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KADALA PARIPPU PAYASAM

 

 

Onam is celebrated this year on Aug 27th. A  memorable day in my life as I got married on this day few years ago.Onam Festival is celebrated all over Kerala. It usually falls during the Malayali month of Chingam (Aug – Sep) and marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. Carnival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam – the harvest festival in Kerala.

For our 157th #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #Onamrecipes my humble contribution id Kadala Parippu Payasam.

Recipe for Kadala Parippu Payasam:

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Channa dal / Kadala Parippu

1/4 Cup Coarsely ground Brown rice

2 Cups Palm Jaggery

1/8th Tsp Dry ginger powder

1/2 Cup Coconut Milk (thick)

1  Cup Coconut Milk (Thin)

1 Tbsp Ghee

A generous pinch of  Cardamom powder / Elaichi powder

15 Cashews

Coconut Pcs (Optional)

Method:

Heat 1/2 tbsp ghee and roast the cashews.Once done keep it aside.Heat the balance ghee in a pressure cooker.Dry roast channa dal and broken rice until fragrant. Add required amount of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.Switch off and keep it aside.

Heat a white bottom pan.Add jaggery and allow it to melt on low flame.Mash dal and rice mix with a laddle. Now add this syrup to the dal and rice mixture and mix well. Once done add coconut milk (thin)and allow it to simmer on low flame.Once it starts to boil add the thick coconut milk.Allow it to simmer for another 5-7 mins. Once the mixture starts to thicken add cardamom powder ,dry ginger powder and mix well.

Garnish with roasted cashews and coconut pieces and serve.

Notes:

Payasam will thicken after some time.You can add hot milk and adjust the consistency before serving.

Serve hot or cold as desired.

 

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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 !!!!!!

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STRAWBERRY SOFT SERVE (NO COOK RECIPE)

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Hello!!!!!!!!

I just love Ice cream in any season. I like to whip up soft serve with frozen fruits when you have a sudden craving for desserts or sudden guests at home. Absolutely no cooking involved. Just a few ingredients and a yummy dessert is ready.

Soft serve is a type of ice cream that is softer than regular ice creams as a result of air being introduced during freezing.These days it is commercially sold in many flavours.

This week’s theme for 102 #Foodiemonday #Bloghop is #FirelessCooking and my contribution for this theme is Strawberry Soft Serve. This theme will be very useful for many parents who participate in cooking competitions in their Kid’s school or elsewhere.Do check out all the recipes from my fellow bloggers too for all the amazing ideas.

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Recipe for Strawberry Soft Serve:

Ingredients:

10  big Strawberries fresh or frozen

3/4 Tin Condensed Milk

2 Tins Nestle  Cream

1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Method:

Freeze fresh strawberries one day before you plan you make the soft serve. You can use store bought frozen strawberries if you plan to make it on the same day.

Puree the frozen strawberries in a blender until they are no lumps. Then add the condensed milk, cream and vanilla essence and pulse it until all the ingredients blend well. Pour this mixture in a metal baking pan. Cover it with a cling wrap and freeze it until firm.

Remove from the freezer 5 minutes before serving . Scoop it and serve it in wafer cones garnished with fresh strawberries.

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

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STUFFED MANGO PANCAKES

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Hello !!!!!!!

Work has kept me busy and away from blogging for sometime. Hope you are all looking forward to my latest recipe.Today i will be sharing a very popular dessert from HongKong. This yummy dessert is so light and refreshing  that it will leave you craving for more.This dessert is actually a thin pillow shaped crepe stuffed with whipping cream and mango chunks.It tastes absolutely divine and is so easy to to make it at home.My boys went gaga over this dish.I just loved the elastic and moist pancake with mango chunks.

