Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cinnamon Coffee Rolls


Every once in a while you come across a recipe that simply urges you to try it right away and impresses you beyond your expectations. Well, this is one such recipe. I have been so apprehensive about trying out any kind of breads. I have over the past two years tried my hand at several types of breads and none of them have impressed me. A few flops later I vowed never to try my hand at breads ever again. This despite the fact that the whole purpose of buying a big oven after we moved to this place was to be able to make all kinds of breads like the baguette for example. The husband has been yearning for breads actually. So much that we picked a book on breads on our recent trip to Mangalore. Along with this book I had also bought a tiny book called Coffee, 100 Everyday Recipes. the Everyday Recipes series is my favourite and I have several other books from which I have tried numerous recipes. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Beetroot Halwa ~ Easy, Pressure Cooker Method



This Independence Day I have no Tri Colour dish to post. Instead I picked a very simple sweet dish made out of beets. This beetroot halwa is a cousin of  the very popular carrot halwa or gajar ka halwa as we call it in Hindi. I had written about my low haemoglobin count and how I was trying to get it to normal levels. I read up a lot about how beets are simply magical to produce good blood in your system. Despite know about its health benefits we aren't so keen to eat beets cooked in anyway so there were plenty of times that they would hang around the fridge for days before they eventually got chucked into the bin (don't gasp, it's true). I finally decided I must put an end to that wasteful trend and went ahead and grated them up to be made into a nice halwa. 

This recipe is super easy. I adapted my own carrot halwa recipe and decided to pressure cook the beets as I wanted to speed up the cooking process. The resultant halwa was a perfectly cooked sweet dish with its nutrients intact (or so I'd like to believe) as pressure cooking is known to retain the nutritional value of food unlike the traditional stove top method where you cook the halwa over a slow heat for hours. The best part of pressure cooking is that it is a huge time saver and also lets you be distracted and multi task. While the beets cooked I cleared up the kitchen and what not (this includes shooing away husband who popped his head a hundred times to check if the halwa was done)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ultra Crispy Onion Rings - The Best Ever! ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


So the sonny boy gets his food wishes honoured by his dad once in a while. Once in a while would be an understatement as he gets his way around almost everyday. Most times I insist that he eats what is cooked but on some occasions we oblige him by preparing things that he relishes eating. When it comes to replicating fast food at home I am satisfied that what we make at home is any day better than the junk dished out by most fast food joints. The best part about living in the internet age is that recipes of foods from around the world are available at our fingertips. The onion rings have been one of our lil boy's favourite snacks and the husband has tried replicating them several times using different recipes but none of them were 100% satisfactory - in terms of their taste and crispness or rather the ability to stay crisp much after they came out of the deep fryer. 

We used to enjoy some crisp onion rings at TGIF, Mumbai and always wondered how they stayed so crisp for a long time. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Simple Pumpkin Sukhe


Last month when I was at my in-law's in the midst of her mid morning cooking session she asked me if I knew how to cook this simple pumpkin dish. I quickly dropped whatever I was doing and bolted to the kitchen and said that I wanted to learn. It was raining cats and dogs outside and I had this warm fuzzy feeling inside me telling me that lunch that day was going to be a delicious one. There was red boiled rice kept in the hot box waiting to be strained, there was an awesome prawn & potato curry still bubbling on the stove and some breadfruit marinated with meet mirsaang (salt & chilli paste) waiting to be shallow fried. Lunch was going to be awesome. I was already salivating. I was starved and couldn't wait to eat. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tongue Curry - When The Hubby Cooks!


