Friday, 31 December 2010

Alvida 2010..Namaste 2011..Goodbye 2010...welcome 2011 !

Our memories of yesterday will last a lifetime. We'll take the best, forget the rest and someday we'll find these are the best of times......  Good Bye  2010 !

Welcome 2011 !




The New year is upon us
Bringing hope and anticipation
And if in our faith we trust
There is cause for celebration
May all your dreams come true
Whatever that dream maybe
May good health always follow you
And bring blessing to your family
May you build memories to treasure
May your wishes granted as well
May this year bring you pleasure
And leave you with great stories to tell
May you find happiness in your heart
May you find Joy and never be sad
May your resolutions give you a new start
And this be the best year you ever had

Wish you all very Joyful, blissful and peaceful 2011.....

Please do watch this ......

 



See you all in a New Year.....with a Smile on your face:)











Thursday, 30 December 2010

Celebrating togetherness of 20 years with Gajar Halwa - Carrot Pudding !



It's so"There are three things that amaze me,


no, four things that I don't understand:

how an eagle glides through the sky,

how a snake slithers on a rock,

how a ship navigates the ocean,

how a man loves a woman."


 "Love is one long sweet dream, and marriage is the alarm clock".
 
 
Really????????????????....let me ask Raj..;)....
Me:- Raj........I want to ask you something...Love is one long sweet dream, and marriage is the alarm clock...? what is your take on it?

Raj:-I don't mind calling our marriage an alarm clock, as long as the time on the alarm clock is not set....;)we got married so many years ago,but it feels like yesterday.... you have more power over me than the state has.I love being married with you, Enjoying every second of it..  It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life....

Me:- That's enough Raj.........I am going in the kitchen to cook Halwa..so I can shut your mouth;)



Hey Friends
Today me and my husband Raj are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary...Years past by so quickly and doesn't seem like it's been twenty years...! It has been a joyous journey for both of us..and one would wish great journey to continue.........................................
On this happy occasion I made GAJAR KA HALWA...me and raj are huge fan of this delicacy and it was my Mum's too.....actually in our wedding Gajar Halwa was on the menu...and this great dish I learnt it from my late beloved Mum...Mostly in winter she used to make and I used to watch her...and before our wedding she used to ask me to make it...I remember I made this dish at least 20 times that winter before I got married on 30th December.....Gajar Halwa last sweet dish that my mum ate made by myself in India 20 yrs ago.... Love you mama.............



Gajar Halwa is one of the most popular traditional Indian dessert in Indian households , very rich,creamy, tasty with the goodness of milk, nuts and natural sweetness of carrots..very easy to prepare. You can make on any festival or happy occasion... 



You will need:-
  • 2 cups carrots scrapped and grated
    2 cups milk (any)
  • 1 cup grated Khoya or Full fat milk powder
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom powder
  • 4-5 tablespoons Pistachio and Almonds nuts, and cashew nuts
Method:-
In a heavy bottom pan add grated carrots and milk. Bring it to boil and cook over medium heat until all the milk gets dried up. Stir the mixture occasionally to prevent any sticking.Add Sugar and Cardamom powder and continuously stir for 5-7 minutes. Now add ghee and khoya .Stir well and fry on low heat until ghee starts separating. Remove from heat. Garnish with dry fruit and serve hot or cold..enjoy as much as me and Raj did..!

Monday, 27 December 2010

Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup !

I don't know about you guys, do you feel the same as me or not ,but this year awful freezing weather is making me depress and fearful...four of us were down with cold, cough and sore throat...So past few days I did not cook a proper meal..we were surviving on ready meals or take away...
Today I am feeling little better so I thought I'll check out fridge if there is anything in there to cook...Surprise I found big pack of tomatoes....checked expiry date, luckily date was till 28th of December...I thought I better use them quickly...and first thought came in my mind something hot and spicy...and when there is a tomato , you obviously think of SOUP....so I asked kids and hubby if they want are interested in my choice....and we had a four yesssss ! very easy and tasty soup was ready in 40-45 minutes...let's see how I made it...

