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Monday, December 30, 2013

How to remove water spots from your bathroom/wash basin chrome fixtures?

To remove water spots from your bathroom/wash basin chrome fixtures.Cut a lemon into half,rub the cut side of the lemon over the faucet until you see the spots disappearing.Rinse it with water & wipe it off with a cloth.You can see your fixtures sparkling !


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Toor Dal Idli / Toor Dal Idly / Toor Dhal Idlis Recipe / Pigeon Pea Steamed Rice Cakes Recipe

Toor Dal Idli recipe / Toor Dal Idly recipe/Steamed rice cakes Recipe / Toor Dhal Idlis Recipe / Pigeon Pea Idli Recipe

Ingredients
Idli / Idly rice-2 cups
Toor dal/Thoor/Thur dhal / Pigeon pea-3/4 cup
Urad dhal-1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Method
Soak rice & dhals separately for 2 hours.Grind the dhal till fluffy & keep it aside.Grind the rice to a fine rava consistency.Mix both the batters together,add salt & let it ferment overnight.Next day mix it well, grease your idli plates.Pour a ladle of the batter into the plates,steam it for 7 to 8 minutes or till done.Serve it with any chutney of your choice or idli podi / gun powder.

Courtesy:Mrs.Mallika Badrinath

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Making Perfect Stuffed Parathas

While making stuffed parathas,once stuffing is filled & sealed,slightly flatten & prick it once on top with a fork.Then roll the parathas,this way your stuffing doesn't come out.The air inside is released & all your parathas are rolled out perfect without any mess.I follow this method always,it works out perfect for me.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Fish Cutlet Recipe / Salmon Fish Cutlets Recipe / Fish Kabab (Kebab) Recipe / Indian Fish Cakes / Fried Fish Patties Recipe

Step by step method & picture for making fish cutlet....


Salmon Fish Cutlet Recipe / Fish Cutlet Recipe / Fish Kabab (Kebab) Recipe / Indian Fish Cakes / Fried Fish Patties Recipe

Ingredients
Frozen salmon fish fillet-1
(You can make cutlet with any boneless fish fillet of your choice)
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Garam masala-1/2tsp
Pepper powder-3/4tsp
Boiled & mashed potato-1 medium size
Oil-2tsp
Chopped onion-1/4 cup
Chopped green chillies-2
Chopped coriander & mint leaves together-a handful
Ginger & garlic paste-1tsp
Oil-to deep fry

Salmon Fish Cutlet Recipe / Fish Cutlet Recipe / Fish Kabab (Kebab) Recipe / Indian Fish Cakes / Fried Fish Patties Recipe

Ingredients for the coating
All purpose flour-2tsp
Plain bread crumbs-1tbsp
Panko(Japanese bread crumbs)-1tbsp
(mix both the bread crumbs together & keep it aside)
Egg beaten with salt & pepper-1

Salmon Fish Cutlet Recipe / Fish Cutlet Recipe / Fish Kabab (Kebab) Recipe / Indian Fish Cakes / Fried Fish Patties Recipe

Method
Boil fish fillet in water with little salt & turmeric powder for 5 minutes.Strain out all the water & crumble, keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan fry onion,green chillies,ginger & garlic paste till raw smell disappears & its light brown.Now add the coriander/mint leaves & all dry masala,fry a bit.Add the mashed potato & fish,fry for a minute & switch off the stove.Cool this mixture,take out small balls & shape it to your choice.
Dust this with flour then dip it in beaten egg,then roll this out into the bread crumbs.
Heat oil in a pan & medium flame deep fry these cutlets till light golden brown on all sides.
Remove it on a kitchen paper/towel to remove excess oil & then serve it with any dip you like.

Note: I usually keep these patties in fridge for sometime before frying.This way it holds the shape of the cutlets.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Panettone Recipe / Italian Christmas Bread Recipe / Christmas Panettone Bread Recipe

Panettone Recipe /  Italian Christmas Bread Recipe / Christmas Panettone Bread Recipe

Ingredients for the fruit mixture
Raisins-1 cup
Dry cranberry-1/2 cup
Dry cherry-1/2cup
(As my raisins got over so i used cherry .Originally recipe has 3 different varieties of raisins used)
Fresh orange juice-3/4 cup
(Soak all the above ingredients in orange juice overnight.Before adding to the dough squeeze out the excess juice out.)
Poolish (PRE-FERMENT)
Sour cream -1/2 cup
Yeast -2tsp
Maida/All purpose flour-3/4 cup
(Combine the above ingredients together,mix it well,cover it with a plastic wrap & rest it in a warm place for 1 hour)
Final dough
Butter-11 tbsp
Sugar-1/3 cup
Vanilla essence-2tsp
Eggs-2
Egg yolk-4
Salt -1/2tsp
Maida-3 cups & ( 2tbsp for dusting)
Zest of one arrange
Zest of one lemon

