RADISH CHEESE PARATHA


Radish paratha is always a favourite of my

family.

I have posted recipes of stuffed radish before

with variations . Do check the link https://

calinskitchen.com/2014/10/17/radish-parathas/

Today’s recipe will radish with cheese and

scrambled egg. Those who love mayonnaise

can substitute for cheese.

The mixture of the dough was different…made

with whey,ajwain and kalonji seeds.

Served with a lovely ginger,sweet and sour

chutney ,dinner was awesome!

Children will love the taste,so do try and send

in your valued comments and appreciates!

As the link to the previous post has explanation

of health benefits I’m going to the recipe right

away !

INGREDIENTS ( dough)

3-4 cups wheat flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ajwain seeds

1/2 tsp kalonji seeds

1 tsp sugar

Enough whey water to bind ( optional)

2 tblsp oil.

METHOD

Bind all these to a soft dough.

Apply oil on the dough and allow to rest for

minimum 15-20 minutes.

For the radish stuffing

Ingredients

3 radish peeled and grated

2 tsp chilli flakes

3 -4 eggs beaten

1 tblsp coriander-cummin powder

Salt to taste

1 tblsp butter or oil

1/2 tsp pepper powder

3-4 tblsp cheese ( your choice of cheese)

Method

Squeeze out the water from the grated radish.

Heat the oil,add the radish and the rest of the

ingredients, except the eggs and pepper, and

roast for a minute.

Shove the radish to one side of the pan,and add

eggs and pepper and scramble.

As the eggs start to scramble,mix the radish

and remove from fire.

Add cheese and mix well.

Divide portions of the dough . Roll out each

portion.

Place a tblsp . of the stuffing and roll into

shapes you like.

Heat a pan and cook the roti on both sides with

1 tsp oil for each portion.

Smear with ghee after you remove from fir and

serve with chutney.

You can serve with mint chutney/ raita too.

For the ginger -coriander sweet chutney

A small piece ginger

A handful of coriander leaves

1 tblsp date syrup

3-4 kokum peels

1 tsp chilli powder

Salt to taste

Blend all these ingredients to a fine paste .

Serve with roti.

MODAKS /KOLUKATTAI


Today I’m going to share with you 2 varieties of

kolukatai.

One which I had planned to do , the other came

up when the filling was over.

As there is a saying “Necessity is the mother of

invention “-this chocolate and coconut had the

taste of biting into a bounty piece of chocolate.

Just little squares of Amul chocolate and a little

dessicated coconut did the trick .

So let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

2 cups rice flour / kolukattai flour

2 -3 tblsp ghee

2-3 cups hot boiling water

Salt to taste

A little tender coconut water – ( optional)

For the filling

2 cups grated coconut

Jaggery powder/country sugar to your taste

2 tblsp gram dal flour( besan)

1 tblsp rawa ( semolina)

1 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of salt

2-3 tblsp ghee

METHOD

Mix ghee into the flour with salt.

Pour boiling water and bind to a soft dough.

Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes knead the dough well .

If the dough looks dry, add a little ghee and

knead to get a soft texture.

Divide into portions and keep a spoon of the

filling . Seal the edges firmly and steam for 7-10

minutes

Method for filling

Heat ghee and add the besan flour and roast

for a minute.Next add rawa , nuts. and the rest

of the ingredients, and remove from fire.

Chocolate filling method

Insert a square of chocolate with dessicated

coconut . Seal the edges and steam .

You will get a steamed chocolate lava effect

when you cut into.

My kids loved it and they said it was the best

taste in kolukattai . So do try and send in your

comments .

Note: Using moulds like this is very easy , so do

try your favourite shapes

CRAB FRIED RICE


This is a different type of fried rice ,with

pineapple ,corn pellets and crab meat and a

sprinkle of spring onions.No addition of sauces,

just few ingredients and a yummy rice bowl.

To the recipe now…

Tip : I added washed Crab claws into the

cooking rice . Extra flavour seeps into the

rice.

Strain when the rice is 3/4th done. Save 1/2

cup of the strained liquid .Remove the crab

claws and extract the meat.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basmati rice

3-4 crab claw meat

Few corn pellets

1 capsicum chopped or 2-3 green chillies

chopped

2-3 pineapple pieces chopped

1/2 tsp pepper powder

Few spring onions/ leeks chopped

1 tsp chopped ginger and garlic

2 eggs

2 tblsp. butter

METHOD

Heat butter in a wok on high heat , add the

chopped ginger-garlic,add vegetables except

the pineapple pieces.

Shove the vegetables to a side in the pan and

break in the eggs and scramble.

Add pepper pineapple, rice and a little of the

drained stock.

Cover and cook for 5 minutes .Remove from

fire.

