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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Fruit Cake

Wish you all a Happy New Year............

Maida-1 cup
Butter-3/4 cup
Sugar-1 cup
Baking powder-1tsp
Vanilla essence-1tsp
Cream of tartar-less than 1/8tsp(optional)
Ingredients soaked in orange juice or rum for at least a day.
Fresh orange juice-1/3 cup
Fruit cake mix-1 cup
(its citrus peels & cherries cut into cubes soaked in dry sugar syrup)
or Tutti fruity
Raisins-1/4 cup
Cashew nut-1/4 cup
Chopped almonds-1/4 cup
Chopped walnuts-1/4 cup
(dust the above ingredients with 2 tsps of maida)
Spice powders
Cinnamon powder-1/4 tsp
Grated nutmeg-1/4tsp
Grated fresh ginger-1/4tsp
Clove powder-1/4tsp
Sugar-1/3 cup
Water-5 tsp
(In a pan add sugar & 1tsp of water & keep stirring till it changes its colour to golden brown.Now slowly add remaining 4 tsp of water,mix it well.Be care full at this stage it may splutter & burn fast.Remove from fire,cool it before adding it to the cake batter)

Sieve baking powder,spice powders & maida.Add tartar to egg whites & beat it till fluffy.Beat essence & egg yolks.Cream butter & sugar till creamy,slowly add egg yolk mixture & maida alternatively & beat it till mixed well.Now add the dry fruits mixture,caramel liquid & egg whites & fold it well.Grease a baking tray dusted with little maida.Pour this cake mixture in it,bake it for 40 minutes at 350 deg.C till done.Cool it completely & cut it the next day.
Courtesy:Sangeetha with some slight changes......

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Double Beans Curry

Ingredients dry roast & make a powder
Coriander seeds-1/2tbsp
Whole pepper-1/2tsp
Red chillies-3
Boiled double beans-1 & 1/2 cup
(boil it with salt & little turmeric powder)
Onion chopped-1/2
Chopped tomato-1
Curry leaves-little
Mustard-1/2 tsp
Urad dhal-1/2tsp
Heat oil temper it.Fry onion,tomato & curry leaves till light brown.Add the ground masala & the boiled beans with the water.Cook it till all the water is evaporated & dry.Serve it with hot rice.

Courtesy:RaksKitchen with a slight change.......

Monday, December 28, 2009

Avocado & Cornmeal Muffin

Fine cornmeal-1/2 cup
All purpose flour-1 cup
Sugar-1/4 cup
Baking powder-1 & 1/2 tsp
Milk-1/4 cup
Salt -1/4tsp
Mix all above ingredients together.Pour in greased muffin tins.Bake at 350 deg.C for 10 minutes or till done.

Monday, December 21, 2009

X'Mas Tree

My daughter decorated this Christmas tree........Merry X'Mas to one & all.

5 Dhal Adai

Idly rice-1 cup
Pinto beans-1/3 cup
Whole green moongh dhal-1/3 cup
White channa/chole-1/3 cup
American lentils-1/3 cup
Moth beans-1/3 cup
Red chillies-5
Ginger-a small piece
Chopped curry leaves-little
Chopped onions-3tsp
Hing-a pinch
Salt to taste
Grated carrot-1/2 cup
Oil -to make adai
Soak all the dhals together overnight & rice for 3 hrs separately.Grind both with ginger,onion,salt & hing to a semi coarse thick batter.Mix chopped curry leaves & carrot.Make adai as usual.Cook it till crisp & brown on both sides.Serve it hot with any chutney or Idly podi.
Note:You can dilute the batter & even make it like dosa.You can use any other dhal of your choice to replace the above.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Thanks Shama for giving this valuable gift.......I would love to share with one & all.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pineapple & Banana Smoothie

Pineapple juice-1 cup
(I used juice drained from the tin pineapples)
Grated nutmeg-2 pinch
Table cream-3tsp
Blend everything in a mixi until smooth & frothy.Serve it cold with some ice cubes.Garnish it with some grated nutmeg or cocoa powder.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fresh Turmeric Pickle

Grated fresh turmeric-2 cups
(skin removed)
Salt -3tsp
Chilly powder-1tbsp
Sliced garlic-10
Mustard-1 & 1/2 tsp
Jeera & methi powder-1/4tsp
Curry leaves-little
In a jar mix lime juice,salt,garlic & grated turmeric,mix it well. keep it outside for 3 days mixing it well everyday.Heat oil add mustard when splutters switch off the gas.Add other ingredients.Put the turmeric mixture & mix it well.Cool & store it in a jar in fridge.
Note:This pickle tastes better after a week.Have it in small quantity as it has a strong flavour.This stays better outside for 3 days,then keep in fridge.

Easy Pineapple Shrikhand

Wishing my hubby a Happy Birthday with this tempting dessert.......

