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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Eggless Mocha Chocolate Mousse - Easiest Recipe Ever!


The grand finale of this year's Christmas does not end with this mousse :-) I had planned a whole bunch of things to be made and posted before the 24th of December (today) but somehow due to my extra hectic schedule this year owing to a wedding in the family and cousins flown in from across the globe my task became harder than I had anticipated. Luckily I had prepared a lot of things ahead of time and those will keep showing up on the blog in the next few days. Christmas is not just about a single day - 25th of December. Christmas is a season, a season of love, togetherness and happiness. These three elements are interdependent. There can be no love if there is no happiness and there can be no happiness without love. Togetherness depends a lot on the former two. So basically to celebrate this part of Christmas I have this mousse for you which brings coffee and chocolate together to create a beautiful, simple and easy dessert that is served in tequila/vodka shot glasses - a serving size that is just right. No overindulgence. Simplicity also means that you can put this dessert together a day in advance and all you can do is chill and enjoy your party and when it's time for dessert you just pop these beauties out of the fridge and serve them. Sounds easy?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Coffee Fruit Cake ~ No Alcohol, Last Minute Christmas Cake


It's that time of the year when it gets busier every day and you are trying to fit in things at the last minute. Falling sick at this time is something you just cannot afford and that's exactly what happened to me today. Down with a bout of sneezing and the works - all thanks to endless hours of shopping in the open air last night at the Global Village. It was great hanging out with the girls in my family and we ended up buying a lot of stuff - happiness is just this!

Last week I made this cake twice and I was pretty happy with the results. It is a different kind of a cake that takes little time to put together and the result is perfect. A moist, flavourful and aromatic cake that can give tough competition to its boozy counterparts. The only effort required here is in chopping the fruits into small bits. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Guliyo / Gulio (Deep Fried Rice Marbles) - Traditional Mangalorean Kuswar


Christmas is exactly a week away and I have so many things to complete! While browsing through my list of Christmas recipes I realised that I hadn't posted the Gulio recipe yet. It is a quintessential Mangalorean Kuswar item although it is slowly losing out to other popular items on the goodie platter. To those new here, 'Kuswar' is a collective term for Christmas goodies prepared in Mangalorean Catholic households and includes sweets as well as savouries - mostly deep fried. 

A few years ago I had prepared the gulio and photographed them too but when I sat down to write the recipe I realised that I had misplaced the piece of paper I had noted it on. Since that week I had prepared several Kuswar items I couldn't remember the proportions and decided to try them again before posting the recipe. Days passed by and I simply forgot about it. Today I realised that it was high time I prepared and posted this recipe and with this my Kuswar collection is almost complete. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

White Chocolate Tarts


A few weeks ago when I set out to bake the first batch of Christmas goodies I had a few recipes in mind that I wanted to try. My cousin came home that day and flipped through my recipe book and said we should try these tarts as she loved white chocolate. Reluctantly I agreed as I had no experience making tarts from scratch. Previously I had made quiches using store bought tart shells and as always I was always hesitant to dabble with recipes that required making things from scratch. The fear of failure always keeps me from trying new things unless someone pushes me into it. Well, I got that push from my cousin that day who very confidently said that we should give it a try and that it would be a fun learning experience. Since I had her around, my little elf to give me company we set out to make these tarts with just 4 tart moulds. Four for a batch of 12 tarts as per the recipe. Sheer madness! Since we had just jumped into making these tarts without having an inkling of how much time it would take us with just 4 moulds we spent pretty long making them. However, the final result was mind boggling! Such beautifully crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth tarts with a gorgeous white chocolate filling that were begging to be polished off in one go!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Raisin Chicken ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


There is so much of activity going on that I am hardly able to keep up with blogging these days. Tonnes of recipes are being tried out and some of them need to be tried out several times before I can present a fool proof recipe to you. So much work and so little time! Phew! I realised that today is the 15th already, just a few more days to go before Christmas so I guess I will post my recipes ASAP without any long stories. What do you say?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Date Rolls ~ Bombay Style Christmas Sweet


