PEAR CHOCOLATE PUDDING


The title should have been pear upside down chocolate pudding.As it looked too long to

fit i had to use the snip tool.

It is an eggless dessert and an awesome treat for vegans.The soft pear is one of my

favourites ,as it works wonders when used in desserts and cakes.This time i mixed it

with red wine and it was rich,moist and extremely delicious.

Do try and send in your comments !

Now for the recipe.

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INGREDIENTS

For the base

3-4 soft pear sliced

1 tsp.lime juice

3/4-1 cup red wine

1/2 cup brown sugar

a piece of cinnamon

For the cake 

115 gm flour

150 gm brown sugar

40 gm cocoa powder (8 tsp)

3/4 tsp coffee powder

3/4 tsp.baking soda

45 ml coconut oil

1 tsp.vinegar

180 ml hot water

a pinch of salt

flaked almonds to sprinkle on the top after baking (toasted almonds will be fine too)

METHOD 

Mix all the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately ,and then mix together.

The water you pour should be compulsorily hot as this contributes to the rich dark color.

Grease a preferred cake tin.Mix the pear slices with the lime juice and arrange (you can

use halves of pear too without slicing)in tin.

Add wine,sugar, and cinnamon.Pour cake mix over the pear and bake in a moderate

oven (*preferably a water bath) for 35-40 mins .(180 degrees)

Cool and turn it upside down. Decorate with flaked almonds .It can be served warm with

cream,a blob of ice-cream if you like.

I like it plain …!

*A water bath – when the cake is baked in a tray of water inside the oven.

you can also a place a cup of water inside the oven if you are not able to use the bigger tray with water.

 

 

 

 

 

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BUTTERSCOTH POP CORN


Who doesn’t love popcorn?Everyone loves it and nowadays it is sold in many flavours .

I will first, share with you how to pop corn at home in a kadai or wok .

It is very  easy to make at home ,so health watchers you can try in a jiffy at your comfort.

You could make these and store for even a week or more,provided it is left to store…

Let’s move on to the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

A handful of corn pellets (good quality)

3-4 tblsp of any oil

METHOD

Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadai or wok .

Add the corn and saute for a minute or two on medium flame.

Cover with a lid (a transparent one will be fine).If you don’t get the ‘pop’

sound .open the lid partially and saute again for a minute and quickly cover.

It will start to pop up gradually( do not open the lid).Wait till the pop sound mellows

down.Switch off the flame and open after a minute.The wok will be full ,so do use a big

kadai.

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BUTTERSCOTCH POP CORN

1 tblsp butter

1/4 cup sugar(preferably brown)

1 tsp water

Heat the butter and sugar together till sugar melts.

Add water .Next toss in half of the popped corn and mix well till the sugar is well coated.

Some variations to toss with

Melted cheese

Butter and chilli flakes or paprika

Caramelised sugar 

Melted chocolate 

 

 

 

PANDAN ‘N’ COCONUT JELLY


Pandan known as rampe in Asian countries is an aromatic wonderful herb.

Even the dry leaves of rampe never fail to give aroma.These grow in big clumps and can

be grown in pots too.

Viewing few of the health factors -It is a painkiller when taken as tea.

Good for arthritis ,chest pains,gum pains,blood pressure and for hair loss too.

The aroma of pandan leaves aid those who have loss of appetite.

Coconut milk and agar agar  have many health benefits which many of you know,

so i will not be pointing the health benefits of the same.

Pandan leaf extract is one good combination with coconut milk ,whether it is

savoury or sweet,so do try this recipe and send in your suggestions.!

Let’s get into the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

10 gm agar agar (the box sold in indian stores is 10 gm)

3-5 medium sized pandan leaves ground with a little water

sugar to taste

100 ml water

METHOD (for pandan layer)

Prepare the pandan layer by mixing the agar agar in 100 ml water,and heating it till

dissolved.(Divide the dissolved agar agar mixture into 2 portions,one for the pandan

layer and the other for coconut milk layer)

Use half of the agar agar mixture and mix with the pandan extract  (strained) and 2 cups

of water.Add sugar to taste.

Pour into moulds and allow to set in refridgerator (normally the jelly sets at room

temperature ,so by the time you prepare the coconut layer it will set.

FOR THE COCONUT MILK LAYER

750 ml coconut milk

sugar to taste

a pinch of nutmeg

1/2 tsp.rose essence (optional)

remaining agar agar mixture

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together ,and heat for a few seconds and pour over the set

pandan layer .(pour when cool ,but take not to delay as the mixture will set quick)

Allow to  set in refridgerator for a few hours and cut into shapes you like.

