EARL GREY TEA,CARDAMON ROCK CAKES


Yet another combination to innovated Rock

cakes.

This is made with infused tea and cardamon

powder,and ginger powder.

Tea with these tea rock cakes was awesome !

Do try this variation and post in your feedback.

INGREDIENTS ( makes 15)

100 gm butter

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour + 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 egg

2 tea bags ( earl grey )

1/2 cup milk + water ( mixed)

1 tsp cardamon powder

1/4 tsp ginger powder

Few cashewnuts chopped

A pinch of salt ( use only if you are using

unsalted butter)

METHOD

•Heat milk and water, add tea bags and boil till

it’s deep dark colour ,and set aside.

•Beat butter and sugar till sugar melts.

•Add egg and beat lightly.

•Mix in the infused tea,cardamom ginger

powders.

Fold in the flour and cashews and mix .

Place rustic portions on a greased tray and

bake in a preheated 180C oven for 25 minutes.

The bottom of the cookie should be brown.

SHREDDED LAMB BRUSCHETTA


Whenever I cook any meat I reserve some in

the fridge for dishes like this .This time I found

quantity of meat was less compared to the

bread I wanted to make ( lockdown blues).

So checked the fridge for combinations and

picked up the pre-soaked channa / chick peas.

That was a satisfying combination and tasty too

A quick breakfast,dinner ,or a snack at tea .

Kids will love crunchy dishes like this ,so do try

this recipe and post in your comments!

Moving to the quick recipe now

INGREDIENTS

Bread slices

200 gm meat

1/2 cup chick peas ( soaked)

Few pieces of cut leeks / spring onions

1-2 tbsp chilli paste

1/4 tsp pepper powder

Salt to taste

Butter

METHOD

•Cook the meat till it changes colour.

•Take the meat out and mince it with the chick

peas in a mixer. ( coarse mixture)

•Mix in the rest of the ingredients

•Spread butter on the slices of bread on one only.

•Spread the minced mixture on the bread slices

and bake in a preheated oven (200C) for 10

minutes.

•Remove from oven .Drizzle tomato sauce and

serve.

Variations:

You can add grated cheese before baking too.

Adding Palak is another variation.

THENGA,MANGA,PATTANI SUNDAL


The title is what you hear ,when you stroll the

beaches in Chennai.

These are prepared hygienically,and sold in

paper cones.This is one dish, we don’t think

hard when at the beach to buy and pop in your

mouth while you walk, or while the waves

caress your legs.

Mostly the people who sit and analyse,or stare

at the waves will have this in their hands.

This is like comfort food ,addictive,a pop in the

mouth it’s non stop .

Healthy and tasty dish .

Now let me take the opportunity to translate

the title for those who do not know Tamil.

Thenga-Coconut

Manga -Mango

Pattani-Peas / gram

Sundal -is the mixture altogether

The beach Sundal is mostly made with white

chick peas .Today I have the recipe with brown

chickpea which is considered more nutritious.

There are many types of chickpeas ,the white,

brown, black ,green .

You can make this with any peas of your choice

To name a few – cowpea,soya bean,boiled

corn,green gram….

So let’s get into the simple recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chick peas soaked overnight

1 raw mango grated

1/2 cup coconut

Few strips green chillies

For tempering

1 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

2 dry chillies

Few curry leaves

Tiny cut pieces of coconut

A pinch of asafoetida

1/4 tsp chilli powder ( optional)

METHOD

Cook the soaked peas till soft , and strain the

water

Heat oil ,add mustard , asafoetida,curry leaves,

dry chillies.

When the mustard starts to splitter add the

peas and the rest of the ingredients,and toss

well.Remove from fire .

(1 second after tempering is enough)

COOKED RICE CHAKLI


This is an awesome recipe,with cooked rice and

roasted gram dal.

I just tried a small quantity, with my changes

and within minutes the whole bunch of crunch

disappeared.

So do try this easy murukku prepared by left

over rice and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked rice

1/2 cup roasted gram dal

6 dry red chillies /1 tblsp chilli flakes

1/2 tsp cummin powder (I always have roasted

cummin +curry leaves powder separately)

salt to taste.

A few sesame seeds

A pinch of asafoetida

METHOD

First powder the roasted gram dal fine and set

aside ( sieve for fine press).

Next grind the cooked rice to a fine paste, with

chillies.

Mix the rest of the ingredients and knead to a

soft dough. Add little water if needed.

Insert portions of the dough into a murukku

press and make swirls into the oil directly or on

the back of a slotted spoon ,and drop into the

oil.

Fry till the bubbles in the oil slows down and

the chakli is golden brown.

Do try and send in your feedback.

KEERAI ULUNDHU VADA


Is it a rule that keerai should be added to

masala vada ( split gram dal).?

Today,I tried adding keerai to ulundhu vada

mixture and it was very tasty.

I make this vada with variations like adding

flour,rice flour or only the lentil itself.

This time I made with the inclusion of a roasted

gram dal and ponnanganni keerai (dwarf

copper leaf ). As I liked the taste ,I immersed

some in curd (thayir vada,curd vada). You can

make sambhar vada or rasam vada with this

recipe.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup urad dal ( ulundhu) soaked for minimum

20-25 minutes.

a handful of roasted gram dal

2 green chillies

Few peppercorns

A pinch of asafoetida

A pinch of baking soda

a small piece of ginger

Curry leaves

1 onion chopped

A handful of keerai (spinach, or your favourite

keerai can be addded)

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

METHOD

Wash the dal and grind to a paste with all the

ingredients except the onions and curryleaves.

Add the onions and curry leaves after you have

ground the dal.

Divide into portions, deep fry, or shallow fry to

a golden brown color.

Curd vada variation

Add the fried vadas to a bowl of hot water

for 5 minutes.Squeeze out the water lightly

and add to prepared curd.

To prepare curd

Beat the thick curd with salt, a little ginger-

garlic paste,a little sugar.

Garnish with sliced green chillies and

coriander leaves.

Sambhar vada ,and rasam vada can be made

with the same method.