Thursday, October 9, 2014

French Macaron Classes at Bangalore, Trivandrum and Hyderabad

Three-hour French Macaron Class focuses on the creation from start to finish of these elegant and colorful pasteries.

Students are divided into groups and work through the steps from dry ingredients, to creating the batter, to piping, and then finish with a box of beautiful macarons for you to take home with you!

Limited Seats - Contact Marina at 09379398865
Date - 17th October 2014 10am
Location :- Poonthi Road, Kumarapuram, Trivandrum

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cake Baking and Icing Workshop at Hyderabad

I live in Bangalore, I go for my classes to Trivandrum and Hyderabad, and I always say, 'There's no place like Hyderabad. It's the most exciting city I have lived till now. That's the way it is. That's it.
Another Baking and Icing session at Hyderabad on 27th and 28th Sept 2014 at Hotel Baseraa, Secunderabad.
Love this City because it has always helped me grow, A very big thanks to all the Students who had turned up for the class. 
Menna's Cake Baking Classes Hyderabad

Monday, September 1, 2014

How to prepare Onam Sadya at home

Onam Sadya dishes made during Last Onam
Onam is synonym with the Onam sadya. It's elaborate, it's grand and it has a range of recipes that's guaranteed to tickle your taste buds. Here's a short and quick info on what each recipe is about.

The first course of an Onam Sadya is always Paripp curry and  ghee with red boiled rice and pappadam.

Paripp curry -Roast the Moong Dhal  then add water and cook it with some salt and a coarsely ground  coconut, jeera and green chillies. When it is cooked , temper it with dry red chillies, mustard and curry leaves.

Olan – Cut the vegetables into fairly big pieces  as for avial (Raw banana, Brinjal, Raw papaya, Lady’s finger, pumpkin, snake gourd and split green chillies).  Boil Red gram (vanpayar) . Cook all the vegetables add the boiled gram. Crush the garlic cloves with the grated coconut and stir well. The curry should be fairly thick. Temper the curry using coconut oil, mustard, dry red chillie and curry leaves.

Avial – Cut the vegetables into big pieces (Brinjal, pumpkin, snake gourd, string beans, drumstick etc., ) Boil the vegetables along with slit green chillies , turmeric powder, curry leaves and salt. When the vegetables are done add coarsely ground coconut and cumin seeds mixed in curds. When the gravy is fairly thick. Season the curry using coconut oil, mustard, dry red chillies and curry leaves.

Thoran – Thoran can be made with cabbage, beans, carrot and other vegetables also. You need to grate the vegetables for making thoran  or slice it very thin.  Add oil and cook the vegetable with salt and turmeric and when it is half done add coarsely ground coconut, jeera, green chillie and garlic.  Heat oil add mustard seed, red chillie and curry leaves and season the thoran  ( please don’t add water while cooking the vegetables)

Pulinji Curry – In oil fry mustard, curry leaves,jeera  and methi seeds. Add ginger and tamarind pulp and jaggery and cook till the gravy thickens. Garnish with fried curry leaves.

Along with the above curries the usual Sambar, rasam , moru curry along with Kaduku manga pickle, pachachdi etc are served.

Now let’s move on to the sweet dishes served on Onasadya.  There will be Ada payasam,  pal payasam,  parippu payasam

Ada Payasam - Boil the ada. Add milk cook until done. Then add sugar and cardamon powder. Stir well. Add ghee and garnish with fried coconut pieces

Make your Onasadya and Enjoy your Onam

Check this link to know more about Onam Sadya in Bangalore 2014
Onam Ashamsagal!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Restaurants serving Onam Sadya in Bangalore -2014

A typical onam sadya spread
Image courtesy -
Augustus Binu
Onam is back!!  With Onam just around the corner, it time for Pookalam, Onam kodi and Onam sadhya. For me the very thought Onam reminds me of my shcool days and Onam holidays. It was time when I would gang up with my cousins to pick flowers from the backyard for our Onam pookalam. Also, how can I forget the first grand illumination in the Trivandrum city. 

Sadly, this kind of Onam is gone, never to come back for many of us. 

Onam Sadya in Bangalore
For many of us living in Bangalore, there are many restaurants offering specially prepared Onam sadya. In my short search, I found few hotels hosting Onam sadya on Thiru Onam day. Hope this list will be useful to you. 

Restaurants Serving Onam Sadya in Bangalore

1.Ente Keralam located at Ulsoor Road, Bangalore

Enjoy Onam feast 
from 1st to 7th September 2014. The menu features special delicacies like Ada Pradhaman, along with Thorans, Avial, Eruseri, Rasam and more.

