Nimi's Culinary Ventures

Koki- The Sindhi bread & my food journey !!

India being a country with remarkable diversity has always been the abode to a rich culinary heritage .As a child I always fancied our motherland not sure if it was of me being born and brought up outside India . The vacations were always days that I would wait for our trips to India . Indian cuisine in itself is so vast that you can never get tired exploring .The huge regional diversities from states , to borders to homes is just unbelievable .

With this new post I would also like to share the officially launch my you tube channel “Nimi’s Recipes “.This is an attempt to give a breath of life to some of the recipes that I have loved trying ..Hoping to have your support !!

The recipe that I wanted to introduce today is a Sindhi bread -“Koki”. This Sindhi breakfast is a really good combination with green chutney .

Koki Roti
2605 calories
532 g
0 g
26 g
68 g
3 g
1561 g
208 g
100 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1561g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2605
Calories from Fat 226
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
40%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 208mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 532g
177%
Dietary Fiber 44g
176%
Sugars 100g
Protein 68g
Vitamin A
47%
Vitamin C
862%
Calcium
23%
Iron
58%
* 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. 4 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 2 large onions chopped
  3. 4 green chilies chopped
  4. 3 tbsp fresh coriander leaves finely chopped
  5. 2 tsps cumin seeds
  6. 2 tsps pomegranate seeds
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Oil for shallow frying
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix all ingredients except for oil and add water to knead it into a firm dough .Cover the bwl and set aside for about 10-15 minutes .
  2. Divide the prepared dough into small balls and shape into thick flat patty .Place patties on a warm griddle and roast both sides on a very low heat .Roll these patties into slightly thick round discs and shallow fry in oil , turning to cook both sides.Serve the koki roti with green chutney .
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protein
68g
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Crispy crunchy Pakwan with Dal !

 

It’s strange how you meet up with new people every day in your life .There are moments when you feel that you are at the verge of existence but its inspiring how a total stranger can create a new character in  your life …Its a similar kind of experience that I had travelling for the research of my new books.Its pretty much amazing to see that there are people in the villages who love what they do in their life despite facing day to day crisis.

Dal pakwan has always been one of the highlight recipes from my recipe diary .Its traditionally a very famous Sindhi breakfast .Recipes have always been a fascination and their collections a hobby .May be I might have got that from my mother .During school days I fancied clipping out all the recipes that had fancy photos.Its crazy how I used to stick them up in a diary and try to try them out on weekends.My kids are the ones who have taken up those crazes now all they would love to do on a holiday is to cook something of their own .I guess I have two budding foodies all set to conquer my kitchen … 

Dal Pakwan
1195 calories
175 g
0 g
41 g
36 g
3 g
441 g
376 g
21 g
0 g
34 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
441g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1195
Calories from Fat 359
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g
63%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 25g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 376mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates 175g
58%
Dietary Fiber 24g
98%
Sugars 21g
Protein 36g
Vitamin A
53%
Vitamin C
649%
Calcium
18%
Iron
65%
* 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. 1/2 cup of chana dal /chick pea lentils soaked for 30 mins
  2. 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  3. 1tbsp of oil
  4. 1/2 tsp of dry mango powder
  5. 3-4 green chillies chopped
  6. 1/2 tsp of red chilli powder
  7. 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
  8. 1 tbsp of onion finely chopped
  9. 1 tsp of tamarind extract
  10. coriander leaves
  11. salt to taste
  12. For Pakwan
  13. 1 cup of All purpose flour
  14. 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
  15. 1tsp of oil
  16. Salt to taste
  17. oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Wash and pressure cook the lentils with turmeric powder, water and salt to taste for about 5-6 whistles.Once cooked slightly mash the lentils with a wooden spoon . Heat oil in a wok , fry cumin seeds and green chillies .Add in chilli powder and dry mango powder .Make sure that you stir and keep it on low flame so that you are not burning the powders. Stir in the cooked lentils and turn off the flame .Garnish with chopped onions and coriander leaves.
  2. For the pakwans, mix salt , flour , cumin seedsin a bowl .Pour in water slowly and knead it into a dough .You can also add a teaspoon of oil to the dough to smoothen out the dough .Let the dough sit for about 10-15 minutes.Divide the dough into balls and roll each ball into discs.Prick with a fork on the rolled out dough . Heat oil in a wok and deep fry the pakwans till they are golden and crisp.
  3. Serve warm with dal .
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fat
41g
protein
36g
carbs
175g
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Spicin up the win of “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala “

