PANDAN SWEET DUMPLINGS (kolakattai )


Pandan rather known Rampe or Screw pine leaves.A fragrant kind used in

culinary , has health benefits too.It is mostly used in Asian cooking.

As the pandan plant in my culinary patch was outgrowing the pot,I thought

to make something different now.My previous posts had recipes for pandan

jelly or agar agar pudding. There are many sweet recipes you can make by

using these leaves and now this recipe comes to you as  food for breakfast

or snack.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1-2 cups rice flour or idiyapam flour

Extract of pandan leaves (1/2 cup)

Salt to taste

1 tsp.ghee or oil

Hot water to make dough

Filling

Coconut gratings

Jaggery gratings

Cashewnuts ( optional)

a pinch of salt

a pinch of nutmeg powder

1 tsp.cardamon powder

METHOD

Mix the ingredients for filling and set aside.

Mix the ingredients for the dough in a separate bowl,adding water

gradually to make a firm and soft dough.

Cover and set aside for few seconds. Take portions of the dough,flatten and

place filling.

Seal the edges and make shapes of your choice.Steam for 10

minutes and serve.

Good to serve for breakfast or tea.

Note :The color will be light green only

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KESAR CASHEW RICE


This is a mild flavoured rice made with saffron strands or kesar and ghee roasted

cashews and onions.The blend of kesar and cashews produce an aroma enticing your

taste buds.Less ingredients with good taste.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basmati rice

2-3 tblsp.ghee/butter

A handful of cashewnuts

a few saffron strands mixed in 1/4 cup milk

1 big onion sliced

Few whole spices (3 cardamon,3cloves,1 stick cinammon )

METHOD

Wash the rice and set to cook with 1 inch water above rice level.

While it’s cooking, heat the ghee in another vessel and fry the onions till brown with

whole spices.

Now add salt and the cashewnuts and fry till light brown and add to the cooking rice.

Add the kesar immersed milk and cook till done.

Serve with curries of your choice

4 RECIPES WITH IDDLI+HOPPER BATTER


The recipes i’m going to post now are made with remaining iddli and hopper batter.Even

if the batter is less you can turn it into a serving .

I shall begin with hopper batter ,which was my childhood favourite,and my mom’s

speciality.

I reminisce the days when we woke up to the floating aroma from the kitchen,and

mom’s touch ( which all experience) on these pancakes with perfection still make me

drool.

So let me start with that recipe first…

1. BANANA APPAM / PANCAKES

INGREDIENTS

1 -2 cups left over hopper batter

2 eggs

2-3 bananas mashed

2 tblsp ghee

Jaggery or Sugar to taste

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients into the batter .You can make this in the hopper pan itself or use

pancake griddles to make .Pour a little ghee or oil in the pan you are using.Cook on both

sides and serve.

2. Nutty Jaggery Paniyaram

INGREDIENTS

1 cup hopper batter

1/2 cup nuts of your choice

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp ghee

Jaggery powder to taste

1 egg

Ghee or oil for frying

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients into the batter ,and pour into paniyaram moulds or make

pancakes.

Moving on to Iddli batter

1. SAVOURY VEGETABLE PANIYARAM

INGREDIENTS

1 cup batter

1 carrot grated

1 onion cut fine( spring onions/leeks could be used)

1-2 green chillies cut fine

1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 tsp cummin

1/2 tsp pepper coarsely ground

1 tsp ghee

1 egg (optional)

Oil to fry

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients into the batter.

Heat the mould,add a tsp of oil in each mould,and pour batter to fill.Once it is cooked on

one side,turn over and cook till golden brown.

Serve with coconut chutney.

This is a quick and easy breakfast.

Suited for lunch boxes and snack time.

2.SPINACH ‘N’ CHEESE PANIYARAM

INGREDIENTS

1 cup iddli batter

Handful of spinach leaves

2 pips garlic

1 tsp cummin seeds

1 small tomato chopped

2-3 green chillies chopped fine

1 onion chopped fine

1 tsp oil or ghee

3-4 tblsp grated cheese.

Oil for frying

METHOD

First grind the spinach, cummin seeds,garlic to a fine paste and mix in with the rest of

the ingredients.

Use the paniyaram mould to make like for savoury paniyaram.

This does not need any chutney or dip to be served with.

Variation: You can add 1/2 cup rawa (sooji,rulang) to 1 cup dosa batter.Add water to

make a thin batter.Add few cut onions and green chillies with coarsely ground pepper

and cummin and make rawa dosas.

Note:I have not added salt in the above recipes.As the batter will have salt,please do

check for salt when you make the savoury ones.

PANEER MASALA CURRY


This is a dish with no onions or tomatoes well suited with rotis.

Well,I was in a mood to prepare a very quick dinner,with a difference.

When it’s paneer what comes to your mind is, paneer butter masala and many other authentic dishes.

I wanted to make a stir fry filling for the chappathis I had decided for dinner.

I thought… why not try the mix I use for preparing non- veg dishes.

Excluding onion I made it and it turned out to be a lovely dish with a difference.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1-2 pkts of paneer

1 tsp.ginger garlic paste

1/4 cup curd

2-3 tblsp ghee

8-10 kashmiri chillies (soaked for 10-20 minutes)

1-2 tsp red chilli powder ( depending on your taste)

1.5 tblsp coriander seeds

1 tsp cummin seeds

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

2-3 dates or raisins

A small piece tamarind ( size of amla)

Those who do not like to use tamarind can use amchur powder ( dry mango powder) ,lime juice,or vinegar

Salt to taste.

Curry leaves or coriander leaves to garnish.

METHOD

Cut the paneer and marinade with curd, ginger-garlic paste and set aside.

Pour 1 tblsp ghee in a pan and roast the coriander,cummin,tamarind the chilli powder

salt for 2-3 minutes .Remove from fire and grind to a paste with the soaked Kashmiri

chillies and dates .( If you are not using Kashmiri chillies you could use 1 tblsp Kashmiri

chilli powder.)

In the same pan add the rest of the ghee,and add the marinaded paneer and let it cook

for 2-3 minutes .Next add the ground masalas with the rest of the ingredients .Add 1/2 – 1

cup water and cook on medium flame for 10-15 minutes.If you need the curry thick add

less water.Serve hot.

PRAWN ‘N’ SPINACH FALAFEL


Falafel is one good and nutritious food anyone will relish.

I have posted recipes of falafel before..and in addition to that I’m sharing this recipe with

prawn ‘n ‘spinach.

The authentic falafel is made with coriander leaves ,but this one is made with the iron

rich spinach leaves.

Spinach leaves have amazing health benefits,and it is beneficial, if you can include it in

your diet daily in the form of salad and juices.

When cooked with dals,paneer or any meat it brings out an unique flavor and taste .

There are 3 types of spinach you could pick on in Asia

1. Baby spinach

2.Chinese spinach ( red)

3.Regular Spinach

You could use any of the variety for this falafel.

So let’s move on to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

200-250 gm prawns ( shells removed)

2 cups channa ( kadala) soaked overnight(brown or white)

1 cup spinach leaves

3-5 green chillies or red chillies

4 pips garlic

1 tsp cummin seeds

Salt to taste.

1/2 tsp pepper.

1 onion chopped fine ( optional)

Oil for frying

METHOD

Grind all the listed ingredients, except onions to a coarse paste and fry to a golden color.

You could shallow fry or deep fry.

Serve hot with any dips of your choice.

Tip : A cube of your favourite cheese can be used in the centre before frying.

Prawns could be ground with tails on for that extra crunch.

 

 

KOTHU PAROTA


Today i’m going to share with you the basic recipe for kothu.

Whether you are going to prepare a vegetarian  or non-vegetarian the method is the

same ,hence i thought to give the basic  recipe with variations.

To prepare an excellent kothu you need ready made parotas  .Check this link if you are

going to make homemade parotas. Those who love only white flour can opt only for

it. WHEAT FLOUR PAROTTA

This recipe is without any commercial sauces.If you have a lovely thick curry  then it will

be much tastier or you can prepare the recipe below.

Adding veggies mostly greens like spring onions or leeks is an added taste .

If you are using packeted parotas ,do fry it lightly before making.

Let’s get into the recipe now!

INGREDIENTS

6-7 parotas

1 tblsp ginger garlic paste

3 green chillies finely chopped

1 tomato chopped

2-3 leeks finely sliced (the green part to be added last so keep it separate)

1 carrot finely chopped

a small piece of cabbage or bok choy (optional)

4-5 beans finely chopped /green peas

200-250 gm any meat boiled or fried ( for non -vegetarians)

1 tblsp curry powder or 1 tsp chillie powder,1 tsp coriander powder 1/2 tsp cummin

powder,1/4 pepper powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

salt to taste

2-3 tblsp butter or oil

1 tblsp lime juice

1-2 beaten eggs

METHOD

First cut the parotas into thin strips .Heat oil or butter in a pan,and add the ginger garlic

paste with the cut vegetables and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Add the meat and the rest of the spices and saute.Add 1/4 cup water or any curry of your

choice.Adding curry is optional for non spicy lovers. You can opt for coconut milk instead

of water .

Next add the cut parotas and mix well.Shove the mix to a side and break in the eggs.

Once the egg starts to scramble mix in the parota and veggies .Add the green part of the

leeks and mix well till well blended .Serve hot with any stir fries.

For the non-vegetarian variations

Chicken curry or boneless chicken fried,baked,steamed or boiled

Mutton or lamb minced or boneless,or mixed with curry or korma

Fish fillets like tuna salmon …

Prawn fried or added fresh

Crab fillets

Vegetarian variations

Mushrooms with the above veggies

Paneer fried or added plain

Baby corn

I have given few suggestions ,do try your favourite combinations too and let me know

your comments and suggestions.

