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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Carrot & Watermelon Coolers

Ingredients
Carrot juice-1 cup
Watermelon cubes-1 cup
Honey add to the sweetness(optional)
(I didn't use,as the juice was already sweet)
Water to dilute
Ice cubes-little
Method
Blend carrot juice & watermelon in a blender.Filter & dilute it with water.Serve it cold with ice cubes.

Monday, May 23, 2011

9 Bean Country Soup


Ingredients
9 beans soaked over night -1 cup
(Mix containing dried black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, black-eyed peas, pigeon,split pea,masoor dhal barley,etc )
Salt & Pepper to taste
Dried basil-1/2tsp
Chopped tomato-1/2
Chopped capsicum-1/4 cup
Garlic powder-1/2tsp
Grated cheese for garnish
Method
Pressure cook all above ingredients together.Mash it up slightly & dilute it as per the thickness.Season with salt & pepper.Garnish & serve it hot.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Murungaikai Poriyal / Drumstick Fry / Moringa Fry - Moringa Recipe


Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Coconut-1 & 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Salt to taste
Onion-1tbsp
Jeera/Cumin-1tsp
Garlic-2
Green chillies-2
Other ingredients
Drumstick / Moringa-2
(cut into finger size)
Tempering
Oil-2tsp
Mustard,Urad dal-each 1/2tsp
Curry leaves-little
Red chillies-2
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with above ingredients.
Add the drumsticks & the ground masala,fry for 2 minutes.
Add little water & cook it till done & dry.
Garnish it with curry leaves & serve as side dish for rice.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Chocolate Flan Cake

Ingredients for the chocolate cake
Butter at room temperature-10 tbsp
Sugar-1 cup
Egg at room temperature-1
All purpose flour/Maida-1 & 3/4 cup
Baking powder-3/4 tsp
Baking soda-3/4 tsp
Cocoa powder-1/3 cup
Buttermilk-1 & 1/4 cup
Ingredients for the flan
Evaporated milk(12oz can)-1
Condensed milk-(14oz can)-1
Cream cheese at room temperature-4 oz
Eggs-3
Vanilla essence-1tbsp
For garnish
Cajeta(Mexican caramel sauce)-1/4 cup
Chopped pecan or walnuts-1/4 cup
Method
Put an oven rack in the middle of the oven & preheat to 350 deg.F.Coat a bundt pan with little butter,then coat the bottom with 1/4 cup cajeta & place in a large roasting pan with water.(The roasting pan will serve as a water bath during baking)
For the cake
Cream butter & sugar till light & fluffy,then beat in the eggs.Sift together the flour,baking powder,baking soda& cocoa powder.Beat 1/3 of the flour mixture & 1/2 of the buttermilk into the egg mixture.Repeat,ending with the flour mixture,blend until well incorporated.
For the flan
In a blender combine all ingredients under flan.Blend on high for 30 seconds.
Assembling
Scoop the cake mixture into the prepared bundt pan & spreading evenly.Slowly pour the flan mixture over the cake batter.Cover it with a foil & add about 1 inch of hot water to the roasting pan.
Carefully slide the pan into the oven & bake for 1 hour or until the surface of the cake is firm to touch.Cool the cake completely & then invert it.Garnish it with chopped nuts,cajeta & serve.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bread & Egg Kothu Masala

Ground to a smooth paste
Coconut-3tsp
Poppy seeds-1tsp
Almonds-5
Tempering
Oil-3tsp
Mustard-1tsp,Fennel seeds-1 & 1/2tsp,Curry leaves-little
Other ingredients
Whole wheat bread-6 slices
(slightly toasted in tawa & cut into small cubes)
Scrambled eggs-3nos
Salt to taste
Garam masala-1/2tsp
Chilly powder-1/4tsp
Turmeric powder-1/8tsp
Chopped onion-1/4
Chopped tomato-1
Chopped capsicum-1/4
Ginger & Garlic paste-1tsp
Chopped mint & coriander leaves-3tsp
Slit green chillies-4
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Fry onions till light brown,add the tomato,green chillies,capsicum,ginger & garlic paste fry till raw smell goes off.Add all the dry masalas & the ground paste,fry for 2 minutes.Pour enough water for the gravy.Cook it in medium flame till its cooked & gravy is semi thick.Now add the scrambled eggs & bread,toss it well till the bread absorbs the gravy.Switch off the gas & garnish with mint & coriander leaves.Serve hot with ketchup.