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January 26, 2008


I am not a great fan of papaya, but at times I feel like having it especially on days I feel I should be eating healthy!, sometimes however I really enjoy some chilled sweet ripe papaya and feel how could I not like this??A very long time ago I had tasted kacche papita ka parantha (raw papaya parantha) and I remember I liked the taste so I thought of making these today.

Apart from being an excellent source of Vitamin A, it also contains the digestive enzyme-"papain", raw papaya is very good for tenderizing meat and if applied on the skin leaves it smooth and acne free!                          

                                                                              raw papaya

                             Grated raw papaya -ready for stuffing into paranthas


  • Raw papaya- 1 medium sized
  • Coriander leaves- a handful, chopped
  • Garam masala- 1 tsp.
  • Red chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Ajwain -1/4 tsp.
  • Salt to taste
  • Wheatflour for dough


Grate the papaya and squeeze out excess water, add all the other ingredients, mix well and keep aside.

Knead dough the usual way , stuff with the prepared raw papaya stuffing, cook on a hot griddle (tawa), smear with some pure ghee on both sides cook till golden brown.



            Raw papaya paranthas -ready to eat with pickle, yellow butter and curd

These paranthas turned out so delicious it was hardly possible to discover it's basis, and I can bet that if you don't tell someone what they are stuffed with, no one can guess!

                    These are off to lovely Nags for AFAM-Papaya

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January 23, 2008


I have been thinking of baking a fruit cake for ages, but somehow all the recipes of those gorgeous fruit cakes are so lengthy maybe really great for once in year kind of Christmas baking but what if you want a delicious fruit cake in a jiffy, this is exactly that kind of of Cake and the best part is that it keeps fresh for several weeks!

quick cocoa fruit cake

                                                   Quick Cocoa Fruit Cake


  • Flour, sifted-1 1/2 cups
  • Sugar- 1 cup
  • Cocoa- 3 tbsp.
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp.
  • Egg- 1, well beaten
  • Soda- 1 tsp.
  • Butter(melted) / Refined oil- 5 tbsp.
  • Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
  • Milk- 3/4 cup
  • Vinegar- 1 tbsp.
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed fruit, dredged with flour


Take a large bowl and add all the ingredients, and mix together very well for 10 minutes.Preheat oven to 180 deg.C and bake for 45 mins. in a well greased and lined pan.

Cover immediately after removing from oven so that the cake remains soft, store in an airtight box.

This recipe yields one large cake, we really enjoyed it with Fruit Ice-Cream!.

                 quick cocoa fruit cake

This cake goes for my event-the theme for this month is Cakes and muffins .

                                           cakes and muffins logo

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January 15, 2008

"AL YAKKHN" Kashmiri garlic-flavoured bottlegourd

In continuation of my quest of recreating authentic Kashmiri dishes, I made this delicately spiced yogurt based dish, which has a subtle touch of garlic and has literally transformed the humble bottlegourd to gourmet level!

Today when I was making this Yakkhn, the aroma transported me back in time to my mother's tiny kitchen in Dehradun, where we all used to sit together and she would serve us Kashmiri food hot off the stove on cold winter nights.

If you are a new here do read my previous posts on Wazwan and Kashmiri spices and ingredients and if you like lamb do look up Kashmiri dhaniwal korma ,.....here is my first vegetarian recipe from the Valley.

       Al yakkhn

"Al Yakkhn" -Kashmiri garlic flavoured bottlegourd, warm in my Nanima's (grandmother's)  hand-embroidered Kashmiri shawl


  • Bottle gourd (lauki)-1/2 kg, young and tender
  • Cooked yogurt -1/2 cup
  • Black cumin seeds (shah zeera)- 1/4 tsp
  • Pure desi ghee (clarified butter)-2 tsp
  • Turmeric (haldi)-1/4 tsp
  • Garlic (lasan) water - 1/2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon (dalchini)-2 sticks
  • Aniseed (moti saunf)- 1 tsp
  • Black cardamom (moti elaichi)- 1
  • Green cardamom (choti elaichi)- 4
  • Dry ginger powder (sonth)- 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste


Peel the gourd and cut into discs, quarter the discs and remove the seeds like below

bottlegourd discs bottlegourd-seeds removed

Add 1/2 tsp salt to these pieces, and wash well after 15 minutes, fry these pieces in refined oil till light golden.

Combine ghee, turmeric, bruised cardamoms, dry ginger powder, garlic water,cinnamon, salt, and aniseed  in a large pan and boil for 10 minutes with 2 cups water, strain.

Add the fried gourd and cooked yogurt, cook till gourd is meltingly tender and gravy is thick, sprinkle black cumin seeds and serve with fresh boiled rice.

