Monday, February 1, 2016

Orange Marmalade


Oranges have been ruling my fruit basket for over 2 months now. The whole of December saw us trying out the different varieties that have been flooding the supermarkets and I couldn't resist trying out different recipes with them. I have made several cakes and the marmalade has been made twice and gifted to people. There is so much joy in sharing homemade goodies, especially jams and pickles. Honestly, I am not much of a fan of oranges like my hubby and daughter are. I am not a fruit lover when it comes to eating them in their natural form but I love making things out of them. Over the past few years I had only made mocktails or used their juice or zest to flavour cakes. This time I took my craze for this citrus fruit to another level by cooking the whole fruit with sugar to result in the most delicious, preservative free jam or marmalade ever! It really helped that the supermarket I frequent had a sale on Spanish navel oranges one day. A 3 kilo bag was being sold for AED 11 (approx Rs 200). A single bottle of jam/marmalade usually costs more than that. 

Well, if you think that I got it right on my first attempt you are wrong. It is very very important to know the setting point for jams. If you cross that point you get a very thick and hard jam that will refuse to leave the bottle let alone spread out on your bread. A candy thermometer is a blessing if you have one but I decided not to use mine and keep an eye on the mixture instead and make sure that my jam didn't flop the first time around. I was so wrong. I made too many mistakes and the first batch was hard as a rock! Well, not quite. It was still edible but such a big disappointment.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Keema Rice ~ Simple Mince Pulao


We are a minced meat loving family! My son loves it because he prefers eating anything non vegetarian without the bones in them! I prefer minced meat too as you can make so many different things out of it, most being child friendly. We either buy it readymade from the supermarket but I prefer having the keema (minced meat) made right in front of my eyes at the butcher's. I love pulaos and biryanis - I've confessed my love for them like a million times on this blog, so at every given opportunity my mind veers towards creating a one pot meal whenever I buy some keema. This time was no exception as I set out to make something simple, wholesome and tasty for my family using a little keema we had portioned and frozen a couple of weeks ago. My son walloped his meal without any complaints - which is as rare as the blood moon so I am going to repeat this often. The sad part of the whole programme was that my camera has started giving problems again and so I had to fall back on the pictures that I had taken almost 3 years ago but didn't post as I wanted to perfect the recipe. Sometimes the simplest of things require accurate measures to taste good, right? 

By the way have you tried these recipes? Minced meat cooked in so many different ways!!
  1. Keema Green Masala
  2. Chicken Mince Kurma (White Gravy)
  3. Chicken Keema Masala
  4. Keema Aloo Matar
  5. Mince Stuffed Chillies
  6. Royal Chicken Mince Pulao
  7. Mince Meat Cutlets
  8. Basic Meatballs
  9. Mangalorean Meatball Curry
  10. Persian Style Yogurt-Meatball Soup
  11. Spaghetti & Meatballs

I do hope you enjoy yet another simple and easy keema recipe. Do share your feedback by writing in to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Friday, January 22, 2016

JoLada Rotti ~ North Karnataka Style Sorghum Flatbread | 500th Recipe on The Blog! #Breadbakers


Yes dear readers! This is my 500th recipe on the blog! I was wondering what recipe I should post when it occurred to me that my first recipe was a healthy salad. Considering the fact that I started off on a healthy note and have also decided to keep my eating habits clean in 2016, this was the perfect post. Initially I had made this bread to be a part of the bread baking group that I am a part of but the evening before I was to publish this post I fell really sick and had to cancel any plans to sit in front of the computer. With energy levels low and being acutely and mentally exhausted I decided to relax a bit and take it easy. I took 'leave' from the blog and actually enjoyed my regular life that was almost gadget free. The computer was completely shut down. All social networking apps (except for Whatsapp) knocked off my phone and man! did I experience withdrawal symptoms or what! After a few hours of craving to get back 'online' I started to get used to it. Not being constantly available for the virtual world was such a peaceful experience. No emails to respond to, no comments to leave on Facebook, no likes, no dislikes, no nothing!! Trust me, everyone must indulge in these social media detox programmes. They can do wonders to your mind, body and soul.

