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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Broccoli Keerai Chutney / Keerai Chutney Recipe

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Broccoli Keerai Chutney
Ingredients

Oil - 1 tsp

Broccoli leaf - 1 large

( remove vein and chop finely)

Chopped onion - a handful

Garlic - 4

Green chillies - 5

Salt to taste

Tempering

Sesame oil - 2 tsp

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Jeera - 1/4 tsp

Red chillies - 3

Curry leaves few

Hing - 1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder - a generous pinch

Crushed garlic - 1

Method

Heat oil in a pan saute onion,garlic,green chiilies and broccoli leaves till the leaves shrink.Do not over cook and loose the nutrients.

Cool the mixture add salt and grind to a semi smooth paste,transfer into a bowl.

Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients and pour the hot tempering on top of the ground mixture and mix.

Best mix with hot rice and enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Kheer / Sweet Potato Payasam Recipe / Sakkarai Valli Kizhangu Payasam - Easy Kheer Recipes

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Sweet Potato Kheer
Ingredients

Sweet potato boiled and mashed - 1 cup

Whole milk - 4 cups

Sugar - 1 tbsp

( Add according to the sweetness of the sweet potato)

Fried cashew nuts in ghee - 1 tbsp

Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp

Crushed saffron strings - a generous pinch

Method

Bring the milk to a boil reduce the stove and add the mashed sweet potato and sugar.

Quickly mix well and cook in low flame for few minutes or till the consistency you want.

 Switch off the stove add the fried nuts , saffron and cardamom powder mix and serve hot!

Note:

a) Add nuts of your choice and any colour sweet potato can be used.

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Almond Gulkand Rolls Recipe / Gulkand Roll Recipe / Badam Gulkandh Roll - Diwali Sweet Recipes

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Almond Gulkand Roll
Ingredients
Almond flour - 3/4 cup
( I used store bought almond flour from Costco)
or (If you don't have store bought almond flour then soak almonds in hot water for 30 minutes.Peel the skin and pat it dry.Then dry grind to a fine powder and its ready to use)
Milk powder - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder - a generous pinch
Ghee - 1 tsp + Extra few drops of ghee to grease plastic sheet and your palm
Gulkand as needed
( Store bought or homemade,click HERE for Gulkand recipe)
Method
Take sugar and water in a non stick pan bring it to a boil.
Once the sugar reaches to one string consistency( this process will not take too long) lower the flame and add the almond flour,milk powder and cardamom powder.
Keep mixing till it comes to a soft ball.Do not over cook then your mixture will become dry.
Switch off the stove and add 1 tsp ghee and mix.
Once its warm to handle slightly knead with your greased palm to get a soft dough.
Take a greased plastic sheet and spread this mixture using a rolling pin to a semi thick sheet.
Place gulkand on top of the almond sheet and roll it to form a log.
Keep it in fridge for 10 minutes and cut into thin slices.
If you want to make ladoos then take a small portion of almond mixture fill it up with little gulkand and roll it into balls
Your Gulkand roll is ready to serve!

Note:
a) You can also use some nuts in your filling.
b) If you don't have store bought almond powder then soak almonds in hot water for 30 minutes.Peel the skin and pat it dry.Then dry grind to a fine powder and its ready to use.
c) Do not over cook the mixture till its dry.
d) If mixtures turn dry add few drop of milk.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Ragi Sarva Pindi / Ragi Pindi Sarva Pindi / Sarvapindi /Tapala Pindi

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Ragi Sarvapindi
Ingredients
Ragi flour - 1 cup
Chopped drumstick leaves - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Crushed peanuts - 1/4 cup
Sesame seeds - 1 tbsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp ( optional)
Chopped green chillies - 2
Chopped onion - 1 tbsp
Ginger/garlic paste - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Soaked yellow moongh dal - 3 tsp
Oil to cook
Method
Take a bowl add all the above ingredients and mix.
Pour water little by little to form a soft dough.Divide the portion into 6 balls.
Heat an iron tawa wet your fingers take a ball and press it directly into the tawa and with wet fingers spread it into semi thick disc.Make some holes and pour some oil around and inside the holes.
If you are a beginner then take a plastic sheet apply some oil and press the ball to a semi thick disc and gently lift it from the sheet and place it in the tawa.
In low flame cook till crisp at the bottom,gently flip the other side and cook.
Remove it to a plate and enjoy this hot crispy snack with tea,

