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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Methi Paratha Recipe/ Methi Roti Recipe / Methi Ka Paratha Recipe / Fenugreek Paratha

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Methi Paratha

Ingredients
Whole wheat flour- 2 cups
Salt to taste
Fresh methi/fenugreek leaves chopped-1 small bunch
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Jeera,Dhania-each 1/2tsp
(dry roasted & powdered)
Chilly powder-1tsp
Grated ginger - 1/8 tsp
Curd -1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Water as needed to make the dough
Method
Take a bowl put all the ingredients including the oil, mix well.
Pour water little by little and form a stiff dough.Cover it with a lid and rest it for 10 minutes.
Divide the dough into equal size balls.
Take a ball and flatten it well with your palm,gently roll the parathas by dusting some flour to a semi thick disc.
Heat a tawa/griddle and cook these parathas in medium low flame till its light brown on both sides with little oil smeared both sides of the parathas.
Serve it hot with any gravy or raita of your choice.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Homemade Masala Tea Powder / Indian Masala Chai Recipe / Chai ka Masala / Chai Powder / Tea Masala Recipe


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Masala Tea Powder
Ingredients
Cinnamon pieces-1 tbsp
Cloves-1tbsp
Cardamom-1tbsp
Pepper-1/2 tbsp
Fennel seeds-1/8 tsp
Dry ginger powder - 3 tbsp
Nutmeg - a pinch
Method
Slightly heat up the cloves,cardamom,cinnamon and pepper in a kadai.Do not dry roast too much.
Cool and add the remaining ingredients,put it in a coffee grinder.
Dry grind the ingredients to a semi smooth powder .
Store it in a clean dry bottle.Add needed tea powder while making your tea.
Filter and serve them hot!

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Aloo Kofta Curry Recipe / Potato Kofta Curry / Kofta Curry Recipe

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Aloo Kofta Curry
Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Large tomato -2
Ginger and Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Cashew nut - 10
Other ingredients
Oil - 6 tsp
Bay leaf -1
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Jeera/Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Crushed kastoori methi - 1 tsp
Beaten curd or Hot Milk - 1/4 cup
( I have used curd)
Chopped coriander leaves for garnish
Ingredients for kofta
Boiled potato 2 medium size
Chopped green chillies - 1
Frozen peas - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Chopped cashew nuts - 5
Turmeric powder - 1/8tsp
Chilly powder - 1/8 tsp
Corn flour - 2 tsp
Method
Mix all above ingredients in a bowl.
Make small tight balls,deep fry them in hot oil till golden brown on all sides.
Remove and place it on a kitchen tissue for excess oil to get absorbed
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Aloo Kofta Curry
Method
Heat oil in a pan add bay leaf,now pour the ground paste and cook till raw smell has disappeared.
Now add all the dry masala powders and mix well.
Lower the flame and add the beaten curd,quickly mix it well to avoid curdling.
Now pour needed water and cook the gravy till done.
Sprinkle the crushed kastoori methi and switch off the stove
Lastly garnish with coriander leaves.Just before serving arrange the kofta balls
in a wide bowl and pour the warm gravy on top.
Best served with Roti or Jeera rice.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Ginger Pickle Recipe / Allam Pachadi Recipe / Andhra Style Ginger Pickle Recipe

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Ginger Pickle
Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Fresh ginger - 1 cup
(skin removed & chopped)
Tamarind - 1 big lime size ball
(soak it in little hot water for it to become soft)
Salt -1 tsp
Red chilly - 25 small red chillies
( If your chillies are hot reduce accordingly.You can also add chilly powder instead.)
Jagger or Brown sugar-1/3 cup heaped
(I used brown sugar,reduce the quantity if you don't want it to be too sweet)
Chopped garlic - 1/4 cup
Jeera/Cumin seeds- 2 tsp
Methi- 1 tsp
(slightly dry roasted & powdered)
Tempering
Oil-3./4 cup
Mustard-1 & 1/2 tsp
Red chillies-4
Hing- little
Curry leaves few
Method
Blend all the above ingredients under grind to a fine smooth paste.
Do not add water while grinding.Sprinkle very little if needed.
Heat oil in a pan temper it with above ingredients.
Immediately pour the ground paste into the hot tempering,give a quick mix.
Switch off the stove,Leave the mixture to cool completely.Cover & keep it for a day out.
Next day mix it well again & store it in a clean jar.
Keep it in the fridge.Serve with dosa,Idly or even with rice.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sprouted Methi Pulao / Vendhaya Pulao Recipe / Vendaya Sadam / Fenugreek Pulao

