SWEET POTATO BURFI


Sweet potato known for its health benefits

should be included in your diet.

The present scenario in lifestyle,is innovating

recipes with yams like this ,which were

consumed boiled with or without coconut

in early days .

As my kid’s favourites are not sweet potatoes or

any yams,I lay it on the breakfast table ,as an

option and…the result will be untouched. So, I

convert this type of food into tarts , chips , or

make it as a side dish.

Today I’m going to share with you a burfi with

this yam with lots of coconut.Yum Yam burfi!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup boiled,peeled,mashed sweet potato

3 cups grated coconut

2-3 tblsp semolina

1 tblsp gram flour

1 cup sugar

A pinch of salt

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder

1/4 cup powdered cashews

Few cashewnuts

3 tblsp ghee

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

50-75 gm mawa / khova

METHOD

First heat half of the ghee, and roast the rawa

and gram flour for 3-4 minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients, and keep

mixing till everything turns out to one lump.

Flatten on a greased plate and cut into desired

shapes.

I’m not a fan of condensed milk ,but as an

option you could use condensed milk.

MANGO CHUTNEY -2 versions


This is my favourite mango chutney,addictive

and well to go with any rice.

Raw mango pieces mixed with dates,vinegar

and chilli is indeed a finger licking dish!Mostly

seen in Sri Lankan cuisines if,cooked in clay

pots enhances the taste.

To the recipe now…

INGREDIENTS

2 raw mangoes ( opting to peel the mango is

your choice)

2 tblsp date syrup ( you can soak little dates

in hot water and grind)*

1 tblsp.chilli powder

Salt to taste

A few peppercorns

Curry leaves,rampe( pandan )

1/4 cup vinegar

1 tblsp oil

Few garlic cloves ( optional)

METHOD

Heat oil ,add the raw mangoes,salt,and the rest

of the ingredients and slow cook till mango is

tender.You can add a little water if you

like.Cook till thick.This can be stored for a few

days

*You could add sugar or jaggery instead of date

Syrup.

The same recipe I tried with Apple and Mango.

Photo -👇Apple and mango chutney

Apple and mango chutney!

SPICED BUTTERMILK RICE


Buttermilk or ‘moar‘kolambu rice . Excuse me

for the spelling … if written as ‘more‘I thought I

will not be able to title as a dish ,then I thought

‘Morr‘it sounded like a cat . So,even though I

think I delivered it right,it may not seem right

to some, so do overlook the error ( does it

matter?)😂.Busy moms will like this dish with

pickle and papadams . Lunch box category.

This is a dish made with buttermilk , spiced

and mixed into the rice.

Northern India make it different from

Southerners ( I will be giving both versions)

Now.. to the simple and quick dish !

INGREDIENTS

2-3 cups cooked rice

1.5 thick curd

Grind to a paste

2 green/ red chillies

1 tblsp tuvar dal soaked

1 tsp raw rice soaked

3 tblsp coconut gratings

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

For tempering

2 tbsp ghee/oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Few peanuts/ gram dal/cashew nuts

2 red chillies

Curry leaves

A pinch of asafoetida

1/2 tsp chopped ginger

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat oil, and add the ingredients for tempering

Next add the ground paste with salt,and sauté

for 2-3 minutes .

Add 1/2 cup water and allow to boil .

Simultaneously, beat curd and to the mixture.

Switch off the flame. Add the cooked rice and

stir lightly.

Northern India ( Kadhi)

This has no paste to grind ,you have to mix 1

tbsp. of gram dal flour,a tsp of sugar with curd

and temper like the above recipe.

Send in you comments and suggestions!

CHEESE ‘N’SPINACH WHEAT FLOUR BUNS


Buns for a meal is comfort food .Less hassle in

serving and eating it too….. I used cream

cheese and cheddar cheese ( unprocessed),but

if you want more richer flowing cheese ,do use

Mozzarella cheese.

The filling is only a mix in a bowl,so it’s easy

and quick to make .

One healthy point I would like to highlight :

Please do not use processed cheese.

INGREDIENTS

4 cups wheat flour

1/2 cup all purpose flour ( optional)

2 tsp rapid rise yeast / dry yeast

1/2 cup lukewarm water

2 tsp sugar

1 egg

2-3 tblsp olive oil

1 tsp salt.

