28 Feb 2018

Radish Juice

I never knew people drink radish juice until I started doing some research on it. Apparently radish juice is rich in fibre, Vitamin C, B. It is also an excellent source of potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and very low in calories. It is also very good in relieving and treating hemorrhoids.
It is mildly sweet in taste but you can add sugar or honey to it. If you find the taste or smell not appealing then you can juice an apple or carrot along with the radish. I made this for my husband and he drank it as it is since it's good for the body!!


Radish Juice


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Vazhaithandu Kootu

Vazhaithandu kootu is called as Banana Stem or Plantain Stem in English. There are so many dishes that can be made with Vazhaithandu. I usually make vazhaithandu juice, vazhaithandu pachadi, vazhaithandu poriyal. This kootu is very simple and easy to make, it is tasty and very healthy too. It is high in fibre and it helps in digestion, relieves constipation and has a host of other benefits too. This goes well with rice sambar rice, rasam rice or kuzhambu sadam.


Vazhaithandu Kootu


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27 Feb 2018

Sathumaavu Cutlet

I always make a large batch of sathumaavu powder to make sathumaavu kanji for my kids but they are not very fond of eating the porridge so I tend to add the sathumaavu in many other ways. I make sathumaavu dosa, sathumaavu uthapam, sathumaavu paniyaram. I make this sathumaavu cutlet as evening snacks for them. It's healthy and tasty and always works well.

Sathumaavu Cutlet

I add a little more potatoes to this recipe to mask the addition of sathumaavu. Potatoes makes it more tasty and my kids don't even know it has sathumaavu in it. It is important to cook the cutlets in medium flame for a little longer period of time to ensure that it is thoroughly cooked.


Sathumaavu Cutlet


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Beef Curry

As I mentioned in the Beef biryani recipe, I am not a beef eater. I have never had beef in my life until the day in my anni's house! She was cooking beef for us and I could not refuse!! She also packed some tender boneless beef pieces for me and I made a beef biryani and this beef curry with it. This curry is a simple and easy recipe that is filled with flavor! You can enjoy this curry as a side dish to roti or even pulao. 


Beef Curry

I have been told that beef needs to be cooked very well so I pressure cooked for about 30 minutes in medium flame. 

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Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Ice Creams are always associated with summers, it always perks up a hot humid day! I made this ice cream for a pot luck with our prayer group and we all loved it! I use the same ice cream base recipe and I have never felt the need to change it as it always works out so well and everyone loves it.


Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

I was planning on making just a simple chocolate ice cream as I also had to make these lovely white chocolate mousse but then I decided to add some of the ripe bananas I had. The flavor of the banana is subtle and not over powering making the ice cream delicious!


Chocolate Banana Ice Cream


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24 Feb 2018

Strawberry Apple Smoothie

I've been making a lot of recipes using strawberries this winter and I have been enjoying all of it too. I had only a few strawberries left over so I decided to try out some smoothies. This fruit is so good that anything you make with it tastes too good. So I made some strawberry apple smoothie and strawberry banana smoothie. You'll love both these smoothies!

Strawberry Apple Smoothiel


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19 Feb 2018

9 Feb 2018

Chocolate Salami

Chocolate salami is an Italian dessert made with chocolate/cocoa, biscuits, butter and nuts. It gets the name salami as it looks like a salami! It's nothing but a chocolate biscuit roll. There are many versions of chocolate salami in the internet and my favorite is this recipe which does not require eggs and it's pretty easy to do.
I made this dessert for my nieces as they are fond of chocolate biscuit desserts. I'm always on the lookout for chocolate biscuit desserts and I have made quite a few for them with biscuits and chocolates and this is another one!

Chocolate Salami


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Chocolate Lava Cake

This is the quickest and most easiest dessert you can make for a last minute surprise for Valentine's Day or Anniversary or Birthdays! It's easy to bake, requiring ingredients that are easily available in your kitchen and it ends up looking like an exotic dessert making your day very special!


Molten Lava Cake

For a very long time I never tried this lava cake as I felt the reduced baking time would mean eating uncooked batter with uncooked eggs and that thought always made me hesitate to bake this cake. And then I saw this recipe which was egg free and it uses chocolate to give the molten effect and the cake is baked for 18-20 minutes which is the normal baking time for muffins. So then, I was game to try it out. 


Molten Lava Cake

This recipe is really fail proof. Each one of my cake had molten lava oozing out! I guess the tricky part is the chocolate that you use as some chocolates just does not melt. I have read many comments online that dairy milk chocolate does not melt inside however I used dairy milk bournville chocolate and it melted just fine for me. 

I loved this lava cake, especially because the I always like the chocolate oozing out to be just like lava, thick dark and luscious! I don't like the lava pouring out like water. All my cakes had the perfect lava effect, just perfect to scoop and eat!


Molten Lava Cake

The brown bits seen in the pictures is the milk chocolate that has melted. I felt that even without the chocolate pieces the lava was perfect! If you see closely, only the light brown gooey stuff is from the bournville chocolate. The dark brown lava is from the cake itself! So next time, I'm going to try this recipe without adding the extra chocolate pieces for a perfect lava cake! 

Make sure you grease the moulds well so that it comes out intact and then decorate as you wish! Serve this dessert immediately. If you let it sit for awhile, the lava inside, will solidify and it will not flow out. It will be just like a normal chocolate muffin. So plan accordingly!


Molten Lava Cake


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Beef Biryani

I am not a beef eater, never been all my life! And then I visited my anni's house and she cooked beef for us! I could not say no and create a fuss, so I quietly said a prayer and ate it!! And I was quite surprised by it, as it tasted quite similar to mutton and we enjoyed a lovely beef curry.
She then sent some beef with me to try at my home and so I made this beef biryani and a beef curry with it. This biryani turned out quite well. I made a simple biryani in pressure cooker.


Beef Biryani

I have been taught that, beef that is not cooked thoroughly and properly will lead to worm infestation which is what caused the mind block about beef, so I ended up cooking the beef for a long time. I cooked for 30 minutes in medium flame which gave us a soft cooked meat.
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6 Feb 2018

White Chocolate Mousse

I don't have a lot of white chocolate recipes here since I don't have a preference in my family for white chocolate except me! Everybody prefers dark chocolate and I always end up making a dark chocolate mousse. But when we had a potluck among our prayer group, in our house recently, I made this white chocolate mousse and it went quite well! I thought many won't like the taste of white chocolate but surprisingly all the cups got over quickly!


White Chocolate Mousse


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2 Feb 2018

Cabbage Egg Rice

I don't like repeating lunch box menus for atleast 2-3 weeks to keep things interesting and especially to keep my kids interested in the lunch box! So I end up making different kinds of variety rice. 
One such day I made this cabbage egg rice. I usually make cabbage egg poriyal as a side dish for rice, I simply added some rice to the poriyal and made this for my kids lunch box.
You can add some peanuts for crunch.


Cabbage Egg Rice


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