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Thursday, August 30, 2007


Ingredients :
Tomato - 2 Large
Water - 4 Glass(1 1/2+2+1/2)
Pepper Powder - 1/2 Tbsp
Sugar - 1 Tbsp
Salt- As Per Taste
Cornflour - 1 1/2 Tbsp
Tomato Sauce - 1 Tbsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Bread Crisps - A Few

Method :
1) Wash and Chop the tomatoes.Add 1 1/2 glass water and chopped tomatoes in pressure cooker.Wait for 2-3 whistle and turn off the gas.
2) When cooled,transfer the contents in the cooker to a mixer plus add 2 glass of water and blend it properly.
3) Transfer the above mixture to a vessel and add pepper powder,sugar,salt and bring it to boil.
4) in 1/2 glass water add the cornflour and mix well to form a knot free solution.Add this solution to the soup and boil well.The soup will become little thick now.Remove the vessel from the stove.
5) Add the tomato sauce and butter,mix well.For the bread crisp,spread little butter or ghee on the bread and toast it well to be very crispy.Cut it in to bit size pieces.Serve the hot soup with the bread crisps on it.We get the restaurant slandered tomato soup :-)

This is my entry for the 'Fresh Produce of the Month' event hosted by Marta of An Italian in the US

Friday, August 24, 2007


Ingredients :
Basmati Rice - 2 Glass
Lemon Juice - 1 Small Lime / 1/2 Big lime
Salt - 1/2 Tsp

Green Chutney:
Grated Coconut - 1/2 Cup
Coriander Leaves - A Hand full
Green Chili - 2-3
Lemon juice - 1 small Lime
Salt - To Taste
Grind with out water,if needed 1-2 sp water can be added.And Keep aside.

For Masala:
Shrimp - 1/2 Pound (clean and washed)
Onion - 1 Big
Tomato - 1 Big
Chili Powder - 1 Tbsp
Turmeric - A Pinch
Salt - As per Taste
Ginger - Garlic paste - 1 Tbsp Each
Coriander Powder - 1 Tbsp
Ghee - 2-3 Tbsp
Oil - 2 Tbsp

Method :
1) Wash the rice well,add 3 1/2 glass water to it.Add salt and lemon juice,stir and prepare rice.
2) Prepare the above mentioned green chutney.It should be thick not watery.
3) Marinate the shrimp with chili powder,turmeric powder,salt,garlic paste and coriander powder.Keep it for sometime and fry in little ghee(i mixed little ghee +olive oil,to reduce the intake of ghee).Fry till the shrimp is 3/4 cooked and keep aside.
4) In a pan add ghee or little ghee+oil and fry onion well.Then add tomato,fry till the tomato becomes soft.Add chili powder,turmeric powder,salt,ginger- garlic paste and fry well,till oil separates.
5) In this mixture add the fried shrimp and fry well till there is no water content.
6) In a wide dish,spread the rice layer first,sprinkle some ghee on top.Put the chutney as the second layer and masala as the third layer.Sprinkle some ghee on top.Repeat this till the top most layer is rice.
7) Decorate with fried onions,nuts and coriander leaves.Cover the dish and bake for 10 minutes.That's it,the very tasty and much wanted Ribbon Rice is ready :-)

I think,Its named so b'coz of the 3 repeated colourful layers spread in the dish.Back home,they prepare this dish in cooker,so it will be like a 3 coloured ribbon kept spirally one upon the other.I guess, this is how this dish got this name.when u see the picture,the first thing comes into mind is biriyani,but actually while serving it, we have to cut like cake and serve, then u can see the 3 layers clearly.This dish was over with in no minute and forgot to take a good picture of it.This is the left over ribbon rice :-)

This is my entry for Neivedyam's JFI Rice hosted by Sharmi.

