2009/08/31

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION ---- TREAT FOR DINNER

Today,we celebrated my hubby's birthday . The day started with a heavy downpour , weather was too chill ........it was raining ..raining all through the day . Never wished to go out for dinner .
So , I planned to make these recipes ............yeah , my plan had come out well .............everything was perfect............truly yummy lovable treat to my hubby............all these recipes are my first time trial out's........

My Menu included CABBAGE SOUP , CAULIFLOWER MANCHURIAN, PEAS PULAO , PANEER CASHEW MASALA and BADAM PURI .



Details about the recipes will be posted in next posts.
This goes to Rak's Cooking for Guests .


2009/08/28

SPICY POTATO CURRY



INGREDIENTS :

Potato -- 200 gms
Onion -- 1
Tomato -- 1
Jeera -- 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds -- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Mustard - 1 tsp
Curry leaves

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Heat oil in a pan . Add Mustard , Jeera and curry leaves . When it splutters , add chopped potato .
2) Grind onion,tomato,jeera ,chilli powder , ginger-garlic paste and fennel seeds .
3) Add masala to the potato and pressure cook for 4 whistles .

Serve hot with rice or roti . This goes to Viki Xavier's Sidedishes For Chapathi.

MY OTHER ENTRIES ARE :

EGG CURRY --1



PANEER POTATO MASALA


COCONUT MILK POTATO APPLE GRAVY



CAULIFLOWER KURMA



RED CHANNA DAL KURMA




TOMATO KURMA



CORN KURMA


MIXED VEGETABLE KURMA





CAPSICUM TOFU MASALA




KADALA CURRY

2009/08/26

BRINJAL PAKODA



INGREDIENTS :

Brinjal -- 150 gms
Gram flour -- 1/2 cup
Chilli powder -- 4 tbsps
Salt to taste
Rice flour -- 2 tsps
Jeera - -1 tsp
Ginger -- garlic paste -- 1 tsp

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Mix all the ingredients with little water and marinate for 1 hour .
2) Then deep fry them.

2009/08/25

SWEET POHA AND A TAG


I prepared this for Krishna Jeyanthi......we post the pictures later.....

INGREDIENTS:

Peanuts -- 4 tsps
Grated coconut-1 cup
Sugar--1 cup
Poha -- 1 cup

METHOD OF PREPARATION:

1) Heat a teaspoon of ghee in a pan.Fry peanuts and coconut till raw smell of peanut leaves .Turn of the flame .

2)Then mix well with poha and sugar in a big bowl.

TAG :

Padma has tagged me for this cute quesstions . Thank you dear ....it is my pleasure to do it.

Rules :

1) Link the person who tagged you .
2) Post the rules on your blog.

3) Share the ABC'S of you.
4) Tag 4 people at the end of the post by linking their blogs.
5) Let the 4 tagged people know that they have been tagged by you.
6) Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people,so that there is a big netwotk of bloggers doing the tag.

Questions :

1) A - Available/Single ? !!!!!!!
2) B - Best Friend ? --ANIS FATHIMA.
3) C - Cake or Pie ? CAKE
4) D - Drink of choice ? CRANBERRY JUICE AND TENDER COCONUT WATER .
5) E - Essential item you use every day ? MY CUTE NOKIA .
6) F - Favourite color ? .
PINK AND YELLOW
7) G - Gummy Bears or Worms ? I LIKE TO WATCH THEM ONLY AS CARTOONS .
8) H - Hometown ? MADURAI .
9) I - Indulgence ? PLAYING WITH MY DAUGHTER AND CRAFTS .
10 ) J - January or February ? JANUARY -- BECAUSE OF PONGAL VACATION AND MY FAMILY GET TOGETHER THE DAY AFTER PONGAL IN MY NATIVE VILLAGE WITH MY GRAND PARENTS.
11) K - Kids and their names ? DESHNA -- DIVINE SPEACH / GIFT .
12) L - Life is incomplete without ? CHILDERN .
13) M - Marriage date ? MAY 20 , 2005 .
14) N - Number of siblings? A YOUNGER BROTHER .
15) O - Oranges or Apples ? APPLES .
16) P -- Phobias / Fears ? DOGS .
17) Q - Quote for today ? BE HAPPY ALWAYS .
18) R - Reason to smile ? MY DAUGHTER , DESHNA .
19) S - Season ? SPRING .
20) T - Tag 4 people ? PAVITHRA ,LAKSHMI , PRIYA RAJ , EC , VIDHYA AND SUSHMA .
21) U - Unknown fact about me ? YET TO BE DISCOVERED .
22) V - Vegetable you don't like ? WISH TO TASTE ALL THE VEGGIES .
23) W - Worst habit ? WILL NOT TAKE PROPER SLEEP .
24 ) X - X-rays you've had ? NONE .
25) Y - Your favourite food ? FISH RECIPES .
26 ) Z - Zodiac sign ? CANCER .

