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Recap 2011

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Welcome 2012..!!!!

This blog was started in  March 2011...
In that aspect the year 2011 will be special for me..
Thanks to all my blogger friends who visited my website and helped to expand my network. Let’s together travel this beautiful culinary journey with Ad sense. Thanks to Google, who provides me this opportunity. And a special thanks to some of my close friends who stood for me and encouraged me in my new venture. My readers can choose their favorite recipes posted in this blog during the  year 2011. But if you ask me…Here are some of my favorite recipes of 2011.



So,lets say GOOD BYE to 2011...
Before winding up,lets remember the words of the greatest visionary who passed away in 2011,Steve Jobs

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your he…

Pasta with herbs~kids recipe

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Wish you all a wonderful New Year 2012..

Pasta with Italian herbs …in cream..Yummy, right? Yeah, a bit heavy but a sure-fire kids pleaser. And this would take hardly 5 minutes to prepare. You can use fresh Italian herbs if you have it, great way to increase the flavor. Very healthy preparation, very delicious… Let’s start.. Ingredients Wheat Pasta-1 cup Mixed Italian Fresh Herbs-I used Thyme, Rosemary and Oregano-2tsp altogether. (Try to include fresh Basil leaves, since it brings the real flavor of the cuisine.) Butter-1tsp Garlic-1 clove finely chopped Heavy Cream-2tbsp Onion-1/2 chopped
Walnuts crushed-Bountiful Green Chili- 1 small   (Instead of chili,You can use white Pepper powder-) Method of preparation Cook Pasta according to packet instructions. Heat a pan, add in 1 tsp butter. Add garlic finely chopped. Add in chopped onion and green chili. Now add Salt to taste. Next is herbs, mix for a while. Add in Pasta and cream. Now, add walnuts crushed to make this dish healthier. Rich and creamy pasta ready …

Easy Vegetable Rice~kids recipe

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This is a quick and simple biriyani or very healthy, vegetable rice. My son was told to bring vegetable pulao for a potluck kid’s party. I made this item for the kids. They enjoyed it, since it’s less spicy and having an appealing smell of Mint leaves and other spices. This is nicer when it’s cold, so u can even send this in the lunch box for the kids who like rice. Ingredients Vegetables-Carrot, beans, corn, Onion, Tomato, Cabbage-1/2 cup Rice-2cups Ghee-2tsp Oil-1tsp Mint leaves-1/2 cup Yogurt-1tbsp Ginger-garlic-green chili paste-1tbsp Salt-to taste Sugar-1tsp Saffron-4-5 strands (Optional) Cashews, Raisins- Black Cardamom, cloves, Fennel seeds, Cinnammon-Powdered 1-2 tsp Method Cook rice after adding water just to cover it. Don’t overcook. In a non stick cookware, add 1 tsp ghee and fry cashews and raisins and keep aside. Add 1 tsp oil to the same dish; now add ginger-garlic-green chili paste. Now add the spice powder. Add in the chopped veggies. No need to add water. Instead add 1…

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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Mushroom Pepper Fry

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Mushroom Pepper fry is a very simple and quick recipe. You can have this with Fried Rice. Try this method and enjoy the fabulous taste at home. Cleaning mushroom in proper method is the most important part. Coat the mushrooms with some salt, turmeric and all purpose flour. Keep aside for 5 minutes. Now wash them under running water.  This is to remove any poisonous substances from it. Now boil 1 cup water, add salt and turmeric powder. Put the cleaned mushrooms in this water for 2 minutes. Now mushrooms are ready to cook. Ingredients Cleaned Mushroom-1 cup Pepper powder-1tbsp Salt-to taste Curry leaves- Onion-1 big finely chopped. Garlic-2 cloves Green chili-2 no’s Oil-1 big spoon Method of preparation Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan, add in chopped garlic. When it turns brown, add chopped onion and green chili. Now add curry leaves and cooked mushroom. Add pepper powder according to your taste. Finally, add in some vinegar. Stir fry until you get required color. Serve hot.  Simple and delicious!!



