December 21, 2012

Mini Mango Tartlets

I made these for my last Art Show reception. It was an easy recipe and the tartlets tasted great!

Ingredients: Pie Crust -1 (I used one from Trader Joe's); Cream Cheese - 8oz; Mango pulp - 1/2 cup sweetened; Sugar - 4 tbsp; Cardamom - 1/4 tsp powdered; Corn Starch - 1 tsp.
  • Set oven to bake at 400F.
  • Cut the pie crust to lay inside a regular or mini-muffin pan. I made the mistake of pre-baking them inside the pan and the sides kind of collapsed. To avoid this, invert the muffin pan and bake the shells on the outside. Bake for 8 minutes till slightly brown.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients well with an electric mixer.
  • Now put the shells inside the pan, add a table spoon of the cream cheese mixture and bake again for another 15 minutes or till the cheese is set. 
  • Let cool for at least 10 minutes and move to a cooling rack.
  • Enjoy :)

December 18, 2012

Egg Curry with Okra

Ever since we had dinner at Mingalaba Burmese Restaurant in the Bay Area last month, I have been dreaming about their okra egg curry. And during thanksgiving I tried tor recreate the dish from what I tasted there. And here is my version which was pretty close to the restaurant's. The only change I would make it add tomato paste to it and make the dish a little more tart. This was the second dish we made minus the okra for the cooking class.

Ingredients: Eggs - 4, hard boiled and sliced in half; Onion - 1 (finely chopped); Okra - 1/2 pound, sliced to 1 inch pieces and teamed in the microwave for 5 minutes; Tomatoes -  2 (chopped); Tomato Paste - 1 tbsp; Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp (Alternately use minced garlic and ginger); Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp; Red chilli powder - 1 tsp; Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp; Garam masala powder - 1 tsp; Curry Powder - 1/2 tsp (optional); Salt - 1 tsp; Cilantro - for garnish.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.
  • Add the chopped onions till it becomes translucent.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste followed by the chopped tomatoes and salt.
  • Cook for a few minutes and add the okra pieces.
  • Add the rest of the spices. 
  • Fry it for 2 minutes and then add water as needed. Add cilantro now or garnish later.
  • Once the sauce is cooked, add the eggs and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

December 11, 2012

Spicy Stuffed Eggplants

This is one of my two favorite recipes to make with these little eggplants (brinjals). The other recipe is the 'ennai kozhambu'. We usually get the best ones either from Chicago or Milwaukee and hence it is a special treat. Made this dish below for the Thanksgiving Lunch we had at home with friends.

Ingredients: 2 pounds small eggplants - slit crosswise from the bottom to the stalk; Spice powders - can be any number of different variety or a mixture. Here I used: Chilli powder, sambhar powder, coriander powder, black pepper + cumin powder; Salt - adjust to taste; 1 tbsp oil
  • Put the eggplants in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 5 minutes till they are soft. Do not add water.
  • In another small bowl, add all the powders, add a tsp of oil and salt. Mix well, taste and adjust salt.
  • Remove the eggplants from the microwave, stuff the inside with the mixture. Microwave for about 5 more minutes.
  • Add rest of the oil in a pan, and toss the eggplants in it. Cook till the skin is blistered / roasted on all sides.

December 10, 2012

Gobi Paratha

This morning I gave a private cooking lesson to a friend in Madison. She wanted to learn how to make stuffed parathas and egg curry. We made Cauliflower (gobi) paratha and here is my recipe!


Make the dough first and let it rest.

Wheat flour - 1  cup (Atta from Indian store - a more finely milled wheat flour)
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Water - as needed

To prepare the dough - mix all the above ingredients, adding water as needed and knead to a dough.
Cover and keep it aside for 15 minutes.


Cauliflower - grated - 1 cup
Onion (small)- 1/2 finely chopped 
Green chillies - 2 finely chopped - hot variety
Ginger (grated) - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Jeera/Cumin Powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a saute pan, temper the cumin.
  • Add Onions, green chilies, ginger and saute for a couple of minutes
  • Add the Shredded cauliflower and the spices and cook till the mixture is dry.
  • You can also heat this in a microwave (dries the mixture more easily than stove top)

Making Parathas

Rolling pin and board
Pan to fry
Wheat flour
  • Make two small lime sized balls from the dough. Roll them out into small roti. Dust with wheat flour as needed
  • Place one tbsp of stuffing on the top of a rolled out roti and spread it.
  • Then keep another rolled out roti on top of it and remove air pockets and seal the corners by pressing it lightly. 
  • Now roll it out with the stuffing inside gently.
  • Heat a pan and put the rolled out paratha on it. Apply butter as needed. Cook both sides well till brown spots appear.

December 3, 2012

Productive Day

I started and finished this piece today - something I haven't done in a while. The sun will get a small mirror in the center tomorrow after the coats of varnish. The painting is done henna style with acrylics on wood (not sure of the type) with textured lines. The painting is on a 12x16 cabinet door from the Habitat ReStore of Madison, WI. They are also doing a Salvage Art Show from April to June next year. I have a few more pieces of cabinet doos lying around that might also get some paint action before then. I am so thankful to have two of their stores in Madison and just the other day found two maple brand new cabinet doors for $3 each. The last day to apply is in the first week in Jan. This piece might get donated if it is not sold before then. Lately, I am very fortunate to sell paintings as I finish them :) This will be on show at a Holiday Art Fair this Friday and Saturday. 

The pieces I do on cabinet doors can still be used on a closet. That would be super cool! 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...