Sunday, September 22, 2013

Veggie Spring Rolls

Delicious and mouthwatering spring rolls,easily munched anytime of the day.So simple to prepare.My all time favorite snack,just love to do it.Can be mixture of any grated vegetables.



Ingredients:

1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Grated Cabbage(chop them lengthwise)
1/2 Cup Grated Carrots
1 to 2 Tsps of Green Chilli Sauce
1/4 Tsp of Dark Soy Sauce
2 Minced Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp of Ghee
A pinch of salt
Chopped Cilantro
Water to knead the dough

Method:

1. Make a medium stiff dough of all purpose flour by adding water,salt & little by little.Add 1/8 tsp of ghee while kneading the dough to give extra softness to dough.Set aside for at least 2 hours.
2.Saute the grated veggies,garlic in sauce pan with ghee for 2 to 3 minutes.Make sure they semi-cooked.Add the Chilli & soy sauce.
3.Now take the kneaded dough and grab a small size balls and roll them into puri size shape.Cut the edges into square shapes with the help of a rolling spoon.
Stuff the semi cooked veggies and roll them gentlyinto lengthwise,seal the edges with water.
4.Deep fry them in medium heat oil till crispy golden brown.
5.Serve with sweet and salty tamarind sauce.




Monday, September 16, 2013

Appi payasa


Tired of cooking with the typical ingredients.Nothing tastes better than our own traditional way of cooking.Who does'nt like it..?Infact their are plenty of choices you can alter with one vegetable in our traditional method.So these recipe is milk dessert with deep fried poori's soaked into it.Apart from soaked poori's I added fine sooji which gave a thick texture so that it can stored in refrigerate for day more.


Ingredients:

1/2 Gallon of Whole Milk or 2 liters of milk( I used 2% milk)
1/2 cup of chiroti rava or fine sooji(roasted) may increase to adjust thickness
Roasted Cashews & raisins 
Sugar 2 cups(increase accordingly)
Cardamom powder & saffron strands to taste
Deep fried Poori's 5 to 6

Procedure:

First in a thick bottomed pan,boil the milk in low heat.
Add sugar & roasted sooji to milk.Stir quickly without any lumps,as it gets thick in texture add the cashews,raisins,cardamom and saffron into the milk.
Atlast as the milk thickens,tear the deep fried poori's into pieces.Make sure they are crunchy and well fried into more golden brown in oil .
Put them into the milk and again stir well to thick consistency.
Can be served as hot or cold.



Sunday, September 15, 2013

Special Ambode/masala vada


Ambode was in cooking list since long time,so thought of sharing with you all.
Something special about these Ambode is for a unique taste I added a teaspoon of green chilli sauce & soya suce with the regular ingredients,a medium spicy and tangy flavor.

Ingredients:
Chana dal:1 cup
Green chillies: 3or 4 according to taste
Red Chillie pwd : 1/2 tp
Onions finely chopped: 1
Jeera: 1tsp
Hing: 2 tsp or size of a pea
Curry leaves: few
Coriander leaves: 2 tbsp.
Grated fresh coconut: 2 tbsp.
Green Chilli sauce(optional) 1 tsp & Soya sauce(1/8 tsp,optional)
Salt
Rice flour 2 tsps( for crispness)
Oil for deep fry

Method:

Wash and soak the chanadal for at least 4 to 5 hours. Drain the soaked chanadal to remove excess water and grind coarsely with green chillie,coriander,coconut powder etc. Later add rice flour to the grinded paste.Transfer to a bowl and mix finely cut onion mix well.
Make small balls and pat them gently into flat shape.. Heat oil in a pan.. Take the prepared balls and slide into the hot oil, one by one. Flip the ambodes in the oil, so that both sides get cooked evenly. Remove from oil, when both sides are cooked, spread them on to a paper towel to remove excess oil and serve the crispy Ambode with any varieties of chutney.






Sunday, September 8, 2013

Kesar Pineapple Sweet Pongal


A traditional South Indian Rice pudding sweet mixed with lentils,sugar etc.
But I gave innovative style by adding the pineapple chunks and saffron,very delicious.Can surely try for a change.


