Monday, November 28, 2011

Fava Beans Rice

Oh yes! You can quickly make some lip smacking rice with these Fava Beans in it.

Fava Beans are also called Broad Beans. Avarakai in Tamil.

It is high in Protein & Fiber but low on Fats so it surely should be tried.

So let's get to cooking.

Get ready with:
  • Cooked Rice - 1 Bowl
  • Broad Beans - 12
  • Spring Onions - 2
  • Salt - As per taste
  • Oil - 2 teaspoons

Put it together:
  1. Trim the beans & chop each in 2 or 3 parts. You may chop them according to your wish however I like them bigger as they look delectable to me.
  2. Now heat a deep pot with water in it. When the water boils throw in the beans & let them get cooked. Remove from heat & strain when done.
  3. Ready a wok on high flame with 2 teaspoons of edible oil in it & add the fava beans & spring onions together. Saute for a minute.
  4. Now add the cooked rice & salt to this & mix in well.
  5. Your rice is ready to be served with some hot manchurian!

  • You may use normal onions if spring onions arent available although you will miss the greens & the lovely fresh taste
  • Serve them with any hot & spicy curry

Friday, November 18, 2011

Stir Fried Chinese Green Beans

I remember going to Mainland China to enjoy some authentic chinese food
which I totally freak out on.

When I first tried them at the buffet I knew I had to cook these at home. These lovely fresh looking beans are first steamed & then thrown into the pan along with some delicious flavors. They make a great dish to go with any Chinese dinner, and the best part is... it can be prepared just in a few minutes.

Everytime I indulge in these stir fried green beans which is simply fingerlicking!!! Now I can cook them at home.

The spices are quickly stir fried with the long beans to bring out their flavors so the result is a fiery tasty yummy preparation to awaken your senses.

Let's collect:
  • Green Beans (washed & ends trimmed) - half a kilo
  • Whole red chillies - Handful
  • Soy Sauce - 1 tablespoon
  • Brown Sugar - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sesame Seeds (White) - 1.5 teaspoon
  • Vegetable oil - 1.5 teaspoon
  • Salt  - as per taste


  1. Place the green beans over the steamer, cover & allow to steam for 5 mts. Take it off to cool it. You could pass it through cold water & drain again
  2. Now take a wok & add the oil. Let it heat to almost smoking point & then add the red chillies & soon add the green beans. Make sure the red chillies dont burn. You need to be quick here.
  3. Stir fry vigorously to avoid burning.
  4. Now add the soy sauce & brown sugar to this along with the required amount of salt.
  5. Continue to stir fry.
  6. At the end add the sesame seeds & toss them together.
  7. Shift them into your serving bowl & get ready to serve this exotic Chinese dish & enjoy the compliments coming your way!
  • You can avoid using the red paprikas/chillies yet enjoy the flavors
  • French beans is what I used
  • Some add a dash of vinegar too for a tang
  • Your wish to use any oil of your taste for the tossing


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Celebrations with my Veggie Pizza!!!

Hello Folks!

Finally after more than 3 months I get some time to write.
Good news is I roped in a new work assignment for myself which has kept me very very busy. My domain still remains the same. However, this is an MNC & one of the best organization yet.
So I celebrate my comeback to Blogger & the new opportunity not with sweets but with my all time favorite Veggie Pizza.

One of the easiest Pizzas ever!

All you need is a packet of mozarella cheese, a Pizza base, 2 chopped tomatoes, 2 chopped onions, 2 chopped green chillies, pizza topping/tomato sauce & a microwave :)


Preheat the oven at 230 degree celsius for 2 mts. Meanwhile place the pizza base on the griller stand & apply a coating of butter & then the pizza topping or the tomato sauce. Now cover the pizza with the chopped vegetables & over the vegetables sprinkle a layer of grated mozarella cheese. When your oven is ready place the pizza inside & cook for 15mts.

Tadaaaa! Tis Ready! Come faaaast!!!


1. You may add some chopped capsicum, baby corn, mushrooms, jalapenos, olives (all of them or some of them). Totally depends on what you want on your plate

2. Some microwave oven wont allow you to preheat in such cases please dont heat it without placing anything inside it. Dangerous! You will have to increase the cooking time from 15 mts to 18 mts

3. Pizza topping sauce is available in the market however you may use tomato sauce instead

4. It is not necessary to apply butter. Tis totally optional!

5. Dont forget to let me know if/when you make it

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