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Made with love , for the celebration of love..velvety delight!!

Baking, cakes, Desserts, Sweets | February 14, 2015 | By

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The celebration of Valentine’s day gets popular with every passing day .A day dedicated to your loved ones..that’s how its been captioned ..so dedicating this post to my family and my dearest ones ..with loads of love 🙂

The best recipe to try out on Valentine’s day are the Red Velvet cupcakes. Red velvet cupcakes are super moist cupcakes which are mostly dark red, bright red or red-brown in color. The red color is often with adding beetroots or food color.

 

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Red Velvet Cupcakes
5433 calories
666 g
700 g
295 g
49 g
115 g
1399 g
2254 g
512 g
5 g
156 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1399g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5433
Calories from Fat 2595
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 295g
453%
Saturated Fat 115g
575%
Trans Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 28g
Monounsaturated Fat 128g
Cholesterol 700mg
233%
Sodium 2254mg
94%
Total Carbohydrates 666g
222%
Dietary Fiber 7g
27%
Sugars 512g
Protein 49g
Vitamin A
127%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
59%
Iron
28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ cup flour
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  4. ¼ tsp salt
  5. 1 large egg
  6. ½ cup oil
  7. ½ tsp baking soda
  8. ½ tsp vinegar
  9. ¾ cup buttermilk
  10. 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  11. 1 tsp of red food colour
  12. Cream Cheese Frosting
  13. 1 cup cream cheese
  14. ½ cup butter
  15. 2 ½ cup icing sugar, sifted
  16. 1 tsp of vanilla essence
Instructions
  1.  Preheat oven to 180 degree C.
  2.  Line pans with cupcake liners.
  3.  Whisk flour, sugar, cocoa and salt set aside.
  4.  In a mixing bowl beat egg, oil, buttermilk , red food colour and vanilla essence.
  5.  Fold in the flour mix without any lumps.
  6.  In a small bowl mix baking soda and vinegar till the mix is bubbling, add it to batter
  7. and mix.
  8.  Pour the batter into cupcake liners bake for 15 mins or till a skewer inserted comes
  9. out clean.
  10.  Let it cool and top the cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
  11. Cream Cheese Frosting
  12.  In a medium bowl add with electric mixer combine cream cheese and butter till
  13. creamy.
  14.  Mix vanilla &powdered sugar.
  15.  Mix till everything is combined.
  16.  Use frosting to frost the cupcakes.
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calories
5433
fat
295g
protein
49g
carbs
666g
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Sago Gulu Melaka..the easy peasy pudding!!

Desserts, Sweets, veg | February 9, 2015 | By

 

Off with all the birthday celebrations of my munchkins..both happy to have their birthdays celebrated with their friends…the best part is making time for their wishes and never-ending menus…the twinkle of happiness that their eyes have is so very mystical. They can be the most naughtiest, the best friends worst enemies when stubborn..he he ..its all in the game ..I was the same 😉

Today’s recipes credit goes to Khairul from Malaysia who is a foodie and blogger. I remember the day he had whatsapped me on the availability of classes. It was when he had dropped in with his friends for the class that I knew that he had been for long a follower of my blog…an avid and very much talented foodie! The first time I read about the pudding was long back …it was one afternoon that it struck me that Khairul would have more info on this dessert…

“Sago Gulu Melaka” a local Malaysian dessert. This is a really quick and easy recipe for dessert with just 4 main ingredients. The pandan leaf is known as the vanilla of the east because of its unique aroma. These leaves are used in Indonesian, Singaporean, Filipino, Malaysian, Thai, Bangladeshi, Vietnamese, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Khmer, and Burmese foods, especially rice dishes, cakes, and desserts.

