Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Second Anniversary of Priya's Feast-Merry X'mas to all


                                                 Priya's Feast has turned Two years,last friday....Thank you all for being with me and without your support ,i couldnt reached it...To Cherish,last year seemed to be a real battle of life i went throughed.....This year,I joined Daring Bakers and Sweet Punch ,explored to world of (best) baking....And most best part of my blog was,Hansika joined cooking with me...Tiramisu is the first help ,i got from her...Another best part is ,i made Princess cake for her birthday...
                                                      I wish to thank my cousin ramya,who brought me to the world of blogging on cooking......Or,I must have become baby care blogger...Thank you,ramya....
                                                        This year,I met so many accidents in my kitchen that really put me back from cooking and blogging......My hands were full of burns to every inch....The hot water splash really made me to hop,and hide my face....But that doesnt stop me in learning and exploring in my passion of cooking.....Its never always "THE" feast at home,but some bread and dosa made our day.........
                                                      I need to thank my hubby who has been with me and loves this blog more than i do....He has put things to ease,even when he was not around.Today's post is Christmas cake,which i promised to sponsor for christmas ceremony...I was thrilled to bake,while Chef Senthil by Courtyard Marriott gave me a recipe...I tried and thought ,its exactly the plum cake i had at school...But still i want to do the best cake,When Ria posted the recipe....I decided to give a try....I must say, its not just Fruit cake....Must named it Royal Rich Fruit Cake....Look at the ingredients ,she has mentioned...I must say u have to try it ....try it....you will never stop munching it....
                                             The Christmas ceremony went very well and the cake was over in minute...Everyone was surprised to know its a homemade...

                                                       
The star is glittering in our balcony,while hansika practicing the carol and enjoying to the core....I made this yummiest cake,mixing the fruits with array of ingredients





                                                             
                                                          

                                                    
The Rest follows...



I used yellow and brown raisins and apricots,cherries etc.,


Orange peels and plums


Ginger Candied


Mix all the dry fruits in the large bowl


I made the spice masala -freshy ready


Add ginger candied powder


Orange juice


I used rum and brandy essence along with Vanilla essence


Squeezed some jam


Caramel sauce


and finally the spice powder


Hands played best role in mixing the whole thing...I am sure u cannot mix it with any spatula,the liquid wont blend with dry fruits...


I soaked the mix for overnight...and made 5x of the recipe....Needless to say,y i did so...


Its ready to bake



Half of the soaked dry fruits are over,and i am waiting to make another batch of cake...My hubby is not ready  to leave without the cake...The cake tastes better when the day passes by and it didnt spoil....


Check her recipe here......and dont forget me ,since i recommended this to u....


This rabbit is loved by hansika,she named it chitti


Merry Christmas and Happy holidays!!!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy Saraswathi Poojai-Sundal

Happy Ayutha Pooja and Sarawasthi Poojai

I am sharing a sundal recipe which is served as neivedyam/prasatham for goddess ,today


Ingredients
Konda kadalai/Unroasted chana dal-200gms
Mustard seeds-2 tsp
Coconut ,grated-1/4 cup
Dry Red chillies-3-4
Curry leaves-a few
Oil-1 tsp
Salt-1 tsp

Method
1.Soak dal for 6-8 hours
2.Pressure cook them with salt for 4-5 whistles
3.Fry the mustard seeds in oil when it cracks, add the red chillies
4.Once the red chillies r fried,add the coconut and
the dal and mix them well

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Paneer Tikka


Tikkas and kebabs are my family's most fav. dishes...Matches and Movies are worth watched with skewers in hand...Try this tikka,i am sure u will enjoy it..

Paneer Tikka
Ingredients
Paneer Cubes-100 gms
Cut them in half inch thickness
Capsicum,cubed-1
Onion,sliced-1
Curd-1 tbsp
Red chilly powder-1 tsp
Pepper powder-1 tsp
Cumin powder-1 tsp
Garam masala-1 tsp
Kasuri methi-1 tsp
Salt to taste

Method
1.Mix all the spice powder with little water to make fine paste
2.Marinate Paneer ,Onion and capsicum with the paste for few minutes
3.Move them to skewers and Grill for 2-3 minutes,Rotate the skewer to all directions
4.U can grill the tikka in pan or oven.
5.Sprinkle chat masala before u serve them

Thank you Lataji for gifting the mask all the way from Ghana..

