Thursday, March 27, 2014

Potato Cheese Balls

Potato Cheese Balls

Quick and easy potato cheese balls,ready in less than 30 minutes.
Recipe source: Yummytummy,you can find the original recipe here.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4 
  1. Potato,boiled and mashed- 3 large
  2. Spring onion,chopped- 1 tbsp
  3. Frozen green peas-1/4 to 1/2 cup( optional)
  4. Tomato ketchup- 1 tbsp
  5. Black pepper powder- to taste
  6. Cornflour- 2 tbsp
  7. Water- as required
  8. Breadcrumbs- 1 cup
  9. Mozzarella cheese,cut into small cubes- as required
  10. Oil- for deep frying
  11. Salt- to taste

  • Heat  1 tsp oil in a pan,add spring onion and frozen green peas( if using) and saute for a minute. 
  • Add tomato ketchup ,salt and black pepper powder to taste.Add mashed potatoes and mix well.Allow this to cool slightly and divide into equal portions( about 15 to 20).
  • Take one portion of the potato mixture and place a  cheese cube in the center and cover from all  sides.Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  • Dip the potato balls in cornflour batter and evenly coat it with breadcrumbs.
  • Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the potato balls until it turns golden  brown on all the sides.
  • Serve with tomato ketchup.

  • Monday, March 17, 2014

    Kakka irachi Thoran | Kerala Clams Stir-fry with Coconut

    Kakka irachi Thoran

    Kerala style clams stir-fry with coconut.
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 2 to 3 people
    1. Kakka irachi /clams (cleaned)- 1 cup
    2. Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
    3. Curry leaves-1 sprig
    4. Fennel ,powdered-1/4 to 1/2 tsp
    5. Salt-to taste
    6. Water-as required
    7. Oil-as required
    For coconut paste:
    1. Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
    2. Ginger,chopped- 1/2 tsp
    3. Garlic,chopped-1/4 tsp
    4. Green chilies-1 or 2 nos( according to taste)
    5. Shallots-2 to 3 nos
    6. Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
    7. Kashmiri chili powder-1/4 tsp
    8. Black pepper powder-1/4 tsp
    9. Salt-to taste

  • Grind together all the ingredients listed under ' for coconut paste ' to form a coarse mixture.

  • Heat a pan/ manchatti add kakka irachi/clams, crushed coconut mixture and curry leaves.Mix well.Add one or two tbsp of water ,cover and cook until done.

  • Heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds,let it splutter.Now add more curry leaves , cooked clams and fennel powder.Saute for 2 to 3 minutes on medium flame.Add more salt if required.Serve with rice.

      Thursday, March 13, 2014

      Chettinad Chicken Curry

      Chettinad Chicken Curry

      Recipe Source
      Spicy Chettinad style chicken curry.
      Prep Time: 15 to 20 minutes
      Cook time: 20 to 30 minutes
      Serves: 4 to 5
      1. Chicken,cut into medium size pieces- 1 kg
      2. Ginger,chopped-2" piece
      3. Garlic - 10 to 12 small cloves
      4. Onion,chopped- 1 large
      5. Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
      6. Tomato ,chopped- 2 to 3 medium
      7. Red chili powder- 1 tsp
      8. Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
      9. Lemon juice- 1.5 to 2 tsp
      10. Coriander leaves,chopped- 2 tbsp
      11. Black pepper powder- to taste( optional,see notes)
      12. Salt- to taste
      13. Oil- as required
      14. Water- as required
      To roast and grind:
      1. Grated coconut- 1.5 cups
      2. Dry red chilies-6 to 8 nos
      3. Poppy seeds / Khus khus- 2 tsp
      4. Coriander seeds- 1 tsp
      5. Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
      6. Cardamom - 3 nos
      7. Cloves-2 nos
      8. Cinnamon- 1" piece
      9. Star anise- 1/2 of a small
      10. Fennel seeds- 1 tsp

    • Heat oil in a pan and add all the ingredients listed under ' To roast and grind'.Roast until it turns golden brown,stirring continuously on a medium low flame.Allow this to cool slightly,add ginger and garlic to this and grind to form a smooth paste.
    • Heat oil in a pan,add onion and saute until it turns golden brown.
    • Add curry leaves and the  coconut masala paste. Saute for few minutes.
    • Now add tomato,chili powder,turmeric powder and salt to taste.Mix well and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
    • Add chicken and mix well.Cook for 5 minutes.Now add 2 cups water and lemon juice.Mix well,cover and cook until chicken is done and gravy turns thick.Add black pepper powder to taste ( if using) ,mix well and switch off the stove.
    • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice /roti.
    • NOTES
      • As we wanted it to be spicy,I used about 8 Kashmiri red chilies, 2 tsp kashmiri chili powder and 1/2 tsp black pepper powder.Adjust the quantity according to your spice level.

      Monday, March 3, 2014

      Grilled Cheese Rolls | Quick Snack Recipe

      Grilled Cheese Rolls

      Quick and easy grilled cheese rolls ,ready in less than 10 minutes.
      Prep Time: 5 minutes
      Cook time: 5 minutes
      Serves: 2 to 3 people
      1. Sandwich bread- 8 slices
      2. Cheese slices- 8
      3. Butter-2 tbsp
    • Using a rolling pin,roll out each slice of bread and make it as thin as possible.Remove the crusts ,if desired.

    • Place the cheese slice on the bread and roll up tightly,press it down firmly to seal the edge.

    • Heat butter in a pan,place the rolls seam-side down.Cook on all sides,until the bread is toasted and cheese is melted.Serve with ketchup.