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Attukal Soup Recipe / Mutton Leg Soup / Lamb Trotters Stew - Soup Recipes

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Attukal Soup
Ingredients to be pressure cooked

Mutton legs chopped - 2

Whole black pepper - 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Fennel powder - 1/4 tsp

Chopped ginger - 1 tsp

Chopped garlic - 10

Curry leaves few

Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Water as needed

( I used 5 cups water)

Chopped onions - a handful

Tomato chopped - 1 small ( optional)

Sesame oil - 1 tsp

Other ingredients

Crushed pepper powder to taste

Mint leaves chopped - 6

Coriander leaves chopped few

Curry leaves - few

Method

Heat oil in a pressure cooker saute onion,ginger,garlic,few curry leaves tomato till colour changes.

Add the mutton legs and saute till the legs are slightly roasted.

Add the salt,whole pepper,jeera powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder and fennel powder,pour needed water and pressure cook till one whistle and simmer for 30 minutes and Switch off the stove.

Add pepper powder,mint,curry and coriander leaves and serve hot!

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Coriander Prawn Curry / Coriander Prawns / Shrimp Coriander Leaves Curry


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Coriander Prawn Curry
Ingredients  ground to a smooth paste
Ginger & Garlic paste - 1tsp
Fresh coriander leaves - a small bunch
Cashew nuts - 6
Poppy seeds - 1 tsp
( grind to a fine paste)
Ingredients to marinate
Shrimp / prawns - 1 & 1/2 cups
Red chilly powder-1tsp
Coriander powder-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Garam masala-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
( Marinate the shrimp with above ingredients for 15 minutes)
Other ingredients
Chopped onions - 1/2 
Chopped tomato-1 small
Chopped coriander leaves few
Lime juice - 1/2 tsp
Ingredients for tempering
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cinnamon stick - a small piece
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaf - 1
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Shrimp Coriander Curry
Method
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients.
Add chopped onions and fry till color changes, next add the chopped tomatoes and sauté till tomatoes are mashed.
Add the ground paste and saute till oil separates the pan.
Add the marinated shrimp and fry till well combined.
Pour little water cover and in low flame cook till the gravy is thick and shrimps are cooked.
Switch off the stove add lemon juice and garnish with fresh coriander leaves .
Best served with roti or rice.


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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Ragi Ladoo / Finger Millets Ladoo / Millets Ladoo / Ragi Ladoo With Jaggery / Ragi Sesame Ladoo - Healthy Easy Ladoo Recipes

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Ragi Ladoo
Yields: 22 ladoos
Ingredients

Ragi flour / Finger Millets Flour - 1 & 1/4 cup

Powdered jaggery - 1 cup

( make sure its clean with no impurities, add more or less according to your taste)

Melted ghee - 3/4 cup

( add more or less or as needed for binding)

Roasted chopped cashew nuts in ghee - 20

(or  add any nuts of your choice)

Roasted white sesame seeds - 3 tsp ( heaped)

Cardamom powder - 3/4 tsp

Method

Heat 1/2 cup of ghee in a pan add ragi flour and roast in low flame till raw smell has completely disappeared.

Switch off the stove and add the powdered jaggery, sesame seeds,cardamom powder and cashew nuts mix well.While still warm add remaining ghee if needed little by little to form tight balls.

Enjoy!

Note:

a) Instead of jaggery powdered sugar can be added. Make sure your jaggery is clean without any impurities.

b) Instead of sesame seeds you can add  roasted and coarsely powdered ground nuts.

c) Add ghee little by little to form balls,do not add the whole ghee at once.

d) Make sure Ragi flour is well roasted otherwise ladoos will have a raw smell and taste.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Kambu Pongal / Pearl Millets Pongal / Kambu Ven Pongal / Bajra Pongal /Millets Pongal

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Kambu Pongal
Tempering ingredients

Oil - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Crushed pepper - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts - 8
Chopped green chillies - 2
Grated ginger - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves few
Other ingredients
Kambu / Pearl millet - 1 cup
(pulse once to break the millets into half)
Yellow moongh dal -  1/2 cup
Water - 4 cups
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Method
Dry roast kambu till colour changes keep it aside.In the same pan dry roast moongh dal till hot and slightly changes its colour.
Add the roasted kambu and moongh dal into a pressure cooker.
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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Monday, February 8, 2021

