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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Happy holidays-Fruit Cake

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone..i am sorry i m  late to wish u...I am quit sad i miss my country and their christmas feast...Hope i been in ur prayers(I can hear many r cursing me,hold on ur eeeerrrrrrrrrrr teeth biting sounds for not being regular)..This is the month ,i made least no of postings..Sorry guys ,i cudn't make it..It is indefinitely possible to cook n manage my too much naughty daughter..She is grown up..ooops..by height..She can easily get (fetch) whtever she wants from my kitchen,closet....Cooking been divine meditation to me..But now,I am screaming most of the time and Cooking turns restless...She do all the gymnastics with me,I am pleased if anyone can send me to Pandora...Hope i cud take new avatar soon..



I made Fruit Cake for Christmas..Can u see the santa on my cake?...This is an easy pesy cake,just mix all to bake(and fruit cake always works for me)..I  used presoaked plums,tutty fruits and pecans....Some equal amount of butter,sugar,flour and eggs..Yeah it Vah chef's recipe...(I followed the same recipe with garam masala)...So it tastes to say " Vah reh vah"





Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Garlic Chutney-Poondu Thovayal



Ingredients
Garlic pearls-1 cup
Tomato-1,chopped
Red chillies-4
Turmeric-1/4 tsp
Oil-1 tsp
Salt to taste


Method
1.Shallow fry all the ingredients in oil
2.Grain them to fine paste

Monday, November 23, 2009

Pal Paniyaram

hi guys...hope u had great weekend..i am sure if u r struggling with ur two year baby girl,this chettinad dessert is going to be peace maker for u..Ur kid will luv it and gain some energy..I am a(desperate) mother who struggle to feed indian food to my dau...I have to work hard until she sticks to indian taste not for cookies n junk food..No one knows wht the kid likes unless u feed them...
I tried this paniyaram while making my idli-dosa batter...Take equal amt of urad and rice dough ,mix it well with salt..U need not have to ferment it..
Ingredients
Coconut milk-1 cup
lighter is better and creamer is best ;-)
Elaichi powder-a pinch
Sugar-half cup
Idli dosa batter-One cup
Salt to taste
Oil to deep Fry
Method
1.Heat the oil,drop some batter as small balls and fry them till golden brown
2.Dilute coconut milk with half cup of water,sugar and boil them
3.Add the balls and elaichi powder to the milk
4.Boil for 2 mins and Serve hot

Do not feed too thick coconut milk for kids,as they go giddy/drowsy/sleepy
Add the balls to cow's milk and 2-3 tsp of coconut milk is better to feed one year kid
Make thick batter and filter the excess oil if any ,using tissues


Friday, November 20, 2009

Bread Salsa Sandwich



Bread is the best way to (kick)start the morning breakfast...I tricked trying quick and spicy sandwich...

Ingredients
Bread-4 slices
Salsa-4 tbsp
Cheddar cheese-2 tbsp,grated
Pepper-half tsp
Butter-2 tsp

Method
1.Mix salsa,cheddar cheese and pepper
2.Apply butter both the sides of the bread
3.Stuff the salsa mix in btw 2 breads and toss them in tawa or toaster


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tomota Curry


This is south indian side dish for chapathi or roti...

Ingredients
Onion-1,finely chopped
Tomoto-2,finely chopped
Green Chilly-3,finely chopped
Turmeric powder-quarter tsp
Salt to taste
Oil-2 tsp
Mustard seeds/Cumin seeds-1 tsp(optional)
Curry leaves-a few

Method
1.Fry mustard seeds ,onion,tomato in oil
2.Once it is semicooked add turmeric powder,salt and green chillies
3.Add 1/3 cup of water and cook for 5 minutes
4.Garnish with Curry leaves


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Potato Fry


I have seen n made many potato fry gone smashy at end...To avoid it,my mom dont cook it and she finely cut the potatoes into pieces and roast them,like this..I cook my potatoes in pressure cooker (half cooked) and peel the skin and cut them into med. pieces and toss them well in oil before adding my spices...

