Monday, September 13, 2021

Peanut Chikki/ Peanut Brittle/ Kadala Muttai

Chikki/ Peanut Brittle is a traditional Indian candy made with jaggery and peanuts. This one is loved by everyone in my family. My mom used to make this when we were kids but I never tried as I was not sure of the syrup consistency.

We buy this when we go shopping at Indian store, but nowadays we are not getting good quality ones and so I gathered courage and made this by asking my mom and watching some channels regarding the syrup consistency. It came out perfect. You can cut them into pieces by spreading them on a greased surface. This is a very healthy snack, rich in protein and iron.

Jaggery is an important ingredient for perfect chikkis. Also make sure the syrup reaches the right consistency by dropping a little bit in water and checking whether it turned into candy consistency. Act fast while rolling. Hope my friends will try this and please let me know how it turned.


  1. Peanuts- 2.5cups
  2. Jaggery- 1cup
  3. Water-1/4 Cups


  1. Roast the Peanuts till nice aroma comes and till it starts to change golden in color. Keep this aside and ones it is cooled remove the skin by crushing gently. Separate the skin and keep the peanuts aside till the jaggery syrup is ready.
  2. Heat a heavy bottomed pan and add the jaggery along with water. Let it dissolve on low heat.
  3. Begin to boil and keep stirring until it thickens well. Check the consistency by dropping few drops into water. When it reaches the right consistency the jaggery syrup will harden immediately and it forms brittle.
  4. If you are unable to get the syrup brittle then cook for few more minutes.
  5. Turn off the stove and add the roasted peanuts, be quick and stir the peanuts well till everything gets well incorporated.
  6. Grease your hands with ghee and roll them into balls. Ones it gets harder place it in an airtight container. and enjoy.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Instant Crispy Jalebi

Jalebi is a popular Indian dessert which makes an appearance in almost all the festivals and marriages. The best combination that goes well along with hot jalebis are rabdi. These jalebis can be made with different ingredients and they all have variety of names like the paneer Jalebi, Khoya Jalebi, Jaggery Jalebi, jaleba which is king size, jhangri which is made using urad dal, imarti and so on. 

I love all the varieties. In my blog, long back I have posted a jalebi recipe which is made instantly using yeast, today I tried using curd and baking soda. The consistency of the batter matters, as it shouldn't be too thick nor thin.

The thought of making jalebis came to me when yesterday my son after coming back from school saw the jalebi on youtube and started asking me to buy or to make as Jalebi being his second favorite dessert (first one is always Gulab jamun). Today after my morning walk, I gave it a try by preparing the batter and as the jalebis were done, it took only 30- 45 minutes. Using these quantity I made 20-25 Jalebis. As the shape and taste were delicious, I thought of sharing with all my friends here in my blog. Hope you all will try and let me know.


  1. All Purpose Flour- 1 Cup
  2. Corn Flour- 2 tbsp
  3. Ghee-4 tsp
  4. Curd- 4 tbsp
  5. Baking Soda- 1 tsp
  6. Salt- a pinch
  7. Yellow/ Orange Food Color- a drop
  8. Water- required to make a batter- 1/2 Cup
  9. Oil- for deep frying

Sugar Syrup:

  1. Sugar- 1 Cup
  2. Water- 1/2 Cup
  3. Lemon Juice- 1 tbsp
  4. cardamom Powder- 1 tsp


  1. Mix the all purpose flour, corn flour, curd, ghee, baking soda, food color and salt in a mixing bowl. Combine these using little amount of water by using a whisk. The batter should be neither thick nor thin, it should be free flowing. If it feels thin add a tbsp of all purpose flour, if it is too thick add small amount of water.
  2. Pour this batter into a squeezer or in a zip lock bag and seal it.
  3. Heat oil for deep frying, when it is hot cut a small end of the zip lock and pour the batter in the shape of Spirals. Make 4-5 rings and let it become crisp on both the sides. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  4. Meanwhile make the sugar syrup by adding the ingredients in a deep bowl on a low heat. Mix and boil till the sugar syrup forms 1 string consistency. Keep this aside.
  5. Add the made jalebi rings into warm sugar syrup, flip it on both the sides for a min and remove. Continue with the remaining.
  6. Enjoy hot jalebis.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Shirin's Special Goat Biryani- A delectable combination of spiced meat & rice!!!!

Eid Mubarak my friends!!!!

We visited our friend's house for the weekend and they celebrate bakrid one day before us, so we got to celebrate Eid with them. We enjoyed spending time with our friends. Kids had lots of fun time playing, all nighter, watching movies and so on. 

Usually we make some easy breakfast and then start the biryani process but at my friend's house they prepare the biryani in the morning and will have it for breakfast. We thoroughly enjoyed the biryani for breakfast. It was a new experience. As my friend Shirin, made this in her version,  I gave this biryani her name.