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Sprouted Methi Pulao
Ingredients for tempering
Oil - 2 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Shajeera - 1/4 tsp
Cardamom -2,Cloves -3,Star anise -1
Cinnamon a small stick
Bay leaf - 1
Other ingredients
Basmati rice - 1 cup
Water - 1 & 3/4 cup
Salt to taste
Sprouted fenugreek/methi/vendayam seeds - 3/4 cup
Sliced onion - a handful
Cubed tomato - 1 small
Slit green chillies - 4
Mint a handful
Method
Wash & soak basmati rice in water for 10 minutes.
Heat oil & ghee in a pan add the tempering ingredients.
Now add the onion,mint,tomato,green chillies & salt,saute for 1 or 2 minutes.
Lastly add the sprouted fenugreek and toss it well.Switch off the stove.
Drain the water out from the rice, add the rice,water & the masala in a electric cooker or in open pan cook till done.
Lastly add some mint leaves mix & serve it with raita.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Baked Salmon with Mini Sweet Peppers / Foil Baked Salmon With Mini Sweet Peppers

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Baked Salmon
Ingredients for marination
Salmon fillet-1
(I cut the fillet into 2)
Salt to taste
Dry parsley-2tsp
Olive oil-2tsp
Red chilly powder-1/2tsp
Chopped onion-1tsp
Chopped sweet peppers-1
Ginger & Garlic paste-1tsp
Lime juice-3tsp
Method
Mix all above ingredients together,leave it to rest for 30 minutes for marination.
Wrap it in a aluminum foil & bake it at 400 deg. for 10 minutes or till the fish is cooked well.
Remove it from the foil & place on a baking tray brush it with little oil on top & broil it for 5 minutes in 350 deg. till the top is slightly brown.
Sprinkle some pepper powder on top & serve.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Instant Rava Uttapam Recipe / Sooji Uthappam Recipe / Rava Uttapam Recipe / Onion Rava Uttapam Recipe

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Rava Uttapam
Ingredients
Rava/Sooji/Semolina - 1/2 cup
Rice flour - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Curd - 1/4 cup
Water - 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup
ENO fruit salt - 1/2 tsp
Chopped onion - a handful
Chopped green chillies - 1
Curry leaves - few
Jeera little to sprinkle on top
Oil as needed
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Rava Uttapam
Method
Take a bowl add rava,rice flour,salt,water & curd.
Mix it well and rest it for 5 minutes.If your batter becomes thick then add some water to get a semi thick batter consistency.
Just before making the uttapam dilute ENO with little water & add it to the batter.
Give a quick mix,heat a tawa grease with little oil add a ladle of batter & spread it thick.
Sprinkle jeera,onion,green chillies & curry leaves on top.
Pour oil around the uttapam cover it with a lid & cook the base is light crisp.
Now flip the uppam and cook the other side too.
Serve these Uttapams with chutney or sambar.
Note:
a) You can add any vegetable of your choice to the above uttapam.
b) Each quality of rava is different so add water accordingly.
c) Do not use fine rava for making this uttapam.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Arachuvitta Sambar Powder / Arachu Vitta Sambar Recipe. South Indian Sambar Powder

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Arachuvitta Sambar Powder
Ingredients
Coriander seeds/Dhania - 1 cup
Channa dal - 1/2 cup
Kashmir red chilly - 4
Red chillies -8
Methi Seeds / fenigreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fresh coconut or Dry coconut - 1/3 cup
Method
Dry road all above ingredients separately till light brown and nice aroma comes.Do not burn them.
Cool the ingredients and powder them using a blender.
Store it in the refrigerator.
Note:
As there is coconut in this powder please store it in fridge.
Make sambar as usual lastly add 1 or 2 tsp of this powder,mix and give a boil.
Switch off the stove and your Arachuvitta sambar is ready to have with Idly,Dosa,Pongal,Plain Rice or Vada.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Quinoa Curd Bath Recipe / Curd Quinoa Recipe / Dahi Quinoa - Quick Lunch Box Recipe