 

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Sago Gulu Melaka
1068 calories
186 g
0 g
36 g
3 g
32 g
363 g
25 g
181 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
363g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1068
Calories from Fat 303
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g
56%
Saturated Fat 32g
160%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 25mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 186g
62%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 181g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
3%
Iron
32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 300 GMS of Sago (Sabudana)
  2. 100 GMS of Sugar
  3. 80 GMS of Palm Sugar (Gulu Melaka)
  4. 1 tbsp of Vanilla Essence / 1 pandan leaf
  5. 3/4 cup of Coconut Milk
Instructions
  1.  Boil 2 litre of water with sago until the sago cooks well.
  2.  Strain the sago in a sieve and lightly wash off the starch under cold running water.
  3.  Place the sago in small bowls, level the top and freeze for about 30 minutes.
  4.  In a saucepan heat the coconut milk till it starts boiling and keeps aside.
  5.  In another saucepan cook palm sugar with sugar and the ¾ cup of water till the sugar
  6. dissolves with the vanilla essence / pandan leaf and makes syrup.
  7.  While serving separate the sago shapes on to plates and pour coconut milk and
  8. sugar syrup over it.
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calories
1068
fat
36g
protein
3g
carbs
186g
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Fusioned Bliss-Chettinad Chattipathri & Choondu chutney!

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It’s the 31st of Jan and in Munnar the nights have been pretty much cold..well although we haven’t had snow the temperature had dropped down to -3/-2 a few days back. Tomorrow it’s my little ones bday and he’s super excited..of course how would he not be excited… I too was very much the same. He’s been advising me for the past few weeks of how his cake should be …he was more into getting me to make Ben 10 figurines for him. Hmm..but I wasn’t able to strain much and did him a cake .When I just got over with the frosting part the icing bag slips and falls on the edge of the cake causing a havoc on the frosting. Hearing me squeak ..he came near me and voiced smiling at me,”Amma ..Don’t worry its still a very beautiful cake ..I am so happy you made it for me.” I felt my heart sink at that moment…I hugged him and told him I would do the best I could. And I could do justice to an extend to his cake…really happy that I could.Tomorrow it’s the first time he has some of his friends for his birthday and so it’s a Big day for my boy as he’s turning 7!

“Mother’s Recipe”, the market leader in After accepting their invite in a Indian Pickles has a Product range that now consists of Pickles, Condiments, Blended Spices, Papads, Appalams, Curry Pastes, Curry Powders, Ready to Cook Spice Mixes, Ready to Eat meals (Canned and Retort Packing), Mango Chutneys, Ethnic Chutneys, Canned Vegetables, & Mango Pulp. It was indeed pretty much exciting to have an invite from them to participate in their Mother’s Recipe: Innovative Recipe Challenge’!

After accepting their invite in a week or so I have my hamper of their variety goodies at my doorstep.So heres my entry for the challenge.I took up the pack of the ready mix of “Chicken Chettinad “ and the pack of “Gujarati Choondo pickle”.I wanted to bring in a traditional fusion to the recipe. The pickle was very sweet compared to the normal pickle with a had a wonderful tangy taste. I infused the chettinad chicken with the Chattipathiri a traditional keralan Lasagne and popped up a dip with the pickle.Heres the recipe..