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

                                                                                                                       Franklin D. Roosevelt 

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     Indeed the thrill and joy of achievement is just unexplainable. Last year in the month of July when I was at my parents place for the monsoon break from school , I least expected the outcome of my long awaited cookbook  “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala” .I have had the craziest as well as the most unexpected  circumstances when I look back .I lost the data of my book thrice and then send it for print .Things were totally haywire with my harddisk broken , my laptops display dead and so on ….it was just never ending and I had time constraints as I was to exhibit my books at the Frankfurt World Book fair …When the book print was all sorted just two days before my flight I am informed that my visa got rejected ..It was totally devastating  🙁 ..to top all these my son was down with pneumonia .I tried my level best ..but unfortunately I couldnt make it to Frankfurt .The books were exhibited there as my brother was there for the event ..but it took me months to recover from the mishaps .

Whatever happened, happened for good.
Whatever is happening, is happening for good.
Whatever will happen, that will be for good as well. –

                                                                                  Bhagvad Gita 

   Its taken me a very long time to share with all of you the news of my book , but as its told better late than never ..so I am very  happy , excited, thrilled, ..you can take up all the synonyms that can go with it ….to share with you all tht my cookbook , “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala ” which is on the snacks of Kerala cuisine has won “Best Indian cookbook in the world ” for the Gourmand world cookbook awards 2015-16  from 209 countries representing India .I seriously had no words to say on stage… when I was called up I was in all tears ….

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   Its great to win the Gourmand awards the second time and experience the whole event  .Earlier it was for my cookbook “Lip smacking Dishes of Kerala” which won the 3rd Best Local Cuisine book in the world for 2013-14 at the Gourmand World cookbook awards from 187 countries representing India , held at Beijing , China .

Now to spice up all this news I have a recipe for a pickle that I made from the garden fresh cherry tomatoes…

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Cherry tomato pickle
480 calories
34 g
0 g
39 g
8 g
3 g
437 g
441 g
16 g
0 g
34 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
437g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 480
Calories from Fat 343
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g
60%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 26g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 441mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 34g
11%
Dietary Fiber 11g
46%
Sugars 16g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
163%
Vitamin C
513%
Calcium
11%
Iron
35%
* 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. 1/4kg cherry tomatoes
  2. 2tbsp of kashmiri chilli powder
  3. 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  4. 2-3 green chillies chopped
  5. 1 small piece of ginger finely chopped
  6. 1 tsp of mustard seeds
  7. 1/2 tsp of fenugreek seeds
  8. 1/4 tsp of asafoetida powder
  9. 2-3 tbsp of oil
  10. 1/2 tsp of sugar
  11. 1 tbsp of vinegar
  12. salt to taste
  13. 2-3 sprigs of curry leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan , add oil and fry the tomatoes till they shrink in size and seperate.In the remaining oil , pop mustard seeds, add fenugreek , ginger, green chillies and stir fry them for a minute or two on med flame .Lower the flame and stir in the turmeric and kashmiri chilli powder .Once the oil starts seperating add in the vinegar .I added a little extra vinegar so that i can cook the the sauce a bit more .You can also add water but that at times accelarates mould growth in the pickle .
  2. Now mix in the fried tomatoes , add sugar , asafoetida , salt and curry leaves .Turn off the flame and let it cool before you bottle them .
  3. Enjoy these pickles with rice or rotis ...
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39g
protein
8g
carbs
34g
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A few months back when Facebook team contacted me to do a video on my journey from a homemaker to an entrepreneur I had no clue of what to expect .My latest cookbook “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala ” won the “Best Indian cuisine book in the world” for the Gourmand world cookbook awards 2015-16.A few weeks back I received  an email from Facebook India with the statistics of the reach…”The video had reached 600,000 people across India! The video itself has been viewed 300,000 times ”
I whole heartedly thank all the wonderful people who had viewed,supported,encouraged ,shared and liked the video .Kudos to YourStory for the wonderful video 🙂

Watch how Nimi Sunilkumar's Cooking School used Facebook to spread awareness of her cooking classes and grow her business.

