January 2009

strawberry-milkshakeA Refreshing summer drink.


Strawberry – 10-12

Sugar – 2 tbsp

Milk – 2 glasses


Cut the Strawberry into small pieces. Add sugar and milk along with the strawberry and blend well for about 3-4 minutes.

The more you blend, the better is the smoothie / milkshake.

If needed, you can add a dollop of well-whisked cream or can add a dollop of ice-cream, with a spoon of choco-chips for the decoration.


A great recipe to beat up the heat and kick up your energy…. J

Rich in iron, vitamin and a nutritious drink … date-almond-milkshake

A complete diet for the finicky kid….!!!




Dates – 6 large pieces (deseeded)

Almonds – 6 pieces

Milk – 2 cups

Honey – 1 tbsp

Sugar – 1 tsp

Cardamom powder – A Pinch




Soak the dates and almonds in warm milk for about an hour or so.

Blend together all the ingredients for 4-5 minutes.

ajwain-rotiGood for digestion.



Wheat Flour – 2 cups

Ajwain / Carom Seeds – 2 tsp

Salt – as per taste

Ghee – as per taste

Water – Enough to make chapati / roti – dough

Amchur powder – ¼ tsp

Kalonji Seeds – ¼ tsp

Black Pepper – ¼ tsp




Mix the flour and all the above Ingredients along with spice powder except water and ghee.

Add water 1 Table spoon at a time to make soft and pliable dough.

Knead it for few minutes by adding the ghee little at a time. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and make balls. Roll them into chapatis / roti.

Cook the roti with/without ghee in a griddle and serve with side dish of your choice.

Due to the spice powder mix it tasted good on its own or with plain curds.

I had a huge pack of unused sweet corn lying in the freezer for months. I thought the best way to use it up is to make simple fried rice .I made this on a whim & it turned out just lovely.




1 cup long grained rice – cooked.

2 onions – sliced into long strips

3/4 cup – American sweet corn – fresh/frozen

1 tsp ginger chilli paste

1 tsp vinegar

1 tbsp soy sauce

Salt as per taste

2 tbsp oil

1 tsp red chilli powder




Soak the long grained rice in water for 15 minutes. Pressure cook the rice with 1 ¼ cup of water.

Once done, cool the rice on the plate with 1/4 tsp of oil on it… ( in order to avoid stickiness)

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok, add ginger chilly paste and fry for a minute or so.

Add sliced onions and fry till translucent.

Thaw the sweet corn and then sauté for a couple of minutes.

Now, add soy sauce, salt, red chilli powder and vinegar and fry for a minute.

Add the rice and mix well.


Serve HOT with tomato sauce or any other sauce of your choice.

Rotti (flat bread) made out of rice flour, is perhaps the unique specialty of Karnataka. It is in many ways similar to the Thalipeeth of Maharashtra, but the ingredients are rice flour based. Consequently, it happens to be the popular breakfast item in many homes of Karnataka. Replace rice flour with Ragi flour and it becomes Ragi Rotti, another great favourite in Karnataka.


Here is how I did……. 🙂


Rice flour – 2 cups cabbage-carrot-akki-rotti
Cabbage – grated ½ cup
Carrot – grated ½ cup
Coconut – ½ cup shredded
Hing – a pinch
Salt – as per taste
Green chillies – 2-3
Jeera – 2 tsp
Coriander leaves – chopped – a handful

Water – approximately 1 cup

Oil – 3 tbsp





Mix all the ingredients above in a mixing bowl, bind well to form like chapati dough and allow the mixture to set for 10-15 min.

Grease a frying pan (or tava) with 2 tsp oil.

Take a ball of the mixture (as big as a tennis ball) and place it in the middle of the greased frying pan. Flatten the mixture on the pan with your fingers until it is round and flat.

Spread a little oil on it.

Cover the frying pan with a lid and cook it on med-low flame until it is cooked (color changes to cream).

Remove the lid and roast it for a couple of minutes. Turn it and roast it on the other side for a few more minutes or until golden brown.

Serve hot with Chutney or just plain fresh butter.




Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp

Red Chillies (Byaadige) – 7-8

Channa Dal – 1 tsp

Urad Dal – 1 tsp

Methi Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Hing – 1/4 tsp

Dry Coconut – 1/2 cup

Garam Masala – 1 tsp

Cloves – 2-3

Cinnamon / Dal chini – 1/2 inch

Oil – 1 tsp


Roast all the above ingredients with 1 tsp of oil and grind well to form a smooth and soft powder.

mango-milkshake1Mango Milkshake


A refreshing summer drink. Rich in fiber and Vitamin A.




2 cups milk

2 cups mango pulp

Pinch of cardamom seeds

1 tbsp sugar or as per taste

Pinch of Kesar / Saffron




Blend all the above ingredients for about 3-4 minutes

The more you blend, the creamier the milkshake/smoothie will be.

Serve chilled to taste better.