Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sri Jayanthi

Lord Krishna's birthday is celebrated with a lot of pomp and glory at my house. We make lots of sweets and snacks along with butter as prasad. The kids of the house are dressed up as Krishna / Radha. We draw small footprints with rice flour batter all around the house that represents Lord Krishna's footprints. Here are the links to the recipes and some pictures of the Krishna Jayanthi celebrations at my house.





Now for the recipes for Krishna Jayanthi. Click on the links to go to the recipe....

Cashew Burfi


Vella Cheedai

Uppu Cheedai

Kai Murukku

Thattai

Thenguzhal

Chakkarai Appam

Pal Payasam



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Friday, May 23, 2014

Veggie Pasta

This is a an easy and quick recipe that is loved at our home. I use the bow-tie pasta as my daughter likes that shape but you can use any type of pasta for this recipe. I generally dont use any cheese as the white sauce gives a creamy taste but if you do like to have a cheesy pasta, then in the end add some grated rennet free cheese just before serving.


Ingredients
  • 1 cup Pasta
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp All Purpose Flour (Maida)
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste (or 1 Tomato pureed)
  • 1/4 tsp Oregano 
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilly Powder (Adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (Adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup chopped Vegetables (Cauliflower, Carrots, Peas, Beans, Corn)
Method
  1. Take a pan and boil the Pasta with enough Water, Olive Oil and 1 tsp Salt till it gets cooked. Switch off when it is almost cooked and then drain the cooked Pasta in a colander.
  2. In the meantime, cook the chopped vegetables in the microwave for 3-4 minutes till they get cooked.
  3. Heat a pan and add the butter. When it melts, add the All purpose flour and mix it and then add the milk slowly and mix well till you remove all the lumps.
  4. When the above mixture reaches a saucy consistency, then reduce the heat to low and add the tomato paste / puree and mix well. remember to reduce the heat or the milk will start to curdle.
  5. Now add the cooked vegetables, oregano, turmeric, chilly powder, salt and mix well.
  6. Add the cooked pasta and mix well on low heat till the flavors blend in. Serve hot!


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Set Dosa (Sponge Dosa)

This is a popular dish of Karnataka. This dosa comes out so soft like a sponge that it is also called sponge dosa and it tastes great even when it is not hot.


Ingredients
  • 4 Raw rice
  • 1 cup Avil (Poha or beaten rice)
  • 1/2 cup Urad dal
  • 2 tsp Methi seeds
  • 1 tsp Salt (Adjust to taste)
Method
  1. Soak the Rice, Urad dal and Methi seeds for around 3-4 hours.
  2. Soak the Avil for 1/2 hour separately
  3. Grind the soaked rice, urad dal and methi in a blender until smooth and and pour the batter into a big vessel. Then grind the soaked poha and mix it with the above batter.
  4. Add salt and mix well and keep it in a warm dry place to allow it to ferment which may take around 8-10 hrs depending on the warmth of the place where you live. When the batter rises up, it is ready to make dosas.
  5. The batter should not be too thick. it should have the dosa / uttapam consistency.
  6. Heat the tawa and pour a laddle of the batter in the center (Dont spread the batter) and close the dosa with a lid and cook it on low-medium flame.
  7. Once the dosa gets cooked, remove it from the tawa and serve. Here we should not turn the dosa. Since we cover the dosa, the top part gets cooked nicely and becomes soft and spongy.
  8. Repeat the above process to make the set dosas with the remaining batter and serve hot with saagu / korma/ chutney

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Paneer Butter Masala

This does not require any introduction as this is the most popular side dish for Rotis/Chappatis/Naan.
I wanted to retain the awesome taste of this dish and keep it nutritous as well, so I have replaced the heavy cream with sweet potatoes and skipped the red coloring that is generally added in the Indian restaurants.


Ingredients

  • 4 medium Tomatoes
  • 1 small Sweet Potato
  • 1 medium Carrot
  • 1 tsp Butter
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 1" piece Cinamon
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tsp Kasuri Methi
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilly Powder (Adjust to Taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/4 cup Cashews
  • 1" piece Ginger
  • 1 Green Chilly (Adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (Adjust to Taste)
  • 1 cup Paneer cut into cubes

Method

  1. Wash and peel the carrot and sweet potato and cook them in a pressure cooker along with tomatoes, ginger, green chilly and cashews for 3 whistles.
  2. While this is getting cooked, boil the paneer cubes in water with a pinch of turmeric till they become soft. (Alternately you may deep fry the paneer pieces)
  3. Once the veggies are cooked, blend that mixture in a blender along with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves.
  4. Heat a deep pan and add the butter, asafoetida  and bay leaf. Then add the blended mixture to the pan along with turmeric, red chilly powder, salt and kasuri methi, Heat on a low flame for a few minutes so that the tastes blend in. Add the paneer pieces and allow it to simmer for a few more minutes and serve hot with Roti/Chappathi/Naan.