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Curd Quinoa
Ingredients 
Quinoa - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 & 1/2 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Curd as needed ( around 1/2 cup )
Salt to taste
Grated carrot - 1 tbsp
Grated cucumber - 1 tbsp
Chopped coriander leaves - 1tsp
Ingredients for tempering
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1 /2 tsp
Ural dal - 1/4 tsp
Red chillies -1
Hing a pinch
Grated ginger - 1/8 tsp
Chopped green chillies -1
Curry leaves few
Cashew nuts - 4 (option)
Method
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients and keep it aside.
Wash quinoa well and cook it with water till done.Add salt and slightly mash it.
Once the quinoa is warm add the milk,curd,carrot,cucumber,coriander leaves and the tempering. Gently mix everything and serve it with pickle .

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Vazhakkai Varuval Recipe / Valakkai Fry / Raw Banana Fry Recipe

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Vazhakkai Fry
Ingredients for marination
Raw banana - 2 medium size
( Peel the skin and cut into semi thick slices )
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp heaped
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Crushed fennel seeds - 1tsp
Tamarind juice - 1 tsp
Tempering
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Hing - a pinch
Method
Take a wide plate add all the ingredients mentioned under marination.
Mix well and leave it for 15 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients.
Now add the marinated mixture and in low flame fry till the vegetable is crisp and light brown on all sides.Switch off the stove.
Best served as side dish for rice.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Chilli Egg Recipe / Chinese Style Chilli egg / Egg Chilli Recipe / Indo Chinese Egg Recipe

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Chilli Egg
Ingredients for the egg omelette
Eggs - 2
Salt & pepper to taste
Water - 2 tsp
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Method
Beat the eggs with salt ,pepper & water till fluffy.
Heat a pan smear oil pour the egg mixture,spread it evenly.Do not spread it very thin.
Once its cooked flip the other side & cook.
Switch off the stove cool & cut into thick cubes.Keep it aside
Batter ingredients
Maida / All purpose flour - 3 tsp heaped
Corn flour or Rice flour - 2 tsp heaped
Soy sauce - 1/4 tsp
Chilli sauce - 1/4 tsp
Salt a pinch
Method
Take a bowl add the above mentioned ingredients.
Sprinkle some water and make a thick batter,add the cut egg pieces.
Mix it gently to make sure all pieces are well coated.
Heat oil in a pan carefully drop drop batter coated egg pieces one by one, deep fry till light golden brown on both sides.
Remove it on a kitchen tissue.
Other Ingredients
Oil- 3 tsp
Chopped onion - a handful
Chopped spring onions - 1/4 cup
Chopped ginger - 1 tbsp
Chopped ginger - 1/2 tbsp
Soya sauce - 1/2 tbsp
Chilly sauce - 1/2 tbsp
Maggie tomato chilli sauce - 1/2 tbsp
Tomato Ketchup - 2 tbsp
Vinegar - 1/2 tbsp
Sugar a pinch
Salt & pepper to taste
Method
Heat oil in a pan fry onion,garlic & ginger in high flame till its light brown.
Lower the flame and add all the sauces,salt & pepper powder & saute for a minute.
Pour very little water to get a thick gravy.
Add the fried eggs quickly toss them well.
Garnish with spring onions & serve them hot.
Best served with Chinese fried rice or serve it as a starter.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Chicken Ghee Roast / Mangalore Style Chicken Ghee Roast / Ghee Roast Chicken Recipe /Chicken Dry Roast

