Sunday, 19 November 2017

Eggless Fruit Cake

This is one of the yummiest eggless fruit cake that I ever made.Since most of the ingredients are usually available in the kitchen counter except for condensed milk which is easily available in any supermarket in the neighbourhood.Moreover it calls for only 1/4 cup which means a can of condensed milk results in couple of batches of this recipe(i'm sure one would try out again) .I have tried this couple of times and each time it turned out perfect.I got to know this from a food group that I follow and the credit goes to Ms.Asha R Shenoy whose posts are always awesome!!!.
So here you go with the instructions.
Ingredients:
All purpose flour/Maida                1 1/3 cups+1tbsp(for dusting)
Baking powder                                  1tsp
Baking soda                                        1/2tsp
Sugar                                                     1/2 cup
Oil                                                           1/2cup
Condensed Milk                                1/4cup
Milk                                                       1/2cup
Vanilla essence                                 1tsp
Tutti frutti                                          1cup
Method:
  • Preheat oven @180 degreesC.
  • Sieve flour,baking soda and baking powder 2-3 times.
  • Prepare a 8 " cake tin by greasing it generously using butter or oil and dust a little flour too.
  • In a small bowl mix tutti frutti with flour mentioned for dusting.
  • In a mixing bowl using a electric blender beat sugar and oil for 2-3 minutes on high.
  • Add condensed milk and beat well.
  • Add vanilla then followed by sifted flour in batches.
  • Gently fold the batter using a spatula and add milk to get the consistency.
  • Finally add tutti frutti and mix well.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and tap the tin a couple of times.
  • Bake  in a pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes or until the tester comes out clean.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Karachi Fruit Biscuits


Who does not like to munch cookies and there are a hundred varieties to try out.We had come across Hyderabadi karachi biscuits in stores here that are simply out of the world.It tempted me to try out baking it at home and this is a fantastic recipe of karachi fruit biscuits that i came accross while surfing the net.This was tried out long time back and was lying in my draft folder.I have tried both fruit and nut variety.Will post the nut variety soon!!.The credit goes to cafeGarima and really appreciate for the wonderful recipe with ingredients that are usually available in kitchen pantry.

Ingredients:
All purpose flour/Maida                      1 cup+1tbsp
Butter                                                           1/2 cup
Powdered sugar                                      1/2 cup
Tutti Frutti                                                 1/3cup
Cardamom(elaichi) powder               1/2 tsp
Vanilla essence                                        1/2tsp

Method:

  • Sift the flour.
  • Let the butter come to room temperature(if refrigerated)
  • In a mixing bowl beat butter and sugar until well combined using a wire whisk or electric beater which is actually faster and less laborious.
  • Add tutti frutti,vanilla and mix using a spatula.
  • Now add sifted flour in batches gently mixing the dough till all flour gets consumed.
  • Gently combine everything but dont knead the dough.
  • Now your cookie dough is ready to shape.
  • Make small balls of even size and slightly flatten else to get the above shape follow the notes below.
  • Place them on a baking tray giving atleast an inch of space between cookies as they tend to expand while baking.
  • Bake in a preheated oven @180 degrees centigrade for 13-15 minutes
  • The cookies will be brown at the bottom but the center will be a little soft which is fine.
  • They get crunchier as they cool down.
  • Store in a jar and consume.


Note:

  • As per the original recipe rose extract is used which i have replaced with vanilla as i like the flavour.You can try any flavour of your choice.
  • The shape of the cookies here is square.
  • To get it i have just taken an empty carton of aluminium foil and lined it with a plastic sheet or cling film.
  • Then spread the dough evenly to fit in it.
  • Use hands to evenly spread the dough in the entire carton .
  • Gently fold the plastic sheet and close the carton.
  • Tie the box and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Open the plastic wrap and slice the dough into 1 inch thickness.
  • Bake in a preheated oven.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Black beans Spicy Daal/Kaali chawli sarupkari


This is a variety of bean popular in Udupi district.When cooked it gives a blackish colour and also little thick texture to the dish.Locally it is known as Kaali chawli(Konkani) which means black beans.The beans resemble urad/black gram but are slightly bigger in size.So far i have posted sarupkari's of horsegram,green gram,rajma and here is one more addition to the list which is simple to prepare and tasty too!!.This particular sarupkari is made adding jackfruit seeds which definitely enhances the taste.