Note: You can add white pepper in place of

black pepper

BREAD ‘N’CHEESE BAKE


This is the easiest and yummiest breakfast .

Cheesy , creamy , and healthy too.

Well, the previous day I had baked wheat bread

and half of the loaf was remaining .

Thought to make sandwiches,but that seemed a

little more work on one of my lazy mornings,so

plan diverts ,took to another successful dish .

Just one touch of the mixer, and there you are

relishing a healthy breakfast.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1/2 loaf bread

1 cup goat cheese/ any cheese you prefer

4 eggs

1/2 cup milk

Few spinach leaves/ leeks

2 sliced green chillies

Pepper to taste

1 tblsp butter

Salt ( if using goat cheese ,please check for salt)

1/4 tsp nutmeg grated

slices of capsicum

METHOD

Break the eggs into the mixer directly.

Add cheese,milk and run the mixer , for 2-3

seconds.

Next add the spinach( Palak leaves) and again

blend for another second.

Add the green chillies,nutmeg,pepper powder.

Arrange the bread on a greased dish . Crumble

it slightly and pour the egg mixture over it .

Top it with slices of capsicum and bake in a

moderate ( 180C) oven for 25 minutes.

Serve warm / hot.

KEERAI ULUNDHU VADA


Is it a rule that keerai should be added to

masala vada ( split gram dal).?

Today,I tried adding keerai to ulundhu vada

mixture and it was very tasty.

I make this vada with variations like adding

flour,rice flour or only the lentil itself.

This time I made with the inclusion of a roasted

gram dal and ponnanganni keerai (dwarf

copper leaf ). As I liked the taste ,I immersed

some in curd (thayir vada,curd vada). You can

make sambhar vada or rasam vada with this

recipe.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup urad dal ( ulundhu) soaked for minimum

20-25 minutes.

a handful of roasted gram dal

2 green chillies

Few peppercorns

A pinch of asafoetida

A pinch of baking soda

a small piece of ginger

Curry leaves

1 onion chopped

A handful of keerai (spinach, or your favourite

keerai can be addded)

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

METHOD

Wash the dal and grind to a paste with all the

ingredients except the onions and curryleaves.

Add the onions and curry leaves after you have

ground the dal.

Divide into portions, deep fry, or shallow fry to

a golden brown color.

Curd vada variation

Add the fried vadas to a bowl of hot water

for 5 minutes.Squeeze out the water lightly

and add to prepared curd.

To prepare curd

Beat the thick curd with salt, a little ginger-

garlic paste,a little sugar.

Garnish with sliced green chillies and

coriander leaves.

Sambhar vada ,and rasam vada can be made

with the same method.

SPICED BUTTERMILK RICE


Buttermilk or ‘moar‘kolambu rice . Excuse me

for the spelling … if written as ‘more‘I thought I

will not be able to title as a dish ,then I thought

‘Morr‘it sounded like a cat . So,even though I

think I delivered it right,it may not seem right

to some, so do overlook the error ( does it

matter?)😂.Busy moms will like this dish with

pickle and papadams . Lunch box category.

This is a dish made with buttermilk , spiced

and mixed into the rice.

Northern India make it different from

Southerners ( I will be giving both versions)

Now.. to the simple and quick dish !

INGREDIENTS

2-3 cups cooked rice

1.5 thick curd

Grind to a paste

2 green/ red chillies

1 tblsp tuvar dal soaked

1 tsp raw rice soaked

3 tblsp coconut gratings

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

For tempering

2 tbsp ghee/oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Few peanuts/ gram dal/cashew nuts

2 red chillies

Curry leaves

A pinch of asafoetida

1/2 tsp chopped ginger

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat oil, and add the ingredients for tempering

Next add the ground paste with salt,and sauté

for 2-3 minutes .

Add 1/2 cup water and allow to boil .

Simultaneously, beat curd and to the mixture.

Switch off the flame. Add the cooked rice and

stir lightly.

Northern India ( Kadhi)

This has no paste to grind ,you have to mix 1

tbsp. of gram dal flour,a tsp of sugar with curd

and temper like the above recipe.

Send in you comments and suggestions!

CAPSICUM ALOO PARATHA +KOKUM MINT CHUTNEY


It’s stuffed roti with ground capsicum ( no

green chillies) and mashed potato with a sweet

tangy chutney.

I have posted aloo paratha recipe before , but

this one is a little different from that recipe.

As it was the menu for dinner , I wanted to

make a less spicy one.With a sprinkle, of ajwain

and dried fenugreek leaves,the aroma and taste

was excellent with the kokum ( garcinia

cambogia)chutney.

