14 avril 2008

Happy Vishu

Happy Vishu Vishu is an important festival of Kerala which  falls on April 14th. It's the Malayalees New year.At dawn , elderly lady of the family prepares "Vishukani". She arranges silk, coins, gold, rice grains,9 grains called "navadanyam',coconut, arecanut, seasonal fruits & vegetables of Kerala along with yellow konna flowers & betal leaves. The 9 grains / "Navadanyam"  are Nellu (rice grains with husk), Gothambu ( wheat grains), Kadala (Black Channa dal), Ellu( Sesame seeds),... [Lire la suite]
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13 avril 2008

Neyyappam for Vishu

Neyyappam Ingredients250g rice powder250g jaggery3 tbsp water1 cup mashed  bananas 2 tbsp flour1 tbsp black sesame seeds2 tbsp chopped coconut 1/2 tsp cardomom powder A pinch of baking powderOil for frying (In kerala we use coconut oil)MethodGently heat jaggery & water to make a thick syrup.Strain it & keep aside. Heat a sauce pan with butter. Fry chopped copra until golden brown. Keep aside.In a bowl mix  mashed banana, jaggery syrup,baking powder & flour.Stir in water to make a thick consistency & keep... [Lire la suite]
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12 avril 2008

Golden Shower Tree in bloom for Vishu .

Cassia fistula - Kanikonna Poovu
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10 avril 2008

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate CakeIngredients125 g flour125 g sugar125 g butter3 eggs3 tsp baking powder200 g black chocolate 2 tbsp waterGlaçage120 g chocolate, 3 tbsp water30 g butter2 tbsp icing sugar  Method Break the chocolate bar & add 2 tbsp water.Melt in microwave oven 2 mn.Abb butter & mix well.In another bowl beat eggs & sugar.Sieve the flour and baking powder together and fold into the cake mixture.Add chocolate butter mixture & mix well. Pour the batter into the greased cake pan(oval). Bake for 45 mn - Th 180°C. ... [Lire la suite]
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08 avril 2008

Tomato - Onion Chutney

    Tomato Onion Chutney Ingredients250g cherry tomatoes (chopped)5 shallots (chopped)1 tsp chilli powder1/4 tsp turmeric powder1 tsp musturd seeds1 tsp urud dal seedsCurry leaves / coriander leavesA pinch of asafoetida1 tsp honeySalt to tasteMethod Heat oil in a pan. Splutter musturd seeds.Add urud dal & fry .Fry chopped onions till light golden brown.Add chilli powder, tumeric powder & salt.Fry for a while & add chopped tomatoes.Add water & simmer for 10mn.Garnish with fresh curry leaves &... [Lire la suite]
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04 avril 2008

Onion- Semolina Pancake

Onion-Rava Dosa   Ingredients 1 cup wheat flour1 cup semolina3 cups water1 egg2 shallots finely choppedA piece of ginger(chopped)1 green chilli( chopped)Chopped curry leavesSalt to taste Method   Beat an egg with shallots,chilli, ginger,curry leaves & salt.Then mix it with the rest of the ingredients & keep aside for half an hour.Batter must be in semi liquid stage. Heat a nonstick pan / griddle with little oil. Pour a spoon full of batter & spread carefully.Dribble some oil over the dosa.Flip & cook the... [Lire la suite]
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31 mars 2008

Steamed Jackfruit Cake

Chakka AdaIngredients 2 cups rice powder  1 cup of coconut milk1 cup mashed jackfruit2 tbsp freshly grated coconut/ dessicated coconut3 tbsp sugar  / 5 jaggery cubesRaisins & chopped cashews1/2 tsp cardomom powderA pinch of saltMethod Blend pitted jackfruit into a fine paste.If the jackfruit is not that ripe, cook for 5mn in water & then blend.Mix all the ingredients & keep aside for sometime. Place a plastic cover on a plate. Take a lemon sized dough ball & flatten on it .Fold it into semicircles &... [Lire la suite]
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29 mars 2008

Carrot-Mint Paratha

Carrot-Pudina ParathaIngredients 4 carrots2 green chilliesA piece of gingerHandfull of mint leaves500 g flour250 ml luke warm water1 tsp saltOil Method Blend first four ingredients in a mixer & add to the flour.Mix all the other ingredients & keep aside for 2/3 hours.Make evenly sized balls. Take a lemon sized ball & flatten it using a roller. Heat non stick pan . Spread oil on it .Add the roll out chappathi.Spread some oil & press the edges.Flip &  cook the other side.Repeat the process with other balls.... [Lire la suite]
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24 mars 2008

Auteuil Steeplechase Racecourse.

Hippodrome d'AuteuilFor Easter, Hippodrome d'Auteuil was opened to public.They offered several activities for kids - Pony Riding, Egg hunt & Merry- Go-Ground. Wow! I saw horse racing  for the first time in my life. At the final lap, crazy public were shouting "Allez -- Allez".Funny indeed to see a  man with an oxygen cylinder queuing up to bet.Hippodrome d'Auteuil is the sole steeple-chase racecourse in Paris. This 33 hectare racecourse is located in the XVI eme arrondisement of Paris, close to Bois de... [Lire la suite]
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23 mars 2008

Jardin d'Acclimatation, Paris.

Easter Egg Hunting in "Jardin d'Acclimatation" Leonidas conducted Easter egg hunting for kids in a Parisienne garden - Jardin d'Acclimatation.This garden is situated in the XVI eme arrondisement of Paris. To celebrate this event, Leonidas made a 1.80m  chocolate sculpture.Above all they distributed 20,000 chocolate eggs for kids.
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