Monday, January 25, 2010

Lemon Rice

Cooked Basmati Rice : 2 cups
Oil : 2 tbsp
Chana Dal : 2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds : 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds : 1tsp
Finely Chopped Green Chilies : 3
Lemon Juice : One lemon
Curry Leaves : A few
Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
Grated Carrots : 1/2 cup
Sweet Peas : 1/3 cup
Cashew Bits : A few
Raisins : A few



  1. Cook Basmati Rice according to package direction and set it aside. Add salt to water while cooking rice.
  2. In a heavy bottom pan add oil, crack mustard seeds ,  add chana dal and stir till it slightly browns, now add cumin seeds , green chilies, curry leaves, cashew pieces and raisins, and  sauté for few minutes on low heat followed by grated carrots, and green peas and turmeric and gently stir for few minutes till the carrots are cooked. 
  3. Now add lemon juice and a pinch of salt to it. Stir in cooked rice and gently mix all ingredients. Let it rest for an hour or half till all are blended in well.
  4. Serve with a cucumber salad and Pappadam.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuna Sandwich with a touch of the East

Canned tuna drained : 1 can
Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
Red Chili powder :  1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder : 1/2 tsp
Salt : if needed
Green chilies sliced thinly : 2 tsp
Crushed ginger : 1 tsp
Onions thinly sliced : a few
Mustard Seeds : a few
Boiled Egg  mashed : 1
Shredded Cheese : A few (Any kind)
Round multigrain sandwich bread : 4 slices
Olive Oil : 1 tbsp



  1. Add olive oil to a pan, when heated crack mustard seeds. Sauté onion,green chilies , and ginger for few minutes but not till browned. 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add cooked fish and turmeric powder, chili and fenugreek powders and stir for five minutes on medium heat.
  3. Into this add mashed egg and stir it all together. Add a pinch of salt if needed. Sprinkle some shredded cheese. Turn off the heat and when it cools down a bit, spread it in between the bread and yum!  This makes sandwiches for 2 people.

Macadamia Triangles

Recipe Source:  As seen in ‘ Good Housekeeping  Best Loved Desserts’ cook book.

All purpose flour : 1 cup
Granulated Sugar : 1/4 cup
Salt : 1/8 tsp
Cold butter or Margarine :  6tbsp
Cold Water : 3 tbsp
Macadamia Nuts : 1 Jar
Light Brown Sugar : 2/3 cup
Large Egg : 1
Vanilla Extract : 2 tsp
Chocolate Chips : a few  (optional)



  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Grease 9 inch square baking pan. Line pan with foil. Grease foil.
  2. In medium bowl, with wire whisk, mix flour, sugar and salt. With pastry blender or two knives used scissor fashion, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle in water, about 1 tbsp at a time, mixing lightly with fork after each addition, until dough is just moist enough to hold together. With lightly floured hand, press dough evenly on to bottom of prepared pan. With fork, prick dough at 1 inch intervals to prevent puffing and shrinking during baking.
  3. Bake crust until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Crust must crack slightly during baking. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Turn oven control to 375F.
  4. Coarsely chop 1/2 cup macadamia nuts; reserve for topping. In food processor with knife blade attached, pulse remaining macadamia nuts and brown sugar until nuts are finely ground. Add egg and vanilla. Pulse until just combined.
  5. Spread macadamia filling evenly over cooled crust. Sprinkle reserved chopped macadamia nuts on top. Bake until filling has set, 20 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.( At this point add chocolate chips also and bake).
  6. When cool, lift foil with pastry out of pan and place on cutting board; peel foil away from sides. Cut into 4 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into 4 squares. Cut each squares diagonally in half.

Quick and Easy left over chicken sandwich

Whole grain sandwich bread : 2 pieces
Butter : Enough to spread on bread
Avocado sliced and mashed : 3 tbsp
Cooked chicken pieces as needed  
Swiss cheese : 1 piece
Caramelized onions: a few
Spinach: a few

Toast the bread and spread it with some butter, and mashed  avocado and top it with caramelized onions,  chicken,  and spinach  leaves and Swiss cheese. Sprinkle some salt and pepper if needed. Serve it with a piece of cucumber pickle and some chips of your choice and Yum! A great quick and easy lunch!