Thursday, April 12, 2018

Chowari Payasam / Sabudana Kheer / Tapioca Pearl Pudding

It may be known by different names that may make it sound like too complicated or sophisticated, but it is just a very basic payasam or kheer that you can put together in a matter of time. With Vishu around the corner, I thought what best can be served to my blog baby than a yummy payasam. 







Not just for sadyas, it can make a super yummy tea time/after school snack for kids as well as adults too. With just minimal ingredients and most importantly with least efforts...when you can make such a yummy payasam, then why think twice. Just go ahead and make it.






Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup of sabudana/ chowari/ tapioca pearls
  2. 4 cups of whole milk
  3. 1/4 cup of sugar or more as required
  4. 3/4 cup of water to soak the sabudana
  5. 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder
  6. Nuts of your choice to garnish
Method
  • Wash and rinse sabudana/chowari. Soak it in water for about 1 1/2 hours. It will be get plumped up.
  • Into a thick bottom pan, add the whole milk and bring it to a boil. Turn down the heat and let it simmer untill the milk reduces a bit.
  • Now add the soaked sabudana/chowari to it, having drained out any excess water from it. Stir and cook it untill the sabudana/chowari gets cooked and turns translucent i.e. roughly around 10-12 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and cardamom powder. Stir it in, to dissolve the sugar into the payasam.
  • Cook for another couple of minutes and turn off the heat. Garnish with nuts of your choice and serve warm or chilled.
Tips
  1. I have used almonds to garnish the payasam/kheer. You could add ghee fried cashews or raisins for some enhanced taste.
  2. For additional taste and elegant, add milk soaked saffron to the kheer when you add the cardamom powder to it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Butternut Squash Erissery

The one thing I am thankful for is that my family is not very particular of having just the Indian veggies for our meals. We do cook any other veggie available, the Indian way and love them. Butternut squash is just one of them. When made erissery out of them, they are just perfect to even serve it for sadya. Since Vishu is almost around the corner, I thought I should be publishing this post for you guys to try for Vishu Sadya.






If you happen to be living in a place where butternut squash is available everywhere, but pumpkins are rarely seen, other than during thanksgiving, then this is one thing you should try, to relish on something similar to what your taste buds have been used to. Here's how to make it.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Chengodilu

The weather has been so unpredictable recently. Last week, I thought that summer was almost here when it was too hot during the afternoons. And all of a sudden it is raining today and will be raining for the rest of the weekend too. So we are stuck at home. 




Its spring break here and with the kid also at home, we have been doing so many activities together; even cooking. And he loves it. One way to make someone eat something that they hate is to make them cook it, so that they appreciate the effort it takes to make it and the thought of having worked on it makes it interesting. So the same is the strategy that I have been doing with my kid too. Thankfully he will not get to know, untill he learns to read it here so I am safe... he he.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Quinoa Cutlets

If you are observing lent, then you would know the struggle to make your non-veg loving family finish the lunch/dinner without a fuss. In an effort to make them not crib about the food at the dining table, we have been cooking varieties. Just a way to mask the absence of meat/chicken.. he he.






My kido never tries quinoa when we make it. But this cutlet was gulped down in a matter of seconds. And if you know my kid personally, you know that is a big achievement. Because otherwise, he would be sitting with the food for hours which makes me feel if an egg might hatch out of him. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bread roll ~ with potato fillings

This snack always reminds me of Leela teacher, my school teacher as well as a family friend. I have never had this snack other than made by her. When ever she would host a treat for us, this would be one of the items in the menu and that would make me soooo happy :).









I have seen her make it then. Even though I was not a big fan of cooking, I had a vague memory of the process. Being a novice to cooking in the early days of married life, this used to be one of the tea time snacks that I used to make often and feel proud of myself :). 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Strawberry Cheesecake in a glass

Desserts in a glass is what is preferred at home these days. It limits the amount of dessert that is made and consumed by a small family. Also they look so pretty. Plus, it could be directly served in a glass avoiding more dishes for you to wash 😜.








This strawberry cheesecake was made for our anniversary. I didn't add any gelatin in it for the firm texture as it would be served in a glass and I need not bother about its shape while serving. My lil one was also part of the party so I chose to just avoid using gelatin for him.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pickled Jalapenos

Every time we get our sandwiches/pizzas from outside, we love to have the jalapenos by the side to take a bite with every other bite of sandwiches. We love it that way rather than spreading it inside the sandwiches. Having married to a pickle lover, we always have stock of the indian pickles in the fridge. Now to add to it we have pickled jalapenos too that goes on top of pizzas every time we make it. Unlike Indian pickles, these pickled jalapenos are super easy to make too.








If you too are a pickle fan and would love to have it with your sandwiches and as toppings on your pizza, make it at home. Trust me, you would never go back to the store bought ones.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Honey BBQ Chicken Nuggets

No matter what the sport is, I never follow it unless its the finals. It stands true for the World cup Cricket or the Olympics or Football or any other sport. I would have no idea which match people would be talking about if it comes up in a conversation. But seeing me watch the finals with great enthusiasm would make people think, that I might have been following the match from the start. I think I really do not have the patience to keep waiting or look forward to matches every now and then. It stands true for tv shows too. I love movies which starts and ends on the same day in a matter of hours rather than watch an episode of a serial and keep wondering or worrying what would happen in the next.