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Chettinad Chatti Pathiri & Choondu Chutney
2506 calories
195 g
947 g
84 g
228 g
38 g
1111 g
873 g
1 g
0 g
36 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1111g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2506
Calories from Fat 740
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 84g
129%
Saturated Fat 38g
190%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 947mg
316%
Sodium 873mg
36%
Total Carbohydrates 195g
65%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 1g
Protein 228g
Vitamin A
18%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
22%
Iron
91%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Chettinad Chatti Pathiri
  2. 2 cups of Wheat flour
  3. 2 eggs
  4. ½ cup of thick coconut milk
  5. ½ tsp of black pepper powder
  6. Salt to taste
  7. For the filling
  8. 1 pack of Mothers recipe Chicken Chettinad mix
  9. ½ kg chicken (boneless) pieces
Instructions
  1.  Make a batter of flowing consistency with wheat flour adding water and salt.
  2.  With the batter make 6-8 dosas on a hot flat pan and keep them aside.
  3.  Fry the chicken pieces in 2 tbsp of oil till the chicken goes golden in colour.
  4.  Take it off the pan and shred the chicken pieces in a chopper/mixer.
  5.  Now as per the directions on the pack, mix the contents of the pack to 1 ½ cup of the
  6. water without any lumps.
  7.  Add this into a pan, let it simmer, add in the shredded chicken and cover and cook till
  8. the chicken is cooked.
  9.  Evaporate the stock once cooked so that it coats the chicken well and dry fry it in the
  10. pan and keep aside.
  11.  Beat the eggs well with black pepper powder and salt.
  12.  Dip all the dosas in the egg mixture.
  13.  Place a dipped dosa on a plate and on the top lightly coat the coconut milk on thee
  14. dosa with your fingers.
  15.  Spoon in and spread the filling on the dosa and place another dipped dosa on top
  16. smear coconut milk , the spoon the chicken filling and place another dipped dosa
  17. making a sandwich Stack at the least 6 to the max 8 dosas in the stack.
  18.  Heat a wok /a heavy pan with 2 tbsp of oil, place the stacked dosas and cover it with
  19. a lid and cook on medium flame.
  20.  Remove from flame once cooked.
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calories
2506
fat
84g
protein
228g
carbs
195g
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Basbousa -the Mediterranean delish!!

cakes, Desserts, Snacks, Sweets | January 28, 2015 | By

 

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Born and brought up in Abudhabi ..I have always had my flair for the Mediterranean cuisine .I still remember how I craved for my Dads parcel of special packed food during the month of Ramadan during his night shifts.This time round when I went  to a shopping mall in Cochin I pointed out to my husband the “Basbousa” telling him all stories of what it was.Back home and how could resist myself from baking it..these are some hardcore facts of being a foodie..

Basbousa is a very popular and tasty Mediterranean sweet cake. Cooked with semolina and soaked in simple sugar syrup this cake has different regional names ..in Arabic its Basbousa/Harisa , Turkey  its Revani/Ravani, Lebanon its Nammoura , Armenian its Shemali … the roots or the origin of this cake is told to be Turkey .

Basbousa -the Mediterranean delish!!
7599 calories
1254 g
576 g
252 g
102 g
53 g
2368 g
3269 g
832 g
1 g
185 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2368g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 7599
Calories from Fat 2239
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 252g
387%
Saturated Fat 53g
263%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 51g
Monounsaturated Fat 134g
Cholesterol 576mg
192%
Sodium 3269mg
136%
Total Carbohydrates 1254g
418%
Dietary Fiber 22g
86%
Sugars 832g
Protein 102g
Vitamin A
25%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
174%
Iron
119%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. For the Syrup
  2. 1 ½ cup of sugar
  3. 1 ½ cup of water
  4. 1 tsp of rosewater
  5. Juice of ½ lemon
  6. For the cake batter
  7. 1 cup of semolina
  8. 1 cup of flour
  9. 1 cup of sugar
  10. 2 tsp of baking powder
  11. 2 tsp of vanilla essence
  12. 1 cup of yoghurt
  13. 3 eggs
  14. ½ cup of scraped coconut
  15. ½ cup of oil
  16. Almonds for garnish
Instructions
  1.  In a saucepan boil the water to make the syrup, add in the sugar and stir till it
  2. dissolves completely.
  3.  Mix in the lemon juice and rosewater and let it cool.
  4.  Preheat oven at 180 degree Celsius.
  5.  In a bowl, beat egg and sugar.
  6.  Add in the yoghurt, oil and sieve in the flour.
  7.  Mix in baking powder, vanilla essence and coconut.
  8.  Transfer to a greased baking dish and bake till the cake is done or for about 30
  9. minutes.
  10.  Garnish with almonds.
  11.  Pour the sugar syrup over the cake when the cake is still hot.
  12.  Serve when cold.
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calories
7599
fat
252g
protein
102g
carbs
1254g
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A kickstart with the Cornish Soft Roast!

