Thursday, December 30, 2010

What You Liked Most on Indian Simmer!

I was not very sure of what I was getting into when I started this blog. I already had a lot on my plate with a newborn at home and a busy life but I just wanted to do this. I began with the idea of documenting all the recipes that my mom and my mother-in-law gave me so that may be one day if my daughter asks for one then she can find it. But I really was not expecting that this would lead to something much much more than that. The name Indian Simmer, which I and A came up with one evening sipping coffee, has become my identity today. Today a lot of people know me more as Indian Simmer than Prerna Singh and I think that's my biggest achievement. This blog, along with me, has come a long way in the past ten months and it all happened because of YOU! You who always appreciate and motivate me to do something better. So I just want to thank you for being here, for all your wonderful messages and for clicking on that link every time you saw an update from Indian Simmer.

Reading some of my favorite blogs, I got an idea that I loved and thought was cool, so I wanted to do something similar here at Indian Simmer too. Since this post is mostly about you and the love you have shown to this blog, I am listing the recipes that you liked the most during the year. Although I can barely call this list as the "Most Liked Recipes of 2010" because this blog itself came into existence after the year 2010 began, let me just call it the "Top 10 Recipes You Liked on Indian Simmer EVER!"

So here's the countdown:

10: Tomato Tadka dal and Green Tomato Chutney
A simple lentil preparation made in Indian homes almost every day, kicked up a notch with tangy tomato flavor and some spicy tomato chutney.

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9: How to make a fruit leather at home?
An easy way to trick kids into having their fruit and vegetables.

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8: Pasta in creamy tomato sauce
One of my go-to recipes. A creamy tomato sauce with pumpkin seeds adding an extra oomph to the boring pasta and tomato sauce.

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7: Kati Roll
If you like Indian food but don't have time to make anything elaborate, then just wrap it all up in a roll and eat it!

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6: Chocolate Cake
Can you call a chocolate cake staple? Because this one right here is at my house! A moist layered chocolate cake made with coffee.

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5: Lemon Mousse
A light tangy and creamy mousse which will rock your world as soon as you take a bite!

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4: Aloo Gobhi
Oh yeah, you know Aloo Gobhi if you know Indian food! This is another simple vegetarian preparation of potatoes and cauliflower cooked in ground spices.

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3: A simple hindu pooja meal
A few recipes prepared with little or no spices mostly for hindu religious meals.

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2: Palak Paneer
You like it, don't you? Healthy spinach and cottage cheese cooked together in a creamy sauce making a perfect curry.

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1: Molten Chocolate Liquor Cake
It has chocolate, it has butter and it has liquor in it. What else do you need to make a top visited recipe?

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Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas with No Bake Frozen S'mores

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Wow, Christmas is gone and I am sort of counting down the days for next Christmas already! Don't you think that the days you look forward to the most are also the days that pass you by in a flash? I guess it's the waiting and the prepping part that makes everything more exciting than the actual day itself.

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I'm sure you all had a great Christmas! For some of you it must be a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, for some it might have been a fun trip to someplace nice and some of you might even have spent it very privately with your close ones like I did. But regardless of how you spent it, I can guarantee that food was a big part of the occasion for you. Because as for all of us, food is more that just something we eat - a reason to come together, a point of conversation or simply an outlet we all need!

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My Christmas, as I said, was very simple and quiet with just my family in the house having fun with playstation, cooking/eating some GOOD food and watching the little one look out the window at falling snow with a glint in her eyes! I started with a long list of dishes I wanted to cook this Christmas. The whole list of recipes that I shared with you a few days back was on my list to tell you the truth, but as you can guess that I got overly ambitious which later turned into super panic and so I ended up choosing some of the simplest ones and these No Bake Frozen S'mores proved to be a huge hit! It's another yummy, hassle free and cool recipe that I recently found.

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Speaking of cool, I wanted to tell you about this cool iPhone app that my friend Rebecca from Chow and Chatter recently launched. This app allows you to quickly and easily search her best recipes by cuisine. If you are into cooking, which I'm kinda guessing you are, then you might want to check this out!

