QUICKEST CURRIED PRAWN PASTA


This pasta has less ingredients ,and less time in making too.Not the usual pasta ingredients…

Good for lunch boxes ,and quick fix food.

I’m moving on to the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

200-250 gm cooked pasta ( reserve 1/4 cup of the drained water)

10 red chillies

1 tblsp. ginger -garlic paste

1 tblsp vinegar

1 tsp.kashmiri chilli powder(for the color)

100 gm prawns

1 big leeks/ spring onions chopped

1/4 cup cauliflower chopped fine or cabbage

1 green chilli chopped

2 tblsp.butter

1 tblsp red wine vinegar/ plain vinegar

Salt to taste

METHOD

Grind the bold listed coarsely and set aside.

Heat the butter,and add the prawns and sauté till it changes color

Next add the chilli paste and cook for further 2-3 minutes

Add the chopped leeks,cauliflower,and the chillies and mix well.

Add cooked pasta and the water ( drained water)

Add the wine vinegar ,mix well and remove from fire.

Garnish with parsley or coriander leaves if you like.

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GINGER ‘N’ RADISH CHUTNEY


Both these root vegetables are nature’s gift to us.Ginger has been used in early times till date in all forms of traditional medicines.It is a good remedy for nausea,common cold,coughs,joint pains (taken internally or applied externally ).Ginger is considered good for diabetics,mixed with radish and taken as a juice helps to regulate sugar levels.Please do find more about its benefits and enjoy the benefits.

An outline on the benefits of radish -It is good for kidney stones,skin,intestinal worms,rebuilding tissues ,heart diseases .Radish can also relieve congestion,and prevent respiratory problems.This is only an outline,so please do search about it benefits.

Now for the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

1 big radish cut into small pieces

2 tblsp peeled ginger strips.

1 piece Kokum(kodumpuli or Goraka) or tamarind

2-3 dates

1/4 tsp.pepper

1-2 tsp chilli powder

Salt to taste.

2 tsp oil

1/4 cup roasted gram / peanuts

METHOD

Heat oil and sauté the radish pieces till you see the edges turning brown.Add the kokum

and sauté for 1 minute.Add all to blender and grind to a thick chutney.

Serve with Iddli,dosai,rice or any roti .

CLICK on for radish and carrot chutney RACATO CHUTNEY

CARAMEL ‘N’CHOCOLATE NO BAKE CHEESECAKE


Caramel and chocolate is a ‘wow’ combination in desserts.Whether it is a cake,pudding,

or ice-cream or any sweet,this combination is to drool for.Hope you all agree with me …

Anyway,let me get into the recipe now .The crust is the basic digestive biscuit crust.You can

opt for mixed nuts crust,or any biscuits of your choice.This cheesecake is caramel

based ,made with brown sugar.The topping is a gelatine based chocolate.

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

1 cup digestive biscuits

25 gm butter

2 tblsp.sugar (brown or white)

Mix all the ingredients in a processor,and press on a spring form pan or pie dish evenly.Cover

and put into the fridge till you prepare the filling.

Option -You can bake this crust for 15 minutes,if you like.

For the filling

200gm cream cheese or cottage cheese (room temperature)

100 gm brown sugar

1 sachet gelatine (4 tsps)

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup thick warm milk

1/2 tsp vanilla/ caramel essence

1 cup cream ( lightly whipped)

3 egg yolks

3 egg whites

Method

Soak the gelatine in 1/4 cup water .Allow it to bloom.

Beat egg yolks and the sugar,and milk and cook on a low flame till slightly thick.

Melt the gelatine over a cup of boiling water,and pour the gelatine into the egg yolk

mixture,and heat till gelatine melts on a low flame.

Beat the cream cheese till it’s creamy .

Mix in the whipped cream,and the egg yolk mixture.

Beat egg whites stiff and to cream cheese mixture.

Pour into prepared crust and chill in fridge till set

For the topping

100 gm dark /milk chocolate

2 tsp gelatine

1/4 cup hot water

1/4 cup cream

Heat cream and chocolate in a Bain Marie (double boiler).

Mix gelatine in hot water till no granules are seen.

Mix into the chocolate mix,and mix well.

When well blended pour over set cheese cake and chill.

Decorate with nuts or chocolate.

Note: Always cover the cheesecake pan bottom with a cling film or foil to avoid liquid seeping out.

ORANGE N HORSE GRAM RASAM


Rainy days,monsoon times call for comfort foods like hot steaming rasam with rice ….I

thought to share with you all today an awesome orange rasam recipe loaded with

Vitamin C.

I used the tropical Kamala orange,you can use any orange.This is a combination with

horsegram which is good for fat loss,and a good source of energy.Horsegram rasam is

considered to be a good remedy for cough and colds too.It is also a good relief for those

with arthritis….and many more benefits if you search.So let’s move on to this simple and

easy recipe.

