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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kalkandu Pongal Recipe / Sweet Pongal Recipe / Kalkandu Bath Recipe / Rock Sugar Sweet Pongal Recipe

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Kalkandu Pongal
Ingredients
Rice - 1/ 2 cup
Yellow moongh dal / pasi paruppu - 1 tbsp
Ghee- 3 tbsp
Milk- 2 cups
Water - 1 cup
Powdered kalkandu / Sugar Candy - 1/4 cup heaped
( Sweetness was perfect for me,if you want add more )
Cardamom crushed - 4
Fried nuts - 2tbsp
( I used cashew nut & raisins fried till light brown in little ghee)
Method
Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a pressure cooker fry the washed rice & dal till nice aroma comes out.
Now pour the milk,water & a pinch of salt.Pressure cook till rice is soft.
Open the pressure cooker lid once cooled,add the powdered cardamom,fried nuts & kalkandu powder.
Switch on the stove & mix them for couple more minutes & switch off the flame.
Serve them warm with little ghee on top.
Note:
a) Add more ghee if you want it very rich.
b) Sweetness was perfect for me,if you want add more.
c) Any kind kalkandu/sugar candy can be used in this recipe.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pongal Festival Recipes / Sankaranti Recipes

Paal Payasam Recipe / Pal Payasam / Rice Kheer / Rice Pudding Recipe

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Paal Payasam
Ingredients
Whole milk - 4 cups
Basmathi rice - 2 & 1/2 tbsp
Sugar -1/4 cup
Crushed cardamom -3
Saffron -few
Chopped almond-10
Raisins - 1tsp
Ghee- 1tbsp
Method
Heat ghee in a pan & fry the nuts till light brown.Keep it aside.
Heat 1tsp of ghee in a pan fry the rice till it slightly changes colour.Do not fry till brown.
Cool & grind it in a blender till the rice breaks into half.
Do not grind it coarse or to a fine powder.
Take a pressure cooker add the broken rice,pour the milk & pressure cook till soft.
Once cooled open the lid,in low flame boil the mixture till its semi thick & the colour of the milk has changed to light yellow.
Now add the sugar ,cardamom powder & saffron cook for couple more minutes.
Switch off the flame add the fried nuts,mix & serve them hot or cold.

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Akkaravadisal Recipe / Sweet Milk Pongal Recipe / Akkara Vadisal Recipe / Akkara Adisil Recipe

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Akkaravadisal
Ingredients
Rice-1/2 cup
Yellow moongh dal / Pasi Paruppu -2tbsp
Salt a pinch
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Milk -3 cups
Water - 1cup
Powdered cardamom powder-1tsp
Saffron - a generous pinch
(Dilute it in 1 tbsp of warm milk)
Ghee- 4 tbsp
Cashew nut & raisins - together 2 tbsp
Method
Dilute jaggery in water,filter to remove any impurities.
Heat 1 tsp of ghee & fry the cashew nut & raisins till light brown.Keep it aside
Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a pressure cooker.
Add the washed rice & moongh dal ,fry for 2 to 3 minutes or till nice aroma comes out.
Now pour 2 cups of milk & 1 cup of water a pinch of salt & pressure cook till its soft.
Once pressure cooker is cool open the lid, pour the remaining milk & jaggery liquid.
Cook this mixture in low flame till its thick & well combined.
Add the soaked saffron,cardamom powder,remaining ghee & fried nuts.
Give a nice quick stir & switch off the stove.
Serve them hot or warm.
Note:
a) Colour of the dish depends upon the quality of jaggery we use.
b) If your sweet becomes a bit tight loosen it up by adding warm milk while serving.
c) Increase the quantity of ghee if you want it more rich.
d) Edible camphor/Pacha karpooram can be added .

