Monday, October 10, 2011

Instant Delicacies

Instant Milk Burfi:
2cups milk powder
1/2 tbsp eno
1/2 tsp Kesar essence
1/2 tsp eliachi powder
1 tbsp powdered sugar
Method:
Mix all the ingredients with water and form a thick consistency and bake or steam

Instant Malpua:
2 cups wheat flour
2 tsp saunf
1/2tsp kalimirch powder
1cup milk
1tbsp eno
Ghee for frying
4tbsp badam pista grated
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and let it rest for a while and then make small puris and fry them then soak in sugar syrup, garnish with badam n pista and serve with chilled rabdi.

Instant Rabdi:
1cup milk powder
1/2cup milk
1/2cup sugar
1/2tbsp Elaichi powder
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and boil stirring continuously, once thickened, let it rest a while then refrigerate and serve chilled ..

Instant Blueberry Choco Pasta
1tbsp Butter
1/2 cup parmessan cheese
1/2 cup white chocolate (grated)
1/4 cup blueberries (canned)
1 cup pasta (penne) (boiled,cooked)
Method:
In a pan take butter and toss pasta over it, add the blueberries, cheese and chocolate, give it a quick toss and serve hot!!!
A unique recipe, absolutely hatke! But worth a try!!
Absolutely recommended by me!!

Instant Fig Delight
10 fresh figs (cut into quarters)
1/2 cup Pistachios (chopped)
1 tbsp butter
5 small scoops Vanilla Ice cream
Method:
In a baking tray place the figs and add the butter, bake them for about 10mins at 150¤.
Place about 4 to 5 pieces of Figs in one bowl add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and garnish with a generous amount of pistachios.. And serve when the figs are hot and the ice cream is melting over it..........
Expect a generous amount of appreciation for this one ;)



Monday, July 4, 2011

Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska: Ice-Cream Cake on Fire!
A recipe for your loved ones, suited for any occasion... ideal for anniversaries and romantic dinners.


Baked Alaska: Ice-Cream Cake on Fire!!!
Ingredients:
1 Sponge Cake
1 slab of ice-cream (preferably vanilla)
1 cup of canned fruits (chopped into small pieces)
1 tbsp brandy
5 egg whites
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar / lemon juice
Method:
Cut the sponge cake from centre into half, in such a way that you get two cakes (layers).
Meanwhile, melt the vanilla ice-cream.

Now measure your cake's diameter and take a cake tin of the same size and lay it with a cling-film.
Once the cling-film in placed properly in the tin, pour the melted ice-cream in it.

Wrap the ice-cream properly with the layered cling-film, and set it to freeze in the freezer, till it becomes hard.

Meanwhile, arrange the chopped canned fruits over the cake.

Now remove the frozen ice-cream, with cling-film it becomes easy to handle, and place the ice-cream on top of the fruits layer of the cake.
Place the other half of cake over it properly.
You need to cover the whole cake with a meringue.

For making meringue, whisk the egg whites in an electric hand blender for 5 mins, then add the cream of tartar or lemon juice, add whisk again, now add the icing sugar and whisk on high for 15-20 mins, until you get a firm peak (i.e. the egg whites should be whisked till they are so firm, that even if you turn the vessel upside down it won't fall).

Once this is achieved, quickly smother it over the cake and cover it completely, without leaving a single spot, otherwise the ice-cream may just start to melt and drip.
Now bake it in a pre-heated oven for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
Meanwhile heat a big spoon (pali/karchi- with which you give tadka)
Once the cake is out of the oven.

Dim the lights of your room, place the cake over the table, get the heated spoon and start re-heating it with help of a lighter, now pour the brandy on spoon and create flambe(i.e. Once the spoon is heated and you pour the brandy, tilt your spoon a bit and let the brandy catch fire, now pour this over your cake- you will get the flambe effect)

Remember: always create flambe effect with dim lights, for that extra effect.

