Monday, January 28, 2013

Paneer Tikka Masala

I love paneer dishes especially tried with home-made paneer.I tried this paneer tikka masala from the vahchef website.I made a few changes..
The outcome was excellent and it tasted almost restaurant-like.


Paneer - 10 ,1-inch cubes

Tomato - 2 medium(fully ripe).Puree it in a blender.

Bell pepper - 2 cut into inch cubes

Onion - 1 medium diced

Coriander powder - 1 tsp

Chili powder - 1 tsp

Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp

Ginger garlic paste - 1tsp

Kasoori methi - 1 tsp

Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Garam Masala Powder - 1tsp

Oil - 6 tablespoon

Yogurt - 3 tablespoon

Salt - to taste


For the marinade :

Combine paneer,yogurt,salt,kasoori methi,chillipowder and allow to marinate in a airtight box in the refrigerator for 1 hr.
After 1 hr ,in a pan with 1 tsp oil,saute the marinated paneer pieces till slightly brown and drain them in paper towels.Keep aside

In the same pan,heat oil.When hot,add the cumin seeds.When it splutters,add the onion and allow to brown a little.

Now add ginger-garlic paste and saute till raw smell goes off.Add the turmeric powder ,chili powder and a little bit of salt.Add the capsicum pieces and saute for 2 minutes.

Add the tomato puree,garam masala and saute till oil oozes from the masala.Add 1 1/2 cups of water and allow to boil.Then add the paneer pieces,boil on medium heat till the paneer gets soft and absorbs the masala.Check for salt and garnish with coriander leaves.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dulce de Leche Brownies

I had bookmarked this recipe looong ago.I kept on postponing to try this recipe  due to some reasons..Finally here Iam with the famous Dulce de leche brownies by the pastry chef David Lebovitz.
It was soo easy to make and it has become my new favorite brownie recipe.
 Adapted from The Sweet Life in Paris (Broadway Books)                                               
                                                               David Lebovitz


Unsalted Butter - 8 tablespoons

Semisweet chocolate chips- 6 oz

Unsweetened Cocoa powder - 1/4 cup

Eggs - 3

Sugar - 1 cup

Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp

All purpose flour - 1 cup

Dulce de leche - 1 cup .I microwaved the dulce de leche for 20 seconds because it was so hard to swirl.


Pre-heat the oven to 350 def F.

Line a 8*8 square pan with foil leaving a little extra down the sides.Grease the bottom and sides with little bit of melted butter.

In a pan,on medium heat melt the butter.Add the semisweet chocolate chips and sir constantly on low heat to melt the chocolate.

When it is slightly cool add the cocoa powder and whisk till smooth.Add eggs one at a time,then sugar and all purpose flour till combined.

Now add the batter(half of it)into the prepared pan.Then add 1/3 of dulce de leche .Drop spoonful leaving space between them.Swirl with a knife.

Then add the remaining brownie batter and spread them evenly.Then add the remaining dulce de leche in dollops.Swirl with a knife slightly.

Bake for 35 minutes.Check by inserting a toothpick in the center.If it comes with little crumbs,then it is done.

Friday, January 4, 2013

How to respond to plagiarism

Hello fellow bloggers,
My blog content was stolen by iloveindia website and a recipe blog called recipesnow.I was just shocked to see my Pulipongal recipe with picture was copied line by line.I know so many of you have experienced this problem from time to time.

Since I had no idea where to start or even respond,I googled and found out valuable information which I wanted to share with you all

What should you do if you found out your blog content has been plagiarized :

Step1:Take a screen shot of your stolen content to keep for future reference/evidence even before contacting the person

Step2:Email send/desist letter to the content thief

There is a tailor-made letter Jonathan Bailey in the following website which was sooo useful to me!!

This website has lotsa information on plagiarism!!

Step 3:If he/she does not respond send a DMCA complaint to search engine

In my case when i sent cease/desist letter a man from iloveindia website immediately responded and removed my content from the website.

But I could not send a mail or even contact the recipe blog called recipesnow because the author has disabled the comments section.There is no contact information too.So Iam planning to send DMCA complaint to all search engines
Hopefully it gets resolved!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Microwave Doodh Peda

Wishing all the readers of "Simple Vegetarian Recipes"a very happy and prosperous New Year!!

Hope you all had a great vacation and loads of good food!!

I made a simple MW doodh peda for the new year. which I had bookmarked long ago from was so easy to make and tasted very close to the traditional stove top pedas


Milk powder - 2 cups

Condensed Milk - 1 can(14 oz)

Butter - 1/2 cup(1 stick)

Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp


In a deep microwave -safe bowl melt the butter(around 40 secs)

Then add the milk powder and condensed milk,mix well and microwave for 4 mins.For every 1 min,take the vessel out and stir.

At the end of 4 mins add the cardamom and microwave for another 1 minute.Stir and then microwave for 1 more minute.It took 6 minutes for my pedas to get to a somewhat solid state.

When still warm roll the pedas into small balls and flatten them a little.Decorate with chopped almonds

Store in airtight container.Refrigerate the remaining pedas.