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Monday, July 28, 2014

Zarda Rice Recipe / Zarda Sweet Yellow Rice Recipe /Sweet Saffron Rice / Sweet Rice Recipe - Eid Special Recipe

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Zarda Rice
Ingredients
Basmati rice-1 cup
(soak it in water for 1 hour)
Water-4 cups
Cardamom & cloves-each 4
Salt a pinch
Yellow food colour-a pinch
Saffron -2 pinches
Milk-1 cup
Sugar-1 cup
Ghee-1tbsp
Chopped cashew nut-3tsp
Raisins-3tsp
Sliced almonds-8
Chopped pistachio-1tsp
Method
Boil water and add cardamom,cloves,salt & food colour.
Lower the flame & add the soaked rice.
Give a stir & in medium high flame cook the rice 90% cooked or for just 4 to 5 minutes.
Drain the water & keep the cooked rice on a strainer.Soak saffron in warm milk.
Heat ghee in a pan fry the cashew nut & raisins keep it aside.
In the same pan add the saffron milk & sugar let the sugar dissolve, now add the yellow cooked rice & half of the fried nuts.
Stir close & in very low flame cook the rice for 10 minutes till all the water has evaporated.
Garnish it with remaining nuts & a drop of rose essence (optional).
Serve them warm.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tandoori Aloo Recipe / Oven Baked Spicy Potatoes / Baked Baby Potatoes Recipe

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Tandoori Aloo
Ingredients for the Marination
Thick curd-3tsp
Red chilly powder-1/2tsp
Coriander powder-1/4tsp
Roasted & powdered jeera/cumin -1/2tsp
Garam masala-1/8tsp
Crushed kastoori methi-1tsp
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Yellow food colour-little(optional)
Black salt & Chaat masala-a big pinch(Optional)
Oil-1tsp
Small baby potatoes-10
(par boiled & prick all the sides with a fork.I didn't remove the skin,you can if you wish)
Method
Mix all above ingredients together in a bowl.Add the potatoes & coat them well with the marinate.
Rest this overnight in fridge for marination.
If you want to do it immediately rest it for at least 2 hours for the masala to get into the potatoes.
Line a baking pan with a foil arrange the potatoes,drizzle some oil on top of the potatoes.
Bake these for 15 to 20 minutes or till cooked at 375 deg.F.
Every oven is different so please keep an eye so that you don't burn them.
Before serving sprinkle some chaat masala  & some lemon juice on top & serve them hot.
Note:
If you don't have an oven just roast them on a pan till golden brown on all sides.
Do not cook the potatoes in pressure cooked,it has to be par boiled.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Chilli Paneer Dry Recipe / Chilli Paneer Recipe - Indo-Chinese Food

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Chilli Paneer
Ingredients for the batter & frying
Paneer Cubes- 2 cups
Corn flour-1 tbsp
All purpose flour / Maida -1tbsp
Salt & pepper to taste
Soy sauce-1tsp
Finely chopped ginger & garlic-1tsp
Water- required amount
Oil-to deep fry paneer
Other ingredients
Cubed onion-1/2 cup
Cubed Capsicum - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Red chilly paste -1tsp (Heaped)
Tomato ketcup/ Tomato sauce-3tbsp (Heaped)
Soy Sauce -1tbsp
Vinegar-1 tsp
Chopped ginger & garlic -1tbsp
Spring onion for garnish
Method
Take a wide bowl add all the ingredients mentioned for batter except the paneer.
Pour water little by little & make semi thick batter. Now add the paneer cubes & gently mix to make sure all the cubes are well coated.
Heat oil in a pan ,drop each cube into the hot oil.In medium high flame deep fry till its golden brown on all sides & crisp.Keep it aside.
Heat a pan pour 2tsp of oil saute the onion,capsicum,chopped ginger & garlic in medium high flame.
Saute for couple of minutes then add the ketchup,chilly paste,vinegar & seasoning.
Now add the fried paneer toss them well till everything paneer cube is coated well with the sauce.
Switch off the stove garnish with spring onion.
Best served with Vegetable Egg Fried Rice.
Note :
a) If you want a crunchy paneer cube then add it to the sauce just before serving.
b) Chopped green chillies can be added for extra flavour.
c) All the sauces mentioned are added according to our family taste,add less or more to your taste.
d) Coloured capsicum can be added to make your dish more colourful.
e) If you want a saucy version then dilute 1tsp of corn flour in water & add it to the dish.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mango Banana Smoothie Recipe / Easy Mango Banana Smoothie Recipe