Baking, chicken, Non-veg | January 15, 2015 | By

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The start of the new year is the start new resolutions. The first resolution of mine..was to update my blog!!!After 14 whole days with the start off the new year …theres been things that I am back to ..and one is that I’m back to baking  😉 But not that I would have time for orders…but just for my family and friends!Have heard on different types of roast chickens but had never dared to try out recipes just a bit sceptical on how it would turn out to be  😛 So when  Ali dropped in for one of my classes and gave  me a wonderful recipe on his mom’s fav recipe…I really had a reason to try it out …and it was a hit!

The traditional British and Irish meals mainly consists of roasted meat , vegetables  and  puddings. The English roast is also a main part of the Christmas dinner. The roasts can be done with beef , chicken , lamb and turkey.  As it’s the Christmas time, today’s recipe is the Cornish Soft roast chicken which has a crispy skin and the meat is soft and tender on the inside.

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Cornish Soft Roast Chicken
3353 calories
212 g
944 g
175 g
233 g
64 g
2804 g
3397 g
42 g
2 g
94 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2804g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3353
Calories from Fat 1567
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 175g
269%
Saturated Fat 64g
320%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 28g
Monounsaturated Fat 66g
Cholesterol 944mg
315%
Sodium 3397mg
142%
Total Carbohydrates 212g
71%
Dietary Fiber 23g
93%
Sugars 42g
Protein 233g
Vitamin A
59%
Vitamin C
224%
Calcium
46%
Iron
110%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 whole chicken (cleaned with skin)
  2. 2 large onions sliced in circles
  3. ¼ cup of chopped celery
  4. 1 lemon
  5. 3 potatoes cubed
  6. 3 tsp of flour
  7. 2 cups of chicken stock water
  8. Salt to taste
  9. For the Filling
  10. 3 big onions chopped
  11. 30 g of butter
  12. 3-4 sausages sliced
  13. 1 egg whisked
  14. Fresh Bread crumbs from 3 slices of bread
  15. 2 tsp of parsley chopped
  16. 2 tsp of sage leaves chopped
  17. Salt and pepper to taste
  18. For the Glaze
  19. 2 tsp of soy sauce
  20. 1 tbsp of butter
  21. 4 tbsp of chicken stock
Instructions
  1.  Heat butter in a pan and sauté the chopped onions till pale in colour on low heat stir
  2. in sage and parsley along with the sausage pieces.
  3.  Add in the egg and bread crumbs and keep stirring.
  4.  Pour about ¼ cup of chicken stock water, cover and cook for around 10minutes.
  5.  Add a salt to taste and pepper as needed for the spice.
  6.  Fry the mix till the water evaporates and keep aside.
  7.  Rub and marinate the chicken with the juice of a lemon and a generous amount of
  8. salt.
  9.  Stuff the inside of the chicken with filling and place it in a roasting dish.
  10.  Pour in some of the chicken stock until the stock sits about a quarter of the way up
  11. the chicken.
  12.  Place the onion rings into the stock around the sides of the chicken.
  13.  Place the cubed potatoes on top and in between the onion rings.
  14.  Sprinkle the flour over the onion rings and potatoes to help to thicken the stock.
  15.  Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius.
  16.  Place the roasting dish in the centre rack of the oven and keep checking every 20
  17. mints or so to ensure the stock doesn’t become too dry, the stock should reduce but
  18. not dry completely.
  19.  When the chicken is half way cooked start preparing the glaze.
  20.  Melt butter in a small pan, mix in the soy sauce and chicken stock.
  21.  Brush it on the chicken and continue with the roasting of the chicken.
  22.  Cook until the chicken is thoroughly cooked for about one and half hours.
  23.  Garnish with chopped celery.
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calories
3353
fat
175g
protein
233g
carbs
212g
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Christmas bells n Scones!!!

