Friday, April 30, 2010

Quinoa Granola

Home made granola is simply a mixture of rolled oats, nuts, seeds and spices, which are mixed along with oil or melted butter and honey or maple syrup and baked in oven until they turns golden brown..While my shopping to the organic shop, i found the popped quinoas and immediately i bought two packets of those popped quinoa for making out either muesli or to have them simply as breakfast with honey and milk..finally i prepared those popped quinoa as home made granola with rolled oats, seeds, dry fruits, cinnamon powder, salt and with honey,baked everything in oven until they turns golden brown....Healthy, delicious, prefect breakfast to enjoy without any guilt as i used honey to prepare this beautiful home made granola..Everyone at home had this homemade quinoa granola today for our breakfast and we loved it..Gonna prepare with few more variations and with maple syrup next time..

2cups Popped quinoa
1cup Rolled oats
1/4cup Almonds (chopped finely)
1/2cup Sunflower seeds & pumpking seeds
1/2tsp Cinnamon powder
3tbsp Melted butter
1cup Honey
1/2cup Dry fruits (i used raisins, dates, cranberries )

Preheat the oven to 325F..line a baking sheet over a baking tray, mix the rolled oats, popped quinoa, nuts, seeds,dry fruits,cinnamon powder and salt...In an another bowl stir together the melted butter and honey, pour this mixture over the already mixed  mixture, mix well..make sure all the dry ingredients are well coated..Spread this mixture over the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-25minutes until they turns golden brown..

This granola may be sticky once removed from the oven, but it will became crispy and dry once it gets cool..Break the large clumps of granola while the mixture is still warm, once the granola get completely cooled, store in an airtight container and serve as breakfast...

Dahi Quinoa

We usually have curd rice to beat hot sunny days but for a change i tried out this dahi quinoa, which goes for cooked quinoa prepared along with grated carrots, spiced with chopped green chillies and grated ginger but i didnt tempered this dahi quinoa with seeds and curry leaves..Actually i wanted to prepare this dahi quinoa for dieting peoples, yeah this dahi quinoa is quite a filling, healthy, nutritious at the same time definitely a fabulous dish for hot summer days..Beat the heat with this dahi quinoa with a simple side dish, u can prepare this dahi quinoa as we do as similar as curd rice with tempered spices and curry leaves...

2cups Cooked Red Quinoa
1cup Beatend curd
1/2cup Carrots (finely grated)
1nos Green chilly (chopped)
1/2tsp Ginger (grated)
Coriander leaves (chopped)

Take the cooked quinoa, finely grated carrots, chopped green chilly, grated ginger and beaten curd in a bowl, add enough salt and chopped coriander leaves to the dahi quinoa and serve immediatley or serve chilled as per ur need..

Fennel Flavored Egg Curry & Nimmakaya Charu - T&T from Sailu's Kitchen

Egg curry and nimmakaya charu was our yesterday lunch, both dishes tastes marvellous..I have bookmarked this both recipes quite a long back at Sailu's Kitchen and i wanted to try them sterday coz i was quite busy and also i went a bit late to kitchen, this both dishes doesnt need loads of ingredients to cook up and the result was completely tremendous..Very quick to prepare and the nimmakaya charu suits prefectly as simple soup which goes awesome for both dinner or lunch while its cold, yeah either u can have them directly as soup or else can serve along with hot steaming rice..Coming to the egg curry, its one the easiest and flavorful curry i have ever prepared, this egg curry goes awesome with rice as well as with rotis or parathas, i prepared this egg curry bit thick to serve as side dish along with nimmakaya charu, both together works out wonder and we enjoyed having this both dishes..Thanks to Sailu for sharing these wonderful dishes with us..I enjoyed cooking her fabulous dishes...

Fennel Flavored Egg Curry: U can find the original recipe here
5nos Boiled eggs, cut into halves
2nos Onions (chopped)
1no Green chilli
2nos Tomatoes (chopped)
5tbsps Coconut (fresh)
1tsp Fennel seed powder
1tsp Coriander powder
1tsp Red chilly powder
1/4tsp Garam masala

Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan and add half of the onions and green chillies, saute until they turns transparent, add few tomato chunks and saute again for few minutes, put off the stove..grind this sauteed veggied along with freshly grated coconut as fine paste..

Heat again the remaining oil, add the remaining onions and chopped tomatoes, saute until the onions turns transculent, add the fennel seed powder, coriander powder,red chilly powder, garam masala powder and salt to the veggies, saute for few minutes, now add the grounded paste and cook for few minutes, finally add enough water and bring to boil..add the egg halves to the cooking gravy and cook in simmer flame until the curry turns thick...Add coriander leaved or mint leaves as u desire and serve hot..

Nimmakaya Charu/Lemon Soup: U can find the Original recipe here
1/4cup Cooked moongdal
2nos Lemons
1no Small onion (chopped finely)
2nos Green chillies (slit opened)
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1/4tsp Mustard seeds, cumin seeds & methi seeds
1/4tsp Asafoetida powder
2nos Dry red chillies
10nos Curry leaves

Take the cooked moongdal with water, salt, turmeric powder and few curry leaves, bring them to boil, while the dal is cooking, heat enough oil in a pan, add the mustared seed,s cumin seeds and methi seeds and fry until they turns brown, add the remaining curry leaves, red chillies and asafoetida powder..immediately add the onions and green chillies saute for few minutes and add this tempered veggies to cooking dal water, cook everything again for few minutes, put off the stove..

Squeeze the juice from the lemons, add this lemon juice to the cooked dal water, serve hot!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sesame & Quinoa Dinner Rolls

Its not a secret for anyone that am adding much quinoa and oats in our lunch menu, today am here again with a quinoa dinner rolls which i prepared with red quinoa,sesame seeds and whole wheat flour...Those cooked red quinoa looks soo cute and pretty in the dinner rolls and they ressembles quite like whole ragi grains..Needless to say that this red quinoa dinner rolls tastes too tasty and quinoa added in this dinner rolls turned out this rolls super delicious..We enjoyed having each and every bite of this healthy dinner rolls with a simple lettuce salad, this dinner rolls is eggless also vegan where i just used olive oil in the dinner rolls instead of butter or milk..

1cup Cooked Quinoa
2cups Whole wheat pastry flour or Bread flour
1tbsp Active dry yeast
1cup Luke Warm water
1tsp Salt
1tsp Sugar
1tbsp Sesame seeds
1tbsp Dry parsley leaves
1/4cup Olive oil

Mix the yeast,sugar and salt in a cup of  luke warm water and keep side for 5minutes until the yeast mixture turns foamy.. Take the cooked quinoa,dry parsley leaves, whole wheat pastry flour, sesame seeds mix everything well..slowly add the foamy yeast and olive oil and knead as a soft the dough in a greased bowl, cover the bowl with a towel and arrange in a warm place..let them sit for an hour until they double the volume..

After an hour, punch down the doubled dough and knead again, make 6-8 medium sized balls from the dough and arrange one by one in a greased mould and let them side again for an hour in a warm place...After an hour, preheat the oven to 350F..brush the breads with olive oil and bake in middle rack for 20-25 minutes until a golden brown crust forms over the bread...Put off the oven and take off the mould and let them cool..

Serve with salad !!

