Holi Lunch – finger foods and Chocolate Mousse

Holi the festival of colours is great fun with friends.

This year for Holi, I had friends over for lunch. It was also the day of the Cricket World Cup match – India v/s West Indies. Perfect day to enjoy a holiday. Friends, food and TV

: )

I made finger foods as it goes well while watching television. I started the meal with red wine and fried peanuts. Served a curd dip with carrots n cucumber and wafers.

curd dip with carrot n cucumber sticks and wafers

curd dip with carrot n cucumber sticks and wafers

This was followed by Nachos. I served these with refried beans and cheese.

nachos with refried beans and cheese sauce

nachos with refried beans and cheese sauce

Two helpings later, palak (spinach) rolls with cheese stuffing.

spinach rolls stuffed with cheese

spinach rolls stuffed with cheese

Then followed Chicken fry and potato pattice. The chicken fry was a take-away from a restaurant close-by and the pattice were courtesy a friend. I forgot to take pictures of these as I was much to busy eating the pattice.

All this food was enjoyed by India playing very well and seeming to win the match and good conversation.

We then ordered pizzas from Domino’s.

All of us were really satiated but wanting the dessert.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE!

I had only made this once before about 2-3 years ago. I was a bit apprehensive on how it would turn out but I must say – it was perfect. Yippee…

chocolate mousse

chocolate mousse

It was a great day well spent.. India won the match. Everyone enjoyed the food. I think everyone went home early evening and slept.

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Dal tikki

My cook made these at home one day. I told him I wanted something as a healthy snack and he suggested these. These dal tikkis have a filling of spiced up chana dal and are stuffed inside a ball of mashed potato and bread crumbs. To make it a healthier meal, instead of deep fry, I lightly pan-fried them.

dal tikkis

dal tikkis

They were really good. Since then, I have learnt the recipe from my cook and have made them on a couple of occasions.

Spinach n Paneer rolls and Spinach n Cheese rolls

From the past 2 months I am totally into rolls. Rolls are also known as pattice, patty, tikki or croquettes, depending on the geographic location you are situated at or the shape you give the mixture. Usually if its round, then its pattice, patty or tikki. If its cigar-shaped, then its called a roll or croquette.

Its amazing what one can do when making a patty – anything goes. The beauty is that mix together any 2-3 ingredients and fry them, the pattice always turn out great.

I have been experimenting with potatoes, paneer and cheese mainly. My cook deserves a mention here as he taught me many a great recipes. Here’s the first one he made for me. The brief I gave him was that I wanted a snack that I could just about shallow-fry, anytime hunger struck. I gave him a bunch of spinach leaves and paneer (cottage cheese) as his basic ingredients. He worked his magic and made me this –

Spinach n Paneer croquettes

Spinach n Paneer croquettes

Lightly flavoured spinach with stuffed paneer. Yummm…. My family and I really enjoyed this snack. It was so well seasoned that I would expect this dish to be served to me at a 5-starred restaurant! Kudos to my cook. I made this again within a week.

Since I enjoyed it so much, he suggested I try these rolls stuffed with cheese instead of paneer. So some days later, we made the same spinach rolls but stuffed it with cheese.

Ah…soft spinach with a small burst of spiced, liquid cheese in every bite. Life is beautiful – I thought at that moment.

Spinach n Cheese Croquettes

Spinach n Cheese Croquettes

Aloo Paneer Rolls

This is the second time I’ve made these at home. The first time was almost 2 years ago. I’d totally forgotten about this recipe, till I found myself wanting to eat tikkis, wherein the potatoes were no longer the main ingredient.

Aloo paneer rolls

Aloo paneer rolls

I got this recipe from a tabloid years ago. I had it filed and kept away. Big Mistake, ‘cuz they are yummy… Serve with green chutney and enjoy. My family really relished these.