Vadagam Chutney Recipe / Thalippu Vadagam Chutney / Vadavam Chutney- Easy Chutney Recipe

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Vadagam Chutney
Ingredients
Vadagam/Vadavam - 1 tbsp heaped
( For vadagam recipe click HERE)
Coconut - 1/4 cup heaped
Red chillies - 3
Tamarind - a small piece
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan and fry the vadam till its light brown .
Now add the red chillies and tamarind fry for a minute.
Switch off the stove add coconut and salt.
Cool and grind to a smooth paste
Best served with Idli or Dosa

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Aval Egg Puttu / Poha Egg Puttu / A Quick Breakfast Recipe Egg Aval Puttu

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Aval Egg Puttu
Ingredients

Egg - 2

Red Poha / Aval - 1 cup

( You can use any colour poha but thick variety is better. Rinse once in water and put it into a strainer to remove excess water)

Chopped onions - a handful

Chopped curry and curry leaves - few

Chopped green chilies - 2

Red chilly powder - 1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Salt to taste

Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp

Oil - 1 tbsp

Mustard - 1/2 tsp

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Poha Egg Puttu
Method

Heat oil in a pan temper it with mustard seeds.

Add onions,green chilies and few curry leaves sauté till onions slightly changes its color.

Add the turmeric powder,salt,red chilly powder and break the eggs into it, quickly scramble them.

Add the washed poha and in low flame mix till everything is well combined.

Lastly add pepper powder, coriander and curry leaves, mix.

Switch off the stove and serve hot.


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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Malai Chum Chum / Bengali Malai Chumchum / Chomchom / Chamcham / Bengali Sweets

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Malai Chum Chum
Ingredients to make Paneer/Indian cottage cheese (You will get 12 Malai Chum Chums )
Whole milk - 8 cups
White vinegar - 2 tbsp ( add if needed more)
( You can also add lemon juice or sour curd to curdle the milk)

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Malai Chum Chum
Method
Boil the milk in a deep heavy bottom vessel.
When the milk rises to the top,lower the flame.Immediately add the vinegar,stir it with a ladle.
The milk will break & curdle.Boil it for a minute,you will see the panner has separated from the water.Switch off the stove.
Place a clean muslin cloth on a strainer & pour the curdled milk on the cloth.
Rinse this panner once in cold water to get rid of the sour taste of the vinegar.
Wait till all the water has drained out.Tie the cloth tightly and hang it.
Leave it for 1 hours till the water is out from the paneer.

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Malai Chum Chum
Now your homemade panner is ready to make chum chum.Place this paneer on a clean surface or on a plate,using your palm knead it for 15 minutes to a smooth soft dough.divide this in 12 balls and roll it into oval shape.
Ingredients for Syrup
White sugar - 2 cups
( Today i have used turbinado raw sugar so the syrup looks little brown)
Water - 6 cups
Cardamom powder - 1/8 tsp
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Malai Chum Chum
Method
Dissolve the sugar in water add some cardamom powder and bring it to boil.
Lower the heat to medium high flame and slowly drop the oval shaped paneer rolls into the syrup.
Cover it with a lid and boil for 30 minutes ,do not mix the chum chums they may break as they are too soft to handle when hot.
Switch off the stove and let it cool.When serving slightly squeeze out the syrup from the chum chum and add it to the prepared malai.
Ingredients for the Malai / Milk mixture
Whole milk - 2 & 1/2 cups
Dry milk powder - 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - a generous pinch
Sugar - 1 tbsp ( add if you want it more sweeter)
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Malai Chum Chum
Method
Dissolve milk powder in 1/2 cup of milk,keep it aside.
Boil 2 cups of milk in a heavy bottom vessel and reduce,now add the diluted milk powder and reduce it to the consistency you need.Keep mixing to avoid burning.
Add the cardamom powder and sugar cook for a minute and switch off the stove.
Other ingredients
Powdered pistachio- 1 tbsp
Cherries for decoration
Rose essence few drops ( optional)
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Malai Chum Chum
Assembling
Take a square glass tray pour the malai place the chum chum,sprinkle the powdered pistachios and place cherry on top.Keep it in refrigerator for 1 hour and serve them cold.

