Saturday, July 31, 2010

Apple Chocolate Smoothie

Whenever I visit Pazhamudir I used to read all the new combos of juices/smoothies on the menu board. Only reading dont have the guts to try it out.......;) One such try was this....and it was very tasty. Apple and chocolate will the combo go wrong?! Definitely no!!

I am not a fruits person.........but still knowing the goodness and health benefits of fruits I try to add it in my menu in the form of juices /smoothies. On the flip side, my little one loves apples.......I remember the incident when in a railway station she started crying seeing the apples in a petty shop.......we couldnt buy it as the apples were in the stage of rotting and flies were over it. It really was tough to make the 8 month old understand the reason for not getting her what she wanted :)
Apple Chocolate Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients: (For 2 cups)
  • Apple -1 big size
  • Milk - 1 cup (Preferably chilled)
  • Sugar - 2 tsp
  • Coco Powder - 1 tsp
  • Chocolate chips - just to decorate [If you wish can use a few to blend too which I did]
  1. Blend the apple, sugar, milk,coco powder and choco chips ina mixer or blender well till its frothy.

  2. Pour it a glass, top it with few choc chips and serve chilled!

Apple Chocolate Smoothie Recipe Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Oats Idli | Oats Instant Breakfast Recipe

Oats Idli
Oats Idli is becoming a routine menu these days...I am fond of oats and luv to try different varieties in it. So most of my baking attempts are with it these days and some are successful too :) I tried Usha's instant oats idly and am addicted to the taste I should say....I just modified the quantity and a recipe a bit to suit our taste and the result was soft and tasty idlies. Am sure will make this often as hubby liked it so much. It tastes more like rava idly. I use saffola oats and it works well, even quaker oats is good.

Oats Idli Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Makes : 10 idlies
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Instant oats - 1 cup (I used quaker oats)
Wheat Rava - 1/2 cup (I used wheat rava, you can use white rava also)
Curd - 1/2 cup
Water - 3/4 or as required
Carrot - 1 medium sized grated
Mustard Seeds - 2tsp
Green chilli - 1 tsp finely chopped
Salt - to taste
Hing - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp finely chopped
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Oil - to grease idli plates


  1. Dry roast oats for 3 minutes and set aside. Cool it completely then grind it to a fine powder, Dry roast rava till nice aroma may take 3-4 mins, then set aside. Transfer to mixing bowl.
    How to make oats idli - Step1
  2. Add a tsp of oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, let it splutter then add grated carrot, green chillies, and coriander leaves. Saute till raw smell of carrot leaves. In the mixing bowl containing oats and rava, add curd, salt, hing, baking soda and sauted carrot with tempering done. Add required water to make a batter consistency of our normal idly batter.
    How to make oats idli - Step2
  3. Grease the idli plates with little oil. Gently put the batter on idli plates with a laddle. Steam it for 10-12 minutes or until done. Serve hot with any chutney of your choice.
    How to make oats idli - Step3
The taste is very close to rava idlis with the additonal tag of healthy. Isnt that good to start off the day with a healthy breakfast without compromising on taste?!
Instant Oats Idli

My Notes:

  • The batter will be slightly thick in consistency it will resemble normal idly batter, a little sticky.
  • If you skip the baking soda you will not get the porous texture as in the pics.
  • Any other veggie like cabbage can also can be added. If so saute the cabbage like we do for carrots then add it.
  • I've modified the quanity of curd after few trials, so you can enjoy ur tasty and guilt free idlis.
Oats Idli Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lets Munch : Light Tea Time Snacks - My First Event

Puliyogare/Tamarind Rice/ Puli sadham
Finally I have decided to host an event......So whats it all about?!
I like snacks so much....who doesnt?! What do u like? Share you tea time snacks either cooked or baked preferrably light, the main purpose is to collect and showcase ur snacks and food photography...What are u waiting for get ur ovens baking / tawas steaming / pans roasting......Am looking forward for ur support....and ur entries :)

Here are the rules for this event:
  1. Prepare any tea time light snack.Eggs are allowed...No non-veg please.
  2. Post it in your blog between July 26th to Aug 26th 2010. If you have an older post, please repost between the given period.
  3. Link back to this announcement.
  4. Limit 2 recipes/entries per blog or site.
  5. Hope u use the logo so I am not making it mandatory
Fill in the details below and send it to
Your Name* :
Blog Name* :
Recipe Name* :
Recipe Url* :
Camera Used* :
Email Id* :
Pic of the recipe* : attach it in email (not more than 300 in width)
* - All fields are madatory

If you have any queries, feel free to drop a comment.
If you don't have a blog, you can still mail me with the above details.
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sambar Sadam / Sambar Rice

I dont know from when I had this craving for sambar sadham.......Guess it was when for the first time I tasted sambar sadham from Vasanta Bhavan and I so so liked it. Since then I've been trying many trial and error methods of sambar sadham this is one proof for it ;) And finally here I've succedded with this heartiful comfort sambar rice.