Baking, Breads, cakes, flour, Snacks | December 29, 2014 | By

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There’s the end of another year….. 2014 is slowly winding up..and it’s time for new resolutions !!!! .The holidays for Christmas have started ….break till the 5th of Jan 2015 when the new term is going to start off at school .My elder one Surji is off enjoying his break with his cousins at his father’s house and Siva with me my nonstop blabbering companion. It’s better to hear that my health is catching up from last week’s review at the doc..but the craziest thing is when everyone who meet up with me after a few days have been asking me , ”Oh Nimi u seem to be enjoying your break from school ..You have put on weight!!!”   Ha! And the actual truth I feel quite bloated up and tired …an effect from the medications. A worried me asks my doc once in a while ..if I would become my actual self ..She smiles and says ….”all will be well once the course is completed!!”Hmm ….Hope for the best ! So before I get too lazy and sleepy in writing this post ..let me hop on to the recipe of Scones…and thank u Sylvia….here’s picking out and trying recipes from your book 😉

Scone is a single serving cake or quick bread. They are often lightly sweetened and are occasionally glazed. These are different from the normal sweet buns which are normally made from yeast. There are different types of scones and the variants differ from the places .In some countries they also have the savory scones. Scones are normally served with tea or coffee.

 

 

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Scones
2488 calories
433 g
224 g
68 g
49 g
40 g
1551 g
3663 g
89 g
0 g
23 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1551g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2488
Calories from Fat 593
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 68g
104%
Saturated Fat 40g
199%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 224mg
75%
Sodium 3663mg
153%
Total Carbohydrates 433g
144%
Dietary Fiber 19g
75%
Sugars 89g
Protein 49g
Vitamin A
42%
Vitamin C
237%
Calcium
126%
Iron
46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200ml fresh cream
  2. 3 cups of flour
  3. 1 ½ tsp salt
  4. 4 ½ tsp of baking powder
  5. 1 cup lemonade
  6. Flour for dusting
  7. For Lemonade
  8. 1 ½ cup of water
  9. 4-5 tbsp of sugar
  10. Juice of 3 lemons
Instructions
  1.  To make the lemonade first boil water, stir in sugar till it dissolves well and then
  2. remove from heat.
  3.  Let the syrup cool and mix in the lemon juice and keep aside.
  4.  Sift the flour, baking powder and salt twice into a bowl.
  5.  Make a well in the center and pour in the lemonade and cream.
  6.  Use wooden spoon and slightly fold in to make slightly sticky dough.
  7.  Dust flour on your counter; roll the dough slightly mixing the dough to keep it from
  8. sticking.
  9.  Pat out the dough about 4cm thick with your hands, sprinkling flour when kneaded.
  10.  Use a scone cutter or a circle shaped cutter to cut out circles.
  11.  Place these shapes on to a baking tray and leave them to rise for about 10 minutes.
  12.  Preheat oven to 230 degree Celsius and bake these scones for about 15-20 minutes
  13. or until they are golden in colour.
  14.  Eat them warm /cold topped with jam, butter or cheese.
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calories
2488
fat
68g
protein
49g
carbs
433g
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Another addition to all the news that I have shared up ….have started writing a weekly culinary venture column with Mathrubhumi Nagaram newspaper(a Malayalam newspaper) in the name “Nimi’s Kitchen!”

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So Wishing all a very Merry Christmas!!!

 

 

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Kulfi time !!!

