Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Achari Paneer Tikka

This Recipe is sent by one of most important contributor in the Blog, Nitu Chugani. Thanks a lot for sharing a lot of good recipes with CookWithPia.

Achari Paneer Tikka is very nice snack for your parties.... You can also make it with Tofu

Paneer made out of 2 litres milk or 1 block tofu for the tofu please keep it in a kitchen napkin overnight to remove moisture (Paneer 250 Gm)

200 grams hung yoghurt
2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste
2 tablespoons oil from any pickle u have
1 tablespoon ACHAARI MASALA
salt to taste
juice of 1 juicy lime
1 tablespoon roasted gram flour

cut the paneer /tofu into desired bite size pieces. mix ingredients for marinade and marinate the paneer/tofu in this for about 4-5 hours.
heat oil in a non stick pan and grill the pieces of paneer/tofu till well grilled and a bit crispy. serve with a chop tomatoes n green chillies, add salt and lime and olive oil and refrigerate for a few hours.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pav Bhaji

Home Cooked Pav Bhaji, healthy , tasty and better than market one

8 Pav
3 tps of butter

1/2 cup chopped gobhi
1/2 cup peas
1/4 cup chopped beans
1/4 cup chopped cabbage
1/3 cup chopped carrots
3 medium potatoes boiled
2 medium tomato chopped
1 medium onion chopped
2 tps pav Bhaji masala(you can purchase from market or prepare Pav bhaji Masala)
1 tps Amachoor
1 tps red chilly powder
1 tps cumin seeds
2 tps oil
4 tps butter(optional)

Heat oil in a pan. add cumin seeds. saute for 30 seconds
add onion, saute till onion will change color
add chopped vegetables except patatos and tomatos
add little salt and mix well. cover the pan saute in between . cook till veg are almost cooked
now add chopped tomato. saute for 2 minutes.
now add boiled potatos,little mashed . Mix well
add 1 cup water, salt , pav bhaji masala, red chilly, amchoor. mix well.
cook till water will become half. mash the bhaji so that all vegetables will be mixed well.

Cut the pav in the middle
add little butter on the heated pan.
press the pav on the tav till pav wil become crispy

for serving add bhaji in the plate. add little butter on top. serve with crispy Pav

Note -This image is indicative purpose only. It is taken from the web

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pav Bhaji Masala


2 tps coriander seeds(dhaniya)
1 tps cumin seeds (jeera)
4-5 dry red chillies (lal mirch)
1/2 tps turmeric powder(haldi)
1 tps dry raw mango powder(amchoor)
2 pods cardamom seeds removed (badi ilayachi)
6 cloves(laung)
1"stick of cinnamon (dal chini)
2 star anise
1 tsp fennel seeds(saunf)
2" piece of dry ginger(sauth)
1 tbsp Garam Masala powder
1/4 tsp asafetida(hing)

1. Heat a pan on medium heat.
2. Gently roast the cumin, coriander, fennel seeds, the dry red chillies, cloves and cinnamon till they turn slightly darker and start releasing their aroma.
3. Remove from fire immediately and cool.
4. Grind all the ingredients - including the Garam Masala powder ,till a fine powder is formed

Friday, November 26, 2010

Health benifits of Black Pepper

We mostly add black pepper in our cooking in whole form or in powder form. This small spice has a number of health benefits also. It is a source of manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K and dietary fiber

The health benefits of black pepper include the following:

• Good for stomach:
Black Pepper increases secretion of hydrochloric acid in stomach which helps digestion. Pepper also helps to prevent formation of intestinal gas.

• Helps to reduce weight:
The outer layer of peppercorn assists in the breakdown of fat cells so peppery foods are a good way to help you reduce weight.

• Good for skin:
Pepper helps to cure skin disease Vitiligo, that causes some areas of skin to lose its normal pigment and turn white. According to researchs , Piperine ,which is present in pepper, can stimulate the skin to produce pigment.

• Relief for cough and cold:
In Ayurveda pepper is added in tonics for cold and cough. You can make a herbal tea, by adding whole black pepper, clove, ginger, tulsi leaves, and tea leaves. Cook till water will remain half. Add little milk and sugar. It is really useful in cough and cold.

• Black pepper improves dental health
Pepper helps fight tooth decay and provides relief from toothache.

Bioavailability enhancement
Piperine increases the bioavailability of valuable phytochemicals present in other spices and can boost the activity of biochemically active compounds contained in green tea, curcumin and a variety of other spices by up to several hundred percent, depending on the molecule concerned.

Black pepper may be consumed safely in moderate quantities. Adding pepper, along with other potent medicinal spices like turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, cinnamon and ginger is a great natural way to enhance overall body health.


