Tuesday, August 25, 2009




Rice Flour--------------1.5 Cups
Besan/Gram Flour-----1/2 Cups(Both in 1:3 ratio)
Ajwain seeds-----------1/4 tsp crushed
Red Chilli Powder------1/2 tsp
Salt--------------------to taste
Oil---------------------1 tbp + for deep frying


1.Ina bowl combine both the flour, Salt, Red chilli powder, Crushed Ajwain and mix well.

2.Add 1 tbsp of slightly heated Oil to the above flour mixture and make a crumble mixture.

3.Now add enough water and knead into a soft dough. Heat Oil in a frying pan.

4.Place the dough in presser with medium sized round holes disc fixed to it and when Oil is ready slightly press the presser to release the dough into the oil.

5.Fry them till nice light brown in batches on medium flame and place them on tissues to absorb oil.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I am having some problem editing my posts. Recently i tried to update few already published posts(just happened to change the style ,add a new pic to those old post) .To be more specific the posts are: Fruit Custard, Veg Noodles. After editing I re-published them. When i happened to open my blog I could see new comments on these posts waiting for my approval. When i just looked around, all I could see is that the previous c
omments on those posts have been deleted and it automatically updates all your blogroll list with link to these posts rather than my most recent post. his is quite annoying.

Coming to the point, I decided to host an event for a change. This would be my first one. Hope to get it right . The Theme would be : "Anniversary Special--Cake" . This might sound quite funny but the reason to come up with such an event would be my own personal experience. As a daughter, I have never paid much attention to what my mom cooks on their Wedding day or their B'day(Mom's and Dad's). But I was so particular about the menu for my B'day(not even for my Bro's .Anway he has his own priorities). Post-Marriage everything changes. It's no longer about just "You"...It changes to "Us". Your opinion/outlook / liking / priorities everything changes. The change which your parents were asking for always remained a dream to them and I used to be so proud for being just myself. But now, I don't even notice what I have left behind along with my parents...Well, now I become over-ambitious ,When it comes to celebrating special occasions like our Marriage Anniversary or my Hubby's Birthday(forget about mine). I prepare a menu, make a list of the ingredients that goes into it ,go shopping ,cook them for the special day.... I like giving surprises for my hubby !! Everything sounds nice until ,I started realising that ,I always ended up Cooking the same everytime(except for few recipes...). Whats the fun in giving them a surprise, when they already knew whats going to be on the table?...So this is where I landed..Hosting up an event for the So special Ocassion. Lets start this event with something sweet ,moist and perfect "CAKE"for getting started....So lets get busy!!!!

Here are the things you need to know :

Theme: Cakes.

Ingredients: No limit.Can contain egg/butter/flax seeds /nuts....

Flavor: Anything...Chocolate/Vanila/caramel whatever...be innovative. Cann have any number of flavors.

Cooking method: Must be baked in a Conventional Oven/can use Old sand stove-top methods.No microwave cooking.

Complexity: The simple the better. Can use any kind of frosting.

Number of Entries: No limit. Both have to be of different flavor.
Deadline: 30th SEPTEMBER '09.

Have something in mind....Then what are you waiting for.....Just shoot me an email.Here what you have to do.

1.Make a Cake,Make a note of the ingredients proportion,Take a picture,Publish it on your blog between 21August '09 and 30thSep'09.
2. Mail me with the following details to raajis[dot]kitchen[at]gmail[dot]com with Subject as: "Anniversary Special--Cake Event".
Your Name,Your Blog Name,Your Recipe, Your Recipe URL,Picture of the recipe.
3.Non bloggers too can participate.
4.Archived posts are accepted too...Make sure to link back to this event with logo in your upcoming posts(between 21Aug and 30Sep).
5.Sit back and wait for the round-up......

Waiting for the entries.....

