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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Vegetable Chinese Fried Rice / Chinese Fried Rice / Fried Rice Recipe / Simple Fried Rice Recipe / Quick Fried Rice

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Fried Rice
Ingredients
Cooked rice-2 cups
(cook it with little salt & oil,the rice should be separate.I used Basmati rice)
Finely chopped vegetables-1cup
(I used cabbage,carrot,beans,peas,capsicum)
Chopped garlic-1
Chopped spring onions-1/2 cup
Oil-3tsp
Soy sauce-1tsp
Salt & Pepper to taste
Method
Heat oil in a pan add chopped garlic &  half of spring onions,saute till nice aroma appears.
Add the vegetables & saute it in high flame.
Add the seasonings,soy sauce & rice,toss it well.
Switch off the stove garnish with spring onions.
Serve it hot with Vegetable Manchurian

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lachha Paratha Recipe / Lacha Paratha / Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha / Layered Indian Bread

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Lachha Paratha
Ingredients for the dough
Wheat flour-2 cups
Salt to taste
Warm milk to knead the dough ( around 1 cup)
Ghee- 1tbsp
(Mix all the above ingredients together & make a soft dough,add water if needed)
Other ingredients
Oil to cook
Wheat flour for dusting
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Lachha Paratha
Method
Divide the dough into equal sized balls and roll it into a round shape as thin as possible.
Apply 1tsp of oil over it, dust with some dry flour and then start pleating. 
Once you have pleated it all the way through, it forms into a long rope.
Start spiraling it starting from one end till the other end,once spiralled give it a little press. 
Now with a rolling pin, slightly roll it into a circle,don’t press too hard and don’t roll it too thin. 
Place it on a tawa and cook it with some oil both sides till light brown.
Serve it with any side dish.
Note:
a) Do not give much pressure to roll,you will loose the layers.
b) Make sure your dough is not hard,it should be a soft & pliable dough.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Kobbari Podi Recipe / Spiced Coconut Powder Recipe / Thengai Podi Recipe

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Thengai Podi
Ingredients
Fresh grated coconut - 1 cup
Urad dal - 1/4 cup
Red chillies -  4 or 5
Hing - 1/8 tsp
Salt to taste
Jaggery - a generous pinch
Coconut oil - 1/4 tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan & roast urad dal & red chillies till light brown.Keep it aside.
In the same pan in medium low flame roast the coconut till light golden brown.
Switch off the stove & cool the mixture.
Take a mixi jar and dry grind the urad dal,chillies,salt,jaggery& hing to a coarse powder.
Now add the coconut & pulse it for few seconds.
Cool & store it in a clean bottle in fridge.
Mix the needed powder to hot rice add some ghee mix & enjoy !
Note;
a) Adding garlic & jeera to this podi is optional.
b) Fry the coconut well for better shelf life.
c) You can also make this podi with dessicated coconut.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Kashmiri Pulao Recipe / Kashmiri Pulao Recipe - Saffron Rice With Fruits And Nuts

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Kashmiri Pulao
Ingredients
Basmati rice - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Almonds chopped -8
Cashew nut - 8
Raisins - 1 tsp heaped
Sliced onion - a handful
Saffron - a generous pinch
Warm milk - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Oil / Ghee - each 1 tsp
Tempering
Oil / Ghee - each 1 tsp
Bay leaf-1
Cardamom - 2
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon stick - a small piece
Fennel seeds - 10
Garnish
Pomegranate seeds
Method
Soak saffron in warm milk.Wash and soak rice in water for 30 minutes
Heat 1 tsp of oil & ghee in a pan roast the nuts till sight brown,do not burn.Keep it aside.
In the same oil add the sliced onion & 1/2 tsp of sugar, fry in low flame till brown.
Take a wide bowl add 4 to 5 cups of water add some salt,bring water to boil.
Now add the soaked & drained rice,cook till cooked.Strain out the water.
Make sure the rice is separate,do not over cook & break the rice.
Heat oil & ghee in a pan temper it with above ingredients.
Now lower the flame add the rice,fried nuts,fried onion & saffron milk.
Gently mix to make sure everything is well combined,cover it with a lid & leave it for 5 minutes.
Switch off the flame garnish with pomegranate seeds & serve.
Note:
a) Add fresh fruits just before serving,do not add when rice is hot.
b) You can also add chopped fresh apple,grapes and pineapple.
c)  Do not reheat once the fruits are added.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Nellur Brinjal Fry / Brinjal Fry Nellore style Recipe / Nellore Brinjal Fry Recipe

