Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tindora pulao/Ivy Gourd pulao

This recipe is originally from my mother who is a great cook.She keeps trying new recipes all the time.I kind of inherited the hobby from her.this recipe is perfect to try on the weekends.


Basmati Rice-1 Cup(1 1/2 cups of water)
Tindora (sliced or chopped)-1/2 cup
Green chillies-3 to 4
Ginger & garlic 1/2 tsp finely grated(I always use the fresh raw ginger and garlic....I never like the ginger,garlic paste which is available in the grocery store)
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder-1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder-1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
 Oil and ghee- 1 tbsp each
Salt to taste
Jeera- 1/4 tsp
Bay leaf
Cilantro to garnish(chopped)


1. Soak the Basmati Rice in water for about 30 minutes prior to cook.
2.Now chop all the vegetables including chillies.Heat a pan and add oil and ghee together as mentioned above.
3. Add jeera,chopped vegetables with minced ginger and garlic.
4.Let them to sizzle till they turn to soft and transparent.
5.Add salt,turmeric,cinnamon,garam masala,red chillie powder.
6.Now add the cooked rice and mix well with the above and garnish them with cilantro.
7.Any kind of raitha...goes well with the rice.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Bread Halwa


1/2 loaf white bread
3/4 cup ghee
1 tbsps of crushed almonds(roasted)
1 tbsps of cashews(roasted)
6 to 8 raisins(roasted)
Pinch of cardamom powder
1/2 ltr of milk(low fat)
3/4 cup of sugar as per your taste.
Dry coconut powder for garnish.


Tear the bread into small pieces.Heat 3/4 cup of ghee and roast the bread and fry them for a while.
Boil the milk,add sugar.Now grind the roasted nuts except the raisins to a fine powder..pour them into the boiling milk with cardomom powder.
Next add the fried bread pieces into the milk.Keep stirring to a fine paste
Garnish well with nuts and coconut powder.Serve warm

Pineapple Milkshake

1/4 cup cold milk
2 cups vanilla ice cream
6 to 8 big slices Pineapple Chunks or Pineapple Juice, undrained
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon(optional)
Pinch of cardamom powder

In a blender, combine all ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately. Yield: 3 to 4 servings.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Onion Chillie Rice

Basmati Rice- 1 cup
Onions- 3 ( cut lengthwise)
Green Chillies 3 to 4
Cinnamon powder-1/4 tsp
Garam Masala- 1/4 tsp
Ginger about 1/2 inch(grated)
Cashews 8 to 10
Jeera 1/4 or less tsp
Ghee 2 tbsps.
Cilantro to garnish
Salt to taste.

Cook the basmati rice in a pressure cooker for 1 cup rice add 1 and half cup of water.I use Rice Cooker(electric) for rice specialities.

Heat the pan with ghee add jeera,onions fry them till transparent.
Now add the ginger garlic paste,cinnamon pwd,garam masala and green chillies fry until the raw is gone.
Roast the cashews and mix with the above.
Add salt according to taste and atlast garnish the well with cilantro leaves

Aloo Palak Cutlet

4 to 5 potatoes(boiled)
1 cup of chopped spinach
Just an handful of chopped coriander leaves
1 TBSP of rice flour
4 to 5 finely chopped green chilles
2 to 3 garlic pods
Ginger1/2 inch grated
3/4 tsp of garam masala, salt
 Sooji( UPMA Rawa), oil.

Mash the boiled potatoes and mix well with above the grated ingredient.shape them into balls and gently press them by hand into cutlet size. Now roll them in sooji and shallow fry in oil till golden brown.serve with tomato ketchup

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Spicy Fruit Salad

1 riped pineapple
1 riped mango
Bunch of seedless grapes
Handful of grated coconut,
Pinch of mustard seeds, Chillie pwd, Salt
Sugar according to taste

Dice the pineapple and mango into small cubes.grind the coconut,mustard..take a large bowl and mix well with salt,sugar and chillie pwd..refrigerate for couple of hours and serve cool.