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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Bread Halwa / Quick Bread Halwa / Easy Bread Halwa

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Bread Halwa
Ingredients
White bread slices - 5
( do not remove crust chop the bread into small pieces)
Ghee - 8 tsp
Milk 1 & 1/2 cups
Sugar - 6 tsp add more if needed
Fried Cashew nuts - 10
Fried Raisins - 2 tsp
Melon seeds - 1 tsp
Saffron - a generous pinch
Cardamom crushed -5


Method
Heat 6 tsps og ghee in a pan add the bread cubes and roast till light brown on all sides in medium high flame,do not burn them.
Add the sugar and milk cook till bread absorbs the milk.
Add the remaining 2 tsp ghee, fried nuts,cardamom powder and saffron mix it and switch off the store.Serve the halwa hot

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Mushroom Sukka / Mushroom Chukka / Kalan Chukka / Chukka Mushroom

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Mushroom Chukka
Tempering
Oil - 8 tsp
Somph / fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Cinnamon stick - 1 small piece
Red chillies - 4 broken
Other ingredients
White button mushrooms - 20 medium size
( cut into 4 pieces )
Chopped onion - 1/2
Curry leaves few
Chopped coloured capsicum - 1 cup
Ginger and garlic paste - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri red chilly pwder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Pepper powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Corn flour - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts - 8 broken into half
Coriander and curry leaves for garnish


Method
Heat oil in a wide pan temper it with somph,red chillies,cinnamon and red chillies.
Now add onions and curry leaves saute till light brown,then add the capsicum and cashew nuts saute well.Add ginger and garlic paste and saute till raw smell has disappeared.
Add the dry spices and mix,add the mushrooms and saute in high flame till its dry.Once mushrooms are added cooking should be in high flame.
Mushrooms will leave water collect the water and  keep it later you can mix it with rice and enjoy.
Add cornflour and pepper powder and mix till everything is combined.
Switch off the stove garnish with coriander and curry leaves.
Enjoy with rice,roti or as a starter.

Note:
a) Always use a wide pan to fry mushrooms as they will leave a lot of water.
b) Once mushrooms are added cooking should be only in high flame.
c) Corn flour is added to seal the mushrooms so they stop leaving water.
d) Mushrooms leave water collect it in a bowl and later you can mix it with rice and enjoy the gravy.


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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Ram Ladoo Recipe / Ram Laddu / Delhi Street Food. Ram Ladoo

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Ram Ladoo
Yields : 20 ladoos
Ingredients
Yellow Moongh dal - 1/2 cup
Channa dal - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Hing - a generous pinch
Chopped green chillies - 1
Chopped ginger - 1/2 tsp
Imli chutney/Tamarind chutney - 3 tsps or as needed
Green Chutney - 4 tsps or as needed
Thinly shredded radish/mooli - a handful
Chopped coriander leaves for garnish
Chaat masala - 1 tsp
Amchur powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil to deep fry
Method
Wash both the dals for 2 to 3 times and soak it in water for 5 hours.
Drain the water completely and grind the dals till they are thick coarse mixture.Do not add any water for grinding if needed as very little water and do not grind the batter smooth.
Transfer it into a bowl and using a spoon,whisk or your fingers beat the batter till it reaches to a light fluffy batter.
Heat oil in a pan drop small portion of batter using a spoon or fingers.Deep fry till light brown on all sides.Remove it on a kitchen paper.
Arrange the fried ladoos in a plate top it up with shredded mooli,chopped coriander leaves,Imli chutney,green chutney and sprinkle chaat masala and amchur powder and serve immediately.

Note:
a) Dals should be washed well and soaked at least for 5 hours.
b) Do not add water while grinding,if needed add very little.
c) Batter should be a coarse grainy thick batter,do not grind to a smooth paste.
d) Beat batter well till colour changes and turns into a light fluffy batter.

Please follow these above mentioned tips to get the best result.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Orange Tea Recipe

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Orange Tea
Ingredients
Water - 1 & 1/4 cup
Cloves crushed - 1
Orange slice - 1 chopped
Honey as needed
Tea leaves - 1/4 tsp
Method
Pour water in a sauce pan add the tea leaves,chopped orange slice,cloves and bring it to a nice boil.
Switch off the stove filter the tea,mix honey as needed and enjoy hot.