The rate

545/- + Tax from 1st to 6th Sept 2014,
645/- + Tax on 7th Sept 2013 - the 12 pm slot is already booked, you can try for 11am or after 3pm slot. They also provide pasayam ( 500 gm ) and sadhya as takeaway. 

Call on 080-32421002 to reserve or get complete details. 

2. The Paul Bangalore, at Domlur Layout

Onam sadya on September 7, 2014. Call 080 - 4047 7777 for reservations.

Rate: 1100/- + Tax

The Paul
3.Drumsticks, located at Richmond Road, Bangalore

Exclusive Onam Lunch Menu at Drumsticks Original Price: Rs.450 all inclusive.
Timings: 11:30 AM and  3:00 PM 
For Reservations Call : 080-41116903 OR 8971232671.

4.The Gateway

7th Sunday 1250/- plus tax, Time 11:30 - 1:30 2:30- 3:00
Contact # 66604545 to reserve your seat

5) Home Delivery of Onam Sadya 
Delivery Date: 7/9/14 ( Thiru Onam day only)
Time: 11 AM onward
Onam Sadya is delivered to your home - Serving 3 nos - Rate Rs 975/- 
Contact- (M) 9008477741, 080-65678238 for timing, and area covered by them.

6) Onam Sadya at Rangashankara - Anju's Cafe
Onam Sadya at Ranga Shankara

 September 7, 2014, 1 PM onwards
Onam sadya ( Lunch) Rs 430/-
 Bookings are open - Contact Anju for details - 91 9845036605 ( Few more slots open)

7) Cafe Malabari in Koramangala

  Onam Sadya on Sept 7, 2014
  Rate Rs 250/-
  Timing 12 to 3:30 PM
 080- 25507373 or 9035007372 for details.
  Check this good experience Onam Sadya at Cafe Malabari.

8. Menna's Delight, Domlur ( Myself)
This Onam, for the time time I'm hosting six people for Onam sadya in my house at Domlur, Bangalore. Thanks for MealTango, for giving me the experience to host Onam sadya in my house. 

What's Meal Tango?
Launched in India in July 2013, MealTango help travelers and food aficionados experience culture through food.

Meal Tango Dining Experience
Enjoy Onam sadya on a personal level only through MealTango. For the first time, I'm hosting six people for a Onam feast in my house.
Date and other details - Date 7th Sunday starts at 12:30, 499/- all inclusive.
Get in touch through to book a seat. Only 6 seats.

Onashamsakal to All!

Are you Keen to learn traditional Kerala cooking recipes and improve your culinary skills? 

Learn Kerala Cuisine in Bangalore
For those of you passionate about cooking various traditional Kerala dishes, or simply curious to learn and explore the vast variety of Kerala recipes, I've classes specialized on various cooking.
 In cooking lessons, I cover many typical Kerala delicacies like:
  • Appam, stew, fish molee 
  • Kappa and meen curry 
  • Puttu, kadala, Iddiappam and egg roast, egg curry
  • Meen pollichathu,meen mapas, meen vattichadhu,
  • Beef roast, dry, beef ularthiyathu, etc
  • Kerala chicken biryani, fish biryani,
  • Kerala sadya  
  • and more...
I've few more details on this page - Kerala cooking class in Bangalore!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Basic Fondant Icing with two tier cake stacking classes

Learn to make the fondant dough from the scratch, all basic techniques of how to work with fondant, rolling out and placing on the cake.
You will also learn how to cover cake with Ganache and drape the cakes with fondant and learn to stack the 2 tiers cakes and decorate with ruffles and make roses and leaves.
As an additional part you also learn how to powder dust your flowers.
14th September 2014
Time: 2:00 am to 6:00 pm
Venue: Poonthi Road, Kumarapuram, Trivandrum
28th September 2014
Time: 9:30am to 2:30 pm
Venue: Hotel Baserra, Clock Tower, Secunderabad

Course details.
All tools, two cakes and materials will be provided along with high tea
Techniques which you will learn in this class.
  • Making fondant dough from the starch
  • Kneading
  • Coloring
  • Basic shapes
  • Bows
  • Ruffles
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Learn how to Ganache both layer cakes. 
  • Stack both layers.
  • Powder dusting the flowers
Take away
Printed recipe of homemade fondant
Two tier stacked cake decorated by you.
Fondant modeling tool kit.
One set of plunger cutters
And confidence to make your own fondant cake
Contact Marina Charles at 09379398865 , 09341275334, 080-41715105