Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Sagar Methi/ Bombay methi

For years Iv walked past vegetable vendors selling this queer looking vegetable and wondered what it could be!

Finally this year I stopped and asked the gentleman what he was selling and how its cooked! He told me its called sagar methi and that it grows inside the samundar ...under the sea ( I highly doubt that) ....and that its very popular all along coastal Maharashtra & Goa specially during the winter months ...and that it tastes amazing...and has several health benefits

So ofcourse the adventurous eater that I am I bought some and was I glad I did!!! This is like a mini power packed version of methi.....its sprouted baby methi and it has a very strong bitter methi taste which is amazing it goes so well with the fresh coconut and lemon juice that this recipe calls for......

Heres what you need to do:

Its not really a recipe you just need to trust your instincts....

Wash the bundles really well....

This is what you need for the recipe

Fresh grated coconut
Sagar methi
Garlic chives along with greens or regular garlic
Green Chillies
Lemon juice

Make a paste of the garlic and green chilies.

Heat oil ....add the above paste along with the greens of the garlic chives and one chopped onion

When everything is a little brown and cooked add the washed and cut sagar methi.

Add salt. Let it cook for 5-10 minutes .

Then add fresh grated coconut. Let it cook for another 5-7 minutes.

In the end add a generous squeeze of lemon juice ....this cuts out the bitterness of the methi.

Serve hot!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Chocolate Walnut Fudge Happy New Year 2013

I love all desserts that have chocolate as an ingredient ....hell.... I think I just like all desserts with or without chocolate  **giggles**

But chocolate fudge holds a very special place in my heart.....it always reminds me of Lonavla ....I remember so many drives to Lonavla where my only motivation to go was the box of chocolate fudge Id get back from Lonavla....

I remember buying only one box since in my head im always on a diet and thinking okay ill eat one piece the rest ill share with my sister , parents and friends back home ....and I have ALWAYS finished everything on the drive back and thrown the empty box out of the car window .....

So I decided Id rather make this at home and that way atleast everyone around will get to sample some!

This was my first attempt at making any sort of fudge! I was very pleased with the results and this took just 5 minutes to put together .....

Thats fabulous and also very dangerous for a sugar-addict like me!

Anyway to the recipe now

Walnut Chocolate Fudge 
Server 4 

Condensed Milk - 100 g ( I used Nestle sweetened condensed milk)
Chocolate - 120-125 g chopped roughly
Butter - 25 g ( I used salted Amul)
Walnuts - a fistful chopped

Add everything except the walnuts to a microwave safe bowl . Put inside the microwave for 2-3 minutes .....bring out the bowl after every minute and stir ...this ensures uniform melting and temperature rise!

At the end of 2-3 minutes you should have a homogeneous chocolate like mixture ....

Stir in the walnuts. 

Line a tray with butter paper . Pour fudge into the tray. Leave at room temperature for 20 minutes .

Then refrigerate for 2 hours . 

Bring out slice ...stuff your face with fudgey goodness ....Dont forget to share :)))

Murg Sabz Bahar

When I get bored of my normal run of the mill chicken curry ....this is what I turn to.

Good way to get in a lot of greens for someone like me who normally would never eat palak, methi as vegetables by themselves ....

Murg Sabz Bahar 

Serves 3

Chicken - 500 g (with bone)
3 tbsp oil
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
3 medium onions ground


1 cup thick curd
1 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
0.5 cups chopped spinach leaves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh fenugreek leaves 
2 tablespoons mint leaves chopped
6 green chillies chopped
1 teaspoon garam masala powder
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder 
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dhaniya powder (coriander powder)

Blend all ingredients listed under marinade till smooth.

Marinate chicken for 2-6 hours in the refrigerator.

Heat oil , add ginger garlic and ground onions ....cook till lightly browned .

Now add chicken with all the marinade.

Cover and cook on low heat till chicken is tender and the oil appears on top. Around 25-30 minutes

Garnish with white butter. Lots of it :)