Thursday, November 20, 2014

Aatta (Wholewheat Flour) Jaggery Halwa

There is always something about the first - a special emotion attached. We all go through a lot of firsts in our lives, whether good, bad or ugly and treasure all with their important lessons. This post would have never appeared any time now considering that I have to finish off my old drafts before I share the new ones, but I couldn't resist sharing this one, as it was the first recipe I cooked in my new kitchen at our new home. :)

I guess I had already mentioned in a few posts before that my kitchen is yet to be 100% functional. We have been relying heavily on hotel food, with me sometimes mixing up the leftovers or just skipping dinner by having fruits. It is a totally difficult situation but I am not complaining. Now that I have a induction and a microwave convection oven, I am making little by using it and learning from the experience. As soon as I saw this recipe, I just couldn't resist it. I thought I didn't not have any jaggery, but luckily I found one and a quarter block remaining in between all the packed food stuff. I pulled it out and immediately made this one night a week after we shifted, using the induction. Many are telling me that I can cook on induction, but I don't know why mine even at the lowest temperature gives me burned or charred bottoms... :( I almost burnt the aatta but saved it on time by dragging it out and stirring continuously. Nonetheless, it was a really delicious treat. What more, a halwa with just spoonfuls of ghee and sweetened with jaggery, and that too with aatta... do I need to say anymore? Definitely one that I would make when guests come in on short notice, because this is just so easy.... my first experience Aata Ka Sheera tasted so similar but the jaggery gives a nice flavor. Off to the way it is made...

Aatta (Wholewheat Flour) Jaggery Halwa
Recipe adapted from here
Serves 4-6

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kuttanadan Egg Roast

A good piece of advice I found sometime back, sharing it with all of you over here... :)

Eggs are something that I cook and are always accepted with open hands at home. The person who used to hate eggs, Rasha has now converted into an "I-am-OK-with-it" type, which is such a relief! The recipe I am sharing with you is courtesy of big chef Naushad, who is a very well known name among Keralites. He shares a hell lot of easy recipes and makes cooking look like a child's play. This recipe is adapted from a YouTube video I had seen. Though the roast did not turn as red as I would have loved it to be as I reduced the red chilli drastically to cater to my kids' tastebuds, the end result was really delicious. After all, it is loads of shallots that you are sauteing so it should taste good, right? I have used chicken eggs here, but if you find yourself with some duck eggs, then use it for a more authentic version! I have already shared a Kuttanadan Chicken Roast earlier, with all my memories attached to that beautiful waterfront. Off to the recipe...

Kuttanadan Egg Roast
Serves 2

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Moist Chocolate Muffins

A prayer I have everyday, in and out... I guess I don't elaborate myself over it... that much this prayer means for me... Alhamdulillah! :)

My chocolate love continues... just the other day, I was thinking to myself that I have not baked much of chocolate after this muffin, which was baked for breakfast almost a month ago. The problem with me these days is that though I love to bake, I try keeping away from eggs and butter, trying to make myself feel that I am cutting down on the calories and in fact, later craving for a rich and decadent feast altogether. That reminds me that I am getting so close to the BST's 500th post!!! Woah... I am grounded! Does it call for a celebration? My kitchen is in such a desperate stage that I don't think I may be able to make something special but my heart says I must celebrate this mad blogging journey of mine... Let's see what I am able to manage... :)

Till then, let us enjoy this healthy muffins which are perfect for some sweet dark coffee in the morning. I enjoyed them again for snack as well! Hehe... As usual, I used a mix of wholewheat and all-purpose flour and enjoyed the moisty density that the wholewheat gives!!! :)

Moist Chocolate Muffins
Makes 14
Recipe adapted from here

Monday, November 17, 2014

Chakkakuru Ularthiyathu ~ Jackfruit Seeds Stir Fry (Dry)

It has been a really hectic weekend... Lots of work at home trying to get it look like proper but still it's just not getting done... On top of that the little one Azza had fever and that kept all of us on our toes... Sickness is in the air, thanks to the fluctuating weather. Instances of diarhea, vomitting, conjunctivitis and what not are being heard of! So it was an off from work yesterday. The only friend I have in this new locality, who also takes care of the kids also had her family affected with loose motions and vomitting, so much that her boy had to get admitted and be on drips for two days. The weather may be awesome giving some really fantastic sights but the side effects are not something that everybody likes!

Off to today's recipe, my "chakkakuru" madness is well documented on the blog. I have already posted another recipe of Chakkakuru Ularthiyathu, but that has some masala in it. This was made with the little batch I got from home in August. I went at the time when jackfruits were at its end so mattamma (umma's mom) could only get me very little good ones, the ones that weren't sprouted yet!!! I wanted to make a curry of it but then this recipe attracted my attention that I had to make it. Since nobody at home likes it, I had it all for myself... Hehe... I know I am very late in posting this when it is out of season, but late than never! I wanted to post it as soon as it was done but alas, it sank in my drafts only to be discovered now!!!

Chakkakuru Ulathiryathu ~ Jackfruit Seeds Stir Fry
Serves 3
Recipe adapted from "The Suriani Kitchen"

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Be My Guest ~ Besan Almond Laddoos

I don't know but I am totally red out here... reading the post of my guest for the day... I am one big fan of Taruna's blog, Easy Food Smith for her mind-blowing pictures, her impeccable prose and her lovely recipes. I wasn't sure when I sent her an email about how she would respond. But Alhamdulillah, I found her to be very warm. Just like she says in her post, we have been communicating since March regarding this guest post. She has already detailed that little story, so I would spare myself of that. Travel, getting a new kitchen ready, other matters of life took her time but she didn't forget my request. I know she was feeling a bit embarrassed about not being able to give in on time, but that doesn't matter, right... After all, a blogger can understand the difficulties of another blogger!

Finally I have her here and definitely it feels worth of all the wait! What delicious looking Badam Laddoos she has bought along! It comes with her beautiful style of writing. I have already eyed her Nankhatais for a trial sometime very soon, once my kitchen gets 100% active, along with me! Hehe... Please do check out her impressive list of recipes and do not forget to drool on her awesome photography!

Over to you, Taruna... :) On your mark, get set, go... to all of you to start drooling over these laddoos...