Friday, February 27, 2009

Sweet Vodka bites with spicy Jackfruit curry,...

Few days back saw in news channel that Vodka flavoured Sandesh are in huge demand at Calcutta,though i have tried different flavours of Sandesh this one called for lotz of guts,..but i didnt give up, when fine evening when i prepared fresh cottge cheese at home i thought of trying Sandesh with Vodka
ingredients needed are
fresh cottage cheese one cup approx 250gm
sugar as per taste i always reduce the quantity to suit my taste
absolute vodka citron flavour two tbsp
finely chopped walnut two tbsp
food colour any colour will do half tsp
heat non stick wok and fry cottage cheese for two to three minutes ,remove from flame and keep aside
run sugar through the blender,remove and keep aside
in a big vessel mix cottage cheese with sugar,keep kneading till it becomes soft
add food colour and vodka slowly to the cottage cheese mixture
once everything is mixed properly start giving shape to the mixture any shpe will do i couldnt think of anyother shape:-)
once done slowly place chopped walnuts on the sandesh and keep in fridge to set for 1 to two hr,..
sandesh have good shelf life and they taste good after a day or two,.:-)
Kathal better known as Jackfruit is one of my favourite vegetable and its found in abundance during winters in NORTH India,when in Singapore i used to crave a lot for this veggie specially prepared by my mom,so this time when she was here i asked her to prepare and this is how the recipe goes,..
ingredient needed
250gm Jackfruit
onion three chopped
garlic six cloves chopped'
green chilli two chopped'
salt as per taste
coriander powder two tsp
turmeric powder one tsp
red chilli one powder one tsp
garam masala powder one tbsp'
cloves half tsp
black pepper seeds half tsp
dried red chilli three'
bay leaves crushed two
oil to cook
rub chopped jackfruit with salt and turmeric and keep aside
Heat one tbsp oil in non stick wok,once the oil is hot lower the flame and stir fry chopped jackfruits,
once half done remove from flame and keep on kitchen towel
in the same oil add ont tsp of cumin seeds followed by bay leaves,dried red chilli,black pepper seeds and cloves
once they start spluttering add chopped garlic,green chilli and onions and keep frying till onions start changing colour
add all the masala powders and salt and keep stirring till oil is seen along the sides
now add already fried jackfruit and mix well
after two to three minutes add water for gravy and cover and cook ,
as jackfruit takes time to cook ,to save time it can be pressure cooked too
once done remove from flame and serve hot with chapati or rice.
Kathal sabji is off to Lakshmis space where she is celebrating AFAM and the fruit for this month is Jackfruit ,event started by Maheswari of Beyond the Usual
Walnut studded Vodka bites or Sandesh

are off to Aquadazes hub where she is on with Lets go nuts and the nuts for this month are Walnuts and Pecans .
After a long long time i got to eat this veggie ,we enjoyed with chapati and sirke wala pyaz,this version is semi dry one,for gravy just increase the quntity of water in th the last step and dont let it dry much while cooking,enjoy hot with rice,this is how our platter looked,..;-)
ceeu frens soon goin to prepare dinner,..:-)hppy weekend,...nd tk cre of urself,..:-)

Petit pains au lait and winner of the giveaway ,....

I tried Petit pains au lait better known as Classic French Round Milk Rolls from my Baking book,as i am new into baking ,remeber my first cake :-),i was quiet skeptical about the outcome,still i didnt give up,i followed the instructions properly given in the book,without looking for tips on the net :-(,..anyways today before publishing i thought of doing search on net and saw so many links which could have helped me,..ya guys i am feeling sorry for myself,

link for recipe click here

if u guys have tried this recipe or know any tips do let me know

ingredient for Petit Pains Au Lait

Four cup all purpose flour

salt half tsp

sugar one tablespoon

half cup butter softened

half ounce fresh yeast

one cup warm milk


Dissolve yeast in four tbs of milk and keep aside.

Sift the flour and salt together in a large bowl,stir in sugar followed by softened butter in the flour.

Mix the yeast mixture followed by the rest of the milk and knead to soft dough,till it is smooth and elastic.

Keep in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap and keep in warm place for an hr or more till the dough rises to its double

after an hour divide the dough into 12 equal parts ,shape into ball shape and keep on greased baking sheet

Using a sharp knife cut a cross on top of each roll,cover with lightly oiled plasti wrap and let it rise in warm place for 20 mins till it doubles in size

Preheat theoven to 400 degree fahrenheit ,brush the rolls with milk and bake for 20 -25 mins till golden

transfer to rack,cool and serve with tea or cofee,

I dont know how successful i was in Baking but taste wise these milk rolls were good ,soft and sweet from inside :-)

Petit Pains au lait are off for AWED France hosted by D K of Culinary Bazzar.

