Apr 18, 2015

Quinoa Moong Daal

Quinoa – 1/2 cup washed
Mung Daal – 1/2 cup washed
Water – 4 cups
Salt – to taste
Ginger – 1 Tbsp minced
Ghee/ Butter) – 1 Tbsp
Asafoetida (Hing) – 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
Garlic – 5 to 6 cloves, roughly crushed or sliced thinly
1 Green Chilly slit
1 Tomato – chopped
Cilantro for garnishing
1tsp Lime Juice – to taste

1. In a large pot, add Quinoa, Moong Daal, 4 cups Water, Salt and Ginger.
2. Cook uncovered on medium heat until Daal and Quinoa are tender but not completely mashed – approx 20-25 minutes. Skim foam off the top as needed.
3. In a skillet, heat Ghee.
4. Add Asafoetida, Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Garlic and Green Chilies. Mix and cook for 30 seconds.
5. Add Tomatoes and cook for another 30-45 seconds.
6. Add mixture into the cooked Daal and Quinoa along with 1/2 cup water.
7. Bring to a rolling boil and remove from heat.
8. Garnish with Cilantro and Lime Juice and serve hot as a soup or with Rice or Chapati.

Homemade Pizza

For making Pizza dough:


3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp oil
1 1/4 cup luke warm water


1.Take luke warm water in a wide bowl and add sugar to it.Once the sugar has dissolved sprinkle yeast over it and let it rest for 10 minutes.The yeast will bubble up and turn frothy.

2.Take the flour in a mixing bowl,add salt and oil to it.Mix well. Then add the yeast water and mix slowly. Knead to a smooth dough.
3.Covert it with a damp cloth and let it rest in a warm place for 30-60  mins or until it rises twice in volume.

For Making Pizza:


Pizza sauce / Basil pesto sauce
Onion - thinly sliced
 Red or green bell peppers - cubed 
Pineapple (cubed)
olives (optional)
Spinach leaves (optional)
Grated mozzarella or Cheddar cheese 
Grated ginger (optional )
chilli flakes


1.Take the dough and punch it back. Knead well once again. Preheat oven at 375 degrees.
2.Take the dough on a clean surface and spread it in a rectangular shape (I have a rectangular baking  tray), you can make it thin or thick crusted as per your wish. Grease and dust the pizza plate well before transferring the dough.Transfer the rolled dough to the baking tray and prick the base here and there with a fork.
3.Now spread the sauce on it evenly.Now add all the toppings. Add  the grated cheese as much as required.
4.Bake the arranged pizza for 20 minutes or until the crust turns light golden.

5.Allow to cool for 5 minutes and cut into wedges.


1.You can add Paneer cubes along with vegetables as topping.