April 26, 2010

Naan



This humble bread is probably one of the best gifts to the mankind. It is widely available & popular the world over and makes an excellent accompaniment for any curry. Naan is traditionally cooked in a charcoal-fired clay oven but will work as well in a regular oven or under the grill. This can be topped with any seasonings like ajwain, onion seed, butter or with garlic.

Ingredients :
  1. Caster sugar - 35 gms
  2. Eggs - 2 nos
  3. Milk - 400 ml
  4. Plain flour - 750 gms
  5. Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
  6. Salt - 1 tbsp
  7. Vegetable oil - 4 tbsp

Method :

1. Preheat the oven to 220 C. Place the non-stick pan in the oven to heat up.

2. Mix the sugar & eggs with the milk in a large bo
wl. Stir until the sugar had dissolved.

3. Combine the flour, baking powder & salt together. Gradually pour the milk mixture into the flour & knead gently to make a soft dough.

4. Cover the dough with a damp cloth & leave to rest for 20 mins.

5. Add the oil & mix lightly to incorporate it into the dough. Divide the dough into small balls & roll out into a round shape.

6. Place them in the hot trays & bake for 5 mins (or) grill it until the bread starts to colour slightly (or) cook them over the stove top on medium flame.

7. Once cooked, brush some melted butter or season with any seasonings of ur wish.


Serve immediately with spicy curry.

April 22, 2010

Snack gourd puttu


I love snake gourd puttu from my childhood. I learnt this awesome & tasty puttu from my mother which she learnt it from my grandma. She makes it very often & we like to have this with sambar. Now, it has become our family recipe followed through generations. Addition of roasted gram dal makes this dish unique & yummy. Besan can also be used instead of roasted gram dal. I like to have this with ghee & warm rice. It taste divine :)

Ingredients :
  1. Snack gourd - 1 medium sized
  2. Oil - 1 tbsp
  3. Cinnamon stick - 1 no
  4. Cloves - 2 nos
  5. Onion - 1 large sized
  6. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  7. Green chillies - 1 to 2 nos
  8. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  9. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Roasted bengal gram (pottukadalai) - 1/4 cup
  12. Corriander leaves
Method :

1. Clean & cut the snake gourd to small pieces. Finely chop the onions. Keep aside.

2. Heat oil in the pan, add cinnamon stick & cloves. Add finely chopped onions & saute.

3. Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder & finely chopped green chillies. Saute.

4. Add chilly powder & chopped snake gourd. Spri
nkle little water & cook till done.

5. Meanwhile, grind the roasted bengal gram coarsely and add them to the cooked snake gourd. Pour some oil if required. Cook on low flame for 10 mins.

6. Finely, add finely chopped corriander leaves.


Serve with rice.

April 16, 2010

Poori


Poori is the most popular Indian dish which is not only delicious & simple to make as well. Spicy potato / vegetable masala are normally served with this. Poori is prepared in different ways by using all purpose flour / wheat flour or by mixing both. Addition of rava will makes the poori little crispy. Unlike chapathi dough, this dough needs to be little stiff. Most commonly eaten breakfast menu & kids will just love this :)

Ingredients :
  1. Wheat flour - 2 cups
  2. Rava (semolina) - 1 tbsp
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  5. Curd - 1 tbsp
  6. Hot oil - 1 tbsp
  7. Water - approx 1 cup
  8. Oil for deep frying
Method :

1. Combine wheat flour, salt, sugar, curd & hot oil. Slow
ly add the water, just enough to form a firm dough & knead till smooth.

2. Cover & let rest for 1/2 hr & knead again briefly.

3. Divide the dough into small balls (golf-ball size) & roll out into 6" rounds.

4. Heat oil in the deep frying pan & fry the poori one at a time. Turn & fry till light brown & puff.


Serve immediately.

April 12, 2010

Black Forest cherry cake


My son love chocolate cakes & I decided to make it for his birthday. Though, I am not artistic in cake decoration somehow I managed to keep my cake simple & look decent. Black forest cake with mascarpone filling was perfect for this occasion & taste great.

Happy Birthday Visisht :)

Ingredients :

For the dough :
  1. Dark chocolate - 150 gms
  2. Eggs - 7 nos
  3. Sugar - 150 gms
  4. Vanilla sugar - 1 packet
  5. Ground hazelnuts - 150 gms
  6. All purpose flour - 25 gms
  7. Baking powder - 1 tsp
For the filling :
  1. Sour cherries - 350 gms (drained)
  2. Drained cherry syrup - 40 mil
  3. Cream - 400 ml
  4. Gelatine sheets - 8
  5. Mascarpone cheese - 300 gms
  6. Vanilla sugar - 2 packet
  7. Sugar - 150 gms
  8. Chocolate flakes for decoration


Method :

To make the dough, chop the chocolate and melt in at low heat in a water bath. Add sugar and vanilla sugar to eggs and whisk until foamy. Mix in melted chocolate, ground nuts and flour mixed with baking powder. Fill into greased tray and bake immediately on middle rack for 55 to 60 mins at 175 C. Let cake cool off completely, remove from tray and
cut once horizontally.

Filling :

Stir mascarpone with sugar and vanilla sugar until smooth. Let gelatine soak, squeeze water out and dissolve gelatine in 2 tbsp of hot water. Add to mascarpone and stir until creamy. Add 20 ml of cherry water. Whip cream until stiff and add to mix as well. Sprinkle bottom cake half with approx. 20 ml of cherry water (syrup). Spread half of the cream as well as he well drained cherries over the base. Place top half on top and spread remaining cream over top. Let cool off for approx. 3 hours. Finish by decorating with chocolate flakes & cherries.


Happy baking :)

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