Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Chocloate cake with rich chocolate frosting





Ingredients

For cake
All purpose flour/ self raising flour -1 1/4 cup
sugar - 1 cup
Butter -1/2 cup
Eggs -2
cocoa powder - 1/4 cup
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp (optional, if you are using self raising flour no need to to add baking soda)
vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Salt -a pinch

For frosting

Double cream - 100 ml
Butter - 25 g
Dark chocolate - 100 gm
Honey - 1 1/2 tbs

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 180 degree c

Sift all purpose flour /selfraising flour and keep it aside.
In a mixing bowl beat butter,followed by sugar . Add cocoa powder and beat again until it is well incorporated. Add sifted flour,baking powder,baking soda,salt and beat again. Finally add vanilla essence , milk and beat. Pour the batter into a greased cake tin.Bake for about 40 - 45 minutes( if a knife inserted come out clean cake is ready).Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool for some time.





For Frosting

Heat double cream in pan and when it is about to boil switch off the stove and add rest of the ingredients and wait for five minutes until the chocolate melts . Mix well.

Spread the frosting on the cake and finally decorate the cake with grated or shaved chocolate.Wait for the frosting to set before you cut the cake.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Butter Naan


I am a big fan of all Indian breads, but never thought about making one at home until I came across the recipe of naan here. The clicks was so temting and I made up my mind to try it soon.I wasn't sure that how it is going to turn out. Whenever I try new recipes its like a lucky lottery draw, sometimes it comes out incredibly well , but sometimes it will be a total failure :)

Sangeetha's instructions was so clear , So I didnt have any second thought. My naan came out very well . Me and my hubby loved it. Even my 15 month old baby ate half of a naan.Thank you sangeetha for sharing the recipe.She has got a wonderful blog out there. You can find her recipes here

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Awards

I got this wonderful cheering award from Asha latha of Asra ashaon ka .Thanks for cheering me up Asha.



Priya of priyas recipe has given me a beautiful thank you award .Thanks for the gift priya.


I would like to pass these awards to all my blogger friends.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Baingan bartha


Ingredients
Egg plant -1 large
Onions -2
Tomatoes -2
Ginger-garlic minced - 1 tbs
Green chillies -2
cumin seed- 1 tsp
Corainder powder - 2 tbs
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Redchilly powder -1 tsp
Green peas -1/2 cup


Preparation

Rub oil over the eggplant and bake it in an oven at 200 degree c for about 1 hour .You can also burn the eggplant directly over flame turning the sides over or grill over charcoal until the skin is charred.Let it cool for some time .Peel the skin and chop the flesh.

In sucepan take oil and sputter cumin seeds. Add chopped onion and saute well until it becomes soft.Add chopped tomatoes,green chillies ,minced ginger and garlic and saute for few minutes until it becomes a paste .Add all the masala powders and saute until the raw smell of the masala goes. Add chopped flesh of egg plant and stir for few minutes.Finally add the green peas and cook it covered until green peas get cooked.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Gobi manchurian



Ingredients

For Frying

Cauliflower -1 (small)
All pupose flour/Maida -5 tbs
Cornflour-3 tbs
Ginger- garlic paste - 1tbs
Pepper powder- 1/2 tbs
salt
Oil

For Sauce
Onion -1 large
Green pepper Capsicum)chopped - 1/2 cup
Spring onion
Minced Ginger and Garlic -1 tbsp
Green chillies -3
Tomato Sauce -4 tbs
Soya sauce -2 tbs
Redchilly Sauce - 2 tbs
Salt
Cornflour
Water
Preparation
Saute chopped onions in a pan until it becomes soft. Add minced ginger and garlic, chopped green chillies,capsicum and stir for few minutes. Add all the sauces and cook for 1-2 minutes.Dissolve 3-4 tbs of cornflour in 3/4 cup of water and add slowly to the pan.when it starts to thicken turn off the flame.

Make a batter of cornflour and all purpose with water adding pepper,salt and ginger - garlic paste.Dip the cauliflower florets in it and deep fry the florets in oil until cripy and light brown in colour.

Add Fried cauliflower to the sauce and mix well. Cook it covered for 2 minutes.Garnish with spring onions.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Fried Rice




Ingredients
Basmathi rice - 2 cup
Scrambled egg (2 eggs)
Carrot - 2
Green pepper(capsicum) - 1
Chopped beans -little
Green peas -little
Pepper powder 1/2 tsp
oil
Salt
Spring onion

Preparation
Cook rice and strain the water.Wash the rice with cold water to remove the starch. Keep it aside.

