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It's a small attempt to post the recipes learnt and tested in my kitchen.
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Khichdi Keema Khatta

This combo is authentic dishes of a hyderabadi household. I never ate this combination of Khichdi keema and khatta. I chanced upon Chowder Singh facebook update regarding this combination and he posted video of these dishes. Husband used to eat this in Dubai and he encouraged me to do this. I made these for lunch and believe me it was not at all heavy, it was scrumptious meal.

Ingredients for Khichdi

Raw rice 1 cup
Masoor/ tuvur dal 1/2 cup
Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
Green cardamom 2
Cloves 2
Onions sliced 1
Green chillies 2
Oil 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste


Soak rice and dal for an hour.

Heat oil in a cooker. Add cloves, cardamom , green chillies and  onions. Sauté until onions are fried.

Then add ginger garlic paste and saute until ginger garlic paste is cooked.

Add soaked rice and dal. Sprinkle turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.

Add enough water and pressure cook until done. For one glass of rice i add 2 glasses of water. Here i added 2 1/2 glass of water.

Ingredients for Kheema

Kheema minced 1/4 kg
Onions 1 sliced
Green chillies 2
Kasuri methi 2 tbsp crushed
Garam masala powder 1 tbsp
Coriander powder 2 tbsp
Curd 1/2 cup
Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
Red chilly powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Tomatoes 1 chopped finely
Oil 2 tbsp
Salt to taste


Fry onions and green chillies until transparent.

Add chopped tomatoes. Then add all the masala, turmeric powder and saute until oil starts leaving the pan.

Then add curd to the above. Saute for a minute.

Include kasuri methi and fry for some more time.

Than add kheema and salt.

Mix well and add enough water. Cook until kheema is cooked and water has dried up.

Ingredients for Khatta

Onions slice 2
Green chillies 1 chopped
Coriander leaves few
Garlic 2 chopped
Tamarind juice 2 cups

Mix all the above. Season with the following ingredients.

Oil 1 tsp
Rai 1/2 tsp
Zeera 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Red chilly 2

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Orange and Vanilla cake

April 3rd was hubby's birthday and i baked this cake before the day as i had to work on April 3rd and i come home quite late. So we celebrated his birthday a day before.


Maida/all purpose flour 3 cup
Butter 1 1/2 cup
Sugar 2 cup
Eggs 4
Baking powder  1tsp
Milk 1/4 cup
Vanilla essence 1 tsp
Orange juice fresh 1/4 cup
Mixed fruit jam 5 tbsp
Desiccated coconut


Mix the dry ingredients. Divide the dry ingredients into two parts.

Take half of the butter and two eggs and beat until fluffy. Add vanilla essence.

Now slowly add the mixture into the one part of the flour. Add milk and mix well.

Grease a baking pan and pour the batter and keep aside for a while. In the mean while preheat the oven at 190 C.

Then take the second part of the dry ingredients. Take the remaining butter and add the two eggs and beat until fluffy. Add orange juice.

Now add the above mixture into the remaining flour and mix thoroughly.

Grease a banking pan and pour the batter.

Now bake both the cake for 35-40 minutes until tooth pick comes out clean.

Let the cake cool down.

Spread jam on the cake which has vanilla. Sprinkle coconut on top.

Place the cake which is in orange colour on top of the above cake. Spread jam and sprinkle desiccated coconut.

My kids wanted to decorate the cake more and they sprinkled those fancy things which we brought from a cake store here. I am not sure what they are called, excuse me for that.