I ain't good at drawing but I can say with confidence that I can cook quite well and make everyone happy, with a good meal. Cooking is an art and with passion & Love for it we can create so many wonderful dishes....Loving it everytime...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Egg Puff

I love making snacks for weekends as thats when Vivek is also at home to have hot tea and of course even Arya loves puff.
Its an easy to make tiffin and the only thing that one has to buy is the pastry sheets. I also make peas puffs and vegetable puffs and the method for them is also the same as the egg puff, which I have added along with this recipe.
Kids will love it too..

You will need:-
Pastry sheets - 1 no (1 sheet makes 9 puffs)
Red onion - 1 big (chopped fine)
Green chilies - 2 crushed
Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp (or as spice required)
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Egg - hard boiled 4 nos cut in two
Raw egg - 1 (just beaten and set aside for egg wash)
Cooking oil - 1 tbsp

1. In a kadai pour the oil and when hot add the fennel seeds and once it stops spluttering add the green chilies.

2. Fry it for a few seconds and then add the chopped onions

3. When fully cooked add the garam masala, chili powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and the ginger garlic paste and mix well.
4. If you wish you can add a less than quarter cup of water to cook the masala.

5. Once the raw smell is gone add salt and let it simmer for a minute or two and then add the boiled eggs.
6. Make sure the egg gets covered in masala fully and then reduce the heat to a little less than medium and let is set for 10 minutes.
7. Thaw the pastry sheets according to package instructions and then spread it on to a flat dry surface that has some flour on it. Roll it with a rolling pin just a little bit and then cut it into desired sizes. Pre-heat the over to 350degrees. I use Pepperridge farms pastry sheets and I cut one sheet into 9 pieces.
8. Now place one piece of egg with a little masala on one side of the cut pastry sheet.

9. Take the egg wash and rub it on the sides and then fold the sheet and make sure the sides stick together, use a fork to press it down.

10. Rub a few drops of egg wash on the top of the sheet, as that will give the puff a nice glaze color.
11. Follow the same procedure for all the other pastry sheets and then place then one by one leaving a little place between them.

12. Place them in the oven for 12-14 minutes, depending on the oven or until golden brown on the top.
13. Serve hot with ketchup or any sauce.

For peas puff :- It is the same ingredients as teh above instead of egg add 1/2 a cup of peas and you can also add more onions if you like.

For veg puff :- Add 1/4 cup of peas, 1/4 cup of finely cut french peans, 1/4 cup of grated/finely chopped carrot.

P.S. - If you do not eat egg then just use water to stick the sides of the pastry sheets and you can use a fork to press down the sides.

Jeera rice

When my friend Nisha and her husband Sujit came over I had made jeera rice and they loved it, it was my second attempt and it and it was really good. Seriously,its Bindiya's recipe what would I do without her! She just had her second baby, blessed with a boy again, we both have been considerably busy these past days and I am yet to speak to her.....

Here it is:-
Shallots - chopped fine 1/2 cup
Green chilies - chopped fine 3 nos
Bay leaf - 2
Cumin seeds - 2 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Cooking oil - 1tbsp
Basmati rice - 1.5 cups (washed and soaked for 15mins and then drained)
Salt to taste
Water - 2 and 3/4 cups for cooking the rice
Cashew - Optional (1 tbsp)

In a non stick kadai pour the ghee and oil and once hot add the green chilies, shallots and bay leaf.
Once the onions are well done add the cumin seeds and fry it for a few seconds and then add the basmati rice and salt.
Fry it till the aroma arises and then add the whole thing in the rice cooker and pour the water and cook it till done.
Serve hot with any favorite curry of choice.

P.S. - If you don't like to add shallots its alright, just avoid it!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Spicy Chicken Curry

I had chicken drumsticks in the fridge and I was too lazy to cut them into smaller pieces, so I kept thinking of a way to make it easy. Then it struck me that I could shred them up. And that's how I came up with this curry, and now I kinda like to make it like that as it is easy and I can get rid of a little fat too, isn't that something?
So this is how the curry came about:

You need:-
Chicken drumsticks - 4 nos
Onion - 1 medium crushed
Green chilies -2 slit lengthwise
Tomatoes - 1 8oz can of tomato paste
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Vinegar - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Cilantro - 2 tbsp chopped
Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
Coconut - ground 1/4 cup

you can change the quantity as per your requirement..

1. In a non-stick pan or vessel pour 3/4 cup of water add a little salt and add the chicken drumsticks to it. Cover and let it cook on medium flame until fully cooked.Throw the whole thing into a colander and keep a vessel under it to drain all the fat and water.Once it becomes a bit warm shred it up nicely and set it aside.

2. In the meantime pour oil in a kadai and when hot add the green chilies and the chopped onions.

3. Once well done add the ginger garlic paste and garam masala.

4. Fry until the raw smell goes and add the chili powder and turmeric powder.

5. A little later add the cumin powder and allow the masala to cook for a while.

6. Now add the tomato paste and a little water

7. Add salt and the shredded chicken and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

8. Pour in the ground coconut and let it cook for another 5 minutes.

9. Add chopped cilantro and switch it off and let it set for a few minutes before pouring it into the serving bowl.

Serve hot with rice, rotis, dosa or anything you like...

Saturday, October 4, 2008


A new event coming your way this month....

When I hosted the Summer Splash Event in June, I did not think that I would get that many responses, and I was overwhelmed with joy. So knowing that you all will support my next event and also send me sumptuous entries, I have come up with this event.
Every home has a specific way of laying out a meal on a daily basis, a festival, a celebration and get to-gathers. I have been thinking of creating this event for a while now and so here it is. This event is called "Sapadu Ready",Kindle the Chef in You! . Sapadu is a Tamil word for food and "Sapadu Ready" means Food is Ready. For this event you can create any meal and it doesn't have any restriction of any kind when it comes to the ingredients.. Make your favorite meal and send in an entry with it and don't forget to add a picture of the same..It can be any kind of meal except a single dish.....
The image (the 6x splash) I used for this logo is taken from Tom Barnett's PhotoStream.

A few things to remember:
1. There is no restriction on the number of entries that you can send in.
2. You can send in casual/everyday/formal/
festival meal/ parties/pot lucks... anything you like.
3. If you have an appropriate entry for this event just re post it again by adding the logo and back linking to my post.
4. Don't forget to add in the recipe for all the dishes in the entry and also the pictures if possible.
5. It can be veg or non-veg or a combination.
6. You can have a theme for your meal if you like.
7.Add a synopsis for the theme or the occasion or that which lead to the creation of the meal...for the meal, that should be fun.. Make sure that you send one meal as a single entry.
8. No using frozen or store bought ready to eat or make.The meal has to be made from start to finish at home in a home kitchen.
8. Add the logo in your entry and please mention about your entry in the comment of the event page,
10.The email id to which you have to send it is : mynalabagham(at) gmail(dot)com
11.Mail me your entry with the subject as - Sapadu Ready
12. If it is a potlouck make sure you mention the name of the person who made it and also the recipe for the dish too.

Make starters, soups, entrees, desserts... .If you do not have a blog, that shouldn't stop you from participating in this event.

Mail me your entry with the subject as - Sapadu Ready
Your name:
Blog name:
Blog url:
Entry name:
Entry url:
Category : Casual, Formal,Party/Get together/Pot lucks, Everyday meal, Comfort food
Synopsis: if you would like to add one
Picture : as an attachment (preferred)

The last date for sending your delicious entries will be November 25th. So what are you waiting for, take your pots and pans and plan up a meal and start sending in your entries.....Hurry up and start sending in your entries..........