Nimi's Culinary Ventures

The Impeccable crave for Caramel Custard :)

Baking, Desserts, Sweets | March 27, 2016 | By

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A spin of the time wheel and back to being a child …..gosh wish that happened !!!When you are a child all you wish is to be a grown up and you get to do things that you want to do and when you are grown up you are more bounded with all the worldly expectations that you least expected …well that’s life !!!

The school has closed down for a ten day break and I am at my home (hehe..of course my parents’ home ).For the past few months it’s been a suffocating schedule that I have been hooked up to with my younger one being a bit sick .There’s loads of news that has yet to be shared..a few are waiting to be yet unfolded.

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Today’s post is one that I have always longed to post …Baked Caramel custard!

Caramel Custard
3924 calories
377 g
1737 g
239 g
81 g
142 g
1505 g
1156 g
363 g
0 g
84 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1505g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3924
Calories from Fat 2110
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 239g
368%
Saturated Fat 142g
711%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 71g
Cholesterol 1737mg
579%
Sodium 1156mg
48%
Total Carbohydrates 377g
126%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 363g
Protein 81g
Vitamin A
197%
Vitamin C
23%
Calcium
187%
Iron
30%
* 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. 2/3 cup sugar
  2. 1 can condensed milk
  3. 2 cups of heavy cream
  4. 2 tsps of cornflour
  5. 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  6. 5 eggs
  7. 1 cup of milk
Instructions
  1. In a bowl using blender mix all the ingredients except sugar till creamy. Heat a non-stick pan and melt the sugar without stirring till the sugar is wholly caramelized. Pour the caramelized sugar on to the base of the baking dish to coat the base evenly. Pour the creamy mix over it .Preheat oven at 180 degree and bake the custard for about 60 minutes or longer till the custard is set in a water bath in the oven. Once baked remove it from the water bath and let it cool down .Run a knife on the edges of the pan and invert it on to a plate. Cut in desired shapes and serve .
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3924
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239g
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81g
carbs
377g
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Tahini cookies to spring up the festive spirits !!!

Baking, cookies, Snacks | December 25, 2015 | By

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   With the start of the festive break at school have been planning to put better use of the time that I save on from my busy bee schedule.I had met Orly Ziv author of “The Israeli cookbook”-a charming woman with a captivating smile during my visit to Beijing for the Gourmand World cookbook awards. Little did I know that our friendship would help us meet each other again in Munnar.It was the biggest surprise for me when Orly wrote to me that she had plans to come to Kerala and would love to meet up .We met up in May and had the best moments together..one of her gifts was the special tahini paste from Israel .It’s Christmas and heres a recipe for Tahini Almond cookiesfrom her cookbook that kept me craving for more..

 

 

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Tahini Almond cookies
3564 calories
461 g
0 g
170 g
76 g
23 g
801 g
429 g
152 g
0 g
138 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
801g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3564
Calories from Fat 1421
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 170g
261%
Saturated Fat 23g
117%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 65g
Monounsaturated Fat 73g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 429mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 461g
154%
Dietary Fiber 29g
117%
Sugars 152g
Protein 76g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
112%
Iron
145%
* 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 flour
  2. 1 cup wheat flour
  3. 1 cup almond flour
  4. 150g unsalted butte
  5. 3/4 cup sugar
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. pinch of salt
  8. 2 tbsp of water
  9. 1 cup of tahini
  10. almond silvers optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175 degree celsius
  2. In food processor blend all the flours, butter sugar , vanilla and salt till the mix becomes like coarse crumbs.Add water and tahini and process until smooth dough begins to form. Remove the dough from the food processor bowl and knead it a few times on the counter until smooth.Create small balls of the dough, place them on the baking sheet, then flatten each one slightly with your fingers.Press an almond silver on to the top of each cookie.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes or untilgolden brown.Cool and serve.
Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
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170g
protein
76g
carbs
461g
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Heres the interview that was aired on the Timesgroup channel “Magic bricks now” in the show  Great Getaways

So heres wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas !!!!

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A revive ..with the delectable crab curry !

Curries, Non-veg, seafood | December 6, 2015 | By

cr3It’s after a gap of about 6 months that I am posting today….I had been head over heels on a few commitments that were lagging on .There were bubbles of happiness and a few perks of disappointments in this time span ..and after all thats all about life .The photos were always all set for my posts..but scheduling out my time to post was the hardest part …with my classes and working on my biggest project which was my new cookbook…”4 ‘o’clock temptations of Kerala”. This year I was invited over to the world’s largest book fair “The Frankfurt Book fair 2015” to represent my cookbooks. I was one among the 5 Indians to be a part of the Gourmet Gallery at the fair. Although I couldn’t make it at the last minute to the fair my new cookbook on the snacks of Kerala were exhibited at the fair….Thanks to my brother and the Frankfurt fair team .My new cookbook is an insight to the authentic snack recipes of Kerala.

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The new cookbook would be soon out for sale on my blog and other sites for sale within a month…

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So with all this hotchpotch at the background my recipe for today’s palette is a Srilankan Crab curry .This recipe was adapted from the cookbook “Saraogini’s  Srilanka food” by Sarogini Kamalanathan. A very composed and loving lady whom I had met during my visit to Beijing for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards last year in May 2014…she was Sarojini ..We had exchanged our cookbooks and I have been cooking many wonderful recipes from her collections….

Srilankan Crab curry
1097 calories
47 g
0 g
104 g
15 g
67 g
873 g
84 g
13 g
0 g
31 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
873g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1097
Calories from Fat 883
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 104g
160%
Saturated Fat 67g
333%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 84mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 47g
16%
Dietary Fiber 12g
47%
Sugars 13g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
158%
Vitamin C
390%
Calcium
18%
Iron
108%
* 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. 3 medium sized crabs, cleaned & prepared
  2. 2tbsp of oil
  3. 1 large onion sliced
  4. 1tbsp fenugreek seeds
  5. 1tsp mustard seeds
  6. 1 sprig of curry leaves
  7. 2 green chillies slit
  8. 2 tbsp of paprika powder
  9. 1 cup of water
  10. 1 ½ cup of coconut milk
  11. Sprig of drumstick leaves(muringa leaves)/ coriander leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in an earthen pot or a heavy bottomed vessel , add fenugreek , splutter mustard seeds and sauté the onions till they caramelise, add green chillies, chilli powder , salt and stir. Add in the prepared crabs, pour in the water, give a good stir cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes. When the crabs have turned a nice orange colour ,add the coconut milk and slightly simmer for another 10 minutes, turn off the heat and garnish with fresh muringa leaves or coriander leaves and serve ..
Notes
  1. Its best to cook the crab curry at the least an hour before you serve ..
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104g
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15g
carbs
47g
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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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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.
Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
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calories
2488
fat
68g
protein
49g
carbs
433g
more
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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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