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Friday, July 29, 2011

Eggless Vanilla Chocochip Cake!!!

I prepared this for my son and Father in law birthday. Both of them like cakes a lot and it falls on the same date.

Vanilla Chocochip Cake was soft and yummy.

Wet Ingredients
Condensed milk -1/2 tin(Can use low fat too)
Butter - 3/4 cup
Vanilla Essence - 1 tspns
Milk - 1/2 cup
Warm Water -  as required.

Dry Ingredients
APF/Maida - 2 cups
Baking Soda - 1/2 tspn

Baking Powder - 1tspn

Preparation Method
Preheat oven to 200 C.
Melt butter in microwave for 10sec. In a wide bowl, add butter and mix all the wet ingredients by using a whisk or hand mixer slowly.

Seive all dry ingredients and mix it slowly to get a batter.
Add 1 to 2 tspns of choco chips
Grease or spread butter paper to 7 or 8 inch round baking dish. Pour the batter. Bake it for 45mins. Check with a fork or skewer when it comes out clean or bake it for 5 to 10 mins more.
Can also brush warm milk and allow it to cool.

You can do icing with Nutella spread. I did later for my son with Nutella.
Enjoy the Eggless Vanilla Chocochip Cake with coffee/Tea.
Preparation Method
This recipe is going to Only Baked Event by Harini and Pari.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tofu Masala!!!

Tofu is a cheese from Soya Milk. I tasted tofu for the first time and liked it. This is also good for people having cholestrol who cannot eat Paneer. This has no cholestrol.

Serves 2 persons
Silken Tofu - 100gms (at room temperature)
Onion - 1no
Tomato - 2nos
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tspn
Garam Masala - 1/2 tspn
Red chilli Powder - 1/2 tspn(As per your taste)
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Milk - 1/2 cup(Slim)
Kasoori Methi - a pinch
Olive Oil - 1/2 tspn
Sugar - a pinch(Optional)

Preparation Method
Chop onion and tomato into small pieces. Save around 1 tablespoon of each for later use.
Grind Onion, tomato, ginger garlic, turmeric powder, red chilli powder in a blender or mixer into fine paste with little water.
Heat a Kadai/wok, add oil, add onion, tomato and saute till its soft. 
Add the grounded mixture and allow it to boil.
Add garam masala, kasoori methi and mix well.
Add milk and allow it to boil. When its going to be thick.
Cut tofu into small pieces and add it. Just boil once and off the stove.

Serve it with hot chapathis or rotis.

Notes - You can use coriander leaves if you dont have kasoori methi.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dates Milkshake!!!

This is a simple milkshake prepared for my son, who sometimes doesnot eat food properly. This is combi of iron and calcium. This can be had by anyone with haemoglobin

Dates - 3 nos(Deseeded)
Milk - 1 cup (boiled and cooled)
Sugar/Honey - 1/2 tspn.

Preparation Method

Soak dates in 1/4 cup of warm milk for about 1/2 n hour. Then grind it in blender or mixie with sugar and milk. Transfer it to a tumbler/glass.

Serve it warm or chill.

Notes -  You can increase the no of dates according to the size of tumbler.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Carrot Thogayal/Chutney!!!

We usually make thogayal for Kootu rice as sidedish. Yesterday, I tried using carrot skin and carrots. It was very tasty and gave good colour. No one could make out until I told it was Carrot Thogayal:-) Last time I prepared Carrot Payasam and it was yummy.

Carrot skin/peel of 1 carrot.
Carrot - 1/2 cup(chopped)
Urad dal - 1/2 cup
Channa Dal -  1 tspn
Dry Red Chilli - 2 nos
Tamarind -a small piece
Fresh Grated Coconut - 2 tspns
Oil - 1/2 tspn

Preparation Method
Heat a Kadai, add 1/2 tspn oil, add dals and red chilli. Saute till dals are brown. Transfer it to plate.
In the same kadai, add few drops of oil, add carrot skin and carrot and saute for few mins. Transfer it to a plate and allow it to cool.
Grind these with tamarind, coconut and salt to a coarse paste by adding very little water.

This is a sidedish for any Kootu rice or a good combination for Steamed rice with gingely oil.

This recipe alongwith Carrot Payasam is going to Veggie/Fruit a month Carrot by Revathi and Priya. and CC Roti Pachadi/Chutney event by Sravani.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Aval Oats Dosai!!!

This is an easy and quick dosai, was thinking what to do with aval/poha/rice flakes. Took it to make Aval Upma and ended up with dosai. My family like it too.

Aval/Poha/Rice flakes - 3 cups (thin or thick)
Oats - 1 cup(I used quaker quick cook oats)
Green chilli - 1 no(As per your taste)
Rice flour - 2 table spoons

Oil - 1 tspn
Mustard - 1/4 tspn
Hing - 2 pinches
Jeera/Cumin - 1/2 tspn
Coriander/cilantro leaves chopped - 2 tspns

Preparation Method
Wash and rinse aval, leave it for few minutes.
Add oats, green chilli, water and grind to fine paste in a mixie or blender.
Now season the batter with the above ingredients.
Add rice flour and mix well without lumps. Add water if required.
Heat a tawa/skillet and pour the batter slowly. Do not spread, it will spread by itself. It will take sometime to cook. Wait and slowly turn around.
Put oil and steam both sides.

