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Butterscotch Cookies

 Butterscotch Cookies Butterscotch is a basic dessert flavor that everyone likes. This intense caramelized sugar and butter flavor gives a  rich taste to cookies as well.These cookies are soft, chewy and really addictive. Recipe source : Sherry Yard, The Secrets of Baking,Houghton Mifflin Compony, Boston, 2003 Ingredients Cold Unsalted butter-6 tbs Brown butter- 2 tbs (optional) All purpose flour- 1 1/2 cup Dark brown sugar- 3/4 cup Molasses- 2 tbs Salt- 1/4 tsp Egg- 2 vanilla extract- 1tsp Demerara Sugar-2 tbs Cream butter in medium speed,till it is pale yellow.Add brown sugar,brown butter,molasses and salt. (To make brown butter melt butter in medium low flame, continue cooking till butter changes color to golden brown. Allow this to cool down and use in the recipe. This step is optional) Cream till all the ingredients are evenly mixed. Add egg one at a time add beat till fully incorporated. Do not over beat. Add flour and fold in till the dough is smoot

Chemmeen Urulakhizhangu Masala/Prawns Potato Masala

Chemmeen Urulakhizhangu Masala/Prawns Potato Masala Chemmeen Urulakhizhangu masala is a yummy and quick side dish for rice. It is an onion tomato based spicy gravy with prawns and potatoes. It also has the crunch of toasted sliced coconut. Potatoes and prawns is a delicious combo and you will surely love this . The recipe source is my mother-in-law. Thanks Ammachi for this recipe. Ingredients Prawns- 250 grams Onion - 2 medium thinly sliced Potatoes- one cup ( thinly sliced or cubed) Tomato- 1 chopped Green chilly-3 Thinly sliced coconut- a few Chilly powder- 1 tsp Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp Curry leaves- a few Chopped coriander leaves- 1 tbs Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp Oil as needed and salt to taste Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they splutter add sliced coconut and fry for a minute. Next add curry leaves, green chilly and sliced onion and saute till it is golden brown. At this stage add tomatoes and saute till it tu

NeujahrsPretzel - New Years Pretzel

NeujahrsPretzel - New Years Pretzel Baking partners are a group of enthusiastic home bakers who love to try new recipes. The challenge recipe for January was suggested by Swetha of  Tasty Curry Leaf . She suggested two recipes, one New year Pretzel and a New year eve pizza from Sicily. The yeast-ed pretzel is a German recipe. I love the magical aroma of freshly baked bread and decided to try the New Years Pretzel.   This bread is beautiful and would make an impressive centerpiece for the holiday table. I love the braided look, almost like the challah bread. The braided pretzel is sweet and buttery. It is a delicious milk bread made special by topping with nuts, sugar, or glazed cherries. They are supposed to bring good luck and prosperity if consumed at midnight or eaten a first thing for breakfast on New Year's morning. Well, everyone loves a little good luck, so why not try this recipe. It takes time to prepare, but it is worth the effort. It can also make an impressive

Masala Bun/Bun Nirachathu

Masala Bun/Bun Nirachathu Today's recipe is stuffed bun with a spicy chicken masala filling. It is inspired from the Malabar snack bun nirachathu. In this recipe I used regular yeast bread dough and stuffed with the filling and baked like regular bun. You can also make an easy version of this recipe by using store brought bun. I will add the recipe below. You can be creative with the filling, it can be either sweet or spicy filling.Kids will love this stuffed bun and it is a yummy and filling snack. Ingredients All purpose flour – 3 cups Instant Yeast – 7gm/1 pkt Milk – 1 ¼ cup (lukewarm) Butter – 3 tbsp Sugar – 4 tbsp Egg-1 Cardamom powder– a pinch Salt – 1 tsp For the chicken Masala Chicken(  minced or finely chopped) 250 grams Onion- 1 medium Chopped cashew nuts- 6-7 Chopped ginger and garlic- 3 tbs Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp Coriander powder- 1/3 tsp Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp (or according to your taste) Garam masala-1/2

