FINGER MILLET BREAD (RAGI/KURAKKAN BREAD)


Ragi,finger millet,kurakkan( Sinhala ) is a

healthy bread . It was not an easy and good

bake when I did for the first time . The humour

part of the result was that ,even my dog ran

away when I offered him a bite ,it was so hard

and not edible 🤣.Why ?I made it with plain

ragi flour .

Today,I found a recipe with a mixture of wheat

flour and millet flour and the texture and taste

was good .The only change I made was to add

basil leaves and nuts as a topping.

“Failure,is part of Success,not the opposite

( quote ).

I never share recipes ,without achieving a good

result !

Now to the successful recipe 😍

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour ( 100-125 gm)

3 cups wheat flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 egg ( optional)

2 tsp yeast ( instant)

25 gm butter

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup oil

1 tsp salt

A pinch of baking soda

METHOD

•Warm milk with butter and set aside.

•Add yeast and sugar,to 1/2 cup lukewarm

water and allow to froth. ( 2 minutes)

•Mix all ingredients, in a stand mixer and

knead for 10 minutes ,to a soft and firm dough

•Apply a little oil on the dough,and allow to rise

( 20 minutes )

•After you see it doubled ,knead again for

another 10 minutes .

•Divide into portions you like ,and use a loaf tin

if you like ( I just baked in a silicon mat )

• Spray the bread with water .

• Sprinkle basil leaves , any seeds of your

choice.( I sprinkled sunflower seeds ,and

melon seeds) .

•Sprinkle a little millet flour on top .

• Bake in a 200C preheated oven for 35-40

minutes .

•Do not cut slices immediately or remove from

pan immediately

RAWA IDDLI (Instant +Oil free)


This is a 30 minutes rawa iddli.

Soft and spongy oil- free iddlis.

The key ingredient,and tip to a good rawa iddli

is thick curd .This is very tasty iddli with

cashews and vegetables .

So,do try this method and post in your

comments .

To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rawa ( semolina)

2 cups thick curd

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking soda(to mix before steaming)

1/2 cup water

1 tsp salt

10 cashewnuts chopped

Few coriander leaves chopped

1 small carrot grated

1 green chilli chopped fine

METHOD

•First mix the semolina,curd,salt and 1 tsp

baking soda and set aside for 30 minutes.

•After 30 minutes,add 1/2 cup water and the 1/2

tsp baking soda and mix well.

•Add in the cashews ,vegetables and mix well.

•Pour into greased iddli moulds and steam for

10 minutes or till done .

Serve with sambhar/ chutneys/ korma .

BANANA-CREAM CHEESE CHOCOLATE TARTLETS


Another innovation,and addition to ripe

banana recipes.

This recipe is too awesome in taste,and I would

say this tops the list to recipes with bananas .

The blend of almonds,chocolate and banana,

no doubt gives out an amazing taste.

Making tartlets is too easy for me . How ? I use

the chappathi press and press out within

seconds using oil paper or oil packet covers ( I

store in the fridge) . So this is my tip for quick

tarts.

Moving to the recipe now

For the tart pastry

Ingredients

1 cup flour

2 tbsp butter

3-4 tbsp sugar

A pinch of salt

Milk to bind

Method

•Bind all the ingredients together to make a

firm dough,and set in the fridge till you make

the filling .

•Divide into portions (makes 11-12),and line in

greased tart tins.Pour filling and bake .

For the filling

Ingredients

2-3 medium sized bananas

2 eggs

3/4 cup brown sugar

Half cup almonds powdered

100 gm cream cheese ( crumbled)

1/4 cup fresh cream

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

2 tbsp chocolate chips

A pinch of salt

Method

•Mix the ingredients in a food processor or

pulse in a mixer.( except chocolate chips)

•Mix in the chocolate chips.

•Pour mixture,into prepared pastry shells (not

full to the brim)

•Bake in a moderate oven for ( 180C)for 35-40

minutes.

PALAK CORN ‘N’ EGG


This is an amazing dish with rotis or as stuffing

for puff pastries,or buns .

Corn contains valuable vitamins and minerals

necessary for your overall health.

