UBE/RASAVALLI/PURPLE YAM PAYASAM


The purple yam is a starchy root vegetable loaded with vitamins, minerals,and antioxidants,beneficial to health.

Helps to reduce blood pressure and inflammation,rich in vitamin C,potassium..and many more benefits nature has to offer.So do

explore the health benefits.

A staple food of Philippines,but grown and used worldwide too.This yam is soft when cooked, and is used in savoury and sweet

dishes.

Today’s recipe is my mom’s sweet recipe, with my inclusions.To be clear my mom’s recipe contains only the yam with the rest of the

ingredients.

My version is with the addition of sago.Made this for Sunday breakfast,and the appreciates were on the highest level!

This has an amazing taste,and whenever I make this my thoughts ruminate on my mother.Whatever recipes you make new or

old, there is an accepted fact of a “Mother’s touch”and that taste is unique and cannot be compared or expressed!

To the recipe now….

INGREDIENTS

250 gm purple yam

1/2 cup fine sago (cooked separately )*

Sugar to your taste

1/2 tsp.salt

2 cups second extract of coconut milk

1 cup thick coconut (first extract )

a pinch of nutmeg

METHOD

Wash the yam first, then peel the skin,cut into small pieces, and wash again.

Next add water to immerse the yam with salt.Cook in a pressure pan for 2-3 whistles .(You can cook in a normal vessel till soft )

Now mash the cooked yam, add thin coconut milk, cooked sago, sugar and cook for 5-10 minutes.

Add nutmeg and the thick coconut milk.Remove from fire after 2 minutes and serve warm.

*You could slightly roast the sago and add to the yam while adding the thin extract of milk.Be sure that the sago is cooked before you add the thick milk.You can make this without sago too.

BREAD OMELETTE WITH CHEESE


Easy and wholesome breakfast !Of recent classified under ‘street food’ this sandwich is twisted and turned to make varieties of flavours with sauces and chutneys.

Well ,today’s recipe is egg and chives seasoned omelette,and grated cheese sandwiched together with chilli sauce .Food like this makes the change with chutneys and sauces.This one is the most simplest and filling for a good breakfast .

To the recipe (for 1 sandwich )

INGREDIENTS

3 slices bread

2 eggs

pepper and salt to taste

few chives /leeks/basil leaves finely chopped

grated cheese

any chilli sauce

Butter/oil

METHOD

Beat eggs with salt and pepper, add in the greens and pour the mixture in a wide pan.

Allow the egg to spread as we have to fold with the bread.

Keep 2 slices of bread one in line to the other.

Now fold in the cooked egg from all sides, and then flip one slice over the other to form like a parcel.

Add the chilli paste and grated cheese to the remaining slice, and place on the prepared sandwich .

Press and flip the cheese slice to the bottom and allow to lightly toast for a second .

Remove and cut.

Tip.Sandwiches like this can be cut into pieces, dipped in bajji batter and served as a snack

COCONUT MILK HALWA


This halwa is the recipe of Bombay halwa,but instead of water I have added coconut milk .I didn’t want to add any colour ,and wanted to have it’s natural graceful white.

I had pistachios to add to contrast look .The prompt to add rose petals on the top of the sweet was foiled by the rains and I had no entry to my terrace. So… if you are going to try,.. and love to add rose petals go ahead and add .The coconut milk should be thick and if you are using fresh coconut (I did use fresh )use only the first thick extract .I tried with only a cup as I was trying for the first time.You could use your calculations to make more.

To the recipe..

INGREDIENTS

1 cup thick coconut milk

3/4 -1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

3 tbsp cornflour mixed in a little water without lumps

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

5 tbsp ghee (adding more is your choice)

1/4 tsp salt

a few pistachios and watermelon seeds.

METHOD

Add water and sugar to a thick bottomed/non stick pan.

Once the sugar is melted and bubbling, add the cornflour mixture,and salt(lower the flame while adding).

Now, adjust the heat to medium heat and mix till you get a glassy look.

Add half of the ghee and the cardamon powder.

