RAGI ‘N’ NUTS LADOO


Ragi ,Finger millet,or Kurakkan is  one nutritious flour which can be consumed in many

ways.It is widely used in porridges,desserts,baking,drink and many more breakfast

dishes.

This millet rich in fibre ,calcium ,good carbs,and Vitamin D is good for weight loss and

diabetes.Even though it has a bland taste it is highly beneficial for those with Vitamin D

deficiency and diabetes.In early times people included this daily in their diets in the

form of light porridges,and drinks.Only few homes in South India follow to consume

daily now. Lifestyle nowadays has paved the way for growing diseases,so it’s advisable to

create the habit of consuming daily this wonder millet in some form .

A light roasting before adding to recipes will enhace the taste.So today my recipe to

share is a healthy and tasty for all ages.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup ragi flour

1 cup treacle or melted jaggery

1/4 cups peanuts dry roasted

1/2 cup almonds powdered coarsely

3/4 tsp.cardamon powder

4 tblsp ghee

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder (optional)

a pinch of salt.

METHOD

Roast the flour in half of the ghee till hot (not burnt).

Mix in the rest of the ingredients and form ladoos.

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STEAMED BUNS


Steamed buns originated from the Chinese cuisine is one good food for breakfast and take away.

This can be made sweet or savoury.The sweet buns are the traditional red kidney beans stuffing ,and the savoury ones i think it can be your choice of vegan,or non vegan.

I got this from an old chinese recipe book,and wished to share with you.

I will be giving the dough recipe and some suggestions for the filling.Do try and let me

know your comments.

INGREDIENTS

500 gm flour

2 tsp yeast

3 cups  milk (lukewarm)

1/4 cup oil

3 tblsp.sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt.

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METHOD

Mix all the ingredients and knead  to a soft dough.

Proofing  of dough  is required  twice (untill double ).

Make portions and steam for 10 miutes.

For red bean filling (Sweet)

Soak the beans overnight and cook till soft.Drain out the water and mash coarsely

Add sugar or jaggery to taste .Add a blob of butter or coconut which is optional and cook

for few minutes and use as filling .

Savoury filling have many options to choose from,and i will be giving a few.

1.Curried paneer and spinach 

2.Potato and beans or peas curried

3.Butter tossed vegetables like carrot,beans,cabbage,bokchoy…….with a little pepper.

4.Minced meat filling

5.Sea food filling

TIP: You can add ground spinach for green steamed buns…..

Do try your innovations too,and post in your ideas .!

OMELETTE DHAL


This is a combination of dhal and omelette.Good combination for crisp

bread,chappathis and rice too.

You can use boiled(halved) poached in place of omelette.

You could bake eggs with a little mix of milk,cut into cubes and add to dhal

for a variation.This will look like pieces of paneer.So do try and post in

your suggestions and comments.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup dhal ( Massoor dhal/ moong

dal/ tuvar dal)

2-3 green chillies

1 tsp.ginger-garlic paste

1/4 tsp.turmeric

1-2 tsp chillies flakes

1 small piece cinammon

For tempering

1-2 tblsp.oil or butter

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cummin seeds

Curry leaves

1-2 dry chillies

For the omelette

4 eggs

Finely chopped onions/ spring onions

2-3 green chillies chopped

1/2 tsp pepper

Salt to taste

Suggestion: You could add finely cut vegetables like carrot,beans,cabbage and make vegetable omelette and add to dhal.( The veggies can be slightly sauteed in oil/ butter if you like before adding to the egg)

METHOD

Cook the dhal in a pressure pan or claypot with all the ingredients except

the chilli flakes .

Make the omelettes and cut into strips.

Now temper the dhal and add the chilli flakes and omelette strips and

cook on a low flame for 2-3 minutes and remove from fire.You could

sprinkle coarse pepper if you like.

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

TOMATO DAL WITH BIRD EYE CHILLI


This is a very quick and tasty dal an good to serve with rice and rotis.The

bird eye chillies will be tough on your taste buds so remove the chillies

before you serve a non spicy food lover.

Now ..to the easy and simple recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup massoor dhal

2 tomatoes cut

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 tblsp ghee/butter

Few bird eye chillies.

Few cummin seeds

Salt to taste

METHOD

Cook the dal with tomatoes,turmeric till done.

Mash lightly .Heat ghee add chillies,cummin seeds and Curry leaves and

pour over dhal.

Add salt to taste and cook the dal for 2-3 minutes.Serve with rice or roti

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

MILLET ‘N’ RAWA LADOO


This ladoo is made with prosomillet( Pani varagu in Tamil). Millet and millet flour is

more sought after nowadays ,due to its health benefits,and I thought to mix it with

the basic rawa ladoo mix. This time I ground the rawa too, after powdering the millet

and coconut.

So let me take you to the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup semolina

1 cup proso millet

1/2 cup coconut grated

1 cup sugar ( I used candy/Kalkandu powdered)

1/2 cup ghee

Half teaspoon cardamom powder

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder (optional)

1/4 cup khova or milk powder( optional)

METHOD

Heat 2 tblsp ghee and roast the millet first.

When the millet turns light golden, remove from fire and set aside.

Add another spoon of ghee and lightly roast the semolina and coconut.

If you are adding khoya or mawa you can add when adding coconut.If using milk powder

you can add after removing from fire.

Powder the millet first,next add the semolina and coconut mixture and again pulse for 1

-2 seconds .Add the sugar and mix well .Heat the rest of the ghee and lightly fry

cashewnuts and raisins in it and pour over the mixture .Mix well and make ladoos.

If you find the mixture dry to bind ,add a little milk .

This ladoo is a good source of nutrients and energy,so… for those who have no time for breakfast ,can pop 1-2 as a substitute for breakfast.

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.

SAGO DODOL (HALWA)


This is a sweet made with few ingredients ,no milk of any sort .Tastes amazing..!

I tried this with powdered jaggery and brown sugar .You could make this with sugar too.

You have to pre- soak sago overnight or for  a minimum of 8 hours ( washed and soaked)

It is best to use the big variety of sago for easy grinding.

Well! let’s move on to the recipe.

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INGREDIENTS

200 gm( any cup measurement ) soaked sago

250 gm cup powdered jaggery (nattu sarkarai)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup ghee

1/4 cup pure coconut oil

1 tsp cardamon powder

Pinch of salt.

METHOD

Grind the soaked sago to a thick paste and set aside.

Add the sugar and 3/4 cup water in a thick bottomed vessel and heat till sugar melts .

Add the ground sago with salt and mix .When the mixture starts to thicken add half of

the ghee and mix,After another 15 minutes of mixing , add coconut oil . Simultaneously

add ghee and oil like this every 15-20 minutes.

Add cardamon and cashewnuts and keep mixing till very thick and the mixture leaves

the sides of the pan.

Add a little oil or ghee and transfer to a tray.Allow to cool completely and cut into desired

shapes.

Note: You could use only coconut oil or only ghee without combining.

If you are using only sugar you could try with vanilla essence

Do try this awesome recipe and send in you comments.