Sunday, May 26, 2013

Kathrikai or Brinjal Puli

Just need some steamed rice with some papad to enjoy this tangy and spicy curry. Adding of baby brinjal makes it yummy.  Just slit the brinjal like a flower and put them in whole to this dish. You can make this with ladies finger too. This is one of my mom’s signature dish, she makes it too good and I dont think any of us can make it so well like her. 

Time taken  : 30 minutes
Serves : for 4 pax


Small brinjal - 300gms 
Onion – 2 tbsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Tamrind – a small  ball size or up to your taste *
Tomato – 1 small
Mustard – ½ tsp
Cumin  - ¼ tsp
Curry leaves – 3 sprigs
Green chillies – 2 nos slit
Garlic – crushed 2 cloves
Onion – 1 small finely chopped
Channa Dal – 1 tsp

*soak in ¼ cup of water to extract the pulp

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake (Eggless & No Bake) for my Blog 1st Anniversary

I can’t believe it’s a year since I have been blogging. On this wonderful day of my blog anniversary I would like to thank all my fellow bloggers, followers, friends  and each one of you who has taken time to visit my space and encourage me to reach this milestone. Thank you  for all your kind support you have given  me and I hope to continue to get more.


I made my own mascarpone   at home to make this delicious desserts, infact I have made this several times and  my daughter loves it so much.  This time I thought of setting them in  a nice glasses rather than a  8” round shape. Its so simple and easy to make too.


I have topped  with chocolate  ganache, you can do the way you like.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New York Style Cheese & pepperoni Pizza with Homemade Sauce

This time at the Baking Partners Challenge 10 Swathi had given us 3 recipes for the New York Style Pizza and sauce. Thank you for this wonderful challenge.

I used half the proportion of the crust ingredients and made one cheese pizza and another one was pepperoni, onion & olives. Both the pizzas were extremely good.

Pizza Sauce from here

Total Time: 2 hours

1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 medium cloves garlic, grated  (about 2 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
pinch red pepper flakes
kosher salt (I used regular salt)
2 six inch springs fresh basil with leaves attached
1 medium onion chopped fine

Yield 4-3 makes enough for 2 – 4 ½ inch pies depending on how much sauce you like


Process tomatoes and their juice through food mill, pulse in food processor until pureed, or puree with hand blender. Puree should not be completely smooth, but should have no chunks larger than 1/16 of an inch. Set tomatoes aside.

Combine butter and oil in medium saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until butter is melted.

Add olive oil, onion chopped, garlic, oregano, pepper flakes, and large pinch salt and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant but not browned, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil sprigs, halves, and sugar. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to lowest setting (bubbles should barely be breaking the surface), and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by 1/2, about 1 hour. Season  to taste with salt. Allow to cool and store in covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Vegetable Super Supreme Pizza With Tomato Sauce for 1st Home Bakers Challenge

This is the first Home Baker's Challenge started by Priya Suresh and hosted by  Divya Prakash.

This month challenge is Pizza.  We were given  4 different pizzas - One pizza with pizza sauce, One without pizza sauce, then a pizza with pesto and the fourth is pizza with Indian touch, Naanizza. I chose the first one and made super supreme vegetable pizza with thick crust and a cheese pizza with thin crust.

The pizza was much better than the store bought ones as the vegetables and all the ingredients used were so fresh and for sure the outcome was too good. 

I have used onions, olives, capsicum and loads of cheese to your liking.

Thank you Priya  & Divya for this wonderful challenge. Since my daughter could not enjoy this pizza just waiting for her to come so that I can make this one more time for her.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Eggless Pineapple Cream Cake

Today is a special day as I celebrate my birthday.  I wanted to make eggless cake and thought of making this lovely soft and delicious eggless pineapple cake.

This recipe was adapted from here.  The outcome of the came was too good. In between the  layer I had added generous amount cream and  pineapple chunks and it was delicious and yummy.  We at home loved it so much.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Crispy Honey Chicken

Chinese and a big smile in the face of all the household members, this weekend I had made  vegetable fried rice & hakka noodles to go with this chicken strips.

I am posting a very simple yet a very delicious chicken strips loved by young and the old. I never add ajinomoto to my Chinese cooking, its upto you if you want you can add.

Cooking time : 1 hr 30minutes
Serves : 5 pax


Chicken breasts washed and cleaned – 300 gms (keep in fridge so that its firm)
Corn flour – ½ cup


Egg – 1 no.
Oil – 1 tbsp
Corn Flour – 1 tbsp
Salt – ½ tsp
White pepper – ½ tsp or to your taste
Ajinomoto – ¼ tsp (Optional)

Sauce for the chicken coating

Red chilli broken – 4 nos.
Tomato ketchup – 4 tbsp
Honey – 3 tbsp
Salt to your taste
Cornf lour dissolved  in ¼ cup of water – 1 tbsp
Sesame seeds – 2 tsp *
Spring onion – green part for garnish

*you can toast  on tawa lightly and then add to the chicken

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ada Pradhamam - 200th Post

I am so so  excited about today’s post!! Can you believe its my  200th post,  how time flew by and soon my blog will turn a year too.   Thank you all for your kind support and encouragement  you have given me all this while and I hope I will continue to get more J  

Wanted to post something sweet for the special occasion, so here I go with a very  yummy Ada pradhaman made out of  Ada, I have used a store bought Ada. However back in home the ada  is made at home and it tastes really so yummy way better than the store bought ada.

Time Taken  for this recipe : 1 hour                                      Serves : 4

Ada – store bought – 100 gms                                                         Jagerry -   200 gms  *                                                               Coconut milk – 2nd  extract  1 ½ cup                                            Coconut milk -1st  extract – ½  cup                                                        Coconut – 2 nos                                                                               Cashew nut -  8 nos.                                                                         Raisins  - 10 nos                                                                               Jeera fried and powdered – ¼ tsp                                             Cardamom – 3 nos crushed                                                          Dried ginger – ¼ tsp                                                                       Ghee  - 2 tbsp
*increase or decrease the sweetness depending on your taste.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Goan Fish Curry

During  my recent visit to Goa,  it was a wonderful opportunity for us to taste the typical Goan dishes. I loved some of their dishes like this fish curry the most, infact so perfect with good the amount of spices goes very well with steamed rice.

I have used King fish for this curry.

Time taken  : 30 minutes
Serves : for 4 pax


Fish – King fish  or pomfret - 400gms 

To Grind masala

Kashmiri Chillies – 6 nos.
Coconut grated – ½ cup
Ginger – 1 inch
Garlic – 3 cloves
Pepper Corns 6 – 8 nos.
Whole coriander seeds  - 1 tsp
Methi Seeds – 3 nos.
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp

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