Soyachunks & Potato Masala Wraps

Am damn sure that with simple masalas or curries we can make many elegant, wonderful and healthy dishes, I have completely changed my way of cooking and eating since few months coz i got hooked with healthy stuffs.. For example, i have changed adding sugar to honey or agave syrup and eating  rice to quinoa or oats...Dunno whether i can call myself as healthnut eventhough i have to change  few of my eating habits still..Coming to this Indianized version of wraps, i have prepared some masala with soyachunks and potatoes yesterday for our lunch, i used them also for our dinner with tortillas along with few lettuce leaves and cherry tomatoes..those crunchy salad leaves, slightly tangy tomatoes with spicy masala turned out our wraps super delicious and we enjoyed a lot...Delicious wraps suits prefect for both lunch and dinner...

Potato & Soyachunks Masala:
2nos Potatoes (big&cubed)
15nos Soyachunks
1no Onion(big & chopped finely)
1tsp Red chilly powder
1tsp Coriander powder
1/2tsp Garam masala powder
1/2tsp Cumin seeds
Curry leaves

Heat enough oil and let splutters the cumin seeds, add the chopped onions and saute until the veggies turns transculent, meanwhile cook the soyachunks in hot water with salt until they double their volume, drain the excess of water, squeeze out the water and keep aside..

Now add the potatoes,curry leaves to the cooking onions, saute for few minutes..add the already cooked soyachunks to the veggies and add the red chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder with enough salt and cook in medium high flame or in simmer until the oil get separates..put off the stove and keep aside until they get cool..

For Wraps:
Home Made Tortillas as per need
Soyachunks & Potato Masala
Few Lettuce leaves
Diced cherry tomatoes

Heat in a nonstick pan the homemade tortillas until they turns golden brown on both sides..arrange the lettuce leaves, diced cherry tomatoes over the cooked tortillas, place the soyachunks and potato masala over the salad leaves and tomatoes as per need and roll them as wraps..

Enjoy the wraps immediately with a bowl of soup!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Microwave Strawberry Kheer

Its a peek season of strawberries here, we are getting sweet strawberries in cheap rate everywhere and am planning to makes out icecreams and sorbets with strawberries for coming summer..I prepared this strawberry kheer simply with milk, sweetened condensed milk with saffron strands and cardamom powder, finally i added strawberry chunks to this easy breezy kheer..This kheer tastes super delicious when served chilled and we enjoyed each and every spoon of this fantastic kheer..An excellent kheer to serve after a lunch instead of icecream when its hot..Kids will definitely love this droolworthy kheer and i prepared them easily in microwave oven easily within few minutes less than 10minutes, this kheer suits incredibly for a kid's party menu too...Who will say no to strawberries definitely not me and my mom, we love to devour this beautiful fruit anytime, we love anything with this beautiful fruits and am dedicating this delicious kheer to my mom..

4cups Milk
1cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
5nos Cardamom pods (crushed)
Few Saffron strands
2cups Strawberries (chopped)

Take the milk, sweetened condensed milk, crushed cardamom pods in a large microwave bowl and heat in microwave oven in high for 5 minutes (stir in between)..Add the saffron strands to the milk mixture and cook again for 2-3minutes..take off the bowl and let them cool..

Add the chopped strawberry chunks to the milk and arrange in fridge for an hour..Serve chilled..

Quinoa & Mixed Veggies Salad

Quinoa is taking an important part in our daily menu nowadays, recently while doing my shopping in an organic shop i found red quinoas which attracted me a lot and immediatley i picked two packets of 500grams as i was planning to add quinoa atleast once a day in our menu with anything as anything, yep since we had our Quinoa & Mixed Fruits Salad, i couldnt able to stop adding some cooked quinoa to our salads..This red quinoa and mixed veggies salad is one of the best refreshing, easiest and filling salad which suits perfectly for our lunch or either for our dinner with a simple bread toast or with a bowl of soup..This salad is completely very easy to prepare also its really very catchy and colourful, very pleasant salad to enjoy without any guilt...Needless to say that this salad was really tasty, obviously this salad is one of the fabulous salad i have prepared recently..

Few Lettuce leaves
1/2cup Cooked quinoa
2nos  Carrots (grated)
1no Cucumber (sliced as cubes)
Few Cherry tomatoes
2tbsp Fried Onions
Few red onions (chopped)
1/2tsp Pepper powder
Olive oil

Take the lettuce leaves, cooked quinoa, grated carrots,cubes cucumber chunks, chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, fried onions, chopped red onions in a large bowl..make a dressing with enough olive oil, salt and pepper powder and toss gently the veggies until they get well mixed..

Serve immediately!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cucumber Buttermilk

Its kinda hot here but not that much hot as in India..I love this mild hot spring eventhough its quite a beautiful climate to go for picnic and bbq...I prepared this simple,refreshing drink which is quite a thirsty quencher today with some cucumber chunks, buttermilk and spiced with pepper powder, ginger, lemon juice,salt and chaat masala, this tempting and refreshing buttermilk suits prefectly for hot summer to beat the heat also good for health..This spiced cucumber buttermilk tastes awesome and definitely everyone at home love this thirsty quencher which is quite healthy as well as a prefect drink for hot upcoming summer for the sure..

1cup Cucumber chunks
2cup Buttermilk +1/4cup water
1/2tsp Ginger (grated)
1tsp Lemon juice
Pepper powder
Chaat masala as per need..

Blend the cucumber chunks, buttermilk,water, salt and grated ginger together..strain this blended buttermilk and add the pepper powder and chaat masala as per need..

Serve chilled or with ice cubes..

Homemade Tortillas & Indianized Wraps

Its has been a dream for me to make out home made tortillas instead of buying often the store bought tortillas..This time, i brownsed through many sites and finally my choice went for this version..If u r planning to make out tortillas at home definitely u need for simple ingredients like all purpose flour, baking powder,butter,salt and warm water..Whoever roll prefectly their rotis will get a prefect tortillas as this tortillas ressembles quite like our rotis..Its really worth to try and this home made tortillas can be frozen in a ziplock bags for upto several months..These tortillas are tasty,light, soft and fabulous..I have prepared these light tortillas and served along with Capsicum & Tofu Zunka for our dinner, everyone at home enjoyed this capsicum & tofu zunka wraps for our dinner with simple salad, definitely a healthy and complete dinner..

2cups All purpose flour
1tsp Baking powder
3tbsp Butter (room temperature)
Warm water

Combine the flour, salt, baking powder in a large bowl, add the butter and warm water to the flour and knead as a soft dough..cover the bowl with a towel and leave aside for 15minutes,divide the dough into 12-13 golf sized balls..roll each dough on a floured surface to form a very thin circles..heat a non stick pan, add the rolled tortillas and cook on both sides until the surface starts to bubble ..Turn the torilla and cook both sides until the tortillas turns slightly brown or half cooked...repeat the same process, until the dough get finished..Arrange the cooked tortillas in a ziplock bags and stor them either in fridge or in freezer...

Indianized Wraps:

Heat the already prepared home made tortillas on both side until they get cooked, arrange few spoons of Capsicum & Tofu Zunka in the center of the tortillas and roll them as wrap, pick the edge with a toothpick and serve immediately with salad or with french fries..