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Chicken Ghee Roast
Ingredients for grinding
Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Whole pepper - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri red chillies - 6
Methi / Fenugreek seeds - less than 1/8 tsp
Cardamom -1
Cinnamon - 1 small piece
Cloves -2
Ginger and garlic paste - 2tsp
Tamarind paste -2 tsp
Turmeric powder 0 1/2 tsp
Method
Dry roast above mentioned ingredients except tamarind paste,ginger & garlic paste and turmeric powder till light brown,Do not burn them.
Cool and put it into a blender add tamarind paste, salt,turmeric powder ,ginger & garlic paste.
Pour some water and grind it to a smooth thick paste.Keep it aside.
Ingredients for marination
Chicken - 1/2 kg cut into small pieces
Curd - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Above ground masala
Method
Take a wide bowl add the curd and ground masala to the chicken.
Mix well till its well coated,cover and rest it for 1 hour.
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Chicken Ghee Roast
Other Ingredients
Ghee - 1/4 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp
Curry & coriander leaves for garnish
Jaggery - 1/2 tsp
Chopped onion - 2 tbsp
Method
Take a heavy pan add oil and ghee,add the onion and little curry leaves.Fry till its light brown.
Now add the marinated chicken in medium low flame roast till oil separated the pan.
Lastly add the jaggery and give a stir.
Switch off the stove and garnish with curry & coriander leaves.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

How to reduce the bitterness from bitter gourd / Karela


This is the best way i use to remove bitterness from bitter gourd.
Chop the vegetable to small pieces  or any size you want add 1 tbsp of wheat flour,little salt & turmeric powder.
Mix well and leave it for 30 minutes.
Squeeze out the water from the vegetable & rinse it well.
By this method you can get rid of 75 percent of bitterness.
Try out and let me know.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bengali Layer Porota / Bengali Dhakai Paratha / Fried Layered Parota / Layered Flaky Fried Bread

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Bengali Layered Porota
Yields:7 porotas
Ingredients for the dough
All purpose flour / Maida - 1 cup
Oil - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Water as needed ( less than 1/2 cup)
Other Ingredients
Maida for dusting
Oil for spreading & deep frying
Method
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Layered Porota
Take a mixing bowl add maida,salt & oil,mix it till it resembles like bread crumbs.
Pour water little by little till you form a soft dough.
Cover the dough & rest it for 10 minutes.Divide the dough into 6 or 7 equal size balls.

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Layered Porota
Take a ball and roll it out into a thin disc.Apply some oil evenly then sprinkle some flour on top.
Fold the disc into half again apply some oil and dust it with flour.
Start rolling the dough from one corner to the other end.Twist and press it like a coil (see picture).
Prepare all the ball the same way,cover it with a cloth & rest it for 10 minutes.
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Layered Porota
Now take each coil & roll it out into a semi thick circle.
Heat oil in a pan when hot slowly slide into the hot oil,deep fry the porota both sides till brown.
Remove it on a kitchen tissue for excess oil to get absorbed.
Serve it with kurma or any gravy you like.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sweet Somas Recipe / Sweet Somasi Recipe / Kajjikayalu Recipe / Diwali Sweet Recipes

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Sweet Somas
Ingredients for the filling
Semolina/Rava - 1/4 cup
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/4 cup
( I added 1 tbsp extra)
Cardamom - 8
Fried gram dal - 1 tbsp
Chopped cashew nuts -10
Ghee - 1 tsp
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Sweet Somasi
Method
Powder sugar,cardamom and fried gram dal to a fine powder.
Heat ghee in a pan roast cashew nut & rava till light brown,switch off the stove add the coconut immediately & mix it well.
Cool the mixture & add the powdered ingredients,mix well till everything is well combined.Keep it aside.
Other Ingredients
Oil to deep fry
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Sweet Somasi
Ingredients for the outer covering
Maida/All purpose flour - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Salt a pinch
Water little less than 1/2 cup
Method
Take a bowl add ghee and maida mix till it resembles bread crumbs.
Now slowly sprinkle water little by little to for a soft dough.
Cover & rest it for 5 minutes.Roll out the dough into a thin sheet.
Use a circle cutter to cut into small disc.Place 2 tsp of filling in the middle.
Clove it into half & seal it well by pressing with a fork or pleat to form a pattern.
Cover these somas with a cloth to prevent from drying.
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry in batches in medium low flame till crisp & light brown on all sides.Remove it on a kitchen paper,cool & store it in a dry air tight container.
Notes:
a) Fry the somas in medium low flame otherwise after sometime your somas will become soft.
b) Use any filling of your choice.
c) Sealing is very important otherwise the somas will open up and filling will come out.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Aloo Lachcha Recipe / Masala Aloo Lachha Recipe / Aloo Laccha Recipe / Deep Fried Masala Potato Sticks / Masala Aloo Sticks Recipe

