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

Ingredients:
  • 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 


Method:
  • Soak basmati rice for 10 min and cook it until they are loose and fluffy.Do not let them cook completely.
  • Finely chop the veggies and in a tsp of oil saute them for just 2-4 min they they are half done.They should be crunchy.Keep them aside.
  • In a food processor/blender add all the ingredients under 'To grind' and grind it until they are smooth.
  • In a large pan,add ghee and remaining oil.Add bay leaf and cashews.Then add the ground masala and let it cool until it reduces half its size and the raw smell is gone.
  • Now add the cooked rice and sauteed veggies.Add chopped coriander leaves.Mix everything until the rice is well coated with the masala.
  • Serve hot with raita or papad.

Onion Raita



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.

Gooseberries

Pure Organic Honey

Ingredients:
  • Amla /Nellikai - about 5 to  6 
  • Pure Honey - 3 tblsp
  • Palm Sugar / Panankalkandu - 3 to 4 large pieces
  • Water - 2 cups
  • A pinch of salt (optional)

Method:
  • Remove the pit of the gooseberries and chop them up roughly.
  • Soak the Kalkandu in water for a few mins.
  • Add honey,gooseberries and soaked kalkandu ,salt along with water in a blender and pulse them until smooth.
  • Filter the juice using a strainer and discard the pulp.
  • This is the amla juice concentrate.
  • Just before serving, take a tall glass ,add about a quater cup of concentrate, a few icecubes and required water.Add more honey if u need it.Mix well and enjoy :)
A refreshing summer drink - Perfect for summer 

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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 :) ....




Ingredients:
  • 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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tomato Pulao - Lunch box recipes

Mornings are always busy as we pack breakfast and lunch for our loved ones.The main question we all have is What should i cook today?? .This is one big head scratcher.There are days when I keep pacing around my kitchen and fridge wondering what to cook.That is when this tomato pulao comes to rescue. This is one of our favorite go-to lunch.It is a fragrant ,tangy and spicy pulao.



I made this recipe with juicy red plum tomatoes instead of roma tomatoes.It gave the much needed tangy kick to the pulao.

Red juicy plump tomatoes make this dish more yummy.


Ingredients :
  • Tomatoes - 4 large
  • Basmati rice /regular white rice - 1 cup
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Onion - 2 large
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tblsp
  • Green peas - 1/4 cup
  • Mint leaves - a few finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves / Cilantro - a few finely chopped
  • Oil - 4 to 5 tblsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp or as per taste
  • Garam masal powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Salt
Spices :
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Cardamom - 4
  • Cloves - 4
  • Cinnamon stick - 1 small
Tip : If you dont like the spices as whole in the pulao, this is what you can do.Fry the spices in oil for a min then carefully remove all of them from the oil using a spatula.Since we have fried them in oil the taste and fragrance remains in the oil too.You can enjoy its taste without it being stuck to your teeth.

Method :
  • Wash the rice and cook it separately in a rice cooker as usual.For basmati rice and water ratio would be 1:1.5 and for normal rice its 1:2 .Cook the rice separately.
  • Finely chop onions and tomatoes and keep them aside.Boil green peas separately.Drain and keep them aside.
  • In a large pan on medium heat add oil.Add the spices and fry them for about 30 sec.
  • Add the onions and fry them with the spices until they lose their raw flavor.Add ginger garlic paste and fry for another min.Add the chopped mint leaves.Fry until the mint leaves are completely wilted.Add the chopped tomaotes and fry until they turn mushy.
  • Add garam masala,red chili powder and saute for another few mins.Add the boiled green peas.Add more oil if required.Fry everything until oil separates from the gravy.Adjust salt and chili powder to taste.
  • Add the chopped cilantro leaves.Switch off the flame.
  • Using a fork fluff the boiled rice until they are loose.Add rice to the pan and gently mix.
  • Serve hot with fryums ,papad/chips.