Add the coconut milk gradually, and mix till it becomes thick.

The correct consistency is when a spatula run in the middle of the mixture, you should be able to see the bottom of the pan.

Transfer into a greased mould and sprinkle nuts .

Allow to cool completely before cutting.

MOCHA- HAZELNUT CARAMEL PUDDING


This caramel pudding is made with a mix of coffee powder and cocoa powder and then caramel is poured over after the pudding is steamed.

The hazelnut trapped in the caramel gives an amazing taste .Hazelnut with chocolate is undoubtedly a divine combination and this

pudding with a mix of coffee taste was unique.

So…do try this recipe and post in your comments !

INGREDIENTS

2 cups milk

4 eggs

4 tbsp sugar or to taste

1 tsp coffee+1 tbsp cocoa powder mixed in little hot water

1 tsp hazelnut/coffee/vanilla essence

METHOD

Beat the eggs, sugar and essence together lightly.

Add the coffee-chocolate blend and mix.

Add milk and mix well.

Pour into a bowl.Cover and steam till it is set firm.

For the caramel

3 tbsp sugar

1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

2 tbsp water

a drop of lime juice

Heat the sugar and the water and cook till golden colour .Add the lime drop.

Spread the hazelnuts on top of the steamed pudding, and pour the caramel over .

Allow to set and serve.

Note :This pudding can be baked in a water bath.

KARPOORAVALLI /AJWAIN LEAF BAJJI


Karpooravalli/Omavalli (Tamil)or Ajwain leaf known for it’s health benefits is spread all over my terrace garden.

I use it in juices, and rasam,and I never knew that a bajji (fritters) could be made with this.

When I saw this recipe my thoughts on how the fragrance of the leaf will taste with a bajji,delayed my try on it.It so happened that the

leaves of the karpoorovalli plant in my patch looked amazingly big like a betel leaf.This attracted me to try this recipe.

Trust me the result proved me wrong, and the taste was complimented, and the leafy structure looked great !

So go ahead and try this healthy and tasty recipe as a side dish for a simple meal or as a snack.

To the recipe …

Karpooravalli leaves (Ajwain leaves)

For the batter

1 cup gram flour

2 tbsp rice flour

1 tbsp maida (plain flour)

1 tsp chilli powder

salt to taste

a pinch of asafoetida

1/4 tsp.baking soda

1/2-3/4 cup water

oil for frying

METHOD

Mix the ingredients listed for batter.

Heat oil, and take 2 tsp of oil from the heated oil, and pour into the batter and mix well.

Now dip each ajwain leaf and fry.

FRIED PINEAPPLE KESARI


This has an awesome flavour of pineapple.I have posted recipe for pineapple kesari before where ripe and crushed fruit was directly

added in the preparation.

In this new and innovated recipe I have added the pineapple pieces after it is slightly fried in ghee.This way the pineapple flavour is

predominant and the taste is fantastic.

So do give it a try and post in your comments and suggestions!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup roasted rawa (sooji, semolina,)

3/4 cup -1 cup sugar

1/2 cup chopped pineapple pieces

few cashewnuts and raisins

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1/2 tsp pineapple essence (optional )

1/2 cup ghee ( you could add more if you like )

1/4 tsp salt

1.5 cups water

a pinch of edible camphor (optional)

METHOD

Heat a little ghee first and roast the pineapple till you see the edges turning light brown.

Roast the nuts and set aside.

Add water in the same pan and allow a boil .Add the rawa into the boiling water with salt .

Lower the flame, cover and allow to cook.When you see the sooji swelled up ,add the rest of the ingredients .

The mixture will turn watery (as the sugar melts).Keep mixing till thick .

Add a little more ghee (1-2 tbsp)after removing from fire.

Note:The kesari tasted more good the next day !

HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE(Basic+variations)


This recipe is a no fail recipe ,so go ahead and get your hand blender or beater,and within minutes you would have a thick,creamy and tasty mayo.

I love the inclusion of mint mayonnaise in sandwiches like cucumber ,tomato ,egg…,, and the addition of mayonnaise in non vegan

food will complement with any combination.

