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Irish Shepherd’s Pie – Minced Lamb Meat | Exotic Wednesday with Madraasi


Shepherd’s Pie is one such delicious and yum recipe from Irish Cuisine. As I have been sharing exotic recipes on wednesday’s, I love to go for this Shepherd’s Pie for this week. Shepherd’s pie is commonly prepared with minced beef, fish, lamb and chicken. My first attempt of shepherd pie with Minced meat, we all liked it to the core. Let me share the recipe…

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  • Minced meat (lamb) – 300 gms
  • Onions – 100 gms
  • Carrots – 50 gms
  • Lamb Stock – 1 cup
  • Worcester sauce – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Cheese – 100 gms
  • Boiled and mashed potatoes – 3 cups
  • Butter – 2 tbsp + 2 tbsp (for mashed potato and tempering)
  • Oregano – ¼ tsp
  • Rosemary – ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste

Making of Shepherd’s Pie –


  • Peel and finely chop the onions and carrots,
  • Mash the potatoes to a paste by adding salt.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of butter in a heavy bottomed vessel, add onions and cook for few mins.
  • Add the carrots, cook until they turn soft.
  • Add oregano, rosemary, chili powder, salt and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the minced meat, pour the Worcester sauce and lamb stock, cover and cook until the gravy thickens and the meat becomes soft.
  • Meanwhile preheat the microwave to 180-degree C.
  • Take ramekins or a baking tray, add a spoonful of minced meat to the bowl, layer it with a spoonful of mashed potato, level it with the spoon.
  • Top it with the grated cheese and bake for 10 10 15 mins at 180-degree C or until the cheese turns golden brown in color.
  • Remove the ramekins from the microwave.

Serve hot.

Chocolate Cup Cake


Chocolate cup cake is my long wait recipe, recently we have frequent power cuts here in Bangalore, so I never want to bake as I wonder what would happen if my baking would be stopped in the middle way. But inspite of all these interruptions I want to prepare something for Halloween Day, so planned to get into baking with little guess of the power cut timings, hopefully my guess was right and everything came out well.

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Let me the chocolate cup cake recipe…


  • All-purpose flour/Maida – 1 ½ cups
  • Baking powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Salt – ¼ tsp
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Cocoa powder – ¾ cup
  • Butter (melted) – ½ cup
  • Milk – ½ cup
  • Eggs – 2 nos


  • In a bowl, break the eggs, pour in the melted butter and add the sugar. Beat well, until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Pour in the milk and beat well for 5 mins, until it gets mixed well.
  • In a wide mouth bowl, sieve maida/all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa powder.
  • Add the flour little by little and beat well, until all the flour is mixed to a batter.
  • Preheat oven to 180 degree C, meanwhile grease the muffin tray.
  • Pour the batter (fill only ½ of the mould) to the mould and bake for 8 mins in 180 degree C.
  • Prick the cake with a toothpick, it should come out clean, else bake for few more mins until the tooth pick comes out clean.
  • Remove it from the tray, once it comes to room temperature.

Serve as such or go with frosting or icing.








As the most of us (India) gearing up for Diwali, let me do something unique – It’s our HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION.

Taking it to Fiesta Friday #194 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Halloween is known as Allhalloween or All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve, it is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October. It is an ancient festival celebrated by Celtic People over 2,000 years ago.

Straddling the line between fall and winter plenty and paucify, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition.

Actually this day is marked as the end of the summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, and they believed that the ghosts of the dead would come to the world on this (October 31) night and so people would light bonfire, dress up themselves as ghosts, left treats on the door steps, lit candles along the roads to help loved ones find their way back to the spirit world.

Above information collected from Wikipedia and few sites.

Just like that in our home, we loved to watch some horror movies and when kids came across this Halloween celebration through CARTOON Channels, they wanted to celebrate a home. So, we have trying out some crafts works for decoration and few foods for Halloween.

Stayed tuned for our Halloween Celebrations and click on the below link for the recipes and the procedure for making the paper crafts.

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