Fish Curry-South Kerala Style

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This is a very delicious fish curry from the southern region of Kerala. This recipe I got from a cookery show. I am trying to stick to the original recipe since it’s a recipe inherited from ancestors. This is a bit different from the usual fish curry. Try this one with any fish that’s available to you and enjoy this lip smacking curry!! Ingredients King fish-1/2 kg Ginger-1 tbsp Onion/Shallots-1/2 cup Kokum-12 no’s Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp Coconut-1 cup Dry red chili-10 no’s Coriander seeds-1/4 cup Method of preparation Step1 Clean the fish. In a heavy bottom vessel, pour 1 cup of water(or the water enough to cover the fish). Boil the water with Kokum (U must use 10-12 no’s), curry leaves, salt and turmeric powder. When it starts boiling add fish pieces and cook  on medium fire. After the fish is fully cooked, you can remove the Kokum from the gravy. Step2 Dry roast coconut on a dry pan. When its half done, add coriander seeds and dry red chili (8-10 no's) into this coconut. Simmer for 15 minutes or un…

Vegetable Fried Rice

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Chinese Fried rice is quick and easy to cook and every one’s favorite too. This is a basic recipe for fried rice. You can add in eggs, shrimp, sausages or chicken to this, according to your taste buds. Ingredients Cooked rice- 2 cups Mixed vegetables-1 cup Spring Onion/Scallions-1/2 cup Red chili-2no Garlic-1 finely chopped Ginger-Julian cut 2 tsp Salt-to taste Worcester sauce-2 tbsp How to do Heat a wok, add 1 tbsp oil. Add in red chili flakes and garlic chopped. Add ½ cup scallions,ginger and 1 cup mixed veggies. (I prefer French beans, carrots, bell pepper, mushrooms) Saute well and stir fry. Add the cooked rice, salt and Worcester sauce. Now mix well and close the wok and keep it on medium fire for 10 minutes. Garnish with spring onion. Serve hot with any side dish you prefer.




Paneer Butter Masala

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Paneer in Hindi means Cottage Cheese.  “Paneer Butter Masala”is rich and creamy. You can serve it in Kids Party, since it’s mild and a bit sweet if you are following my recipe. You can also make it spicy, the choice is yours. This recipe is almost similar to Butter chicken in taste. This recipe, is again, very simple since, I like to cook very fast and simple, I had to find out a short cut for this. Try this out; it tastes the same as the one we get from restaurants. Ingredients Cottage cheese or Paneer – Cut into cubes-250 g Cashew nuts-25g Onion-2 medium Tomato-2 medium Green chilly-1no Ginger-Garlic paste-1tsp Cumin powder-1tsp Kasuri methi or dry fenugreek leaves-bountiful This flavor should be more in the curry. Milk-1/2 cup (I wanted to avoid extra calories to the dish; If You like, you can replace milk with cream to get richer and tastier royal dish) Salt Red chilly powder/Paprika-2tsp Coriander powder-1tsp Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp Sugar-1tsp Butter-20g Preparation Step1 Grind raw onion in a blender alon…

Fish Curry

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This is the Fish curry I made at home the other day..just tried and came out good…So going to call this , deepsrecipes special Fish Curry, if you all permit me to call so.... Very simple recipe..But extremely tasty..A bit tangy, that’s how my family likes it... Ingredients 1. King Fish-1/2 kg 2. Onion 2 –Medium Finely Chopped 3. Ginger-Garlic –Finely Chopped 1 tsp 4. Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp 5. Chilly Powder-2 tsp 6. Coriander powder – 11/2 tbsp 7. Green chilly- 2 no 8. Pepper powder-2 ts 9. Kokum- 3 small 10. Salt-to taste 11. Vinegar- 1 tsp 12. Curry leaves /Cilantro-bountiful Method of preparation Clean the fish with Salt and vinegar. Marinate with a tsp of chilly powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric and salt. In a non stick sauce pan, pour 1 tbsp oil. Lightly fry the marinated fish pieces. Now remove them from the oil. To the same oil crackle mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.Then add in chopped onion, greenchilly and ginger-garlic. Add ½ tsp salt and sauté well. Mix the powders (4, 5 and 6 from the ingredients …