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Malai Chum Chum
Note:
a) You can use the whey water to any gravy or for kneading chapathi dough
b) To curdle the milk you can also use curd or lemon juice.
c) Make sure you rinse the paneer to remove the sourness before you tie the cloth.
d) Always use only whole milk with full fat.
e) If vinegar/lime juice is added before milk is boiled then your paneer will break.always make sure they are added to boiling milk.
f) For extra richness cream and condensed milk can be added to the milk.


You will get 12 Malai Chum Chums

Check out for Rasmai recipe HERE
Check out for Chum Chum recipe HERE
Check out of Instant Bread Rasmai recipe HERE
Check out for Rasgulla recipe HERE

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Chocolate Chai Recipe / Chocolate Tea Recipe - How to make Chocolate Tea

Chocolate Chai
Ingredients
Water - 1/4 cup
Whole milk - 3/4 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp
( add more if you want it sweet)
Tea powder - 1 tsp
Cocoa powder - 1 tsp
( Use any brand i have used Hershey's)
Cinnamon - a tiny piece
Cardamom - 1
Cloves -1


Method
Crush the spices and keep it aside.
Boil water in a pan add the crushed spices,tea powder and sugar boil for a minute.
Pour the milk and give a boil.Switch off the stove.
Add cocoa powder into a mug and filter the tea into the mug.
Mix it well and serve the chocolate tea hot.

Note:
a) For extra richness you can add cream on top and serve.
b) Instead of putting the cocoa powder into the mug you can add it to the boiled tea mix it and then filtered it into the mug.


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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Cheesy Rice Paper Crisps / Cheesy Rice Paper Puffs / Cheesy Fried Rice Papers / Crispy Rice Puffs / Cheesy Rice Puffs

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Cheesy Rice Paper Crisps
Ingredients

Rice paper wrappers - 6

( use a scissor to cut into 4 pieces, you can get it from any Asian store )

Oil to deep fry

Spice powder to sprinkle on top

Salt to taste

Red chilly powder - 1 tsp

Grated cheese - 1 tbsp

( I used dry parmesan cheese)

Garlic powder - 1/4 tsp

( mix all these ingredients in a bowl and keep it aside,This is a basic spice powder ,use your imagination to eat it in a more interesting way )

Method

Heat oil in a pan and deep fry each rice paper wrappers till they puff up.

Plate all the fried rice papers in a plate and sprinkle the spice powder generously on top.

Enjoy as a quick snack.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Paneer Lababdar / Dhaba Style Paneer Lababdar - Paneer Recipes

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Paneer Lababdar

Ingredients fried in oil and ground to a smooth paste

Chopped onion - 1 /2

Ripe tomatoes - 2 large

Chopped ginger - 1 tsp

Garlic - 4

Almonds - 10

Cashew nuts - 10

Melon seeds - 1 tsp

Oil - 3 tsp

( Heat oil in a pan fry all the above ingredients till raw smell has disappeared. Cool and grind to a smooth creamy mixture.)

Other ingredients

Paneer cubes - 1 & 1/2 cups

( Frying in butter till light brown on all sides is step is optional)

Cream - 1 tbsp for garnish

Crumbled panner - 2 tbsp for garnish

Butter - 1 tbsp

Oil - 1 tbsp

Red chilly powder - 1 tsp

Coriander powder - 3/4 tsp

Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp

Garam masala - 3/4 tsp

Crushed kastoori methi - 2 tsp

Salt to taste

Method

Heat butter and oil in a pan add the red chilly powder, coriander powder and jeera powder in low flame cook till raw smell has disappeared.

Pour the ground masala add salt and sauté for few minutes. Pour 1 cup of water lower the flame and cook till the gravy is slightly thick.

Add the paneer cubes and crushed kastoori methi and cook for few more minutes.

Switch off the stove granish with cream,crumbled paneer,mix and serve hot with Roti or Jeera rice.

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Maa Ladoo Recipe / Maaladoo Recipe / Maladu Recipe / Pottukadalai Ladoo / Roasted Gram Laddu / Porikadalai Urundai

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Maa Ladoo / Pottukadalai Ladoo
Ingredients
Pottukadalai / Roasted gram dal-1 cup
(Slightly dry roast,do not burn them , cool & grind it to a fine powder)
Sugar-1 cup
(Blend it to a very fine powder)
Cardamom-8
(Powder cardamom along with sugar)
Chopped cashew nut fried in ghee - 20
Melted warm ghee as required amount (approximately 1/4 cup )
Method
Mix all above ingredients together in a wide bowl or plate.
Pour warm ghee little by little & form into small balls.
Store it in an air tight container.

