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Monday, June 30, 2014

Paneer Jalfrezi / Paneer Vegetable Jalfrezi Recipe / Restaurant Style Paneer Jalfrezi Recipe

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Paneer Jalfrezi
Ingredients
Homemade Paneer cubes - 1 cup
( slightly toss it in 1tsp of oil,this is optional)
Yellow capsicum/bell pepper-1/2
Orange capsicum/bell pepper-1/2
(cut the capsicum into strips)
Sliced onion-1/4
Carrot cut into strips -1/4 cup
Beans cut length wise -1/4 cup
Tomato cut into cubes-1
Ginger & Garlic paste-1tsp
Chopped coriander leaves-1tsp
Chopped green chillies-1
Vinegar-1tsp
Tomato ketchup -1tsp
Dry masala powders
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/8tsp
Red chilly powder-1/4tsp
Coriander powder-1/2tsp
Garam masala powder-1/4tsp
Crushed Kastoori methi-1/4tsp
Tempering
Oil-3tsp
Mustard-1/4tsp
Jeera/Cumin-1/4tsp
Red chillies-2
Method
Heat oil in a pan & temper it with above ingredients.
Fry onion until they are transparent.Now add all the vegetables & ginger/garlic paste in medium high flame fry till its cooked.
Add the tomatoes & all the dry masala powders,sprinkle very little water,cover & cook till raw smell disappears.
Add the paneer,vinegar & ketchup toss it well till everything is combined.
Make sure you don't break the paneer cubes.
Switch off the stove & serve it hot with Roti.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kalakand In Microwave / Kalakand Recipe / Quick Kalakandh / Indian Milk Burfi Recipe / Misri Mawa Recipe-Microwave Recipe

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Kalakand
Yields: 20 small pieces
Ingredients
Dry milk powder-1cup
Ricotta cheese-1cup
Sugar-3/4 cup
Butter-1/2 cup
Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
Chopped almonds&pistachio-1tsp each
Saffron-a pinch
Method
Grease a tray with ghee,sprinkle the nuts & saffron,keep it aside.
Take a wide microwave safe bowl,mix all above ingredients together.Make sure they have no lumps.
Cook this mixture in microwave for 8minutes(total).
For every 2minutes remove,mix and keep in microwave.The end product will look like a thick cuddled mixture.
Pour this on the greased tray,spread it evenly,cool completely.
Cut it to desired shape and serve.

Note:
Each microwave power is different,for me it took 8 minutes totally,cook accordingly.
If you want a brown color kalakandh ,cook for a minute more.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Palak Paneer / Palak Paneer Recipe / Spinach With Indian Cottage Cheese

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Palak Paneer
Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Blanched palak/spinach- 1 small bunch
Salt to taste
Ginger & Garlic paste-1tsp
Chopped green chillies-2
Tempering
Cumin seeds/Jeera-1/2tsp
Chopped onion-1tbsp
Butter-1tbsp
Oil-2tsp
Other ingredients
Paneer/cottage cheese cubes-1 cup
(fry it in 1tbsp of butter till light brown on all sides.Do not fry too much as your paneer will become hard)
Frozen peas-1/2 cup
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Red chilly powder-1/2tsp
Garam masala-1/4tsp
Jeera/cumin powder-1/8tsp
Amchur/Dry mango powder-1/8tsp
Milk-1/2 cup
Method
Heat oil & butter in a pan ,temper it with jeera.
Add onions fry them till light brown,now add all the dry masala powders & saute for a minute.
Now pour the ground paste &fry till raw smell disappears.
Pour needed water,milk,peas & paneer.In low flame cook the gravy till thick.
Best served with roti or naan......
Note:
a) Frying paneer is optional.
b) For extra richness to the gravy mix cream once you switch off the stove.
c) Add peas is optional,as my kids love peas i try adding to lot of recipes.
d) Instead of blanching spinach you can fry,cool & grind to a puree.
e) Some add chopped tomatoes to this dish,but i have not used.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Dosakaya Pachadi / Yellow Cucumber Chutney / Dosakaya Roti Pachadi / Cucumber Chutney Recipe

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Dosakaya Pachadi
Ingredients
Chopped dosakaya/yellow cucumber -1 cup
Grated coconut-1tbsp
Green chillies-1 or 2
Salt to taste
Lime juice-1tsp
Tempering
Oil-1tsp
Mustard,Urad dal,Jeera/cumin -each-1/4tsp
Red chillies-1
Curry leaves-few
Method
Grind coconut,green chillies & salt to a coarse paste.
Now add the dosakaya & grind to a coarse paste.Do not add water while grinding & do not blend it to a smooth paste.Transfer to a bowl & mix in the lemon juice.
Heat oil in a pan & temper it with above ingredients.
Pour it into the ground pachadi,mix & enjoy with rice,Dosa or Idly.
Note:
a) You can mix some curd & have it has raita with pulao or biriyani.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Brinjal Vathal Recipe / Kathirikai Vathal Recipe / Kathiri Vathal Recipe / Sun Dried Eggplant

