Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Scrambled Tofu Curry

Some days it's very hard for the day to pass on & I'm in a getting bored phase these days. Hubby being busy at office with work & him not even coming for lunch makes me a lone person whole day with doing nothing.
Coming to this curry I have to say it's a replacement to egg burji for vegetarians & vegans too.As you all know tofu is filled with protein so it won't be a bad idea to include it in our daily diet.

2 Cups of scrambled tofu
1 Cup chopped onions
2 Green chili's
1/4 Cup green peas
1 Tomato 
1 Tsp red chili powder
1 Tsp coriander cumin powder
Cilantro for garnish
For seasoning 
1 Tsp mustard
1 Tsp jeera
1 Tbs oil

Making scrambled tofu:

Generally tofu is stored in water.In order to make it edible first we have to remove excess water out of it. So I generally cover tofu in a cheese cloth & place mortar on it or something heavy. Leave it for 20 mins so the excess water will be squeezed out. Later remove tofu from cheese cloth & scramble it. 

Heat a pan with oil to that add mustard & jeera.Add onion to pan when the mustard starts jumping. Fry them translucent and then add green chili's,peas & diced tomato to pan.Add salt to them & close pan with a lid. Allow it cook for 5mins & then add scrambled tofu to pan.
Saute it for 10mins till then tofu comes out spongy by loosing all the water to heat.Sprinkle some red chili & coriander cumin powder to pan & saute them for 3 more mins.Switch off heat & garnish it with cilantro. 

1. Add some garlic for much more flavor. 
2. I used both green chili's & chili powder but you can avoid any of them to lessen the spiciness in curry. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Vanilla cake with butter cream frosting

I made a vanilla cake with butter cream frosting on the occasion of my hubby's b'day. The cake came out super duper delicious & finger licking. 
Frankly I'm not a good cake baker. I make them once in a blue moon & then too I fail twice before I get a perfect cake.So to avoid all this headache I got this fool proof recipe from food network as once suggested by my cousin. Coming to recipe I made the cake from scratch but I used a store brought cream frosting. 

For Vanilla cake
1&1/2 Cups cake flour
1 Tsp baking soda
1/2 Tsp salt
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup hot water
1 Tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Cup curd
1 Large egg or 2 small ones
1/2 Cup olive oil
For Filling 
1/2 Cup non-fat whip cream
2 Tbs strawberry Jam 
1 Can butter cream frosting
Grated chocolate & chocolate pieces for garnish

Making cake : 
Preheat oven @ 350 degrees. Butter up a bowl for baking 7 keep aside.Sift all the dry ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl add the wet ingredients other then hot water & beat them together. Now mix the wet with dry ingredients & last add the hot water to it & beat them smoothly. 
Now pour the batter in to buttered bowl & bake it @ 350 degrees for 20 to 25 mins. Take a tooth pick and insert in to cake. If it comes out clean switch off heat & remove cake from oven.Allow it to cool on table top for 1hr to 2hrs.

Filling & Frosting:
In a bowl mix the whip cream & strawberry jam together. Now take the cake & horizontally cut the cake in to 2 halves. On the down layer spread the filling smoothly & place the other half on it. 
Now take the butter cream and spread it smoothly around the cake & decorate it as you like. 

We just loved the outcome of the cake. The layers were moist with the sweet filling & the butter cream was all buttery as my husband wanted. 

To make a chocolate cake just add 1/2 cup of coco powder to the mix. 

Sending this recipe to :
1. Bake Fest event hosted by Archana of  The Mad Scientist's Kitchen
2. Virtual Birthday Party event hosted by Cook-Eat-Burrrp
3. Romantic Candle Lit Dinner Event hosted by Roha

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pappulo Undralu | Moong Dal Kozhukattai

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi friends.. 
Here is a peek of ganesha from our home.This year upon my hubby's request I made two clay ganesha's (Bala ganesha & Big ganesha) & decorated big ganesha with crystals.

Big Ganesha

Bala Ganesh

For the prasadam I made undaralu,pappulo undaralu & pulihora. Today I'm sharing pappulo undarala recipe with you all.

1&1/2 Cups milk
1/2 Cup moong dal
1/2 Cup rice flour
1 Cup water 
3 Tbs sugar 
1/2 Cup grated jaggery 
2 Tbs ghee
1 Tbs of chopped almonds & dry fruits 

Pressure cook moong Dal & keep aside.Heat a vessel with water & sugar.Allow water to boil then add rice flour slowly while mixing it.Mix it till the rice flour forms as a dough. Switch of heat and cool.Add 1tbs of ghee to dough & knead it. Now take small portions and make balls with them.Follow the same with rest of the dough & keep aside.

Take milk & moong dal in a pan  & bring them to boil. Then add the undaralu to the mixture on by one. Now add jaggrey & elachi to pan & mix them well with dal.Switch off heat & take a small pan with ghee & chopped dry fruits. Fry them for 2mins & add them to the undaralu. 

1. Add 4tbs grated coconut while the milk & dal boiling for better taste. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Event ~ Pickles & Chutneys

Pickles & chutneys are everyones favorite. A meal without any one of them is never complete.I'm announcing an event " Pickles & Chutneys "in my blog with an idea of bringing all of them together. This is my second event related to chutneys where in my first event was " Spicy Fiery Chutneys ". Do send in your recipes to this event.. :)

Here are the simple rules for the event :
  • Vegetarian dishes only.
  • Post it in your blog and link back the recipe to my event.
  • Use of logo is appreciated.
  • Can send in multiple entries.
  • Event starts from 4th Sep 2012 & ends on 4th Oct 2012.
  • For any questions you can mail me to or you can leave a comment to my Facebook page Ammaji Recipes

Link in your recipes here..