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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rava Dosa

Rava Dosa is an instant variety of dosa that does not require any soaking/fermenting time and it is also very easy, crispy and quick to make. 


Ingredients
  • 1 cup Rava (Semolina)
  • 1/4 cup Rice flour
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (Adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
Method
  1. Mix all the above ingredients with water so that the batter has a runny consistency.
  2. Heat the tawa on high and pour a laddle on the tawa. You cannot spread this batter like a normal dosa. You have to pour it around. If you are unable to pour the batter freely or if the dosa comes out too thick, then add more water to the batter.
  3. Decrease the heat to medium and flip the dosa over when it is completely cooked on the down side.
  4. Once the other side is also cooked, remove it from the tawa and serve it hot. 
  5. Repeat the above process for the remaining batter to make yummy hot instant Rava dosas!


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a favorite dish among Indians. Pav is a type of bun and Bhaji is a spicy dish of mixed vegetables. You may add any vegetable of your liking in the Bhaji and if you don't eat Potatoes, you may swap it with Raw Bananas. If you add beetroot your bhaji will have a red colour as below so don't be intimidated by the colour!!


Ingredients:
  • 2 Potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 cup Cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup cut Mixed Vegetables (Carrots, beans, green peas, corn, sweet potato, beetroot)
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 Green Chilies 
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped Ginger
  • 2 Tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 6 Cloves
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 2" pieces of Cinnamon
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 tsp Kasuri Methi
  • 1 tbsp Saunf
  • 2 tsp Salt (Adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Sambar Powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (Adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Coriander leaves
  • Pav Buns (As required)
Method:
  1. Pressure cook the mixed vegetables along with the cauliflower and potato for 3-4 whistles.
  2. Heat a pan and add the butter, asafoetida, bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and Jeera. When the jeera starts to crackle, add the ginger, green chillies and tomatoes and saute the tomatoes till it is cooked nicely to a pulp.
  3. Add the cooked vegetables, turmeric, red chilly powder, saunf, kasuri methi, salt and sambar powder and mix well. Mash the vegetables as you stir and adjust the consistency of the gravy by adding water if required (This bhaji should be thick so don't add too much water) Cover the pan and simmer for 5 minutes so that the tastes blend in well.
  4. Switch off the stove and add the lemon juice and coriander and server hot with pav buns toasted with butter.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Instant Mango Pickle

This is an instant mango pickle recipe that is a must have in all feasts. This is another addition to the Kerala Sadhya menu.


Ingredients

  1. 1 Raw Mango 
  2. Salt (As per taste)
  3. Red Chilly powder (As per taste)
  4. 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  5. 1/4 cup Sesame Oil
  6. 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  7. 1/4 tsp Methi Powder (Optional)
  8. 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
Method
  1. Cut the Raw Mango into small pieces. Add the turmeric, red chilly powder and salt to the cut mango pieces and mix well. 
  2. Heat the oil in a small pan and add the mustard seeds, asafoetida and methi powder. When the mustard starts to crackle, switch off and add this to the mango mixture and mix well. Adjust the salt and spice to your taste.
  3. Pickle is ready to be served and stays good for a week if refrigerated.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Milagu Vada / Anjaneyar Vada

This Milagu Vada is generally made for Hanuman Jayanthi or whenever you want to offer a vada malai for Hanuman. Hence it is popularly known as Hanuman Vada or Anjaneyar Vada. The following recipe makes around 12 vadas.


Ingredients
  • 1 cup Urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 3 tsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Water (Use as required)
Method
  1. Dry grind the Urad dal and black pepper into a coarse powder.
  2. Add the ghee and salt to the ground mixture and form a soft but firm dough by adding water little by little as required.
  3. Heat oil in a wok and make small balls of the dough.
  4. Flatten each on your palm (or a greased plastic sheet on your palm) and make a small hole at the center and fry them in oil. If the dough is too firm and breaks when you try to flatten it, add little more water and try again.
  5. The Vadas are ready to be offered to Lord Hanuman.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sharkara Upperi / Sharkara Varatti

This is a sweet snack famous in Kerala and another inevitable part of a Kerala Sadya.