Sambar Sadham

  • Rice-1 cup
  • Thur dal-1/2 cup
  • Oil-1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds-1 tsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves-a few
  • Hing-a pinch
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  • Tamarind-small lemon sized ball
  • Sambar Powder-1.5 tbsp
  • Ghee-2 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves- to garnish
  • Water - 5.5 cups
  • Onions (Shallots) - 6 to 8 halved
  • Carrot - 1 chopped
  • Tomato - 1
  • Peas - 1/4 cup
  • Potato - 1 chopped

Sambar Sadham
  1. Rinse rice and dhal. Soak them for 15mins in water till its immersed fully. Then drain water and keep aside.Soak tamarind in 2 cups of warm water, keep aside.

  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add mustard seeds, let it splutter add curry leaves and fenugreek seeds. Fry for 2 mins.

  3. Add onion and tomato saute till tomatos raw smell leaves. Now add all the remaining veggies and saute well, Sprinkle salt,turmeric,sambar powder and hing. Fry for 5mins.Add rice and dhal now.

  4. Extract 2 cups of tamarind water and add it to the veggies. Now add 3.5 cups of water. Close the lid and pressure cook for 6-7 whistles(till rice and dal becomes mushy).

  5. Allow pressure to release, open and garnish with coriander leaves. Drizzle 1 tbsp ghee and mix well. Drizzle the remaining ghee just before serving.
Sambar Sadham
My Notes:
  • I have used 2 cups of tamarind water and 3.5 cups of water for 1 cup of rice and 1/2 cup dal mixture. Dont be doubtful on the 5.5 cups of water it will be perfect as I have made 3-4 trials before I posted it here :) If you dont want too mushy rice then 5 cups is enough.

  • The veggies are purely your choice but dont skip shallots as they tend to give a better taste compared to big onions.

  • I didnt add chilli powder as the sambar powder amma makes has good amount of chilli in it. You can add chilli powder if needed.

  • Also soaking rice and dhal for 15-20mins makes it to get cooked quickly and mushy.Serve hot else it will get thickened soon.
Sambar Sadham

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tutti Frutti Cake | Christmas Recipes

I should say this is the best softest cake I've ever baked...Thanks to Parita for such a wonderful recipe for sure its a keeper. I've adjusted the recipe a little bit with the quantity of eggs and butter. By now I have tried/experimented the cake 3-4 times and this is the only cake that withstood all my experiments ;) Because when baking the same cakes with same procedure which had turned out perfect the last time, I have flopped the cake. I feel the batter consistency is the most impt, for this reason I used to think, to take stepwise for baking atleast but laziness wins me :) But I have tried my best to explain it in detail for beginners like me.

Tutti Frutti Cake

This one so far all the times it came out perfect....*touchwood* it has got me so many credits and appreciations from my neighbours and family esp my hubby. I am planning to get it baked and take it to my office collegues as I am confident with this cake.

By now I have started experimenting using flax powder as egg replacer, and it works out perfect each time. Only thing is that I am able to find out even the very mild smell it leaves out, but trust me only I could identify it and I was surprised to see everyone else enjoying every bite.

Tutti Frutti Cake
  • All purpose flour/Maida - 2 cups (270 gms)
  • Granulated Sugar - 1 and 1/4 cups (275 gms)
  • Tutti Fruitti - 1/2 cup
  • Unsalted butter - 2 tbsp
  • Milk - 3/4 cup (200 ml)
  • Egg - 1 at room temperature
  • Flax seed powder - 1 tbsp [I used one egg and flax powder as another egg replacer. Flax seed powder substitute for 1 egg - Mix 1tbsp with 3 tbsp of water leave it for 3mins till a sticky mixture is formed. ]
  • Baking powder - 2 tsp
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp
  • Vanilla essence - 3 tsp
  • Cashews - 2 tsp [just to sprinkle on top]
  • If you dont have flax seed powder just substitute egg with it. So totally 2 eggs for this cake if you are not using flax seed powder.

Tutti Frutti Cake
1.Sieve flour, baking powder and baking soda twice atleast and keep aside.Combine butter and sugar , it will look like breadcrumbs.
Tutti Frutti Cake - Step1
2.If you are using 2 eggs add one egg at a time, beat well and add to the sugar butter mixture. If you are using flax powder water mixture just strain it and add it to the butter sugar egg mixture.
Tutti Frutti Cake - Step2
3.Mix tutti frutti with little flour say 1-2 tbsp , set aside.Add in vanilla essence and mix well.Now add in the milk beat well till all is combined.
Tutti Frutti Cake - Step3
4.Next add the flour, baking powder, soda mixture.Mix until a creamy batter is formed without lumps. Fold in tutti frutti.
Tutti Frutti Cake - Step4
5.Grease the pan with butter and flour, tap to remove off excess.Pour the batter in the pan and pat it on floor to ensure the batter is even on all sides of the loaf..Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a loaf/cake pan. Bake for 35-40 mins until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven, cool completely and then slice.
Tutti Frutti Cake - Step5

The soft cakes with the tutti frutti and nutty crunch in each bite hmm it was heavenly.

Hmm...I have loads of tasks to complete this weekend, writing the todo itself took me more time hope I complete half of it as I planned. Happy weekend and have a achieving week ahead!