Aloo Lachcha
Ingrddients
Medium size aloo /potato - 3
Salt to taste
Amchur powder/Dry mango powder - 1/2 tsp
Mint powder - 1/2 tsp
Chaat masala - 3/4 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil to deep fry
Aloo Lachcha Recipe / Masala Aloo Lachha Recipe / Aloo Laccha Recipe / Deep Fried  Masala Potato Sticks / Masala Aloo Sticks Recipe
Aloo Lachcha
Method
Wash and peel the skin of the potato.grate the potatoes to thin strips and soak it in water for 1 or 2 minutes.
Wash the potatoes well squeeze of the water and keep it on a strainer,repeat this process one more time to remove starch.Make sure there is no water.
Spread this potatoes on a towel to remove excess water.
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry in batches till crisp & light brown.
Remove it on a kitchen paper,while still warm sprinkle the spices & gently mix.
Cool and store it in air tight container.
Note:
a) If you don't have mint powder just microwave 10 mint leaves till crisp then cool,crush & use.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Nimboo Ka Achaar Recipe /Lemon Pickle /Nimbu Ka Achaar – No Oil Indian Lime Pickle / North Indian Style Lemon Pickle/Salted Limes Ginger With Green Chillies

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Lemon Pickle
Ingredients
Lemon big size -3
( Deseeded & cut into small cubes)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt-2tsp
Chopped green chillies-6
Chopped ginger -1tbsp heaped
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Hing-1/8tsp
Dry roasted & powdered coarse
Mustard-2tsp
Methi/Fenugreek-1tsp
Method
Take a clean jar add all the ingredients and mix them evenly.
Cover and leave it for a day,next day gently shake the bottle for even mixing.
Repeat it for 3 to 4 days till its slightly mushy,your pickle is ready to serve.
Store this pickle in fridge.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Seepu Seedai Recipe / Seepu Murukku Recipe / Chettinad Seepu Seedai Recipe / Diwali Snack Recipes

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Seepu Seedai
Ingredients
Rice flour - 1 cup
Urad dal Powder - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Water - 1/4 cup
Coconut milk - 3/4 cup
( I used the semi thick tinned coconut milk)
Oil to deep fry
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Seepu Seedai
Method
Heat a pan/kadai add the rice flour & urad dal powder,dry roast till just warm.
Do not fry till colour change,switch off the stove and add salt.
While still warm slowly add the coconut milk & water little by little till you form a soft dough.
Fill this dough into the seepu seedai press/mould.
Press the dough into long strips on a tray or wooden cutting board.Now cut it to a 2" piece strips.
Take each small pieces and join the edges ( see picture).They will resemble like broad finger rings.
Press it well so that they don't go apart while frying.
Heat oil in a pan and fry them in batches till light brown & crisp on all sides.
Remove it on a kitchen paper,cool & store it in an airtight container.
Note:
a) Make sure the dough is soft and crack free.
b) Usually we use freshly ground coconut milk,but i have used tinned coconut milk.
c) If you don't have the disc make lines using a new clean comb to make the lines.
d) Always keep the dough covered with a cloth.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Cashew Basil Pesto Recipe / Basil Cashew Pesto Recipe / Cashew Nut Pesto Recipe

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Cashew Basil Pesto
Ingredients
Fresh basil leaves - 3 cups packed
( wash and wipe the leaves)
Raw unsalted cashew nuts - 1/2 cup
Parmesan cheese - 1/2 cup
Garlic - 3
Salt to taste
Olive oil - 1/2 cup
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Method
Take a food processor add the cashew nuts,garlic,salt,Parmesan cheese and basil leaves pulse them.
While blender is process slowly add the olive oil into the mixture.
Once everything is well combined add the lemon juice and switch off.
Store them in a clean glass bottle and keep it in refrigerator.
Note:
a) Pulse according to the texture you want smooth or crunchy.
b)Mix it with paste,spaghetti or use as a bread for your sandwich.
c) Make sure your drizzle some oil on top of pesto to keep it green.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Kadalai Paruppu Payasam / Channa Dal Payasam / Senaga Pappu Payasam

