December 6, 2017

Chicken Corn Soup - Home style !!


Enjoy this healthy and nutritious chicken soup with your favourite bread.


Ingredients :

For Chicken Broth :
  1. Chicken, cleaned - 750 gms 
  2. Water - 10 cups
  3. Onion, big sized - 2 nos
  4. Green chillies - 2 nos
  5. Garlic - 7 pods
  6. Bay leaf - 2 no
  7. Cloves - 3 nos
  8. Star anise -  1
  9. Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  10. Ginger, chopped - 1 inch 
  11. Spring onions - handful
  12. Carrot - 1 small sized
  13. Cabbage - 1/4 cup
Mix all the ingredients together and bring it to boil until the chicken broth is half the quantity (Around 5 cups).


For soup :
  1. Chicken broth - 5 cups
  2. Corn kernels - 1/4 cup
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Black pepper powder
  5. Spring onions for garnishing
  6. Lemon juice
  7. Coriander leaves for garnishing
  8. Egg white - 1 no (optional)
  9. Cornflour (optional)  - 1/2 tsp

Method :

1.  Filter the chicken broth and remove the chicken pieces separately from other ingredients.  Slowly remove and shred the chicken pieces from its bone.   Keep aside.

2.  Now bring the clear chicken broth to boil.  Add corn kernels and salt to taste.  Cook till done.

3.  Garnish it with black pepper powder, coriander leaves, spring onions(green part) and lemon juice.

Serve warm.


Note :

1.  If you wish to use egg whites :  Beat the egg whites and slowly pour them in the soup once the corn is cooked.  Keep stirring continuously while the soup is cooking.

2.  If you want the soup to be thick  :  Dissolve the cornflour in water and slowly add them in the soup  , once the corn is cooked thoroughly.


December 3, 2017

Homemade Indian street style Egg Bread Omelette


Bread egg omelette is a very popular Indian street food.  This healthy, easy, quick, tasty and simple bread omelette can be served as a breakfast or snack with green chutney or just with tomato ketchup.  


Ingredients :

  1. Eggs - 2 nos
  2. Bread - 2 slices (White / Brown)
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Onion, finely chopped - 1 small sized
  5. Coriander leaves
  6. Green chillies, finely chopped - 1 no 
  7. Black pepper powder to taste
  8. Oil for greasing

Method :

1.  Bread 2 eggs in a bowl and add finely chopped onion, chillies, pepper powder, salt to taste and finely chopped coriander leaves.  Beat well until foamy.

2.  Heat oil in the pan, pour half the quantity of egg mixture.  Spread the egg mixture evenly on the pan.  

3.  Place a slice of bread over the egg mixture and cook for a min.  Slowly, flip the omelette along with the bread to another side and cook till done.   Repeat the process for another bread.



Serve immediately.

December 1, 2017

Mushroom Kurma | Kaalan Kuruma


Easy, delicious and rich mushroom korma taste great with rice, jeera rice, rotis and parathas.  We can add potatoes or peas for variations. 


Ingredients :

  1. Mushroom - 250 gms 
  2. Onion, chopped - 1 no
  3. Tomato, chopped - 2 nos
  4. Garlic - 2 nos
  5. Garlic - 1/2 inch piece
  6. Poppy seeds - 1 tbsp
  7. Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  8. Coconut grated - 1/4 cup
  9. Cashew nuts - 1 tbsp
  10. Oil - 2 tbsp
  11. Cinnamon stick - 1 no
  12. Cloves - 2 nos
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Chilly powder
  15. Coriander powder
  16. Turmeric powder
  17. Pepper powder
  18. Green chilly - 1 no
  19. Coriander leaves for garnishing
  20. Lemon juice - 1 tsp12§

Method :

Preparing the Masala Paste :

1.  Grind together onion, tomato, garlic and ginger to smooth paste.  Keep aside.

Preparing the Spice paste :

2.  Soak poppy seeds, fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp, grated coconut and cashew nuts in the water for 15 mins and grind them to smooth paste.  Keep aside.


3.  Heat oil in the pan, add cinnamon stick, cloves, fennel seeds (1/2 tsp) and saute.

4.  Add grounded onion-tomato masala paste.  Cover and cook for 5 mins.

5.  Add halved mushrooms, turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, pepper powder, one slit green chilly, grounded spice paste and salt to taste.  Add water if necessary.  Cover and cook till done.

6.  Finally, add lemon juice and garnish it with coriander leaves.


Serve with rice or rotis.

November 11, 2017

Spiced Paneer Fried Rice - Indo Chinese !!



