Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Craving for some yummy cake? Then try this guilt free delicious cake full of orange flavor.. 


1.      Whole wheat flour-1 cup
2.      Orange juice-1 cup (1/2 cup of  pure juice +1/2 cup of water)
3.      Orange zest-1tblsp
4.      Baking powder-1/2tsp
5.      Baking soda-1/2tsp
6.      Salt-a pinch
7.      Oil-1/2 cup
8.      Jaggery-1/2 or more cup,grated
9.      Corn flour-1tblsp

Method of preparation

1.      Prepare an 8” cake tin. Preheat the oven at 180 for 10 minutes.
2.      Take a bowl. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda salt and corn flour using a whisk or fork or swift all the dry ingredients together.
3.      In another bowl mix jiggery and oil till the jiggery melts. Add orange juice and zest, give a stir. Now add all the dry ingredients in and gently mix to combine all the ingredients without forming any lumps.
4.      Pour this into prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes or until the inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Notes: Remove the seeds before taking juice or your cake will taste bitter.If you want your cake to be really sweet increase the  jaggery quantity to ¾ cup.Jaggery can be substitutes with granulated sugar.

Friday, 13 March 2015


Making biriyani is a time consuming process for many (not for all).i know many ladies who cook biriyani faster than any other dish. This recipe is for those who lacks time and patience ( like me :)).This recipe uses very less  oil and can be done within 30 minutes. It tastes great too. Do try this and surprise your spouse and kids.


1.      Rice-1 cup(any long grain rice or jeera rice)
2.      Whole spices-4cardamom,4 cloves,1 cinnamon stick,1 bay leaf
3.      Carrot –half of one thinly sliced
4.      Pineapple-2tblsp,chopped
5.      Lemon juice-1tblsp
6.      Salt
7.      Chicken-150gm,cut into medium sized pieces.
8.      Onion-2nos,thinly sliced
9.      Ginger-1 inch piece, crushed
10.  Garlic-10 pods, crushed
11.  Green chilly-6nos,desseded and crushed
12.  Mint leaves and corinder leaves-a hand full of each, crushed
13.  Biriyani masala-1 tblsp,1 tblsp
14.  Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
15.  Salt
16.  Curd-1/4 cup
17.  Water-1/2cup
18.  Tomato-1 no chopped
19.  Oil-2tbslp
20.  Rose water –a tsp
21.  A pinch of saffron dissolved in ¼ cup of milk(purely optional
22.  Chopped pineapple,chopped mint n coriander leaves -a few)

Method of preparation

1.      Cook rice by adding ingredients 2-6.When the rice has cooked to 3/4th drain and keep it aside.
2.      Mix ingredients 8 -16.marinate chicken pieces well with this.Cook chicken by adding ½ cup of water.
3.      Mean time heat oil in another pan .add chopped tomatoes in and cook till it turns mushy. Add cooked chicken along with the masala into this. Stir well and cook for another 5 minutes or till the gravy thicken and coated well with the pieces.
4.      Now the layering part-take thick bottomed vessel or a pressure cooker. Keep the chicken masala in. Add the cooked rice over the top. Add chopped leaves and pineapple. Sprinkle saffron milk and rose water. Cover the pot and cook on low flame for 15 minutes. Open the pot and serve hot with any raitha.
If you are in hurry just skip the layering part just mix everything gently.Since i was in hurry i  did mix everything and served :)

Tuesday, 10 March 2015


 Boli is a sweet thin crepe made with channa dal and maida.In Kerala boli is usually eaten with Palpayasam(it is another Kerala delicacy).wow !! I don’t know how to express my love towards this sweet combo in words. Yes it is such a heavenly sweet. If you have never tasted this then I would say you must eat it .The boli which we used to get in Karnataka and Tamil nadu is bit thick  and is applied with lots of ghee but the one which is available in Kerala is thin and bit dry though..i prefer the latter. Here I have given the recipe of thin variety.