Mayonnaise can be flavoured into herbal,spicy,nutty and countless variations . Using a little bit of imagination and innovation will

create a blast of flavours .

So no more buying mayonnaise,you can create your own flavours in the comfort of your home .

Using mustard and pepper powder is purely your choice . I’m giving you the recipe with 1 egg which will produce a teacup of

mayonnaise.You could use a little maths to increase the quantity 😊.

To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 egg

Oil ( 3 times the volume of egg )-vegetable oil/olive oil

2 tsp vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp mustard powder (optional)

1/2 tsp pepper powder(optional)

METHOD

Break the egg into a small bowl and mark the volume of the egg .

Measure 2.5 -3 (in the same cup you had the egg ).

Put all the ingredients into a bowl and blend till thick and creamy .

Variations

Mint-Grind a handful of mint leaves with minimal water/lime juice and add to the mayonnaise.

Basil-Same as Mint

Capsicum/Capers -Grind coarsely and add .

Roasted Garlic-Roast a few cloves of garlic in butter till brown and mince fine.

Nuts-Add coarsely ground nuts/Roasted nuts.

Green-You could grind 3-4 green chillies/or 1/2 of a capsicum

Boiled potato cubes +Pineapple

Thinly grated cabbage and carrot

I have given a few variations which could be used as dips,salads,added to wraps,sandwiches and served with fried food/starters.

The picture shows boiled egg mixed in mint mayonnaise for egg sandwiches.

Mayonnaise can be stored in the fridge provided there is leftover….do try and post your suggestions and comments!

PANEER KORMA-FRIED CHICKEN RICE


This is a recipe innovated from my kitchen, and the title says it all!

Yes it’s a paneer korma, cooked with rice..and fried chicken added when the rice is 3/4 done .This fusion of flavours was

really good and my family liked it.

The key ingredient is ghee … to make it clear the chicken has to be fried in ghee, and the rice has to be cooked with ghee.

You could try using butter too.

Now let’s move to the recipe..

INGREDIENTS

For the chicken

500 gm chicken

1 tbsp red chilli powder

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

salt to taste

juice of 1 lime

enough ghee for frying

Method

Marinade the chicken for 20 minutes, and fry in a shallow pan till golden brown .

Do not discard the remaining ghee (2-3 tbsp) to pour over the rice finally.

For the rice

250 gm basmati rice

100 gm paneer

2 onions chopped

1 heaped tbsp ginger garlic paste

2 slit green chillies

3 tomatoes (medium sized)

1/4 cup curd

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

1 tsp cardamon powder

whole spices (1 inch cinnamon,3-4 cloves,1 tsp fennel seeds )

few mint leaves

1 tsp sugar

3-4 tbsp ghee

Grind to a paste

2-3 green chillies

1/2 cup grated coconut

7-10 cashew nuts or almonds

METHOD

Heat ghee add the whole spices, onion and saute till onion is light brown.

Add the split green chillies, tomato,turmeric salt, ginger- garlic paste, chilli powder, garam masala and stir till tomatoes are soft.

Next add cut paneer and the rest of the ingredients .

Add the ground paste and the soaked rice.

Add water 1.5 inches above rice level and cook on a slow fire, till 3/4th done.

Add the fried chicken pieces on the top of the cooked rice .Pour the remaining ghee (from the fried chicken)

Add coriander leaves, cover and cook on a slow flame till done.

Serve with raita infused with mint and other accompaniments of your choice.

BEETROOT-BADAM COCONUT BURFI


Resuming after a while with a new and sweet recipe which is awesome in taste.Comparing to other recipes made with beetroot this

one tops it all!

Beetroot Katli sold by one organic store in Chennai,is the favourite of my family.An almond wrapped in this Katli mixture, shaped

like an almond,oval in shape are little wonders,addictive in taste.

Awed,inspired …by the sweet taste ,I tried my hand at this burfi with my innovation.

Now to a brief narrate…I boiled beetroot in excess for a salad,and bottled up the remaining in the fridge.Now.. this beetroot which

was in my mind to use for cosmetic purposes, became a sweet with combinations I never planned.

