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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

How To Clean Mushrooms / Fast and Easy Way to Clean Mushrooms

There are different ways to clean button mushrooms but this is the way i follow,Check it out.


Take water in a wide vessel add 1 or 2 teaspoon of wheat flour and dissolve it.
Add the mushrooms and soak it for a minute.
Then gently massage each mushrooms to remove all the impurities.
Wash them and cook as you wish.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dhaba Style Paneer Masala / Paneer Masala / Restaurant Style Paneer Masala - Paneer Recipes

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Dhaba Style Paneer Masala
Tempering ingredients
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1tbsp
Jeera/Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Cloves - 4
Cardamom slit opened - 4
Bay leaf - 1
Cinnamon stick - 1 piece
Red chillies - 3
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Peppercorn - 4
Crushed kastoori methi - 1/2 tsp
To marinate paneer cubes
Paneer/Indian cottage cheese cubes - 30
Red chilly powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 3/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
( Saute it in a pan till all sides are slightly roasted,keep it aside)
Other ingredients
Roasted besan/gram flour - 1 tbsp
Crushed or grated tomatoes - 4 small
Chopped onion - 1/2
Ginger and Garlic paste - 1tsp
Kashmiri red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
( this will give colour to your dish)
Cumin/Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Water as needed
Method
Heat oil and ghee in a pan temper it with above ingredients.
Add the onions and fry till light golden brown,this step is very important otherwise your dish will not give colour and will have a raw onion smell.
Now add all the dry masalas and the roasted besan.
Fry till raw smell has completely disappeared.
Add the ginger/garlic paste and saute for a minute.Add the crushed or grated tomatoes and fry till oil separates the masala.Add more ghee or oil if needed.
Pour water cover and cook till the gravy is thick.
Add the sauteed paneer and cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
Switch off the stove garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve it with Roti.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Dates Coconut Poli Recipe / Dates Poli Recipe / Date Obattu Recipe / Kharjoora Holige Recipe

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Dates Poli
Filling Ingredients
Seedless dates - 30
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Cardamom -5
Poppy seeds - 1 tsp
Jaggery powdered - 3 tsp
( If the mixture is not that sweet then add jaggery otherwise just omit)
Method
Take a mixi jar grind coconut and cardamom.Do not add any water.
Now add the chopped dates and pulse it.Your mixture will look like a thick paste.
Remove it in a bowl and add the jaggery powder and poppy seeds.
Mix well grease your palm and divide it into 8 equal size balls.
Outer covering
Fine white rawa/chiroti rawa/fine semolina-1/2 cup
Maida/all purpose flour-1/2 cup
Salt a pinch
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Oil- 3tsp
Water- 1/2 cup ( add more if needed)
Method
Mix all above ingredients together,knead it to a soft dough.Keep it covered for 30 minutes.
Divide the dough mixture into eight equal balls.
Grease a plastic sheet or zip lock cover,apply some ghee or oil.Spread the outer covering dough like a small disc,place a ball of filling mixture in the middle.
Close it well & seal it to make sure your filling doesn't come out.Place another plastic sheet on top,roll it out into a semi thick disc.
Heat a tawa & cook them with little ghee or oil spread on both sides and cook till its light brown on all sides.
Serve them hot.

Note;
a) Do not compromise on ghee,otherwise the poli will become hard & dry.
b) Make sure your filling/poornam is dry,otherwise it will come out while making poli.
c) Just before serving heat slightly,smear some ghee on top & serve.
d) Only ghee can also be used for frying the poli.
e) While grinding your mixture is water then just take a non stick pan and cook the mixture to thicken.Cool and make balls.
f) You can use only maida to make this poli,for healthy version you can make it with wheat flour.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tandoori Tofu / Baked Tandoori Tofu / Tofu Recipes

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Tandoori Tofu
Ingredients for marination
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Kashmiri red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp
Ginger & Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Homemade tandoori masala - 1 & 1/2 tsp heaped
Curd - 2 tbsp
Crushed kastoori methi - 1 tsp
Besan - 1 tsp
Firm tofu cubes - 12 large pieces
 Other ingredients
Butter for brushing on top
Chaat masala to sprinkle on top
Lemon wedges as needed
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Tandoori Tofu
Method
Pat dry the tofu cubes well to remove extra water
Take a bowl add all the ingredients mentioned under marinate.
Mix well till all cubes are well coated with the masala.Leave it to rest for at least 30 minutes.
Line a baking tray with an aluminum foil grease it with some oil,arrange all the marinated cubes.
Bake it for 10 minutes at 400 deg.F then turn it other side apply some oil on top and broil it for another 5 minutes.
Each oven is different so time can vary.Watch it carefully so you don't end up burning.
Once done brush it with some melted butter,sprinkle chaat masala on top and serve them with lemon wedges as an appetizer.
I broiled some onion and capsicum cubes in the same tray and served.

Below picture is pan fried Tandoori Tofu ,people who don't have oven can make it this way

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Tandoori Tofu

Recipe for Tandoori masala

Ingredients
Dry long red chilies - 20
Coriander seeds - 3 tbsp
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 2 tbsp
Black peppercorns - 1 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds/Methi seeds- 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 3" piece
Green cardamom - 7
Cloves - 7
Black cardamom - 2
Kasoori methi/Dry fenugreek leaves - 1 tbsp
Black salt - 1 tsp
Method
Dry roast all above ingredients ( except kastoori methi and black salt) till nice flavour comes out.
Switch off the stove and add kastoori methi and black salt.
Cool completely and dry grind to a fine powder.
Sieve it well to get a smooth powder.
Store it in a clean dry jar.Use as you need.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Manathakkali Keerai Poriyal / Black Nightshade Stir Fry / Keerai Poriyal / Manathakali Keerai Poriyal

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Manathakkali 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 Manathakkali Keerai/Black Nightshade - 1 small 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.

