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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Father's day Pecan Pancakes

So, this was the father's day. And my babies wanted to make something for their dear father. And since Pecans are his fav and we had some at hand...My babies are growing up. With a little help, they made it by themselves and the end result topped with love was extravagant and super delicious. The recipe was found on website

And it became my fav recipe too. You should try it for yourself.

Father's Day Pecan Pancakes
Whole Wheat Pecan Pancakes


  1. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  2. 1 tablespoon almonds ground to powder/paste
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 11/2 cup buttermilk (since I did not have butter milk, I used 3/4 cup plain yogurt and 3/4 cup water and churned them up to make butter milk)
  8. 2 tablespoons canola oil
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  11. Butter for cooking pancakes
Stir together wheat flour, almond powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl mix the eggs with the butter milk, oil and vanilla extract. Mix this into the flour mix and add the pecans and mix. Don't mix too much else the pancakes will become tough.

Heat a griddle and  add a little butter. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of batter and cook for 3-4 minutes or till you see bubbles. Flip the pancakes and cook for a minute with some butter. serve with maple syrup or whipped cream with cherry on top for your fav people

Coconut Vegetable Quinoa

The other day I was searching for a side dish for Shrimp Kabobs. My Hubby got these Jumbo Shrimp from costco and what is a better way than to make kabobs out of those Jumbo Shrimp. So the menu for dinner was Shrimp Kababs with Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Onions with Mediterranean rice and Potatoes and the Coconut Vegetable Quinoa. The dinner was a hit. My daughter just loved the Quinoa and so did I and here is the recipe.

Coconut Vegetable Quinoa (Quinoa with different vegetables in coconut milk)
Coconut Vegetable Quinoa
  1. 1 cup Quinoa
  2. 1 cup fresh Broccoli chopped
  3. 1/4 cup corn
  4. 1 large carrot chopped
  5. 1/4 cup black beans (optional)
  6. 1 cup coconut milk
  7. 1 cup chicken broth
  8. Salt if needed
  9. a pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Wash the quinoa under running water. In a pan bring the broth and coconut milk to a boil. Add the Quinoa and cook for 1/2 the time the cooking instructions say (mine said 12 min, so after 6 minutes...) add the vegetables and mix. Cover and continue cooking. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy

Sweet and Spicy Mushroom Fry

I can't believe I did not post this yet. This has become one of my favorite mushroom currys' from the time I made it a few months ago. It is super delicious, spicy and sweet and you could serve with rice and dal or with roti. So here you go

Sweet and Spicy Mushroom Fry (Mushrooms in spicy and sweet onion tomato paste)
Sweet and Spicy Mushroom Curry

  1. 12 oz Mushrooms sliced
  2. 1 teaspoon each of cashew pieces and paneer (optional)
  3. few curry leaves
  4. 1 medium small onion 
  5. 1/2 teaspoon  ginger garlic paste
  6. 3/4-1 cup of tomato sauce or 1/2 cup tomato paste
  7. 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, chilly powder, turmeric,
  8. 3/4-1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon nigella seeds (onion seeds, kalonji)
  10. 2 tablespoons oil
In a pan heat the oil and add nagella seeds and fry for a minute. Add the onion paste and fry for 10 minutes. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and mix well and cook with salt and other spices. Add sliced mushrooms and cashew and paneer if available and mix to combine. Cook for 10 more minutes. Add little water if needed. Garnish with cilantro and serve with Tomato Dal and rice or with Roti

Lamb in Biryani Gravy

One of my most popular recipes on this blog is Gravy for Biryani. It has the most peple visiting my blog.

Anyway, so today I made a lamb curry with this gravy and it is super delicious and I served it with pulao.