Panettone Recipe /  Italian Christmas Bread Recipe / Christmas Panettone Bread Recipe

Method
Pre.heat your oven to 400 deg.Beat butter & sugar till smooth.Add the essence,egg,egg yolk & beat it for another 2 minutes.Now add the flour & the poolish knead it well.As i don't have a stand mixer i used my kitchen counter top to knead the dough.After kneading well add the soaked fruit mixture,orange & lemon zest.
Dust your kitchen counter top ,using your hand knead the dough to make sure the fruits are well incorporated.Cover it & rest it for 2 & 1/2 hours in a warm place until it doubles in size.Take the dough & put it into the prepared pans,press it well & leave it to ferment again for 1 hour.
As i don't have a panettone pan,i used my regular round cake pan lined it with a parchment paper both bottom & sides.The parchment paper on the side portion was a bit higher than the Pan's brim because the dough will rise above the pan while fermenting.
Make a X mark on top of the bread & place a very small cube of butter at the middle.Now bake the dough at 400 deg. for 20 minutes,then reduce the temperature to 350 deg bake for 10 minutes.Place a foil loosely on top of the bread & bake it for 20 minutes.
Each oven temperature varies,make sure you don't burn.Bread is done if your tooth pick inserted in the middle & comes out clean.
Remove from oven cool completely & then cut.
Inspired by Babble.com

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Wheat Rava Upma Recipe / Godhumai Rava Upma Recipe / Cracked Wheat Upma Recipe / Broken Wheat Upma Recipe

Wheat Rava Upma Recipe /Godhumai Rava Upma Recipe / Cracked Wheat Upma Recipe / Broken Wheat Upma Recipe

Ingredients
Godhumai rava / Wheat rava-11/2 cup
Water -3 & 1/2 cups
Salt to taste
Chopped onion-1
Green chillies-3
Curry leaves-little
Ginger chopped -1tsp
Coconut oil-1tsp
Tempering
Mustard-1tsp
Red chillies-2
Urad dal-1tsp
Channa dal-1tsp
Oil-1tbsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan and temper it.Add onion,green chillies ginger & curry leaves,saute till onions are light brown in colour.Now add the wheat rava & in low flame fry till light brown.
Pour boiling water into the rava,cover it with a lid and in medium low flame cook till done.
Switch off the stove pour the coconut oil around,mix & serve with curd or pickle.

Note : If you like you can add vegetables & tomato to make this upma/upuma more colourful & healthy.Instead of coconut oil, ghee can also be added for extra taste.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Egg Dum Biriyani Recipe / Egg Biryani Recipe / Egg Dum Biryani Recipe / Anda Dum Biryani Recipe

Egg Biryani Recipe

Tempering
Jeera/cumin & Shajeera-each-1/2tsp
Cardamom-4
Cloves-4
Bay leaf-2
Kal pasi/black stone flower-little
Cinnamon-a small piece
Oil-8tsp
Ingredients for rice
Basmati rice-2 cups
Salt to taste
My Biriyani masala-1/2tsp
Oil-1tsp
Water-3 & 1/2 cups
(Cook the rice with above ingredients & keep it aside)
Other ingredients
Sliced onions-1/2
Tomato paste-1tbsp
Curd-1tbsp
Ginger & garlic paste-1tsp
Sliced green chillies-2
Chilly powder-1/2tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Salt to taste
Chopped mint & Coriander leaves together-1/4 cup
Eggs-6
Garam masala-1tsp
Lime juice-2tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it.Add the sliced onions,green chillies & mint,coriander leaves,fry till light brown.Add the ginger,garlic paste & all dry ingredients,saute for 2 minutes.
Now add the curd & tomato paste,saute a bit & pour one cup of water to make a light gravy.Simmer the gravy,now break in the eggs into the gravy (make sure its all separate & not crowded).Cover it with a lid & cook the eggs (it will look like poached eggs).At this stage slightly cut the eggs into big chunks & switch off the stove.
In another heavy bottom pan spread some gravy, on top spread some cooked rice,again with gravy & end it with rice.Sprinkle some mint & coriander leaves & 2tsp of lime juice.Cover it with a tight lid & leave it for 5 minutes in a very low flame.
Before serving mix it slightly & serve it with raita.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Fish Pakora Recipe / Indian Style Battered Spicy Fish Pakora / Spicy Fish Fritters / Machli Pakora Recipe