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Channa Dal Payasam
Ingredients
Channa Dal-1/2 cup
Salt a pinch
Jaggery-1 cup
Thick coconut milk-1 & 1/2 cups
Jeera & dry ginger (chukku) powder-together 1/4tsp
Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
Coconut bits-2tbsp
Cashew nut -1tbsp
Raisins-1tbsp
Ghee-1tbsp
Method
Pressure cook the Channa Dal with 3 cups of water till done.Remove some whole Channa Dal separately & mash the remaining dal.
Dilute jaggery in 1 cup of water,filter it to remove any impurities.Pour this melted jaggery into the dal & in low flame cook for 5 minutes.
Heat ghee in a pan fry the coconut bits till brown & keep it aside.In the same pan fry the cashew nut & raisins till light brown.
Add coconut milk to the cooked dal mixture, before it boil switch off the flame.Now add the saved Channa Dal,fried coconut bits,cashew nut & raisins,mix & serve it hot or warm.

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Note:
a) Do not reheat the payasam as we have added coconut it may curdle.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

How to grow Methi Leaves Without Soil / Grown Fenugreek Leaves Without Soil.

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Easy way to grow Methi Leaves on your kitchen counter.I tried it from my friend Jessie's website.Click  HERE for step by step instruction.Made Methi Dal today with my home grown fresh Methi.For recipe click HERE

Monday, September 25, 2017

Gongura Pachadi Recipe / Andhra Gongura Pachadi / Andhra Style Sorrel Leaves Chutney

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Gongura Pachadi
Ingredients
Gongura/ Sorrel leaves - 6 cups
Red chillies - 8
Salt to taste
Tamarind - 1 tsp
( as my leaves where not that sour so i added tamarind )
Oil - 2 tsp
Tempering
Sesame oil - 1/4 cup
Red chillies - 3
Mustard,Urad dal,Channa dal - each 1 tsp
Jeera/cumin - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Chopped garlic -8
Hing - 1/8 tsp
Method
Remove the leaves from the stem,wash and spread them on a clean cloth till its dry.
Make sure there is no water.Do not dry them in sun.
Heat oil in a pan add the red chillies,tamarind if using & the leaves,in medium low flame fry till the leaves are soft.
Cool this mixture & grind it to a semi coarse paste.Do not add water while grinding.
Remove it in a bowl and keep it aside.
Now heat oil in a pan add the tempering ingredients,lastly add the garlic.
Fry till its light brown,switch off the stove & pour the hot tempering into the ground gongura.
Mix it well & serve it with hot rice.
Note:
a) Dry the leaves inside the house.Do not use the stems just the leaves.
b) Just before serving add chopped onions for extra taste.
c) As i have used very little oil i am going to store it in fridge.
d) My gongura was not sour so i added tamarind,if leaves our sour then don't add.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Sago Sundal / Javvarisi Sundal / White Pearl Sago Sundal / Sabudhana Sundal

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Sago Sundal
Ingredients fried in a drop of oil till light brown,cool and ground to a smooth dry powder
Dhania/Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Channa dal - 1/2 tsp
Methi seeds - 5
Red chillies -1
Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
Hind a pinch
Tempering
Coconut oil - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Other ingredients
White pearl sago - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup to soak sago
Yellow moongh dal - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish
Method
Wash sago for 3 or 4 times to get rid of the smell.Then soak it in 1/2 cup of water overnight,next day strain out the extra water if any.
Cook the moongh dal till its just cooked.Do not cook till is mushy.Strain out extra water .
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with mustard and curry leaves then add the sago and moongh dal.reduce flame and mix it up gently.Non stick pan is best for any sago recipe.
Add the ground powder and toss it well.
Switch off the stove garnish with coriander leaves and serve.
Note:
a) Wash sago well to get rid of the smell.
b) Do not overcook the dal
c) Use non stick pan for any sago recipe.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Almond Mutter Paneer / Badam Mutter Paneer / Badam Matar Paneer

