Desserts

Rasamalai- sweet milk dumplings Indian dessert 

Rasamalai is one of my most favourite Indian milk sweet. It is a very popular Bengali sweet and I have always bought it from the Indian sweet shop and not tried it at home at all.

And then I landed on this simple to make at home recipe and trust me it will beat the store bought taste and texture. This sweet is made using milk powder instead of the paneer and it saves so much time in the entire preparation. This will be so easy and will surprise on how perfectly it will turn out even if it’s your first time.

Hope you enjoy the recipe too.


Ingredients (makes ~11 rasamalais)

1. Milk- 1 litre

2. Milk powder- 1 cup

3. Sugar- 3/4 cup

4. Baking powder- 1 tsp

5. Plain flour- 1/2 tsp

6. Egg- 1

7. Cardamom pods- 4

8. Saffron threads ( optional)- few 

9. Ghee melted – 1.5 tbsp

10. Pistachios or Almonds- few to garnish  

Method:

1. Boil the milk with cardamom, saffron threads and sugar by stirring well. Simmer for 10 mins.

2. To make the dumplings: Start by taking the milk powder, baking powder and plain flour and sift together. 

3. Add ghee and rub into the milk powder mixture.

4. Add a beaten egg into the above mixture. Combine all and knead it into a dough. Initially it will be sticky but once you keep kneading for around 5- 10 mins , the ghee will ooze out a little and the dough will be perfect to make small balls.

5. Once kneaded, make small balls using your hands and flatten it a bit in your palm. It will double in size once you drop it and cook in the boiling milk.

6. Once all the balls are rolled, bring the milk mixture to a boil and drop all the balls together in one shot.

7. Cook on high for 5 mins and then simmer and cook for a further 15 mins covered.

8. You will notice the dumplings would have puffed up nicely. The milk would have condensed to a thick consistency as well.

9. Switch off and transfer contents to a bowl slowly. Garnish with chopped almonds or pistachios.

10. Bring to room temperature and refrigerate to chill.

11. Yummy rasamalai is to be served chilled. Enjoy the melting in the mouth tasty sweet which will be hard to stop with just one.

Tips:

Prick the dumplings a little before dropping into the milk.

Drop all the balls at the same time for even cooking.
Also you can watch the video recipe on making this tasty Rasamalai below: please also subscribe to my YouTube channel if you like it.

Mains

Easy Homemade Granola

A great tasting and healthy breakfast idea. The best part of making homemade granola is that you can control and choose what needs to be added in the granola. And it is also so simple and easy to put together when you have the ingredients. The measure of the dried fruits and seeds need not be accurate and is only an approximation.

The cooled granola can also be stored in an airtight container for 2 weeks.
Hope you enjoy the recipe!
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Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

1. Rolled Oats( not instant) – 2 cups
2. Mixed dry fruits like dates, apricots ~1/4 cup
3. Mixed seeds of choice- sunflower seeds etc – 1/4 cup
4. Mixed nuts of choice- almonds, walnuts etc – 1/4 cup
5. Honey( used manuka)- 1 tbsp
6. Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp
7. Salt- a pinch
8. Coconut oil( used organic virgin coconut oil) – 2 tbsp

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 150° C.
  2. Mix all the ingredients listed in a bowl.
  3. Spread the mixture on to a baking tray lined with baking sheet.
  4. Place in the oven for 10 mins.
  5. Remove and allow to cool.
  6. Tasty and delicious granola is ready.
  7. Serve it with yogurt and fruits of your choice.

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Please find below the video recipe:

Mains

Vendakkai Sambar- lentils curry with ladies finger (okra)

Vendakkai (Okra) Sambar- Sambar is a household name and a very popular dish of South India. It is a lentil based curry and goes well with steamed rice, dosa, idli etc. It is super healthy and can be varied by adding different vegetables to bring different taste each time. In this recipe, Okra is the vegetable added, Vendakkai in Tamil. Enjoy the recipe!
Ingredients (Serves 4-5)
1. Okra(vendakkai) – 500 GMs

2. Toor dal – 1/2 cup

3. Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp

4. Turmeric powder while cooking dal( 1/2 tsp), for sambar – 1 tsp

5. Onion 1/2 or shallots- 7 nos 

6. Tomato- 1 medium 

7. Red chilli- 1

8. Garlic- 6 

9. Curry leaves- few

10. Tamarind- small lemon size( soak in 1 cup warm water for 10 mins)

11. Chilli powder- 1 tsp

12. Coriander powder- 1 tbsp 

13. Sambar powder- 1 tbsp, Asafoetida- 1/2 tsp 

14. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

15. Oil and salt as required 

16. Coriander leaves- to garnish 

Please watch video for method 

Mains, Side dish

Chicken Kurma- tasty restaurant style

Chicken kurma is a very flavourful chicken curry which has a base made out of onions, tomato and fresh coconut. The freshly ground spices along with the coconut gives it a deep and rich flavour. This curry goes well with rice, naan, roti, chapati, dosa, idli etc.

Ingredients (Serves 3-4)

1. Chicken cut ~750 gms
2. Onions- 2 medium
3. Tomato- 1 medium
4. To grind to paste : Ginger – small piece, Garlic- 5 pods , Green chilli- 1or 2
5. Cinnamon stick – 1
6. Cloves- 2
7. Cardamom pods- 2
8. Curry leaves – few
9. To grind to paste: 1/2 cup coconut, 1 tsp fennel seeds,
1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp peppercorns
10. Spice powders: Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp, Coriander powder- 1.5 tbsp,
Chilli powder- 1 tsp
11. Coriander leaves- little
12. Sunflower oil- 3 tbsp

Please watch video for the method.
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snacks, Starters

Murukku- crunchy and crispy savoury snack

Murukku is one of my favourite savoury snacks from childhood. I got this recipe from my mom as I didn’t want to miss any ingredient. This crunchiness and taste cannot come in any store bought ones.