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Masala Sabudana Khichdi / Vegetable Masala Sabudana Khichdi / Sabudana Khichdi Recipe / Sago Masala Khichdi

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Masala Sabudana Khichdi
Ingredients

Sago/Sabudana/Tapioca large white pearls- 1 cup

( wash it once and add 1 cup of water and keep it covered in the fridge overnight.Next day you will see all the water as absorbed and the sago is well soaked.Drain out any excess water using a strainer.Rest it for 10 minutes before making the Khichdi )

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp

Garam masala - 1/8 tsp ( optional)

Cubed Potato - 1 medium size

Frozen peas - 1/8 cup

Dry roasted and powdered ground nuts - 1/2 cup

Chopped green chillies - 2

Chopped ginger - 1/4 tsp

Chopped tomato - 1 small

Lemon - 1 tbsp

Curry and coriander leaves - 1 tbsp

Oil - 3 tsp

Ghee - 1 tsp

Jeera/cumin - 3/4 tsp

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Masala Sabudhana Khichdi
Method

Heat oil and ghee in a non stick pan add the potatoes,salt and turmeric powder,in low flame fry till cooked and colour is brown.
Add jeera,ginger and green chillies,red chilly powder,few curry leave,tomato and the peas,saute for few minutes.Cover it with a lid and in low flame cook till they are soft.
Add the sago and gently mix till well combined.Sprinkle the ground nut powder and toss .
Switch off the stove add lemon juice and mix.
Garnish with curry leaves and serve hot!

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Atta Ladoo / Wheat Flour Ladoo / Atta Ka Ladoo / Wheat Ladoo / Godhumai Maavu Ladoo


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Atta Ladoo
Yields :  18 ladoos
Ingredients

Whole wheat flour / Atta - 2 cups

Ghee - 3/4 cup

( or add accordingly)

White sugar - 1 cup (powdered)

Palm sugar - 1 cup

Edible gum / Gond - 2 tbsp

(fried in 1 tsp ghee till they puff up, cool and grind to a fine powder)

Chopped cashew nuts and almonds  -15 each

(fried in ghee till light brown)

Cardamom powder - 1 tsp

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Wheat Flour Ladoo
Method

Heat ghee in a pan add the wheat flour and in low flame fry till colour changes and raw smell has completely disappeared.

This step is very important so take time to fry them well.Taste the atta before switching off  the stove to check if it is well roasted, cool the atta completely.

Add both the sugars,cardamom powder, powdered edible gum and fried nuts into the atta,mix well.

Take small portion press and form into tight ladoos.

Enjoy!

Note:

a) Jaggery can also be used in this recipe.

b) Frying the atta is very important otherwise the ladoos will have a raw taste.

c) Any nuts of your choice can be added.


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Monday, January 18, 2021

Manathakkali Keerai Soup / Manathakkali Keerai Clear Soup / Black Nightshade Soup

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Manathakkali Soup
Ingredients
Manathakkali keerai - 1/4 cup
Masoor dal or Thoor Dal - 1 tbsp heaped
Pepper - 1 tsp
Cumin/Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Somph/Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
Tomato - 1 small
Chopped onion - 1 tbsp
Garlic - 3
Ginger a small piece
Water - 3 cups
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Tempering
Ghee - 1/4 tsp
Manathakali leaves chopped few
Method
Take a pressure cooker add all above ingredients and pressure cook till soft.
Cool the mixture mash or pulse once and then filter the soup.
Heat ghee in a pan and saute the manathakali leaves for a minute.
Add seasoning to the soup garnish with sauted leaves and serve them hot.

Note:
a) Manathakali leaves has a slight bitter taste so if its too strong for you then don't blend just filter add seasonings and drink.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe / Panera's Broccoli Cheddar Soup / Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Ingredients

Vegetable stock - 3 cups

Chopped broccoli - 2 cups

Shredded carrots - 2 cups

Hot Milk or Half and Half Milk - 2 cups

Nutmeg - a pinch

Salt and pepper to taste

Paprika powder - 1 tsp

Chopped onion - a handful

Chopped garlic - 6

Butter - 2 tbsp

All purpose flour - 2 tsp (heaped)

Cheddar cheese - 1 & 1/2 cups

Method

Heat butter in a pan add onion and garlic and saute till color changes. Add the flour and sauté till raw smell disappears.