METHOD

First mix yeast ,sugar and warm water together

Once you see it has risen to a bubbly mix,only

then mix in the ingredients,except oil .

Mix well to bind to a soft sticky dough ( use

warm water to bind).

Now add the olive oil ,and knead for (10

minutes in mixer,15-20 minutes if you are

mixing by hand). Cover and set aside to rise

double.

After the rise,punch the dough down,and

lightly knead for 5 minutes .Cover and start

making the filling.

For the filling

Any cheese you like.

A bunch of Palak/spinach leaves cut.

2 green chillies chopped fine ( I used pickled

green chillies )

A little grated nutmeg

Pepper and salt to your taste.

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder. ( optional)

Method

Mix all the ingredients together and use as

filling.

Divide portions of the dough.Roll lightly and

keep filling and make your desired shape and

style.

Brush the tops with beaten egg yolk

Bake at 200C for 20 minutes!

CHICKEN CUTLETS


Chicken cutlets or any cutlets is any time

favourite to all.

You can serve cutlets with any cuisines of the

world.

This time I mixed some sesame seeds with

breadcrumbs for coating.

I used leeks for onions ( forgot to cut and take

photo).You can use spring onions too.The

aroma and taste of these greens bring out a

nice flavour.

So do try this recipe and post in your comments

INGREDIENTS

250 gm boiled chicken ( shredded)

125 gm boiled and peeled potato ( mashed

light)

leeks or spring onions finely cut

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

3-4 green chillies ( finely chopped)

Pepper powder ( to your taste)

1 tsp.cummin seed powder

1/2 tsp.garam masala powder ( I use my mom’s

spice powder recipe uploaded)

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1 tomato

Lime to taste

A little breadcrumbs

salt to taste

1-2 tblsp.butter/oil

Breadcrumbs ( enough to coat)

1-2 beaten eggs ( you could mix a little flour in water and dip in batter if you don’t like eggs)

METHOD

Heat butter and add the tomatoes,ginger-garlic

salt and sauté till tomato is soft .

Add leeks ,green chillies,boiled chicken,rest of

the spices and boiled potato and mix well.

Remove from fire,add lime juice and a handful

of breadcrumbs and bind.

Divide portions and shape into balls.

Dip in beaten egg and coat with fine

breadcrumbs mixed with sesame seeds and fry

STRAWBERRY-CHOCOLATE MALLOW MOUSSE ( EGGLESS)


There were few strawberries,and some already

whipped cream in the fridge , and my mind

was set to make a mousse.

Paused for a moment,and changed plans,to

create a fusion.Eggless marshmallow + mousse

turned out to be too awesome!

The texture and the taste was too good,so do try

this recipe and post in your valuable comments

INGREDIENTS

For strawberry layer

I sachet gelatine (3 tsp.gelatine)

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

100 ml sweetened whipped cream

1/4 cup strawberry sweetened purée

Few strawberries sliced

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Soak the gelatine till it swells.

Make sugar syrup with water and sugar till

thick .

Beat the bloomed gelatine ( preferably in a

stand mixer,as it will take time -20 minutes)

Add the hot sugar syrup little by little ,and keep

beating till you get a white and fluffy mixture.

Fold in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Pour into moulds of your choice and allow to

set.

For the chocolate layer

The same gelatine sugar syrup process ( I made

half of the strawberry quantity).

Add 1 tblsp cocoa powder,a pinch of salt to the

hot sugar syrup

before pouring to beat.( you could add good

quality chocolate too).

After the beating to a fluff,pour over set

strawberry layer .

Topping

Heat a little cream add to chocolate and pour

over , or drizzle chocolate .

It tastes better than marshmallow pudding

with egg.

So,do try this spongy awesome dessert!

RIDGEGOURD CHUTNEY


Chutneys for dosa and iddli are a growing list.

It’s interesting to observe vegetables and fruit

chutneys,added to the breakfast plate even in

hotels.

The array of chutneys,with unique taste and

colour, triggers your appetite more and more.

Here’s a chutney like that which can be served

with iddli,dosas.

I have posted healthy chutneys before ,but this

recipe is made with a blend of iddli podi.

