Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Veg Hakka Noodles / Chow mein Noodles with Peanut sauce

Veg Hakka noodles - Sweet and tangy noodles

Hakka noodles is a part of the Hakka cuisine which is the cooking style of Hakka people of China and Taiwan.They have a special way of cooking meats with carbohydrates.This is a simple vegetarian dish made with boiling noodles in hot water and then sautéing it with freshly stir fried veggies and sauces.

It is now a famous street food in India and part of the Indo- Chinese cuisine. Its spicy,tangy and sweet all at the same time.You can serve it with ketchup too.I love peanuts and i found that a simple peanut sauce with a cup of hot noodles are a perfect match.

Ingredients :

  • Hakka noodles - 1 pack
  • Onion - 1 
  • Bell pepper/ Capsicum - 1
  • Cabbage - 1/4
  • Carrot - 1
  • Green chillies - 3
  • Ginger - small piece
  • Garlic - 5-6 pods
  • Scallion / Green onions - few strands finely chopped
  • Salt 
  • Oil - 3 tsp

Sweet and spicy sauce for noodles - Ingredients:
  • Soy sauce - 1 tsp
  • Hot sesame oil - 2 tsp
  • Tomato ketchup - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili sauce - 2 tsp
  • Sugar - 2 tsp
  • White vinegar - 1 tsp

Peanut Sauce for dipping - Ingredients :
  • Peanut butter - 4 tsp
  • Soya sauce - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili sauce - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Hot Sesame oil - 1 tsp
  • Water - 3 to 4 tsp

Mix all the ingredients and put them in a blender.Pulse them until smooth.Keep it aside in a small bowl.This is the peanut dipping sauce for the noodles.

Method : 

  • In a large pan bring water to boil and cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain and wash with cold water. Add 1/2 tsp oil and gently toss them.Keep the boiled noodles aside.
  • Slice onion,carrot,capsicum,cabbage into thin slices.Finely mince ginger and garlic.
  • Heat 3 tsp oil in a large open pan or wok.Add ginger and garlic and saute for a min.
  • Add remaining vegetables and keep sauteeing until they are half done.They should be cooked but also crunchy at the same time.Add salt and mix well.
  • Add the boiled noodles to the pan and mix the veggies and noodles.
  • In a separate bowl mix all the ingredients under " Sweet and spicy sauce for noodles ". Mix them well until combined.Add this to the pan.Gently toss the noodles in this sauce.
  • After 2 mins switch off the flame.
  • Top these noodles with chopped scallions and coarsely chopped peanuts on top.
  • The chow mein is ready to serve and enjoy.Add chopsticks for an additional touch.
  • Serve with creamy peanut sauce.

A big bowl of yummy goodness

Smooth and creamy Peanut Sauce

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Blueberry Yogurt Parfait

Parfait  is a frozen dessert that dates back to 1800 s .

In France, parfait refers to a frozen dessert made from a base of sugar syrup, egg, and cream.

In the United States, parfait refers to either the traditional French-style dessert or to a popular variant, the American parfait, made by layering parfait cream, ice cream, and/or flavored gelatins in a tall, clear glass, and topping the creation with whipped cream, fresh or canned fruit, and/or liqueurs.

In Canada and the United States, parfaits may also be made by using yogurt layered with granola, nuts or fresh fruits, such as peaches, strawberries, or blueberries.
(source wikipedia)

If you cannot find blueberries for the season,you can replace them with strawberries / Mango / Peach / Chikoo / Raspberry / Cherries / Banana or any other fruits which are pitted,peeled and chopped.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jaipuri Pulao - Spicy Pulao recipe

Tired of cooking the usual pulao/biryani.Try this Jaipuri Pulao for a change and I am sure you are going to make this again and again. This just takes a few mins of prep time and the taste is just amazing.
I came across this recipe in a cooking channel in TV. I tried it and now this is my family's favorite pulao :)

This pulao gets its flavor from one major spice - Cardamom

  • Basmati Rice - 1 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Butter / Ghee - 3-4 tblsp
  • Oil - 1/4 cup
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cashews - 2 tblsp
  • Coriander leaves - a small bunch - roughly chopped
  • Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Veggies - 1 cup -finely chopped
Vegetables Used :
  • Carrot - 1
  • Capsicum - 1/2
  • Beans - 4-5 
  • Brocolli - a small bunch
  • Green peas - 1/4 cup
  • Sweet corn kernels - 1/4 cup

Fresh Masala Paste - To grind
  • Onion - 1 small - roughly chopped
  • Cardamom - 4
  • Cashews - 1 tblsp
  • Green chilli - 3-5 depending on your spice level
  • Garlic pods - 5
  • Ginger - a small piece
  • Coriander powder - 1 tblsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tblsp
  • Fresh cream or Milk - 4 tblsp 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Amla / Nellikai / Gooseberry Juice - Refreshing summer drink - Way to beat the heat

Gooseberry is a tangy ,juicy ,sweet - tart fruit .They are a good source of essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese and dietary fiber.They are low in calories, fat- and cholesterol-free.

