Sunday, August 22, 2010

                                            MONSOON-- (continued)

During Monsoon another good accompaniment with a cup of tea are Cookies; their are numerous variety of these, making of Cookies has also become so experimental many Blogger have successfully turned out many recipes, great combination of various flours, nuts, different type of oats and what not, In India fried cookies is also very common especially during Festivals, try my crispy Semolina cookies......FOR BEST RESULTS PLEASE KEEP TO THE INGREDIENTS MEASUREMENT
                                                              FRIED SEMOLINA COOKIES
Semolina    1 cup
Wheat Flour   1 cup
Sugar   1 1/2 cup
Baking powder   1/2 tsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Vanilla essence   1/2 tsp
Butter   2 tbsp  - at Room temperature
Vegetable oil    for deep frying

-In a mixing bowl put in the flour, Semolina and butter rub gently till all the butter is absorbed by the mixture at this time you will get some texture like bread crumbs, add sugar, salt, vanilla essence baking powder and mix well sprinkling little water into a soft dough, rest this for an hour
-Roll it out on a board to a good 1/4 cm thick disc and then cut it with cookie cutter to your desired shapes---- I cut them into squares and diamond shapes using a knife  and roller pin.
-Heat oil in a wok and fry them on medium heat till golden brown, turning them gently to both sides. Remove over to an absorbent tissue  let it cool a bit.
-Can be stored in an airtight container and used for 15 days

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Joseph Rajan

Sunday, August 8, 2010

 Rice based dish with the left over Rice in the refrigerator can be whipped into a gastronomic Appetising dish on a rainy day too,  make it fiery with a few extra spices; Heard about Lemon , Tamarind, Tomato and Fried Rice but try this out...........take that left over rice
                                                                SOUTH INDIAN FRIED RICE
Cooked Rice   2 cups
Oil   2 tbsp
Mustard seeds   1/2 tsp
Jeera   1/2 tsp
Channa Dal   1 tsp
Red chilly   4 nos
Onions Or Shallots (Preferred)    1/2 cup Finely chopped
Tomatoes   1/2 cup ( shredded without seeds)
Curry leaf   2 sprigs
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnishing

- Heat a wok add the oil and when hot add the mustard as it crackles add the Jeera, the red chilly slit, Onions , curry leaves and the Dal saute well on high fire till you get a strong aroma, toss in the Tomatoes, the turmeric and mix well once you notice everything is getting dry slightly add the rice , salt to taste and mix well.
-Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves  and Pickle / Papad; this is Ideal on a rainy day, but eat it steaming hot.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

                                                            MONSOON -- (CONTINUED)

As I was preparing this Blog for the monsoon I also happened to get Sanajeev' News Letter and his Menus on " YUMMY RECIPES ITS RAINING",  looks great and Sanjeev Kapoor is one of the great Chefs who can really do superb Fusion food, he is a marvellous inventor , one has to take a lot of trouble try it out and above all taste it .... My recipes on this subject will have a bit of diversification  Innovative food --Ideas--Ingredients of good quality--Impeccable Tastes  and its all fusion...NO  FRILLS; just try this Pancake with what ever you have at home
                                                     BANANA PAN CAKE
Ripe Banana   2 nos
Wheat flour    1 cup
All purpose Flour   1 cup
Sugar   1/2 cup
Egg   1nos
Salt a pinch
Cardamom powder   1/4 tsp
Butter   as required
Honey for Garnishing


This is the way I did it..........
-Put all the Ingredients in the blender except the butter and honey, add enough water and blend well to a good thick Batter consistency for making a Pancake, remove in a bowl and rest for 30 Min's.
- Heat a Nonstick pan when hot pour a ladle of mixture and spread to a 5-6 inch diameter pancake, drizzle some butter on the sides and cook till brown flip over and cook again,
-Remove keep aside and cook the balance , I managed to get only 5 Nos with the above ingredients.
Serve them when hot with honey drizzled on the top......Its delicious for breakfast

Tuesday, August 3, 2010



Rainy days like Monsoon can occur any time in Chennai when there is a depression in the Bay of Bengal which can prolong more if a cyclonic storm  forms , but Monsoon has its own charm with clouded sky, dark clouds in the evening with silver lining, a flash of lightening and thunders now and then ,.it is  a time to admire mother nature . Those were the days when a Monsoon sets in families had developed a serious way of  munching something  and had a habit of cooking something in particular, some houses used to set up a Tea/Coffee  Counter  with crispy vadais , Bhaji's and chips all homemade.
Now with change in time and nuclear families , husband and wife working monsoon days have become regular days - just put on raincoats/rubber shoes  a good water proof cap and off to work. However the Western ghats of India has its own charm during this time especially in Mumbai ; the so called Bhajiyas or Vadai makers are busy dolling out to their fullest capacity during this time since everyone has the habit of going for a quick bite with a steaming cup of tea then of course not forgetting the famous BATATA VADAI made more spicier for the rains.