Well, i flipped the pandan layer to the top,and cut shapes.You could pour into individual

moulds too.

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COCONUT POUND CAKE


After a long unavoidable pause,i’m excited to share this recipe with you all.

Was planning to make a normal butter cake,but at the snap of the moment i thought to

add coconut ,with some nuts,and believe me it was excellent in taste and texture .

Do try the recipe and send in your comments.

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INGREDIENTS

200 gm butter

200 gm brown sugar (partially powdered)

200 gm flour

4 eggs

1.5 tsp.baking powder

1/2 cup grated coconut

2 tblsp ginger preserve chopped

1/4 cup raisins soaked in rum or brandy (optional soaking)

a pinch of salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

For the base

1/2 cup grated or shredded coconut

Cashewnuts ,or any nuts you prefer

METHOD

Cream the butter and sugar till creamy.

Add in the coconut and beat for a few more seconds.

Add egg one by one gradually and beat well with the preserve and the soaked raisins

Sieve in the flour with the baking powder and salt ,and mix lightly into the batter till well

corporated.

Grease a cake tin  well.(loaf or square)

Spread the ingredients for base in the tin.Pour the cake batter over it .

Bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees) for 30-35 minutes or till done.

 

 

 

 

 

SOFT PEAR FRANGIPANE TART


This tart has a lovely taste coupled with the natural taste of pear.As the soft pear is

naturally soft ,you needn’t stew it beforehand.

Frangipane tart is a filling made with cream and almonds .The addition of fruit can be

your choice.Fruits like the normal pear and apple have to be stewed for 2-3 minutes and

then added to the making.Please do try ,and send in your suggestions .

Let’s move on to the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS (for the pastry)

1.5 cups flour

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup sugar

a pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla essence

100 gm (4 oz) butter

a little water to bind.

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients with minimal water (2-3 tblsp) to a soft dough .Cover and

refridgerate till you make the filling.

 

FILLING

INGREDIENTS

1.5 cups whole almonds ground fine

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs (use the left over white too from the pastry)

1 tsp.vanilla essence

1/4 tsp.almond essence

1 tblsp marmalade or grated lemon or orange zest.

2 tblsp jam (any yellow color based jam ,like papaw,apricot,pineapple,mango)

2 -3 sliced soft pear (do not peel ,only remove the seeds)

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together well and set aside.

Final step.

Roll the dough and put on a tart or pie dish.Prick the base with a fork and bake in a

moderate oven  for 10 minutes (180 degrees).

Remove from oven and pour the filling into the baked pastry.Lay the pear slices ,and

bake in a moderate oven for 25 minutes (180 degrees)

 

 

COFFEE MYSORE PAK


Coffee lovers are really going to love it.This is the first time i tried with coffee and that

too with filter coffee .As it was the first time i just added a tblsp.of coffee,and it was

really tasty.If you are a strong coffee lover you could add more.(1 tblsp.more).

So , do try and do let me know your comments and suggestions.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup gram flour (besan flour/chickpea flour)

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup ghee

1/2 cup oil

1 tblsp.any filter coffee

1/4 tsp.cardamon powder (optional)

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METHOD

You need two vessels to make this sweet.One to heat the ghee and oil ,and the other to

make the syrup .

Heat the sugar and water and make a syrup of one string consistency only.

Add the gram flour and the coffee powder to the syrup and mix well.Simultaneously

heat the oil and ghee.

Keep mixing till the gram flour is well blended with the syrup.Now start adding spoons

of hot oil gradually to the gram flour mixture stirring well.

Keep adding till you see the color change and bubbles form .

Remove from fire and pour into a greased tray.Do not shake or level the mixture.

Let it cool .Cut into desired pieces when warm.

BANANA ‘N’ RUM MUFFINS


This is very easy recipe ,with a different taste compared to other banana muffins i have posted,so do try this recipe and let me know your comments.

INGREDIENTS

100 gm Butter( melted)

1 cup sugar ( brown / coconut sugar)

3 -4 bananas mashed

1 egg

2 tblsp rum or brandy (optional)

1.5 cups flour

1 tsp.baking soda

1/4 tsp salt.

Few crushed walnuts

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METHOD

Mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately.Mix all together till well

corporated.

Pour into muffin moulds and bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees )for 25-30 minutes.

