Methi Matar Malai

I had a lean day at office (Work from Home kind of Office, of course) and with so much time at hand I started to thunk about food. From somewhere, Methi matar malai came up in my mind. I remembered ordering it and having at home which some delicious Tandoori Roti smeared with an unhealthy but delicious amount of butter. Now, we can’t prepare Tandoori Roti at our home ‘yet’, so we prepared Methi matar malai.

Ingredients

  • Onion Gravy
    • 1tbsp Oil
    • 2 Cloves
    • 1 green chilli chopped
    • 1/2 inch ginger chopped
    • 2 cloves Garlic chopped
    • 1 cup onion roughly chopped
    • 2tbsp Cashew Nuts
  • Methi Matar Malai Recipe
    • 1 1/2 cup Green peas boiled
    • 2 cup methi leaves
    • 1tbsp Oil
    • 1/2tsp Cumin seeds
    • Salt to taste
    • 1/4 cup fresh cream

Directions


Step 1 : Prepare Methi and Peas
Pluck the Methi leaves and wash very well. Sprinkle some salt on the washed leaves and set aside for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile boil the peas in a separate pan.
After 10 minutes, squeeze all the excess water from the Methi leaves.
Chop the leaves and set aside.
Step 2 : Prepare the Onion Gravy
Heat oil in a pan. Add cloves and saute for a minute.
Add garlic, ginger and chilli and saute for another minute.
Now, add the onions and cook till translucent.
Set the mixture aside to cool it down a bit. Once cooled, add cashew nuts and blend this into a smooth puree.
Step 3 : Preparing Methi Matar Malai
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds once the oil is hot. Let the cumin sizzle.
Now, add the prepared puree and cook till the moisture evaporates. At this point the mixture will start leaving the sides of the pan.
Add salt and cook for a minute.
Now, add peas and methi leaves. Mix well to ensure all peas and leaves are coated with the puree and cook for 2 minutes.
Add water and let it come to boil.
Finally, stir in the cream. Simmer for 2-3 minutes and we’re done.

Garlic Bread Exotica – Easy Dinner

With 41 having atrociously raised the bar on cooking, I still didn’t feel any pressure. So why did I prepare the dinner ? Because I love cheese , I found olives in the market and did I mention cheese ? Also Sundays we spend without a cook which means that each and every meal is home made (or use packaged instant meals).

I put in a lot of effort to get the quantities of the ingredients right, which means I nag 41 for each and everything. So if you have that person in your home , you don’t need to bother but if you don’t then for you my friend I have jotted these down.

Ingredients

  • 75g butter
  • 4-5 cloves of Garlic
  • 120g grated cheese
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/2 Capsicum, diced
  • 6-7 black thinly sliced black olives
  • Oregano
  • Chili flakes

Directions

Step 1 : Prepare the ingredients
Dice the vegetables if not already done and grate the cheese.
Also, peel the garlic and mince roughly to leave some smaller bits.

Step 2 : Prepare the Garlic Butter
Melt the butter in a pan and once off the stove add garlic in this butter.
You can also add oregano directly in this butter.
Step 3 : Assemble the bread and bake
Apply a thin layer of butter on a slice of bread covering all the surface.
Spread out the toppings – bread, capsicum, onion and tomato over the bread.
Finally, add some cheese on top and sprinkle oregano and chilli flakes.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 5-10mins or until the cheese gets a golden-brown color.

Brookie Pie

Sunday, 29th March saw not one but two amazing experiments. The second one for our sweet buds. 42 came up with the idea of making a two layered cake that being Cookie layer topped with Brownie layer. Doesn’t that sound pure heaven ? So I was more than all in and gave her the full blown support to convert this thought into a tangible artifact that could be devoured by me in the upcoming week .

