Friday, December 6, 2013


Urad dal
1 cup
2 cups
Parboiled Rice
1 cup
Fenugreek seeds / methi seeds
1 tbsp
Rice Flake
2 tbsp
Idli Rava
1 cup (this makes the batter bit rough texture)
as needed
to taste

Preparation of batter:

  • Soak rice, parboiled rice and fenugreek seeds together in water for 6-8hrs.
  • In the same way soak Urad dal, ildi rava and rice flakes each separately.
  • Before grinding wash all ingredients. Now mix all the ingredients together except idli rava.
  • Drop all the mixture into a grinder and grind to a smooth batter. Add water as required till the batter turns to smooth and fluffy.
  • Finally add washed and squeezed idli rava and salt. Continue grinding for another 5 minutes and transfer to a blow.
  • Keep it in a warm place for fermenting minimum 8 hrs.

Making Dosa:

  • Mix the batter. If the batter consistency is too thick mix water till u get the right consistency. Check the salt at this point.
  • Heat non-stick pan at high heat. Pour ladle full of batter on the centre of the pan and spread the batter like dosa.
  • Dizzle ½ tsp of oil and cook till it turns to nice golden in color. Flip the dosa and dizzle ½ tsp of oil and cook for sometime. When dosa is roasted remove to a serving plate and serve with chutney
  • In picture I served with Tomato chutney and Kobbari/ coconut chutney.

Tomato Chutney:

Kobbari Chutney/ Coconut Chutney:
Masala Dosa:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Apple Dates Cake (Baked on stovetop using a cake cooker)

Big Apple
1 (peeled and grated)
All purpose flour / Maida
1¼ th cup
½ tsp
Baking Soda
1 tsp
Cinnamon powder
1 tsp
Vanilla essence
1 tsp
¼ th cup
¾ th cup
10 (remove the seeds)
½ cup

  • First combine and sieve all dry ingredients, except sugar in a mixing bowl for couple of times.
  • In a mixer jar add sugar, oil, milk, vanilla essence and dates. Grind on low speed till all ingredients mixed and pureed well.
  • Add eggs and grind on low speed for 5 seconds.
  • Now add half of the dry ingredients mix and repeat the grinding process as said above.
  • Repeat the same with the remaining flour mix.
  • Finally add grated apple and mix with a spoon.
  • Transfer to a Grease and Flour a Pan and bake the cake.
  • Bake at 350 F heat for 25-30mins, or inserting a toothpick it should out clean.
    Turn off the oven and allow it to cool down completely. Otherwise it will break while slicing the cake or taking out from the cake pan.

  • I baked this cake on GAS STOVE using a CAKE COOKER. Pictures are attached below.
  • Fill the sand in the sand tin.
  • Grease the cake mould with oil or butter and dust the mould with flour (the cake comes out without sticking)
  • Bake it on low flame for at least 45mins or till the inserted spoon comes out clean.
  • Allow it to cool completely and then transfer to a plate.
  • Cut like bread slices and serve.

Cake Mould, Lid and Sand tin.

Pour sand and place it on the stove

Close it with the lid after pouring the batter and keep it on the  sand tin

After baking it for 50-60 minutes, the cake comes like this

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Banana Walnut Cake

I always like to bake simple cakes. My Husband and myself are not a big fan of cream cakes or Icing cakes. I always browse for simple baking cake recipes. I got this recipe from NAARISAKHI's member “PATEL”. Her version is  “Eggless Walnuts Banana Cake”. But I added 2 eggs to batter and baked it. It came out very well. My special Thanks to PATEL. It was a big big hit cake recipe. I'm posting the same recipe by adding 2 eggs.

Maida / White Flour
1 cup
½ cup (roughly chopped)
Ripen banana
1 (peeled and chopped into chunks)
¼ cup
¼ cup
Vanilla essence
½ tsp
Baking Soda
1 tsp

  • Grease 5" x 9" ovenproof baking pan or cake tin with 1 tbsp of oil or butter. Keep aside.
  • Sieve All purpose flour and baking soda together in a bowl. Divide this mixture into 2 portions. Keep aside.
  • Blend banana chunks into puree. Add essence, oil , sugar and blend it for few seconds
  • Add eggs one after the other and blend it (only) for few seconds.
  • Transfer this puree into a bowl and add first portion of dry ingredients and whisk or stir in one direction only. Add remaining portion of flour and stir till all ingredients are nicely mixed.
  • Finally add chopped nuts and mix gently.
  • Transfer this batter into greased baking pan or cake tin.
  • Bake at 350 F heat for 25- 30 mins or inserting toothpick, it should come out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool down completely otherwise it will break while slicing the cake or taking out from baking pan

  • Its ready to serve.

    NOTE: Cake can be baked on gas stove by using cake cookers.

Thursday, October 31, 2013


medium big size ball
1 litre
2 tbsp
Green chillies
Red chilly powder
½ tsp
Onions medium small
2 (chopped)
2 tsp
2 tbsp
Tempering seasonings
Urad - 1 tsp
Mustards - ¼ tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic - 3 flakes
Red chillies - 2
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves 2 tsp chopped
Coriander leaves/ Cilantro
2 tsp chopped

  • Dry roast sesame till light brown in color.
  • Heat tbsp oil in a kadai and fry the green chillies. Remove from oil and cool it down.
  • Make a fine paste with roasted sesame and green chillies. Keepa aside
  • Extra the juice from tamarind with litre water. The the juice should be lite.
  • Add red chilly powder, turmeric, salt and sugar and sesame-green chillies paste. Mix well without any lumps.
  • Prepare tempering with the remaining oil in the same kadai. Pour on the above prepared tamarind water.
  • Add onions and chopped cilantro.
  • Serve with rice and chicken fry as side dish

Monday, October 28, 2013


Serving persons : 4-5
Cooking time : 15 mins
Preparation time : 10 mins
Courtesy : (youtube)

400gms (cut into cubes)
250gms (diced)
1 cup (diced)
Green chillies
10-12 (slitted)
Whole garlic bulb
1 (peeled and crushed)
Curry leaves
2 strings
10-15 leaves (chopped finely)
Tomato sauce - 3 tbsp
Chilly sauce - 1 tbsp
Soy sauce - 1 tbsp
Tangy sauce - 1 tsp (optional)
1 tsp
Tangy sauce (optional)
1 tsp
2 pinches
to taste
Corn flour
3 - 4 tbsp

  • Dust paneer cubes in corn flour and keep them aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsps oil in a wide pan. Drop the paneer pcs and fry till they turn into light golden brown in color all the sides. Remove to a plate and keep aside.
  • In the same pan heat 2 tbsps of oil. Keep the flame high and fry one by one  garlic, green chillies, curry leaves, onions, capsicm and paneer.
  • Now add as listed the above sauces. ajinomoto, salt and pepper powder. Mix well.
  • At the end add chopped mint leaves and stir well.  Off the flame and serve hot.
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