White Sauce Pasta

Savour the taste of true Italian flavours with this easy pasta recipe in its silky, smooth and aromatic sauce made from Butter, Milk and Refined Flour.

Time – 20-25 Minutes
Serves – 4

Ingredients

  • 400 gm boiled pasta Fusilli (you may use any hollow pasta of your choice)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Cloves grated Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Refined Flour or 2 tsp corn flour
  • 1-1/2 Cup cold Milk
  • 1 cup boiled Frozen Sweet corn (boiled)
  • 2 pinches Black Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 medium grated Cheese Cube
  • 2-3 Olives
  • Few sprigs of Fresh Parsley
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese for garnish

Method

  1. Put a pan on low flame and heat Butter in it. While the butter is melting, add the grated Garlic in it and saute for a minute.
  2. Now, add Refined Flour or Corn Flour in the pan and saute till the flour is mixed well with the garlic.
  3. Now add Milk in the pan and stir it continuously to avoid any lumps. Bring the mixture to a boil
  4. Now add Oregano, Thyme, Paprika, Black Pepper Powder along with Salt in it and mix well. Add the grated cheese into the thick mixture and let it rest for a few seconds.
  5. Now add Sweet Corn and Pasta. Mix all ingredients well.
  6. While serving garnish with grated Parmesan cheese, Parsley and sliced Olives. You may also add a few drops of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on top.
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White Sauce Pasta

Precautions

  • Stir in an equal amount of flour and cook the mixture for just 20-30 seconds.
  • Stir in milk, a little at a time, making sure to stir well so that no lumps form.
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Kaju(cashew) Curry

Cashews cooked in a creamy Onion-Tomato based curry. Perfect recipe for festivals and special occasions.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cashew
  • 1 tsp Oil

For Gravy

  • 1½ cup chopped Tomatoes
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • 18-20 Cashews
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 2 Cloves
  • ½ cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1-2 Green Chillies
  • ½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 3 Tbsp Cream
  • ¼ tsp Sugar
  • Dried Fenugreek Leaves as required
  • Salt as required

Method

  1. Sauté Cashew till light golden and keep aside.

Preparing Gravy

  1. Heat Oil in a pan add Bay Leaf, Cloves and Cardamom. Sauté.
  2. Add Tomato and simmer till soften.
  3. Cool down this mixture and blend into a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  4. Grind Cashews.
  5. Heat Oil in a pan add Ginger-Garlic paste sauté for 30 seconds now add Onion and sauté till translucent.
  6. Add cashew powder till they turn golden brown.
  7. Add Tomato puree and Green chilli simmer on low flame.
  8. Add Red Chilli powder and stir.
  9. Add ¼ cup of Water and ½ cup of Coconut Milk. Bring to boil.
  10. Add sautéd Cashews and simmer for about 2 minutes.
  11. Add Garam Masala, Cream, Salt, Sugar and dried Fenugreek leaves. Mix well.
  12. Serve hot with steamed Rice or Naan or Parathan’s.
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Kaju Curry

Veg. Grilled Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 8-10 slices of Brown Bread or Whole Wheat Bread
  • 1 medium Potato, boiled and sliced into rounds
  • 1 small to medium Cucumber l, sliced
  • 1 small Onion, sliced
  • 1 small to medium Tomato, sliced
  • Butter as required
  • Chaat Masala powder as required
  • Roasted Cumin powder as required
  • Black Salt or Regular Salt as required
  • freshly milled Black Pepper – optional
  • 1/2 cup Coriander chutney
  • Tomato ketchup or sauce to be served with the sandwiches

Method

  1. Rinse, peel and slice the Onion,Potatoes,Tomatoes and Cucumber in thin rounds.
  2. Butter all the Bread slices. The butter has to be spread evenly and generously so that the bread does not become soggy on spreading the chutney.
  3. Spread some Green Chutney on the slices.place a few slices of Potatoes, then place 2 to 3 Cucumber, Tomato and Onion slices. Sprinkle roasted Cumin powder, Chaat masala powder and Black salt.
  4. Cover the sandwiches with the remaining slices of Bread.
  5. Spread Butter on the top of slices.
  6. In a pre heated grill, place the sandwich carefully with the buttered side facing at the bottom. Now spread butter on the top side facing you.
  7. Close the grill and grill the sandwiches for 2-3 minutes or till crisp and golden.
  8. Remove the grilled sandwiches with a wooden spatula. Serve Hot.

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a fast food dish from Maharashtra, consisting of a thick vegetable curry (bhaji) usually prepared in butter (I’ve used very less oil) and served with a soft bread roll (Pav). You can eat it in dinner, lunch or breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 large Potato
  • 1/2 Capsicum
  • 200 gm French beans
  • 100 gm Broccoli/Cauliflower
  • ½ cup Peas
  • ½ cup Pumpkin
  • 2 large chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 large chopped Onion
  • 2 chopped Green Chillies
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds (rai)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • Red chilli powder as per taste
  • 4-5 Whole Wheat Pav

Method

  1. Chop all the Vegetables and put them in a pressure cooker (except Onion, Tomato and Chilli aside to fry later). Add 1 cup water or whatever quantity is required to fully immerse the vegetables. Add salt, and pressure cook for about 10-12 minutes or till vegetables become soft.
  2. Mash all the cooked vegetables using a masher.
  3. In another pan heat Olive Oil in another pan, fry the Onion and then add Green Chillies and Tomatoes. Cook till soft. Add pav bhaji masala and Coriander powder, and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the mashed vegetables to the pan and cook on high flame for a minute. If you want thick bhaji then reduce the flame and simmer until it gets thick.
  5. Heat a nonstick tawa and put Pav on it without using oil or butter and dry roast for a minute.
  6. Serve with hot whole wheat pav and garnished with chopped Onions and  Lemon wedges.

