Archive for December 28, 2013

Chocolate chip cookies

First of all, Happy New Year 2014 to all the viewers of SherpaniChef!!DSC_1447-001

I hope 2013 was a good year for everyone and may this new year bring a much more fun filled life! In retrospect, 2013 was a productive year for SherpaniChef. We have posted about 95 posts so far, which is not too bad considering all the other things I’ve been trying to keep up with. A new year’s resolution for SherpaniChef is to write many more recipes and travel posts. We have a lot of travel plans for 2014 and we plan to post about them!
On a different note, we have been very busy lately that it hasn’t really felt like the holidays this year, so I decided to bake cookies and get into the holiday spirit. Chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite cookies. They are very easy to bake and taste wonderful. If you are a novice baker, this is a must try recipe!

Ingredients:
2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 and half teaspoons vanilla extract
2 and 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts or any nuts coarsely chopped
1/4 cup of coca powder (optional)
1 teaspoon black cumin (optional and with some interesting medical properties)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Get baking sheets ready with parchment paper.

3. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients except flour. Use hand mixer or electric mixer until the batter is smooth.  Now, add flour and mix to make a dough.            DSC_1488-001   DSC_1491-001

4. Place one dollop of cookie dough on the cookie sheet. (This will give irregular shaped cookies.) Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 375 F. DSC_1493-001

5. To make more regular shaped cookies, you can make small round balls and place them on the cookie sheet to bake.   DSC_1495-001

5. Once the cookies are baked, eat as many as you can hot out of the oven because this is when they are best! We had a cookie party and I finished 8 of them!  Happy New Year!!   DSC_1533-001

Candied Yams!

Although Thanksgiving is long gone, I haven’t stopped cooking yams. Since yams are super tasty and are the world’s healthiest food, they are my favorite.  Yams have tons of nutritional values that includes vitamin C, potassium, manganese, fiber, vitamin B6. Yams are also used  as a natural alternative to hormonal replacement in women who have reached the age of menopause. It has also been suggested that it protect against cardiovascular and many other diseases . Here I have a candied yam recipe (one of many ways to prepare yams)! Everyone in my family enjoys this recipe and I hope yours will too!

Ingredients:
3 large yams
4 tablespoons honey (or you can use 1/3 cup of brown sugar instead)
1/2 stick of butter ( you can use 1 stick of butter if you like more butter)

Directions:
1. Peel yams and cut into 2-inch cubes (or smaller sizes).
2. In a large pot, boil yams until they are fork tender (about 20 minutes). DSC_5573-001

3. Drain water and transfer yams into an oven safe bowl.  Add butter and honey and cook in oven for 20 mins at 350 F. (If you don’t have an oven, cook yams a little longer and add butter and honey.) DSC_5583-001

4. These go great with almost any dish, so give them a try and enjoy!DSC_5604-001

 

I love Eggplant (Pan fried eggplant)

I love eggplant and thought that everyone else does too. I mean who doesn’t like eggplant, it is purple! To my dismay, it turned out not to be true. I wonder if people who dislike eggplant haven’t tasted this recipe. Prepared by Namrata Dangol, here is a recipe for pan fried eggplant. It is super tasty and easy to make. Try this recipe and surprise yourself!

Ingredients:
1 large eggplant
1/4 cup gram flour (aka Besan. Flour made with chickpeas)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Cut eggplant into slices. Sprinkle some salt and let it sit for 5 mins. DSC_1320-001

2. On a large plate, add besan, turmeric powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Mix well. DSC_1326-001

3. Lightly coat both sides of eggplant slices with besan and spices mixture. DSC_1330-001

4. In a large pan, heat oil until it is hot enough for frying. DSC_1340-001

5. Once the oil is heated, add eggplant slices. DSC_1343-001 DSC_1345-001

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6. Cook until both sides are brown.DSC_1354-001

Enjoy with rice or salad. DSC_1359-001

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