December 15, 2010

Stuffed Mushrooms

Posted in sides, snacks at 9:56 am by kalpana


  1. Italian seasoned breadcrumbs – 1 cup
  2. Grated Parmesan Cheese – 2 tablespoons
  3. Grated Mozzarella Cheese – 1 tablespoon
  4. Finely Chopped Garlic – 1/2  teaspoon
  5. Finely Chopped Green chillies – 1 teaspoon
  6. Finely Chopped Cilantro – 2 tablespoons
  7. Salt – a pinch
  8. oil – 2 tablespoons


  • Grease the baking tray with vegetable oil.
  • To make the stuffing,mix all the ingredients except mushrooms together.
  • Take the stem out of the mushrooms.
  • Run cold water over the mushrooms and clean them.
  • Pat it dry using a paper towel.
  • Take about teaspoon of the stuffing and stuff the mushroom.Don’t use too much stuffing because the mushroom shrinks while baking.
  • Arrange the mushroom in the baking tray.
  • Preheat the conventional oven to 375 deg F.
  • Bake the mushroom for 20 mins.
  • Take it out of oven ,allow it to cool and enjoy.

You are seeing stuffed mushrooms before baking.I used combination of button and baby bella mushrooms.

Current Mood – Silly

Current Song –  akkako enna…….. 🙂


November 7, 2010

Boondhi Laddu

Posted in snacks, Sweets at 10:41 pm by kalpana

This was the time i ever tried making laddu.I gotta say, for the first time it came out pretty good.i have to thank two people – one, who i started this blog with and the other……ahem..well , i think you would know  if it is you..i leave it at that 🙂


Besan – 1 cup

Sugar – 1 cup

Rock candy (kalkandu) – few

Cashews – few

Cardamom (powdered) – 1/4 teaspoon

Ghee/ oil – for frying

Salt – 2 pinches

Baking soda – 2 pinches


For making boondhi

  • Mix besan,salt,baking soda with little water and make a thick batter.
  • Heat oil in a kadai.You can fry it in ghee too.I mixed both.This way , i got the flavor of ghee and didnt feel guilty 🙂
  • Consistency should be thick enough that  it doesnt drop  through the slotted spoon by itself
  • When the oil is screaming hot, pour about a spoonful of batter on the slotted spoon and with the help of another spoon, keep stirring the batter in circular motion over the hot oil.
  • Keep stirring the batter till all the batter is dropped in the hot oil.Cook for few seconds and drain the boodhi in a tissue paper.

For a perfect round boondhi

  1. Oil should be very hot when you drop the boondhi.So everytime ,wait for oil to get heated up.
  2. If the batter is thin, you may not get the perfect round shape.
  3. Wash the slotted spoon and wipe it with a kitchen towel after frying each batch.

For making laddu

  • Make the sugar syrup by heating the sugar with little water.
  • Keep boiling the syrup  until you get one string consistency.
  • fry cashews in little ghee and keep it aside.
  • Add the cardamom  to the syrup.
  • Add the rock candy and cashews to the bhoondi.
  • Apply some ghee to both hands.Add the syrup little by little to the bhoondi and start making laddus while its still warm.
  • Let is set for 15 minutes and serve.

March 2, 2010

Spicy Guacamole

Posted in snacks at 9:07 am by kalpana

It is often a pretty pic, that triggers me to blog.I am a kind of girl (or woman? 🙂 ) that eats with eyes first.This  reminds me of  something that my dad told me  –It’s not enough if you are good , you should look good aswell. how true! 🙂   ok,I am not going to get philosophical..not me..Let’s move on to recipe ,shall we? 🙂

guacamole with baked pita chips is an easy,healthy  and super tasty  snack.This is a spicy version of guacamole.There are so many variations you can make.This is how i make it.


  1. Avacado – 1
  2. Garlic – 1 clove
  3. Chopped onion – 1 tablespoon
  4. Chopped Tomatoes – 2 tablespoons
  5. Yogurt – 2  tablespoons (i used cream cheese )
  6. Red chilli paste – 1/2 teaspoon (You can use any hot peppers)
  7. Lemon juice – 2 tablespoons
  8. Cilantro – little
  9. Salt to taste


  • Cut the avacado in half.Take out the seed and scoop the flesh with a spoon.
  • Throw all the ingredients in a blender or food processor .
  • Grind it for few seconds.If you like it chunky,pulse it for few times.
  • Serve it with pita chips.

February 12, 2010

Carrot bhajji for my lil bunny :)

Posted in snacks at 4:16 pm by kalpana

It seems like forever  since i blogged.I have tried various new recipes in the past months but didnt feel like blogging those….My priorities have changed and blogging has definitely taken a back seat..Besides, iam really not getting  time to sit down and blog.Now that my son is trying to express himself through words, we are waiting for him to utter those magical new words which make our day! 🙂 . Everytime he says a new word, we feel like we have won lottery! 🙂 .Watching my son grow is amazing and  hubby is  happy and prouddd ! 🙂 well..that makes me even more happier 🙂 .

