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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Shaped Dinner Rolls


Baking has been my passion for over 10 years now and ever since I embarked upon this roller coaster of a ride it has been nothing short of exciting, satisfying and a great learning experience. I first began my trials in my microwave with convection. While the cakes evolved from undercooked to charred to near perfect ones, breads never really took off. I ended up with dense blobs of dough that failed miserably. Perhaps I was using the wrong kind of yeast, perhaps I didn't follow the instructions properly or my kneading wasn't upto the mark. Whatever the case, I just abandoned bread baking altogether and focused only on cakes, cupcakes and the like. Over the years I had tried my hand at baking with several kinds of ovens. From a microwave with convection I progressed to an OTG (my best bakes happened with it), then I started my experiments with a gas oven at my brother's place when we relocated to Dubai and now I own a large electric oven which I am pretty satisfied with. The best part about having a large oven is that you can bake large quantities of breads in one go. Breads like baguettes or even rolls and cupcakes (if you are making several at a time) can be made without having to wait endlessly. Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that I am happy with my bread baking skills that have greatly progressed over the years (and you thought I was giving you a crash course on which oven to buy? Haha!) 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Restaurant Review ~ Kris with a View, Park Regis, Dubai


Restaurant: Kris with a View
Location: Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Dubai, U.A.E
Cuisine: Multi Cuisine restaurant with Theme Nights with an aim to showcasing Pan Asian cuisine
Price Range: AED 250-300 for two

THE PLACE

Early this month I was delighted to be invited for dinner at Kris with a View, a Pan-Asian restaurant located on the 19th floor of the Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Dubai. This restaurant offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city as an accompaniment to a massive spread of Pan-Asian delicacies that are sure to delight every palate. The menu takes you on a journey of discovering some of the most popular dishes from Thailand, China, Malaysia, Japan, India and Arabia. This delightful array of delicacies is accompanied by live, popular music. 

Kris with a View offers Theme Nights as follows:

Mondays: Pot Around
From steaming Asian soups and noodles to exotic Oriental curries and coconut-gravy sweets

Tuesdays: Ochi Sushi Night
Featuring a selection of sushi and sashimi accompanied with soups, Asian salads and sweets.

Wednesdays: Seafood Night
Offering a wide variety of seafood selection ranging from calamari, prawns, lobsters, oysters, crabs, shellfish to salmon, sea bass and many other fresh fish.

Thursdays: Pan Asian Night 
Discover the very best of Pan Asian specialties buffet from Malaysia, Thailand, China, Japan and India surrounded by the unique panoramic views of Dubai.

Fridays: Indian-Malaysian Flavours 
A buffet of authentic cuisines from India and Malaysia.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sambarballi Podi | Doddapatre Baje ~ Indian Borage/Cuban Oregano Fritters


This morning when I woke up I was thinking about the various chores I had to complete during the day and my thoughts ran to my blog. I hadn't posted a recipe in more than two weeks! I am going to conveniently blame it on the long holidays we had. A whole 9 days of Eid holidays (half of which we chose to spend in Muscat (Oman) with our family friends) was at our disposal. Like we did last year, we chose to drive down to the neighbouring country and I must say that the journey was splendid (couldn't think of a better word to describe it). A couple of days before we left I had made these fritters at home and decided to make them again at our friends' place but simply didn't find the time as we were busy doing nothing but chat endlessly and relax. Breaks like these are what we always welcome as it helps us unwind and get back to the grind feeling totally rejuvenated.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Pajey Madipula ~ Rice Rolls Steamed in Banana Leaves


I make it a point to learn a few new recipes everytime I visit Mangalore. In the past I used to collect plenty of recipes and on some occasions even have them made in front of me. Then I would return back home and try them once again in my own kitchen before posting the recipes on the blog. This year too I managed to learn a couple of recipes, I came across something that I had never heard of before - Pajey Madpela, a term in the local language Tulu which roughly translates to 'rolled up carpet'. We had been to the Butterfly Park in Belvai, Moodabidri on a Sunday morning and enjoyed the scenic beauty en route. We started our journey pretty early as we intended to get to the park by 9 a.m., supposedly the best time to catch a glimpse of the several varieties of butterflies that live unrestricted there. The kids had a great time and thankfully the weather was great although it did drizzle during the journey. On our way back we stopped for lunch at a lovely seafood joint and I was introduced to the Pajey Madpela which we ordered along with Neer Dosa (plain rice crepes) and Pundi (rice dumplings).  

