Sunday, July 31, 2011


  1. Plain flour-3/4 cup
  2. Butter(cut into small pieces)-125 grams
  3. Light brown sugar- 4 tbsp
For caramel filling
  1. Sugar-2 to 2 1/2 tbsp
  2. Butter-1 tbsp
  3. Condensed milk-200gm
  4. Vanilla essence- 1/2 tsp 
For topping
  1. Caramelized nuts-1/2 to 3/4cup 
  2. Melted Plain chocolate(optional) 

  1. Line a  square cake tin(20 cm) with baking paper.Keep aside. 
  2. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and rub in the butter with your finger tips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.Add the sugar and mix to form a firm dough.
  3. Press the dough into the base of the prepared cake tin and prick all over with a fork.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven,190 deg for 20 minutes or until light and golden.Leave it to cool in the tin.
  5. Heat sugar in a heavy bottomed pan ,lightly swirl the pan as it starts to melt. 
  6. Cook until it is completely melted and the color changes to  brown.
  7. Now add the butter,and whisk until the butter is melted and both the ingredients are combined.
  8. Now slowly add the condensed milk , whisking as you do so.Bring slowly to the boil over a very low heat,then boil very gently for 3-4 minutes,stirring constantly,until the filling has thickened.
  9. Add vanilla essence ,mix well and pour this caramel filling over the cooled base in the tin ,smooth with a palette knife.Leave to set.
  10. Scatter the caramelized nuts over the caramel filling and drizzle melted chocolate on top if desired.
  11. Cut into squares to serve.

Monday, July 25, 2011



  1. Crab(cleaned)- 500 grams
  2. Onion chopped- 2 nos
  3. Tomato sliced- 1 no(optional)
  4. Coconut milk(thick)-1/2 to 3/4 cup
  5. Curry leaves- few
  6. Mustard seeds
  7. Oil

For the marinade

  1. Ginger-1" piece
  2. Garlic-4 cloves
  3. Green chili- 1
  4. Fennel seeds-1 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  6. Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  7. Red chili powder- 2to 3 tsp(or according to taste)
  8. Curry leaves-5 to 6 nos
  9. Coriander leaves chopped- 1/4cup
  10. Mint leaves- 6 to 8 nos
  11. Water
  12. salt to taste

  • Grind all the ingredients listed under marinade to form a smooth paste.Rub this onto the crab and leave aside for half an hour.
  • Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds let it splutter .Add curry leaves and onion and saute till it turns golden brown.
  • Now add the the crab along with the remaining marinade,tomato ,salt to taste and enough water.Mix well.Cover and cook over low flame till done.
  • When the crab is cooked pour in the coconut milk and simmer for 2  minutes.

Serve with rice.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011



  1. Kadachakka /Breadfruit diced-1 1/2 cup
  2. Potato diced- 1 small
  3. Shallots sliced vertically-10 to 12 nos
  4. Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  5. Tomato-1 big
  6. Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  7. Garam masala- 1/2 tsp(optional)
  8. Mustard seeds
  9. Salt to taste
  10. oil
  11. Water

To roast and grind

  1. Coconut grated- 1 cup
  2. Red chilies- 5 nos
  3. Garlic- 2 cloves
  4. Coriander seeds-1 tbsp
  5. Shallots-4 nos
  6. fenugreek seeds-1/4 tsp
  7. fennel seeds- 1/4 tsp
  8. Cumin seeds-1/4 tsp
  9. Cloves- 2 nos
  10. Cinnamon stick - 1 1/2 " piece
  11. Chili powder-1/2 to 1 tsp
  12. oil- 1 tsp(optional)

  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  • Add curry leaves and shallots and potato.Saute for a minute.
  • Add kadachakka/breadfruit , tomato , turmeric powder,salt and water.Cook till tender.
  • Meanwhile,heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and roast ingredients 1 to 9 (of  ingredients to roast and grind),stirring continuously.
  • Roast till coconut turns golden brown.Now add chili powder and roast for a minute.Switch off the stove.
  • Allow it to cool  and grind this to form a smooth paste without adding water.
  • Add the coconut paste to cooked kadachakka/breadfruit and adjust salt to taste.Add garam masala(optional).Cook till the gravy thickens. 
Serve with rice
(Note: You can also use tamarind instead of tomatoes ,just add 1 tsp tamarind paste to the curry while  you cook the breadfruit/kadachakka,just avoid tomatoes if you are doing so.)


