Sankranti Ellu

Makar Sankranti is one of the important festivals celebrated in India. It is called  by different names in different parts of the country. Pongal and Lohri are the other names. It marks the transition of the sun into the sign of Makara. It marks the beginning of Uttarayana kal, a pious period  for the next six months. It usually occurs on January 14th every year. It is also  one of the periods which marks longer days and harvesting period for the farmers.  Continue reading Sankranti Ellu

Pomegranate Mousse method of vegetarian mousse

Pomegranate is another fruit that we bring regularly. I use it regularly to garnish my salads (fruit or vegetable) or in curds rice. Anywhere, it imparts more taste to the food. Of late, I am extracting juice and using it in a couple of desserts. It tastes awesome. Presenting to you “pomegranate mousse”. Continue reading Pomegranate Mousse method of vegetarian mousse

Kempu Chitranna rice dish from south kanara

Today, marks the beginning of 2017, another new year. Wishing all my readers a very happy and prosperous new year. May this year  be an awesome one for all of us. On this ocassion presenting a rice dish from South Kanara. This is another variety of rice dish which eases my cooking.  It is  full of flavours and easy to make. This is   “Kempu Chitranna” which means Red Rice. Continue reading Kempu Chitranna rice dish from south kanara

Zebra Cake How to make zebra cake

 

December is the month of holidays and celebrations. I love everything about this month, splendid weather, good food and many holidays. It’s been sometime I have put any cake recipe on the blog. On the occasion of Christmas, I present to you a splendid “Zebra Cake“. It is soft, supple and delicious.
Zebra Cake has  stripped layer like zebra, thus the name. They are  of  vanilla and chocolate.

 

zebra cake
zebra cake
making of zebra cake
making of zebra cake

Zebra Cake

  • Preparation time: 10 min
  • Baking time : 10 min
  • Standing time: 10 min
  • Serves: 6
  • Cuisine: International

Ingredients:

  • All purpose flour 1 1/2 cup

  • Baking powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Baking soda 1/2 teaspoon

  • Castor sugar 1 cup

  • Yoghurt (curd) 1/2 cup

  • Oil 1/2 cup

  • Milk 1/2 cup

  • Vanilla essence 1/2 teaspoon

  • Cocoa powder 2  teaspoon

  • Dry fruits 2 tablespoon

  • Tuty fruity 1 tablespoon

Method :

  1. Take flour, sugar, baking powder and soda  and sieve them together.

  2. Put them in a bowl. Add curd, oil and milk, slowly mix them together to form a smooth batter. No lumps should be formed.

  3. Divide the batter into two parts.

  4. To one part, add vanilla essence and dry fruits.

  5. Pre-heat the micro wave.

  6. Grease the tin with a little ghee or oil  and pour the vanilla batter.

  7. Microwave it for two minutes.

  8. Add cocoa powder to the other part that you had kept aside.

  9. Pour this batter over the half set cake and bake further for three to four minutes.

  10. The fork pricked should come out clean and the house is filled with a good aroma.

  11. Once done, keep it in the micro wave for ten minutes. This is essential in baking.

  12. Later, remove it slowly from sides, tilt it to a wide plate and cut into required shapes.

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Zebra Cake

A delicious cake with the goodness of both chocolate and vailla.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 280 kcal
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoon dry fruits
  • 1 tablespoon tuti fruity
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 teaspoon cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Take dry ingredients and sieve them together.

    dry ingredients
  2. Add yoghurt.

    yoghurt
  3. Add oil

    oil
  4. Add milk, mix them to a smooth batter. Divide it into parts.

    milk
  5. Take one part and put vanilla essence and dry fruits to it. In the meanwhile, pre-heat the microwave.

  6. Grease the tin with a little ghee or oil and put the  vanilla batter into it.

  7. Bake it for two minutes.

  8. To the other part, sieve the cocoa powder and mix with it. 

  9. Pour it over the half baked cake.

  10. Again bake it for four to five minutes. To check if it is done, insert a knife and see, it should come out clean. Keep it on the rack for sometime

  11. Later, slowly remove from sides and tilt it to a wide plate.

  12. Cut it to desired shape and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • I have used the microwave + convection mode for baking.
  • Sieving of dry ingredients is essential.
  • Even the cocoa powder has to be sieved.
  • Standing time is important while baking.

 

Wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas!

 

 

Spicy chipotle chili corn soup

I love this month, the climate is pleasant and as the year comes to an end, it’s time for some celebrations and parties. Winter calls for hot soups and crispy fries. Continuing with my Mexican Cuisine, today I present to you  Spicy Chipotle Chili Corn Soup. It’s delicious and guilt free. Believe me, I tried to do with less cream and it tastes equally good.

 

Spicy Chipotle Chili Corn Soup
Spicy Chipotle Chili Corn Soup
Spicy Chipotle Chili Corn Soup
Spicy Chipotle Chili Corn Soup
I have used SPRIG chipotle adobado sauce. It is awesome in taste, with an earthy and smoky feel ! One can in use it in a wide range of dishes.  You can find this chipotle adobado sauce here
sprig chipotle adobado
sprig chipotle adobado

 

Spicy Chipotle Chili Corn Soup
Spicy Chipotle Chili Corn Soup

Do check out my other Mexican dish. You can pair both of these together for dinner.  Spanish Rice is here.

