Friday, March 27, 2015

Salad Snails

When kids doesn’t wanna eat their part of salad, you come up with this. Trust me they will love it & make it disappear in a minute :) 

Presenting....Salad Snails made with baby carrots, cucumber, and cauliflower, cake sprinkles for eyes & Beetroot for the smile, butter as a glue to stick it together.  Please make sure kids are big enough to handle the toothpick.  

give a 1st cut as shown - slight 'U' shape thats the upper part of snail

give a cut at bottom to make it stand 

it should look like this

give a cut in cucumber as shown - vertical

roll it 

and secure it with toothpick

attach it with the carrot base

it should look like this

Fill the gap with cauliflower

use a skin of cucumber 

attach a cake sprinkle as eyes

make a smile with beetroot or cucumber skin and vallah.....your snail is ready

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pan Shots

If necessity is the mother of invention, then I would say craving is grandmother ;)

Yeah, coz making this drink was not at all a necessity, but ohh boy, what should I do about that craving of having PAN...... In my home town we have very famous pan center called 'Tara Pan Center' & I am in love with their pans. Always use to miss it after special meals and festive days. Tried making it with the pans we get here, but did not get that taste coz pan quality is just not the one we get back in India. Not soft enough to chew. So what next, what if we can still enjoy that aroma of Pan & not have to chew it .....sounds fantastic....bas bana dala ....introducing "Pan Shot"

This is sure to satisfy your craving to have pan plus leave your guest amazed. 

A must try ....after dinner drink (can be served with vodka too)


4-5 pan
1 tbsp minty fennel seeds
1 tbsp shredded dry coconut 
1 tbsp gulkand
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
10 pistachios
2/3 almond
10 raisins
pinch of saffron
2 scoop of vanilla ice-cream
1 cup chilled water

Except ice cream & water blend everything well in blander. Make sure to make very smooth paste to avoid floating object on your drinks

Add ice cream & give it a quick blend then add a chilled water. 

Refrigerate for at least 30 min & serve chilled with sprinkle of some fennel seeds or gulkand 

Instant Kalakand

Hubby dear was craving for midnight sweets while watching India - Pakistan match. Somehow kalakand was on my mind since morning. Went to kitchen & came out within 30 min with these beauties..........
For Chena
2 cups milk to make chena
Juice of 1 lamon
1/8 tsp cardamom powder2 1/2 tbsp condense milk (3 tbsp if u like sweet)Pistachio to garnish

Other ingredients
2 tsp milk powder
To make chena keep milk for boiling, once milk comes to boil add lemon juice. Switch off gas as soon as milk curdles up. Strain the whey using strainer & masculine cloth. Wash chena under cold running water tab & squeeze out water completely.
Crumble chena & add it into microwave safe bowl. Make sure to use big bowl as mixture come to boil in microwave. Add milk powder, cardamom powder & condense milk give it a quick mix & microwave it for 1 min on high. Take out, mix it well & microwave it for another 1 min. keep a watch every microwave is different. After 2 min mixture should be cooked & look thick.
I used heart shape mould to shape it, garnished it with pistachio & served while it was not hot but little warm that’s how my hubby likes it.
Do make same version or come up with your but make sure to njoy it

Instant Jalebi

Haayyeee Rabba main kida? Can someone just pinch me….Pls? just to make sure I am not dreaming.
My very 1st attempt in making JALEBI!
Was it tasty – yes
Was there a crunch – yes
Was it juicy – yes yes yessmile emoticonIt was perfect in all ways….

Jalebi lovers just hit like

it's my 1st attempt to make vedio too. Hope I explained it right. For any more que pls feel free to leave a comment n I shell reply soon.

Kids Bread Jam Sandwich

While cooking we all incorporate our mom's style, I am no exception. Most of the dishes I get not same but very close to her taste. But most simple things like plain dal rice with ghee, bread butter or jam etc I really crave for that taste of hers. I believe its mom's love which brings that special taste. with the thought that my daughter may grow up thinking the same made this attempt for my little valentine.
A simple bread jam & pink frosting with sprinkles

Maggie Serving Style

Yaadein yaad aati hain....
This picture is from archive; I was browsing through old memories and came across this one. It was Feb 14th 2012; I was really late to get up and he didn’t wake me up either being a loving hubby & treating me sp on valentine day morning. And when I got up hubby dear was almost ready to go to office. He said 'abhi breakfast rahne do I will be late, will catch up in evening'. I said 'bas 2 min de do Iet me see what can I do'. Certainly on valentine day I didn't want him to leave house without magical touch of the day.
I rushed to the kitchen & take off Maggie packet. My hubby is a die heart fan of it. Perfect for that 2 min magic and result is in this pic. It was not perfect though but was good enough to cheer him up for the day wink emoticon
Have fun & create these magical moments out of anything, ......

No fry Bhindi Kurkura

On snowy day craving for finger food and the result is 'sonepe suhaga'. I am sure even little picky eaters will love it.
A must try NO FRY KURKURA ORKA / BHINDI, yes you read it rite its no fry. It’s baked in over. Recipe of Hani Gupta, adopted from other food group.

1 LB Bhindi – cut in half 
2 Tbsp oil
1-1.5 tsp chat masala
Salt to taste
Black salt
Coriander powder
Cumin power
Red chili powder to taste

Preheat oven to 375 F. Add oil & all spices to bhindi. Coat well and let marinate for about an hour. Grease a tray with a little oil or use parchment paper and spread the bhindi in a single layer. Cover with foil and pop in the oven for about 20 min. Take out of the oven and mix up. Increase the heat to 425 F. Spread again in a single layer. Take out the foil and pop back in the oven for another 7-12 min. Taa Dhaaa ...Crispy bhindi is ready!