Thursday, June 11, 2009

Moist Orange Cake

I was just browsing through the blogs and saw this recipe and i tried it. It turned out to be delicious Cake. So i taught i would share it too with my friends, ( i couldn't locate the blog which in which i saw this recipe) So if any one knows this person please let me know, anyways i would like to thank her for sharing this recipe.Now to the recipe.

All purpose flour 1-1/2 cup
Baking powder 1-1/2 tsp
Salt 1/8tsp
Butter- 1/2 cup
Sugar -1/2 cup
Eggs 2
Grated rind of 1 large orange
Milk 1/2 cup

For the Syrup:

Orange juice 1cup
Sugar 1/2 cup


Preheat the oven to 350'C .

Grease the pan

Mix the flour, salt, sugar, grated rind or orange and the baking powder

Beat in the butter, eggs, and milk and continue beating ( add in milk if you feel the batter is too thick). Beat for 15 min

Pour in the mix to the greased pan and place it in the oven for 25 min or until the toothpick pricked in comes out clean.

For the syrup dissolve the sugar in the orange juice and heat over low flame for 10 min and then let it cool. (I used fresh orange juice)

When the cake is ready take it out and prick it with a skewer all over the cake and pour the syrup over the hot cake and let it stay for some time.When all the syrup is absorbed its ready to eat YUMMY MOIST ORANGE CAKE.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Mampaza Pulisheri -Mango Curry

Sorry friends! I know its been really long time since i have posted a new one..... though i have been visiting all my friends blogs( lots of yummy posts), i have not been able to send in comments to everyone...but i surely did try a few recipes, i am missing all you guys.

These are a few recipes that i enjoyed and will surely try recipes:

Zebra cake, looks yuuuumy ....surely will try and let you know & I enjoyed "The mango masthi roundup", from Tasty Recipes, i have a lots of mangoes with me and i will surely try a few.
The spinach rasam, Baked rava Idly from Passion for Cooking was new for me and i tried pinach rasam and it was a hit. Thanks for sharing Ramya!
Tomato pickle form Annapurna was delicious too Srilakshmi.
Pachai puli thaneer rasam, Butter bisuit form Viki's Kitchen was so mouthwatering. Loved it will surely try them soon.
Mampazapulichery from My Home Cooking..... you scored it this time too :)
Pepper mushrrom Fry form Lemon n Spice um....deliciouso...super click!

This was a impossible thing to imagine until i tasted it. I used to wonder it would taste horrible to taste a fruit curry and i might never like it. After i got married my in law prepared this curry and i tasted and fell-in for it. Now I wait for the mango season and when i get them I make this curry at least once a week. My daughter loves this curry too.


Ripe Mango 3
Turmeric - 1/2tsp
Chili powder as required
Green chili as required
Coconut 1/2 cup
Cumin(jeera) 1 tbs
curd 1/2 cup
Salt as required
Red dried chili
Fenugreek seeds a pinch
curry leaves


-> Wash and Cut the mangoes into big pieces.

-> In a pan add mango, 1/2 glass of water, turmeric, chili powder & salt cover and cook

-> In a blender grind the coconut, cumin, green chili. Once it turns to a paste form add the curd or yogurt and blend once.

-> When mangoes are cooked add the blended mix and stir.

-> Let it boil for 5 min.

-> In a small pan heat oil, splutter mustard, red chili, Fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.

-> Its good to serve now but the taste enriches the longer it stays.

Note: The mangoes are really delicate so when string be cautious that you don't break the pieces.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Simple & Easy Chicken Curry

Last weekend i was really lazy to make any thing special, but my hubby wanted to eat chicken curry & rice, so i tried out a very simple method to make a chicken curry and it turned out tasty.

Chicken 1lb
Onion 1 medium size, thinly sliced
Grated Coconut 1tbs
Gharam masala 1tbs
Chili powder
Turmeric powder
Tomato 1
Pearl onion 3 or 4
Green chili 2 or 3
Pepper 1tbs
Ginger 1'
Garlic 6or8
Yogurt 1/2 cup
Vinegar 1tsp
coriander leaves


-> Cut & clean chicken.

-> In a blender blend pearl onion, green chili, pepper, ginger, garlic, yogurt, vinegar & salt as required.

-> Marinate the chicken with this mix and keep it aside for 1 hour.

-> In a non-stick skillet, heat the required oil then add the onion.

-> Statute the onion till golden brown, add coconut, tomato, gharam masala, chili powder, turmeric powder & stir for few min.

