Sunday, 1 March 2015

Chauli Masala/Black Eyed Bean Masala/Chawli Shaak.

Chauli/black eyed bean cooked in roasted coconut masala gravy makes a great side dish with chapatis or can be eaten with rice too.We normally make this on meatless days and since its lent going on I thought of posting this today.

Chauli 1.5 cup
3 tbsp coconut
2 onions
1 tbsp dhania /coriander seeds
1 tsp jeera
1.5 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp asafoetida


  • Pressure cook the chaulis with salt and water.
  • Dry roast the coconut, cumin and coriander seeds.
  • Grind the roasted coconut to a smooth paste
  • Heat oil in a vessel ,add mustard seeds
  • Once it splutters add hing/asafoetida.
  • Add sliced onions and fry till soft and pink
  • Add the ground paste and the red chilli powder.
  • Saute well till oil seperates
  • Then add the boiled chawli/black eyed beans
  • Add about 1 cup water
  • Let it come to nice boil
  • Lastly add garam masala powder and simmer for 5 min.
  • Serve with rice ,chapati /rotis.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Prawn Pickle ..East Indian Style with Stepwise Pics.

Hot and feiry delicious prawn pickle .This is a hot favourite among every East Indians.Vinegar and Red chillies are ground together which gives this pickle the deep red color and the taste..This stays well for months together if stored well.Have it with simple dal and rice or as a side dish..

for Marinating the prawns 
70-80   medium sized Prawns cleaned and deveined
salt to taste.

 grind to paste:
100 gms Kashmiri Chillies
20 garlic cloves
2 tbsp cumin seeds 
1 inch ginger
1 tsp turmeric 
1 -1 1/4cup Vinegar

10 green chillies slitted.
10 garlic cloves cut into julienne 
1 .5 inch ginger cut into julienne
3-4 springs curry leaves.
1.5 cups oil

Wash the cleaned prawns and drain all the water.Marinate with salt  and keep aside for 15 minutes

Grind everything under grind to paste along with the 1 cup vinegar and little water to make a fine smooth paste
      Fry the prawns in  oil for about 10  minutes and keep aside .

   In a vessel heat the remaining oil then add curry leaves.

                         Then add the ginger and garlic and fry well on medium heat.

                        Now add the slit chillies and fry well  for 5-7 minutes.
  Then add the Masala paste and mix well.


     Now add the fried prawns mix everything well and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes .

                     Let it cool completely before storing.

  • Oil is the base for the pickle that's the reason the amount of  oil used is more.
  • The amount of vinegar mentioned depends upon how sour the vinegar is ,if you feel your vinegar is very sour reduce the amount to 3/4 -1 cup.Vinegar again acts as a preservative so it cannot be avoided or substituted with.
  • Medium size prawns or small prawns would work fine.If you get large prawns cut them into 2 before using.
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Friday, 27 February 2015

Fresh Fruit Cake..Birthday Cake

Made this lovely Cake for my birthday .Its a  simple vanilla sponge sandwiched with whipped cream and topped with fresh  fruits.I made this along with a Strawberry Swiss roll and basbousa which i already posted  on my birthday and it was well received by all.I have been making cakes for my friends and family on their birthdays and anniversaries and there was no way that I couldn't make one for me.

The Cake was soft and melt in mouth .I'll try to add some stepwise pics next time i make this.I was in hurry when I made this one so couldn't take stepwise pics.

For the Vanilla Sponge
1/2 cup flour
1 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp butter melted
3 eggs separated
1/3 cup  powdered sugar
vanilla extract 1 tsp
1/2 tsp baking soda


  • Separate eggs and yolks.
  • Sift the flour and  cornflour, baking powder and keep aside
  • Beat yolks with butter, milk and vanilla till pale yellow and thick.
  • Beat egg whites with sugar  till soft peaks form.
  • Add beaten egg whites in 3 to 4 mixture into the flour and yolk mixture.
  • Pour the batter in baking tin lined with parchment.
  • Pre heat the oven for 10 min
  • Bake for 30 min at 180 degree Celsius
  • Let it cool completely before icing.

