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Friday, October 13, 2017

MYSORE PAK RECIPE / MYSORE PAK POROUS RECIPE

How-to-make-porous-mysore-pak, How-to-make-crunchy-mysore-pak
The traditional porous mysore pak is a melt-in-mouth sweet made during festivals, functions and marriages. When I was young, elders at home made these type of mysore pak only. Being in Coimbatore, I can still remember the days when Krishna sweets soft mysorepa (I mention it as mysorepa and not mysorepak) was introduced. Elders would say, "Mysorepagunna kara karannu vaaila potta karaiya vendamo? Ennamo po" i.e., Mysorepak is meant to be crunchy and melt in mouth instead of being soft. Krishna sweets mysorepa is known for its taste and easy making though. 

Traditional mysorepak is a challenge to make. It requires continuous attention. I generally post stepwise pictures only for most needed recipes, because I don't have any assistance and some recipes need timely click. This is one such recipe.  Unfortunately, there was no power and the weather was also very gloomy. I had to be really fast and I couldn't click the final busy seconds, as I was concentrating on the right texture. Still, I have clicked with available light and to my might for easy understanding. As I felt it would be helpful/useful to all if I wrote the minute details and tips, it really took long time to write this post than making mysore pak.😃

HAPPY DEEPAVALI ! 
How-to-make-porous-mysore-pak, How-to-make-crunchy-mysore-pak
INGREDIENTS:
Gram flour / Besan  - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 1/2 cups OR 
A mixture of Ghee - 1 cup  and oil -1/2 cup 
Sugar - 2 1/2 cups
Water - see method

METHOD:

Grease a tray with ghee and keep ready.


Sieve besan and keep it ready near the stove. (Some people dry roast besan). 

How-to-make-porous-mysore-pak, How-to-make-crunchy-mysore-pak
Take sugar in a thick bottomed kadai, add water, just to immerse the sugar and make sugar syrup for soft ball consistency. If you add a drop of syrup in a small plate of water, you should be able to roll it to a ball, without dissolving in the water or you can check the syrup with your index finger and thumb to get a thick, long one string consistency.  Meanwhile, melt ghee+oil mixture in another stove, in medium flame and keep it ready too. When you get the sugar syrup consistency, put the flour little by little in it, simultaneously add a ladle of hot melted ghee also and stir it non-stop without any lumps. 

NOTE: THE GHEE SHOULD BE REALLY HOT. Keep an eye so that it doesn't get burnt. A mixture of oil and ghee as mentioned in the ingredients, is safe and best to use as it prevents quick burning. It was really like multitasking. 😍

Each time when you pour the hot ghee mixture, the mixture hisses and frothes and you can see air bubbles. Pour the ladle of ghee in such a way that it spreads all over the mixture.These bubbles finally turn into beautiful pores and makes the mysore pak porous. This is the secret of porous mysorepak. 
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Stir continuously in medium flame. Repeat the process until besan and ghee is finished. When the whole mixture becomes frothy, leaving the sides of the kadai (need not become a mass) switch off the flame and quickly transfer the mixture to a greased tray. Just tap the tray to get a uniform surface. (Do not press with a spatula to even the surface).  Wait just for a couple of minutes. When it is still hot, run a greased knife to get the desired shape. Allow it to cool and then take out the pieces.

Traditional, porous, crunchy mysore pak is ready. 😅😋

You can see the air bubbles in this picture.👇👇
How-to-make-porous-mysore-pak, How-to-make-crunchy-mysore-pak

OOSI THENKUZHAL MANOHARAM RECIPE / MANOHARAM RECIPE / MANOHARAM WITH OOSI THENKUZHAL

how-to-make-manoharam-with-oosi-thenkuzhal, how-to-make-manoharam
Manoharam is a South Indian sweet made during festivals and functions. Manoharam in Tamil means beautiful. There is a practice of giving manoharam paruppu thengai (cones) as seer during brahmin marriages and family functions. Usually it is done with thenkuzhal. My mom and grandma makes this with oosi thenkuzhal. I have posted oosi thenkuzhal recipe earlier. For a change I also made it with oosi thenkuzhal and the sweet will be an easy bite even for elders.


