I used beans, carrots and potato.

INGREDIENTS

Basmati rice------------------- 2cups (wash and soak in warm water for 15 minutes)
Water-------------------------- 3 1/2 cups
Ghee----------------------------2 tbsp (for frying bread)
Bread slices---------------------2,cut in to cubes (optional)
Olive oil------------------------1 tsp (you can also use ghee or any oil of your choice)
Onion---------------------------1/4 cup,sliced
Green chilly---------------------1 slit length wise
Ginger garlic paste--------------1 tbsp
Tomato--------------------------1 medium sized,cut in to pieces
Turmeric powder---------------1/4 tsp
Biryani/pulao masala powder--1 tbsp
Garam masala powder----------1/4 tsp (you can also use whole garam masalas instead)
Vegetables-----------------------1 cup, cut in to medium size pieces
Lemon/lime juice---------------1/2 tsp
Yogurt/curd----------------------1/4 cup(mix smoothly in a bowl and keep it aside)
Salt to taste
Cilantro/coriander leaves to garnish

METHOD
  1. In a medium heat pan add ghee and fry/toast the bread chunks till crispy and light golden brown in color.Keep it aside.
  2. In a well bottomed vessel add oil and saute onion till soft.
  3. Then add green chilly and ginger garlic paste.Saute till the raw smell goes.
  4. Next add tomatoes and saute till soft.
  5. Then add turmeric powder,biryani/pulao masala powder and garam masala powder.
  6. When the raw smell of masala goes add cut vegetables. (You can also shallow fry potato in a pan and then add it to the masala if you prefer and is not in a hurry. In that way potato will remain in its shape and taste better). 
  7. Toss all the vegetables together with the masala and add needed salt to it.
  8. Next add yogurt/curd to it.
  9. Then add rice and add lemon/lime juice.
  10. Add water and needed salt.Cover and cook in medium heat till water boils and then bring the flame to low and slow cook it.
  11. Once fully done,transfer to a serving bowl and fluff gently with a fork.Add chopped cilantro/coriander leaves to it.You can also add mint leaves if needed.
  12. Then add fried bread pieces to it.The crispy bread pieces will become soft with the heat and moisture of rice and kids sure will love to pick those. 
  13. Garnish with tomato rose,cilantro leaves or any thing of your choice and enjoy.
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