Eenthapazham Achar/Dates Pickle

Eenthapazham Achar/Dates Pickle Eenthapazham/Dates pickle is a delicious sweet and spicy pickle/ condiment. I often make sweet and sour pickles and this dates pickle is one of my favorite. This is inspired by the dates curry that is usually served with biryani and other non-vegetarian feasts. You can also serve this for Sadhya. Eenthapazham achar is served along with biryani is very tasty. The first time I tasted this yum combo is from Kayees restaurant in Kochi. If you are a mallu and ardent lover of biryani you must have heard about the famous Kayee's biryani. The dates pickle served there is towards the runny side, like a curry. I wanted to make a big batch, so made a drier version. This is a delightful pickle that will tickle your taste buds. So next time when you make biryani, try pairing with dates pickle, you will surely love it. Ingredients Dates - 2 cup (seedless and chopped) Ginger- 2 tbs chopped Garlic- 2-3 pods Shallot- 1 finely chopped Tamarind- small b

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Chocolate Chiffon Cake Baking partners challenge recipe for December was two yummy cakes suggested by Julie. I choose the Chocolate Chiffon Cake.Thanks Swathi and Julie to this challenge. Chiffon cakes and moist and tender with a spongy texture. It is a decadent cake and can be served as a tea time cake with boiled chocolate/ whipped cream or decorate it with icing to serve on any special occasion. Try this,you will surely love it. Ingredients Cake flour- 1 1/3 cup Cocoa powder- 2 1/2 tbs Eggs 5  ( separated)  Sugar- 3/4 cup Baking powder 1  tsp Baking soda 1/2 tsp Salt 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract 3/4 tsp Cream of tartar 1/2 tsp Brewed coffee- 1/2 cup Oil- 1/2 cup Vanilla essence- 1/2 tsp For the chocolate glaze Dark chocolate chocolate- 5 oz Butter 2tbs Heavy whipping cream- 3/4 cup Coffee 1tbsp For the frosting Butter- 3/4 stick Powder sugar- 1 1/3 cup Coffee- 1 tbs Separate the egg yolk and egg white .Leave at room temperatur

Chicken Spring Rolls

Chicken Spring Rolls Spring rolls needs no special introduction. This is my kids favorite, so I make them often as a snack. Chinese Style spring rolls are traditional festival food. Pastry sheets with meat and vegetable filling, is rolled into cylinders and deep fried  to from a crispy and tasty appetizer. You can also try other vegetables like Napa cabbage, mushrooms, bean sprouts or tofu.  Ingredients Chicken- 1/2 pound Ginger and garlic minced- 1 tbs Soya sauce- 1 tsp Oyster sauce-1/2 tsp Dry chilly flakes-1/3 tsp optional Black pepper- 1/2 tsp Salt to taste Sugar- 1/2 tsp Cabbage shredded- 1 cup Carrot grated- 1/2 cup Spring onion stalks- thinly sliced Spring roll wraps- 20 defrosted oil for deep frying- 1 1/2 cup To make the filling Heat a pan/ wok and add oil. Add finely sliced chicken ( or minced chicken) and stir fry in high for 2 minutes. Sprinkle pepper powder, soya sauce and oyster sauce and continue to stir fry, till chicken is crisp and cooke

Butter Biscuits/ Kerala Bakery Biscuits

Butter Biscuits/ Kerala Bakery Biscuits Happy New Year to all my friends and readers! This is my first post of 2015. I know I am a bit late to wish to all. Wishing you all a happy and rocking 2015! Today's recipe is a sweet treat from Kerala. It is one of my favorite treats,  Kerala bakery-style biscuits/cookies. Butter cookies are the best cookies ever- buttery, crumbly, melt in the mouth, and perfect for holidays. They are delicately crisp, flavorful, and sweet. Everything about this biscuit is good. It is addictive. Trust me on this. The Kerala-style butter biscuits have the flavor of cardamom powder and ghee. You will often find this in glass jars, in cozy old fashioned bakeries in Kerala. It brings back fond memories of childhood. It has a light melt in the mouth texture, similar to butter cookies like Benne biscuit or the nankattai.  You might be surprised to find out that it is super easy to make at home. Butter biscuits are sweet, flaky buttery goodness. To get the