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Dalgona Coffee / How to make Dalgona Coffee

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Dalgona Coffee
Ingredients
Instant coffee powder - 1 tsp
Sugar - 3 tsp
Hot water - 1 tsp
Cold milk 3/4 cup
Method
Take a cup add the coffee powder,sugar and hot water using a hand beater or spoon start whisking till they are fluffy,frothy and forms peaks.
Pour cold milk in a cup and top the whipped coffee on top sprinkle some cocoa powder and serve immediately.

Note:
Hand beater is better to get good result,

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Lemongrass Tea / Fresh Lemongrass Tea / Easy Lemongrass Tea

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Lemongrass Tea
Ingredients
Water - 2 glasses
Tea leaves - 1 tsp
Honey as needed
Lemon wedges - 2
Fresh Lemongrass - 1 long leaf chopped
Method
Pour water in a pan add tea leaves and copped lemongrass leaves bring it to a boil.
Switch off the stove add the lemon wedges and honey,cover and wait for a minute.
Filter the tea and serve hot or warm.

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Chicken Malai Tikka / Malai Tikka / Murgh Malai Tikka

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Murgh Malai Tikka
Ingredients for marination
Chicken breast cut into medium size - 15
Salt to taste
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Cardamom powder - generous pinch
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Crushed kastoori methi - 1 tsp
Chopped mint leaves - 6 ( optional)
Ginger and garlic paste - 1 tsp
Chopped green chillies - 3
Heavy cream - 1/4 cup
Thick hung curd - 1/4 cup
Corn flour - 3/4 tsp
Cheddar cheese - 2 tsp
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Method
Take a wide bowl mix all above ingredients together cover and rest it overnight in fridge or at least 3 hrs.
Other ingredients
Butter - 1 tbsp
Chaat masala
Lemon  wedges,sliced onions for garnish
Method
Take a metal skewer and insert the marinated chicken pieces,Place these on a baking tray which is lined with an aluminium foil.
Bake it in oven at 400 deg.F for 30 minutes or till light brown on all sides.Brush it with butter in intervals.each oven is different so keep an eye on temperature and cooking time.
For 5 minutes keep in broil to get a light dark colour on top.
You can do this even on stove by placing an iron tawa or grill.
Arrange on a plate and brush with some more butter sprinkle chaat masala and garnish with lemon wedges and sliced onions.
Serve hot with mint curd chutney

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Thinai Pongal / Thinai Ven Pongal / Foxtail Millet Pongal - Millets Recipes

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Thinai Pongal
Tempering ingredientsOil - 1 tsp
Ghee - 2 tsp
Crushed pepper - 1/4 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts - 8
Chopped green chillies - 1
Curry leaves few
Hing - a generous pinch
Other ingredients
Thinai arisi / Foxtail millet - 1/2 cup
Yellow moongh dal -  3 tbsp
Water - 3 cups
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Grated ginger - 1/4 tsp


Method
Add moongh dal to a pressure cooker and dry roast till nice aroma comes out.
Add the foxtail millet and saute till its just hot.
Pour water add salt,ginger and turmeric powder,pressure cook till done.
Heat ghee/oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients.
Pour the tempering into the pongal mix and serve hot with any chutney you like.


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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Dahi Puri / Dahi Puri Chaat / Dahi Poori - Chaat Recipes

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Dahi Puri
Ingredients
Golgappa
Imli / Tamarind Chutney
Green chutney
Sprouted green moongh dal
Thin sev
Chopped onion
Chopped coriander leaves
Boiled and mashed potato - 1 large
( add some chaat masala,red chilly powder and salt to the potato mix it and keep)
Beaten curd
( add needed sugar and a pinch of salt to curd mix and keep)

Dahi Puri
Method
There is no any measurements for this recipe add the above ingredients according to your taste.
Carefully make a small hole in the middle of golgappas (small puffed pooris) put some green moongh sprouts then fill it up with some potato mixture,sprinkle onions and coriander leaves.
Then add both the chutneys and curd, garnish with lots of sev,
Serve this immediately.

