BAKED PALAK MEAT CAPSICUM


Capsicum baked or grilled is a favourite in my

home menu.

I have posted recipes of stuffed capsicum

before,but this create is a fusioned one.

The filling was a kebab filling with

palak,and the top had a cubed cheese and

breadcrumbs.

You can use any meat for the filling .The cheese

can be your choice too.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

Capsicum cut into half,seeds removed and

smeared with a little oil and salt inside

For the filling

200 gm meat

A handful of gram dal

1 inch piece ginger

3-4 cloves garlic

1 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tsp peppercorns

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 inch piece cinnamon

3-4 cloves

1/4 piece nutmeg

1/2-3/4 cup water

Salt to taste

METHOD

Put all the ingredients in a pan,and cook till dry.


For the spinach paste

A handful of Palak/spinach leaves

2-3 green chillies

•Few cheese cubes to fill in the centre

•1 beaten egg or flour mixed in water to

brush the tops

Breadcrumbs

Grind the Palak leaves and green chillies with

the meat coarsely,and stuff into the prepared

capsicum.

Press in the cheese cubes in the centre of each

stuffed capsicum .

Egg wash,and sprinkle breadcrumbs on the top.

Bake in a 180C oven for 20-25 minutes.

Note:Excluding the capsicum ,the recipe can be used to make Palak meat kebab . You could shallow fry,or deep fry .

WHEAT ‘N’ NUTS JAGGERY COOKIE


This is a no sugar cookie,and no white flour

cookie .

Crunchy,tasty,healthy cookie !

Do try this recipe and post in your comments.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

2 cups wheat flour

1/4 cup finely sliced almonds

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1.5 cups country sugar/ jaggery

1 tsp cardamon powder

1/2 cup rawa ( semolina)

100 gm butter/ghee

1/2 cup milk /almond milk

1.5 tsp baking powder

METHOD

•Mix all ingredients together,and bind to a

dough ( lightly crumbly ).

•Divide into portions,flatten lightly and place

on a greased tray or parchment paper.

• Bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes .

BAO BUNS (2 types of fillings)


Bao buns or steamed buns are extracts from

the Chinese cuisine.

Steamed buns can be stuffed with savoury and

sweet fillings .Check link …

https://calinskitchen.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/steamed-buns/?preview=true

This dough recipe is the same as in the link .( click link above for dough recipe )

Just including variations of the filling .This bao

bun has to flattened and shaped like a

semicircle ,steamed with a tiny parchment

paper in between the folds , or cut after

steaming and the filling placed inside .

I love making these buns, for the texture and

taste .

The first variation is a Spiced Paneer Bao

This needs no recipe . Whatever spicy chilli

sauce you have,can be tossed in with the

paneer and used as stuffing,with a little

vegetables of your choice .

2.Used the ‘Caramelised onion and meat

bilimbi pickle for the second variation.

https://calinskitchen.wordpress.com/2020/11/14/caramelised-onionmeat-bilimbi-pickle/?preview=true

Both were awesome !Do try and post in your

valuable feedback!

RAGI -RICE FLOUR PITTU/PUTTU( 2 variations)


Ragi/ finger millet /nachni,kurakkan is a gluten

free whole grain,which aids in weight loss and

good for diabetic patients.

If I had to make pittu, it was rice flour ( red/

white) or wheat /all purpose flour ( roasted).

Recently only,I knew you could make ragi pittu

tasty like other pittu.

The trick is that you have to mix rice flour with

the ragi flour to get a good taste,not failing lots

of coconut too.I love to have with coconut

milk,banana,and sugar,but my family likes it

with channa ( chickpea curry ).

Today I tried two versions of ragi pittu .One

with coconut ,and the other with a little

vegetables .

The feedback stars were more for the vegetable

pittu 😋.

I want to also state that Kerala cuisine,has the

unique meat pittu,especially made with beef.

( will post soon)

So here’s to both the versions

INGREDIENTS

1 cup ragi flour

1/2 cup rice flour ( red or white)

Salt

2 cups grated coconut

Water

METHOD

Mix the ragi,rice flour,salt and 1/2 cup coconut.

Sprinkle water little by little and mix with the

tip of your fingers .

