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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Chicken Bezule / Mangalorean Street Food


1/2 kg chicken
1/2 cup coriander leaves, chopped
2 sprig curry leaves
3 green chillies
1 " piece ginger
5 garlic cloves
2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
a pinch/ few drops of red food color
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp yoghurt
1 tbsp plain flour
1 1/2-2 tbsp rice flour
salt to taste
oil for frying

  1. Clean and cut the chicken into small pieces and keep it aside.
  2. Grind coriander leaves, curry leaves, green chillies, ginger and garlic together to a coarse paste.
  3. Transfer this to a bowl and add chilli powder, garam masala, red food color, lemon juice, yoghurt , rice flour, plain flour and salt to this and mix well.
  4. Add the cleaned chicken pieces , mix well and keep it in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the chicken in batches till brown on both sides at medium heat., about 3-4 minutes. Do not over fry the chicken pieces.
  6. Drain into paper towels and garnish with fried curry leaves.. Serve hot..
Recipe Source: Vahrehvah.com

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Watermelon Lemonade


4 cups watermelon, chopped into small pieces
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 cups of cold water
ice cubes as needed

  1. In a saucepan,  bring 1/4 cup water and sugar to a boil over medium heat until sugar dissolves,  about 5 minutes. Remove from the flame and let it cool. 
  2. Then add about 1/4 cup lemon juice and 3 cups of cold water to this and stir well. Keep it aside.
  3. In a blender, add the chopped watermelon and puree until smooth. 
  4. Then strain to a large bowl/ jug through a strainer and add the prepared lemonade and stir well to combine.
  5. Pour into serving glasses and top it with ice cubes and serve chilled...

Friday, 20 January 2017

Njandu Kadumbu / Steamed Rice Dumplings in Crab Gravy


For Kadumbu (Rice dumplings)

2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup grated coconut
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups of water

For Crab Gravy:

4 medium crabs, cleaned
1 cup grated coconut
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
3/4-1 tbsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3 shallots
1 small onion, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
2 slit green chillies
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
tamarind (half lemon size), soaked in 1/2 cup of water
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
2 1/2-3 tbsp oil

  1. For preparing kadumbu, first crush grated coconut, fennel seeds and small onion together.
  2. Boil water and salt in a pan. Add this boiling water to the rice flour and mix well. 
  3. Add the crushed coconut mixture and knead well to a smooth dough.
  4. Make small balls out of the dough and slightly flatten it and steam cook in a steamer for 10-12 minutes..Keep them aside..
  5. To prepare the gravy, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and roast grated coconut with shallots and curry leaves till golden.
  6. Switch off the flame and add coriander powder and garam masala to this and mix well. Then grind it to a smooth paste adding little water and keep it aside.
  7. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil in a large pan, add chopped onion, tomato, green chillies, ginger and garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  8. Add  chilli powder and turmeric powder and mix well.
  9. Add tamarind extract, cleaned crab pieces and salt, mix well and cook on medium flame for about 8-10 minutes adding about 1-1 1/2 cup of water.
  10. Then add the ground coconut mixture and mix well and cook for few minutes on medium flame.
  11. When it starts to boil, add the prepared kadumbu/ rice dumplings, mix well and cook on low flame for 5-10 minutes or until the gravy is thick and well coated with rice dumplings...Serve as a main dish...

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Nutella French Toast Rolls


10 bread slices
10 tsp nutella
1 large egg
1 1/2 tbsp mik
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 cup sugar
2-3 tbsp butter, for frying

  1. In a plate, combine the sugar and cinnamon powder and keep it aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the egg and milk until combined.
  3. Remove crust from each slice of bread and flatten using a rolling pin.
  4. Spread 1 tsp of nutella evenly on one side of the flattened bread and roll the bread tightly.
  5. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-low flame and melt 1 tbsp of butter.
  6. Dip each roll in the egg mixture until coated and place 3-4 rolls at a time on the hot pan. Lightly fry/ toast it on all sides until golden brown and remove from the pan.
  7. Then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture and serve immediately, while warm...
  • Instead of cinnamon sugar, you can also sprinkle / roll in the caster sugar/ superfine sugar.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Chicken Pizza Flower Pops


For the pizza base:

3 cups all purpose flour/ maida
2 tbsp milk powder
1 3/4 tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp oregano
3 tbsp oil
luke warm water, as required for kneading

For chicken topping:

250 gm boneless chicken
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp pepper powder
1/2 tsp soy sauce
salt to taste

Other topping ingredients:

pizza sauce, homemade or ready-made (as required)
1 small onion, chopped
1 capsicum, chopped
1/2-1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp crushed red chilli flakes
1 tbsp tomato sauce
grated mozzarella cheese, as required

  1. In a large bowl, add flour, yeast, baking powder, milk powder, sugar, salt and oregano and mix well together.
  2. Add oil to this and mix well. Then add warm water little by little and knead well to a smooth dough and keep it aside covered for about 2-3 hours.
  3. In a bowl, add the cleaned chicken and marinate it with chilli powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder, turmeric powder, soy sauce and salt.
  4. Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the marinated chicken on low flame till done. Cut the chicken pieces into cubes and keep it aside.
  5. Take the dough out, punch it down and knead it again for a minute. Divide it into two portions and roll the dough in a floured surface using a rolling pin and cut out flower shapes using a flower shaped cookie cutter.
  6. Place them on a greased pizza pan/ baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  7. Spread little pizza sauce on each pizza flower and sprinkle little grated cheese.
  8. Then add chopped onion and capsicum and top it with fried chicken pieces.
  9. Top it with shredded mozzarella cheese and sprinkle little chilli flakes, oregano and drop little tomato sauce on top.
  10. Bake them in a preheated oven at 180 degree celcius for about 12-15 minutes (or till the pizza base is golden and the cheese on the top melts).
  11. Remove from the oven and insert lollipop sticks/ bamboo skewers about halfway into each cooked pizzas and serve.... 
  • You can add toppings of your choice....
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