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Dulce de leche Chocolate Burfi~A Guest Post For Priya Ranjit

Dulce de leche Chocolate Burfi Today I am extremely delighted and honored to do a guest post at Priya's space Cook Like Priya . Priya Ranjit is a great friend, encouraging and lively. Her space has lip-smacking recipes and I adore the way she presents and writes about her recipes and experiments. We first came to know each other through baking partners and became friends instantly. I feel lucky to have wonderful friends like Priya in the blogging world.So when Priya offered me a  guest post I was more than ready. She gave me time and also the choice of recipe. Thanks so much Priya for this wonderful opportunity. Today's recipe is a Dulce de leche Chocolate Burfi. Burfi is one of my favorite sweets and there are different types of burfi's available. You can tweak with different ingredients and flavors and yet you will never go wrong. Recently I tasted chocolate burfi and really loved the taste. This fudge has chocolate and the intense flavor of caramel fro

Chemmeen Muringakka Manga Curry/Prawns Drumstick and Mango Curry

Chemmeen Muringakka Manga Curry/Prawns Drumstick and Mango Curry Today's recipe is yet another simple yet super delicious combo. Prawns,drumsticks and mangoes goes so well together. It is an absolute comfort food. My mother used to make this every time we get prawns and mangoes.Drumsticks/muringikka adds a lot of flavor to the dish and mangoes imparts sourness which makes this curry irresistible. You can also make this with dry prawns and is equally delicious. Ingredients Prawns - 250 grams Raw mango- 1 medium Drumsticks pieces-12- 15 Grated coconut- 1 cup Shallots- 7-8 Ginger- 2 inch thick Green chilly -2 Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp Chilly powder-  1 1/3 tsp Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp Curry leaves- a few Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp Dry red chilly-2 Coconut oil Cut mangoes into cubes. In a pot add the cut mangoes, cleaned prawns, drumsticks,sliced shallots,salt,slit green chilly and turmeric powder . Cook till the prawns is done and the mangoes and drumsticks

Avocado Honey Muffins

Avocado Honey Muffins Muffins are perfect breakfast and this combination of avocado and honey is really delicious,especially when it is nice and warm and fresh from the oven.Avocados and honey keeps the muffin soft and moist. It is oil free and tastes really good and is healthy too. I have used  avocados in chocolate cup cakes in place of butter and it came out really soft with no after taste. I added a little of butter scotch chips, you can add chocolate chips of nuts according to your preference. Ingredients Flour- 2 cup Baking powder- 1 tsp Salt- 1/3 tsp Egg-1 Avocado- 1 whole+ 1/2 Honey- 1/4 cup Sugar- 1/4 cup Vanilla essence- 1 tsp Butter scotch chips- 1/3 cup Milk- 1/3 cup Mix flour,salt and baking powder and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degree f and line muffin tins with liners. Cut avocado an scoop out the flesh. Using a fork mash it really soft or make a puree of it using a mixer. Mix in honey and keep aside. Beat egg and sugar till it is light a

Uzhunnu Vada/Urad Dal Vada

Uzhunnu Vada/Urad Dal Vada Uzhunnu vada or medu vada is a very common snack in south India and is a perfect accompaniment with a cup of hot piping tea.I like it as a snack but again cannot resist when it is served with idli,sambar and chutney as breakfast. One might wonder where does all the aroma come from? The  plain deep fried lentils is by itself flavorful because I make them often for  vada curry. But in uzhunnu vada the addition of pearl onions,ginger and curry leaves imparts a wonderful aroma that is irresistible.This is something I really missed when I came here to the US until I started making my home made version. Try this you will surely love it. Ingredients Urad Dal/Black lentil skinless- 1 cup Rice flour- 2 tsp Pearl Onions- 4-5 Ginger finely chopped- 1 inch thick Curry leaves finely chopped- 1 spring Green chilly  finely chopped- 3 Whole black pepper- 5-6 salt to taste Oil- 2 cup to fry Wash and soak urad dal and rice for about 4-5 hours. Drain

Sun-Dried Tomato and Onion Tart~ Baking Partner's Challenge#6

Sun-Dried Tomato and Onion Tart For this months baking challenge Swathi put forward the suggestion  to makes PIES. I love pies and tarts and was so excited with the theme.There were four recipes to select from~ two sweet pies and two savory tarts. I wanted to try savory tarts for some time. So I choose the Sun-dried tomato and onion tarts suggested by Samantha . Tamy suggested a beautiful recipe of an up-side down pie. I wanted to try that one too but was short of time. So will try that some other time.  This recipe suggested by Samantha was quick and easy. I reduced the recipe into half and made only with one pastry sheet.It has layers of flavors which blend well with the cheese. The cheesy center with caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes  together with a crispy and buttery crust tastes wonderful.Thanks Samantha for suggesting this recipe. Ingredients Thawed puff pastry- 1 sheet Olive oil- 1 tbs Sliced shallots/onions- 1 cup sprigs thyme-3 springs Salt-t

