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Friday, November 30, 2012

Ragi Mudde / Finger Millet Balls from Mom's Kitchen

In my previous post I had mentioned about Ragi Mudde. It is very healthy and filling. This is the staple food of farmers in villages.

We prepare this weekly once at home as its good for health. Today my mom and me prepared this.








Ingredients
Ragi flour - 2 cups
Warm water - as required
Oil - 2 tspns
Cooked/steamed rice - 1/2 cup
Salt 

Preparation Method
Heat 2 to 3 cups of water in a vessel. Remove some water and keep aside. Add cooked red rice about 1/2 cup. Add oil. Add the flour to it and add salt. let it cook for 20 mins. Then stir continuously with a ladle or a wooden stick which is usually used until the flour absorbs all the water. Remove from the fire allow it to cool a bit and mix again for form a soft dough.

Then take little bit by hand and make small balls using water.

Ragi Mudde is ready to serve.

How to eat this - Take small portion and dip in sambar and swallow it. Do not bite or chew.

This can be served with Avarekalu Saru or Onion Sambar.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Homemade Mixture | Diwali Savoury Recipe !

Mixture is a very tempting snack, I prepared this for diwali. I have already posted Aval Pori Masala Mix here. This is very tasty and crunchy.


Ingredients
Omapodi - 1 cup (click here for recipe)
Ribbon Pakoda - 1/2 cup (click here for recipe)
Mullu Murukku - 2nos crushed (click here for recipe)
Karaboondi - 1 cup(click here for recipe)
Thatai - 2nos crushed

To Deep Fry
Roasted or Fried Groundnuts - 1 tablespoon
Potukadalai/Fried gram - 1 tablespoon
Aval - 2 cups thin
Curry leaves - few
Copra - 1 tablespoon(chopped thinly)
Mochai - 1 tspn
Cashews/Almonds /Walnuts- few
Cornflakes/Chivda - 1/2 cup(Optional)

Powdered Sugar - 1/2 tspn
Turmeric - a pinch(optional)
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn 
Hing -1/4 tspn
Raisins - few
Potato sticks  1 cup(Optional)
Oil for deep frying and a metal seive with handle.

Preparation Method
Heat a kadai with oil. When oil is hot, deep fry ingredients above separately. Take this on a tissue paper to remove excess oil and then transfer to a wide vessel, sprinkle salt, hing, turmeric, red chilli powder and mix well. Add rest of the ingredients and mix.

Finally add powdered sugar and mix. I love this with potato sticks.

Store it in a airtight container for later use.

Homemade Mixture is ready.

Enjoy with Hot Coffee/Tea or with sambar rice or rasam rice.

Notes - You can also deep fry potato sticks and add.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Rose Sandesh | Bengali Sweet for this Diwali!

I had posted how to make Sandesh previously. I used the same method and prepared Rose Sandesh.

Check out How to make  Fresh Homemade Chena/Paneer

Ingredients

Chena/Fresh Paneer- 2 to 3 cups(It should be definetly homemade and fresh) Click here for recipe
Sugar - 1 cup
Rose Essence  1 tspn
Rose Syrup  1 tspn
Milk - 1/2 tablespoon

Do checkout a detailed post on Sandesh here.


Off the stove at this consistency. Allow it to cool.

Add milk, rose essence, rose syrup and knead. Make small balls or desired shapes.

Preparation Method
Powder sugar in mixie. Add the fresh chena to it and grind to smooth paste.
Heat a kadai, add the ground mixture. Keep stirring until its thick and slight colour change. Off the stove.
Allow it to cool.
Once its cool add 1 tblspn milk, rose essence, rose syrup and kneed to smooth dough.
Slowly take small portions and make small balls or into any shape you need. Store in air tight container.
Let it sit for an hour in fridge before your serving.


I could make around 15 nos of medium size.

I also prepared a combo is plain with rose sandesh and it was delicious.

Take small ball of plain sandesh and cover it with rose sandesh.

Shelf life - This will stay for about a week if refrigerated.

Rose Sandesh is ready to serve.

Serve it chilled.

Deepavali Sweets & Savory Recipes at one click!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Methi Paneer Rice | Lunch Box Special!

I had prepared Scrambled Methi Paneer here, I prepared the same other day with paneer cubes. So mixed with rice and it was delicious lunch box recipe.