I enjoyed the time spent with my little ones and I am sure they did too as they were stories to tell to an active listener. Games were played, stories were read together. Much fun was had. Together.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Beef Bone Soup ~ Winter Comfort Food ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


The winters are here and what better to nourish the body and soul with some piping hot soup! We don't make a lot of soup at home but decided that it was a great way to get the kids to benefit from the bone marrow which is believed to be very strengthening. As a child I remember my mother boiling meat (beef or mutton) with some onions, tomatoes and salt and we would enjoy the broth which she would reserve for us. Likewise, the hubby had his share of enjoying this during his childhood and he wanted to recreate it. Everytime he makes this soup its for dinner and I either forget to click pictures or lament that the lighting isn't good. Well, this time I decided that I will go ahead and take whatever shots I can manage to in and make the most of it. Apologies for the crappy pictures but yeah, can't deprive you of this amazing and hearty soup can I? Go ahead, enjoy!

Have you tried these other soups?

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Coffee Walnut Cake


I have always loved simple cakes and so when I flipped through the little book on Coffee called 'Coffee, 100 Everyday Recipes' that I bought a few years ago, I fell in love with the picture of a simple coffee and walnut cake. I had bookmarked it long ago but was able to try it out only last month. I decided that for a coffee lover like me, it was only apt that my birthday cake should be of this flavour. Although I had planned to improvise on my fondant making skills in November and decided that my birthday cake would be next in line, for such improvisation (a.k.a scapegoat for practice), I eventually dumped the plans and stuck to my favourite way to frost a cake - buttercream! In my opinion, nothing is more tasty and wholesome than simple buttercream icing. Fondant is lovely too - but is perhaps more suited for children's cakes (again, just my opinion) and plus the work that goes into creating a masterpiece is a lot and owing to the busy Christmas month I was not willing to spend more than the required time in the kitchen, slaving over my own cake! It's not like I was going to impress someone else with a fancy cake, right? So why bother? 

Deviso Guzo Bazcho ~ Breadfruit Fry


I am going to be posting some recipes that were pushed to the back burner during the festive season that just went by. It's nice to be back to the regular recipes, to be honest. There is so much 'normalcy' in the routines of life, isn't it? Now that the little boy is back to school I am back to spending couple of hours every morning doing what I need to do - organize my thoughts and my posts. I spent a good 2 hours yesterday sifting through my mails, trashing the junk mails and responding to tons of emails that I had been unable to answer. My apologies to those of you who asked me queries during the last few weeks and didn't get any response from me. Usually I address queries first and then the rest of the emails. I plan to respond to all the pending mails hopefully by the end of this week. 

Also, in the upcoming days, I plan to post all my pending recipes that have been languishing in draft mode since ages. The stories surrounding these recipes may not be many as the focus is more on sharing recipes and less on tales. So here goes!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Methiyechi Paez | Methi Kanji (Fenugreek and Rice Congee/Gruel) ~ Postnatal Recipe | Winter Health Food Recipe


Winter is finally here! Well, at least for me it is, especially when I want to wear a lot of warm clothes before I step out of my cosy house and when the wind sends a chill down my spine (I hate this!) I know that it is finally here. Honestly, for a person who couldn't take even the cool breeze from a ceiling fan back in India, this is great progress! For someone who loved didn't complain and managed the Mangalore and Mumbai heat (yeah yeah - it ranges anywhere between 32-40 degrees C during peak summer!) this is great progress. I can manage upto 23-24 degrees C now without wearing as much as a shawl (ok, Canadians, laugh all you want - like my cousins do when I make this statement!) so yeah, I'd like to pat myself on my back for that being slightly thick skinned now - I couldn't manage the AC for years and now I can't live without it. Signs of being spoiled by the comforts in Dubai. Sigh!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Squid Masala Fry ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


A few months ago I started to experiment with frying fish, the 'masala fry' way. Masala fry is a way of frying fish down South, where the fish is marinated with a lot of the marinade and some of it is also fried before adding the marinated fish. The end result is absolutely succulent, trust me! For those of you who love eating spicy seafood this dish is a must try. The other way of frying fish is to marinate it with just enough marinade (just a thin smear will suffice). It is then shallow fried in minimum oil. This is referred to as the 'naked fry' or 'tawa fry' in most restaurants. At home, we simply call it fried fish. 