Ola people! I am back from good ol' Mangalore and I am missing it so much already! My trip was awesome. We spent a month and a week there and the children enjoyed it as well. The first one week was a little terrible with the humidity and heat as the rains were delayed, but once we received the first showers it was just wonderful. The whole experience helped evoke so many wonderful memories especially as we drove around our favourite places visiting people or buying stuff or simply vagabonding. Mangalore is truly great if you wish to detox and unwind. Err! detox doesn't really happen if you are related to people who cook awesome food. All we did was binge on all the gorgeous food - either cooked at home or at homes where we were invited to share meals. Nevertheless, it gave me an opportunity to savour different kinds of Mangalorean delicacies and note down the variations in the preparations as well.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Tuna Cutlets (From Scratch!)


Folks! I know its been ages since I last posted. While the blog is on my mind on a daily basis what with all the food that gets cooked everyday, it is simply difficult to keep up with the mails and comments with an intermittent internet connectivity. At one point I decided to give up and just focus on relaxing while on vacation but then it was impossible to stay away from something I am so passionate about. So after a very long time I am posting one of the recipes I had tried out in Dubai before we travelled to Mangalore. I was very keen to try out tuna cutlets at home as I had only tasted them at my brother's place prepared a couple of times by my sister in law and her dad. They had used tinned tuna and it tasted good.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Prawn & Potato Curry ~ Mangalorean Catholic Style



Ola people! Here I am sitting in the heart of Mangalore writing down a recipe that is a favourite among many Mangaloreans except me. Well, I am sure it would have been if I ate prawns, but since I don't we postponed even preparing this dish while in Dubai. We wanted to have the curry made by my mum in law who is an amazing cook and she cheerfully obliged. So off went Roshan to the fish market. He chose a fine batch of prawns and cleaned them himself. I helped my mum-in-law grind the masala and the 'hult' (taste check/adjustment) was done by her. It was a case of one too many cooks that didn't spoil the broth. The resultant curry was this lovely spicy-tangy one with prawns and potatoes floating in harmony. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Spicy Chicken Dry


The end of June is here bringing with it a closure of half of the year (I should start writing poetry!). I am so glad that finally the schools will close for the summer and I can relax and do things at my own pace rather than run around like a headless chicken for 5 days a week. While we are busy with some last minute shopping before we head for our vacation I decided to write a quick post and share this amazing chicken recipe with you. It is a recipe that I have adapted from the book 'Recipes For All Occasions' by B F Varghese. It is one of my most favourite cookbooks now. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Idli Upma - A Simple, Tasty & Quick Breakfast Option!


G'morning ya'll! An 8 am post on a Friday morning only means that I was pulled out of my slumber way too early. The lil boy is too excited to attend his cousin's birthday party at the play area this morning and it was only fair to wake up his mommy and demand breakfast at 6 am no? Grr! 

Anyway, I got a quick chance to wake up earlier than the others who are still enjoying their sleep and write this post. A super quick breakfast option is what I like on most days when I just don't want to make anything elaborate. Since the past few weeks I have been busy trying my hand at making my own Idli & Dosa batter, a multi purpose batter which can be transformed into not just idlis and dosas but also a host of other South Indian breakfasts. I hope to try them out one by one and post them here soon. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Egg Masala


At my place eggs are prepared as a last resort when there is nothing else that I can think of and we are in no mood to eat fish or chicken again. Red meats are generally reserved for special occasions or are eaten like once a month or two. Since the little fellow is averse to eating eggs I don't force him but insist he eats them in the form of an omelette on weekends. Now you know why eggs for main course are a last resort! Baby Zee and I love eggs and enjoy eating them fried, scrambled or hard boiled. I personally love eating eggs sunny side up - love mopping up the yolk with some bread. Yum!

