Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mini Pita Pockets


Sometimes some experiments turn out to be bit hits and so it was in the case of the innocent pack of mini pita breads that the hubby got sometime last month. Since my little fellow loves snacking on anything that is not Mangalorean he enjoys little tid bits like this. I decided to marinate some chicken and grill it in my Air Fryer and the meal was ready in less than 30-40 mins. The only thing that took time was to patiently fill up each of the pita pockets. I decided to make it a tad healthy by replacing the cheese with labneh (thick, strained yogurt) and it was simply yum! Do give this a try as it tastes really nice and light. It makes for a delicious party snack option, especially for kids parties. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Frittata


I've always been fascinated with the idea of slow cookers and contemplated buying one many times. But then due to space constraints I never did. Sometime last year our family friends gifted us the airfryer which we have put to great use. We simply love frying kebabs and meatballs in it. It is great to reheat frozen chicken nuggets and strips too. I really believe that such innovative products really help simplify our lives by reducing the time taken to put a dish together and make it healthier by eliminating the use of excessive fat. 

In the recent months I began to hear a lot about multi cookers. Just when I was wondering if it was a slow cooker in a new avatar I received an email from BetterLife, Dubai about their yet to be launched range of kitchen appliances by Euron that were aimed at making life easier for people on the go. I chose to review the Euron Multicooker as it came with a variety of features such as 'Warm', 'Boil', 'Steam/Slow Cook', 'Saute/Grill', 'Roast' and 'Deep Fry'. I was all geared up to give all the features a try one by one. If this appliance was going to help simplify my life in the kitchen, I was going to give it a shout out! And here I am, presenting to you my first recipe that I created using the Euron Multicooker. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

'Inside Out' Themed Fondant Covered Cake ~ Celebratory Cakes


April was a busy month for me. My son turned eight and I had to bake a cake for his birthday. Like always, I wanted to squirm out of the deal and just place an order with a professional baker (you see, I get all jittery with baking cakes at home for occasions) but he would hear nothing of it. He said that since I had made a pretty one for his sister's birthday he wanted something special too. Now, knowing that my son could come up with the most complex of designs I set out my conditions before hand and asked him to pick something simple. I secretly decided to make a simple chocolate cake with some buttercream frosting but as always the man coaxed me into pushing my boundaries and trying my hand at fondant again. "Again??! I exclaimed with some eye rolling and head shaking. I wasn't going to be killing myself over rolling stubborn fondant again I said. My feeble protests fell on deaf ears and instead of showing some sympathy he asked me to make the figurines (cake toppers) too! He said we could always buy the plastic ones if my handmade ones flopped. Ok, so that sounded reassuring (or so it seemed at that moment - I didn't know if I was getting complimented or not) and I started my online research in order to finalize a design.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Thato Amshi Thikshi ~ Mangalorean Style Whitecheek Shark In a Hot & Sour Curry


Over the years we have tasted a lot of fish curries, recipes from across regions have been tried and tested in our kitchen but in the end we love going back to our own cuisine. In the past decade or so we have mostly stuck to family recipes that have been handed down from one generation to the other and those that we have grown up enjoying. Today's recipe is one such gem from our repertoire of Mangalorean fish recipes that has a striking similarity with its Goan counterpart - the Ambotik or Ambot Tik which is nothing but 'Sour & Spice' or simply put 'Hot & Sour'. Ambot means 'sour' and 'tik' or 'theek' stands for spicy. So there, I decoded the obvious for you :-) Some Goan/Konkan recipes call for teppal (triphal/sichuan pepper) but it is pretty much non existent in our Mangalorean curries. You may add it if you want but it will change the flavour as teppal has a strong aroma and flavour. 

