Dec 29, 2012

Chocolate Pudding

A quick n simple pudding for ur taste-buds...

 Milk - 2 cups
Gelatin - 1 tbsp
Powdered Sugar - 4 tbsp
Cocoa Powder - 3tsp
Vanilla ess. - 1/2tsp
Water - 1/2cup

Makes - 4 glasses(small juice glass)

Method :-
  1. In 1/2 cup water,mix gelatin and keep aside to dissolve.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl -mix cocoa,vanilla ess.,sugar n milk.Microwave @ 100 percent power for 6-7 min.
  3. Now,add gelatin to above  and mix well.Microwave @ 60 percent power for 4 min.s
  4. Pour in serving glasses/bowls and refrigerate till set.
Garnish with sweet cream/cherries/strawberries....Serve CHILLED ..Njoy!!!

Kerala Plum Cake/Xmas Fruit Cake

A LONGgggg time wish when i started baking was -to make a perfect Kerala Plum Cake and finally dis Xmas i did ..oh!! am so happy it came out so YUM n hubby really luved it ..well the credit goes to Sangeetha (from!!! for sharing such a Delicious n Easy Plum Cake recipe...Thanx once again.

For Caramel
Granulated Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 tbsp + 1 cup
  • Heat a heavy -bottomed vessel & add the sugar with 1 tbsp water on medium high heat.You'll find that the sugar will melt & start to change colour.Don't stir,you can swirl the vessel,once or twice.When you find that the color has changed to a little darker golden brown color,turn off heat.Immediately,pour 1/2cup water VERY Carefully into the caramel & stir-mix well.Cool caramel before adding to the cake batter.(This could be made ahead & stored in the fridge for a few days)
For Spice
Caraway Seeds - 1 tsp
Cinnamon powder - 1/4tsp
Nutmeg powder - 1/4tsp
Ginger powder - 1/4tsp
Cloves powder - 1/4tsp

For Cake Batter
Maida - 1 cup
Butter - 3/4cup(room temp.)
Sugar - 1cup
Baking Powder - 1tsp
Vanilla ess. - 1 tsp
Eggs - 2 (room  temp.)
Tutti fruitti - 1 cup
Raisins - 1/4cup
Cashew - 1/4cup
Almonds & Walnuts - 1/4cup
Dates - 1/4cup
Dry Fig  - 1/4cup (not in the original recipe..but i used it)
Rum/Wine - 1 cup or enough to soak the dry fruits

  • Chop and soak the ingredients( typed in orange color) in rum/wine and keep it in a bottle overnight at room temp.(it could be prepared a month/week in advance-will taste much flavourful..rum/wine could be substituted with pineapple or orange juice..i used sweet wine here)
Method : -

  1. Pre-heat oven @ 180 degree C.
  2. Sift the flour,baking powder & keep it aside.
  3. Separate egg yolks from white.In a separate bowl,whisk egg yolks & vanilla ess.
  4. Beat butter and sugar till  creamy & combined well.
  5. Add egg yolk mixture little by little,alternating with a tbsp of sieved flour & combine till smooth.
  6. Pour in 1/2cup caramel syrup & all the spice powders and beat thoroughly till everything is creamy & combined.
  7. Add the flour in small quantities and fold in with wooden spoon.
  8. Drain the soaked dry fruits and add them to the above batter. 
  9. Whisk egg whites till it forms peaks & gently fold into the Cake batter till well combined.
  10. Grease cake tin & line with parchment paper.Pour batter up to half of the prepared cake tin.
  11. Bake for 45-50 min.
 Njoy Yummy Plum Cake on Xmas n New Year...Best wishes to everyone !!!

Dec 27, 2012

Mango Kulfi

A Mouth-watering,easy, home-made Kulfi...By Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

That's my son with a plate of kulfis

Ripe Mangoes - 4
Milk - 1 ltr
Khoya/Mawa - 5 to 6 tbsp
Milkmaid - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Illachi powder - 1 tsp ( i added this extra touch) * Optional

Method :-

Puree mangoes.Boil milk & reduce it .
Add khoya & mix well.
Add milkmaid,sugar & mix properly.
Simmer the mixture for 15min or until it thickens.
Cool & add the mango puree..mix well.
Pour into moulds & leave it in freezer to set.