       Al yakkhn

                                                          "Al Yakkhn"

               I am sending this over to dear Sunita's event - Think spice,think garlic

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January 8, 2008

"These are a few of my favourite things"-Chocolate round up and announcing new theme for JAN-08

                         "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
                           Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
                           Brown paper packages tied up with strings
                           These are a few of my favourite things

                          Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels
                          Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
                          Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
                          These are a few of my favourite things

                          Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
                          Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
                          Silver white winters that melt into springs
                          These are a few of my favourite things

                          When the dog bites
                          When the bee stings
                          When I'm feeling sad
                          I simply remember my favourite things
                          And then I don't feel so bad"


This lovely song from the movie-"Sound of music" totally sums up the mood of this event!, I would like to thank each one of you for the great entries and for making this a success!!, and... also looking forward to your participation every month.

The theme for this month is equally delightful and a favourite with all of us again!!!

                                         cakes and muffins logo

Yes!! It is all about that tucked-away lovely recipe of Cakes and muffins ,which should be brought out this month!, Bake, bake bake... click and post and send it to me at- bindiyasingh7@gmail.com with the subject line- My favourite things-Cakes and Muffins , before the 7th of February 08 alongwith a picture of the same and a link to this post.

Now for the round up of the previous month's favourite theme-Chocolate....

                                 walnut strudel-dhivya

                           A lovely walnut strudel from Dhivya, with chocolate!

                                truffles-tasty palettes

                            Suganya's divine Chocolate creme pots with truffles

                               truffles- arundati

                                 Home made chocolate truffles! from Arundati 

                                 persimmon cake-mansi desai

                          Delicious Persimmon spice Cake baked to perfection by Mansi

                                 Truffles2-the budding cook

                                      TBC's great Chocolate balsamic truffles

                                  moms delight-nagalakshmi

                         What could be better than Mom's delight by Nagalakshmi

                                   mocha choc pots-jugalbandi

               Sinful Mocha chocolate pots by who other than Jai and Bee of Jugalbandi

                                  hot chocolate-bharathy

                                     Bharathy's lovely Mexican hot chocolate

                                 home made choc-aparna

                                  Delicious Home made chocolates! by Aparna 


                           Superb Chocolate Sformato with amaretto whip by Siri

                                fruit and nut squares- namrata

                                    Namrata's to die for Fruit and Nut squares

                                cupcakes-passionate about baking

                            Super duper Chocolate orange cupcakes from Deeba

                                cookies -sunitabhuyan

                                             Divine Cookies by Sunita 

                              chocs and cinnamon-rachel

                          Unusual Chocolates and cinnamon crunchers by Rachel 


                                   Collection of favourite chocolates by Srivalli 

                               valli -chocolate tspiced pudding

                                        Valli's beautiful Chocolate pudding

                                 chocolate soup-happy cook

                                      Slurp!  Chocolate soup by Happy cook 

                                 choc orange muffins-rajitha

                            Mouthwatering! Chocolate orange muffins by Rajitha 

                                 choc coated nuts- easycrafts

                                  Beautiful Chocolate coated nuts by easycrafts 

                                cappuccino_heart- zlamushka

                                  Pretty Cappucino hearts by pretty Zlamushka 

                                  cadburys choc -archana

                                         Cute Cadbury's chocolates by Archana 

                                 brownie cookies -asha

                                      Sweetiepie Asha's yummy brownie cookies

                                    almond chocolate-kajal

                                           Kajal's delicious almond chocolates

                                 5 star meera

                                Meera's favourite Five Star chocolate- mine too!!

                                 varada-chocolate fondue

                                     Varada's simply divine chocolate fondue

                                johanna-fudge sauce with fruit

                                    Johanna's sinful fudge sauce with fruit 

                               choc cinnamon cakes-bindiya

                                    Chocolate cinnamon cakes-my entry


                                         Selection of chocolates -my entry 

                                 Renuka-chocolate barfi

                                     Renuka's delightful Chocolate malai barfi

This roundup is enough for even diehard chocoholics like me to start salivating and, dear ravenous (after seeing this roundup!) reader- hope you had a great chocolatey New year ,coz I sure did!!!

Do check out all these delicious chocolate delights (just click on the picture or name to take you to the complete recipe)

Chao! till next round up!!!

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January 4, 2008


My sister and brother-in-law hosted a lovely dinner at their place, this New year's eve, a quiet evening with some close friends and terrific food!, here's what the table looked like-

             new year dinner table

clockwise- cheese balls, masala almonds, chips, chicken and mutton seekh kababs, green chutney, yogurt dip and pickled onions


And believe me there was loads more, these were just appetizers- like this superb Grilled fish tikka, which just melted in my mouth!...and is unbelievably easy to make.....

           grilled fish tikkas

                          MELT-IN-THE-MOUTH Grilled fish tikka's

Finally managed to get my hands on the recipe from my brother-in-law who made these !!here it is....


  • Fresh fish (boneless) fillet- 1/2 kg

for the marinade-

  • Fresh thick curd- 1/2 cup
  • Ginger+garlic paste- 1/2 tsp
  • Gram flour(besan)- 1 tbsp.
  • salt and pepper to taste

Marinate the fish overnight, just before serving put under grill for 20 minutes, serve hot with pickled onions, green coriander chutney and fresh yogurt dip, and of course ketchup if you like!

              grilled fish tikkas

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