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Thursday, July 21, 2011


  1. Semolina/Rava- 1 cup
  2. Green chili chopped- 1 no
  3. Ginger chopped- 1 tsp
  4. Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  5. Cashew nuts- 5-6 nos
  6. Red chilies- 2 nos
  7. Asafoetida-1 pinch
  8. Onion chopped- 1/2 cup
  9. Carrot and green beans chopped - 3/4 cup
  10. Frozen green peas-1/4 cup
  11. Water-1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups
  12. Ghee/oil
  13. Salt to taste
  14. mustard seeds


  • Heat 1 tsp of oil/ghee in a pan and roast semolina till fragrant.Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds.Let it splutter.
  • Add green chili,ginger,curry leaves,cashew nuts ,red chilies and asafoetida.Saute for a minute on low flame.
  • Now add onion,carrot and green beans.Saute till the vegetables are almost cooked.
  • Add frozen green peas and pour water. Add salt to taste.Cover and cook till it starts to boil.
  • Now add slowly the roasted semolina ,stirring as you go.
  • Reduce the flame to low ,cover and cook for few minutes.
  • Open the lid and stir well.Now the upma should be soft and fluffy.(if it looks dry add a few tablespoons of water ,then cover and cook for a minute)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011



  1. Frozen puff pastry ,thawed- 2nos
  2. Chicken (cooked with salt and pepper,bones removed and shredded)-1 cup
  3. Ginger and garlic crushed- 1tsp
  4. Onion chopped finely- 1 cup
  5. Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  6. Chili powder- 1/2-3/4 tsp
  7. Chicken masala- 1tsp (or Garam masala- 1/2 tsp)
  8. Tomato chopped finely- 1/4 cup
  9. Coriander leaves chopped- 1 tbsp(optional)
  10. Milk
  11. Pepper to taste
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Oil


  • Heat oil in a pan , add ginger and garlic.Saute till done.
  • Add onion and saute till it turns golden brown.
  • Reduce the flame to low and add turmeric powder,chili powder and chicken masala. Saute for a minute.
  • Add tomato and shredded chicken.Add salt and pepper to taste and saute for 3-4  minutes.
  • Sprinkle chopped coriander on top and switch off the stove.Keep this chicken mixture aside.
  • Cut each puff pastry sheet into 4 equal squares.Gently press the puff pastry squares into greased muffin cups and prick the bottom of the cups with a fork a few times.
  • Spoon chicken mixture into pastry cups and brush the edges lightly with milk.
  • Bake  at 200 c for 20- 25 minutes or until the edges turn golden.
  • Serve warm with tomato ketchup if desired.


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011



  1. Peach (pitted and chopped)-5 nos
  2. Lemon juice-from 1 large
  3. Sugar to taste( I used almost 7 tbsp)
  4. Water- 1 cup
  5. Club soda/Sparkling water


  • In a blender puree the peaches.Run the puree through a fine mesh sieve extracting as much juice as possible and keep aside.
  • In a sauce pan bring water and sugar to boil.Simmer  over low flame until sugar is completely dissolved,stirring occasionally.Allow it to cool.
  • Add peach puree and lemon juice to the sugar syrup.Mix well and refrigerate the concentrate until chilled.
  • To serve fill 1/4 th of  a  glass with the peach lemonade concentrate and fill with club soda /sparkling water .
  • Garnish with mint sprigs if desired.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011



  1. Paneer (diced)- 100gms
  2. Tomatoes chopped finely-2 nos(large)
  3. Onion chopped finely-1 large
  4. Ginger and garlic paste-1 tbsp
  5. Cashew nut -5to6 nos
  6. Green chili (cut vertically)- 1no
  7. Kashmiri chili powder-1-1 1/2tsp
  8. Garam masala- 1 tsp
  9. Kasuri methi(dried fenugreek leaves)-1/4 tsp
  10. Ghee/butter
  11. Yogurt- 2tbsp
  12. Cream-1/4 cup
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Water


  • Puree the tomatoes and keep aside.
  • Soak cashew nuts in water and grind it to form a smooth paste.Keep aside.
  • Heat ghee/butter in a pan and shallow fry  paneer till it turns golden in color,turn sides in between,when all the sides are browned drain and keep aside.(you can also deep fry paneer if you wish to do so)
  • Heat ghee in a pan and add chopped onion and saute till it turns golden brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and cashew nut paste , saute till done.
  • Add tomato puree ,and when it starts to boil add kasuri methi,chili powder and garam masala.
  • Saute for a minute ,add yogurt and stir well.
  • Add paneer and salt to taste. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on low flame.
  • Now add cream and stir.
  • Switch off the stove and add chopped coriander leaves and drizzle melted butter on top ,if desired.

