My Spicy Kitchen

Collection of my Recipes…

Sorakaya Pulusu~Bottle Gourd in Tamarind Sauce January 31, 2010

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Ragi Java January 29, 2010

Ragi or Finger Millet is rich in nutrients and minerals.    I don’t use ragi in my cooking but my maternal granny use to drink drink ragi java or porridge once in a while. I made it yesterday and I didn’t like it very much. Today I made it again, added some sugar and it was ok. It is tasteless just like oatmeal! By the way, although oatmeal is tasteless, that is my breakfast these days. I eat it at least twice or thrice a week and hopefully, I will get used to ragi java and make it part of my breakfast very soon 🙂 I will let you know in a month or two, how I am doing with this.


In a bowl mix together 1 cup of water and 2 tbsp of ragi powder. Microwave it for 90 seconds.  Add 2 tsp of sugar or salt to taste, mix it well and make sure there are no lumps. Microwave it again for 55 – 60 seconds. It should become thick and the consistency is like custard or jello pudding before refrigeration.  Since java is little thick, can eat it with a spoon or drink it.  I prefer drinking it hot.  Once it cools, will have to eat it with a spoon.


Lemon Yogurt Cake January 24, 2010

Filed under: Baking,Desserts,Eggs,Event Entries — usha @ 9:22 am
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This is Ina Garten’s cake.  I saw it couple of days ago on food network and wanted to try it. The reason I liked the recipe is that it doesn’t call for butter and uses only vegetable oil. I know oil is fat too but I rather use oil to butter! I have not come across a cake of Ina or Paula Dean that is not load with loads and tons of fat. Since this recipe has no butter, I wanted to try it and baked it  yesterday. I thought the cake was ok but U & his cousin liked it. If U likes it then it is not as bad as it tasted to me…

Source: Ina Garten of Food Network
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Preparation: 5-10 minutes
Baking Time: 1 hour
Yields: 1 loaf



Bread Canapes January 18, 2010

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Asparagus Stir Fry January 15, 2010

I made this stir fry couple of days ago. I took some pictures while preparing it but was contemplating whether to blog it or not. There has been a two-week drought in my posts and could not resist to blog. Actually, I do have a post that is ready to publish but did not want to start the year with a cooking disaster post, therefore here I am with asparagus stir fry.

For a good asparagus stir fry, the key is how fresh and tender the asparagus is. The tender the vegetable, tastier the stir fry. I cut the vegetable into small pieces and stir fried it with basic some onion, green chilies, garlic, chili powder and some sesame seed powder. I thought the taste was fine and has a taste of cluster beans.

Total Time: 15 minutes

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2-3

Printable Recipe


  • Oil
  • 1 Small Onion Chopped
  • 3-4 Green Chilies cut
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder (adjust to taste)
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 lb tender Asparagus cut into ¾″ pieces
  • 2-3 tsp dry roasted Sesame Seed Powder


  • Heat oil in a pan. Fry onion until translucent.
  • Add green chilies, garlic and fry for a minute.
  • Add turmeric, salt and stir. Add asparagus and stir.
  • Cover the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes until asparagus is tender.
  • Remove the cover, add sesame powder and cook uncovered for another 3-5 minutes, until done. I served it with rice.

This is my entry to Cooking with Seeds: Sesame Seeds, hosted by Priya.