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Tamarind Chutney / Imli Chutney For Chaat / Sweet Tamarind Chutney

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Tamaring Chutney
Ingredients
Tamarind -1 large lime size ball
Dates or Raisins - 1/4 cup
Brown sugar  or Jaggery -2 tbsp or less
Black salt - to taste
Chilly powder -1/2tsp
Roasted crushed jeera powder -1 tsp
Chaat masala -1/2tsp
Method
Boil tamarind & raisins together for 5 minutes,cool it  completely& make a puree.
Add enough water & boil it for 5 minute with other dry masala powders.
Cool & store it in fridge.
This chutney can be used as a dip for any starter or chaat items.

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Green Chutney / Mint Coriander Chutney For Chaat


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Green chutney

Ingredients
Fresh mint leaves -1 cup
Coriander leaves -1 cup
Salt to taste
Lime juice - 6tsp
Green chillies - 5
Ginger-1/4''
Method
Blend all ingredients in a mixi.Add water & dilute it to chutney consistency.
Store it in fridge & serve it with any starter or chat items.

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Bhel Puri / Bhel Poori - Chaat Recipes

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Bhel Puri
Ingredients
Puffed Rice
Imli / Tamarind chutney
Green Chutney
Sprouted green gram dal
Grated carrot
Chopped onion
Chopped boiled potato
Chopped cucumber
Chopped tomato
Chopped coriander leaves,
Salt to taste
Chaat masala
Roasted peanuts
Thin Sev
Method
Take a wide bowl mix all above ingredients together lastly sprinkle some sev for garnish and serve immediately.There is no specific measurements add all according to your taste.

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Manathakkali Kuzhambu Recipe / Manathakkali Kulambu Recipe

Manathakali Kulambhu

Ingredients
Fresh Manathakali seeds-1/2 cup
Tamarind paste-1/2 tbsp
(dilute it in water)
Chopped onion-1/4
Chopped tomato- 1
Chopped garlic - 6
Chille powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp
Jaggery - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Sesame oil-5tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Tempering
Vadavam - 1 tsp
(or mustard,jeera,urad dhal & methi)
Method
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients
Add onion,garlic & tomato fry till brown,then add the Manathakali seeds & all dry powders,fry for couple more minutes till raw smell has disappeared
Pour the tamarind juice and jaggery cook till oil separates.
Switch off the stove garnish with curry and coriander leaves and serve it with rice.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Indian Lunch Menu Ideas

Lunch Menu
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Manathakali Keerai Masiyal
Marundhu Rasam
Asparagus Karamani Poriyal
Cabbage Mor Kootu
Cucumbers



Lunch Menu
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Rice
Manathakali Kulambhu
Keerai Masiyal
Potato Puttu
Cucumbers


Lunch Menu
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Mint Pulao
Mixed Vegetable fry
Boondhi Raita

Indian Lunch Menu Ideas


Menu
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Rice
Veg.Kurma
Thengai Thogayal
Ajwain leaf Rasam


Menu
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Plain Rice
Sambar
Brinjal Fry
Chutney Podi
Gobi fry
Rasam
Curd 

Pudhina Chutney / Mint Chutney / Pudina Thogayal / Pudina Thuvaiyal

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Pudina Chutney

Ingredients
Pudhina / Mint leaves -1 cup
Green chilles-3
Ginger-1/2''
Oil - 3 tsp
Coconut - 4tsp
Tamarind paste or a small piece tamarind -1/4tsp
Urad dal-1 hand full
Channa dal-1 hand full
Salt to taste
Hing-1/4tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan fry all above ingredients till light brown.
Cool completely add salt & grind to a fine paste.Add very little water to grind.
Enjoy with any tiffin or mix it with rice and enjoy!

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Paneer Stuffed Capsicum / Stuffed Capsicum / Stuffed bell Peppers

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Paneer Stuffed Capsicum
For the filling
Finely chopped paneer - 1/2 cup
Frozen peas - 1/4 cup
Chopped tomato - 1 large
Chopped onion - 1/4 cup
Ginger and Garlic paste - 1/4 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves - a handful
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Jeera powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Other ingredients
Green capsicum - 3
( cut into half and remove the seeds)
Oil - 1 tsp
Shredded mozzarella cheese as needed
Italian seasoning - to sprinkle on top
Method
Heat oil in a pan fry onion till light brown add the ginger and garlic paste saute till raw smell has disappeared.add tomatoes and fry till its soft.
Add the peas and all dry masala powders and cook till raw smell has gone.
Lastly add the paneer mix well.Switch off the stove add lemon juice and coriander leaves.
Your filling is ready to stuff inside the capsicum.
Brush the capsicum all sides with some oil and place it in a baking tray,bake it for 10 minutes at 400 deg.F till the capsicum changes colour.
Remove from the oven and fill the capsicum with the filling mixture.Put back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes at 400 deg.F. Remove from oven sprinkle cheese and Italian seasoning on top and broil for 5 minutes till the cheese melts and its slightly brown.
Enjoy them hot!

