Monday, September 13, 2010

My Three Course Meal For Ready Steady Cook Challenge



Ready Steady Cook Challenge was started by Hila of Add To Taste. When I first saw about this challenge in her blog I immediately signed in without any second thoughts. I was so excited to see about this challenge since this is a programme which I used to watch in TV almost everyday.
 Although my recipes were ready a few weeks before I was able to post it only now after a few difficulties in my network connection. Probably I'm the one who is the last to post the recipes for the challenge. 

 Anyway the challenge is about, you'll be given a list of 7 ingredients along with that you can use the pantry ingredients and create a three course meal. To view the pantry ingredients you can click here.
Here is the list of 7 ingredients which I got from Marissa of Creative Pot, thank you Marissa for giving me this excellent choice of ingredients..
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Rice
  • Chicken Fillets
  • Cheese(Any)
  • Baby Marrows
  • Red  Pepper
  • Cardamom
I know this is a bit long post, but please take your time to view each recipe individually and I would love to know your comments about each recipe.
Right know let's go through the menu and then go straight into the recipes.


Paneer Wrapped With Baby Marrow

Ingredients:
For Home Made Paneer:
Milk- 1/2 litre
Lemon- 1/2
For Red Pepper Sauce:
Red pepper-1
Garlic- 2 cloves
Chilli flakes- 1/4 tsp
Olive oil- 2 tsp
Salt and pepper to taste
To assemble:
Paneer cubes- 3
Baby marrow- 1
Red pepper sauce- 1 tbsp
Wooden Skewers- 1 cut into 3
Oil- about 2 tbsp
Method:
For paneer:

Boil the milk in a pan, when it boils completely add the squeezed lemon juice little by little and stir it slowly, after few minutes you can see the milk curdling, and it gets separated. At this stage immediately take it off  from heat, and pour it in a muslin cloth and drain the water completely and wrap the cloth tightly, place a heavy bottomed pan on top of it. Leave it for few hours like 2 or 3 hours until the water drains out.
For the Red Pepper Sauce:
Wash the Red pepper, drizzle with oil and place it in a baking sheet, cook it in the preheated oven at 250 degree celsius until the outer skin gets blackened. Take it out from the oven, remove the outer black layer, blend it along with garlic, chilli flakes, oil, salt and pepper.
To assemble:
Cut the paneer into cubes. Wash the baby marrow, using a peeler, make some ribbons out of it. Season the paneer with salt and pepper, and  shallow fry in oil until it's lightly brown in colour. Wrap it with baby marrow ribbon, insert a skewer to hold it. Slice the remaining babymarrow and fry it slightly in oil, season it with salt and pepper.
 To assemble in a plate, pour some red pepper sauce in three circles, arrange the wrapped paneer cubes on top it, place the fried baby marrow on sides. Serve warm, it can also be served cold.

Rice, Kebabs and Stir Fry
Ingredients:
For the Rice:
Basmathi Rice- 1 cup
Butter- 1tbsp
Cardamom- 2
Cinnamon stick- 1/4 inch
Garlic- 2 cloves finely minced
Salt and Pepper to taste
For the kebabs:
Chicken Fillet- 1 diced into cubes
Red Pepper Sauce- I used the same which I used for starter along with juice of 1/2 a lemon, extra chillies,salt and pepper.
For the Stir Fry:
Baby marrow- 2
Garlic cloves- 2 minced
Cumin - 1/4 tsp
Oil- 1/2 tbsp
Salt and Pepper to taste
Method:
Chicken kebabs:
For the kebabs wash the chicken well, dice it into cubes, add the red pepper sauce along with juice of 1/2 a lemon, chillies, salt and pepper. Allow it to rest for about 1 hour.
 Preheat the oven to 220 degree celsius, insert the chicken pieces into the skewer stick, and cook for about 20 minutes on each side until the chicken is completely cooked.
For Stir Fry:
Dice the baby marrow into small cubes, heat the oil in a pan, add garlic and cumin. Now add the diced baby marrow, stir well, cover the pan and cook till it releases water. Leave it bit saucy, so that when you serve with rice it's not too dry.
For the Rice:
Heat the butter in a pan, add cardamom, cinnamon and garlic. Fry for 1 or 2 minutes. Add rice, 2 cups of water and salt. Cook until the rice is cooked and it's fluffy.
Serve the rice, kebabs and stir fry while they are still warm.


