Tag Archives: white

Malai Kofta

IMG_8867

Malai kofta is my sister’s favorite dish. I still remember those days, when we went to restaurants, she used to order butter Naan and malai Kofta most of the times. Rich creamy gravy creates so much addiction. Have tried both white and red gravy, but white gravy is my personal choice. I happened to see  Harpal Singh‘s video in youtube, and inspired from his preparation, here is my version.

Ingredients

Paneer Kofta – 10

Onion – 1 big, roughly chopped

Green chilli – 1 (Adjust according to your taste)

Cashewnut – 3 tbsp

Cardamom – 2 pods

Cinnamon – 1/2 piece

Fennel seed powder – 1/4 tsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Milk – 1/3 Cup

Butter/Oil – 2 tbsp (I used 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter)

Cardamom powder – 1/4  tsp

Salt – as needed

Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp

Heavy  cream/ Fresh Cream – 3 tbsp

Chopped nuts – 1 tbsp (Optional) to garnish

Method

  • Add about 1 cup of water to a pan and bring water to boil. Add chopped onions and cook them. Strain the water and cool the onions. Once the onion comes to room temperature, blend them into a fine paste without adding water

IMG_8826

  • Add water to the pan again and bring water to boil. Cook the cashew and cool. Blend them into a fine paste by adding little water
  • Add oil and butter to the pan, when the pan is hot, add cinnamon, fennel seed powder and cardamom, and  sauté for ½ minute.
  • Add  onion paste and ginger garlic paste and saute for 3-4 minutes

IMG_8827

  • Add cashewnut paste and continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes

IMG_8828

  • Add milk and 1/2 cup of water. When the mixture comes to  boil, add  heavy cream and green cardamom powder

IMG_8853

  • Place the koftas in a serving dish and pour the gravy over the Kofta (Make sure the koftas are in room temperature, else they will break)

IMG_8849

IMG_8869

 

 

White Sauce Vegetable Pasta

IMG_8632 

As I had mentioned in Pesto Pasta, White sauce pasta is my all time favorite. Whenever we go to Italian restaurant, we will usually order White sauce pasta. First time I had white sauce pasta in a restaurant called “Little Italy” in India. I was so addicted to this Creamy pasta. One of my friends told me the recipe for white sauce. After hearing that, I was surprised that 3 ingredients – butter, all purpose flour and milk making that wonder. Here is my version of white sauce pasta.

White Sauce Vegetable Pasta

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 40 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Entree

Ingredients:

Rotini Pasta – 1 box (340 grams) I used 100 % Whole wheat pasta

Zucchini – 1

broccoli – 1

Black Olives – 1/4 cup pitted

Bell pepper – 1 , thinly sliced

Spring Onion – 4 strings

Garlic – 2 pods, peeled and minced

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

Grated mozzarella and cheddar – 1/4 cup (Parmesan is preferred, but we don’t eat that)

Butter – 2 tbsp

All purpose flour – 2 tbsp

Milk – 2 cup + 1/2 cup

Heavy Cream – 2 tbsp (optional)

Garlic powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Salt – as needed

Italian seasoning/ oregeno- 1 tsp (I used Italian seasoning)

Ground black pepper – as needed (According to your spice level)

Water – as needed

IMG_8626

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit
  • In a large Saucepan, add water and salt, and let the water come to a boil while you prepare other ingredients
  • Place Zucchini, bell pepper and broccoli in a oven tray, cook it for 10  – 15 minutes
  • As soon as the water comes to a boil, add the pasta, stir and reduce heat to medium. Cook pasta as per the instruction given on the package and drain the water
  • Add olive oil and butter in a frying pan. When it is hot, add the minced garlic, and saute for one minute. Then add spring onion and saute. Add all purpose flour and after a quick stir, add milk and whisk well to avoid lumps

wsp

  • When it thickens after 2-3 minutes, add cooked zucchini, bell pepper and broccoli and gently stir to combine. Add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper

IMG_8621

  • Add the drained pasta to the sauce and gently mix together and add heavy cream.  Add grated cheese and switch off.  Serve hot

IMG_8623

IMG_8635

My Notes:

  • Instead of preparing white sauce at home, you can also buy it from store
  • Instead of baking vegetable you can also sauté them directly
  • Add any veggies of your choice. Eggplant, peas, corn, spinach, cabbage etc can also be added
  • I have used Rotini instead  penne or any variety of pasta can be used
  • Instead of spring onion regular onion can also be used
  • If you think the pasta is dry, add 2 tbsp of milk/heavy cream while serving