Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Healthy Aloe vera jelly

Healthy Aloe vera jelly..
make juice out of aloe vera pulp, mix with china grass dissolved in hot water, add flavoured syrup, I used rose syrup n cherries, set in fridge... enjoy healthy yummy aloe vera jelly!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tips on how to make the best idlis and dosas


  • For the best idlis that turn out light as cotton wool, try using what is sold as Salem rice.This rice used in a 1:3.5 proportion with udad dal, makes the best idlis.
  • The second tip is to aerate the batter really well with your hand for at least 10 mins after it comes out of the mixer.
  •  And the final one is not to mix the batter in the morning before ladling it out onto the idli stand...you do that and all the carefully built up air is lost and the idlis will never be the same. 



Crispness for dosas - a little bit of besan added to the batter or a couple of tbsps of soaked chana dal added to the rest of the ingredients gives it a nice crisp.


Sugar and methi seeds in the dosa batter gives the dosa it's golden colour. For masala dosa Soak 3 cups Sona masuri rice, 1cup urad dhal,1/2 cup toor dhal, a handful of channa dal and beten rice each,a tsp of methi seeds. Grind and add salt and sugar to the batter .


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Onion/ pyaaz/ kanda

Did you know onion belongs to the Lily family botanically speaking? Its scientific name is Allium Cepa.

Onion is used to give bulk in gravies in many dishes. It gives an excellent taste but onion has a limitation. The foods in which it is used get spoilt quickly owing to creation of moisture.

 Onions once cut or made into a paste start spoiling quickly, so must be used immediately. Some people 'immerse' it in turmeric powder but may not be a foolproof solution.
 Even with this it is difficult to preserve it for long.

Onion has medicinal uses too! It is used in eye drops for curing cataract.


Onion

Chocolate cake

Ingredients:

Eggs 4
Baking powder 5gms
Vanilla Essence 1tsp
Cocoa powder 175gms
Butter 125 gms
Castor sugar/Powdered Sugar 130 gms
Maida 100gms

Method:
Sift maida with cocoa powder with baking powder.
Beat sugar and butter, add eggs to this and beat again.
Add 2 tbsp flour mixture and beat. Repeat adding and beating till the batter is ready and falls with ribbon consistency.
Bake in a preheated oven or cooker till an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean

Kitchen blunder -burnt cake

After ages I was trying baking a cake in a pressure cooker instead of my convection microwave oven.
I was really lazy to do anything but desperately wanted to have a home baked cake.

Given that I was not in a state to bake a cake and forgotten how to use the pressure cooker the cake was bound to go wrong and it did because I increased the heat to max much before I place the batter in and it remained high through out thus burning the outer part with and uncooked inside!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Egg burji in less than 10 minutes

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1sprig fresh methi leaves
2-3 dry red chillies(according to your preference)
1/2 inch ginger
3 pods garlic
1 1/2 tbsp oil

Steps
Blend chillies, methi, ginger and garlic to coarse paste
Heat the oil in a pan and add the spice paste to the oil
Let the spices get cooked
Break the eggs in the pan and cook till the eggs are done
Serve with chapati/roti