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Kolhapuri Chicken Curry - Tambda rassa

This is my first try on making this exotic and delicious chicken. Since I am a vegetarian I cannot tell you how it tasted but, after seeing a huge reaction (WOW!) and a big smile on my hubby's face I can tell you it should have tasted heavenly, he finished it in a single take!!!



Christmas Food Fair Event

Christmas is the big festival here in America, every street and every home here is wonderfully decorated already. Its a holiday season too!! we find kids every where. Some like playing with snow and some love helping their mom in baking. You might have started baking for your loved one too, so dear friends please share your wonderful recipes and help others to find them easy and quickly at one place. This event starts today and continues till Jan 18th. you are free to add as many recipes as you wish, the recipes can be from your archives. 

Here is the procedure about how to link your recipes:

Please link this event announcement with your entry, this is mandatory.Use of logo is mandatory, it helps to spread the word. Multiple entries are allowed, archived are only allowed if reported and updated with this event link. In the event of problem using linky you can email me the entry at foodblognews@gmail.comMerry Christmas!!!Happy New Year!!!!!!Merry Christmas!!!Happy New Year!!!!!!Merry Ch…

Vegetable Burger with Yellow peas

There are very few recipes that taste good and do good, vegetable burger is one among them. I always love making veggie burger patties before and refrigerate them, because they make my work simple for the next day lunch box. Yellow peas are readily available in marked in tins, but I prefer soaking the dry peas myself and preparing them for making patties. This is the first time I tried to make a burger with yellow peas, always I used to make with chick peas. Believe me they tasted wonderful.



Vegetable Kofta with capsicum masala curry

Holidays are around the corner, colorful lamps and beautiful embellished Christmas trees started reappearing in the corners of every hall way. It is time to have fun and celebrate holidays with all our friends and relatives. I know many of your houses are filled with aroma of butter because you should have started baking cakes and cookies for your loved one. I also knew that many of you might start looking for the best recipes on the Internet, I wish good luck to all of you on your cookies and happy surfing!

Vegetable Kofta is one of the most elegant and delicious curry. I prepared this curry in many different kinds, every time it tasted heavenly. This time I was having a capsicum sitting in my refrigerator from many days, so I thought I would use it to make some rich curry with a twist; and here is the twist I made some vegetable koftas and added to the capsicum gravy. Believe me it made me spellbound, when I first tasted it. My hubby just loved and showered a ton of compliments whi…

Tangy and Spicy Chili

Sauteed  and salted chili are my all time favorite with samosa; I do have them as a side dish with rice, especially with curd rice. My grand mother used to have raw chili's with curd rice, I tried it too, but it didn't work that great because, I started to see tears in my eyes, you could imagine how spicy it would be. But do not worry, here is the simple recipe with less spice.


Ingredients: Long Red chili (I used Finger chili)- 5 Lemon juice 1tbsp salt to taste oil 4tbsp
Method: Heat oil in a pan. Slit chili along length wise on one side, remove seed if you wish, add very little amount of salt in the slit. Add them to the hot oil and saute them till they turn medium brown. Remove them from the pan and sprinkle some lime juice on top of it. There you go, spicy and tangy chili are ready to serve. Hope you enjoy my recipe, please do not forget to comment on the post and keep visiting!!!! :)

Tandoori Chicken legs With Puff pastry

Tandoori chicken is always my hubby's favorite snack. I prepare this for every special event in my house. This time I want to try something different but I do not want to disappoint him, by not making tandoori chicken. So, I tried keeping the tandoori taste same but wrapped it in a puff pastry and he liked it very much. It not only tasted wonderful but also looked like something that a professional chef presents. He was so surprised to learn that I made it. My love and bond for cooking is very strong, and getting very intense that it is  making me very professional everyday. If I were allowed to do something other than studies, then I would  immediately take spoon in one hand to cook and camera in one hand to capture frame to frame of my recipes and share with you all. My passion for cooking and photography is that zealous.


