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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Karuppu Arisi Halwa / Kavuni Arisi Halwa / Black Rice Halwa / Karuppu Halwa / Karutha Aluva Recipe

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Karuppu Arisi Halwa
Ingredients
Black or dark red rice/ Kavuni arisi-1 cup
(powder it in mixi to a dry smooth powder)
Sugar-1 cup
Thick coconut milk-1 cup
Water-1 & 3/4 cup
Ghee- 1/4 cup
Chopped cashew nuts fried in ghee -10
Cardamom - 6


Method
Powder cardamom along with sugar & keep it aside.
Mix water & coconut milk in a bowl
Powder the rice in mixi or with help of a coffee grinder to a fine dry powder.
Heat a heavy bottom pan,i used a non stick pan,add the dry rice powder.
In low flame slightly roast the rice powder till its just warm.
Add the water/ coconut milk into the fried rice powder.
Quickly mix it up well to avoid lumps.
Now increase the flame slightly & continuously keep stirring till the rice is cooked & starts to thicken.
When it starts to leave the sides of the pan add the powdered sugar.
Keep stirring till sugar has dissolved & the mixture again started to thicken.
Now start adding the ghee little by little.At one point you will notice the halwa has absorbed the ghee & started to leave the sides of the pan.
Take a small portion of halwa,roll it out to a ball.if it is not sticky then your halwa is ready.
Switch off the stove add the nuts.
Mix well & enjoy them warm!

Note:
a) The above sugar quantity is right for our family,you can add more if you have a sweet tooth.
b) Usually this halwa is cooked only with coconut milk (3 stages of milk),as it will be too heavy Iam using water here.
c) This halwa will not consume much ghee so add accordingly ( may be 2tbsp will be fine).
d) Making this halwa in a heavy bottom kadai is a bit time consuming but taste will be excellent.
e) My grandma used to make this halwa,this is an authentic family recipe i should say.
f) If you want to eat nuts crunchy then add fried nuts each time just before serving instead of mixing it into the halwa.
g) The whole cooking process should be in a very low flame .

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mint Raita Recipe / Pudina Raita Recipe / Indian Mint Yogurt Raita / A Minty Yoghurt Dip Recipe

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Mint Raita
Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Fresh mint leaves - a handful
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1/8 tsp
Black salt - 1/4tsp
Roasted & ground jeera/cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Whole pepper - 6
Garlic - 1
Small onion ( optional) -1
Green chillies - 2
Curd - 1 tbsp
Other ingredients
Thick curd - 1 cup
Greek yogurt - 2 tbsp
( I added just to give richness to the raita,its optional )
Chaat masala to sprinkle on top
Method
Grind the above ingredients to a smooth paste.Add 1 tbsp of curd while grinding instead of water.
Beat remaining 1 cup curd in a bowl now add the ground paste.
Mix well till everything is well combined.
Serve it cold with little chaat masala sprinkled on top.
Best served as a dip or can be served with any flavoured rice.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Karuvepillai Kuzhambu Recipe / Curry Leaf Kuzhambu Recipe / Curry Leaf kulambu Recipe

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Karuvepillai Kuzhambu
Ingredients
Small onions whole-1 cup
Sliced Garlic-10
Curry leaf for garnish
Diluted tamarind juice -1cup
Jaggery - 1/8 tsp
Grind to a smooth paste
Curry leaves-1 cup
Whole pepper-1tsp
Jeera/cumin-1tsp
Chilly powder-1 & 1/2tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Toor dal - 1/2 tsp
Methi / Fenugreek seeds - 1/8tsp
Coriander / Dhania seeds-1/2tsp
Tempering
Vadavam-1tsp
(Mustard,Methi,Jeera,Urad dal)
Sesame oil - 2tbsp
Hing-1/2 tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with above ingredients.
Add the onions & garlic fry it till light brown in colour.
Now add the ground masala & fry till oil separates from the masala.
Pour the dilute tamarind juice boil till raw smell disappears & the gravy is thick.
Lastly add the jaggery & switch off the stove,garnish with curry leaves.
Best served with plain rice.

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