Pumpkin walnut muffins

The past few weeks have been so busy, I have not had the time to write my blog. But we have been cooking and dishing out interesting food. I will soon post some pictures.

On Friday afternoon, I was walking past Specialitys after lunch and they were giving out samples of pumpkin bread. It was delicious, a little too cinnamony for my liking, but tasty none the less. “I have a can of pumpkin puree sitting in the pantry”, I said to my friend who was walking with me, “Oooo… this is giving me ideas… and kindling my desire to bake. I have to try this on Saturday”. “Let me know if you try it out”, she said.

I woke up this morning, pulled out the ingredients and whipped up this nifty pumpkin bread. It was a delicious breakfast and everyone loved it. That’ why I thought of posting it here. It’s not too sweet though, so if you like your muffins sweet then just double the amount of sugar. Here’s the recipe for all of you to try…. Enjoy!!

Scrumptious... and hearty pumpkin walnut muffins

Scrumptious… and hearty pumpkin walnut muffins

Ingredients:

Sugar – 1/2 cup
Vegetable oil – 1/2 cup
Eggs – 3
Canned pumpkin puree- 1 1/2 cups
Water – 1/2 cup
Whole wheat flour – 2 cups (or 1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup whole wheat)
Baking powder – 1 1/2 teaspoons
Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon
Nutmeg – 1/2 teaspoon
Salt – a pinch
Raisins – 1 cup
Chopped walnuts – 1/2 cup

Directions:

– Mix the sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin and water together in a large bowl.
– Mix all dry ingredients together and add to mixture.
– Now add raisins and walnuts.
– Let the mixture stand for sometime (about 30 mins) at room temperature.
– Place in greased muffin tins and bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Stick a knife and check if the muffins are done, and then cool them on the cooling rack.

Healthy breakfast... taste delicious with milk

Healthy breakfast… taste delicious with milk

Crab cakes

We were grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s this weekend and decided to get crab meat. It’s usually very expensive and that made us think twice. But our daughter wanted to try it since she had read about crab cakes in a story recently and wanted to try them. Also, I had the Red Lobster commercial playing in my head, I guess…. which tempted me. It’s all good…. we all need to succumb to our cravings from time to time, right?

After he got back from work last evening, my hubby dear declared, “I am going cook some deliciously evil crab cakes… you guys will be left licking your fingers”. I rolled my eyes and walked to my daughter’s room to check on her homework. Soon all of us were at the dining table, drawn by the smells from the kitchen. I must admit we were left licking our plates indeed!!

Here’s the recipe for all of you to enjoy. It’s slightly different from the standard recipe…. our take on it. I hope all of you like it 🙂

Ingredients:

Crab meat – 16 oz. can
Scallions – 1 small bunch, finely chopped
Mayo – 2 tsps
Mustard sauce – 1 tsp
Garlic – 3 to 4 cloves, chopped
Green chillies – 2 (deseeded, finely chopped)
Bread crumbs – 3/4 cup
Egg – 1, beaten
Juice from half a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Roll into small balls and flatten into cakes. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the crab cakes till they are golden brown on both sides.

Serve along with dip of your choice or just try them as it is. They are delectable…. enjoy!!

Bengali fish in mustard sauce

Last night’s dinner was fish in mustard sauce and steamed white rice. My family loves it, it’s hearty and fairly easy to cook. It is a simple yet traditional Indian meal. The mustard sauce can be prepped in advance. It stays in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Fish cooked in mustard sauce is a traditional fish curry from Bengal, a state in Eastern India. Bengalis are crazy about this and everyone probably has their own version. This is my husband’s recipe which he has perfected with memories from his mom’s cooking and adding his own twist. You have to be a mustard lover to relish this as it can be quiet pungent. So here you go…

Ingredients:

Fish (preferably steak cut) – 4-5 pieces

Black mustard seeds (small) – 3 tbsp.

Tumeric powder- 2 tsp

Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp

Grated coconut – 1/2 cup

Green chillies – 2-3

Diced onion – 1/2 cup

Plain yogurt – 2 tbsp

Mustard oil (substitute with vegetable oil)

Sugar – 1 tbsp

Juice from one lemon

Chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Salt to taste

Preparation:

Soak the mustard seeds in water for 30 minutes or so. Coat the fish pieces with some salt, tumeric powder, red chilly powder and half of the lemon juice and set aside.

Sauce:

For preparing the sauce, grind the following in a food processor- the soaked mustard seeds, diced onion, coconut, green chilies, yogurt and sugar. You could add some water if the mixture is too thick.

Cooking:

– Saute the fish lightly in vegetable oil and set aside. You could skip this step if you want cut down the oil in the recipe.

– If you are using mustard oil, heat it in a pan till it starts smoking. Turn off the heat and let it cool for a while. Then heat it again and add the mustard sauce to it. Let this sauce cook for about 10 mins. Add some water if it thickens too much and keep stirring. Add salt for seasoning.

– Now add the fish to the sauce and let it cook for another 10 mins.

– Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and remaining lemon juice. Serve with steamed white rice.

Hope you like this…. and let me know if you try it. Enjoy, and stay “khush”!!

The smell of mustard is in the air...

Khichadi and stir-fry fish

My Saturdays are usually busy with household chores … So I wanted to cook something simple, yet tasty. I decided to make “khichadi” which is Indian lentils (moong dal) and rice sautéed and cooked together in the rice cooker. To make it interesting I added some chopped onions, tomatoes and garam masala. Served it hot and steaming with some ghee, yummy…. On the side I stir-fied small fish (which I had in the freezer) with chopped onions, ginger-garlic and red peppers in some peanut sauce. I usually keep ground peanut sauce ready, it comes in handy for a quick Indian meal. Here are some pictures, hope you like it!

mixed-greens, khichadi and stir-fry fish

Fishy rice 🙂