Mango Ice Cream

I have tried many ice cream recipes but none have  given me as consistent results as this one. This mango ice cream came very close to the one they serve at Natural's parlours. I have tried this same recipe with different fruits like jackfruit, chickoo, custard apple, banana, guava, dates, apricots and they have all turned out tasty. Thanks to my cousin Kalpana tai for parting with her secret recipe :)
Homemade Mango Ice Cream

1. Take 1 cup of full toned milk, 1 cup of any of the above fruit/dry fruit pulp (Here I used Alphonso Mangoes finely chopped) , 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk powder. You can also add some fresh cream if you like. I add slightly less than 1 cup sugar but you can adjust the sugar according to your taste.
2. Blend them all in the grinder till an even consistency is achieved. You can taste it now and add sugar/ pulp according to your liking.
3. Freeze the mixture - takes about 8 hours to set well.
You can serve this ice cream topped with some freshly cut pieces of the fruit.

Paneer Pasanda

Felt like cooking something rich today. This recipe certainly fit the bill with its cream and cashew component :)
Paneer Pasanda

1. Cut 500 gms of paneer into cubes. Sprinkle salt, chilli powder and turmeric on the paneer pieces and keep aside for sometime.
2. Take 2-3 tsp of oil in a pan and saute these paneer pieces till slightly cooked - say 3-4 mins.
3. Remove paneer and keep aside
4. In the same oil, add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 2-3 pepper corns, 2-3 cloves, 1 inch cinammon and saute.
5. Add 1 big onion finely chopped and 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and saute till onion is brown in colour.
6. Add 2 finely chopped tomatoes and let them cook with lid on. After 5 mins add chilli powder (According to taste) and 1 tsp coriander powder, 2-3 cashew nuts finely chopped, add water to the dry mixture and cover lid and let it cook.
7. Now when the mixture looks cooked, remove it from heat. Let it cool a bit and make a fine paste of it in the grinder
8. Again add the paste to the pan and cook it till it comes to a boil. Add the paneer pieces and some kasoori methi (finely crushed in between the palms of your hand) and add salt and sugar according to taste. I also added 2-3 tsp of fresh cream.
9. Cook for 2-3 mins and then remove from heat. Garnish with freshly chopped Coriander leaves and serve with chapatis.

This recipe is heavily inspired from Vah re Vah video. However I avoided the elaborate stuffing and deep frying of paneer for the sake of time/effort.

Vegetable Kurma

Hubby loves the Kurma served in the Udupi hotels in Karnataka along with Puri. So tried this recipe from and it tasted as good as the one served in hotels. 

Vegetable Kurma

1. Take 2 tsp oil in a pan. Roast 1 tsp coriander seeds, 1 inch cinamon, 4-5 pepper, 2-3 cloves, 4-5 red chillies and 1 tsp fennel seeds. Grind with 1 cup freshly grated coconut to a coarse paste.
2. In the same pan, fry 1 onion finely chopped. Add 1 cup peas, 1 medium sized potato cut into cubes, 1/2 cup of cauliflower florets, 1 tomato cut into cubes, 1/2 cup beans. Add just enough water to cover the vegetables and salt and let it cook to a boil.
3. When almost cooked, add ground masala and salt. Bring it to boil. 

Serve hot with Puris for breakfast. can also be served as a side dish for lunch/dinner.

Spinach Puri (Palak Puri)

I think this is one dish invented to mitigate the feeling of guilt of having deep fried puris by giving it a healthy twist 

Spinach Puri (Palak Puri)
1. Clean and blanch about 1 cup of Spinach leaves in 1 cup water for less than 5 mins. 
2. Grind the blanched spinach along with the water with 2 green chillies, 1 inch ginger piece, 1 tsp cumin seeds and salt. 
3. Now add wheat flour (atta) and knead in to make a dough. Add enough atta to get a firm dough.

4. Roll into puris and deep fry.

Serve hot with Vegetable Kurma.

Thai Prawn curry

We like Red thai curry - I used to generally cook it with chicken and vegetables. Last week I had bought some prawns and decided to cook prawns the Thai way..and it was so tasty...The flavor of coconut milk goes best with prawns and I think this dish tasted better than Thai curry with chicken or with vegetables. Here is my recipe for Thai Prawn curry.

Thai Prawn curry

1. Take 2 tsp oil in a pan. Add 1 large finely chopped onion, 1 tsp finely chopped ginger and saute till soft and the onions urn pinkish. Add 2 green chillies slit along the length and 3-4 blades of lemon grass and saute

2. Add 50 gms of  of red curry paste and cook for a minute.
3. Add 2 medium sized tomatoes finely chopped and saute till tomatoes are soft. Add 50 gms of coconut milk powder dissolved in 1 cup of water to the pan. Adjust the water according to your taste. Let this come to a boil and then let it again simmer for 5 mins.
4. Add 1 cup of deveined and deshelled prawns and cook for 5- 10 mins or till the prawns are cooked.
5. Last add 5-6 chopped coriander stalks and some finely chopped coriander leaves and cook for a minute.

Serve with rice.

