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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Funky Looking Mocktails (electric shock mocktail) | Neyon Coloured Mocktails

This is one super funky and Crazy looking Mocktail which you will love.
It has that Neyon colour feel to it and if you are in the mood for something electric then give it a shot.

Try it for your next party and it will be a hit,i promise you that.

p.s. - please don't hate on me bartenders.i know this recipe seems ridiculous,but it tasted great.
do give it a try some day !
raspberry flavor syrup or grenadene
Sprite or 7up mixed with 1 tsp lemon juice
blue gatorade or any blue drink mix
flutes or any glass of your choice

Lets start mixing -
fill your glass with few ice cubes and pour some grenadene at the bottom of your glass
then add in the blue gatorade,pour it slowly
finally pour the sprite mix on top
stir with a cute cocktail stirr stick before drinking

So there your Funky Mocktail is ready,have a sip !

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Kerala Appam (Palappam) and Malabar Egg Stew Recipe

This recipe is Kerala Appam without the Palappam Appam chatti or Appam tava,i just could not get hold of a good non stick Appam tava anywhere,i was so impatient and just to give it a try.

So then i made it on my regular tava and it was perfect.
Again i did learn something from this,it is to try something in your own way and make it work.
Here's how i made it -

Soak 2 cups rice for 5/6 hours - Use any rice,dont stress on it.

For the batter - 
grind the soaked rice with 1/2 cup cooked rice and 1/2 cup grated coconut(you can use 1/2 cup coconut pwd too) - Add water little at a time so you have control on the batter.
The batter must not be too thick or too runny.

We also need 1 tsp yeast - 3 tsp sugar - 1tsp salt - 1 tsp baking soda
warm less than 1/2 cup water and add the sugar,to this add the yeast and set aside for 15 min.

t.i.p- never ever dissolve yeast in hot water and do not add salt to the water when you add yeast.It wont rise,after 15 min the yeast and sugar will get frothy.

Allow to ferment for 10/12 hours.After fermenting overnight add salt and baking soda then keep aside for 15/20 min(i use this time to make the stew)

Now take your appam Kadai and make the you can see i'm using my non stick omelet pan.

perfect right?
 My Malabar Egg Stew Recipe.
You can make Chicken or Potato Stew the same way.
serve hot for breakfast
View for Kerala Veg Dishes

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Hariyali Paneer Recipe | Cottage Cheese in Green Gravy | Hari Paneer Masala

                                                                  Hariyali Paneer

For the green paste -
1 cup chopped spinach
1/2 cup chopped fenugreek leaves
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
2 green chili's or to taste
4 cloves garlic
blanch all this for 3/4 min then puree it

Also saute the cottage cheese till light brown and keep aside.

Spice paste
1 small onion grated
cumin powder
paprika or red chili pwd
all spice or garam masala
 ~ Mix 1 tsp each of these powders with the grated onion

Cream is added in the end to make the dish get a luscious creamy taste,but you can skip it.
I never skip cream for anything,how can any one not add in cream?

In oil or butter saute the grated onion and spice mix till light brown,then add in the cooked cottage cheese and the green paste,coat gently and salt along with 1/2 cup water and allow to simmer for 10 min covered.
After 10 min the cottage cheese will get soft and the gravy will get a bit thick.Its now time to add in the cream,just 2 tsp will do.Of course you can add more,but watch out as the gravy will turn a pale green.
Now your done.

Serve with warm bread or on top of steamed basmati rice.Enjoy !

Sent to Jagrutis Page for Super Foods Event

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Angoori Raita Recipe | Grapes in Yogurt Dip | Angoor ka Raita

Tasty Angoor Raita (grapes in yogurt)

For Angoor Raita its best to use black grapes.If you want to go more fancy you can also add in pomegranate too,the dip then looks stunning and you have 2 wonderful flavours in one dish.
I skipped it today,but i insist you add it when you try this recipe.

