Sunday, November 16, 2008

Avocado Strawberry desert

Long hiatus from blogging owing to a very nomadic experience on the family front . Back to blogging and happy to be back. Let me start, rather restart with one simple desert recipe, the source of which I am unaware of . Passed on from friends I guess. This particular recipe has no fixed measurements. Avocado, the key ingredient here is very similar to the butter fruit we get in Bangalore. The juice centres(especially the ubiquitous Ganesh fruit stalls :)) in Bangalore make a soothing milk shake out of the butter fruits. Yummmm....
The recipe I give below has a strong Avocado taste ,( well, because its an Avocado desert , dummy) and I feel only people who love this fruit will like this desert . Wow!!! i talk sense :D .
The chopped strawberries really add a great crunchy taste to this.

Ingredients :
  1. Avocado: 2
  2. Strawberries: 8 chopped
  3. Condensed milk: just enough to give the sweetness.(i used about half a can)
  4. Heavy cream: just enough to give a mousse consistency.

Procedure :

  1. Take the pulp out of the Avocado fruit to a blender.
  2. Add the condensed milk and heavy cream and run the blender.Add the condensed milk and heavy cream in batches so as to get the right consistency and sweetness. I feel the sweetness requirement really varies . For my atrocious sweet tooth , the more, the better :).
  3. Take the mixture out of the blender into a bowl.
  4. To this add chopped strawberries. Mix well and chill in the freezer for not more than 30 Min's.
  5. Serve in individual cups. Enjoy

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Happy Birthday to my niece!

17th Feb happened to be my little niece's 6th Birthday. She holds such a special place in my heart, which no words could describe. She is the eldest among the next generation kids in our family and is such a stickler to order that sometimes even irks her mother. I havent seen a kid so particular about everything as she is. She is blessed with such a lovely smile and laughter that could win any heart. I cant believe that my little darling is 6 now, it seems like just yesterday i was holding her as a newborn in my arms,...this tiny bundle of joy!!

Happy Birthday Chaarvee!!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Methi Pulav / Menthya Bath

This weekend happens to be a 4 day long one. With the Saturday spent shopping and eating out, hubby was giving me the looks that i need to spend sometime in the kitchen too.Me being the Sweet ME, i cooked an elaborate meal for him today (the cook in me was actually coaxing me to :) ). The main course was Methi Pulav or what we call at home as the Menthya Bath(Menthya in Kannada refers to Fenugreek leaves and bath refers to any rice dish). The recipe being from a sis of mine who cooks just so her family survives :) , i was pleasantly surprised with the end result. It tasted real yumm.... Thanks Veena! I did make some changes to the original recipe ofcourse!

  • 5 -6 Tblspns Oil
  • 2 Tblspn Ghee
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 small pieces of cinnamon
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1 Tomato chopped
  • 1 large onion sliced thin and slit widthwise
  • 3 Garic cloves(the fat ones) chopped
  • Pudina(mint) leaves picked from 5 sticks and chopped coarse
  • Methi(Fenugreek) leaves picked from 1 huge bunch and chopped coarse
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice
  • 1 1/2 cup peas
  • water
  • salt to taste
To grind(Masala):
  • 1 onion
  • 8 green chillies(as per your tolerance)
  • Pudina leaves from 6 sticks
  • 7 garlic cloves(fat ones)
    4 cloves
  • 1" cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom
  • 1" ginger
  • 1 heaped tblspn Coriander(Dhania) powder
  • 10 sticks fresh coriander
  • 3 Tblspns grated coconut(optional)
  • 2 pinches Turmeric powder

  1. Grind all the ingredients listed in the masala section to a smooth paste and keep aside
  2. Wash and soak the rice in water for 1 hour.
  3. Heat the oil in a heavy bottom vessel.
  4. Add the spices-cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and fry until you get a nice aroma.
  5. Add the garlic followed by sliced onions and fry till soft.
  6. Now add the tomato and greens(pudina and Methi). fry for 1 minute .
  7. Lower the heat ,add the masala and fry till you get rid of the raw smell.
  8. Now drain the water from the rice and add the rice along with the peas and fry for a while.
  9. Add the required amount of boiling water to cook the rice. (here i do not mension the amount of water since it varies depending on the variety of rice. Generally the rice to water proportion is 1:2. For Basmati , water added is a little less ).add the salt to taste.
  10. Cook till the rice is done.
  11. Serve hot with a onion and tomato raita.
Please forgive me for the poor picture. Anyways its the taste that matters, and it does taste good:) .Try it to find out.
Variation: You could add mutton with this same recipe, it tastes amazing.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