Ingredients :

For Paneer :

  1. Paneer - 1/4 kg
  2. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  3. Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  4. Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Oil - 2 tsp
For Rice :
  1. Basmati Rice, cooked and cooled - 2 cups
  2. Oil - 1 tbsp
  3. Ginger, chopped - 1/2 tsp
  4. Garlic, chopped - 1 tsp
  5. Onion, sliced - 1 no
  6. Capsicum, chopped - 1 no
  7. Carrot, thinly sliced - 1 no
  8. Cabbage, sliced
  9. Spring onions
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Soy sauce - 1 tsp
  12. Pepper powder - 1 tsp
  13. Red chilly flakes, to taste

Method :

For Paneer :

1.  Mix all the ingredients together and marinate the paneer mixture for 15 mins.

2.  Heat oil in the pan, toast the marinated paneer till crispy.  Keep aside.


For Rice :

3.  Heat oil in the pan, add chopped ginger, garlic and onion.  Saute.

4.  Add carrot, cabbage, capsicum, spring onion and salt to taste.  Cook till crispy.

5.  Add soy sauce, pepper power, red chilly flakes and rice.  Simmer the heat and gently mix together.

6.  Finally, add paneer to the rice and garnish it with spring onions.


Serve warm.

November 9, 2017

Egg Noodles !!


No need to go out and have this delicious egg noodles when you can make and relish it at home.  All we need is noodles with finely sliced vegetables, eggs and sauce.  I used pizza sauce, to make it kids friendly instead we can use red chilly sauce for spicy flavour.


Ingredients :

  1. Hakka Noodles - 1 packet
  2. Salt to taste
  3. Vegetables (Carrot, beans, capsicum), sliced - 1/2 cup
  4. Oil - 1 tbsp 
  5. Garlic, finely chopped - 2 tsp
  6. Soy sauce - 1 tsp
  7. Onion - 1 no, sliced
  8. Spring onions 
  9. Egg - 2 nos
  10. Pepper powder to taste
  11. Tomato sauce - 1/2 tbsp
  12. Pizza sauce / Pasta sauce - 1/2 tbsp (or Use chilly sauce)
  13. Vinegar / Lime juice - 1/2 tsp

Method :

1.  Boil water, add a tsp of oil and the noodles.  Cook as per the instructions given in the packet.  Drain and keep aside.

2.  Heat oil in the skillet, add garlic, onion and sliced vegetables.  Add salt and saute.

3.  Add soy sauce, tomato sauce, pizza sauce (or pasta sauce / chilly sauce) and mix well.


4.  Meanwhile, in a separate pan cook the eggs along with the salt and pepper powder.  Scramble them.

5.  Stir in the noodles and scrambled eggs to the vegetable mixture.  Toss well.

6.  Finally, squeeze some lime juice and chopped spring onions.


Serve warm.

November 4, 2017

Bamboo Rice Kheer | Moongil Arisi Payasam


Bamboo rice though looks like wheat but richer in protein and has rich source of Vitamin B.  They are very beneficial for removing joint pains and controlling blood sugar.  This delicious kheer can be made using jaggery / sugar / coconut milk.  To make this kheer, pressure cook the rice and then with milk, sugar, nuts, cardamom powder till desired consistency. This payasam is really thick and delicious which can be served warm or chilled.


Ingredients :

  1. Bamboo rice - 1/4 cup
  2. Milk - 4 cups
  3. Nuts (Cashew nuts, almonds, pistachio)
  4. Saffron, few strands
  5. Sugar to taste
  6. Cardamom powder
  7. Ghee - 1 tbsp

Method :

1.  Wash rice and soak it over night or atleast 4 hours.  Pulse the bamboo rice in the mixer for few seconds (To grind them coarsely).

2.  Pressure cook the bamboo rice with one cup of milk.

3.  Heat ghee in the pan, roast the nuts and keep aside.



4.  Boil 3 cups of milk along with the cooked rice.  Add sugar and saffron strands.

5.  Cook till desired consistency and finally, add cardamom powder.

6.  Garnish it with roasted nuts.


Serve warm or cold.

November 1, 2017

Bread Uttapam !!


Uttapam is a South Indian delicacy.  This is one of the easiest and quick version of uttapam using bread.  We can use white or brown bread for this preparation.  To make it more healthy and kids friendly, try to add grated carrot and capsicum.  Serve it with chutneys.


Ingredients :

For Batter :

  1. White bread slices - 6 nos 
  2. Semolina / Rava - 1/2 cup
  3. Rice flour - 2 tbsp
  4. Yoghurt - 1/2 cup
  5. Water, as required
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Oil
For toppings :
  1. Onion, finely chopped - 1 no
  2. Tomato, finely chopped - 1 no
  3. Coriander leaves, finely chopped - 3 tbsp
  4. Green chillies, optional
  5. Salt to taste

Method :
 
1.  Cut the sides of the bread and crumble them in the mixer.

2.  Add semolina, rice flour, yoghurt, water and salt to the crumbled bread.  Allow the batter to rest for 15 mins.  (Add enough water for the desired consistency)

3.  For the toppings, mix and combine together onion, tomato, coriander leaves, green chillies and salt.  Keep aside.



4.  Heat the dosa pan and spread the dosa batter slightly thick.  Spread the toppings on the top evenly.  

5.  Drizzle some oil around the edges.  Cook on either sides.


Serve with chutneys.

October 26, 2017

Paruppu Thogayal | Thuvaram Paruppu Thogayal | Toor dal Chutney


Simple authentic paruppu thogayal is prepared with toor dal, which goes well with white rice / rasam / curd rice.