Ingredients
  • 5 raw green plaintains (Nenthran kaai)
  • 1 1/2 cups jaggery
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Dry Ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
  • Oil to Deep fry
  • 1 tbsp roasted Rice flour 
  • 1 tbsp Sugar (Optional)
Method
  1. Peel the Raw Bananas and soak them in water mixed with turmeric for around 10 min and then pat them dry.
  2. Cut each of banana into half lengthwise and then into small pieces of 1/4" thickness.
  3. Heat oil in a wok and carefully drop the pieces into the oil. Fry the pieces in batches till they are crisp and remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
  4. Take a big pan and add the jaggery with 1/2 cup water and allow the mixture to boil. To check if it has reached the desired consistency, add a drop of the jaggery mixture in a bowl of cold water. You should be able to make a small ball from it without it melting into the water.
  5. Add the cardamom and ginger powder and stir well. Then simmer the stove and add the fried banana pieces into it with continuous stirring. Once the chips are covered with jaggery, switch off and add the rice flour and sugar and mix well.
  6. Transfer the mixture into a wide plate and allow it to cool completely. Once cooled, transfer it to an air tight container and enjoy!!
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sri Rama Navami

Sri Rama Navami is a festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Rama. As an offering to Sri Rama, the prasad made on this day are Panagam, Neer moru, Vadaparippu.




Panagam

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cold Water 
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Jaggery (Adjust to taste)
  • A pinch of Cardamom powder 
  • 1/4 tsp Dry ginger powder (Adjust to taste)
Method
  1. Dissolve the jaggery in water and strain it.
  2. Add the other ingredients and stir well and offer it to the Lord.

Neer Moru / Buttermilk

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Yogurt/ Curd
  • 1 cup cold Water (Add more or less to your liking)
  • A pinch of Asafoetida
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
Method
  1. Mix the yogurt and the water with a hand blender or stirrer. 
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well and offer it to the Lord

Vada Parippu

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Split Moong Dal 
  • 1 tbsp grated Coconut 
  • Salt - to taste
  • Raw mango / Cucumber - 1 tbsp grated (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chopped Coriander leaves

Method
  1. Soak moong dal in water for 30mins.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well and serve to the Lord.


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Batura


This is a deep fried Indian bread that tastes good with Channa Masala and the combination is so popularly called Channa Batura or Chole Puri.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour (Maida)
  • 1 cup Yogurt (Adjust as required)
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt (Adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp ghee for the dough
  • Oil for deep frying
Method
  1. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, ghee and add the yogurt little by little and mix well to form a soft pliable dough.
  2. Cover the dough with a wet cloth and keep aside for 1 hour.
  3. Gently punch the dough and divide it into small lemon size balls.
  4. Roll out each ball into circles 1/4 " thick.
  5. Heat oil in a wok and start to fry the rolled out baturas one by one.
  6. Serve the batura hot with Channa as side dish.
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Channa Masala

Protein rich chickpeas (channa) in tomato gravy makes a yummy side dish for chappatis / poori or batura.


Ingredients
  • 1 cup Kabuli Channa (Chickpeas) 
  • 1 Tomato
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 5 Cloves
  • 1" piece Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tea bag
  • 1 tsp Sambar powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp grated Ginger
  • 2 green chillies (Adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Kasuri methi
  • 1 tsp Salt (Adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds (Saunf)
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice (Optional and Adjust to taste)
Method
  1. Wash and soak the channa for 6-8 hrs and then pressure cook it for 6 whistles along with the tea bag and salt and keep aside.
  2. Grind the tomato, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, fennel seeds, ginger and green chillies and keep aside
  3. Heat the pan and add the oil, bay leaf and cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds crackle, add the ground mixture and cook it for a few minutes. Then add the cooked channa after squeezing and removing the tea bag. Add the Kasuri methi, turmeric, sambar powder and salt and allow it to cook for a few more minutes so that all the flavors blend in.
  4. Remove the chole from fire and add the lemon juice and mix well. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with roti/ poori/ batura/ rice.
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cheese Crackers

This is an easy recipe adapted from divinetaste.org


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder (Adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp salt (Adjust to taste)
Method:
  1. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and mix them well into a pliable dough.
  2. Divide the dough into 2 equal halves and roll the dough into a log and wrap them with parchment paper. Chill the logs for 10 min in the freezer
  3. Unwrap the chilled dough and cut into 1/4” rounds. Place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes or until browned at the edges.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Celebration Chocolate cake

This is the most yummiest eggless cake I have ever eaten. It reminds me very much of the chocolate cake from Sweet Chariot in Bangalore. This awesome recipe has been adapted from DivineTaste and you can use it to make a 9" round cake. I doubled the ingredients to make a layered cake with chocolate frosting for my daughter's 5th birthday.


Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 can (400 ml) Condensed milk
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 8 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 8 tbsp Sugar
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients i.e. flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cocoa powder in a large bowl. 
  3. Add the wet ingredients, i.e milk, vanilla, melted butter and condensed milk and mix well. (You can use a whisk / beater to mix it well but since I dont have both, I just use my hands and it tuns out good too)
  4. Pour the batter into a greased and floured (or parchment lined) cake pan.
  5. Bake for around an hour or till the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack and decorate the cake if you would like with your choice of frosting. 
Suggestion / Notes
if you would like a soft wet cake, then make a sugar syrup by boiling 1/4 cup of sugar in 1 1/2 cup of water and once cooled completely, pour the syrup on top of the cake before frosting the cake.

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Pongal Kootu

Happy Pongal!! This is a must have item in the menu on Pongal day.


Ingredients
  • Mixed Vegetables cut into cubes- (Ash guard, Pumpkin, Carrot, Beans, Avaraikkai, Potato, Raw Banana, Chayote, Sweet potato, Green peas, Lima beans, Yam)
  • Toor Dal (cooked) - 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind Paste - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - 1 tbsp (Adjust to taste)
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Gingelly Oil (Any cooking oil will do) - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Sambar Powder - 2 tsp
  • A spring of Curry leaves
To Grind
  • Urad dal - 1 tbsp
  • Daniya - 2 tbsp
  • Channa dal - 1 tbsp
  • Red Chillies - 6
  • Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
  • Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup

Method
  1. Cook all the vegetables with turmeric and a little water in the pressure cooker for 1 whistle.
  2. Dry roast all the ingredients to grind and grind them with water.
  3. Take a deep bottomed pan and add the oil and mustard seeds till they crackle.
  4. Add the vegetables and the ground mixture, toor dal, sambar powder, salt and tamarind and boil the Kootu for a few minutes till the flavor seeps into the veggies.
  5. Garnish with curry leaves and serve hot with rice or Pongal.


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Kunuku

This is a deep fried delicacy made at our homes especially when we are expecting a lot of guests. This recipe is easy to make and the Kunuku remains crispy and tasty even when it cools off. The ingredients are the same as Adai except that the Kunuku batter should be thick.


Ingredients
  • 3 cups Idli Rice
  • 1 cup Toor Dal
  • 1 cup yellow Moong Dal
  • 1 cup Channa Dal
  • 15 Red Chillies (Adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Salt (Adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 spring of Curry leaves chopped (Optional)
  • Oil to deep fry
Method
  1. Soak the Rice and Dals separately for 2-3 hrs.
  2. Drain the Rice and grind it coarsely along with the Red chillies, Asafoetida and Salt and keep the ground mixture aside. Now drain and grind the soaked dals coarsely and mix it with the ground rice mixture. The Kunuku batter should be thick like the Paruppu vada batter. Add the chopped curry leaves to the batter and mix well.
  3. Heat the oil in a Kadai. When the oil is hot, spoon the batter into the oil.
  4. Once it turns golden brown, remove the Kunuku with a slotted spoon and drain the excess oil on a paper tissue.
  5. Kunuku is ready to serve!
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Omapodi

Omapodi or Sev as it is popularly known, is yummy to eat as it or with some chat or mixed in curd with some chat masala. This is my mom's recipe for Diwali.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup Besan 
  • 1/4 cup Rice flour
  • 1 tsp Ajwain (Omam)
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Salt (Adjust to taste)
  • Oil to deep fry

Method
  1. Wash and soak the Ajwain in a little water for 30 min and then grind the soaked ajwain with the water used for soaking.
  2. In a bowl, mix the rice flour, besan, ground ajwain mixture, butter, salt and make into a soft dough by adding more water little by little.
  3. Heat Oil in a Kadai/Wok for deep frying.
  4. Add a portion of the dough in the murukku press with the Omapodi achu and press it over the hot oil in a circular motion.
  5. When the sizzling sound subsides, flip it over and remove it with a big slotted spoon when it is done or when it begins to brown very slightly.
  6. Place the Omapodi on a paper towel to drain the excess oil and repeat the process for the remaining dough. 
  7. In the end with the very little dough that is leftover we an make small rings and fry them. Kids will like them too.
  8. Enjoy the crisp Omapodi as a tea time snack! Store the remaining in a dry airtight container once it is cooled completely.
Suggestions/ Notes
  1. Traditionally after mixing the dough we make a small cone with it and keep it aside. This cone represents the god who will be witnessing the cooking so that there wouldn't be any hassles during the process.
  2. The Omapodi dough should be mixed and made immediately else the Omapodi will turn brown.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Easy Apple Pie

It is Apple picking time!!! My daughter picked a few apples from the orchard when she went for apple picking from school and gave it to me to make apple pie. So I hunted for an easy recipe and came across this one. I made a few changes to the original recipe to suit our taste and it turned out a big hit at home!


