Thursday, July 29, 2010

Paneer and Sprouts Curry

Paneer-100 gms
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

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

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cake Walk

I am back to blogging after a week...went on a silent break...It was hansika who kept me busy being so ill...Next my baking skills..Past one month,I tried(baked)  few recipes which turned out into disasters...I was really in low to think, is this happening to me....I chose wrong recipes to try 2 new cakes and a muffin....Went wrong somewhere :-( 
Completely in offfffffffffffff moooooooooddddddddddddddd to type a post....Finally decided i have to do...

I spend most of my time running for my family...I skip my afternoon nap and early sleeping for my friends...

Recently , i was talking to a friend,she was cheering up and i was no mood to listen her...I went on to ask what do u cook today?....She asked me back did u ever been to Cake Walk??..One of top bakery in chennai,If u order,the cake will walk to home...They have best-est pastry and baking chefs round the clock..blaaah blaaaah....Phewww....I was living opposite to cake walk for many years ,before i moved here...I know their history...The cheer girl didnt stop and insisted me to order some ,right now...My wallet is empty after visiting the place,but still luved it...

Clicking in Pastry shops r highly restricted,I went twice to do my job with permits

Chocolate cake 

Birthday orders...



 Missed the flash ,while drooling for fudge gateaux

Cheese cakes

Their mousses

I hope u r attracted to the pics,not ready to read....

Their menu...

Not just to see,Their pastries and cakes tastes great...Not too dry ,nor too sweet....Thats y they r on top ranking....They also have good options for eggless cakes....I challenged my cheerful friend to bake similar cake from CAKEWALK and feast her......
Lets See..
CAKE WALK is located both in besant nagar(near bus terminus) and Egnore(near Prince Plaza)
Reach them @
Cake Walk

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ladies Finger Curry -Vendakai Curry

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

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

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Modagam is a deep fried kozhukattai/modak...Whenever i hear the word "modagam",I remember a song which my dad plays every morning in my childhood..I got up many times hearing the song "Modaga Kaiyal Unakku mudal vanakam..." sung by Sirkazhi Govindarajan...
Coconut-1 cup
Jaggery-1 cup
Wheat-4 cup
Maida-1 cup
Salt to taste
Ghee-2 tsp
1.Mix Maida,Wheat and salt and make tight dough with water,
knead it well and rest it for half an hour.
2.Melt jaggery in 1/4 cup of water ,when it thickens,add coconut and ghee
3.Cook until it goes unsticky to pan
4.Make small poori ,stuff the coconut mix and pull the poori dough up ,and press altogether
5.Deep fry them in medium flame until it turns golden brown (it takes time to fry)

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.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Chops/Shanks Fry

People ingores red meat,since it has lot of calories...When u mean strength and energy, obvious choice is eating red meat in any form...Recently,i put on loads of weight,after i returned from usa..Its because of my mom's non veg dishes...She cooks everyday and serve it to the best..If i ask for an omelette,she makes chicken omelette.. My mother makes excellent nonveg dishes as i cannot skip the chance of eating it....

Mutton chop-300 gms
Cashewnuts-a few
Oil-half cup

To paste
Ginger Garlic paste-1 tbsp
Mint leaves-handful
Coriander leaves-handful
Pearl Onions-half cup
Green chillies-3-4
Coconut Grated-1 cup
Pepper-1 tsp
Salt to taste

1.Grind all the ingredients into fine paste
2.Mix the paste with uncooked chops
3.Pressure cook the chops in low flame for 40 minutes
4.Then raise the flame to get three whistles
6.Fry the cashews in oil
5.Add the chops to oil and toss them till it is well roasted

If u r spicy garam masala person,add the cinnamon and cloves while frying cashews
Add sufficient salt to chops ,before u cook them

Monday, July 12, 2010

Strawberry Lassi

Curd-2 cups
Strawberry-10 to 15
Milk-1 cup
Sugar or Salt to taste

Blend all the ingredients and chill them

Friday, July 09, 2010

Grand Sweets and Snacks-Review

Grands Sweets and Snacks is one stop,where u can find me every alternate day...Its a complete Vegeterian  where i hang out for a filter coffee , my supper or the dinner too....I am grown up in homecooked  food a lot ,of course with grands sweets in adyar...They have complete different business ,cant even think to be compared to other sweet n snack sellers..Thats y they r popular worldwide...

