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Recap 2011


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 heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs

THANK YOU ALL....HAVE A BLESSED YEAR AHEAD..





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Pasta with herbs~kids recipe

Pasta With Mixed Herbs n Cream
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 in minutes.





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Easy Vegetable Rice~kids recipe

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 tbsp yogurt and cook the veggies. Add in salt and plenty of mint leaves.

Add a pinch of turmeric, red chili powder and coriander powder. (This step is optional, if adding, just add only very little)
Don't forget to add 1 tsp sugar,this step gonna enhance the flavor.
When it’s almost dry, add cooked rice, saffron, salt and remaining ghee.
Mix well.
Once it’s warm, serve with raita (Yogurt Salad).
Your family would love this delicious rice.






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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year







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Mushroom Pepper Fry

Mushroom Pepper Fry

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!!





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Fish Curry-South Kerala Style



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 until fried well.Keep stirring occasionally.

Grind these into fine paste.
Step3
Heat coconut oil in a big vessel.
Crackle mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and then add 2 red chilies.
Now add chopped onion/shallots.
Mix in ginger chopped.
Add some salt.
Now add the coconut paste and the gravy in which the fish was cooked. 
Let it boil for 3 minutes now add in fish pieces and excess water if needed.
Check the salt and add some more curry leaves to this.
Just bring it to a boil.
Very special traditional Kerala fish curry is ready!!!!!!!


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Vegetable Fried Rice

Veg.Fried Rice

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.






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Paneer Butter Masala


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 along with a green chilly to a smooth paste.
Now grind Tomato to smooth paste.
No need to blanch the tomatoes. As I already said, we are cooking in a hurry, you know...Don’t worry there is no compromise in the taste, I can tell you.
Step2
Melt Butter and fry the cashews. Keep aside.
Now lightly fry Paneer in the same butter and remove from the pan.
To the same butter add ginger garlic paste. Sauté for 2 minutes. Now add in onion paste and 1 tsp salt.
Let it fry in butter for a minute. Now add tomato paste and again fry this for a minute. Add in
Red chilly powder, coriander powder ,cumin powder and turmeric powder.
Now add 1 tsp sugar .Now add some kasuri methi leaves. These are dry Fenugreek leaves which are easily available in the market.
Now on medium high flame, keep the mix for 2-3 minutes. Oil (Butter) would start separating from it.
Now add ½ cup water and ½ cup milk.
Let it boil and then add Paneer cubes.
When the sauce thickens, add in Kasuri methi and bring to boil once more.
Serve hot with any kind of bread.


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Fish Curry

deepsrecipes home made fish curry


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 list) in 2 tbsp water and pour this to the above oil.
Add the soaked Kokum. Mix well. Keep on low fire for 3-4 minutes until oil separates. Add curry leaves.
Now add 11/2 cups of water and salt. When this starts boiling, add the fried fish pieces.
And a tsp Vinegar. Let this curry thicken a bit.You can add ½ tsp Pepper powder at this stage if you want it more spicy.
Serve hot with rice or the bread of your choice.





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Lamb Keema Kathi Rolls

Lamb Keema Kathi Roll
 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 add some onion slices and chopped coriander leaves.
You  can add any salad vegetable, you prefer,Lettuce,greenchillies,bell pepper slices..Choice is yours. But don’t forget to add  raw onion slices and lemon juice since it enhances the taste.
Serve hot.

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Eggless Tiramisu

Italian Dessert Tiramisu Eggless recipe

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 posted in March 2011.
ENJOY!!!!








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Easy Microwave Cooking

Chocolate Mocha Cake
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 cheese and 1/2 cup powdered sugar .Add vanilla essence.
Cover the cake completely with cream on all sides and the top.Sprinkle chocolate bits or cocoa powder .

This blog post is directly going for the Microwave Easy Cooking  event hosted by Kavi



This is a recipe I had posted way before ,today I wanna re post for Kavi's  event since its very easy and tasty.
Happy Microwave Cooking !!!!!!!!!!

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Chop Suey(Only Veg)

on December 03, 2011 in , , ,
noodle recipe chop suey

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 all the veggies and chicken if you are using.
Ingredients
1. Ginger-1tsp finely chopped
2. Garlic-1tsp finely chopped
3. Onion-1 medium sized
4. Carrot-1 no
5. Bell Pepper-1 no
6. Spring Onion /celery- 2 tbsp
7. Cabbage-4 tbsp
8. Veg stock/water-2tbsp
9. Salt & Pepper
Sugar-1tsp
10. Tomato sauce-bountiful
 & Worchester sauce-1tsp
Method of preparation
In a wok, add in 1tbsp oil.
Add in chopped ginger, garlic, onion and spring onion and sauté well.
Now add all the veggies (you can add your selection of veggies), just sauté in high flame.
Add 1 tsp sugar.
Add generous amount of Tomato sauce and just 1 tsp Worchester sauce.
Add in salt, pepper and stock.
Cook until al-dente.
Step3
In another pan add 1 tsp oil and fry 1 egg .This is served as a topping to the chop suey.
Serve hot.
This is so delicious and my family’s favorate.Please try this at home and ENJOY!!!







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