Aloo Matar Masala / Potata and Peas Gravy

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Potato - 3
Fresh Green peas - 50 gms
Onion - 1 (lengthwise chopped)
Tomato - 2 (large in size - roughly chopped)
Aniseed - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste -  1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 2 tsp (finely chopped - to garnish)
Salt - to taste
Cooking oil

Cooking Instructions:

Wash and clean the potatoes and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Do not overcook it, since the gravy won't taste good. Once it is cooked, peel off the skin and cut into small cubes.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and add onions to it and fry till it becomes golden brown and add tomatoes at this time and cook for few seconds. Switch off the flame and let the mixture to cool. Once it is cooled, grind this mixture to a fine paste.

 Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and  saute it with aniseed. Add the grind paste to it and saute for few seconds. Add ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, chilly powder,  and garam masala and fry it until the raw small leaves off the dish. Now add green peas and required amount of salt and a cup of water and cover the pan with a lid. Let it cook for 5 minutes and by this time the green peas will get cooked. Open the lid and add the cooked potatoes to it and let it cook until the masala coats over the potatoes and the gravy thickens to the required consistency. Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves.

Side Dish: This gravy tastes too god with chapati, naan and poori and even with dosas.
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Eggless Black Forest Cake for My Birthday!

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Am planning for the past 2 days to bake a cake for my birthday which falls on 27th September (yes, TODAY is My BIRTHDAY!)  but had guts to play with a simple  recipe, since its only the second attempt for me to bake cake. So i don't want to take risk with a tedious cake recipe. I started to browse for cake recipes and bookmarked a few. I asked my hubby which cake recipe to kick in. At once, he answered me let's order for a cake in bakery shop, instead of baking at home and added that he is the only one who has to eat cake whether it comes out good or  bad. The reason is he got afraid of my baking skill. But i refused to order a cake.

I strictly told him that I will bake cake for my birthday and its going to be a thrilling experience for me and he too accepted for it. I went for shopping along with him, day before yesterday evening, to purchase the ingredients required for the recipe.  Yesterday morning we decided to bake "Eggless Black Forest Cake" and i googled in again for the recipe and selected Divya's recipe. Her recipe goes here. After i had my lunch, i started to bake the cake. My husband too helped me and my kiddo was sleeping while am baking. so i didn't get any hindrance from my kiddo side.

i baked the cake in 2 batched since i have a small tin and when the first batch came out successful, i was really very happy and felt very confident and started baking the second batch and meanwhile prepared for icing too. My kiddo got up and was excited to see the first batch of cake. He asked me why am i baking cake and i told him that tomorrow is Mom's birthday! Immediately, he sang "Happy Birthday to you, Mummy!" and i told her to wish me tomorrow. Then he got very curious what am i doing and was questioning me for each and every action of mine. He got excited while am preparing for icing. He asked me let him to beat the icing ingredients. Cute 3 years old kiddo was holding the electric beater for the whole process until the cream forms the soft peak. He didn't at all let me to touch the beater though i was telling him that your hands will pain if you hold beater for long time. He refused to give it to me and did his job successfully in cute way. I gave him a big clap for the help he did for me, which he expects from me usually. He felt very proud that he has done something in preparing cake. Thanks Dear!

The cake really came out too good and tasty and i once again thank Divya a lot for her wonderful recipe!

Coming to the recipe.....

Ingredients Required for Cake:

Condensed Milk – 400 gms
Butter – 125 gms
All Purpose Flour – 225 gms
Cocoa Powder – 4 tbsp
Baking Powder – 1 tsp
Baking Soda – 1 tsp
Aerated Cola – 200ml(I used Coco Cola)

Baking Instructions:

Grease the baking tin with ghee and dust with flour. Sift together all purpose flour,cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda for 3 times and keep this flour mix aside.

Microwave butter for 1 minute on 100% temperature. Let it cool. Add milkmaid to it and beat well. Add the flour mix to it alternating with cola till flour mix and cola are finished.

Pour this mix into the greased baking tin and bake for 30-40 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
I baked the cake in 2 batches since i have small tin.

Outcome of the Cake Baked in 2 Batches:

Ingredients –For the Sugar syrup

Sugar – ½ cup or 8 tbsp
Water – ½ cup

In a thick bottom pan,mix sugar and water and bring it to boil till the sugar melts.Keep aside to cool.

Ingredients –For the cream

Fresh Cream – 300 ml
Powdered Sugar – 4-5 tbsp
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp

Keep cream and the beater blades in the freezer for about half an hour. Add sugar and essence to the chilled cream. Beat well till the cream is thick and forms soft peak. Keep refrigerated till use.

Ingredients for Filling and Garnish

Cherries - 1 cup
Chocolate Bar - 1 (Shave the chocolate and refrigerate it till use)

Assembling the Cake:

Cut the cake into 3 layers horizontally. Keep one layer of the cake on the serving plate. Sprinkle 3-4 tablespoons of sugar syrup on it. Now spread 2-3 tablespoons of whipped cream on top of the cake. Add the chopped cherries on top. Repeat with other layers. Cover the cake completely with whipped cream on all sides and the top. Level the top and sides with a broad spatula dipped in chilled water. Decorate the top with chocolate shavings,halved cherries and silver beads. Keep chilled in the fridge till use.

Myself and my kid together cut the cake today morning and enjoyed the taste of the cake! My kiddo wished me with a Greeting Card and a small gift. I was so excited to see both of it. Thank you, my little Sweet Heart!

