19 Nov 2017

GROUNDNUT CHUTNEY


This groundnut chutney is a wonderful side dish for idly or dosa.lt needs very few ingredients and less time to make.This chutney is not only yummy but very healthy also since we are adding lot of groundnuts/peanuts in to it.

I was introduced to this delicious chutney by my friend D.She is a wonderful cook.i have felt she has magic in her hands.Anything she prepares is sooo delicious may it be fried rice or biriyani and the list is endless.And her idlys are sooooo soft and fluffy that we all call her "idly"and totally forgotten her actual name.She is a wonderful human being too..Lucky to have some amazing people in my life:))))))...


I got the recipe from her and tried it which came out really well.Thanks a ton D...Now to the recipe...


INGREDIENTS


  1. Groundnut/peanut -1/2 cup
  2. Coconut  - 2 tbsp
  3. Dry red chillies - 2 or 3 soaked
  4. Shallot - 1 small
  5. Tamarind - 1 small piece


TO TEMPER

  1. oil - 1tsp
  2. Mustard - 1tsp
  3. Dry red chilli - 1 or 2
  4. Curry leaf - 1 spring


HOW TO MAKE



  • dry roast the groundnuts till golden brown
  • Once it cools down peel the skin and grind it along with all the ingredients to a fine paste by adding little water
  • To temper ,heat oil in a pan ,splutter mustards
  • Add dry red chillies and curryleaves
  • Switch off the stove and pour this in to the chutney.
  • Serve with idly dosa or even with rice or chapathi.

13 Nov 2017

CHAPATHI PIZZA


Yes..it looks like pizza but its not pizza ..its our own chapati loaded with veggies and cheese.last sunday when we went out my little one was craving for pizza .since it was raining and we were getting late ,we couldn't buy one.she rarely craves like that.:)...so when we got back home i thought of recreating pizza on a chapathi and thus did this very own chapati pizza came into our lives...

My little one absolutely loved this chapati pizza...and she wanted me to make it everyday ๐Ÿ™ƒ....i have tried  with different toppings like chicken ,mushroom ,corn which is her favourites.i have even tried eggs as the toppings too...eggs and cheese what a great combo to bulge in!!!


In to the recipe....

INGREDIENTS


  1. Chapati - 1
  2. Onion - 1;finely chopped
  3. Tomato-1
  4. Capsicum-1
  5. Pizza sauce-2tbsp
  6. Mozarella cheese(or any cheese) -as needed
  7. Salt ,pepper,oregano -to taste - to sprinkle 


METHOD


  • Chop the vegetables and keep aside.
  • Take the chapati and apply pizza sauce.
  • On top of it spread onion tomato and capsicum .
  • Cover the veggies with grated cheese.
  • Sprinkle pepper oregano and salt .
  • Place it in a pan on the stove.
  • Cover and cook till the cheese melts.
  • Slice and enjoyyy:)...

Notes
  • Take care not to burn the chapatis
  • You can customize the toppings like chicken mushroom corn paneer or anything of your choice.




2 Nov 2017

Netholi/Anchovy Fry

There has been lot of recipes lying in my draft.This nethili fry is one among them..I grew up eating fish almost every single day..Fish was inevitable in our house,mainly tuna ,sardines,mackeral,anchovy dominating the list.Chicken and other meat were something we used to have  only during eid or if some guests r visiting.Now the scenario has changed though because my husband is a chicken lover.

M not a big fan of nethili ;but the fact that its a fish helps me to have it.yesss..i am a fiiiiish lover..

INGREDIENTS
  1. nethili/anchovy fish - 250gm
  2. ginger garlic paste  -1tbsp
  3. kashmiri chilli powder - 1tbsp
  4. turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. pepper powder - 1tsp(i used freshly grounded)
  6. fennel powder - 1/4 tsp
  7. garam masala -1/4tsp
  8. salt - to taste
  9. oil for frying



METHOD
  • clean the fish and pinch off the head part.
  • in a bowl add all the ingredients except oil and mix nicely
  • heat oil in a pan and fry the fish until nicely browned.
  • serve with onion rings and enjoy with rice





                                                                                                                                


1 Nov 2017

GHEE CAKE


HELLOOO  one and all.......WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY KERALAPIRAVI :)))))))...Let's celeberate this Kerala Piravi with  a delicious Ghee cake.It's raining cats and dogs here and what better way to enjoy the rain holidays other than this wonderful cake.



This aromatic melting yummy cake was made for my mom who came here for a visit...On a casual conversation she mentioned about the Azad bakery ghee cake which my sister used to buy and send to my mom.Then i remembered trying ghee cake looooong back...I wanted to make that again and surprise my mom...


This is a very very soft but not moist cake.Ghee is the highlight of this recipe.I used pure homemade ghee which my husband's grandmother made.There is nothing that can compete with homemade stuffs.While the cake was getting baked, our house was filled with the heavenly aroma.My mom said it tasted the same like Azad ghee cake:)..My father n little one made sure that it got over within an hour.....Now to the recipe.


