TENDER JACKFRUIT KEBAB


Jackfruit was least known for its benefits as a superfood.Earlier considered to be a poor

man’s food,because  of its high fibre content,(satiating hunger) has now regained it’s

prominence  due to research ,and is widely sold all over the world.Jackfruit was mostly

consumed and grown in Asian countries before,but now the rest of the world are trying to

grow this jack of benefits tree.

I will just give you an outline of the benefits ,as i usually do.

It is good for diabetes,in reducing cholesterol,and is a bulk laxative which eliminates

cancer causing chemicals from the colon.Diabetic ,people under medication please do

consult your doctor if you are going to consume the ripe jak fruit.

So now let me get into the introduction of my new try of jakfruit kebab.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 small tender jak fruit (remove skin and cut as in picture)

1/2 cup gram dal (channa dal/kadala parippu)

1 inch piece cinnammon

3-4 cloves

1/2 tsp peppercorns

1 tsp.cummin seeds

1 tsp.fennel seeds (perumjeeragam,saunf)

1 inch piece ginger

5-6 cloves garlic

1 tblsp.whole coriander

1/4 cup breadcrumbs(optional)

2 eggs

salt to taste

1 cup water

1 big onion chopped fine/a bunch of spring onions

2-3 green chillies finely chopped

1/2 tsp.garam masala powder

few curry leaves

oil for frying

METHOD

First soak the cut jak fruit pieces in mild buttermilk for 10 minutes.Wash and boil with the

ingredients bold listed till dry.

Allow to cool and coarsely grind .To the grounded mixture add the rest of the ingredients.

Mix well ,and bind into kebab shapes and shallow fry,till golden brown.These kebabs could

be grilled too.Serve with mint chutney if you like.

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CAULIFLOWER PAKORAS/FRITTERS


This is a spicy,tasty crunchy pakora /bajji/

fritters.

I have added extra spice inside this fritter.

You can make the same recipe with parboiled potatoes too.

Good to serve as a starter a snack and an

accompaniment for variety rice.

To get the extra crunch ,half fry the fritters,

set aside till you finish frying all,and refry

again till golden brown .

This helps to get the crunch and retain the

crispiness for a long time.

For the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 cauliflower broken into florets and soaked in

warm salted turmeric water

1 tblsp.chilli powder

1 tblsp.ginger garlic paste

1/2 tsp.garam masala powder

salt to taste

METHOD

Drain the water from the cauliflower,and wash

well again twice.

Marinade with the rest of the ingredients,and

set aside till you prepare for the coating.

For the coating

2 cups gram flour or besan flour(kadala maavu)

2 tblsp.rice flour

1/2 cup plain flour (maida)

1 tblsp chilli powder

1 tsp.kalonji seeds (black cummin/karumjeeragam)

a pinch of soda bicarb

salt to taste

3/4 cup water.

oil for frying

Mix all the above ingredients for the coating

well,without lumps  ,and not watery but like

dosai batter.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan.When it is hot,take

a tblsp a hot oil and pour into the flour batter  

and mix well.

Now drop in the cauliflower(before coating)

into the hot oil for just two seconds.

Remove from oil and dip the florets in the

batter and fry till golden brown.

If you are going to serve later,half fry and set

aside and then fry while serving ,or fry as

i have given instructions  in my intro.

Can be served with mint or any chutney you

like.

 

 

 

 

EGG BAJJI (FRITTERS)


This is  one of the easiest starters you could make.This is also a very good accompaniment

with any meal.I have posted a similar version of prawn fritters before.PRAWN FRITTERS

Let’s  get into the recipe.

INGREDEINTS

6 hard boiled eggs

1 tblsp.chillie paste

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

2 green chillies ground coarse

salt to taste.

.Make a paste of the  spices and apply on the eggs.Next cut each egg into two or four,the

way you like.Take care to keep the yolk intact.Set aside.

For the bajji mixture

2 cups gram dhal flour(besan flour)

1 tblsp.rice flour

1/4 cup plain flour

1 garlic crushed

a pinch of asafoetida

1/2 tsp chilli powder

a few fennel seeds(saunf)

1/2 cup water (if required more can be added )

salt  to taste

oil for frying

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients to a thick batter like iddli or dosai or pancake batter (except the

oil).Heat the oil.Take a tblsp of the heated oil and pour into the batter and mix well.

Dip each cut egg piece and deep fry on medium heat till golden brown.

Variation:You could add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese to the batter for egg cheese fritters

Tip:To get the extra crunch,fry the fritters lightly,keep aside for few minutes ,and fry again

.This will help to retain the crunch for some time.

 

POTATO COCONUT SALAD


Potato for some is a misconception that it makes you fat.Of course if you are taking potato

mixed with butter(potato mash),french fries,fried potatoes will definitely play the role of

making you fat.People who want to gain weight can opt for food like that.It is always

important to take food according to your own body structure and requirements.

