September 19, 2020

DRY CAULIFLOWER MANCHURIAN - LESS OIL & VERY HEALTHY (USING AIR FRYER)


 Instead of oil fried, this cauliflower are air fried.  Healthy, delicious & guilt free side dish which can be served as an appetisers or with fried rice.

Ingredients :

  1. Medium sized cauliflower florets - 4 cups
  2. Turmeric powder -1/2 tsp
  3. Salt to taste 
  4. Chilly powder - 2 tsp
  5. Corn flour - 2 tbsp
  6. Gram flour - 1 tsp
  7. Oil - 2 tsp
  8. Onion, chopped - 2 nos
  9. Garlic, chopped - 10 pods
  10. Capsicum, chopped - 1/4 cup
  11. Green chillies, chopped - to taste
  12. Soy sauce - 1 tsp
  13. Spring onions, for garnishing


Method :
 Video link


1.  Mix together cauliflower florets, turmeric powder, chilly powder, salt, cornflour, gram flour & little water.

2.  Preheat the air fryer @200 C.  Grease the fryer pan with oil.

3.  Evenly spread the cauliflower & fry them for 12 mins or until crispy.

4.  Meanwhile, in a pan add oil.  Add finely chopped onions, garlic & saute.

5.  Add capsicum, green chillies & soy sauce.  Saute.

6.  Once the onion mixture is cooked, add fried cauliflower & toss.

7.  Finally, garnish it with spring onions.



Serve warm.


September 8, 2020

Avial without curd | Kerala style Avial | அவியல்


Avial is a traditional recipe prepared almost in every household in kerala.  Most popular & important dish in most of the festivals & celebrations. Very nutritious & fulfilling side dish prepared with lotz of vegetables of our own choice.  Some makes it dry or with a little gravy - It's really ur own choice.  Vegetables are cooked in the spicy coconut gravy & coconut oil  taste delicious with variety rice.  


Ingredients :
  1. Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  2. Water - 1 cup
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Cut vegetables ( yam, raw banana, carrot, beans, potato, drumstick, snake gourd) - 2 cups
  5. Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  6. Green chillies - 3 to 4 nos (adjust to ur spice level)
  7. Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  8. Tamarind paste - 1 tsp
  9. Red chillies
  10. Curry leaves 
  11. Vadagam - 1 tsp
Method :
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1.   Cook the vegetables with salt & enough water till tender.  

2.   Grind the coconut, green chillies, tamarind paste & cumin seeds to a fine paste.

3.  Add the above spice paste to the cooked vegetables & cook for few mins.

3.   Heat coconut oil, add red chillies, curry leaves & vadagam.  Pour this seasonings to the avial.




Serve warm with rice or appam.

August 26, 2020

Beetroot Salad with Special seasonings

 



A simple salad today is grated beet spiced with chillies and peanuts.  It makes for a pretty and delicious side with any meal.  This beet salad works well with any Indian spread or use it in wraps or sandwiches.
        
Recipe link :
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Ingredients :
  1. Beetroot - 1 medium sized, grated
  2. Oil - 1 tsp
  3. Urad dal - 1 tsp
  4. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  5. Grated ginger - 1/2 tsp
  6. Green chilly, chopped - 1 no
  7. A ping of hing
  8. Onion - 1 no, finely chopped
  9. Roasted peanut - 1/4 cup, roughly crushed
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  12. Coriander leaves for garnishing
Mix all this ingredients together.  Chill for a hour and serve.





August 19, 2020

Bottle gourd Halwa / Lauki Halwa / Doodhi Halwa / Dudhi Halwa / Suraikai Halwa

 


Bottle gourd halwa is very simple, delicious and healthy dessert made by grating the lauki and cooking them along with the milk & sugar and garnished with nuts.  There are many ways to make this dessert using khova / cream / condensed milk either in pressure cooker or on pan.  Today, I am sharing the simple method using the milk.  I didn't use food color instead I used saffron for natural color & flavour.  


