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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Black-eyed Pea Masala Vada


Ingredients:

Black -eyed pea soaked overnight......2 Cups
Rice floor.............................................2 Tbspn
Onion chopped ...................................1 Cup
Green chilly finely chopped................2
Ginger grated.......................................2 inch
Garlic grated........................................4 cloves
Cinnamon powder................................2 pinch
Asafetida..............................................2 pinch
Curry Leaves chopped.........................1 string
Mint Leaves chopped...........................2 Tbspn
Salt to Taste
Oil to deep fry

Procedure


  • Grind the soaked black eyed pea preferably without water or sprinkle a Tbspn water so it is easy to grind.Transfer it to a bowl.
  • Add chopped onion,chopped green chilly,grated ginger garlic,cinnamon powder,asafetida,chopped curry leaves, mint,salt to taste and give it a mix.
  • Next add the rice floor at last and start making vada.
  • Vada making - Have a cup of cold water handy.Dip your palm with cold water everytime before you make vada and pat it to shape it as vada and slowly carefully drop it in medium hot oil.
  • Fry until golden and crisp! and let me know how it comes out:-)

Notes 

  • Cinnamon -I grated cinnamon while i did ginger,garlic ...it was a little difficult but worth the fresh taste.
  • Onion, mint leaves- I added a little more as I like it.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Carrot Rasam - A Healthy Rasam





South Indian meals are incomplete without rasam.

Irrepective of which part of Indian they belong to kids love well cooked rice , rasam and a little ghee.

Now, along with my kids I love rasam too. Easy to make and after eating varieties or frequent parties, I just want some rasam rice and that set :-)

Wanted to try a more healthier option and tried this and kids just loved it .

Ingredients

Carrots chopped ...............1.5 Cup
Tomoto chopped...............1 Cup
Grated Coconut
(Frozen or Fresh)...............1 Tbspn
Jeera...................................1 tspn
Tamarind............................1 tspn
Turmeric.............................2 pinch
Rasam powder....................1 tspn
Jaggery...............................1 tspn ( optional )
salt to taste

Tadka :

Ghee..................................1 Tbspn
Mustard seeds....................1/2 tspn
Asafetida.............................2 pinch
Red Chilly ..........................1
Curry leaves........................1 String

Procedure :

1) Combine carrots, tomato, coconut,jeera,tamarind,turmeric .Add 2 cups of water and pressure cook 2 whistle.

3) Once at room temperature, blend it.

3) Take the blended puree, add rasam powder, salt to taste and water to adjust the consistency of rasam you may like. Bring it to boil. Later add jaggery.

4)Next is tempering : Heat ghee in a small pan.add mustard seeds- once the popping sound tend to stop,add red chilly,curry leaves and pour it on the boiling rasam.

5) Hm...Serve with some rice and papad and enjoy your healthy lunch.

Notes : The carrots I used were not sweet and had to use jaggery for taste.
             You can also use 1/4 cup toor dool to add protein while you pressure cook.



Sunday, March 20, 2016

Strawberry Picking

Hello my dear viewers,

Welcome to Spring Season!!

I am sure a lot of you love fresh fruits and vegetables like I do.My favourite past time
is to look for  seasonal fruits "u pick" farms.March means it's time to pick some STRAWBERRIES in Florida.The u picked pink juicy fruit tastes so very different than the store bought one's.

U picks are a good add on for kids spring break,summer break activities.

How do you find the u pick farms??
You can visit Pickyourown.org to check what is in season and the nearest farms which offers u pick.But as the website suggests please call the farm before you plan to travel.
The second way to find the farms is when you go to your local farmers market/flea market you can ask the sellers and sometimes they do have those information.

Preparation for U pick
It is very important to well prepare for your picking trip so you can enjoy to the fullest.
Check the weather and dress up accordingly.
Have cash ready as some farms do not accept credit,debit cards.
Pack some snacks,cooler,juice,water as some farm might not have snack bar or even vending machines.
Some farms do have picnic tables so you can even pack your meal
Hat,Sunscreen lotion,bug spray will definitely help.
Extra clothes for your kids.

Brown's Farm in Northeast Florida,Hawthorne FL
Address-18120 FL-26 ,Hawthorne FL 32640. Approximately 90 miles SW of Jacksonville FL is Brown's farm.My 4 year old was in Spring break..and she loves strawberries so thought this would be great spring break activity.They opened up for u pick on March 14th and usually runs for 1.5 months.Big farm and berries were big enough  and you could fill the buckets soon.The lady their was kind enough to show us which part of the farm had plenty to pick.They also sell fresh vegetables picked from their farm,honey,jams.

Here are some pictures..




This artistic vegetable is called Romanesco and tastes like a mix of cauliflower and brocolli.Yum

RECIPES tastes great when you use the u pick fruits and vegetables.

Let us make some STRAWBERRY ICECREAM WITHOUT ICECREAM MAKER andSTRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE this strawberry season and impress our friends and family.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

5 Minute Sidedish - SweetCorn Fry




Calling all the busy mommies!!

Here is a super simple easy "Sweetcorn Fry/Usali"

I am sure kids would love this!This would be a good side dish /salad for back to school lunch boxes.

As its Festival season now,you can make this usali for pooja offering and share it with your friends.

This could be a tasty add on for your meal plate.

