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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Manathakkali Keerai Masiyal Recipe / Keerai Masiyal Recipe

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Manathakkali Keerai Masiyal


Ingredients
Manathakkali keerai chopped-2 cups
Masoor Dal or Thoor Dal-1/2 cup
( I used Masoor dal)
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Chopped garlic-2
Chopped onion-1/2
Chopped tomato-2
Chopped green chillies -2
Tamarind - a small piece
Tempering
Oil-2tsp
Mustard-1/2tsp
Jeera / Cumin-1tsp
Urad dal-1/2tsp
Red chillies-2
Hing-1/2tsp
Crushed Garlic -1
Curry leaves few
Method
Pour 1 tsp of oil in a pressure cooker add onion,tomato,green chillies,garlic & keerai.
Saute for few minutes to remove the slight bitterness from the keerai.
Now add the washed dal,turmeric powder, tamarind piece & required amount of water.Pressure cook till soft,
Open the lid add salt & mash it well.
Heat oil in a pan & temper it with above ingredients.
Pour this into the keerai & mix them well.
Best served with plain hot rice !

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jell-O Ambrosia Recipe - Easy Dessert Recipe

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Jello O Ambrosia
Ingredients
Jell-O - Lemon Flavour Gelatin - (3 oz ) One packet
Jell -O - Orange Flavour Gelatin - (3 oz ) Two packets
Canned crushed pineapple - ( 20 oz ) One can
Canned Mandarin oranges - ( 15 oz) Two cans
Topping
Cool whip/whipping cream - ( 8 oz) One Tub
Mini marshmallow - 2 cups
Cherries for decoration
Method
Follow the instructions for making the Jello from the back of the Jello-O pack.
Mix both the flavours into a large bowl.
Drain the syrup from both the fruit cans.Mix the crushed pineapple & the Mandarin oranges into Jello liquid.
Pour this into a long glass tray & keep it in refrigerator to set.It will take about 4 to 5 hours.
Mix the cool whip with the mini marshmallows.
Spread this on top of the set Jello -O fruit tray.Refrigerate again for another 30 minutes.
Decorate with cherries,cut & serve them cold.
Note:
a) For garnishing you can also use finely grated cheese.
b) You can also mix sour cream/cream cheese to the cool whip topping.
c) Toasted coconut can also be added to the cool whip to give a crunch.Make sure the coconuts are cool while adding.

Inspired by: framedrecipes

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cauliflower Au Gratin Recipe / Cauliflower In White Sauce Recipe / Cauliflower Bake Recipe

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Cauliflower Au Gratin

Ingredients
Cauliflower florets-2 cups
(blanch the florets in hot water with little salt,drain & keep it aside.Do not over cook)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Parsley-1tsp
Bread crumbs-1/4 cup
Butter-1tbsp
Grated mozzarella cheese-2tbsp
Parmesan cheese-1tbsp
Homemade white/Bechamel sauce-1 cup
Method
Pour some white sauce in a baking tray arrange the blanched cauliflower on top.
Sprinkle some seasonings,parsley & Parmesan cheese,cover it with remaining white sauce,
Sprinkle the shredded cheese & bread crumbs evenly on top.
Pour 1tbsp of butter all over the top & bake it till the crust is slightly golden brown at 350 deg.F.
Serve it with toast or as an appetiser.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Thirattipal Recipe / Pal Therattipal Recipe / Microwave Therattipal Recipe / Pal Khova Recipe / InstantThiratti Pal Recipe

This is my 1st guest post for my dear friend Usha who runs a blog called Mahaslovelyhome. Thanks once again to give me this opportunity to participate.
Check out the recipe for this easy sweet @ Mahaslovelyhome.

