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 height..She can easily get (fetch) whtever she wants from my kitchen,closet....

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"

Thursday, December 17, 2009

First Anniversary

Completing 12 months and So,Well..Today is the first Anniversary of this blog


  • Make the Cake mix as per instructions given on it
  • I measured half cup of dough and added few drops of color

  • I poured it on 6 inch pan and baked for 10 minutes
  • I had only basic colors of red,yellow,blue and green,I mixed 2-3 colors and created 12 colors
  • The Duncan cake mix was so light,broken..The very light cake i ever seen

  • The BC cake mix is best to make layer cakes
  • We dont like frosting,so i ignored it..But i used BC frosting inbetween the layers to set them well
  •  I refrigerated the cake immediately to avoid drying up,the cake was so soft (U can see them from pictures)

Do u think my cake slice can't stand??..Lets C..

There u go..

I hope u guys enjoyed anniversary posting...C ya

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Garlic Chutney-Poondu Thovayal

Garlic pearls-1 cup
Red chillies-4
Turmeric-1/4 tsp
Oil-1 tsp
Salt to taste

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

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Chicken Roast -Game Hen

I never roasted full chicken.... I tried this game hen version for my trial...It been perfect roasted in indian masala...Yumm...
Game Hen-1
Chilli powder-2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Garam masala-1 tsp
Cumin powder-1 tsp
Pepper powder-1 tsp
Curd-2 tsp
Lime juice-2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil to coat
1.Thaw the chicken well and clean them
2.Use kitchen tissue/napkin and remove the moist all over the hen
3.Mix all the ingredients except the oil
4.Apply the masala on hen and marinate atleast 2 hours
5.Preheat the oven at high temperature(550) for 10 minutes
6.Move the rack near to top oven
7.Apply oil all over the hen
8.Reduce the temperature to 450 and baken hen for 20-30minutes
9.Serve hot with lettuce and salad

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Newyork Cheesecake

I been to cheesecake factory last year..Just loved the sour,sweet and creamy cake...I went back to India and tried No Bake Cheesecake,which turned out to be huge hit..In india,its too costly to buy Cream cheese(main man)
..So we use hung curd(Full Fat Curd hanged for 12 hrs)..No bake cheesecake is very easy to make,if it sets well for u...
I want to bake cheese cake someday,i tried  newyork basic cheese cake recipe which was awesome...The cakes made at home are cheaper and the best..But while considering cheesecakes,the fact goes myth...The cost of making it and buying it is more over the same or higher..
I cannot afford to buy 4 x 8 oz cream cheese boxes,as every recipe needs...I did some cost cutting and made it fair..

I baked in a 12 inch spring form pan,so i used recipe with my add-on flavour..I added half cup mango pulp and half cup sugar
U can find lots of tips while baking the cake ,jus google them...Usually cheesecake cracks on top,thank god,it didnt happen for me..But i little over baked my cake...ooouuccchh..Its my first attempt..All the friends and family loved it..The kids fought for the last slice..Sure ,It tastes yummy...

2(8 oz) cream cheese packs
Sour cream-half cup
Sugar-1+half cup
AP flour-1 tablespoon
Butter-1 tablespoon
Vanilla Essence-1 tsp
Mango pulp-half cup

For Crust layer
Graham Crumbs-2 cups
Sugar-Quarter cup
Butter-half cup
Melt the butter and mix it to crumbs and sugar..Layer the crumbs and tab them well.Freeze them,until u do the baking...
1.Thaw the cream cheese and make them soft
2.Beat the eggs,sugar and Vanilla essence well
3.Beat the cream cheese,sour cheese and butter well
4.Add the AP flour and mango pulp to cream cheese and beat them
5.Add the egg mix to cream cheese and beat them for 1 minute
6.Add cream cheese to baking pan and bake it for 30-40 mins at 350F
7.Insert the knife in center to check it is well baked
8.Once done,refrigerate them

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Pori Urundai- Puffed Rice balls

Life is not always what we dream...I couldnt blog for a week as i promised...The seven days went "just like that" ,I couldn't believe its december,christmas time...nope i am not posting any cake or dessert..Its "Karthikai Deepam"...My most fav. festival...By 6 in the evening,all the ladies at home will start lightening the lamps..and make sweets in jaggery and worship god...When i was child,they used only "agal vilakku" clay made candle..I must say I am crazy lighting lamps...My mother buys lots of( liters of) oil...I go no lazy cleaning up the vilakkus,drying it,applying turmeric and kumkum,pour oil and placing them in order on trays...When the evening arrives,i would light up all the lamps and decorate the entrance n the terrace of my home...I never leave any single lamp to be idle on that day..I drill my mom to make kollam in nook n corner of  veranda....U know How many i wud lighten up...It would be thousand lamps...My paternal uncle(dad's bro) says u r just like my mom,in early 1950s ppl gathers in thanjavur to see the lamp house....My mom tells me whenever karthikai deepam passes,she miss me a lot... After marriage,i had only few vilaakus to light up my small apartment...Wish to see those Kuthu vilakku,Sara vilakku..
Now,Dont ask my sad story...I always have some..I had one and only akal vilakku and 4 candles...I managed to light them up on top ,so that i can save them from my naaty looty daug and To save my wood(be)  house too ;-)...

Puffed Rice-3 cups
Jaggery-1 cup
Cardomon powder-1 tsp
Coconut Scraps-a few
Ghee-2 tsp
Water-Quarter cup

1.Mix jaggery and water and make thickest syrup
(when all the water evaporates,the syrup bubbles on top)
The right consistency is the syrup shd not melt in water
2.Roast the coconut scrap in ghee and mix with puffed rice
3.Add the puffed rice and cardomon powder to the syrup,make as balls when it is hot
(Apply some oil in hands,so that it wont stick to hands)

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