MUTTON KANJI


This kanji,commonly known as nombu kanji,prepared mostly during the period of

Ramadan is a favourite to many. Sourced from the middle eastern cuisine with channa

dhal or gram dal used as a variation.

In Asian cuisine it’s the green gram dal which is opted for ,which gives a lovely flavour to

the kanji.

The recipe I’m going to share with you is a ‘ one pot’. if cooked .It is best to cook in a

pressure cooker to get the correct consistency easily , without hassle.

Let’s get into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup raw rice (white or red)

1/4 cup green gram dal (moong dal)

250 gm minced mutton/chicken

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 – 1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp. turmeric powder

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1/2 tsp cummin powder

whole spices (2 cardamon,4-5 cloves,a piece of cinnamon,small piece sea moss,1/2 tsp fennel seeds)

2 green chillis chopped

few small onions

curry leaves

1 tomato

2-3 tblsp oil or ghee

1-2 cups coconut milk (optional)

salt to taste

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METHOD

Wash the rice and dHal and set aside.

Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker,add the whole spices with curry leaves.

Next add the onions,tomato,ginger garlic paste , meat and the rest of the

ingredients,except the coconut milk and saute well for few minutes .

Add 5-6 cups water or 4-5 inches above the rice level.

Cook on a medium flame for 4-5 whistles and allow steam to release on its own.

Remove lid add coconut milk and salt. Adjust the kanji to the consistency you like by

adding more hot water .Simmer for 5 minutes after adding milk and serve hot

Some like it with a dash of lemon juice,so if you are adding lemon juice add when you serve.

Variation :Vegetables like carrot,beans ,few spinach leaves ,fenugreek or methi leaves can be added .

CHOCOLATE CASHEW KATLI


This is the first time I made this recipe,and it turned out awesome.Within minutes the

tray looked empty.Fortunately I made it very thin to minimise the intake of calories..

I  added only  1.5 tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder to the basic cashew katli recipe.

You can use unsweetened mawa/khova to substitute milk powder.

The secret to  katlis with good texture is to powder little by little after it is in the fridge

for some time,and then sifted before making.

The next tip is to knead well to a smooth dough whilst warm before rolling it out.

Now for the simple and easy recipe…

INGREDIENTS

250 gm cashewnuts ( split is better)

1/4 cup milk powder

1 heaped tsp.cocoa powder

100 gm sugar( you can use palm candy powder too.)

2-3 tsp ghee

Silver vark ( optional)

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METHOD

Powder the cashew in 2-3 batches and sieve.Add powdered milk,when powdering the last coarse cashew powder,and set aside.

Make one string syrup with 1/4 cup water and sugar.Add cashew powder + milk powder+ cocoa powder and remove from fire immedietely. Add 1 tsp of ghee

After you remove from fire,keep stirring till the mixture is warm.( Do not try to knead while hot ).

Once it is warm knead well.Add the rest of the ghee if the mixture is difficult to knead .

Roll between polythene sheets .

Press the silver vark on the top.Allow to set for 15 minutes and cut into desired shapes.

Do try this easy recipe and send in your comments!

WATERMELON WHEAT HALWA


Long time this recipe had set on my mind, and today  i succeeded in making it.

I was a little hesitant to try it as the water content is high than that of pumpkin or the

gourd family.

As i always like to innovate recipes ,i tried it….It had the taste of Trinelveli halwa,the only

regret i had was of the color as i was expecting a nice red color.I think if you use white

sugar (sulphur free)the color will remain red.)For this recipe i used brown sugar ,and did

not add coloring ,but still got a lovely halwa color.

I ground the pulp with the seeds ,as the seeds will contribute to the taste.

So let me share this recipe with you all.

A little more time and muscle power is needed.

Do try and send in your comments

INGREDIENTS

4 cups watermelon pulp

1-2 cups sugar (do check for sweetness and add more as some watermelons will be very

sweet)

1/4 cup wheat flour mixed in a little water (3 tblsp.cornflour can be opted )

1 -1.5 cups ghee

a pinch of salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1 tsp.cardamon powder

Few cashewnuts fried in ghee

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METHOD

Heat half of the ghee  in a thick bottomed vessel,and add the pulp.Cook for 10 minutes .

Add the wheat flour mixture ,and keep on stirring for another 10 minutes.

Next add the rest of the ingredients except the ghee and keep stirring.

Add the ghee gradually ,and when you see the mixture thicken to halwa consistency ,

and the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and tightly clings onto the mixing spoon it

is the correct consistency.

Transfer to a a greased tray and allow to cool .