Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coconut Biscuits or Coconut Cookie

1 1/4 Cups All-purpose flour
 1/2 Tsp Baking soda
 1/4 Tsp Salt
 1/3 Cup Butter
 1/4 Cup Packed brown sugar
 2/3 Cup White sugar
 1 Egg
 1/2 Tsp Vanilla extract
 1/4 Tsp Coconut Extract (Optional)
 2 Cups Flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.) .
Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla and coconut extract until light and fluffy. 
Gradually blend in the flour mixture, then mix in the coconut flakes. 
Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. 
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly toasted. Cool on wire racks.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Quick Chicken Haleem

1 lb Chicken drumsticks
1 cup Whole wheat
1/2 cup Masoor dal, Moong dal, Chana dal
1/2 cup Ghee or clarified butter
4 Tbs Shan haleem masala
Chaat masala as per taste
Julien ginger for garnish
Fried onion for garnish
Lemon juice

In a pressure cooker heat up ghee, then add whole chicken drumsticks(no need to cut into pieces).
Then add the shan hallem masala and fry for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile wash the lentils and wheat then add it to the pressure cooker.
Add 4 cups of water and close the lid of the cooker. That's it.
When the cooker whistle once lower the heat to medium low and let it slow cook for 1 hr.
After 1 hr let the pressure go completely then with a potato masher mash the whole haleem and separate the bone from the meat.
If you like to have really paste like consistency then blend it with a hand blender. But I like to mash with a potato masher to have little grainy consistency.
Garnish with fried onion, chat masala, ginger julian and lemon juice.
This is heaven. Sit back and enjoy your haleem.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chingudi Poi Saga (Shrimp and Oriental Spinach Curry)

1 Bunch Poi leaves washed separated the leaves from the stem and finely chopped
1/2 Cup Salad shrimp
2 Small Eggplant cut into small dice size
1 Potato cut into small dice size
1 Carrot cut into small dice size
1/2 Cup Pumpkin cut into small dice size
1 Medium Onion diced
1 Medium sized Tomato diced
1 Tbs Ginger garlic paste
1/2 Tbs Coriander powder
1/2 Tbs Cumin powder
1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 Tsp Red Chili powder
Oil and salt as required

In a pan heat up some oil, add 1/2 of the turmeric powder and salt to the shrimp and fry until 80% of the fish is cooked. Keep aside the shrimp fry.
In the same pan heat up some oil, add red chilly powder wait for 5 sec then add onion and fry until onions are fully cooked and get brown in color.
Add ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell is gone then add tomato.
Fry the mixture for 2-3 minutes and add all the other masalas along with salt. Fry the mixture till the oil gets separated.
Now add all the vegetable except the oriental spinach leaves and mix the masala with the vegetable properly, then cook covered until vegetables are 80% done.
When the vegetables are 80% done its time to add the spinach leaves to it. Cover and cook until the leaves are done and mixed with the vegetables properly.
Then add shrimp to it and cook it for another 5-7 minutes.
This poi saga goes excellent with rice and dal.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pepsi Chocolate Cake

1/2 Cup Butter Melted
1/3 Cup Belgian truffles melted or Cocoa powder
1/2 Cup Pepsi or any cola
1 Cup All-purpose flour
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tsp Baking soda
2 Eggs
1/3 Cup Buttermilk or Yogurt
1/2 Tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 Cup Chopped Cashew nut

Preheat the oven at 350 degree.
Combine first melted butter, melted truffles and Pepsi in a bowl.
Combine flour, sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl.Stir in butter mixture. 
Add eggs, and stir until blended. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla extract.
Add 1 Tsp of flour to chopped cashew nut and mix it well until the nuts coated with flour then add this to the batter and mix.
Pour into a lightly greased baking pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Potato Croquettes

2 Russet potato boiled and mashed
1 egg yolk
1/4 Cup green onions, finely chopped
3/4 Cup All purpose flour
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup Italian Bread crumb
2 Tbs Sour cream
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 egg
1/4 Cup milk
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

Combine mashed potato, egg yolk, onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cheese, sour cream  in a large bowl. Roll heaped tablespoons of mixture into golf size balls.

Place flour on a plate. Place breadcrumbs on another plate. Whisk egg and milk together in a shallow bowl. Roll croquettes in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in egg mixture then coat in breadcrumbs.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook croquettes, in batches, turning, for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Serve with choice of your dipping sauce.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce

1 Tbs Peanut oil or vegetable oil
5 Small florets of Broccoli
1/2 of Red bell pepper, chopped
5 fresh Mushrooms, sliced
2 firm Tofu, cubed
2 Tbs Peanut butter
1/2 Tbs better than Bouillon
1/2 cup hot Water
2 Tbs Red wine vinegar garlic flavored
1 1/2 Tbs Soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbs Molasses or Brown sugar or Palm sugar
Chili powder to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Saute broccoli, red bell pepper, mushrooms and tofu with salt and ground pepper for 5 minutes.
In a small bowl combine peanut butter,better than bouillon, hot water, vinegar, soy sauce, molasses and chili powder. Pour over vegetables and tofu. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender crisp.
Enjoy with steamed rice.

