It’s hardly a secret that modern day pressures prevent the average woman from indulging in some of the good old-fashion cooking that their mothers and grandmothers taught them. Even if they want to serve a hot steamy dish on the dinner table, their packed schedules of business meetings and kids' doctor appointments just make it more practical to order some take-out from the nearby restaurant.
Rahima Sultana Reeta says that that is exactly what she had in mind while penning her new cookbook Dosh Miniter Ranna. Sponsored by Maggi, Dosh Miniter Ranna is not only packed with an array of delicious mouth-watering meals but also stays true to its title, which is why almost all the appetising dishes in the book can be prepared in about ten minutes.
This makes Rahima Sultana's new book ideal for the busy modern woman who is short on spare time but is eager to have a delectable dish on her dining table whether it be for her and her family to enjoy a home-cooked meal or to show off her culinary skills to her guests.
The book catalogues an impressive amount of dishes and delicacies. The author covers almost every popular traditional Eastern dishes and she makes the Western meals even more interesting by adding flavours of the East to them. Designed for the keen cook with an eye for experimental cooking, this cookbook is definitely worth having while on culinary expeditions.
What sets this book apart from the usual cookbook is how the writer goes a little further than simply naming a few popular recipes and takes into consideration the increase of health-related problems in today's world of heart diseases, high blood pressure and obesity.
As a woman in tune to her fitness and dietary requirements, Rahima Sultana stresses on the need to have meals that are not only tasty but also contributes to maintaining physical well-being. All recipes in the book have been thoroughly checked for their nutritional values and are key to maintaining a balanced diet.
Rahima Sultana even has her own cooking show called “Maggi Taste n Balance” and much of the recipes showcased are from her book Dosh Miniter Ranna. Committed to not only nourishing the taste buds of her viewers but also doing so with healthier alternatives, the talented culinary artist says that healthy food for a healthy life is the theme for her programme. This philosophy is maintained throughout her book as well.
By Mahareen Khalid
Maggi Noodles Chop Ingredients: 1 packet Maggi two minute noodles (masala) 1/4 tsp mixed spices powder 1 tbsp butter/ghee 1/4 tsp of crushed black pepper 1 egg 1 tbsp flour 1 cup bread crumbs 1 cup oil 1 tbsp grated cheese 1 whole potato Method: First boil the potato and Maggi two minute noodles. Then smash the potato and mix it with the noodles. Add the crushed black pepper, mixed spices powder, grated cheese, butter/ghee, 1 tbsp of flour and mix. Then shape into chops, roll it on the flour and dip in the beaten egg. Cover them with breadcrumbs and then fry in oil. Now you can prepare it as children's snacks and tiffin and keep them cool in the refrigerator. You can also serve them hot and tasty right after frying.
Maggi Cutlet Ingredients: 1 packet Maggi family noodles 1/2 cup chicken breast 1/2 cup beaten eggs 1 cup flour 3 tbsps chopped carrots 3 tbsps chopped broccoli 3 tbsps French beans 2 tbsps tomato sauce 1 tbsp Soya sauce 2 tsps vinegar 2 tsps green chillies 2 tbsps onion layers Oil, as much as needed Salt to taste 1 tbsp cornflower Water, as much as needed Method: First cut the chicken breast into thin and long strips and soak them in vinegar and salt. All the vegetable should be chopped into thin strips as well. The onion layers and green chili are to be chopped into little pieces. Fry the strips of chicken into a pan with 3 tablespoons of oil until almond brown. Keep them separate after they are fried. Stir-fry the broccoli, onions, French bean and carrots with the desired amount of salt. Add tomato sauce, Soya sauce and vinegar to the vegetable while frying. Mix the cornflower with water and add with the vegetables and then let it cool. Boil the Maggi noodles and add a little bit of salt to the water. Strain the noodles and mix with flour. Spread the noodles onto a plain dish. Add the stir-fried vegetable on the noodles and make them into a roll. Dip the roll into the beaten egg and fry in hot oil. Chop the rolls into as many pieces as you want and serve the hot and delicious Maggi cutlets.
Maggi Meatpie Ingredients: 2 packets Maggi 2 minute noodles 1 cup minced chicken 1 beaten egg 4 tbsps tomato sauce 2 tbsps flour 10 tbsps chopped carrots 2 tsps lemon juice 2 onions (finely chopped and fried) 2 green chillies (finely chopped) 1/2 tsp ginger paste 1 tsp butter 1 tbsp oil 3 tbsps bread crumbs 1/2 tsp mixed spices powder 3 tbsps cheese (cottage or mozzarella) Salt to taste Methods: Add a little bit of salt to a teaspoon of minced chicken and fry it in butter or oil. Mix the fried minced chicken, flour, chopped carrots, ginger paste, salt, fried and chopped onions, chopped green chilli, chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice, butter, beaten egg, mixed spices and bread crumbs together. Boil the Maggi noodles. Brush some butter on a dish first and then spread half of the noodles on it. Pour the tomato sauce on it followed by the minced chicken and then another layer of tomato sauce. Add the other half of the noodles on that and then a layer of tomato ketchup, then a layer of minced chicken and then the last brush of tomato sauce. Put the cheese on top of it all and bake for 5 minutes inside an oven. And voila! You have yourself some hot Maggi meat pie!