Saturday, 29 March 2014

Recipe #19 Reem's Homemade Pesto

Reem's Homemade Pesto 

Makes ( 2 small bottles)
Prep time: 10 minutes 

The recipe was made with four groups of people in mind. 
1. Healthy Eaters
2. People living in Dorms or live alone

I actually made this from my plant which grew in my garden so yes yes it was very satisfying.This is a must in everyones fridge and can be used in so many ways.

Ingredients you will need for the Pesto  :
  1. 4 cups fresh basil leaves 
  2. 2 garlic cloves chopped finely
  3. 1/2 cup pine nuts 
  4. 1 large lime (For zest and lime lime juice)
  5. 1 tsp. salt 
  6. 1/2 tsp. black pepper 
  7. 1/2 cup olive oil 
  8. 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese

  1. First make sure you wash the basil very well to ensure there is no dust or dirt left.
  2. Then place the wet leaves on a dry and leave to dry.
  3. Then heat a frying pan ,and then roast the pine nuts.( make sure you turn them so both sides turn a golden brown)
  4. In a food processor place all the dry ingredients with the olive oil and the juice of the lime ,also add the lemon zest.
  5. All the ingredients should be proceesed well till you get a bitty green paste.

  1. Make sure you dry the leaves ,after they are washed.
  2. Basil is a spicy leaf ,so you can adjust how much pepper you would like to add based to your liking.
  3. Do not process it for a very long time, Pesto tastes the best when the paste is bitty.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Recipe #18 How to make Fondant (Homemade)

Fondant from scratch

Ingredients you will need:
  1. 16 oz.  White marshmallows (preferable large size )
  2. 4 cups powdered sugar
  3. 1 tbsp. water
  4. ½ cup Crisco
  5. 3 tbsp. vegetable oil  

1.     Place all the marshmallows into a large bowl and place into the microwave for 5 min then take the bowl out mix the mixture with a wooden spoon (make sure the spoon has Crisco rubbed on it otherwise the mixture will stick.)
2.    Then return the bowl into the microwave for another 2 mins
3.    Then place 1 cup of sugar onto a surface where you will need the dough
4.    Gradually place the fondant onto the sugar and knead.
5.    Make sure you rub a lot of Crisco onto your hands before kneading
6.    Keep adding the rest of the sugar until you have formed dough.
7.    Then place the fondant and place in a plastic bag and refrigerate.
8.    When you want to use it later on it is preferable to place dough in the microwave only for 1 min and then roll out to use.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Recipe #17 Oats Porridge

Date and Oats Porridge 
(This recipe is perfect for a quick and healthy breakfast)

This recipe is in collaboration with @hearmyecho 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Recipe #16 Homemade Butter Paneer

Butter Paneer

This dish is  filled with vibrant flavours and makes a perfect meal for your loved ones.

Cooking time: 30 minutes 

Ingredients :

  1. 500 grams of Cottage cheese also known as (Paneer)
  2. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 onion chopped finely
  4. 2 large tomatoes chopped
  5. 1 tsp. turmeric
  6. 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  7. 1 tbsp.tandoori masala
  8. 1 tbsp. Sunday Masala it can be substituted with more tandoori masala if you don't have this 
  9. 1 tsp. salt
  10. 4 tbsp. butter
  11. 1/2 tsp. red colouring powder (I use BUSH, you can use any brand you like)
  12. 1/2 cup of Cashew nuts
  13. 1 1/2cups of water and 5 tbsp. water
  14. 2 tbsp. yoghurt
  15. 2 tbsp. sunflower oil
  16. 1 1/2 tbsp. fenugreek dry leaves
  17. Pinch of sugar
Method  :

1.    First heat the olive oil in a large pan and then fry onions until they turn a golden brown colour.
2.    Then place tomatoes in the pan. 
3.    Add the spices (turmeric,chilli,tandoori masala and sunday masala,salt)
4.    Then cook until the spices and tomatoes have incoporated well.
5.    Leave on the side to cool for 10 minutes 
6.    Then place the mixture in a blender and 3 tbsp. water (make sure that there are no remaining bits of tomato in the paste) 
7.    Then return mixture back to the heat .
8.    Then blend chasew nuts and 2 tbsp. water to form a thick white paste.
9.    Then add the cahew paste and incoporate.
10. Add the yoghurt and mix well.
11. After all the ingredients have been incoporated well then add melted butter and mix well , 
12.Then add 2 tbsp. ketchup and sugar ,you may add the food colouring based on your judgment.
13.Then add 1 1/2cups of water and leave to cook.
14. In a frying pan add 2 tbsp. oil and fry the cheese (the more you fry it the harder the cheese will become so try to avoid )
15.Finally add the cheese and fenugreek dry leaves and leave to cook.

Notes :

1. Make sure all the pastes which are blended to have a smooth consistency.
2. Make sure you are constantly stirring when the mixture is on the heat as it can easily burn.
3.Serve with rice or bread.
.Make sure you wash the fenugreek leaves well before adding them to the pan.