Ingredients :
  1. Bottle gourd - 1 medium sized ( around 3 cups)
  2. Ghee - 3 tbsp
  3. Sugar (or) sugar syrup - 1/2 cup (adjust to your taste level)
  4. Milk - 3 cups
  5. Nuts (Cashewnuts, almonds, dry grapes), roasted -  2 tbsp
  6. Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  7. Saffron (optional)


Method :

YouTube link 



1.   Peel the bottle gourd skin off and grate them.  Keep aside.

2.   Heat ghee in the pan, fry the grated bottle gourd for few mins or until water evaporates completely.

3.   Now, add milk and cook them over medium flame stirring occasionally until the ghee leaves the sides of the pan.

4.  Add sugar syrup or sugar & cook until halwa consistency is reached.

4.   Finally, add saffron and roasted nuts.  



Serve hot or cold.

August 13, 2020

KULCHA

 

Kulcha are Indian flatbreads similar to naan, but the key difference between them is that they are made using maida or a refined white flour whereas naan tends to be made with a wheat flour.  Naan dough is leavened with yoghurt and yeast to make it soft and light, whereas kulcha dough is not.  This makes an especially yummy breakfast dish!

Ingredients :

  1. All purpose flour - 2 cups
  2. Sugar - 1 tsp
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Baking powder - 1 tsp
  5. Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
  6. Oil - 2 tsp
  7. Water, as required
  8. Yoghurt / curd - 1/4 cup
  9. Water, as required
  10. Coriander leaves, chopped
  11. Butter 

Method :



1.  Mix together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, oil & water.  Knead & rest the dough for 2 hrs.

2.  After 2 hrs, knead the dough & divide them equally into small balls.

3.  Sprinkle some coriander leaves on each dough ball & roll them into desired shapes.

4.  Brush water on one side & cook the kulcha on either sides over medium heat.

5.  Finally add some butter on either sides of kulcha & serve.


Serve warm. 

July 15, 2020

BROCCOLI DRY ROAST

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Try this delicious & nutritious broccoli dry roast.  

Ingredients :
  1. Oil - 2 tsp
  2. Urad dal - 1 tbsp
  3. Corriander seeds - 1 tsp
  4. Red chillies - 3 nos
  5. Freshly grated coconut (or desiccated coconut) - 1 tbsp
  6. Tamarind paste - 1/2 tsp
  7. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  8. Broccoli, cut into florets - medium sized
  9. Salt, to taste
  10. Brown sugar - 1/2 tsp

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Method :


Video recipe



1.   Heat 1 tsp of oil in a heavy bottomed pan, fry the lentils, corriander seeds and chillies until they start to change colour.

2.   Add the coconut and fry until brown, stirring to prevent it from sticking.  Take off the heat and cool slightly.  Transfer the mixture to a blender and blitz to a smooth puree with the tamarind extract, turmeric powder and  water. 

3.   Heat the remaining 1 tsp of oil over a high heat in a pan and add the broccoli.  Season with salt and brown sugar  and then pour in the blended mixture.

4.   Stirring and then reduce the heat and cook for 8-9 mins until the broccoli is tender.


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Serve with rice.

June 19, 2020

CRAB SOUP - AUTHENTIC PREPARATION


Crab soup is very healthy and also good enough to boost your immunity. Crabs are considered to be high in protein and low in fat & calories. This soup is a best way to beat off cold and flu. 


Ingredients :

  1.  Oil - 1 tsp
  2. Small onions - 10 nos
  3. Ginger - small pc
  4. Garlic - 2 nos
  5. Curry leaves
  6. Tomato - 1 small sized
  7. Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  8. Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
  9. Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  10. Crab - 1/2 cup
  11. Salt to taste
  12. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  13. Water - 3 cups
  14. Coriander leaves

Method :


1.  Crush ginger & garlic.  Keep aside.

2.  Crush cumin seeds, fennel seeds & pepper corns together.  Keep aside.
  
3.  Heat oil in the pressure cooker, add onion, curry leaves, tomato, crushed ginger, garlic and crushed     spices.  Cook for few mins.

4.  Add crab, turmeric powder, salt & water.  Pressure cook for 3 whistles.

5.  Garnish it with coriander leaves.

Serve warm.