Lamb Keema Kathi Rolls

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Kathi rolls are fast food popular in the Northern part of India.
I had tried Paneer(Cottage Cheese) Kathi rolls, and thought to prepare it at home, with Mutton/Lamb Keema. Keema is the minced Lamb or meat. This is very simple and extremely delicious!!! Method of preparation For Lamb Keema Minced Lamb-400 g Ginger -garlic-green chilly paste- 2 tbsp Onion-2 no Tomato- 1 big Cloves, Cardamom, Fennel seeds, black cardamom-All powdered together-2 tsp Salt –to taste Red chilly powder-2 tsp Coriander powder-1 tbsp Pressures cook all the above ingredients after mixing thoroughly. You can add ½ cup water also. After 4-5 whistles ,Keema gets cooked. Now open the cooker and you can evaporate any excess water. Now add 2 tsp oil and fry this mix in the same cooker. Add some pepper on top and keep it on medium flame for 6-7 minutes. Now let’s make the Paratha. Ingredients Wheat flour-1/2 cup All purpose flour-1/2 cup Salt- Water Make thin Paratha’s or Chapattis . Now keep the stuffing inside and pour some lemon juice and a…

Eggless Tiramisu

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Planning for a week end party? Make it more elegant with a mouth melting dessert .Coffee flavored, rich and creamy Tiramisu with crunchy walnuts and cocoa powder on top.Perfect end to a wonderful  meal. Easiest recipe ever.This is the eggless version . Here we go. Ingredients Lady Finger Biscuits - 10 nos Mascarpone cheese/Any cream cheese - 1/2 cup Fresh cream-1 cup Sugar  - 1/2 cup Walnuts Cocoa powder. Method Of Preparation Make a cup of strong coffee and cool it. Beat  fresh cream very well until you get stiff peaks. Now add cream cheese and beat well to make a smooth fluffy mixture .Add some coffee to this.Mix well . Now dip lady fingers in coffee and arrange them into a layer  in a rectangle dish .Start to distribute the cream to get a cream layer. Repeat the step with biscuit and cream .Now top with cream. Garnish with walnuts and cocoa powder. Refrigerate it for 6-8 hrs. Yummy,mouth melting ,vegetarian Tiramisu is ready !! This is the eggless version of the recipe I had already po…

Easy Microwave Cooking

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Here is a super simple recipe for a soft tasty chocolate mocha cake.  Soft and  rich eggless cake in less than 10 minutes. This is my version of eggless chocolate cake, after trying all those recipes by others. Step 1 Dry Ingredients Cocoa powder    --- ½ cup All purpose flour – 1-1/4 cup Baking powder - 1 tsp Baking soda   - 1 tsp Salt                 - ¼ tsp Whisk dry ingredients together with a fork. No need to sieve. Step 2 Butter         - 75-80 g Dark chocolate –20 g Oil                     - 1 tab sp Yogurt           -- 1 cup Sugar              -- ¾ cup Coffee           --- 1 tsp dissolved in 2 tab sp hot water. Vanilla essence – 1tsp
In a sauce pan melt 80g butter, add chocolate and melt. Cool the mix. Combine dry ingredients, butter-chocolate mix, oil, sugar, yogurt and coffee, mix well. Add enough water/buttermilk to get a dropping consistency.
Bake in a microwave high power for 6 minutes. You will get very high cake . Frosting Cool the cake very well before frosting. Beat together 200g cream …

Chop Suey(Only Veg)

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Classic American chop suey consists of elbow macaroni and bits of cooked ground beef with sautéed onion and green pepper in a thick tomato-based sauce.Though this decidedly American comfort food is clearly influenced by Italian-American cuisine, it is known as a chop suey because it is a combo meal with meat and vegetables.  But my recipe is Chinese-American Chop Suey with only vegetables and Noodles instead of Pasta.
You can add chicken or meat and chicken stock instead of vegetable stock.
(Chop suey has become a prominent part of American Chinese cuisine, Filipino cuisine, Canadian Chinese cuisine, Indian Chinese cuisine, and Polynesian cuisine. In Indonesian Chinese cuisine it is known as Cap cai) This recipe consists of simple 3 step process. Step1 Cook the noodles with salt. Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry this cooked noodles. Noodle should be added little by little and in a way that after frying it should resemble a bird’s nest. Step2. This step is making the Chop suey sauce with al…