Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sweet Corn Gravy

Thanks for all your wishes over my Eye. Injured Eye is Very Much better now, the blood clot is going off now. Thanks All Again.

This Sweet Corn Gravy Dish is prepared from the inspiration drawn from Nags and Sharmilee's Sweet Corn in Rich Onion Sauce. I worked out the recipe in gravy form, and the outcome was Just Perfect and Tasty.

Sweet Corns in Indian Gravy

Recipe for Sweet Corn Gravy:

Pressure Cook 1/2 Cup of Shredded Corns for upto 5 whistles. or Microwave at High for about  4-5 mins.

To Grind into Paste:

Big Onion - 1
Garlic - 2 cloves
Ginger - 2 inch size

Mix the Following with the Grounded paste,

1/4 tsp of Turmeric powder,
2 tsp's of Chilli Powder,
1/2 tsp of  Cumin
1 sprig of Curry leaves

Heat a tbsp of Oil in a Pan, add the grounded paste mixed up and saute them, till the raw smell of onion leaves. add the boiled/cooked corns and mix it up with masala's. add salt to taste,& little water and mix it up. Let them Boil.

After it has boiled for 4-5 mins, remove the gravy from heat. add 1/4 cup of milk to the gravy and mix it up.

Serve it with Roti's. I enjoyed with Biryani. The mild gravy worked well with the heavy biryani.

Sweet Corn Gravy


* Add Boiled and Cooled Milk to the Gravy towards end.
* If you wish, you can also add Coconut Milk or Fresh Cream in the place of Milk.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Instant Breakfast

Two days back i got injured on  my right eye and now every minute i realize the importance of it. or i can also say, iam realising the importance of being healthy without any illness. The injury is not severe and it did not affect any nerves. Thank God! Iam having a light pain and my eyes are feeling heavy. It all happened because of a funny fight, with my kid. Bringing up the kids will be the finest art to learn. isnt it?

Instant Breakfast

Apart from that, i always look for Instant Breafast. Its impossible for me to prepare Appam with some curry or Idiyappam with Kuruma or Poori Masala on weekdays. i usually go with idli/dosa with some chutney, bread omlet or some porridge.

Hubby got packs of aloo powder/flakes. and i could'nt use it other way than using it for cutlets/patties.
I also cooked aloo kofta biryani with it. if you are a fan of Home Cook's Recipe's in Facebook, you can check its profile picture..

Potato Cutlets

Ingredients for Potato Cutlets / Aloo Patties: (makes 5)

Aloo Flakes - 2 cups or Boiled Potaoes - 2 (mashed)
Wheat Germ - 1/4 cup (optional)
Wheat Bread - 2 slices
Green Chilli - 1
Corriander Leaves - 2 tsp(chopped)
Salt to taste
Oil - 1/4 cup


Mix all the ingredients except Bread slices and Oil. Soak the bread slices in water and squeeze them. add the squeezed bread slices to all other ingredients mixed. mix them all together. sprinkle little water to get them all together. Shape them into Patties shape/ round shape.

Heat Oil in a Pan. and fry the aloo patties in medium flame, till they turn brown in colour. transfer the fried patties over a tissue.

Instant Tiffin for Kids

How i assembled them?

Cut the Bread slices into round shape. spread some mayyonise over it and place vegetables and place aloo cutlet and them cover it with another round shaped bread.

* YOU can add grated carrot and boiled peas to the cutlet.
* Even adding little greens will be a good choice to the cutlet.
* Place cheese when assembling for kids.
* Baking the patties will also be a Good choice.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Gajar Ka Halwa

Kajar ka halwa

One of our Friend Anitha used to tell about Delhi Carrot and the halwa she makes with it. When i found some Delhi Carrots from street vendors in Tnagar, i could'nt stop me buying 1/2 kg. i repeatedly questioned the selling lady, whether this is carrot or radish. only after her confirmation i bought it. those carrots were in the colour of pinkish red. they are so lengthy too. i reserved the carrots for the weekend dessert.

Delhi Carrot

Unfortunately, i did'nt have ghee on hand, but thats for good. This halwa came out beautifully and tasted Great without Ghee. if you dont believe me, do try it without ghee and find out. Even i did'nt add milk to this halwa. indeed it tasted Good. enough of me raving about my own creation.

Delhi Carrot Grated

This is such a simple recipe with just three ingredients. 1/2 Kg of carrots could make only for two / three servings of carrot halwa.

(Recipe for two dessert lovers)

Delhi Carrots                                                                                          1/2 kg.
Sugar                                                                                                      1/4 cup
Roasted Cashews                                                                                          5

Delhi Carrot Halwa


Grate the Carrots finely.