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

Wheat flour ( I’m not specifying the quantity)

1-2 tblsp.dried fenugreek leaves

1/2 tsp.ajwain

1/2 tsp.black cummin seeds

2-3 tblsp. oil

salt

Ghee for frying

METHOD

Mix all together and bind to a soft dough and

set aside.

Filling

1 small capsicum ( any color you prefer)

A small piece of ginger

4-5 boiled and peeled potatoes

2 tsp.dry mango powder ( amchur powder)

A pinch of asafoetida

A pinch of nutmeg powder

Pepper powder ( optional)

Salt to taste

First grind the capsicum,and ginger to a paste

Mix the paste with the rest of the ingredients

listed for filling .

Divide dough into preferred portions.Shape

each portion like a cup ,and keep enough filling

Seal the edges . Flatten on the frying pan itself ,

or roll on a floured board lightly. ( not too thin)

and cook in ghee on both sides till done.

For the kokum chutney

4-5 kokum peels ( in the photo)

Few mint leaves

Few almonds

2 tsp date syrup

1 -2 tsp. chilli flakes

Salt to taste ( you could use black salt)

Grind all to a chutney. Serve with paratha!

MILLET PONGAL


Millets known of use,in pre-historic ages and

originated from Africa was a forgotten grain,till

recent lifestyle changes.

Rice and wheat having history after the millets,

did overtake the millets in the consumption

graph.

The present farmers are educated on millet

farming ,and the wave in inclusion of millet

diets is increasing day by day .

Today I’m going to share a Pongal recipe, which

could be served for breakfast or any meal you

like.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup millet ( washed well and soaked for 10

minutes)

3/4 cup split moong dal ( pasiparuppu)

3-4 tblsp.ghee

Few cashewnuts

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Curry leaves

2 dry red chillies

1/4 tsp asafoetida powder

Coarsely grind

2 green chillies

1 small ginger

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp cummin seeds

1/4 cup milk/ coconut milk ( optional)

Salt to taste.

METHOD

Heat ghee in a pressure cooker / pan.

Add the mustard seeds,curry leaves,dry

chilies,cashewnuts asafoetida and sauté for 2

minutes.

Next add the coarse ground masala,soaked

millets and dhal .

Add 3 cups of water with sufficient salt, and

cook on a medium flame for 2 whistles or 15-20

minutes.

Heat a little ghee and pour over cooked Pongal,

You could add cashewnuts at this stage too

Serve with coconut chutney .

GREEN PEAS IDDLI


Breakfast should contain lot of protein to

keep you lively throughout the day .

Green peas contain heart healthy minerals,and

should be included in the form soup,salads,in

rices, vegetables ,pastries,cutlets whatever way

your family likes.

Today, I’m bringing you an iddli recipe with

green peas.

Looking at the photo I have uploaded you will

observe, there are 2 Colors of iddli .

3 iddlis are darker and the lighter ones are

mixed with left over iddli batter ( trial).

Both were very soft and tasty .So do try both

Iddlis and send in your comments.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup fresh green peas

1 cup roasted rawa/semolina

1/2 cup curd

2-3 green chillies

1/4 coconut grated

1/2 tsp cummin seeds

Salt to taste

1/4 tsp.soda bicarbonate

METHOD

Grind the coconut,green chillies,cummin,green

peas to a coarse paste.

Mix the rest of the ingredients,and set aside for

20-30 minutes.

After 30 minutes pour into iddli moulds,and

steam for 7-10 minutes or till done.

With remaining iddli batter.

The above mixture mixed with basic iddli

mix. (2:1 ratio)

TOMATO PURI


This recipe is an addition to ‘ fusioned’ puri/ poori.

The culinary world,is now on the discovery

mode, in finding new dishes,new innovations.

This indeed, is one in line to the list.

To list a few on savoury puri alone, as there are

many on the sweet list too .

Palak / Spinach puri, Stuffed potato puri,Stuffed

lentil puri ,pani puri , methi puri and many

more….

India can proudly say,that they are the only

country which has more than 14 cultures , and

cuisines .

Each cuisine is unique, and has it’s own

authenticity and taste.

So .. today my recipe will be on tomato puri.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all purpose flour/ wheat flour

( if you are adding wheat flour , add a handful of all purpose flour )

2 tsp rawa / semolina ( optional)

2 tblsp oil

2-3 tomatoes ground

1 tsp coarse cummin powder

1/4 tsp chilli powder

Salt to taste

Enough oil to fry

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients and bind to a soft dough

with sufficient water. Rest the dough for 10-15

minutes.

Divide into portions ,roll into round shapes and

deep fry on high flame .

Serve with channa curry or chole ( chick peas masala).

Tip: Always fry puris on high heat , for good

texture and puffed puris