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Monday, March 28, 2011

Daring Bakers-Meringue Coffee Cake


This month-Daring Bakers is hosted by Jamie and our favorite Ria Mathew...How can i miss this,Even while i am on vacation in my hometown...Jus sipping the filter coffee , and cherishing my childhood memories...I wish to go two decades back and start my hassle free kid's life..

The coffee cake is made out of yeast and I enjoyed this cake in every bite..I am sure its a keeper recipe..Of Course,the recipe does have lot of eggs,U can try my eggless Cinnamon Rolls recipe for the dough and replace the meringue with butter...

Sorry to all lovable curious readers,I cudnt make very stepwise pictures ,since running out of time.But i saved few shots not to disappoint u on the whole..And To all the cynics,I managed to click the pre-final results,This is for you too.


Make a soft dough,as given in the recipe and give lot of time to raise the dough...
I used the exact recipe of jamie's


I used Cashews,Choco strands and Raisins for the stuffing


Roll the dough and seal the edges and allow it to raise again


Brushed some egg on top,sprinkled the choco strands
Finally I scissored the corners in "V" shapes and baked it
at 180*C  for exactly 25 minutes


And its done,The cake is very soft and yummy...
The addition of sugar and eggs in the dough played a great role



Before we leave from here,Lets we all pledge to VOTE  for the better nation

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Food Photography,Good Food and Great time....

It was a long wait for me to learn photography with my DSLR.....Six months ago,when i spoke to my husband about my hunt for best CAM for blogging...He said the array of cams sleeping in drawers...I need to find so much words to say to compromise(freeze) him :) and finally we landed in buying one...Though,he was in half mind to use it,I started to click more with all the roadside shots and the family hangs outs...Then,it became our family's most dependent gadget next to this lappy....
I dont know anything about DSLR,never read the manual....I just click in each mode and finally choose the best(good) picture to post here...I hardly do some croping and texting in picasa ,but stumbled to the DSLR fever now...


 Mohammad Ali,a great person and admin of this "Chennai Food Guide" ,Open Forum in Facebook....Sriram Gopal,the man behind Prohive.com,Nikhil Moturi ,the properiator of Crimson Chakra and finally the main man Kunal Daswani ,the photographer came together to teach us food photography...

People might wonder why its only food photography..It is said the food and the nature is the best source to click on earth to learn photography ...

We worked in three kinds of flash lights...


4 different kinds of food served for photo shoot


The Veg Rice bowl under Hard light


Thats master piece


Some shoots with the Ice cream Cake...It was melting soon since the flash light producing the heat


Finally ,approved


And the feast was really good,The man behind the food is the restaurateur..

This happened on last weekend,And I am posting the event in my blog as promised to organizer...I am working on my photography and also will share the tips in future.....

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Savoury/Kara Modagam


This recipe is everyone's favorite Kara Modagam.This is one of sangakala unavu,i cooked for the contest..


Fry mustard seeds,Chana dal in hot oil until mustard spatters and the dal turns into light brown


Add Quarter tsp of Perugayam/Hing/Asafoedia 


Swtich off the flame and add some curry leaves


In another pan ,boil 2 cups of water,add some oil and salt


Add the Seasoning to water


Then the Kai Kuthal Arisi


Bring to boil and stir occasionally,it will be cooked in 2 minutes


Once the water is absorbed,Stir it for non-sticky consistency


Make them into balls or any desired shapes and steam them for 5 minutes



The Actual Recipe for Kara Modagam/Kozhukattai
Ingredients
For Seasoning
Coconut Oil-2 tsps
Mustard Seeds-1 tsp
Chana Dal-1 tbsp
Hing-Quater Tsp
Curry leaves-10 leaves
Coconut ,grated-half cup,Optional
Green Chilli-1 ,sliced ,Optional
For Modagam
Kai Kuthal Arisi-1 cup
Water-2cups+Quarter cup
Salt to taste
Oil-1 tsp

Method
1.Prepare the Seasoning,by frying all the ingredients
2.Boil the water ,and add the seasoning,oil and salt
3.Add the rice to the boiling water
4.Cook the rice for 2-3 minutes by stirring occasionally
5.Once the rice is cooked,stir it well to form non sticky consistency
6.Make small balls with the arisi and steam it for 5 minutes
Serve it with Coconut Chutney


Monday, March 07, 2011

Whole Wheat Almond Cookies-Sweet Punch


I made these cookies just today for sweet punch of this month....Its eggless whole wheat almond cookies..The recipe is so simple and I halved the white sugar and used brown sugar...It tasted yum,both the ways..The cookie doesnt need the baking powder and baking soda...Quit Good and Healthy,Isn't it?
Make a very soft dough with the given ingredients in the recipe


Make Cookies in desired shapes and Bake them at 170C for 15-20 minutes..


The Cookies made with brown Sugar


The Actual Recipe Says
Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 teaspoon green cardamom seed coarsely powder (ilaichi)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (8 tablespoons or 4oz)
About 2 tablespoons of milk or as needed
Method
  ·        Pre heat the oven to 360 degree F.
·        In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, sliced almonds and cardamom powder well.
·        Next add soft butter and milk to the flour mixture to make dough.
 Dough should be very soft.
·        Divide the dough into about 24 equal parts and make them into balls.
·        Press each ball between your palms lightly; every piece should be about 1/2” in thickness.
·        Place the dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet about inch a part.
·        Bake the cookies for about 18 minutes or until cookies are lightly gold brown.
·        After they become lightly golden brown remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Let the cookies cool down 
for two to three minutes before taking them off the cookie sheet.



Variations
Can Substitute Almonds with Pistachios or Walnuts


If you are planning to shoot me the question of from where did i bought the almond flakes