Taste n Create : Shrimp Fried Rice

For the past few days I have been browsing through Nicole's blog, For the Love of Food. Nicole has a beautiful blog with stunning pictures and a diverse collection of recipes. I was so glad to be partnered with her. Loved reading about her family and her travels. There were so many dishes to choose from, but after all the sweets and other heavy stuff I've been having for the last couple of weeks, I really wanted to make something simple. The shrimp fried rice looked delicious and was a perfect choice for lunch today.
I just had mine and the rice was so flavorful and steaming hot, it was just the perfect meal.

Check out the recipe here.
Have a great weekend guys!

Diwali Treats...

I had a wonderful time this Diwali. Thank God it was during the weekend. We spent the whole day in true Diwali spirit. Visited the temple in the morning and spent the rest of the day visiting friends and distributing sweets.
I wanted to make everything that mom usually makes at home, so here are the recipes for all the above treats...

Diwali Wishes to ALL!

Wishing you all A Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali. May all your dreams come true and the coming year be filled with happiness.

I have been quite busy for the past few days making some sweets. Here's a picture of all the goodies I made. Will post recipes later.

Off to the temple now....Have a wonderful day!

Easy Chocolate Fudge

We had our first rain this week. Lasted a whole day and reminded me so much of rains back home. Just lazed around for two days of cloudy weather.
I made these last week when I was really craving for some chocolate. It was really simple and done in no time at all. The recipe is from the book Chocolate, by Williams-Sonoma.

Easy Chocolate Fudge
1 1/2 cups (375 gms) sugar
2 tbs unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (125 ml) evaporated milk
2 cups (315 gms) bittersweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup (90 gms) walnuts

Grease an 8" square pan with butter.
Combine sugar, butter, salt and evaporated milk in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Stir constantly till the mixture comes to a boil, lower the heat a little and simmer for 5 mins, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir till the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.
Stir in the walnuts.
Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Cool, cover and chill for 2 hours .
Cut into squares and store in an air tight container for upto a week.

Tried and Tasted : Madhuram's Eggless Cooking Round-up

Here's the round up of all the Tried and Tasted recipes from Madhuram's Eggless Cooking. A big thanks to all those who sent in their yummy creations....

Really sorry for missing out this entry by Lata Raja of Flavours and Tastes

Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes tried these...

Zucchini Dal by Graziana of Erbe in cucina (Cooking with Herbs)

White Bean Soup by Graziana of Erbe in cucina (Cooking with Herbs)

Last of all my entries...

Do check out Trupti's blog Recipe Center for the details of this months Tried and Tasted event.

ICC September : Murukku

Murukku is one of our favorite snacks and it's so addictive. I was so glad when it was chosen for Indian Cooking Challenge this month, a great excuse to make some. This was a great recipe, very similar to what I usually make.
I'm a day late in posting this, totally skipped my mind. So sorry for that...do try this recipe....

4 cups raw rice
1 cup urad dal
approx 1/2 cup water or more

For the seasoning:
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp asafoetida/ hing
salt to taste
75 gms butter

Wash and drain the rice. Dry for 1/4 hour. Dry roast the urad dal till golden and allow to cool.
Grind the rice to a fine powder. Then grind the urad dal to a fine powder.
Mix together both the flours, salt, sesame seeds, cumin seeds and hing.
Add the butter and rub it in till it forms into a crumbled mixture.
Add water and form into a firm dough.
Heat oil to deep fry. Shape the murukku using the murukku maker on pieces of paper and deep fry on medium heat till light brown, turning a couple of times to ensure even browning on both sides.
Drain on paper towels and store in air tight containers for upto a week.