For the icing
1 cup whipped cream
2 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp

  • Using the hand beater whip cream with the sugar and essence till stiff peaks .
  • Slice the cake into two .
  • Soak it with sugar syrup /fruit cocktail syrup.
  • Place a dollop of whipped cream and with the help of palette knife spread it evenly.
  • Top it with any fruits ,I topped it with strawberries .
  • Then Place the other layer of  the cake.
  • Apply a thin layer of with whipped cream to do a crumb coat.
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hrs.
  • Then apply another coat of the whipped cream and decorate the sides of cake.
  • Place the fruits on the top.
  • Apply the clear glaze on the fruits with a pastry brush.
  • Refrigerate the cake for 2-3 hrs before cutting.

for the glaze
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water
1 tbsp cornflour

  • Mix the sugar and water  in a saucepan and place over medium heat till the sugar dissolves.
  • Mix the cornflour and water and stir till you get a thick transparent mixture.
  • Allow it to cool before you apply it over the fruits.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sausage Buns/Rolls /Chicken Sausage Bread.

I have been posting many baked goodies these days .Yes because I love baking my own bread or cake .The joy of baking your bread is really great and specially when you succeed in baking a real soft bread.I always loved cooking and baking but Few years back I failed miserably when i baked breads but i never gave up i kept trying and finally succeeded .Now my family enjoy fresh homemade breads every week .They prefer stuffed breads more than plain buns/bread .So i love baking for them .I brought some Spicy Chicken Sausage the other day and thought of making breads/rolls with it.
I was craving for sausage  bread/buns from Bread Talk  .I made sure I always tasted their sausage bread whenever i visited Bread Talk .Now that its no longer there and that I enjoy baking bread I thought of doing it by myself .There was no extra effort needed just kneaded the dough and shaped it and  rolled it placing the sausage inside .I was very happy with the result The spicy chicken sausage rolled in a soft bread tasted just too good that it got over within 15 min.I regretted that I made very little.

2 .5 cup flour
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp milkpowder
1 tbsp yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp oil
15 chicken sausage

Knead the dough by mixing all the ingredients together except the butter and oil.
Once the dough comes together mix the butter and oil and knead to soft dough.
Cover the dough with cling foil and allow it to double in size.
Once it has risen punch down the dough and knead for 3-4 mins.
Divide into balls and flatten into circle

Roll the circle and place the sausage and roll the buns .
Let it proof for 30 min
Apply milk/egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds.
Preheat the oven at 180 degree for 10 min
Bake for 20-25 min .
Remove from the oven and brush butter on the rolls.

I love to enjoy this straight from the oven you could enjoy it hot/warm or with a cup of coffee.
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Monday, 23 February 2015


Basbousa is a middle eastern sweet made from semolina .Its a very easy and delish semolina/sooji cake which is then soaked in sugar syrup.I was thinking of making this since long finally made this on my birthday.It was super yummy and we all loved it so much that it got over in a jiffy.Do try this and amaze your family members and guests.

1 1/4 cup semolina/rava/sooji
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup milk
1 egg

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp almond essence
20 almonds

For the sugar syrup
3/4cup sugar
3/4cup water
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp rose water
few strands of saffron/kesar

  • Mix the flour ,baking powder and semolina and powdered sugar.
  • Mix the egg with melted butter and  milk.
  • Add the almond essence to the milk mixture .
  • Mix the flour to the milk and butter mixture .
  • Let it sit for 10-15 min.
  • Pour it 8 inch greased pan .
  • With the knife score/pre cut the batter into diagonal shapes and place blanched almond over every cut.
  • Bake for 35-40 min in preheated oven at 180 degree.
  • Meanwhile prepare the sugar syrup by boiling together sugar water and lemon juice for 10 min.
  • Then add the saffron and rose water and boil for 2 min s
  • Cut with the knife/Make score on the basbousa and pour the sugar syrup while its still warm.
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