-> Add the marinated chicken to the skillet.

-> Add a little water, cover and cook for 1/2 hr.

->Taste it and adjust the proportions of the ingredients to your liking.

->Cook in low flame until the chicken is well cooked.

->Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Appetizer for your brain!

Am back with a puzzle, Check it out:-

Each block represents one or more words in "English". For Example, Answer for the first puzzle is " Seven Seas " [ 7 Cs].

Post your answers before end of Sunday(4/26). You can post your answers multiple times. I will publish the correct answers by Monday morning and the result. The person(s) who reply with most correct answers will be the winner (& will be awarded).

Happy "Geeky" Weekend!

The Answers:

1. Seven seas
2. Level Crossing
3. Forgive and Forget
4. Without you
5. Down Town
6. Lucky Break
7. He's Besides Himself
8. See through blouse
9. First Aid
10. West Indies
11. Six Feet Underground
12. Backward Glance
13. Tricycle
14. Reading between lines
15. Cross roads
16. Three Degrees below Zero
17. Neon Lights
18. Just between you and me
20. Broken Promise
21. You are out of touch
22. Life after 40
23. Jack in the box
24. Growing economy
25. Up before 8
26. Just around the corner
27. Apple pie
28. Making up for lost time
29. Standing ovation
30. I understand you undertake to undermine my undertaking

Congrats Ramya , You did it!!!!

And Priya & home cooked Oriya food nice try guys..

Thanks all for your reply.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Kootukari and an Award

That's my Vishu Sadhya

Kootu curry is a special blend of spices and vegetables like raw banana (specially Kerala Pacha Nendrakaya) & yam. This is usually a side dish in any sadhya. Its main spice is the pepper powder which really enriches the taste of Kootu curry.


Black/brown Chick peas -1 1/2 cup (or chenna dal)
Yam(Chena) -1/2 lb
Raw Banana(Pacha Nendrakaya) -1/2 lb
Mathan 1/2 (pumpkin which is a mottled green and yellow on the outside)
chili powder -1tsp
Turmeric powder -1tsp
Pepper powder 4tbs
Grated Coconut -1 cup
Jeera -1tsp
Mustard seeds -1 1/2 tsp
Red chili -1 or 2
Curry leaves
coconut oil -2 tbs


Soak the chick peas over night and Pressure Cook Chick piece.

Add vegetables along with turmeric powder, chili powder, and pepper powder
Cook for 15 minutes

Grind the coconut with jeera and salt, add to the curry and cook well.

In a small pan heat coconut oil and splutter mustard seeds, red chili and curry leaves and sizzle into the curry.

Delicious Kootu curry is ready.

Kootu curry can be served with rice or roti /chappathi.

. I have to mention about her cakes(cakesbydhanya) its all mind blowing and mouthwatering. work of art....i have gazed at her 3d cakes for long hours. I envy anyone who get to eat those delicious cakes :D.

She was so kind enough to share this award with me and her friends, i am whole heatedly thanking you Dhanya.

I would love to share this precious award with these awesome chefs
Priya Sriram

Mangala Bhat
Ramya Vijaykumar
Home cooked oriyafood
I am expecting that all my buddies would pour-in more and more of their culinary expertise and delicacies. Good luck guys!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009


My Sweet buddy - Priya Sriram, who inspired me to start this blog, is an awesome cook and an amazing photographer have shared this lovely award with me, i am certainly honored and delighted to receive this award.

Priya also shared another award with me few weeks before, which also should have been shared with 8 friends. It was awarded with these words.

"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind blogger's aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement (? big word, lol). Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

So at this moment I would like to share both the awards with my fellow bloggers, i love all their recipes and have tried a few too. They have always encouraged me with their sweet comments and i am very happy to share this award with them.

Mangala Bhat
Ramya Vijaykumar
Home cooked oriyafood
Dhanya Nambirajan

This award comes with the following rules:

1) Add the logo of the award to your blog.

2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.

3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs (Only if you like).

4) Add links to those blogs on your blog.

5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blog.