The mixture should be crumbly ,and if you

hold a portion with your fingers it should hold

lightly .

If you have the stainless steel cylindrical pittu

steamer, or the bamboo pittu maker you will

get a neat roll .

You could also tie up in a muslin cloth,and

steam for 15- 20 minutes.

Use the remaining coconut to create portions.

Starting with coconut,and ending with coconut

Now to the vegetable pittu

1 carrot ,a small leek or spring onions ,2-3

beans chopped fine,1/2 tsp ginger- garlic

chopped ,1 green chilli chopped,1 tsp chilli

powder or chilli flakes,1/4 tsp garam masala

powder ,salt to taste,1 tsp oil / ghee

Method

Mix all these together ,and layer vegetables and

pittu mix ,and steam till done .

RIDGE GOURD +PEANUT RICE


This goes into the variety rice list.This recipe

came up when my lazy mood mode was on 😋.

But the result turned out more than what I

expected . Served with gobi pakoda korma

( cabbage pakoda )the taste and combination

was really exotic.

There are certain dishes made with the

simplest of ingredients,but turn out to be the

best in taste. This is one of that kind …so let’s

get into the recipe .

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked basmati rice

1 medium sized ridge gourd peeled and

chopped

A handful of peanuts

2 green chillies chopped

1 tsp ginger finely chopped

2-3 dry red chillies

1-2 tsp red chilli flakes ( according to your taste)

1/4 tsp asafoetida

Curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Juice of 1 lime ( optional )

Salt to taste

2-3 tbsp ghee+ oil

METHOD

🍀Heat oil ,and add mustard seeds,curry

leaves,ginger and green and red chillies .

🍀Next add the ridge gourd with salt and allow to cook in its juices till soft.

🍀Add the peanuts and the rest of the ingredients.

🍀Toss in the rice,stir well till well blended.

🍀Remove from fire.

🍀Serve with your choice of curries ,and raita .

Send in your comments or feedback if you liked

this recipe .

CHICKEN ‘N’ LEEKS QUICHE


Quiche is considered to be from the French

cuisine .

It has a pastry crust and a savoury custard,

consisting eggs,cream,cheese, with vegetables/

meat variants .

This could be made into mini quiches too.

Though quiche variants are many, the basic

ingredients of eggs,cream and cheese have to

be compulsorily included.

The cream has to be full fat if you need a nice

and puffed up quiche.

The pastry for the crust can be made

beforehand,and kept in the fridge .

Well,my pastry making time was,/till I made the

filling only, and the outcome was excellent!

I made 2 quiches-8 inch quiche +5 inch quiche

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

2 cups flour ( all purpose)

100 gm butter ( cold )

1 egg

1 tsp salt

Ice water enough to bind

METHOD

First crumble the butter,flour and salt till well

mixed .

Next add the rest of the ingredients and bind to

a firm dough .

Cover and allow to rest in the fridge till you

prepare the filling .

After the testing time,roll out the pastry and

line the tart tins.

Apply cornflour on the base inside ,to prevent

sogginess,and pour in the filling

For the filling

100-200 gm chicken shreds

1 big leeks chopped

3-4 garlic chopped

2-3 green chillies thinly sliced

1 cup full fat cream

100-150 gm cheese

6 eggs

1/2 tsp nutmeg powder

Pepper powder to your taste

1 tbsp butter/ oil

Salt to taste

A little cornflour to brush the tart shells

METHOD

First lightly sauté the chicken,leeks,and garlic

for 2-3 minutes, and set aside.

Mix the eggs,cream,nutmeg powder,salt.

Add in the cheese,chillies ,pepper powder ,and

the sautéed chicken and leeks.

Mix well and fill the prepared pastry shells .

Bake in a 180C oven for 35 mins.

SRILANKAN ‘POL ROTI’ WITH ‘POL SAMBOL’ STUFFED


Pol is a Sinhalese word for coconut .This roti is

purely from the Srilankan cuisine.I have posted

recipes of Pol roti and Pol sambol before .

Today,I thought to envelope the pol sambol into

the roti and it was delicious.