INGREDIENTS:

Oosi thenkuzhal crushed -  5 cups
Crushed jaggery - 1 cup

Ghee - to grease hand
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp.

NOTE: There is no hard and fast measurement for jaggery syrup. Just add syrup to bind the thenkuzhals. Adding more will make this manoharam soggy because oosi thenkuzhal is very thin.

METHOD:

Crush oosi thenkuzhal into small pieces in a bowl and transfer to a wide plate. 

Crush and powder  jaggery. Dissolve in half a cup of water, strain without any dirt or mud.

Heat jaggery and make soft ball syrup out of the jaggery. Drop a little of jaggery syrup in a cup of water, and using your hand try making a soft ball. This is the perfect consistency for the jaggery syrup. Add cardamom powder. Mix well.

how-to-make-manoharam-with-oosi-thenkuzhal, how-to-make-manoharam
Add jaggery syrup to the crushed thenkuzhals. Mix well with a spatula. Grease your hands with ghee and make rough balls out of it.  When still warm and tighten and shape to even sized balls. 

Delicious Oosi thenkuzhal manoharam is ready.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

KURKURI BHINDI RECIPE / AIR FRIED CRISPY OKRA RECIPE / AIR FRIED KURKURI BHINDI RECIPE

How-to-make-crispy-okra,How-to-make-kurkuri-bhindi
Kurkuri bhindi is a perfect tea-time snack which is made with ladysfinger/okra. 'Kurkuri' is 'crisp' in Hindi. 

Recently I received a request to review Philips Air fryer. I accepted the opportunity as I can try out recipes with new products and give my honest opinion about the performance of the product.  

Philips has introduced their Viva Collection Air fryers. The product which I received was Turbostar which cooks with rapid air technology. Philips claims tasty frying with 80% less oil. The product comes with a basket with an easy click handle, metal mesh and a recipe book.  Some accessories like grill pan, rack and baking pan can be purchased from their store.

I personally feel that Airfryer is a good option for low fat cooking and can be a healthy start.  Cooking in Airfryer is an alternative to deep frying as we can use little or no oil. Health conscious people can prefer air-frying instead of deep frying.

Whenever I buy a new gadget/appliance, I think twice and ask myself, whether it is worth to get it? As regards Air fryer, I always had the doubt if it actually fries in air? Now, having used it, I can say it is nothing but a small oven. Unlike the convection oven, we can make only small quantities. You can fry, bake, grill and roast in Philips Air fryer. Philips Air fryer is small but heavy. So, keeping it on counter-top would be safe.  Easy to clean. As I cook only vegetarian, there is no unpleasant odour while cooking.

Disclaimer:  This review is done on request from Philips. The opinions are based on my personal experiences. Use your own discretion before buying the product.

What all can be made?

I have been using this for sometime now and tried some recipes. Masal/paruppu vadai, Kaarakari, chips, roasts, cutlets, baked samosas, muffins, buns, bread etc. can be made. However, when I asked the demo person, about making poori and  poricha appalam, he said poricha appalam can't be made as sit is very light and will be blown away by air. So, I did not take the risk of trying it. We can't make poori also. DO NOT TRY appalam or pappadam by brushing oil, as it is very light and will get blown away by the air. Now I am sharing an easy to make Air-fried Kurkuri Bhindi.

Kurkuri bhindi is a perfect tea-time snack which is made with ladysfinger/okra. 'Kurkuri' is 'crisp' in Hindi. Usually, this is deep fried. As a healthier option, I made the bhindis in Philips Airfryer. I was able to break the bhindis and felt the crunchiness while eating. The pictures are pretty much self-explanatory. Anyway, the recipe also follows is how I made it in an Airfryer. 