    Dark Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake:

    This is my third and final course for Ready Steady Cook Challenge. This is almost like a cross between mousse and cheesecake. I used a same recipe for mousse but instead of cream I have used cream cheese here.

    Ingredients:
    For the mousse:
    Dark chocolate- 100 g
    Egg- 1
    Cream cheese- 50 g
    Sugar- 1 tbsp
    Butter- 1/2 tbsp plus 1 tbsp
    For the biscuit base:
    Butter- 100 g
    Flour- 150 g
    Sugar- 50 g
    Method:
    Browned Butter Biscuit:


    For the browned butter, melt the butter in a pan in low heat, increase the heat and keep stirring until the milk solid turns brown and you get a nice nutty aroma. Pour it in a bowl, let it cool down. Cover with a cling film, keep it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
    Preheat the oven to 180 degree celsius. Sift the flour in a large bowl, add the butter and work with your fingers until it resembles a bread crumbs, then add the sugar,bring the dough together.
    Grease and line a baking sheet. Take small balls out of the dough, roll it between your fingers, flatten it and place it in the baking tray. Bake it for about 30 to 35 minutes.

    For the Mousse:
    Melt 60g of chocolate in a bowl, sitting on top of simmering pan of water. Take the bowl when the chocolate is melted, add the butter, stir well, until the butter melts completely. Separate the egg yolk and white. Add the egg yolk to the chocolate mixture and beat well. In a separate clean bowl beat the egg whites until soft peak forms, slowly add the sugar little by little and beat until stiff peaks form.
     Add the beaten egg whites to the chocolate mixture, one tbsp at a time to loosen the chocolate mixture. Finally add the cream cheese, fold it gently into the chocolate mixture.
    To assemble, crumble about 10 biscuit, add 1/2 tbsp of  melted butter to the crumbled biscuit and mix well. Place a Chefs ring in a plate, add the biscuit crumbs, press it gently, not too tightly, cover with cling film and leave it in the refrigerator for 1 hour, then pour the chocolate mixture on top of it. Cover it and let it set in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.
    Melt the remaining chocolate or even some more with it, pour it in a freezer bag, make it like a cone shape, slightly snip the edges and pipe it in a greaseproof paper to your desired shapes. place it on top of the mousse when ready to serve.




    41 comments:

    Indrani said...

    wow, such a delightful platter that is...you are an excellent cook, Umm..mouth watering clicks and recipes

    asiya omar said...

    great idea.superb three coutse meal.

    Prathima Rao said...

    Superb presentation!!

    Priya said...

    Thats an awesome and droolworthy spread..am drooling over that chocolate mousse cheesecake, very tempting..

    Anukampa said...

    amazing meal..I am drooling over it so scrumptious and mouthwatering..what an amazing cook you are.. keep up the good work.

    LadyRaven said...

    yay these look fantastic, I was starting to get worried that you weren't going to make it, very glad you did

    Jay said...

    Once again you proved yourself EXCELLENT COOK ...! Simply amazed with your dishes and rocking presentation....!

    Very very professional clicks with perfect color...Awesome dear...:)
    HATS OFF..!!!

    An Open Book said...

    wow u really went all out there..wish i was half as motivated as u are

    Fajeeda said...

    tht was superb ..........mousse cheese cake is yummyy.........

    Premalatha Aravindhan said...

    Wow wounderfull spread,makes me hungry.Such a tempting clicks...