In a pan add some oil and fry finely chopped vegetables and green peas until it is cooked. Add little salt and pepper powder to it. Add scarmbled eggs and cooked rice and stir for few minutes. Garnish with spring onions

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Paalak Paneer


Ingredients


Paalak - 2 bunch

paneer -1 cup

onions -2

Tomato -1

Green chilllies -2

Chilly powder -1tsp

Turmeric powder - 1tsp

Corainder powder - 1tsp

cumin seeds -1tsp

Garlic(minced)- 1 tbs
Salt


Preparation

In a saucepan cook paalak with little water for 2 minutes, if you overcook you wont get the green colour for the dish.Blend paalak with water into fine paste in bender.
Shallow fry paneer for few minutes,flipping the sides over .

In a sucepan take some oil sputter cumin seeds,add minced garlic and saute for few seconds. Add chopped onion and saute well till the onions becomes soft. Add chopped tomatoes and green chillies ,saute again for few minutes until it becomes a fine paste. Add red chilly powder,turmeric powder,coriander powder,salt and mix well with paste.Saute until the raw smell of powders go. Add paalak to this curry paste , add water if required. When it starts to boil add paneer .Cook covered for 2-3 minutes.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rava upmav (cooked in milk)




Ingredients
Rava - 1 cup
Urad dal - 1 tbs
Milk - 2 cup
Greenchillies - 2
Ginger chopped- 1 tsp
Carrot- 1(finely chopped)
Curry leaves
Mustard - 1 tsp
Oil/Dalda/ ghee


Preparation
Roast rava for few minutes and keep it aside
In a pan take oil/dalda/ghee and sputter seeds. Add urad dal and when it becomes brown in colour add onions and saute until it becomes soft. Add curry leaves,chopped green chillies,ginger,and carrot. saute for few minutes. Add milk ,when the milk starts to boil ,simmer it and add the roasted rava and stir well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Using dalda will make upmav even more tastier .For those who are worried about cholesterol can reduce the amont of milk. sometimes I cook with 1 cup water and 1 cup milk .

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chilly chicken





Ingredients

For marination

Boneless chicken 3/4 kg
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
soyasauce - 2tsp
Egg - 2
Ginger - Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Cornflour- 3tsp
Salt

Marinate the chicken with all the above ingredients and keep it aside for 1/2 an hour.

For Gravy
Onions - 2 large
Green pepper (Capsicum) - 1
Ginger - Garlic chopped - 1 tsp
Cornflour - 5 tsp
Tomato Sauce - 5 tbs
Soya Sauce - 4 tbs
Sweet chilly Sauce or chilly sauce (add little sugar to chilly sauce)- 4 tbs
Spring Onions - a small bunch
Salt

Preparation

Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the chicken and keep it aside .
In a pan saute chopped onions till it become soft. Add chopped ginger and garlic,Chopped green pepper and white portion of spring onions and saute for few minutes. Add all the sauces and mix well.Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the fried chicken.Dissolve Cornflour in 1 cup of water and add slowly to the pan. Cook it coverd for few minutes. Garnish with spring onions.



Monday, December 7, 2009

INSTANT DOSHA


To prepare this dosha we dont have to grind the rice and keep the batter for fermentation.I soak the rice overnight and grind in morning and make dosha with the batter.

Ingredients
Rice - 1 1/2cup
Grated coconut -1/4 cup(optional)
Shallots or Onions chopped (handfull)
cooked rice(1/4 cup)
Fennel - 1 tsp
salt

Preparation
Soak rice for 5-6 hour.Grind the Rice with all the ingredients above by adding water.The batter should be loose,otherwise dosha will be hard. More water you add dosha will become softer .
Take a nonstick pan pour one laddle of the batter and swirl it .Close with a lid and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Take dosha from pan and serve it with vegetable stew , kadala curry etc

Back home we make this dosha in "dosha kallu" made of iron, its very heavy otherwise I would have managed to bring one here.The dosha we make in dosha kallu is very tasty.

Monday, November 30, 2009

TOMATO RASAM


Usually on sunday afternoon we indulge ourselfs without keeping an eye on calories...So for dinner we prefer something light thats when I make rasam and have our dinner with just rasam and some thoran..
Ingredients
Tomato -5
Toor dhal- less than 1/4 cup
garlic - 5-6 pods
redchilly powder- 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
coriander leaves
curry leaves
cumin seeds
asafoetida- pinch
Preparation
Cook toor dhal in a pressure cooker by adding more water .Take the stock and add little of cooked dhal to the stock.
In saucepan add oil and add cumin seeds and crushed garlic and stir for few seconds. Add chopped tomatoes , redchilly powder,tumeric powder,pepper powder,salt and stir for few mintes. Add toor dhal stock and cook for 20 minutes.
In a pan take some oil sputter mustard seeds,add curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida.Stir for few seconds. Add this to rasam.

Garnish rasam with chopped coriander leaves.



Thursday, November 26, 2009

Glass painting


I love to do painting..But now adays I dont have enough time for my craft works..Here is one of my glass painting which I did long time back...

