Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Honey Punch


While the Indian summers are slowly making way for the monsoons, we in the Middle East are gearing up for it. While I have always favoured the summer (and still do) this time we don't have an escape from it, should it get to us, as we aren't travelling anywhere. Staying in Dubai for the whole of the scorching summer will mean trying to stay hydrated throughout the day and staying indoors as much as possible. While having a good amount of water is a must, adding fruit and vegetable juices to one's diet can immensely benefit us. Fruit juices taken in small qualities can help give the body a boost of energy and nutrition that is very important during the hot season. This recipe comes to you after a really long time. I think the last beverage recipe that I posted must have been 4 years ago! To be honest, I am not much of a fruit juice person (not a fruit person either, I am more inclined towards eating vegetables) but my family loves juices. We refrain from buying artificial juices like concentrates or powdered mixes to make instant drinks and homemade is what we prefer. Luckily for us, in the UAE we get a lot of fresh juices that have a very short shelf life and may contain a minuscule amount of preservatives. 

When I was browsing through my recipe index I found a handful of beverage recipes and decided that I must add to it. So hopefully, this summer you will see a lot more basic juice recipes made from natural ingredients. I will try to include recipes for some traditional Mangalorean thirst quenchers too, so don't forget to come back often! By the way, have you tried these recipes?

Bonda Sharbath (Tender Coconut Sherbet)
Saunth Panak (Jaggery, Ginger & Pepper Drink)
Yellu Bella (Sesame & Jaggery Juice)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Egg Pepper Curry ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


Egg curries are a rare occurrence in my kitchen, they almost never happen. This is mainly because the sonny boy dislikes eggs and so I try and disguise eggs in other forms before feeding him. I mostly bake a lot with eggs or make a French toast for him. An egg curry is usually reserved for days when I haven't made a plan of what to cook for lunch and this again doesn't happen very often unless I have hit a major cooking roadblock. Last week when I was debating on whether to make a pure vegetarian fare for lunch, the hubby volunteered to make something simple with eggs. So this recipe was the outcome of his experiment. We really enjoyed it and now I am wondering if I should dedicate one day a week for egg based curries. Well, when I was little I used to love spending my vacations at my cousins' place and my aunt used to make egg curries every Saturday. She carried on with this tradition for many many years and if you landed up at their place on a Saturday, you could expect a nice egg curry for lunch! The best part about this egg curry affair was that the eggs were laid by the chickens raised at home. You see my uncle was very passionate about raising chicken and growing fruits & vegetables in his backyard as a means to keeping himself busy after returning from his stint in the Middle East during the Gulf War. So apart from dogs and cats, chickens roamed wild and free in the huge garden. I am sure that these 'free-range' chickens who led a stress-free life (apart from facing the risk of being gobbled by an occasional snake or being chased by the psycho cat from the neighbourhood) were able to produce high-quality organic eggs that we got to enjoy. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Kolache Ambe | Meetak Ghalle Ambe ~ Raw Mangoes in Brine



Time flies, doesn't it? We have stepped into June and soon, half a year would have passed by us. While I generally like to post two recipes a week, I decided that this recipe must be shared as quickly as possible because, before we know it the mango season will be over. I have been meaning to share this post since ages, however, the last time I took pictures was when we were in our previous house where the lighting wasn't very favourable. Last week when I came across some very raw and firm raw mangoes at the grocery store I decided to put them to use immediately. 

Raw mangoes in brine is a staple at our home since the past few years, we use them mainly to flavour coconut chutneys that we enjoy for breakfast. The flavour goes through a metamorphosis once they soak in the brine and adds a sparkle to whatever dish you wish to flavour it with. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mutton or Beef Soup with Root Vegetables


So we (read 'me') have been trying to eat light since a week and this soup is the result of that determination. We love soups for dinner but don't experiment a lot as it's just a 'dump into a pot and you are ready to go' kind of soups that we have. By 'pot' I mean pressure cooker cuz it's such a time saver. We usually like clear soups, so its been a while since I've tried a recipe that needs blending of everything together. My kids enjoy clear soup too and that is a blessing. It really is an easy and nutritious meal option when you are running short of time to make anything elaborate. To aid our impromptu soup making plans, we usually buy 'soup bones' ie, request the butcher to give us marrow bones whenever we buy meat and freeze them in batches of half a kilo each. On rare occasions that we manage lunch with extra food left over from the previous day, we simply thaw a bag of bones (ha!) and pressure cook it into a steaming bowl of goodness for a quick and simple dinner. Slurp!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Brookie ~ A Cross Between a Brownie & a Cookie


