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Monday, January 30, 2012

Navratan Korma

A deliciously made Creamy Stew done with nine different mixed ingredients of Vegetables,Paneer and nuts. 'Navratan' means nine gems and the recipe includes nine different main ingredients, mostly vegetables. This Thick,Cream based or coconut sauce gravy tastes great.U may need 20 - 25 mins time for the gravy and this serves 4 nos. It goes well with Fried Rice,Pulao,Parota,Naan,other Indian Breads etc. Enjoy Tasty Cooking at home!. Enjoy Ur Meal!. BonAppetit!.

Navratan or Navratna Korma
1 1/2 cups 3/4th cooked vegetables(Potatoes,carrots,Green peas,French beans,Cauliflower,Capsicum,Turnip etc)
40 gms  Paneer - cubed small
2 medium sized Tomatoes or 1/3 cup tomato puree (ready-made)
1 small-sized onion - pasted (2 tbsp)
1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
1/4 tsp turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/3 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam Masala Powder
2 tsp lowfat Cream
2 tsp Vegetable oil
1 tsp  Ghee
100 ml Full Cream Milk  or 2 tbsp Maggi coconutmilk powder dissolved thickly in 150 ml warm water
5 whole cashewnuts
Bay leaf,1 cardamom,1 clove and 1/2 cm cinnamon stick
few chopped Coriander leaves
1/2 tsp salt - to taste
1.To make tomato Puree at home,boil tomatoes for 10 mins and allow it to cool.Peel off the tomato skin and make paste or puree.
2.Heat 1 tsp ghee and slightly fry the cashewnuts and then the paneer cubes on medium flame. Keep it aside.
3.Add 2 tsp oil to that same pan. Fry Bay leaf with 1 cardamom,1 clove and 1/2 cm cinnamon stick.
4.Saute onion paste and ginger-garlic paste till golden brown.
5.Add turmeric powder,red chilli powder,coriander powder,garam masala and salt and stir it for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
6.Add tomato puree and Stir-Cook the mixture for 4-5 minutes.
7.Now,add milk(or dissolved Coconutmilk powder) and cook till the gravy becomes thick on low-flame.
8.Add 3/4th done Veggies to the Mix and stir-cook for 2-3 mins.Check for salt and turn off the flame.
9.Add cream,cashews and chopped coriander leaves on top and serve this creamy(the navaratna) korma hot with Fried Rice,Parota,Naan,Indian Breads etc.That's All!.

Sending this recipe to 'Walking Down The Memory Lane' Event hosted by Mrs.Gayathri Kumar's Gayathri's Cookspot
                                             to 'Gimme Green'Event hosted by Rosh Chef al Dente
 and to  'Hot n Spicy ' Event hosted by Amy of Food Corner

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cornflakes Pakoda(Pakora)

Cornflakes serve not only a Rich Breakfast /Dinner - also a  handy Teatime Snack item.This yumm Pakoda provides a teatime snack (or taste-match for Sambar or Rasam Sadham) - when unexpected guests arrive or for ur family anytime. This Dead Easy snack can be done in 5-8 mins time and serves 4 - 6 nos. Recipe is given here to enjoy Crisp-fried Cornflakes Pakoda(Pakora) at home.I found Aachi bajji bonda mix very extra-ordinary(then avoid adding Rice flour and Asafoetida powder. If u don't like it,use plain besan flour which U find good enough and mix it well with the other mentioned spices to try this recipe at home!. Enjoy Easy Snacks at home!. BonAppetit!.

