Monthly Archives: August 2017

Master Chef cooking class by Whirlpool Built-In appliances with Chef Kunal Kapur

Master Chef cooking class by Whirlpool Built-In appliances with Chef Kunal Kapur

Got an invite for culinary Masterclass sponsored by Whirlpool Built-in appliances to mark the celebrations for the second anniversary of Haute Kitchen – an experiential center for Whirlpool built-in appliances in Koramangala, Bangalore. The event was hosted by the Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur, at something’s cooking culinary studio, Bangalore.

Commenting on the successful conclusion of Masterclass, Mr. Natarajan A, Head- New Business Unit, Whirlpool of India said, “We are glad that Chef Kunal Kapur joined us today for the anniversary celebration of our Haute-Kitchen in Bangalore. We believe that holding a meet-and-greet session for our patrons with Celebrity Chefs is important as they get to learn the art of cooking using the finest range of Whirlpool built in appliances from the masters. Going forward, we intend to conduct similar classes in other parts of India as well. We would like to thank both Chef Kunal Kapur and Something’s Cooking studio for today’s event success”

More excited when I got to hear we were going to cook with Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur. There were few bloggers and bloggers were divided to 5 teams where there was 2 veg team and 3 non-veg team. As everyone over there knew my daughter (10 yrs) is too interested and cooks well, she was also enrolled to our team. Our team with 4 of us – Me, My daughter (Hiranmayi), Harsha and Swathi.

Masterchef Cooking Class by Whirlpool's Built-In Appliances with Chef Kunal Kapur

Masterchef Cooking Class by Whirlpool’s Built-In Appliances with Chef Kunal Kapur

The recipe was given to us along with the ingredients, kitchen utensils and so on. Chef Kunal Kapur, instructed us the way with tips and tricks on how to cook the recipe, also he demonstrated the way of cooking and why we cook like that. For example, why do we slit fish, along the skin side, to avoid it from shrinking.

The menu was curated by Chef Kunal kapur, it was a unique idea, sounds good and yeah it tasted delicious. Recipe – Seafood Modak with Moilee Sauce, tossed spinach and Kokum Foam, Andae ka Halwa, Lemon Basil curd. Seafood Modak sounds interesting and unique right, it’s stuffed with spicy prawn masala and the moilee sauce was prepared with prawn head. Due to lack of time, we couldn’t prepare Andae Ka Halwa, but got to taste the one prepared by chef, it was divine, melt in mouth. Stay tuned for recipe…

My daughter preparing Prawn Moilee –

 

Finally, the day was spent fantastic and informative with fun, laughter, thanks a lot to Whirlpool India for extending the invite. Wishing you all the very success and many more returns of anniversary day with your Whirlpool Built-In Appliances. I have been a using Whirlpool refrigerator and washing machine more than a decade and would never comprise with any brands for these and eagerly looking to handle Whirlpool Kitchen Appliances.

Millets Modak recipe / Millets Poorna Kozhukattai recipe / Millets Kozhukatti maavu recipe

Millets Modak recipe / Millets Poorna Kozhukattai recipe / Millets Kozhukatti maavu recipe

Wishing everyone a Happy Vinayagar Chaturthi

Usually all of us prepare modak or kozhukattai using rice flour, but this time thought of preparing with millets. Tried out with ragi/finger millet and kambu / pearl millet flour, it came out well, and prepared a very easy poornam with coconut and sugar. Everyone in my home liked it including my kids. So, shared the making of Millets modak dough with both Ragi or Finger millet (ragi modak dough / finger millet modak dough) and Kambu or Pearl millet (Kambu kozhukattai maavu recipe / Bajra modak dough) which will be useful for beginners, do check out the video below…

Making of Millets Modak Recipe / Millets Poorna Kozhukattai Recipe –

Millets Modak is very easy and simple to prepare, also it takes just few mins but the healthiest ones. When the whole running behind millets to stay fit and healthy, why not our Ganesha? Let us make something different but healthy and celebrate the festival.

