Vegetable Burger

Yummy Vegetable Burger Recipe...

Coconut Cookies

Delicious Coconut cookies decorated with grated coconut..

Mushroom Rice

Delicious Mushroom Rice recipe...

Orange Cake

Eggless Orange cake decorated with oranges and kiwi fruits...

Brownies

Eggless chocolate Brownies with cashew nuts..

Chinese Salad

Tasty Salad with tomato sauce..

Coconut Laddu

Coconut Laddu made with condensed milk..

December 31, 2012

Subway Honey Oats Sub..


Happy New Year...!!!!



Ingredients:
. 1 1/2 cups All purpose flour/maida
. Dry active yeast 2 tbsp
. 1/2 cup oats
. 1/4 cup lukewarm water
. 1 cups milk
. 2 tbsp butter(at room temperature)
. 1 tbsp sugar
. 2 tbsp Honey
. 1/2 tbsp salt
. 2 tbsp oil

Method:
1) Warm the milk and add the yeast. Set aside until frothy. Mix sugar and keep it aside.
2) Now add the salt,honey and oats to the flour and add milk+Yeast mixture and knead it.Add oil and kneed smooth for about 5- 8 mins.
3) Place this in bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel.
4) Place it aside in a humid place for about 1 to 2 hrs until doubled.
5) Turn out this dough on a floured surface and roll it out into a rectangle.
6) Place them on a baking sheet. Place them aside for about 1 to 2 hrs again to double.
7) Pre-heat oven to 180C.
8) Now bake for about 20 minutes or till sub turn out golden colour.

Prepare your favorite sub using your choice of vegetables and sauces and have it...

December 22, 2012

Corn Peas Salad..


Ingredients:
. Boiled sweet corn - 1 cups
. Boiled peas - 1 cups
. Onions - 1( finely chopped)
. 1 Red chilli
. 2 copped green chilies
. Coriander leaves
. Salt to taste
. Lemon juice - 2 tbsp

Method:
Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and serve this healthy and delicious corn peas salad in a serving bowl.

I have been to Mysore yesterday with my family. I would like to share some of the photos taken in and around Mysore. .

Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gardens

Mysore Palace

Temple in front of Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace



Mysore Palace


Mahishasurudu near Mahishasura Mardini Temple in Chamundi Hills

Nandi in Chamundi Hills

Srirangapatnam

December 11, 2012

Garlic Pull Apart Rolls...



Ingredients:
. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
. Dry active yeast 2 tbsp
. 1/4 cup lukewarm water
. 1/2 cups milk
. 2 tbsp butter(at room temperature)
. 1 tbsp sugar
. 1/2 tbsp salt

For Garlic Spread:
Salted butter, at room temperature - 6 tbsp
Minced garlic - 2 tbsp
Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tbsp

Method:
1) Warm the milk and add the yeast. Set aside until frothy. Mix Milk and sugar together.
2) Now add the salt to the flour and add milk+Yeast mixture to the butter and stir well. Slowly add the flour one cup at a time to this mixture and knead it smooth for about 5- 8 mins.
3) Place this in bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel.
4) Place it aside in a humid place for about 1 to 2 hrs until doubled.
5) Meanwhile, make the garlic spread by simply mixing butter,garlic paste and chopped coriander leaves. 
6) Turn out this dough on a floured surface and roll it out to square and apply garlic spread on top of it.
7)  Roll from one end gently and firmly.Cut into half and then each half again into two halves to get 4 equal portions.
Place them side by side on a baking sheet.Place them aside for about 1 to 2 hrs again to double.Sprinkle some sesame seeds/jeera on top of it.
9) Pre-heat oven to 180C.
10) Now bake for about 20 minutes or till rolls turn out golden colour.

Nice aromatic Garlic pull apart rolls are ready to serve..

Recipe Source: Edible Garden


December 4, 2012

Chinese Salad..


Ingredients:
. Chopped onion- 1 no
. Chopped cucumber - 1 no
. Chopped tomato - 1 no
. Chopped carrot - 1 no
. Chopped lettuce - 1/2 cup
. Sprouts - 1/2 cup
. Tomato sauce

Method:
Mix all the ingredients and serve in a plate.

Easy, delicious and healthy salad is ready to serve..

November 27, 2012

Tapeswaram Kaja/Mini Kaja/Mini Madata Kaja..



This is very famous layered sweet  from coastal Andhra originated from and named after the village Tapeswaram in east godavari district.

