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Friday, September 26, 2014

Koko Araisa ( Koko rice)| Samoan vaifala Recipe ~Western samoan Cuisine

Samoan Recipes

Landing on w today and am so happy only three more letters to go to finish this months marathon. For W I chose Western samoan cuisine to explore. I wanted try a cake But time and light was not with me today had to pick ywo easy recipe from the country.Samoan  which is officially called as Indepent state of samo which was formerly called as western Samoa. Tatooing is very much traditional here  they have unique tattos for bothe genders, soaman girl is give a Malu which cover just below the knee to the thighs.Samoan foods are mainly prepared with coconut milk and cream so they are mildly taste. I chose a dessert which is specially made Samoan Koko but here I used the dark chocolate which is easily available here. For the drink I made a very smile samoan pineapple drink which is super quick to make. 

I have a very happy news to share today is My blog 2nd anniversary and I take this opportunity to all my readers for supporting me 2 long years with kind hearts wishing to get more support and motivation in future to . I wanted to make a cake today but Unfortunately I had very less time so made a sweet dish for W . Hope you all enjoy.. Will post my 2 nd blog anniversary celebration post Once am done with Bm this month. Lets move on to the recipes.. 

samoan Koko recipes

Koko rice

Koko Araisa 

                                         Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Co ok Time
20-30 mins
10 mins

chocolate rice recipe

  Rice - 1 cup ( I used arborio)
  Water - 4 cups
  Orange juice - 1/2 cup
  Coconut Milk - 1 cup
  Dark chocolate chunks - 1/4 cup
  Sugar - 1/4 -1/2 cup 

  • Add rice water and orange juice in a pan. simmer and cook the rice for 20 -30 mins till they done.
  • stir them occasionally , stir coconut milk, chocolate, sugar and mix them well.
  • Mix and simmer till all the chocolate melts evenly.
  • Serve this immediately with extra coconut milk id needed .

Koko araisa recipe

Samoan Drinks Recipe

 Samoan Vaifala

                                                   Recipe Category
    Preparation time
10 mins

Samoan pineapple drink
  Pineapple chunks - 1/2 cup
  Condensed Milk - 1 cup
  Sugar (optional)
  Water - 2 cups
  Ice cubes as needed

  • In a glass add the pineapple chunks and sweetned condensed Milk.
  • Add water and mix them till combined.
  • Serve them chilled with ice cubes.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Vietnamese Bubble Drinks | Fruit Bubble Tea Recipe |Boba drinks ~ Vietnamese Cuisine

 Fruit bubble drink

Vietnam which is officially called as Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the 8 th most popular Asian country. Vietnamese cuisine is similar to Chinese , traditionally they use minimal amount of oil in making any dish and they rely more on herbs and vegetables.Even though there is so many option from Vietnam for me to choose I chose this delicious bubble tea as its famous in every Vietnamese restaurants. For V  I was so temped to do a special drink from Asian cuisine which is now popular all over the world. Actually I should have done this for T but was is dilemma between Thai and Taiwan . As this drink is popular in Vietnam even and you can find bubble drink in any Vietnamese restaurant too. Though Bubble tea or Boba is originated from Taiwan it is popular all over the world and mainly in US too. I have't had bubble tea before But wanted to try at home and the try them for the first time. I really fell in love with those pearls they when so good to have with the milkshake. Bubble tea is a milkshake version with addition of cooked tapioca pearls which floats in the end of a glass. Its so yummy to have and very refreshing.

taiwanese boba recipe

Vietnamese recipes

Tapioca pearl recipes

 Drinks recipe

Boba drinks 

                                         Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Co ok Time
15 mins
15 mins

Vietnamese beverage   Water - 6-7 cups
  Condensed Milk - 1/2 can ( 1 cup)
  Tapioca pearls - 1 cup
  Whole Milk - 4-5 cups ( as needed)
  Fruit puree- 2-3 tbsp 
( I used strawberries, blueberries , mango)
  Coffee decoction- 1/4 cup
  Ice cubes - few
  For syrup
  Water - 1 cup
  Brown sugar - 1/4 cup
  Sugar - 1/4 cup