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Brinjal Vathal
Ingredients
Brinjal - 4 large
( I used the green striped fat brinjals,use any kind you wish)
Salt-1tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Tamarind paste -1/2tsp
Water-2 cups
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Method
Boil water with salt,turmeric & tamarind.
Cut the brinjal into medium size cubes.
Add this to the boiling water,reduce flame.
Cook the brinjals for 2 to 3 minutes,do not cook them too long.
Once the colour changes & just cooked remove the brinjals from the water & discard the water.
Spread them on a tray or plate,dry them in sun for 2 to 3 days.
Once the brinjals are completely dry & crisp store it in a container.
Fry these in oil and add while making kara kuzhambu or sambar.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Squash Chutney / Squash Thogayal / Squash Pachadi


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Squash Chutney
Ingredients
Squash chopped- 1 & 1/2 cups
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-little
Ginger and garlic paste-1tsp
Tamarind- a small piece
Peanut- a hand full
Sesame seeds-2tsp
Dhania/coriander seeds-1 &1/2 tsp
Red chillies or green chillies-4
Jeera/cumin-1 &1/2tsp
Urad dal-1tbsp
For tempering
Oil-3tsp
Mustard-1tsp
Jeera-1/2tsp
Urad & Channa dal - each 1/4 tsp
Red chillies-2
Hing-1/4tsp
Curry leaves-little
Method
Heat oil in a pan add all above ingredients one by one & fry till the squash is soft .
Cool the mixture, grind it to a smooth paste in a mixi.
Heat oil in a pan & temper it with above ingredients.Pour it into the ground chutney,mix it well.
Serve it with hot rice,Idly or Dosa.

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Peanut Chutney Recipe / Verusenaga Pachadi / Palli Pachadi Recipe / Easy Peanut Chutney Recipe

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Peanut Chutney
Ingredients
Roasted peanuts-6tsp
Garlic-1
Curry leaves-6
Dry red chillies-2
Salt to taste
Tamarind-a small piece
Coconut-3tsp
Method
Grind all above ingredients together to a smooth thick paste.
This goes very well with rice ,Dosa or Idly.

Note:
Tempering not needed for this pachadi,if you like temper the pachadi with mustard,jeera & curry leaves.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kollu Podi Recipe / Horse Gram Podi Recipe

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Kollu Podi
Ingredients
Kollu / Horse Gram-1/3 cup
Urad Dal-1tbsp
Coriander seeds-1 tbsp
Red chilly seeds-1/2 tbsp
Curry leaves-a hand full
Hing-1/2tsp
Pepper-1/4tsp
Jeera/cumin-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Method
Dry roast all above ingredients separately till nice aroma comes.
Cool the mixture add salt & powder it in mixi to a coarse powder.
Store it in a clean dry jar,mix some with hot rice with little ghee or sesame oil & enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Palakura Pappu Recipe / Paruppu Keerai / Spinach Dal Recipe/ Palakoora Pappu Recipe

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Palakura Pappu
Ingredients
Toor dal / Thur Dal /Pigeon pea-1 cup
Chopped spinach/Palakura/Pasalai keerai-1 small bunch
Chopped green chillies-3
Chopped tomato-1
Chopped onion-1/2
Salt-to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Water required amount
Tempering
Vadagam -1tsp
Or
Oil-1tsp
Mustard-1 tsp
Jeera/cumin-1/2tsp
Urad dal-1/2tsp
Crushed garlic -4
Red chillies-1
Hing-a pinch
Curry leaves- few
Method
Cook spinach,salt,dal,turmeric powder,tomato,onion & green chillies in a pressure cooker with little water till soft.
Mash the dal well keep it aside
Heat oil in a pan & temper it with above ingredients.
Pour this into the mashed cooked dal,mix  it well.
Best served with plain rice or Roti.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Nellikai Thayir Pachadi Recipe / Gooseberry Raita / Amla Raita / Amla Pachadi Recipe / Usirikaya Pachadi Recipe

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Nellikai Pachadi
Ingredients
Fresh or Frozen Gooseberry/Amla/Nellikai-4
(I used frozen,steamed it in microwave for 2 min)
Oil-1tsp
Channa dhal-1tsp
Urad dhal-1tsp
Coconut-4 small pieces
Green chillies-4
Ginger- a very small piece
Salt to taste
Hing-1/4tsp
Curd - 1 cup
Tempering
Oil-1/2tsp
Mustard,Urad dhal,Jeera & Curry leaves -1/8 tsp each
Red chilly -1
Method
Heat oil in a pan fry the dhas till light brown.
Now fry the goosberry,chillies,ginger,hing & coconut fry for 2 min.Switch off the flame.
Cool the mixture & grind it to a smooth paste.
Heat oil & temper it with above ingredients.
Mix 1 or 2 tsp of the mixture into the curd, pour the tempering mix it well.
Best served as a side dish for rice.