Note:
a) Each oven is different so adjust the cooking time and temperature accordingly.
b) You can also make the filling with chicken or potato use your imagination.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Garlic Pickle / Poondu Urugai

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Garlic Pickle
Ingredients 
Mustard seeds - 4 tsp
Methi - 1 & 1/2 tsp .
( Slightly roast and powder the mustard and methi seeds)
Red chilly powder - 5 tsp  heaped
Salt to taste ( about 1 & 1/2 tsp
Jaggery - 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 medium size lemon
Small peeled garlic - 2 cups
Tempering
Sesame oil - 1 cup
Mustard - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Red chilies -3



Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with mustard,jeera and red chillies.
Add the garlic and fry till its slightly soft.Switch off the stove and let it cool completely.
Once its cool add the  dry powders,jaggery and lemon juice,mix well till well combined.
Store it in a clean jar in fridge.


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Monday, March 30, 2020

Asparagus Karamani Poriyal / Asparagus Poriyal / Asparagus Black Eye Bean Fry

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Asparagus Karamani Poriyal
Ingredients ground to a coarse paste
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Garlic - 2
Jeera - 1/4 tsp
Red chillies - 2
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
( Do not add any water while grinding)
Tempering
Coconut oil - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp

Curry leaves few
Other ingredients
Chopped asparagus - 2 cups
Cooked karamani / Black eye bean - 1/4 cup
Curry and coriander leaves for garnish.
Method
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients.
Now add the chopped asparagus and give a quick stir,add the cooked karamani sprinkle very little water,cover and cook till soft.
Reduce the flame and add the ground coconut mixture mix it well till everything is well combined,
Switch off the stove garnish with curry and coriander leaves.
Best served as side dish for rice.

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Marundhu Rasam / Marunthu Rasam / Rasam / Medicinal Rasam / Medicinal Soup

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Marundhu Rasam
Ingredients ground to a smooth paste
Tomato - 1 large
Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Chukku/Dry ginger powder - 1/4 tsp
Adhimadhuram powder - a generous pinch
Arisi thippili - 1
Neem powder - a generous pinch
Hing - 1/8 tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
( Grind above ingredients to a smooth paste and dilute with needed water)
Other ingredients
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Red chillies - 1
Curry leaves  few
Coriander leaves for garnish
Water as needed to dilute
Lemon juice - 3 tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with mustard,red chillies and curry leaves.
Now pour the ground and diluted rasam and bring a boil.
Switch off the rasam and add the curry and coriander leaves and lemon juice.
Drink this as a light soup or mix with rice and enjoy!

Note:
Try to make this rasam at least monthly once,best for cold and cough.

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Indo Chinese Lunch Menu


Menu - 1
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Chilli Garlic Mushroom
Burnt Garlic Chinese Fried Rice
Egg Drop Soup


Menu -2
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Egg Fried rice
Chicken Soup
Garlic Sesame Asparagus stir Fry


Thuthuvalai Podi / Thoothuvalai Podi / Toodhuvalai Podi

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Thuthuvalai Podi
Ingredients
Urad dal - 2 tbsp
Pepper - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 4
Tamarind - a small piece
Salt to taste
Dried thoothuvalai/thuthuvalai leaves - 2 cups


Method
Wash and dry the thoothuvalai leaves on a cloth for 4 days inside the house till they are crisp.Do not dry them under sun.
Dry roast above ingredients till colour changes,do not over fry and burn them.Remove it on a plate.Switch off the stove and add the leaves and saute for a minute.
Cool all the ingredients add salt and powder them.Store it in a clean jar.
Add a teaspoon of this podi and some ghee or sesame oil to hot rice and enjoy.

Note:
If you have cold or cough have this podi mixed with rice or add it in buttermilk and drink.

