Friday, March 30, 2012

Ennai Kathirikai with roasted peanuts



Few years ago,I tasted an andhra side dish - ladies finger stuffed with peanuts masala...I cud still recall the taste now...I tried many recipes,but that cudnt match the taste..The best lesson after many disasters(it happened),roast the peanuts before grinding it...This recipe gives awesome taste to the Brinjals...



Ingredients
Brinjal-7-8 nos
Peanuts-1 cup
Onion,sliced-2
Coriander seeds-2 tbsp
Cumin-1 tbsp
Chilli powder-1 tsp
Coriander leaves,chopped-2 stems
Sesame/Olive Oil-1/3 cup


Method

1.Dry roast the peanuts until crunchy


2.Dry roast the cumin and coriander seeds in low flame until it turns slight brown
3.Cool the peanuts,coriander seeds,cumin and the onions and grind it coarsely or finely
4.Now add the salt and chilli powder and mix it


5.Slit the whole brinjal into four and stuff the paste into it


6.Heat the oil in a pan and add the remaining masala and brinjals ,saute a minute
7.Sprinkle 1/4 salt ,coriander over the brinjals and toss them
8.Close the lid and cook in the low flame


9.When brinjal turns tender enough,its ready to serve



Thursday, March 29, 2012

Donut House-Review on Savory Donuts and Frosting Contest...


Last weekend,I been to the Donut House for the review...The C-thru Kitchen was overflowing with people ,I peaked myself in a little place,It was frosting recipe contest for the donut..Four ladies were busy staring at each other's donut  making yummiest donuts of the day...


The contestants made pineapple and fresh cream,blueberry,dry fruits and dates, 
strawberry and lemon zest frostings


The fellow blogger kamalika


The judges were excited to pose when i asked the staff to hold the donuts tray for the click! :)


And the winner is the little teeny girl who made lemon zest frosting


Ok,Lets move on to New releases from Donut House.....The new donuts  have a filler tube which holds the creamy stuffing...So,It will be the option for customers to have the donut with stuffing or not...


The Donut House released the burger donut..The sugar glazed donut bun with little spicy patty,pineapple and the cheese slices..When i had the bite,the mixing of all flavour bursting in the mouth...I luved it...



The savoury version were mutard olives,italian and south indian donuts
I liked mustard donuts where most loved the spicy south indian ones...

Glad to announce the donut house is coming to South Chennai,In Besant Nagar!

Donut House,Wellington Plaza , Dr. PV Cherian Crecent Salai,
 Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008
09600127725


Monday, March 26, 2012

Molten Lava Cake-Microwave Method



It was an usual order for pizzas where we got molten lava as free!!...I was not impressed with molten lava cakes sold in pizza outlets..Most of them are tasteless...I been trying various recipes for molten lava quit a while,this one is the best i came across...Cant resist to share the recipe here...

I tried Campco dark chocolate bar...It melts perfectly to match this lava cake...
So,use any buttery and firm textured dark chocolates

Molten Lava cake
Ingredients
Dark Chocolate,chopped-4 oz
Eggs-2
Egg yolk-1
Butter-4 tbsps
All purpose flour-6 tbsps
Powdered Sugar-2/3 cup
Vanilla essence-1 tsp
Salt a pinch

Method
Melt the butter and chocolate together
Add the sugar and maida to it
Let it cool,mean while beat the eggs fluffy
Fold the eggs and chocolate mix
Spray the ramekins...Pour the mix into 8 small ramekins to half or three fourth level

Microwave it for one minute in HIGH
Or Bake for 3 minutes at 200C in a pre heated oven

Rest it for a minute and Demold the cake in a serving plate or can serve as it is...Enjoy


Since, Vegetarians  doesn't like egg in the recipe,u can use this eggless recipe and use the same time and temperature for baking as given here...The molten lava should be saucy,so the trick is to remove the ramekins once the top layer of cake is formed..The temperature varies to each oven,So try a single ramekin first to get lava cake..


Of course,Some best pastries and cakes cannot go without egg in taste..I didnt feel eggy for this cake...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Curd Rice/Thayir sadam


Its pretty hot here...And i have a guest who wants to do shopping almost every day :) Of course,who doesnt  like to do shopping in chennai..What can give pleasant welcome,after a tiring fun  sun day?..Nothing can be like creamy ,yummy and chilled thayir sadam..I made this in morning and kept it in fridge before i stepped out of the home..Of course,pickles are best side dishes.But I have given a thogayal that calms the summer heat.


To make Homemade Curd
Milk-1 litre
Curd-2 tbsps 

Method
1.Boil the milk and bring it to lukewarm temperature.
2.Pour the milk in any vessel(glass or earthware) 
3.Add the 2 tbsps of curd and do not stir it,cover it with lid and dont distrub and move it for seven hours
4.After seven hours,Move the dish to fridge and allow it set well

If u r not living in tropical countries,u need to keep the milk in warm place,either in preheat oven (with a lowest temperature)..


To make set curd
U have to keep the curd in fridge as soon as it is set.