Ingredients:
. All purpose flour/Maida – 3 cups 
. oil – 6 tablespoons, to make dough
. Oil – To deep fry

For sugar syrup:
. Sugar – 2 cups
. water- 1 cup


Sugar syrup:
1) To make the hot sugar syrup mix 2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water.
2) Mix with a spoon and then heat at medium heat for 20-25 minutes until sugar is all dissolved in water. It should be little thicker than gulab jamun consistency.
3) Allow it to cool for 10 Min's.


Method:
1) Add the all purpose flour to a bowl and mix thoroughly with oil. Knead well by adding little bit of water until you get roti/chapati dough consistency. Leave it for 15 minutes.
2) Spread some flour on a flat surface and make the dough to a chapati/roti until its very thin. Rub some oil on it and sprinkle some more flour on top,and roll it over firmly like a tube. Wet the edges of the roll to stick together.
3) Cut the roll horizontally, into 1 inch pieces. Now take each piece, give it a mild press with the your hand one more time. Heat the oil, and deep fry under medium heat for them to cook inside the layers. Dip them instantly in the sugar syrup, soak for about 30 minutes and drain.

Mini kaja's are ready to serve..

November 20, 2012

Egggless Orange Cake..



Ingredients:
. 3 cups maida or all purpose flour
. 1/4th cup milk
. 2 tbsp curd
. 1 1/4 cup sugar
. 1 tbsp baking powder
. 1 cup orange juice
. 1 orange zest
. 1 1/2 cup melted butter(pour it warm)
. Vanilla essence 2 tbsp
. Kiwi and Orange fruits for decoration

Method:
1) Mix all purpose flour and baking powder together and keep it aside.               
2) Cream butter, sugar and vanilla essence till fluffy.
3) Add milk, curd,orange zest,orange juice and mix well. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until well combined.(i am using less sugar because of icing coating which also contains sugar.So that the sugar consistency will be maintained)
4) Pour this into the greased pan and bake in preheat oven for 30 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
5) Decorate the cake with icing and fruits.

For Icing.

Ingredients:
. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (but not melted!) Ideal texture should be like ice cream.
. 3-4 cups Icing sugar
. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
. 4 tbsp milk or heavy cream

Method:
Mix all the ingredients until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk 1 tablespoons at a time.




Delicious yummy Orange cake is ready to serve...

November 16, 2012

Egg less Chocolate Brownie..




Ingredients:
. All Purpose Flour / Maida - 1 1/4 cup or 150 gms
. Sugar – 3/4 cup or150 gms
. Butter - 120 gms 
. Vanilla Essence – 1 tbsp
. Cocoa powder- 1/3 cup / 35 gms
. Curd / Yogurt – 3/4 cup - 2 tblspn / 150 ml
. Milk -1/4 cup / 60 ml 
. Baking Powder –  3/4 tsp
. Cashews - 1/2 cup chopped / 75 gms

Method:
1) Mix all purpose flour,baking powder and cocoa powder together and keep it aside.               
2) Cream butter, sugar and vanilla till fluffy.
3) Add milk, curd and mix well. Slowly add in the flour- cocoa mixture and mix until well combined.
4) Throw in chopped cashews and combine well.
5) Pour this into the greased pan and bake in preheat oven for 30 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Let it cool completely and cut into squares and serve.

Recipe Source:Internet

November 12, 2012

Boondi Laddu..


Happy Diwali to everyone..Have a nice and safe Diwali...



Ingredients:
. 1 Cup Besan Flour
. Cashews 2 tbsp
. Raisins 2 tbsp

For the syrup:
Sugar-1 cup
Water-1/2 cup
Cardamom-seeds from 2 pods

Method:
1) Mix sufficient water to the besan flour( should be like a dosa batter).
2) Heat oil in the bottomed pan.
3) Take a strainer with holes which we use at home.
4) Place the strainer just above the pan.
5) Using this strainer,pour batter top of it using a small ladder.The batter starts going thorugh this holes.
6) Deep fry in the oil .Remove it from Oil when it is in yellow colour(it should not change into golden colour)
7) Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a pan,add cashew nuts and raisins and fry for a minute. 
8) In a pan add sugar, water and cardamom seeds and bring it boil and stir continuously to half string consistency.Turn off heat.
9) When both sugar syrup and  boondi is warm and can be handled by hand, grease hands with oil  and press it slightly to form round shape(i must say this is a tough job,but the outcome will be great)

Note: If the batter is loose then the boondi will be small and if it is thick boondi will not have round shape, so the preparation of batter should be correct. 

Boondi laddu's are ready to serve...

November 6, 2012

Pav buns...


