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Mar 25, 2008

Mixed Fruits Milkshake - drink recipes

mixed fruits milkshake This is something which is quite filling and can be had as a healthy drink with breakfast or a refreshing drink after you come back home from work in the evening. I made with the fruits available with me. You can add your choice of fruits and nuts.
Ingredients-
Chickoo/sapota-5 nos.- Skin and seeds removed,chopped into pieces
Figs/anjeer- 4 to 5-chopped
Apple- 1 small -skin and seeds removed and chopped
Seedless black grapes- a small bunch- each cut into halves
cashewnuts- 6 to 8
vanilla essence - a few drops
Sugar- 2 tbsp or according to the sweetness you prefer.
Milk- 500ml

Method-
Blend all the ingredients together adding around 100 ml milk. Then add the remaining milk and blend again. Add more milk if it is too thick.Pour them in glasses and serve chilledmixed fruits milkshake

Mar 20, 2008

Click- Urali - cookware of the past

Cauldron or urali or varppu made with 70%copper and 30%tin is a broad based cooking vessel with beautifully and symmetrically carved on the sides. This is one of the largest cooking utensil which was used during ceremonial occasions for preparation of milk sweets without the fear of getting burnt.
The 'urali' in the picture belongs to my grandmother who used to make the very popular paal paayasam(kheer), thiratti paal(sweet made with wholemilk,something similar to kalakand) and halwa. I was so very fantasized by its gold tint, the carves,and the antiqueness. Now this vessel proudly sits in the living room of my house exhibiting its beauty to the admirers.
I am sending(the first picture) this to the CLICK: metal event by jugalbandi (J&B).

Mar 16, 2008

Sweet potato parathas with tomato onion chutney- kids recipes

sweet potato parathas I have never tried anything with sweet potatoes.These are widely available and eaten during the shivrathri in the month of feb or march. I was googling for a recipe with sweet potato and was surprised to find its culinary use all over the world. Sweet potato pie, cakes ....and indian food like gulab jamuns,koftas,kababs etc and many more..
Anyway, I decided to make simple stuffed paratha with them. It definitely tasted different.It had a sweet taste and by adding the regular spices,made it a little spicy too.
And for the side dish I usually prefer curd for any parathas. But this tomato onion chutney is a good combination too.

Ingredients-
for stuffing
Sweet potatoes- 3-4
Turmeric powder-1tsp
garam masala-1tsp
chilly powder-1tsp
salt
for dough
Wheat flour- 5 t06tbsp
Oil-1tbsp
Salt- a pinch
Method-

For Stuffing preperation
Boil the sweet potatoes until they turn a little soft and grate them. Add turmeric powder,chilly powder,garam masala and salt. Mix them well.
For dough
Add the salt in the wheat flour. knead the flour into dough adding water and oil.Make balls of the dough.
Roll the flour into a circle with a rolling pin. Make a ball of the stuffing and keep in the centre of the circle. Seal it properly and again roll them in a circle,taking care of the stuffing not coming out. Heat them on the Tava putting little ghee on them.
Tomato onion chutney-
Ingredients-
Onion- 1 chopped
Tomat0-2chopped
green chilly-1
garlic-2 cloves
ginger-finely chopped
red chilly powder- 1tsp
turmeric powder-1tsp
salt
Mustard-1tsp
jeera- 1tsp
Method-
Heat little oil in a pan. Add mustard and cumin seeds/jeera,green chillies ,garlic and ginger. Then add onion and saute till they turn slightly brown. Add turmeric powder,red chilly powder, and salt. Stir in the tomatoes. Mix well. Grind the mixture.

Mar 12, 2008

Kathirikkai pitla recipe - Brinjal in coconut gravy

Kathirikai pitla , a cuisine from tamil nadu , is a nice side dish with rice and morkozhumbu( tamil version of kadi,though not exactly). But I just love it with simple rice and dal.
brinjal pitlai
Ingredients-
Brinjals- medium sized 4 to 5 nos chopped in cubes
Chana dal-1tbsp
tuvar dal- 1tbsp
Udid dal-1/2tbsp
coriander seeds- 2 tbspn
Dried red chillies- 5 to 6
Grated coconut- 2tbsp
cooked tuvar dal- 1 cup
Tamarind water-1 cup
Turmeric powder- 1tsp
salt- acc to tate
mustard -1tsp
Asafoetida- a pinch
Peanuts -1/2 cup
curry leaves
oil - 1tbsp
Method-
Cook Brinjal in tamarind water along with turmeric powder and salt. Heat oil in another pan.Add red chillies,chana dal,tuvar dal,udid dal,coriander seeds,coconut(half the quantity). Stir for about 4 to 5 minutes.(do not allow them to turn very brown).Grind this mixture adding a little water.
Heat oil in a pan.Add mustard seeds,asafoetida,curry leaves and peanuts. Then add the cooked brinjal and then the ground paste. Mix in the cooked tuvar dal. Stir some more grated coconut till they turn a little brown and add it to thicken the gravy further.

Mar 10, 2008

Easy bread rolls for potluck parties and get togethers

bread rolls I wanted to make bread rolls since a very long time , but always thought it involved lot of work and so was very lazy to try them. I was scared of the edges not getting sealed properly and the stuffing falling out and creating a big mess. But I gave it a try and this was the result.
     This can be easily made for potlucks and get togethers. You can just prepare the bread and stuff them, keep them refrigerated and fry it when you want.
Ingredients-
White Bread slices- 8 to 10
potato- 1 big cooked and mashed
onion-1
ginger garlic paste - 1tsp
turmeric powder - 1tsp
Red chilly powder - 1tsp
Garam masala - 2tsp
Coriander powder - 2tsp
Salt -According to taste
Oil- 1tbsp and for deep frying.

Method-
Heat oil in a pan. Add the ginger garlic paste and then the onions. Saute till the onion turns translucent. Add turmeric powder,chilly powder,coriander powder,garam masala,salt and then mix the mashed potato.(I also added some frozen vegetables containing pieces of carrot, green peas and corn).
Dip the bread slices in water.Squeeze out the water by pressing them between your palm. Keep the potato stuffing on one end and roll the slice and seal the edges. Repeat the process for all the slices. Deep fry the rolls till they get golden brown in colour.
Serve with tomato ketchup.
I am sending this to Sia's Ode to potato.
Bread rolls are indeed easy and I can make it anytime!!!

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