Reduce flame pour the stock little by little and whisk quickly to avoid lumps.

Add the carrots,broccoli,salt,pepper powder,paprika powder and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes.

Now add the milk or half and half milk and mix well till combined.

Do not boil they may curdle,switch off the stove.

Add the cheddar cheese mix till melted and serve hot.

Note:

a) If milk is added you can boil till combined if half and half is added do not boil ,there are chances to curdle.

b) Add cheddar cheese according to your taste.

c) Add more reduce the vegetables according to your taste.

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Thirunelveli Style Idly Podi / Ellu Idly Podi / Ellu Idli Milagai Podi / Sesame Seeds Gun powder

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Ellu Idli Podi
Ingredients

Black sesame seeds - 4 tbsp

( Usually black sesame seeds is used)

Urad dal - 2 tbsp

(Usually black urad dal with skin is used)

Red chillies -5

( I used kashmiri red chilly -2 for colour and hot red chilly - 3)

Salt to taste

Hing - 1/4 tsp

Garlic - 2

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Tirunelveli Idli Milagai Podi
Method

Dry roast all above ingredients separately till colour changes except hing,keep it aside.

Cool the ingredients add hing and grind to a semi coarse powder.Lastly add the garlic and pulse once.

Cool and store it in fridge,enjoy with Idli or Dosa.


Ellu Podi Idli / Podi Idli Recipe 

Mini Idli ,Sesame oil , Mustard seeds ,Curry leaves and Idli podi.

( Heat oil temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves.Add the mini idlis and ellu idli podi and toss well and serve)

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Ellu Podi Idli

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Apple Kheer Recipe / Apple Payasam / Easy Kheer Recipe

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Apple Kheer
Ingredients

Ripe red apple - 1 medium size

( peel the skin remove seeds and chop into fine pieces)

Whole milk - 3 cups

Palm sugar - 6 tsp

( Use white sugar,jaggery or brown sugar as per your taste)

Cardamom powder - 1/8 tsp

Saffron - a few strings

Chopped pistachio and almonds - each 15 finely chopped

Ghee - 1 tsp

Method

Add ghee in a pan and sauté the apple pieces till slightly cooked.

Add the sugar and mix till well combined , switch off the stove and let it cool.

Pour milk in a sauce pan bring it to a boil and then reduce flame and cook till they are slightly reduced.

Add the chopped nuts , cardamom powder and saffron strings give a boil and switch off the stove.

Allow the milk to cool completely. Add the cooked apples into the cooled milk mixture and mix.

Keep it in the fridge and serve cold garnish with some nuts on top.

Note:

a) Instead of chopping apples you can grate them.

b) Do not add hot apples to milk they may curdle.Always make sure apples and milk are at room temperature.

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Ellu Sadam Using Cauliflower Rice / Cauliflower Rice With Sesame Seed Powder / Cauliflower Ellu Sadam

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Cauliflower Ellu Sadam
Tempering

Sesame oil - 3 tsp

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

Peanuts - 1 tbsp

Curry leaves few

Red chilly - 1

Ingredients for the powder

Sesame seeds - 4 tsp

(use any colour sesame seeds )

Black pepper - 1 & 1/2 tsp

Red chilies - 3

Hing - 1/8 tsp

Salt to taste

( Dry roast all above ingredients except hing and salt till light brown.Cool the mixture add it into a mixi jar add salt and hing,dry grind to a fine powder,keep it aside)

Other ingredients

Frozen cauliflower - 2 & 1/2 cups

( cook the rice according to the directions on the pack)

Curry leaves few for garnish

Sesame oil - 1 tsp to drizzle on top

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Cauliflower Rice with Sesame Powder
Method

Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above mentioned ingredients.

Add the cooked cauliflower rice and saute for a minute, add the sesame powder and toss well till well combined , switch off the stove.

