Saturday, March 12, 2016

Grilled Mushrooms and Vegetables

This is my family's favorite dish.I made 2-3 times by now.First time,I made only with mushrooms and later with vegetables.The very simple ingredients make the dish very delicious.I bought the poultry blend ,so it had both the herbs of thyme and rosemary.

Mushrooms-10-12 nos
Bell peppers-1
Fresh Rosemary-2-3 stems
Thymes-4-5 stems
Olive oil-1/4 cup
Garlic-4-5 cloves
Red chilli flakes-1 
Any cheese-1/4 cup
Salt-1/2 tsp


1.Chop garlic finely and mix with olive oil
2.Removes the leaves of rosemary and thyme
3.Add the leaves ,Red chilli flakes,salt to the olive oil
4.Wash the mushrooms and chop vegetables to lengthy size

5.Marinate the vegetables and mushrooms with the seasoning of olive oil mix for at least one hour
6.Heat a pan ,add the mushrooms & vegetables and toss for a minute,move the pan to preheated oven for 400*F/220*C.
7.Grill them for 8-10 minutes.

8.Sprinkle the grated cheese, and place the pan in oven for two minutes
9.Add the mushrooms to serving plate, along with the left out juice.
Serve with a dip or sourcream(optional)
I mixed achar/pickle with curd 

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Eggless Banana Bread

          Happy woman's day! How come this year is being more special with so many messages like never before.But still I could only think of all my best friends who gone through-ed a lot ,who happened to be bold,gorgeous and much better than me.I am sure i am truly inspired by them.I should thank all my close friends for being so nice to me.Woman has a great strength in multi tasking,creativity,loving and what not!. I wish every woman is safe and peaceful in this world as the forwards speaks so.

The bread recipe is almost vegan,since there is no egg or milk products.

All purpose flour-1+1/2 cup
Baking powder-1 tsp
Baking soda-1/2 tsp
Oil/melted butter-2/3 cup
Banana-2(long size)
Regular Sugar or Brown sugar  -1/2 cup
Vanilla essence-1 tsp

1.Sieve the flour,baking powder and baking soda for couple of times.
2.Smash the bananas ,oil/butter,mix with sugar and vanilla essence.
3.Incorporate the flour and wet mix slowly and add the chopped walnuts.
4.Grease the bread pan with oil and dust  with flour.Pour the batter into it.
5.Bake them in a preheated oven at 300*F/170*C for 30-35 minutes.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Paneer Kofta Curry

I make this curry quit often for last two years.If anything is worthy , I like spending my entire day in kitchen.I am bit slow in progress,but absolutely worth the end results.The kofta curry is long process ,we have to saute,cool it down to grind and again cook it.Its not everyday cooking recipe to try. I tried many recipes that turned mediocre in taste even though with lots of ingredients.But this one is good enough to share it.

For Kofta
Paneer-1+1/2 cup,grated
Boiled Potato-1/2 cup,smashed
Green chillies-1/2 tsp,sliced
Ginger-1/2 tsp,chopped
Coriander powder-1/2 tsp
Salt ,Corainder leaves to taste
Cashewnuts-1/2 cup
Cornflour-2 tsp
Oil to fry the koftas

For Curry
Cashew-3 tbsps,soaked
Oil-2 tbsps
Red chilli powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder-1/2 tsp
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
Sugar-1 tsp
Green chilly-1
Fresh cream-1/4 cup


1.Mix all the ingredients for kofta and make them into balls.

2.Use appe pan,add some oil and fry all the koftas until it turns brown on all sides
Or just deep fry them.

3.For Curry,add the oil into the pan and saute onions for couple of minutes.
4.Allow it to cool and grind it with tomato,green chilly and cashews to a fine paste.
5.Add the paste back to the pan,cook it back with closed lid for ten minutes(it splashes).
6.Add remaining ingredients of salt,red chilli powder,garam masala and cumin powder.
7.Add some water to loosen the curry.
8.Add the koftas and cook it for a minute and off the heat.
9.Add the cream at the end and serve hot.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Mint Paratha

Atta/Wheat flour-1 cup
Green chillies-1-2
Cumin-1 tsp
Ginger-1" inch
Salt to taste
Water -as needed
Oil as needed


