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SPICY EGG BIRYANI

Today being a saturday is family time for me. After a hectic week each of us looks forward to the weekend. Have you planned what to cook? or still looking for ideas? hmm…. don’t worry I am here with a fab recipe of Spicy Egg Biryani that is loved by my boys.it is made to suit the palette of my family.

Biryani is made in different ways  depending on the diaspora of the region. The styles are distinct .The origin of Biryani is unknown but in India it was introduced by the Muslim Community. It is mostly made with variety of fresh spices and meat. Vegetarian version has been developed over a period of time to suit the taste of Vegetarians.Today I am sharing a easy and delish recipe for Egg Biryani. You have to try it to believe it. This recipe is for spice lovers and not faint hearts.

Recipe for Spicy Egg Biryani:

2 Cups Biryani Rice Soaked for 30 Mins

6 Eggs hard boiled

3 Onions sliced Lengthwise

2 Tomatoes finely chopped

4 Green Chillies

2 Dry Red Chillies

20 Cashews

1 Cup Yogurt

Salt to taste

1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder

1.5 Tsp Tikka Masala

1/4 Tsp Turmeric

4 Cloves / Laung

1Inch Cinnamon / Dalchini

1 Bay Leaf / Tej Patta

2 Green Cardamom / Choti Elaichi

1 Black Cardamom /Badi Elaichi

1 Tsp Cumin / Jeera

1.5 Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste

1/2 Cup Finely chopped Coriander

3 Tbsp Oil

2 Tbsp Fried Onions

Method:

Rinse well and soak Basmati rice for 30 Mins. Chop the onions lengthwise and keep it aside. Finely chop the tomatoes and coriander and keep it aside.

Grind 10 Cashews, green chili and red chili to get a smooth paste.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add oil .First roast hard boiled egg until they turn slightly crisp and brown on all sides. Once done remove them and keep them aside. In the same oil add all the whole spices including Jeera. Once you smell the aroma of the spices add cashews and lightly roast.Once done add the chopped onions and roast well until they turn golden brown.Once done add the tomatoes and mix well.Once they turn mushy add turmeric, chili powder, chili cashew paste  and tikka masala and allow it to cook on medium flame untilloil starts to leave the sides.Add yogurt and mix well .Allow it to simmer for 2 mins. Add shallow fried eggs and mix well. Now add soaked rice and 4 glasses of water and allow it to cook well for about 25 -30 mins on low flame until the rice is fluffy and cooked.

Garnish with chopped coriander , roasted cashews, and fried onions and serve with Raita of your choice.

Enjoy!!!!!!!

PS:1.You can adjust the spice levels to suit you .

2.Not for Faint hearts

 

EG5

ICED GINGER LEMON TEA

 

Hola!!!

The weather has been hot and humid in my part of the world.I am basically a tea lover and like to have tea anytime. I am back with another wonderful recipe ICED Ginger Lemon Tea which tastes awesome and can be enjoyed anytime.

This tea keeps you refreshed with the goodness of lemon ,ginger and honey.This combination  of flavors is one of the best.

My contribution for 153rd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop  # TypesofTea is this simple Iced Ginger lemon Tea.

Recipe for Iced Ginger Lemon Tea:

Ingredients:

1/2 Litre of Water

3  Tea Bags

Handful of Mint Leaves

2 Inch Ginger crushed

4 Tsp Honey

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Extra slices of lemon and mint to serve

Method:

Boil water in a Sauce Pan along with crushed ginger. Once the water starts to boil add the tea bags and switch off the flame. Leave the tea bags until the water is  lukewarm. Now remove the tea bags, stir in lemon juice and honey. Muddle some mint leaves and add it to the tea.You can refrigerate it until you serve.

Add some ice cubes to the chilled tea,lemon slices and mint leaves and serve!!!!!!

Enjoy the goodness of this tea at the comfort of your home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EG5

SPICY BRAISED TOFU / DUBU-JORIM (KOREAN STYLE)

 

It’s Monday and I am here with a wonderful recipe for this week.I am sharing an easy  spicy braised tofu .

My boys love Tofu and  i love to try new recipes .I am not  a great fan of Tofu though.But I loved this korean style Spicy Braised tofu.This recipe is my contribution for 152nd theme #Foodiemonday #Bloghop  #AsianCuisine.

