Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gulab Jamun from Scratch | Milk Powder Based

Usually I prepare this spongy jamuns with store bought jamun mix, which simplifies the kitchen work during Festive/Party time. But after becoming a food blogger, this is the first challange I am participating for Divya's South VS North India challenge. I hv commited to 2 challenges per month one is Baking partners n another one is this challenge. I am the part of South Indian team and for the SI group this month challenge given by NI team (Pallavi) is Gulab Jamun recipe using milk powder. She shared her recipe while Yasodha challenged NI team with Adhirasam. Thanks Pallavi, for sharing this gulab jamun recipe, I thought of following her way but adapted a bit. I had some leftovers like fresh homemade paneer with moisture n half n half milk so I used it for making the dough. My jamuns popped up well n turned out super spongy (my pictures reveal that). The jamuns were absolutely delicious n my kids thorougly enjoyed it. Yields 35-40 medium size jamuns for the below quantity . Will move on to the detailed recipe...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pori Urundai | Karthigai Deepam Special

Karthigai/Thiruvannamalai Deepam is basically a Tamil festival and is virtually unknown in most other parts of the country. Karthigai is celebrated on the full moon day (pournami) of the Tamil month of Karthigai which is essentially a festival of lamps. During my childhood days me and my brother first light tray of lamps in the nearest temple and then start lighting home. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol, so adding more and more oil to the lamps and protecting the lights from wind happens till dinner J. This festival brings Joy n Peace and wish you all a very happy Karthigai Deepam…

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Milagu Adai | Pepper Dosa for Karthigai Deepam

The long weekend went great with Lunch out/Movie/Special Day out to entertain kids n few usual purchases. Now I am supposed to post few karthigai deepam recipes on my space. Pepper is considered one among the main ingredient in neivedhyam. After marriage I started making special neivedhyams for Deepam and Milagu Adai is one among that. This is similar to authentic adai with less dhals n predominantly pepper is included. This adai tastes great when made as thin roast dosa n here is the detailed recipe…

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Rye Flour Paratha with Broccoli Stuff | Rye Flour Chapati | Rye Flour Flat Bread

Rye flour is rich in fiber and low in gluten. I came to know abt it from my friend. Few months back,we had a chat in messenger, she told that her try with my avocado paratha came out very well. She also suggested to try parathas with this flour.To know more about this flour click here. I searched in regular super markets, couldn't find it n came back to her. With her help I found an organic version in Whole foods/Amazon. Today on this Thanks giving day, from the bottom of my heart I thank all of my dear readers. Please keep reading n encouraging with ur positive feedbacks...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Vazhaipoo Poriyal | Fresh Banana Flower Stir Fry | Plantain Flower Curry

Banana flower/blossom is rich in fiber content and other vitamins. It’s also good for diabetics also it regulates women issues. For making this poriyal, you no need to immerse in buttermilk or water, can prepare instantly. The ingredients for this poriyal is same as making other poriyals/curry but many of your question is how to clean and use the banana flower. I know most people hesitate to buy this flower becoz of not having clear idea of how to clean the banana flower. I have the answer for you. Don't think this is time consuming process, clean it in ur leisure time which takes not more than 20 minutes.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Chicken Cutlet Recipe | Chicken Tikkis

I delayed posting non vegg for the past 2 months becoz of Puratasi/Navrathri n other festivals...Sorry guys hereafter I will randomize my posts to cover all categories...This Chicken cutlet is my DH n DD favorite. On Sundays either this cutlet or Fish cutlet they like to have with Chicken Biryani, but I limit this deep fry for not

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Assorted Dinner Rolls with Egg | Soft Buns

As said before this is the egg based dinner rolls recipe for this month baking partenrs challenge. I actually tried this first and Eggless which I posted earlier did after this...So this is my very first experience of baking dinner rolls, very happy that I got the perfect shapes. Thanks Swathi for giving such wonderful assignment.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Eggless Stuffed Dinner Rolls | Soft Potato Stuffed Spicy | Khara Buns

This is the first time I entered in Baking Partners challenge and this month challenge given for us was to make dinner rolls with eggs or eggless, as Thanksgiving Day is approaching. Swathi of Zesty SouthIndian Kitchen, creator of monthly baking event shared us 7 types of dinner roll shapes and asked us to try at least 3 among them. She explained the challenge in detail. I tried both egg less and rolls with egg version. Today I am posting egg less version with stuffed lion house rolls, braided roll using maida and multi grain flour, tomorrow will publish the other one. The original recipe without egg had potato flakes, I used cooked potato instead. The rolls were so soft, tasted buttery and was so delicious. We the whole family enjoyed it n prepared it 2 times before posting here. I have given the tastier n healthier recipe in detail from scratch, will move on to the recipe in detail.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Milagu Kaara Sev