Ingredients:
Black chawli
(black beans)              1/2 cup
Jackfruit seeds             8-10

For tempering:
Garlic flakes                  6-8
Red chillies                    3-4
Oil                                     1tbsp
Other ingredients:
Water                             for pressure cooking(about 2-2.5cups)
salt                                  to taste

Method:

  • Soak the beans for 8-10 hours
  • Crush the jackfruit seeds and remove the thin peel
  • Rinse the soaked beans well as it may have sand or mud particles and transfer into a pressure cooker along with the crushed jackfruit seeds.
  • Add about 2-2.5 cups of water and bring it to a boil adding the weight(whistle) to the cooker
  • When the first whistle is about to start turn the flame to sim and cook for 20 minutes(dont count the blowing whistles)
  • After 20 minutes switch off the flame.
  • When the pressure is completely gone transfer the contents into a soup pot(beans should be soft)
  • Add salt to taste and bring to boil.
  • Add water if it is too thick and continue boiling.
  • Crush the garlic flakes and break chillies into 2-3 pieces.
  • Meanwhile prepare the seasoning by heating up oil in a small pan.
  • Add the crushed garlic and roast on medium flame till light golden and now add the broken chillies and roast further til both turn golden
  • Pour this over the boiling beans.
  • Boil another 1-2 minutes
  • Tastes good  with white or brown rice.
Note:
Jackfruit seeds are optional as they are seasonal and not available everywhere.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Doodh Paak/Rice Pudding



This is a very simple and tasty dessert that can be prepared in minutes.It can be used as offering during festivites.It tastes good if served warm or cold.Here i have not used any food colour.If desired can be added too.I have used basmathi rice here as it is aroamtic by itself.Even jeera rice is a good option and in case of unavailability in pantry any other variety of rice(white) may be used.
Ingredients:
Basmati rice                                  2-3 fistful
Milk                                                   3-4 cups
Water                                               1/2cup
Sugar                                               1/4-1/2cup
Elaichi

(cardamom) powder                  1/2tsp
Cashew nuts                                   1tbsp
Raisins                                             8-10
Ghee                                                  2tsp
Saffron strands a few(soaked in warm milk)


Method:

  • Soak raisins with little water in a bowl.
  • In a heavy bottom pan add a cup of milk and bring to boil
  • Wash rice and add when the milk begins to boil.
  • Cook till soft stirring at intervals adding additional water/milk if it becomes too dry.
  • When rice becomes soft add sugar and saffron
  • Cook for a further few minutes.
  • Add elaichi and give a nice stir.
  • In a small seasoning pan heat ghee and roast cashewnuts to golden and add the raisins(drain and dab with a paper towel or a washcloth)saute gently and switch off.
  • Add this to the kheer,mix well and switch off.
Alternate method:
  • The rice can be pressure cooked adding the said quantity of water and 2 cups of milk.
  • Once the first whistle is about to start simmer the flame and cook for 5-8minutes and switch off.
  • once the pressure releases add the remaining milk then add sugar and continue cooking using above method.
  • Add more milk if the texture becomes solid.

Note:
A fistful of sago pearls can also be added along with rice.It tastes great.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Beans Subzi


This is a dry dish made with tender green beans.This is similar to sukke(a dry konkani style subzi) with a little more extra spices.A great dish to go with rice and daal.The beans may be substituted with boiled potatoes,raw banana etc.,I learnt this from my cousin Pallavi.

Ingredients:
Green beans chopped            2cups
Salt                                               to taste
Turmeric powder                   1/4tsp
Jaggery                                     1/4tsp(optional)
Water                                          1/2 cup 

For the masala:
Fresh grated coconut           1/4cup
Red chillies                               2(increase according to spice level)
Coriander seeds                      1/2tsp
Urad daal                                  1/2tsp
Cumin/jeera                            1/4tsp
Methi seeds                              4-5
Tamarind                                 size of a peanut(soaked in little water and softned)

For tempering:
Oil                                               1tbsp+a little more to roast the spices
Mustard seeds                       1tsp
Urad daal                                1/2tsp
Curry leaves                          5-6

Method:

