9799692b348 Nivedhanam: 2013-02-24

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Spicy Green Peas Kachori

For me, to do an authentic recipe is so much thrilling and exciting and if the end results are good, then it is very satisfying. For this month’s SNC Challenge Sanoli challenged us to do this spicy kachori and dum aloo. SNC Challenge is a brain child of Divya and we have two exciting groups challenging each other with authentic recipes. Before coming to this month’s recipe, I also want to share with you about the award that I received for the last month SNC Challenge – Ghevar. Really excited to have won the “Well Presented Recipe”

Kachori is a spicy snack and this version of Green Peas Kachori is from West Bengal and is also called as “Koraishutir Kochuri“. This kachori is so delicious with a spicy filling and can be eaten as is or with curd. I served it with Dum Aloo (recipe coming soon). The original recipe had all purpose flour, I have made it with whole wheat flour. This recipe will make 6 kachoris. Stuffing can be a personal choice, make sure that the filling is not too wet or too oily.
For Dough
Whole Wheat Flour - 3/4 cup
Salt - 1/4 tea spoon
Oil - 1 1/2 tea spoons
Water - to make the dough
For the Filling
Green Peas - 1 cup
Green Chili - 2
Salt - 1/2 tea spoon
Ghee - 1 1/2 tea spoons (or oil for Vegan version)
Asafetida - A pinch
Ginger - 1/2 tea spoon (grated)
Roasted Cumin powder - 1/4 tea spoon
Sugar - 1/2 tea spoon
Oil - to fry

Show me your HITS–Diabetic Friendly

Having a big list of healthy recipes are a boon and all in one place is so easy and convenient. Events are very helpful to have a collection of recipes related to a theme. I am hosting Sangeetha's HITS (Healthy Interesting Tasty Foods) series and I have "Diabetic Friendly" as the theme. Foods that are diabetic friendly are those rich in protein, low in carbs and fat. Thanks to Sangeetha for letting me host her event for this month.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

"Perfectly Chocolate" Eggless Chocolate Cake

I get excited to do cakes and cakes that call for very little fat. This is a delicious chocolate cake with no butter and no eggs.. Gayathri chose this delicious and very famous Hershey’s chocolate cake for this month’s Eggless Baking Group. It is a very easy cake to do. I halved the recipe and got a 9 inch round single layer cake. It is very interesting and new to me of adding boiling water to the cake batter and I searched the internet as to how that helps. Here are some of the answers I got – from webfoodpros“ Cocoa powder consists of a small amount of cocoa butter and the boiling water helps separate the cocoa butter out of the cocoa mass and emulsify it into the batter.Kingarthur’s website says  - “boiling water added to cocoa will help bloom the chocolate and impart more flavor“.  The cake was very moist and very delicate and I was so happy with the intense chocolate flavor. The next time I do this, I would do lesser sugar

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Semiya Upuma (சேமியா உப்புமா)

Upuma is a great tiffin which is quick, easy and light. It can be done in less than 30 minutes and tastes best when served smoking hot. There are many types of upuma and this one is semiya upuma made with semiya, also known as vermicelli. This is a very simple variety, you can also add vegetables like carrot, beans, peas and potato if desired.
Semiya Upuma - IMG_0738

Sunday, February 24, 2013


A very delicious French pastry which is very famous for its difficulty in doing. It is not common in household for people to bake croissants (even in Paris) is what I have heard unless they join some fun group like us "We Knead to Bake" which was started by Aparna. I was very intimidated by this croissants for a few years and now because of this group, I made it. I have previously watched Julia Child's show where she demonstrates Croissant. I have also seen it on Americas Test Kitchen and Croissants have been on my To-do for quite long now... Finally got to make it!!!!! Am so happy and so thrilled that I could make it at home and I can call it successfully!! A perfect croissant should be soft inside and very flaky outside and I got it!!!! yayyyyy!!!! I have some points to note and some tips that I learned along the way!!!!

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