Tips:
Ground paste can be stored in fridge for 3 or 4 days.When needed mix with curd & serve.
The mixture can also be mixed with rice & eaten like thogayal.
This will be a bit sour so add more green chillies if you want.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Brinjal Potato Fry / Vankaya Bangaladumpa Vepudu / Aloo Baingan Ki Sabzi / Eggplant Potato Curry Recipe

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Brinjal Potato Fry
Ingredients
Green long brinjal cubed-4
Potato cubed-2
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Chilly powder-1/2tsp
Onion chopped -1/4
Tomato chopped-1/2
Grated coconut -1tbsp
Curry leaves few
Tempering
Oil-4tsp
Mustard-1/2tsp
Jeera-1/4tsp
Urad dal-1tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with above ingredients.
Add the potato,onion,tomato & dry powders saute in medium low flame till potatoes are 3/4th cooked.
Now add the brinjals & fry it till soft,sprinkle very little water if needed.
Sprinkle coconut & chopped curry leaves,mix them well.
Switch off the stove & serve it with rice or roti.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rava Kesari / Kesari Recipe / Indian Semolina And Saffron Halwa or Pudding Recipe

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Rava Kesari
Ingredients
Rava/Sooji/Semolina - 1 cup
Water - 3 cups
Sugar - 1 & 3/4 cup
Ghee - 1/2 cup
Chopped almonds & cashew nuts - 2tsp
Raisins -2tsp
Cardamom powder -1/2 tsp
Yellow food colour-a generous pinch
Method
Fry nuts & raisins in 1tsp of ghee till light brown & keep it aside.
In the same pan add the ghee & rava.Fry it in medium low flame till colour changes & nice aroma comes.Switch off the flame & keep it aside.
Boil water with little food colour,pour this into the rava.Mix well to make sure there are no lumps.
Switch on the flame,cover & in very low flame cook till water has evaporated & cooked.
Now add the sugar & cardamom powder,mix it well till everything is well combined.
Switch off the stove add nuts & cardamom powder,mix & serve them warm.
Note:
a) Fry rava well otherwise your kesari will be sticky.
b) If you have a sweet tooth add 1/4 cup more for the above quantity.


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Monday, June 9, 2014

Baingan Bharta / Baingan Bartha / Baingan Bhurta / Baingan Ka Bharta Recipe / Roasted, Mashed & Spiced Eggplant Curry

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Baingan Bharta
Ingredients
Eggplant-1 big
Onion chopped -1/2
Tomato chopped-2
Ginger/garlic chopped-1tsp
Green chillies chopped-4
Salt-to taste
Chilly powder-1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Amchur powder/dry mango powder-1/2tsp
Jeera/cumin seeds-1tsp
Coriander leaves-little
Garam masala (optional)-1/4tsp
Oil-3tsp
Method
Apply oil on the eggplant,prick it with a fork.
Roast it in oven or on stove till the skin is black.Cool & remove the skin and chop the pulp,keep it aside.
Heat oil in a kadai temper jeera,add the onion,tomato,green chillies & ginger/garlic paste,fry till every thing is cooked & raw smell has disappeared.
Now add the eggplant & all dry masala powders, fry till everything is combined.
Switch off the flame garnish with coriander leaves.
Mix well & best served with Roti or Chapati.
Note:
a) Use any colour brinjal/eggplant,here i have used the fat green brinjal.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Boondi Ladoo Recipe / Boondhi Ladoo Recipe -How to make Boondhi Ladoo.