Thoothuvalai chutney recipe click HERE


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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Puli Aval / Tamarind Poha / Puli Aval Upma / Easy Breakfast Recipe

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Puli Aval
Tempering Ingredients
Sesame oil - 3 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad dal & Channa dal - each 1 tsp
Peanuts - 2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Red chillies - 1
Slit green chillies - 2
Chopped onion ( optional) - 1 tbsp
Methi powder- a generous pinch
or Methi seeds - 5
Other ingredients
Thick Poha/Aval/Flattened rice - 2 cups
( today i have used thick red poha)
Semi thick tamarind juice - 1 cup
Water - as needed ( around 1/2 cup)
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut - 1 tbsp ( optional)
Method
Take aval in a bowl add tamarind juice,salt and turmeric powder mix it well.Sprinkle water if needed for the aval to get soften.Keep it covered.
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients.
Lower the flame add the aval and gently mix till everything is combined.Lastly add the grated coconut and switch off the stove.
Serve it hot for breakfast or enjoy at tea time!

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Green Moong Dal Idli / Green Gram Idli / Pasi Payaru Idli

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Green Moongh Dal Idli
Ingredients
Green moongh dal / Whole green moongh dal - 2 cups
Whole Urad dal with skin - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Method
Wash & soak whole urad dal and whole green moongh dal together overnight
Drain out excess water and grind.Sprinkle water in intervals till you get a nice fluffy thick batter,Transfer to a wide bowl add salt mix everything well.
Cover & leave it to ferment for at least 8 hours.
Beat the batter well before making idli.
Grease idli plates pour some batter into the plate and steam till done.
Best served with any spicy chutney!

Note:
a) If making Idli do not dilute the batter,just beat the batter & steam them in greased idly plates.
b) If making dosa then add some rice flour for binding, dilute the batter to a semi thick batter.
c) This batter will ferment fast so do not grind in huge quantity and store it in fridge as we do for regular Idli/Dosa batter.
d) You can use urad dal without skin in this recipe.
e) Grind the batter in a wet grinder if possible to get a thick fluffy batter.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Chutney Podi / Chutney powder / Karnataka Style Chutney Pudi

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Chutney Podi
Ingredients
Urad dal - 1/2 cup
Channa dal - 1/2 cup
Peanuts - 1/4 cup
Kopra / Dry coconut - 1/4 cup
White sesame seeds - 3 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri chilly powder - 1 tsp
Tamarind - a small goose berry size
Salt to taste
Jaggery - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 10 leaves
Hing - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garlic - 1 ( optional)
Method
Dry roast all ingredients separately till light brown except hing,red chilly powder,salt and turmeric powder.Cool the ingredients completely.
Take a mixi jar add all the ingredients including the dry powders and dry grind to a semi smooth powder.Cool and store it in a clean jar in fridge.
Best served with Idli,Dosa or Upma.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Carrot Onion Chutney / Raw Carrot Chutney / Carrot Chutney

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Carrot Onion Chutney
Ingredients
Carrot chopped - 1 medium size
Chopped onion - 1 tbsp
( If using small onions add 4 onions)
Grated coconut - 1 tbsp
Red chillies - 4
Salt to taste
Tamarind - a small piece
Sesame oil - 2 tsp
Method
Add all the ingredients into a mixi jar and blend everything to a fine chutney.
Do not add water while grinding.
Transfer the chutney into a bowl add sesame oil and mix.
Best served with Idli or Dosa.

Note:
The colour of the chutney depends upon the quality of the carrots and red chillies.

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Sabudana Dosa / Sago Dosa / Javvarisi Dosa / Sabakki Dose

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Sago Dosa
Ingredients
Sago / Sabudana - 1/2 cup
( use the white sago and not the nylon sago)
Rice - 1/2 cup
Curd - 1/8 cup
Salt to taste
Green chillies - 1
Ginger - a very small piece
Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tsp
Baking soda - a very small pinch ( optional)
( I did not use )
Method
Wash and soak sago and rice together overnight.
Next day take a mixi jar add the green chillies,ginger,sago and rice grind it to a very smooth batter.Do not add too much water while grinding.
Add salt,curd and coriander leaves to the ground batter and mix it well,add water if needed to get a semi thick pouring consistency.Fermentation is not needed for this dosa.
Heat a iron tawa add a ladle of batter and spread,pour some oil around,once it is cooked flip the dosa and cook till both sides are light brown.
Enjoy this dosa with any spicy chutney.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Shakshuka Recipe / Mediterranean Eggs / Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce - A Mediterranean Dish

