Sunday, May 17, 2015

Chakka ( Jack Fruit ) Halwa

Chakka / Jack fruit is a great source of dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, which makes it one of healthy fruits to relish. People eat it as it is. Jack fruit halwa is my hubby's favorite. Here the recipe...

Jack fruit- 1 kg
Sugar- 400 gms
Ghee- 100 gms
Cardamom powder- 1 tsp


Remove seeds from jack fruit and blend in a mixie, transfer it into an uruli ( heavy bottomed vessel ). Let it boil and get cooked on a medium heat. When water is absorbed, add sugar. Let it be on medium heat and stir in between.
After it is reduced even more, add cardamom powder and start adding the ghee and keep stirring.
When all the ghee is used up and you get a thick consistency. 
Pour it in a greased tray and allow to set. When it cools you can cut into desired shape and garnish with almond slits.
Store in airtight containers. If you wish to keep it for a longer time, refrigerate.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Chicken Macaroni Casserole With Mozzarella/Easy One Pot Meal


To cook chicken:-

Chicken breast pieces: 2
Cinnamon: 1 small 
Cloves: 2
Bay leaves: 2
Ginger, chopped: 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Elbow macaroni, cooked: 3 cups
Butter: 2 tbsp
Garlic cloves: 2 chopped
Onion: 1 big chopped
Tomato: 1 chopped
Tomato paste: 2 tbsp
Chilli flakes: 2 tbsp
Flour: 1 tbsp
Chicken stock: 1/2 cup
Mozzarella cheese: 1/2 cup 
Salt to taste


Cook the chicken with all the ingredients mentioned under to cook chicken. 
In a heavy skillet, heat butter then add garlic. Saute until lightly browned. Add chopped onion, saute till it turns pink. Now add tomatoes, when it becomes mushy add chilli flakes and tomato paste. 
Add flour and saute until raw smell of the flour goes. Add enough salt. 
Add cooked macaroni, shredded chicken and chicken stock. Cook covered for 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a baking dish and transfer the mixture from pan into it. Top with shredded mozzarella and bake until lightly browned on top.