Monday, February 4, 2013

Potato & Leek Soup...

Writing after ages today... wondering where to pick up the thread from... last 6 months have been eventfullll... moved countries.. new city... house hunting... settling.. job hunting... settling... phew guess I kinda summarized it well .. lol...

After 5 looong years in Bahrain.. we decided to move back to India.. Mumbaii... wasn't easy for a Delhi-ite me to settle in in Mumbai and cope up with the superr-fassttt life here... and a new job... looong working hours.. n the Indian work-culture... the lesser said the better ;) ... anyways its all good now n I so wanted to be back to my cooking .. n my blog :))

Though it really doesnt get wintery in Mumbai.. but watever pleasant it gets... decided to experiment a Potato & Leek Soup... this one was on my mind since I had seen this in Masterchef Australia season 1.. those who are Masterchef Australia fans... Poh had made this for the navy guys during one of her tasks.. and it just tasted so brilliant... its thick and yummm... sharing my version of the recipe...

Leek - 1 think and long stick
Potatoes - 2 medium
Milk - 1 cup
Olive Oil - 1 Tsp & 1 tsp
Butter (salted) - 1 tsp
Salt & Pepper - to taste
Garlic - for garnish

1. Coarsely chop the Leek & the Potatoes
2. In a non-stick skillet, heat the Olive oil and the Butter. As the Butter sizzles, add the chopped Leek and saute for 3-4 minutes.
3. Add the chopped Potatoes, sprinkle a lil salt and cook covered on a slow flame for about 10 minutes/ or till the Potatoes soften (keep checking with a fork in between)
4. Add milk and let it boil. Remove from the flame and let it cool.
5. Transfer the mixture into a blender and blend for about 30-45 seconds.
6. Taste the soup and add salt & pepper to taste.
7. In a small non stick pan, heat about 1 tsp of Olive Oil and saute coarsely chopped Garlic for about a minute, till garlic turns brown.
8. Pour the soup into mugs and garnish with garlic...

Sip into the yummy soup and enjoyyyy !!!... I served it with homemade Bruschettazz... couldn't click that well.. so lets save the recipe for another day... for now... Relish the souppppp...

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Event: Cook Eat Delicious - Desserts : CHOCOLATE

Life without Desserts is no life at all! Desserts create smiles, laughter, and sweet aromas that fill the house with deliciousness.

This month I am hosting the Monthly Food Blog Event & Giveaway, “Cook.Eat.Delicious-Desserts!” This month’s theme is Chocolate!.... The event runs from August 1st-31st.
A random recipe will be chosen to win the Giveaway. Round-up & Winner announcement will be posted on September 5th. has started this great event.

Here are the RULES:
1. Cook up any dessert your heart desires, as long as Chocolate is the star.
2. Link back to this announcement and to: in your blog post  (Use of logo is optional but appreciated)
3. New entries are preferred, with archived ones being re-posted.
4. Multiple entries accepted with only one going towards the Giveaway.
5. Non-bloggers are welcome to send in their entry. Please attach a photo & full recipe.
6. Post a comment in this post after emailing me!
Please link your submissions on the linky below by August 31st, 2012 or you could mail me at with “CEDD 13″ in the subject line and the following information:

Your Name:
Your Location:
Blog Name:
Recipe Name:
Recipe URL:
1 Dessert Photo

Now the giveaway:

Intensely Chocolate
This cookbook has a collection of dessert recipes that all chocolate lovers want & need! From molten chocolate cakes to Ganache tarts, there is a recipe for any occasion. It is filled with 100 chocolate recipes and beautiful photos.
By Carole Bloom

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Presto Pasta Nights #272.. roundup

After a jam-packed week... here I am to share the roundup for PPN 272... Had a crazy week at work & at home... hardly cooked.. so apologies for my entry being absent for the week... shall make up for it next week...

Coming to the contributions of the 272nd edition of Presto Pasta Nights, the popular event created by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast... A BIG THANK YOU to all the contributors.. Sharing a brief about each entry along with the relevant links...

Rosh from Chef Al dente shares with us Linguine 'Vege'naise... the vegetarian version of Spaghetti Bolognaise... substituing meat with mushrooms..

