PRAWN PUFFS


This has been my favourite from my childhood

days . There are many types of prawn puffs,but

I love this peppery ,white sauce prawn mix in

puffs like this .

Today I made these for tea,and thought to share

with you folks !

You can use any pastry for this .Even a patty

pastry will turn good .

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

For the filling

250 gm cleaned,peeled and cut prawns

1 small zucchini

1 capsicum chopped

1/2 cup chopped onions/ leeks/spring onions

2-3 garlic cloves chopped

1 cup milk

1 tbsp cornflour

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp mustard powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat butter add onions , garlic and sauté.

Add the vegetables,and prawns and sauté for 5

minutes .

Mix milk with the cornflour ,and pour over

vegetables .

When it starts to thicken,switch off the flame

and add the remaining spices and stir.

Use as filling and bake for 24-30 minutes.

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.

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.

PUMPKIN MERINGUE TART


This is another recipe innovated in my kitchen .

A warm healthy dessert , and a dessert to adorn

your table for a party or gathering . Mini tarts

will look amazing and tasty.

I made this with raw pumpkin purée ,as I never

like to use canned foods .If you check my

recipes I hardly use condensed milk,even if the

recipe calls for .Well,if you have pumpkin

purée you may use it . For serving I just gave

prominence to the tart alone,no added servings

You could serve with chocolate sauce or ice

cream if you love loaded desserts.

Do try and let me know how you loved it !

Let me go now to my innovated recipe .

INGREDIENTS

For the pastry

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp powdered sugar

50 gm butter ( room temperature)

A little milk to bind

METHOD

•Bind all these to a firm dough.

•Cover and keep in fridge till filling is prepared.

•Roll out dough ,and place carefully on a pie

dish .

•Prick the base with a fork and bake for 8-10

minutes.

•Pour filling and bake.


For the filling

INGREDIENTS

1 cup raw pumpkin purée

1 tsp butter/ ghee

1/2 tsp salt

3 egg yolks

1/4 cup cream

2 tbsp custard powder ( vanilla ) / 1 tbsp

cornflour

1/2 cup brown sugar / sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

3/4 tsp ginger powder

A pinch of nutmeg powder

METHOD

•Heat butter/ ghee and add the purée with salt,

cinnamon powder,and ginger powder , and

cook till raw taste is gone .

•Add sugar,custard powder and cook till thick .

•Remove from fire .

•Add egg yolks and cream .

•Mix well and add the rest of the ingredients .

•Set aside to cool for few minutes.

•Pour into prepared crust and bake in a 180C

preheated oven for 25 minutes .

•Remove ,add the beaten egg whites, and

return to oven ( 200C ) for 10 minutes .

•Allow to stay warm in the oven till you serve .


For the meringue

INGREDIENTS

3 egg whites

a pinch of cream of tartar/or 1 tsp vinegar/salt

2-3 tbsp powdered sugar

A handful of cashews coarsely ground with 1

tsp cornflour

METHOD

•Beat egg whites with cream of tartar stiff.

•Fold in sugar and nuts and spread over the

baked pie .

•Bake in a 200 C oven for 10 minutes,and leave

in the oven till warm

•This way the meringue will not deflate .

WATALAPAN TARTLETS ( COCONUT CUSTARD)


The concept of the recipe is from custard tarts.

Creation is purely mine .

The taste was awesome . Those who know

about this dessert will definitely try this .

The blend of coconut milk,jaggery,eggs with

nutmeg …. this custardy tart creates a lovely

aroma all over the house .

So do try this recipe and post in your comments

INGREDIENTS

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup cream/ milk ( optional)

250 gm jaggery ( karupatti) crushed

6 eggs

A pinch of salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Few cashewnuts

1 tsp flour ( to roll the nuts and prevent sinking

down to base )

METHOD

•Heat the jaggery in a little water till melted.

•Strain and set aside.

•Beat the eggs with salt till frothy .

•Add jaggery and the rest of the ingredients,

except cashews and flour and mix well.

•Pour into prepared tarts .

•Add cashews rolled in flour and bake in a

preheated moderate oven ( 180C) for 25 -30

minutes.


For the basic tart pastry

INGREDIENTS

100 gm butter

1/4 tsp cardamon powder / essence

2 cups flour

a pinch of salt

1 egg yolk

2 tbsp powdered sugar

A little milk for binding

METHOD

•Mix all together to a firm dough.

