Saturday, March 24, 2012

will be back soon,..;-)

Every time i just disappear  from the blogosphere
this time i didnt wanted to do the same,
just wanted to let you all know
that Asan Khana will be on Blog Break
as i am leaving for India tomorrow
so see you all guys,.

wish you all Happy Festival and Shri Ram Navami.,
take care and happy Blogging.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Kulhad wali Lassi for Navratri Fasting

Wish all the Readers of Asan Khana Happy Chaitra Navratri,Gudi Padawa and Ugadi.

Today is the first day of Chaitra Navratri  ,starting from today for nine days hindu goddess Durga,Lakshmi and Saraswati are worshipped.Ninth day is celebrated as Ram Navratri .
 As its quite hot here i didnt prepare the usual delicacies which are prepared for fasting instead prepared this refreshing drink ,

one sip and i was in my hometown ,the smell,the taste everything reminded me of  home and the narrow street where we used to go for the Lassi,this one wasnt creamy and thick ,but the taste was similar to the one sold in the narrow street famous for Kulhad wali Lassi,and ya guys this kulhad is from my home town :-)

Recipe Name - Kulhad wali Lassi 
half cup curd
ice cubes four 
sugar as per taste 
rose water one fourth tsp 
cardamom one crushed 
chopped pistachio one tsp to garnish
blend all the ingredients in a mixer except pistachio.
garnish with chopped pistachio
Other lassi recipe blogged
for phalahar/fasting recipes for Vasant Navratri /Chaitra Navratri check here 
read this interesting article about Importance of Nandana Ugadi,read here 
Thats all friends take care and happy blogging ,
wish you all Happy Festival again.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A cup of tea and a book - perfect me time ;-)

Most of the time when i have me time for my self
i like to spend that time doing this

even if i read few pages i feel blissed
sipping tea,reading and musing
life cant be beautiful than this,..:-)
Recipe of Chai blogged here but now i prepare different way
water two cup
sugar as per taste
tea leaves one tsp
crushed cardamom two
crushed ginger one fourth tsp
Heat water in a sauce pan
once the water starts boiling
add crushed ginger ,cardamom ,sugar and tea leaves
let it simmer for 5 to 7 mins
bring to boil lower the flame and add half cup of milk
let it simmer for 5 mins and serve warm.
Linking this post to
Comfort Food event hosted by Daily Cuppa
The Weekly Story Week 72 hosted by Colors Dekor.
Thats all friends ,wish you all happy week ahead
take care and happy blogging.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Khoa Kofta Curry from,..;-)

Last post i shared the recipe of Gulab Jamun,i gonna share a secret with you all , i tried something else with the fried balls ,while dunking them in sugar syrup i saved some to prepare this,

and i so glad i did or how i would have known the taste of fried khoa balls dunked in a rich gravy ,served with some chapati ,pickle and onion on side.

For the curry
one onion grated
one tomato grated
one tbsp ginger,garlic and green chili paste
cashew 15 soaked in warm water for 10 mins
salt as per taste
oil to cook
cumin seeds half tsp
half tsp each of cumin powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder and red chili powder dissolved in two tbsp of water ,
coriander leaves to garnish

make paste of soaked cashew ,keep aside.
heat oil in non stick wok
add cumin seeds,once it starts spluttering
add the ginger,garlic and green chili paste
followed by onion paste and tomato paste
add the spice paste and keep stirring till oil is seen along the sides
add half cup of water ,cashew nut paste and let it simmer for 10 mins
add the fried khoa balls in the gravy
garnish with coriander leaves and serve warm.
Linking this post to
The Weekly Story Week 72 hosted by Colors Dekor.
thats all friends,wish you all happy week ahead,.
take care and happy blogging.,.:-)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Gulab Jamun for IndianFoodPalooza

This is not my favourite dessert to indulge ,i go for the creamy kheer during summer and winter time its Gazar ka halwa or posta ka halwa ,then few days back when i saw the recipe of Gulab Jamun

while flipping the pages of a cookbook, i thought of trying this indian mithai ,i took hubbys help for preparing the sugar syrup/chasni  as i wasnt very sure about the consistency,,,so while he prepared the chasni i prepared the gulab jamuns

Recipe Name Gulab Jamun
Recipe source cookbook
khoa 350 gm
cottage cheese/chena four tbsp
all purpose flour/maida four tbsp
baking powder one tsp
ghee one tbsp
pistachio unsalted 10
seed of green cardamom two tsp
for the sugar syrup
pinch of saffron strands
rose water one tsp
sugar four cup
half tsp lemon juice

-Chena- recipe blogged here and here
-Soak the saffron strands in rose water and keep aside.
-Sugar Syrup /Chasni -
fill a sauce pan with water ,add sugar and keep stirring
till the sugar has dissolved ,increase the heat
continue boiling and remove  the scum
which reaches  on the surface with slotted spoon
syrup should be of one thread consistency
stir in lime juice and saffron soaked in rose water
For the filling -chop pistachio and mix cardamom seeds for filling and keep aside
For the balls

In a mixing bowl knead khoa to a smooth mix ,add all purpose flour,cottage cheese,baking soda ,
mix everything together to a smooth dough,and divide the dough into equal sized round balls
make depression in the centre and add one fourth tsp of filling ,seal the edges
do the same for all the khoa balls.
heat oil in wok/kadhai
once oil is hot that  it browns the bread crumb in 30 secs
add the gulab jamuns slowly and keep frying till they turn golden brown
once done drain on kitchen towel
after five mins add the fried khoa balls to the sugar syrup
serve warm or chilled garnished with rabdi .