Anyway, today I had to take my lil girl for her vaccination and I returned pretty late. There wasn't a lot of time to make something elaborate and I had not kept the fish out to thaw. I flipped through almost every cook book I owned to see if I could find a recipe that wasn't repetitive and I could make quickly. Most curries required grated coconut or coconut milk and I wasn't in a mood to grind anything. So I decided to throw in some ingredients together and create something of my own. I was rather pleased with the outcome and proud that my creation wasn't so bad after all as the sonny boy ate it without a fuss.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cinnamon Coffee Rolls


Every once in a while you come across a recipe that simply urges you to try it right away and impresses you beyond your expectations. Well, this is one such recipe. I have been so apprehensive about trying out any kind of breads. I have over the past two years tried my hand at several types of breads and none of them have impressed me. A few flops later I vowed never to try my hand at breads ever again. This despite the fact that the whole purpose of buying a big oven after we moved to this place was to be able to make all kinds of breads like the baguette for example. The husband has been yearning for breads actually. So much that we picked a book on breads on our recent trip to Mangalore. Along with this book I had also bought a tiny book called Coffee, 100 Everyday Recipes. the Everyday Recipes series is my favourite and I have several other books from which I have tried numerous recipes. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Beetroot Halwa ~ Easy, Pressure Cooker Method



This Independence Day I have no Tri Colour dish to post. Instead I picked a very simple sweet dish made out of beets. This beetroot halwa is a cousin of  the very popular carrot halwa or gajar ka halwa as we call it in Hindi. I had written about my low haemoglobin count and how I was trying to get it to normal levels. I read up a lot about how beets are simply magical to produce good blood in your system. Despite know about its health benefits we aren't so keen to eat beets cooked in anyway so there were plenty of times that they would hang around the fridge for days before they eventually got chucked into the bin (don't gasp, it's true). I finally decided I must put an end to that wasteful trend and went ahead and grated them up to be made into a nice halwa. 

This recipe is super easy. I adapted my own carrot halwa recipe and decided to pressure cook the beets as I wanted to speed up the cooking process. The resultant halwa was a perfectly cooked sweet dish with its nutrients intact (or so I'd like to believe) as pressure cooking is known to retain the nutritional value of food unlike the traditional stove top method where you cook the halwa over a slow heat for hours. The best part of pressure cooking is that it is a huge time saver and also lets you be distracted and multi task. While the beets cooked I cleared up the kitchen and what not (this includes shooing away husband who popped his head a hundred times to check if the halwa was done)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ultra Crispy Onion Rings - The Best Ever! ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


So the sonny boy gets his food wishes honoured by his dad once in a while. Once in a while would be an understatement as he gets his way around almost everyday. Most times I insist that he eats what is cooked but on some occasions we oblige him by preparing things that he relishes eating. When it comes to replicating fast food at home I am satisfied that what we make at home is any day better than the junk dished out by most fast food joints. The best part about living in the internet age is that recipes of foods from around the world are available at our fingertips. The onion rings have been one of our lil boy's favourite snacks and the husband has tried replicating them several times using different recipes but none of them were 100% satisfactory - in terms of their taste and crispness or rather the ability to stay crisp much after they came out of the deep fryer. 

We used to enjoy some crisp onion rings at TGIF, Mumbai and always wondered how they stayed so crisp for a long time. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Simple Pumpkin Sukhe


Last month when I was at my in-law's in the midst of her mid morning cooking session she asked me if I knew how to cook this simple pumpkin dish. I quickly dropped whatever I was doing and bolted to the kitchen and said that I wanted to learn. It was raining cats and dogs outside and I had this warm fuzzy feeling inside me telling me that lunch that day was going to be a delicious one. There was red boiled rice kept in the hot box waiting to be strained, there was an awesome prawn & potato curry still bubbling on the stove and some breadfruit marinated with meet mirsaang (salt & chilli paste) waiting to be shallow fried. Lunch was going to be awesome. I was already salivating. I was starved and couldn't wait to eat. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tongue Curry - When The Hubby Cooks!