Friday, September 2, 2016

Yellow Rice



Goodmorning everyone! I woke up this glorious morning feeling refreshed and rested and now I am sitting by the kitchen window sill looking out every now and then. There are hardly any cars plying the roads - such a contrast to the scene that unfolds during the week. I live on one of Dubai's busiest streets and its only on Friday mornings that the roads are almost empty. Most people like to party on Thursday evenings and wake up late on Friday mornings. But for mums like me, every morning starts rather early. So after a simple breakfast I am wondering what chores to tackle during my free time. Should I try out a new recipe or go clean that closet? Sort out my blog posts or draw up a grocery list? Well, while I still debate on what I will do today maybe you should take a look at today's recipe.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Simple Meat Stew


The new academic year has begun for my kids and I am such a happy mom! After a long vacation it really feels great to be back into the school routine. The only thing I dislike is waking up at the crack of dawn to make breakfast and fix their lunch boxes but an early night ensures a great early start as well. There is tons you can accomplish during the wee hours of the morning and then the entire day somehow flies on auto pilot. While the first week was a little overwhelming in terms of juggling everything, I am hoping that the weekend helps me settle in and gear up for the coming week. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Party Menu Series ~ Party Menu#2


Another party menu is here to delight you today. This time we had just one guest and we decided to keep it simple as the food was not as important as catching up on stories was :) Well, whenever I host parties I usually keep the food preferences of my guests in mind. If they like to indulge in a variety of dishes or we are bitten by the bug to try out many dishes we do so, otherwise all our votes are in favour of a couple of starters followed by biryani and raitha. If the meal is elaborate, the dessert is a simple one and vice versa. 

Since my hubby takes his passion for cooking very seriously he generously helps me put together the party menu as well. Over the years it has become an understanding between us that we share the work load. While he sticks to making the starters, dips and red meat (if any) preparations, I make the breads (usually traditional Mangalorean rice breads like sanna, appams, neer dosa etc), curries, rice preparations and desserts. Culinary clashes (making a grab for the same utensils, chopping boards and knives and having a spat over it) are avoided as both of us decide our entry and exit timings from the kitchen. One of us is making ourselves useful around the house when the other is busy cooking. It really helps to have your significant other or kids to help around in the kitchen, even if it means to help keep the sink clear at all times. Trust me, this can be a big challenge and hamper your cooking speed if you have a pile of dirty dishes that threaten to take over precious counter space, especially if you have a small kitchen.

After some hits and several misses over the years I have concluded that it is best to have a few good dishes than a hundred mediocre ones. It is always best to present your tried and tested fare to new guests whether or not you are fishing for compliments. It saves you the stress of being worried whether the dish goes down well with your guests or not. Many years ago,

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Restaurant Review ~ Sana-Di-Ge, Goldfinch Hotel, Bangalore


Restaurant: Sana-Di-Ge

Location: Goldfinch Hotel, Near Shivananda Circle, Seshadripuram, Bangalore

Cuisine: Coastal cuisine from places along India's Konkan coast (West Coast). A good mix of Maharashtra, Goa, Mangalore, Kerala cuisines.

Price Range: Rs 2000 for two (approx)


THE PLACE

The term 'Sana-di-ge' stands for 'ceremonial brass lamp' in the Tulu language and should not be confused with 'sandige' which are a kind of mini poppadums that are popular in Mangalore. 


Last month, while we vacationed in Mangalore, we decided to make a quick trip to Bangalore. The hubby and I hadn't been there in years and it was a great way to show our kids around the city which was home to both of us when we kickstarted our careers. One of the perks of being in the garden city was that my friend and I were invited to lunch at this lovely coastal restaurant, an offer we simply couldn't refuse. Being Mangalorean foodies we enjoyed the time we spent at a place that was done up so tastefully keeping in mind the West Coast of India, especially Mangalore of the yesteryears.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bread Mocha Trifle


The weather outside is frightful - in the real sense! Super hot weather with the mercury threatening to touch 50 degrees C as of today is only making me want to cool my heels indoors. While we had some respite from the heat last week, the temperatures are soaring once again since the past 48 hours. Now when you have kids begging to eat something fancy what do you do? Well, you don your baking attire and bake them some goodies (I have a huge backlog of recipes for you folks!) and then when you are tired of baking and all that cleaning up that ensues you don't to be in the kitchen at all! At times like these some simple and interesting recipes come to your rescue. I had bookmarked this particular recipe a couple of years ago from one of my favourite books 'Coffee, 100 Everyday Recipes' but got around to trying it out only on Monday - August 15th, India's Independence Day. I was in the mood to make something delicious yet simple and I cannot think of anything that fits the bill so perfectly! 