  • In a sauce boil 7 cups of water . Once the water starts boiling add the tapioca pearls.
  • Cook the tapioca pearls as directed in the package. Mine said cook for 4-5 minutes till the tapioca changes to black color.
  • After they are cooked drain the water and run cold water or tap water on top so that the pearls separate and doesn't stick with each other.
  • Now prepare a sugar syrup. In sauce pan heat brown sugar, sugar and water till it bubbles well.
  • Turn off the flame and put the cooked tapioca pearls in the syrup.
  • Let them sit for atleast 15 mins so that the pearls soak the sugar if not they will taste bland.
  • Now lets assemble  the bubble drinks. 
  • Take 4 glasses first add the tapioca pearls which are soaking in the sugar syrup using a spoon.
  • You can add little syrup with the pearls.
  • Add the fruit puree in each glass .. mango , blueberry, strawberry  puree in each glass. Also add the coffee decoction in one glass.
  • Add condensed  and then Milk on top and voila your bubble drinks with 4 different flavors is ready.
  • If you have a fat bubble straw it would be easy to drink this as you will get the jumbo pearls when u sip. else you can use a spoon to finish the pearls.
  • Top them with ice cubes and serve them chilled.

Bubble tea recipe

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Panqueques de dulce de leche ( Crepes with dulce de leche) Recipe | Alfajores ( sandwich cookies with dulce de leche) Recipe ~ Uruguayan Cuisine

Uruguay Recipes

Today we are landing on U after T for thai cuisine , For U I chose  Uruguay which is officially called eastern republic of Uruguay a southeastern region in south america. Uruguayan culture is strongly influenced by Europe the language spoken here is Spanish and some speak a mix of Italian and Spanish which is called Cocoliche. Meat is a fundamental part in this country and dish prepared with dulce de leche our very famous here. So for today I chose two addictive dishes you will sure like it 100% as it contains the delicious dulce de leche.Alfajores are short bread cookies prepared which is sandwiched between in between dulce de leche. Panqueques de dulce de leche  is a sinful dish and a perfect breakfast or snack to enjoy, By sinful I really mean it . It is sent me to heaven I, My daughter and H we totally enjoy the stacked crepes a lot .. Again desserts are following , I really couldn't stop my self doing a dessert again today , feeling fulfilled and happy about both dishes I made for U  specially. Will meet you all tomorrow with next letter till then enjoy the heavenly recipes ..
Uruguay Cookies recipe

 Uruguay  desserts

Recipe Source : Joy of baking


                                         Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Co ok Time
15 mins
15 mins
Cookie recipes

  All purpose Flour - 2 cup

  Butter - 2 sticks (at room temperature)
  Sugar - 1/2 cup 
  Vanilla extract - few drops
  Dulce de leche - 1 cup 


  • In a bowl whisk the butter till smooth and creamy.
  • Add sugar and vanilla extract to it and  Mix them well.
  • Now add flour and combine them till it forms a soft dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F .  On a cookie tray line a parchment paper .
  • In a floured surface roll the dough.Cut them to circles or any shape you like.
  • Place the the cut cookies on the parchment  paper and bake them at 350F for 8-10 mins.
  • Once done cool them on a wire rack while they are still sit on the cookie tray .
  • Take a shortbread cookie and spread some dulce de leche and sandwich them with another cookie.
  • Can be store for fews in refrigerator in a air tight container.

Sandwich cookie

Crepes with dulce de leche

Crepes Recipe

Panqueques de dulce de leche

                                          Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time
15 mins
15 mins


Breakfast Pancakes  All purpose Flour - 2 cups 
  Heavy cream - 1/2 cup
  Milk - 1 - 11/2 cups
  Vanilla extract - few drops 
  Sugar - 4 tbsp
  Dulce de leche - 1/4 cup
  For Garnish 
  Chocolate syrup 
  Icing sugar 

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl excluding dulce.
  • Mix them well and form a lup free batter.
  • Heat a skillet and pour one ladle of batter in it. You can make it thin if your like.
  • Once you see it is light brown from one side flip and cook the other side.
  • Once done , do the same for the rest of the batter.
  • Once all the crepes are cooked .
  • Take a crepes and spread dulce de leche in one side.
  • Sandwich it with other crepes and repeat the same till you finish stacking all the crepes.You can also spread the dulce de leche and roll each crepe serving is as you wish.
  • Dust it with icing sugar and drizzle some chocolate sauce.
  • Garnish it with fresh fruit, I used strawberries.

