Follow me on Amara Recipes- Facebook

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Beetroot Spiced Drink

I was getting ready to make beetroot fry. Once I peeled and washed the beetroot, I diced them and accidentally put them in a bowl of water I kept for potatoes. The color of the water was so beautiful. My daughter saw the water and asked me to make something out of that water as she loves the color. I loved the taste of the water too. So, I added few ingredients and made this spiced drink.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Serves : 2


Beetroots : 2 large
Water : 3 cups
Limca or Sprite : 2 cups
Ground Cinnamon : 1 teaspoon
Ginger : 1" piece (extract juice)
Ice cubes : 1 cup


Wash, peel and dice the beetroots. Add the pieces to water and let the soak for 20 minutes.
Strain the water into a vessel and add rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Pour the drink into glasses with ice and top it with some cinnamon pieces.
Serve immediately.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Red Velvet Marble Bundt Cake

I love marble cakes as they satisfy the taste buds of many. I wanted to bake a cake for my dear friend for her birthday. She loved my marble cake before but she likes red velvet. So, I thought of mixing her interests and bake a red velvet marble bundt cake.
She was very happy with both the look of it and the taste, and all the kids loved it. My daughter wants me to bake this cake again for her birthday.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time : 1 hour
Makes : 1 - 9" bundt cake.


Unsalted butter : 1 1/2 cups at room temperature
Sugar : 2 1/2 cups
Eggs : 6 large
All purpose flour: 3 cups
Baking Powder: 1 1/2 teaspoon
Salt : 1/2 teaspoon
Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon
Cocoa powder: 1 tablespoon
Red food coloring (powder/liquid) : 1 tablespoon


Take a large bowl and beat butter until creamy.
Add sugar and beat till the mixture is fluffy.
Add 1 egg at a time and beat until mixed well.
Add all purpose flour and baking powder slowly and beat till the mixture is blended.
Add milk, vanilla extract and beat until the batter is blended.
Take 2 cups of batter into a small bowl, add cocoa powder and food coloring.
Stir with a spatula to mix well.
Pre heat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grease a bundt pan, add a layer of plain batter and top it with a thin layer of red batter. Repeat the process by layering until the batter is finished.
Bake the cake for 1 hour. Let it cool before turning it on to a plate.
Cut into pieces and serve.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Potato and Green pepper Biryani

I love the simplicity of Biryanis and Pulavs. Just raita is enough to accompany the rice to serve as a meal. They work well for lunch boxes too.
Kids love Pulav and biryani so, I try to make different combination of veggies all the time. I'm sending this dish to blogging Marathon #71 under one pot dishes.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves : 4-5


Basmati Rice: 2 cups
Onion : 1 large sliced
Potatoes: 2 large diced
Green pepper/Capsicum: 2 large sliced
Green chilies: 7 slit
Ginger garlic paste: 1 tablespoon
Biryani powder/paste : 1 tablespoon
Coriander powder : 1 teaspoon
Cilantro/coriander leaves : 1 bunch chopped
Water : 3 1/2 cups
Salt to taste

For Tempering:
Cloves : 5
Elachi/Green cardamom: 3
Bay leaves: 2
Shahi jeera : 1/2 teaspoon
Cinnamon: 1" stick
Mace : 1 string
Star Anise : 1 flower


Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes.
Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee and 1 tablespoon of oil, add all ingredients listed under for Tempering. Fry for 1 minute.
Add onions, green chilies and sauté till they turn light brown.
Add ginger garlic paste, biryani paste and fry for 1 minute. Add cilantro and fry for 1 minute.
Add the veggies for 4-5 minutes.
Add drained water and fry for 2 minutes.
Add water, salt, mix well and close lid.
Cook for 12-14 minutes. Turn off the stove and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Fluff it up with a fork and serve with raita.

Quick Plum Cake

Plum cake and Christmas go hand in hand. Love plum cake but I prefer non-alcoholic version while soaking nuts and dried fruits. Here is a quick microwave version which takes 8 minutes to cook.
Kids love this quick and easy cake. I made it on Christmas morning and the cake was gone in 5 minutes.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Soaking Time: 3 hours at least
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Serves : 4-5


To soak:
Dried fruits : 1/2 cup (Raisins, dates, cherry, )
Nuts : 3 tablespoons (Pistachios, almonds, cashews, walnuts)
Orange juice : 1/2 cup

All purpose flour: 1 1/4 cup
Cocoa powder: 3 tablespoons
Baking Soda : 1/2 teaspoon
Sugar : 1/2 cup
Vegetable oil: 1/4 cup
Honey : 5 tablespoons
Warm milk: 1/2 cup


Take ingredients listed under to soak and mix together.  Soak them for 3-4 hours or they can be soaked for 1 day.
Mix All purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking Soda and sugar in a large bowl.
Add soaked fruits and nuts along with the juice, honey, oil and milk.
Mix well with a spatula.
Pour the batter in a 10" greased cake dish and cook it in a microwave for 8 minutes.
Let it cool off and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Take it out, cut into slices and serve.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Purple cabbage and red pepper fried rice

I've been busy with a family wedding and pretty much ran out veggies except a purple cabbage, a red pepper, baby corn and spring onions. I was in a bind as I have to pack lunch for the kids. So, I thought of making fried rice with what I have and change the sauces to compliment the veggies. It turned out so good kids loved it and my poor son came home hungry as his friends loved it and ate 3/4th of his box.
You can use red cabbage as a substitute if you can't find purple cabbage.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves : 3-4


Rice : 2 cups washed and cooked
Purple cabbage : 3/4 cup
Red pepper: 1 diced
Baby corn : 5 cut into 1" pieces
Spring onions/ scallions : 1small bunch to garnish
Green chili sauce : 1/3 cup
Chili vinegar: 1 tablespoon
Soy sauce : 1 tablespoon
Fresh ground black pepper: 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste


Heat oil in a wok or a large pan, add purple cabbage and white part of scallions.
Sauté  for 1 minute and add red pepper and baby corn. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
Add rice and rest of ingredients except scallions. Toss well and cook for 3 minutes.
Turn off the stove and add scallions and serve hot with any Chinese fry or gravy.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Almond Coconut cookies

I made these Almond coconut cookies for Christmas, kids in the county and my friends loved them. These cookies are simple to make.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Makes : 12 cookies


Eggs : 2 large
Sugar : 1/3 cup
Salt : A pinch
Shredded coconut: 1 1/2 cups
Almond extract : 1 teaspoon
Ground nutmeg: 1/4 teaspoon
All purpose flour : 4 tablespoons
Almond powder: 1 tablespoon
Candied cherries: To garnish
Coconut powder: To garnish


In a mixing bowl, beat eggs well. Add salt, sugar and beat again until stiff.
Add almond flavoring and beat well.
Add rest of the ingredients slowly and fold well with a spatula.
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the cookie dough on cookie sheets and bake for 15 minutes.
Garnish with cherries and coconut powder. Cool them on a rack and serve.