Usually this Raita(dip) is served when you have something spicy so it cuts down the spice.This is also used as a dip for crisps,soup sticks,tortilla chips and even as a spread for Kathi rolls and other rolls.Just make sure you chop the grapes very fine when you make it as a spread.
For this dip you need
black grapes 1/2 cup cup cut in half
organic yogurt 1 cup
 - i used Rachels Yogurt,try some today,you will thank me

roasted and crushed cumin and coriander seeds 1 tsp
salt to taste
sugar to taste
chili flakes small pinch
chaat masala 1/2 tsp
chopped green chili 1
coriander leaves for garnish
mint leaves 1/2 cut very fine
mix everything together and arrange the grapes on top
then garnish with coriander leaves and your done !

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Gujarati Poha (Bateta Poha) | Gujarati Breakfast Thali Meal | Bateta / Potato Poha

Gujarati Poha Recipe

For this platter i served White Dhokla - Sev - Mango and Potato Poha
 For Potato Poha -

Poha - 2 cups - Beaten rice flakes
Potato 1 small,cubed
chop half an onion
2/3 green chilis
ginger grated - 1/2 tsp
peanuts - handful
sugar 2 tsp
curry leaf 10/12
lemon juice 1 tsp
1/2 tsp hing
turmeric pwd 1 tsp
red chili 1 tsp
cumin seeds 1 tsp
coriander leaves
sesame seeds 1 tsp - optional
coconut - optional

Start by washing the poha,allow to drain.Then temper ghee or oil with cumin,curry leaf,green chili,hing,ginger and add in the peanuts,saute for 1 min,then add the onions,salt,turmeric,red chili,sugar and cook till soft,now add in the cubed potato and cook till soft,once the potato is cooked gently mix in the poha saute for 2/3 min and then cook covered for 2 min so everything gets well combined and it cooks in the steam.After opening the lid,add in the lemon juice and sesame seeds.
Garnish with coconut and coriander leaves and now your done !

Friday, 20 July 2012

Creamy Chicken Malai Kebab | Ramadan Chicken Recipes

Ramadan has started today and i wish you all a Happy Ramadan 2102
Today's recipe is Chicken Malai Kebab.

Its mild and very easy to make,it will be perfect for your Ramadan Menu.

you need
chicken mince
ginger/garlic 2 tsp
small onion
green chili 2/3
coriander leaf
pepper crushed
- blend all these till well combined

cream 1 tsp
 1 egg to bind
2/3 tsp crushed fresh bread powder 
salt to taste
grated cheese 2 tsp

- Mix all these ingredients with the chicken mince mixture
make any shape of your choice and keep in the fridge to set for 15 min.
then dust with corn flour

Then Shallow fry the chicken kebabs till light brown and serve hot !

Serve this for your Ramadan 2012 Menu and impress your guests,they will love it.
Once again Happy Ramadan 2012 to all my readers.

Sending this to Zaiqa for the Hydrabadi Ramadan Food Festival

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Homemade Bengali Bhog Food | Kichuri and Labra | Durga Puja Recipes

Every year for Durga Puja there used to be Pandals in every street corner where i lived.

Me and my lil sis always had just one thing in mind and it was trying out the food..We both used to relish the Muglai Parathas,Fish Fry and The Chicken Chop what fun and so tasty.

In the mornings the food was simple,tasted so pure and they served Kichuri and
 Labra(Mix Veg).I tried making it,and it turned out great.

In my search i came across many recipes for Labra,but i choose this one as it had mustard paste and i was right, it did give out a great aroma and authentic flavour to the dish.
i say try this one for a true Bengali Bhog Experience.

For the veg i used - frozen mix veg-beans,peas and carrot.I also used bringal,potato,pumkin and cauliflower.Use can also use yam,drumstick and even spinach.

a must for this dish
Panch phoran and mustard paste(mustard pwd mixed with water)

Start by adding mustard oil,if you wana skip using mustard oil its okay,you can use regular oil too.I know some of you do not like the aroma of this oil.

