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Raspberry Chocolate Chips Ice Cream

Raspberry Chocolate Chips Ice Cream
Smooth and creamy ice cream is a perfect summer treat.Anyways I do not need an excuse to eat ice cream and the taste of this ice cream is,to die for. Raspberry chocolate chip ice cream is luscious flavorful dessert.

Raspberry puree -  1 cup
Whole raspberry- 1/4 cup
Mini chocolate chips- 1/2 cup
Egg yolk-3
Milk- 1 cup
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
Heavy cream 2 1/2 cup
Sugar- 1 cup

Make a puree of raspberries, strain it and allow it to chill in the refrigerator.
Heat half of the cream, milk and sugar in a heavy bottom. Do not allow it to boil. Beat egg yolks lightly with a fork and gradually add 1/3 cup of warm milk into the egg mixture stirring continuously. Add this back to the boiling milk and cream and bring back to simmer whisking continuously. When the mixture thickens into custard form ( it should coat the back of the wooden spoon) switch off the flame and strain it to take off any lumps and you get a smooth silky custard. Cover…

Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken fried rice is a family favorite and a perfect Sunday meal. Add pineapple to your regular chicken or shrimp fried rice to make a more interesting. Pineapple and chicken fried rice is sweet and savory  rice busting with flavor of caramelized pineapple. You can make it vegetarian or add chicken/ shrimp/eggs.

Cooked rice- 3 cups
Chicken -1/2 lb
Pineapple cubes- 1 cup
Celery chopped- 1/2 cup
Spring onions-1/2 cup
Bell pepper chopped- 1/2 cup
(or vegetables of your choice)
Garlic- 3 pods
Turmeric powder- 1/8 tsp
(or half tsp curry powder)
Red chilly flakes- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/8 tsp

Soya sauce- 1 tbs
Oyster sauce- 1/2 tsp
Fish sauce- 1/2 tsp
Sugar- 1 tsp
Sesame oil-2 tbs
Roasted peanuts- 2 tbs

Cut chicken into small pieces. Marinate for half an hour with soya sauce,chopped garlic and red chilly flakes.
Roast peanuts and keep aside.
Heat sesame oil in a pan and add the marinated chicken and stir fry in high for  five minutes or unti…

Potato Bondas

Potato Bonda
Indian style potato croquettes or bondas needs no introduction. It is staple in South Indian hotel menu. It is a perfect tea time snack and is also served as appetizers during weddings and festive meals. I made some coconut mint chutney to pair with the bondas.

For the filling
Potatoes cooked- 1 pound
Urad dal- 1 tbs
Channa Dal- 1 tbs
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Hing- a pinch
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Onion- 1/2
Curry leaves chopped- 1 spring
Chopped chilly- 3
Ginger- 1 inch thick chopped
Lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
Cilantro- finely chopped- 2 tbs

For the batter
Chick peas flour- 1 1/4 cup
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Baking soda- a pinch
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Water- 1 cup

Oil for frying

Mash cooked potatoes.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when it pops add urad dal and channa dal and saute for 30 seconds. Add hing, turmeric powder,onions,ginger and chopped curry leaves and saute for a minute.
 Add mashed potatoes,salt and mix well. Finally add the lemon juice and chopped…

Saltine Cracker/ Homemade Soda Crackers

Saltine Cracker/ Homemade Soda Crackers
Baking partners challenge for March is crackers.There was two types of crackers- Saltine and Graham crackers. This months challenge was suggested by Arthy Sharma. This is my first attempt to make home made saltine crackers. Crackers can be made with  yeast or baking soda. I used fresh mint,salt,fennel seeds and sesame seeds as topping Thanks Arthy and  Swathi for this recipe.

All purpose flour- 3/4 cup
Salt- 1/8 tsp
Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
Cream of tartar- a pinch
Lukewarm water- 1/4 cup
Active dry yeast- 1 1/2 tsp
Water- 3 tbs
Butter- 1 tbs
Oil- 1 tbs

For the topping
Sea salt- 1/2 tsp
Dry herbs or fresh herbs, sesame seeds,poppy seeds or any seasoning you prefer

Bring three tbs of water,one tsp of butter and one tbs of oil to a boil. Stir till the butter is melted. Cool this mixture till warm.
Mix yeast with luke warm water and sugar and keep aside.
In a bowl shift the dry ingredients,flour,salt, baking soda and cream of tartar and mix…

Vietnamese Fish Cakes/Cha Ca

Vietnamese Fish Cakes
Today's recipe is a delicious appetizer with fish- Vietnamese fish cakes/Cha' Ca. It is a street food and is deep fried to golden brown. It is served with crushed peanuts and fish sauce dip.
Recipe source: Nhut Huynh, Little Vietnam,Turtle Publishing,2009