Recipe for Stuffed Mango Pancake:

Ingredients:

(1Cup =240 ML)

1 Cup Fresh Milk

1/3 Cup Unbleached All purpose Flour

3 Eggs lightly beaten

1/4 Cup Custard Powder (Plain)

10 Gms melted Butter

For Stuffing :

1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 Tbsp Icing Sugar

300 ML Whipping Cream

3 Mangoes peeled and cut into chunks

Method:

Take a mixing bowl. Pour the milk in the bowl. Now sift the flour ,icing sugar and custard powder into the bowl.Whisk all the ingredients untill it is lump free and well combined.Add the lightly beaten eggs and melted butter to the mixture. Mix well. Now sieve this mixture in order to remove the lumps if any. Custard powder gives a nice yellow colour to the pancake.

Heat  a non stick pan over low heat. Pour  mixture using a ladle and swirl it to form a thin disc (just like  you make dosa). Once the air pockets appear on the top remove the pancake and allow it to cool .It is to be cooked only on one side.Repeat this procedure for the balance mixture.

In the meantime whip the cream and whipping cream till you get stiff peaks. I have added a tsp of icing sugar to this mixture.

Now lay the pancake on a flat surface .Smooth side will be facing down. Add a tsp of whipped cream in the centre of the pancake.Place a mango chunk on the top.Wrap the filling from all the four sides to shape like a pillow. Place the folded side facing down and chill these pancakes for about 30 minutes before you serve . This will keep the whipped cream stiff.  My boys could not wait so i had to serve it immediately.

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

 

 

 

 

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MANGO YOGURT SMOOTHIE BOWL

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Hello !!!

I was craving for some dessert this weekend. I had a few ingredients in my pantry and viola i came up with a yummy and healthy Smoothie bowl with the goodness of Mango , greek yogurt, honey and organic dried Mulberries.Yogurt is a staple at my place. An important part of our daily diet.

Yogurt is extremely versatile. You can dip it, spread it, freeze it, add fruit to it or eat it plain. Yogurt is often included on healthy food lists and for a good reason. Yogurt is highly nutritious and is an excellent source of protein, calcium and potassium. It provides numerous vitamins and minerals and is relatively low in calories. The difference between yogurt and Greek yogurt is that Greek yogurt is more creamier as it is strained thrice compared to the normal yogurt.

Here are some other ideas:

1.Make a breakfast parfait by layering yogurt, dry cereal or granola, and topping with your favorite fruit

2.Top waffles or pancakes with yogurt and sliced strawberries

3.Enjoy a mid-day snack by blending yogurt, fruit and juice to make a delicious smoothie

4.Dip raw vegetables in plain yogurt

5.Use yogurt for salad dressing and dips

6.Serve plain yogurt on quesadillas, tacos, soups and chili—as an alternative to sour cream

Today I am sharing a healthy recipe for Mango yogurt smoothie bowl which can be whipped up in just 5 mins and can satisfy your sweet cravings and hunger pangs.By adding some cornflakes or Museli you can serve it as breakfast too.

My Contribution for #92nd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #YOGURT my contribution is this simple and yummy Mango Yogurt Smoothie bowl.

Recipe for Mango Yogurt Smoothie bowl:

Ingredients:

1 Ripe Mango Pureed

4 Tbsp Greek Yogurt

6 Physalis (Fresh fruit)

10 Raisins

6 Almonds grated

10 Organic dried Mulberries

2 Tsp Honey

Method:

Add Mango puree , Greek yogurt,honey and blend to get a smooth paste. Pour this mixture in a bowl . Garnish with raisins,grated almonds, organic dried mulberries ,Physalis and serve as a dessert.

Enjoy this healthy and yummy no fuss dessert at the comfort of your home.

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MANGO MASTANI

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This post is dedicated to my MOM on the occasion of Mother’s Day. Mother’s day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. I feel it is a celebration not on just one day but everyday.

My Mom is my strength. She has always encouraged me ,taught me and made me what I am today. I have understood her much better since I became a MOM.My mom is a self taught woman who lost her parents at the age of 18. She has equipped herself to be an independent woman in every possible way. She is always outspoken ,caring and helpful. She treats everyone equally irrespective of how she is treated, but never compromises on her self respect. She is always positive and vibrant with energy. She is one person who has never changed in any circumstance. I am always amazed to see how well she handles any situation. She is very practical .I am constantly learning from her. I love you Mom.I am so blessed to be your daughter.

