11 December 2014

Prawns Biriyani











How to make Prawans Biriyani

Ingredients

1) Cleaned Prawns – ½ kg

2) Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon

3) Chili powder – 1 ½ teaspoon

4) Pepper powder- 1 teaspoon.

5) Salt – As required

Clean and wash the prawns and marinate it with the above ingredients 2-5 and keep aside for some time and later shallow fry till it’s done.

For the Prawns masala

1) Big Onion – 3 big size( chopped thinly)

2) Green Chilly – 5-6 nos. (chopped)

3) Garlic – 6-7 nos. (chopped)

4) Ginger – a big piece ( 2 ½”)

5) Tomato – 2 nos.( medium size)Chopped

6) Fish Masala – 1 table spoon (I use Easter Fish Masala)

7) Garam Masala – 1 teaspoon.

8) Coriander leaves – Chopped – As required.

9) Mint Leaves – 1 leaf ( Chopped)

10) Salt – As required.

For Seasoning

1) Cashew nuts – Fried
2) Raisins – Fried
3) Big Onion - Chopped thinly and sauté until golden brown– Fried
4) Chopped Coriander & mint leaves – As required

Method

Take a pan & heat oil then add chopped big onion and sauté until transparent. Then add the grinded mixture of green chilly, garlic & ginger and sauté until the raw smell out. Then add chopped tomatoes and stir fry till it is mashed and forms gravy. Then add fish Masala and sauté until the raw smell out from the spices. Finally add the fried prawns and chopped coriander leaves sauté for few minutes. And keep aside.

Rice preparation.

1) Basmati Rice - 3 cups .

2) Water – as required

3) Salt – as required.

4) Ghee- 2 teaspoon

5) Cardamoms- 4 nos.

6) Bay leaves- 1 leaf

7) Pepper corns – 10 nos.

8) Cloves- 6 nos.

9) Cinnamon stick – 1 inch pieces 3- 4 nos.

Add 3- 9 ingredients in water and allow to boil, then add the soaked rice and cook till it’s done. Finally drain the water and allow the rice to cool.

Take a vessel and grease it with some ghee and put the rice as first layer, then a portion of prawns masala small portion from the above seasoning and repeat the process until your ingredients finished.

Place a plain THAVA (Dosa kallu) on a medium heat and place the covered Biriyani vessel over the thava for about 7- 8 minutes and serve the Biriyani hot with sufficient garnishing. (Fried cashew nuts, fried onions and salads.)

12 November 2014

Chicken Sandwich







Chicken Sandwich

Very easy recipe for making and tastes great. A perfect breakfast to start a day.

Ingredients

1) Boneless chicken cut into small pieces- 250 grams

2) Mayonnaise -5- 6 table spoon ( I used low fat mayonnaise)

3) Cabbage - Finley chopped 2-3 table spoon.

4) Spring Onion- Finley chopped 4 table spoon.

5) pepper powder- 1 Teaspoon

6) Salt -for taste

Method

Cook the chicken in a pan with little water and salt till it's done. Once the water disappears add pepper powder and roast the chicken for few minutes. Then keep the chicken for cooling.

Pulses the chicken twice in a grinder (do not make a fine paste). Then transfer the chicken in to a bowl and add mayonnaise and chopped vegetables and mix well.

Spread the chicken paste evenly on bread pieces and cut it as desired.

13 October 2014

Unnakaya

Unnakaya






Unnakaya is a snack made with steamed, mashed & filled medium ripe bananas.
It should not be over brown or over ripe too. Traditionally ghee is used to deep fry the stuffed bananas .

The filling is made with eggs, grated coconut, sugar, cashews, raisins and cardamom. For those who do not like eggs, may make the filling by adding more grated coconut and cashews.

Ingredients

1) Banana – 3 nos.
2) Sugar – 2-3 table spoon
3) Grated coconut – 1 cup
4) Chopped cashews – 1/2 cup
5)Raisins – 2 table spoon
6)Cardamom -3-4 pods
7) Ghee or Coconut oil for frying

Method:

Cut the banana into quarters and steam it in a steamer. Allow it to cool.cut the bananas into lengthwise and remove the black skin. Then mash the bananas till it becomes a smooth paste using with your hands or using a masher.

Fry grated coconut using sugar till slight brown, then fry cashew nuts, raisins and cardamom separately. After cooling the items , slightly pulse coconut, cashews, and cardamom then mix it with raisins and keep aside.

Then grease your palm slightly and take a small portion of banana dough, about the size of a lemon and flatten it on your palm or shape it in the shape of a basket. Put a teaspoon of the filling on the middle of it and roll the dough into the shape of Unnakkaya . Over stuffing the dough may make it difficult to cover the sides. Heat oil in a pan and shallow / deep fry till golden brown colour.