This recipe was copy pasted with a few changes

from my previous post of the same .It was too

easy to post this recipe 😉

INGREDIENTS

For the pol sambol

1 cup coconut scraped

1 onion or 7-8 small onions

1/2 green chilli ( optional)

2-3 curry leaves

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp chilli powder ( can add more if you like it hot)

Two teaspoons maldive fish powder ( optional )

juice of 1 lime

Salt to taste.

METHOD

Except the grated coconut, pound or blend the

ingredients to a coarse mix.

Add the coconut and mix well.

For the roti

INGREDIENTS

3 cups plain flour

1 coconut scraped (coconut can be cut and

ground coarsely with 1 cup water and  used )

salt to taste

METHOD

Bind all these to a slight sticky dough .

Divide portions out of the dough.

Grease a plate with coconut oil,flatten with the

palm of your hand.

Keep a tbsp of the coconut sambol.

Fold in like in the photo.

Cook on a griddle till cooked on both sides.

SAGO,POTATO,PEANUT KHICHIDI


Sago,sabudana,javarisi,or tapioca pearls is a

lovely breakfast to make and serve too.

I have posted sago khichidi before, and this is

an addition to the breakfast list.

Wholesome and healthy breakfast!

Please do not use the small sago.Use only the

medium sized sago for khichidi .Small sago is

best for payasam or kheer .

To make khichidi you have to pre-soak for

minimum 5-6 hours, or overnight.Always

remember to wash and then soak,as the sago

will swell and absorb the water,and no water

will be required in the cooking.

To the recipe now ( 1 cup =100-150gm)

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sago ( washed and soaked overnight)

A handful of roasted peanuts

Few roasted peanuts+1 tsp chilli flakes +1/2 tsp

cummin seeds ( coarsely powdered)

2-3 boiled,peeled potatoes

1/4 tsp turmeric

3-4 tbsp ghee+oil

Salt to taste

For tempering

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

I tsp ginger chopped

2 green chillies

Curry leaves

METHOD

Heat oil,and add the ingredients for tempering

Add turmeric and salt.

Now add the soaked sago,and cook on a low

flame covered for 5-7 minutes.

Now add the potatoes and the peanuts + peanut

mixture .

Mix well ,cover and simmer cook for another

2-3 minutes .

MORINGA DOSA WITH LEFTOVER CURD RICE


This is the first time I have tried with leftover

curd rice.It was soft and the blend of Moringa,

gave out an appetising flavour.

If you have left over dosa batter,you could mix

2-3 batter with 1 cup left over curd rice .

What I did today -I mixed urad flour,rice flour

and poha with curd rice,and freshly plucked

moringa leaves…..to a healthy breakfast .

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup leftover curd rice

1/2 cup urad dal flour

1 cup rice flour

A handful of poha ( aval ,rice flakes )

A handful of moringa leaves

1 onion chopped fine

1 tbsp chilli flakes

1 tsp cumin seeds

A pinch of baking soda

Salt to taste

METHOD

•Mix all the ingredients together,and set aside

for 20 minutes.

•Pour a ladle,do not spread much .It should

look an uthapam ( thick ).

•Pour oil/ ghee around and cook on both sides .

Serve with any chutneys of your choice .

RAWA MASALA DOSAI


Rawa/Semolina dosai is the easiest dosa anyone

could make.Crispy,lightly spiced,and no

fermentation required.

If you are making plain rawa dosai,you can add

chopped onions,green chillies,grated carrot,and

the needed aromatic curry leaf.

The specialty in making this dosai,is that it

should look porous.

In order to get this look,the batter is made thin

and watery.

You should have a wide dosa skillet,as rawa

dosa is normally poured into big crepes,and

served folded.

Today,my recipe is for Masala dosa with rawa

dosa.

Usually, we make the yellow potato masala,

served with poori and masala- dosa .

https://calinskitchen.com/2014/12/04/masala-dosai/ check this link for the yellow potato

masala.

Today’s recipe will be one with garam masala,

and spices .Trust me,it was very,very tasty.

So,do try this as a filling for dosa or poori and

post in your comments.

