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Saturday, September 28, 2019

How to make Ghee / How to make Nei / Clarified Butter at home

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Homemade Ghee
Ingredients
Store bought unsalted butter sticks - 6 each 4 oz
Curry leaves - 6 or Drumstick leaves few


Method
Take a pan add the butter sticks and melt.
In medium low flame keep stirring in intervals.
After 5 minutes you will notice a white foam floating on top.
Now reduce the flame completely and keep mixing till you see golden transparent colour, light browning on the sides and the bottom and you will smell the ghee.
BE CAREFUL AT THIS STAGE OTHERWISE YOU MAY BURN THE GHEE.
Immediately switch off the stove and remove the pan from the stove.
Now add few curry leaves or drumstick leaves, mix and leave it to cool completely.
Filter the ghee using a fine metal strainer and store it in a clean bottle.
Once cooled completely they will solidify.


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Friday, September 27, 2019

Besan Ladoo / Besan Ke Ladoo / Besan Ke Laddu Recipe / Ladoo Recipes

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Besan Ladoo

Ingredients
Besan flour/Gram flour/Kadalai Mavu-1 cup
(I used the store bought)
Ghee-1/4 cup
Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
Powdered sugar-3/4 cup
(If you like too sweet then take 1 cup sugar-equal potion as flour)
Sliced almonds or cashew nuts- 3tsp
Decoration (optional)
Melted ghee-2tbsp
Finely crushed pistachio-6tsp

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Method
Melt 1tsp of ghee in a kadai/pan, fry the nuts till sight brown in colour & keep it aside.
In the same kadai pour the ghee & fry the besan in low flame till it turns light brown in colour & gives nice smell (raw smell disappears).Make sure you don't burn the flour,fry it carefully.
Switch off the flame & add the cardamom powder & nuts,let it cool completely.
Add the powdered sugar, mix it well & form it into small balls.
For decoration just dip only the top portion of the ladoo in ghee & press some pistachio on top.Your yummy & tasty Besan ladoo is ready.

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Beerakaya Paalu Koora / Beerakaya Palu Posina Kura / Ridge Gourd Milk Curry

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Beerakaya Paalu Koora
Tempering
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 3 tsp
Other ingredients
Chopped Beerakaya / Ridge gourd - 1 long
( I have used Nethi beerakaya /Loofah today)
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Sesame seeds - 1 tsp heaped
( dry roast till it splutters,cool and dry powder)
Chopped onion - 1/4
Slit green chillies - 4
Chopped garlic - 1
Milk - 1 cup
Curry and coriander leaves for garnish


Method
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients.
Now add the onion,garlic,green chillies and few curry leaves saute for a minute.
Add the beerakaya,salt and turmeric powder fry in low flame till the vegetable are cooked.
Reduce the flame add the powdered sesame seeds and hot milk,once milk is added cook it in low flame to avoid curdling.
Cook till the curry is thick switch off the stove and garnish with curry and coriander leaves.
Best served as side dish for plain rice.

Note
a) If using regular ridge gourd then scrape out the skin then cut into small cubes and cook.
b)Once milk is added reduce flame and cook it in low flame otherwise the milk will split/curdle.


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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Paneer Samosa / Paneer Mutter Samosa / Paneer Peas Samosa / Paneer Strip Samosa

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Paneer Peas Samosa
Yields: 8 samosas
Ingredients for the filling
Frozen peas - 1 cup
Paneer - 200gms
Chopped coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
Green chillies - 2
Ginger and garlic paste - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Ghee - 2 tsp

Paneer Peas Samosa

Method
Take a mixi jar add the peas,green chillies and grind it to a coarse mixture.Keep it aside
In the same jar add the paneer and crumble it or grate the paneer
Heat ghee in a pan add ginger and garlic paste fry till raw smell has disappeared.
Add the crushed peas mixture and fry for few minutes.
Now add all the dry masala powder and fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
Lastly add the paneer and mix till everything is well combined.
Switch off the stove add the coriander leaves and mix.
Divide the portion into equal parts.
Ingredients for the dough
Maida / All purpose flour - 1 & 1/2 cups
Oil - 5 tsp
Salt -to taste
Ajwain-1/2 tsp
Water-as needed


Method
Take maida,ajwain,salt and oil in a wide bowl,rub it up to resemble bread crumbs.
Pour water little by little & make a semi stiff dough.
Cover it with a plate or cloth & rest it for 10 minutes.
Other Ingredients
Oil to deep fry
Maida/All purpose flour - 1 tsp
( Dilute it in water and make a semi thin paste,we will be using this paste to seal the samosa)


Method
Divide the dough into medium size balls,roll it out into a thin long oval shape.Cut it into half,
Take a knife and make slits/strips to one portion just in the middle leaving 1/2 cm on both edges ( see picture).Apply some maida paste on the 3 edges of the sheet ( corners) and place the other half sheet on top,gently press.
Now try to form a cone as you make regular samosa (see picture).
Take a spoon full of the paneer peas mixture fill it inside the cone.Seal the top with maida paste.
Make all the samosas the same way,keep it covered with a cloth.



