Saturday, March 6, 2010

It is a Misprint, its not : it is ,

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
My daughter again with her innocence :
Two days back, there was an article in Deccan Herald with the title -
Keep away your children from TV screen, Computer : Study
I showed it to my elder daughter. My intention was to make her aware of the bad effects of TV and Computer.
But she came with her interpretation :
She told me, 
Mamma, there is a mistake in printing. It should be
Keep away your children from TV screen, Computer , Study!!!!
She thought that the : mark is misprinted and there should be , in that place. 
She told me back that see even paper says we should be away from study!!!!
Any explanation for this!?????

Keep smiling,

Friday, March 5, 2010

Biscuit Poli for Holi

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all,

In North Karnataka, there is a tradition that during the Holi festival, people prepare poli or stuffed sweet paratha or (ಹೋಳಿಗೆ in Kannada). My mom wanted to make puran poli. But last week, I saw 2 packets of Complan Biscuits in the box, (which I bought 2 months back for my kids). I was thinking what can I make with that. Then, few days back I prepared Chocolate Halwa which I got from Srivalli ( here is the recipe ). There was little condensed milk left with me. So I thought of making poli using biscuit and condensed milk.
It was fun preparing as my mother also joined me and helped me to do this.

I had one Chocolate cream biscuit and one orange cream biscuit packet. First I thought I will mix both the biscuits. But my mother told me to make separate as both taste different. It was good that I listened to her.(I seldom do that!!! :-( ). 
Ingredients :
Chocolate cream biscuit - 1 packet (10 pieces were there in one packet)
Orange cream biscuit - 1 packet
Condensed milk - 3 tbsp for each biscuit
I crushed the biscuits(one by one)  and put it in a blender to make it a powder. Transfered in a plate and added condensed milk to the powder to make a dough.(you can see in the photo). Make small balls to stuff and keep it ready.
 For dough
Wheat flour - cup 
(for healthier reason, I used wheat flour, you can use all purpose flour or maida also)
Pinch of salt
Oil - 1 tsp
Mix together in a bowl and prepare soft dough and keep it aside for half an hour.

Take small ball of wheat flour dough and roll little. Keep one biscuit ball in the middle and cover the dough properly.
Roll it to make a circle. And fry it both the sides. Repeat with other balls.

I could make 4 polis from each flavor. (total 8 polis!)
My elder daughter enjoyed the Chocolate poli and my neighbor loved the orange poli. It tasted really great! I really recommend everyone to try this, especially for the kids.
I hope all of you enjoyed the colorful festival Holi. My both daughters had a blast. Here are the photos : 


Keep Smiling,                   

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dhavanai Idly (Food Remake)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all,
It is so easy to prepare food, when some one is guiding you!! That's why I enjoy very much when ever I follow other blog and cook any dish. And I post it in 'Food Remake' label, as it is very common in Indian film industry to remake the movies from one language to the other. So even my food here is the remake one!!!

As I have mentioned earlier, You will get 14 varieties of idly s  in EC's Simple Indian Food- An Easy Cooking Blog.
This is one of variety from her blog, and she has taken it from Samaikalam Vanga blog. click   here  for the details. 
It is easy to prepare, but when I made it first time, it came out little hard, The second time it was better. 
You try it and let me know about the taste.

Keep smiling,

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Puri Kurma

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all,
My Husband's favorite dish, which he loves to eat for his breakfast, lunch, dinner or his lunch box. Even my daughter loves to take it for her Tiffin box. 

Recipe for Puri :
Wheat flour - 1 cup
Hot oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Milk - 2 tbsp
Water to make dough
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and make in to a dough(not too soft nor too hard)
Keep it aside only for 10 minutes.
Oil to fry puri.
Keep oil in a kadai. Till it gets hot, 
there are  two ways to roll the puri,
normal method is,
take small lemon size balls and roll into small round shapes. Keep it aside. Once the oil is hot, slip all the puris one by one and fry the puris on high flame. If you try to fry it in low flame, the puris will soak more oil. 
My method is,
Take a big portion of (almost a big orange shape) dough and roll it into thick and big round cirlce(in to the size of a eating plate). Take a small bowl or katori which has sharp edge. Keep it with sharp edge on the rolled dough on a side and press it hard so that you will get the puri out when you remove the bowl. Repeat with the remained rolled dough. And at the end you will get a star shape in the middle. Or you can cut with a knife for desired shape. When ever I make it for the kids, I will try to make maximum shapes like triangle, diamond or star. Star shape is my daughter's favorite.
Recipe for Kurma :
Potato - 2 big, cleaned, peeled and cubed.
Carrot - 1 big, cleaned and  cubed
Beans - 8 to 10, cleaned and cut into long pieces
Onion - 1 big, cubed
To make into paste
Tomato - 1 big or 2 medium, chopped
Clove - 2
Cinnamon - 1/2" piece
Fresh or dry coconut - 1 tbsp
Dry coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste 
Mix all and grind into a fine paste.
Oil - 1 tbsp
Green chilly - 1 slit 
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Heat oil in a small cooker in which you are making kurma. Add chopped onion and fry till brown. Add the cut vegetables. Fry for few minutes. Add ground paste and turmeric powder. Mix properly and cook for few minutes. Add 1 cup water and green chilly. Adjust the seasoning. Cover the lid and give 1 whistle.  
When cool, the kurma is ready to eat with puri. 
If you are planning to send it for lunch box, add very little water or till the vegetables are covered.

Recipe for Cabbage poriyal :
Click here for the recipe : Cabbage poriyal  It is optional but taste good with kurma and puri.

Sending this to radhika's event, Event Announcement: Food for 7 Stages of Life 
which is connected with Sudeshna’s Cook like a bong (co-host of this event)


Sending this to Pari's  THE COMBO EVENT 


Keep Smiling,

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Tried and tasted by Nivedita
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