Enjoy Cooking...
Amrutha Langs









Friday, July 1, 2011

Healthy Recipes for Women

Healthy Recipes for Women:
Oats Smoothie, Muskmelon Chiller, Oats Chiwda, Oats&Mushroom Soup, Chicken n Oats Soup for the Woman's Soul, Egg n Asparagus Sushi Rolls, Lychee n Cucumber Salad, Oats n Olives Salad, Pear n Cheese salad, Minty Watermelon Salad

Dear All,
Its been really long since I've written a blog.. Well, but this time I'm not gonna apologize coz, I was really really busy.. Naah!! Not with work!!!
Well, the thing is that, WE, as in me n my hubby, have entered the mommyland and daddyland respectively.. yes!!!
We have been blessed with a handsome son on the night of 15th March 2011...
Our child has made his debut,
And I'm completely spellbound with his magical,wiggly humanness.. Really a child completely changes a woman's life..
The transformation from a girl to a woman and from a woman to a mother has been awesome!!!
I'm feeling great .. Yes , a bit tired at times, but enjoying every bit of it..
I remember that at the beginning of this series of blogs I had promised you all. 'A Recipe Per Day' .. but yeah.. yeah.. I am excusing myself for being a new mommy in this mad mad world called "mommyland"

Today I'm gonna give some healthy recipes for pregnant women, some post-delivery healthy recipes.. I dedicate this blog to women's health...
Cheers n enjoy the recipes

Oats Smoothie:
Ingredients:
1 cup fresh fruit pieces(any fruit of your choice-but mango/chiku/banana taste awesome)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup fresh cream
4 tbsp oats (dry roasted)
2 tbsp honey (more if you want sweeter)
1/2 cup crushed ice cubes
Method:
Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend together till nice smooth and frothy.
Serve chilled in a tall glass.

Muskmelon Chiller
Ingredients:
1 cup pieces of muskmelon (take a ripe muskmelon)
1 cup vanilla icecream
1 cup milk
1 tbsp sugar
1 scoop vanilla icecream
Method:
Blend everything in blender and serve chilled with one more scoop vanilla icecream.
Awesome for summers.

Oats Chiwda:
Ingredients:
4 cups oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup pieces of dried figs
1/2 cup castor sugar
2 tbsp red chilly powder
1 tsp amchur powder (dried mango powder)
Salt to taste
1 cup cornflakes
Method:
In a big pan, dry roast all the ingredients one by one and keep them aside,roast them in the following order - cashews, almonds, peanuts (after roasting remove the skin if u want), dried figs and raisins together(don't roast raisins n figs too much).
Once done with this, start roasting the oats, let the oats start getting a mild brown colour, now add all the roasted ingredients, mix well and remove from flame. Now add sugar, salt, red chilly powder and amchur powder to it.
Finally crumble in some cornflakes.
Once cooled store in an airtight container.
If preserved properly stays for a month.

Oats and Mushroom Soup:
4 tbsp oats
1 cup mushrooms (diced)
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp fresh cream
1 cup vegetable stock
Salt to taste
Italian herbs or Oregano for flavouring
Method:
In a saucepan, take the mushrooms and start to saute, if you feel the mushrooms are sticking to the vessel sprinkle some water but don't add oil or butter.
Once mushrooms are about done add oats.
Now add the vegetable stock and let it cook for a while.
Once almost done add milk, fresh cream, salt and herbs.
Serve hot!

Chicken N Oats Soup for the Woman's Soul
Ingredients:
1 whole chicken
1 small stick cinnamon
3 cloves
5 peppercorns
1 inch ginger
6 cloves of garlic
1 stick of celery
5-6 leaves of thai basil or kaali tulas
2 bay leaves (fresh or dried)
1 small red chilly
1 medium sized onion chopped
1 medium sized carrot chopped
1 tsp lemon zest
Before serving:
1 tbsp oil
6 cloves of garlic
Coriander chopped
4tbsp roasted oats
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
Method:
In a big vessel take all the ingredients and add water into it.
Water should be above all the ingredients.
Keep it to boil, remove the fat that floats on water at regular intervals.
Once chicken is done.
Take out the chicken from the stock and shred it.
Take the stock and boil some more and then strain the vegetables and take the clear stock and add salt to it.
In a serving bowl take the strained stock, add some shredded chicken pieces to it.
Now take a small vessel / bowl, take some oil in it and heat it. Then add garlic to it, once garlic becomes brown, immediately pour over the soup, add some lime juice, garnish with coriander, drop in some roasted oats and serve hot!

Egg n Asparagus Sushi Rolls
Ingredients:
1 cup shitake mushrooms
2 sticks of asparagus
2 eggs
Salt
Pepper
2 tbsp maida (all purpose flour)
4 tbsp milk
1 tbsp oil
For serving:
Green chilly sauce
Method:
Lightly beat the eggs, and add maida, milk, salt, pepper to it, and mix well.
Heat a pan, and brush some oil to it.
Laddle the egg n flour mixture on the pan, making a smooth, thin crepes (dosa) out of it.
Once done flip over n cook the other side as well.
Meanwhile, blanch the asparagus and lightly saute the mushrooms adding a bit of salt to it and keep them aside.
Once the crepes is ready lay it on a plate.
Lay a small layer of mushrooms and a stick of asparagus over it.
Now roll the egg crepes tightly folding. It should hold the asparagus n mushrooms properly.
Once rolled cut into sushi sized pieces and serve hot with green chilly sauce.