You will need:-
  • 1 pack of tomatoes ( 750 grams) halved
  • 2 medium red onions
  • 1 small carrot diced
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 500 ml hot vegetable stock ( I used vegetable stock cube )
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • handful of torn basil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper powder
Method:-
Preheat the oven to gas mark 6-7. Place the tomatoes, onion, pepper,carrot and garlic in a roasting tin. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Season, then roast for 30-35 minutes, or until softened.Transfer the roasted vegetables to a saucepan and add the stock, basil and sugar. Bring to the boil, remove from the heat and liquidise with a hand blender or food processor.  Serve hot with any type of bread or croutons. Enjoy as much we did !!!!!

Sunday, 26 December 2010

One More Joyful Moment- Lights, Camera, Cook !!!!!!!!

Started helping my mum in cooking at age of 8-9, and I took that intrest very seriously...past 30 yrs I been cooking and always most of the times ;)getting good feedback from my family and friends...from this, I started a cooking blog which took me to completely new heights in cooking...my confidence in cooking grew and grew and i knew that i was ready to take on a completely new challenge..yes my friends, it gives me great pleasure to tell you about a fantastic opportunity that came knocking at my door... I appeared in a national Asian TV station.  Just a week or two ago, my kitchen was turned into studio set and i recorded two cookery programs (Aap ki Kitchen mein) for Sunrise TV on 13th of December... and one program aired yesterday morning 25th December as the Christmas Special. the second program will air soon...
As soon as the program is uploaded onto youtube, I will share the link with you guys...
I have to thank you guys for this because without your amazing comments and support I would not have had the confidence to go on TV...
and ofcourse my family too, have given me immense support as well to do this show...

Please read this post too
http://joyofcooking247.blogspot.com/2010/12/awards-and-answering-tag-questionsomg.html

Awards and answering Tag questions...OMG HARD JOB ;)

Recently I have been tagged with a questionnaire by my few fellow bloggers...and they are
madhra manoj - she tagged me
 Sayali - Shared One lovely blog award with me
 Rupali -she tagged me in Questions & Answers

 Quay Po Cooks shared  Stylish Blogger Award with me

I would like to say a very big thank you to all the girls...it's an honour to me receive so many awards..They all have a wonderful blogs...Please do visit their blog to see  mouthwatering recipes..

Quay Po Cooks .....Thanks a lot for sharing Stylish award with me...She left a very kind comment on my blog...I'm touched !

"one of the rules is to pass on to other bloggers whom I think are fantastic and you are one of them in my list. Thanks again for sharing with us all the wonderful stories and recipes. HUGS! "

To claim this award, I have to do the following three things:


1. Thank the person who awarded me.

2. Share 7 things about myself.

3. Pass the Award on to blogger I think are fantastic.






Let's look at the 7 things about me;)
  1. Short-temper girl....trying really hard not to get angry at people......but have regrets afterwords..
  2. I do remember peoples words spoken by even 10 yrs ago...
  3. Not a good writer...but very good reader...
  4. Love to travel...want to see whole world in this life...
  5. Like to watch those movies which portrays positive message in our community...
  6. I always like to keep myself fit and healthy...
  7. Great believer in Quality of life not Quantity of life...
Sharing this Stylish award with
Mia
Smitha
Jisha



Tagged by Rupali.......Questions and Answers :)


Here are the tag questions ....
 
1. Are you a vegetarian, or have you thought about being one?
I am a pure vegetarian...don't use eggs or fish in my cooking..although they do count as  vegetarian..whenever I buy any product I always check the labels first.



2. Who inspired you to cook or bake?
Hmmmmmmmm...tough question to answer...I've seen most of the bloggers answer this question by saying that they are inspired by their mums or relatives..in my case I will answer this question little different...since young age I wanted to learn to cook..I built that passion on my own..as I am a foodie;)..My mum was a working Mum...she never had a passion for cooking..she had so many other qualities in her ..which I adore...that doesn't mean that she wasn't making good food..whatever she was making I always loved it..

