Sunday, April 17, 2011

Phirni / Rice pudding

hiPhirni / phir nee / firni  is a traditional sweet,quite famous from the northern parts of india , tastes more or less like a kheer but this dish is thick & creamy in texture.Its usually chilled before serving in kasori's,a pot which is actually an earthenware bowl,the pot is washed and dried before hand ,then the phirni is filled and kept in refrigerators to be cooled.Its little grainy in texture,very rich dish and it happens to be a scrumptious dessert.

ingredients :
1 litre whole milk (  approx 4 - 41/4 cups full fat cream milk )
1/4 cup rice ( basmati rice is preferably )
1 cup sugar ( adjust more or less acc to your taste )
1/2 tsp crushed saffaron strands soaked in 1 tbsp of warm milk for half an hr.( optional )
1/2 tbsp rose water ( optional )
cardomon pwd to taste
few flakes of almonds,pistachios
method :
Wash and soak rice for half an hour.Boil milk on a slow flame for atleast 15 mins,keep stirring occassionally so that it does not stick to the bottom of your pan.Drain the rice and grind it into coarse powdery form .Add little milk ( say about 2-3 tsps ) to the grinded rice and mix to avoid any lumps.Add this rice mixture to the boiled milk and keep stirring for 1-2 mins  and take care that there are no lumps formed in the milk.Let the rice cook completely in the milk stirring occassionally now .Once the rice is cooked,quite tender and soft enough, add sugar, saffaron and cardomon pwd.Switch off the flame,add rose water,garnish with the nuts and chill in refrigerator or can also be served hot.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

chocolate muffins !

Few days back in my  daughter's kindergarten there was an annual meeting followed by a plate to share the food with everyone.I and my friends were discussing about what shall we make and also the food should be kids friendly ,i was thinking about cookies ,just then my friend rasheeda told me that her son is fond of muffins and kids surely luv muffins anytime,so without thinking anymore i went ahead and made these muffins.My princess also meantime insisted me to make muffins only that also she wanted chocochips in them,but i had hardly dark chocochips left so i used some white chocochips as well and the flavour of both the chips turned out amazingly yum !The muffins were exactly as i wanted them,simple,soft and super moist with chips in between !Everyone in kinder ,including my frend's son and my daughter liked these muffins very much and all the liners were empty in no time.

approx 14-15 muffins
dry ingredients :
11/2 cup plain flour
1/3 cup coco pwd
1 cup sugar ( adjust more or less acc to your taste )
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking pwd
1/2 cup white & dark choco chips ( optional,u can use one or both or none or can use some nuts instead)
wet ingredients :
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
method :
Preheat the oven at 350f  or 180c .Sieve all the dry ingredients together except chocochips for 2-3 times.Mix wet ingredients together.Add the wet ingredients into dry ingredients and gently mix well.Fold in the choco chips / nuts and mix well.Line the muffin tray with liners,fill about 3/4 cup of the batter and bake for 15-20 mins or insert  the skewer and check if it is clean.Rest for 5 mins and remove from the muffin pan and njoy the muffins !