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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Strawberry Compote

Who doesn't love Strawberries......the cute little sweety and tarty fruit. Whenever strawberries are in season i will try to do as much as recipes with it. So today's recipe is Strawberry Compote. This is easy to prepare and it take only few minutes to prepare this. Definitely kids will love this. Instead of buying strawberry jam from outside you can make this at home and store it in a glass jar and keep it in the fridge.
Strawberry Compote
This strawberry compote is a perfect and delicious accompaniment which can be served as a topping for desserts like cheese cake, trifles, icecreams, cakes etc.... and also you can serve with pancakes, swirl in yogurt and also can be spread on bread slices.
Strawberry Compote

PreparationTime: 5 Min's | Cooking Time : 5 min's

  • 1 packet Strawberries
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • Zest from 1 Lemon (optional)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract ( optional )
  • Juice from half a lemon

  1. Wash ,Core and quarter the strawberries for the compote.
  2. In a saucepan toss in strawberries, along with sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  3. Cook them in a medium flame and keep stirring until the sugar melts and bring it to a simmer
  4. Cover the pan and cook them for 2 or 3 more minutes until it becomes thick and glossy.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool completely and store it in a airtight sealed glass jar.
Strawberry Compote

Notes :
  • The compote can be stored in the fridge for upto 3 weeks.
  • You can even add either cinnamon powder or cardamom powder or lill chill powder for the extra zing.
  • Once it cools you can either puree the mixture or smash it with help of a wooden/steel masher.
  • You can even thin out the compote with enough water and pour on your favourite recipe.
Strawberry Compote

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Poached Egg Curry - South Indian Style

Poached Egg curry is one of my favourite recipe. We also call it in Tamil as Udaitha Muttai Kulambu. This is my mom's signature dish. We used to prepare this gravy/curry at-least once in a week. This tastes best with Chappathi, Rotis, Phulkas Appam and Dosas.
Poached Egg Curry

Preparation Time : 10 Min's | Cooking Time : 20 Min's | Serves 2 persons
  • 1 Onion, medium sized, roughly sized
  • 2 Tomatoes, medium sized, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 Green chilly
  • 1/2 tbsp Chilly powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Groundut
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder (optional)
  • Few Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil 2 tbsp
  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in wok, add onions and sauté till it turns pink in colour.
  2. Add tomatoes, ginger garlic paste, groundnuts, chilly and coriander powder and cook / saute till soft and raw smell of tomatoes goes.
  3. Allow it to cool and then grind it to a smooth paste. If needed add little water while grinding.
  4. Heat remaining 1 tbsp of oil in same wok, add the ground paste and saute.
  5. Add 2 cups of water, green chilly to it and add required salt and mix well and allow it to boil and cook for3 Min's,
  6. Now crack the eggs and carefully drop the egg into the gravy and leave it undisturbed.
  7. Cook for 3 to 5 Min's till the eggs have cooked and the gravy thickens.
  8. Don't over stir the gravy as the eggs will break apart.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with phulkas.
  • You can even add hard boiled eggs to make this curry.
  • Also you can add the coconut milk at the end.
Poached Egg Curry

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Britannia's Nuts & Raisin Romace Cake { Product Review }

Britannia Industries, the one of the leading food companies and a leader in the Bakery and Dairy segments has recently launched " Nut & Raisins romance" cake, a delightful combination of nuts and raisins for an unmatched taste of crunch and crumble.

Speaking at the launch Manjunath Desai, VP – Strategy and Business Development says “Nut & Raisins Romance is our offering for discerning consumers who are seeking ‘Everyday Delight’ in their choice of food products. We are sure that our consumers will enjoy this experience to the fullest. We want to reach out to a large number of consumers through this uniquely delightful product. The product can be consumed at different moments of the day and is even ideal as an on- the- go snack”.

About the Product:
The product comes in a neat, attractive package. When you open the outer cover you can see the cake is completely packed in a plastic case. The cake comes in a slab format, at a convenient price of Rs. 50 for 160gm pack. The product is available at all modern and general trade outlets.

The ingredients used in this are wheat flour, eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, nuts, raisins , orange peels, milk solids, raising agents. Also contains permitted natural and synthetic food colours and preservatives.

Whom the product is designed for?
The product is for the prudent home-maker who always lookout for that special something that she can indulge her family in. A tasty treat for the kids, an evening snack for the family and also a delicious treat for the guests.