(Note:You can also use fresh fenugreek leaves for this dish.I used almost 1/2 tbsp of freshly chopped ones)
Recipe:Vanitha pachakam

Thursday, July 14, 2011


  1. Kumbalanga /Ash gourd(cut into 1"cubes)-1to1 1/2 cups
  2. Green chilies(cut vertically)- 2 nos
  3. Grated coconut-1/2 cup
  4. Cumin seeds- 3/4 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  6. Yogurt- 2cups
  7. Water
  8. Salt to taste
For tempering
  1. Mustard seeds
  2. Fenugreek seeds-1/4 tsp(optional)
  3. Shallots(chumanulli) sliced- 2 nos
  4. Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  5. Red chilies- 3 nos
  6. Oil


  • Grind together grated coconut,turmeric powder and cumin seeds with enough water to form a smooth paste.Keep aside.
  • Cook kumbalanga/ash gourd along with green chilies ,water and salt to taste.
  • Once it is cooked add the coconut paste and simmer for 2 minutes on low flame.
  • Switch off the stove and add yogurt stirring continuously.Add salt to taste.
For tempering
  • Heat oil in a pan ,add mustard seeds and let it splutter.Add fenugreek seeds,shallots,curry leaves and red chilies and saute till shallots turn golden brown.
  • Pour it over the pulishery and serve .
Serve with rice.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011



For caramelized mango
  1. Mango(peeled,pitted and cut into 1" cubes)- 1to 11/2 cups
  2. Sugar- 3 tbsp
For mango icecream
  1. Mango (peeled and pitted) - 1 medium no
  2. Milk- 1 1/2 cups
  3. Thick cream-2 cups
  4. Sugar-8 tbsp(you can increase or decrease the amount of sugar depending upon the sweetness of the mango that you are using)
  5. Egg yolks- 4 nos


For the caramelized mango
  • Heat a heavy bottomed pan,add sugar and cook over low heat.
  • Lightly swirl the pan in between and cook until it reaches golden brown.
  • Add the cubed mangoes and cook for a few minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate.

To make ice cream
  • Process the mango in a blender until  smooth .Refrigerate the mango puree until required.
  • Beat together the egg yolks ,4 tbsp sugar and 1 cup thick cream  in a mixing bowl until well combined.
  • Heat the milk,remaining 4 tbsp sugar and 1 cup cream until it is almost boiling, over low heat.
  • Gradually pour the hot milk and cream mixture on to the egg mixture,whisking as you do so.
  • Return the mixture into a saucepan and cook,stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the custard mixture thickens sufficiently to thinly coat the back of the spoon.
  • Transfer the mixture to a wide container .Allow it to cool well .
  • Cover and place the container in the refrigerator to chill for 30-40 minutes.
  • Once it is cold add the mango puree and mix well and put it into the freezer for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Take the container out ,now it should have just started freezing from the outside edges.
  • Using a wooden spatula or a sturdy whisk, beat the mixture well to make it smooth once again.Put it in the freezer.
  • Continue to check every 30-40 minutes,stirring well as it freezing.(repeat this process for 3  times)
  • After the third mixing cycle,once the mixture is soft add the caramelized mango pieces (and the sauce if present) and fold it in lightly for just two or three times.Put it back into the freezer and keep freezing until it is firm.
Serve with fresh diced mangoes.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2011


You can use  vegetables like carrots,elephant yam(chena),plantain(pachakaya),
pumpkin(mathangya),eggplant(vazhuthananga),ivy gourd(kovakka),cucumber(vellarikka),
drumstick(muringakka) ,snake gourd(padavalanga),beans etc to make aviyal