Dec 21, 2012

Turai( Ridged Gourd) ki sabzi

Turai - 4
Tomato(chopped) - 1(big)
Green Chilli - 1 (chopped)
Tumeric - 1/2tsp
Hing - a pinch
Jeera - 1tsp
Veg Oil - 1 tbsp
Coriander Powder - 2tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2tsp
Lemon juice - 1tbsp
Coriander leaves - a few

Method :-
  1. Wash and peel the turai,chop off the top & bottom tip and then cut into small circles.
  2. On medium heat in a pressure cooler add oil,jeera,hing & fry them for 2-3 min.
  3. Add  coriander powder,red chilli powder,haldi & mix well.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes & cook for 5-6 min.
  5. Add turai ,salt ,green chilli ,1/2 cup water & pressure cook(2 whistles).
  6. Once steam goes down ,open cooker n mash  few pieces of turai(with a ladle)-this helps in making gravy thicker.
  7. Add lemon juice.
Garnish with coriander leaves...Serve with chapati. ..Njoy!!

Dec 19, 2012

Aam Ki Chutney

A Sweet n Spicy chutney ...a great side-dish for ur chapatis...Thanx Mum n Vini(My Bhabhi) for teaching me dis yummy Mango dish..

Ripe Mango - 2(cut into cubes,i like using the seed also)
Fennel Seeds(Saunf) - 2tsp + a pinch to Garnish
Salt - 3/4tsp
Tumeric - 1/2tsp
Jaggery - 2tbsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1tsp ( or more if u like more spice)
Ghee - 2 tbsp

Method : -

Heat ghee in a pan ,add saunf and then add the mango cubes.Saute for 2-3 min.s

 Cover and cook till its gooey.

 Then add all the masalas n salt, mix well.
Atlast add small Jaggery Pieces..and cook till jaggery dissolves fully and mango mix starts leaving the sides of the pan.
Garnish with a pinch of Saunf and serve it hot with Chapati..or store it in a glass jar for 2-3 days in fridge.You can even spread it on bread slices...slurrppppp...Njoy!!!

Dec 15, 2012

Egg Fritters/Pakodas

Easy n tasty snack for luvly rainy evenings or make it for ur kid's tiffin...

Try the Cornflour version

or Besan version
Serves - 4 to 6 people

For Omelet
Eggs - 3
Onion/Spring Onion - 1/4 cup
Black pepper - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2tsp
Oil - a little (for greasing the pan)

For Batter1
Maida - 3tbsp
Cornflour - 2tbsp
Salt - a small pinch
Water- as reuired

For Batter 2

Besan(gramflour) - 4tbsp
Ajwain(Carrom Seeds) - a pinch
Hing - 1/2tsp
Salt - a pinch
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2tsp
Water - as required

Oil - for deep frying

Method :-

  • Mix all the ingredients given under "for omelet" and prepare one single -big /thick omelet on a non-stick pan using little oil.Cut this omelet into small bite size squares and keep aside.
  • In a medium bowl, prepare a little thick batter of ur choice(batter1 or batter2)
  • Heat Oil in a Wok .
  • Dip omelet square(one by one) in the batter and deep fry.
  • Drain out on kitchen towl .
Serve with Chutney /Ketchup and a Hot Cup of TEAaaa.....Njoy!!!

Sharjah Shake

A Yummy -chilling Banana Shake with a version of Kerala's most Popular shake....Miss it badly...used to have it almost everyday during College Days..

Ripe banana - 4
Vanilla Ice-Cream - 2tbsp + 2 scoops (for topping each glass)
Cornflakes - 4tbsp
Sugar - 2tbsp
Ice cubes - 4 to 5
Milk - 2 glasses(chilled)

Blend together banana,sugar,milk,cornflakes,a few ice cubes and 2tbsp of vanilla ice-cream-till well combined.
Pour into glasses and top it with a scoop of Vanilla ICE-CREAM...Njoy!!!