Now coming to the recipe


Ingredients:
Chicken legs---7
Curd/Yoghurt---1cup
Tandoori barbecue/barbeque masala----4ts
salt to taste
chili powder---1ts
coriander …

Dry fruit & nuts semiya Payasam!!! yum yum

Semiya Payasam (Kheer), was all time favorite for me to cook, because it is simple and delicious. I prepare this yummy payasam for my hubby, he is not-so-sweet tooth but loves this payasam. Dry fruits are very healthy as they provide instant energy along with good fats and  proteins. So, I always try to combine dry fruits with almost all the sweet dishes I prepare. We all know that eating sweets is unhealthy, so I substitute 1/4th of the payasam with all the dry fruits that I have and make it little healthy.



I always keep dry fruits handy, you can find them in the candy section of every grocery store. This pack shown below was bought from Sam's club. It costs about $7.00, and it was enough for 6months at least for both of us. It got raisins, almonds, cashew nuts, dry mango, dry banana, dry coconut strips, dry pine apple (one of my favourite) and many more fruits. The only thing that biased me with this pack is that, each fruit is coated with sugar, next time I'll make sure t…

Party Potluck Recipes

Last week we had a small potluck party. I was very excited, like everyone does to impress them. The time was short and I did a lot of browsing to search for any Indian potluck recipe. But, I could not find many and the one that I found were taking pretty long time to cook. So, I stopped browsing and looked around my kitchen to find what all I have. If you are preparing for a potluck you have to make in a large portions (of course, our potluck gathering was very small, but what if  it was bigger?) just look around your kitchen and find the one that is in larger quantity and you many not use it again (Such  as instant cake flour), and try to prepare from that. If you are a person like me who prefer to make desserts only on special occasions then I bet you should have lots and lots of instant mixes like gulab jamun and cake mix in your store room.  Just move their butts out and start making them. 

Now here are the tips that you can make the simple food look delicious. Always, garnish f…

Guest Post: Relish some mouth-watering desserts and yet stay healthy

Here is the wonderful guest post by Sandeep Arora. Sandeep Arora is a senior chef who has been working as the Chief Chef in the top hotels of India for twelve years now.  He has written many articles on restaurant mumbai. In this article he is providing us with some valuable information on healthy desserts.


Many times we resist ourselves from desserts because of health reasons. But here is some good news for all sweet toothed people out there. It has been proved that desserts can play a role in improving your heart health. A few simple changes in the way we live and choosing the healthy options to eat can work wonder for your cardiovascular health and help you get rid of issues like heart attack and such others. A healthy diet for healthy heart does not mean depriving yourself from tasty dishes and following only boring and bland diet. There are plenty of lip-smacking dishes that are equally healthy and one of such healthy options is dessert.

A favourite of all dessert lovers, dark choc…

Amelia's Empanada

Last week we had a fall break, followed by an exam. I know no one likes to enjoy a break if they were going to have a mid term exam after it. So, I and my friends Amelia and Emma gathered at Amelia's home to study. That was my first visit to Amelia's home (In fact, to a typical American home). Their house was decorated wonderfully, I just loved the Chinese arts and shell collections at her home. The house was located in a peaceful environment and all those bird sounds and beautiful fall colors attracted me a lot, apart from it she prepared a wonderful lunch. I tasted very delicious vegetarian Empanada's (Especially for me)  for the first time. She also made some Chicken cheese Emapanada's too. This is not the sole effort of Amelia, her hubby also helped her in preparing these delicious Empanadas.  
Here is the recipe that I jot down from her.


Ingredients
For Empanada Dough:
4 cups all purpose flour (Maida)1-2 teaspoons salt2-3 tablespoons sugar2 tablespoons butter, melte…

Tofu Butter Masala (Healthy version of Paneer Butter Masala)

Tofu looks just like paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and it is tasteless. That means we can induce flavors by cooking it with the spices we like. Tofu is made from soy beans (mostly), it can serve as agreat source of protein, iron, calcium for the vegans and vegetarians like me. 100gm of tofu contain 8gm of protein, 350mg of calcium (35% daily value), iron 5.4mg (42% daily value) and it counts for 76Kcal. One cup of paneer made with cow milk contains 265 calories and 21 g of fat.. The same amount of paneer made using buffalo milk contains 292 calories and 23 g of fat.


