Saturday, December 14, 2019

Prawn Dum Briyani | Shrimp Briyani | Eral Briyani

Shrimp Briyani



Shrimp Briyani

Dum biryani comes in a layer of rice, meat gravy/masala, mint & cilantro leaves, fried onion, fried cashews and raisins and some saffron milk or orange food color. The flavor of the biryani is rich and it tastes so great. Prawn briyani  is easy to make and extremely flavorful. Read on below for detailed instruction with stepwise pics 


Ingredients:

For prawn marination:


1 lb prawn (washed, shell removed and deveined)

1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
Salt to taste

For Fragrant rice:


2 cup long grain Basmathi rice (soaked in water for 30 minutes)

6 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp cumin seed 
1/2 tsp whole pepper
2 Mace
1 tbsp oil / ghee
1 tsp salt

For Briyani:


2 onion, chopped finely

1 tomato. chopped finely
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 cup thick curd
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
Salt to taste
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
Whole garam masala ( 2 bayleaf, 2 cinnamon small stick, 1 star aniseed)
oil for frying prawn

For Garnishing:


1 cup fried onion

chopped cilantro and mint leaves
A pinch of Orange food color mixed with 2 tbsp of water

Method:



Shrimp Briyani

In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients mentioned under marination. Combine all well and let it marinade for 15 to 30 minutes.



Shrimp Briyani

For making rice, heat ghee in big vessel on medium heat, add whole garam masala into it.


When you get the aroma of whole garam masala, pour 6 cups of water and add salt in it.


Once it begins to boil , add soaked basmathi rice.


cook uncovered until the rice is 90% cooked.


Drain water using colander / filter and keep the rice aside.



Shrimp Briyani

Heat oil in pan over medium heat, add marinated prawns into it. Fry till it half cooked. Then take out the shrimps from pan and set aside.



Shrimp Briyani

In the same pan, add whole garam masala and fry for a minute.


Add onion, ginger garlic paste and tomato, close the pan with its lid and cook until it become soft and mushy.


Add spice powders and salt, mix all well..


Add in curd and chopped cilantro an mint leaves, cook for sometime.


When oil oozes out around the edges of the pan, add in fried shrimps and close the lid and cook for about 5 minutes.



Shrimp Briyani

Now layer the fragrant rice over prawn briyani masala and garnish with fried onions, chopped cilantro, mint leaves and pour orange food color on top of the rice.


Close the lid and cook in medium flame for 10 minutes and then reduce the flame to low, cook for 5 minutes.


Switch off the flame, let it sit for another 15 minutes ( Do not open the lid)


Fluff the rice gently with fork and serve with your choice of Raita.



Shrimp Briyani

Thursday, March 14, 2019

KEERAI MASIYAL - MASHED SPINACH|GREENS

KEERAI MASIYAL - MASHED SPINACH|GREENS

Keerai Masiyal is a classic south indian dish, which is prepared by cooking spinach,tomato,garlic, chili with some indian spices. Then blend or mash into smooth/course paste. when I was little my mom makes this recipe often. she uses matthu/wooden masher to blend the spinach mixture. Here I don't have one, so I have used blender to blend it. This dish is packed with lot of nutrients. Try this for your little one. Once in a week, I make this for my little boy (18 months now). It is one of his favorite food.You can start feeding this dish when they turn 1 year old, just mix this masiyal with plain rice. You can add a little ghee/clarified butter also :)
Okay! See you all soon with another healthy dish. Read on below for the recipe...


KEERAI MASIYAL - MASHED SPINACH|GREENS

Ingredients:

2 cups of spinach (tightly packed)
1/2 small size tomato
6 to 8 garlic pods
1 green chilli
2 tbsp shredded coconut
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp of cumin powder
1/4 cup of water
Salt as required

To temper:
1 tsp of oil
1/2 tsp of urad dal
2 to 3 no of red dried chilli
A pinch of asafotida

Method:
KEERAI MASIYAL

KEERAI MASIYAL

KEERAI MASIYAL

KEERAI MASIYAL

KEERAI MASIYAL

Wash spinach with fresh running tap water until all the sand impurities is washed away.

In a pan, add all the ingredients expect temper ingredients, close the pan with its lid and cook for 15 mins over medium flame.


KEERAI MASIYAL


Once it cooked, let it completely cooled down.




Blend it to fine paste and transfer into a bowl.

For tadka, heat oil in pan. Add  urad dal, asafoetida and dried chilli. Let it roast froa minute and then pour it to the spinach puree.


