Calcutta Style Chow Mien

I grew up in Calcutta and I love its street food. Whether it is phuchka or jhal muri or chinese or egg roll or mughalai or a typical indian ghugni, each and every food is to die for. I never had enough and especially during Durga Puja these delicacies seemed much tastier. It must be the blessings of Goddess Durga 🙂
We Indians love Chinese food so much that we reinvented Chinese food according to our own Indian taste. And trust me Indian Chinese tastes so good. And this Calcutta style Chow Mien is one of them.
I always make Chow Mien at home but somehow the street taste is always missing. Maybe because I make it hygienic and healthy 🙂
chowmien (Small)
The recipe follows:
The measurements are approximate. You can adjust the ingredients according to your taste.

Ingredients:
2 cups boiled string noodles
1 cup mixed vegetables(shredded cabbage, julienne carrots, thinly sliced bell peppers, green beans cut in 2 inches long)
1 medium sliced onion
1-1 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
1 tsp crushed garlic
2 Tblsp sesame oil
2-3 Tblsp soy sauce
1 Tblsp tomato ketchup
2 tsp hot red chili sauce (increase or decrease according to the taste)I use Maggie hot chili sauce
2-3 tsp vinegar ( I used rice vinegar)
Salt and crushed black pepper to taste

Method:
This recipe will be cooked on high heat.
Put the gas on high heat. Place the wok and add oil.
When the oil is hot add onion and sauté. Do not let the onion burn. When the onion becomes loose add garlic and after few seconds add all the vegetables. Sauté for 3-4 mins. Stir occasionally. When the vegetables look tender add cooked noodles.
Add salt, red chili flakes, black pepper, soy sauce, chili sauce, ketchup. Mix well and let it cook for 2-3 mins. Adjust the spices. Add vinegar and mix everything properly. Turn off the gas and sprinkle some chopped green onion. Drizzle some sesame oil ( it’s totally optional).
Serve hot.
*You can add scramble eggs too.

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Easy Crusty Baguette

After a long tiring weekend, my family just wanted to have light dinner and I also didn’t want to cook. So I thought of making vegetable soup and some bread to go along with it. A very hassle free recipe which gives a soft chewy baguette in just two hours. No need to pay attention or need to knead several times. If you have stand mixer then the work will be done easier and if not then kiss your magic hand. 🙂
A very easy and quick recipe for Baguette.
Baguette

Ingredients:
1 cup+ 1 Tblsp whole wheat flour
1/2 cup bread flour
3/4 tsp active dry yeast
3/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup lukewarm water(110F)
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tblsp dried rosemary

Method:
In a stand mixer bowl pour yeast, water and sugar and let it ferment for five minutes.
After five minutes add rest of the ingredients. Attach dough hook and knead for five minutes. The dough should be soft and pliable.
Cover the bowl with cling wrap and keep it in a warm place for 40- 50 mins to rise.
After 45 mins punch down the dough. Place the dough on the floured board and shape into a loaf. Cover the loaf with a towel. At the same time preheat the oven at 450 degrees F. While the oven is getting ready, the dough will be set for second rise.
When the oven is ready slash two cuts on the dough with a knife. Mist some water on the dough. Slide the dough into the the baking pan. Spray mist occasionally. Bake for 20- 22 mins until golden and sounds hollow when knocked.
Cool the baguette on cooling rack. After 10 mins slice the baguette diagonally.

Provençal Beans

Once in a while it happens to all of us. When you talk on the phone with your dear ones you forget about the time. Me and my sister love to talk for hours. Today, while talking to her(btw, she lives in India) I forgot that my girl was coming home early from school. In the midst of our juicy gossip I saw my daughter coming with all her stuff hanging around her. I told my sister,”Sis, now you need to sleep and I need to cook. Good night.”
It was one O’clock p.m. And in crisis my brain works more than usual. I remember when we were in France I had a very simple dish called Provençal Beans. It had minimal ingredients but was loaded with proteins and vitamins. The taste was exquisite. It’s very easy to make and in no time a very healthy wholesome meal will be on the table. Serve it with cooked quinoa or with bread or with both.

