November 22, 2020

Aloo Bonda | Potato Bonda | உருளைக்கிழங்கு போண்டா



Aloo 
bonda is a deep fried delicious snack prepared with potatoes and chickpea flour batter. It can be had as an appetizer or as a tea time snack.  Best served with coconut chutney.

Ingredients :

For potato stuffing :

  1. Oil - 2 tsp
  2. Urad dal - 1 tsp
  3. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  4. Green chillies, chopped - 3 nos
  5. Grated ginger - 1/2 tsp
  6. Cashew nuts, chopped - 1 tsp
  7. 1 small sized Onion, chopped 
  8. Curry leaves, chopped - 1 tbsp
  9. 7 small sized potatoes, boiled & peeled
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  12. 1/2 lemon juice
  13. Coriander leaves
For Batter :
  1. Gram flour (Besan) - 1/2 cup
  2. Rice flour - 1/2 cup
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Water
  5. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  6. A ping of hing
  7. Cooking soda - 1/2 tsp
  8. Oil for deep fryin
Method :

Video recipe 


For potato masala :

1. Heat oil in the pan, add urad dal, mustard seeds, green chillies, grated ginger, cashew nuts, chopped onion & curry leaves.  Sauté till tender.

2.  Add and smash the potatoes.  Add salt to taste, turmeric powder.  Sauté.

3.  Add lemon juice & chopped coriander leaves.  

4.  Bring the masala to the room temperature.  Make small balls from potato masala and keep aside.

For batter :

4.  Mix together gram flour, rice flour, chilly powder, salt, hing, cooking soda & water.  The batter should be neither thin or thick.  

5.  Heat oil in the deep frying pan, dip the potato balls in the batter and fry them over medium heat until crispy on all sides.  



Serve with chutney.

November 3, 2020

SABUDANA KHEER | JAVVARISI PAYASAM | SAGO KHEER


Simple but heart-warming, this creamy kheer made with sabudana or javvarisi (sago pearls) is easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients :

  1. Sabudana - 1/4 cup
  2. Oil / ghee - 2 tsp
  3. Milk (Full fat )- 3 cups
  4. Sugar - 1/4 cup
  5. A pinch of saffron
  6. Nuts (Cashewnuts, almonds, dry grapes)
  7. Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp

Method :



1.  Clean and soak the sabudana for 30 mins.  Drain the water and keep aside.

2.  In a pan, add oil or ghee.  Add drained sabudana & milk.  

3.  Bring it to boil & cook the kheer over medium heat for 15 - 20 mins.

4.  Add sugar, saffron, fried nuts & cardamom powder.  Cook till you get the desired consistency.  Kheer becomes thick once cooled down.  Refrigerate.



Enjoy.


October 29, 2020

TAYO CAKE (THE LITTLE BUS)

 Surprise your little ones with TAYO (The little bus) cake.  

Chocolate genoise frosted & decorated with whipping cream & fondant.


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YouTube link:



Enjoy baking.

October 19, 2020

DUM KEEMA BIRYANI - Perfect dish for special occasion !!!


Keema Dum Biryani, another interesting Biryani recipe made from minced lamb/mutton/chicken meat. It is flavored with fresh garam masala and spicesKeema Dum Biryani is very light and full of rich aroma. Try this dish & enjoy the taste.


Ingredients :

  1. Basmati rice - 2 cups
  2. Cinnamon stick 
  3. Cloves
  4. Cardamom
  5. Star anise
  6. Bay leaf
  7. Shahi jeera
  8. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  9. Onion, sliced - 2 medium sized
  10. Tomato puree - 2 nos
  11. Mint leaves
  12. Coriander leaves
  13. Keema (Lamb / Mutton) - 750 gms
  14. Salt to taste
  15. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  16. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  17. Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  18. Biryani masala powder - 1 tbsp
  19. Yoghurt - 1/4 cup
  20. Green chillies - 3 nos
  21. Coconut milk - 1 cup
  22. Ghee
  23. Oil
  24. Saffron milk - 1/4 cup
  25. Cashewnuts (optional)


Method :

1.  Soak the basmati rice for 30 mins.

2.  Cook basmati rice in the salted water along with the spices like cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, shahi jeers, bay leaves till 3/4th done.  Drain the water & keep aside.

3.  In a pan, add oil, spices (Cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bayleaf) & sliced onions.  Saute

4.  Add ginger garlic paste & tomato puree.  Cook for few mins until thick.

5.  Add the spice powders - turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, biryani masala powder.  Cook over low heat.

6.  Add yoghurt & green chillies. 




7.  Add mint leaves, coriander leaves & minced meat.  Cover & cook until the meat is cooked thoroughly.

8.  Add coconut milk & cook.  Keep the masala aside.

9.  In a separate heavy bottomed pan, add ghee & oil.  Add 1/2 the quantity of cooked rice as a first layer & keema masala as the second layer.  Keep repeating the procedure.

10.  Finally, top the layer with chopped mint leaves & drizzle saffron milk over the rice.

11.  Cover & cook over high heat for first 5 mins & low heat for another 10 mins.  Rest the biryani for 30 mins.  



Enjoy it warm.

October 14, 2020

October 4, 2020

SHALLOW FRIED CRISPY PLANTAIN

 


Spicy plantain fry is an easy and spicy side dish that goes well with rice varieties. It is easy and simple to make in just a few minutes.  
Plantains are widely used in the South Indian cooking. Plantain fry is a spicy and delicious side dish that you can serve with any rice varieties. Plantain cooated with spices and roasted until crispy. 



Ingredients :

  1. Plantain (Medium sized) - 4 nos
  2. Oil - 2 tbsp
  3. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  4. Coriander powder - 2 tsp
  5. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  6. Cornflour - 1 tbsp
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Tamarind paste - 1/2 tsp
  9. Curry leaves
VIDEO LINK :


Method :

1.  Peel the plantain skin & slice them.  

2.  Soak the cut plantain pieces in the salted water to avoid browning.

3.  In a mixing bowl, mix together turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilly powder, cornflour, salt, tamarind paste & water.  Paste should be thick in consistency.

4.  Marinate the plantain in this masala mixture for 30 minutes.

5.  Heat oil in the pan, fry the plantain till crispy on either sides.  Garnish it with curry leaves.



Serve warm.

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 :
                               Recipe link 



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.





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