Rumi’s ‘Giggling’ Cream Cracker Truffles


10-12 cream crackers, butter, peanut butter, cashews, chocolate/chocolate sauce

How to make

1. Take 10-12 cream crackers and blend in a grinder

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2. Add butter & peanut butter to the ground crackers


3. Make balls stuffed with cashew



4. Freeze the balls for 15-20 minutes

5. Melt chocolate with butter


6. Coat truffles with chocolate sauce



7. Freeze them again for 20 minutes


8. Garnish and serve (if anyone wants to add sugar, can add brown sugar)

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Rumi’s Royal Falooda


Falooda mix or home made simoyee (vermicelli), custard, variety of syrups and frozen fruit crushes (strawberry/blueberry), tutee fruity, dry fruits, fresh fruits as per choice, ice-cream, crushed chocolate, sabzza/soaked basil seeds

How to make

Take a glass/tumbler, coat the inside with the syrups and put the syrups into it. Pour fruits, then layer with falooda, then custard, then sabzza, fruits, tuttee fruity, dry fruits, in that order…repeat the layers. Top the glass with ice-cream, crushed chocolate, strawberry/blueberry crush, grated chocolate.

Serve chilled.




Sanjib’s Bhendi Badi Sorisa Rai


250gms Bheendi (Okra/Ladiesfinger), 100gms Biri Badi (dried lentil dumplings), 2 tsp Mustard seeds, 2 tsp Cumin, 1 Onion, 1 Garlic, 3 Green chillies, 3 pieces Ambula (dried mango pieces), Salt

How to make:

Prepare a paste of mustard seeds, cumin, onion, garlic & green chillies. Soak Ambula pieces beforehand in water for an hour. Fry the bheendi and badi separately till badi turns slightly brownish. Then add the paste with bheendi, badi and add 1 glass of water to it along with ambula. Add salt to taste. Cook for about 15 mins. Bhendi badi ambula sorisha rai is ready.

Ambula Bhendi Rai-Sanjib



Rumi’s Pakhala Extravaganza

Pakhala (Water Rice)


Well cooked rice, Mustard oil, Raw mango (green), Ginger (sliced), Mustard seeds, Chopped chilli pieces, Curry leaves, Coriander leaves, Curd

How to make:

Bring cooked rice to room temperature, wash properly with cold water…keep aside…on a pan put mustard oil, amba kassi (raw green mango pieces), chopped ginger, mustard, chopped chilli, curry leaves, dhania leaves…temper it and then add to the water+rice…finally add curd

Side Dish (Simba Rai Chuna Machha)


Chuna Maccha (Small fish/Smelt fish in U.S.), Brinjal, Potato, Jackfruit, Simba (Flat beans or Lima beans), Pancha Puthana (roughly — fennel seed, black mustard seed, nigella seed, cumin, fenugreek), Oil, Onion, Garlic, Turmeric powder, Cumin seeds, Coriander powder, mustard paste/mustard sauce, Mustard oil, Cinnamon powder, Fried Badi (dried lentil dumplings)

How to make:

Take vegetables like brinjal, potato, jackfruit, simba….cut into small pieces…take a pan…put oil, panch phutana, chopped onion and garlic….fry it, add turmeric powder, cumin and coriander powder, saute it, add veggies…cover it…after 6 to 7 minutes open the lid add mustard paste and 2 spoon of mustard sauce (kasundi)…little water, add fried chunna fish. Mix well, add cinnamon powder and mustard oil on top of it with some fried badi…

Side Dish (Amba Thenta)


Small raw mango pieces, sugar, salt, green chilli, mustard oil

How to make:

Take raw mango pieces, sugar, salt, green chilli…and few drops of mustard oil…and crush it in hemma dasta (mortar pestle)…do not  make a paste




Sanjib’s Bhakura Maccha with Mati Alu


Catla Fish: 500gm

Salt, Turmeric, Mustard oil, Mustard seeds, Onion, Cumin, Garlic, Green chilli, Drum stick, 1/2 Tomatoes, 3-4 Dried mango pieces (ambula)  & Yam

How to make:

Cut sized pieces from 2.5-3kg catla fish and clean them

Marinate the fish pieces with salt, turmeric & mustard oil. Keep for 1/2 hour

Fry fish pieces in pan with mustard oil

Separately prepare paste of dry cumin seeds, mustard seeds, onion, garlic and green chillies (Masala Paste)

Separately fry drum stick pieces and cut yam pieces

Fry the masala paste with cut tomatoes. Keep stirring till the oil gets totally absorbed by the masala paste

Add water to the paste and put the friend fish pieces into it

Add 3-4 dried mango pieces and simmer for about 20 mins

Ready to serve…

Sanjib Fish




Archana’s Vegan Muffins


Ripe Bananas: 2, if small, then 3/4
Any Oil:  Half cup (I used Rice bran oil)
Vanilla essence: 2 TSP
Lemon juice: 2 TSP
Self raising flour : 2& 1/2 cups
(Or if Maida is used then 1/2 TSP baking soda and powder each)
Sugar: 3/4 cup (I used brown sugar)
Coconut milk: 1 cup
Salt: 1 TSP
Some cashew nuts and Pistachio (optional).  If not available no worries
How to make
First mash the bananas
Then put oil, sugar
Add vanilla essence and lemon juice
Mix them well
Keep aside
In another bowl mix  Maida, baking soda, baking powder and salt
Add coconut milk. Keep mixing.
You can use a hand blender or just put everything in a blender. Justice is made to them anyway 😁
 Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius
 Now in the muffin tray put the  muffin cups and put the batter. Keep some space. Don’t fill it otherwise it will overflow once cooked
On top put cashew and Pistachio nuts
Put it in the oven. Check after 15 minutes. Take out and  change the side of the tray and again check with a fork after 15 minutes. If it’s ready then the fork will come clean.
Your Vegan Banana Muffins is ready..😊

