Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Raspberry Sgroppino

Sgroppino is an Italian drink cocktail drink with a lemon sorbet base and sparkling white wine.Sgroppino is prounced as Groppino with 'S' silent, A lovely summer drink But when I saw this on Archana's blog i was a little intrigued since she had mentioned it as a non-alchoholic one. The colour was inviting as well. Tweaked the recipe a little as I had only raspberry crush.So here goes mt lovely colourful Raspberry Sgroppino. Head over to Archana's blog to see amazing recipes whom i am paired with this wednesday for blog hop wednesday by Radhika.


lemon juice 1Tbsp

Sugar 1 tbsp

Water 2 cups

Raspberry crush 1/4 cup


Mix all the ingredients except water and keep it refrigerator

Just before being served, run the slush in a mixer with a whipper blade

Dilute with water/ club soda

serve chilled

Corn Oats Rava Idli

Have you heard of Taste and Create?Here when you join , You are assigned another blogger from whom you have to create and taste the dish. This month I am paired with PJ of Seduce your tastebuds and I have chosen to recreate her healthy corn rava idli.As usual i am hurrying to post this blogpost as I have to submit within next 24hrs:-(

The original recipe is HERE
Corn grits 1 cup( available in Nilgiris super market)

Quick cooking Oats 1/2 cup

Wheat rava 3/4 cup

Yogurt/ curd 2 cups or little more

Eno fruit salt 1 tsp

Grated carrot 1/4 cup


Oil 2tsp

mustard seeds 1 tsp

cumin seeds 1/2 tsp

Gram dhal 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Mix corn grits, oats, rava and curry leaves in a bowl

Mix in the reserved curds and salt. Mix thoroughly

Heat oil in a pan and temper with mustard seeds, When it splutters add cumin seeds and gram dhal

Now heat the Idli cooker with the necessary water. Grease the moulds.

Just before steaming the Idli's add the Enos fruit salt. Mix well and steam

Nutritious healthy idli is ready

Sending this to Taste and create.If you want to join , Please do sign up before the 8th of December

Thank you MIN and PJ

Till then Happy Cooking

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Yellu Urundai

I wanted to end this Blogging Marathon with a sweet dish yet can be guilt free too. Thought about this when i saw Gayatri's Sesame balls.Pretty easy to make and without any guilt of loading your kid with fat.

White sesame seeds 1/2 cup

Jaggery powder 1/3 cup

Ghee/ Clarified butter 1 tbsp

Dry roast the sesame in a hot tawa till it starts it

Grate the jaggery

Grind both together in short pulses into a coarse powder.

Add the ghee and roll into small balls.

Serve either one or max two to take of the sweet cravings!!!
Linking this too Srivalli's Blogging Marathon 10
and to Priya and Aipi's Bookmarked Recipes#69

Monday, November 28, 2011

Grilled Paneer Chilli Cheese Toast

What better way to satisfy the hunger pangs of your kids when they come back exhausted from school/college in this weather, than a hot chilli cheese toast.I have used multigrain bread with low fat cheese to make a little healthy.:-)

Multigrain Bread 5-6

Cheese slices 3 or more

Paneer coriander chutney 4 tbsp
FOR THE Paneer Green chutney

Paneer 3 tbsp

Coriander 2 tbsp

Mint 2 tbsp

Chilli 1

Chat masala 2 tsp

Salt as per taste

Grind all these together with minimum water into a smooth paste and keep it aside
Trim the edges of the bread

Apply Paneer green chutney on the bread

Place a cheese slice on it.Keep another bread slice on it an grill it till it browns

My daughter loves this!!!!
Linking this to Srivalli's Blogging Marathon#10 and Srivalli's Snacks Mela

Eggless Panettone

Are these Pannetone or mini Panettone:-).Panettone is an yeasted Italian fruit bread cylindrical in shape and has raisins and candied peel in it.I did not have a pannetone mould so tried to bake it with a small cup cake mould.Sarah from Maison Cupcakes challenged us to bake Pannetone for Fresh from the oven November challenge
The original recipe is given by Sarah

I just baked 1/3rd the quantity as given in the original recipe and omitted the eggs. Substituted brown sugar instead of white sugar....The colour was a little darker but tasted extremely good.Try this , you will love it.


All purpose flour 1 cup+1/4 cup

Brown sugar 1/4 cup

Yeast 1/2 tsp

Water 1/4 cup

Butter 2 tbsp

Chocochips 2 tbsp

Candied peel 1 tbsp

Raisins 2 tbsp


Prove the yeast in 1/4 cup of water to which 1/2 tsp of white sugar is added. Keep it in a warm place for it to froth.

Next take the all purpose flour and mix it with the brown sugar in a big bowl and add the yeast mixture to this and knead well.

Add the softened butter to this and continue to knead ill you get a soft pliable dough.Cover with a cloth and keep it aside for 2 hrs for it to rise well.

When it has risen. transfer this to a board and incorporate all the fruits and chocolate chips into this and knead again.

Prepare the tin by greasing and transfer this to a prepared tin.If you knead a cylindrical pannetone, place a cylindrical paper inside you small cake mould(4"). While baking it will rise in that paper cylinder.I baked this amount in two small cup cakes moulds, so it did not rise in the cylindrical paper:-(

Keep it covered (thin cotton cloth) and let it rise for another 1 1/2 hrs

Preheat the oven to 190C

Place these cake tins and bake for 10 minutes.

