Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chettinad Kara Kulambu/செட்டிநாடு காரகுழம்பு

The kulambu has made with loads of spices..Stands best with rice,dosa and idly too...The recipe is mostly used in hotels/restaurants,quit easy to make...I used Manga and sundaikai vathal ,instead of veggies...Of course ,u can use can any fresh/dried vegetable. U can store it in the fridge and enjoy till it gets over...

To make masala powder
Toor dal/Tuvaram paruppu-1 tsp
Bengal gram dal/Kadala paruppu-1 tsp
Urad dal/Ulitham paruppu-1 tsp
Coriander seeds/Dhaniya-1 tsp
KhusKhus/Kasakasa-1 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds-1 tsp
Red Chillies-6
Asafoedia-1/2 tsp
Cinnamon stick-one inch

For Kulambu
Kathirikai/Brinjal-1/4 kilo,sliced
Tamarind-1 lemon size
Small onions-1 cup,sliced
Jaggery-1 tsp
Coconut-half,grated or 
Coconut milk
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Sesame oil-50 ml
Salt to taste

1.Dry roast all the masala ingredients ,cool them and grind into fine paste along with the grated coconut
2. Soak the tamarind in water for 20 minutes and extract the pulp with 4 cups of water
3.Heat a fry pan,add the oil ,throw in the mustard seeds,small onions and the Brinjal and saute it for few mins
4.Add the tamarind water,ground masala paste and the turmeric powder
5.Close the lid and cook for 10-15 minutes in low flame
6.Add the salt ,jaggery and off the flame

1.If u r grinding the masala in ammikallu,the taste will reach another (best) level
2.Instead of brinjal,I used half cup of dried sundakkai and 3-4 dried mangoes,Just soaked them in hot water and added to the onions
3.Instead of  grated coconut ,u can add coconut milk too
4.Add half tsp of chilli powder to it,if u want it more spicy,otherwise leave it as it is.

How is this arachuvitta kara kulambu?..Do share ur views...

Ponam Borkar from Kande Pohe has sent me few awards,Thank you ponam. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Strawberry Lollipops

I made this fruit lollipop completely edible,so no chop sticks needed to hold this lollipop...I got many pats on the back for making this in a party...Making this lollipop is so easy,but i spent an hour to click the pictures..

Strawberry-A dozen
Melted Chocolate-half cup
Strawberry/Chocolate Wafer rolls/cigars-12

1.Melt the chocolate and temper it to smooth paste
2.Remove the leaves from strawberries and scoop till half inch
3.Dip the edge of the roll in the chocolate and insert the strawberry 
4.Refrigrate the strawberry and dip in  the chocolate until it coats well.
5.Put them back in fridge and use it  

I get good strawberries in india and it is season now...If the strawberries are tangy,Scoop an inch in center and soak them in sugar syrup (A mix of half cup of sugar+quater cup of water) for ten minutes..Then,remove the strawberries and use it as u like...


Enjoy the chilled fruit lollipop...Bye.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Smoky Raw Banana Roast/சுட்ட வாழைக்காய் வறுவல்

 Raw Banana roast is usually made in south indian homes...But i got the twist of smoking it in fire, before the doing the roast...I like smoky vegetables...Its interesting ,so every cook enjoys making it..

Raw banana-2
Channa/Bengal gram-3 tbsps
Red chillies-5-6
Fennel-1 tsp
Curry leaves-An arc
Oil to Shallow fry


Skew the raw banana in metal skewer and show it in medium flame

When the skin turns quit dark all over..its done..
Cool it completely and Peel the skin and Chop the plantain

Fry three tablespoons of channa dal(கடலை பருப்பு) in oil
along with the red chillies

Allow it to cool and grind it coarsely

In a pan,pour the oil,throw curry leaves 

and fennel seeds

Add the chopped raw banana and saute a bit

Add the powder and salt now...Roast them well

While peeling the skin,make sure u dont touch the plaintain  flesh with ur dark hand...
it will give the burnt flavour
U can substitute the channa dal to toor dal

Hope u make it and enjoy the roast!
Come back on wednesday for next post...Bye.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Strawberry Coconut Crepes

This dessert will give a break in baking and its completely for sweet tooth...Making crepes are easy too...All we need is to make lump-free batter...I have followed an excellent recipe...U can blindly fall in love with fruit crepes...Make it to ur valentine and Enjoy!

For the batter
Maida-400 grams
Milk-400 ml
Water-200 ml
Vanilla essence-1 tsp
Sugar-4 tbsp
Butter for brushing

For the filling
Fresh Strawberries-400 grams
Fresh coconut-1/2 ,Grated
Sugar-4 tbsp
Whipped Cream


1.Slice the strawberries ,grate the coconut and add the sugar.Set aside

2.Then,Beat egg with vanilla essence,sugar and salt

3.Take flour in a bowl and add the egg mixture

4.Now,add the milk and water to make a fine batter(without lumps)

 and strain the batter

5.Heat the tawa and slightly brush with the batter,then using a round spoon,
pour the batter and spread it nicely

6.Cook both the sides 

7.Finally fill the crepe with strawberry filling and whipped cream and fold it

I have made a video on making it

Make the crepe thiner,thick or crispy..All will be equally good

U can pipe some Chocolate/Strawberry sauce in the filling or on the top...But i like this way too...

I am dedicating this post to all my lovables...Happy Valentines day!

Sending this entry to the events of Sweet Luv,Strawberries by vardini,Bon vivant by Sume,Srav's Cooking concept and Radhika's Sweet Somethings

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Praline Sponge Gateau

After baking many cakes and brownies,i am here sitting damn tired...All i have the energy to edit the pictures and  blog it now...However i have baked various cakes,but not of even half of them are posted here...Well,I dont bake just to blog.Many cakes are long process and needless to say high in calory...This cake is my husband's favourite..There is no need for butter and baking powder!
Cake is so easy to make,and taste just classic....

Use the praline as much u can,and it takes the best with this cake

This is the recipe ,i have tried from Ria's collection...


Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Spinach Malfati

 Malfati is one of the best serving for kids with the healthy combo of spinach and paneer....This is also an italian dish,but the recipe is slightly twisted to indian style 

For spinach dumplings
Fine chopped spinach leaves-3 cups
Crumbled paneer/Ricotta cheese-3/4 cup
Nutmeg powder-2 pinches
Green chilli-1/2 tsp,chopped
Plain flour-2 tbsp
Baking powder-2 pinch
Salt to taste

For the Tomato Sauce
Tomato puree-1 1/2 cup
Garlic-1 tbsp,chopped
Spring Onion-2,chopped
Chilli flakes-1 tbsp
Chilli powder-1 tsp
Tomato puree-2 tbsp
Milk-4 tbsp
Oil-2 tbsp
Salt to taste
For the topping
Some grated cheese

For the Spinach Dumplings

1.Steam the spinach leaves for 5 minutes and squeeze out the water.keep the water aside for use in the tomato sauce

2.Combine all the remaining ingredients and shape into balls
3.Steam for 5 minutes and keep aside

For the Tomato Sauce

1.Heat the olive oil,add the garlic and spring onions and saute for 1 minute

2.Add the tomato pulp and cook till the sauce thickens

3.Add the chilli flakes,chilli powder,tomato puree,slat and half cup of drained spinach water and bring to boil
4.Add the cream.Mix well and keep aside

How to Serve
1.Place the dumplings in a baking dish
2.Pour the tomato sauce on top and sprinkle the grated cheese over it
3.Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200*C for 15 minutes

Serve Hot.

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