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Almond Mutter Paneer
Ingredients fried in 1tsp of oil till transparent & ground to a smooth paste
Chopped onion-1 small
Chopped tomato-2
Ginger & Garlic paste-1/2tsp
Crushed cardamom powder-less than 1/8tsp
Green chillies-2
Red chilly powder-1/2tsp
Turmeric powder-1/8tsp
Salt to taste
MDH Kitchen king masala-1/2tsp
Roasted & powdered jeera powder-1/2tsp
Soaked badam/almonds-20
(skin removed no need to fry this in oil just add it while grinding)
Other ingredients
Frozen peas-1 & 1/2 cups
Cubed paneer/ indian cottage cheese-1 cup
Hot milk-1/4cup
(I used fat free milk)
Tempering
Butter-1tbsp
Oil-1tbsp
Jeera/Cumin-1/2 tsp
Crushed kastoori methi leaves-1tsp
Method
Heat oil & butter in a pan temper it with above ingredients.
Pour the ground masala & saute till raw smell has disappeared.
Add the peas,paneer,milk & add water according to the thickness.
In low flame cook the gravy covered for 10 minutes or till done.
Switch off the stove & serve it hot with roti or jeera rice.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Vangi Bath Recipe / Vaangi Baath Recipe / Vangi Bhath Recipe / Brinjal Rice Recipe

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Vangi Bath
Ingredients
Cooked Rice - 2 cups
Vangi Bath Powder - 3 tsp or more
Salt to taste
Curry leaves - few
Tempering
Sesame oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Red chillies - 3
Peanuts - a handful
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
Chopped brinjals - 2 cups
Method
Heat oil in a pan,temper it with above ingredients.
Add the brinjal,salt & turmeric powder fry till the brinjals are soft.
Add the vangi bath masala powder & cooked rice.
Toss them well till everything is well combined.
Garnish with curry leaves & serve them hot with raita.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Poha Vada / Aval Vadai Recipe / Flattened Rice Vada Recipe - A Quick Evening Snack

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Poha Vadai
Ingredients
Semi thick Poha/Aval/Flattened rice - 1 cup heaped
Water - 1/2 cup
( if needed more just sprinkle as needed)
Salt to taste
Jeera/Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Chopped green chillies - 1
Finely chopped onion - 2 tsp
Chopped coriander and curry leaves - 1 tsp
Grated ginger - 1/4 tsp
Oil to deep fry
Method
Soak poha in water for 5 to 10 minutes till all water has absorbed.Mash it well.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.If water needed just sprinkle.Your mixture should be a slightly a tight dough.
Take small balls and flatten them.
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry these vada in medium high flame.
Fry till crisp and slight brown on all sides.
Remove it on a kitchen paper for excess oil to get absorbed.
Enjoy these easy snack with tea.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pol Sambol Recipe / Coconut Sambol Recipe / Pol Sambola Recipe / Sri Lankan Pol Sambol Recipe

Pol Sambol
Ingredients
Fresh grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Crushed curry leaves - few
Chopped small onions -4
Grated garlic - 1
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Pol Sambol
Method
Take all above mentioned ingredients in a bowl.
Gently mix it using your hand.
Best served with Pol Roti

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Brinjal Kobbari Karam / Vankaya Kobbari Karam / Gutti Vankaya Kobbari Karam / Stuffed Brinjals With SpicyCoconut Mixture

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Vankaya Kobbari Karam
Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Fresh coconut - 1/4 cup
Kashmiri red chillies - 2
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic cloves - 4
Tamarind a very small piece
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Method
Take all above mentioned ingredients in a blender.
Pour very little water and make a smooth thick paste.Keep it aside.
Other ingredients
Chopped onion - 1/4 cup
Curry & coriander leaves
Small purple brinjals - 5
Oil - 2 tbsp
Method
Wash and wipe the brinjals,make a plus (+) shape slit on top.Do not cut till the end.
Now fill the brinjals with the ground masala.
Heat oil in a kadai place the stuffed brinjals,remaining masala,chopped onion and few curry leaves.
Sprinkle very little water and cover it with a lid.In intervals gently mix the brinjals so they don;t break.Fry till oil separates the pan and the brinjals are well cooked.
Switch off the stove garnish with curry and coriander leaves.
Best served with plain rice.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fish 65 Recipe / Fried Fish Recipe