Monday, April 26, 2010

Capsicum & Tofu Zunka

Zunka is one of the famous Maharashtrian side dish made simply with onions, veggies and with besan flour..Earlier i have prepared zunka with okra, u can find here, this zunka is definitely a delicious and an easy side dish to enjoy along with rice dish or with rotis...This time i wanted to prepare as a fusion dish by adding some leftover tofu chunks which i marinated for half an hour with cumin seed powder,crushed ajwain seeds, chilly flakes, coriander powder with few tsp of oil and cooked them in microwave oven for 5 minutes in high and finally combined along with capsicum zunka...Both tofu and capsicum together works out wonder and this zunka was quite a hit at home, we enjoyed having this delicious, healthy side dish along with tomato pappu and finally prepared as wrap with some leftover zunka for our dinner...Will be posting the home made tortillas and the wrap in my next post, stay tuned friends..Sending this zunka to Global Kadai-Tofu guest hosted by Jaya Wagle, event by Cilantro..

250grs Extra firm tofu (cubed)
2nos Green bell peppers (cubed)
1/2cup Gram flour
1no Onion(chopped)
1/2tsp Cumin seeds
1/4tsp Ajwain seeds
1/4tsp Red chilly powder
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
2nos Slit opened green chillies
Curry leaves

For Marination:
1/2tsp Cumin seed powder
2pinch Ajwain seeds(crushed)
1/2tsp Red chilly flakes

Marinate the cubed tofu pieces with the ingredients given in the list 'for marination' and keep aside for half an hour..Dry roast the gram flour until the aroma comes out..Arrange the marinated tofu pieces over a microwave plate in a single layer.Cook the marinated tofus in microwave oven for 5minutes in high..

In an another pan add enough oil and let splutters the cumin seeds, ajwain seeds, add the chopped onions, slit opened green chillies, curry leaves and saute until the onions turns add the cubes bellpeppers and saute with turmeric powder, red chilly powder and salt, saute in simmer until the oil get separates, gradually add the roasted gram flour to the cooking veggies and stir until the veggies get slightly coated with the gram flour, finally add the already cooked tofu pieces and toss gently ,cook for few minutes..put off the stove..

Serve hot as side dish..

Carrot & Cabbage Halwa

I love to make out new dishes by combining sometimes unusual ingredients to make out some of my new dishes...Most of my blogger friends would have already know better much about my way of cooking, i never like to trash any dishes and i always try to find out an alternative way to finish the dish either by baking or by frying, so that my family members will enjoy without asking me any questions about my new culinary inventions..One among those new and unusual combination is this carrot and cabbage halwa, i was planning to prepare some carrot halwa for our weekend snacks in which i have added a quarter cup of finely shredded cabbages along with MTR badam feast, the addition of badam feast to this halwa changes completely the texture, taste, delicious and completely masked the odour of the cabbages i have added in this halwa...I served them this halwa when they were slightly warm and everyone at home relished each and every spoon of this halwa...none found the secret ingredient which i used in this halwa and finally i told that i have combined both carrots and cabbages to make out this halwa,needless to say how they looked at me when i told about the addition of cabbage...

2cups Carrot (grated finely)
1/4cup Cabbage (shredded finely)
1/2cup Condesned milk (sweetened)
1cup Milk
3tbsp Badam feast (MTR's)
1/2tsp Cardamom powder
Fried Cashewnuts
2tsp Ghee
Almond flakes

Bring boil together the milk and condensed milk, meanwhile heat few drops of ghee and saute the carrot and cabbage pieces until they get half cooked, add this veggies to the milk and cook in medium high flame until the veggies get well cooked,stir in between... add the badam feast, cardamom powder and cook until the milk get evaporates finally add the remaining ghee and almond flakes, put off the stove..

Serve warm..

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tandoori Tofu Kebabs

We had a sunny saturday and few of our friends orangised bbq at our best friend's home..We enjoyed each and every grilled meats, few of our friends were vegetarian and vegan, I called my friends asking her wat she want me to prepare for our bbq party, finally she asked me to prepare this tandoori tofu kebabs specially for our vegetarian and vegan also i can get extra firm tofus easily as am living in Chinatown..As i prepared for vegan friends, i didnt add yogurt to make out this spicy tandoori tofu kebabs..With red onions chunks and green bellpeppers this kebabs was a big hit among our vegan friends and these kebabs vanished within few minutes...Quite an easy and spicy tandoori tofu prepared with paprika powder, olive oil, dry parsley leaves, pepper powder,ginger garlic paste,garam masala,red chilly powder..Delicious tofu kebabs going directly to Global Kadai-Tofu guest hosted by Jaya Wagle, event by Cilantro..

2cups Extra firm tofu(cubed)
2nos Onion (big & cubed)
cups Green bellpepper( cubed)
1tsp Paprika powder
1/2tsp Red chilly powder
1/4tsp Pepper powder
1tsp Ginger garlic paste
1/4tsp Dry parsley leaves
1/4tsp Garam masala powder
2tbsp Olive oil

Mix the paprika powder, red chilly powder, pepper powder, ginger garlic paste, garam masala powder, dry parsley leaves, olive oil and salt in a bowl as paste, add the cubed tofu pieces to the spices and toss gently with the spice mixture, let them sit for half an hour..Preheat the oven to 425F..

Arrange the marinated tofu cubes with cubed onion chunks and cubed bellpepper chunks in wooden skewers, place each skewer over a baking sheet lined baking tray and bake for 15minutes until the tofus pieces get browned and crispy..

Enjoy with salads!!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Raw Banana & Oats Masal Vadai

Yesterday i bought long african variety of raw bananas, after frying some as chips there were some leftovers, i pressure cooked them and i wanted to prepare as podimas but none at home wanted to have them so...My DH asked me to make some crispy vadas for his snacks and i thought of making out some masal vadais or pakodas with those pressure cooked raw banana chunks which i smashed them nicely and add the rolling oats instead of dals, chopped onions, green chillies, fennel seed powder and grated ginger with curry leaves, fried them until golden brown and served along with coconut chutney, needless to say that this vadas were truly super crispy, delicious prefect evening snack to enjoy without any guilt also suits prefectly as side dish with any sort of rice dishes...None at home found the ingredients i used to make out this vadas,when i told them they were surprised to know about the addition of rolled oats....Simple, quick and easy masala vadas quiet different from our usual vadais...

2cups Cooked raw banana chunks
1/2cup Rolled oats
1no Onion(chopped)
2nos Green chillies (chopped)
1/2tsp Fennel seed powder
1/2tsp Grated ginger
Curry leaves

Smash as fine paste the cooked raw bananas, add the chopped onions, chopped green chillies, fennel seed powder, grated ginger, salt and curry leaves as thick batter, if its too thick springle few drops of water...Heat enough oil for deep frying... take a small golf ball size dough from the raw banana-oats mixture, flatten them in ur palms, drop gently in hot oil..fry them until they turns golden brown..drain the excess of oil in a paper towel..

Enjoy with chutney or as side dish with any rice dishes..

Eggless Quinoa Corn Bread

Eggless Quinoa Corn Bread!!! sounds new na...Yep i have prepared this quinoa corn bread yesterday for our dinner with cooked quinoa, stone grounded fine cornmeal as eggless version...Its definitely a delicious corn bread as eggless version and tastes truly delicious when served along with a bowl of soup, u can also prepare this quinoa corn bread as vegan just by adding almond milk or soya milk instead of milk and yogurt used in this dish..I have prepared this quinoa corn bread with a cup of cornmeal and cup of cooked quinoa, yeah i just gave a trial but its definitely worth to try this combination and am gonna try this quinoa corn bread with so many variations..Voila friends if u are reaching something to bake with quinoa and cornmeal,do try this eggless and healthy version of cornbread and am damn sure everyone at home will love to enjoy this delicious bread..