INGREDIENTS

For the rawa dosa

1 cup rawa ( semolina )

1/2 cup rice flour

1/4 cup gram flour

2-3 tbsp all purpose flour

4-5 cups water

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper

1/2 tsp chilli powder ( optional )

3/4 tsp coarsely ground cumin seeds

Onions, green chillies,curry leaves,cashewnuts

( this has to be added when you are making

plain rawa dosa)

1 tsp salt

Oil/ghee/butter ( to drizzle while cooking )

Method

•Mix all the ingredients,and set aside for half

an hour.

•After the set time , heat the dosa pan .

•Add a tsp of oil ,and pour a ladles of the batter,

to look like a perforated crepe .

• Drizzle oil or ghee, and cook on a low flame

till crisp and golden . Cooking,one side is more

than enough .

•Place two tbsp of the potato mixture,and fold

into any shape you like .

•Serve with coconut chutney.

For the potato masala

4-5 boiled and mashed potatoes

1 tomato

2 onions chopped fine

2 green chillies chopped

A small piece ginger chopped

Curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 tbsp gram dal ( kadala parippu)

2 tbsp oil / ghee

A pinch asafoetida

For the garam masala

3-4 dry red chillies

1 tbsp coriander seeds

10 peppercorns

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp white khus khus seeds( poppy seeds)

1/2 tsp saunf

5-6 cashews

2 cardamons

3 cloves

1 inch piece cinnamon

Dry roast for 5 minutes ,powder and use whole

quantity .

Method

•Heat oil ,add mustard,curry leaves,asafoetida.

• Next add the onions,ginger,green

chillies,gram dal and cook till onion is

translucent.

•Add tomato, and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

•Add mashed ( not fine )potato and the ground

masala and mix well

•Mix till the spices are well blended with

potatoes.

•Use as a filling for dosa.

This potato mixture can be served with poori

also .

RAWA IDDLI (Instant +Oil free)


This is a 30 minutes rawa iddli.

Soft and spongy oil- free iddlis.

The key ingredient,and tip to a good rawa iddli

is thick curd .This is very tasty iddli with

cashews and vegetables .

So,do try this method and post in your

comments .

To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rawa ( semolina)

2 cups thick curd

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking soda(to mix before steaming)

1/2 cup water

1 tsp salt

10 cashewnuts chopped

Few coriander leaves chopped

1 small carrot grated

1 green chilli chopped fine

METHOD

•First mix the semolina,curd,salt and 1 tsp

baking soda and set aside for 30 minutes.

•After 30 minutes,add 1/2 cup water and the 1/2

tsp baking soda and mix well.

•Add in the cashews ,vegetables and mix well.

•Pour into greased iddli moulds and steam for

10 minutes or till done .

Serve with sambhar/ chutneys/ korma .

SWEET POTATO FRIES


Sweet potato has numerous health benefits.

Sweet potatoes help to improve insulin

resistance,and it is found that people who

consume lot of sweet potato have a less risk of

diabetes due to its fibre content.

This is just an outline of the health benefits.

If more healthy tips are preferred,you could

search the Internet.

Now to the recipe today.

INGREDIENTS

Sweet potatoes ( the quantity is your requirement) peeled or unpeeled and cut into strips.

1-2 tbsp vinegar

1 tsp salt

Cornstarch ( a little to coat lightly)

Oil for frying

METHOD

•Boil the sweet potatoes with vinegar and salt.

•After it reaches a good bubbling boil,strain

and allow to cool lightly.(Spread it on a kitchen

towel )

•Add cornflour to a bowl and mix the sweet

potatoes lightly with your fingers.

•Fry till golden brown and crisp .

Tip : Fry 3/4th,and remove from oil .After

you have fried all the chips,refry to retain

crispness

This tip applies to all fried food .If you need

the crunchiness to last for some time you

could try this method .

INSTANT HOPPERS


This is a recipe which can be done within 30

minutes.I have posted 5 types of hopper recipes

before https://calinskitchen.com/2018/04/15/variations-of-hopper-mix/

This one is for hoppers with red rice

https://calinskitchen.com/2020/06/14/red-rice-hoppers/

This is my 6th hopper variant .If you have no

time to organise a meal quickly,this recipe will

definitely help you .