Coming to the giveway for my event Cook and Create with Luv for luv ,i loved all of them it was tough for me to decide but if i have to choose one entry it will be of Madhumathi of Madhus food journal Congrats Madhu :-)

I was totally mesmerised by her post,right from scratch she prepared everything including cookie cutters and presentation its brethtaking,she is new blogger for me,thanks to this event or i wouldnt have discovered her Blog Madhus food JOURNAL,..loved ur combi Madhu ,do mail me you mailing address soon so that i send u your goodie bag ,thanks to my hubby for sponsoring the gifts,..:-)

Thats all frens,..ceeu all soon,..hppy weekend,..:-)keep bloggin,..

and ya thanks for the wishes Advay is doing much better,he has lost weight,become quiet weak and irritable ,i guess i will start sending him to his playschool from Monday, guys take care,...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Roundup of Cook and Create With Luv for Luv

Thanks a ton friends for sending such yummy and creative entries for the event,..and making Cook and Create for luv with luv event a great success,..without your creative entires roundup wouldnt have been possible  ,and ya thanks for Celebating This fun event with me , was fun hosting my own event for the first time all thanks to Lakshmi and Priti AND Purva for making me that confident by GIVING ME the opportunity  to host their own event,..thanks fren,..
To start with the roundup first entry is of Lavanya of cookery corner who has shared recipe of Baked Vegetable cutlet
which look healthy and yummy and have the perfect heart shape ,i am drooling looking at the pic Lavanya,thanks for sending them over.
Easy Craft of simple indian food has added colours to the event by sending two cute entries and i loved both of them ec,her first entry is of Carrot halwa
garnished with khoya and dryfruits and her second entry is of Kesari sheera ,Little hearts in pink garnished with cashewnuts.
Asha of aroma hope has joined in the celebration with easy to make no bake heart shape cookies and they look so yum that i just feel like picking one from the screen.
Sweatha of Tasty Curry Leaf has sent Chocolate Truffles
which are luxorious Chocolate bite made from creamy mix of Chocolate and Cream,she has also shared different ways to prepare Chocolate Truffles,thanks for such an informative post Sweatha.
Shama of Easy to cook recipes has sent Crispy Vermicelli Potato Cutlet  which are new for me,..specially the inclusion of vermicelli in the cutlets,..thanks Shama for such creative entry.
Priya of Easy and Tasty Recipe has sent four delicious entries for the event
her first entry is Eggless Dates and Maple syrup apple cake is healthy too as she has reduced the quantity of sugar by replacing sugar with date an maple syrup,...umm..feel like trying this one Priya,,:-)
her second entry is of easy to prepare Brownies in Microwave
and she has given heart shape to the brownies together with rose it looks perfect for the event,..
her third entry is Eggless Pineapple and Riccota Cheese Cake which is her own creative experiment and she also shares in her post the benefit of Pineapple do hop in at her space for info on pineapple,..
her fourth entry is Eggless Cornmeal and Cranberries Cake
which are perfect for breakfast with hot cofee,..wish i could taste own Priya,...:-)
Sowmya my friend from Singapore has joined in the celebration with Minty fritters
which are healthy too as she has baked them and they look so cute together,..and perfect snack with tea or cofee,..
Srilekha of Me and My Kitchen has sent Doodh Peda
for the event which can be prepared in microwave,...this is new for me,...thanks Srilekha,..
Vidhas of Appetizing recipes joins in the celebration with easy to prepare Milk Burfi
and ya she celebrates her 100th post too in the same post,,,,wish u many more celebration Vidhas.
Cham of Spice Club needs no intoduction i am following her blog since the day i started blogging,she has joined in the celebration with Savoury Palmiers better known as little hearts,,..loved ur click Cham and ya the savouries too,...
Discovered so many new bloggers because of the event one of them is Swapna Pravin of tiffin room,she has sent Sugar cookies
for the event and what a click Swapna looks so perfect and the pink colour looks perfect for the event,...
Divya of Easy Cooking has sent delicious looking really Divya i am droolin over ,..ya i am back she has sent Heart shaped Chocolate Cake
and also shared some interseting links for frosting the cake,,...thnks Divya for step by step instruction for beginners like me in baking this post gonna help a lot,..
I remember reading about Marshmallows in peanuts but never knew could prepare them at home too thanks to Madhumathi of Madhus food journal who shared detailed recipe of preparing marshmallows
at home and ya she has prepared her own cookie cutter too,..,,.and what a presentation,..together with Hot Chocolate,..perfect,..wish i could take one sip,..:-)
Poornima of Tasty Treats has added colour to the event by sending yummylicious Mango Cheese Cake
,topped with strawberries,,,,lovely presentation Poornima,..
Yasmeen of health nut celebrates her wedding anniversary with Strawberry Cobbler and orange carrot frozen yogurt
,...combo looks so delicious ,and wish u many more celebrations like this Yasmeen
Varsha of the Will of the wisp has sent quick and easy to prepare Microwve Brownies
which looks totally yum,....
Sukanya of Sukanyas Musing has sent delicious looking Rava Kesari
which is all time favourite of her daughter
Poonam of Poonams kitchen has sent Eggless Chocolate Carrot Cake
prepared specially for her daughter on Valentines day..cute presentation Poonam,..
My friend Lakshmi from Singapore has added flavour to the event with sweet Jackfruit and Banana Halwa
,Halwa looks so delicious Lakshmi and she also created cute flowers with Jackfruits.
Soma of Ecurry has sent Angels Delight which is a version of pousse cafe an unmixed mixed drink, prepared specially for her by her hubby ,i am sure u must have enjoyed the drink Soma,..
Sukanya of hot and sweet bowl has sent Cranberry Shortbread Cookies
for the event and she has given  heart shape and added dried  red cranberries making them perfect for the event
and the HEART PARADE doesnt stop here Mahima of spiceetc has joined in the celebration with Pistachio Kalakand
which are tempting me to pick one from screen,...
Rekha of Plaintain leaf has sent Shahi tukda
and they do look shahi topped with Rabdi
Indrani of Appyayan has sent authentic bengali egg curry prepared specially for her hubby on Valentines day
 also known as Dimer Jhol 
Supriya of Queen of my kitchen has sent Delicious cake 
baked by her five year daughter Neeraja she specially prepared the cake for her mother on Valentines day
Preeti of Khaugiri has sent Breakfast platter
prepared specially by her hubby on Valentines day morning,LUCKY U,...
Archana of Archys recipes has sent Chocolate sweet heart eggless cookies
prepared specially for her hubby and ya she designed cookie cutter too herself
Sushma of Savi ruchi has Halasina Mulka
in simple words deep fried jackfruit sweet prepared specially for her hubby
Lubna of Kitchen flavours surprised her hubby with yummy combo Moong dal khichdi and pudina chutney , simple yet so divine,...
Aquadaze has sent Pecan butter cake with caramelised butter frosting ,DRESSED with red roses look perfect for the event Aquadaze,thanks for sending such yummy entry
and finally my own entries for the event not droolworthy though but prepared with lotz of luv ,my first attempt at baking
Colourful mobile pouches for my younger sisters Pallavi and Neha

