Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pickled Lemon/ Uppu Elumichai oorugai BM#64

Preserved lemons are very easy to make and will last forever. It just takes a few minutes of your time and final outcome after few days are just delicious.

Here goes the recipe for Pickled Lemon:
5 Yellow Lemon
Salt as required

Cut the lemons into small pieces and mix the salt and and store it in a air tight container.
Cover and let it sit for couple of days until the skin softens and all the salt soaks into the lemon.
Once in a day just shake the bottle and store it back. It is recommended to refrigerate.

Goes well with all the South Indian dishes.

Today is the last day for the Blogging Marathon for the month of May.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Green Apple Pickle BM#64

Green Apple in general is a very sour type of fruit. In our house no one likes to eat it as is.
But my Mother-in-law came with this invention of making Green Apple pickle just like Maanga (Mango) Kari. This gives a perfect sweet and tangy flavor. Since then i make whenever i buy this type of Apple. This Pickle can be made very fast with just a few chops and seasonings.

Here goes the recipe for Green Apple Pickle:

1  Green Apple
2 tea spoon oil (I used Sesame Oil)
1 tea spoon Chili Powder
1/2 tea spoon Mustard seeds
A pinch of Asafetida
1/2 Lemon
Salt to taste

Chop the apple into small pieces, Squeeze the lemon and add salt.
In a small pan add the oil, mustard seeds, chili powder and asafoetida and allow it to splutter.
Mix everything together and store it in a air tight glass container.

This goes well with Curd rice, Sambhar rice or any Roti's or any south indian dish.
This usually stays fresh for 2-3 weeks.

This week for the Blogging Marathon the theme is Pickles & Preserves. Hence this gave me a good opportunity to share the recipe with you all. Thank you very much Valli for this Marathon.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cherry Flax Jam (Preserve) BM#64

Preserves/Jam can be made from various fruits. I made a batch of Strawberry Jam last summer and it was a hit in our house with a toast or Paratha. This year the Cherry are in season right now. They are really sweet and juicy.
This Jam which i did is sweetened with Maple syrup and flax seeds is used to thicken the jam.
Also it makes it healthy. Flax seeds contains Omega 3 and is supposed to be very healthy.

This week Blogging Marathon's theme is Pickles & Preserves.
Jam's generally contains Pectin but this recipe is so nice that it does not contain any extra ingredient in it. My son also likes this jam particularly because it does not taste too sweet like other Jam.

The recipe is very simple and it does not take too long to make it.
The more thick it is, The shelf life is longer.

Here goes the recipe for Cherry Jam/Preserve:
Recipe Source: One Ingredient Chef

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup Pitted ground Cherry
2-3 table spoon Maple syrup (Optional)
2 Table spoon ground Flax seeds powder/Chia seeds powder

Method: In a blender grind the Cherry, Flax seeds powder and maple syrup to a coarse puree.
Add the mixture in a sauce pan and simmer, uncovered for about 20-25 minutes until it reduces the mixture and also becomes thick in consistency. Once little thick. Switch off the stove.
Allow it cool and then pour it into a Bottles to preserve them.
Refrigerate once done.
This stays good for a week or so. Please use dry spoon while using the jam.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Vegan (Eggless) Whole wheat Chocolate Brownies

Today is the third day of the Blogging Marathon. My son loves Brownie in any form.
He likes to help me make the batter for the brownie and loves to help me cook.
It's fun to cook with kids with a little mess.
It's a Paleo Brownie. I found this recipe in Detoxnista

Here goes the recipe,
3 Table spoon of Cacao powder or Cocoa powder
2 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup maple syrup
Chocochip to sprinkle
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup almond meal (ground almonds)/Whole wheat flour

In a pan
Pre heat the oven to 350F and grease the 9 by 9 baking tray
In a bowl mix Arrowroot, maple syrup and water and mix well.
Mix all the remaining ingredients with the wet ingredients and mix well.
Pour the mixture to the Baking tray and bake for about 25 minutes.
Bake until the top of the brownie looks crinkle and shiny.

Once they cool, Cut them into pieces and serve warm with ice cream.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Organic Whole Grain Adai (South Indian Millets & Grains Crepes)

In the second day of the Blogging Marathon by Srivalli, I thought let me share the recipe for the Whole Grain Adai. I have been making these quite often these days.
These whole grain Dosa's are very healthy and contains variety of lentils, Grains and veggies.
No fermentation is required for these Dosa. It's a lovely snack for kids.
It's a very handy dish for lunch box to school.

1 Cup Quinoa
1/2 cup Hemp seeds
1/2 cup Cracked wheat
1/2 cup Channa Dal
1/2 cup Green moong
1/2 cup Yellow millet (Optional)
1/2 cup Brown or White rice
1/4 cup Zuchinni
1 Carrot
Curry leaf few sprigs
1/2 tea spoon Asafotida
1 tea spoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
Couple of Red chillies as per spice level required
Ginger 1/2 inch
salt to taste
Water as required to grind

Soak all grains and lentils together for 3-4 hours.
Grind to a coarse batter with water.
Add the Salt, Carrot,Curry leaf, Asafeotida, cumin seeds and chillies, ginger and grind together.
Heat a Dosa pan and sizzle some oil when hot.
Spread the batter to a round shape and spread the oil around the dosa.
Let it cook and flip it around once.
Wait until it crisps and serve hot with butter.

Enjoy these yummy Adai.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Eggless Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

I am back to Blogging Marathon conducted by Srivalli after a long time and missed being in those series till now. I am happy to be back and enjoyed making theme based dishes again.
This time i chose Whole wheat dishes for the first week of the Marathon.

These Sugar cookies and are easy to bake and takes very less time. Kids will love to do it.
Ingredients are all healthy.
These cookies are perfect for icing them and mainly to shape them any shape needed.
My son enjoyed making these and shaping the cookies with the cookie cutter shapes. He hand his friends enjoyed icing them too.

Lets move on to the recipe,

Recipe Source:  The Novice Housewife
makes about 20-24 cookies

1 1/2 cup Whole wheat pastry flour
3 table spoon milk
2 tea spoon Baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 tea spoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
1/2 cup Sugar (I used Organic light brown sugar)

Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients together (Flour,Baking powder,salt)
Cream the butter and sugar well until light and fluffy.
Mix the Milk and vanilla essence with the sugar.
Now mix the dry with the wet ingredients and form a dough. (Do not over mix it)
Roll the dough flat medium thick and shape out the desired shapes and place it in the baking tray.
Bake about 8-10 minutes and let it cool completely.
Either serve with icing or without icing them.

 After baking these tasted really yummy and crisp.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mohanthal (Gram Flour Fudge)

Welcome everybody.Its more than 2 years i have been away from blogging. I can't believe that i was away this long. I am happy to be back and post a lot of recipes which i have been cooking lately.
I hope all of my fellow bloggers are doing well. You all have been in my thoughts.
I missed reading your blogs. I will strive to update my blog regularly and keep you all posted with my endeavors in cooking.

Lately i made a traditional Gujarati sweet delicacy called Mohanthal. The basic ingredient is Gram flour (Besan/Kadalai Maavu) and is quite easy to make. It was a little time consuming but the final outcome of the sweet was awesome. Everybody in my house relished it. My sister-in-law's kids loved the sweet a lot.

I followed the recipe from Bhavana's Kitchen with little modifications.

Here goes the recipe,
Time taken: 45 minutes

2 1/2 cups Gram Flour/Besan/Kadalai Maavu
3/4 cup Ghee
1 1/4 cup Mawa/Khoya
1/4 cup Milk
1 1/4 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
Saffron as per your need
1 table spoon Cardamom powder
Almonds and Pistachios for Garnishing

Method to make Mawa/Khoya:
3 tea spoon Ghee
1/4 cup Milk
2 cups Instant Milk powder

In a pan combine the milk and ghee and warm until the ghee melts and switch off the stove.
Add the combined mixture to the Milk powder and mix well with a spoon until it forms a crumble texture. let it rest for 5 minutes.