Here the recipe for u
Ingredients
Onion-1,chopped
Tomato-1,chopped
Anniseed or Cumin-1 tsp
(Indian )Potato-3
Chilly powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder-2 tsp
Turmeric powder-Quater tsp
Salt to taste
Oil-3 tbsp

Method
1.Preboil the potatoes to half cooked
2.Peef them off and cut each into 7-8 pieces
3.Fry Aniseed,Onion,Tomato in oil
4.Add potatoes and toss them well ,until the outer is slightly turns crispy
5.Add the rest of the spicy powders and salt
6.Close the lid and cook at low flame for another 5 minutes

Yummy hot potato fry is ready

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Falafel


Falafel is a mid-eastern food...i think there are two kinds of ppl..one who tasted it ,other never...Ppl who tasted ,sure they are crazy on it..I was searching for good recipe long time,and found it thru her...
Aarti paarti is amazing with her cooking skills...
Here is the best recipe from her


Ingredients
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp coriander seeds
2 cup peas,cooked  and drained
1 shallot, peeled and chop roughly
2 clove garlic, peeled
Handful of fresh mint leaves
2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup besan -chickpea flour; regular flour is a fine substitute
 oil for frying
quater cup of plain yogurt



Method
1.Dry Roast cumin,coriander and fenugreek seeds
2.Mix all the ingredients..And grain it to thick dough
3.Make flat patties or balls
4.I didnt deep fry it, rather i shallow fried it for 2 mins and baked it for 5 mins at high




Monday, November 16, 2009

Simple(Quick) Rasam


Rasam is the most favourite and best part in south indian meal....
Here is the recipe 
Ingredients
Tamarind paste-1 Full tsp
(Efficient and Easy to Use)
Water-1+half cup
(I checked with MTR brand,u add more at the end,if it tastes more tangy)
Turmeric powder-half tsp
Salt-Quarter tsp
Coriander leaves-Quarter cup
(Cut the coriander bunch with stem part)
Asafoetida-two pinch

To Season
Mustard Seeds-1 tsp
Red Chillies-2 nos(stems removed n unbroken)
(I ignore chillies,since i feed my daug)
Cumin-half tsp
Tomoto-1 (chopped)
Oil-1 tsp

Method
1.In a pan,Fry mustard seeds,cumin and Tomato in oil
(Tomato need not to fry completely)
2.Mix tamarind paste and water..If u taste it,it should be mildly tangy,if not add little water.
3.Pour the tamarind water to pan,add rest of the ingredients soon
4.Allow to boil ,when rasam bubbles on top,switch off the flame
Coriander stems gives good flavour to rasam..Try it


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fulka/Pulka Roti



Pulka Roti is most fav gujarati roti and very easy to make...My mom do the kneading and rolling the dough very well...She makes 40 rotis for entire family at one stretch..Its lovely when someone makes it and I eat it simultaneously.. :-)

Ingredients
Atta/whole wheat flour-2 cups
Milk-3/4 cup
Sugar-1 tsp
Salt-1 tsp
Oil-2 tsps
Water-1/4 cup

Method
1.Mix all the dry ingredients and add milk n water little by little(Add more water if u want)


2.Knead them well into a soft dough ,rest them aside for sometime


3.Roll into roti as thin layer(dust li'l flour)..roll the edges and make roti in even thickness


4.In med flame,Cook the roti in flat tawa ,when it bubbles,flip into other side


5.Roti pops out,apply oil both sides and serve hot


U can also cook directly on flame with precautions...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cabbage Poriyal


Its the most wanted dish in south indian lunch..
Isn't it?..I dont like to cook vegetables in pressure cooker..I like the vegetables crunchy and not soggy nor over-cooked...U can also add cooked dal or coconut flakes..

Ingredients
Cabbage-2 cups
Green/Red chillies-3
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-half tsp
Curry leaves-2-3
Salt to taste
Onion-1 tbsp
Oil-1 tsp

Method
1.Chop onion and cabbage to fine pieces
2.Fry mustard seeds in oil,add the onion,curry leaves and cabbage
3.Saute them for few minutes until it is semi cooked and crunchy
4.Add Salt and turmeric powder before u switch off the flame

Friday, November 13, 2009

Chicken Dum Biryani (Muslim style)



Ingredients
Basmati Rice-2 cups
Dry spices(bayleaf,star anise,cardomon)-a Few
Chicken-500 gms
Curd-half cup
Garam masala-one tsp
Chilli powder-two tsps
Cumin powder-one tsp
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Salt-1 n 1/2 tsps
Corainder n mint leaves-1 cup
Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp
Onion chopped-half cup
Tomato-half cup
Green chilly-2
Brown onions-half cup
(Chopped Onions fried to brown)
Ghee/oil-1 cup
Optional
Rose essence-half tsp
Saffron syrup-1 tsp

Precautions
1.If u skip soaking the rice,it wont be cooked well
2.Dont over cook the rice in water ,i guess two-three minutes is enough to wait for it
3.Do not stir often,the rice cud break

