Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Hyderabadi Chicken haleem



Hyderabadi Haleem is an authentic and traditional Ramadan delicacy served during Iftar after breaking the fast. This dish has got all the nutritions that one requires after  fasting the whole day. Haleem is a delicacy, which you can never miss if you ever want a taste of Hyderabad food. the traditional haleem is a must try dish in one's life.  In recognition of its cultural significance and popularity, in 2010 it was granted Geographic indication status (GIS) by the Indian GIS Registry Office making it the first non vegetarian dish in India to receive the status.


Haleem is a stew composed of meat, different varieties of lentils, spices which is made into a thick.paste. Traditionally this haleem is cooked on a low flame for about 12 hours and two people are required to stir the haleem using a wooden paddle. It is made by adding loads of ghee to make it richer, but at home we can add as we want. In Hyderabad, Pista house is famous for haleem. When we were in Bangalore, we used to order haleem from Hyderabad Pista house and would get our share within a day. In Andhra, almost all the people who are fasting will make this dish and during one fasting time, I tasted this dish when my neighbors prepared and instantly fell in love with this dish. Every year one time during fasting, I would make this dish as my daughter and my husband love this.



I have posted one haleem dish before in my blog, But that only has broken wheat and chicken. Over the years I tried different versions and here I am today with the most authentic version, but I have added less ghee and also a less time consuming version.  Here I have blended everything using an electric hand blender, you can also use a hand masher. This is a dish which is packed with full of proteins and one of the best delicacies to be eaten during the month of Ramadan. With a dash of lemon juice, will bring out the flavors in this dish. Hope you will try this dish and please let me know.



 Ingredients:
For the Chicken:

  1. Boneless Chicken- 1lb
  2. Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbsp
  3. Red chili powder- 1 tbsp
  4. Cumin Powder- 1 tsp
  5. Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tbsp
  6. Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
  7. Garam Masala Powder- 1 tbsp
  8. Chopped Coriander Leaves- a bunch
  9. Onions(sliced)- 1no
  10. Lemon Juice- 1 tbsp
  11. salt- as required

Pulses:

  1. Broken Wheat- 2 Cups
  2. Urad dal/ Black Gram - 2 tbsp
  3. Chana Dal/ Split Chick peas- 2tbsp
  4. Toor Dal/ Split Pigeon Peas- 2 tbsp
  5. Moong Dal/ Yellow Split lentil- 2 tbsp
  6. Water- 4 Cups
  7. Salt- as required
  8. For assembling:
  9. Red Chili powder-1 tbsp
  10. Garam Masala Powder- 1 tsp
  11. Pepper powder- 1 tsp

For Frying:

  1. Oil- 1 tbsp
  2. Onions- 1/2 no
  3. Lemon Juice- 1 tbsp

Garnish:

  1. Coriander leaves

Method for preparing chicken:

  • Put all the ingredients required for the chicken in a pressure cooker and cook on a low flame for almost an hour.

Method for pulses:

  • Soak the pulses for 3-4 hours.
  • Pressure cook all the ingredients under pulses and cook well for almost an hour on a low flame.

Method for assembling:

  • Blend the cooked chicken well using a hand blender.
  • Add this chicken mixture to the cooked pulses and blend well so that everything gets mixed thoroughly. Cook on a low flame. Add little water if required.
  • Add the red chili powder, Garam masala powder, pepper powder and salt if required. Mix well. Switch off the flame after 15 minutes.
  • Fry the onions to golden brown, keep it aside.
  • Garnish the haleem using fried onions, lemon juice, coriander leaves and a table spoon of ghee. Enjoy hot and delicious haleem.








Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Sharjah Shake- An Authentic Kerala Smoothie...


Sharjah shake is not a drink from Sharjah but it is one of the favorite drinks of my native state Kerala, India. It is a drink loved by almost all Keralites. Sharjah shake is originated from Calicut in Kerala. Whenever I visit my home town, I make sure I don't miss this shake and will have frequently. We love this shake a lot. In Kerala, almost every juice shop,  this is available. Now more new flavors and ingredients are added to this shake but I like the simple, original one which has a malt flavor. A perfect drink among guests and family.