Hope all my friends would share a lot more recipes and their expertise.
With lots and lots and lots of love!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ada Pradhaman (Payasam)


The first day of Medam ( mid April) is the new year day for Malayalees. People believe that the fortunes for the next year depend on the nature of the objects one sees in the morning of Vishu. For this purpose, Kani (an omen) with articles like yellow flowers, rice, betel nuts, golden coins etc. is displayed in front of the deity. Thousands prefer to see Kani at Guruvayur on Vishu morning. Crowds stay overnight inside the courtyard of temple, which is specially permitted on this day. They close their eyes and set their eyes on the Kani and deity, as the doors are opened at 2.30 am for darshan.
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Ada Pradhaman is a sweet dish made of flakes of cooked rice, coconut milk and jagerry. Payasam is a desert which is a must for every sadhya. In the olden days in Kerala they make these rice flakes days before the festival and let them dry in sunlight. On the day of the festival whole coconuts are grated and coconut milk is extracted form it. The first time it is extracted without adding any water, next time with little water and the third time again with little more water. The pure extract is called the First milk, Second milk and third milk consecutively. It is a great process which starts from morning till mid-noon.

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The ada Pradhaman is made in a big Uruli, which also adds up taste. The jagerry is melted and filtered to eliminate any impurities in it. Nowadays ready made ada and coconut milk is available in any Indian grocery store, so its quite easy to make.

This is my first time making this payasam. My mother in-law gave the ada to me saying that i can make the payasam i was reluctant to take them because we have to use coconut milk and its really rich in calories. (diet conscious :))Any way i taught i will make it for this Vishu. You can also make palada payasam with these ada.

Ada -1 pack
Coconut milk -1 can(14oz)
Jagerry(vellom) -1lb(as required)
Cashew Nut a hand full
Raisin a hand full
Coconut pieces a hand full
Cardamon powder -1/2 tsp


->Cook Ada in water until soft, then drain and wash in cold water and set aside.

->Mix the jagery in 1 glass of water.

->In pot pan heat ghee and add the jagerry water, when it boils add the ada.

->After 7 to 8 min add half the coconut milk and stir in.

->Once it starts to thicken add the remaining coconut milk and simmer for 5 min and take it off the stove.

->In a small pan heat ghee and sizzle-in coconut pieces, cashew nuts and raisin.

-> Once the coconut pieces are gold color add the cardamon powder and mix in with the payasam

Payasam is delicious hot or cold.
Try it with pappadam( My hubby loves it that way)

This is sent to the event this to Grammathu Kaimanam hosted by Shama Nagarajan

Monday, April 13, 2009

Deviled Eggs

One of my friends served us with these yummy devil eyed eggs. I just took one snap of it, was in real hurry to eat it. This is delicious starter and easy to make.


Eggs 6
Vinegar or Apple cider or Lemon juice
Soy sauce
Black salt
Garam masala
Red chili powder(optional)
Paprika or Pepper powder


1. Boil the eggs. Let it cool and peal.

2. Halve each egg and place the halves on a large plate and Scoop the yolks out into a bowl.

3. Cut up the yolks into small bits with a fork and add about 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise 2 or 3 tbs of vinegar or Apple cider or Lemon juice, soy sauce a drop or two, a pinch of black salt, 1/4 tsp of garam masala and salt to taste.(if you like it spicy add red chili powder too)

4. Stir up the filling! Taste it and adjust the proportions of the ingredients to your liking.

5. Using a spoon and a finger, scoop up some filling and scrape it into each of the yolk halves.

6. Sprinkle a pinch of paprika or pepper powder over each egg(paprika will look good because of its color)

You can change the quantity of the above ingredients as your likes or dislikes
You can use any ingredients other than the above mentioned that could suite your taste

This recipe is an entry for the event Recipes for the rest of us : Starters hosted by Sunshinemom

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Banana Boats

This is a new recipe for me...i was searching for some recipe with banana, this one was simple and its delicious. Can be a good desert or a evening snack for kids

Banana 4
Chocolate Chips 4 Tbs.
Marshmallows 5-6 cut to small pieces
Peanut Butter 4 Tbs.
Raisin 1/2 cup
Tinfoil to wrap the banana

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Without peeling the banana, cut off the stem and slit banana lengthwise one inch deep. Do not slice all the way through.

3. Spread peanut butter inside the banana slit, place marshmallows and chocolate chips inside banana.

4. Wrap entire banana in sheet of tinfoil until completely covered & bake the wrapped banana in the oven for ten minutes.

5. Unwrap the banana, let it cool for two minutes, and enjoy.

This recipe is an entry for the event Recipes for the rest of us : Starters hosted by Sunshinemom

Cooking Salmon in a Dishwasher

Did you know that you can cook in a dishwasher ?