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Shakshuka
Ingredients
Eggs - 3
Chopped onion - 1/4 cup
Chopped Red and Green Capsicum - together 1/2 cup
Tomatoes - 2 large
(Grind to a fine puree)
Chopped garlic - 3
Chopped coriander powder - for garnish
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 3/4 tsp
Pepper powder to taste
Mixed herbs - 1 tsp
Olive oil - 3 tsp
Method
Pour oil in a cast iron skillet saute garlic,onion and capsicum till soft.
Now pour the blended tomato and give a boil,add all the spice powders and salt mix well ,cover it with a lid and cook till the mixture has started to reduce.
Open the lid add the herbs mix it and slowly crack the eggs directly on top of the tomato mixture.
Reduce flame and cover it with a lid and cook till eggs are cooked.
Switch off the stove sprinkle pepper powder garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
For extra flavour i sprinkled freshly chopped Rosemary which i plucked from my garden.
Best served warm with pita bread or any bread you like for breakfast.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Luffa Soup / Loofah Soup / Nethi Beerakaya Soup / Peerkangai Soup - Healthy Soup Recipes

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Luffa Soup
Ingredients
Chopped luffa/Nethi Beerakaya - 1 long
Chopped carrot - 1
Chopped onion - 1/2
Chopped garlic - 4
Chopped tomato - 1 small
Salt and Pepper to taste
Italian seasonings - 1/2 tsp
Dried basil - 1/8 tsp
Olive oil - 1 tsp
Water/Broth - 5 cups
Method
Heat oil in a pressure cooker fry onion and garlic till light brown.
Now add the luffa,tomato and seasonings fry till raw smell has disappeared.
Pour water and cook it in low flame for 20 minutes.After 20 minutes just give a whistle and switch off the stove.Cool the mixture mash it slightly with a potato masher.
Adjust seasonings and serve them hot garnished with coriander leaves.
Note:
a) If you are making it in instant pot saute everything in saute mode and pressure cook in soup mode for 30 minutes.
b) If using Indian peerkangai /Ridge gourd then remove the skin and use only the flesh for making this soup.
c) Same method instead of luffa i made with cabbage even that tasted excellent.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Stuffed Gobi In Avocado Paratha / Gobi Paratha Recipe / Avocado Chapathi Stuffed With Gobi

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Gobi Paratha 
Ingredients for stuffing
Grated gobi/cauliflower - 2 cups
Salt to taste
Chopped onion - 1 tbsp
Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tsp
Ginger and Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Curry powder - 3/3 tsp
Amchur/Dry mango powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan fry onion till transparent add ginger and garlic paste fry a bit.
Add the dry masalas and gobi saute in high flame till everything is combined and dry.
Switch off the stove mix the coriander leaves,your filling is ready
Ingredients for the dough
Wheat flour - 2 cups
Salt to taste
Avocado - 2 ( scoop out the pulp and mash)
Water as needed
(Mix all above ingredients together in a bowl.Add water little by little if needed & knead to a soft dough.Divide into small balls.)
Method
Take a small ball of the dough,shape it like a cup.
Keep a teaspoon of filling inside the cup & seal it well to make sure the filling doesn't come out.
Flatten it well with your palm,gently roll the parathas to a semi thick disc.
Heat a tawa/griddle & 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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Friday, March 6, 2020

Oats Rava Dosa / Instant Oats Rava Dosa / Oats Dosa

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Oats Rava Dosa

Ingredients for the batter
Quick Oats - 1 cup powdered
Rava/Semolina/Sooji -1/2 cup
Wheat flour-1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Curd-1 tbsp
Jeera - 2 tsp
Crushed pepper - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Chopped green chilies - 2
Chopped curry and coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Water-to dilute the batter
Method
Add all above ingredients in a bowl.
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.
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 add chopped 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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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Chukka Kura Chutney / Chukka Kura Pachadi / Chutney / Katthi Palak Chutney