Where  to find tofu? Walmart: you can find near the fresh greens (Produce section). Kroger: you can find in the frozen section.  Publix: You can find it near greens and mushroons (Produce section).
I always love eating healthy and tasty food. This recipe satisfies my taste buds and it is healthy too. A duel combo. 
Ingredients:
Tofu cubes medium size-200gm Onion - 1 medium-sized one, chopped fine Ginger-1 inch garlic cloves - 2
red …

Spinach Soya beans and Yellow peas curry-Healthy Recipe

Spinach is one of my hubby's favorite veggie. Spinach is also one wonderful nutritious veggie which can be used with any combo. Here, I used soy beans and yellow peas along with spinach. This turned wonderful and delicious. I am also posting the nutritional content for soy, yellow peas and spinach. This curry can be had with rice/roti.
Nutritional Information:
Spinach:                                           Soy Beans:                                     Yellow Peas:

Source: http://www.oceanmist.com/images/spinach/spinach_nutrition.jpg http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/wp-content/uploads/UserFiles/Image/cooking/good/nutrition/fvdb/labels/Nutrition_Facts_Soybeans.jpg http://www.quitehealthy.com/nutrition-facts/food-labels/labelL159741.gif
Ingredients: Soy beans (Dry) -1/2 cup
Yellow Peas (Dry)-1/2 cup
Spinach washed and chopped-3cups
onion-1/2cup chopped
Ginger-1 inch
Garlic-2 cloves
Tamarind concentrate (Juice)-4tbsp
Garam masala-1/2tbsp
Coriander powder-1tbsp
Green ch…

Noodles Vs Spaghetti; Fried egg Spaghetti

Can you identify the picture below? is it Noodles or Spaghetti. I know, it is difficult to find unless you have tasted it. Noodles and Spaghetti both look alike but they have a big difference form the way of cooking, serving and eating. 

The main ingredient of spaghetti is wheat flour, but noodles can contain different types of ingredients such as rice starch, rice flour, potato starch etc., A good quality of spaghetti is prepared of durum wheat. Noodles originated from China, where as spaghetti from Italy. The way of boiling of noodles to different from spaghetti.  Noodles are boiled in hot water with out any addition of flavor, where as spaghetti is boiled in a salted and herb flavored (optional) hot water with few drops of olive oil.


Noodles are served after stir frying them along with the ingredients where as spaghetti is served with sauce on topping. Generally, spaghetti is had with fork and Noodles with a chopstick. 



Now, enough of the story about their difference and jumping to th…

Vegetable Kolhapuri Curry, and Ganesh Chaturdi

I know this Kolhapuri recipe is no where linked with Ganesh festival, but today I feel like sharing my way of celebrating Ganesh Chaturdi with my family as the festival is approaching near by. I was born in Ganesh Navaratri's and co-incidentally my favorite God is also Ganesha. I like all his stories and qualities, his love towards parents, siddhi and buddhi. I am from Hyderabad, the metropolitan  multicultural and multilingual city. Here, every festival is celebrated with wonderful colors, and lights. At every main street, you can see vendors selling Ganesha's statues and Pathri (Leafs and flowers offerd to God). Kids of our colony used to collect the funds to put their own "Bala Ganesha", where as older people used to keep the bigger Ganesha "Siddi Vinayaka" decorated with lights and flowers. There used to be heavy devotional music, poojas and very important part prasad (Food offerings to God) all day.

On first day of Ganesha festival, me and my father …

Bread bonda

It's been almost a month now, I have no blog post yet. I do not blame me for this delay, I balme my college (Like in telugu Movie Bomarillu Dialoge "Antha college ee chesindi!!" ;)haha! ). Finally my Fall Semester started and I am having classes every day for this sem. As ususal assignments started from Day 1. Taking a little time to post this yummy recipe.

For me bread always used to be an excuse when I was young, I used to think that bread and apple is only for those who fell sick. As we grow up our choice and taste will change along with time. Now, bread is  must in my weekly grocery list. It is like an all purpose food. We can make filling and appetizing snacks, breakfast n many more with in no time.  If you have any extra bread in your home and it is soon going to expire and you do not know what to do, then here is the excellent recipe for you, that is instant and super delicious.

Ingredients:
Bread-10 slices for 10 Bondas(I used whole wheat bread)
Oil for deep f…

White sauce spaghetti

I just happened to see this recipe on some TV show one day and made it yesterday. It was really awesome and I am happy to share with you all, you will definitely love it.

