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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Carrot Halwa

Carrots are a real good source of beta carotene and should be included in the diet in any forms.Children love to eat it as  halwa.I have had plenty in my childhood days when mom used to prepare this dessert.A simple but elegant dessert that can be cooked by beginners too.Enjoy making this simple yet tasty dessert !!

(Pics updated)

carrots 6 grated
condensed milk 1/2cup
milk 1/4 cup
ghee 4tsp
sugar 5tsp
raisins and cashew 1cup
cardamom powder 1tsp

Wash and grate the carrots using the smallest blade.
Place it in a cooker and add 2 tsp of sugar and milk.Close the lid and cook till 1 whistle.
Keep a nonstick pan and add ghee.
Roast the cashew and raisins and keep aside.
Add the cooked carrot to the remaining ghee.
Keep stirring till all water is evaporated.
Add the condensed milk and the left out sugar,dry it.Keep stirring until the carrots start to leave the pan.add the cardamom powder.
Garnish with the fried raisins and cashews.

  • Servings 4 adults
* You can cook the grated carrots by adding milk in the non stick pan itself without using the cooker but it takes slightly longer to cook.
* You can even add mawa to make the carrot halwa richer in taste and texture.

Potato-Turia Curry

Potatoes with any indian cuisine is a variety dish.Its one of my favourite dish.So did I try this out and it worked out to be a good compliment to my cooking.Everyone at home loved it with chapatis.Do give this a try and enjoy !!


Potatoes 1cup cube sized
turia 1/2cup small cut
tomato 1small
onion 1 sliced
ginger garlic paste 1tsp
chilli powder 1tsp
coriander powder 1tsp
turmeric powder 1/2tsp
salt to taste


Add oil in a pan.
Add the sliced onion and saute till light brown.
Put the ginger garlic paste and mix well.
Add the chopped tomatoes,cook for a minute.
Add the chilli powder,coriander powder ,turmeric powder and salt.
Pour a cup of water and put the potatoes .
Cook for 7-9mts.
Now,add the turia and cook for another 5mts.
The curry thickens and is ready to serve.

  • servings 3 adults
You can cook the potatoes in microwave for 6mts and then add.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken is a favorite among all non vegetarians in any forms.If you have left over boneless chicken in the freezer,then this is a real good healthy soup for all.This is a very healthy delicious soup for all winters.My kids love this soup very much as they get to eat noodle and chicken in the same bowl.Try and enjoy this at home with no MSG added !!

chicken 100gm
green onions chopped 1/2cup
noodle  uncooked,1/2 cup
egg white 1
light soy sauce 1tsp
corn flour 2tsp
pepper powder 1tsp
salt to taste

Wash the chicken under running water.Cook the chicken in 2 cups of chicken stock till done.Add pepper powder and salt lightly.Add the noodle and cook for 5min.Mix the corn flour with a spoon of cold water in a bowl and add to the boiling soup.Wait till the soup thickens and keep stirring.Add the beaten egg white in a flowing manner and keep stirring to get thread like consistency.Add the soy sauce,give a quick stir.Switch off flame,garnish with green onion and serve.

Serves ~3-4

Vanilla Cake with Tutty Fruity

Vanilla cake with tutty fruity was my first bake after starting off baking.This cake was very delicious with vanilla flavors.I added tutty fruity too to the cake to make it kids friendly.Do give this a try and enjoy !!

maida/all purpose flour 1 cup
sugar 1 cup
butter 1 stick or 125gm
eggs 3
vanilla essence 1tsp
baking powder 1tsp
cake tutti fruits 1 cup
salt a pinch

Steam the cake tutty fruits in a bowl in a steamer for 10 mins and then use it.
Sift the flour with baking powder,salt and place it in a large bowl.
Beat the eggs with melted butter and sugar.
Add the vanilla essence and mix it well.
Add the dry ingredients and then mix without lumps,stir in the cake fruits(reserve 1tbsp) toss well.
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees and spray the cake tray with olive oil.
Pour the batter ,garnish with cake mix fruits(remaining) and bake it in the oven for 30-35minutes.
Check whether its done with a tooth pick in the centre.(should come out clean)
Place in the oven for 15mts after putting off the oven.
Cool the cake on wire rack  before cutting.

