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Potato Masala (poori masala)

>> Thursday, July 29, 2010



Simple & spicy curry made with smashed potatoes often served with dosa, chapathi or poori.  Any leftovers can be used as a stuffing inside the samosa or as the breakfast sandwiches.  Potato masala occupies the most prominent role in the south indian breakfast menus at home, hotel & in celebrations.  Its been little long time wish for my DH to serve him complete breakfast like dosa, potato masala, chutneys, sambar & vada for any weekends.  Hope I bring his dreams true shortly :)  

Ingredients :

  1. Potato - 2 large sized
  2. Oil - 1 tbsp
  3. Channa dal - 1 tsp
  4. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  5. Finely chopped ginger - 1 tsp
  6. Green chillies - 3 to 4 nos
  7. Curry leaves - 1 tbsp
  8. Onion - 2 nos
  9. Tomato - 1/2 
  10. Green peas (or) carrot - little less than 1/4 cup (optional)
  11. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  12. Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  13. Cashewnuts (roasted) - 1 tbsp
  14. Salt to taste
  15. Corriander leaves for garnishing

Direction to cook :

1.   Boil, peel & smash the potatoes.  Add salt & chilly powder (optional) and keep aside.

2.   Heat oil in the pan, add channa dal, mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chillies, chopped ginger & onions.  Saute till tender.

3.   Add green peas (or) carrot & turmeric powder.  Cook till done.  

4.   Add tomato & smashed potatoes.  Adjust the salt.  Cook for 5 mins on low-medium flame.

5.   Garnish with corriander leaves & roasted cashewnuts.


Serve warm.

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Jelly with homemade vanilla custard

>> Friday, July 23, 2010



Simple & easy dessert perfect for kids.  I made strawberry flavoured jelly & microwave vanilla custard.  Taste & texture is perfect.  Even fruits can be served along with the jelly custard or just fruits & custard.  To me jelly custard is the comfort dessert & can eat anytime of the day.  Quick & contains protein & calcium.

Ingredients :

  1. Egg yolks - 2 
  2. Cornflour - 1 heaped tbsp
  3. Milk - 2 cups
  4. Castor sugar - 3 tbsp
  5. Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  6. Instant jelly mix - 1 packet

Direction to cook :

1.   Follow the instruction as given & prepare the jelly.  Refrigerate it.

2.   Whisk the egg yolks & cornflour to a smooth paste with little milk.

3.   Place the remaining milk & sugar in a separate microwave bowl.  Heat the milk until it boils.

4.   Remove from microwave & add egg yolk mixture to the milk.

5.   Whisk until thick & add vanilla essence to taste.  Refrigerate it.


Serve the  jelly with the homemade custard.

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Baby corn fritters

>> Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Everytime, I buy baby corn I wish to try new recipe.  This time I made it.  After browsing for a while, I finally dropped into this crispy variation which tasted really yum.   Can be served with jeera rice, fried rice, sambar rice, coconut rice or a perfect snack with tomato ketchup.  Next time, I am  planning to make it in indo-chinese style.  Thinly slice the baby corn & mix all other ingredients together.  Deep fry them in oil & tasty appetizer is ready to serve.

Ingredients :

  1. Baby corn - 500 gms
  2. Salt to taste
  3. Gram flour (besan) - 1/4 cup
  4. Rice flour - 1/4 cup
  5. Curry leaves - 1 tbsp
  6. Chilly powder - 2 tsp
  7. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  8. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  9. Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
  10. Water
  11. Oil for deep frying

Direction to cook :

1.   Thinly slice the baby corn in lengthwise.  Keep aside.

2.   Mix gram flour, rice flour, chilly powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, curry leaves, salt,  garam masala to baby corn.  Add water little by little (until well combined).  Dont make it thin.  

3.   Meanwhile heat the oil in the deep frying pan,  fry the baby corn until crispy & golden brown on medium flame.


Serve warm with tomato ketchup.

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Almond Kulfi

>> Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Almond kulfi is not truly an ice cream, but simply a frozen dessert made in molds or even ice cube trays.  It is normally served in the earthenware pots.  Very easy to make at home without ice cream maker.  Any kind of nuts can be used  for this preparation.  Perfect dessert for the party & everybody will love this.

Ingredients :
  1. Milk - 4 cups + 2 tbsp
  2. Sugar - 3/4 to 1 cup
  3. Almond flakes - 1/2 cup (coarsely grind them with  1 tbsp of milk)
  4. Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  5. Cornflour - 2 tsp
  6. Bread slice - 1 no (remove the brown crust part)
  7. A pinch of saffron


Direction to cook :

1.   Heat the heavy bottomed pan on the medium flame.  Add milk & reduce it to half approx. 2 cups.  Add  sugar while reducing milk.  Stir continuously, to avoid milk sticking in the bottom.

2.   Take 2 tbsp cold milk in the bowl, add 2 tsp corn flour & bread pieces. Grind them to smooth paste.   Mix well  & add it in the boiling milk.  Milk will start thickening.

3.   Once milk become thick, add cardamom powder,  & almond paste.  Boil it on low flame.  Finally, add saffron & allow it to cool.


Freeze it & serve.

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