Monday, December 24, 2007

The Party season and never ending cooking

After the exhausting 18th Dec party, I was in no mood to throw another one, atleast for a week or so. But then, I can't help my own self. My hubby's ex-boss, is a darling and I adore him and he has a special place for himself in my life. I hadn't seen him in days, so i called him on 19th and asked him if we could have dinner at my place on friday, and he readily agreed. So, he with his wife and son were invited over...now my body was cursing my mind left right center for doing this....anyhow...the day arrived and I told my hubby that the food will be very very basic and there will hardly be any snacks...he said 'Dekh le, your call...or if you wish we an order'....the order option seemed very tempting, but I am not the kind to invite friends and serve ordered food.....

So, i decided on making Alloo poori and Beet sabzi. I had msgd my friend and asked him he will be OK with something heavy like that...and his response was a single word - 'WOW' :)

I am sharing the simple recipe for Alloo poori with you...try it, its yummm

Ingredients:
- 4 Large potatoes - Peeled
- 4 large tomatoes - Pureed
- 2 green chillies
- Oil
- Salt
- Turmeric
- Garam masala
- Red chili powder
- Kasoori methi

In a pressure cooker, take 2 tbsp oil, split the green chilles and throw in the oil. Put in the pureed tomatoes and put it n simmer for 10 mins, keep stirring. Once the oil separates, put in salt, red chillie powder, turmeric and stir. Put in the peeled and cut potatoes, add some water and pressure cook to three whistles.
Once the pressure is off the cooker, open and stir nicely. Now, add the garam masala and add some crushed kasoori meethi....it gives a lovely aroma and tastes heaven (i have in fact tried making aloo methi with kasoori methi, it is lovely).
Now give a boil and serve hot with poories.

The Beet sabzi was a surprise to my friend and his family...and guess what, the sabzi was wiped out with poories and I finished the aloo sabzi the next day.

Here goes the beet sabzi, its really yummmm...

Ingredients:
- 3 large beetroots - peeled and cut in small pieces
- 3 large carrots - peeled and cut in small pieces
- 1 cup peas
- 2 medium onions - chopped lenghth wise
- Oil
- Salt
- Red chili powder
- Turmeric
- Sugar
- 2 green chilies

In a kadai heat 1tbsp oil, add green chillies, after a few seconds add onions, stir a bit, add beetroot, carrots and peas. Add salt, turmeric, sugar and red chili powder. Stir nicely. Add a cup of water, cover and keep it on sim for about 15mins, stirring occasionally. Once the carrots are soft and the beet is just about OK....take it off heat and serve with poories/ roties or rice. Its low cal and yummm....

The evening went off nice and cozy, we wished them Merry Christmas...gave away some candies to the little one and slept off....I felt nice after the eve coz there was not much cooking or cleaning....Infact for poories....everyone was in the kitchen and was helping make and fry poories :)

Looking forward to today eve...have to attend another party tonite...thankfully at a friend's house....heheheheh...you have a great Christmas and See you soon....

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