Method to make the sweet:
Grease a 8*8 inch pan with ghee and set it aside.
In a bowl add the 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup ghee and warm till the ghee melts.
In a large bowl combine the mixture of ghee and milk to the Gram Flour and mix well.
Let it rest for 10 minutes.
Combine the mixture well with both the palms until it turns into coarse and crumbly texture.
(Alternatively you can also sieve the mixture to bring the coarse texture).
Heat the remaining ghee in a pan and add the Gram flour mixture , Mawa and saute until it turns golden brown in color. (Stir continuously in medium flame until a nice roasted aroma comes).
This will take about 8-10 minutes.
Add the cardamom powder and little nuts and mix well. Switch off the stove.

For the Sugar Syrup,
In a pan add the sugar, water and saffron and boil well until it thickens and forms double string consistency. Switch off the stove.
(To check- After the sugar syrup thickens, Pour a drop in a plate and rub the syrup with your hands and check if more than two strings are formed)

Final step,
Remove the sugar syrup and the gram flour mixture from the stove.
Mix the sugar syrup with the Gram flour mixture and mix nicely till it combines well.
Spread the mixture in a greased 8*8 pan and garnish the nuts on top and let it rest for 1 hour.
After one hour, Cut into desired shape. Serve them.

You can store it in a air tight container for 2-3 weeks. Keep them refrigerated.
Alternatively you can use Ladoo Besan also which is available here in the Indian stores.
Amount of sugar can be altered based on your needs
Any type of nuts can be used (Almonds, Pistachio, cashew).

I will add more pictures step by step next time when i make and will update the blog to get better picture.
Enjoy and please add your valuable comments. Please try and let and let me know how it turned out!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Easy Microwave version Potato chips |BM#18

We had variety rice for dinner and did not have any chips in hand to eat with it.
I then thought of making potato chips in Microwave and see how it turns out. They were cooked with in minutes and turned out amazing. The chips was really crisp and tasted really nice.
It is one of the most simplest dish i have ever done i think. But it is  really worth a try.
1 Potato
Little salt to sprinkle
1 tea spoon oil

Thinly slice the potato. Sprinkle some salt and spray the oil on top or just spread the oil over the potato.
Cook in a microwave plate on high for about 4-5 minutes until they are crisp and light brown in color.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Masala Groundnuts|BM #18

Today i wanted to try Masala Groundnuts in Microwave oven instead of frying in oil. You can also try to broil in the oven or bake in the oven. These Masala Groundnuts was a great hit in our house. They are really easy and quick to make.
Here are the ingredients to make
Groundnuts 2 cup
Besan (Kadalai maav) 1/2 cup
Rice flour 3 tea spoon
Red Chilli powder 1 tea spoon
Salt to taste
Oil 3 tea spoon
Turmeric powder 1 tea spoon

Sprinkle some water over the groundnuts.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Mix the dry ingredients with the groundnuts.
Spread some oil over the mixture and mix well.
Microwave on high for approx 10 minutes.
[The timing might vary based on each microwave. Basically, Microwave on high until the groundnuts are crisp].

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Baked Methi Muthia|BM #18

After a long break, I am back to Srivalli's Blogging Marathon.
For this week i am doing baked or steamed snacks instead of frying. I tried baking these Muthias and they turned out really crisp and nice. This is very easy and quick to make also very healthy.
We all of us loved it at home.
3 table spoon Besan (kadalai maav)
3 table spoon Whole wheat flour/All purpose flour
1 table spoon kasoori methi leaves
1 tea spoon chilli powder
1 tea spoon turmeric powder
salt to taste
1 tea spoon jeera (cumin seeds)
1 table spoon oil (i used sesame oil)
water to knead the dough

In a vessel add all the ingredients except water and mix well.
Add water slowly to form a thick dough.
Take small portions from the dough and flatten with your palm and place on the baking sheet.
Preheat oven to 400F
Once pre-heated,place it in the oven and bake it for 10-12 minutes until light brown and crispy.
Crispy muthias are ready to eat.

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