Sep 25, 2015

Potato Toast

Potato Toast is a simple and easy snack recipe made from humble bread and potatoes.The butter and spices makes this very delicious and tasty.Kids will love it.

Potato Toast
Potato Toast
Ingredients 


  •    Bread slices - 4 
  •     Potato - 1 cup (boiled and mashed)
  •    Green chillies - 1 finely chopped (opt)
  •    Salt to taste
  •    Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
  •    Turmeric Powder - a pinch
  •    Dhania-Jeera Powder - 1/2 tsp
  •    Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
  •    Butter 




Method-In a bowl add the boil potato and mash it well, next add the masala powders,salt ,chopped chillies and mix well.Next heat a tava, meanwhile apply butter one side of the bread and on the other side apply the mashed potato spread.Put on the tava ,toast the buttered side first until golden brown. Flip over and ,add butter and roast the potato side till golden brown.Serve hot with ketchup and hot cup of tea/coffee.



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Sep 24, 2015

Butter/Ghee -homemade method

Butter / Ghee Making process

Learn how to make butter /ghee at home with the below steps,most of you will definately know ,have complied for the newbies !

Steps-


  1. Collecting Cream-
  2. Boil the milk as usual ,collect the cream formed on the milk in a container and store it in refrigerator.Keep doing this activity everyday till sufficient cream is collected.
  3. After you have collected 2or 3 cups of cream, you can use it to make butter.
  4. Collecting Butter/Butter milk-
  5. In a mixer jar, or in a food processor add the cream,next add  1 cup of water. Turn on the mixer or food processor.Initially, the cream will begun to smoothen and you will get smooth whipped cream forming over the top in the jar.Continue the mixer, till the butter and the buttermilk gets separated.Collect the butter using the strainer in a vessel.Keep the buttermilk in the refrigerator.
  6. Preparing Ghee 
  7. Making the Ghee -  Next place the vessel with the butter on moderate heat,keep stirring let it simmer for 15-20 mins till you get the aroma of Ghee coming .Strain and store in a dry container.

Enjoy healthy ghee on your dosas,idlis or the butter on parathas.

The buttermilk is equally good for your healthy. 

Spice up the buttermilk and enjoy !




Homemade Butter
Butter


Homemade Ghee
Ghee

Beetroot Palya Ver II

Beetroot Palya Ver II  is  easy to prepare.Very healthy ,colorful blended with groundnut masala  it is tasty and delicious.Try it out.


Beetroot Palya Ver II,beetroot poriyal
Beetroot Palya Ver II
Ingredients:

  • 2 beetroots,finely chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut shreds (opt)
  • Groundnut powder-2tsp
  • Bhath Pwd-2 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • oil, 
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Chana Dal
  • 1/2 Urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera
  •  Few curry leaves
  • Few corainder leaves (chopped)
  • Hing Pinch

Method: Cook the beetroot in pressure cooker. Keep aside.In a pan, heat oil and add mustard,chana dal,urad dal,hing,curry leaves and fry well.
Once done, add the boiled beetroots ,add salt ,masala powders and mix well.Fry it for 2-3 min on low flame.Garnish with coriander leaves and serve this Beetroot stirfry hot with rasam rice or chapati.


(you can add grated coconut if req)

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Sep 23, 2015

Badam Puri

  Badam Puri

Badam Puri is a yummy dessert that can be enjoyed on special occasions or festivals.Rich and tasty layered delight-crispy from outside and soft within.


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups-maida
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup ghee
  • 1 tsp. Elachi pwd
  • Oil/Ghee for - frying
  • Dryfruits-few (grated Badam)
  • 1 tbsp grated dry coconut
  • Milk
  • Rice flour
Method:Mix sugar, water and make a syrup. Add cardamom powder and keep aside.
In a bowl,add the flour,ghee and milk knead well and make a soft dough .
Rest it for 4-5 hrs.
Take a small sized ball of dough and roll into a round shape, 
then fold it into half and half like cone.
Fix a clove in the centre of the triangle.
Fry these triangle folded pieces in the heated oil/ghee . 
Fry till golden color and remove it.
Dip these puris into the sugar syrup and then remove it on to a plate.
Decorate with grated nuts and coconut.