•Do not knead too much

•Allow to rest for minimum 10-15 minutes

•Divide into portions .

•Roll out thin .

•Brush the base lightly with egg white and pour

the filling and bake .

•This can be made as one big tart too.

Variation : You can use sugar , or brown sugar as a substitute for jaggery

GUACAMOLE,MANGO TACOS


Guacamole in any food is a favourite in my

home ,and I have posted recipes on it .Today it’s

a Mexican dish in my style ,everything made

from scratch even the taco shells is homemade

(lockdown is training our hands ).This is the

first time I have made at home ,and in the

process learnt a method of storing the shells.

(pre-made) .I found this recipe in my old books.

This tacos can be made with countless fillings,

Vegan or non vegan ,with various sauces,salsa ,

and good to be served as a snack or a meal with

decked up healthy fillings .I served this for

breakfast with guacamole and mango with

cheesy mustard sauce.Made few in conical

shapes and the basic tacos shape.

It was a crunchy delicious breakfast !

Now to the recipe

First to the tacos shell recipe

INGREDIENTS

200 gm cornflour

250 gm all purpose flour

25 gm gram flour ( optional)

1 tsp oil

salt

Lukewarm water to knead

METHOD

Mix all together to make a soft dough .

Allow to rest till you make the filling.

After 15 minutes ,divide into portions.

Roll out into thin circles.

Use your fingers and lightly make impressions

( To avoid the bubbles)

Heat a flat griddle and only warm each circle .

Do not allow to cook

( photo-after heating)

At this stage you can wrap in foil or cling wrap

and store in fridge .

Bring to room temperature before use .

Now preheat the oven to 200 C.

Lay each shell on a grill ( like in the photo)

If you want conical shapes -Make cone shapes

and insert into muffin tins and bake.

Bake for 15 -2O minutes .


For the basic guacomole 

1 -2 ripe avacado/butterfruit

1 cup chopped cilantro/palak

1 onion chopped fine

2-3 green chillies

2 tomatoes chopped

pepper powder (depending on your taste)

salt

juice of 2 limes

a little nutmeg powder (optional)

Method

Remove the pulp and mash lightly.Add the rest

of the ingredients and mix well.

Add semi-ripe mango cubes .


For the cheese-mustard sauce

Ingredients

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

1 cup cheese

1/2 cup water / milk ( I used water)

1 tsp mustard powder( yellow )

Method

Heat butter.When it melts add flour and mix

well.

Add water and then the cheese .

After the cheese melts add mustard and

remove from fire ,and use .

BREAD ‘N’CHEESE BAKE


This is the easiest and yummiest breakfast .

Cheesy , creamy , and healthy too.

Well, the previous day I had baked wheat bread

and half of the loaf was remaining .

Thought to make sandwiches,but that seemed a

little more work on one of my lazy mornings,so

plan diverts ,took to another successful dish .

Just one touch of the mixer, and there you are

relishing a healthy breakfast.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1/2 loaf bread

1 cup goat cheese/ any cheese you prefer

4 eggs

1/2 cup milk

Few spinach leaves/ leeks

2 sliced green chillies

Pepper to taste

1 tblsp butter

Salt ( if using goat cheese ,please check for salt)

1/4 tsp nutmeg grated

slices of capsicum

METHOD

Break the eggs into the mixer directly.

Add cheese,milk and run the mixer , for 2-3

seconds.

Next add the spinach( Palak leaves) and again

blend for another second.

Add the green chillies,nutmeg,pepper powder.

Arrange the bread on a greased dish . Crumble

it slightly and pour the egg mixture over it .

Top it with slices of capsicum and bake in a

moderate ( 180C) oven for 25 minutes.

Serve warm / hot.

BIBIKAN TARTS


Bibikan is a recipe from the Srilankan cuisine.

It is a sweet cake made with coconut,jaggery /

treacle . The authentic recipe was made with

rice flour,but now the all purpose flour has

taken it’s place.This cake like texture sweet is

available all over Srilanka. The expert hands

are mostly from the villages of Srilanka, and on

certain occasions, you can see the ladies having

rows of stalls , with these sweet meats.If

observed,most of the sweets of Srilanka are

prepared with jaggery only.

