Banana and Coconut Pradhaman/ Payasam

Banana and Coconut Pradhaman/ Payasam

I am not usually a fruit in a payasam sort of person – I love me milk with sugar and cardamom, at times with freshly cooked rice. But the challenge for Avant Garde Cookies for the hush-hush week that Roshni laid on me was using fruits or whatever to make a pradhaman. Thanks for the push, Roshni – We actually loved it and it was almost a meal to have a cup of that, as a replacement for breakfast. A very simple and quick to put together recipe. Ingredients 4 ripe bananas 1 can condensed milk 1 can evaporated milk 1 cup of sweetened coconut (grated) 1tsp of cardamom 7-8 crushed cashews 1tsp of coconut oil 1tsp of butter Method Empty condensed milk and the evaporated milk in a sauce pan and whisk together. Pour into a mixer along with the bananas and blend until smooth Pour back into the saucepan and start heating In a separate pan, lightly brown the coconut and cashews with 1 tsp of butter Add to the boiling mix Allow it to cook with the pradhaman for about 2-3 minutes Add 1 tsp of coconut oil before serving  ...
Lavender Blueberries Muffins

Lavender Blueberries Muffins

This was a second treat I made in anticipation of my Zumba miss – Another no show,  I guess she had her reasons and her commitment to me did not figure at all in her list of priorities but the disappointment nor the slight irritation at being stood for the 4th time cannot be trivialized. However, my wonderful family was as always quite welcoming of this treat. But they filled up the room with the most pleasing aromas and I was happy for a chance to use my lavender buds. I got the general idea for the recipe from a website called Wiki – I like the fact they’d used small amounts of oil as opposed to butter, because this gave me the option of using olive oil. Here is the recipe Ingredients as given in the Wiki but with some key modifications ¾ cup Sugar3 cups unbleached Whole wheat flour2 tbsp.baking powder½ tsp.salt1/3 cup olive oil1 ¼ cups milk1 tbsp. Freshly squeezed lemon juice1 tbsp. Finely grated lemon zest2 tsp. dried cooking lavender buds (1 tbsp. Fresh)3 large eggs beaten2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries For Lavender Sugar 1tsp of lavender buds 3 tbsp of sugar grind in a coffee grinder together and set aside for sprinkling on top of the muffin, if desired. Preparation Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Combine first four dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the lemon juice with milk and let stand for 5 mins. Add the rest of the wet ingredients including the lemon zest, lavender and blueberries to the milk and lemon juice mixture. Gradually stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until all dry ingredients are moistened. Bake 25–30 minutes. Cool completely before removing...
Papineberry Juice

Papineberry Juice

This is an adaptation of a recipe that was presented in the Dr. Oz Show last week which gives a great kickstart to the day. It contains all the goodness of papaya, pineapple, blueberries, kiwi, flaxseed meal, a dash of ginger powder and a little sage to make it aromatic, this drink will have you hit the ground running. Ingredients 1 cup papaya 1 cup pineapple 1/2 cup blueberries 1kiwi 2tbsp flaxseed meal 3leaves of sage 2tsp of ginger powder 1tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup of ice cubes 1cup of water Grind them into a flowing shake and drink up and let me know what you...
Hot Cross Idlis

Hot Cross Idlis

Before I post this, I want to acknowledge the wonderful friends who have been sharing a whole bunch of awards with me – Thanks you lovely ladies – Nancy&Vijay, Sangee Vijay Jay, Chitra Krishna, Cinnamon & Chillies, Mina Joshi, Indrani Vardhini – You all have incredibly amazing blogs too and I am happy to be cooking with you ::) IF I have failed to include anyone else who has given me an award, shame on me – please pull me up! It is or sure an oversight since I am not meticulous about posting acknowledgements quickly- But every award I get I revel in, and cherish wholeheartedly. Sharing it with all the Super blogger friends I look forward to hearing from each day, who make my day with their comments and their own wonderful posts Now for the Hot Cross Idlis Our blogger friend Priya Ramakrishnan of Elaichii took one look at these and exclaimed  – Oh Hot Cross Buns Idlis and in a second gave me the best name for this dish Thanks Priya – you rock!We had a Food Event at our community – I’d made a 100 idlis, of which 60 got sold- We had our sai Bhajans the next day and I had all these idlis left over. So I made a quick Kothamali-green chili chutney (clinatro chutney) and decided to go about making these Here is another way to polish off left over Idlis I made some with molaga podi and some with chutney creating The Indian flag effect, unintentionally!Adios amigos and Happy Weekend – Plenty cooking with many family visits in the next few weeks – Look...
Strawberry Curd & Pancakes

Strawberry Curd & Pancakes

Saturday started off on a rather sweet not For people who routinely eat cereal or toast with PB this was my special weekend treat! The part that I was most involved in while we made the Best Yellow Layer Cake in Anita’s kitchen was stirring the mango curd until it thickened. I kinda understood the curd process and the ingredients that went into it. I was eager to try it out by myself before I totally forgot! Children particularly enjoyed the curd overflow and drip from the pancakes and btw, these are wholegrain buttermilk pancakes from Trader Joes  and I did not use the egg the recipe on the box suggested and it turned out absolutely fine! Here are the ingredients required 1 lb strawberry hulled and halved 3/5 ounces of white granulated sugar 1/2 stick of salted butter 2 large eggs beaten Follow instructions given in Mango Curd recipe for preparation Taking all the tips she had given us when making the mango curd into consideration, I ventured into making some strawberry curd for the family – Harris Teeter had a buy one get 2 free deal and that was a sweet – so I bought the three – and they pretty well took up half a shelf in my fridge. I did not have the eggs required to replicate the exact same recipe as the mango curd… so I got a recipe from About.com  (the first site that comes up when you search for strawberry Curd, entered by an Aussie lassie)- which used just two eggs which I did have – and I was thinking hmm…maybe worth...