Monday, April 30, 2012

Butter Tarts

This time for Gayatri's Eggless Baking, we had to bake Butter Tarts ! Last month, we tried Japanese Chocolate Cornets and this time we move to Canada :)..The original Canadian tarts has pastry shells filled with brown sugar, butter & eggs! So, this time 'Silken Tofu' was the perfect answer as the egg substitute...

Friday, April 27, 2012

Armenian Nutmeg Cake

I am back with my Daring Baker's Challenge for April 2012! Moving from the bay area, we landed in the crossroads of Western Europe & Eastern Europe.. the land of Armenia :). The Daring Bakers' April 2012 challenge, hosted by Jason at Daily Candor, were two Armenian standards : Nazook & Nutmeg Cake. Nazook is a layered yeasted dough pastry with a sweet filling and nutmeg cake is a fragrant, nutty coffee-style cake.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Shaam Savera - My first guest post !

This is one of my special posts for 2 reasons.. One because its a guest post..I mean its hardly been 2-3 months of blogging and to think i could blog for someone else was quite overwhelming :).. Secondly i have posted one of my favorite recipe :)..
I quite liked the Master Chef India Season 2 because they bought in a lot of Chefs for judging rather than celebrities.. We have grown up seeing shows of Sanjeev Kapoor ( though as a kid, i would change channels) , Tarla Dalal... and Neeta Gupta books were gifted during weddings :).. They were a savior and the perfect recipe would have everyone praising your skills & i would be silently thanking her :D.. During one such episode of MC2 - Sanjeev Kapoor challenge, the contestants had to prepare his signature dish within 60 minutes, along with him..& i was hooked...
When i made this at home, i just knew why its his signature dish :)..Shaam Savera is basically a spinach dumpling with Paneer/Cotage cheese stuffing with a tangy tomato gravy as the base.. So here i am sharing the same favorite with Kavi at Edible Entertainment... Go ahead & read it and let me know what you guys think about it.. Would so love to hear from you all !

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Kollu Podi/ Horsegram Powder

Today for the final day of BM, i choose Kollu/ Horsegram Podi.. I had previously done a post on Horsegram and had used them to make Kollu Rasam. This is known for its medicinal properties!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Coconut Chutney & its varieties

Today for the fifth day of BM, i choose Coconut Chutney.. Almost all of us know the recipe for this chutney right.. Then why i am i posting this?? The reason being everyone does this chutney & its indispensable part of our households, yet each house has a different taste to it..isnt it? The ones at home taste different, from the ones in hotel .. the ones at wedding is again a different today i thought i would share the recipe of what we love at home & make often :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cauliflower - Onion Karamedu/Curry

Today for the fourth day of BM, i choose Cauliflower-Onion Curry... I know this is quite common as curry but one of the house favorites ! Amma never made Gobi at home..maybe due to the worms i guess.. So i never developed a taste for it! I started having it only, when Manchurians become popular in Blore.. So for years together this was the only form in which i consumed Gobi...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thegai Podi/ Coconut Podi

Today for the third day of BM, i choose Thengai Podi/ Coconut Powder..I love coconut :).. I love its versatility and the way it enhances the taste of the dishes..One such powder which i have a stock of at home is this.. Easy to make & comes in so handy! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kovakkai Podi Karamedu/ Gherkins Spiced Fry

Kovakkai Or Gherkins is one veggie we both like :)..Yesterday i had posted the Curry powder & today i thought i would extend its use to a veggie and choose this as a part of BM 15. Its not necessary to add this powder to the veggie, but its different & a variation is always good right :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Curry Powder/Karamedu Powder

I have always been a fussy 'vegetable' eater.. There were very few veggies which i liked and didn't grumble when i had them like potatoes, carrots, cucumbers..cabbage! & then there was a huge list of veggies which i didn't like.. i felt they looked weird..made me feel uneasy..hated the taste :)....Amma would wonder where & how did i come up with all these reasons & she couldn't understand how i could not like them :D..Both appa & fact everyone in my family, eat everything & they don't complain or fuss.. I was the exception!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Pudina Thogayal/Mint Paste

Today i start Valli's BM #15 & this time its going to be 7 days of Accompaniments! For the very first day i choose Pudina or Mint Thogayal...I am just thinking how can i best describe a Thogayal :).. A thicker version of chutney maybe???..Hmmm..not exactly doesn't taste like chutney really! Thick as a dip..true! The base of a thogayal (pronounced as Tho-ga-yal) is mainly lentils & chillies.. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Chenna Poda/Paneer Cake & Awards

This time for Valli's Indian Cooking Challenge, we were given a sweet dish from Orissa..This was super new to me! Little did i know there existed a Paneer cake & chenna is another name for Paneer :)...I am a big fan of Paneer and i knew i had to make this!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Soya Burger

This time for Blog Hop, my partner was Deeksha! She is a versatile blogger, been blogging for some years now & does it in two languages too..There were a couple of things i narrowed down on but then finally choose Soya burger.. I had a packet of Soya & have been waiting to use them but somehow been delaying it.. I am not a big fan of Soya but S loves it & thought this would be a good time to make some healthy snack & we all love burgers don't we :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Drumstick/Murungakkai Sambhar

I remember posting this when i started blogging.. One of our fav Sunday Special Sambhar's :).. I have been planning to update the post with pics but strangely its been a long time since i made this at home! So when we picked up a packet of frozen drumsticks, i thought i shouldn't postpone writing this..

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Beetroot Biryani

I am sure the name is such a turnoff..I mean, we all love Biryani don't we.. and to think of it as red color dish..with beets is almost unimaginable right!?! Well, at least i would have scoffed at the very thought of it :).. I changed my opinion & fell in love with it when i had this for the first time in my in laws place!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Chocolate Cornets

This time for Gayatri's Eggless Baking we had to make Chocolate Cornets! This desert is something which i love & have been gorging on it, without knowing what the name was :).. Really!! For me its been the long cone dessert with the filling! S gets these from a bakery near his office & they are heavenly. You get to enjoy it with two fillings.. one chocolate & the other one being a cream filling..