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Friday, December 13, 2019

Birinji Recipe / Brinji Rice / Coconut Milk Rice / Thengai Paal Sadam / Coconut Milk Biriyani

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Coconut Milk Rice
Ingredients
Basmati rice -2 cups
( wash and soak the rice in some water for 10 minutes)
Salt to taste
Onion sliced-1
Tomato chopped -1
Garlic sliced - 6
Slit Green chillies - 4
Mint leaves - a handful
Semi thick coconut milk -1 cup
Water - 2 & 1/2 cups
Tempering
Oil - 6 tsp
Ghee - 1tsp
Cashew nuts -8
Bay leaf -2
Cloves - 4
Cardamom - 1
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Fennel seeds - 1tsp
Kalpasi - a small piece.
Star anise - 1 small

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Thengai Paal Sadam
Method
Heat oil and ghee in a pan add all the spices and saute.
Now add the sliced onion,green chillies and garlic saute till onions are translucent.
Add the mint leaves and tomato saute for few minutes,pour the water,coconut milk and salt.
Once the water boils reduce flame and add the soaked rice ( discard the soaked rice water ),Cover it with a lid and cook till the rice is done.Lastly add some mint leaves and mix gently.
Best served with some spicy curry.

Note:
Today iam making with 1 & 1/2 cups rice so the video/ picture measurements may be a slight different.


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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Rava Dosa / Onion Rava Dosa / Instant Rava Dosa / Crispy Rava Dosa / Rava Roast


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Rava Dosa
Ingredients
Rava / Semolina - 1/2 cup
( do not roast the rava)
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Maida / All purpose flour -1/4 cup
Sour curd-1tbsp ( optional)
Salt to taste
Crushed pepper - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Chopped onion - a handful
Chopped green chillies - 1
Chopped ginger - 1/8 tsp
Chopped curry and coriander leaves - 1 tsp each
Water - as needed ( about 3 cups)
Oil as needed to cook the dosa

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Rava Dosa
Method
Take a bowl add all the above ingredients.
Pour water and make a thin/pouring/buttermilk consistency,make sure there are no lumps.Rest the batter for 10 minutes.
Heat an iron dosa tawa and grease it with some oil,take a ladle of batter and drizzle or splash all around the tawa.do not fill up the gaps and don't pour it like the normal dosa ( see picture).The dosa should give you a lace / netted effect.
Pour some oil in between and around the dosa,in medium high flame cook till crisp and light golden brown.Do not flip the otherwise.
Enjoy these hot dosa with chutney or Idli Podi.

Note:
a) You can also make this dosa plain without adding onion.
b) Each time mix the batter well before pouring on the tawa because the rava will settle at the bottom.After some batches batter will become thick so dilute it again.
c) Batter must be like a thin buttermilk / pouring consistency.
d) Flipping the dosa and cooking the other side is optional.
e) For this dosa iron tawa is the best.



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Cauliflower Lemon Rice / Lemon Cauliflower Rice

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Cauliflower Lemon Rice
Tempering
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal and Channa dal - together 1 tsp
Mor milagai or red chillies - 2
Peanuts - 2 tsp
Hing - 1/8 tsp
Curry leaves few
Other ingredients
Cooked cauliflower rice - 1 cup
( boil cauliflower florets in hot water for a minute,strain it out and let it cool.Pulse or grate the cooked cauliflower,they should resemble like coarse bread crumbs.Do not grind it to a paste,your cauliflower rice is ready to use)

How to make cauliflower rice
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
( add more if you want too sour)
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with above ingredients.
Add the lemon juice and salt immediately switch off the stove.
Now add the cauliflower rice and gently mix till everything is well combined.
Ready to serve with papad and pickle.