The amshi thikshi curry is best suited for whitecheek shark (also known as thaato in Konkani or Thaatey in Tulu, mooshi in Marathi and moosi in Gujarati) as this fish has a pretty strong flavour on its own and this gravy base counteracts it the best. You can also try this same gravy base to prepare other types of fish like kite fish (vagolem), croacker/jew fish (dhadiyare) or even mackerels (bangda) and sardines (tharle). 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Coriander & Potato Baaji


Since breakfast is the happiest meal of the day for me I make it a point to make it grand at least on weekends or holidays. Although we don't deep fry a lot, I do indulge in it occasionally as my family loves it. Sometime last year my co sister had prepared this amazing potato baaji when she was visiting us in Dubai. This recipe has loads of chopped coriander added to the potatoes as they cook under pressure. The taste is amazing and the texture of the semi mashed potatoes is perfect to be mopped up with freshly puffed up pooris. This is a family favourite now as everyone wants this dish as an accompaniment to pooris. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Chocolate & Almond Marbled Bundt Cake To Celebrate 7 years of Blogging!


Last month my blog turned 7 and I decided to post something nice to celebrate this milestone. However, work got the better of me and I had to keep this post pending. I was wondering what to post and without having to break my head for too long I decided to bake my favourite chocolate and almond marbled cake which I have made at least thrice before and loved it every time. The best part about this cake is that the almond flour in it keeps the cake super moist even after a couple of days (if it lasts that long!) This is one of my favourite comfort foods as I cannot resist gorging on it till it gets over! My kids loved it as well and so did the hubby. 

Honestly, this isn't really a cake for a big celebration but it must be made and enjoyed if you want to celebrate the simple pleasures of life. It must be made and enjoyed with that hot cuppa when you are tired to the bones. It must be made and enjoyed when you are having old friends over. It must be made and enjoyed when you want to take something for that friend who's just recovering from an illness (or a heartbreak). You get the picture, just make it when you want to feel good about something. I felt good about having come this far in the world of blogging and despite the bumps on the road, the journey has been enjoyable. This cake is just to celebrate that.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi# 35 - Meatball Curry, Fried Brinjals, Salad & Rice

BOSHI#35


Since my son is inclined towards eating dishes that revolve around minced meat, I have been experimenting with a lot of new recipes of late. When I finally ran out of ideas I went back to my collection of recipes on the blog and found something I had made years ago - Mangalorean style meatball curry. This one calls for coconut to be ground for the curry base but the end result is worth it! You could add store bought meatballs or make some yourself and freeze them for times when you want to make a meal in a jiffy. I have tons of them in the freezer and use them in batches! If you are hard pressed for time then this is something you can do whenever you are free. There are tons of recipes you can use meatballs in! I'll share some recipes soon!

If you are new to my blog do check out the complete Boshi series here

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Garlic Butter & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Roll-Ups


Sometime last month I had made some herbed garlic butter that I so fell in love with! I used it as a filling for the garland shaped bread that I made and then I was wondering if I could use it up in something different. Since I had some boneless chicken breasts I decided to make some chicken roll ups. The idea was a hit as my son loved it. The meal was very simple in terms of taste and the presentation made sure that my son (who is a big fan of eating out) was happy too!  These roll ups are really easy to make if you have some garlic butter handy. If you don't you can still make some in a matter of minutes and you meal is ready within 30-40 minutes. So do give it a try!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sesame & Puffed Rice Chikki ~ Easy Snack Bars For Kids


Back to blogging after a long hiatus! It's been over 3 weeks since I last blogged and I've been caught up in a whirlwind of domestic dilemmas, from illness to last minute shopping for a family function. I finally found a breather yesterday and I wanted to do nothing but chill out. Now that normalcy has finally returned, here I am, pulling out recipes from my archives. It will be a while before I get back to my detailed stories but for now, I am happy to be here. Baking and blogging are huge stress relievers for me and I can't wait to get back to regular blogging and fill you in with the happenings of the past one month. 

