December 31, 2012

Eggless Plum Cake | Eggless Fruit Cake Recipe

I know it's really really lame to post a plum cake recipe right after Christmas and I wasn't really meaning to do it. But then I realised I will have to wait a whole year and I was positive I would forget the recipe and my notes if I postponed this recipe that long so here goes.

I shared Omana Paul's Plum Cake Recipe last year and quite a few people have tried it and shared feedback. However, as with any other cake recipe, I also got a ton of requests for an eggless plum cake recipe.

Eggless Plum Cake-Kerala Fruit Cake Recipe

December 28, 2012

Mushroom Korma Recipe, How to Make Mushroom Korma Recipe

Learn how to make mushroom korma, an easy and simple mushroom side dish for appam, dosa, rotis. 
My niece was visiting Kottayam with me last week for Christmas holidays and while browsing through Vanitha (a Malayalam magazine), we saw a great-looking recipe for Kadai Mushroom. I promised her I'll make try a mushroom recipe before I leave and even bought and kept some fresh button mushrooms in the fridge.

Mushroom Korma-Mushroom Korma Recipe-Mushroom Masala

The Kadai Mushroom didn't happen finally but instead, I made this easy and delicious Mushroom Korma instead. Amma wanted me to make a mushroom recipe that would go with rice and preferably with coconut in it and this Mushroom Korma was the perfect answer.

For mushroom recipes, check out mushroom paneer masala, mushroom peas curry, mushroom quiche (a very easy and tasty baked recipe) and one of my favourites, fried rice with mushroom.

Mushroom Korma Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves 6
Recipe adapted from: Bawarchi

5 cups of quartered button mushrooms
1/2 cup of green peas, cooked until soft in some boiling water
1 large onion, chopped fine
4 cloves
1 small piece of cinammon
3 cardamom pods, crushed
1 tbsp of oil
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder

Grind Together:
1 large onion, cut into chunks
1 tomato, sliced
1" piece of ginger
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of grated coconut
1.5 tsp of coriander powder
5 dry red chillies

How to Make Mushroom Korma:

1. Heat oil in a pan and add the cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom. Fry for 10-15 seconds until they turn fragrant and add the minced onion.

Mushroom Korma-Mushroom Korma Recipe-Mushroom Masala

2. When the onions turn golden brown - about 4 mins later, add the chopped mushroom and turmeric powder. MIx well and cook for 2-3 mins until the mushrooms start to release water.
Mushroom Korma-Mushroom Korma Recipe-Mushroom Masala

3. Add the boiled peas and some salt.
Mushroom Korma-Mushroom Korma Recipe-Mushroom Masala

4. Top off with the ground mushroom masala paste along with about 3/4 cup water (I add it to the mixie jar, twirl it well to clean up the masala, and then add that water in).
Mushroom Korma-Mushroom Korma Recipe-Mushroom Masala

5. Mix well to combine,
Mushroom Korma-Mushroom Korma Recipe-Mushroom Masala

and cook closed for about 10 mins until the mushrooms are soft and the gravy has reached the right consistency. If it's too watery, cook in an open pan until the gravy thickens.
Mushroom Korma-Mushroom Korma Recipe-Mushroom Masala

6. Once done, adjust salt and add chopped coriander leaves for garnish.
Mushroom Korma-Mushroom Korma Recipe-Mushroom Masala

This mushroom korma works great as a side dish for rice or chapati / roti. We had it with rice in the afternoon and then with dosa for dinner.

Mushroom Korma-Mushroom Korma Recipe-Mushroom Masala

Note: You can omit the green peas in this mushroom korma recipe but I would recommend adding it for the extra texture and colour. We used dried peas which is why there is pre-cooking required. If using fresh green peas, add directly to the gravy along with the mushrooms before you cook it covered. 

December 26, 2012

Kerala Chicken Roast Recipe | Spicy Indian Chicken Roast Recipe

This Kerala-Style Chicken Roast Recipe is a family favourite which amma's friend makes and sends over when we visit Kottayam. The fiery red colour and the delicious gravy of the chicken curry is sure to impress you as well. 
Visits to Kottayam always involve a lot of great food. Like I was telling TH the other day, I have come to realise that my family expresses affection through food - and lots of it! Amma goes into overdrive preparing for our visits days before we actually get there and as soon as we do, the extended family starts calling with plans of days and meals and meet ups.

Kerala Spicy Chicken Roast Recipe

December 25, 2012

Eggless Cake Recipes~Eggless Cupcake Recipes~Eggless Baking Recipes

I get a lot of comments and emails asking for specific eggless cakes and cupcake recipes. I have quite a few eggless cake recipes posted in the past but realised there's no one place that I have compiled everything. So here it is.

I will keep updating this page as I post more eggless cakes and eggless cupcakes. Note that most eggless cakes can be baked as eggless cupcakes (and vice-versa), it's really up to you.

Eggless Cakes | Eggless Cupcakes

Eggless Cake Recipes | Eggless Cupcake Recipes

December 21, 2012

12 Easy Christmas Cakes & Christmas Cookie Recipes

List of easy and delicious Indian recipes for Christmas cakes and cookies. 

Living in a place like Kottayam, it's tough not to join in the occasion of Christmas and celebrating with our own food, cakes, and bakes. Amma used to bake plum cake when I was a kid but since we get a ton of cakes from friends and family anyway, she stopped doing that. We would still bake an occasional ginger cookie or snowball cookies to have the oven going and serve guests homemade goodies during Christmas.

