Sunday, March 4

Thursday, February 15

Happy Valentines Day

My Lovely valentine cake

i got the sponge cake recipe from Video jug.This site was amazing and i want everyone to have a look at this site .a very very gud site for the begginers in cooking.
i then had my own style of icing...;) with micky and mini mouse choclates decorated with some carved strawberries....

My Valentine Cake





A warm meal on Valentines day

Get!!!!!Set!!!!!Goooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

I know am not paying keen interest in blogging....am not posting regularly though i have many recipes in my hand...i donno why but i took a long blogging break and felt very bad missing all my blogger friends recipes ...:( . Anywayz past is past ;) .Today am posting my valentines Day recipes.Yeah!we had a Nice Dinner!!!

It took me almost 2 1/2 hrs to prepare and arrange!

I choose Gajar halwa for the Desert section as its very cold and hot hot Gajar halwa really suits!!!
Gajar halwa recipe

And firstly we look for a perfect appetizer and i thought Onion rings are the right choice ...

Onion Rings:
Large onions - 2 (cut into circles)
flour -75 gms
cornflour - 2tbsp
baking powder -1/2tsp
paprika - 1/2tsp
sugar - 1/2tsp
beaten egg -1
milk - 120ml
salt&pepper as per taste
oil for deep frying
Method:
Combine flour,corn flour,bakong powder,paprika,sugar,salt and pepper.add eggs to milk and whisk.then pour this liquid into the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth batter is formed.Deep fry rings and drain.Season some salt and serve hot.



Then comes Main dish and side dishes and ofcourse raita and all other stuff.The special reason for me to choose the North Indian meal is tht my Husband Loves North indian dishes and all the dishes i made impressed my husband;)) ...we had Dhokla ,pulav ,Makkhan roti ,Mixed vegetable curry,kadai paneer,cucumber raita and finally Strawberry smoothie.

i got this recipe from Vineela of Vineela Cuisine



pulav:
basmati rice - 1cup
cashewnuts - 1/4 cup
oil
cloves- 3
cardamon -2
cinnamon -2"
shah jeera -11/2tsp
onions - 1/2 chopped
raisins - 1/4 cup
turmeric -a pinch
saffron -2 strands
boiling water - 2 cups
for garnish-- 1/2 chopped and browned onion(heat 1tsp oil add onions and fry till they turn into brown color) and 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves.

Method:
Wash and drain rice.Heat oil add nuts,cloves,cardamon,shah jeera,cinnamon and fry for a minute.Add onions and fry till transperent.add raisins,turmeric,salt..stirwell.Add boiling water.Cover pan and cook on low glame.Garnish with browned onions and coriander leaves.




i got this recipe from Premasundar of MyCookbook
Thnx prema....The dish was really amazing...



i got this recipe from Video jug



i got this one too from video jug


Cucumber raita:
2 cucumbers peeled and chopped
1/2 cup plain yogurt
salt
fresh parsley
green chillies -1 chopped finely

Mix all the above and garnish with fresh parsely....






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Monday, January 29

Dinner Mela:))

This is a very brief post about my WEEK`s Dinner Menu....Yes!!!i got a doubt, can i make different varieties of curries for the whole week...i then thought how it would be if i post whole weeks dinner menu ...am a bit excited then but thought can i make this coz am not the person of maintaining timetable kind of things...i will do wht i wish ..sometimes my dinner depends on my mood...but am sure i wont maintain the same phulka,roti ,dahi method(which is healthy).If i make roti today then am sure i will make pasta the other day and then goes to some junk food lk Bhel puri then comes with any south indian tiffin ........finaaly ends with Cheese Pizza....ofcourse the last day my hubby and me together feel tht we shouldn`t go for junk foods and prepares a Timetable for the week but forgets about tht from the otherday itself...
Am so happy tht i could post all my Week`s dinner menu and am sure tht we had tht in a healthy way ....using 1/2-1 tbsp of Oil for the whole dinner!!!:)).What i wish to say tht we controlled having high calorific food for dinner.
*** We enjoyed our weekend with typical South indian tiffin Pesarattu-Upma as our Dinner***

So here are my recipes:

Roti:
wheat flour - 2 cups
salt
warm water
Mix all the above and make a soft dough .Cover with a wet cloth and keep aside for 15 mins.Divide the dough into three-inch balls. Flatten the dough balls into 6-7 inch circles. make roti`s
i tried Asha of Foodies hope method for preparing roti and turned out well .
u can have a look at the recipe here.