Ingredients
No Roll Pastry 
1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Sugar
1/2 cup Ghee
2 tbsp Milk

Pie Filling
3 Apples grated
1/2 cup Sugar (Adjust to taste)
A pinch of Cinnamon powder (Optional)
A pinch of Cardamom powder
2 tbsp Butter

Topping
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Sugar or Brown Sugar
1 cup All Purpose Flour

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the Pastry and press the dough into a greased pie pan with your fingers to line the bottom and sides of the pan.
  2. Mix the ingredients for the Pie Filling and pour it into the crust prepared.
  3. Mix the ingredients for the topping and sprinkle them on top of the pie to cover the pie.
  4. Bake the Pie at 350F for around 20 min or till the crust turns a golden brown.
  5. Yummy Apple Pie is ready to be served!!
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Monday, September 30, 2013

Jawarsi Upma

Jawarsi Upma or Sabudana Kichadi is generally made during Ekadesi and other fasting days as this is one of the dish that is allowed to be eaten by people who cannot fast completely due to any reason. There are many ways this kichadi is prepared but this is my mother's version of the recipe and we all love it.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup Jawarsi (Sago)
  • 1/4 cup Peanut powder (Roast the peanuts and make a coarse powder)
  • 1 small-med Potato (cut into cubes)
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Urad dal
  • 1/4 tsp Channa dal
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger grated
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • Pinch of Asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (Adjust to taste)
  • Few springs of Curry leaves and Cilantro to garnish
Method
  1. Wash the Jawarsi and soak it overnight with enough water. (If you forget to soak it the day before, soak it for atleast 3-4 hours.) Drain the jawarsi in a colander when you are ready to make.
  2. Heat oil in a big kadai/pan and add the mustard and cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the urad dal and channa dal. When they turn slightly brown add the green chillies, ginger and curry leaves
  3. Add the cubed potatoes and fry it for a few minutes till it is cooked.
  4. Add the Jawarsi and salt and stir well on low flame till the Jawarsi gets cooked (They will become transparent when cooked.)
  5. Add the peanut powder and mix well for a few minutes.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Aval Vadai

If you are bored of making the same vada for all the festivals, then try this one next. It remains crisp even after it becomes cold.
 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups Poha/ Aval/ Avallakki
  • 1/2 cup Channa dal 
  • 1 tbsp Toor Dal
  • 4 Green chillies  
  • 1" piece ginger 
  • 1/4 tsp Asaofoetida
  • 1 handful Coriander leaves chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (Adjust to taste)
  • Oil for deep frying
Method
  1. Wash and soak the channa dal and toor dal for 30 minutes.
  2. Wash & soak the poha/Aval for 15 mins
  3. Grind the dals along with green chillies and ginger, coarsely without adding much water. 
  4. In a bowl, add the ground mixture, the soaked aval, coriander leaves, salt, asafoetida and mix everything well to form a dough.
  5. Heat oil in a wok /kadai for deep frying.
  6. Make small balls and flatten them and fry till golden brown. Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain the excess oil on a tissue paper.
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Homemade Chocolates

My mom always made these for our birthdays and we all used to love it because we can get to eat more. Now as a mom, I would still prefer giving these chocolates to my daughter than the store bought ones as it is made without artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup or any other preservatives. This is a simple recipe that takes less than 10 min to make and you can use your creativity to make a variety of chocolates.


Ingredients
  • 1 cup Milk powder
  • 3 tsp Cocoa powder (Adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp chopped and roasted Cashews, Almonds, Raisins (Optional)
  • 4 tbsp Butter
Method
  1. Grease a flat tray with a little ghee and keep aside.
  2. Mix the milk powder and cocoa powder well so that they are evenly mixed.
  3. Heat a pan with 1/4 cup water and sugar. When the sugar syrup reaches a string like consistency, add the butter, milk and cocoa powder mixture and nuts (if you are adding) and mix well for 1 more minute and then pour the batter into the greased tray.
  4. When it cools down, cut the chocolate into squares and store it in an airtight container once it is cooled completely.
Suggestions / Variations
  1. You can skip the cocoa powder for a milky bar kind of chocolate.
  2. You may skip the nuts for the plain chocolate and add them if you want a fruit and nut kind of chocolate.
  3. You can use different brands of cocoa powder to get the difference in the taste of the chocolates.
  4. If you add a tsp more of cocoa powder you would get the dark chocolate variety.
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