BAKED FISH PATTIES


This is like comfort food specially when served

at tea .This can be baked or fried,but I love the

baked patty.

The authentic shape of a patty is a semicircle ,

but it’s your choice of shape in the making. It

can be two circles joined or triangle ,rectangle

or square . But I love the fork markings on the

dough .

The filling can be anything of your choice,but

fish patties is something unique . You could try

with any seafood , minced meat …..

There are some foodies who don’t go beyond

rules. If people had rules to cuisines ,we would

have ,had limited recipes . Thanks to the

culinary world and it’s innovations, fusions in

food. We have numerous and awesome

biriyani variations and many more.. if you get

into detailed descriptions of food innovations

and fusioned food .

Well, there are some foodies who create junk

food in the name of innovation,and fusion food

and I’m not a supporter of that.

I love new innovations and recipes which do

not hinder health .

Now to today’s recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

2 cups flour

50 gm butter

1 egg

a little milk

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vinegar

METHOD

•Bind all together to make a soft dough ,and set

aside till you make the filling .

•Divide into portions . Roll out .Place filling.

•Make impressions with fork and seal the

edges.

•Brush the tops with egg yolk and bake in a

200Coven for 20 minutes.

You can make this beforehand,wrap with

cling film or foil and store in the fridge for

1-2 days .

For the fish filling

200-250 gm fish boiled in turmeric and salted

water (Remove bones and flake)

2-3 potatoes boiled and mashed lightly

1 bundle spring onions chopped fine

1 tomato

3-4 green chillies chopped

2-3 pips garlic chopped

1 tsp.pepper powder

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp.cummin seed powder

1/4 tsp.garam masala powder

juice of one lime

salt to taste

1-2 tblsp.oil /butter

METHOD

•Heat oil in a pan,add the garlic,cut spring

onions, tomato and saute for 2 minutes.

•Next add the flaked fish ,potato and rest of the

spices,and remove from fire.

•Add lime juice and salt to taste.

PRAWN ‘N’ BASIL FLAT BREAD


This is a bread flattened like a pizza,made with

semolina and flour .

Made a very sticky dough first,allowed a single

rise,and then added a little flour to only enable

handling of the dough.

Just spread the dough on the baking tray .

Though it looked uneven and rustic ,the bread

was soft .

Made the filling with sautéed garlic,prawns and

fresh basil leaves. ( I cut the prawns, but my

suggestion is to leave it whole ).

Made a white sauce mixed it with the prawns ,

and placed portions of soft cheese (quark) .

Sprinkled chilli flakes,mixed with apple cider

vinegar and olive oil before serving .

It was a lovely dinner ,easy off the table 😀.

So let’s get into the recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

1 cup semolina flour

2 cups flour

1.5 tsp instant yeast

2 tbsp sugar

A pinch of baking soda

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

METHOD

Set aside 1/2cup flour.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients with

lukewarm water to a sticky dough .

Allow 1 rise.

Add remaining flour and mix .

Divide into portions of your choice .( 1 made 2

big bases ). You can try mini bases too.


For the filling

Ingredients

250-300 gm cleaned and peeled prawns

1 capsicum chopped

2 big tomatoes chopped

1 small zucchini chopped

5-6 garlic cloves

2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

1 cup milk

2 tbsp flour

2 tbsp butter/oil

1/2 tsp pepper

100-200 gm Quark cheese or any of your choice

Method

Heat butter in a pan ,add the prawns chilli

powder and salt ,and sauté for 5 minutes.

Add basil leaves and garlic and mix well .

Add flour and mix well .

Gradually add milk with the rest of the

ingredients .

Once it starts to thicken remove from fire.

Now spread this filling on the prepared dough.

Bake in a preheated oven 200C for 20 minutes .

Remove from oven .

Spread chilli paste.

Serve!


For the paste

3-4 tbsp chilli flakes

1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar

1-2 tbsp olive oil

A little salt

Mix all ingredients together and apply lightly

on baked bases and serve.

PEAR’N’CHOCOLATE PUDDING


This is a pudding baked in a bath with pears

caramelised with brown sugar.

A milk pudding with a little cream,cocoa

powder and eggs .Simple but elegant dessert !

Do try this recipe and send in your feedback!

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup milk

1/2 cup cream

2 eggs

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar or to taste

1 tsp cornflour / custard powder

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

METHOD

•Add cornflour ,cocoa powder to a bowl and

pour milk gradually.

•Mix well without lumps.

•Beat eggs, sugar ,cream together lightly in

another bowl and add to the cocoa mixture.

•Add in the rest of the ingredients.

•Pour over prepared pears and bake in a water

bath for 30 minutes.

Note : You could steam this pudding too .If you are opting to steam , caramelise the sugar and pour over sliced pears .


