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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 :)

October 8, 2017

Fool Proof Poached Eggs !!

A foolproof method for perfectly poached eggs with tight egg white and liquid yolk, perfect for breakfast or toppings.

Ingredients :
  1. Eggs
  2. Distilled White Vinegar - 1 tbsp
  3. Water

Method :

1.  Fill a skillet half way up with water.

2.  Bring the water to a simmer, add the vinegar.

3.  Break each eggs into a small bowl, slowly add each egg into the simmering water.  Let it cook for 1 min exactly.  Switch off the flame and place a lid on the skillet.  Let them sit in the hot water for 5 mins.

4.  Take the egg out of the water, pat them dry on a paper towel.

Serve immediately.

October 5, 2017

Green tomato Chutney - Hot n Spicy !!!

Hot and spicy green tomato chutney is delicious when served with hot rice and ghee.  This is the wonderful way of using fresh, green tomatoes from your garden.

Ingredients :

  1. Green tomatoes - 10 medium sized
  2. Garlic - 7 pods
  3. Onion - 1 small sized
  4. Green chillies - 4 to 5 nos (to taste)
  5. Oil - 2 tsp
  6. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  7. Chana dal - 1 tsp
  8. Curry leaves 
  9. Shallots - 12 nos
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :

1.  Clean and cut the green tomatoes roughly.

2.  Heat a tsp of oil in the pan, add chopped tomatoes, garlic, green chillies and chopped onion.  Cover and cook till done.  Cool the mixture completely and grind them coarsely.

3.  Heat a tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, channa dal, curry leaves and chopped shallots.  Saute.

4.  Add the grounded tomato puree and salt to taste.  Cook until done.

5.  Garnish it with coriander leaves.

Serve with rice.

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