Monday, April 16, 2018

Instant Pot Peas Pulao

1.5 c. rice, rinsed and drained
2 c. frozen peas
1/2 onion, diced
1 and 1/2 onions, sliced thinly

Heat 3-4 Tb. oil in IP.  Add bay leaf, a cinnamon stick, and a pinch of the following spices: cumin seeds, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom.  Sautee 1/2 diced onion until translucent.  Add 1Tb. ginger garlic paste (or 1.5 tsp each ginger and garlic) and sautee until fragrant.  Add in rice and sauté for a few mins, stirring frequently.  Add in peas and correct amount of water for the rice. (I used 1.5c sona masoori rice and scant 3 cups water), add salt (1/2-1 tsp).

Set IP on manual mode for 6 mins.

Caramelize sliced onions on stovetop.  Sautee cashews in oil separately.

Garnish the peas pulao with carmelized onions and cashews.

Both kids LOVED this dish, especially the caramelized onions, and asked "Can you make this every day?!"

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Instant Pot Chai

Makes chai for 2

3/4c. water
3/4c. whole milk
fresh ginger- few small slices
cardamom pods- few cracked open
1 Tb. black tea powder (I use Taj Mahal brand)

I cooked this pot-in-pot using a stainless steel bowl on the trivet, with about a cup of water in the main pot.  Manual- high pressure for 4 mins.  Wait 5 mins to quick release after it's done.  Strain and add sugar to taste.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ethiopian Collard Greens

I tried this recipe from African Bites and my family loved it!  I used 1 bunch of kale and 1 bunch of collard greens, and I omitted the cayenne/chili powder.

Ethiopian Collard Greens

Ethiopian Green Beans and Carrots (Fasolia)

1 onion, sliced
1-2 c. sliced carrots
1-2 c. green beans
*Use roughly equal portions of onions, carrots, green beans.
Olive oil
1 clove garlic, sliced.
1/2 tsp turmeric

Cook the onions over med-high heat, covered, for a few mins.  Add oil and cook until onions are nearly translucent.  Add carrots, garlic and turmeric and cook (covered) 4-5 mins more. Add green beans and salt.  Stir well, cover and cook another 4-5 mins until all veggies are tender.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Divya's Sakkura Pongal

1 c. sona masonry rice
1/4 c. moong dal
4.5 c. water

Cook in instant pot for 12 mins manual pressure.  QR after 10 mins, or NPR if you have time.

Combine jaggery powder and water in a pot.  Cook over med-low flame until fully dissolved and hot. There will still be some solids, so strain the jaggery syrup using a tea strainer. Discard the solids.

In a small skillet, melt 3-4 Tb. ghee, then add a handful of cashews.  Stir until the cashews occasionally until they start to turn color.  Add a handful of raisins and turn the flame off.

Once the instant pot has been opened, stir and mash the rice with a spoon/spatula.  Mix the jaggery syrup in, and add a dash of salt.  Stir in the ghee cashew mixture and a sprinkle of cardamom powder.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Stew

2 cans black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 small onion
2 Tsp minced garlic
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp chili powder (optional)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
greens- cilantro or spinach
lemon juice

Heat oil and add cumin seeds. When they smell fragrant, add onion and saute until translucent.  Add garlic and fry for a minute.  Add tomatoes.  Once tomatoes start to break down, add spices and saute until raw smell disappears.  Add 3c. water and set IP to manual 5 mins.  Once cooked, stir in lemon juice and greens (cilantro or spinach)

I served it as a stew over quinoa, and it got a thumbs up from the fam.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

1 c. butter (softened)
2/3 c. sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (or try 1/2 tsp almond)
1 egg yolk
1 tsp milk
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp salt
Jam- any varieties (I used raspberry, strawberry, apricot)

Cream butter and sugar together.  Add vanilla, egg yolk and milk.  Stir in flour and salt until dough ball forms.  Refrigerate for 1 hour (essential so cookies don't spread out too much during baking).  Roll dough into 1 inch balls.  Make a well in the cookies using your thumb or a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon.  Fill the wells with jam (don't overfill!).

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 mins.  When the bottoms of the cookies start to brown, they are done (cookies don't need to be browned on top).  Allow to cool for a while on the cookie sheet.  Can be kept 3-4 days or can be frozen.