Ingredients :
Sona Masoori- 1 cup     
Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Pineapple Chunks 5 to 6
Saffron strands 4 to 5 (soak them in warm milk for 15 minutes)
Warm Milk - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Dry Coconut powder - 1/2 Cup grated
Ghee- 2 table spoons
Cashews and Raisins- 1 table spoon
Cardamom Powder- 1/4 tsp
Water- 4 cups

Method:
Roast rice & dhal for few minutes and keep aside
In a Pressure Cooker, add rice and dhal with 1:4 water for 3 whistles. Let it cool
Take a Non-stick Pan add ghee, fry the cashews and raisins 
Add coconut powder and  Sugar.
Now add the cooked rice mixture to this.
Make a fine paste of pineapple chunks and add to the rice.
Lastly add cardamom powder,saffron(soaked) and mix well.
Serve hot or cold, when cooled it becomes little thick in texture.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Bread Fries


Kids are back to school,was wandering to make some quick snack recipe.Bread is something a everyone's favorite breakfast choice.
Those bread fries look just wonderful! So simple and so tasty!Give this a try..you will love it.

All you need is:

5 Slices of White Bread
1/4 Tsp of Red Chilli Powder and Sugar
Salt to taste
Oil for deep fry

Method

Cut the bread slices into pieces.Shallow fry them in low heat oil,Spread them into a paper towel.In a mixing bowl sprinkle red chillie powder,salt & sugar to the fried bread chunks.Kids are back to school,was wandering to make some quick snack recipe.Bread is something a everyone's favorite breakfast choice.
Those bread fries look just wonderful! So simple and so tasty!Give this a try..you will love it.


All you need is:

5 Slices of White Bread
1/4 Tsp of Red Chilli Powder and Sugar
Salt to taste
Oil for deep fry

Method

Cut the bread slices into pieces.Shallow fry them in low heat oil,Spread them into a paper towel.In a mixing bowl sprinkle red chillie powder,salt & sugar to the fried bread chunks.Can be combined with tomato ketchup while serving.

Benne Biscuit/Butter Cookies(homemade)


Fresh oven baked benne biscuits/butter cookies,another popular snack product in Bengaluru.Tried this first time today and was so tempting and perfect in taste.i made them to crispy golden brown not just like the soft & white color ones.




Ingredients:-
1 cup Maida or all purpose flour
3/4 cup  fine Sugar(powdered)
3/4 cup ghee/melted butter
2 tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp Baking powder

Procedure

1. Preheat the oven 350 deg C
2.In a mixing bowl,mix maida,sugar,butter,cardamom powder and baking powder.And knead the dough well to stiff.

3.Snap a small balls from the dough and flatten them gently from top .
4.Place them on a baking tray,bake them for about 15 to 20 minutes till light golden brown.Keep a close watch on this.Turn them upside down with the help of oven friendly spatula.
5.Enjoy the freshly home baked cookies.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Vegetable Biryani


So inviting and irresistable authentic tasty vegetable biryani with less spices.Found this easier version recipe from one my friend,and happy to share on my blog.
Ingredients:

Basmati Rice - 2  cups
 Garam Masala (Cloves - 3; Cinnamon - 2 inch stick; Bay leaf - 3; Cardamom - 2)
Onions - thinly sliced - 2 cups
Ginger garlic 1 tsp
Carrots - 1 (chopped)
Capsicum 1/2 a size (chopped)
Green peas 1/4 cup( frozen)
Beans - 10 - cut into 1" pieces
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp 
Yogurt/ - 1 tbsp
Cashew nuts - 5 (roasted)
Ghee - 1 tbsps
Water 3 1/2 cups
Salt - to taste
Oil 3 tbsps

Method:

Cook the presoaked rice with veggies in a pressure cooker .Heat oil in a pan and add the garam masala. the aroma starts to impart add the onions and saute until transculent.Add the cooked vegetables,ginger garlic paste . Mix the spice powders in yogurt like a paste and add to the above. Add salt & fried cashews  to cooked rice  .Serve hot with Raitha.





Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ice Cream Fruit Salad Medley

Ice Cream Fruit Salad Medley

Made this amazing fruit salad when I was in my college and want to share with you all.If you tired of making the typical way of fruit salad,try this its something different you will know.Very simple and super delicious..!

Ingredients:

2 Riped Banana cut into bite size pieces
2 Apples( cut them in the same way as banana)
2 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
1 1/2 tsp of Vanilla Custard Powder
A small piece of Dark chocolate
1 Tsp of Honey
2 Tsps of Sugar
A pinch of Cardmom powder
1 Tsp of Mixed Fruit jam( I usually use the pineapple jam)
1/2 cup of cold milk

Method :

Mix all above ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.Cover it and refrigerate till use.If you prefer top it with mixed fruit jam or dry fruits while serving.



