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Thursday, May 26, 2011


Ingredients for manchurian balls:
Cabbage(finely shredded) - 1/4 cup
Carrot(finely shredded) - 1/4 cup
Salt - to taste
All purpose flour - 2 tbsp
Cornstarch - 2 tbsp
Ginger-greenchilli paste - 1 tsp
Oil - to deep fry

Ingredients for gravy:
Green onions(finely chopped) - 5-6
Capsicum(finely chopped) - 1/2
Ginger-greenchilli paste - 1 tsp
Soy sauce - 3 tbsp
Red chilli sauce - 2 tbsp
Tomato ketchup - 3 tbsp
Cornstarch - 2 tsp
Water - 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves - 2-3 sprigs

Squeeze out the water from cabbage and carrot and add to a mixing bowl.
Add salt,all-purpose flour,cornstarch, ginger-greenchilli paste and mix well.
Make small balls of the mixture.
Heat oil in kadhai and deep fry the balls till golden brown. Drain and keep aside.

In a separate pan, add 2 tbsp of oil. Saute green onions (white part),ginger-greenchilli paste and capsicum.
Add soy sauce,red chilli sauce and tomato ketchup. Saute for 1-2 mins.
Mix 2 tsp cornstarch in 1/2 cup water and add to the above mixture.
Bring the gravy to a boil and as the gravy starts to thicken, add the fried balls.
Cook for 1-2 min and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with fried rice or noodles.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Hara channa(Green garbanzo) - 1 cup
Paneer cubes - 8-10
Onions(chopped) - 1 medium
Tomatoes(pureed) - 2 medium
Green chilli(chopped) - 1
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Tumeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Channa masala powder - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves(chopped) - 2 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsp

Pressure cook the hara channa for 1 whistle.
Heat oil(1 tbsp) in a pan, add paneer cubes. Fry until all sides are golden browned. Drain and keep aside.
Add remaining oil in a pan, also add onions and fry till translucent.
Add ginger paste, green chillies and saute for a min.
Add tomato puree,salt,tumeric powder and channa masala powder. Cook until gravy thickens.
Add the hara channa and paneer cubes. Boil for 8-10 mins.
Turn off heat and garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with rice/puris/rotis.

This is off to Akila's Dish name starts with H

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cups
Salt - to taste
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Ginger(finely grated) - 1/2 inch piece
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Green chilli(finely chopped) - 1-2
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves(finely chopped) - 2-3 sprigs

Wash the moong dal. In a pressure cooker, add water, turmeric and dal. Cook for 2 whistle sounds.
Heat oil in a small pan, add the mustard seeds and allow them to sizzle.
Add asafoetida, ginger, green chilli and the curry leaves. Cook for a minute and add it into the daal.
Also add salt to taste and 1/2 cup water if required.
Cook the daal for a few minutes to let it come to a boil.
Add lemon juice and coriander leaves, mix well and serve.
Enjoy with rotis, or with rice.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Wheat flour/Atta - 2 cups
Moong ki dal(leftover or fresh) - 1 cup
Salt - to taste
Red chilli powder - to taste
Onion(finely chopped) - 1 small (optional)
Coriander leaves(finely chopped) - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 Tbsp

Heat leftover dal till luke warm.
Add salt, red chilli powder,onions and coriander leaves and mix well.

In a large bowl, add chapati flour. Slowly mix in dal a little at a time and start to knead until a medium firm dough is formed.
Coat the dough with a few drops of oil, cover and let it rest for 15-30 mins.
Knead the dough and divide it into golf ball size balls.
Roll out each ball into 6 inch diameter circular discs.
Place the roti onto a hot tawa or skillet and cook until bubbles start to form.
Flip roti onto the other side and cook for another 30 seconds.
Press the roti with a spatula to cook evenly and to puff up. Smear oil/ghee on both sides.
Keep roti in an insulated container and repeat process for remaining rotis.
Serve hot with pickles or raitha.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Coconut milk - 1 cup
Jaggery - 2 tbsp

In a kadhai,add 2 tbsp of water and jaggery.Boil until the jaggery melts.
Drain the jaggery solution and add to the coconut milk.
Heat the coconut jaggery solution for few secs on lowest temp. Donot boil else the milk will curdle.
Serve warm with idiyappam or appam.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Potatoes - 1 small
Kalachanna - 1/4 cup
Onion(chopped) - 1 small
Tomato(chopped) - 1 medium
Salt - to taste
Tumeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves(finely chopped) - 3 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp

Soak kalachanna overnight. Pressure cook the channas for 5-6 whistles.
Meanwhile boil,peel and chop the potatoes.
Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onions. Saute until translucent.
Add tomatoes,salt,tumeric powder,garam masala powder. Saute until mushy and oil separates.
Mix well cooked channa and potatoes. Boil for 8-10 mins.
Turn off heat and garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with idiyappams or rotis.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Raw rice - 3 cups
Salt - To taste
Water - 2 cups
Coconut(grated) - 3-4 tbsp