Uruguayan crepes with dulce de leche

Crepes Recipes

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vegetarian Pad Thai Recipe | Cold Thai Broccoli Salad Recipe |Gluoy Bwod Chee ( Thai Banana in Coconut Milk)~Thai cuisine

Thai recipes

Today we are landing on letter T and my first choice was thai.Thailand is officially called kingdom of thailand .Thai cuisine is famous all over the world for the food here have some exotic dishes love by people all over the world.A traditional thai meal consists of rice which is called khao and with many accompaniments and stews. I wanted to make thai noodles from long time and so chose the very famous Pad thai . I made them the veg version and we enjoyed this mini thai meal a lot. I chose a very healthy and simple salad to go with the pad thai . For the dessert part I made the thai banana in coconut milk I have made them earlier but didn't get a chance to post it but I have made a version of Thai style bananas earlier. So without further ado moving on to my mini meal from thai.

Thai noodles

Pad thai recipe

Veg thai noodles

Recipe Source:Here

Pad Thai

                                          Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time
15 mins
15 mins

Pad Thai with rice noodles  Thai Rice Noodles - 8 oz pack
  Garlic - 2-3 clove( chopped)
  Ginger- 1 tsp ( grated)
  Green chillies -1 No
  Soft Tofu -  1/2 cup
  Cabbage - 1 cup ( shredded)
  Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp ( chopped)
  Dry peanuts -  3 tbsp
  Oil- 2 tbsp
  Onion - 1 No ( chopped)
  Pad Thai Sauce 
  Tamarind paste -1 1/2 tbsp  ( soak tamarind in a little water for a     while and then mash them well to remove the tamarind extract)
  Soy sauce -1/2 tsp
  Red chilli sauce - 1/2 - 1 tsp
  Brown sugar - 2tbsp
  Pepper pd as needed
  Salt to taste

  • In a sauce pan bring enough water to boil to cook the noodles.
  • After the water boils , turn off the flame and put the noodles in them.
  • Cover and let it sit for 4-6 mins till it is half done.
  • Drain the excess water if any and drizzle some oil and toss it so that the noodles doesn't stick with each other.
  • Combine all the ingredients under pad thai sauce.
  • In a pan heat oil , add garlic , ginger and saute well.
  • Add onions and saute them to translucent.
  • You can also use bok choy if available else cabbage will to taste good. Add shredded cabbage and saute them well.
  • Now add capsicum and again saute.
  • Add the pad thai sauce and cook them till raw smell goes off.
  • Add the cooked noodle, salt to taste and mix them well.
  • Mix them and combine well.
  • Serve them warm.

Broccoli salad

Healthy Salads

Cold Thai Broccoli Salad

                                          Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time
10 mins
5 mins
Thai broccoli salad  Ingredients 
  Broccoli florest - 2 cups
  Lime juice - 2 tsp
  Red chilli sauce - 1/2 tsp
  Carrots - 1/2 cup ( julienned )
  Salt to taste

  • In a pan heat enough water and blanch the broccoli florets.
  • Drain the water and rinse the florets in cold water.
  • In a bowl add chilli sauce , lime juice and salt mix well .
  • Add the blanched florets and carrots .
  • Toss them well till coated nicely.
  • Refrigerate and serve them chilled.

Thai banana in coconut milk

Gluoy Bwod Chee

                                          Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time
5 mins
10 mins

Thai desserts  Ingredients 

  Coconut milk - 2 cups
  Banana - 1 No ( sliced)
  Sugar - 3 tbsp
  Vanilla extract
  Cinnamon pd - for garnish

  • In a sauce pan put coconut milk , sugar .
  • Heat them till the the sugar melts well.
  • Add the  sliced bananas and cook them for 2 mins till they just start softening.
  • Turn of the flame and serve them warm sprinkle some cinnamon on top.

Some Thai Recipes Which Might Interest You :)

Nan Manao ( Thai limeade)
Som Tum
Thai Style Bananas

Monday, September 22, 2014

Arroz con leche Recipe | Spanish Hot Chocolate Recipe ~Spanish Cuisine

Spain recipes

Today I chose spain for letter S as you all know I and the Bm members are exploring  around the world cuisine this month and we have landed on letter S today. I chose a random country for S as spain today I actually wanted to make a meal for spain But unfortunately today I was held up with other works so I chose two dessert from spain. Spani is also called kingdom of spain located on the peninsula in Europe. Spanish cuisine is divided into some typical dishes and cuisine.I have already made an gazpazho from Andalusian cuisine. This time I chose 2 simple and very fav among Spanish from all regions.

