Sunday, 11 September 2016

Wine Barrel Cake

I made this cake a couple of months back for my husband’s birthday and somehow forgot to post it over here....






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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

BMW Theme Cake


Hi everybody, It’s been a long time since I updated this space. I am finding it hard to resume blogging regularly after my summer vacation solely due to laziness ;) ;) ....  Trying my level best to restart blogging with this BMW themed cake I made for my son on his birthday.... Promise to be back with a new recipe post soon....


BMW Theme Birthday Cake

Boys birthday cake ideas

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Brazilian Coffee Cookies Recipe

Recipe for Brazilian Coffee Cookie


I have been trying a variety of cookies recently. We really loved this coffee flavoured cookies. While baking these cookies our flat is filled with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee…. If you are a coffee lover I am sure you will love these cookies…

Brazilian Coffee Cookies Recipe
(Recipe from here)
Ingredients:
All-purpose flour / Maida - 2 cups
Salt - ½ tsp
Baking soda - ¼ tsp
Baking powder- ¼ tsp
Butter- ⅓ cup
Brown Sugar - ½ cup
White sugar - ½ cup
Egg - 1
Vanilla essence – 1 ½ tsp
Milk - 1 tbsp
Hot water - 1 tbsp
Instant coffee powder - 2 ½ tbsps
Method:
  • Sieve together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Keep aside.
  • Add hot water to the coffee powder and keep aside.
  • In a bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the milk, vanilla essence and egg until light and creamy. Add the coffee mixture and mix.
  • Mix in the sieved ingredients until just blended. Cover with plastic foil and place in refrigerator for 10-15 miniuts.
  • Prepare small lemon sized balls and place on baking sheet that has been lined with butter paper. Place each ball about 2 inches apart as they spread. Lightly flatten the balls with a fork. Sprinkle some sugar on top of each ball.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200˚C for about 10-12 mts till the edges are slightly toasted or till done. Once baked, the cookie will feel soft on touch but once cool it will harden.
  • Cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in airtight container.

Recipe for coffee cookies

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Palak Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese in Spinach Gravy

Indian Cottage Cheese in Spinach Gravy

Palak Paneer is a popular paneer dish served in road side dhabas and in restaurants. Lightly fried paneer is cooked in a pureed spinach-tomato gravy. Goes well with boiled rice, chapathi or Nan.

Palak Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese in Spinach Gravy
(Recipe adapted from NitaMehta's Paneer All the way)
Ingredients: 
Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) - 200 gms, cut in to 1" cubes
Palak (Spinach) - 1/2kg (1 bunch)
Onions - 2
Ginger - 1" piece
Garlic  - 5 cloves
Tomatoes - 2 medium, chopped
Green chillies - 2, chopped
Red chilly powder -1 tsp
Cardamom powder - ¼  tsp
Ghee - 3 tbsp
Salt to taste

Method:
  • Wash and chop palak. Cook with 1/2 cup water for 10 minutes on low flame after the first boil. Cool and grind to a smooth paste.
  • Grind onions, garlic and ginger together.
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a non-stick pan and slightly fry cubed paneer. Drain and keep aside.
  • Heat rest of ghee in the same pan. Add onion paste and cook till onions turns golden and ghee separates.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and green chillies. Cook for 5-6 minutes on slow fire, till ghee separates.
  • Add ground palak, add a little water if too thick.
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes on slow fire. Add salt.
  • Add cardamom powder and fried paneer. Mix well and remove from fire.
  • At the time of serving, heat 1 tbsp ghee,add 1 tsp red chilly powder. Remove from fire and pour this over the heated palak paneer.
  • Mix well and serve at once with Rice,Chapathi, Paratha or Nan
How to make Palak Paneer
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Monday, 27 June 2016

Kerala Chicken Stew Recipe / Kozhi Stew

How to make Kerala Chicken Ishtew

Stew or Ishtew is a mildly spicy and creamy Kerala special delicacy which goes very well with appam,bread, puttu, chapathi etc. In most Kerala Christian families, Christmas or Easter breakfast is incomplete without appam and chicken or mutton stew. Stew has to be white in colour and you have to make sure not to brown the onion while sautéing. Cashew nut paste will enhance the flavor and make the gravy thick and creamy.

