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Narayan Kataar / Nan Katai

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Naan Katai / Narayan Katar A yummy eggless Indian cookie and its absolutely easy to make with minimum ingredients. And this was the Very first baked goodie I had made in my life... And when all the efforts written gets deleted it really hurts but yes better late than never so here i am blogging it again for all of you. Narayan Katar is a Konkani word for Naan Katai…. I really donno y is it called so…:D.


Amma used to make them and give it  to a near by bakery (as they were family freiends:D).  she used to make these goodies especially for me… not to forget for my dad too… but lots for me :P.

Here is what I used: 3/4th cup wheat flour

3/4th cup powdered Sugar

½ cup ghee (adjust according to the mixture)

1/4th tsp baking soda

Almonds to decorate (optional, Amma never used it though)

Method: Preheat oven at 180 C.

Add powdered sugar and ghee in a bowl nd mix well until creamy

Now add wheat flour and  Mix gently with hands until it comes together.

Roll it into round lemon sized balls and dab the cookie…

Chakuli/ Murukku

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It was always a flop show when I prepared chakuli or murukku. There was one or the other mistake but now I have no problem because amma and mamama (grandma) taught me the right way of making chakuli and here is the perfect one.
These Chakli's Were posted long back when I was in India.... I have reposted it as it got Deleted.



We need: üRice flour 5 cups üButter (loni) or shortening ¾ cup üUrad daal 4-5 tea spns üAjwain  seeds(Carom seeds) - 1 tea spn üSesame seeds (Til) 1 tea spn üOil for frying üWater üSalt to taste Method: üRoast urad daal (without oil) till they turn slightly brownish and powder them. üAdd the powder, butter, cumin seeds, sesame seeds and salt to rice flour and mix well.  üNow add milk/water to it slowly mixing it to remove any lumps (Milk makes the chaklis crispier and tastier).  üMake it into dough (like chapathi dough). üKnead the dough well on a flat board, pressing the dough to the board. üFill the chakli press with the dough and press into chakli shape on a flat board (use…

Mayo Spread Crackers

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I’ve been making something’s so regularly but somehow either don’t get time to take pictures or if taken no time to post. Somehow I get busy with my little one the whole day and the time that I get to browse I feel lazy to write, but today I have decided not to get lazy and get posting One of Our Favorite Recipe.
I made this for a Picnic potluck…where we friends (no Hubby’s allowed) decided to cook a single dish and Enjoy in A Park along with Kids.  I had made this dish within 15 minutes, infact I had no recipe in mind neither prior thought what I was going to cook as I got the news about picnic just the day before around 8 p.m…. the reason being we(Lil M and I) hadn’t been to park almost for a week(in the month of December) as lil one wasn’t keeping well for days, that cough and cold had troubled her badly, and to this my friends had thought they must not disturb The Tired Mommy(that’s Me) and just invited me.
The Inner me wasn’t that happy just to go bare handed So These Mayo Sprea…

Pickle Mania# 5 Adgai

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Hey All!!!!! Hope all of ya enjoyed ur weekend …….. I did too… We had fun this weekend…..
I loved any kind of Pickle that Amma made…. I cud never eat spicy food…. But when it comes to  pickle I cud enjoy tht ne time…. Nd dad wud always tell “Tukka he teek jaina ve??? Varlele kaucha natak” i.e. U can eat so much of this nd u have fuss towards other things :D…. But now I miss all those things… Now I got to do it all myself nd enjoy Amma’s food when m on vacations…. This time when amma had come I told her to adgai so tht I cud enjoy it till months…. (I knew to make it though).   I wanted Amma to make it for me 


In Saudi Canada nd many other places apart fromIndia Kadgi is available through out the year but in cans, imported. Now it being Jackfruit season and When I saw fresh one here couldn’t resist.  Here is the way we make pickle or Adgai...



We need:500 gms Kadgi/Raw Jackfruit3 Raw Mangoes cut into small cubesCrystal salt – ½ cup Water – 1 cupTo dry roast nd grind:
4 tbsp Mustard seeds2 tbs…

Pickle Mania #4 -Ambadi Ani Loshne Nonche / Tender Hog Plums and Garlic Pickle

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Hello Everybody!!!!!