INGREDIENTS

Extract of one orange

1 tblsp.peppercorns

2 tblsp.horsegram or Kollu

1 tsp cummin seeds

1 tsp.coriander seeds

8-9 pips of garlic

1 -2 dry chillies

1/2 a tomato

1/4 tsp.asafoetida

Curry leaves

1/4 tsp.turmeric

light tamarind water 2-3 cups

salt to taste.

1/4 tsp.mustard

1/4 tsp.methi

2 red chillies

2 tsp.oil

METHOD

Grind the bold listed coarsely and set aside.

Heat oil ,add asafoetida,curry leaves,mustard,chillies,and methi and sauté for a minute.

Next add the ground mixture and sauté for a further two minutes.Add 1/2 cup water and

boil for 5-10 minutes.Next Add tamarind water and allow to reach a boil.Add salt to

taste.Add orange juice and remove from fire.Serve hot with plain or steamed rice.

HORSE GRAM LIME RASAM- click on for lime and horsegram rasam

SQUID MASALA


This masala can be served with any type of rice and rotis.The masala is prepared and ground

first,and then the squid is added.This is a spicy dish with a sway,towards chettinadu cuisine.

Let’s get into the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

500 gm squid(cleaned )

For the masala

2-3 big onions cut into quarters

5-6 pips garlic (with peel on)

7-10 red chillies

1+1/2 tblsp coriander seeds

2 tsp.cummin seeds

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

1 tsp.peppercorns

1 tsp.saunf

1/4 cup coconut

1 tblsp.white poppy seeds(khus khus)

1 inch piece cinnamon

2 cardamons

3 cloves

1 mace

2 tomatoes cut

Curry leaves

2-3 tblsp gingelly oil

1/4 cup tamarind water

1 tsp.sugar or jaggery

METHOD

Heat half of the oil.First add the onions and sauté till brown.Next add the rest of the

ingredients,except for the bold listed and roast till you see the fenugreek or the methi in it

turns golden brown and not burnt ( otherwise it will be bitter).Saute the tomatoes slightly in

the same pan and add to mixture and grind to a paste.

Heat the remaining oil ,add curry leaves and the masala and cook till it is thick.(If it turns

watery you could add a tblsp.of rice flour).Once it starts to thicken ,add tamarind water and

the cleaned squid and cook till thick and squid is done.Add sugar or jaggery and remove from

fire.

Garnish with curry leaves.

MANGO PULAO


I have posted before the traditional mango rice.This mango rice has a different

flavour,and is prepared with fine cubed raw mango.

Dwelling on the health benefits of this sour treat is,that it helps in weight loss,builds up

energy,prevents sunstroke ,treats blood disorders (rich in vitaminC),constipation ,liver

disordersand many more.Diabetics can take it with yoghurt to control sugar levels.

Constipation can be treated with raw mango with salt,pepper and honey.It is also a body

Coolant,and a good summer treat.Moving on to the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS

1 big raw mango chopped

4-5 green chillies

2 tblsp white khus khus(poppy seeds)

3 tblsp coconut

1 tsp saunf

Curry leaves/ mint leaves

1 inch piece ginger chopped

Cashews ( optional)

250 gm basmati rice / any pulao rice soaked for 10 minutes

Small piece of cinnamon,

2 cloves

Salt to taste.

Ghee or oil 3 tblsp

METHOD

Grind to a paste the bold listed ingredients

Heat oil in a thick bottomed vessel.Add ginger,whole spices,and the cut mango and sauté

for a minute.Next add the soaked and drained rice and cook for another minute.Add the

ground paste,and mix well.Add warm water 1 inch above rice level.Add salt to

taste.Cover and cook on a very slow flame for 10- 15 minutes or till done.Garnish with

fried cashewnuts if you like.

Serve with any curry ,raita,mint chutney.

MANGO RICE-click for mango rice

EGG PITTU/PORIYAL


This is scrambled egg with coconut ,a good side dish for rice ,and rotis.Good for savoury

pancakes too.

To the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

5-6 eggs beaten

1/2 tsp turmeric

3-4 green chillies chopped fine

2 pips garlic chopped fine

Pepper and salt to taste

1/2 -3/4 cup coconut.

1 tblsp.butter

Few curry leaves

METHOD

Heat butter,add garlic ,green chillies and the beaten egg with turmeric and salt andscramble.

Don’t add coconut when the egg is watery.Allow it to scramble and then add coconut .Add

pepper and remove from fire.

TANDOORI FISH BIRIYANI


Fish biriyani made with tandoori masala and tandoori fish.What I have observed mostly is

when it is sea food it has to have that methi taste .As tandoori masala has the fenugreek or

methi included ,I think this is best when tried with fish.The fish has to be partly fried,deep

fried or grilled .Fish best suited will be seer,Sea bass(Kodava),tuna or any filleted fish.

For the recipe now…..

