Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Spicy fruit salad



Healthy fruit salad is a mixture of fruits and a little of spice will make your kids go crazy ! My bunch loves salads which makes it a compulsory spot on the table for dinner .


I have used just a few left over fruits and added some spices and eventually it became a great hit.
Clicking the pic was the tough part .

I had to make this salad twice as my kids were too quick in licking the bowl clean 

Ingredients


  • 1 Orange ,cut small pieces
  • 1 apple ,chopped
  • 2 cucumbers ,diced
  • 2 tablespoon pomegranates
  • 1 stalk corriander leaves chopped
  • For the dressing
  • 1 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1 green , chilli slit
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste .
Method
  • Mix all ingredients for dressing in a bowl.
  • Take chopped fruits in a bowl, pour over dressing and toss well.
  • Discard the chilli before serving.
  • Serve.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Vancho galaxy cake


Vancho cake frosted with white chocolate and galaxy chocolate bar.


I am back to baking and the only reason being i am at home . To tell you the truth i never felt like baking a cake as we used to get soo many gift cakes from friends . Kids and i didnt want to put on weight anymore.  I dont know from where all the pounds came from but while resididng in Dubai i was easy to this task of putting  on weight so quick. But thats not the case now. I get to eat only a slice of a 1 or 2 kilo cake . Umma never allows to have any whole thing to ourselves!. We have to send a big portion to our grandparents who lives a mile away and also our cousins who are beside them . But everything is a joy in sharing .


Now this cake was an intro from my youngest bro.  Anyways back to my cake . Yes ..my brother ordered this cake for the farewell party at school . He explained to me the look and the taste. I was surprised to see and asked him why was this cake so pricy ? Well no clue to that question.  This cake is easy and frosting is also simple . No mess at all . 

There are variations to the cake but i am posting today a very basic one .

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain flour ,sifted .
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 3 eggs ( yolks and whites separated)
  • 2 tablespoon usalted butter.
  • 1 teaspoon vanila essence 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
For the frosting 

  • 100 gms white chocolate 
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 
  • 200 gms fresh cream  ( puck / amul )

Method
  • Butter  the baking tin and line with parchment paper .and keep aside.
  • Beat the egg whites and 1 cup sugar (powdered)fluffy . 
  • Add the vanilla extract and egg yolks.
  • Beat till well combined .
  • Add the sifted powders.
  • Mix well with spatula .
  • Add the melted butter. 
  • Bake in preheated oven at 180c for 20 minutes. Cool the cake before frosting.
  • Now to frost 
  • Heat  the fresh cream and add in the white chocolate and butter. 
  • Stir and cook on low flame till the chocolate has melted.  
  • Cool completely. 
  • Cut the cake into two and dampen the cake layers with sugar syrup. 
  • Frost the whole cake  with whipped cream and crumb coat  the  cake. Chill for one hour.
  • Pour the cooled cream on the cake and let it set.
  • Melt galaxy chocolate and 50 gms of chocolate bar .and decor on the cake .
  • Let the cake chill overnight before serving.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Beef millagu curry



Beef millagu curry is as the name says it all,is a recipe from coorg . Cubed beef along with  red chilli powder and beef masala powder is coated well and marinated for half hour . Not much hassle and you will get a perfect  aromatic beef curry cooked up at a nick of time. 

To tell you the truth my beef curry never turns good even after so much trials. "Aj always complains beef tastes like boiled meat ." Ummande curry kootyal mathi avulla " ( can't get enough of (his) mom's curry ..) i had to admit his mom prepares better than me .. That's when our neighbour  jumps into the story ... she fell sick one day and my mom gave a little of our curry to her .. next day her kid came over to return the pot and she frankly said "itha beef curry theere sherryattilla!!" ( beef curry was not tasty ) . Well mom was a bit taken aback ..by her honesty... hehe she did say the truth though .. immediately her mom came over ... still recovering  and apologized for her daughters remarks ... and to our surprise  she also said we dont know how to prepare  beef...


Now My mom who was despirate  to learn their recipe and she asked her to come over and prepare dinner for us ... and she kindly excepted ... beef millagu curry and porottas... the best combo ..
And when Aj sat down for dinner . He went staright to the kitchen to see if i had really made the curry ..
So here's the recipe that changed my ranking in the best beef curry list!