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Salad Rice Paper Rolls - A Quick Lunch Box Recipe

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Salad Rice Paper Rolls
Serves : 2
Making Time - 5 minutes

Ingredients
Grilled chicken strips - 4 pieces
(I used the frozen,thaw & cut them into thin strips)
Carrots cut into thin strips - a handful
Cucumber cut into thin strips - a handful
Bell pepper / Capsicum cut into strips  - a handful
( I used yellow & green colour bell peppers)
Chopped olives - 6
Mashed avocado - 1/2
Salt & Pepper to taste
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Lettuce leaves -2
Rice paper sheets - 2
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Salad Rice Paper Rolls
Method
Cut the vegetables into strips,wash the lettuce leaves & pat them dry.
Remove the avocado from the peel & mash them.
Add the lime juice,salt & pepper,mix well till combined.
Fill some warm water in a wide bowl or plate.
Dip a rice paper sheet into the warm water for 15 seconds or till soft.
Remove & lay them on a wooden cutting board/paper towel or on a clean cloth.
Place a lettuce leaf on the rice paper sheet then spread some mashed avocado mixture.
Now arrange the vegetables on top.Sprinkle some salt & pepper to taste.
Gently fold the bottom of each rice sheet over the filling then fold in ends & roll into tight cylinder.
( Check the above picture for reference )
Cut each rolls diagonally & serve them with any sauce your kids love to eat with.
Note:
a) Choose your own fillings like chopped boiled eggs,grilled shrimp,beans,rice,pasta etc.
b) Use your imagination to create your own rolls to impress your kids.

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Kesar Kalakand / Kesar Kalakandh Recipe / Instant Kesar Kalakand / Microwave Kesar Kalakand / Easy Kesar Kalakand Recipe

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Kesar Kalakand
Ingredients
Ricotta cheese - 15 oz can ( 426 gms)
Condensed milk - 14 oz can ( 396 gms)
Chopped nuts - 1tbsp
Saffron crushed - 2 generous pinches
Warm milk - 1tbsp
Crushed cardamom -3
Method
Grease a pan with little ghee,sprinkle the nuts & a pinch of cardamom powder evenly & keep ready.
Dissolve the saffron in warm milk & keep it aside
Mix the ricotta cheese & condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl.Make sure there are no lumps.
Microwave for 10 minutes uncovered.
Mix in intervals between every 2 minutes.
Just 30 seconds before the end add the saffron & remaining crushed cardamom powder.Mix & microwave.
You will see that the water has completely evaporated,pour it on a tray & spread the top evenly.
Cool for sometime & cut into pieces.Store them in Fridge
Note:
a) Each microwave is different so the cooking time can vary.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Poosanikai Kootu Recipe / Ash Gourd Kootu Recipe / Kootu With Tamarind

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Poosanikai Kootu
Ingredients to be pressure cooked
Cubed Poosanikai / Ash gourd - 1/4 cup
Tur Dal/Toor dal -1/4 cup
Raw peanuts -1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder -1/8tsp
Water required amount
Ingredients roasted & ground to a smooth powder
Fresh coconut-1tbsp
Coriander seeds-2tsp
Urad dal-1/2tsp
Channa dal-1/2tsp
Red chillies-2
Hing-a generous pinch
Oil- few drops
Tempering ingredients
Oil-2tsp
Mustard-1tsp
Curry leaves-few
Red chillies-1
Other ingredients
Diluted tamarind juice-1 cup
Jaggery or brown sugar-a generous pinch
Method
Pressure cook the above ingredients till cooked.
Add the ground paste,jaggery & tamarind juice, cook for 1 or 2 minutes,till raw smell disappears.
Heat oil in a pan & temper it with above ingredients.
Pour this into the cooked dal,mix & switch off the stove.
Best served with rice.

