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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Tandoori Prawns / Tandoori Shrimp


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Tandoori Prawns
Ingredients
Large Shrimp/ Prawns - 15
( peeled,deveined and cleaned)
Salt to taste
Thick curd - 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Kashmiri chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Homemade Tandoori masala -  1 tsp ( heaped)
( or use garam masala)
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Besan - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp + Oil as needed to grill
Ginger and garlic paste - 1 tsp ( heaped)
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Chopped mint leaves - 10
Chaat masala to sprinkle on top just before serving

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Method
Take a wide bowl add all the masala ingredients mentioned above,add the shrimp and mix well,
Add the chopped mint and lemon juice too and give a quick mix, make sure the prawns are well coated with the masala.
Let it marinate for 2 hrs minimum.Insert a tooth pick to all the prawns its optional.
Heat a iron pan add some oil arrange the marinated prawns and cook in high flame till golden brown and cooked on both sides.You can also grill the prawns in the oven.
Remove on a plate sprinkle chaat masala and serve hot.


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Friday, May 29, 2020

Chicken Biriyani / Chicken Dum Biriyani / Hyderabad Dum Biriyani / Chicken Dum Biriyani

Ingredients
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For Marination
Chicken-1 &1/2 pound
Curd-2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Chilly powder-1 tsp
My Biriyani masala-3 tsp
Ginger/Garlic paste-2 tsp
For Rice
Basmati rice - 4 &1/2 cups
( uncooked)
Salt to taste
Ghee-1tsp
Cardamom -2,Cloves - 2,Cinnamon stick - a small piece
Water as needed ( around 10 cups)
Method
Take around 8 to 10 cups water in a large wide vessel add salt,ghee and the spices mentioned.
When the water starts to boil add the washed rice and cook till its 75 percent cooked.
Drain out the water and put it on top the gravy you have prepared.
For Gravy
Sliced onion-1/2
Chopped tomato-2
Ginger/garlic paste-2 tsp
Chopped mint & coriander leaves-1/2 cup
Slit green chilies-6
Whole garam masala
(black whole pepper - 6,cardamom - 4,cloves - 4,bay leaf -1,cinnamon - a small piece,shajeera -1/4 tsp)
Oil-1 &1/2 tbsp
Ghee-3 tsp
For Garnish
Lime juice 3 tsp mixed with little yellow food colour 
(colour is optional)
Fried onions-1/4 cup
Chopped mint & coriander leaves-1/2 cup
Method
Marinate the chicken with all above ingredients for 1hr. in the fridge.
Pour oil in a heavy bottom pan,add the whole garam masala,add onions & fry till golden brown,then add all the other ingredients one by one of the gravy.
Fry till oil separates the masala.now add the marinated chicken ,cook it till cooked and water as evaporated the the gravy is thick.
Now add the cooked rice on top of the gravy,garnish it with mint,fried onions & lime juice,close it with a tight lid.
Keep it in medium low heat for 10 minutes.
Your Biriyani is ready,give a gentle mix and serve it with raita.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Cinnamon Roll Recipe / Homemade Cinnamon Rolls


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Cinnamon Rolls
Ingredients for the rolls
Maida / All purpose Flour -3 & 1/2 cups
Whole Milk-1 cup
Dry yeast -2 & 1/4 tsp
Salt-1 tsp
Beaten egg -1
Butter-3 tbsp
Ingredients for the Filling
Brown sugar-3/4 cup
Raisins-1/3 cup
Pecan chopped-1/3 cup
Butter -1/2 stick
Salt a pinch
Cinnamon powder-1 tbsp
Ingredients for the Glaze
Powdered sugar - 4tsp
Corn flour / Corn Starch -1/2tsp
Milk to dilute as needed
Vanilla essence -2 drops
(Mix above ingredients together pour milk little by little to get a semi thick paste.consistency)

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Method
Take milk & butter in a bowl microwave for 45 sec.
In another bowl mix flour,egg,salt & yeast, pour the milk mixture into it and knead to form a soft dough.Cover & rest it for 2 hours for the dough to rise.
Mix the filling ingredients together in a bowl except the butter,keep it aside.
Roll the dough into a rectangle semi thick sheet, apply the butter on top, sprinkle the filling ingredients evenly. Roll it tightly like a tight log ,cut into 1/2'' circles.
Arrange these on a greased tray, bake it for 15 minutes at 375 deg.C. or till light brown.
Each oven is different so baking time can vary.