1cup Cooked quinoa+1tsp cooked quinoa
1cup Stone ground cornmeal (fine ground)
1tsp Baking soda
1tsp Baking powder
1/2tsp Chilly flakes
1cup Milk
1/4cup Olive oil
1/2cup Yogurt
1/4cup Honey
1tbsp Dry parsley leaves

Preheat the oven to 400F, line a baking sheet over a square baking pan...Mix the cooked quinoa, cornamel, baking soda, baking powder, chilly flakes, salt,dry parsley leaves together in a bowl, mix the milk, olive oil, honey yogurt in a another bowl, whisk them until everything gets well mixed...gradually add the wet ingreidnets to the dry ingredients..pour the quinoa cornmeal batter to the already prepared baking pan,springle the cooked quinoa over the batter and bake for 20-25minutes in the middle rack until the skewer inserted in the center comes out clean...

Cool completely and cut into pieces, enjoy with soups for dinner or with a cup of tea for snacks...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rajma & Eggplant Pulao

Personally i felt to combine legumes with veggies to make out some pulao..Its fun to prepare this combination and also they are quite like one pot meal which suits prefectly for a lunch box menu..This pulao tastes quite similar like vaangibath with sauteed eggplants chunks, rajma along with ginger garlic paste and a masala paste prepared with coriander seeds, red dry chillies,cumin seeds, grated coconut, cardamom seeds and cinnamon stick..Easy to prepare this pulao goes awesome along with fried papads or simple potato roast, we enjoyed having this delicious rajma and eggplant pulao for our today's lunch with fried papads and hard boiled eggs..Am sending this  rajma and eggplant pulao to Anita's Vegetable Marathon Event-Beans,my event CWS-Cardamom...

2cups Basmati rice
3cups Coconut milk
1cup Rajma (cooked)
2cups Eggplants (chopped as small cubes)
1no Onion (chopped lengthwise)
1no Tomato (big & chopped)
2nos Green chillies (slit opened)
1tsp Ginger garlic paste
2nos Bayleaves, cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamoms
Curry leaves

To Grind:
2tsp Coriander seeds
1tsp Cumin seeds
6nos Dry red chillies
1no Cardamom seeds
1inch Cinnamon stick
1no Cloves
3tsps Grated coconut

Fry all the ingredients given in the list 'to grind' one by one with few drops of oil until they turns golden brown, grind as fine masala powder and keep aside..Meanwhile wash the basmati rice,soak for 15minutes and cook along with coconut milk  in a rice cooker,once the rice get cooked, keep aside and let them cool..

Heat enough oil, fry the bayleaves, cinnamon stick,cloves and cardamoms and add the chopped onions and chopped tomatoes,slit opened green chillies and saute until the veggies get half cooked, add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the veggies get completely cooked, now add the chopped eggplant pieces..cook until the eggplants turns mushy..finally add cooked rajma,curry leaves,salt and the grounded spice powder as per need..cook everything in simmer with lid closed until the oil get separates...finally add the already cooked basmati rice and toss gently everything get well mixed...

Serve hot with fried papads or simple potato roast..

Chilli Paneer - T&T From Sailu's Kitchen

Who will say to paneer dishes, not me...i always fond for our famous Indian cheese Paneer..I usually love making out paneer dishes in my own way but while going through Sailu's kitchen i got hooked to her easy and simple version of chilli paneer, eventhough i have tried already chilli paneer here..We enjoyed having this super delicious chilli paneer with rotis and we enjoyed having this droolworthy chilli paneer..

250grs Paneer (cut as cubes)
1no Onion (chopped)
4tbsp Spring onion greens
1tbsp Garlic (chopped)
1tbsp Ginger (chopped)
2tbsp Soya sayce
2tbsps Rice vinegar
1tbsp Cornflour
5tbsps Water
1/2tbsp Sugar
2nos Green capsicums(cubed)
2tbsp Tomato sauce
1tsp Red chilli paste (recipes follows)

For Marination:
1tbsp Corn flour
5tbsps Water
1/2tsp Ginger
1/2tsp Garlic
1/4tsp Pepper powder

Marinate the cubed paneer pieces with the ingredients give in the list for marination, and let them side for half an hour, heat oil in a flat pan, place the marinated paneer pieces one by one and shallow fry the marinated paneer pieces until slightly brown..Meawhile soak 3or 4 dry red chillies in hot water for 10minutes and grind as fine paste and saute the chilly paste in a tsp of oil for 2 minutes..

In an another vessel, pout the leftover fried oil or add enough oil, add the chopepd ginger and garlic and saute on high flame until they turns golden brown, add the chopped onions,saute for few minutes, finally add the cubed capsicums and stir fry on high flame, add the prepared chilli paste, tomato sauce, soya sauce, vinegar, sugar and cook for few minutes, finally ass the shallow fried paneer cubes to the veggies,saute for few minutes, meanwhile mix the corn flour with the water and add this cornflour mixture to the sauteed veggies and cook until the cornflour mixture turns thick..

Finally add the chopped green onions and serve immediately as side dish for rotis or as starter....

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Strawberry & Pear Smoothie

Sometimes less ingredients may bring out many delicious recipes from our kitchen, one among those less ingredient drink is this strawberry and pear smoothie, i blended few leftover frozen strawberries with fresh pear chunks along with thick yogurt and maple syrup  to get this beautiful, catchy and filling smoothie..Really very easy to prepare,with adult's help even a kid can prepare this catchy and refreshing smoothie...Nowadays am getting hooked with smoothie for my breakfast or brunch,which is quite easy to prepare,refreshing and filling..Who will say no to this smoothie,definitely not me..I enjoyed having this smoothie...Sending to Indrani's Spotlight-Summer Foods & Drinks & to Srivalli's Thanda Mela..

1cup Strawberries
2nos Pears (chopped)
Maple syrup as per need
2cups Thick Yogurt

Take all the ingredients in a blender, blend until the smoothie turns thick and well blend..Serve chilled or with ice cubes..

Enjoy the refreshing smoothie..

Quinoa & Mixed Fruits Salad

I prepared a cup of quinoa yesterday to prepare some bakes,but finally the day went really fast and the cooked quinoa were sitting in the fridge since afternoon..For our dinner, i prepared a sandwich with Scottish Baps with eggs and veggies, while everyone at home asked something as salad for dessert i thought of making a fruits salad with strawberries, apples and pears..I prepared everything for making fruits salad but while serving, i have added those leftover cooked quinoa along with the fruits which is prepared with cinnamon powder, maple syrup and orange juice, next time am gonna add dry fruits or toasted nuts to give more zing to this simple and healthy salad.....Needless to say that this simple quinoa and fruits salad turned out dessert truly delicious, tasty and also refreshing as i used the chilled quinoa, even my DH enjoyed having this super delicious salad..Voila am posting this salad, as they were really healthy and delicious..Do try friends, u will definitely love this..Sending to Indrani's Spotlight-Summer Foods & Drinks and to Srivalli's Thanda Mela..