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Palak Bhaigan ka Sag

Palak is rich source of iron. I like to have palak in any form. This is aalo palak with bringal. A very tasty and healthy

1 bunch palak
1 potato
1 medium bringal
1 tps methi seed
1 medium tomato chopped
2 red chilly cut into two pieces
2 tps oil
salt according to taste


1. wash and chop palak.

2. cut brinjal and potato in medium pieces

3. heat the oil in the methi seeds and red chilly. saute for 30 sec

4. now add potato and bringal. saute for 2 minutes.

5. add palak, tomato, salt and mix well.

6. close the lid of pan , stirr in between.

7. cook till all water of palak is soaked.

8. serve hot with chapati or rice

Monday, November 22, 2010

Namkeen Dalia (Micowave Recipe)


1 cup dalia, cleaned and washed
1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds )
2 cloves
1/2 cup tomatos
1/4 cup onion chopped
1/4 cup french bean chopped
1/4 cup carrot chopped
1/4 cup cauliflower chopped
1/4 cup green peas
1 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste
2 tps oil

For the garnis
2 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)


1. In a micowave safe bowl, combine the oil, jeera, cloves, black papper and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute.

2. Add Dalia, mix well and cover it. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute, stir once in between after 30 seconds.

3. Add vegetable, chilly powder, salt and 2 cups of hot water and mix well.

4. Cover the bowl with a lid and microwave on HIGH for 9 minutes.

5. Stir well and microwave on HIGH for 2 more minutes.

6. serve hot, garnished with the coriander.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chana Dal Bhari puri

This Puri is part of most of festivals in my in laws place. Its really good option for brunch or heavy breakfast


1.5 cup Chana dal
1 tps jeera
1 tps red chilly powder
1/2 tps turmaric powder
salt according to taste

2 cup whole wheat aata
2 tps oil
salt accoding to taste

Oil to fry

1. sock chana dal in hot water for 1 hour

2. add dal, red chilly powder, turmaric powder, dal , bhuna jeera in cooker. add water. it should be less because we have to make dry dal. let it cook for 4-5 vessels

3. open the cooker. and mash the dal.

4. mix salt and oil in the flour. make smooth dough

5. divide dough in 8-10 small portion.

6. make small chapati from one portion. take little mashed dal fill in center. make like ball by closing corners.

7. make puri from that. dont make too thin .

8. Fry in enough oil.

9. serve hot with curd or aalu sabji
Note - Image is indicative purpose only.this image is take from web

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Vegetable Kadi


1/4 cup gobhi chopped
1/4 cup beans chopped
1/4 cup capsicum chopped
1/4 cup carrot chopped
2 tomatoes chopped
1 onion chopped
2 tps oil.
1 tps mustard seeds
6-7 curry leaves
1 cup besan
1.5 sour curd
3/4 tps turmeric
1 tps red chilly powder
salt according to taste

1. heat oil in pan. add mustard seeds and curry leaves. when curry leaves will start changing color add onion.

2. saute onion till it will change color.

3. add mix vegetables. saute for 1 minute. add little salt. mix well. add cover on the pan. and let it cook till all vegetables and cooked well. saute in between

4. add chopped tomatoes. cook for 2 minutes.

5. in a big bowl, add besan, dahi, salt, turmeric powder, and red chilly powder. add 1 cup water. mix well.

6. add this mixture in the pan. mix it. cover the pan cook for 8-10 minutes. saute in between

7. serve hot with Rice

Monday, November 15, 2010


This recipe is sent by Nitu Chugani. Thanks a lot for this yummy recipes


200 gm Paneer
2 large onions chopped
1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
1 onion chopped fine
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tablespoon SHAAN ACHAARI MASALA ( or more this masala is HOT.... so use it accordingly )
1 cup sour yoghurt
lots of chopped coriander leaves
  1. heat butter/ghee in a frying pan and add the onions and ginger garlic paste 
  2. and a bit of salt.
  3. sauté till transparent and then add the tomato. 
  4. cook till well mashed,. 
  5. add all the spices. cook again then add the yogurt and cook till u get a nice gravy,
  6.  taste and add more aachari masala if u feel like. 
  7. add the cubed paneer ( u can even deep fry the paneer if u wish) add a little water 
  8.  cook till paneer is well coated with the  masala. 
  9. serve hot with rotis


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tomato Coconut Chutney

3 I always like to have red chutney that is served with dosa and other South Indian dished. One day Coleage has brought is same chutney in her lunch box. I asked her for the recipe. I tried the same as soon as I got time. This chutney is tamilnadu style because it has more chillies.