                         


Ingredients:
. 1 1/2 cups Bread flour
. Dry active yeast 2 tbsp
. 1/4 cup lukewarm water
. 1 cups milk
. 2 tbsp butter(at room temperature)
. 1 tbsp sugar
. 1/2 tbsp salt
. 2 tbsp sesame seeds
. 2 tbsp oil

Method:
1) Warm the milk and add the yeast. Set aside until frothy. Mix Milk and sugar together.
2) Now add the salt to the flour and add milk+Yeast  to the flour  knead it. Add oil and kneed it smooth for about 5- 8 mins.
3) Place this in bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel.
4) Place it aside in a humid place for about 1 to 2 hrs until doubled.
5) Turn out this dough on a floured surface and roll it out into a square.
6) Using a knife cut it into equal pieces.
7) Roll each piece out in your palm to form a rounded shape . Place them side by side on a baking sheet taking care to leave about 1-1/2 to 2 inch space in the middle. Place them aside for about 1 to 2 hrs again to double.
8) They will take a beautiful shape once they double again. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of it.
9) Pre-heat oven to 180C.
10) Now bake for about 20 minutes or till buns turn out golden colour.


                


Have it as Pav bhaji..and enjoy..

October 23, 2012

Croissants






Ingredients:
. All purpose flour (Maida) - 4 cups plus some extra flour for dusting
. Active dry yeast - 1 tbsp
. Sugar - ¼ cup
. Milk - ½ cup, luke warm
. Water - ½ cup, luke warm
. Salt - 2 ¼ tsp
. Butter sticks - 200 gms, cold

Procedure:
1) Take milk in a large bowl, add yeast, whisk nicely. Add sugar and salt, mix well.
2) Add flour and prepare a soft dough and knead dough for 15 minutes. The dough will be little sticky.
3) Cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow it to raise for 2 hours.
4) Meanwhile take cold butter on a butter paper. Sprinkle flour and fold the butter paper on the butter.With a rolling pin flatten the butter and roll it into a square.Refrigerate till needed.
5) After 2 hours punch dough to let air out and shape the dough into a square.
6) Now take out the dough and roll out to from a 12 inch square. Place the flat butter sheets in the center of the square and arrange next to each other. Fold one flap of the dough covering the butter, stretching it slightly so that the point just reaches the center of the butter. Repeat for rest of the flaps. Press the edges together to completely seal the butter inside the dough. Dust the dough and start rolling the dough lengthwise while keeping the width as is. Now fold one end of the dough (along the length) till the middle, and then fold the other end to the middle (both ends meet at the center). Fold the dough from the center so that the dough forms rectangular shape. Place the dough in a baking tray, cover and refrigerate for ½ hour. 
Repeat this steps four times.
7) After four times roll the dough into a thin rectangle. Trim the sides to form a neat rectangle.
8) Cut it into triangles.Roll each triangle from wider end to pointed end to form croissant.
9) Arrange the rolled croissants on a greased baking tray, cover with a damp cloth and allow it to raise for 2 hours.
10) Brush the raised croissants with milk and bake at 175C till the crust is golden brown.

Enjoy light, crispy, flaky, buttery croissants with tea or coffee.


October 16, 2012

White Bread..!!!


Ingredients:
. All purpose flour (Maida) - 3 cups
. Water - 1 cup, luke warm
. Milk - 1/2 cup, luke warm
. Oil - 1/4 cup
. Active dry yeast - 2 tbsp
. Sugar - 2 1/2 tbsp
. Salt - 2 tsp

Method:
1) Warm the milk and add dry yeast. Set aside until forthy.Add Sugar and salt to it. Now add Maida and sufficient water and knead until you have a smooth dough for about 10 minutes.  Add more flour/water if needed.
2) Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl; cover with kitchen towel and let it rise for 1 hour.
3) Place in a lightly greased loaf pan. Cover loosely with kitchen towel and let rise about 1 hour.
4) Preheat oven to 180C.  Uncover and bake the bread for 35-40 minutes, or till it turn out golden colour.
5) Remove bread from the pan and place on a wire cooling rack. After 15 minutes, brush with butter.  Cool completely before slicing.

October 11, 2012

Coconut Laddu with condensed milk..






Ingredients :
. Dessicated Coconut : 1 1/2 cups
. Roasted Suji Ravva : 1 cup
. Sweetened Condensed Milk (Milkmaid) : 1 cup
. Cardamom Powder : 1/2 tsp

Method :

1) Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and knead into a soft dough. 
2) Make small balls out of the dough and roll them in the remaining coconut. 
3) Store in a air tight container and serve.



