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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wheat Flour Murukku/Godumai Mavu Murukku

Step by step method/picture to make godumai mavu /wheat flour murukku.

photo of Wheat Flour Murukku/Godumai Mavu Murukku


Ingredients
Wheat flour- 1 & 1/2 cups
(Put the wheat flour in a clean cloth.Tie a knot & place it in a steamer/cooker.Steam this for 15 to 20 minutes in medium flame without whistle.Remove from steamer & cool the flour,break it up so there are no lumps.Sieve this flour & now your wheat flour is ready to use.)
Rice flour-1/2 cup
Besan/Gram flour-1/4 cup
Red chilly powder-1/2tsp
Salt-1tsp
Hing-1/4tsp
Jeera/Cumin-1tsp
Very hot oil-1 & 1/2 tsp
( If you want a bit softer side then add 2tsp of oil)
Water-1 & 1/4 approximately
Oil-to deep fry

Method
Mix all above ingredients together.Pour water little by little & make a soft dough.fill the murukku mould with any shape disc.I have used the single star disc,fill the dough into the mould.Heat oil in a pan,press the dough directly into the oil or press it on a plate into a circle.Use a flat ladle to pick it up & drop it in hot oil.In medium high flame deep fry them till crisp & slight golden brown on all sides.place it on a kitchen paper to remove excess oil.Cool & store it in a air tight container.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Kara Boondi Recipe / Spicy Boondi Recipe / Kara Boondhi Recipe / Karaboondhi Recipe /Khara Boondi Recipe

Step by step picture /method to make Kara boondhi / Boondi,a nice Deepawali/Diwali snack..


image of Kara Boondhi Recipe / Spicy Boondhi Recipe / Boondi Recipe

Ingredients for the batter
Besan flour-2 cups
Rice flour-2tbsp
Salt-1/2tsp
Chilly powder-1/2tsp
Hing-1/4tsp
Oil-2tsp
Water-1 & 1/4 cups
(water quantity varies according to the quality of besan)
Other ingredients
Oil-to deep fry
Salt & chilly powder to sprinkle on top
Fried curry leaves-few
Fried peanuts-a handful
(fry these in oil & keep it aside)
image of Kara Boondhi Recipe / Spicy Boondhi Recipe / Boondi Recipe
Method
Make a smooth batter with above ingredients,batter consistency should be a bit thinner than the bajji batter.Heat oil in a pan,keep the boondhi ladle little above the pan.Take a ladle of batter,tap or gently press it so that the batter falls evenly into the medium hot oil.fry these boondhis till crisp & golden brown on all sides.Remove it on a kitchen paper so excess oil is absorbed into the paper.Repeat the same till you finish the batter.Transfer into a bowl ,sprinkle the salt,red chilly powder & add the fried curry leaves & peanuts.Toss it well,cool & store it in an air tight container.


Variation - I added 2 pinch of cooking soda to just plain besan flour & rice flour of the same above measurement.Fried the boondhis & added the salt,red chilly powder, fried cashew nuts,curry leaves & ground nuts.See the picture above.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Homemade Vegetable Pizza

Step by step method & picture to make a Homemade Pizza


photo of Homemade Vegetable Pizza

Ingredients for the dough
Maida/All purpose flour-3 & 3/4 cups
Dry yeast- 2 & 1/4tsp
Sugar-2tsp
Salt-1tsp
Olive oil-3tsp
Warm water-1 & 1/2 cups

Method
Mix sugar & yeast to warm water & leave it to froth for 5 minutes.Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture & mix.Mix salt to flour,pour the yeast mixture & knead it to a soft dough.Apply 1/2tsp of oil to the dough,cover & keep it to ferment for1 hour.Divide the dough into two, again cover & rest it for 45 minutes.Now your homemade pizza dough it ready.
Topping
Pizza sauce/Marinara sauce-required amount
Vegetables of your choice-required amount
(I used chopped onion,mushroom,capsicum,olives)
Italian seasonings-less than 1/8tsp
Mozzarella cheese/pizza blend cheese-required amount
Method
Pre.heat your oven to 400 deg.f.Grease a baking pan,take a ball of dough & spread it to the thickness you want ( thinner is better).Spread the sauce evenly on top,sprinkle the vegetables,Italian seasoning & then the cheese.Bake this for 15 to 20 minutes or till done.

