Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hyacinth Beans and Potato Salad with Home Made Mayonnaise

Ingredients : 

Hyacinth beans : 12
Potato : 1
Olives : 10
Carrot : 1, cut into thin strips
Mayonnaise : 1/4Cup
Cream : 1tsp
Vinegar : 1tsp

Method :

Pressure cook potato and let it cool completely.Peel them and cube it neatly. Now cut the beans into 1 inch pieces and put them in a steamer and cook for 5mins. 

Salad dressing: In a large bowl, add mayonnaise, cream, salt, vinegar and combine well with a fork. Toss all other ingredients with salad dressing. Garnish with carrot strips and refrigerate before serving.

Recipe for easy homemade Mayonnaise :

Olive oil/Salad oil/vegetable oil : 1cup
Egg :
Sugar : 1tsp
Salt : 1/4tsp
White pepper Powder : 1tsp
Vinegar : 1tbsp
Garlic Paste: 1tsp 

Method : 

Add all ingredients except oil in a large bowl and combine well with an electric blender. Now add the oil 1tsp at a time very slowly  into this mixture and continue beating vigorously and you are done. Refrigerate and store this creamy homemade mayonnaise in airtight containers.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pazham Pradhaman / Kheer with Ripe Plantain

Pazham pradhaman is my husbands favorite kheer.  It is made from ripe nenthra pazham or bananas cooked in thick jaggery syrup and coconut milk . 

How to make Kerala Traditional Pazham Pradhaman ?

Ingredients :

Really ripe banana: 2
Jaggery :  1/2Cup
Ghee : 5tbsp
Dried Coconut Slices : 1/4Cup, cut into thin slices
Cashews : 1tbsp
Raisins : 1tbsp
Cardamom Powder : 1/2tsp
First extract of Coconut milk : 1/2Cup
Second extract of coconut milk : 1Cup


1.  Melt jaggery on a medium flame for 15minutes. Heat the filtered syrup again on a low flame to make it thick.

2.Pressure cook the chopped bananas and keep aside to cool. Now peel of the skin and remove the string of black seeds in the middle neatly.

3. Using a mixer mash the cooked plantain. There should not be any lumps.

4. In a heavy bottom vessel, heat 3tbsp of ghee and golden fry the dry coconut slices, cashews and raisins in same order.

5.  Add the mashed banana along with the jaggery to the same vessel and combine well. Add remaining ghee and keep stirring till it starts to stick to the bottom of vessel.

6. At this stage add the second extract of coconut milk and combine slowly. When it boils add the first extract of coconut milk and cook in low flame.

7. Add the cardamom powder and turn off the flame.

8. Garnish with golden fried coconut slices, cashews and raisins

9. Enjoy!!!  :)


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chocolate Butter Cake

There is nothing more exciting than being with your sister for her birthday. I celebrated my sister's birthday by baking a soft and delicious butter chocolate cake.

Ingredients :

All purpose flour : 1 1/4Cup
Butter  : 1/2Cup, 113g
Castor Sugar : 1Cup
Eggs : 2, at room temperature
Baking Powder  :1tsp
Baking Soda : 1/2 tsp
Dark Chocolate : 60gms
Cocoa Powder : 1/4cup
Salt : 1/8tsp
Boiling Water : 1/2Cup

Method : 

1. Preheat oven to 360 degrees F (180 degrees celsius). Line a 11 X 8 in square tin with grease proof paper.

2. Pour the boiling water over chocolate cocoa powder mixture and set aside to melt completely.

3. Sift the flour ,baking soda,baking powder and salt into a bowl and  set aside. 

4. With an electric mixer,  cream the butter. Gradually add the castor sugar and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the whole eggs,one at a time mixing well after each addition. 

5. Mix in the vanilla. Pour the  chocolate cocoa mixture and mix until just combined.

6.. Now add the flour mixture and beat until all the ingredients are incorporated. Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for about 35 minutes until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Purple Cabbage and Sweet Corn Soup

Quick, easy, colorful yet healthy and delicious! Purple colored soup surely will make people go OMG!



Cabbage : 1Cup
Onion : 1Cup
Butter : 1tsp
Cornflour : 2tbsp
Water : 4Cup
Pepper Powder : 1/2 tsp
Sweet Corn : 1/4Cup
Method :
1. In a heavy bottom vessel, heat butter and Saute onion and cabbage for 5minutes. 

2. Now add water or vegetable stock along with sweet corn and combine well. Heat it in a medium flame and bring to boil. 

3. Add cornflour mixed with 1/4 Cup water and then add salt and pepper powder. Boil for another 5minutes.  

4. When it gets the consistency of soup,remove from fire and serve hot.

Note : Purple cabbage takes more time to cook than the regular cabbage. For better results add 1 maggy veg cube and mix well after third step.