I have been enjoying being a part of the various events in the blogging world. In fact, this month inspite of my back problems I have been able to announce an event that I have been planning for some time now and also particpate in 3 events so far. Here is my entry to the 4th and 5th event.
It's been great fun cooking to different themes. I love the feel of it, it not only sets me thinking about what entry to send in for the event but is also getting me to try out new dishes - Puran poli being one.This post is all about events meaning that I would like to post two of my dishes and send them to two exciting events that has been going on.
The first dish is the easy and simple Gobi/cauliflower manchurian that goes to the AWED-Chinese event of DKs culinary Bazar. This is a great tasting appetizer. I like to make this dish at parties and make it truly a treat for my veggie friends.
Gobi/cauliflower - 1/2 kg
2 tbsp cornstarch
3-4 tbsp of all purpose flour
For the sauce:
2 stalks green onions (chopped fine)
1 stalk of celery (chopped fine)
1 bell pepper (cut into cubes)
1 onions (sliced)
2 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
½ tsp pepper
2 tbsp chopped garlic
Marinate the gobi in all purpose flour, cornflour, salt and a pinch of pepper(you can even add 1/2 a tsp of garlic paste). Deep fry the gobi pieces and keep aside.
For the sauce:
Take a pan and add 2 tbsp of oil to it. Add the chopped garlic, onions, bell pepper , green onions and stir for a minute or two. Add the celery and stir. Add in the soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, salt and stir.Add the fried cauliflower pieces and stir well till the cauliflower pieces are well-coated with the sauce. Serve with toothpicks.
The second dish for today is a quick and easy bread cutlet that is ready in less than 15 minutes. This goes to Raaga for her event WBB- Express Breakfasts.
This would serve as a tasty nutritious breakfast when you are in a real hurry- hope this helps solve Raaga's breakfast problems. It would also be a wonderful idea for the lunch box. I also like to make small tikkis of this batter and serve as snacks with tomato sauce/green chutney.
Bread -3 slices
Onions - 1 (medium sized, finely chopped)
Green chillies -1 (finely chopped) (you could use chilli powder instead if you are making for your kids lunch box)
Coriander leaves - 2 to 3 tbsp(finely chopped)
Cheese - 1/2 to 3/4 cup
Salt - to taste (please do check and add salt as the cheese is also salted)
Soak the bread slices in water for a minute. Squeeze out all the water. Add all the other ingredients to the bread and mix well to make a smooth batter of cutlet consistency. Deep dry till golden brown. Serve with tomato sauce/ green chutney(mint-coriander chutney).