Recipe for Spicy Braised Tofu:

Ingredients:

1 Packet of Firm Tofu

2 Tbsp Oil

1/2 Tbsp Sesame Oil

1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Onion

1 Clove Garlic Minced

4 Spring Onions finely chopped

1/2 Tsp Sesame Seeds

For the Sauce:

1 Tbsp Soya Sauce

Salt to Taste

1 Tbsp Korean Chilli Paste / Gochujang

1/2 Cup Water

Method:

Take Firm Tofu and rinse well in cold running water .Pat dry with a Kitchen  paper towel. No slice them into 1/4Inch thick slices. Heat a heavy bottom flat pan. Add cooking oil. Now place tofu slices and cook on both sides untilnicely done. It will take about approx 7-8 mins for tofu to cook on each sides.Once done remove the crunchy tofu slices and place them on  a paper towel. Now add chopped onions , Spring onions (keep some aside for garnishing).Slightly roast untill the onions are slightly brown and crunchy.

Add all the ingredients for sauce in a bowl and keep it aside. Once the onions are done add the sauce until the oil starts to leave the sides and  the sauce becomes slightly thick.Add Sesame oil and tofu .Mix well.Sprinkle sesame seeds and garnish with spring onions .

Serve with steaming hot rice .

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EG5

SPICED PARMESAN CHEESE CORN

School holidays have come to an end .My boys are gearing for the new session in new campus.To celebrate the last day of holiday we treated ourselves with simply Spiced Parmesan Cheese Corn. This is an all time favorite as we love to have corn on the cob.It was so fresh and tender. We just loved it. We should always enjoy simple pleasures of life .

I am not a great fan of cheese .But this spiced Parmesan cheese corn just stole my heart. My humble contribution for this week’s 151st  #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Corn is this simple and delish Spiced Parmesan Cheese Corn.

Recipe for Spiced Parmesan Cheese Corn:

Ingredients:

2 Ears Fresh Corn

1/4 Tsp Red Chilli Powder

2 Tsp Melted Butter

2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese

1/4 Tsp Chilli Flakes

Method:

Remove the corn husks and remove the silk and wash the Corn. Gently tap the tissue to remove the water. Smear butter generously. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese generously. Please these on a tray and  bake it at 180C in a preheated Oven for about 15-20 mins.Once done remove the corn from the oven and sprinkle chilli powder and chilli flakes.

Serve and enjoy!!!!!!!!!

Check out other corn recipes:

Mexican Street Corn

EG5

TOFU WITH GREENS / TOFU PALAK BHAJI

Hello!!

 

Today is monday and I am back with another fabulous recipe as per the theme. In this recipe  fresh Tofu is cooked with fresh greens . Another great idea to incorporate greens into your diet.This is a very simple and easy recipe with easily available ingredients in your pantry.

This week i managed to get some fresh organic Palak and fresh tofu.I was so happy to cook .Fresh greens make me so happy and whenever I am in Malaysia i incorporate fresh and green vegetables in my diet.I love the taste of vegetables there. Local varieties taste much better and are more flavourful.

Palak is a super food loaded with tons of nutrients in a low calorie package. Dark, leafy greens like spinach are important for skin, hair, and bone health. They also provide protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals. Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a food  made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks. It is a component in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. Tofu can be soft, firm, or extra firm

My Contribution for 150th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #1TspOil is this simple and quick Tofu with Greens / Tofu Palak Bhaji.

Recipe for Tofu with Greens / Tofu Palak Bhaji

1 Cup =250 Ml

200 Gms Fresh Tofu

4 Cups of Chopped Palak

Salt to Tatste

1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin

1/4 Tsp Rasam Powder

1/4 Tsp Garam Masala

1 Tsp Oil

1/4 Tsp Haldi / Turmeric

Method:

Take a heavy bottom pan. Add oil. Once the oil is hot add Jeera . Once done add tofu slices and slightly roast on medium flame .Once done remove the tofu and keep it aside. Now add the chopped  greens /Palak  . Add haldi and allow it to cook on medium flame. Once lightly cooked add salt , rasam powder and garam masala. Mix well . Now add tofu and mix well. Allow it to cook well untill all the masala is incorporated and spinach is cooked well for about 10 mins.

Garnish with coarse black pepper and serve hot with Chapati / Phulka /Rice.

 

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

EG5

REFRESHING SUMMER SALAD

 

Summer season is in full swing here. It is very Important to keep yourself hydrated all the time to beat the heat.Refreshing Summer Salads are a boon for me as i can whip up some yummy salads quickly.

