29 October 2014

Black Forest Cake



It was a fabulous day i spent on diwali cooking for my family.Ever since i was kid, i expected diwali could be my birthday ,so i could see everyone will happily celebrating with crackers and feast.How cool is that?..Yep,I forgot and never able to realise i am in mid of thirties.(Ya,sometimes only when little kids call me aunty!).But whatever my age is ,I have come a long way and very very loooong way.I have been through thins and thicks in my life far enough.Growing up as a single child been most loved last girl of a big family in a small town,naive,soft spoken and no clue of grey sides of the world.

Mom was always busy with inlaws making best feast and dad playing a perfect nightangle caring the needs.I could not ask for more.Recently , over a year i became most biggest complaint box about people and my mind over flowing with spam messages.Of course, its easy to say ignore and to press unavailable button to the hard.But i met people who are far enough to chase me and drive me nuts and made me crazy on my life. Its all starts with the help,people want to use me more than i could do and finally pull me down to rise their values up.The people who calls me more often and ask whts up is the one who cant see my smile and blessings of my life.If i cant please a person along with their extended family and co,I been ditched during all the good times of my life.If i tell one problem ,they are capable to bring nine more out of it.

The amount of fake smiles,dramas and relationships,I been pulled into when i never wanted to be fake social animal!! Of course you cannot see me for all possible occasions.People steal your friends and reach your place in a wink.In the race of life(as they consider) , i have seen same people turning into a beast during both of my good and bad times.I never seen some of them could say "sorry".Its always tag of war to deal with some people who preset the mind into enemity and can see me only as rich and single born kid,nothing beyond.So does it mean we all pet pat our kid every minute and give it to someone who constantly share hatred not humanity?.So,where is the world leading to now and then?

People who play perfect PROs should realise they werent started the life with infinity of success.Visiting number of temples doesnot show your discipline,Keeping the foot and hair on place and brushing up some basic morality might does.My parents are far better people i ever met,i never seen them screwing others life,it took years for them to settle down and never pulled anyone's feet for their own sake of comfort.All the yelling and screaming me and my parents did to people is to ask "Behave yourself and Mind your own business". First in place,who gave the rights judge on someone should blog or not and judge me in my every step?.Are you the one created this whole universe?. ..Before you discuss me to someone,make sure you have solved all your problems present and also the past.Dont talk about others,if your mind can only talk stupidity.


People wake up to read the newspapers to know all crimes,so they can practice and treat everyone as the criminal and without fail trying to be one too.So as like to do monkey business,they live to eat the dirt on others head to lead their life.If i pay x for my maid,then i knew she earns 10x more selling my day today to someone for years.I let her stay all day in my home to let everyone know i am not into any dirty business like them.Sometimes i cant stop lol at how my workers are treated far better than they do me.Even prayers are overheard falling over my back,so that could put me on to later discussion with who i never spent the day with nor bothered about.I never stepped in others door to disturb their peace.I have seen far enough of neck of jealousy,blackmails ,hypocrisy ,tongue lashings and also chauvinistic minds that could only provoke hammering on my head to ruin other's peace like the way how they ruined theirs. I am wonder how people can go all extremes to ruin my life too.They should rather put their valuable time and energy to find how to cure cancer ,how to escape from ebola or stand on elections to make better place to live.People should stop sneaking on others life and talk about negative things.They should start living their life considering every hour of living is a blessing and every day is a bonus..






