Archive for February 23, 2014

Cream Cheese Flan

Here is a quick and easy flan recipe. This is not a typical flan, but it tastes equally wonderful. Enjoy! 2014-02-027

Ingredients:
5 eggs
1 package (8-ounce) of cream cheese
1 sweetened and condensed milk

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 320 degrees F.
2. In a blender, add all the ingredients. Blend until liquefy. 2014-02-023

2. Transfer the mixture into oven safe dish. 2014-02-024

3. Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
4. Let it cool and cut into bite size pieces.2014-02-025

5. Garnish with chocolate sauce and serve! 2014-02-026

Taste of Nepal 2014 Videos

For those of you, who were unable to attend the Taste of Nepal 2014 show, here are all the videos (except Lil dai and Goma bhauju’s dance, I can’t seem to locate it). These videos are courtesy of Dr. Dev Sagar Shrestha. Thank you Dev dai for all the videos. We received excellent comments for the program. Saharsh’s “Gangnam style” dance was a treat and he was definitely the star of the show! Enjoy!
P.S. Ignore my mistakes in the dance, I am quite good at forgetting my steps during the dance. That’s probably why my parents made sure I went into sciences and not in the entertainment business. I will probably post our practice video just to show that I actually knew what I was doing at some point 😉 Also, Happy Valentine day to all. You could celebrate this valentine day making black forest cake for your loved ones.

Pyaaji, Onion Pakora (Onion Fritters)

The weather still hasn’t improved much here. It is still cold and on top of that I have been working on writing a grant. So, I decided to make some pakoras that I could eat and enjoy with a cup of coffee while working on editing the grant. Pakoras are deep fried snacks. You can use many different types of  vegetables (onion, potato, cauliflower, spinach, carrot, cabbage) to make pakoras. When we were young, my bhauju used to make this snacks for us and give it to us during our home-work time. These are also excellent snacks for rainy days. In Nepal, pakoras are considered street-food and eaten while taking a stroll during the evenings. There are many different ways of making pakoras. Today’s recipe was modified from the traditional way to make pakoras by my sister Sonam. They turned out to be a great success!
P.S Pyaaj means onion in Nepali. My friend Namrata likes to call these snacks Pyaaji.

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Ingredients:
2 medium yellow onions, sliced into thin half moon slices
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 cup besan flour
2 green chili, chopped (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt (depends on taste)
2 cups vegetable oil to deep fry

Directions:

1. Cut onions into thin half moon slices. DSC_2363-002

2. In a large dish, add all the ingredients together. Mix well. DSC_2351-001

3. Take a heaping tablespoonfuls of batter and fry them in hot oil. DSC_2356-001

4. Once the fritters are brown, take them out. Place them on the top of paper towel to get rid of excess oil. DSC_2360-001

5. Enjoy onion fritters with ketchup and a cup of tea. DSC_2369-001

 

 

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