Sour cream-8 0z
Powdered sugar-1 & 1/2 tbsp
Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp
Saffron strings-little(optional)
Chopped canned pineapples-3
(squeeze out the water completely)
Mix sour cream,saffron,cardamom powder & sugar in a bowl.Fold in the chopped pineapples & serve it cold.
Note:You can use chopped fruits of your choice or puree instead of pineapples.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mushroom Idiyappam

Homemade or Ready made cooked Idiyappam-2 cups
(I used homemade)
Salt to taste
Chilly powder-1/2tsp
Turmeric powder-little
Garam masala-1/8tsp
Chopped mushroom-1 cup
Peas-1/4 cup
Sliced onion-1/4
Chopped tomato-1
Sliced green chillies-2
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/2tsp
Curry & coriander leaves-little
Fried cashew nut-10
Cloves-2,cinnamon-a small bit,fennel seed powder-1/2tsp,cardamom-1,bay leaf-1
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Fry onion,chillies,peas,mushroom,ginger & garlic paste till light brown.Add the dry masala powders & fry for a minute.Put the cooked Idiyappam & toss it well.Garnish it with cashew nut,curry & coriander leaves.Serve it hot.


Thanks Asha for your lovely thought.Nice gift for the New Year. I like to share it with all my friends.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lemon Pickle

Large lemons cubed-10
Salt-1/4 cup
Red chilly powder-2 & 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Jeera & Methi powder-1/2tsp
Mix lemon,salt & turmeric powder in a jar.Leave it covered outside for 3 days,mixing it well everyday.On the fourth day add chilly powder & mix it well.Heat oil in a pan temper it with mustard.Switch off the gas & add the hing,jeera & methi powder.Let it cool completely.Pour it in the lemon mixture & mix it well.Store it in the fridge.
Note:As I have added little salt & oil in this pickle it has to be stored only in the fridge.Do not keep it outside or make small quantity & finish it by 2 or 3 days.

Easy Chocolate Fudge

Sugar-1 & 1/2 cup
Carnation milk-2/3 cup
Mini Marshmallows-2 cups
Chocolate Morsels -1 & 1/2 cup
(I used semi sweet chocolate chips,it was a bit sweet,reduce if you like)
Chopped pecan-1/2 cup
Vanilla essence-1tsp
Mix sugar,carnation milk,salt & butter in a sauce pan.Boil it for 2 to 3 minutes.Reduce the flame & add the marshmallow,mix till it melts completely.Switch off the stove & mix essence,chocolate chips & nuts.Mix well till chocolate melt & pour it on a square dish lined with a foil.Sprinkle some pecan on top,cool & cut into desired shapes.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Kollu Dosa Recipe / Horse Gram Dosa Recipe

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Kollu Dosa
Kollu-1/2 cup
(soaked overnight)
Idly rice-1 cup
(soaked for 3 hrs)
Red chillies-3
Ginger-a small piece
Curry leaves-6
Salt to taste
Oil-to make dosa
Grind every thing together to a semi smooth batter.Batter should be semi thin consistency
Fermentation is not required.
Heat a tawa pour a ladle of batter at the center,spread the batter.Drizzle oil around the dosa.
In medium heat cook both sides till done.
Serve them hot with any chutney you like.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mutton Cashew nut Varuval

Ingredients boiled with mutton
Mutton-1 & 1/2 pound
Coriander powder-1tsp
Chilly powder-1tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Cinnamon-a small piece
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/2tsp
Fennel seeds-1tsp
Red chillies-6
Curry leaves-little
Crushed pepper-1/2tsp
Onion chopped-1/2
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/2tsp
Fried cashew nuts-12
Heat oil in a pan fry fennel seeds,red chillies,pepper & curry leaves.Now add onion ,ginger & garlic paste & fry till brown.add the mutton with the water & fry it till dry.Add the fried cashew nuts & mix well.Garnish it with curry leaves.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe / Upside-Down Pineapple Cake Recipe

Celebrating my 500 th post today with a lovely cake..........Enjoy!!!!!!

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Ingredients for topping
Butter-1/4 cup
Light brown sugar-3/4 cup
(If using dark brown sugar use 1/2 cup)
Tin pineapple slices-7
(pat it dry)
Maraschino cherry-7
Ingredients for the batter
All purpose flour-1 & 1/2 cup
Baking powder-2tsp
Salt-1/4 tsp
Butter-1/2 cup
Sugar-1 cup
Vanilla essence-1tsp
Egg-2 separated
Milk-1/2 cup
Pre. heat oven at 350 deg.F.Grease a round pan with butter & dust it with flour.
Sift flour,salt & baking powder,keep it aside.
Cook 1/4 cup of butter & 3/4 cup of brown sugar in a pan till they melt.
Pour this mixture into the greased pan cool a bit.
Arrange the pineapple slices & cherry on top.
Cream butter & sugar till it doubles,add the yolks & beat well.
Now slowly start adding the milk & flour mixture alternatively till everything is well combined.
Beat the egg white & tartar till it forms peaks.Gently fold into the cake batter.
Pour this mixture on top of the pineapple & cherry.
Level it well & bake it for 45 minutes or till done.
Cool completely & then invert the cake.enjoy them warm.