Tips

  1. If you don’t have Pav Bhaji masala then add 2 Tbsp garam masala with 1 tsp dry mango powder.
  2. You can also grill Pav using butter.
  3. You can substitute potato with pumpkin to increase nutrition.
Pav Bhaji

Paneer Tikka Pizza

This fusion of Italian mouth-watering cheese pizza topped with Desi paneer tikka is a treat for your taste buds.

Check recipe of Pizza BasePizza Sauce and Paneer Tikka

Ingredients                                     

  • 4 small Pizza Base
  • 1 cup Pizza Sauce
  • 1 cup Paneer Tikka
  • ½ Corn Kernels
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Herbs (Oregano,Basil, etc.) as per taste
  • Chilli Flakes (if you don’t have Chilli Flakes then you can use Chilli Powder)
  • 2 tsp Tandoori Masala or Tikka Masala

Method

  1. Mix Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese Together.
  2. Place Pizza Base and spread Pizza Sauce on it.
  3. Top it with Paneer Tikka topping.
  4. Sprinkle cheese mixture over it.
  5. Sprinlke some Herbs and Tandoori or Tikka masala over it.
  6. Place on a wire rack and bake for 7-8 minutes at 210 degree celsius in a pre-heated oven.
  7. Remove form oven and serve hot.

Tips

  1. If making for kids then avoid using chilli flakes or powder.
  2. If parmesan cheese is not available then you can use only mozzarella cheese or you can also use processed cheese.
  3. Remember to use a pre-heated oven.
  4. Baking temperature of different ovens are different so always keep a check.
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Paneer Tikka Pizza

 

Pizza Sauce

Tomato Sauce for your Pizza most easiest of DIYs.Why would you go and buy a bottle of pizza sauce containing lots of preservatives when you can make it yourself very easily at home within minutes.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 medium fresh Tomatoes or ¾ cup Tomato puree
  • 2-3 garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil or any other Oil
  • 2 tsp Dried or Fresh Basil
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • freshly crushed or ground Black Pepper as per taste
  • Salt a per taste

Method

preparing in pan

  1. Blanch the Tomatoes and the chop them. If using Tomato puree skip to step-2.
  2. In a deep pan heat Oil. Add chopped Garlic fry for few seconds.
  3. Add the Tomatoes. Let them cook for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the Herbs, Salt and Pepper.Mix well.
  5. Cook further for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Cool down and adjust seasoning.
  7. Use immediately or store in a air-tight container in refrigerator, up to 1 week.

preparing in microwave

  1. Blanch the Tomatoes and the chop them. If using Tomato puree skip to step-2.
  2. Add Oil and Garlic in large bowl and keep for 10-20 seconds.
  3. Add all other ingredients and keep in microwave for 3 minutes.
  4. Take out and crush tomatoes and keep again for 3 minutes.
  5. take out stir well and crush tomatoes if any left to give sauce like texture. Cool down and adjust seasoning.
  6. Use immediately or store in a air-tight container in refrigerator, up to 1 week.

 

Tips

  • You can change choice and quantity of herbs according to your choice.
  • This recipe makes sufficient sauce for 3 medium pizza so you can adjust quantity according to your need.
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Pizza Sauce

Pizza Base

You can easily buy Pizza base from market, but you can never be sure on its quality and hygiene, so why not make it at home. To improve the nutritional value of your favourite pizza, make it by using Whole-Wheat flour. Using half whole-wheat flour and half all-purpose flour yields a light crust and distinctive taste.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Whole-Wheat flour
  • 1 cup All-Purpose flour or Refined flour
  • 2¼ tsp Yeast
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • ¾ cup luke warm Water
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil or any other Oil

Method

  1. In a bowl add little Water, Sugar and Yeast and leave it to activate for 20-25 minutes or till you see bubbles in it.
  2. In a large bowl combine Whole-Wheat flour, all-purpose flour, Salt and Oil mix well. Now add Water(as required) to make a smooth, soft and non-sticky dough.
  3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or muslin cloth and leave for about 1-1½ hours.
  4.  Now divide dough into equal portions and roll them according to thickness that you want. Make some holes in it using a fork or tooth pick.
  5. Place base on baking tray and bake for about 5-6 minutes on 200 degree celsius in a pre-heated oven.
  6. Add cheese and topping of your choice and enjoy your pizza. Alternatively you can store it in refrigerator for 1-2 days.

Tips

  • After making and rising the dough place it in refrigerator overnight and let it out an hour before shaping the dough. This allows gluten to digest carbohydrates and improves flavour and browning of crust.
  • To add more flavour to your base mix your favourite herbs and spices in melted butter and brush them on pizza base in last 1-2 minutes of baking.
  • Rolling out perfect round base requires a lot of practice so don’t worry about shape too much and enjoy taste of your pizza. You’ll definitely get round base after some practice (even I don’t get a perfect round shape).
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Pizza Base