There are some things that you can never leave

or replace . Yes ,I’m referring to my appam /

hopper chatty in the photo.There are non stick

categories,and new ones too,but I never get the

texture that I get from this pan.So please do not

mind my hopper chatty 😊.

Moving on to the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

3 heaped cups rice flour

1.5 tsp instant yeast

1/2 cup coconut water ( optional)

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt or to taste

2 – 2.5 cups thick coconut milk

METHOD

•Mix rice flour,sugar,yeast,coconut water and

set aside for 20-30 minutes.

•After 30 minutes add the coconut milk little by

little to get a pancake consistency ( not too thick

or too thin ).

•Heat an appam or hopper chatty .

•Use a small cloth and grease the inside with oil

•Pour a ladle of the batter ,swirl all around only

once, cover and cook till crisp and golden .

•Remove slowly from pan,and repeat process .

•You can add egg in the centre for egg hoppers.

CREAM CHEESEBUNS


This is my version of the Russian Vatrushka

bun. I prepared two types of buns with the

same dough.One batch of savoury buns,and

another batch of sweet . Both fillings were with

cream cheese.It was one of the best buns I have

made,it was very soft and creamy .

The filling had no cooking involved,so no time

consuming.

The savoury had grated red capsicum ,and the

sweet had apple slices .

Amazing recipe worth trying.!

To the recipe now

Ingredients for the dough

3 cups flour

50gm+1 tbsp butter

1+1/2 tsp instant yeast

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 egg ( vegans can opt out )

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp milk powder

1-2 cups water

Method

Melt 50gm butter,and add water to it.

Once it reaches a lukewarm stage,switch off

the flame.

Add yeast,sugar and the rest of the ingredients,

except 1 tbsp butter,and knead to a soft dough.

Allow 1 rise .

Knead lightly and stretch the dough .

Apply the remaining butter,and knead for 5

more minutes.

Cover and allow another rise .

Divide into portions and place on a greased

tray.

Let it rise on the tray .

Make an impression with a cup on each piece

of dough to resemble like cups .

Keep filling and bake in a 200C oven for 20-25

minutes.

You could apply egg wash on the sides if you

like.I did not use any wash.

For the savoury filling

150 gm paneer or cream cheese

2 tbsp butter

1 red capsicum grated

1/4 cup any cheese ( I used Gouda cheese)

1 egg

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp pepper powder

Salt to taste

Method

Blend the butter,and paneer till creamy .

Add the rest of the ingredients,and use as filling

For the sweet filling

100 cream cheese/ paneer

25 gm butter

Sugar to taste

Apple slices

1 tsp lemon juice

Brown sugar to sprinkle

Method

Mix the cheese,butter and sugar.

Place filling on each dough .

Mix lemon juice with the apple slices.

Arrange on the top on sprinkle brown sugar.

Bake at 200C preheated oven for 20 minutes .

EASY LAZY WHEAT PIZZA


This is the easiest anyone could make,no sauce

Only cheese ,cut capsicum and tomatoes .

Simple but exotic in taste.

This will make 2 big pizzas.

So, do try and post in your feedback.

INGREDIENTS

2.5 cups wheat flour

1/4 cup flour ( optional)

1 heaped tsp yeast ( instant)

25 gm butter melted in 1 cup milk

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

METHOD

Take a mixing bowl and add the ingredients

except butter mixed in milk, and salt

Mix well and add the lukewarm milk,salt .

Knead to a soft dough.

Cover and allow to rise .

After the dough is risen double, knead lightly,

on a floured board .

Divide into portions of your choice, and roll

each portion thin.

Transfer to greased tray .

For the topping

2-3 capsicums ( red/green/yellow )or all three

combined sliced

2-3 tomatoes sliced

Few tulsi leaves ( as I ran out of basil)

Chilli flakes ( quantity to your preference)

1 tsp dried thyme

Grated cheese ( I used Gouda cheese , you could

use your favourite cheese .

METHOD

Spread all these vegetables to cover the rolled

dough.

Sprinkle thyme,chilli flakes.

Next add grated cheese .

Bake in a preheated oven (200C)for 20-25

minutes .

The crust should be crisp .

You can serve it just like that / or with tomato

sauce only if you like .