INGREDIENTS

  1. All purpose flour(maida)-1cup
  2. Baking powder-1/2tsp
  3. Baking soda-1/4tsp
  4. Sugar-3/4cup
  5. Eggs-2
  6. Milk -1/2cup
  7. Ghee -1/2cup
  8. Vanilla essence-1tsp
  9. sugar - 1tbsp

METHOD
  • Preheat oven at  180 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • Mix the flour with baking soda and baking powder and keep aside.
  • Separate egg whites and yolks
  • In a mixer add sugar and powder it.
  • Then add ghee and blend well.
  • Add in egg yolks one by one and blend.
  • Now add the flour and milk little by little alternatively and blend.
  • Now in another mixie jar ,beat the egg whites ,vanilla essence and a tablespoon of sugar and beat well till frothy.
  • Add this mixture to the flour batter and fold gently.do not overmix at this stage.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. 
  • Bake for about 30 -40minutes.
  • Allow to cool and transfer the cake to a plate and enjoyyyyyyyyyyyyyy:))







12 May 2017

WHOLE GRILLED CHICKEN



Today is a very important day of fasting prior to ramadan..i was thinking what to prepare for "nombtura".Then striked the idea of grilled chicken.It's my husband's all time favourite.My little one love the skin of grilled chicken whenever we buy from outside




It is actually very easy to prepare this grilled chicken.But it takes sometime for marination and cooking.This is the second time i am attempting this preparation..The first time i made whole grilled chicken was 2years back and of course could not post it.This time i got it right too.i used homemade masala powders.That did make a very good difference this time.Masala was well coated on the chicken and was tender and juicy .It tasted perfect!!.I was super excited with the end result:)




Ingredients

1. One whole chicken

To marinate
  1. Butter - 2tbsp
  2. Ginger garlic paste - 2tbsp
  3. Red chilli powder - 1tbsp ( i used kashmiri chilly powder )
  4. Corriander powder -1 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder - 1tsp
  6. Pepper powder - 1tsp
  7. Garam masala - 1tsp
  8. Soyasauce 1tsp
  9. Sugar - 1/2tsp
  10. curd - 2tbsp
  11. lemon juice - 1tbsp
  12. salt - to taste


Method

  • Wash and clean chicken and drain excess water.
  • Poke the chicken with knife or fork all over and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan and add butter and sugar to it.
  • mix well and switch off the flame.
  • Add all the marinade ingredients to it and mix well.
  • Now apply this masala all over the chicken.
  • Keep the chicken inthe fridge for minimum 2 hours and more. may be overnight..do not keep the marinated chicken in freezer.
  • Take the chicken out.
  • Heat a big pan .
  • cover  and cook  the chicken in low flame  for 15 minutes.
  • When the chicken is being cooked preheat the oven at 220 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • In a baking tray keep an alluminium foil and place the chicken on that.
  • Pour the chicken juice that came out while cooking on all over the chicken.
  • Now bake the chicken for about 20 minutes.
  • When done take the chicken out and pour the juice from the chicken all over again.
  • Again keep the chicken back in oven and bake for about another 20 minutes.
  • Repeat the same process and bake for another 15-20minutes.
  • Now its done
  • Garnish and serve hot.
  • Enjoyyyyy your grilled chicken with your favouritr dip:)...


10 May 2017

Whole wheat butterless cookies


Yesterday my little one was craving for some snacks.But nothing was in d pantry.She asked whether i could make something.So i made these goodies yesterday.

And i do not want this one to remain in draft forever:(..so thought of posting it .



Ingredients

Wheat flour/atta -1cup
Baking soda -1/4tsp
Salt - a pinch
Sugar -1/2 cup
Oil-1/4 cup
Vanila essence -1 tsp
Milk  - 1/4 cup
Cherry - to decorate

Method

Preheat oven at 180 degrees
Mix flour salt and baking soda and keep aside
Powder sugar finely
Mix powdered sugar oil and vanilla essence well
Now add the flour mix to it and mix well
Now add milk slowly and form a soft dough
Make small balls out of it and flatten slightly
Place cherry on the centre and press lightly
Arrange in baking tray with space apart
Bake for 10-12 min
Allow to cool and enjoyyyyyyy

5 May 2017

APPLE JAM



Anything homemade is really exciting and greaaaat!!!..if it's jam ,bread ,cookies anything..i have made strawberry jam loong back..and this time its apple jam๐Ÿ˜Š...
This is one among the many recipes that was being suffocated in my drafts..๐Ÿค•





And i cannot forget the day i made this jam..It was the day cyclone hit our city..Obviously there was no power anywhere.We had no idea when the power will be resumed..forget the power..it was a mess everywhere.I do not want to go into the details..it was such a terrible day..so these apples were  lying in the fridge and i was afraid it will get spoiled.not only apples..there was fish too in the freezer..i made them into pickle๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹.recipe on the way.(hopefully..bcz dn know when i will again disappear from blogging๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜‘)..



My husband and little one loved this jam.He does not like jam or particularly anything sweet, but this was home made:)....To the recipe...........

Ingredients
apple - 5 nos chopped
sugar - 1/2 cup
lemon juice - 1tbsp

Method
wash and peel apples.
chop them and cover and cook  with little water till the apples are cooked
switch off the stove and mash the cooked apples
now take a pan or kadai and transfer the mashed apples to it and saute on medium heat
add sugar and mix well
cook till the mixture gets thick and starts leaving from the sides of the pan
add lemon juice  mix well and switch off flame
let it cool completely
transfer to a container or jar and use






4 May 2017

PINACOLADA





Hello all...very happy to be back again blogging.its been loooooong time ....summer is getting hotter day by day and what else other than a refreshing pinacolada recipe i could chose to post here today.

Happened to have this yummy drink at a restaurant here.i love pineapple..that too with coconut milk and fresh cream..it was heavenly..since then i wanted to make this at home.

Pinacolada is actually a  sweet mocktail made with rum ,coconut cream coconut milk and pineapple juice .But i have converted this cocktail conveniently  into a mocktail :)).It is regarded as the national drink of  Puerto Rico...do you all know we too have our national drink .it's Tea:).                                



Ingredients
1.pineapple  - 1cup chopped
2.coconut milk - 1/2 cup
3. Fresh cream  - 4 tbsp
4.sugar - as required

Method
put the chopped  pineapple into the blender and blend well
now add the coconut milk and cream and sugar
blend well till frothy
serve and enjoy...........................:)