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Monday, October 13, 2014

Gil-e-Firdaus

Are you wondering looking at the name…..??? I know some might know what it is…..but for other who have heard it for the first time….let me tell you…it’s Urdu name for a dessert recipe…..the mere translation says ‘Clay of Paradise’. The recipe might have got its name because of its taste and flavour.
Gil-e-Firdaus
A simple recipe made with very simple ingredients. For the first time when I had it at a wedding function, I could not even guess that this dessert had bottle gourd in it. This dessert is quite medley of kaddu ki aur chawal ki kheer. Gil-e-Firdaus is must in most of the Hyderabad wedding functions and also during family celebrations.
Gil-e-Firdaus
My recipe Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwiches has made its way into Indusladies, 100 Kids Lunch Box Recipes Book Event… So what will be the best way to celebrate such a good news…..??? A creamy, rich and royal dessert right…..for one and all who made me reach where I am today….A big thank you for you all and for Indusladies for the event.
Gil-e-Firdaus
As I told you this is a heavenly dessert…..which is mostly served chilled….The fragrant basmati rice when cooked with mildly tasting bottle gourd along with beautiful sago, creamy almond paste and thick condensed milk…..this dessert when hits your taste buds….I am sure you will experience gastronomic orgasm…Over to the recipe which will make you feel rich and royal with every spoon….
Gil-e-Firdaus
INGREDIENTS:
  • ½ lit. Milk
  • ¾ cup grated Bottle gourd
  • 3 tbsp. Sago/Sabudana
  • ½ cup Basmati Rice
  • 3 tbsp. Almond paste, Check ‘Notes’
  • ¼ tbsp. Cardamom powder
  • Few strands Saffron
  • ½ tbsp. Green food color
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla essence
  • ½ can Condensed Milk, I used Nestle brand of 400gms
  • ½ tbsp. silvered Almonds
  • 2 tbsp. Ghee
  • 1½ cups Water
  • 1 Silver Varq/leaf
Gil-e-Firdaus
PREPARATION:
  • Wash and soak sago for 1 hour.
  • Wash basmati rice with clean water and pat to dry. Spread rice clean muslin cloth for 30-40 minutes under fan. Grind to coarse paste.
  • In a heavy bottom cooking vessel, add ghee and fry slivered almonds. Once they turn light golden using a slotted spoon remove the almonds on to kitchen tissue and set aside.
  • In the same ghee add grated bottle gourd and on medium flame fry for 2-3 minutes by turning up and down.
  • Now add half of milk and 1½ cups of water to bottle gourd. Cook until bottle gourd is soft.
  • In another thick bottom vessel add remaining milk and cook coarsely ground rice along with sago till done. Take care not to burn this mixture.
  • Now add condensed milk, cardamom powder, almond paste, vanilla essence and give the mixture good stir. Add above boiled milk and bottle gourd mixture. Stir gently.
  • Cook on low flame and stir until everything combines together. Now add green food color and stir.
  • Cook till you get kheer consistency. If the mixture is getting too thick, then you can add ½ cup milk.
  • Garnish with golden fried slivered almonds and edible silver leaf. Taste best when served chilled.
  • Add love to make this dessert taste 'Yummy'.
Gil-e-Firdaus
NOTES:
  • You can skip condensed milk and use sugar too.
  • You can even use cashew nut paste instead of almond paste.
Gil-e-Firdaus
ALMOND PASTE:
  • Soak 10-12 almonds in lukewarm water for one hour and gently peel the skin off.
  • Add these to coffee grinder and grind to smooth paste by adding 1-2 tbsp. of water/milk.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches

I usually pack these in Lil’M’s lunch box as these are her favourite…..I have already mentioned bread is something which she loves a lot and I look out for recipes which include bread. These days more healthy bread options are easily available in market….and I make it a point to pick up whole wheat bread or rye bread from store whenever possible…as a loaf in fridge is always handy when kiddo troubles me in deciding her lunch box or when I am in doubt what to pack in for her.
Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches
Sometimes I pack two sandwiches along with a fruit or handful of dry fruits in her lunch box and whenever I do so…..the box has come empty always and I am happy….so today’s recipe is one such recipe which I make on regular basis for my darling daughter. 
Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches
So this will be my second and last recipe which I am contributing to Kids Lunch Box Recipes Book Event by Indusladies.
Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • ½ tbsp. Black pepper powder
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ½ cup sliced Onions
  • 2 tbsp. minced Coriander leaves
  • ½ tbsp. chopped Ginger-Garlic
  • ¼ tbsp. Garam Masala
  • ¼ cup diced green Capsicum
  • Salt
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. Tomato sauce
  • Oil
  • 3 tbsp. melted Butter
  • 4 whole Wheat bread slices
Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches
PREPARATION:
  • Marinade chicken pieces with ginger-garlic paste, garam masala, black pepper powder and salt for 15 minutes.
  • In a sauce pan on a medium flame add oil and when it heats up add bay leaf. Fry sliced onions along with black peppercorns.
  • When the onions start to turn translucent, add marinated chicken pieces. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Now add green diced capsicum.
  • Add ¼ cup of water or chicken stock and cook till chicken pieces are soft. Now add minced coriander leaves and turn off the flame. Leave to cool. Remove bay leaf and shred the chicken pieces.
  • Meanwhile mix in mayonnaise and tomato sauce. Set aside.
  • Add cooked chicken pieces to the above made mayonnaise and tomato sauce. Mix well and gently spread across this mixture over top of a bread slices.
  • Cover with another bread slice and brush butter on outside of the bread slices and grill till done.
  • Serve hot or if you are packing them in lunch box or snack box or picnics, wrap them in foil.
  • Add love to make these sandwiches taste ‘Yummy’.
Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches
NOTE:
You can use lettuce leaves too in the recipe, but they turn soggy if you are packing them for box. 
Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches
Off to Dushera Holiday's.....For the first time after school I am very much excited about holidays.....Stay tuned for some holiday special recipes....f

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwiches

Today is a day to remember….Today is the day when Lil’M has appeared for her first exam at school….On the way back after dropping her at school…I was thinking how fast the time has flown….It was just like yesterday she came into my arms…and now she is at school writing her first exam….A new phase of her life and mine too…which Lil’M is thoroughly enjoying and I am still wondering….
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
Lil’M carries her lunch box and thinking something new to make her complete her lunch box and get that star on her hand (teacher will draw a star on hand to a student who completely finishes his/her lunch box) is a tedious job. When a lunch box is packed with roti or bread then it is always empty as these are Lil’M’s favourite foods.
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
But thinking of something new with these two is not an easy task every time. So I keep on playing with ingredients to make something new and interesting for Lil’M’s lunch box. In this quest I made these sandwiches. Sweetcorn when stuffed in bread and grilled….Lil’M has it without any fuss….so my job is easy.
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
When Indusladies has mailed me to contribute to their Kids Lunch Box Recipes Book Event…I thought of these sandwiches…as these fit perfectly in the theme and my Lil’M loves these and a secret….these cheesy, crispy and yum sandwiches are my favourite too.
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich

This is one such sandwich recipe which you can make in breakfast or lunch box and even in for snack box or for snack time……
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 Whole wheat bread slices
  • 2 tbsp. melted Butter
  • 3 tbsp. Sweetcorn kernels
  • 1 tbsp. diced green Capsicum
  • 1 tbsp. diced Tomato
  • ½ tbsp. crushed Black pepper
  • ¼ tbsp. Oregano
  • 2 tbsp. grated Mozzarella
  • Salt
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
PREPARATION:
  • In a bowl mix sweetcorn kernels, diced green capsicum, diced tomato, crushed black pepper, oregano and salt. Gently toss the mixture.
  • Brush butter on one side of the two bread slices and on the non-buttered side spread the above made mixture evenly.
  • Top with grated mozzarella and then top it with other two bread slices and brush with butter.
  • Heat sandwich maker as per instructions given in the manual, using grill plates. Now place the sandwiches on the grill plates and grill for 4-5 minutes or till crisp and brown (as shown in the pic).
  • Serve hot by cutting them diagonally with tomato sauce.
  • Add love to make these sandwiches taste ‘Yummy’.
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
NOTE:
  • Time to grill sandwich may vary depending on the brand and watts of sandwich maker.
  • I used frozen sweetcorn kernels. So I just thawed them in microwave for 2 minutes before using. If you are using fresh ones then cook till soft.
  • You can also use cheese cubes instead of mozzarella. 
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
That's my darling Lil'M with her favorite sandwich.....Stay tuned for many more interesting kid friendly recipes....Till then enjoy making these for your loved ones...
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