May 30, 2008

Dal Paratha recipe - easy indian breads

dal paratha I had no hopes of making something for the SWC- Gujarat event, due to a very busy schedule this month, But at the end I managed it. I was browsing the net for some Gujarati recipes and found this Daal parathas extremely tempting. So tried making them and they tasted absolutely delicious.
These parathas goes to Priyanka of Asankhana who is hosting SWC-Gujarat this month. This event was started by LG Of Taste of mysore for Singapore women's club.
I am also sending this tasty parathas to Srivalli who is hosting roti mela. I had something else in mind for the event. Anyway, if that works out , I will post it later.

Here is the recipe for the parathas taken from here.
For the dough
Wheat flour- 1 cup
Salt- to taste
Oil- 1tbsp

For the filling
Yellow moong daal-1/2 cup
Jeera- 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder- 1tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida- a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil- 1tbsp

Soak mung daal for sometime and pressure cook till it gets little soft , but not very mushy.
Then, put some oil in a pan. Add jeera and hing. Then add the cooked dal followed by turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt.Cook for sometime till it gets a little dry sort of.
Make dough with wheat flour and salt. Roll it into a small circle and keep the stuffing in the centre. Seal it and roll them into normal parathas. Heat a tava and cook the paratha on both sides. Serve hot with any curry or raitha.
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May 27, 2008

Gobi manchurian recipe- indo chinese recipes

gobi manchurian This indo chinese cuisine is an all time favourite at my home. This can be just had as a snack/starter or as a side dish with rotis, though I never tried making it at home. I actually wanted to make manchurian with baby corn, but somehow never found time for that. So today when I wanted to try something different with cauliflower, I thought of making this. Here's the recipe for this.

Cauliflower- medium sized-1 Cut into florets
Spring onion- A bunch chopped finely
Garlic- 1clove chopped fine
Ginger- a small piece chopped fine
Green chilly- 1 chopped fine
Cornflour- 1tbspn
Maida- 2tbspn
Soya sauce- 1tbspn
Tomato sauce- 1tbspn
Salt to taste
Ajinomoto- 1 tspn
oil for deep frying.

Make a thick paste with cornflour and maida adding a little salt. Dip the florets in the paste and deep fry them. Heat little oil in a pan. Add the ginger, green chillies, garlic , spring onion and saute for sometime. Then add soya sauce and tomato sauce and stir for sometime. Add the fried florets and ajinomoto and mix well. Serve hot.
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May 22, 2008

Pumpkin halwa - quick dessert recipes

pumpkin halwa I first tasted this sweet during my cousin's wedding and since then I have seen this in most of the tamil wedding parties. I had little pumpkin left after using it for a subji. So thought of trying this.It was so easy to make, took very less time and tasted really good. My hubby simply loved it.

Yellow pumpkin - 1 cup grated.
Sugar- 3/4 cup or 1 cup.
Ghee/clarified butter- 1tbspn
Cardamom powder- 1tspn.
Milk- 3/4 cup

Put some ghee in a pan. Add the grated pumpkin and then the milk and allow it to cook for 5 minutes. Then add the sugar and cardamom powder, mix well and cook for some more time. You can garnish with roasted nuts.
And now about the award. I am so thrilled to receive the "nice matters award" from Swati raman garg of Chatkhor. It says “Nice Matters Award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world.” Thanks a lot Swati. I am so glad , you considered my blog for the award. And now I would like to pass this award to jayashree, jayasree,Raaga,Dee,laavanya,Arundati,Lavi. Congrats .Please accept and enjoy your awards even if you have already got them.
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May 20, 2008

Tangy mango delight - mango recipes

tangy mango drink It is ages I made something with mangoes. When Arundati announced the Mango madness event, I was tempted to do something. But somehow I was never fond of the kind of mangoes available here and never bought them. So it was almost two years I did not have them. But during my trip to India last month, mangoes were specially ordered for us as the mango season was just beginning and we were taken care of as if we were celebrities:)). Having mangoes after two years, was so divine ,as if I was tasting nectar. Anyway I found indian alphonso mangoes here too, so I won't miss them this year. :))
Though I love to have mangoes as it is, I made this drink yesterday. It tasted nice and tangy. Here is how I made it.