Soak the rice for 2-3 hours. Drain and keep aside for an hour.
Grind into fine powder and seive thrice.
Roast the powder until a line can be drawn with the roasted powder.
In a bowl, add 2 cups of roasted flour and salt. Bring the 2 cups of water to a boil.
Add water little by little to the flour (as required) and mix well without forming lumps.
Put a small quantity of dough into the murukku achu(smallest holes pattern).
Press the dough on the idly moulds greased with oil. Add grated coconut on top of the idiyappam.
Steam for 8-10 minutes. Serve warm with coconut milk or any vegetable dish.

This is off to Srivalli's Breakfast Mela.

Monday, May 9, 2011


Ingredients for stuffing:
Potatoes - 2 medium
Greenpeas - 1/4 cup
Cashewnuts(chopped) - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
Green chilli(finely chopped) - 1
Salt - to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves(chopped) - 2 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsp

Ingredients for covering:
All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Semolina - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Carom seeds(ajwain) - 1/2 tsp
Water - 2 tbsp + 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp

Oil - for deep frying

Boil, peel and chop the potatoes.
Heat oil in a pan, add cumin,fennel seeds and asafoetida.
As they splutter, add greenchillies and cashewnuts. Fry until nuts are golden brown.
Add greenpeas,salt,turmeric,red chilli,coriander,cumin and garam masala powder. Stir for 1-2 mins.
Add potatoes and coriander leaves. Mix well and cook for 3-4 mins.
Cool the mixture and add lemon juice. Mix well and keep aside.

In a bowl, mix all purpose flour,semolina,salt,ajwain and oil. Mix so that all the oil is incorporated well.
Add water little at a time and knead to smooth yet firm dough. Cover with a moist towel and keep aside the dough for 20-30 mins.

Divide the dough into golf sixed balls.
Roll out each ball into an oval shape. Cut into two halves to get semicircles.
Take one semicircle and moisten all the edges with few drops of water.
Bring the two corners together to shape a cone in such a way that the vertex lies in the middle of straight edge.
Stuff the cone with a tbsp of the potato masala and seal the edges.
Heat oil(medium-high heat) in kadhai and deep fry 2-3 samosas at a time till golden brown.
Serve samosas with mint chutney, tamarind chutney or tomato ketchup.

This is off to Radhika's CBB Series # 3- Evening tiffin

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Milk - 2 cups
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Rose essence - 1 tbsp
Red food color - a pinch

Boil the milk and cool to room temp. Freeze 1 and 1/2 cups of milk for an hour. Refrigerate the rest 1/2 cup milk.
In a blender, add the frozen milk,chilled milk,sugar,rose essence and red color.
Pulse for 2-3 sec so that all the ingredients gets blended well and becomes frothy.
Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Rose milk powder or syrups available in stores can be replaced for rose essence and food color.

Friday, May 6, 2011


Potatoes(chopped) - 1 large
Carrot(chopped) - 1 medium
Cauliflower(cut into florets) - 1 cup
Bellpepper(chopped) - 1/2 small
Green beans(chopped) - 10-12
Green peas - 1/4 cup
Onions(finely chopped) - 1 medium
Tomatoes(finely chopped) - 2 medium
Greenchilli(finely chopped) - 1-2
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - To taste
Pav bhaji masala - 1 1/2 tbsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves(chopped) - 3 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Butter - 1 tbsp

Pav bread or Hamburger bun - 8-10
Butter - as required

Pressure cook the chopped potatoes,carrot,cauliflower,greenbeans and green peas along with a cup of water.
Drain the excess water and keep aside. Mash the cooked vegetables using a masher.
Heat oil in pan,add green chillies and onions. Saute for 3-4 mins.
Add ginger paste and saute for 2-3 mins. Add bellpepper and saute for another 2-3 mins.
Add salt,turmeric powder,red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala. Mix well.
Add tomatoes and cook until soft and mushy. Add mashed vegetables along with drained water. Reduce the heat and continue cooking for 15 more mins.
As the gravy thickens, turn off heat. Garnish with butter(1 tbsp),lemon juice and coriander leaves.
Lightly toast the pavs or buns with butter. Serve the warm bhaji with pav and chopped onions.