During my time in Mumbai I had the opportunity of eating Bombay style Christmas goodies only at my aunt's place. Since we didn't have any Goan or East Indian friends I missed out on all the fabulous chance to eat the traditional goodies made by them during the season. However, the ironic part is that whenever we visited my aunt's place I only enjoyed eating all the lovely goodies that she made but since the blog did not exist back then and making Christmas sweets from scratch was never in my agenda I never bothered to learn making them! What a pity! It was just recently when I decided to venture out into making some Bombay style goodies that I realised that there was no proper recipe available online that I could rely on. I then managed to ask my aunt for her recipe and since she is an old hand at making these goodies for over 25 years I knew that I could trust her recipe a 100%.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Beetroot Wine



Another wine recipe that I am adding to my repertoire is this beautiful and delicious beetroot wine that I made sometime ago and completely missed to post! Today I realised that it was the 10th of December already and I had not yet posted this recipe! As this wine needs a minimum of 2 weeks to ferment I think it is perfect to be made just in time for Christmas - if not to be drunk on Christmas day you can definitely enjoy it during the season as the festivities continue upto the New Year. If you are patient enough you can keep it for longer and enjoy it on New Years day and some more for Valentine's Day! Its colour is perfect for this season, what say? 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Coconut Basbousa ~ Eggless Middle Eastern Semolina Dessert Cake


Christmas is all about giving and sharing and this festive season brings with it great memories of food. While my childhood revolved around traditional Mangalorean goodies called the Kuswar my adulthood had a mixture of goodies from everywhere, especially after I got married and reached Bombay. I have eaten several types of goodies and I am really excited to recreate them this Christmas. While that is still happening in the background everyday with a many hits and a few flops there is this amazing recipe I decided to share with you today. Actually my fingers have been itching to post this recipe for quite sometime now. It is a delectable Middle Eastern cake that is made with semolina instead of all purpose flour (maida) and one that is drenched in sugar syrup. Hang in there! Don't let the mention of sugar syrup put you off! I personally don't like things that are ultra sweet and as we figuratively say "drenched in sugar". This is a beautiful and genius of a dessert cake that I got to know about after coming to Dubai 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Chicken Indad ~ Mangalorean Catholic Style Hot, Sour & Sweet Chicken Curry ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


One of the tastiest preparations in Mangalore is the Indad style of preparing chicken or pork the latter being the most popular version. Before I started blogging I thought that vindaloo and indad were the same however, vindaloo is more of a Goan preparation and the indad is our very own Mangalorean way of making this amazing curry with a thick onion base complimented with a fine balance of spice, tang and sweetness. If you have tried my pork indad recipe you will know that it is a great dish to be served on a special day. It tastes wonderful with any kind of rice bread especially with sanna (yeasted rice batter steamed cakes) or polay (yeasted rice batter pancakes)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi#7 - Kori Ghassi, Kadale Manoli & Rotti


BOSHI# 7

A typical Bunt style Boshi that has all my favourite things! Spicy and delicious!
On the left you can see a spicy chicken curry made of spices and coconut, enough to tingle your senses! Then comes the kadale manoli - a spiced up dish made of black garbanzo and ivy gourd garnished with oodles of roasted coconut! Simply marvelous!
Finally, to mop it all up you have crispy rice crepes that quickly soak up the gravy and turn soft, mushy and oh so delicious! - 

RECIPES:

Monday, December 1, 2014

Date & Lemon Spirals (Spiral Shortbread Cookies with a Date Filling)


The best season of the year is here! The month of December has always been my favourite and is more so this time as a lot of my relatives are visiting Dubai and we are having plenty of get togethers and stuff which is an enjoyable experience for all of us. This year I wanted to kick start my Christmas goodies series pretty early but eventually couldn't manage to start posting them on time. I thought of starting off last week but decided to wait for Advent which was on Nov 30th. Advent is essentially a season of preparation and is a date designated four Sundays before Christmas. Before you proceed I invite you to read my introductory post on Christmas and its real meaning. A post which I had written in 2011 but essential to be read before every Christmas lest we allow the commercialisation of this festive season to overwhelm us or even blind us into thinking it is the birthday of Santa! (yep, pretty much the kind of comments I keep reading on Facebook and such)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Eggless Mocha Chocolate Mousse - Easiest Recipe Ever!