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Ingredients for marination
Any boneless fish cut into medium size cubes- 25 pieces
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder-1/2tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Garam masala-1/8tsp
Ajwain/Omam-2 pinch
Chopped coriander leaves-1tbsp
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/2tsp
(Marinate the fish with the above ingredients for 30 minutes)
Other ingredients
Besan-2tsp (heaped)
Oil-to deep fry
Method
Mix the besan into the marinated fish,do not add water.Coat it well,heat oil in a pan.Drop the fish into the hot oil & in medium high flame deep fry the fish till cooked,crispy & golden brown on all sides.Remove it on a kitchen paper to remove excess oil.Serve them hot with any dip you wish.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jalapeno & Raw Mango Chutney /Thogayal


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Ingredients
Jalapeno chilly-5
(seeds removed & chopped)
Raw mango chopped-1/4 cup
Chopped coriander leaves-a handful
Peanuts-2tbsp
Jeera / cumin-1/2tsp
Garlic chopped-3
Salt to taste
Brown sugar-1tsp
Oil-2tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan fry jalapeno,coriander & peanut for 2 minutes till its slightly brown.Cool completely & add salt,brown sugar,garlic,jeera & raw mangoes in a blender & grind it to a semi coarse paste.Enjoy this chutney with hot rice...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Maharashtrian Goda Masala Recipe / Homemade Kala Masala Recipe / Maharashtrian Ghati Masala Recipe /Goda Masala Powder Recipe

image of Maharashtrian Goda Masala Recipe / Kala Masala Recipe / Maharashtrian Ghati Masala Recipe /Goda Masala Powder Recipe

Ingredients
Coriander seeds-1 & 3/4 cup
Dry chillies-25gms
(I used a handful)
Dagat phool-1tbsp
Dessicated coconut-1 cup
Cumin seeds-1/4 cup
Shajeera-1 & 1/4tsp
Sesame seeds-1/2 cup
Bay leaf-4
Black cardamom-7
(I used the green cardamom)
Cloves-8
Cinnamon-5 small sticks
Pepper-1/2tsp
Turmeric powder-1tsp
Hing-1tsp
Salt-little
Oil-1tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan roast all the above ingredients except salt & turmeric in medium low flame till nice aroma comes out.Do not burn them.Cool completely & grind it with other ingredients to a semi smooth powder.Store it in a clean air tight jar.

Courtesy : Read it in web.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Butter Cake Recipe /Simple Butter Cake Recipe / Fluffy Butter Cake Recipe


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Ingredients
Maida / All purpose flour-1 & 1/2 cups
Salt-1/2tsp
Baking powder-2tsp
Butter-1/2 cup
Sugar-1/2 cup
Eggs-2
Vanilla essence-1tsp
Milk-3/4 cup
Method
Sieve maida,salt & baking powder & keep it aside.Cream butter,sugar & essence till fluffy & doubles.Add the eggs one by one & beat it well.
Add the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk.Stir until just blended. Pour batter into a greased pan.
Bake it at 350 deg. for 30 minutes or till done.Cool completely before cutting.

courtesy:allrecipies.com

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Jam Empanadas Recipe /Jam Filled Empanadas Recipe /Jam Empanaditas Recipe

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Ingredients for the dough
Maida / All purpose flour-2 cups
Softened butter-3/4 cup
Sugar-3tbsp(heaped)
Sour cream-1/2 cup
Filling
Jam any flavour
Dusting
Sugar-5tsp
Cinnamon powder-1/2tsp
(mix both together in a bowl)
Method
Make a soft dough with the above ingredients.Cover & keep it in fridge for 1 hour.Dust the kitchen top with flour & roll it out into 1/4'' thickness.
Cut into circles (I used a tea cup). Place circles on a parchment paper lined pan.Place a teaspoon of jam in the center of each circle.
Damp the edge of circle with water, fold in half, and press edges together with a fork (make sure they are well sealed up or the jam will come out).
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. When cooked, remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes on a rack.Dust the empanadas in the sugar/cinnamon mixture till coated.
Serve it warm.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Whole Green Moongh dhal Soup /Moong Dhal Soup Recipe / Moong Dal Shorba Recipe / Mung Dal Soup Recipe

image of Whole Green Moongh dhal Soup /Moong Dhal Soup Recipe / Moong Dal Shorba Recipe / Mung Dal Soup Recipe