Heat a Skillet or Pan, roast the cashews and keep aside.

In the same pan, add the grated carrots and roast them for a minute.

Add 1/4 cup of sugar to the pan and give a stir.  the sugar melts and the carrot has to be cooked in it.

Keep stirring in between for 8 - 10 minutes, till the water content is fully absorbed and the halwa comes together to the centre of the pan without sticking to the sides of the pan. Add roasted cashews and serve warm.

Gajar ka Halwa

Note: Use Delhi carrots for this vibrant colour. i did not use any food colour for this halwa. nor i did'nt do any photoshop works, to show this halwa bright!

Low fat Gajar ka halwa

Serve the Halwa warm with a scoop of ice-cream.

* You can reduce sugar and add sweetened Khoa towards the end to make it rich.
* You can add Ghee, to make the halwa Fat-rich.
* You can add cashews, pista's at the end to make the halwa cholestrol-rich.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Chocolate Temptations Cookies

Wishing You All Very Very Happy New Year! Last decade had more for me, College, Marriage, Kid and learning at different stops of Life. One big thing i learnt in last decade is Cooking. When i got married in 2004, i knew to make Maggi Noodles, Bread Upma, Pizza's with store bought Pizza Base. In the last 6 years, Cooking turned to be a big Passion for me. as a result you are reading this Food Blog:)

Home made Cookies

Okay, what's my New Year Resolution? Its not just for this Year, as i think, it will be in long term, for the next decade atleast. One is to feed the Family Healthier way. Second, I should Think several times before taking important decisions. Third, to enjoy every bit of Life.  in simple, iam trying to correct the mistakes of last decade.

If you ask me what happened to my last Year's Resolution, Yes i was able to follow it for 6 months atleast.
Last Year's Resolutions were, not to expect other hands for help.( it purposely meant, that i should do all my house-held work without maid). I survived without domestic help for 6 months. later i was pushed to have a helper, as hubby went abroad, and i needed someone to looks after the kid, when i had to look after outside work.

Double Chocolate Cookie

Next was to reduce maida, oil in cooking.  and i have reduced the oil consumption from 1 and half litre a month to 1 litre. but could'nt reduce maida, as iam experimenting on baking mode, maida/APF becomes  must for the experiments.

Coming to the Chocolate Temptations Cookies, I tried it out, from my Cakes and Bakes Book. I just followed the recipe. It turned out fabulous and vanished in just two days. My Son and I loved it!

Ingredients: (yields 24 - 30 cookies)

Butter - 1/2 cup

Semi-sweet Chocolate / Dark Chocolate - 225 gms

Chocolate Chips - 50 gms

Strong Coffee Powder - 1 tsp

Eggs - 2

Demarara Sugar - 3/4 cup

All Purpose flour / Maida  - 1 and 1/3 cup

Baking Powder - 1/4 tsp

Salt - a pinch

Almond extract - 2 tsp

Hazelnut, Brazil nuts, walnuts- 2/3 cup (optional)

To Decorate the Cookies:

40 gms of dark chocolate

Icing Sugar - 2 tbsp

Butter - 1/2 tsp

Milk - 1 tbsp


1. Pre-Heat the oven to 180C. Line a Tray with Butter Paper and Grease it with butter.

2. If you have Double Boiler, Melt the 225gms of chocolate, Butter  along with Coffee.
Boil 2 cup's of water in a bowl and simmer it.  find another fitting bowl, that could sit over the boiling water bowl and place it over the boiling water bowl. add 225gms of dark chocolate, 1/2 cup butter and Coffee to the bowl and melt them together.

3. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl until fluffy. whisk in sugar gradually till the  mix, turns thicker. Remove the chocolate melted, and add to the egg-sugar whisked. Mix them all together, till they are mixed well and becomes Thicker.

4. Sift the Floour, Baking powder, salt  into a bowl. add the melted chocolate-egg mix to the flour and give a mix with spatula or wooden spoon. add chocolate chips, almond extract and nuts and give a mix to get the cookie dough.

5. Spoon in the cookie dough over the greased butter paper and bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-17 minutes. Transfer the cookies to wire-wrack once its baked.

Chocolate Cookies

To Decorate the Cookies:

With the help of double boiler or in double boiling method(refer step 2), melt the chocolate, butter and icing sugar together. once the chocolate gets melted and mix turns thick, add milk to make the mix thinner.
Pour the mix to a Piping bag and pipe lines over the cookies.

* I used Milk cover instead of Piping Bag.
* I did a foolishness of using Demarara Sugar instead of Icing sugar and it did'nt melt and struck in between while piping chocolate lines.

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