June 9, 2020

Besan Ladoo


Besan Ladoo are creamy, golden-hued, melt-in-your-mouth dessert balls often made during festivals and special occasions. One of the easiest Diwali recipes, besan ladoo or ladoo are made with besan/gram flour, ghee and sugar laced with aromatic cardamom.

Ingredients :

  1. Ghee - 1/2 cup
  2. Gram flour - 1 cup
  3. Semolina / Rava - 1/2 cup
  4. Sugar - 1 cup
  5. Cardamom - 4 nos
  6. Nuts, sliced 
Method :

In Tamil


1.  Heat 1/4 cup of ghee in the non-stick pan, add gram flour & semolina.  Dry roast over medium heat for at least 10 mins.  

2.  After 10 mins of roasting, add another 1/4 cup of ghee & continue roasting for another 15 mins.  The mixture turns golden brown & little wet.  Switch off the flame.  Allow the mixture to cool a bit.

3.  Meanwhile, grind together sugar & cardamom to fine powder.  Mix the sugar powder & sliced nuts to the besan mixture.  

4.  When the mixture is warm, make ladoos to the desired size.  

5.  Store it in air tight container for longer shelf life.


Enjoy the treat.

Baby Corn Fritters


Baby Corn Fritters is a delicious snack recipe, made using baby corns, gram flour and a melange of spices. It is a delicious snack recipe and is a mouth-watering dish for any occasions. Try out this quick and easy-to-make dish for your loved ones and enjoy!


Ingredients :

  1. Baby corn - 12 nos
  2. Gram flour - 1/4 cup
  3. Rice flour - 1/4 cup
  4. Red chilly flakes - 1/2 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  7. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  8. Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  9. Juice from 1/2 lemon
  10. Coriander leaves, chopped
  11. Water - 1/2 cup
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Oil for frying
  14. Flour 
  15. Green chillies for garnishing (optional) 
Method :

In Tamil


1.  Clean & cut the baby corns in half, length wise.  

2.  Cook the baby corns in the salted boiling water for few mins.  Drain & spread the baby corns over the kitchen paper.

3.  In a separate bowl, mix together gram flour, rice flour, red chilly flakes, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, chilly powder, cumin powder, lemon juice, coriander leaves, salt & water.  The mixture should resemble like dosa batter.

4.  Sprinkle some flour over the baby corns.  Now dip the baby corns in the batter prepared.

5.  Heat oil in the frying pan & deep fry the baby corns till crispy & golden brown.

6.  Also fry the slit green chillies & garnish it over the fried baby corns.



Serve warm.

RAINBOW CAKE - PERFECT CELEBRATION CAKE


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May 9, 2020

CREAMY MUSHROOM PASTA


Looking for a delicious, filling dish the whole family can agree on?  This creamy mushroom pasta has definitely got you covered!

Creamy mushroom pasta recipe is perfect for meal prepping during the week or as a delicious lunch or dinner. 


INGREDIENTS :

  1. Penne pasta - 3 cups
  2. Salt to taste
  3. Oil 
  4. Onion, chopped - 1/2 cup
  5. Garlic, chopped - 1 tbsp
  6. Mushrooms, sliced - 200 gms
  7. Butter - 1 tbsp
  8. Olive oil - 1 tbsp
  9. All purpose flour (Maida) - 2 tbsp
  10. Milk - 1 cup
  11. Red chilly flakes - 1/2 tsp
  12. Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  13. Grated parmesan cheese - 1/2 cup
  14. Dried parsley - 1 tsp

METHOD :
In Tamil


1.  Cook the pasta in the salted boiling water with a tsp of oil as per the instructions given in the package.  Keep aside.

2.  In a pan, add oil, chopped onion, garlic & sliced mushrooms.  Cook until mushrooms are golden & cooked thoroughly.  Keep aside.

3.  In the same pan, add butter, oil & flour.  Keep stirring for a min & add a cup of milk.  

4.  Add red chilly flakes, salt to taste, pepper powder & grated Parmesan cheese.  The sauce becomes thick.

5.  Add mushrooms & pasta.  Mix & cook for 2 more mins or until well combined.


Serve warm.
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