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April 28, 2017

Crispy Cauliflower Florets !!

Crispy cauliflower florets is a very easy and simple snack.  Cauliflower stays crispy for longer time because of the cornflour.  It taste simply delicious & I love munching them with tea....

Ingredients :

  1. 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets 
  2. Oil for frying
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Chilly powder - 2 tsp 
  5. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  6. Cornflour - 2/3 cup
  7. Gram flour (Besan) - 1/4 cup

Method :

1.  Wash and clean the cauliflower florets in hot water.  Alternatively,  dip the cauliflower in the hot water for few mins and pat dry them completely.

2.   Meanwhile heat the oil over medium heat.

3.   Mix together cauliflower florets, ginger garlic paste, salt, chilly powder, cornflour, gram flour and sprinkle some water, if required.  Mix well for even coating.

4.  Fry them in oil till golden brown and drain excess oil in a kitchen towel.  

Serve them hot !!!

April 26, 2017

Pakistani Seekh Kebabs !!

Seekh Kebabs means kebab on skewer is traditionally made over coals.  Minced meat is marinated in freshly grounded spices and grilled to perfection.  Try this recipe and serve them with fresh mint raita or chutneys.  

Ingredients :

  1. Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
  2. Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
  3. Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
  4. Salt to taste
  5. A handful of fresh coriander 
  6. Onion - 2 nos
  7. 2 inch Ginger piece
  8. Green chillies - 4 nos
  9. Minced Lamb - 500 gms
  10. Lemon juice

Method :

1.  Dry roast the cumin seeds and coriander seeds.  Grind them coarsely.  Keep aside.

2.  In a food processor, blend together onion, ginger, green chillies, fresh coriander leaves, red chilly powder, salt, grounded cumin and coriander powder and minced lamb to a fine consistency.  Marinate the mixture of one hour.

3.  Preheat the oven to 240 C. 

4.  Divide the mixture into equal portions.  Pat the mince mixture with moist hands onto skewers and shape into kebabs.  Brush some oil over the kebabs.

5.   Cook the kebabs in the oven till done (It took 20 mins for me ).  Sprinkle some lemon juice and serve hot. 

Serve with raita.

April 23, 2017

Mint Raita | Pudina Raita

Mint raita can be accompanied with lot of dishes like biryani, pulao, kebabs and so on.  It is easy to make and taste distinct.  Fresh mint are grounded to smooth paste along with the yoghurt and then mixed with other spices.   Perfect for this summer.

Ingredients :
  1. Mint leaves - 1/3 cup
  2. Salt to taste
  3. Thick curd - 1 cup
  4. Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. Pepper powder / Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp

Method :

1.   In a blender add mint and a tbsp of curd and blend them nicely.

2.   Now transfer the mint puree to the remaining curd and add salt, cumin powder and pepper powder.  Mix well. 

Serve it cool.

April 21, 2017

Instant Crispy Wheat Dosa - Just delicious !!

Simple, crispy and comforting breakfast which taste delicious with chutney & sambar.  I like to add small quantity of rice flour & butter for crispy texture, which is optional.  This dosa requires no pre preparation, fermentation and can be done instantly.

Ingredients :

  1. Wheat flour - 1 cup
  2. Rice flour - 1/4 cup
  3. Buttermilk - 1/2 cup
  4. Water, as required
  5. Sugar - 1 tsp
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Butter - 1 tsp
  8. A pinch of cooking soda

Method :

1.   In a bowl, add & mix together the whole wheat flour, rice flour, salt, sugar & butter.  

2.  To the flour mixture, add buttermilk, soda and water as required.  Gently mix the batter without any lumps.

3.   Heat the pan over medium flame, pour a ladle of batter and spread it into thin or thick dosa.  Drizzle little oil around the dosa and cook till it turns brown and becomes crispy on all sides.

Serve them hot with chutney.


April 19, 2017

3G Pickle (Garlic, Ginger & Green chilly)

This simple and spicy pickle is packed full of fresh garlic & ginger chunks blended with tangy spice powder. Green chillies adds additional flavour and this is really a must for all garlic lovers. 

Ingredients :
  1. Garlic pods - 1 cup (peeled)
  2. Finely chopped ginger - 1/2 cup (peeled)
  3. Green chillies - 5 nos
  4. Oil - 1/3 cup
  5. Vinegar - 2 tbsp
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Red chilly powder - 2 tbsp (or to taste)
  8. Mustard powder - 1/2 tsp ( Dry roasted & grounded)
  9. Fenugreek powder - 1/2 tsp ( Dry roasted & powdered)

Method :

1.   Heat oil in the deep frying pan, add garlic and fry them until half cooked.  Remove the garlic and set aside.

2.   In the same oil, deep fry the ginger pieces and green chillies separately and keep aside along with the fried garlic.  Switch off the flame.

3.  When the oil is luke warm, add red chilly powder, salt, fried garlic, ginger, green chillies, mustard powder and fenugreek powder.  Cover the pan and set aside for few hours.

4.  Once the pickle is completely cooled, add vinegar and store it an air tight container.

Note :

1.  I mixed both sunflower oil and gingely oil in equal proportion.

2.   Don't add red chilly powder in hot oil.  

April 5, 2017

Homemade Sukku Podi | Chukku Podi | Dry Ginger Powder

Dry Ginger powder is an incredible herb which helps to relieve migraine, get rid of intestinal worms, helpful in diabetes, act as anti-inflammatory & anti-biotic.  Homemade made ginger powder is very fresh and flavourful which can be used in coffee, tea, cookies & cakes.

Ingredients :

  1. Sukku | Chukka | Dry Ginger 

Method :

1.  In a heavy bottomed pan, add dry ginger and roast them until it turns to golden colour.  Allow them to cool completely.

2.   Grind them to fine powder in the food processor.

3.   Sieve the grounded powder and store them in an airtight container.

Enjoy !!

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