Monday, September 14, 2015

Mysore pak

Mysore pak is a sweet dish of southern India, usually served as dessert.It is made of generous amounts of ghee ( clarified butter) sugar and chick pea flour. This dish is very famous in Andhrapradesh and most parts in South India ,can be done in different ways.The one available in sweet shops is quite different which is made only with ghee.But this traditional Mysore pak is made with oil and ghee.The texture of this mysore pak is very nice.our whole family loves this traditional sweet.This is hard outside but soft inside but not like the regular one available in sweet shops which is soft and made with only ghee...I'm missing this sweet here in US..I did'nt see mysore pak in Indian sweet shops.So, thought of preparing at home.Finally I tried first time, it came out awesome.Melt in mouth.. yummy Mysore pak can be made very easily with just few ingredients.Here goes my recipe

  1. Besan 1 cup( or chick pea flour)or sanaga pindi
  2. Sugar 1 cup
  3. water 3/4cup
  4. ghee 1 cup
  5. oil 1/2 cup
  6. oil to mix besan 5 tbspn

  1. Take 1 cup of besan in a bowl,Heat 5 tbspn of oil to smoking point ( 5 to 10 mins) then slowly add this oil to besan mixture and mix it well.Keep aside this mixture
  2. In another pan add sugar and water and heat until liquid is one thread consistancy( around 10 to 12 mins) this is the important step.Keep an eye when the sugar syrup starts bubbling then slowly it forms one thread consistency
  3. Take another pan, heat ghee and oil until very hot.Both sugar syrup and ghee+ oil  heat side by side simultaneously.keep the burners to medium heat.
  4. Slowly add besan mixture to the sugar syrup when it just reaches one thread consistency.Mix it well with constant stirring.(keep stove burner in medium )
  5. Then add slowly hot ghee and oil mixture little by little stirring continuously.
  6. Keep pouring the ghee and oil mixture until ghee leaves away the sides.
  7. Ready baking tray or any cake tray greased with oil.
  8. Slowly spread the mixture in the tray and level.Don't press too much.
  9. Let it cool few mins then cut into small rectangles or squares.Usually Mysore pak what we eat is in a rectangular shape.
  10. Enjoy yummy melt in mouth  Mysore pak.


  • Make sure ghee + oil ( combined)is hot,when you mix in the besan mixture
  • Very important step,Always keep an eye on sugar syrup,until one thread consistency( usually after 10 mins you can see liquid bubbling then after 2 to 3 mins it forms one thread consistancy)
  • slowly mix besan in the syrup,dont worry about lumps they can easily go away when hot oil added to it.
  • Keep stirring until you see ghee+oil leaving sides.
  • Don't worry about the color,if you keep stirring longer time even after besan  releases oil then the color of the mysore pak will be more darker.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Uppindi is a traditional recipe from Andhrapradesh..This is prepared with coarsely ground rice also called biyyam rava. This doesn't taste like regular upma but a little different and awesome in taste.My kids love to have this any time. I used to have uppindi during my childhood days when amma prepared at home.I keep watching all the time when amma was cooking  uppindi...Atleast once in a week we used to have uppindi.

                       Now a days  my kids demanding me to cook this for breakfast.Ofcourse worth the time and effort spend on this recipe. Whenever summer comes I sun dry rice and store rava for later use.when I ask choice between uppindi and dosa for my kids they always choose uppindi...Now coming to the recipe I thought of posting this recipe in BM#55 under the theme  kids delight healthy breakfast recipes.


