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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kadalai paruppu chutney/Thogaiyal



One of the quick and easy recipe, which goes well with any rice variety. Its a must with sambar rice(bisi bela bath) or any kozhambhu(tamarind gravy) rice at my grandma's place. Checkout the recipe here.

Ingredients:




Split chickpeas (Kadalai paruppu/Chana dal) - 3 tablespoons
Grated cocnut - 4-5 tablespoons
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Cry red chillies - 4-5 (add accordingly to your spice level)
Tamarind - a small piece
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 teaspoon

For tempering:
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Black gram (Urad Dal / Uzhunthu) - 1/2 tablespoon
Curry leaves - few
Asafoetida - a pinch


Method:
Heat pan, add oil, fry chana dal, dry chillies, cumin seeds for 2-3 minutes, until they are golden brown and keep aside. 

Once it is cool,  add these to a mixer, with grated coconut, tamarind, salt and grind to a paste(sprinkle little water if required). 


Tempering:
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds once it is hot. Once it splitters, add urad dal, asafoetida and curry leaves.

Fry them until dal turns golden brown. Add it to the chutney and mix well.

Delicious chutney is ready. Can be served with any rice variety.

Goes well with sambhar rice. A picture to drool ;-)






Friday, January 10, 2014

Avocado Milkshake



Avocados are the first transitional food for babies, when they switch to solid intake. They like the smooth and velvety texture. Of late, I have become calorie conscious, so try this healthy milk shake. Before that check out the benefits of Avocado:

There are some amazing avocado benefits for your health. If you would like to lose weight, improve your skin and lower your risk of many life-threatening diseases, here’s why it’s worth eating more of this extremely healthy fruit.

Courtesy: Healthiest foods

Ingredients:
Ripe Avocado - 1
Fresh Milk - 150 ml (More or less depending on thickness)
Palm sugar - 2 tablespoons (More or less depending on sweetness u require)

Note : Can use low fat milk too, but its less creamy compared to fresh milk. Alter honey with sugar if u want even lesser calories.


Method:
Peel skin and discard the seed inside.

Blend the avocado and sugar together.

Add milk in small portions to make it a smooth creamy shake.

Enjoy every sip of it ;)


Note: Chill milk and avocado, if you like to have it cold. Adding ice cubes will spoil the creamy texture.


Preparation time: 5 minutes
Makes 2-3 glasses

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sweet Maida Appam for Karthikai Deepam


Karthikai Deepam is a festival of lights celebrated in the month of Karthikai(Tamil calendar month which usually falls in November/December) on the full moon day. Celebrated mainly in South India especially, state of Tamilnadu.

Every home is lit with rows of oil-lit mud lamps(Agal Vilakku). For more information, check out here.

We usually clean our house and in the evening, draw rangoli/kolam in front of our houses, decorate it with colour powder or flowers and lit lamps. Special offerings will be prepared for God and worship is done. So this time I made Sweet maida appam and it came out well.

These lamps were lit in our pooja(worship) room. Need to make sure, Thatchu wont hurt her hands, so lit lamps only where she cannot access;)

This dish needs a paniyaram pan for preparing, check the picture here.


Now to the recipe....



Ingredients:
All purpose flour/Maida - 1 cup
Semolina (Rawa/Sooji) - 1/4 cup
Jaggery (Vellam) - 1 cup, powdered
Cardamom powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Cashews - 10-12
Raisins - 10-12
Ghee - 2-3 tablespoons
Oil - 1-2 tablespoon, for brushing
Baking powder - 1/4 teaspoon (optional)

Method:
Dissolve powdered jaggery in 1/2 cup of warm water. Filter it to remove the impurities.

Add flour and semolina and make it a thick batter. Add little water if required.

Roast cashews and raisins in ghee and add to it.

Add cardamom powder and mix it well.

Baking powder can be added along with flour or if you don't want to use it, leave the batter aside for 2-3 hours before preparing.

Heat paniyaram pan and brush oil. Add batter to the moulds and fry both sides, until they are dark brown.

Simple dish to make. Serve hot.


Cooking time: 20 minutes
Makes 15-20 appams