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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Brinjal Biryani / Eggplant Biryani

One of my favaourite food is Biryani. This is one of the most popular and classical recipe which doesn't need much introduction. Today I'm going to share a biryani recipe cooked with ' Brinjal '. Surprised !!...... yes me too surprised when i heard this for the first time.
Brinjal Biryani
When i watching a local TV channel, i saw star chef Meena cooking this brinjal biryani. Because at my home everyone likes brinjal very much, I thought why don't I try this out. And also another reason i love to cook this briyani is ' it's one pot cooking'.
Brinjal Biryani

I made a lil change from her recipe and tried. I marinated the brinjal and tried. Because when i tried without marinating, brinjal tasted very bland. It has no flavour and salt. So I tried marinating it with lil spice powders and salt. It became super hit. Always try to use whole brinjal for this recipe, otherwise it will become very smashy. And also select the very small brinjals for this recipe so that it gives a nice taste to the biryani.
Brinjal Biryani

So vegetarians.... are you bored of trying the same vegetable biryani all the time. Try this one pot biryani recipe with brinjal and surprise your loved ones by serving this at your dinner table.One pot cooking is always top on my list when it comes to quick dinner solutions. This recipe needs very minimal chopping and less preparation work.  So this recipe has become one of my personal favourite because its so easy and tasty.
Brinjal Biryani

  • 6 nos Brinjal (Eggplant), small ones, slitted
  • 1 Onion, chopped lengthwise
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 1 handful of mint leaves
  • 1 handful of Coriander leaves
  • 6 Green Chillies, slitted
  • 1/2 cup Curd
  • 1/2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 1/4 cup Seeraga Samba rice / Jeera Rice or Basmati rice
Whole Spices
  •    1/4 tsp Fennel seeds
  •    2 Cinnamon Sticks
  •    4 Cloves
  •    6 Cardamom pods
  •    1 Star Anise
  •    1 small piece of Mace
  •    2 Bay leaves
For marinating Brinjals
  •  1/2 tsp Chilly powder,
  •  1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  •  1/4 tsp lemon juice
  •  1/4 tp salt
1. Soak the rice in water for 30 min's and set aside.

2. Wash the brinjals. Do not remove the stem. Slit brinjals towards the stem side vertically and horizantally like a plus sign and don't slit them all the way through.

3.Marinate the brinjals with the spice powders and salt said above and leave it aside.

4. Heat oil in a large pan. When hot add all the whole spices one by one and fry for one minute.

5. Add the chopped onions and fry till it becomes golden brown colour.

6. Next add slit green chillies, mint leaves, ginger garlic paste, and half of the coriander leaves and fry for 2 Min's.

7. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till it raw smell leaves.

8. Then add the brinjals, turmeric powder and mix gently and cook for a minute.

9. Add the curd and lemon juice and mix well and cook for 3 more Min's. Now it will become a gravy like consistency.

10. Drain the water from the rice and to the gravy.

11. Add 2 cups of water and salt and mix gently. Finally add the remaining coriander leaves.

12. Cover the pan and cook the rice in medium flame.Stir once in between.

13. Once the rice is cooked and all the water drained, add 2 tbsp of ghee and mix gently without breaking the rice.

14. Serve it with onion raitha.
Brinjal Biryani

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Review: Hungry Bird Burger from Five Star Chicken

Few days back, I got a chance to review the Hungry bird Burger from Five Star Chicken at Kaggadasapura outlet, which is nearby to my place. Five Star Chicken is one of the fast food chain that offers good value for money. 

These outlets are small and cosy stores tucked in each and every corner of Bangalore. Therefore whenever you feel to relish and try different varieties of fried chicken its always easier for you find out a nearby shop. The brand offers a wide range of chicken recipes in spicy Indian flavours as well as Asian and Thai flavours.

Hngry Bird Burger
When i got a chance to visit such a store few week back, I could understand the store is already popular among the local crowd. I have to wait in a line to get a fried chicken and I could see already few kids started enjoying the meal there.
When i got my order packed it was nicely wrapped in aluminium foil such that the chicken was hot till i return home and open the foil. Also i packed myself with a new burger called " Hungry bird " that caught my eye in the advertisement boards. Being a big fan of popular international brand burger I thought to try this out.

Hungry Bird Burger

Hungry Bird Burger

Hungry Bird Burger is the newly launched product on their menu. The minced chicken patties are made from the chicken breasts and spiced by the dollops of  Five Star Chicken's secret sauce and crumb coated before frying which makes the patties crispier and tasty. The patties are sandwiched between the toasted sesame buns and smeared with mayonnaise and topped with fresh veggies like onion and capsicum. 

The Hungry Bird Burger is priced at Rs.60/- ( exclusive of taxes ) and available across all Five Star Chicken outlets in Bangalore.

Now to say about the Hungry Bird Burger, the bun was fresh and tastier. I could complete the bite within a few bites and it was a really a good bon appetite on that day.
fivestar chicken

After tasting the burger i got a chance to try out the other products also. My all time favourite from fivestar is Crunchy Thai chicken . Also tried other products like chilly nuggets, spicy finger, popcorn chicken which are more kids friendly.

