Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Mango Semolina Cake

Mangoes have always been a part of my life.My whole childhood was spent in a house whose slanting roof was shadowed by a huge mango tree.It was a small independent outhouse in the heart of the city and just a 10 minute walk from my school.It was a very old house with the roof covered with mud tiles,the curved type which you hardly come across these days.Much to my surprise I found many houses in Porto,Portugal with a similar roofing,made me wonder if architectural ideas were traded between the two countries as well.The walls of the house were made mostly of mud and the roof was supported mainly by wooden pillars The house didn't have big windows but the roof had big glass plates on it which let the sunlight and moonlight flow in.I still remember looking at the moon in the night and going to sleep as a kid.The glass plates were a fun thing too,we always had cats at home and they would always try to attract us by scratching the glass plates,to show off their antics :)Though it's long since we moved out of the house I still love it.Like the opening line in Rebecca 'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again' I often dream about my old house.The mango tree actually belonged to our neighbour ,but except for a few feet of its trunk and of course roots,everything else from the branches to the fruits grew over our house.Ironically we've tasted a very few of them,my mother would religiously pick each and every mango that falls down and hand it over to our neighbours,who would in turn share a few with them :)Well those were my 'Mango-di Days' :)
Coming to the recipe I got this big tin of Mango Purée because I had this sudden impulse to eat Mangoes.Only when I got home did I realize that I had picked up a very big tin,so ended up making a few desserts from them.This recipe is from my little book where I used to jot down the recipes collected from friends,TV shows or internet  in my initial years of cooking.It's very easy to make and tastes real yummy !More like Mango Kesari,so off to the recipe !

You'll Need:
Mango Purée - 1 cup - 250 ml(thick variety)
Cashew nuts or Almonds (broken) - 2 - 3 tbsp
Roasted Fine Semolina/Suji - 1 cup
Butter(melted and cooled) /oil/ghee- 4 - 8 tbsp
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup(Depends upon the sweetness of the mangoes)
Baking powder - 1 tsp

-Pre heat the oven to 375 °F/185° C
-Grease a baking pan( I used a small loaf pan) and line the bottom with parchment or wax paper.
-Add the Semolina,baking powder,cardamom powder and mix well.Next add the butter and mango pulp and mix well.Add the sugar little by little ,till you get the desired sweetness.Add the nuts and mix well.
-Let the mixture sit for 10 -15 minutes.
-Then bake it in the oven for 30 - 35 minutes.The baking time depends on the oven and the pan.To be on the safer side, keep checking from the 25th minute by inserting a skewer or knife in the middle,if it comes out clean ,remove the pan from the oven.
-Let the cake cool in the pan.Then remove the cake from the pan and cut into pieces.You can later garnish it with nuts of your choice.Done :)

-For a richer taste add the whole 8 tbsp of butter,else it's better to stick with 4 tbsp.

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Potato Roast

Potato fry or roast would be on almost everyone's favourite dishes list :) This is my quick and easy version of the dish.It pairs up well with almost any mildly spiced curry,but I love it the best with curd rice,unbeatable combo :)I'm trying hard to clear all those posts that I've been accumulating,I find clicking pics more interesting than actually sitting and making a post of it,lazy me :)

You'll Need:
oil - 2 tbsp(i used olive oil)
Potatoes - 3 medium to big(boiled,peeled and chopped into cubes)
salt as needed
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 3/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Fennel powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Hing/Asafoetida- a pinch
Coriander leaves - a few for garnishing

-Heat the oil in the pan,when it heats up splutter the mustard seeds and add all the powders and the salt to the oil,on a slow heat let the powders cook for a minute or two.
-Add the potatoes and mix well.Add more salt if needed.
-On a slow to medium heat let the potatoes roast for 5- 10 minutes ,until they are nicely browned.Done !

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Quark Waffeln - Yoghurt Waffles

Ever since I bought my little waffle maker ,waffles have become a regular breakfast item at home.They are more or less like pancakes but a lot more easier to make as the waffle iron does most of the job for you.I make them often as this is the easiest way to make my little girl eat eggs.These waffles are a little different from the usual ones as I've replaced half of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour and the addition of quark makes it more healthier.You could replace the quark with any thick or hung yoghurt like Greek yoghurt.It's the season of cherries here and I couldn't resist clicking them. Aren't they real photogenic ???

Makes 3 ( In a 5-heart shape waffel maker)
You'll Need:
Eggs -2
Melted Butter - 2 tbsp
Milk - 7 -8 tbsp
All Purpose Flour - 3 tbsp
Whole Wheat Flour - 4 tbsp
Sugar - 3 tbsp ( You can also use Brown Sugar)
Quark or Yoghurt - 8 - 9 tbsp

-Separate the yolk and the white portion of the eggs.Beat the egg whites for a minute until they turn stiff.
-Whisk the Quark,egg yolks,sugar and butter well.
-Add the Flour and the Milk and just whisk until there are no lumps.
-Add the stiff egg whites to the mixture and slowly whisk until they are mixed.
-Heat a waffle iron and grease it with a little oil or butter.
-Pour 1/3 of the batter on the iron and bake.Repeat the process two more times.Done !