Ingredients :
  1. Oil - 1 tsp
  2. Toor dal - 100 gms
  3. Red chilly - 4 nos
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Tamarind - a small piece
  6. Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
  7. A pinch of hing

Method :

1.  Heat oil in the pan, add red chillies and a pinch of hing.

2.  Add black pepper corns, tamarind and toor dal.  Over the low heat, roast them until the toor dal changes colour to golden brown.  Allow the mixture to cool completely.

3.  Using little water, grind the mixture to desired consistency.



Serve with warm rice.

October 24, 2017

Besan Ladoo | Besan Ke Ladoo | Besan Laddu


Besan ladoo is one of the most popular homemade ladoos prepared during the festival seasons.  This ladoos are prepared using the gram flour, ghee and powdered sugar.  Try to use coarse variety of besan flour or add few tbsp of semolina to fine gram flour.  Store it in an airtight container for longer shelf life.


Ingredients :
  1. Gram flour (Besan) - 1 1/2 cups
  2. Semolina (Rava) - 4 tbsp
  3. Ghee - 1/2 cup
  4. Sugar, powdered - 3/4 cups
  5. Sliced almonds - 3 tbsp
  6. Sliced Pistachios - 2 tbsp
  7. Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp 

Method :

1.  Heat ghee in the pan, add gram flour and semolina.  Roast them over low heat until aromatic and dark golden in colour.  

2.  Turn the heat off and allow them to cool little bit, so that it is easy to handle.

3.  Add powdered sugar, roasted nuts, cardamom powder and mix well.


4.  Take small portions of mixture and prepare ladoo.

5.  Garnish it with almonds and pistachios.


Store in an airtight container.

October 12, 2017

Simple Homestyle Chicken Curry


I make this chicken curry very often, as it taste excellent with rice and rotis.  We can fasten the process by pressure cooking the dish.  


Ingredients :

  1. Chicken, washed & cut - 1 kg
  2. Onions - 2 nos
  3. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  4. Green chillies - 2 slit length wise
  5. Tomato puree - 1 cup
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  7. Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
  8. Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  9. Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
  10. Coconut milk - 1 cup
  11. Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  12. Curry leaves
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Oil 
For spice paste :
  1. Red chillies - 2 nos
  2. Poppy seeds - 1 tbsp
  3. Peanuts - 1 tbsp
  4. White sesame seeds - 1 tbsp
Dry roast the ingredients and grind them to smooth paste.


Method :

1.  Heat oil in the heavy bottomed pan, add finely chopped onions.  Saute till tender.

2.  Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and salt.  Saute.

3.  Add chicken pieces and cook them for 5 mins over medium heat.

4.  Add red chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, tomato puree and spice paste.  Add enough water to adjust the consistency.  Cover and cook for 15 mins or until done, over medium heat.



5.  Add coconut milk and garam masala powder.  Cook for few mins and turn off the flame.

6.  In a separate pan, add oil, slit green chillies and curry leaves.  Cook for few mins.  Garnish the chicken curry with this tadka.


Serve with rice / rotis.

October 10, 2017

Salted Caramel Cake !!


This cake has a lovely light crumb and salty-sweet deliciousness, which is well worth every step.


Ingredients :
  1. All purpose flour - 240 gms
  2. Baking powder - 1 tsp
  3. Butter - 11o gms
  4. Granulated sugar - 225 gms
  5. Dark brown sugar - 150 gms
  6. Eggs - 3 nos
  7. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  8. Milk - 240 ml
For Cream Cheese icing :
  1. Butter - 75 gms
  2. Cream cheese, room temperature - 225 gms
  3. Icing sugar - 250 gms
For Salted Caramel Sauce :
  1. Butter - 90 gms
  2. Granulated sugar - 200 gms
  3. Double cream - 120 ml
  4. Sea Salt flakes - 1 tbsp

Method :

For the cake :

1.  Preheat the oven to 180 C.  Grease and line up the baking pan with parchment paper.

2.  Sieve together flour and baking powder.

3.  In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and both the sugars until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating nicely until the whole mixture is well combined.

4.  Add vanilla extract, then mix in the dry ingredients alternating with the milk.  Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake it for 30 mins or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely.


For the Salted Caramel sauce :

5.  Heat the sugar over low to medium heat.  When the sugar starts to melt, gently swirl the pan but don't stir.  Cook for 5 mins or until the colour changes to brown.

6.  Remove from heat and add the butter.  Allow the butter to melt completely and then slowly stir the  mixture.

7.  Slowly, pour the cream and the sea salt.  Bring the mixture back to low heat and warm until it's a smooth sauce.  Leave to cool completely.

For the Cream cheese icing :

8.  Cream the butter until light and fluffy.  Slowly, add the sifted icing sugar.  

9.  Add cream cheese and caramel sauce.  Whisk until pale and smooth.

Assembling :

10.  Divide the cake into two layers, spread the caramel sauce and cream cheese icing.  Place the top layer of the cake and spread the remaining cream cheese icing and drizzle the caramel sauce and create the marbled pattern on top of the cake.


Enjoy baking :)
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