December 2, 2016

Carrot Kheer | Carrot Payasam !!!

Due to the nutritious benefits, I try to add carrots in my cooking frequently.  Carrot kheer is so easy to make and taste delicious either warm or cold.  By grinding the cashew nuts along with the carrot, makes this sweet rich & creamy.  Perfect for babies from 8 month.  I don't add chopped nuts, when I serve for my baby.  Perfect party menu & both adults / kids will love this delicious kheer.

Ingredients :

  1. Carrots - 2 medium sized
  2. Ghee - 2 tbsp
  3. Milk - 4 cups
  4. Cashew nuts - 10 nos
  5. Sugar - 1/2 to 3/4 cup (to taste)
  6. Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
  7. Saffron strands - 5 nos
  8. Condensed milk - 2 tbsp (optional)
  9. Nuts (Almonds, Cashewnuts, chironji) - 2 tbsp

Method :

1.  Wash and peel the carrots skin off.  Roughly chop them and cook them along with the cashew nuts in water until done.  Allow them to cool completely and grind them to smooth puree / coarsely.

2.   Heat ghee in the pan, add nuts and roast them.  Keep aside.

3.   In the same ghee, add the carrot puree along with milk.  Bring it to boil, until the mixture reduces to half the quantity. 

4.   Add sugar, saffron strands, cardamom powder, roasted  nuts and cook them until you get the desired consistency.

Note :

Addition of condensed milk ( 1 to 2 tbsp) will enhance the taste.

Serve them warm / cold.

November 30, 2016

Peerkangai Poriyal | Ridge gourd Curry

Ridge gourd is a versatile vegetable where the peel and flesh can be used for making different dishes. This peerkangai curry is simple and quick.  This is a great accomplishment for rotis.

Ingredients :

  1. Oil - 1 tbsp
  2. Onion - 2 medium sized
  3. Ridge gourd - 2 nos
  4. Tomato - 1 no
  5. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  8. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  9. Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  10. Garam masala - 1 tsp
  11. Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :

1.   Peel the ridge gourd skin and cut them.  Keep aside.

2.   Heat oil in the pan, add finely chopped onions and saute till tender.

3.   Add turmeric powder and ginger garlic paste.  Saute.

4.   Add chopped tomato, chilly powder, coriander powder and chopped ridge gourd.  Cook them till done.  It takes 10 mins on low-medium heat without covering the lid.

5.   Add garam masala and cook for 2 mins. Garnish it with coriander leaves.

Serve with rotis.

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