My friend, marinated the meat with spices and yogurt, cooked the rice separately and deep fried the onions. She then assembled it by layering and adding lemon juice and saffron milk in between. For breakfast, a delicious, scrumptious, finger licking and mouth watering biryani was ready. We relished the biryani the rest of the day.

I noticed a thing that this biryani doesn't require too many ingredients like a normal biryani. Hope you like the recipe and try it out. Please let me know how it turned.



  • Goat- 3 lbs
  • Green chillies (slit)- 10-15 numbers
  • Ginger- Garlic Paste- 3 tbsp
  • Yogurt- 2 Cups
  • Garam Masala- 2 tbsp
  • Salt- as required

  1. Basmati Rice- 6 Cups
  2. Water- 11 Cups
  3. Fried onions (sliced)- 8 numbers
  4. Garam Masala- 3 tbsp
  5. Lemon Juice- 1/2 Cup
  6. Saffron with Milk/ Orange food color with milk- 1/4 Cup


For Marination:

  1. Marinate the goat, yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, slit green chilies, garam masala and salt. Keep this aside for almost 3-4 hours or overnight. Cook this on medium flame for almost 2 hours or the meat gets tender.
  2. Deep fry the sliced onions in oil till it gets golden brown. Keep this aside on a kitchen towel. Reserve the fried oil for assembling.
  3. Rinse and soak the rice for 30minutes. After 30 minutes, drain the rice. Heat water required for the biryani and when it gets boiled add the drained rice and salt, mix and keep the lid and let it cook for 20 minutes on low flame. After 20 minutes switch off the flame and keep it for 10 minutes without mixing. Slowly fluff the rice using a fork.

For assembling:

  1. In a deep bottomed vessel layer with a tbsp of fried onions, spoonful of goat masala, tbsp of garam masala and cooked rice and repeat the process and make sure that the top layer is of rice. 
  2. Poke holes and pour the lemon juice and saffron milk in each hole and close with a lid. Let it cook on low flame for about 15- 20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes, open the lid, mix and enjoy with raita.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Thumb Print Cookies- An Ultimate Indulgence!!!

uttery short bread cookies filled with jam is a a perfect dessert for any occasion. It's a hit among friends and family. These are perfect holiday treats which can be gifted to friends.

I baked these cookies along with my kids and my 6 yr old was very excited to fill the cookies with jam. As most of my friends know that, we have moved to our own space, to meet and greet our neighbors,  I baked these cookies.

These cookies are so easy to make and just needs a handful of ingredients which is easily available in your pantry. These cookies can be baked within 30 minutes and because of jam, this becomes a super hit among kids. I filled these cookies with strawberry and blueberry jam, you can use any jam of your choice and it won't go wrong.

Make sure that while shaping the balls, it should be smooth and firm, or else the cookie dough can crack (like mine). Some recipes call for adding the jam after baking the cookies, but adding the jam pre baked will be nice and warm and bakes into the dough. Hope you all will try this recipe and if so, let me know. So, lets get started..


  1. All Purpose Flour- 2 Cups
  2. Corn Flour- 1/r4 Cup
  3. Salt- a Pinch
  4. Butter- 1/2 Cup
  5. Eggs- 2 
  6. Vanilla Essence- 1tsp


  1. Sieve the all purpose flour, corn flour and salt. Keep it aside.
  2. Meanwhile beat the softened butter and sugar. Add the eggs and beat till creamy.
  3. Add the above mixed flour mixture into batches and mix till it forms a smooth dough.
  4. If it feels sticky just keep this dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, mine was perfect so started to shape them into balls and place them on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  5. Use your thumb to make an indentation into each ball of cookie dough. Spoon 1/2 tsp of jam on each of the indentation.
  6. Bake for about 10- 12 minutes or when the bottom turns light brown. Remove and cool completely and enjoy the jam filled cookies.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Creamy Mushroom Toast- Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!!!

 This creamy mushroom toast is an easy and a simple dish which the kids as well as the adults will enjoy. This will be a perfect lunch box dish or as an evening snack or as a breakfast dish. This is so easy to make and a dish which can be made with less ingredients. Instead of sour dough bread, you can also use thick slices of regular bread, ciabatta, country bread and so on.

This recipe requires only mushrooms, but as we like spinach and so added it. Using variety of mushrooms will increase the flavor and also gives great texture. Pan fry the mushrooms till it is browned.

In my house this is a hit and whenever we have mushrooms at home, this is one dish that is for sure to be made. Hope you all will try this and let me know how it turned.


