Suji Halwa / Rava Kesari /Kesari Bhath


This Indian dessert is popular through out the country. This is very simple recipe and goes well with all occasions. This is made with Suji also called as Semolina, Bombay Rava. This is originated in Karnataka and called as Kesari Bhath. The word Kesari refers to the color saffron. But some also make this dessert without  adding saffron color. Some add Orange color.Its totally up to you. It is widely popular as Suji/Sooji halwa in North part of India, Rava kesari  in South Part of India. To get a fancy look you can try making different colored halwa batches and pile it up one on the other to get "Rainbow Effect".  The interesting part is you can make different variations using pineapple, strawberries and coconut.  You can make this dessert under 20 minutes. So lets make some quick dessert "Suji Halwa"

To Make This Recipe You Will Need :


Suji / Semolina / Bombay Rava
1  Cup
Sugar
1 Cup
Ghee/ Clarified Butter
½ Cup
Water
2 ½ Cups
Salt
Pinch ( No Picture )
Saffron Colour
Pinch  (No Picture)
Nuts of your choice (Roasted and Chopped)
As  required




Saffron Food Color & Salt.


Method : 

Begin by adding the Ghee/ Clarified Butter to a minimal  pre-heated pot. After melting the ghee add the Suji/Semolina/Bombay Rava to the ghee and roast it until flavor comes out. (approx about 8 to 10 minutes on medium flame) . 

               After Roasting the Suji add the sugar, Stir everything well and add water, Saffron Color and Salt. ( I have mentioned to add salt while adding saffron color and water but I missed adding at this stage and added the salt later i.e, After slightly thickening up)







After getting the Halwa consistency add the roasted chopped nuts which I don't have a picture of it  because of Power Cut. 
 You can also serve Suji Halwa warm with Puri's for Break fast. 


Enjoy! 

** The whole process of making the suji halwa and the final product pictures vary due to lighting problem.

** To make Suji Halwa in traditional way, add saffron strands to get the saffron color.

** You can substitute water with milk for richer version. 

** You can add more sugar according to your taste buds.

Chilli Chicken


Chilli Chicken is Indo-Chinese dish. It is served as a starter at restaurants. I believe you all know how popular this dish is! It goes best with Fried Rice, Noodles or just on its own. Some prefer to make this dish with bone and some with out bone. Today I am using boneless thigh part of the chicken. This dish is well flavored and satisfying . Try this recipe and you will love it. Its a magic when you infuse Chinese to Indian cooking and I'm loving it :).  So, lets not delay and start making Chilli Chicken! 

For easy understanding I divided this recipe into three parts: . 

First Part is about marination of the chicken

Second Part is about frying the chicken 

And Third part is about making of the sauce 


So, for the first part you will be needing the

 following ingredients : ( Marination of Chicken)



Chicken
500 Grams
Milk
1 Cup
Vinegar
1 Teaspoon
Red chilli sauce
1 to 2 Tablespoons





Method : 

First we are marinating the chicken in the buttermilk. 

Buttermilk acts as the tenderizer . so when you soak the 

chicken pieces in the buttermilk you will end up with soft, 

juicy chicken pieces.

Generally, we make buttermilk at our home by churning

 the curds(yogurt). But here, we are using other method of

making the buttermilk by using milk and vinegar. Simply

add vinegar  to the room temperature milk and wait for 5 minutes until 

it gets curdled. This buttermilk cannot be used for consuming

 directly. But you can use as an ingredient  for the recipes

 which calls for buttermilk for making biscuits, cookies or

buttermilk chicken..

 So, make the buttermilk and add the Red chilli sauce

 to the chicken and marinate it  for about 2 hours. 



Second Part : Frying the Chicken 

For this you will need the following ingredients : 


Corn Flour
¼ Cup
All purpose flour (Maida)
½ Cup
Baking Powder
Less than ½ Teaspoon
Salt
½  Teaspoon
Pepper Powder
1 Teaspoon
Marinated  Chicken
500 Grams
Oil
As required for deep frying







Method : 

 After marinating the chicken , discard the buttermilk(saving some for mixing the flours) and add the flours, baking powder, salt, pepper powder.


