Wednesday, October 31, 2012
This is the last theme in the Serve It Event series. After 15 themes over 18 months, Serve It event series hosted by I and Denny comes to an end with this one. The theme is "Original Recipes From Home" and runs for two months, November and December. Every family has its own tradition and practices which has been followed for generations. Be it Diwali, Pongal, Thanksgiving, Christmas or any
|Hanging Lights and Under Cabinet Lighting |
installed by Kruse Home Improvement
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
This halwa turned out delicious! Try this for Diwali. I hope to post more sweet recipes in the next few days.
Mixed vegetables and fruits (Pumpkin, Sweet potato, Carrot, Apple, Dates) - 2 cups
Sugar - as needed
Cardamom - 3 crushed
Roasted cashews - 10
Milk - 1 to 1.5 cups
Ghee - 3 tbsp
Saffron - a few strands
Peel the skin of pumpkin (pooshanikai), sweet potato, apple and carrot. Grate and set aside. Chop dates (about 4) into small pieces.
Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a pan. Roast Cashews and set aside.
In the same pan, add grated vegetables and fruits. Fry for 5 minutes. Add milk, saffron, crushed cardamom and cook till the milk is absorbed and the mixture turns soft. Add some more milk if the mixture turns out dry and needs to be cooked for some more time.
Add sugar and some more ghee and simmer for 10 min.
Garnish with roasted cashews and serve warm.
Note: You can adjust the quantity of each veggie and fruit as per your taste and liking.
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1. In a mixing bowl mix all the ingredients except butter with a whisk or wooden spoon, just until mixed if there are small lumps, it's OK. Make sure you don't over mix the batter, because the pancakes will not be fluffy.
2. Heat a pan and when it's medium hot, add some butter and then ladle a spoon full of batter or a small scoop according to how big you want your pancake to be.
3. Cook one side for about 2-3 mins.
4. Flip to the other side and cook another 1-2 mins and serve it with the same cream cheese frosting or maple syrup or your choice of any syrup or jam or get creative. :)
My other Halloween Recipes:
|Witches Finger Cookies||Cocoa Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting||Berry Cobbler|
|Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Bar||Dark Chocolate Cookies||Pumpkin Cheese Cake|
Monday, October 29, 2012
|Backsplash installed by Kruse Home Improvement|
|Backsplash installed by Kruse Home Improvement|
Sunday, October 28, 2012
7. Press each almond at the top of the cookie fingers to form the nails.
|Cocoa Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting||"B-O-O-O-O Halloween Event" Oct 5th to Nov 5th||Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Bar|
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Puli Kaichal meaning "boiled tamarind" is one of the ready to eat rice mixes. Puliogare/Puliodharai is known for its long shelf life and is a perfect food for packing during travel. This is DH's favorite and since MIL is here she has been making it quite often. Actually she has been making a lot of her son's favorites.. talk about 'pampering' :). This time I managed some time to click few
Friday, October 26, 2012
I grew up in a family that rarely ate out. In some ways, it was dumb luck. My parents wanted dishes from the old country so the only option was to do-it-yourself. The rhythms of the kitchen – the tuck, tuck of steel on wood, snap of hot oil, gush of water – perpetually played in the background and I soaked it all up.
I moved in and out of many apartments once I left home. Most of the kitchens were tiny and outdated, but they grounded and delighted me and on the worst days offered the comfort of a protective womb. Thanks to my mom’s example, I rejected the silly notion that cooking was costly and burdensome. I ate more happily and healthfully than most people I knew.
For me, cooking has always been critical to self-care. It allows me to avoid monstrous portions. I control the fat, the oil, the salt. But that’s not the real reason I spend so much time in the kitchen. I cook because I want to indulge in the flavors of seasonal produce and other fine ingredients every day. As a singleton, I have never bought into the idea that cooking for one is a waste of time.
I’ve learned through my classes (and the longing looks I get when toting baked good on public transportation), that fewer and fewer people know how to chop vegetables, cream butter, and peel shrimp. I have experienced the joy of cooking for so many years and the realization pains me.
A year ago, I approached an editor at Whole Foods Cooking with the idea of writing a column on basic cooking techniques with illustrative photographs. She bit and we began a very fulfilling collaboration to coax people back into the kitchen. Below I’ve compiled links to all of the entries to date to share with readers at Cardamom Kitchen.
MEAT, POULTY, LEGUMES