Sunday, 21 August 2011

Eating Out in Pune :Delhi Kitchen

My humble attempt at introducing people to lesser known jewels that crown punes crowded culinary food scene!

Delhi Kitchen is a place we discovered as students of Symbiosis while I was studying to get an MBA degree !
You know moneys a little tight and appetites are huge when you are studying :))

This place is awsome! Because first the food is GREAT ....its delhi style ghar ka khana ! The kebabs melt in your mouth ! The chicken falls off the bone!

And what I like most is that you dont need to eat your gravies with fat chewweey maida ka roti or tandoori roti! They serve the best home style Phulkas!

Even though my student days r now over..... I still love going back ......

I must warn you though this is not fancy AT ALL plastic chairs and plastic tables ! but the foods great fresh and hot , service is quick .....I think thats all one needs every once in a while!

What I recomend the Kebabs and Tikkas all of them are great....Phulkas ofcourse and Chicken Adraki , Delhi Kitchen Special Chicken , Chicken Handi!!!

Gulabjamuns are great too ....just like nanimas :) but they get sold out very quick so you may not always be lucky ! LAssi is good on a hot summer day so is the kheer!

If you are queasy about eating in a hole in the wall sort of place TAKE AWAY :) but do try it!

Some not so clear pictures .....

Delhi Kitchen
Kottbagi Hospital Lane

And did i mention its SO CHEAP :)))

Saturday, 20 August 2011

With love from Paris!

Aunty D was kind enough to bring me back some sweet yummies from Paris! Shes known me since I was a 2 month old baby! Shes known my parents for the last 30 years , Uncle and Dad served in the Medial Core of the Indian Army together ......stayed together at a lot of stations and finally wound up as neighbors all these years later!

So thank-you aunty D you know better than anyone else how much of a sweet tooth I have! I still rember the Gulabjamuns Aunty D made from milk powder in Dehradoon ...its one of my earliest food memories I must have been 5 years old! Maybe I need to get her recipe?? :)) The sweetheart that she is .....she will only be too happy to oblige!

Thank-you Aunty D for these sweets and all the good times!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Just wanted to share something lovely!

A lovely old fashioned chocolate pie!
Unfortunately dont know who created this!
But I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Date Cake Recipe

This is the cake I made for Abhiskes birthday in June ....was inspired by the recipe posted on the blog  . Like the author of the blog Shayma says this is a lovely pudding -like dessert so much more amazing than a plain cake.

Plain cake for a birthday wonder why? Because mom-in-law and husband are gym freaks so no frosting cakes for them ... I know poor lil me! :D

Which is why this cake was a perfect choice! Made some and served the cake warm with some vanilla ice-cream! Got rave reviews ! Sometimes I think thats the only reason I cook ....haha ....for the rave reviews! :)) How many of you do that too?

So , Thank -you Shayma for this wonderful recipe this is a keeper ...I've already printed and filed this one into the hall of fame recipe folder :))

I did however make a little modification ....the recipe requires you too chop finely 250g of dates ! Lazy me stopped at 100-120g :))

But guess what I have made the cake with this modification twice and I think I like it like this!

So here is the modified recipe below .....please also visit Shaymas lovely post about the date cake here

My modified version of Moist date pudding cake

*120 g chopped dates without seed ofcourse!.
*250 ml boiling water
*1 tsp baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
*100 g butter, unsalted, brought to room temperature
*180 g granulated sugar
*2 eggs
*150 g flour
*2 tsp baking powder
*Preheat your oven to 175C / 350F.
*Place parchment paper on top of the springform pan base and trace a circle. Line pan with parchment circle and butter and flour the sides.
Step 1: Prepare the date mixture:
*Deseed your dates by gently tearing them open from top to bottom.
*Chop dates fine.
*Bring 250 ml of water to a boil (I boil it in my kettle and then measure out 250 ml to be exact).
*Pour into saucepan, when water starts to boil, add baking soda, (it will froth).
*Add chopped dates and stir the mixture for 2-3 minutes.
*The date mixture should be on the thick side, not watery.
*Take off the stove and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes.
Step 2: Prepare the batter:
*Whip butter with sugar till light and fluffy.
*Add eggs slowly; they may curdle at first but keep whipping, the mixture will come together and become smooth.
*Slowly fold in flour and baking powder and keep whipping/mixing.
*Add in date mixture, with a spoon/spatula and gently stir.
*Batter will seem slightly thin, but since we’re using a pan with a wide base, don’t worry, the cake will cook through. Remember, this is a moist, pudding-like cake.
*Pour into Springform.
*Bake for 35 minutes, test to see if the toothpick comes out clean after 30 mins; I like this cake moist and goeey, please don’t overbake it.
As you can see the recipe is unchanged apart from the quantity of dates! I served this cake warm with plain Vanilla ice-cream because like I said no one will touch anything with cream in this house of exercise fanatics!! Apart from me ofcourse!! ;))

I hope you do try this cake the next time the opportunity presents itself!

Sorry I dont hv a picture for this one! It was so yum that after cutting the cake my MIL took half with her to Banglore for her daughter and the rest of it made its way into our tummies real soon!
But Shayma has lovely pictures so do visit her blog!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Breakfast Specials - Rawa Idli

One of my favourtite , all time favorite breakfasts  for a sunday morning ! Grainy and oh-so-soft! And the best part you dont need to let the batter rest or ferment 0 waiting time !!

The last time I made these my mom-in-law said they are better than the MTR rawa idli mix .....thats got to put a smile on my face :))

Here it is the recipe and the photo!

Please excuse the poor quality picture and the plating! Like I said I made these when my MIL was around dint have the time to plate and make pretty ;)

SERVES : 2 people , makes 8 medium size Idlis

Rava 1 cup
Curds 3/4 cup
Oil 1 tablespoons
Ghee 1 teaspoons
Grated Carrot - 1 Nos
Water - 5- 8 Tablespoons ( Or more , enough to make a liquidy batter)
To be finely chopped
Green chillies 2 nos
Coriander 6 twigs
Curry leaves 2 twigs
For seasoning – 1 teaspoon each of urad dal, channa dal, and mustard seeds
Baking soda 1/4 teaspoon
Salt 3/4teaspoon
Spread rava on a microwave safe plate and microwave in high mode for 90 seconds. You can alternatively also dry roast the rava for a little over a minute in a kadai.
Heat oil in a kadai add mustard seeds first, and then add the dals. When the dals turn golden add finely chopped chillies, corriander and curry leaves. Cook on a medium fire for 2 minutes. Add the rava mix well and turn off the gas.
Add ghee, baking soda,salt and curds to the rava mixture and mix well. Add 5-8 tablespoons water to the batter
Pour the batter in greased idly trays and cook till done!
Serve hot with  chutney of your choice.

A Big Warm Welcome!

Hi all!

Thanks for stopping by! Just wanted to create a log of all my foodie escapades !

Hope you enjoy your stay at this blog!

Bon Apetit!