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Greg Grano and Sarah Sellman two wonderful filmmakers from SanFrancisco did a portfolio on me for the website Hooplaha-Only good news  ..it was just magic as the video is very close to my heart ..

Its crazy when I look back and see how my passion for food has created magic …the magic of following my heart!!!

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Kulfi time !!!

Kulfi time !!!

Desserts, icecreams, veg | December 22, 2014 | By

 

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Its been like ages since I have posted …..really wanted to do a post for Childrens day…but couldn’t make it .As my kids had their always loved Kulfis. The past two months have been totally head raking for me classes, school , book , kids, home….things wouldn’t have been more or less worser with me being diagnosed with pneumonia…sheesh….. its like being chained …!!! The curtain raiser for the whole melodramatic experiences started off with Siva’s hand fractured…then with the viral and then with me all sick…hoping to get things sorted out and fine…

The kulfi recipe goes on to one of my students and dear friend ….Lindiwe Richer..sorry Lindi for being snail late..in posting this recipe…

 

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Almond Dates Kulfi
679 calories
91 g
39 g
28 g
25 g
8 g
603 g
231 g
75 g
0 g
19 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
603g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 679
Calories from Fat 241
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g
43%
Saturated Fat 8g
38%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 39mg
13%
Sodium 231mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 91g
30%
Dietary Fiber 9g
37%
Sugars 75g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
21%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
73%
Iron
13%
* 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. 2 cups of full cream milk
  2. 1 tbsp of corn flour made into a thick paste adding cold water
  3. ½ cup of chopped dates
  4. ¼ cup of almonds roughly chopped
  5. 4-5 strands of saffron
  6. Seeds of one cardamom
  7. 1 tin of condensed milk(400g)
Instructions
  1. Mix in the milk and condensed milk and bring to boil.
  2.  On boiling, reduce the flame to low stir in the corn flour paste, cardamom seeds,
  3. almonds, dates and saffron.
  4.  Stir the mix on low flame till it thickens.
  5.  Let it cool and pour into kulfi moulds and freeze till they are firm.
  6.  Please take care while de moulding slightly pour hot water on it (take care that water
  7. doesn’t seep into the mold).
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calories
679
fat
28g
protein
25g
carbs
91g
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Slurp on these milky delights !!!

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Celebrate this onam with Pumpkin Payasam!

Desserts, Indian recipes, veg | September 7, 2014 | By

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Onam holidays have started a break of ten days Onam being the state festival of our Gods own country titled Kerala! All over the state of Kerala, festive rituals, traditional cuisine, dance and music mark this harvest festival. The ten day Onam festival is celebrated floral carpets, traditional dance forms , onam sadhya-the feast on banana leaf, boat race….At school we had the teachers day and onam celebrations on adjacent days.The  Thiruvonam day..the tenth day and the most sacred day of the celebrations…..its great fun all members in the family get together ,friends and relatives all ..the onamsadhya is prepared and served on the banana leaf with different curries , rice and desserts. This Onam I wanted to post the recipe of a special payasam .Payasam is basically the dessert that’s served after the feast. Today’s post is Mathanga Payasam /Pumpkin Payasam..