Mangoes- 2 chopped (reserve few to garnish)
Orange juice- 1/2 cup
Lime juice- 1tbsp
Sugar-2tbsp or according to sweetness you prefer.
Salt- a pinch
Sweetened whipped cream- 1 cup.

Blend all the ingredients except the cream to a smooth paste. Then fold in the cream and gently stir. Pour the drink into individual glasses and garnish with small mango pieces.
I am sending this to Arundati who is hosting WBB #22"May Mango madness" this month.
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May 15, 2008

Microwave eggless cake recipe

microwave chocolate cake Last tuesday was our wedding anniversary. So I decided to bake a cake. I really don't get enough time for making cakes often, though I want to(mainly to improve my baking skills:o)),and hence I am in lookout for such occasions. And the microwave cake took just a few minutes.
I took the recipe for the cake from here. I just made minor changes
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Milk- 1 and1/2 cup
Cocoa powder- 1tbsp
Baking powder - a small pinch
Oil- 1/2cup
Sugar- 1 cup
Dried fruits- 1cup(I used cranberries, apricots,raisins)
Vanilla essence- few drops
Whipped cream and grated chocolate for decorating.
Add milk in a pan and boil it. Add the dried fruits and leave it for sometime till they become a little tender and allow the milk to cool down. Blend this mixture in a blender till the fruits are ground well. Add the oil and blend it again to a thicker consistency. Then next goes the sugar and again blend it for a few minutes. Transfer this mixture to a bowl. Sieve the flour along with baking powder and cocoa powder. Add this flour in small parts into the mixture mixing it gently.Add few drops of vanilla essence. Mix gently.
Grease a microwave proof bowl and pour the batter in it. Microwave on high for 5-7 minutes checking in between. Allow to stand for a minute. Remove the cake and cool it. Decorate as you wish. I added some whipped cream and grated chocolate on the cake just before cutting. microwave chocolate cake
Cake really tasted good. It was quite spongy and moist too. Keep checking in between, when the cake is getting microwaved. Overdoing may cause the cake to get hard.
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May 13, 2008

Kuzhi Paniyaaram/recipes with idli/dosa batter

Idli batter
Grated carrot-1
Green chilli- 4-5
Ginger- small piece
Coriander- finely chopped
Make a paste of ginger and green chillies.Add all the ingredients in the batter and mix well.
Put little oil in the paniyaram pan. Pour the batter in the pan. Flip on the other side. And cook well on both sides.
Serve hot with any chutney. My hubby prefers mint chutney.
kuzhi paniyaaram You can also use mixture of rice flour and maida in case you don't have batter. Use the same method.

kuzhi paniyaaram
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May 10, 2008

Missi roti and panchmel dal --Rajasthani recipes

One good thing about food blogging is it makes me hunt for more recipes and try out those food which I never thought of making. Now for the RCI Rajasthan event, after googling and debating on what to make out of so many dishes, I settled on making Rajasthani dal and missi roti. So here is how I made them.

Missi roti-
Wheat flour - 150gms
Besan -250gms
Red chilly powder-1tsp
Dhaniya Powder -1tsp
Ghee -3tsp
Jeera -1/2tsp
Kaala Jeera -1/2tsp
Salt -1tsp
Ajwain -1/2tsp
Mix all the ingredients well and knead them into a stiff dough. Roll into thick rotis and roast them on a tava. Brush little melted ghee on the roti.

missi rotiServe hot. Shahi ghatte is a good combination with missi roti.