  1. Vegetables of your choice, cut into 2" long pieces- 3 cups
  2. Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  3. Grated coconut- 1 cup
  4. Green chilies- 2-3 nos
  5. Cumin seeds(crushed)-1/2 tsp
  6. Shallots(chumanulli)-4 nos
  7. Yogurt-3 tbsp
  8. Curryleaves- 2 sprigs
  9. Coconut oil- 1 tbsp
  10. Water
  11. Salt to taste

  • Coarsely grind grated coconut,green chilies ,cumin seeds and shallots .Keep aside.
  • Cook the vegetables with just enough water (almost 1/2  to 3/4 cup ) and turmeric powder,on medium flame.
  • When the vegetables are cooked  and  tender (do not over cook)  add the coconut mixture and salt to taste stirring carefully.
  • Cook for 2 minutes till dry on low flame.
  • Add yogurt and mix carefully.Switch off the stove.
  • Finally add curry leaves and coconut oil.
Serve with rice

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Monday, July 11, 2011


Spicy fish cutlets/patties with a veggie twist.

  1. Fish(cut into medium pieces)-10 to 12 pieces(use any firm fish)
  2. Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  3. Chili powder-1/2 tsp
  4. Onion - 2 medium
  5. Green chilies- 2 nos
  6. Ginger- 1" piece
  7. Garlic-2 cloves
  8. Garam masala powder- 1 tsp
  9. Pepper powder-1/4-1/2 tsp
  10. Grated carrot and cabbage-1 1/4 cups
  11. Potato cooked and mashed-2 nos
  12. Corriander leaves chopped- 1/4 cup(optional)
  13. Bread crumbs
  14. Eggs beaten lightly -2 nos
  15. Water
  16. Salt to taste


  • Cook the fish pieces with enough water,1/4 tsp turmeric powder,1/4 tsp chili powder and salt to taste.Allow it to cool, remove the bones and shred it well.Keep aside.
  • In  a blender add onions,green chilies,ginger and garlic,blend for a few seconds to form a coarse mixture.
  • Heat oil in a pan add the onion mixture and saute it turns almost golden brown.
  • Now add 1/4 tsp chili powder,1/4 tsp turmeric powder ,1 tsp garam masala powder and pepper powder to taste and saute for a minute over low flame.
  • Add grated carrots and cabbage and saute till it is cooked.
  • Add the shredded fish and saute till it is dry.
  • Add mashed potato,chopped corriander leaves and salt to taste .Mix well.Switch off the stove.Leave the mixture to cool.
  • Take small portions and shape it into discs,dip the cutlets in egg and coat with bread crumbs.( if you have extra,you can freeze it for upto 2 to 3 weeks at this stage. Thaw it before cooking.)
  • Shallow fry the cutlets,cook on both sides till  it turns golden brown.(you can deep fry the cutlets if you wish to do so )
  • Serve it as it is with tomato ketchup or just make a sandwich.

If you want to make a burger just cut a burger bun horizontaly into two and toast them lightly in an oven or on a tava.Spread mayonnaise or tomato ketchup(or even coleslaw) on the lower half .Place sliced veggies of your choice(like onion,tomato,cucumber or lettuce.I just stuffed it with lots of  greens, as you can see)
Place a cutlet/patty on the top.Spread tomato ketchup or cheese on top and cover with the other half of the bun.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mulapicha cherupayar dosa / Sprouted green gram dosa


  1. Sprouted green gram/mulapicha cherupayar - 1 cup
  2. Urad dal/Uzunnu parippu-1/2 cup
  3. Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tsp
  4. Rice-2 cups
  5. Steamed rice-1/2 cup
  6. Water
  7. Salt to taste


To prepare the batter
  • Soak urad dal ,rice and fenugreek seeds separately for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Grind urad dal and fenugreek seeds together with enough water and keep aside .Make sure it is really smooth and frothy ,as this determines how soft the dosa is.
  • Now grind rice,sprouted green gram and steamed rice with enough water to form a smooth batter.
  • Combine urad dal batter and rice batter together.Add salt to taste and mix well.
  • Leave it to ferment overnight.
Making dosas
  • Heat a non stick pan.
  • Pour a ladle full of batter on to the center of the pan ,spread it in a circle.You can make it as thin as you like.
  • Once the edges start to brown ,turn it over and cook till done.
Serve with sambar and coconut chutney

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