Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SEERO ( Sheera with Wheat flour, Besan, Sooji )

This is another version of seero made with wheat flour, besan and sooji mixed together.

Wheat flour ........ 2 tbsps.
Gram flour / besan .. 2 tbsps.
Semolina ................. 1 tbsp.
Green cardamoms.... 4-5
Sugar ......................1/2 - 3/4 cup
Ghee or oil ............... 3-4 tbsp.
Almonds & Pistachios ..... for garnishing

1. Heat ghee /oil in a pan. Add slit cardamoms and the flour, besan and semolina.

2. Keep stirring on low flame until the flour is golden brown in colour and leaves an aroma.

3. Now pour carefully approximately one cup water and keep stirring continuously to avoid lumps

4. Now mix in the sugar well. Continue to stir until the sugar is well blended.( Adjust sugar according to your taste)
5. Garnish with chopped nuts.

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This is a crunchy munchy snack not very sweet and is mostly made during festive season. Kids just love to munch these. I have made into round shape, a variation from the usual square or diamond shapes. You can also cut with any fancy cookie cutters for kids parties.

Flour .... 1 cup
Semolina .. 1 tbsp (optional)
Sugar ...... 3 tbsps  ( as per your liking you may increase or decrease the quantity)
Salt ....  a pinch
Ghee .... 2-3 tbsps
Water or milk .. to knead.
Oil .. for frying.

1. Mix the flour, semolina, sugar and salt together.
2. Make a well in the middle and add the melted ghee.
3. Mix it well and you know the quantity of ghee is right when the flour forms into a muthiya.
4. Knead it with milk or water adding little by little to make a medium soft dough. Cover the dough and rest it for half an hour to one hour.
5. Heat oil in a pan and roll out the dough.
6. Cut with a knife into square or diamond shape which is usually done or cut using a cookie cutter or a small round lid.
7. Deep fry on medium flame until they are crispy and golden brown.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

BOLINHOS DE SIRI ( Crab Meat Balls )

Here is a lovely Brazilian snack made with crab meat. Deep fried and crispy crab meat balls make a nice party snack and kids delight.

Crab meat .... 200 gms
Garlic ...... 1 tsp (crushed)
Onion ..... 2-3 tbsps (finely chopped)
Parsley ..... 1 tbsp (finely chopped .. you can use coriander leaves also )
Flour ..... 1 tbsp
Milk .... 1/2 cup
Sea food seasoning .. 1 tsp ( I used 1/2 tsp garam masala )
Tabasco ..... 1 tsp ( add according to your taste )
Salt ... to taste
Egg .... 1
Bread crumbs ... 1/2 cup
Oil .

1. Wash the crab meat using a strainer and lime juice.
2. In a pan heat 1 tbsp. of oil and saute the onions for a minute.
3. Add the garlic, salt and the crab meat and stir fry for 4-5 minutes.
4. Mix the flour with milk and add it to the meat and keep stirring until it becomes thick and starts leaving the edges.
5. Mix the seasoning, tabasco and parsley. Let it cool.
6. Make round balls.
7. Beat the egg with a little salt.
8. Spread the bread crumbs in a plate.
9. Dip the balls in egg and then roll into the bread crumbs.
10 Deep fry and serve them with any sauce.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

QUENTAO ( Hot Spiced Wine )

This is a Brazilian winter drink made with wine and apple or pineapple. Some spices like cinnamon and cloves are used for flavouring. In some recipes you will also find the addition of Pinga, a local Brazilian drink. But that is very strong..Sometimes egg yolk is also added for extra warmth in winters. I have made a lighter version only with wine.

Wine .... 1 bottle
Water ... equal amount
Apple .... 1  OR ( 3-4 slices of pineapple )
Cinnamon .. 2 pieces ( 2 inches each)
Cloves ...... 15 - 20
Ginger .... 2 inch piece (chopped)
Sugar .... 1 cup


1. Peel and cut the apple into pieces. In a pan boil the water and add the apple,sugar, ginger and spices.

2. Boil for 5-6 minutes until it reduces to half and the fruit becomes translucent.

3. Now add the wine and bring to a boil.

4. Simmer for 3-4 minutes until it gets all the flavours.

5. Strain it into a container. Serve hot.

Tip: The apple pieces cooked with wine can be used in tarts or any dessert.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013


Make these delicious crab cakes at home. These days crab meat is easily available in the market which makes it easier. I have made them Continental style. You can even make a Desi version with spices if you like.

Crab meat . 150 grms (wash it well using lemon juice using a strainer)
Onion ....... 2-3 tbsps (finely chopped) you can use spring onions too
Garlic ...... 1 tsp
Egg ........ 1
Worcestershire sauce .. 1 tsp
Mayonnaise .............. 1 tbsp
Chilli sauce ............. 1tsp
Bread crumbs ....... 5-6 tbsps ( or use crushed crackers)
Salt .... to taste
Oil .... to fry

1. In a pan heat a little oil and saute the garlic and onion.
2. Add the crab meat and stir fry for 4-5 minutes. Let it cool.
3. After it cools down add the salt, egg, bread crumbs and the sauces mentioned above.
4. Mix well and refrigerate it for 1 hour or more. (this makes it easy to handle)
5. Shape the cutlets and sprinkle bread crumbs on them.
6. Fry the cutlets to a golden brown colour.
Serve with tartar sauce .

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Here is a simple side dish of potatoes cooked with spinach. It can be served with rotis, naans, parathas, puris or pulao, khichdi.

Palak / spinach .... 1 bunch - fresh .. or ( frozen 200 gms)
Onion ... .... 1 small
Potatoes ..... 3-4
Green chillies .. 2-3
Garlic .......... 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds ... 1 tbso
Coriander powder ... 1tsp
Cumin powder ........ 1 tsp
Turmeric powder .... 1/2 tsp
Lime juice ........  1 tbsp
Salt ..... to taste
Oil ... 2 tbsps

1. Cut the palak leaves, onion and green chillies very finely.
2. Peel and cut the potatoes into cubes.

3. Heat oil in a pan and crackle the cumin seeds. Now tip in the crushed garlic. Stir fry and add the onions. Saute for a minute.

4. Put the potato cubes, salt and spice powders. Saute for a minute or two.

5. Now add the spinach and green chillies. Mix it and simmer adding enough water to cook.

6. Squeeze the lime juice and mix. Alternately you may add mango powder.

You can even do the tempering of cumin seeds, garlic and onion in the end. But I do it this way in my day to day cooking to avoid consuming more oil.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013


Sometimes kids avoid eating certain vegetables. The best way is to make a soup with those vegetables for them. This is a very light and healthy soup as it has no butter or cream added to it. Serve it with some fancy dinner rolls or garlic bread and they are happy.

Carrot .... half
Cabbage .. 1 cup
Tomato .... 1
Capsicum / bell pepper .. 1/2 cup ( I have used green & red)
Green beans .. 3-4
Onion ........ 1 small
( you can add as many vegetables as you like and even a few spinach leaves)
Salt .... to taste
Black pepper ... a pinch
Tomato ketchup ... 1 tbsp

1. Peel and cut all the vegetables into pieces.
2. Pressure cook them adding 2 cups of water.
3. Blend the soup in a mixer or using hand blender.
4. Strain it into a pot. Add as much water as you need.
5. Add the salt and the ketchup. Boil it for a few minutes.
Serve with a pinch of black pepper.

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