ALOO ACHARI

Incorporating the taste and flavours of the two most common ingredients of an Indian meal Method Put the potatoes in the cooker bowl and pour in enough water to cover the potatoes. More »

MURG MUSSALAM

Rich in tradition, rich in taste. A genuine masterpiece. Method Wash, clean and remove the skin of the chicken. Boil the eggs and fi nely chop one of them. In a pan, More »

SESAME PRAWN TOAST

Is it an appetizer or a side dish? Taste it once and you might want it as the main course! Method Dice the prawn fine. Cut the bread into triangles or squares More »

MAAS KE SULE

A Rajasthani speciality. This delicious smoked kebab can be made using chicken, fish or lamb. Method In a large glass bowl whisk together all the ingredients for the marinade. Mix in the More »

BENGALI TOMATO CHUTNEY


A very simple and tasty tomato chutney.

Method

  • In a glass bowl, add the oil and microwave on medium power for 5 seconds.
  • Add the panch phoran and dried chillies and microwave covered for 2 minutes till the chillies sizzle.
  • Mix in the ginger and microwave for 1 minute.
  • Mix in the garlic, tomatoes, sugar, dried apricots and green chillies and microwave covered on high power for 10 minutes, pausing and stirring after every 3 minutes.
  • Mix in the salt. Let it cool before serving.

WARM VEGETABLE SALAD


A simple blend of mixed vegetables lightly cooked with herbs.

Method

  • In a microwaveable bowl put some water along with the French beans, coloured capsicum.
  • Microwave on high for 3 minutes.
  • Remove and strain off water.
  • Toss in chilli flakes, salt and pepper and mustard paste and heat for 1 minute only.
  • Serve on a bed of lettuce leaves.

CAESAR SALAD WITH CREAMY CAESAR DRESSING


A traditional salad with simple fl avours that marry into a harmonious mix.

Method

  • In a glass bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, lemon juice and vinegar till well blended and microwave on high power for 30 seconds.
  • Remove and whisk again and microwave as before for 30 seconds more.
  • Remove into a food processor and blend egg yolk mixture with garlic, anchovies, worcestershire sauce, mustard and pepper.
  • Gradually pour in oil while blending (as is done while preparing mayonnaise) and blend very well.
  • Mix in the grated cheese. Toss into vegetables.

GERMAN HOT POTATO SALAD


This variation to the potato salad is absolutely delicious. Can be had hot or cold.

Method

  • In a deep glass bowl, combine the potatoes with just enough water to cover them.
  • Microwave covered on high power for 4 minutes.
  • The potatoes must be cooked but not mashy. Drain and cool.
  • In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, capsicum, salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Mix well, add in the potatoes and serve either warm or chilled.

COCONUT RICE


A simple rice dish flavoured with coconut.

Method

  • In a deep glass bowl, combine the rice, coconut milk and salt and microwave uncovered on high power for 6 minutes.
  • Pause, stir well and microwave uncovered on medium power for 6 minutes, pausing and stirring after 3 minutes.
  • The rice should be just cooked and very little liquid must remain in the bowl.
  • Remove the bowl from the microwave and leave aside covered for 5 minutes to enable remaining liquid to be absorbed.

PASTA & VEGETABLE CASSEROLE


This bake of vegetables is easy to create. Well loved by kids and adults alike.

Method

  • Combine pasta with 400 ml water, ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp oil and microwave uncovered for 6 minutes, pausing and stirring after 3 minutes.
  • The pasta should be cooked but firm and not mushy. Drain the pasta and run under cold water, drain again and leave aside.
  • In a casserole, combine the butter with onions and garlic and microwave on high power for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in fl our and milk, mix well and microwave on high power for 3 minutes.
  • Stir well and mix in half the cheese, salt and pepper.
  • Mix in the vegetables, pasta and basil and sprinkle over with the remaining cheese, bread crumbs Set the oven in convection mode and preheat for 10 minutes.
  • Put in the casserole and bake at 200°c for 10 minutes till the top is a light gold in colour.
  • Leave to stand for 3 minutes before serving.

VEGETABLE MOUSSE, PROVENÇALE STYLE


A rich mousse which rises well in the oven. Make it just before it is to be eaten.

Method

  • Rinse and cut vegetables into dices. Peel brinjal and chop fine.
  • Put garlic and onions in a glass bowl and microwave for 1 minute.
  • Put in all the prepared vegetables and microwave for 5 minutes along with a little water in the dish.
  • Add brinjal and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Puree all the vegetables. Mix all the remaining ingredients.
  • Pour into a greased microwaveable casserole dish or individual containers.
  • Set on convection mode and heat the oven to 200°C.
  • Place the casserole into the oven.
  • Bake on high for 5 minutes.
  • Leave to stand for a few seconds before turning out onto a prepared plate.

VEG BIRYANI


The blend of rice, spices and vegetables make for a memorable feast.

Method

  • Combine the rice with 800 ml water and salt and microwave on high power for 5 minutes. Drain the rice.
  • Combine vegetables (including green peas) with 2 tbsp oil, spread out evenly on a glass plate and microwave on high power for 6 minutes, pausing and stirring after 3 minutes.
  • In a deep glass bowl, pour 1 tbsp oil and microwave on medium power for 30 seconds.
  • Mix in mustard seeds, green chillies, cinnamon, cumin seeds, cloves and black pepper powder and microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Mix in the onions, red chilli powder and tomatoes and microwave on high power for 3 minutes.
  • Mix in the curd and microwave for 1 minute.
  • Add the vegetables, paneer and salt and microwave for 1 minute.
  • In a casserole, spread out half the cooked rice and spread out prepared gravy on it.
  • Spread over with the remaining rice, sprinkle over with melted butter, saff ron milk and dry fruits and microwave covered for 5 minutes or till rice is done.
  • Leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

PIZZA MARGHERITA


Originated in the Mediterranean, this basic of all pizzas is an eternal favourite.

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200°c On a board place the pizza base.
  • Cut and chop tomatoes.
  • Place the sauce ingredients in a bowl and heat in the microwave for 3 minutes.
  • Puree the sauce in a blender.
  • Spread the sauce on the pizza base.
  • Sprinkle grated cheese on top.
  • Pre-heat the oven in convection mode.
  • When hot put in the pizza on the metal stand provided.
  • Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese melts and crust is golden.

CHICKEN CHOW MEIN


This is a dish of stir fried noodles. Created by Chinese immigrants to the US.

Method

  • In large glass bowl boil a litre of water and salt. Add noodles, microwave on high for 4 minutes.
  • Let it stand in the hot water till the desired texture is obtained usually 3 minutes.
  • Drain off the water well.
  • Whisk together oyster sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil, add chicken and toss properly to coat evenly with marinade.
  • In a glass bowl add oil and microwave on medium power for 30 seconds.
  • Add chicken and microwave on high power for 3 minutes.
  • In another glass bowl combine oil, ginger and garlic and microwave on medium power for 1 minute.
  • Mix in the vegetables and chicken and left over marinade and microwave on high power for 3 minutes.
  • Add bean sprouts and stir, microwave for 1 more minute.
  • Add drained noodles, mix all the ingredients together.
  • Cook for 1 more minute if required.