Gulab Jamun is my entry for the #IndianFoodPalooza hosted by Indian Simmer ,
The Colors of Indian Cooking and Creative Culinary.
This platter is for you friends,..;-)
take care and happy Blogging.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Weekend Cooking - Thali with Masoor dal and stir fried bittergourd

Whenever its Festival time ,its another reason for ur to eat all the yummy delicacies though this year i didnt prepare whatever i had planned ,now life is back to the normal chores and the daily grind,Advays school will be soon closing for the term break and in a week time we will be in India for his holidays,with so many things going on i try to prepare comfort meal everyday  which for us is a thali with a bowl of curd,dal,sabzi ,chutney or pickle and chapati and rice.
Nothing can beat this simple meal which is healthy and delicious too.I prepared Masoor Dal for the first time here in Singapore,ya i did asked my mother hows its prepared ,what all goes for tempering and so many other things,i was skeptical whether Advay will like it or not,but he luved it and nothing satiates a mother then her child enjoying the meal,so i gonna prepare this dal again soon,..
Coming back to todays post sharing with you all

Thali which has Masoor Dal,Fried Bittergourd /karela bhujia,Coriander chutney,bowl of curd,chapati and rice.
recipe of karela bhujia/stir fried bitter gourd bogged here
For the Masoor Dal
ingredient for the dal
Masoor dal one cup
salt as per taste
turmeric powder hal tsp
Ingredient for the tempering/Chaunk
cumin seeds one tsp
asafoetida pinch
grated onion one
coarsely grounded ginger garlic one tbsp
green chili chopped one
tomato chopped one
half tsp each of turmeric powder,coriander powder and red chili powder
salt as per taste
oil or ghee to temper one tbsp
to garnish
one tbsp butter
chopped coriander leaves
pressure cook dal for two whistles,keep aside

In a non stick wok heat ghee or oil
add cumin seeds and asafoetida let it splutter,
lower the flame add onion followed by ginger and garlic
keep stirring till it becomes mushy
add  the powdered masalas and salt
followed by tomato and green chili
once oil is seen along the sides
add the cooked dal and let it simmer for few mins
once done add butter and garnish with coriander leaves
serve warm with rice or chapati.

Linking this post to
Comfort Food hosted by Daily Cuppa
Serve it Series - Stir fried hosted by Krithis Kitchen and Oh Taste and See
The Weekly Story week 71 hosted by Colours Dekor.
have update my other blog with wall makeover do check,.
thats all friends,take care and happy blogging.

Friday, March 09, 2012

today is the day ,...:-)

today when i got up,i had a smile on my face
today is the day i started this space of mine
to document my love for food and cooking
today is the day i started this sweet adventure

which has become a space for me
space for me to take a break
from my daily chores
to document my day to day life
along with food
to share my musings,
and this wouldnt have been possible
without your support friends
thanks a ton friends
this celebration is incomplete
without you all,..

Today Asan Khana turns 4 year old
and i am so glad i started this journey
4 years back,..or i wouldnt have met
such wonderful bloggers
who are full of life,
who make me come back to this space
to read,write and update ,..;-)
and inspire me to go on
i owe a lot to yo friends,..
Today is the day i started this space of mine
and how could i forget to celebrate ;-)
recipe of  Vanilla cupcake blogged here
i just iced it with icing tube
wrote 4 with icing tube
sprinkled some edible sprinkles,..
enjoy friends,..and wish ya all Happy Weekend'
take care and happy Blogging..

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Mathri and Namkin for Holi Festival

Some two decades back when i was kid ,todays night ie Holi Eve was full of zeal for us,we would wait patiently for the warm ghujias ,which would be lined on a tray ,munching them slowly on our way for the Holika Dahan,after the ritual we would greet everyone Happy Festival ,

those were the days,now sitting here as i write this post i am nostalgic ,i am missing those days when i was too naive to understand anything,too immature to say just anything without understanding the impact,
too busy in my own world to live in the moment
back in India everyone must be getting ready for Holika Dahan,
Sometimes i feel how boring and monotonus life would have been if there were no festivals,as festivals are something which bind us to our culture and our traditions.

Many delicacies are prepared for the festival i have already blogged about Ghujia ,todays post i will be sharing pics of Mathri and Namkin for the festival.

Recipe of Mathri and Namkin is Blogged here
Recipe of Baked Namkin Blogged here
Linking this post to
The Weekly Story Week 70 hosted by Colours Dekor
Thats all friends,wish you all happy festival
take care and happy blogging.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Delicacies for Holi Festival - Ghujia

Just like every year this year too i prepared delicacies for Holi Festival

,though we dont play Holi here in Singapore just the preparation of  these Holi Special delicacies add zing to the monotonus life   ,this year i gonna share the story of Prahlada and other Legends  to Advay,so that he knows what the festival is about,,he has some memories of Holi when he played with his cousins two year back by sprinkling coloured water with toy gun on his cousins ,this year its gonna be just us .

Coming back to todays post sharing with you all pics of Ghujia

 which i prepared this weekend,hubby helped in rolling the dough while i filled the stuffing , in between Advay started crying as he wanted to shape out the Ghujias ,which he finally did.//;-)

Recipe of Indian Sweet Dumpling Ghujia is blogged here
Linking this post to
The Weekly Story Week 70 hosted by Colours Dekor
Holi Hai Event hosted by My Cook Book
Holi the Celebration of Colour hosted by Cuisine Delight
Color and Sweet Holi Fest hosted by Preetis Kitchen
that all guys,this one is for you guys,,:-)
Wish you all Happy Week Ahead,..