KEERAI MASIYAL - MASHED SPINACH|GREENS

Friday, February 8, 2019

Hidden Heart Cake / Surprise Cake

Hidden Heart Cake /  Surprise Cake


♥♥♥♥♥♥ Love is in the Air!!! Love is in the Cake!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Happy Valentine's Day to All ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥


Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Have you all planned a surprise for your valentine. If not, then this post is for you :)
This hidden cake has a surprise heart in every single slice. It is perfect to make for this valentine's day. Surprise your loved one with this surprise cake. I am sure your valentine gonna love it. please do give a try and enjoy. Thanks for visiting :)

Hidden Heart Cake /  Surprise Cake

Ingredients for Red Cake:

All purpose flour - 2 cups
Icing sugar - 1 1/4 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Egg - 4 large
Butter,room temperature - 1 cup
Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Red food color

Ingredients for Chocolate Cake:

All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Cocoa Powder, unsweetened - 1/2 cup
Icing sugar - 1 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Eggs - 4 large
Butter, room temperature - 1 cup
Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp

Things Required

Large Mixing bowl
Electric hand mixer
2 Loaf pan (9x5x3 inch pan)
Spatula
Heart shape cookie cutter

How to make Red cake:



  1. Preheat Oven to 180 C.
  2. Grease the baking pan with some butter
  3. In large mixing bowl, take sugar and butter. Beat it with hand mixer until smooth and fluffy
  4. Add vanilla essence, 2 eggs at a time and beat again. Scrape the sides of bowl and add 2 more eggs and beat it again.
  5. Now shift all the dry ingredients to the creamy batter.
  6. Mix all well without any lump formation.
  7. Add food color ,mix it until you get the uniform color. Add more drops until you get the desired color.
  8. Transfer the batter to prepared pan and bake it for 50 mins or Insert toothpick on the center of the cake, it should comes out clean.
  9. Once it baked, carefully remove it from oven. Let it sit for 15 mins.
  10. Then remove the cake to cooling rack and let it completely cooled down.
  11. Once it cooled down, cling wrap it and keep it in refrigerator until usage.


How to make Chocolate cake batter:



  1. Grease the baking pan with some butter and set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl, take sugar and butter. Beat it with hand mixer until smooth and fluffy
  3. Add vanilla essence, 2 eggs at a time and beat again. Scrape the sides of bowl and add 2 more eggs and beat it again.
  4. Now shift all the dry ingredients to the creamy batter. Mix all well without any lump formation.

How to make Hidden Heart Cake:


  1. Take out the red cake from fridge and slice it up evenly.
  2. Take a heart shape cookie cutter and cut out a heart shape in every slice of cake. Keep the heart aside. (you can make cake pops with leftover cake)
  3. Now add 1/4 th of the greased pan with chocolate batter and gently tap on the counter to spread evenly.
  4. Arrange the hearts next to each other in the center of the loaf pan. Make sure there is no gap in between 2 hearts. pack them closely.
  5. Leave some space around the packed hearts, so that we can fill that space with chocolate batter and it hide the hearts.
  6. Now add the remaining chocolate batter to the sides of the pan and gently tap it on counter, so that batter flow through all around the hearts. Don't tap it hard, the hearts will get misplaced.
  7. Bake it for 50 mins or Insert toothpick on the center of the cake, it should comes out clean.
  8. Once it baked, cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then remove it to cooling rack.
Hidden cake is ready!





Hidden Heart Cake /  Surprise Cake

Now you can frost the cake as your wish.
Here I used, whipped cream frosting and rainbow sprinklers.
TADA! its done...
Surprise your loved one with this super yummy surprise cake :) Enjoy..

Friday, January 4, 2019

Mixed Berry Lassi | Mixed Berry Yogurt Smoothie

Mixed Berry Lassi |  Mixed Berry Yogurt Smoothie

Lassi is my favorite summer drink. It is a popular, traditional, yogurt-based drink from the Indian Subcontinent and originates from the Punjab. It is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes, fruit. There are varieties of savory and sweet lassis. In Canada, Mango lassi is a popular drink consisting of sweetened mango pulp mixed with yogurt, cream or ice cream. It is served  in a tall glass in straw and topped with some crushed nuts. Today i am gonna share fruit lassi, which is made of mixed berries, yogurt, milk  and sugar. These are enjoyed chilled as a hot-weather refreshment. You can store it in refrigerator for 1 or 2 days.