Melt in mouth, minutes to prepare, no skill required just a one pot stir to this wonderful addictive sweet ‘BEETROOT-BADAM-

COCONUT BURFI.’

To the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS

1 cup boiled and grated beetroot

1 cup powdered almonds

1 cup grated coconut

3/4 cup-1 cup sugar

1 tbsp ghee

a pinch of salt

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

a few pistachios (optional)

METHOD

Add all the ingredients to a thick bottomed pan. Keep stirring on medium flame till the mixture holds into one lump .

Grease a tray with a little ghee,flatten the mixture and allow to cool before you cut into shapes.

Variation:Cashewnuts can be used instead of Almonds .

NOTE

No water is required in the preparation .

CARROT CASHEW HALWA


This is excellent in taste and texture .Made with fresh carrot juice and lots of cashew.I have posted many delights with

carrot but this recipe tops it all.

The extracted juice is cooked in ghee till the raw smell of the juice is gone.This step is more important as the raw smell

will not give good results.

Next the rest of the ingredients are added and cooked to perfection .Nutritious sweet recipe worth the try!

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

Juice of 7-8 carrots (250 gm)

1 cup sugar or to taste

2 heaped tbsp of cornflour mixed in 1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup ghee (1/4 cup to cook the juice +rest to add later)

1/2 -3/4 cup cashew nuts

a pinch of edible camphor

1 tsp cardamon(elaichi)powder

1/4 tsp mace or nutmeg powder (optional)

METHOD

Heat half of the ghee and add the juice with salt and cook till the mixture bubbles well and raw smell is absent.

Next add sugar and cook till sugar is well dissolved .

Add the cornflour mixture and the rest of the ingredients and keep mixing till you see the bottom of the pan when the

spatula is slid through the mixture.

If needed you can add more ghee (the addition of ghee depends on the richness required )

Pour into a greased tray .Garnish with more cashew nuts if you like.

Allow to cool and then cut into desired shapes.

HAZELNUT UPSIDE DOWN BROWNIE


This is an awesome brownie recipe ,gooey inside and a treat to your taste buds.Makes you close your

eyes the minute you bite into this nutty, crunchy ,gooey brownie.

This time I thought of sprinkling the nuts at the bottom (like i used to make sweets and halwas with the

nuts under the sweet )and it was a success .

Chocolate recipes turn out good only if good quality chocolate is used.

So do try this recipe and post in your comments and suggestions.

INGREDIENTS

100 gm butter

75 gm sugar (half brown +half white)

1 heaped cup flour sifted with 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

50-75 gm chocolate

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp yoghurt/curd

100-150 gm hazelnuts (slightly crushed )

METHOD

Melt the chocolate, butter in a Bain-marie (double boiler) till butter is partially melted.

Now add the cocoa powder ,and remove from fire.

Whilst the mixture is hot ,mix well till well corporated.

Whisk the eggs,sugar and essence together till sugar dissolves .(In another bowl).

Now add the chocolate mixture gradually into the egg mixture .Add curd and mix well.

Fold in the flour little by little and mix.

Line a tray with parchment paper and grease the paper with butter.

Spread the hazelnuts at the bottom,and pour over the batter.

Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Cut into pieces after it is cooled (minimum 2 hours)

You could serve it without any adornment as it has a richness of its own.

If preferred you could serve with cream/ice cream/drizzle of chocolate.

RAW BANANA DELIGHTS (2 varieties)


Raw banana/valakkai is a kind of vegetable which can be included and made into many dishes like Avial,poriyal,milk

curries, salads,chips,kofta,sambhar….and the list will go on.

Today’s recipes have coconut as the main ingredient, but included and spiced in different methods.

One weekend we got Kerala meals, and there I saw this humble coconut spiced called the ‘Chammanthi’.(Kerala dish)

at the corner of the leaf, but the tastiest.