  • The cake is very moist, soft and delicious. Every bite has generous amount of nuts and raisins.
  • As Diwali and New year is approaching it can be a perfect fit in the gift basket.
  • It is a perfect snack for the kids snack box.
  • It is even ideal as on- the-go- snack.

I would like to thank Britannia for giving me the opportunity to review the product and i like to thank Pooja for sending me the sample product.

This is not a paid review and the views are expressed here are completely my own.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Broken Wheat Payasam

Broken Wheat Paysam

I usually prepare payasam with vermicelli and white sugar. Then it's all changed once my neighbour gave me this broken wheat paysam on vishu. I just fell in love with that. It's a low calorie dessert / low fat dessert because this paysam is made up of jaggery and not the white sugar. And also you all know broken wheat is an excellent source of fibre. This Indian kheer is easy to prepare and also a very healthy dessert. Go ahead, prepare and enjoy this low calorie Indian dessert  for this festive season. Wishing you all a very Happy Pooja Holidays and Happy Diwali.

roken Wheat Paysam

  • 1/2 cup Broken wheat / Dalia / Bulgar Wheat / Lapsi
  • 3/4 or 1 cup of Jaggery
  • 1 tbsp bite size Coconut pieces
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tbsp each Cardamom, Raisins, Cashew nuts
  • 2 tbsp Ghee/ Clarified Butter

1. Wash and soak the broken wheat for half an hour.

2. Pressure cook the broken wheat with 1 1/2 cups of water for 5 to 7 whistles.

3. When the pressure is released completely, open the cooker and add the jaggery and mix well.

4. Stir continuously until the jaggery is melted and combined.

5. Add the milk and give a good stir and switch off the flame.

6. Heat ghee in a small frying pan and add the coconut pieces and then cashew nuts, raisins and cardamom and fry it.

7. Serve immediately.

  • As payasam tends to thicken as it cools you have to serve it immediately. Suppose if it cools down or if  you want it to serve later, add the warm milk before serving.
  • You can either decrease or increase the amount of dried fruits to be added.
  • Before adding the jaggery, make sure the broken wheat is completely cooked. Once you add in the jaggery it will not cook.
Broken Wheat Payasam

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review : Mast Kalandar's Special Navratri Traditional Thalis - CMH Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore

Mast Kalandar doesn't need much introduction. As many of us know the start up of this small north indian fast food restaraunt that provides homely food and its growth to become a known brand. I would like to skip much of that saga.

Couple of days back I and my friends had a chance to taste their new menu for the people who is fasting (Vrat) for Navaratri/Dussera Vrat thali and Utsav thali. One word to say it was awesome!!

I read it somewhere that it is believed that those devotees who perform Navratri fasting will find happiness on earth and will receive ‘moksha.’  I see the happiness about eating good food you will get in Mast Kalandar.

Both thalis are packaged with good stuffs that provides necessary protiens, vitamins and minerals. It is really a healthy and wholesome food. And this too inspite of not using any grains or garlic or ginger (beacause these may be not acceptable for people keeping fasting). Also common salt is not used and instead rock salt or sendha namak also called as upvaas ka namak is used.

The ingredients used to prepare are sourced right from the authentic place of produce and are of high quality. The thali is cooked in a traditional manner to meet the fasting norms during these days.

Below is the list of dishes provide in each thali.

Vrat  Maha Thali
Kuttu Ki Poori | Aloo Ki Sabzi | Paneer ki Sabzi | Kuttu ki Pakodi | Salad | Kele ki Chaat | 
Sabudana Pappad | Makhane ki Kheer | Nariyal Ladoo
Price : Rs 229

Utsav Maha Thali
Shahi Kofta | Pinde Cholle | Aloo Gobhi | Masala Poori | Chota Samosa | Papad | 
Shaker Para | Veggie Pulav | Salad | Raita | Makhane ki Kheer | Nariyal Ladoo
Price Rs:229

If you do fasting for this Navaratri and you stay out of home. Don't go anywhere else to complete your fasting, Mast Kalandar is the stop for you. For people who accompany fasters also need not be disappointed ogling at you fasting friend or relative gulping the dishes, MK provides lot more dishes for those who are not fasting also.

Try out Thali once, I am sure you wont return empty stomach.
The Thali will be served from September 25th onwards.

Happy Navaratri and Durga Puja


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