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. 

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.