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Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas dry fruit cake/cupcakes

You can use dry fruits soaked in rum for 24 hrs or simply dry fruits like candied orange slices, cranberries, raisins, figs, apples, apricots etc.

  1. Preheat oven to 345 F.
  2. Whisk 2 eggs, 1 tsp butter, 2/3 cup sugar (or to taste), 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup dry fruits, 1 cup sifted flour. Mix till uniform. Fold in with a spatula.
  3. Use parchment cups for cupcakes or a cake pan if you making a single cake.
  4. Bake for 20 mins if making cupcakes, 40 mins if a single large cake, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Salad ideas

  1. Apple and avocado with white truffle flavored extra virgin olive oil, cracked pepper, and freshly squeezed lemon juice
  2. Summer salad: boiled eggs, boiled beets, tomatoes, baby spinach drizzled with balsamic vinegar and cracked pepper.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Kacha kolar kofta (raw banana/green plantain dumplings)

For Sujaya di


For kofta

  1. Cut the bananas into 3-4 pieces, pressure cook up to 3 whistles. Drain in a colander. (overnight if necessary)
  2. Peel the skin, mince or chop finely with a sharp knife. Mash the banana flesh(you may prefer to stir fry them to reduce water content further. Optional step). Add salt and coriander powder. Make round balls. Coat with all purpose flour or maida. Deep fry in oil. Set aside on paper towels to drain excess oil.
For gravy
  1. In a wok, heat mustard oil. Add Bengali panch phoran, tej pata. Let it splutter. Take care not to burn the phoron or it will taste bitter. Then add ginger paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt to taste. On medium low flame. (Flame button turned to about 4 o'clock)
  2. Add chopped tomato, ginger, green chilis (you may add fried potatoes pieces if you want. I add green peas too). Add boiled water for gravy. Cook till a boil.
  3. Add ghee, garam masala. Add the kofta balls to the gravy. Turn once. Alternately, if the balls are too soft, add the gravy to the balls after it has cooled a bit.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dimer Devil (egg croquette) with minced turkey

Special Dimer Devil (egg croquette) with minced turkey filling on a nest of cucumber and onions.  #homemade

Shepherd's pie with an Indian twist

I used minced turkey instead of lamb. Leaner meat and faster cooking time.
Followed the recipe posted here

The twist:
I added bhaja masala to the mashed potatoes and cooked the turkey with minced onions, garlic, ginger, green chilies, sweet corn, and peas.