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Sep 22, 2015

Cauliflower Paratha / Gobi Paratha

Cauliflower Paratha aka Gobi paratha is very healthy and nutritious .Enjoy as weekend breakfast or brunch.Hot and delicious.


Ingredients  
Cauliflower Paratha / Gobi Paratha
Cauliflower Paratha / Gobi Paratha

  • Wheat flour 3 cups 
  • Potato 1 small (boiled and mashed)
  • Florets cauliflower (boiled and mashed)
  • Red chilly pwd1/2 Tsp
  • Garam masala pwd1/2 Tsp 
  • Dhania jeera pwd-1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste   
  • Ghee or oil for frying   
  • Jeera-few 
  • Green Chillies 1-2 (addln spice/opt)
    
Method :

1.Knead the flour with water, a little salt,oil into a soft dough.Cover it for 4-5 hours.
2.In a Kadai heat oil, add  jeera,Then add the chilly and garam masala powders, and fry for a while. Add the mashed vegetables, salt and mix well.Fry till dry set aside to cool. Divide the mixture into balls. 
3.Make a small chapati with the dough,keep this ball in the middle and bring all the sides together, flatten them with your fingers, or use the rolling pin to make the paratha 
4.Heat a tava, put in the paratha, turn on both sides till done.Add oil or ghee all around the edges, fry both sides, carefully turning over until evenly brown. Serve very hot with pickle or curds.



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Sep 19, 2015

Beetroot Avalakki / Beetroot Poha

Beetroot Poha or Beetroot Avalakki is spicy and quick breakfast recipe.Poha (Oggarane Avalakki ) is easy to cook, adding vegetables to it makes it more nutritious and tasty.This one is with red beet -healthy loaded with nutrients.Enjoy!

Beetroot Poha,Avalakki
Beetroot Avalakki / Beetroot Poha
Ingredients:
1 cup poha ((flaked rice /avalakki)

1 cup beetroot (finely grated)
5-6 green chillies, finely chopped
Salt to taste
For Seasoning:
2 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp. mustard
1/2 tsp.cumin seeds
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp. Urad dal
2 tsp. peanuts
Hing- a pinch
Curry leaves-few
Turmeric pwd-pinch

For Garnishing
2 tbsp. grated coconut
Few coriander leaves


Method: Soak the poha in water for 5-10min. Wash  and drain the water completely.
Heat the oil in the pan, fry the peanuts and keep it aside .
Next add seasonings and fry till done.
Add green chillies and grated beetroot and stir fry.
Once done add the poha and mix well.
Add salt, coconut ,peanuts and coriander leaves to the poha.Add lemon juice.
Mix well  and serve hot.




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Sep 15, 2015

Ganesh Chaturthi





वक्रतुण्ड   महाकाय   सूर्यकोटि   समप्रभ

निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा 


Ganesha festival is celebrated with great joy across most states in India. People bring Ganesha idol home and welcome him with sweets and delicious food and lots of devotion and love. Elders and kids alike enjoy this auspicious festival. People cook variety of dishes on this day.








Enjoy these easy recipes during the Vinayaka /Ganesha Chaturthi.


Browse through the links to get a list of dishes you can prepare .



1. Kadabu / Karanji


2. Steamed Modak 


3.  Kosambri / Sundal


4. Kheers / Payasam


5. Chitranna


6. Nucchina Unde / Steamed Lentils Snack



Wishing everyone a wonderful festival , Enjoy





Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower / Masala Gobi  is easy and simple sabzi / Palya .Blended with masalas and spices it tastes yummy.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cauliflower /Gobi (cleaned and chopped)
    Mashed cauliflower / Mashed Gobi
    Mashed Cauliflower
  • 1 cup Potato (boiled and mashed)
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1-2 tsp Kitchen king Masala
  • Fresh coriander
  • Salt for taste

Seasoning-

  • Oil-1-2 tsp
  • Jeera-1/2 tsp
  • Hing-Pinch
  • Turmeric-Pinch
Method: Boil the cauliflower for 10-15 mins till soft,Next in a pan, add oil ,jeera ,turmeric,once done add Caulifower florets and fry .Next add in the mashed potatoes and mix it .Add the masala and sautee for a couple of mins.Add the salt in as per taste.Cover and cook till done.Saute in between.Once done garnish it with coriander and serve hot with Chapatis or Jeera Rice.