1cup Cooked quinoa
Strawberries (chopped as per need)
Apples (chopped as per need)
Pears (chopped as per need)
1/4tsp Cinnamon powder
Maple syrup as per need
1/4cup Orange juice

Add the orange juice to the chopped strawberries, apples, pears with cinnamon powder and let them sit for few minutes in fridge, while serving the salad add the cooked quinoa to the soaked fruits and add the maple syrup as per need, serve in small cups or bowls topped with nuts..

Enjoy this refreshing salad while its hot!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Scottish Baps

A Scottish bap is a Scottish yeast bread roll usually prepared in round shape in most areas of Scotland, but it can be made in other shapes. Scottish baps are not as tall or as small as American bread rolls and are not sweet like Irish bread rolls. They have a little indentation in the center and are flour-dusted. The Scottish bap is a staple food that may be eaten at any time of day in Scotland.A traditional way to serve a Scottish bap is to butter it or else fill it with meat and eat it like a sandwich.A Scottish bap should always be soft and floury which ressembles quite like bagels. Scottish baps are made from a dough of flour, butter, salt, yeast, water and milk. The bap dough is often kneaded and left to rise several times before being formed into rounds and baked. The center of the bap is pinched with the fingers to let air escape and the bap is dusted with flour before baking..We had this scottish baps with butter, jam and with nutella spread for our sunday breakfast and we enjoyed each and every bite of this fantastic bread roll..I found this Scottish Bap from the my baking cookbook,this beautiful Scottish Baps goes to Champa's Baking From A Book - Breakfast & to her Bake Off Event, finally to Susan's Yeastspotting..

3+1/2cups Bread flour or All purpose flour
2tsps Active dry yeast
1cup Luke warm milk
1/2cup Luke warm water
1tsp Sugar
2tbsp Butter (melted)
1tbsp All purpose flour

Mix the active dry yeast,sugar and luke warm milk,water, salt in a bowl, keep aside for 10 minutes in a warm place until the yeast mixture turns foamy..Sift the flour and make a well in the centre, add the yeast mixture and butter, knead as a soft dough, shape into a ball and place this soft dough in a greased bowl, cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave in warm place for an hour..

Punch down the double dough, knead for few minutes, divide into 12 pieces, knead a ball of dough for a minutes and roll again as a ball, repeat the remaining dough..Preheat the oven to 210F..slightly dust the baking trays with flour, place the baps on the trays and dust with all purpose flour, cover with a towel and leave in warm place for few minutes or until they get risen..make an indent in the centre of each bap with ur finger..

Arrange the tray in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25-30minutes until the crust turns brown or cooked through...Serve warm with jam or any spread!!!

Baked Oats Crusted Broccoli Patties

After trying out many dishes with broccoli, i was planning to make out some snacks with grated broccolis instead of cooking them in vapeur i mixed them along with already cooked and smashed potatoes to turn them as patties for a guilt free evening snacks, also i didnt used corn flour or bread crumbs for making the crust of this patties, instead of using both cornflour and bread crumbs i went for rolled oats for making them as patties and baked them in oven by brushing oil over the oats crust...This patties are really very easy to prepare, also healthy, filling, best way to feed whoever doesnt like broccolis finally a guilt free evening snacks when served along with any sort of sauces or chutneys...Everyone at home enjoyed with ketchup,my leftover broccoli florets turned out our evening snacks tastier also personally i felt eating broccolis this way helps us to enjoy the healthy benefits of broccolis without any fail..This oats crusted broccoli patties goes to Yasmeen's Health Nut Challenge 5 - Crucial Cruciferious and to Champa's Bake Off Event..

2nos Potatoes (big & cooked)
1cup Broccoli florets (grated finely)
1no Onion (chopped finely)
1/2tsp Garam masala powder
2nos Green chillies (chopped)
1tbsp Coriander leaves (chopped)
Rolled oats (for crust)

Heat a tsp of oil, saute the chopped onions, chopped green chillies until the onions turns transculent, meanwhile take the cooked potatoes in a bowl, smash them nicely and add the grated broccolis , garam masala powder, coriander leaves,salt and finally add the sauteed veggies, mix everything well and make a small golf suze balls, flatten them with ur palms..Preheat the oven to 350F..

Roll the patties directly to the rolled oats and keep aside, line a baking sheet over a baking tray and brush the sheet with enough oil, arrange the oats crusted patties brush the top with few drop of oil, bake for 20-25minutes until the crust turns golden brown...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Kodi Avakaya/Andhra Chicken Pickle- T& T From Sailu's Kitchen

When i went through Sailu's Kitchen, this chicken pickle catched my attention and went through the recipe which was quite interesting and sounds truly delicious; also its completely new for me, being born and brought from seashore city, we peoples used to make pickles with prawns and fishes but never tried out with chicken, even when i told that am gonna try chicken pickle to my DH, he didnt trusted me and he was pulling my legs saying that chicken pickles doesnt exist in Indian cuisine, the way he talked, pulled me to prepare this kodi avakaya from Sailu's kitchen coz her click itself tempted me and i immediately got hooked with that particular post...I prepared this kodi avakaya with half kg of chicken pieces to give a trail, but i was wrong coz this pickle vanished within few minutes when i served along with sambar and rasam rice, needless to say how my DH reaction was, lol even now i cant forget the way he looked at me when i served him this chicken pickle...This chicken pickle tastes awesomeee!!!!..i deduced the quantity given in the original recipe else i followed each and every step as the original recipe went for..Sending this pickle to T&T-Saliu's Kitchen guest hosted by Lakshmi, event by Zlamushka..

1/2kg Chicken with bones(cut them as bite size pieces)
3/4tbsp Ginger garlic paste
3/4tbsp Red chilly powder
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1+1/2nos Lemons
2tbsp Oil

Spice powder:
1+1/2tbsp Coriander seeds
1/2tbsp Cumin seeds
1/2tbsp Poppy seeds
3/4tsp Fenugreek seeds
3nos Cloves
1inch Cinnamon stick
1no Cardamom
1/2no Star anise

For Tempering:
15nos Curry leaves
10nos Garlic cloves
2nos Dry red chillies
1/2cup Oil

Dry roast all the spices one by one in low flame given in the list for spice powder, let them cool, once they get colled, grind the spices as fine powder and keep aside..

Heat  2tbsp oil in a vessel, add the chicken, ginger garlic paste and salt and cook everything in medium flame and reduce the heat and cook until the oil gets the chicken pieces would have get well cooked and without any water...This is very important for making this pickle...keep aside..

Heat the oil given in tempering list and add the curry leaves, dry red chillies,garlic cloves and saute everything for few minutes, add the cooked chicken pieces along with the oil, add the grounded spice powder and combine well, cook in medium flame until the spice powder and chicken get well cooked together..meanwhile squeeze out the juice from the lemons and heat them for 3minutes and let them cool aside...Add this cooled lemon juice to the cooking chicken pickle and put off the stove..

Cool completely the pickle and store in an air tightened bottle and enjoy as side dish..

Quinoa & Flax Seeds Bread

My recent baking adventure goes for baked goodies with Quinoa...Yes i have prepared today a bread with cooked quinoa and flax seeds with wheat pastry flour..My first trial with quinoa and flax seeds bread turned out really awesome..We had this bread for our lunch with salad and for dinner as sandwich with roasted chicken...A complete healthy bread to enjoy without any guilt, this bread suits prefectly for any course along with any spreads or simply with any veggies..We enjoyed having this bread and even my DH loved this bread, also he came to know more about quinoa, our new favourite grain after oats..This bread is eggless also vegan as i used olive oil to prepare this beautiful,healthy and fantastic bread...This bread is my entry to Madhuram's Whole Grains Baking Event -Quinoa and to Champa's Bake Off Event and finally to Susan's Yeastspotting..

