Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Aishu's Low Calorie Vada Curry

I am not cooking at all as I am at amma's place and literally doing only eating and sleeping 24 hrs. If it stretches for another 10 days , I would forget how to boil water leave alone cooking.

Anyway, my friend Aishwarya , a great cook by herself who constantly encourages me in blogging by trying out my recipes and coming out with good feedback everytime I post , immediately said yes when I asked her to contribute a post. Aishu, I owe you so much.Thanks a ton sweet heart for trying so much to keep my blog alive.:)

I am getting lots of brickbats for my sinful mushroom kurma for having included it in so called health conscious blog, so will try to limit myself only to the healthier ones from now on. Thanks once again for keeping in mind about this space and coming up with perfect recipe Aishu.

Looking forward to more such recipes from you da ;)..Lets get into today's recipe:

Channa  dal-1cup
Cinnamon stick-1
Fennel seeds 2tsps
Chilli powder
Garam  masala powder-1/2tsp
Turmeric powder
Tamarind pulp -1-11/2tbsps
Milk or coconut milk-1/2 cup


Soak dhal for about 2 hours and drain water completely. Grind the dhal coarsely in a mixer. Do not add water while grinding. Grease a plate with oil and spread this dhal mixture and steam in a pressure cooker for 15 mins.  Cool and cut into small squares or give a couple of churns in a mixer.
In a kadai heat oil. To it add cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds and onion. When onion turns light brown add tamarind pulp and all the powders. Boil till the raw smell disappears. Now add the dhal pieces and boil well. Lastly add the milk and check the consistency. Consistency must be like thick gravy. Do not boil much after adding milk. Remove from fire and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Dates Cake

As you all know , baking has been my recent passion which helped me to put on like 3 kgs in a month . Ok, wouldnt definitely put the blame completely on this goodies but I should also have tried to burn out those extra calories. Yes, I have become a lazy bum in this last one month as if I was hyper active before. I was baking atleast once in 2 days and mostly chocolate cakes to the extent that I have already starteed hating it now. But I dont want to stop baking and tried this one , trust me this is the most simplest and deadliest cake in the world I should say.

I have seen this in Aayi's recipes and immediately wanted to put my hands on it just because it demanded very less ingredients. I made it thrice in 2 days .. can you believe it?..Good that not many of my folks heard about it and now its become my signature dessert ..hee hee ...Thanks a lot shilpa ..

Ingredients : ( Its become by heart now)

  1. Maida - 1 cup
  2. Sugar - 3/4 cup
  3. dates - 18 nos.
  4. Refined sunflower oil - 1/2 cup
  5. Milk - 3/4 cup
  6. Baking Powder - 1 tsp.( If baking soda is used cake is really dense) .
Method :
  1. Soak dates in warm milk overnight and remove the seeds and grind it smooth .
  2. Add sugar to the above mixture and run the mixie for sometime. To this add oil and give a couple of runs.
  3. Sieve maida and baking soda thrice.
  4. In a big bowl, to the dates and sugar mixture, add seived dry ingredients tbsn. by tbsp. mixing it slowly after each spoon.( I used hand mixer and mixed it at low speed).
  5. Bake it at 180 degree for about 25 mins. 

The most yummiest cake is done . 

Friday, July 9, 2010


Bisibelabath, typical kannadiga food is my all time favourite. I find even an average hotel in bangalore will have fantastic kara baath and bisibelabaath. Every hotel will almost have the same taste but woody's in bangalore is the best.So, since then attempted BBB so many times royally only to end up kichadi.

I got this recipe from Viki's kitchen, I followed the recipe for powder to the dot, though I made a few changes in making rice according to my taste and guess what I have finally got this authentic BBB.. Oh boy I just cant believe this tasted so yummyyyyy.. 

This tastes even better when served with potato chips.

For Rice :

Ingredients :

Step 1:
  1. Raw Rice - 3/4 cup
  2. toor dhal - 1/2 cup
  3. Turmeric - 1/2 tsp.
  4. Ghee - 1/2 tsp.
  5. Water - 4 cups
Step 2:
  1. Carrot - 2 no.
  2. Peas - 1/2 cup
  3. Potato - 1 no.
  4. Beans - 10 no.
  5. Tamarind - 2 inch 
  6. small onion - 6 nos.
  7. Ghee - 3 tbsp.
  8. Mustard - 1/2 tsp
  9. Hing - a pinch
  10. Curry leaves - few
For Powder :
  1. Channa dal - 3 tsp.
  2. Urad Dal - 3 tsp.
  3. Coriander seeds - 3 tsp.
  4. Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp.
  5. Pepper - 10
  6. Fenugreek seeds - 5
  7. Poppy seed - 1 tsp.
  8. Dry Red chilly - 5
  9. Clove - 2
  10. Cardamom- 2
  11. Cinnamon stick - 2 inch 
  12. Dry coconut - 3 tbsn.
Method : 
  1. Boil everthing given under step 1 in a pressure cooker for 4 whistles,
  2. In an another pressure cooker, Heat oil and temper it with mustard seeds, curry leaves,onion , hing and once onion turns into light pink , add the vegetables and tamraind extract given under step 2 and pressure cook it for upto one whistle. 
  3. Let the pressure comes down in both, meanwhile get the powder ready.
  4. Dry roast all ingredients given under step 3 and cool it and powder it.
  5. Now add the mixture in step 2 ,BBB powder and salt to the pressure cooker with rice and dal and bring it to a boil . simmer it and let it cook for other 5 minutes.