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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pineapple Pachadi Recipe

image of Pineapple Pachadi RecipeIngredients ground to a smooth paste
Green chillies-1
Coriander leaves-1tsp
Salt to taste
Other ingredients
Beaten curd-2 cups
Tinned crushed pineapples-3tbsp
(you can also use freshly chopped pineapples)
Curry leaves-little
Hing-a pinch
Urad dhal-1/2tsp
In a bowl mix all above ingredients together.Heat oil in a pan & temper it & .Mix it into the above mixture stir & serve.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Lata has tagged me with By the book of Jayashree.This is a lovely memory.I have some collection of books which is used as a reference.When I was a kid my dad use to take us to the Book exhibition,I asked my dad to buy this WINTER PUDDINGS & TREATS book for me it was 31 yrs ago when i was in my 3rd std.At that time the cost of the book was Rs.60(expensive) .I still remember mom was shouting at him....not to waste money.I think that was the time my interest in cooking started.My dad was the one who told me to study for Hotel Management & Catering Technology,he knew what was in me? A big thanks to him..........

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Malai Methi Gobi

Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
White onion-1/2
Green chillies-2
Ginger-a small piece
MDH kitchen king masala-1/2tsp
Poppy seeds-1tsp
Cashew nuts-2tsp
Milk-1 cup
Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
Other ingredients
Cauliflower-2 cups
(cut into small pieces)
Butter-1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Kastoori methi-a hand full
Slit green chillies-1(optional)
Heat 1tbsp of butter & saute the cauliflower till light brown & keep it aside.Heat oil & butter in another pan temper it with jeera & methi(you can also add fresh methi instead of dry).Pour the ground liquid & fry it till raw smell disappears.Add the cauliflower & give a boil.Switch off the gas & stir in the cream.Serve it hot with jeera rice ,naan or roti.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Trifle Pudding

Recently I made this Pudding for a party.I usually make this from the scratch,but this time I really didn't measure anything as no time.Bought all the ingredients from store (I mean ready made) & just arranged it in a tray.It was a big hit!!!!!!!!!!!Ingredients
Sponge cake
Cool whip or whipped cream
Vanilla pudding or custard
Fresh mixed fruits or tinned cocktail fruit mix
(I used tinned fruits)
Cherries & tinned mandarin oranges for decoration
Take a rectangle or square glass tray.Place the cake at the bottom(1st layer)& sprinkle some sugar syrup or the liquid from the tinned fruit mix to wet the cake.Pour the pudding/custard over it covering the whole cake(2nd layer).Put the fruits on the pudding(3rd layer).Finish it off with the whipping cream(4th layer) & decorate it.Keep it in fridge & serve it cold.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Rum Fruit Cake Recipe /Christmas Fruit Cake With Rum Recipe /Fruit Cake With Rum Recipe

image of Rum Fruit Cake Recipe /Christmas Fruit Cake With Rum Recipe Ingredients
Maida/All purpose flour-1 cup
Sugar-3/4 cup
Butter-1/2 cup
(separated & beat the white till its fluffy & forms peaks)
Baking powder-1tsp
Baking soda-1/4tsp
Salt-1/2 tsp
Vanilla essence-1tsp
Grated lemon & orange zest together-1/2 tsp
All spice powder-1/2 tsp
Ingredients soaked in rum for 3 days if you have time or for at least 2 to 3 hours
Rum-1/2 cup
Fruit cake mix or Tutti fruity-1 cup
Chopped cashew nuts-1/4 cup
Raisins-1/4 cup
Chopped almonds-1/4 cup
Chopped walnuts-1/4 cup
Caraway seeds-1tsp
Caramel liquid
Sugar-1/4 cup
Hot water-4tbsp
(In a pan add sugar & 1tsp of water & keep stirring till it changes its colour to golden brown.Now slowly add remaining 3tsp of water,mix it well.Be carefull at this stage it may splutter & burn fast.Remove from fire,cool it before adding it to the cake batter)