Folks, I've been waiting to share this recipe with you since February this year. It's been a really long wait because I lost the recipe that I had jotted down on a piece of paper. Perhaps this is why you see older recipes making their appearance on the blog much before than in comparison to the newer ones. By some stroke of luck, I found the piece of paper but it was still not an accurate recipe so I tried out the recipe once again yesterday and while the brookies baked I simply scribbled and played around with this 'invitation'. The birth of the brookie happened quite by chance. What was destined to be a double chocolate chip cookie was underbaked and turned into a soft mound of chocolatey goodness with a few cracks on top. I know that the other version of a brookie is a combination of choco chip cookie dough and brownie and is a visual treat as well, but trust me, the brookie takes you to a whole new level of deliciousness. Let me explain why. Firstly, its a cookie, so it automatically qualifies as an accompaniment to a nice, tall glass of milk. Secondly, its a brownie, so you can totally indulge in it at any time, one brookie at a time. Portion control people! (don't eyeroll at me now - Haha!). Fine! I don't have a thousand reasons why you should make it but I seriously think you should. You can thank me later!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Millet Semiya & Mango Kheer Using Condensed Milk


We in Dubai are just gearing up for the summers. I know that in India, folks are experiencing the peak of it and getting to eat mangoes and other seasonal goodies is perhaps the only consolation. This year in particular we haven't gone hullabaloo about mangoes at home although my husband has bought and enjoyed many of them secretly (by hiding them in the fridge) I haven't really gone overboard trying out new recipes. I feel pretty lackluster now, like I have somehow missed the moment, because mangoes will go out of season before we know it, at least the Indian ones will. But then, its a blessing to be in Dubai as we get to enjoy fruit from all over the world, irrespective of what season it is. 

We had a guest for lunch a few days ago and as usual the hubs and I split up our duties. The menu was drawn up and the work divided. Usually, he makes the starter(s) and the meat curries while the rice breads, rice and dessert is my domain. Before I started with the dessert I decided to have a dekko at the stuff I had instead of buying something new. Every year I have this ritual of taking stock of ingredients that I have and beginning to clear them up before we go on our annual vacation. Although a vacation is not on the cards this year, I decided to look through my fridge and pantry and picked up stuff that I had bought and never used. I found a pack of millet sevai/semiya which my friend Lakshmi had gifted me in India last August. Thankfully it had not crossed its expiry date and I knew I had to use it up fast. A tin of condensed milk also popped out and I decided to marry them off together and make a simple vermicelli/semiya kheer. Then it occurred to me that mangoes had not been transformed into anything magical in my kitchen this season. It would be such a shame if I didn't play around with some mango recipes, for the sake of my own satisfaction if not to impress the guest. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Fig & Almond Muffins ~ Eggless & Dairy Free


The nicest thing about families that understand you as a food blogger is when they share your passion for all things food. Whether it is buying props for my photography, ingredients for my cooking or letting me know about food related events that are happening in the city, my family always goes out of its way for me. The huge collection of props that I've amassed over the years is thanks to my hubby, brother and sis-in-law because they never miss an opportunity to generously buy stuff for me. Over the past few months, my brother has been travelling a lot and each time he returns it is like having Santa come over with a goodie bag full of exotic things for me :-) From beautiful knives, cheeseboards, bowls, cups, spoons and coasters to spices, dry fruits and chocolates I have been truly spoilt for choice! 

During the last couple of months I was gifted a lot of dry fruits and after eating many of them I decided to put them to better use. Since baking is my passion I kept looking for recipes that would fruitfully (pun not intended!) mask the ingredients so that my kids would eat them. They aren't such big fans of dry fruits and will hardly go beyond a bite. These muffins were the perfect choice as I could cleverly hide some almonds in them too! Yep, mums can be sinister that way :)

Pineapple & Green Chilli Chutney


Summer is finally here! It's the best time to make the most of the season's bounty. While I do have a couple of mango recipes to be tried out, I decided to share this lovely chutney recipe with you that I made with pineapples. I actually started out to make pineapple jam but was discouraged by the amount of sugar used and decided to make something savoury. I was inspired by my Mango Chutney recipe that I had made a while ago. It tastes great as a spread on chapathis or bread and if you have grown up enjoying jams and preserves like I have, then you must try this one. 