For now, do enjoy this lovely and very simple to make chikki. Chikki is also called as a 'brittle' and is most popularly made with peanuts. This version is made with crisp puffed rice and sesame and makes for a delightful, low cal snack for kids and adults alike. It is really quick and simple to put together and tastes great! A perfect snack for lazy afternoons during the summer vacations! I do hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mini Pita Pockets


Sometimes some experiments turn out to be bit hits and so it was in the case of the innocent pack of mini pita breads that the hubby got sometime last month. Since my little fellow loves snacking on anything that is not Mangalorean he enjoys little tid bits like this. I decided to marinate some chicken and grill it in my Air Fryer and the meal was ready in less than 30-40 mins. The only thing that took time was to patiently fill up each of the pita pockets. I decided to make it a tad healthy by replacing the cheese with labneh (thick, strained yogurt) and it was simply yum! Do give this a try as it tastes really nice and light. It makes for a delicious party snack option, especially for kids parties. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Frittata


I've always been fascinated with the idea of slow cookers and contemplated buying one many times. But then due to space constraints I never did. Sometime last year our family friends gifted us the airfryer which we have put to great use. We simply love frying kebabs and meatballs in it. It is great to reheat frozen chicken nuggets and strips too. I really believe that such innovative products really help simplify our lives by reducing the time taken to put a dish together and make it healthier by eliminating the use of excessive fat. 

In the recent months I began to hear a lot about multi cookers. Just when I was wondering if it was a slow cooker in a new avatar I received an email from BetterLife, Dubai about their yet to be launched range of kitchen appliances by Euron that were aimed at making life easier for people on the go. I chose to review the Euron Multicooker as it came with a variety of features such as 'Warm', 'Boil', 'Steam/Slow Cook', 'Saute/Grill', 'Roast' and 'Deep Fry'. I was all geared up to give all the features a try one by one. If this appliance was going to help simplify my life in the kitchen, I was going to give it a shout out! And here I am, presenting to you my first recipe that I created using the Euron Multicooker. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

'Inside Out' Themed Fondant Covered Cake ~ Celebratory Cakes


April was a busy month for me. My son turned eight and I had to bake a cake for his birthday. Like always, I wanted to squirm out of the deal and just place an order with a professional baker (you see, I get all jittery with baking cakes at home for occasions) but he would hear nothing of it. He said that since I had made a pretty one for his sister's birthday he wanted something special too. Now, knowing that my son could come up with the most complex of designs I set out my conditions before hand and asked him to pick something simple. I secretly decided to make a simple chocolate cake with some buttercream frosting but as always the man coaxed me into pushing my boundaries and trying my hand at fondant again. "Again??! I exclaimed with some eye rolling and head shaking. I wasn't going to be killing myself over rolling stubborn fondant again I said. My feeble protests fell on deaf ears and instead of showing some sympathy he asked me to make the figurines (cake toppers) too! He said we could always buy the plastic ones if my handmade ones flopped. Ok, so that sounded reassuring (or so it seemed at that moment - I didn't know if I was getting complimented or not) and I started my online research in order to finalize a design.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Thato Amshi Thikshi ~ Mangalorean Style Whitecheek Shark In a Hot & Sour Curry


Over the years we have tasted a lot of fish curries, recipes from across regions have been tried and tested in our kitchen but in the end we love going back to our own cuisine. In the past decade or so we have mostly stuck to family recipes that have been handed down from one generation to the other and those that we have grown up enjoying. Today's recipe is one such gem from our repertoire of Mangalorean fish recipes that has a striking similarity with its Goan counterpart - the Ambotik or Ambot Tik which is nothing but 'Sour & Spice' or simply put 'Hot & Sour'. Ambot means 'sour' and 'tik' or 'theek' stands for spicy. So there, I decoded the obvious for you :-) Some Goan/Konkan recipes call for teppal (triphal/sichuan pepper) but it is pretty much non existent in our Mangalorean curries. You may add it if you want but it will change the flavour as teppal has a strong aroma and flavour. 

