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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kaju Kishmish Biscotti (Spiced Cashewnut and Raisin Biscotti)



Although I am not a biscuit/cookie person at all I eventually had to give in to the husband's demands to make some at home. "Why did we even buy such a big oven if you don't want to experiment new things?" he growled. Well, I guess i just needed a pep talk like that cuz I immediately started to flip through the million recipe cuttings that I have been gathering ever since I came to Dubai. I found this recipe in the Friday magazine, my most favourite weekly recipe haunt. The original recipe was for cashew and cranberry biscotti which I tried, but the baking time mentioned in the recipe was way too long. The biscotti got burnt but tasted yummy nevertheless, but I was compelled to correct the recipe.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Homemade Baby Food - Chicken & Leafy Greens Pulao


It's about time I posted a recipe for our tiny tots. These days children as young as 7-8 months are picky eaters. They have a mind of their own (fore sure!) and know exactly what they don't want to eat. While my son wasn't such a fuss pot before he turned 3, my daughter is testing my patience every single day. So much so that I have started experimenting with recipes to suit her palate. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ribbon Sandwich | Tri Coloured Sandwich | Indian Republic Day Special


Tomorrow, the 26th of January is India's Republic Day and it is the first time that I am not in the country. But that doesn't stop me from celebrating it. Does it? Over the years I have tried to prepare something that symbolizes the Tri Coloured Indian flag, something that will also help my little ones associate the colours to his birthplace, India. 

For the last Independence Day (Aug 15, 2013) I had prepared the tri coloured neer dosa which was well received and enjoyed by my son and my brother's kids. A couple of years before that I prepared the carrot & spinach layered rice. Since then I have been toying with the idea of going a step ahead and preparing something else to showcase the Indian colours. For the saffron colour, carrots and for the green layer, spinach have been done to death. So this time

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Marble Cake ~ The Best Ever!


Today, hopefully I will bake the first cake of 2014! Yayy! Ever since I returned from my vacation I have not been able to bake anything although I have been continuously adding to my list of bookmarked recipes. Then a jolt of reality said that I should first post all the draft recipes that haven't seen the light of day for ages now. Would you believe me if I said that I have recipes in draft dating back to 2012? The year I was expecting my second baby saw the highest number of recipes in draft. Add to that the recipes of 2013, the year of the Great Move (our relocation to Dubai) and more recipes got piled up. Not a single day goes by without me going through them several times wondering which pictures I should scrap and retake.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mushroom Masala


After all the heavy duty festive hogging I think its time to detox the body. It helps that mushrooms have zero calories in them so its all the more reason to make them often provided you are not allergic to them. Mushrooms by far are my most, most, most favourite among veggies. I cannot help grabbing a pack whenever I see a good clean bunch of mushrooms at the supermarket. Most times I like to add them to a pasta or noodle dish or to soups. Great addition I must say.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Miryaso Kasai (Pepper Decoction / Kashayam) Home Remedy for Cough & Cold


This is probably my third post where I am raving about the lovely weather here in Dubai. However, this chilly weather has its flipside. Everyone around me is under the spell of the season - cough, cold, fever, sore throat and what have you. This compelled me to try out some home remedies for us adults at home while I rushed my baby for a quick doctor's visit to deal with her impending cough. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Chicken Cunpir Miri ~ Mangalorean Catholic Style Coriander and PepperCurry Without Coconut


The whole of last week the weather has been dull and boring thanks to the 
rains which made their appearance during an otherwise chilly January. This made me miss the monsoons of Mangalore/Mumbai all the more. Well, I don't miss monsoons in Mumbai as they transform themselves into a chaotic mess. Anyone who has lived in Mumbai would know how icky the whole season is. But if one is not venturing out into the rains and the flooded roads then well, it is a pleasant experience to welcome those first showers after the sweltering heat of the Indian summers. 

