Lemongrass fried rice

The usual fried rice can be twisted with one of the most fragrant herb,lemongrass. While using lemongrass,always use the fresh ones and use the inner most stack for the enhanced flavor.The lemongrass gives mild flowery smell to the rice while cooking them.It can be made directly in electric rice cooker or 

Rice-2 cups
Bell peppers,chopped-1 cup
Onion/celery,chopped-3 tsps
Lemongrass stick-1
Soya sauce-1 tsp
Fish sauce/chilli garlic sauce-2 tsps
Coconut milk-1 cup
Salt to taste
Cooking oil-1 tsp
Ginger ,chopped-1/2 tsp
Garlic-1/2 tsp

1.Add oil to the cooking pan,saute onion,ginger and garlic
2.Add the bell pepper ,coconut milk and all the sauces
3.Mix thoroughly and add the washed rice
4.Slit the lemongrass in half way to the center of the stick
5.Add the lemongrass and one and half cup of water
6.Add the dash of salt and pepper and close the lid
7.Cook in medium heat until the rice is well cooked.

Chilli Soya

Soya chunks-2 cups
Cornflour-3 tsps
Soya sauce-2 tbsps
Tomato sauce-1 tbsp
Chilli sauce-3 tbsps
Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp
Chilli powder-1 tsp
Green chillies,slited-5
Onion and bell pepper-a few,if needed
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil to shallow fry

1.Soak the soya chunks in hot water for 15-20 minutes
2.Squeeze out the excess water from soya 
3.Add corn flour,chilli powder and salt to soya chunks ,toss them well to coat evenly
4.Shallow fry the soya chunks in a pan until its well cooked 
5.Heat pan add oil ,ginger garlic paste,onion,green chillies
and saute for a minute
6.Add the soya chunks and the sauces and toss them well

Parsley Garlic bread

Butter-1/4 cup
Garlic-7-8 cloves
Parsley-1 bunch
Any cheese-1 cup,grated
Salt and pepper to taste

1.Cut the Baguette into two halves.
2.Grind cloves,parsley,salt and pepper into fine paste
3.Apply the butter in both halves of the bread
4.Apply the parsley paste on top
5.Spread the grated cheese on top of the bread.
6.Bake them in a preheated oven 450 *F temp for 15 minutes
7.Allow it to cool down a bit and then slices them into stripes
Serve with tomato sauce.

Brinjal thokku

Recipe inspired from samayal samayal-Chef venkatesh bhaat
Mysore Rasam powder
Mangalore Bedigai chilly-100gms
Coriander seeds-75gms
Fenugreek seeds-25 gms
Cumin-25 gms
Curry leaves-2 stems
Sesame oil-2 tsp

1.Heat a pan,add oil and fry the ingredients one by one for 5-6 minutes(for each) in medium flame
2.Filter oil from the ingredients and reuse it to next ingredients
3.Grind all the roasted ingredients to fine powder
4.The recipes needs aroung 2 tbsps of coriander seeds,3/4 tsp of methi seeds,3/4 tsp of cumin and 5 bedigai chillies roughly.

Onion-250 gms,chopped
Brinjal-250 gms,chopped
Sesame oil-half cup
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Tamarind water-1/2 cup
Hing-1/2 tsp
Jaggery-1 tbsp
Kashmiri chilli powder-1 tsp
Corinder leaves-handful to garnish
Mysore rasam powder-6 tsp
Ghee-1 tsp
Salt to taste

1.Heat pan,add 6-7 tsp of sesame oil,season with mustard seeds
2.Add chopped onion and fry 10-12 minutes until dark brown in color
3.Add kathirikai to the pan,add turmeric powder and fry 5-6 minutes,otherwise it will disintegrate
4.Add water and cook brinjal in closed minutes for another 2-3 minutes
5.Then add half cup tamarind water,salt,jaggery and chilli powder and stir them
6.Add 6 tsp of Mysore Rasam powder,Hing and 3 tsp of sesame oil,and cook for another 5-6 minutes
7.Garnish with coriandar leaves and a tsp of ghee.
Check this glimpse video for brinjal thokku