Desserts, icecreams, veg | December 22, 2014 | By

 

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Its been like ages since I have posted …..really wanted to do a post for Childrens day…but couldn’t make it .As my kids had their always loved Kulfis. The past two months have been totally head raking for me classes, school , book , kids, home….things wouldn’t have been more or less worser with me being diagnosed with pneumonia…sheesh….. its like being chained …!!! The curtain raiser for the whole melodramatic experiences started off with Siva’s hand fractured…then with the viral and then with me all sick…hoping to get things sorted out and fine…

The kulfi recipe goes on to one of my students and dear friend ….Lindiwe Richer..sorry Lindi for being snail late..in posting this recipe…

 

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Almond Dates Kulfi
679 calories
91 g
39 g
28 g
25 g
8 g
603 g
231 g
75 g
0 g
19 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
603g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 679
Calories from Fat 241
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g
43%
Saturated Fat 8g
38%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 39mg
13%
Sodium 231mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 91g
30%
Dietary Fiber 9g
37%
Sugars 75g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
21%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
73%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of full cream milk
  2. 1 tbsp of corn flour made into a thick paste adding cold water
  3. ½ cup of chopped dates
  4. ¼ cup of almonds roughly chopped
  5. 4-5 strands of saffron
  6. Seeds of one cardamom
  7. 1 tin of condensed milk(400g)
Instructions
  1. Mix in the milk and condensed milk and bring to boil.
  2.  On boiling, reduce the flame to low stir in the corn flour paste, cardamom seeds,
  3. almonds, dates and saffron.
  4.  Stir the mix on low flame till it thickens.
  5.  Let it cool and pour into kulfi moulds and freeze till they are firm.
  6.  Please take care while de moulding slightly pour hot water on it (take care that water
  7. doesn’t seep into the mold).
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calories
679
fat
28g
protein
25g
carbs
91g
more
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Slurp on these milky delights !!!

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Going all bananas…..Celebrating the day!

Appetizers, Baking, cakes, flour | November 3, 2014 | By

 

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A few weeks back all you could hear was the bloom of the Neelakurinji flower(Strobilanthes kunthiana) a shrub that is told to bloom only once in twelve years in and around Munnar. The beauty was just breathtaking when you have a whole area all blue. It was as if you were in heaven a whole new world. Although I had plans to do a post all were just flushed out with my schedules. The past weeks were pretty out of my hands with my younger one having a fractured arm and guests in and out. A bit relieved that now his arm is ok .Its been quite some time or should I say a very loooooooooooooong time since I baked cakes…it was just now that I recollected that its been an year. Today it’s a very special day…..special in many ways….so back to baking a special cake!

My dad is the best man in my life, the first love of my life, the most perfect man ever….always there to support, to relive my dreams….No matter how old I get, no matter how often I stay out with friends, no matter how far I move away with my husband, no matter how many children I have, no matter how many grandchildren I will have….daddy, I will still be your little girl! I love you more than the world will ever know!!!!

There couldn’t have been a better father than you on this earth – happy birthday to the man who taught me my worth…Happy Birthday Acha! <3 <3 <3

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Reliving all the magic that the third of November has here’s the recipe of the Banana cake that I baked .This super moist not too sweet cake was adapted from a cookbook gifted to me by one of my cooking class students, Sylvia Lewis who herself is a very talented cook  , foodie and  wonderful human being .The book is a collection of tried and tested recipes from different parts of the world. The recipe for the banana cake wad supplied by Daphne Read. This cake is also good with frosting, though I haven’t frosted it.

