Easy Plum Cake

Bright sunny days
gleaming sunshine
on my face,
invigorating,
rejuvenating,
joy of summer
a season,so awaited
for all it brings,
folks elated

Easy Plum Cake

summer foods and fruits
in abundance,
cherries,berries and plums
Ah plums,
that’s what I need
to revel in,
a dessert indeed

Easy Plum Cake 5

a cake
a delight,
with juicy plums,
all in sight,
a bite is all you need,
to make you crave
this indulgent treat,
on a summer day so fine
in all its beauty,
so divine

Easy Plum Cake

Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter-1 1/2 sticks room temperature
  • All Purpose Flour-1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbsp
  • Baking Soda-1/2 tsp
  • Salt-1/4 tsp
  • Packed Light brown sugar-1/2 cup
  • granulated sugar-1/2 cup
  • Large eggs-3
  • Pure Vanilla Extract-1 tsp
  • Sour Cream-1/4 cup
  • Plums-4 halved,pitted and cut into eighths
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 inch cake pan or baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Using an electric mixer beat butter and sugars until light andf fluffy.
  4. In a large bowl mix the flour,baking soda and salt.
  5. With mixer on low,beat in eggs one at a time until incorporated.
  6. Beat in vanilla.
  7. Add in 1/2 of the flour mixture,then sour cream followed by the rest of the flour mixture.Mix until just combined.
  8. Spread batter into pan and smooth the top with a knife.
  9. Arrange the plums at the top.
  10. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Dust with confectioner's sugar once cooled.

Recipe Source-Martha Stewart

 

 

 

Mixed Vegetable Curry

Is it just me or this summer is really going-by way too fast!We’re already inching towards the end of July and there’s just one more month of summer vacation left.I’ve been busy with lots of entertaining and cooking, but somehow not all recipes make it to my blog.I cooked a variety of dishes this past month, but couldn’t take pictures of any.But I promise you that those recipes will be made again so I can share them with you!

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With so much going on during the summer, easy family recipes is what everyone is look for, and I’ve got for you exactly that.An easy Mixed Vegetable Curry that you can make using your favorite frozen mixed vegetable pack.I like to add in some fresh cauliflower for some body and also some extra flavor.This dish is a staple if I’m in a rush or if we’ve been out all day and need something fast on the table.

Mixed Vegetable Curry 1

I make it just like any other Indian sauce beginning with browning the onions followed by ginger-garlic, spices and tomatoes.The spices I use are typically ground cumin,coriander,garam masala, turmeric and  chili.The redolence is unbelievable and the once the veggies are added into the sauce, its just waiting to be scooped up with some warm rotis or naan.If you desire the sauce more creamier, you could also add a tablespoon of some sour cream or heavy cream towards the end.Enjoy.

Mixed Vegetable Curry

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of frozen mixed veg pck
  • 1 cup fresh small cauliflower florets
  • Onions-2 small finely chopped
  • Fresh crushed ginger-2 tsp
  • Fresh crushed garlic-2 tsp
  • Tomatoes-2 small pureed
  • Ground cumin-1 tsp
  • Ground coriander-2 tsp
  • Turmeric-1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder-1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala-1/2 tsp
  • Water-1/2 cup or more if req
  • Oil-3 tbsp
  • Salt to tatse
  • Sour cream or heavy cream (optional)-1-2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. In a skillet heat oil and add onions.
  2. Brown until golden on medium heat and add ginger and garlic.
  3. Saute for a minute and add the spices.
  4. Saute for another minute or two until aromatic and add the tomato puree.
  5. Cook the mixture until you see oil separating from the sides.
  6. Add the veggies and cauliflower along with salt.Mix well.
  7. Add water and cook for about 8-10 minutes or until the veggies are cooked.Check the seasonings.
  8. Add cream if desired.
  9. Enjoy.

 

Kashmiri Dum Aloo (Potatoes cooked in aromatic spices-an authentic Kashmiri dish)

If there’s one cuisine that’s always intrigued me,it has to be Kashmiri cuisine.Its amazing how with just a few spices and yoghurt, you can create some amazing recipes that’s to die for.I was introduced to Kashmiri food through my brother who has friends from the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India.Being a foodie just like the rest of us he has learnt to cook some of those amazing dishes that he enjoyed at his friends’ .When I recently visited India he made the most amazing Mutton Rogan Josh, and the taste still lingers in my mouth.

Kashmiri Dum Aloo

The recipe I have for you today is a Kashmiri Potato dish called Dum Aloo and involves cooking whole potatoes in some aromatic spices like aniseed and cumin along with some yoghurt.It takes some effort but the end result is out of this world.Its in a way easier than any other Indian preparation since the recipe does not call for onion or garlic.But you do have to patiently stir throughout for the sauce to come together. Enjoy.

