Monday, October 24, 2011

Chena-Muthira koottu Curry

Chena/ Yam: 1 3/4 cup
Horse gram: 1 cup
Grated coconut: 1 cup
Cumin seeds 2 tsp
Green chilly: 4 nos
Small onion: 5 nos
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Oil: 1-2 tbsp
Red chilly flakes: 2 nos
Fenugreek seeds: 1 tsp
Curry leaves: few

Soak horsegram for 2 hrs in water and cook yam and horse gram seperately. Grind together coconut, cumin seed, green chilly, small onion coarsely. Add this to the cooked horsegram. Add cooked yam to this. cover and cook for 5-10 minutes in low flame. Heat oil in another pan, splutter mustard seeds n fengreek seeds, fry  red chilly flakes, curry leaves and pour the seasoning over the curry.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dry Fruit Cake

Plain flour: 3 cup
light brown sugar: 2 1/4 cup
Egg: 5 nos
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Veg Oil: 11/4 cup
Baking powder: 3 tsp
Baking soda: 1/2 tsp 
Orange juice: 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence: 1/2 tsp
Pineapple essence: 1/4 tsp
Dates chopped:1/4 cup
Cashew nut chopped: 2 tbsp
Raisin: 3 tbsp 
Tutti frutti: 3 tbsp
Cherry: 3 tbsp

Spice powder
Cinnamon stick: 2 nos
Clove: 2 nos
Cardamom: 6 nos
Fennel seed: 1/2 tsp

Grind all the spices together and keep aside. Sieve together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  In a bowl, beat eggs with a electric beater, add vanilla essence and pineapple essence. When it turns smooth add sugar, beat well. Pour oil and mix. Add the flour and spice powders, pour orange juice. Beat with a wooden stick (do not over beat and always beat to one direction only) till the batter turns to a ribbon consistency.

Finally add tutti frutti, cherry, raisin, cashew and dates and mix well . Preheat the oven to 170 degree C. Grease the pan with oil and sprinkle with flour. Pour the mixture to the baking tray and bake for about 45-50 minutes. Insert a skewer into the center, if its come out clean, Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack for cooling.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pasta in White Sauce

Pasta: 400 gm
Garlic: 2 tbsp
Pepper powder: 1 tbsp
Chicken: 350 gm
Salt: to taste
Veg Oil: 1tbsp
Onion: 1 big
Mushroom: 50gm
Red chilli flakes: 2 nos
Rosemary: 1/2 tsp
Capsicum chopped: 1 big
Chicken broth: 1 cup
Water: 1 1/2 cup

For White Sauce:
Milk: 2 cup
Unsalted Butter: 25gm
Plain flour: 2 tbsp
Saltt: 1 tsp
Mozrella cheese: 50 gm

Cook pasta as per the instruction on the packet and keep aside. Cook chicken with water, 1 tsp pepper, and salt (cut the cooked chicken into small cubes and keep the chicken broth aside). Heat oil in a pan, fry capsicum turns soft and keep aside. add garlic fry for a minutes. Add red chilli flakes, add onion, saute until it turns soft.Add mushroom and pepper powder. Add chicken and stir well. Add cooked pasta n mix well. Pour the chicken broth. cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Heat butter in a pan, add flour, stir contiously to avoid lumps. Pour milk to this. Keep Stirring untill the sauce thickens. Add salt and mozrella cheese. Stir well until the cheese melted. Remove the pan from fire.

Pour this white sauce to the cooked pasta and mix well. add rosemary to this and serve hot

Friday, October 7, 2011

Almond Cake

Plain flour:  1 1/2cups
Eggs: 4 nos
Powdered sugar: 1cup
Milk: 4 tbsp
Veg Oil: 3/4 cup
Vanilla essence: 1/2 tsp
Almond essence: 1/2 tsp
Baking powder: 2 tsp
Baking soda: 1/2 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Almond sliced: 3/4 cup

Sieve together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda,  for 2-3 times. Beat eggs in a bowl till smooth. Add sugar and beat well. Pour oil , almond essence and vanila essence, mix well. Add the flour little by little, Add the milk and beat until the batter turns to a ribbon consistency. Add 1/2 cup almond slices to the batter and mix well with a wooden spoon. Preheat the oven to 170 degree C. Grease the pan with oil and sprinkle with flour. Pour the mixture to the baking tray.  t Add the balance almond slices to the top of the batter.  Transfer the batter to oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes. Insert a skewer into the center, if its come out clean, Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fruit Bread

Plain flour: 2 cup
Salt: 1 tsp
Butter: 25 gm
Caster Sugar: 1 tbsp
Yeast: 3 tsp
Egg: 1 no
Milk: 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
Dry mixed fruit: 1/2 cup
Mixed spice: 1 tsp
Cherries: 2 tbsp 

Sift together flour, mixed spice, salt in a large bowl. cut the butter into cubes and add it to the bowl. rub all the items together with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, add sugar and yeast. 

Beat egg with 1/4 cup milk and pour this to the flour. mix well with a wooden spoon. sprinkle some flour onto a clean surface, knead well with your hands for five minutes and  transfer to a greased  bowl.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. leave it in a warm place for one hour, until the dough has risen. Turn the dough out of the bowl and sprinkle the dried fruit over it. knead the fruit into the dough until it is mixed in.

Put the dough in the tin and cover tin with plastic wrap. put it in warm place for about 45 minutes to rise little more. pre-heat your oven to 180 degree c, brush the top of the dough with milk, bake the bread for 10-15 minutes or till done. push the skewer into the loaf. If it comes out clean, the loaf is cooked. Transfer the bread on a wire rack to cool. decorate with cherries.