November 26, 2015

Butter cookies

Butter cookies are really easy to make & taste yum. Take pleasure in the delicious simplicity of a cookie with just a few, humble ingredients & beautifully balanced flavour in every bite.

Ingredients :
  1. All purpose flour - 2 1/4 cups
  2. Salt - 1/4 tsp
  3. Unsalted butter - 1 cup 
  4. Sugar - 2/3 cup
  5. Egg - 1 no
  6. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Method :

1.   Sieve together flour and salt.

2.   Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg & vanilla extract.

3.   Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.  Knead the dough, cover and refrigerate it for atleast 2 hours.

4.   Roll the dough & cut them to your desired shape.  Preheat the oven at 350 F.  Grease and line up the baking tray with parchment paper.

5.   Bake the cookies for 10 - 12 mins.  (If required brush the cookies with egg wash before baking)

Enjoy :)

November 24, 2015

Rice n dal khichdi mix for babies - Very versatile !!!

Rice n dal mix powder is my little son's most favourite food.  Vegetable khichdi is the first one pot  meal served to the Indian babies.  Making them in small quantity is little tricky.  This powder is really handy for such situations.  I use this powder as a base for various delicious baby food like vegetable, chicken and mutton soup rice.   Ideal for babies above 6 months.

Ingredients :

  1. Parboiled rice - 1 cup
  2. Moong dal - 1/4 cup
  3. Masoor dal - 1/4 cup
  4. Cumin - 1 tsp
  5. Hing - 1/2 tsp
  6. Barley - 1/2 tsp
Dry roast them separately.  Allow them to cool completely & grind them to fine powder.  Store it in airtight container.

For preparation :
  1. Water
  2. Ghee - 1/4 tsp
  3. Breastmilk / formula (optional)
Cook a tbsp of rice dal powder in water first.  Add little ghee and milk if required.  Serve your kid.

November 22, 2015

Ribbon Pakoda - Crispy snack

Ribbon pakoda is also know as ribbon murukku.  Homemade rice flour is used for this snack, as we get crispy & tasty pakoda's.  It is a great snack idea for tea time.  Perfect snack for all special occasions & festivals. 

Ingredients :

  1. Raw rice flour - 2 cups
  2. Gram flour - 1/2 cup
  3. Roasted gram dal powder- 1/2 cup
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Hing - 1/2 tsp
  6. Chilly powder / Pepper powder - 1 tsp
  7. Sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp
  8. Oil - 2 tbsp + for frying
  9. Water for kneading

Method :

1.   Mix together raw rice flour, gram flour, roasted gram dal powder, chilly powder, salt to taste, hing, sesame seeds & 2 tbsp hot oil.  Add enough water & knead it to smooth dough.

2.  Take a murukku maker & use ribbon pakoda disc.  Grease the murukku maker & press the dough inside.  

3.   Heat oil over medium heat, press the ribbon pakoda's from the murukku maker & deep fry them till done & crispy.

Enjoy the snack !!!

November 20, 2015


Adhirasam is most popular South Indian sweet and it is prepared especially during Diwali.  Rice flour  & jaggery are the main ingredients used & the rice flour should be moist to get perfect adhirasam.  Quite a challenging sweet to prepare but it taste just divine.

Ingredients :

  1. Raw rice - 2 cups
  2. Water - 1 cup
  3. Jaggery - 300 gms
  4. Sesame seeds - 1 tsp
  5. Ghee - 1 tbsp
  6. Oil for frying

Method :

1.   Wash and soak the rice for 3 hours.  Drain the water & spread the rice in a cloth for 1 hour.  Do not let it dry completely.  Moisture should be there.  Grind the rice to fine powder & sieve it. (Use the rice flour immediately otherwise it will loose its moisture)

2.   Heat jaggery and water in the pan.  Once the jaggery melted, filter it.  Reheat the jaggery in the pan & allow it to boil till single thread consistency.  

Note :

To check the single thread consistency, pour the jaggery mixture in the water.  It will settle down & you can make a ball out of it.

3.   Now mix the sieved rice flour, a tsp of ghee & sesame seeds.  Keep stirring for few mins.  Dough should be sticky & little loose.  Store the dough over night in an air tight container.  More than a day refrigerate the dough.

4.   Next day, heat oil over low medium flame.  Divide the dough into equal portion balls & flat them using your greased palm.  Deep fry them till golden brown in either sides.  It will take just 30 secs on each side.  

5.   Using two ladles, squeeze the excess oil.  Store it in air tight container.  It can stay on shelf for a week.

Happy cooking :)