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Monday, March 22, 2010

Paneer Pizza

This is one of my favorite pizzas, I had it first at Pizza Hut in India and fell in love with it. Once I came back to US, I just had to have to so this is my take on it. You can make as spicy or mild as you like by adjusting the level of spice. Every time I make it, its a hit.
If you know how to make your own pizza dough it will taste better.
Hope you like it as much as I do.

  • Store bought pizza dough
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 bell peppers ( i used red and green)
  • 75 to 100 gram Paneer (12 to 15 medium pieces)
  • 1 tsp Tandoori masala
  • 1 tsp Jeera powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tsp Chillie powder
  • ½ to ¾ cup shredded mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup of store bought basil pesto
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Pre heat the oven at at 400 degrees.
  • Cut the paneer into cubes and toss it with the tandoori masala and let it sit for half and hour.
  • Cut the onions and bell pepper into long strips and toss it with olive oil along with the jeera powder, garam masala, chillie powder and salt.
  • Once the oven in ready put the vegetables and the paneer in an oven safe tray and put in for about 10 to 15 mins.
  • While the vegetables are in the oven, roll out the pizza dough and spread it with the pesto. Make sure the pizza is completely covered with the pesto. When the vegetables are done add the vegetables on the pizza.
  • Cover the vegetables with the cheese and bake for another 10 mins.
  • Sprinkle the top with chillie flakes.
  • Serve hot.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Chocolate marshmallow pizza

This is a recipe I came up with yesterday just before going to an all chocolate party, where we had to make everything with chocolate. It was amazing as to what all they come up with. This was my contribution and everyone loved it.

  • Store bought pizza dough
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup small marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup white or milk chocolate chips
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roll out the pizza dough to the desired size and poke with a fork all over the pizza so that it does not puff up
  • Melt butter and coat the pizza evenly. Sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg over the pizza evenly.
  • Bake the pizza for 10 mins or until golden brown. Once done put the marshmallows all over it.
  • Turn the oven to the Broiler and bake for another 3 mins. As soon as it out put the melted chocolate all over. ( to melt the chocolate, put chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 15 sec and mix the chocolate well repeat this till it is melted.)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pav Bhaji

  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 large Carrot
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup peas (fresh or frozen)...optional
  • 1 tbsp pav bhaji masala (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • A dash of Lime juice
  • 1/4 cup of chopped corriender
  • 12 pull out buns or rolls

  • Boil the Carrot, cauliflower and potatoes in the cooker for one whistle, till tender and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a deep saucepan add jeera and saute the onion and pepper. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute some more.
  • Add chili powder to taste and salt to taste. Saute for a few seconds.
  • Add tomato paste, peas, boiled potatoes, carrots and cauliflower, pav bhaji masala and butter.
  • Keep sauteeing and mashing it with a potato till it is a smooth mixture, adding water as required. Be aware that the mixture can spurt up as it boils, so keep a lid on it while you are not actively stirring it. Simmer for 20-25 minutes to really get the flavors to meld together.
  • You have to keep tasting and adjusting salt, masala till you like the balance between the tomato and the heat of the masala
  • Add a dash of lime and some corriender leaves.
  • Serve with pull out bread or rolls

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Vegetable Fajitas

  • 8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 zucchini sliced into strips
  • 1/2 cup store bought salsa
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • In a 10 inch iron skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onions, red and green peppers, and garlic; stir to coat with oil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir squash into vegetables. Stir in salsa, cumin, and salt. Cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Cook the vegetables until tender.
  • Wrap the tortillas in a wet napkin and microwave it for about 20 sec
  • Spoon vegetable mixture evenly down the centers of warm tortillas, and sprinkle with cheese, sour cream and cilantro. Roll up tortillas, and serve.

About Me

I just love to cook and everything that goes along with food. I cook at home most of the time but I do enjoy eating out once in a while too. I have 2 blogs, one with all my recipes and the other one is all the places that we eat at. My husband and I love to eat and go out. The other day I was looking for a new phone so we were doing our rounds to all the service providers around our house, before we can decide which one to go with. When we went to the Sprint store close to our house we realized that we even though we have been in this area for the past 4 years we have never been to that strip mall. We found a pizza place that looked really good from the outside. That's when we made a New Year's resolution of eating out once a week and try a new restaurant each time. And here I will write my thoughts of the place and what I think of it.