Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Kuch meetha ho jaye?

It feels so good being able to blog after such a long time. You might have noticed, I have shifted base. Actually, I am in the middle of rearranging everything - virtually and real-ly(??!!) Thats why I have been missing in action for a while.

So why Sprinkle And Stir? It spoke to me, spoke a lot about my style of cooking."A pinch of this and dash of that, sprinkle and stir" makes a whole world of difference of to any dish. I do that alot - there has to be one last pinch!  Pinch and dash was already taken........phbbbtAnyways, I  wanted to dedicate one whole blog solely to food and food only. Please update your bookmarks and blog feeders. Those who follow by email, I will send email subscription request  to you mail ids. I have ported my recipes to this blog. I will be maintaining both my blogs but for different purpose. 

Have you seen that Cadbury's Dairy Milk ad - Shubh Arambh. The idea is same. Start something new with meetha and that would be Kalakand..

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A year older... more naughtiness :-)

So last week my son turned 2... not that he cared. For him, it was any usual day to continue with his karnama that he had left behind on previous night! The excitement was more for us - dad, mom, didi, dada, nana... and every grown up who knew him. Birthdays of course means lots and lots of good food. And that's what I did... churned out dishes for my baby ... again not that he cared ! There had to be Paneer - he so loves it : - )

Anyways, as I was slogging it out in the kitchen, a box was delivered at my door. It was time for second season of being in t Lock n Lock supporter program. And what do you know, they sent a perfect pan for making paneer tawa masala, preparing urad dal mix and meatless meat balls (aka soyabean) one after another effortlessly........wait a second ..........there was effort involved but not for scrubbing the pan. Not that I didn't have other pans but who wants to deal with a pile of dishes after all that cooking. Enough rambling..........the pan I am talking about is Lock & Lock Cookplus Vitamin Frying Pan. 11.8-Inch size and blue in color with black coating. 
I am loving the colors in the kitchen. Remember Yellow Ceramic Frying Pan - that was  10.2 inches. And guess what...... Lock n Lock has also launched stainless steel cookware in color. No points for guessing the series name - Cookplus Fruits !!! They are so darned cute! I am definitely going to invest in these after the big shift.

They also sent a double walled tumbler - great for iced tea, a living box - great for taking care of chaos factor in your house and a lunch bag - right in time for school season. You might want to check out their Back to School event going on at their website - tonnes of ways to save. Btw, they also have a buy one get one free bottle going on currently. More on these items in another post, I want to talk about paneer tawa masala now.
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Potaoes in mustard gravy..............with a twist!

Actually the title in Hindi would have sounded better - rassedaar aloo - twist mar ke !

Mustard gravy was usually made as base curry for fish or okra in my younger days. And I feared making  any dish that called for mustard gravy. Why?.......because I hadn't made it enough times to be confident about it.  I had been in this deadlock for so many years !!! But now no more.  A couple of years ago, when my mom was visiting me I finally paid close ..........reeeeally close attention to the whole process.  The twist comes from my mommy dear - a wee bit of sambhar powder makes each and every flavor pop in this gravy. Really it does..! This curry is so versatile - you can make it with potatoes, fish, okra, eggplant, asparagus.......yes that too!! 
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Baked Fish and some LnL discounts!

Long weekend is already here and it is now I am getting to writing this...shameful S !!! I had planned to post this last weekend. Nevertheless, here I am with very simple yet full of flavor recipe which is healthy as well.

One lazy weekend, my husband wanted do something different with fish than regular fish fry and fish in mustard gravy. He found this recipe on Vahrevah.com and boy oh boy, am I glad? I totally love the flavors here....very fresh, summer like and light. Fish in itself is very bland but this mint-dill-garlic marinade gives it this multi-dimensional flavor. And it is on a bed of vegetables, so you are not really missing out anything. Gotta try to have all your colors from food pyramid : -) I modified few things in the recipe though. I used fish fillets (tilapia) and because fillets cook so fast, I 3/4th  boiled my potatoes before using it.  Also I used mint instead cilantro....... beeeeecause that's what I had and in my opinion it tasted fresher and better. BTW you should check out that site. Sanjay Thuma has some very good and easy to follow recipes out there. 

Before I get to cooking part, I want to first tell you about a couple of things. I used my LocknLock Glass pan (yes again!) to bake the fishes. It was perfect to bake a single serving. From the oven to the table - minimal use of dishes - my kind of cooking! LocknLock this weekend is having Fourth of July sale (upto 50% off) and they also have this code which will reduce prices by additional 45%......yes 45%! Even on happy hour items. Good products at excellent prices - how cool is that? Coupon details are at the bottom of the page along with link to glass pan and fish turner on LnL website.

Now lets get cooking....flaky yummy fish beckons!
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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Garlic infused spinach bread

This has be to be my quickest post ever! I made this today and here I am writing about it. Garlic infused spinach.....sounds so classy na? It tastes classy too ;-) I totally love the idea of stuffing the bread dough with something and making it a meal in itself or as a companion to soup. Today it was accompanying green pasta salad made with fresh pesto ( I have to say this because I used very first harvest from my kitchen garden - basil leaves). Will post that in few days.

So how do you know you have found a keeper? Well in my case, when my husband comes in and coolly eats 3-4  slices while chatting away! I was thrilled!!!! This is so easy to make too and thats another reason that I loved this recipe even more. Ok its middle of the night and I am rambling unnecessarily so I will stop here now. (Yeah I heard those silent thank gods LOL!)

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