  • servings 5-7 adults

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shrimp Prawn Masala | Chemmeen Masala

All non vegetarians love prawns,so does my family.My children too love it as there are no bones in it.This is a real good recipe that can be served for chapatis/naan.The masala is well mixed with the prawns and tastes delicious.Enjoy making this masala!!

prawns 1lb
onion 1chopped
green chilli 3-4 cut long
tomato 1chopped
chilli powder 1tsp
turmeric powder 1/2tsp
garam masala powder 1/2tsp
coriander leaves
salt to taste

Wash the shrimp using salt n lime.Boil the prawns with enough water,turmeric powder and salt for 5-7minutes.Drain the water and keep aside.Pour oil in a pan and add the chopped onion.Wait until it is slightly browned.Add the green chilli,tomato and let it get cooked and become mushy.Add the chiili powder,turmeric powder,garam masala powder.Put off the stove.Leave to cool and grind the mixture to a thick paste(without adding water).Now add the paste back to the pan and add in the cooked shrimp.Cook covered for 2-3 minute.Open the lid and garnish with coriander leaves/cilantro.

  • serves 4adults

  1. You can use cooked shrimp and try using larger sized prawns.
  2. Chicken masala can be replaced for garam masala.

Green Onion Thoran | Stir fry with coconut

Green onions are real good for health..for that matter all green leafy vegetables too.Here is a very simple recipe.Children do love it as it is not much spicy and a little sweet.This serves great with steamed rice.Do give it a try and enjoy !!

green onion 2bunch
chilli powder 2tsp
turmeric powder 2tsp
coconut grated 1/4 cup
salt to taste
mustard  to saute
oil to saute

Wash the green onions thoroughly and cut it into round small pieces,keep aside.Heat oil in apan and splutter mustard.Add the green onions,turmeric powder,chilli powder,coconut.Cover with a lid and cook for 3-5mts.Open the lid and then add salt.Dry it in medium heat and is ready to serve.

  • Servings : 3 adults

  1. Add salt only once it is half cooked

Groundnut (Peanut) Chaat

Groundnuts are a good source of fats..This is a tasty recipe as an easy snack.Once I had brought a big packet n wondered how to finish it off..dn came out with this recipe.

groundnut 1 cup soaked in water for 1 hr
coconut grated 3tsp
chaat masala 1tsp
chilli powder 1tsp
lime juice 1tsp
salt to taste


Cook the soaked groundnuts in a cooker for 3 whistles.
Drain the water.
Add grated coconut,chilli powder ,chaat masala and lime juice.

  • servings : 4adults

Steamed Banana Cake in Pressure Cooker

Cake has been all time my family's favorite.This cake is steamed n was made as a snack.And it turned out to be real good and healthy recipe for kids.My kids are reluctant to eat the over ripe bananas and this was the easiest way to finish them off without even the children knowing it.

rice powder 1 cup
jaggery 1/2 cup
banana 2 mashed
baking soda 1tsp
raisins and cashew 1/4 cup
cumin powder 1tsp

Soak the jaggery in half a cup of water and drain the impurities.
Mix the rice powder ,mashed bananas,baking soda.
Add the cumin powder and raisins,cashew.
Keep aside for 10 mts.
Pour it in a idli pan or a cake pan after oiling and and garnish with cashews.Steam in a pressure cooker.(without whistle)/idli cooker for 20mts.
Check if it is done with a tooth pick in the centre (should come out clean)
Remove from stove ,cool it completely.
Cut into pieces and ready to serve.

  • servings 4 adults
*You can use cardamom powder instead of cumin powder .
*You can also bake the same at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.