Scrambled Methi Paneer - 2 cups (for recipe click here)
Cooked Rice - as required
Salt

Mix all the above and leave for an hour.

Enjoy at lunch or pack for lunch box.

Notes - Adjust spice levels accordingly while mixing rice. Add can add saute paneer cubes.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pasi Paruppu | Moong Dal Sundal!

Today I have prepared Pasi Paruppu/Moong Dal Sundal for Navaratri Prasadam.




Ingredients
Pasi Paruppu/Moong Dal - 2 cups
Fresh Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard - 1/4 tspn
Asafotida - 1/4 tspn
Urad Dal - 1/2 tspn
Green Chilli - 2nos

Salt
Curry leaves

Preparation Method
Wash, rinse and soak dal for 10 mins and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
Heat a kadai, add oil, mustard, urad dal, chilli and curry leaves. Saute till dal is brown. 
Add the cooked dal, salt and mix.
Finally add coconut and mix well. Off the Stove.

Serve as Prasadam and Enjoy with Hot Filter Coffee.

Notes - Do not soak for more time and do not pressure cook as the dal will be mashy like paste.

This recipe is going to Priya's Navaratri Event and Giveaway.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Simple Veggie Aval Upma with Leftover curry | Lunch Box Spl

This tiffin I prepared for evening with leftover curry. It was quick and tasty dish.


Ingredients
Leftover curry - 1 cup(For choice of poriyal click here.)
Aval/Poha - 3 cups
Onion - 1 no
Green chilli - 1no
Oil - 1/2 tspn
Curry leaves few
Turmeric powder - a pinch.
Salt

Preparation Method
Wash and rinse aval in water.
Heat a kadai, add oil and onion. Saute for few minutes.
Add the curry and saute for few mins.
Add the Aval/poha and saute.
Add a pinch of salt. Mix well and off the stove.

Delicious Veggie Aval Upma is ready. Enjoy with Hot Coffee.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Scrambled Methi Paneer!

Me and my son loves Paneer and any dish prepared with it. I wanted to make something different and quick so tried this, as I had fresh methi leaves, Scrambled Methi Paneer is very easy and a good sidedish for chapathi or parantha stuffing. The aroma was very good.

Hope you like it.


Serves - 1 -2 person

Ingredients
Paneer/Cottage Cheese - 20 cubes
Fresh Methi leaves/Venthaya Keerai/Fenugreek leaves - 1/2 cup
Pudina leaves/Mint - 1/4 cup
Onion - 1 no
Garam Masala - 1/2 tspn
Bisibelebath powder- 1 tspn(I used MTR)- Optional but I have used it.
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tspn
Chat masala - a pinch
Green chilli - 2nos(optional)
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Salt


Preparation Method
Scramble paneer and keep it.
Chop onion, g. chilli, methi and pudina finely.
Heat a kadai/wok, add oil onion and saute for few mins.
Now add the leaves and saute till the onions are turning brown.
Add paneer, salt, turmeric, garam masala, bisibelebath powder and mix well.
Let it cook well and combine.
Sprinkle chat masala and off the stove.

Serve hot with phulkas/chapathis.

Notes - If you want to prepare for more persons, increase the ingredients accordingly.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Quick Fix Indian by Ruth Kahate A Cookbook Review

This is the first time I am reviewing a cookbook. The author is Ruth Kahate.

The book has lot of Indian Vegetarian and Non vegetarian recipes, which is simple and easy in 30 mins.

Loved the book and hope you enjoy making the recipes.



Loved this Baby potato in green masala recipe.


Cheers,
Saraswathi


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Onam Recipes | Festival Menu!

Onam Sadya Recipes from Sara's Corner. Please click on the names for recipes.