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Paneer and Sprouts Curry


Ingredients
Paneer-100 gms
Capsicum,chopped/slitted-1
Carrot,grated-1
Sprouts-1 cup
Spring Onion,chopped-2-3
Soy Sauce-1 tsp
Oyster Sauce-1 tsp
Chilli Sauce-half tsp
Cornflour-1 tsp
Garam masala-half tsp
Ajinomoto-a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil-2 tsp

Method
1.Saute Capsicum,Spring onion,carrot and Paneer in oil 
2.Mix all the sauces,cornflour and ajinomoto in a bowl
3.Once the vegetables is semi cooked,add the sauce mix and bring it to a boil
4.Add some more water to make it into gravy or u can leave it as dry side dish

I am sure kids will enjoy this and also its an nutritious one...

I am sending this dish to Priya's Let's Sprouts event



Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ladies Finger Curry -Vendakai Curry




Ingredients
Ladies finger-250 gms
Mustard seeds-half tsp
Onion,chopped-1
Coconut ,grated-1 tbsp
Chilli powder -1 tsp
Rice flour/besan flour-1 tsp
Curry leaves-8-10
Salt to taste

Method
1.Chop the vegetable into fine slices
2.Fry mustard seeds,onions and curry leaves in oil
3.Add the vegetable to it and saute them till it is cooked 
4.Sprinkle the salt and chilli powder and fry them well
5.Sprinkle the rice flour and saute them till it turns crispy

Friday, July 16, 2010

Onion Chutney



Onion Chutney

Onion-1 cup
Red chillies-4-5
Tamarind-a lime size ball
Fenugreek seeds-1 tsp
Oil-2 tsp
Salt to taste

1.Fry the fenugreek seeds and keep aside
2.Fry the onion and redchillies
3.Grind all at once into smooth paste.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Seppankilangu /Colocasia Fry


Ingredients
Colocasia-200gms
Chilli powder-2 tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Rice flour-half tsp
Turmeric powder-half tsp
Sombu/Fennel seed powder-1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil to shallow fry

Method
1.Cook the colocasia in hot water until it turns firm and soft
2.Peel the skin and chop them into fine slices
3.Make all the powders,rice flour and salt
4.Heat the oil in a pan,toss the colocasia and sprinkle the powder
5.Fry until it turns slight brown

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Valapoo Vadai


Ingredients
Banana Flower-1
Roasted channa dal-half cup
Red chillies-4-5
Sombu/Jeera-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Coconut ,grated-2-3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves,chopped-handful
Oil to deep fry

Method
1.Remove flower stem's ribs and chop them
2.Add the stems to water(u can add buttermilk to retain the color)
3.Squeeze and add it to blender with roasted channa dal,sombu,red chillies,coriander,
turmeric powder and salt
4.Grind to fine paste ,as u can make vadai.If it is watery ,add roasted channa dal powder
5.Add Coriander leaves to the paste and make small fine vadais
6.Deep fry them in med flame

Some may cook the stems and then grind it..U can also try that way..Sometimes,banana flower stems  bitters,u can keep the paste in fridge for over night and make them vadai...

Friday, July 02, 2010

Beetroot Juice


Ingredients
Beet root-2-3
Carrot-2
Cucumber-1
Tomato-3
Salt and Pepper-to taste

Method
1.Chop all the vegetables 
2.Grind carrot and beet root in juicer or blender
3.Grind Tomato and Cucumber and mix it to carrot and beet root juice
4.Add pepper and salt to it

If u used blender,filter and Serve the juice
A dash of ginger and lime make a zing in taste
If u dont like beet root,try bottle gourd



Sunday, June 27, 2010

Gauva Squash


I hate cloudy days...I luv sunny days that helps me to stay active...but this summer in chennai is not worthy..It was cloudy and raining most of the days....My mom brings home, variety of squashes of kissan brand..Me and my dad give a weird look wht she can do with it..When the guest arrives ,she mix it with cool water and ice cubes and serve them..Later,the Tang brand was in....

But i luv sipping nannari juice...which is my most favorite...But i never made it...I love Manama/Mala 's squashes for past a year...They have wide no of flavors like 65...My most favorite is Ginger and Lime Mix and this guava flavor....Simply Superb...


Cheers to Sun for coming home.....

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Vadagam/Vadava Thovayal

This thovayal goes very well with all rice dishes....People who doesnt know vadagam,chk here...It is used for seasoning the dishes....It is actually sun dried onions mixed with cumin and mustard seeds...

