Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Soya Chunks Kurma

Heard from many of them that soya is rich in proteins and here is my first try.

Soya Chunks Kurma
Soya chunks - 20-25 balls
Ginger garlic paste - 2tsp
Onion - 2 (finely chopped)
Oil - as required
Salt - to taste
Chili powder - 2 tsp / add as per taste
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp

Grind and make a paste of:
Tomato - 3 (finely chopped)
Coconut - 1 cup
Coriander seeds- 1tsp
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Peppercorns - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Cardamom - 2
Cloves - 1

1.Soak Soya chunks in hot water for 30 minutes, then wash it in cold water 3-4 times each time draining the water from the soya to get rid of the smell. Heat oil in a pan. Saute the soya for 3mins and keep it aside.
2.Add onion, ginger garlic paste and saute till golden brown and add the sauted soya.
3.Add the grinded paste, add a cup of water if its too thick. Add chilli powder, salt and garam masala.
4.Cook till oil seperates and switch it off. Serve hot with rotis!

I have read that soya doesnt digest faster. So if u r planning to make it for dinner, make sure u hve a long gap after dinner before going to bed.
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Eggless Melting Moments - Choco Cookies!

Eggless Melting Moments - Choco Cookies Since long I wanted to try a cookie and the top in my list was Mahi's oats cookies but then when I saw these brownies I cudnt resist myself......Did I mention, I just luv brown!! This is my first cookie baking experience.....and thank god it didnt turn out messy, It was quite decent except for the pics.....:( I nagged Nags ;) for the cup measurements and she was kind enough to reply so quicky. Finally yesterday I took up courage to bake these lovely melting moments. Here are the measurements that I used:

Butter - 3/4 cup + 1tbsp
Cornflour - 1/2 cup
Maida - 1 cup
Coco powder - 1 and 3/4 tbsp
Powdered sugar - 3/4 cup

With this I got 13 cookies medium sized ones!

1.Beat butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.

2.Mix maida, cornflour and coco together in a seperate bowl until all 3 are well combined.

3.Add the flour mixture little at a time to the butter mixture and mix until its combined well.
NOTE : The dough should be moist enough to roll them into balls. When I combined the mixture I found them very dry that I cudnt roll it so I added 1more tbsp of butter to make it greasy and roll it easily.

4.Make small balls with the dough and press to small round shapes. Arrange them in the oven with 2 inches apart. The cookies spread generously while baking hence the spacing. As Nags said the the cookies didn't stick to the tray at all.

5.Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C[I use a stove top oven which has no settings so am giving u'll Nags readings].

It took me exactly 25mins, But its better to check after 20mins tats what I did tats when u can smell the aroma of the cookies....
Leave it to cool for 10mins and ur crispy melting moments are ready!!

Eggless Melting Moments - Choco CookiesIt can be stored upto 4 days...but I bet it'll all be finished by that time! :)

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mushroom Gravy

I just love mushrooms in any form, either its manchurian or biriyani or even a simple gravy. Most of all, I like cleaning the mushrooms and chopping it......:) I googled for some random gravies, referred 2-3 sites combined them and came out with this gravy.....It was yummy that the chapathis went inside soo fast :D

Mushroom GravyIngredients:
Chopped Mushroom- 1 packet
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder- 1 tsp
Oil and Salt- as required
Ginger garlic paste - 3 tsp

To grind :
Onion - 1
Tomatos - 2
Cinnamon - 1 inch
Shredded coconut - 2 tbsp
Cardamom - 1
Cloves- 2
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Fennel seeds- 2 pinch
Coriander leaves- 2 tbsp

1. Heat pan with oil. Add all the 'to grind' ingredients and fry for few minutes. Tomato should turn mushy and onions to be blended well.
2. Grind the above fried items, allow it to cool and keep it aside.
3. Heat oil in a pan, Add ginger garlic paste, add the mushroom and saute for few mins.
4. Add grinded paste, salt , turmeric powder and red chili powder, leave it to boil. Add 1/2 cup water if gravy is very thick.
5. Allow it to boil for 5mins and serve hot with chapathis.
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Eggless French Toast (Savoury version)

Coming to the recipe today....I tried eggless french toast from Mahimas blog sometime back and it turned out to be a very good snack for a sunday evening! Check out my eggless french toast sweet version here.
Eggless French Toast

Eggless French Toast (Savoury version) Recipe - Ingredients
  • Bread - 4 slices
  • White Rava(Sooji) - 1/2 cup
  • Yogurt - 1/2 cup
  • Big Onions chopped - 1/2
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves chopped - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
  • Ghee to toast
  • Salt - to taste

Eggless French Toast
1.Mix all the above ingredients except bread and make a semi thick batter.Take a spoon full of the batter and spread on each slice of bread to coat well. You can even coat batter on both the sides and place it on the tawa.
Eggless French Toast
2.Heat a tawa - Add 1/2 tsp ghee, place the breads carefully then coat the other side with batter. Once it gets cooked on one side, flip and toast the bread slices till its golden brown on both the sides.
Eggless French Toast
Serve with tomato sauce.
Eggless French Toast
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, April 13, 2009

My search for Nokia 1600!