The grand finale of this year's Christmas does not end with this mousse :-) I had planned a whole bunch of things to be made and posted before the 24th of December (today) but somehow due to my extra hectic schedule this year owing to a wedding in the family and cousins flown in from across the globe my task became harder than I had anticipated. Luckily I had prepared a lot of things ahead of time and those will keep showing up on the blog in the next few days. Christmas is not just about a single day - 25th of December. Christmas is a season, a season of love, togetherness and happiness. These three elements are interdependent. There can be no love if there is no happiness and there can be no happiness without love. Togetherness depends a lot on the former two. So basically to celebrate this part of Christmas I have this mousse for you which brings coffee and chocolate together to create a beautiful, simple and easy dessert that is served in tequila/vodka shot glasses - a serving size that is just right. No overindulgence. Simplicity also means that you can put this dessert together a day in advance and all you can do is chill and enjoy your party and when it's time for dessert you just pop these beauties out of the fridge and serve them. Sounds easy?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Coffee Fruit Cake ~ No Alcohol, Last Minute Christmas Cake


It's that time of the year when it gets busier every day and you are trying to fit in things at the last minute. Falling sick at this time is something you just cannot afford and that's exactly what happened to me today. Down with a bout of sneezing and the works - all thanks to endless hours of shopping in the open air last night at the Global Village. It was great hanging out with the girls in my family and we ended up buying a lot of stuff - happiness is just this!

Last week I made this cake twice and I was pretty happy with the results. It is a different kind of a cake that takes little time to put together and the result is perfect. A moist, flavourful and aromatic cake that can give tough competition to its boozy counterparts. The only effort required here is in chopping the fruits into small bits. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Guliyo / Gulio (Deep Fried Rice Marbles) - Traditional Mangalorean Kuswar


Christmas is exactly a week away and I have so many things to complete! While browsing through my list of Christmas recipes I realised that I hadn't posted the Gulio recipe yet. It is a quintessential Mangalorean Kuswar item although it is slowly losing out to other popular items on the goodie platter. To those new here, 'Kuswar' is a collective term for Christmas goodies prepared in Mangalorean Catholic households and includes sweets as well as savouries - mostly deep fried. 

A few years ago I had prepared the gulio and photographed them too but when I sat down to write the recipe I realised that I had misplaced the piece of paper I had noted it on. Since that week I had prepared several Kuswar items I couldn't remember the proportions and decided to try them again before posting the recipe. Days passed by and I simply forgot about it. Today I realised that it was high time I prepared and posted this recipe and with this my Kuswar collection is almost complete. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

White Chocolate Tarts


A few weeks ago when I set out to bake the first batch of Christmas goodies I had a few recipes in mind that I wanted to try. My cousin came home that day and flipped through my recipe book and said we should try these tarts as she loved white chocolate. Reluctantly I agreed as I had no experience making tarts from scratch. Previously I had made quiches using store bought tart shells and as always I was always hesitant to dabble with recipes that required making things from scratch. The fear of failure always keeps me from trying new things unless someone pushes me into it. Well, I got that push from my cousin that day who very confidently said that we should give it a try and that it would be a fun learning experience. Since I had her around, my little elf to give me company we set out to make these tarts with just 4 tart moulds. Four for a batch of 12 tarts as per the recipe. Sheer madness! Since we had just jumped into making these tarts without having an inkling of how much time it would take us with just 4 moulds we spent pretty long making them. However, the final result was mind boggling! Such beautifully crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth tarts with a gorgeous white chocolate filling that were begging to be polished off in one go!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Raisin Chicken ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


There is so much of activity going on that I am hardly able to keep up with blogging these days. Tonnes of recipes are being tried out and some of them need to be tried out several times before I can present a fool proof recipe to you. So much work and so little time! Phew! I realised that today is the 15th already, just a few more days to go before Christmas so I guess I will post my recipes ASAP without any long stories. What do you say?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Date Rolls ~ Bombay Style Christmas Sweet