Since the time I started making our regular fish fries with some extra marinade the husband has been going ga-ga over it, so much so that he attempted to make squid using his own recipe for the marinade which he ground to paste instead of using the ready spice blend which I usually resort to. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Eggless Whole Wheat Choco Chip Cookies


Happy New Year everyone!! Hope you had a great start to 2016 and I hope the year ahead is just as great! I had a pretty good start praying at the stroke at midnight and then watching the fireworks at the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah beach from my bedroom window so I didn't really have to go anywhere to enjoy the sparkling festivities! With the little ones asleep it was the nearest I got to experiencing the fireworks. The only sad part was that The Address hotel was engulfed in flames a few hours before the firework display was scheduled to start - such a sad thing really. I am glad that the swift action taken by the firefighters helped keep casualties to a bare minimum but from what I can see in the pictures, the damages are immense. My prayers go out to those who sustained injuries and loss of property. May God heal them. 

Well, how did you celebrate your New Year's eve and day? Did you make any resolutions? Well, I won't say that I don't make any resolutions because they are only made to be broken. I do make resolutions every year and I am able to achieve at least some of them if not all. Most of my resolutions are made mid year too as I believe that if you seriously want to do something, any day is the first of January. This year my resolution is to be happy and spend more time with my family. Losing weight, reading books, eating healthy will all happen if I chose to take control of my life and make each one happen which will then contribute to the happy state that I eventually want to see myself in. I know, I know, I sound like a spiritual guru, but yeah, all I want to be is happy and take charge of my time. Time management and prioritizing tasks has always been my biggest challenge. I think if I work around it a little I should be able to achieve it soon. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Orange Marmalade


Oranges have been ruling my fruit basket for over 2 months now. The whole of December saw us trying out the different varieties that have been flooding the supermarkets and I couldn't resist trying out different recipes with them. I have made several cakes and the marmalade has been made twice and gifted to people. There is so much joy in sharing homemade goodies, especially jams and pickles. Honestly, I am not much of a fan of oranges like my hubby and daughter are. I am not a fruit lover when it comes to eating them in their natural form but I love making things out of them. Over the past few years I had only made mocktails or used their juice or zest to flavour cakes. This time I took my craze for this citrus fruit to another level by cooking the whole fruit with sugar to result in the most delicious, preservative free jam or marmalade ever! It really helped that the supermarket I frequent had a sale on Spanish navel oranges one day. A 3 kilo bag was being sold for AED 11 (approx Rs 200). A single bottle of jam/marmalade usually costs more than that. 

Well, if you think that I got it right on my first attempt you are wrong. It is very very important to know the setting point for jams. If you cross that point you get a very thick and hard jam that will refuse to leave the bottle let alone spread out on your bread. A candy thermometer is a blessing if you have one but I decided not to use mine and keep an eye on the mixture instead and make sure that my jam didn't flop the first time around. I was so wrong. I made too many mistakes and the first batch was hard as a rock! Well, not quite. It was still edible but such a big disappointment.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Keema Rice ~ Simple Mince Pulao


We are a minced meat loving family! My son loves it because he prefers eating anything non vegetarian without the bones in them! I prefer minced meat too as you can make so many different things out of it, most being child friendly. We either buy it readymade from the supermarket but I prefer having the keema (minced meat) made right in front of my eyes at the butcher's. I love pulaos and biryanis - I've confessed my love for them like a million times on this blog, so at every given opportunity my mind veers towards creating a one pot meal whenever I buy some keema. This time was no exception as I set out to make something simple, wholesome and tasty for my family using a little keema we had portioned and frozen a couple of weeks ago. My son walloped his meal without any complaints - which is as rare as the blood moon so I am going to repeat this often. The sad part of the whole programme was that my camera has started giving problems again and so I had to fall back on the pictures that I had taken almost 3 years ago but didn't post as I wanted to perfect the recipe. Sometimes the simplest of things require accurate measures to taste good, right? 