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Archana of Tried & Tested Recipes gave me two awards on Aug 16th.I don't know,what to express on this,I'm shocked,happy and motivated with the awards,which I never expected.I was so reluctant about this b'coz i don't know if I'm worth for this,that's why I took so many days to express this on my blog.I don't know what extraordinary work I have done to owe these awards!!! But Archana was sooo sweet to think that I'm worth this award.Thanks a ton Archana.So sweet of you :-)

I humbly accept these two awards.Thanks again Archana :-)

The Power of Schmooze Award is for bloggers who “effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship.”

As is the tradition,I would like to pass these awards to few I know.

shaheen of Malluspice
Asha of Foodie Shope
Annita of My Treasure..My Pleasure
Meeta of Whats For Lunch Honey?
Seena of Simple and Delicious
Pravs of Simply Spicy

Seena of Simple and Delicious
Pravs of Simply Spicy
Asha of Foodie Shope
Priar's of Sena's Rasoi
Suganya of Tasty Palettes

I celebrated this moment with a glass of Avocado milk shake that day :-) .Cheers to me and my blog....:-) Here the recipe goes...


Ingredients :
Avocado fruit(ripe) - 1 Big / 2-3 Small
Skim Milk - 1 1/2 Cup
Sugar - 1/2 Cup (According to your taste)
Crushed Cardamom - 1-2 Pinch
Nuts - 1 Tbsp

Method :
1) Cut the Avocado in to two,scoop out into a blender,add sugar,milk,cardamom and blend it smooth.
2) Check the taste,add anything if needed,if you want the shake to be more thin,add some more milk.At last add the nuts and run the blender to just crush the nuts,so that you get the crushed nuts in between the milkshake.That's it,yummy Avocado milkshake is ready.

This is my entry for WFLH's Monthly Mingle for the theme "Liquid Dreams" hosted by Meeta.

Thursday, August 16, 2007


Ingredients :
Vanilla Sponge Cake - 1
Pistachio mousse - 750 grams
Gulab Jamuns - 20
Pistachios(Thinly sliced) for garnish - 60 grams
Sugar Syrup - 1- 1/2 cups
For The Mousse :
Pistachios(blanched and pureed) - 200 grams
Sugar - 200 grams
Unflavoured Gelatin - 15 grams
Lemon Juice - 15 ml Egg Whites - 2
Whipping Cream - 400 grams
Pistachio Nuts(Chopped) - 30 grams
Method :

For Mousse :
1) Blanch pistachio in boiling hot water.Grind with little water to make puree.combine pistachio puree with sugar in a medium bowl.
2) Soften gelatin in lemon juice,stir into dissolve over hot water.Stir into puree.
3) Beat egg whites until foamy and add to puree.Place mixture in freezer.When partially frozen,for about 45-60 minutes,beat in a food processor or blender until pale in colour.
4) Transfer to bowl.Whip one cup of cream and fold into mixture.Add the chopped pistachios.

For Assembly :
1) Slice the vanilla sponge cake in to two layers.I prepared the cake from scratch,you may prepare at home or buy from shop.
2) Soak the lower layer with sugar syrup.Place gulab jamun cut into half to cover the whole layer as shown in the picture.

3) Cover with pistachio mousse and level,before placing the second layer repeat the process and finish off with a sprinkle of chopped pistachios and decorate however you wish.The yummy Gulab Jamun 'n' Pistachio mousse cake is ready.

This is a perfect treat for those who have a sweet tooth.This Indo-Western combinations are sure to be a hit at all social soirees.

This is my entry for SHF #34 for the theme "Going Local" hosted by the "The Passionate Cook".I prepared this lovely cake for my son's birthday and for the SHF.