3. How do you celebrate Christmas?...or a favorite holiday of your choice?
In India we never celebrated Christmas..Past 19 yrs I celebrate Christmas with my family at home..we do decorate a Christmas tree, exchange gifts and cards with friends and families...watch so many great movies and Christmas programmes together...specially we love to watch " SNOWMAN "...movie on Christmas eve...Indulging in food..like Mince pies with custard..basically I love to spend time together with my loved ones...but same time I  love my" ME time " tooooooooooooooooooooooo;)

"Christmas as a child - Awesome! Christmas as an adult - Sweet! Christmas watching your child smile for days on end - Priceless!"

having said that this year we didn't have a joyful Christmas..as we all were in a very bad health..so no one was in the mood to celebrate...My favourite holiday of my choice is to go somewhere where you can stay very near to nature...could be snowy mountains, sun and sea or lush Jungles or woodland where I can walk miles and miles with my I-pod...:)

4. Do you prefer to celebrate New Year's Eve with friends and/or family, or prefer to ring in the New Year quietly, and privately, at home?
I do love to celebrate New Year's eve with family and friends...at home or maybe a night club too...depends...



5. If someone were to ask you to bring dessert to a party, what would you bring? Store bought, or homemade, and if you were to make homemade, what would you make?

Depends on time...if I am informed well in advance I definitely love to make dessert at home..coz cooking is my passion and I would love to give people a homemade taste..having said that I need to know number of people sorry I can't cater for more than 15-20 people..;)...If I make dessert I would see the theme of the party and menu as well.....if they need Indian dessert or any other...love to make any type of Halwa,kala Jamun,fruit salad,Pannacotta, cheesecakes, shrikhand or bread and butter pudding...ohhhhh I am drooling guys;)


6. How will you celebrate your next birthday?
I always believed in Fate...I do not plan or build so many dreams...life is a unpredictable...but having said that I do enjoy and celebrate my birthday with my loved ones...and I love those mystery pressies from hubby and kids........I am hinting here hope they are reading this
...because my next birthday is going to be very important number..any guesses.......?;)

7. Do you have a New Year's resolution-and will you be sticking to it?
ha ha ha.........every year I do make resolution and break too........Guys resolutions are here to break..otherwise you can't make any resolutions can you?;)

Tagging 12 another bloggers ..please answer these same questions...:)

Priya of Enveetu Kitchen
Akila
Torview 
Madhvi
Mina Joshi
Priya of Mahro rajsthan's recipe
Sandhya
Kairali Sisiters
Sayanti
Deepa of hamaree Rasoi
Love to Cook
Kiran

Tagged by Madhra Manoj...
1. What is your take on organic food, is it a big deal for you?
Tell you the truth I am not fussed about organic food...as long as GM food is fresh, easily available and has lots of variety..who cares ?...
2. Do you time your breakfast, lunch & dinner or eat when you are hungry?

I do prefer give it a fix time and managing it quite well ...

3. What inspired you to write a food blog?
My passion of cooking started at a very early age...if I liked something I did not get hesitate to ask people for that recipe and would write it down in a notebook....I do make so many dishes...same time I like to try it out other's too.. last year this time I was going through a sad time (I lost my MUM).. just a thought came in my mind and I discussed it with my hubby and kids..they encouraged me and here I am with my own blog...Hoping my Grand Kids will visit my blog and learn something from here;)

4. You try a new recipe and it does not turn out good, what will you do?
I would leave it that time..but do try it out again soon

5. Name three ingredients you consciously avoid or eliminate even when the recipe calls for it?
Eggs, Meat ( I use veg option) and Mushroom

6. Name three things you have to use in most recipes?
Ginger, Garlic and Green Chillies 

7. How important is eating meals together as a family to you?
Very very important to have meals together as a family..However when kids were small they were making me angry with their fussy eating habits..but I never gave up and now they are ready to try anything..;)
8. You do not like a particular dish at your favorite restaurant, what will you do?
I never tell there and then..maybe after coming back home I would phone them or write them..UNLESS I SEE SOMETHING NASTY STUFF IN THE DISH...I would go maddddddddddd...

Tagging 8 bloggers and they are
Uma
Nivedita
Kitchen Queen
Subhi Arun
Panchpakwan
Ashkuku
Stefania

Once again Big thank you girls..please accept these awards and post them on your blog...


Friday, 24 December 2010

Ho Ho Ho...It's CHRISTMAS ! - Celebrate with SUGAR and BUTTER free Fruit and Nut cake !

" Oh! You better watch out,

You better not cry,

You better not pout,

I'm telling you why:

Santa Claus is coming to town!



He's making a list,

Checking it twice,

Gonna find out who's naughty or nice.

Santa Claus is coming to town!



