Saturday, February 28, 2015

Chicken Dum Biryani

Chicken Dum Biryani is a popular South Asian main course dish. It is made with aromatic spices, rice and chicken.

Dum biryani comes in a layer of rice, chicken gravy/masala, mint & cilantro leaves, fried onion, fried cashews and raisins and some saffron milk or orange food color. The flavor of the biryani is rich and it tastes so great too.. 

Step 1: Ingredients

For making Chicken Masala/Curry

2 lb Chicken ( washed with fresh running water and pat dry it)
Whole garam masala ( 2 bayleaf, 2 cinnamon small stick, 1 star aniseed)
2 cup onion,chopped
1.5 cup tomato,chopped
1 cup cilantro and mint leaves, chopped
3 green chillies
3 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp fennel seed powder
1 tbsp cumin seed powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp oil

For making Fragrant rice:

2 cup of long grain rice / Basmati rice
Whole garam masala ( 2 bayleaf, 2 cinnamon small stick, 1 star aniseed)
1/2 tsp salt
5 to 6 cup of water
1 tbsp Ghee/clarified buter

For garnishing

1/2 cup Cashew
1/2 cup raisin
1 tbsp Ghee/clarified butter
1/2 cup onion, sliced
2 tbsp oil
1/2 cup cilantro and mint leaves, finely chopped

For putting in Dum:

1 big vessel ( oven safe)
Aluminium foil

Step 2: Prepare garnishing

1. Heat ghee in small pan in medium flame. When the oil becomes hot, add cashew and raisin. Fry it until cashew turns to golden brown and raisin becomes puffy. Then take out the fried cashew and raisin from pan.

2. Add oil and onion in the same pan. fry till it turn to golden brown.

Step 3: Chicken Curry/Masala

1. Heat oil in big pan on medium flame, add whole garam masala in it.

2. Add ginger garlic paste into it and saute it for a minute.

3. Add onion and cook it turns to translucent.

4. Now add all the spice powders and salt. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes.

5. Add tomato and leaves, cook until it becomes soft.

6. Add chicken into it and mix until the spices coated well with the chicken.

7. Pour lemon juice, give a stir and close the lid and cook for 15 minutes.

8. After 15 minutes open the lid and cook another 10 minutes to attain thick gravy consistency.

Step 4: Fragrant Rice

1. Heat ghee in big vessel on medium heat, add whole garam masala into it.

2. When you get the aroma of whole garam masala, pour 5 cups of water and add salt in it.

3. Once it begins to boil , add basmathi rice.

4. cook uncovered until the rice is half cooked.

5. Drain water using colander / filter and keep the rice aside.

Step 5: Layer the chicken masala and fragrant rice

Preheat oven to 350 F

Take oven safe vessel ( I used Pyrex large mixing bowl) and layer the rice and chicken masala.

Start layering : rice at bottom, some chicken gravy over the rice, again layer rice on chicken gravy and cover the gravy with rice.

Step 6: Garnish and put it in Dum

First garnish it with chopped leaves, then with fried onions and then with fried cashews and raisins.

Done garnishing. Now wrap the vessel with aluminum foil and keep the vessel in preheated oven.

Cook for 20 minutes.

Take out the vessel carefully from oven. It will be hot and heavy.

Serve immediately with egg and yogurt dip.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Spinach, Bell pepper Stuffed Chicken

Stuffed chicken is made with spinach, bell peppers, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese with Italian seasoning filling. It is very simple to make. It looks as well as tastes so great.. The outer chicken meat is juicy and tender.. The inner stuffing is gooey and yummy.. Try this recipe, I am sure you will like it. .


  • 1 pieces of boneless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning 
For filling:
  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of yellow and red bell pepper
  • 1 green chilli or 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp of cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp of Salt


Wash spinach with running cold water and pat dry them well. Remove the stem and cut them into small pieces.

Chop bell peppers into finely.

Take large mixing bowl, add in all the stuffing ingredients and mix well with hand and set aside.

Place chicken on cutting board, slice it in the middle to get like butterfly shape.

Gently pat the chicken with back of knife. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on both sides of chicken.

Add filling in the center of chicken. Fold chicken over filling and secure with toothpicks.

Heat oil on pan / tawa. Fry the chicken on all sides until it turns to golden brown color.

Now transfer the chicken into oven, cook for 20 minutes.

Its done!! Serve hot ...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quail Curry | Quail Gravy | Kada Kozhambu

Ingredients for making Quail curry:

  • 2 No of Quail ( skin removed)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomoto
  • 1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste
  • Whole garam masala - (2 bay leaves, 2 small cinnamon stick, 1 star aniseed)
  • 1 tbsp of Curry powder
  • 1 tsp of Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of Fennel seed powder
  • 1 tsp of Salt
  • Cilantro

Serve: 3 Adults

Check out other Quail recipes : Quail fryQuail gravy, Roasted Quail


Chop onion, tomato and cilantro into finely.