The best part about this recipe is that its a no cook recipe and can be made ahead of time. So if you want to serve it for a party, just put it together the previous day or a few hours before the party. Secondly, it is so easy to make that even your kids can make it with minimal supervision! Your life gets easier if you use readily available whipped cream or you can always use heavy cream (like Amul Fresh Cream if you live in India, Al Marai Fresh Cream if you live in the U.A.E). If the whipping doesn't happen as expected, don't worry, you can still layer the cream and wait for the magicto happen

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Shaped Dinner Rolls


Baking has been my passion for over 10 years now and ever since I embarked upon this roller coaster of a ride it has been nothing short of exciting, satisfying and a great learning experience. I first began my trials in my microwave with convection. While the cakes evolved from undercooked to charred to near perfect ones, breads never really took off. I ended up with dense blobs of dough that failed miserably. Perhaps I was using the wrong kind of yeast, perhaps I didn't follow the instructions properly or my kneading wasn't upto the mark. Whatever the case, I just abandoned bread baking altogether and focused only on cakes, cupcakes and the like. Over the years I had tried my hand at baking with several kinds of ovens. From a microwave with convection I progressed to an OTG (my best bakes happened with it), then I started my experiments with a gas oven at my brother's place when we relocated to Dubai and now I own a large electric oven which I am pretty satisfied with. The best part about having a large oven is that you can bake large quantities of breads in one go. Breads like baguettes or even rolls and cupcakes (if you are making several at a time) can be made without having to wait endlessly. Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that I am happy with my bread baking skills that have greatly progressed over the years (and you thought I was giving you a crash course on which oven to buy? Haha!) 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Restaurant Review ~ Kris with a View, Park Regis, Dubai


Restaurant: Kris with a View
Location: Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Dubai, U.A.E
Cuisine: Multi Cuisine restaurant with Theme Nights with an aim to showcasing Pan Asian cuisine
Price Range: AED 250-300 for two

THE PLACE

Early this month I was delighted to be invited for dinner at Kris with a View, a Pan-Asian restaurant located on the 19th floor of the Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Dubai. This restaurant offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city as an accompaniment to a massive spread of Pan-Asian delicacies that are sure to delight every palate. The menu takes you on a journey of discovering some of the most popular dishes from Thailand, China, Malaysia, Japan, India and Arabia. This delightful array of delicacies is accompanied by live, popular music. 

Kris with a View offers Theme Nights as follows:

Mondays: Pot Around
From steaming Asian soups and noodles to exotic Oriental curries and coconut-gravy sweets

Tuesdays: Ochi Sushi Night
Featuring a selection of sushi and sashimi accompanied with soups, Asian salads and sweets.

Wednesdays: Seafood Night
Offering a wide variety of seafood selection ranging from calamari, prawns, lobsters, oysters, crabs, shellfish to salmon, sea bass and many other fresh fish.

Thursdays: Pan Asian Night 
Discover the very best of Pan Asian specialties buffet from Malaysia, Thailand, China, Japan and India surrounded by the unique panoramic views of Dubai.

Fridays: Indian-Malaysian Flavours 
A buffet of authentic cuisines from India and Malaysia.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sambarballi Podi | Doddapatre Baje ~ Indian Borage/Cuban Oregano Fritters


This morning when I woke up I was thinking about the various chores I had to complete during the day and my thoughts ran to my blog. I hadn't posted a recipe in more than two weeks! I am going to conveniently blame it on the long holidays we had. A whole 9 days of Eid holidays (half of which we chose to spend in Muscat (Oman) with our family friends) was at our disposal. Like we did last year, we chose to drive down to the neighbouring country and I must say that the journey was splendid (couldn't think of a better word to describe it). A couple of days before we left I had made these fritters at home and decided to make them again at our friends' place but simply didn't find the time as we were busy doing nothing but chat endlessly and relax. Breaks like these are what we always welcome as it helps us unwind and get back to the grind feeling totally rejuvenated.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Pajey Madipula ~ Rice Rolls Steamed in Banana Leaves


I make it a point to learn a few new recipes everytime I visit Mangalore. In the past I used to collect plenty of recipes and on some occasions even have them made in front of me. Then I would return back home and try them once again in my own kitchen before posting the recipes on the blog. This year too I managed to learn a couple of recipes, I came across something that I had never heard of before - Pajey Madpela, a term in the local language Tulu which roughly translates to 'rolled up carpet'. We had been to the Butterfly Park in Belvai, Moodabidri on a Sunday morning and enjoyed the scenic beauty en route. We started our journey pretty early as we intended to get to the park by 9 a.m., supposedly the best time to catch a glimpse of the several varieties of butterflies that live unrestricted there. The kids had a great time and thankfully the weather was great although it did drizzle during the journey. On our way back we stopped for lunch at a lovely seafood joint and I was introduced to the Pajey Madpela which we ordered along with Neer Dosa (plain rice crepes) and Pundi (rice dumplings).  

