Saturday, 28 January 2012

The One with Enai Kathirikai Kuzhambu

Hola Amigos !!!
                         This recipe is very close to my heart. The KT for this Kuzhambu is passed from my grand ma to my Mom and from my Mom to me now. Though all have their own way of doing this Enai Kathirikai Kuzhambu , this method which I learnt from my Mom is my all time favourite :)

Origin : This SLURP plant has its nativity dating back to very old Indian cultivation. Also known as Brinjal,Aubergine, Eggplant across different countries.

This is what you need :
Brinjal - 8 ( small  size)
Onion - 2
Garlic - 4
Tamarind - lemon size ball
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Jaggery- 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste

To roast and grind :
Red Chillies - 5-7 (depending on the taste)
Jeera - 1/2 tbsp
Coriander Seeds - 3/4 tbsp
Channa Dal - 1 tbsp
Asafoetida - a pinch

To Temper:
Gingely Oil - 2 tbsp
Musturd Seeds - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - 1 spring

This is how you do :
1. Dry roast all the ingredients in the above list and grind them to coarse powder. Divide them into two portions.
2. Slit the bottom of brinjal both vertically and horizontally but do not cut them fully (like a + mark). Stuff one part of  the ground powder to all the slit brinjals and keep them aside.
3. Soak tamarind for about 1/2 hour and extract juice from it. Add salt ,turmeric powder and jaggery to it and mix them well.
4. Chop onion and garlic finely. In a kadai add gingelly oil and add all ingredients in " to temper" list and add onions,garlic till they become soft.
5. Now add the stuffed brinjals and fry them in oil until they become soft . It may take around 10 Mins.
6. After it is soft add the tamarind juice and allow to boil.The Raw taste of tamarind should be gone.
7. Finally add remaining ground powder and allow it to boil again for few Mins till the kuzhambu starts thickening. Turn off the flame amd transfer to a bowl . Garnish with corriander leaves :)

Sending this recipe to Dish It Out - Brinjal and Garlic Event by SangeethasKitchen

Monday, 23 January 2012

The One with French Onion Soup

Hola Amigos !!!
                Today's menu is French Onion Soup !! It is quick ,easy and very delicious  soup. It is perfect starter for this winter . This is one of my Hubby's favourite starter. I wish to tell you that I have created a Facebook page for my blog. Do like my page here.

This is what you need :

Onions (Medium) - 3
Butter - 2 tbsp
Plain Flour - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Vegetable Stock - 500 ml
Salt - to taste
Pepper - to taste

This is how you do :

1. In a pan add butter and after it starts melting add onions and fry them till they become soft and turn golden brown.
2. Now add sugar and mix them well. After few minutes the whole mixture will start turning light brown.
3.Add plain flour and after a quick mix add vegetable stock and salt and simmer flame for 10 -15 mins.
4. When the soup starts to thicken , turn off the flame and add salt and pepper as required.

Serve it hot with toasted bread or baguette :)!!!!

Sending this to Healthy Diet Event - Warm Soups By Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes.
I used ready made vegetable stock blocks for this soup but it can also be done with vegetable stock from boiled vegetables and in that case add some dried oregano or basil to this stock.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The One with Sweet Potato Halwa

Hola Amigos !!
    This is my first Pongal after my marriage and it was simply sweet. So I thought of posting a sweet recipe to celebrate my joy  with you all !! Healthy and quick Recipe to make ....

Nutrients : A very good food with high content in fibre and rich in Iron, Vitamin C. Helps to reduce cholesterol and a excellent alternative to potato. In short one of the good guys for Optimal health :).

This is what you need :
Sweet Potato - 1 (medium size)
Milk - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Cardamom Powder - 1/2 tsp
Nuts - 1-2 tbsp

This is how you do :
1. Boil Sweet Potato and mash them well.
2. In a kadai add ghee and after it starts melting add mashed sweet potato and milk together and  simmer the flame. Since sweet potato is already boiled, it will not take much time for it to boil together.
3. After they get boiled add sugar and mix them. Now mix them together until the ghee oozes out of the edges of the potato mixture. It will not take more than 10 Mins to reach this consistency.
4. Finally add the cardamom powder, nuts and turn off the flame.

Yummy and Healthy Sweet Potato Halwa is Ready !!!!

Sending this recipe to Zesty Palette Series #3 - New "U" Event  by Vardhini.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The One with Avocado Cous-Cous Salad

Hola Amigos !!!
                          Another fine day, I was out of all options to prepare dinner and it just struck me "How about a  Cous-Cous Salad" . It is very light and tummy filling recipe , more importantly very easy to make as there is no cooking part involved .

