Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Motichoor laddu - Diwali sweet

      My daughter loves laddu.  Back at Chennai, my mother-in-law always prepares boondhi laddu and varsha used to gobble them up.  So, I asked myself why not try some?  But, apart from boondhi laddu, I liked motichoor laddu that hangs around every sweet shop.  Garnished with silver varq and opped with nuts, these are most delicious and one will definitely experience an melt- in moment. 




   Originally hailing from Central Bihar, Motichoor laddu (Moti means pearl) are nothing but deep-fried gramflour, mixed in sugar syrup, flavoured with saffron threads, rose water, nuts and shaped into laddu.  Though they look like boondhi laddu, the methodology differ because motichoor laddu are fried till they reach pale yellow/golden colour and is removed.  And after soaking in sugar syrup they are mixed with warm water and is blended once which is not the same with boondhi laddu.  Warm water, thus added aids in much softer texture to motichoor laddu comparing to boondhi form.




   Yes, my daughter loved it and Shama was completely impressed.  Apart from the fact that they turned successful, they consume lesser time too!!  About one batch can be done within an hour, isn't it an boon? :D  Follow the entire post for tips

Kalaan rasam - Mushrooms curried in south-Indian rasam style

There are rarely a very few vegetables that become central to all  food.  On this very few, Mushroom tops all.  Be it an pizza topping, fried rice or our style gravy, this divine fruiting body (of an fungus) dominates all!  So, why not go an bit innovative and try on rasam style.  Rasam is an south-Indian soup, usually eaten at the end of lunch.  With an hybrid combo of tomato-tamarind this rasam is believed to aid in digestion.



 
My husband, who is an mushroom-aholic guy totally loved it :)  I have also mentioned below how to serve them on an three-meal course below.  Kindly leave an feedback about how you feel, and do try when had an chance.
 
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves : 2  
 

Ingredients required

For temper
  • 1 tsp rai/mustard seeds
  • 2-3 broken red chilly
  • Pinch of hing/asafetida
 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Anniversery & Healthy Snacking - Event & Giveaway

    It's still a miracle to realize that  she (my blog) has crossed an year!!  I am very happy for the support I have received from you guys and thanks a ton!!  My darling will continue to do her work again  :)  :)

   She has played an important role in my life!  Apart from providing an awesome company to an hopeless home-maker :) she has taught me many technical stuffs online, which otherwise would have been unknown to a lady from biology background :)  I like her and adore her a lot.  Infact, I consider her as my unborn daughter because I spend more time with her caring n fussing  with ultimate passion.  Day by day, I am seeing her grow up from an infant to today, an standing toddler.
   
   This growth of hers is remarkable, but, I had to admit that she had a lot of helping hand.  First three special mentions goes to Aarthi of yummy tummy fame, Swathi Iyer from Zestykitchen and Shama, my very husband.  Newly married, I used to browse through Aarthi's page, and she also became my friend.  I, even called her several times and she used to talk with me.  We shared an good bond.  She was an good initiative to me, even an role model, I presume.  Thanks Aarthi!  Swathi Iyer, helped me on technical part, though she didn't know who I am.  I can still rewind the moment, where I used to have late-night chat with her.  I love you, Swathi.  I know that somewhere in future, we will definitely meet or catch up!!  <3  <3  <3  And finally yes, credit goes to Shama too!!  His support and encouragement drew me more and more of blogging.  And to top that, he even gifted me HP  laptop, thanks a ton Shama!

   And such thanks goes on to lots and lots other viewers,  thank you to make her grow!!
Birthdays or anniverseries are always marked with celebrations, isn't it?  Here, I am to announce an event and three exciting give-aways...

  HEALTHY SNACKING




  Yes, and the name implies, healthy snacking is going to be our theme
  •  Cooking methodology can include baking, grilling, steaming or tawa-frying/shallow-frying.  Deep-frying is not allowed. 
  • Healthy snacking includes any evening snack or noon-snack taken in-between three-course meal. For instance, one may link in cutlet, momos, spiced pottukadalai, masala pori, grilled fruits, even salads.  This may include wide range of dish, provided they are healthy too.  Addition of fruits, vegetables or dal can be done in order to make it more nutritious.
  • Sweet or savoury both are welcome.  But, savoury ones will do more good.
  • Vegetarian or non-vegetarian  both types are welcome
Best three will be given following  give-aways:
Nita Mehta's FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Sanjeev kapoor's KHAZANA OF HEALTHY TASTY RECIPES
Nita Mehta's QUICK AND EASY PRESSURE COOKING