Now reduce the temperature to 180 C and bake for further 25-30 minutes

Take it out from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack

Serve when completely cooled

The flavours from the raisins are too good to resist:-)

Linking this to Fresh from the oven November challenge
Thank you Sarah And Fresh from Oven Team....This was a wonderful challenge!!!Loved it:-)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Chatpata Aloo Paneer Fingers

Necessity is the mother of invention..........So very TruE.......!!!
That is how i created this finger food.:-) I needed some potatoes and my husband bought these baby potatoes:-(.....I just coulldn’t use those for the dish I intended to cook...anyway had to cook something in a jiffy as i had to go out too.....Quikly searched my fridge, found some paneer and YES....CREATED THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I am so glad that he chose these potatoes, else i would have never created this:-)THANK YOU KK
Paneer 200 gms

Baby potatoes 3

Corn flour 1 tbsp

All purpose flour 1 tbsp

Sesame seeds 1 tbsp

Ginger garlic paste 1/2 tsp+1/2 tsp

Chilli powder 1/2 tsp

Oil 1 tbsp

Chat masala 1 tsp+1tsp for topping

Tomato sauce 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Corainder leaves few for decoration
Cut the paneer into thick fingers

Pressure cook the potatoes upto 2 whistles. (It has to cook well). Cool it. Then remove the skin, cut into 2 and keep it aside

Make a paste of corn flour, all purpose flour,1/2 tsp of ginger garlic and salt. Mix Well

Heat a Tawa or pan .Smear some oil and let it heat. Now dip the paneer finger in this and coat it on all the sides. Now sprinkle some sesame seeds only on one side
Shallow fry this till it browns on one side and flip it so that you cook on the other side too. Let it brown on both sides.(Be careful not to burn the paneer). Shallow fry all the paneer fingers in the same way.

Now in the same pan add 2 tsp of oil. When it heats up add the other ½ tsp of ginger garlic paste and chilli powder. Saute it for 1 minute. Now add the cut potato pieces and mix well. Sprinkle salt , mix and continue to cook till the masala coats uniformly on all sides. Transfer it to a plate and keep aside.

Place the prepared and shallow fried paneer finger on a plate.Spread some tomato sauce on it. Place one cooked potato piece on this. Sprinkle some chat masala on this finger. Decorate with fresh coriander and TADA!!!!!!!! Yummy!!...Beautiful ...chatpata paneer fingers ready to seduce your tastebuds:-)!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Linking this tasty cute looking Chatpata Aloo paneer finger to Blogging Marathon#10 By Srivalli

Kanda Poha

There is no respite from rain in Chennai....much needed for the scorching heat though!!!!I hadd to get a quick eat for everyone for the weekend evening and Kanda poha is a quick eat and can be had without any guilt:-)

Beaten rice flakes/Poha/Aval 1 cup

Onion 1( cut finely)

Green chillies 3( cut into very small pieces)

Coconut scrappings 2 tbsp

Sev 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp

Lemon juice 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Oil 2-3 tsp

Soak the rice flakes in enough water for 10- 15 minutes. Sqeeze it and keep it aside

Heat a pan with oil. Temper with mustard seeds. When it crackles add the cut onions and chillies and saute well for 5 minutes in medium flame.

Now add the turmeric powder and mix well. Transfer the rice flakes to this and mix well. Sprinkle the salt, mix and continue to cook for another five minutes.

Switch off the fire. Mix the lemon juice to this

Transfer it to a serving plate. Sprinkle grate coconut and sev on this and serve

Sending this to Blogging Marathon #10 By srivalli

Friday, November 25, 2011

Masala Pori

Today it rained liked mad...Heavy downpour and the weather is quite cold compared to chennai standards. I was sure when Vibha comes home in the evening, she would like to have something chatpata in this weather.Looked at the pantry and found 1 packet of puffed here comes my Masala pori for this cold chennai evening:-)

Puffed rice 3 cups

Bhel puri chutney/ green chutney and sweet chutney 1 tbsp

Sev (ready made/ homemade) 1/4 cup

Onion 1(cut finely)

Carrot 1(grated)

Turmeric power 1/4 stp

Chilli powder 1/2 tsp

Chat Masala 1 tsp

Mustard 1 tsp

Oil 2 tsp

Salt to taste


Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan and add mustard seed.

When it crackles add the turmeric and chilli powder and mix well.

Now put the puffed rice and mix immediately. Sprinkle the required amount of salt
To serve
Place this masala pori in a bowl

Add the bhelpuri chutney and mix well.

Transfer this to a serving plate

Put the fresh cut onions on it

Now put the fresh graed carrot

Sprinkle chat masala to this

Now top it with generous amount of sev and serve!!!!!

Linking this to Srivalli's Blogging Marathon#10

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Aloo Paneer Tikki

There are days when i really go on a mad cooking / baking spree.....but some days are really blue...Days when there is no motivation to cook regular food forget about something different. And when things like this happen, someone is bound to cheer you up saying that my cooking is nice, yummy......well well!!that is the tonic needed and yet again I start...And this person is none other than my Nephew who loves good food an enjoys it.I am sure he would love to have this with a cup of hot coffee:-)
Sooraj This post is for you....I only wish you were here to taste this and pep me up....Come soon:-)
I am not blogging about the ingredients or the preparation as it is the same as aloo tikki but with the addition of 1/2 cup of paneer to it.
Check out the Aloo tikki here
Method of making Paneer is here
Linking this guilt free snack to Srivalli's Blogging marathon