By the way have you tried these recipes? Minced meat cooked in so many different ways!!
  1. Keema Green Masala
  2. Chicken Mince Kurma (White Gravy)
  3. Chicken Keema Masala
  4. Keema Aloo Matar
  5. Mince Stuffed Chillies
  6. Royal Chicken Mince Pulao
  7. Mince Meat Cutlets
  8. Basic Meatballs
  9. Mangalorean Meatball Curry
  10. Persian Style Yogurt-Meatball Soup
  11. Spaghetti & Meatballs

I do hope you enjoy yet another simple and easy keema recipe. Do share your feedback by writing in to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Friday, January 22, 2016

JoLada Rotti ~ North Karnataka Style Sorghum Flatbread | 500th Recipe on The Blog! #Breadbakers


Yes dear readers! This is my 500th recipe on the blog! I was wondering what recipe I should post when it occurred to me that my first recipe was a healthy salad. Considering the fact that I started off on a healthy note and have also decided to keep my eating habits clean in 2016, this was the perfect post. Initially I had made this bread to be a part of the bread baking group that I am a part of but the evening before I was to publish this post I fell really sick and had to cancel any plans to sit in front of the computer. With energy levels low and being acutely and mentally exhausted I decided to relax a bit and take it easy. I took 'leave' from the blog and actually enjoyed my regular life that was almost gadget free. The computer was completely shut down. All social networking apps (except for Whatsapp) knocked off my phone and man! did I experience withdrawal symptoms or what! After a few hours of craving to get back 'online' I started to get used to it. Not being constantly available for the virtual world was such a peaceful experience. No emails to respond to, no comments to leave on Facebook, no likes, no dislikes, no nothing!! Trust me, everyone must indulge in these social media detox programmes. They can do wonders to your mind, body and soul.

I enjoyed the time spent with my little ones and I am sure they did too as they were stories to tell to an active listener. Games were played, stories were read together. Much fun was had. Together.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Beef Bone Soup ~ Winter Comfort Food ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


The winters are here and what better to nourish the body and soul with some piping hot soup! We don't make a lot of soup at home but decided that it was a great way to get the kids to benefit from the bone marrow which is believed to be very strengthening. As a child I remember my mother boiling meat (beef or mutton) with some onions, tomatoes and salt and we would enjoy the broth which she would reserve for us. Likewise, the hubby had his share of enjoying this during his childhood and he wanted to recreate it. Everytime he makes this soup its for dinner and I either forget to click pictures or lament that the lighting isn't good. Well, this time I decided that I will go ahead and take whatever shots I can manage to in and make the most of it. Apologies for the crappy pictures but yeah, can't deprive you of this amazing and hearty soup can I? Go ahead, enjoy!

Have you tried these other soups?

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Coffee Walnut Cake


I have always loved simple cakes and so when I flipped through the little book on Coffee called 'Coffee, 100 Everyday Recipes' that I bought a few years ago, I fell in love with the picture of a simple coffee and walnut cake. I had bookmarked it long ago but was able to try it out only last month. I decided that for a coffee lover like me, it was only apt that my birthday cake should be of this flavour. Although I had planned to improvise on my fondant making skills in November and decided that my birthday cake would be next in line, for such improvisation (a.k.a scapegoat for practice), I eventually dumped the plans and stuck to my favourite way to frost a cake - buttercream! In my opinion, nothing is more tasty and wholesome than simple buttercream icing. Fondant is lovely too - but is perhaps more suited for children's cakes (again, just my opinion) and plus the work that goes into creating a masterpiece is a lot and owing to the busy Christmas month I was not willing to spend more than the required time in the kitchen, slaving over my own cake! It's not like I was going to impress someone else with a fancy cake, right? So why bother? 

