Saturday, December 22, 2007



This picture is my entry for the colorful event hosting by Bee and Jai of Jugalbandi .

Event details HERE

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Turnip Tofu Gravy

Turnip - 1 no,washed,peeled,chopped,pressure cooked with half a tspn of salt & sugar.
Tofu - 1 block of organic tofu
Onion - 1 no,chopped
Tomato - 1 no,medium size
Red chilli pwd -11/2 tspn
dhaniya pwd - 1 tspn
Turmeric - a pinch
garlic - 2 pods,crushed
ginger - 1/2 inch,grated
Bay leaf - 1 no
Golden raisins - 5 or 6 no
cloves - 4 no,crushed
Milk - 1/2 cup
Curd - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 tspn
Jaggery - 1 tspn
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking
Mint leaves for garnishing
Turnip Tofu Gravy

Drain water from tofu and cut into desired shape.
Heat 2 tspn of oil and fry the tofu on both sides until crispy and golden color.Remove from pan and place on a paper towel.
Cook chopped turnips in a pressure cooker for 10 to 12 minutes.
Heat the pan with a tspn of oil .Add crushed ginger ,garlic and stir for a light brown color.Add bay leaf,chopped onions,golden raisins fry for 2 minutes.Add chopped tomatoes, raisinsdhaniya pwd,red chilli pwd,turmeric and stir well .Sprinkle 2 tspn of water and cover with lid and cook until tender.Add fried tofu pieces and cooked turnip pieces and stir well to combine with the gravy.
Add sufficient salt ,crushed cloves, milk, beaten curd , a sprig of mint leaves and stir well.Allow to cook for another 6 to 7 minutes in medium flame until gravy becomes thick.Remove from fire and garnish with mint leaves.
Turnip Tofu Gravy is ready to eat with chapathis or rotis.

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Turnip Tofu Gravy is my entry for Grindless Gravies event hosted

by Dear Sra of whenmysoupcamealive .

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Avocado Dryfruits Nuts Biscotti

Recently, I came acroos with the tv show led by giada de laurentiis(food network star) making wonderful biscotti for holidays.Inspired by Nicky of Delicious days "cantuccicantuccinibiscotti".Thank You Nicky!
Then i decided to make biscotti by adding Avocado(who stares at me always for not using in any recipe.).Biscotti tastes great along with sweet and nutty flavour of avocado and looks colorful with studded gemstones which resembles citrine for apricots,garnet for dates,emerald for pistachio,ruby for cranberries.

All purpose flour - 3 cups,sifted
LAND O LAKES® Butter - 1 stick
Avocado medium size - 1 no, ripe
Sugar - ¾ th cup
Vanilla extract - ½ tspn
Eggs - 2 no
Baking powder - 1tspn
Salt - ¼tspn
Cranberries - ½ cup
Toasted Pistachio nuts - 1½ cups
Toasted Pecans - ¾ th cup
Dried fruit:
Turkish Apricot - ¾th cup
Dates - 7 no,deseeded and chopped

avocado cranberry dreid fruit nut biscotti

Preheat the oven to 350 ° F.In a small bowl add sifted flour,baking powder,salt and mix well.
Toast Pistachios,Pecans on a lined baking sheet for 5 to 8 minutes.Remove from oven and cool completely.
In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar, ripe avocado flesh,vanilla into light and fluffy.Add eggs, one at a time,until creamy.Add flour mixture and mix well.Stir in chopped turkish apricots,chopped dates,toasted nuts(Pecans,Pistachio).Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and divide into 2 parts.Shape each part into 9″ into 1½″ log.Place these logs on a lined baking sheet.Flatten the logs gently in this shape.

Bake for 30 minutes and check with toothpick.Transfer the logs on a wire rack and allow to cool for 25 minutes.Reduce the oven temperature to 275°F degrees.Place logs on a wooden board and cut diagonally with a knife to ½ ;thickness.Place the slices on lined baking sheet,cut side down.Bake 8 to 10 minutes until slightly brown at 300°F .Remove biscotti from the oven to wire racks.Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.Biscottis are ready to dunk in a hot cup of coffee.
Recipe Idea :My own experiment using " Avocado " in biscotti.

This is my entry to the event christmas cookies hosting by Dear Susan of Foodblogga.