Corn is one food, which can be added to many

preparations and many cuisines.It will be a

long list if,I have to name each dish with corn,

and baby corn ,so I will move on to the recipe

right away 😀.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup corn pellets/ baby corn

2 cups spinach( Palak)

2 green chillies

5-6 garlic cloves

1 tsp cumin seed

2 tbsp almonds/cashew ( powdered coarse)

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1 onion chopped

1 piece cinnamon

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp amchur powder/ 1 tbsp curd /1 tsp lime

juice.

Salt to taste

1-2 eggs

2 tbsp fresh cream ( optional)

2 tbsp butter/ghee

METHOD

• Grind the washed palak leaves,with green

chillies,cumin seed,garlic to a coarse paste.

•Heat butter/ghee in a kadai,and add the onions

•Add cinnamon,and let the onions brown

lightly .

•Next add the corn pellets,and sauté for 2-3

minutes.

•Add the eggs, and mix

• Next add the ground palak mixture,and the

remaining ingredients .

•Cook for few minutes ,on a low flame till corn

is well blended with the Palak mixture.

•Remove from fire .

•Add fresh cream and serve .

BESAN ‘N’ COCONUT BURFI


This is an awesome sweet with besan( gram dal

flour ),coconut sugar and ghee.

It was much tastier than a Mysore pak.No need

to check for the string consistency of sugar .

Easy to make,delicious and addictive sweet !

So let’s get into the recipe now ..( My 800th post)

INGREDIENTS

1 cup besan flour (gram dal flour )

1 cup sugar

1 cup grated coconut

1+1/4 cup ghee

A pinch of salt

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

METHOD

•Heat 2 tsp ghee in a thick bottomed or non

stick pan,and add the flour and roast lightly.

(Only till it is warm).

•Add half of the ghee and coconut and cook .It

will turn liquid lightly .

•Add the rest of the ingredients and the

remaining ghee at intervals .

•When you see the mixture thickening ,transfer

to a greased tray .

•Cut into shapes when it is slightly warm.

•Allow to cool completely and remove from

tray.

COCONUT-ALMOND JAGGERY PUDDING


This is another addition to my innovated

recipes.

It’s akin to the ‘wattalapam’recipe, and the only

difference is the addition of ground almonds

and white poppy seeds paste.This tasted like a

creamy wattalapam.

One of my friends had a recipe with white

poppy seeds ground into a sugar watallapam.

So,this is where I got the idea to add khus khus

or white poppy seeds.Adding almonds was

purely my idea.So, that’s how this lovely

creamy dessert was created .

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

150 gm jaggery

50 gm brown sugar or plain sugar

6 eggs

20-25 almonds

1 tsp white poppy seeds ( optional)

A pinch of salt

1.5 cups thick coconut milk

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

METHOD

•Add the jaggery,sugar and half coconut milk

into a mixer jar and pulse till jaggery and

sugar are well blended.

•Strain the mixture .

•Grind the almonds and poppy seeds to a fine

paste,and set aside.

•Beat the eggs with the remaining coconut milk.

•Mix in the paste,and the rest of the

ingredients.

•Mix well and pour into a mould and steam for

30-40 minutes or till done .

•This can be baked in a bath in the oven too.

SWEET POTATO FRIES


Sweet potato has numerous health benefits.

Sweet potatoes help to improve insulin

resistance,and it is found that people who

consume lot of sweet potato have a less risk of

diabetes due to its fibre content.

This is just an outline of the health benefits.

If more healthy tips are preferred,you could

search the Internet.

Now to the recipe today.

INGREDIENTS

Sweet potatoes ( the quantity is your requirement) peeled or unpeeled and cut into strips.

1-2 tbsp vinegar

1 tsp salt

Cornstarch ( a little to coat lightly)

Oil for frying

METHOD

•Boil the sweet potatoes with vinegar and salt.

•After it reaches a good bubbling boil,strain

and allow to cool lightly.(Spread it on a kitchen

towel )

•Add cornflour to a bowl and mix the sweet

potatoes lightly with your fingers.

•Fry till golden brown and crisp .

