April 27, 2012

Butternut Squash Parathas

This is yet another attempt to try something different with the pumpkin/squash.  I prepared these parathas with some butternut squash one of my favorites in the squash group.  This again goes to my own event "Cooking For Kids - Pumpkin/Squash" started off by Kalyani.

2 cups flour
1 cup of cubed squash
1/2 handful of cauliflower stalk
coriander leaves plus stalk handful
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
3 big garlic cloves
1 to 2 tsp chopped green chillies
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp amchur powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ajwain seeds
salt to taste

Process all the vegetables, salt and the spices together.  Leave this aside for few minutes.  Add the flour, a couple of tablespoons of oil and process it further till it comes together like a ball.  There is no need to add water.

Divide the dough into equal portions and roll it out into thin circles.  Cook the parathas on both sides without oil on a hot pan.  Smear some oil on the top side and flip it over to cook till brown spots appear and similarly the other side.

Enjoy these parathas with some raita or just plain curds!!!!

April 25, 2012

Mixed Vegetable Pulao in Pumpkin Masala

Here I am attempting this pulao for the first time.  This is a preparation that I cam up on my own.

4 ounces cubed pumpkin pieces(or butternut squash which is what I used)
1/2 cup each of chopped carrots, peas, capsicum and potato
1 cup basmati rice
4-5 cloves of garlic
2-3 green chillies
1/8tsp red chilli powder(optional)
1.5 inch ginger piece
few coriander leaves
cumin seeds
salt to taste
1 tsp pav bhaji powder( or more according to taste)

Puree the pumpkin  with ginger, green chillies, garlic and coriander leaves.  Soak the rice for 1/2 hr and then drain.  Roast the rice in little ghee or oil until you get a nice aroma.  Take a tbsp of oil, splutter the cumin and add the puree.  Let this fry for about 2 minutes.  Add the vegetables, salt and chilli powder and stir this again 2 more minutes.  Add 1and 3/4cups to 2 cups of water and let this come to a boil.  Let it boil for almost five minutes.  Transfer this to a vessel and pressure cook this for 15 minutes or upto 3 whistles.

You have some nice, yummy and colorful pulao ready!!!

PS: You can reduce the amount of pumpkin if you do not prefer the overpowering taste and smell of the pumpkin

This preparation goes to my own event "Cooking For Kids - Pumpkin/Squash" which I am guest hosting for Kalyani.

April 17, 2012

Announcing Cooking For Kids/ HLI - event

Most of my friends out here must be aware of the very famous "HLI" event of Kalyani @ Sizzling Tastebuds and I am guest hosting this event for the month of April. The event has been renamed as "Cooking For Kids" .  This is also my first in hosting an event and I must say I am pretty excited about this whole thing.  When the opportunity came up I did not hestitate to take it but at the same I was a little bit skeptical as to what I can come up with for myself because of the theme.  Yes, the theme for this month's event is Squash/Sweet Pumpkin.

Pumpkins are squash like fruit that widely range in sizes.  As they both share some botanical classifications, both squash and pumpkins are used interchangeably.  The colour of the pumpkin is derived from the orange pigments in them.  Beta carotenes being one of the main nutrients, these vegetables are rich in Vitamin.  It is no wonder that pumpkin puree forms an important part of  a  toddler's diet apart from carrots and sweet potatoes. 

It is believed that pumpkins originated in North America.  In the US and Canada, pumpkin is a popular Thanksgiving and Halloween staple- Pumpkin Pie being the traditional dish.  Pumpkins are very versatile in their uses for cooking.  Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the fleshy shell, the seeds, the leaves, and even the flowers.  When ripe, the pumpkin can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted. The flowers can be dredged in a batter and then fried in oil.  Pumpkin seeds also known as Pepitas, is a very popular snack when roasted.  These seeds have good health benefits as they are a good source of protein, zinc, magnesium and vitamins.  It is also believed that they can lower the cholesterol(source:Wikipedia)

The event officially runs from 15th April till the 15th of May.  The event details are as follows

Prepare something healthy using the featured ingredient and post it on your blog....no deep fried recipes
Vegetarian dishes only are acceptable
Only new entries(no limit) and a mximum of 2 archived entries are allowed.as long as they are linked and reposted again
Link the posts to this announcement and to Kalyani's original announcement page
Include the above logo in your post
Please send in your entries to krithikar@gmail.com.
Non bloggers are also welcome to participate. 
Eventhough the event is open only till the 15th of May, I am going to keep it open until the 17th of May due to the initial delay in announcing the event.