Vegan Provençal Beans

Vegan Provençal Beans quinoa

Ingredients:
1 can red kidney beans(washed and drained)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, cut in cubes
1/2 cup mixed bell peppers(red/green or yellow), cut in cubes
2 small tomatoes cut in cubes
3-4 cloves garlic crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried basil or 4 fresh basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/2 – 1 tsp red chili powder(to satisfy my Indian palate)😉
1/2 cup tomato purée + 1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

Method:
In a sauté pan heat oil and sauté onion and garlic till onion becomes transparent.
Add peppers, tomatoes, beans, herbs, salt, sugar, purée and water. Cover with the lid and cook for 2-3 mins so that everything incorporates well and water is also absorbed.
Switch off the burner and serve hot with cooked quinoa or with bread slices.

 

 

Quick Balsamic Veggie “Football Fever”

The FIFA World Cup is going on. Who wants to spend time, cooking especially when your two favorite teams are playing: Germany and Portugal! I did not want to miss any moment of the game. But at the same time I have to cook lunch too. My super fast veggie recipe as follows-

Balsamic Veggie Carrot Bean

Ingredients:
1 cup green beans
1/2 cup baby carrots cut in halves lengthwise
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
1 Tblsp crushed garlic
1/2 Tblsp crushed ginger
1 tsp crushed dry red chili
1/2 tsp crushed coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp clove powder
1/2- 1 Tblsp Balsamic vinegar
1 Tblsp sesame oil

Method:
Heat the oil in a sauté pan. When the oil gets hot, add ginger, garlic, and crushed chili and sauté for few seconds. Add vegetables and sauté. Cover it with a lid for 2- 3 mins, then remove the lid. Add all the spices except balsamic vinegar and mix well. Cook for another 2 mins. Add balsamic vinegar to the vegetables and mix well. Turn off the gas.
Serve with rice or tortilla or noodles or anyway you like it.
I rolled it up in a tortilla and ate with sriracha.

BTW, Portugal lost to Germany by four goals. Poor Ronaldo, but Mueller got a hat trick. An easy match for Germany.

Nutritious Wheat Berries Pilaf

Washington D.C. will always remain a monumental city for me. I never get enough with each visit and always look forward to returning. Last time we traveled to D.C for my daughter’s college tours. On one of our free days, we went to see the National Gallery of Art. At the Gallery’s cafeteria, I tried a very delicious wheat berries salad. It reminded me of a similar berry dish my mother used to make, but it used to be sweet. Wheat berries are very adaptable grains and can be versatile to use in any cuisine. Wheat berries are also full of protein and fiber. They have a chewy texture and a nutty flavor. I mostly get wheat berries from Indian stores but I recently have also seen them in organic and health stores.

erinkon

 

I always pre soak the berries overnight for easy digestion but it is not necessary. 

Ingredients:

1 cup Wheat berries/Einkorn

3 1/2 cup Water

1 Tbl sp Butter/oil/Ghee

1 small chopped red onion

1 or 2 chopped small green chili

1/2 inch crushed ginger

1/4 cup chopped carrot

1/4 cup chopped red or green bell pepper

salt to taste

2 tsp lemon juice

1/4 cup cilantro( optional)

Method:

To pre soak is optional.

Boil the water. When it is full boil, add the wheat berries and salt. Reduce the flame to medium low. Cover the lid and let it cook for 30-35 mins. Stir occasionally. After 30 mins check the grains, it should press when pressed with fingers. It should be chewy. If it is hard then let it cook for another 5-10 mins. If needed, add water too. After it is cooked drain the water. In another saute pan heat butter/oil/ghee. Add chopped onion, chili and ginger, then saute for 2 mins till the onion is loose. Add chopped vegetables and saute for another 2- 4 mins. When the vegetables are little tender add the cooked berries and salt and mix properly. Just before turning off the gas add lemon juice and cilantro. If needed adjust the seasoning. You can add black pepper too. Serve.

Cooked wheat berries can be refrigerated for 5-6 days.