Diwali is not complete without potluck and get together on coming week end right? Hmm still friends are sharing sweets/savories n biryanis with us, so I am not late in posting this milagu kaara sev,  an authentic snack I never miss to buy from the temples here. I got this recipe from my Chennai neighbor aunty/mammi. Last yr I tried by borrowing neighbor’s achu and this time I got my own press, so hereafter I stop buying this snack out J. Yup this Kaara sev/pepper pakoda/pakora tastes great and can be prepared in jiffy. The below quantity, u can keep it as a snack for 4 days or share it with 2 families. On the day of diwali I prepared Rasmalai. My H is not fond of sweets, so I specially made this snack for him :). Now off  to the recipe…

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Whole Wheat Bread Gulab Jamun | Bachelor Jamoon

Happy Diwali to ALL!!! On this special occasion, I am glad to announce my new culinary domain . At the same time my blogspot link is active forever. So today I am announcing this gud news with soft n yummy Jamun recipe. My cooking desire is pulling me to experiment more n more in my kitchen n this recipe is one among my experiments which is diff from regular jamuns. I prepared this Jamuns with whole wheat bread as the base n the outcome was simply perfect n delicious. This Jamoons are easy to make in few minutes with few ingredients, so I call this as bachelor Jamun. Try this hassle/crack free dessert for this Diwali, damn sure that you love this. Do keep encouraging with ur comments and show ur love by hitting LIKE on my Facebook Fan Page, Thanks.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Ribbon Pakoda | Ottu (Ola) Pakoda | Pottukadalai Ribbon Pakoda

Pottukadalai Ottu pakoda is famous in our place. Hope you remember Pottukadalai Mullu Murukku recipe i posted last month. Few months back my DB sent this murukku achu through neighbor who arrived from India, so after getting this press I am quite interested in trying all varieties with it. One day I prepared this ottu pakoda by asking my mom, she adds Onion and Garlic paste to this dough which flavors and tastes great. I really got the exact taste how my mom make in my very first attempt and after that frequently make this ola pakoda for quick evening snack. When I shared this pakoda with my friend, from that day she is asking me

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cake & Old fashioned Cookies

Baking gives lot of experience...Usually I  bake 2 or 3 varieties at a time with like oven temperature(becoz of large oven...) One day I did puff, chocolate chip cookies and white cake for Tiramisu, when doing all, with kids disruption n bulk work, I messed up the cookie batter to bit flowing consistency as such as cake batter. I worried when poping in the oven, becoz the roung shaped cookies all joined together n formed a thin layer cake :-) With halfmind started tasting the baked goodies, wow, unbelieavable, surprisingly the messed batter turns delicious :). Really a super moist cake, we all enjoyed it, especially my kiddos liked it very much. So from that day I started making chip cakes instead of cookies. Both cookies and cake uses the same ingredient with slight modification, so today's recipe is none other than these two...

Ingredients
Organic All Purpose flour (Maida) - 1 Cup
Unsalted butter - 3 Tbsp

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Soft Jangri | Perfect Jalebi using Mixie | Step by Step Recipe from Scratch

Great fans are there in each and every home for mini soft Adyar anandha bhavan Jangris. We never get this softer urad dhal version here in stores, only crispy jelebis with red and yellow maida flour based versions are freshly available. Even we call this softer version as Jelebi/Jalebi in our place. A year back when MIL came here she bought it from ananda bhavan that was the last tasted till yesterday. Whenever I go to Indian stores I search for fresh sweets and end up in getting frozen in the name of "Jalebi", but not worth i feel so. I thought of trying it at home and discussed with Mom in call, she gave me the ingredients and some tips, also I remembered MIL’s tips when making medhu vada. But I totally forget the shape how it looks so searched in google images, took some designs, tried it out in papar before playing with batter he he he…When comes to grinding the batter in mixie, I searched for such a recipe with blender/mixer but couldn’t find anything, suddenly it striked my mind, why not to use cake beater/mixer here to aerate the batter, is that only for cake 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Verkadalai Pakoda | Spicy Peanut Pakora

This is one among the snack my Mom usually prepares for Diwali. Today my kids are having cold due to breezy weather, so I thought of making some vada or pakoda with peanuts for them.  I make this pakora frequently as evening snack since my DH also love peanuts much. But today I made it to have for lunch with Dhal/Paruppu rasam (with more pepper) n rice, even this made me to click the picture in sunlight after longtime J