My Mom loves Mangoes, Ice cream and Chocolates. This Mothers day I am sharing the recipe of her favorite dessert Mango Mastani.

Recipe for Mango Mastani (2 Servings):

1 Ripe Mango peeled and cubed

4 Scoops of Vanilla Ice cream

3 Glazed Cherries

1/2 Tsp Honey

4 Pistachios roughly chopped

4 Almonds roughly chopped

Few pieces of  Mango

4 Cashews roughly chopped

1/4 Cup Chilled Milk

Method:

Peel the mango and cut the pulp into cubes. Keep some pieces aside for garnish. In a blender put Mango cubes , 2 scoops of ice cream , honey ,milk and blend to get  a lump free smooth thick paste. Pour this mixture into 2 glasses. Add a scoop of Vanilla ice cream in each glass. Garnish with chopped cashews, almonds, pista, mango pieces and glazed cherries and serve.

Enjoy this royal dessert with your MOM and cherish these memories lifetime!!!!!!!!!

Love you MOM.

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NO BAKE MINI CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY PIES

 

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14. It is a festival of romantic love and many people give cards, letters, flowers or presents to their spouse or partner.The most common Valentine’s Day symbols are the heart, particularly in reds and pinks, and pictures or models of Cupid. Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow. In mythology, he uses his arrow to strike the hearts of people. People who have fallen in love are sometimes said to be ‘struck by Cupid’s arrow. Other symbols of Valentine’s Day are couples in loving embraces and the gifts of flowers, chocolate, red roses and lingerie that couples often give each other.

As we approach Valentine Day this year i thought of making these No Bake Mini Chocolate Strawberry Pies which can be whipped up in a jiffy. A perfect recipe for all those need last minute ideas or due to time constraints they are unable to whip up anything special.

As a part of our 79th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme of #Valentine’sSpecial recipes, my contribution is this quick and easy No Banke Mini Chocolate Strawberry Pies.

Ingredients:

12 Double Chocochip Cookies

3 Tbsp Butter

1.5 Cups Chocolate Chips (Semi sweet)

10 Fresh Strawberries Halved

Colourful Sprinklers for Garnish

Method:

Pulse the chocochip cookies in a blender untill you get fine crumbs. Add butter and pulse untill the mixture holds together.Line a muffin tray with cup cake liners.Press the cookie crumb mixture into each liner.

Put the semi sweet choco chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for a minute. Stir in at 15 secs interval and microwave untill the chocolate is smooth and melted.Add this chocolate mixture on top of the cookie crumb in the cup cake liners.Press the halved strawberries into the chocolate. Place the muffin tray in the freezer for about 20 mins or untill the chocolate is firm. Garnish with some colourful sprinklers just befoe serving.

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Enjoy!!!!!

Wishing all my readers a very Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Shahi Tukda

Diwali falls on 29th Oct this year. I am sure everyone is busy cleaning and decorating their houses to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.The colourful diyas are lit in every corner of the house. I miss India during Diwali as the celebration here is not the same.There are no crackers here, but the festive spirit is the same.

Are you all looking forward to some last minute sweet recipes?I will be sharing a easy recipe of a yummy sweet and this is one of my favorite. I have another reason to treat myself as it is my Birthday!!!!

So i prepared Yummy Shahi Tukda to treat myself and also my contribution for the 63rd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #DiwaliSpecial-Sweets.

Recipe for Shahi Tukda

2 Pcs of Brown Bread cut into triangles with the sides removed

2 Cups of Full cream Milk

6 Tsp Sugar (Fine grain)

6 Almonds Finely chopped

20 Raisins

A generous pinch of Cardamom powder (freshly ground)

2 Tbsp Ghee /Clarified Butter

8 Strands of Saffron

Method:

Take a wide bottom pan. Add a little ghee and roast both the sides of the bread until crisp.

Roast the dry fruits in ghee and keep it aside.