Click on the image to see the recipe :)

Last week my dishwasher was giving out some trouble and i was checking out solutions form the net and I came across this information. Of course this is not a new news to many of you, but when i heard about it i was shocked. I couldn't imagine someone cooking in a dishwasher(has any one tried it), but that taught have been inside me for so long and now i am thinking why not cook in dishwasher, its totally different idea and its something between steam cooking and normal cooking. I don't know if i will really do it, just taught I will share this with you all & know what you think about this.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Nadan Varutharacha Meen Koottan (Kerala Style Fish Curry)

Fish....Almost every Malayali will love fish, no matter what. In my house we used to have a fish variety at least 4 or 5 days a week, yes i know that's almost all week :-). If my mom doesn't cook fish for some reason i would be so mad at her, i will keep asking till i finish my lunch or dinner. In Kerala we get lots of fresh fish where my mom makes different kinds of curries and fish fries, yum.... those were the days .....P~(drooling)

We make our fish curry in a chatti(utensil made of sand). The chatti in our home has a story to tell. The story that ends with, " Wives know better". When we went to Kerala last vacation, I mentioned that I would like to take a chatti back with me. My hubby had a big problem with that, and was making all kinds of excuses. He was confident that the chatti wouldn’t make it home in one piece. Thanks to my persistence, the chatti made it home with us. Guess what he wants to bring back next time Ha-ha..!!

I ran out of curry leaves, we use a lots of curry leaves too

Now to the fish. Fresh fish is hard to come by, unless you have a Chinese store with fresh fish. Indian stores have frozen fish , but some of them lose their taste when frozen. Back home, we have meen-karans ( fish monger) that brings fish right to your doorsteps. When I was a kid, they used to come on a cycle, with a basket of fish tied to the back of the cycle. They would honk their horns as a signal, and kids were often made to run out of the house to flag him down. Then my Grandmother would look and choose the fish, and sometimes neighbors all gather to discuss fish. If you had a cat, it would be close by, sniffing and rubbing against your legs, hoping to get some heads and tails.

In Kerala fish curry is prepared in lots of varieties. Recipes also differs from city to city. I have made one of them & now let's go on to the recipe.


  1. Fish 1 lb [ any fish cut to 1 1/2 ' piece]
  2. Ginger 1tbs
  3. Onion 1/3 cup
  4. Green chili as required
  5. Chili powder 1 tbs
  6. Turmeric 1/2 tbs
  7. Curry leaves
  8. Tamarind 1 tbs (or to the size of small Gooseberry(nellikka))
  9. Coconut 1/2 cup
  10. Coriander powder 2 tbs
  11. Chili powder 1/2 tsp
  12. Pearl onion 5 or 6

->In a hot pan fry coconut till light brown the add coriander powder, chili pearl onion and fry for few more minutes, then allow it to cool. Grind well to make a paste(The more it grinds the better it tastes).

-> Extract Tamarind Pulp.

-> In a Chatti add the rest of the ingredients from 1 to 7, the pulp and bring it to a boil.

-> Be very gently, stir the curry very carefully without breaking the pieces.

-> Once the fish is cooked, add the cocunut paste to it.

-> Once the sides starts to lather up/boil, take it of the stove.


The curry is good right off the stove, but the flavor intensifies after a day.

The curry can be left out in room temperature, especially in winter. Every night it is slightly warmed over the stove. During winter, our fish curry stays outside for atleast 3 days.

Coriander powder and coconut is omitted to increase shelf life.

Adding coconut oil over the fish curry after it is cooked can add a wonderful aroma, and I don’t recommend missing this step.

To serve : My favorite way is to eat this with rice. Also goes well with puttu and the perpetual favorite, kappa and meen.


This Recipe is an entry for the event Grammathu Kaimanam/Village Special Recipe Event - April 2009 hosted by Shama Nagarajan

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Spicy Sprout Wheat Dosa

This was just my trial dosa which every one liked. :D. I am not sure if this is already a common dosa that every one makes. For me it was new.


Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp(optional)
Onion 1/2 cup
curry leaves (chopped)
idly powder ( as required)
Sprout 1/2 cup
Wheat powder 1 1/2 cup
Salt (as required)
Oil (as required)


  • In a pot mixing bowl put the wheat powder, salt and water, mix thoroughly.
  • In a pan heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds.
  • Add onion,curry leaves fry till light gold brown.
  • Now add the onion, sprout to the bowl, and stir well.
  • Now pour in dosa in a non-stick pan with a spoon spatula.
  • Sprinkle two or three pinch(or as required) of idly powder on the dosa.
  • Once its cooked on one side, turn and cook on the other side.
  • Serve with chutney or as is.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Pav Baji

I got this recipe from one of my friend long time back. Haven't tried for long time too. Today i was in a mood to make something for tea and taught of this pav baji, I have added few ingredients too.


