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Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate mousse is a rich and classic dessert. It is a favorite among many chocolate dessert lovers. It is rich, airy and light dessert with chocolate goodness. This recipe is my absolute favorite,it is an easy no fuss recipe from Nigella Lawson. I have tried this many times and it is a no fail recipe. This is also perfect for those who do not want raw eggs in their dessert. It sets faster  than the regular mousse. Try this, you will surely love it.
Mini Marshmallows- 2 1/2 cups
Semi sweet chocolate- 6 oz.
( preferably dark chocolate )
Butter- 3 tbs
Heavy cream- 1 1/2 cup
Sugar- 3 tbs
Hot water- 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
Rum extract- a few drops

Into a sauce pan add marshmallows, butter, chopped chocolate and hot water. Cook in low flame and stir. The chocolate will melt faster. The marshmallows will take about 5 minutes to melt completely. Stir till the mixture is smooth and velvety with no white streaks. Allow this to cool down completely.

In a lar…

Crab Croquettes

Crab Croquettes
Crab croquettes is delicious appetizer perfect for parties and get together. It has a creamy and tasty crab meat filling and is crispy in the outside. B├ęchamel sauce is used to make the it creamy and rich.It also helps to bind and shape the patties. Try this,you will surely love it.

Crab meat- 8 oz. Onion- 1 small Garlic 2 cloves Pepper powder-to taste salt to taste Chopped parsley- 2 tsp Lemon juice-a few drops For the white sauce Milk- 1/2 cup Cream-1/4 cup
Butter-  3 tbs
All purpose flour- 2 tsp Panko bread crumbs- 1 cup Egg -1 Oil for frying- 2 cup

To make the sauce,heat a pan and add butter, when it melts add the flour and cook the butter and flour in low flame, till the raw flavor disappears and  the flour changes color. Do not allow it to brown up. Add milk and cream and whisk till it thickens to sauce consistency. Switch off the flame.

If you are using regular crabs cook and break the shell. Scoop out the meat and set aside.You can also use cooke…

Green Beans with Caramelized Onion and Chestnuts

Green Beans with Caramelized Onion and Chestnuts
Green beans, onions and chestnuts is a yummy and healthy combo. I have tried green beans with sesame seeds and almonds. Tender crisp beans go well with crunchy nuts. Caramelized onions and chestnuts has a natural sweetness which adds a nice touch to this dish. You can roast the chestnuts or boil them.This can be served as a side dish.

Green beans chopped- 12 oz.
Onion - 2 large
Garlic - 2 cloves
Chopped chestnuts-8 oz.
Paprika or smoked paprika- 1 tsp
salt and pepper to taste
Lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
Olive oil- 3 tsp (or butter)

To roast the  chestnuts wash and then dry them with a towel. Place on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife make a "X" on the chestnut skin. This allows the steam to escape and easy to peel later. Bake for 25 minutes in 350 degree oven. You can also boil the chestnuts like potatoes. Make the "X" mark and boil for 10-12 minutes and drain them. When cool enough to handle peel off the…

Green Peas Mushroom Curry

Green Peas Mushroom Curry
Simple and breezy curry for chapatis. This is a vegetarian version of my egg and peas curry that I posted earlier.Mushrooms are versatile and can be used to make both mild and spicy curries. I love to cook it just like chicken curry and the subtle mild flavor of mushrooms and the roasted spices complement each other so well. This is a rich and flavorful gravy with coconut milk, tomatoes and cashew nuts. Try this,you will surely love this..

Frozen green peas- 1 1/2 cup
Mushrooms- 8 0z.
Onion- 1 medium
Tomato puree-  3/4 cup
Cashew nuts- 10-12
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Coconut milk thick-3/4 cup
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Meat masala- 1/2 tsp
Ghee- 1/2 tsp (optional)
oil- 2 tsp
salt and pepper to taste
Coriander leaves

Soak cashew nuts in 1/2 cup of warm water for half an hour(or you can put cashews into boiling water for two minutes,drain and then wash with cold water if …

Croissant Bread Pudding

Croissant Bread Pudding
Classic old fashioned bread pudding served warm with caramel sauce is one of my top favorite desserts. Left over bread can be converted into a baked classy and yummy dessert in no time. Instead of the traditional bread this recipe uses the rich buttery croissant bread. Flaky buttery bread with rich custard takes this dessert to the next level. Add chocolate chips, nuts or raisins and serve warm or chilled. This recipe is inspired from Nigella Lawson show.Try this,you will surely love it.