Heat oil in pan on medium heat. Add whole garam masala and ginger garlic paste, saute for a minute.

Add onions, saute till it becomes translucent.

Add tomato, cook it it turn to soft. Add cilantro and give a stir.

Now add in all spice powders and salt. Mix well.

Add quail into it and pour a cup of water. Close the pan with lid and cook for about 20 minutes.

Its done! Garnish it with cilantro.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bedtime Rituals

Source : Healthguru

A Good night sleep is essential for healthy and happy child. For that, everyone should follow bedtime rituals for their kids. What is bedtime rituals?? It means setting up some routine activity to give our child pleasant and calm sleep. I follow some of routine activity to make my little one sleep without any disturbance. I would say, these rituals helps me to have good and calm sleep as well, because if my kid is sleeping well obviously mamma also have a happy sleep. Bedtime rituals should not be too long. Kids will get bored with doing all this. It should be fun as well as routine habit.

My simple as well as efficient Bedtime rituals:

First look for a sign, that your little one is ready for bedtime rituals. If they looked tired, that's right time to start.

No electronic gadgets: Keep away all the electronic gadgets from them. My daughter watches cartoon in laptop. I turn off it and give her some toys or sketch pens to distract her.

Feeding warm milk: After supper, ensure that you fed your kid well. Everyday I give a cup of warm milk after dinner. Drinking warm milk at night will help you to sleep better and soon, because milk has tryptophan, which is an amino acid, it helps to fall asleep.

Warm bath: After I filled the bath tub with warm water and then I put some of her favorite bath toys into it. She loves playing with it. Warm bath helps to relaxing their body. After bath, I brush her teeth.

Diaper and pajamas: My little one is 2 years old. Hence, for a good night sleep, I use Pampers dry pant, because of that She doesn't feel uncomfortable throughout the night. She could sleep without any disturbance. To make her feel more comfortable, I will choose perfect night dress.

Reading story: Reading books with a kid is fun bedtime rituals. Tell your kid to choose book from shelf. If they bring a same book, that's OK. Read again and again :) I do that :P. When you read book, read it in low voice. This habit will cultivate special bonding with your kids. Their listening and vocabulary skill will also get improve.

Bedtime lullaby: Playing music or singing your own lullaby song is another fun bedtime ritual. Kids will enjoy it lot. I used to sing many songs, sometimes I sing god slokas / slogan.

Hug & Kiss & say Good night: When my kid is ready to tuck into the bed, I cuddle her and kiss her and say “Good night and see you in the morning”. She reply  “good night to me, good night to her all toys”. Then I turned on the night lamp and leave the room. I and My daughter can go to sleep happily.

This post is a part of Indiblogger Happy Hour and Pampers baby dry pants.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Simple Roasted Quail

Delicious Roasted quail made with simple ingredients. 

Check out other Quail recipes : Quail fry, Quail gravy

Ingredients for  making Roast Quail:

  • 2 No of Quail
  • 1 tsp of Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp of Tandoori masala
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of ginger garlic paste
  • Cooking spray or oil

1. Wash quail in fresh cold water, pat dry them. Make a slit on both sides of breast.

2. Take large mixing bowl, add all ingredients with quail and mix well until quail nicely coated with the spices.

3. Let it sit for an hour.

4. Preheat oven to 375 F.

5. Keep the quail in baking plate lined with aluminium foil. Brush the quail with some oil or cooking spray.

6. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.

Done! Serve with slice of onion, tomato, lemon or with some dip or mayo.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

DIY Folded Paper Jewelry

These Jewelry is made up of card stock paper. I combined two different patterned card stock sheet to create contrast look. It is easy to make and inexpensive too...
It would be a stylish gift to mom, sibling and girl friend. 

Step 1: Things required

Things you will need for making this jewelry

  • Patterned Card stock paper 6' X 6' - 2
  • Scissor
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Jump ring - 4
  • Chain
  • Earring hook - 2
  • Eye head pin - 4
  • Silver beads

Step 2: Paper Pendant

Measure and cut the card stock 3 inch square. You will need 5 ( 3 inch square sheet)

1.Take a cardstock, make a small fold on the sheet. ( you can fold it on any side)

2. Fold the paper back and forth, accordion style.

3. Now fold the accordion strip in half and hot glue the two sides together.

4. Repeat the same process for rest of the 4 sheets.

5 fans are ready now...

