Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mango Stuffed Akki ( Rice ) Roti

          Priya of Priya's Versatile Recipes has started this new event called ' Shhh Cooking Secretly Challenge '. There's a facebook group and every month we're paired with a fellow blogger in the group. Each of the member has to suggest 2 ingredients to the other, and we have to cook something using both or one of the ingredients. Only the pairs know the secret ingredients and the rest of the group comes to know about it only on the revealing date. We had posted our dishes couple of days back, and had fun, guessing other's secret ingredients. For this month's challenge I was paired with Nayana Pikle of Nayana's Kitchen Kreations, and she had suggested mangos and rice flour. As we are still in the beginning of the mango season, I couldn't get really good ripe mangos. But last week, I picked up one, though it was not very sweet, it served the purpose. I made a filling with it and made stuffed rice rotis, thus using both the ingredients. They tasted really good, best when eaten warm and on the same day. If refrigerated, as is the case of rice flour, it tends to harden. The method was very simple and I should thank Nayana for choosing such beautiful ingredients..
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Gulab Jamun From Khoya, Kova

          Happy Tamil New Year And Happy Vishu ! Traditionally, today we make a full course meal, with sambar, rasam, poriyal, varuval, kootu, appalam, vadai and payasam for lunch, but since it's not a holiday for both my husband and daughter, I didn't feel like cooking such an elaborate lunch for myself. But still, I wanted to do something sweet, I had bought some khoya for another dish, had some left in the refrigerator and I wanted to do something with it. So instead of doing the regular payasam I made some gulab jamuns using the khoya. This is the first time, I am doing gulab jamuns from khoya and after checking out many recipes, I finally followed  the recipe of Harichandana of Indian Cuisine. The gulab jamuns turned out really very soft and delicious, the only changes that I might make next time is, add another 1/2 tablespoon of flour and make slightly stiffer dough. Since the final dough was very soft, the jamuns seem to absorb some oil while deep frying, of course I drained the excess oil, but I thought, the next time I'll make the dough a little firmer. But other than that, the jamuns were awesome, soft to the core ( literally, with no hard centers ), and very easy to do too..
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Mochai Kurma, Field Beans ( Avarekalu ) Kurma

          Fresh Mochai/Field Beans/ Avarekalu is in season from December to March, and in India, especially in Bangalore, you can find loads of them. Though I have used it only in sambar, poriyals and kurmas, here in Bangalore, people make so many varieties with it, starting from upmas, pilafs and even dosas. I had bought some, shelled, cleaned and frozen them, after using them in curries I had a little left, and I finally finished it off in this kurma. I did the entire cooking in the pressure pan, very simple to make and it goes very well with rotis and dosas..
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Eggless Julekake, Norwegian Christmas Bread

          This time I am very late in posting for the monthly Eggless Challenge, but at least, I am happy that at least I was able to make it finally. Julekake/ Norwegian Christmas Bread was our challenge for this month and was suggested by Priya Srinivasan of Enveetu Kitchen. It's a delicious bread dotted with lots of raisins and candied citron, as it was difficult for me to find citron here, I have used candied orange peel. I didn't get candied orange peels in the nearby stores, so finally made my own. The bread turned out really good, the texture, excellent and the flavor from the candied orange peels was simply superb and it tasted awesome when toasted with a little butter, we all loved it..
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