Monday, September 19, 2011

Lamb Stew

Stew, Ishtu....whatever you want to call it.....tastes amazing with dosas and aapams and so reminds me of home
Stew is usually a mixture of solid foods cooked in liquid and this mixture is then served as the gravy. The solid foods usually include vegetables like carrots, beans, peas, potatoes and any meat of your choice. Plain veg stew is great too.
The liquid I used to cook the stew in is stock(of lamb) but a lot of people use wine, beer, and the likes...
Stew is usually cooked on low flame in the liquid ingredient which enables the flavour to mingle with all the vegetables.
Most stews are thin, they are thickened using either corn starch, arrow root etc,....
The thickening agent I have used here is coconut milk which adds a lovely rich flavour to the stew.
This is a dish I've learned from my mum. Every time I make it, I get nostalgic and think about my days back home, when I was in school/college and this stew was a treat for me. Now of course, I have to make it myself but its still a treat for me ;) and my family.
Like most of my dishes, this one is also very easy to prepare but it does take a while to cook since it is prepared on low flame.
To make stew you will need

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pineapple Mousse Cake

I wanted to make something different and light for my husband's b'day this year and after much thought I decided on pineapple mousse cake.
This cake is made with low fat frozen yogurt(natural flavour) so it's not as heavy as it looks.
Over 2 years ago, Fathima had given me a lovely recipe she had found in a local magazine for strawberry mousse cake. I never tried it but hoped to some day. 
I finally decided to try it for my husband's b'day but I dint have the main ingredients at home so I altered the ingredients with what I had at home and made this lovely Pineapple Mousse cake instead.
There is very little preparation time and cooking time that goes into making the cake. However, you will have to refrigerate it for a minimum of 4 hours so it sets well.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chicken and Cheese Balls

Today's post is something I had made in Ramadan to open our fast with. It's heavy and different from the normal kebabs/cutlets I make. My sister in-law, Lubna had made them back home and they went down very well with everyone, from kids to adults in the house. 
Knowing how much I love to try new recipes, my mom told me about them and Lubna forwarded me the recipe.
These chicken and cheese balls have a surprise ingredient that adds a differently nice flavour to them. As all surprise ingredients, this one is also not detectable unless pointed out.


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