He sees you when you're sleeping,

He knows when you're awake.

He knows if you've been bad or good,

So be good for goodness sake!



Oh! You better watch out,

You better not cry,

You better not pout,

I'm telling you why:

Santa Claus is coming to town!



Hey Guys....Hope you all are having wonderful time in this festive season with your loved ones...!


In normal circumstances Christmas is about indulging in rich sugary foods...but I thought this time I'll go for healthy option...instead of Butter I used oil also instead of sugar more dry fruit is used as an alternative...It will equally satisfy your cravings for rich and sugary food...



You will need:-
  • Any oil 30 ml
  • Milk 30-40 ml
  • 40 g rolled oats
  • 60g bread flour
  • 140 g plain flour
  • 150 g chopped dates, dried apricots, glazed cherries,dried cranberries
  • 20 g sultanas
  • 50 g chopped walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts
  • 2 small carrots shredded
  • 1/2 tsp five spices powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
Method:-
I made this cake in my bread maker...! Reactions from my family were wow !!! "please make this a regular MUM :) !"

Sending this to Sara's Corner event Sugerless Sweets ..event started by Nivedita
also sending it to Cookies and cakes for XMAS evevnt by Dr Sameena Pratap

Curry Named Britain’s Favourite Boxing Day Dinner-BRUSSEL SPROUT BHAJJI and CHRISTMAS PUDDING NAAN !

I have been requested by the associates of the famou Indian Premium  Beer " COBRA " to publish on Joy of Cooking some fantastic CHRISTMAS LEFT OVER recipes..which they have provided to me..
"All of these recipes are designed as a perfect taste match for authentically Indian Cobra Beer and alcohol free Cobra...."...I request all my visitors to try out this dishes and give me feedback..


BRUSSELS SPROUT BHAJI


Makes 10 bhajis

This recipe adds a fiery twist to a classic Christmas vegetable. With the addition of a few extra vegetables and a spiced batter, you’ll soon be wishing you’d left more on your plate the day before.

INGREDIENTS


225g assorted leftover cold cooked vegetables

(for instance, Brussels sprouts, peas, beans, carrot

and parsnip)

112 g (8 oz) onion, chopped into fine 2.5 cm

(1 inch) strips

vegetable oil for deep-frying

FOR THE BATTER

125g gram flour

1 tablespoon mild curry powder

1 teaspoon garam masala

.5 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 or more green chilli, finely chopped (optional)

1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves (optional)

2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, chopped

1 dessert spoon uncooked yellow lentils (optional)

1 dessert spoon freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice

.5 teaspoon sugar

1 level teaspoon salt

METHOD

STEP 1:

Mix the batter ingredients together adding sufficient water to achieve a thickish paste which will drop sluggishly off the spoon. It must not be at all runny. Mix in the vegetables and raw onion, then leave to stand for at least 10 minutes, during which time the mixture will fully absorb the moisture.

STEP 2:

Meanwhile, heat the deep-frying oil to 190˙C/375˙F. This temperature is below smoking point and will cause a drop of batter to splutter a bit, then float more or less at once.


STEP 3:

Inspect the mixture. There must be no ‘powder’ left, and it must be well mixed. Scoop out a tenth of the mixture on a desert spoon and place it carefully in the oil. Place all ten portions in, but allow a few seconds between each one so the oil maintains its temperature.

STEP 4:

Fry for about 8 to 10 minutes each, turning once. Remove the bhajis from the oil in the order they went in, drain well and serve with lemon wedges and chutneys. Serve hot.
 
CHRISTMAS PUDDING NAAN

Please click here for this recipe...

Monday, 20 December 2010

Joy in the Snow Bollywood Style (for some)...with Mixed Vegetables Pakoda !