October 3, 2012

Coconut Cookies





Ingredients:
. All purpose flour/Maida : 1 cup
. Baking powder : 1 tsp
. Condensed Milk/Milkmaid : 1/4 cup
. Sugar : 2/4 cup
. Butter : 1/2 cup
. Dry Grated Coconut : 1 cup 

Method:
1. Mix all the dry ingredients. Now mix butter, milkmaid and combine well.
2. Preheat the oven to 180 C degrees.
3. Divide the cookie mix and make a small balls and press them using your palms to form cookies. Place them on the greased baking sheet.
4. Leave 1 or 2 inches of space between them since cookies become double in size after baking.
5.Place the baking pan into oven and bake for 20 minutes or till golden brown. 
6. Check and bottom side is lightly brown then remove from oven and let it cool on the baking sheet for about 10 mins.Garnish with some more dry grated coconut.

Yummy Coconut cookies are ready to serve..!!!

September 24, 2012

Chocolate Muffins..




Ingredients(for 10 cupcakes):
. All purpose flour(Maida) - 1 cups
. Cocoa Powder - 1 cup
. Sugar - 1 cup
. Milk - 1/2 cup
. Eggs - 2 No's
. Unsalted Butter at room temperature- 1/2 cup
. Baking powder - 1 tbsp
. Baking soda a pinch
. Lemon juice - 1/2 tbsp
. Vanilla essence - 2 tbsp
. Chopped cashew nuts


Method:

1) Mix Sugar and unsalted butter until sugar melts completely.
2) Beat eggs in the above mixture and mix until light and fluffy.
3) Add vanilla essence, milk and mix well.
4) Mix maida,baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder and add little by little to the above mixture and mix the batter very well.
5) Add lemon juice to retain the flavor of vanilla essence.
6) Pre-heat oven to 180C.
7) Pour the batter in to cupcake moulds and garnish with chopped almonds or chopped cashew nuts. Now bake for about 20 minutes or till done.

Yummy Chocolate Muffins are ready to serve...

September 18, 2012

I Am 3 Years Old...



Happy to share that my blog "My Kitchen Skills" is 3 years old today..
Thank you all my friends for supporting me by giving your valuable comments..Today i am happy that i made so many good friends though my blog..May be i din't speak to them,may be i din't see them..but still i can say that they are so close to my heart..i will  feel so happy if i see there comments to my recipe's....Thank you girls..

Hope i will celebrate many Anniversary's like this..

September 11, 2012

Walnuts Chocolate Cookies..


Ingredients:
. Wheat flour or all purpose flour- 1/2 cup
. Cocoa powder - 1/2 cup
. Sugar - 1/2 cup
. Chopped walnuts - 1/2cup
. Unsalted butter - 1/2 cup
. Milk - 2 tbsp
. Salt a pinch

Method:
1) Mix all the dry ingredients and add butter and milk and make a smooth dough..
2) Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C.
3) Divide the dough in to small balls.Now press each ball between your palms to from a cookie.
4) Repeat the procedure for the remaining balls and spread them in a cookie pan.
5) Bake them for about 18 mins or until light brown color.
6) Remove them from oven and let the cookies cool down for about 15 mins before serving home made delicious cookies.




Along with today's recipe,i would like to share a sweet memory...

The above picture is taken today,but it contains recipe's which was written 5 years back..It was written by my sweet sis Akhila for me before my marriage..She is a wonderful cook..I came across these papers today from one of my books, and was happy seeing them after a long time..and these recipe papers will stay with me till my last breath...Akhi you are always with me...:)

September 4, 2012

Home Made Buns..



Ingredients:
. 1 1/2 cups Bread flour 
. Dry active yeast 2 tbsp
. 1/4 cup lukewarm water
. 1 cups milk 
. 2 tbsp butter(at room temperature)
. 1 tbsp sugar
. 1/2 tbsp salt
. 2 tbsp sesame seeds
.2 tbsp oil

Method:
1) Warm the milk and add the yeast. Set aside until frothy. Mix Milk and sugar together.
2) Now add the salt to the flour and add milk+Yeast mixture to the flour and knead it. Add oil and kneed it smooth for about 5- 8 mins.
3) Place this in bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel.
4) Place it aside in a humid place for about 1 to 2 hrs until doubled.
5) Turn out this dough on a floured surface and roll it out into a square.
6) Using a knife cut it into equal pieces.
7) Roll each piece out in your palm to form a rounded shape . Place them side by side on a baking sheet taking care to leave about 1-1/2 to 2 inch space in the middle. Place them aside for about 1 to 2 hrs again to double. 
8) They will take a beautiful shape once they double again. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of it.
9) Pre-heat oven to 180C.
10) Now bake for about 20 minutes or till buns turn out golden colour.

