Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Egg Snack

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Here s a very quick and simple starter. I wouldn't call it a recipe ..it's that simple!!

You will need :

Eggs - boiled
Carrot - very thinly sliced
Cilantro - Chopped finely
Salt & Pepper

How you do it :

Boil the eggs and cut them in halves.
Arrange the carrot and cilantro on top 
Sprinkle salt and pepper and
Here you go :)

You can also fry the boiled eggs slightly in a little oil and sprinkle the salt and pepper and serve!!


Laziz Tikka Masala

This was one recipe which i like to the core.. The "restaurant style" Laziz Tikka Masala.. It is a bit complicated to make..but all the hard work is worth it.. Trust me ...Your guys will just love it!! And so will you :)

You will need :

For the Tikkas and the marinade :

Chicken - 1.75 lbs boneless and skinless cut into tikka size peices (abt 1 1/2 - 2 inch peices)and preferably thigh meat

Marinade 1 :

Lemon juice - 1tbsp
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder - 1tsp
Olive oil - 4-5 tbsp

Marinade 2 :

Yogurt - 1 cup
Ginger garlic paste - 2 - 3 tsp
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 - 1 tsp
Mustard oil - 2tbsp
Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp

Onion Tomato Masala :

Onions - 2 large chopped
Tomatoes - 4 medium chopped
Garlic cloves - 7-8 chopped finely
Cumin - 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 1/2 - 2 tsp

For the gravy :

Onion Tomato Masala - 1- 1/2 cup
Tomato puree - 1 cup
Butter - 2 tbsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2tsp
Garam Masala Powder - abt 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Kasoori Methi - 1tsp
Cream - 1/4 cup
Water - 1/2 cup

This is how you do it :

Marination and Making the Tikkas :

1. First mix together the Chicken, lemon juice, salt, olive oil and red chilli powder and marinate for about 30-40 min
2. To this add the Marinade2 ingredients - curd, ginger garlic paste, garam masala powder, red chilli powder, mustard oil and lemon juice and marinate it again for 3-4 hours in a refrigerator.
3. Thread the chicken to the skewers and cook in a preheated oven at 350F/180C for 30 min or till they are done.U can also make the tikkas by placing the skewers on a pan and frying them till they are evenly cooked.
4. Remove from the skewers and keep aside.

Meanwhile for the Onion Tomato Masala :

1. Heat Oil in a kadai/pan and add cumin and chopped garlic and fry.
2. Add the onions and fry till golden brown.
3. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for about 2 min.
3. Add the tomatoes, salt, cumin powder and coriander powder, mix well and cook on a low flame till the tomatoes are well cooked.
4. Set aside.

Now the final Stage :

1. In a pan heat the butter, add the ginger garlic paste & tomato puree and fry for like 2-3 min.
2. Add half a cup of water and cook for another 3-4 min.
3. Add 1-1/2 cup of Onion Tomato Masala and the Chicken tikkas ,mix well and simmer for about 5 min or till the gravy reduces a little.
4. Add the garam masala powder and cook for another 2-3 min.
5. Add the cream and Kasoori Methi and Cilantro- Mix well
6. Adjust the salt and red chilli powder to your taste :)

And you are done !!

This goes very well with rice and rotis/Naans

P.S - The Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder gives a good color and flavor to your chicken and the gravy.
You can as well have just the tikkas without any gravy ..They taste real good too :)
The chicken can be replaced with paneer/Tofu !!
So all you vegetarians... U don't have to miss out on this one :)

Smile :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce :)

Monday, September 27, 2010
Well i was browsing stuff over the internet. This is a Sanjeev kapoor recipe and i added my version of the caramel sauce to it and contradicted it with vanilla ice cream and it turned out to be great!! And since i love dates i couldn't stop myself from making it. It was a simple one indeed !!

You will need :

For the Cake :

Dates - 1cup seedless and chopped
Baking soda - 1/2tsp
Water - 1cup boiling
Butter - 6-7 tbsp (softened)
Brown sugar - 1/2cup
Vanilla essence/extract - 1tsp
Eggs - 2
All Purpose flour/Maida - 1cup

For the Caramel Sauce :

Butter - 1/2 cup or 8 tbsp
Whipping cream - 1/4 cup
Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence/extract - 1/2 tsp

This is how i made the cake :

1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F
2. Take dates in a bowl and add the baking soda and a cup of boiling water and set aside for the dates to soften.
3. In another bowl blend together butter and brown sugar till soft and fluffy.
4. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
5. Add the eggs and blend till it mixes real well.
6. Add in the flour and the dates along with the water and blend well.
7. Pour the batter into a baking pan and bake for 50-60 min / till the skewer comes out clean.
8. Cool and cut into pieces.