CLICK HERE for more Vinayagar Chaturthi recipes and CLICK HERE for more Kozhukattai recipes.

Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Kambu / Bajra / Pearl Millet Flour (store bought) – 1 cup
  • Ragi / Finger Millet flour (store bought) – 1 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Sugar or Crushed Jaggery – ¾ cup
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp

Making of Millets Modak / Millets Kozhukattai –

 

Preparation:

  • Dough preparation: Take the flour separately in separate bowl, add ½ tsp of salt. Boil 2 cups of water, it should form bubble (right consistency else the kozhukattai will break into pieces). Pour the water little by little to the flour, mix it with a spoon or wodden ladle, when its warm knead softly with your hands, roll it to dough and let it sit for 2 mins.
  • Meanwhile let us start preparing the stuff, mix grated coconut, sugar and cardamom powder.
  • If you don’t have mould, no issues you flatten the dough in between your plams, place the stuffing in the centre and roll it to ball or shape it to modak.
  • When you have mould, grease the mould with oil, close it, insert a small portion of dough, gently make a whole in the centre of the dough and stuff the filling to the modak and cover it. (Refer video for this stage).
  • Steam the modak for 5 mins in steamer, remove it from fire.

Serve warm.

 

Somas recipe / Sweet Somas recipe / Karanji recipe

Somas recipe / Sweet Somas recipe / Karanji recipe

Sweet somas or Karanji is a most famous during Vinayakar Chaturthi and Diwali festival among all Indian families. Somas is a deep fried sweet snack with filling, filling can be made with different types. I have used roasted gram, coconut and cardamom for filling.

CLICK HERE for vinayagar chaturthi recipes and CLICK HERE for Diwali / Deepavali recipes.

sweet somas, somas recipe, how to make somas, karanji recipe, madraasi, immadraasi, madraasi recipes, somas recipe in tamil, somas seimurai, somas seivadhu eppadi, karanji making, deepavali sweet recipe, vinayagar chaturthi recipe

Sweet Somas recipe / somas recipe / Karanji Recipe

It is also known as somasi in Tamil and Kajjikayali in Telugu and Karanji in Maharashtra because of the filling. Let me share the recipe…

Making of Somas / Karanji –

Ingredients:

  • Maida / All-purpose flour – 1 ½ cups
  • Rava / Semolina / Sooji – ¼ cup
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 1 ½ tsp
  • Roasted gram / Pottukadalai / Porikadalai – ½ cup
  • Grated coconut – ½ cup
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Cashew nuts (broken into smalle pieces)  – ¼ cup
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Oil – 1 cup (for deep frying)

Preparation:

  • Take a bowl, add maida/all-purpose flour, rava/semolina, salt, mix it well. Pour water little by little and start kneading the dough to stiff consistency.
  • Drizzle a tsp of oil over the kneaded dough, knead for few seconds and cover it with a damp cloth.
  • Meanwhile, dry roast the roasted gram, remove from fire and spread it over a plate.
  • Add ¼ tsp of ghee and roast the grated coconut, until they turn brown in color, spread it along with roasted gram.
  • Add the leftover ghee and roast the cashew nuts until they turn golden brown in color. Remove it from fire and transfer it to a bowl.
  • Grind the sugar to fine powder, transfer it to a bowl
  • Grind roasted gram, roasted coconut to a fine powder and add it to the sugar.
  • Also add cardamom powder and roasted cashew nuts along with ghee to the mixture and mix it well.
  • Take a small portion of the dough and flattened it to a circle shape, keep a tea spoon full of filling in the center of the flattened dough.
  • Dip your finger in water, apply it along the edges of the dough, now fold it to a half circle, then give a gentle press with fork along the sides.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, gently add them one by one and fry until they turn golden brown on both sides.
  • Drain the oil and remove it from fire.
  • Serve once it reaches room temperature.

Store in an air-tight container once it reaches room temperature, so that it stays fresh for a week .