Sending this to Purva's Festive Food Event .

2009/08/24

VINAYAKAR CHATHURTHI --2009

Hai Friends ,

HAPPY VINAYAKAR CHATHURTHI TO EVERYONE .

VINAYAKAR CHATHURTHI is celebrated as birthday of God Ganesh .

My simple decoration with all my ganesh idols ........




Offerings to God, Kolukkattai , Peanut sundal , Puffed rice , Beaten Rice , Fruits and Roasted channa dal .


KOLUKKATTAI :

INGREDIENTS :

Rice flour -- 1 cup
Jaggery and Grated Coconut -- 1 cup each

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Boil sufficient water with 3 tsps of oil .
2) Then make soft dough of rice flour with this water , add little by little .
3) After making a soft dough , add 4 tbsps of oil and again roll it .
4) Meanwhile , make jaggery syrup and add coconut to it.stir continuously and cook till it gets thickened.
5) Make small balls of dough and stuff it with the filling and steam cook it till done .

PEANUT SUNDAL :

1)Wash peanuts and pressure cook for 5 whistles and drain the stock.
2) Temper it with mustard , urat dal , onion , red chillies and grated coconut .

Sending this to Purva's Festive Food Event .

2009/08/20

POTATO CABBAGE GRAVY



I learnt this recipe from iloveindia.com and tasted this recipe in my friend's home.

INGREDIENTS :

Potato -- 100 gms
Cabbage -- 100 gms
Turmeric powder -- 1 tsp
Green Chillies --- 4
Cumin powder-- 1tsp
Coriander powder -- 1 tsp
Ginger --garlic paste -- 1 tsp
Bay Leaves--2
Garam Masala-- 1 tsp
Salt to taste

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Shallow fry potatoes and keep aside.
2) Heat oil in a pan . Once hot, fry cabbage .
3) Add potatoes and then add all the ingredients . Saute till veggies is well blend with the masalas.
4) Cook in slow flame till the gravy is done.

Serve hot with rice/roti .This goes to Viki Xavier's Sidedishes For Chapathi.

2009/08/19

SWEET SURPRISES !!!!!!!!!

Vani , Nivedita , Renu and Rekha has passed me these cute awards . Thank you friends for remembering me and passing them . Feeling happy and excited ...........





Sangii , Sanghi , Rekha has passed me this Fabulous award....so nice of u girls...........Thank you ....


Sireesha has passed me this Beautiful award.......This award is for who

Inspire you
Encourage You
May give Fabulous information
A great read
Has Scrumptious recipes
Any other reasons you can think of that make them Scrumptious!



The rules are:

Put the logo on your blog or post.
Nominate at least 7 blogs
Let them know that they have received this Scrumptious award by commenting on their blog.
Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from.


I would like to share these awards with :

Vidhya
Gita
Shaista
Vijitha
Sreevidhya
Lata Raja
Neema
Vidhas
Vibaas
Sripriya
Divya

I have already done this in my handicrafts blogpage . So, I am reposting it here :

1) What is your current obsession ?

Collecting some nice colouring books ,crayons and colour pencils for my daughter to train her ,blogging , decorating my pooja room with different collection of god pictures , statues , lamps etc

2) What are you wearing today ?

Blue salwar

3) What’s for dinner?

Chapathi and mixed vegetable kurma .

4) What’s the last thing you bought?
I bought a beautiful worked saree from Reliance Trends , they have some nice saree collections .

5) What are you listening to right now?

Ilayaraja melodies......in ear phone...sshhhhh my daughter is sleeping..

6) What do you think about the person who tagged you?

Lovable talented friends.

7) If you could have a house totally paid for,fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?

Cheltenham , UK ...........my first visited place in foreign countries .