 To make Curd rice
Boiled Rice-2 cups
Milk-One cup
Curd-Quater cup
Salt to taste

To Season
Mustard Seeds-1 tsp
Asofoedia-half tsp
Coriander leaves-3-4 stems
Ginger-half ench,chopped
Oil to shallow fry

Method


1.Cook the rice with 5 cups of water
2.Smash the hot rice, add the milk and salt
3.Shallow fry the mustard seeds,asofoedia and ginger in oil and add it to the rice
4.Once the rice returns to room temperature ,add the curd and mix it..
Refrigerate before serving

U can also add grated carrot or diced cucumber

To make parupu thovayal
Roasted Channa dal-Half cup
Coconut,grated-Quater cup
Red chilli-2 nos
Salt to taste

1.Grind all the ingredients to smooth paste


Can also served with pickle...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dewberry's-Restaurant Review


Wish all the restaurants maintains a standard in food and service...I am not obsessed in eating out,I would like to visit new place once in a while...After shifting from annanagar,I completely miss my friends(Can someone hear me?)...I wish i have more friends to hang out,somewhere like dewberry....This review is late, supposed to be posted before jaavaid...

Here is my late review..


Dewberry's is a new resto cafe located in Dr.Radhakrishnan road along with the boutique,the place where u and ur friends can sit for long hours and enjoy the food...



One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” -Luciano Pavarotti 
I liked the quote...The menu is completely continental and glad to see the dishes are well explained below the dish name...


Before i reached the place,the fellow reviewer has ordered this, Strawberry Melon rush with a hint of salt in the rimmed glass...Almost its an every girl's drink..Verry berry merry to me.


Since everyone has already ordered each flavour,i had to choose new one...I chose Bubble gum smoothie,it was a let down...


For the Starters-they served sweet Bruschetta with mixed cheese and raisins...it was good


This is the thumps up drink-Chilli twist...The lemon juice with the little hint of chilli in salt rimmed glass..


For Nonveg Starter-Prawns Gamberoni was perfectly cooked and my fav pick


Chippy Fungi-A crunchy mix of mushroom and prawns...


For main course-They served steaming hot ,the veg and nonveg sizzlers


The Chicken espagnole was the best ,the thai platter had wonderful flavour of lemon grass and perfectly done...Almost this is my first thai sizzler in chennai...Thumbs up on this.


If u r pasta lovers,this magic mushroom pasta is gud,though the sauce was little watery....


This was minced chicken bolognese...Not special as the other version


 Fruitlette-The grilled quesadilla stuffed with panner and served with fruits...I liked the fusion concept..I also liked one more dessert- Simple Simean that had crepes served with Caramel sauce..The desserts took long time to arrive and all the chocolate desserts were disappointing....



I shouldnt say "Stay away" for this place,Since the food was good and only a few was average.

Ambience - Indoor is usual while the outdoor rocks
Food - 3 out of 5
Service - Can be better

Address
Dewberry's
6/29,Rajasekaren Street,
Dr.Radhakrishnan Salai,
Mylapore
Chennai
Landmark: Near Citicenter,Adjacent to Van Huesen Showroom

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Channa Veg Roll


I have seen this roll selling fast in many canteens..The most easiest way to make the roll,is using the chapathi.I like this channa sprouts stuffing in the veg roll...
It is one of the low cal lunch in my diet

Ingredients
Channa/Chickpea Sprouts-2 cups
Onion,chopped-half cup
Chilli powder-half tsp
Coriander powder-2 tspss
Garam masala-half tsp
Cumin powder-half tsp
Coriander leaves-a few
Thin and Soft Chappati/Rotis
A few Onion Rings
A dash of Oil and pinch of Salt

Method


 1.Add the oil in a pan and saute all the ingredients one by one, from onion to coriander leaves
2.Add 3/4 cup of water and close the lid,cook for 5-7 minutes
3.Once the channa is cooked,saute them until the stuffing turns completely dry


4.Make thin and soft pulkas and line the masala in the centre,Sprinkle some onion and coriander on top,


5.Do a tight roll with the roti and tuck in the onion ring to the center.Use a small ring ,so it can hold the roll.



Friday, March 09, 2012

Choco Strawberry lush



This is such an easy dessert ,u can make the weekend very special without spending much time in the kitchen..Almost ,its a kids play dessert..Once u line up all the needs in the table,kids will luv to do it..

Ingredients
(Any flavour )Short Cake-1 packet
Chocolate Short Cake-1 packet
Butter-3 tbsp
Powdered Sugar-3 tbsp
Amul Fresh Cream tetra pack-1(250 ml),Chilled
Any Fruits-Half cup,Chopped
Sugar Syrup-Two cups

To make sugar syrup
Mix one cup of powdered sugar to two cups of water

Method


1.Toast the short cakes with butter


2.Whip the fresh cream with 3 tbsps of sugar
(Keep it in fridge as it thickens some more)


3.Take a serving bowl or glass,layer the cream,dip the cake in sugar syrup and place it over the cream and layer the Fruit...Repeat the process until it gets over


4.U can do it in a bowl too


4.Chill it in fridge atleast an hour before serving



U can use strawberry crush,chocolate sauce or the melted jam in between the layers
Of course,the weekend dessert can be done in less than hundred rupees too..

Happy Weekend,Bye.


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