  • Rice rava 1 cup (sun dried rice grinded)
  • Moong dal 2 tbspns
  • Red chillies 3small
  • Onion 1 chopped
  • Ginger 2 to 3 small pieces chopped
  • Curry leaves 2 strings
  • oil 2 tbspns
  • salt to taste

  • wash raw rice with water,drain it and keep it in sun light  for one day.
  • Later grind rice into coarse powder  and separate flour from rava( I just seive )
  • Store the rice in a jar or container.We can use whenever we want to make uppindi.
  • Usually I dry more cups of rice and store it .
  • Procedure:
  • Heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds,when splutters add chopped onions,ginger redchillies curry leaves.
  • when onions enough fried( should be roasted well) add moong dal( key ingredient) fry well few more mins
  • Now add Rice rava which is sun dried and fry few more mins.
  • Add 2 cups of water and salt, and let it boil few mins( 3 to 4 mins) in medium to high flame,when the water completely absorbs rava,reduce flame to low and cover the pan with a tight lid.
  • Let it cook around 20 mins your uppindi is ready( you can see bottom slighlty roasted and uppindi almost cooked,we love the roasted part)
  • Yummy uppindi is ready..This our favorite breakfast for the whole family.Kids love it more than dosas.worth the time and effort spent on this recipe.
  • Enjoy uppindi just like that or have it with potato curry)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pesarattu upma

Pesarattu upma is a popular Andhra breakfast which is very good in taste and healthy recipe too.Here pesarattu means whole moong daal dosa and we can prepare this dosa with yellow moong dal too.But in a traditional method or in restaurants they serve with whole  green moong dal..This is typically served with umpa.The great side dish for this breakfast is allam chutney ,coconut chutney.You can have with  either one or both.This is healthy protein dish which is my favorite too.Coming to upma it is easily made with sooji or upma rava.Iam posting this dish in BM#55 under the theme Healthy breakfast recipes.


For pesarattu

  • 1 Cup whole green moong dal
  • ginder chopped few pieces( 4 to 5)
  • green chilli 4
  • jeera 1 tspn
  • salt to taste
  • chopped onions 3 tbspn.
  • Soak whole moong dal in water for whole night or 6 to 8 hrs
  • After 8 hrs drain the water and mix ginger,green chilli,jeera, salt, grind into smooth batter.( can add 1/2 cup water while grinding)
  • Heat a non stick pan in a medium flame and spread one laddle of dosa slowly.After one side is perfectly roasted turn other side for few secs,then turn again sprinkle chopped onions,green chilli.fold it few secs and take out in a plate.
  • Follow the same step for the rest of dosas.

For upma
  • 1 cup sooji ( upma sooji available in market)
  • 21/2 cups water
  • 1small onion chopped
  • mustard seeds
  • green chilli 3
  • ginger chopped few
  • curry leaves
  • urad dal 1 tspn
  • chana dal 1/2 tspn
  • oil 2 tspns
  • salt to taste


  • Heat a pan add oil,when it is hot add mustard seeds.urad dal,chopped onions,green chilli,ginger,curry leaves.
  • Fry well all ingredients and add water.
  • Let it boil for 10 to 15 mins in medium flame.
  • Now slowly add sooji and mix it well.
  • Yummy upma is ready now.
Ginger chutney or Allam chutney
  • Ginger 8 to 10 small peices( 1 lime size allam cut into pieces)
  • Tamarind soaked in hot water( gooseberry size)
  • Jaggary 1 small pieces grated( lime size or 50 gms)
  • mustard seeds 1 tspn
  • urad dal 3 tspn
  • Methi seeds 1/2 tspn
  • Asafodita or hing 1 pinch
  • Turmeric a pich
  • curry leaves 3 strings
  • oil 6 tspns


  • Take oil in small pan or bowl heat oil add methi seeds,urad dal,mustard seeds,curry leaves fry well until get nice aroma in a medium flame add hing.switch off the stove.
  • Take out extra oil with drainer and separate oil,Now add tamarind paste,jaggary, ginger pieces,salt little turmeric to the mixture..Grind all into smooth paste.
  • After grinding add oil to the chutney( which was left after filtering ingredients.)
  • Yummy allam chutney is ready.
Coconut chutney recipe here
  • coconut frozen or fresh grated 1 cup
  • fried chana dal 1/4 cup
  • garlic pods 3 to 4 small
  • mustard seeds 1/4 tspn
  • jeera 1/4 tspn
  • curry leaves 1 string
  • green chilli 3
  • red chilli1
  • oil 1 tbspn
  • urad dal 1 tspn
  • lemon juice 1 or 2 tspns
  • Heat oil in a pan fry garlic,green chilli ,jeera for few mins until little raw smell goes off then add grated coconut,fried dal ,fry few mins then switch off the flame.
  • when cooled grind all into fine paste..add water as per your taste.For tempering add mustard seeds when fried add urad dal and curry leaves..
  • When tadka cools down slowly mix into coconut mixture..add lemon juice and mix it well.