8) What are your must-have pieces for summer?

Purely cotton dresses or sarees .

9) If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour,where would you go?

London...to meet my brother .

10) Which language do you want to learn?

Hindi and Telugu .

11) What’s your favourite quote?

" There is no substitute for Hard work " ........Thomas Alva Edison.


12) Who do you want to meet right now?

My mom.........i haven't seen her since feburary .

13) What is your favourite colour?

Yellow and Pink

14) What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own closet?

Sarees

15) What is your dream job?

To be an administrator for an educational institution.

16) What’s your favourite magazine?

Of course , Hindu .

17) If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?

Would spend them to get a big ganesh statue .

18) What do you consider a fashion faux pas?

I personally feel to wear dresses which are comfortable for me ..........so one's wear must be of their choice which makes them feel good.......

19) Who are your style icons?
None...

20) Describe your personal style.?

Feeling comfortable will be my style of dressing........

21) What are you going to do after this?

Have a strong coffee.........

22) What are your favourite movies?
Home Alone (all 4 parts ), The Bee movie ......Enchanted ....

23) What are three cosmetic/makeup/perfume products that you can't live without?

Especially , deodorants and moisturing cream .

24). What inspires you?

I easily get inspired by crafts , antiques.............

25) Give us three styling tips that always work for you:

Choose dress according to the type of party........silk sarees for marriages/reception like a bright coloured one with lot of jari work for wedding and a simple light colour with less work/party wear sarees for reception/birthday parties.Wear simple jewel to match your saree ......not more than 3-4 bangles and white flowers like Jasmine .

Apply light face cream.........don't forget deodorants/perfumes.......

Dress which makes you feel good.........plan a day before the party...don't be in a hurry to dress up .


26) What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even though your closet’s packed)?

Simple yesteryear's designed silk saree......without much jari work.

27) Coffee or tea?
Only Milk in the morning............coffee for evening .

28) What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?

Just lay down with eyes closed for 10 minutes or will take a short sleep .

29) What is the meaning of your name?

Shama means Forgive / innocent .

30) Which other blogs you love visiting ?

All crafts and food blogs...........

Additional Questions :

31 ) What makes you feel fresh all through your day ?

My daughter..

32) What drives you to cook new recipes ?

To make my daughter have some ..........with interest .I can definetly make a list of it.......to pack for her lunch .

**The rules are: Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Then tag eight or ten other people.

2009/08/18

CABBAGE KURMA




INGREDIENTS :


Cabbage -- 2 cups chopped
Onion -- 1 medium
Tomato -- 1 medium
Jeera and mustard -- 1 tsp each
Curry leaves
Ginger garlic paste -- 1 tsp
Chilli powder -- 1 tsp
Coriander powder -- 1 tsp
Garam masala powder --- 1 tsp
Salt to taste

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Heat oil in a kadai . Add mustard and Jeera . When it splutters , add chopped onion and tomato and saute till skinny .
2) Add cabbage and sprinkle little water . Cover with a lid and cook till tender.
3) Then add 2 cups of water and all other ingredients .Cook till the oil separates .

Serve hot with roti / rice. This goes to Viki Xavier's Sidedishes For Chapathi.

2009/08/17

BANANA SNACK / BANANA VADAI



I learnt this recipe from a marati friend . She used green chillies instead of chilli powder .

This goes to Divya's Cooking for Kids -- evening snacks , event started by Sharmi of Neivedyam.


INGREDIENTS :

Ripe bananas -- 3
Besan Flour ---- 2 cups
Onion --- 1 onion
Red Chilly powder -- 4
Salt to taste
Curry leaves
Jeera -- 2 tsp

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Mash banana's and mix them with other ingredients in to a soft dough .
2) Make small balls of it and tawa fry/shallow fry them .

Serve hot with sauce /chutney.

2009/08/14

CHICKEN SOUP




INGREDIENTS:


Chicken --- 200 gms
Chilli powder -- 1 tsp
Pepper powder --- 2 tbsps
Dry ginger powder -- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder -- 1 tsp
Coriander Powder -- 1 tsp
Onion -- 1
Jeera --- 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Special masala:

Red chillies -- 3
Ginger + Coriander + Chilli powder

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Heat pressure cooker and add oil . Once hot , add chopped onion .When it becomes tender , add chicken and saute well it chicken leaves some water .