4 medium Tomatoes
1 cup coconut
10-12 garlic clove
3-4 red chillies
salt according to taste
2 tps oil


1. add half tps in pan. add garlic and saute till it will change colour. keep it in a bowl

2. add another half tps oil in pan. cut red cillie in half. and add it in the pan. saute for 1 minute. transfer it to bowl.

3. add 1 tps oil in pan, now add tomatos. cook till it will become soft or half cooked

5. in a grinder. add garlic, red chilly , tomatos and coconut. grind it. now add salt and grind again.

6. Serve it with Idli or Dosa.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Health benifits of Onion

There are  a number of verity present in the onion. White, Yellow, Red, Green and some other verities are also there.  Many times onion makes your eyes water when you cut them, when the organic Sulphur, that is present in Onion, released.

Nutritional Benefits
There is a variation in composition of Nutritional Composition between different varieties of onion .
Onion is a Good anti-septic which is rich in vitamin A, B and C.  It is also source of folic acid, calcium, magnesium, chromium, phosphorus, iron and dietary fiber.  
Health Benefits
These are some of Health benefits of Onion
Onion is rich source of Iron, which is  beneficial for the treatment of anemia.
 Just eating a small raw onion daily can significantly lower cholesterol and also help prevent heart attacks.
 Fights infection some of bacteria and is effective against tuberculosis and infections of the urinary tract.
Blood pressure: 
 Onions,in raw or cooked form,  help to lower blood pressure.  It also thins the blood, dissolve blood clots and clear the blood of unhealthy fats.
Eating a small onion daily helps to correct thrombosis, lower the LDL cholesterol and prevents heart attacks significantly.
Constipation and flatulence: 
Add onion in food to help relieve chronic constipation and flatulence.
Chromium in onion helps diabetics' cells respond appropriately to bringing down the insulin level and improve glucose tolerance.
Hair loss: 
 Applying onion juice on scalp twice a week for 2 months will cause hair regrowth. 
Immune booster: 
Useful in cold weather to ward off infection, reduce fever and sweat out colds and flu.
Beneficial for women who are at risk for osteoporosis as they go through menopause. 
Mix equal amounts of onion juice and honey and take 3-4 teaspoons of this mixture daily.  It helps liquefy mucus and prevents its further formation.  It is also one of the best preventive potions against common cold.

Nutritional Values of Fresh Green Onions
Serving Size:
1/2 cup chopped (stalks and bulbs)
0 g
Saturated Fat
0 g
0 mg
4 g
1 g
Dietary Fiber
1 g
8 mg
Vitamin A
498 IU
Vitamin C
10 mg
1 mg
867 micrograms

You can consume Onion in raw form, in salad, or In Gravy. Onion is always a important Ingredient of Most of Indian Cuisine. I am presenting some of Recipes in CookWithPia that has a good amount of onion

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sweet and Sour Salad

 This recipe is sent by Nitu Chugani. Thanks Nitu for sending a healthy and tasty recipe

This salad combines fruit and vegetables.... to give u the sweet effect and the dressing provides the tanginess.You can Choose Vegetable and Fruits of your choice


1 avocado, cut small and salted with a little lemon juice so it doesn't discolor
1 cucumber cut small
a little red capsicum,... cut small
pitted olives
 few pickled onions
pomegranate seeds (u can substitute with grapes)
a few chunks of fresh pineapple combine all the fruit and vegetables and prepare your dressing


combine all veg and fruit in a bowl
combine olive oil, white vinegar, a bit of pineapple juice and salt.
pour this on the salad and got that TANGY SWEET AND SOUR taste!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Paneer Jhalfraezi

this is one of my favorite paneer preparation. Lovely color, delicious flavor, make our dinner special every time we eat


200 gm Paneer (Cottage Cheeze)
1 big capsicum
2 tomato
1 large Onion

1 tps cumin seeds
whole dried red chilly chopped
1" Ginger sliced
2 green chillies chopped
1 tps Red chilly powder
1/2 tps coriander powder
1 tps vinegar
salt according to  taste
coriander leaves to garnish


Cut onion, capsicum and tomatoes in squire pieces

heat oil in pan. add cumin seeds

now add onion, green chilly and ginger strips. saute till it will chnage colour

add red chilly powder and turmeric powder. saute for 1 minutes

add capsicum and saute for 2 minutes

add paneer and toss for 30 secs. cook for 2-3 minutes

add vinegar and salt. mix well.

add tomatoes and garam masala. saute for 1 minutes and let it cook for another 3-4 minutes

serve hot with Chapati or Nan

sending this recipe to

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sev Puri


24 papadi
1 cup boiled potatoes , chopped
1 Large onions , finely chopped
1 Large Tomato Chopped
4 tps Green Chutney
1 cup imli ki chutney
1 tps chaat masala
1 tps lemon juice
1 cup curd
salt to taste

1 cup sev
2 tbsp chopped coriander


   1. Arrange the papadis on a serving plate as you want.
   2.Add a little tomato, Potato and onion on the Top.
   3. Add Card on each papadi
   3. add on the top of the papadis with some imli ki chutney and green chutney.
   4. Sprinkle chat masala, lemon juice and salt on top.
   5. add some sev and coriander on the top
   6. Serve immediately.