INGREDIENTS

500 gm boneless fish cubes

2 big onions sliced

1 big tomato

1 lime

4-5 green chillies slit

Curry leaves

Whole spices(1 inch cinnamon,6-7 cloves,2 star anise,3 cardamons)

1 tsp saunf

2 tblsp ginger -garlic paste

1 tblsp garam masala or biryani masala powder

1 tblsp red chilli powder

1/2 tblsp coriander powder

1 tsp.cummin powder+ methi powder(dry roast and powder)

3 tblsp kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves

Ghee and oil 1/4 cup.

1 cup curd

Salt to taste.

Method

To marinade the fish

1 tblsp chillie powder

3 tblsp.curd

1 tblsp lime juice.

1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder ( optional)

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 tsp cummin powder

Salt to taste

Few kasuri methi leaves

Mix all ingredients to a paste and marinade the fish in it for 10-15 minutes.Deep fry,or grill

and set aside.

To make the biriyani gravy

Heat the ghee and oil ,and add the whole spices ,add sauté onions till brown.Next add the

green chillies ,and when it changes color,add salt,tomato,ginger garlic paste ,and rest of the

ingredients except for methi-cummin powder,and methi leaves( to be added last).When the

oil separates ,add 1/4 cup water.After a minute add the fish and cook on a very slow flame for

10 minutes.Add mint leaves,and the rest of the ingredients.Cook for a minute and remove

from fire.

To prepare the rice

750 gm basmati rice

2 bay leaves

2 tsp peppercorns

1 tblsp saunf

1 tblsp chopped pieces of ginger

Salt to taste

Heat water,add the spices and the rice and cook till 3/4th done.Drain off the water ,leave 1/2

cup water with the rice.Transfer half of the cooked rice to another vessel.and spread half of

the fish curry.

Next add the remaining rice,and on top of that spread the curry.

Heat a spoon of ghee and pour on top.Cover and cook with a weight on top of the cover .Cook

on a very low flame (dum) for 10- 15 minutes.

You could garnish with fried onions ,cashewnuts if you like.

Serve with mint chutney,raita……and your choices.

ALMOND ‘N’ BANANA LOAF CAKE


This is a recipe which I got from a friend,…soft and awesome.As usual,I would like to share

this with you all.This time it is with Red bananas.To point out the benefits it’s rich content

of beta-carotene,B6,VitaminD help with the metabolism of red blood cells and protein.They

release sugar slowly and keep your energy levels up.It is best to have this red banana before

your coffee or in the mornings.Potassium in It prevents the formation of kidney stones,

strengthens the immune system and compared to other bananas it is low on calories.It is a

good food for the formation of haemoglobin.So there are many benefits that nature has

provided for us ,which we have to find and enjoy the benefits.I think I shall move on to the

recipe now..

INGREDIENTS

100gm butter

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

3 cups flour

1 cup milk

3 bananas

2 tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp almond essence

1/2 cup sliced or crushed almonds

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp.baking powder

1/4 tsp salt.

METHOD

Beat the butter well ,add the sugar and beat well till light and creamy.

Add the eggs one by one ,then the mashed bananas,and the milk .Beat till well blended with

the essences.

Sieve the flour and the baking powder ,baking soda,salt together.

Fold into the batter with the nuts.Grease or line a baking tray or loaf tin with parchment

paper or butter paper.

Bake in a moderate oven for 30-40 minutes or till done.(180 degrees)

GREEN GRAM,RED RICE,ALMOND LADDU


This laddu is one healthy sweet,loaded with protein and nutrients.Consumption of red rice

aids in the reduction of inflammation,allergy,lowering cholesterol strengthens bones ….and

many more if listed under health benefits.Consumption of red rice,black rice are hardly

used nowadays.A small percentage maybe consuming now ,due to diet changes because of

diseases,and the need for remedy to curb down the affects.Another percentage may be due to

the re-birth of the organic era .Anyway the underlined fact is these type of rices are healthy

and I think these type of food have to be introduced in a form that is welcome in each one’s

home.These rices are also used in making halwas,dodol,porridge,laddu,payasam,kheer,and

many more breakfast dishes .I tried this with the combination of moong and almond.People

who don’t like sugar,may add jaggery,or palm candy.In this recipe I have used powdered

sugar (boora).So do try and send in your comments.

For the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole green gram (moong)

1/2 cup red rice/ black rice

1/4 cup almonds

3/4 cup powdered sugar

A pinch of salt

1/4 tsp.nutmeg

1 tblsp.edible gum(Badam or almond pisin)

3-4 tblsp ghee

1/4 tsp elaichi or cardamon powder

METHOD

Heat ghee.Add the green gram first and roast till light brown.Next add rice and the almonds

and roast till moong is golden brown.Remove or shove the contents to the corner of the

pan ,and add the edible gum (it will swell and turn white).Remove from fire.After it is warm

powder it fine,add the powdered sugar,nutmeg powder,cardamon powder,and make

laddoos.If you like you can add more ghee when binding.