April 28, 2013

Quick Chicken Biriyani...

I mean it ... it is a quick fix Chicken Biriyani...Easy to make and taste delicious.You can prepare this with the ingredients which is available in your pantry.

Ingredients





Chicken - 1 lb
Onion - 3 nos (medium size)
Tomato sauce - 3 tbsp
Red chilly Powder - 4 -5 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 3-4 tsp
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves- 1 cup.
Ginger garlic Paste - 1tbsp
Mint Leaves - 1 cups
Lime juice - 1/4 cup
Oil /ghee - 1 tbsp

Method

  1. Soak the rice 20 minutes and drain.
  2. Mariante chicken with salt, turmeric,1 tsp of chilli powder and lime juice.
  3. Thinly slice onions.
  4. Saute thinly sliced onions until transparent , add ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell goes.Add salt
  5. Now add tomato sauce, red chilly powder, turmeric powder,coriander powder, garam masala and saute until they are well combined, until get a good aroma.(dont burn!!!)
  6. At this stage add chicken and combine until all the masalas coat and get a slight sear add yogurt.
  7. Add the drained rice and mix it and fry for 2 minutes and add boiling water just as to cover the rice,chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves.Check for the salt.(water should taste slightly salty)
  8. Cover (which doesnt allow steam to go out tight fitting lid will do)and cook in low flame until all the water is absorbed.Should Flake the rice 2-3 times in between.This important so that it doesnt stick to the bottom.
  9. Once all the water is absorbed, remove the cover and switch off.
  10. Now serve warm with Raitha and Pickle...
You Can be fancy my garnishing with fried onions or chopped coriander, tomato flower etc..

April 13, 2013

Unniyappam- Happy Vishu!!


Happy Vishu everyone... hope everyone is filling there pockets with kaineetams I do miss that part a lot.Have a lot of good memories about vishu.My sister and myself used to go to all the relatives places to wish vishu specially.For some people who forget about the kaineetam part we would specially tell Happy Vishu..so they dont forget anything "important"...We used gather all our kaineetams to spent it to the rest of the summer vacation.
This week I have made unniyappam my ammummas(grandma) special,she is a pro in making them..I think my little one is missing a lot of pampering from her.He just love these unniyappam that i got the pan when I visited India this time. My little run with both the hands full uniyappamss. For making nice and fluffy unniyappam you need to use "palayanthodan"variety of banana.Since I dont get then hear i make with the yellow common bananas available here.They taste good the day it is made and becomes slightly next day. So if you can can  get hold of nicely ripe palayanthodan banana make Unniyappams.. you will love it.



Unniyappams
 (yeild - 50 nos)

Raw rice - 3 cups (if u have rice flour you can use that too)
Jaggery - 1 ball about 1 1/2 cups 
Banana(palayanthodan pazham)- 3-4 nos 
Ghee - 2 Tbsp 
Coconut slices cut into small peices) - 2 tbsp
Powdered Cardamon - 1tbsp
Coconut Oil for frying
To buy unniyappa kara  click this link)
 
PREPARATION METHOD:

  1. Dilute Jaggery by adding 2 cups of water on to it ,cook until jaggery is completely melted and slightly reduced then strain it. 
  2. Grind the rice using very little water as possible. Grind until fine.
  3. Heat 1 Tbsp ghee and fry coconut slices.
  4. To the rice batter add the melted jaggery and mix, check for the sweet adjust as required.
  5. Mash up the bananas well and mix to the batter.
  6. Add the remaining ghee,roasted coconut pieces,cardamom powder.
  7. Keep the batter aside for an hour.
  8. Make it a smooth batter,consistency of coating the back of the spoon. (If the batter is too thick add little water)
  9. Pour oil into appa kara until molds are completely filled and heat it.
  10. Pour batter in each mold. (3/4 portion of the each hole)
  11. Deep fry in medium heat. 
  12. When one side is cooked, turn and cook the other side till it turns brown colour.
  13. Remove from oil, drain it and serve.

 

April 5, 2013

April 1, 2013

Whole wheat beetroot cake with chocolate ganache.

Hmm..lazzy cook is becoming very lazzy now a days... not much cooking..I think I pressed a snooze button once i am back from vacation.This time it is taking me longer to adjust I am missing everyone at home...
             This months daring bakers challenge was to hide the veggies in baked goodies.I think carrot cakeis always deliciousdonthave to hide so I decided to go on and make a beetroot cake, but didnt wanted to ruin the beautiful colour of it with chocolate.I aslowanted to replace butter with avacadoes but was out of stock.So I made plain beetroot cake with chocolate ganache and beetroot royal icing to decorations.



Beetroot Cake

Beetroot - 2 medium sized
Butter - 3/4cup
Sugar - 1 3/4 cup
Whole wheat flour - 2 cups
Eggs - 3 nos
vanilla extract - 1- 2 tsp
salt - 1 tsp
Yogurt - 1/4cp
Whole milk - 1cup
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp

Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate chips - 100gm
heavy cream - 1/2 cup

Beetroot Royal Icing

Beetroot juice - 1/2 cup
Castor sugar - 1 cup

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Cook the beetroot with little water until soft.
  3. Puree the beetroot or grate .
  4. Prepare a 9 inch cake pan with butter and dusting.
  5. Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy for 3 to 5 min.Now add eggs one by one.
  6. When the eggs are combined add the vanilla extract and pureed beets.
  7. In another bowl mix whole wheat flour,baking powder,baking soda and salt.
  8. Mix in one part of dry ingredients to butter-egg mixture.Beat in low speed.
  9. Combine milk and yogurt to batter.
  10. Add remaining flour mixture to batter and mix.
  11. Pour the batter ino the cake tin and bake to 25- 30 mintues.
To make the Chocolate ganache
       In a microwave safe bowl take the chocolate chips and heavy cream and microwave for 30 sec.Whisk now until smooth.

To make Royal Icing
      Mix together remaining water of cooked juice of beets and castor sugar until you get the required consistency.

For Assembling the cake
     -Pour the chocolate ganache over( if u feel the consistency is too think do microwave for10 sec and see).
     - Once the cake is completely covered with chocolate design ass you like with royal icing.