Potato is one of the common and important food which carry a wealth of health benefits.

This seems to be a staple diet for many around the planet.The research so far shows that

potato helps to reduce cholesterol,boost heart health,immunity,eye health,skin and many

more healthy facts.Potato is a storehouse for energy,minerals and vitamins .Potatoes store

70-80 percent of water content of it weight,so regular intake of this vegetable,ensures you

with a good supply of water and ions in the body.whew..!

Now for the simple recipe.(no butter/oil)

Ingredients

200-250 gm boiled potatoes

2 green chillies chopped

3-4 stalks of spring onions chopped fine

3/4 cup coconut grated

1 tsp.chilli flakes

1/4 tsp.pepper powder

a pinch of nutmeg grated

juice of 1 lemon or 1 tsp.amchur powder(dry mango powder)

salt to taste

Method

Mix all these together .Do not mash well.Break the potatoes with your fingers.This can be

served with any meal.Good for a wrap,nuggets,or filling for samosas,or toasted

sandwiches

KEERA VADA (Lentil+greens)


This is a very easy recipe, to make and can be

served as a snack or with iddlis or vegetarian

dishes.If you are serving it as a snack ,you

could serve it with coconut chutney,or any

spicy chutneys of your choice.

You could use any type of greens of your

choice .To name a few,spinach,spring

onions,amarnath leaves(arai keerai),fenugreek

leaves(methi or venthiya ),ponnaganni keerai

Those who don’t like greens will definitely love

this crunchy snack.

For the recipe:(makes 12-15)

INGREDIENT

2 cups channa dal (bengal gram/kadala parippu)

1 tblsp.raw rice

1 cup cut greens

2-3 green chillies sliced

10 -15 small onions or shallots (if adding spring onions with the greens then you could opt out the onions)

6-7 dry red chillies

2-3 pips garlic crushed

1/2 inch piece ginger

1 tsp cummin seeds

1 tsp.jeera or saunf

1 tsp peppercorns

a pinch asafoetida

salt to taste

oil for frying

METHOD

Soak the rice with the dal and the red chillies

for 15-20 minutes.Wash and drain the water.

Grind to a coarse paste(no need to add water)

with ginger,cummin seeds,peppercorns and

jeera.(bold listed).

Add the rest of the ingredients and bind well to

make tiny balls flattened.

Fry till golden brown on medium heat.

Serve hot .

Note :You could add finely chopped coconut /grated coconut before frying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mutton chops


Mutton or lamb chops is to be top listed compared to other meat, as the protein level and the nutrition level is much higher than other meat.Meat chops are nothing but the rib part,with a little of the bone and flesh and a little of marrow.This recipe that I give you now is a very easy one,and could be served as starters too.
Ingredients
500 gm mutton chops
2 tblsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1 tsp.garam masala powder
1 tsp.chilli powder
1 tsp.cummin seed powder
2 tblsp.vinegar/1/4 cup curd
Salt to taste
Butter or ghee for basting
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For coating-2 eggs beaten

Method
Marinade the chops with all the ingredients for minimum half an hour, and cook in its own juices(no need to add water)till it dries up.Dip each chop in the beaten egg and grill lightly till the egg is of a nice brown color on both sides.(This will take 2-3 minutes only).
Can be served mint sauce.

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Ulundu Vada (Black gram)


Here I go south Indian! Yes,this is a delicacy in South India mostly Tamil Nadu.It’s an anytime finger food.This vada having the looks of a savoury doughnut, can be eaten plain or with any chutneys like coconut chutney or any of ur favourite chutneys.This vada can be served soaked in sambhar,curd or yoghurt and even rasam too.My favourite is the curd soaked vadas,and sambhar soaked vadas. Well here i’l be giving you the method of the thayir(tamil) dahi(hindi) or curd vada. I’m adding more lines to this recipe?Ok, let’s go to the recipe.
Ingredients
200 gm black gram dal or urad dal(see picture)
1 tblsp raw rice(optional)
1 inch piece ginger chopped
3-4 green chillies chopped
1-2 tsp. Peppercorns
1/2 tsp.cummin seeds
Few curry leaves
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1 onion chopped fine(optional)
a pinch of asafoetida
A pinch of soda bicarb(if you don’t like soda bicarb,add a tblsp.of curd.
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Method
Soak the gram and the rice for 30 minutes (if you soak for long the vadas will absorb lot of oil).Grind the dal and rice,pepper and cummin to a paste without adding water.If it’s little grainy don’t mind it.Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.Heat the oil.Wet your hands or use a piece of aluminum foil.Place a little of the thick batter.Make a hole in the centre and slip into the oil carefully and deep fry on medium heat till golden brown.
What I do when in a hurry :Just drop spoonfuls and make a hole with a skewer while in the oil and rotate.Then you will get it easily.
To make curd vadas
Fry all the vadas, drop them in hot water for 10 minutes, squeeze out the water lightly,and soak in the curd(add salt). Garnish with green chillies and coriander leaves. You could add a dash of paprika powder/kashmiri chilli powder.
To prepare the curd.Beat the curd lightly with salt,1 tsp.sugar,a pinch of asafoetida. Then add the soaked vadas
For sambhar vadas .
Add the soaked vadas to hot sambhar(will be postingthe recipe soon).Serve hot.