For a simple Sharjah shake the key ingredients are ripe bananas, horlicks/boost, nuts that is combined to a perfect, delicious, tasty Sharjah shake. This just takes less than 10 minutes and will be a super hit. As bananas are the base of this drink, this will be thick and sweet. It is quite filling. If we want we can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, here I didn't as I wanted it plain. I am warning you this is very ADDICTIVE!!!! As Ramadan fasting is going on, we like to drink different juices while breaking the fast and so this is one among and will always love this.


To get the authentic milk shake parlor version, freeze the milk and break into chunks and blend with other ingredients. There are countless variations in the making of this shake, but this is mine and very flexible. Please try this and let me know.
Ingredients:

  1. Frozen Milk- 2 Cups
  2. Ripe Bananas- 1 large/ 2 small
  3. Horlicks/ Boost- 2 tbsp
  4. Sugar- 1 tbsp(optional)
  5. Cashew nuts- 4 nos

Method:

  • Blend together all the ingredients and pour in a tall glass top it with roasted cashew nuts and vanilla ice cream.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Prawns Idli




As Ramadan month is going on, some days I will get some ideas of trying variety dishes for us to eat during breaking fast. In US as the sunset is at 8 pm, we eat  dinner as soon as we break the fast (after prayer). We prefer to eat some breakfast item, rather than rice during that time as by drinking a cup of water itself, we will be full.





As my daughter who is fasting along with us, I have to think of different ideas for her to eat. As she is a big prawn lover, I decide to try making idli filled with prawns. When I searched in google, there are not many blogs with this dish, so I decided to give it a try and prepared the prawns roast like how I usually make and added a tbsp of the roast to the idli batter in each mold. This was a super hit at my place and so a new dish is formed. As prawns take less than 3 minutes to cook, it is really easy to make. Try this out and please let me know how it turned. For the idli batter recipe, follow my dosa post. The preparation for the idli and dosa batter are same only the consistency varies.



Ingredients:


Prawns Roast:

  1. Prawns- 2 cups
  2. Onions (Chopped)- 1 no
  3. Tomatoes (chopped)- 1 no
  4. Chopped Green Chillies- 2 nos
  5. Ginger- garlic Paste- 1 tbsp
  6. Red Chili Powder- 1/2 tbsp
  7. Turmeric Powder- 1 tsp
  8. Tamarind Extract- 1 tbsp
  9. Oil- 1tbsp
  10. Mustard Seeds- 1 tsp
  11. Cumin Seeds- 1 tsp
  12. Salt- as required

Method for Prawns Roast:

  1. Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, when the splutter, add the chopped onions, stir well.
  2. When they turn translucent add the ginger- garlic paste,  chopped tomatoes, stir well. Add the red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix for a minute. Add the chopped prawns along with tamarind extract. Mix well and close with a lid and let it cook for 2- 3 minutes.
  3. Switch off the flame.

Method for Prawns Idli:

  • Oil the idli plates and pour a ladle full of idli batter, top with a tbsp of the prawns roast and repeat till done on all the idli molds.
  • Steam the idlis till done and enjoy with sambar or chutney.




Saturday, April 25, 2020

Best Chocolate Babka Recipe



The first time I heard about Babka was at my friend's place during Christmas. It was store bought and I tasted it for the first time and fell in love with the layers of chocolate and dough, which was a perfectly amazing combination. From then on it was in my mind that I should make this chocolate babka one day. But the process seemed tiring so where ever I found babka, I used to buy.



My kids love this and so I thought this is the best time while staying at home, to make the kids involved in baking and so here am today with this babka post. They enjoyed melting the chocolate, spreading the filling on the dough and last but not least licking the bowl of filling.


Babka is a sweet buttery yeast bread which has swirls of chocolate running through the layers. Those swirls pull apart into delectable, irresistible layers.We can make it the same day. But usually it is made in two days, to proof the dough and to bake the dough. The process of making babka is not difficult but it is time consuming.




With the measurements I gave we can make two big loaves of babka, but I made it into a huge one. This is a hit in my family. I am assuring that this will be everyones favorite dessert. Hope you will try this and let me know how this turned.