As I keep telling my mom makes awesome pickes…. She has a good pantry for pickles. Where I relished each nd every one. Whenever I feel like making ne pickle I just call her nd ask for the recipe. She always has it on her tongue but all eye measurements :P Its tender hog plum/Ambadi season now and we had to make a make a pickle now…. This is not my Moms recipe its My Darling Mamama’s recipe she makes black color pickle awesome….. I had made this one a month back and its all empty so I was craving for more nd tht too this time I wanted my Mamama to make it for me… She literally was doing a pickle after 5 yrs…. Yeh u heard it ryt 5 long yrs…  Nd mind me it was the same yum taste…. I could not take a click of her pickle as we have finished it off.. :


One who loves tangy pickles nd loads of garlic will love this pickle. Here is the recipe: Hog plums/ Ambadi – 30-35 Garlic peeled, crushed and fried in 1 tsp oil – 20 Red chillies 250gms Mustard seeds – 3 tbsp Turmeric piece – 1 “ Sea …

Pickle Mania#3 - KeerlAmbade Nonche/ Bamboo shoots and Amberella pickle

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Keerlu Ambade Nonche/ Bamboo shoot and Hog Plums(amtekayi) Pickle 
Nonche/Pickle……this word always remembers us about Amma. There r no words to explain how it tastes…… Amma is a great cook I must say. May be it from the starting pickle to the end of a dessert she is just cooks delicious yummy scrumptious….no words to explain. She is so good at taste tht u just give her the dish she tells whts there in it :). Amma prepapres varieties of pickles…. My mouth waters when ever I think of pickles. U kno I still have the pickle amma sent wards with Guru(b4 marriage)… Its almost a yr nd still tastes the same. Any time my hubby calls amma he has to say Mayi ur pickle was awesome….. I still relish it :). 


Not only my hubby even my FIL loves Amma’s pickle. Some of our family frenz also ak amma to pack pickles for them nd she does it happily. Ok now after all praises il come down to the recipe. This nonche stays for more than 4-5 months. Actually small ambado or amtekayi is used for this pickle… but…

Buns- Hot Cross Buns - One a Penny 2 a Penny Hot Cross Buns

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The Slogan "No one can eat just one" goes very well with these................ Its one of my favorite .. breakfast item.....  Amma used to give the responsibility of mixing and frying the buns To Me J JJ and it was like a big task which I did.... sometimes i used to run away telling I will not mix the peet ( dough) let bro do it I will roll them and fry them that was what i used do.... 
She Taught me Cooking at the Age of 11 itself............. I mean the basics of kitchen.......... as years passes by i started my experiments.............. And mom always gave a Chef opinion as to what was missing and the exact mix of flavors and so on............ I m so Thankful to her for teaching me the A-Z of kitchen.......... because i was never hesitant when i was alone myself to cook..... Thanks Amma. Love U. The credit of teaching not only goes to Amma it even goes to my Mamama( mom's mom)........ She took care of me soo sooo much and I love her tooooooooooo much.......

Now to todays t…

Pickle Mania#1 Karmbala Nonche/ Starfruit Pickle

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Its taking a long time for me to retrieve my deleted posts and when i was checking which posts i have missed out i found out that all the pickle posts in Aps kitchen have flew away so I have decided to make a series of Pickle Mania and post all the deleted posts as well as newly created Pickles @ Aps Kitchen. This is a starfruit pickle in which I decided to drop in some cauliflower in it…I have made this many times as of now and I am sure you too will fall in love with it as we did.


And mind me I loved the taste and the pickle too… it was empty within weeks…. J And my taste buds were all awake by this taste. Here is the recipe for the Pickle. Star fruits- 5 (washed and cut into cubes) Cauliflower 4 florets- washed and cut into very small flowers. Sea salt – 1 cup Water – ½ cup
For the Pickle masala: Red Chillies Long – 10 Red chillies short – 25 Mustard seeds – 3 tsp A small pc of turmeric (2 peanut sized)- roasted 2 peanut sized hing (if u r using hing powder 1 tsp)- roasted
Method: Heat ½ cup of w…

Avaale Khadi/Amla Rasam

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I had posted this recipe long time back but as all of u know i had lost all my amchi posts so i have decided to  post all of them one by one. And today its Avale Khadi 

So here I am with a interesting and a Authentic Amchi dish.


Avale Khadi/ Gooseberry Khadi We need: Gooseberry – 3 Fresh scraped coconut- 1 small cup Red chillies – according to spice(I used 3) Garlic – 10 Oil/ghee – 1 tbsp Method: Cook gooseberry until done. Now deseed them and grind it along with coconut and roasted red chillies into a very fine paste. Remove this mixture into a deep bottom vessel, liquefy it into a thick rasam or daal consistency and heat it. Add salt to the khadi. In a small pan heat oil/ghee and fry crushed garlic. And temper it on the khadi. Boil it for 3 minutes and switch of the flame. Hot Avale khadi is ready to serve. Tastes Super with White Rice.


Till my next post miss me, Bubye,