Ingredients


  • 1 kilo beef  , cleaned and cubed .
  • 4 large onions, sliced
  • 6 Garlic cloves crushed
  • 1'piece garlic crushed
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 1 large tomato , chopped 

        Marinating powders

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon beef masala  ( i used eastern )
  • 1 teaspoon pepper powder ( i used eastern pepper meat )
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon corriander powder.
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
       Tempering
  • 2 teaspoon Coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon corriander powder.
Method

  • Marinate the beef in all the powders for 20 minutes app.
  • Heat oil in cooker vessel .
  • Add the ginger garlic crush pastes and green chillies.  Saute for a minute .
  • Add the onions . Saute till it turns  pink in  colour
  • Add the powders and salt . Add the meat and tomatoes . Toss and mix well. 
  • Meanwhile in a small pan, heat the oil on low flame  and add the red chilli powder and corriander powders stir and off immediately  taking care not to burn the powders . Add to meat masala ,.
  • Add 1 cup water and cook for 30 minutes, after whistle goes on . Open and garnish with curry leaves and serve .
Note
There is not much gravy but it will be enough . Adding water will just bland the dish on the whole .
I cooked this beef for 5 whistles and  lowered the flame and cooked for 15 minutes.  You can cook 30 mimutes on low flame after the whistle goes on too.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Chemeen ellada


Chemeen ella adda recipe . Prawns are cooked in Coconut mixture and i have used red chilli masala as the main ingredient.

I am really losing the edge to write posts. Cooking clicking editting.. all fine but when it comes to writing about it ... thats the tough part now . I just keep writing the same subject over and over again ... i really wonder does anybody really read all this hard work ... 
For one thing i blog for this is one place i can come back to . So i keep my fingers cross and keep writing my heart here . Todays recipe is a real winner in as you guys might think its a real  time consuming recipe to follow... well for me its a NO ... i love oil free food and anything for such creation in my kitchen is a welcome . Do try it out soon. My family loves this as dinners too . So whenever we get fresh fish or prawns , there is no thinking twice.


The use of banana leaf in cooking brings in the flavours and the addas turn more moist . So if possible try to use them in the  cooking process.
I have cooked all in one steamer with the addas arranged apart from each other . 

Ingredients

Prawn masala 
  • 2 cups prawns , cleaned and deveined
  • 1/2 cup shallots, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon green chillies chopped finely 
  • 1 teaspoon ginger crushed
  • 1 tablespoon garlic crushed 
  • 2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves ,a sprig
  • 2 tablespoon coconut grind
  • 2 tablespoon Coconut oil 
  • 2 large banana leaf, with center stalk taken out
  • Corriander leaves for garnish


For the rice addas 
  • Two cups ponni rice / parboiled rice .
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 
  • 1 teaspoon onion 
  • 1/4 cup coconut grind 
  • 3/4 cup rice flour ( or add till u get a smooth dough)
  • Salt to taste 


Method 
Step 1
  • First soak the rice in boiled water for 4 hours .
  • (You can prepare the masala by this time)
  • Grind the rice in very little water and last add the rest of the ingredients just before you finish the process of grinding .
  •  The onions, fennel and the coconut needs to be just crushed along with the rice batter . The batter should be thicker than idli batter. If it becomes thin then u will be needing more of the rice flour to form a smooth dough.
  • Now pour this thick batter into a mixing bowl. 
  • Make a soft dough adding in  the rice flour . 


Step 2
  •  Heat oil in a saucepan. 
  • Fry the curry leaves 
  •  Add the shallots and onions and stir for 2 minutes. 
  • Add the ginger and garlic pastes, green chillies and saute for 2 minutes .
  •  Add the masala powders and saute till fried. Finally add the prawns and cook till done .
  • Add the coconut grind and toss and cook for another 5 minutes. 
  • Now let the masala cool down .


 Step 3 
  • Spread one ball of dough in the middle of your palm and then place the masala in the centre.  
  • Close half way  through and press gently on the sides . It will look a half moon . Repeat with all .
  • Place the banana leaves in the steamer filled half with boiling water .
  • Place the addas and cook covered for 15 minutes or till the adda  dough is cooked 
  •  It will harden on cooling . 
  • Have them warm.  

Note .
Arrange 4 to 5  addas on the  banana leaves and you can keep them piled up in the steamer . 
Moist some coconut oil on the leaves . It will enhance the taste. 
Do comment after reading the post ..with love .😉


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Grapejuice pulp


I love fresh juices,and if it  can be  refrigerated  and stored to chill for long , the better ..as my family are hookers on fresh juice  as always . This is a childhood memoir drink . Umma prepares this everytime and its easy to serve for guests on short notice . We just have it from the bottle itself . But then came a time we just got fed up of the look itself  . And as they say some recipes  just die out in time . Faiz , my youngest is allergic to grapes so boiling them is the only option . At the same time its his best fruit .
Its been a long time since i have done a juice post .. after closing my last WordPress site for technical reasons i have ventured back to square one with great excitement .. my friends and relatives have supported me throughout and that makes me even more reluctant to be more involved in my blog . This is a special space for me . It gave everything i wanted... and i hope and wish i get all the support from my' virtual 'friends to continue further.  Moreover the best part of blogging is it always keeps me alive  .