INGREDIENTS

1 ridgegourd ( peerkangai) peeled and chopped

2-3 kokum peels

Your favourite iddli podi ( I have posted iddli

podi recipe before).

Salt to taste.

1 tblsp oil

METHOD

Sauté the ridgegourd in oil till soft.

Grind together with the rest of the ingredients.

Serve with iddli or dosai.

MOONG-PALAK DOSAI


This is made from a mixture of iddli batter,

ground green gram,and spinach leaves.

Soft,tasty and healthy breakfast rich in protein!

To the green,green recipe now!

INGREDIENTS

1-2 cups iddli batter

1/2 cup green gram soaked for 10 minutes

A handful of Palak/spinach leaves

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder

2 green chillies

A small piece ginger( optional)

Salt to taste

METHOD

Grind the soaked green gram,green chillies,ginger

Spinach to a paste ,and mix into the iddli batter.

Mix well and pour into dosas.

Serve with chutneys of your choice!

If you prefer you could add onions and make dosa

PASSION FRUIT -PINEAPPLE CREAM CAKE


This cake is made with passion fruit sponge

layered with cream and pineapple jelly.

Passion fruit juice was included in the making

of the sponge.

Pineapple stewed and mixed with light gelatine

was used for layers with cream.

The pineapple -passion fruit combination was

excellent.

So,do try this combination and post in your

comments and suggestions!

INGREDIENTS ( for the sponge)

4 eggs ( separate whites from yolks)

A pinch of cream of tartar (optional)

1 cup sugar

1.5 cups flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup passion fruit juice

a pinch of salt

METHOD

Beat egg whites stiff, with cream of tartar.

Add sugar and egg yolks and beat till creamy

and sugar is dissolved.

Add passion fruit juice.

Fold in the flour ( mixed with baking powder)

till all the ingredients are well corporated.

Pour into a greased tray .

Bake at 180 C for 25-30 minutes.

Remove from oven (always switch off the

oven ,and remove cake after 5-10 minutes)

Allow to cool completely and cut into layers.

Syrup to moisten the cake ( 2 options)

1.Passion fruit juice

2. 1/4 cup water sweetened with sugar

Pineapple jelly

Remove the core from the pineapple.

Make into a pulp ,add sugar to taste .

Take 2 tsp of gelatine, add a little water and

allow to bloom.

Cook the pineapple till mushy,add gelatine and

stir on a slow fire.

Allow to set in the fridge . As I have used the

pulp without straining,the jelly will not be firm.

If you need a firm jelly , strain and use the

juice +3 tsp gelatine.

For the cream

200 ml Whipping cream

2-3 tbsp. powdered Sugar

Essence

Beat stiff and use on cake.

To assemble the cake

Moisten all the cut layers of the cake.

Arrange a layer of the jelly ,cover with cream

then another layer.

Likewise,repeat for next layer .

Cover the cake with cream , and use your skills

to decorate the top.

ROASTED SPICE CHICKEN


This chicken dish is a blend of roasted spices,

with kokum.Tangy in taste,best served with

yellow rice/plain rice/ghee rice /pulao.

The same recipe can be tried with meat.

Let’s get into the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

1 kg chicken / meat

1/2 cup grated coconut

1 tblsp raw rice

1 tblsp.chilli powder

1 tblsp.coriander powder

1/4 tsp pepper powder (optional)

Few curry leaves

1 tblsp vinegar

1/2 tsp cummin powder

1 onion sliced

2 green chillies

Few pieces of sliced ginger

1 piece rampe( pandan)

A small piece lemon grass

2-3 tblsp.oil

3 -4 pieces kokum (kodumpuli/garcinia

cambogia)

METHOD

Heat 1 tblsp oil , and roast the bold listed till

they turn dark brown.(the rice should have

browned).

Powder fine and set aside.

Soak the kokum pieces in hot water .

Heat the rest of the oil in a thick bottomed

pan,add cinnamon,cloves ,curry leaves,pandan,

and lemongrass.

Next,add the chicken and let it cook in its juices

till chicken changes color.

Now add the rest of the ingredients and cook

till thick and creamy .

The consistency depends on your preference.

Do try this recipe and send in your valued

comments!