August 29, 2012

Lacha Paratha or Layered Paratha..


Happy Onam... to my dear kerala friends!!!Have a great day........


Ingredients:
. Wheat flour 1 cup
. Maida or all pourpose flour : 1/2 cup
. oil 1 tblsp
. Salt 1/2 tsp
. Water for needing the dough



Method:
1)Mix wheat and all purpose flour,salt and oil well and then add water enough to make a smooth dough.
2)Divide into equal balls. Roll into big circle. Then spread oil evenly on the top using your hands.
3)Sprinkle flour on top of it and again spread evenly and start making fleets as shown in the figure.Now hold it on both ends and drag it to form a lonf fleet.
4)After fully done, twist and roll to make a flat round(as shown in the figure). 
5)Again roll in to big circle and Repeat step 2 to 4.Rest it for about 1/2 hr.
6)Now Roll carefully to from circle, without applying too much pressure to ensure the layers are still there. Heat tawa and drizzle oil and cook in medium flame both sides until golden brown. Use the spatula and gently press while cooking to ensure even cooking.
7)Pat gently the sides of the paratha with kitchen towel to highlight the layers. 


Lacha Paratha or Layered paratha is ready to serve..

August 22, 2012

Eggless Banana Muffins...


Ingredients:
Banana-150gm(puree)
All Purpose Flour-150gm
Butter-40gm
Sugar-75gm
Baking Powder-1 tsp
Baking Soda-1tsp
Vanilla Essence-1tsp
Milk-1/8cup

Method: 
1) Make a paste of the small banana.
2) Mix sugar to the banana puree.Mix milk and make a smooth paste.
3) Now mix baking soda, baking powder,  vanilla essence and mix well.
4) Add flour to the mixture and mix well.
5) Preheat oven to 200C. 
6) Grease the muffins tray with butter and then with some flour.
7) Pour the batter in the trays and bake them in the oven for about 20 mins.
8) Cool it for some time before serving.

Yummy yummy Banana Muffins are ready to serve..



August 13, 2012

Moong Dal Halwa..




Ingredients
. 1 cup - Split (Yellow) Moong dal
. 1/2 cup Ghee
. 3/4 cups Sugar
. 1/2 cup Milk
. 1/2 tsp cardamom powder

Method
1) Dry roast the moong dal till aromatic and lightly golden and then soak it in water for about 5 hrs and grind to a paste.
2) Take a Non stick pan. Heat 1/4 cups of ghee and add the dal paste and stir continuously.
3) Keep the heat at the lowest and keep stirring for every 5 mins till dhal becomes thick.Add the rest of the ghee and cook the dhal until aromatic and the ghee starts oozing out.
4) Meanwhile mix the sugar with milk and cardamom powder in a pan and bring to a boil.Add this slowly to the cooking dhal.
5) Keep the heat low at all times and break lumps if formed while adding the sugar and water/ milk mix.
6) Cook until the ghee surfaces and halwah gets a shiny creamy texture.

It took 2 hrs of time just for stirring...but at last delicious super yummy sweet is ready to serve...

Source: Chefinyou

August 6, 2012

Vegetable Pizza




Ingredients:
. Plain Flour - 1 cups
. Dry Yeast - 1/2 tbsp
. Sugar - 1/4 tbsp
. Salt - 1/4 tbsp
. Warm milk - 3/4 cup
. Cheese grated 1/2 - 1 cup
. Vegetables of your choice for topping( Red, green bell peppers, onions etc)
. Pizza sauce 1 tbsp
. Oregano seasonings
. Chilli flakes 
. 2 tbsp oil

Method
Dough:
1. Warm the milk and add yeast and set aside until frothy.. Mix sugar and add this to flour.
2.Add warm milk and oil to the flour mixture and mix until it forms a large soft dough.
3.Knead the dough for five minutes.Cover the dough with a clean dishcloth, and let it rest for 1 to 2 hrs.

Pizza:
1. Roll out the dough (or flatten with hands) in the size of thin crust pizza.
2. Take a flat bottom nonstick pan and grease with some oil.
3. Place the rolled out pizza base on the pan.
4. Apply pizza sauce.
5. Put some grated cheese.
6. Add vegetables.
7. Spread on the grated cheese on top.
8. Pre-heat oven to 180C.
9. Now bake for about 20 minutes or till edges turn out golden colour.
10. Sprinkle some chilli flakes & oregano seasonings before serving.

Super Yummy Pizza is ready to serve..