Masala Ghee Rice


Basmathi rice: 3 rice cooker cups (Soaked for 15-20 minutes and drained)

4-5 tbsp Ghee

3″ Cinnamon Stick

2 Bay leaves

4 Cardamom

4 Cloves

1 Star Anise

2-3 Green Chillies slit lengthwise

1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste

1 large Onion cut lengthwise

2 tsp Garam Masala powder

Salt to taste

Mint leaves

  • Heat ghee in a pressure cooker, add onions, chillis and saute them until onions turn golden brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, mint leaves and saute for a minute. Add cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamon, bay leaves, star anise and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add basmati rice, garam masala powder, salt and mix them. Do not over mix to avoid rice from breaking.
  • Add 4 1/2 cups water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Serve hot with any curry of your chioce.


Mutton Cauliflower Curry

Mutton and cauliflower are my two favorite items which I never get bored of. I wanted to try something which had both of them and came up with this recipe. This turned out so good and its our (me and my DH’s) once-in-a-week-for-sure dish now. You can actually turn this in to dry item (Mutton Cauliflower Fry) by adding less water and frying more following the same recipe. Its your turn to enjoy this now…


2 tsp oil

1 medium Cauliflower cut into florets

1/2 kg Mutton washed and cut into medium sized pieces

1 big Onion chopped

2 tsp Red Chilli powder

1 1/2 tsp coriander powder

2 Tomatoes chopped

2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste

1/2 tsp Turmeric

1/2 cup Yogurt

salt to taste

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add onions and saute until onions turn golden brown.
  • Add ginger – garlic paste and saute for 1 minute. Add mutton, turmeric, coriander powder and saute for 2 minutes and close lid for 3 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and when tomatoes become soft, add yogurt. Saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add cauliflower, chilli powder, salt and mix them well.
  • Add 3 cups of water and pressure cook up to 8-9 whistles or until mutton is fully cooked.
  • Serve hot with fried rice or masala ghee rice.

Nutty Brown Cake

I really miss being with my PAPPA for his birthday. I used to do all these silly things that made him angry when I was a kid and used to apologize for all that I have done on his birthday. I used to write how much my DAD meant for me on a greeting card and give him small presents (like Pen.. haha) on his birthday. Today, the September 6, 2011 is my PAPPA’s birthday and I want to make it special for him. My Dad is a fan of anything that is sweet and of course cakes. I feel bad for not being with him on his special day, but I am sure he is going to enjoy reading this. This yummy cake is dedicated to my real HERO, my PAPPA. Love you Pappa! Aaaappyyyyyy Buddaaaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!! Have a Wonderful one!!!


1 1/4 cup Sugar

4 eggs (At room temperature)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

3/4 cup melted Butter (1 stick – At room temperature)

1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour (Maida)

1tsp Baking powder

Oreos or Cookies or your favorite Nuts or all of them

  • Preheat oven to 360 Degree F.
  • Sift all purpose flour and baking powder.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks & beat till frothy & fluffy. Combine half of sugar & continue to mix till the mix is thicker. Add the butter, vanilla extract & beat till it almost doubles in amount.
  • In another bowl beat the egg white till bubbly. Gradually beat in the remaining sugar, until thick and meringue-like & peaks form. This might take about 5-10 minutes.
  • Very gently fold in the egg yolks into the egg whites.
  • Mix all purpose flour and baking powder in a bowl.
  • Fold in the flour mixture with a spatula in to the egg mix. Do not stir or move too much, so as not to let the air escape.
  • Mix oreos, cookies and nuts in a little flour and fold them in to the cake mixture. Again, do not stir or move too much.
  • Lightly grease the cake pan with butter and sprinkle little flour on it.
  • Pour the mix carefully in the pan & put it in the oven.
  • Bake for 30 -35 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean when inserted at the center of the cake. Cool on a wire rack.

Simple Egg Fried Rice

Do you have some left over rice from the previous day and not sure about what to do with it? Try turning the rice to yummy egg fried rice and see how fast it goes away. You can also do it with freshly cooked rice. Choice is yours and here is the recipe.


Cooked Basmathi rice or regular rice : 1 rice cooker cup

2-3 tbsp oil

1 tsp Mustard seeds (Aavaalu)

1 tsp Urad Dal (uddi/minapa pappu)

1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jilakarra)

1 tsp Chana Dal (Senaga pappu)

2-3 Green Chillies finely chopped (adjust to your spice level)

4-5 cloves Garlic smashed

1 large Onion finely chopped

3 Eggs

1 tsp Red Chilli powder

1 tsp Coriander powder

A pinch of Turmeric

1 tsp pepper

Salt to taste

Coriander to garnish
  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal and cumin seeds. When mustard seeds splutter, add chana dal, green chillies, garlic, onions and saute until onions become transparent.
  • Add eggs and saute till they are 90% cooked.
  • Add red chilli powder, dhaniya powder, salt and pepper and saute for 5 minutes on low heat.
  • Add rice, mix well and saute for 4 minutes. Garnish with coriander and serve hot.

Fried Dal / Veyinchina Pappu

Fried Dal is one of my all time favorites. I should say my Mom is the main reason behind me cooking this. She has this strange habit of NOT cooking what she extremely likes and this is one on the list. We used to visit my Grandmamma’s place when ever we felt like eating this yummy dish. Unfortunately, my Grandmamma is no more and I have decided to take her place for my Mom. I live in US and my Mom lives back in India, so I really can’t make it when ever she feels like having it,  but I can make it when ever we meet. She was here with me for almost 3 months last year and that was the first time she ever had my Fried Dal (actually my FOOD) because I never actually cooked when I was back in India. So dear friends, I have now decided to give this delicious recipe to all of you so that you can enjoy having this as much as my Mom does. Here it is….


2-3 tbsp oil

1 1/2 cup Toor dal (Kandi pappu) – Do not wash

1 large Onion finely chopped

1 whole Garlic (10-12 cloves) – minced and smashed

1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jilakarra)

1 tsp Fenugreek seeds (Menthulu)

8-10 dry red chillis

1 tsp Coriander seeds (Dhaniyalu) – Optional

3 large Tomatoes finely chopped

8-10 Curry leaves

1 tbsp Tamarind (Lemon sized)

salt (to taste)

Coriander to garnish

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chillis, coriander seeds, curry leaves, garlic, onion, dal (unwashed) and fry them on a low flame till dal turns brown.
  • Add tomatoes and saute till they become soft.
  • Add 5-6 cups water (more if needed) and drop tamarind in the water (do NOT mix). Pressure cook up to 3 whistles and turn off the heat.
  • Once pressure is off, remove lid, add salt and smash it. Garnish with coriander and serve hot with rice.

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