1.To make mint paste,Grind Green chillies,mint,cumin and water.
2.Mix the atta/wheat flour,salt and mint paste
3.Add little water and make a soft dough
4.Knead the dough for five to seven minutes and rest it for 15 minutes 
5.Roll the dough into thin roti/chappathi with dusting some flour
6.Cook in hot tawa /iron griddle both the sides 
7.Apply oil or ghee as serve hot

Monday, February 01, 2016

Omapodi /Sev

The best reason to avoid buying snacks from outside is making it at home.Why there is need to fetch the silly snack packets ,if it is homemade and healthy.But many people are fond of buying it than making it at home.May be kids are resisting to eat them or those variety of available snacks are magically more convenient.At least we have to make these once in a while to get ride of those snacks.

Besan flour-1 cup
Rice flour-1/2 cup
Hing-1/2 tsp
Ajwain/Omam-1 tsp
Red chilli powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Salt-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-9-10

1.Dry Roast omam/ajwain for 2-3 minutes in a hot pan
2.Add it to mixer along with hing,red chilli and turmeric powder
3.Grind them into fine powder
4.To make a soft dough,add besan and rice flour to a bowl,add the powder,salt and turmeric powder
5.Add water and make a soft dough
6.Heat 3/4 cup of oil for medium hot
7.Add the dough to sevai nazhi or murukku press with same hole which is used for idiyappam
8.When the oil is hot enough,press the sev in circular manner until it fills the oil space 
9.Turn the sev/omapodi and fry other side.Remove it from oil when sizzling stops
10.Fry curry leaves directly in oil and add it to omapodi
11.While serving ,crush the circular omapodi and curry leaves.So it will be very flavorful.

1.Make sure omam/ajwain is finely powdered,otherwise the dough will be blocked while pressing it.
2.Instead of besan flour ,you can also use chickpea flour 
3.Another way of using ajwain worked better for omapodi.Soak ajwain in water for overnight ,grind and strain the water.Use the water to make the dough.It also gives more strong flavor 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Flatbread Pizza(No yeast recipe)


    Baking something new once in a while always been regular in my kitchen .Pizzas and cakes are never a miss when it comes to birthday party.So those are the days when we have so much to do, we always look out for instant fix.I liked the pizzas made in wooden oven.The people waiting after an order could see how thinly the base is made and the long ladle(peel blade) that sends the pizza inside the hot oven.It hardly takes 5-7 minutes to bake.I tried similar one and saved in my draft last year.

The flatbread pizzas can be made with pre-made naan or any flatbreads and also without any sauces.The vegetables are previously saute'd.The cheese is used over the sauce and the vegetables comes over all the toppings.So the vegetables stays crunchy and holds the right flavor.

Recipe Link:Robert Irvine's Flatbread Pizzetta

For Dough
All purpose flour-2 cups
Minced Garlic-1 tbsp
Italian Seasoning-1 tsp
Salt-1 tsp
Water-1/4 cup
Tomato Sauce
Cheese of your choice
Vegetables of your choice
Olive oil -2 tsps
Red chilli flakes as needed


To make the dough, mix garlic,flour,italian seasoning and salt in a bowl.Add water in center and gently make the dough.Cover the dough with wrapper and rest it for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough into thin sheets(1/8th inch) thickness ,mostly in shape of oval or circle.
Place them in a baking tray.

Heat a pan, add the olive oil ,saute sliced onions,capsicum and mushrooms for a minute.

Spread the tomato sauce on top with a spoon

Spread the shredded cheese and then sauted vegetables

Top it with arugula ,red chilli flakes, jalapeno and sliced olives 
Bake them at 400*F in a preheated oven , for 7-8 minutes.

The topping starts with sauce,cheese,sauted vegetables and pickled vegetables.
If you need more crusty pizza, you can increase the temperature and the time.
If the dough rolled  into a base goes thick,the base will be uncooked.
So make sure it has to be as thin as possible.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Paruppu boli

Paruppu Boli/Puran Poli is made at home during sankranti and bogi festival.Boggi is the festival celebrated for lord Indra who is the creator of clouds and rains.The rice,turmeric and sugarcane is harvested fresh during this time.I remember my native place thanjavur is well known for it.While the big kolam is drawn in front of the house with a pumpkin flower enlightens the art.There will be a wood fire to burn old things of the house from clothes,dried leaves and disposals.They paint the house and make the place very clean and eco friendly. I really enjoyed my  childhood hopping on the fresh rice, mounted in corner of my house with my cousin.The pathayam (Rice Storage trunk) where they store rice or grains will have a palm size wooden slab that pops out the grains.During pongal,it will be stored with paddy as excess harvesting for the season.

