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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Avocado Raita / Indian Guacamole Recipe / Avocado Raita With Microgreens

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Avocado Raita
Ingredients
Ripe avocado - 1
( scoop out the flesh )
Salt to taste
Jeera powder - 1/4 tsp
Chopped spring onions - 2 tsp
Chopped tomato - 1
Chopped cucumber - 1/4 cup
Chopped coriander leaves - 1 tsp
Chopped green chillies - 1
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Thick curd - 1 cup
Micro greens and chilly flakes for garnish
Method
Take a bowl mix all above ingredients and chill it in fridge,
Just before serving sprinkle some red chilly flakes and garnish with microgreens and enjoy!

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Avarakkai Pulao / Chikkudukaya Pulao / Avarekalu Pulao /Broad Beans Pulao / Avarakkai Sadam /Broad Beans Rice |

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Avarakkai Pulao

Ingredients
Basmati rice -1 cup
Water-1 cup
Coconut milk - 1/2 cup 
Chopped avarakkai/broad beans - 1 & 1/2 cups
Ginger & Garlic paste -1tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Chopped onion-1/4
Chopped tomato-1
Mint ans coriander leaves - a hand full
Tempering
Cinnamon-1
Cardamom-2
Cloves-3
Bay leaf - 1
Jeera /cumin-1/2 tsp
Star anise - 1
Marati mogu - 1
Oil-2 tsp
Ghee-2 tsp
Method
Wash and soak rice in water for 20 minute.
Heat oil and ghee in a pan add the whole spices & saute.
Add onions and fry till its light brown,
Add ginger garlic paste saute till raw smell has disappeared,add the chopped broad beans,tomato and some mint leaves and saute for a minute.Add the salt,turmeric powder and chilly powder fry till everything is combined.
Drain out the water from rice and add,pour water and coconut milk and mix .
Cover with a lid and in low flame cook till rice is cooked,
Garnish with mint and coriander leaves, serve hot with raita.

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Coriander Pesto Sandwich
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Avocado Raita

Coriander Leaves Pesto / Coriander Pesto / Almond Coriander Pesto

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Coriander Pesto
Ingredients
Fresh coriander leaves - 1 cup packed
( wash and wipe the leaves)
Dry basil - 1/8 tsp (optional)
Almonds - 3 tbsp
Parmesan cheese - 2 tbsp
Garlic - 2 small
Salt and pepper powder to taste
Olive oil - 5 tbsp
Lemon juice - 1/4 tsp

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Coriander Pesto Sandwich
Method
Take a food processor add the almonds,garlic,salt,pepper powder,parmesan cheese and coriander 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 pasta,spaghetti or use as a  spread on bread for your sandwich.
c) Make sure your drizzle some oil on top of pesto to keep it green.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Hummus Paratha / Hummus Lacha Paratha / Hummus Lachha Paratha

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Hummus Paratha
Ingredients for the dough
Wheat flour - 2 cups heaped
( i have used multi grain atta)
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Water as needed to make the dough
( Take wheat flour,oil and salt in a bowl,pour water little by little and form a soft dough.Divide the dough into equal size balls )
Ingredients to sprinkle on paratha
Kashmiri red chilly powder as needed
Jeera powder as needed
Turmeric powder as needed
Kastoori methi as needed
Hummus - 8 tsp
( I used store bought)
Oil - 2 tbsp
Other ingredients
Oil as needed to cook the paratha
Method
Dust the board with some flour and roll out a ball of dough into a thin paratha.
Brush some oil on top and spread hummus evenly sprinkle some red chilly powder,jeera powder,turmeric powder and crushed kastoori methi,using your fingers spread the masala powders evenly on the paratha.
Dust some flour on top and from one corner start to pleat the dough till you reach the end.Slightly stretch the pleated dough and roll it into a coil and tuck the end under the coil and press.
Dust the coil with flour and gently roll it out to a semi thick paratha.Do not give pressure while rolling.Heat a tawa cook the paratha both sides till crisp,flaky and brown by adding oil around.
Enjoy these paratha with pickle or curd.