Temper with Panch phoran,dried red chili then add grated ginger now add the mix veg and saute adding salt,turmeric after 2 min add mustard paste and saute for another 2/3 min..

Cover for 5 min and cook,the taste of this dish according to me is the flavour of the veg stuck at the bottom(the brown bit) its called Charchari,scrape it and again saute,now add sugar,it should be a bit sweet as the flavours blend together.

Cook covered for 10 min till soft then to finish add Bengali Garam Masala - for this grind equal quantities of cinnamon - cardamom and cloves.

Durga Puja Kichuri | Bengali Bhog Kichuri Recipe | Kichuri Recipe

Kichuri and Labra are two dishes eaten as Bhoger Food,also known as Pujor Bhog.
This recipe for Kichuri is the best i have tried and it tastes perfect and special every time i make it.
But i must admit that nothing can taste as good as the actual bhog food you get in the pandals.
 Follow the exact recipe and you will be pleased.

equal rice + moong daal -eg 1 cup
usually we use 2 cups water for 1 cup rice+ daal,but for this kichidi add 3 cups water(to make it watery)
 Roast moong daal till light brown and keep aside,roasting the daal is not to be skipped for this dish.

spice 1
whole red chili
green chili
cumin seeds
grated ginger
bay leaf

spice 2
bengali garam masala
cumin pwd
turmeric pwd

>Saute all the spice 1 in ghee,then add in the spice 2 mix and saute for 2 min,do not brown it.

Now add the roasted moong daal and rice and add water.Pressure cook for 4 whistles.

Once its done the dish will be watery,that is what we want.Before serving top with more ghee..

serve with Labra/Mix Veg

Sent to walk-through-memory-lane event and gayathris page

Sent to Cooks joy - rice event and Sangees page

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Garlic Chicken Nuggets | Ramdan Snack Recipes | Chinese Garlic Nuggets

These Garlic Chicken Nuggets or Chicken Garlic Nuggets are way too tasty and i regret making a small batch,its moist inside and the top is crunchy and full of garlic wonder fullness.
Me and Hubs loved it.

 Cut chicken breast in nugget size pieces and boil them in milk,salt and chili flakes..Don't skip this step as this is what makes it get soft and flavourful inside.

Cool it completely and then dust with flour,this helps the egg coat and stick to the chicken.

 Now dip it in beaten egg with a little salt and pepper added.

Last coat in flour again and deep fry,they will be crispy and ready to get coated in the sauce now.

For the sauce-

mix 2 tsp each
soy sauce
chili sauce
tomato sauce

in a pan saute 5-6 cloves of garlic till pink,add in the mixed sauces and saute, then add in the fried chicken nuggets and coat,now sprinkle some garlic powder(dont skip it) on top and shut the flame..
Its done,serve these hot !!!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Sponge Dosa (super soft dosa) | Making Spong and Fluffy Dosa

This Spongy Dosa  has an amazing taste to it,there are few extra things added in so your in for a real treat..

It gets very soft and spongy if cooked only one one side,but i like it a bit crispy so i cooked the second side till light brown.

Hope you try this fluffy dosa some day !

   For the making super soft and fluffy dosa

1 cup rice
1/2 cup rice flakes(poha)
1/2 cup sago(sabudana soaked overnight)
butter milk 2 glasses
coconut 1/2 cup
baking soda 1 tsp
salt to taste

~ Soak the rice and poha overnight in 1 glass butter milk.
Discard the soaked butter milk the next morning, then grind the rice,poha,coconut and sago with the rest of the buttermilk (1glass) add the baking soda and mix well adding salt.

Cook this like any other dosa,but get ready to taste something totally mouth watering.
Potato masala to go with the dosa

Boil potato and  peas with salt and keep aside,temper oil with mustard seeds,urad daal,chana daal,red chili,curry leaf, hing and ginger.