Ingredients
Spaghetti: 1/2 packet
Water as required
salt to taste
milk-1 cup
wheat flour/ all purpose flour/ maida-1tbsp
pepper powder to taste
oregano or your favorite herbs-1/2tbsp
olive oil-1tbsp
garlic crushed-1/2tbsp
cheese of your choice- I used American cheese and suggest you to use shredded cheddar cheese.
If you wish to add veggies you can add them boiled
1tbsp of butter/olive oil
Method
Fill the pot with 3/4th water and bring it to boil. Add 1/2tbsp salt and spaghetti. While the spaghetti cooks we will prepare sauce. it should cook in just 10min. Then you drain 1/2 of water and keep it aside with remaining water left in it so that spaghetti may not stick to each other. But, while serving remove entire water.

For sauce:
Add 1tbsp of butter/olive oil in a medium heat pan and add 1tbsp of maida/wheat flour. …

Bakharwadi

Bakharwadi is one of the famous north Indian recipe. If you are among the people who love to eat sweet, hot and sourness together then this serves as a wonderful dish for you. It is a vacation time and I know lot of you will be planning for long trips and you want to make snacks that you can store for a while. Bakharwadi can be stored for a week or more, I feel it is a great picnic snack, every one can enjoy the wonderful spicy Indian flavors. We are planning for a 4 day trip shortly and I made these yummy bakharwadi's. They are simple to make, and one more thing is that you can surprise the guests/family members with this delicious treat if they are having for the first time. Most of the south Indians do not know about this recipe, so if you are a south Indian you can surprise your family with a variety twist like this. Kids will love the yummy fennel seed and sugar flavor in this recipe. I made them for the first time and got lots of compliments, you may better start trying now…

Dhokla with the readymade flour available in the market

Dhokla is one of the dish I always wanted to try, this time I bought some ready made dokla flour form the "Patel brothers" one of the Indian grocery store in our near by area. The ingredients on the pack say that it contains besin (Gram flour) and rice flour. I was little confused, about the kind of ingredients that goes into the recipe. Later I did a little research and came up with my own recipe. It worked, dokla came out wonderfully. I never tasted dokla before, but now after making this yummy and healthy Indian flour cakes, I regret for not tasting them before. Form now dokla always stays in the weekly snack menu of our home.

I feel so dumb sometimes, because I bought dokla flour but forgot the fact that I do not have dokla plates. If your case is same like me, give me "high-5"!! No problem you can use the idli plates instead. Problem solved!  Now coming to the recipe.

Ingredients:
Dokla flour- 1 cup
Curd/ Yogurt-1/2cup
Turmeric-1/4 t.s
Chilli powder-1/4 t.…

Holiday Parfait- With Strawberry and Yogurt

Hello Friends, back with a cool summer Holiday Parfait!
This summer the temperatures are hitting the top records and creating history. During this hot summer cravings for cool eats increases. I always feel like having an Ice cream, but if you are also a calorie bug like me your foot is always a way back. This parfait is for those calorie bugs, It tastes wonderful and fulfills your quench for an Ice cream. It is also the best way to make the kids to eat fruit and yogurt.


I never used to be a big fan of yogurt before, but after tasting the Dannon's 0% Fat vanilla yogurt I cannot resist my self form having it. According to the nutritional information on the box, it says that 8oz of yogurt contatins only 110calories. What do we need more than this, I decided to take 4oz of yogurt everyday afternoon with different organic berries. Today it is the turn of the strawberries and I feel this is the wonderful combination that I ever had with yogurt. Making of this parfait is very simple, th…

Gutti Vankaya curry (Masala Bengan, Hyderabadi style)

Its been almost a month hello foodies, I'm back from a long break!! I told u already about my short trip to India!! In this trip I have learned many recipes from my mom!! But before going to the recipes topic let me tell U about my trip!!

My biggest satisfaction is that I saw my parents n bro in real(Yup!! its true every time I see them on skype I feel like touching them to feel their presence)!! I was always holding my mothers hand saying that I will not be able to touch you when I go back again, let me feel your presence. Most sad moment was then when my parents busted in tears when I was about to leave. I can't stop tears in my eyes even now while I am writing this, I can still remember their sad faces.