1cup Quinoa (cooked)
2cup Whole wheat pastry flour+2tbsps for dusting
1/4cup Olive oil
2tbsp Flax seeds
1tbsp Active dry yeast
1tsp Sugar
1tsp Salt
1cup Luke Warm water

Cook half a cup of quinoa with a cup of water with enough salt in simmer, until they get cooked..keep aside and let them cool...Mix the yeast,sugar and salt in a cup of luke warm water and keep side for 5minutes until the yeast mixture turns foamy.. Take the cooked quinoa(keep aside 2tbsp cooked quinoa for topping), whole wheat pastry flour, flax seeds, mix everything well..slowly add the foamy yeast and olive oil and knead as a soft the dough in a greased bowl, cover the bowl with a towel and arrange in a warm place..let them sit for an hour until they double the volume..

Punch down the doubled dough, knead slowly the dough dusted with wheat pastry flour,roll the dough as a loaf..grease a loaf pan with olive oil, arrange the rolled loaf to the greased pan, springle the remaining quinoa over the arranged loaf and let it sit again until they double their volume..Preheat the oven to 350F..once the loaf get raised, bake this quinoa and flax seeds bread for 25-30minutes until the crust turns golden brown..

Serve warm!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Vazhaipoo Killu Pakoda/Banana Blossom Pinched Fritters

Sunday went really fast, i have picked a banana blossom from Indian grocery yesterday, eventhough i was planning to prepare some gravies with that fresh banana blossom, my mind went for making out some pakodas with those fresh banana blossom with soaked channadal instead of making pakodas with rice flour and besan flour, this crispy pakodas tastes truly delicious,prefect evening snacks with a cup of tea, its quite a best and better way to feed whoever never like this healthy banana blossom, everyone enjoyed munching this crispy pakodas for evening snacks..Even this pakodas suits prefectly for travelling to munch them..

2cups Channadal (soaked for 2hrs)
1cup Banana Blossom (chopped finely)
1no Onion(big&chopped)
2nos Green chillies (chopped)
1tsp Fennel seeds
1tsp Ginger(grated)
Curry leaves

Grind the channadal with fennel seeds as bit coarse paste,grind the chopped banana blossom as fine paste and take together the grounded channadal and banana blossom in a large bowl, add the chopped onions, chopped green chillies, grated ginger, salt, curry leaves to the grounded paste, mix everything well...meanwhile heat the oil, take a golf balled size batter and pinch gently a small quantity of this dough  to the hot oil,continue the process until the batter get finished..fry until they turns golden brown..

Enjoy this crispy pakoda with a cup of tea...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Quinoa & Dal Khichdi

Usually i used to prepare whenever i feel like having khichdi with rice and dal, coz this dish is one of my comforting foods and also its a one pot meal to prepare quickly and quite really easy to prepare, this time i prepared my comforting food as healthy version, instead of using rice i used quinoa to make out this dal khichdi, needless to say this khichdi with quinoa and  dals tastes awesome and really filling.

Nutritious,healthy and comforting food can enjoy without any guilt and we enjoyed this quinoa and dal khichdi with mango pickles,both together works out wonder, u can also have them simply without any side dishes too.

1cup Quinoa
1/4cup Toor dal
1/4cup Masoor dal
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1no Onion (chopped)
7nosCurry leaves
1/2tsp Cumin seeds
2nos Bay leaves
2nos Dry red chillies
5nos Garlic cloves(crushed)
1tsp Ginger (chopped finely)

Combine the quinoa, toordal and masoor dal,finely chopped ginger, salt in a vessel, add 4cups of water and pressure cook them for 5hisses (i love my dal khichidi bit mushy, if u dont want so, u can reduce the cooking time).

Heat the enough oil with ghee or simply oil and crack the cumin seeds,dry red chillies, bay leaves,curryleaves and saute the chopped onions and crushed garlic cloves until the onions turns transculent.

Once the pressure get released take the cooked quinoa-dal mixture and add this mixture to the cooking veggies, stir for few minutes and put off the stove..

Serve hot!!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Zobo - Nigerian Hibiscus Punch

Zobo, Nigerian hibiscus punch is made from an infusion of dried hibiscus calyxes which form at the base of flowers as they mature, this red calyxes are frequently used as a natural food colouring also make a delicious herbal punch which can be taken hot or cold.. Its important to dry this hibiscus calyxes in the sun for 2-3days before using which brings out a wonderful fruity aroma..In West Africa, this calyxes are know as bissap or roselles and in Nigeria the drink from this dried roselles is called as Zobo, these roselles are rich in Vitamin C and calcium..I enjoyed having this punch since its non-alcholic..With ginger,sugar and this dried roselles this punch tastes great and we enjoyed it when they were still warm...

1cup Dried roselles
2tbsp Ginger (grated)
4cups Water

Heat water with grated ginger and dry hibiscus calyxes..put off the flame and cover the vessel and let them sit for few hours...Strain the infusion and stir in sugar as per need..

Serve warm or cold..

Mint Dal

Last weekend i got three bunches for mint leaves from my farmer's market, after using two of those bunches for kurmas and pulao, the remaining bunch was sitting in my fridge to be used at any time...I was planning to make some chutney with those mint leaves but finally i finished them as dal while making dal with toor dal cooked along with onions and tomatoes...Very aromatic dal and this dal tastes prefect along with hot steaming rice topped with ghee or as an delicious side dish for rotis...I prepared this dal bit thick and its really very easy to prepare, whoever loves mint leaves much will definitely love this dal...Obviously this dal goes to Suma's  Delicious Dals From India & to MLLA-22th helping guest hosted by Ruchikacooks, event by Susan..

1/2cup Toor dal (cooked)
1no Onion(chopped)
1no Tomato(big& chopped)
1/2cup Mint leaves (washed & chopped)
1/2tsp Sambar powder
2nos Green chillies(slit opened)
1tsp Lemon juice
1/2tsp Mustard seeds+urad dal
3nos Dry red chillies
1/4tsp Asafoetida powder

Heat enough oil and fry the mustard seeds, urad dal, dry red chillies, asafoetida add the chopped onions and slit opened green chillies, saute until the onions turns transculent, add the chopped tomatoes, cook until they turns mushy...Now add the chopped mint leaves and saute until the leaves shrinks a bit..Add the cooked toor dal with enough water along with salt and sambar powder...cook until the veggies get cooked, finally add the lemon juice and put off the stove..

Enjoy this aromatic dal with rice or rotis..

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Raspberry & Orange Muffins

To be honest i never ever bought any cookbooks till now especially for baking..When i started blogging i went through many sites and blogs to learn to bake and with those ideas of making bakes i tried loads of baking goodies and i rarely trashed my bakes...But i won a cookbook for bakes and i even baked some muffins from that cookbook given by Madhuram of Eggless Cooking..After a long i baked something as muffins from that cookbook with raspberries and oranges...I have some leftover frozen raspberries in my freezer and i turned them as a yummyilicious muffins which suits quite prefect for breakfast or as a delicious snacks...I enjoyed baking this muffins.

