Sunday, March 21, 2010

Eggless Brownies

I Love brownies!! But always I was hesitant to try baking. My previous experiences scared me way too much to even think about it. But now after trying so many times.. Now getting confidence to bake.This is my first try for brownies. I have taken this recipe from here .These are quick, simple and delicious!
    * All-purpose flour-1/3 cup
    * Water-1 cup
    * Butter-1/2 cup
    * Unsweetened cocoa powder-2/3 cup
    * Sugar-2 cups
    * Vanilla extract-1 teaspoon
    * Baking powder-2 1/2 teaspoons
     * 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan. In a heavy saucepan combine the 1/3 cup of flour and water. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thick. Transfer to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool.
   2. In a small saucepan, melt butter. When butter has melted, add the cocoa and mix until smooth; set aside to cool. Beat the sugar and vanilla into the cooled flour mixture. Stir in the cocoa mixture until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, stir into the batter until just blended. Fold in walnuts if desired. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
   3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool before cutting into bars

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Karuveppilai Podi ( Spicy curry Leaf Powder)

Curry leaves are an essential ingredient in South Indian dishes . Curry leaves have medicinal properties Botanical Name- Murraya koenigiIndian Name- Curry patta Curry Leaf is flavorful and digestion friendly Leaf. It is rich in calcium and has vitamin A also.Its oil is said to prevent hair fall and delay hair greying. Nothing can beat the fresh flavour of homemade curry leaves powder. Curry leaves powder can be stored and used when needed. I love podis of all kinds. once they are made, they can be stored forever and whenever I feel not well not able to cook, we can always fall back on the podi.. Hot steamed rice with curry leaves powder and a tsp of ghee-wow! is just heaven!
Curry leaves - 3 cups (heaped)
Red chilli - 6 to8
Black peppercorns - 1/4 tsp
Urad dal - 1/4 cup
Channa dal - 1/4 cup
Salt- as per taste
1. Wash curry leaves and dry it well.
2. Dry roast, urad dal, channa Dal, pepper till you get a nice aroma.
3. Dry roasts red chillies for a few minutes.
4. Dry roast curry leaves well. Do not burn it .
5. Dry grind everything slightly coarse along with salt required.