It was similar to the Srilankan ‘Pol sambol’which is my favourite.Sri Lankan symbol is of 2 varieties one with red chillies

POL SAMBOL (COCONUT SAMBOL)and the other with turmeric and green chillies with other ingredients (yet to post).

First I will give you the recipe for ..

CHAMANTHI VALAKKAI

2 raw bananas peeled, cut into cubes and boiled with a little salt and turmeric

2 tsp coconut oil

few mustard seeds

few curry leaves

For the chamanthi (coconut sambol)

1/2 coconut scrapings

4-5 small onions

3-4 green chillies

1/4 tsp pepper

juice of 1 lime

salt to taste

METHOD

Cook the cut banana with a little turmeric and salt till soft and remove from fire.

Make the coconut sambol by coarsely grinding the green chillies and onions (if you have a pound and pestle it will be still fine).

Add the coconut, salt and lime to taste.

Heat oil,add mustard and curry leaves.When the seeds start to splutter, add the cooked banana and switch off the

flame.

Add the coconut mixture and mix well and serve.

A good side dish to serve with rice and curry.

The next recipe is with steamed raw banana.

RAW BANANA PORIYAL

INGREDIENTS

2 raw bananas whole unpeeled

1 chopped onion

2 cloves garlic

2 green chillies chopped

1/2 -3/4 cup coconut gratings

1/2 tsp turmeic

1-2 tsp chilli flakes

salt to taste

For tempering

2-3 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cummin seeds

curry leaves

1/4 tsp asafoetida

METHOD

Steam or boil the raw bananas without peeling till cooked .

Slowly remove the peel, mash it lightly, and mix in the coconut, chilli flakes, turmeric and salt .

Heat oil ,add the ingredients for tempering and add the banana coconut mixture and stir well.

These two dishes are side dishes for rice and curry.

PINEAPPLE -CHOCOLATE CUSTARD PUDDING


This is like the pineapple gateau cake, and the only difference is that the chocolate icing is replaced by the chocolate

custard.There wasn’t much of a differance in taste.When an icing cake is made at home,i always try to minimise the

icing on the cake even if it’s homemade.I never buy ready made fondant or icing and this thick custard on the cake

was a satiating dessert.

The sponge layer was a pineapple flavour, lightly soaked in pineapple juice and custard for the layers.

To the recipe now…

For the sponge (I used only half of this cake)

4 egg yolks

4 egg whites

1 heaped cup flour mixed with 1 tsp baking powder

a pinch of salt

1 cup sugar

1 tsp pineapple essence

Method

Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt till light peaks form.

Add the sugar and yolks gradually and beat well (electric mixer )for 5 minutes .

Now fold in the flour,essence gradually and mix well.(do not beat at this stage)

Transfer batter into a greased cake tray and bake in a preheated 180C oven for 25-30 minutes.

To prepare the pineapple

1 medium sized pineapple peeled, cored and cut into small pieces

2-3 tbsp sugar

a small piece cinammon

a pinch of salt

1/8 cup water

Method

Cook the ingredients except the water for 2-3 minutes.

Add water and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Remove from fire and allow to cool.

For the chocolate custard

25 gm butter

3/4 cup sugar

2-3 cups milk

2 heaped tbsp cornflour

2 heaped tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

Method

Mix cornflour and cocoa powder in half cup milk (without lumps)and set aside.

Heat milk and sugar and once it reaches a boil ,add the cocoa mixture and keep stirring till it forms a thick custard.

Remove from fire.

Add butter and essence and mix well.

Allow to cool.

Assembling the pudding layers

Cut the sponge horizontally to fit the pudding bowl you are using.

Smear with pineapple juice and add half of the stewed pineapple.

Pour half of the custard over it.

Next place another layer of sponge on the custard and smear with pineapple juice and repeat process.

Top with stewed pineapple.

Keep in the refrigerator for some time and serve.

Link to pineapple gateauCHOCOLATE PINEAPPLE GATEAU

CHICKEN’N’CASHEW PAKODA


Pakoda or Pakora is an all time favourite snack of India.There are many varieties of pakodas sold in the streets of India.

Considered a street food there are amazing vegetarian and non vegetarian combinations of pakodas.

