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Nimi's Culinary Ventures

Jun 25, 2012

Nutty Pancakes and spicy chutney!

There's been quite a lot of happenings in my life for the past months..that I am not able to update my blog regularly.I have joined at my son's school as a Culinary teacher for the High Schoolers .Its been quite fun being with my kids even at school ;) In addition to my school work, my  Lip Smacking Classes  on Kerala Cooking  are in full progress on weekdays.
    A perfectly new environment..its been quite challenging to bring my horses on the right road.. trying to bring a balance at home and work.There was a Salad making competition at school which was between the 11th and 12th grades.The ideas that the kids came up was indeed a feast to the eyes.I am planning to post some of their recipes in my next post.So wait and watch out.:)
   Today's post is dedicated to my wonderful Culinary students of HRS.This was one of their nutty and spicy treats!

Peanut & Potato Pancakes with Coriander Chutney 

For the Pancakes

4tbsp of rice flour
2 small potatoes peeled and grated
1 big onion chopped
2 tbsps of roasted peanuts
salt to taste

Combine  all the ingredients with  about 3-4 tbsp of water in a bowl and mix well to make a dough.Divide into equal portioned balls.Heat a tawa.Smear oil on ur palms ,flatten the balls into thin circles and  cook on both sides on the tawa by drizzling  little oil .

For the Coriander Chutney

2 cups of coriander leaves chopped
1 cup grated coconut
4 green chillies
2-3 shallots
juice of 1 lemon
salt to taste

Combine all ingredients except for the lemon juice and grind into a smooth paste in a blender using very little water.Mix in the lemon juice,refrigerate and use with the pancakes.

The Monsoons have started in Munnar..enjoy the rain with hot pancakes and chutney!

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Apr 12, 2012

Oats and Coconut cookies to sweeten a happy moment!

I have been trying to update my food court since last month and the moment to write out came today.It was a total hectic month with my kids down with sickness and the happy moment was a write up  on me in a magazine called FWD LIFE(march 2012 issue).Heres the link to the online issue of the magazine(page 58)http://www.fwdlife.in/emagazine/march2012.html

To celebrate this how about a cookie recipe?Its a very rich  Oats and Coconut  cookie recipe for my foodies to munch on..:D

Coconut and Oats Cookies

2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of dessicated coconut
1 cup of Cornflakes
2 cups of oats
780gms of sugar
1/2 kg of margarine
50 ml of honey
100ml milk(hot)
20g baking soda
3g baking powder
1 1/2 tsp of vanill aesssence
25g of glucose powder
25g of milk powder
1/2 cup of broken cashew nuts

Preheat oven to 170degree Celsius.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
In an other bowl mix margarine, sugar,honey till well blended.
Stir baking soda into the hot milk and blend it with the  margarine mix.Fold in the
dry ingredients  and make small balls.
Place them on  a baking tray and bake for about 25 minutes.
Let them cool and store in an airtight container.
Munch on your healthy cookies!

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Feb 7, 2012

TamilNadu biriyani..a recipe that never fails!

I have been quite busy now a days that I actually couldn't keep my posts updated.With the cookery classes started in Munnar by me..I rarely get time to sit down on my computer..I have been thinking to post this recipe for a long time.This one was shared by Sheeba ,our family friend.A special thanks goes on to my sis in law for helping me out with the recipe..cz i keep forgetting to write down the recipe.:DIf you have all the ingridients in hand you can cook this in half an hour.

TamilNadu Biriyani

For the 1st part
1/2 kg Chicken
4 tbsp curd
2 green chillies
1/2 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
Cook  the chicken with all the above ingredients  till its half cooked and separate the stock water.

For the paste
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
pudina /mint leaves a handful
cilantro a handful
7 shallots

Grind all the above ingredients to make a fine paste.

For the 2nd part
2 cups of rice(washed)
2tbsp ghee
2 tbsp oil
4 green chillies slit
the ground paste
2 large onions sliced
2 tomatoes sliced
3 tsp of garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
4 cups of stock water

Heat ghee and oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and saute the large onions and green chillies together.Now add in the ground paste and tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes are cooked.Pop in the turmeric powder,garam masala and stir well.Add in the rice and chicken stirring well.Pour in the stock water and when it comes to boiling point add salt to taste.Keeping on medium flame  cover the vessel and cook till the water evaporates.Garnish with fresh cilantro.

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Nov 13, 2011

A scoop of vanilla with Chocolate nd Coffee..

Here in Munnar the winter is on its way with misty evenings and quite chill nights.So how have all of u been?Although 6 days late I really wanted to post in this months Sweet punch.If you love chocolate and coffee like me this recipe is a real knock out and to top all this you can have the tang of vanilla with ice cream.
So hop on to the recipe with a scoopy scoop..

Saucy Coffee and Chocolate Pudding

1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cocoa
Pinch  of salt
½ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
½ cup milk
1 egg, beaten
50g almonds , chopped

For the topping

½ cup brown sugar
3 tbsp cocoa
1 cup strong black coffee
 Preheat oven to 180°C.  Sift together dry ingredients. Stir through butter, milk, egg and hazelnuts until well combined. Spoon batter into 4 ramekins. Sprinkle over brown sugar and cocoa then pour over coffee but do not stir. Bake for 20 minutes. Dust with cocoa powder or cinnamon and sugar; serve with vanilla ice cream.

So happy saucy bakin;)!

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