Tip : Fry 3/4th,and remove from oil .After

you have fried all the chips,refry to retain

crispness

This tip applies to all fried food .If you need

the crunchiness to last for some time you

could try this method .

AVOCADO WALNUT BROWNIE


This is a lovely brownie with more of a

chocolatey taste.

If you have it just out of the oven,you may get

the taste of avocado.Allow it to cool ,or have it

the next day .Very moist,no need to add butter,

less on flour too .

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 big avocado or two medium sized avocado

1 cup sugar ( 1/2 cup brown )

4 eggs

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup flour

200 gm melted chocolate

A handful of walnuts

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Beat the eggs,sugar and salt till light in colour

Add the cocoa powder,flour and the melted

chocolate

Mix till well corporated.

Add walnuts .

Transfer to a greased tray and bake at 180 C in

a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes .

INSTANT HOPPERS


This is a recipe which can be done within 30

minutes.I have posted 5 types of hopper recipes

before https://calinskitchen.com/2018/04/15/variations-of-hopper-mix/

This one is for hoppers with red rice

https://calinskitchen.com/2020/06/14/red-rice-hoppers/

This is my 6th hopper variant .If you have no

time to organise a meal quickly,this recipe will

definitely help you .

There are some things that you can never leave

or replace . Yes ,I’m referring to my appam /

hopper chatty in the photo.There are non stick

categories,and new ones too,but I never get the

texture that I get from this pan.So please do not

mind my hopper chatty 😊.

Moving on to the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

3 heaped cups rice flour

1.5 tsp instant yeast

1/2 cup coconut water ( optional)

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt or to taste

2 – 2.5 cups thick coconut milk

METHOD

•Mix rice flour,sugar,yeast,coconut water and

set aside for 20-30 minutes.

•After 30 minutes add the coconut milk little by

little to get a pancake consistency ( not too thick

or too thin ).

•Heat an appam or hopper chatty .

•Use a small cloth and grease the inside with oil

•Pour a ladle of the batter ,swirl all around only

once, cover and cook till crisp and golden .

•Remove slowly from pan,and repeat process .

•You can add egg in the centre for egg hoppers.

CREAM CHEESEBUNS


This is my version of the Russian Vatrushka

bun. I prepared two types of buns with the

same dough.One batch of savoury buns,and

another batch of sweet . Both fillings were with

cream cheese.It was one of the best buns I have

made,it was very soft and creamy .

The filling had no cooking involved,so no time

consuming.

The savoury had grated red capsicum ,and the

sweet had apple slices .

Amazing recipe worth trying.!

To the recipe now

Ingredients for the dough

3 cups flour

50gm+1 tbsp butter

1+1/2 tsp instant yeast

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 egg ( vegans can opt out )

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp milk powder

1-2 cups water

Method

Melt 50gm butter,and add water to it.

Once it reaches a lukewarm stage,switch off

the flame.

Add yeast,sugar and the rest of the ingredients,

except 1 tbsp butter,and knead to a soft dough.

Allow 1 rise .

Knead lightly and stretch the dough .

Apply the remaining butter,and knead for 5

more minutes.

Cover and allow another rise .

Divide into portions and place on a greased

tray.

Let it rise on the tray .

Make an impression with a cup on each piece

of dough to resemble like cups .

Keep filling and bake in a 200C oven for 20-25

minutes.

You could apply egg wash on the sides if you

like.I did not use any wash.

For the savoury filling

150 gm paneer or cream cheese

2 tbsp butter

1 red capsicum grated

1/4 cup any cheese ( I used Gouda cheese)

1 egg

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp pepper powder

Salt to taste

Method

Blend the butter,and paneer till creamy .

Add the rest of the ingredients,and use as filling

For the sweet filling

100 cream cheese/ paneer

25 gm butter

Sugar to taste

Apple slices

1 tsp lemon juice

Brown sugar to sprinkle

Method

Mix the cheese,butter and sugar.

Place filling on each dough .

Mix lemon juice with the apple slices.

Arrange on the top on sprinkle brown sugar.

Bake at 200C preheated oven for 20 minutes .