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Quinoa Urad Dal Kanji / Quinoa Ulundhu Kanji / Quinoa Kanji

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Quinoa Ulundhu Kanji
Ingredients
Red quinoa - 1/2 cup
Whole green moongh dal - 1/8 cup
Whole black urad dal - 1/3 cup
Vendhayam / Methi seeds / Fenugreek seeds- 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Garlic - 4 cloves
Ghee - 1tsp
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves few
Freshly grated coconut - 6 tsp
Water - 6 cups
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Quinoa Urad Dal Kanji
Method
Heat a pressure cooker add the urad dal,moongh dal and dry roast till colour changes.Add the quinoa and roast till just hot.
Add methi seeds,garlic,coconut and water,pressure cook till soft.Cool and open the pressure cooker lid add salt and mash the kanji using a ladle or masher.
Heat ghee in a pan temper with jeera and curry leaves,pour the tempering into the cooked kanji and mix well.
Serve hot with any thogayal/chutney of your choice or mor milagai or papads/appalams.


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Coriander Leaves Podi / Kothamalli Podi / Kothimeera Podi

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Kothamalli Podi
Ingredients
Coriander leaves/ Kothamalli - 1 big bunch
( wash the coriander leaves chop and spread it on a towel,leave it for 4 to 5 hours at room temperature for the leaves to shrink )
Channa dal - 1/8 cup
Urad dal - 1/4 cup
Red chilly - 4
Kashmiri red chilly - 4
Tamarind - little smaller than a gooseberry
Salt to taste
Hing - 1tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Jaggery - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 3 drops
Method
Take a pan add few drops of oil add urad dal,channa dal and red chillies fry till light brown.
Remove it to a plate now add the coriander leaves and in low flame saute for a minutes and switch off the stove.Do not fry till colour changes or crisp.
Take a blender add the fried dals,red chilly,salt,jaggery,hing,tamarind and turmeric powder grind to a coarse powder.Add the coriander leaves and pulse it once till everything is combined.
Store it in a clean jar in fridge.Enjoy this podi mixed with rice and sesame oil.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Rava Puttu Recipe / Sooji Puttu Recipe / Rava Kuzhal Puttu / Semolina Steam Cake

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Rava Puttu
Ingredients
Rava/Sooji/Semolina -1 cup
(roast it till its slightly warm,do not burn them)
Grated coconut-1/2 cup
Salt a pinch
Sugar to your taste
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp
Water as needed

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Rava Puttu
Method
Mix salt,grated coconut to the roasted rava,sprinkle water little by little till it resembles bread crumbs.Read notes to get perfect puttu.
Boil water in the puttu vessel, add a teaspoon of coconut at the base and then put the rava mixture on top.Do not fill till the top and press, cover and steam for 5 minutes.
Remove from the mould & place it on a plate sprinkle water on top of the puttu,it will start crumbling by itself.Mix the mixture well to make sure its wet.
Now fill the mixture again into the puttu mould cover and steam for another 3 minutes or till puttu is cooked,switch off the stove.
Before serving mix sugar, cardamom powder & serve it hot or enjoy the plain puttu with any curry you wish.

Note:
a) Do not add too much water to the puttu,sprinkle very little water otherwise the mixture will become a lumpy and sticky.The mixture must resemble like bread crumbs.
b) If your mixture looks very dry then pulse it once in the mixi and then steam.
c) Today i added a teaspoon more water so the texture was little different,so be careful while adding water.

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Saffron Lemonade / Saffron And Cardamom Lemonade / Homemade Saffron Lemonade

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Saffron Lemonade
Ingredients
Cold water - 2 cups
Lemon large - 1/2 squeeze out the juice
Sugar or Honey as needed
Salt a pinch
Crushed cardamom seeds  - 4
Saffron strings - a generous pinch
Ice cubes
Method
Pour water in a glass add sugar,lemon juice,salt and crushed cardamom,mix well till sugar dissolves.
Add the saffron strings and ice cubes,serve chill.
Enjoy this refreshing summer drink.