INGREDIENTS:

Okra / Ladysfinger - 1/4 kg.
Besan/gramflour - 2 tablespoons
Rice flour - 2 tablespoons
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp.
Red chilli powder + Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp. + 1/2 tsp.
Black pepper powder - 1/4 tsp.
Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp.
Coriander powder - 2 tsp.
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp. 
Amchur - 1 tsp.
Oil - 2 tablespoons

Garnishing:
Chat masala - to sprinkle
A dash of lemon juice

METHOD:

Wash and pat dry okra. Remove both the ends and slit vertically to four pieces. Mix all dry ingredients well. Sprinkle this over the slit bhindis so that it is fully coated and well blended. Add oil and mix again with your hand.
How-to-make-crispy-okra,How-to-make-kurkuri-bhindi
Preheat air fryer at 180°C for 5 minutes. Transfer the coated bhindis to the mesh and air fry for 15 minutes at 180°C. Take out the basket and toss in between. If necessary air fry / bake for a couple of minutes more until crispy. 
How-to-make-crispy-okra,How-to-make-kurkuri-bhindi
Yummy Kurkuri Bhindi / Airfried Kurkuri Bhindi is ready. Serve hot by sprinkling chat masala on top with a dash of lemon juice. Goes well with Rice and dal. A perfect snack with tea/coffee.

NOTE:
Be careful and keep an eye after 12 minutes.
Any masala powders can be added/substituted according to your tastebuds. 
Kurkuri bhindi can also be deep fried in oil. It can also be shallow fried.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

7 CUP BURFI RECIPE / SEVEN CUP CAKE / 7 CUP CAKE RECIPE / EASY DIWALI RECIPES

how-to-make-7-cup-burfi
This is an easy and delicious sweet made during festivals. Since 7 cups of ingredients are used to make this, the barfi is named 7 cup barfi / 7 cup cake. It tastes like traditional mysorepa (the one with pores), with an added flavor of cashews and coconut, when done crunchier. As I preferred it to be rustic in look, I made it crunchier. You can make it soft too. See the post for details. Even a novice cook can make this easy seven cup barfi. 

INGREDIENTS:

Gram flour/besan/kadalaimaavu - 1 cup
Cashew powder - 1/2 cup
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 1/2 cups
Ghee - 1 cup

METHOD:


Sieve besan. 
Dry grind cashewnuts coarsely. Grease a tray and keep ready.

Combine all dry ingredients in a heavy bottomed kadai and mix well. Add milk and ghee, mix well without any lumps.

Now, keep kadai on the stove and stir continuously in medium flame. When the mixture starts to boil, reduce the flame to low and keep on stirring. After some time, the mixture will start leaving the sides of the kadai and start to froth
. Check by dropping a small drop in a plate. It should firm up. This is the consistency. Pour the mixture on the greased tray if you like a soft set burfi. Personally, I like it crunchy. To get it crunchy with rustic look, I kept the mixture on stove for a couple of minutes more. Even the surface gently with a spatula. When warm, cut into desired shape. 

NOTE: It can be done with 3 cups of sugar minus cashews. As I felt sugar would be more and also wanted it to be rich, I made like this. Any nuts can be substituted for cashews.

Monday, October 9, 2017

PUMPKIN SEEDS AND NUTS ENERGY LADOO RECIPE / PUMPKIN SEEDS AND NUTS ENERGY BALLS RECIPE

pumpkin seeds-and-nuts-ladoo, How-to-make-protein-ladoo,How-to-make-pumpkin-seeds-ladoo
Pumpkin Seeds and Nuts Energy ladoo / Energy balls can be made with or without added sugars. These are easy to make, simple and healthy and is very nutritious.