They are very popular in India and most of the houses have these yummy tangy fruit trees.I remember picking them up from the ground,washing them and eating them raw.Nothing beats the urge to eat them as soon as you pick them up.The best and simple way to eat them is to just marinade them in salt water.Oh the taste would be heavenly.

My Mother-in-law made this for us when we were on vacation.I loved it and was so addicted.
This juice recipe is a bit sweeter which makes it a perfect drink for the summer for you and your kids to enjoy.

This recipe makes the concentrate of the juice.You can store it in an air tight container for a few days.Just before serving dilute it with water.


Pure Organic Honey

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dindigul Thalappakatti Biriyani - Original Authentic Recipe (Vegetarian Version)

Dindigul Thalappakatti Biriyani  is very famous in Tamil Nadu known for its authentic southern spices and texture.It is fragrant, spicy, a bit tangy and full of strong flavors..This recipe is an original authentic recipe but instead of chicken I have replaced it with Soya chunks aka the Meal maker.Its rich in protein and has a great taste and texture.

My husband loves this biriyani so much that he could eat this every single day .Ha ha. He insisted a lot that I make this recipe and post it in my blog.So here goes :) ....

  • Seeraga Samba rice /KaliJeera rice - 2 cups
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Dried Soya Chunks - 1 cup
  • Curd - 1 cup
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice from - 1 lemon
  • Cilantro/Coriander leaves chopped - 1 cup
  • Mint leaves chopped - 1 cup
  • Salt
  • Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp 
  • Ghee - 1/4 cup
  • Oil - 3/4 cup

Masala - Ingredients to grind:
  • Shallots(small onion) or Large onion - 2 cups
  • Garlic pods (peeled) - 15-20
  • Medium size ginger - 1
  • Green Chilli - 5-7 depends on your spice level.
  • Cloves - 3
  • Cardamom - 3
  • Cinnamon stick broken pieces - 3
  • Nutmeg - 1/2 piece

Monday, March 21, 2016

Crispy Banana Waffles - 4th Anniversary Blog Post

It has been 4 years since I started this blog and this makes me immensely happy.A big thank you to everyone for all the love and support !! Your love keeps me motivated :)

I have been meaning to post a waffle recipe for so long. Traditional waffles are yummy healthy,crispy on the outside and a bit spongy on the inside.But I always like my waffles crispy.This recipe is nice and crunchy both on the inside and outside.

I am a big fan of banana bread and combining the flavor into the waffles made it even more yummy.It is healthy and nutritious.

Golden Organic bananas

Monday, March 7, 2016

Fruit and Nut fudge - Tastes Almost like Cadbury Fruit and Nut

I am a big fan of the fruit and nut flavor of Cadbury's chocolate.This fudge recipe tastes almost similar to that.So if you are a big fan of it ,then you have to try this and I am sure you are gonna be so addicted !!
Microwave fudge is the easiest way of making fudge.It is yummy,easy, quick and just takes 2 minutes. 

  • Instead of writing a long blog post ,I have just broken down all the steps into pictures.Hope it helps !

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ombre Rosette cake - Eggless vanilla cake with Caramel frosting

Ombre  = Gradient and Rosette = formation resembling a rose.
So a Ombre Rosette cake means gradient cake from dark to light and frosting decorations in the form of a rose.

These are in trend right now in birthdays,Anniversaries .and much more.Honestly do you need a reason to bake a cake ?..No :) ...I made this cake for a friend's surprise baby shower.

This cake is two tiered and has 5 layers of cake. The bottom tier has 3 and the top has 2.The filling is caramel frosting.It goes really well with the Vanilla cake .

Teal Ombre Rosette Cake

The baby topper is made with marshmallow fondant which I made from scratch .First I made the babies and then wrapped them in quilted blanket and this added more cuteness to this cake.I made 2 babies, one in pink and one in Teal .We found out at last minute that she is having a boy , so I made a the cake in Teal blue.