Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spinach Rice

Well,here I come with my first recipe! This is a very easy dish to make and requires no much prior preparation!A quick fix solution to those who cannot wait for long to eat good food! I have provided a very simple and step-by-step procedure to make the Spinach Rice!

Required Ingredients:

For Cooked Rice:

1 cup rice
3 cups water

For Spinach Curry:

2 cups of chopped spinach (Can use baby spinach leaves)
1 tsp Cumin seeds
4 red chillies
A pinch of asafoetida
1 tbsp of unsalted butter (Can use even oil)
Salt to taste

For the cooked rice,
  • Cook 1 cup of rice in three cups of water. Rice triples in its volume when cooked.
  • Make sure that the cooked rice are separated and not mushy and lumpy.
  • Set the rice aside.
  • You can cook the rice as the spinach curry is being cooked to save time.
For the Spinach Curry,
  • For the seasoning of Spinach Curry, heat a deep pan and add the butter (or oil) to the pan.
  • Once the butter (or oil)has been heated enough add the cumin seeds.
  • As the cumin seeds crackle,add a pinch of asafoetida and add the red chillies.
{A small tip :Usually red chillies are added while cooking greens for the fact that, people who do not want to eat chillies can easily separate red chillies from the green curry as opposed to finding Green Chillies in Greens!}
  • Add the chopped spinach to the seasoning and mix all the ingredients well.
  • Add salt according to taste and mix well.
  • The spinach will wilt and reduce in quantity.
  • Cook for 10 minutes on medium flame.
  • The spinach curry is done.
  • Ensure that there is no much of water in the curry and the curry is dry.
  • Take the cooked rice and spread it in a wide pan.
  • Add the spinach curry to the cooked rice and mix the rice and the curry well.
  • Hot spinach rice is ready to serve.

Spinach rice can be enjoyed best alone. There is no side-dish required. Raita can be used as an accompaniment if needed.

Enjoy your spinach rice!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Welcome to my new Blog!

Hello Everyone,

At last, I am close to accomplishing my dream of writing my own blog. I have never attempted to write a blog but always had dreams of it. Today it is like a dream come true. Initially I thought that blogging was a serious thing. I thought that bloggers would write about serious topics and about their experiences in life. As I browse the internet for all blogs, I am amazed at the number of blogs that are out there and on a wide range of topics.

Blogs on cooking are topping the list! Oh boy! Blogging can be fun too.. Realized it very late but then "Better late than never".So here I am with my blog. Cooking has always been a passion for me.I am a novice at cooking. My role-model in life, My Mother, has always pampered me and cooked delicacies for me. I never felt the need to take cooking seriously. It was when I got married that I tried my hand at cooking. Guess what, I was enjoying every bit of it. It was experimenting initially but then I realized that its all about trials and errors.Then cooking became a passion for me and I was trying different cuisines.

This blog is dedicated to my family, my Mother whom I adore the most in the world, my late Grandmother from whom I imbibed the cultural values and learnt a lot about our tradition, my Father who has been a great support and has motivated me and to my dearest sister who has been with me from childhood till now to share all my feelings, dreams and aspirations and has been a great friend to me. My Husband has been a constant support to me and has encouraged me in every way to realize my dreams and aspirations. In my blog I will be sharing very simple and easy-to-make recipes.I myself am not a very great culinary person. I will try my best to provide you all with simple recipes to enjoy cooking and relish home made food.

I need a lot of encouragement and good wishes from all my readers who visit my blog. Please feel free to leave any comments, be it positive or negative. I will try to be innovative and creative and make my blog interesting. Kindly leave any suggestions to improve my blog.Hope everyone will enjoy reading my blog.Thank you for being a part of the blogging-cooking family!

Happy Cooking and Happy Blogging!