2013/11/29

LITTI CHOKHA FOR SNC CHALLENGE




Nupur of Uk Rasoi challenged the Southern team of  South vs North Challenge an wonderful event by Divya Pramil while Priya akka challenged Northern team with popular Mangalorean snack Goli Baje.

For Litti:

Wheat flour - 1 cup
Ajwain/carom seeds - 1/4 tsp
Ghee - 1/2 tsp
Baking soda - 
1/4 tsp 
Salt to taste
Warm water for kneading

For Stuffing/Pitthi:


Sattu(roasted gram flour) - 
1/4 cup 
Grated ginger - 
1/2tsp 
Coriander leaves (finely chopped) - few
Green chillies - 2
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Ajwain (carom seeds)-
1/4 tsp 
Pickle (i used mango pickle)- 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

For Chokha:


Potatoes (boiled & peeled) - 

Garlic cloves - 3
Onion (finely 
chopped ) - 1
Tomato (big) - 1
Green chilly (finely chopped)- 1
Grated ginger- 
1/2 tbsp 
Coriander leaves - few
Salt to taste


METHOD OF PREPARATION :

For Litti: 


  1. Sieve the wheat flour well.
  2. Add all the ingredients except the ghee .
  3. Knead a stiff and soft dough and keep aside for half an hour.


For Stuffing/Pitthi : 



  1. Mix roasted gram flour, grated ginger, green chillies,coriander leaves,ajwain seeds,oil, mango pickle and salt well and keep aside.
  2. Take medium sized balls of the dough, with a rolling pin roll it , place a tablespoon of stuffing,seal the stuffing with the dough well .
  3. Flatten the dough and repeat the same process for the remaining dough.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200 deg.c, place the balls over a baking pan and bake for 30 minutes, flip the balls in between twice till done.


For Chokha:


  1. Mash the well boiled potatoes and keep aside. 
  2. Roast the garlic and tomato in a pan .Allow them to cool .Peel the skins and mash them with a spoon.
  3. Add the chopped green chillies, grated ginger,coriander leaves, chopped onions, salt, oil .Mix  them well and keep them in a  bowl.
  4. Drop few tsps of ghee over hot Litti and serve with chokha or Break the litti in the centre,pour some ghee and chokha.


Linking it with SNC Challenge


2013/11/28

BLACK EYED PEAS SALAD



A yummy salad tried from Jagruti bhabhi .

INGREDIENTS :


Black eyed peas - 1/2 cup (soaked in water overnight)
Sliced tomatoes - few pieces
Green Chillies - 2 finely chopped
Cubed cucumber - 1 medium size
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Sliced onion - 2 tbsps
Chilli powder -1/2 tsp
Chaat powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - few 
Salt to taste

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Pressure cook peas for 5 whistles or less with salt and strain the water .
2) Take a bowl and mix all the above said ingredients . Give a quick shake to the bowl/or mix them well with a spoon .
3) Salad is ready to be served.

Linking it up with Jagruti's Potluck party ...


2013/11/27

PAPAYA SMOOTHIE



INGREDIENTS :

Papaya slices - 2 cups
Honey - 2 tsps
Ice- cubes

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1. Peel the skin of papaya , make small cubes.
2. Blend it well with little water.
3. Add 2 tsps of honey and serve chill .

2013/11/26

THENKUZHAL




INGREDIENTS :

Rice flour - 2 cups
Urad dhall powder - 4 tbsps
Ajwain - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Note:


Fry urad dal without oil in a kadai and them grind them in mixer without water.(dry powder)


METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1 )Make a soft dough using the ingredients with little water.
2) Heat oil in a kadai. Make a bigger balls of the dough . Stuff it in the murukku maker and press it out in an oil greased plate .
3 )Once the oil is hot , deep fry them till golden brown .


Linking it with Tamizhar Tuesday Event .




2013/11/20

CHOCOLATE VANILLA BISCOTTI




Thank you Priya suresh akka for this yummy choice of biscotti .

Recipe source : http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/american-style-biscotti-recipe.