Mixed Berry Lassi |  Mixed Berry Yogurt Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Strawberry
1/2 cup Blueberry
1/2 cup Raspberry
1 cup Thick Yogurt
1.5 cup Milk/water
1/2 cup Ice cubes
5 to 6 tbsp Sugar or add as per your taste
A pinch of salt
Some berries for garnishing

Method:

Take all the ingredients in blender (except garnishing berries).
Blend them into smooth.
Pour into serving glass, garnish and Serve chill!

Mixed Berry Lassi |  Mixed Berry Yogurt Smoothie

Monday, December 17, 2018

Pomfret Fish Fry | Vavval Meen Varuval

Pomfret Fish Fry

Ingredients

6 to 8 fish pieces
1 tsp turmeric powder for washing fish
Oil for shallow frying

For marination

1 tbsp chilli powder
2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp fennel powder
4 large garlic bulb, crushed
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt

Method

Pomfret Fish Fry

Take fish pieces in a large bowl, add turmeric powder and mix well. Let it sit for 5 mins and then wash fish thoroughly with fresh running tap water.  Washing fishes with turmeric eliminates the odor of fish smell.
Pat dry the fish pieces with paper towel and set aside.

Add all the ingredients mention under marination column in a bowl or deep dish. Add some water and mix all together. The paste consistency should be thick. So please keep an eye on it while adding water.

Apply masala on all sides of fish pieces and marinade for half an hour in refrigerator.

Heat pan/tawa on medium heat. Add oil on it for shallow frying.

Place 3 to 4 pieces of fish on the heated oil and fry it for sometime. Turn them to other side and fry again. Fry until it cooked well.

Drain the excess oil in paper towel.

Serve hot with lemon wedges, sliced onions. Enjoy!!

Pomfret Fish Fry

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Broccoli Rice - Lunch Box Recipe

Broccoli Rice is a simple dish, which you can make it under 10 minutes. I make this dish often for my 17 months old son. He loves to have it with scrambled egg. It cooks and is ready in a flash, perfect for lunch box dish. Try this out, let me know your feedback. 


Broccoli Rice - Lunch Box Recipe

Ingredients:


2 tbsp oil

1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1 cup broccoli, finely chopped
2 cup cooked rice
1/2 tsp ground pepper
Salt as required

Method:


Video  recipe:




Pictorial  recipe:


Broccoli Rice - Lunch Box Recipe

Heat oil in pan over medium flame.



Broccoli Rice - Lunch Box Recipe

Broccoli Rice - Lunch Box Recipe


Add cumin and garlic, saute for a minute.



Broccoli Rice - Lunch Box Recipe

Add onion, saute till it turns to light pink color



Broccoli Rice - Lunch Box Recipe

Broccoli Rice - Lunch Box Recipe

Add broccoli and season with salt and pepper. Mix all well and cook for 5 minutes by stirring occasionally.



Broccoli Rice - Lunch Box Recipe

Add cooked rice and mix well, check seasoning and add if required.



Broccoli Rice - Lunch Box Recipe

Stir occasionally, cook uncovered for 3 minutes and then turn off the heat.



Broccoli Rice - Lunch Box Recipe

Serve hot with your choice of side dish.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Chicken Flower Dumplings

Chicken Flower Dumplings

These Chicken Flower Dumplings are made using minced chicken meat, which is coated with generous amount of rice and then steamed it. Simple isn't it!?  You can make it  under 30 minutes (excluded rice soaking time) . Try this out and let me know how it turned out for you.

Step 1: Ingredients


Chicken Flower Dumplings

1 lb Minced chicken
1/2 cup long grain rice (Basmathi rice) , wash and soak it in water for about an hour
1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp soy sauce
1 green chilli, chopped
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
salt as required

Step 2: How to Make Spicy Chicken Balls

Chicken Flower Dumplings

Take minced chicken in a bowl, add soy sauce, ginger, garlic, chilli, cilantro, red chilli powder, garam masala, salt.

Combine altogether.

Grease your palm with little oil (do not apply too much oil, then rice wont coat on it).

Take a small portion from minced chicken mixture and roll it to a ball.

Repeat the same for rest of the minced chicken.

Step 3: Coat With Rice

Chicken Flower Dumplings

Once it soaked for an hour, drain water and keep it on a plate.

Roll the minced chicken balls on rice, just make sure it is coated well.

Step 4: Steam the Chicken Balls

Chicken Flower Dumplings

Steam the rice balls for 10 to 15 minutes on medium flame.

Step 5: Plate It!

Chicken Flower Dumplings

I kept some curry leaves (you can use any greens) on plate and then arranged chicken dumplings like flower bouquet.

I've used hot sauce for bow.

Please try these dumplings, I am sure you will love these beauties.
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