Monday, August 13, 2007


Ingredients :
Plantains(steamed until soft) - 12 Ounces
Mashed Potatoes - 1 1/2 Cups
Chat Masala Powder - 1 Tsp
Coriander Seed(Toasted & ground) - 1 Tsp
Salt - As Required
Ginger(finely chopped) - 3/4 Inch
Chopped Cilantro - 1 Heaped Tbsp
Green Chilies(finely chopped) - 2
Cornstarch - 1 Heaped Tbsp
Fine Wheat Vermicelli(broken into small pieces) - 4 Ounce
Oil - For deep frying

Method :
1) Grate the steamed plantains,then combine with the potatoes and all other ingredients except vermicelli and oil.Mix well.
2) Shape into balls and roll in the vermicelli,pressing to make sure the vermicelli adheres.
3) Heat oil and deep fry the balls until golden brown.Drain and serve with Mint and cilantro chutney or ketchup.

I have done one change while preparing this dish.As I was not having vermicelli at home that day,I used rice sticks instead.But with vermicelli it will taste and look great.So the next time I prepare this snack with vermicelli,I will be replacing these pictures :-) This is a new dish to me,I never thought of preparing such a snack with raw plantain.I will make it again and again.
This recipe is from the book "The food Of Asia" by Kong Foong Ling.Great Recipe collection from through out Asia :-)

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


This is my entry for Weekend Cookbook Challenge(WCC) #19,for the theme A Dinner and A DVD,hosted by Sara.This was our dinner and watched a DVD of Big B(Malayalam Movie) ;-)This dish is from Easy Indian Cooking by suneeta Vaswani.

Ingredient :
Olive Oil - 1 Tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 Tsp
Minced Peeled Ginger root - 2 Tsp
Minced Garlic - 2 Tsp
Chopped Onions - 1 1/2 Cups
Chopped Tomatoes - 3 Cups
Salt - To Taste
Butter - 2 Tbsp
Milk(warmed) - 1 Cup
All Purpose Flour - 3 Tbsp
Shredded cheddar cheese,divided - 1/2 Cup
Cayenne Pepper(optional) / Pepper Powder - 1/2 - 1 tsp
Elbow Macaroni / Any of your choice (cooked) - 1 Cup
Tomato sliced - 1

Method :
1) In a saucepan,heat oil over medium heat.Saute cumin,ginger and garlic for 1 minute.Add onions and cook until translucent for 6-8 minutes.
2)Add tomatoes and salt.Mix well.cook,covered,over medium-low heat until tomatoes break down,5-7 minutes.Mash with back of spoon.Set aside.
3) In another saucepan,melt butter over medium-low heat.Remove from heat and whisk in flour.Add milk in a slow stream,whisking continuously to make a smooth mixture.Return to medium heat and cook,stirring continuously,until sauce is thick,5-7 minutes.
4) Stir in 1/4 cup of the cheese until melted.Stir in a cayenne pepper or regular pepper.Add tomato masala and mix well.Stir in macaroni.
5) Pour mixture in to a baking dish,sprayed vegetable oil.Arrange tomato slices on top.Sprinkle remaining cheese and some pepper powder evenly on top.
6) Bake in 375 degree F until top is bubbly and lightly browned,25-30 minutes.

As there is no spice added except pepper powder,adjust the taste according to your spice level.As you can see ,I have not used much of cheese here.For those who love cheese can use the specified cheese quantity or more on the topping.

Thursday, August 02, 2007


Ingredients :
Unsalted butter, softened - 2/3 cup
Brown sugar - 1 1/2 cups
Eggs, separated - 2 large
Mashed banana (about 2 large) - 3/4 cup
Pure vanilla extract - 1 Tsp
Yogurt- 1/4 cup
All-purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Salt - A Pinch
Baking soda - 1 Tsp
Toasted chopped pecans or walnuts - 1 cup

Method :
1) Preheat the oven to 325 F. Heavily butter a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and set aside.
2) In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter with the brown sugar until it is smooth. Beat in two egg yolks (reserve the whites). On slow speed, add the mashed banana, vanilla, and Yogurt.
3) In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda to combine. Add to the batter, mixing slowly to just combine; do not over-mix. Stir in the nuts.
4) In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff, but not dry, peaks. Add the beaten whites to the cake batter and stir to lighten.
5)Transfer the cake batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean and the edges of the cake have pulled away from the pan, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares.