Mar 31, 2011

Summer Drinks

Apple Juice
Ingredients
  • Apple..................1
  • Sugar..................4tbsp
  • Mint...................4leaves
  • Lime Juice...........1lemon
  • Ice Water..............1cup
  • Cut the apple in cubes. Beat all together in a blender..Very refreshing juice .
Lemon Juice

Ingredients
  • Lemons.....................6
  • Sugar.......................2cups
  • Salt...........................1tsp
Method
  • Make a sugar syrup by adding sugar and little water.
  • Just dissolve the sugar.Put off the flame and let it cool.
  • Extract the lemon juice.Remove the seeds.
  • Add to the cooled syrup. Mix well and keep it a bottle.
  • When you need add water to 2tsp juice , chill it and drink.
Water Melon 

Ingredients
  • Water Melon.............. 2cups
  • Chilled Milk...............2cups
  • Rose Essence...............1tsp
  • Ice Cream.....................2cups
Cut the water melon into pieces. Beat all together to get smooth drink

Mar 28, 2011

Khandvi

Kandvi is a Gujarati snack. I tried in microwave. It came out well. With in 4/5 minutes  we can make this snack.

Ingredients 



  • Besan...................................1/2 cup
  • Yogurt..................................1/2 cup
  • Water...................................1 cup
  • Turmeric powder..................1/4 tsp 
  • Asafoetida............................1/4 tsp 
  • Ginger and green chili paste..1tsp
  • For  seasonings
    • Mustard seeds.....................1tsp
    • Grated coconut...................2tsp 
    • Chopped coriander leaves....2tsp
    • Slit green chilies....................2
    • Salt to taste
Method
  • Mix yogurt, besan,turmeric powder, salt, ginger/chili paste and water in a microwavable bowl.
  • It should be thin batter.. Mix it with egg beater or spatula without any lumps.
  • Keep it in microwave for 2 minutes uncovered.
  • Take it out and again beat with egg beater to make smooth batter.keep again for 2 minutes.
  • Remove it and mix well and to keep it cool. 
  • You can spread  as thin possible  in a aluminum foil . Let it cool the cut them in 2" wide strips.Trim the edges, so you get all the same size
  • Roll each strip neatly and place in a plate. Heat a pan with oil add mustard seeds and green chilies.. 
  • When it crackles add to the kandvi ,Sprinkle coconut and coriander leaves. 
  • Serve with chutney.

Mar 22, 2011

Milagu Jeera Rasam

This rasam is very good for health.My mother in law makes this rasam with out parippu thanni. This rasam has different taste with the spices.Try and taste it. If anybody has fever, give this rasam to drink or eat with rice and chutta appalam..

Milagu jeera Rasam is taken when having fever
Milagu Jeera Rasam

Ingredients

  • Tur Dhal........................1tsp
  • Pepper corns.................6
  • Jeera.............................1tsp
  • Curry leaves..................few
  • Tamarind.......................1tsp
  • Asafoetida.....................1tsp
  • Turmeric powder...........1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds...............1tsp
  • Salt to taste
 
Method

  • Fry tur dhal, , jeera, curry leaves, and pepper corns .
  • Grind all these into a paste/powder. 
  • Heat a pan with water add the asafoetida, turmeric powder, salt,and tamarind paste.
  • When the tamarind smell goes add the ground paste.
  • Heat a pan with little oil add mustard seeds,  jeera (1tsp) and curry leaves
  • When it crackles add to the rasam

Mar 19, 2011

Kadala Curry(Chana Masala)

Ingredients
  • Kabuli Chana..................1cup
  • Red Chilies......................6
  • Coriander Leaves.............3tsp
  • Pepper Corns...................6
  • Cardamom.......................3
  • Pattai,...............................small piece..
  • Curry leaves......................Few
  • Grated Coconut................1cup
  • Clove................................4
  • Mustard Seeds.................1tsp
  • Coriander Leaves..............few
  • Salt to taste
Method
  • Soak the chana the previous day. Next day pressure cook the chana with salt.
  • Remove the chana with water and keep.Fry the chili coriander seeds,pepper, pattai, curry leaves, cardamom and clove.
  • Grind them with coconut into fine paste.Heat a pan add little oil ,add mustard seeds. 
  • When it splutters add the chana and the ground masala.
  • Let it boil. for 2 minutes. Add coriander leaves.Serve this with chapathi or poori

Mar 18, 2011

Kappa Puzhukku (Tapioca Puzhukku)

Kappa Puzhukku and podiyari Kanji is the morning breakfast weekly once. We love this.You make puzhukku with ,kachil kizhangu chakka, mudira and kappa.In USA kappa is available  plenty.I learnt this recipe from my mother.

Ingredients
  • Kappa...................2
  • Turmeric Powder....1/2 tsp
  • Grated Coconut.....1 cup
  • Green chilies......... 5
  • Curry Leaves.........few
  • Coconut oil..........2tsp
  • Salt to taste 
Method
  • Peel the skin of the kappa/Tapioca and cut in cubes remove the center vein.
  • Heat a pan with water add kappa pieces, turmeric and salt.
  • Kappa cooks very fast. Grind the coconut, and chili coarsely. 
  • When the kappa is cooked add the ground paste , curry leaves and coconut oil. 
  • Mix well. The kappa should cook well.

Mar 16, 2011

Bread Halwa

Bread Halwa
The other 2 slices I tried halwa like (rava halwa )and it came out very well.

Ingredients

  • Bread slices........................2
  • Sugar.................................1 cup
  • Ghee.................................2tbsp
  • Milk..................................2cups
  • Cardamom........................a pinch
  • Cashew Nuts........................few
  • Kesari Powder....................a pinch

Method

Bread Halwa is a sweet dish
Bread Halwa
  • Add ghee ina pan fry the bread pieces till it becomes golden. 
  • Then add the milk(If needed add more milk) and it should cook the milk. 
  • Add sugar, kesari powder and 1tbsp ghee and stir till it comes out of the sides.
  • Decorate with roasted cashew nuts.
  • I never expected it so tastier.
  • The preparation is like rava kesari.

Mango Rice

Ingredients

  • Grated Raw Mango........1cup
  • Green Chili......................2
  • Cooked Rice.................4cups
  • Curry Leaves...................few
  • Cumin Seeds..................1tsp
  • Chana Dhal.....................2tsp
  • Mustard Seeds................1tsp
  • Asafoetida.......................1tsp
  • Chili Powder....................1tsp
  • Turmeric Powder.............1/4 tsp
  • Roasted Peanuts..............2tbsp
  • Salt to Taste

Method

  • Heat a pan with oil add mustard seeds, chana dhal. 
  • When the dhal becomes red, add the chili powder,salt, green chili,turmeric powder,asafoetida,peanuts,curry leaves and grated mango
  • Fry two minutes and then add the rice and mix well.

Mar 15, 2011

Mambazha Pulissery

We get lots mangoes in Kerala. My mother uses a particular variety of ripe mangoes for this pulissery.When I was in Kerala, I love to eat rice with mambhazha puliseri and varutha pappadam. Very tasty meal.
Here I am giving the recipe

Mambazha Pulissery is made during Vishu/Onam
Mambazha Pulissery
 
Ingredients







  • Ripe Mango                   2
  • Grated Coconut   ......... 1/2 cup
  • Green Chili. .................  4
  • Turmeric Powder...........1/4 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds. ........... 1tsp
  • Red Chili...................... 2
  • Curry Leaves................ few       
  • Yogurt   ....................... 1 cup
  • Salt to Taste


Method

  • Grind the coconut and ,green chili into a fine paste.
  • Churn the yogurt and and keep.
  • Wash the Mangoes and cut both sides and boil with with water.
  • Add turmeric and salt.
  • When the mangoes are cooked add yogurt and the ground paste and curry leaves
  • Put off the flame after just one boil 
  • Heat a pan with oil ,add mustard seeds and red chili. 
  • When it splutters add to the mambazha pulissery.
  • Serve with rice and fried pappadams.

Mar 1, 2011

Kovakai Chutney

Kovakkai in Tamil, tindora or tondli in Marathi,Kovakka in Malayalam Dondakaya in Telugu Tondekayi in Kannada.
Kovakai Chutney is side dish for idli/ dosa
Kovakai/ Tindora Chutney
Very tasty chutney
Ingredients

  • Kovakkai..................100gms
  • Red Chili...................6
  • Urad Dhal..................2tsp
  • Asafoetida................ 1/4 tsp
  • Tamarind................1tsp
  • Coriander Leaves.....few
  • Mustard Seeds..........1tsp
  • Curry Leaves..............few
  • Salt to Taste

Method

  • Fry the chili and  dhal in golden. Fry the chopped kovakkai, till it becomes tender.
  • Grind kovakai urad dhal, chili, asafoetida, salt coriander leaves and tamarind. into a paste.
  • Heat a pan with oil add mustard seeds and curry leaves. When it splutters add to the chutney.
  • It is a side dish for dosa/ idli/ rice or chapthi.

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