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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Masala Wheat Flakes

Ingredients dry roasted & pound coarse
Fennel seeds(Somph)-3/4tsp
Coriander seeds-3/4tsp
Cinnamon powder-more than a pinch
Pepper powder -little
Other ingredients
Whole grain wheat flakes-1 cup
Cashew nut made half-8
Almond made half-10
Salt & Chilly powder-to taste
Curry leaves-little
Heat butter in a pan fry the nuts till light brown.Add the curry leaves,salt,chilly powder & pound powder.Fry for a minute,now add the wheat flakes & toss it well.Let all the masala get evenly mixed.Switch off the gas.Cool & store it in air tight container.
Saw this recipe in a TV show ,made it in my version with a slight change.......

Apple Bread Pudding

Bread cut into cubes-4 slices
(I used whole wheat bread)
Apple chopped-1
Milk-1 & 1/4 cup
Grated nutmeg & cinnamon powder- each a pinch
Brown sugar-2 & 1/2 tbsp
Grease a baking dish.Beat,egg,milk,brown sugar,cinnamon & nutmeg.Arrange a layer of bread in the dish next some apples & raisins.Pour the milk mixture on top.Repeat the process,dot with butter on top & bake at 375 deg.C for 15 minutes or till top is slightly brown .Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Kerala Pumpkin Erissery (Kerala Style Pumpkin Curry/Sadya Recipe)

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Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Jeera/cumin seeds-1/2tsp
Green chillies-1
Ingredients fried till brown
Coconut grated-1tsp
Grated ginger-1/4tsp
Other ingredients
White pumpkin cubed-2 cups
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-little
Coconut oil-2tsp
Curry leaves-little
Red chillies-2
Cook the pumpkin with salt & turmeric powder, mash it.Add the ground paste & give a nice boil,switch off the stove.Heat oil in a pan & temper it.Mix the roasted ingredients,tempering into the cooked pumpkin,mix well & serve it with rice.
Courtesy: Sarah with a slight change....

Friday, December 4, 2009

Nei Appam Recipe /Unniappam Recipe/ Neyyappam Recipe/Banana Appam Recipe/Unniyappam Recipe

A Karthigai Deepam Recipe..

Nei Appam Recipe /Unniappam Recipe/ Neyyappam Recipe/Banana Appam Recipe/Unniyappam RecipeIngredients
Rice flour-1/2 cup
Jaggery-1/2 cup
Mashed banana-3/4
Salt a pinch
Cooking soda-a pinch
Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
Bits of coconut-3tsp
Ghee to fry
Mix all above ingredients together.Pour water & make a semi thick batter.Heat a paniyaram pan pour a teaspoon of ghee in each hole.Pour a ladle of the batter & in medium heat cook it both sides are crisp & light brown in colour.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Roasted Roma Tomatoes

Roma tomatoes-2
(cut into half)
Olive oil-1tsp
Grated garlic-1
Chilly flakes-less than 1/8tsp
Salt & Pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese-little(optional)
(to sprinkle on top before serving)
In a bowl mix all above ingredients except cheese.Brush it on top of each tomatoes.Bake or broil till top is slightly brown.Sprinkle cheese on top & serve it hot.
Courtesy:A book from Costco with a slight change....

Coleslaw & Almond Kheer

Coleslaw-1/2 cup
(red cabbage,green cabbage & carrot)
Carnation milk -1 cup
Milk-1 cup
Almonds powdered -10
Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
Chironji/Charoli -little
Heat ghee in a pan add the coleslaw & fry till raw smell disappears.Add both the milks,almond powder,cardamom powder & sugar.Boil it well till its slightly thick.Switch off the stove ,serve it hot with chironji & saffron garnished on top.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Broiled Orange

(cut into half)
(to dot on top)
Cinnamon sugar-little
(to sprinkle on top)
Brown sugar-little
(to sprinkle on top)
Cut the orange into half.With a knife loosen up all the segments & make a slit around the fruit.This is done for all the flavours to get inside the fruit while broiling.Sprinkle some brown sugar & cinnamon sugar on top.Dot it with butter & broil it till the top portion is light brown & sugar starts to bubble.Serve it warm.


Got this precious gift from Malar on Karthigai Deepam.Thanks a lot & would love to share it with all my friends.Please accept this .

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Spinach Dip

(only the leaves)
Green chillies-1
Salt to taste
Lemon juice-1tsp
Curd-1/3 cup
Chopped parsley-1tsp
Make a smooth puree with all above ingredients except curd.Mix the puree with the curd & serve it cold.This dip can be served with fresh vegetables or tortilla chips.

Cream Cheese Grapes

Cream cheese-3tsp
Grated ginger -1/2tsp
(slightly toss it in pan till dry)
(dry roast slightly & chopped finely)
Globe grapes-6
(seedless is better)
In a bowl cream together cream cheese,ginger & honey.Put the grapes in the bowl & with a spoon evenly coat the grapes.Roll the cheese coated grapes in the pecan.Keep it in fridge until the coating is firm.Cut into halves & serve.
I saw this recipe from a book given by Costco............with a slight change.


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