  • Sour Dough Bread- 1

For Creamy Mushroom:

  1. Mushrooms- 1 Cup (cleaned and chopped)
  2. Garlic- 3-4 (chopped)
  3. All Purpose Flour- 2 tbsp
  4. Butter- 1 tbsp
  5. Milk- 1/2 Cup
  6. Oregano- 1 tsp
  7. Red Chilli Flakes- 1 tsp
  8. Salt- as required
  9. Pepper Powder- 1 tsp
  10. Chopped Spinach- 1/2 Cup


  1. Slice the sourdough bread and toast the slices and keep this aside.
  2. In a pan heat 1 tbsp of butter, add the chopped mushrooms, garlic and spinach, stir well for a min on high flame. Add little salt. Stir on low flame for about 5-10 minutes till the mushrooms are cooked. Transfer this to a bowl.
  3. In the same pan add another tbsp of butter, add flour and stir for a minute till the raw smell disappears , add milk and whisk well till everything gets mixed well.
  4. When it starts to thicken, add the salt, pepper powder, oregano and red chili flakes. switch it off and stir in the mushrooms and spinach. Mix well.
  5. Place a spoon full of the creamy mushrooms on top of the toasted sour dough slice and enjoy a warm bite.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Chef Pillai's Coconut Milk Prawns Fry (Venad Paal Konch)

Last week I was  going through my instagram feeds and I stumbled upon Chef Pillai's Prawns fry recipe. This is also called as "Venad Paal Knoch". I love all his recipes and the way he explains his recipes are so amazing and crisp and clear. As we all love prawns in our house, I thought of trying this dish as soon as he posted it. The next day I tried and it was a huge hit in my house.

I know that it’s been a month since I posted a recipe, am so sorry. I am becoming very lazy or it might be because of my busy schedule but I will make sure that I will try to post once in a week. But Please try this dish as it is a guaranteed delicious which any seafood lover will love. 

This is a perfect dish/ appetizer for gatherings. The prawns that is fried in coconut milk is an absolutely dish to try for. I never fried prawns in coconut milk, but I know that when coconut milk is reduced it tastes yumm.. 

Today I am here with the recipe which will be a super hit among friends and family. The ingredients for this recipe is easily available in your pantry. Any variety of prawns can be used for this recipe. This dish is filled with flavors with basic spices. Here in US we always get frozen prawns but once in a while we get the best fresh prawns and this tastes amazing with fresh prawns. Hope you will try and please let me know.


  1. Prawns- 15- 20 numbers
  2. Red Chili Flakes- 2 tbsp
  3. Pepper Powder- 1/2 tbsp
  4. Turmeric Powder- 1 tsp
  5. Salt- 1 tbsp
  6. Crushed Garlic- 8-10 cloves
  7. Crushed Ginger- 1 "
  8. Green Chillies- 3 numbers
  9. Coconut Milk- 1/2 Cup


  1. Devein and clean the prawns and marinate with salt, pepper, red chili flakes and turmeric powder.
  2. Heat a pan with 1 tbsp of oil and spread the marinated prawns and let it cook on both the sides for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Pour the coconut milk little by little till it gets over and spread the  crushed garlic, ginger and green chillies.
  4. Stir well till everything gets well mixed and the mixture becomes dry. Serve this prawns fry along with hot steaming rice.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Homemade Pickled Jalapeños

I am so excited to share with you all that I made these spicy, crunchy and tangy Jalapeños which I never thought I would and I always had the store bought ones. This can be made within minutes. I am promising you that once you try making these you wont go back to the canned ones. My daughter and myself like the pickled things so this was a hit.

Sometimes you can toss in some veggies like the carrots or bell peppers, they taste delicious. This is the best recipe for pickled jalapeños. Options are endless, you can  have these with burgers, nachos and so on. Usually we buy this from store, but when the last one got over, I thought of giving it a try and made them. It came out perfect. I am becoming a fan of refrigerator pickling, it’s very easy and this recipe is simple to make. Please try this recipe and let me know how it turned out.


  1. Jalapeños- 10- 12 numbers
  2. Garlic- 2 cloves
  3. Vinegar- 1 Cup
  4. Salt- 1 tbsp
  5. Water- 1 Cup


  1. Cut the jalapeños peppers into slices and put it into mason jars.
  2. Note: While cutting Jalapeño peppers use gloves or wrap your hands using cling wrap.
  3. Mix the water, vinegar and salt in a bowl and heat it on a medium flame till it gets boiled.
  4. Pour this into the mason jars filled with sliced jalapeños and when it cools down, close with lid and keep refrigerated.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Opera Cake- A scrumptious French Dessert

I made an Opera Cake!!!! I was thinking of making this cake from many months and I thought our anniversary is a perfect occasion to bake this cake. This cake surprisingly came out perfect though this was a little time consuming. The delicious taste of coffee and chocolate make this opera cake recipe well worth the time investment. 