Today’s recipe,is my innovation of this sweet

mixture into tarts and flour replaced with

semolina/rawa.Awesome taste and texture,and

I’m excited to share this recipe with you all.

Do try and post in your valued comments!

INGREDIENTS

For the filling

2 cups grated coconut

2 cups jaggery / 1 cup treacle

1 cup roasted semolina

1 tsp mixed spice powder*

25 gm chopped dates

A few raisins ( I used leftover rum soaked

raisins)

25 gm pumpkin preserve

1/4 cup coarsely ground cashewnuts

1/2 tsp ginger powder

1 tblsp vanilla essence

1 tblsp rose water

Grated rind of lime

a pinch of salt

METHOD

Grind half of the coconut with 1 cup water and

set aside .

Now mix in the rest of the ingredients to the

ground coconut.

Mix well and pour spoonfuls into tartlets and

bake at 180C for 30 minutes.( You will get the

aroma of a rich cake)

For the tart shells

1 cup flour

20 gm butter

1 egg

1 tbsp sugar

a pinch of salt

1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

A little milk / ice water for binding

Method

Bind all ingredients to a soft dough , cover and

rest in fridge till you make the filling.

Divide into portions,roll dough and line tart

moulds.

Place filling and bake.

*Spice powder- cinnamon,cloves,cardamon,fennel seeds,nutmeg – a tsp of each powdered and stored.

BANANA DATE TARTLETS


These tarts are awesome in taste.The blend of the dates with banana is really good.

The filling was my try,omitting flour with semolina/ rawa.

I powdered the semolina before making the filling ,and continued to mix all in the same

blender in few minutes and ready for baking.

I didn’t blind bake the tarts,just a few pricks on the base and the filling in.That’s all!

Very easy ,to mix and bake.

I divided the pastry into 12, and used the chappathi press for rolling out each ball of

dough.

Explanation done,and now we, move on to the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar (preferably muscovada)

1 egg

100 gm butter

1 tsp vanilla/ banana essence

a pinch of salt.

Beat butter sugar,egg ,essence,salt together till sugar melts ( you can powder the sugar to

save time).

Mix in flour and bind to a soft dough and refridgerate till you prepare the filling.

For the filling (eggless)

1 cup slightly powdered rawa/ semolina

1/2 cup sugar (muscovada sugar/brown sugar)

3/4 cup dates

1/4 cup curd

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup cashewnuts

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp.baking powder.

METHOD

Easiest method blend in the order of ingredients I give now.

First blend the dates ,coarsely ,next add the rest of the ingredients and blend just for a

minute .Mix well and pour into prepared moulds.

To line pastry

Divide the dough into 12 .

Use the dough press and press each between oil paper.

Grease the tartlet moulds well and press each piece of the rolled  dough.

Prick the base with a fork ,pour the filling and bake at 180 degrees for 35 minutes.

Variation : Stwed pineapple pieces can be included.

You can try with flour

Caramelise sugar if not using brown sugar for a different taste

LEMON CURD STAWBERRY TARTS


This tart combination of lemon curd and strawberry is really delicious.

Lemon curd can be used as toppings for any type of desserts, Having lemon curd always in

your fridge will never make you run out of desserts.You can serve with cake ,fruits scones ,eclairs ,biscuits ,cheesecake …..

The tart shells can be made beforehand and stored in the fridge .

This tart can be used with any filling you like .

Now for the recipe…

INGREDIENTS FOR THE TART

175 flour

1 egg

75 gm icing sugar or powdered sugar

75 gm butter

a pinvh of salt

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together to make a into portions of your choice.

Roll out on a floured board and bake the tarts at 180 C.for 20-25 minutes or till done.

(prick the base with a fork before baking to avoid puffing .

INGREDIENTS FOR THE LEMON CURD

3 eggs

1 cup (100 gm)sugar

50 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tblsp.butter

2 tsp.grated lemon zest

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients except the butter in a double boiler ,untill thick.

Remove from fire and add butter and mix well to get the velvetty look.

Tip:1. (For those who have the fear of curdling use 2 tsp cornflour when cooking.If it becomes too thick you can add a little fresh cream to adjust the consistency you require.)

2.For eggless lemon curd ,2 tblsp.cornflour and cream may be used

Pour into already baked tart shells and top with slices of strawberry or any fruit of your choice.