Sieve baking powder,baking soda,all spice powders,salt & maida.
Beat the egg whites till fluffy.
Beat vanilla essence & egg yolks and keep it aside.
Cream butter & sugar till creamy,slowly add egg yolk mixture & maida alternatively & mix it well.
Now add the dry fruits mixture,lemon/orange zest,caramel liquid & egg whites, fold it gently.
Grease a baking tray dusted with little maida/all purpose flour.
Pour this cake mixture in it,bake it for 45 minutes at 350 deg.C or till done.
Cool it completely & brush it up with some rum,cut & serve.
a) I usually wrap it up tight with a foil & cut the next day.
b) If you think your batter is tight add 1/4 cup milk to loosen it up.
c) If you don't have all spice powder just add cardamom 7 cinnamon powder.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Brown Rice Sweet Pongal

Long brown rice-1/2 cup
Yellow moongh dhal-1/3 cup
Channa dhal-1/8 cup
Water-4 cups
Salt a pinch
Brown sugar-1/2 cup
Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
Edible camphor-a pinch
Nut & raisins fried in 2tbsp of ghee
Fry moongh dhal till nice smell comes.Add the washed rice & channa dhal,pour water & cook it till done.Add the brown sugar give a boil.Switch off the stove & add the fried nuts ,cardamom powder & edible camphor.Mix it well & serve it hot.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Easy Basundi

Half & Half milk 16 oz bottle-2
Evaporated milk 12 oz can-1
Bread slices crumbled(crust removed)-2
Condensed milk 14 oz can-1
Cardamom powder-1tsp
Saffron-a pinch
Crushed pistachio & almonds-each a hand full
Chironji-2tsp f0r garnish
Boil both the milks & bread slices in low heat for at least 20 minutes.Add the condensed milk & cardamom powder & give a boil for another 5 minutes or till slightly thick.Switch off the gas & mix the nuts & saffron.Garnish it with chironji.


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Real Chocolate Chip Cookie

Maida-2 &1/4 cup
Baking soda-1tsp
Butter or Margarine-1 cup
(I used margarine)
Sugar-3/4 cup
Brown sugar-3/4 cup
Vanilla essence-1tsp
Chocolate chips 12oz packet-1
Mix maida,salt & baking soda in a bowl.Cream margarine,brown & white sugar,vanilla essence & eggs.Add the maida mixture & mix it thoroughly.Stir in the chocolate chips & drop the dough in spoon or shape it,arrange it on a baking tray.Bake at 300 deg.F for 8 to 10 minutes or till light brown.Cool completely & store in air tight container.

Pineapple Salsa

Crushed fresh or canned pineapple-3tbsp
(I used canned)
Finely chopped capsicum-1/4
Finely chopped onion-1/4
Finely chopped Jalapeno-1
(seeds removed)
Finely chopped tomato-1
Finely chopped coriander leaves-little
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder-1/4tsp
Sugar-3/4 tsp
Lime juice-2tsp
Roasted jeera powder-a pinch
Distilled vinegar-3tbsp
Mix all above ingredients together & serve it with chips.
Courtesy:A2Z vegetarian cuisine with a slight change......

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Chocolate Mug Cake

This is an easy dessert who has an excuse to not having an oven or proper baking dish,etc.Perfect fun project for kids too...

Vanilla essence-1/8tsp
Cocoa powder-2tbsp
Chocolate chips (optional)-3tbsp
(I didn't use) Method
Take a coffee mug & mix all the dry ingredients together.Add egg & essence mix it .Pour the oil & milk,mix it thoroughly.Microwave it in high for 3 minutes.Your dessert is ready serve it warm with vanilla ice cream.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Oats & Pinto Beans Biriyani

Oats-1 cup
(A bit finer than steel cut oats)
Cooked pinto beans-1 & 1/2 cup
Sliced onions-1/2
Chopped tomato-1
Slit green chillies-3
Mint leaves-a hand full
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/2 tsp
Meal maker-a hand full
(soak in hot water for 10 minutes & squeezed out the water)
Red chilly powder-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Garam or my biriyani masala-1/4tsp
Coconut milk-3tsp(optional)
Jeera-1/8tsp,Shajeera-1/8tsp,Cinnamon-a small bit,Cloves-2,Cardamom-2,Star anise-1,Bay leaf-1
Dry roast the oats for 2 minutes & keep it aside.Heat oil & ghee in a pan temper it.Fry onion,mint,ginger & garlic paste,green chillies & tomato to light brown.Add all the dry powders & fry a bit.Add the beans,oats,meal maker ,coconut milk & water.Cook it till done.Serve it hot with raita.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Vanilla Pound Cake