I have been  trying so hard to come out this hibernation mode for quite sometime…I hope it works this time.With all the snow and gusty wind, unable to go out ,i decided to make bhajji for my son.The bhajji mix that you get in stores works perfect aswell.But when i cook for my son, i try to make everything from scratch.This is my new year resolution- to feed my son only home made food.I hope i stick to it…. 🙂  I am sure everyone has their own version of bhaji mix..this is mine..:)


  1. chana Dal – 1 handfuls
  2. Rice Flour – 1 tablespoon
  3. Ginger Garlic paste – 1/4 teaspoon.
  4. Chilli  powder – 1/2 teaspoon  (i just use sambhar powder)
  5. Salt
  6. Vegetable Oil – for frying
  7. Carrot – 1 or 2


  • Soak the chana dal for 5-6hours.
  • Grind chana dal,chili powder,ginger -garlic paste,salt with little water.Batter  should be like dosa batter.
  • Heat oil in frying pan.
  • Cut the carrots into thin discs.
  • When the oil is hot ,dip the carrots in batter and fry it for about a minute.
  • When feeding kids,let it cool completely.Test the temperature and serve .

September 14, 2009

Quick fix wrap and an award

Posted in Breakfast, snacks at 12:10 pm by kalpana

I am not able  to come up with a better name for this dish.I made this with the things i had on hand. just threw in little bit of this and little bit of that.. got myself a delicious wrap :).i am definitely gonna make this again…



  1. Flour Tortilla
  2. Shredded Cabbage, carrots – 1 cup
  3. Sliced Onion  – 1/2 cup
  4. sliced Green pepper –  1/2 cup
  5. Ginger-garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  6. Rice wine vinegar – a splash
  7. Soy sauce –  2 teaspoons
  8. Eggs – 3
  9. Cilantro – little
  10. pepper and salt – To season scrambled eggs.
  11. oil- 2 teaspoons


  • Heat oil in a pan.Add the cabbage,carrots,pepper,onion,ginger-garlic paste and saute them for few minutes.
  • Add the vinegar and soy sauce.No need to add salt since soy sauce has enough sodium.keep it aside.
  • In the same pan, heat oil.Beat the eggs and add it to the pan.
  • scramble the eggs on a medium flame.season with salt and pepper.
  • Add cilantro to the eggs and mix well.
  • Toast the tortilla on both sides with some butter.
  • Place the tortilla on a plate.Top it with the veggie and scrambled eggs on one side of the tortilla.Roll the tortilla  to form a wrap.Tuck in the sides of tortilla as you roll it to avoid spilling.
  • Serve warm.

Thank you shruti for the wonderful award.Please accept my apologies for my late response.Cooking is all about innovation and being creative. I feel every cook is a creative person in his/her own way.The converse may not be true :).So ,I  pass on this award to all the wonderful food bloggers who visit my blog.


May 6, 2009

Veggie Sandwich

Posted in Breakfast, snacks at 9:30 pm by kalpana


  1. Onion  – 1 small
  2. Shredded cabbage – 1 cup
  3. Shredded carrot – 1 cup
  4. Green Chillies – 2 to 3
  5. Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2 teaspoon
  6. Turmeric powder – A pinch
  7. Salt to taste
  8. bread slices
  9. Butter
  10. A teaspoon of oil


  • Heat oil in a pan.Add the chopped green chillies and fry for few seconds.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till you get rid of the raw smell.
  • Add the chopped onion,cabbage,carrots,turmeric,salt and mix them well.
  • Sprinkle some water and cover it with a lid.
  • Cook for few minutes on a medium flame.Do not over cook the veggies.This may take abot 3 to 4 minutes.
  • spread butter on the bread and toast them in the tava until they are crispy on the outside.
  • To make sandwich,spread the veggies on the bottom slice.Top the sandwich with another slice of toasted bread .
  • Serve hot.


I usually make these sandwiches with whole wheat bread.I ran out of it today.You are seeing the same sandwich made with onion-poppy seeds burger bun in the picture.

This goes to 15 minute cooking event hosted by mahima


April 30, 2009

cashew cookies

Posted in snacks, Sweets at 8:47 am by kalpana


This was my first cookie experiment with cashews.Taste wise it came out  good… but i would rather like the texture a  little more harder.The texture was just perfect for my 1 year old 🙂 .It was fun to watch him eat with his bunny teeth 🙂 .




  • Grind the cashews to a coarse powder in a food processor.
  • Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix it with your hand to form soft dough.You should use room temperature butter.
  • Make a log out of the dough and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
  • Cut into 1 inch thick rounds using knife .Arrange it in a greased baking tray.
  • Arrange the cookies leaving enough space for the cookies to spread while baking.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 deg F . Bake for 12- 15 mins till they are golden brown.Time may vary depending on the size of cookies.
  • Since this cookie is so buttery i suggest you to make thick cookies just so it doesnt break while taking it out of the tray.img_3582

This pic goes to click event.

