Sofiero palace and park

Summer in Sweden is a wonderful time. The temperatures are ranging from 18 to 23 degrees celsius this year. These are some wonderful pictures of my visit to Sofiero palace and park. Sofiero park and palace can be visited easily by taking bus no 8 from Helsingborg station. Sofiero palace belonged to Swedish royalty in the past. Back then! Queens had taken interests in maintaining the gardens of this palace. It is a humble palace with a beautiful view! The property is huge and one can easily spend a day with kids and family. The place has a small icecream shop opened in summers along with a cafe/ Restaurant with a spectacular gallery to sit in while having your food.

Well, I had started this as a food experience series during my travel, but I didn’t have an elaborate eating session while visiting this palace. I only had a vegetarian sandwich with feta cheese from their cafe. Sometimes, sandwiches are made with hard breads that are difficult to cut with knife. I have to say ,I found the most easily cutting knife while eating this sandwich. May be, this information isn’t relevant, but for the first time I finished my sandwich with ease and enjoyed it thoroughly. I was not struggling to cut the bread. The ice cream was perfect for the current Swedish weather and I have currently discovered my favorite one , which is a combination of almond and caramel.

Enjoy the pictures!! 🙂

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Vegetarian Samosa

I was surprised when I had seen vegetarian samosa in a Italian salad shop called Le Appétit in Copenhagen, Denmark. Samosa’s are commonly found in any part of India. It’s a cheap snack found in road-side, sea-side food stalls, hotels and restaurants. It’s a tasty snack eaten with tea or coffee in office canteen too.
Samosa’s are eaten when stuffed in pav (Indian bread) teamed with a spicy red chutney or Green chillies. Samosa’s can also be eaten with cholle, which will be called as Samosa chat.
I made Samosa from scratch for Sunday breakfast. I had left-over choole from Saturday night dinner. Today I will describe how to make a basic vegetarian Samosa.

Ingredients
For stuffing
Boiled four medium sized potatoes
Boiled green peas – 1cup
Oil
Jeera
Grated ginger – 1/2inch
Finely chopped Green chillies – 2
Garam masala 1 tbsp
Jeera (cumin) powder 1tbsp
Coriander seeds powder 1 tbsp
Amchoor powder 1/2 tsp
Salt
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds 1tsp
Coriander seeds- 1tsp coarsely crushed

For cover
All purpose white flour 200gm
Water
Ghee (butter)
Salt

I started with preparing the stuffing for samosa. Take some oil in a pan. Add jeera, coriander seeds in it. After the seeds look dark, add green chillies and ginger. This should be followed by smashed boiled potatoes and peas. Cook then for few minutes. Add salt, cumin powder, coriander seeds powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, amchoor powder and red chilli powder successively while constantly stirring the potatoes.
Knead the mixture of flour, salt and ghee with water into soft yet firm dough. Now make small balls of the dough and roll then in to circles. Cut these circles in to semi circles and then join them along the diameter to form a coffee. Fill then with the stuffing. Ensure to leave some space for folding and sealing them at the base. I used water to seal the edges, dough should be thick enough to hold the stuffing.

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Now shallow fry them in oil till they are uniformly golden brown in colour. It can be eaten with any chutney or tomato sauce.
I served them with chhole (chick pea preparation). Garnish them with coriander leaves and onion.

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Appearance
Satisfactory. It looked well cooked and the deals did not open while frying to create a mess.
Taste
It tastes awesome!! Specially with the chhole preparation. I will soon upload the chhole recipe.
Verdict
A really good Sunday breakfast!!

Vegetable fried rice

Fried rice is very commonly ordered and eaten in any restaurant found here in India. The most common versions include the schezwan fried rice and the chicken fried rice while Vegetable fried rice is the easiest form. Many who cannot handle the dryness of fried rice consume with a gravy. Since vegetable fried rice is prepared during a Chinese inspired meal, the gravy also belongs to the similar cuisine.

I recently prepared vegetable fried rice at home. Here is the recipe

Ingredients
1 and half cup chopped vegetables
(carrots, beans, spring onions and capsicum)
2 cups rice was cooked in pressure cooker with 1tsp oil and pinch of salt
1 chopped onion
2 green chillies cut in big pieces
2 tbsp oil
4 garlic cloves
1 tbsp pepper powder
1 tbsp soya sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
Salt

Take 2 tbsps of oil in a big pan. Add chopped onions, garlic and green chillies. Saute them till the onions turn pinkish brown in color. Now add vegetables, saute them and cover the pan. Let them cook on steam for few minutes. Now add salt and intermittently check the vegetables for its consistency. When they turn soft, increase the flame and fry them for few minutes.
Now add the rice to the pan! Add soya sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper powder. Fry and mix all the contents together. Fried rice (image below) is ready to be served.

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Since I was having a Chinese cuisine night, we ate it with veg balls in manchurian gravy (take away from Treat restaurant in Bangalore) and Hakka noodles prepared at home (image below)

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