Thai Style Mango Sticky Rice ( Khao Niew Ma-Muang)

While the Summer is ending and autumn is on its way,  we are going to miss the awesome weather, holidays, BBQ’s and of course the summer foods. Of all the summer foods in the earth, I love mangoes. It’s vibrant yellow color and the flavor are irresistible. There are so many kinds with different colors, shapes, texture and taste. I have never seen anybody disliking it. Such a wonderful fruit on earth. Gosh If we get this fruit year around!! Although we can find mangoes other times it’s just not that delicious and moreover it will be expensive..

Being a daughter to a mother who had spent most of her living in Kerala where you find abundant mangoes and jack fruit during summer I have grown eating mangoes in every styles. When we talk about unripe mangoes we find it as pickle, raita, chutney, salad or in curries. When it is ripened, it fits into beverages, desserts and also in curries. So divine!!
Now You would have been wondering why I am late to post mango recipes. Yes! I agree. My bad!
I was just eating myself and never thought of posting it. Then when suddenly mangoes vanished from market I started feeling something missing. While I was in that weird feeling last week I found  huge mangoes lying on the market. Yay!! So with no time I grabbed few and already I knew where all these mangoes are going to be :).  I have few mangoes recipes on draft which I will post in coming weeks. 
When I came across this Thai style Mango dessert I was so surprised ! I have tasted this rice pudding somewhere in our India but the combination of mango with it is simply Luscious & Yum!!

Servings: 3
Preparation time: 10 mins + 3 hrs soaking time
Cooking time: 30 mins
Level: Moderate
Ingredients:
Mango 1 Medium, Ripened
Rice (Sticky/Glutinous) 1 Cup
Coconut Milk 1 Cup
Sugar 3 Tbsp
Salt a pinch
Nutmeg a pinch (Optional)
Water 1 cup
Preparation:
1. Chop the mango into cubes for toppings and few lengthy strips to decorate.
2. Soak the sticky rice in water for about 2 – 3 hrs.
3. Mix sugar and salt with the coconut milk.
4. Traditionally the rice is cooked in sticky rice steamer or normal steaming method. (See Notes). 
    But I found my way of cooking the rice more tasty and suiting our palate. My way : Rinse the
    rice and drain. Add 1 cup of water and cook for 3-4 mins. When it is boiling and tend to thick
    add half cup of coconut milk. Reduce the flame and cook till the rice becomes soft and thick.
    Again pour the remaining coconut milk and cook for 5- 6 mins. Sprinkle nutmeg powder and
    turn off the heat. Set aside to cool and absorb for 10-15 mins.
5. Take a bowl or serving plate. Ladle the cooked rice into the bowl or plate. Top with the cubed
    mangoes. Garnish with mint leaves or drops of coconut milk.
6. Serve warm or cold.


Notes:
1. Adding nutmeg is not authentic. I once tried adding few spices and found nutmeg adds extra 
    flavor to the dessert. Its totally optional. You can also try adding cardamom which tastes more 
    like Indian dessert.
2. As I mentioned earlier the rice is traditionally steamed using steamer. It is done by pouring water 
    in a large pan and  spreading the rice on a bamboo steamer or using any thin cloth. Steam it for   
    about 30 mins. After taking out of steamer add the coconut milk to it.

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Tomato Macaroni Soup

This is a yummy monsoon treat recipe. Soups are very comforting during rainy days. In here its been heavily pouring since a week. I couldn’t think of anything better than this delicious bowl of soup. And that too when you make it at home then definitely you are in heaven.. The herbs makes the soup flavorful and aromatic. 

It’s so easy and versatile. Try this soup recipe with different pasta or just the soup. I have added spinach which is totally my idea. You can also try adding kale or any other greens. Customizing your soup is not difficult. And most people end up making soup when they need to clean up their refrigerator 🙂
Are you ready to ladle your soup into bowl, swirl and slurppp 😉 ????

Servings: 2
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Level: Easy

Ingredients:

Macaroni (Uncooked) 50 gm
Tomato 450 gm/ 4 medium sized
Onion 100 gm/ 1 small
Celery 50 gm/ 2 stalks
Carrot 100 gm/ 1 medium
Spinach 75 gm
Garlic 2 cloves
Olive oil / Butter 1 Tbsp
Basil (Dried) 1 Tsp
Orgeno (Dried) ½ Tsp
Fennel seed powder ½ Tsp
Chicken/ Veg broth 4 cups approx
Black pepper powder For taste
Salt For taste

