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Posted by Annita on November 19, 2008

Tiramisu meaning ‘pick-me -up’ is a classic coffee flavored Italian dessert prepared with mascarpone cheese,espresso and ladyfingers.It has become very popular recently and is served in almost every Italian restaurants. You either love it or hate it,there’s no middle ground..



This was my second attempt to prepare Tiramisu,first time I completely messed it up.This time I followed Olive Garden’s recipe as per Shn’s suggestion and it came out perfect.Thanks Shn.

I’ve made a few changes here and there.This is how i made it…


Egg yolks – Of 3 eggs
Whole Milk – 1/4 cup
Granulated sugar – 1 cup

Mascarpone cheese – 3 cups
Cream cheese – 8 ounces or 1 cup
Vanilla Extract – 1/4 tsp

Ladyfingers /savioardi biscuits- around 25

Italian Coffee powder – 5tbsp (Use any Italian brand if possible.I used Illy brand.Other brands are Cello, Lavazza, Kimbo, Mauro etc.)
Hot water – 1 cup (for making espresso)

Kahlua or any coffee liquor – 1/4 cup

Cocoa powder/Grated chocolate- as needed


Fill half of a medium sized sauce pan with water and allow it to boil.In a metal bowl whisk egg yolks,milk and sugar together.Simmer the boiling water and place the metal bowl on top of the sauce pan and stir the mixture often for 10-15 mts.You can also use double boiler instead of doing this.When the sugar dissolves,the egg mixture will begin to thicken.Remove from the sauce pan and allow it to cool.


To prepare espresso,boil 1 cup of water in a stove/microwave.Take it off from heat and add coffee powder into it.Mix it well and strain the coffee through a sieve.Allow it to cool.(Instead of preparing this you can buy espresso from Starbucks or any other coffee shop.)

Combine mascarpone cheese,cream cheese and vanilla extract together using an electric mixture.You’ve to mix it until it turns almost creamy with small chunks remaining.Add egg yolk mixture to the cheese mixture and combine them together.

Combine 1/4 cup cooled espresso and 1/4 cup Kahlua together.


Pour espresso-Kahlua mix into a flat plate so that it’ll be easy to dip the ladyfingers.Keep it aside.Dip each ladyfingers into the espresso-Kahlua mix and arrange it in a serving dish side by side.Ladyfingers will get soaked up very fast ,but we dont want to soak an entire ladyfinger.Dip only the bottom half of the ladyfinger ,the top half has to be dry.You can break the ladyfingers to fit into the dish.

Spoon half of the mascarpone cheese mixture over the ladys fingers.Sprinkle grated chocolate/cocoa powder over it.(I’ve used both chocolate and cocoa powder.Use it according to your choice.)Again arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers over the cocoa/chocolate powder.Spoon remaining cheese mixture over ladyfingers and spread it evenly.

Cover and chill it for 8-10 hrs.Before serving sprinkle grated chocolate/cocoa powder over it.Cut into equal size square pieces and serve.

Note :- You can also prepare Tiramisu in dessert glasses/parfait glasses,so you can serve it right then and also you can save the extra time it takes to cut into desired shape.


Info:-I’ve read here that mascarpone cheese is available in Fiorano Restorante in Bangalore.I dont know about other cities.Also if anyone knows about the availability of ladyfingers in India,can you please let me know about it?

Related recipes:-

Pushpa’s Tiramisu Recipe

Eggless Tiramisu Recipe

Ladyfingers Recipe

Tiramisu without Alchohol from Shab’s Cuisine


Posted in Desserts & Cakes, International Food, Italian Dishes | 31 Comments »

Blueberry Muffins

Posted by Annita on June 18, 2008

Now some freshly baked muffins from Elise’ Simply recipes.This recipe is very simple and definitely a keeper.


