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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Eggplant Parmesan / Baked-Eggplant Parmesan / Eggplant Parmigiana Recipe

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Eggplant Parmesan
Ingredients to be brushed on sliced eggplants
Olive oil-1/3 cup
Salt & pepper to taste
Italian seasoning -2tsp
Crushed dry parsley-1/2tsp
Chilly flakes-1/2tsp
(mix everything in a bowl)
Eggplant-1big
(cut into semi thick circles,brush the seasoned oil on both sides of the eggplant.rest it for 10 minutes)
For coating
Egg beaten-1
Salt & pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese-2tsp
(Whisk egg,seasoning and cheese everything together)
All purpose flour/maida-little
Bread crumbs-1 cup or more
(Dust the marinated eggplants in all purpose flour,then dip both sides in the egg mixture,roll it both sides on the breadcrumbs.Arrange these on a baking tray & drizzle some oil on top.Bake these at 400 deg. for 20 minutes or till crisp & brown on all both sides.)
Other ingredients
Paste sauce-2 to 3 cups
Parmesan cheesee/mozzarella as needed
Fresh basil leaves
Method
Take a oven proof baking dish spread some sauce at the bottom,arrange the baked eggplants.
Sprinkle some cheese & basil leaves.repeat the same & finish it with sauce on top.Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
Bake this for 10 minutes till the cheese melt at 350 deg.
Serve it hot with spaghetti

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Poha Cutlet / Potato Poha Cutlet / Avalakki Cutlet / Aval Cutlet - No Onion No Garlic recipe

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Poha Cutlet
Yields: 8 Cutlets
Ingredients
Potato - 2 medium size
( Boil remove skin and mashed or grated)
Poha/Flat Rice - 1 cup
( wash and sprinkle very little water for the poha to get soft.Do not add too much water)
Salt to taste
Grated ginger - 1/2 tsp
Grated or chopped green chilly -1
Chaat masala - 1/2 tsp
Roasted jeera powder/Cumin powder- 1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Dry mango powder - 1/4 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tsp
All purpose flour - 1 tbsp
( Diluted to get a semi thick paste)
Bread crumbs as needed
Oil to shallow fry
Method
Take a wide bowl add all the above ingredients except bread crumbs and maida paste.
Mix everything well,divide into equal size balls.
Flatten the ball and dip it into the maida paste and coat it well.
Next roll it into the bread crumbs.
Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry them till crisp and brown on all sides on medium high flame.
Serve them hot with any dip of your choice.

Note:
a) If you don't want to deep fry just add bread crumbs to your mixture and fry it in tawa with very little oil like tikkis.
b) Do not add too much water to soak poha otherwise the mixture will be too loose to handle.
c) You can add any vegetable to your mixture to make it more healthy if giving to kids.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Egg Kurma Recipe / Muttai Kurma / Egg Korma Recipe

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Egg Kurma
Tempering ingredients
Oil - 6 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Cloves -2
Cardamom - 1
Cinnamon - a small stick
Kadal pasi/Blackstone flower - a small piece
Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Fennel seeds/Somph - 3/4 tsp
Green chillies -1
Poppy seeds/Khus Khus - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts -6
Ginger and garlic paste - 1 tsp
Other ingredients
Boiled eggs -6
( make slits on all sides for the gravy to get into the eggs)
Chopped onion - 1 small
Chopped tomato - 1 medium size
Mint leaves - 5 big leaves
Curry and coriander leaves to garnish
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilly and coriander powder - 1/2 tsp each
Salt to taste
Method
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients
Now add the onion,mint and tomatoes saute till the onions are light brown.
Add the ground masala and saute for few minutes,add all the dry powders and fry till raw smell has disappeared.Pour enough water and the boiled eggs cover and cook till the gravy is slightly thick.
Switch off the stove and garnish with curry and coriander leaves.
Best served with roti or rice.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Drumstick Soup Recipe / Murungakkai Soup Recipe / Moringa Soup Recipe - Healthy Soup Recipe

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Drumstick Soup
Ingredients to be pressure cooked till soft
Yellow moongh dal - 1/8 cup
Drumsticks - 6
( cut into 2" pieces)
Chopped onion - 1 tbsp
Chopped garlic - 2
Bay leaf - 1
Whole black pepper - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Butter - 1 tsp
Water as needed
Method
Melt butter in a pressure cooker saute onion ,garlic for a minute.
Now add all above mentioned ingredients and water pressure cook till soft.
Once the mixture
is cooled remove the drumsticks and using a spoon scoop out the flesh.
Blend the remove ingredients to a smooth paste along with the drumstick flesh,strain out the mixture.
Pour this in a pan add water as needed to dilute adjust salt and pepper and just give a boil.
Switch off the stove and serve them hot or warm.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Vazhaithandu Pachadi Recipe / Vazhaithandu Thayir Pachadi / Valaithandu Raita / Banana Stem Raita