Pumpkin seeds 
(yellow pumpkin seeds, NOT ashgourd seeds) also known as Pepitas, are good sources of magnesium, pottasium and zinc. They aid in lowering cholestrol, promote good prostate and helps in boosting metabolism. They are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids and the antioxidants found in pumpkin seeds assist in maintaining blood sugar levels and is helpful in preventing complications of diabetes. It is also helpful in menstrual disorders and insomnia. Though available, these seeds are bit costly in India. My son sent me these from U.S.

Recently, I received a Turbo chopper from Preethi Kitchen Appliances. Preethi Turbo chopper is an easy to use, handy equipment used for chopping onions, cabbage, greens and nuts. Dips and chutneys with tomatoes, herbs, etc. can also be made with this small chopper. It just needs one press and does its job fast. I have used this Turbo chop for making this energy ladoos. You can also use a dry mixer jar.

INGREDIENTS:

Pumpkin seeds - 1/2 cup (yellow pumpkin seeds, NOT ashgourd seeds)
Cashews - 1/2 cup
Almond - 1/2 cup
Peanuts - 1/4 cup
Roasted gram -1/4 cup
Raisins- 1/2 cup
Palm candy - 1/4 cup
Honey - 3 tablespoons
Nutella - 160 gms.
Ghee- to grease hands

METHOD:

Dry roast pumpkin seeds, cashews, almond, peanuts and roasted gram separately, on low heat until hot. If kept in fridge, bring to room temperature and then dry roast. 

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When cool, grind along with palm candy to a coarse powder. 
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Now add raisins, honey and nutella, whip until mixed well. 
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Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Grease hands with ghee and shape to balls, pedas, or squares. If cutting like square, transfer to a tray, press the surface evenly with a greased cup and cut into desired shape.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

OOSI THENKUZHAL RECIPE

How-to-make-oosi-thenkuzhal

This is an easy to bite, melt in mouth snack for all, especially elders.Its been done for more than 100 years in our home by my grandma, great grandma... patti, Kollu, ellu paattis. I have not seen anyone making these type of thenkuzhals in any of our extended families. But my grandma says, it was common on earlier days and said its name as oosi thenkuzhal. I suddenly remembered this and made. It can be done with regular thenkuzhal maavu. My recipe is as follows:

Click 👉for Thenkuzhal and Millet coconut milk thenkuzhal  recipes

INGREDIENTS:

Processed rice flour - 5 cups
Urad dhal powder- 1 cup
Salt - to taste
Sesame seeds - 1 tsp.
Butter - 2 tablespoons
Hing - 1/2 tsp.
Oil - to deep fry

METHOD:

Sieve the flour well. Combine all ingredients and mix well to get a crumbly texture.

Add water little by little to make a smooth, manageable dough. 

Heat oil in a wok. Make balls out of the dough and fill it in 'Omapodi achu' and press in a circular motion directly into the oil. Flip on both sides until done. When cool, store in airtight container.  

NOTE: This gets cooked fast, so be careful and do not fry in oil for a long time, else it will turn brown.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

MENU IDEAS FOR NINE DAYS OF NAVARATHRI FESTIVAL: NINE SUNDALS, NINE RICE VARIETIES, NINE PAYASAMS

MENU IDEAS FOR NINE DAYS OF NAVARATHRI FESTIVAL: NINE SUNDALS, NINE RICE VARIETIES, NINE PAYASAMS

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DAYSUNDAL / URUNDAIRICEPAYASAM
1MOCHAIKOVIL PULIYODHARAIPAZHAM PRADHAMAN
2KARAMANIKADUGORAISEMIYA PAALPAYASAM
3MAALADUULUNDHORAIPRAIPPU PRADHAMAN
4KADALAI URUNDAIMILAGORAITHIRUPULLANI PAL PAYASAM
5AAMA VADAIMELKOTE PULIYOGARECHAKKA PRADHAMAN / 
6KADALAI PARUPPU SUNDAL'THIRUKOSHTIYUR' THIRUMAALAI CHAMBANEI PAYASAM (KERALA SPECIAL)
7PAYATHAMPARUPPU SUNDALKUTHIRAIVALI(BARNYARD MILLET)PANAMKALKANDU BHATHSADASADAYAM / CHADACHADAYAM
8PACHAI PAYARU(SWEET)SAMBHAR SADHAM PAL PAYASAM
9CORN SUNDALMANGO RICE / MANGAI SADHAMPALADA PRADHAMAN