Easy Mutton Curry

What I love the most about cooking is that it lets you be creative in your day to day life. You experiment with your spices and you sometimes have a totally new taste. Last week I cooked this mutton curry with no particular recipe in my mind - just mixed spices that I love and created this dish :)


1.Heat 2 tsp oil and 1 tsp ghee  in a pressure cooker. Add 1 large onion finely chopped and saute till its brown. Add 1 inch ginger, 7-8 pods of garlic, 1 inch cinnamon, 5-6 black pepper, 2-3 cloves, 2 elaichi, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds and saute for 2 mins. Grind the whole mixture in grinder to a coarse paste.
2. Again add 1 tsp oil in the same pan and add 1 bay leaf. Add the above mixture and saute for 2 mins. Add 2 small tomatoes finely chopped and cook it till tomatoes soften. Add 500 gms of mutton, 1 tsp garam masala,  1 tsp red chilli powder (or more according to your taste) , water and pressure cook for a good 5-6 whistles. I added some fresh mint leaves for added taste.
3. Open the pressure cooker after the steam is out and adjust the salt. Add the juice of half a lemon and garnish with coriander leaves. 

This curry tastes awesome with both rice and chapatis.

Tawa Fish fry (Andhra style)

This was one of those days where the dish turned out so tasty that I forgot to take pics and remembered that I need to take a pic for the blog when the last piece was left :) 
I was also too hungry to decorate the plate and hence the fish remains in spotlight in the pic.

Very easy recipe and tastes yummy and spicy.


1. Mix  a pinch of Turmeric, 1/2 tsp chilli powder (you can add more depending on taste)1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste, 1/2 tsp chopped coriander powder, salt, 4-5 curry leaves roughly chopped, 2-3 sprigs of coriander leaves roughly chopped,1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp oil in a bowl. Coat around 6 fish pieces evenly with this marinade. You can leave the fish in the marinade for an hour.

2. Roll the fish in a little Maida (All purpose flour) to hold the marinade together and then Pan fry on a low flame in a tawa. You need not add more oil as the marinade itself has oil.
I used Rohu fish here but you can try this recipe with any fish and it will taste good.

Chilli Chicken

Here is my Indianised version of Chilli Chicken - one can never go wrong with this dish!

1. Marinate 500 gms of boneless chicken pieces with salt, ginger garlic paste, soya sauce according to taste.
2. The usual method is to deep fry the chicken pieces. However I like it sauteed in 2-3 tsp of oil. I saute it till the color changes to brown and the chicken looks 70-80% cooked.
3. Remove the chicken aside on a plate.

4. Heat 2 tsp oil and saute 1 finely chopped onion (you can use the whites of spring onion), 2 inches of Ginger finely chopped, 10 pods of garlic finely chopped and 4-5 green chillies.When sauteed, add 1 capsicum chopped into long thin slices. Saute on high flame and dont overcook the vegetables as they taste better if they are crisp.
5. Add the chicken pieces, 1 tsp soya sauce(soya sauce is salty so be careful with salt), 1 tsp green chilli sauce, 1 pinch sugar, salt to taste, 1 tsp pepper powder, 1 tsp vinegar, 1 tsp corn flour mixed in water and cook again on high flame for 10 mins stirring continuously.
6. Add a cup of spring onion greens cut into 1 inch pieces. Stir them into the dish and serve with fried rice.

Pickled Onions

1. Take 1 cup white vinegar, 3-4 tsp sugar, salt and 1 cup of water in a pan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally till the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool completely.
2. Add the 20 pearl onions, 10 garlic, 3-4 red chillies to the solution and mix well.
Do not confuse pearl onions with shallots
Pearl Onions look just like normal onions but are smaller in size. Shallots are darker in shade and are pointed at both ends (more like garlic cloves)

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3. Pour into a dry glass jar and allow the pickle to mature for 3 to 4 days at room temperature and then refrigerate.
Serve with chicken starters.

Chicken Cafreal

Chicken Cafreal is a Goan chicken dish. I find it very easy to cook and has almost always turned out good. Here is the recipe I follow

Chicken Cafreal

1. Dry roast 1 tsp coriander seeds,  1 tsp cumin seeds,5-6 cloves,2  green cardamoms, 5-6 black peppercorns and 1 inch cinnamon till the spices are slightly brown

2. Add 1 inch ginger, 4-5 cloves of garlic, 2 green chillies, ,and half onion roughly chopped. I also added 5-6 stalks of coriander leaves and sauteed all these till they are slightly cooked. 

3. Now grind all this  to a fine paste using a little water and salt. Make deep incisions in the 500 gm chicken and add all this fine paste and refrigerate for two to three hours (no need to freeze).

4. Heat three tablespoons of oil in a pan, add the marinated chicken and cook covered on medium heat stirring occasionally. Add a little warm water if required to avoid scorching. 
5. Cook for 15 mins. When almost done add vinegar/lime juice according to taste and cook for two to three minutes. Serve hot as a side dish.

Came across this quick and easy Microwave recipe on the Tarla Dalal's website and I had to try it. 
Tastes incredibly delish and doesnt take even 10 mins to cook.

Quick and easy Rabri (Microwave Recipe)
1. Mix 1 cup of full cream milk, 1 cup of grated paneer, 1/2 cup of condensed milk (I used Milkmaid), 3 spoons of sugar (adjust according to your taste), 2 tsp of Ghee, pinch of cardamom (Elaichi) powder in a large microwave bowl and cook in the microwave for 6-8 mins.
2. Remove from microwave and let it to cool. Once cooled, chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
3. Yummy rabri is ready. Garnish with Saffron(Kesar) strands and dry fruits and serve.

Here is the link to the recipe on Tarla Dalal's website.

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