Boli is widely available in sweet shops as freshy as made in many varieties.It needs lot of effort to do from scratch.I learnt well only after many trials.Here is the detailed method in my way.

Maida-2 cups
Channa dal-2 cups
Jaggery-2 cups
Cardomon powder-1 tsp
Yellow/Orange color powder -1/2 tsp
Oil/Ghee-1 cup
Salt-1/2 tsp

1.Add Flour,salt ,food color and water to a bowl 
2.Mix all the ingredients to make a soft dough
3.Pour 1/2 cup of oil and knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes
4.Apply oil on the dough and rest it until its needed

5.Soak the channa dal  in water for one hour
6.Drain the water and cook dal with one cup of water well in a pan or pressure cooker 
7.Meanwhile melt the jaggery and one cup of water in a pan to thick syrup
8.Add the cardamon powder to it and set it aside
9.Grind the dal to fine powder and add it to the jaggery syrup
10.Pour them in an non stick pan, start stirring the dal and jaggery mix until it is well combined or thickened.
11.Allow it to cool and make them into round balls

12.Take a small ball of maida dough and start rolling into small roti with rolling pin
13.Keep the stuffing/poranam in centre and seal the edges to form a ball
14.Press the dough gently and roll into thin bolis with dusting some flour on both sides

15.Heat a flat pan, cook the bolis in medium flame on both sides
16.Once it is cooked it leaves some brown spots on top.
17.Apply oil or ghee on both sides and serve.

1.Drain the water from cooked dal completely.If needed ,pat dry the dal in tissue paper
2.If the poranam is sticky,it will not spready evenly
3.To make it easier,the poranam can be made previously and boli can be rolled on the next day.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Basic 1-2-3-4 Cake

Baking is fun especially during the holiday season.When it comes out to experimenting ,I always stick to basics and i still love that vanilla filled baking aroma wafting around my home. I like any cake that is not over done with flavours and this one is much more kept it as simple and civil as it should be.The ingredients portions are more easy to remember as we call it in name and also used in same order in the recipe

1 cup Butter
2 cups Sugar(370 gms)
4 eggs
3 cups Flour (384 gms)
1 tbsp Baking powder
1 cup milk
2 tsps vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350*.Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans or a bundt pan
In a large bowl ,beat butter and sugar with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy , 3 to 4 minutes
Add eggs one at a time, beating well for each addition
In a bowl, stir all the dry ingredients and add the flour mixture to the batter and mix gently with milk and vanilla essence
Bake them 350* for 28-30 minutes until its done.

Merry Xmas...Happy Holidays.Enjoy!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Expresso cupcake

One can never miss refreshing their senses with coffee aroma and the flavor any day.. I am not very coffee person ,but I was the same like others.Coffee is most consumed beverage, one cannot miss drinking before starting the day.Last few years I stopped drinking coffee at home.I drink occasionally only when I am travelling.I started trying coffee flavors here.We have wide range here and found Kirkland 100% Dark Roast Columbia fine grind makes equally good south indian good filter coffee.

Yields:11-12 cupcakes
Flour-1 cup
Sugar-1 cup
Unsweetened Cocoa powder-1/3 cup
Baking Soda-1/2 tsp
Salt-1/4 tsp
Butter,melted or Oil-1/2 cup
Vanilla essence-1 tsp
Instant Coffee powder-1 tsp
Hot Expresso-1/2 cup

1.Preheat the oven for 375*F.Line the muffin tin for paper liners.
2.Sift flour,sugar,cocoa,baking soda and salt into a bowl.
3.Beat sugar and eggs for 2-3 minutes and then add the melted butter and vanilla essence.
Beat again for one minute.
4.Add the flour mixture into the wet mix in three portions.
5.Make hot espresso with your favourite coffee.Mix coffee powder to it.
(To make expresso,boil 2 tbsps of grinded coffee powder to 1/2 cup of water for 2-3 minutes.Filter it and use it in place of expresso)
6.Gently fold in the expresso into the cupcake batter.
7.Using a large spoon,distribute the batter into the prepared muffin tins
8.Bake them in preheated oven (375*F) for twenty minutes 