Cornflakes Pakoda(Pakora):
60 gms  cornflakes
110 gms cup Besanflour or Aachi Bajji/Bonda Mix
2 tsp rice flour- powder
1/6 tsp Asafoetida
1/5 tsp garlic paste or 2 cloves of garlic - crushed
1/4 tsp chilli powder
5 tsp water or needed
1/6 tsp crushed jeera(optional)
1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
1 sprig curry leaves - chopped
1/4  tsp Salt
2 tsp butter
200 ml refined oil

    1.Mix Aachi bonda/bajji mix with rice flour, pressed garlic cloves or paste, Butter, salt, chilli powder, curryleaves, coriander leaves and water.  Mix well so that no lumps should form. The batter should be thick .
    2.Add the cornflakes to the gramflour mix and Mix well.Make it  into shapeless pieces.
    3.Heat 200 ml oil in a non-stick Kadai and deep fry the shapeless pieces(batter) till done golden brown on
    4.Serve it hot with tomato ketchup or coconut chutney.

Coffee Lassi

Lassi is a popular and traditional yogurt-based drink in India. It is done blending yogurt with water n spices or sugar or honey. Lassi is a perfect thirst quencher or a refreshing drink which can easily  be tried at home. This happened a year back. I added a tsp of coffee powder to an yogurt bowl, instead of  milk bowl,accidentally. I was left with noother choice but to taste it or  waste it. Surprisingly, it tasted  awesome after I added few tsp sugar.  I saw the Original recipe of  'Coffee Lassi' on the net, which is done with Sugar syrup and Espresso. U need 6-8 mins and this serves 2-3 nos.Try this simple and tasty Coffee Lassi at home. U can try 'Choco Lassi' adding few tsp of Hershey's Choco Syrup, Dates Lassi (Using Dates Syrup), Cornflakes Lassi, 'Oats Lassi' (or with Oats,buttermilk, cumin n grated ginger)...etc. Enjoy it anytime!. Have a great week-end!.

Coffee Lassi

250 ml Yogurt or yoghurt
100 m water
2 1/2 - 2 1/2 tsp good Instant Coffee Powder
4 - 5 tsp sugar or to taste
3-4 Ice cubes
1.Beat yogurt(Yoghurt) and water with sugar till it gets dissolved well.
2.Now add the instant coffee powder and pulse it few times.
3.Then add the Ice cubes and pulse it once.
4.Pour it on tall glasses with cho strands or few sprinkles of coffee powder over it and Serve.

U might also like:

Orange Lassi

Sending this recipe post to 'Valentine Day' Event by Teena Mary!
                                             'Valentine Special' Event by Ancy!
and to 'Cooking With Love' Event hosted by Saraswati of Sara's Corner

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Egg Raita

We all know that boiled Egg slices can pair up with Biryani along with raita as the simple n Easy taste-match.This recipe states a raita done with Egg slices- served an yumm-accompaniment to rich Pulao and Biryani varieties. I tasted it in my relation's house this month and luv to share that recipe here.U can try this recipe with Sliced Egg or make slits on Eggs(without slicing it). Hope U will try it at home and enjoy a tasty feast this weekend. Needs just over 12 mins and  2 boiled Eggs can serve 4 nos.Enjoy Easy n Tasty recipes at home!.Enjoy ur Meal!.BonAppetit!.

Egg Raita
2 hard-boiled Eggs - deshell n slice
200 ml yoghurt
1 tsp mayonnaise
4-5 Palak leaves - chopped finely
1 garlic pearl - thinly sliced
1 onion - thinly sliced
a pinch of jeera
1 -2 green chillies
1 tbsp grated carrot
few curry n coriander leaves
2 tsp tomato sauce
1/2 tsp white pepper powder(optional)
a pinch of salt
1/4 tsp oil
1.Heat oil and saute garlic slices and add palak, jeera and salt.Saute it for 3 mins.
2.Beat mayo with yoghurt and then mix it with grated carrot,sliced onion,green chilli slices,Palak mixture,curry
and coriander leaves
3. Check for salt.Arrange this raita on the serving plate.
4.At the time of serving, spread Egg slices over it with tomato ketchup on it and sprinkle a pinch of pepper n salt over it(optional).
5.This goes well with Biryani,Pulao and Chapati.

