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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy NEw Year 2009!!!




I Wish all readers a very happy,prosperous, wealthy, success and peaceful


New Year 2009.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

COCONUT RICE

COCONUT RICE IS A TRADITIONAL MIXED RICE DONE IN SOUTH INDIA.THIS DISH IS DONE WITH FRESH GRATED COCONUT.

IT CAN BE DONE WITH LEFTOVER RICE TOO.



INGREDIENTS

RICE - 1 CUP
GRATED COCONUT - 2 CUPS
URAD DHAL - 1 TSP
MUSTARD - 1/2 TSP
ASAFOTIDA - 1 PINCH
RED CHILLI(DRY) - 2 NOS
CURRY LEAVES
OIL - 2 TSPN
SALT



PREPARATION METHOD

COOK THE RICE AND KEEP SEPARATELY
IN A PAN PUT OIL AFTER ITS HOT PUT MUSTARD
ADD AESAFOTIDA
ADD RED CHILLIES
ADD SPLIT URAD DHAL AND WAIT TILL BROWN
ADD CURRY LEAVES
ADD GRATED COCONUT AND SAUTE FOR 5MINS
ADD SALT
THEN MIX WITH RICE

SERVE HOT WITH FRIED PAPADS AND VADAMS

Monday, December 29, 2008

Gods Pharmacy! - 1

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.



A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Cucumber Salad

This Salad is very easy to prepare and tastes different.




Ingredients

Cucumber - 1no
Grated coconut - 4 tspns
Sunflower oil or olive oil - 1tspn
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Split Urad dal - 1/2 tspn (optional)
Asafotida - 1 pinch
Coriander leaves (cilantro) - 2 tspns

Salt to taste

Preparation Method

Wash and remove the skin of the Cucumber.

Cut the cucumber in small pieces
In a bowl, add the cucumber, grated coconut, salt.
In a pan, heat the oil, add mustard and asafotida
Add split urad dal and wait till its brown.
Then add this to the salad and mix.
Garnish with coriander leaves(cilantro) and serve.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas





Tuesday, December 23, 2008

God's Pharmacy!

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Friday, December 19, 2008

KaRjika (Somaasi) - Sweet

This sweet is prepared and made garland to offer to Lord Ganesh on Sankashta Chaturti day generally in Karnataka
Ingredients
Maida (All purpose flour) - 2 cups
Grated dry coconut - 1.5 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tspn
Vanaspati - 4 tspn
Oil for deep frying

Preparation Method

In a sauce pan heat the vanaspati.
In a steel or glass bowl put maida and add the hot vanaspati.
Mix slowly since its vhot
Now add water and make a soft dough.
For stuffing
In a bowl, put grated dry coconut, sugar and cardamom powder mix well and keep aside.
Now make small balls and spread the dough like puris
Stuff this coconut mixer in the center and close the edges without leaving space.
Heat the oil in a pan and deep fry it on both sides. Keep in a low flame.
Karjika is ready to serve.

CREAM OF APPLE

WHO study says an apple in the morning is equal to 2 cups of coffee. Eating apple in the morning makes you feel brisk.

This is cream of apple soup

Ingredients

Apple - 1 no
Milk - 10 tspns
Maida (All purpose flour) - 1 tsp
Butter - 2 tspns
White pepper powder - 1 tspn
Salt to taste

Preparation Method

Cut the apple into pieces and make a paste in mixie.
In a sauce pan, add butter wait till it melts
Add maida and mix it to a fine paste
Add milk and stir for 5mins
Add the apple paste
Add white pepper powder and salt
If reqd add little water and mix well
Allow it to boil for 5mins

Serve hot.

POTATO ROAST

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

TODAY I THOUGHT OF SHARING THIS SIMPLE AND QUICK RECIPE.

INGREDIENTS

POTATO - 500GMS
RED CHILLI POWDER - 1 TSPN
OIL - 6 TSPNS
ASAFOTIDA - 1 PINCH
TURMERIC - 1 PINCH
WATER - 1 CUP
SALT TO TASTE


PREPARATION METHOD

WASH AND PEEL OFF THE SKIN OF POTATO
CUT THE POTATO INTO MEDIUM SIZE CUBES
IN A PAN, ADD 2 TSPNS OF OIL, ASAFOTIDA
NOW ADD THE POTATOES AND SPRINKLE WATER
LET IT COOK FOR SOMETIME
ADD SALT, TURMERIC AND CHILLI POWDER
ADD OIL
COOK FOR SOMETIME IN LOW HEAT TILL ITS CRISPY

YOU SERVE IT WITH CHAPATHI, CURD RICE OR BREAD.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Carrot Halwa

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This is a very easy and tasty sweet dish done with carrot....