Oflate almost when this model got out of production, my eyes turned towards it though I had a liking from the very beginning of the models introduction when the ad said "Vilithidu India vilithidu" as it had a talking alarm. It was the same case with all of my mobiles.....Either I like the model late or tend to buy it once the production gets down. But the other 3 mobiles I own didnt give such a tough time....we found it after searching in 5-6 shops.

And as always the poor victim is my hubby who accompanies me for the search. We had almost searched this model in all the mobile outlets and the only answer was this model is gone and u'll not find it anywhere. Hubby also suggested to go in for a 2nd hand seeing my craze for it....But then I didnt want to, as I was not used to this 2nd hand stuff for any products that I buy esp mobiles. My craving for this model grew day by day esp when I knew its not available :)

This time I almost gave up...and said lets leave it after having a tiring search. But hubby didnt want to.... so searched in few online sites and most of them didnt show it even in the search resuls. To our surprise ebay had one in stock...we booked it at once, the next day there was a msg from ebay saying that one piece that is in stock is damaged so asked us to select someother model, they also convinced us saying that they wud give a higher model for the same cost. We replied back saying to refund the money as we were specific abt the model. Few days later there was a msg saying we have shipped the same model u had asked for. When I saw this mail.....I was skeptical whether I wud get the model I asked for or some other!? I was waiting for the home delivery and 2 days later amma called up saying it has come....gone I cudnt concentrate anything @ off so applied an hrs permission and left home. Oh my god only when I opened the parcel and saw the set I was totally relaxed and happy. The color was white....but I didnt bother abt it as I had this habit of changing the panel. Cant express the feeling of getting a thing u longed/searched for sooo long!

Now coming to its features.....I understand this was the same question many of my friends asked : Wat was soo special abt it? I had no apt answer to them except tat I liked it which itself is special ;) Search in so many shops, many confused faces at the shops seeing me, an hrs permission at office all for a model which didnt have any fancy features - yes it was a basic color model with a talking alarm tats it. I luved the buttons...so glossy and attractive! Also the receivers voice needs a special mention...Its so clear even in Chennai traffic!

Though I've tried few other brands also....I am a huge fan of Nokia products and tats the reason why all of my mobiles in my museum ;) are nokia except for 1 which is Sony. I havent found any flaws with my N1600 till now....I usually find some fault within a weeks time of buy which can be a minor one to others but matters to me the most :( But this time its been close to a yr & no disappointments with N1600 and Nokia rocks!!

Through the years I havent been that lucky enough to get what I wanted(right from my career till the simplest things like these) at that instant....but I get it after a struggle n delay but something best & worth the delay and I am really very happy with it!! :)
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Gobi Manchurian Recipe | Gobi Manchurian Gravy - Restaurant Style

Gobi Manchurian Recipe
Gobi Manchurian(Cauliflower Manchurian) is one of the very few indo chinese dishes that I luv to eat in restaurants! I have given the gravy version here but check my notes section for making gobi manchurian dry version.
Gobi Manchurian Gravy

Gobi Manchurian Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Starter | Recipe Cuisine: Chinese

Cauliflower - 1 Medium sized cut into florets

For the batter:

Cornflour - 3 tbsp
Maida - 2.5 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

For the manchurian:

Oil - 2 tbsp
Garlic - 1.5 tbsp sliced thin
Spring onion white part - 1 tsp
Spring onion green part - 1 tbsp
Big Onion - 1 chopped finely
Green Chilli sauce - 3/4 tsp
Soya sauce - 1/8 tsp
Tomato sauce - 2.5 tbsp
Cornflour - 2 tsp mixed with 3 tbsp water (optional I didnt use)
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste


  1. Mix all the above ingredients listed under 'for the batter' with little water to form a thick paste.Boil water and add cauliflower florets, salt and turmeric powder. Cook only till half boiled, drain water and keep aside.
    How to make gobi manchurian - Step1
  2. Marinate the boiled cauliflower florets in the batter, mix well and leave it marinated for 15 mins.[I usually toast them in dosa tawa or grill them in oven.Then deep fry them till golden brown or until crispy.
    How to  gobi manchurian - Step2
  3. Heat oil and add sliced garlic,spring onion white part saute for 2 mins then add onion and saute till slightly browned.
    How to make gobi manchurian - Step3
  4. Now add the green chilli sauce, soya sauce mix well in high flame for a minute.
    How to make gobi manchurian  - Step4
  5. Simmer,add tomato sauce and little water say 1/4 cup water, add cornflour water mixture of you are adding then allow it boil and come to a sauce consistency.Now add toasted/grilled gobis. Mix well again for 3-4 minutes for the flavours to get blended well with the gobis. The gobi pieces should be a little crisp and not soggy at this stage.Finally add pepper powder and garnish with spring onion green part and switch off.
    How to make gobi manchurian - Step5
Garnish with spring onions while serving and Serve hot! Yummy saucy gobi manchurian is ready.
Gobi Manchurian Gravy Recipe