I have been missing in action for sometime and have been missing you all. Work and home front have kept me bus.It is school holidays here and my boys are keeping me busy.Well i promise you to be more active and share some wonderful recipes with all of you.

Coming back to cooking in summers,I personally prefer to whip up quick meals for my family and avoid spending long hours in kitchen. I like to whip up up salads with fresh and yummy ingredients . Sometime simple salads with no fancy dressing is an absolute delight .

For our #149th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Salads my humble contribution is this refreshing summer salad that can be prepared within 10 mins from start to finish.

Recipe for Refreshing Summer Salad:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Corn (Frozen corn defrosted  or boiled corn)

1 Small  Onion Finely Chopped

1 Red Tomato finely chopped

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

1/4 Tsp Coarse Pepper Powder

Salt to Taste

1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tbsp fresh Coriander finely chopped

1/2 Green Chilli / Jalapeno  finely Chopped ( as it gives a nice aroma)

 

Method:

Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl. Allow it to rest for 2-3 mins. Then serve this refreshing salad with the goodness of fresh ingredients.

Remember to keep yourself hydrated all the time!!!

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!

EG5

AMBE UPAKARI / RIPE MANGO CURRY

 

Summers are here in many parts of the world and so are sweet Mangoes.Mangoes are so healthy and flavorful. You can use them in variety of dishes ranging from desserts to curries.Mangoes are rich in vitamins .It is always good to eat seasonal fruits . Mangoes are available in my part of the world.It is expensive but we do have our quota during the season to make the most of it.

Everyone loves mangoes and my family loves them too. I have shared some recipes with mangoes in my blog.This time i thought of sharing an interesting recipe from Mangalore which is called Ambe Upakari / Ripe Mango Curry.It is absolutely lip smacking. You have to try this recipe to believe it.

My Contribution for  147th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Mangoes  my humble contribution is Ambe Upakari or Ripe Mango curry.

Recipe for Ambe Upakari / Ripe Mango Curry:

Ingredients:

7 Ripe Mangoes (Use small juicy ones)

10  Dry Red Chilles (ihave used byadgi variety)

1 Tsp Fenugreek / Methi

1/2 Tsp Mustard / Sarso

1 Tsp Cumin/ Jeera

1 Tsp Coriander / Dhania

3 Onions

4 Garlic pods

1 Inch Ginger

1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder / Haldi

Handfull of curry leaves

1/2 Tsp Pepper corns / Gol Mirch

2 Tbsp Palm Jaggery

2 Tbsp Oil

2 Tbsp Tamrind Juice

2 Green Chillies Slit

Salt to taste

Method:

Wash the mangoes and peel them. Soak the peels in a cup of water.Keep it aside for some time.

Take a wide bottom pan .Dry roast jeera , dhania, pepper corns,mustard seeds ,red chillies until you can smell the aroma.Ensure you do not burn them. Grind all the roasted spices along with chopped onions , ginger and garlic cloves to get a smooth paste.You can little water to the paste .Heat oil the pan. Add curry leaves ,some mustard and slit green chilles. Once they splutter add the paste and turmeric. Let it simmer untill the oil starts to leave the sides.

No w add mangoes , squeezed juice from the soaked peels, jaggery and tamrind juice and salt. Add more jaggery and tamrind if you want.Let it simmer for 3-5 mins.

Serve hot with steaming hot rice and a dollop of desi ghee.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!

 

Note:The measurements given above is as per my family’s pallet.

 

EG5

AUTHENTIC RASAM POWDER

Hello !!

I am back with another authentic Rasam powder that i have learnt from my mom. Once of the best recipes i have learnt from her. It is so easy to make and store.Home made powders are always the best. This powder is an intergral part of any South Indian Kitchen. There are some variations in rasam powder depending on the states.

I was asked by many of my readers to share rasam powder recipe which i use in many dishes other than rasam.It enhances the taste of the curries when you pair it up with other masalas. It gives a whole new twist to the recipe.I am sure this recipe is a keeper.

Recipe for Rasam Powder:

250 Gms Dry Red Chilli (Byadgi variety)

50 Gms Dry red Chilli (Guntur Variety)

250 Gms Coriander seeds / Dhania

75 Gms   Fenugreek / Methi

50 Gms Mustard / Sarso

75 Gms Cumin / Jeera

75 Gms Black Pepper Corns / Gol Mirch

50 Gms Turmeric / Haldi

Handful of Karipatta /Curry Leaves

Method:

Dry Roast all the ingredients above individually on medium flame. Ensure it does not burn. Allow the  ingredients to cool. Grind them to get fine powder.