Ingredients

Sweet Corn kernels Frozen/Fresh..................2 cups
Oil.................................................... .1 Tbspn
cumin seeds + mustard seed............. .1/4tspn
Lemon juice...................................... .1/4 tspn
Cilantro chopped.................................1 Tbspn
Green chilly chopped..........................2
Grated coconut(frozen or fresh)..........1 Tbspn
Salt to taste

Procedure

1.Take a frying pan,add oil.When oil is hot add cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
2.When the cumin and mustard sizzles add the frozen corn.
3.Fry for 1 min.
4.Add grated coconut,salt to taste and fry for 1 more min.
5.Add lemon juice ,cilantro fry for few seconds and ready to serve.

Tips

1.I used frozen corn,If using fresh corn - Run a knife and scrape the kernels and preboil or microwave for 3min.

2.You can skip green chillies and add pepper powder or mix them both.

3.Top it with a tsp of butter

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Panner Vegetable Fry-Simple and Tasty!



I am always in hunt for quick and tasty sidedishes for roti/chapati/paratha.

Just tried a simple vegetable panner fry today and everone including my picky eater daughter loved it .

This simple dish is good for busy mommies!

I used potato,carrot,bellpepper,cucumber.You can opt out cucumber and add green peas.Try ur variations and share it in comments :-)....

Ingredients

Large potato peeled cut into pieces.................1
Large carrot  peeled cut into pieces.................1
Bellpepper cut into pieces.................................1
cucumber cut into pieces...................................1 cup
Grated Panner...................................................4 Tbpsn
Coriander powder...................................... ......2 tspn
Garam masala...................................................2 tspn
Oil.....................................................................1 Tbspn
Cumin seeds.....................................................1/4 tspn
Turmeric...........................................................2 pinch
Jaggery powder(optional).................................1/2 tspn
water.................................................................1/4 cup
salt to taste

Process

1)Take a deep pan,add oil,when hot add cumin seeds,turmeric & wait for 3 sec .
2)Next add vegetables except cucumber and water let it cook for 5 min
3)Now add masala powders,salt,cucumber and allow it to cook for 8 min or till 3/4 th done.(Sprinkle water if necessary)
4)Lets add jaggery,it gives nice taste.
5)Lets add grated panner and allow it to cook for 2 min.



 Enjoy with rotis



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Samosa



Samosa -Crispy flaky deep fried pastry with spicy potato filling.

Samosa for me is King of Appetizers.

If I go to restaurants,the first thing I order is samosa.

I go to the party and I see samosa in menu & I am happy:-)

I am angry and if my hubby gets me a samosa I'm happy:-) and the list goes!

Samosa reminds me of  college days.There was a Punjabi stall close by and ,he used to make best samosas and jalebis,all time crowded..just can't forget the taste ! Our fun days were never complete without samosa.Gossip,chitchat,make bunk plans eating samosas:-).You might have similar ones too rite?

Well coming to the recipe ....

Outer Shell


 Maida/allpurpose flour 2 cups
3 Tbspn oil +1 Tbspn ghee
1/4 tspn ajwain(optional)
salt to taste
water to mix

1)Take a large bowl,add maida ,salt give it a mix.Next add oil and ghee and rub it into the flour for 2 min so the fat gets nicely coated to flour and you get nice flaky samosas.

2)Sprinkle few ajwain ,add water little at a time and make medium soft dough(It should be firm than chapati)

3)Cover it in wet cloth and set aside for atleast 20-30 min.

Filling


6 medium size..........Boiled smashed potato
2 Tbspn ....................Oil
2 Tbspn.....................Chopped coriander leaves
1.................................green chilly chopped
2 pinch......................Turmeric
2 pinch.......................Hing
1/4 tspn......................ginger grated
2 tspn.........................coriander powder
1/4 tspn.....................garam masala
1/2 tspn.....................chilly powder
cumin +mustard........1/4 tspn
salt to taste

1)In a pan add oil,when hot add cumin and mustard.Allow mustard to pop now comes turmeric,hing,ginger,greenchilly.Keep the flame low and add masala powders.

2)Add boiled mashed potatoes,boiled greenpeas,coriander leaves,salt to taste and mix well.

3)Your filling is ready.You can also add chopped onion and garlic paste to tempering to add a different taste.

Shape Up


1)Take a lemon sized dough,roll it thin to make a circle.
2)Take a knife,cut them into half.
3)Each piece makes one samosa.The bigger your circle,bigger the samosa,
4)Start making cone shape from one end.
5)Close the cone,sharpen the tip,press the ends well
5)Fill up the potato filling till 3/4th and close it(give a good press).
6)Let the samosa stand on the surface.

Below pics will give you good idea to shape it














Frying


1)Take a deep kadai,add oil for deep frying.
2)Make sure the oil is medium hot and not too very hot.
3)Drop ur samosas(i usually do 3 at a time)
4)Fry till golden brown.
5)Let it set on paper towels
6)Homemade samosas are ready to enjoy.

Serve it with green chutney and tamarind dates chutney

Impress your friends and family and enjoy your evening.A lovely teatime with samosa:-)

.



Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Ugadi dear viewers-2015-Recipes



HAPPY UGADI to All My dear viewers.

SRI MANMATHA NAMA SAMVATSARA begins on March 21,2015.

Enjoy the auspicious day with your friends and family with " special recipe of ugadi" ie,obbattu .

Healthy salad kosambari is perfect for any festival side dish.

Easy,instant puliyogare ,pineapple gojju and the south Indians favourite sambar completes the  festival meal.

obbattu recipe

Kosambari recipe

Easy puliyogare

Pineapple Gojju

sambar