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

THINAI THATTAI RECIPE / FOXTAIL MILLET THATTAI RECIPE / MILLET THATTAI RECIPE

How to make thinai thattai, How to make siruthaniya thattai

INGREDIENTS:

Foxtail millet flour OR any millet flour OR multi millet flour - 2 cups

Pottukadalai(Roasted gram) powder - 3/4 cup
Urad dhal powder 1 tablespoon
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp. or as needed
Pottukadalai / Soaked chenna dhal - 1 tablespoon
Butter - 1 1/2 tablespoon

Hing - 1/2 tsp.
Salt - to taste
Oil - to deep fry
Plastic sheet -  2
Roller pin


METHOD:

Prepare urad dhal powder as mentioned in this link. Dry roast pottukadalai until hot and dry grind in a mixie to a fine powder. Bring butter to room temperature or melt it. 

Dry roast foxtail millet flour and urad dhal flour separately until hot. Sieve well. When slightly cool, combine all the ingredients (except oil), mix well and make a stiff dough using water.

Make even sized balls from the dough.

Grease a plastic sheet with oil, place a ball in it, cover with another greased plastic sheet and flatten the ball evenly with a rolling pin.

NOTE: Prick the thattais with a fork. Doing like this avoids puffing of thattais.

Heat oil, and slide the thattais gently in oil. Deep fry on both sides until golden brown. Drain on a kitchen tissue.

Thinai thattai is ready for 
Sri Krishna Jayanthi offering.

When cool, store in an air-tight container.

Monday, September 11, 2017

WHEAT FLOUR COCONUT MILK VELLA SEEDAI RECIPE / WHEAT FLOUR COCONUT MILK SWEET SEEDAI RECIPE / GODHUMAI THENGAIPAAL VELLA SEEDAI RECIPE

How to make wheat flour coconut milk vella seedai, How to make wheat flour vella seedai
INGREDIENTS:

Wheat flour - 1 1/4 cup

Rice flour - 3/4 cup
Urad dhal powder - 2 tsp.
Crushed jaggery - 1 1/2 cup
Butter - 2 tablespoons (to be melted)
Coconut pieces - 2 tablespoons
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp.
Coconut milk - 2 tablespoons or as needed
Oil - 1 cup - to deep fry

METHOD:

Prepare rice flour and urad dhal powder as mentioned in this link.

Sieve well. Dry roast rice flour until hot. Dry roast wheat flour until you get a nice aroma. 

Melt butter and keep ready. Cut coconut into small pieces. 

Crush jaggery, dissolve in little water and strain it without any dust, dirt or mud. Heat jaggery and make a syrup of soft ball consistency. 
(Sugar syrup consistency - detailed post is here).

Add all ingredients (except oil) to the syrup and stir without any lumps. Switch off the stove. Add coconut milk to make a smooth dough. Knead well when still warm.

Allow it to cool. Make gooseberry- sized balls from the dough.

Heat oil in a kadai. Fry 5- 6 balls at a time, in medium heat, until golden brown.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WHEAT FLOUR COCONUT MILK UPPU SEEDAI RECIPE / WHEAT FLOUR COCONUT MILK SEEDAI RECIPE / GODHUMAI THENGAIPAAL UPPU SEEDAI RECIPE

How to make wheat flour uppu sedai, How to make wheat flour seedai
Seedai is an offering made for Sri Krishna Jayanthi/Gokulashtami. Usually, seedai is done with processed rice flour. Earlier I have posted uppu seedai, maida coconut milk seedai. Now I have used wheat flour instead of maida. The gluten content in wheat breaks down when steamed and makes it easily digestible and healthy. 

