January 27, 2013

Fruit salad with vanilla flavored custard powder recipe - how to make fruit salad

Fruit salad with vanilla flavored custard powder - This is a healthy dessert made with milk, sugar, fruits and flavored custard powder. The combination of  both the vanilla flavor and fruits flavor makes this dish very aromatic and rich. When my kids were small, I used to make it often. A great way to make them eat fruits and they love it too. In this dish I have used fruits available with me. Any soft seasonal fruits can be used to make this super easy fruit salad. It tastes absolutely delicious and an ideal dessert for fruit lovers. It is an easy dessert which can be made for any get-together and potluck party.

fruit salad in a serving bowl
Fruit salad with vanilla flavored custard powder recipe with step by step pictures

January 22, 2013

Alambe phodi recipe - mushroom phodi recipe - how to make mushroom phodi - mushroom recipe


Alambe phodi recipe - This is a mushroom based side dish for steamed rice and chapatis. This can also be served as an appetizer or snack.  A really easy and tasty dish prepared with fresh mushrooms, applied with red masala paste, coated with semolina and shallow fried. This type of mushroom fritters are popularly known as alambe phodi in konkani. Marinated mushrooms are  coated with semolina  and then shallow fried to make a delicious phodi. It is very simple to prepare and very hot in taste. You can adjust  the quantity of chilly powder to suit your taste buds. 

mushroom phodi in a serving bowl
Alambe phodi recipe with step by step pictures

January 18, 2013

Boiled corn on the cob with lime and chilly powder recipe - boiled bhutta recipe - how to boil corn on the cob

Boiled corn on the cob with lime and chilly powder recipe - Boiling  corn on the cob or bhutta directly in water or pressure cook them is the easiest way to prepare corn for eating. Grilling is another method to prepare corn, but I prefer boiling it in the salt water and then rub it with lime, salt and chilly powder.  But you can  also apply butter or cheese over it. It can be prepared easily at home only with two steps. If you prefer to roast the corn, just place it directly on stove flame and with the help of tongs, rotate it to roast evenly. 

corn on the cob in a serving plate
Boiled corn on the cob with lime and chilly powder recipe

January 16, 2013

Crab Curry Recipe / Kurle Ambat / Coastal Karnataka Crab Curry Recipe



Kurle ambat recipe - The Crab Curry  is one of my favorites among the coconut based seafood curry recipe.The recipe of crab curry  posted here is Konkani style of preparation of crab curry. In this curry I used roasted spices like red chillies, coriander seeds, methi seeds and mustard seeds. Sometimes I use spices without roasting.  This gives a different flavor to the curry. In such a situation do not use methi and mustard seeds.
I Always use byadagi chillies because they are deep red in colour and less pungent than other chilli varieties. There are two varieties  of crabs available in the fish market. Sea Crab (we call this jali) with dotted outer skin which is soft and easy to eat,  second variety is  River crab with plain outer skin which is little bit harder than Sea  crab (jali)   Both types of crab tastes good. You can use either of them for the curry. I used sea crabs (jali) in this recipe. You can also use the same recipe to make curry from fresh white prawns. The following ingredients are sufficient to make curry of  25 large sized or 35 to 40 medium sized fresh prawns.

January 14, 2013

Tilgul shenga vadi recipe - ellu bellada vadi - til shenga vadi recipe

Wishing You All a Very Happy Makar Sankranti 
Tilgul shenga vadi recipe - It is Makar Sankranti today and I made this sesame jaggery vadi to celebrate the occasion. In Karnataka and Maharashtra there is a custom to distribute til or sesame seeds and guld or jaggery and haldi, kumkum during makar sankranti. Women usually prepare tilgul vadi and tilgul ladoo at home and invite married women for haldi, kumkum. Tilgul vadi is a traditional Maharashtrian barfi made from sesame seeds, peanuts and jaggery. It  can be prepared using sugar instead of jaggery. But sugar syrup makes vadi crunchy and slightly hard where jaggery  makes it soft. I chose softer version of  vadi.  So, used jaggery in this sweet. You can use half sugar and half jaggery to make it slightly crunchy.



til gud vadi in a serving plate
Tilgul shenga vadi recipe

January 11, 2013

Apple milkshake recipe - how to make apple milkshake - breakfast option

Apple milkshake recipe - There is a saying  "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" and it is true. Apple in any form is good for health. It has numerous health benefits. Apple is antioxidant and packed with vitamins and minerals. The Apple  Milkshake is a perfect breakfast drink for kids and adults. It is delicious and filling and can be made in a jiffy. You can make it more healthier by using honey instead of sugar. Even it can be served at room temperature during winter season. During summer you can also add one scoop of your favorite ice cream. Ingredients can be adjusted in this milkshake as per your taste and requirement. 

Apple milkshake in serving glasses
Apple milkshake recipe with step by step pictures.

January 10, 2013

Gajar halwa recipe - how to make carrot halwa - halwa recipe

Gajar halwa recipe - Carrot halwa is a very popular traditional Indian dessert made with carrots, milk, ghee and sugar. This is another easy carrot recipe that can be prepared quickly. Saute the carrots in ghee, then add the milk and sugar and simmer till the mixture becomes thick. The addition of proper amount of sugar takes this halwa to the next level. The cardamom powder adds an extra flavor to this dessert. This halwa is very delicious with a soft texture to melt in the mouth. This is my family favourite and when carrots are in season, I make it to serve as a dessert. When it comes to making halwa, I always prefer to use Delhi carrots which is better for halwa in comparison to Mahabaleshwar carrots.

Gajar halwa in a serving plate
 Gajar halwa recipe with step by step pictures.