I had made it some time ago though, I just got around to posting the recipe now. So what have you been upto folks? Cooking and enjoying a lot of mangoes I bet! If you have any recipe requests please do send me a mail on ruchikrandhap@gmail.com and I'll try my best to share the recipe.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Honey Punch


While the Indian summers are slowly making way for the monsoons, we in the Middle East are gearing up for it. While I have always favoured the summer (and still do) this time we don't have an escape from it, should it get to us, as we aren't travelling anywhere. Staying in Dubai for the whole of the scorching summer will mean trying to stay hydrated throughout the day and staying indoors as much as possible. While having a good amount of water is a must, adding fruit and vegetable juices to one's diet can immensely benefit us. Fruit juices taken in small qualities can help give the body a boost of energy and nutrition that is very important during the hot season. This recipe comes to you after a really long time. I think the last beverage recipe that I posted must have been 4 years ago! To be honest, I am not much of a fruit juice person (not a fruit person either, I am more inclined towards eating vegetables) but my family loves juices. We refrain from buying artificial juices like concentrates or powdered mixes to make instant drinks and homemade is what we prefer. Luckily for us, in the UAE we get a lot of fresh juices that have a very short shelf life and may contain a minuscule amount of preservatives. 

When I was browsing through my recipe index I found a handful of beverage recipes and decided that I must add to it. So hopefully, this summer you will see a lot more basic juice recipes made from natural ingredients. I will try to include recipes for some traditional Mangalorean thirst quenchers too, so don't forget to come back often! By the way, have you tried these recipes?

Bonda Sharbath (Tender Coconut Sherbet)
Saunth Panak (Jaggery, Ginger & Pepper Drink)
Yellu Bella (Sesame & Jaggery Juice)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Egg Pepper Curry ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


Egg curries are a rare occurrence in my kitchen, they almost never happen. This is mainly because the sonny boy dislikes eggs and so I try and disguise eggs in other forms before feeding him. I mostly bake a lot with eggs or make a French toast for him. An egg curry is usually reserved for days when I haven't made a plan of what to cook for lunch and this again doesn't happen very often unless I have hit a major cooking roadblock. Last week when I was debating on whether to make a pure vegetarian fare for lunch, the hubby volunteered to make something simple with eggs. So this recipe was the outcome of his experiment. We really enjoyed it and now I am wondering if I should dedicate one day a week for egg based curries. Well, when I was little I used to love spending my vacations at my cousins' place and my aunt used to make egg curries every Saturday. She carried on with this tradition for many many years and if you landed up at their place on a Saturday, you could expect a nice egg curry for lunch! The best part about this egg curry affair was that the eggs were laid by the chickens raised at home. You see my uncle was very passionate about raising chicken and growing fruits & vegetables in his backyard as a means to keeping himself busy after returning from his stint in the Middle East during the Gulf War. So apart from dogs and cats, chickens roamed wild and free in the huge garden. I am sure that these 'free-range' chickens who led a stress-free life (apart from facing the risk of being gobbled by an occasional snake or being chased by the psycho cat from the neighbourhood) were able to produce high-quality organic eggs that we got to enjoy. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Kolache Ambe | Meetak Ghalle Ambe ~ Raw Mangoes in Brine



Time flies, doesn't it? We have stepped into June and soon, half a year would have passed by us. While I generally like to post two recipes a week, I decided that this recipe must be shared as quickly as possible because, before we know it the mango season will be over. I have been meaning to share this post since ages, however, the last time I took pictures was when we were in our previous house where the lighting wasn't very favourable. Last week when I came across some very raw and firm raw mangoes at the grocery store I decided to put them to use immediately. 

Raw mangoes in brine is a staple at our home since the past few years, we use them mainly to flavour coconut chutneys that we enjoy for breakfast. The flavour goes through a metamorphosis once they soak in the brine and adds a sparkle to whatever dish you wish to flavour it with. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mutton or Beef Soup with Root Vegetables


So we (read 'me') have been trying to eat light since a week and this soup is the result of that determination. We love soups for dinner but don't experiment a lot as it's just a 'dump into a pot and you are ready to go' kind of soups that we have. By 'pot' I mean pressure cooker cuz it's such a time saver. We usually like clear soups, so its been a while since I've tried a recipe that needs blending of everything together. My kids enjoy clear soup too and that is a blessing. It really is an easy and nutritious meal option when you are running short of time to make anything elaborate. To aid our impromptu soup making plans, we usually buy 'soup bones' ie, request the butcher to give us marrow bones whenever we buy meat and freeze them in batches of half a kilo each. On rare occasions that we manage lunch with extra food left over from the previous day, we simply thaw a bag of bones (ha!) and pressure cook it into a steaming bowl of goodness for a quick and simple dinner. Slurp!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Brookie ~ A Cross Between a Brownie & a Cookie