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Chukka Kura Pachadi
Ingredients
Chukkakura leaves / khatta palak -2 cups
Green chillies-2
Red chillies - 2
Garlic-2
Jeera-1tsp
Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
Sesame seeds - 1 tsp
Channa dal - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Methi seeds - 6
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Tempering
Oil - 2tsp
Mustard,Urad dhal,Channa dhal - each 1/4tsp
Red chillies-1
Curry leaves few
Crushed garlic - 2
Method
Heat oil in a pan add the chillies,garlic,dals,sesame seed,coriander seed and methi fry till light brown.Add the washed chukka kura and fry till they reduce.
Cool the mixture completely,add it into a mixi jar,add salt and blend to a smooth chutney.
Heat oil in a pan temper it with above ingredients.
Pour the hot tempering into the chutney, mix it well.
Best served with hot rice.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Asparagus Soup / Cream of Asparagus Soup Recipe / Easy Cream of Asparagus Soup Recipe - Healthy Soup Recipes

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Asparagus Soup
Ingredients
Butter/Olive oil - 3 tsp
Chopped onion - 1/2
Chopped garlic - 4
Lemon zest - 1/4 tsp
Chopped asparagus - 1 small bunch ( around 30 asparagus)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Italian seasonings - 1/4 tsp
Heavy cream - 1/2 cup
Water/Broth - 4 cups
For garnish
1 tbsp finely chopped asparagus tossed in butter
Grated cheese as needed.
Method
Heat oil/butter in a pressure cooker add onion and garlic saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the chopped asparagus,seasonings and lemon zest saute till asparagus are soft.
Pour the water/broth and cook in low flame for 20 minutes.
If using Instant pot saute all in saute mode,pour broth and cook in soup mode( 30 minute).
Cool and blend it in a blender till smooth.Do not strain the mixture.
Bring it back to the pan add heavy cream and just heat it.Do not give a boil sometime they may curdle.I usually don't heat the soup once heavy cream is added.
Garnish with cheese and chopped asparagus fried in butter and serve them warm.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Kala Jamun Recipe / How to Make Kala Jamun / Kalo Jaam Recipe / Kala Jamoon Recipe


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Kala Jamun
Ingredients for Jamun
Grated unsweetened Khoya/Mawa - 1 cup
( I used the store bought)
Maida/All purpose flour - 3 tbsp
Cooking soda - 1/8 tsp
Milk as needed to make a soft dough ( around 3 tbsp)
Yellow food colour - a pinch
Cardamom powder - a generous pinch
Oil/Ghee to deep fry
Filling
Chopped almonds - 1tbsp
Chopped pistachio - 1 tbsp
( Mix both the nuts together in a bowl)
For sugar syrup
Sugar - 1 & 1/2 cup
Water - 1 & 1/2 cup
Cardamom crushed - 6
Rose essence few drops  ( optional)
(Take a pan add water and sugar in low flame boil till you get a 1/2 string consistency syrup or slightly sticky consistency syrup.Add the cardamom powder and rose essence mix and switch off the stove.Your sugar syrup is ready keep it aside)
Method
Take a bowl add the khoya,maida,cooking soda and food colour mix.
Now slowly add milk little by little and gently mix to form a soft dough.Make sure they are crack free and very smooth soft dough.
Divide the dough in equal size balls,take a ball press it with your palm and place some nuts in the middle.Close it and shape it into any shape you wish.
Heat oil and ghee in a pan when medium hot slide these jamuns into the ghee/oil mixture and in medium low  flame deep fry till its light brown.
Remove the jamuns on a kitchen paper,repeat the same with the remaining jamuns.
Deep fry in batches the 2nd time till they reach to a very dark brown colour.
Add these jamuns to the warm sugar syrup and leave it for 2 hour.
Kala Jamuns are ready to serve!