Dec 13, 2012

Oats Apple Crumble

Yesterday evening my house was filled with d Aroma of Baked Apples+Cinnamon+Cardamom...ufff..i can't explain u how divine it was...No need of a room  freshner :p :)

 Past many months i  was planning to prepare dish..always had seen n heard about it on Tv..never ever tasted so HAPPY with d result.. it came out YUM YUm...and best compliment i could get(even without saying was )...watching my Hubby searching for d crumble dis morning..luckily had 2 spoons left in d fridge..he had a spoon full n left for d office Happily :D !!!
Recipe Source - NDTV Show

Apples(thinly sliced) - 4
Cinnamon Pwdr - 1tsp + 1/2 tsp (keep separate)
Brown Sugar - 2tbsp + 2tbsp(keep separate)
Lemon Zest - 1 tbsp
Lemon Juice - 2tbsp
Jaggery - 2tbsp
Nutmeg - a pinch (i used Cardamom instead)
Oats - 1 cup
Butter(chilled) - 2 tbsp(diced)

Method :-
  • Take a wide bowl,add lemon juice to the cut apples.Add the sugar,cinnamon(1tsp),nutmeg,jaggery,lemon zest and mix well with your hands.As an option,you can add a tablespoon full of marmalade(of ur choice).Leave for 30 min.
  • In another bowl-mix oats,sugar,cinnamon(1/2tsp),then add the butter and crumble the mixture with ur hands.
  • Now take a baking pan-grease it .Sprinkle a bit of Oat mixture at the bottom.Then add the apple mixture and sprinkle rest of the oats mixture.As an option,you can grate a little bit of extra butter on top.
  • Bake this in a pre-heated oven(190 degree C) for 40-45 min. or till the crumble is browned n apples look gooey.
Serve it warm with a Dollop of Vanilla Ice-Cream on the top....YUm YUm ..NJoy!!!!

Dec 12, 2012

Banana bread

A yummy kick start to ur  Breakfast Time...

 Recipe source - All About Chocolates,a Pakistani Baking Show.

Maida - 180gm(sieved)
Baking Powder  - 1tsp
Vanilla ess - 1tsp
Salt - a pinch
Butter - 80 gm(softened)
Egg - 1
Ripe Banana - 4
Sugar - 200 gm
Icing sugar - 1 tbsp (for topping)-Optional

Method :-
Preheat oven to 175 degree C
Mash bananas using a fork.Mix sugar,baking powder,salt,vanilla ess. and egg-beat well.
Add soft butter n atlast add maida-comine well.
Place butter paper inside a bread tin and pour the batter.Bake for 45 min.

Note - for this cake u don't need to use hand blender or electric mixer...just combine everythg using a whisk.

Dec 11, 2012

Lemony Ruh-afzaa

A gr8 drink for hot summer days....

Ruhafza - 4 tbsp
Water - 2 glass
Ice - 4 cubes
Lemon  - 1
Kala Namak(rock salt ) - a pinch (for each glass)

Method: -

In a jar mix ruhafza,water,lemon..Pour in 2 glasses,add a pinch of kala namak in each glass and serve it with ice cubes...Njoy!!

Strawberry Shake

Yummy n healthy ...

Strawberries -6 (sliced)
Chilled Milk - 2 cups
Sugar - 1tbsp(use less if the strawberries r  too sweet)

Method :-

In a juicer blender (or Mixcy)..blend all the above ingredients till frothy..Yummy strawberry shake ready.

for sum additional flavour you can add half of a sweet banana or even a scoop of Ice-cream..


Dec 10, 2012

Mango Pickle

A north indian style Pickle...