2)Add special masala and all other powders with salt and pressure cook for 5 whistles .

3) Once cooked , serve hot . Good for severe cough and cold.

2009/08/10

MUSHROOM MASALA




INGREDIENTS:

Mushroom---200 gms
Tomato---1
Onion---1
Cream--2 tbsps
Milk--1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Coconut--2 pieces
Mustard.Jeera--- 1tsp each
Curry leaves
Green chillies--2
Garam masala--1 tsp
Chilli powder -- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder--1/2 tsp
Cashew--2

METHOD OF PREPARATION:

1) Saute onion and onion in a spoon of oil.Then blend in a mixer to form masala with green chillies,coconut and cashews.
2)Heat oil . Once hot,add mustard and jeera.When it splutters , add mushroom and saute till tender.
3)Add grinded masala with garam masala,chilli powder ,turmeric powder and salt.
4)Then add milk and cream.Cook tiil the gravy becomes thick.

This goes to Sanghi's FIL-Milk event and Viki Xavier's Sidedishes For Chapathi.

2009/08/07

VARALAKSHMI VIRATTAM--FIRST TIME IN MY HOME

Hai friends ,

I did varalakshmi pooja for the first time . I did everything as per my mom's and my neighbour's instruction . Since it was the first time , i never invited anyone . But , i was really happy when one of my neighbour wishes to see mine ....her words really encouraged me a lot . She will be around 50 yrs of age . She said though it was simple , my effort for it was good and completed it in a neat manner . She said she was fully satisfied and blessed me . Her words made me to run into tears . Another surprising thing was , an elderly couple from Jharkand , who stays in my apartment,a very good friend of my husband visited my home to have a look of mine . They wished to join me and hubby in the pooja and our best bengali friends too visited for pooja . Their wishes and presence really excited me...............we shared our happiness and prasadams......for all this to happen , i wish to thank my god......am happy that she had accepted my simple pooja for her and made my day memorable by sending uninvited guests................

This is my decoration in the front gate ,


A Simple rangoli in the entrance,


Rangoli in the pooja table,


Decorations for pooja,




2009/08/04

ROHU FISH KALIA



My bengali friend used to prepare this very often . My hubby and myself loves this . I searched this recipe and got from fivetastes.com . Thank you for sharing .

INGREDIENTS :


Rohu fish -- 1 kg
Curd --- 1 cup
Onion --- 2 big
Ginger-garlic paste --- 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Mustard , Jeera and Cumin seeds --- 1 tsp each
Turmeric powder- -1 tsp

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

  1. Marinate fish with turmeric powder and salt for 1 hour.
  2. Then fry it lightly in gingelly oil and keep it aside
  3. Heat oil in a pan . Add mustard and jeera .When it splutters ,add chopped onion with curry leaves and saute till the onion becomes tender.
  4. Then add ginger garlic paste,turmeric powder and curd to it.
  5. Add little water and salt to it .
  6. When it starts boiling add fish to it and cook in slow flame till the gravy become thick .
Serve hot with rice .

2009/08/03

200 th POST AND AN AWARD CELEBRATION WITH AN EVENT

Hai Friends ,

Well and wish you all the same . This is my 201 th post . This wouldn't have happened without you . Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement . To celebrate this , I have planned to have more interesting event . FIRST COOKED FOOD EVENT --AUG'09 .





pictures: google

Hope , each and everyone of you couldn't have forgotten their first cooking experience , their first cooked food and the feedback from your dearie's .

Here comes an opportunity for you ,to share those experiences ,your feelings and all those funny moments .

All you have to do this is :

1) Cook ur first cooked food and post it in your blog .
2) Link it back to the event .Feel free to use the logo.
3) Send your entry to shamanagscrafts@gmail.com .
4) Last date : October 31,2009.
5)You can send recipe from ur previous posts also.

Enjoy the event and have more fun .

A WONDERFUL AWARD :


My dear friends EC , Shanthi , Home cooked Oriya Food and Vineelasiva have passed this cute award to me . Thank you dear's .It's my pleasure to have it .





The rules for this award are :

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominate

CLICK HERE TO KNOW ABOUT ME .

As per the rule , I would like to nominate 7 of my friends

Vani
Vani
Priyameena
Sangi
Valarmathi
Rekha Shoban
Padma
Please do accept this and have more fun .