Saturday, 30 November 2013

Knol Khol Stir Fry

No wonder nowadays there is no co-ordination between what I prepare and what I post. I, at times feel lost, when I see so many pending posts yet to publish. Wish I had one full day that was free to write and schedule. Well, my half day goes with my language learning class and rest of the day managing the household. How I wish I had an extra 5-6 hours a day. Well, today on post is Knol Khol Stir fry. It was never ever brought until late September this year. Once by chance brought that vegetable and prepared this stir fry. From that day on, never it failed to be up to on the table to go with rice once in a week atleast, permanent veggie in my refrigerator. It tasted delicious and perfect. Here I share the simple and humble recipe of mine.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Bell Pepper Rice/Capsicum rice/Paprika Rice

Flavor of capsicum is something I am madly in love with, the colors, they tempt me. At times I get the Bell pepper/Paprika mix and use them in different dishes from raita to rice items. One rice item that I often prepare is Bell pepper rice. This tastes heavenly with mild crunch of Paprika. I normally prefer cooking such rice delicacies over the plain steamed rice with normal sambhar, dry side dish, as it eases out the task leaving me with less items to be prepared to set my dining table. Won't you love to know the way I prepare? Yes, there are ample number of ways it can be prepared and here I share my easy way, it would be ideal to prepare if you have left over steamed rice too. It is a post which was pending from long in my drafts. Here goes the recipe.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Calling all Great Cooks for a Giveaway!

A month and 3 days more left for opening yet another book, a blank page of the 365page book of our life. Time rolls out, never knew I would ever be blogging in my life. I had been in this field from almost 8 months now. I had been from last month a bit on a lower pace in blogging, with just few recipes coming up a week. But I do spend time bloghopping whenever possible and leaving behind comments. I firmly believe they are moral boosters. They definitely double up your energy within to try out more and share more. I am really fortunate to have so many friends today in this world of blogging. Needless to say they are the reason for my existence here. For the 1st time I would like to share something in the form of giveaway with my blogger and non blogger friends who support me in one or the other ways. It is Just Eat India that is sponsoring the vouchers for 3 winners.
These vouchers would be valid in all restaurants with Just Eat India in the cities of Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Chennai.Won't you love to win this giveaway?, Gift a friend/relative and make them feel happy this new year or enjoy yourself if you are in these cities.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Plain Pannacotta with Orange sauce and Strawberry Jam

A most wonderful dessert that I ever had was Pannacotta. Never in my life did I ever have this exotic dessert. No wonder, my sweet tooth will never stop me from trying out desserts from Indian to International. To be upfront, I never ever prepared this dessert nor tasted in my life. As a part of challenge in SFC-Sweet Fantasy Club this month we were given Pannacotta as a fusion dessert and Malpua as Indian sweet. I'm happy to be a part of this group and to get a chance to try these beautiful desserts. I enjoyed the very authentic Indian sweetmeat malpua which I posted yesterday, to talk about Pannacotta, I was worried and became little edgy, hence tried to prepare as less as possible, still I ended up with 3 cups filled half with this fantabulous lip smacking dessert. I'm happy for that now as my kid just gobbled the entire one cup and was asking for more. I was scared to offer her more though. I too enjoyed it alot, so not to complain much about her. Pannacotta is an Italian Dessert believed to have originated in the Northern Italian region of Piedmont, although it is known worldwide. Pannacotta which literally means 'Cooked Cream'. In earlier days this dessert used to prepared by cooking cream along with fish bones which contain collagen that act as gelatin to help set the cream when cooled to room temperature. But nowadays lots of ways are found to make it vegetarian with the use of agar agar, a sea weed(vegetarian Gelatin it can be called). Even vegan Pannacotta can be prepared with the use of soy milk/ almond milk/ coconut milk instead of regular milk and cream. So here I share without any delay the recipe of Vegetarian version of Pannacotta.

Thursday, 21 November 2013


A month passed and today is 21st  again and here I'm with one of the challenges decided in SFC(Sweet Fantasy Club) for November 2013. I love the authentic Indian desserts for sure, I infact have no dislike towards any. Today's challenge for this month with regard to Indian sweets is Malpua. It is made in different ways with varied ingredients and my hands on Malpua this Diwali was a successful one with my kids and Mr. S eating one after the other that hardly I had time to arrange a plate and click few photos. I prepared mini malpuas and I even got a chance to offer them to my Kid's day care where all small cute kids enjoyed this with Rabdi. I got a lovely feedback from a German lady who looks after my kid along with others at day care. I was super excited when I heard such great feedback from her.Another great news is that on Nov 5th 2013, this year my space had 1 lakh pageviews. I wanted to celebrate the occasion with this delicious Indian Sweet.
I was so very happy. Malpua is a north Indian sweet which usually is accompanied by Rabdi. It is common during festivals or any functions. So here I share today Malpua.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup- A diabetic awareness post