Today’s crunchy food recipe is one with chicken,cashewnuts and mint leaves.You can add peanuts to replace cashew.

Curry leaves can be used instead of mint,so go ahead with your favourite combinations and try this appetiser/snack.

Share your comments and suggestions…

INGREDIENTS

250 gm of chicken cut into thin strips

1 cup gram flour

1/4 cup rice flour

2 tsp hot butter/ghee/oil

3 cloves garlic chopped fine

1/4 cup broken cashew nuts/peanuts

2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp.turmeric powder (optional)

2 chopped green chillies

1 big onion chopped fine

1 tsp saunf(perumjeeragam)

few mint/curry leaves

water

salt to taste

oil for frying

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients by only sprinkling water .The mixture should be crumbly (not like a batter).

The correct texture will be when you are able to hold the mixture with you fingers.Minimal water will add to the

crunchiness.

Drop tiny portions in hot oil, and fry till golden brown.

Tip: If you want the crunchiness to stay longer ..half fry ,remove and fry till it’s golden brown.

GRILLED HALIBUT FISH


Halibut fish is one of the tastiest fish,and today’s recipe is a grilled recipe with pineapple.

The masala I used was the tandoori masala.This can be served with any dish,or as a starter.Full of flavours this recipe

has to tried compulsorily.Those who do not like pineapple can omit the fruit.

To the recipe now….

INGREDIENTS

500 gm fish fillets or slices

few pieces of pineapple

butter/or oil (2-3 tbsp)

few curry leaves

For the marinade

2 tsp Kashmiri chilli masala

2 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tbsp curd/yoghurt

juice of 1 lime

1 tsp.vinegar

2 tsp mustard oil (optional)

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1 tsp kasuri methi leaves (optional )

1/2 tsp pepper powder

salt to taste

METHOD

Marinade the fish for a minimum of 20 -30 minutes.

Heat a grill pan with the oil.Add curry leaves.

Place each slice on the grill, and grill on a medium flame.

If you are adding pineapple add with the fish slices.

Flip to the other side when one side is done to a golden colour.

Remove from fire and serve.

GRILLED GARLIC EGG


This is a very easy recipe made in just few minutes.A simple meal can be made special with this grilled egg.Few

ingredients and few minutes ,so go ahead and try this recipe and post in your comments !

INGREDIENTS (serves 3-4 )

8 hard boiled eggs

1 heaped tbsp chilli powder mixed with salt

1 tsp amchur powder

2-3 tbsp oil (preferably gingerly oil/sesame oil)

6-8 cloves unpeeled garlic crushed

curry leaves

METHOD

Cut the eggs in half very neatly, and carefully rub the chilli powder,amchur powder and salt on both sides.

Heat a grilling pan,and add the oil. Add the garlic and curry leaves.

Once you get the aroma of the garlic, place the eggs on one side and grill for just 3-4 minutes.

Carefully flip the other side of the egg and grill for another 3-4 minutes, and its done and ready to serve.

MUTTON-BADAM KORMA


This is a flavourful rich korma suited to serve with any dish like rotis or any type of rice.Blended with roasted

almonds,coconut,and coriander after cooking the meat tender with spices it brings out a splendid flavour.

Easy and quick method…so do try and post in your comments !

INGREDIENTS

500 gm meat

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp chilli powder

2 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp garam masala

10 almonds +1/2 cup coconut roasted lightly

3-4 green chillies

few coriander leaves

very light tamarind extract 1 cup

1-2 onions chopped

3 tbsp ghee +coconut oil

whole spices (cinnamon,clove,cardamon,1 black cardamon,1mace,)

METHOD

First add whole spices, chilli powder, coriander powder, tamarind extract, garam masala powderand meat into a

pressure cooker, and cook till meat is tender .(4-5 whistles).

Grind the almonds,coconut,green chilli, and coriander to a paste, and set aside.

Once the steam from the pressure has released on its own, heat oil in another pan and add the onions.

Once the onion turns brown add the cooked meat and the ground paste and cook till thick .