My wedding anniversary celebrations demand that I invite my brother's and my sister's families over for dinner so it was the same this time too ---what was different was that it had to be a low cal dinner by popular demand ---and it had to be delicious too on hubby's demand . It was as if everyone had teamed up against me to test my culinary talent ---one would ask why did I feel they were all against me !! yes!! because how can one specially a Bharatiya Naari make a delicious celebration dinner which is low in calories .
But I took up the challenge HUM KISI SE KUM NAHI and I teamed up with Borosil to give these people a. run for their smartness
the menu was
---it had to be something piping hot because mine is a december wedding and 14th december is nearly always biting cold --so I had thick tomatoe soup served in borosil cup and saucer and I had prepared it by boiling tomatoes, carrots ,onions and ginger and straining the puree twice thickened it by adding cornflour and then I heated one teaspoonful of ghee put in some very minutely chopped onion and switched off the gas immediately ; this was the garnish which gave the soup the desired flavour but cheated it of any calorie after all how many calories can you get by using one tea spoonful ghee for 15 people and just before serving I sprinkled white pepper powder and 3 drops each of cream in the soup cups ---oh yes there were croutons too not fried bread but toasted bread.
I had served this soup in my borosil cup and saucer from my tea set---I had put the croutons in the saucer and soup naturally in the cups; everyone liked this idea as it made drinking soup easy without sitting down at the table I had stolen this idea from a very old Film awards function night where I had seen a picture of Dev Anand tasting the soup served in cup and saucer It not only keeps the soup warmer for long it is easy to drink too specially during a buffet as one can even keep the crutons in the saucer and add them as and when required and the beautiful Borosil transparent products always enhance the beauty of the food ----it all looked so beautiful bright red soup in transparent cups and croutons heaped alongside in the saucers.
next were the snacks
Horse gram soaked overnight boiled with a little salt served both warm and cold with lots of raw onion, , fresh coriander leaves and chopped tomatoes in borosil transparent bowls ---and GOD were the guests bowled over YESSS ... Chane chatpate to their hearts content I had also kept a bowl full of salted curd churned nicely ,sweet and sour imli ( tamarind ) chutney and extra onions and tomatoes chopped in case anyone needed ---and a small borosil katori of chopped green chillies for hubby dear and yes lots of lemon slices looking so pretty peeping from out of the borosil bowls
now wasn't that healthy, low cal ,and pretty too!!
chhole---made without any oil ----it was made by boiling soaked chick peas with salt and tea leaves tied in a small cloth bag and pressure cooked on opening the cooker one is forced to smile at the lovely dark brown colour of the chhole then add garam masala powder or the chhole masala powder you get in the market and empty in a transparent borosil container keep aside ready to eat; before serving heat in a microwave add raw onions dhaniya patti( coriander leaves) mix properly sprinkle some of these on the top just as a decorative garnish together with lime wedges and green chillies-----hai na low cal ?!!
Now I didn't want to be thought of as a desi cook who doesn't know any foreign cooking ---like the trend where every housewife must know some baked dishes etc etc so I served poached fish.
poached mackarel made with Bangda fish placed head to tail in cooker and cooked by covering with onions, pepper corns, clove,s garlic and salt a little vinegar ,water and bay leaves cooked in the pressure cooker for about 3 mts in full pressure removed from cooker by releasing pressure placed in Borosil serving dish and poured the liquid which was left in the cooker by making it into a sauce served really hot garnished with coriander leaves and slit green chillies for decoration only .---and like always borosil enhanced the beauty, what with the sauce and fish looking delicious through the transparent glass and the greens adding colour
chicken too was made in the same way I used the same recipe and and everyone RELISHED ---only it took slightly more time and the masala had ginger too plus I did not add any green garnish .Chicken drumsticks don't need any decoration Transparent Borosil is all that they need I had used only drumsticks the rest of the chicken was stored in the fridge for some other day
My sister in law is a vegetarian so it was hariyali gobhi for her ---cauliflower and brinjals cooked in very little oil about 2 tablespoonfuls which has one spoonfull urad dal mustard seeds and when it starts spluttering add chopped brinjals and cauliflower and for the masala add a paste of green coriander leaves and green chilles cover and cook on slow heat and the aroma is heavenly ---empty this green wonder in a borosil bowl to be heated in a microwave before serving no garnishing required just enjoy the beautiful green colour showing itself off from inside the tranparent borosil container and watch the guests attack and devour tempted by the beautiful green colour and tempting taste enhanced by the extraordinarry aroma of the dhaniya patti and hari mirch combine ..
Rice was plain boiled decorated with green peas, and a dash of grated orange carrot--- and again no other decoration needed to enhance the white fluffy boiled rice except for letting the green peas and orange carrot flakes peep through transparent borosil.
Wheat was represented by phulkas hot and fluffy coming one after the other from my kitchen thanks to the maid who had agreed to stay back and help.
There was raita too made of grated cucumber and decorated with circles of red chilly powder, roasted cumin powder , and an outer circle of green chillies very finely chopped and I had made the borosil container have an orange rim by turning it upside down and coating it with a very fine film of chilly powder --so as to not affect the taste but enough to give it a nice look ---
And now the desert ----LOW CAL one
kumdha kheer----rich ripe yellow pumpkin grated and boiled with milk you don't have to thicken the milk the kumdha is so rich in taste that just two or three boils and the taste is heavenly --no need to fry the pumpkin or thicken the milk---just pour the stuff into transparent Borosil container sprinkle some nuts and raisins for colour contrast and keep aside so that it can be reheated in a microwave just before serving and served without any botheration of changing vessels etc.and disturbing the garnish.
frozen cake-----for the foreign touch ---broke a double pack of marie biscuits into big crumbs rubbed half cup of butter and two ripe bananas into this I added two handfuls of almonds walnut and ,raisins and a few drops of vanilla essence and put it in the freezer it did freeze but wasn't very hard because I had added bananas instead of pure butter the bananas helped in binding and keeping the fat content comparatively low sprinkled with a generous amount of pomegrenate seeds just before serving.
It was the most colourful pudding ( not exactly a cake ) showing off its pink and white hues from inside the transparent bowl
dahi panchamrit --- dahi sweetened with sugar free (the one for the kids had sugar ) had chopped basil (tulsi) leaves and chopped apples and pomegranate seeds and this was a surprise item because it tasted heavenly and was an innovation on panchamrit which we make during puja but which has lots of dry fruits in it
The chopped basil gave it a pure and fresh aroma and the various colors of fruits a colourful hue like a rainbow peeping from out of the borosil
All of these were very low calorie dishes --and the gathering agreed to it --and hubby's countenance proved that the stuff was delicious too and the fact that I had used all transparent borosil products added so much to the looks that it enhanced the taste . Whatever was lacking in the cooking was made up by the crockery.
Then there was coffee too brewing in the Borosil kettle and brought straight to the table for each one to help themselves .
OH What a dinner and the resulting satisfaction after the victory told me what sibling rivalry was .First they test then I win then they applaud . All in good faith
my entry for Borosil My beautiful food contest on indiblogger link being