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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Navrathna khurma

Latest successful recipe. must try pls...
1 c - chopped cauliflower
1/2 c - green peas
1/4 c - sliced carrot
1/2 c - chopped green bean
cubed fried paneer
2 tbsp - finely chopped corriander
2-3 green chilly chopped
1 tbsp - chopped ginger
1/2 tsp - cumin seed
1 tbsp - coriander powder
1/4 tsp - turmeric
1/2 tsp - red chilly powder
1/2 tsp - garam masala
1 c - milk
1/2 tbsp - corn flour

Mix green chillies, ginger, turmeric, red chilly powder and garam masala powder with some drops of water and keep aside. Heat the oil, add cumin seeds. When they splutter, add the mixed spices. When the oil separates, add cauliflower, beans, green peas and carrot. Close with a lid and leave it to cook. Dissolve corn flour in half cup of milk. As the vegetables get soft, add this mixture and then paneer. Again close the lid and allow to cook for 4-5 mins. Add the remaining milk followed by corriander. Let this cook for another 5 mins. Ready to serve with hot rice.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Almond Biscotti

1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 c chopped almonds/cashewnuts/walnuts/even peanuts :)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c sugar
Mix all the above ingredients dry.

2 eggs
1/4 c butter, melted
1 egg, separated

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the dry mix with the egg, butter, and extra egg yolk from separated egg. Mix on low speed until the dough is smooth.

Roll dough out into aluminium foil about 3 inches wide. Place this onto a cookie sheet and brush with remaining egg white. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.

Cut diagonally, into 1/2-inch slices. Bake the slices on their sides for another 12-14 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Sunday, January 13, 2008


1 3/4 cups - all purpose flour or maida
2 tbsp - powdered sugar
2 tbsp - baking powder
1/4 tsp - salt
1 - egg slightly beateb
1 1/2 cups - buttermilk
3 tsbsp - cooking oil

In a bowl mix the dry ingredients. In another bowl mix all the liquid ingredients.
Pour the mixed liquid ingredients to the dry one. Stir until the mixture is lumpy. You can add raisins or any nuts if you required.

For pancakes, pour batter (similar you make dosas) onto hot tawa. When you pour it batter will spread itself ( or you can spread if required). Cook on medium flame for 1-2 mins till the pancake becomes golden brown.

Note:- Turn to the second side of pancake( as in dosa) when bubbles appear on first side. Serve warm with honey or cranberry syrup.
You can use any flour you need like wheat, corn etc instead of all purpose flour.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Famous Appam

Its one of my favourite. I try to make it often. Unfortunately my try was always flops.. 1 out of 4 is the success rate :D

Rice - 3 cup
Scrapped coconut - 3/4 cup
cooked rice - 2 handful
Salt to taste

Grind well all of the ingredients. Add yeast to this batter and keep it aside for half day.
The next day the batter should rise. Now you can use the batter to get tasty appams

Desserts time..

Gulab Jamuns... mouth watering jamuns rite. Tried out once.. came out well.

Milk - 3 cups
Maida - 2-3 tablespoon

Boil milk in low flame until it reduces to say 1/5th, ie it thickens. Remove from the flame. Add maida and mix gently. This should make dough. Do not knead the dough well. Beware this takes a lot of time. Why take all these trouble :D. Buy a ready made mix and make as per instructions. simple naa..

After the dough is done, leave it for 5 mins. Make round small balls. Fry the balls in hot oil at low flame to get the golden brown color. As the jamuns get cooked, they rise to the surface. Soak these balls in hot sugar syrup.

Sugar syrup -
Sugar - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Dissolve sugar in water and boil for 5 mins.

Tips : If you want the jamuns to be softer, add the jamuns to syrup and let it boil for 2 mins.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Gobi Manchurian..

I was thinking to post this recipe for long time. It turned out really well on my first experiment. Made it for a party at home, inspite of the gud tastes, got very less appreciation :).. But believe me it tasted great.. just like in famous Chopstick chinese restaurant.


Cauliflower - broken in florettes
Plain flour - 1/4 cup and some corn flour
Spring onion - 1 bunch or 1 onion will also do -
Ginger, garlic, red chilli powder, red chillies - 2
Oil for frying

Boil the florettes for 5 mins, clean and drain the water.
Make a thin batter with the flours, ginger, garlic, red chilli powder and salt
Dip the florettes in batter and deep fry in oil and keep aside
In a pan, fry ginger, red chillis for a minute. Add spring onion and salt. Fry it . Add 1 cup water and boil. Add 1 tsp corn flour or plain flour to 1/2 cup water and dissolve without lumps. Add this lil by lil to the gravy. When the gravy boils and become transparent, add fried florretes. Boil for few minutes. Serve hot with rice or whatever you wish :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Chilly garlic fried rice.

Dont remember where I read it.. But it was too tasty..Dont miss it.

Basmathi rice - 1 cup
Onion - 1
Capsicum - 1/2
tomato - 1/2
Red chilli - 3
Garlic - 2 cloves
lemon juice - 1 tsp

Wash rice and drain water. Fry the rice until light brown (do not fry too much). make a paste of chilli, lemon jucie, lil tomato and lil onion using blender. fry chopped onion, chopped garlic, capsicum and tomato in a pan in the order. Add chilli paste and fry for some seconds. In a pressure cooker add fried rice, salt and this mixture. Water to be added in the cooker and cook upto 2-3 whistles. thats all...