Archive for December, 2009

After much thought, I decided to name this little treats as “cinnamon sugar puff pastry bites”.I made this as a evening snack for my niece and a friend’s son and it was all over even before I knew it.One of the easiest snack for kids that can be made in just 15 minutes and tastes just yum.
Puff pastry sheets-1 sheet
Water-1-2 table spoom
Cinnamon powder-1 table spoon
Sugar-1/2 cup
Honey-for drizzling
1.Thaw the puff pastry sheet and once thawed,unfold in a lightly flavoured surface and cut into sqaures.I did not really bother about the size of the sqaure, all that mattered to me was cut them into uniform sqaures.
2.Brush each sqaure with egg wash ( egg and water mixed) and arrange them on a baking tray
3.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bake them for 15 minutes or until the pastry starts becoming golden brown.
4.Take a ziplock bag and mix cinnamon powder and sugar and shake them well.Take a second to inhale the aroma- it is just so good.
5.Once the pastires are baked, take them out and drop them in to the ziplock bag right when they are hot and shake them so that the cinnamon sugar mixture coats the pastries.
6.Arrange the pastries on a serving platter and drizzle honey on top of them. Serve warm.

Makes:about 25 pastries

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!
Wishing you all very H A P P Y  N E W   Y E A R !!!

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Cabbage Subzi

Shredded cabbage-2 cups
Finely chopped Onion-1
Tomato, finely chopped-1
Green peas-1/4 cup
Ginger garlic paste- 1 -2 tea spoon
Turmeric powder-1 tea spoon
Chilli powder-1 tea spoon
Cumin seeds-1 tea spoon
Green chillies-3-4 chopped
Garam masala-1 tea spoon
Oil-3 -4 table spoon
1.Heat oil in a kadai,splutter green chillies and cumin seeds.
2.Fry onions until pink, add ginger garlic paste and tomatoes and fry until pulp.
3.Add shredded cabbage,green peas, turmeric powder,chilli powder and garam masala and salt
4.Add little water if necessary and mix everything well such that the spice powders coats the veggies.Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes.
5.Reduce flame and cook open for a couple of more minutes and switch off.
6.Serve with rotis/ chappathis.


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Mint leaves-1 bunch

Garlic cloves-3

Dried red chillies-4

Bengal gram -1 table spoon

Split chickpeas-1-2 table spoon


Oil-2 table spoon

Curry leaves, mustard seeds- for seasoning


1.Pour oil in a wok and when hot enough,fry bengal gram, red chillies,garlic and mint leaves until the water in th leaves give away. Remove he wok from fire and cool.

2.Blend the fried mixture along with split chick peas and salt adding water to get a desired dip like consistency.

3.Transfer to a serving dish and season with curry leaves and mustard seeds.Serve with Idli/Dosa/steamed rice.


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This snack is born out of a frantic search into the refrigerator and on finding loads of dosa batter left.Its no secret that TH loves fried stuff and I couldnt have any better reason to make this snack.


Dosa batter-2 cups

Rava/Semolina-1/2 to 3/4 cup cup

Chopped green chillies-5-6

Chopped ginger-1 1/2 tea spoon

Curry leaves- a few, crushed

Shredded cabbage-1/4 cup

Finely chopped onion-1/4 cup


Oil-for deep frying


1.Mix all the ingredients listed with salt and required amount of water.Make small balls out of it and set aside.

2.Heat oil a kadai and when hot, fry the hand made balls one by one,

3.Serve hot with chutney/ tea or simply munch along like what TH did.

Makes: about 25 vadas

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Ok before I go to the recipe, I did a little cheating here..Never added malai/ heavy cream. But, but…the kofta curry without the cream was equally tasty.I swear I couldnt spot the absence of malai.Read on to know how..




Beans-20 numbers


Green peas-1/4 cup

Onion-1, big

Corn flour-2 table spoon

Bread crumbs-2 table spoon

Ginger-1 inch piece

Garlic flakes-10

Cinnamon stick-1



Turmeric powder-1 tea spoon

Corriander powder-1  1/2 tea spoon

Chilli powder-1 1/2 tea spoon

Ghee/oil-3 table spoon

Oil-for deep frying

To grind:

Cashew nuts-1/4 cup

Poppy seeds-1 table spoon


1.Cut the onion into thin long pieces.Blanch tomatoes in hot water, remove the skin and make into a paste.

2.Cut all the veggies finely and steam them in a pressure cooker.When it cools completely,add corn flour, bread crumbs, salt and chilli powder.

3.Mash the veggie mixture with hands and make small balls out of it.Deep fry these veggie balls and set aside.

4.Make a paste of ginger and garlic.

5.Heat ghee/ oil in a pan, add cinnamon, cloves and then the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.

6.Add onions and fry until brown.When the onions turn golden brown, add turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt,corriander powder and the tomato puree.

7.Cook for a few minutes and mix ground cashews and poppy to this mixture.

8.Add little water if necessary and make into a thick gravy.

9.Cook for 5-10 minutes and remove from fire.

10.Arrange koftas in a serving dish and pour the hot gravy on top and sprinkle finely chopped corriander leaves.

Makes:about 15 koftas

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I had loads of peanuts at home and was wondering what to do with them. Co-incidentally, we were out shopping last weekend and we saw a guy selling kettle corn-the slightly salt sweet ones and the caramel ones.Idea!!! I wanted to make some candied peanuts .I googled and found this life saver.I simply followed the recipe step by step and though a little time consuming, the result was absolutely worth it all.I simply couldnt stop popping them.

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cotton tops-check
sunscreen lotion-check
flight tickets-check
Maha excitement-check

We are off to Florida for a weeks vacation.See you all on the other side after am back.But for now, am kickstarting “Tried & Tasted” from the partners in crime’s blogs.It makes my work all the more easier, as all the measurements are already there and all I need to do is follow the recipe religiously.The first one to find its hall of fame is Lubna’s Qubooli.Its the best rice dish one can ask for when you dont have much veggies left at home..all thats needed is onions and chana dal.How easy can that be?It tasted just yummy.Check out her space for the recipe.My end , I will just leave a picture of the outcome.

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