Spicy Chipotle Chili Corn Soup

Ingredients :

  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp Sprig Chipotle Adobado Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream
  • 4 cups stock
  • salt to taste

Method:

  1. Roast the pepper and keep it aside to cool.
  2. When it is cool, blend it with cream and keep aside.
  3. Take olive oil in a pan. Add onions and saute for 3 to 4 minutes
  4. Add garlic, chilli flakes and chipotle adobado sauce to it.Now, add the corn kernels to it. Saute for two minutes.
  5. Add pepper powder, salt  and stock . Let boil. Put the bell pepper to it  and give a stir.
  6. Remove from fire and let cool.
  7. Blend to a puree.
  8. Pass the puree through a sieve.
  9. Put the filtrate in a pan and boil.
  10. Delicious soup is ready to serve.
Spicy Chipotle Chili Corn Soup
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Spicy Chipotle Chili Corn Soup

A delicious and flavourful soup, apt for the season with a hint of of chilli flakes and adobado sauce.

Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 150 kcal
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 onion cut into pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp sprig chipotle adobado sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup sweet corn kernels
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • salt to taste
  • 4 cup stock
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh cream

Instructions

  1. Roast the bell pepper and allow it to cool

  2. Blend it to a sauce along with cream and keep it aside.

  3. Take olive oil in a pan. Add onions and saute it for two to three minutes.

  4. Add the garlic pieces, chilli flaes, chipotle adobado sauce to it. Now, add the corn kernels, saute it and allow to cook for two minutes.

  5. Put pepper powder, salt and stock to it. Let it boil for sometime. Add the bell pepper sauce to it, give a stir and turn off the gas.

  6. Allow to cool.

  7. Blend it to a puree.

  8. Pass it through a sieve.

  9. Put the filtrate in a pan and boil.

  10. Delicious soup is ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  • More cream ( one more cup)  can be added to it. I have avoided using excess fat.
  • If the red bell pepper is not available, use the green one.
  • I have used frozen corn, hence, they cook quickly.

 

Glad if you share it !

 

Spanish rice with chipotle adobado

Spanish rice is a flavourful rice which can be easily prepared with a few ingredients. It is awesome and  has a unique flavour. The hint of chipotle adobado sauce gives a earthy and distinct flavor to it. This is a new dimension to my cooking and I am absolutely loving it.

Spanish rice is ideal for the lunch box. It can be made quickly. It is tasty and different.

spanish rice
spanish rice

 

spanish rice

What is Chipotle Adobado?

It is commonly used ingredient in Mexican cooking. Chipotle is smoked red jalapeno peppers. These are put in adobo sauce which contains some spices, vinegar, tomato sauce and ancho chillies. It gives a unique and tasty flavor to the dish.

I have used SPRIG  Chipotle Adobado. I do want to make a few more dishes with it.  Sprig have a huge range of finest food ingredients, colouring, flavours  and spices in their online store. You can find this product here

sprig chipotle adobado
sprig chipotle adobado

Spanish Rice with Chipotle Adobado

 

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time : 15 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Measurement : 1 cup =250ml

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 onion finely cut
  • 4 red tomato
  • 3 cloves garlic cut into pieces
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp Sprig Chipotle Adobado Sauce
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • cilantro

 

Method :

  • Wash and soak the rice in water for ten minutes.
  • Boil some water in a pan. Make an incision on the top of tomatoes and put them in water. Turn off the stove.
  • Once, it is cooled, peel the skin and blend it to a puree.
  • Take a pan. Add oil. Put in the onion and garlic into it. Saute for sometime.
  • Put cumin powder and saute again until the onions are translucent in colour.
  • Now, add tomato puree and  sprig chipotle adobado sauce to it. Let the flavours infuse.
  • Add the soaked rice and saute for sometime.
  • Put salt and  two cups of stock  to it.  Give a stir.
  • Close the lid and allow to cook on medium flame until it is done. It requires 10-12 minutes to be  ready
  • Garnish with cilantro.
  • Spanish rice is ready to serve.
spanish rice
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Spanish Rice

A tasty and unique dish from Mexican cuisine. It is a one pot dish which can be prepared quickly with few ingredients. The flavour of chipotle adobado sauce makes it zing and splendid.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 200 kcal
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice 1 cup =250ml
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 red tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic cut into pieces
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp chipotle adobado sauce
  • 2 cups stock
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • cilantro chopped

Instructions

  1. Wash and soak the basmati rice for ten minutes.

    rice soaked in water
  2. Make an incision on the tomatoes and put them in  boiling water for sometime.

    tomatoes blanched
  3. Once cooled, blend and make a puree of it.

    tomato puree
  4. Take oil in a pan. Heat it. Add onion and garlic pieces to it. Saute it for sometime.

  5. Add cumin powder to it.

    cumin powder is put
  6. Saute for a minute.

    saute it
  7. Now, add tomato puree and chipotle adobodo sauce to it. Saute for two minutes.

    tomato puree and chipotle adobado sauce is put
  8. Add the soaked rice to it. Saute for a minute.

  9. Add salt and stock to it. Give a stir.

    put stock to it
  10. Close the lid and allow to cook on medium flame till done. It needs about ten to twelve minutes.

    rice being cooked
  11. Spanish rice is ready to serve. Garnish with cilantro.

Recipe Notes

  • Cook on medium flame. I keep a small bowl to stop the steam from escaping.
  • You can follow other methods of cooking also. To make in pressure cooker, follow the same method, and keep the whistle over it.
  • To cook in rice cooker, transfer it to the rice cooker and then add the stock.

 

 

Bandhakopir Torkari Cabbage stirfry in Bengali style

Cabbage is one of the few vegetables that we bring  regularly at home.  The toughest task seems to be planning the menu for the day. Coming across this stir fry, I kinda new that it is meant for me and soon it found a place in my daily menu. Bengali style Cabbage stir fry  with potatoes and peas or Bandhakopir Torkari  is a tasty side dish that can be easily made for lunch or dinner. It is tasty with many flavours. Continue reading Bandhakopir Torkari Cabbage stirfry in Bengali style

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