GREEN GRAM ‘N’LEEK CUTLETS


Green gram needs no introduction or explanation to health benefits,so I would like to directly 

get into this easy recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1cup cooked green gram dal(moong dal)

1 leeks chopped finely/spring onions

2-3 green chillies finely chopped

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp garam masala powder

Salt to taste

1 egg

1 cup breadcrumbs or enough to bind .

Oil to fry.

METHOD

Mix all together in a bowl and bind .Make into shapes you like and fry (deep or shallow)in oil till golden brown.

Variations :You could use vegetables of your choice .

                     You can add 1/4 cup minced mutton or any minced seafood.

                     Grated paneer can be added as another variation

                     Grated boiled egg also can be added.

Anyway try all your innovations too and send me your comments and suggestions !

BESAN AND CASHEW LADOO


The besan ladoo is a traditional sweet of Northern India.This time i thought to give it a

change in my way ,by mixing in cashewnut powder,and the taste was too good.The blend

of cashewnut powder,and besan powder was awesome.The roasting of the besan flour in

ghee is too important,it should not get burnt or have the raw taste and smell.So first you

could slightly roast the besan flour without the ghee for few minutes,remove from fire

and then mix the ghee,and then again roast till you get a nice smell.(do not touch the

flour when it is hot as it will burn your fingers).

INGREDIENTS

2 cups gramflour (besan flour)

1 cup fine powdered sugar or boora sugar (these are sold in indian supermarkets)

1/2 cup pure ghee

1/2 cup powdered cashewnut

few broken cashews

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

a pinch of salt

METHOD

Dry roast the besan flour for a few minutes .Remove from fire,and mix in the ghee.Keep

on fire again and roast on medium flame till it is nice and golden,and you get a good

aroma(not burnt aroma).Transfer to another tray and allow to cool slightly.Add the

powdered sugar  and the rest of the ingredients and make ladoos.This can be stored for

more than a week.If you are using boora you can store for a month .(provided it lasts to

store…..)A very tasty and healthy sweet.!

PRAWN VADA


Prawn vada is an excellent snack for those who love a crunchy snack.These vada can be

served with rice and a simple curry .This has a nice taste and aroma ,if the prawns

are made with the shell on .This type of vada with an onion sambol is sold widely in

Srilankan beaches,and you see people flocking at these stalls.Today i’m going to give you

my version of prawn vada.If you are using small prawns you could top the vada with 2-3

prawns,but if it’s a big one,one would be fine.

INGREDIENTS

Prawns according to the quantity you are going to make

200 gm gram dal (kadalai parippu)

1 tblsp raw rice

1 tsp.fennel seeds

1 cup coconut

curry leaves

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tblsp red chilli flakes.

2 green chillies finely chopped(optional)

few red onions chopped fine (optional)

A  pinch of asafoetida

salt to taste.

a little flour made to a thick paste(to stick the prawn on the vadai)

METHOD

Soak the dal,and the rice for half an hour.Grind coarsely with the bold listed

ingredients,without adding water.Mix in chilli flakes,ginger paste,green chillies,and

onions.Add salt .Make into shapes of vada,apply the flour paste ,press on the prawns ,and

fry carefully on a medium flame till golden brown.

To prepare prawns

Marinade the prawns with chilli paste,and use.

 

For the onion sambol (not in the photo)

INGREDIENTS

100 gm red onions

1 tblsp.chilli flakes

1 tsp.chilli powder

2 -3 cloves garlic crushed

Juice of 1 lime

salt to taste

1-2 tsp.sugar

2 tsp oil

METHOD

Heat oil,add the finely cut onions,and the rst of the ingredients and cook till thick.Apply

on vada and serve

Variations:Prawn vada curry ,or prawn vada korma could be made,with these fried

vadas.

 

SPICY PRAWN ‘N’MUSHROOM PIZZA


This pizza is made with a minimal amount of cheese,lot of herbs,white sauce .The base made

with pure olive oil,the concasse,white sauce too was made by me.All homemade except the

prawns and the veggies,and a mixture of cuisines.Well the produce was awesome.This dough

can be made ahead and refridgerated,and used within a week.

Let’s get into the recipe now.

For the dough

5-6 cups flour

4 tblsp olive oil

1 egg

2 tsp active dried yeast.

2 tsp.salt

2 cups milk+water (warm)

1/4 cup lukewarm water (for the yeast)

1 tsp.sugar.