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Cinnamon Rolls
Pour the glaze on top while still warm.
Best served warm.

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Dill Lemon Rice / Lemon Dill Rice / Dill Rice / Dill Lemon Chitranna

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Dill Lemon Rice
Ingredeients
Oil - 3 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal and Channa dal - each 1 tsp
Green chillies - 4
Hing - 1/8 tsp
Curry leaves few
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
( add more if you want too sour)
Chopped dill leaves - 1 cup
Cooked rice 2 cups
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with mustard,urad dal,channa dal,hing and curry leaves.
Next add the green chillies,dill leaves,salt and turmeric powder in low flame fry till raw smell has disappeared and the dill leaves are cooked.
Add rice and give a quick mix.
Lastly squeeze out the lemon juice toss well till everything is combined.
Switch off the stove and enjoy with papad .

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Gulkand Lassi / Gulkand Lassi Recipe / Dried Rose Petals Lassi - Summer Drinks

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Gulkand Lassi
Ingredients
Cold milk - 1/2 cup
Thick curd - 1 cup
( Curd should not be sour)
Sugar - 1tsp
( As my gulkand was not sweet so i added sugar)
Rose syrup/Rooh Afza - 1 tsp
Chopped pistachio  - 1tsp
Crushed cardamom - a generous pinch
Gulkand - 1tbsp
( I used homemade gulkand, click HERE for the recipe)


Method
Take a blender add sugar,gulkand,curd and milk,blend until smooth
Pour into a glass, top it with chopped nuts,few edible dried rose petals ( optional) and Rooh Afza.
Serve them immediately!



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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mixed Beans Pulao / 9 Beans Pulao / Bean Pulao / Easy Rice Recipes

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Mixed Beans Pulao
Ingredients
Basmati rice -1 & 1/2 cups
( wash and soak it in water for 5 minute)
Water- 2 and 1/4 cups
Mixed beans of your choice - 1 cup
( soak it over night and next day pressure cook for 1 whistle,make sure they are not mashed)
Ginger & Garlic paste -1tsp
Salt to taste
Sliced  onion-1/2
Chopped tomato-1 large
Slit green chillies -6
Mint leaves - few
Tempering
Cinnamon-1
Cardamom-2
Cloves-3
Bay leaf - 1
Star anise - 1
Marati mogu - 1
Oil-3 tsp
Ghee-2 tsp

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Mixed Beans Pulao
Method
Wash and soak rice in water for 5 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 completely disappeared,add the tomato and mint leaves saute for a minute.
Add the cooked beans along with the water,salt and fry till everything is combined.
Drain out the water from rice and add,pour hot water mix well.
Cover with a lid and in low flame cook till rice is cooked,
Garnish with mint leaves and serve hot with raita.

Note:
a) I used raw peanuts,black eye bean,black and white channa,horsegram,green moongh dal,rajma,green and yellow dry peas,
b) For extra flavour you can add coconut milk too.
c) Adjust water accordingly as the cooked beans will have some water

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Lauki Raita Recipe / Dudhi Raita Recipe / Lauki ka Raita / Bottle Gourd Raita

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Lauki Raita
Tempering
Coconut oil - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 1
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Hing - a generous pinch
Curry leaves few
Other ingredients
Grated bottle gourd/Sorrakai/Lauki - 2 cups
( squeeze out the water from lauki and use,if you don't want to eat raw then fry it in 1st of oil or steam the lauki and make the raita )
Salt to taste
Thick beaten curd - 1 & 1/2 cups
Ingredients ground to a thick smooth paste
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Green chillies - 2 small
Ginger - 1 tsp
Method
Add lgrated lauki, salt and the ground paste to the curd mix and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan and temper it with above ingredients,switch off the stove.
Cool and add it to the curd mixture mix it well,garnish with curry /coriander leaves.
Serve cold with plain rice or pulao.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Karamani Murungai Poo Curry / Thatta Payir Murungai Poo Curry / Black Eye Bean & Drumstick Flowers Curry / Lobia And Drumstick Flowers Curry

