Friday, February 27, 2009

Sweet Vodka bites with spicy Jackfruit curry,...

Few days back saw in news channel that Vodka flavoured Sandesh are in huge demand at Calcutta,though i have tried different flavours of Sandesh this one called for lotz of guts,..but i didnt give up, when fine evening when i prepared fresh cottge cheese at home i thought of trying Sandesh with Vodka
ingredients needed are
fresh cottage cheese one cup approx 250gm
sugar as per taste i always reduce the quantity to suit my taste
absolute vodka citron flavour two tbsp
finely chopped walnut two tbsp
food colour any colour will do half tsp
heat non stick wok and fry cottage cheese for two to three minutes ,remove from flame and keep aside
run sugar through the blender,remove and keep aside
in a big vessel mix cottage cheese with sugar,keep kneading till it becomes soft
add food colour and vodka slowly to the cottage cheese mixture
once everything is mixed properly start giving shape to the mixture any shpe will do i couldnt think of anyother shape:-)
once done slowly place chopped walnuts on the sandesh and keep in fridge to set for 1 to two hr,..
sandesh have good shelf life and they taste good after a day or two,.:-)
Kathal better known as Jackfruit is one of my favourite vegetable and its found in abundance during winters in NORTH India,when in Singapore i used to crave a lot for this veggie specially prepared by my mom,so this time when she was here i asked her to prepare and this is how the recipe goes,..
ingredient needed
250gm Jackfruit
onion three chopped
garlic six cloves chopped'
green chilli two chopped'
salt as per taste
coriander powder two tsp
turmeric powder one tsp
red chilli one powder one tsp
garam masala powder one tbsp'
cloves half tsp
black pepper seeds half tsp
dried red chilli three'
bay leaves crushed two
oil to cook
rub chopped jackfruit with salt and turmeric and keep aside
Heat one tbsp oil in non stick wok,once the oil is hot lower the flame and stir fry chopped jackfruits,
once half done remove from flame and keep on kitchen towel
in the same oil add ont tsp of cumin seeds followed by bay leaves,dried red chilli,black pepper seeds and cloves
once they start spluttering add chopped garlic,green chilli and onions and keep frying till onions start changing colour
add all the masala powders and salt and keep stirring till oil is seen along the sides
now add already fried jackfruit and mix well
after two to three minutes add water for gravy and cover and cook ,
as jackfruit takes time to cook ,to save time it can be pressure cooked too
once done remove from flame and serve hot with chapati or rice.
Kathal sabji is off to Lakshmis space where she is celebrating AFAM and the fruit for this month is Jackfruit ,event started by Maheswari of Beyond the Usual
Walnut studded Vodka bites or Sandesh

are off to Aquadazes hub where she is on with Lets go nuts and the nuts for this month are Walnuts and Pecans .
After a long long time i got to eat this veggie ,we enjoyed with chapati and sirke wala pyaz,this version is semi dry one,for gravy just increase the quntity of water in th the last step and dont let it dry much while cooking,enjoy hot with rice,this is how our platter looked,..;-)
ceeu frens soon goin to prepare dinner,..:-)hppy weekend,...nd tk cre of urself,..:-)

Petit pains au lait and winner of the giveaway ,....

I tried Petit pains au lait better known as Classic French Round Milk Rolls from my Baking book,as i am new into baking ,remeber my first cake :-),i was quiet skeptical about the outcome,still i didnt give up,i followed the instructions properly given in the book,without looking for tips on the net :-(,..anyways today before publishing i thought of doing search on net and saw so many links which could have helped me,..ya guys i am feeling sorry for myself,

link for recipe click here

if u guys have tried this recipe or know any tips do let me know

ingredient for Petit Pains Au Lait

Four cup all purpose flour

salt half tsp

sugar one tablespoon

half cup butter softened

half ounce fresh yeast

one cup warm milk


Dissolve yeast in four tbs of milk and keep aside.

Sift the flour and salt together in a large bowl,stir in sugar followed by softened butter in the flour.

Mix the yeast mixture followed by the rest of the milk and knead to soft dough,till it is smooth and elastic.

Keep in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap and keep in warm place for an hr or more till the dough rises to its double

after an hour divide the dough into 12 equal parts ,shape into ball shape and keep on greased baking sheet

Using a sharp knife cut a cross on top of each roll,cover with lightly oiled plasti wrap and let it rise in warm place for 20 mins till it doubles in size

Preheat theoven to 400 degree fahrenheit ,brush the rolls with milk and bake for 20 -25 mins till golden

transfer to rack,cool and serve with tea or cofee,

I dont know how successful i was in Baking but taste wise these milk rolls were good ,soft and sweet from inside :-)

Petit Pains au lait are off for AWED France hosted by D K of Culinary Bazzar.

Coming to the giveway for my event Cook and Create with Luv for luv ,i loved all of them it was tough for me to decide but if i have to choose one entry it will be of Madhumathi of Madhus food journal Congrats Madhu :-)

I was totally mesmerised by her post,right from scratch she prepared everything including cookie cutters and presentation its brethtaking,she is new blogger for me,thanks to this event or i wouldnt have discovered her Blog Madhus food JOURNAL,..loved ur combi Madhu ,do mail me you mailing address soon so that i send u your goodie bag ,thanks to my hubby for sponsoring the gifts,..:-)

Thats all frens,..ceeu all soon,..hppy weekend,..:-)keep bloggin,..

and ya thanks for the wishes Advay is doing much better,he has lost weight,become quiet weak and irritable ,i guess i will start sending him to his playschool from Monday, guys take care,...