Tofu Parmigiana

1/2 Cup seasoned Bread crumbs or Wheat Germ
2 Tbs Olive oil
1 (8 ounce) can Marinara sauce
1/2 Tsp Italian seasoning
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 Cup of shredded Mozzarella
5 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese
Ground black pepper to taste
1(12 ounce) package firm Tofu
Salt to taste

In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper.
Slice tofu into 1/4 inch thick slices, and place in bowl of cold water. One at a time, press tofu slices into crumb mixture, turning to coat all sides.
Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook tofu slices until crisp on one side. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil, turn, and brown on the other side.
Place a thin layer of marinara sauce in an 8 inch square baking pan. Arrange tofu slices in the pan. Spoon remaining sauce over tofu. Top with shredded mozzarella and remaining 3 tablespoons Parmesan.
Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 20 minutes.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Aloo Phulokobi Chips(Cauliflower and Potato Fries)

1/2 of Large head cauliflower cut into long thin pieces
1 Large Potato cut into fries shape
1/2 tsp soy sauce
2 Tbs Arrowroot  powder
1/2 Tbs Ginger garlic paste
1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
Chili powder to taste
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Food coloring (Optional, I totally avoid adding food coloring to my food . But if you use quite often then go ahead add pinch of it.)

Heat oil on medium high heat.
Pat dry both potato and cauliflower with a paper towel.
The add all the ingredients one by one to it. Mix them properly.
If you find the mixture too dry then only add 1tsp of water and mix. and leave for few minutes.
Deep fry the potato and cauliflower mixture until gets golden brown and crispy.
Serve with rice or choice of your entree.

Kalara Aloo Chips

4-5 medium size Kalara or bitter gourd cut into above shape
1 medium potato cut into the shape shown in photo
2 Tbs gram flour or besan
1/2 Tsp Ginger garlic paste
1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
1 Tsp Vegetable curry masala powder
Chili powder to taste
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

In a microwave safe container put the bitter gourd with 1/2 cup of water and little bit of salt.
Put it in microwave for 5-6 minutes.
Then strain the water from bitter gourd and let that sit for a while to cool down.
Meanwhile heat oil on medium high heat.
In a pan put the strained bitter gourd, potato and all the masala mentioned above.
Mix the mixture properly and  fry until it gets crispy.
Serve with rice dal, or pakhala bhata or choice of your entree.

Pariba Ambula Besara

For Mustard Paste:
2 tbs Mustard seed
1 tbs cumin seed
5-6 Garlic cloves.

For Curry:

1 medium size Potato Sliced into 1/2 inch thick
2 small eggplant Sliced into 1/2 inch thick
3-4 baby carrots
5-6 cauliflower florets
5-6 small okra
1/4 medium size Onion Sliced.
1/2 tsp mustard seed.
1/2 tsp cumin seed.
1 tsp Turmeric.
1 tsp  Red Chilly Powder.
1 cup Water.
2 Dry Mango.
2 tbs Mustard oil
Salt to taste. 
Badhi (Optional)

Mustard  Paste
Soak the mustard seeds and cumin seed  in small quantity of water water for 10-15 mins.
Place the mustard and cumin to a blender along with small amount of water.
Grind until its is the consistency of a paste, with seeds remaining visible.
This may take 5-7 mins.
Add small amount of water if it needed.
Add garlic cloves to the paste. Grind it to a fine paste.
The paste must be thick in consistency.


Heat up oil in a pan,as soon as the oil heats up add mustard seed and cumin seed .
Add sliced onion . Saute it until they are translucent.
Add 6-7 tbs of mustard paste to it and stir it gently.
Add turmeric and chilly powder to it.
Add little water time to time and fry it for about 8-10 mins.
As soon as the oil starts to leave the mixture add water to it.
Let the water comes to boil. Then add all vegetables. 
Cover it and cook until the veges are half done.
Then add dry mango to it. Let it boil for another 2-3 min. 
Then add salt. Remember dry mango has enough salt so check before adding any salt to it. 
Let the curry boil for another 5 -10 mins on low flame.
Meanwhile in an another pan dry roast the badhi until its changes its color to little brown. Add to the curry.
Serve the curry with steamed rice.