Palapazham Payasam

Unniappam or Banana Appam

Vegetable Sambar

Aviyal

Puli Inji

Mathan Pachadi

Olan

Poriyal

Kootu

Rasam

Pickle

Ada pradaman /Chakka pradaman

Vendakai /Pineapple pachadi

Happy Onam to friends celebrating!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Paneer Butter Masala | Paneer Recipes

Paneer Butter Masala is one of the favourite at my home, which I prepare often.  Do checkout my recipes Tomato PaneerMutter Paneer, Palak Paneer, Pepper Paneer, and many more varieties previously in my Paneer recipes here




Ingredients
Tomato - 1 no(Big and deseeded)
Onion - 2nos
Paneer - 15-20 pieces(for Homemade Paneer click here)
Garlic - 1 clove
Spices - cinamon, cardamom, cloves ; 1 or 2 each
Kasoori Methi - 1/2 tspn
Tomato Ketchup - 1 tablespoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn
Garam Masala -  1/2 tspn
Full Cream Milk - 1 cup
Ghee or Butter - 2 tblspn
Cream - 2 tspns(Optional)
Sugar - 1/2 tspn
Salt




Preparation Method

Soak paneer cubes in warm water.

Chop onion and tomato to medium size cubes.

In a Kadai, put little oil and spices, half the chopped onion, tomato and garlic. Saute till its soft. Allow it to cool and grind to a fine paste with little milk. I sometimes do a coarse paste.

In the same Kadai, put 1 tblspn ghee/butter, add 2 tblspns of finely chopped onion and tomato(Optional), a pinch of salt saute, add crushed kasoori methi (see notes below)

Add grounded paste with little water. Add salt to taste. Keep it in low flame. Keep Stirring.
Once its cooked well, tomato puree and allow one boil. Then add milk, mix and boil it. Add all masalas and mix well. Keep it in low flame. Once its boiled, check for salt and add paneer and mix well. It should be not too thick or too runny. Just semi gravy and blend well. Add sugar and stir well. You can also add a pinch of kasoori methi. Allow it to boil once and off the stove. Add 1 tblspn of butter on top and off the stove. 

Top it up with cream if you like or serve just like that.



I have served with Phulkas.
Paneer Butter Masala is ready to serve. This can be a side dish for Chapathi, Naan, Kulcha and Rotis (Indian Breads) or Pulao.

This recipe is going to Cooking with love Sister by Ruchika and Saraswathi Iyer.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cooking with love Uncle ~ Event Roundup!

Thank you friends for all your entries to Cooking with Love Uncle. Below is the roundup. Wish my brother Rakhi and everyone celebrating this festival.

My friend Mrs. Lalitha has sent me Urad Dal Vada recipe

Ingredients
Urid dhal - 1 cup
Raw rice - 1/4 cup
Ginger - 1 small sliced ginger
Green chilli - 4 nos.
Onion -  1(chopped finely optional)
Garlic - 2(optional)
Curry leaves - one leaflet

Preparation method
Soak Urid dhal and raw rice for 45 mins. Wash it with water and drain it for a while. Add ginger, garlic and green chillies and grind it nicely adding very little water in a mixer grinder. 

Take the paste out in a bowl. Add some curry leaves and finely chopped onion. Heat refined oil in a kadai. Flatten the paste in a small banana leaf or in a oil greased plate and deep fry in the oil. Take it out when it is golden brown. Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Hope to you in the next event.

Cheers,
Saraswathi

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rainbow Food for Toddlers Event Roundup!

Hi Friends,

Sorry for the delay in roundup. I thank Nithu for giving me an opportunity to host the event.


Here you go with the Roundup for Rainbow Food for Toddlers. Thank you all for sending your delicious recipes for the event.

Nehal has sent 5 entries and she wins an Award. Thank you Nehal.

Gobi Paratha by Nehal

Khajur Rolls by Nehal




Kothu Naan  by Nithu



Palak Carrot Dal by Meghana

Food for Toddlers by Saraswathi Iyer

 
Vanilla Cup Cake by Shewtha
Ingredients:

     1. Plain flour (Maida ) -  2 cups
     2. Sugar - 7 - 8  tblspoons
     3. Condensed Milk - 1/2 tin ( Approximately 250 ML)
     4. Buttermilk - 12 tblspoons . Incase of yogurt then use 6-7 spoons and mix sufficient water.
     5. Sunflower oil - 10 - 12 tblspoons
     6. Salt - 1/4 tsp
     7. Soda Bicarb - 1/2 tsp
     8. Baking Powder - 1 1/2 to 2 tsp
     9. Vanilla Essence - 6 - 8 drops.