Note: After spreading the dough you can bake it for 5 to 8 minutes in the oven for the base to get half cooked, remove & spread the sauce,vegetables & cheese.Then you bake it for 10 minutes or till the cheese melts & vegetables are cooked. I have done even this way.I liked this version better.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pakodi Ke Kadi/Kadhi



Ingredients for gravy
Curd-1 cup
Water-3 cups
Besan-4tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
(Beat all above ingredients together,make sure there are no lumps, keep it aside)
Tempering
Ghee-3tsp
Mustard-1/2tsp
Jeera/cumin-1tsp
Methi-less than 1/8 tsp
Red chillies-3
Curry leaves-little
Bay leaf-1
Cloves-2
Red chilly powder-1/2tsp
Hing-1/2tsp
Other ingredients
Left over cabbage pakodis/pakoda-1 cup
Method
Heat oil in a pan & temper it.Pour this besan mixture into the pan,in a medium flame bring it to a boil.Switch off the flame & add the pakodi/pakoda.let the pakodi get absorbed into the kadhi/kadi & serve it with rice.





Kerala Avial Recipe / Aviyal Recipe ( Kerala Style) / Kerala Aviyal Recipe

Step by step method/picture to make Avial (Kerala Style),Sadya recipe..


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Ingredients
Vegetables cubed-2 cups
(Pumpkin,cow pea,Yam,Raw plantain,Drumstick,Potato,or any vegetable of your choice)
Curd-1/2cup
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Grind
Coconut-1/4cup
Jeera/cumin-1 &1/4tsp
Green chillies-3
Tempering
Coconut oil-4tsp
Mustard-1tsp
Curry leaves-little


Method

Cook all vegetables with little salt & turmeric powder till cooked.Do not over cook & mash the vegetables.Add the ground masala & give a boil (add salt if needed at this stage).Once its thick switch off the stove.Heat oil in a pan & temper it.Once its warm add curd & the tempering,mix & serve it with rice.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Semiya Kesari Recipe / Vermicelli Kesari Recipe

Step by step method/picture to make semiya/vermicelli kesari..
photo of Semiya Kesari (Vermicelli Kesari)Semiya Kesari Recipe / Vermicelli Kesari Recipe
Semiya Kesari
Ingredients
Semiya/Vermicelli -1 cup
(I used the Bambino semi thick variety)
Sugar-3/4 cup
Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
Cashew nuts-1tbsp
Raisins-1tbsp
Ghee-2 to 3tbsp
Water-1 & 1/2 cups
Saffron-a generous pinch
Milk-1tbsp
Yellow food colour-a pinch
Semiya Kesari
Method
Heat 1 tsp of ghee in a pan, fry the nuts & raisins till light golden brown ,keep it aside.
In the same pan heat 3tsp of ghee add the vermicelli/semiya & in low flame fry till its light golden brown in colour.
Mean while boil water,add food colour to it.Add this boiling water to the fried semiya,cover & in low flame cook till it all water has been evaporated & cooked.
Add remaining ghee & sugar,give a nice stir.
Add the saffron soaked in milk & the fried nuts.Cook this mixture till its semi dry.
Switch off the stove & serve it warm.
Note: 
a) Make sure you fry the semiya till light brown.
b) Do not add too much water otherwise it well get mashed up.
c) For extra taste you can also add rose essence if you like the smell of it.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Cabbage Egg Puttu

Ingredients for tempering
Oil-3tsp
Mustard & Jeera/Cumin-each 1/2tsp
Other ingredients
Eggs-4
(Beat it with little salt & turmeric powder)
Chopped cabbage-2 cups
Chopped green chillies-1
Grated ginger-1/4tsp
Chopped onion-1/4 cup
Chopped coriander leaves-2tsp
Curry leaves-little
Garam masala-1/4tsp
Pepper powder-1tsp
Coriander powder-1/2tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Fry onion,green chillies,curry leaves & ginger till light brown.Add the cabbage & all dry ingredients,fry a bit.Sprinkle very little water ,cover & cook till the vegetable is soft.Pour the beaten eggs & give a good stir,so that all ingredients are mixed well.keep stirring until the egg is fully cooked with the cabbage.Garnish it with coriander leaves.Best served with roti or plain rice.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Kollu/Horse Gram Sundal