Murukku is generally made for any festival or poojas. It is also a great snack for kids and adults. The ones which my mom makes is usually in a round shape like a chakli. But here I have pressed it in a free form. Do try this simple, easy and yummy recipe.

Ingredients

1. Rice flour- 1 cup
2. Urid dal flour – 1/4 cup
3. Pepper- 1 tsp
4. Bicarbonate soda- small pinch
5. Asafoetida – 1/2 tsp
6. Sesame seeds- ( black or white)- 1/2 tsp
7. Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
8. Ghee- 2 tbsp
9. Coconut milk(optional)- 1/2 cup
10. Oil, salt, water as required

 

Please watch the video for the method:

General Tips and tricks

Top 3 Pressure Cooker Hacks- that you didn’t know

I must say that the Pressure cooker is one of the most useful kitchen utensils that I own. It has become an inevitable part of my every day cooking especially when it comes to cooking the traditional dals  (lentils) and meat. But recently I have been doing a lot of OPOS dishes(One pot one shot) which is a very unique style of cooking dishes. The below hacks have been inspired from that.

Here, I am sharing three hacks which will surprise how simple it is when it is done using a pressure cooker.

  1. Masala Chai – Serves 2: Ever since I discovered this, it has always been chai using the pressure cooker at my home. Easy and stressfree way!

chai

Method:

  • Pour 2 cups of milk in a Pressure cooker( used 5 litre cooker).
  • Add 3-4 tsps of loose leaf tea powder.
  • Add 1 -2 cardamom pods and optionally ginger piece.
  • Pressure cook on high for 1 whistle and switch off.
  • Let the pressure settle (around 5 mins)
  • Open lid and strain the tea using a filter.
  • Add sugar to your taste.
  • Stir well and enjoy tasty Masala Chai!

2. Boiled egg

egg

Method:

  • Place the eggs inside the pressure cooker (used 2 litre cooker)
  • Add 1.5 cups of water
  • Cover and pressure cook on high for 1 whistle
  • Remove from heat and let the pressure settle.
  • Open the lid and peel the eggs
  • Perfectly boiled eggs are ready.

3. Polish silver utensils

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Method:

  • Place the silver vessels inside the pressure cooker
  • Cover it with water. Make sure it does not cross 3/4th the level of the cooker.
  • Put a small ball of aluminium foil.
  • Add 1 tbsp of baking soda
  • Cover and pressure cook on high for 1 whistle and remove from heat.
  • Let pressure settle and open.
  • Remove the vessels and wipe it using a paper towel
  • Super polished silver vessels are back.

Please watch the video which shows all the 3 hacks tried and tested below to believe what I just wrote.

 

Mains, Starters

Meen Pollichathu- fish baked in a banana leaf

Meen Pollichathu is a traditional Kerala dish which is packed with flavours and a very heart warming dish. The uniqueness of this dish is that the fish is cooked with lots of spices wrapped in a banana leaf. The banana leaf renders an additional taste which elevates the overall taste of the dish to the next level. It is guaranteed to transport you to God’s own country in every bite.

Meen Pollichathu is very popular around restaurants in Kerala. I first had it when I visited Munnar (Kerala) for my honeymoon. I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous melting in the mouth texture of the fish. As soon as I got my hand on some fresh banana leaves here, I just had to make this favourite of mine.

Hope you enjoy making this at your home as well.

Meen Pollichathu

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

  1. Fish (of your choice, used Barramundi here)- 250 gms
  2. For marinade:
    1. 1/2 tsp Chilli powder,
    2. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, salt
  3. For masala: Onion- 2 medium Tomato- 1 Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp Oil- 2 tsp Curry leaves- few Ginger garlic paste – 1 – 2 tbsp Chilli powder- 1 tsp Coriander powder – 1 tbsp Turmeric powder- 1 tsp Desiccated coconut- 2 tbsp
  4. Big banana leaf- 1 half

Directions

1. Preparing the masala: In a pressure cooker or pan , add little oil.

2. Splutter mustard seeds, add onions , tomato, ginger garlic paste and all the spices for the masala in point 3 of Ingredients.

3. If using pressure cooker add 1 tsp water, cover and keep it on high for 1-2 whistles and remove. Release the pressure and mix the masala into a paste using the ladle.

4. If using pan, cook it all into a thick masala consistency.

5. Separately marinate the fish with little chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt for around 15 mins.

6. Pan fry with 1 tsp oil for around 2 mins on each side of the fish. Set aside.

7. Clean and wipe the banana leaf. Show the leaf over open low flame for few seconds. This will ensure that the leaf does not break or rip while folding.

8. Spread the banana leaf. Take some prepared masala paste and spread it. Place the fish on top of the masala. Again put the remaining masala paste over the top of the fish and spread it.

9. Fold in the leaf over the coated fish on all four sides.

10. Take a pan and place this wrapped banana leaf on to it. Cover with a lid and cook for 10 mins on each side.

11. The fish will get cooked well with the masala.

12. Remove the banana leaf from the pan and slowly open it.

13. Yummy and delicious Meen Pollichathu is ready to be served. Enjoy!

Also please watch the video recipe below :