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Gajar ka Halwa to pep up the festive spirit!

Sweets have always been an integral part of festivities in India. Today being Karthigai Deepam / Thrikarthigai -the festival of lamps which is celebrated in the states of Kerala and Tamilnadu, I thought of sharing a sweet recipe with you all. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol during this festival. It is believed to ward off evil forces and usher in prosperity and joy. On the day, all the houses, streets and temples are well lit with traditional oil lamps. After the floods, it has taken up quite some time to get things back in order. So here’s starting off my posts on a sweet note!

Carrot Halwa or Gajar ka halwa is one sweet pudding that you can easily whip up with the ingredients. This batch was made with homegrown carrots…so it was super yum 🙂

5-6  medium sized carrots (peeled and grated )

6tbsp of sugar

1 cup of milk

4-5 strands of saffron

2-3 cardamoms crushed and skin off.

1/4 cup of halved almonds, cashews and raisins

1/8 cup of ghee

Heat ghee in a pan, fry and separate the almonds, cashews & raisins on to a plate. In the leftover ghee, fry the carrots till it shrinks in size and darkens in color. Pour in the milk, add in the cardamom seeds and sugar. Cover and cook the mix till it thickens. Make sure to keep stirring it so as to avoid it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Garnish with saffron, almonds, cashews & raisins. Carrot Halwa is ready to be served!

May this festival of lights bring us brightened and enlightened life like that of lamps …Wishing all a Happy Thrikarthika / Karthigai Deepam!!!

Monsoons and Aloo tikkis !

Growing your own vegetables for your daily needs makes food so much tastier. Organic farming is so much into these days. Making use the soil to grow your own vegetables and fruits make cooking much more divine. Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, living a city life, I haven’t actually had a great exposure to farming or growing food during my childhood days. The vacation visits to Kerala to my parent’s ancestral homes always excited me so much. I really awed the moment s when the whole family gets together spending time chatting, cooking, eating …It was a real fun to do things that you were not used to doing. Going fishing in ponds, picking fresh veggies, helping my mother and grandmother in cooking. There’s a flush of memories that flow in when I look back.

After marriage, now a mother to two boys and living in Kerala … I also want to instill in my kids the value of growing their own food.  I have a small backyard to the house where I live and every season it’s a different set of veggies that are grown.A few months back I had asked one of our staffs to buy a batch of potatoes for home and the person wasn’t very good at picking up the right potatoes and I ended up having slightly sprouted ones. In two days’ time I had to travel to my in-laws home for family reasons and by the time I was back in my kitchen, it was pretty much all sprouted up. They were all cut up and shoved into the soil. Last week as my husband and kids were plucking some fresh tomatoes from our backyard, I noticed the potato plant and pulled out one to find the potatoes were all ready to be taken out of the soil. We got about 2-3 kilos of potatoes which pretty much a good amount to use up for our home cooking. And yesterday I used some of those to make some really crispy “Aloo tikkis” for my children as a snack for tea time. The rains have started off pretty quick this year round….So it’s pretty much very satisfying to have some hot snacks with chai.

 

Aloo tikkis
85 calories
16 g
0 g
2 g
4 g
0 g
167 g
170 g
8 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
167g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 85
Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 170mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 16g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
44%
Vitamin C
640%
Calcium
4%
Iron
17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3-4 medium sized potatoes boiled and peeled and mashed
  2. 3-4 green chillies chopped
  3. ½ tsp of cumin seeds
  4. ½-1tsp of chilli powder (u can vary it according to your spice preference)
  5. ½ tsp of turmeric powder
  6. 2 tsps of coriander leaves chopped
  7. ¼ tsp of dry mango powder or ½ tsp of lemon juice
  8. 2 tbsps of rice flour
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix in potatoes, green chillies ,cumin seeds, chilli powder , turmeric powder , coriander leaves , rice flour ,lemon juice or dry mango powder and salt . Pinch golf ball sized small portions, roll and flatten to make patties .Once shaped in to patties, heat oil in a wok and deep fry them till they are golden brown in color. Serve with green chutneys
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calories
85
fat
2g
protein
4g
carbs
16g
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Green chutney
84 calories
18 g
0 g
1 g
5 g
0 g
198 g
194 g
5 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
198g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 84
Calories from Fat 8
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 194mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 8g
31%
Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
106%
Vitamin C
390%
Calcium
21%
Iron
67%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of fresh mint leaves
  2. 1/2 cup of fresh coriander leaves
  3. 2 green chillies
  4. 1 clove of garlic
  5. 1/4 inch piece of ginger
  6. 1 teaspoon of lime juice
  7. 1/2 cup of yoghurt
  8. salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Grind mint leaves , coriander leaves , garlic , ginger and lime juice into smooth paste in a blender.Mix in the yoghurt and salt .Serve it with the aloo tikkis !
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calories
84
fat
1g
protein
5g
carbs
18g
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Celebrating Easter with Kerala Beef Roast !

 

Holidays have started off but the break is just too small this year.In 1o days time, the school reopens and I am back to square one .Have plans to visit my parents home before the whole break is over. On the occasion of Easter, the recipe that I am very keen on sharing is one that many have requested me to.Kerala’s Beef Roast recipe is one of the most famed recipes.  Beef has a prominent place in the Kerala cuisine among the meat lovers. The buffalo meat is meant to be much tougher than other meat, so it’s mostly pressure cooked as it takes more time to tenderize.This is equally good with the flaky Kerala porottas as well as rice.