Add in some chopped onion,turmeric pwd and saute,now add salt ,tomato and cook for a min or 2, now goes the potato- peas and cook adding little water..adding a pinch of sugar makes this masala more tasty so dont skip it..Cook till soft and garnish with coriander leaf.

My Chutney recipe
some tomato chutney on the side goes great with the potato masala and dosa ! yum !

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Homemade Indian Chaat Dishes (Making Chaat at Home)

I did not serve these home made assorted chaat dishes in a Thali (platter) as i wanted to show 1 portion each of these Tasty Chaat Dishes.

We had this for our weekend dinner and we were totally full,i know it looks like a lot,but you can gobble this up if you skip tea..It was super fun and super yum.

You can make this all into a cute platter by keeping 3 pieces each of the chaats and 1 piece batura chole.

Important : The falooda has to be in a big glass or else its not worth the effort.

  How to plan on making a Assorted Chaat Platter (thali) at Home?

 For this Homemade Chaat Feast don't stress your self the same day,so make the paani puri water a day before,and do not forget to soak and then boil the chole,you can cook it the same day..

The Ragda Pattice Tikki can also be made a day before and wrapped in the fridge,you can fry it the same day...Prepping things before helps you relax when you make any kind of platter,so please do it.

 Here is my recipe for Paani Puri

Recipe for Chole Puri or Chatpata Chole
View my Ragda Patties recipe

       Sev Puri >I forgot to click a pic of the sev puri chaat,all you do is top a papdi puri with boiled potato and top with sweet and green chutney,sprinkle sev and coriander leaves on top..
Last finish off with chaat masala..

                 For Falooda
Soak basil seeds (sabza) till they swell..then boil milk with cardamom and sugar to taste,add super fine vermicelli to it till they turn soft,now cool this,you can add any kind of essence of your choice too.

Then take a tall glass and pour some roofza in the bottom,put 1 tsp of sabza and vermicelli milk over the roofza and 1 scoop of ice cream,pour the rest of the chilled milk on top and another scoop of icecream,then garnish with almond slices.

Now your done making tasty falooda ! Have fun eating it.

Few other chaat options for you to try

Do try this Homemade Chaat Platter,its really easy if you plan it out..Hope you try it some day.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Never Fail Sponge Cake with One Egg | Cakes with One Egg | One Egg Sponge Cake

If you ever wondered about baking a sponge cake with one egg which is soft and spongy then keep reading.

Its my blog birthday today and i cant believe its been a year already..I do hope to get better with my posts and of course the photography,i got to learn so much in that area...

Cheers to every one who has a blog birthday today !!

About this recipe,this is the Best Ever Spong Cake i ever baked,and it is a Cake with One egg only.
It turns out perfect and moist everytime and is a must try for sponge cake lovers...

 Use the exact amount listed to get it perfect and also keep the wet ingredients out for an hour before baking...It wont work if the egg and milk is not room temperature

If you feel confused with the amounts here or want to know about other measurements please refer to these sites,it will surely help you Baking Conversion or Baking-Measurements

Pre - heat the oven to 180 c for 20 min.

Dry Mix
1 cup all purpose flour
1tsp tsp cornflour
a pinch salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Wet Mix
1 egg - yolk and white separated
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar,more if you like it sweet(i think it is perfect with 1/2 cup)
vanilla 1 tsp
1/3 cup milk

Follow the steps for the best sponge cake

> Sift the dry mix once,then beat the yolk,vanilla,sugar and oil till creamy...
>Now beat the egg white till fluffy and cute - keep it away for now
>Start to mix in the dry mix little at a time and fold,do not over mix..
>Now the best part,slowly fold in the beaten egg white.Be very gentle keep it airy.

Once everything is mixed,pour into the cake tin and bake at 180 for 25 min..
> Do not open the oven until 25 min has passed...

Tip - Bake as soon as you finish mixing never let the batter stand.

 More baking with one egg recipes coming soon !!