Recipe Source - Khana Khazana

Mango - 500 gm
Haldi - 2 tbsp
Methi dana - 3 tbsp(Fenugreek seeds)
Saunf - 4tbsp(Fennel seeds)
Kalonji - 1tbsp(onion seeds)
Dhaniya - 2tsp(coriander seeds)
Jeera - 1tsp(Cumin)
Hing - a large pinch
Red chilli pwdr - 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 3 tbsp
Mustard Oil - 2 cups

Method :-

  • Wash  and wipe the mangoes dry.Cut them into half,remove seed and then cut into cubes.
  • put the pieces in a bowl,add haldi salt(3tbsp),mix well and allow to rest for 2 hours.
  • Drain out excess moisture.
  • Grind methidana,saunf,mustard seeds,half of kalonji,dhaniya n jeera - to a coarse powder.
  • Add hing,red chilli pwdr and salt-2tbsp(as required) and mix well.
  • Heat mustard oil in a pan to smoking point,remove and let it cool thoroughly.
  • Mix half of the oil with the freshly prepared masala.Add this to the mangoes.
  • Mix well to coat the mangoes properly.
  • Sprinkle the remaining kalonji on top and mix well.
  • Allow it to stand for 3 days.On the 4th day transfer it to a porcelain jar,add the remaining oil and mix properly.
  • Cover the jar with a muslin cloth,tie a string and let the pickle mature for 8-10 days in Sun.
  • Remember to mix the contents atleast once a day.
Yummy Homemade Pickle is ready to be used...Njoy!!

Khatte Aloo

Simple , Tasty...n slightly Sour - Potato Curry....

Potato(big) - 5 (cubed n boiled)
Onion (medium) - 2 (sliced)
Tomato(medium) - 2(sliced)
Ginger - 1 small pc(grated/chopped)
Curry leaves - a few
Green Chilly  - 4(sliced)
Ghee- 1 to 1.5 tbsp
Cumin - 1 tsp
Bay leaves - 1 small leaf
Hing - 1 tsp
Haldi - 1/2tsp
Red chilli pwdr - 1 tsp
Aamchur/Dry Mango pwdr - 1 tsp
Water - 2 cups(or more if required)
Coriander leaves - 1tbsp

  • Heat Ghee in a wok,crackle cumin seeds-curry leaves-bay leaves n hing.
  • Add ginger ,green chillies n onions..saute n cook till onions turn light golden.
  • Add tomatoes and cook for 5 min.
  • Add haldi,red chilli pwdr n salt.
  • With the help of a spoon,mash half of the potaotes.
  • Add mashed potatoes n rest of the boiled poatoes  to the wok.
  • Add water,put on the lid.Bring to boil on medium flame.
  • Atlast check salt and add aamchur .
Garnish with coriander leaves...serve hot with Puri/Chapati/Rice....NJOY!!!

Dec 8, 2012

Chicken Korma

A south indian style Korma...Simple n quick to prepare.

Chicken pcs- 1/2 kg
Coconut milk - 1 cup
Onion(small) - 4
Green chilly - 4
Ginger-Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Coriander pwdr - 2 tsp
Cumin pwdr - 2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Cinnamon stick - 1 small pc
Curry leaves - a few
Coconut Oil - 2.5tbsp
Coriander leaves - a few
For Marination - Haldi-1tsp,Red chilli pwdr - 1tsp,Salt - 1tsp

Method : -

Marinate chicken pcs with haldi,red chilli pwdr n salt for 1 hour.
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin ,cinnamon stick n curry leaves.Later add ginger-garlic paste.Saute well.
In a mixer grinder make a paste of onions + green chilli.Add this to the pan and cook till onions turn light brown.
Add Cumin pwdr , Coriander pwdr .Add the chicken pcs and mix well..
Add 1/2cup coconut milk and check salt..if needed add more.Cook till the chicken is done.
Atlast add the balance coconut milk and garnish with Coriander leaves.

Njoy with Jeera rice,Appam...etc

Note :- If u feel that the gravy is too thick pls add little water.

Nov 29, 2012

Roasted Veggies

A healthy side dish seen on a show on NDTV GoodTimes...

Potatao - 2 (cut into wedges)
Onion - 2 (cubes)
Zuchini (green and yellow) - 1 each (cut into wedges)
Garlic - 5 cloves(sliced)
Cumin - 1 tsp
Black Pepper - 1 tsp
Thyme - 1 tsp
Oregano - 1 stp
Red chilli Powder - 1/2tsp
Olive Oil - 2 tbsp

Pre-heat oven @ 190 Degree C .
Arrange all the ingredients in a baking dish.Pour olive oil over and bake for 20-25 min in the Oven...