Arroz con leche is a typical and traditional rice pudding made in spain . It is luscious and so rich and can be serve warm or cold. The lemon zest and butter makes it so flavorful. These are great for breakfast too, In asturias - northern spain they serve this pudding with caramel crust like a caramel pudding.  Hot chocolate is my all time fav in a cold snowy day , the spanish version calls for corn flour and milk this was so yummy Mine turned a little thick when cooled as it had corn flour in them. Have them hot , if you need add extra milk if needed.  I thoroughly enjoyed these two sweet drink and pudding from spain.  I actually loved exploring a varities of rice pudding around the world   I will make a post on this Rice pudding around the world some time. Here are My two recipes from spain..

Hot chocolate recipe

Spanish desserts and drinks

Spanish Hot Chocolate Recipe

                                          Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time
10 mins
10 mins
Hot chocolate   Ingredients

  Milk - 1 1/2 cup
  Corn flour - 1- 2 tbsp
  Condensed Milk - 2-3 tbsp ( optional)
  Chocolate chips -  1 cup ( melted)

  • In a bowl Mix  1/2 cup milk and cornflour  till it is diluted.
  • Melt the chocolate in microwave for 30 sec or using a double Boiler.
  • In a sauce pan heat rest of the milk and boil it.
  • Simmer the flame and add the cornflour diluted Milk.
  • Cook them till it thickens.
  • Add the melted chocolate to the Milk and Mix well till well combined.
  • Serve them Hot.

spanish rice pudding

Rice pudding

Arroz Con Leche Recipe

                                          Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time
  10 mins
15 mins

Pudding recipe
  Milk - 2 cups
  Arborio Rice / Pearl Rice - 1/4 cup
  Condensed Milk - 1/2 cup ( More if needed)
  Cinnamon pd - 1/4 tsp
  Lemon Rind - 1/2 tsp
  Butter - 1 tbsp
  Salt a pinch

  • In a sauce pan heat 1 cup water , after it boils add salt ad rice.
  • Cook the rice till they are soft .
  • After the cook turn off the flame and let the rice cool for a while.
  • Now Boil the milk in the sauce pan , simmer it till the milk thicken a bit.
  • Add the cooked rice and cook them well.
  • Add sugar, lemon rind and mix well.
  • Cook them well till the pudding thickens .
  • Add butter in the end and mix well till they melt.
  • Garnish with dusted cinnamon pd and serve.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Samoussas Recipe| Bonbon Piment Recipe|Gateaux Piment Recipe ~ Réunionnaise Cuisine

Samoussas Recipe| Bonbon Piment Recipe|Gateaux Piment Recipe~ reunion island

Here we landing on R today and I am super happy to introduce this cuisine letter R to my readers. Do you know samosas  doesn't only exist in India but also found in some African countries, Even the famous south India masala vadai is found in many countries with  different names given to them. Today I chose One such country or to mark its a french colonial Island  which is near Mauritius and I loved to read about the island thoroughly when I researched   about this island Réunion island previously called as Borbon island  in french they call it La Réunion. It is located in the Indian ocean. There is a combination of cuisines followed here Indian, chinese, french, madagascar and african making it am exotic collection which will interest all the people living here. French influence is more enriched in each recipe and the dishes will not taste as they are in other countries.

Eating is one of the favorite part in this island . The traditional "Cari" / curry is served in a meal cari traditional has fish , meat with garlic, onion, lots of tomatoes , turmeric , cloves and ginger. Caris are eaten with plain white rice and our accompanied with a salad called Rougali. And of course the very famous beer here  called borbon and it is so famous that this island was also called as Borbon island. The very famous street goods here is  Bouchons which is nothing but Dim sums stuffed with pork traditionally , Bonbon piment or also know as chilli bites which is a transformed version of masal vada with lima beans / butter beans and also the very famous Samoussas filled with meat and also veg versions are available here. I was so happy to see that the cuisine is similar to Indian and other asian countries and instantly decided to do all fried street food from this island. Gateaux Piment  is the name given to the masala vadai we have  with some very little change the taste is similar to the vadai we make in India. Gateaux Piment  Is also made in mauritius and had with green chutney as we have in India. Lets move on to the recipe for this tempting fried delights we had it for our evening snacks HD was so happy even My daughter enjoyed eating those crispy Samoussas.. For the recipes I referred here and as it was similar to our south India recipe I adapted My own recipe. For samoussa they have meat stuffing instead I made the veg version by adding potatoes.