Once again UK is witnessing freezing weather ....Snow and icy conditions are bringing lots of problems...In London since Friday we are having heavy snowfall...Our central Heating working on Full speed...Thank God Kids started their CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY for 2 weeks...what about me..?...am I enjoying this weather...NO WAYYYYYYYYYYYYY....However yesterday in the morning I was looking out of the window..Snow was falling, my daughter went out to play in the snow..and Raj asked me if I can join her too..and suddenly in my mind came Yash Raj's so many movie songs which are shot in Snow...actresses with pastel colour chiffon sari's and hero's with big long boots with furry coat...I know it's happen only in Bollywood...;0) ...but I love that stuff..it's been always my dream to wear lemon yellow or Blue Sari in snow..and guess what ? I dared myself...I did put on blue sari and went outside in snow without any coats, scarf and gloves...I always wanted to have that experience in my life since I was young girl...and oh boy I enjoyed those few minutes (around 10-15 minutes)...actually..:)...I know you all are thinking was I mad to do that going outside in below zero temperature...ha ha ha...yes I was ! While we were outside few of our neighbours was amazed..they told me go and put some clothes on ;)..they find it odd why the hell this woman wants to put a sari in this weather...THEY DON'T KNOW THE SECRET DO THEY?....




After that fun in the snow we needed  hot and spicy food So I thought why not make some Mixed vegetable Pakoda and Masala Tea....I know deep fried Pakoda is not a good idea for my size zero figure ;)..but now and then it's ok in life..as long as you don't repeat these unwise habits...Then life goes very smooth for you.......:)...Let's look at the pakoda recipe...



You will need :-
  • 3 cups Gram Flour
  • 1 cup Rice flour
  • Oil for deep Frying
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Green chillies and ginger paste
  • Shredded Vegetables like : Cabbage, onion, Carrots, Spinach, methi Leaves, Potatoes and coriander
  • Chili Powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Asafoetida
  • Black pepper powder
  • Caraway seeds
  • Pinch baking soda
Method:-
Mix everything except oil . add little water (few spoons) and mix very well and leave it a side for at least about 40-45 minutes. Heat oil in a frying pan for frying on a medium-low heat ..Carefully dip batter in a oil tablespoon one by one. Fry them until golden brown and enjoy with Hot cup of tea or any type of chutney..

Enjoy as much as my family did...

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Gujarati Kadhi - Seasoned Yogurt and Gram Flour Soup ! Kem Cho?

Two-three weeks back we were invited by our family friend to a dinner and dance party. ...after 12 at midnight it turned into a night club ;)....It was my friend's 50th birthday....we had a nice time there..met few other friends too...and as usual I always ended up in foodie conversation..and I mentioned my blog to them ....and one of my friend Ranjanben mentioned to me that she likes particularly "KADHI" made by LOHANA GUJARATI....which I am...So sweet of her...I did promise her that soon I'll make it and post it on my blog...

Gujarati Kadhi  is more watery than Punjabi kadhi, mildly spiced, sweet-sourness that is typical of Gujarati cooking. This kadhi is great to eat with plain rice or khichdi.





You will need :-
  • 2 cups sour Yogurt ( I used very low fat )
  • 2-3 tbsp Gram Flour ( Besan )
  • 2 tbsp crushed Green chillies and ginger
  • 1/4 cup jaggery
  • Few Curry leaves
  • Fresh chopped coriander
  • Salt to taste
You will need for tempering
  • 1 tbsp Ghee + 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 red whole chili
  • 2-3 cloves ( Laving )
  • 1 piece Cinnamon stick ( taj )
  • 1/4 tsp methi seeds
  • pinch of Asafoetida (hing)
Method :-
Mix gram flour, yogurt and 3 or 3 1/4 cups of water....mix with the hand blender and make very smooth paste. Add CG paste, curry leaves, jaggery, salt and put on a low flame and bring it to boil...please do not boil for a long time but to simmer it on a low heat for a lesser time....Meanwhile prepare heat ghee and oil in another pan, add cumin seeds when they splutter add hing, cloves, Cinnamon stick. red chili and methi seeds. Fry for a few minutes and then pour over the kadhi. Boil for a few minutes more. Garnish with fresh Coriander leaves...Enjoy with steamy rice, khichdi and roti....Enjoy as much as me and my family do...

Entry goes to Priya's event Complete My Thali - Daal-kadhi-Sambhar-rasam started by me...

Friday, 3 December 2010

Sing Dana Chikki - Peanut Brittle ! Kem Cho ?