Ingredients
Vadagam-1 lime size ball
Coconut,grated-one cup
Ginger-half inch
Tamarind extract-half tsp
Red chilli(round)-3 to 4
Salt to taste
Sesame Oil-2 tsp

Method
1.Heat Oil ,sprinkle the vadagam
2.As soon as u added,switch off the flame
(it will easily burn and u cant find it since it is already black)
3.Add rest of ingredients ,and switch on the flame and fry them
4.Grind it to fine paste

If ur thovayal turns into black,it wont taste good..I like this thovayal with coconut rice,thengai sadam (or any variety rice)


Friday, April 30, 2010

Coriander Chutney


Coriander Chutney
Ingredients
Coriander leaves-2 cups
Green chillies, slitted-3
Onion,chopped-Quarter cup
Coconut,grated-Quarter cup
Salt to taste
Oil-2 tsp

Method
1.Fry all the ingredients(except the leaves) in oil
2.Switch off and add the coriander leaves
3. Sauté them well and grind it to fine paste


The chutney goes well with Wheat flour dosa...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Puli Kulambu





If u r a few extra pounds person,i am sure u have a mom who cooks the best and feeds u extra...I am still roaming around with my extra pounds,cos of my mom..Needless to say,as many knows she cooks so quickly and pamper the place like anything,i need another blog to post her recipes..But I never tried to be on her shoes..She gives distinct taste to every dish...My most favourite dish she makes is Puli kulambu..She serves me with potato podimas and parupu thovayal..for which i cud die for...
Yeah..If anyone asks me which is the last food i wud like to eat,it wud be this meal...I swear..Everyone in my family knows hw i am crazy abt puli kulambu,I had it every day when i was pregnant..Pls try and enjoy..

Ingredients
Small Onions-10
Garlic-12 cloves
Tomato-1,chopped
Coriander powder-3 tsps
Chilli powder-1 tsp
Tamarind-lemon size
Turmeric powder-half tsp
Sesame oil-4 tbsp
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Urad dal-1 tsp
Curry leaves-10
Salt to taste

Method
1.Fry the mustard seeds,urad dal,onions,tomato and garlic in sesame oil
2.Add the coriander powder and stir well
3.Soak Tamarind in water(around 2 cups),save the juice and add it 
4.Add Chilli powder,turmeric and salt, bring it to boil
5.When oil oozes out,switch off the flame 

You can save this kulumbu for a week

For vatha kulmabu ,Add any (sun dried) vegetable vathal while frying the onions like sundaikai or kothavarangai vathal
For Pathiya Kulambu,do not add the chilli powder ,instead add a tsp of pepper and sukku (dry ginger) powder 



Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cheese Oothappam


What can i say beyond these pic says...


I usually make small palm size oothappam with these grated goodies of Onion,Carrot,Coriander and Cheddar cheese

Close with a lid and cook in low flame


After the Oothappam is cooked...Serve hot...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Pineapple Rasam


Pineapple Rasam
Ingredients
Cooked Toor dal-half cup
Pineapple Juice-2 cups or
Pineapple ,Chopped-1
Cumin-1 tsp
Tomato-1
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-half tsp
Green Chilli ,chopped-1-2 nos
Coriander,chopped-1 stem
Pineapple ,chopped-Few pieces
Oil-1 tsp
Salt to taste
Lime juice-2-3 drops

Method
1.Chop pineapple using pineapple cutter,remove the thorns and the center pulp(white) and
 grain it to fine paste
2.In tawa,add oil-1 tsp,mustard seeds,cumin,green chillies  and tomato
3.Add the toor dal ,pineapple juice and 1 cup of water
4.Add the rest of the ingredients one by one and bring it to a boil
5.Switch off the flame and add the lime juice.





Thursday, March 18, 2010

Indian Flavoured Pizza

I made this instant(south) indian  flavoured pizza with curry leaves

Fry the chopped onion and tomatoes in oil with salt ,turmeric and pepper powder


Spread them on pizza base
Sprinkle some fried curry leaves and grated soft Cheese
Microwave it at high for one minute

It takes just 2 minutes to make this indian pizza...Even just born will like it..
I mean is there any kid hates pizza..

 I am sending this to Global Kadai-Indian Flavoured Pizza  event hosted by Lavanya




Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sandwiches


Ingredients
Bread slices
Butter or Ghee
Lettuce or Any green leaf
Ranch
Omelette

Method
Apply butter on both sides of bread slices
Toast them in med flame
Wash the lettuce in warm water
Apply ranch in lettuce
Make some omelette as u like
Layer Bread,lettuce ,omelette,lettuce
 and finish with another bread

Use Brown bread and low fat butter to make sandwich healthy



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