Kashmiri Dum Aloo (Potatoes cooked in aromatic spices-an authentic Kashmiri dish)

Ingredients

  • Potatoes medium (same size)-1 lb
  • Cumin Seeds-1 tsp
  • Cloves-3
  • Asafoetida-1 pinch
  • Red chili powder-2 tsp (or a mix of 1 tsp kashmiri chili powder and 1 tsp red chili powder)
  • Turmeric-1/2 tsp
  • Ground ginger-1 tsp
  • Aniseed powder-1 tsp
  • Yoghurt-1/2 cup
  • Garam masala-1 tsp
  • Powder 1 black cardamom,1/2 inch cinnamon and black pepper-1 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Mustard Oil-(1/2 cup to fry potatoes plus cooking)

Instructions

  1. Boil the potatoes until tender.Once cool peel and prick the potatoes all over using a tootpick.Keep aside.
  2. Heat some oil in a wok or a deep dish and fry the potatoes until golden on all sides.
  3. Strain with a slotted spoon and keep aside in a tray.
  4. Add about 1/4 cup of oil back into the wok and add cloves,cumin and asefoetida.
  5. Stir, lower the heat and slowly add the red chili and turmeric along with a tbsp of water.
  6. Make sure to not burn the chili and turmeric.
  7. Stir till the oil separates from the sides and mixes in with the chili/turmeric about 3-4 minutes stirring continously.
  8. Beat the yoghurt with a little bit of water to smooth.Add in the beaten yoghurt into the mix while still stirring.
  9. Add the ground aniseed and ginger and conitnue to cook constantly stirring until you see oil separating.
  10. Add the potatoes and mix all over so that they get coated in the mix.Add just enough water to cover the potatoes.
  11. Cook on low heat until oil separates and the sauce thickens.Add a little water if too dry.
  12. Add garam masala and the cardamom spice mix.Adjust the seasonings.
  13. Serve hot with your favorite bread or rice.

Curried Kale Chips

Kale Chips are a craze these days and I’m amazed by all the flavors available in the stores.Not only are they delicious but also a great healthy alternative to all the unhealthy snacks out there.I usually snack on nuts or hummus with chips, but these Kale Chips are the new favorite.I’ve been wanting to make them for quite sometime and finally got round to doing it.I followed this base recipe and tweaked it with my own little twist.

Kale

Kale as we know is a super food.Its packed with anti-oxidants, Vitamins and also has cholesterol lowering benefits.With many of us choosing to eat low carb meals and snacks in order to stay fit and healthy, this is one vegetable that should be a part of our diet at least once a week.

Curried Kale Chips

Coming back to my recipe,these chips are perfectly crisp with just a hint of curry in the background, not too overpowering and with a little bit of sugar, the sweet-salty combo is amazing.These also make for great on-the-go snack whether you’re out hiking or on a road trip.Enjoy.

Curried Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • Fresh Kale-1 head thoroughly washed and dried
  • Olive Oil-2 tbsp
  • Curry Powder-1 tsp
  • Sugar-1/2 tsp
  • Sea Salt-for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Remove the ribs and cut into 1 - 1 1/2 inch pieces.
  3. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with curry,sugar and salt.Mix well and bake until crisp for 20 minutes turning halfway through.

Curried Roasted Asparagus with Boiled Egg

Hot Summer days calls for recipes that require as little time as possible in your kitchen leaving more time for you to enjoy with your loved ones.Keeping exactly that in mind I’ve got for you an easy appetizer that tastes fantastic and is ready in under 15 minutes!

Curried Roasted Asparagus

You’re already aware of my love for Asparagus.Its one of the healthiest veggies out there.If you’re looking for easy low carb dishes or trying to eat healthy,then this is for you.Asparagus is rich in Fiber,Potassium and also low in calories and sodium.

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This time round I played with some curry powder and garlic to flavor it and I wasn’t disappointed at all!Roasting veggies is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them and Curried Asparagus is a pure delight.Serve with some boiled egg for an easy Indian Inspired appetizer and see your guests raving.

Curried Roasted Asparagus with Boiled Egg

Ingredients

  • Asparagus-10 oz
  • Curry Powder-1 tsp
  • Garlic powder-1 tsp
  • Salt-to taste
  • Olive Oil-2 tbsp
  • Eggs-4

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a baking sheet place the asparagus along with the rest of the ingredients.Mix well with your hands.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Take out and slightly cool.
  5. Arrange on a serving tray.
  6. Boil the eggs in for 5 minutes.Slice into wedges and arrange on top of the Asparagus.
  7. Enjoy!