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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Easy Fish Fry Recipe

Though I wanted to post this sometime ago, could not get the pictures transfered to my computer.  Finally its here....... Fish is one the family favorites at home and my little one has become a fan of it too.  The moment he sees fish, he gets interested in every process till he finds it on his plate. J   When we buy fish I wash them in salt water in a wide kadai.  Whenever he finds that kadai on the kitchen counter, he assumes that we have got fish and would ask for it.  He pulls out the Kadai and pretends to be cooking fish these days! He can actually identify the utensils that we use to prepare something in particular. For eg. If he finds the pan, he pretends to prepare Chapathis, if he finds a pot that we use to cook Raagi balls he would do the same. Wow, I am really amazed at his memory and grasping skills at this tender age of 19 months. I can see, he is learning new words and skills so rapidly that I get off guard sometimes and start thinking… now, who taught him to say or do that!!!     And I am amazed at his smelling senses!!  He can easily sense if there is any non-veg preparation at home and refuses to eat Dal and Rice until he smells it in every bite. J

Enough of the story and now off to the recipe…. J  This fish fry recipe is very simple and easy that you could put them together in 5 minutes and it takes another 10 minutes to fry and set it on the table!  I usually don’t get the time to marinate the fish, though I would prefer it to.  Many times hubby gets it at the last minute and we are left with very few minutes in hand to set the table for dinner/Lunch.  Many times I argue with him to bring it few hours earlier to marinate it so that the meat/fish would absorb all the flavours of spices! It really makes a huge difference when you marinate the fish/meat for an hour at least!  So, here goes the simple recipe…….

Ingredients required:

500 gms - Fish/any fish with less bones
2 tablespoon Red Chili powder / adjust according to your taste
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon ginger/garlic paste
3 tablespoon Limejuice or white vinegar
½ cup fine Semolina/Sooji
Oil for shallow frying
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

1.      Clean the fish pieces with salt and turmeric powder thoroughly and drain it completely
2.      In a bowl, take Chili powder, turmeric powder, ginger/garlic paste and salt. Mix them with lime juice or vinegar into a thick paste without adding any water.
3.      Apply the paste on the fish individually and set aside for at least 15-30 minutes so that the fish absorbs the masala.
4.      Finally coat the fish on both the sides with semolina/Sooji and shallow fry on both the sides till they turn golden brown.
5.      Serve hot with Rice and Dal or as an appetizer with onion and lime slices.

You could also use ¼ cup of tamarind puree instead of lime/vinegar.  It would taste amazing as well. I usually experiment with different ingredients and spices. But nothing can beat this simple and easy fish fry recipe. I don’t even use ginger garlic paste sometimes because it makes the fish stick to the pan which can be avoided by using Semolina/Sooji. But sooji absorbs all the spiciness from the fish unless you use a strong masala base.  So it tastes equally good even without Sooji and ginger-garlic paste J

Do take care and eat healthy J

Points to ponder:

Jesus was walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets.  He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

                                                                                                            Mathew 4:18-22 (NKJV)

Jesus knew that it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God and thats why He called the humble and poor fishermen to be his first disciples.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Nobake Mango Cheesecake

Mangoes, Mangoes we can see Mangoes everywhere these days and I had to make something out of it before the season ended! And the perfect occasion was my MIL birthday last month.  I had been looking for some cake recipes and wanted to try baking a cake for my MIL’s birthday! But I was so busy that entire week and had no time to prepare much.  I stumbled upon this No bake mango cheese cake recipe on Edible Garden blog which is run by Nagalakshmi.  I decided to try this at the last minute since it required no baking and seemed very easy.  But the difficult part was I had no bake ware, which is usually used for cheese cakes. So used my glassware instead.  Though it does not look like a Birthday cake my MIL loved it and was delighted to taste cheese cake for the first time J   I have used the same procedure as in the original recipe but with a little tweaks here and there since the ingredient listed there was not available at the store.  Please check out  the original recipe on Nagalakshmi's blog for alternative ingredients.

I prepared this No-bake cheese cake in the night after MIL went to sleep since I wanted to give her a surprise in the morning!    After putting everything together I placed them in the fridge overnight to set.  It worked out perfectly and turned out delicious in the morning! It was something different this time and all of us enjoyed the rich Mango Cheese Cake!

So here goes the gorgeous Mango Cheese Cake recipe which is no-bake and eggless too.

Thank you Edible Garden for this lovely recipe which turned out beautifully  =)

Ingredients you need:
Cream Cheese – 180 gms  (used Britannia Cream Cheese)
Cream – 170 ml (used Amul low fat cream)
Sugar – ½ cup / about 150 grms
Mango Puree – 2 cups ( used 2 medium sized mangoes-I could have used one more)
Gelatin – 1 tablespoon / You can try Agar-agar as well
Hot water – ¼ cup
Graham Cracker crumbs 2 cups – (used 2 packs of Britannia Marie Gold biscuits)
Unsalted butter 100 gms / since the Marie bis. were too dry (recommended 75 gms)
Lime Juice – 1-2 teaspoons (optional – If the mangoes are too sweet)

How to prepare:

1.      Crush the biscuits in the food processor/ mixer and add melted butter and whiz again until the mixture comes together. Once done, spoon it in the individual glasses, press it down and refrigerate until needed.
2.      Combine Cream cheese, cream and powdered sugar in a bowl using a spoon or beater. I added lime juice at this stage since the cheese mixture was too sweet.
3.      Add gelatin to the hot water and stir till it dissolves completely. Then add Mango puree and stir well.  Add half of the mixture to the cream cheese mixture and combine well and keep the rest aside for the top most layer.
4.      Now pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the crushed biscuit base and put them back into the refrigerator for another 30 minutes.
5.      Now add the clear mango-gelatin mixture as a top layer and refrigerate for couple of hours or overnight.
6.      I decorated the glasses with shredded dark chocolate and cherries before serving. 

