Desserts

Nei Appam – Sweet rice based fritter

Nei Appam as it name stands is nothing but rice pancake fried in clarified butter (ghee). Also called as Unni Appam (for its small round shape). It is a very traditional dish from the state of Kerala in India and is also very popular in Tamil Nadu (India) and Sri Lanka.

A very delicious sweet snack and I can assure you it is very difficult to stop with one. Appam is generally made during festive occasions. It requires a special pan to get its round shape. The batter can also be cooked in a flat or curved pan if shape is not an issue. The recipe has very simple ingredients and easy to make.

There are variations to this recipe by adding banana. But I prefer this one to it. Hope you enjoy making it as well.

Please find the video recipe below:

 

Desserts

Eggless Banana Bread

National Banana Bread day is 23 February. But any day when you have those ripe bananas at home can be a baking day.

A long pending recipe to try out the eggless version of the banana bread was a huge hit. Even if you like eggs, this eggless banana bread is no less when it comes to taste and texture. Enjoy the very delicious and simple recipe to try at home.

Please find the video recipe below:

Desserts

Mini Pavlova

A meringue based dessert with cream and fruit filling which is very popular in Australia and New Zealand. The origin of the Pavlova is still a subject of debate. It has a nice crusty outer with a marshmallowy inside.The cream along with the berry fruits blends so well with the taste of the meringue. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

Please watch the video for the method.


Note: In the final step of baking time. I tried 2 different settings.
1. 100 C for 1.5 hours and 30 mins cooling inside oven
2. 100 C for 1 hour and 1 hour cooling inside oven (this one was better)

Starters

Jalapeño Poppers

Here is something which will make you feel hot!
I recently had this dish at a very nice restaurant and immediately added it to my try out list.

Jalapeño with cream cheese ( Jalapeño Poppers as it is popularly known)

An interesting fact: Joey “Jaws” Chestnut holds the Major League Eating record for jalapeño poppers, eating 118 in 10 minutes at the University of Arizona on 8 April 2006- Source WiKi. That is simply ‘WOW’.

Going back to the making of the dish. My try out came out well except for the outer crumb breaking a bit. Included the tip to avoid that as well in the video.

Things you need:

1. Jalapeño – 3-4
2. Cream cheese – 5 tblsp
3. Mozzarella cheese – 3 tblsp
4. Plain flour – 1/2 cup, Corn flour – 1/4 cup mixed into a batter
5. Egg beaten – 1
6. Bread crumbs for coating
7. Oil for frying and salt as needed

Please watch the video for the method

Mains

Bread Pizza

Hungry for an easy, tasty snack in 10 mins. Yes that’s all it takes to make this yummy and delicious pizza.
Bread Pizza
Things you need:
1. Bread slices – 2
2.Tomato sauce/Mint chutney – 1 tblsp for each slice
3.Corn kernels- 3tblsp
4.Red Capsicum chopped – 3 tblsp
5.Mozarella cheese- 1/4 cup
6.Basil leaves – few
Method:
1. Take a slice of bread and spread the sauce/chutney. Optionally you can butter the slice prior to this.
2.Place all the toppings listed on the bread with the cheese over the top.
3. Place the slices in a preheated oven 165° C for around 7 mins or till the cheese melts.
4. Cut the slice into halves and enjoy the bread pizza hot.
Feel free to change the toppings to your liking.