During my time in Mumbai I had the opportunity of eating Bombay style Christmas goodies only at my aunt's place. Since we didn't have any Goan or East Indian friends I missed out on all the fabulous chance to eat the traditional goodies made by them during the season. However, the ironic part is that whenever we visited my aunt's place I only enjoyed eating all the lovely goodies that she made but since the blog did not exist back then and making Christmas sweets from scratch was never in my agenda I never bothered to learn making them! What a pity! It was just recently when I decided to venture out into making some Bombay style goodies that I realised that there was no proper recipe available online that I could rely on. I then managed to ask my aunt for her recipe and since she is an old hand at making these goodies for over 25 years I knew that I could trust her recipe a 100%.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Beetroot Wine



Another wine recipe that I am adding to my repertoire is this beautiful and delicious beetroot wine that I made sometime ago and completely missed to post! Today I realised that it was the 10th of December already and I had not yet posted this recipe! As this wine needs a minimum of 2 weeks to ferment I think it is perfect to be made just in time for Christmas - if not to be drunk on Christmas day you can definitely enjoy it during the season as the festivities continue upto the New Year. If you are patient enough you can keep it for longer and enjoy it on New Years day and some more for Valentine's Day! Its colour is perfect for this season, what say? 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Coconut Basbousa ~ Eggless Middle Eastern Semolina Dessert Cake


Christmas is all about giving and sharing and this festive season brings with it great memories of food. While my childhood revolved around traditional Mangalorean goodies called the Kuswar my adulthood had a mixture of goodies from everywhere, especially after I got married and reached Bombay. I have eaten several types of goodies and I am really excited to recreate them this Christmas. While that is still happening in the background everyday with a many hits and a few flops there is this amazing recipe I decided to share with you today. Actually my fingers have been itching to post this recipe for quite sometime now. It is a delectable Middle Eastern cake that is made with semolina instead of all purpose flour (maida) and one that is drenched in sugar syrup. Hang in there! Don't let the mention of sugar syrup put you off! I personally don't like things that are ultra sweet and as we figuratively say "drenched in sugar". This is a beautiful and genius of a dessert cake that I got to know about after coming to Dubai 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Chicken Indad ~ Mangalorean Catholic Style Hot, Sour & Sweet Chicken Curry ~ When The Hubby Cooks!


One of the tastiest preparations in Mangalore is the Indad style of preparing chicken or pork the latter being the most popular version. Before I started blogging I thought that vindaloo and indad were the same however, vindaloo is more of a Goan preparation and the indad is our very own Mangalorean way of making this amazing curry with a thick onion base complimented with a fine balance of spice, tang and sweetness. If you have tried my pork indad recipe you will know that it is a great dish to be served on a special day. It tastes wonderful with any kind of rice bread especially with sanna (yeasted rice batter steamed cakes) or polay (yeasted rice batter pancakes)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mangalorean Plated Meal Series - Boshi#7 - Kori Ghassi, Kadale Manoli & Rotti


BOSHI# 7

A typical Bunt style Boshi that has all my favourite things! Spicy and delicious!
On the left you can see a spicy chicken curry made of spices and coconut, enough to tingle your senses! Then comes the kadale manoli - a spiced up dish made of black garbanzo and ivy gourd garnished with oodles of roasted coconut! Simply marvelous!
Finally, to mop it all up you have crispy rice crepes that quickly soak up the gravy and turn soft, mushy and oh so delicious! - 

RECIPES:

Monday, December 1, 2014

Date & Lemon Spirals (Spiral Shortbread Cookies with a Date Filling)


The best season of the year is here! The month of December has always been my favourite and is more so this time as a lot of my relatives are visiting Dubai and we are having plenty of get togethers and stuff which is an enjoyable experience for all of us. This year I wanted to kick start my Christmas goodies series pretty early but eventually couldn't manage to start posting them on time. I thought of starting off last week but decided to wait for Advent which was on Nov 30th. Advent is essentially a season of preparation and is a date designated four Sundays before Christmas. Before you proceed I invite you to read my introductory post on Christmas and its real meaning. A post which I had written in 2011 but essential to be read before every Christmas lest we allow the commercialisation of this festive season to overwhelm us or even blind us into thinking it is the birthday of Santa! (yep, pretty much the kind of comments I keep reading on Facebook and such)