Soft and Crispy Aval Oats Dosai is ready. Serve hot with Coconut chutney or Molagai Podi.

Notes - If you have time you can mix and leave the batter for 1 to 2 hrs and then make dosas.

This recipe is going to Show me ur Dosa event by Divya.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Potato Paneer Peas Pulav!!!

Potato Paneer Peas Pulav is different and tasty variety rice. I tried this when I saw on TV, but its not exactly the same. I have made few changes. This is a rich rice with butter, oil and paneer. Good for kids.

Basmati Rice - 3 cups thats 1.5 alakku (Can use normal rice too)
Paneer cubes - 1 cup cubes(click here for homemade paneer recipe)
Green Peas - 1 cup(Fresh or Frozen)
Potato - 1no
Spices -Bay leaf/- 1no Cinnamon/Cloves/Cardamom - 2 nos each
Butter - 1 tspn
Oil - 3 tspns
Onion - 2 nos
Tomato - 1no
Curry leaves - few
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn(As per your taste)
Green chilli - 1 no
Ginger Garlic - 1 tspn chopped or you can grind with coconut.
Cashews - few
Coriander/Cilantro - 2 tspns for garnish Optional

For Grinding
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Cardamom/Elachi - 2 nos
Pepper - 8nos

Preparation Method
Heat a kadai, add butter and saute paneer slightly brown and keep aside.
Heat pressure cooker, add ghee, oil, cashews and spices. saute for 2 mins.
Now add onions and little salt, ginger, garlic, green chilli saute till brown. Then add tomato and saute.
Add the coconut paste and mix. Keep in low flame.
Add chopped potato and peas. Add little water and let it boil.
In a kadai, add little butter or ghee saute the basmati rice till you get good aroma.
Mix the rice with the rest of the ingredients in pressure cooker.
Add water about 5cups or if you want it soft 1 cup more.
Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and mix well. Check for salt. Add sauteed paneer.
Close the lid and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Off the stove and mix well.

Potato Paneer Peas Pulav is ready to serve.

You can serve with any Raitha or Paneer gravy.

This recipe is going for Healthy Lunchbox Ideas by Kalyani hosted by Jayashree.

Other recipes for the event.Mutter Paneer, Simple Paneer Peas Pulav, Paneer Bhurji and Palak Paneer

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Curry Podi/Powder!!!

As one of my blog reader has asked me for the recipes of podis. Am sharing the recipes.

Curry Podi/Powder is a very handy homemade masala powder. This can be used for any vegetable curry's. Its very flavourful. I make in small quantities and use it. This recipe is from my mother in law.

Dhaniya/Coriander seeds - 1 cup
Kadala Paruppu /Channa Dal- 1/2 cup
Dry Red Chilli - 1/2 cup or 10nos(As per your spice level increase or decrease)
Peringayam/Asafotida -  a small piece or 1/4tspn

Preparation Method
Dry roast all the ingredients one by one with a 1/2 tspn oil till its slightly brown.
Cool and grind it to a coarse powder.

Store it in an air tight container and for later use.

Notes - You can dry roast without oil for long use and if you are preparing in large quantity.

This multipurpose podi can be used in rice, sundal and curries. 
Check my recipes using this here. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Create n Carve ~Fruit and Vegetable Event Annoucement!!!

Hi Friends,

This month I am hosting Create n Carve event started by Nayna of Simplysensational Food who has wonderful recipes at her space. I would like to thank Nayna for giving the opportunity for hosting the event.

Inviting you all to participate in the event with your entries. Are you creative?

Do check out the tutorial link to start with carvings click here.

Rules for the event
1. Any number of fresh entries can be sent. Archived entries to be reposted, else will not be accepted. You can create n Carve Fruit and Vegetable from now till 31st July 2011.

Using fruit or vegetable  show a garnish  or carving you have created . You can  post instructions on how to create your garnish / carving although it is not compulsary. If you use an on line source or video to help you , please do not forget to link the source due to copyright reasons and of course to give full  credit to the owner.
You can use cookie cutters, knives, fancy garnish cutters, graters any tool to help you create your piece of art.You may send entries where you have used your garnish or carving  on a cooked dish but remember the main  emphasis should be to show the carving /creation.

2. Use of logo is compulsory.

3. The entry should be linked back to this event announcement and Nayna Events Page.

4. Format of entry
- Name

- Recipe name
- Recipe link
- Pic resized to 300 pixel

5. Non bloggers can also participate, by sending their entries  by email to with photograph.

6. Roundup will be posted in August.

So start carving and creating. Looking forward for your creations.

Thanks & Regards,


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