INGREDIENTS :

Unsalted butter - 3 tbsps
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Vanilla extract - 2 tsps
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Egg - 1
Maida - 1 cup
Cocoa powder - 1 tsp

Almond milk - 1/4 tsp
METHOD OF PREPARATION :


1 . Preheat the oven to 200 deg.c for 5 minutes. In a bowl, 
beat the egg well with butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, almond extract and baking powder until the mixture is smooth and creamy. 

2. The batter may be slightly curdled. Add the flour and mix, the dough will be sticky. 

3. Place the dough in the baking sheet .Bake the dough for 25 minutes. Remove it from the oven. Cool for 10 mins. 

4.Slightly wet the crust of the dough with slightly wet hands. Slice it with a knife. 

5.Reduce the oven temperature to 180 deg.c. Return the biscotti to the oven, and bake them for 25 to 30 minutes, until they golden and crunchy. They'll still feel a tiny bit moist in the very center, if you break off a piece; but they'll continue to dry out as they cool. Remove the biscotti from the oven and cool them. 

Linking it up with Home Baker's Challenge .





2013/11/18

BADUSHA



INGREDIENTS : 

Maida -11/2 cup
Melted butter - 1/2 cup
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Fresh curd - 2 tsps
Oil - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp

FOR SUGAR SYRUP :

Sugar- 1/2 cup
Water sufficient
Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1. Mix well melted butter with curd , baking soda , oil and sugar .
2. Then , finally add maida and knead a very soft dough with little water for 5-10 minutes.
3. Roll out small balls of it , flatten them with a thumb print in the center or swirl the edges of it.
4. Heat oil in kadai . Drop a pinch of dough to it , it must raise up.Then , oil is ready for frying .Drop badushas to it . Switch of the flame , let badusha be cooked in pre-heated oil .After 5 minutes , again switch on the flame and fry them in slow flame till done and brown. Drain the oil .
5. Meanwhile prepare thick sugar syrup of one string consistency .Dip the badusha in hot syrup for a minute and then take it out .

2013/11/15

MISAL PAV


A yummy Misal Pav chaat for SNC Anniversary Celebration .Thank you Meena for this yummy chaat.

INGREDIENTS :

Onions - 4 
Garlic cloves -4 
Ginger- a small piece
Green chillies -2 
Tomatoes - 2
Grated coconut(grinded) -1/4 cup 
Dried white peas-200 gms 
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp  
Red chilli powder -1/2 tsp 
Garam masala powder -1/2 tsp 
Coriander powder -1/2 tsp 
Turmeric powder -1/2 tsp 
Dry mango powder-1/2 tsp 
Salt to taste

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

  1. Wash and soak peas overnight.  Clean it well and pressure cook peas for 2 whistles till soft . Keep them aside. 
  2. Heat oil in a pan,saute half of the chopped onion , ginger, garlic and green chillies till done.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes and grated coconut . Mix well and allow it to cool. 
  4. Grind this mixture to a smooth paste and keep it aside. 
  5. In same pan,  heat oil and add cumin seeds. Once it splutters, add the rest of spice powders and saute it for a minute. 
  6. Then add the grinded masala and mix well with little water and salt .
  7. Finally add the boiled peas to it and mix them well till done .Garnish with coriander leaves , spice mixture and finely chopped onion. 
Serve it with Pav .

2013/11/14

JILEBI / JELABI



INGREDIENTS :

Maida - 2 cups 
Rice flour - 
11/2 tbsp 
Baking powder- 
1/4th tsp 
Curd - 
2 tbsp 
Warm water - 
11/4th cups 
Sugar - 3 cups


METHOD OF PREPARATION :
  1. Mix maida, rice flour, baking powder, curd and 3/4th cup of the water in a bowl and whisk it well.Set side for few hours to ferment.
  2. Whisk thoroughly before use.
  3. Prepare one string consistency of sugar syrup by dissolving it in the water. Just before the syrup is ready add a pinch of food colour.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai. Pour the batter in a plain thin damp cloth with a hole in the middle.Squeeze it out slowly to form like coil in the hot oil . 
  5. Deep fry them until they are golden and crisp all over but not roasted.
  6. Remove from the kadai and dip in the sugar syrup for 4-5 minutes so that they soak well in the syrup.
  7. Take the jilebi out of syrup and serve hot.

