Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Eggless Vanilla Cake

  • Maida  1½ cup
  • Granulated sugar  ¾ cup
  • Van essence 1½ Tsp
  • Bakind pdr 1¼ Tsp
  • Baking soda  ½ Tsp
  • Veg oil  ½ cup
  • Milk 1 Tbsp
  • Curd 1 cup

Seive the maida twice and keep it aside. Beat sugar and curd until it turns creamy. Then add baking soda and baking pdr into the curd and mix well. Keep it aside for five mins. When bubbles form, pour vegetable oil and vanilla essence into it. Slowly add maida (by batches) into it and mix till the mixture turns creamy and thick. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Transfer the batter into a greased cake tin and bake it for 10 mins at 200°C. Then reduce the temperature to 180°C and bake it for 30 to 35 mins. Brush the top of the cake with milk, 10 mins before taking it out of the oven, to get a shiny effect. Transfer it to a wire rack and cool it.

[Recipe Courtesy: Sharmi's Passion]

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Unakkameen Thoran

  • Dry fish 100 gm
  • Shallots 20
  • Coconut 1½ cup
  • Turmeric pdr 1/4 Tsp
  • Chilly pdr 3 Tsp
  • Mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Water 2 cup
  • Dry chilly
  • Oil

Crush the coconut, turmeric pdr, chilly pdr and the 4 shallots and keep it aside. Soak the fish for 1 hr and clean it well. The recipe calls for small salted fish. Remove the bone and then cook the fish with water, curry leaves and sliced shallots. Crush the cooked fish with a wooden spoon. Add the crushed coconut mixture into the cooked fish and combine it well. Saute it till it is void of the raw smell and make it dry. Season it with mustard seeds, curry leaves and dry chilly.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Mangalore Chicken Curry

  • Chicken 3/4 kg
  • Grated coconut 1 cup
  • Kashmiri chilly (whole) 12
  • Cumin seeds 1/2 Tsp
  • Whole cardamom 4
  • Cinnamon piece 2
  • Whole clove 2
  • Coriander pdr 1 Tsp
  • Turmeric pdr 1/2 Tsp
  • Chopped ginger 1 Tbsp
  • Chopped garlic 1 Tbsp
  • Sliced onion 1 big
  • Dry chilly few
  • Mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Oil 

Heat oil in a kadai and add cardamom, clove and cinnamon. Saute it for few mins and put Kashmiri chilly and grated coconut into this. Stir it and add the coriander pdr (do not change the colour of the coconut). Remove it from fire and allow it to cool. Grind it with little water. Splutter mustard seeds in little oil and saute the onion, ginger and garlic. Add turmeric pdr, chicken, grounded coconut, salt and little water into this and cook well. Season it with mustard, dry chilly and curry leaves.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

White Chocolate Scones with Rose Butter

  • Self rising flour 2 cups
  • Chopped chilled butter 30 gm
  • Grated white chocolate 50 gm
  • Milk ½ cup
  • Water ½ cup
For Rose Butter:
  • Chopped butter 100 gm
  • Icing sugar 4 Tbsp
  • Rose water ¼ Tsp
  • Pink food colour 2 drops
  •  Fresh rose petals 

Preheat the oven to 220° C. Grease and line a baking tray with butter paper. Add butter into the sifted flour and lightly mix it with finger tips. Stir along with the grated chocolate. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour the milk-water mixture. Gently mix into a soft smooth dough. Do not over mix. Transfer it to lightly floured surface and knead it gently. Roll it into a 2 cm thick round. Cut it into small rounds using floured round cutter. Brush it with milk mixture and bake it for 8 to 10 mins until it sounds hollow when tapped with your finger. Cool it well. Beat the butter and powdered sugar till it turns creamy and then add colour and rose water to it. Serve the scones with rose butter and petals.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Carrot Potato Fry

  • Sliced carrot 1 cup
  • Sliced potato 1 cup
  • Turmeric pdr ½ Tsp
  • Garam masala ½ Tsp
  • Pepper pdr ½ Tsp
  • Garlic 5 to 8 pods 
  • Curry leaves
  • Onion (big) 1 
  • Dry chilly 5
  • Salt
  • Oil
Heat oil in a kadai and add sliced onion, crushed garlic and curry leaves. Saute till it turns golden brown and add crushed chilly, turmeric pdr, pepper pdr, salt and garam masala. Mix it well and add the sliced carrot and potato. Reduce the heat and sprinkle little water. Stir it occasionally till it becomes dry.

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