Ingredients:

  1. All Purpose Flour- 2 Cups
  2. Egg- 1
  3. Yeast- 1 1/2 tbsp
  4. Sugar- 1 tbsp
  5. Salt- as required
  6. Milk- 1 Cup
  7. Butter- 4 tbsp

Chocolate Filling:

  1. Chocolate Chips- 1 1/2Cup
  2. Butter- 4 tbsp
  3. Cocoa Powder-3tbsp

Method:

  1. In a stand mixer, drop all purpose flour, egg, sugar, yeast, salt and milk. Mix on low speed until mixture comes together, scraping down the edges add the butter 1tbsp at a time until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and knead the dough for about 10 minutes. We will get a soft dough.
  2. Place this dough in a well oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and keep this overnight in refrigerator.
  3. The next day remove the dough and prepare the chocolate filling.
  4. meanwhile line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease with oil. Keep this aside till everything gets ready.
  5. Place the butter, chocolate chips, cocoa powder and melt on a low flame. Stir in between. Once the chocolate chips start melting take it off from the stove and stir well till everything gets melted well.
  6. On a floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle. Spread the chocolate filling evenly on the surface and start rolling tightly from the closest end. Cut the roll lengthwise into half, dividing the log into two long even halves, with the layers of dough and filling visible.
  7. Cross the one half over the other and holding one end of the dough in each hand, start twisting tightly and nestle into the prepared tray.
  8. Keep this covered for about 30 minutes and meanwhile preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Place the proofed dough into the oven and bake for 30- 40 minutes or a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  10. When done, take it out and let it cool and cut into desired pieces and enjoy with evening tea.





Sunday, April 12, 2020

Double Chocolate Fudgy Brownies



As nowadays the kids are at home because of quarantine , they want something to eat all the time. I am running out of ideas. Daily I will be googling for new snack ideas and recipes. I got the idea of making brownies as the zoom classes are going on and my son's teacher told him to do a "show and tell" session, where they can make something on their own and show it to their classmates.



I got the idea of making brownies along with him as he likes to cook along with me. He added all the ingredients in the bowl and I mixed and made the yummy, delicious brownies, which require only few ingredients within less time. He enjoys cooking/ baking along with me. When am cooking, he sits on the side to get a better view of what am adding in the dish and asks me the names of the ingredients that goes in the dish.




Here am today with a new post of these brownies, which can be made with your kids during the #stayathome times. They will enjoy it. The name as double chocolate brownies are because, we are adding chocolate in two different ways in the recipe. I hope you will try this recipe and please let me know how it turned out.


Ingredients:

  1. Melted Butter- 1/2 Cup
  2. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder- 1/2 Cup
  3. All Purpose Flour- 1/2 Cup
  4. Sugar- 1 Cup
  5. Eggs- 2 nos
  6. Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
  7. Chocolate Chips- a handfull

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, grease a square baking tray and keep it aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the butter and eggs till creamy. Add the sugar and beat well.
  3. In this mix the vanilla essence, cocoa powder, flour, combine well and take care not to over mix the batter. Add the handful of chocolate chips, mix.
  4. Pour in the greased tray and bake for about 15- 20 minutes or a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely and cut into squares and enjoy.


Monday, April 6, 2020

One Pot Mushroom Stroganoff




Mushrooms are a staple in our house. I try different varieties of dishes using mushrooms and one day when I was going through some instagram posts, I came upon my favorite chef "Healthy Living James"page and he posted a new recipe using mushrooms. The name looked familiar, stroganoff. I had chicken stroganoff before, but this one using mushrooms was new to me. The ingredients are also so easily available in our pantry and so I tried making it the same day. It came out perfect and super delicious. We had it along with brown rice for lunch and along with quinoa for dinner.


This one pot dish will be liked by all. This dish only requires minimum ingredients and is not at all time consuming. The mushroom gives a meaty texture, coconut milk gives a creamy flavor to the dish.


Coming to my favorite chef, James, who is a qualified health coach, with a healthy living. His recipes are so easy, simple, quick and healthy dishes. I have tried many of his recipes, one of recipes from his blog that I have posted was Quinoa and Potato cakes. A beautiful blog with amazing recipes. Hope you all will try this mushroom stroganoff . If you tried, please let me know how it turned.