Elizabeth from Law Students Cookbook presents Egg Noodle Casserole... Cheesy & Yummy One-pot meal...

Heather from Girlichef shares Spaghetti Tacos... fusion of flavors from America & Mexico.. a perfect meal for kidss..

Tandy from Lavender and Lime shows us her home-made Busiate...

Anne from Anne's Kitchen prepared Creamy pasta with Ham and Tenderstem Broccoli - delicious, quick and easy recipe prepared in less than ten minutes!

Kirsten of From Kirsten's Kitchen to Yours created & shared the yummy Tomato and Herb Orzo Salad.. a lovely easy summer pasta salad 

Titut of Warteg Gaziantep shares her recipe of Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs in a spicy Soup...

And last but not the least, Our Event-Owner Ruth of Once Upon a Feast presents us with her Maple Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad... a wonderful creamy pasta dish..

And that concludes my roundup...thanks to all who contributed to this interesting collection of pasta dishes for this edition of Presto Pasta Nights. I do hope I have not left anybody out of the roundup... please drop in a line just in case.. and my please accept my apology..

This round shall be added to the round-ups at Presto Pasta Night...

This week's PPN 273.. is host by Ruth at Once Upon a Feast... please mail your enteries to her at ..

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Event: Presto Pasta Nights # 272

This week, I have the honor of hosting Presto Pasta Night, edition #272

Week after week, Presto Pasta Nights captures pasta dishes by food bloggers around the world.

Please mail your enteries for the week to me :)) . The rules to participate are detailed on this page.

Entries for this week's edition of PPN must be posted between July 7 to July 12. Please include a link to Presto Pasta Nights and to Culinary Vibes. You could use the logo as well.

Mail your recipes at & cc to ... along with the following info:

•Your Name
•Your Blog Name/URL
•Your Post URL
•Attach a photo

Incase you do not get my response on your mail... please resend.. as I shall be acknowledging every entry...

Friday, July 6, 2012

Mango Kheer...

Come Summers.. and all we want.. desire.. hog are MANGOES.. I can live on them... just love them..

Haven't cooked with mango much this season.. but out of watever lil I did.. wanna share the MANGO KHEER recipe.. it was delicious and refreshing...

Milk - 1/2 lt
Condensed Milk - 1/3rd of a can (approx 125 gms)
Mango Pulp - from 2 Mangoes (pref Alphanso)

1. In a heavy-bottom pan, put the milk for boiling on a high flame. As the milk starts to boil, lower the flame & let it cook for a while till the milk thickens. This can take around 20-25 minutes.

2. Next, add Condensed Milk & stir well. Let the mixture cook. Once thickened, remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. (cooling might further thicken the mixture, hence keep that in mind while you cook the mixture)

3. While the mixture cools, pulp 2 mangoes - I pulped the mangoes with hands - did not use a blender so that the pulp has a inconsistent texture.

4. Once the mixture cools to room temperature, add the Mango Pulp to it and mix well. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Serve Cold  - Garnish with Mango pieces or chopped almonds...

yummmm ;)

Linking this recipe to: Akila's event: Dish starts with M

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Event : Cooking with Seeds - Red Kidney Beans.. All July...

Culinary Vibes is here with its FIRST EVENT.... COOKING WITH  SEEDS  - RED KIDNEY BEANS... glad that Priya ( from Priya's Versatile Recipes ) let me host the event :))

Red Kidney Beans... highly fibrous & a great source of protein ain't new to us... afterall our good old Rajma Curry is a loved by one and all :)) ... let's get experimental with these Beans & create n share new recipes from our kitchens...

Link all your recipes here. Right from today - All July...

1) Only fresh entries are allowed
2) All entries have to be linked to this announcement and Priya's announcement too.
3) Usage of logo is mandatory as it helps spread the word.
4) Use the linky tool (at the end of this post) to link your entries. Non bloggers can also send their entries to
5) All entries can be of any course with Red Kidney Beans as a primary ingredient.

Let's coook...

Please link your recipes here...

Mexican style red beans curry | Visit blog
Rajma & Paneer Tawa Pulao | Visit blog
Mexican chilli bean rice | Visit blog
paricashkitchen. blogspot. in | Visit blog
RAJMA PULOV | Visit blog
Rajma Prantha/Kidney Bean Pan cake | Visit blog
Dal Makhani | Visit blog
Kidney Beans & Bellpepper Quesadillas | Visit blog
Creamy KidneyBeans & Zucchini Farfalle | Visit blog
Chatpate Rajma | Visit blog
Re fried Beans | Visit blog
Re fried Bean Burrito From Scratch | Visit blog
Rajma Coconut Stir-fry | Visit blog
Rajma Pulao | Visit blog
Rajma Pulao ~ Kidney Beans Rice | Visit blog
Four Bean Salad | Visit blog
Healthy Rajma, Paneer Tikki | Visit blog
Kidney Bean Soup | Visit blog
Kidney Bean spread | Visit blog
Rajma Tikki/Bean Patties | Visit blog

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Lasagna - Veggie Version..

Residing in Bahrain, we always have a challenge of finding veg food.. of course there are options but surely not ample.. and finding a veg lasagna .. far fetcheddd... thus, the decision of trying one at home.. and after reading a dozen recipes and an average experiment.. finally I succeeded ..

Also, this version is low on cheese..Arunesh is health conscious and thus, I decided to use our Indian version of cheese.. PANEER or Cottage Cheese.. Thou I did use Cheddar for garnish ;)

Sharing the version of my VEGETABLE LASAGNA with you... It surprised me.. and I am sure it ll surprise you too once u try it... it was simply yumm...

Ingredients (for a big dish)
Lasagna Sheets - 6 (I had rectangular ones)
Onions - 1 cup (finely chopped)
Garlic - 1 teaspoon (finely chopped)
Babycorn - 1 cup (diced)
Broccoli - 1 cup (small florets)
Mushroom - 2 cups (sliced)
Tomato - 2 cups (diced)
Tomato Ketchup - 1 cup
Cottage Cheese/ Fresh Paneer - 200 grams (crumbled)
White Flour - 2 Tablespoons
Milk - 2 cups
Parmesan Cheese - 2 Tablespoons
Black Pepper
Red Chili Flakes
Olive Oil
Cheddar Cheese - for garnish (grated)
Mint Chutney - 2 Tablespoon (Optional)

We need to prepare each layer for the lasagna and compile in the end before baking.. our layers would be: Lasagna Sheets, Vegetables, Paneer, White Sauce.

For the Vegetables: Heat a little Olive Oil in a non-stick pan. Add Garlic and Onions. Fry till Onions are translucent. Add Babycorn and cook for 2-3 minutes. Next, add Broccoli and let it cook for another 2-3 minutes. Then, add the Mushrooms and Tomatoes along with some salt and let it cook. Once the vegetables are tender, add Tomato Ketchup and mix well. Adjust the spice levels with pepper, chili flakes and salt.

For the White Sauce: Heat 2 tablespoons of Butter in a non-stick pan. Add White Flour and roast on high heat till it becomes brown. Add 2 cups of milk and stir continuously (this shall help in avoiding lumps) Once the mixture boils and starts to thicken, add Parmesan, Salt, Pepper and Oregano. Remove from heat and keep aside.

For Lasagna Sheets: There are 2 kinds of sheets available in the market - those which can be used raw and shall cook while baking & those which need to be cooked before layering. Please follow the instructions given on your box. I used the ones that had to be cooked in salted boiling water for 8-9 minutes.

For Paneer: Crumble the Cottage Cheese/ Paneer finely with hands. Add 2 Tablespoons of Mint Chutney (Mint Leaves blended with salt, green chili and little water) and mix well. This will add a minty flavor to the Paneer. However, this step isn't necessary - you could use plain Paneer instead.

Layering: Take a square baking dish and brush Olive Oil on the base and the sides. Cover the base with Lasagna Sheets (cooked in my case) Pour a layer of Vegetables. Sprinkle crumbled Paneer and then pour a layer of White Sauce. Repeat this layering another time (White Sauce being the final layer) and finally garnish with grated Cheddar Cheese.

Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20-30 mins at 350 F (or till the cheese becomes brown)

Serve piping hot... and I assure you ll keep going back for another bite :))

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