Lychee n Cucumber Salad
Ingredients:
1 cup lychee (cut, de-seeded)
1/2 cup cucumber (cut into small pieces)
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp fresh red chilly
2 tbsp sugar
Little bit of rice wine vinegar
Some corriander
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and serve chilled!
Ideal for summers..

Oats N Olives Salad
1 cup oats (soaked and drained)
4 black olives chopped
4 green olives chopped
1 stem of spring onion chopped
1/4 cup pomogranate seeds
1/4 cup black grapes seedless
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup black raisins
4 tbsp olive oil
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and serve chilled!
You can serve some crisp brown bread or multigrain bread alongwith this salad.

Pear n cheese salad
1 cup pears (diced)
1 cup paneer (cottage cheese) - diced
1/2 cup black olives
Some mint leaves
2 tbsp salad dressing oil
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and serve chilled!

Minty Watermelon Salad
Ingredients:
1 cup watermelon pieces (triangles)
1/2 cup black olives
1/2 cheddar / feta cheese pieces (triangles)
5-6 mint leaves (chopped)
5-6 leaves of iceberg lettuce
1/2 cup of onion pieces (rings)
2 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and give it a toss.

Cheers to Good Health!!!
Amrutha Langs












Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Recipes for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy surely is an amazing experience.. Every women goes through a
different experience. No two pregnancies are the same - I would say...
While I was expecting, I had 2 of my sis-in-laws, 5 friends who were
expecting before or after me ...
Talking to each other used to make us feel better and get different
views as well..
But one thing is for sure, Nausea has been a constant companion for
all of us, in some or the other stage of pregnancy... for some it was
just a friend, for some a best friend and actually being there till
the end of the pregnancy, I was lucky though as for me I just knew it,
never really got harrassed due to it..
As I blog on almost everything, I thought of writing some recipes for
preggy women as well..
So here you go girls, ladies, enjoy the recipes!!!

Recipes for Preggy Women:
Some basic instructions, before the recipes:
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, beans, lentils, and legumes as
they provide vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Eat roti, wholemeal bread and whole grain cereals.
Iron is extremely essential for adequate blood supply to the growing
baby and the placenta. For your iron requirement, eat iron rich foods
for pregnant woman such as green leafy vegetables, dried fruit, and
nuts. Still an additional supplement of Iron Tonic can be helpful, but
do not ignore the natural sources.
Folic Acid Supplements need to be taken all through out pregnancy.
For your requirement of Vitamin C, include citrus fruits, tomatoes,
broccoli, and potatoes in your diet. They help absorb iron.
You are responsible for the supply of calcium to your baby inside that
is necessary for baby's healthy bones.
Dairy products, bread, nuts, fish, and green vegetables are rich in
calcium. Milk, cheese and yogurt contain calcium and other nutrients
needed for your baby's growth.
The diet should contain proteins like paneer, cereals, lentils, dals,
fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken, etc.
Eat cumin as it is believed to increase lactation and reduce nausea in
pregnancy.
And other than this regime, eat and enjoy your heartout ... Discover
your cravings, and indulge into that food...
Here I am sharing some recipes which me and my other preggy friends
enjoyed eating during my pregnancy, though I never had any strong
cravings - I have been eating almost everything during my pregnancy,
but non-veg was definitely on top of my list...
Here you go...
Enjoy!!!

MIXED DAL DOSA (yummy n healthy treat)
Ingredients :
½ cup moong dal
½ cup masoor dal
½ cup chana dal
¼ cup soya flour
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
1 tbsp finely chopped onions
1 green chilly finely chopped
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tbsp fresh coriander
½ tsp red chilli powder
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
Procedure :
Soak dals overnight in a sufficient water. Strain water from dal and save it.
Grind dals to a fine paste. Add all the seasonings.
Heat a frying pan over medium heat and drop a spoonful of batter,
spread like a dosa or pancake. Cook both sides.
Serve hot with chutney and sambar