Lastly drizzle sesame oil garnish with curry leaves mix and serve hot.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Crispy Cashew Pakoda / Cashew Mint Pakoda Recipe / Munthiri Pakoda Recipe / Mundiri Pakoda / Pakoda Recipe

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Cashew Mint Pakoda
Ingredients
Cashew nuts - 15 cut into half
Chopped fresh mint leaves - 1/2 cup
Somph/Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Chopped green chillies - 4
Besan - 1 cup
Rice flour - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 & 1/2 tbsp
Cooking soda - 1/8 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - to deep fry
Method
Take ghee and cooking soda in a wide bowl using your fingers cream it well till pale.
Now add all the above mentioned ingredients and mix.
Sprinkle very little water and mix till it resembles like wet bread crumbs.
Heat oil in a pan press the dough in irregular shapes and drop it into the oil.
In medium low flame deep fry in batches till crisp on all sides.
Remove it on a kitchen paper.
Serve them at tea time.

Note:
a)Make sure the dough is not too wet like the regular pakodas we make.They should be dry resembling like wet bread crumbs and you are able to shape it and they don't stick to your hand.This is the right consistency of the mixture.
b) Deep fry in medium low flame till crisp and golden brown on all sides

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Khara Pongal Recipe / Karnataka Style Khara Pongal / Karnataka Style Ven Pongal

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Khara Pongal
Ingredients

Sona masoori rice - 1/2 cup

Yellow moongh dal -1/2 cup

Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Water - 4 cups

Salt to taste

Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tsp

Grated coconut - 2 tbsp

Tempering

Ghee - 2 tbsp
Oil -1tsp
Jeera/cumin seeds-1tsp
Whole black pepper-1tsp
Cashew nuts-1tbsp
Curry leaves-few
Grated ginger-1tsp
Slit green chillies - 6
Hing - 1/8 tsp
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Karnataka Style Khara Pongal
Method
Dry roast moongh dal till nice aroma comes out and slightly colour has changed.
Add rice and saute for a minute,wash the rice and dal mixture.
Add 3 cups of water,turmeric powder and pressure cook till its mushy.
Heat oil & ghee in a pan temper it with above mentioned ingredients.
Pour the hot tempering into the cooked rice/dal mixture add salt,remaining water,grated coconut and mix well.Cook for a minute till well combined and switch off the stove.
Lastly garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve  hot with chutney,sambar or brinjal gothsu

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Kollu Idli Using Idli Rava / Andhra Style Kollu Idli / Kollu Idli

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Andhra Style Kollu Idli 
Ingredients

Idli Rava - 2 cups

Urad dal - 1/2 cup

Kollu / Horsegram - 1/2 cup

Methi seeds - 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Method
Wash & soak urad dal,kollu and methi together in enough water and soak Idli rava separately for 6 hrs or overnight.
Drain out excess water from the soaked dal mixture add it into 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.
Squeeze out water from the soaked rava and add it to the ground dal mixture,

Add salt mix everything well.Cover & leave it to ferment for at least 8 hours.

Mix 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!

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Dragon Tofu / Indo Chinese Dragon Tofu - Indo Chinese Recipes

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Dragon Tofu
Ingredients for marinating the tofu

Firm tofu cut into medium size cubes - 2 cups

( Place a heavy weight on top of the firm tofu slab for 20 minutes for extra water to drain out.Pat dry using a kitchen tissue and then cut into cubes)

Corn flour - 2 tbsp

All purpose flour / Maida - 1 & 1/2 tbsp

Salt & Pepper powder to taste 

Ginger and garlic paste - 1 tsp

Red chilly powder - 1tsp

( Take a zip lock and add all the ingredients, put the tofu too and shake the bag till all the tofu pieces are well coated with the flour mixture.Deep fry or shallow fry in batches till golden brown on all sides and keep it aside, Save some fried oil to sauté the vegetables.)

Other ingredients

Sliced onion - 1/2 cup

Sliced Red bell pepper - 1/2 cup

Chopped ginger and garlic - 1 tsp

Dry red chillies - 6

Cashew nuts - 15

Salt to taste

Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp

Tomato ketchup - 3 tbsp

Soy sauce - 1 tbsp

Sugar - 1/2 tsp

Spring onions - a handful

Oil - 2 tbsp

( use the tofu fried oil)

Stock /Broth - as needed

( add only if you don't want a dry dragon tofu)

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Indo Chinese Dragon Tofu
Method

Heat oil in a pan add cashew nuts,red chilles,ginger and garlic,saute till color changes.

Add the onions and capsicum sauté in high flame for a minute. Reduce flame add the sauces,salt,sugar,red chilly powder and toss well.