Ingredients
Oil-1tsp
Chopped ginger-1/2tsp
Chopped green chillies-1
Jeera/cumin1/4tsp
Whole green moongh dhal-1/2 cup
(Soaked overnight)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Chopped coriander leaves-1tbsp
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Water/Broth/Stock required amount to dilute.
Method
Heat oil in a pressure cooker temper it with jeera.Saute ginger & green chillies for 2 minutes,add the salt,pepper,turmeric powder & dhal.Cook it till the dhal is mashed.Cool & grind it to a smooth liquid.Dilute the soup with water or stock,give a boil & serve it hot garnished it with coriander leaves.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Eggless Sugar Cookies Recipe / Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe / Sugar Cookies Recipe / Christmas Cookies Recipes

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Ingredients
Flour-2 cups
Butter-1 cup
Sugar-3/4 cup
Vanilla extract-2tsp
Water -2tsp
Chopped almonds-1 cup
( I used only 1/2 cup)
Powdered sugar-1/2 cup
Method
Cream butter & sugar till smooth.To this mixture add the flour, vanilla essence & water,mix well.
Now  fold in the nuts,cover & keep the dough in the fridge for 3 hours.
Take it out from fridge & roll in small balls,slightly flatten it & bake in the oven at 325 deg for about 15-20 min. or till its light brown in colour.
Cool the cookies & sprinkle with powdered sugar, or put them in a zip lock cover & give them a good shake for the cookies to get coated and enjoy!!!!

Courtesy:My friend Kala....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Potato Fry Recipe / Easy Aloo Fry Recipe / Easy Potato Fry Recipe with Less Oil

Potato Fry With Very Less Oil....

image of Potato Fry Recipe / Easy Aloo Fry Recipe / Easy Potato Fry Recipe with Less Oil

Ingredients for baking
Semi thick potato slices-1 large
(I cut it into smaller pieces)
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder-1/4tsp
Turmeric powder-1/8tsp
Oil-1tsp
(mix all above ingredients together in a baking tray.Bake it in oven at 400 deg. till 3/4th cooked & keep it in broil for 5 minutes till its slightly crisp on top.It took 15 minutes for me in the small table top oven.Each oven is different so keep an eye on them,so that you don't burn the potatoes)
Tempering
Oil-1tsp
Mustard,jeera/cumin,urad dhal-each- each 1/2tsp
Chopped onion-1tbsp
Chopped curry leaves-little
Slit green chillies-1
Red chillies-2
Grated coconut-2tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan & temper it. Add the onions,green chillies & fry till its light brown,add the baked potatoes.Toss it well,sprinkle the coconut & give a quick mix.Now your potato fry is ready to eat with rice or roti!

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Pineapple Raita / Pineapple Raita Recipe

image of Pineapple Raita / Pineapple Raita Recipe
Ingredients
Chopped fresh pineapple-2 cups
Chopped coriander leaves-1tsp
Thick curds-1 & 1/2 cup
Salt,Red chilly powder,Chaat masala,Black salt & Roasted & powdered jeera/cumin powder- add according to your taste.
Method
Beat the curd with all the dry ingredients,pour it on top of the pineapple & coriander leaves.Mix well & serve it cold.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Homemade Blueberry Lemon Preserve /Homemade Blueberry Lemon Jam

image of Homemade Blueberry & Lemon Preserve / JamIngredients
Fresh blueberries-2 cups
Lime juice-1tbsp
Water-1/4 cup
Sugar-1/2 cup
Nutmeg-a pinch
Method
Cook all above ingredients(except lime juice) together for 10 minutes stirring in between till its almost mashed & thick.Switch off the stove & mix in the lime juice.Cool completely & store it in a clean bottle in fridge.Great spread for your bread.

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Dindigul Mutton Biriyani Recipe /Dindigul Thalapakatti Mutton Biryani Recipe / Thalappakattu Biryani Recipe / Dindugal Mutton Biriyani Recipe

Step by step method / picture to make Dindigul / Dindugal Thalappakatti Mutton Biryani / Biriyani.


images of Dindugal Mutton Biriyani Recipe /Dindigul Thalapakatti Mutton Biryani Recipe / Thalappakatti  Biryani Recipe