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Karamani Murungai Poo Curry
Ingredients
Black eye bean-1/2 cup
(soaked overnight and cooked with little salt)
Drumstick flowers / Murungai Poo - 2 cups
Onion chopped -1/2
Chopped Tomato - 1 large
Ginger & Garlic paste-1tsp
Coriander leaves 1 tsp for garnish
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Salt to taste
Chilly powder-1tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
MDM Kitchen king masala or garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper with jeera and mustard seeds.
Add onion,tomato,murungai poo,ginger & garlic paste and fry till light brown & till raw has smell disappeared.
Add all the dry masala powders,fry for 2 minutes,next add the cooked beans along with the water.
Cover it with a lid and in low flame cook till the curry is thick,
Switch off the stove,garnish with coriander leaves & serve it with rice or roti.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Masala Kadalai / Masala Peanuts / Fried Spicy Peanuts / Masala Groundnuts

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Masala Kadalai
Ingredients
Raw peanuts/groundnuts - 2 & 1/2 cups
( slightly fry in a pan till just warm)
Besan / Kadalai Mavu - 3 tsp heaped
Rice flour - 2 tsp heaped
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Grated garlic - 2
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Crushed fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves few
Oil to deep fry
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Masala Peanuts
Method
Take a bowl add the rice flour,besan,salt,red chilly powder,hing,garlic and the warm groundnuts,mix  everything well.
Sprinkle water little by little till all the peanuts are coated with the mixture.Do not pour too much water and make it like a bajji batter.Each peanuts will look dry but all well coated to the mixture.
Heat oil in a pan and carefully drop the coated peanuts separated and not in bunches.
In medium high flame fry till brown on all sides and crisp.
Remove to a plate and garnish with fried curry leaves.
Enjoy this crispy peanuts with tea.

Note:
a) You will be using very little water to coat the peanuts ,do not pour water and make it like a bajji batter,See picture above.
b) Deep fry in medium high flame otherwise the peanuts will turn brown fast and they will not be crispy,You will end up with a chewy texture.
c) 1 tsp of hot oil can be added to the peanut mixture before frying,but i did not add still got a crispy texture.
d) Beginners can arrange each peanuts separately in a plate and then carefully drop it into the hot oil.
e) Sometimes peanuts may pop up while frying so i always fry the peanuts till just warm and then use.If masala is well coated chances are less to pop.
e) As my family don't like the peanuts fully coated with besan i have reduced.If you want to coat fully add 1 or 2 tsp extra besan.

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Stuffed Idli / Potato Stuffed Idli Recipe / Stuffed Tumbler Idli / Aloo Stuffed Idli

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Stuffed Idli
Ingredients for Filling
Oil - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chopped curry leaves - few
Chopped onion - 1 tbsp
Chopped green sillies - 2
Grated ginger - 1/4 tsp
Grated carrot - 1 medium size
Boiled and mashed potato - 1 large
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with jeera.Add the chopped curry leaves,onion.ginger and green chillies fry till colour changes.Add the grated carrots,salt and turmeric powder saute for a minute.Lastly add the mashed potato and mix well till combined.
Cool and roll it out in small equal size logs,keep it aside.
For Coating
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Sesame seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves few
Kashmiri red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Idli Podi Or Chutney podi - 1 tbsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan temper it with mustard,sesame seeds and curry leaves.Switch off the stove add the Idli podi or Chutney podi mix and keep it aside.

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Stuffed Idli
Other ingredients
Idli Batter as needed
Method
Grease some oil inside a stainless steel tumbler pour 1 or 2 ladles of Idli batter,
Place a aloo roll in the center and cover it up with some more batter till the top.
Steam these stuffed Idlis for 8 to 10 minutes or till done.
Cool completely loosen the edges using a knife and carefully unmould the idlis from the tumbler.
Roll these idlis into the tempered Idli podi mixture making sure all sides are well coated.
Carefully cut into circles and serve.

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