I have mentioned before about making pizza at home and some of you had asked me to post it as well. And me being me, took only a little more than a year to post it. So without any further adieu or preamble, here goes. Read the rest of this entry »
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I am so not a morning person, and cooking in the morning is a daunting task for me. So, our breakfast almost always is toast with Almond Butter (and / or Fruit Preserves), or else oats with berries and almonds. There are quite a few traditional Indian breakfast foods that are hearty and eating them in the morning provides a wholesome, delicious way to start the day, e.g. Pongal, the protein-packed adai or parathas. As much as I would love to eat a delicious home-cooked breakfast, I usually abhor stepping into the kitchen in the AM. This is the norm… And then, there are days when you break the norm and today was one such day. Paneer Paratha. I had some left-over paneer in the fridge from the Chilli Panner and Mansi’s WBB event, originally started by Nandita of Saffron Trail, enticed me into cooking for breakfast.
We are a set of 4 desis in almost adjacent houses, and we meet on various occassions, at the drop of a hat – if there is none, we create one. To cut a long story short, we have forged great friendships over the years and I am really grateful for having such great friends/neighbors. Couple of weeks ago, we decided to meet for a farewell dinner for my friend’s mom who was visiting them from Chennai. It was my turn to host and I decided on the cuisine and menu too – it was to be Chinese, or rather Desi-chinese – every true-blooded Desi that I know loves Desi-chinese and am yet to find one who doesn’t. This was to be a potluck pary and Gobi Manchurian, Chilli Paneer, Hakka Noodles and Veg. Fried Rice were on the menu. I chose to make Chilli Paneer.
This dish, a deadly combination of paneer cooked in desi-chinese style, is something that I have always liked and wanted to make. This party provided the perfect opportunity to try it out. Tarla Dalal has a great recipe for chilli paneer and I also found Sig’s Chilli Chicken recipe quite interesting. I kind of married the two and made my own recipe – don’t we all do that?
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Flatbread with some kind of filling makes a wrap. Flatbreads are found almost in every cuisine in the world and hence wraps come in all sizes and flavors.
They are a good low-carbohydrate alternative to traditional sandwiches. Although, it has been around in Mexican cuisine for over a hundred years, it has become immensely popular in the recent years with the plethora of diets that restricts the carbohydrate intake.
My in-laws are leaving for India tomorrow and last time when they had come to the US, I bought for them some awesome home-made chappathis to take on their flight journey. They were made by a Punjabi lady – perks of living in the Bay Area I guess 🙂 They really cherished it, as my MIL did not have to cook right after she landed in India. She could get by a day or two with these chappathis. Fast forward 2 years. My MIL wanted me to buy her some chappathis to eat during travel and afterwards. GOK (for the uninitiated, God Only Knows), where the chappathi-lady is now. How can you say no to a request from your MIL? 😛 Thus started my hunt for finding someone who can make good chappathis.
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