February 28, 2009

Crispy Bread Cups with vegetable filling

There are enormous ways to serve bread. Here the bread is converted into a crisp snack with little effort. Bread slice is shaped into a cup and baked till crisp and golden. It is filled with cooked vegetables. This make an ideal snack/starter for any party. This is a very versatile recipe. With the bread cups as base, you can try out different filling, both sweet and savory. For making it more healthier, use whole wheat bread. When using whole wheat bread you might need to steam the slice before placing in the muffin. Else it might be difficult to get the shape.

You need

For cups

Bread slices - 8 nos

Butter - 3 teaspoons

For Filling

There is no specific recipe for the filling. I am listing the ingredients with approximation.

Finely chopped vegetables - 2 cups (I used potato,carrot and cabbage)

Onion -1

Crumbled paneer - 2 tblspn

Green chily - 2nos


1 tspn of mixed herbs

tomato sauce - 2

chilli sauce -1 tspn

oil - 1 tblspn

Trim the crust from the bread. Flatten the bread with a rolling pin. This makes it easier to place in the muffin tray. Spread little butter on the slice. Place the bread in the greased cavities of muffin tray with the buttered side up. When you place adjust the slice so as to resemble a cup.
Bake at 180 C for 10 minutes or till the cups are crisp.

Meanwhile, you can prepare the filling. Heat oil in a pan. Saute onions till pink. Add the vegetables and saute till it is half cooked. Add salt, chilly sauce and tomato sauce. Mix well. Continue cooking till veggies are cooked and firm. Finally stir in crumbled paneer.

Spoon the filling into the bread cups. You can top it with grated cheese if you wish. Bake for 5-10 minutes. Serve with ketchup or any dip of your choice. The bread cups and the filling can be prepared before and assembling can be done prior to serve. It tasted good when served warm.

Being a perfect starter for any party, this goes to Rachana's Healthy Bites.

February 26, 2009

Raagi Biscuits

I made raagi biscuits inspired from Cham and Shilpa's Varada aayi's posts. My recipe is a combination of those two recipes.


Raagi(Finger millet) flour - 1 cup

All purpose flour - 1 cup

Powdered sugar - 1 cup

Butter - 1 cup

Cardamom powder - 1/2 tspn

Baking powder - 1 tspn

Milk - 1 tblspn
Chopped nuts to garnish


Roast raagi flour for about 5 minutes till you can smell the aroma of raosted raagi. Whisk butter and sugar till creamy.Mix roasted raagi,all purpose flour, baking powder and cardamom powder well.Stir in the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture. Mix to make a soft dough. If you find the dough dry, add about a teaspoon of milk. Pinch off a lemon sized dough. Shape into a ball and flatten a bit. garnish with chopped nuts. Press it down using a fork.
Bake in a preheated oven
Temp -180 C

Time - 30 min

Yields - 16 nos

Verdict - crisp,soft, melt in the mouth cookies.

I have made these biscuits more than once.

February 23, 2009

Nei payasam ~ Kerala Special

Nei means ghee. So nei payasam literally translates as ghee payasam. Don't think I am going to give a recipe of payasam/kheer with ghee as the main ingredient. Indeed , ghee is the star ingredient in the recipe. This is a combination of rice , jaggery and ghee. Sounds simple isn't it. But the rich taste of the payasam is heavenly. Its also known as kadu madhura payasam (very very sweet payasam). Yes, the rice:jaggery is 1:3. Nei payasam is a famous offering in the temples of Kerala. This is also prepared during Bhagavathy Seva, a pooja conducted to please Devi, which is performed in the month of Karkitakam/Aadi (15th July-15th Aug).

As I mentioned, because of the sweetness and richness of ghee, it can be eaten in small portions only. When the payasam is prepared for any ordinary occasion or wants it to be less sweeter, then the rice:jaggery is added in the proportion of 1:2. The ratio seems to vary from home to home. Also select jaggery which is brown which gives a nice deep color to the payasam.