Other recipes using Manathakkali keerai AND seeds

a) Manathakkali Keerai Masiyal

b) Manathakkali Vathal 

c) Manathakkali Kulambhu 

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Prawn Pakora Recipe / Spicy Prawns Pakora / Shrimp Pakora / How to make Prawn Pakoda

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Prawn Pakora
Ingredients for marination
Large prawns - 15
( clean and washed prawns chopped into small pieces)
Salt to taste
Kashmiri red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Jeera/Cumin powder - 3/4 tsp
Chaat masala - 1/2 tsp
Crushed kastoori methi - 1 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Chopped green chillies - 2
Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tsp
Chopped curry leaves few
Chopped mint leaves - 1 tsp
Chopped onions - a handful
Besan/Gram flour - 3 tsps heaped
Rice flour - 1 tsp
Corn flour - 1 tsp
Other Ingredients
Oil to deep fry as needed
Method
Take a bowl add all the ingredients mentioned under marinate.
Mix well and leave it for 20 minutes.If water needed add very little to make a thick dropping consistency mixture.Do not make it too thin, batter should be thick.
Heat oil in a pan drop the batter into the hot oil with a spoon.
In medium high flame deep fry till crisp and brown on all sides.
Remove it on a kitchen tissue.
Serve it with any dip or ketchup as an appetizer or tea time snack.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Arisi Paruppu Sadam / Coimbatore Style Arisi Paruppu Sadam / Kongunadu Style Arisi Paruppu Sadam


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Arisi Paruppu Sadam

Ingredients
Sona masoori rice-1 cup
Thoor dhal-1/2 cup
Water - 3 cups
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Salt to taste
Diced tomato-1
Chopped onions - 1/2
Curry leaves-little
Chopped garlic-5
Tempering
Oil -6tsp
Mustard-1tsp
Uraddhal-1tsp
Channadhal-1tsp
Hing-1/4tsp
Red chilles-6
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Arisi Paruppu Sadam
Method
Heat oil in a pressure cooker temper it with above ingredients.
Add onions,curry leaves,tomato & garlic fry it till onions are light brown.Add the dry ingredients and saute for a minute.
Now add the washed rice and dal pour water and cook it till done.
Garnish with curry leaves and enjoy with any side dish you like.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Stuffed Brussels Sprouts / Stuffed Brussels Sprouts Sabzi / Masala Stuffed Brussels Sprouts

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Stuffed Brussels Sprouts
Stuffing Ingredients
Peanuts - 3 tbsp
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Besan/Chick pea flour - 1 tsp heaped
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 3/4 tsp
Garlic - 2
Oil - 1 tsp
(Roast peanuts till light brown now add the coconut and roast till its pale and water has evaporated.Add the besan and roast till raw smell has disappeared.Cool and transfer to a mixi jar.Grind it with other ingredients to a fine powder.Do not add water.Lastly mix the oil into this mixture and mix.Your filling is ready)
Other ingredie4nts
Brussels sprouts - 12
( make 2 slits on top to fill the stuffing,do not cut till the end.See picture)
Oil - 1 tbsp
Water very little to sprinkle for the Brussels sprouts to cook.

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Stuffed Brussels Sprouts
Method
Tightly stuff the filling into each slit Brussels sprouts carefully without breaking them.
Heat oil in a pan arrange all the stuffed Brussels sprouts and roast it on all sides.Gently handle to turn each Brussels sprouts to cook the other side.
Sprinkle very little water cover and cook till they are brown on all sides.
Enjoy this as a starter or side dish for Roti or Rice.

Note:
Instead of pan fry you can spray some oil and bake it in oven.

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Akki Roti Recipe / Rice Flour Roti Recipe / Nugge Soppu Akki Rotti / Drumstick Leaves Rotti /Indian Bread With Drumstick Leaves

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Akki Roti
Yields : 6
Ingredients
Rice flour - 1 & 1/2 cups
Salt to taste
Chopped moringa/Drumstick leaves - 1/2 cup
Chopped onion - a handful
Crushed garlic - 1 ( optional)
Chopped green chillies - 1
Grated ginger -1/2 tsp
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Grated fresh coconut - 1 tbsp
Hot water as needed
Oil to cook
Method
Add all the above mentioned ingredients in a bowl except oil and water.
Slowly add hot water and make a thick dough.Divide into 6 small balls.
Grease a plastic sheet take a ball and gently press to make a semi thick disc,make a small hole in the middle.
Heat a tawa/griddle and cook these roti with little oil smeared on both sides.
Toast till the roti are light brown on all side.Do not over cook as they will become hard.
Serve them hot with any chutney you like.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

How to clean Vazhaipoo / How to clean Banana Flower / Plantain Flower / Banana Blossom



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Banana Flower
Method
a) Grease your hand with some oil before you start to clean the banana flower to avoid staining your fingers and sticking to your hand.
b) Choose a fresh banana flower.
c) Remove the red petal and discard under the petal you will find row of flowers save them.Repeat this process till the flower becomes small.
d) Now take each flower from the bunch,remove the white cover and the stamen from the flower we will not be using this in our cooking ( see picture).
e) Put it in a bowl of water or buttermilk to prevent from changing colour.
f) Chop the flowers finely and cook.Cook the flowers while they are fresh.

Try out these recipes using Banana Flower

a) Vazhaipoo Kootu/Banana Flower Kootu

b) Vazhai Poo Kola Urundai / Banana Flower Kebabs 

c) Vazhai Poo moongh Dal Pulao 

d) Oats Vazhai Poo Usili

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