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Beet Greens Rice / Beetroot Leaves Rice / Beetroot leaves Pilaf / Simple Beet Leaves Rice

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Beetroot Leaves Pilaf
Ingredients
Olive oil - 6 tsp
Cooked Basmati rice - 2 cups
( Do not over cook and break the rice ,they must be separate)
Salt & Pepper powder to taste
Chilly flakes - 1 tsp
Chopped garlic - 4
Chopped onion - 1/4 cup
Chopped beetroot leaves - 4 cups
Method
Heat oil in a pan add onion and garlic fry till onion changes colour. Add the chopped beetroot leaves and saute till leaves are cooked.Add the seasonings,chilly flakes and mix well.
Lastly add the cooked rice and gently toss till everything is combined.
Switch off the stove and enjoy with any raita.

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Tzatziki Recipe / Greek Tzatziki / Easy Tzatziki Recipe / Easy Dip Recipe

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Tzatziki
Ingredients
Greek curd - 1&1/4 cup
( I used homemade thick curd)
Salt to taste
Freshly crushed black pepper - a pinch
Grated garlic - 3
Lime juice - 2 tsp
Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Chopped dill leaves - a handful
( I used chopped coriander leaves as i did not have dill)
Grated cucumber - 1/2 cup
( peel the cucumbers grate and squeeze out the water and use)
Method
Take a wide bowl add the curd,cucumber,salt,black pepper dill leaves,garlic,1 tsp olive oil and lime juice give a nice mix.Cover and keep it in fridge for at least 2 hour
Just before serving drizzle the remaining olive oil on top of the dip and sprinkle some paprika powder and serve along with pita bread.

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Jasmine Flower Tea / Jasmine Tea / Malligai Poo Tea / Mallipoo Tea

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Jasmine Tea / Mallipoo Tea
Ingredients
Water - 1 cup
Cardamom crushed - 1
Tea powder - 2 tsp
Sugar - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Hot milk - 1 cup
Fresh arabian Jasmine flowers - 10
Method
Pour water in a saucepan add the tea powder,jasmine flowers and crushed cardamom,bring it to a boil.Now add the hot milk and sugar bring once again to a boil and switch off the stove.
Filter and enjoy this tea!

Note:
Instead of white sugar you can replace with honey,palm or brown sugar,

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Bengali Luchi Recipe / Luchi Recipe / Luchai Puri Recipe

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Luchi
Ingredients
Maida / All purpose flour - 2 cups
Salt to taste
Sugar-1/8 tsp
Oil - 6 tsps for the dough
Warm water-required amount to knead the dough
Oil to deep fry
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Luchi
Method
Take a bowl add the flour,salt & sugar pour warm water little by little & knead it to a dough.The dough should not be too stiff nor too soft (harder than chapathi dough).Cover and rest the dough for 10 minutes.
Make equal sized small ball from the dough.Apply some oil to your working place & roll them out into a semi thick circles.The luchis should not be too thin.
Heat oil in a pan,once its hot slide the luchi from the side into the hot oil.
Now press the luchi slightly with a spoon,this helps them to puff up.turn other side & cook.
Once done remove them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
Serve it hot with any gravy you like.

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Garlic Paratha / Garlic Lacha Paratha / Garlic Lachha Paratha / Lachha Paratha

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Garlic Lacha Paratha
Ingredients for the dough
Wheat flour - 2 cups heaped
( i have used multi grain atta)
Salt to taste
Water as needed to make the dough


Ingredients to sprinkle on paratha
Kashmiri red chilly powder as needed
Jeera powder as needed
Turmeric powder as needed
Salt to taste
Finely chopped Garlic - 8
Finely chopped spring onion - 1/4 cup
Melted butter - 2 tbsp
Other ingredients
Oil as needed to cook the paratha

1st method to roll paratha
Method
Take wheat flour and salt in a bowl,pour water little by little and form a soft dough.
Divide the dough into equal size balls.Dust the board with some flour and roll out a ball into a thin paratha.Brush some melted butter on top and sprinkle some red chilly powder,jeera powder,turmeric powder and a pinch of salt,using your fingers spread the masala powders evenly on the paratha.
Dust some flour on top and from one corner start to pleat the dough till you reach the end ( see picture).Slightly stretch the pleated dough and roll it into a coil and tuck the end under the coil and press.Sprinkle some garlic and spring onions in the middle of the coiled dough and press,dust the coil with flour and gently roll it out to a semi thick paratha.Do not give pressure while rolling.