For Aamjanata Five Star Chicken is an easiest nearby outlet to try the taste of fried chicken. They don't need to visit big malls or rush to store located in rush junction to taste the fried chicken. There's probably one near your locality. The best part is that they have developed all the products in their menu according to the local taste and the flavours. It is becoming a strong neighbourhood brand offering chicken at affordable prices for all the customers.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Mullangi and Mullangi keerai Poriyal ( Radish and Radish green Curry)

When it comes to cooking, there is nothing more happier than getting vegetables from your own garden. I have a little garden in my terrace. I grow vegetables like raddish, beetroot, bittergourd, bottlegourd etc and also some herbs. I never buy any herbs from market. Also it is very easy to grow your own herbs.

Radish Stirfry

Growing radish in containers/ pots is very easy. Plant the radish seed in a container or in garden and you will be snacking up this vegetable in just about a month. Today's recipe is with radish grown in my terrace garden. I made a simple poriyal / curry. It can be done in 10 minutes. In this dish i have used radish plus greens from radish. Very healthy and easy to make recipe.

Radish Stirfry

  • 1 Radish
  • 1 Onion, small sized, chopped
  • Vegetable/ Sunflower Oil - 2 tbsp
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Channa Dal
  • 2 dry Red Chillies
  • Radish leaves from 1 Radish
  • Salt to taste
Preparation time: 5 Min's / Cooking time : 8 Min's


1. Wash, peel and grate the radish and keep aside.

2. Wash the radish leaves and chop them finely and keep aside.

3. Heat oil in a wok/kadai/frying pan add channa dal and mustard seeds ad allow it to splutter.

4.Add dry red chillies to it and fry it.

5.Add chopped onions to it and saute for few seconds.

6.Next add grated radish to it and cook for 5 to 8 min's.

7.Then add the chopped radish greens and salt to it and saute till its done.

8. Serve with rice or chappathi.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Potato Roast / Baby Potato Roast

Who doesn't like potatoes! Both kids and adults equally like this vegetable. In Indian cooking potatoes are used in main-course, side-dish, curries and gravies. It is such a versatile vegetable.
Potato Roat

Today I'm sharing a quick and simple potato roast recipe. This recipe is  made in Indian style with simple ingredients which are easily available at home. It is quick and easy to prepare. Boiled potatoes are roasted in Indian spices till a crispy and crunchy layer is formed. 

This recipe is sightly spicy, so you can reduce the spices as per your preference. Serve it with steaming hot rice along with sambar, dal, rasam and curd.

I have used baby potatoes in this recipe. You can use normal potatoes, dice them and follow the same method.
Potato Roast


  • 1/4 kg Baby Potatoes
  • Oil 2 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp Chilly powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Garlic paste ( optional )
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Bengal gram flour / Besan flour/ kadalai maavu
  • few Curry leaves
  • Salt to taste

1. Boil the potatoes with enough water till it 3/4 th done. Drain water, cool, peel the potatoes.

2. In a large bowl mix together salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, gram flour and curry leavs. Add the baby potatoes to the spice mixture and toss them so that the spice powder coats the potatoes well and keep aside for 5 Min's.

3. Meanwhile heat oil in a frying pan, when hot add the potatoes to it and sauté for 10 mins on alow flame.

4. Keep on turning at intervals to ensure even crisping and roasting of the potatoes. Serve hot.

Potato Roast

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Low fat Carrot Cake

Are you looking for a super yummy low fat/calorie version of a home made carrot cake recipe, then try out this recipe. Trust me you will love this cake. It's low fat, but delicious! This cake is wonderfully moist and delicious. Trust me you will love this cake. One of my all time favourite cake. I feel a lil less guilt while enjoying  a slice ;-) .

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

I have used plain flour in this recipe. But if you want it make more healthier you can substitute whole wheat flour or half quantity whole wheat and half plain flour. It's up to your choice. Also feel free to substitute any nuts of your choice.

Carrrot Cake

Preparation Time : 15 Min's/ Baking Time : 45 Min's
Reference : Good Eating Baking
  • 175 ml Olive Oil
  • 175g Brown Sugar
  • 175g Self Raising Flour
  • 175 g Grated Carrots
  • 3 Eggs, Beaten
  • 1 tsp bicorbanate of soda
  • 50 g Raisins
  • 20 g Walnut pieces
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp grated Nutmeg
  • grated rinds of 1 Orange (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celcius. Grease and dust the 12 " bundt pan.

2. In a large bowl beat together the oil, sugar and eggs.

3. Next stir grated carrots, raisins, walnuts and orange rinds.

4. Sift together flour, bicorbanate of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and then stir evenly into the carrot mixture.

5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared bundt pan and bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 min's until the skewer inserted comes out clean.

6. Once the cake is done remove the pan from the oven and set on a wire rack for 5 min's.

7. After that turn the cake on to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled cut the cake and serve them.

Carrot Cake


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