Sunday, January 31, 2010
Reading labels can be a boring and time consuming activity when you are short of time but sometimes that seems to be the only way for us to be able to decide which products are good and which are not.... Of course articles such as this one are also useful in breaking down some of the facts so that we know which products to avoid. I was quite surprised to see granola on this list and finding out that granola can contain up to 9g of sugar. I don't think this is the kind of sweet start I would want for the day :-) Read this list, if you want to see if your cereal/ granola made the list, and to see how much sugar/ fiber it contains.
Moving on to the post, Makhanwala usually refers to a creamy gravy curry from North Indian cuisine. I made this curry inspired by a recipe I found in Tarla Dalal's Microwave recipes book. I modified the original recipe quite a bit. I used a combination of mushrooms and bell peppers, added ginger and garlic and enhanced flavor with kasuri methi. This curry was a big success in our home and it also has the honor of being one of the rare curries I have made entirely in the microwave :-)
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Ingredients and Method to make Microwave Vegetable Makhanwala
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup green peas ( fresh or frozen, I used frozen)
2 large carrots cut into little pieces (yielded about 1 cup cut carrots)
1 1/2 cups mixed colors sliced and deseeded bell peppers ( I used frozen)
1 inch ginger minced fine
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 medium onion cut fine
1 tbsp butter or oil
1 tbsp all purpose flour (maida)
5 tbsp ketchup
3 pinches kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
3/4 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste
3/4 cup half & half ( use only 1/2 cup for slightly milder creaminess) (see notes)
handful cilantro for garnish
Assemble items 1 to 4 in a shallow glass dish or any other microwave safe dish. Sprinkle about 5 to 6 tbsp water on it and cook on high heat in 3 minute increments, stirring every 3 minutes ( it took me 12 minutes)
Keep the cooked vegetables aside.
Heat butter in a shallow dish in the microwave (about 45 seconds) or heat oil for about 30 seconds if using oil.
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Add cut onion to the oil/ butter and cook on high heat for 2 minutes or until it turns pinkish.
Add all purpose flour, ketchup, kasuri methi, salt and chili powder and mix well.
Then add half and half, mix well and cook on high for about 5 minutes so that the flavors blend together.
Garnish with cilantro and serve hot on a bed of plain rice, or with pulao or with rotis.
Serves approximately 2 to 3
If you do not have half & half use a combination of cream and milk.
Since the strength of each microwave varies, cooking times can vary too, so check often to see if done.