Chana dal Burfi

A Nestle Moment Recipe...

MILKMAID- ½ cup(100g)
Milk -3 cups (450ml)
Ghee ½ cup
Chana Dal (Bengal Gram Dal) -  100g
Water -500ml
Desiccated Coconut- ½ cup
Almonds- 10,chopped
Pista- 2 tbsp, chopped
Elaichi powder- 1 tsp

1. Soak the chana dal in the water and keep aside for 2-3 hrs.
 Strain off the water & cook the dal in 2 cups of  Milk till
soft, keep aside to cool. Grind the dal to a coarse paste.
2. Heat Ghee in a karahi, add the dal paste and fry stirring
continuously till the mixture is light brown. Add the MILKMAID and blend into the mixture, then add the remaining milk and cook
 till the mixture leaves the sides of the karahi.
3. Add the desiccated coconut, almonds, pista and elaichi powder and mix well.
Remove from fire and spread in a greased thali.
 Cool and slice into desired shape.

Broccoli Thoran/Stir fry

Broccoli - 1
Carrots - 1(medium,grated)
Curry Leaves - a few
Haldi - 1/4tsp
Oil - 2tbsp
Fresh (grounded)Black Pepper - 1 tsp
Coconut(shredded) - 2 tbsp/Kopra - 2 tbsp
Rai/Mustard seeds - 1/2tsp
Rice(grains) - 1 tsp

  1. Separate broccoli florets from stem..boil them with haldi n a pinch of salt for 5 min.Drain and keep aside till it cools..then chop it.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai/pan,crackle rai , rice grains and curry leaves.
  3. Saute grated carrots for a minute n then add the boiled broccoli.Cook covered for 5 min.
  4. Add salt ,black pepper and mix well.Cook for 5 more minutes.
  5. Atlast add coconut/khopra..mix and remove from stove.
Serve with Rice...njoy!!

Nov 22, 2012

Veg Burger

Home made Veg style

Buns - 5 (market bought)
Potato - 3 (Big)Diced
Carrots - 2 (medium)Diced
Onion - 1 (medium) chopped
Coriander Leaves - 2 tbsp(chopped)
Ginger - 1" pc (grated)
Garam Masala - 2 tsp
Corn flour - 1 tbsp
Bread crumbs - 5 tbsp
Oil - for shallow frying
Mozarella cheese sheets - 5

Method: -
  1. Boil potatoes n carrots in a pan with a pinch of salt.Drain n keep aside.
  2. Once cool mash them using a fork or back of a spoon.
  3. In a non-stick pan saute onions n ginger in 1tsp oil/butter.
  4. Take a medium bowl,mix potaoes-carrots n sauted onion-ginger.
  5. Add salt,garam masala,cornflour n coriander leaves .
  6. Combine them using ur hands and make small tikkis.
  7. Coat d tikkis with bread crumbs.
  8. Shallow fry these tikkis in a non-stick pan..until brown n crispy .
  9. Cut the buns in half and heat them on a tawa.
  10. Place tikkis in between  d buns and place one sheet of mozarella sheet above d tikki.
Serve hot with Ketchup n Coffee/ evening snack....NJOY!!!

note:- for this particular tikkis..i didn't use bread crumbs..still thy tasted yummmm..if u wish u can delete bread crumbs.

Parippu Vada/Chanadal Vada

Yummy Kerala mom makes delicious vadas..i miss them...

Chana dal - 1 cup (soaked for 2-3 hrs)
Onion(small) - 2
Green Chilli - 2
Ginger - 1 small pc
Curry leaves - a few
Hing - a pinch
Oil - for deep frying

  1. Drain soaked dal and grind it in a mixer grinder using very less water.Keep it little grainy.
  2. Chop onions.grind half of the chopped onions with ginger and green chilli in the mixer grinder.
  3.  Mix dal mixture and onion mix,plus rest of the chopped onions.
  4. Add hing,salt and curry leaves to the batter,Batter should be little thick.
  5. Add little water if its too thick.
  6. Form into tikki and arrange on a tray.
  7. Heat oil in a kadai on medium flame.Fry vadas 4 or 5 at a time till golden brown.
Serve hot with Chutney of ur choice and a HOT cup of CHAIiii.... njoy!!!

