Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Vegetable Manchurian, an Indo-Chinese easy dish

Veg Manchurian is a typically Indian hybrid chinese dish... as far as I know the Chinese have NO dish by the name of Manchurian in China...
go figure!
So I guess its an invention of the indian palate and has now become a staple in any chinese dinner that one hosts or on the menu of most chinese eating joints in India.
The variations are many... You can substitute the deep fried balls with chicken in egg and cornflour batter, deep fry and then submerge it in the manchurian sauce... it becomes Chicken Manchurian.
Cauliflower florets dipped in the egg-cornflour batter and deep fried becomes Gobhi Manchurian...
The one that I am showing you is Mix Vegetable Manchurian in a spicy, tangy sauce.
I hope you enjoy making it...
In summer I substitute the mix veggie balls with balls made of grated bottle gourd or in Indian terms-"lauki koftas" and the kids relish it... because otherwise they do NOT touch the healthy bottle gaurd (lauki) in any other form.

Ingr. for the veggie balls:
1 cup chopped cabbage-finely
1 cup finely grated carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper (any color)
1/4 cup finely chopped green part of the spring onions.
1/2 cup finely grated cauliflower
3 tbsp flour/maida
2 tbsp cornflour
salt and pepper to taste.

1-Mix all the ingredients well, set aside for a few minutes.
2- Form small balls and deep fry them at medium heat, they should be golden brown and not too brown- makes about 12-14 balls
3- Drain them on a kitchen towel and keep aside.

Ingr. For the sauce:
1 tbsp oil
 1 tbsp ginger grated
 1 tbsp garlic crushed and chopped coarsely
 2 green chillies finely chopped
 2 or 3 tbsp whites of spring onion
1 tbsp  tbsp soya sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1.25 cup vegetable stock or water 
1 tbsp cornflour dissolved in 3 tbsp water
salt to taste
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp finely chopped greens of a spring onion for garnishing
P.S- I DONT use MSG (monosodium glutamate) in my chinese dishes...
you can use if you so desire, but its not good for health.

Instructions for the sauce:
1- Heat the oil, add the whites of the onions, ginger and garlic, chillies, and saute on high flame till fragrant but not brown
2- Add the water or vegetable stock, soya sauce and vinegar, and simmer for a couple of minutes
3- Add the cornflour paste and tomato sauce, salt and sugar... give a boil (or till the sauce starts coating your spoon)
    If its too thick for your taste, add some more water,
    If its too thin a consistency- add some more cornflour paste.
4- Now add the vegetable balls and simmer in the sauce for another couple of minutes.
5- Serve garnished with finely chopped spring onion greens.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Republic Day India

Enjoyed the morning Republic Day Parade on TV and the laziness of the holiday mood...
so forgot to put up this post in the morning...
Fashion in Triclor!
Happy Republic Day, India...

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Stylish Sunday with my fashion sketchbook!

Been procrastinating... delaying coming to the blog...wasting my time on just browsing various tutorials and youtube videos...
generally been very lax about my blog and my art this January...
and these fashion illustrations were a series that I was wanting to put up last week... inspired by the red carpet dresses of the Golden Globe Awards 2015.
but I finally got around to post a few of them on a Sunday instead of my fashion friday series...
Oh well....
So, enjoy your Sunday or whats left of it ;-)

this is inspired by the sexy jump-suit that Emma Stone wore- 

And this beautiful white dress by Versace that looks stunning on Kate Hudson.

and this red dress stood out as well... the color, the cut and the key-hole in the front!

some more are works in progress and will be up in a day or two.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

HAPPY 2015 with a January Desktop Calendar

Happy New Year friends! Though technically I am two weeks late in wishing everyone on my blog
and there goes my first new year resolution of "not being late" up in smoke!! Poof!!
But like I said in my last post- the BIG indian wedding season kind of got me hopping from one city to another during the holidays and when I reached back home, my internet connection just continued to be on "holiday mode"
So though this artwork has been my desktop calendar for over a week, I wasn't being able to put it up on my blog because of the absent internet connection.
well better late than never, huh?
Its freezing here in the desert and we are really enjoying snuggling up just like these little birdies with warm soups and copious amounts of tea!!
So happy winters everyone (while it lasts) snuggle up and keep warm!

please right click, save and then set as desktop picture.
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