Now, for quintessential part , rules of giveaways are as follows:

  • Participants must follow cookwitharthyshama through GFC and like us at Facebook page, which is  https://www.facebook.com/cookwitharthyshama
  • Dish must get linked along with this announcement page and must have Healthy snacking logo pic.
  • Must post about this event separately on their respective blog or atleast place them on side-bar.
  • Must announce this event as your Facebook status and tweet too
  • No archived posts please
  • More than one linking per blog is allowed
  • Event runs from this very day till November 30th.  Selection will be done both by short-listing  n finally through random number generator and final winners will be announced by December first week
  • Non-bloggers are also welcome.  They can email me their recipe along with picture to arthyshama7@gmail .com with Healthy snacking as their subject.
  • This event is open for all.  If the winner is staying in India, give away will be sent through courier.  Other winners can have scanned copy of book.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Blog anniversery & Rename

Hi guys!!  How are you all!!  Missed you terribly :(   Personally back from an vacation, unpacking stuffs (but still have to  travel due to upcoming diwali)  Loads and loads of work at home pending due to this menance
 :(  But, happier note is that I visited beautiful places like Bangalore, Mysore and Coorg for which I will be  penning down in future posts.

   And workwise, SJ is completing one year by the end of this month.  I am very happy and thank you guys for your support and complements.  Many of you guys have been  requesting for an change in blogger name for easier access, and happily I am planning to execute before this anniversery.  I also believe that it is never too late to improvise yourself.  Renaming will be done by next week..  For furthur updates, I request you guys to stay tuned to Tasty food recipe's Facebook page.  Kindly like us, for you can get in touch with us even after we are renamed

 And another interesting note is that I am also planning to conduct event for which three exciting give-aways are to be distributed so, dont miss, kindly stay tuned!!!!! 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Pumpkin flavoured bread - Baking partners challenge

   When Swathi Iyer announced Baking partner's challenge as ' Baking with Pumpkins', I was thrilled because I hadn't used pumpkins in my Baking session.  And to double it up, three awesone recipes for bread was suggested.  I followed  Yeast version of pumpkin bread from Kingarthur, result was amazing!  My entire home was filled with fresh aroma of yeast-raised bread and we all luved it on ur breakfast time.  Thanks to Swathi Iyer and Tamy for suggesting the same.


Out of the oven, I felt very proud as I sliced my loaf with an hungry daughter by my side :)  She was the first one to taste this aromatic bread with an dollop of jam, she just loved it!!   I realized that these were super moist, yet heavy on our stomach compared to store-brought one.  So, let us move to recipe!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Orange flavoured cupcakes with double chocolate icing


    I am an choco-aholic person.  I, also am choco-freak :) :)  well, most of my readers would be knowing that by now :)  :)  Even in my personal FB profile, I have an habit of updating all my chocolatey dishes to album, titled 'Chocolatey passion'  Any sweet dish, I start to make, I would imagine them  an chocolatey version  and only then proceed with regular version, such is my addiction........  :)  :) And yes, I had dreamt of doing cupcake with double chocolate icing, one day, forcefully drew myself one evening and ta-da!!!!



Since orange has an everyluving bond with chocolates, I prepared my cupcakes with an orange flavour.  And yes, these cupcake is an kiddie delight, party-time snack and an any-time temptation to all-ages.  Given all ingredients handy, these can be easily made within hour!!  Isn't it great??  Take all ingredients at vessel, whisk them, bake and cool,  simultaneously prepare the icing. No whipping up after adding each ingredients or no stiff peaks makes this preparation  ' an child's play'

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Bisibela baath

   Bisibela baath, a two-word recitation and that dates back to my school days where my mother used to prepare on every saturdays.  Served hot with ghee, these would literally melt in my mouth. This meal, as such is heavy on ur stomach and will mesmerize your mind wanting for more!!!!!!!   Back at home, found best time to prepare, that is on sunday when my hubby (who always requested to make some) was there to support   :P  :P



     Bisibela baath, orginating from Karnataka cuisine lets out meaning like "Hot Lentil Rice" .  Here,  an array of vegetables (Brinjal, snakegourd, pumpkin, carrot, beans, drumstick etc) are cooked in dal tempered like sambhar style.  Cooked rice is mashed, added to the dal and masala comes at the end.  The much interesting part of cooking bisibela baath is its spice mix.  Since I luved my mom's, called her and got her ratios.  Tweaking a bit, I proceeded and yes !!!!!  Bisibela baath was very awesome, it got over by end of the meal!!  :)  

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