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Nellore Brinjal Fry
Ingredients
Eggplant chopped-1 big
or Small brinjal-8
Tempering
Oil-4tsp
Jeera/cumin-1tsp
Curry leaves-little
Fry in 1tsp of oil till light brown & make a paste
Channa dal-2tsp
Coriander seeds-1tsp
Red chilies-5
Onions-1/2
Mustard-1tsp
Coconut-1tbsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Method.
Heat oil in a pan & temper it with jeera.
Add the ground masala & brinjals,sprinkle very little water,cover it with a lid.
In medium low flame cook till brinjals are done.
Fry till oil separates from the masala,switch off the flame.
Garnish with coriander leaves & serve it with rice.
Note:
You can also stuff the masala into the brinjals and fry.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Vendakkai Poriyal Recipe / Okra Fry Recipe / Ladies Finger Fry / Bhindi Fry Recipe - A Quick Bhindi Fry


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Vendakkai Poriyal
Ingredients
Chopped Vendakkai/Okra/Bhindi-2 cups
Oil - 6 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Mustard -1/2 tsp
Hing-little
Method
Pour oil in a pan temper it with mustard.
Add the okra & fry it in medium high flame,keep frying nicely till the okra is cooked.
Reduce the flame & add all the dry masalas and give a nice toss.
Switch off the stove & serve it with rice or roti.
Tips
Click  here to see how to get rid of stickiness from okra.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Masala Paal Recipe / Masala Milk Recipe / Spiced Milk Recipe

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Masala Paal
Ingredients
Whole milk - 1 & 1/4 cup
Palm sugar/Brown sugar/Naatu sarkarai - 1 tsp
Cardamom - 1
Cloves - 2
Pepper - 3
Cinnamon stick - a very small piece
Nutmeg powder - a pinch
Dry ginger powder - a generous pinch
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Badam/Almonds - 5
Saffron - a few threads
Sara paruppu/Chironji Seeds / Piyal - few for garnish
Method
Soak badam in hot water for 30 minutes.Remove skin and grind to a smooth paste.
Slightly crush the cardamom,pepper & cloves.
Boil milk in a pan add the crushed spices,nutmeg,ginger powder,sugar,ground badam paste & turmeric powder.
Boil this mixture for 5 minutes in medium low flame.
Switch off the flame and filter the milk.
Pour it in a glass add the saffron threads & sara paruppu.
Mix & serve hot!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Thaalu Thoran Recipe / Chembu Thal Thoran Recipe / Taro Stem Fry Recipe

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Chembu Thal Thoran
Ingredients
Taro stem chopped - 1 & 1/2 cups
Boiled black channa dal with little salt -2 cups
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/8tsp
Coconut oil-2tsp
Mustard-1/2tsp
Curry leaves-few
Ingredients ground to a coarse paste
Small onions-2 or 3
(I used 1tbsp chopped big onion)
Garlic-1
Green chillies-1 or 2
Coconut-1/4 cup
(Grind all above ingredients to a coarse paste,do not add water while grinding)
Method
Peel the taro stem & cut into small pieces.Add salt mix & leave it for 15 minutes.
Squeeze out the water & keep the vegetable aside.
Heat 1tsp of coconut oil in a pan,temper it with mustard & curry leaves.
Now add the vegetable & in low flame cook it for 1 or 2 minutes.Add the cooked black channa,salt & turmeric powder,toss it well.
Add the ground mixture & mix till everything is well combined.
Switch off the flame,pour 1tsp of coconut oil & curry leaves on top.
Toss well & serve them with plain rice.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Pav Buns Recipe / Pav Bread Recipe / Eggless Pav Bun Recipe / Ladi Pav Bread Buns Recipe

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Pav Bun
Yields : 14 buns
Ingredients
Maida / All purpose flour - 3 cups
Luke warm water - 1 & 1/4 cup
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Dry yeast - 2 & 1/2 tsp
( original recipe says 2 &1/4 tsp )
Melted unsalted butter - 3 tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Maida - 2 tsp or more for dusting
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Pav Bun
Method
Take warm water in a bowl,add the dry yeast & sugar.
Mix it cover & let stand until foamy & activated may be about 5 minutes.
Take another bowl add the maida,salt,melted butter now pour the activated yeast mixture and mix.
At this stage your dough will be sticky,dust your counter top with 2 tsp of maida.
Transfer your dough to the counter top & start kneading well for 10 minutes.
Slightly grease the bowl, place the well kneaded dough,cover and let raise in warm place until doubled.
It took 1 hour for my dough to raise.
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Pav Bun
After 1 hour again place it on a counter top punch & knead for 10 minutes for the air bubbles to get released.
Divide the dough into 14 equal pieces,shape it into round balls.
Place the ball in a greased & dusted baking tray leaving some space in between.
Cover it with a cloth & let the dough proof for 1 hour.
Pre.heat your oven to 450 deg.F bake it for 8 minutes or till the top is slightly brown.
Remove from over & let the buns cool completely.
Serve these soft buns with Bhaji.