Tuesday, August 18, 2009




Small Cut Broccoli Florets---------1 cup steamed for 5 mins
Yellow Moong dal------------------1/3 cup soaked for 30 mins
Channa dal-------------------------3 tbp soaked for 15 mins and ground coarsely
Onion-------------------------------1 medium one chopped
Green chillies----------------------4
Garlic pods-------------------------3 chopped
Cumin seeds-----------------------1 tsp
Turmeric---------------------------1/2 tsp
Oil----------------------------------4 tbp


1.Heat oil in a skillet and add cumin seeds, chopped garlic.When done add onions, turmeric ,green chillies and saute till nice and done.

2.Now add the steamed broccoli and cook uncovered for 4 mins on medium heat.Then add soaked moong dal,salt.

3.Mix and let it cook covered for another 5-7mins on medium heat.Donot add any water.See that the broccoli and dal are thoroughly cooked.

4.Now add the ground channa dal and cook for another 3 mins.turn off.Serve hot.

Friday, August 14, 2009



Both of us are not such a good eaters when it comes to Cauliflower.I tried making cauliflower curry many times ,using different proportions of ingredients,but everytime it ended up tasting the same. Some months ago, I followed someones blog for this recipe. I made a note of the ingredients ,but not the blog. However am very thankful to that blogger for including this flower in our meal.Very tasty curry that makes the gobi-haters want for more. Very good especially with Rotis.


Cauliflower Florets-------------2 cup boiled for 4 mins in boiling water
Onion---------------------------1 big one
Tomato-------------------------1 big one
Red chilli Powder--------------1 tsp
Coriander Powder-------------1 tsp
Turmeric-----------------------1/2 tsp
Yogurt--------------------------2 tsp
Oil,Salt--------------------------as required

Roast and Grind to Powder:
Cashews,Poppy seeds---------1 tsp

Grind to a coarse paste:
Green chillies------------------3
Ginger--------------------------1 " piece
Garlic---------------------------3 pods


1.Heat oil in apan and add the chopped onions and saute till light brown.

2.Add the ground coarse paste and saute them for a min. Now add chopped tomatoes and let it cook covered on medium heat for 4-5 mins.

3.Now add redchilli powder,coriander powder,turmeric,salt and cook till the tomatoes are soft.

4.Turn the flame to low and add yogurt.Mix well.Add salt,boiled cauliflower florets and saute them unil the florets are coated with masala.Cook covered for 2 mins.

5.Add the ground powder,1/2 cup of water.Cook for 5-7 mins or until gravy thickems and cauliflower absorbs all the flavor.

6.Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Sending this to "Side Dish for chapathi" event hosted by Viki.

Monday, August 10, 2009



This is one beautiful cake that I baked a long time ago ,that has both vanila and chocolate flavors Guessed mine would be as beautiful as Farida's but it managed . Beautiful in the sense, its more appealing to the eyes than any other cake(for me). It doesn't mean it isnt tasty. A first look at the cake makes one think ,that its quite tough to get those stripey/curvy patterns (known from the zebra stripes), but believe me its all in the consistency.


All Purpose Flour---------------2 standard cups
Granulated Sugar---------------1 standard cup
Unsalted Butter----------------1/2 of standard cup
Eggs----------------------------4 at room tempurature
Milk----------------------------1-1/4 standard cup
Cocoa Powder------------------2 tbp
Cinnamon Powder-------------1/2 tsp
Baking Powder----------------1 tbp
Vanila Extract-----------------1 tbp


1.In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs,sugar and whisk using hand wire or electric-mixer until light and creamy. To this add milk,butter,vanila and blend in nicely.

2.Ina seperate bowl combine flour, cinnamon powder, baking powder well. Now slowly add-in the flour and gently fold till all the flour is well incorporated.The mixture will be thick.

3.Divide this mixture into two equal portions.Keep one portion plain and add cocoa powder to the other portion.

4.Grease the baking pan(choose a round one) and place a laddle-ful(capacity of 2-3tbp ) of plain batter into the middle of the baking pan.Let it spread by-itself. Then place a laddle-ful of cocao batter onto the top of the plain batter.The chocolate batter will push the vanila batter towards the edges slowly. Preheat oven to 350F.

5.Continue pouring the two batters alternatively until all the batter has been used-up.Donot try to spread the batter or tilt the pan.As you keep placing the next ladleful of batter it keeps spreading on all by-itself.