It feels odd to be talking about the monsoons in January but I guess this is how its going to be moving forward. Yesterday the chilly weather outside beckoned me to cook something nice and spicy to beat the bleariness outside. I was looking for a recipe that included loads of pepper and I came across this typical Mangalorean chicken preparation that I remember my mum preparing a million years ago. Cunpir, pronounced as 'Khuhn-peer' means coriander seeds and Miri, pronounced nasally as 'mireen' stands for black or white peppercorns. Why didn't I ever try making this dish before? Why wasn't it in my repertoire yet? Beats me!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Spiced Hot Chocolate


The weather outside is frightful. No! Make that 'delightful'. Well, its raining here in the U.A.E since yesterday and its too cold for my liking. However, its wonderful to watch the rain from my window and it reminds me so much of the monsoons back home in India. I was pretty miserable yesterday  because the cold weather never appeals to me. I am more of a warm weather person. Ask me to pick between the mountains and the beach and you know what my answer will be. 

Anyway, yesterday I was rummaging through the million recipe cuttings I have gathered ever since I came to the UAE and I found 3 recipes for hot chocolate that looked absolutely delicious and so inviting that I just ran to make it. Since the husband is not a chocolate person at all, I embarked upon this journey with the sole excuse that the son needs to have something nice and delicious when the weather outside was so bleary and dull.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Pandi Curry / Coorgi Pork - Kodagu /Coorg Style Pork Curry - When The Hubby Cooks!


A brand new year has just begun and I guess I am a little late in wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year 2014! Well, better late than never! As any good occasion needs to be celebrated I decided to post the recipe of Pandi Curry (pronounced as 'Pahnn-dhi' ) or Coorgi Style Pork curry that I have been contemplating to post since a very long time. The funny side of the story is that years ago when I was first offered this dish by a friend in college, prepared by her Coorgi neighbour I politely declined to taste it! Somehow the rich, dark colour didn't quite appeal to me and I wasn't so adventurous those days when it came to trying out new dishes. I simply stuck to known dishes and played safe. How I regret my decision. That was probably my only chance of having Pandi Curry made by a Coorgi. I could kick myself for being so silly.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kaju Kishmish Biscotti (Spiced Cashewnut and Raisin Biscotti)



Although I am not a biscuit/cookie person at all I eventually had to give in to the husband's demands to make some at home. "Why did we even buy such a big oven if you don't want to experiment new things?" he growled. Well, I guess i just needed a pep talk like that cuz I immediately started to flip through the million recipe cuttings that I have been gathering ever since I came to Dubai. I found this recipe in the Friday magazine, my most favourite weekly recipe haunt. The original recipe was for cashew and cranberry biscotti which I tried, but the baking time mentioned in the recipe was way too long. The biscotti got burnt but tasted yummy nevertheless, but I was compelled to correct the recipe.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Homemade Baby Food - Chicken & Leafy Greens Pulao


It's about time I posted a recipe for our tiny tots. These days children as young as 7-8 months are picky eaters. They have a mind of their own (fore sure!) and know exactly what they don't want to eat. While my son wasn't such a fuss pot before he turned 3, my daughter is testing my patience every single day. So much so that I have started experimenting with recipes to suit her palate. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ribbon Sandwich | Tri Coloured Sandwich | Indian Republic Day Special


Tomorrow, the 26th of January is India's Republic Day and it is the first time that I am not in the country. But that doesn't stop me from celebrating it. Does it? Over the years I have tried to prepare something that symbolizes the Tri Coloured Indian flag, something that will also help my little ones associate the colours to his birthplace, India. 

For the last Independence Day (Aug 15, 2013) I had prepared the tri coloured neer dosa which was well received and enjoyed by my son and my brother's kids. A couple of years before that I prepared the carrot & spinach layered rice. Since then I have been toying with the idea of going a step ahead and preparing something else to showcase the Indian colours. For the saffron colour, carrots and for the green layer, spinach have been done to death. So this time

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Marble Cake ~ The Best Ever!