Ingredients


  • Cookie Layer
    • 1 cup all purpose flour
    • 1 tsp cornstarch
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 85g butter
    • 75g brown sugar
    • 25g white sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla essence
    • 100g semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Brownie Layer
    • 57.5g butter
    • 115g semi-sweet chocolate coarsely chopped
    • 75g granulated sugar
    • 25g brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 40g all purpose flour
    • 1tbsp cocoa powder

Directions


Step 1 : Preheat the Oven
Preheat the oven at 180°C. Prepare a deep-dish pan by applying butter paper on the surface and grease with butter to prevent the cake from sticking while it cooks.
Step 2 : Prepare the cookie layer
Whisk the flour, cornstarch and baking soda together until combined and set aside.
In a large bowl add butter, brown sugar and white sugar and mix together until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.
Add in vanilla and egg and mix once again.
Now, slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until uniformly combined and beat in the chocolate chips.
This cookie dough will have a thick consistency. Pour the dough in the pie pan.
Step 3 : Prepare the Brownie layer
Melt the butter and chopped chocolate together in a bowl.
Allow this mixture to cool, and then add the eggs. (Do not add the eggs to hot mixture otherwise the eggs will cook)
Whisk in both sugars, the eggs, and vanilla extract.
Finally, whisk in the flour and cocoa powder.
Spread this prepared brownie mixture over the cookie layer.
Step 4 : Bake and wait
Bake the pie for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean with a few moist brownie crumbs.
Once baked, allow to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack and voila, the cake is ready to be eaten.

Veg Grilled Burgers with Homemade Patties

Sunday, 29th March we declared as Burger night. We wanted to make delicious Mutton patties but DAD said no. So we made some tasty , healthy veg burgers instead. Anyways, we both are totally into clean eating. YOU should believe us.

Making a patty from scratch was a first for us, and we expected a total flush out but results turned out to be awesome.

Some important decisions we took

We choose red kidney beans instead of the popular black beans. Guess why? Because those black babies were unavailable. So we had to pick their close cousins and carry on.

Next, we chose Quinoa over rice . We did this because 42’s aunts were all making Quinoa for some health reasons and we just wanted to try this out. It just added to our healthy burger meter.

Read on for the recipe which contains a lot of ingredients, so spartan be prepared for a mess in your kitchen .

Ingredients:

  • Ingredients for Burger Patty :
    • 1 cup cooked Quinoa seeds (can be substituted with brown rice)
    • 1 cup raw walnuts
    • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
    • 1 1/2 cup cooked and mashed Rajma beans
    • 1/3 cup Bread crumbs
    • 1 tbsp Feta cheese
    • 1 tbsp chilli powder
    • 1 tbsp cumin powder
    • 1 tbsp chilli flakes
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tbsp sugar
    • 1/2 egg
    • 2 tbsp ketchup
    • Olive oil
  • Rest of ingredients :
    • Burger buns
    • Tomato
    • Lettuce
    • Onion
    • Cucumber
    • Capsicum
    • Mustard Sauce (based on your liking)
    • Mayonnaise
    • Sriracha Sauce
    • Tomato Ketchup

Let’s start by preparing the burger patty.

Step 1 : Prepare Quinoa and Rajma Beans
If you haven’t cooked quinoa and rajma beans yet, go ahead and put the two on boil.
After the Rajma beans are cooked, roughly mash the beans leaving only a few whole beans.
Step 2 : Prepare dry ingredients
Roast the walnuts in a pan until golden brow. Optionally, use roasted walnuts.
Add the walnuts, chilli powder, flakes, cumin powder, salt, sugar into a blender jar and blend into a fine meal.
Step 3 : Prepare onions and mix all the ingredients
Sautee the onion until the onion turns translucent.
Add cooked quinoa, spice-walnut mixture, sauteed onion, bread crumbs, eggs, sauce and mix together with spoon until it turns into a moldable dough.
At this point, taste the dough and adjust the seasoning as required.
Step 4 : Cook the burger patty
Preheat the Oven at 200°C
Divide the dough into 6 equal balls and flatten into a patty shape.
Brush some olive oil on each patty and bake in the oven for 15 minutes
Towards the end of baking add a cheese slice on top of the patty. This ensures that the cheese melts adequately.