Reunion island ~ french colony island

Reunion island / borbon island food and cuisine

Fried sancks from reunion isalnd

Bonbon Piment Recipe

                                          Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time
  Over Night
15 mins

  Lima beans / Butter beans - 1 cup ( soak it over nite)
  Green chilles - 2-3 Nos
  Rice flour - 2 tbsp ( Optional)
  Ginger - 1 tsp ( chopped)
  Garlic - 2 cloves ( chopped)
  Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp 
  Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp ( chopped)
  Spring onions greens - 3 tbsp (chopped)
  Onions - 2 tbsp ( chopped)
  Salt to taste
  Pepper to taste
  Oil for Frying

  • Drain the water in the soaked lima beans . Put it in a mixer and pulse it till they are coarsely ground.
  • Transfer it to a bowl add all the  ingredients excluding oil for frying.
  • Mix the batter well and start making a ball of a small portion.
  • Press between the palm and make discs out of it.
  • Repeat the same for the rest of the batter.
  • Form equal sized disc and place it ready to fry in a plate.
  • Heat oil in a kadai/ pan and once it is hot enough slid in the shaped disc on by one.
  • Do not over crowd the kadai else the vadai may spread in the oil.
  • Fry them till they turn golden brown from both sides.

Reunion island snack recipes

Gateaux Piment 

                                       Recipe Category
    Preparation time
  Cook Time 
   Over night
15 mins


  Channa dal / Bengal gram dal - 1 cup
  Garlic - 2 cloves 
  Ginger - 1 tsp ( chopped)
  Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
  Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp ( chopped)
  Green chillies - 2-3 Nos
  Spring onion greens - 2 tbsp ( chopped)
  Onions - 1 tbsp ( chopped)
  Salt to taste
  Oil for frying

  • Drain the channa dal and put them in a mixer , grind them to form a coarse paste.
  • Add all the other ingredients and mix the batter well .
  • Divide the batter to equal portion and make discs.
  • Heat oil in a kadai/ pan  and slide the disc in them .
  • Fry them till golden brown from both sides.
  • Do the same for the rest of the batter.
  • Transfer them to kitchen towel and drain the excess oil.
  • Serve them Hot with Chutney or sauce. 
  • Transfer them to kitchen towel and then serve Hot with green chutney or sauce.

Samosa recipes

Reunionnaise samosa recipes


                                        Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time
  15 mins
15 Mins

  Samosa / Samoussas Pastry sheets- 10 -12 Nos 
Samosa from reunion island  Boiled and mashed Potato - 2 nos
  Green chillies - 2-3 Nos
  Onion - 4 tbsp ( chopped)
  Ginger - 2 tsp ( chopped)
  Coriander leaves - 3 tbsp
  Turmeric pd - 1/2 tsp
  Red chilli pd - 1/4 tsp ( optional)
  Oil - 1 tbsp
  Salt to taste
  For sealing 
  All purpose flour - 2 tbsp
  Water as need 

  • In a sauce pan heat oil and add onions.
  • Saute them till translucent, add chopped greenchillies and ginger and saute them well.
  • Add the mashed potatoes , turmeric ,red chilli pd, salt and mix them well.
  • Filling is ready cool them .
  • Mix the all purpose flour and a little water to make a lump free paste.
  • Take a samosa sheet , add a tbsp of potato filling and fold the samosa to form a triangle.
  • When doing the last fold apply the all pupose flour paste which will act as glue so that the samosa sheet stick nicely.
  • Do the same with rest of the samosa pastry and filling.
  • Heat Oil in a kadai / pan , slide in the oil.
  • Fry them till they turn golden brom from both sides.
  • Enjoy the crispy delights with chutney or sauce.

Reunion island street food recipes