Inspired From Gluten Free Mushroom Stroganoff:
Ingredients:

  1. Mushrooms- 10-15 ( roughly chopped)
  2. Onions- 2 (chopped)
  3. Garlic- 1 tbsp
  4. CoconutMilk- 1 Cup
  5. Dijon Mustard- 1tsp
  6. Red Chili powder- 1 tbsp
  7. Lemon Juice- 1 tbsp
  8. Olive Oil- 2 tbsp
  9. Salt- as required

Method:

  1. Heat oil, add the minced garlic, onions. When they turn translucent add the chopped mushrooms and stir till they turn soft.
  2. Add the coconut milk, mustard paste, red chili powder along with salt. Add the lemon juice and let it cook for almost 10 minutes.
  3. When done garnish with some cilantro or parsley and enjoy.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Whipped Coffee/ Dalgona Coffee



Today morning I got a whatsapp message from my brother, regarding this coffee. He sent me asking to make it today as it is very easy and simple and also it won't take much time. As soon as I saw the video, I realized that I have seen many videos of this recipes.a we can make frothy coffee in our house.


A very simple frothy coffee that can be made at the comfort of your house. This is called a Dalgona coffee. Mix together the coffee powder, sugar and hot water. Blend well using a blender or a frother for the milk and ta da it's ready Scoop and add in a cup of hot/ cold milk. I added the froth in hot milk and enjoyed a nice warm coffee.


Dalgona Coffee is a cold latte drink with a velvety coffee foam. It's a perfect drink for those who miss the coffee shops especially during this time.
I am seeing a lot of instagramers posting this whipped coffee recipe. This has gone viral as most of the people are trying and flooding the internet with the pictures of this coffee. As this is an easy recipe to prepare this doesn't take much time to prepare. Instead of your evening tea/ coffee you can have this one day. Hope you all try this out and let me know how it turned....



Ingredients:

  1. Instant Coffee Powder- 2 tbsp
  2. Sugar- 2 tbsp
  3. Hot Water- 2 tbsp
  4. Milk- 1 Cup

Method:

  1. In a glass bowl add the instant coffee, sugar and hot water. Blend using a electric/ hand blender for about 5- 10 minutes. You can also whisk with hand, but it will take little bit more time than the electric blender.
  2. I made stiff peaks. Pour milk in two glasses and top it with the foamy coffee mixture and enjoy sipping hot/ cold.




Saturday, March 21, 2020

Chocolate Truffle Cake- A birthday treat...



Chocolate Truffle cake is the birthday cake which I made for my husband's birthday. We all like chocolate a lot and so I planned to make this. This cake was pending from so long and because of  my busy schedule I couldn't try it out. Birthdays are best to try new cakes and so here it is today in my blog for all my dear readers.


A chocolate layer cake is a dense and moist cake with a silky whipped ganache filling. this cake is to die for. Totally melts in your mouth. This chocolate cake is perfect for the chocolate lover in your life. It is seriously so good, nicely balanced and not super sweet. this cake is ultra chocolaty. Head on over to bake this cake.




Ingredients:

  1. All Purpose Flour- 2 cups
  2. Baking Soda- 1 1/2 tsp
  3. Baking Powder- 1 1/2 tsp
  4. salt- a pinch
  5. Cocoa Powder- 3/4 Cup
  6. Sugar- 2 Cups
  7. Milk- 1 Cup
  8. Egg- 2 nos
  9. Oil- 1/2 Cup
  10. Instant Coffee- 1 Cup
  11. Sugar Syrup- 1/2 cup water and 4tbsp sugar.

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9" round cake pan.
  2. Make instant coffee by adding 1 cup warm water and 1 tbsp of coffee. Keep this to cool.
  3. In a bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt along with cocoa powder. Mix well.
  4. In a mixing bowl, crack the eggs and blend it well. add the wet ingredients like the oil, cooled coffee, milk and mix well till everything gets well blended.
  5. Add the sugar and let it mix till dissolved. Pour this into the flour mixture little by little and fold well using a spatula.
  6. When everything gets mixed well pour this in the greased baking pan and bake for about 20- 30 minutes or till a skewer poked comes out clean. Let the cake cool.

