Thursday, 12 April 2012

Indian potatoes

That's a recipe that my friend Darshana taught me when I lived in India. It's easy to make and it does taste really good.

chili powder
mustard seeds
turmeric powder 

Boil the potatoes with the skin. Chop the onion and fry it in a pan with a little bit of oil. Add the potatoes cut in cubes and add salt, pepper and the other spices. Mix well, add some water and cook for some time. You can eat it with some chapati. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Cauliflower indian soup

I found this recipe in the book Le migliori ricette dall'India, I tried it and it was delicious!

1 big potato
1 small cauliflower
1 onion
1 teaspoon of oil
1 clove of garlic
1 tablespoon of fresh chopped ginger
2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 teaspoon of mustard
2 teaspoons of coriander powder
1 l of vegetable soup
300 ml of yoghurt

Cut the potato in cubes, the cauliflower and onion and put it in a big pan with oil and 3 spoons of water. Cook it on low heat for 10 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and the rest of the spices. Mix well and cook it for a few minutes. Add soup, salt and pepper. When it boils cook it for 20 minutes on low heat, then blend it and at the end add yoghurt. You can garnish with some chopped fresh coriander (but you'll never eat this in my home) or parsley. 

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Walnut cake

Yesterday we had a wonderful barbecue and I wanted to bake something good for my friends. I decided for this cake that I found in the book Vse o peki


4 eggs
2 spoons of orange juice
200 gr of sugar
1 envelop of vanilla sugar
150 gr of flour
1/2 spoon of baking powder

125 gr of very soft butter
125 gr of powdered sugar
1 envelop of vanilla sugar
200 gr of chopped walnuts

3-4 spoons of apricot jam

Cover 2: 
2 spoons of orange juice
120 gr of powdered sugar
1 envelop of vanilla sugar

whole walnuts 
a few pieces of dark chocolate
a spoon of milk

Mix the eggs and the orange juice with the whisk for a minute on the highest speed. Slowly add sugar and vanilla sugar and continue mixing for a few minutes. Add the flour and baking powder, but keep the whisk on lowest speed. Put the dough in a model for cakes with the baking paper. Bake in a preheated oven on 180°C for 30 minutes.
When the cake is cold cut it in half or in 3 parts. My cake wasn't very tall, so I cut it in only 2 parts. (If you have only 2 parts, you can make less filling to put in.) For the filling mix the butter until creamy. Add sugar and vanilla sugar. Mix well and at the end add walnuts. Cover the lower part of the cake with the filling (or the 2 parts if you cut it in 3). Put the top on it and press gently. Spread the apricot jam on the top and on the side. 
Mix sugar, vanilla sugar and orange juice and do a smooth paste to put on the top. Decorate with some walnuts. In a pan melt the chocolate with some milk and decorate with it the top of the cake. Leave the cake in the fridge for an hour.