Italian Veggie Potato

Last weak it was all about Holi festival, meaning lot’s of food and fun with colors. After having sweet Chandrakala and fried Spicy Samosas along with other festival food, today I was in mood to make something healthy and easy-to-make breakfast.

A look inside my fridge gave me a bowl of home-made cottage cheese (paneer) and some boiled potatoes. Just before closing the fridge I also caught glance of jar of home-made pizza sauce.

Last weak I got tomatoes at reasonable rate, so had made pizza sauce and kept it in fridge – it always comes handy. So, with these ingredients I thought why not try something new with Italian flavor.

Fortunately, the attempt was successful as it was loved by all in my family. Happy smiles on everyone’s face encouraged me to share this simple yet healthy recipe. It’s nutritious and if you have boiled potato and cottage cheese ready with you then it gets ready in no time.

Italian Veggie Potato

Here is the list of ingredients:

  • Chopped onion: ¼ cup
  • Chopped capsicum: ¼ cup
  • Chopped tomatoes: ½ cup
  • Chopped boiled potatoes: ½ cup
  • Cottage cheese: ½ cup
  • Pizza sauce: 1 tbsp
  • Olive oil: 1 tbsp
  • Oregano: ½ tsp
  • Black pepper: ¼ tsp
  • Salt as per taste

Italian Veggie Potato - Ingredients

Procedure

  • Toss the chopped onions, capsicum and tomatoes in olive oil on medium flame. Once the vegetables become tender, add chopped boiled potatoes. You can very well add vegetables of your choice. Anything like carrots, cabbage, olives, corn will also blend beautifully.

Italian Veggie Potato - Tossing

I had only these vegetables available today, so went ahead with these only. No matter how much I plan in night for the next day’s breakfast, what gets finally on table is decided once I get in kitchen and say good morning to fridge. 🙂

  • Add some pizza sauce. I have used home-made pizza sauce here. You can alternatively go with tomato ketchup as well. Mix thoroughly and add cottage cheese. Again, you can also add paneer cubes or cheese of your choice. It’s your dish, personalize it the way you want.
  • Sprinkle some oregano, black pepper and salt. Blend everything together and your dish is ready.

Italian Veggie Potato - Seasoning

Serve immediately. You can serve it with bread toast. In my opinion, this dish is versatile enough to be munched on its own or served as a side-dish or as a sabzi.

Italian Veggie Potato - ready to be served

I had leftover of this dish, so we had it in our lunch with multi-grain paratha and it tasted good.

If you happen to like it do suggest me a better name for it – I still feel it can be called something better. For me making a recipe is easier than naming it. So please help! 🙂

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Chandrakala sweet – Holi Special

During Holi festival, making ghujia is a regular tradition in North-India. So, this time I thought why not make something other than ghujia, but similar to it. So the idea of making Chandrakala popped up.

I have made ghujia many times before but this was the first time I tried my hands on Chandrakala, and I’m really happy the way they turned out.

chandrakala-ready-to-eatSoft yet crumbly texture outside and delicious mawa-filling inside that just lifts up the mood. The taste of cardamom and almond in the mawa-filling is amazing.

This Indian sweet easily stays good for 15-20 days or more. However, I’m sure this won’t last for more than a week in any family with sweet-tooth. Ok, enough of introduction and let’s start with its preparation. 🙂

Simple ingredients are required and if you have mawa that’s left after making ghee at home, the same can be used for filling.

I also use same residual mawa  (extracted from ghee-making) for making gulab-jamuns as well, and trust me they taste equally good. However, you can very well use ready-made mawa to make Chandrakala or gulab-jamun.

Ingredients

For dough:

  • All purpose flour (maida): 1 cup
  • Clarified butter (ghee): ¼ cup
  • Water to knead dough

For Stuffing:

  • Mawa/khoya: ½ cup
  • Powdered sugar: 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder: ½ tbsp
  • Almond flakes: 1 tbsp

For Sugar syrup:

  • Sugar: 3/4 cup
  • Water: 3/4 cup
  • 2-3 pieces of lemon wedges or 3-4 tsp of milk
  • Pistachio for garnishing: ¼ tbsp
  • Oil for deep frying

Procedure

Dough Making:

  • Keep aside 1 tbsp flour aside, add ghee in rest of the flour and mix properly. Rub with fingers to make sure there are no lumps.
  • Add water in small proportions and make the dough. The texture of dough should be similar to dough of roti. However, this dough will be non-sticky because of ghee in it.
  • Cover the dough with damp muslin cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Preparing stuffing:

  • Roast the mawa on low flame for 10 minutes (I roast the mawa, as this increases its shelf-life.). Let it cool and return to room temperature.
  • Add powdered sugar, almond flakes, cardamom powder and mix properly. You can add raisins, cashews and other dry-fruits of your choice. More the merrier. 🙂

Proceeding further:

  • Divide the dough in small balls and roll out thin small rotis. Make sure the thickness of roti is adequate. Too thin the roti, stuffing will ooze out while frying. If too thick the edges will remain uncooked, and the main body will turn golden while frying.
  • Roll out rotis and keep them covered with damp muslin cloth.

rotis-for-chandrakala

  • In a small bowl, mix 1 tbsp flour (that was earlier kept aside) with little water and make a paste. This act as the sealing agent and prevent stuffing from oozing out.

Sealing agent for Chandrakala

  • Now put 1 tbsp stuffing at center of roti (with the above-prepared paste applied on the edges).

Stuffing for Chandrakala

  • Place the other roti on top of it and press gently from all sides.

Sealing edges of Chandrakala

  • Start folding and turning with finger tip. Keep rotating the roti on your palm, as this gives better control while folding.

Chandrakala folding process

  • Complete the circle and you will get this pattern (#3 in above image) in the end. Earlier the beauty of this pattern made me think it must be difficult. However, after few trials under my MIL’s guidance, I can now easily do this part.
  • Make all chandrakala like this, and keep them covered with damp muslin cloth till you start deep-frying process.

Procedure for Sugar syrup:

  • Take sugar and water in a heavy bottom vessel and put on medium flame. Sugar will dissolve and syrup will start boiling.
  • Let it simmer for around 15 minutes. You can either add lemon wedges or milk drops in this syrup. This helps in accumulating dirt from sugar syrup and gives it a nice transparent appearance.
  • Collect the dirt forming on the top and discard it. Another advantage of adding milk or lemon wedges is that it prevents syrup from solidifying on cooling.

Deep-frying:

  • Heat the oil in heavy bottom skillet on medium flame.
  • Drop in chandrakala one by one. Deep-fry them on medium flame and keep twisting and turning till you get an even golden color.

Deep-fried Chandrakala

  • After frying dip them in sugar syrup. Let them soak in the syrup for 10-15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle some finely-cut almonds and pistachio before serving.

Chandrakala with colorful bottles

I had been thinking of trying this sweet since quite some time and I’m really happy that I finally made it. Since it’s occasion of Holi I have added colorful dotted bottles in background.

It is much simple to make than it appears. So, do try it and surprise your loved ones with this amazing looking and delicious Indian sweet-dish.

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Free Printable Coloring Page

Some time back one of my bhaili shared a link to adult coloring pages. Since I had no idea about it, my first thought was what’s wrong with her? Why is she sharing such coloring pages links with me?

Slowly I heard about it from others too, so finally decided to check it. I realized the way I find art relaxing and meditative, many people connect similarly with coloring pages.

Not all are blessed with skill to sketch or do some art. But, we can surely do some creative coloring. After all, we all have done coloring in our childhood days. Wasn’t it so much fun being surrounded by colorful pencils!

free-coloring-sheetSo, a thought occurred of why not share my coloring page with you. It’s is a free printable page which you can very well use for coloring. Just get yourself a pack of coloring pencils and choose color combination you like and go with the flow 🙂

To start with, you can also opt for fine tip marker pens.

free-printable-coloring-sheetI am sure, you will thoroughly enjoy it and your mind will be relaxed on completion. As it’s an intricate pattern page, it will require all your concentration – just like meditation. I can say this because I really enjoy and feel relaxing when I do intricate Madhubani paintings or create Zentagles.

Coloring Page

Even you can use this coloring page, as it’s a free download. You just have to download the above image (right-click and “Save as”), get it printed on A4 size paper and get set with your color box.

I have already taken out a printout for me to start coloring. Since, this is the first time I’m sharing coloring page, feel free to share your suggestions.

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