Ingredients to caramelise

2 pears peeled cored and sliced

Brown sugar to sprinkle on the pears

1/2 tsp ginger powder to sprinkle

4-5 ramekins

Method

•Place the cut slices of pears on each

ramekin ,sprinkle sugar and ginger powder ,

and place in oven for few minutes till the

sugar is melted (10 minutes).

•Remove and pour the milk mixture .

•Place the ramekins in a water bath and bake

in a preheated oven 180C for 30 minutes .

VARIATION: The same recipe could be tried

with apples.

GREEN GRILLED GHEE CHICKEN


This is a grilled chicken with ground greens

and a dollop of cheese !

Marinated and grilled in the oven .Addition

of ghee gave an awesome outcome of crunch

and taste .

Enjoyed every bit of it!

Now to share the recipe

INGREDIENTS

500 gm chicken

For the marinade

1 inch piece ginger

6-7 garlic cloves

4 green chillies

A handful of coriander leaves

A handful of mint leaves

1/2 cup cheese ( creamy )

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

Salt to taste

1 tsp olive oil/ ghee

2 tbsp of ghee to pour over before grilling

METHOD

Grind the greens,green chillies,ginger,garlic to

a paste ( not very fine ).

Add in the rest of the ingredients, and set aside

for minimum 30 minutes.

Arrange chicken pieces on a grill tray,pour ghee

on top and grill for 40 minute in an oven .

Flip over and grill for another 10 -15 minutes

Serve !

SQUID FRY


Squid in seafood is good source of protein and

good cholesterol . Deep frying increases the bad

cholesterol levels,like fried calamari . When

cooked or baked the effects are vice-versa.So do

your check before cooking . Once in a way

having dishes like this is no sin,but considering

healthattacks it’s best to give prominence to

what you put on the table .

This recipe is boiled and stir fried with less oil.

An excellent side dish for any meal !

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

500 gm cleaned and cut squid

2 onions sliced

2-3 tomatoes

1/4 of a coconut

A little tamarind soaked in water ( size of

gooseberry) or kokum or vinegar

1 tbsp chilli powder

3/4 tbsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

Curry leaves

Salt to taste

2 tbsp coconut oil + a little butter or ghee

1 tsp rice flour ( to thicken )

1 tsp chilli powder (for cooking in pressure )

METHOD

•First cook the squid with 1 tsp chilli powder

and salt in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles.

•Allow the steam to release on it’s own.

•Heat oil in a kadai add curry leaves and

onions and sauté till light brown.

•Grind the tomato,tamarind and coconut

together,and add to the onions .

•Add in the rest of the spices and cook till oil

starts to separate .

•Add the cooked and strained squid ( reserve a

cup of the liquid ) and mix well.

•Next add the reserved stock with rice flour

and cook till thick mixing at intervals .

•Finally add a tsp of ghee or butter and remove

from fire .

Garnish with kasuri methi or curry leaves

•Serve!

PINEAPPLE PEPPER RASAM


Pineapple rasam is the need of the season now,

Fruit with Vitamin C ,antioxidants,and disease

fighting properties is good taken in any form.

Pineapple is considered beneficial to arthritic

patients too.

Pineapple rasam is compulsorily present in

South Indian Thalis( mostly vegan) served at

occasions .The fruity flavour gives out a lovely

taste , and not forgetting that the juices present

in this fruit aids in digestion too.

So let’s get into the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup pineapple chunks slightly crushed

1 tbsp peppercorns

1 tbsp cummin seeds

5-6 cloves of garlic ( peel on)

2-3 cups light tamarind water

1 tomato mashed with hand

1/2 tsp turmeric

Salt to taste

Few curry leaves

For tempering

1 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1-2 dry chillies

A pinch of asafoetida

METHOD

•Crush the pepper and cummin seeds coarsely.

•Crush the garlic coarsely

•Temper with the ingredients listed for

tempering .

•Add garlic,tomato,turmeric,salt .

•Add tamarind water.

•When it starts to boil , add crushed pineapple,

pepper and cummin mixture.

•When it reaches boiling point , switch off the

flame.

• Cover and set aside for a while and serve !

POUND CAKE CHOCONUT TARTS


I love making and innovating tarts ! Here’s to

another lovely tart with the authentic pound

cake mixture, sprinkled with chocolate and

dessicated coconut .

I use the chappathi press to make the tart shells

so it’s quick to get the tartlets done faster.So…..

now I have given a tip to convenience 😊.

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

1 cup flour ( 100 gm)

2 tbsp powdered sugar

50 gm butter

A pinch of salt

a little milk enough to bind .

Bind all to a soft dough .

Wrap and keep in fridge till filling is made

Divide into portions .

Roll out and place each on greased tart tins.

Add filling and bake .


For the filling

Ingredients

100 gm butter

100 gm sugar

100 gm flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

Few barks of dark chocolate / chips

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

Method

Beat butter and sugar till light and creamy.

Add in eggs one at a time beating lightly.

