Vanilla and Chocolate Pudding /Agar Agar /China grass Pudding



For Vanilla Pudding
Milk-250 ml
Condensed milk-1/2 tin
Vanilla essence-1/2tsp


Agar agar/China grass-3gms
Water-1/2cup


For Chocolate Pudding
Milk-250 ml
Condensed milk-1/2 tin
Coco Powder-1&1/2tsp


Agar agar/China grass-3gms
Water-1/2cup




Preparation of Vanilla Pudding

  • Break the strips of agar agar into small pieces and soak in water for 15 minutes.
  • Heat milk in a  pan and add sugar , stirring to dissolve.When the milk starts to boil, add condensed milk, reducing the heat to low and stirring continuously.
  •  At the same time heat the soaked agar agar along with the water in another pan in medium heat. Add dissolved agar agar into the milk through a sieve.Add vanilla essence and set aside to cool.
  • Divide the  mixture into the moulds/bowls. . After dividing, transfer the cups to the refrigerator and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes, until semi-firm.

Preparation of ChocolatePudding

  • Break the strips of agar agar into small pieces and soak in water for 15 minutes.
  • Heat milk in a  pan and add sugar and coco powder, stirring to dissolve.When the milk starts to boil, add condensed milk, reducing the heat to low and stirring continuously. 
  • At the same time heat the soaked agar agar along with the water in another pan in medium heat. Add dissolved agar agar into the milk through a sieve.Mix well and set aside to cool.
  • Pour chocolate pudding over the vanilla pudding.Refrigerate after cooling until set .(30 minutes-1 hr)

Vendakka Puli / Vendakka Pulincurry /Ladies Finger in Tamarind and Coconut Gravy



Vendakka /Ladies Finger /Okra -15 cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Pearl onion (chopped)-1cup
Tomato (chopped)-1 medium


Tamarind -a lemon sized ball
Water-1cup
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Salt
Oil-1tbsp


Shredded coconut-1/2cup
Chilly powder-1tsp
Coriander powder-1tbsp
Pearl onion-3
Coconut oil-1tbsp


Mustard seeds-1tsp
Fenugreek seeds/uluva-1/2tsp
Pearl onion (chopped)-2
Curry leaves



  • Grind coconut,pearl onion,chilly powder and coriander powder together.
  • Soak tamarind in hot water.Squeeze out the extract and keep aside. 
    • Heat oil in a pan and add ladies finger.Stir fry 5-6 minutes.
  • Add chopped onions ,turmeric powder and tomato.Fry until translucent.
  • Add tamarind pulp and water.Cook until soft.
  • Add coconut paste ,salt and let it boil for 5 more minutes.
  • Heat oil in another pan and sputter mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.Fry curry leaves and chopped onions.Pour this over the curry.
  • Serve with hot rice.

1 Minute Bread Pudding (Microwave)




Bread slices-2
Egg-1
Milk-1/3cup
Condensed milk-2tbsp
Sugar-1tbsp
Vanilla essence-1/4tsp
Sliced Pistachios-1tbsp




  • Break bread into small pieces.Put bread pieces in a microwave safe mug/ bowl.
  • Whisk together the egg, milk,condensed milk, vanilla, and sugar. Pour over the bread in the bowl, stirring gently to combine.If desired sprinkle with sliced pistachio .
  • Let it stand for about 10 minutes. 
  • Microwave ,uncovered , on 100% power for 1minute. (Cooking time varies according to the power of your microwave oven.)
  • Serve warm or chilled.

Rice Pathiri / Malabar Pathiri




Rice flour-1cup
Shredded coconut-1/2cup
Pearl onion-2
Cumin seeds-1/2tsp
Salt
Water-3/4cup(water+coconut paste-1cup)





  • Grind coconut onion and cumin seeds together to a fine paste.
  • Boil water and coconut paste in a wide cooking pan,add salt to the water.
  • When the water comes to a boil, add the flour and immediately stir it with a wooden  spoon.Remove from the flame and let it cool down slightly. After the dough cools down , knead the dough using your hands until it is soft.
  • Make small balls from the dough and roll out like chapathi.
  • Heat a pan and cook on both the sides.
  • Serve with  Chicken Curry/Egg curry/Vegetable Stew

Marble Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting




  • All purpose flour-1&1/4cup
  • Baking Powder-1tsp
  • Salt-a pinch
  • Eggs-2
  • Powdered Sugar-3/4cup
  • Vanilla essence-1tsp
  • Refined oil-1/2cup
  • Yoghurt-1/3cup
  • Cocoa powder-1tbsp

  • Preheat oven to 160 degree C.
  • Sift flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Preheat oven to 170 degree C.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.Add oil  and beat for 2 minutes.stir in the Vanilla essence.Add flour alternately with milk.Stir until just blended.
  • Pour half of the batter into another bowl.Add cocoa powder and stir well.
  • Put one tbsp of each mix into each cupcake mould. To create marbling, run a wooden skewer through the batters in a swirling motion.
  • Bake 20-22 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the centers comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool for 20-25 minutes.


