Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pineapple Pudding

Simple pineapple and cream pudding
Shared version


As I just sat down to write this recipe, I have a stream of nostalgia gushing down. There are some people who come by in your life as total strangers, but turn out to be an inevitable part of your life. So did I meet this little one year old charm and her young and cheerful mom more than 2 decades ago.. :) Today they are one of the closest to my heart! Shajeena and her daughter Shadin. Shadin has always had a place of a sibling in my house and seen her grow from the little one year old toddler to a doctor now.. :) Her name deserves a mention on this blog, 'coz she was the first to whom I revealed my idea of starting a blog to. No doubt, she was the right person! The step-by-step pictorials, was her suggestion. She had great faith in me and was and is always there to give me the right boost and push I need! :) Love you Sha! :)

Shajeena, her mom, is a dentist by profession, a homemaker, a mom of two! Oops! four! ;) her darling cats included! :) and a woman whom I have never seen sit idle! Utterly enthusiastic and always on her toes.. She's either at work, or cooking, or shopping, or cleaning and trust me, the list would never end! Yes, a superwoman in the literal sense! A humble human being I truly adore. We could go on and on talking to one another for hours without the scarcity of topics and we ought to catch up atleast over the phone once in a while to share all of each other's life's happenings :) That's something very contrary to the me most people know of, who is impatient and restless when it comes to talking over the phone! Well, that might explain the comfort I find in her company.

Not even she would have realized the influence she has been and a part she has played in molding me into the person I am today. Someone who has encouraged the creative side in me with lots of motivation and I have indeed picked a few things down the lane from her. This Pineapple pudding being one!! :) Yes, I learnt this from her. With a couple of innovations here and there, the basic recipe sticks to its origin. This dessert was known for being a show-stopper at her place for get-togethers! Fancy, but extremely simple dessert with no cooking required!! Yes! NO COOKING required! :)   

Ingredients :









Plain Vanilla cake
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2 medium loafs sliced

Canned Pineapple with the syrup
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Large can

Water
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1 cup






For the whipped cream :




(Method of preparation and ingredients required could vary with brand, so please follow  instructions on sachet or pack)

Whipping cream mix
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2 sachets

Milk (full cream)
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As mentioned on pack

Vanilla essence
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As mentioned on pack






Almond flakes (if available)
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A large handful

Pistachio
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1/3 cup







Preparation Method :

Give the pineapples a quick chop into chewable chunks.


Add the syrup from the can and pour in the water.


Whip up the cream.




You could make this pudding in a single layer like how the original recipe is, or make it in 2 layers like how I do sometimes. This two layer one is more rich! Try it! In a shallow bottom dish lay the cake slices. We need plain vanilla sponge cake. You could also use a homemade one. In that case, that would be the only cooking required.


Then  crumb some cake slices to fill in the gaps.     


Spoon out half of the pineapple mixture onto the cake.  Make sure the cake drinks the juice well and it moistens the cake throughout. Then garnish with some almond flakes. That's one of my innovations and it's good to add a crunch to the pudding.


Then scoop out half the whipped cream and spread evenly.


Layer the rest of the cakes again above the cream and repeat the steps again.
ü Crumb the cake and fill.
ü Spoon out the rest of the pineapple mixture.
ü garnish with almond flakes.
ü Scoop out the remaining cream and spread evenly.



Crush the pistachios.



Sprinkle over the cream.



Wrap with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours minimum. The more you cool, the better! 


A fancy pudding in minutes. 


Happy weekend folks! :)


Make the Perfect Bed at Your Home


Making your bed every time you wake up, is correlated with positivity and  productivity! There’s absolutely  nothing more satisfying than snuggling into a neat and cozy bed each and every night, and it’s truly the best way to finish a day.

A comfortable and beautifully made bed always starts with good quality basics :

1. Mattress

2. Mattress protector

3. Fitted sheet

4. Flat sheet

5. Comforter

6. Duvet cover

7. Pillows

8. Pillow covers

9. Accessories (If preferred only!)



The foundation to a comfortable and beautiful bed is the Base and the Mattress. Therefore, choosing the right type of mattress that suites each body type, the quality, and then the care and maintenance are very important.




While shopping for your bed linen, look for high quality 100% cotton fabric. The thread counts do not really have much to do with being the best, especially when it is for domestic use. As long as it's pure cotton, it will be soft and cool for your skin, and even better, cotton gets smoother over time.


Well, investing in quantity compromising on quality is unwise. At the most, all you will really require are two sets for each bed in your house, one that goes for washing and the other ready to be laid. It also saves storage space. Well, if you have little ones or pets at home, and the bed is used for purposes other than for sleep, then of course, you might want to stock up some more sheets. Well, it's all personal choice.











The right style is a matter of Personal choice, Comfort and Functionality. So have fun in choosing your own personalized style.  :) Have a great day! :)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Butter chicken

 My Version


When I ask my non-Indian friends, as to how familiar they are to Indian food, they list out a few names, "Tandoori chicken, Naan, butter chicken, Hyderabadi biriyani.." Yes, Butter chicken is one among those renowned Indian dishes savoured by people from around the globe. Liked equally by young and old, Indians and non-Indians, it is chicken in spicy, sweet, buttery, creamy and rich gravy. I guess the original butter chicken is prepared with tandoori chicken and might have slight variations from this recipe. When I first tried making butter chicken, I followed a recipe from the net. But unfortunately, was never successful in coming up with a satisfactory one. Kept trying with couple of innovations, until I came up with this version. Trust me, this butter chicken is sure going to be unlike any you would have tried so far.. Come, follow me..

Ingredients :







Chicken (boneless/diced)
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800g
Oil
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4 tablespoons
Onion, thinly sliced
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1 large
Ginger
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3 inch piece
Garlic
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8 large cloves
Green chilli
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1 no.
Dried red chillies (seeded)
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8-9 nos.
Coriander seeds
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2 tablespoons
Cumin seeds
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1 tablespoon
Chilli Powder
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3/4 teaspoon
Coriander powder
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1 and 1/2 teaspoons
Cashew nuts
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8-10 nos.
Kasoori methi
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1 teaspoon
Tomatoes
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2 medium
Sugar
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1 tablespoon
Tomato sauce
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1 and 1/2 tablespoons
Butter
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2 tablespoons
Cream
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3-4 tablespoons
Garam masala
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1/2 teaspoon
Water
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1 cups
Salt
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To taste.

Preparation Method :

Rinse the chicken pieces and dice them into small pieces.
Blend half the garlic, ginger, dried red chillies and coriander seeds into a paste as fine as possible.



Marinate the chicken pieces with this paste. Also add salt.


In a skillet, pour in the oil. Fry the chicken pieces in the oil, until the water completely evaporates and the chicken pieces brown slightly.



Remove the chicken. Into the same skillet and into the remaining oil, throw in crushed cumin seeds. Throw in the onion, rest of the garlic and ginger and green chili.


When the onions begin to brown, add the cashew nuts. Then add the rest of the dried red chilli, coriander seeds and the kasoori methiAdd the chilli powder and coriander powder and salt to taste and sauté well.


Throw in the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes soften.


Grind this masala mixture into a fine paste. In the same skillet, melt the butter.


Pour in the ground paste.


Add the sugar, tomato sauce, cream, garam masala and some kasoori methi and bring to a boil. 


Add the fried chicken pieces, stir well and bring to a boil.


Serve with roties or even rice. 


Try it and you will love it! Don't forget to share your experience! :)