Assembling the burgers

  • Slice the burger buns into half, and toast on both sides
  • Apply some mayonnaise on one of buns while applying ketchup on the other bun. You can also add some mustard on the bun.
  • Start layering the burger by adding lettuce, tomatoes, onion, cucumber and capsicum on the bottom bun
  • Place the burger patty on top and apply a thin layer of Sriracha sauce on the patty to add a spicy zing.
  • Finally place the top bun on the patty and the burger is ready to go.

Lockdown Friday Night Pizza

Officially, its the 3rd day of lockdown in India, but for 41 and 42 it’s been more than 15 days at home. Our offices declared work from home quite some time back and we haven’t stepped out since. Bored as hell, we decided to bake some pizza and bring this blog to life again. Probably our third attempt .

We started our evening by making the pizza dough. This is a good first step since, the dough required some resting time and we can utilise this for preparing other ingredients e.g. dicing the toppings, preparing the pizza sauce, etc.

Ingredients for Pizza Dough :

  • 1 1/3 cups (320ml) warm water – temp about 38-43 °C / 100-110 F
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp (13g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 1/2 cups (440g) all-purpose flour

How to make Pizza Dough :

Step 1: Dissolve the yeast and activate by proofing
Mix warm water, yeast and sugar in a bowl. The mixture should start foaming which indicates that the yeast is active. Set This mixture aside for about 5 minutes.
Step 2: Mix all the ingredients
Add the remaining ingredients i.e. salt, flour to the yeast mixture and mix well. You can use an electric mixture for this step.
Step 3: Kneading the dough
Here comes the hard part. Going through the process of kneading bread dough is crucial for bread with great texture. Kneading dough allows gluten to form which enables dough to rise better, be lighter and fluffier.
Step 4: Add the Olive oil
After the dough has been kneaded to the desired consistency, add the olive oil to the dough.
Step 5: Set aside for the dough to rise
Form the dough into a ball, brush with olive oil and set aside for atleast 30mins for the dough to rise.

While the dough was rising, we started preparing the Pizza Sauce.
Ingredients for Pizza Sauce:

  • 6 bright red ripe tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Basil leaves, finely chopped. Dried basil leaves will also work
  • 3/4 tsp Sugar
  • 3/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp Butter
Step 1: Prepare the tomatoes
Take 3 tomatoes and blend into a smooth puree. Ensure there are no lumps left
De-seed the other 3 tomatoes and chop into smaller pieces.
Step 2: Saute Garlic and Onion
Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan and saute the garlic until golden brown.
Add the chopped onion and saute till it changes color.
Step 3: Cook the tomatoes
Add the chopped de-seeded tomatoes from step 1. Cook the tomatoes completely mashing in between to aid the cooking process.
Step 4: Add pureed tomatoes, other ingredients
Once the tomatoes are cooked, add the tomato puree prepared in step 1. Mix well and add oregano, basil, chilli, salt and sugar
Step 5: Completing the sauce
Once all the ingredients have been mixed, bring the sauce to boil and then let it simmer for 5 mins till it turns to a thick consistency.

Once all the ingredients, the only thing left to do is assemble the pizza.

  • Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and make a ball from each part
  • Flatten the dough ball and stretch out to a round shape. You can pinch the edge to form a slightly thicker crust at the edge.
    Be sure to dust the dough and your hands with some dry flour to prevent it from sticking.
    Preferably, perform this step on a pizza tray or transfer the flattened bread to the tray before adding the toppings.
  • Spread an even layer of pizza sauce on the pizza bread.
  • Add the desired toppings on the pizza. We used capsicum, onion, tomatoes and some sliced breakfast sausages.
  • Now to the best part, sprinkle grated cheese as the final layer of toppings on the pizza.
  • All that’s left to do now is to bake the pizza at a temperature of 250°C for about 15 mins until the crust turns brown and cheese is golden.