Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Corn Halwa for Ganesh Chathurthi

Time flies like anything...Ganesh chathurthi came and went in a wink......I did loads of preparations for the day and it was sad,i sent the ganesh bappa in single day to temple..I was so unhappy i sent the ganesh so soon,and didnt got the mood to post the dishes(of course felt guilty of it) ...Days flew and i was busy in daily chores,it was today ,I made some kozhukattais in the morning to pack for the lunch ....The day later ,someone gifted me loads of ganesh idols...It was quit surprise ganesha has come to eat my kozhakattais again...

This ganesh chathurthi,I made few more dishes for ganesha...Ganesha's favourites are Laddus and halwa which comes next to kozhukottais

The Corn halwa which i made, turned to be huge hit and was over all in a wink....

Grain the corn to not too fine paste(just as a rava/sooji consistency)
But make sure the corn outer skin is smashed well

Heat the ghee in a thick pan..
The non stick pans works the best for halwa

Add the corn paste to ghee and cook them well

Add some khoya when the water drains out from corn

Then goes the milk and sugar and stir continuously from now

Once the ghee oozes out in the corner,the halwa is ready

The Actual Recipe is...

250 gms Sweet Corn
100 gms Sugar
1 cup Khoya
1 cup Milk
1 tbsp of Ghee(can increase)
Pinch of Nutmeg powder


1.Boil the corn and grind it to thick paste.
2.Take a pan ,add the ghee and fry the corn paste. when the ghee starts leaving the sides
 add mava stir it till it thickens.
3.Add milk, stir it nonstop, then add sugar.
4.Finish with a pinch of nutmeg powder.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Golden Onion Quiche

I am done with my first sweet punch..Ria has challenged to make Golden Onion Quiche..I am happy ,its savoury and also have the choice of making it veggie..I enjoyed chopping and clicking ;-) ,later to enjoy the Quiche..

I used Cherry tomatoes,capsicum,parsley,mint and of course the onion

Here is the step by step method

Mix the butter and the flour mix to scramble them

Here it goes

Add an egg and make them into soft dough

Roll out to thick layer

Shift them to a pastry pan...level the base dough,then the sides

Chop the edges..

I layered the tart shells with the dough

Saute the veggies

Mix the veggies to the beaten egg ,cheese with salt and pepper

Pour the egg mix over the pan and top up some more tomatoes and mint

Bake them for 25 minutes,or until its done..

Cute Quiches ready to attack

For the pastry:
Plain Flour- 200 g
Butter- 100 g ( frozen)
Baking Powder- 1/4 tsp
Egg- 1 beaten Lightly
Cold water- 1 or 2 tsp
For the filling:
Tandoori chicken shredded- 1/2 cup( I used 2 to 3 thighs of chicken)
Milk- 3/4 cup
Cheese- 1/2 cup( the actual recipe suggested cheddar, I couldn't get that so I have used emmentaler)
Eggs- 3 lightly beaten
Onion- medium sized sliced thinly
Red, Yellow and Green Pepper- 1/4 of each chopped
Italian seasoning- 1/4 tsp( mixture of dried herbs like dried red pepper, garlic, black pepper, oregano)
Salt and Pepper for seasoning as required
Oil- 1/2 tbsp
For The Filling:
Shred the chicken from the bone completely. Slice the onion thinly and chop the peppers. Heat the oil in a pan, add the chicken and fry for 2 minutes, since it's already cooked it dosen't need much time. Add the onions, keep the heat in medium and stir until the onion reaches golden brown, take care not to burn the onions. Finally add the chopped peppers and take it off from heat.

In a large bowl mix together the eggs, milk, cheese and seasoning. Then add the chicken mixture and mix well.
Keep it separately
For The Pastry:
Preheat the oven to 200 degree celsius. Sift the flour and baking powder in a bowl, add the grated butter, rub between your finger tips to resemble like a fine bread crumbs. Add the beaten egg and bring the dough together, if it didn't come like a dough, add a few drops of cold water and bring the dough together. Roll out the dough to fit your baking tin size, carefully lift the dough and slide it inside the tin and press the edges.

Pour the filling inside the pastry case and bake it for 25 to 30 minutes, until the filling is set and pastry looks slightly brown on sides.
Serve the quiche warm with some side salad.

We enjoyed a lot ,its a perfect and healthy breakfast to kick start a day
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