Add milk and essence .

Fold in the flour ( mixed with baking powder)

and mix well ( not beating ).

Fill prepared tart shells .

Sprinkle coconut , and chocolate on top ,and

mix lightly with a skewer or fork.

Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 25-30

minutes.

FRUIT LASSI (with variations)


Lassi is like a parfait, made with curd/ yoghurt

sweetened with honey/ sugar .

When there are fruits ripened ( not overripe)

these type of recipes are instantly in action!

Any type of fruits or single fruits can be used to

make your favourite lassi . Not only fruit you

can add any other flavours . My most favourite

is Lassi with cardamon .

Suggest for few flavours :Chocolate , Mocha,

Coffee,Mint,Orange( already posted),Pistachios,

Strawberry,Rose …,,,

Garnished with nuts , praline ….chia seeds an

instant awesome dessert or an addition to

breakfast .

So here’s the quick an easy recipe .

INGREDIENTS

1/2 papaya peeled and cut

1 big ripe mango peeled and cut

2-3 bananas

1/2 cup soaked chia seeds

2 cups curd or yoghurt

A pinch of salt

Sugar or any sweeteners of your choice

METHOD

Blend the fruits ,yoghurt,and the sweetners

together .

Add the soaked chia seeds mix well and serve !

2 TYPES OF CHUTNEYS WITH 2 ROOT VEGETABLES


Today’s recipe is tomato chutney for iddli/ dosa

with variations !

Both are healthy vegetables to be included .

All love carrot,but not radish ( because of the

pungent smell ) . So when you cut radish , put

into buttermilk / lime water for few minutes

and then sauté.

To the recipes now


1.TOMATO -CARROT CHUTNEY

Ingredients

3-4 tomatoes

1 carrot peeled

2 onions

3 cloves garlic

A tiny piece ginger

1-2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp cummin seed powder

Salt to taste

A tsp sugar / jaggery

For tempering

2 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

Few curry leaves

A pinch of asafoetida

Method

•Cut 1 onion fine , and grind the other 1 coarse.

•Purée the tomato and carrot together coarsely.

•Now heat the oil,and add the ingredients for

tempering with the chopped onion.

•Once the onion turns brown, add the coarse

onion with salt,and sauté for few seconds.

•Next add the rest of the ingredients and cook

till thick without adding water.

•Add required water depending on the

consistency you need and cook for 2-3 minutes

•Serve !


2.TOMATO -RADISH CHUTNEY

Ingredients

34 tomatoes

1 small radish,peeled and soaked in buttermilk

3-4 cloves garlic

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

7-8 dry chillies

1 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tsp cummin seeds

2 tbsp Tuvar dal / channa dal

Curry leaves

A little tamarind / kokum peels ( not kokum )

Salt to taste

A tsp of jaggery

2 tbsp oil

METHOD

•Dry roast the bold listed ,and set aside.

•Heat oil, and add the radish,tomatoes,turmeric

and salt and sauté till tomatoes are soft .

•Add tamarind or kokum peels .

•Remove from fire .

•Next grind the dry roasted ingredients coarse.

•Add the cooked vegetable mixture and the rest

of the ingredients,and grind to a paste .

•You can serve like this itself , but those who

love to temper can opt for it .

POMFRET PEPPER STEW


This is a stew which can be served with any

meal .

This stew is made with grilled/ fried fish and

coconut milk .

Good to serve with rice , stringhoppers ,rotis,

hoppers , bread….

When preparing fish like this, grilling or frying

lightly and then adding to curries , brings out a

lovely flavour .I want to share a tip with you

to get the exotic flavour of curries . Once you

have fried or grilled seafood like this reserve a

tbsp of the fried oil,and pour over the finished

curry . This gives a good flavour and colour to

the curries .

So let’s move on to the stew recipe

INGREDIENTS

500 gm fish slices marinated in turmeric and

salt.

1 tsp ginger garlic paste ( coarse)

3-4 green chillies slit

3/4 – 1 tbsp pepper powder

2 tsp cummin powder

1/2 tsp fennel seed powder

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1-2 onions sliced

1 tomato

Kokum water / tamarind water/ 1/4 cup vinegar

Curry leaves , a small piece of lemon grass stall

Salt to taste

1 cup thick coconut milk

Coconut oil

METHOD

•Heat a little oil and grill the fish pieces , till

light brown ( you could grill till golden brown

too)and set aside.

•Take a little oil from the grilled pan ,and heat

in another pan ( 1-2 tbsp).

•Add onions with curry leaves and lemon grass

and sauté till translucent .

•Add ginger – garlic paste,tomato ,green chillies

with salt and cook for few minutes.

•Next add the spices,vinegar or kokum water.

•Once it reaches a boil add coconut milk,and

the grilled fish and simmer cook for 10

minutes .

•Remove from fire .

•Garnish with coriander leaves.