Please find the list of her some home cooked recipes below:
Whole Wheat Pizza base (Available at all leading bakeries/Malls)
Mozzarella Cheese (If you don't have this, Parmesan cheese will also do, avoid cheese spread/cheese slices)
Green/black Olives (Optional)
3 medium size onions
5 medium size tomatoes
2 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 Tbspn Olive Oil
salt to taste
Freshly Ground Black pepper
How to make the sauce:
- Make a paste of the onions by first boiling them in water for 5 minutes and then grinding them. Also, grind tomatoes to make a paste.
- Heat a sauce-pan, add one table spoon olive oil. Pour the onion paste, roast till it turns golden brown, add the ginger garlic paste and roast for 2 minutes. Add the salt and the other herbs. Roast for another 2 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste. Roast till the oil separates (this means the tomatoes are cooked). Add 1/2 cup water and boil to reach a saucy consistency.
Vegetarian Topping (Choose at least 3):
- Chopped Capsicum
- Boiled Sweet Corn Kernels
- Chopped Mushroom (Marinate in sauce for 15 minutes)
- Baby Corn (Sauted in olive oil)
- Broccolli (Blanched - Boil water in a vessel, turn off the heat, add chopped broccoli, cover with a lid. Remove from water after 5 minutes)
- Paneer (Marinated in the sauce and sauted in olive oil)
- Tofu (Marinated in the sauce and sauted in olive oil)
Non Vegetarian Topping (Choose all for an extravaganza):
Boneless Chicken (marinated in olive oil salt and pepper for 15 minutes and cooked in a pan)
Boneless Tandoori chicken (Marinate in curd and tandoori masala for 15 minutes and then cook on a pan)
Salami (can be used as it is)
Sausages (Stir fry on a pan)
Putting the pizza together:
- Put butter on the pizza base.
- Smear a thick layer of sauce over it.
- spread any or all of the chosen topping above. (One of my favorites is capsicum, corn and chicken)
- Add cut olives
- Grate cheese over the pizza
- garnish with little salt and Oregano.
- Heat a pan, coat it with oil. Keep the pizza in it. Cover with the thick lid. Cook on low heat for 7-10 minutes. (You can use your microwave on grill mode for this - though I personally like the pan cooked pizzas)
- Remove from heat.
- Serve - garnish with chilly flakes and some more oregano.
One large Brinjal
Very little cooking oil
Finely chopped onion
Finely chopped tomato
Brush oil on one large brinjal. Roast the same on the gas directly (you could use a microwave or you can keep an iron mesh on the gas for this) for 8-10 minutes or till the covering starts cracking, Keep aside for cooling. Meanwhile prepare the salad items in a bowl. Now remove the cover and mash the white portion of the brinjal in a bowl. Use the liquid that oozes out of the cooked brinjal – don’t throw this – it adds to the taste. Mix with the ingredients for salad. Keep in fridge. Serve with bread/roti or have as it is.
200 gms Whole Udad Dal
50 gms Rajma
50 gms Chana Dal
1 medium sized finely chopped Onion
2 medium sized finely chopped Tomatoes
Ginger Garlic paste
2 finely chopped green chilies
Half inch finely chopped ginger
Finely chopped coriander
Half cup skimmed milk
1 teaspoon cooking oil
Red chili powder
1. Soak Whole Udad Dal, Rajma and Chana Dal overnight.
2. Pressure cook soaked Udad Dal, Rajma and Chana Dal with the finely chopped ginger and little salt for 5 minutes or two whistles. (Water: 1.5 times the quantity of dal)
3. In a pan fry onions in 1 teaspoon cooking oil. Once the Onions turn golden brown add the tomatoes. Once the tomatoes start releasing oil add the masala. Sauté till it releases flavour. Then add the ginger garlic paste and sauté for some time.
4. Once the masala is cooked add the cooked dal and bring to boil.
5. Now mix the Half cup skimmed milk and bring to boil.
6. Garnish with coriander and serve with Basmati rice and raita.
Variations for not so health conscious people:
1. If you are not so health conscious and want to indulge use butter/ghee for frying the masala.
2. You could also replace fresh cream with skimmed milk.
500 gms Papaya
200 gms grapes
1 medium finely chopped Onion
1 medium finely chopped Tomato
1 or 2 finely chopped garlic
Finely chopped coriander
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
Red chilly powder
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
Clean and cut Papaya and mix with grapes and all the other ingredients. Put red chilly powder, salt and black pepper to suit your taste. Yummy Fruit salsa is ready.
You could use mango, banana or chikoo instead of Papaya. You could also skip the raw garlic if you are expecting a date ;). If you don’t have lemon juice, use 1 teaspoon vinegar instead. For a more cooling effect you could also mix in some cucumber.
If you are in a very crazy mood – mix in some strawberry, blueberries or all those exotic fruits u can find in your fridge. Oh yes, you could also add some Olives.