2nd method to roll paratha
Second method is once the dry masalas are spread on top of the paratha sprinkle the garlic and spring onions,dust it with flour and pleat,roll it into a coil and gently roll out to a paratha.
Heat a tawa cook the paratha both sides till crisp,flaky and brown by adding oil around.
Enjoy these paratha with pickle or curd.

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Garlic Lachha Paratha
Note:
a) Do not roll the paratha hard then you layers will not be visible.
b) Instead of spring onions you can add kalonji seeds.
c) You can add ghee instead of butter in this recipe.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

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Elantha Vadai / Elandha Vadai /Jujube Candy / Regi Vadiyalu / Regi Pandu Vadiyalu

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Elantha Vadai
Ingredients
Ripe elantha palam / Indian Jujubi / Regi pandu- 50
( washed and wiped )
Tamarind - a small gooseberry size
Rock salt - 1 tbsp
Powdered jaggery - 1/4 cup
Dry red chillies - 6
( add according to the hotness of the chilly)
Jeera powder  or Jeera seeds- 1/2 tsp
Hing - 1 tsp

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Regi Pandu Vadiyalu
Method
Wash and wipe all the berries and spread it on a towel for 10 minutes.
Take a mortal pestle add the salt and red chillies and grind till they are coarse.
Next add the jeera and hing grind again,now add the berries,tamarind and jaggery.
Gently crush and try to remove all the seeds without breaking.You can also pulse once in a mixi to remove seeds.Do not over grind and break the seeds,it will be difficult to eat once its sun dried.
Take small portion of the ground mixture and spread it on a greased plastic sheet and keep them in sun for a day till they are 3/4 th dry.
Next day flip all the vadai and couple more days dry them in shade till they change colour.
Store it in a container and enjoy !

Note:
a) If you are going to store it in a bottle at room temperature then make sure they are well dried,otherwise they may spoil very fast.


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Chikkudukaya Kudumulu / Chikkudu Kaya Kudumulu / Chikkudu Kudumulu / Kudumulu / Avarakkai Kolukattai

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Chikkudukaya Kudumulu
Ingredients
Chikkudukaya / Broad beans / Valor lilva - 30
( I used fresh broad beans from my garden,Wash and string the beans,remove the seeds and chop the beans.I got 1/2 cup seeds and 2 cups of chopped beans)
Rice flour - 1 cup
( store bought)
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tsp
Chopped spring onions - little more than 1/4 cup
Chopped or crushed green chillies - 3


Method
Pour water in a pan add some salt and the chopped beans and the seeds,cook till they are 1/2 cooked,switch off the stove.
Take a wide bowl add the rice flour,salt,chopped spring onions,green chillies and the cooked beans.Mix it well and slowly add the cooked beans water little by little and form a semi soft dough.Water must be slightly hot,do not add cold water.
Divide into small equal size balls,flatten the balls and shape it into a bowl ( see picture).
Arrange all the kudumulus in a idli plate,place it inside a idli steamer cover and steam for 8 minutes or till cooked.
Serve hot with sesame oil and enjoy!

Note:
a) Boiled broad beans water should be slight hot while mixing into the rice flour.
b) Make a semi soft dough,do not make very tight dough then your kudumulu will turn hard.
c) These kudumulu must be eaten hot,otherwise they will turn hard.
d) You can also eat with any chutney or just with sesame oil.
e) Try to use fresh chikkudukaya if possible for making this recipe.


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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Mor Kali / More Kali / Mor Kuzhu / Mor Koozh / Mor Upma

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Mor Kali
Tempering
Sesame oil - 6 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies broken - 3
Mor milagai - 2
Curry leaves few
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Other ingredients
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
( store bought)
Slightly sour curd - 1/4 cup
Water - 2 cup
Salt to taste

Mor Koozh
Method
Take a bowl add the rice flour,curd,water,salt and whisk.
Heat 3 tsp of oil in a heavy kadai temper it with above mentioned ingredients.
Now reduce flame and add the whisked rice flour mixture, mix well and keep stirring till the mixture is cooked,thick and starts to leave the sides of the pan.
Lastly add the remaining 3 tsps of sesame oil mix and pour it immediately into a greased plate.
Cool completely cut into cubes (optional) and enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Caramel Rava Pudding / Easy Semolina Pudding / Rava Pudding / Rava Caramel Pudding

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Caramel Rava Pudding
For caramel syrup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 4 tbsp
Method
Add water and sugar in a pan in medium low flame keep mixing till you get a light golden brown syrup,Switch off the stove if you cook more the syrup will turn bitter and become hard,pour immediately  into the greased bowl in which you are going to steam the pudding.