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Green Chickpea Kofta Curry


This is a protein packed recipe,and highly nutritious too.There are various types of chickpeas,today I chose the green pea.You have to pre-soak the gram in the night,or even 1 – 3 days till it sprouts up.I prepared after it sprouted,as the sprouted ones add to the protein and nutrients. For the recipe
Ingredients for the kofta
200gm soaked gram
1/2 a bunch of coriander leaves
2 green chillies
Salt to taste
2 slices bread.
Oil to fry
Grind all this together without adding water,to a coarse paste.Make koftas and fry in oil,and set aside.
For the curry
1 onion chopped
2 tomatoes
1 tblsp ginger-garlic paste
1/4 coconut
1 tsp chillie powder
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp.garam masala powder
1 green chilli
1 tblsp.ghee/butter
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
Salt
Method
Grind coconut, green chillies,fennel seeds to a fine paste. Add the chopped tomatoes to the ground mix and grind the tomatoes coarsely. Keep this coconut- tomato paste separate.
Heat a pan, add ghee the onions,ginger-garlic paste,and saute till onions are translucent. Next add the spices and ground mixture with a little salt,and cook on a slow flame, till you see the oil separate. Add 1/2 -1 cup water. Add the fried koftas,and lime juice.Salt to taste. garnish with coriander leaves.

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Plantain flower cutlets(Valaipoo vadas)


This is a very healthy dish.The cleaning and cutting is time consuming but it’s worth the time.I will come to the healthy benefits at the end.Now for the recipe
Ingredients
1 plantain flower
10-12 small onions/bunch of spring onions chopped fine.
2 green chillies chopped fine
2 pips of garlic
2 pinches of asafoetida
Curryleaves
2 tblsp raw rice
1+1/2 cups gram dal soaked for 20-25 minutes.
1/2 tsp.turmeric
4-5 dry chillies(if you like more you can add about 7-8)
1 tblsp.cummin seeds or powder
1 tsp.garam masala powder
1/2 tsp pepper
Oil for frying
Salt to taste

Method to clean. Remove the thick purple layers till you see the white part of the flower.The removed parts will have plantain shape flowers.Remove each,discard the stamen and the polythene like piece.Remove all this,and cut finely along with the white part and soak in buttermilk and turmeric.
NOTE:If you don’t have time use only the white part.
After the vegetable has soaked for 15 minutes. Wash and strain it.
Next grind the dal,rice,dry chillies,garlic and the spices to a coarse paste. Add half of the cut vegetable and just spin the blender for a click (do not grind).Add the rest of the ingredients,salt to taste. Bind well.Make balls and flatten like kebabs.Fry in oil to a golden color.
Believe me when I made this for the first time,all thought it was made with minced meat.

Health benefits :Wards off infections,antioxidants,good for nursing mothers,and many more.

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Variations:You can use 2-3 type od dals if you like.

Horse gram+gram dal+green gram

Gram dal and green gram dal and toor/tuvar dal.

Brown/white chick peas/white peas .

Whatever dals you like can be used with the rest of the ingredients.It really gives you the

taste of minced meat kababs.!Nutritious and tasty!

 

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Cheese Centered Falafel


The origin of this dish is Egypt.This is a chick peas based patty,which can be eaten plain or with sauces, or wrapped in pita bread or any wrap of your choice with some pickled vegetables and sauces (tahini preferably) will be an excellent meal.Let’s look into my version of Falafel with some variations
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Ingredients
1 cup chick peas
2 green chillies
3 pips garlic
1 inch piece ginger
1/2 cup coriander leaves
3/4 tsp.pepper
1 tsp.cummin seeds powder
1 tsp.Coriander powder
1/2 tsp.garam masala powder
Mozzarella cheese cubes
Salt to taste
Sesame seeds for light coating
Oil for frying.

Method
Grind all the ingredients together, except cheese,sesame, and salt,to a coarse green paste.Add salt to taste.
Now make desired sized balls,or if you know the spoon technique, of Falafel.Place a piece of cheese in each.Roll on sesame seeds(optional) and deep fry to a golden color.Serve hot with sauces of your choice.
Tips:
You could substitute cheese with pickled vegetables like olives,capers,zucchini, gherkins,cherry tomatoes.
Non vegetarian :cheese tossed prawn will be excellent.

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