2 February 2014

Coin biscuit(bean biscuit)







Coin Biscuits 

Ingredients 

1) Egg -2 nos.
2) Sugar - 2/3 cup
3) Maida-6 Tablespoons
4) Baking Powder-1/8 Teaspoon
5) Vanilla Essence- 1 Teaspoon

Method 

1) Combine the flour with baking powder and sieve it twice or thrice and keep
     aside.

2) In a large bowl, combine eggs and sugar and Vanila essence till doubles the volume.

3) Add the Flour to the egg mixture gently with a wooden spoon. Don’t use a beater for this step.

4) Drip the batter onto the baking sheet using a sauce bottle /zip lock bag or spoon to make small drops leaving space in between the drops.

5) Pre-heat the microwave in 120 c and bake it for about  15 mints.

28 January 2014

Baked Apple Pudding

 Baked Apple Pudding



 
 
 
 
 

 

Ingredients

1) Green Apples- 4 nos.

2) Sugar – ½ Cup

3) Lemon zest – 1 teaspoon ( Optional)

4) Butter- 50 gm.

5) Egg – 1 no.

6) Maida – ½ cup

7) Baking powder- ½ teaspoon

8) Vanilla Essance – ½ teaspoon

Peel and cut the apples and keep aside. Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla essence and the egg until smooth, finally add the maida along with baking powder and mix well . Take a baking try and grease it with little butter, pour little batter on the tray then add some chopped apple then repeat the processes until the batter is finished.

Pre-heat the oven in to 180 c and bake for about 40 minutes or until golden color .

25 January 2014

Baked Bread Pudding 






Baked Bread pudding

Ingredients

1) 8-9 slices bread
2) 2-eggs
3) 1 1/2 cup milk 
4) 3/4 cup sugar
5) 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
6)1/2 table spoon - butter
7) 1table spoon maida
8) chopped dates and cherries ( 2-3 table spoon)
9) Baking powder - 1teaspoon 

Method

In a  bowl, crumble the bread pieces with your hands till they become into a fine texture. 

Take one other bowl , add all the other ingredients to the bowl and mix well till the mixture becomes well mixed.Finally add the crumbled bread mixture and chopped dates and cherries & mix well.

Pour the batter into a prepared greased baking tray and bake it for about 40 mints in 180 degree centigrade.

25 December 2013

Rich Plum Cake



 



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Rich Plum Fruit cake

Ingredients

1)      All-purpose flour – 300 gm.
2)     Sugar – 300 gm.
3)     Softened Unsalted Butter – 300 gm.
4)     Salt – ½ teaspoon
5)     Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
6)     Eggs – 8 nos.
7)     Orange Zest – 1 no of an orange
8)    Lemon Zest – 2 nos. of a lime.
9)     Mixed Spice – 2 ½ teaspoon.

a)        Cinnamon (Karugapatta- few) powder – ½ heaped tsp.
b)        Nutmeg (Jathikka- 1 no.) powder –1 heaped tsp.
c)         Cloves (Grambu- 10 nos.) powder – 1 heaped tsp.
Ingredients for soaking the fruits.
10) Assorted dried fruits –1.2 kg. (  I have used, Raisins, sultans , dates, cherry , prunes, almonds, Walnut)

a)     Orange juice 1cup
b)     Flour – 4 table spoon
c)      Sugar – 2 table spoon
d)     Brandy /rum- 150 ml+ extra for brushing the cake.
e)     Lemon juice – 1 table spoon
f)       Vanilla essence- 2 teaspoon
g)     Honey- 3 table spoon.
h)    Mixed Spices powder – 2 ½ teas spoon
i)       Caramel Syrup - - 3-4 table spoon.
j)       Honey – 3 Table spoon
k)     hot water- 100 ml
How to make the cake
Take a big mixing bowl and mix all the dried fruits with flour, orange juice, sugar, brandy/rum, lemon juice, vanilla extract, honey, spices powder and soak it in hot water(100ml) and keep aside.( soaking the fruits in advance is more preferable for plum cakes).
Combine the flour with baking powder and salt and sieve it twice or thrice and keep aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk sugar and eggs till creamy (use the powdered sugar for better result & also beat the eggs one at a time) then mix the flour gradually in to it using a spatula. Finally add the wet ingredients in to it along with orange & lemon zest and combine well.
Pre-heat the microwave in 180 c
Pour the batter into the prepared greased baking trays and bake it for about 40 mints.
If the cake is done, remove it from the oven and immediately pour whisky or rum over it. It will soak through the entire cake right away. It will also help the cake to remain moist.
When the cake has cooled down well completely, keep it wrapped in aluminum foil.
Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Brush the cake with a little brandy and keep aside. Then wrap the cake using a plastic wrap/ or aluminum foil or in a cake tin.
 If you feel your cake is not moist then brush the cake periodically with brandy. (Once or twice a week).