BANANA ‘N’ RUM MUFFINS


This is very easy recipe ,with a different taste compared to other banana muffins i have posted,so do try this recipe and let me know your comments.

INGREDIENTS

100 gm Butter( melted)

1 cup sugar ( brown / coconut sugar)

3 -4 bananas mashed

1 egg

2 tblsp rum or brandy (optional)

1.5 cups flour

1 tsp.baking soda

1/4 tsp salt.

Few crushed walnuts

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METHOD

Mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately.Mix all together till well

corporated.

Pour into muffin moulds and bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees )for 25-30 minutes.

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MUTTON KANJI


This kanji,commonly known as nombu kanji,prepared mostly during the period of

Ramadan is a favourite to many. Sourced from the middle eastern cuisine with channa

dhal or gram dal used as a variation.

In Asian cuisine it’s the green gram dal which is opted for ,which gives a lovely flavour to

the kanji.

The recipe I’m going to share with you is a ‘ one pot’. if cooked .It is best to cook in a

pressure cooker to get the correct consistency easily , without hassle.

Let’s get into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup raw rice (white or red)

1/4 cup green gram dal (moong dal)

250 gm minced mutton/chicken

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 – 1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp. turmeric powder

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1/2 tsp cummin powder

whole spices (2 cardamon,4-5 cloves,a piece of cinnamon,small piece sea moss,1/2 tsp fennel seeds)

2 green chillis chopped

few small onions

curry leaves

1 tomato

2-3 tblsp oil or ghee

1-2 cups coconut milk (optional)

salt to taste

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METHOD

Wash the rice and dHal and set aside.

Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker,add the whole spices with curry leaves.

Next add the onions,tomato,ginger garlic paste , meat and the rest of the

ingredients,except the coconut milk and saute well for few minutes .

Add 5-6 cups water or 4-5 inches above the rice level.

Cook on a medium flame for 4-5 whistles and allow steam to release on its own.

Remove lid add coconut milk and salt. Adjust the kanji to the consistency you like by

adding more hot water .Simmer for 5 minutes after adding milk and serve hot

Some like it with a dash of lemon juice,so if you are adding lemon juice add when you serve.

Variation :Vegetables like carrot,beans ,few spinach leaves ,fenugreek or methi leaves can be added .

VEGETABLE BAR CUTLETS


It is called bar cutlets because of the shape and the method.

You can make this filling the previous day and refridgerate for a precise bar.

This recipe is not the same as for making any cutlet,so do try and let me know your

comments.

INGREDIENTS

1 big carrot

Few beans cut fine

2 kno-khol cut fine

you can add 1-2 vegetables of your choice in addition to the vegetables listed

1 big onion chopped/ 1 leek/ spring onion

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp pepper powder/chilli powder

1/2 tsp.cummin seed powder

Salt to taste

1 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 cup gramdal flour

1 tblsp.butter or oil

Oil for frying

METHOD

Heat a tblsp of oil and add the chopped onions ,green chillies,and the cut vegetables and

saute till half cooked.

Mix gram flour, breadcrumbs in a little water ( 1/4 – 1/2 cup water) in a separate bowl

and set aside

Once the vegetables are half cooked add the gramdal mixture and cook till thick

Transfer the cooked mixture into a square tray .Flatten neatly and set aside or in the

fridge till cold.

Cut into bars or squares and shallow fry till golden.

If you like it more crunchier toss in breadcrumbs and fry.

Serve with mint chutney or sauce.Good to serve with a vegan meal.

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.

PUMPKIN ‘N’ ORANGE JUICE


Today my recipe for juices will be a VitaminC rich combination.

Pumpkin and orange of the same color ,are excellent cooling agents.

In this present times,where pollution is grave,and the food adulteration is done without

any consideration,it is compulsory to mix vegetable juices to retain the nutrients,that

drain when the body becomes acidic. Having an alkaline body promotes good health.

So.. today my recipe for the day on healthy juices will be pumpkin and orange.It is also

important to use honey or palm candy (panagalkandu) as a sweetner during summer

times.

Dwelling on the health note..:It is good for skin,hair ,removing toxins from arteries.

It is rich in Vitamin D .The present medical world finds lot of patients with a deficiency

of Vitamin D which sources to be hazardous to mankind.

When nature has blessed us with its wonderful creations ,we should use it for our

benefits.

In short Orange and pumpkin are two good providers to good health..

Now let me go into the recipe.(Please do not discard the skins or seeds of the

pumpkin,only wash it thoroughly)

INGREDIENTS

1 cup pumpkin diced

2-3 oranges

honey

a pinch of salt

a piece of turmeric root(optional)

2-3 cups water

METHOD

Peel the orange,and all ingredients to the juice extractor and blend it fine.

Serve chilled if you like.

 

 

 

 

CUCUMBER JUICE


Summer is taking on..in Chennai.It’s compulsory to keep us hydrated to combat the heat by lot’s of fluids.

