Friday, August 29, 2014

Easy Chakkuli

Ganesha Habba season again! Happy anniversary, blog!! wow, 2 years of blogging!! never thought I would stick this long :)
I thought of making and posting some sweet recipe, but then I saw this easy chakkuli recipe somebody posted for Krishnashtami and wanted to give it a try... desperately!!

My mom makes proper chakkulis, roasting the ingredients and getting them ground properly from a mill and all.. but I neither have the means nor the inclination of doing that anytime.. I am happy sticking to easy shortcuts :).. this is one such easy(compared to traditional) and tasty recipe.. 

I was keeping my fingers crossed, worrying what if it fails, but thankfully they turned out great - crunchy and very tasty.. Thank you Ganesha!!! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Poha Laddoo/Avalakki Laddoo

Laddoo in 10 mins! 

Enjoy your Krinshashtami with this yummy-licious, super duper easy ladoos.. 

what more can I say, the recipe speaks for itself... 

Happy Krishnashtami!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mango Ice Cream - Version 2

It’s summer!.. it’s mango season!.. and here is one more version of my favorite Mango Ice cream, only much much much easier... 

Mix everything and freeze - as simple as that! 

Taste wise, I still prefer my mom’s recipe.. but  texture wise this one’s definitely creamier... and it’s tasty too, just that you can only do so much about the preservative smell of the canned mango pulp.. if you don't want it, use fresh mango pulp

Here is the recipe - 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Avalakki Pakoda/Poha Pakoda

I refrain from making bajjis/pakodas at home, because so far I’ve only had 20% success rate! Either they end up too oily, or too thick, or too hard, or very elastic.. 
But the times they’ve come out good, they’ve come out really good. How? - raam jaane!

When I came across this pakoda recipe, it looked fairly easy and kind of gave me a sense that - what could possibly ever go wrong with such an easy recipe? So I tried.
But I was wrong.. it did go wrong :) 
It so happened that the pakoda split open inside the oil.. and when one opened, all others opened up one after another in series!!! but luckily it was not happening with every batch.. so I ended up putting only 4-6 for frying, when I could’ve put like 10-12, being very careful not to accidentally break it open while turning it in the oil. 

The taste was good! especially with green chutney! yum! yum! The poha in it gave it a nice crunch. Actually it tasted more like crunchy aloo tikki... 

Later that day my cousin, Shilpa, gave me a very useful tip, which has given me lots of hope to try it for next time. I’ll definitely try it and update here.. I’ve mentioned the tip below.

Do give it a try.. if not pakodas, they’ll make very tasty patties for burgers.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Eggless Chocolate Cake

Summer Vacations are here!!! *a meek yay*
I love my daughter and all, but let me be honest - entertaining a kid at home is no child's play!!! I am at the end of my tether. She treats me like her play date.. and I get bored after a long play of 1 min! what to dooo?!! 

Thankfully, her summer school is starting soon! Both mother, daughter are eagerly waiting for it :)

To keep her busy, I’ve been cooking with her in the kitchen.. 
Result = Madam wants to cook something special every day! 

I am a big fan of Archana’s kitchen.. She has some very detailed videos of her recipes. I’ve never tried her recipes before, but plan to do so in the future. 
Anyways, I was watching one of her videos on Eggless Chocolate Cake, when my daughter saw it and wanted to make it(now that she thinks cooking is easy!). The recipe uses flax meal as egg replacement. I have been wanting to try flax meal as an egg replacement for a long time now, but was too skeptical to experiment. But in this video there was a pretty good explanation, which made me confident. 

Since I had flax meal on hand, we started getting ready to bake.
Only after we started, I realized that all the measurements were in grams!! I am only used to measurements in cups. I looked for a converter online, but the results seemed bizarre. 
Now those who have experienced it know, what it is to back out of a promise from a little kid! So not wanting to face that, I kind of assumed the measurements and went ahead with the cake, keeping my fingers crossed. Thankfully, the cake turned out moist and good. It was little low on sweet, which suited my taste. My daughter didn’t seem to like it so much initially, but liked them more the next day. 

Here’s the recipe - 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sweet Corn Veg Soup

It’s taken longer than I wanted to put up a recipe here. The thing is, our whole family had a very bad viral flu few weeks back which kind of drained all our energy, mine more!  
It feels good to be normal again. It’s funny how you start valuing little things only when they are taken away from you. Right now, I’m extremely thankful to be able get out of bed and cook a decent meal, without feeling tired or dizzy. I’m thankful to be able to taste good food and to have come out of rice porridge diet.. 

Soups are godsend during these times(though I didn’t cook one when I was sick).
They are instant energy boosters. I love them all! I never knew sweet corn soup was so easy to prepare. This recipe can be prepared within 5 minutes, for real!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cabbage Paratha/Rotti

As promised, here is my next entry - Cabbage Paratha(or in my case Cabbage rotti). 

My daughter doesn’t like cabbage. But she liked this paratha without even realizing that there is cabbage in it! That’s a testimony in itself :)

Just like Avocado Parathas, the procedure for this paratha is also to mix everything and make, rather than stuff and make(which can get quite tedious, IMO). 

Because there is cabbage involved, the dough gets extremely soggy. So there is no need for any additional water. As an extra precaution, do not leave the batter to set after mixing for a long time. 

For me, despite taking all the precautions, the dough still turned out to be soggy! Then finally I ended up making them like rottis(procedure given below), instead of rolling them like parathas.

The taste was great! Procedure, fairly easy. 

Here’s how to make it -