Saturday, 16 January 2010

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Brown Soda Bread

225g (8oz) wholemeal flour
225g (8oz) plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
50g (2oz) mixed seeds, such as sesame, pumpkin or sunflower, or golden linseeds (optional)
25g (1oz) butter (optional)
1 egg
375-400ml (13-14fl oz) Buttermilk

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F), Gas mark 7.
2. Sift together the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl and mix with the seeds (if using). Add the butter (if using), and rub into the flour mixture with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre.
3. In another bowl, whisk the egg with the buttermilk and pour most of the liquid into the flour mixture. Using one hand with your fingers outstretched like a claw, bring the flour and liquid together, adding more buttermilk if necessary. The dough should be quite soft, but not too sticky.
4. Turn onto a floured work surface, and gently bring it together into a round about 4cm (1½in) deep. Cut a deep cross on top
5. Place on a baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 200°C (400°F), Gas mark 6 and cook for 30 minutes more. When cooked, the loaf will sound slightly hollow when tapped on the base. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Apple Crumble


Apple-3(any variety,i have used royal gala)
Brown sugar-6tsp

For crumble:

Plain flour-1/2cup
Desiccated coconut-1/2cup
Brown sugar-1/2cup
Dry fruits-1/2cup


1. Slice the apples,in a vessel,add apples, brown sugar,juice of
one lemon and water,cook until apples become soft.

2. In a bowl mix oats,plain flour,butter, brown sugar,dessicated
coconut and dry fruits.

3. Arrange the apple slices in a greased baking dish,then top
it with crumble mixture.

4. Bake in a preheated oven at 180'C for 20minutes.

5. Serve warm with yogurt or ice cream.

Tomato Bath

Tomato bath is a very common dish in karnataka which is prepared with tomatoes and rice.Unlike bisi bele bath ,chitranna and pulivogare it is one of the favourite picnic dish. This is colourful yet very tasty dish and you can make it little more nutritious by adding peas or any beans like boiled vaalbeans(avarekaalu),chickpeas,black eye beans etc ..Along with mosaru bhajji a Kannada version of raita... is a real treat.This recipe i got from my mother,i used to prepare this dish very often in my house.


Tomatoes-4-5,big,finely chopped
Garlic cloves-4-5,crushed
Ginger-2 inch,crushed
Curryleaves-2 sprigs
Sarinapudi/sambharpowder-1 1/2tsp
Cumin powder-1/2tsp
Black pepper-1/2tsp
Garam masala-1tsp
Grated coconut-1/2cup
Green peas-1cup(optional)(i used frozen peas)
Salt to taste
Cumin seeds-1/2tsp
Coriander for garnishing


Wash and soak the rice for 30minutes.

Heat oil/ghee in a pan add mustard seeds, cumin seeds when they start
to splutter add dals fry until they become golden brown.

Now add crushed ginger and garlic fry for a second add onions,curryleaves
and green chillies saute until onions become soft and pale coloured,add tomatoes
and sugar cook lid closed until the mixture leaves oil.

Add all the dry masala's, peas and coconut and salt to taste.Saute for 2-3seconds
pour sufficient ammount of water,allow to boil.

When the water begins to boil add the drained rice and cook until all the water
evaporates,close the lid tightly and leave on low flame for 10-15 minutes.

Garnish with coriander and serve hot with mosaru bhajji.

TIPS:Adding little sugar to tomato dishes will brings out the flavour of tomatoes.

Mosaru bhajji



Small onion-1,chopped

Small tomato-1,deseeded,chopped

Green chilli-1,finely chopped


Salt to taste


Mix everything in a bowl and serve with rice dishes.