Rajasthani panchmel dal - (side dish for chapatis /rice)
Chana dal/bengal gram- 1/4 cup
Mung/Green gram- 1/4 cup
Udid dal/Split black gram- 1/4 cup
Tuvar dal/Pigeon pea split-1/4 cup
Masoor dal/Red gram split- 1/4 cup
Salt-To taste
Green chillies-2
Ginger- A small piece
Whole red chillies-2
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Cumin powder-1 tsp
Red chilly powder-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Tomatoes-2 chopped
Oil- 3 tb
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Cloves- 4-5
Asafoetida-1 pinch
garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
Soak the lentils for around two hours. Add salt and turmeric powder and pressure cook them. Make a paste of green chillies and ginger. Add little oil in a pan.Add asafoetida, cumin seeds, cloves and dry red chillies. When cumin starts to change colour, add the ginger-green chilly paste and saute for sometime. Stir in some cumin powder, coriander powder and red chilly powder. Add the tomatoes and cook till oil separates. Add the cooked lentils and water if required. Cook for 10 mins stirring well. Add garam masala powder and serve hot with rice.

panchmel dal
And now for my first Award. I am so glad to recieve this yummy blog award from Lavi of homecookrecipes.Thanks a lot Lavi. You made my day wonderful. It is a great inspiration for a new blogger like me. I would also like to thank Miss Bellevue of Bombay Bistro who has passed on this award to me.
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May 6, 2008

Green peas dhokla - microwave version-Tarla dalal recipe

green peas dhokla I have never tried making dhoklas, though I wanted to make it from a very long time. When the microwave event was announced this month, the theme being steamed foods, I decided to try this dhoklas which I found in Tarla Dalal's microwave cooking. The addition of green peas made it nutritious.It was easy to make requiring very less preparation time. Though it did not come out very fluffy, it was soft and tasted delicious and had authentic flavour.

Bengal gram/besan- 1/2 cup
Green peas- 1/2 cup boiled
Ginger green chilli paste- 1tsp
powdered sugar- 1tbsp
Water- 1/2 cup
Citric acid crystals- 1/4tsp
Unflavoured fruit salt- 3/4 tsp
salt to taste

For tempering
Oil- 1tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1tsp
green chillies- 2 finely chopped
Asafoetida/hing- a pinch
water- 1tbsp

For garnishing-
Chopped coriander- 1tbsp
grated coconut- 1tbsp

Puree the green peas to a smooth paste using very little water.
Add all the other ingredients to the paste and mix well. Add little water to get a dropping consistency.
Pour into a microwave safe dish with a lid and microwave on high for 3 minutes covered.
Remove and let it stand for 2 minutes.

For the tempering-
Combine oil and mustard seeds in a small microwavable bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Add the green chillies and asafoetida and microwave on high for 1 more minute.
Remove from microwave and add 1 tbsp of water.
Pour the tempering over the dhoklas and cut in to pieces. Garnish with Coriander and coconut.
Serve hot with green chutney.
This goes to Srivalli's MEC- Steamed dishes.
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May 1, 2008

Poha khichu - microwave recipes

poha khichu After a hectic trip to India, it is being bit difficult to get back to the usual routine. So microwave is a life saver for me at present. This simple breakfast dish adapted from Tarla Dalal's microwave cooking seems to be a variation of favourite Gujarathi delicacy usually made with rice flour.Sesame oil is used traditionally,but any other refined oil can be used.
Beaten rice or  poha- 2 cups
Water - 1 cup
Soda bicarb- a pinch
Roasted cumin seed powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
sesame oil- 1tsp
Chopped coriander- 1tsp
Salt to taste
Grind the poha in a blender till it resembles bread crumbs. Keep aside.
In a microwave safe bowl, combine water,soda bicarb,cumin seeds powder and salt and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
Add the oil ,chilli powder,green chilli,and ground poha and mix well using a whisk so that no lumps remain.
Microwave on high for a minute.
Add the coriander and mix well.
Serve hot drizzled with sesame oil and chilli powder.
I am sending this recipe to easycrafts for WBB microwave foods.
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