My Notes:

  • To make a dry version just reduce the tomato sauce so that the gobis are just coated with the sauce.
  • You can even deep fry the gobis for more crispy version. Also you can add 1/2 cubed capsicum after frying onions.
  • Adding cornflour water mixture is purely optional - this is just to make the sauce thick.Serve immediately before it becomes soggy.
  • Make sure not to saute the veggies for a long time in the sauce as the veggies need to be crisp.
  • Dont add more soya sauce than the mentioned amount else it will change the taste and make the manchurian more darker in color.
Gobi Manchurian Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Recording Actions in Photoshop

This is the continuation of my previous post 'Watermarking Images'. Whatever action you perform, photoshop records it and does it for you next time - yes this post is for it! But here I have given the steps for automating watermark but this technique can be done even for borders , headings or anything you feel you are doing repeatedly. Here you go.....

Automated watermarking steps:
1.Go to Window > Actions or (Alt+f9 in win PC). You will be shown a popup having all default actions.

2.Now click on 'create new action' icon, a popup asks for the name for the action, here I call it as 'SharmisWatermark'.

Here is where the magic starts : Click on record in the same popup

3. Now follow the same 4 steps given above for watermarking a image(or even some other actions for testing). After you are done with the steps click on stop. All ur steps will be recorded now.

4.To check whether this has been recorded properly, open another new image and press alt+f9. Ur action named 'SharmisWatermark' will be shown along with the default actions.Click on the actionname, then click play and see what happens.

5.The image that you have opened will have the watermark applied automatically or the actions performed by you while recording is ON.Isnt that cool?
I thoroughly enjoyed doing it.....it was fun. Try it and let me know!
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, April 3, 2009

Dum Aloo Recipe - How to make aloo dum

Dum Aloo Recipe

I wanted to try Dum Aloo Recipe since long.... Baby potatoes cooked in a rich simmered tomato curd based gravy...I just loved the aroma of curd and tangy flavour of it in the gravy. I had tasted dum aloo in a north indian thali served at an restaurant, I totally loved the deep orange gravy...such nice flavours with a tangy taste that comes from curd so wanted to recreate the same and here is my try....:)

Dum Aloo Recipe

Dum Aloo Recipe

Preparation Time:5 minutes | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Baby potatoes - 15 to 20
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Curd - 1 cup
Kashmiri Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
Tomato puree - from 3 tomatoes
Fresh Cream - 3 tbsp
Cashew paste - from 5 cashews
Coriander leaves - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - as required

To Temper :

Jeera - 1 tsp
Bay leaf - a small piece
Cloves - 2
Cinnamom - 1/4 inch piece
Oil - 1 tsp


  1. Boil potatoes to 4 whistles, peel of the skin. Prick holes with a fork/toothpick, fry in a tsp of oil until golden brown, keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. Add jeera, cinnomon, cloves, bayleaf allow it to crackle.
    How to make dum aloo - Step1
  2. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute till slightly browned.Now add onions and saute for 2 mins.Then add all the spice powders(coriander, red chilli and garam masala powder) give a quick stir then add tomato puree,Cook until raw smell of tomatoes leaves.
    How to make dum aloo - Step2
  3. Add required salt, then add cashew paste. Cook till it becomes thick. Then add curd,fresh cream little by little and keep stirring.Add 1/4 cup water,food color and allow it to boil.
    How to make dum aloo - Step3
  4. Close with a lid and simmer it till the gravy thickens.Add, potatoes and cook for 5 -7mins in sim keeping it covered with a lid tightly(dum cooking) till the gravy blends with the potatoes and the gravy is thick.Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
    How to make dum aloo - Step4
Garnish with coriander leaves, kasuri methi. Serve with chapathis or with rice.

My Notes:

  • Be very careful after curd is added, simmer and keep stirring else it will curdle.
  • I used kashmiri red chilli powder and orange food color hence the bright orange color.
  • You can even add 1 tsp of crushed kasoori methi for extra flavour.
  • You can deep fry the potatoes till golden brown instead of toasting.
  • I usually discard the seeds of tomatoes so I used 3 tomatoes. If you are using with seeds then 2 medium sized tomatoes would be enough.
Dum Aloo Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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