Ingredients


Carrot - 3 nos (grated)


Sugar - 1 1/2 cup


Condensed milk  - 1 cup


Milk - 1/2 cup


Ghee - 2 tspns


Cashew, raisins - 2 tspns


Preparation Method


In a pan put grated carrot with milk and allow it to cook.


Once its half cooked add condensed milk and sugar.


Keep stirring.


When its fully cooked and dry.

Fry in ghee cashews and raisins for a minute and then garnish it.

Carrot Halwa is ready for serving. It can be served with ice cream as dessert.

Onion Rasam


Ingredients

Onion - 1 medium (chopped)
Tamarind - small lemon size
Water - 3 cups
Curry leaves - 2 tspns

Red Chilli - 2 nos
Mustard - 1 spn
Oil - 2 tspns
Salt to taste

Preparation Method

In a bowl, soak tamarind in 1 cup of hot water for few mins, squeeze and filter the water.

In a pan, add oil, mustard once its spluters add red chilli and fry for 1min

Add onion and saute till its transperent

Add curry leaves and saute

Heat the filtered tamarind water in a bowl.

Add water and allow it to boil.

Now add sauted onion

Add salt

Once it boils the flavour of onion with tamarind water is very yummy to drink.

It can be served with rice or as a starter soup.

Friday, December 12, 2008

TIPS D - I

Dry Fruits: To chop dry fruits, place them in fridge for half an hour before cutting. Take the fruits out and cut them with a hot knife (dip it in hot water before cutting).
Dough/Rolling pin: If the dough sticks to the rolling pin, place it in freezer for a few minutes.
Egg peeling off: Make a small hole in the egg by piercing a pin before boiling it. You will be able to remove its skin very easily.
Egg fresh: Immerse the egg in a pan of cool salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh; if it rises to the surface, it is certainly quite old.
Fruits: To ripen fruits, wrap them in newspaper and put in a warm place for 2-3 days. The ethylene gas they emit will make them ripe.
Frying: Avoid deep frying. Substitute deep frying with stir frying or oven bake. Don't pour the oil, but make a habit of spraying the oil in the utensil for cooking. Heat the utensil first and then add oil. This way oil spreads well. You will use less oil this way.
Garlic: Garlic skin comes off easily if the garlic cloves are slightly warmed before peeling.
Ghee: Avoid the use of ghee. If it is necessary, substitute it with canola oil. Even for making halwa, you can partly substitute it with oil.
Green Chillies: To keep the chillies fresh for a longer time, remove the stems before storing.
Green Peas: To preserve green peas, keep them in a polythene bag in the freezer.
Idlies: Place a betel (paan) leaf over the leftover idli and dosa batter to prevent them sour. Do not beat idli batter too much; the air which has been incorporated during fermentation will escape. If you add half a tsp of fenugreek seeds to the lentil and rice mixture while soaking, dosas will be crisper.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Food Art




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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Some tips - A - C

Almonds: To remove the skin of almonds easily, soak them in hot water for 15-20 mins.
Apples: Apply some lemon juice on the cut surface of the apple to avoid browning. They will look fresh for a longer time.
Biscuits: If you keep a piece of blotting paper at the bottom of the container, it will keep biscuits fresh for a longer time.

Butter: Avoid the use of butter. If it is essential to use, use a butter containing low saturated fat or with plant stanols (which avoid absorption of cholesterol by our body) or similar
Bee and Scorpion Sting Relief: Apply a mixture of 1 pinch of chewing tobacco and 1 drop of water. Mix and apply directly and immediately to the sting; cover with band aid to hold in place. Pain will go away in just a few short minutes

Bitter Gourd (Karela): Slit Karelas at the middle and apply a mixture of salt, wheat flour and curd all round. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour and then cook. Stuffed Karela

Burnt Food: Place some chopped onion in the vessel having burnt food, pour boiling water in it, keep for 5 minutes and then clean.

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