Boneless skinless fish- 1 lb
Egg -1
Sugar- 1 tsp
Fish sauce- 1 tbs
Turmeric- 1/8 tsp
Garlic clove-2
Crushed dry red chilly-1/3 tsp
Pepper powder-1/3 tsp
Basil leaves chopped-3-4 tsp
Spring onions chopped- a hand full
Oil for frying

Cut fish into pieces and marinate with sugar, fish sauce, chopped garlic,pepper powder, egg. Chill in refrigerator for an hour.
After an hour pulse this in food processor to form a course mixture.
Add chopped basil, chopped spring onion and crushed dry red chilly and mix. Grease your hands with oil. Make small lemon sized balls and then lightly and flatten on your palm.
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry/shallow fry the fish cakes till it slightly puffs up and is go…

Mangoes with Coconut Custard Sauce

Mangoes with Coconut Custard Sauce
Mangoes in creamy coconut custard sauce is a simple dessert combination. This sauce has the flavor of coconut and rose essence. The custard can be made in advance and keep in refrigerator before adding the mangoes.
Milk- 2 cup
Heavy cream- 1/2 cup
Thick coconut milk- 1/2 cup
Mangoes ripe- 2 
Egg yolks-3
Sugar- 1/3 cup
( adjust according to the sweetness of mangoes)
Rose essence- a few drops
Cardamon powder- 1/8 tsp
Chopped pistachios and mint for garnish

Bring milk and cream to a slight boil in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat. While the milk is heating whisk eggs and then add sugar and beat till the mixture is pale and thick. While constantly beating the egg mixture slowly pour hot milk into the bowl. Pour the egg and milk back into the sauce pan and set over medium low heat.Cook until the mixture thickens stirring constantly for 4-5 minutes. Do not let the mixture come to a boil ( it can cuddle) Once thicken pour into a clean bowl…

Aloo Methi Curry (Potato and Fenugreek Leaves)

Aloo Methi Curry (Potato and Fenugreek Leaves)
A simple and healthy side dish for chapati/naan. Methi and potato is a wonderful combo. Usually I make a dry stir fry version. I used malai/cream in this recipe but it is optional.

Potato - 2 medium
Frozen peas- 3/4 cup
Fenugreek leaves- 1 cup washed and roughly chopped
Onion- 1 medium
Green chilly-2
Ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Tomato puree- 1/3 cup
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Chole masala- 1 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/4 tsp
Heavy cream- 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds- 1/4 tsp
salt to taste

Cut potato into cubes. Cook potatoes along with green peas, turmeric, green chilly and salt and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. When it splutter add chopped onion and salt saute for a minute. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till raw flavor disappears. Next add tomatoes and cook for two minutes. Finally add all the spice powders, chole masala (or you can use garam masala ) and the chopp…

Raspberry Mint Agua Fresca

Raspberry Mint Agua Fresca
Agua fresca is a refreshing Mexican drink made from fruits,grains,herbs and sugar syrup. Raspberry and mint is a refreshing combo. You can also make agua fresca with mango,pineapple guava etc.

Recipe source: Williams Sonoma, Essentials of Breakfast and Brunch.

Super fine sugar- 1/3 cup
Raspberries 20-25
Mint leaves a few
Lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
 Ice cubes

In a sauce pan combine sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Simmer in medium flame till all the sugar dissolves. Allow the sugar syrup to cool. In a blender make a puree of raspberry and mint. Strain using a sieve  and add the sugar syrup and lemon juice and  one and half cup of water.Fill glass with ice and pour the raspberry juice. Garnish with mint springs and serve immediately .

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies is my son's favorite. I often make it as an after school treat. This time I added some chopped walnuts and it tasted even better.Try this with a cup of milk or warm coffee, you will surely love it.

All purpose flour- 1 1/2 cup
Baking soda- 1 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Walnut meal- 1 cup
Semi sweet chocolate- 1cup
Sugar- 1/2 cup
Dark Brown Sugar- 1/3 cup
Butter- 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp

Preheat oven to 350 degree f and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl,combine butter, granulate sugar, brown sugar on medium speed beat till smooth.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well blended. Slowly add the dry ingredients, walnut meal and beat on low speed until just incorporated.  Finally fold in the chocolate chips.Refrigerate and chill the dough for one hour.  Drop the dough heaping tablespoon to prepared baking sheet. Place cookie dough two inch apart.  Bake the cookies until the edges are lightly b…
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