Grapejuice pulp recipe

Ingredients 

  • 2 kgs grapes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Water for boiling

Method

  • Clean the grapes and boil in immersed water .
  • Once it starts to boil , off and drain into a mesh bowl .
  • Strain into a deep vessel.
  • Pulp out as much as you can with a spoon .
  • While still warm add the sugar and mix well . Add more if required.
  • Store in bottles in refrigerator. It will stay upto a three  to four days .

Note.
I generally don't add sugar when  i make this during Eid or Ramadan . As most of my guests are diabetic .

Monday, 25 September 2017

Lays style ! Potato chips


Homemade potato chips recipe . Now who wouldn't want a bagful of potato chips and i wish mine doesn't get over at all .
It's been some days since i got this sad news of my classmates' departure from this world . At first i just thought I would let it go and will not wrote a post on it . But as  i was cleaning my waredrobe i found my old clips of our school photos and i felt really sad for her to die so young .. We were like a group of five best friends. Almost grew up together . It was only after 10 th std   we  went our ways . It left me thinking how little time we have in this world.  I even tell my kids i can't even 'see' the day and night change . How many more years will we get together with our kids , family ,friends ... only thing that one will leave behind is the legacy we leave with our dear ones... the good deeds and our imaan (faith) . So let the noor(light ) in our life increase with time by just doing a good deed everyday . 
Back to the recipe...
1 kilo ...2 or 3 kilos ... how much ever i make  there will  always be a fuss as to who gets more of it . Yes these potato chips are so addictive.  After a lot of trials i have got the perfect way to make them and yes it tastes much better  .. like Zehna says its organic umma!
Just follow a few pointers and you will get them perfect.

Ingredients
  • 1 kilo potatoes 
  • Sunflower for deep frying 
  • Salt 
  • 1 tablespoon chilli flakes


Method

  • Chop the potatoes finely using the vegetable chopper blade so that you can get  really thin slices .
  • After which the chopped potatoes need to be soaked in clear filtered  water for 1 hour minimum.
  • Drain into a large siever and let all the water go off the potatoes . Leave it for 5 minutes. 
  • Heat a large kadai with oil . It should be medium hot and fry the potatoes in batches. 
  • Keep stirring .. yes this is the tiring part but beleive me its worth it.
  • Stir it regularly so that they fry evenly .
  • Once it starts to turn golden brown drain it off into tissue paper. 
  • Sprinkle salt and red chilli powder and toss well .
  • Now this  is purely according to taste.

Notes
The potatoes have to be soaked for 1 or more hours.  These will turn a bit rubbery and thats when its ready to fry.
Sunflower oil is  best for making these fries.
You have to keep on stiring till it turns golden brown .

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Vegetable egg croquettes

This croquette is a sure tummy filling and has a lot of mixed vegetables ,eggs and breadcrumbs to combine it all. Its simple ingredients and i always rate this snack as one of my favorite. 
As my kids are at a threshold of hunger spike i have to make a snack for tea . I love snacking  as malabar , especially Kannur, is a huge hub for their snacks . We love preparing chai kaddis (tea snacks ) . Even kitty tea  parties are  trending in our society.  So however tedious work goes into preparing kaddis , every party will be loaded with new varieties. 

These egg and vegetable croquettes  are spicy treat especially when u have guests coming around . Either way my kids love anything thats just tastes  cutletty 😉. 

Ingredients 

  • 4 eggs boiled
  • 3 large potatoes, boiled and skin off.
  • 1 onion chopped finely 
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables.
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger and garlic paste 
  • 3 Green chillies chopped 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder 
  • Curry leaves and corriander leaves chopped
  • Salt to taste

For dipping :
  • Breadcrumbs 
  • Eggs 

Method 
  • Cut the potatoes into half and boil  
  • with skin on for 3 whistles  . Once cooled  ,peel the potatoes and smash.
  • Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil and saute the onions . Add the green chillies and ginger garlic paste.  Cook for 3 minutes. Add all the powders.   Add the vegetables and add salt , cook till done. Check the salt and add green chillies if needed.  Add the leaves . Allow to cool .
  • Once it is all done transfer to a large bowl ,add the  potatoes and mix well . 
  • Cut a  boiled egg lengthwise into 6 slices .
  • Now gently coat the egg slices with the potato masala.  
  • Ensure to coat the eggs covering all sides. It will take a cylindrical shape .
  • Dip in the eggs generously and coat in breadcrumbs.
  • Fill a pan with oil . Once hot enough, add the croquettes carefully frying  till golden brown all sides .
  • Serve with hot chilli sauce or with hot chai as i had mine . 
Note :
Check the salt after the masala is done .
These croquettes taste better when its spicy .
While shapping have patience as it tends to break if it doesn't take a proper cylindrical shape around the eggs .