COCONUT BURFI

Coming from a land of coconut trees where there is no paucity for coconuts, recipes using coconuts are plenty in number. Aside from being an important ingredient in spice mixtures, gravies and curries, sweet desserts are always mouth-watering. 

Let me put down one such common recipe that will fill your sweet tongue (in case, you are ;-)) for an evening or for a festive occasion. Anyone from North Arcot? Then claim the history of this recipe to your region.

AALU MUTTER - Step by Step recipe

If you ask me which is the best side dish for Roti - I would instantly say it is "Aalu Mutter". Yes , I admit that I love Paneer Butter Masala, Malai Kofta and all other exotic dishes with Roti. But when you are really really tired and want something quick to bite into, then this is the most simple and humble dish that you can think of. AM can be prepared without much ground work. Roti and Aalu Mutter tastes great when someone makes it for you piping hot.

Slurp!! Slurp!!



ORANGE SORBET - A super easy dessert and a must try for Chinese New Year


Somehow, Sorbet reminds me of my childhood vacation days with my cousins. The multi-coloured ice creams sold in wagons by the '"Ice-cream Walaas"" on Indian streets is such an inviting act of indulgence for a child. And we were no different. Most of these coloured popsicles were made of (God Only Knows) fresh water ( I assume), artificial flavour and edible food colours. The moment we hear the Ice cream Waala ringing the bell, myself and my cousins would  rush to stop him. We would pick and pester a chosen elder of our household to buy ice creams for us. The fun and excitement  lied after eating the ice cream.  We would all stick out our tongues to check who has a deeper deposit of colour on us and we were so proud of our achievement. I wish I could live those childhood days again. 

Sorbets are fruit based desserts made of frozen fruit juice or purees.  It is a non fat and a low fat alternative to the regular ice cream which is incorporated with air and dairy products. This difference makes a Sorbet more original in flavour in comparison with ice cream. Commercially sold Sorbets may contain traces of alcohol. This addition is done to lower the freezing temperature resulting in a smooth crystalline structure and also to improve the mouth feel of the end product.

Frozen desserts are said to have been brought from France, yet the history of Sorbet is not quite clear. Some sources say that Sorbets have originated from China  in the late 13th century - sourced from Travels of Marco Polo. Another version of the folklore is that King Nero invented Sorbet. A similar kind of dessert named Granita is served in Italy and supposedly contains egg white in addition to the other ingredients.  

I was inspired to try this recipe after I got hold of an Ice cream making manual at the Singapore Library. I don t remember the name of the book as I was so immersed ogling at the delicious pictures. Pardon me and read on........


5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE - EGGLESS MICRO ( WAVE) COOKING

Hello there!! If you are on a diet regime, then I am terribly sorry. This 5 minute Chocolate Mug Cake recipe is not for you. If you do try, then I warn you, you cant't stop with one serving. It definitely tempts you for more. The recipe is very simple, tried, tested, tasted by many and never failing. 

BHEL PURI

Bhel Puri is a savoury Indian snack. It is much known as Chaat and a popular street food. Chaat is identified more with Mumbai and Calcutta streets and it is believed was popularized through these cities. Bhel Puri is said to have originated from the Bombay streets. It is fondly known as Jhaal Muri in Calcutta. It is basically prepared by mixing Puffed rice with a Sweet dip/ Sweet chutney (Saunth Chutney) and Spicy dip/ Green chutney ( hara chutney). The finished snack is garnished with Sev, diced onions and mashed potatoes.

GREEN CHUTNEY AND SWEET CHUTNEY FOR CHAAT - Two versions

I am a street food lover and my first choice would always be Chaat. Every alternate day would turn out to be a Chaat day and I have endless memories of Bhel Puri and Pani Puri outings with family, friends and colleagues as a spinster. Sometimes my mother prepared Chaat at home and I used to run small errands for her while she prepared Green Chutney and Sweet Chutney.


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