CUMIN PEPPER TAMARIND RASSAM: (Khatta-Mittha - yum yum)
Ingredients
2 tsp Tuvar dal (red gram dhal) (cooked in 1 cup water)
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
a pinch of black pepper powder
2 red chillies
1/2 tsp Tamarind paste
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
5-6 Curry leaves
3 cups Water
1/2 tsp Ghee
1/4 tsp Jaggery
Pinch of Hing (Asafoetida powder)
2 medium Tomatoes (cut into small pieces)
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
Salt to taste
Method:
Soak tuvar dal in hot water for 10min, add a pinch of turmeric and
cumin seeds to it and pressure cook until soft. Use a whisk to make
into a smooth consistency and keep it aside.
Dry roast cumin seeds, black pepper and grind it by adding a little
bit of water along with red chilies and 2 curry leaves and keep it
aside.
Take a sauce pan, add water and mix the tamarind paste, turmeric,
salt, jaggery and asafoetida and bring it to a boil. Then add the cut
tomatoes.
Let this boil for few minutes, and then after about 5 min.add the
ground mixture and let it simmer for another 5 min.
Lower the heat and add the dal mixture.
For garnishing: Take a butter pan, add ghee, once warm add mustard
seeds. Once it starts to splutter add cumin seeds and sprinkle some
crushed pepper powder and add curry leaves.
Serve hot with dosas or rice or idli.

VEGETARIAN HOT DOGS (instead of outside food-make it at home)
Ingredients :
1 bun (long rectangle)
2 slices of brown bread
½ cup soya granules
2 medium sized potatoes
½ cup paneer
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp chilly powder
¼ tsp ajwain
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander
1 green chilly finely chopped
½ tsp mango powder
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste
Procedure :
Crumble bread slices and make it into fine crumbs. The soya granules
should have been soaked overnight in water so that it becomes three
times it size.
Place all the ingredients except oil in a mixing bowl. Add all the seasonings.
Divide into equal portions, make shape into cyclinders like hot dog.
Fry them till golden brown.
Serve them in between the bun.
Add lettuce leaves, tomato slices if desired.
Add mayonnaise and mustard sauce if desired.


VEGETABLE AUGRATIN (a different veggie for a change)
Ingredients :
1 cup macroni cooked
2 tbsp oil
1 onion finely chopped
1 tsp garlic finely chopped
200 gm mushrooms sliced
1 large capsicum finely chopped
¼ cup carrots parboiled
¼ cup beans parboiled
For the white sauce
2 ½ cup milk
3 tbsp flour
100 gm grated cheddar cheese
2 tbsp butter
½ tsp pepper powder
½ tsp chilly powder
½ tsp oregano
salt to taste
Procedure :
Heat oil, add onion, garlic and saute for a minute.
Add mushrooms and capsicum, carrots and beans and saute for 5 mins.
Mix all the ingredients in the white sauce.
Light grease a suitable dish.
Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for about 30 mins. till the top is
tolder brown.
Procedure to make white sauce:
In a non stick pan, add butter.
Stir in flour at low heat.
Gradually add milk mixture, stiring continously to avoid formation of lumps.
Continue cooking until slightly thickened. Add the seasonings.
Stir in cheese.

COOLING KOSHIMBIR:
1 cup Sprouts
2 Green chilies
1/2 cup finely chopped corriander
1 finely diced cucumber, (Washed well and cut w/ skin)
1 cup finely chopped carrots
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp mustard seeds
A pinch of Asafoetida (hing)
2-3 Curry leaves
Salt to taste(black salt is better)
1 tsp Oil for tempering
Procedure:
Peel carrots and chop them. Cucumbers can be diced small with the skin
on or without it. Mix the chopped veggies and sprouts in the salad
bowl along with desired amount of salt and let it rest. Chop the green
chilies and keep it aside.
Meanwhile, heat a small pan with oil, once warm add the mustard seeds,
once it starts to splutter add the chopped green chilies and curry
leaves and a pinch of hing.
Add the mixture to the salad mix, then add the lemon juice, stir well
and garnish with chopped corriander.

COOL CUCUMBER LASSI (GOOD FOR YOUR MOOD-SWINGS ;) lolz)
Ingredients :
4 cup yogurt / curd
2 tsp minced ginger
2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 capsicum
½ tsp black salt
salt and pepper to taste
6-8 cups ice crushed
Procedure :
Place all ingredients in the blender except ice.
Blend until smooth.
Serve cool.

