Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Crown-Residency Towers

Recently I have been invited to review "The Crown" at Residency Towers..The Residency's Main Street is much familiar for its buffet.While Crown is the roof top restaurant (200 feet from ground level)with the alfreso dining with a panoramic view of chennai with its high dome and plush seating..

Alfresco states "in the fresh" or in the outing or air..Those who never been to one of the international italian restaurants,This place is woowish and amazingly designed with the pillars,center seating,talls windows around the hall and they also have the simple deck(dining out) with the infinite water fall..

The royal suit can be the best for group dining 

And the ambience is the best for unforgettable dining experiences..

The place has a dice with pillars around it to make restaurant more appealing..

Ok..Enough with the ambience,Lets move on to food B-)

The welcome drink is just ok,there was nothing special on it..It is jus a flavoured soda..

The pappad were too spicy to me...The wait for the starters were too long,and these pappads doesnt help me as well...

The galouti kebab served was the best,it literally melts in mouth with fine minced meat in the bed of yummy sweet naan/pastry....This is the first time,i tasted galouti kebab and i cant help myself stop munching them

The chicken and fish kebab was with mild flavour of spices,tasted good too

Two veg Starters were served,i guess the first one was veg sheek kebab and second one was paneer...both were good too..

The mutton rohan gosh was served with soft naans,but the gravy didnt score well...The chef said he doesnt like using tomatoes in rohan gosh,but definitely i do.The gravy was tasted like mughlai dish,since the brown onions flavour was over powering...

This beautiful gravy was served with naans called Dal Mahkani...I am ashamed i am not big fan of dal makhani, until i tasted this!!!...The chef explained how it is made with slow cooking it for more than 24 hours,and of course how the makhani (butter) is generously used
It was creamy and yummmy!

The chocolate mud pie was good with the texture,but i cudnt taste more than 3 spoons...I guess the chocolate is over cooked..And few desi sweets were served which was fair to taste...

The food will be the best ,if the dishes are well choosen and the service must be improved (they must visit courtyard by marriott or burgundy on it) ....The ambiance was pretty good for romantic dining and chilling out with the group of  friends....

They can serve unlimited nonveg kebab,naan and a gravy of ur choice @ Rs 789/...

Sounds good,Isnt it?

Located at
The Crown,Residency Towers,
115,Thyagaraya Road,T.Nagar,Chennai

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Stolen-Third Blog Anniversary

I thank my cousin shobana to showing me the right path to blog about the cooking,Or else,I must be a mommy blogger in my closed private blog.....This year 2011 was so special and memorable for me..Priya's feast has turned into catering service,and working with many people successfully now...
I thank my husband who is still a fussy foodie,the first reader of my every post..I thank my parents who gave wonderful support and still being best critic...My mother has sent me a bouquet of flowers with cheerful words,I am really astonished..
I bow down my head to god for the bounty of blessings..

The Stolen is the German christmas loaf which is a traditional serving for the occasion.....I couldnt do the step wise pictures,As i am too busy and stuck with the catering services happening in full josh...The loaf is baked many times by me,the recipe calls for only 20 gms of mixed fruit,but  i added 200 gms and made it rich for this special occasion...

Flour-200 gms
Milk-60 ml
Spice powder-2 gms
Mixed fruit-20gms
Lemon Zest-a pinch
Gluten-8 gms
Flour-200 gms

1.Make soft dough by mixing all the ingredients except the mixed fruit and spices
2.Add the rest of ingredients in the final stage of the dough
3.Divide the dough and shape it in a loaf shape,rest it in the tray for at least 60 mins
4.Bake in pre heated oven at the temperature of 180*C for 30 mins
5.After baking soak the stolen in clarified butter and dust the icing sugar before serving

1.Knead the dough well until it turns soft and expandable 
2.Once baked,brush it with butter on top,as it prevents over drying

Wish u all a wonderful Merry Christmas 

Friday, December 16, 2011


 I luv this season,which is one of the best of the year...There are many reasons that makes to say this...Can u say the entire world looks so beautiful better than this season?...Well ,Forget the freezing cold ;-)

Ponettone is a traditional Italian Holiday sweet bread which is made with yeast....Recently i tasted this cake like bread and soon tried the recipe from the chef...The cake was very light ,sweet and tasty..The serving suggestions with ponettone are Almond liquor,Mascarpone Cheese and the Marshala wine.


Flour-130 gms
Salt-01 gms
Sugar-30 gms
Yeast-10 gms
Butter-30 gms
Egg Yolk-01 nos
Orange and Lemon Zest As required
Sultanas-40 gms
Nutmeg powder a pinch
Cardomom powder 01 gm
Egg white 02 nos
Glazed Cherry


1.Dissolve the yeast in milk with bit of sugar

2.Cream the butter and sugar and then add the egg yolk gradually

3.Beat the egg white till fluffy

4.Combine the yeast and milk with butter and sugar batter,and add the rest of the ingredients

5.Fold the batter with the whisked egg white

6.Tranfer the batter in to the ponettone paper mould,sprinkle the raisins on top of the batter
7.Bake in pre heated oven for about 30-35 mins at the temp of 180*C

Bon Appetit

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Christmas Cookies-Sweet Punch

Luks like,I am not blogging regularly,but hey its not true,i am doing a post a week...And the blog marathon is coming up soon from 16th...I will join them this time too,even though I am bundled with household chores and cares...The Christmas tree,stars and all the glittering hangings r out and has been set by the little ones with the guidance...The mixed fruits has been soaked in wine and rum..I will share the traditional recipes of christmas for this season,and its too early to discuss on it...So,the blog marathon will be the Christmas Special..
Made these cookies on last friday,and hansika was so enthusiastic to help me to roll and make shapes...I made the dough and refrigerated in tupperware container.She comes back from school,and spent some time in making cookies..She mix up the dough and I made 4 batches of this recipe...And Needless to say,Cookies r more easy to make and can be stored for a month.

Definitely the pre-preparations for Christmas ,will help you to celebrate and enjoy the season... 

1 cup Butter at room temperature
1 cup Sugar
1 Egg(Optional)
1/8 teaspoon Salt
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Strawberry Red food coloring
Green food coloring


Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and  Mix well.  Combine flour, salt and baking soda, mix well, and add to butter mixture.  Mix until well combined.

Divide dough into 3 parts.  Add red food coloring to the first part and blend well.  Add green food coloring to the second part and blend it well.  Use enough coloring to make vibrant colors because they fade during baking.  Leave the third part plain.

Refrigerate the dough,until u use it...Place the 3 colors of dough in Butter/Plastic paper and use cookie cutter to make fine shapes...

Bake them 166*C for exactly 8 minutes... 

Once the cookies are cooled,Store them in air tight container...
The Colorful Cookies doesnt need an icing or any decorations...

1.Make similar thickness,so while baking,all the cookies are baked evenly
2.To check,if it is baked,the cookies will be slight brown in the bottom
3.If you are baking in huge amount and repeatedly , reduce the time of baking

Enjoy :)
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