First try with Cupcakes

My first attempt at cupcakes and their decor. Though nothing near perfect, i am sure for a first timer like me, the results are quite encouraging.:)
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Friday, January 4, 2008

Eerekayi Bus Saaru

Saaru is a name given to a liquid of a soup consistency which is had along with Rice in Karnataka. If i list the variety, probably this page would not be sufficient. Such is the richness in variety when it comes to just these 'Saaru s' in Karnataka. And there is so much more to Cuisine from Karnataka. Recently when i was telling about Karnataka cuisine to a new aquaintance from another part of India, she was surprised with the variety i mentioned. She said "Really? and i thought all you south Indians ate was idlis and dosas..." Can you believe that?!!!!What i intend to say is that each corner of our country is so rich in every which way, but the awareness of that among others is what is lacking.
Coming back to my post today , this particular variety "Bus Saaru" is one among the different kinds of Saaru which can be made out of almost all the vegetables. The idea is to cook the vegetable /greens in Water , drain, and use that water for the Saaru while the drained vegetable is had as a side dish. I used the Ridge gourd( Eerekayi in Kannada) and Toor dal in my post today as it is one of my favourite vegetable. You could make it with any other vegetable such as all the sprouted beans, green beans and dal, just greens, and so on. Although this is very common in most of the houses in Karnataka, slight variations are found in every house in the kind of masala that goes into it. In our Family it is prepared as follows:


  • 1 long Ridge Gourd.
  • 1/4 cup Toor Dal.
  • Pinch of Turmeric powder.
  • 4 cups water.

For the Masala:

  • 1Tblspn Oil.
  • 1/2 Large Onion cubed.
  • 4 large garlic cloves.
  • 3-4 sticks of Curry Leaves.
  • 2 tspn Jeera.
  • 1/4 tspn Pepper.
  • 3-4 sticks of Coriander.
  • 1 medium sized Tomato cubed.
  • 1 Tblspn Saaru Pudi (this is a kind of powder made with several spices like redchillies, Coriander seeds and so on) You could probably use MTR Sambhar powder instead.
  • 1 inch Tamarind piece soaked in water.
  • 1/2 cup Coconut grated.

For Vagarne:

  • 1/2 tspn Musturd seeds.
  • Few Curry leaves.
  • A pinch of Asafoetida(hing).

For the vegetable Palya(vegetable side dish):

  • 1/2 tspn mustard seeds.
  • 1/2 Large Onion chopped.
  • 5-6 green chillies slit lengthwise/ 5-6 Red chillies split once
    few Curry leaves.
  • Grated coconut for garnishing.
  • 1Tblspn chopped Coriander for garnishing.


  1. Peel the ridge of the Ridge gourd. Make sure you do not overdo this. Just the ridge part must be removed. The rest of the peel should still be intact.
  2. Now cut the Ridge Gourd lengthwise. and chop them into approximately1/2 inch width pieces.
    Cook the Ridge gourd and Toor Dal in about 4 cups of water in a pressure cooker with a pinch of turmeric for 1 whistle.
  3. Drain and preserve both the vegetable and broth(the water in which the vegetable is cooked) seperately.
  4. In a pan fry the onions with the curry leaves and jeera in 1tblspn of oil until the onions turn transclucent. If you want to avoid the smell of raw garlic , you could add this also for frying.
  5. Grind the above along the rest of the ingredients mentioned in the Masala section. Grind to a fine paste.
  6. Now add this masala to the broth , add salt to taste and bring this to a boil. Add more water if required to give a soup consistency.Continue to boil for 4-5 mins.Put off heat.This is the 'Saaru'.

Vagarne in kannada refers to the final touch given to certain dishes by adding mustard seeds and a few other optional ingredients fried in a little oil.

  1. In a seperate pan(kadai) add 1 tblspn oil, Once hot, add 1/2 tspn mustard seeds.Once they splutter, put off the heat. when still hot add curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida(Hing) powder.
  2. Now add this into the "Saaru'

Palya(side dish):

  1. In a pan, heat about 2-3 tblspns of oil. Add the mustard seeds and once they splutter add curry leaves, green chillies and onion. Cook till the Onions turn transclucent.
  2. Now add the drained Ridge gourd and toor dal. Add salt and stir . Keep covered in low heat for 2-3 minutes or until hot uniformly.
  3. Remove lid , transfer to a serving bowl , and garnish with chopped coriander and grated coconut.Serve Bus Saaru and palya along with Rice.