Monday, July 30, 2018

FIVE ingredient Chipotle Grilled Eggplant

Grilling season is awesome with these grilled eggplants. A quick marinade; an easy recipe and perfect results each time! 


Are you an eggplant lover? Then this recipe is MADE for you! If not, I promise you will atleast try this and then fall in love with eggplants. In my family and with friends, everyone either LOVES or HATES this violet vegetable. There are a few who would NEVER touch this vegetable in any form! However, this recipe was able to pull over a few on the other side. If you are in a similar spot, read on to find out more. 

We have reached the peak of grilling season and I realized I did not post any grilling recipe this year. As I mentioned in my last post, the last few months have been pretty crazy and we ended up eating take out or making something quick in the Instant Pot.


However, I did make this SUPER delicious Eggplant recipe not long ago. Finally, it makes its way to the blog! This recipe works great with a bunch of other grilled recipes like these:


I tried this recipe a couple of times and it turned out awesome each time. The starting point of this one is picking a good plump eggplant. If it has only a few seeds, it helps in making the recipe super yum and easy to make. I like to make this with big eggplants, but if you cannot find them, Chinese eggplants and Indian ones work well too. 


Made from just FIVE ingredients, this delicious grilling recipe takes hardly any time to bring together. These eggplants need no time to marinate; just top with any easy to make marinade and grill. You can actually bring this together while you grill corn on the cob on the grill! Or make the marinade before time and use that to make these strips at the grill.

We enjoyed these with a simple tomato salad; but this tastes amazing when stuffed into a naan with green chutney and cheese. It makes a great grilled eggplant sandwich that is healthy, filling and easy to make. Plus, it is a great way to get the kids to enjoy eggplant! 


For this recipe I used store bought Chipotle Sauce. Any hot sauce works well for this, but I love how Chipotle blends so well with the eggplant and helps make a flavorful grilling recipe. If you do not like Chipotle for any reason, use any hot sauce like Sriracha chilli garlic sauce. If that is super spicy for you, mix in some ketchup to make the sauce sweet and spicy. You can also add diced onions and chilli flakes to the marinade. And yes, this marinade works well with all kinds of vegetables; so use your favorite vegetables to grill this summer! 

I hope you enjoy this recipe and make it before Summer passes us by! I am working on a few more recipes that make summer awesome. So hop back to the blog and read about them. Hope you are having a great summer peeps! 

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Ingredients

Big Eggplant 1 
Chipotle Sauce 1 tbsp
Minced Garlic 1 tsp
Olive Oil 2 tbsp
Salt and Pepper as required



Method

Slice an eggplant into 1/4 inch slices. Sprinkle salt and rest for a few minutes till the water drains from the slices.

In a bowl mix together Olive oil, Chipotle sauce, minced garlic, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper powder. 

Start the outdoor grill or the stove top grill. Brush the marinade over the eggplant slices. 

Spray non-stick cooking spray on the grill (if required) and grill the slices on both sides. Remove and serve with tomato balsamic salad, pasta or enjoy the slices by themselves. 


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Ricotta Cheese Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamuns; soft, succulent and melt in mouth dumplings, floating in saffron and cardamom flavored syrup. One of the best Indian sweets made with a surprising ingredient!


Hello folks! I have been away for over a month and finally I am back to blogging! Over the last month or so we have been super occupied with moving into our first house and setting it up. I have been knee deep in moving and spending time with family for a few weeks. That kept me away from blogging; but close to other things I love! 

The new home is now our abode, family is back to India after making some super awesome memories that will last a lifetime! And now, it is back to this space; my little space that lets me write about the recipes I cook, the cuisines I try and the small tricks that make cooking less tedious and more fun. 

In the chaos that happened, an important day passed us by. The day I started the blog was this week and it is now FOUR years that I have been posting here. To celebrate all of the wonderful that went by this part month, here is a sweet that we LOVE at home. 


Gulab Jamun, a yummy Indian dessert that is on the favorites list for almost EVERYBODY! Rounds of mawa or milk powder fried in ghee or oil and dunked in sugar syrup and enjoyed warm or cold. We LOVE it best with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream! 

The traditional recipe to make it is by using mawa or milk powder. However, I LOVE to use Ricotta Cheese in my kitchen and it gives some awesome results. Over the last few years I have used Ricotta Cheese in the following recipes:


So you see how much we love that cheese! It works great in sweet and savory recipes. It has such a great texture and super versatile in all recipes. This time I used it to make Gulab Jamuns and they turned out SO GOOD; I am not going back to any other recipe again! 

Gulab Jamun is one of our family favorite recipes! Whether it is a family get together or a festival, we LOVE it each time. Sometimes served as a sweet dish with dinner or with a scoop of ice cream as dessert. 

Though it takes a while to make them, they are super yummy and we can finish them all in NO TIME! Especially when you make them of a smaller size thinking you can enforce portion control. Those are the times I am guilty of eating too many of the mini ones :) 


Coming to the recipe, I made these with ricotta cheese. This cheese helps make them easily and this recipe never fails. In this recipe I added some maida or allpurpose flour and a few other ingredients. These ingredients are needed to perfectly cook the gulab jamuns. A pinch of baking soda is important to make them nice and soft. Cardamom seeds and saffron in the jamuns is optional, but they make the jamuns delicious! 

The most important part of the recipe is the sugar syrup. Made with just a few ingredients, the thickness of the syrup determines the success of the recipe. So make sure the consistency is right. It is pretty simple, just needs some patience to get it right! 

Once the syrup and the ricotta cheese balls are ready, all that is left is to mix them and let the balls soak the syrup. And an AMAZING dessert is ready for your party! So read on and see how to make them perfectly each time!  


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Ingredients

For the Jamun

Ricotta Cheese 2 cups
Allpurpose flour/Maida 2 tbsp
Baking Soda 1/8 tsp
Milk 2 tsp
Cardamom Seeds 1/4 tsp
Saffron Strands a pinch
Oil/ghee to fry

For the Syrup

Sugar 2 cups
Water 1 cup
Cardamom Seeds 1/4 tsp
Saffron Strands a pinch


Method

In a pan add ricotta cheese and cook on medium flame for about 20-25 minutes. This should result in a dry crumbly mixture. Alternatively, microwave the ricotta cheese 5-6 times; for 1 minute each time. 

Let the mixture cool. Knead it using your palms for a few minutes; till it is smooth and grain free.

Add all purpose flour, baking soda, cardamom seeds and saffron. Mix well and knead to form a soft dough. Add a couple of drops of milk to make the dough moist. You might not need the entire milk, so add as needed. 

Once the dough is formed, set aside for a few minutes. Meanwhile, heat water and sugar for the syrup till the sugar melts and the syrup is thick. Add cardamom seeds and saffron strands, let simmer for a few minutes and turn the heat down. 

Start making small balls of the ricotta mixture. Ensure there are no cracks, use milk if needed to make the balls smooth. 

Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Fry the ricotta balls on medium flame till the balls are golden brown. Remove and dip in the syrup. Let the gulab jamuns absorb the syrup and serve warm or cold.