Method

Mix yeast in warm water,allow to rise and sprinkle sugar on top.Set aside.

If you are making in a mixer ,use the dough hook ,and mix in the the liquids with the egg ,and

beat for 2 seconds.Add the yeast and mix well.Gradually add in the flour and make a soft

dough. Mix on low speed for 15-20 minutes.(by hand mix for half an hour).If you beat well,or

mix well at this stage,there is no need to knead again.(less muscle power).Set aside for 1 hour

and use .(it will be double in size)

For the concasse

6-8 large tomatoes

10-15 small onions

10 garlic cloves

1 tblsp.olive oil

salt to taste

2 tblsp red chilli paste

few rosemary leaves

few basil leaves

1 tblsp.sugar or jaggery.

Method

Mix all these in a pan  except the herbs and  cook  on medium flame till its thick and saucy.

(minimum half an hour).Chop the herbs fine and sprinkle on the mixture cover and set aside.

To prepare the mushroom

2 packets mushroom

1 capsicum julienned

200 gm prawns

1 onion chopped

2 tblsp.butter

1/2 tsp.pepper powder

2 tsp.chilli paste

4-5 garlic cloves

2 lime leaves

small piece of fresh turmeric root/1/4 tsp turmeric powder

salt to taste.

Method

Grind the bold listed and keep aside.Heat the butter ,add the sliced mushrooms and let it cook

for 5 minutes.Remove and keep aside.In the same pan add the ground paste and the prawns

(cut the prawns the way you like),and cook till prawns are half cooked. Add the onions and

capsicum  Add the mushrooms and mix well till almost dry and thick.Remove from fire and set

aside.

For the white sauce

2 tblsp.flour

4 cups milk

1 tblsp coarsely ground pepper

salt to taste

grated cheese can be added to this if you are not going to top the pizza with any cheese.

1 -2 tblsp butter

Method

Heat butter in a saucepan,add immediately add the flour .Do not brown.Remove from fire,add

milk mix well,and again keep it on the fire.Keep stirring to avoid lumps .When it is thick like

custard ,in this heat add the grated cheese ,pepper and salt.Remove and set aside.

Final assemble

Divide the dough into portions you like .(This amount makes 4 large sized pizzas)Make a slight

rise at the edges.Pour a ladleful  of concasse first and spread it on the base.Next add the prawn

mixture on top of this.Pour white sauce ,and some cheese grated if you like,and bake in a very

hot preheated oven( 230 degrees)for 15 minutes .

Serve with dry herbs if you like.

To make chilli paste

Soak 20-30 dry chillies in hot water for half an hour .Remove from water and grind with 1/2

cup vinegar and rock salt.

Variations:You can add herbs /cheese to the dough while mixing.

Chicken,paneer,or any type of meat can be used instead of prawn and mushrooms.

Vegans can use spinach and cheese,pineapple and paneer,baby corn,mushrooms and potatoes

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GREEN GRAM ,URAD DAL LADOO


Today i would like to share with you a high protein ladoo with whole green gram and urad

dal or ulundu(white lentil).These two pulses are the best source of proteins and

minerals.Good for boosting energing levels,rich in fibres ,helps to reduce cholesterol

levels ,improves cardiovascular health. Urad dal is also good for women as it has iron, folic

acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium which makes it a healthy pulse.

For the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup urad dal (ulundu or white lentil)

1 cup whole green gram

1/4 cup ghee

1.5 cups jaggery /vellam (you can make with sugar too,and the sweetness can be adjusted to your taste.)

a pinch of salt.

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

1/4 cup  whole peanuts (raw or roasted)

METHOD

Heat 2 tblsp.ghee and roast the green gram ,and urad dal till you get a nice brown color.

Roast the peanuts if you are using the raw ones in a little ghee and set aside.

Now powder the green gram and the urad dal fine.Add the jaggery and pulse for a minute.

Next add the peanuts and pulse for another minute.Add cardamon powder and salt.

Make ladoos whist warm.Add  ghee enough to form the shape only.No need to add more.

This can be stored for more than a week

 

 

 

SEENI SAMBOL LOAVES


This is a famous snack or breakfast of Srilanka,and its one of my favorites.I tried making

tiny loaves,and one big loaf with the seeni sambol and boiled egg stuffing.People who have

tasted this know how awesome the taste is with the simple ingredient onion.I will not be

going into different variations for the dough,as iv already given a recipe for the bread

dough .Here’s the link  to it MUTTON CURRY BUNS.So now i will be giving the recipe for

the filling only.