Courtesy: Shital

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Quick Tofu Stir Fry Recipe / Tofu Fry Recipe


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Tofu Stir Fry
Ingredients
Firm tofu - one 14 oz pack ( 396 gms )
( About 2 cups of cubed tofu )
Chilly powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Curry powder or Kitchen king masala-1/2tsp
Ketchup- 6 tsp
Tempering
Oil-3 tsp
Jeera / Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Method
Marinate tofu with above mentioned ingredients for 5 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan temper it with jeera,add the marinated tofu.
In medium low flame toss the tofu well to make sure all sides are getting brown.
Make sure the tofu doesn't break
Serve it as a starter or a side dish.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fish Puttu Recipe / Cabbage Tilapia Fish Puttu Recipe / Cabbage Fish Puttu / Meen Puttu Recipe / Shredded Fish Stir Fry Recipe

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Cabbage Fish Puttu
Ingredients
Tilapia fish fillets-2
(steam it with little salt & turmeric powder,cool & crumble the fish,keep it aside)
Salt to taste
Chopped garlic-6
Chopped green chillies-2
Pepper powder-1/2tsp
Finely chopped cabbage-1 & 1/2 cups
Chopped coriander leaves
Tempering
Oil-4tsp
Mustard-1/2tsp
Curry leaves-few
Method
Heat oil in a pan add the tempering.
Add the chopped garlic,cabbage and green chillies fry till its light brown.
Now add the crumbled fish add salt to taste and in medium low flame fry till its light brown on all sides.Lastly add the pepper powder give a quick mix & switch off the stove.
Garnish with coriander leaves ,best served with plain rice.
Note:
a) If you run out of onions then cabbage is the best replacement.
b) You can use this as filling for samosa or rolls.
c) Use any kind of fish make sure bones & skin are removed .

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Gobi 65 Recipe / Cauliflower 65 Recipe / Cauliflower 65 Dry Recipe

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Gobi 65
Ingredients for the batter
Maida/All purpose flour- 3/4 cup
Rice flour- 1/4 cup
Corn flour- 1/2 cup
Ginger & Garlic paste- 1 & 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder-1tsp
Yellow food colour -little
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Curd - 1 tbsp
Other ingredients
Cauliflower - 1 large
( cut into bite size florets )
Oil-to deep fry
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Gobi 65
Method
Wash & cut the cauliflower into bite size florets.
Take some warm water in a bowl add some salt & turmeric powder.
Add the cauliflower florets to the water & soak it for 10 minutes.
Drain out the water & keep it aside.
Take a mixi jar add ginger&garlic paste,salt,red chilly,coriander,turmeric,garam masala powder,curd & food colour.Grind it to a paste.
Take a bowl add the maida,rice flour,corn flour & the ground paste,add water little by little to make a semi thick batter.
Add the cauliflower pieces & mix it well to make sure all the pieces are well coated.
Heat oil in a pan drop the cauliflower pieces carefully into the hot oil.
Deep fry till golden brown & crisp on all sides.
Remove it on a kitchen tissue for excess oil to absorb.
Serve them hot !
Note:
a) Make sure your oil is hot otherwise the cauliflower will not turn out crisp
b) Sprinkle chaat masala on top just before serving.
c) Serve it with some cut onion rings & cut lemon.

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Stuffed Brinjal Recipe / Stuffed Brinjal Fry Recipe

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Stuffed Brinjal
Ingredients for grinding
Urad Dal-1tbsp
Moongh Dal-1tbsp
Toor Dal-1tbsp
Channa Dal-1tbsp
Coriander seeds / Dhania-2tsp
Jeera/cumin-1tsp
Red chillies-4
Hing-1/2tsp
Methi/fenugreek seeds-1/2tsp
(Roast above ingredients with 1tsp of oil. Cool & dry grind it to a coarse powder)
Ingredients
Small purple brinjal/small eggplants-6
Chopped onions-2tbsp
Chopped curry leaves little
Chopped Coriander leaves a hand full
Oil-2tbsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Method
Slit brinjals half way from top like a cross ,do not cut fully otherwise you won't be able to fill the masala.
In a mixing bowl mix the ground powder,salt,turmeric powder,chopped onion,tomato,curry & coriander leaves.
Take small portion of the masala & fill it inside the brinjals,press it well.
Heat oil in a pan arrange the brinjals & the left over masala if any on top.
Slowly roast it till the brinjals are half cooked on all sides.
Sprinkle some water,cover & cook the brinjals in low heat till its fully cooked.
In intervals give a mix & cook it till all the sides are brown & oil separates the masala.
Make sure you don't break the brinjals while mixing.Always give a gentle mix.
Switch off the stove garnish with some curry & coriander leaves.
Best served with chapathi or rice.
Note:
Desiccated coconut can also be added for the filling for extra taste.
Mix gently to ensure they don't break.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Featured in Namaste NT Magazine Of Darwin,Australia

My recipe Couscous with Vegetables & Nuts got published this month's issue ( 01/03/2016 ) Namaste NT Magazine of Darwin,Australia http://namasteynt.com.au/couscous-with-vegetables-nuts/