Ola people! I am back from good ol' Mangalore and I am missing it so much already! My trip was awesome. We spent a month and a week there and the children enjoyed it as well. The first one week was a little terrible with the humidity and heat as the rains were delayed, but once we received the first showers it was just wonderful. The whole experience helped evoke so many wonderful memories especially as we drove around our favourite places visiting people or buying stuff or simply vagabonding. Mangalore is truly great if you wish to detox and unwind. Err! detox doesn't really happen if you are related to people who cook awesome food. All we did was binge on all the gorgeous food - either cooked at home or at homes where we were invited to share meals. Nevertheless, it gave me an opportunity to savour different kinds of Mangalorean delicacies and note down the variations in the preparations as well.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Tuna Cutlets (From Scratch!)


Folks! I know its been ages since I last posted. While the blog is on my mind on a daily basis what with all the food that gets cooked everyday, it is simply difficult to keep up with the mails and comments with an intermittent internet connectivity. At one point I decided to give up and just focus on relaxing while on vacation but then it was impossible to stay away from something I am so passionate about. So after a very long time I am posting one of the recipes I had tried out in Dubai before we travelled to Mangalore. I was very keen to try out tuna cutlets at home as I had only tasted them at my brother's place prepared a couple of times by my sister in law and her dad. They had used tinned tuna and it tasted good.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Prawn & Potato Curry ~ Mangalorean Catholic Style



Ola people! Here I am sitting in the heart of Mangalore writing down a recipe that is a favourite among many Mangaloreans except me. Well, I am sure it would have been if I ate prawns, but since I don't we postponed even preparing this dish while in Dubai. We wanted to have the curry made by my mum in law who is an amazing cook and she cheerfully obliged. So off went Roshan to the fish market. He chose a fine batch of prawns and cleaned them himself. I helped my mum-in-law grind the masala and the 'hult' (taste check/adjustment) was done by her. It was a case of one too many cooks that didn't spoil the broth. The resultant curry was this lovely spicy-tangy one with prawns and potatoes floating in harmony. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Spicy Chicken Dry


The end of June is here bringing with it a closure of half of the year (I should start writing poetry!). I am so glad that finally the schools will close for the summer and I can relax and do things at my own pace rather than run around like a headless chicken for 5 days a week. While we are busy with some last minute shopping before we head for our vacation I decided to write a quick post and share this amazing chicken recipe with you. It is a recipe that I have adapted from the book 'Recipes For All Occasions' by B F Varghese. It is one of my most favourite cookbooks now. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Idli Upma - A Simple, Tasty & Quick Breakfast Option!


G'morning ya'll! An 8 am post on a Friday morning only means that I was pulled out of my slumber way too early. The lil boy is too excited to attend his cousin's birthday party at the play area this morning and it was only fair to wake up his mommy and demand breakfast at 6 am no? Grr! 

Anyway, I got a quick chance to wake up earlier than the others who are still enjoying their sleep and write this post. A super quick breakfast option is what I like on most days when I just don't want to make anything elaborate. Since the past few weeks I have been busy trying my hand at making my own Idli & Dosa batter, a multi purpose batter which can be transformed into not just idlis and dosas but also a host of other South Indian breakfasts. I hope to try them out one by one and post them here soon. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Egg Masala


At my place eggs are prepared as a last resort when there is nothing else that I can think of and we are in no mood to eat fish or chicken again. Red meats are generally reserved for special occasions or are eaten like once a month or two. Since the little fellow is averse to eating eggs I don't force him but insist he eats them in the form of an omelette on weekends. Now you know why eggs for main course are a last resort! Baby Zee and I love eggs and enjoy eating them fried, scrambled or hard boiled. I personally love eating eggs sunny side up - love mopping up the yolk with some bread. Yum!

Anyway, today I had to take my lil girl for her vaccination and I returned pretty late. There wasn't a lot of time to make something elaborate and I had not kept the fish out to thaw. I flipped through almost every cook book I owned to see if I could find a recipe that wasn't repetitive and I could make quickly. Most curries required grated coconut or coconut milk and I wasn't in a mood to grind anything. So I decided to throw in some ingredients together and create something of my own. I was rather pleased with the outcome and proud that my creation wasn't so bad after all as the sonny boy ate it without a fuss.