Sent to Vardhini's Page and Valli's page      

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

How to make Paani Puri | Gol Gappe for Ramadan | Best Paani Puri / Poori Recipe

Being a mumbai girl i love chaats and Paani Puri is my favourite of them all.

I decided to make some and promised myself that i will make everything from scratch,although making the puris made me a bit nervous thinking if the puris will puff up or no.

They did,once the nervous feeling went,some how the vibes get into the cooking so never be scared of trying anything new ..
In the end i felt really proud,and i couldn't stop talking about it,i know silly me.

you got to make it,its super fun !

 Serve it in short glasses filled with the spicy water and stuffed puris on top..

These are the - Common stuffing's used in paani puris
boiled potatoes -sprouted moong steamed with salt ~ boondi soaked in water and squeezed~black channa(boiled with salt) ~ mini peas(boiled with salt and turmeric) ~boiled and mashed white peas.

For the spicy/sweet water
1 cup mint leaves
2 chilies or more to your taste
3 tbs tamarind paste
3 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp black salt
1 tsp salt or more
1 tsp ginger powder
1 pinch hing
1 tbs roasted cumin pwd
1 tsp sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups water or more its all to your taste..grind all this and strain..and chill until serving..

For the chutneys - My Sweet Chutney Recipe and My Green Chutney Recipe

I managed only getting this for the puris,keeping safety in mind i dont wana risk anything while deep frying..

1/4 cup flour,use all purpose only -3/4 cup semolina - water as you knead the dough - salt 1 tsp
Follow the same recipe and i promise you perfect puris..knead the dough and keep covered for 10 min
then all you do is roll out and with a cutter and make circles and all you do is fry them till light brown.
Cover the dough so it wont dry out when you make the puris...

We had steamed sprouted moong as the topping..Loved it..

Tomato and Celery Soup | Under 10 min Homemade Soup

Love this healthy tomato soup recipe,no added cream or other thickening agent..
The oats (Organic) is what i use to give some body to the soup,it also makes it creamy and perfect.
If you are in Dubai visit the Organic Foods and Cafe for great Organic Oats and other Superfoods.

This recipe is a must try,my way of having this soup is with a slice of buttery bread ! so so good !

>       Sorry for the bad lighting..and i also forgot to click a pic of the final dish...
i used beef tomatoes,but any kind will do - 2 chopped roughly
celery chopped
garlic 5/6
onion 1
 please do not skip the celery,this is what gives the soup a wonderful aroma.
saute the onion garlic and celery till soft,not brown
you can also add whole pepper corns at this point
use a mix of olive oil and butter for best results

now add in the tomatoes and paprika,this gives the soup a nice colour
cook on low till for 5 /7 min ,now add  in water or veg stock along with salt and 1 heaped spoon of sugar..
pressure cook all this
you can boil it,but its important to save energy so use your pressure cooker.

see its all mushy in 5 min..that's why i love pressure cookers
now puree all this

 Its important to make tomato soup a bit sweet to cut down the tartness of the adjust
add the puree back to the pan and add in quick cook oats and boil for 5/7 min till done..
garnish with coriander and sip away....

Monday, 9 July 2012

Zucchini Pancakes | Healthy Zucchini Snack Recipes

This is a savoury pancake made with zucchini and you can spice it up with any kind of seasoning..
After making it a couple of times this recipe tastes the best..hope you all give it a try..

chop the zucchini and marinate in the spices for 10 min
once thats done make a smooth batter with the flours and add in the chopped marinated zucchini

As this is a healthy pancake no white flour goes in.

I used 1 cup wheat flour and 2 tbs chickpea flour..
spices - chili flakes - whole cumin seeds - small onion chopped - hing -green chili's to taste and salt

Cook on a non stick pan till light brown..Now your done,serve warm with yogurt or ketchup as a dip !

Sent to VFAM - Zucchini Event ..Event Hosted by Priya
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