Blue berries – 1 and 1/2 cups
All purpose flour – 3 cups + 1 tbsp(only if using frozen blueberries)
Baking powder – 1 tbsp
Baking Soda -1/2 tsp
Unsalted butter softened – 10 tbsp
Sugar -1 cup
Eggs – 2 large
Plain Yogurt – 1 and 1/2 cup
Lemon peel grated – 1 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp


Preheat oven to 375┬░F.Take a bowl, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy.Now add one egg,beat it and add the other.Beat it again until they are well incorporated.Now beat in grated lemon peel.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients to the beaten egg-sugar mixture,and beat it until just incorporated.Now beat in one third of yogurt ,beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients,beat in second third of yogurt,beat in remaining dry ingredients and then the remaining yogurt.Do not over beat, beat it until they are just incorporated.Fold in the blue berries.If you are using frozen berries, defrost them first, drain the excess liquid, and then dust them in 1 tbsp of flour.

Coat a standard muffin pan with vegetable oil sprays or butter and distribute the muffin dough equally among all cups.Bake until muffins are golden brown,about 25 to 30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted at the centre comes out clean.Allow it to cool for 5 minutes,remove from the pan and serve hot.

Posted in American Dishes, Blogger's Recipes, Bread & Rotis, Breakfast Dishes, Fruit Dishes, International Food, Lil' Milan's Choice | 7 Comments »

Gobi Manchurian

Posted by Annita on September 21, 2007

Gobi Manchurian- a popular Indo Chineese dish can be served as a snack or an appetizer when prepared dry.But in my home,amma always prepares it with gravy to serve along with fried rice/noodles.And i haven’t even tasted this dry type manchurian in any of the Kerala restaurants(of course,I haven’t asked for it as I was not aware of it..)
My DH only introduced me to this dry type manchurian,he’s an ardent fan of this dish and whenever he order this in a restaurant he gives them special instructions to make it extra dry and spicy.And I must say,this is the only dish I’ve tried umpteen times to get a satisfactory sign from my husband.I’ve followed many recipes,tried adding different ingredients and finally came out with a recipe that suits our taste.I’ve been following this recipe for the last 4-5 attempts,and its working out well for me.

Gobi Manchurian

Gobi Manchurian

And now the recipe …


Cauliflower – 1 medium sized cut into medium sized florets
Spring onion chopped- a small bunch (Seperate whites and greens)
Garlic chopped – 5 tbsp
Green chilies chopped – 4-5 tsp (Use according to your spice level)
Soya Sauce – 1 and 1/2 tbsp
Green Chilli Sauce – 2 tbsp
Tomato Ketchup – 3 tbsp
Vinegar – 1 tsp
Coriander leaves – for garnishing
Oil – as needed
Salt – add only if needed
(Add 1 medium sized Onion and 1/2 Capsicum if you wish.i dont add it,if i am preparing it dry)

For the batter :

All purpose flour/Maida – 1/2 cup
Corn flour – 1/4 cup
Rice flour – 2 tbsp
Egg – 1
Ginger-Garlic paste – 2 tsp
Red Chilly powder – 1/2 to 1 tsp
Salt – to taste (consider the saltiness of soya sauce while adding it)

Method :-

Prepare a batter with the given ingredinets adding necessary water.Batter should be made a little thick,otherwise it doesn’t coat well on the cauliflower florets.Heat oil in a big wok,dip each floret in the batter and gently put it into the oil.Do not overcrowd the wok while frying.Do it in 2 or 3 steps as needed.Fry it until it turns golden brown in color.Drain into a tissue paper and keep them aside and allow it to cool.

Now heat 2-3 tsp oil in another pan,add chopped spring onion(only the whites),green chillies,garlic and ginger,saute them for a while.(Add onions and capsicum also if you’re adding it)Now add soya sauce,chilly sauce,vinegar and tomato ketchup.Mix them well,check for the salt and add the cooled gobi florets.Turn the heat to high and mix them together until all the florets are well coated with the sauce.Add spring onion greens and coriander leaves and toss it well for few minutes.Serve immediately.

If you want to make it a gravy,add 1 tsp cornflour mixed in 1 cup luke warm water and simmer it for few minutes,before adding spring onion greens and coriander leaves.

Posted in Chinese Dishes, International Food, Snacks & Appetizers, Veg Dishes | Tagged: , , , | 81 Comments »

Chicken Burrito

Posted by Annita on July 8, 2007

And now a mexican favorite for you to try at home.This is again a fusion,and my family loves it.