Now enjoy yummy pesarattu with upma coconut chutney and ginger chutney.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

stuffed Idli sandwich

Idli is a traditional breakfast in south Indian households.Idli is a savory cake of south India that is most popular through out the country.Most often eaten as breakfast or as a snack,idlis are usually served in pairs with chutney, sambar or mixtures of dry spices.I usually cook idli once in week. I keep variations in chutney.Now this time it was a little challenging as I wanted to prepare something for my picky eater  who just started her school after long summer break..  .That's when I tried stuffed idli (concept suggested by one of my friend,Vaishali). To my surprise this time lunch box came out empty fully satisfied.Here goes my wonderful recipe.Iam posting this recipe in BM#55 under the theme healthy breakfast recipes.


  •  Idli batter ( for 12 idlis)( I use idli rava 2 cups and urad dal 1 cup for idli batter)
  •  1 small onion finely chopped 
  • 2 potatoes 
  • 1 carrot
  • green peas( 2 to 3 tbspns)
  • Turmeric powder 1/4 tspn
  • Mustard seeds 1/4 tspn
  • Oil 1tbspn
  • chilli powder very less( optional )
  • salt to taste ( very less)


  • Heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds when it starts spluttering add finely chopped onions.when onions fry well add boiled and mashed potatoes,other veggies and fry well.( you may use your choice of stuffing but make sure stuffing should be dry so that it can go as a binding)

  • Take a lemon size bowl of the stuffing and pat it as a thin patties to be place above the batter.

  • Now take 3 tbspn of  thick idli batter and pour it in idli moulds and keep the flattened stuffing patty in the batter slowly( place the patty carefully else the stuffing may sink in the batter)

On top of each stuffed batter again pour 2 tbspn of batter just to cover the top,and cook it for 20 mins or until idli is well cooked .Yummy stuffed idli is ready.

Tips: always make sure  batter should be thick.
         use more batter in the bottom than top portion.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Phirni is a popular North Indian sweet dish.Easy to make is a kind of rice pudding.usually South Indians prepare payasam a sweet dish similar to phirni,unlike payasam it does not use whole grains of rice.Phirni made with coarsely ground rice,flavored with lots of saffron,cardamom,lot of nuts.It is usually thick in consistency and we can make it thin by adding more milk as per our taste.phirni can enjoyed well when it is cold.I'm posting this recipe in Blogging Marathon in#55 under the theme in no bake desserts.


  • Milk 1 liter
  • Basmati rice 4 tbspn
  •  Sugar 6 tbspn
  • Saffron strands few
  • Chopped pistachio few


  • Soak basmati rice in water for about half an hour.
  • Drain,pat dry on an absorbent kitchen towel and blend into coarse powder.
  • Mix 3 tbspn of cold milk  to the coarse powder and keep it aside.
  • Now boil remaining milk in a bowl.Simmer it to medium flame when the milk about to rise.
  • Now add coarse riceflour paste to the boiled milk and mix it slowly.Let it boil 10 mins then add sugar and cardamom powder.
  • Switch off the flame when it just thickens and rice powder just cooked enough.
  • Sprinkle some chopped nuts and keep it in refrigerator until just thickens
  • Enjoy when chilled.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

KAJA(Traditional Andhra sweet)

Today's dessert is a traditional recipe from Andhrapradesh, called Madatha kaja or kaja.A special coastal Andhra dish. Refined wheat flour with sugar is made into layered dough, and lightly fried in oil to make kaja later soaked in sugar syrup for few mins.This crispy sugar coated kaja is our all time favorite dessert.When I made first time I love to the core as I never thought that we can prepare kaja at home.In coastal Andhra this dessert is very common during celebrations.Coming to the recipe as this is my very first recipes so I haven't taken pics nicely..Such a simple easy recipe one should try.I'm posting this recipe in BM#55 Under the theme no bake desserts.