Deviso Guzo Bazcho ~ Breadfruit Fry


I am going to be posting some recipes that were pushed to the back burner during the festive season that just went by. It's nice to be back to the regular recipes, to be honest. There is so much 'normalcy' in the routines of life, isn't it? Now that the little boy is back to school I am back to spending couple of hours every morning doing what I need to do - organize my thoughts and my posts. I spent a good 2 hours yesterday sifting through my mails, trashing the junk mails and responding to tons of emails that I had been unable to answer. My apologies to those of you who asked me queries during the last few weeks and didn't get any response from me. Usually I address queries first and then the rest of the emails. I plan to respond to all the pending mails hopefully by the end of this week. 

Also, in the upcoming days, I plan to post all my pending recipes that have been languishing in draft mode since ages. The stories surrounding these recipes may not be many as the focus is more on sharing recipes and less on tales. So here goes!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Methiyechi Paez | Methi Kanji (Fenugreek and Rice Congee/Gruel) ~ Postnatal Recipe | Winter Health Food Recipe


Winter is finally here! Well, at least for me it is, especially when I want to wear a lot of warm clothes before I step out of my cosy house and when the wind sends a chill down my spine (I hate this!) I know that it is finally here. Honestly, for a person who couldn't take even the cool breeze from a ceiling fan back in India, this is great progress! For someone who loved didn't complain and managed the Mangalore and Mumbai heat (yeah yeah - it ranges anywhere between 32-40 degrees C during peak summer!) this is great progress. I can manage upto 23-24 degrees C now without wearing as much as a shawl (ok, Canadians, laugh all you want - like my cousins do when I make this statement!) so yeah, I'd like to pat myself on my back for that being slightly thick skinned now - I couldn't manage the AC for years and now I can't live without it. Signs of being spoiled by the comforts in Dubai. Sigh!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Squid Masala Fry ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


A few months ago I started to experiment with frying fish, the 'masala fry' way. Masala fry is a way of frying fish down South, where the fish is marinated with a lot of the marinade and some of it is also fried before adding the marinated fish. The end result is absolutely succulent, trust me! For those of you who love eating spicy seafood this dish is a must try. The other way of frying fish is to marinate it with just enough marinade (just a thin smear will suffice). It is then shallow fried in minimum oil. This is referred to as the 'naked fry' or 'tawa fry' in most restaurants. At home, we simply call it fried fish. 

Since the time I started making our regular fish fries with some extra marinade the husband has been going ga-ga over it, so much so that he attempted to make squid using his own recipe for the marinade which he ground to paste instead of using the ready spice blend which I usually resort to. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Eggless Whole Wheat Choco Chip Cookies


Happy New Year everyone!! Hope you had a great start to 2016 and I hope the year ahead is just as great! I had a pretty good start praying at the stroke at midnight and then watching the fireworks at the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah beach from my bedroom window so I didn't really have to go anywhere to enjoy the sparkling festivities! With the little ones asleep it was the nearest I got to experiencing the fireworks. The only sad part was that The Address hotel was engulfed in flames a few hours before the firework display was scheduled to start - such a sad thing really. I am glad that the swift action taken by the firefighters helped keep casualties to a bare minimum but from what I can see in the pictures, the damages are immense. My prayers go out to those who sustained injuries and loss of property. May God heal them. 

Well, how did you celebrate your New Year's eve and day? Did you make any resolutions? Well, I won't say that I don't make any resolutions because they are only made to be broken. I do make resolutions every year and I am able to achieve at least some of them if not all. Most of my resolutions are made mid year too as I believe that if you seriously want to do something, any day is the first of January. This year my resolution is to be happy and spend more time with my family. Losing weight, reading books, eating healthy will all happen if I chose to take control of my life and make each one happen which will then contribute to the happy state that I eventually want to see myself in. I know, I know, I sound like a spiritual guru, but yeah, all I want to be is happy and take charge of my time. Time management and prioritizing tasks has always been my biggest challenge. I think if I work around it a little I should be able to achieve it soon.