Showing posts from February, 2015

Varai Pulav/Pulao-Vrat Pulao

Fastings can be feasting too if you make yummy dishes. We Konkanis have little restrictions compared to the North Indian fasting. Our rule is simple do not eat resturant food, no onion garlic, no rice that’s it. Varai is a Konkani  and Marathi name for Barnyard Millet.Sama ke chawal, or samvat rice or Mordhna are the hindi names for Barnyard millet. So I have used this millet and made a Pulav/Pulao which both the South Indians and North Indians can make. Here is what we Need/ for the dish

INGREDIENTS 1 cup Varai or sama or vrat ke chawal or barnyard millet1 tsp cumin seeds½ inch cinnamon stick2 green cardamoms½ cup carrots peled and cubed½ cup beans cut into 1” pcs**2-3 cloves3-4 whole black pepper½ inch ginger + 1 green chili (crushed in a mortar-pestle)8-10 whole cashews8-10 almonds2 tbsp oil or ghee2.5 to 3 cups water1 tbsp chopped coriander for garnishrock salt/sendha namak as requiredlemon juice and lemon wedges ifr equiredINSTRUCTIONS Rinse the Varai/ barnyard millet a couple of times…

Oats Undi with Green Chilli Pickle

I have already posted traditional Undi recipe Here. This is a version which does not need coconut. I learnt it from a food group in FB, it was posted by dear Archana Shenoy a wonderful blogger too. Here is the recipe for Oats Undi:
Oats – ¼ th cup Rice Rawa – ½ cup Water – 1 ¼ th cup approx Salt to taste For Tempering: Coconut Oil or any cooking oil ½ tsp jeera ½ mustard seeds ¼ th methi seeds ½ tsp urad dal 1 red chilli broken ito tiny pcs 1 sprig curry leaves torn into pcs 
Method: Wash rice rawa and keep aside. Heat oil in a Kadai add the ingredients mentioned under tempering one by one last being curry leaves. Now add in the water and salt. When water boils add oats and stir well.  Now rice rawa and stir it well and make sure it forms no lumps. Keep stirring until it combines and gets semi thick, switch off the flame and allow it to cool down a little. When the mix is being able to handle grease your hands with water and make small balls of these and just make a small impression with your index finger …

Unicorn - Food Art

As you all know i have started a section of Food Art where i am laying my hands on presenting my food on plate a little artistically.  Today I have made a Unicorn... Yes you heard it right a Unicorn What I used here: Green Pear Shredded Carrots
Black Olive Slices
Sweet Corn
What I Did: I cut the pear into half placed it on a plate.
Placed the shredded Carrots as hair. Sliced olives and used for eyes and nose. And corn for the horn. Tada Edile Unicorn is ready.

Happy Cooking,

Spicy Strawberry Cups for Valentines Day

For  both of us every day is one where we can express our love and that day is Valentines day for us.
Valentines day is a Special Day to Express Love to your loved ones.
I wanted to make something sweet but somehow could not make any today. So i decided to post something that has red in it.
I tried these after Padma Aunty had posted it in her blog.
Lets See what we need to make these 

We  Need:
6 big Strawberries
For Filling:
2 tbsp Labaneh/ Greek yogurt 1/4th tbsp crushed black pepper 1 tsp crushed red chilli flakes Few mint leaves to garnish
Method: Wash the strawberries and slice their touop gently scoop out the berries. Take a bowl and mix all the ingredients mentioned under For filling. Give it a nice mix and keep for later use. Now cut the bottoms of the strawberries slightlyto make the berry stay intact on the plate and place it on the serving plate. Now fill each berry with the labneh filling and serve them chilled.

The Original recipe has hung curd in it I have replaced it with labneh.

5 minute Oreo Cup Cake

Its already been a month and 9 days of 2015 and I have not even penned a single post here. Many reasons, first one is I started spending a little more time with my kids than browsing, second is we had been to Mangalore for vacation and some more reasons,but I don’t want to bore you with my rants. We enjoyed a lot in mangalore with Family and Friends. Functions back t back it was total fun! How we miss it here L. But we got to be happy with what we have . Let me start todays post with a sweet recipe, I had made5 minute biscuit cake long back and many have tried it from here. A few days later I saw people trying oreo cake the same way it was nothing but replacing glucose biscuits with oreo’s. I have tried this n number of times and whenever I wish to bake a chocolate cake I make this. But this time I baked them in silicone cupcake moulds . Here is what we need for 5 minute Oreo cupcakes :
Ingredients :
20 pairs of oreo biscuits (40 biscuits in total including the cream)
1 cup milk (240 ml)