CHOCOLATE CASHEW KATLI


This is the first time I made this recipe,and it turned out awesome.Within minutes the

tray looked empty.Fortunately I made it very thin to minimise the intake of calories..

I  added only  1.5 tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder to the basic cashew katli recipe.

You can use unsweetened mawa/khova to substitute milk powder.

The secret to  katlis with good texture is to powder little by little after it is in the fridge

for some time,and then sifted before making.

The next tip is to knead well to a smooth dough whilst warm before rolling it out.

Now for the simple and easy recipe…

INGREDIENTS

250 gm cashewnuts ( split is better)

1/4 cup milk powder

1 heaped tsp.cocoa powder

100 gm sugar( you can use palm candy powder too.)

2-3 tsp ghee

Silver vark ( optional)

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METHOD

Powder the cashew in 2-3 batches and sieve.Add powdered milk,when powdering the last coarse cashew powder,and set aside.

Make one string syrup with 1/4 cup water and sugar.Add cashew powder + milk powder+ cocoa powder and remove from fire immedietely. Add 1 tsp of ghee

After you remove from fire,keep stirring till the mixture is warm.( Do not try to knead while hot ).

Once it is warm knead well.Add the rest of the ghee if the mixture is difficult to knead .

Roll between polythene sheets .

Press the silver vark on the top.Allow to set for 15 minutes and cut into desired shapes.

Do try this easy recipe and send in your comments!

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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.

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.

BUTTER BEANS ‘N’ EGG KORMA


Butter Beans has added taste when you add to korma or curry.It could be

boiled/steamed and added to salads .Boiled and tempered beans  could be

consumed as a snack.Added into grilled sandwiches ,stuffed parathas,samosas,or cutlets

can be good treat.Today i will be sharing a recipe for a korma which can be served with

rice,rotis,hoppers,stringhoppers .

For the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

5-6 hard boiled eggs (vegans can add potato or cauliflower..)

1 cup butter beans

1 onion chopped

2 tomatoes

4-5 pips garlic

3-4 green chillies

1 inch piece ginger

1/2 cup grated coconut

2 tblsp white poppy seeds (khus khus)

1 tsp fennel seeds

a few cashewnuts

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp red chilli powder (optional)

whole spices (1 piece cinnammon,2 cardamons,4 cloves)

1/2 fennel seeds

small piece sea moss

1 tsp kasuri methi leaves (dried fenugreek leaves)

1/4 cup beaten curd

2 tblsp.ghee /butter/oil

salt to taste.

METHOD 

Grind the bold listed and set aside (you can opt to roast it before grinding too)

Heat ghee in a pan and add the whole spices ,fennel seeds,sea moss and the onions and

saute till onions turn pink.

Add the chopped tomatoes and beans with turmeric and salt and cook till tomato is soft

and well blended.

Next add the ground mixture and  saute for another minute.Add 1 cup water and allow

to boil.(check if the beans are tender,or you can pre- boil too).You can add more water

to suit your requirement.

Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.Add curd and methi leaves .

Remove from fire.

 

 

 

 

OKRA ‘N’ EGG


This is an easy vegetable to prepare,and tastier too.Combining egg in place of coconut ,is

more tastier and healthy too.

I love to mix egg with cabbage,broad beans,beans,kang kung leaves …..This is one delight

i’m sharing with you now.

INGREDIENTS

250 gm ladies finger ( slit and cut )

2-3 green chillies

1 onion chopped

1/2 tsp.cummin seed powder

2-3 pips garlic

1 small tomato

1 tsp.chilli flakes

salt to taste

1 tblsp.coconut oil

2-3 eggs

1/4 tsp turmeric.

METHOD

Heat oil in a pan,and add onions green chillies with salt and saute till onions are

translucent.

Add the sliced okra,ground mixture,and turmeric and cook on a very low flame till the

vegetable is cooked .Add chillie flakes and mix .

Shove the vegetable to one side of the pan,and add the eggs on the other side and

scramble .Whilst the egg is in semi liquid state mix the vegetable with the egg.

Remove from fire.Serve with rice and rotis.

 

SAGO ‘N’ SEMOLINA KESARI


This dish is a mix of sago and semolina and  is called ‘kesari bhath‘ in India.Well ,the

authentic dish has the inclusion of vermicelli .

Today, i made excluding the vermicelli. (Those who love vermicelli could include it.)

The taste is amazing and addictive too.The method of preparation also was done with a

twist,so do try this lovely recipe and send in your comments.

So let’s get into the recipe  now….!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup roasted semolina

1 cup sago

2 cups brown sugar (or palm candy powder)

1/4 tsp.salt

1/2 tsp powdered cardamon

1 cup ghee

a pinch of  edible camphor powder(optional)

kesari color

Cashewnuts and raisins

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METHOD

Mix half the ghee with the roasted semolina,cover and set aside for minimum 1 hour.

Soak the sago in water for 1-2 hours.

Heat 2 cups water,and the soaked sago first and cook till done.

Add another cup of heated water to the cooking sago,as the cooked sago would have

absorbed the water .

Immediately add the semolina with the salt,and cook till the rawa swells up.

Keep stirring ,add the rest of the ingredients and cook till done.

Add a little ghee on top for enhanced taste and look.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

RAW TOMATO PICKLE


This is a tangy spicy pickle and very easy to make too.I made this with raw green

tomatoes .You could try the same recipe with red tomatoes .Green tomatoes can be

used in fries,chutneys,cooked with dal,made into juices..and many more you could try.

This time i tried in a pickle recipe.

Health peek into the benefits ….recent research has proved that green tomatoes contain

an alkaloid called tomatine  which effectively fight cancer cells.Green tomatoes are also

rich in Vitamin C and supplies good nutrients.

Moving on to the recipe now,…This pickle is a good combination with rice,preferably

with variety rices like curd,lemon,tomato…….Some like it with chappathis too.

So do try to keep tangy pickles at hand,and send in your comments and suggestions.

INGREDIENTS

250 gm green tomatoes cut into fours

tamarind (size of a lime)

4-6 tblsp red chilli powder

1 tsp.turmeric powder

10 pips of garlic

2 dry chillies

4-5 green chillies split

few curry leaves

1 tsp fenugreek seeeds (methi)

1 tsp.cummin seeds

1 tsp mustard seeds

3/4 cup mustard oil/gingelly oil.

rock salt.(according to taste)

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METHOD

Mix tamarind with 1 cup water and enough salt. Add the quartered tomatoes ,cover and

leave overnight  to marinade.

Next day blend the soaked ingredients coarsely, without the water .

Lightly dry roast the bold listed spices and powder coarsely and set aside.

Heat the mustard oil,add curry leaves,dry chillies,turmeric powder.chilli powder and the

ground tomato mixture ,garlic and the slit green chilies,and cook till you see the tomato

well blended .Add jaggery .Check for salt and add to your taste.

Add the roasted powders and switch off the flame.

Allow to cool and store in sterilised jars.