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    Roti-Peas Curry-Yogurt



    Ingridients:
    frozen peas - 2 cups
    onion - 1
    ginger-garlic - 1 tsp grated
    tomates - 1
    chilli powder - 1tbsp
    sugar- 1/2 tsp
    turmeric - apinch
    salt as required
    oil - 1/2 tbsp
    Method:
    Presure cook peas and keep aside.Chop onion and tomato .Heat oil add ginger-garlic pasted,saute .Add onions and fry till transperant .Add tomatoes and fry,add turmeric,chilli powder,sugar.Fry for a minute.Now add cooked peas,salt and 1/4 cup of water and cook till water evaporates.



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    Roti -Potato Curry-Yogurt



    Ingredients:

    Potatoes - 4 big
    onion - 1
    tomates - 1
    chilli powder - 1tbsp
    turmeric - apinch
    salt as required
    oil - 1/2 tbsp
    Seasoning :(mustard,jeera,chana dal,urad dal) -1/2 tsp each
    curry leaves - 1 stalk

    Method:
    Presure cook potatoes and remove the skin cut into small pieces.Chop onion and tomato.Heat oil add seasoning,curry leaves fry for a minute Add onions and fry till transperant .Add tomatoes turmeric,chilli powder,salt and cooked potates.sprinkle some water and mash the potatoes with the spatula .Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes.



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    Roti - Dahi Bhendi- Yogurt



    Ingredients:

    Okra - 10 -15
    onion - 1
    curd - 1/2 cup
    gram flour (Besan) - 2Tbsp
    turmeric - a pinch
    ginger - 1 tsp grated
    Seasoning(mustard,jeera,chana dal,urad dal)-1/2 tsp each
    red chillies - 2
    curry leaves - 1 stalk
    chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
    salt
    oil - 1 tbsp

    Method:

    Cut each okra into 2 pieces .Chop onion.Beat curd,besan,ginger till they completely mix and keep aside .Heat 1/2 tbsp oil ,fry okra for 5 minutes.Remove and heat remaining oil add seasoning,redchillies,curry leaves-fry now add onions fry till transperant .Add the beaten curd ,turmeric,chilli powder and cook on a low flame for 5-10 mins.Add okra and fry for 5 mins .Add salt and turn off the stove .



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    Roti - Cabbage curry - Yogurt



    Ingredients:

    cabbage - 1/2
    onion - 1
    frozen vegetables mixed (carrots,peas,corn) - 1/2 cup
    turmeric- a pinch
    chilli powder
    garam masala powder
    salt
    suagr - 1/4 tsp
    oil - 1/2 tbsp

    Method:
    Chop cabbage ,onion into small pieces.Heat oil add onion ,fry till they are transperant. Add frozen vegetables , cabbage .Mix well,add turmeric, salt and sugar .Cover and cook till tender.Finally add chilli powder,garam masala powder ,cook for a minute and turnoff the stove.



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    Roti - Alu Baingan - Yogurt



    Ingredients:
    potatoes - 2 big
    brinjal - 3 big
    onion - 1
    ginger-garlic - 1 tsp grated
    tomatoes - 1
    chilli powder - 1tbsp
    sugar- 1/2 tsp
    turmeric - apinch
    salt as required
    oil - 1/2 tbsp

    Method:
    Cut potato,baingan into small pieces .Chop onion and tomato .Heat oil add ginger-garlic paste,saute .Add onions and fry till transperant .Add tomatoes and fry,add turmeric,chilli powder,sugar.Fry for a minute.add potato and brinjal pieces ,fry for a minute.Add 1/2 cup of water.Cover and cook till water 3/4 water evaporated.Take 1 tbsp of rice flour .Mix in 4 tbsp of water and pour on the cooked vegetable.cook for a minute and turn off the flame.



