Archive for May, 2007

Badam(Almond)-carrot-cashew Payasam: The perfect dessert!

This was the first dessert that my MIL taught me. It is so simple and refreshing that it has become a permanent dessert for parties in our house. Usually after a sumptuous main course in any party, ppl struggle to eat dessert but this payasam is so tasty and smells so good that no one can resist it. It is full of nutty goodness from the badam and cashew nuts and attractive orange color of carrot.Many of our friends even take a mug home.Also, most importantly no one can mess up this recipe and this was great for me especially when I was a scared novice cook!!:-))

Anyway with out much ado let’s go to the recipe


Serves 8


2/3 cup Badam

1/3 cup cashew nuts

4-5 carrots peeled

6 cups milk

1 tin of 5 fl. oz Nestle carnation condensed milk

1/4 cup sugar

5-6 cardamom pods powdered coarsely

4-5 saffron strands

Pressure cook the carrots in 1/2 cup milk until one whistle. Microwave the badam in one cup of water for about a minute and peel it. Once cooled, grind the carrot, badam and cashew nuts to a smooth paste. In a saucepan add all the milk and the paste and simmer for about 20minutes. Do not let the milk boil and keep stirring to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. Once the mixture reduces to 2/3rd the original amount, add the sugar and stir until it dissolves. Add the condensed milk and switch off the stove. finally garnish with the ground cardamom and the saffron strands.


1.Adjust the amount of sugar according to taste

2. One can use only badam and carrots

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Yummy Recipes for a Party: A Guest Post!

Gayathri, who had contributed the recipe of Scrumptious Strawberry Cheese Cake before, has come up with yet another super recipe. So here goes:

Vegetable Samosas and Coriander- Mint chutney

serves 16 samosas

for the cover:

-2 cups of Self Rising flour

– 1 tsp cumin seeds

– 1 tsp ghee

– few drops of a lime

– salt to taste

– enough water

Mix all the ingredients together to form a soft dough (should be like a chappati dough). Keep aside for 30 min.

for the stuffing:

– 2 cooked potatoes (one mashed and one cut in cubes)

– 1/2 cup of boiled peas

– 1/2 onion finely chopped (not mandatory)

– 1 tsp of garam masala

– a pinch of haldi (turmeric powder)

– 1/2 tsp of fennel powder

– 1 tsp of coriander powder

– 1/2 tsp of red chili powder

– 1/2 tsp of ginger-garlic paste

– 1/2 lime juice

– finely chopped cilantro

– salt to taste

In a wok, heat 1 tbs of oil. Add all the spices and the ginger-garlic paste. Fry for a few seconds. Now add the veggies, the lime juice, the cilantro and the salt. Stir well and cook for about 2-3 min.

Preparing the samosas:

Make eight balls out of the dough. Roll each ball like a chappati. Cut them in half. Take the semi-circle and fold it into a cone. Fill it with 2 tsp of the stuffing and seal the edges with a little bit of water+flour paste. Deep fry in hot oil till golden brown (on medium flame). Serve hot with a cilantro-mint chutney!


Coriander-Mint Chutney

– 1 bunch of cilantro(coriander leaves)

– a dozen of mint leaves

– 2 green chilies

– 2 Tbs grated coconut

– 4 Tbs yogurt

– 1/2 tsp of salt

– 2 tsp of sugar

Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Refrigerate before serving

The 3 Chocolates mousse: Restricted to chocoholics only!!!!!

This french dessert called ” le 3 chocolat” is a chocolate biscuit covered with 3 layers of chocolate mousse (dark, milk and white) and a chocolate icing. The result is just incredibly light and deliciously chocolaty!! Success guaranteed…

for 8 servings,

Step 1: the chocolate biscuit (genoise)

– 4 eggs

– 1/2 cup + 1 tbs sugar

– 1/4 cup all purpose flour

– 1/4 cup of cocoa powder

– 1/2 cup of espresso (without sugar)

Whip 2 eggs, 2 yellow and 1/2 cup of sugar together. Heat this preparation in a “bain-marie*”. Keep whipping till the mix is lukewarm (it should not boil !!). This will take about 5 min. Remove from the bain-marie and using a whisk keep whipping till the mix has tripled the volume. Sift in it the flour and the cocoa powder. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, beat the 2 eggs white to form snow peaks. Add 1/5 of the first mix to the snow peaks and stir gently. Now add the remaining of the mix to the snow peaks and stir very delicately.

Preheat your oven at 405 F. Grease a 9 inch spring pan with a little bit of butter. Pour the batter in it. Level it with a spatula and put it in the oven for about 12 min. Let it cool down. Sprinkle the espresso all over the biscuit. (You can also add a coffee liquor). Keep refrigerate.

* “bain-marie” is a heating technique consisting of a large pan containing hot water in which smaller pans may be set to cook food slowly or to keep food warm.

Step 2: the chocolate mousses

– 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs of bitter sweet chocolate chips

– 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs of milk chocolate chips

– 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs of white chocolate chips

– 60 cl of heavy whipping cream ( 2 cups + 1/3 cup )

The preparation is the same for the 3 chocolates. Just repeat the following for each type of chocolate. Start with the dark chocolate, then the milk chocolate and finish with the white.

Whip 20 cl of cream to obtain a “chantilly” (a stiff whipped cream). The chantilly is easier to make when the cream is very very cold. I usually put the bowl, the cream and the whisk in the freezer for 10 min just before whipping. Be careful not to whip too long that you will have butter 🙂

In a microwavable bowl, put the bitter sweet chocolate chips and sprinkle with a little bit of water. Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Add 1 tbs of the chantilly to the hot melted chocolate and stir well. Now add gently the remaining of the chantilly. Pour the mousse over the biscuit and spread it evenly with a spatula. Keep refrigerate.

Repeat the same procedure with the milk chocolate then with the white chocolate. After the white chocolate layer, keep your cake in the freezer for 2 hrs.


Step 3: the chocolate icing

– 1/2 cup of dark bitter sweet chocolate chips

– 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream

Ground the chocolate chips. In a saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a boil. Add the cream to the chocolate and beat well. Pour the icing on the frozen cake and spread it all over with a spatula. Refrigerate till serving.

You can serve it as it is or decorate it as you please. I chose a simple decoration with shredded white and milk chocolate….yummy!

Tips: this cake can be prepared the previous day. In that case, just keep it in the freezer section. Defrost it in the refrigerator 2-3 hrs before serving.

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