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Vazhaithandu Raita
Tempering
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard and urad dal - each 1/2 tsp
Red chilly broken -1
Curry leaves few
Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
Green chilly -1
Cumin/Jeera - 1/8 tsp
Other ingredients
Chopped tender Vazhaithandu / Banana Stem - 1 cup
( click HERE  to see how to clean the banana stem)
Chopped onion - 2 tsp
Curry and coriander leaves for garnish
Salt to taste
Curd - 1 cup
Method
Add salt and the ground paste to the curd mix and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients.
Now add the onion and banana stem saute for a minute and switch off the stove.
Usually banana stem is eaten raw so do not fry too much.
Cool and add it to the curd mixture mix it well,garnish with curry /coriander leaves.
I usually like to serve cold with plain rice
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Toor Dhal Roti / Dal ki Roti Recipe / Toor Dal Chapathi / Soft Dal Roti- Indian Bread Recipes

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Toor Dal Roti
Ingredients for the dough
Wheat flour-1 & 1/2 cup
Cooked & Mashed toor dal-1/2 cup
(while cooking add 1/8tsp of jeera/cumin,some grated ginger & turmeric powder)
Salt to taste
Crushed kastoori methi-1tsp
Red chilly powder-1/2tsp
Water -required amount to knead the dough
Oil-to cook the roti
Method
Take a bowl add all the ingredients pour water little by little &make a soft dough.
Cover it with a cloth or lid & rest it for 5 minutes.
Divide the dough into small balls,roll it out into semi thick circles.
Cook it on a griddle/tawa with little oil smeared on both sides till light brown.
Serve it hot with any side dish of your choice.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Khandvi Recipe / Kandvi Recipe / Besan Khandvi Recipe /Surali Wadi / Surali Vadi / Suralichi Wadi - A Gujarati Snack

Step by step method/picture to make Khandvi/Surali Wadi a Gujarati Snack.


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Khandvi

Ingredients for batter
Besan/Chick pea flour/Kadalai mavu -1/2 cup
Thick Curd-1/2 cup
Water-1 cup
Salt to taste
Crushed green chilly-1/8tsp
Crushed ginger-1/8tsp
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Ingredients for tempering
Oil-1tsp
Mustard & sesame seeds-together 1/2tsp
Hing- 1/8tsp
Chopped green chillies-1/8tsp
Curry leaves-few
Garnish
Shredded coconut
Coriander leaves
Method
Before starting to make the Khandi spread a long aluminum foil or keep a stainless steel plate or a thin plastic cutting board ready for spreading the batter on it.
Take a bowl & mix all the ingredients under batter,mix it well to make sure there are no lumps.The batter should be a lump free smooth liquid.
Now cook this mixture on a low flame till it starts to thicken may be for 4 to 5 minutes.
To check if your batter is ready spread a small portion of batter behind a stainless steel plate,wait for a minute & try to roll it out .If the rolls doesn't stick to your finger & easy to roll ,then its ready to spread.
Now switch off the stove & act fast in spreading the mixture evenly & thin on the aluminum foil or plate.Use a flat ladle/knife or a spatula to spread.
When cool cut the khandvi into long strips & roll the strips into a cylinder.Arrange them on a plate.
Heat oil in a pan & temper it,pour this on top of the Khandvi & garnish it with coriander leaves & coconut.Serve it with mint chutney.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Prawn Kurma Recipe / Shrimp Korma / Eral Kurma Recipe

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Prawn Kurma
Ingredients fried in 3 tsp oil and ground to a smooth paste
Oil - 3 tsp
Poppy seeds - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts - 4
Somph/Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
Chopped onion - little less than 1/2 cup
Chopped tomato - 1 large
Chopped coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Method
Heat oil and fry the above mentioned ingredients till light brown.
Cool the mixture and grind to a very smooth paste.Keep it aside.
Other ingredients
Medium size Prawn/Shrimp - 75
Oil - 3 tsp
Cinnamon stick - a very small piece
Mustard - 1tsp
Kalpasi /Dagad Phool/Black stone flower - a small piece
Few curry leaves
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with cinnamon,mustard,curry leaves and kalpasi.
Pour the ground paste saute till raw smell has disappeared then add the cleaned washed prawns saute for a minute.
Pour enough water for the gravy and cook till its done.
Switch off the stove garnish with chopped coriander and curry leaves.
Best served with rice,Idli,dosa,appam or idiappam.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Ulundu Kanji / Ulundhu Kanji / Ulunthan Kanji / Ulutham Kanji /Sweet Ulundhu Kanji Recipe / Urad Dal Porridge Recipe

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Ulundu Kanji
Ingredients
Urad dal / Black gram dal- 1/4 cup
Grated coconut - 3 tsp
Cardamom crushed - 2
Dry ginger powder/chukku podi/Sukku - 1/8 tsp
Salt a pinch
Water - 2 cups
Boiled milk - 2 cups
Palm jaggery/Pana vellam/Karupatti/Sugar - as needed to your taste
Method
Dry roast urad dal till light brown,cool and powder it to a smooth powder.
Take a pan add water and the ground urad dal powder mix it well till there are no lumps.
Now switch on the stove and cook the mixture till its thick now add the boiled milk,cardamom powder,a pinch of salt,palm jaggery and grated coconut.
Boil this for a minute and switch off the stove.
Your kanji is ready to serve warm.

Note!
a) Kanji will become thick once it cools so add boiled milk or hot water to get the right consistency.
b) Keep stirring the mixture otherwise it will get burnt at the bottom.

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