Nov 19, 2012

Dahi Tadka

Simple,quick side dish for d Rice n Curd Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

Yogurt - 2.5cups
Oil - 1 tbsp
Jeera - 1/2tsp
Green chilles - 2
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
Ginger paste - 1tsp
Haldi - 1/4tsp
Rcp - 1/4tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2tsp
Curry Leaves - 5

Method :-

Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add cumin seeds. 
Slit green chillies and finely chop coriander leaves.
Add ginger paste to the pan and sauté for a while. 
Add green chillies, reduce heat and add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and mix well. 
Add curry leaves, coriander leaves, salt and yogurt and switch off heat immediately. 
Mix well and serve immediately....Njoy!!!

Carrot Pudding(Gajar Halwa) - Microwave Version

U must hav tried d traditional version..come lets try d microwave version too...easy n quick..wait for 30 min n urTasty-Yummy Halwa is ready.

Carrots(grated) - 10
Ghee - 4 tbsp
Illachi pwder - 1/2 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Milkmaid - 1/2 tin (200 ml)
Nuts - Almonds/Pista/Cashew

Method :-

Heat a non-stick pan on stove and add ghee,carrots-saute for 5 min.
Take a microwave safe dish and add carrots,milk- cook for 10 min(microwave high).Stir and mix sugar.
Again cook for 10 min(on microwave high).When milk is almost absorbed..add milkmaid,illachi powder and mix properly.Cook for d last time for 10 min.
Take out and Garnish with nuts of ur choice.Serve Hot...Njoy!!!

Note: - For those who want to njoy d traditional n microwave versions together(for saving time)...simply cookghee,carrots n milk in microwave for 10-15 min..once they r soft..shift it to a karahi and add rest of d ingredients, cook till milk fully dries up..

Gajar Ka Halwa(Carrot Pudding)

Gajar Halwa d traditional way...Winters without dis divine halwa...Unthinkable for me n my family..

Carrots(grated) - 1 kg
Ghee - 1/2 cup
Milk(full cream) - as required
Illachi  - 1tsp (freshly crushed)
Sugar - 1 cup (or more ,as per ur taste)
Nuts - 5 (almonds/Pista/Cashews)


Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed karahi,add grated carrots and saute for 5 min.
Cover and let it cook for 10 min.
Add milk,just enough to cover the carrots.Cover again and cook till the milk is half absorbed.
Add sugar and mix properly.Let it cook till milk is fully absorbed,stirring in between.
When milk is fully vanished add illachi  and mix well.
Remove from stove and garnish with nuts of ur choice.

Serve Hot...njoy!!!

Note: - Traditional Karahi cooked halwa tastes Awesome..only thing it takes almost 1.5 - 2 hrs to cook..Thoda pain thoda gain :)...

Nov 16, 2012

Gulab Jamun

Soft,Moist,Juicy.....n above all MOUTH-WATERINggggg...

Recipe Source -

Dry milk Pwdr -1.5cups (i used NIDO )
Maida - 1 cup
Soda bi-carb -1/4tsp

Yogurt - 4tbsp(more/less)
Oil - for frying

For sugar syrup
Sugar - 2.5cups
Water - 3 cups
Illachi Pwdr - 1/2tsp(i divided equally both in syrup n dough)
Lemon Juice - a few drops(to avoid crystalisation)
Rose ess. - 1/2tsp (i used 1/4 tsp...felt 1/2tsp was too strong)

Sift the milk pwdr,maida n Soda bi-carb.
Add yogurt n knead the flour mixture to form a soft dough.Cover n let it rest for half an hr.
Prepare sugar syurp.
Divide dough into 30 balls.Smooth out balls by applying ghee on ur palms.
Heat oil in a deep pan n fry the balls on low - medium flame,until Brown in color.
Soak in Warm sugar syrup for 30 min or more till jamuns soak in d syrup nicely.