And the caramel Sauce :

Boil together the butter, sugar, cream and vanilla extract.
Simmer and cook for 3 minutes

To Serve :

Warm the cake and drizzle some sauce over it and serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

And voila!!!

Indulge yourself!!!


This is the first time i'm ever participating in events and i am so excited :)

I am sending over this yummy recipe to

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pudhina Rice - Another version :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Here is another method of making the refreshing pudhina rice :)

You will need :

Mint leaves - 2 bunches 
Onion-  1 medium finely chopped
Green Chillies - 7-8 or to your taste
Coconut grated/shredded - 1/4 cup
Cumin - abt 1-2 tbsp
Whole garam masala 
Cashews roasted for garnish
Green peas - a little more than 1/4 cup (optional)
Rice - 2 cups cooked and cooled (add little oil while cooking so that the grains won't stick!!)

You need to do :

1. Grind the mint leaves, green chillies and coconut to a fine paste.. add very little or no water while grinding.
2. In a wide pan/skillet heat oil and add the cumin, whole garam masala and onions and fry well. Don't burn the onions.
3. Now add the ground paste, salt and fry for about 5 min or so till the raw smell is gone.
4. Add the cashews and rice and mix well and serve hot with Raita.

Here you go 

Smile :)

Mushroom Curry

Mushrooms... Three thousand years ago, mushrooms were a delicacy of the Pharaohs in Egypt, who considered them too delicate for common people to eat. They were favored in ancient Rome as a "Food of the Gods.So here's a very quick and tasty recipe. I'm not a good fan of mushrooms but started to like them :)

So here you go:

You will need :

Button mushrooms - chopped - 2-3 cups
Onions - 2 large chopped finely
Tomatoes - 2 med chopped finely
Ginger garlic paste - abt 1-2 tbsp
Curd - abt 1/4 cup
Coriander powder - abt 1-2 tsp
Amchur powder - abt 1 tsp or to your taste(optional)
Red chilli powder
Turmeric powder
Whole garam masala

The Procedure :

1. Heat oil in a kadai and add the whole garam masala and cumin.
2. Add onions and fry till golden brown.
3. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for about 3 min.
4. Add the tomatoes and fry well they they are mashed up... add little water if necessary.
5. Add salt, coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder , amchur powder and mix well.
6. Add the mushrooms and add about 1/2 cup water mix well and with lid on, cook on a low flame with lid on till you get a good consistent gravy.
7. Add curd and mix well and cook for 2-3 min.
8. Add the chopped cilantro and serve hot.

And you are done :)

This goes well with white rice, brown rice, chapathis and naans too :)


Friday, September 03, 2010

Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Friday, September 03, 2010
So i was sick of the normal Maggi and stuff so tried this recipe. Has a lot of veggies in it and is very easy to make except for the chopping part and very tasty:). 

You will need :

Hakka noodles - 200 gms 
Carrot - 1 big very thinly sliced
Cabbage - about a cup very finely chopped
Colorful Capsicums - about a cup very thinly sliced
Onion - 1 med thinly sliced
Beans - about 10 chopped
Spring onions - about a cup chopped
Bean sprouts - about 2 handfulls or more if u like them :)
Soy Sauce
Chilli sauce (optional)
Oil ( i tried with olive oil.. it was good )

This is how you do  :

1. Boil water(about 10 cups) with some oil and salt and put in the noodles and cook for 2 min.
2. Drain the water and put the noodles in cool water and keep aside.
3. On a high flame heat oil in a wok(its easy to make in a wok or a pan)
4. Add the onions, cabbage, carrots, beans and toss them or sauté them or stir fry till the veggies become a bit soft but be careful be careful not to burn them.
5. Add the capsicum and again toss.
6 .Now drain water and add the noodles, soy sauce, chilli sauce, salt and    
pepper and toss well for about a minute or two.
7. Add the spring onions and sprouts.Mix well and serve.

You have to be a bit quick and careful so that you don't burn the veggies :)

So here you go 

Trust me, it was really yummy :)

P.S - You can also add scrambled egg to make Egg hakka noodles or can add boiled boneless chicken chunks to make Chicken Hakka Noodles :)


Onion-Tomato Chutney

I suddenly wanted to have this chutney very badly yesterday night for  my oats dosas.. I wanted something sour and spicy to go with the dosas.. So here it goes..very simple and tasty..

You will need :

Onion - 1 large chopped (for this one time you don't have to chop finely :))
Tomatoes - 1 large chopped
Green chillies - 6-7 or to your spice level
Garlic pods - 3-4
Tamarind - lemon sized 
Mustard Seeds - 1tsp
Jeera - 2tsp
Urad Dal - 1tbsp

How you do it :

1. In a kadai heat oil and fry the mustard, urad dal, jeera, garlic pods and chilles.
2. Ad the onions and fry till they become translucent.
3. Add the tomatoes and tamarind and fry till they become soft.
4. Cool and grind.( you can grind coarsely or into a smooth paste)

Here you go


It goes well with Dosas and Idlis :)

Friday, August 20, 2010


Friday, August 20, 2010
I was wanting to have pakoras from a long time and so made some. And wondered what to do with the leftovers.. So thought of making this yummy recipe. Had it at friend's house once and tried it today and it was mmmm!!!!

