Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sprouts Salad

Chitra Pal Sprouts Salad


1. 1 cup of Moong Daal (Green) Sprouts

2. Salt to Taste

3. 1 Lemon

4. 1 cup of chopped cabbage or lettuce

5. ½ Cucumber Chopped finely

6. ½ Onion Chopped thinly

7. 1 Ripe Tomatoes thinly chopped

8. 1 tsp of Cilantro / Dhaniya chopped finely

9. 4-5 olives finely chopped


1. Mix all ingredients together and squeeze lemon.

2. Add Salt and Pepper to taste

3. Serve this Nutritious salad to everyone and stay healthy


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sautéed Chinese Style

Chitra Pal Stir Fried Veggies


1. 5 Asparagus chopped in 2 inch cubes

2. ½ cup of corn

3. ½ cup of chopped carrots

4. ½ cup of chopped mushrooms

5. 2 tsp. of Oil

6. 1 tsp of sesame oil

7. 2 tsp of soy sauce

8. 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

9. ½ teaspoon of fresh minced ginger and garlic

10. Vinegar and Sesame seeds


1. In a non stick wok (khadiy) or deep dish pan add oil

2. Add cumin seeds and ginger garlic paste.

3. When the mixture little pink add vegetables in the wok.

4. Fry them little brown and then add soy sauce and sesame oil and stir with tongs.

5. Plate them and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and one tsp of vinegar.

- Chitra

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Semi Homemade non fried Spring Rolls

Chitra Pal Spring Rolls


1. ½ bell pepper and ½ onion chopped finely

2. 1 carrot grated or chopped thinly

3. 1 tsp. soy sauce

4. 1 ½ teaspoon red hot sauce

5. 1 tsp. of oil

6. 1/ cup of cabbage chopped thinly

7. 1 tsp. of lemon

8. 1 store bought packed Spring Rolls sheet

9. 1 tsp of sesame seeds


1. In a non stick pan add oil and let the pan get really hot.

2. Now add all the vegetable, onions, carrot and bell pepper and cabbage.

3. Stir with tongs in between till they turn golden in color.

4. Now add soy sauce and hot sauce.

5. Turn down the flame off and add lemon and let it cool.

6. When the mixture has cooled down completely take one tsp of mixture add to the spring roll sheet.

7. Now turn the spring roll sheet in desired shape and close down the corners by brushing with water.

8. Heat the oven at 400 degrees for ten minutes.

9. Add the spring rolls on non stick and spray oil on them (if you don’t have non stick baking sheet, put some foil paper with one teaspoon oil to grease the surface)

10. Bake one side till they turn golden brown on one side and turn to other side and spray oil on other side with sprinkle of sesame seeds on the top.

Serve with tomato sauce and enjoy spring rolls with guilt free.

- Chitra

Friday, June 5, 2009

Caramelized Pop Corn

Chitra Pal Caramel PopCorn
For Caramel
1. You need 2 ½ cups of white sugar
2. 1 cup of cream (can use low fat)
For Pop Corn
1. 2 cup any kind pop corn seeds
2. 1 tsp. of unsalted butter

1. In a non stick pan on a medium heat add sugar and let it brown. Don’t turn around your eyes from pan otherwise it will burn.
2. Now slowly add cream and stir until it turns smooth thick brown paste.
3. In a deep dish heavy surface non stick pan or you can also do in pressure cooker or kadiye.
4. Add one tsp. of unsalted butter or oil and now add 1 cup of pop corn.
5. Put the lid on pan or pressure cooker ( do not lock the cooker, just the lid). When the pop corn starts popping keep on shaking the pan in intervals.
6. When they stop popping that means they are done remove from heat and keep the lid on for two minutes so that they don’t jump out of pan.
7. Spread them on baking sheet.
8. Now drizzle caramel with the spoon and let it cool for 3-5 minutes.
Serve and watch a movie with your family.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Chicken Calzone

1. 1 cup of chicken cubed in bite size pieces
2. ½ cup of chopped black and green olives mixed together
3. ½ cup of tomato pizza sauce
4. ½ cup of chopped vertical onions
5. ½ cup of chopped bell peppers
6. ½ cup of chopped mushroom
7. ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
8. ¼ cup of feta cheese
9. ¼ cup of sun dried tomatoes
10. 1 tbsp of thyme chopped
11. Store bought pizza dough
12. 1 tbsp of parmesan cheese
13. Olive oil
14. 1 tsp of corn meal to dust the pizza tray

1. Heat the non stick pan and put 1 tbsp of olive oil.
2. When it is really hot add cubed chicken and cook it for 5 minutes.
3. Take out the chicken and in same pan add bell peppers, mushroom and olives. Sauted them for 3 minutes.
4. Let the mixture and chicken cool down for 10 minutes.
5. Till then preheat the pizza stone or any baking tray upside down to 475 degrees F.
6. Roll the pizza dough in circle by dusting the surface with dry flour.
7. Now come the filling part making sure there is some space between sauce and edge of the dough. Spread the tomato sauce on the flatten pizza dough.
8. Spread mozzarella cheese on top of it and then add bell pepper, chicken, mushroom, olives.
9. Now in last add sun dried tomatoes, and feta cheese.
10. Sprinkle the thyme or oregano on the top.
11. Brush the edges of the dough with a little water. Now take the edges carefully fold it over the fillings. Press the edges firmly to seal and then using a fork, facing backwards, press along the edges with the fork tines, leaving an impression of parallel lines.
12. Remove the baking tray from the oven, be careful use oven gloves.
13. Sprinkle some corn meal on top of it, it will prevent the pizza from sticking and carefully transfer the calzone onto the tray or stone.
14. Bake it for 12-15 minutes or until it turns golden brown.
15. Remove from oven, brush gently olive oil to moisten and sprinkle grated parmesan cheese and serve hot.

- Chitra