Mix everything well and fry in the oil 




Third Part : Making of the sauce 

For this you will need the following ingredients : 


Water
1/3rd Cup
Corn Flour
1 Teaspoon
Oil
2 Tablespoons
Garlic
1 Tablespoon (crushed)
Onion (Medium sized)
1 (cut into squares)
Bell Pepper (Large )
1 (Cut into Squares)
Red Chilli Sauce
1 Tablespoon
Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon
Salt
Less than ½ Teaspoon
MSG (Ajinomoto, China Salt) (Optional)
¼ Teaspoon
Sugar
½ Teaspoon
Black pepper Powder
1 Teaspoon








 



Method : 

Begin by adding cornflour to the water ( This will act as a thickener to our sauce) 
Next , switch to high flame and heat oil in a kadai, add bell peppers, onions, crushed garlic, and stir for a minute. 
next, add the thickener i.e, cornflour dissolved in water . 
Now, add both the sauces, salt, sugar, pepper and MSG.. 
When you observe that the sauce is slightly thickening, then add the fried chicken pieces to the sauce and saute it until the liquid gets absorbed by the chicken. 
Garnish it with some greens and sesame seeds.






Its Done !!   


Enjoy:)

Chicken 65


Chicken 65 is spicy- deep fried chicken from Tamilnadu. It can be made with bone or with out bone. Today, am making this dish with boneless chicken. For this dish I'm using thigh part of the chicken which turns out to be juicy when fried.  Chicken 65 is often served as a snack or starter. If you want semi- gravy style you can also add whipped curd as required which gives wet effect to the dish.  You are always free to adjust the amount of spices by reducing or increasing it. So lets make some Chicken 65!!

To Make This Recipe You Will Need :


Boneless Chicken ( I bought Pre- packed)
370 Grams
Pepper Powder
½ Teaspoon
Salt
To taste
Egg
1
Corn Flour
2 Tablespoons + 2  Tablespoons to use in the end
Crushed Garlic
1 Tablespoon
Onion (Medium sized)
 Half (finely chopped)
Green Chillies
2 ( Slit)
Curry Leaves
As required
Ginger- Garlic  paste
1 Teaspoon
Cumin Powder
½ Teaspoon
Turmeric  Powder
½ Teaspoon
Red chilli powder
½ Teaspoon
1 ½ Teaspoons
Red food colour
¼ Teaspoon
Water
6 Tablespoons(C.F dissolved in water)
Oil
As required to deep fry the chicken











Method :

 First prepare the chicken by cutting them into bite size pieces,cleaned and washed throughly.
To the chicken, add corn flour (2 Tablespoons), salt, pepper and egg. Mix the chicken well, marinate it for atleast 1 hour. Longer the marination, better the chicken. After marinating the chicken pieces deep fry them on medium flame so that the chicken cooks well..

                     
Next, add required amount of oil to other kadai, followed by cumin seeds, crushed garlic, onions, ginger garlic paste,curry leaves, green chilies, red food color, red chilli paste, cumin powder, turmeric powder. Saute the whole mixture for 1 minute and add the fried chicken pieces. Stir well. At this point you can check for taste and can add spices according to your taste. If you feel that chicken mixture turned out spicy then simply squeeze lemon/lime juice to cut down the spiciness.. After stirring well add the cornflour dissolved in water, cover the lid and cook it further for 3 to 4 minutes on low flame. 

*** If you want semi gravy or wet chicken 65 then add enough amount of whipped yogurt (curds) before adding the fried chicken pieces.. 





And your're done!! 



Enjoy!! 



Eggless Vanilla Cake


I've been trying to make Egg less cakes from many days. My cakes always failed especially when the recipe calls for the ingredient Milkmaid in large quantities. My cake always turned out to be a mess. After checking out this  recipe by Chef Nita Mehta, I gave it a try and it came out good. Finally, am happy that I learnt to make cake which contains Milkmaid. So, lets make some Egg less cake!!! 

To Make This Recipe You Will Need :


Milk (or) Water
1 Cup
All purpose  flour
2 Cups
Condensed  milk
1 Can
Softened  butter
½ cup
Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons
Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon
Vinegar (optional)
1 Teaspoon
Vanilla Essence
2 Teaspoons




Method :
Begin by creaming butter and milkmaid in a bowl.
Next add milk, vanilla essence, vinegar, baking soda, baking powder to the creamed mixture and mix well.

  



After mixing all the ingredients, slowly add flour and mix well. 
Next butter the cake tin and bake it in a preheated (180 Degrees C) oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 150 degrees C and bake it further for 15 minutes.
To know whether your cake is done or not, simply insert a toothpick in the cake. If the tooth pick comes out clean then you're cake is done. 
Let the cake cool completely and run the knife around the edges of the cake, flip the cake tin over to unmould on a big plate. Cut and serve.





 As you can see, my cake top has over coloured. If you don't want this colouring on your cake, simply cover the cake tin with aluminium foil and bake for first 10 minutes. Next, when reducing the temperature to 150 degrees C, remove the foil and continue to bake. 

EnJoy :)  ..