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    Roti - Carrot-coconut curry - Yogurt



    ingredients:
    carrots - 3 big
    Seasoning(mustard,jeera,chana dal,urad dal)-1/2 tsp each
    red chillies - 2
    curry leaves - 1 stalk
    dry coconut - 1/4 cup
    turmeric,salt

    Method:
    Chop carrots into small pieces.Heat oil add seasoning, curry leaves ,redchillies.fry for a minute.Add chopped carrots ,turmeric ,salt .Mix well and add 1/2 cup of water.Cover and cook on a low flame till water evaporates.Now add dry coconut and cook for few minutes and turn off flame.



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    Had a special dinner with Typical South indian touch.....
    Pesarattu-Upma

    Ingredients:(pesarattu)

    whole moong (green) -2 cups
    green chillies - 3-4
    salt
    oil for shallow frying
    onion - 1
    ginger - 1 " piece
    jeera - 2 tbsp

    Method:
    Soak moong dal overnight or atleast for 3-4 hours. Grind with chillies into a smooth paste.It should not be too watery and not too thick .Chop onion and ginger in very very small pieces.Heat tava .Pour a ladful of batter and make a big round using spatula.add chopped onions,ginger,jeera .Put some oil over the edges .fry for a minutes and turn the other side .fry for a minute .Reverse and make half and take out.Continue the same process for all peasarattu`s.





    Sooji Upma:
    Ingredients:
    Ravva (sooji) - 1 cup
    water - 2 cups
    Seasoning (mustard,jeera,chana,urad dal)-1/2 tsp each
    curry leaves- 1 stalk
    green chillies - 2-3
    salt
    oil/ghee - 1tbsp
    Method:
    Heat oil add seasoning ,curry leaves ,fry for a minute .Add cashewnuts,chillies,fry till golden.Add water and salt .Bring to boil on simmer flame.add sooji ,continuously mix so tht no lumps are formed.cook for 5 minutes and turn off flame.






Thursday, January 25

Radhasaptami (Paramannam, Vundrallu)

Most Important Festival Once in a Year i.e on 25th Jan 2007

This is the main festival of Lord Surya Narayana Swamy, celebrated in the month of January in this year. It is a belief that our country goes into light from darkness from this day every year. The winter season ceases and spring season starts. Our bodies will have a chemical reaction with the sun rays and we become healthy. Mythologocally, it is said to be Sun god's birthday. Special rays and vibrations are supposed to be present in the temple premises and it is also said that devotees taking Teertha Prasadams will be blesses with wealth and health. Lord Surya Narayana Swamy has a chariot with one wheel and there are seven horses representing the seven colors of light that is VIBGYOR. Lord Rama worshipped Surya before killing Ravana.


Radhasaptami Naivedyam : Vundrallu, Paramannam

Vundrallu (Rice Ravva Laddoos)

Paramannam ( Rice Kheer)

Serving : Paramannam, vundrallu with instant chutney (magaya perugu pachadi)


Monday, January 22

Ragda patties




This is One of my favourite ....

Ingredients:
For Patties:

Potatoes boiled ,mashed - 4
salt, chilli powder
2 bried slices
oil - 3 tbsp
Method:
Mix all the above and make fine paste.Heat Tava .Make flat shapes with the paste and shallow fry.
For ragda:
2 cups white peas Soaked for 6-8 hrs and pressure cooked till soft
salt,chilli powder,turmeric
ginger garlic - grated-1tsp
tomatoes -1 big chopped
onion - 1 big chopped
oil - 1tbsp

Method:
Heat oil.Fry onions,ginger- garlic.Fry till onions turn transperant .Add tomatoes and fry for a minute. Now add turmeric,chilli powder and white peas. add salt and 1/2 cup of water.Cook on medium flame for 10 min. turn off the stove.