Mini Bites Plain Puffs

A very much alike my recently posted vegetable puffs.But these are plain mini bites puffs,I had some left over pastry sheets wanted to use it up so thought I would try a making few of them in different shapes."Fun,easy and enjoyable to all.Another great idea!"


Procedure

Check out my vegetable puffs recipe.Follow the same steps,excluding the portion of stuffing the puffs.



Rawa Upma Pulav


This recipe was originated by me and was done a while back but now I'm posting on my blog.Instead of rice I used fine sooji ( Rawa) and vegetables regardless which gave an authentic spicy taste as a best breakfast menu.

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Roasted Fine Sooji (Rawa or Semolina)
2 Medium Size Tomatoes and Onions (chopped)
Carrots,Green peas( I used frozen peas)
3 to 4 Green chillies
1 Clove Minced Garlic 
1/2 tsp of Cinnamon Powder
Less than 1/2 Cup of Dry Coconut Powder
A Bunch of Chopped Coriander
1/4 tsp of Clove Powder
Mustard seeds,urad dal,tumeric powder just about 1/2 tsp each for tempering
4 to 5 Tbsps of Oil
Salt for taste.
6 cups of water

Method:

1. Cook all the veggies in pressure cooker for 3 whistles.
2. Grind coconut powder,chillies,coriander,clove powder,cinnamon powder and minced garlic.
3. As usual in a heated pan add the tempering ingredients with chopped onions and tomatoes.Saute them till soft,add grinded pastePour 5 cups of water onto this and bring them to boil.Add salt
4.Simmer the heat,gradually add the roasted sooji,keep stirring well without any lumps.Squeeze one full size lemon just to give an extra tangy taste.



Sunday, August 25, 2013

Aloo Manchurian


I was always aiming & confident  to try aloo manchurian instead of gobi.Didn't take much time in preparing as cutting and boiling the florets of Cauliflower is an hectic job.Definitely a worth trying recipe which is quick and simple.


Ingredients:

Maida/all purpose flour and Rice Flour 1/2 cup each
Corn Flour 1/4 cup
Baby Potatoes 6 to 10 
Minced Ginger & Garlic 3/4 tsp each
Capsicum (optional) 1/4 cup- steamed in microwave safe bowl for 2 mins
Green chillies 2 (chopped)& coriander
Tomato chillie sauce 3 to 4 TBsps ( add if required more )
Soya Sauce 1 tsp
Ghee and oil for tempering 2 tbsps
Oil for deep fry
Salt as per taste

Method:

Make a thick batter of all the flours with salt.keep aside.
Boil and peel the potatoes.In a Kadai deep fry them in medium heat oil. 
For Seasoning with gravy:

Heat oil in a pan and add minced ginger- garlic paste.Stir and add chopped green chilli coriander,leaves and the tomato sauce
Now add the deep fried potatoes and mix well till the sauce thickens potatoes well.





Chayote Squash/Seeme Badanekayi Raitha


These recipe is similar to my previously posted Coconut Thambuli,but only few changes I made is i used Chayote Squash Vegetable( pressure cooked for 2 whistles).And for grinding the paste I added the mustard seeds.
Please do refer my previous post for further details.




Aviyal

Avial is a speciality dish of Kerala Cuisine.It is a thick mixture of a lot vegetables, yogurt and coconut,seasoned with curry leaves. This dish can be made into a gravy and eaten with rice or be made into a semi-solid side dish. You can choose your own combination of veggies.


Ingredients:

Carrot and bell pepper 1 each ( chopped lengthwise)
Green peas ( frozen ) 1/4 cup
Rice flour for thickness ( 2 to 3 tbsps )
Yogurt 1 cup
Grated coconut 3/4 cup
Green Chilli 4 to 5
Jeera 1/2 tsp 
Cilantro 4 to 5 strands and curry leaves
Mustard seeds,turmeric powder,oil and asafeotida for tempering
2 to 3 cups of water.

Procedure:

1. Cook all the veggies in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles.
2. Grind the coconut,Chilli ,jeera and cilantro to a coarse paste.
3. To the cooked veggies add the grinded paste,yogurt,salt and bring them to medium heat.Before this,make a thick paste of rice flour mixed with water and add to the above cooked curry.
4. Next for tempering heat oil in a pan,add mustard and asafeotida.you can add curry leaves too and good serve them with rice or chapathi.