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Rava Pudding
Other ingredients
Eggs - 2
Milk - 2 cups
Butter - 1 tbsp
( I did not add)
Rava/semolina - 1/4 cup
( roasting is not needed )
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence - 2 tsp
Caramel Rava Pudding
Method
Pour milk in a saucepan add sugar and butter bring it to a boil,reduce flame slowly add the rava and quickly mix.Cook the mixture for a minute,switch off the stove and keep it aside.
Beat the eggs with the essence now slowly add the egg mixture into the cooked pudding and vigorously mix till everything is well combined.This step needs to be done fast otherwise your pudding will curdle.
Pour the pudding on top of the caramel syrup cover it with a lid and steam for 10 minutes or till cooked.Insert a knife in the center if the knife comes out clean then your pudding is ready.
Cool completely and loosen up the sides using a knife,place a plate on top of the bowl and invert.
Enjoy the pudding!

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Hibiscus Rasam / Sembaruthi Rasam / Rasam Recipes

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Hibiscus Rasam
Ingredients
Dried mexican hibiscus - 1/4 cup
( you can make with fresh red hibiscus too)
Water - 4 cups
Pepper powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Jeera powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves few
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Jaggery - 1/4 tsp
Chopped tomato - 1 small
Slit green chillies - 2
Tempering
Ghee - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Methi seeds - 1/8 tsp
Method
Pour water in a pan add turmeric powder,salt and the hibiscus flowers bring it to a boil,switch off the stove and filter it,keep it aside.
Heat ghee in a pan temper with mustard,methi seeds and hing,next add the slit green chillies and tomato.Saute till tomatoes are soft now pour the filtered hibiscus liquid and bring it to a boil and switch off.
Lastly add the jaggery few curry leaves and enjoy as a soup or mix with rice.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Melon Beet Rose Coolers / Melon Beet Rose Syrup Juice / Melon With Beet Rose Syrup

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Melon Beet Rose coolers
Ingredients
Melons peeled and  chopped - 2 cups
( I used santa claus melons / piel de sapo melons)
Beet Rose Syrup - 2 tsp
Mint leaves for garnish
Method
Take a blender add the melon cubes and blend to a smooth juice.
Take a tall glass pour the beet rose syrup next on top pour the blended melon juice.
Garnish with mint leaves and serve cold.Just before drinking stir and enjoy!

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Neem Begun / Neem Baingan / Bengali Neem Begun Bhaja

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Neem Begun
Ingredients
Fresh tender neem leaves - 1/4 cup washed and  chopped
Green medium size brinjals  -3 cut into small cubes
( any colour brinjal is fine)
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 6 tsp
( usually mustard oil is used as i don't have i added 1/4 tsp mustard in tempering)

Neem Begun
Method
Heat oil in a pan add the chopped neem leaves and in low flame fry till crisp,remove it into a bowl.
In the same oil add mustard (optional) once spluttered add the brinjals,salt and turmeric powder fry till brinjals are soft and light brown.Do not over fry and mash the brinjals.
Add the fried neem leaves and sugar toss well till everything is combined and switch off the stove.
Serve them with hot rice.


