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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.

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