Monday, May 2, 2011


Red bell pepper(chopped) - 1
Tomatoes(chopped) - 1 large
Green chillies - 2-3
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Tamarind - small gooseberry size
Curry leaves - 2 sprig
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp + 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Heat oil(1 tbsp) in pan . Add tomatoes and fry on very high heat until they soften a bit on the edges.
Add the bell pepper, ginger, green chillies, curry leaves(1 sprig) and continue to fry on very high until the edges char a bit and the vegetables have softened.
Cool completely and grind with tamarind and salt. Add a little water if necessary to grind.
Heat oil(1 tsp) in pan and season mustard and curry leaves. Add seasoning to the chutney.
Serve with dosa/idlis.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


White radish/Mooli - 1 large
Onion (finely chopped) - 1 medium
Coriander leaves (finely chopped) - 1-2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Butter/oil - 1 tbsp

Dough :
Wheat flour/atta - 1 1/2 cups
Maida/All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1 tsp
Oil - as required.

Wash, peel and grate radish into small pieces in grater or chopper.
Heat butter/oil in a pan and temper cumin seeds.
Add onions and saute till pink. Add radish and saute until raw smell disappears.
Mix salt,red chilli powder,garam masala ,coriander powder,sugar and coriander leaves.Saute for anther 3 mins and remove from flame.

Prepare the dough by mixing flour,salt,oil and water as for chapathis.
Set aside covered for 10 minutes. Make 8-10 lemon sized balls of the dough.

Now divide one lemon size ball of dough into two and roll out into two small disc(size of puris) of almost equal size and shape.
Place a portion of filling on one disc and spread out evenly.
Place the other disc on top of this. Seall edges by pressing with hand.
Roll out into 5" disc carefully so that the filling doesn't come out of the dough.

Place the stuffed parathas on the hot griddle/skillet. Cook for about ½ a minute, flip over and add 1/4 tsp of ghee in and around the paratha.
Keep pressing the parathas while on the skillet so the dough gets cooked and the stuffing also gets the heat and gets pressed down into the parathas. Flip and cook the other side for about 1 minute adding 1/4 more tsp of ghee. Cook until light golden spots appear on the parathas.

Serve hot with tomato pickle or curd.

Friday, April 29, 2011


Carrot (grated) - 1 big
Salt - to taste
Tumeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig
Coconut(grated) - 2 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp

Heat oil in kadhai, season mustard,urad dal and curry leaves.
As the seeds splutter, add grated carrot ,salt,tumeric powder and red chilli powder. Mix well and stir-fry for 4-5 mins.
Turn off heat and garnish with coconut gratings and few fresh curry leaves.
Serve with rice and curry of choice.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Pizza base(Boboli brand) - 1 large
Pizza or marinara sauce - 1/4 cup or as reqd
Onions(chopped) - 1 small
Tomato(chopped) - 1 small
Green bell pepper(chopped) - 1/2
Pineapple(chopped) - 3 tbsp
Mozarella cheese - 1/2 cup
Parmesan cheese - 1/4 cup

Preheat the oven at 400 deg F.
On a pizza stone, place the pizza base and spread the sauce.
Layer the onions,tomatoes,bell pepers, pineapple,parmesan cheese and mozarella cheese in order.
Bake for 10-12 mins until crust is crisp and veggies are done.
Slice and serve hot.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Arbi/Colocasia/Chembu - 4-5 medium
Salt - to taste
Tumeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Green chilli(chopped) -1
Curry leaves - a sprig
Coconut(grated) - 1 tbsp (optional)
Oil - 1 tbsp

Pressure cook the arbi for 1 whistle. Turn off and remove from heat.
As the steam settles down, remove the arbi and run under cold water.
Peel off the brown skin and shred or crumble the cooked arbis.
Heat oil in kadhai, season mustard,urad dal,green chilli and curry leaves.
As the seeds splutter, add shredded arbi ,salt,tumeric powder and red chilli powder. Mix well and stir-fry for 5-6 mins.
Turn off heat and garnish with coconut gratings.
Serve with rice and curry of choice.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup
All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Non-diary milk - 1 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp
Liquid sweetener(Maple syrup/Concentrated apple juice) - 3 tbsp
Oil - as required

Combine the flours,salt and baking powder in a bowl and keep aside.
In another bowl, mix milk,oil(2 tbsp) and liquid sweetener.
Add the wet mixture to dry ingredients and mix well. Donot overmix the batter as pancakes would turn tough.
Heat a nonstick pan and pour a ladle of batter. Spread into 4 inch diameter and drizzle few drops of oil.
When the bottom side is cooked, flip and cook the other side for 1-2 mins.
Serve hot with maple syrup or any fruit syrup and blob of butter.

This is my entry to Kirthi's Breakfast Club #10 and Helen's event.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


It has been a year since I started blogging and celebrating the same with chena kheer.