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Boondi Ladoo
Ingredients
Besan / Kadalai Maavu / Bengal Gram Flour-1 cup
Sugar -1 &1/4 cup
Water -3/4 cup
Cashew nut- 2tsp
Raisins-2tsp
Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
Ghee-1/2 tbsp
Oil to fry
Edible camphor/Pachai kalpuram- a pinch (optional)
Yellow & green food color -a pinch (optional )

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Boondi Ladoo
Method
Add water & make a smooth semi thick batter with besan.
Heat oil in a kadai,pour a ladle of mixture in the sieve which has round holes/boondhi ladle.
Rub it or tap it so that small balls of boondhi falls into the hot oil.
Fry them in medium high flame till its 3/4th done.Remove and keep it aside(do not fry the boondhi's too crisp).Repeat till you finish the batter.
Boil water & sugar till it reaches to a one string consistency.
Switch off the flame,add the cardamom powder &edible camphor.
Fry nuts & raisins in ghee,add it to the sugar syrup.
Now add all the fried boondhis to the warm sugar syrup & mix it well.
Close and keep it for 10 minutes (mix it in between).
Make ladoos while still warm.
Boondhi ladoo are ready to eat!!!.
Tips
a) If your mixture becomes hard,keep in stove for 2 minutes it will loosen up.Then make balls immediately.
b) If the mixture is loose do not worry heat it up for 2 minutes in high flame till the extra water evaporates,then cool & make ladoos.
c) If adding colours  then take out 2 ladles of the batter in two separate bowls.Mix the food colours to each bowl, mix it well & make boondhis. or just use one colour.
d) Do not fry the bhoodi's till crisp,remove when 3/4th done.

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Manathakali Vathal / Manathakkali Vathal Recipe - How to make Manathakkali Vathal At Home.

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Manathakali Vathal
Ingredients
Fresh manathakali seeds / Black Nightshades -1 cup
( Only green seeds not the ripe black fruits )
Salt little
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Thick butter milk-1 & 1/2 tbsp
Method
Soak all the ingredients together in a bowl.Leave it overnight.
Next day spread it on a plate & dry them in sun.
Dry them completely till all the curd as absorbed the seeds & are dry.
Store them in a container.
Fry in hot oil when needed & add it while making vatha kuzhambu.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Vadagam Recipe / Vadavam Recipe / Thalippu Vengaya Vadagam Recipe / Thalippu Vadagam / Vengaya Vadavam

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Vadagam
Ingredients
Onions -2 large (700gms)
Garlic -3 full bulbs
Mustard- 2tbsp
Fenugreek seeds/Vendayam - 2tbsp
Cumin/Jeera-2tbsp
Toor dal-1tbsp
Urad dal-3tbsp
Channa dal-1tbsp
Turmeric powder-1tbsp
Curry leaves chopped -few
Salt-1/2 tbsp
Castor oil or Sesame oil- 1/4 cup
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Vadavam
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Vadagam
Method
Finely chop onion & crush the garlic.I used a food processor to chop both.
Soak urad dal in little water for 30 minutes & drain the water out.
Take a wide bowl or plate mix all the above ingredients except the oil.
Keep this mixture covered for 1 day at room temperature.
Next day dry this mixture in sun for 2 days,on the 3rd day add the oil mix it well.
Shape it into big lime size balls & dry it again in sunlight.
Dry these vadagam till its completely water free,crisp & dry,this takes around 4 to 5 days.
Store them in a container & use them for tempering while making sambar or kara kuzhambu.

Note:
a) Usually only small onions are used for making vadagam,but i have used big onions.
b) Drying is faster in loose form.
c) This is usually used in tempering when making sambar,thuvayal & kara kuzhambu.
d) Drying process can take up to 10 days or so.
e) I felt sesame oil gives nice flavour to the vadagam.
f) Some people grind the urad dal to a coarse paste & then added,this gives binding for the balls.
g) I used sesame oil in this recipe,My grandmother used Castor oil those days.
h) I got around 10 medium lime size balls for this above quantity.


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Beetroot Poriyal Recipe / Beetroot Stir Fry Recipe


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Beetroot Poriyal
Ingredients
Beetroot chopped or grated -2cup
Salt-to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Curry leaves-few
Hing-1 pinch
Grated coconut-2tsp
For Tempering
Oil-1tsp
Mustard-1/2tsp
Jeera/cumin-1/4tsp
Urad dal-1/4tsp
Channa dal-1/4tsp
Red chillies-1
Method
Heat oil in a kadai temper it with above ingredients.
Add the beetroot,salt ,turmeric powder,hing & salt.
Fry for a minute in low flame,sprinkle very little water.
Cover and cook till the vegetable is cooked.
Lastly add the grated coconut & curry leaves stir.
Switch off the flame & serve as side dish.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Strawberry Pear Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry Pear Smoothie
Ingredients
Chopped fresh strawberry-1 cup
Chopped pear-1
Small apple-1
Honey-1tsp (optional)
Ice cubes
Method
Put all above ingredients together in a mixi jar & blend it to a smooth liquid.
Dilute it with water if very thick.Filtering is optional.
Serve it cold with ice cubes.

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