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). 

15 November 2013

7 November 2013

Nan Khatai ( Indian Cookies)

 Nan Khatai ( Indian Cookies)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Nan Khatai ( Indian Cookies)

Ingredients

1) Maida – 1 Cup

2) ½ cup ground sugar (Measure after powdering)

3) ½ Cup of Oil or ½ cup of Ghee (clarified butter/ melted and cooled) or ½ cup of veg shortening.

4) 1 teaspoon Baking powder

5) Vanilla Essence- 3 drops (Optional)

6) 2 teaspoons chopped cashew nuts( Optional)

7) Cardamom -2 nos.( Optional)

8) Cloves (Grambu) – 2 no. ( Optional)

9) Cherry – For Garnishing ( Optional)
Method
Powder the sugar along with cardamom and cloves and keep aside. Sieve the maida with baking powder.

Mix the sugar and ghee to a smooth paste, then mix the flour little by little with sugar- ghee paste to form a dough and finally and chopped nuts and keep aside the dough for about ½ an hour.

Make balls out of the dough and flatten them lightly with your hands. Place them on a greased baking dish and bake in a preheated oven at 180C for about 10-12 minutes. Once you see the small cracks on Nan khatai, bake for another two minutes and remove on a cooling rack.

Note: Baking time differs in each oven, so bake according to your ovens capacity.