6.Place the pan in the oven and bake for 40-50 mins. When ready check using a toothpick or fork. Turn over and Let it cool down before making slices.

Thursday, August 6, 2009



Few weeks back on one of my regular doctor visit, I simply stumbled upon one of their monthly subscription(don't exactly rem) which has simple columns on diet,baby-stuff, food for moms-to-be, parenting tips,...I was kind of picturing my boy from their fancy ad-pages ...and then slowly my eyes settled on one of those pages...excited enough to lookup for the ingredients. It seemed almost like I have seen this before somewhere other than this magazine ...but where???? Came home Image googled it with name "Orange Dessert" .As a match to my search,I could find sorbet recipe with the same serving style and then this. I clicked on the image...It leaded me to a very colorful blog Mishmash. The recipes ,her style, her attitude really thrilled me...she had a very good blog that i somehow missed all these days... I somehow managed to create a twin of her delight with slight changes...but I guess hers would have been heavenly..Thanks to her.! And thats it...It ended up in my blog with the same cool idea of serving the goodness of orange in halved and scooped-out orange cups. It has akind of creamy texture to it ,with the tangy flavor from oranges making it quite enjoyable esp in this hot season.


Fresh Orange Juice---------------1 cup(I squeezed from 3 navel oranges)
Whip cream-----------------------1/2 cup or can add more.
Sweetened condensed milk------3-4 tbp or more
Unflavored Gelatin---------------1 tbsp melted in the above orange juice
Any chopped fruit bits------------3 tbp


1.Whip the cream until it doubles in volume and has nice creamy texture.

2.Add sweetened condensed milk, orange juice ,chopped fruit bits and mix well gently.

3.Adjust the condensed milk if you feel its less sweet. Chill for 5-6 hrs and then serve as desired, either in orange cups or dessert bowls.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Hi All,

Its award and tag time for me..
Hari Chandana has tagged and showered me with these awards.
Thank you Chandana....

Rules :
  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 nominated.
Coming to the TAG...it ofcourse is fun answering all the 31 questions.

1. What is your current obsession?

Eating Spicy Food cooked by anyone else except me. Haa i dont feel confident cooking anymore..hahaha

2. What are you wearing today?

Night Suit

3. What’s for dinner?

Black-eyed Peas Sundal, Yoplait,2 Chapatis with Moong Dal Curry

4. What’s the last thing you bought?

Chickoo Ice-Cream and few maternity clothes last week.

5. What are you listening to right now?

Nothing. Its quite here

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

We both have names with the same meaning

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

In a quite Suburb away from the main Hyderabad city.

8. What are your must-have's for summer?

Centralised AC, few cotton attires, Umbrella/Hat

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

To India.

10. Which language do you want to learn?


11. What’s your favourite dish?

Biryani, Mudda Pappu with Mango Pickle, Fish Curry....

12. Who do you want to meet right now?

My mom, grandma,...and if possible my baby boy.

13. What is your favourite colour?

Black, Pink

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

My blue/pink churidar

15. What is your dream job?

To become Microstrategy Administrator.

16. What’s your favourite magazine?


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

Few baby Items maybe...

18. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?

Trendy and Confidence.

19. Who are your style icons?


20. Describe your personal style.?

Simple and elegant.

21. What are you going to do after this?

Go over for a short-walk.

22. What are your favourite movies?

Many to name...

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

Am not so fond of particular brand products.

23. What inspires you?

Good Music

24. Give us three styling tips that always work for you:

Good matching Earrings/Footwear, Kajal and Lipgloss...your all set to go with any outfit.

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

Go for sth that I havnt worn in the recent months....Atleast that way you can feel you have sth new to wear.

26. Coffee or tea?

None. Just Milk.

27. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?

Just lie down.

28. What is the meaning of your name?

Moon light.

29. Which other blogs you love visiting?

I Love visiting all the blogs but coulnt find time.

30. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?

Bakshalu/Puran poli, Rasmalai.

31. Favorite Season ?


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.

I would like to share this awards and tag with..