Black Forest Cake
Recipe:Allrecipes.com
Ingredients
Original recipe makes 1 - 9 inch 3 layer cake
2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 (20 ounce) cans pitted sour cherries
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch, round, cake pans; cover bottoms with waxed paper.
In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla; beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Loosen edges, and remove to racks to cool completely.
Drain cherries, reserving 1/2 cup juice. Combine reserved juice, cherries, 1 cup sugar and cornstarch in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool before using.
Combine whipping cream and confectioner's sugar in a chilled medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form.
With long serrated knife, split each cake layer horizontally in half. Tear one split layer into crumbs; set aside. Reserve 1 1/2 cups Frosting for decorating cake; set aside. Gently brush loose crumbs off top and side of each cake layer with pasty brush or hands. To assemble, place one cake layer on cake plate. Spread with 1 cup frosting; top with 3/4 cup cherry topping. Top with second cake layer; repeat layers of frosting and cherry topping. Top with third cake layer. Frost side of cake. Pat reserved crumbs onto frosting on side of cake. Spoon reserved frosting into pastry bag fitted with star decorator tip. Pipe around top and bottom edges of cake. Spoon remaining cherry topping onto top of cake.


People should shed their ego and spread good things in life.I have crossed more worse days than good ones over eight years, so now i am practiced to expect any bad day ,to be more stronger ,though people have broken my thoughts and emotions into pieces.I can still collect and rebuild them.Even if i fall, i can get up believing my bare hands ,nothing else.People cant wait to get me back in chennai,so they can be entertained forever.Whoever need me back there, should know i was living there without making call for single help from anyone.I dont need many men in my life.I should forever remember if i dont have my husband around,i need to deal with dozens of wolfs in this poor world.

Its easy to say people wont stay with you once you reach higher status. But i still love people and believe in myself  and would love to shake hands with strangers and spend my perfect nigh-tangle role for patients. Of course, life is not always about money.You can give kindness and things that money cannot buy before you dispose from here.

                  I am glad to see people following me to the core and copying inspired by me ,I could see bits and bytes of me in whoever i met. I am glad I came this far and  exist in someway helpful to the need in deed.

20 October 2014

Moti choor Ladoo/Special Laddu



Deepavali is incomplete without sweets.I dont eat much of sweets,since most indian sweets are too sweet to my tastebuds.But still its diwali which happens only once a year and you got only one festival to celebrate in big way.I have already started planning the menu and the dresses are bought,only crackers are left out to buy. The little one is eager to know when is diwali ,so she could wear her new dress.I tried this laddu last week which needs less amount of sugar than south indian ladoos.The sugar syrup consistency should be thinner like you make for jamuns.Make this for your loved ones and of course for yourself and have an extra laddu since its my birthday on this diwali. :) 


Ingredients
Recipe Source:Tarla dalal 

Besan flour-1+1/2 cup
Milk/water-3/4 cup
To make sugar syrup 
Sugar-1+1/4 cup
Water-1+1/2 cup
Rose water-2 tsps
Orange Food color-a pinch
Cardamon powder-1 tsp
Chopped and Roasted nuts-2 tbsps
Oil to fry

Method


1.Combine 1+1/2 cups of water and sugar in a vessel and bring to a boil.Add the rose water and the food color to the syrup.The syrup doesnt need to boil more than 6-7 minutes,the basic consistency is enough for making this laddu.Switch off the heat.


2.Mix the besan with 3/4 cup of water to make lump free smooth batter .Add cardamon powder and also the food color to the batter.Since i get very coarse kind of besan flour here, I have powdered it to medium fine texture. 


3.This is the laddu ladle i have used which has small holes then previous ladle used for south indian laddu.Heat a pan with oil until it turns medium hot,place the ladle over the oil and pour the batter over the ladle.Gently stir the batter to let the batter flow in all holes.Cook the bhoondi for 3/4th and remove them with jarini/holed ladle to strain the excess oil


4.Re-heat the sugar syrup to warm,add the bhoondi and gently stir and let it soak for twenty minutes.Make sure all the bhoondis are completely immersed well(Off the flame,while you soak the bhoondis in the syrup)


5.Drain the excess syrup by placing the soaked bhoondi in colander or strainer.Add the chopped nuts.Gently squeeze them and make it into fine laddu







11 October 2014

Lemon Sevai



Lemon sevai is quick and easy dish to be made for dinner or breakfast.The light version and easily digestible.I made small portion of this along with sweet sevai.You can check basic method of idiyappam recipe here and another version of idiyappam here.