DRY FRUIT MILKSHAKE (great for your iron and calcium intake)
8 Dates
4 Fresh Figs (if dried soak it along with the Almonds)
5 Almonds (Peel off skins if you prefer once it is soaked)
5 Pistachios
2 Cashew
5 Currants
1 cup warm (or) cold milk (or) 1 scoop of your favorite flavored ice cream
1 Banana small
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tsp Honey
A pinch of Cardamom (or) 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
Hot water for soaking
Procedure:
Soak the dates, almonds, cashews, pistachios and the currants in hot
water for about 1 hour.
Blend all the above ingredients into a smooth paste warm milk. If you
want to have it cold add cold milk or ice cream.

PREGGY - PORRIDGE
Ingredients :
2 ½ cups water
½ cup wheat dalia
½ cup quaker oats
½ cup milk
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup almonds
3 tsp sugar
Procedure :
Bring water to boil over medium heat.
Stir in oats and wheat dalia.
Mix well, until the cereals are cooked about 5-7 min.
Add raisins and almonds, sugar, milk.
Stir it again.

Cheers!!!
Tummy Mummy Amrutha Langs!!!
























































Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas & New Year Recipes

I feel the Christmas days start with mornings, and it should start with a Christmasy feeling..I know, in Mumbai, we hardly feel Christmasy, as its not cold..agreed.....but, its pleasant and cool, and that's enough to be a reason to celebrate.........
A right morning cup of tea makes a lot of difference, and why have the same tea on such a beautiful day..
The tea recipe which I've given to you, will not only help you rejuvenate but also make your home feel rejuvenated and your home will start to feel christmasy!!
Here in today's blog, I'm sharing with you all some recipes which can be made for any season and any reason .......... and are suitable for any party occasion and apt for christmas and new years...........
Here you go..........
Enjoy!!!

Christmasy Tea:
You will need:
A small stick of cinnamon
A cardommom
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp earl grey / apple flavoured tea powder (u may use normal tea powder - but then add apple essence)
1 orange
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp honey
2 cloves
1 cup water
A pinch of saffron
Method:
Cut 1 orange into half and press a clove each on the side of the orange.
Meanwhile boil 1 cup of water, and drop these clove studded oranges in it.
Now, add cinnamon, cardommom & ginger.
Now add the tea powder.
Then add the honey and brown sugar and finally add the saffron.
Strain and Serve hot!
Tip: If you want to serve this tea after dinner add little bit rum to it.


Apple Chutney
You will need:
1 cup Green apples (chopped)
1/2 cup onion (sliced)
1/2 cup cranberry (chopped)
1/2 cup prunes (chopped)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp corriander powder
1 tsp ground ginger
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp honey
Method:
In a saucepan, melt some butter add onions, let them carmelazie and then add all the spices.
Then add the apples, and let them soften, later add the cranberrys and prunes to it. (U may substitute it with raisins, sultanas, black currants)
Add sugar, and finally add honey and serve with bread or let it cool and store in air-tight containers. Stays for a week in refrigerator.
Tip: goes well with parathas or spicy samosas as well.


Chicken Jammy!!
You will need:
6 chicken drumsticks
6 tbsp jam (any jam with sweet and tangy taste)
3 tbsp paprika
A pinch of cinnamon powder
1/2 cup red wine
Salt to taste
Little bit garlic paste
Method:
In a sauce pan, mix jam, paprika, cinnamon powder, red wine over low flame.
Once everything is mixed well.
Meanwhile, marinate chicken drumsticks with garlic and salt.
Then apply the jam mixture to the drumsticks and let it marinate well for a while.
Later, bake / roast them in a pre-heated oven.
Serve hot!

Ginger Bread
You will need:
1 cup maida
1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup brown sugar
A pinch of baking powder
A pinch of cinnamon powder
1 egg
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp ground ginger
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and form into a dough and keep it in refrigerator for at least 30 mins.
Then roll out the dough and cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter.
Bake in a preheated oven for 30 mins at 180 degrees.


Christmas Cake
You will need:
1 cup raisins
1 cup currants
1 cup prunes
1/2 cup red wine / rum
1 cup butter (softened)
1 tsp cinnamon powder and cardommom powder
1 cup brown sugar
2 cup maida
2 tbsp honey
5-6 tbsp orange juice
Some orange zest
5-6 tbsp cocoa powder
2 eggs
A pinch of baking powder and soda-bi-carb
Method:
In a sauce pan, mix together the raisins, currants, prunes, red wine / rum, butter, cinnamon powder and cardommom powder, brown sugar, honey, orange zest and juice, cocoa powder and melt on low heat.
Once everything is mixed properly remove from heat and add sifted maida, baking powder and soda-bi-carb.
Meanwhile beat the eggs and add them to the mix.
Line a tin and pour the mixture and bake in a pre-heated oven for 45 mins on 180 degrees.
Decorate with edible gold/silver, choco beans / nuttties and golden tinklets.


