Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Home Made Vegetable Pizza

Hola Amigos !!!
                         It was long time wish to bake pizza at home and the dream came true few days back. I tried it from Rak's Kitchen with some changes . It came out very well and in turn I got a big smile as a gift from my hubby :) :)

Origin : Without a doubt it hails from Italy. It all started in a small town where the bishop of the town was given 12 Pizzas every Xmas and Easter day. This was when tomato and Bread topped with Cheese pack evolved !

Nutrients : Shhhhhh!

This is what you need :
For the pizza base :
All purpose flour/Maida - 1&1/2 cups
Dry yeast - 1/2 tbsp
Milk - 1/4 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/2 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Olive oil - 2 tsp

For Pizza sauce :
Tinned tomatoes - 1 cup
Chilly flakes - 1/2 tbsp
Italian Seasoning - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

For the Toppings :
Onion - 1 ( cubed )
Tomato - 1 ( cubed )
Capsicum - 1 (cubed )
Olives - 10
Mushrooms - 4-5 (diced) ( I didn't use it )
Sweet corn - handful
Grated cheese (mozzarella or cheddar ) - 1/4 cup

This is how you do :

Pizza Base :
1. Boil the water ( it should be warm ) and add sugar and yeast to it. Allow it to settle for few mins. After 5 Min the yeast will start to bloom. Keep it aside.
2. In a bowl mix flour and salt together and add olive oil,milk and yeast sugar mixture and mix them well. Knead the dough for at least 5 - 10 Mins and this makes the base soft.
3. Keep the dough covered with wet cloth for almost 4 hours.
4. After 4 hours, the dough will be double in size. Punch the dough with your strong knuckles :-),  to release  air from the dough and knead it well.

Pizza sauce :
1. In a kadai add few drops of olive oil and add canned tomatoes and allow it to boil. After it has boiled a bit, add Italian seasoning and half of the chilly flakes and allow it to boil for another 5 Mins until it becomes thick.
2.Turn off the flame and allow it to cool.

Final Step :
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C for 10 mins.
2. Using a rolling pin just roll the pizza and adjust the thickness of the sides.
3. Spread the pizza sauce over the dough evenly.

4. Finally add the toppings of  our choice. I added the vegetables mentioned above and finally add the grated cheese .

4. Bake it in the oven for about 15-20  Mins until the base turns golden brown and cheesy layer is melted completely.

Serve it pipping hot !!!!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

The One with Cheesy Mushroom Bakes

Hola Amigos !!
                Mushroom is one of my favourite vegetables, which is rich in proteins and perfect source of vitamins and proteins to Vegans. My Cousin and I had a great time doing this dish during New Year. We added Indian spices to this stuffing and it became a perfect Desi Starter.

This is what you want :
Mushrooms - 8
Onion - 1 ( chopped)
Tomato - 1( chopped)
Garlic - 1 (grated )
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Chat Masala - a pinch
Salt - to taste
Grated cheese - 2 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp

This is how you do :
1. Clean the mushrooms and remove the stalk of the mushrooms.
2. Preheat the oven to 180 C
3. In a kadai add oil and after it is hot, add garlic ,onion and fry them until transparent. Now add tomatoes and fry them until mushy.
4. Add salt, chili powder and fry for some time until the raw smell of the spices is gone. Now turn off the flame and add Chat Masala .Mix them well.
5. Stuff the Masala into mushroom cups and sprinkle some grated cheese over them. Arrange them in a baking tray and bake them in oven for 10 Min until the upper crust is golden brown.
6. Serve it hot as evening snack or as a starter.

Add on's :
We can add some bread crumbs for a crusty upper layer :)

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

The One with Noodle Rice Balls

Hola Amigos !!!
           Today's dish is from my own laboratory,a total try out of some left over noodles and rice at home. It was very nice , totally crispy outside and soft inside with a different flavour.

Origin :  Nivizkitchen!, However Noodle word comes from Germany and the actual dish without a doubt from China.

This is what you need :
Noodles - 1/2 cup ( cooked )
Rice - 1/4 cup ( cooked)
Rice Flour - 2 tbsp
Ginger - 1 inch (finely chopped)
Garlic - 2 cloves( finely chopped)
Green Chillies - 2 (finely chopped)
Salt - to taste
Soy Sauce - 1 tbsp
Chili Sauce - 1 tsp ( optional )
Oil - to fry

This is how you do :
1. Mash the cooked rice and add all  remaining ingredients and mix them well.
2. Finally add noodles and do not mash them much. Just add them and mix them together.
3. In a kadai add oil and allow it to heat. Now make small balls with the mixture and fry them in oil until golden brown.

Serve it hot with tomato ketchup !!!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

The One With Beet Root Poriyal

Hola Amigos !!
                       I was wondering for a long time to try a different dish with Beet Root and saw this recipe in Vahrehvah website. It is very spicy and flavourful recipe. It goes very well with Roti and Sambar Rice and yes a  slightly modified version :-) .

Origin : Beetroot, botanically-known as Beta vulgaris, evolved from wild seabeet, which is a native of coastlines from India to Britain and is the ancestor of all cultivated forms of beet.

Nutrition : Beets are highly nutritious and “cardiovascular health” friendly root vegetables. Simply eat it because its healthy folks :)!
Recipe Source : Vahrehvah

This is what you need :
Beetroot - 2
Jeera -  1 tsp
Onion - 1 ( chopped)
Curry leaves - 2 springs
Corriander Powder - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Cilantro- 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp

This is how you do :
1. Grate two beetroot and chop onions finely.
2. In a kadai add oil and after it is hot add jeera ,after it starts spluttering add curry leaves and  onions and fry them until soft.
3. Add some salt and close the lid . Cook it on slow flame until they become soft but not mushy. It may take some 5 -8 Mins. If it becomes dry we can add 1 tbsp of water.
4. After the beetroot is cooked well, add the spices and mix them and cook them with closed lid in simmer flame.
5. When the raw smell of the spices goes off add cilantro and turn off the flame.

Serve it hot with rice or roti !!!!