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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Recipe- Lemon Rice

Lemon rice

Lemon rice is a South Indian rice dish but it is famous all over  India.This dish is often served in temples as "Prasad" too. You can make this recipe with fresh rice or with the leftover too. The nice aroma of lentils and curry leaves will surely activate taste buds. 
My family just loves this dish, give it a try and I hope you will enjoy it too.


  • Rice cooked/boiled and cooled – 1 cup
    •Dry red chilies – 2-3
    •Curry leaves – 5-6
    •Green Chili(halved)- 2-3
    •Peanuts – ¼ cup
    •Cashew Nuts – ¼ cup
    •Mustard seeds – 1 tsp.
    •Cumin seeds – 1 tsp.
    •Chana dal (Bengal Gram) – 1 tbsp (pre-soaked in water)
  •  Urad dal (split & skinned black gram lentil) – 1 tbsp.
    •Turmeric powder – 1 tsp.
    •A Pinch of Asafetida(Hing)
    •Lemon juice – 2 tbsp. (1 big lemon)
    •Salt as per taste
    •Cooking Oil 

  • First cook/boil the rice and let them cool. I have used basmati rice as it tastes great and has a very nice aroma
  • Now take a pan and heat the oil, add peanuts and fry till golden brown then add cashew nuts fry and keep them aside
  • Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds let them crackle, then add  asafetida, chopped ginger and dry red chili, let them fry for a minute
  • Now add split green chili and curry leaves to it, let them fry
  •  Add Chana dal and urad dal, saute them on a medium flame for a minute
  • Then add turmeric powder, mix well and then add rice, salt and lemon juice and mix well so that the lemon flavor gets mixed all over the rice
  • Cook for few minutes, then add the fried cashew and peanuts and stir carefully 
  • Lemon rice is ready to serve now, tastes great serve hot or cold.

  • When the rice gets cold they absorb all the flavors and without getting sticky and broken so if you are using fresh rice make them ahead and let them cool before making lemon rice.
  • You can also use garlic and add cut potatoes if you like.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Recipe - Pizza Pinwheels/Rolls

 Pizza Pinwheels/Rolls   


Yield: 20-24 Pizza pinwheels
 Preparation time: 2 Hours

Pizza Pinwheels are delicious rolls - bite size pizzas, easy to serve and eat.  These pinwheel shaped pizza rolls are just perfect appetizer for parties and gatherings and great for pizza lovers. It has the best combination of cheese, sauce and crust rolled around each other that will make you love the crust part too.
I like to make pizza from scratch, I start from making the dough at home and sauce too, but you can also use store brought dough. Today I am going to share the step by step recipe. Share your experience if you try this at home.

To make Pizza Dough

  • 1 Pkg. Active dry yeast (0.25-oz. or 2 ¼ tsp.)
  • 1 cup Warm water (100-110 degree F)
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 ½ Cup of APF (Maida)
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil/Vegetable oil

To make Pizza Pinwheels

  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Sliced onion
  • Sliced green capsicum
  • Mix Italian herbs (basil, rosemary, oregano)


Making Dough
  • In a large bowl add 2 ½ Cup of All-purpose flour (Maida) keep aside
  • In a small bowl add yeast and sugar, add ½ a cup of warm water, give it a stir in 2-3 minutes yeast will turn creamy and bubbly
  • Take the flour and add salt and oil to it, Now add the yeast mixture to it. Mix everything and make a soft dough adding little warm water at a time

  • Lightly flour the surface and knead the dough until smooth (around 5-10 minutes)
  • Grease the dough with little oil and cover with plastic wrap or a moist towel and let the dough rise in a warm place (around 80ºF) until it gets double in size (40-60 Mins)
  • Punch dough down and divide into 3 parts
Making Pinwheels/Rolls
  • Now take one dough ball and roll it out, apply pizza sauce on top add cheese on top

  • Add onion, capsicum or any of your favorite toppings, put more cheese and sprinkle some Italian seasonings (basil, rosemary, oregano)
  • Gently roll up the pizza making sure nothing falls outside and put it inside the refrigerator for 10-15 mins so the roll gets little firm and easy to cut
  • Take out the roll and cut about 1-1 ½ inch thick pieces and place them on a tray lined up with parchment paper

  • Bake them in a preheated oven at 425 ºF/220 ºC for 20-25 minutes until golden brown in color (Do the same with other two dough balls as well)

Pizza Rolls are ready enjoy with tomato sauce or any favorite sauce!

  • You can prepare the roll a day ahead and keep in refrigerator, just cut and bake at the time of serving.
  • Butter can be used in the dough instead of oil to enhance flavor and also butter makes dough firm.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Recipe - Khopra Pak (Coconut/ Nariyal Burfi)

Khopra Pak (Coconut Burfi)- 10 Simple Steps

Khopra Pak

India is known to be the country of festivals and sweets enhance festivity. Sweets are also an integral part of tasty food if you invite someone over lunch or dinner or simply planning to make something special at home. Khopra Pak is such a mouth watering traditional Indian sweet, very easy to make that too with only a few ingredients. I am sharing here my method of preparing Khopra Pak at home and add magic to your food and mood.
  • 2 cups grated fresh coconut
  • 1 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Khoya (Mawa)     
  • 1/2 cup Milk                                                         
  • Sliced Pistachios & Almonds (For Garnishing)
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom (Elaichi) powder


  1. In a non-stick pan, on Medium heat, roast Coconut until you get a nice aroma. Do not brown.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat. Take the coconut out.
  3. Now add the ghee to the pan and then add khoya and roast the mawa/khoya (Roast till it turns light brown, burfi becomes tastier and can be stored for longer duration). 
  4. Add grated coconut to it and mix well .
  5. Now add sugar into this and Stir until the sugar dissolves. (You can adjust sweetness as per your taste)
  6. Add 1/2 a cup of milk and stir continuously, add cardamom powder and mix well
  7. Let the mixture cook for few more minutes and then remove from the heat.
  8. Take a tray and line with the parchment paper or grease with ghee and pour the mixture on the plate, spread it evenly.
  9. Garnish it with Sliced Pistachios & Almonds.Cut in to pieces while it is still warm into desired shape.
  10. Keep it aside for cooling. After 2 hours, you will see, the Coconut burfis has solidified. Run the knife again and take out the pieces into a serving plate.

Khopra pak is ready to be served now. Serve and get praised for a tasty delight at your convenience!

  • You can store it in air-tight container in refrigerator for days.
  • I have used homemade khoya that I made on sim flame to get this color but you can use store brought too.
  • Keep stirring the mixture while cooking to keep from sticking.

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