Saturday, August 11, 2012

Kanjeevaram Idli

For the second week af Avant Garde Cookies, we decided to whip up breakfast and I had to do this long pending Kanjeevaram idli. This recipe is from my aunt Lakshmi from Kanjeevaram:-).

Raw rice    1 cup
Par Boiled Rice  1 cup
Black gram dhal  1cup
Fenugreek seeds     2 tsp
Oil                      1/4 cup
Ghee                   1/4 cup
Fresh Curd           1/2 cup
Pepper                  1 tbsp
Cumin seeds          1tbsp
Asafoetida            1/4 tsp
Salt                      to taste

Soak both the rice, dhal and fenugreek seeds together for 3-4 hours in sufficient water.Drain and grind it very coarsely. Add salt and mix well. Let it ferment overnight.
Next morning, add the curd and mix well.
Heat both the oil and ghee to gether. Add coarsely ground pepper and cumin to this and let it fry well.
Transfer this ghee mixture to the idli batter and mix well
Now apply oil to a plate or the small leaf cups. Fill up to half te cup or plate and steam well. Takes nearly 40 inutes to steam well
I like to steam them in cups made out of leaves.
You can alternatively use the idli mould to steam too.
Serve with idli chilli powder!!
Linking this to Avant Garde Cookies

Banana Prune Smoothie

For the blog hop this month I am paired with Farah I wanted to bake those cute tutty fruitty buns from her blog...but since i did not have the tuuti frutty, i decided to go with her smoothie instead.
Banana      2
Prunes     3-4
Cold milk    2 cups
Sugar/honey as per taste
Blend everything together till smooth
Serve chilled in a tall glass!!
Linking this to Blog Hop Wednesday!!!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Avant Garde Cookies-An Epicurean Voyage

I am sure many of you by now would have read posts about Avant Garde cookies and our epicurean voyage.For the ones who haven't yet read about it..Here comes the vivaciuos group of extremely talented women and amazing bloggers who have embarked on a journey to dish out those dishes wwhich are sure to tikle your taste buds calling ourselves AVANT GARDE COOKIES which necessarily means innovation.
Let me introduce you to these lovely ladies with whom my epicurean voyage begins

Radhika::A great blogger and a lovely friend. I am awestruck with the number of recipes on her blog and the pictures she clicks.She has been instrumental in the formation of this group
Anusha:-I treat her more like my daughter:-).She is a lawyer by qualification and that is very evident in her play with words. I love her style of writing and she is the one who changed the look of my blog:-)

Jayanthi:I am so inspired with her bakes and cakes and am sure once you hop over to her blog, you are sure to drool

Kavitha:-  The youngest member of this group who manages both C.A and M.B.A. along with her love for  blogging.I wonder how she manages to do everything successfully

Priya Sreeram: The mastermind behind the name of this wonderful group and a very creative blogger .She has some amazing recipes on her space

Roshni:-  I came to know of this young lady whe I was paired with her for the Blog Hop Wednesday. and I was literally confused with the number of interesting recipes that she had and I had to choose just one :-) and I did choose the best...Microwave Palkoa and it has been my daughter's favourite ever since

Finally it's me:-)

Every week we will be posting each day with varying thmes, secret ingredients, different cuisines.......I am sure this has started interest in some of you.If you would love to be a part of this lovely group do write in to with your name and blog url. Entries will be accepted only be on a first come, first serve basis, provided you agree to follow certain regulations of the group.

Stay tuned in for more action from this group