Monday, November 23, 2009

TANDOORI CHICKEN IN OVEN ( IN MY STYLE)


Ingredients

Chicken (I prefer drumsticks and thighs) -4 pieces

For masala

Chilly powder -1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Yoghurt - 1 tsp
Lime juice - 1/4 tsp
Ginger - Garlic paste -1 tsp
Salt

Preparation
Make a paste of the masala by adding little water and marinate the chicken pieces. Keep it aside for 30 minutes

Preheat the oven at 200 degree for 10 minutes .Now reduce the temperature to 180 degrees and place the chicken in oven and cook for 10 -15minutes on one side.Turn over the side and cook again for another 10 -15minutes.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ney payasam


Ingredients

Rice - 1/2 cup

Jaggery- 1 1/2 - 2 cup

Ghee - 1/2 cup

cahshewnut

cardamom powder


Preparation

Cook rice and keep aside

Melt jaggery by adding little water in a saucepan , add cooked rice to it and cook for few minutes. Add ghee slowly to the mixture.Simmer the stove until the payasam becomes thick . For the aroma add little cardamom powder.
Fry cashewnuts in ghee and garnish the payasam with cashewnuts.

We usually dont make this payasam at home ,we get this payasam from temple as prasadam.Usually in ney payasam a lot of ghee is added ,its very very rich...I didn't add that much ghee ...Those who are not scared of eating more ghee can add 1 to 1 1/2 cup ghee.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Chicken Curry




Back home in Kannur my mom make varutharacha chicken curry ,but I am not a big fan of varutharacha curry,but if we want more gravy then there is no other option rather than varutharakkal. If there is any non malayalees reading this they might be wondering what varutharakkal is ..We saute grated coconut in coconut oil till it becomes dark brown in colour and then grind it in a mixie to get a smooth paste that is what we call varuthrakkal. To add taste we add curry leaves, redchillies, shallots, cinnamon sticks, fennelseeds, cardamom , pepper pods, garlic , cloves etc to grated coconut .The aroma of that paste is so good.This is not the recipe that I am going to post now.

Here goes my recipe

Ingredients
Onions - 5 large
Green chillies - 4-5
Curry leaves
Tomatoes - 1-2
Ginger garlic paste- 11/2 tablespoon
Redchilly powder - 2tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chicken masala - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1tsp (By grinding same ratio of cinnamon sticks,cloves ,fennel seeds and cardamom )
salt
coriander leaves
Chicken 1 kg

Marinate chicken pieces with redchilly powder,turmeric powder,chicken masala,Coriander powder and salt .Keep it aside for 1/2 an hour

Saute onions is a saucepan till it become light brown in colour ,add chopped tomatoes,ginger garlic paste,green chillies,curryleaves and saute for few minutes. Add marinated chicken piece and cook until chicken is cooked. Add pepper powder and garam masala powder and let it boil for few minutes.Garnish with coriander leaves

I usually dont add water or coconut milk to the curry as we get lot of water from chicken itself,the gravy will be much more tastier if we dont add water or coconut milk.But if we want more gravy add some water while cooking chicken or if coconut milk is your choice add coconut milk after the chicken is cooked. Adding grinded coconut is another option which also tastes good.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dhal and Seafood




I am dedicating this recipe to my 13 month old baby as this curry was an experiment I tried to make him eat rice. When he was around 7 months I started giving rice to him with parippu as curry, Just the plain parippu with salt and turmeric..but later on I started adding vegetables to parippu so that he will eat vegetables aswell. I didnt gave him any meat or fish till his first birthday..I thought let him be a pure vegeterian till his birthday..Soon after his birthday I gave him meat and fish and he liked it very much ..After having meat and fish for fewdays I cooked a vegetable curry last week but he started spitting rice without meat or fish..I tried the vegetable curry next day also, but again he started spitting and I didnt want to starve him....Thats how I made this dish which is very easy if you have seafood collection in your freezer.

Ingredients
toor daal - 1/4 cup
Onions - 2
Tomato - 1
Green chillies-2-3
Curry leaves
Garlic -2-3 pods
chilly powder - 1 tsp
turmeric powder - little
coriander powder- 1 1/2 tsp
chicken masala - 1 tsp
salt
seafood collection( prawns,mussels,scallops etc)

Preparation
Saute onions till pink in colour add chopped tomato saute for few minutes till it become a paste. Add greenchillies, garlic,curry leaves and all the powders and add some water.Add seafood collection and cook.
Cook toor daal in a pressure cooker and pour it to the curry mixture.Let the mixture boil for few minutes. our curry is ready..Garnish with coriander leaves.




Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I am back after a long time

I am back after a long time. I didnt get time for cooking experiments since jan 2008 as I was expecting..Morning sickeness was so horrible so I didnt cook for the whole 9 months..But when the baby came I couldnt even get time to sleep.He keeps me awake all night and so during day time we both slept. Now my baby has grown up ,he is one year old now.I hardly get time to do cooking these days too...but once I start blogging again I will find time to cook somehow,in that way my hubby can also eat some good food. I havent got a recipe today but will post one soon...