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Mushroom Masala Recipe

Most of the weekends I never sit before the computer, and it has been so long posting a recipe during a weekend. Today decided to break the rule Winking smile.  This is one of my DH’s favorite recipe that I made during our early days of marriage. He nowadays reminds me about those dishes ( everything authentic and passed over from mom)and asks me to prepare, as many of which I have totally forgotten Winking smile . It is a recipe from my mom to which I have added my own minor touches. It goes well with rice and also with rotis. The rasam ( Chinna vegaya Rasam- Shallots Rasam)in the picture was prepared by my DH Smile. He really makes very good kongunadu style rasam. I ‘ll try to post the recipe soon.
2 1/2 cups to 3 cups of chopped mushrooms (used button mushrooms)
about 15 shallots , chopped to small pieces
1 medium size tomato pureed
4 to 5 garlic very finely chopped
few curry leaves
1 or 2 black stone flower
1 /8 tsp. ground turmeric
1 1/2 tbsp. ( Sambhar powder / Kuzhambu Milagai Thool) *
1 1/4 tsp. ground coriander
Oil ( as needed)
To grind into fine paste
1 tsp. saunf ( sombu)
a small piece of cinnamon
2 cloves
3 tbsp. coconut
2 green chillies
1 tsp. poppy seeds
1. Heat a pan with oil. Once it is hot, but not smoky, add the black stone flower and curry leaves. Once the curry leaves start spluttering, add the chopped shallots ,garlic and turmeric. Sauté until the shallots become translucent.
2. Add the ground masala paste and sauté for couple of minutes. Bring in the tomato puree. Sauté until well combined with the masala for about a minute. Add the powders (Kuzhambu milagai thool and coriander powder) and half of the salt needed. Stir well.
3. Add the chopped mushrooms and continue to sauté, until the moisture in the mushroom comes out. Add the remaining salt. Add little water at a time and sauté until the mushroom is cooked. Water can be increased and this dish can be made as a semi- gravy too.
4. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with rice or roti.
If not using the Sambhar powder or kuzhambu milagai thool, substitute by adding red chilli powder and some jeera powder.
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Creamy Latte pops

The summer has come and all the recipes that I stacked in the to do list are getting ready to be posted Smile. I found this recipe last year from Facebook page of Folgers, from one oftheir updates. I missed preparing it last year. But the recipe was first in my to do list for this year Smile. These ice pops were really creamy as mentioned in the original recipe. Any brand of instant coffee granules can be used for this recipe, definitely you all will love it. I let the milk boil which was not in the recipe, I felt boiling that way would make them even creamier and they were Smile.
  • 14 oz. Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. Instant Coffee Granules
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  1. Transfer the sweetened condensed milk to a pan and heat, until it becomes thick for about 7 t0 9 minutes, stirring constantly at low medium flame.
  2. Add the milk,whipping cream and coffee granules to the thickened condensed milk and stir well until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Let it be on low medium flame, for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, making sure the content doesn't. overflow. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Allow it to cool completely. Then pour into ice pop molds or disposable cups and freeze for about 8 hours. In case of using disposable cups ( I used disposable shot glasses), insert a a lollipop stick or Popsicle stick while it is freezing half way in the freezer. Once they are completely done remove them from the molds/ cups by them on running water for couple of seconds.
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Milk Chocolate Fudge


My elder one turned SIX last week and we had a small party at home. MY DH decided to order everything from outside, as I had severe neck and back pain, a week before the party. But I couldn’t stop myself from making something for my son. Apart from the outside food, I prepared few dishes and desserts of which this fudge was also the one. I couldn’t find time to take stepwise pictures for rest of the desserts I made. But, they will soon find their way here Winking smile.


1 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup evaporated milk

2 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

a big pinch of salt

2 cups miniature marshmallows

12 oz. milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup pistachio, chopped

1 tsp. vanilla extract


1.Line a 8 inch loaf tin or an equivalent pan with foil and then with parchment paper. In a saucepan, combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the marshmallows, chocolate and vanilla. Stir  until the marshmallows and chocolate are completely melted and finally add the pistachios and stir.

2. Pour into the pan and smoothen the top. Allow it to cool completely at room temperature. Transfer to the refrigerator for about 20 minutes and then cut into squares.

Recipe adapted from the complete baking cookbook

My son prefers milk chocolate to dark chocolate- Hence prepared these fudges. The other desserts were Chocolate pudding, mango pudding( got the disposable shot glasses and served them in those glasses), brownies, ghee biscuits and kheer. Also we had chocolate fountain for the kids. I made some truffles too, but made a mistake and they turned into a disaster Sad smile. Everything was the birthday boys favorite except the kheer, which my second one loves. Except the truffles, came out really good and everyone enjoyed the party. Today, I have no stepwise pictures for this recipe, instead have these pictures for you all Smile.

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The Cake, B’day Boy and his brother Smile

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Eggless Marble Cake Recipe

I have baked Marble cake number of times using eggs, but this recipe is my first attempt with no eggs. The cake  came out good. I served it as evening snack and the loaf stays good in an airtight container for couple of days.  I bookmarked this recipe from a YouTube video, which is from a cookery show in a Malayalam TV channel and it was lying in my recipe diary for months. I didn’t have much expectations when I put this cake in the oven, as I have tried so many recipes from TV shows and not even a percent of it come out good Winking smile , blame it on the measurement they give or it is because of me who doesn’t prepare as it is described Winking smile. But this cake was an exception. It came out real good in taste and a very simple cake to bake.
1 cup all purpose flour
7 oz. condensed milk *
1/2 cup milk (any fat)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp. cocoa(unsweetened)
2 tbsps. sugar *
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp. unsalted butter( softened)
1.  Preheat the oven at 325 degree Fahrenheit. Line a 8 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spray non stick baking spray and dust with flour. Sift together baking powder and all purpose flour.Beat sugar, and butter until creamy. Add vanilla ,condensed milk and beat until well combined.
2. Add milk and stir. Add the prepared dry ingredients (all-purpose flour and baking powder) and gently stir just until incorporated. Do not overbeat. Divide this mixture into two equal portions. Add cocoa to one portion and stir until well combined.
3. Add spoonful of these two batter, forming a checkerboard pattern ( Check the stepwise pictures). Once done, with a toothpick go back and forth, up and down and make swirls. Bake for about 30 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. ( A Tip from Martha Stewart)
4.Let the cake be in the pan for about 10 minutes and transfer it to a cooling rack , allow it to cool and then cut into slices and store in airtight container.
Sugar or Condensed Milk can increased according to your taste buds.
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