Method :
1. Cook macaroni as per the instruction given on the package. Drain water from macaroni
    completely and keep aside. It took me around 10 mins to cook them.
2. Immerse tomatoes in the boiled water for 3-4 mins. Peel off the skin and crush them using
    fork or spatula.
3. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan. Add garlic and onion. Saute for 4-5 mins and add the
    broth/water, crushed tomatoes, chopped carrot, celery and salt.
4. Bring it to boil. Now add fennel seed powder, basil and oregano. Reduce the heat to low and  
    close the lid. Cook for 15 mins or till the vegetables are soft.
5. Add the spinach. Stir for few secs and cook for 10 more mins. 
6. Season with pepper powder.
7. Add the cooked macaroni to the soup and give a stir.
8. Turn off the heat and garnish with fresh basil and shredded cheese on top.


Notes:
1. You can also use any other pasta instead of macaroni.
2. Additionally use any vegetables of your choice
3. Add the macaroni to the soup only if you are about to serve immediately. Otherwise it will
   soak well and reduce the quantity of soup making it thicker.

“This recipe has been linked to Shama Nags Event Fast food – Pasta” &  EP hosted byFoodomania

Chinese Steamed Fish

While I’d thought of posting this exquisite dish of Steamed fish, my Sweet heart was all excited. Yet again this is his specialty. He cook it with passion and put his full attention and care on the fish.   Lucky fella!! ;)… The most amazing healthy fish ever !! Steamed and topped with soy sauce brings out unique flavor with it. All you need is love for fresh fish, live from the tank selected by you and cooked in no time.        
How that sounds!!

In India particularly in our region we don’t usually get to purchase fish which is still swimming.. First time when we were invited for party in a restaurant in China we were asked to select fishes from the tank. We hesitant at first, then got to select two big fishes. They were then caught by the chef and taken to kitchen. That day it was little bit disturbing to see them on the plate 😦 ..  Additionally we were very new to traditional Chinese food.

It was totally new experience for us to have fresh fish and it really turned to be unavoidable later. Started loving the freshness and all goodness of steamed fish, we decided to try it out at our kitchen. Been tasted for several times, we had an idea what makes this fish so special. Also we got guidance from one of our friend’s mom from China.
So we thought now its appropriate to disclose our secrets to making “Steamed Fish“. You could use a fish which is not fresh but you may have to sacrifice the freshness and the flavor it gives to the dish.


Servings: 2
Preparation time: 8 mins
Cooking time: 12 mins
Level: Easy 
Ingredients:

Perch /King Bass  Big /small, 400 gm for two
Ginger 50 gm
Scallion  20 gm
Vegetable Oil ¼ cup
Seafood seasoned Soy sauce/ Soy sauce ¼ cup

Method :

1. Clean the fish and slit them both sides. Place it on a plate which is big enough to go into the steamer. He used a very big wok with little water for steaming. With a round rack in the center and an oval shaped porcelain plate for keeping the fish for steaming. 
2. Divide the ginger into two halves. Julienne one half for garnishing and slice the other half into coins.
3. Take few scallion strips and place it inside the fish stomach along with the sliced ginger. Also place 3 nos of sliced ginger in the bottom between plate and the fish as a bed while steaming. 
4. Place it in the steamer and steam for 8 mins if it is small fish or 10 mins for medium. It took 8 mins for our fish to cook. You can otherwise check the doneness using chopstick to see whether the flesh separates the bone easily.
5. Remove the fish along with the plate from the steamer and discard the ginger, scallion and the water released by the fish during steaming.
6. Gently lift the fish and place it on the serving plate. Garnish with julienne ginger and scallions.
7. Heat oil in a wok. When it comes to smoking point pour onto the fish.
8. Pour the soy sauce all over the fish.
9. Serve hot with steamed rice.
Notes:
1.Use the normal soy sauce if you don’t have the seasoned soy sauce for seafood. 
2. It is very important to add oil and then soy sauce to get that shiny fish and flavor.
3. As said before keep checking your fish for doneness if you don’t rely on time or in doubt with the          kind & size of the fish.
4. Don’t slit the fish too deep. When it is cooked it will fall apart.