Orange Almond Cake (Gluten free)

Butter-100gms,at room temperature
Demerara sugar-1/2 cup
Ground almonds-125 gms
Fine semolina-1/2 cup
Baking powder-1/2 tsp
Salt-a pinch
Finely grated zest of orange-1 tsp
Juice of 1 orange

To make syrup
1/2 cup of caster sugar
2 tbsps of honey
6 tbsps of water
juice of 1 lemon(optional)
1/2 tsp of fennel seeds
1 tsp of finely chopped rosemary
1 orange ,thinly sliced

1.Preheat the oven to 160*C
2.Beat the butter and sugar in electric mixer for 5 minutes.
3.Beat in the eggs ,one at a time
4.Combine,almonds,semolina,baking powder,salt and orange zest
5.Gently mix into the egg mixture with orange juice
6.Tip into the greased 20cm sqaure baking tray.Bake for 30 minutes until golden and firm and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
7.Cool the cake.
To make syrup
1.Mix all the ingredients in a pan except orange slices,boil it until it startes bubbling.
2.Reduce the flame to low,add the orange slices.Cook another 3 minutes.Switch off the flame and leave it aside.
3.Add the syrup while the cake is cold and leave it for 3-4 hours before serving.

Nan khatai

Nan khatai was light and crispy.The recipe yields 20 to 24 cookies.

Recipe credit:Manjula's kitchen
All purpose flour-1/3 cup
Rava/sooji-1/3 cup
Besan flour-1/2cup
Butter-1/2 cup
Sugar-2/3 cup
Baking soda-1/3 tsp
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp
Pistachios/Almonds-a few,sliced


1.Preheat the oven for 375*F 
2.Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl from all purpose flour,rava,besan,baking soda and cardamom powder
3.Cream the butter(at room temperature) with whisk or beater to light texture.
4.Add sugar to the butter and continue to beat until sugar mixes well the butter
5.Add the dry ingredients little by little to make soft dough out of it
6.Roll the dough into 20-24 balls in equal size
7.Take the baking tray ,gently apply the butter or oil .
8.Press the dough balls into 3/4 thickness to flatten it slightly,press the almonds /pistachios in the center
9.Place them in baking tray and bake them for 15-18 minutes
10.Keep eye on nan khatai after 15 minutes ,if its brown around the corner.its ready to serve
11.The nan khati bakes twice in size ,so make sure leave enough space between them

Soft Mysorepak

Besan flour-1 cup
Ghee-3/4 cup+1/4 cup
Sugar-1 cup
Water-1/2 cup
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp

1. Dry roast the besan flour in low flame for 10-12 minutes
2. Transfer the besan into a bowl
3.Warm 3/4 cup of ghee and mix with besan flour without forming lumps
4.Heat pan ,add sugar and water.Boil it until one string consistency
5.Add besan mixture to the sugar syrup and also cardamom powder
6.In low flame,stir the besan mixture continuously and adding leftover 1/4 cup of ghee in teaspoon with regular intervals
7.The mixture comes along with the ladle and doesnt stick to the pan within 10 minutes
8.Grease a tray with ghee,add the mixture to the tray and spread it evenly
9.When it turns slightly warm,cut the mysorepak in desired shapes

Bread Jamun - Shop Online for Indian Sweets

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White/Brown Bread-8 slices
Milk-1/4 cup
Sugar-1 cup/100 gms
Cardamom powder-1/4 tsp
Star anise-1
Water -2 cups
Oil to deep fry

1.Cut the edges of the bread and cut into small slices
2.Grind the slices into coarse powder
3.Add milk little by little to make into soft dough
4.Roll the dough into small balls or shape them into cylindrical.
5.Deep fry the jamuns in low flame until it turns brown in color.
6.To make sugar syrup,boil water ,sugar and star anise in a pan for 10-12 minutes
7.Add cardamom powder to the syrup,boil until it starts bubbling from bottom(one string consistency).To check the one string consistency,press syrup between two fingers.A soft string forms if it is ready.
8.Add the jamuns to the syrup,boil it for 2-3 minutes without closing the pan.
Bread jamun is ready to serve.

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