UK is covered in a white blanket....and Britain is frozen....Glitter Graphics | http://www.graphicsgrotto.com/ Brits are struggling in every corner...whole country comes to a standstill...people started panic buying...same time snow is causing distribution problems...Officially Britain can't cope with anything like this....mostly everyone is moaning except school children....So many schools are closed and kids are having fun Glitter Graphics | http://www.graphicsgrotto.com/including my kids too....when kids are at home... means mums are prisoners in the kitchen...however I love to be prisoner in the kitchen (my kids are Jailers ).....http://zaazu.comOK friends I think I'll stop here and let's see what I made while I was in Jail (kitchen)....made Peanut Brittle... A universally popular snack form the western part (Gujarat) of India, but made in a similar manner all over the country.... which is healthy for growing kids, and keeps you warm in winter months... for peanut benefits see here and Jaggery here ....


You will need :-
  • 1 cup raw peanuts
  • 11/2 cup Jaggery
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
Method :-
Roast peanuts in a non stick pan...Let it cool slightly..dehusk them.

 


Grind them in a grinder.


Heat ghee in heavy bottom pan, add Jaggery and make into a thick Syrup on a low heat.


Now add ground peanuts into syrup and mix well...switch of the heat..


After mixing well immediately spread to 1 centimeter (1/2 inch) thickness on a greased tray or thali.

Cut into squares when cool....Enjoy as much as my kids did....!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Go Nuts with Cashew Nut Curry - Kaju Maluwa ! Sri Lanka's Culinary world...


Snowballs are thrown in the air

Piling up in enormous mounds

School is cancelled for the day

Children run outside to play



Snowballs are thrown in the air

No one has any care

About school-only fun

Because the day is a snowy one



Snowmen are stacked very high

Their top hats almost skim the sky

To make them round they must pat

Then finish off with mittens and hat



As the weather gets cold

The children are told

To come inside and eat

Hot chocolate with a couple treats



Once the kids are done

They put on their gear for some more fun

Some of them play around

While other kids just lay on the ground



Another kid makes snow angels

Until the dog named Bojangles

Ran through his masterpiece

But then the owner yelled cease



After Bojangles

Ruined all the snow angels

Kids slid down the hill

‘Til they were bitten by a chill



Almost over is the day

The children start to walk away

As snow falls, so does the sun

Time to go in, the day is done

By Sam D (12 yr old girl)

Poem Source: Snow Day, Snow Poems http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/

Here I am again with one of the most famous dish from Sri Lanka....served on a very special occasions like weddings , Parties and arms-giving ceremonies...! when I saw this recipe here ...I instantly had this sudden urge to make it straight away...because I love to use nuts wherever possible in my cooking...



WHY DO I LOVE TO USE NUTS:-

Nuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin E and selenium. Nuts are also high in plant sterols and fat - but mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 - the good fats) which have all been shown to lower LDL cholesterol....

Researchers found that people who eat nuts regularly have lower risks of heart disease. In 1996, the Iowa Women's Healthy Study found that women who ate nuts >4 times a week were 40% less likely to die of heart disease. Two years later, another study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found a similar result in another group of women subjects. Furthermore, potential heart health benefits of nuts were also found among men. In 2002, the Physician's Health Study found that men who consumed nuts 2 or more times per week had reduced risks of sudden cardiac death.


Read more on nuts here

Please look at Cashew nut Curry here..I haven't made any changes there....!
The verdict from my family very positive and it would definitely stay on our menu for the future....

Sunday, 21 November 2010

How to Freeze Fresh Coconut ?

Open the coconut and remove the  Coconut meat.

Use a grater to grate the coconut.


Place the greated coconut in the freezer bag and squeez all the air from the bag before sealing it.Always leave a little room at the top so the coconut can expand when frozen.


Seal the bag and place the coconut in the freezer. 




 







 

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Sri Lanka's Culinary World - Coconut Roti (POL ROTTI)

My daughter  " MUM, EXPECTATIONS  FROM YOU HAVE GONE SKY HIGH AFTER TASTING THIS DISH ".....so what was it that I made that brought these type of  compliments ?....Well I am about to tell you now....

Me and My family love to try many many different dishes from around the world....I make it once as a trial and if we all enjoy it then only then it becomes a regular menu....recently I have had an interest in everything about Sri Lanka....it's culture, food and entertainment.....list can go on and on...

Sri Lankan cooking has its own unique and distinctive set of dishes and flavours....somewhere between Indian and Thai cooking style...while I was browsing the net, particularly this recipe caught my attention and I thought I have to try it out...and I am glad it's been approved by the family so POL ROTI IS GOING ON OUR MENU...!!