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Mathanga payasam / Pumpkin Payasam
2249 calories
218 g
22 g
158 g
20 g
136 g
1403 g
131 g
172 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1403g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2249
Calories from Fat 1327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 158g
243%
Saturated Fat 136g
679%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 22mg
7%
Sodium 131mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 218g
73%
Dietary Fiber 15g
60%
Sugars 172g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A
1530%
Vitamin C
46%
Calcium
28%
Iron
168%
* 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. 2 cups of pumpkin cubes (de skinned &deseeded)
  2. 3/4 cup of jaggery syrup
  3. 2 cups of thin coconut milk
  4. 1 cup of thick coconut milk
  5. 2 cardamoms crushed
  6. 4 tbsp of sago cooked in water
  7. 2 tsp of ghee
  8. For Garnish
  9. 2 tsp of coconut pieces
  10. 2 tsp of cashews and raisins
  11. Ghee for frying
Instructions
  1.  Cook the pumpkins in water, sieve and blend into a smooth paste.
  2.  Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel and fry the pumpkin paste for about 5-10
  3. minutes on medium flame.
  4.  Mix in the jaggery syrup and keep on stirring.
  5.  Let the jaggery syrup blend well in to the mix and then pour the thin coconut milk and
  6. continue stirring.
  7.  Add in the cooked sago balls and cardamom.
  8.  When the milk starts thickening, pour in the thick milk and when it is on the verge of
  9. simmering, turn off the flame.
  10.  Fry out the coconut pieces in ghee along with the raisins and cashews and garnish
  11. the pudding.
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calories
2249
fat
158g
protein
20g
carbs
218g
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Serve it warm or cold and enjoy this onam !

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It was while writing this post , I was reminded of a website I stumbled  on to while browsing on apps that help you order food online in India.It has got everything that a foodie would want to devour from mughlai cuisine to south indian to pizzas..With a userfriendly interface and a catchy name “Foodpanda

They cover most cities in India and when you have the app on your phone its pretty much more easier. Theres also city based pages like for Bangalore , Mumbai and Delhi .Well I have my foodpanda app on my phone..planning to use it once am in the listed cities. 🙂 Hope you all would find it equally handy  🙂unnamed

Being up all in festive mood,Heres the writeup on me that came up in Grihasobha Malayalam magazine (Delhi press publication)this September

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So signing off for now …Wishing all a happy and prosperous onam!

Soya Ginger Chicken ..a variant!

Soya Ginger Chicken ..a variant!

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Back after the rice porridge recipe with a new post. Its been quite some time since I posted a non veg recipe. Soya chunks have always had their fav place with my kids and I keep trying out more variations with it .The soya chunks have the best source of fiber and is quite high in protein content.

Its like the magic pill bundled up with all the good things. Last Sunday I was planning on what to cook for dinner and then popped up with this recipe of Soya Ginger Chicken.I have been using both sizes of soya chunks for my cooking..but have always found a soft spot for the mini soya chunks on count of their delicacy.

Soya Ginger Chicken
1542 calories
74 g
453 g
68 g
159 g
13 g
1247 g
764 g
29 g
0 g
49 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1247g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1542
Calories from Fat 611
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 68g
105%
Saturated Fat 13g
65%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 15g
Monounsaturated Fat 34g
Cholesterol 453mg
151%
Sodium 764mg
32%
Total Carbohydrates 74g
25%
Dietary Fiber 16g
62%
Sugars 29g
Protein 159g
Vitamin A
122%
Vitamin C
898%
Calcium
28%
Iron
76%
* 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. ½ kg of Chicken cut into small pieces
  2. 1 cup of mini soya chunks
  3. 2 tsp of Soya sauce
  4. 2 tbsp of ginger sliced finely
  5. 2 tbsp of garlic sliced
  6. 2 large onions chopped
  7. 1 tbsp of Kashmiri chilli powder
  8. 1 tsp of Garam masala powder
  9. 2 tsp of coriander powder
  10. 3 tsp of Chicken masala powder
  11. 1 tsp of black pepper powder
  12. 1 tomato pureed
  13. 3 tsp of oil
  14. Salt to taste
  15. For Tempering
  16. ¼ cup of sliced big onion
  17. 4-5 green chillies slit
  18. Oil
  19. Curry leaves
Instructions
  1. Soak the soya chunks in hot water for about 15minutes.
  2.  Heat oil in wok, sauté ginger and garlic, chopped onion till translucent.
  3.  Pour in the soya sauce and keep stirring, add in the chilli powder, coriander powder,
  4. pepper powder, garam masala powder and chicken masala powder.
  5.  Stir till the raw smell from the powders subside.
  6.  Add in the pureed tomato paste, ½ cup of water and let it simmer.
  7.  Wash the soya chunks in cold water and squeeze them out into the sauce along with
  8. the chicken pieces.
  9.  Add required amount of salt and cover and cook the chicken till tender.
  10.  Thicken the sauce so that the chicken & soya are coated and turn off the flame.
  11.  In a small pan fry out the sliced onions till in caramel color along with the slit green
  12. chillies and curry leaves.
  13.  Temper the dish with the fried items and add 2-3 tsp of chopped coriander leaves
  14. before serving.
  15.  Best served with rotis and fried rice.
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calories
1542
fat
68g
protein
159g
carbs
74g
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Heres the feature that came up in the magazine Mahila Chandrika a Chandrika daily publication..