All you need is :

For the pakoras :

Gram Flour - 1-2 cups
Rice Flour - about 1/4 cup
Jeera - 2 tsps
Onions - 1 chopped finely
Cilantro - chopped finely
Red chilli powder
Baking powder - abt 1/4 tsp
Oil - for deep frying

Procedure :

1. Mix all the ingredients along with some water. Try not to make it too thick or watery and see that there are no lumps.
2. Make them into small balls and deep fry them.
3. Eat some and set aside the rest ;)

For the gravy :

Curd - 1 cups
Besan/Gram flour - 1/4 cup
Dry red chillies - 5-6
Fenugreek seeds - abt 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder
Turmeric powder
Water - 3 cups
Curry leaves

The Process :

1. Beat the curd and add in besan and mix well so that there are no lumps. Keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a kadai and add the fenugreek seeds, dry red chillies, curry leaves and hing.
3. Now add the curd mixture, water, turmeric powder, salt and red chilli powder and bring it to a boil while stirring.
4. Simmer for like 15 min. Keep stirring so that it doesn't stick to the bottom.
5. Add the pakodas and cook for another 5 min.
6. Add the cilantro and serve.

It tastes real good with white rice :)


Got this recipe from a TV show today and tried it immediately. Something new to me and though i'm not into sweets much, i liked this.. very simple and easy to make.

You will need :

Rava - 1/2 cup
Besan - 1/2 cup
Wheat flour - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup or to suit your taste
Cardamom powder for flavor
Water - 2 1/2-3 cups

For Garnish
Cahews, almonds, raisins and any nuts fried in ghee/oil

This is how you do :

1. Heat oil/ghee in a kadai and add the rava besan and wheat flour and fry well till the raw smell is gone.(keep stirring so no lumps are formed)
2. Add sugar and mix well
3. Add the Cardamom powder and water and cook well till done.
4. Add the nuts and serve.
You can as well spread this on a plate and slice it :)

So here you go..


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Jeera Aloo

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Just moved to Memphis from Miami and after almost a month i stepped into my new kitchen.. and still waiting for all the furniture and stuff to come... so with all the limited resources i thought of making something easy for lunch... So this recipe.. Simple plain and quick to make :)

You will need :

Potatoes - 3 med peeled and chopped
Green chillies - 8-9 ( add upto your spice level) chopped
Jeera - 1-2 tbsp
Curry leaves (optional)
Cilantro (optional)

This is how you do :

1. Heat oil in a pan/kadai and add the jeera , curry leaves and green chillies and fry well.
2. Add the chopped potatoes and salt and fry on a medium flame till the potatoes become soft.(keep stirring occasionally)
3. Add chopped cilantro and serve hot.

This goes well with white rice :)


Saturday, June 05, 2010

Chicken Kurma

Saturday, June 05, 2010
I thought i will make some Chicken Kurma today. I was like craving to have it with dosas (mmmmm!!!!). So being a weekend and with all the help i could get from my husband i made it. It turned to be so tasty :)

You will need :

Chicken - 1lb (Cut boneless or with bone)
Coconut Milk - about 1/2 a cup
Curd - about 1/2 a cup
Onion - 1 large sliced
Green Chillies  - about 10-12 sliced
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1tbsp
Coriander Powder - 1-2 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1-2Tsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 2tsp
Whole Gram Masala spices(like cloves, cinnamon, cardomom)
Red Chilli Powder(Optional)

Here is how you do it :

1. Heat oil in a non stick vessel and add the whole garam masala spices.
2. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and green chillies.
3. Add the onions and fry till slight golden brown.
4. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for about a minute or so.
5. Add the coconut milk, curd, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder red chilli powder and mix well.
5. Add the chicken , mix well and cook on a low flame with lid on till the chicken is cooked.(add some water if required).
6. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

The gravy shown in the pic is dark in color due to the red chilli powder.You can replace red chilli powder for pepper powder and green chillies.

So here you go :)

This goes well with rice, brown rice, chapathis, naans, dosas, biriyani etc etc :)

Enjoy :)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Dark Chicken

Monday, May 31, 2010
This recipe, as I remember was the first one i learnt to cook.Thanks to my aunt for teaching me this :) I named it Dark Chicken :)
It's simple and tasty.. You should definitely try it..