 

 

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Caramel Pudding

My homemade caramel pudding

Caramel pudding

Caramel pudding

I’m a chocolate person, but hubby is an absolute vanilla and caramel pudding guy – we cannot be more different when it comes to food! White and brown ; )

He is an absolute caramel pudding enthusiast. I’ve eaten the pudding a few times but was never really inspired enough to make it at home, till recently.

OMG – it turned out fantastic – yay !!! It tastes just like the ones you get outside. If hubby takes three helpings I know I’ve got him hooked-on to my cooking

Diwali food at HOME – Dal Pakwan, Chana Bhatura and Besan Laddoos

Ah. Diwali and the New Year celebrations are just over but the hangover remains – with lots of mithais, dry fruits and gifts yet to consume! Had a great Diwali. Decorated the house with rangoli, toran and diyas.

For breakfast, we had a Sindhi dish called Dal Pakwan. It is well spiced chana dal served with deep fried maida crispy puris. Its absolutely delicious and sinful at the same time.

dal pakwan

dal pakwan

Lunch was Punjabi meal of Chana Bhatura, served with thickly sliced onions and green chilies – an outright deadly combination – we love it!

Chana bhatura

Chana bhatura

Well, we were unconditionally full, but a day like Diwali cannot be let go without something sweet. So, I made and served besan laddoos.

besan ka laddoos

besan ka laddoos

After such a lunch, we could do nothing more than nap away for an hour. The first half of the meals were so filling that the pani-puri I made for the evening snack had to be eaten the next day. We stuck to a light dinner as the following day was our New Year and we were going visiting to friends and family’s’ houses to wish all a good year ahead.

Tamarind, Fariyas

Tamarind

Tamarind

I’ve always wanted to go to Fariyas for a meal. Somehow, over time, it never materialized, till recently. Went for dinner – opted for the buffet. Surprise was, that there is live music. Simple, soft and nice.

Started with the soup. It was served on the table. Good Jade Garden soup. This was accompanied by a good basket of assorted fresh n soft breads.

Jade Garden Vegetable Soup with bread basket

Jade Garden Vegetable Soup with bread basket

After the soup, got myself a plate of salad.

Wow! Yum…If this is the kind of food they serve here, I feel bad; I haven’t visited this place earlier. The salads are amazing. All of them have a distinctively different flavour and seem absolutely fresh.

The beetroot salad was just fantastic – though beetroot, it did not have its stark flavouring. The carrot salad was exciting on the palate. So was the cucumber one. The pasta salad too was great, but it was strongly spiced with garlic.

Salad bar

Salad bar

Next, was the main course. Again, here the spread was amazing, beef, fish, and chicken for the meat lovers.

non veg dishes

non veg dishes

another non veg counter

another non veg counter

Though we were 5 persons at the table, everyone was vegetarian due to religious reasons. In vegetarian, the Basil tossed potatoes were fantastic.

 

food counter

food counter

The pasta Americana looked very appetising and I took a big bite – Aaaa….What’s this? Cloves??? 2 pieces of cloves in one bite? And it’s not that they were coarsely powered – they were whole. It a serving of say about 5 bites, I found almost 7 cloves and 2 whole peppercorns! What’s happening? See my plate.

 

my plate

my plate

The Chinese was like a regular fare – cannot really go very wrong with Hakka noodles and veg stir fry.

veg Chinese counter

veg Chinese counter

The other main course vegetarian dishes were very average. Actually below average as each of them was heavily spiced with garlic. I like my food well spiced but garlic to be at a minimum. Here, it was the other way round. The main course was thus an absolute downer.

However, I knew from the looks of them, the desserts would be a redeeming factor.

dessert counter

dessert counter

Oh. What a let-down! These looks could really con anyone. From the complete spread only the Gulab Jamuns, Pineapple Panacotta and Orange Mousse were decent.

litchi tart

litchi tart

Orange mousse

Orange mousse

Pineapple Panna Cotta

Pineapple Panna Cotta

Priced for  Rs.  940 (including taxes) for a dinner buffet, I do not recommend this place, atleast for a vegetarian.