You will need :-
  • 3 cups wheat flour
  • 1 cup fresh scrapped coconut
  • 4-5 green chillies crushed
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • water
method :-
In a large bowl mix flour, coconut, salt, onions, butter, and chilies. Mix thoroughly until pieces of onion and green chilies are coated with flour. Add water and mix to a suitable consistency. Divide the dough in to 8 equal balls.Flatten them to get a round rotti.( I tried a diffrent shape) You can decide the size of the rotti at this point either by fully flattening to achieve a crispy rotti, or by leaving it thicker. Heat a frying pan and add some butter to it. Fry rotties on both sides.  Serve with any curry or chutney...I served mine with Indian curry...Enjoy as much as my family did...

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Sprouted Beans and Cornflakes Chivda ~ Diwali Celebration ! Kem Cho?

Every Diwali brings lots of Joy, Happiness and sweet memories of my childhood....Every Diwali I tell my children how we siblings used to enjoy those days with lots food , new clothes and of course Fireworks !!!!! Here in UK we do have a great celebration of Diwali, but you still miss India....! In those unforgettable memories for me  food always comes first...I do try and keep Diwali very very traditional here too...Used to make so many sweets and savouries but now days keeping our health in mind I do take it easy.... not making so many rich and sweet dishes...However I can't resist making this Crunchy, Sweet , Spicy and Sour Chivda or Chevdo....My mum used to make this chivda and I remember even after Diwali we used to munch for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner..:)....After getting married  I tried so many times I made this one and it is all time big hit in my family...



So what is Chivda?
Chivda is a crunchy, salty Indian snack mix based on flattened rice...


There are many different takes on what to added to the flattened rice..Some recipes call for thick flattened rice, some for thin. Some recipes omit the rice entirely, and base it on cornflakes...

One from the Gujarat area might include Sugar, nuts, dried fruits, and fried potato straws, as well as spices such as turmeric, coriander, cumin and asafoetida.Another version uses mustard seed, curry seed, dried chiles, peanuts, and curry leaves.



You will need :-
  • 200 g Sprouted Green Moong Beans
  • 100 g Moth ( Matki ) Brown Beans
  • 100 g Cornflakes Chivda (Raw)..please dont use CORNFLAKES CEREAL....you can buy this cornflakes in any Indian store
  • 75 g Peanuts Unsalted
  • 75 g Cashewnuts
  • 100 g Almonds
  • 50 g Sultanas
  • 100 g  Thin Sev (Spicy Noodles)...you can make at home or buy from store ( I made at home )
  • Few springs curry leaves washed
  • 5-6 green Chillies ( Chopped )
  • 3-4 tbsp caster sugar (adjust your liking)
  • 1 tsp crushed citric acid ( LIMBU NA PHOOL)
  • Salt to taste
  • Garam Masala, Red chilly powder and CHAAT MASALA ( according to your taste)
  • Oil to deep fry


Mehod:-
First Heat oil in a deep fry pan on a medium heat. When oil is ready to fry add beans in a round Sieve and fry them untill they are crunchy...(make sure you keep stiring to cook evenly) about 3-4 minutes. Now fry cornflakes same way..but cornflakes will puff immediately. Drain the oil from cornflakes with the help of a sieve and put it over tissue paper ..Fry all cornflakes let the tissue paper soak extra oil from them.

keep mixing these stuff in a big plate or bowl...On a slow heat now fry peanuts and almonds....add these stuff in bowl too...Turn the heat off and fry curry leaves and curry patta. Now add all the remaining stuff to cornflakes and beans.  Mix really well...When cooled keep it in an air tight containers.




Enjoy as much as My family did...

Monday, 8 November 2010

Almond ( BADAM ) Halwa !

Made this Almond Halwa for Diwali..One of my favourite dessert...In taste it's rich sumptuous and mouth watering delicacy...!