INGREDIENTS:

Wheat flour - 1 1/2 cup
Rice flour -  1/2 cup
Urad dhal powder - 2 tsp.
White sesame seeds/jeera - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Hing - 1/4 tsp.
Butter - 50 gms (to be melted)
Oil or Coconut oil - to deep fry

Water-coconut milk mixture - as needed


METHOD:

Prepare urad dhal powder as said in this link. Tie wheat flour in a clean white cloth and steam cook for 15 minutes. When still warm to handle, break well without any lumps or powder in a mixie. Sieve well. Sieve rice flour and dry roast until hot.


Mix water and coconut milk and keep ready. Melt butter and keep ready.

In a broad vessel, combine all ingredients and mix well to a crumbled mixture. Now add the water-coconut milk mixture little by little to make a smooth dough.

Make small balls from the dough and spread it on a clean, white cloth.

Heat oil and add the seedais to it. Deep fry in medium heat until golden brown. Drain on a kitchen towel. When cool, store in an airtight container.


Crispy and crunchy wheat flour coconut milk seedai is ready for offering.
Click here for regular seedai recipe.

Click here for maida coconut milk seedai recipe.

NOTE:

Make sure that there is no mud or dust in the flour, sesame seeds, jeera and salt. It is better to dissolve salt and hing in water and strain it and use.

Grated coconut is not necessary as coconut milk is used.


Coconut oil enhances the taste, but any other edible oil can be used.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

KURUKKU KALAN RECIPE / KATTI KALAN RECIPE

How to make kurukku kalan, How to make katti kalan
Being born and brought up in Coimbatore and owing to its proximity to Kerala, I have tasted many Kerala dishes. During Onam and other festivals, I have cooked many traditional Kerala recipes. Sadhya/ Sadya in Kerala, is a traditional feast served on banana leaf, similar to Tamil Nadu's 'Vazhai ilai sappadu'. Click here for Onam sadhya recipes. Coming to Kalan, no Onasadhya is complete without a Kalan. The difference between Kalan and Kurukku kalan is, Kalan will be like a gravy, and a pouring consistency, whereas Kurukku kalan is stirred for a long time until the gravy thickens. Kalan/Kurukku kalan/Katti Kalan is made with vegetables like Chena (yam), Kaya (raw banana), Kumbalanga (Ash gourd) and thick yoghurt. Kurukku kalan stays fresh for a fortnight.

INGREDIENTS:

Chopped ashgourd - 1 
½ cup
Chopped raw banana - 1 
½ cup

(Yam and raw banana makes a good combo. I used ashgourd and raw banana).
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - a pinch
Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Thick sour curds - 3 cups

To grind to a paste:
Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Green Chillies - 2
Jeera - 1/4 tsp

To temper:

Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves - a sprig
Dry red chillies - 1

METHOD:

Peel the skin and cut the vegetables into medium sized pieces. Grind coconut, green chillies and jeera to a thick, smooth paste. Whisk curd without water until smooth.

Cook vegetables with chilli powder and turmeric using very little water. When half cooked, add salt and beaten curd and stir until the curd reduces and the kalan thickens to a semi solid state. ###

Now add the ground coconut paste. Mix well and cook in low flame until thick. Now add pepper powder, mix well and cook for a few seconds.

Temper with given ingredients, mix well and serve with steamed rice.

(### NOTE: Generally, it is prepared upto this stage and stored for future use. This stays good for more than a fortnight). 

CHAKKA CURRY / JACKFRUIT CURRY / CHAKKA CURRY RECIPE

How to make chakka curry
Chakka curry is a traditional Kerala dish made with semi-ripe jackfruit. 