For the Whipped Chocolate Ganache:
Ingredients:

  1. Chocolate Chips- 1 cup
  2. Whipping cream- 1/2 Cup

Method:

  1. Heat the cream on a low flame and pour this hot cream onto the chocolate chips and after 5 minutes mix well till everything gets blended.
  2. Let it cool for an hour. Blend the mixture using a hand blender till the mixture doubles.

Assembling the cake:

  • Take out the cake from the cake pan, Place the cake layer on a serving plate, spread with half of the filling and top with the remaining cake half. spread ganache on top and sides of the cake
  • Decorate it as you like. I have used roasted almonds.



Monday, February 24, 2020

Kerala Easy Fish Fry- For my dad's birthday!!!!



Kerala fish fry is my dad's favorite and ours too. Today for my dad's birthday, I thought of celebrating by posting his favorite dish. As kids we used to get fish very rarely and whenever my dad bought, it was always a special meal.

This is my mom's version of the marination and my dad used to make it, which makes it more special and yumm. Every house will be having their own versions of the marinade. This is a simple and an easy one. Within minutes we can have a delicious side dish.




Fish slices marinated with the spices and shallow fried till done is an amazing appetizer which is every fish lovers dream. This is a staple dish in Kerala non vegetarian house hold. Not only in houses, but also in hotels and restaurants, while walking through the streets of Kerala, the aroma of the frying fish will be lingering.


Ingredients:

  1. Fish Slices- 7- 8 nos
  2. Red Chili Powder- 2 tbsp
  3. Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tbsp
  4. Pepper powder- 1 tbsp
  5. Ginger- garlic Paste- 1 tbsp
  6. Lemon Juice- 1 tbsp
  7. Curry leaves- few
  8. Salt- as required
  9. Coconut Oil- 2 tbsp

Method:

  1. Mix all the powders, lemon juice, salt along with the ginger- garlic paste in a bowl.
  2. Add the clean and washed fish slices and mix the marinade well with hands into the fish.
  3. Let it sit for about half an hour and shallow fry them on a pan. Enjoy them along with rice or with just a salad to the side.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Whole Wheat Pita Bread Pockets



Nothing can ever beat the soft, fluffy, chewy, healthier pita bread that is made at home. I guarantee you that you wont go back to the store- bought pita. The dough is made using basic ingredients and rolled to thin discs and baked till done. A soft, fluffy golden colored pita breads are ready within no time.


Puffed Pita in the oven

I have been seeing homemade Pita bread recipe from a long time, but always thought it as  difficult  to make. Once you start making this, the process will end soon and delicious and healthy pita bread is ready.


There are some points you should notice while making this pita bread.To get the puffed pita bread, use a preheated tray or pizza stone, The dough should be soft and hold shape, shouldn't open the oven during the first 4 minutes of the process.


Pita bread is best consumed fresh out of the oven but can be freeze in an air tight pack and can be had for quick meals. I hope you will give this a try and please let me know how it turned out.


Ingredients:

  1. Whole Wheat flour- 3 Cups
  2. Lukewarm water - 1 1/4 Cup
  3. Honey- 1 tbsp
  4. Active Yeast- 1 packet
  5. Salt- as required
  6. Olive Oil- 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl add the yeast, honey, oil, lukewarm water and salt. Mix and let it stand for 5 minutes till it becomes foamy.
  2. Gradually add the whole wheat flour into the yeast mixture, mix and sprinkle little bit flour on to a clean surface and turn out the dough. Knead for about 5 minutes until it's smooth and elastic, adding more flour if necessary.
  3. Place this in an oiled bowl, covered with a cling wrap in a bowl till it doubles the size. 
  4. gently deflate the dough by punching down and shape it into 12 equal dough balls. Roll these balls using a rolling pin into a circle about 1/2 cm thick.
  5. Place these rolled discs on a baking sheet and cover using a damp towel for about 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place 3 rolled discs on a baking stone for about 5- 8 minutes, till puffed.
  7. Remove and repeat with the remaining discs and allow them to cool and serve as desired.


  • I filled the pockets with a salad of boiled chickpeas, boiled beans, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, chopped red peppers, chopped lettuce, lemon juice and salt and topped with a dollop of hummus.



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