  • Maida(all purpose flour)2 cups
  • Ghee 2 to 3 tbspn
  • Rice flour little bit 1 tbspn for dusting
  • water 1 cup for syrup
  • oil
  • sugar 2cups
  • Baking soda 1  pinch
  • Rose water( optional)1tspn


  • Take a bowl and mix maida,2 tspns ghee,water( enough to knead the dough) and knead well like we do for chapatis.Keep the dough aside and cover it for 10 to 15 mins.
  • In another bowl take 2 cups of sugar and add 1 cup water.Keep it on stove and boil it until sugar dissolves well ,(adding rose water gives nice flavour to the syrup this is optional)..syrup should be like one thread consistency(this takes around 10 to 15 mins). then switch of the stove.

Step by step

1.Take small quantity from the bowl around big lemon size and make a round ball.

2.Make thin chapathi with the round ball.Apply 1 tpn of ghee on top of it and sprinkle some rice flour .

3.Make another chapathi  by taking another round ball,and put this chapathi on top of first chapathi.

4.Apply some ghee on top of it and sprinkle some flour(rice flour)on top of it.

5.wet your hands with little bit of water and slowly flatten the edge( edges should be tightly packed).
( you may use another chapathi after applying ghee and rice flour for more layers)

6.Now roll it as shown in the pic

7.Now cut into small pieces as shown in the pic.,by using knife.

8.slowly press rolling pin on top of each piece(don't press too much )

9.Repeat the process with all the pieces.

Now heat oil in a kadai for deep fry.

10.In the mean time get ready the sugar syrup.Add 2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water boil until sugar syrup thickens just one string consistancy.

11. When the oil is hot slowly drop the pieces in the oil

12.when they almost fried we'll take out from the stove and  put in the sugar syrup bowl.

13. Let it stay for 1 or 2 mins then take out in plate.Delicious kaja ready now.


Sugar syrup should be little more than one string consistency( little thick),then kaja will be more firm and crispy.
Take out kajas from oil and keep 1 or 2 mins aside before dropping them in sugar syrup( syrup should be warm but not too hot or else kajas might turn soft)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Rasmalai( Indian dessert)

Rasmalai is a Bengali sweet dessert very popular among Indian sweet desserts.It is  a sweet preparedwith paneer ( Indian cottage cheese) Rasmeans juice and malai means sweet.Rasmalai is actually Rasgulla soaked in rich saffron flavored milk.I  love this dessert and enjoys when chilled.Usually this can be prepared on special occasions.This time I tried just like that to enjoy leisurely.I'M posting this recipe in BM#55 under the theme no bake desserts. ..Here the recipe..

For Rasgulla preparation: Follow this link  Rasgulla recipe which I already prepared few days back.

For Rasmlai:

  • Rasgullas 10 to 15
  • Milk 500 ml or half liter
  • Sugar 1/2 cup ( can add more sugar up to 1 cup)
  • Cardamom powder 1/4 tspn
  • Saffron few strands
  • Chopped pistachio 3 tbspn spoon

  • Take a deep wide bowl,boil milk in that bowl till it reduces its volume to half
  • Keep stirring in between to avoid burning in the bottom
  • Add sugar and cardamom powder ,mix well until it dissolves.Switch off the flame add saffron soaked in 2 tbspn of hot milk..
  • Take out Rasgullas from sugar syrup squeeze out extra syrup gently.( flatten rasgullas between your palms)Slowly drop flattened rasgullas into the creamy milk mixture,let it cool, once cool refrigerate and serve chilled.
  • Garnish with chopped pistachio or nuts of your choice and enjoy.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Eggless vanilla cake