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EFM - Oats Series!

I am really thankful to all the blogger who participated in the EFM - Breakfast Series and made it successful!

Now its time to announce the theme for this month. Theme for EFM (Event for the Month) for the month of September - October is "OATS RECIPES". So, come out with all your OATS recipes and am awaiting eagerly for your entries.

Rules for Participating in the Event:

1. Prepare recipes with OATS, and post it in your blog between September 27th,2009 to October 31st,2009 with the logo and a link back to this page.

2. If you already have appropriate entry archived, please make sure to re-post it during the period of event with the logo and a link back to this page. Only the entries re-posted during the event will be accepted.

3. Provide a link back to this announcement page and use the logo without fail.

4. Interested people can Subscribe my blog via E-mail, so that you can receive my recipes to your mail address itself.

5. Email your entry to, with "EFM Theme - Oats Series" in the subject line with following details

* Your Name
* Blog Name
* Blog URL
* Recipe Name
* Recipe URL
* Photograph of final dish(200 x 200 Pixels) and it is a must.
* id which you have used to subscribe my blog

6. The deadline for this event is October 31,2009. Please remember that no late entries will be entertained.

7. There is no limit to the number of entries.

8. If you don’t have a blog but wish to participate in this event, send in your entries with a picture, your name and recipe to before the deadline. I will post the recipes with your picture in my blog and include it in the round-up.

Hope all started to prepare your dishes in your kitchen and let's have a great one stop for oats recipes!
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Moist Chocolate Cake and Awards!

Moist Chocolate Cake! Wow! My first attempt in preparing cake! Oh my God! To be true, it turned out successful! It taste really good and awesome! May be its a simple task for the daring bakers but for me its a great thing! I was crossing my fingers for the whole time that the cake took to bake in the oven! My heart beat slightly started to beat fast when the cake started to raise in the tin and I become much tensed and my body started to sweat and I started to pray God that the cake should not overflow out of the tin. Once the cake stopped to raise, i felt as i have got one more chance to take birth and live in this world. Anyways, it came out too good and i started to serenade for the cake! And now coming to my recipe....


All Purpose Flour - 3 cups
Sugar - 2 cups
Water - 2 cups
Oil - 1/2 cup or 8 tbsp
Cocoa Powder - 6 tbsp
Baking Soda - 2 tsp
Vanilla Essence - 1 tbsp
White Vinegar - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp

Cooking Instructions:

Sift all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda,and salt together in a bowl (let's call this mixture as dry flour mix). Whisk the sugar, water, vanilla essence, vinegar and oil in another bowl until the sugar is dissolved well. Now add the dry flour mix in this mix slowly and beat well until no lumps are found.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Pour the batter into a greased and floured pan. Bake it for about 35 to 40 minutes. The cake will be slightly moist when tested with a tooth pick.

Recipe adopted from here. Thanks for such a lovely recipe Chow times!

This recipe goes to CFK - Chocolate event hosted by Hema this time and initiated by Sharmi.

My beloved friends has passed their awards and am very thankful to everyone for remembering me and passing the awards.

Sanghi and Babli has passed me a lot of their awards.



Sanghi has Passed Diamond Friends Gift Award on first anniversary of her blog.

And I would love to pass this award to

Curry Leaf
Pearls of Feast
Kitchen Flavors
Divya Vikram
Easy Crafts
Vegetable Platter

These awards are not only for the persons whom i mentioned here alone but to all my blogger friends. I would have forget to mention some of yours name and its all because of my poor memory and nothing other than that! So let me share these awards with everyone of you dears!

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Back After a Long Break with Microwave Sooji Halwa / Microwave Rawa Kesari

I am very happy to enter into this blog world and to my recipe blog after really a very long break! Rally i missed you all a very lot and of course, your yummy recipes too! But very happy that have bank up lot of recipes in the drafts section and hope soon will publish it asap!

One thing which made me felt very sad in the break period is, i missed to announce the winner of EFM - Breakfast Series! Hope the winner will be angry towards me for my long absence! Am so sorry my friend, if you have guessed already that you are the winner! And, if you people have not guessed who the winner is, then its my high responsibility to announce it before i start to publish my recipes! Now, may we know who the lucky person is? Cross your fingers!

Its no one but one of my good blogger friends, who pay regular visit to my blog, Shama Nagarajan with 27 recipes! Congrats Shama and wish you all the very best and thanks a lot for your active participation in the event!

Here is your award Shama!

And the Second Place goes to Priya Suresh for her 14 delicious entries and Congrats to you Priya and thanks for your participation, my friend!

And here is your award, Priya!

Now coming to the ingredients of the recipe,


Semolina / Rawa - 1/2 cup
Water - 2 cups
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Food Color - a pinch ( i used apple green color)
Silver foil - 1 (optional, for garnishing)
Dry Fruits - 1 tbsp (optional, for garnishing)

Cooking Instructions:

In a microwave safe bowl , mix water and sugar and microwave for 5 minutes at 100% power. Keep this syrup aside. In another microwave safe bowl, heat ghee at 100% power for 1 minute. Add suji in it and roast for 5 minutes at 80% power. Stir in between at regular intervals.

Now mix the hot sugar syrup to roasted suji and mix. Microwave it covered for 7 minutes at 80% power. Stir in between. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. Garnish with silver foil and dry fruits.

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