Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rasgulla (Low Fat Version)

There is a first time for everything isn't it. So here is one of those recipes I tried in my kitchen for this Diwali and came out yummy.

1 litre Milk (Used 2% fat milk)
11/2 cups Sugar
31/2 Cups Water
1 Lemon 
2 Elachi pods 
Walnut to Garnish 

1. Heat milk in a pan.Once it starts boiling add lemon juice to it. 
2. Mix well. Let it be on heat till the milk & water separates.
3. Allow it to cool a bit and drain the milk in to a cloth. ( I used a cotton towel ).
4. Wrap the cloth and keep it under water for few seconds. ( This helps to remove the lemony taste) 
5. Now take a heavy pan and squeeze the cloth with it. Leave it for 1hr to removes the excess water. (I used my mortar to squeeze all the water).

Making of Rasgulla's
1. Take the paneer and kneed it well & make a soft ball out of it. 
2. Now make some small balls with the paneer and keep them aside. 
3. Meanwhile take water & sugar in a pressure cooker and boil it.
4. Now add the paneer balls to the cooker and close it with a lid. Cook it till you listen the first whistle and switch off heat. 
5. Open the cooker lid once the pressure is reduced and you can see the balls floating on top.
Garnish according to your taste. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Eggless Chocolate Bread Pudding


6 Bread Slices 
1 Tbs Corn Strach 
4 Cocoa Powder 
2 Cups of milk 
Melted Butter
1/4 Cup Sugar  (Varies according to your taste)
Almonds for Garnish 

1. I have a Home made Bread so used it for the pudding.Your can use French or Italian bread. 

2. Remove the brown edges of bread and cut them in to cubes.Place them in oven safe bowels.


3. Prepare the mix for the pudding by adding Corn starch , Milk, Butter,Choco powder & Sugar. Mix them well till the sugar dissolves. 

4. Now whisk the syrup for 4-5 mins.Add it to the bread bowls.
5. Dip almonds in butter and garnish them on the bowls.
6. Bake them at 350 degrees F for 20min. Mine took 20mins so it should be the same for you too.  

7. Dip a tooth pick if it comes out clean then your pudding is ready.

* Serve warm or cold as you wish. 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Kanda Bachali Kura | Suran/Yam Malabar Spinach Curry

1 Cup chopped yam / kanda 
2 Cups malabar spinach / bachali koora
2Tbs tamarind pulp
1Tbs mustard powder 
1Tbs sugar 
2Tbs oil 
1Tbs mustard seeds 
1Tbs jeera
1Tbs channa dal 
1Tbs urad dal 
4Red chilis cut equally
1Tsp hing / asafoetida 

1. Heat pan with oil and add seasoning to it. Once they are done now add greens to the pan and fry it well. 
2. Mean while pressure cook Yam for 1 whistle or cook them in a microwave. Smash yam with a spoon to a rough paste. 
3. Now add pasted Yam to pan and mix it with tamarind juice salt and sugar.
4. Cook it for 10mins and remove from heat. 
5. Add mustard powder to pan and mix well. 

* Serve with Rice.

Note: Yam will have a Slight itchy feel when you touch it and even after cooking. To avoid that you have to add a pinch of tamarind juice while pressure cooking it. ( Tip from MOM)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Vermicelli Payasam (Microwave Version)

It's a very common sweet made in most of the Indian houses as a festive dish.For me it's one quenches my sweet cravings at night. I wonder whether it's just me or any one else also feels the same???
A Simple, Easy & Yummy recipe.
1/2 Cup vermicelli 
1 Cup milk
2 Tbs coconut powder
1/2 Cup sugar (Varies according to your taste)
1 Tsp butter 
Few Cashew
1/2 Tsp elachi 

1. Take butter in a glass bowl ( Microwavable ) with cashews and microwave them for 1mins. Repeat it once again with mixing the cashews for 1min. Check if they are nicely done.Remove nuts and keep them aside. 
2. Now in the same bowl take vermicelli and  roast it for 1min. 
3. Now add milk to the bowl and cook vermicelli and cook for 5mins & repeat it again adding Coconut powder till it is done.
4. Mix sugar well.
5. Add nuts and elachi powder to the payasam. 