Heat oil in a pan deep fry these samosas in medium heat till light golden brown on all sides,remove it on a kitchen paper/tissue.
Serve these hot samosas with mint & tamarind chutney or ketchup.

Note:
a) As these samosa sheets are heavy fry them in medium low flame so the inside sheet is well cooked.Do not be in a hurry.
b) Seal the samosa well so the filling dose not come out while frying.
c) Always keep the dough covered to avoid drying.
d) Create your own filling to make it more colourful and interesting.



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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Meeting Sangeetha from sangskitchen.com


Hi everyone i recently came to know about Mrs.Sangeetha Balamurugan.She lives very close to my house in Arizona,Phoenix. A very sweet and warm person to chat.I learned a lot from her today.She is a blogger  successfully running a website and you tube channel for past 1 year.Her website is https://www.sangskitchen.com/ . She has a good collection of  Vegetarian,Non vegetarian,Snacks,Lunch box recipes and many more.Please do visit her website and encourage her.Good luck Sangeetha!

Ridge Gourd Millet Soup / Ridge Gourd Kodo Millet Soup / Ridge Gourd Soup - Healthy Soup Recipes

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Ridge Gourd Millet Soup
Ingredients
Butter - 1 tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste
Ridge gourd - 1 large
( scrape out the skin and cut into small pieces)
Garlic - 3
Milk 1 cup
Water as needed
Almond meal - 2 tbsp
Kodo millet / Varagu - 1 tbsp

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Method
Take a pressure cooker and add the cut ridge gourd,garlic,salt and water.Pressure cook till soft,slightly mash it and keep it aside.
Heat butter in a pan add the almond meal and saute for a minute lower the flame and add the milk.
Quickly mix it well to avoid lumps add salt and pepper.
Now pour the mashed ridge gourd  and add water according to the thickness you need.
Just give a boil and switch off the stove.
Serve the soup hot.

Note:
a) If you don't have almond meal use 1 tbsp maida/All purpose flour or any thickening agent.
b) Use any millet of your choice.
c) Grated cheese can also be used as garnish.


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Monday, September 23, 2019

Szechuan Cabbage Rice / Schezwan Cabbage Fried Rice / Chinese Cabbage Rice - Indo Chinese Recipe

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Szechuan Cabbage Rice
Ingredients to cook rice
Basmati rice - 1 cup
Salt to taste 
Water - 1 & 1/2 cups
Method
Wash rice well add salt,szechuan sauce and water.
Cook till grains are separate in a pressure cooker.
Open the lid fluff it up with a fork and keep it aside.
Other ingredients
Sesame oil - 3 tsp
Salt and pepper to taste
Soy sauce - 3 tsp
Ginger and Garlic paste - 1 tsp 
Finely sliced cabbage - 2 cups or more if you like
Spring onions a handful for garnish


Method
Heat oil in a pan add ginger and garlic paste saute till raw smell has disappeared.
Add the shredded cabbage and saute well in high flame for couple minutes.
Add the pepper powder ,salt,soy sauce and szechuan sauce mix it well.
Add the cooked rice and mix everything well till combined.
Switch off the stove garnish with spring onions and serve hot.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Egg Malai Masala Recipe / Anda Malai Curry - Egg Recipes

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Egg Malai Masala
Tempering
Oil - 1 tbsp
Butter - 2 tbsp
Cardamom - 1
Cloves -2
Grind to a fine paste
Onion - 1 small size
Green chillies - 2
Ginger - a small piece
Garlic 4
( Do not add water grind it to a smooth paste)
Other ingredients
Boiled eggs - 3
( Cut into half)
Half and Half milk cream - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Roasted and powdered cumin powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala 3/4 tsp
Roasted and crushed kastoori methi - 1 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves for garnish
Method
Heat ghee and oil in a pan and temper it.
Now add the ground paste and fry till raw smell has completely disappeared and oil separates the pan.
Now add all the dry powders and mix,lower the flame and add the milk cream mix well.
Keep mixing till it give just a boil add the eggs and kastoori methi mix and switch off the stove.
Garnish with coriander leaves,best served with Roti or Jeera rice.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Aloo Bhakarwadi / Aloo Bakarwadi / Bhakarwadi / Samosa Pinwheels