Agar-Agar(China Grass) Pudding

This Day on July 2011, I made my space visible to the Public- though I started adding recipes from July 10th 2011 onwards. This Blogspace is a not a huge-hit or a great success but it has crossed 75000 hits an hour ago, which is fairly(reasonably) good (since homely curry-lovers tend to try traditional recipes more) . Thanks for ur support and wishes.Hope my recipes will taste better and be a treat to ur tastebuds. From Feb onwards, I will be adding more authentic recipes of traditional cuisines. Thanks again for ur support!.

For this special occasion,I tried Agar-Agar(China Grass) Pudding which is Easy,healthy n tasty Dessert and can be done in 10 -12 mins time to serve 4 nos. Adjust the amount of sugar as needed. It tasted great that I wanted to share it with U. Can add 2 tsp thin cream to the mixture to make it rich.Enjoy healthy Desserts at home easily. Enjoy ur Meal!. BonAppetit!.

Agar-Agar(China Grass) Pudding
3 - 4 tbsp finely or coarsely powdered China Grass(Agar-agar)
50-60 gms powdered sugar.
1 - 1 1/4 tsp gelatine
1 tsp vanilla extract
250 ml boiled lowfat milk
saffron or almond flakes or pista splits or cashews or raisins - to garnish on top.
1.Dissolve gelatine in 30 ml boiling water. Keep it aside.If u do't get powdered agar-agar,powder it with sugar .
2.Heat milk with vanilla extract,then stir in Agar-Agar slowly and stir-cook it for 3-5 mins on low flame till
3.Stir in sugar and mix it for 2 mins .
4.Add dissolved gelatine and ix it good till done for 3 more mins.
5.Pour it to a pudding mould and leave it to settle for 15-20 mins in the fresh-tray compartment(Refrigerator).
6.Turn it upside down.Serve it chilled with pista splits or almond flakes or raisins.

Sending this recipe to 'Walking Down The Memory Lane' Event hosted by Mrs.Gayathri Kumar's Gayathri's Cookspot

'Valentine Day' Event by Teena Mary!
                                           and           'Valentine Special' Event by Ancy!

Friday, January 27, 2012

French Beans Stir-Fry - A variation

This is an Easy Stir-fry and needs 10 - 12 mins cooking time.U can try this stir-fry using roasted peanuts 4 tsp instead of White Sesame seeds. This serves  4 nos and goes very well with Indian Breads,Variety Rice, Fried Rice or Pulao along with raita of ur choice. It can be taken alone or done as a salad  with other veggies..if done with minimal spices. Try easy n tasty recipes for ur loved ones at home. Enjoy Ur Meal!. BonAppetit!.

French Beans Stir-Fry - A variation
150 gms Thin n Fresh French Beans
1 tbsp white sesame seeds
3 red chillies
3 garlic pearls
few curry leaves
1 tbsp grated coconut - optional
1/4 tsp garam  or subzi masala powder
a pinch of turmeric powder
1/3 tsp salt
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp refined oil

1.Clean the French Beans and remove the edges.
2.Dry-roast white sesame seeds,red chillies,garlic pearls,few curry leaves and grated coconut for 2 mins.Leave it to cool.Grind it coarsely. and keep it aside
3.Heat oil,then splutter mustard seeds. Add  French Beans, turmeric powder and salt and stir-fry  for 2 mins.
4.Add the ground paste and garam masala.Stir-cook till done -sprinkling little water when needed Keeping the flame medium - for atleast 6-8 mins.That's all!.
5.Serve it hot with Indian Breads,Variety Rice, Fried Rice or Pulao along raita of ur choice.

Sending it to 'Gimme Green'Event hosted by Rosh Chef al Dente

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chill Thrill Fruit Chaat

This Mild Spiced Fruit Salad or Fruit Chaat can be tried at home at any season Winter or summer.I call it Chill-Thrill Since it tastes better if served chill. Kids will love this Fruit Chaat. Try this with ur choices of Fruits, which taste good n get-along when mixed together.It can be served as a Teatime Snack or a taste-match with Chapati or Fried Rice or Pulao along raita of ur choice.Don't keep it outside for a long-time as it will leave water.Also change it to the Fresh Tray from Freezer after refrigerating for 15 mins. Enjoy Delicious Life by trying simple and so good recipes for ur loved ones at home.

