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Friday, 18 January, 2008

Bread and Butter Pudding

Ingredients:

  1. 6 slices of buttered bread
  2. 2 tblsp. dried sultanas
  3. 1 egg
  4. 2 cups milk
  5. 1/2 tsp. vanilla essence
  6. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Method:

  • Grease a medium-sized oven proof dish with butter.
  • Cover the bottom with a layer of buttered bread
  • Sprinkle some of the sultanas.
  • Repeat the process ending with the layer of bread.
  • Beat the egg well and then add milk and vanilla essence to it.
  • Pour this mixture over the bread and bake it in the over at 180 degree centigrade for 45 minutes or until browned on top.

Spicy Buttermilk

This is a very thirst quenching drink. It is also used with plain rice in Kerala.

Ingredients:

  1. 250 gms plain yogurt
  2. 1 inch ginger sliced
  3. 2 green chillies
  4. 1 shallot sliced
  5. salt as per taste
  6. 100 ml water

Method:

  • Crush the ginger, green chillies and shallot
  • Beat the yogurt and mix the water with it
  • Mix the crushed green masala and salt with the yogurt mixture.
  • Serve it with rice and curry.

Thursday, 17 January, 2008

Potato Vada

Ingredients:
1. 500 gms. boiled and peeled potatoes
2. 1/2 bunch coriander leaves cleaned and chopped small
3. 2 green chillies
4. salt as per taste
5. 1 tsp. chilli powder
6. 1 tsp. turmeric
7. 1 tsp. coriander powder
8. 1 tsp. cumin powder
9. 1 piece ginger
10. 100 gms. gram flour or chilli bite mix
11. oil for frying

Method:

  • Mash the potatoes
  • Grind all the spices including the chillies and ginger and mix it with the mashed potatoes and coriander leaves. Add salt according to taste.
  • Make lime sized balls and keep aside.
  • Add a pinch of salt to the gram flour and add sufficient water to make a creamy batter.
  • Add a little oil to this batter.
  • Heat oil for frying.
  • When oil is hot, dip each ball into the prepared batter and deep fry it in oil on low flame. Serve hot with any chutney.

Fruit Custard

Ingredients:
1. 1 apple cut into small cubes
2. 1 orange cut into small cubes
3. 2 bananas cut into small cubes
4. 1 mango cut into small cubes
5. 150 gram grapes seedless

Ingredients for custard:
1. 1 litre milk
2. 3 tblsp custard powder
3. 3/4 cup sugar or as per required sweetness

Method:

  • Add sugar to the milk and boil
  • Take 1/2 cup cold milk and mix the custard powder with it to a smooth paste without any lumps.
  • Add this to the boiled milk gradually and mix and heat on low fire until the custard becomes thick to the required constituency.
  • Now take it off the fire and let it cool.
  • When serving put the fruits in each of the serving bowls and top it with custard.

Vegetable Fried Rice

Ingredients:
1. 4 cups cooked Biriyani rice
2. 2 1/2 tablespoon sunflower oil
3. 2 tblsp chopped spring onions
4. 1 carrot chopped into small pieces
5. 7 beans chopped finely
6. 1/2 cup finely chopped cabbage
7. 1 finely chopped green pepper
8. 1 tsp. pepper powder
9. 1/2 tsp. chilli sauce
10. 1/2 tsp. soyabean sauce
11. salt as per taste
12. 1/4 tsp. sugar
13. 5 big cloves of garlic sliced

Method:

  • Put oil in a heavy bottomed wide vessel like a kadai.
  • When the oil is hot put in the sliced garlic. When the garlic is slightly brown put in all the chopped vegetables like springonion, beans, carrots, cabbage, green pepper and saute them for 5 minutes.
  • Now add the cooked rice and mix.
  • Lastly add the rest of the ingredients like chilli sauce, soyabean sauce, pepper powder, salt and sugar.
  • Mix everything and serve hot.