June 19, 2020

CRAB SOUP - AUTHENTIC PREPARATION


Crab soup is very healthy and also good enough to boost your immunity. Crabs are considered to be high in protein and low in fat & calories. This soup is a best way to beat off cold and flu. 


Ingredients :

  1.  Oil - 1 tsp
  2. Small onions - 10 nos
  3. Ginger - small pc
  4. Garlic - 2 nos
  5. Curry leaves
  6. Tomato - 1 small sized
  7. Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  8. Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
  9. Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  10. Crab - 1/2 cup
  11. Salt to taste
  12. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  13. Water - 3 cups
  14. Coriander leaves

Method :


1.  Crush ginger & garlic.  Keep aside.

2.  Crush cumin seeds, fennel seeds & pepper corns together.  Keep aside.
  
3.  Heat oil in the pressure cooker, add onion, curry leaves, tomato, crushed ginger, garlic and crushed     spices.  Cook for few mins.

4.  Add crab, turmeric powder, salt & water.  Pressure cook for 3 whistles.

5.  Garnish it with coriander leaves.

Serve warm.

June 9, 2020

Besan Ladoo


Besan Ladoo are creamy, golden-hued, melt-in-your-mouth dessert balls often made during festivals and special occasions. One of the easiest Diwali recipes, besan ladoo or ladoo are made with besan/gram flour, ghee and sugar laced with aromatic cardamom.

Ingredients :

  1. Ghee - 1/2 cup
  2. Gram flour - 1 cup
  3. Semolina / Rava - 1/2 cup
  4. Sugar - 1 cup
  5. Cardamom - 4 nos
  6. Nuts, sliced 
Method :

In Tamil


1.  Heat 1/4 cup of ghee in the non-stick pan, add gram flour & semolina.  Dry roast over medium heat for at least 10 mins.  

2.  After 10 mins of roasting, add another 1/4 cup of ghee & continue roasting for another 15 mins.  The mixture turns golden brown & little wet.  Switch off the flame.  Allow the mixture to cool a bit.

3.  Meanwhile, grind together sugar & cardamom to fine powder.  Mix the sugar powder & sliced nuts to the besan mixture.  

4.  When the mixture is warm, make ladoos to the desired size.  

5.  Store it in air tight container for longer shelf life.


Enjoy the treat.

Baby Corn Fritters


Baby Corn Fritters is a delicious snack recipe, made using baby corns, gram flour and a melange of spices. It is a delicious snack recipe and is a mouth-watering dish for any occasions. Try out this quick and easy-to-make dish for your loved ones and enjoy!


Ingredients :

  1. Baby corn - 12 nos
  2. Gram flour - 1/4 cup
  3. Rice flour - 1/4 cup
  4. Red chilly flakes - 1/2 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  7. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  8. Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  9. Juice from 1/2 lemon
  10. Coriander leaves, chopped
  11. Water - 1/2 cup
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Oil for frying
  14. Flour 
  15. Green chillies for garnishing (optional) 
Method :

In Tamil


1.  Clean & cut the baby corns in half, length wise.  

2.  Cook the baby corns in the salted boiling water for few mins.  Drain & spread the baby corns over the kitchen paper.

3.  In a separate bowl, mix together gram flour, rice flour, red chilly flakes, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, chilly powder, cumin powder, lemon juice, coriander leaves, salt & water.  The mixture should resemble like dosa batter.

4.  Sprinkle some flour over the baby corns.  Now dip the baby corns in the batter prepared.

5.  Heat oil in the frying pan & deep fry the baby corns till crispy & golden brown.

6.  Also fry the slit green chillies & garnish it over the fried baby corns.



Serve warm.

RAINBOW CAKE - PERFECT CELEBRATION CAKE


VANILLA & CHOCOLATE FLAVOURED RAINBOW CAKE FOR PERFECT BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.






May 9, 2020

CREAMY MUSHROOM PASTA


Looking for a delicious, filling dish the whole family can agree on?  This creamy mushroom pasta has definitely got you covered!

Creamy mushroom pasta recipe is perfect for meal prepping during the week or as a delicious lunch or dinner. 


INGREDIENTS :

  1. Penne pasta - 3 cups
  2. Salt to taste
  3. Oil 
  4. Onion, chopped - 1/2 cup
  5. Garlic, chopped - 1 tbsp
  6. Mushrooms, sliced - 200 gms
  7. Butter - 1 tbsp
  8. Olive oil - 1 tbsp
  9. All purpose flour (Maida) - 2 tbsp
  10. Milk - 1 cup
  11. Red chilly flakes - 1/2 tsp
  12. Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  13. Grated parmesan cheese - 1/2 cup
  14. Dried parsley - 1 tsp

METHOD :
In Tamil


1.  Cook the pasta in the salted boiling water with a tsp of oil as per the instructions given in the package.  Keep aside.