Raw rice - 1/3 cup

Jaggery - 1 cup

Ghee- 1/3 cup or less

Water -1/3 cup to melt jaggery.


cashew,raisin - 10 nos each

coconut, cut into small pieces - 1 tblspn

Wash and pressure cook rice till it is well cooked. Later,on cooking in jaggery, it will turn grainy. Melt jaggery in a pan with 1/3 cup of water. Strain and bring the jaggery syrup to boil. Simmer for 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in the cooked rice, with out forming lumps. If you find it difficult, switch off the stove. Once the rice is well mixed with the syrup, put it on fire again. Add a tablespoon of ghee. Keep stirring and add ghee at intervals to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Reserve a tablespoon of ghee for frying cashews etc.Cook till the mixture starts leaving the sides and gets a saucy consistency. Don't over cook and it will become a hard mass on cooling.

Take a small pan. Add ghee. Add pieces of coconut. Roast till it browns. Remove the coconut and add cashews. When they start browning, throw in the raisins. When the raisins puff up , remove from fire. Garnish with payasam with roasted coconut, cashews and raisins. Enjoy spoon full of payasam. You cannot go beyond 3 spoons at one go. It stays good even 3 days with out refrigeration, when properly made.

With this measurement, it will serve 2.

February 19, 2009

Microwave Chocolate Pudding

I am not a big fan of puddings. But when I announced the theme for MEC, I was reminded of the pudding recipe in the book that came along with the microwave. So decided to give a try. It was very easy to make and got pretty decent result too. The original recipe has gelatin in it. I replaced it with china grass. You can whip up a pudding with very few ingredients and in less time.

You need

1 cup milk

2 tspn cocoa powder

1 tbspn china grass

1/2 tspn vanilla essence

2 tbspn powdered sugar

1/4 cup water


1 tblspn Sweet cream

few glazed cherries


In 1/4 cup of warm water, mix china grass and keep aside to dissolve. In a microwave safe bowl, mix milk,vanilla essence, powdered sugar. Microwave at 100% power for 5 minutes. Make sure your bowl is big enough that milk doesn't overflow on boiling. Now add the dissolved china grass to the bowl. Mix and microwave at 60% power for 3 minutes.

Transfer it to the serving dish. Leave it, till it reaches room temperature. Refrigerate and serve chilled. Garnish with sweet cream and cherries/strawberries.

This is the entry to MEC:Puddings guest hosted right here, an event started by Srivalli.

February 16, 2009

Carrot Cabbage Soup

There was a time when soup meant only tomato soup for me. Later when I went to college, I got to know about different varieties of soup. And later with the arrival of packaged soups in the market, I got to taste various soups at home. After reading about the ill-effects of MSG, which is added to the soup powders, I stopped buying them. I do see some brands with 'No MSG' labels. If it is home made you know what goes into it and no need to trust the labels.

The purple variety of cabbage is sometimes seen in the local vegetable market near my home. The usual stir fry with this kind doesn't go well with me. I usually use this for making pulav and in soup. It gives a nice flavor to the soup. With pressure cooker, it is very easy. You can cook them on stove top too.

You need
Carrot - 1 medium sized Chopped cabbage - 1 cup
Onion - 1
garlic - 3 pods
crushed pepper -1 tspn
oil- 1 tspn
Take a pressure cooker. Heat a teaspoon of oil. Saute garlic and onion till they turn pink. Add chopped cabbage, carrot. Saute for two minutes. Add 2 cups of water, salt and peeper. Pressure cook for 2 whistles. When the pressure is fully released, blend to get a fine puree. Adjust the soup consistency by adding water. Simmer till it thickens.

I am sending this to FIC-Orange, hosted by Aparna, an event started by Sunshinemom
and to Neha for her SWC:Soups, which started at CookingStation

February 12, 2009

Teekhat Meethachi Puri & Panchmel Dal

As mentioned in my earlier post, here is the recipe for Teekhat Meethachi puri. I followed Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe. It tasted good. It makes a makes a good evening snack to go along with tea too. If you want to serve as a snack,you can fry it for a little longer time, so that it will turn crisp. I served it as part of the main course along with panchmel dal.