5. Glue the fans together, alternating them rightside up and upside down.

6. Cut 2 strips of paper, glue the eye pins on it and then glue the strip on one end of the pendant backside.

7. Repeat the same process for the other side.

8. Glue the silver beads pearls on the pendant.

Paper pendant is ready now...

Step 3: Paper Necklace

Attach jump ring on both ends of the eye head pins.

Grab the chain and connect to both jump rings using jewelry pliers.

Step 4: Paper Earring

Measure and cut the card stock 1.5 inch square. You will need 4 ( 1.5 inch square sheet)

1.Take a cardstock, make a small fold on the sheet. ( you can fold it on any side)

2. Fold the paper back and forth, accordion style.

3. Repeat the same process for rest of the 4 sheets.

4. Take two folded sheet, apply glue to stick together.

5. Gather one end and hot glue it.

6. Take a piece of paper, glue eye pin on it and then glue the piece of paper on backside of the earring.

7. Attach jump ring on eye head pin and connect to the earring hook using jewelry pliers.

8. Decorate the earring with silver bead pearls. ( apply hot glue and stick the beads)


Friday, February 13, 2015

Chocolate Cake with Cream cheese and strawberry topping

Hello friends, Have you all planned cake menu for this valentine's day??

If you haven't, then this is the best and quick cake option..

For making this delicious cake, you will need only an hour. Try it out, I am sure you will love it.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Step 1: Ingredients

For Making Cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup hot water
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt

For Making Cream cheese frosting:

4 Oz Cream cheese
4 cup Confectioner sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp Vanilla extract

Baking Supplies:

9 inch spring form pan
Butter Spray

Step 2: Chocolate Cake

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Take a large mixing bowl, add in eggs, sugar, salt and baking powder. Whisk until creamy texture.

Add cocoa powder and vanilla extract, mix well without any lumps.

Swift APF into the bowl, mix again.

Add liquid ingredients (water,milk,oil) and whisk until all combined well.

Grease the baking pan with butter and pour the cake batter into it.

Bake it for 30 to 40 minutes or insert toothpick in centre of the cake and it should comes out clean.

Move the cake to cooling rack and let it completely cooled down.

Step 3: Cream cheese Frosting

Take cream cheese, vanilla extract in mixing bowl, whisk until creamy.

Add powdered sugar and milk, mix all without any lump formation. ( the texture will be runny).

Step 4: Cake Decoration

Topping Ingredient:


Slice the strawberries and keep it aside.

Evenly spread the cream cheese frosting and top with sliced strawberries.

You are done!

I am linking this recipe to Remmy's Kitchen First yr anniversary and Giveaway event 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Mason Jar Cake | Cake in a jar

Cake in a Jar!... Yes, these cakes are baked in the mason jar. It is so much fun and simple too..

I made a simple vanilla sponge cake and frosted the cake with butter-cream frosting.

The colors which I have chosen for the cake was to match the Christmas theme... ( Red, Green and White - I made this cake for christmas, since I went for a long vacation, I had no time to post it) 

Try this cake with your fav choice of colors like Rainbow theme, or any cartoon theme. I am sure you will love it.

Step 1 :Ingredients for cake batter:

Self raising cake flour-1 1/2 cup

Unsalted butter(softened)-1/2 cup

powdered sugar-1cup


vanilla extract-1/2 tsp

milk-1/2 cup

Food Color - Red, Green

Ingredients for frosting:

Unsalted butter(softened) - 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar - 1 1/2 cup

Table cream - 1 tbsp

Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp

Supplies for baking:

1 pint Mason jar - 3, oven safe jars 

Baking tray

Cooking spray


Step 2: Cake batter

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Add in 2 eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well with electric hand mixer.

Add milk and sifted flour into it. Mix all well without any lumps.

Divide the batter into two bowls. Add food colors and mix until you get the desired color.

Step 3: Cake in a jar

Wash all the jars and pat dry it thoroughly.

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Grease the inside of the jar with cooking spray.

Add 2 tbsp of red batter on bottom of all jars and start layering the jar in alternative batter colors,until you reach 6 layers.

( Leave 1 1/2 inch space in top of all the jars for cake raising)

Fill the baking tray with 1/4 inch water. Place the jars on the tray.

Bake it for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted and comes out clean.

Let it cool for sometime.

Step 4: Butter cream frosting

Take all the ingredients in bowl, beat it in speed 2 using electric hand mixer for about 2 minutes.

Step 5: Frost the cake and sprinkle sprinklers

Transfer the frosting into piping bag. ( I used 1M star tip)

Once the cake completely cooled down, frost the top of the cake and sprinkle some sprinklers on it.

Done :)

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