Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cheese Balls - South Indian Touch.

Rain Gods have shown pity on this garden city and there she stands [Bangalore] posing with a colorful rainbow, luscious greens fresh and lovely. What more can you ask for with a cup of evening coffee and some hot cheese bondas.

It was a new recepie I tried with all the available ingredients at home on a sunday evening.I had expected a disaster to happen but voila it was a super hit.

1. Cheese - 50 - 75 grams grated.
2. Potato - Boiled and mashed - 2 medium sized.
3. Green chilli - 2
4. Curry leaves - 8 leaves
5. Coriander leaves - chopped 2 tbsp
6. Red chilli powder - 2 tsp
7. Corn Flour - 3 tbsp
8. Oil - For deep fry
9. Salt to taste
10. Pinch of turmeric

Method:1. Mix the mashed potatoes with grated cheese.
2. Add 1.5 tsp chilli powder, chopped green chilli,curry leaves, coriander leaves, salt to the mix.
3. Make small lemon sized balls of the dough.
4. For the covering batter, mix 1/2 tsp chilli powder, salt , corn flour and water.Ensure no lumps are formed.
5. Place a pan of oil on medium flame.
6. Drop the balls coated with the batter into the hot oil.
7. Remove them when golden in color.

Serve this with mint chutney or ketchup. Cant get better than this.

Variations: * Grate the potato and shallow fry them before mixing with cheese. This make the inner stuffing of the bondas crispy and yummy.
* A cup of american sweet corn can be substituted for the potato. That makes a wonderful cheese mutter combination.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Almond Kulfi.

Weekends are boring until I cook something new and refreshing. So there is a fun to do recepie awaiting for you. Basic ingredients available in a nearby store is what you'll need.

1. Milk - 1/2 litre
2. Milkmaid - 100 to 150 grams
3. Almonds - 15 nos.
4. Elaichi/cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
5. Fresh Cream - 2 tbsp (Optional)
6. Corn flour - 1 tsp

1. Bring the milk to boil.
2. Grind about 10 almonds coarsely.
3. Pour the almond powder into the boiling milk.
4. Add the milkmaid and continue stirring for about 5 min. [Also add the fresh cream if available.]
5. Add the elaichi powder.
6. Add a little water to the corn flour and pour the mixture into the boiling milk mixture.
7. Stir continuously on medium flame for another 2 minutes or until the solution thickens.
8. Chop the remaining almonds into thin slices.
9. Pour the contents till 3/4th of the kulfi container. Sprinkle the chopped almond slices and fill the kulfi mixture to the brim of the container.
10. Refrigerate these filled containers. The kulfi is ready and set in about 5 hours.

Yummy and refreshing indeed for a hot summer.

Variations: You could also add saffron soaked in milk which would enhance the flavor.

Next I'd also try the Pista flavoured kulfi. Definitely post on how it tasted. Please do not hesitate in adding on a little calories as this kulfi is simply the best delight.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fruits in a Salad!

One evening when I saw the fruit basket at home filled with variety of fruits I could not
resist from making some fresh fruit salad. I open up the fridge to find some stuff that would
aid in enhancing the taste and the decorum. Here is the list of ingredients I found for my
salad mission.
1. 3 table spoons of custard powder[I used plain vanilla flavour]
2. 250 ml of milk
3. Sugar - 50 grams/ Sugar substitute
4. Fruits of your choice[apple,mango, kiwi,
5. Nuts and raisins
6. Milk maid - 2 tsp
7. Fresh cream - 6 tsp
8. Fruit jam - 1 tsp

1. Mix custard powder in 3 table spoons of cold milk and a little water.
2. Boil Milk. Add the custard powder solution into milk.
3. Add sugar/substitute into the mixture.
4. Keep stirring for about 5 minutes on a medium flame until it thickens in consistency.
5. Pour this mixture into separate serving bowls [about 1/4 bowl level fill].
7. Keep this in the refrigerator to chill and settle for about half an hour.
6. Cut fruits and chop nuts.
7. Remove the serving bowls and arrange the fruits, raisins and nuts.
8. Pour a tsp of fresh cream into each bowl. Sprinkle Milk maid over the fruits.
9. A dot of jam for the purpose of decoration might as well add some sweetness into the bite.

Here is my version of the fruit salad.

Hope you'd make some better stuff. Please do try and let me know how it goes.