Ingredients for the cake
Maida-2 cups
Baking powder-1tsp
Grated nutmeg-1/8tsp
Butter-1 cup
Sugar-1 & 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence-5tsp
Pre heat the oven to 325 deg.C.Mix all the dry ingredients together & keep it aside.Cream butter,sugar & essence till fluffy.Slowly add eggs one by one & beat it well.Add the dry ingredients & fold it.Pour it in a greased baking tin & bake it for at least 45 minutes or till done.Cool it completely & cut.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Couscous Puliyohara/Puliyodharai

Cooked couscous with salt-1 cup
Ready made or home made puliyohara mix-required quantity
(I used home made)
Oil,Mustard,red chillies,cashew nut,curry leaves
Put the couscous in a bowl,add the required amount of the puliyohara mix/paste & mix it well.Temper & pour it on top,mix & serve.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Fig & Carrot Halwa

Dried big figs-7
(soaked in water till soft)
Big carrot-1
Milk-1/2 cup
Ghee-2 tbsp
Cardamom powder-1tsp
Fried almonds in ghee-2tsp
Grind figs,carrot & milk to a smooth puree.Heat ghee in a non stick pan & fry the puree till raw smell disappears.Add cardamom powder & sugar ,fry till it is thick & leaves the sides of the pan.Garnish it with nuts & serve warm.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Once again Thanks sangeetha for the lovely award,Friends pl. accept this from me..........A great New Year gift to one & all.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Easy Cheese Cake

My friend's hubby made this tasty cheese cake when he had called us for lunch......Excellent wanted to share it ....
8 ounce cream cheese (room temperature)-2
8 ounce sour cream -1
Sugar-1/2 cup
Lime juice-1tsp
1 large or 2 small pie crusts (graham cracker)
Blend all above ingredients together with out any lumps.Pour it in the pie crust & bake it at 350deg.C for 30 minutes & then reduce it to 275 deg C for again 30 minutes or till its cooked(Oven temperature may vary).Cool & keep in fridge & serve it cold with any filling. with a slight change

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Baked Lotus Stem Chips

Lotus stem-1
(skin scraped out well & cut into thin slices)
Salt & pepper to taste
Melted butter-2 tsp
Arrange the lotus stem slices on a baking tray lined with a foil.Bake it at 375 deg.C till crisp & brown on both sides.Keep checking periodically otherwise will get burnt fast.Mix butter & seasoning in a bowl,put all the baked chips & toss it well.Serve it as a snack.

Groundnut Kuzhambu / Verkadalai Kuzhambu / Peanuts Gravy Recipe / Ver Kadalai Kulambu Recipe / Nilakadalai Kulambu Recipe

Groundnut Kuzhambu recipe / Verkadalai Kuzhambu recipe / Peanuts Gravy Recipe / Ver Kadalai Kulambu Recipe / Nilakadalai  Kulambu Recipe   Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/2 tsp
Grated coconut roasted till brown-3tsp
Other ingredients
Raw Groundnuts/Peanuts/Verkadalai/Nilakadalai-1/2 cup
(soaked overnight)
Chopped onion-1/4
Curry leaves-little
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Chilly powder-1tsp
Coriander powder-1/2tsp
Tamarind paste-3tsp
(diluted in water)
Heat oil in a pressure cooker temper it.Add onion & curry leaves fry till light brown.Add the dry masala powders & the ground paste.Fry till raw smell disappears& masala leaves the sides of the pan Pour the tamarind paste & soaked ground nuts,give a stir & pressure cook till done.Garnish with curry leaves & serve it with rice,idli or dosa.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Couscous Dum Biriyani