1.      Chana dal(kadalaparippu)-1 ½ cup
2.      Sugar-1  cup
3.      Maida-2cup
4.      Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
5.      Gingely oil-1/4cup
6.      Rice flour-2cups
7.      Ghee-2tbsp
8.      Yellow food color-a pinch

Method of preparation

1.      Cook channa dal by adding enough water. I cooked it in a pressure cooker.
2.      Once cooked add sugar and yellow food color (if any water remains drain the water before adding sugar).And continue to keep in stove until sugar melts and dal sugar  mix thickened to form dough like consistency. Lastly add cardamom powder and give a nice mix. Switch off the stove and let it cool. Grind this into smooth paste.
3.      Mean time mix maida, yellow color and knead into a smooth dough by adding enough water. Pour gingely oil over top of the kneaded dough and keep aside for 15 minutes.
4.      Now take a lemon sized ball from the dal mix and gooseberry sized ball from the maida dough. Sprinkle rice flour on your work space to prevent the boli from sticking while rolling.slighly flatten the maida dough. Keep the dal ball inside. Bring the edges of maida dough into the centre and fold to cover the dal ball. Carefully flatten it into thin crepes .sprinkle rice flour in between to prevent it from sticking while rolling.(Alternate method-take a butter patter keep the prepared balls inside. cover with another piece of paper. Flatten it and carefully remove the paper. This process makes the rolling job much easier)
5.      Cook in a heated tawa .when one side is cooked flip it over and cook until small brown spots appear on both sides. Do not overcook as it will turn the boli crisp. Apply ghee in between.

channa dal kept for cooking by adding enough water.

channa dal was cooked
transferred into another pan and sugar was added
sugar started to melt.

nicely cooked and thickened.
mix maida,color and water

kneaded into smooth dough and oil was poured on top.
channa dal ball was kept inside slightly flattened maida ball.
 edges are sealed to keep the dal ball inside
sprinkled with rice flour and flattened

beautifully cooked boli.

Monday, 2 March 2015


 During weekends my apartment is filled with the aroma of delicious chicken curries. The happiness of lively kitchens can be felt everywhere. It is family time, chit chats, dining with our loved ones (pending house hold chores apart). Weekdays are quite hectic for office goers and we cannot spend much time on cooking. Many of us prefer making some quick fix veg curries rather going for time consuming non veg on that busy days. The most time consuming step in curry making is sauteing of onion .Thanks to the invention of pressure cooker. It made our life easier.
 Coming to this recipe…Since this curry is made in cooker, the onions and other ingredients need not be fried for long time. It will get nicely cooked under high temperature and pressure without compromising on the taste. This can be made even on your busy weekdays too..Enjoy your dining everyday… 


1.      Chicken-750gm,cut into medium size pieces
2.      Onion-3medium,roughly chopped
3.      Ginger-1 n 1/2tblsp-chopped
4.      Garlic 1n 1/2tblsp
5.      Green chilly-4 nos-
6.      Tomatoe-2nos,chopped
7.      Coriander powder-2tblsp heaped
8.      Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
9.      Garam masala-3/4tsp
10.  Whole spices-cardomom-4nos,cloves 4nos,cinnamon-1 tsick
11.  Oil-2tblsp
12.  Salt
13.  Water-1 cup or more
14.  Coriander leaves- chopped, one hand ful
15.  For grinding-
Grated coconut-2 or 3 tblsp
Whole black pepper-1/2tblsp
Kus kus-1tsp

Method of preparation

1.      Heat oil in a cooker. Add whole spices. When the aroma comes add onions,ginger,garlic and green chillies.Saute for few minutes or until onions slightly changes its color.
2.      Add in all the powders and chopped tomatoes sauté for 2 minute. Add salt and chicken pieces mix well. Add water and cook for 2 or 3 whistles.
3.      By the time grind the ingredients listed under for grinding by adding little water.
4.      Open the cooker once the pressure goes down. Add the grinded coconut paste and boil the curry for few more minutes. Check for salt. Add some chopped coriander leaves and keep closed for some time.(if the curry is too thick some boiled water can be added)
This one goes well with rotis and appam.