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Dulce de leche Chocolate Burfi~A Guest Post For Priya Ranjit

Dulce de leche Chocolate Burfi
Today I am extremely delighted and honored to do a guest post at Priya's space Cook Like Priya. Priya Ranjit is a great friend, encouraging and lively. Her space has lip-smacking recipes and I adore the way she presents and writes about her recipes and experiments. We first came to know each other through baking partners and became friends instantly. I feel lucky to have wonderful friends like Priya in the blogging world.So when Priya offered me a  guest post I was more than ready. She gave me time and also the choice of recipe. Thanks so much Priya for this wonderful opportunity.
Today's recipe is a Dulce de leche Chocolate Burfi. Burfi is one of my favorite sweets and there are different types of burfi's available. You can tweak with different ingredients and flavors and yet you will never go wrong. Recently I tasted chocolate burfi and really loved the taste. This fudge has chocolate and the intense flavor of caramel from dulce de …

Chemmeen Muringakka Manga Curry/Prawns Drumstick and Mango Curry

Chemmeen Muringakka Manga Curry/Prawns Drumstick and Mango Curry
Today's recipe is yet another simple yet super delicious combo. Prawns,drumsticks and mangoes goes so well together. It is an absolute comfort food. My mother used to make this every time we get prawns and mangoes.Drumsticks/muringikka adds a lot of flavor to the dish and mangoes imparts sourness which makes this curry irresistible. You can also make this with dry prawns and is equally delicious.
Ingredients

Prawns - 250 grams
Raw mango- 1 medium
Drumsticks pieces-12- 15
Grated coconut- 1 cup
Shallots- 7-8
Ginger- 2 inch thick
Green chilly -2
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Chilly powder-  1 1/3 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- a few
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly-2
Coconut oil


Cut mangoes into cubes. In a pot add the cut mangoes, cleaned prawns, drumsticks,sliced shallots,salt,slit green chilly and turmeric powder . Cook till the prawns is done and the mangoes and drumsticks and soft.

Make a fine paste of…

Avocado Honey Muffins

Avocado Honey Muffins
Muffins are perfect breakfast and this combination of avocado and honey is really delicious,especially when it is nice and warm and fresh from the oven.Avocados and honey keeps the muffin soft and moist. It is oil free and tastes really good and is healthy too. I have used  avocados in chocolate cup cakes in place of butter and it came out really soft with no after taste. I added a little of butter scotch chips, you can add chocolate chips of nuts according to your preference.
Ingredients
Flour- 2 cup
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Salt- 1/3 tsp
Egg-1
Avocado- 1 whole+ 1/2
Honey- 1/4 cup
Sugar- 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
Butter scotch chips- 1/3 cup
Milk- 1/3 cup


Mix flour,salt and baking powder and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degree f and line muffin tins with liners.
Cut avocado an scoop out the flesh. Using a fork mash it really soft or make a puree of it using a mixer. Mix in honey and keep aside.
Beat egg and sugar till it is light and fluffy. Add the dry ing…

Uzhunnu Vada/Urad Dal Vada

Uzhunnu Vada/Urad Dal Vada
Uzhunnu vada or medu vada is a very common snack in south India and is a perfect accompaniment with a cup of hot piping tea.I like it as a snack but again cannot resist when it is served with idli,sambar and chutney as breakfast. Where does all the aroma come from? The  plain deep fried lentils is by itself flavorful because I make them often for  vada curry. But in uzhunnu vada the addition of pearl onions,ginger and curry leaves imparts a wonderful aroma that is irresistable.This is something I really missed when I came here to the US until I started making my home made version. Try this you will surely love it.
Ingredients

Urad Dal/Black lentil skinless- 1 cup
Rice flour- 2 tsp
Pearl Onions- 4-5
Ginger finely chopped- 1 inch thick
Curry leaves finely chopped- 1 spring
Green chilly  finely chopped- 3
Whole black pepper- 5-6
salt to taste
Oil- 2 cup to fry


Wash and soak urad dal for about 4-5 hours.
Drain and using a food processor or mixer  make this into…

Sun-Dried Tomato and Onion Tart~ Baking Partner's Challenge#6

Sun-Dried Tomato and Onion Tart
For this months baking challenge Swathi put forward the suggestion  to makes PIES. I love pies and tarts and was so excited with the theme.There were four recipes to select from~ two sweet pies and two savory tarts. I wanted to try savory tarts for some time. So I choose the Sun-dried tomato and onion tarts suggested by Samantha. Tamy suggested a beautiful recipe of an up-side down pie. I wanted to try that one too but was short of time. So will try that some other time.  This recipe suggested by Samantha was quick and easy. I reduced the recipe into half and made only with one pastry sheet.It has layers of flavors which blend well with the cheese. The cheesy center with caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes  together with a crispy and buttery crust tastes wonderful.Thanks Samantha for suggesting this recipe.