Cauliflower Curd Rice : Click HERE


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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Corn Cheese Balls / Crispy Corn Cheese Balls / An Easy Appetizer

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Corn Cheese Balls
Yields: 20 balls
Ingredients
Boiled potato - 1 large
( remove skin mash or grate the potatoes,make sure there are no lumps)
Shredded cheese - little less than 1/2 cup
( I used mexican style 4 cheese shredded)
Sweet corn - 1/2 cup
( I used canned)
Salt & pepper powder to taste
Chilly flakes - 1 tsp
Chopped fresh parsley or Coriander leaves - 3 tsp
Mixed herb Italian seasoning - 1/2 tsp
Corn flour - 2 tsp
Other ingredients
Maida/All purpose flour - 1 tbsp
( dilute it with some water to a semi thick paste)
Bread crumbs as needed
Oil to deep fry


Method
Empty the canned corn into a strainer to remove water.Put the sweet corn in a mixi jar and pulse it once.Make sure there is no water while pulsing.
Take a bowl add the mashed potato,cheese,parsley,seasonings,corn and corn flour.
Gently mix till everything is well combined.Mixture must be a thick dough.
Grease your palm with oil and take small portion of the dough and roll it into a smooth ball.
Dip each ball into the maida paste and coat all sides of the ball.
Now roll it into the bread crumbs making sure its evenly coated.
Repeat the same with all the cheese balls.If you want a thick crust then give a double coating.
Heat oil in a pan gently slide the balls into the hot oil,deep fry these balls in medium high flame till all the sides are light brown and crisp.If you don't want to deep fry then fry these with little oil using a Appe pan/paniyaram pan.
Remove it on a kitchen paper,best served with ketchup,

Note:
a) Sometime the balls will burst while frying if whole corn is used.So i always pulse once and then make, just a precaution.Never happened to me but i have heard.
b) Double coating will give a nice crust to the cheese balls.
c) Do not add too much corn flour to the mixture for binding.Bread crumbs can be used for binding instead of corn flour.
d) Before frying keep it in fridge for 10 minutes ( optional).


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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Cauliflower Curd Rice / How To Make Cauliflower Curd Rice

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Cauliflower Curd Rice
Ingredients
Cauliflower florets - 6 to 7 medium size
Salt to taste
Beaten curd as needed ( around 2 cups)
Chopped ginger - 1/8 tsp
Coriander leaves for garnish
Tempering
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Hing a generous pinch
Chopped green chillies - 1
Chopped curry leaves few


Method
Boil water in a pan add the washed cauliflower florets and give a nice boil ( may be for a minute) and switch off the stove.
Strain out the water and let it cool.
Add these to a chopper or food processor and finely grate,do not over grind and make it a paste.
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients.
Pour this tempering into the cauliflower rice,add salt,chopped ginger,chopped coriander leaves and the curd.Mix till everything is well combined.
Enjoy this Cauliflower Curd Rice with pickle!


Cauliflower Lemon Rice - Click HERE

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Puli Pongal / Tamarind Pongal / Tangy Pongal

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Puli Pongal
Tempering
Sesame oil - 3 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Channa dal - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 2
Mor milagai - 4 small variety
Slit green chillies - 2
Pea nuts - 1 tbsp
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves few
Other ingredients
Raw rice - 1 cup
( put it in a mixi jar and dry grind to a rava consistency or wash the rice once then put it in a strainer and leave it for 10 minutes and then dry grind to a rava /coarse consistency)
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Tamarind - a small gooseberry size
( soak it in hot water,strain and remove the pulp)
Water 3 & 1/2 cups
( pour this water into the tamarind pulp and keep it aside)
Sesame oil - 1 tsp
(pour it on top of the cooked pongal)
Curry leaves and peanuts few for garnish


Method
Heat oil in a pressure cooker temper it with above ingredients.
Pour the tamarind juice and water mixed together,add salt.
Add the broken rice/rava and mix.Close with a lid and pressure cook till done.
Cool and open the lid add 1 tsp of sesame oil and mix.
Garnish with curry leaves and fried peanuts.
Best served with papad and raita.


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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Angaya Podi - Traditional Herb Powders / Medicinal Powders

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Angaya Podi
Ingredients
Sundaikai vathal / Dry Turkey Berry - 2 tbsp
Dry Manathakali vathal / Dry Black Night shade- 2 tbsp
Dry Neem flowers / Vepampoo - 2 tbsp
Coriander seeds/dhania - 1 & 1/2 tbsp
Pepper - 1 tsp
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Chukku/Dry ginger powder - 1 tsp
Thur dal - 1 tsp
Ajwain/Omam - 1/2 tsp
Arisi thipli - 6
Curry leaves few
Salt to taste
Hing - 1/2 tsp

Method
Dry roast all the ingredients separately till light brown.Switch off the stove add ginger,salt and hing to the hot pan and just give a mix and transfer to a plate.Do not burn them.
Cool completely and dry grind everything to a fine powder.Store it in a clean dry jar.
Take a tsp of this powder add some ghee mix it with hot rice and enjoy.

