Jun 16, 2010

Recipie comming Ragda Cutlet -- Comming Soon

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Bread O Egg

This is one kind of breakfast you could prepare especially for kids who are fussy about eating the same thing every day. (example my very own hAbhi ).

  • Toast the bread
  • Cut a circle / any shape in the bread and pour the omelet solution in this hole
  • Let it cook on a medium flame and close it with a lid on top
  • Sprinkle pepper on top along with finely chopped cilantro leaves.
  • You can use the circular portion to make french toast i.e Dip the circular bread in the egg solution and put it in the pan and toast it.

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Jun 15, 2010

Chakra Banalu


Maida / All purpose flour- 2 Cups
Bellam / Jaggery Powder - 1 Cup
Elachi Powder - A few cloves
Oil - To fry
Salt - A pinch


1. Make a dough of maida (add a pinch of salt and very little hot oil)
2. Flatten the dough and cut into pieces (Maida biscuits) as shown in picture
3. Fry the maida biscuits
4. Add bellam to a pan and little water and make pakam / syrup (add elachi powder here) as shown in picture
5. Add 3 to 4 and Chakra banalu are ready :)

Chitti Chitkalu / Tips :

-Fry the maida biscuits well, the crispy they are the yummier it is.

-How do know the bellam pakam (Jaggery syrup) is done: Take a steel plate with water add the pakam / syrup to it TEST: If it dissolves - Not done, if it forms a ball and you hear it fall on the steel plate(tung sound) -done

Jun 9, 2010



Milk - 6 Cups for Malai / 6 Cups for Rabdi
Badam - 10
Pistachios - 10
Sugar - 2 Cups for Rabdi / 2 cups for pressure cooking the malai balls
Vinegar - 4 tbsp
Cotton cloth / Cotton Cheese Cloth - You get this in walmart


How to curdle Milk?

Boil the milk in a huge container
When you see a bump in the milk ( palu poguthunapudu), simmer the flame and stir it with a ladle
Add vinegar to it
Within a few seconds you will observe the milk has curdled

Since we have used vinegar the curdled milk might have that odour. Take a cotton cheese cloth and transfer the curdled milk into this cloth allow cold tap water to run through for some time. Tie the edges of the cloth, let the water run from this cloth by running your fingers over it for a couple of time. Place a heavy weight on this for excess water to drain off.

Malai balls:

Kneed the curdled milk as soft as possible ( until oil oozes out onto your hands)
Make round balls and flatten them with your fingers
Pressure cook these balls in Sugar Syrup


Boil milk until it reduces to half the quantity, constantly stir it so that it will not stick to the pan
Add sugar, grated badam, saffron, (whatever dry fruits that you like)


Once the rabdi is of good consistency add the malai balls to it and leave it in the burner for a few minutes so that the rabdi will sink in the malai balls.

Tips for curdling the Milk:

I love the malai ballas to be as soft as a sponge. For softer malai balls add ice cubes while curdling the milk.

When to add ice cubes? As soon as you are sure enough that the milk has curdled. How can you be sure? When you see a transparent liquid separating from milk. How many to add: As many as you have in a tray.

By adding ice cubes that will curb the milk from curdling further and forming hard lumps ( which is exactly what we want for making of paneer).

Semi- Home Made Cooking:

For all my friends who want a faster method. Try use ricotta cheese and pressure cook it in sugar syrup/ bake it in an oven in cupcake pans and add it to rabdi.

Jun 8, 2010

The Love Cake - Tiramisu

Want to know the easiest dessert ever possible? Tiramisu!! This is the fastest dish I ever made. No baking no cooking just assembling :). Anyone and everyone can make this Dish.


Mascarpone cheese - 3 Cups
Heavy whipping Cream - 1 Pint
Confectioners Sugar - 5 tbsp
Cocoa - 4 tbsp
Espresso - 2 Cups
Lady Fingers- 2 Packs
Egg yellow- 3
Marsala Wine - 3 tbsp **Optional**
Coffee bean- To garnish


Preparation of the Cream:

  • Whip the heaving cream in an electric mixture until it forms stiff peaks
  • Add mascarpone cheese to it and whip it
  • Add 5 tbsp sugar
  • Beat the three egg yellows and place them on a double boiler and whisk as rigorously as possible or else you will end up eating scrambled eggs **For the double boiler I got a couple with the non stick set that we purchased if you don't have one just use 2 dishes with different sizes and also make sure the water is boiling before you place the dish with eggs**
  • When the color changes from bright yellow to faint one its cooked
  • Add this to the cream mixture and fold it in
  • Add chocolate/vanilla essence /elachi powder


  • I prepared espresso using the percolator / Use can also go the instant route
  • Add Marsala wine (optional)


  • Dip the ladyfingers in espresso and lay them in the container you want
  • Add a layer of cream and top if with cocoa using a tea strainer
  • Add another layer of dipped ladyfinger's and repeat the same i.e Add a layer of cream and top if with cocoa using a tea strainer
  • Top it off with coffee beans for a perfect garnishing
  • Set it in the fridge for at least an hour before you serve

Where to buy lady fingers / mascarpone cheese: Best place to buy ladyfingers would be in a bakery / Deli section (Safeway /Wholefoods), as its very fresh and tasty. You can substitute it with normal yellow cake / Cake rusk that you have it with tea

Mascarpone cheese - Try it in places like Wholefoods / Fry's / Sprouts. I have seen people make mascarpone cheese, if you are really keen about making everything from the scratch then you can try it that way but before you try that route, I suggest you should do it with store brought ones which gives you an inspiration to cook rather than disappointment that you can never cook good. This is more Semi-home made dessert but for people like my husband who prefer eating at home than outside. It works great!