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Ok, so now about these No Bake frozen S'mores. I found this recipe at Tokyo Terrace who also got it from the Foodista Cookbook. It's a very simple recipe with simple ingredients like chocolate and marshmallows which to me screams holidays! That was the reason I had to make it (other than the reason that I was lazy enough to make anything elaborate and instead sat on the couch and played games!)

Ingredients: Adapted from Foodista

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
2 cups miniature marshmallows
12 pieces sugar wafers
2 cups vanilla yogurt (I just thought full fat works better than no fat, just to hold everything better)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
a few more sugar wafers for garnish

Method:

Heat cream in a pan until the sides start to bubble.
Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips and mix it all well together until all the chocolate melts.
Let it sit and cool for a few minutes and then add the marshmallows, yogurt and wafers which are broken into small bite sizes.
Line a flat dish (baking dish or any other dish with a slightly high edges) with a  foil.
Pour in the mixture into the dish and spread evenly.
Garnish with walnuts and sugar wafers and pop it into the freezer.
Let it chill for a few hours and then cut them into bars and enjoy!

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Hope each and every one of you had a fabulous time with family and friends and hope this Christmas fulfilled all your wishes and brought with it some new hopes and dreams!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I'm back with my favorite holiday recipe picks!

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I know it has been quite a while since I was last here - a total of 12 days to be specific. That is kind of the longest I have ever been away from IndiaSimmer and trust me I missed it every day! You might know I tried to steal a little time to get away and see some of my close friends and after one full week of a carefree and fun time when I came back home, things were not exactly the way they should've been. So it took me another few days to bring everything back on track but now everything is up and running and I'm here to say a hello to you too!

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I'm sure everyone must be in holiday mood already, I mean its almost Christmas eve and as the day gets closer the countdown gets even more interesting! And I'm also sure that if not all then most of you must have picked your favorite recipes and must be working to put the whole menu together. I've been doing a lot of cooking and recipe testing myself and a lot of recipes are from some of my favorite people and food bloggers from all around. So today, instead of sharing my own, I am bringing you recipes that really made me take an immediate trip to the kitchen! So people here's a list of some holiday recipes which I thought were SO good that I just had to give them credit for their "awesomeness"!

Holiday Gift Ideas:
I don't think there is any gift better than something made by someone personally with all the love and best wishes wrapped around it and if its food then I'm sold! These are some great recipes which I thought would be perfect if you want to give that personal touch.
The Sweeter side!
If we are talking about holiday recipes then they are never complete without something sweet! I don't consider myself a good baker or a dessert maker AT ALL so recipes like these make me wanna keep trying until I become a good one! As I am writing this, I realized that all my favorite and easy dessert recipes for the season involve chocolate. Hey, what can I do? I LOVE chocolate and if you are not a chocolate fan, I'm sorry!

Some Indian Flavors:
IndianSimmer's posts should involve Indian flavors in some or the other way, right? Here's some recipes I'm so glad to share with you guys and I promise you'll love them if you like the flavors that come out of IndianSimmer!


Some other links I found interesting!

 These are some of the recipes that caught my eye and really made me wanna try them this holiday season. If you have any such great recipe you wanna share here please feel free to attach a link of your holiday recipe in the comments section and I will try to list them all whenever I get a chance!

Happy Holidays everyone! 

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sorry gotta go, but will be back SOON!

There's been a lot of cooking going on in my kitchen these days! A lot of playing and painting the whole house with the chocolate...

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a lot of dishes in and out of the oven...

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and a lot of batter already waiting to be baked ...

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Its just that the writing and sharing the recipe part is not happening as much as you and I would like. But trust me I'll be back as soon as everything is baked, packed and ready to fly along with us to the other part of the country. We leave home tomorrow to spend some time with a few other important people in our lives and once I'm there and all the bags and goodies are unpacked, I'll talk to you. Till then hoping that you are enjoying the lovely and brrr... chilly weather outside!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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