2.  In a pan, add oil, chopped onion, garlic & sliced mushrooms.  Cook until mushrooms are golden & cooked thoroughly.  Keep aside.

3.  In the same pan, add butter, oil & flour.  Keep stirring for a min & add a cup of milk.  

4.  Add red chilly flakes, salt to taste, pepper powder & grated Parmesan cheese.  The sauce becomes thick.

5.  Add mushrooms & pasta.  Mix & cook for 2 more mins or until well combined.


Serve warm.

May 2, 2020

Pineapple Halwa


Sweet and decadent and richly flavorful pineapple halwa is a thick pudding of sorts made with pineapple, milk solids and sugar. Make, share and enjoy !



Ingredients :

  1. 1 medium sized pineapple
  2. Ghee - 4 tsp
  3. Sugar - 1/2 cup
  4. Homemade khova - 1/2 cup
  5. Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Saffron, few strands
  7. Nuts of your choice
  8. Almonds for garnishing

Method :


1.  Peel the pineapple skin & chop them.

2.  Coarsely grind the cubbed pineapple & keep aside.

3.  Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a pan, add coarsely grounded pineapple.  Cook for 10 mins & stirring occasionally.

4.  Add sugar & khova. Cook until thick in consistency.

5.  Add cardamom powder & saffron strands.


6.  In a separate pan, add 2 tsp of ghee & roast the nuts.  

7.  Add the roasted nuts to the pineapple mixture.  Cook until the mixture separates the pan.

8.  Garnish it with almonds.


Halwa is ready to serve.

Recipe link for homemade khova :

https://www.cookingwithswapna.com/2019/11/khova-using-ricotta-cheese-homemade-mawa.html

CABBAGE POTATO CURRY


Wholesome, filling, delicious & easy is what today's cabbage potato curry is all about.  You need only a few staple ingredients to make this curry.  I didn't go overboard with any spices, kept the recipe way simple so that even a beginner cook can make it easily.



Ingredients 

  1. Cabbage, shredded  - 4 cups
  2. Oil - 1 tbsp
  3. Cinnamon stick 
  4. Cloves - 3 nos
  5. Cardamom - 2 nos
  6. Onion, chopped - 1 cup
  7. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  8. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  9. Potato - 3 nos
  10. Water - 1 cup
  11. Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  12. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  13. Tamarind paste - 1/2 tsp
  14. Large tomato - 1 no
  15. Salt to taste
  16. Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :


1.  Heat oil in the pan. Add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom & onion slices.  Saute till tender.

2.  Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder & salt to taste. 

3.  Add shredded cabbage.  Cover & cook for few mins.

4.  Add cubed potatoes & water.  Cover & cook till 3/4th done.

5.  Meanwhile ground together coconut, chilly powder & tamarind paste.

6.  Finally add the grounded spice paste & tomato to the cabbage curry.  Cook for another 5 mins or until done. 

7.  Garnish it with coriander leaves.


Serve with rice / rotis.

April 27, 2020

CRICKET GROUND THEMED CAKE


CHOCOLATE SPONGE CAKE WITH WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING.
LIGHTS MADE UP OF WHITE CHOCOLATE
FONDANT FOR LITTLE DECORATIONS





April 24, 2020

Restaurant Style Chicken Curry


Making restaurant style chicken curry at home doesn't have to be intimidating. This recipe comes together in under an hour and is an excellent way to add some versatility to your weeknight dinner arsenal. And it's primarily comprised of ingredients you probably already have on hand—chicken, onions, garlic, spices and  tomato puree.


Ingredients :

For Marination :

  1. Chicken - 3/4 kg
  2. Salt to taste
  3. Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  4. Turmeric power - 1/2 tsp
  5. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  6. Juice from 1/2 lemon
Mix all the ingredients together & marinate the chicken for at least 1/2 hr, preferably overnight.


Spice Paste :

  1. Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  2. Onion - 1 large sized
  3. Ginger pcs - 1 tsp
  4. Garlic - 3 pods
  5. Red chilly - 2 nos
  6. Cinnamon stick
  7. Cloves- 3 nos
  8. Bayleaf
Grind them together to smooth paste.

Others:
  1. Oil - 2 tbsp
  2. Garam masala - 1 tsp
  3. Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  4. Chilly powder - to taste
  5. Tomato puree - 1/2 cup
  6. Water -  1 cup
  7. Juice of 1/2 lemon
  8. Coriander leaves, for garnishing

Method :



1.  Heat oil in the pan, add marinated chicken & stir fry for 5 mins.

2.  Add spice paste to the chicken & cook.

3.  Add garam masala, coriander powder, chilly powder, tomato puree & water.  Cover & cook the chicken over medium heat for 10 to 15 mins or until done.