Preparation:

   1. First preheat the oven to 175 - 180 celsius. 
   2. In a bowl mix and sift the dry ingredients twice or thrice.
   3. In another bowl mix all the wet ingredients and whisk either by a wooden spatula or hand blender for 4-5 minutes
   4. Now slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and keep whisking so that the mixtures are well blended without any lumps.
   5. Now arrange 12 paper cups in a baking tray or in a cup cake tray and fill the batter till half way in the cups.
   6. Bake for 20- 25 mins or till a toothpic inserted comes out clean from the cakes.
   7. After baking allow the cup cakes to cool completely.
   8. Decorate with Cream, Edible food pearls, Sugar spots etc as per ur wish.

Vanilla essence can be substituted by any other essence as well. 

Nehal pls accept the award and post in your blog.


Do send in your entries to Cooking with Love Uncle.

Cheers,
Saraswathi

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Potato Bags | Snack Recipes | Party Starters| Kids Recipes!

Hi Friends,

I am taking a small break now and then from blogging as tied up with other things at home. I was feeling bored not blogging for few days. I will be back with the event roundup.

Today I am sharing an easy snack recipe.

I actually wanted to name it as money bags, then renamed it as Potato Bags. I prepared this on a sunday, when it was raining. My son enjoyed and was asking what is this amma...

Ingredients for dough
Maida - 1 cup
Omam/Ajwain/Carom seeds - 1 tblspn
Oil/ghee - 1 tspn
Salt
Oil for deep frying.

Stuffing
Potato Masal- As required(click here for recipe) I used the left over potato masal.



Preparation Method
Mix maida, ghee/oil, omam, salt with little water to make a dough. Rest it for half n hour.
Heat oil in a kadai/wok.
Knead well. Take little quantity of dough like lemon size and spread thinly with rolling pin to small circle. Cut with a lid to round shape. (Like poori)
stuff required quantity of potato masal, slowly close the edges to form a bag and press in centre. (You can take out extra dough on top if required)
Deep fry till golden brown.

Potato Bags are ready to serve. Serve hot with Green chutney or Ketchup. This can be a party starter and snack recipe. Kids will surely love it.


This recipe along with Potato Cutlet is going to Crazy for Potatoes by Sowmya and Pari.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Food for Toddlers | 1-2 yrs

Dear Friends,

I am sharing this food for Toddlers actually reposting between 1-2 yrs. For recipes below 1 yr click here.

When teething process starts its good to give them fully mashed or paste. Food should not be too solid or too liquid just they can easily swallow.

Recipe 1 - Thayir Sadam/Curd Rice
This is very good for children curds should not be sour. So prepare the curds in the morning so by afternoon its perfect for lunch. This is very cooling to the body.

In a mixie add cooked rice - 1/2 cup, salt and 1/2 cup curds. Grind to a fine paste transfer it to a bowl and feed. Optional can also add cooked toor dal, rasam or cooked vegetables to very little quantity just for flavour.

Recipe 2 - Beetroot Rice

All vegetables are good for kids beetroot is good for haemoglobin.

Always wash, cut and cook vegetables. Its always good to cook vegetables in pressure cooker.

Take 1/2 cup cooked rice, 1/2 cooked beetroot, a little salt and 1/2 cup curds.

Grind all in mixie to a fine paste and feed the baby.

Recipe 3 - Mixed Rice
In a mixie add 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup vegetables in sambar or kootu, 1laddle rasam and a pinch of salt.

Grind all to a fine paste and serve the baby when cool.

Recipe 4 - Rice with Spinach/Palak

Cook Palak with or without salt. (Salt or sugar neednot be added while cooking since sugar makes them hyperactive)

In a mixie add cooked rice, palak, ghee and dal grind to a fine paste.

Recipe 5 - Tiffin you can also give them a little amount of Upma, Pongal, Idli, Dosa and Ragi Dosa which is healthy and tasty for the tiny buds.

Recipe 6 - Steamed/Cooked fruits thats Apple or Banana. Wash and remove skin, seeds of an apple and cook in boiling water or in pressure cooker. Mash and feed baby so it doesnot choke.

Recipe 7 - Fresh fruit juices/Plain Yogurt. Always its good to expose baby to new food like juices or yogurt which is very refreshing and healthy.

