Stir fried Okra and Sweet corn Salad

>> Thursday, September 30, 2010

This is a very simple and healthy salad that can be made in just few minutes. It's a great, light snack or the same can be converted into a yummy raita by adding some yogurt to it. I have the used the traditional seasonings for this salad to give it that Indian touch.


Farsi Puris

>> Wednesday, September 29, 2010

This is the dish I made for Nayna's Flavors of Gujarat event. I got this yummy snack recipe from Kajal's Recipes. Her beautiful presentation and the tempting pics made me try this recipe. My farsi puris turned out really great. These are mini, crispy, spicy puris filled with flavors from cumin and ajwani seeds.


Hyderabadi Chicken Briyani

>> Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I usually make briyani in pressure cooker and follow my mom's recipe. My hubby also likes my briyani recipe and we make briyani once in a month usually on Sunday. But this time he wanted me to make the Hyderabadi style of briyani. So I made the Hyderabadi chicken briyani for our Sunday lunch. I have made this briyani many times and few times it has turned out perfect. That's because it sometimes made mistakes by overcooking rice. So this time I didn't want to repeat the same flaws and to my surprise.. It was a happy plate of steaming hot Hyderabadi briyani which we enjoyed with spicy prawn curry.


Bread and vegetables stir fry

>> Monday, September 27, 2010

Thinking what to make for breakfast or evening snack.. Here is a simple and healthy dish using bread and mixed vegetables. Just with a pack of mixed veggies and few bread slice, our plate will be filled with colorful and delicious dish.


Pineapple Kiwi Preserve

>> Sunday, September 26, 2010

We bought lot of fruits last weekend, as we went to the near by farmers market. We got some kiwis and pineapples too. But unfortunately the pineapple was not sweet enough. So I just combined the kiwis and pineapple to make a preserve. The preserve was really great and we enjoy it with bread or chapathi. Just with simple ingredients we could make delicious preserve at our home with the fresh fruits.


Spicy Prawns in Coconut Curry

>> Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Here is a spicy prawn curry which is an intermediate between kuzhambhu and kuruma recipe. This recipe uses less coconut but still is a rich gravy with almonds added to it. This gravy will taste great with briyani, pulav, rice or chapathi. Same recipe can be used for chicken, mutton or even potato curry.


Gulab Jamuns

>> Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Yesterday being my hubby's birthday, I made some of his favorite foods including mutton briyani, chicken kuruma, fish fry, gulab jamuns and also baked his birthday cake myself... :D I made him a black forest cake and it turned out to be great and he liked it a lot. My hubby loves gulab jamuns, but not the ones made using mix. He likes only if I make them from scratch. So I having being trying harder for past few weeks to perfect my gulab jamun recipe and at last it was a great hit with him. After my three bad failures I got this perfect and easy gulab jamun recipe. If you have khoya at hand, yummy, soft gulab jamuns will be ready in few minutes.


Steamed Chocolate Cake

>> Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I have been thinking about making my own chocolate cake for a long time. When I was searching for a simple and decent chocolate cake recipe, I was attracted towards a pic of a chocolate cake slice, which looked really moist, soft and delicious. I immediately wanted to try it and to my surprise it was a steamed cake!! I got much more interested and made this cake. The cake was really moist, yummy and was too simple to make. I we just have a pressure cooker and want to make a rich yummy chocolate cake, then this recipe is sure to help. Its a dense rich chocolaty cake which was enjoyed by us with coffee.


Mava Cake - Tried and Tasted from My Diverse Kitchen..

>> Tuesday, September 14, 2010

While I was browsing through Aparna's My Diverse kitchen, this cake recipe caught my eyes. It was quiet a simple cake recipe, incorporating unique Indian flavors into it. I am a person who loves cashews and flavors of cardamon in anything. So I wanted to try this cake and it turned out to be really great. Mava cake turned out to be really delicious, soft, filled with flavors of cardamon and khoya. My hubby liked this cake and enjoys it with his coffee. But next time he wanted me to add more cashews into the cake.


Happy Vinayagar Chathurthi - Puranam Kozhukattai/ Rice flour dumplings with Coconut filling

>> Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy Vinayagar Chathurthi to everyone!!! Today we celebrated Pillayar chathurthi with the traditional menu including plain kozhukattais, puranam kozhukattais, sundal, venn pongal, vadai and payasam. Also this year I made pillayar idol myself with the modelling clay and it turned out great.. And I was really happy to celebrate pillay chathurthi with our home made pillayar idol.. :)


Pineapple Raisin Egg Fried rice

>> Friday, September 10, 2010

This is a simple fried rice recipe with slight twist from the usual egg fried rice. I got this idea from the Thai pineapple rice and modified the recipe to suite our taste. Add pineapples and raisins to the rice really enhanced the flavors, also the mild sweetness from pineapples and chewy raisins in each bite made the fried rice great.


Egyptian Semolina Syrup Cake - Basboosa

>> Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Basboosa is a traditional Egyptian semolina cake, made with few ingredients but tastes great. Its a soft, moist cake that soaked in honey sugar syrup. Its very simple to make and tastes good with tea. My recipe made quiet sweeter cakes. So next time I will reduce the sugar used for syrup a little bit.


Reposting for Letz Relishh Paneer event and My first award

>> Sunday, September 5, 2010

Here is my Rasmalai and Rasgulla for Jay's Letz relishh event- Paneer.

I am very happy to let you all know that I have won the 9th Mediterranean cooking event Tunisia started by I received the book titled 'North African Cookery' by Arto der Haroutinian. Its a nice book with huge collection of various recipes from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya explained in simple words with very few ingredients and without much complicated techniques. I would like to thank Tobias the author of Tobias Cooks for such a wonderful book.. :)
I will soon start trying out the recipes from this book and share with you all.


Butterscotch Peda

>> Thursday, September 2, 2010

This year I started my Krishna Jayanthi preparations with this peda. Its usual tradition to make milk sweets as part of offerings to Lord Krishna. So decided to make some pedas. Just add few butterscotch chips that was laying in my pantry to give some new flavor to the sweet. Peda is one of the easiest dessert to make. Mixing together milk, sugar, nuts and the extra flavors we need in right proportion will result in yummy pedas.

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