Cauliflower pakoda/ Gobi pakora

 

Cauliflower pakoda/ Gobi pakora  is a delicious deep fried snack. This is  my daughters favorite starter .

Ingredients:
Cauliflower – 250 gms, chopped
Besan Flour – 1/3 cup
Salt – 1 tsp
Saunf – 1/4 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves – few
Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
Green Chilli – 1, small, finely chopped
Oil as required for frying

Method:
1. Mix the gram flour, salt, saunf, cumin powder, turmeric powder and enough water to make a thick batter.
2. Add the ginger garlic paste and green chillies.
3. Add the cauliflower florets and mix well.
4. Heat oil in a deep frying pan.
5. Add the cauliflower florets, drain any excess batter, and fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until light golden brown.
6. Serve with tomato sauce or  chutney.

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Cluster Beans Paruppu Usili/Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili /Seeni Avarakkai Usili

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Paruppu Usili is a traditional South Indian dish which is prepared with lentils. It is a very healthy dish as it has lentils and is steam cooked. This goes excellent with almost any type of kuzhambu. You can try the same recipe with french beans as well..Follow this procedure and enjoy a traditional meal with your loved ones.

 Ingredients

Cluster Beans -1/4 kg
Tur dal -1/3 cup
Bengal Gram/channa dal/kadalai paruppu -1/4 cup
Red chillies -2
Green chillies-2
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

For the seasoning
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
Asafoetida/hing -1/4 tsp
Curry leaves –few

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Preparation

Wash and chop cluster beans finely. Add turmeric powder, salt and steam cook.
Soak tur dal and channa dal together for 1-2 hours. Drain the water completely and grind it (without adding water) coarsely with green chillies 
or red chillies and salt.
Grease idly mould and steam cook the ground dal. 
Once cooked, crumble the mixture with your hands.

Method 
Heat  oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add hing and curry leaves.
Then add the crumbled dal, cook for 3-4 minutes on low heat, then add the cooked cluster beans (if there is water, squeeze it out completely and add to the above) and mix well.Cook for further 2-3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve as a side dish for rice.

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Peas Pulao – Rice Variety

21015669_2001130169902037_1900372151_nHi Friends, Today I made Peas Pulao,this is my daughter’s favorite lunch menu.

This is a Indian Rice menu.Check below for the recipe .

  • Ingredients:
  • Basmati Rice : 1Cup
  • Big Onion : One large
  • Ginger Garlic paste : One Spoon Full
  • Peas : 1/4 Cup
  • Oil:1/2 tbsp
  • Water: 1 and 1/2 cup (adding coconut milk Optional)
  • Salt: To Taste  
  • To Temper
  • Cinnamon-1/2 inch piece
  • Cloves -2
  • Cardamom – 1
  • To grind to a paste:
  • Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup tightly packed
  • Cashewnut – 6
  • Tomato – 1 big sized
  • Green chillies – 2 (Grinding is optional..We can use it without pasting it)
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp21040602_2001130153235372_689190236_nMethod:First grind the ingredients listed under ‘To grind’ with little water to a fine paste. Set aside. In a pressure cooker heat oil and ghee add the items under ‘To temper’ with ginger garlic paste. 

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    Then add  peas saute till the masala is well blended .Add required salt.Drain water from rice and add it.21100262_2001130116568709_2134413207_n

    Give a stir and add water. Close and pressure cook for 3 whistles in medium flame. 

    Serve hot with  onion raita

     

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Carrot Halwa

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This is one of my favorite dish.

Halwa is an Indian sweet item . 

Carrot Halwa is made with carrots , sugar  and milk.


Recipe serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons Ghee
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 6 Raisins and cashewnuts 
  • Method:
  • Melt the ghee in a frying pan on medium heat.
  • Add the shredded carrots and stir for about seven to eight minutes.
  • Roast the cashew nuts and Raisin and set aside for the garnish.
  • Boil the milk on medium-high heat in a non-stick pan until it is reduced to about to 1 cup.  Set aside.
  • Add the milk and carrot until the milk dries. This will take about eight to ten minutes.
  • Next add the sugar, and cardamom powder and stir for another three to four minutes until the halwa starts to leave the side of frying pan.
  • Garnish with cashew nuts and Raisin .

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Cabbage Stir Fry / Cabbage Poriyal / Muttaikose poriyal

17974716_1848964145118641_1896825517_nCabbage Poriyal

2 Cups Cabbage finely chopped
2 tsp Cooking Oil
3 to 4 nos Green Chillies
Curry leaves handful
1/4 cup Onions chopped
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Urad Dal
2 tbsp Coconut grated
Salt to Taste

Heat a  pan with oil, add mustard, urad dal, curry leaves, and chopped green chilies. Saute well.
Next add the chopped onions, saute till it turns slightly brown.
Now add the washed, finely chopped cabbages and mix well.
Cover with a lid and simmer for 5 mins.
Remove the lid, saute again and sprinkle few drops of water.
The Cabbage gets cooked with its own steam. Add salt and combine.
The stir fry gets cooked within about 10 mins. Finally add the grated coconut, mix and simmer for a minute.

