Friday, November 18, 2011

Neypayasam | Aravana Payasam

Vrischikam Masam, is the highly auspicious malayalam month for God Ayyappa Devotees. The 41-day Sabarimala Vratham starts on Vrischikam 1 which is popularly known as Mandala Kalam. 

Neypayasam or Aravana payasam is one of the special dish prepared as an offering for God Ayyappa. 

Yesterday it was Vrischikam 1. So I thought of preparing Aravana payasam in the evening. And as it is my blog's 2nd Anniversary I thought of posting it over here.

You need,

  • Water - 1.5 cup
  • Broken or normal red raw rice (unakkalari) - 1/2 cup
  • Jaggery - 150 gm melted and strained(if you wish you could increase the quantity)
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp + 1/2 tsp
  • Green Cardamom - 1 crushed
  • Fresh coconut cut into slices - 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Cashew nuts - 3 (optional)
  • Fresh ginger  - 1 teaspoon gratted 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Three layer eggless chocolate mousse

I never knew it will be so easy to prepare a chocolate mousse. Recently I bought tiny tiny (2.5 oz) glasses. I thought of preparing the mousse in these tiny glasses and serve for my tea party. It was looking very cute. Sad that I couldn't click the snaps of the tiny glasses. I made double the quantity of the recipe mentioned below. I could fill 12 nos of tiny glasses and 5 normal glasses (like picture shown below)

As the name mentions it is 3 layer mousse where the bottom layer i used bitter chocolate followed by white and milk chocolate. Each layer has to be prepared and set. Later the next layer is prepared and added over the previous one. You can prepare in order you like.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Chicken brocoli quiche using a frozen pie crust

Unlike last time I found this very easy(last time i prepared mushroom quiche ). I thought of using a Mrs. Smith's frozen pie crust to prepare quiche this time. I prepared this for a tea party 2 days back. It came out well and it tasted good :)

You need
Frozen 9 inch pie crust - 1
Olive/refined oil - 1 tbsp
Onion - 1 sliced
boneless chicken cooked with salt and shredded - 3/4 cup
Brocoli florets - 1/2 cup
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Milk - 1/2 cup
Heavy cream - 1/2 cup (you could replace this with milk)
Eggs - 1 yolk and 3 whites
garlic - 1 clove
nutmeg powder - a pinch
parmesan cheese grated - 1/2 to 1 cup(As your desire)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fruit and Veggie Salad

I had this from my cousin sister's house. It was something new to me. It tasted really nice.

Veggie & Fruits
carrot - 1 medium skinned cut thin lengthwise strips or chopped
salad cucumber - 2 small skinned seeded cut length wise strips or chopped
red capsicum - 2 seeded cut length wise strips or chopped
cabbage - 1 cup cut length wise strips/shredded or chopped
green apple - 2 cut length wise strips or chopped
dates - 12 nos seeded and cut into strips and chopped

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Deviled Egg ....a classic egg salad

This is a wonderful starter. And kids will love it.(even elders). It is easy

You need,
Hard boiled eggs - 6 large shelled
Cheddar cheese - 1/3 cup gratted
mayonnaise - 1/4 cup
skimmed thick yogurt or sour cream - 1/4 cup
Green onions - 3 tbsp finely chopped

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tiramisu ~Joy of no Baking...Joy of Eating~..version 3

Wishing you all a very Happy Eid!!!

I prepared this 2-3 months back. Forgot to post this. This is 3rd version of Tiramisu recipe which I tried( Experiment 1 and Experiment 2). I read this recipe from Joy of Baking. I found this more tastier and less cheesy...It is a must try.

Cream Filling:
milk - 2 cups
granulated white sugar - 3/4 cup
all purpose flour - 1/4 cup
egg yolks - 6 large
Marsala or dark rum - 1/4 cup
vanilla extract - 2 tsp
unsalted butter - 1/4 cup, cut into small pieces
mascarpone cheese - 227 grams kept in room temperature
crisp ladyfingers - 28 to 32 (i used Savoiardi)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dahi wada or lentil croquettes in curd and tangy sauce

One of my favorite chat. Light for your tummy. I prepared this during summer. I got the pictures when I was browsing through the folders...

Back in India I had this once or twice from fast food counters in Bglr.. But I started liking it after I came here. As I told before most of my neighbors are from North India. For most of the tea time parties and any festivals, they prepare this. It is healthy. Though we deep fry the vadas(croquettes), it is soaked in water and the entire oil and the absorbed water is squeezed out.

Thayir vada which is available in South India is different from the North Indian version.

Sweet and sour chutney is one of the main ingredient of almost all chaat recipes. You can adjust the proportion to make the chutney sweeter or tangier. You can store it in refrigerator for approx 1 month

Boiled peanut salad or peanut masala

Yummy bangalore days. Whenever we go to any Restaurant, we used order masala papad and/or peanut masala for starters. It is a wonderful appetizer provided you are not allergetic.

You need,
Onion - 1 small chopped finely
Corriander leaves - 1 tbsp chopped
Green chillies - 1 small slit and finely chopped
Lemon juice - 1 or 2 tsp
Good quality raw Peanuts - 2 cups

You have to,
1. Boil the peanuts for 5 to 10 minutes in salted water.
2. Drain the water and run some cold water over it. Drain
3. Add this in a bowl and onions, green chilli and chopped corriander leavers.
4. Squeeze in lemon. Toss well.