Navarathri/Navratri special recipe 
photo of Kollu/Horse Gram Sundal

Ingredients
Kollu/Horse gram-1/2 cup
(soak it over night in water,next day cook it with little salt till done.Drain excess water if any .Keep it aside)
Ingredients dry roasted & powdered
Channa dhal-1/2tsp
Coriander seeds-3/4tsp
Red chillies-1
Coconut-1tbsp
Hing-a pinch
Tempering
Oil-1tsp
Mustard-1/2tsp
Curry leaves few
Method
Heat oil in a pan add mustard once it splutters add the cooled kollu/horse gram. Toss it well switch off the stove & add the ground powder,mix it well & serve.



Monday, October 7, 2013

Jeera Rice (A simple Jeera Rice)

Step by step method/picture to make a simple & quick Jeera rice,cumin flavoured rice...


photo of Jeera Rice (A simple Jeera Rice)

Ingredients
Basmati rice-1 cup
Salt to taste
Ghee-1tsp
Jeera & Shajeera together-1tsp
Water-2 cups
Method
Heat ghee in a pan fry jeera/shajeera till nice aroma arise.Add the washed rice & fry for a minute.Add water & salt ,cover & cook the rice till done.serve it with any side dish you like.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Channa Dhal / Kadalai Paruppu Sundal

Navarathiri/Navratri Special..


photo of Channa Dhal / Kadalai Paruppu Sundal

Ingredients
Channa dhal/Kadalai paruppu-1/2 cup
Salt to taste
(Soak channa dhal for 30 minutes & cook it with salt.Do not over cook,if any excess water drain it)
Curry & coriander leaves-little
Lemon juice-1/4tsp
Grated coconut-2tsp
Tempering
Oil-1/2 tsp
Chopped green chillies-1
Red chillies-1  (optional)
Mustard & urad dhal together-1/2tsp
Hing-a pinch
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Add the cooked dhal,coriander/curry leaves & coconut ,toss it well.Switch off the stove add lemon juice mix & serve.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Green Moongh Dhal/Green Gram Dhal/Pachaipayiru Sundal

Navarathiri/Navratiri Special

photo of Green Moongh Dhal/Green Gram Dhal/Pachaipayiru Sundal

Ingredients
Green gram dhal-1/2 cup
(soak it overnight,pressure cook it with little salt.Do not over cook the dhal,drain out any excess water)
Salt to taste
Curry & coriander leaves-few
Grated coconut -1tbsp
Tempering
Oil-1/2tsp
Mustard seeds-1/2tsp
Hing-little
Chopped green chillies-1
Grated ginger little
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Add the cooked dhal & toss it well.Switch off the stove add the coconut,curry & coriander leaves.Mix well & serve.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Green Peas/Pachai Pattani Sundal

Navarathiri / Navratri special sundal.

photo of Green Peas/Pachai Pattani SundalIngredients
Dry green peas-1/2 cup
(soak in water for overnight)
Salt to taste
(pressure cook peas with little salt & very little water for 1or 2 whistle,make sure you don't over cook.remove excess water if any)
Ingredients ground to a semi wet paste
Coconut-1tbsp
Green chillies-1
Ginger a very tiny piece
Tempering
Oil-1/2tsp
Mustard-1/4tsp
Hing-a pinch
Curry & Coriander leaves for garnish
Method
Heat oil in a pan & temper it,add the cooked peas & ground paste.Mix it well,switch off the stove & garnish it with Curry & Coriander leaves.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Red Chori Sundal

Navarathiri / Navratri Special..


photo of Red Chori Sundal

Ingredients
Red chori-1/2 cup
(soak it overnight)
Salt to taste
Grated coconut-1tbsp
Coriander & Curry leaves-Little
Tempering
Oil-1tsp
Mustard & Urad dhal-together-1/2tsp
Hing-little
Chopped green chillies-1
Chopped ginger-less than 1/8tsp
Method
Boil the red chori with little salt & water,may be one whistle in a pressure cooker.Drain any excess water & keep it aside.Heat oil in a pan & temper it.Add the cooked red chori & coconut,toss it well.Garnish it with curry & coriander leaves & serve.