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Mango Banana Smoothie
Ingredients
Mango cut into cubes-1
Banana chopped -1
Milk -1 cup
Chia seeds - 1tsp
Coconut milk-1tbsp (optional)
Method
Blend all above ingredients together except chia seeds to a smooth liquid.
Add the chia seeds & give a stir for it to soak.Add sugar if needed,I have not used.
Serve it cold after 5 minutes.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Moong Sprout Salad / Sprouted Moong Salad / Simple Indian Salad Recipe

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Moong Sprouts Salad
Ingredients
Moong sprouts-1 cup
Chopped Vegetables together -1/2 cup
( I used onion,cucumber,red capsicum,tomato)
Chopped coriander leaves-1tsp
Lime juice-1tbsp
Salt & pepper to taste
Chaat masala-1/4tsp
Chopped green chillies-1/2
Chopped pecan-1tsp
Dried cranberry-1tsp
Method
Mix lime juice,seasonings,chaat masala in a bowl,keep it aside.
In another bowl mix the moong dal,green chillies,coriander leaves,nuts,dry fruits & vegetables.
Just before serving pour the lime juice mixture,toss well & serve.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Vazhaipoo Kootu / Plantain Flower Kootu / Banana Flower Kootu / Banana Blossom Kootu

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Vazhaipoo Kootu
Ingredient
Banana Flower-1
(chop them finely)
Channa dal - 1/2 cup
Yellow moongh dal -1/4 cup
Salt -to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Fry & make a powder.
Urad dal-1tsp
Channa dal-1tsp
Whole Pepper -1/4 tsp
Red chillies-2
Shredded coconut-3tsp
Hing-1/4tsp
Dhania/coriander seeds-1/2 tsp
Oil-1/2tsp
Tempering
Mustard-1/4tsp
Jeera/cumin-1/4tsp
Urad dal -1/4tsp
Red chilly -1
Curry leaves-little
Coconut oil-1tsp
Method
Pressure cook banana flower,salt,dal & turmeric powder till soft,mash it well.
Heat 1/2 tsp of oil add all the above ingredients under fry & powder,fry till light brown in colour.
Cool the mixture & powder them.Add the dry powder to the cooked dal & give a boil.
Heat oil in a pan & temper it with above ingredients.Pour it into the kootu ,garnish it with curry & coriander leaves.
Mix well & best served with rice.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Minced Chicken In Filo Cups / Chicken In Phyllo Cups / Chicken Mince In Mini Phyllo CupsChicken

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Chicken Phyllo Cups
Ingredients
Cooked minced chicken-1/2 cup
(cook the minced chicken with little salt,cool & grind to a semi smooth paste)
Salt & pepper to taste
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/2tsp
Parmesan cheese-1tbsp
Garam masala-1/4tsp
Red chilly powder-1/2tsp
Olive oil-1tsp
(Mix all above ingredients together in a bowl)
Other ingredients
Filo cups / Phyllo cups-10
Grated cheese-to sprinkle on top
Method
Fill 1tsp of the chicken mixture inside the filo cups.
Sprinkle the cheese on top,bake them at 300 deg. for 10 minutes till its slightly brown on all sides & on top.
Serve it with ketchup or any dip you wish.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dangar Pachadi Recipe / Urad Dal Raita / Urad Dal Powder Pachadi / Daangar Pachadi Recipe

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Dangar Pachadi
Ingredients
Urad dal -1tbsp
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander leaves -few
Hing-a pinch
Curd-1 cup
Butter milk-1/4 cup
Tempering
Oil-1tsp
Mustard-1/4tsp
Method
Take 1tbsp of urad dal & dry roast till light brown in colour.Do not burn them.Powder them to a smooth fine powder.
Today I have dry roasted ready made urad dal powder till light brown in colour for the above pachadi.
Mix this powder with curd,butter milk,salt & hing,make sure there are no lumps.
Heat oil in a pan temper it with mustard.
Pour this tempering into a pachadi garnish with coriander leaves.
Mix & best served sambar/kootu/kuzhambu varieties.

Note:
a) Chopped green chillies & curry leaves can be added while tempering.
b) If your pachadi is thick dilute with water or thin butter milk.

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