Friday, May 31, 2013


Lassi is the drink everyone likes to take in summer.. Try this mango lassi when the mangoes are in season. You will simple fall in love with this summer cooler !

Mango pieces ......... 1 cup
Curd / yogurt ........ 1 cup ( use fresh curd )
Water ..................... 3 cups
Honey or rose syrup ... 2-3 tbsp Check according to the sweetness of the mango)

Blend the mango and yogurt adding water and honey or rose syrup ( I prefer rose really tastes good)
Refrigerate and serve chilled. Pour into the glasses and garnish with rose syrup.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

MITHO CHILLO (Sweet Pancake)

This is a traditional Sindhi breakfast dish. Cardamom flavoured sweet pancakes made with wheat flour and sugar or jaggery.

Whole wheat flour ... 1 cup
Sugar ................ 2 tbsps.
Cardamom powder .. 1/8 tsp
Baking powder .. a pinch (or) 1 tsp oil or ghee
Milk or water ... to mix
Oil or ghee ... to smear


1. Mix sugar, wheat flour, cardamom powder and baking powder or 1 tsp oil into a smooth, thick batter using milk or water.

2. In a non-stick frying pan/griddle, pour a ladle full of batter and spread it into a pancake.

3. Smear a little ghee or oil and roast it to a light brown colour turning sides.
4. This is served with pickle and papad.
PS: You can make it with jaggery also. The difference in that is you make the jaggery syrup and mix the flour later. Crushed saunf/aniseeds are added to this.

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This is a traditional Sindhi sheera recipe made in all the Sindhi homes, specially on auspecious days as prashad. 

Wheat flour .. 1/4 cup
Sugar ........ 4-5 tbsps ( little less than 1/4 cup)
Cardamoms ... 2-3
Ghee ... 2 tbsps
Almonds or pistachios for garnishing.

1. Take oil or ghee in a pan and add the split cardamoms.
2. Tip in the flour and continue to stir with a spatula until you get a nice brown colour.
3. Add quarter cup water (same quantity as the flour) and stir continuosly to avoid lumps.
4. When it is thicker, add the sugar and stir. Keep stirring until you get the right consistency and the sugar is dissolved.
5. Garnish with slivered nuts.

Check out the recipe Video 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013


This is a quick snack you can make in a jiffy when you have unexpected guests. All the basic ingredients used here are usually available in all homes .Add a little rice flour also  to make them extra crisp.

Besan ... half cup
Rice flour .. 1 tbsp
Onion ... 1 large ( cut long slices))
Green chillies ..... 2-3 (finely chopped)
Coriander leaves ... handful
Cumin seeds  or ajwain .... 1 tsp
Baking soda ... a pinch
Red chilli powder .. 1/4 tsp
Salt ....... to taste
Oil ..... to fry

1. Mix all the ingredients except oil to make a batter of dropping consistency.
2. Heat oil in a kadai.
3. Drop the onion with hand separating it ( don't pour chunks like big pakoras )
4. Remove when crisp and golden brown.
Serve with chutney / sauce

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MANDIOCA FRITA ( Fried Mandioca )

This is a very popular finger food of Brazil like French fries. Mandioca is a root vegetable from which cassava flour and tapioca is made.

Salt for taste
Oil for frying

1. Wash and peel the mandioca and boil it preferably in a pressure cooker as it takes a longer time in a pan.
2. Remove from the water and let it cool.
3. Cut into pieces or long strips and sprinkle salt over them
4. Deep fry until crisp.

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ANEIS DE CEBOLA ( Fried Onion Rings )

Try out these crispy batter fried onion rings . They are very easy to make, delicious and a perfect tea time snack.

Onion rings ... 2 onions ( cut thick  round slices and seperate the rings)
White flour .... 1 cup
Egg .......... 1
Beer ....... to make the batter
White pepper ... 1/4  tsp
Salt ..... to taste
Oil ... to fry

1. Make a thick batter with white flour, egg, salt, black pepper adding enough beer.
2. Heat oil in a pan.
3. Dip the onion rings in the batter and deep fry them until crisp.
4. Serve immediately.

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CAMARAO FRITO DE PRAIA ( Fried Shrimps Beach Style )

This is a popular snack sold on the Brazilian beaches. Shrimps are marinated and  fried along with the skin.

Shrimps .... 250 gms  (small variety)
Lemon juice ... 2 tbsps
Flour .......... 1 tbsp
Garlic ......... 1 tsp (crushed)
Salt .......... to taste
Oil ..... to fry

1. Wash the prawns very well with hot water. Keep the skin and heads intact.
2. Drain water completely and dry them with a kitchen towel.
3. Marinate with salt, garlic and lemon juice.
4. When you are ready to fry, sprinkle the flour on the prawns and deep fry them.
Serve with lemon wedges.

Recipe Courtesy - Tudo Gostoso

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This is a nice and moist dessert cake made with peaches and strawberries.

Peaches ........... 1 tin
Strawberries (fresh)... 600 gms
Sugar .................... 1/2 cup
Chantilly cream

For the cake:
Butter ........10 tbsp.
Eggs ............ 3
Sugar .......... 1/2 cup
White flour .... 1cup
Baking powder ..... 1 tsp.
Milk ...................... 3-4 tbsp.
Vanilla essence...... a few drops

1. To make strawberry crush blend 500 gms. strawberries and cook in a pan with half cup sugar.
2. Sift the flour and baking powder.
3. Beat the softened butter and sugar until light and creamy.
4. Now fold in the eggs, one at a time, adding the sifted flour after each addition and stir in the milk and the essence.Beat until the flour is mixed well.
5. Grease an oven-proof dish and place the peaches and pour the cake mixture on top.(Save the liquid from the can for moistening the cake later)
6. Bake it in the pre-heated oven for 40-45 mins until done. (You can check the cake by inserting a knife.)
7. Let the cake cool and remove the upper crust of the cake with a knife.
8. Mix a little sugar and few drops of vanilla essence in half the liquid from the can (about one cup)and pour it on the cake with a spoon.
9. Spread the strawberry crush and decorate the cake with chantilly cream and the remaining strawberries.
Serve Chilled !

Note: For variation you can use any other fruits.

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This is a very simple mooli sabzi with very few ingredients and spices. It hardly takes any time to cook. Mom used to make this sabzi specially in winters when we got those tender and juicy ones with greens. Here in Brazil we do get the radishes but the leafy part is always cut off. Today I have made this dish with some fresh sarson ka saag  (mustard greens) grown in my kitchen garden to replace the mooli greens. I always plant methi but I have tried growing sarson for the first time.

Radish / Mooli  .... 1 large
Sarson ka saag ... 2 cups
Methi leaves ..... handful (optional)
Coriander leaves .. handful
Green chillies ..... 3-4
Cumin seeds .... 1 tbsp
Asafoetida ...... a generous pinch
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder ..... 1 tsp
Salt ...... to taste
Lemon juice.... 1-2 tbsps
Oil / ghee .... 2-3 tbsps  ( ghee gives a better taste )

1. Scrape and cut the mooli into small pieces.
2. Wash the greens and chop them finely.
3. In a pan, heat oil / ghee. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida.
4. When they crackle add the greens and saute.
5. Now tip in the mooli pieces, green chillies, salt, cumin powder and turmeric powder.
6. Saute for a minute. Sprinkle some water and simmer to cook.
7. To finish it squeeze the lemon juice, stir and it is done.
Serve it with Rotis / Theplas / Bhakri / Puris 

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