Friday, 27 January 2017

Vegetable Upma


Time saver recipe for weekdays. 

 You can replace "Rava'' with "Broken wheat" or "Couscous".  

All of them are healthy and tasty. 

Goes well with a freshly ground Coconut chutney.

One of my friends were complaining  about the upma getting too mushy. The key is always to add less water as possible and let it cook covered in low flame :)   I like it in any form however.


Rava /Broken wheat / Couscous - 1 cup
Mixed vegetables cut small - 2 cup
(Carrots, Green beans, red onion)

Cashew nuts - some
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Whole dry red chillies - 2 
Ginger chopped - 1 tsp
Cardamom - 4,  seeds crushed

Ghee or oil


Chop the vegetables, set aside.

Roast rava in a bottom thick pan sauting continously. If you have a roasted Rava then skip this step.

Heat 1 tbsp Ghee or oil in a pan. Fry cashew nuts in it. Set aside.

Splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves, red whole chillies. 

1 tsp chopped ginger.  When rawness goes add chopped vegetables. Fry for 5 min.

Add roasted rava, mix well . 

Add 2 tsp of salt and 1 1/2 cup of water . Mix and allow to cook closed in a low flame.

10 mins. then you can check if the upma is done.

Mix in crushed cardamoms and fried Cashew nuts.

Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Frohes Fest

Let the bright Star of Bethlehem lighten our lives and
 give us strength and courage to do our best throughtout the year.
Merry Christmas to all my readers and fellow Bloggers!!!

I hope you all had a great time.

We had a very typical Christmas this time at home ... parents were visiting.
So spend a lot of time planning, cleaning,decorating and organising gifts ..
Its a whole lot of work..but its worth to every bit.

Its better to buy the X'mas trees the last week.
 First you will get cheaper second it wont dry up too early. .

ok lets come back to the Dinner and some recipes

Pumpkin Cream Soup

The Pumpkin we got this Autumn from backyard made our soup. Was childrens favourite.

Turkey from Oven with Kräuterbutter

We applied Kräuter butter (herbs butter??!!) , sweet paprika powder, Rosmarin, salt etc overall .
The turkey cooked through in 2 hrs.

Accompanied by a crispy

 Mushroom cream sauce and German Potato Dumplings and salad.

German Dampfnudel with Vanilla Sauce

Accompanied with a typical german Christmas steam cake along with vanilla sauce as dessert

We also made Indian fried rice and lamb curry  but dont hav any proper photos here to post, while we all were very buzy.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Lasagne Bolognese


Lasagne's is one of the most loved recipe at home, 
since my children are crazy over it.
Even if its time consuming once you get familiar with the  recipe 
you will find its easy.


To make Ragout Bolognese (meat mix):
Ground meat( Hackfleisch) - 500 gm
Onion          - 1, chopped
Garlic          - 2 pods, chopped
Tomato paste- 2 tbsp
Tomato puree- 1 bottle
Parsley (Petersilie)     - 1 bunch, chopped
Olive oil

To make Bechamel sauce:
Milk              - 500ml
Butter            - 30 gm
All purpose flour - 40 gm
Lemon juice   - from 1/2 of a lemon
Muskat nut powder - 1 pinch

Other things needed to Layer:
Lasagna Noodles
Grated cheese
Extra butter

Hand blender


Ragout Bolognese (meat mix):

Heat some olive oil in a bottom thick pan.
Add ground meat saute uniformly for 3 min. till they turn the color.
To this add onion, garlic, parsley and then tomato paste. Saute and cook 5 min.
Mix in tomato puree. Add salt and pepper as per need.
Cook open in middle flame for atleast  half hour.

Bechamel sauce:

Melt 30 gm butter in a deep pan.
Add flour to this and saute continously till the rawness goes.
Add milk to this. Mix and cook.
Smoothen the lumbs using a handblender. Cook for 20 min in medium/low heat.
Add pepper, a pinch muskat nut powder, lemon juice.

Lasagna layering:

In a baking dish, spead some meat mix first.
Place Lasgna noodles.  Spread some meat mix.  Then spread some Bechamel sauce evenly.
Then repeat the abve step with Lasagna noodles, meat mix and Bechamel sauce.
Finish it by spreading some grated cheese and butter flakes for better taste.
Bake in oven for 45 min. till done

Friday, 2 September 2016

Squid Thoran - Kanava Thoran


Squid thoran is my hus's favourite, so whenever we goes home mom used to make it for him.
This is her recipe, writing down for my future use as well..


Squid - 2 cup , washed and cut round,  or cut to small pieces if the squid is big.
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp

Coconut grated - 1/2 cup
Ginger chopped- 1tbsp
Garlic chopped- 1/2 tbsp
Green chilly chopped - 1

Mustard seeds
Red onion thinly sliced - 1
Curry leaves - 2 spring


Marinate Squid with 1/2 tsp salt and turmeric and keep aside.

Grid coconut with ginger, garlic and green chilly and keep aside.

Take two bottom thick pans.

Add some oil in a pan. Toss in the squid pieces. Saute and cook till the water comes out from the squid.

Cover the squid and allow it to cook. Add some water if there is not enough water.

In another pan add oil splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves, add onion and saute till they turn transparent.

Add cooked squid, ground coconut mix to the pan with onion and mix well.

Cook covered for 5 min. in medium flame. Check for salt.

Kanava thoran is done. Serve with rice.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Sons 8th Birthday - The very blue Vanilla cake


" I want a vanilla cake this time mama, I dont want always chocolate cake! "  

was my elder son's wish on his 8 th Birthday. 
So I googled to find the best recipe from BBCGoodFood.

Original Recipe Reference :

The best part i liked in this recipe is poking holes and pouring the syrup.
It made the cake moister than the usual ones i make and more vanilla flavoured.


Starwars sticker bought from store
Whipping cream - 600 ml
Food colour - Blue

Added more or less blue colour  to the whipped cream for getting the different shades.