 

Nadan Beef Roast /Kerala Beef Roast
3142 calories
135 g
860 g
144 g
319 g
44 g
1728 g
1409 g
32 g
0 g
83 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1728g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3142
Calories from Fat 1289
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 144g
221%
Saturated Fat 44g
218%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 22g
Monounsaturated Fat 61g
Cholesterol 860mg
287%
Sodium 1409mg
59%
Total Carbohydrates 135g
45%
Dietary Fiber 18g
74%
Sugars 32g
Protein 319g
Vitamin A
49%
Vitamin C
829%
Calcium
33%
Iron
209%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1kg of beef
  2. 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  3. 4tsps of Kashmiri chilly powder
  4. 2tsps of Coriander powder
  5. 1 1/2 tsps of garam masala powder
  6. 1-2 tsps of black pepper powder
  7. 4 green chillies slit
  8. 2medium sized big onions sliced thin
  9. 1inch piece of ginger crushed
  10. 10 cloves of garlic crushed
  11. 1/2 cup of coconut chips sliced
  12. 1tbsp of vinegar
  13. 1 cup of shallots sliced .
  14. Coconut oil
  15. Curry leaves
  16. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the cleaned beef pieces into small cubes .Marinate the beef pieces with chilli powder, green chillies , ginger , garlic , turmeric , coriander powder , garam masala, vinegar , curry leaves , big onion and salt to taste.Pressure cook the meat or cook the meat in a pot with water till it is very tender .In a wok , heat coconut oil , fry coconut pieces till crispy , add the sliced shallots , saute till translucent , pour the cooked meat with stock and mix.Evaporate the stock water so the meat is marinated ,Add in the pepper powder and continue frying .You can add in oil to the sides of the pan if it sticks too much .Once it becomes really dark brown in colour , all the moisture would have evaporated out .Garnish with curry leaves and take it off heat .
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calories
3142
fat
144g
protein
319g
carbs
135g
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Sweet lemon cake in festive spirits!!

Baking, blog, cakes, flour, Snacks | December 31, 2017 | By

When festivities are up the magic that unleashes is unique in every way. It feels like it’s been almost a decade since I last posted.The number of posts in the drafts section has piled up as always …the Christmas break is winding up in a few days time. This break I had come down to my parents home due to a family issue…hoping to have things sorted out soon. When I was packing up from Munnar I was in high hopes to finish reading up the books that have been on my shelves. I always get hooked up on one matter or other and then there’s no time to read…

By the end of October, I had the chance to represent my books at the Frankfurt world book fair for the third time at the Gourmet Gallery. The opportunity to present a live show kitchen on “Food from Kerala” was, in fact, the most awesome experience.It was in every way the proudest moment to have been able to showcase the regional diversity of Indian cuisine which was highly appreciated and welcomed.I truly had butterflies in my stomach before going on the podium  …the similar kind of cramp that gets me before I start my show. Well, little did I know that there were more of things to happen. The worst part was when I popped in all the chopped pineapple into my shiny little red mini pressure cooker and explaining out to the viewers.I  tried to turn on the induction …..and it wasn’t working.Well, there were a few lovely ladies who were there to help me and they jumped in to help me out with the knobs but unfortunately, my elegant induction based pressure cooker would just not work on the induction top I had at the show kitchen.I ended up cooking them up in a normal pot.50 minS was the time allotted for my show.I am happy that even though there were a few mishaps I could convey the message to the viewers.Heres a glimpse of the event below…                  

The most memorable and the greatest privilege was to have an invite to visit the “Le cordon bleu “culinary institute in Paris in October. Le cordon bleu is a world renowned network of educational institutions dedicated to providing the highest level of culinary and hospitality instructions through world-class programmes.Founded in Paris in 1895, it is considered today as the largest network of culinary schools in the world.

After all the stories now let’s move on to the recipe to pep up this festive spirit.Musambi or sweet lemon was pretty in season and I wanted to use them up for a recipe. That’s when I thought of using them up in making up a sweet lemon cake.

Sweet lemon /Musambi cake
3320 calories
353 g
944 g
197 g
55 g
99 g
1052 g
1484 g
190 g
6 g
83 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1052g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3320
Calories from Fat 1716
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 197g
302%
Saturated Fat 99g
496%
Trans Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 18g
Monounsaturated Fat 65g
Cholesterol 944mg
315%
Sodium 1484mg
62%
Total Carbohydrates 353g
118%
Dietary Fiber 16g
64%
Sugars 190g
Protein 55g
Vitamin A
109%
Vitamin C
162%
Calcium
75%
Iron
109%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 175 g cake flour
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 175 g sugar
  4. 175 g butter
  5. Juice of 2 sweet lemon /musambi
  6. Rind of 1 sweet lemon finely grated
  7. 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  8. 1 tsp of baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp of salt
  10. 1/2 cup of almonds
  11. 1/2 cup of milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees .Sieve the flour , baking powder and salt into a bowl.In an other bowl beat butter and sugar about 2 mins and slowly beat in the eggs on by one .Once the beaten mix is pretty smooth , stir in milk , musambi rind , its juice and vanilla essence .Slowly fold in the dry ingredients with almonds into the mix. Grease and line a cake tin with butter paper and pour in the cake batter .Level the top and bake the cake for about 30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean .
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calories
3320
fat
197g
protein
55g
carbs
353g
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Its time for resolutions and wishes …wishing everyone a very Happy New Year !!!

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