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Fish 65
Ingredients for marinating the fish for 1 hour
Boneless fish cut into small cubes-30
( Use any fish you like)
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder-2tsp
Coriander powder-1tsp
Tamarind paste-3tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Ginger & garlic paste together-2tsp
Garam masala-1tsp
Corn flour-5tsp
Other ingredients
Oil-to deep fry
Fried green chillies & curry leaves for garnish
Chaat masala-required amount to sprinkle on top
Method
Mix all above ingredients together & leave it to marinate for 1 hour.
Then mix the corn flour,make sure all the fish pieces are coated well.
Heat oil in a pan & deep fry in batches till light brown & crisp on all sides.
Garnish it with fried chillies & curry leaves.
Just before serving sprinkle some chaat masala on top.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Paal Paniyaram / Chettinad Paal Paniyaram Recipe / Pal Paniyaram / Milk Paniyaram



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Paal Paniyaram
Ingredients
Urad dhal-1/2 cup
Rice - 1 tbsp
( I used sona masoori rice,adding rice is optional)
Salt a pinch
Oil-to fry
Whole milk-1 cup
Coconut milk-1 cup
( I used the tin)
Sugar - 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp
Cardamom powder-1tsp
Saffron-a pinch (optional)
Method
Wash and soak dal & rice together for 2 hours.
Drain the water and grind it with a pinch of salt to a smooth thick batter.
Heat oil in a pan drop small balls with a spoon & fry them till light brown on all sides.Do not fry till they are crisp.Then they may not soak well in the milk.
Remove on a kitchen towel keep it aside.
Boil the whole milk and let it cool.Take a bowl add the milk,coconut milk,sugar and cardamom powder.Mix till sugar has completely dissolved.
Now add the warm fried paniyarams & leave it to soak for 20 minutes.
Garnish with saffron strands and serve them cold or warm.

Note
a) Grind the dal in wet grinder for a smooth thick batter.
b) Add sugar according to your taste.
c) Fresh coconut milk always gives a better taste.
d) You can make this ahead and soak the paniyaram just before guest arrives to save time.
e) If you have fried it crisp don't worry add the paniyarams to hot water for couple minutes.Then squeeze out the water and add to the milk (As we do it for dahi vada).
f) My mom never used rice in this recipe just the urad dal batter.

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Fried Modakam / Fried Modak Recipe / Fried Modak For Ganesha Chathurthi / Fried Mothagam Recipe / Maharashtrian Fried Modak Recipe

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Fried Modak
Yields : 11 Modak
Ingredients for outer covering
Wheat flour - 1/2 cup
Maida/All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Salt a pinch
Melted butter - 1 & 1/2 tbsp
Water little more than 1/3 cup
Method
Take a bowl add all above ingredients together.
Mix it well till it looks like bread crumbs.
Now slowly add water little by little & form a tight dough.
Cover & rest it for 10 minutes.
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Fried Modak
Ingredients for the filling
Grated fresh coconut - 3/4 cup
Grated jaggery - 1/4 cup heaped
Grated unsweetened khoya - 1/4 cup
Raisins - 1 tbsp
Chopped almonds - 15
Cardamom -8 powdered
Ghee - 1 tsp
Method
Heat ghee in a pan add the almonds and fry till its light brown.
Now add the coconut & fry till water has slightly evaporated.
Add the khoya,jaggery,cardamom powder & raisins,fry in low flame till everything is well combined.Cool the mixture & divide into 11 equal size balls.
Other ingredients
Oil to deep fry
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Fried Modak
Method
Take a ball of outer covering roll it out into a thin disc.Place a ball of filling in the middle.
Pleat the dough and close the modak,twist on top to seal them well (see picture).
Heat oil in a kadai and in medium high flame deep fry till crisp & brown on all sides.
Cool & serve them to Lord Ganesha.
Note:
a)Sugar can be added instead of jaggery.
b)If using sweetened khoya then add jaggery accordingly.
c)Any nuts of your choice can be added in the filling.
d)Seal properly otherwise your filling will come out.

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