Chill Thrill Fruit Chaat - Healthy n Mild-Spiced Fruit salad(chaat) - serve it chilled to Enjoy its real taste
2 cups Mixed Fruits-chopped fine (Seedless grapes, banana splits, Pineapple slices,Apple pieces,Guava -chopped fine,cherries,cherry tomatoes,Red Papaya , pomegranate seeds, 6-10 raisins etc)
1/5 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp chat powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1.Toss all the fruit ingredients except sugar and lemon juice. Refrigerate(in freezer)  for 15 mins only.
2.Take the fruits out.Sprinkle sugar and lemon juice over this, mix it well and serve it immediately.

Sending this recipe post to 'Valentine Day' Event by Teena Mary!
 and     'Valentine Special' Event by Ancy!

Oats VenPongal

Ven Pongal is a popular Breakfast Item in TamilNadu and is done using RawRice. It can be done using Oats and can taste great.I tried it with 3/4th done Mungdal and U can even try it with 3-4 whistles-done split yellow mungdal to make it look even better.U need 12 mins time in the kitchen and this serves 3-4 nos. Try this Oats Ven Pongal at home and Enjoy Healthy Breakfast!. Enjoy Ur Meal!. BonAppetit!.

Oats VenPongal:

Ingredients :
1 cup Oats
1/4 split yellow mungdal
2 tbsp Ghee
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
10 Pepper Corns or 5-6 - lightly crushed
a pinch of grated Ginger
1 sprig curry leaves
1/3 tsp or Salt or as required
6 cashewnuts
1 Green chilli - slit
3 cups water
1.Soak split yellow Mungdal in water for 30 mins and wash it.Slit open green chili.Pressure Cook it till done or 3/4 th done or upto 3 whistles.
2.Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a kadai and oil-roast the cashews.Keep itaside.
3.Add the oats and roast it for a min or 2.Keep it asisde.
4.Add 2 tsp ghee,cumin seeds, Grated Ginger,Pepper Corns,Curry leaves and fry for 30 secs.
5.Add 3 cups water and when it boils add the Ghee-roasted Oats and stir-cook it for 3 mins.
6.Add the 3/4 th or done Split yellow Mungdal and required Salt. Allow it to cook for 3 - 4 mins and reduce the flame.

7.Mix it well with chopped corianderleaves and cashewnuts.Serve it hot with ur choice of Chutney or Sambar.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chilli Egg Masala - Chinese

Thus done Chinese Chilli Egg Masala is so delicious and Easy-made. This needs 15 mins Cooking time and serves 4 nos. This is my adapted and easy-to-do version of Chinese Style Egg Masala.U can also use 1 tsp Aachi Chilli chicken Masala mixed with 2 tsp yoghurt instead of chilli powder for a flavored Egg preparation. This goes well with any Variety Rice or Fried Rice or Pulao or Biryani or Indian Breads. Try this Egg Masala at home for a tasty variation!. Enjoy Easy Cooking at home!. Enjoy Ur Meal!. BonAppetit!

Chilli Egg Masala
3 - 4 Eggs  - Cut slits on the sides
1 medium sized Onion - Chopped fine
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp tomato puree
2 tsp corn flour
1/2 tsp salt - to taste
few capsicum slices
2 tbsp finely chopped spring onions
oil - for shallow-frying and 2 tsp oil
few coriander leaves

1.Boil Eggs for 8 mins.Allow it to cool n de-shell it.Make slits on the sides.
2. Make a paste of corn flour,turmeric powder,chilli powder, garam masala.ginger-garlic paste and 1/4 tsp salt.Rub it over the Eggs and Keep the remaining spices paste aside.
3.Shallow-fry the Eggs heating 1 tbsp oil a non-stick Tawa till its done golden brown on both sides.Keep it aside.
4.Heat oil in a Tawa,stir-fry onion slices with pressed garlic,capsicum slices for 2 mins on medium flame.
5.Add tomato puree and remaining masala paste.Stir it for a min .
6.Add Soy sauce and stir it well for a min.
7.Add shallow-fried Eggs,spring onions and coriander leaves. Mix it well.Turn off the flame after a min or 2.
8.Serve it hot with any Variety Rice or Biryani,Fried Rice,Pulao or Indian Breads.