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Banana Cake
2768 calories
409 g
654 g
115 g
40 g
69 g
1152 g
3985 g
215 g
4 g
38 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1152g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2768
Calories from Fat 1016
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 115g
178%
Saturated Fat 69g
344%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 31g
Cholesterol 654mg
218%
Sodium 3985mg
166%
Total Carbohydrates 409g
136%
Dietary Fiber 18g
73%
Sugars 215g
Protein 40g
Vitamin A
82%
Vitamin C
74%
Calcium
84%
Iron
66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup of butter
  2. ¾ cup of sugar
  3. 1 ½ cup of self-rising flour
  4. 1 tsp of baking soda
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 5 very ripe small bananas, pureed
  7. 2 tbsp of fresh cream
  8. 1 pinch of salt
  9. ¼ cup of milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190 degree Celsius.
  2.  Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until it turns a light colour.
  3.  Gradually add eggs one at a time and beat. Sift flour and salt.
  4.  Mix baking soda in a cup with the milk and cream.
  5.  Add pureed banana into the creamed butter and sugar and mix until combined.
  6.  Alternately add flour and milk mix until just incorporated.
  7.  Pour mixture into a greased and lined baking pan and bake for about 45 minutes or
  8. until the cake springs from a touch in the middle.
  9.  Cool cake on a wire rack.
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calories
2768
fat
115g
protein
40g
carbs
409g
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Celebrate this Diwali.. relish on Papaya Halwa &Khascha !

Snacks, Sweets, veg | October 22, 2014 | By

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Diwali/ Deepawali the festival of lights is all set for celebration . The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. The best part of Diwali is the wide variety of sweets that one can devour! After my post has pretty much lagged out and the reason was that my cam was under service. It was as if I had actually gone handicapped. There was no other choice but to rely on  my iphone for my snaps…to tell you the truth that’s when you really feel if you had your cam with u.Its not the pics but my mind that could never as such be content with the pics.

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This is my post after the Onam celebration . There was something more that came up during the onam holidays. I was invited over to Mumbai for the 160th Sree Narayana  Guru Jayanthi celebrations organized by the Sree Narayana Mandira Samithi  at The Sree Narayana Group of Institutions, Chembur during which I was to be felicitated..It was my first time to Mumbai ..an experience in itself. A trip with my inlaws, hus and kids….during the function I was pretty much overwhelmed to meet some of the most wonderful people who really cared for the society!

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As its Diwali and its all about sweet things..I have two recipes one is Papaya Halwa and Khascha a sweet snack from UttarPradesh.For the Khascha recipe a big thanks to Pooja ,my home science student at school for sharing their traditional sweets!

 

Papaya Halwa
936 calories
140 g
107 g
40 g
12 g
24 g
669 g
165 g
133 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
669g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 936
Calories from Fat 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g
62%
Saturated Fat 24g
120%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 107mg
36%
Sodium 165mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 140g
47%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 133g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
74%
Vitamin C
229%
Calcium
43%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 225 gms of ripe papaya fruit deskinned, deseeded & cubed
  2. 300ml of milk
  3. ½ cup of sugar
  4. 2-3 tsps of ghee
  5. 1 tsp of almonds & 1tsp of raisins roasted in ghee
  6. 4-5 strands of saffron
Instructions
  1. Blend the papaya with milk to make a smooth paste.
  2.  Heat and keep stirring the papaya milk mix, add in the sugar, saffron strands and
  3. keep stirring on medium flame till the mix starts thickening up.
  4.  Add ghee on the sides of pan and continue mixing.
  5.  Once the halwa starts thickening add in the raisins and almonds and remove from
  6. flame.
  7.  If u wants to make your halwa sweeter, add in two tablespoons of sugar while
  8. cooking. Relish on your Papaya Halwa!
Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
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calories
936
fat
40g
protein
12g
carbs
140g
more
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Khascha
2796 calories
424 g
268 g
107 g
39 g
64 g
748 g
81 g
208 g
0 g
36 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
748g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2796
Calories from Fat 939
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 107g
164%
Saturated Fat 64g
322%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 31g
Cholesterol 268mg
89%
Sodium 81mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 424g
141%
Dietary Fiber 10g
40%
Sugars 208g
Protein 39g
Vitamin A
67%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
24%
Iron
20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of Semolina
  2. 1 cup of all purpose flour
  3. 1 cup of sugar
  4. 100g ghee
  5. 150 ml milk
  6. 2-3 cardamom seeds
  7. Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Mix in the semolina, flour, cardamom and sugar.
  2.  Slowly pour in the milk and knead into dough.
  3.  Make small balls out of the dough or roll the dough into discs and cut desired shapes.
  4.  Sprinkle flour while rolling as it might quite sticky.
  5.  Fry the shapes out in oil till it is golden in color.
  6. Munch on these wonderful Khaschas this Diwali!
Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
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calories
2796
fat
107g
protein
39g
carbs
424g
more
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May the divine light of diwali spread into your Life with peace, prosperity, happiness and good health.Wishing all my friends a wonderful Diwali!

