Jun 17, 2015

Oggarane Dabbi / Masala Dabba

The famous Indian Spice Box or the Oggarane Dabbi aka Masala Dabba is found in most of the Indian kitchens.It is a seven mini box set meant for organizing your daily spices/herb requirements .Each set is different depending on the food habits based on regions of India.

Below is a list of the basic items that can be filled in-

  • Type A

Mustard Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Chana Dal
Urad Dal
Turmeric Powder
Ground Nuts

    Red Chilies

    • Type B

    Mustard Seeds /Sasive
    Cumin Seeds /Jeera
    Fenugreek or Coriander Seeds /Menthya
    Garam Masala
    Tumeric Powder
    Red Chili Powder
    Coriander Powder

    A traditional and authentic way of reducing time for your daily cooking. You can fill in the spices /herbs as per your daily requirement used for the seasoning on everyday basis.For the newbie's this is a must so that you do not forget adding the spices ;).You get various versions of these dabbas.Make your own version !!



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    Jun 14, 2015

    Yogurt Sandwich

    Yogurt Sandwich is a simple and healthy sandwich which can be easily done.Fresh and tasty with a right mix of vegetables blended in thick curds and masalas.Perfect for kids.


    Ingredients:
    Yogurt Sandwich
    • Bread Slices
    • Butter
    • 1cup thick yogurt
    • 1/4 cup tomatoes
    • 1/4 cup cucumber
    • 1/4 cup onion
    • 1/4 capsicum 
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp chaat masala/Sandwich masala
    • few corainder leaves
    • 1-2 green chilies-opt
    Method -Finely chop the vegetables.Next in a bowl add all the ingredients and mix with thick curds.Apply butter on bread, add the filing on the bread ,top with another bread slice .Grill the sandwich on the toaster.Serve hot with ketchup or chutney.


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    Jun 10, 2015

    Avalakki Payasa Ver II

    Avalakki Payasa/ Poha Kheer is simple and easy dessert recipe.Delicious and tasty made during festivals as well.Enjoy this flattened rice pudding warm or cold.This is the jaggery version.

    Avalakki Payasa/ Poha Kheer

    Ingredients

    • Poha - 1/4 cup
    • Jaggery -1/4 cup 
    • Milk - 2 1/2 cups
    • Ghee - 1 tsp
    • Cashew nuts/Raisins -5-6
    • Pistachio -few pieces
    • Elachi pwd -1/4 tsp
    • Saffron -2-3 strands (soaked in milk)


    Method
    In a pan ,heat ghee fry  the dry fruits and keep it aside.Next fry the poha with little ghee.Once done,add milk to the pan,simmer and cook till the milk thickens.Keep stirrring in between.Next add jaggery, cardamom powder, saffron and mix well .Garnish with dry fruits .Enjoy either hot or chilled.


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    Capsicum Coconut Stir Fry

    Capsicum Coconut Stir Fry is a spicy side dish for Indian breads .A blend of masala with coconut added to capsicum . Capsicum or Bell Pepper / Simla Mirch is a vegetable where we can keep experimenting various combinations. 


    • Capsicums (Bell Pepper)-2 big chopped
    • Oil 3 Tbsp
    • salt to taste
    Seasoning
    • Mustard seeds 1 Tsp
    • Cumin seeds /Jeera 1 Tsp
    • Hing-Pinch
    • Urad Dal 1/2 tsp
    • Chana Dal 1/2 tsp
    • Turmeric-pinch
    • Curry leaves-few
    Grinding
    • Bath Masala-2 tsp
    • Coconut-1/4 cup

    Method-Heat oil for in a frying pan over moderate heat. Add items mentioned in seasoning Once done add capsicums and saute for 1 - 2 min.Meanwhile grind Bhath masala with coconut without water coarsely .Next add this mix  to capsicum and stir-fry over low heat for 5 - 7 minutes till capsicums are tender.Add salt mix well.Serve hot with chapati or rice.


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    Jun 9, 2015

    Pineapple Sheera

    Pineapple Sheera is yummy flavored sweet that can be made in very less time Enjoy this delicious desert during pineapple season along with your kids.

    Pineapple Sheera

    Ingredients
    cup Chiroti rava (semolina or sooji)
     cup Milk
    1/2 
    cup Ghee
    Few Raisins


    cup  Sugar 
    Few Cashew nuts/Badam 
    1 tsp  Cardamom Powder/ kesar
    1/4 cup pineapple puree
    few chopped pineapple pieces


    Method
    • Roast rava in the ghee till aromatic
    • Add sugar and warm  milk and lower the flame. Add the pineapple pulp and pieces.Simmer and cover with lid till it blends in. 
    • Add raisins and cardamom powder to garnish.
    • Add fried cashew nuts/Badam and  kesar (opt)
    • Enjoy with little ghee on the top.


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    Jun 8, 2015

    Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Grilled Cheese Sandwich is simple and quick snack fix.Enjoy.


    Ingredients-

    1. 8 to 10 slices of bread 
    2. Butter
    3.  Grated cheese as required
    4. Chaat Masala-as req
    5. Pepper powder-as req

    Method-Apply butter on the slices .Next top it with grated cheese,sprinkle pepper pwd and chaat masala .Cover it with another buttered bread .Grill the sandwich.

    Enjoy hot either plain with chutney or ketchup. 

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