Croissant bread- 8 (mini or 4 regular)
Eggs large- 5
Milk- 1 1/2 cup
Heavy cream- 1 1/4 cup
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Semi sweet chocolate chips-1/2 cup
Butter- 1 tsp
Salt- a pinch
Rum extract- 1/2 tsp
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp

Pre heat oven to 350 degree. Melt butter and grease baking dish with it and spread the left over butter in the pan.
Slice croissants lengthwise but not all the way through. Place this in a single layer in the baking dish.
In a bowl whisk eggs, sugar and s…

Cherry Smoothie

Cherry Smoothie
Smoothie is fresh and fast breakfast on the go. Blended fruits with milk or yogurt gives you the needed protein and nutrients to start your morning right.Cherry smoothie is no exception as cherries has a rich flavor  and is packed with anti oxidants,vitamins and dietary fiber. Added to this it is super yummy. You can add other fruits or flax seeds to your smoothie.

Pitted cherries- 1 cup
Banana- 1/2
Yogurt- 1/2 cup
Water- 1/4 cup
Ice cubes- 4-5
honey- 1 tsp

Remove seeds from the cherries and add to a blender. You can also use pitted frozen cherries for this recipe. Add yogurt, banana and ice cube into the blender and pulse a few times. Now add water and honey and blend for one minute or till nice and smooth like a puree. Serve immediately.

You might also like,
Mango Smoothie
Mango Lassi
Guava and Lychee Cooler
Apricot Mango Juice 
Strawberry Pistachio Milkshake

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Kilikoodu/Malabar Snack

Kilikoodu/Malabar Snack
Kilikoodu is a Malabar snack made with chicken and quail eggs and coated with vermicelli.It is a deep fried crispy snack that can be served along with tea.The vermicelli gives it an extra crunch. The name kilikoodu means birds nest. If you do not have quail eggs you can use regular eggs cut into quarters. Try this,you will surely love it.

Ingredients Chicken cooked- 1 cup
Potato medium-2 Quail egg- 6-8 Onion- 1 medium Ginger Garlic paste- 1  tsp Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp White pepper powder- 1/2 tsp Chilly powder- 1/3 tsp Garam masala- 3/4 tsp Chopped Coriander leaves- a little Lemon juice- 1/2 lemon salt to taste Vermicelli- 1/2 cup Egg-1
Oil for frying

Cook chicken along with salt and turmeric powder and when it cools down, mince in a food processor. Into this add the boiled potatoes and make into a course mixture. Boil quail eggs, remove shells and set aside. Heat oil in a pan and saute onions till golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a few sec…

Double Chocolate Brownies

Double Chocolate Brownies
Brownies are addictive with rich chocolate flavor.  These brownies are rich,moist and melt in mouth. If you are a chocolate lover what richer and more delicious taste can you think of than a rich and gooey decadent brownie. This is the first desert I tasted when I first came to the US several years ago. Ever since I have been hooked to this dessert. I have many failed attempts trying to recreate the same taste and texture.  I found this recipe from the book Hershey's Fabulous Desserts and followed the exact recipe. This is my go to brownie recipe and it comes out perfect.Try this,you will surely love it.

All purpose flour- 1 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 1  cup
Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Boiling water- 1/2 cup
Butter- 1/4 cup melted
Oil- 2 tbs
Egg- 2
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
Chocolate chips semi- sweet- 3/4 cup

Pre heat over to 350 degree.Grease 9 inch square baking pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl combine baking soda, cocoa,…

Roasted Potatoes with Sumac

Roasted Potatoes with Sumac
Roasted potatoes with sumac is delicious with a tart and lemony flavor. Sumac is a popular spice is middle eastern cuisine.It is used in a variety of dishes from meats to salads. This can be used as a snack or as an accompaniment with rice or meat recipes.
Ingredients Baby potatoes- 1 pound Sumac- 2 tsp Paprika- 1 1/2 tsp Garlic 2 cloves Salt and pepper to taste olive oil- 2 tsp  chopped parsley- 1 tbs
Wash and cut potatoes into half. Per heat oven to 400 degree F. Into a bowl add potatoes, minced garlic, sumac, paprika,salt and pepper to taste and olive oil. Toss and mix well. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the potatoes cut side down and bake for 30-40 minutes or till potatoes are cooked and crispy. Remove from oven and garnish with chopped parsley.
Try it, Hope you will all enjoy!

Coorg Pepper Pork Masala

Coorg Pepper Pork Masala
Coorg Pepper pork masala is spicy and tangy curry. The unique ingredient in this recipe is Kudampuli/Malabar tamarind. Kudampuli is used as a souring agent in fish curries. The recipe has a unique in taste and color since we are adding kudampuli. Try this,you will surely love it.

Pork - 1 kg
Shallots- 1 1/2 cup
Ginger- 2 inch thick
Garlic- 7-8 pods
Green chilly-3
Kudampuli- 3-4 pieces
Coriander leaves chopped- 4 tbs
Black pepper- 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 1/2 tbs
Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tsp
Cardamom- 2
Cinnamon stick- 2 pieces
Curry leaves- a few

Make a course mixture of shallots, ginger, garlic, coriander leaves and green chilly (you can use mortar and pestle to crush the masala).
Dry roast and make a fine powder of cumin, coriander, fenugreek seeds, black pepper, mustard and chilly and garam masala and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan/pressu…
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