 I was alone, because it was only me who visited India, my hubby was stuck with some work so he could not accompany me for this trip. It is really difficult for me alone to get into the flight, my steps towards the counter made me to feel like I am stepping into a deep dar…

Chicken Drumsticks kurma

Any curry with chicken drumsticks (I'll call them, Kodi Kallu- Murgi legs  just for fun! ) are my hubby's favorite. Chicken is a good source of protein, we can make it even more healthy by trimming fat and skin from the meat we cook. One day while watching TED videos (For them who do not know about these videos, they are like the research or survey presentations done by the individual people. The bottom line is, it is a platform where the people present their inventions and discoveries) one Indian teenage girl found out that chicken marinated with lemon juice at least for one hour reduced the amount of carcinogens(Cancer causing agents) in it. So, friends let us marinate the chicken and have it. Ingredients for marination: Chicken legs---7
salt to taste
chili powder---1ts
coriander powder--1ts
Lemon juice---4ts
Ginger garlic paste-2ts Salt to taste
For curry: Onions chopped half cup Chopped Ginger and garlic-1ts each tomatoes chopped-1cup Curd/Yogurt--1cup
Masala preparation: Roast W…

Lettuce Rice rolls

For me eating raw vegtables and leaves seemed weird before. This is because I am born and brought up in India where the people cook the food with all those delicious spices and eat. I love my food cooked and flavored, but now after tasting many different kinds of salads which are healthy too, I find myself enjoying these kind of foods either. Especially, Iceburg Lettuce it is wonderful leafy vegetable that you  can enjoy every bite of it with any combination you wish, some people like eating it with salads and some like me love eating with fried rice. Now coming to the recipe.




Ingredients:
 Cooked Rice-4 cups(when measured with 160ml cup)
Mint leaves-4 springs
Parsely/Cilantro leaves chopped-10 springs
Celery- 1 stem chopped to fine pieces
Sproted beans handful washed and chopped to half
Pepper powder-1/2tbsp
Salt to taste
Coriander powder-1/4 tbsp
Soy sauce-2tbsp
Green chili-2
Bay leaf-2
Oil-2tbsp
Onions chopped-1/2cup
Lemon juice-2tbsp

For rolling
Iceberg Lettuce-1

Method:
Heat oil…

Besin Bhendi Fry

Besin/ Senaga Pappu/ Gram flour is one wonderful powder that adds magic taste to few recipes, besin bhendi is one of them. Everyone like their bhendi/Bendakaya fry crispy and no sticky, that is possible only when we deep fry the vegetable which is unhealthy. Addition of besin to the already cooked bhendi fry makes the curry non greasy by absorbing all the moisture in the fry. Bhendi is my dad's favorite vegetable, now after tasting this curry my hubby became a huge fan of bhendi. Now coming to the recipe.

Ingredients
Bhendi/Ladies finger- 20 in number chopped to medium size pieces
Besin flour- 3tbsp
onion- finely chopped-1 small
green chili-1 chopped
Ground nuts/palli- fried in oil till golden brown-20 in number (optional)
red chili powder-1/4tbsp
salt to taste
Amchur powder/dry mango powder-1/2tbsp(Optional, but gives a kind of snack flavor to the recipe)
Coriander powder-1/2tbsp
cumin powder-1/4tbsp
Oil-3tbsp
ginger garlic paste-1/2tbsp
Mustard seeds-1/2tbsp
Cumin seeds-1/2tbs…

Cooking Spagetti with salsa

Spagetti is favorite for everyone especially kids, love to scoop these soft noodles into their mouth. If kids say I am not hungry just make this yummy spagetti and put them on the table, they will run and come to you and finsh the bowl in no time. Spagettin is one wonderful food, that we can make many variations with. I love the way my mother makes, she grinds the tomato, green chili together and adds to the fried noodles by seasoning with salt and pepper. I used to have it very often. The taste of noodles/spagetti changes a lot by the addition of tomato juice, this inspired me to make spagetti with salsa. Now, coming to the recipe



Ingredients:
Spagetti/ Noodles-150 grms (dry weight)
Vegetables (you can prefer any one that you like, here I list the one I took)
Potato chopped in to long pieces-1/4 cup
Onion chopped-1/4 cup
Spring onions chopped-1/2bunch(5 springs)
Capsicum chopped-1/2cup
Pepper powder-1/2ts
soy sauce-2ts
Carrot-1 chopped
cilantro- chop nearly 10 springs
Salt to taste
Salsa(Mild)- …