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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dorayaki (Weekend 10: Japan)

Around the World in 30 Weekends!! The segment I wish to complete by cooking a dish from 30 different countries on 30 weekends.

Weekend 10: Japan
Dish : Dorayaki (Japanese Pancakes)

Today is Father's Day and for a special breakfast...We tried Japanese pancakes called 'Dorayaki' (shown in the Doraemon cartoon).

 These have a uniform brown appearance, characteristic texture and are eaten as a sandwich of 2 pancakes with a 'Anko :red bean paste' sweet filling. 

I obtained the Recipe from:

These were one of the best pancakes I ever had!!

We just sandwiched them with good old Nutella and Strawberry jam

Watermelon Dessert Pizza

It's summer and is sizzling hot in here! This kind of weather calls for cool and light desserts which won't leave you feeling heavy after eating them! Fruits, especially watery fruits like watermelon and berries are perfect for these kind of desserts. And best of all.....NO COOKING!!
Just cut and assemble and chill...fabulous looking dessert is done!

Here is how to make this Watermelon Dessert pizza:

Cut out a circular slice from central portion of a watermelon. 

Top with cut up berries/ fruits, chocolate chips and drizzle some frosting/ melted chocolate.

 Chill in refrigerator for 15 mins.Cut up like pizza wedge and enjoy!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

"Princess Cake"

It was 'A's 5th birthday and she is in LOVE with princesses.I love princess this... I love princess that... is in daily conversation at least 10 times a day!

I had decided I wanted to make her a 'princess cake', but just wasn't sure how that is going to work on a week day evening of her birthday. All the previous versions I had seen of the cake called for special molds to make the evening gown like shape, or then bake 3 different cakes and carve them into evening gown like shape.All those seem too labor intensive.

As I was driving back from work...(it is 'me' time and my thinking time for me :)) I had an idea of this 'semi homemade' version of the cake:

I picked up a small chocolate 'bundt' cake from the grocery store, some strawberry icing and some sugar pearls and made this fabulous looking 'Princess Cake"

You need:
1) A small chocolate bundt cake (dome shaped cake with a hole in the center)
2) A princess doll (Check for the height of the doll or use only the upper body)
3) Some strawberry icing
4) Sugar pearls


1) Place the doll in the center of the baked bundt cake in the hollow portion.Secure with tooth picks and icing if needed. I did not have too.

2) Decorate the Bundt like a princess gown as desired with icing and sugar pearls. 

3) You can decorate the upper princess portion with some icing to match up the gown


Monday, June 8, 2015

Vegetable Empanadas (Weekend 9: Portugal)

Around the World in 30 Weekends!! The segment I wished to complete by cooking a dish from 30 different countries on 30 weekends.It is going slow for sure...but I am sure I will get there someday:))

Weekend 9:: Portugal 
Dish: Vegetable Empanadas

Empanadas , believed to have originated in Portugal and are a derivative of/ influenced by Indian Samosas.

I made a semi homemade version with store bought biscuit dough and then stuffed the empanadas with two different vegetable fillings

Red pepper and Broccoli filling:

 Spinach-Corn Filling:

Red pepper and broccoli filling-
Saute chopped up red pepper and broccoli with olive oil, cumin seeds, chopped garlic and salt.Add red chili flakes,black ground pepper and oregano-thyme herb mixture.
After it cools completely add shredded monterey jack cheese.

Spinach-Corn filling-
I used frozen spinach.Squeeze out all the water. Saute the spinach with olive oil, chopped garlic,red pepper flakes,black ground pepper and  salt.
After it cools completely add parmesan cheese and shredded monterey jack cheese.


Preheat the oven to 400F
1) Roll out the biscuit dough into a circle with a rolling pin.
2) Place spoonful of the veggie filling in the center. Fold into a semicircle shape.
Seal the sides by pressing with a fork or folding them.

3) Place them on oiled cookie sheet and spray with a cooking spray on the top of the empanadas.
4) Bake at 400 F for 8-10 mins. Broil from top for 1-2 mins. Bake till golden brown.

Serve hot from the oven with Salsa/ Sauce of your choice and enjoy your 'culinary' vacation in Portugal!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Firecracker Shrimp" Indian style!!

Is it grilling season yet??