Ingredients

Thawed puff pastry- 1 sheet
Olive oil- 1 tbs
Sliced shallots/onions- 1 cup
sprigs thyme-3 springs
Salt-to taste
Dijon mustard- 3/4…

Chettinad Pepper Chicken

Chettinad Pepper Chicken
Chettinad pepper chicken is a delicious,hot and spicy chicken. It has an aromatic spice blend which is unique in Chettinad dishes.It is a dry version which you can also make with gravy.This pepper chicken is a perfect accompaniment with rice,appam or chapathi.
Ingredients

Chicken-1 Kg
Shallots/Onion- finely chopped- 1 cup
Ginger garlic- finely chopped- 3 tbs
Tomato-finely chopped- 3 medium
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves- 2 springs

For tempering
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Crushed garlic- 3 cloves
Cumin seeds- 1/3 tsp
Whole black pepper- a few
Bay leaf-1
Cinnamon- 1 inch thick- 2 pieces
Cardamon -3
Cloves- 4-5



Cut and clean chicken and keep aside. Finely chop onion and tomatoes and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when the splutter add the rest of the ingredients listed under 'to temper' and fry till there is a n…

Paneer Pizza

Paneer Pizza
Pizza is my kids favorite and I often make pizza at home. Some times,when I do not have pizza dough,I tweak the recipe a bit and use naan or bagel as the crust. In this recipe I have used naan instead of the regular pizza dough and is light and crispy. This is a fusion variety but still tastes exotic.It has with paneer and touch of tikka masala. In addition to this it has the regular pizza tomato based sauce and a cheese blend of Mozzarella,Asiago Romano and Parmesan. This is a vegetarian version but you can also use meat or pepperoni as topping.
Ingredients
Garlic naan/regular naan- 2
Pizza sauce- 4 tbs
Cheese shredded- 1/2 cup
Sliced onion- 1/2 an onion
Thinly sliced bell pepper- 1/2
Sun dried tomatoes- 3-4 pieces ( optional)
Olive oil- a few drops

To marinate the paneer
Paneer- 3/4-1 cup cubed
Tikka masala- 1/2 tsp
( store brought or a blend of the following
a pinch of turmeric,pepper powder, chilly powder,
cumin powder,garam masala and chaat masala)
Ginger garlic pas…

Chicken Pouch/Potli

Chicken Pouch/Potli
 Chicken pouch is a bite size appetizer and perfect for parties. It has a spicy meat and peas filling and the dough is shaped like a pouch.This recipe is inspired from the beggars Pouch/purse recipe which is normally bundles made with crepes or phyllo dough with different types of filling. Hear I have deep fried so that it will retain crispiness for longer time.You can try veg or non vegetarian fillings.
Ingredients
All Purpose flour- 2 cup
Egg white-1
Ghee- 1 tsp
Oil- 1 tsp
Salt- 1/3 tsp
Sugar- 1/2 tsp

For the filling
Minced chicken- 250 gms
Green peas- 1/2 cup
Onion- 1 medium
green chilly- 1
Ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder- a pinch
Garam masala- 3/4 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/3 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Coriander  leaves chopped a little
Lemon juice- 1 tsp


Take flour in a bowl and mix in sugar and salt. Pour ghee and oil and mix and rub the flour till it resembles wet sand. Beat egg white separately and pour into the flour along with 1/3 cup of water. …

Mango Mousse

Mango Mousse
Happy New Year to all my friends, readers and well wishers! Wishing you all a wonderful 2013!
Starting this New year with a delicious treat, a wonderfully light and fluffy mousse. This is an egg less luscious dessert with made with mango puree and whipping cream.You can make it ahead and it is perfect for a dinner party especially if you do not want a overtly sweet desert. It is a light dessert and I love the color and flavor of mangoes. Try this,you will surely love it.
Ingredients

Mango puree- 2 1/2 cup
Whipping cream- 2 cup
Granulated sugar- 1/2 cup
( Add according to mango sweetness)
Gelatin- 1 packet
Salt- a pinch

lemon juice- 1/2 lemon


 Soak the gelatin in ice cold water for approx. 5 minutes.
Make a fine puree of the mango and put through a sieve before proceeding with the recipe.
Take 1/3 of the mango puree in a sauce pan and heat it in a low flame. When it is warm add the gelatin and mix well till it completely dissolves. Take off from the flame and mix in the r…
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