An awareness campaign was planned by Swathi Iyer of Zesty South Indian Kitchen. Today Nov 14th is celebrated as World Diabetes Day. She asked for my willingness to join in, and I was so glad, and said YES to her request. Diabetes, as all know is a dreadful metabolic disease where a person suffering will have a high level of blood sugar due to either of the reasons, one is due to lower secretion of Insulin or due to the absence of a response from the cells to the Insulin produced. They correspond to Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 respectively. There is something called Gestational Diabetes which occurs in pregnant woman which may or may not disappear after delivery but it is an indication that there are high level chances of getting a Type 2 Diabetes in the later stage of life. I am grateful to God for saving me till date form this monster and glad that none in my family have this. As now Insulin and other oral medications are available all forms of Diabetes is treatable.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Cauliflower Masala/Gobi Masala

A weekend definitely calls for something different and delicious. We at home don't mind a bowl full of muesli in the morning, some rice item for lunch and a mild dinner with rotis and curry or rice and dal. But weekend is full of cooking cooking and cooking, and every time when it is something new and different we enjoy. So today our lunch was with Cauliflower/Gobi masala and rotis. Wow, a bliss indeed it was. I used Kashmiri Lal mirch powder to get a bright red color to my dish and well color itself increased our hunger to some extent and no wonder the taste was so nice that I couldn't stop eating just 3 rotis and had another one just to eat this delicious side dish. Well, my intention behind trying this was SYS-W series for November by Viji. This month's hidden ingredients chosen by me were 1 and 4 and they were Onion and Cauliflower. Hence I gave this dish a try and would keep preparing this anymore to accompany the rotis for sure.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Sweet Corn Rice

Guest posting was something very new to me.I had quite a number of times seen Be My Guest option in Rafeeda's space and when I saw this for the first time I too wished that I do a guest post for her beautiful space.I was initially very much surprised and used to think as how this exactly happens. We were friends over Facebook and had a chat with her about this guestposting. I was such a dumb that I even asked Rafee that could that post be an old one when it comes to guest post. Well it was she who explained me so patiently about this guest posting concept. I guess anyone will get irritated with such silly questions that I had put forward and won't like to explain such minor concepts. Isn't it? But I could see the difference in her approach. She patiently explained her concept and I felt honored when she gave a warm welcome to my request and said Yes to guest post my recipe there. When asked for the type of recipe she would prefer, she was like any recipe of your choice and happily agreed to guest post my humble recipe up in her place. I'm feeling honored for sure.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Wheat Flour Laddu/Atte ka Laddu

Diwali celebrations are still in the air and as I write this post I couldn't resist myself and gobbled one laddu. I had thought of preparing in large quntities and was little skeptical and worried as how it would be like, so ended up prepaing only 40 and to my surprise they turned awesome. With the goodness of homemade ghee, roasted flour, sugar and flavour of cardamom it was heaven indeed. I was shocked to see my kid coming over and over again and leaning over me and asking me for a pinch of the laddu mixture as I was binding them. I just couldn't resist my laugh. Me and Mr. S were watching her. She was loving me more for I had the laddu mixture in my hand. So I felt as though ball was on my court and was purposely delaying in passing her the laddus just to get the sweet kisses from her and to enjoy her overpouring love.
I had around 40 laddus done and stored in container and now only very few are remaining. Let me share the recipe with you all so that you could try them out soon.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Khova / Mawa

Diwali is here and many Indian sweets do call for mawa/khoya but it definitely is very tedious to prepare as it takes time and it is something which you cannot prepare in hurry and it is best to prepare 2-3 days ahead of your preparation and then store in airtight container. I had to prepare Rawa aur Mawa Gujiya (will update in my next post already updated Rawa aur Mawa Gujiya/Ghughra Recipe my very first post in this blog) and hence I wanted mawa for which I couldn't rely on Indian stores here as most of the time it happens that they get out of stock or not upto the mark and hence best is to prepare at home for me with the help of full cream milk. I used a litre of full cream milk to prepare a cup of mawa. It took me around an hour to get the final one cup. Had it been with litres and litres I would have exhausted by the time I prepared mawa. But somehow it feels good when we have home made. Well here I share the steps to prepare one cup mawa.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Alu Bhujiya Sev

Diwali is a festival celebrated with full enthu in India, I miss the fun and enjoyment we have when we are together with families during such occasions. But well to compensate that I started preparations for Diwali here and having together those delicacies with family and friends is something I enjoy. With many to do lists in my hand and I find it extremely difficult to blog, not because I feel lazy but due to the fact that as days have gone, with improved blogging and other few inevitable commitments are just pulling me down from writing up a post. Have loads and loads of recipes in drafts, but somehow when I sit to write I end up with some other work leaving my baby blog unattended. Well yesterday I prepared Alu Bhujiya Sev and the best part was as I was going to prepare Mr.S was like 'why you are straining yourself?' and later he ended up eating a bowl. I was determined as I had already boiled potatoes. If not I would have felt lazy and left the idea of preparing them. Well felt satisfied after piling up 2 big plates full of Alu Bhujiya Sev. Without any further delay I share the recipe for the same