For Vanilla Butter Cream Froasting
Butter-1/2cup
Confectioners Sugar-1&1/2cup
Cream-1tbsp


  • In a small bowl, beat together butter, sugar, vanilla, and cream until light and fluffy.
  • Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe the icing using a spiralling motion onto the cup cakes .





Ilayada /Vavada






Rice powder-1&1/2cup
Water-1 ½cups
Salt-to taste
Jaggery-200 gms
Coconut(grated)-1cup
Ghee-1tsp
Cardamom powder-1tbsp
Banana leaves(Aluminium foil)




  • Boil the water in a wide cooking pan, add the salt to the water. When the water comes to a boil, add the flour and immediately stir it with a wooden  spoon .When the dough cools, knead well and make small balls.
  • Heat jagerry,shredded coconut and ghee in a pan .Mix them well and sauté until thick..
  • On a small piece of banana leaf place one rice ball and spread out on the leaf with hand.Spread the coconut filling and fold the leaf in half and press the side as well.

  • Place ada ia a steamer and steam cook for 20-25 minutes.




Mysore Masala Dosa





For Dosa Batter
Black gram (Uzhunnu)-3/4cup
Raw rice (pachari)-1&1/2cup
Cooked rice-1tbsp
Salt


For Red Chutney
Shredded coconut-1/4cup
Black gram/urad dal (uzhunnu parippu)-1tbsp
Chana Dal (kadala parippu)-1tbsp
Garlic-2 cloves
Dry red chilly-4-5
Coconut oil-1tbsp
Salt


For Stuffing
Potato-2 big (boiled /microwaved)
Onion-1
Green peas (fresh/frozen)-1/4 cup optional 
Green Chilly-2
Salt


Oil-1tbsp
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Urad dal-1tbsp
Dry red Chilly-2
Curry leaves


Preparation of Batter

  • Wash and soak rice and dal separately in water for 3-4 hours.Grind separately and mix together.
  • Keep aside in a warm place to ferment for 4-5 hours.



Preparation of Chutney

  • Heat oil in a pan and add chana dal,urad dal ,garlic and red chillies to it.Fry till it turns to light brown.Add coconut and sauté for 2 minutes.Add salt and remove from flame.Let it cool at room temperature.
  • Grind it to a smooth paste.(Do not add too much water).



Preparation of Potato Filling

  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter urad dal and mustard seeds.Add chopped onion ,green chilly and curry leaves.Cook till soft.Add potatoes ,green peas,turmeric powder ,salt and 1/2 cup water.Cover and cook till soft.Keep aside.



Making the Dosa

  • Heat a dosa tava and apply few drops of oil.Pour a 1/4cup of  dosa batter onto the center of the pan. Spread the mix in circular motion to make thin dosa .

  • Once dosa begin to cook spread a spoonful of chutney over the surface uniformly.

  • Add filling inside the dosa and roll.



Mambazha Pachadi (Microwave)


  • Ripe mango-2 cubed
  • Green chilly-1 chopped
  • Sugar-1tsp
  • Salt
  • Shredded coconut-1/2cup
  • Cumin seeds-1/4tsp
  • Crushed mustard seeds-1/tsp
  • Grapes-10
  • Coconut oil-1tsp
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • Pearl onion-1 chopped
  • Dry red chilly-2
  • Curry leaves
Method

  • Grind coconut and cumin seeds to a fine paste.
  • Mix together mango ,green chilly, Sugar ,salt, coconut paste and crushed mustard seeds in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave on 100% power for 4 minutes.
  • Add yoghurt and mix well.
  • Take another microwave safe bowl,add oil,mustard seeds,chopped onion and curry leaves.Microwave on 100 % power for 1.5-2 minutes.Add dry red chilly and mix well.Pour it over the pachadi.

3 Minute Chocolate Cake




1.All purpose flour-4tbsp
   Cocoa Powder-2tsp
   Baking powder-a pinch
2.Sugar-3tbsp
3.Egg-1
4.Refined oil/butter-2tbsp
5.Milk-3tbsp
6. Vanilla essence-1/4tsp




  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix everything together.
  • Grease a microwave safe bowl, and pour in this mixture.

  • Microwave on 100% power for 1  - 3 minutes,until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. .(Time may vary depending on your microwave)

  • Allow to cool a little and serve.

Butter less Zebra cake (300th Post)






1.All purpose flour-1&1/2cup
   Baking Powder-1tsp
   Salt-a pinch
2.Eggs-3
   Powdered Sugar-3/4cup
   Vanilla essence-1tsp
3.Refined oil-2/3cup
4.Cocoa powder-1tbsp
5.Milk-1/2cup



  • Sift flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Preheat oven to 170 degree C.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.Add oil  and beat for 2 minutes.stir in the Vanilla essence.Add flour alternately with milk.Stir until just blended.
  • Pour half of the batter into another bowl.Add cocoa powder and stir well.

  • Pour a tbsp of the white cake batter onto the center of the pan. Then, pour a spoonful of the chocolate batter directly at the center of the white cake batter. Repeat until all the cake batter has been poured into the pan.


  • Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. (40-45 minutes)

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