Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snicker muffins

I have fallen in love with snickers…

Since the age of 15, when ever any relative visits us from the states, the first thing on my wish list would be snickers…

When these started selling in India, my joy new no bounds.

I love baking, I love snickers…

I combined both… and I have the snicker cup cakes…. ( Widely tried and tested on many blogs)

This baking trial was not a 100% success… the cupcakes were not sweet enough…

I modified the recipe a bit, so that they can b a little sweeter…

1 Cup all purpose flour
½ TBSP baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 cup whole milk
¼ cup melted butter
1 medium egg
¼ cup granulated sugar
Vanilla extract
12 mini snicker bars ( frozen all through )

¼ cup jaggery
¼ cup butter

1. Sieve together the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.

2. Melt the butter in microwave at full power for 1 minute.

3. Beat the egg lightly, add milk, sugar, vanilla and beat lightly.

4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and keep stirring with a whisk to avoid lumps.

5. Don’t over beat the mixture as I will lead to dry muffins.

6. In a muffin tray arrange paper muffin liners and drop in spoon full of the batter in each cup. Leave some space in the cups for the batter to rise while baking.

7. Drop one mini snickers on each muffin

8. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees and bake the muffins for 30-35 minutes at 180 degrees.

9. Let the muffins cool on a wire rack

10. Melt the butter and jaggery in a pan till soft.

11. Pour the jaggery sauce over each muffin for that extra sweetness…

You can also always, chop the snickers into teeny tiny pieces and put it over the muffins…..

Monday, January 17, 2011

Vanjaram (King/sear Fish) Fry

This is a very simple dish…. and my hubby says.... it tastes yummmm...

I cant say how it tastes as I dont eat fish :-(
As any fish dish does, this tastes best when the marinated fish is left in the fridge and fried the next day….

8-9 medium sized fish slices.  (they should not be this as we are pan frying these fishes )
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste (Preferably fresh)
Juice of a medium sized Lemon
2 tsp oil
1tsp coriander powder
1 ½ tsp chilli powder

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste on the fish slices.

Rest them in the fridge for about an hour.

Add few drops of oil (only few drops as the fish itself will leave some oil after a few mins of cooking)
And place the marinated fishes, wait till they are golden brown and flip over to the second side.
Fry on medium low flame and complete cooking should take about 15-20 minutes ( i.e approximately 10 minutes on each side )

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Carrot Cake

I am at home today....

I am down with a worse stomach ache.....

and I am tiered of lying on the bed.... which is making me more fatigued...

I am craving for a cake..... a cake... yummmm...

I dint want a normal choco cake or a sponge cake... I wanted something different..

I raided my fridge... and saw cover lying in a corner of my veg basket...

Baby carrots...

a carrot cake it would be...

1 Cup Flour
1tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp Praline ( Recipe below )
3-4 tsp of milk ( Optional )

grated carrots

Method :

1. beat oil, sugar and eggs togather till they are pale.

2. seive the baking powder and flour.

3. Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat well

4. fold in the carrot and praline you can also add any nuts of your choice.

5. if the batter looks very thick, add some milk and mix..

PH oven to 180 degrees C

Bake for about 50 minutes/ till a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

serve this with some icecream.... yummmm

I served it with Baskin Robbin's very berry strawberry Ice-cream....
Praline :

3 tbsp sugar
10 cashews
10 almonds
1 tbsp butter

add sugar in a pan and wait till it turns a little brown.
add the butter and then the nuts.

stir for about 10-20 seconds and puor it on a baking sheet.
Let cool and crush to a coarse powder.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Off to Kerala

Hey there...

I am off to the god's Own country... Kerala....

Not for a holiday... but to attend my very good friend's wedding.... aaaaaaw they are wonderful couple....

Anju and Abraham.....

Grrrr... she dint attend my wedding....

They have a farm house...... and they have all sorts of animals there... starting from a duck to a buffalo ;-)

I am an animal lover and would have a wonderful time there!!!!!!

See you back on Monday with all beautiful wedding pics....!!!!

Anju darling.... I am coming!!!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My dear Hubby n me..... had a wonderful candle light dinner.... Mauritius

Methi Thepla...

Yes indeed, I made the methi thepla for dinner yesterday...

I had a tough time rolling out the theplas as I made my dhough sticky, and the other major reason was the onions

The theplas came in various sizes and shapes :-)

But,  yayyyy they tasted realy yummy....

With no further delay.... Here goes the recipe..... Thanks Vasudha....

1 1/2 cup Wheat Flour
1 cup Methi Leaves
2 Green Chilies (sliced)
Pinch of Asafoetida ( hing )
1 tsp Ajwain Seeds
½ tbsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Coriander Powder
1 tbsp Red Chili Powder
1 tbsp Cumin Powder

1 tbsp Ginger Paste
1 tbsp Garlic Paste
½ cup Curd
2 tbsp Oil


  1. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
  2. Add 1tbsp of oil and mix, till the dough resembles bread crumbs.
  3. Then ad ginger and garlic paste and mix the dough a little.
  4. Gradually add the curd and knead the dough.
  5. The Dough has to be soft and not very sticky.
  6. Pinch the dough into medium sized balls and roll them into thin chapattis.
  7. Heat a griddle and fry on both sides till golden brown bubbles appear.
  8. Apply butter on both sides and serve with Raitha.
hump!!! still to get very used with the blogger...
Dint u like my pic bloggie???? :-( The browse button is disabled for me....