INGREDIENTS:

Semi-ripe jackfruit sulai (bulb) - 15
Cowpeas - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Chilli powder - 1/8 tsp.
Salt - to taste
Urad dhal - 2 tsp.
Dry red chilli - 2 or 3
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup

To temper:
Coconut oil - 2 tsp.
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Curry leaves - a sprig

METHOD:

NOTE: Jackfruit for chakka curry should be firm and semi-ripe. The semi-ripe chulais have sour and sweet taste which gives the flavour to the curry.

How to make chakka curry
Soak cowpeas for an hour. Pressure cook with little salt until soft. Drain water completely and keep aside.

Heat coconut oil in a kadai and roast urad dhal and chilli until golden brown. Grind along with cumin seeds and grated coconut to a smooth paste.

Take out the seeds from jackfruit, clean well and chop to pieces. Cook in little water along with salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder. When 3/4th done, add cooked cow peas, and allow it to cook for 5 minutes. Now add the ground paste, add little water to get the desired consistency, 
mix well and cook for 2 or 3 minutes in low flame. 

Temper the given ingredients and pour over the curry. Mix well. 

Serve as a side dish for Onam Sadhya. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

PULINKARI / MATHANGA PULINKARI / PULINCURRY / PULINKARI RECIPE

How to make pulinkari, How to make pulincurry
Pulinkari means a curry with tamarind. Mathanga Pulinkari is a Kerala style curry in which diced pumpkin is cooked in tamarind sauce alongwith some ground spices. The temperings in coconut oil gives additional flavour to the curry. This is one of the must have dishes in Onasadya (Onam feast) of Kerala.This is a simple to make pulincurry. There are many variations to this recipe. I have also mentioned the variations at the end of this post. 

INGREDIENTS:

Yellow pumpkin - 2 cups
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp.
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp.
Green chilli -1
Tamarind paste - 1 tablespoon OR tamarind extract from key lime sized tamarind.
Hing - a generous pinch
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Dry red chilli - 1
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tsp. (preferably coconut oil)

To temper:
Coconut oil - 2 tsp.
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs

METHOD:

Cut pumpkin into medium sized cubes. Need not peel the skin.

In a kadai, roast the coconut in low heat until golden brown and grind alongwith cumin seeds and red chilli to a smooth paste.

Cook pumpkin pieces in water alongwith salt, green chilli and turmeric powder. When half done, add tamarind extract ,hing and chilli powder and cook until raw smell diffuses. Now add the ground paste and cook for a few minutes in medium flame. Temper with the given ingredients. Serve with rice.

NOTE: Roasted coconut gives the flavour. If health conscious, just add grated coconut.

Variations:
1. Sauteed shallots are added.
2. Coriander seeds, methi seeds, tur dhal, urad dhal are roasted in oil and ground with coconut to a powder. This is called podi podicha pulinkari. These ingredients can also be ground to a paste.
3. Cooked tur dhal is added.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

BROCCOLI PARATHA RECIPE / PREETHI ZODIAC REVIEW

Recently I received a request from Preethi Kitchen appliances to review their product Preethi Zodiac Food Processor. I received the product from them and after using it for quite sometime, I am sharing my experiences and personally feel that Preethi Zodiac Food Processor is a good companion in kitchen. 

Preethi Kitchen appliances,the iconic brand, have recently launched their food processor appliance named PREETHI ZODIAC MIXER GRINDER.

Mixie/grinder has become inevitable in any Indian household. So, what’s the difference between mixie/blender and a food processor? Mixies/blenders are used for making purees, smoothies, grinding etc., whereas food processors excel at grating, shredding, chopping, kneading, mincing, pureeing, grinding, herbs chopping and so on.