And this was our breakfast by the way on the morning of my MIL’s Birthday since we could not wait to have it as a dessert :)  I missed eating mangoes so much for the last two years. The first year I was carrying and could not eat mangoes much due to morning sickness and last year I had to limit myself since I was feeding my new born. Hence,  I am thoroughly enjoying the mangoes this season and remembering our childhood days when we used to hog dozens of mangoes at a time. Even last year there were so many mangoes from our Tree that we could not finish and gave them away to neighbors and relatives.  And of course some thrown away which I hated... Sadly, the mango tree in my FIL’s native, bore very few fruits this year. Every time my FIL tells me that he wants to chop off the mango tree since it has grown too big, I tell him not to. The Mango tree has come through three generations, and I want the next generations to taste the goodness from that mango tree!! 

Thank you Lord for blessing us with this delicious fruit which is one of your marvelous creations!

Points to ponder:

Then God said, “I give you every seed bearing-plant on the face of the whole earth; every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”  Genesis 1:29

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My First Awards to keep up the spirit!

Dear friends / followers, please collect your award from my space!

I would like to thank sweet friend PT aka Preeti from Indian Kitchen whole heartedly for sharing these awards with me! She has got a lovely blog with tasty and unique recipes.  Do check out her blog!

It really feels great to receive recognition from people around us for all the hard work we do. isn't it?  Passing on these virtual awards to the fellow blogger buddys and show some love and appreciation is a great idea!  Who ever started it May God Bless Them abundantly for their sweet and encouraging souls! Being a newbie in food blogging world, I really feel motivated to keep the blog going inspite of all the odds =)

The rules for sharing these awards are:

1. Please accept the award and post it in your blog thanking the  person who shared it and linking it to them.
2. Share 7 completely random information about yourself
3. Include these sets of rules
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and let them know about it by leaving a comment in their blog.

Random things about me:

1. I dont talk too much but express a lot through writing
2. I dont like sweets too much
3. I am a mother of a handsome n cute little toddler
4. I Love to read a lot
5. I would like to taste every cuisine atleast once
6. love to shop but end up buying junk most of the time
7. love to experiment with all colours

The most difficult part is choosing the bloggers to pass this award to!  There are so many lovely bloggers that its difficult to choose! So, I am going to share these awards with my followers who's love and support I really cherish and appriciate.

1. Reshmi Pillai                                                    12. Bindu
2. Divya Pramil                                                    13. Rosalba
3. Priya Satheesh                                                 14 Arthi V.
4. Anita - Recipe with pictures                            15. Faseela
5. Punitha Sigamani                                             16. Follow Foodie
6. PT from Indian Kitchen                                   17. Petro Neagu
7. Pari from Foodilious                                        18. Rekha
8. Reshmi From Noel Collections                        19. Ez Cookbook
9. Lavanya                                                           20. Avika
10. Moni                                                               21. Shabbu
11. Pranjali Naik

I thank my followers for all the support!  please do accept these awards my lovely followers  =)

I am also thankful for Preeti from Indian Kitchen for sharing her friendship award with me! I am glad to come across some great blogger friends who are such inspirations. Thank you so much PT.

"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it"
                                                                                Proverbs 3:27

This Bible verse is so apt when it comes to sharing these awards! Hope we will practice it more and more :)

Stay tuned for the next post which is a Mango Special  =)

May God bless you all!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Soya Keema Masala - My First Guest Post!!

When I saw Lavanya’s comment inviting me for a guest post, I was surprised for a moment because I am a newbie in Food blogging!  But when I visited her site, I was quite excited to participate after going through the details, as this was my first guest post!!  Though I have seen this concept on other blogs during blog hops, I was not too sure how this would work out!!  When Lavanya invited me, I was in dilemma as to what would I cook…because first impression is very important! (according to me at least J).  So I decided to send a recipe which is healthy and nutritious that is – Veg-Keema Masala that is Soya Keema Masala. J  Soya being high in protein and other nutrient, it is equal to lean meat which is packed with nutrition.  I have cooked this Soya granules dish in tomato based gravy which goes well with Rice/Chapattis/Dosa/Bread.  Hope you will definitely will give a try!

I sincerely thank Lavanya from Tickle Your Tastebuds and Make Your Life Delicious for giving me an opportunity to guest post in her lovely blog. I feel this is a great concept which is a good platform for new bloggers to explore and interact with other lovely bloggers. Do check out Lavanyas blog for the full recipe and leave your valuable comments there!

I also got the certificate of participation from! that looks cool I must say :)
Spread the good taste and be Blessed =)

See Whats Cooking!!


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