Kerala Chicken Stew Recipe / Kozhi Stew
Ingredients: 
Chicken - ½ kg (cut in to medium pieces, I used boneless chicken)
Potato - 1 small, cubed
Carrot - 1 small, cubed
Onion - 1, thinly sliced
Green chillies - 4, slit
Ginger - 1 tsp, finely chopped
Garlic - 1 tsp, finely chopped
Cinnamon sticks - 1 inch x2 pieces
Cardamom - 4
Cloves - 4
Black peppercorns - 1 tsp
Medium thick coconut milk - 3 cups
Thick coconut milk - 1 cup
Cashew nuts - 6 - 8 ground to a fine paste
Curry leaves - few
Salt - to taste
Coconut oil - 2 tbsp


Method:
  • Heat oil in a pan and add cinnamon sticks, cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns and sauté. Add onion, ginger, garlic and green chillies and curry leaves and stir fry until they becomes soft and translucent. (make sure not to brown the onion).
  • Add chicken pieces and stir fry for 2-3 minutes until the meat is lightly seared.
  • Add cubed potatoes and carrots, medium think coconut milk and salt, and cook for 15-20 minutes over medium heat until the chicken, carrot and potatoes are fully cooked.
  • Add cashew nut paste, thick coconut milk and vinegar, mix well and simmer for 2 minutes or until you get the required thickness.
  • Serve hot with palappam, vellayappam, Idiyappam, Puttu, Chapathi or bread.
How to make Kerala Chicken Stew

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Monday, 20 June 2016

No-churn Salted Caramel Ice Cream / Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

How to make Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

Making a very rich and delicious Salted Caramel Ice Cream without an ice cream maker and with only three ingredients. An extremely easy to make dessert if you have dulce de leche ready in your kitchen. You can either use store bought dulce de leche or can easily make at home. I have explained 3 different methods of boiling the can of condensed milk. You can follow the method you are most comfortable with :)  Do try it at home, I am sure you will love this!

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream



No-churn Salted Caramel Ice Cream / Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
(Recipe from here)
Ingredients:
*Homemade or store-bought dulce de leche - 1 can or 1 1/3 cup
Flaky sea salt - 1/2 teaspoon (or 1/8 teaspoon table salt) 
Very cold heavy whipping cream - 2 cups

Method:
  • Combine dulce de leche with salt in a large bowl and keep aside.
  • Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat cream in a large bowl until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir about 1/3 of the whipped cream into dulce de leche until just combined.
  • Gently fold remaining whipped cream into dulce de leche mixture, then pour into 9x5" loaf pan.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 6 hours.
How to make Dulce the Leche at home.
  • Traditional Method ~ Put the can of condensed milk, unopened, in a large pan, cover with water, bring to boiling point and boil for 3 hours, topping up with boiling water from a kettle as needed. Ensure that the can remains covered in water. Remove and leave to cool completely.
  • Pressure cooker method without weight  ~ Fill a pressure cooker with water. Immerse the can into the pressure cooker and close the lid. Switch on the gas on high and wait for steam to come and reduce to medium flame and cook for 1 hour.
  • Pressure cooker method with weight, easiest and less time consuming ~  Fill a pressure cooker with water. Immerse the can into the pressure cooker and close the lid. Switch on the gas on high. Wait for steam to come and then put on the weight. When you hear the first whistle, simmer the flame and let it cook for 30-45 minutes Switch off the gas and let it cool down to room temperature.


Three Ingredient Ice Cream

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Monday, 13 June 2016

Fish Tikka

How to make Tikka on stove top

Tried this recipe after seeing a popular cookery show, Annie’s Kitchen.  It came out really well so thought of sharing it with you. You can either grill or bake tikkas in the oven, use an electric toaster grill or on stove top. It’s a very easy and hassle free recipe. You can marinate the fish pieces and keep it overnight in the fridge before grilling. It is a perfect recipe to serve as a starter or as a main or side dish. A great addition to a party menu :) :) ...