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Thinai Adai / Foxtail Millet Adai / Millets Adai - Millets Recipes

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Thinai Adai
Ingredients
Thinai arisi / Foxtail millet - 3/4  cup
Red quinoa -1/4 cup
Thur dhal-1/2 cup
Channa dhal-1/2 cup
Yellow moongh dhal-1/8 cup
Red chillies - 4
Ginger-a small piece
Salt to taste
(Soak all the dals together for 3 hour and millet for minimum 6 hrs )
Method
First grind the millets to a coarse thick batter and transfer into a bowl.In the same jar grind the dals to a coarse thick batter,mix both together,add water if needed to get a thick pouring consistency.
Ingredients mixed into the batter
Chopped onion-1/4
Chopped curry leaves-little
Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Hing-a pinch
(Mix these ingredients into the ground batter)
Oil-to cook the Adai.
Method
Heat a iron tawa,pour a ladle of batter,spread it to a semi thick circle.
Pour a 1tsp of oil around the adai & little at the center.
In medium flame cook the adai till its crisp & brown on all sides.
Serve it hot with any chutney you like.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Milagai Killi Potta Sambar / Killi Potta Sambar / Quick Sambar Recipe

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Killi Pota Sambar
Ingredients for tempering
Sesame oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Channa & Urad dal -1/2 tsp each
Hing - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies cut into bits - 5
Other ingredients
Sliced onion - 1 small
Cubed tomato - 2
Curry leaves few
Diluted tamarind juice - 1 cup
Cooked and mashed toor dal - 1 & 1/2 cups
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves for garnish
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with above ingredients.
Add onion,tomato and curry leaves fry till onions are light brown.
Pour the tamarind juice,add the salt and turmeric powder boil till raw smell has disappeared.
Pour the cooked dal and add water as needed.Usually this sambar is a bit watery.
Once cooked switch off the stove garnish with coriander leaves and serve with plain rice.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Crispy Smashed Potatoes Recipe / Smashed Potatoes./ Garlic Smashed Potatoes

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Smashed Potato
Ingredients
Coloured baby potatoes - 15
Garlic Salt as needed to sprinkle on top
( if you don't have garlic salt then just grate fresh garlic and sprinkle salt on top )
Melted butter -1 tbsp
Olive oil as needed
Parmesan cheese 1 tbsp
Chopped fresh parsley or spring onions for garnish
Method
Wash and boil the potatoes until tender,do not remove skin.
Pre.heat oven to 400 deg F, take a baking tray drizzle some oil and arrange all the potatoes.
Using a potato masher or fork slightly press until flattened.
Sprinkle garlic salt on top and pour melted butter  on top of the potatoes and bake it for 15 minutes or till golden brown and crisp on both sides.
Each oven is different so temperature and cooking time will vary.
Remove from oven sprinkle parsley or spring onions and grated cheese.
Serve hot as an appetizer.

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Kalonji Tea / Nigella Seeds Tea / Onion Seed Tea / Immunity Booster Tea

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Kalonji Tea
Ingredients
Kalonji seeds / Nigella seeds / Onion seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera / cumin - 1 tsp
Water - 1 cup
Honey/Palm sugar as needed ( optional)
Method
Take a sauce pan pour water add the kalonji and cumin seeds.
In medium low flame boil for 2 to 3 minutes and switch off the stove
Filter into a cup while warm stir in the honey and enjoy.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Thengai Payasam / Arisi Thengai Payasam / Easy Payasam Recipe

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Thengai Payasam
Ingredients ground to a semi smooth paste
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Rice -1 tbsp
( soak it in water for 30 minutes,i used sona masoori rice)
Cardamom - 4
( put all above ingredients in a mixi add some water and grind to a smooth mixture)
Other ingredients
Boiled milk - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1/4 cup heaped
( dilute jaggery in 1/2 cup water,filter and keep it aside)
Saffron few strings
Fried cashew nuts in ghee - 1 tbsp
Method
Take a pan add the ground rice/coconut/cardamom mixture pour 2 cups of water and in low flame cook till the rice is cooked.Add more water if needed.
Add the filtered jaggery and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Switch off the stove add the saffron strings and the fried cashew nuts,
Once the mixture is cooled pour the milk mix and serve.

Note:
a) Do not add milk when the mixture is hot they may curdle.
b) Grind rice/coconut to a semi smooth mixture.
c) If you want too sweet then add more jaggery.