Recipe 8 - Vegetable rice

In a mixie put cooked rice , 2 tspns cooked tour dal, 1 cup cooked veggie (beans,carrot and potato) ghee

1/2 cup non spicy rasam.

Grind all these to a fine paste and feed the baby when its cool.

Apart from these you can also give follow up milk, baby products juices or bottle food. After 2 years when almost all teeth has come, you can start feeding a little mix of normal food without grinding. Its also good to make baby sit when parents are having lunch/dinner and encourage self eating. Spoon feeding is recommended. The earlier you make them tastes all food, later you will have no problem otherwise surely they will not eat few food likes curds and fruits. This is very common problem with babies.

Last but not least have lots of patience and serve with lots of love:-) So many things will happen at this stage be prepared and enjoy!

Notes - 1 cup rice = steamed/cooked plain rice and you can adjust measure accordingly.

Tips - While feeding baby its good you intereact with them and feed. Keep warm water, spoon, towel ready before you start serving. Can also watch TV, rhymes and listen music. Its good to make them eat at one place and not moving inside and outside house. I remember in India, we used to feed them showing crow, dog:) here in abroad just at home.

Add little ghee for all the dishes for flavour and health benefits. Do not add ghee when baby has cold and cough.
Note : When adding curds do not add ghee.

Sorry, I was not allowed to take baby food photos that time.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Soya Paneer Vegetable Pulao and Enrico's Soyamate Product Review!

Today I am sharing a recipe and about a Product Soyamate. When I received a pack for the review, I accepted as this is very healthy. Thanks #enrico.


Enrico's Soyamate is produced by a special process, made from Soya Flour by extrusion process and cut into chunks. These are dried, made free from fines and hygeinically packed. SOYAMATE is an ideal family food/100% vegetarian/ rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, easy to prepare. Soyamate is rich in high quality vegetable protein, packed with natural vitamins and minerals.Its PROTEIN content is over 52%, which provides nutrition no staple food can match. 250gms Soyamate nas as much protein as 1 kg. mutton or 3.9 litres milk or 24 eggs. This is available in Malaysia. So when you are out to Malaysia, don't forget to buy.

Source: Soyamate Page on FB - Soyamate.

Soyamate Soya chunk is very good and tasted great. I was not big fan of soya and now after tasting, planning to include in my diet.



When I was going to prepare Soyamate Soya Veggie Pulav, added paneer, as my son loves paneer in all dishes.

Ingredients
Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Diabetic Basmati Rice - 1 cup

Carrot - 1no
French Beans - 20 nos
Green Peas - 1 cup
Soya chunks/Meal maker - 2 cups
Paneer cubes - 1 cup (Optional)
Spices - 2nos each cloves, cardamom, cinamom, bay leaf
Garam Masala - 1 tablespoon
Channa Masala - 1/2 tablespoon
Red Chilli powder - 1 tablespoon (Adjust according to your taste)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tspn
Water - 4 cups
Milk - 1/2 cup
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Ghee/Butter - 1 tspn(optional)
Jeera - 1 tspn
Kasoori Methi - 1 tablespoon
Salt

To grind
Big onion - 1no
Ginger garlic -2" piece
spices - cloves, cardamom, cinamon, star anise.
Green Chilli - 3 nos (As per your taste)
Mint and coriander - 2 cups



Preparation Method
Wash, rinse and soak basmati rice in water.
Chop the vegetables to medium size cubes.
Soak soya chunks in hot water for few mins.
In a pressure cooker, add 1 tspn oil, spices, 1/2 onion, ginger, garlic, coriander and mint. Do not fry too much just fry until onions are transparant. Off the stove. Allow it to cool and grind to coarse paste.
Heat the same pressure cooker, with ghee and rest of the oil, bay leaf, add jeera, add chopped onion, the grounded paste, vegetables and allow it to boil once. Then add aneer and soya chunks.
Add the soaked basmati rice and mix well. Add water and milk.
Add turmeric powder, garam masala powder, channa masala, red chilli powder, salt, kasoori methi and mix well.
Let it boil once, then close the lid and pressure cook for 3 whistles.





Delicious Soya Paneer Vegetable Pulao is ready to serve. Serve with Tomato Raitha.


This recipe is going to Cooking with Love Uncle event hosted by me.


Notes - You can add your choice of vegetables.

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