The grands sweets is located in home not as shops...They have a factory in ambatur from where the food is distributed to annanagar and adyar branch...The sweets and snacks really made with ghee to best,with not thegatifying...It never get spoiled and done with the double seal packing by gloved hands...

Flowery welcome

Bengali Sweets


Podis and Instant Mixes

Yum Yum Sweets

Grands Sweets is quit costly for laymen ,they have a trick selling the broken and yesterday sweets and snacks,in half price!!!!!

They give free food in thonnai at 11 am and 6 pm after their prayers..
I have seen,many VVIPs standing in queues to get the thonnai 's,while ghee drools from the hot steaming rice

Evening @ 4 pm,the real heaven for foodies

 Onion Rava dosa..I luv their sambar and stew like kurma..



Isn't that Perfect??

Steaming Idlies and Idyappams

Poli in action

Seat out...Though this place is hot,i dont bother to sit and snack myself...They have limited menu,but they serve it to best....

A must visit ,who goes abroad and place to hang out for south indian snacks...
I am sure,u wont be complaining for...

Check their website and in facebook

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Seppankilangu /Colocasia Fry

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

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

Monday, July 05, 2010

Ramzan Biryani

I had a muslim friend Ramzan who cooks the best food and feasts in sundays...She makes excellent biryani and invite us for dinner...Her biryani is quit popular among people...She even packs a box to take home,so i need not have to cook for next day...Whenever she visits my home,she make fun of me how i cook biryani(early stage)...She asks hw cud u make biryani with just one or two onions...I luv when she asks me like it,so i cud learn it in full swing from her...I asked her to show me hw she makes it,damn..She drilled me like anything...It took nearly 3 hours to make her excellent biryani...

Wash the rice of 1 kg and soak it for 20 minutes
Dont over soak,the rice will break...drain the water after 20 minutes and keep it aside

Dry Roast one tbsp of Coriander Seeds
(dont add so much,cos it subsides the other spices)

Dry Roast the Cumin-1 tsp,Cloves-4-5,Star Anise-2,Cinnamon stick-2 inches
Can add more ,if u want more flavor

Add all the roasted spices to blender and pulse it to fine powder..
Keep it closed until u add them to biryani

Take 450 gms of onions , 400 gms of tomato and total of 250 gms of fresh ginger and garlic
If it u r in india,use large onions and country tomatoes
If u r in usa,take 3-4 big onions and Roma tomatoes

Grind Ginger and Garlic into fine paste

Get one bunch of mint and coriander leaves
(like equal amount of onions u added)
Can add slited 2-3 green chillies

Fry the onion with a bay leaf and a cinnamon stick-1 inch
Use oil or ghee-250 ml

Add tomato ,Mint and Coriander leaves

Add the ginger and garlic paste and the spice powder.When it is fried,
add sufficient amt of chilli powder(2 tsps) and Salt
Add 2 tbsps of curd 

Add the meat of 1 kg and cook them well
If it is red meat,pressure cook them and add to this

Boil the 10 glass of water with salt(one tsp) and oil
Add the rice and cook 6-7 minutes
Dont over cook the rice...cook it  to 3/4th  and drain it immediately
The ideal time of cooking the rice takes 5-6 minutes..
But the rice will cook in fraction of seconds,so keep watching and drain it at right time
(The rice seems to be cooked,but when u press ,it break into like raw rice)

Take a thick bottom pan and layer the rice and the masala simultaneous
The trick part is to leave some rice of 1 cup,so add the rice according to right amt of masala u got..
Close with tight lid and slow cook them for 30 minutes

Yummy biryani is ready

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