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Opera Cake

Opera Cake
Baking partners challenge for July is the yummy and famous  French pasty Opera cake. This months recipe was suggested by Savitha of Savitha's Kitchen. Swathi also shared one recipe with me. You can find the recipehere. If you take a look at the  recipe you will notice that  there are different stages to make this cake before the final assembly. This cake has a rich almond coffee flavor. It consists of almond sponge cake with layers of  French coffee butter cream, chocolate butter cream and chocolate ganache on top. Thanks Savitha and Swathi for this recipe.


For the almond sponge
Cake flour-3 tbs
Egg- 2 large 
Almond flour - 1 cup
Confectionery Sugar- 1/2 cup
Egg whites-2
Cream of tartar- 1/8 tsp
Salt- 1/8 tsp
Granulated sugar- 1tbs
Butter unsalted- 2 tbs

For the coffee Syrup
Espresso powder- 1 tsp
Water- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 2 tsp

Coffee Butter Cream
Granulated sugar-  1/2 cup
Egg yolk-2
Butter- 1 stick
Espresso- 1 tsp
Water- 1/3 cup

Chocolate butter cream
Chocolate - 4 oz
Heavy cream- 1…

Tangdi Kabab

Tangdi Kabab

Tangdi kabab or grilled chicken drumstick is a yummy starter/appetizer. Chicken tastes yummy and tender because of the flavorful and spicy marinade. For this chicken I used green masala paste along with spices and yogurt for the marinade. I made a small portion with four chicken drumsticks.Try this,you will surely love it.

Chicken Drumsticks- 4
Hung curd- 1/2 cup
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Gram flour-3 tbs
Garam masala- 1 tsp
( use regular garam masala and for extra flavor add a pinch of
Ajwain, amchur/dry mango powder and dry ginger powder)
Chaat masala- a pinch

To make a paste
Coriander leaves- 1/3 cup chopped
Mint- 4-5
Green chilly- 5-6
Ginger- 1inch thick
Garlic- 6-8 cloves
oil- 3 tsp
salt to tate

Marinate chicken with salt, hung curd,chilly powder and turmeric powder. Set this aside for at least half and hour. For best results marinate over night in the refrigerator.
In a pan dry roast gram flour till there is a nice aroma. Roasting …

Banana Sorbet

Banana Sorbet
A delicious summer treat with bananas.This is a dairy free no fat recipe and is very refreshing.
Ingredients Bananas- 4
Lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
Sugar- 1 tbs
Maple syrup- 1/3 cup

Puree all the above ingredients in a mixer till smooth and creamy. You can also use frozen bananas for a better texture. Pour this into an ice cream maker and blend for 10 minutes or till you attain the desired consistency. Transfer to the freezer and let it set.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy!

Chicken Cutlet

Chicken Cutlet
Spicy cutlet with piping hot tea..can you ever say no to this delicious tea time snack? It is great time saver and the  best part is that you can make the patties  and store in the freezer( without frying) for more than two weeks.The flavor of freshly ground pepper, coriander leaves and a bit  tangy from lemon juice is something I really love in this Kerala style cutlets. This recipe will make around twelve cutlets. Give this recipe a try..
Chicken 3/4 lb
Potato large-1 Onion- 1 medium Ginger Garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp Pepper powder- 1 tsp Chilly powder- 1/3 tsp Garam masala- 3/4 tsp Chopped Coriander leaves- a little Lemon juice- 1/2 lemon salt to taste
Bread Crumbs- 3/4 cup Egg whites- 2 Oil for frying

Cook chicken along with salt, turmeric powder and half of pepper powder. Once cool either shred or mince the chicken in a food processor. Boil potato and mash it. Heat oil in a pan and saute onions till golden brown. Add ginger garlic …

Thakkali Pachadi- Tomato Yogurt Curry- Sadhya Special

Thakkali Pachadi
Today's recipe is a simple and lightly tangy pachadi made with tomatoes. It is a comforting side dish with tomatoes and cumin-spiced yogurt. Does it sound simple? And yes it is a simple curry. If you are on a time crunch, this is a perfect recipe for you. Tomato is the star ingredient. There are so many recipes that use tomatoes, but with all the different flavors and masalas it is hard to appreciate the taste of tomatoes. But in this tomato yogurt pachadi you get the sweet and tart flavor of tomatoes. Yes! an intense tomato flavor!

Thakkali pachadi is a bright and creamy curry and a great side dish for steamed rice and chapati. I sometimes make tomato fry for chapathi and appam. But in this pachadi you add a spiced yogurt coconut paste. There is a beautiful balance between the sweetness and acidity of tomatoes, sweet nutty taste of coconut and the sourness of spiced yogurt. Cumin, curry leaves and coconut oil adds to the flavor. In some regions of Kerala, the tom…

Kappalandi Mittayi/Peanut Ladoo

Kappalandi Mittayi
Kappalandi Mittayi/ Chikki/peanut ladoo is a is yummy crispy candy made with peanuts and jaggery. For sweetness you can also use caramelized sugar. This fresh home made peanut candy is kids favorite. Try this you will surely love it.

Peanuts - 1 1/2 cup
Jaggery- 1 1/2 cup
Water- 1/2 cup
Salt - a pinch
Ghee- 1 tbs
Cardamon powder- a pinch
Dry ginger powder- 1/8 tsp (optional)

Dry roast peanut in medium flame for 8-10 minutes. Allow this to cool down. Rub with you palm to remove the skin and keep aside.
Heat jaggery and water and allow it to melt. Strain and transfer the syrup into a heavy bottom pan. In medium heat allow it to thicken to two thread consistency. It will be sticky when you press it between your thumb and index finger and will form two or three threads. Reduce the flame and stir continuously for another 4-5 minutes till it thickens. To test the perfect syrup consistency drop a little syrup into water, when pressed together it will form a ha…

Persian Kotlet

Persian Kotlet
Persian kotlets is meat patties made with minced beef/chicken and grated potatoes. It is tasty and tender meat patties and perfect for parties and potlucks. The patties are flatten on the plam and can be made oval or round.Kotlets are thin with crispy edges and is perfect size for pita bread sandwich. 
Minced beef or chicken- 1 lb
Potatoes- 1 lb
onion- 1 mdium
Turmeric- 1/3 tsp
Pepper --1/2 tsp
Cinnamon- 1/8 tsp
Nutmeg and cardamon - a pinch
Cumin- 1/3 tsp
Rose water- a few drops (optional)
(or ground dry rose petals)
Saffron- a pinch (optional)
Bread crumbs- 3 tbs
salt to taste
oil for frying- 1 cup

Place minced meat in a bowl. Wash and peel potatoes. Grate this into the bowl of minced meat. In the same way grate the onion. Mix all the spices, bread crumbs,salt and eggs and mix well with the minced meat and potatoes. Portion the mixture into small equal sized balls. Place one ball into your palm and flatten it into thin oval or round patties.
Heat o…
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