    G.Pavani said...

    total meal recipes are mouthwatering n nice clicks..

    sonu said...

    wow ! wow ! wat a lovely and gorgeous 3 meal course..looks so inviting..im loving the paneer wraps..looks scrumptiously delish dear ..luved the presentation too..just a restaurant style :)

    Marisa said...

    Great job using the available ingredients!

    I especially like your dessert of chocolate mousse with the added creamcheese - genius!

    Priya (elaichii) said...

    I am just in awe! What a lovely presentation and amazing dishes!

    Hamaree Rasoi said...

    OMG u have captured some amazing looking clicks of the dishes. I'm drooling here....

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

    Suja Sugathan said...

    Awesome..that's a wonderful spread..all beautifully presented.

    Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

    Hey Umm that's awesome. Simply superb !!
    I'm super interested about the event. You have done a great job. I got hooked to the Mousse Cheese cake !! Lovely pics.

    Please do try to send out some entries to my new event Chocolaty Dreams !!

    One another question I tried to get nigella seeds and never found it in Indian stores or any other asian market. Where do you get it. When I googled I was confused on whether it is kali jeera.Please throw some light..

    Pari said...

    I love the paneer wrapped and served in red pepper sauce, looks very stylish.
    FOODELICIOUS

    Umm Mymoonah said...

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments.
    Shabitha you can get Nigella seeds in Asian, Arab grocery stores. Look for black onion seeds in regular super markets. Check this online link also
    http://www.spicesofindia.co.uk/acatalog/Indian-Food-Natco-Onion-Seeds.html

    Mary said...

    This was a real undertaking. Everything looks wonderful. You are an excellent cook and photographer. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

    Vasavi Suresh said...

    Awesome. Simply superb. What a presentation. I can imagine your hard work behind all that.

    Azeeskitchen said...

    Please accept this award..
    http://azeeskitchen.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-awards/

    vidhya said...

    Wow you have nice blog going here.I have bookmarked your blog.

    Pushpa said...

    Delicious....Such an awesome spread...very nicely presented...

    Tanvi said...

    wow...so innovative n challenging! really loved that rice platter with kebabs!
    Sinfully Spicy

    Torviewtoronto said...

    delicious menu and food love the cookies the cheesecake

    Panchpakwan said...

    Wow lovely spread..loved the deseert most..

    Ananda Rajashekar said...

    Fantastic recipe dear, loved your presentation, as of starters: soaked the zucchini in olive oil will give transparent and glossy look and it will taste great too, as i tired it on sat with ricotta cheese, rice and chicken delicious and wat can i say about choc cheese cake super yum! good luck :)

    Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

    Whoa Ayeesha, you rock !!! I am too coward to take such challenge and feel I won't finish it. Excellent job dear. Simply mouth watering recipes. I am loving your starter and dessert the most. and specially the dessert. I am a chocoholic, what can I say... lol

    Satya said...

    awesome ...i must say u r a gr8 cook dear ..

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

    Krishnaveni said...

    beautiful Ayeesha

    Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

    awesome platter! looks like it is on a tv show! loved it!
    Wow! Love the chocolate mousse!

    Uma said...

    OMG, what a menu!
    loved the paneer and mouse..

    lecker and yummy recipes said...

    fantastic recipes Ayeesha ! very well presented too :) wish and hope u win the challenge inshallah..

    Seema Abbas Ali said...

    Ayeesha, I'm simply drooling over the three course meal. That was too good a presentation! Admire your patience! Hats off again!

    Anonymous said...

    Very creative... you make an amazing meal and know exactly how to present it in a simple yet attractive way... Keep up the good work...

    Sadhana said...

    Lovely presentation dear!

    Jeanne @ CookSister! said...

    WOW! Deceptively simple dishes but so beautifully realised and presented. I am totally in love with the starter and the dessert!

    Tamanna said...

    mmm yumm! the dark mousse cheesecake looks divine. =) great event!

    Mehnaz Kapadia said...

    Ayeesha!! I loooooove this!! Superb meal!

    Shruthi Hebbur said...

    excellent one. loved teh way u have presented it. have u done any culinary course

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