This cake has different layers of almond Joconde with buttercream and chocolate ganache which is topped with chocolate glaze. The effort you put into this showstopper is well worth the result. Authentic opera cake has opera piped on top of the cake but as this was our anniversary, I left it plain. This cake is a super hit among my family and friends and can be made in any occasion. This cake would be liked and loved by all. Here is the recipe, try this out and please let me know.


For the Almond Cake:

  1. Eggs White- 4
  2. Sugar- 2 tbsp
  3. Almond Flour- 2 cups
  4. All Purpose Flour- 1/2 Cup
  5. Sugar- 2 Cups
  6. Whole Eggs- 3
  7. Butter- 3 tbsp

Method for Almond Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat the egg whites slightly and add the 2 tbsp sugar. Beat till they form creamy and holds stiff peaks.
  3. In another bowl, beat the almond flour along with the whole eggs and confectioners sugar till they become creamy.
  4. Add this into the above made egg mixture, gently fold and add the melted butter at last. Mix and pour this in a greased square baking pan and bake till done, for about 30 minutes or a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Coffee Syrup:

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


  • Add the coffee to the boiling water and add sugar. Mix well to incorporate. Keep this aside.

Coffee Buttercream Frosting:


  1. Confectioners Sugar- 1 1/2 Cup
  2. Butter- 2 sticks (1 cup)


  • Beat the butter and sugar with a tbsp of coffee syrup. Beat till smooth, fluffy and well incorporated. Add little cream or milk if the buttercream is thick.

Chocolate Ganache:

  1. Chocolate- 1 Cup
  2. Cream- 1 Cup

  • Heat the cream and pour this onto the chocolate chips. Keep this for 5 minutes and stir well to form ganache. Keep this refrigerated until lightly set.

Method for assembling the cake:

  1. Cut the cake horizontally into 3 thin layers of cake using a floss thread.
  2. Separate the layers. place the bottom layer on a cake board, soak the coffee syrup all over the cake using a brush, so that the cake layer absorbs the syrup well.
  3. Spread the buttercream on top of the layer using a spatula, Place the second layer on top of the buttercream and soak it with coffee syrup, spread the chocolate ganache in a smooth layer.
  4. Place the last layer of cake over the chocolate ganache, soak this layer with the remaining coffee syrup, spread a thin layer of  buttercream frosting properly . Even if it drips to the sides no need to worry.
  5. Chill the cake till you make the chocolate glaze.
  6. For Chocolate Glaze, melt 1/4 cup of butter and pour this into the remaining chocolate ganache. Mix well.
  7. Take the cake out of the refrigerator and pour the chocolate glaze on top of the cake. Spread evenly and refrigerate again for 30 minutes.
  8. After 30 minutes, take the cake out of the refrigerator, cut the side using a warm knife and enjoy a rich and delicious opera cake.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Barbecued Grilled Fish- Kerala Style

The thought of eating a grilled fish was lingering in our minds from the time we saw many youtube videos, in which they grill the whole fish, or wrapped in banana leaf and baked or in foil. This time we decided to cook as soon as we bought without keeping it in the freezer. Believe me it tasted heavenly!!!

The place where i came from (Kerala) is a place where fish is staple food and Kerala cuisine has a lot to offer to fish lovers. In this coastal state you will discover a variety of seafood delicacies. 

This grilled fish has all the flavors seeping through and once it gets cooked well, it's so juicy and bursting with flavors. Fish cooks very fast and it's preparation is less time consuming. We can do this using pieces of fish but I wanted to try the whole fish and here it is, in my blog. Try this out and let me know.



  1. Red Snapper Fish- 1 Medium size
  2. Red Chilli powder- 3 tbsp
  3. Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tbsp
  4. Ginger and Garlic Paste- 2 tbsp
  5. Pepper Powder- 1/2 tbsp
  6. Curry leaves- a bunch 
  7. salt- as required
  8. Lemon Juice- 1


  1. Mix all the ingredients except curry leaves in a large mixing bowl and keep this aside.
  2. Clean and wash the fish and make slight gashes on both sides of the fish.
  3. Rub this marinade well onto the fish and make sure to coat inside of the fish properly. Keep this for about 15- 20 minutes.
  4. Place an aluminum foil, spray oil and spread the curry leaves and place the marinated fish on top. Place lemon pieces on top and more curry leaves (optional) and seal the fish in the foil tight. We can seal with another foil paper on top, so that the fish doesn't get burned.
  5. Pre heat the barbecue grill, place the fish and close it. Grill for 10-12 minutes using tongs until beautifully charred.
  6. Enjoy with a splash of lemon, and vinaigrette onions.

PS: Fish cooks very fast, so always keep an eye on it while grilling.

You can use any fish and also the grilling time can vary accordingly.

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