You will need :

Chicken - 2lbs/1 kg Boneless or with bone cut into eatable sizes
Ginger garlic paste - about 1tbps
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Cumin powder - 2tsp
Chilli powder
Curd - about 1/4th -1/2 cup
Lemon - one med squeezed

For Garnish :

Onions 1 big cut into rings
Green chillies - about 6-7 chopped or sliced
Garlic cloves - about 5-6 finely chopped
Curry Leaves - optional

This is how you do it :

1. Mix all the above ingredients and marinate for atleast an hour.
2. In a kadai, heat oil and fry the marinated peices on a medium flame till the chicken is cooked.(keep stirring in between)
3. In a seperate pan heat oil and saute the garnish ingredients.( It ll be good if the onions are crisp)
4. Add this to the chicken and mix well.

So here you go :)

This goes well as a side for Rasam/Sambar rice. It also tastes good white plain white rice/Jeera rice.

Enjoy :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Coconut Rice

Friday, May 28, 2010
Here's one more easy and a tasty recipe

You will need :

Rice - 1 cup soaked for atleast 30 min and cooked
Coconut - 1 cup grated
Green Chillies - 4- 5 slit
Dry Red Chillies - 4-5
Channa dal - about 1tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin - 1tsp
Curry leaves
Cashewnuts (optional)

This is how you do it :

1. Heat oil in a kadai and add everything except for rice and coconut and fry well.
2. Add the grated coconut, salt and fry for about 1-2 min.
3. Add the cooked rice and mix well.

And here you go...

Have Fun :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Simple Raitha

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
This is one very simple side dish for many varieties. 

Here's what you need :

Mix all of these well  :)

Curd (not too thick)
Onion - finely chopped
Pepper powder or green chillies (i like the pepper powder though:))
Cucumber - chopped (optional)
Tomato - chopped (optional)
Carrot scrapped
Cilantro finely chopped

Lemon Rice/Nimmakaya Pulihora

This is one food i used to hate.. but eventually started loving it. This is also very easy to  make. Actually this reminds me of the prasadams we used to get in the Temples back in India ;)

You will need :

Rice - 2 cups (soaked and cooked and let it cool down)Tip: add some oil while cooking.. this helps in the grains not sticking to eachother :)
Lemons - 1-2 medium sized squeezed (or more if you like it more sour)
Green Chillies - 6-7 slit
Dried Red Chillies - 4-5
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Channa dal - 1tbsp
Curry Leaves
Turmeric Powder - about 1tsp

You will need to do :

1. To the cooked rice, add salt and lemon juice and keep aside.
2. In a small kadai or pan heat some oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, channa dal, dry red chillies, green chillies, curry leaves, groundnuts, hing and turmeric powder and fry well. (Make sure you don't burn them).
3. Add this seasoning to the rice and mix well.

Enjoy it with pappad and you will really love it :)


Mint Rice/Pudhina Rice

Here is one more easy and tasty recipe. Mint.. mmm the name itself sounds refreshing.. so here we go...

You will need :

Mint leaves - 2 bunches
Rice - 2 cups (soaked in water for atleast 30 min)
Green Chillies - 4-5
Cumin seeds - about 1tbs
Cashew Nuts (optional)
Green Peas (optional)

To be done like this :

1. Grind the mint leaves, green chillies and some cumin seeds (add as little water as possible) and keep aside.
2. In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add cumin seeds and fry.
3. Add the mint paste and fry well for about 2 min an o low flame.
4. Add salt and add the soaked rice and mix well and fry for about 2 more min.
5. Add water (Measure : for 2 cups of rice add 3 cups of water including the mint paste).
6. Pressure cook on high for about 3 whistles.
7. Mix well and serve hot.

This one tastes really good with a raitha.

P.S I'm sorry I will be unable to post the pictures because I happened to misplace my camera charger :( 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Vellulli Avakaya/Garlic Pickle

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Well i am like getting too addicted to garlic. So i thought i'll make some pickle out of it.So here it is.This recipe was provided by my cousin Roopa.Thanks to her :).It is pretty easy to make.And its tasty too :)

Ingredients :

Garlic - 150 grms(coarsely gring some pods and the other pods,slit by using the fork or knife)
Red Chilli Powder - 3 Tbs
Mustard seed powder - 3 Tbs
Fenugreek Powder (Dry Roast and powder) - 1 Tbs
Lemon/Lime - 1 juiced
Salt -2-3 Tbs or to taste
Sesame Oil - 6-7tbs (until the garlic soaks)

Here's how to do it :

1. Add Red chili powder ,Mustard seed powder  , Menthi/ Fenugreek Powder, salt, lime/ lemon juice mix well and the add the garlic pods. 
2. Add sesame oil until the garlic soaks.
3. Rest it for 4 days in a dry place and enjoy.

P.S  Donot use a steel container to store it.
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