Saturday, December 24, 2016

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.

Ingredients
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 large mixing bowl add chilled cream and whisk till thick. Add sugar little by little and whisk till soft peak stage. Pour in the chocolate mixture, vanilla essence and rum extract and gently fold in with the cream till it is uniformly mixed. Transfer into serving bowls and refrigerate for 3-4 hours before serving. Decorate with whipped cream or grated chocolate.



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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. Béchamel 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.

Ingredients

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 cooked crab meat available in super markets.
Heat one tbs of oil in pan and saute onions and garlic till golden brown. When it cools down make it into a paste and add to the crab meat along with white sauce, salt and pepper,lemon juice and chopped parsley. Mix well cover and refrigerate for one hour or till chilled and firm. This will make it easy to handle.
Make this into small balls and flatten into patties. Dip in egg whites and then roll on bread crumbs and set aside for another ten minutes. You can put it back in the fridge till you are ready to fry.
Heat two cups of oil in a pan. Fry croquettes in batches. Fry till both sides are crispy and evenly brown. Serve warm.


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Thursday, December 22, 2016

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.

Ingredients
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 skin and cut into small pieces.

Chop beans, add a pinch of salt and mix and them steam them for 3-4 minutes. Set this aside.
Heat olive oil or butter in a pan and add thinly sliced onions and chopped garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste and saute in medium flame for 4-5 minutes. Reduce the heat and continue cooking for another  5-6 minutes till the onion is caramelized. Add smoked paprika and saute for another minute.Add green beans and chopped chestnuts and mix well. Drizzle lemon juice and serve.

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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..


Ingredients
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 you want it quick). Make a smooth paste.
Make a puree of tomatoes and finely chop onions. Dry roast the spice powders in very low flame for 1 minute and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan and stir fry the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and saute till the juice is reduced and the mushrooms change color to light brown. Drain out and keep aside. In the same pan more oil or ghee and chopped onions. Saute till golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste and after a minute tomato puree and cashew nut paste. Saute till oil separates. Add all the roasted spice powder and green peas. Add coconut milk and warm water to adjust consistency. When green peas is cooked and the sauce is reduced add the fried mushrooms and simmer for two minute. Finally garnish with coriander leaves.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

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.

Ingredients
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 salt till light and fluffy. Now add milk and heavy cream, vanilla extract and rum extract and whisk well.
Pour this over the croissants and gently press the bread so that it absorbs the liquid. Let it satnd for ten minutes or you can chill in the refrigerator for an hour. Sprinkle chocolate chips just before putting it into the oven
Bake the pudding in the center of the oven, for 30 minutes or till the pudding is puffed and golden. The pudding is set when the knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow it to cool down and then serve.


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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.

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


You can also use pitted frozen cherries for this recipe. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend for one minute or till nice and smooth like a puree. Serve immediately.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

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 seconds followed by garam masala, pepper powder, chilly powder, minced meat and boiled potatoes,coriander leaves and lemon juice. Saute this in a low flames till it becomes a uniform mixture. Allow this to cool down completely.
Take small portions of the mixture and flatten on your palm. Place one boiled quail egg in the center and cover like a pouch so that the egg is in the center and form a ball. If you want you can press gently to form patties.
Beat egg whites in a bowl. Spread vermicelli on a plate.Dip each pattie in egg whites and then roll in vermecilli.Deep fry in hot oil till both sides are crispy and golden brown.Serve with tomato ketchup.


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Double Chocolate Brownies



Double Chocolate Brownies

Brownies are addictive with rich chocolate flavor.  These brownies are rich,moist and chewy and if you are a chocolate lover like my kid,this one is for you. I found this recipe from the book Hershey's Fabulous Desserts and followed the exact recipe with some minor tweaks. Try this,you will surely love it.

Ingredients
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, butter and boiling water. Whisk till the mixture thickens. Stir in egg and sugar and stir till smooth.
Add flour, vanilla and salt and blend till mixture is smooth and even.
Stir in chocolate chips and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 25- 30 minutes,until the brownie begins to pull away from the sides of the pan. Allow it to cool down completely and the slice into squares. You can also frost the brownies with butter cream frosting.



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Thursday, December 1, 2016

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.

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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.

Ingredients
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/pressure cooker and add cardamom, cinnamon and curry leaves. Saute till there is a nice aroma and add the crushed shallot masala,turmeric powder and salt. Stir fry till the raw flavor disappears. Add meat  and one cup of water. Cover and cook till the meat is cooked (3-4 whistles in pressure cooker). Next add the masala powder and soaked kudam puli. Simmer for another 10-12 minutes in low flame or till the gravy thickens.

Note: You can use the same recipe to make chicken or beef

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