December 19, 2014

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Bake-a-thon 2014: Day 9
Bake of the Day: Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
I recently took a 'Pie making' class along with a dear friend at Chef Central. The class was the day before Thanksgiving and the 3 pies we brought back from the class were served for dessert on Thanksgiving day.
Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
The crust is the foundation of any pie or tart. A good crust can enhance and elevate the resulting dessert. Conversely, a bad crust can make a wonderful filling lose its appeal. We learnt 3 different types of pie crusts: 3-2-1 Pie dough, Pâte sucrée and a simple cookie crust.

Garlic Naan

Blogging Marathon# 47: Week 3/ Day 3
Theme: Recipes from Menu Card
Dish: Garlic Naan
For the final day of this week's marathon, I have a delicious 'Garlic Naan' recipe that would go great with any Indian gravy curry especially with this Amritsari Chole. Ordering breads at a restaurant is quite a task because there are so many varieties to choose from. But there's also a problem with restaurant naans, sometimes they get too hard and chewy making it difficult to eat.
Garlic Naan
I have found that homemade naans when made with a combination of all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour gives a nice soft texture to the naans. My mom loves my naans and always compares them with the restaurant ones, saying mine are so much better (yay!!)

December 18, 2014

Amritsari Chole (Spicy Chickpea Curry)

Blogging Marathon# 47: Week 3/ Day 2
Theme: Recipes from Menu Card
Dish: Amritsari Chole
We are going to order some 'Amritsari Chole' from Puranmal restaurant. There are a ton of chickpea curry variations from the Punjab/ Haryana region and I'm sure each household has there own version of these curries. So when I saw Amritsari Chole on the menu, I wanted to see how different it was from the other chole recipes.
Amritsari Chole (Spicy Chickpea Curry)
Amritsari chole is a very flavorful and delicious curry. I've never cooked chickpeas with tea leaves and this is one of the essential steps for this curry. The tea leaves make the chickpeas a deep dark color, but the taste of tea is not very prominent and doesn't change the taste of the dish.

December 17, 2014

Holiday Hoska (Eggless, Vegan recipe)

Bake-a-thon 2014: Day 8
Bake of the Day: Holiday Hoska
Hope all of you are done with your holiday shopping and started preparing for the big day, which is only 1 week away now. I finally ordered almost all of the kids gifts yesterday -- it is fun to shop online. I don't think I fair well at going shopping especially at this time of the year when the malls and roads are crowded. I prefer the peace of home :-) Now I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the gifts are shipped out on time and the mailman does not leave the package in the neighbor's house (has happened way too many times that I keep looking at the neighbors door every time I go out to check the mail). It is definitely the most stressful time of the year :-)
Holiday Hoska (Eggless, Vegan recipe)
What's not stressful is this beautiful holiday bread that is easy to make and sure to impress. The dough is very easy to work with and once you get a grip on making a dough braid, you are on your way to making this show stopper bread.

Palak Badam Shorba (Spinach Almond Soup)

Blogging Marathon# 47: Week 3/ Day 1
Theme: Recipes from Menu Card
Dish: Palak Badam Shorba
We are starting 3rd week of blogging marathon today and my theme for this week is 'Recipes from Menu Card'. Valli gave us a few menu cards to choose from and I picked the menu from Puranmal restaurant. We are supposed to pick dishes from 3 different courses, so I have 3 yummy restaurant style dishes coming up this week.
Palak Badam Shorba (Spinach Almond Soup)
I love reading menu cards and even though in a non-Indian restaurant here in the US, there are probably just 3~4 vegetarian dishes that I might be interested, I still make sure to look at all the pages for good measure :-)

December 16, 2014

Edible Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Edible Gift Ideas for the Holidays -- Cookies, Cakes, Breads etc.,

December 15, 2014

Dhokli nu Shaak (Gujarati dish for ICC)

For this month's 'Indian Food Challenge', Valli gave us a fairly easy dish to make. It is a delicious yogurt based gravy that has besan cakes dunked in it. The minute I saw her announcement, I mentally made a note to make it, but slowly time flew right by and then this morning I saw Valli's email that her ICC post is up. It was only then I realized that I almost forgot about the event.
Dhokli nu Shaak
Thankfully I had all the ingredients on hand and my husband is travelling, so I can have a field day with yogurt based dishes :-) (did you see my Shrikand recipe from two days ago).
Besan cakes used in this dish are very similar to an Andhra dish called Besan chikki. My MIL sautes the besan before adding the water and making the cakes and the gravy is tamarind based and not buttermilk based.

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