May 25, 2009


Tomato - 4-5 (red and ripe)
Garlic - 2-3 cloves
Onion - 1 (chopped)
Olive oil - 2 tblsp.
Basil - a handful

Heat olive oil in a pan. add garlic anf onion and fry till the onions become translucent. Peel and deseed tomatoes and chop them into chunks. Now add it to the frying pan with salt and simmer over slow flame, until u get a red, thick sauce.Now add a hanful of basil leaves and simmer for a couple of minutes. The sauce can be pureed to get a smoother version. Serve over freshly cooked pasta. Works well with penne or spaghetti.


puris for pani puri


Semolina --3/4cup
Maida --1/4 cup

To make puris for pani puri, semolina should be very fine. The regular semolina can be used after running it in a mixer to make it finer. Mix maida, ddd salt and a pinch of soda to this and make a tight dough with water. Rollit out and cut it in small circles. Deep fry them in oil till crisp and golden. Store it in a airtight container.


Mint leaves - 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 2
Ginger- 1/2'

Tamarind - lemon size ball
Jaggary/Sugar - according to taste
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Black salt - a pinch
Black pepper -- a pinch
Lemon juice

Potato - 1 (boiled and chopped)
chilli powder - 1 tsp.
salt - to taste
Green peas - 1/2 cup (boiled)
Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Sweet chutney

Grind together mint and coriander leaves with green chilles and ginger and strain.
Soak tamarind in water and squeeze and boil it with water. Now add the minty water, jaggery.

Roast cumin untill black and then powder it. Add this powder to the prepared pani along with the rock salt and some water to make it approximately 1 liter.
Taste and adjust the seasoning and chill.

For the filling mash the potato with chillipowder and salt. Fill it in puris along with some boiled green peas. Sprinkle a little onion on this and fill it with the pani and serve immediately.

May 8, 2009


Instant coffee powder -- 1 tsp.
Sugar to taste
Milk -- 1/2 cup.
Chilled water
Ice cubes

Mix all the ingredients in a jar with the lid and serve.


Coffee (instant/filter) -- 3 cups
Sugar -- 1 cup
Milk -- 3 cups
Cream -- 1 cup (optional)
vanilla essence -- few drops.

Mix the coffee with sugar. Allow to cool and add the milk and vanilla essence. If u like rich coffee add the cream. Chill in the fridge and serve with ice. You can adjust the milk,coffe or sugar proportion according to your taste.

May 5, 2009


Wheat flour -- 1 cup.
Oil -- 1tblsp.
Bottled soda water

Add salt and oil to the flour and make a dough using soda water. Roll out into thick chapatis and coil them to make thick patties. Set aside for an hour. Now roll it out again.
Heat the tawa. Wet the surface of the roti and slap it on the tawa. Leave it for 2-3 minutes. Now either turn the tawa to cook the other side or put he tawa in a hot oven. Apply ghee and serve hot.