Saturday, September 5, 2009

Basket exercise for Dinner under 30 minutes

Hi all,
Didn't feel like doing the regular dinner-Roti sabji dal chawal types-just need a break from the regular fare.Didn't even have theme in my mind...I am doing a lot of thai these days......thought about it....NO!!!Chinese No...not again...Then what???

Hey bring out the chef in you...Sonal!Do something new..A basket exercise..-This what I told myself...and didin't feel lazy (read tired after a hectic day)
A basket Exercise is something which I used to do for the Chef Competitions during is fun.You have to bring out a menu ,a creative balanced menu out of the basket of ingredients provided to you...Basket can have could be lucky or plain unlucky.
Hey I was lucky.I had tomatoes ,French beans ,frozen corn,potatoes and cottage cheese in my basket.Yeah !Great!!
I made Bean and Corn salad,Cottage Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes and crisp potato wedges all under 30 minutes.The result was a yummy healthy dinner.And yes all the recipes original.
Here are the recipes:

All ingredients are for two persons.
Stuffed Tomatoes with Cottage Cheese
4-5 Medium sized Tomatoes
1.5 Cups fresh cottage cheese(Grated or crumbled with hands-Hands are the best tools:-))
2 Tbsp roasted sesame Seeds
2 Tbsp Chopped Coriander leaves
1 tsp grated ginger
Salt and pepper to taste

Cut tomatoes into half longitudinally and scoop out the seeds.
Rub a little salt inside the tomato halve .Just enough to salt the tomato flesh,the stuffing has its own salt.arrange them upside down till you preapare the that extra juice may ooze out.
To prepare the stuffing :
Take crumbled/Grated cottage cheese in a bowl.add ginger,coriander ,roasted sesame seeds,salt and pepper.Mix well .Taste for seasoning.
To Assemble:
Upturn the tomato halves and fill the stuffing,making a dome ..a not a very high one above the tomato halves.
Tomatoes are ready to go into the Microwave for 5-6 Minutes an a HIGH setting.You can do it just while you are setting the dinner plates to get hot steamy stuffed tomatoes as your healthy -Zero oil,vegatarian maincourse.
Roasted seasame add a new dimension to the taste combined with ginger.

Crisp Potato Wedges.

4 Medium sized Potatoes
2 Garlic pods
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt Pepper to taste
Oregano/Mixed herbs/pizza seasoning as per taste

Wash potatoes and prick the with afork.Cook them on Micro High for 6 minutes.Cool and cut intu quarters with peel.
Crush the garlic pods and mix lemon juice,olive oil...looks loke salad dressing...hey sweets it is the salad dressing!
Preheat oven to 270 degrees centigrate.
Arrange poatato quarters on a baking tray lined with aluminium foil.Brush with the salad dressing you will have nearly half of it left...which will be used for both the dishes will not have the same flavor.In potatoes the dressin---garlic,lemon juice and oil are cooked whereas in the salad you get the uncooked flavors...which are yum!!!
After brushing them liberally with the dressing.Grill them in the oven till they bake to a crisp golden brown.will take 5-8 minutes .Turn in between, if necessary.

Corn and French Beans Salad
1 Cup Frozen Corn
A handful of French Beans
Leftover dressing form previous recipe....It can't get simpler that this:-)

Heat a pan with three cups of water.Wash corn and beans separately.Cut beans into bite sized pieces after topping and tailing.
Add salt in boiling water .Put beans in water first Blanch for five minutes.Add corn on top and let it boil for 2-3 minutes.Strain and transfer to a serving bowl.Pour dressing and voila your salad is ready.Serve it warm in winters and cold in summers.


  1. wow chef ...good job will surely try out the recipes and good and interesting writing too

  2. hey Sonal, thanks a tonn for this.... Sounds yummmmm... Will surely try it....

    P.s---->can we also have some non veg. Recepies

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  4. hi tried this for luch today.......
    with a little addition though.......
    i just added some cheddar cheese to paneer stuffing(binding became better).....was yum.