-They are very soft when they are hot in the iron and tend to tear when you take them out,to get the waffles out a big flat ladle works better than a fork.
-Serve them with a little peanut butter spread on top,simply yummy ! :)
-They are not very sweet,increase the amount of sugar if you prefer a sweeter version.

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Carrot Rice

 This is a simple colourful dish that I make when I have a few carrots lingering in my Fridge for long.This makes a great lunch box recipe.Off late I make these kind of dishes often cause they are so easy to prepare and they spare you the trouble of making an extra vegetable side dish.I usually make this with regular raw rice or par boiled rice,for a richer flavour try it with Basmati rice :)

You'll Need:
Uncooked Rice - 1/2 cup or 125 g
Carrots - 2 medium
Onion - 1 large(slice lengthwise)
Mint Leaves - from 2 sprigs
Cloves - 1 or 2
Cinnamon - a small piece
salt as needed
oil or Ghee - 1 tbsp
To Roast and Grind in a tsp of oil:
Peanuts(without skin) - 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 3/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Whole Red Chilli - 2
Grated coconut - 1 tbsp

-Cook the rice with a little salt and a tsp of oil ,such that each grain is firm and not overcooked.After it's cooled a little bit with a fork fluff the rice so that the grains don't stick to each other.
-Peel the carrot and grate finely.Roast the peanuts,whole red chilli,coriander seeds and cumin seeds in 1 tsp of oil in a  slow flame ,when they are slightly browned add the coconut and dry roast for another minute.Take the contents of the stove and grind to a slightly coarse powder.
-In a pan heat the oil or Ghee when the oil heats up splutter the mint leaves,cloves and cinnamon.Then add the carrot and saute for a minute.Add the needed salt and sprinkle some water and let it cook on a low heat until the carrot is well cooked.
-Once the carrots are done,on a slow flame add the cooked rice and ground powder and mix well.Check for salt and add some if needed.Done !

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Baked Mini Donuts

At last I have a PC that works ! And it feels so good to be using a big keyboard,the last time I tried to use my blog on my tab I ended up deleting all the comments instead of posting them.Thanks a lot for the comments ppl :) The football season is over and I really miss the excitement in the air. I'm a football fan,and honestly these days I think twice before I tell this:) .People in India seem to feel that being a football fan is something to do with staying abroad.And it's almost like you aren't patriotic if you aren't a fan of cricket :).Guess it's like the Shah Rukh Khan's dialogue in ' My name is Khan','I'm an Indian and I'm not a big fan of cricket' :). The last football world cup was very close to my heart,though most of my favourite football teams were out by the semi finals.I was in my last week of Pregnancy and every time I got excited with a goal ,hubby used to get tensed.I could see that he was scared that he might have to rush me to the hospital :) But this world cup was a real treat to watch.Most of my favourite teams made it to the last few rounds ,except for Ghana.The semi-finals where my two favourite teams Germany and Brazil were pitted again each other was something I'll never forget. I was almost close to tears with every goal that Germany scored against Brazil,well that was a match that will go down in history.The finals was a very exciting event which we got to watch along with a crowd in a big public viewing screen.We did have to get back home to watch the last extra time of the match as it was getting late and my daughter somehow managed to blow her football flute exactly when Argentina was playing well,getting us a few angry stares :p I simply love the German football team,which has nothing to do with me staying in Germany, and was happy to see them win.Guess I've ranted a lot already :)
 Coming to these Donuts,I love donuts but the frying part is a big problem with my persistent weight gain :) So when I found these cute donut pans I was more than happy to buy them,not to mention that it was on a discount sale.These are very cute and yummy and bake in not time.And they just melt in your mouth .I've just shared a basic version here and will soon be posting other versions too (hopefully:p)!

You'll need:
Makes about 15 small donuts
All purpose Flour - 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Egg - 1/2 a large one
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Whole Milk - a little less than 1/2 a cup
Sunflower oil - 1.5 tbsp
Vanilla essence - a few drops.
For the Glaze:
Whole Milk -  2 tbsp
Powdered Sugar - 3/4 cup
For a thicker Glaze use just 1 tbsp of Milk

-Preheat the oven to 350 F/ 175 C.
-In a bowl sift together the flour,baking powder,cinnamon,nutmeg and salt.
-In a big bowl whisk the egg and the sugar together,then add the milk,oil and essence.Whisk until the mixture is well combined.Add the flour mixture to this and mix only until there are no lumps.Be careful to not over beat.
-Grease the pan with a little oil or butter and fill each mould with 3/4 th of the batter.Bake for 7 to 10 minute,until a skewer or toothpick inserted in it comes out clean.
-Remove the pan from the oven and holding them above  a plate such that the backside of the pan faces you.Gently pat them two or three times and the donuts willf all out.If some of them remain sticking to the pan just loosen their edges with a toothpick and they will fall out.

If you love watching your cakes puff up,then watching these donuts puff up would be a real delight ..
For the Glazing:
-In a bowl whisk the milk and the sugar well.And when the donuts are still hot dip them in the glaze.You can add sprinkles on them and let them dry.They dry very quickly !

I had a helper who was very eager to help me with the sprinkles,well more than half of the sprinkles ended up in her mouth.:)

-I wanted a thin glaze so I added 2 tbsps of milk,for a thicker whiter Glaze add just a tbsp of milk.
-They are so cute and yummy that you'll find yourself reaching for more :)

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