4.  Finally, add juice of 1/2 lemon & garnish it with coriander leaves.


Enjoy.

April 15, 2020

Air Fried Crispy Fried Chickpeas | Channa Dal - Just a tsp of oil is enough !!!!


Air roasted chickpeas - golden & crisp on the exterior & buttery on the interior - simple healthy snack.


Ingredients :
  1. White chana dal / Chickpeas - 2 cups
  2. Oil - 1 tsp
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Black salt - 1/4 tsp
  5. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  6. Dry mango powder - 1/2 tsp

Method :


1.  Clean & soak the chick peas over night.

2.  Drain the water & spread the chick peas over the kitchen towel for 15 mins.

3.  Preheat the air fryer @200 C for 5 mins.

4.  Grease the pan with oil & spread the chick peas in the air fryer.

5.  Fry @ 200 C for 10 to 15 mins or until crispy.

6.  Mix salt, black salt, chilly powder & dry mango powder to the fried channa.

7.  Store it in air tight container.


Enjoy with tea.

April 13, 2020

Egg Curry !!


Hard boiled eggs immersed in a delicious South Indian- style coconut curry sauce scented with kasoori methi leaves.



Ingredients :

For Egg :

  1. Boiled Eggs - 5 nos
  2. Oil - 1 tsp
  3. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  4. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. Salt to taste
For Curry :
  1. Oil - 1 tsp
  2. Cinnamon stick - 1 big stick
  3. Cloves - 3 nos
  4. Cardamom - 2 nos
  5. Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  6. Onion, chopped- 2 nos
  7. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  8. Tomatoes, chopped - 2 small sized
  9. Green chillies - 2 nos
  10. Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  11. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  12. Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  13. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  14. Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  15. Salt to taste
  16. Hot water - 1 cup
  17. Coconut paste - 1/2 cup
  18. Kasoori methi leaves - 1 tsp

Method :
For Egg :

1.  Boil the eggs.  Remove the shells & slightly slit the eggs.

2. Heat a tsp of oil in a pan, add turmeric powder, chilly powder & salt.  Saute for few mins or until you see crispy texture on the eggs.  Keep aside.

For Curry :

3.  Heat oil in the pan, add cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom & cumin seeds.

4.  Add chopped onions.  Saute till tender.

5.  Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, chopped tomatoes, green chillies & cook until mushy.

6.  Add fennel seeds, coriander powder, chilly powder & garam masala.  Cover & cook for few mins.

7.  Add hot water to adjust the consistency.  

8.  Add coconut paste & dry fenugreek leaves. 

9.  Finally, add fried eggs & cook for few mins or until done.  



Enjoy.


ANNIVERSARY CAKE




Simple Chocolate cake for Anniversary celebration.


April 6, 2020

CHICKEN NUGGETS


Chicken Nuggets is an easy snack recipe which is enjoyed and relished by kids and adults alike. Best served with green chutney, this chicken recipe is apt for pot luck and kitty parties. If you happen to be a chicken lover, then this easy Chicken Nugget recipe is perfect for you.


INGREDIENTS :

  1. Minced chicken - 300 gms
  2. Bread slices - 2 nos
  3. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  4. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Soy sauce - 1 tbsp
  7. Oil for frying
  8. Egg - 1 no
  9. Milk - 1/4 cup
  10. Bread crumbs - 1 cup
METHOD :


1.  Trim the corner of the bread.  Slice the bread & grind them to fine powder.

2.  Mix together minced chicken, grounded bread, ginger garlic paste, chilly powder, salt & soy sauce.  Keep aside.

3.  Heat oil in the pan.

4.  Take a small dollop of minced chicken mix & dip them in the egg mixture first.  Then dip them in the bread crumbs.  Shape the patties & set aside.

5.  Deep fry the patties in the oil till golden brown on all side. 

6.  Instead of frying, fry the patties in the air fryer @ 200 C for 15 mins. 


Serve warm.

April 2, 2020

Pineapple Salsa as a Dip or Salad


This easy pineapple salsa is SO good that I could just sit and eat it out of the bowl. It’s really simple and extremely versatile. You can use this to top chicken, fish, burritos, quesadillas, salads… the sky is the limit. It should stay good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days but chances are it won’t last that long!


Ingredients :

  1. Pineapples, chopped - 1 cup
  2. Onion, chopped - 2 tbsp
  3. Tomato, chopped - 1 tbsp
  4. Green chillies, chopped
  5. Mint leaves / Coriander leaves, chopped
  6. Shredded ginger - 1/2 tsp
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Black salt - 1/2 tsp
  9. Cumin powder  - 1/2 tsp
  10. Peanuts - 1 tbsp
In Tamil



In English

Mix all the ingredients together.  


Serve chill or immediately.


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