April 6, 2009

Aval pakoda

Posted in snacks at 11:39 am by kalpana



  1. Aval (Thin flattened rice) – 1 cup
  2. Cashews – handful
  3. Green chillies – 2 to 3
  4. Ginger (finely chopped)- 3/4 teaspoon
  5. Rice flour – 1 tablespoon
  6. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  7. Onion – 1 small
  8. salt
  9. Oil for frying.


  • Soak the aval in water for 30  mins.
  • Extract  the water from the aval completely by  squeezing it with your hands.This is a very important step to get crispy pakodas.
  • Add the rice flour,finely chopped onion,finely chopped chillies, ginger,cashews,salt,curry leaves to the aval and mix well.
  • Make small balls and deep fry in vegetable oil.Serve hot.

I am sending this over to Let’s go nuts-Cashews ,hosted by poornima

April 2, 2009

Pidi kozhukattai and Pattani sundal (dry green peas)

Posted in snacks, Sweets at 10:39 am by kalpana


Pidi kozukattai


  1. Rice flour – 1 cup
  2. Jaggery – 3/4 cup
  3. Coconut – 1/2 cup
  4. Cardamom powder- 3 pinches
  5. Salt – a pinch
  6. Ghee


  • Toast the rice flour to get rid of the raw smell on a low flame.
  • Heat  about 2 cups of water and grated jaggery in a deep pan.
  • When it boils add the coconut, cardamom,pinch of salt and mix well and reduce the heat to very low.
  • Now slowly add the rice flour to the jaggery syrup.As you add the rice flour little by little,keep stirring the mixture to avoid any lumps.
  • When the dough becomes like chapati dough,switch off the stove and allow it to cool.
  • Apply some ghee to hand,take about a lime size dough and press it hard to form kozukattai.There  are no hard and fast rules for the shape.
  • Steam the kozukattai using idli cooker or a steamer.
  • Dunk it in ghee and enjoy when it is still warm. 🙂

Note : We usually add a tablespoon of boiled indian black eyed peas .I didn’t add as i ran out of it.If you want to add ,add it to the jaggery syrup before adding rice flour.

I am sending pidi kozhukattai to STEAMED TREATS , an event hosted by shruthi



Pattani sundal


  1. Dry green peas – 1 cup
  2. Oil – 1 tablespoon
  3. Mustard seeds,urad dal – 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon respectively
  4. Fennel seeds – 3 pinches (optional)
  5. Curry leaves – few
  6. Chili powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  7. Onion (chopped lengthwise) – 1/2 cup
  8. Salt.


  • Soak the green peas in water for 5 hours.
  • Pressure cook the green peas in salt and water.
  • Heat oil in a pan , add the mustard seeds,urad dal,fennel seeds,curry leaves.
  • When it splutters,add onion and cook till it becomes soft.
  • Add the green peas and mix well.
  • Add the chili powder and salt (if needed).Cook for a minute.
  • serve it warm.

November 9, 2007


Posted in snacks at 11:55 pm by messycooks


This is my entry for Jihva Special Editon

Somaas is a sweet snack which has many versions.This is how my mom made it.Diwali is not complete without Somaas in my house.It tastes sinfully good with evening”Kaapi” ! 🙂

A very happy diwali guys!


For Stuffing :

  • Soji/Rava – 1/2 cup
  • Fresh Coconut shredded – 1/2 cup
  • Sugar – little less than 1/2 cup
  • Powdered cardamom – 2 pinches
  • Salt – a pinch

For Dough:

  • Maida – 2 cups
  • Rice Flour – 3 tablespoons
  • Salt – 2 pinches
  • butter – 1/2 Stick (4 tablespoons)
  • water
  • Oil for frying


For stuffing

  1. Add the coconut to a pan and toast it in a low heat until it turns light brown.
  2. Add the rava to the coconut mixture and continue to toast till it becomes golden brown.It may take around 2 minutes.Do it in a low flame as it may burn easily.
  3. Add the sugar,cardamom,salt to the mixture and cook for another minute.
  4. Take it off heat and let it cool.

For Dough

  1. Add all the above dough ingredients and lightly knead it to form a soft dough.
  2. Consistency should be like Roti dough.

For making Somaas

  1. Make small balls of dough
  2. Roll it into 4 inch rounds as you would a roti (or you can just roll out into large sheet and use the cookie cutter)
  3. Take about 1 1/2 teaspoon of the stuffing and place it on the rounds.
  4. Fold them and seal it well to form half moon shaped somaas.
  5. Use back of fork and press along the edges to give a pretty end.
  6. Fry it in oil under medium heat until they are golden brown.

Note :If the stuffing mixture hardens because of sugar fluff it with a fork.

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