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Aloo Bhakarwadi
Outer dough
Maida/All purpose flour- 1 & 1/2 cups
Besan-1/2 cup
Oil-1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Chilly powder-1/4tsp (optional)
Filling ingredients
Boiled & mashed potato-3
Salt to taste
Hing-a pinch
Jeera/Cumin-1/2 tsp
Mustard-1/2 tsp
Sesame seeds-2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder & Coriander powder-each 1/2 tsp
Garam masala-1/4 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves-3 tsp
Amchur powder (dry mango powder)- a pinch
Sugar-a pinch
Oil-3 tsp
Oil-to deep fry required amount
Method
Take all the ingredients for the dough in a bowl,pour water little by little & form a soft dough.Rest it for 20 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan temper it with jeera & mustard.
Add the potato & all dry ingredients mix it well.Switch off the stove add the coriander leaves and mix.
Divide the dough into 2 parts,take one portion & roll it out into a big thin circle.Spread the filling around evenly,now slowly start rolling it from one corner till the end like a log.
Cut the roll into ½  inch long pieces.Slightly dust the cut portion with maida,so that the filling doesn't come out while frying.
Deep fry these in medium low flame till golden brown on all sides.
Serve it as an evening snack.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Chalupas Recipe / Bean Chalupas / Bean and Cheese Chalupas / Homemade Chalupas - Mexican Recipe

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Chalupas

Ingredients for the dough / fried bread
All purpose flour / Maida - 2 cups
Baking powder - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste ( around 3/4 tsp)
Milk - 1 cup or more if needed
Cumin powder - 1/8 tsp
Melted butter - 1 tbsp


Method
Take a wide bowl add all the dry ingredients and butter and mix.
Now slowly add milk little by little and make a semi tight dough.
Add 1 tsp of oil spread it on top to prevent drying.
Cover the dough with a clean towel for 30 minutes.
Punch the dough and divide the dough into equal size balls and roll to a semi thick disc. Do not roll it too thin.
Heat oil and slowly slide the dough into the hot oil and deep fry till light brown on all sides.
Remove it on a kitchen paper and while still hot fold it into half to stuff the filling.
Filling
Kidney beans or Tri bean blend - 2 small cans ( each 15 oz)
(or soak beans in water for 8 hours next day wash it well add fresh water and cook the beans till soft)
Drain the water from the beans and mash the beans well add 2 tbsp of hot sauce,little salt and cumin powder ,mix it well and keep it aside.
Chopped onion, Chopped bell pepper ,Chopped tomato,Chopped lettuce - as needed
Sour cream - as needed
Shredded cheese - as needed.


How to serve
Take a chalupa fill it up with some mashed beans next add the chopped onion,tomato,bell pepper then top it with some sour cream,lastly add the lettuce and cheese.
Serve it immediately.

Note:
a) Your filling can be more creative by adding salsa,guacamole,coloured bell peppers,etc
b) You can use just wheat flour or a mixture of both wheat flour and all purpose flour for making the dough.


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Monday, September 9, 2019

Vendhaya Kanji Recipe / Methi Seeds Kanji / Porridge With Rice & Fenugreek Seeds

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Vendhaya Kanji
Ingredients
Sona masoori rice - 1/2 cup
Moongh dal - 1 tbsp
( I have used split green moongh dal with skin)
Vendhayam / Methi seeds / Fenugreek seeds- 1 tsp ( heaped)
Salt to taste - 1 tsp ( heaped)
Garlic - 10 cloves
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Freshly grated coconut - 3 tsp
Water - 5 cups


Vendhaya Kanji
Method
Add washed rice,dal and methi into a pressure cooker,to this add all above mentioned ingredients.
Pour water and pressure cook till rice is cooked very soft.
Cool and open the pressure cooker lid mash the kanji using a ladle or masher.
Serve them hot with any thogayal/chutney of your choice or mor milagai or papads/appalams.

For Thogayal / Chutney recipe click HERE
For Ulundhu Kanji / Urad dal porridge recipe click HERE

Note:
a) You can also add coconut milk instead of freshly grated coconut.


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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Aloo Puri Recipe / Aloo Poori Recipe / Potato Poori Recipe

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Aloo Poori
Ingredients
Boiled and grated aloo/potato - 2 medium size
Wheat flour - 2 cups
Sooji/Semolina - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste or 1/2 tsp
Ajwain - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
Sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Finely chopped green chillies - 1
Chopped coriander leaves - 1 tsp ( optional)
Water as needed
Oil - 1 tsp for dough and for deep frying as needed


Method
Boil potato peel the skin and grate it.
Take a wide plate add all the above ingredients except oil and water mix everything well.
Slowly sprinkle water little by little and make a tight tough.
Add 1 tsp of oil to the dough knead once and cover it and rest for 15 minutes.
Divide the dough into equal size balls,dust it with some wheat flour and roll it out to a semi thick disc.Do not roll it too thin.
Heat oil in a pan and slide the pooris into the hot oil.Slightly press all sides for the pooris to puff up.
Turn it other side and once both sides are light brown remove it on a kitchen paper.
Enjoy these hot pooris hot with any side dish of your choice.



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