2cups All purpose flour
1/2cup Orange juice
1tbsp Orange zest
2tbsp Baking powder
2nos Eggs (beaten)
100grs Butter (room temperature)
1/4cup Honey
1/2cup Sugar
1cup Raspberry chunks

Preheat the oven to 350F, grease a muffins mould or line the holes with muffin papers.. Sift the flour and baking powder in a large bowl and stir the sugar, make a well in the center..Combine the egg, honey and butter in a another vessel and beat until they turns soft and creamy..Pour the egg mixture,orange zest, orange juice to the flour and stir quickly, dont overmix...gently fold the raspberries..

Pour the mixture in the greased muffins mould and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the muffins turns golden or skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean..

Serve warm!

Sagu Biyyam Murukku/Sago Murukku~~ICC

Sago Murukku, the name itself tempted me a lot..Last month coz of my poor net connection i couldnt participate our every month's challenge, but this month i was quite ready to prepare this Indian Cooking Challenge without any fail, when Srivalli announced this month's challenge as Sago Murukku, i was quite anxious that how am gonna prepare this crispy snacks as i never ever tried murukku with sago, its was quite a thrilling experience to learn and experiment this crispy snacks since the name sago murukku was quite not familiar for me..But for my surprise i got a medium box of crispy and super delicious murukkus which we didnt stopped munching last weekend..Finally i have prepared this sago murukku yesterday and enjoyed twice already.. This murukku is really very easy for me to prepare anytime as this murukku needs just the soaking sago otherwise its really very easy..I have soaked a small packet of tiny sagos which i got from chinese store and prepared this murukku again yesterday, i have doubled the quantity given by Srivalli and we enjoyed again along with a cup of coffee, even my hubby went to his work with a box of this murukku to munch during his break, Yeah we loved it that much....

2cups Rice flour
1/2cup Gram flour
1/2cup Fried gram flour/pottukadala maavu
1/2cup Sago
1/2cup Buttermilk
3/4tsp Chilly powder
Oil for frying

Soak the sago in buttermilk for atleast 3hours (soaking time depends upon the size of the sago)sago should be soaked well else they might burst while frying the murukku..Mix all the flours together and heat a 50grms of oil and add the heated oil along with salt and chilly powder to the flours..then add slowly the soaked sago along with the buttermilk and slowly knead them to a soft and stiff dough..

Heat oil for deepfrying ..Drop sufficient dough in a murukku press with any nozzle and squeeze out the dough directly to the hot oil..Fry until they turns golden brown..strain the excess of oil with tissure paper and conserve them in an air-tightened box...

Enjoy with a cup of masala tea..

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pancakes - Roundup 2

I was bit late to post this pancakes-sweet pancakes roundup friends, really sorry for it..Was quite busy with new year preparations and also bit lazy to post this roundup(can guess some of my friends saying that u ?? lazy?? hehe its happens)..Am here with many delicious, creative, innovative and extremely tempting sweet versions of pancakes..Thanks a lot to my blogger friends for contributing their fabulous pancakes for this roundup..U can check the savoury pancakes roundup, if u are searching for ur brunch or lazy morning breakfast u must have a look friends..

1)Blueberry Pancakes from Madhuri of Ma Recipes, send us her yummyilicious pancakes with blueberries,  quite easy to prepare and delicious pancakes to devour...

2)Blueberry Pancakes from Sashi of Sashi's Tasty Bites, send an another blueberry pancakes, look at those tempting pancakes, makes me drool...

3)Multigrain Apple Cinnamon Pancake from Latha of A Peek Into My Kitchen, healthy pancakes to enjoy without any guilt, prefect for a breakfast to start a day..

4)Pancakes With Maple Syrup from Sathyasridhar of Samayal Corner, look at those pancakes served with maple syrup, those tempting pancakes looks fantastic na..

5)Eggless Whole Wheat, Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Suma Gandlur of Veggie Platter, watelse we need for our breakfast, an healthy pancakes to enjoy anytime na..

6)Apple Pancakes from Priya Srinivasan from En Veetu Kitchen, send us pancakes prepared along with flours and grated apples, truly very creative pancakes...

7)Pancake from Viki Xavier of Viki's Kitchen, Viki prepared her pancakes with store bought pancake mix,delicious pancakes to enjoy again..

8)Banana Chocolate Pancakes from Nayna of, send us beautiful, tempting pancakes stuffed  with banana chunks and chocolate sauce..absolutely divine na..

9)Blueberry Pancakes & Cornmeal Pancakes from Vrinda Mahesh of Sankeerthanam, send us two beautiful pancakes, one is with the usual and fabulous blueberry pancakes but with whole wheat flour while the second one goes for cornmeal, both looks super delicious..

10)Poffertjes/Mini Pancakes from Sonal Agarwal of Palate Corner, Cute and pretty dutch style mini pancakes to enjoy anytime..

11)Banana Pancake from Kanchan of Kitchen Gossip send us her delicious pancakes prepared along with banana puree..I can say that this pancakes are truly very creative which helps us whenever we have some ripen bananas aside..

12)Strawberry Pancake from Preeti of Khaugiri, look at those cute rose colour pancakes, they looks soo gorgeous na, she prepared her pancakes with strawberry puree..

13)Low Calorie Chocolate Chips Pancake from Gita of Gita's Kitchen, healthy pancakes to enjoy without any guilt, any moment of the day, truly prefect for dieting people whoever crave sometimes for pancakes..

14)Pancake With Blueberry Sauce from Jyoti V of Panchpakwan, wat do u say if ur pancakes are served with delicious blueberry sauce, i wont say no definitely...tempting pancakes na..

15)Chocolate Pancake from Deepa of Hamaree Rasoi, a prefect chocolate pancakes for chocoholic person like me..anything with chocolate sounds delicious for anyone na, kids will definitely love this chocolate pancakes definitely..

16)Whole Grain Blueberry Mascarpone PancakesBanana Buttermilk Pancakes & Kuih Dadar (Coconut Pancake)  from Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen send me three of her beautiful entries, have you ever add some mascarpone cheese in ur pancakes, if not u should give a trial or must have look at Swathi's pancakes, am gonna try new time surely and the second pancakes goes another delicious pancakes with bananas and buttermilk, while coming to the third entry, look at those green pancakes, a malaysian delicacy with coconut milk, pandan essence stuffed with a delicious coconut filling..

17)Apple Sauce Pancakes from Padma of Padma's Recipes, pancakes with cinnamon flavoured applesauce, wat do u say..i wont say no for the sure...awesome pancakes to enjoy..

18)Apple Pancake from Swapna of Swapna's Cuisine send me a delicious pancakes topped with sauteed apple chunks with cinnamon and sugar..Yumm!! picture itself makes me hungry..

19)Pancakes from Premalatha Aravindhan of Prema's Thaligai, look at those pancakes with strawberries syrup, truly tempting pancakes..Awesome click Prema, makes me drool definitely..

20)Jaggery Dosa from Meena Krishnan of Dakshin, an Indian style pancakes with jaggery..watelse we need if u are craving for Indian pancakes...

21)Eggless Banana Pancakes from Menaga of Sashiga, delicious eggless version of banana pancakes to enjoy without any guilt again..

22)Cocoa Pancakes , Banana Berry Pancakes & Pigeon Peas Stuffed Ball Pancakes from Cool Lassi(e) of Pan Gravy Kadai Curry, send us her three sweet pancakes, coconut and banana berry pancakes sounds truly interesting and lipsmacking, kid's friendly pancakes for the sure..while the sweet version of the ball pancakes truly makes us hungry...