Chicken Burrito


Chicken Burrito



To Prepare Marinade:

Chilli Flakes – 1 to 2 tsp (as per your taste)
Red Onion quartered – 1/2 medium sized
Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Garlic cloves – 5
Fresh oregano chopped – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste

Grind all the above ingredients into a smooth paste and keep aside.

Other Ingredients :

Boneless Chicken breasts – 3 or 4
Flour tortillas for burritos – 4
Sliced Onion – 1/2
Sliced Bell pepper – 1/2
Chilli Flakes – 1/2 tsp
Cooked rice- 1 cup
Thick Salsa (either store brought or home made) – 1/2 cup
Canned Beans (Pinto or Black) – 1/2 cup
Shredded lettuce,Shredded tomato,Shredded cheese,sour cream,guacamole etc – as needed
Salt – to taste
Oil – as needed


Marinate the chicken with the prepared marinade and refrigerate it for at least an hour.Heat oil in a skillet over high heat and cook the chicken until done and all water evaporates,turning each side only once.Allow it to cool and cut into small stripes.Keep it aside.You can also grill the chicken instead of cooking it in a skillet.

Now into the same skillet,add more oil (if needed) and saute sliced onion and bell peppers for a while.Sprinkle chilli flakes and salt.Stir well and remove from heat,do not brown it.Keep them aside too.

Spread each tortillas onto a plate.Then spoon the salsa onto it and spread evenly over the tortilla.Instead of spreading over the tortilla,you can also mix it along with the chicken,if you wish.Now spoon the chicken mixture,sauteed onion and bellpepper,rice and beans onto tortillas.Add the toppings(lettuce,tomatoes,cheese etc) and roll up the tortillas.Serve hot.

Chicken Burrito

Posted in Chicken, International Food, Mexican Dishes | 17 Comments »

Chilly Chicken

Posted by Annita on June 6, 2007

Finally i’m back with my next post,sorry for this long uninformed absence,this time the blame is on my in-laws.I got busy with them,taking them around places,eating good food and sharing gossips.Soon i’ll be posting some of the special dishes from my mother-in-law.But for now enjoy this spicy chicken favorite from Sumi’s Kitchen Wonders.Chilly Chicken is the most popular dish in Indo-Chinese cuisine.This is a spicy dish which can be savored as an appetizer,it tastes great with fried rice and noodles as well.This recipe from Sumitha has a very unique taste with the hot Sambal Oelek in it,and i must say this is definitely a keeper.Thank you dear Sumi for this wonderful recipe.

Chilly Chicken


Boneless skinless chicken cut into small cubes – 1 lb
Vegetable oil – to shallow fry chicken pieces

To prepare the marinade:
Egg – 1
Cornflour – 2 tsp
Dark Soya Sauce – 1/2 tsp
Red Chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt – to taste

To prepare Chilly Sauce:
Onion diced – 1 big
Green bell pepper diced – 1
Ginger chopped – 1 tbsp
Garlic chopped – 1 tbsp
Green chillies chopped – 3
Sambal Oelek – 1 and 1/2 tbsp
Tomato Ketchup – 1 tbsp
Hot and Sweet Sauce – 1 and 1/2 tbsp
Dark Soya Sauce – 1 tsp
Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
Sesame seed oil – 2 tsp


Prepare a marinade by mixing the ingredients together.Add the chicken pieces into it and marinate it for an hour,preferably in a refrigerator.Heat vegetable oil in a pan and shallow fry the chicken pieces until they are brown in color.Drain and keep it aside.

Heat 2 tsp sesame seed oil in another pan,add chopped ginger and garlic,fry till they turn brown.Add chopped green chillies,onion and bell pepper,saute until onion turn transparent.Now stir in red chilly powder,sambal oelek,tomato sauce,hot and sweet sauce,soya sauce and salt,mix together.Add fried chicken pieces,mix well and serve hot.

If you like it to be a gravy,add 1 tbsp cornflour mix in 1/2 cup water into the chicken,simmer it for 4-5 mts and serve.

Check out these also:

V.K.N’s Chilly Chicken

Vee’s Chilly Chicken Dry

Asha’s Chilly Chicken

Meena’s Chilli Chicken

Mocha’s Chilly Chicken

Posted in Blogger's Recipes, Chicken, Chinese Dishes, International Food | 32 Comments »