Thursday, March 31, 2011

Brownies cupcakes

 I just love to bake....!!!  I have a blog dedicated to baking home of cupcakes. I am reposting this post from my home of cupcakes blog.  As I baked them once again.....its just to lovely...!!

I am also sending this post to Divya's blog where she is conducting a month long brownie celebrations...!!

  • 200 grams of butter
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa ( i used only 3/4 qty of cocoa and rest with flour)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 heaped cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of chopped cashew nuts
Method :
  1. Cut the butter into pieces.
  2. Place the butter into large pan. Add heat it.
  3. Once melt turn off the heat.
  4. Add sugar and mix well.
  5. Add cocoa when it is warm and let it blend.
  6. Let it cool.
  7. Beat the eggs lightly and add into it.
  8. Add vanilla essence.
  9. Mix in flour and cashew nuts.
  10. Preheat the oven to 175C.
  11. Pour into cupcakes liners.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes.  When a toothpick inserted comes out clean the it is done.
  13. Remove the cupcakes brownies and cool.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Prawns Kaka Roti

I am posting this for an event a blogger Magpiesrecipes is hosting. so here this goes to Kerala kitchen. Thanx for hosting such a event. I may be a bit late to post... n this is due to todays's match...!!!

As for the dish... its something we enjoy... the coconut gravy with the pindi( We call it pindi no idea what others call...). 

(Steamed rice dumplings in prawn gravy)

For the rice pindi

2 cups parboiled ponni rice
1 cup of ammis rice powder
3/4  onion
1 tsp fennel seeds
4 tbsp coconut

For the gravy

1/2 kg prawns
3/4 cup coconut
1/4 tsp small jeera
1 onion
1/2 tomato
4 green chilles
1 tsp corinader powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
3 tbsp coriander leaves
2 tbsp oil

To make the pindi:
Soak the rice in hot water for 30 minutes.
Grind it to a coarse paste.
Add the fennel seed,, coconut and onion and just grind it until all is mixed.
But Not a fine smooth paste.
In a large bowl add the rice powder and rice paste.
Knead it .
The rice dough should not be too sticky.
Keep aside for 20 minutes.
Make small balls and steam it in a steamer.

To make the gravy:
Roast the coconut with salt, small jeera, 1/2 onion,  1tsp coriander powder and few curry leaves until light brown.
Once cooled , grind the coconut mix with 1/2 cup water to a fine paste.
Keep it aside.

Heat oil in a deep big pan.
Add onion and tomato  and saute until soft.
Then add green chillies, tumeric, red chillie powder and coriander leaves
Add prawns, 1/4 cup water and cover the lid  cook until prawns are cooked.
Then add coconut paste and boil just once.

Once the pindi is cooled , add them to the gravy.
Warm it until all is mixed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rava Puttu

365 days .... for morning breakfast... this is something you will find it at my grandma's house. I enjoy having with sugar and fried kerala banana.  I bet that's a deadly combination....!!!

1/2 coconut
200 grams fine rava
salt to taste.

Roast rava lightly, without turning it into brownish.
Remove and cool.
Grate the coconut.
sprinkle salted water and mix till it looks like bread crumbs.

Heat water in the 'Puttu Vessel'.(The 'puttu'- or steamed rava cake : vessel is fitted with the 'Kutti' { a cylindrical contraption} at its mouth. The half filled water in the main vessel is boiled and the steam escapes through the 'Kutti', threaby cooking the puttu)

Sprinkle little grated coconut in the 'Puttu Kutti' and put two handfuls of the preapread rava.
Again sprinkle coconut and rava in two layers.
Keep it in the vessel and cover with the lid.
Cook till steam comes out.
Remove the 'Kutti' from the vessel till steam comes out.
Remove the 'kutti' from the vessel and push out the contents to a plate.

Serve hot with sugar and plantain or stew.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Baked Alaska

This is one of my first dessert , I learnt it from one of my aunties. I learnt it when I was in collage. .... and still remember the mess I made...!!!!!
There are many ways to make Alaska. This is my way.

