Saturday, March 12, 2011



My son requested to bake a cake for our afternoon tea and for lunch boxes.  Instead of  buying from the store, decided to bake an easy cake using ingredients available in my pantry.  The advantage of baking your own is that you can decide what goes inside, choosing a wholesome and better quality ingredients and make them healthier. My preference goes to easy method and as simple as possible

Thiss a great and quick cake to make, even tasted awesome without frosting. You can substitute with other fruit like apricot, cranberries or dates. Add more sugar for sweeter version. Here goes the recipe:

Raisin Citrus Cake Eggless

Wednesday, March 9, 2011



If you love to make your own bread and hate to do the kneading then this bread is for you. This is my first attempt baking no-knead bread. Inspired by Mark Bittman's Speedy No-Knead Bread, I took a challenge to bake No-Knead Bread using sweet bread. The most significant character is that the dough is a bit gooey and not smooth compared with the kneaded ones. Firstly I intend to bake them after 4 hours, as you can see the photo but decided to let them sit for another 4 hours. At the end of 1st rise. the dough is properly fermented when it has developed a slightly darker tone and bubbles, also long thread-like strands that cling to the bowl when it is moved. In any event, shorter rise is acceptable too if it has the above signs of good rise. After the 2nd rise, the bread has risen sufficiently if it holds the impression of your fingertip when you poke about 1/4 in deep into the dough.

Despite its sticky nature, do not add too much flour when shaping, use slightly floured hand with the help of spatula to lift the dough. After shaping, let rise another 2 hours before baking. So delighted, my effort is not wasted, they were the best home made bread I ever baked!



Yield      12 rolls

3 C all purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp rapid rise yeast
2 T dry milk
1 1/4 C warm water
2 T sugar
5 T melted butter/ oil
1 tsp salt


* Mix together dry milk, sugar, salt, yeast, melted butter and water  in a mixing bowl. Stir until well incorporated..

* Now add the flour to the water mixture , mix until a sticky dough is formed.

* In a covered bowl, leave the dough to rise in a warm place for 6-8 hours.

* Using a rubber spatula slide the sticky dough onto well floured board. With floured hand, shape into a ball, cut into 4. Divide each quarter into 3 balls. Place them onto greased pan and let sit for 2 hours. Towards the end of rising time, preheat oven @ 190 C.

* Brush tops with melted butter and bake until golden brown for 15-20 minutes. Cool on rack to cool.

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Monday, March 7, 2011



A delicious and creamy rice pudding. If you prefer your rice pudding a little sweeter, add more sugar or jaggery. If you want to know more about jaggery click here . You may also use half coconut milk and half whole milk for a slightly subtler coconut flavor. This is a great dessert to end your meal.

Yield    :   4 servings

1 C uncooked rice
1/4 C moong dal
3 C water
1 C jaggery/sugar or to taste
1/2 C water
1 C milk
3 T ghee/oil
1/4 C cashew
1/4 C raisin
1 tsp cardamom powder
pinch of salt


*  Wash rice and moong dal then put them in a deep pot with 3 cups of water.

*  Cover and cook until soft, stirring in between, Add in milk and salt, bring to boil again.

*  Cook jaggery with 1/2 cup water until sugar is dissolved.  Strain.

*  In a separate pan, heat the ghee, fry the cashew until light brown, add the raisin. Pour these onto rice pot.

*  Now add the jaggery, stir well and add the cardamom. Remove from heat.

*  Ready to serve.

Linking to  Rice Contest

Saturday, March 5, 2011



Banana custard pie is so easy to make yet the result always taste so delicious. It is often served as light dessert during the summer months but can also be enjoyed them as a  special treat on Easter or Valentine's Day.

If  you want, an egg can be added to the custard. Fill the pastry only 3/4 full since it will create a mess if it's overflowing. Besides an individual mini pie, you can also use your 8 in pie dish.

If you love the tropical taste of banana baked in a pie, you will really love this banana custard pie. Try one today!


1 1/2 C all purpose flour
1/2 C plus 2 T cold butter
1 T sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3-4 T ice water
4 medium banana sliced


Combine flour, salt, sugar in a mixing bowl. Add butter, using your finger tip crumble until it resembles fine bread crumb. Add ice water a tablespoon at a time until a dough is formed. Chill 30 minutes.


1 C milk
2 T sugar
2 T custard powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, whisk until smooth then strain.


Preheat oven @ 180 C and butter muffin/tart pan. Divide the dough into 9 balls. Press each ball into tart/muffin pan pressing the sides and bottom. Cut off excess dough. Prick bottom with a fork. Fill each pie   with banana slices, pour custard over the banana, 3/4 full.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on pan 5 minutes. Transfer onto rack to cool.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


After checking the net for prawn recipes, I was attracted to this Prawn Balchao since it has unique name and something I never heard before. This  is a classic Goan recipe using dry chili and vinegar as its ingredients. They can be served as appetizer  or a side dish with plain boiled rice or mildly spiced pulao. Since it contains vinegar, it will stay well in the fridge for up to a week.

My family really love this spicy and tangy dish, it is best suited for spicy food lovers.

Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor

600g prawn shelled
2 Onion chopped
4 Tomato chopped
2 T sugar or to taste
3/4 C oil
salt to taste

12 dry chili soak to soften
2 in ginger
15 garlic
10 cloves
2 in cinnamon
1 tsp mustard seed
1 C malt vinegar


Add salt to the cleaned prawn. Fry prawn with little oil  and remove. Using the same pan, fry the onion until light brown. Add in tomato and salt, cook until soft. Add blended spices , fry for 3 minutes. Add prawn and sugar, fry for another 5 minutes till oil separates from the spices. Serve hot with bread or rice.

Linking to  One Dish Meal