Sunday, 25 January 2015

How to roast groundnut (peanuts) in microwave?


Roasting your own peanuts is fun and easy especially when you have a microwave.

Peanuts or groundnuts ,also known as shengdana in marathi play an important role in maharshtrian cooking,especially during fasting or upvaas.

Roasted peanuts are deshelled and then are ground to a powder know as shengdana koot in marathi.Roasting your own peanuts is fun and easy especially when you have a microwave.





Peanuts or groundnuts ,also known as shengdana in marathi play an important role in maharashtrian cooking,especially during fasting or upvaas.

Roasted peanuts are deshelled and then are ground to a powder know as shengdana koot in marathi

 Roasted peanuts have a more intense flavor than raw peanuts and make ideal snacks for parties, seasonal events, and even for adding to some recipes. Follow these simple steps to roast your own peanuts at home. Enjoy.




Ingredients:

Microwave

peanuts /groundnuts


Method:

1)Place  peanuts or groundnuts in a microwave safe bowl or flat baking tray or cookie sheet .take a dish which has a bigger circumference so that peanuts are spread wide across the dish and will get roasted evenly


2.Now select microwave at HIGH microwave power and place the bowl inside microwave.

3.Microwave on HIGH power for 3 minutes initially.after 3 minutes remove peanuts & stir upside down with spoon

4.Microwave again for another 2 minutes & remove dish .Now check the peanuts would have got roasted to a brown colour.If you want to roast them more than repeat process for another minute



5.Remove from the oven. If you haven't already remove the skin from the peanuts and you still wish to do so, use the following nifty trick. Place the roasted peanuts in a jar or container and shake them, or into a clean dish towel and rub them. Take the jar, container, or towel outside and open them up and blow away the loose skins.There may be some that still require you to remove the skins by hand but that's up to you.

Tips:

1.Time required for roasting will vary as per microwave model & company

2.After 4 minutes of roasting be careful in setting time in intervals of 1 minute or less as there are chances of peanuts getting burnt .

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Baingan Bharta Punjabi Style



Baingan bharta or Baingan ka bhurtha or Baingan da bhurtha or Wangyacha Bharit is a South Asian dish bearing a resemblance to baba ghanoush. Baingan bharta is a part of the national cuisines of both India and Pakistan. 

It is primarily a vegetarian dish that comprises bhurtha (minced vegetables) made from eggplant (baingan) which is grilled over charcoal or direct fire, to infuse the dish with a smoky flavour. The smoked eggplant is mashed with fresh cilantro (coriander leaves), chili pepper, onion and mustard oil.Traditionally, the dish is often eaten with an Indian flatbread (specifically roti or paratha) and is also served with rice and/or raita, a yogurt salad. Baingan bartha is also eaten in Bangladesh.


In Pakistan, baingan bharta is popular cuisine, while in India it is also a part of the cuisines of Maharashtra, Bihar, Orissa, and West Bengal. The dish has many names depending on the local language (Hindi: "बैंगन का भरता", Gujarati: "odo", Bengali: বেগুন ভর্তা "begun bhôrta", Marathi: "Wangyacha bharit").


The Punjabi Baingan Bharta has many fans all over the world. Baingan or brinjal cooked directly over the flame till the skin is charred and can be peeled off combined with a fine blend of spices and some ghee makes up this brilliant creation. While selecting the brinjal for this recipe be sure to choose one's that are large with a shiny smooth surface as these are likely to have a lower number of seeds. All in all this scrumptious dish is worth all the time and mess it may create!!




Ingredients

1/2 large sized (750 grams) brinjal (baingan / eggplant)
1/4 tsp oil for greasing
1/2 tbsp ghee
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 cup sliced onions
3/4 tsp grated ginger (adrak)
1/2 tsp grated garlic (lehsun)
1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tbsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
1 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania) for the garnish



Method :

1) Grease the brinjal with oil and roast it over an open flame till it is cooked.Cool and peel the skin. Mash the pulp thoroughly and keep aside.



2) Heat the ghee in a pan and add the cumin seeds.When they crackle add the onions and sauté till they turn golden brown.Add the ginger, garlic and green chillies and sauté for a few more seconds.

3) Add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder and cook till the mixture leaves oil.Add the mashed brinjal, Punjabi garam masala and salt, mix .


4) Well and cook for 3-4 minutes.Serve hot garnished with coriander.


Thursday, 22 January 2015

2 minute chocolate microwave brownie in mug





This is just a simple 2 min. brownie in a mug recipe!its a quick recipe to satisfy your chocolate cravings 









Recipe source :food.com

Ingredients:


2 tablespoons oil or 2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flour
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon sugar, for cocoa powder
2 -3 tablespoons cocoa powder  or 2 -3 tablespoons instant chocolate drink mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Method:

1 Add 2 tablespoons of butter or oil.Melt butter.Add 2 tablespoons of water.Add a pinch of salt.Add cocoa or chocolate powder 

2.Add 1 tablespoon of sugar for chocolate powder  OR 2 tablespoons of sugar for cocoa powder.Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 






 











3.Mix all ingredients nicely.Now Microwave it for 1 minute 30seconds   .ENJOY! 
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