1 basic recipe sponge cake, ( the recipe I used for the cake is linked)  baked in a 10 inches round tin.
1 litre vanilla ice cream
1 tin mixed fruit tin.
5 egg whites + 10 tbsp fine sugar

Make sponge cake and cool.
Cut horixontally  1/3 of the cake from top and keep aside.
Keep a steel plate upside down and cover it with foil and place the 2/3rd part of the cake on top.
Fill the center of the cake with fruits.
Cover the ice cream with the 1/3 of the cake.
Beat the egg whites till soft peaks form, then add 1 tbsp sugar at a time  and beat to a smooth, glossy meringue.
Spread the meringue on top of the cake.
Sprinkle fine sugar on top.
Preheat the oven to 220C and bake for 5 to 10 minutes until the meringue is light brown.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Meen Mulakittathu

(chili-hot fish curry)

Meen Mulakittathu is usually prepared with rice. This is one of the side dishes for a typical plain rice at Malabar or coastal Karnataka. The way it is prepared may differ from home to home . 

Usually Mackerel or Sardines  fish is used to make this but I did not have either of them , I used King fish.

4 mackerel or sardines or king fish
6 small onions
6 cloves garlic
1 tomato
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Small ball  of tamarind
1/2 tsp mustard
1 tsp fenugreek
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 springs of curry leaves
salt to taste

Clean and remove the heads of the fish and wash well.
Chop the onion and green chillies
Crush the garlic.
Soak the tamarind in a little water and squeeze out the juice.
Chop the tomato.
Heat the oil.
Add mustard.
When it starts to crackle, add the fenugreek, onion, green chilli's and garlic.
Fry for a few seconds.
Add chili powder, turmeric powder and tamarind water.
Simmer for a few minutes. 
Add the fish, curry leaves and salt.
Cook till the fish is done.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Meen Porichathu

(Fish fry)

     We call the fish as Meen.
Fish fry is something which used to be included in our day to day lunch. May be coming from a coastal region  that must have been a  practice....:) Now I fry them once a week. 

Here I used ready mix masala , this comes handy when u r in hurry...!!

  • 4 black pomfret fish
  • 4 tsp of eastern fish masala powder or ( mix of 2 tbsp chillie powder, 1tsp of coriander powder and a pinch turmeric powder)
  • 1 tbsp of tamarind water
  • salt
  • coconut oil  for frying
Clean , cut and wash the fish.
Mix the masala powder with tamarind water and salt.
Apply to the fish and put it aside for some  time.
Shallow fry in oil and remove

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Veg n Egg Fried Rice

When you look out for fried rice ... you end up getting confused to which one do you choose. I have my way which is quick n easy. This recipe is quite easy n don't follow the actual fried rice recipe. I used mixed frozen vegetables since I needed to make in 15 minutes.

  • 1 cup basamti rice or leaf over ghee rice 
  • 1/4 cup mixed vegetables
  • 1 tbsp ginger chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp green chillies chopped
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp each pepper n salt

Heat oil in a wok and add ginger, garlic n chillies chopped. 
Toss and fry for 2-3 minutes.
Then add the boiled and drained vegetables.
Saute it for few minutes.
Add egg, salt and pepper and stir in continunely to scramble it till it is cooked and dry.
Add soya sauce and rice .
Mix it well, if needed add salt n pepper. 
Combine all well.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Chicken Sukha

Chicken sukha was something I was missing coming from a place mangalore. My friend gave me the recipe , the proper long way... I wanted to make it something quick and but still have the taste of chicken sukha. I was also lazy to saute onion , so here I ended up with my version of sukha.


  • 1/2 chicken
  • 1 onion large chopped
  • 1/2 tomato chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger n garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 3 tsp coriander 
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp or more coconut oil

Grind the chopped onion, tomato, ginger and garlic. 
Boil the chicken with 1/2 cup water,coriander powder, the grind mix and coconut.
Add coriander leaves and gram masala.
Cook till the water is absorbed.
Add the oil and fry for few minutes.


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