Category Archives: Condiments

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto..!!
Basil Pesto..!!
Basil Pesto
Basil Pesto

Hi Everyone,

This is a separate post to share an amazing recipe of a delicious & unique dip – Basil Pesto. As I mentioned in my previous post, this is no my recipe but my cousin’s & uses a lot of fresh sweet basil, pine nuts & extra virgin olive oil.

Basil Pesto
Basil Pesto

Use this sauce in pasta, like I did for my last post, or use in sandwiches, marinate chicken breast or make garlic bread; the options are limitless.

For the recipe,  you’ll need:

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Ingredients for Pesto:

  • Sweet Basil – 500 grams, washed thoroughly
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 125-150 ml or accordingly lesser as per preference
  • A big handful of Pine Nuts, roasted
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese as per preference
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Basil Pesto
Basil Pesto

Preparation Method for Pesto:

  1. Dry roast the pine nuts lightly in a non-stick pan and keep them aside to cool.
  2. Grind the washed basil in a food processor till coarsely ground and start pouring olive oil slowly in the food processor.
  3. Add pine nuts & Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper & grind again till you get the desired consistency of the sauce.
  4. Store the Pesto in refrigerator in an air-tight container with a layer of olive oil on top. Use as & when required.
Basil Pesto
Basil Pesto

Thanks for reading…!!

Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce

Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce. Amazing Bright Colors
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce. Amazing Bright Colors
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce

Hi Friends,

Wishing all my readers a very Happy & Prosperous New Year..!!!

Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce

It’s Holiday Season all around with Christmas just gone by & New Year around the corner, arriving soon. I hope you all enjoyed the journey of Advent Calendar as much as I did. A total of 23 bloggers from all over the world shared their holiday recipes, ranging from side dishes to main course to desserts to cakes & cookies. I would definitely be trying some of the recipes from that treasure very soon; but today I am here to share my own holiday season recipe for your New Year’s celebrations – “Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce with Cherry Tomatoes”.

Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce

This recipe is originally not mine but my cousin’s, who made this amazing Pesto for this dish. My cousin was recently in city from London & he makes very good dishes, especially Pasta. So, one night we decided to have a Pasta dinner & since I had been craving for a nice spaghetti for very long, we decided to make spaghetti in freshly made Pesto. Trust me guys, I have not had a better Pesto till date & the pasta turned out simply delicious.

Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce

For making the Pesto, you’ll need:

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Yields: 7-8 servings

Ingredients for Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 5-6 tbsp
  • Garlic – 4-5 cloves, finely chopped/grated
  • Pesto – as per personal preference for the quantity of sauce. I used almost all the Pesto I made using about 500 grams of basil. (I prefer my pasta to be more saucy)
  • Fresh Cream – 6-7 tbsp
  • Parmesan Cheese – as per preference & for garnish
  • Spaghetti – 500 grams, boiled
  • Cherry tomatoes – 7-8 nos., cut into halves
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 2 tbsp to drizzle on top

Ingredients for Pesto:

  • Sweet Basil – 500 grams, washed thoroughly
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 125-150 ml or accordingly lesser as per preference
  • A big handful of Pine Nuts, roasted
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese as per preference
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Preparation Method for Pesto:

  1. Dry roast the pine nuts lightly in a non-stick pan and keep them aside to cool.
  2. Grind the washed basil in a food processor till coarsely ground and start pouring olive oil slowly in the food processor.
  3. Add pine nuts & Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper & grind again till you get the desired consistency of the sauce.
  4. Store the Pesto in refrigerator in an air-tight container with a layer of olive oil on top. Use as & when required.
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce..Look at the gorgeous colors
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce..Look at the gorgeous colors

Preparation Method for Pasta:

  1. Boil the spaghetti in salted water till cooked Al dente. If you don’t like it Al dente, boil till you get your preferred chewiness.
  2. Drain the spaghetti & keep aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a pan, add chopped garlic and saute.
  4. Add pesto and saute for a minute, add cream and mix well.
  5. Add the grated Parmesan cheese. Mix well. Add the drained spaghetti & mix till gets coated with the sauce properly.
  6. Do the taste test, and add salt & pepper to taste.
  7. Take out the spaghetti in a serving bowl, drizzle olive oil, add cherry tomatoes & grated Parmesan cheese on top before serving.
  8. Serve it hot with a glass of chilled white wine.
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce
Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce

Thanks for reading…!!

Cream Cheese & Walnut Dip

 

Cream Cheese & Walnut Dip on the right
Cream Cheese & Walnut Dip on the right

 

Hello Everyone…!!

This post is in continuation of my previous post about the Hung Curd Dip. This post is about a yet another party pleaser dip using very unique ingredients, Cream Cheese & Walnuts.

This dip is little tangy in taste as the main ingredient is cream cheese and has a little added crunch because of walnuts. Like the Hung Curd dip, this dip also goes well with all types of finger foods, chips and appetizers. I had made both of these dips for the same party and the reviews I got for these dips were great.

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For this tangy & crunchy dip, you’ll need a few ingredients and only 5 minutes in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet Britannia Cream Cheese
  • 1 small onion, chopped very finely
  • 1 small cucumber; grated very finely and squeezed to get rid of water
  • 1-2 tsp very finely chopped walnuts
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli flakes seasoning
  • 1-2 tsp Amul fresh cream
  • Fresh coriander, chopped finely

Method:

  1. Beat cream cheese for a minute to make it smooth and creamy.
  2. Mix everything together except cream till consistent and creamy.
  3. Add Amul cream to adjust the dip’s consistency.
  4. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve chilled with vegetable sticks, crackers, nachos, potato chips, or potato wedges.
Note: Make sure onion is chopped really finely and should not be chunky. Grated cucumber should also be squeezed well to get rid of all the water. You can chop the cucumber also very finely in case you prefer it chunky.
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Thanks for reading..!!

Hung Curd Dip

Healthy Hung Curd Dip
Healthy Hung Curd Dip
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Hung Curd Dip on the left..!!

Hello Folks..!!

Till date I have only posted about desserts or savoury dishes, but this post is different from all my previous posts. Today, I will be sharing the recipe for a super simple dip using a very healthy ingredient, our very own HUNG CURD. I will be sharing the other dip in the pic shown above in the next post for Cream Cheese & Walnut Dip.

This dip is a great party pleaser and is perfect for your potluck parties, tasting parties, dinner parties and all sorts of get-together. This dip can be made well ahead of time and stays good for 1-2 days in the refrigerator. The dip goes well with all sorts of finger foods, nachos, chips, kebabs, and cutlets. I have made this dip a lot of times till now and this dip has never ever failed me in front of my guests. I had made this dip a few months ago for a party hosted by my brother for his friends; and believe me you, this dip was an instant hit at his party and his friends polished off the entire bowl of this dip in no time.

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For this recipe, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hung curd
  • 1 small onion, chopped very finely
  • 1 small capsicum, chopped very finely
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder to taste
  • 1-2 tsp Amul fresh cream

Method:

  1. Beat hung curd for a minute to make it smooth and creamy.
  2. Mix everything together except cream till consistent and creamy.
  3. Add Amul cream to adjust the dip’s consistency.
  4. Garnish with few coriander leaves and serve chilled with vegetable sticks, crackers, nachos, potato chips, or potato wedges.
Note: Make sure onion and capsicum are chopped really finely and should not be chunky. Hang the curd in a muslin cloth for 2-3 hours to get rid of all the water and your super creamy hung curd is ready.
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Thanks for reading..!!