Health Benefits:
a) Good for digestion
b) This podi is given to new mothers after their child birth.
c) Many more benefits,you can read it online.


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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Pachai Payaru Masiyal / Pasi Payaru Kadaisal / Pachai Payaru Kadaiyal / Simple Green Gram Curry

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Pachai Payaru Masiyal
Ingredients to be pressure cooked
Pasi Payaru/ Pachai Payaru/ Green Gram dal - 1 cup
( wash and soak it in water overnight or dry roast the dal and pressure cook)
Chopped coriander leaves - 1 tsp
Chopped onion - a handful
Chopped tomato - 1
Green chillies - 2
Castor oil - few drops
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Tempering
Sesame oil - 2 tsp
Mustard and urad dal - each 1 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 3
Other ingredients
Chopped onion - 1/4 cup
Chopped garlic - 6
Curry leaves few
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste


Method
Wash and soak moongh dal overnight in water.
Next day add the moongh dal,tomato,coriander leaves,green chillies and tomato,Castor oil and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker.Close it and pressure cook till dal is soft.
Cool and open the lid mash it well using a masher till soft.
Heat oil in a pan temper it with mustard,urad dal,jeera and red chilies.
Add the chopped onion,garlic few curry leaves and saute till light brown.Add needed salt ,coriander powder and mix it well,pour the mashed dal.Add enough water and give a boil.
Switch off the stove garnish with curry and coriander leaves.
Best served with plain rice or roti.


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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Karuvadu Mochai Kottai Kuzhambu / Spicy Dry Fish Curry / Karuvadu Kulambhu

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Karuvadu Mochai Kottai Kulambhu
Ingredients
Karuvadu / Dry Fish-1 cup
( soak it in some hot water for 5 minutes to soften it)
Chopped onion - 1
Chopped tomato - 1
Chopped garlic - 6
Curry & Coriander leaves few
Dry Mochai kottai - 1/4 cup
( soak it overnight in water and next day boil it with little salt till soft,keep it aside)
Salt to taste
Chilly powder- 1 &1/2tsp
Dhania powder-1tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Chopped brinjal - 2
Semi thick tamarind juice - 1 cup
Pepper powder -1/2 tsp
Oil - 1/4 cup
Vadavam for tempering - 2 tsp
(add mustard,methi,jeera,urad dal if you don't have vadavam)


Method
Heat oil in a pan add vadavam for tempering.
Add the chopped onion,curry leaves and garlic fry till light brown.Add salt and turmeric powder give a quick mix.
Add the tomatoes and chopped brinjals fry till the brinjals are half cooked.
Now add the karuvadu and fry for 2 to 3 minutes,add dhania powder and chilly powder and fry till oil separates the masala.Add the cooked mochai kottai and mix till everything is well combined.
Pour the tamarind juice and some water cover and cook till the fish is cooked and the gravy is thick.Switch off the stove add the pepper powder,curry & coriander leaves and mix..
Best served with hot rice.


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Monday, December 2, 2019

Mochai Kottai Masala / Field Beans Masala

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Mochai Kottai Masala
Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Coconut - 1/4 cup
Poppy seeds - 1 tsp
Onion - 2 tbsp
Tomato - 1 small
Ginger and garlic paste - 1 tsp
Tempering
Oil - 6 tsp
( add more if needed)
Mustard - 1 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon stick - 1 medium size stick
Other ingredients
Dry Mochai kottai/ Dry Field beans - 1/2 cup
( soak it overnight in water,next day add red chilly powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder and salt.Pressure cook till soft.Keep it aside)
Chopped brinjals - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Chopped onion - 1/2 cup
Chopped tomato - 1 small
Curry and coriander leaves few


Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with mustard,fennel seeds and cinnamon.
Next add onion and fry till colour changes,add the tomato and fry till light brown.
Add the ground coconut mixture and fry till oil separates the masala.
Pour the cooked beans along with the water and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the chopped brinjals and mix,cook till vegetables are cooked and dry.
Lastly add garam masala,curry and coriander leaves mix and switch off the stove.
Best served as a side dish.


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