March 8 is celebrated every year, all around the world, as International Women's Day. We honour womankind - mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, friends and what you mean to us all. We honour and celebrate your achievements, your sacrifices, your liberation from the traditional barriers that held you back.
Women today have a lot to do - Managing the home front, kids, office and personal as well as professional work-life balance. The one thing that still falls squarely on your shoulders is the kitchen. So here we have a few simple Women's Day recipes to help you win emancipation from kitchen drudgery.
Ingredients:Fish fillets, olive oil, butter, lemon juice, parsley, asparagus, lemon, whole ground pepper
Cooking: 10 minutes
Recipe:Preheat grill on high. Brush fish with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook fish on the grill until it is just cooked, probably 6-10 minutes. Fish will turn opaque and will flake when tested with fork. On the grill, again sauté asparagus and other vegetables as desired as sides. Melt butter in a small saucepan at medium heat. Add lemon and parsley and seasoning. Cook until foaming and then pour over the fish and asparagus on the dish.
Ingredients:1 cup flour, 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, ½ cup water, 3 tbs melted butter, ¼ tsp table salt. 1 tbsp sugar, and 1 sp vanilla or any extract as per choice.
Recipe for about 20 crepes:Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth (In a blender or with hand as per comfort). The batter should be thin and smooth enough to pour, and creamy in texture. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes in your refrigerator. Heat a non-stick pan and spray cooking oil, or brush with butter or oil. Let the pan get heated properly and then pour small amount of batter in the centre of the pan.
Just rotate or swirl the pan so that the batter easily coats the pan. Now let the crepe cook for 30 seconds. Flip the crepe and cook again for 10-15 seconds. Remove to a plate and garnish with ice cream, fill in with banana slices, fold and add chocolate sauce topping or pour some freshly made mango moose. Whatever inventions you can think of all will taste great with this evergreen crepe recipe.
Ingredients:Chopped vegetables (as desired), flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, water, and oil for frying.
Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Recipe:Tempuras are a Japanese fried snack made mostly from seafood and vegetables, and can be made using almost any and all vegetables. The size of the piece must be just big enough to be eaten in one bite. Chop the vegetables according to the size you prefer. Add together flour, salt, sugar and the baking powder. Now add oil and water until you get a creamy consistency. Chill for 15 minutes. Heat oil properly, dip the vegetables in the batter and fry on high heat. Allow to cook for around 3 minutes until crisp and light brown.
Drain on paper tissues. Even when it is fried, you must be careful to make sure it's not oily. Tempura is ideally served with Tetsuyu sauce (a mix of consommé, sweet sake, soy sauce, ginger, radish and spices). You can just as well serve them with a blend of the sauce of your personal choice too.
Our chef Zaki has provided an excellent cooking video on how to make momos and veg dumplings, along with the recipe and ingredients needed. Very easy to make, and needs no special equipment other than a steamer.
Hopefully, these simple and quick Women's Day recipes will be fun enough for you to make anytime, and fit in with your busy schedule. These recipes are included in a very special Women's Day Brunch affair planned at Evoma on March 8th.
If you're in Bangalore, please come to Evoma to celebrate Women's Day with us. Our special Brunch planned will wow you with food, drinks and a lot of pampering, and a 50% discount - only for women.