Serve Hot...Njoy!!
NB :- i used Nido powder and faced a small problem on my first trial..the inner part of jamun didn't soak in d syrup..but 2nd trial it came out Super....try using any other will turn WOW...i bet u'll stop buying Gulab Jamun MIX :) :D

Nov 7, 2012

Nacho Triangles

Crispy chips with a desi try for diwali snacks

Maize flour - 1.5cups
Maida - 1 cup
Ajwain(Carrom seeds) - a pinch
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - for frying
Water - as required

Method : -

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add water and knead into a soft dough,keep aside covered for half an hr.
Roll into thin chapati and cut it into 8 or more triangles..prick with fork.
Deep fry until crispy-brown.
Store in air-tight container ....

Njoy with Tomato Ketchup or any chutney of your choice..

Nov 2, 2012

P3 - Paneer peas Pulav

Paneer - 1 cup(cubed)
Peas - 2 cups
Basamti rice - 1 cup
Cloves - 5
Cardamom - 5
Cinnamon  - 1.5" pc
Bay Leaf - 2
Raisins - 10
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Water - 2 cups
Sugar - 1/2tsp


Wash rice and soak in water for 1 hr.Drain and Keep aside.
Heat Ghee in a pan and fry paneer cubes till golden brown.Keep aside.
Now in the same ghee fry  all the spices and add rice and fry for 2-3 min.
Add Peas and raisins, fry for another 2 min.
Add water ,salt n sugar-Bring to boil,put on lid and reduce the flame to low...cook till the water is fully absorbed n rice is perfectly cooked.
Add the fried Paneer cubes and mix properly.

Serve Hot..with Raita of ur choice....Njoy!!!

Recipe Source - Manorama

Oct 30, 2012



Wanted to post dis recipe long back(last yr actually)..but couldn' finally now am family's(especially my Son's) all time fav. Kerala sweet snack(its actually a traditional hindu temple prasad) not vry gud at making these brown i tuk my MOM's's  her try.
Mom making Unniyappams

Actual Unniyappam Pan

Rice Flour - 1 cup(roasted)
Suji -1 cup
Banana(ripe) - 4 to 6(mashed)
Gur/Jaggery - 1/2 cup (soak in water,boil and strain)
Salt - a pinch
Ghee - 1tbsp
Coconut(small slices) - 1/2cup
Coconut Oil - 2cups (if not available then use any other oil..but these appams taste best with coconut oil)


Heat oil in a kadai,fry coconut slices.
In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients and Jaggery water.Keep aside for 20-30 min.
If the batter is too thick,pour little water.
Heat oil in deep Unniyappam Pan(or any pan) and pour a tablespoon of batter.Fry on a medium- low heat till its deep brown,drain on absorbent paper. Consume within 3-4 days.

Kanna helping Nanimaa


Nankhatayi it Ghee Biscuit or Butter Cookies...:) a yum yummmm,soft yet crunchy Cookie,. i learnt many yrs back from luvly frnd-Gayathri,thnx dear!!...easy to try.

Maida - 1 cup
Ghee/Butter - 1/2cup
Sugar(powdered) - 1/2cup

Bp - 1.5tsp
Vanilla ess. - 1/2tsp
Milk - 1 tbsp(optional)


Sieve maida n bp twice.Mix butter and sugar with spatula then beat it using electric mixer(or ur own Mixcy),till the butter is fluffy.Add vanilla ess and mix again.Atlast add maida mix and knead into a soft dough..add milk if required(to combine).
Grease n dust a baking tray and make small balls out of dough and place them atleast 3 cm apart.Bake for 15-20 min in a pre-heated oven 150 degree C.
Reduce temp of oven to 120 degree C aft 5-7 min.Take it out wen u c light brown/golden color on top of cookie or wen d cookie gets those cracking lines on top.

Oct 22, 2012

Pepper Chicken

Simple , quick-Yummylious chicken dish... do try.

