Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bread Pizzas

Bread pizzas are a quick do-it-yourself alternative for regular pizzas. Since most of the ingredients for this open sandwich are common and readily available, you can prepare it quickly any time you want. Just make sure you bake it to perfection and devour it fresh!

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Makes 8 servings


8 bread slices , lightly buttered
1 cup grated mozzrella cheese
1/4 cup chopped basil leaves , (optional)

For The Tomato Sauce 
4 large sized tomatoes
2 bayleaves (tejpatta)
4 to 6 black peppercorns (kalimirch)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 tsp garlic (lehsun) cloves , chopped
1/2 cup chopped capsicum
2 tbsp tomato puree (optional)
1/4 cup tomato ketchup
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp olive oil or
salt to taste

For the tomato sauce
  1. Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water.
  2. Peel, cut into quarters and deseed the tomatoes.
  3. Chop finely and keep the tomato pulp aside.
  4. Heat the olive oil, add the bay leaves and pepper and sauté for a few seconds.
  5. Add the onions, garlic and capsicum and sauté for a few minutes.
  6. Add the tomato pulp and allow it to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the sauce reduces a little.
  7. Add the tomato purée, ketchup, sugar and salt and simmer for some more time.
  8. Finally, add the dried oregano and mix well. Remove the bay leaves and peppercorns and discard. Keep aside.
How to proceed
  1. Toast the bread slices in a pre-heated oven at 175°c (350°f) till they are golden brown and crisp.
  2. Spread some tomato sauce over each slice.
  3. Sprinkle grated cheese on top and then the basil leaves.
  4. Grill in an oven at 175°c (350°f) till the cheese melts.
  5. Serve immediately.
RECIPE SOURCE :Bread Pizza by Tarla Dalal

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Broccoli and Paneer in Lemon Coriander Sauce

A real hit at all occasions. The lemon and coriander sauce when combined with broccoli and paneer is an irresistible combination. The grated lemon rind adds bursts of lemon flavour as you dig into this sumptuous dish.

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Makes 4 servings


1 1/2 cups broccoli florets (parboiled)
1 cup paneer (cottage cheese) , cut into 25 mm. (1") thick strips
2 kashmiri red chillies , broken into pieces
2 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 cup chinese white sauce
1 tsp oil
salt to taste

  1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the red chillies, broccoli florets and salt and sauté for a few seconds over a high flame.
  2. Add the chinese white sauce, paneer, coriander and salt and cook for some more time.
  3. Add some water, if required, to adjust consistency.
  4. Take the pan off the heat, add the lemon rind and serve immediately.
  1. While grating the lemon rind, be careful not to grate the white pith, as it imparts a bitter flavour to the dish.
RECIPE SOURCE : Broccoli and Paneer in Lemon Coriander Sauce by Tarla Dalal

Monday, April 28, 2014

Green Dal Fry

Bored of the simple dal fry recipe? here’s a variation you’ll be tempted to try out. Moong and toovar dal are boiled together and then cooked with a wonderful fresh paste of coriander, coconut, ginger, chillies and more. Your family will relish the different taste.

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Makes 2 servings.


1/4 cup toovar (arhar) dal

1/4 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

For The Green Paste

1 cup roughly chopped coriander (dhania)
1/4 cup thinly sliced onions
1/4 cup freshly grated coconut
4 green chillies , roughly chopped
1/2 tsp roughly chopped ginger (adrak)
4 garlic (lehsun) cloves
1 tsp lemon juice


 For the green paste
  1. Combine all the ingredients and grind in a mixer to a coarse paste adding a little water if required. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Clean, wash and soak the dals in enough water for about 30 to 45 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Combine the soaked dals, 1 cup of water, salt, turmeric powder, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the prepared green paste and sauté on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Add the prepared cooked dal, 3/4 cup of hot water and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve hot.
RECIPE SOURCE :Green Dal Fry by Tarla Dalal