Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Apple Pickle

  • Green apples 3
  • Chilly pdr 3 Tsp
  • Fenugreek pdr 1/4 Tsp
  • Asafoetida as rqd
  • Garlic 5 to 10 pods
  • Ginger 1 big piece
  • Mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Gingely oil
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Salt
Clean and cut apples into small pieces. Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add sliced ginger, garlic, curry leaves and salt. Saute it well till it turns brown. Reduce the heat and add chilly pdr and mix well. Then pour required amount of water and vinegar. Allow it to boil well. Add the chopped apples into it. Mix it well and put fenugreek pdr and asafoetida. Combine well and remove it from fire. After cooling down, keep it in an air tight bottle.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Spiced Chocolate Tea Cakes



  • All purpose flour 1 1/2 cup
  • Ground nutmeg 1/4Tsp
  • Baking pdr 1/4 Tsp
  • Cocoa pdr 1/4 cup
  • Egg yolk of 1 egg
  • Butter 1/2 cup
  • Sugar 3/4 cup
  • Milk 1/3 cup
  • Pwd sugar

Preheat oven at 350 deg F. In a small bowl, stir together flour, cocoa pdr, baking pdr and nutmeg. Keep it aside. In a large bowl beat butter at medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and egg yolk into it and beat well. Add about half of the flour mixture and milk, mix it and add the rest of the remaining flour. Place dough in a decorating bag fitted with a large open star tip. Pipe it into desired shapes. Bake it for 10 to 12 mins or until firm and the bottom is light brown. Transfer to a wire rack and allow it to cool. Sift powdered sugar over the cooled cookies before serving.
Recipe Courtesy: Better Homes and Gardens Cookie Book.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Citrus Tea Cake


  • Milk 1/4 cup
  • Butter 250 gm
  • Baking pdr 1 Tsp
  • Egg yolks of 4 egg
  • Lemon zest 1/4 Tsp
  • Powdered sugar 250 gm
  • All purpose flour 250 gm
  • Grounded orange peel 1/2 Tsp
  • Vanilla essence 1 Tsp
  • Egg whites of 4 egg
  • Sugar 1 Tbsp

Preheat oven to 400 deg F. Grease a baking pan with butter and all purpose flour and keep it aside. Sieve baking powder and flour together. Beat butter and powdered sugar well till it turns creamy. Then add egg yolks one by one into it and mix well. Add grounded orange peel and lemon zest into it. Then add flour and milk alternatively into this and combine well. Beat egg white in another bowl till it turns fluffy. Add vanila essence and sugar into the egg white and combine it slowly. Add this into the flour mixture and mix slowly. Transfer into the greased baking pan and bake it at 350 deg F for 35 to 40 min.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Cut-Out Butter Cookies


  • All purpose flour 3 cup
  • Confectioner's sugar 1 cup
  • Cold unsalted butter 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract 2 Tsp
  • Egg yolks of 4 eggs
  • Salt 1/2 Tsp

Mix together flour, sugar, cold butter and salt using hand or food processor. Lightly beat egg yolks and vanilla in a bowl and pour it into the flour mixture. Mix well until the dough forms. Divide dough into two, 1/2 inch disks. Wrap it well and chill it for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 deg F. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a 3/16 inch disk. Cut the dough into desired shapes using cookie cutter. Transfer it into a baking tray and bake it for 15 to 20 mins. Allow it to cool on the rack itself and kept in an air tight container.

[Recipe courtesy:]

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

White Cake


  • Unsalted butter 1 1/2 stick
  • All purpose flour 2 cup
  • Vanilla essence 2 Tsp
  • Egg white of 6 eggs
  • Baking pdr 2 Tsp
  • Sugar 1 1/2 cup
  • Salt 1/4 Tsp
  • Milk 3/4 cup

Preheat the oven to 350 deg F. Grease two 9 inch round pan (with butter and all purpose flour) and keep it aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for 5 mins till it turns fluffy. Stir together flour, salt and baking pdr and keep it aside. Then combine vanilla essence, egg whites and milk. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, then add half of the milk mixture. Continue this alternative process. Pour this batter into the greased pan and bake it for 25 to 30 mins.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Rajma Soya Fry


  • Cooked Rajma 1 cup
  • Cooked soya 1 cup
  • Onion 2 big
  • Garlic 3 to 5 pods
  • Ginger 1 big piece
  • Coriander pdr 1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric pdr 1/2 Tsp
  • Garam masala 1/2 Tsp
  • Pepper pdr 1/2 Tsp
  • Chilly pdr 2 Tsp
  • Musatrd seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil

Soak rajma overnight and cook it with salt and keep it aside. Cook soya in boiling water for 15 min and squeeze out the excess water. Chop it and keep it aside. Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add curry leaves, sliced onion, ginger and garlic. Saute till it turns light brown. Reduce the heat and add the chilly, coriander, turmeric, garam masala and pepper pdr into it and roast it well. Then add the chopped soya and mix it well. When it turns brown, add the cooked rajma and fry it well till it turns dry.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Chammanthi Podi (Dry Coconut Chutney Powder)

  • Coconut 2
  • Garlic 15 pods
  • Shallots 5 to 10
  • Ginger 1 med piece
  • Curry leaves 1 cup
  • Whole pepper 1 Tsp
  • Dry chilly 12 to 15
  • Tamarind a big lemon sized
  • Salt

Fry all the ingredients except salt and tamarind, without oil. Reduce the heat and fry the coconut mixture till it turns dark brown colour. Remove the dry chillies from the roasted mixture and powder it well using salt. Then add the required amount of tamarind and powder well. Transfer this mixture into a bowl. Then powder the rest of the coconut mixture little by little with the above powdered chilly mix and required amount of salt. Transfer it to a bowl and mix well.

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