Homemade Ricotta And What You Can Do With It

homemade ricotta

Homemade Ricotta

Homemade ricotta cheese recipe is already on the blog. In this post I want to show you two delicious toasts you can make with it. And more. There’s no cooking but only assembling in these recipes. Ricotta to me is best defined as ‘loose paneer’ to the Indian palate. The making of it requires full fat milk, lemon juice, salt and 15 minutes. Many restaurants and cafes include ricotta in many of their dishes like pancakes and cheesecakes. I like the idea of ricotta on toast with something sweet or savoury to go with it. Like, this ricotta and mushroom toast.

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Roast Chicken in Mushroom and Wine Sauce

Roast chicken in mushroom and wine sauce

Roast Chicken in Mushroom and Wine Sauce

Roast chicken isn’t the hero here. The hero is the mushroom and wine sauce. Although, I’d like to have cooked down the wine a few minutes longer. But it was still delicious. For the sauce, I blitzed the mushrooms with a little onion and lots of garlic. That’s pretty much what you will taste – mushrooms and garlic. Adding the white wine gave it some acidity. A little trick that always works for sauces for me is to add a small stock cube in the sauce while it simmers. Extra punch of flavour that only mushrooms wouldn’t give.

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Fig and Bacon Salad with Feta with Balsamic Dressing

Fig and Bacon Salad

Fig and Bacon Salad with Feta

Fig and bacon salad. I should have called it my fig and pig salad (I make myself laugh). My friend got me some juicy and delicious figs from Bangalore recently and I’m glad I put them to good use. I used the more firm ones for the salad and saved the mushy ones for another delicious adventure. But that’s for later. For now, stick a fork into this sweet, plump, salty, sour and fresh salad. It’s got all that and more. I made a very simple dressing of balsamic, honey and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil).

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Chilli Garlic Oil for Stir Fries, Eggs, and more

Recipe for Chilli Garlic Oil

Chilli garlic oil

If you’re ever wandering the feeds of Instagram and stumble on to mine, check out the highlights. I’ve got this recipe there. Chilli garlic oil has to be one of my favourite condiments of all time. There’s the ruby red oil that can be used to stir fry things in or simply drizzle your eggs with. Then there are those tiny little nuggets of gold – garlic and chilli flakes – that have crisped to perfect crunchiness. It elevates any boring dish to new levels of deliciousness. I don’t like saying “next level”. What is next level? Who’s seen the next level?.

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Curry Noodle Bowl with Dried Prawns

Curry Noodle Bowl

Recipe for curry noodle bowl with dried prawns

I’ve been off my blog for many months now. I don’t have excuses but I have a few reasons. Mainly because I was out of a job and was on a job hunt for the most part. I’m still only doing work on freelance/consultant basis. It takes its toll on the mind. Without dedication and focus (and money), it’s hard to keep a blog up and running. But I’ve been feeling bad about letting this baby of mine take the back seat (more like take the trunk) entirely. Going forward, I’ll try and update a few recipes as and when I feel like it, which essentially means, whenever I am in a better mindset. Till then, follow me on Instagram where I put up pictures.

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Oatmeal Waffles with Strawberry Compote

Oatmeal Waffles with Strawberry Compote

Oatmeal Waffles with Strawberry Compote

It’s boring to eat oatmeal the same way so I once made oatmeal pancakes which turned out to be great. If it’s good enough for pancakes, it’s good enough for waffles. Actually, I prefer the oatmeal waffles. They turned out light, fluffy and crisp on the outside. The strawberry compote was fantastic. I don’t see all the hoopla about strawberry season in India. The strawberries here are tasteless and sour for no reason. But I do like cooking with them. That’s the only way they taste remotely like a berry. I just simmered a bunch of strawberries with a touch of sugar and balsamic sugar. In about 20 mins I had sticky sweet and deliciously ruby red compote.

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Chettinad Chicken Curry Recipe

Chettinad Chicken Curry Recipe

Chettinad Chicken Curry Recipe

Chettinad chicken curry is something we’d order at restaurants and rarely cook at home. In fact, I don’t think my mum has ever cooked it back in the day. I discovered it myself in Chettinad style restaurants in Bangalore. I think it was Anjappar. Ever since I’ve seen it being made on many Indian cooking shows by several chefs and home cooks. This style of curry is right up my alley because I love roasting whole spices and grinding it with coconut to make a base for the curry. Just like we do in Mangalorean style of cooking.

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Methi Paneer Curry Recipe

Methi Paneer Curry Recipe

Methi Paneer Curry Recipe

When I first moved up north, it was winter. I could barely feel my nose or feet. But food during this time of the year is fantastic. From the gajar ka halwa to saag, there’s such good food. Methi in everything seems to be the right thing to do as well. I’ve had lots of methi based curries and I can’t seem to get over it. One such was methi paneer. They do add a lot of cream to it, which isn’t really my way of doing things. So I added whipped yoghurt. It was creamy without the cream and the bitterness of the methi was just right.

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Butterless Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Butterless Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Butterless Fudgy Brownies Recipe

People who know me call me the Brownie Queen. Alright, I call myself that. These butterless fudgy brownies happened because, well, I had no butter. I had to put together an impromptu lunch and how the hell was I to whip up dessert with a couple of hours notice and no butter? Outrageous, I tell you. But since I like my friends I had to do something. I just swapped the butter with coconut oil. Added some milk and a little cocoa. It all worked out fine.

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Roasted Beetroot and Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Beetroot and Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Beetroot and Cauliflower Soup

Last year around the same time I made this beautiful roasted beetroot and tomato soupRoasting beets is the best way to cook them, I believe. Simply wrap them in foil, throw them into a preheated oven and let them cook for about an hour, depending on their size. They seem to retain their colour, flavour and form when roasted. But with cauliflower, I just cook it in water till it’s tender. Another simple soup I had made was this cauliflower soup.

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