Friday, September 2, 2016

Yellow Rice



Goodmorning everyone! I woke up this glorious morning feeling refreshed and rested and now I am sitting by the kitchen window sill looking out every now and then. There are hardly any cars plying the roads - such a contrast to the scene that unfolds during the week. I live on one of Dubai's busiest streets and its only on Friday mornings that the roads are almost empty. Most people like to party on Thursday evenings and wake up late on Friday mornings. But for mums like me, every morning starts rather early. So after a simple breakfast I am wondering what chores to tackle during my free time. Should I try out a new recipe or go clean that closet? Sort out my blog posts or draw up a grocery list? Well, while I still debate on what I will do today maybe you should take a look at today's recipe.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Simple Meat Stew


The new academic year has begun for my kids and I am such a happy mom! After a long vacation it really feels great to be back into the school routine. The only thing I dislike is waking up at the crack of dawn to make breakfast and fix their lunch boxes but an early night ensures a great early start as well. There is tons you can accomplish during the wee hours of the morning and then the entire day somehow flies on auto pilot. While the first week was a little overwhelming in terms of juggling everything, I am hoping that the weekend helps me settle in and gear up for the coming week. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Party Menu Series ~ Party Menu#2


Another party menu is here to delight you today. This time we had just one guest and we decided to keep it simple as the food was not as important as catching up on stories was :) Well, whenever I host parties I usually keep the food preferences of my guests in mind. If they like to indulge in a variety of dishes or we are bitten by the bug to try out many dishes we do so, otherwise all our votes are in favour of a couple of starters followed by biryani and raitha. If the meal is elaborate, the dessert is a simple one and vice versa. 

Since my hubby takes his passion for cooking very seriously he generously helps me put together the party menu as well. Over the years it has become an understanding between us that we share the work load. While he sticks to making the starters, dips and red meat (if any) preparations, I make the breads (usually traditional Mangalorean rice breads like sanna, appams, neer dosa etc), curries, rice preparations and desserts. Culinary clashes (making a grab for the same utensils, chopping boards and knives and having a spat over it) are avoided as both of us decide our entry and exit timings from the kitchen. One of us is making ourselves useful around the house when the other is busy cooking. It really helps to have your significant other or kids to help around in the kitchen, even if it means to help keep the sink clear at all times. Trust me, this can be a big challenge and hamper your cooking speed if you have a pile of dirty dishes that threaten to take over precious counter space, especially if you have a small kitchen.

After some hits and several misses over the years I have concluded that it is best to have a few good dishes than a hundred mediocre ones. It is always best to present your tried and tested fare to new guests whether or not you are fishing for compliments. It saves you the stress of being worried whether the dish goes down well with your guests or not. Many years ago,

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Restaurant Review ~ Sana-Di-Ge, Goldfinch Hotel, Bangalore


Restaurant: Sana-Di-Ge

Location: Goldfinch Hotel, Near Shivananda Circle, Seshadripuram, Bangalore

Cuisine: Coastal cuisine from places along India's Konkan coast (West Coast). A good mix of Maharashtra, Goa, Mangalore, Kerala cuisines.

Price Range: Rs 2000 for two (approx)


THE PLACE

The term 'Sana-di-ge' stands for 'ceremonial brass lamp' in the Tulu language and should not be confused with 'sandige' which are a kind of mini poppadums that are popular in Mangalore. 


Last month, while we vacationed in Mangalore, we decided to make a quick trip to Bangalore. The hubby and I hadn't been there in years and it was a great way to show our kids around the city which was home to both of us when we kickstarted our careers. One of the perks of being in the garden city was that my friend and I were invited to lunch at this lovely coastal restaurant, an offer we simply couldn't refuse. Being Mangalorean foodies we enjoyed the time we spent at a place that was done up so tastefully keeping in mind the West Coast of India, especially Mangalore of the yesteryears.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bread Mocha Trifle


The weather outside is frightful - in the real sense! Super hot weather with the mercury threatening to touch 50 degrees C as of today is only making me want to cool my heels indoors. While we had some respite from the heat last week, the temperatures are soaring once again since the past 48 hours. Now when you have kids begging to eat something fancy what do you do? Well, you don your baking attire and bake them some goodies (I have a huge backlog of recipes for you folks!) and then when you are tired of baking and all that cleaning up that ensues you don't to be in the kitchen at all! At times like these some simple and interesting recipes come to your rescue. I had bookmarked this particular recipe a couple of years ago from one of my favourite books 'Coffee, 100 Everyday Recipes' but got around to trying it out only on Monday - August 15th, India's Independence Day. I was in the mood to make something delicious yet simple and I cannot think of anything that fits the bill so perfectly! 

The best part about this recipe is that its a no cook recipe and can be made ahead of time. So if you want to serve it for a party, just put it together the previous day or a few hours before the party. Secondly, it is so easy to make that even your kids can make it with minimal supervision! Your life gets easier if you use readily available whipped cream or you can always use heavy cream (like Amul Fresh Cream if you live in India, Al Marai Fresh Cream if you live in the U.A.E). If the whipping doesn't happen as expected, don't worry, you can still layer the cream and wait for the magicto happen