To add to the list of Healthy juices,I bring a healthy coolant recipe.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS ( serves 4-5)

3-4 cucumbers ( English cucumber)

A small piece ginger

A small piece of turmeric root

2 amla/ nelli (seed removed)

A pinch of salt.

2-3 glasses of water.

Honey or any sweetner you like

METHOD

Blend all the ingredients in a juice extractor preferably.Serve chilled if you like.

Note: Do not discard the skin and seeds of the cucumber.Cut only the edges.

SWEET POTATO ROTI


I made this roti with a mixture of ragi

(kurakkan flour).

I have made puris by mixing boiled

potatoes to the dough,but this was the

first time I tried with sweet potatoes.It

was soft and tasty too.To dip in.. you

could make any curries of your choice

Well,I made paneer masala to serve

with it.

So now.. let’s move on to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sweet potato mash(boiled or steamed)

2-3 green chillies chopped fine

1 tblsp curd

1 tsp salt

1 tsp.pepper powder

1.5 cups ragi or kurakkan flour

1/2 cup plain flour (maida or wheat)

METHOD

Add all the ingredients into a mixing

bowl and bind to a soft dough,using

enough water to bind.Set aside for ten

minutes.

Roll on floured board to make thin

circles of the dough.

Heat a griddle and make rotis.

Smear with ghee or butter and serve.

QUICK FISH WRAP


This recipe came up,when I had to prepare a quick dinner.I tried this simple and quick

recipe with sword fish fillets.You could try with any type of fish(boneless) you like. I’m

going to share with you the recipe for the simple fish filling.I have used chappathis for

the wrap( you could find the recipe for the dough in my previous posts.)CHAPPATHI EGG ROLL

So let’s get into the simple and quick wrap recipe.

INGREDIENTS

250 gm fish fillets or cubed

1 small bokchoy or any greens you like

Few pieces of capsicum julienned.

1-2 tsp.chillie flakes

1 inch piece ginger chopped fine.

1 tblsp vinegar

1 tsp cornflour

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tblsp.butter or oil

Salt to taste.

METHOD

Heat butter in a pan and cook the fish lightly on both sides for 2 minutes or untill light

brown.Shove the fish to a corner of the pan,add ginger,bokchoy,and the rest of the

ingredients,and saute for another 2 minutes.(do not add water).Remove from fire and

use to make the wrap. Make chappathis and apply beatenĀ  egg on one side.After egg is set

and cooked,remove from fire keep the filling on the side of the egg .Roll and serve.

You can add grated cheese if you like.Can be served with pickled veggies or lettuce or any

salad leaf .Do send in your comments and suggestions.

PAPAYA AND GINGER JAM


Well, amidst the hustle and bustle of the ongoing season,I am posting this recipe,as I thought this being a wonderfulecipe,could be used in making tarts,biscuits,pies cakes,biscuits …and even as a spread on bread crackers,rotis….Kids will really love the taste.

The creation story in short,papaw bought to make vegetable pickle ,turned a little ripe…and though this can be made into a lovely salad I thought to make this jam which was on my mind for a long time.So this turned to be the moment for it..The ginger in it gives a lovely taste.To add to this ,I have added a permisson fruit too ,asit has the same texture of papaw.So do try this awesome jam and send in your comments.

For the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

400 gm papaw ripe or partially ripe

1 very ripe permisson fruit or Japanese fruit (see picture below) –optional

1//2 cup finely grated or ground ginger

a pinch of salt

1 cup water

400 gm sugar 

1 tblsp.lime juice /1/2 tsp.tartaric acid/cream of tartar

METHOD

Add all the ingredients into a thick bottomed pan and cook till it reaches the thick jam stage.Mash well while cooking.

Once it’s thick and done allow to cool and store in sterilised jars.Can be refrigerated after a day or two.

RICH MUTTON CURRY


This is a rich mutton curry,with coconut 

and nuts paste.Can be served with any rice

or any rotis, stringhoppers and hoppers.

I love to make this recipe in the pressure 

cooker as I like the meat to be really very 

tender.Solet’s move on to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 kg lamb/mutton

1 tblsp.ginger garlic paste

2 onions chopped

3-4 green chillies chopped

1 big tomato

2 potatoes peeled and cut into fours(add when adding coconut paste)

1/4 cup curd

1 tblsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp methi seeds,or fenugreek

1 tblsp coriander powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 coconut grated

10 almonds

10 cashewnuts

1 tblsp peanuts.

1 cup light tamarind water.(add when adding paste.)

3-4 tblsp ghee +oil 

For tempering

Onions,mustard,saunf,curry leaves

METHOD

First mix in all the ingredients (except the 

bold listed) with 1 tblsp oil,and pressure 

cook for 5 whistles.

Whilst this is cooking saute the bold listed in 1 tblsp ghee till coconut is light brown.

Grind to a paste.Once the meat is done,add the paste with the tamarind water.

Temper with mustard,onions,and saunf and curry leaves.

Pour on to the gravy ,cover with vent on again and cook on medium flame for another 10 minutes.