Ingredients
Idyapppam/Sevai -2 cups
Onion slices-1/4 cup
Cumin/Channa dal/Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Hing-a pinch
Coriander leaves-1/4 cup
Green chillies,slited-2 
Lemon juice-2 tsps
Turmeric powder-1/3 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil-1 tsp


Method


1.Chop the onion into slices and slit the green chillies.Set aside.Make ready of the cooked idyappam on other side.Heat a pan,add the oil,cumin ,green chillies and hing.Stir them for a minute.


2.Add the sliced onion along with coriander leaves.Saute it for a minute.Let the onions are not over fried into crispy.Add the lemon juice and stir quickly


3.Soon add the turmeric powder ,salt and 2 tbsps of water.Bring it to the boil and then add the cooked sevai or idiyappam.Donot add too much of water as sevai can turn soggy.


4.Saute the idyappam for two minutes on heat and Switch off the flame.

Lemon sevai is ready



25 September 2014

Kids Lunch Box Ideas

                                                                           Making toddlers eat healthy Indian food is tedious job for many mothers.I know how kids make big fuss on eating regular comfort food.I do get lot of inquiry for what i packed for school lunch and did she finished it.Some child make big fuss on eating certain food and other kind make fuss in eating itself.If the kid has low appetite,the reasons could be many like taken too much medicines for cold or less physical activity or illness. Every mom have tough time feeding the kids.The kids should be feed with liquid to semisolid and solid food.For all kids,rice,dal,fruits and vegetables should be the primary food.If you feed chips or other junk food for snacking,the kid will not eat the food on time.Once in a while, giving a mix of dry ginger,pepper and cumin powder will induce the appetite for the kids.Plan a menu with their favorite dishes,and feed them on time.Sometimes toddlers will bring the food back from school.For those kids, you can send two slices of bread and a serving of fruits.Once the kid returns from school,you should feed the rice or chappathi.You can make Bread with nutella or jam,Poori or chappathi for their lunch box.A bowl of curd rice or paruppu(dal) rice with ghee can be given too.You can pack lemon rice or any non sticky rice dish for lunch.Here is the list of lunch box (no mess) recipes 




Channa Veg roll



Veg Frankie 

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Mayo Sandwich

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Cheese Toast 

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Macaroni
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Foot Long
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I am sending the entries to the event for Kids Lunch Box recipes by indusladies

  
     



21 September 2014

Bisibela bath - Huli Ana - Karnataka dishes

                                                               
 I had a Q&A session with a reporter about food blogging and it has published in NEWS TODAY today's edition (20/09/2014) .I love bangalore city for its nature,food and the climate.The food in bangalore is too good and less expensive compared to chennai.All these years i made my friend shalini's recipe for bisibele bath which was quick and easy.This time i tried to make bisibelebath powder with byadgi chillies.It is sure worth to try this most favourful huli huli ana with authentic flavors.It stays too hot for long time.I am sure many gonna try and give thumbs up to me.

                                               You can find the bisibela bath powder recipe here...



Ingredients
Bisibelebath powder-5 tbps
Rice-200 gms
Toor dal-100 gms
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Vegetables as available
Drumstick,carrot,beans,potato,white pumpkin-2 cups,chopped
Small onion-8-10 nos
Tomato-1,chopped
Tamarind-Lemon size,soaked in 1/2 cup water
Salt to taste

To Season
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Curry leaves-10 nos
Oil/Ghee-1/4 cup
Cashews-10 nos

Method

1.Wash rice and dal ,add turmeric and 6-7 cups of water.Cook it in pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles
2.Heat a pan ,add the seasoning ingredients,once the mustard splutter ,add the small onions ,tomato and vegetables ,saute for two minutes.
3.Extract the tamarind juice from the pulp and add the tamarind juice (around 1 cup)to the pan
4.Add a cup of water and close the lid ,let it for cook in low flame until all vegetables are 3/4th cooked
5.Add the salt and bisibele bath powder to the pan
6.Add the rice to the pan and continue to cook in low flame for 5 minutes 



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