Chettinad Pepper Chicken

Chettinad Pepper Chicken Chettinad pepper chicken is a delicious,hot and spicy chicken. It has an aromatic spice blend which is unique in Chettinad dishes.It is a dry version which you can also make with gravy.This pepper chicken is a perfect accompaniment with rice,appam or chapathi. Ingredients Chicken-1 Kg Shallots/Onion- finely chopped- 1 cup Ginger garlic- finely chopped- 3 tbs Tomato-finely chopped- 3 medium Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp Chilly powder- 1 tsp Coriander powder- 2 tsp Pepper powder- 1 1/2 tsp Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp Curry leaves- 2 springs For tempering Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp Crushed garlic- 3 cloves Cumin seeds- 1/3 tsp Whole black pepper- a few Bay leaf-1 Cinnamon- 1 inch thick- 2 pieces Cardamon -3 Cloves- 4-5 Cut and clean chicken and keep aside. Finely chop onion and tomatoes and set aside. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when the splutter add the rest of the ingredients listed under 'to t

Paneer Pizza

Paneer Pizza Pizza is my kids favorite and I often make pizza at home. Some times,when I do not have pizza dough,I tweak the recipe a bit and use naan or bagel as the crust. In this recipe I have used naan instead of the regular pizza dough and is light and crispy. This is a fusion variety but still tastes exotic.It has with paneer and touch of tikka masala. In addition to this it has the regular pizza tomato based sauce and a cheese blend of Mozzarella,Asiago Romano and Parmesan. This is a vegetarian version but you can also use meat or pepperoni as topping. Ingredients Garlic naan/regular naan- 2 Pizza sauce- 4 tbs Cheese shredded- 1/2 cup Sliced onion- 1/2 an onion Thinly sliced bell pepper- 1/2 Sun dried tomatoes- 3-4 pieces ( optional) Olive oil- a few drops To marinate the paneer Paneer- 3/4-1 cup cubed Tikka masala- 1/2 tsp ( store brought or a blend of the following a pinch of turmeric,pepper powder, chilly powder, cumin powder,garam masala and chaat

Chicken Pouch/Potli

Chicken Pouch/Potli  Chicken pouch is a bite size appetizer and perfect for parties. It has a spicy meat and peas filling and the dough is shaped like a pouch.This recipe is inspired from the beggars Pouch/purse recipe which is normally bundles made with crepes or phyllo dough with different types of filling. Hear I have deep fried so that it will retain crispiness for longer time.You can try veg or non vegetarian fillings. Ingredients All Purpose flour- 2 cup Egg white-1 Ghee- 1 tsp Oil- 1 tsp Salt- 1/3 tsp Sugar- 1/2 tsp For the filling Minced chicken- 250 gms Green peas- 1/2 cup Onion- 1 medium green chilly- 1 Ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder- a pinch Garam masala- 3/4 tsp Chilly powder- 1/3 tsp Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp Coriander  leaves chopped a little Lemon juice- 1 tsp Take flour in a bowl and mix in sugar and salt. Pour ghee and oil and mix and rub the flour till it resembles wet sand. Beat egg white separately and pour into the

Mango Mousse

Mango Mousse Happy New Year to all my friends, readers and well wishers! Wishing you all a wonderful 2013! Starting this New year with a delicious treat, a wonderfully light and fluffy mousse. This is an egg less luscious dessert with made with mango puree and whipping cream.You can make it ahead and it is perfect for a dinner party especially if you do not want a overtly sweet desert. It is a light dessert and I love the color and flavor of mangoes. Try this,you will surely love it. Ingredients Mango puree- 2 1/2 cup Whipping cream- 2 cup Granulated sugar- 1/2 cup ( Add according to mango sweetness) Gelatin- 1 packet Salt- a pinch lemon juice- 1/2 lemon  Soak the gelatin in ice cold water for approx. 5 minutes. Make a fine puree of the mango and put through a sieve before proceeding with the recipe. Take 1/3 of the mango puree in a sauce pan and heat it in a low flame. When it is warm add the gelatin and mix well till it completely dissolves. Take