Sending this recipe post to 'Hot n Spicy ' Event hosted by Amy of Food Corner

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Choco Kuzhi Paniyaram

This Chocolate paniyaram tastes divinely good.Very simple and needs 12 mins time in the Kitchen. U can do 20  Paniyarams using this measure. U can stuff this paniyaram with fruits or choco bites - if U have kids at home. This serves 6-7 nos. Enjoy ur Evening!.Bon Appetit!.

Choco Kuzhi Paniyaram - Paniyarams made stuffing with chocolate or using cocoa powder
Ingredients :
1 cup Refined Flour
2 tsp Cocoa Powder
2 tbsp grated coconut
1/3 cup sugar - as per ur desired sweetness
few crushed cashewnuts-optional
1/2 tsp baking Powder
1 egg (beaten well -optional)
1/4 cup refined oil with 1 tsp ghee
Directions :
    1.Take a bowl,add the refined flour,Cocoa powder,sugar,grated coconut,crushed cashews,baking powder and Mix this well.
    2.Add enough  water and mix it well so that no lump should be formed.
    3.Add the beaten egg(optional). Mix this well.The paniyaram batter should be little thicker than the Idli batter.
    4.Heat the kuzhi(means shallow hole) paniyaram tawa and grease it with 1 tsp oil in each hole. Pour the
paniyaram batter in each hole and turn the side when dark or golden brown in colour.
    5.Serve this Choco paniyarams hot at tea-time.

Sending this recipe to 'Chocolate Mela' Event by Srivalli,

'Chocolate Fest' Event by Srav's Culinary Concepts

 Kerala Kitchen  Event hosted by Kaveri of Palakkad Samayal

'Valentine Day' Event by Teena Mary!
   'Valentine Special' Event by Ancy!
and 'Love Choco Fest' Event hosted by Vimitha Anand  of My Culinary Trial Room


Mixed-Fruit Avial

Avial is a popular Dish of South India esp in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.This is usually served with Aappam,Adai
too. It is a Mixed Veggie Curry done with Yoghurt n Coconut Sauce. It can be tried with Fish (Anchovy), Prawns, Mango, Pineapple, Papaya,Drumsticks,Tapioca,Apple,Banana and Grapes.This recipe states about an Avial done with Mixed Fruits.It needs little cooking time and turned out yumm (Sweet n Sour Combo). This serves 2-3.nos and can be done in 10 mins time. Enjoy ur Meal!. BonAppetit!.

Mixed-Fruit Avial
1 - 1 1/2 cup mixed fruits like (Apple,Pineapple,Papaya,Grapes,banana and Pomegranate)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds + 2 tbsp grated coconut + 1 sambar onion + 2 green chillies)
2 tbsp yoghurt
a pinch of turmeric powder
2 tsp coconut oil
200 ml to 250 ml water
few curry leaves
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1.Cut the Mixed Fruits into bite size pieces and clean them well.
2.Heat oil in a kadai,add mustard seeds,cumin seeds,curry leavesand the ground paste.
3.Add 1 cup water , salt and allow it to cook for 5 mins.
4.Add the mixed ruits and allow it to boil for 2 mins.
5.Add thick yoghurt and mix it for 20 secs.
6.Serve it hot with Aappam etc. If the gravy is thick,then it tastes good.

Sending this recipe to 'Gimme Green'Event hosted by Rosh Chef al Dente
and to 'Hot n Spicy ' Event hosted by Amy of Food Corner