I clicked the first daylight picture as it was so sunny on that day

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tawa pulao with spring onion raita

I made this pulao with left over pav bhaji masala on the same day i made pav bhaji.I didnt have much of vegetables at home , so i  ended up adding bell peppers that enhanced the flavor.I must be the last one who is trying this happening trendy dish.It came closer to biryani somewhere i had that had bit of tangy and spicy taste.I dont remember much of things as of now i mostly look for what to cook next but not to where to eat next. ;-P  

Bhaji masala-1 cup
Water-2 cups
Rice-1 cup
Vegetable -1 cup ,chopped
(Peas,bell peppers)
Salt to taste

1.Add two cups of water to the same bhaji pan.
2.Add the vegetable and bring it to boil
3.Add the rice  and close lid.Let it cook for 10 minutes.
4.Stir in occasionally to not let the rice stick to the base
5.Once the rice is cooked,add in 2 tbsps of butter,stir  and serve hot
6.If needed,add little salt only when rice is cooked.

To make spring onion raita
Mix one cup of chopped spring onion raita to 1 cup of beaten curd and add salt to taste.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ragi idiyappam with ginger chutney

I have been busy for couple of weeks..I didnt get time to sit and compose this post.Making idiyappam is my recent favorite , I tried many versions of it.I couldnt click everytime with my dslr.But some of the dishes are clicked only by my phone.I made this for dinner.Healthy and guilt free indulge ,you will be glad making it for your family :) Dont miss the ginger chutney is a great combo with ragi idiyappam.

Ragi idiyappam

Ragi flour-2 cups
Rice flour-1/2 cup
Salt-1/2 tsp
Water-2 cups

To make Ginger chutney
Ginger-1/2 cup
Urad dal-2 tsps
Curry leaves-an arc
Red chillies-3 nos
Tamarind-small pinch
Oil-1 tsp


1.Boil the water to lukewarm in a pan
2.Mix ragi flour,rice flour and salt in a bowl
3.Add the warm water and make into soft dough
4.Use idiyappam press , make idiyappam with idli steamer
5.It takes 5-7 minutes to cook,once the steam escapes on sides,off the flame

To make chutney

1.Heat a pan ,add oil ,fry each ingredient one by one
2.Allow it to cool and grind them in blender with little water

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pav bhaji

After so much of nagging to make some snacks ,i made one more chat for evening..Both hubby and hansika merasal fied with soft buns and delicious bhaji masala.I had no clue i could make so soft cottony light buns at home.Its wordless to say how fresh it was.Hubby couldnt resist when i am clicking the picture,he finished the second plate too.

To make Pav buns
Recipe from here

Maida or All purpose flour-2 cups /250 gms
Milk-3/4 cup
Salt-1 tsp
Milk powder-1+1/2 tbsps
Sugar-1 tbsp
Maida to dust 


Initially proof the yeast in warm place with sugar and warm milk for  10 minutes
Add the flour and salt in a bowl, add the milk mixture and make a soft semi sticky dough
Knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes gently and keep it a bowl covered with wet cloth

Once the dough is risen, pouch it back and knead it back into shape.
Allow it to rise again for another 20 minutes

Line the parchment paper in baking pan.
Make the dough into balls leaving some spaces in between them.

Allow it to rise for another 20-30 minutes.
Preheat the oven for 200 C

Once the dough is risen ,Brush some milk on top

and bake them for 15-20 minutes

Remove the pan from oven,brush some butter/oil on top

To make bhaji masala,
Onion-3/4 cup
tomato-1+1/2 cup
Peas-1/2 cup
Potato-2 cup
Carrots-1/2 cups
Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp
Red chilli powder-2 tsps
Pav bhaji masala-1 tsp
Salt to taste
Butter to Serve

1.Chop onions,tomato,potato,carrots and peas ,cook them in a steamer and set aside
2.Heat a pan, add 2 tsps of oil ,add onions and tomato ,saute them well until its cooked
3.Add the cooked vegetables and a cup of water ,cook until all gets mixed.Smash it with smasher until all vegetables disppear completely.
4.Add all the powders and salt and cook in simmer for another 10-12 minutes.

Serve hot with pav ,a gallop of butter and lemon!.

Yummy and Delicious Pav bhajji is ready

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