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Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Turning Point

I have four monkeys! Was should that mean?
I have four moneys who are not my pet but rather very independent individuals.
I feel I am very lucky that they have become my friends. Because not everybody can have the rare chance of having monkeys as friends! And these monkeys have understood my interest so well that they have picked up this for me:

, as they wished me 'Guten Appetit!' on my birthday. Hillarious!
Love you, monkeys! Mmmuuuaaahhh!!
This book has a rich collection of recipes from all over Germany! But it is not just a long list of recipes like a coomon conventional cook book but gives me a good introduction to German food culture and food tradition!
And a new phase of learning begins for me!

Putenfleisch-Bällchen mit Tomaten- und Jogurt-Sauce

The name should be kofta curry of turkey (minced meat)for my English-speaking friends.

I cooked this for the first time.
And it was quite loved by the tastebuds of my friends. Very satisfied experience that way.
It is a spicy dish.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Schrimps with Shredded Bell-peppers

When you are busy, schrimp can be a good option to cook if you dont have to clean iy on your own. I get already cleaned and 'beheaded' ones from the supermarket, and think of the huge prawns, cleaned by mom and fried in mustard oil, with their heads of course, back home, with nostalgia.

I sauteed the schrimps, chopped onion, gree chilly in butter a little and then added chopped red, yellow, and green bell-peppers into it and cooked for a while.
It is a very quick recipe, ideal when your day is really long and you return home late.

Chicken Wings in Onion Sauce

I cook chicken wings quite often. Chicken cooks fast and quite easy to prepare. So, at the of a tiring day, if I must cook, it is one of my favourite choices.

To prepare this, first I marinated the wings with salt, curry powder (typically, turmeric powder, when in India, a little red chilly powder, in onion paste for about 15 minutes. After that I sauteed the wings, with shredded onion, garlic, green chilly, in sunflower oil. Then I added the onion paste and cooked till the meat softened.

Stuffed Bell-Pepper

I cooked this for myself last Friday and had it over the weekend! It was really good! It was the first time I cooked stuffed bell-pepper. Now I am confident to cook this for my friends!
I am not going to write the recipe in detail now, guys! Because you will soon have it at my place.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


I would like to name it Putenfinger!
You can call it turkeyfngers.

I had it with black tea in the evening. You can have some other drinks with it.
Tell me your recommendations.

Main ingredients:

Minced meat of turkey

Onion – shredded and sautéed
Green chilly

Sunflower oil

Can you guess how I prepared it? I guess, you can.
Write to me. ;)

Shrimp with Peas


Shrimp -- 100 gm
Peas -- 25 gm
Coconut -- half of one small
Red onion – one large
Garlic -- a big clove
Sugar – a pinch
Ginger powder – a pinch
Turmeric powder -- half a teaspoon
Cumin powder -- half a teaspoon
(Use curry-powder if these typical Indian spices are not available.)

Olive oil (or sunflower oil)
Green chilly – one medium
Red chilly powder (optional)
Tomato – one small (optional)

How to Prepare:

Chop 1/3 of the onion into thin slices. Grate the rest.
Shred the chilly and also the garlic.

Grate coconut. Keep it to one side.
Grate tomato. Keep it to one side.

Heat the oil a little and add chopped onion, garlic and green chilly to it.
Sauté till the onion start turning golden.
Add schrimps. (You can add them later also. I prefer frying them a little.)
Now add the spices, grated onion and stir and mix very well.
Now add grated coconut, stir and sauté.

Add salt.
Add grated tomato. Stir and mix well.

Stir and cook for some time.
Add water and the peas. (You can add the shrimps at this stage also.)
Boil till the peas are cooked.

Serve hot with rice.

Roommating and Cucumber Curry!!!!

A__ and I decided to become roommates once again, after a long gap of years and spend the eve of the eve of New Year together (No typing error!).
Since my roommate was to fly back home the very next day, we decided not to buy anything but to exhaust everything we had in the kitchen. So, my roomie cooked khichuri for us, one of my all-time favourites. She wanted to give the cucumber and tomatoes to me. As I was about to pack them, I thought why not doing something new with these conventional, mundane, everyday-salad-ingredients. And here is the outcome of the experiment:

We had never eaten cucumber before like this. We did not even thought of any such thing! Fun! Innit?