Sep 13, 2015

Slush Time


The amazing sweet lime and orange slush

The saviour to summer !

Try this cool and refreshing slush in summers.

 A very nice way to add awesomeness to your summer.

Ingredients


  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 small sweet lime ( moosambi )
  • Water ( about 2 cups )
  • Sugar - 2 full spoons
  • A tea strainer (washed and clean)
  • Aluminum foil


Serves 2

Method


Before you start make sure you have 3 cups of the same size and make sure your work area is near the sink . Slush is made from juice so you need to first cut the orange and sweet lime in halves and squeeze them separately in different cups. Once you have got the squeezed juice ( its okay if the seeds and the pulp are with the juice ),mix both the juices, take a cup, fill it with water and transfer the squeezed juice via the tea strainer and stir. Add 2 spoons sugar and mix the juice. Once that is done pour the juice equally into 2 cups and cover/ wrap the foil so that the top part of the cup is covered. Let it freeze for 1-2 hours. After freezing remove the newspaper, take a spoon and mush the ice. 


Your amazing slush is ready!!! ; ) : )

Summer Vegetable Salad

Summer Vegetable Salad is a combination of healthy raw  vegetables with spices with lemon juice.Get your dose of protein.


Ingredients
  • 1cup Cucumber
  • 1 cup Tomato 
  • 1 cup Onion
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1 cup capsicum 
  • oil 1 tsp
  • Pepper pwd-1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice


Method: Cut the vegetables in long thin slices .In a bowl, add the chopped cucumber,tomato,onion,carrot ,and mix.Add salt,pepper pwd,lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves and mix and serve.



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Sep 6, 2015

Chitranna -Easy One Pot Meal

Chitranna (ಚಿತ್ರಾನ್ನ-Kannada) is a simple and a quick rice based dish or one pot meal that can be made easily.With steamed / cooked rice dashed in with aromatic spices in the oggarane /seasoning ,with or without coconut tastes yummy and perfect !!!


Have Fun Preparing these -Spicy or Mild  , Tangy and Tasty.


1. Raw Mango Rice- Maavinkayi Maaja -Tangy and Spicy

2. Just Chitranna - Simple and Easy

3. Kabul Kadle Chitranna -Chana with rice

4. Curry Leaves Chitranna -Karibevu delight

5. Nellikai Chitranna- Gooseberry Rice

6. Coconut Chitranna-Fresh and delicious

7. Kayi Sasive Chitranna - Traditional and Spicy

8.  Nimbe hannu Chitranna-Lemon Rice -the all time favorite

9.  Tamarind Chitranna -Puliyogare



Enjoy this Karnataka Special !!

Sep 4, 2015

Krishna Janmashtami / Gokulashtami

Krishna Janmashtami / Gokulashtami is celebrated as Krishna's birthday across various states in India.

In Southern India, Krishna's favorite Poha or Avalakki / puffed rice is made for naivedya -an offering to the lord along with variety of sweets and crisps and ofcourse Butter !!

Enjoy the varied collection of Avalakkis you can make for Krishna Janamashtmi / Gokulashtami.




Avalakki Payasam

Corn Avalakki

Avarekai-Avalakki

Cucumber Poha

Avalakki-fritters

Poha Kheer

Sihi Avalakki

Gojju Avalakki-All time favorite

Mosaru Avalakki / Curd Poha

10 Tomato Poha


Have a wonderful festive time !!




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