Celebrate this onam with Pumpkin Payasam!

Desserts, Indian recipes, veg | September 7, 2014 | By

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Onam holidays have started a break of ten days Onam being the state festival of our Gods own country titled Kerala! All over the state of Kerala, festive rituals, traditional cuisine, dance and music mark this harvest festival. The ten day Onam festival is celebrated floral carpets, traditional dance forms , onam sadhya-the feast on banana leaf, boat race….At school we had the teachers day and onam celebrations on adjacent days.The  Thiruvonam day..the tenth day and the most sacred day of the celebrations…..its great fun all members in the family get together ,friends and relatives all ..the onamsadhya is prepared and served on the banana leaf with different curries , rice and desserts. This Onam I wanted to post the recipe of a special payasam .Payasam is basically the dessert that’s served after the feast. Today’s post is Mathanga Payasam /Pumpkin Payasam..

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Mathanga payasam / Pumpkin Payasam
2249 calories
218 g
22 g
158 g
20 g
136 g
1403 g
131 g
172 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1403g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2249
Calories from Fat 1327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 158g
243%
Saturated Fat 136g
679%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 22mg
7%
Sodium 131mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 218g
73%
Dietary Fiber 15g
60%
Sugars 172g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A
1530%
Vitamin C
46%
Calcium
28%
Iron
168%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of pumpkin cubes (de skinned &deseeded)
  2. 3/4 cup of jaggery syrup
  3. 2 cups of thin coconut milk
  4. 1 cup of thick coconut milk
  5. 2 cardamoms crushed
  6. 4 tbsp of sago cooked in water
  7. 2 tsp of ghee
  8. For Garnish
  9. 2 tsp of coconut pieces
  10. 2 tsp of cashews and raisins
  11. Ghee for frying
Instructions
  1.  Cook the pumpkins in water, sieve and blend into a smooth paste.
  2.  Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel and fry the pumpkin paste for about 5-10
  3. minutes on medium flame.
  4.  Mix in the jaggery syrup and keep on stirring.
  5.  Let the jaggery syrup blend well in to the mix and then pour the thin coconut milk and
  6. continue stirring.
  7.  Add in the cooked sago balls and cardamom.
  8.  When the milk starts thickening, pour in the thick milk and when it is on the verge of
  9. simmering, turn off the flame.
  10.  Fry out the coconut pieces in ghee along with the raisins and cashews and garnish
  11. the pudding.
Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
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calories
2249
fat
158g
protein
20g
carbs
218g
more
Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
Nimi's Culinary Ventures https://www.nimisrecipes.com/
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Serve it warm or cold and enjoy this onam !

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It was while writing this post , I was reminded of a website I stumbled  on to while browsing on apps that help you order food online in India.It has got everything that a foodie would want to devour from mughlai cuisine to south indian to pizzas..With a userfriendly interface and a catchy name “Foodpanda

They cover most cities in India and when you have the app on your phone its pretty much more easier. Theres also city based pages like for Bangalore , Mumbai and Delhi .Well I have my foodpanda app on my phone..planning to use it once am in the listed cities. 🙂 Hope you all would find it equally handy  🙂unnamed

Being up all in festive mood,Heres the writeup on me that came up in Grihasobha Malayalam magazine (Delhi press publication)this September

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So signing off for now …Wishing all a happy and prosperous onam!

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