Folks, I've been waiting to share this recipe with you since February this year. It's been a really long wait because I lost the recipe that I had jotted down on a piece of paper. Perhaps this is why you see older recipes making their appearance on the blog much before than in comparison to the newer ones. By some stroke of luck, I found the piece of paper but it was still not an accurate recipe so I tried out the recipe once again yesterday and while the brookies baked I simply scribbled and played around with this 'invitation'. The birth of the brookie happened quite by chance. What was destined to be a double chocolate chip cookie was underbaked and turned into a soft mound of chocolatey goodness with a few cracks on top. I know that the other version of a brookie is a combination of choco chip cookie dough and brownie and is a visual treat as well, but trust me, the brookie takes you to a whole new level of deliciousness. Let me explain why. Firstly, its a cookie, so it automatically qualifies as an accompaniment to a nice, tall glass of milk. Secondly, its a brownie, so you can totally indulge in it at any time, one brookie at a time. Portion control people! (don't eyeroll at me now - Haha!). Fine! I don't have a thousand reasons why you should make it but I seriously think you should. You can thank me later!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Millet Semiya & Mango Kheer Using Condensed Milk


We in Dubai are just gearing up for the summers. I know that in India, folks are experiencing the peak of it and getting to eat mangoes and other seasonal goodies is perhaps the only consolation. This year in particular we haven't gone hullabaloo about mangoes at home although my husband has bought and enjoyed many of them secretly (by hiding them in the fridge) I haven't really gone overboard trying out new recipes. I feel pretty lackluster now, like I have somehow missed the moment, because mangoes will go out of season before we know it, at least the Indian ones will. But then, its a blessing to be in Dubai as we get to enjoy fruit from all over the world, irrespective of what season it is. 

We had a guest for lunch a few days ago and as usual the hubs and I split up our duties. The menu was drawn up and the work divided. Usually, he makes the starter(s) and the meat curries while the rice breads, rice and dessert is my domain. Before I started with the dessert I decided to have a dekko at the stuff I had instead of buying something new. Every year I have this ritual of taking stock of ingredients that I have and beginning to clear them up before we go on our annual vacation. Although a vacation is not on the cards this year, I decided to look through my fridge and pantry and picked up stuff that I had bought and never used. I found a pack of millet sevai/semiya which my friend Lakshmi had gifted me in India last August. Thankfully it had not crossed its expiry date and I knew I had to use it up fast. A tin of condensed milk also popped out and I decided to marry them off together and make a simple vermicelli/semiya kheer. Then it occurred to me that mangoes had not been transformed into anything magical in my kitchen this season. It would be such a shame if I didn't play around with some mango recipes, for the sake of my own satisfaction if not to impress the guest. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Fig & Almond Muffins ~ Eggless & Dairy Free


The nicest thing about families that understand you as a food blogger is when they share your passion for all things food. Whether it is buying props for my photography, ingredients for my cooking or letting me know about food related events that are happening in the city, my family always goes out of its way for me. The huge collection of props that I've amassed over the years is thanks to my hubby, brother and sis-in-law because they never miss an opportunity to generously buy stuff for me. Over the past few months, my brother has been travelling a lot and each time he returns it is like having Santa come over with a goodie bag full of exotic things for me :-) From beautiful knives, cheeseboards, bowls, cups, spoons and coasters to spices, dry fruits and chocolates I have been truly spoilt for choice! 

During the last couple of months I was gifted a lot of dry fruits and after eating many of them I decided to put them to better use. Since baking is my passion I kept looking for recipes that would fruitfully (pun not intended!) mask the ingredients so that my kids would eat them. They aren't such big fans of dry fruits and will hardly go beyond a bite. These muffins were the perfect choice as I could cleverly hide some almonds in them too! Yep, mums can be sinister that way :)

Pineapple & Green Chilli Chutney


Summer is finally here! It's the best time to make the most of the season's bounty. While I do have a couple of mango recipes to be tried out, I decided to share this lovely chutney recipe with you that I made with pineapples. I actually started out to make pineapple jam but was discouraged by the amount of sugar used and decided to make something savoury. I was inspired by my Mango Chutney recipe that I had made a while ago. It tastes great as a spread on chapathis or bread and if you have grown up enjoying jams and preserves like I have, then you must try this one. 


I had made it some time ago though, I just got around to posting the recipe now. So what have you been upto folks? Cooking and enjoying a lot of mangoes I bet! If you have any recipe requests please do send me a mail on ruchikrandhap@gmail.com and I'll try my best to share the recipe.