Homemade fish tikka recipe

Fish Tikka

Ingredients:
Boneless Fish - 1kg {can use Neymeen (Seer fish),  Motha (King fish) or any thick boneless fish pieces}
Onion -1 cup, cut into 1 ½“pieces
Tomato -1 cup, cut into 1 ½“pieces (remove seeds)
Capscium – 1 cup, cut into 1 ½“pieces
Butter – 3 tbsp

For the marinade:
Ginger paste - 2 tsp
Garlic paste – 2 tsp
Green chilly paste- 4 tsp
Mint leaves paste – 2 tsp
Ajwain powdered / Ayamodakam podi -1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Dried fenugreek leaves / Kasoori methi- ½ tsp
Lightly roasted Besan/ chickpea flour/ kadala maavu - 2 tsp
Hung Curd (yogurt) - 4 tsp
Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp
Lemon juice -2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Method:
  • Cut into 1 ½ inch pieces and rub the fish with little salt and vinegar to remove the fishy odour. Keep aside for 5 minutes. Wash well and pat dry on a kitchen towel.
  • Mix all the marinade ingredients in a big bowl and add fish pieces and mix well to coat all the marinade to the fish pieces. Keep aside for half hour. (you can keep this marinated fish overnight in the fridge).
  • Just before grilling, add onion, capsicum and tomato pieces to the marinated fish and well.
  • Skewer the fish and vegetables alternately on skewers or tooth picks.
  • If you are using an oven, place the skewered tikkas on the wire rack. Brush tikkas with melted butter and grill for 10-15 minutes overturning them every few minutes.
  • If you are using stove top, melt little butter in a non-stick tava, add skewered fish tikkas and grill on medium flame until all sides are lightly browned and fish is cooked well.
  • Serve hot decorated with lemon wedges and pudina chutney or sauce.
Mahi Tikka

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Monday, 6 June 2016

Pork Pickle Recipe / Panniyearchi Achar

, How to pickle pork

My Pickling bug continues and this time its Pork Pickle :) :)  Recently while emptying my freezer I found a packet of pork and thought of pickling it. I followed the chicken pickle recipe with slight changes. Worth the trial and we loved it. I highly recommend to use boneless pork pieces without the fat and increase or decrease the oil according to the pork pieces you use. Like I say in all my pickle recipe posts, you can keep pickle at room temperature, if you avoid adding water while preparing it. Always remember to use a clean sterilized dry bottle to store the pickle and always use a dry spoon to take the pickle.

Kerala Panniyearchi Achar Recipe

Pork Pickle Recipe / Panniyearchi Achar
Ingredients:
Boneless Pork without fat - 500 gms
Ginger - 2 tbsp, chopped
Garlic - 2 tbsp, chopped
Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs
Salt to taste
Kashmiri Red chilly powder – 3 tbsp
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Asafoetida powder / Kaayam – 1 tsp
Fenugreek powder / Uluva podi - 1 tsp
Garam masala – 1 ½ tsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Vinegar - ½ to 1 cup
Gingelly oil / Sesame Oil / Nallenna – ¾ cup

Method:
  • Wash, clean and drain pork pieces. Add salt, turmeric powder and pepper powder and let marinate the pork for 1 hour.
  • Heat oil in a pan, splutter the mustard seeds. Then add ginger, garlic and curry leaves and sauté well until golden brown.
  • Add the marinated pork and fry till the pork pieces are light brown in colour.
  • Lower the flame and add the powders and mix well till the raw smell goes.
  • Add vinegar to taste and cook on low flame till the pork is cooked and the gravy is thick.
  • Sprinkle sugar and check for salt and turn off the heat.
  • Once the pickle is cooled transfer it to a clean dry bottle and use. 
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