* Serve hot.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gorichikkudu Kura | Cluster Beans Curry | Guar Ki Sabji

1 1/2 Cup Cluster Beans 
1 Cup Chopped Onion
1/2 Cup Grated Coconut powder 
2 Tbs Poppy seeds 
2 Tbs Oil
1 Tbs Chili powder 
1 Tbs Mustard 
1 Tbs Jeera 
2 Red chili
Pinch of Turmeric 
Curry leaves 

1. Heat pan with oil and add mustard, jeera and red chilli to  it. Once mustard starts spluttering add onion to the pan. 
2.  Fry them till they are cooked and add beans to the pan. Add turmeric, Salt to pan & close it with a lid. Allow it to beans to to cook.
3. Mean while grind coconut and poppy seeds to a smooth paste. (Don't add to much of water)
4. Add paste to the pan and allow it to cook on low heat for 10mins. 
5. Add chili powder to the curry and  allow to cook for 2mins. 
6. Now garnish with curry leaves. 

* Serve with Rice.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chamadumpa Vepudu | Taro Root Fry | Arbi Fry | Seppankizhangu Fry

When I was a little girl we use to grow Taro root in our back yard. To my knowledge we never brought this veggie from market for many years.
Though this fry consumes more oil than any others still it's worth having once in a while.

1/2 lb Taro Root
Oil (Enough to deep fry)
Chili powder  

1. Boil Taro root in a vessel or you can just pressure cook them for 1 whistle. Let them cool down for a while.
2. Remove the skin or upper layer and cut them as thinas shown in the figure. 
3. Heat pan with oil filled till half of the pan. Once the oil is hot add the sliced veggie and deep fry them .
4. Once they start turning to brown color take them in to a vessel.
5.Add salt and chili powder to the fried root and mix them well.

* Serve with Rice and a spoon of ghee.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Festivals are always filled with Spirituality,fun & tasty food. For the food part I tried making some Badusha & Muruku's for Darsara/Navratri. 
I have to mention that this is one of my hubby's favorite.

For Badusha
2 Cups maida ( All Purpose flour)
1/2 Tsp baking Soda 
1/2 cup yogurt (Curd)
1/2 Cup melted butter/dalda 
Oil (Enough for deep frying )
Sugar Syrup 
2 Cups Sugar 
1 Cup Water 

1. Take a bowl and mix the Badusha ingredients except the oil. Mix it to a nice ball. ( In process of making dough add more curd rather than water.). Allow it to rest for 30mins. 
2. Now place a vessel on stove and add sugar and water to the vessel. Allow the sugar to melt. Now reduce heat and allow the syrup to boil till it comes to a string consistency. Add elachi to it and keep it aside.

3. Take the dough and divide it to small balls. Make a ball and press with your thump in the middle as shown in the above picture. 
4. Heat a pan with oil (for frying the dough). Fry the balls in batches till they turn nice brown color. Remove them and place them on a tissue paper to remove excessive oil.
5. Add the fried balls to sugar syrup and let them soak for 3-4 mins. 
6. Remove them and place them in a container. 

I have already posted the recipe for "  Jantikalu or Muruku ". Sharing a pic for the recipe which I made this year. As I have mentioned I didn't have the muruku maker so used plastic bag to make it. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010


South IndianCurry

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Eggless Strawberry Walnut Cupcakes (A berry nut affair)

Now a days I'm very much obsessed with baking.Believe me watching too many food channels will effect a lot :-). So with all those inspiration I came up with this cupcakes.
I need to say that those strawberries & walnuts were never my favorite.But the combo came out very tempting. 


1 1/2 Cup Self Rising Flour
1 Cup Whole Milk
1/2 Cup melted Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tbs Baking Powder 
1/2 Tbs Salt 
1 Cup Diced Strawberries
1/2 cup Walnuts 


1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees for 10mins  to 15mins. 

2. Grind strawberries to a paste and set aside.
3. Take a bowl add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt , milk , strawberry puree, walnuts and butter. Mix well with a whisker.

3.Take cupcake sheets and set them in the pan. Divide batter evenly and add extra walnuts on top of the batter.
4. Now transfer the pan to oven and set at 350 degrees. Bake them for 30 mins. 