Mix in a dry bowl. Once cool store in an airtight container.Always use a dry spoon.

Enjoy!!!!!!!

EG5

BREAD STICKS

 

Hello!!!

Today i am sharing a very easy recipe that you can make along with your kids during these summer holidays.One of the easiest recipe that your kids will enjoy. We need to keep our kids engaged and at the same time teach them to be independent .Kids will have the sense of pride when they are able to make such simple recipes.My boys love to cook and they do help me whenever they can.They have learnt the basics of cooking and can manage when I am travelling or busy at work.

When this theme was selected i had many ideas. I was preparing to travel so chose to settle with this simple recipe.My Contribution for 146th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Bread Recipe is this simple and yummy recipe Bread Sticks that is so cheesy.Kids will eat without any fuss .It is irresistible and you cannot just stop at one.

Recipe for Bread Sticks:

6 Slices of White Bread

1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese

1/4 Cup Cheddar Cheese

2 Tbsp milk

3 Tsp Oil

Method:

Mix both the cheese in a bowl.

Remove the sides of the bread. Roll each slice to make it flat.Repeat this process for all the slices of bread. place the cheese generously in the centre and roll the bread .Pat the sides with milk so that the sides can stick together.Repeat this process for the balance slices of bread.

Heat a flat pan. Add oil in the pan. Place the rolls and roast them untill they turn slightly brown and all the sides are crisp.

Serve these yummy bread sticks with any sauce of your choice and enjoy!!!!!

Is it not easy??Do try at your convenience and enjoy!!!!!!

EG5

CHOCOLATE CAKE (EGGLESS)

Hello !!!

I am so happy to share that my humble blog completes 3 Yrs this month. It has been an amazing journey which has taught me so many things , introduced me to many wonderful and talented people who are always encouraging with their lovely feedback which has helped me to improve.I would also like to thank my family, friends and my wonderful readers who have time and again given their honest feedback which has made me better understand them and improve myself constantly. Do continue to shower your love and blessings which will boost me .I have met many of them personally and there is long list of people whom i am keen to meet sometime soon.To share this milestone i have baked a moist chocolate cake and decorated it as well.

Now coming back to this wonderful recipe it is eggless. I have tried to step out of my comfort zone and worked with Ganache. It was an awesome experience working with chocolate ganache. I know i need to work on my decoration skills. This is just a baby step and I am happy to have taken it.

As a part of out 145th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Cakes my humble contribution is this Yummy Chocolate cake .

Recipe for Eggless Chocolate Cake:

Ingredients:

For Cake:

1.5 Cups All Purpose Flour (Unbleached)
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
250 ML Milk (At room temperature)
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Oil (I have used Olive Oil)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tsp Vinegar(Incase you don’t have Vinegar you can use buttermilk instead of milk and vinegar
1 Tsp Baking Soda

For Ganache:

3/4 Cup Dark Choco Chips
250 ML Heavy Cream (I have used Amul cream)

For Toppings:

3 Nos Ferrero Rocher

6 Nos Fresh Stawberries

12 Nos Chocolate eggs

Method:

For Cake:

Pre heat the Oven at 180C for 10 mins. Grease the Cake tin and dust some flour and keep it aside.

Sieve the flour, Cocoa Powder, Baking Soda and salt twice in a wide bowl . Sieve sugar in another bowl.

In another bowl mix milk,vinegar,sugar and oil. Keep it aside till sugar is completely dissolved .

Slowly unfold the flour mix into the liquid mix and mix untill you get a smooth mixture without any lumps.Do not over mix.

Pour this mixture into the greased cake tin and bake it for about 40 mins or untill the toothpick comes out clean.

Keep it on a cooling rack and allow it to cool completely.

For Ganache:

Bring Heavy cream to light simmer and switch off the flame . Pour this over the chocolate chips and cover it for about 5 mins .Do not mix. After 5 mins mix the 2 ingredients to get a smooth mixture .I got the perfect consistency for decorating the cake. Allow it to cool completely.

One cooled pour it on the cake and uniformly spread it on the whole cake.Decorate with all the toppings mentioned above and serve.

Enjoy this super moist eggless chocolate cake !!!!!!