Note:
1. Dough should be a soft and smooth without any cracks.
2.While frying keep rotating the balls for even browning.
3.Kala jamoons are fried 2 times to get the dark brown colour.
4.Ghee gives a nice flavour to your jamoons so don't skip in adding few drops to the oil while frying.
5.Temperature of the oil should not be piping hot otherwise they will brown fast and the inside will be uncooked.Deep fry in medium low/high temperature.
6.Do not over crowd the kadai, fry the jamuns in batches.
7.Soak the jamuns in syrup till they doubles in size then serve.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Kollu Idli / Horsegram Idli - South Indian Breakfast Recipes

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Kollu Idli / Horse Gram Idli

Ingredients
Kollu / Horsegram - 1 cup
Idli Rice - 1 cup
Urad dal - 1/2 cup
Fenugreek seeds/Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Method
Wash & soak rice and methi in enough water and soak kollu separately for 6 hrs.
Wash & soak urad dal in another bowl for 3 hours.
Kollu takes longer time to soak,so today i soaked everything overnight and ground it in the morning.
Drain out excess water from the urad dal,add it to the grinder & grind for at least 20 minutes.
Sprinkle water in intervals till you get a light & nice fluffy batter.Transfer to a wide bowl.
Same way grind the rice,kollu and methi for at least 20 minutes to a smooth batter.The batter should be little thicker than urad dal batter.
Sometimes i grind kollu first as its little hard to grind,once it break up then i add the rice and grind everything together.
Transfer to the urad dal batter,add salt mix everything well.
Cover & leave it to ferment for at least 8 hours.
Beat the batter well before making idli.
Grease idli plates pour some batter into the plate and steam till done.
Best served with any spicy chutney!

Note:
a) If making Idli do not dilute the batter,just beat the batter & steam them in greased idly plates.
b) If making dosa then dilute the batter to a semi thick batter.
c) This batter will ferment fast so do not grind in huge quantity and store it in fridge as we do for regular Idli/Dosa batter.

With the same above batter i made crispy Kollu Paniyaram / Kollu Kuzhi Paniyaram / Kollu Kuli Paniyaram
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Kollu Paniyaram
Ingredients and Method
Heat some oil and temper it with mustard and urad dal.
Add chopped onion,green chillies and curry leaves fry till light brown.Switch off the stove and add grated coconut.Add salt if needed add this into the needed kollu idli batter and mix.
Pour oil into the paniyaram pan add a ladle of the prepared batter into the holes.
In medium high flame cook till both sides are crisp and cooked well inside.
Enjoy with any chutney you like.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Mushroom Pepper Fry / Pepper Mushroom Fry / Kalan Milagu Varuval

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Mushroom Pepper Fry
Ingredients to be powdered
Whole pepper - 1 tsp ( heaped)
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
( Powder these ingredients to a semi smooth powder)
Tempering
Oil - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1 small stick
Red chillies - 4
Other ingredients
Button mushrooms - 20
( cut into cubes)
Chopped onion - a handful
Ginger/Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Cubed coloured capsicum - 1/2 cup
Curry and coriander leaves few
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

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Method
Heat oil in a kadai add cinnamon stick and red chillies saute.
Add onions and few curry leaves fry till raw small has disappeared,add ginger/garlic paste and fry for few more minutes.Add coloured capsicum and toss well.
Increase the flame to high and add the mushrooms and mix well.
Add salt,turmeric powder and the powdered masala toss well till mushrooms are cooked and dry.
Switch off the stove garnish with curry & coriander leaves.
Best served as a side dish for Roti or Rice.


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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Neer Dosa / How to make Neer Dosa / Traditional Mangalorean Neer Dosa Recipe

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Neer Dosa
Ingredients
Sona masoori rice / Raw rice - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Fresh grated coconut - 1 tbsp


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Neer Dosa
Method
Wash rice 2 times,pour fresh water and soak it for 4 hours.I soaked it overnight as i was making it in the morning for breakfast.
Add the soaked rice and coconut in a blender pour water and grind it to a fine smooth batter.
Add salt and water as needed to dilute.The batter must look like a thin rawa dosa consistency.
Heat a iron tawa, grease it slightly pour the batter and swirl to spread the batter.Cover it with a lid and cook.Fold and remove,do not stack the dosas as they will stick together.
Enjoy these hot dosas with chutney or any side dish you like.

Note:
a) Always use an iron tawa and must be hot each time you pour the batter.
b) Make sure your batter is very thin for best result.
c) Cook only one side do not flip like the regular dosa.
d) Pour the batter like you make the rawa dosa from outer to inside,these will not have a perfect round shaped dosa.
e) Some add a teaspoon of onion while grinding the batter for extra taste.
f) Fermentation is not needed for this dosa.
g) Each time mix the batter and pour the dosa,the rice particles tend to settle at the bottom.


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