Anyways, now that Super Bowl is tomorrow, I thought I should post a recipe that you would love to have while you catch up on the game. Isn't it fun to pair such events with food that each one of us like?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Capsicum and Corn Cheese Sandwich


With the bad weather change, we have been hit badly. The boy has been down and I know I am going down too or say I am going to be pulled down too. Because the lil one has been showing extra affection since he's been sick. So all those kisses...as much as I love them I dread that they would end up getting me sick too and I just cannot afford to be sick. Like they skipping office/school, if only I could skip home..he he.






Thankfully I had cooked lots of food and stored, over the weekend and we have been surviving on that. But there is lots and lots of cleaning. Because my lil one hates those syrups and one dose of medicine would mean minimum of three trials to make one dose go in, rest all are just thrown up. So now, that we have the little one gone to sleep, I made myself some yummy sandwich and that is what I am here to write about. Blogging is hard work..all those clicking pics and then editing and uploading with the recipes written etc. But it is therapeutic. After a long day, it just doesn't seem to be a work now. So I am just lying on my couch munching down this sandwich and happily blogging about the recipe which you might love to have handy.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Green Chilly Pickle / Green Chilly Achar

When I say Chilly pickle, my taste buds just go out of control. I can literally feel my mouth flooding with water. And then I start walking down the memory lane which includes a red chilly pickle and Alice aunty. Once, Alice aunty came home after she went for pickle shopping. She brought in some red chilly pickle and gave us some to taste. Wow, super hot but delicious it was. I still remember having it with hot chapathis. It was heavenly.






I had never ever had such a mouthwatering pickle before. They were so good. While I was making this pickle, all the while I kept thinking about the red chilly pickle I had years and years ago and if only I could recreate that recipe. If you have a recipe, please do send me. I would be so grateful to you.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rava Dosa / Rava Onion Dosa

I am a breakfast person. Just can't skip it. Its in the morning that I am hungry the most. Infact, its the hunger that wakes me up. Even though it is a holiday, my eyes just open early. In a way its good, I get to make food and photograph it in the most appropriate time of the day, when the light is just perfect. And I don't have to rush through the photography as there is no one waiting hungry out there. I don't know if it is the hunger that makes most of my breakfast items seem to be very tasty to me and are my favorites. I have infact liked it the most since I was a kid. I don't mind if it is parathas from the north or idli-dosa from the south or pancakes from the west. I love all of them.








This rava dosa is one saviour on those days when I am hungry the most and have no clue what to make. With just simple ingredients available in the pantry they make way for the most amazing breakfast. I remember the first time I made it. It was a disaster. I just took it to be the same as our regular dosa and made the batter thick that it was just a lump of cooked rava. But with years and thankfully those youtube video, I can now make them and it is a family favorite.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Chocolate Sauce

When you have a chocolate lover at home, you got to have this chocolate sauce handy. This homemade sauce is in stock always to go with pancakes, waffles or to drizzle on some icecream or even to dip some strawberries to enjoy it as snack.






This easy and yummy sauce can be put together in just minutes and stored in the refrigerator. So why not make it and stock it rather than getting it from store.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Crepe with Chocolate sauce

Who wouldn't like to have a hot breakfast served to them in the morning. It just makes my day. I have heard of people skipping breakfast, which is something I really can't think of. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of my day. I love it when you don't have to rush to somewhere in the morning but just enjoy your breakfast at peace, something which has not happened to me in a while now :).









I love to make these crepes. Super simple to make on a busy morning and is liked by all equally. We love to combine it with some chocolate sauce. So you know, having chocolate early in the morning has to make your day a good one :).

Friday, December 22, 2017

M&M Cookies

Clock is ticking. With just 2 days left for Christmas, someone little is happy that finally Santa is gonna come soon. He has been patiently waiting for Santa for so long. We had put up the christmas tree by end of November. After a nights sleep, when he got up in the morning, he came and started searching underneath the tree and said "Seems like Santa missed my gift". It was so hilarious to us but I could hear his heart fall apart. And then we had to sit down and explain. But then again, when his teacher mentioned that its December month, he got excited again. Well, he thought being nice one day would work .. he he...













My lil guy has been super confused because he saw Santa couple of times, ofcourse at the malls and then while we went watching christmas lights etc. He is like, why do you have to wait till christmas to give the gifts. You could hand it over to me when you see me in malls. In that way, Santa wouldn't have to take the trouble of coming down the chimney. Oh by the way, we don't have chimney at our place. Hope the lil one doesn't leave the door unlocked for Santa to get in .. he he.. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Chocolate and Cashew Biscotti

Anything chocolate goes so well for the festive season. I have been packing up edible treats to give away to family and friends and apart from the fruit cake, these chocolate biscotti is making into every treat bag. I don't know when will I succeed cutting down all those extra pounds already added and to be added this month. By the time I would exercise and diet to bring it down, it will be Christmas again .. he he.. But I must say it is just the happiest time of the year for me and I would just put away the worry of shedding down the gained pounds.






These chocolate biscotti's are good for any time of the year. Just dunk it into you coffee and enjoy or have it as is. They are super yum. And that extra crunch from those cashews is just a bonus, so don't miss out on that part. You could try walnuts or pecans or pistachios for a change.

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