Please note : Stringhopper kothu  could me made the same way omitting parotas.

 

 

 

 

MANGO SUNDAL RICE


Sundal or chickpea with mango gratings and coconut ,a munching delicacy when at the

beaches or as an evening tea serve is the main recipe today.

As raw mangoes are in plenty this season ,this idea of mixing sundal and rice with a little

fusion  turned successful.

This can be served with raita,or any kormas you like.This is an inclusion to the variety

rice list,and lunch box category. MANGO RICE -link to my previous post 

For the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chick peas boiled

2 cups cooked rice

1 cup raw mango grated

2-3 green chillies chopped

a small piece ginger chopped

2-3 dry red chillies

1/2 tsp.mustard seeds

1/2 cup grated coconut

salt to taste

1/2 tsp chilli powder /chilli flakes

few curry leaves

a pinch of asafoetida (optional)

1-2 tblsp.ghee or oil.

METHOD

Heat ghee in a wok ,add asafoetida,curry leaves,dry chillies ,mustard .

Once the mustard splutters,add the cooked chick peas ,chilli powder and saute for 2-3

minutes

Add the cooked rice ,mango gratings and coconut and mix for a minute only.

Remove from fire and serve.

Variation: You can replace chick peas for peanuts,cashewnuts or broken chana dal.

Finely chopped mint leaves can be added omitting curry leaves.

Do send in your comments and suggestions.

 

RAGI ‘N’ BANANA DUMPLINGS


This kolakattai or sweet dumpling is another failure turned success.I was trying to make

coconut filled pancakes for breakfast.On the process  of making the jaggery syrup,i

accidentally added more water,and now the  coconut scrapings were less. As i was not in

a mood to scrape more coconut i added ragi flour,red rice flour  and steamed it .

The wait to encounter negative comments turned to be a stream of compliments.

Success has to be shared ,so here’s the recipe.Do try and send in your comments.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup coconut grated

1/2 -3/4 cup jaggery melted in a little water

1 cup ragi/kurakkan flour

1/2 cup red rice flour

1 banana

1 tsp ghee

few cashewnuts

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

METHOD 

Mix all ingredients like for dumplings or kolakattai.

Grease steamer moulds or iddli moulds and steam for 5-8 minutes.(not sticky to the

touch)

Can be served with coconut gratings.Good for breakfast or snack.As ragi or kurakkan is

used diabetics can take for sugar cravings.

 

 

 

 

CURD RICE


To combat summer strokes it is essential to go an extra mile ,to provide the right food to

your family.

Curd rice is comfort food , quick and easy to make.

During hot days,quick and cooling indulgence is preferred by all ages.

Some do not know to make curd rice,so this recipe is for their note.

I always make non- tempered curd rice ( oil free).Hotels serve the tempered rice,and

some prefer it.

I will be sharing both.

So for the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked rice

1 or more cups thick curd or yogurt

1/2 cup milk

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp.sugar

1 small carrot grated

1-2 green chillies chopped fine

Few rose petals ( option)

Green grapes,black grapes ,or pomegranate is your preference and option.

METHOD

Mash the cooked rice slightly .Add milk ,curd and mix well with salt and sugar

Add the veggies and fruit of your choice.

For the tempered rice

For tempering:

1 tsp ghee/ oil

1/2 tsp.mustard

1 dry red chilli

Small piece of ginger chopped

1 green chilli chopped

Few cashewnuts ( optional) / channa dal / urad dal 1/2 tsp.

METHOD

Mix the curd rice like the non tempering step and set aside.Heat oil in a pan add

mustard,curry leaves,and the rest of the ingredients.When the mustard splutters and the

cashewnuts turn light brown ,pour over curd rice.Serve with pickle,chips or papads or

any fry of your choice.

You could garnish with coriander leaves.

EGG ‘N’ KALE BRUSCHETTA


A quick breakfast or a snack and a tasty one is everyone’s relief and delight ,especially

during wild summer mornings.When it is bread ,the toasted aroma stirs  up your taste

buds even more.This is one recipe which is easy,crunchy,healthy and tasty.

Vegans can opt for cottage cheese or paneer and substitute for egg.

Kale can be replaced with spinach or any of your favourite greens.

For the simply crunch recipe now…

INGREDIENTS

4-5 hard boiled eggs grated or mashed

2 leaves of kale cut fine

2 green chillies cut fine (you may use more if you like it hotter)

1 small onion chopped fine

1 tomato chopped fine

3 tblsp.butter (room temperature)

pepper and salt to taste

grated cheese to sprinkle on top (optional)

1 sliced loaf of bread(brown or white)

METHOD

Mix in the veggies and butter into the grated egg ,and mix well.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Apply the paste on the bread and arrange on a baking tray.

If you are adding cheese ,you can sprinkle after arranging.

Bake in a hot oven (200 degrees) for 10 minutes.

Serve hot.

Note :Cut the bread into any shapes you like.

           You can make grilled sandwiches too.