You need
whole wheat flour - 1 cup

semolina(rava/sooji) - 3 tablespoons

red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon

turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon

carom seeds/ajwain/omam - 1 teaspoon

salt to taste

water to knead

Oil - 2 tablespoons + for deep frying

Take a bowl. Mix wheat flour, salt, semolina, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ajwain and two tablespoons of oil. Mix well.
Add water, little at a time and knead into a medium hard dough as you do for usual puris.
Pinch off lemon sized dough and roll into 3 inch puris or according to the size of your deep frying pan.
Heat oil in a kadai. When hot, deep-fry the puris on both sides till puffed up and light golden brown.
Drain on kitchen paper and serve hot.

I am sending the bowl of dal to Ashwini's Lentil Mela
The poori and dal combo makes it to Rathna's Made for each other.

February 7, 2009

Cauliflower fried rice

One friday, my husband called from office to say, one of his friend will be coming for dinner that night. Since it was the weekend, i didn't have any veggies stocked in my fridge. All I had was one cauliflower.
Decided to make Teekhat Meethachi Puris and panchmel dal. Having only cauliflower, went ahead to make fried rice using, which I haven't tried before. I usually don't attempt such experiments when guests are coming over. Thought since pooris are there, if it fails, I can adjust. Made dates payasam for the dessert. Shall reserve the recipes of other dishes for later post. First thought making it a one dish meal. Cooking the masala and adding rice to it and pressure cook. But did not feel comfortable cooking cauliflower. So cooked the rice separately and went on to prepare the base masala.

Wash the cauliflower and drop the flower into a pot of hot water added with little salt and turmeric. Cover and let it stand for 10 minutes.This will ensure that the small worms tucked inside the flower come out,if any. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Cauliflower florets - 1 cup

Onion - 1

Cumin - 1/2 tspn

Fennel seeds - 1/2 tspn

Cloves - 4 nos

Green chilly - 2 nos

Turmeric - a pinch

Chilly powder - 1/2 tspn

Tomato sauce - 2 tblspn

Soya sauce - 1 tspn

Oil - 2 tblspn

Cook rice separately and spread it on a plate to cool.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add cumin seeds, fennel seeds and cloves. When they start browning,add the chopped onions. Saute till the onions turn pink. Add the chopped florets. Add salt, turmeric, chilly powder. Cover and cook till the florets turn tender. Add 2 tablespoon of tomato sauce and a tspn of soya sauce to the cooking mixture. Cook for 2 minutes, till the flavors blend in.

Stir in the cooled rice and serve with yogurt or roasted papad. Left over rice can also be used. Even the masala can be prepared ahead and you freeze it. Defrost and use with cooked rice and pack it for lunch.

I am sending this to

JFI: Cauliflower , hosted by Mythrayee, an event started by Indira of Mahanandi.

Sunita's Think Spice:Think Twice: Mastic Gum or Fennel Seeds , guest hosted by Ivy.

February 2, 2009

Announcing Microwave Easy Cooking Event

Microwave Easy Cooking (MEC) event stops at Kailas Kitchen for the month of February. Thanks to Srivalli for giving me the opportunity and this is the first event I am hosting. With the MEC event, I have utilized my microwave oven much beyond re-heating and few basic cooking which I used to do. I am sure many of you will agree with this. And here is the theme for the month of February- MEC : Puddings.

(Thanks Srivalli for the logo)

Here are the participation details :

1. Cook kheer/payasam/pudding for the event. The entire cooking has to be done in the microwave. You can use food processor for grinding and the like. But no stove top cooking to be done. Please post only vegetarian recipes for the event.

2. Entries posted from 1 - 28th Feb,2009 is acceptable.

3. Send me your entries to kailaskitchen@gmail.com with the following details

Subject - MEC:Puddings
Blog name
Recipe name
Recipe URL
A photo of the final dish

4. Please use the event logo and its not compulsory. Your entry post should contain the link to the event announcement and Srivalli's MEC Announcement.

5. Multiple entries are welcome. If any of your previous posts qualify for this theme, you can send them too, provided it is re posted with the link to the event announcement.

6. Non-bloggers are invited to participate in the event. You can mail me your recipe and a photograph of the dish to the mail id mentioned above.

Looking forward to delicious entries. I shall post the round up in the first week of March.