Pour the milk in a heavy bottom pan and keep it on medium flame until the milk reduces to half.Keep stirring and scrape the sides.  Add sugar, cardamom powder,saffron .Allow it to boil for 3 to 4 mins.Switch off and allow the mixture to cool.

Take a plate. Place the roasted bread slices, pour the milk on top and garnish with roasted  dry fruits and serve.

Enjoy Shahi Tukda at the comfort of your home and treat your guests with this yummy delight!!!

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Wishing all my readers a Happy and Safe Diwali!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mango Ice Cream with Chocolate swirl

 

 

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.

Rudyard Kipling
Mother’s Day  on 8th May is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.Mothers are the pillars of a Family.My Mother is my friend,mentor,guide who has been with me through all the thick and thin. She has moulded me to be what I am today. I am blessed to be her daughter. Every day is mother’s day as there is so much efforts the mothers put in to train and mould their kids to be good humans. I can relate to all the things my mom used to say after i became a mom. I am also blessed to be a mom of two Wonderful boys who  are in the process of being moulded to be good human  being with values.

Well coming back to the recipe, my mom is fond of ice creams and chocolates. As she is here with me ,I decided to to treat her with home made Mango Ice Cream with a drizzle of chocolate syrup and garnish with Choco chips. She was so happy and surprised seeing this wonderful treat.I am glad she loved it.

Our theme  for this #Foodiemonday #Bloghop #MothersDaySpecial to honour our Mothers who has worked tirelessly to make us what we are today.

Recipe for Mango Ice Cream with Chocolate Swirl.

Ingredients:

1 Cup =250 ML

1 Cup Fresh Mango Puree

300 ML Chilled Whipping

100 ML Sterlised cream

3/4 Cup Milk Powder

3/4 Cup Sugar(Adjust as per the sweetness of Mango)

2 Tsp Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

2 Tsp Choco Chips for Garnish (Optional)

Method:

Pour the whipping cream and sterlised cream in a bowl and blitz it in a blender. Add the Mango Puree ,1/2 cup milk powder  and sugar and blitz again for about 5 mins.You can see a nice fluffy mixture.

Freeze this mixture in a freezer safe container for 4 hours.After 4 hours  remove the container and pour the mixture in a bowl . Add the balance milk powder and blitz for about 2-3 Mins. Pour the mixture in an same freezer safe container and wrap the container using a plastic wrap. Place it in the freezer for about 2 hours.

After 2 hours remove the mixture and blitz again for 2 mins. Pour the mixture in a freezer safe container, pour the hershey syrup and using a toothpick make a swirl.Wrap the container with a plastic wrap . Freeze overnight or for 7-8 hours.

Serve the Creamy Mango ice cream with some hersheys choco syrup and garnished with choco chips.

Enjoy!!!

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Fruit & Nut Kulfi Temptation (No cook Recipe)

 

Summers are in full swing .Looking for some summer coolers to beat the heat all the time.Kulfi is a much sought after frozen dessert at my place. Kulfi has similarities to ice cream in appearance and taste, however it is denser and creamier .The traditional methods are time taking. With hectic work schedules i resort to short cuts sometimes without compromising on taste.

My Cousins and aunt were visiting us.I made this yummy kulfi to treat them.

There are many recipes of Kulfi. One of the most favorite at my place is Fruit & Nut Kulfi.

Recipe for Fruit & Nut Kulfi Temptation:

Ingredients:

1 Tin Nestle Evaporated Milk
1 Tin Nestle sterlised cream
3 Slices of fruit and nut bread(Gardenia Fruit & Nut Loaf)

1 Banana Chopped
1 Mango Pureed
2 Tsp of condensed milk

8 to 10 Cashews

Method:

Blend all the ingredients in a blender .Set it in the freezer for 2 hours. Blend it again and freeze for an hour. Blend once again. Add some chopped banana in the moulds / freezer safe  container and  pour this mixture and freeze overnight. Add a scoop or two in a bowl,garnish with nuts and raisins and drizzle some Chocolate syrup and serve.

 

 

Enjoy!!!!!!