Today, hopefully I will bake the first cake of 2014! Yayy! Ever since I returned from my vacation I have not been able to bake anything although I have been continuously adding to my list of bookmarked recipes. Then a jolt of reality said that I should first post all the draft recipes that haven't seen the light of day for ages now. Would you believe me if I said that I have recipes in draft dating back to 2012? The year I was expecting my second baby saw the highest number of recipes in draft. Add to that the recipes of 2013, the year of the Great Move (our relocation to Dubai) and more recipes got piled up. Not a single day goes by without me going through them several times wondering which pictures I should scrap and retake.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mushroom Masala


After all the heavy duty festive hogging I think its time to detox the body. It helps that mushrooms have zero calories in them so its all the more reason to make them often provided you are not allergic to them. Mushrooms by far are my most, most, most favourite among veggies. I cannot help grabbing a pack whenever I see a good clean bunch of mushrooms at the supermarket. Most times I like to add them to a pasta or noodle dish or to soups. Great addition I must say.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Miryaso Kasai (Pepper Decoction / Kashayam) Home Remedy for Cough & Cold


This is probably my third post where I am raving about the lovely weather here in Dubai. However, this chilly weather has its flipside. Everyone around me is under the spell of the season - cough, cold, fever, sore throat and what have you. This compelled me to try out some home remedies for us adults at home while I rushed my baby for a quick doctor's visit to deal with her impending cough. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Chicken Cunpir Miri ~ Mangalorean Catholic Style Coriander and PepperCurry Without Coconut


The whole of last week the weather has been dull and boring thanks to the 
rains which made their appearance during an otherwise chilly January. This made me miss the monsoons of Mangalore/Mumbai all the more. Well, I don't miss monsoons in Mumbai as they transform themselves into a chaotic mess. Anyone who has lived in Mumbai would know how icky the whole season is. But if one is not venturing out into the rains and the flooded roads then well, it is a pleasant experience to welcome those first showers after the sweltering heat of the Indian summers. 

It feels odd to be talking about the monsoons in January but I guess this is how its going to be moving forward. Yesterday the chilly weather outside beckoned me to cook something nice and spicy to beat the bleariness outside. I was looking for a recipe that included loads of pepper and I came across this typical Mangalorean chicken preparation that I remember my mum preparing a million years ago. Cunpir, pronounced as 'Khuhn-peer' means coriander seeds and Miri, pronounced nasally as 'mireen' stands for black or white peppercorns. Why didn't I ever try making this dish before? Why wasn't it in my repertoire yet? Beats me!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Spiced Hot Chocolate


The weather outside is frightful. No! Make that 'delightful'. Well, its raining here in the U.A.E since yesterday and its too cold for my liking. However, its wonderful to watch the rain from my window and it reminds me so much of the monsoons back home in India. I was pretty miserable yesterday  because the cold weather never appeals to me. I am more of a warm weather person. Ask me to pick between the mountains and the beach and you know what my answer will be. 

Anyway, yesterday I was rummaging through the million recipe cuttings I have gathered ever since I came to the UAE and I found 3 recipes for hot chocolate that looked absolutely delicious and so inviting that I just ran to make it. Since the husband is not a chocolate person at all, I embarked upon this journey with the sole excuse that the son needs to have something nice and delicious when the weather outside was so bleary and dull.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Pandi Curry / Coorgi Pork - Kodagu /Coorg Style Pork Curry - When The Hubby Cooks!


A brand new year has just begun and I guess I am a little late in wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year 2014! Well, better late than never! As any good occasion needs to be celebrated I decided to post the recipe of Pandi Curry (pronounced as 'Pahnn-dhi' ) or Coorgi Style Pork curry that I have been contemplating to post since a very long time. The funny side of the story is that years ago when I was first offered this dish by a friend in college, prepared by her Coorgi neighbour I politely declined to taste it! Somehow the rich, dark colour didn't quite appeal to me and I wasn't so adventurous those days when it came to trying out new dishes. I simply stuck to known dishes and played safe. How I regret my decision. That was probably my only chance of having Pandi Curry made by a Coorgi. I could kick myself for being so silly.