Friday, 24 February 2012

Precooked Aaloo Paranthas

Once in a while all of us have that lazy day when we don't feel like cooking anything and are really dying to have one particular dish.  So what do you do?  Cook it anyways.  Or go to a restaurant and have it.  Or get a ready-to-eat frozen one.  Well, OK, I admit.  I was feeling quite lazy the other day and the only thing I wanted to eat was – Aaloo ke paranthey...  my favourite breakfast and I love to have them at all times of day.

I know, it's easy to make but well, I was simply not in any mood to spend time in kitchen.  And restaurants in Strasbourg don't have aaloo ke paranthey.  So I opted for the only possibility left out for yours truly.  I bought aaloo ke paranthey.  I was so happy. 

But for once, my happiness was short lived.  These aaloo paranthas are nowhere near the real thing at least not the ones that I am used to eat.  And I've eaten these throughout my life.  I had to search real hard to find the filling. 

When I found it I realised that the filling doesn't consist of the usual generous spicy mix of boiled and mashed potatoes but just a bit of grated potatoes.  It was bland.

And that was the end of my dream.  I've decided to give up my lazy habits, at least for next couple of days and concentrate on cooking.  There's nothing like a free meal.  The road to a good meal starts with a generous helping of hard work and good ingredients.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Leek Soup

It's snowing out there and all I can think of is have something warm.  So guess I'll be making soup this evening. And as leek is excellent for health and a good source of various vitamins and minerals, I decided to make leek soup this evening.  Here's the recipe and I hope that you'll love this healthy warm treat this winter.


1 TbSp            Butter
1                      Leek (cut in big pieces, take the inner part and cut it in fine strips for
1 big                Potato (cut in big pieces)
½ cup              Water


Put a pan on fire.  Add butter. 
Once it starts melting add Leek cut in big pieces. 

Continue stirring from time to time.  After some time add potato.

Add water when you can smell the fragrance of leek.

Add salt and pepper.  Stir well.

Cover.  Let it cook for approximately 15 minutes.  Remove the lid and see if it is well cooked.  If yes, then remove from the fire.  If not, then add some more water, stir and cover till it is well cooked.

Once cooked, remove from fire and let it cool down a bit.

Use a hand-held mixer to grind it into a smooth paste.  If it isn't liquid enough then add some water or milk (I prefer milk).  Heat it before serving.  Add finely chopped pieces of leek and serve.