5. Once done take cupcakes out and cool them.( You can refrigerate for 10mins if you are in a hurry).  

It was a yummy bite.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bendakaya Masala Kura | Bhindi Masala | Okra Masala

" A lazy lady was googling  for a side dish with no interest in cooking for dinner.Suddenly she came across a yummy dish in one of the blogs that inspired her to cook."
I have to agree that the picture was the inspiration to think about this dish and ended up cooking it. 

2 cups Bhindi / Okra (cut in equal size)
1 cup chopped onion
1 tbs Ginger Garlic Paste 
2 tbs oil 

1 tbs Garam Masala Powder 
1/2 cup Onions 
1/2 cup Tomatoes 
2 tbs Peanuts
1 tbs coriander cumin powder
1/2 tbs Chili powder

1. Heat pan with oil add onions and fry them till they are soft. Then add Ginger Garlic paste to it and fry for 2 mins.Then add bhindi and fry them well.
2. Mean while grind all masala ingredients to a smooth and keep them aside. 
3. Now add masala paste to pan and allow it to cook with a closed lid for 15 mins. Garnish with cilantro. 

* Serve with Chapati, Roti & Naan.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Red Kidney Beans & Black-Eyed Peas | Rajma Sabji

1 Cup boiled black-eyed peas
1 Cup boiled red kidney beans
1 Cup chopped onions
1 Cup sliced tomatoes 
2 Tbs oil
Chili powder
1 Tbs Ginger Garlic paste 
1 Tbs Corriander seeds 
1 Tbs Cumin seeds 
1 inch Cinnamon
2 Tbs Coconut Powder

1.Soak beans overnight and pressure cook them.
2.Heat pan with oil and add onions and fry them till they are soft. Now add ginger garlic paste to it and fry a little.Add tomatoes to the pan and cook them for a while.
3.Meanwhile dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, peanuts, cinnamon and grind them with coconut powder to a smooth paste. 
4.Add boiled beans, masala paste, chilli powder & salt to the pan along with little water.To make gravy thick smash few beans and add them to the pan and cook with closed lid for 10 mins. 

* Serve with Roti's.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Eggless Chocolate Cake

My First Cake Bake

This time for my dear hubby's b'day I planned ahead and tried making a cake at home.It came out yummy.Adding few pics of them for a visual treat .


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Panasa Pottu Koora / Jackfruit Curry | Chakka Curry

This is a one special dish for me. Guess why? My dear hubby is not a good food explorer.He prefers only the most common dishes which are made regularly. But this is one dish to my surprise he liked it in first taste and he asked to make it again. :-)
Coming to the dish this is a very famous dish in coastal Andhra Pradesh. The process of making this dish includes a tedious process to get the "Pottu or Shredder "of this fruit. To make my life easier I have used food processor to make the fine shredder of it.
Though we say "JackFruit " while using for the curry we use a raw one.This is also an a reference of my Grand Mom's recipe who is a master in cooking.


2 Cups of raw jackfruit pieces
1/2 Tsp. turmeric
1 Tsp. oil

Salt for taste
3 Tbs. mustard seeds
For Seasoning
2 Tbs of sesame oil
1 Tsp. mustard
1 Tsp. channa dal
1 Tsp. urad dal
1/2 Tsp. sugar
2 Red chili's
5 Curry leaves
Pinch of hing
1/2 Cup of tamarind extract ( Adjust acc.. to your taste)

Add the jack fruit pieces, oil and turmeric in a food processor and grind it to a fine powder like shown in the image.

Now boil the shredder for 10mins. Drain the shredder and squeeze all the water out of it and allow it to cool for some time.

Now take a pan add the oil and once the oil is hot add Mustard, Channa, Urad , Red chili's and allow them to fry till they change brown. Now add hing and curry leaves to the pan. Later add the tamarind juice salt and sugar to it. Allow the juice to cook till the water evaporates.Now add the pulp and allow it to cook well with seasoning for 5 mins.
Meanwhile grind mustard seeds with little water. Add a little oil to paste & keep aside. Now switch off heat & mix the mustard paste to curry. Cover the curry & allow it to stay for at-least 30mins before you serve.

Note : 
1. Adding mustard while the pan is on heat makes the curry kinda bitter.