23)Whole Wheat Date Pancakes from Heni of Simplicity's Table By The Sea, very creative and unique sweet pancakes prepared with dates, the picture itself tell us how those pancakes are delicious for the sure..

24)Wholemeal Buttermilk Pancakes With Berry Compote & Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes from Nisha of Look Who's Cooking Too, send us two of her beautiful works, yeah i cant say both her entries as pancakes as they looks truly divine..Tempting pancakes to devour..

25)Eggless Mango Pancake & Eggless Strawberry Pancakes from Harini-Jaya of Tamalapaku, both their pancakes goes for eggless version..delicious pancakes with mango and strawberries watelse we need to have for our breakfast and for snacks..

26)Pancake from Mahi Arun of Mahi's Kitchen send me a fantastic and quick pancake to enjoy anytime..

27)Dark Chocolate and Dates Pancakes from Siddhi Shirsat of Cooked Dil Se..!!, i never thought that chocolate and dates together works wonder for making out pancakes, thanks for this creative pancakes Siddhi..

28)Tuitti Fruity Pancakes from Jaleela of Samayal Attakasangal, have you ever seen pancakes with tutty fruity chunks, definitely u must have a look at this unique pancakes..Yummyilicious pancakes..

29)Eggless Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples from Priya(Yallapantula)Mitharwal of Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes, send me another eggless pancakes which she topped with apples chunks sauteed with cinnamon and sugar...Definitely a fabulous pancakes..

30)Eggless Pineapple & Mango Semolina PancakesEggless Orange Pancakes & Eggless Pumpkin Pancakes from Priya (me), i have prepared my three pancakes as eggless version with pineapple chunks, mango pulp, orange juice and finally with pumpkin puree, go through those eggless pancakes and choose as per ur need...

Voila!! i have posted my sweet pancakes roundup today, hope i didnt missed any of ur entries, if so please do  let me know friends, i'll definitely add them to the roundup immediately...Dont forget to send all ur entries to my ongoing event calling for CWS-Cardamom Seeds...

Microwave Chocolate Peda

Am here with a easy breezy chocolate peda to celebrate Tamil Chithirai Thirunaal..Happy Tamil New Year friends...Wat u do say that these microwave chocolate peda needs less than 3 minutes in microwave oven..yes this fabulous and beautiful chocolate peda ready within less than 3 minutes and tastes fabulous, but one thing the cooking time depends upon on the microwave oven u are using for...I prepared this milk peda with milk powder, condensed milk, chocolate powder, cardamom powder and i used just a tablespoon of butter in this peda...This peda is quite a fantastic sweet, quick to prepare and truly fabulous to enjoy without any guilt..Prefect sweet for chocoholic persons like me and am damn sure that even  small kids enjoy these beauties and a fantabulous sweet which is quite a quick fix sweets for a party.

2cups Milk powder
1+1/4cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
1tbsp Butter
2tbsp Dark Chocolate Powder
1/4tsp Cardamom powder
Almond flakes for decorating

In a microwave safe bowl, mix the condensed milk, milkpowder, butter,dark chocolate powder and cardamom powder and mix well, place the bowl in the microwave oven and heat in high for a minute, take the bowl out, mix well again and heat again for another minute..the mixture would have turned little crumbly, let it cool a bit..roll them as peda, butter used in this peda will helps u to roll easily the pedas, decorate the peda with slightly crumbled almond flakes..

Cool them completely and arrange in an air tightened box..

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shaah - Somalian Spiced Tea

Somalian spiced tea sounds quite similar like our spiced tea..I love this spiced tea coz this tea goes for splendid spices calling for cloves, cardamom seeds, cinnamon sticks, ginger...A prefect tea for cold wintery evening or a lazy morning breakfast..We enjoyed each and every sip of this tea and we loved it..I got this spiced tea again from Tammy's space, thanks again to Tammy for this fantastic spiced tea, we truly enjoyed this fantastic tea for our sunday breakfast..

2nos Tea bags
4nos Cloves
5nos Cardamom seeds
1no Cinnamon stick
1tbsp Ginger (grated)
2cups Water
1cup Milk
Sugar as per need

Heat the water along with tea bags, meanwhile crush the cardamom seeds, cloves and cinnamon stick using a pestle and mortor..Add the crushed spices,ginger and sugar to the boiling tea, reduce the heat and simmer for few minutes..finally add the milk and strain the spiced tea with a muslin cloth or a strainer..

Enjoy hot tea with some biscuits for snacks..

Vegan Velouté De Brocolis /Creamy Broccoli Soup With Coconut Milk

Velouté is from the French word which means velvety texture..This broccoli soup is prepared along with vegetable stock and finally blended along with creamy coconut milk..Yes this broccoli soup is completely a vegan version coz instead of using cream and butter for making out this velouté soup,i used creamy coconut milk and olive oil, this soup tastes fantastic and truly too delicious..We had a super delicious dinner with this vegan creamy broccoli soup along with few toasted bread slices...Do try friends, am dam sure that u all will love that coconut flavour in this soup which completely turn out this soup creamy and delicious..Am sending this soup to IAVW-French guest hosted by Graziana of Erbe in Cucina, event by Vaishali..

500grms Broccoli florets(chopped)
1no Onions(chopped)
2nos Potatoes (cubed)
2cups Vegetable stock water
Pepper powder
Olive oil
1/4cup Thick coconut milk
Few red chilly flakes

Heat enough olive oil, saute the chopped onions until they turns transculent, add the chopped broccoli florets ,cubed potatoes and saute for few minutes, add the vegetable stock water with salt and pepper powder..cook everything until the veggies get cooked..Blend the cooked veggies along with thick coconut milk and serve immediately topped with few red chilly flakes..

Enjoy warm!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Royallu Mudda Kura /Prawn Curry - T&T from Sailu's Kitchen

Born and brought up in a seashore city, we guys literally fond for seafoods..I always go search for different style of making out seafood dishes especially regarding prawns..Also am a person who love spicy Andhra dishes very much, so needless to say that when Lakshmi of Kitchen Chronicles announced this month's Tried and Tasted event went for Sailu's Food a fantastic space where Sailaja shares all her traditional Andhra recipes, bakes and delicious International dishes..Her blog is definitely a treasure for Andhra recipes..When i went through her space, i loved her seafood recipes and this royallu mudda kura tempted me a lot and got hooked to this dish..I prepared this curry before few days, we enjoyed truly especially my DH loved this fantastic curry.

500grms Prawns (washed and deveined)
2nos Onions (big & sliced)
1tsp Red chilly powder
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
15nos Curry leaves

To Grind:
5nos Garlic cloves
1tbsp Coriander seeds
3nos Cloves
1inch Cinnamon stick
1/2tsp Poppy seeds
2tbsp Coconut(grated)

Marinate the prawns in salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder for few minutes, meanwhile grind the ingredients given in the list 'To grind' as fine paste with enough water..

Cook the marinated prawns, until they get cooked and the water from prawns get disappears..Heat enough oil in a pan and saute the onions,curry leaves until they turns transparent, add the grounded paste and cook well in medium flame, add the cooked prawns to the cooking paste and veggies..Cook until the water from the veggies get completely disappears but i didnt cooked until the water get disappears as we love to have our prawn curry slightly with gravy..

Serve hot with rice...