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INGREDIENTS

5-6 big onions chopped fine

2 inch piece cinnammon

1 tblsp red chilli flakes

1 tblsp chilli powder

1/4 cup tamarind extract /lime juice/vinegar (whatever you prefer for the tangy taste)

2-3 tblsp.coconut oil

1 tblsp.sugar

salt to taste.

3-4 hard boiled eggs sliced

2 tblsp.maldive fish (optional)

few pieces of rampe(pandan leaf)or curry leaves.(optional)

METHOD

Heat oil in a pan,and add onions cinammon and salt,and allow the onions to cook in the

oil,till it is light brown.Next add the chilli powders,and the rest of the ingredients except

the egg ,and cook on a slow fire for 10 minutes .Add the boiled egg pieces and mix.Use for

the stuffing.

Variations

Fried mutton mince ,chicken mince,or any type of chicken pieces,fried prawns can be

added to the seeni sambol

Paneer or potatoes will be good for vegans.

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CAULIFLOWER PAKORAS/FRITTERS


This is a spicy,tasty crunchy pakora /bajji/fritters.Iv 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 crunch 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

iv 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.

 

MUTTON CURRY BUNS


INGREDIENTS

For the dough

4-5 cups of flour/bread flour

1 egg

1/2 cup warm milk

1 cup warm water

2 tblsp.active dried yeast

2 tblsp sugar

3 tblsp. butter

a pinch of soda-bicarb

2 tsp.salt

1 egg yolk(to apply on the top of the buns)

METHOD

Take a bowl  in which you are going to make the dough.Add the warm water,sprinkle yeast

and sugar,mix lightly and allow to ferment for 10-12 minutes.You will see bubbles after it

is fermented.Now it is ready to mix in the rest of the ingredients.Use the dough hook ,if

your using an electric mixer.Mix in one by one ,and knead to a soft dough.(if you need

more water add warm water.)Allow to rise for 1-2 hours.You will see the dough doubled in

size.Punch down the dough ,and mix again for another 5-10 minutes,and allow to rise

again till you make the filling.Divide into the sizes you need .Make your desired shape.

For the filling

250 gm mutton mince or mutton  boiled and minced

150 gm potatoes cut into tiny cubes

1 capsicum cut fine

2 tsp.ginger garlic paste

1-2 tomatoes coarsely ground

1 big onion chopped fine

2 tblsp. chillie paste

salt to taste

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

1 tsp.cummin seed powder

2-3 tblsp. oil or butter

1/2 tsp.saunf/aniseed

few curry leaves

METHOD

Heat oil in a pan,add saunf and curry leaves.Next add the onions and saute till translucent.

Then add the ginger garlic paste,and the rest of the ingredients.Cover and cook on a slow

flame ,allowing it to cook in its own juices.Once the potatoes are tender and the gravy is

dried partially,allow to cool .Fill in the buns and make desired shapes.Arrange on greased

baking tray.Brush the top of each bun with beaten egg yolk (to get a nice brown color on

top),and bake in hot oven for 20-25 minutes(200 degrees).

 

 

ENERGY LADOOS


This is the easiest recipe anyone could try,no cooking involved, only a food processor or a

blender is required.

Society day to day is becoming too mechanical ,that people hardly have time for breakfast,

and food like this provides you the fullness and energy needed . Kids can be enticed by

coating these ladoos with chocolate.A glass of milk and this will serve the purpose of

providing a good breakfast or a snack.I have posted  another supplement like this,which

can be stored for some time. I would like to link to this recipe DATE AND NUT BARS .

For the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup pitted dated

1 cup almonds

1/2 cup walnuts

2 tsp dry ginger preserve(optional)

1/4 cup melon/pumpkin seeds

3-4 tblsp dessicated coconut (optional)

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cup orange juice

1 orange peel preserve /rind of one orange

small piece of nutmeg

pinch of cardamon powder

a pinch of cinammon powder

1 tblsp.honey (optional)

METHOD

Blend all these together coarsely and make ladoos.For those who don’t like it coarse you

can make it fine.If you are coating with chocolates.Melt the chocolate(dark,milk,or white)

Dip these ladoos in it and roll on with coconut or any sprinkles you prefer.