Original recipe source -  Mr.Mani's FB page (chk out for more yummy n easy recipes)

Chicken - 800gm (i used 8 drumstickes)
Onion - 1(big chopped)
Tomato - 1 (medium chopped)
Ginger-Garlic Paste - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Pepper - 2 tbsp(curshed /powdered)
Oil/Ghee - 2bsp
Lime juice - half a lime
Coriander leaves -to garnish
Spring Onion - to garnish


  1. Wash and cut Chicken to desired size.If using drumsticks then just make a few small slits on all the drumsticks.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan,fry onions till slightly brown.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and tomatoes and fry for about 2-3 min.
  4. Add pepper,salt and fry for another min.
  5. Add the chicken pieces and add some water if required and mix well.
  6. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 12 minutes or till the chicken pieces are well cooked.
  7. If the chicken is not yet cooked and the gravy looks dry, add some more water little by little as required.
  8. Cover and cook on low heat till done.
Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves, spring onion and a sprinkling of freshly milled pepper and lime juice....njoy with Naan or Tandoori roti.

Oct 17, 2012

Marble Cake

Marble Cake

To celebrate my 100th post i thought of making Marble Cake...n am so happy that it came out Superbly soft n yummy....

Maida - 2 and 1/4 cup (sieve 3 times)
Butter - 200gm(room temp.)
Castor Sugar - 1.5cup
Soda bi carb - 1/4tsp
Vanilla ess. - 1 tsp
Cocoa powder - 4tbsp
Eggs - 4(room temp.)
Baking powder - 1tsp
Milk - 1/2cup (or more if needed)
Salt - a pinch
Curd - 4tbsp (beaten)

  1. Preheat oven @ 180 degree C.
  2. Take a big bowl,put butter and castor sugar-mix using spatula,once its combined then beat it using an electric hand beater-till its fluffy.
  3. In another bowl,mix all dry ingredients (except cocoa powder) together.Keep aside.
  4. Mix vanilla ess. and curd to the butter mixture.combine well(slowly).
  5. Add eggs(one at a time).
  6. Add the dry ingredients(little by little) on slow speed.Add milk also .Mix avoid lumps..add extra milk if the batter is too thick.
  7. Divide the batter in 2 bowls.To one of the batter add cocoa powder and a little milk(if required),mix well.
  8. Take a greased 10" baking tin.Spoon each batter alternatively.
  9. Dap the tin on working floor-to level the batter.
  10. Use a skewer or a round thick stick to make pattern(of your choice) in the batter.{make spiral/star/zig-zag pattern}.
  11. Bake for 35-40 min.
Let it cool and then invert on serving plate.... njoy!!!!

Munch onnnnnn....

Oct 15, 2012

Egg Puffs

This snack was(or i should say).. still is one of my favourite evening snack...i use to get dis in our hostel mess for our evening tea snack.Its easily avaialble in veg/non-veg. form @ any  kerala coffee/tea shops or bakery.

The actual version is made from puff pastery ,but here am trying sumthg new n v don't get puff pastry sheets here :(

For Dough-the preparation is  same as Pizza dough(click to chk).
Makes - 8 puffs
For Stuffing:
Onion- 2 large (sliced )
Eggs – 4 (boiled and cut into half )
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Chilli Powder -1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1tsp
Salt to taste
Oil- 1 tbsp
Coriander Leaves - 1 tbsp


Prepare the dough and keep it aside for 1 hr.Let it rise and double in size.
For filling-Heat oil in a pan and saute onions,curry leaves.Put the lid on and cook till onions are slightly brown.
Add chilli powder,garam masala and salt and mix well.Atlast add coriander leaves.Take out in a bowl and let it cool.
Take the dough and pat it using ur fist(to release extra air).Divide into equal sized balls and roll into thick puri.
Spread the onion filling and egg(flat side down) in the center and fold from all sides.Repeat the process till the dough and filling finishes.
Arrange it in a baking tray and cover with a cloth and let it rise for 15-20 mins.

In that resting time you switch on the oven and heat it @ 200 degree C.Bake the Puffs for 30-40 min.
Serve them hot with a splash of ghee/Butter on top along with hot Tea/Coffee.

Nb:-For those who are using pastry sheets,please cut the sheet into equal squares and fill them with onion filling and egg and close all four sides and bake(same as above method).