For the past two years, I have been in Kottayam for Christmas and joining in on the fun. I bet Christmas baking is being planned and done in your homes too and I hope this quick short list of 12 Christmas cakes and cookies will help you out.

Have a Merry Christmas, everyone!

December 18, 2012

Crinkle Cookies Recipe | Crackle Cookies | Christmas Cookie Recipes

Crinkle cookies or crackle cookies are pretty unique in that they have a slightly raised, cracked top and a crispy outer "crust" and yet a soft almost cake-like interior. The cracks on top are highlighted by the icing sugar we roll the cookie dough in before baking.

My interest in Crinkle Cookies was aroused when I read Confessions of a Closet Baker which has a similar cookie and a story surrounding it, which the author refers to as Starry Starry Nights. What a lovely name compared to Crackle Cookies or Crinkle Cookies, eh?

Crinkle Cookies | Crackle Cookies | Christmas Cookie Recipe

December 14, 2012

Bok Choy Dal Curry | Bok Choy & Lentils | Bok Choy Recipes

There are so many different dal recipes in my life, coming to think of it. There's the generic dal tadka which is my go-to recipe with roti or chapatt. There's the dal makhani which I rarely make unless we have company. Then there's the Kerala-style dal curry with moong dal that's a favourite because we add coconut to it and it goes with roti / chapati and rice equally well.

Bok Choy Dal Curry-Bok Choy with Lentils

When amma was visiting me in May this year, she was very smitten with all the green in the wet market here, particularly bok choy. Bok choy, also called Chinese cabbage, is generally steamed or lightly sauteed and eaten with rice. I haven't cooked with it after making a stir fry with it - Stir Fried Bok Choy Recipe.

December 12, 2012

Double Chocolate Biscotti | Christmas Cookie Recipe

Biscottis have been on my mind for a while and I had bookmarked quite a few biscotti recipes over the past few months, looked up the technique, figured out if I wanted to add nuts to my biscotti, leave it plain, add fruit zest, and a million other things.

Double Chocolate Biscotti | Christmas Cookie Recipe

The final kick came in when I got some lovely almond orange biscotti from a friend on Diwali. They were beautifully baked and immediately sent me to the kitchen to bake up my own batch of Double Chocolate Biscotti!

December 10, 2012

Eggless No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake Recipe | No-Bake Cheesecakes

My eggless no-bake Mango Cheesecake recipe has been received well by everyone. A lot of you tried it, loved it, and shared pictures with me. But one thing that a few people complained about was that the cheesecake recipe has gelatine in it and gelatine is not apt for vegetarians. So here's an eggless cheesecake that has crushed Oreos in it (yum?!) and no eggs or gelatine. Win? Win!

Eggless No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake Recipe | Eggless Cheesecakes

I'd been meaning to make an Orea cheesecake (also called Cookies and Cream cheesecake) for ages and wanted to experiment a bit with making a no-bake, eggless cheesecake with no gelatine and no agar agar either. This recipe right here? This is the answer. Deliciously creamy no-egg, no-bake Orea cheesecake that comes together in about 15 mins and all it needs is some chilling time in the refrigerator before serving.

December 7, 2012

How to Make Curd (Dahi-Thayir-Yogurt) Homemade Indian Curd

Homemade curd or yogurt - It's interesting how my curd consumption has changed after marriage. Particularly, after marrying an Iyer boy. He eats curd with everything. When I say everything, I mean everything. With dosa, chapati, idli, noodles (ok, only sometimes with noodles), rice, roti, paratha, you name it and it's been eaten with curd.

I quickly realised I need to master the art of how to make curd at home because buying those Nestle curd cartons from the store was not working out very well for our wallets.

How to Make Curd-Dahi-Yogurt (Homemade Indian Curd Recipe)

Also, there's something special about homemade curd. Although you are not really doing anything special, it feels a bit magical to heat up some milk, add some curd in there, mix, set it aside, and magically have it harden up and taste awesome after a few hours. That's really all there is to homemade curd or yogurt. Indian lassi like mango lassi or strawberry lassi drinkstaste way better when you use homemade yogurt to make them too.

December 5, 2012

Mixed Vegetable Curry-Vegetable Curry Recipe-Chettinad-Style

Amma makes different kinds of Mixed Vegetable Curries. Some of them use coconut or coconut milk and will be a South Indian Kurma style (recipe coming soon), some vegetables curries will be without coconut and just use very simple masala or spices that is usually served along with roti or chapati.

Mixed Vegetable Curry | Mixed Vegetables Recipe

A couple of years back, she discovered Kalpasi. I searched online but didn't find more info on this spice called Kalpasi that's used extensively in Chettinad recipes and cooking.

December 3, 2012

Paneer Makhani~Paneer Makhani Recipe~Microwave Method

The restaurant-style Paneer Butter Masala (which has "inspired" a lot of people, actually) is one of the most popular paneer recipes in this site. While I have made it countless times mostly for guests, the addition of cream, which truly makes the recipe restaurant-style, does add some unwanted calories from fat too.

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

I didn't let that bother me too much, because this is Paneer Butter Masala and some dishes are meant to be eaten without thinking of calories. Then I came across this Nita Mehta book in the library called 101 Microwave Recipes and found a Paneer Makhani recipe in that! I took a picture of the recipe page on my phone, came home, and promptly made it.

Now, before I go any further, I must say that I don't care much for cooking in the microwave. I like cooking with fire, turning it up or simmering it down and stirring and frying and tapping the ladle against the wok, etc. All that is an essential part of cooking for me.