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

one of my Hubby's favs : Methi Dal (Menthaku Pappu)

Methi Dal
Serves 3 (when eaten with rice)


1 Cup toor dal
1 1/2 cups water (u can vary it according to us measurements) the dal needs to be thick.... it cant be watery as it ruins the taste completely
2-3 cups methi leaves (Preferably Fresh)
1 big Onion (cut into big pieces)
1 big green chilli (Slit length wise)
1 large tomato (Cut into big pieces )
Salt (according to taste)
Tamarind (Small lime size, soaked in water )

Tadka :

2-3 tsps of oil/ghee
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds
2 Dry red chilies
4 cloves garlic crushed
1 pinch hing

Coriander leaves (Garnish)


1. Wash and soak toor dal for 20-30 mins.

2. Wash and pinch the methi leaves (wash thoroughly... or else u will end up having mitti dal :-)  )

3. Add water, onions, turmeric, tamarind juice, salt, green chillis and tomato

4. Pressure cook on medium flame till 5-6 whistles

5. Mash the dal.

6. Add 2-3 tsps of oil in a Kadai, add Mustard and jeera seeds, once they start popping, add hing, garlic cloves, dry red chillis and curry leaves.

7. Pour the tadka over the dal.....

Serve hot with Rice/Chapati.....

Sad that I cant upload the pics.... Lost my cam.... have to get a new one.. will do it soon....

Please be patient till then....

I think today I will try Methi Thepla  ..... My dear friend Vasudha had given me the recipe....

IndiJoe's RMZ infinity, OLD Madras Road, Bangalore

I am statring with a restaurant review....

Indijoes.... its owned by the BJN group, which also owns a bunch of restaurants(sahib singh sultan, angeeti, Bombay Post, Firangi Pani.. Etc..) .

All these restaurants are self claimed as 'fine dine' ( Read it Pricey )

Me and my husband had been to this place yesterday and my overall experience can be rated a 'very good'
(ratings being Excellent, Very Good, Good, Worst, Worse)
 Wha is served ? Pizza, Pasta, Sizzlers, Cocktails, Mocktails, Desserts ( all have a huge variety )

Decor            : Resto.
Tables, chairs : Quite comfortable
Staff               : Cordial and very helping
Music             : Little Loud....u need to shout over your plate to make ur friends hear you....
                        (Not very suitable for a romantic dinner/Lunch )
 Food             : Sizzlers are excellent, quite huge portions
                        ( if u r ordering one sizzler per person, make sure  your are as hungry as you can be )
                        Mocktail : Good
                        Dessert   : Excellent
Price              : Quite Expensive

What we had : 1. spicy chicken sizzler with soft nooodle :
                           This sizzler had 2 huge chicken breast peices on the first layer
                           tasty sause, soft noodles, french fries and loads of veggies like beans, peppers, peas
                       2. Triple deck vegan sizzler:
                           Sauce tasted something very much like a sweet and hot tomato sauce.
                           First layer was crispy noodles, and then fried rice, then again crispy noodles.
                           Had French fries and loads of veggies.
                    P.S: Please make sure to go till the last layer…
                            You will find caramelized onions…. They are stuck to the sizzler plate…
                           Don’t feel shy; scrap the hell out of that plate….. And you will never regret it….
                            Those onions are crispy and yummy…..
                 3. Double sizzling brownie:
                    By the time we finished the sizzler, we were rather feeling heavy and very drowsy…..
                   But when I was reading the menu initially, I could not stop myself from going to the Dessert Menu….
                I tried telling myself, “you are feeling full, don’t order for a dessert “
                I gave in to my tempations, turned a deaf ear to my dear hubby and ordered for a sizzling brownie….
              Good Gracious, it was a huge brownie, cut into 2 triangles , 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream and a scoop of whipped cream.
The steward dutifully poured a cupful of Choc√≥ sauce over it…..

I took the first bite and ‘HEAVEN’

The twist for this brownie was the salted butter they had poured first thing on the plate before placing the brownie…..
The slightly salty, soft, warm and yummmmmm brownie.

A dessert can never be bad!!!!

They do have a Lunch Buffet (serves continental, Pizzas, Indian and desserts)
Mon-Thu: 275
Fri - Sun: 295

This place is a must visit….



Here I am with my very first post...

As traditionally done, let me introduce myself....

I am chandhana, I am an IT professional.

Tied the Nuptial knot on 29th August 2010.

I want to be a better cook and good baker….

Every time I turn on the microwave, my husband should come running, to eat what I made and not to turn off the oven (which is what he does now  L )

All suggestions, enhancements and modifications to any recipe I post are most welcome….

Help me be a better cook….