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Thirattipal

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Microwave Roasted Cashew Nuts / 3 Minutes Microwave Roasted Cashew Nuts / Roasted Cashew Nuts Recipe

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Roasted Cashew Nuts
Ingredients
Raw whole cashew nuts - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Ghee - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder semi coarsely crushed - 1 tsp
Chaat Masala - 1/8 tsp
Method
Heat ghee in a wide microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds.
Add the cashew nuts to the ghee,mix it well to make sure the ghee is well coated to the nuts.
Microwave for 30 seconds,remove sprinkle the salt ,pepper powder & chaat masala.
Give a quick mix & microwave for 1 minute.For every 30 seconds give a mix.
Remove give a mix & put it back in microwave for last 1 minute.
Remove the bowl transfer to a plate for cooling & store it in an air tight container.

Note:
a) Every microwave power is different,so check for every 30 seconds interval  to make sure you don't burn the nuts.
b) You can reduce the pepper powder if you like ,I like to have them spicy.
c) Adding chaat masala is optional,my kids love the taste so I always add them.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Saffron Rice Recipe / Kesar Rice Recipe / Kesar Chaval Recipe / Saffron Steamed Plain Basmati Rice Recipe

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Saffron Rice
Ingredients
Basmati rice - 1 cup
Water - 2 cups
Ghee-2tsp
Oil-1 tsp
Cardamom -1
Cloves-2
Star anise -1
Bay leaf - 1
Shajeera - 1/4tsp
Saffron - 2 to 3 generous pinches
Salt to taste
Turmeric a generous pinch
Method
Wash & soak rice in water for 15 minutes.
Heat oil & ghee in a pan add all the spices fry till nice aroma comes out.
Now pour the water,crushed saffron,salt & turmeric powder,mix well.
Drain the water out from the rice,once the water starts to boil add the rice.
Now lower the flame cover the pan with a tight lid.
Cook the rice till all the water has evaporated & grains are separate.
Switch off the gas gently fluff it up with a fork.
Sprinkle some crushed saffron on top & serve with any gravy you wish.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kulcha Recipe / Plain Kulcha Recipe / Punjabi Flatbread Recipe

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Kulcha
Ingredients
Maida / All purpose flour - 2 cups
Warm milk - 1 cup
( kept 1 minute in microwave)
Salt -1 tsp
Sugar - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Yeast - 1 tsp
Oil-1 tsp
Water - 25 ml (1/8 cup)
For topping
Chopped fresh coriander leaves - 2 tsp
Chopped green chillies-1
Sesame seeds- 1 tsp
Grated garlic - 2
Butter to brush on top



Method
Pour warm water in a bowl,add yeast & sugar.
Mix & leave it covered for 10 minutes until foamy.
Take a wide bowl add maida & salt,mix .Now pour the yeast mixture & mix well.
Slowly pour the warm milk into the flour mixture & knead to a soft dough.
Add little oil to form a non sticky dough.Grease a bowl place the dough,cover the dough with a warm wet cloth.Place a lid & cover the bowl.leave it to ferment for an hour.
After an hour you will see the dough has doubled in size.Pull out small balls from the dough.
Place it on a greased sheet,spread the dough to a semi thick disc.
Apply water on top,sprinkle the topping ingredients.
Gently press them so that the ingredients sticks to the top.
Bake it at 375 deg F for 10 minutes or till top is light brown.
Remove from oven & apply butter on top.
Serve them hot with any gravy.

Note:
The below picture is done on tawa.For this method I rolled it out a bit thin.

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Kulcha
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Kulcha
Courtesy: Reem Khan

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Vendakkai Vathal Recipe / Dried Okra Recipe / Home Made Vendaikkai Vathal Recipe / Ladies Finger Vathal Recipe

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Vendakkai Vathal
Ingredient
Vendakkai / Okra / Ladies Finger -10 cups
( Wash the vendaikkai,cut the ends off. Cut it into 1/2 '' long pieces)
Curd-1 cup
Turmeric powder-1tsp
Salt -2tsp
Method
Take a wide plate or bowl,add all the above ingredients.
Mix everything well to make sure the vegetable is well coated.
Cover & leave it overnight.Next day spread it on a plate or tray and keep it in sun.
Keep them for 2 to 3 days or till its crisp dry.
Store them in a container & deep fry these vathals in oil when needed.
This goes well with sambar rice,rasam rice or curd rice.
You can also deep fry & add them to vatha kuzhambu or mor kuzhambu.

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