Note- Picture in this post is identical purpose only. it is take from Web

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bread Dahi Vada

I have added recipe of dahi vada few day back. Its a new version of Dahi Vada. Quick , Easy and Tasty

 20 bread slices
1/2 cup green chutney
250 gm dahi
1/2 cup imly chutney
2 tps cumin powder
salt according to taste
1 tps red chilly powder

  1. Mix dahi well in a bowl and keep them aside
  2. Cut the bread with the help of Katori in round shape
  3. take two pieces of this bread, spread green chutney
  4. put this in a bowl. add enough dahi on the top
  5. add salt and jeera.
  6. add green chutney and sweet chutney.
  7. serve immediately
  8. you can keep ready bread and other ingredients . get it ready in few minutes when guest will come

Note- Picture in this post is identical purpose only. it is take from Web

    Heathy Bhel Puri


    1 Cup Mixed Sprouts Boiled
    1 Large onion Chopped
    1 large Tomato chopped
    2 green chilly chopped
    1 cup puffed rice
    1 cup sev or aalo bhujiya
    1/2 cup boiled patatos
    3 tps sweet Imli chutney
    2 tps green chutney
    1 tps coriander leaves
    2 tps lemon juice

    1. Take a big Bowl
    2. add puffed rice and sev. mix well
    3. add chopped onion, tomatoes, green chillies, potato, and mixed sprouts.
    4. add green chutney, sweet chutney and lemon juice. add salt
    5. Mix well
    6. serve immediately.
    7. Garnish with sev and coriander leaves

    Note- Picture in this post is identical purpose only. it is take from Web

    Reader's Recipe for month November- Microwave Recipes

    Method of cooking has been change a lot after Microwave. A lot of new things we can can prepare with the help of microwave or some old recipes with new twist. I am inviting all of my friends for participating in the Reader's Recipe of the Month

    Theme of the month November is Microwave Recipes
    You can send your recent Inventionwith microwave or your tried and tested recipes. It can be Indian or chinese or any other causine. only Condition is that microwave should be used as a medium of cooking.

    I am sure that you would like to share your recipe to all reader.

    One of the recipe in month will be declared as reader's Recipe of the Month. recipe with most number of comments and likes will be declared as Reader's Recipe of the month

    You can send recipe from your existing recipes from your blog.

    Reader's Recipe of the Month October was Mazedar Paneer Veg Balls sent by KamalJeet kaur. theme of october was Party Recipe

    You can send recipes on

    or post on my facebook Profile

    CookWithPia -FaceBook Profile

    Happy Cooking and Keep Sharing. Waiting for Recipes from all reader's

    Monday, November 1, 2010

    Dahi Vada

    Diwali is coming in few days. Dahi Vada is part of our special preparation always. Its a recipe we can eat as snack or serve to guests. Tou can prepare it in the excess and serve as required. I am presenting here my mother's recipe of Dahi Vada, I simply like it a lot. Its really  Soft and very tasty!!!!!

    1 cup Urad Dal(Split Black Gram)
    2 tps green coriander
    1 tps ginger chopped
    2 tps Raisin cut into half
    salt according to taste
    1 1/2 cup thick Yogurt 
    1 tps cumin powder
    salt according to taste

    1. Soak black gram dal for 1 hours
    2. Make paste of dals. dont add so much water. Paste should thick
    3. Keep It for 1/2 hours
    4. beat the batter for 8-10 minutes. Take water in bowl. drop one drop of batter in the bowl. If it is not socked in water, the drop should be on the top of water, batter is ready else beat for some more time
    5. add coriander leaves, ginger, kishmish. Add Salt little less than required
    6. Heat the oil.
    7. add little water in your hand. Take batter and with the help of thumb, make a hole in middle.
    8. deep fry it. when it will become brown keep it aside.
    9. Take enough water in the big bowl. Soak Vada in the water for sometime.
    10. Take Dahi, beat it. To remove all lumps
    11. Soak in the dahi.
    12 add salt, cumin powder, chopped coriander leaves and Sweet Chutney(Optional) before serving
    sending this recipe to Breakfast Club event by maison cupcake andHelen at Fuss Free Flavours

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