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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Seviya / Sweet Vermicelli

                                         Eid Mubarak to all my dear friends

Eid is a time of celebration. We use this opportunity to meet all our relatives and friends and share our joy and happiness. 




Food plays an important role in all these reunions and no feast is complete without a dessert  and that too if it is a festival then it is sort of a compulsion to have sweet to celebrate. Each and every family will have their own version of traditional recipes and in that, sweet is a must.

I have tasted this dessert, whiIe I was in Andhra and my neighbours used to give this often. Then my mom learnt this and made this for me. I usually make different varieties of payasams or kheer for Eid. But this time I thought of this and tried with the help of my mom and the result was, a perfect and yummy dessert within minutes.




In this recipe, the vermicelli is roasted in clarified butter and then cooked in sugar syrup till soft and smooth. If we want we can add khoya which will increase the flavor. This dessert is generally made with thin vermicelli, but as my husband doesn’t like thin variety, I made this with bambino. This is dry Seviya and can be stored for many days. We can also serve this with cream.

Ingredients:

  1. Vermicelli- 2 cups
  2. Sugar- ¾ cup
  3. Ghee / Clarified Butter- 3 tbsp
  4. Water- 1 ½ cups
  5. Mixed Nuts (cashews, almonds and pistachios)- ½ Cup
  6. Saffron / Food colour- 1 pinch
  7. Cardamom powder- 1tsp
Method:
  1. Heat ghee in a pan and roast the vermicelli till the raw smell disappears or till it turns golden brown in colour.
  2. In another bowl add water and sugar and boil  till the sugar dissolves well. In this add the orange food colour and cardamom powder.
  3. Add this sugar syrup in the roasted vermicelli. Lower the flame and cook till the vermicelli becomes soft and water is completely absorbed.
  4. Mix well till the moisture from the vermicelli is evaporated and it becomes dry.
  5. Garnish with all the nuts and serve hot or cold.



Friday, October 12, 2012

No bake Lemon Pie

I love visiting Laura’s blog as there are so many different varieties and so many new dishes which are very easy to make and the way she explains each and every dish is amazing to watch. 



Once as I was searching for some other recipe, I accidentally found this and at that time I had all the ingredients which was required to make this dish with me. So thought of giving it a try, not in a tart pan but in small dessert glasses and I know that the glass which I used was not so small but we can make this in small glasses and it looks good when served in glasses.
Believe me, this tastes so delicious. With the sweet and the tangy flavour, we will end up having at least two to three glasses. This is a perfect dish for any occasion and also a different dish to try.




As shown in the original recipe we can make this in tart pan and cut it in slices and serve it, but I like it this way as we can see the layers. To fill the glass, I layered first with biscuit crumbs, condensed milk mixture, whipping cream. Then again I repeated the layers and on top of the whipping cream I decorated with small jellies. I hope you all will try and like this dish.
Ingredients:
Adapted From Laura in the kitchen

  1. Graham Cracker Crumbs / Marie Biscuits- 1 Packet
  2. Butter- ½ cup
  3. Granulated Sugar- ¼ cup
  4. Condensed Milk- 1 can
  5. Lemon Juice- ½ cup
  6. Lemon Zest- 1
  7. Whipping Cream- 1 cup
Method:
  1. Powder the marie biscuits to powder and mix this along with required amount of butter in a bowl till it resembles the texture of sand.
  2. Press this mixture in serving glasses and keep this aside.
  3. Mix sugar, condensed milk, lemon juice and lemon zest well. Pour this over the prepared crust.
  4. Whip the cream and spread this evenly over the top of the mixture and refrigerate this for atleast 2- 3 hrs before serving and decorate as required and serve.



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Spicy Baby Potato fry

This is a very easy, simple and delicious side dish, which goes well with steaming rice. Usually we will be preparing this with regular potatoes, but with baby potatoes this looks cute and tasty too.



Believe me, you will ending up licking the bowl. This will be so tasty and it will be a hot favorite among kids.  I have added a touch of sambar powder as this will increase the taste and this I learnt from my S-I-L. Whenever she goes to her house, she used to bring homemade sambar powder and she used to add it in all the fries and it tasted heavenly.




This has become a regular dish at my house, that my kid always wants this along with rice. This is very healthy and nutritious and is worth a try.

Ingredients:

  1. Baby Potatoes- 10- 15 nos
  2. Red chilli powder- 1 tsp
  3. Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  4. Cumin powder- ½ tsp
  5. Sambar powder- ½ tsp
  6. Onions- 1 no
  7. Green chillies (slit)- 2 nos
  8. Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  9. Urad dal- 1 tsp
  10. Oil- 1 tbsp
Method:
  1. Wash and pressure cook the baby potatoes for until 2 whistles. It should be cooked well and should be soft, but not mushy. Peel the skin and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan add the mustard seeds and urad dal. When it splutters add the sliced onions and green chillies.
  3. Add the peeled potatoes, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, sambar powder and salt.
  4. Stir well till all the potatoes are mixed with the spice powders and cook for another 2-3 minutes or till the potatoes get well roasted.
  5. Serve it with hot steaming rice.



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