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Celebrating with Badam Halwa!

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How should I start off? I am head over heels in happiness that my hard work is paying out as fruits..Ok so I am back in Munnar after a week’s spree tour and happenings in Beijing. The best news that I have to share is that my book has bagged the third place as for the “Best Local Cuisine book in the world.”Gourmand World Cookbook Awards also known as the Oscars of Gastronomy was founded by Edouard Cointreau .To be a part of it was really an awesome experience. Getting to meet the top personalities in person, learning and sharing insights on each other’s books….. It was an experience that I could have not even dreamt of.

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I had travelled with my family to Shanghai on the 16th of May and then on the 19th of May to Beijing and our stay was at the Daxing Hotel where the Beijing International Cookbook fair was held. I was very much impressed by the hospitality of the Gourmand staff and the hard work that they had put into the arrangements. As it calls for celebration I thought of sharing a sweet recipe to with my sweet news..so heres the recipe for Badam Halwa…ba3

Badam Halwa
2554 calories
235 g
272 g
176 g
33 g
71 g
681 g
70 g
213 g
0 g
97 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
681g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2554
Calories from Fat 1519
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 176g
271%
Saturated Fat 71g
353%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 22g
Monounsaturated Fat 75g
Cholesterol 272mg
91%
Sodium 70mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 235g
78%
Dietary Fiber 15g
60%
Sugars 213g
Protein 33g
Vitamin A
68%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
52%
Iron
30%
* 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. 1cup of Almonds (soaked in water and blanched)
  2. ½ cup of milk
  3. 1cup of sugar
  4. ½ cup of ghee
  5. 1/2 cup of water
  6. 8-10 strands of saffron soaked in 1 tsp of milk
Instructions
  1. Grind the almonds with milk to a smooth paste.
  2.  In a saucepan boil water and mix in the sugar till it dissolves and keep aside.
  3.  Heat ghee till it melts and add in the sugar syrup on low flame and mix in the almond
  4. paste without any lumps.
  5.  Add in the saffron and keep stirring on low flame till the almond paste becomes thick
  6. and flaky.
  7.  Turn off the flame and mix in a teaspoon of ghee.
  8.  Devour on your badam halwa!
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calories
2554
fat
176g
protein
33g
carbs
235g
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Sweeten your taste buds with Milk Peda!

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Monsoons in Munnar have been quite hectic this time.Its been about two years since we had such heavy rainfalls.The river was half way to being flooded.Its time to laze out a bit from my hectic schedule as school has closed for the monsoon vacation for a month for us.Yesterday  its my bro’s bday  …as he’s in Moscow ..here’s mouth melting sweeties wishing u a wonderful birthday!

Malai Peda or Milk peda is a fav with my little one and me.I really love making them at home .These mouthwatering beauties are a fav among my culinary science students at school. Shazia and Shwetha…here’s the long awaited recipe…a treat for holidays!

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Milk Peda

2 cups of milk powder

1 tin of condensed milk

3 tbsps of ghee

1/4 tsp of cardamom powder

 

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Heat  ghee in a heavy bottomed pan on medium flame,pour in the condensed milk.Stir in the milk powder and cardamom powder with a wooden spatula mixing  without lumps.Keep the flame very low as milk burns very fast and stir till it thickens.Let it cool down and shape  them into desired shapes.It is also optional to decorate these milk delicacies with pistachios/cashews/almonds.

