Archana's Favorite Kitchen Things

Ebooks by Archana Doshi

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:14

The Green Moong Dal Tadka Recipe is delicious and easy to make, and is very nutritious too. I most often cook my dal in a pressure cooker with all the ingredients added in and finally just before serving add in the ghee tadka. The ghee tadka is so important for dal's that it heightens the flavor of the dish and makes it perfect to mix it along with rice for a very warm comforting meal.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:03

The Spicy Stir Fried Broccoli Recipe is a healthy, quick, simple and delicous way of getting the nutritous vegetable into your diet. You can mix and match a variety of things into this recipe, by adding mushrooms, bell peppers, some snow peas or just have it plain. Serve the Spicy Stir Fried Broccoli along with a Yogurt Dip for your parties or just as a side dish for a weeknight dinner.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:34

The Chilli Baby Corn (Manchurian) Recipe is one of the most simplest dishes you can make in a jiffy for parties. So simple, that even if you have a fear to try new dishes, this one can be right up your alley. With simple and easy to procure ingredients you really cant go wrong. And the best party is that this recipe is healthy as unlike most chilli baby corn recipes, it is not deep fried. And hence taste even more delicious and fresh.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 12:27

The Sweet and Sour Vegetable recipe is a very popular dish in the Indian Chinese Cuisine. And as a person who loves Indian Chinese, we make it often at home too and yes the children love it with Hakka Noodles or even a Chinese Fried Rice.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 06:35

The Churros Recipe with Cinnamon & Sugar is a simple dish that I learnt how to make at the KitchenAid Gourmet Summit, 2014 that happened in Manila. It was one of the dishes that I learnt from the professional Chef's there. The few tips and tricks of making these Churros are something I will keep for life. Life becomes simple when you learn to learn! Thinking of all the good experiences and at the KitchenAid Summit.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 06:01

Fruit Kebabs are probably the simplest of the forms of a Kebab. Its healthy and perfect for parties too. And what more, it makes a greaty "Do It Yourself" kids snack.  The Kids can get into the kitchen to party and cook up a storm for themselves. Well, all things cooking does not have to be complicated. Dont you agree?

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Thandai Kulfi is a delicious recipe that is similar to the Kesar Pista Kulfi with a slight twist. I had made Thandai for holi and had a lot of the Thandai masala remaining, and hence decided to make it into a Kulfi and thats how the Thandai Kulfi Recipe was born. 

Kulfi's is very similar to western ice cream but unlike them kulfi is not whipped hence the result is a solid, dense and rich dessert.  The best kulfi's I have tasted are on the streets of Kolkata where they sell the flavors according to seasons - lechee kulfi, seethaphal kulfi, mango kulfi to name a few. These kulfi's are set in the earthen pots and sealed to be frozen. The taste from the earthen pots is very special. 

If you do plan to make kulfi's at home and get hold of earthen pots to make them, go ahead. Else like me you will have to stick to pop sickle makers that taste equally good, but just lacks the rustic taste and finish.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 16:33

I started baking at a very young age and used to help my mother beat the cake batter and whisk the cream for the Gateaus she used to make. That was the very first time I laid my hands on cooking. As I grew up and began investing in a few basic kitchen things, I instantly knew what I wanted for my baking needs. 

Most of the Baking things I bought are from Crate & Barrel or Williams Sonama. Both of them are premium US home and kitchen stores. And its a pity that India still does not have that high quality making tools and gadgets like they do. But nevertheless, I thought I should list the things that are available in India from Amazon. I am sure in the years to come Amazon will stock itself with the high quality bakeware that we get in the US or someone in India will manufacture them that good quality. Utill such time, I have collated a list of baking things what I thought looks the best with affiliate links to Amazon. Feel feel to ping me if you have any questions.

  • 9 Inch Springform Pan with 2 Bottoms

    A Springform Pan is a must have for every Baker. The ease with which you can bake cakes, cheesecakes and delicious tea time cakes and take them out of the pan without a mess is simply delightful for a baker. 

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  • Alda Muffin Pan

    I use this pan, to make not just cup cakes and muffins, but also mini tarts as well. I even place a bread slice in it, fill it with a filling to make a bread tart. And when there is a good quality non stick, you dont have to worry a lot about liners too. Just regular greasing works great.

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  • Norpro Nonstick Loaf Pan

    When you buy one of this and start making breads, you will never buy a store bread again. Having said that the loaf pans can be used to make tea time cakes too as it makes it perfect to slice them perfectly and serve them for tea.

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  • Alda Removeable Bottom Pie Pan

    This is probably the best investment you can make if you like making a lot of tarts and pies. The come out so clean and beautiful with a perfect shape everytime. If you want your desserts, tarts and pies to look impeccable, then this is a must have.

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  • All-Purpose Baking Rack

    Every time you bake a cake or a cookie, it has to undergo a complete cooling process to get the right texture. It needs to have the air flow to crisp and cool down completely from all sides. This Baking rack is used exactly for that purpose.

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  • Cookie Baking Sheet

    A cookie sheet is a must have if you do grilling or even make cookies often. I have a metal baking tray/ sheet at home but I know that the Silicon ones are great for baking in the oven.

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  • Alorno Oven Safe Fluted Dish

    Well, I cant tell you having a variety of shapes for baking dish, especially the fluted one. This fluted baking dish is just perfect for making the Creme Brulee's also known as the Caramel Custard. I make the baked version of it and it slips out so perfectly. So I own this one, just for creme brulee's

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  • Porcelain Ramekin Cups - 6 Pieces

    The ramekins are cute little porcelain cups, that have a multi purpose use. I use them for making baked Souffle's, Mousse, Custards, Mini Creme Brulee's, Mini Gratins and many more. I have a stock of 24 of these Ramekins at home as I host a lot of parties at home. 

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  • Borosil Square Dish with Lid Set, 800ml, Set of 2

    The glass bakewares are great multipurpose dishes, that I use very often for baking Brownies, Gratins, Lasagna's, Baked Pasta's and many more. Well, you can even serve your Indian Curries elegantly for parties. 

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Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:15

The Grilled Vegetable Panini Recipe is a sandwich that makes a quick and healthy dinner. You could use a Panini bread or even a Baguette to make the sandwich. But I personally prefer the Panini Bread as it is soft and becomes crips only after the grilling process. Try this super delicious Panini Sandwich for a weeknight dinner. If you are conscious about the fat in cheese, you could omit the cheese and just serve it without it. It will taste just as good.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 04:36

The Podalangai Poriyal Recipe is a very traditional South Indian Style dish, that is very healthy, nutrituous and quick to make. Podalangai also known as Snake Gourd, is a very nutritious vegetable that is used in the diet for many diseases as well as preventing a few diseases. At home I like to make this vegetable really simple, by just steaming it and seasoning it with a few condiments and finally tossed in coconut.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 03:56

The Kadai Vegetable Sabzi Recipe is a quick and easy sabzi to make that has the goodness of a variety of vegetables adding colour, taste and nutrition to your weeknight dinner. This recipe I have steamed the vegetables a little but before tossing them on the kadai to make the sabzi. By doing this, we preserve nutrition and also helps in the faster cooking process.

Friday, 12 September 2014 05:52

The Kovakka Thoran (Poriyal) Recipe is an inspiration of the Kerala dish. The first time I had this style of preparation was when I was in 8th grade at a friends home. My friends mother had added, onions to the dish and lots more green chillies. This recipe is without the onions and you can server it either ways.

You can serve the Kovakka Thoran (Poriyal) along with Phulka’s or even a Bowl of Rice and Pumpkin Sambar.