  • Wash the chopped beans and add into a pressure cooker along with salt(1tsp) turmeric ,jaggery(if using) and cook for just one whistle.
  • Once done drain the beans and save water for cooking purpose.
  • In a pan heat 1/2tsp oil and on a medium flame roast urad daal to golden,set aside 
  • Add methi when colour changes add jeera roast a few seconds and add dhania seeds.switch off the flame.tranfer along with roasted urad daal that has been set aside.
  • In a small blending jar take the chillies(break into pieces),coconut,tamarind and just pulse it.Add the roasted spices and again blend to form a coarse paste adding very little water(use the pressure cooked one)only if needed.
  • Heat a pan with oil and toss in the  mustard seeds,let it crackle and add urad daal and curry leaves,and when daal turns golden add the prepared masala,very little salt(as it is already added while pressure cooking)and saute for 3-4 minutes,
  • Add the drained beans,mix well till it coats with the masala.Add very little water if it sticks to the pan.
  • Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes on a medium flame.
  • Serve as a side dish with rice accompanied with daal.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Godu Appo


Godu Appo is a sweet dish which can be served as breakfast or an evening snack.Godu means sweet in konkani.This is prepared using a special pan having 7 tiny concave moulds ,either cast iron or teflon coated non-stick pans which are available in markets.
 It is also offered to Lord ganesha on several occasions such as ganesh chathurthi,Sankashti as naivedya. This is an instant version using familiar ingredients found in kitchen and using blender just to incorporate the contents resulting in a mouthwatering dish which can be prepared in no time.

Ingredients:
Medium rava/semolina                               1cup
Thin poha/beaten rice                                  1/2 cup
Fresh grated coconut                                    1/2cup
Jaggery/brown sugar                                  1//3 cup(or according to taste)
Salt                                                                       1/2tsp(to taste)
Ripe banana(yelakki variety)                  2 ,optional
Cardamom/Elaichi  powder                      1/4 tsp

Method:

  • Peel the bananas and roughly chop.
  • Put this into a blending jar.
  • Add coconut,salt,jaggery and beaten rice and just pulse it several times till it becomes coarse.
  • Add the rava/semolina in batches with little water and again pulse it first then blend to get a smooth thick batter consistency.
  • Transfer into a vessel and it should be like idli batter,add water only if required.
  • Heat the appe kaaili/appe pan adding little ghee.
  • When it is smoking hot add ladleful of batter into the moulds till three fourth full.
  • Cover with a lid and reduce the flame to medium low.
  • With a spoon gently tilt the appos and adding little ghee flip to roast on the other side.
  • It should be golden brown on both sides.
  • Repeat the procedure for the remaining batter.
  • Serve with butter and honey for an extra sweet taste.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Kidney Beans Spicy Daal/Soup-Rajma sarupkari


Konkans being South Indians do not prefer rasam/sambhar much in their diet on a regular basis.Being hard core rice eaters something to go with it is a challenge everyday.The day where coconut based curries are not preferred then Sarupkari is one that comes out as rescue.It is healthy and light as it does not involve any traces of coconut.The only fact in this particular recipe is the time taken to soak and pressure cook rajma/kidney beans.If using canned beans then it would be ready in no time.Few beans like green gram,brown lentil need not be soaked for longer hours which can be prepared in minutes.Sarupkari can be made with any kind of bean and the seasoning remains same.For non-garlic eaters it would be seasoning of mustard ,red chillies, a few curry leaves and a generous pinch of asafoetida(hing)..The one with garlic is tastier than the non-garlic version.In fact I call this as Konkani bean soup.

Ingredients:
Rajma(kidney beans)                              3/4cup
Salt                                                                  to taste

For tempering:
Garlic flakes                                                8-10(crushed)
Red chillies                                                  4-5(broken)
Oil                                                                    1tbsp
Other Ingredients:
Water for pressure cooking                 About 2.5cups
And some more water to soak the beans

Method:
  • Wash rajma and soak in water for 10 hours.
  • Drain and add into a pressure cooker with the mentioned quantity of water.
  • Cover the pressure cooker lid placing the weight(whistle).
  • Heat the cooker,once heated and when the first whistle is about to begin,lower the flame and cook further for 20 minutes.(this way the beans cook perfect)
  • Switch off the flame and let the pressure come down on its own.
  • Open the lid and transfer the contents along with the water into a soup pot.
  • Add salt to taste and bring to boil.
  • In another small seasoning pan heat oil and add crushed garlic and roast to golden on a low flame.
  • Add red chillies and roast them to light brown,pour this over the cooking rajma.

This is a good accompaniment with hot rice and some dry subzi with some pickle and papad.
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