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More Kuzhambu (Yogurt / Curd/Buttermilk Gravy)

17555584_1824943744187348_1612753231_nMore Kuzhambu is my favorite gravy.It goes well with rice.
My Mom used to prepare it every alternate week.Lets see how to prepare it.
Ingredients
  • Thick buttermilk (1/2 cup curd + 1 1/2 cups water)- 2 cups
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Toor Dal- 1 tsp
  • Green Chillies- 2
  • Coconut grated- 2 tbs
  • Rice- 1 tsp
  • Jeera- 1tbs
  • Salt to taste
  • Any one of the vegetables (Potato, Beans, Carrot, Ashgourd, Pumpkin) chopped- 1/2 cup
For Tempering
  • Coconut oil/cooking oil- 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli-2
  • Curry leaves- a few
  • Asafoetida- a pinch17619732_1824943757520680_1735888263_n
  • Preparation
    • Soak rice and Toor Dal together for 15 to 20 minutes.
    • Add turmeric powder to buttermilk and beat well and keep it aside.
    • Grind soaked rice and Dal with coconut,Jeera,Green Chillies to a fine paste.
    • Half boil the vegetables ,In a pan then add the ground paste and salt to it.
    • Simmer the flame and add little water to it so that the veggies are cooked fully and the raw smell of the paste goes off. Add the buttermilk to it.
    • Heat coconut oil in a frying pan and add the tampering ingredients one by one and fry for a minute.
    • Pour the mixture to this pan and mix well.17619823_1824943760854013_458529502_n.jpg
  • Note :
    • More kuzhambu can be prepared with/without vegetables.

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Onion Chutney / VENGAYA CHUTNEY RECIPE

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Preparation time: 4 minutes 
Cooking time: 8 minutes
Makes 1/2 cup of chutney

Ingredients:


Onions
Red chillies (adjust to taste) 

Urad dal a spoon

1 pinch of hing (asafoetida or perungayam)

2 cloves of garlic, chopped 

1 small piece of tamarind (optional, I rarely use this)
1 tsp of salt (adjust to taste)
1 tbsp of nallennai or Indian sesame oil (or any oil you prefer)

How to Make Vengaya Chutney:

  1. Heat the oil and add onions. Sautè until it turns pink and transparent.
    2. Add the red chillies, dal,hing, and garlic, along with salt.
    3. Continue to fry in medium heat until the onions turn golden brown.
    4. Cool and grind to an almost-smooth chutney (add the tamarind, if using) without adding water
    5. Serve chutney with idli or dosa

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Masala Paniyaram / Kuzhi Paniyaram / Kara Paniyaram

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Masala Paniyaram /  Kuzhi Paniyaram
Ingredients:
Onion – 1 Medium 
Idli Batter – 2Cups
Green Chilies – 2
Curry Leavse – few
Chopped Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp
Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Freshly Crushed Peppercorns – 1/4 tsp
Oil – 2 tsp + To cook paniyaram
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Split Urad Dal – 1 tsp
Grated Ginger – 1/2 tsp
Grated Coconut – 1/4 Cup
Salt – Required

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Method:
1. Finely chop onion, green chilli, curry leaves, coriander leaves.
2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok or pan add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add urad dal, green Chili, onion saute until onion becomes soft. 
3. Add fried onion, ginger, coconut, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, crushed pepper, coriander leaves with idli batter and mix well. 
4. Heat the paniyaram chatti/pan, add a few drops of oil. Pour spoonful of the batter or until 3/4 of the paniyaram mold.
5. Allow the batter to cook for 2-3 minutes on a low or medium flame, turn each paniyaram with the help of a wooden skewer or spoon and cook until crisp, turn once or twice for uniform cooking if required. Repeat same for rest of batter.
 
Serve hot with Chutney.
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COCONUT MILK RICE/THENGAI SADAM

COCONUT MILK RICE/THENGAI SADAM

18057905_1859579657390423_3884458518881147237_nIngredients:

Basmati rice-2 cups(soaked for 30 min)

Coconut Milk-2 cups
Water –  1 cup

Coconut-1 cup grated

Peas-1 cup

Coriander leaves for garnishing

Salt to taste

Sugar-1 tsp

Ghee-1 tblspn

Coconut Oil-1 tblspn

For Seasonings:

Cashew-2 tblspn

Ginger-1 inch piece(chopped

Cinnamon(pattai)-1 stick

Cardamom(yelakai)-2

Cloves(krambu)-2

Pepper-1 tsp

Raisans-2 tblspn

Garlic-6 cloves

Cumin seeds(jeera)-1 tsp

Bay leaves(brinji ilai)-1

Green chilli-3

Method:

In a pressure cooker add oil and/or ghee and heat it now add in all the seasoning ingredients and fry for a minute.

Then add in the soaked rice,peas (You can also add sweet corn which pairs well with peas.)and fry for a minute .Add in coconut milk and 1 cup of water and bring that to boil.Season with salt and sugar.Cover and cook for 10-15 min.

  • In the mean time fry the coconut in a oilless pan till golden and chop the coriander leaves finely.You can also add sweet corn which pairs well with peas.

When the rice is done just add this fried coconut,coriander leaves and ghee and mix well.

Serve hot with any Raitha.

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