Milk(Whole or 2%) - 2 cups
Lemon juice - 2 tbsp
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Sweetened condensed milk - 1/4 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Saffron - a pinch
Cardamom powder - a pinch
Almonds(finely chopped) - 2 tsp
Pistachios(finely chopped) - 1 tsp

Boil the milk(whole or 2 %) in microwave or stove.
As milk boils, add lemon juice and mix well to get the milk curdled.
Once the greenish-yellow whey and curds are separated, strain the mixture through a muslin cloth or unused cotton handkerchief which is washed.
Hold it under running water for a minute. Press the excess water.
Hang the muslin for 20- 25 minutes so that all the whey is drained out.
Crumble the chena and keep aside.
Heat 1 cup milk in a pan and bring to boil. Add sugar ,crumbled chena and continue stirring for 15- 20 mins.
Add saffron, cardamom powder and sweetened condensed milk. Keep stirring for 2-3 mins and turn off heat.
Meanwhile roast almonds and pistachios for 2 mins.
Garnish the kheer with roasted nuts. Serve warm or chilled.

This is my entry to Priya's Flavors of Bengal event and Nayna's event.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Broccoli - 1 small
Babycorn - 5-6
Snowpeas - 1/2 cup
Capsicum - 1/2
Green beans - 7-8
Carrot - 1 small
Chings All-in-one sauce - 5 tbsp
Soy sauce -1 tbsp + 1 tsp
Chilli sauce - 1 tbsp
Ginger(finely shredded) - 1 tbsp
Salt - a pinch
White pepper - 1/4 tsp
Veg oil - 2 tbsp
Corn flour - 1/4 tsp
Water - 2 tbsp

Wash all the above vegetables. Chop the broccoli into florets
Chop the babycorn and green beans into 2" long pieces.
Trim the end of snowpeas. Chop the capsicum into big chunks.
Peel and chop the carrot into 1/4 inch thick rounds or a shape of your choice.
Boil 5 cups of water in a deep saucepan. Blanch all the chopped vegetables except capsicum separately for 60 - 90 secs.Drain and keep aside.
Heat oil in wide, non-stick pan on high flame. Add the shredded ginger and stir for a sec. The oil and pan should be hot that when vegetables are added, a sizzle should be heard.
Add capsicums and saute for 1-2 mins till soft yet crunchy.
Add remaining blanched vegetables, salt and white pepper. Saute for another min.
Add all-in-one sauce,soy sauce and chilli sauce. Toss the vegetables in the pan so that vegetables are evenly coated in the sauces.
Mix cornflour in 2 tbsp water and add to the vegetables. Cook for 1-2 min. Turn off the heat.
Serve hot with jasmine rice. Enjoy your meal in chinese style.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Strawberries(fresh) - 1 lb/16 oz
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp

Wash and hull the strawberries. Blend the strawberries to a puree if smooth jam is preferred or for a chunky jam, crush until the strawberries are little chunks.
In a heavy bottomed saucepan or kadhai, add in the strawberries,sugar and lemon juice. Mix well.
Turn on the heat and increase to the highest temp. Bring the mixture to full rolling boil. Stir frequently.
Decrease the heat to medium and continue cooking for 20-25 mins until all the white bubbles are disappeared.
Turn off the heat and cool the jam for few mins.
Transfer to hot sterile jars while jam is warm.
Cool off completely before covering with lid and store in refrigerator.Stays good for a month.

For sterilizing jars, wash the jar and lid thoroughly in soap water. Then wash in warm water until all the soap foam is gone.
Preheat the oven to lowest temp and turn off. Place the jar and lid inside the oven upside down. Remove the jar when the jam is ready to be transferred to it.
Sterilize the jar on the day of usage just before starting with the jam.Previously sterilized jars dont hold good.

Monday, April 11, 2011


Apple pecan muffins are not only apprized for their flavor but also for their rustic appearance.

Ingredients(yields 12 muffins):
All purpose flour - 1.5 cups
Whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Flaxmeal(ground flaxseed) - 2 tbsp
Water - 6 tbsp
Unsweetened apple sauce -1/2 cup
Oil(canola/vegetable) - 1/3 cup(80 ml)
Granulated sugar -1/2 cup
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Apples(peeled and chopped) - 1 1/2 cup
Pecans(chopped) - 1/2 cup to 1 cup

Preheat the oven to 350 deg F. Lightly grease the muffin pan.
In a med sized bowl, sift and add all purpose flour,wheat flour,baking powder,cinnamon and salt. Combine well so that all the ingredients are evenly incoporated.
Whip the flaxmeal with water in a bowl until a thick and creamy consistency is reached.
In a larger bowl, add applesauce,oil,sugar,vanilla extract and flax mixture. Combine and beat with a hand mixer until creamy smooth.
Add the flour mixture slowly. Stir until the dry and wet ingredients are well blended. Donot over mix.
Fold in apples and pecans.The batter will be thick when compared to other muffin batter. If it is too stiff, then add 1-2 tbsp of water.
Fill the greased muffin pan with the batter upto 3/4th full.
Bake for 20 mins,until the toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack for 5-10 mins.
Stays good for 2-3 days in room temp and even longer in freezer.

This is my entry to Divya's Show Me Your Muffin event.