Stir Fried Bok Choy & Awards

Hi friends,
After few busy days, I am back here to share and follow 🙂 … Hope all are quite busy trying new recipes and sharing with fellow bloggers.. All these days I too was partly busy  in kitchen preparing new recipes which some turned fab and some not oops!!. Was pretty busy on the other things in life so couldn’t capture or share my kitchen trials.. Anyways hoping to give more time on blogging again. 
Back to my post, I and hon’ always loved Chinese cuisines (No, I am not talking about Indo-Chinese manchurian and fried rice 😉 ). Traditional Chinese cuisines are much more interesting than we expect a cuisine would be. You will discover every meal has been well calculated for proper proportion of  greens & meat… Apart from that they also use fermented goodies for flavoring the things up. Which is why their food habits are more healthy and balanced. About their wok and extreme heat I will share in next post since lot many things to talk about it.. 
Being in China almost 4 yrs we are addicted to their food and culture. We do cook Chinese food at home 2 or 3 times a week. Never thought of sharing one 😦 That’s bad.. So this post is all about “Bok Choy” lovely green from China which has a very old history. You can find them as a main dish as stir-fried alone or with some meat and also garnishing. The picture I used to share the recipe is a year old. 
Since the Chinese food are best when eaten hot and warm, photographing is really a pain. No one has patience in front of steaming hot dish ;)..  

Servings: 2
Preparation time: 3 mins
Cooking time: 4 mins
Level: Easy
Ingredients:

Bok choy 300 gm
Garlic  2 cloves
Sherry/cooking wine ¼ cup
Sesame oil 2 Tbsp
Salt to taste
Water to sprinkle


Method :


1. Wash the bok choy thouroughly and separate the leaves. Slice the garlic
2. Set the flame to high and heat oil in a large wok.
3. When the oil is hot enough throw in the garlic and toss for 2 secs.
4. Now add the bok choy and saute for 5 secs.
5. Add little salt and sprinkle water. Close the lid and cook for 1 min tossing inbetween.
6. Add sherry or cooking wine and toss them till all the water evaporates and the leaves are dry.
7. Splash some sesame oil and turn off the heat.
8. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Notes:

1. If you don’t want to use sherry you can omit that step. Rest of the ingredients are enough to give you a perfect stir fry.
2. You can add strings of meat along with bok choy. In that case add the meat right after the oil.
3. If bok choy is unavailable in your place replace with any green vegetables which has thick stem.

Awards:

I am so humbled by receiving these two lovely awards from our co-bloggers R.Punitha and Preeti who blogs awesome recipes and have been inspiring from the beginning. Thanks for sharing the awards.

And I would take this opportunity to thank and appreciate all other bloggers by passing these awards to all of them out there who is already rocking and who has just stepped in. All the very best and happy sharing!!

Thank you all 🙂

Gujarati Handvo

“Handvo” is a traditional Gujarati snack made with number of lentils and rice. You can’t find them easily in restaurants. It’s a healthy homemade snack usually taken for breakfast. Although you find lot of  readymade handvo mix I never tried one. Coz making handvo at home from scratch is very much easier and nothing can taste as good as homemade. 
I and my friend were recollecting our days at Surat couple of weeks ago. We were drooling over some of the gujarati foods during our talk. What else can make a discussion more nostalgic?? Can’t stop ourselves talking about our favourite few like Khaman, Dhokla, Idhra, Khandvi, Handvo etc.. These are very few of gujarati delicacies. Gujarat is more famous for its breakfast and snacks. While on chat she asked me “why don’t you post one of these??”.. Yeah That’s true. Shame on me!! It totally got skipped out of my mind and being blogger since 5 months now how could I miss out such goodies..

Hmm.. I promised her I would soon post few of them. So here I am with one of the healthy & delicious gujarati snack “Handvo”. I’ll make sure I post rest of the luscious & yummy food from Surat asap. Hope you guys enjoy this classic and elegant snack along with us :).


Ingredients:

Rice 60 gm
Urad dal (Split blackgram) 60 gm
Mung dal (Split Greengram) 60 gm
Besan (Gram Flour) 4 Tbsp
Bottle gourd (Grated) 200 gm
Curd/ Yogurt 200 ml
Asafoetida a pinch
Green chilli 2 nos
Ginger 30 gm 
Garlic 3 Cloves
Coriander leaves 3-4 stems
Salt as req
Baking soda 1 Tsp
For tempering:
Oil 2 Tbsp
Mustard seeds ½ Tsp  
Sesame seeds (White) 1 Tbsp
Dried red chilli 4 nos 


Method :
1. Soak rice and all dals together for about 5- 6 hrs.
2. Grind them together along with besan, curd, asafoetida and salt in a blender. The consistency
    of the batter should be like of dosa batter. Not too watery or too thick.
3. Keep the batter overnight for fermentation or keep it for 6-8 hrs before cooking.
4. Make a coarse paste of ginger, garlic and green chilli. Add the grated bottle gourd, chopped
    coriander leaves and ginger garlic paste to the batter after fermentation and mix well. Add the
    baking soda and give a quick stir.
5. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan. When hot add mustard seeds, sesame seeds and red chilli.
    Allow the mustard and sesame seed to splutter.
6. Now pour the whole batter to the pan without disturbing the tadka.
7. Cook on low flame by covering with a lid for approx 6 mins.
8. Check for doneness in the bottom and flip it carefully and cook the other side for about 5 mins
    without lid.
9. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve warm with some ketchup or green chutney.