Tomatoes 3
Cooked mash potato 1
Onion 1
Carrot 1
Ghee 2 tbs (or any cooking oil)
ginger, garlic, green chili paste 1tbs
salt as required
cumin seeds 1tsp
chili powder 1tbs (as required)
Gharam maslal 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves

Optional ingrediants
Capsicum 1/2
Peas 1/2 cup


  • Wash the potatoes and cut them into 4 slices
  • Microwave the potatoes till you can pierce a knife smoothly into it.
  • Now peal & mash the potatoes.
  • Peal and chop the tomatoes.(see note below)
  • Chop the onions and capsicum finely and grate the carrots.
  • Heat ghee in a pan, splutter cumin seeds
  • Add chili powder, gharam masala, fry for few seconds
  • Add onion &capsicum, fry till light golden color.
  • Add ginger, garlic & green chili paste and fry till the raw smell fades.
  • Now add tomatoes and carrots, cook till they are soft.
  • Add mashed potatoes, salt and little water.
  • Cook till the gravy is thick.
Serve hot with buttered pavs, chopped onion, green chilies and lime slices.

Note :To peal tomatoes, make a cross on top of the tomato and pour hot water. Cover and keep aside for five minutes. The tomatoes can be easily peeled after that.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Potatoes Fry with Sprouts

Potato is a vegetable that every kid will love to eat in what ever way we cook. And sprouts are most difficult to feed. Sprouts are most nutritious food for everyone. It has proteins, vitamins, Amino acids, minerals and lot more. Sprouts are the best when consumed raw, but if at all you want to cook, do not over cook.


Potatoes 3
garlic 2 or 3 pods cut into small pieces
curry leaves
Termeric powder 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Fennel 1/4 tsp
Sprouts 1 cup
crushed nuts (soy, cashew, peanut)



  • Wash the potatoes and sprouts and let drain.

  • Cut the potatoes into large pieces and half cook in microwave.

  • Let it cool for some time and peal off the skin.

  • Now cut it into smaller cubes.

  • Heat the oil in a wide pan and splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves & garlic.

  • Add the potatoes to the pan.

  • Gently stir with a wooden or plastic spatula.

  • Once the sides are gently cooked, add the chili, turmeric and coriander powder and little salt to it.

  • Mix the masalas and let it cook for few seconds with occasional string.

  • Add the sprouts, the rest of the salt and cover , switch off the flame.

  • After 2 min, stir in the sprouts to the potato.

  • Garnish with the crushed nuts on top and serve.

If the kids dosent like to see the sprouts in the potato cut them into smaller pieces
and if they dont like to taste the raw sprouts cover cook for 2 more mins at the end so it will be well cooked. This is good with any rice verity.

I have entered this post for cooking for kids contest-potato event by sharmi

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thakkali Thokku

Tomato thokku is a delicious side dish. Indians will love to have a spicy lick with any meal. :).If you have 1 hour to make this, the thokku will come in handy on many occasions. Its a all purpose curry which can be used as a spread, a side dish and a gravy that can be mixed with rice .Every one can make this & its easy to make and can be stored.


Tomatoes 2lb
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Chili powder 2tbs
Tamarind Pulp 3tbs
Asafoetida powder 1/4 tsp
Fenugreek seeds 1/4 tsp
Oil 12 tbs
Mustard 2 tsp


->Wash the tomatoes and drain well

->Chop the tomatoes into fine pieces or blend them.

->Soak tamarind in water and extract the pulp.

->Dry roast the fenugreek seeds and crush it into powder.

->In a non-stick pot pan heat 6tbs of oil and splutter mustard seeds.

->Now add Asafoetida powder and tomatoes.

->Close and cook in low flame.

->Add tamarind when tomatoes are mushy.

->Add turmeric, chili powder and salt.

->Add fenugreek powder and remaining oil after the oil separates from tomato take it off the stove.

->Let it cool thoroughly.

This thokku is delicious with idly, dosa and also with rice.

Transfer the thokku to an air tight container and can be stored in refrigerator for almost month, and can be stored on shelve for 2 to 3 days.

You can also add garlic, green chili or use your imagination, any thing that blends with it will turn out yummy.

This recipe is an entry to
Meals on Wheels event hosted by Lakshmi

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