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Tomato Dosa / Thakkali Dosa - Dosa Recipes

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Tomato Dosa
Ingredients
Sona masoori rice - 1 cup
Poha - 2 tbsp
( use any kind i used thin poha)
Thur dal - 2 tbsp ( optional)
( I added)
Salt to taste
Kashmiri red chilly - 2
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Ripe large tomato chopped - 1
Oil as needed to cook
Method
Wash and soak rice,thur dal and poha together for 3 to 4 hours.
Take a mixi jar add the rice,thur dal,poha,red chillies and tomato,grind to a semi thick smooth batter.
Transfer into a bowl add needed salt and jeera mix well.Fermentation is not needed for this dosa.
Heat an iron tawa pour a ladle of batter spread into a semi thick circle,pour oil around the dosa.
Once cooked flip the other side and cook till both sides are light brown.
Enjoy with any chutney you like.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Beetroot Syrup / Beet Syrup / Rose Milk With Beetroot Syrup

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Beetroot Syrup
Ingredients
Beetroot - 1 medium size
( wash the beetroot peel and pressure cook with some water till soft,cool and grind to a smooth semi thick paste.Measure the paste i got 1 & 1/4 cup so i used the same amount of sugar)
Sugar - 1 & 1/4  cup
Rose essence few drops


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Beetroot Syrup
Method
Take a pan add the ground paste & sugar in medium low flame keep cooking till raw smell has disappeared and the liquid has come to a thin syrup consistency.
Do not over cook when cooled the syrup will turn hard and crystallize.
Switch off the stove and add few drops of rose essence and mix.
Cool completely pour it into a clean jar and keep in fridge.


How to use
Take some cold milk in a glass add 1tsp of the syrup and mix it well and serve.
If you like add soaked chia seeds and serve.

Note:
a) Do not cook the syrup till thick,this take just couple minutes to get a thin syrup.
b) If you don't like rose essence add cardamom powder.
c) You can make this with cane or palm sugar but there will be a slight change in taste.
d) If you don't want to add milk add some ice cubes pour water and drink like a juice.
e) You can cut the beets into cubes blend it to a smooth paste,filter and then cook it with sugar.

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Manathakali Keerai Rasam / Black Nightshade Rasam

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Manathakali Keerai Rasam
Ingredients for tempering
Ghee - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 1
Methi - 5 seeds
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Other ingredients
Tomato chopped - 1 large
Garlic crushed - 4
Diluted tamarind juice - 1/2 cup
Water as needed
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Jeera powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chopped manathakali leaves - 1/4 cup
Curry leaves for garnish
Method
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients.
Add chopped tomato garlic and chopped manathakali leaves,saute till tomatoes are soft.
Now add the jeera powder,pepper powder,hing,salt,turmeric powder and tamarind juice,add water as needed.Bring this rasam to a boil and switch off the stove.
Garnish with curry leaves and serve hot with rice or drink like a soup.

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Beetroot Keerai Poriyal / Beetroot Leaves Poriyal

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Beetroot Keerai Poriyal
Tempering ingredients
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal and Channa dal - each - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1/8 tsp
Red chillies broken - 3
Other ingredients
Chopped beetroot leaves - 1 big bunch
Salt to taste
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Crushed garlic - 4
Chopped onion - 1/2 cup
Method
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients.
Now add the chopped garlic and onion fry till its light brown.
Add the washed and chopped keerai add salt and saute in low flame till they are cooked.
Lastly add the freshly grated coconut mix well and switch off the stove.
Best served as side dish for rice.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Honey Garlic Shrimp / Easy Garlic Honey Shrimp Recipe / Sticky Honey Garlic Shrimp

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Honey Garlic Shrimp
Ingredients for the marinationMedium size shrimp - 16
Honey - 3 tbsp
Soy sauce - 1 tbsp
Chilly flakes - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Chopped ginger and garlic - 2 tsp
( Take a bowl mix all ingredients together cover and rest it for 30 minutes)
Other ingredients
Chopped spring onions - 2 tbsp
Sesame oil - 1 tbsp
Roasted sesame seeds little to sprinkle on top
Method
Take a pan add oil once its hot arrange the marinated shrimp and in high flame toss till both sides are cooked,lower the flame and pour the marinated sauce.
Gently mix till the sauce is coated to the shrimp.
Switch off the stove sprinkle sesame seeds ans chopped spring onions and serve hot with Chinese fried rice.

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