2013/11/12

MORKUZHAMBU




INGREDIENTS:


Bottle gourd/Lady's finger/Potato/Brinjal - 1 cup
Fresh curd-3 cup
Turmeric powder- 1/4
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Red chillies- 2
Curry leaves and Coriander leaves
Onions- 2
Asafoetida- a pinch
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Pepper - 2 -3 nos



NOTE:


Beat the curd well to avoid the curdling.



TO GRIND:


Ginger - very small piece
Jeera-1/2 tsp
Pepper-3 nos
Grated coconut - 3 tsps
Green chillies-2
Channa dal - 1 tsp
Rice - 1 tsp
Urat dal - 1/2 tsp


METHOD OF PREPARATION :


1) Beat curd with turmeric powder and keep aside.
2) Heat a pan,add green chillies,channa dal,urat dal,cocnut,rice,jeera and pepper.Fry
for a minute and grind them.
3)Heat oil in a kadai,add mustard,jeera,red chillies,curry leaves and finely chopped onion.Fry till onion is golden brown.
4)Add the vegetable and cook the for some time with little water to it so that the veggies are cooked well.
5)Add the ground paste to the mixture.Saute them till the raw smell leaves.
6)Add the buttermilk,beaten curd to it.Add salt to it.Allow to boil for 5-7 minutes.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with rice.Linking it with Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday event by dear friend Nalini.

2013/11/10

MILAGU KUZHAMBU / PEPPER SPICY GRAVY




INGREDIENTS :

Tamarind - a small piece

For grinding :

Pepper - 4 tbsps
Garlic cloves - 8
Jaggery - 2 tsps 

Coriander seeds - 2 tsps 
Channa dal - 2 tsps
Toor dal - 2 tsps
Red chillies - 6
Curry leaves - few
Salt to taste
Jeera - 2 tsps

Tadka :

Mustard and Jeera - 2 tsps each
Ghee

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1 ) Heat oil / ghee in a pan . Add ingredients for tadka . 
2) When it splutters , add grinded masala with little water and tamarind juice .
3) Allow to boil , till the oil separates out .

Serve with Rice / Idli / Dosa .Linking it up with Jagruti bhabhi's Potluck Party


2013/11/07

CHICKPEAS SALAD



A simple and quick healthy salad for Vegan Thursday . 

INGREDIENTS :

Chickpeas - 1/2 cup (soaked in water overnight)
Grated Carrot - few tbsps/tsps
Green Chillies - 3 finely chopped
Cubed cucumber - 1 medium size
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Grounded pepper - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Pressure cook chickpeas for 5 whistles or less with salt and strain the water .
2) Take a bowl and mix all the above said ingredients . Give a quick shake to the bowl/or mix them well with a spoon .
3) Salad is ready to be served.

2013/11/06

TOMATO PUREE BIRIYANI





INGREDIENTS :

Onion - 1 sliced
Refer here for Tomato Puree.... (source:Wikihow) : 1 cup
Green chillies -2 slit
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon sticks - 2
Annasai flower - 2
Biriyani leaves - 2
Coriander leaves - few
Ginger- garlic paste - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds powder - 1/2 tsp
Boiled milk - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste




METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1. Heat a spoon of ghee in a biriyani kadai / pot . Fry whole garam masala spices for a minute , followed by sliced onions till golden brown.
2. Add slit chillies , ginger-garlic paste , tomato puree with spice powders and saute for 2-3 minutes till the raw smell leaves .
3. Then add rice to it and saute for a minute . Add 11/2 cups of water and 1/4 of milk and simmer to slow flame , cover with a lid and cook till done .

Linking it with SYS - October 2013 by Viji .