 

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Cashew Ladoos -memoir of Diwali!

Indian recipes, Sweets, veg | November 19, 2012 | By

Diwali -the festival of lights was a last week.Celebration of Diwali is all about firecrackers and sweets..this diwali I wanted to type in one of my most  cherished sweets…Cashew Ladoos/Kaju ladoos.This  is a very rich sweet made out of cashews.

CASHEW LADOOS

1/4 cup of water

1 1/4 cups sugar

3tbsp milk

1/2 kg cashew nuts

4 tsps of ghee

5-6 strands of saffron

Slightly roast the cashews in a pan and finely powder them in a mixer.Boil water and sugar in a saucepan  stirring continuously till the sugar dissolves on low flame.When the syrup starts becoming thick, remove from flame and add in the ghee along with the milk and saffron.Stir it and add in the powdered cashew slowly mixing well.Once the powder is well combined with the syrup ,cook the mix on medium flame stirring till the ghee comes out.Let the mix cool down  a little and make small  balls out of the mix.

My little ones were gobbling up these ladoos as I made them.Guess after all cashew is an all time fav for all 😉

“Ram! The light of lights, the self-luminous inner light of the Self is ever shining steadily in the chamber of your heart. Sit quietly. Close your eyes. Withdraw the senses. Fix the mind on this supreme light and enjoy the real Deepavali, by attaining illumination of the soul.”

A Birthday note Buttered with Badami Chicken and Puffy Baturas!

This year’s birthday was a very very special one to me with my best buddies.Thank u guys for all your sweet wishes through FB.Luv u my TMS pals for giving me a special birthday wish and as part of the b’day I had no idea of making a cake and that too for my bday..the main thing was that  I was damn lazy.If it was not for my friend Dhans I wouldn’t have ever made one:P

It was a total dillemma on who’s going to cut the cake with the cake almost done.Both my kiddos were on to cutting the cake and at last the three muskeeters were cutting the cake singing in chorous “Happy Birthday to you  Amma!”….and I was clickin all this:D
What better way could I have my birthday celebrated!:D

Baturas the puffed yoghurt bread is one of my favs and when you have Badami chicken to accompany it the taste really gets richy rich.

Batura/Puffed Indian yoghurt bread

2 cups of all purpose flour
4 tbsp yoghurt
1tsp salt
1tsp sugar
1tsp yeast
3tsp of ghee
1 egg whisked
Oil for frying

In a bowl measure in the flour and making a well in the center,add in all the ingridients and mix well to make a soft dough.You can add up to 1/4 cup of water if you feel the ingridients dont come together.Let the dough rest for about 2 hrs covered,so that it gets doubled.Punch and knead the dough into balls and roll them out in to discs of about 5inch with a rolling pin.Heat oil in a kadai and fry these flat breads till puffy and golden on both sides.

Badam Chicken/Almond Chicken
1/2 kg chicken pieces
1 cup large onion sliced
2 tsp of ginger garlic paste
1/2cup of yoghurt
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3 tsp chilli powder
3 cloves
2 cardamom
1 piece of cinnamon
1tsp sugar
10-15 almonds soaked and  ground into fine paste
3/4 cup of tomato paste
2 tsps of chopped cilantro
salt to taste

Marinate the chicken pieces with yoghurt ,turmeric powder and salt keeping it for about an hour.Heat about 4tsps of oil in a kadai and add sugar and when it browns saute in the sliced onions till slightly brown.Transfer 1/4th of the sauted onion from the kadai and keep it aside.Add in the whole spices,ginger garlic paste,chilli powder and saute well on medium flame.Add in the tomato paste and mix well till the oil seperates.Add in the chicken pieces to the masala and stir well on high flame.Pour 2 cups of hot water and cook covered on medium flame.When the chicken is well cooked,stir in the badam paste and when the gravy thickens,garnish with chopped cilantro!