You will need:-
  • 1 cup Ground Almonds ( I buy readymade packets ) yes too lazy to soak, peel and grind :)..but if it's not available in your area please soak almonds, peel and grind to a semolina consistency.
  • 3 cup Milk 
  • 1/2 cup Milk powder
  • 4-5 tbsp Sugar or according to your taste
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • Saffron threads

Method :-
Mix little water into almonds.  Make a thick paste. Mix milk powder, sugar, and saffron in a milk.  Heat ghee in a non stick pan and fry the paste 10-12 minutes.  add milk into the almond paste and keep stirring about 25-30 minutes till halwa comes togther as a single mass.  please be careful it doesn't stick at the bottom of the pan.  Switch of the heat..Ready to serve hot or cold..I love both !



Sending this to Mina's event Complete My Thali - Sweets ( MITHAI) started by me

Friday, 5 November 2010

JOYFUL DIWALI - FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS !!

May the joy, cheer,

Mirth and merriment

Of this divine festival

Surround you forever.

May the happiness,

That this season brings

Brighten your life

And, hope the year

Brings you luck and

Fulfills all your dearest dreams!

Happy deepavali




Thursday, 4 November 2010

Joy of Simplicity and Real Winner - Lapsi ~ Broken Wheat Sweet ! Kem Cho?

Hi Friends !

Hope you all had a lovely DHANTERAS !

Dhanteras marks the first day of five-days-long Diwali Festival. Dhanteras Festival, also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantari Triodasi, falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/November). In the word Dhanteras, "Dhan" stands for wealth. On Dhanteras Goddess Laxmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. Hence Dhan Teras holds a lot more significance for the business community.



Dhanteras is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. "Lakshmi-Puja" is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans ir devotional songs- in praise of Goddess Laxmi are sung and "Naivedya" of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya. ( Source : diwalifestival.org )

In Gujarat on this festive day which is Dhanteras most households  make Lapsi ( Sweet ) as a good luck measure for the coming year...it's very old tradition, which is being going through family generation...Lapsi is a Gujarati sweet dish.. It is easy to prepare and is usually made using broken wheat also call it Fada Lapsi...if you try to make traditional way takes lots of time..which I don't have..I do have shortcut in mind which brings equally good results, to save a lot of time I use the pressure Cooker simple as that...



You will need :-
  • 1 cup Broken Wheat ( lapsi )
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • A few strands of saffron.
  •  green cardamom powdered 
  •  A handful of almonds flakes & chopped pistachios, mixed
  • A handful of raisins and cashew nuts
  • few Cinnamon sticks


Method :-
Heat ghee in a pressure cooker and add Cinnamon sticks, cashew nuts and raisins.. fry few seconds and add wheat..roast for few minutes or till light brown..now add hot water and close the lid..after 3 whistles let the pressure cooker cool down.  open the lead and add the sugar..let it cook till sugar water goes away..mix well...turn the heat off and garnish with almonds and chopped pistachios...Serve warm or cold...

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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Joy of Simplicity and Real Winner ~No Egg - No Bake PassionFruit Cheescake !




With the joy of Navratri and Diwali festivals also comes the JOY OF DUSTING and CLEANING...it would be my Joy if I could escape from the dusting and cleaning the house...although I've a people who does this job for me..! but as you all know having nice thoroughly clean house at the end of it...makes it all JOYOUS...:)....


Although on one hand cleaning was going on,...I didn't leave my favourite Joy which is cooking ,when I saw a packet of Passionfruit sitting around..... this is what I conjured up in my mind....A No Egg, No Bake Passion fruit Cheesecake for my kids...bringing the kids in is an excuse, really it's me who fallen in love with cheesecake and now I love immensely ....;P....I can imagine myself in Sunset at a tropical irland , with candle light dinner,  relishing this chilled delight..( wish DH is reading this ) ;P

 It's a Very Quick, Simple yet elegant and easy enough to whip up as a last minute pudding........will make your mouth water..........



You will Need :-

150g ginger nut and Digestive biscuits


40g melted butter

300g Mascarpone cheese

150ml whipping cream

2 tbsp icing sugar

6 passion fruits

Method :-
Crush biscuits in a mixer and mix with  melted butter and  in a bowl. Spoon into 6 tumblers or bowls and chill in the fridge to firm up.  In a bowl, mix cheese whipped cream, icing sugar and the pulp from 6 passion fruit, reserving a little to decorate. Spoon on top of the biscuit base and decorate with the reserved passion fruit pulp. Chill until ready to serve. ( ready in less than 45 minutes and Real winner )...Enjoy as much as my family did...

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