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Chocolate Crackles/Crinkles.......step by step.

Presenting these gorgeous cookies to all my friends.

I have a cookie cook book which I got from a street vendor who sells old books....and it is a treasure house of amazing cookies.....remember I had posted peanut cookies from that book long time ago.

When I saw these chocolate crackles pic on that cook book.....I knew I had to make it some how....they looked soooo tempting....but the recipe in that book called for chocolate bar which is a bit expensive and difficult to get at this part of the world....I wanted a less expensive, everyday recipe.....which can be made with stuffs I can find in my kitchen.......so I searched the internet for a recipe which can be made with cocoa powder and finally I got this recipe from here.....and when I baked it the first time it came out perfect... look at the number of people who have saved this recipe, submitted photos, and more than 700 reviews wow......need any other reason for not trying this


I used cadbury cocoa powder and for the oil I used r…

Whole wheat spinach pizza....Its really worth repeating!!

I couldn't help not posting this fabulous pizza with whole wheat, which I made today morning for breakfast. Nidhi and Cherry has Onam celebration today at school and they wanted pizza to take to school today..

I know I posted a pizza a week back but, that was with store brought base and this one is made with wheat flour and homemade from scratch...... I had to post this......because it really is worth trying out...I am having the one last piece left and its sooo perfect, soft, and cheesy pizza packed with goodness of spinach and whole wheat.....try it!!! and you will be glad u tried!!.


I made the dough at about 11.00 p.m last night and left it covered with a wet cloth to rise and the dough was perfectly risen in the morning...sorry friends in the hurryburry of the morning schedule I totally forgot to take the step by step pics....my hubby dear is in Rajasthan on his official tour for about a week now and so its just kids and myself at home (sigh)...I am sure I will make this ofte…

Bread!!........ Tangzhong Method.....step-by-step.

I love homemade bread....and baking bread is something which I have come to love from the day I found the Tangzhong method....thanks to the internet....I found the Tangzhong method.....I now make the most fluffiest, pillow soft....bread right in my kitchen......I love the aroma of freshly baked bread

Soya Chunks-Green Peas Pulao

Happy Independence Day to all my friends!!!
After reading about the immense health benefits of soya..... I now try to include soya in my cooking..            

Since my kids love pressure cooker biriyani and vegetable pulao which I make in pressure cooker, I wondered why not make a pulao with soya chunks and peas. My kids are picky eaters, if they find soya chunks in their plate they sure will pick them and keep aside in their plates. So I grinded them, after putting them in hot water for 10 min and then drained them and again poured cold water on them and drained and squeezed them twice. I grinded the squeezed out chunks in my grinder.....  I added this into the masala and fried a bit before adding to the rice.......next time I am sure to add some vegetables along with it.....my kids didn't know that there was "soya chunks" in the pulao and they liked it so much. They thought it was just "peas pulao" and Nidhi even wondered aloud "why Amma dint put any o…

Methi Aloo (Potato with Fenugreek leaves).

Methi aloo is one of the simplest and easiest dish you would ever come across. Baby potatoes are ideal for this....you can also use ordinary potatoes cut into cubes.


I did not take any step by step pictures because its so easy to make..........
This is a true North Indian dish....my mother-in-law got the recipe some 40 years back when she was living in Haldwani and ever since a favorite subzi in the family.
The best part is there are no onions to  peel and slice.....no tomatoes....no ginger.....no garlic......so I guess this one stands apart!!!
Its a dry dish and leftovers can be stuffed in parathas or samosas.

#If using ordinary potatoes either boil and cube them or cut into cubes and put it soon after the leaves are added and let it cook in the water of the leaves on slow flame.
Ingredients:
Baby potatoes: 1/2 kg, boiled and peeled.
Methi leaves: 2 handful, chopped.
Kashmiri chilly powder: 1 tsp.
Turmeric powder: a fat pinch.
Asafoitida/Hing: 2 fat pinch.
Amchur/Dry mango powder: 1 …

Pizza in 10 minutes!!!......my way!!!..........step-by-step.

This is for all those bachelors or working women or teenagers......who has ready made pizza base at hand.

I get these base from Reliance outlet here in Calicut....

With the ready made base at hand....it is simple and easy to make the perfect pizza in flat 10 min.


I love mozzarella cheese for my Pizza, but if I ran out of it.....I always substitute Amul cheese blocks (small one is enough for 1 pizza).
Check out my post on whole wheat pizza.
#Veggies: Omit the chicken part.
How I made them:
Pizza base: 1.
Tomato sauce: 2 to 3 tbsp.
Capsicum: 1/2, sliced.
Tomato: 1/2 , sliced.
Onion: 1/2, sliced.
Chicken: 3 tbsp, boiled and shredded (optional).
Mixed Italian herbs: 1/2-3/4 tsp.
Dried Rosemary: 1/4 tsp.
Fresh Pepper powder: 1/2 tsp.
Mozzarella cheese: Enough to spread on top, grated.


Method:


1. Lets get started!!!

2. Slice capsicum, onion, and tomato.

3. Spread tomato sauce on top of the base and sprinkle rosemary on top.


4. If using chicken, sprinkle boiled and shredded chicken on top.(op…

Fish Roe Scrambled.....Step-by-step...Recipe Rewind!!

Fish Roe or Fish eggs or Pananjeen as we call it in Malayalam.....is common at this time of the year....especially sardine fish roe. My son loves it scrambled to have with rice.

I had posted this long back in this space when I was an anonymous blogger.....I had mentioned earlier that I will be rewinding some of my favorite recipes which I had posted ....which I make often in my kitchen.

You can find the original post here


Ingredients:
Sardine fish roe: About ½ cup.
Coconut Oil: 2or 3 tbsp. Shallots: 3 or 4, slit. Grated coconut: 1/4 cup. Green chilies chopped: 3. Pepper powder: 1/4 tsp. Rice flour: 1/2 tsp. 1 spring curry leaves. Salt as needed.
Method: 1. Sardine fish roe all cleaned up and ready!!
2. Take a bowl and put in the scraped coconut, green chilies, slit shallots, pepper, rice flour, salt.
3. Mash it with your fingers or you can also blend the fish roe in ur blender and then add to this...but I prefer my fingers.
4. Heat a skillet and pour coconut oil and put in the fish roe.
5. After …

Ripe Mango Curry / Pazha Manga Curry..... step-by-step.

When Homey got some "nadan" or "nattu"mangoes, I saved some to make this traditional curry. I learned this to make from my neighbor, Sulu Chechy from Trichur (we lived in Trichur for around 3 years). Ever since this has been my favorite bookmarked recipe.

This curry is made with ripe local variety mango aka "nadan manga".


* This is a standard recipe for 2 mangoes.....increase ingredients if making with more than 2 mangoes accordingly.
Ingredients:
Mangoes: 2.
Jaggery: 1 small piece.
Red chilly powder: 1 tsp (I used Kashmiri Chilly Powder).
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp.
Water: 1/2 cup.
Salt. As needed.

To grind:
Coconut grated: 1/2 cup.
Green chilies: 2.
Cumin seeds: A fat pinch.
Shallots: 3.
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp.

To mix into the curry.
Curd: 1/2 cup, beaten.

For seasoning:
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Fenugreek seeds: 1/4 tsp.
Red chilly crushed: 1/2 tsp.
Fresh curry leaves: 2 sprigs.
Coconut oil: 1 tbsp.
Method:
1. I used the local variety mangoes which is a must…