Inspired by Jeyashri

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe / Kadala Curry Recipe / Kerala Style Kadala Curry Recipe

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Kerala Kadala Curry
Ingredients dry roasted & ground to a smooth paste
Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
Whole pepper - 6
Cinnamon - a small piece
Cardamom - 1
Fennel seeds / Somph - 1/2tsp


Method
Dry roast the coconut till brown colour.Do not burn them.
Now add the other ingredients,saute for a minute & switch off the stove.
Cool the mixture, pour some water & grind it to a very smooth paste.Keep this aside.
Ingredients for tempering
Coconut oil - 6tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Curry leaves few
Chopped small onions - 5
Ingredients to be pressure cooked
Black channa / Brown Kondaikadalai / Kala Channa - 1 cup
Water - 2 cups add more if needed
Chopped Onion - a handful
Chopped tomato -1 small
Slit green chillies - 2
Curry leaves few
Salt to taste


Method
Take a pressure cooker & add all above ingredients.
Pressure cook till the channa is cooked.Wait for the whistle to go off and open it.
Heat oil in a pan & temper it with above ingredients.
Once the onions are slightly brown pour the cooked channa.
Now add the ground paste and cook till the gravy is thick.
Switch off the stove and garnish with curry leaves.
This is best served with Kerala puttu or Aapam.




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Monday, January 5, 2015

Drumstick Pickle / Munagakaya Aavakaya / Drumstick Pickle Andhra Style

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Drumstick Pickle
Ingredients
Drumsticks -2
( Wash ,wipe & cut them into 1" pieces)
Mustard-3tsp
Methi -1 tsp
Red chilly powder -3 tsp heaped
Salt - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Tamarind - a large lemon size ball
Sesame oil -3/4 cup
Tempering
Mustard - 1tsp
Hing-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves -2 springs
Method
Dry grind mustard & methi to a coarse powder,keep it aside.Do not dry roast.
Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes & extract the pulp from the tamarind.
Cook the pulp till it reduces & you get a thick paste.
Heat oil in a pan in medium high flame deep fry the cut drumsticks till colour changes & its cooked inside.Remove & let it cool
In the same oil temper it with above ingredients.Cool the tempering
Now take a wide bowl mix the chilly powder,salt & mustard methi powder.Add the fried drumstick & gently mix them .Do not break the pieces.
Add the cooled tamarind paste & the cooled tempering.
Mix them well till everything is well combined.
Cover it with a lid & leave at room temperature for 24 hours.
Next day mix gently,cover & keep it for one more day.
3rd day mix & store it in a clean glass jar.
No need to add any preservatives.Try to keep a layer of oil on top of the pickle always.
I usually keep all the pickles in fridge.
Enjoy it with hot rice!
Note:
If you are going to keep the pickle outside then make sure there is no water at all in the pickle.Otherwise your pickle will go bad.
If making in small quantity i prefer to keep it in fridge.
For extra flavour garlic can be added.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Curry Leaves Rice / Kariveppilai Rice / Karuveppilai Sadam Recipe / Karivepaku Annam Recipe

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Karuveppilai Sadam
Ingredients roasted & ground to a semi smooth powder
Channa dal - 1tbsp
Urad dal-1tbsp
Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
Methi seeds-10
Jeera/Cumin - 1tsp
Whole pepper - 1tsp
Red chillies-3
Coconut-1tbsp
Curry leaves - 2 cups
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Hing - a generous pinch
Tamarind - a small gooseberry size
Jaggery or brown sugar - 1/8tsp
Oil-1/2 tbsp
Tempering
Mustard-1tsp
Urad dal -1tsp
Cashew nuts-6
Red chillies-2
Curry leaves-few
Oil-1 tbsp
Other ingredients
Cooked rice-1 cup
Salt to taste
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Curry Leaves Rice
Method
Heat oil in a pan & fry all the above ingredients till light brown on all sides in low medium flame.
Do not burn the dal or curry leaf while frying.
Cool them & dry grind along with the jaggery to a semi smooth powder.Keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan & temper it with above ingredients.
Now add the cooked rice,salt & required amount of the powder.
Mix gently till well combined.
Switch off the stove & serve them with papad/chips or raita.

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