Ingredients
Jeeragasamba Rice -4 cups
(But i used Basmathi rice)
Mutton-1 & 1/2 pound
Salt to taste
Ghee-1 cup
Curd -2 cups
Chopped mint & Coriander leaves together -1 cup
Bay leaf-2
Fry it in 1tsp of ghee & make a smooth paste.
Green chillies-20 no.
Ginger & Garlic-2tbsp
Cinnamon broken into small pieces-25 no.
Cloves-20 no.
Small onion-20 no.
Big onion-1/2
Cardamom-4
Coriander powder-1/2tsp
Method
Heat a pressure cooker,cook mutton with half of the ground masala,1/4 cup of ghee,salt & curd till done.
Heat a pan add the remaining ghee temper it with bay leaf,mint,coriander leaf & remaining ground masala.
Fry till ghee separates the masala, now add the rice fry for 2 minutes.
After fried add the rice mixture to the cooked mutton.Pour water & cook it till done( before adding water measure the liquid in mutton & then add water accordingly).
Serve it with onion raita.
Tips:
Jeeragasamba rice gives better taste than basmathi rice for this particular type of biryani.
For 1 cup of rice add 1 & 3/4 cups of water so that the grains will be separate & biriyani will not become soggy .

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Simple Peas & Tofu Pulao Recipe / Peas & Tofu Pulao Recipe

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Ingredients
Basmati rice-1 & 1/2 cup
Water-2 cups
Light coconut milk-1 cup
Chopped onion-3tsp
Slit green chillies-2
Chopped mint & coriander leaves-3tsp each
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Pulao/Biriyani masala -1/2 tsp
Frozen peas-a handful
Cubed firm tofu-1/2 packet of (14oz)
(you can replace tofu with paneer)
Oil-2tsp
Ghee-2tsp
Method
Heat oil & 1tsp of ghee in a pan fry onion,green chillies & ginger /garlic paste till transparent.Add other ingredients one by one & fry for 2 minutes.Add the rice,water & coconut milk check for salt.Cover & in low flame cook it covered it till done.Before serving add 1tsp of ghee on top ,mix & serve it with raita or any side dish.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Putnala Podi /Pappula Podi Recipe / Pottukadalai Poondu Podi Recipe / Andhra Style Gun Powder / Roasted Channa Dhal & Garlic Powder Recipe

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Ingredients
Roasted channa dhal/ pottukadalai/putnala pappu-1 cup
Desiccated coconut-3tsp
Cumin/Jeera-1tsp
Salt to taste
Red chillies-1 or 2
Garlic-5
Method
Take all the ingredients in a mixie and dry grind into a fine powder.Store it in an air tight container.Served best with hot rice & ghee.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Raw Banana Chips / Kerala Nendran Vazhakkai Chips / Plantain Chips / Nendran Banana Chips

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Ingredients
Raw banana / Plantain/Nendran Vazhakkai -3
(remove the skin,do not discard you can use it to make poriyal)
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1tsp
Water-1tbsp
Coconut oil & Vegetable oil-each 1 cup
Method
Cut the top & bottom portion of the raw banana.Make a long slit & peel off the skin.Wash & wipe it up well.Using a slicer slice it into very thin circles.Sprinkle the salt,water & turmeric powder to the slices,mix it evenly.Mean while heat the oil in a kadai/pan.Fry these in batches in medium flame till sizzling sound stops & its light brown on all sides.Remove it on a kitchen paper for excess oil to get absorbed.Cool completely & store it in an air tight container.

Note: Instead of adding the salt,water & turmeric to the slices,you can mix it in a bowl & keep.While frying the chips in batches add a tsp of the salt,water & turmeric liquid into the oil when its 3/4th done.Fry till crisp & remove.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Puli Inji Curry / Inji Puli Recipe / Tamarind Ginger Curry /Sweet & Sour Ginger Pickle (Kerala Style )

Step by step method/picture to make Puli Inji for Sadya...


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Ingredients
Semi thick tamarind juice-1/2 cup
Finely chopped ginger-1/2 cup
Brown sugar-2 to 3 tbsp
(Its according to the sweetness you want)
Red chilly powder-1/2tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Salt to taste
Chopped green chillies-2
Tempering
Coconut oil-2tsp + 3tsp of canola/vegetable oil for frying the ginger
Mustard-1/2tsp
Curry leaves-few
Fenugreek/methi powder-1/4tsp
Red chillies-2
(I did not use)
Method
Heat oil in a pan in low medium flame roast the ginger & green chillies till brown (do not burn them). cool it & blend it to a smooth paste. Mean while in another pan cook the tamarind juice with all dry powders till its almost thick, switch off the stove & mix the ginger paste.Heat coconut oil in a pan & temper it,switch off the stove & add the cooked tamarind /ginger paste & mix it well in the heat.Cool completely & store it in a clean jar in fridge.