The Master Chef Jar is very attractive. The atta kneader attachment kneads even stiff dough within a minute as the product has a heavy duty motor. As it is kneading in high speed, the rotis also turn out to be soft. The dough is just like traditionally kneaded dough. With the right attachment, it chops, shreds, grates and slices paneer, cheese, vegetables and fruits quickly and easily. I was surprised to see everything done in just few seconds, you can say it as a record time. The wide mouth design of the master chef jar enables to hold more quantity and makes cleaning process also very easy. An added feature is the citrus juicer. It fits in the master chef jar.

Note: Blend in batches if you have to do in large quantities.

High speed juice extractor: This extracts juice from fruits and vegetables with ease. You can make preservative free juice at home. Now, with this facility, you can say a big NO to storebought juices, which have preservatives. Coconut milk extract is done in minutes. Centrifugal Juicer ensures instant juicing with more juice extraction

Wet/dry/chutney jars: It grinds really fast and smooth. I ground half kg. soaked millets and rice in less than 2 minutes, similarly the powders.

Build: Very sturdy. So no jerk / vibration. 


I can say it as a multitasker and a stylish addition to home. It is easy to use, assemble and clean. I would recommend Preethi Zodiac as an essential home appliance and a must in any kitchen which makes kitchen work simpler.

Features:
750W Motor - Superior performance, 5 year motor warranty; 2 year product guarantee.
3 in 1 Insta-Fresh Juicer - centrifugal juicing, blending and extraction
2.1 Ltr. Master Chef Jar - atta kneading, citrus juicer, grating, slicing, chopping
1 wet grinding jar, 1 dry grinding jar, 1 chutney jar
Lifelong Free Service.

Occupies more storage space but worth it. There could have been one coconut scraper attachment and vegetable dicer attachment too. For more details visit http://www.preethi.in/


Disclaimer: This review is done on request from Preethi Kitchen appliances. This review is my personal experience. Use your own discretion before buying the product. 


HOW I MADE BROCCOLI PARATHA IN LESS THAN 10 minutes with Preethi Zodiac Food Processor?  

I grated paneer in 10 seconds, broccoli in 15 secondssliced carrots in 5 seconds, shredded red cabbage in 5 seconds. I smeared oil on the inner surface of the mixer and blades. Added the flour and salt. Switched to 1st speed, added water little by little until the flour came together. Did not add water after that.  Pulsed 4 to 5 times to finish the kneading and switched off. This was done in a minute. You get a non-sticky dough and soft rotis like the traditionally made ones. All this work was done by Preethi Zodiac Food Processor in less than 3 minutes.




NOW TO THE RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS:
Whole wheat atta - 2 cups
Salt - to taste 
Ghee - for spreading 
Butter - for topping

FOR STUFFING:
Paneer - 100 gms
Broccoli - 1/2 kg.
Potato - 2 (medium sized)
Chilli powder- 1/4 tsp.
Garam masala - 1 tsp.
Green chillies - 2
Coriander leaves - few
Omam(Ajwain) - 1/2 tsp.
Salt - to taste 

METHOD:
(I have pressed the dough to show how soft and non-sticky it is)

Knead atta with salt and little water to a medium soft dough. Keep aside. 

Wash paneer well, grate it, and squeeze out the water completely using your hand. Wash broccoli and grate it. Boil potatoes, peel the skin and mash it well without any lumps. Grind coriander leaves and green chillies coarsely without adding water. Mix all ingredients alongwith ajwain(omam), chilli powder, garam masala and salt. Your stuffing is ready now.

Take medium -sized balls from the dough, shape it to a cup and fill it with stuffing and close it from the sides. OR you can also roll the dough to small puris, fill the stuffing in the centre and close it from the sides.

Dust the balls with wheat flour, and roll it out gently.

Heat a tawa, place the rolled paratha, allow to cook on one side, and when the colour changes, flip it to the other side. Spread some ghee on each side, flip and cook till done.

Serve hot with curd topped with chaat masala, roasted jeera powder and chilli powder OR tomato sauce OR tomato ketchup OR pickle OR any side dish of your choice.
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