For garnishing:
Sev
Tamarind chutney
chopped onions

Serving method:
place 2 patties .pour ragda over patties.top with chopped onions ,tamarind chutney ,Sev.

Tuesday, January 16

HAPPY PONGAL

సంక్రాంతిశుభాకాంక్షలు


Thursday, January 11

AM Tagged!!!!!!!!!!!!!(Meme)

Hooray!!! Hooray!!! Am tagged by Mythreyee for the Meme..........Am soooo thankful to her... i will sure post the meme as soon as possible...am very busy these days and so cant post regularly!!!

Thanks Mythreyee for Tagging me in this Meme - Three things.


THREE THINGS THAT SCARE ME:

1. Darkness
2. Horror Movies
3. rides

THREE PEOPLE WHO MAKE ME LAUGH:

1. Telugu actor Rajendraprasad`s comedy
2. Jhonylever comedy
3. Bean comedy

THREE THINGS I LOVE:

1. Nature
2. My Family!!! softtoys
3. Baby`s smile,walk,sleep

THREE THINGS I HATE:

1. cunning thoughts
2. Over dominating
3. Wars and Strikes

THREE THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND

1. Why i cant stick to single decision
2. Why Japanese made their language soooooooo complicated!!!
3. History!!! am very poor in social studies :(

THREE THINGS ON MY DESK

1. Laptop
2. mobile camera
3. water bottle

THREE THINGS I AM DOING RIGHT NOW:

1. TYPING
2. Shivering(its vry cold here)
3. eating pumpkin seeds;)

THREE THINGS WANT TO DO BEFORE I DIE:

1. Visit Paris!!!!!!
2. make theertha yatra
3. do some good things (help the poor,donating blood.....)

THREE THINGS I CAN DO:

1. Can Cook
2. Can entertain
3. Can imitate good things

THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO:

1. Shobharaj,Vani jayaram voice
2. Shubha mudgal voice....
3. Any indian instrumnetal

THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER LISTEN TO:

1. Overreacting dialogues
2. Discouraging Words
3. Superstitions

THREE THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN

1. stick to my own decisions
2. more cuisines
3. craft work

THREE FAVORITE FOODS

1. alu fry
2. veg fried rice
3. Besan Laddoo

THREE BEVERAGES I DRINK A LOT

1. Orange Juice
2. Water
3. Diet coke

THREE FAVORITE BOOK/TV SHOW I READ/WATCH AS A KID

1. chandamama stories
2. Dennis
3. Tom & Jerry and Donald Duck


Three blogger friends am tagging:

1. Vaishali Kamath of "Happy Burp"
2. Bhargavi of "Cool Pepper"
3. Pavani of "Cook`s Hideout"

Monday, January 1

MY NEW YEAR CHOCLATE CAKE

Chocolate cake

I wish all my fellow bloggers a very Happy New Year

Well we had a small get together for the new year party ...and i made this moist Choclate Cake .I got this recipe from Priya of daily girl blog..A very very big thnx to Priya.I made a little change of baking this cake in a COOKER!!! yes ...and am proud to say that am successful in making a moist choclate cake (Eggless,Butterless).It took 40 minutes to bake and believe me its really Tasty!!!

you can get the original recipe details here:
http://dailygirlblog.blogspot.com/2006/09/moist-chocolate-cake.html

Preparing Cake in a Cooker:

Take the prepared batter in a steel bowl.heat the cooker pan and put the cooker stand (usually we get tht with cooker ).Put the batter bowl on the stand .Close the lid .Sim the flame and wait for 30-35 minutes.**Should not open the lid and should not put the whistle**
Enjoy Cooking!!!:)
I tried from this site:
http://www.webindia123.com/cookery/cakes/hints.htm

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