Method
1.Marinate the chicken with all spice powders,curd and salt for 2 hours
2.Soak the rice for 20 minutes
3.Fry onion,tomatoes,green chillies,ginger garlic paste and the chicken in oil for 5 minutes in medium flame


4.Boil  4 cups of water at high flame
5.Add the dry spices,a tsp of oil and the rice to water
6.Wait for 2-3 minutes or until the rice is half cooked,drain the water immediately


7.If the rice is overcooked ( u can show the rice in running water )and add some oil to stop the cooking process
8.In thick bottom pan, Layer Chicken,Rice,Brown onions,mint n coriander leaves (u can also repeat the layer)


9.Close with the tight lid (U can stick  any wet dough to seal the edges,so the heat ll not escaped)


For dum(u can choose any one)
1.Use a tawa or wide pan ,place the biryani pan on it,cook at med-low flame for 30 minutes
2.Place the biryani pan in preheated oven at med flame for 20-30 minutes
3.Use can also use the pressure/slow cooker to make this dum



When it is done..
Add the saffron syrup and rose essence and close the lid for 5 minutes...Serve with my Onion raita and celebrate my blog anniversary ;-)


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Banana Bread/Cake

                                                        
                                                       The first time i ever ate banana bread was in my pg hostel.When my friend pranathi returned from hyderabad....(pranathy is soft and no bad habit girl...)She offered me few pieces from bread loaf...Later she was too kind to let me have entire loaf at one go..I still wonder how good she is!!!!!!!!!!!!.....I became big fan of banana bread,started chasing for recipes of banana bread which tastes like wht i ate...I almost tried around six-seven recipes and happy to share the best one with u..I give u more tips full stretch with my failure stories...
                 I dont know why they call it banana bread not a banana cake..Might be rhythmic?..                                                          Recipe Courtesy:Joy of Baking
     I halved the recipe ,since i had one banana and an egg...
Ingredients


1/2 cup  Walnuts or pecans,untoasted
3/4 cups  All-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
a pinch of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg,  beaten
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1 ripe large banana (about 1/2 cup)
Quater tsp of Vanilla essence
Method
1.Whip the banana and Vanilla essence in blender to fine paste
2.Mix all the dry ingredients well
3.Melt the butter to fluid 
4.Roast the nuts in same pan in which u melted the butter 
5.Beat the egg fluffy and keep aside
6.Mix the dry ingredients,banana,melted butter and nuts well
7.Add the beaten egg and fold the dough
(Taste the dough,it tastes yumm..If u want more sweet,u can add sugar now)
8.Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at high temperature
9.Pour the dough into greased baking pan
10.Bake them for 20 minutes at high(350*) or until it turns brown.
Some tips
Do not smash the banana into pieces,make fine paste
If the dough is not semi-flowing consistency,adjust with adding milk
Dust the nuts with flour as it spreads all over the cake
Cinnamon gives nice zest to the cake
Substitute AP/maida flour to wheat flour, it works better too
When its done,roll the knife around the edges
Allow to cool down few mins to unmould the cake,or else it breaks at ends





Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cream of Soup

                                                  

              Hope u all enjoying the fall...We got the snow early and some shots for u at the end...Few months back,when my family were busy shifting and travelling,also went ill...We were opt to have our lunch and dinner out..My husband choses the kerala restaurant "Eden"...where we hang on,when we are not really well..The cream of soup tastes like heaven, when u have the flu...and the energy is boosted to enjoy the rest of the menu ;-)...
Here is the recipe i got it from my aunt with my own zest...

Ingredients
Sweet Corn(Tin)-1
Milk-1 cup
Veg Stock/chicken broth-1 cup
Spring Onion chopped-1(Optional)
Any Veg or white Meat-Half cup
Cream cheese/Fresh Cream-1 cup
Cornflour-1 tsp
Egg White-1(Optional)
White/Black pepper and Salt to taste



Method
1.Boil Sweet corn,Veg in the Vegetable stock...
2.Mix Cornflour in milk and add to boiling soup(low flame)
4.Add rest of ingredients except the cream
3.Whisk the egg white with salt and pour it on top
4.Remove it from flame,and add the cream
5.Top it with croutons roasted in desi ghee/butter



The inside story.....



Few snow shots





And thank u for the awards by Prasu and Priya,



Till next time, Good bye

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Diwali 2009 Contest - Winner

And the award goes to....
First Place





Second Place


And the rest of the participants will share 




Mriganayani-Jangiri,Laddu,Mysore pak,badusha and burfi










And all the participants will share the award


Congrats to all the winners and Thank u for Participating