The amshi thikshi curry is best suited for whitecheek shark (also known as thaato in Konkani or Thaatey in Tulu, mooshi in Marathi and moosi in Gujarati) as this fish has a pretty strong flavour on its own and this gravy base counteracts it the best. You can also try this same gravy base to prepare other types of fish like kite fish (vagolem), croacker/jew fish (dhadiyare) or even mackerels (bangda) and sardines (tharle). 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Coriander & Potato Baaji


Since breakfast is the happiest meal of the day for me I make it a point to make it grand at least on weekends or holidays. Although we don't deep fry a lot, I do indulge in it occasionally as my family loves it. Sometime last year my co sister had prepared this amazing potato baaji when she was visiting us in Dubai. This recipe has loads of chopped coriander added to the potatoes as they cook under pressure. The taste is amazing and the texture of the semi mashed potatoes is perfect to be mopped up with freshly puffed up pooris. This is a family favourite now as everyone wants this dish as an accompaniment to pooris. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Chocolate & Almond Marbled Bundt Cake To Celebrate 7 years of Blogging!


Last month my blog turned 7 and I decided to post something nice to celebrate this milestone. However, work got the better of me and I had to keep this post pending. I was wondering what to post and without having to break my head for too long I decided to bake my favourite chocolate and almond marbled cake which I have made at least thrice before and loved it every time. The best part about this cake is that the almond flour in it keeps the cake super moist even after a couple of days (if it lasts that long!) This is one of my favourite comfort foods as I cannot resist gorging on it till it gets over! My kids loved it as well and so did the hubby. 

Honestly, this isn't really a cake for a big celebration but it must be made and enjoyed if you want to celebrate the simple pleasures of life. It must be made and enjoyed with that hot cuppa when you are tired to the bones. It must be made and enjoyed when you are having old friends over. It must be made and enjoyed when you want to take something for that friend who's just recovering from an illness (or a heartbreak). You get the picture, just make it when you want to feel good about something. I felt good about having come this far in the world of blogging and despite the bumps on the road, the journey has been enjoyable. This cake is just to celebrate that.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi# 35 - Meatball Curry, Fried Brinjals, Salad & Rice

BOSHI#35


Since my son is inclined towards eating dishes that revolve around minced meat, I have been experimenting with a lot of new recipes of late. When I finally ran out of ideas I went back to my collection of recipes on the blog and found something I had made years ago - Mangalorean style meatball curry. This one calls for coconut to be ground for the curry base but the end result is worth it! You could add store bought meatballs or make some yourself and freeze them for times when you want to make a meal in a jiffy. I have tons of them in the freezer and use them in batches! If you are hard pressed for time then this is something you can do whenever you are free. There are tons of recipes you can use meatballs in! I'll share some recipes soon!

If you are new to my blog do check out the complete Boshi series here

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Garlic Butter & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Roll-Ups


Sometime last month I had made some herbed garlic butter that I so fell in love with! I used it as a filling for the garland shaped bread that I made and then I was wondering if I could use it up in something different. Since I had some boneless chicken breasts I decided to make some chicken roll ups. The idea was a hit as my son loved it. The meal was very simple in terms of taste and the presentation made sure that my son (who is a big fan of eating out) was happy too!  These roll ups are really easy to make if you have some garlic butter handy. If you don't you can still make some in a matter of minutes and you meal is ready within 30-40 minutes. So do give it a try!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sesame & Puffed Rice Chikki ~ Easy Snack Bars For Kids


Back to blogging after a long hiatus! It's been over 3 weeks since I last blogged and I've been caught up in a whirlwind of domestic dilemmas, from illness to last minute shopping for a family function. I finally found a breather yesterday and I wanted to do nothing but chill out. Now that normalcy has finally returned, here I am, pulling out recipes from my archives. It will be a while before I get back to my detailed stories but for now, I am happy to be here. Baking and blogging are huge stress relievers for me and I can't wait to get back to regular blogging and fill you in with the happenings of the past one month. 

For now, do enjoy this lovely and very simple to make chikki. Chikki is also called as a 'brittle' and is most popularly made with peanuts. This version is made with crisp puffed rice and sesame and makes for a delightful, low cal snack for kids and adults alike. It is really quick and simple to put together and tastes great! A perfect snack for lazy afternoons during the summer vacations! I do hope you enjoy it!