Quick Chick!
You will need:
6 Chicken drumsticks
12 cloves of garlic (paste)
4 lemon pieces
4 tbsp chilly oil (4 chillies and some oil mixed)
Salt and Paprika to taste
Method:
Marinate the chicken in all the spices for an hour and put it all together in oven to bake / roast.
Serve hot!

Jewelled Creamy Yogurt
You will need:
1 cup pomegranate (nice and red)
1 cup yogurt / curd (fresh)
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Sugar
1 spring onion (chopped finely)
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and serve cooled!
Tip: serve with lachcha paratha, aloo paratha, jeera rice or hot pakodas.. Yum Yum!!!


Mont Blanc
You will need:
Whipped cream
Crumbled biscuits
Dark chocolates chopped
Sweet jam
Method:
In a martini glass, put some chopped pieces of dark chocolate and sweet jam.
Then place over some crumbled biscuits and then add the whipped cream.
Top it with a cherry!
An absolutely quick and easy dessert is ready!!!


Rolled Dates
You will need:
Salami slices
Dates (de-seeded)
Figs
Cheese slices or Cream Cheese (cheese spread)
Method:
Take salami slices layer it with cheese slices (if using cream cheese-spread it over the salami slices)
Place a date and a fig in it and roll.
Tie it with a string.
Brush some oil and fry or roast or bake!
Serve hot!!
Tip: replace date and fig with pineapple.


Sweety Chops
You will need:
6 mutton chops
6 tbsp sweet chilly sauce (chinese style)
3 tbsp sweet soy sauce
3 tbsp cranberry sauce
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tbsp lime juice
Salt to taste
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and marinate the mutton chops in it for 2 hours or so. (U may keep them overnight in refrigerator)
Later fry them or roast / bake them!
U may even barbecue them!
Serve hot!!


Quick Biscuits
You will need:
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup biscuits (powdered)
Method:
Mix all the ingredients to form a dough and refrigerate for a while.
Give it desired cookie shape with hands and bake for 10 mins at 180 degrees in a pre-heated oven.
Decorate with icing if u wish.
Store in an air-tight container after cooling.


Crab Cakes
You will need:
1 cup crab meat (boil the crabs and the remove the cooked flesh)
1/2 cup spring onions (chopped)
3 tbsp garlic paste
1 tsp wasabi / mustard paste
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
1 cup rice flour
Method:
Mix all the ingredients (except rice flour)
Form into cakes / pattice ..
Roll them in rice flour and fry!
Serve hot with ketchup!!
Tip: instead of crab meat, u can use prawns or chicken/mutton kheema.. Veggie people try using minced soya.


Tomato Soup with a Twist
You will need:
1/2 cup spring onions chopped
2 cup tomato (boiled and pureed)
1/2 cup sausages (chopped)
1/2 cup kidney beans (boiled)
Little bit butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Method:
Saute spring onions a bit over butter then add sausages, pour kidney beans and let it cook a while.
Then add the pureed tomatoes and mix well.
Season and serve hot with garlic bread!!
Tip: oregano adds a nice flavour to this soup


Simple Christmas Cake
You will need:
1 Sponge cake (round)
1 cup apricot jam
1 cup fruits (fresh, chopped)
1 cup dry fruits
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup icing sugar
Method:
Sprinkle some pineapple juice over the sponge cake.
Brush the top of cake with the jam and stick the fresh fruits and dry fruits over it.
Glaze the fruits with some more jam and then dust some icing sugar over it to give it a snowy effect!


Walnutty Spaghetti
You will need:
5-6 slices of bread
2 cup milk
1 cup walnuts (toasted)
1 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
4-5 cloves of garlic (grated)
1/2 cup onion (chopped)
Salt, Pepper and Parsley to taste
Method:
Saok bread slices in some milk and then blitz in mixer with walnuts until it forms a paste..
In a saucepan, take some butter / oil, add garlic and onions to it.
Add salt, pepper and parsley.
Then add the bread and walnut mixture to it. Add cheese then the boiled pasta to it. Toss and serve hot with some more cheese if desired!

I hope you all will enjoy cooking these recipes..
Wish you all Merry Christmas a fantastic New Year and Happy Cooking
- Amrutha Langs