Lastly add the fried tofu pieces quickly give a mix and switch off the stove.

Garnish with spring onions and serve hot with Fried rice.

Note

a) Use dark soy sauce for this dish

b) Adjust the sauces and spices according to your taste.

c) If you don't want a dry mixture then add some stock/broth after adding the sauces.

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Dragon Chicken / Indo Chinese Dragon Chicken / Restaurant Style Dragon Chicken - Indo Chinese Recipes

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Dragon Chicken
Ingredients for marinating the chicken

Boneless chicken cut into small cubes - 2 cups

Corn flour - 2 tbsp

All purpose flour / Maida - 1 & 1/2 tbsp

Salt & Pepper powder to taste 

Soy sauce - 1 tbsp

Ginger and garlic paste - 1 tsp

Red chilly powder - 1tsp

Beaten egg - 1

( Mix all above ingredients together and rest for 20 minutes.Deep fry in batches till golden brown on all sides and keep it aside,Save some fried oil to sauté the vegetables.)

Other ingredients

Sliced onion - 1/2 cup

Sliced Red bell pepper - 1/2 cup

Chopped ginger and garlic - 1 tsp

Dry red chillies - 5

Cashew nuts - 10

Salt to taste

Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp

Tomato ketchup - 3 tbsp

Soy sauce - 1 tbsp

Sugar - 1/4 tsp

Spring onions - a handful

Oil - 2 tbsp

( use the chicken fried oil)

Stock /Broth - as needed

( add only if you don't want a dry dragon tofu)

Method

Heat oil in a pan add cashew nuts,red chilles,ginger and garlic,saute till color changes.

Add the onions and capsicum sauté in high flame for a minute. Reduce flame add the sauces,salt,sugar,red chilly powder and toss well.

Lastly add the fried chicken quickly give a mix and switch off the stove.

Garnish with spring onions and serve hot with Fried rice.

Note

a) Use dark soy sauce for this dish

b) Adjust the sauces and spices according to your taste.

c) If you don't want a dry mixture then add some stock/broth after adding the sauces.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Pasi Paruppu Thogayal / Pasi Paruppu Thovaiyal / Pasi Paruppu Thuvaiyal / Moong Dal Chutney

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Pasi Paruppu Thogayal
Ingredients
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Yellow moongh dal / Pasi Paruppu - 1/4 cup
Red chillies - 4
Garlic - 2
Salt to taste
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Coconut - 1 tbsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan add pasi paruppu and red chillies fry till light brown.Do not over fry and burn them.
Switch off the flame and add the hing,coconut,salt and coconut mix it well.
Cool completely add very little water and grind it to a thick coarse thuvaiyal.
Best served with hot plain rice or kanji/porridge.

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Aloo Kulcha Recipe / Potato Kulcha Recipe / Wheat Kulcha Recipe / Spiced Potato Stuffed Indian Flat Bread

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Ingredients
Wheat flour - 2 cups
Oil - 3 tsp
Sugar - 3/4 tsp
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Curd- 2  tbsp
Salt to taste
Water as needed
Method
Take a wide bowl add all above ingredients except water.Mix everything well.
Now slowly add water little by little and form a soft dough.
Apply some oil on top and cover it with a towel or plate.
Rest the dough for 2 to 3 hours.Divide it into equal size balls
Stuffing ingredients
Boiled and mashed Potato - 1 big
Bleck salt - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Ginger powder or grated ginger - 1/4 tsp
Chaat masala - 1/4 tsp
Amchur powder/dry mango powder - 1/8tsp
(Take a bowl add all above ingredients.Mix it well and divide into equal size balls)
Other ingredients
Butter to brush on top
Onion seeds/Sesame seeds or Ajwain seeds  and Chopped coriander leaves - to sprinkle on top
Method
Take a ball of dough and flatten it place a ball of filling and close the edges.
Now roll this gentle to a thick kulcha or use your fingers to flatten.Do not roll it out too thin.
Sprinkle some onion seeds and coriander leaves on top and press it well.
Apply some water to the base of the kulcha and place the wet side on the tawa.
Cook till it starts to puff up,immediately flip the tawa upside down and show it on the gas flame.Once its slightly brown remove from tawa.
Place it on a plate and brush some butter on top of the hot kulcha.
Serve this Aloo kulcha with any side dish you like.
Note:
You can make this kulcha even with maida/all purpose flour.

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