Origin : CousCous has different names in many countries and its early history dates back to the 13th century Moroccans. As for Avocado its the home to native Mexico.

Nutrition :  Well any dietician would say Cous Cous is the best food during a perfect diet. Its high Vitamin content makes it a step higher than Pasta and also rich in Proteins. Avocado is a rich fibre fruit, helps in reducing cholesterol . Both together makes an ideal light meal.

This is what you need :
1. Cous Cous - 1 cup
2. Avocado - 1 (cut into cubes)
3. Cucumber - 1/4 cup(cut into cubes)
4. Carrot - 1/4 cup( cut into cubes)
5. Olives - 10
6. Tomato - 1/4 cup
7. Corn  - 1/4 cup(Boiled)
8. Bell Pepper - 1/4 cup( cut into cubes)
9. Onion - 1/4 cup(optional)
10. Lemon Juice - 2 tbsp
11. Salt - to taste
12. Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
13. Hot Water - 3/4 cup

This is how you do :

1. Add 3/4 cup of boiling water to Cous Cous in a bowl and add a pinch of salt to it.Keep it aside for 5 - 10 Mins.
2. In another bowl mix all the vegetables together by adding required salt and Olive oil.
3. After Cous Cous is ready, add the vegetable mixture and mix them well. Finally add lemon juice and garnish with cilantro . Enjoy yummy Salad !

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The One with Chocolate n Strawberry Mousse Cake!

Hola Amigos !!!

Wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2012. As a sweet start to this wonderful year, I decided to post a cake recipe as my first post this year.I tried this recipe on New Year's Eve with my friend  Sowmya and it came out like a treat.Today am not going to mention the nutrition facts :).

This is what you need :

For the Chocolate Cake layer :
Plain Flour - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
Eggs - 2
Plain Chocolate - 50 gms
Butter - 50 gms

For the Chocolate Mousse Layer:
Whipping Cream - 1 cup
Plain Chocolate - 50 gms
Egg Yolks - 3
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Water - 2 tbsp

For the Strawberry Mousse Layer:
Whipping Cream - 1 cup
Fresh/Frozen Strawberries - 200 gms
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Strawberry Jelly - 1 packet
Water - 2 tbsp

This is how you do :
Step 1 : Chocolate Cake Layer :
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees .
2. Mix the baking soda, plain flour and sieve them together.
3. Beat the eggs until they are fluffy, then add vanilla essence, sugar and mix them well.
4. Melt the Chocolate and Butter together either by double boiler method or in the microwave .
5. Now add the melted chocolate mixture to the beated eggs and fold them well.
6. Finally add the flour to the folded mixture and mix them well without any lumps.
7. Transfer the cake mixture to the greased cake tin and bake them in preheated oven for 10-15 mins.
8. Check if the cake is ready by inserting a tooth pick and it should come out clean.
9. After the cake is ready allow it to cool for some time.

Step 2 : Chocolate Mousse Layer :
1. Melt the chocolate either by double boiler method or in the microwave.
2. Separate the egg yolks and beat them until they are fluffy .
3. Beat the whipping cream until we get small peaks from them (Refer to the end of post)
4. In a vessel add 2 tbsp of water, 2 tbsp of sugar and heat them until the sugar dissolves completely.
Now add the sugar syrup the egg mixture slowly and mix them well.
5. Add the melted chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and fold them well.
6. Now add 1/4 of whipped cream to the chocolate and egg mixture and beat them together until everything is mixed completely. Finally add the remaining whipped cream and fold them all together.
7. Now pour this chocolate mousse layer above the baked chocolate cake layer and refrigerate for about 1 hour until the mousse layer is completely set.

Step 3 : Strawberry Mousse Layer:
1. Beat the whipping cream well until we get small peaks from them (Refer to the end of this post)
2. In a Blender add the frozen/fresh strawberries and 4-5 tsp of water and blend them well. Then strain them completely and remove the solid parts . Now we have the extracted puree of the strawberries.
3. Cut the strawberry jelly into small pieces. In a vessel add extracted puree and add 2 tbsp sugar and allow it to boil until it reduces to half of its volume. Now add the jelly pieces and simmer the flame.
4. After the jelly pieces are completely dissolved turn off the flame and keep it aside for some time and allow it to cool.
5. Add this fruit mixture to the whipped cream and fold them together.
6. After the chocolate mousse layer is set, pour this mixture above the chocolate mousse layer and refrigerate again for at least 1 hour. Check the cake occasionally for consistency.
Serve chill and enjoy with your family !!!!!

Note :
This is how the soft peaks in the whipping cream will look :

 Recipe Source : Hungry Happenings