Vanilla cake  is one of the first cake I learnt when I'm new to baking..Later I tried so many different types of cakes but, my favorite is always this classic vanilla cake.Whenever my hand itches to bake something I love to bake this simple vanilla cake..I tried both with egg and eggless recipes..But I love this eggless recipe a lot...Coming to the story behind this vanilla cake  is the famous tv show Tom and Jerry where both Tom and Jerry bakes vanilla cake for their  friend puppy on his birthday..This entire story narrated by daughter who watches tom and Jerry episodes regularly. I'M posting this recipe in BM#54 under the theme kids recipe from story books and tv shows..Here goes my simple recipe..


  • All purpose flour 1 1/2 cup( 1 cup+1/2 cup)
  • Baking powder 1 1/4 tspn( 1 tspn + 1/4 tspn)
  • Baking soda 1/2 tspn
  • Thick curd or yogurt  1cup
  • Vanilla essence 1 tspn
  • Sugar( powdered)3/4 cup
  • Oil 1/2 cup
Procedure :

  • Preheat oven 400F.
  • Grease baking tray with oil or butter
  • Now mix sugar and yogurt mixture in a bowl until creamy around 2 to 3 mins
  • Add baking soda baking powder to the flour in another bowl
  • Mix vanilla essence and oil in sugar yogurt mixture
  • Now slowly add little by little the flour mix to the creamy yogurt mix .
  • Fold it nicely( mix with hand mixture for less than a min)
  • Keep it in preheated oven I.e 400F for 5 mins and then reduce to 375 f and bake around 25 to 30 mins or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool it for 20 mins completely, then reverse,cut it and enjoy!

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Vanilla cup cakes

Vanilla cup cakes  very simple, easy recipe with a great moist texture and awesome in taste.Vanilla flavor loved by all my family members.I haven't prepared cupcakes till now as I'm worried about frosting. I don't like to eat cupcakes with frosting always,but my kids love to have frosting, so I Tried finally. so thought about a try.These are my first cup cakes with frosting.Vanilla cup cakes with perfect  vanilla cream cheese frosting.,a perfect cupcakes with great taste.My kids loved my cup cakes and keep asking me more..Here goes vanilla cup cakes and vanilla cheese cake frosting recipes.
This week I'M posting kids recipes inspired by kids stories or tv shows.Here goes one of the popular tv show Max and Ruby in Nick junior..This television series gives kids a sense about how these two siblings resolve their conflicts in a humorous and entertaining way.
 My kids used to watch when they are in preschool..Now it is different situation both of them wanted to watch different cartoons..But they loved to watch each and every episode of Max the Ruby.Ruby always wanted to bake cupcakes..So my inspiration came from this TV show.I followed recipe in food network. .It came out well.Here goes yummy vanilla cup cakes.


  • 1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour( 1 cup +1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/4 Tspn baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 Tspn salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tspn vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat oven 350F and line a muffin/cup cake pan with liners.
  • Take a bowl,whisk together flour,baking powder,baking soda and salt.
  • In another bowl beat eggs using hand blender or electric mixer until fluffy.( around 20 sec)
  • Add 3/4 cup sugar and continue to beat on medium speed around 30 sec.
  • Now add vanilla extract, vegetable oil, beat another one more minute.
  • Add buttermilk slowly and flour alternatively.Beat until just combined and smooth.
  • Pour batter into a lined muffin pan.Fill about 1/2 full.
  • Bake around 12 to 15 mins at 350 F.Mine done around 15 mins.Cool it for some time and enjoy.

Vanilla cream cheese frosting

  •   cream cheese softned 8 oz packet( mine is Philadelphia cream cheese original)
  • 1/2 cup butter,softened
  • 2 cups confectioner sugar(powdered sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or  vanilla essence

In a bowl cream together  cream cheese and butter until creamy.Mix in the vanilla essence,then gradually stir in confectioners sugar.Store in the refrigerator after use.When the cupcakes completely cools down spread cream cheese and sprinklers on top.Yummy cupcakes are ready.

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