Notes:

1. Usually channa dal is used in place of besan. Due to unavailability I started using besan. Using
    channa dal adds more texture to the handvo. So if you like to use channa dal  (60 gm) soak them
    along with other lentils & rice and follow the same instruction except adding besan.
2. I found the grated bottle gourd to be more watery. So I always squeeze them and remove excess
    water and use the water while grinding.  
3. You can serve by cutting them like squares or like pies.

Kumbalanga Moru Koottan / Ash Gourd in Yogurt Gravy (Kerala style)

Yet another mom’s signature dish straight from Kerala. Moru kuttan is very common in Kerala and easy to make. This is a yogurt based vegetable curry flavored with coconut. Traditional tempering adds more flavor to the curry. This simple yet yummy curry will woo you for sure.


Servings :  2

Preparation time: 10 mins 
Cooking time: 15 mins
Level : Moderate

Ingredients:

Ash Gourd 250 gm
Turmeric powder ¼ Tsp
Salt as req
Red chilli powder ½ Tsp
Water ½ Cup 
Curd  ¾ Cup
For grinding:
Coconut (Grated) ½ Cup 
Cumin seeds ½ Tsp
Green chilli 2 nos
For tempering:
Coconut Oil 1 Tbsp
Mustard seeds ¼ Tsp
Fenugreek seeds ¼ Tsp
Curry leaves A stem
Dried red chilli 2 nos

Method :

1. Peel the skin of ash gourd and chop them into cubes.
2. In a pan add water, chopped ash gourd, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Place it
    on medium heat and cook for 10 mins.
3. Grind the grated coconut with cumin seeds and green chillies by adding little water to a coarse paste.
4. Add the coconut paste to the ash gourd and mix wel. Cook further 5 more mins in low flames.
5. Turn off the heat and add the beaten curd and mix. Transfer to serving bowl.
6. For tadka take a small frying pan and heat oil. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds,
    dried red chillies and curry leaves respectively.
7. Pour the tadka on to the curry. Serve with steamed rice.

Notes:

  1. This recipe can be used to make Yam, raw mangoes, raw plantain, pumpkin moru kootan.
  2. I haven’t used curry leaves as I don’t get it here. 
  3. Adjust the quantity of curd according to the sourness.

Fabulous Blog ribbon

Woo hoo!! I am here with a blog ribbon award passed to me by our own fellow blogger R.Punitha from “http://southindiafoodrecipes.blogspot.com/” ….She got a wonderful space to visit. It’s a place where you’ll find awesome South Indian delicacies from her kitchen. Thank you so much for passing it to me and making me feel so happy.. Loved the award. 
By the way the blog ribbon has few rules to follow.. And here it is..
Rules of this ribbon:
Rule 1 : Post rules on my blog.
Rule 2 : State ‘5 most fabulous moments either in real life or blogosphere’
Rule 3 : State ‘5 things I love’
Rule 4 : State ‘5 things I hate’
Rule 5 : Pass this ribbon to ‘5 lovely blogger friends’ (leave a comment in their blog to notify that you’ve passed them this ribbon).

Rule 1
Already accomplished above.

Rule 2 : ‘5 most fabulous moments either in real life or blogosphere’
  1. Being with my mom, dad, bro & family. 
  2. When I was selected in campus interview.
  3. When I decided to marry my very best friend..
  4. The very first trip to China..
  5. Realizing my passion for food & cooking and started my own food blog 🙂

Rule 3 : ‘5 things I love’
  1. Family & Friends
  2. Food – Cooking, cuisine, restaurants
  3. Photography 
  4. My iPad 2
  5. Roller coaster 😉
Rule 4 : ‘5 things I hate’
  1. Bugs
  2. Dentist 
  3. Waking early morning
  4. Sex discrimination
  5. Noisy people

Rule 5 :  ‘5 lovely blogger friends’ 

  1. Sonali Pradhan – http://www.onlyfishrecipes.com
  2. Kavi –  http://myedibles.blogspot.com
  3. Abhilasha –  http://carrotsandcherries.blogspot.com/
  4. Sangeetha Nambi –  http://recipe-excavator.blogspot.com
  5. Vimitha Ananad –  http://vimithaa.blogspot.com/
Hope you guys accept this award..