Lamb in Biryani Gravy (Lamb in gravy made of tomato and Coconut
Lamb in Biryani Gravy

  1. 1 lb lamb cubed
  2. 1 cup sliced onions
  3. 2 medium tomatos cut into quarters
  4. 1 tablespoons oil
  5. 1 heaped teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  6. 1 cup coconut milk
Ingredients for marinade
  1. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  2. 1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin powder/coriander powder, garam masala
  4. 1/2 cup plain yogurt

Ingredients for paste
  1. 2-3 tablespoons desiccated coconut
  2. 1 teaspoon khus khus (poppy seeds)
  3. 1 teaspoon broken cashew 
Marinnade the lamb cubes with all the ingredients in the marinade for a minimum of 15 minutes. After that add the yogurt and mix and let rest for atleast 15 minutes.

Dry roast the ingredients for paste and let them cool. Grind it to a smooth paste . (I used coffee grinder)

In a pressure cooker heat the oil and fry the onions till translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute or two . Add tomato quarters, and marinated lamb and fry for a few minutes . Cook with 1/2 cup water for 3-4 whistles. Cut the heat and let the steam escape. Open the cooker and add the ground paste and the coconut milk. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve with Peas Pulao or just Pulao

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bengali shrimp with eggplants

The traffic has been getting worse by the day and today it took me 11/2 hours to get home. Anyway either it takes me 10 minutes or 100 minutes I have hungry mouths to feed and yummy shrimp dish is for dinner

Bengali shrimp with eggplant

  1. 1 large egg plant cut into medium cubes
  2. 1 large onion thinly sliced
  3. 1 tsp. garlic paste
  4. 4,5 green chilies slit lengthwise 
  5. 1 medium tomato coarsely chopped
  6. 15-20 medium sized prawns cleaned
  7. 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  8. 1 tbsp red chili powder
  9. 1 tsp. nigella seeds
  10. Coriander leaves
  11. Salt
  12. Sugar
  13. 11/2 tablespoons oil
Mix the prawns with turmeric powder, salt and keep marinated for 15 mins. Heat oil in a pan and fry prawns till they turn golden. Do not over fry the prawns.Otherwise they will turn rubbery. Remove and keep it reserved for later use. 
Take half of the fried prawns and make a coarse paste of it.
Temper the same oil with kalonji and wait till it splutters. Add sliced onions and green chilies to it. Fry on medium high heat till they turn light brown. Add turmeric and chili poweder to it. 
Add garlic paste and sauté for a while. Throw the eggplant cubes into the pan and mix well with spices. Add chopped tomato to it. Sprinkle salt and sugar to your taste and mix them well. 
Cook it covered till the eggplants become soft but not mushy and then add fried prawns along with the prawn paste and mix it well. Wait till the oil starts oozing out from the sides. Remove from heat and finish it off with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Iranian jeweled rice

In Los Angeles there used to be a Persian restaurant which was my husband's favorite favorite favorite. 

Today for some reason I got thinking about its lentil rice which was my favorite with lamb shanks. 

I cooked similar rice with lots of dry fruits and chicken drumsticks 

Persian jeweled rice ( rice with lots of dry fruits)

1. 6-8 chicken drumsticks 
2. 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and canola oil
3. 1 medium large red onion chopped fine
4. 1 teaspoon grated garlic
5. 1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste, saffron 
6. 1 tablespoon each of chopped walnuts, dates, cranberries, raisins, almond, chopped mint
7. 1 large carrot cut into match sticks
8. 1 lemon squeezed for juice
9. 1/2 cup lentils
10. 2 1/2 cup basmati rice

In a pan heat the oil and fry the onions on low flame for 10 minutes. Add ginger and ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. Add drumsticks and fry for 10 minutes. Add 1 cup hot rice and cover and cook for 30 minutes
Add 1 cup hot water to lentils
After do minutes take the chicken out of the pan and add the rest of the ingredients and cover and cook for 20-30 minutes. Until the rice is cooked. Add the chicken back to the pot and enjoy.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Seafood Gumbo

Gumbo at last... Aaaa how comforting it was I cant explain.
I have been wanted to taste gumbo forever but of course it has sausage in it and for us it's a no no 
But today I found chicken sausage with chicken casing. And I got a whole variety of seafood for the gumbo and yum yum yum... I can eat it for 3 days straight.

Seafood gumbo