I doubled up my Panini grill to make a indoor grill and made these amazingly spicy and delicious 

'Firecracker shrimp' with an Indian touch.


Marinate 25 cleaned shrimp with a marinade of:

2 tsp tandoor masala powder
1 tsp red chili powder
1tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp oil

Thread onto skewers and Grill for 4-5 mins till done. Enjoy the lipsmackingly hot firecracker shrimp!!

Note: use paneer for the vegetarian version.

Vegeterian version:

Mini Frittatas in Appe pan

For munching or brunching.... A healthy snack!!

Mini "frittatas" a.k.a mini omlettes with vegetables and cheese, made in our very own 'Appe pan' !! 

Recipe: cracks eggs, whisk along with salt, red chili powder, chopped onion, broccoli, cilantro and

some shredded cheese. Pour into hot Appe pan greased with few drops of oil. Cover with lid to cook.

 Cook on both sides. Serve hot along with toast, butter and Maggie hot and sweet sauce!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Layered Chicken Biryani: Remade with new pictures!!

Chicken cooked in a spicy coconut-onion gravy, layered alternately with saffron flavored rice, garnished with fried onions, potatoes and nuts...a combination sure to fall in love with!!

Not a new recipe....but an old favorite which I remake and remake and keeping making again and again!

'M' was going be be back from a 2 week long business trip....and wanted to make something special for him. This 'Layered Chicken Biryani' is his favorite and so is my moms (who is visiting). So it was going to be a treat for them both:))

I have the recipe written down long time ago:


I still make it the same way....but now I think I have gotten a bit better at taking pictures:)) Do you agree?

Friday, January 30, 2015

"Sunset" orange drink

The Sizzle From a Guest Kitchen:

Guest: Devashree Shende-Nampurkar

Doesn't it look like a beautiful sunset in a glass? The pretty hues of orange-yellow make it a perfect drink for any occasion. And let me tell you, this drink was as refreshing and tasty as it looks!!
The tangy orange juice with the bubbly soda, hint of mint leaves and the beautiful color of the grenadine syrup gives the drink it's unique taste and beautiful look.

Devashree,made this super easy and refreshing drink for a bunch of ladies, and guess what ..I was the first one to taste it! It was one of the most refreshing drinks I had especially after a long day at work and and hour long drive.

Here is Devashree's recipe as she describes it:

Orange juice(medium pulp)
Grenadine syrup
fresh mint leaves
crushed ice

1) Mix Orange Juice(medium pulp), sugar, salt and mint leaves.
2) Add crushed ice in an empty transparent tall glass.
3) Fill the glass 3/4th with orange juice mixture, top with sprite.
4) Add a tbsp of grenadine syrup.Wait till the syrup settles down.

Serve chilled!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mukimame (Green Soy) and green peas balls with corn and cheese filling

I am clearly at home today, and doing my most favorite thing...cooking and making something delicious and nutritious at the same time!!

A high protein snack doesn't have to be non vegetarian or boring. These super tasty balls made with mukimame + green beans + oats with a cheesy corn filling made in my favorite "Appe Pan"...will surely make everyone in the family happy:))

1 cup frozen mukimame
3/4 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup bread crumbs or 3 bread slices
1/3 cup Sooji (cream of wheat)
3 tsp( Ginger+ garlic+ green chili paste)
3 tsp chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp cumin

1 cup corn kernels
1/2  cup (Cheddar + Parmesan cheese)
1/2 tsp chili powder

1) Microwave the mukimame and green peas for 3 mins. Grind them in the mixer along with oats, ginger-garlic- green chili paste and cilantro.
2) Mix the bread crumbs/ crushed bread slices, sooji, salt,cumin and form into dough. You can add more oats/sooji if the dough is loose.
3) Mix corn kernels, cheeses and chili powder
4) Form the mukimame dough into balls and stuff with corn and cheese filling.

4) Heat appe pan on low to medium heat.Add few drops of oil. Place the mukimame green peas balls in the appe pan.Cover with lid.Cook till golden brown on one side.Then flip and cook on the other side with a drop or two of oil.

5) Serve hot along with ketchup/ hot and sweet chili sauce!!

 A tasty and high protein snack with warm cheesy filling ....yummmm ooo!