Friday, April 11, 2014

Paneer Samosa / Cottage cheese Samosa

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Fried snacks always have a special taste!! I am sure no one would deny this fact. When compared to bajji's and bonda's, this little samosa steals the list and goes to the top easily for me. I like samosa's a lot, be it the one from the near by road stall or one from the reputed chaat houses. I just love these mildly spiced crispy beauties a lot :)

It so happened that I found a pack of ready made samosa patty strips during my grocery shopping and I couldnt not control drooling and thinking of various options of fillings :) Immediately picked a pack and did it the very same evening and enjoyed for the evening snack :) 

This is first of the fillings that I tried with the soft cottage cheese. Wait for more experiments to come! :P

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Ingredients:

Paneer / Cottage Cheese - 500 gms
Onion - 1 large
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Kasoori methi - 1/2 tsp
Tomato sauce / puree - 2 tblsp
Salt - for taste

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Method:

Grate paneer and keep it aside. Chop onion finely. 

Take a tsp of oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Once it splutters, add the chopped onion and saute until golden brown in color. Now add the tomato paste and saute for few minutes. 

Now add the chilly powder, salt, garam masala, coriander powder and kasoori methi leaves and cook until it starts smelling good :)

Finally add the grated paneer and mix well. Do not cook for long after adding paneer else it would turn hard. 

Remove from flame and allow it to come to room temperature. 

You can either make the samosa dough by mixing in 1 cup of maida and a pinch of salt with just adequate water and allowing it to sit in a closed bowl for an hour, else you can buy the ready made samosa patty strips or spring roll strips and make your samosa. 

I so happened to spot one pack of samosa patty strip this time when I went for grocery shopping and I had to make it instantly since it was way too tempting and simple to use :)

The samosa patty strips are frozen products, hence remove from freezer and thaw it for a while. When it is at room temperature, keep a spoon of filling on the corner of the strip and start folding into triangles until you reach the other edge of the strip. Seal the strip with a paste made by mixing maida with few drops of water. 

Deep fry in hot oil until evenly browned on all sides and enjoy eating it with tomato ketchup :)

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Written by: Nithya
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Broccoli & Almond Soup

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Green vegetables are said to be the most healthiest ones and so is this Broccoli. I love them in my pastas or just as stir fries too. They are just so soft and delicate and cook so fast that I always enjoy using them in my dishes. 

I had this soup in a wedding reception recently and mind cooked the recipe and recreated it in my kitchen yesterday :) Oh God!! it was really delicious and all of them at home enjoyed it. Rich, creamy and healthy soup :)

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Ingredients:

Broccoli - 1 flower
Almonds - 10
Butter - 1 tblsp
Onion - 1
Potato - 1
Garlic - 3 pods
Salt - for taste
Pepper - for taste
Cheese - for garnish

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Method:

Soak almonds in water for 2-3 hours. 

Wash broccoli and cut into large florets. 

Chop onions roughly. Peel and chop potato roughly. Dice garlic into small pieces. 

Take a pressure cooker and add a tblsp of butter. Once it melts add the chopped garlic and fry for a min. Follow it by chopped onions and fry for few minutes. Now add the potato and broccoli. Pour a cup of water and pressure cook the contents for 2-3 whistles. Open the cooker once the steam releases and allow it to come to room temperature. 

Meanwhile peel the soaked almond skin and grind it into a smooth paste by adding just a little water. 

Now grind the pressure cooked vegetables into a smooth paste. Transfer this content into a thick bottomed vessel and add adequate water to get the soup consistency. Also add the ground almond paste to it. 

Heat the soup for a boil or two. Add required amount of salt and pepper. Pour into the serving bowls and grate some cheese on top before serving. 

Enjoy the hot and creamy soup :)

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Written by: Nithya
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Mint Potato Subzi

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There are certain ingredients that can just dominate in flavor and make it its own dish and rule the pallet :) One such great ingredient is the mighty Mint :) The flavor and smell can just make a simple dish a special one for sure :)

This subzi is my favorite for the very reason mentioned above. Its very simple to make and tastes great with any Indian bread. Just the best I say :)

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Ingredients:

Potato - 1/2 kg
Peas - 1/4 kg
Tomato - 2
Mint leaves - 1/2 bunch
Poppy seeds - 2 tblsp
Coconut (Scrapped) - 4 tblsp
Green Chillies - 5
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Garlic - 8 pods
Salt - for taste

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Method:

Cook and peel potatoes. Dice them into large cubes. Cook peas too. Dice the tomatoes.

Dry roast poppy seeds for two minutes. 

Grind poppy seeds, green chillies, coconut, ginger and garlic together into a smooth paste by adding little water to it. 

Take a pan and add two tblsp of oil, add the tomatoes and fry until soft and mushy. Now add the ground masala paste and fry until raw smell goes.  Then add the potato, peas and mint leaves and mix well. Add salt and allow it to cook in low flame for 8-10 minutes. 

Serve hot with chapathi or any Indian bread :)

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Written by: Nithya
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fondant Cakes - For all your celebrations and happy moments!

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Finally!! Yes Finally I  have started bringing dreams true. First of first, I have brought my little dream of baking cakes and decorating them with fondant true. I am doing the designs that I imagine of and its fantastic to play around with loads of colors, designs and patterns. The cake comes live literally with all these peppy factors. 

Secondly it gives me immense pleasure it bringing someone else's dream cake for their celebration come true for them. Now I know how it feels to see your tailor made cakes and scream out in joy :)

Me, Nithya or fourthsensecooking.com is completely ready and is enjoying to bake cakes for you!

All you need to do is give me a buzz by mail - fourthsensesamayal@gmail.com or leave me a message in my fb page here - https://www.facebook.com/4thsensecooking with your dream cake ideas and I shall try my best to bring it out beautifully for you :)

Here are some of my cake orders for you to view :)

Top Image - A first birthday cake of a little girl!

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36th Anniversary cake of a lovable couple 

Sachertorte cake (Chocolate sponge layered with dark chocolate icing and apricot jam) covered with fondant. Hand made fondant roses and side design piped with royal icing. 

The couple loved the cake as much as they love each other 

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Roller Skates themed cake for a naughty little boy!

Vanilla cake with Italian butter cream icing and fondant decoration from my kitchen and hands 

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The picture say it all :) My latest creation and I simply loved making it for a the family :) 

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This race themed cake was made for my race and cake crazy husband :) Vanilla sponge cake with ganache icing, fondant covering and hand modeled fondant topper car. 

Looking forward to work on more wonderful cakes :)

Written by: Nithya
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Yours Truly Featured In 'The Hindu'

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We can easily classify our days as good, bad, amazing and memorable! Yesterday was one proud and memorable day for me.

A small write up about me and my passion for food photography was featured in India's leading and prestigious daily - 'The Hindu' (Main edition, Page 2). Felt extremely happy, proud and satisfied to have choosen the field of food and photography :)

All thanks to Zubeda Hamid the reporter from Hindu, my family and friends for encouraging me to do all that I love and enjoy to do :)

You can read the article here - http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chen-columns/shutterbugs-get-serious/article5717228.ece

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