Couscous cooked with little salt-2 cups
Salt to taste
Cubed tofu-1/2 cup
Sliced mushroom-10
Tomato chopped-1
Onion sliced-1/4
Sliced green chillies-1
Chilly powder-1/4tsp
Turmeric powder-little
Mint-1/4 cup
Coriander leaves-little
Ginger & garlic paste-1/4tsp
Garam or Biriyani masala-1/8tsp(optional)
Cloves-1,Cinnamon-a small bit,Cardamom-2,Jeera-1/4tsp,Shajeera-1/4tsp,Bay leaf-1
Fried onion,raisin,cashew nut,almonds-little & Chopped coriander leaves.
Heat oil & ghee in a pan temper it.Fry the onions,mint,coriander leaves,ginger & garlic paste & green chillies till light brown. Add other ingredients one by one & fry till all the masalas are well cooked.Put the masala at the bottom of a heavy vessel & spread the cooked couscous on top of it.Add the fried onion,raisin,cashew nut,almonds,chopped coriander leaves & lime juice on top.Keep it in low flame covered with a tight lid for 10 minutes,till all the aroma gets into the couscous & gravy is a bit dry.You can also keep it in oven for 10 minutes at 200 deg.C.Before serving just mix it once or twice & serve it hot with raita.

Note:You can make this dish even with chicken,shrimp or mutton.
To learn more about couscous read here....

Oats & Lentils Kozhukattai

Ingredients ground coarse
Soaked American lentils-1 cup
Salt to taste
Red chillies-4
Other ingredients
Quick oats-1 & 3/4 cup
(dry roast it slightly)
Mustard-1/2tsp,Urad dhal-1/2tsp,Channa dhal-1tsp
Chopped onion-1tbsp
Chopped green chillies-1
Grated ginger-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-little
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Fry the onion,green chillies,ginger & curry leaves till light brown.Switch off the gas ,now add the oats & ground paste.Sprinkle very little water & make balls.Grease idly plates & steam it till cooked.Serve it hot with any chutney.
Note:Instead of making balls you can also just crumble & steam it & serve it like uppuma.For extra taste you can also add grated coconut.You can use any other lentils of your choice.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Couscous Vegetable Uppuma

Couscous-1 cup
Mixed Vegetable-1 cup
Salt to taste
Chopped onion-1/2
Slit green chillies-3
Chopped tomato-1
Curry leaves-little
Grated ginger-1/2 tsp
Boiling water-2 & 1/2 cup
Mustard-1/2tsp,Urad dhal-1tsp,Channa dhal-1tsp,Jeera-1/4tsp
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Add onion,green chillies ,curry leaves,tomato,ginger & vegetables.Fry it till light brown.Add couscous & salt fry for 2 minutes.Pour water cover & cook it in medium flame till done.Garnish it with curry & coriander leaves.
Learn more about couscous here.....


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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Lentils & Quinoa Sambar Bath

American lentils soaked-1 & 1/2 cup
(soaked overnight)
Quinoa -1 & 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Chilly powder-1 & 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Chopped onion-1/2
Chopped tomato-2
Curry leaves-little
Tamarind paste-3tsp
Frozen vegetables-1 cup
Chopped capsicum-1/2
Drumstick-1/2 cup
Mustard-1tsp,Urad dhal-1/2tsp,Channa dhal-1/2tsp,Methi-1/4tsp
Ghee-3tsp,Cashew nut-8,Curry leaves-little,Red chilly-6
(fry above ingredients in ghee)
Heat a pressure cooker temper it.Fry onion,tomato & curry leaves till light brown.Add the dry ingredients fry a bit,add the vegetables,lentils & tamarind paste.Pour some water & pressure cook it.Once cool open & add the quinoa pour 1:2 ratio of water & cook it till done.Garnish it with cashew nut,red chillies & curry leaves tempered in ghee.Serve it hot with papadam.
To learn more about quinoa see here

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year Eve Feast

We had a lovely & memorable New Year Eve.All the husbands cooked & we ladies had a Day Out!!!!!!! They cooked a variety of dishes & the greatest gift was they even Baby Sitted our Kids.Hats off to our hubbys.....................
You all must be thinking what they prepared ?Here comes the menu....
1.Plain Rice
4.Fish kuzhanbu
5.Fish fry
6.Shrimp fry
7.Tandoori chicken
8.Mutton chukka
9.Mango sambar
10.Egg curry
11.Chicken Biriyani
12.Ice cream & Chocolate cake
(store bought)
They even served it to us with great LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A great Thanks to one & all.Eagerly waiting for another occasion like this.


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