Jyoti’s Andhra Drumstick Curry & Tomato Chutney


Preparation time: 15 min, Cooking time: 10 mins

Drumstick curry:

500 gms drumsticks (peeled n cut into 2/3 inches)
Sesame seeds (til).about 3 big table spoons
Fresh Coconut(grated) abt 3 big table spoons
Whole red chillies 1 or 2 (according to taste)

For seasoning (tadka)
2  teaspoons oil
Rai or mustard
Urad dal (split black gram), a pinch of asofoetida (hing)
Some fresh curry leaves, salt to taste

Tomato chutney:

Fresh  juicy tomatoes 250  gms, oil, Asofoetida, Methi seeds (fenugreek)
Red chilli  powder

How to make

Drumstick curry

Boil the drumsticks in about 4 big cups of water with salt n haldi and keep it aside. do not throw away the water as this will form the base of the gravy.
Meanwhile soak the sesame and chillies (broken into two) for about 15 mins.add the grated coconut and grind to a fine paste.
Heat a kadai (frying pan) .Add oil, on heating add the rai, urad dal and hing. When the rai splutters and urad is golden brown, add the curry leaves .
Now add  the drumsticks into the kadai along with the water (all the while cooking on a medium flame).
Add the sesame  paste and let it cook on high flame for about 1 min. Lower the flame n cook until the required consistency is achieved.
Make sure you do not overcook as sesame turns sour on doing so.

Tomato Chutney

Boil the tomatoes with salt,  make a puree and keep aside.
Dry roast methi seeds (on slow fire they ‘ll assume a beautiful pecan brown colour)
Heat oil -about a big table spoon
Add hing. Let it change colour.
Turn off gas and add red chilli powder to the hing n oil (to the hot oil to get off the raw taste)
Mix it with the blended tomato puree
Add the methi powder in the end.
Rest the chutney for a while before serving for the flavours to blend well

Serve with hot steam rice n sesame oil


Sai Jyoti


Rumi’s Dab Chingri (Prawn in tender coconut)


Prawns, mustard oil, mustard paste, coconut paste, coconut milk, cream, turmeric, tomatoes, green chillies (slit into two), raisins, cashews, salt to taste, onion, pancha phutan (cumin, fenugreek, mustard, onion seed, fennel), dough

How to make:

Clean  and de-thread the prawn …mix mustard oil,mustard paste,coconut paste,coconut milk and cream,turmeric,tomato,green chilli (slits),raisin,cashew

Temper with five spices and onion….mix well…pour the mixture of prawn all Masala and add salt into the coconut and cover it and pack it with dough and put it in the Microwave until golden brown



Sanjib’s Kancha Sorisa Bhakura


Bhakura Fish (Catla) : 500 gms

Turmeric (Haldi), Salt

Mustard Paste: 50 gms mustard + garlic 15 cloves + onions 2 + Jeera (cumin) 4 teaspoons

Mustard Oil

Green chillies – 7/8

Chilli Powder – 1 spoon

How to make:

Take 500 gms bhakura macha (medium cut pieces). Wash it and marinate with haldi (turmeric) and namak (salt) as per taste. Make mustard paste of 50 gms with 15 cloves of garlic,  2 onions and 4 spoons of Jeera (cumin). Now take a kadai (frying pan)  and put it on gas. Put 5 to 6 spoons of mustard oil and add the paste. Add 2 to 3  glasses of water and start boiling it. After 2 to 3 mins add the fish into the kadai. Add salt as per taste. Add 7 to 8 green chillies cut into 2 halves and 1 spoon of chilli powder. Boil it till 30 mins till the paste is half dry. Now the dish (Raw mustard Bhakura fish curry) is ready





Chenapoda from Middle-Earth


A dessert unique to Odisha, made in the magical kitchens of “Middle-Earth”- New Zealand

It is one of my most favorite sweet dish. I just love to eat chenapoda as much as I can. Once it was in 2010 I think I ate half kilo at a time in few minutes😊
I always miss. Though this is second time I made but it was delicious.

We can make either with home-made chena/cheese or with ricotta cheese. I tried mixing both to make it softer .  Or I can say I was experimenting. So here you go….


Milk _ 3 litres
Ricotta cheese _ 250 gms
Sugar _ 1/2 cup raw sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar.
Here I’ll say it depends how much sweetness you want. People here in New Zealand don’t like too sweet so I am putting less sugar. You can put half a cup more.
Semolina _ 1/2 cup
Chena (cheese) water_ one cup
Vinegar _ 3 – 4 tb spoon
Baking powder _ 1 tsp
Cardamom powder _ 1 tsp
Cashew nuts & raisins _ few pieces (optional)
Ghee (clarified butter)_ 2 tsp

How to make

Bring the milk to boiling temperature. When it starts boiling add vinegar, little by little. Reduce the gas flame/temperature to minimum. When the milk starts curdling then switch off the gas.
Separate the chena from the milk. Keep the chena under running water for few seconds. Keep some chena water to use for the batter.
Mash the chena nicely. Add the ricotta cheese, semolina, sugar and mix them nicely, till it becomes soft. Slowly add the chena water if the batter is thick.
Finally add baking powder and a little ghee and give a final touch. Mix it well
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade.

Grease the container with oil. Cut a baking paper according to the size of the container and grease that too. Put in the container. Now put the batter in the container. Put some cashew nuts and raisins on top and keep in the preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes.

Chenapoda is ready😃

Keep for a while. Let it cool down. Then
Cut it in pieces and serve to your friends… I am sure they will love it….
I too love it.😆