finally accept this virtual red rose
from me as token of gratitude for making this event SUCCESSFUL :-) WILL be back soon till then enjoy.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

thali for Mahashivratri vrat specially prepared by my mom,..

VRAT THALI with Allo fry,singhare ki poori,ber and dahi Below pic has Makhana fry,peanut fry sago pappadum,allo fry and tea with orange flakes

I know i am off from blogosphere since past few days i dont know whether u guys missed me or not but i was really missing u all and ur yummy posts,.before i forget wish u all belated though Maha Shivratri,.

.Advay is not well,he is down with viral fever ,which is s due to teething his eight decidious teeth are erupting together and is giving him lots of trouble,he has become very irritable and not leaving me even for a second,...:-( my parents were here for the weekend thus yesterday Shivratri fasting was feast for me prepared by my mom just for me,if i was here alone with Advay i wouldnt have got time to prepare all the delicacies in the pics above,i am busy with the round up too which i guess will tke few more days and ya after a long long time managed to saw movie in theatre thnks to my sis who agreed to baby sit for Advay and gave me much needed break,;-)i saw Delhi 6,..i had to after all i am stayin in this beautiful city full of life,,..and ya loved the movie lotz,...because the movie shows the true colour of Delhi,..:-)
recipe of vrat wale allo is already blogged
for peanut and makhana fry -heat half tsp of ghee in non stick wok and once hot lower the flame shallow fry peanuts and makhana separately ,garnish with sendha namak also known as rock salt and black pepper powder.
sago poppadum is store brought one specially prepared for fasting
singhare ke aate ki poori- knead the singhara flour with boiled potato and water,shape out poori shape with help of hand or rolling pin and fry the same way as poori is done.
thts all frens....will be back soon,..................till thn tk cre nd keep bloggin,..:-)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Healthy paya soup and Vegetable idli,..enjoy,..

Have heard lot about Paya Soup ,so one cold evening thought of giving it a try,Paya soup is good for health  specially if taken during winters
recipe source from here 
another recipe of Paya soup which looks interesting is this one
Shaheen of mallu spice too has shared paya soup and also medicinal benefits, time i prepare i gonna try her version,..:-)
Healthy Paya Soup is off for SWC soup event started by Lakshmi of Cooking Station and this month hosted by Neha of Tasty recipes .
Sharmila and Indrani both posted Vegetable idli together,..inspired from both of them i tried making vegetable idli 
with readymade idli batter which is readily available in Delhi market,i just had carrots in my fridge so its better to call them Carrot Idli.
These healthy idlis
are off for MBP  kids food  event hosted by Trupti and started by Cofee of the Spice Cafe.
 I keep gifting things to myself and it is always something related to kitchen ya i was not like this before ,i used to indulge more on clothes,accessories,shoes,bags but now i am always on lookout for good cook books,utensils,..and the list goes on,..this 14th feb i bought these two books for myself,i really liked the first book a lotz as it gives detailed description for baking all kind of Bread,other book is meant specially for garnishing and i got garnishing tools with the book,..:-)

Thats all friends,..will be back soon,..happy weekend nd bloggin,..:-) and ya thanks a ton for sending such yummy entries for the event Cook and  Create with Luv for LUV...i will be back with the round up soon,..:-)