Tutti Frutti Cake

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bread Pizza - Bread Pizza Recipe | Easy Bread Recipes

Bread Pizza is instant and it doesnt munch up your time. Donno when I am going to start baking bread at home...Its like a dream for me....Is that too much to ask for a baby baker like me? ;)
Bread Pizza Recipe

Bread Pizza Recipe - Ingredients:

  • Bread slices - 3 
  • Onion - 2 tbsp chopped
  • Capsicum - 2 tbsp chopped
  • Cheese - 3 tbsp grated
  • Tomato sauce/Pizza sauce - 2 tbsp
  • Pepper / Italian seasoning - a pinch
  • Chilli Flakes - a pinch

Bread Pizza Recipe
1.Get all your ingredients ready.First spread a tbsp of pizza sauce on one side of the bread, now add the chopped onions.
Bread Pizza Recipe - Step1
2.Then add capsicum, sprinkle pepper powder, oregano and chilli flakes.Grate the cheese such that it covers the veggies. Preheat oven at 200 deg C for 10minsand bake it at the same temperature for 5-7 mins or until the cheese melts.I used toast/pizza mode but bake mode is fine too.
Bread Pizza Recipe - Step2
Garnish with oregano while serving as per your preference.Serve hot!
Bread Pizza Recipe
My Notes:
  • For stove top method : Heat the tawa, Toast the bread slice on both the sides with little ghee Let it stay in the tawa until the cheese melts a little. Repeat this for all the slices. Serve hot and Enjoy every bite!! :)
  • If you like tomatoes, add few chopped pieces.You can also try to add veggies like carrot, cabbage or corn....The toping is endless...its purely ur choice. 
Bread Pizza Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Grilled Gobi 65(Crispy Cauliflower Fries)

Have been working on minor changes for the site, colors and the placement of widgets. One thing that was worrying me for long was I found the site a bit cluttered....was thinking and trying many methods but nothing satisfied me. Finally this tabbing worked :) Now tell me ur suggestion/feedback on the new minor changes.

One of my fav combination:Peas Pulav with gobi 65. Here goes the recipe from my kitchen :

Grilled Gobi Recipe
Grilled Gobi 65 Recipe
  • Cauliflower -1 medium sized flower
To Temper :
  • Cornflour - 1/2 cup
  • Maida - 2 tbsp
  • Ginger Garlic paste - 3 tsp
  • Red chilly powder - 1tsp
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Salt - to taste

  1. Half boil cauliflower in water with 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, keep aside. Then mix all the above ingredients with little water to form a thick batter. Dip in the cauliflower florets and marinate it for 15-30mins.
  2. Spread 1 tsp of oil on the baking sheet. Place the marinated pieces on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven at 200 deg C for 10 mins and Grill it for 15-20 mins in broil/grill mode turning over in between.

Grilled Gobi Recipe
My Notes : Turn over the gobis to the other side after 10-15mins for the gobis to cook evenly.Closely keep an eye as it gets burnt easily.Guilt free grilled gobis are ready so no more deep fries. They are very crispy even without deep frying...Isnt that gud?!

These grilled gobis are perfect to be used for manchurians or to be eaten as such :)
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sugarfree Carrot Beetroot Halwa

Sweets/Desserts are my fav....When I first saw this halwa in Mahimas blog just luved it and was waiting to try it. So the tempted me, coudnt wait till the weekend so tried it on a weekday night and the click was also on the same day. Not disappointed with the click so posting it here :) I added carrots with beets and it was sooo tasty!
Pictures updated on 17/10/11
Carrot Beetroot Halwa Recipe

There is no compromise in taste with dates being replaced for sugar. Indulge in the healthy and delicious dessert.

Sugarfree Carrot Beetroot Halwa Recipe - Ingredients
  • Grated Beetroot - 1 cup
  • Grated Carrot - 1 cup
  • Seedless Dates chopped - 3/4 cup
  • Milk - 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Elachi powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Broken Cashews - just a few(6-8 broken into tiny pieces)

Carrot Beetroot Halwa Recipe
  1. Peel the skin of carrots, beets and grate them finely. Heat 1 tsp ghee in a kadai. Roast the nuts till golden brown and set aside.

  2. In the same pan, add little ghee, grated carrot and beets. Fry for few minutes till raw smell goes and it make take around 7-10 mins.

  3. Now add the chopped dates and cook till it becomes soft. Add milk and allow it to boil in medium flame. Mix well and cook till milk is absorbed fully it will take 15-20mins

  4. When beet carrots and dates are fully cooked(it will become soft) and milk is absorbed fully, add the remaining ghee. Cook till the ghee seperates and the halwa will slow turn nonsticky.

  5. When ghee seperates and the mixture is semi thick switch off. Garnish with ghee fried nuts and give a quick stir. Serve hot or cold!
Carrot Beetroot Halwa Recipe
My Notes:
  • You can replace dates with sugar too. The taste of dates is totally hidden and it tastes like the halwa we make with sugar.
  • You can either serve it hot or chilled, I luv it both ways.
  • It keeps well for 1 day if refrigerated.
Carrot Beetroot Halwa Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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