Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Honey Nut Muffins

Hope everybody had a marvelous thanks giving day with family and friends, needless to say about the shopping for the black friday, cyber monday hmmm. I saw people lined up at 9 pm for the early morning 4am sale :) The weather is being exceptionally bad these days. Iam anticipating extremely cold weather  than last year.We should be able to manage this weather with some exotic dishes then and there to bear it and feel cozy as well. I could see all getting geared up for the christmas holidays and the new year eve. I made these moist honey nut muffins today, give it a try you all .


Ingredients:

All purpose flour-2 cups
Walnut-1/4 cup
Baking powder-3 tsp
Confectionery sugar-1/2 cup
Egg-1 no
Milk-1 cup
Honey-1/4 cup
Melted butter-1/4 cup




Method:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the flour, salt, sugar and the baking powder in a bowl. In an another bowl whisk the egg, milk, butter and honey, stir into the dry ingredients until moistened . Now mix the walnuts into it. Fill three fourths of the paper- lined  muffin cups with the batter and bake for about 15 to 18 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool it on a wire rack , serve it warm. Drizzle some honey on it if desired .

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chicken 65

The most sought recipe and the most wanted appetizer is here. Just could opt for it at any time. We all know that kids love it as well . Here you go.



Ingredients:

Boneless chicken(cut into small pieces ) - 1/2 kg
Mint paste-1 tsp(optional)
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Yogurt - 3 tbs
Finely chopped coriander leaves-1/4 cup
Chilli powder - 3 tsp 
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Red food color - a pinch
Salt - As required
Oil - for  frying



Method :

Clean and wash the chicken pieces. Drain the water and set it aside. In a large bowl, mix all the above ingredients and make a paste. Now add the boneless chicken pieces to it. Marinate this for an hour in the refrigerator. Heat oil in a skillet and add the marinated chicken pieces and deep fry until the pieces turn into reddish brown color. Drain excess oil and garnish with coriander leaves if desired. Now the chicken 65 is ready to serve with some lemon and onions.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mullu Murukku-May the festival of light encircle your life with Joy and Happiness !!!

Diwali or Deepavali is popularly known as the Festival of Lights. It is an important five day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism, occurring between mid-October and mid-November. Diwali is the festival of lights and celebration. It is marked by fun and fireworks. It is an occasion to offer  prayer to Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi for prosperity and happiness. 
Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas) in filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. I remember decorating our home with rangoli and diyas. It is during these times that you miss family and home the most. I miss them all  and also  the crackers. Those are the good old days pretending to be sleepy and waiting for the next morning to fire crackers and wear new clothes ,eat lots of sweets and savouries. I really cherish it. Just got some time to post a recipe for mullu murukku and iam yet to make sweets (working on it ) I shall post it later .

                 Wishing you all for a fun and a safe diwali !!!


Ingredients:

Rice flour - 2 cups
Urad dal flour - 1/2 cup
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Melted butter - 2 tbs
Hing - 1/2 tsp
Sesame seeds-2 tsp
Salt -As required
Oil -As required
Water -As required



Method:

Mix the rice flour, urad dal flour, hing, sesame seeds, salt and chilli powder in a bowl. Add the melted butter to it, it will be little crumbled up mixture. Now add water little by little and knead it into a soft dough. Heat oil in a pan, place a little amount of dough in the muruku press. Select the desired jalies and drop the dough into the oil. Fry  the murukkus till they become slightly brown in color. Drain them on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Allow them to cool completely .

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sweet Potato Fritters




Ingredients:

Sweet potatoes-2 nos
Chopped onions-1/2 cup
All purpose flour-4 tbs
Egg-1 no
Smoked paprika-1 tsp
Salt-1/2 tsp
Black pepper-1/2 tsp
Oil-As required



Method:

Grate the sweet potatoes into a medium-sized bowl, cover them with boiling water, and let them stand for 15 minutes. Drain off the water and slowly add the remaining ingredients, stirring to make sure that they are well mixed. Heat the oil in a skillet, use an ice cream  scoop to add the mixture to the  oil. Cook until both the sides turn  golden brown. Transfer it to a paper towel to drain the excess oil. Serve it hot with butter or tomato ketchup.