Sunday, February 4, 2018

Fruits and Nuts Kesari

Starting this year's 1st  post with a sweet dish - fruits & nuts kesari

Sooji – 1 cup
Sugar – 1 ½ cup
Water – 1 cup
Milk – 1 cup
Apples – ½  cup chopped finely
Ripe Banana – ½ cup chopped fine
Cashews – 10
Raisin– 2 tbs
Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp
Food Color - a pinch ( I used yellow)
Ghee – 3 tbs

Take 2 tblspn of ghee in a kadai. Add in the cashew, raisins and saute till golden , drain and keep aside.  In the same add in all fruits and saute for few minutes. Meanwhile take a pan add milk and water and bring it to boil, add in the sauted fruits too with food color of your choice. When it boils nicely add this mixed to the roasted rava, mix well and keep stirring. When it starts  thickening, add sugar and mix well. Keep stirring again, now you can add some ghee and cardamom powder and fried nuts and raisin, mix well. Remove from stove and serve hot.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

  Thanksgiving 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Apple Halwa

Apple -4 No's
Sugar - 1 and half cup
Ghee - 5 tbls
Nuts  and Raisins -few (Roasted cashew and raisins)
Cardamom powder - Half tsp

Wash the apple, peel the skin and cut into small pieces. Take a blender and add the apple pieces and grind it to a smooth paste. Take a pan add 1 tsp of ghee, them add the ground apple paste and saute it. Keep stirring until all the water is absorbed, at this stage add sugar and keep stirring again. Add cardamom powder and mix well. Now ad the rest of the ghee and keep stirring until the halwas becomes thick. Halwa should not stick on the sides. Finally add the roasted nuts and raisins and mix well. Remove from heat. Allow it to cool and serve......

Friday, November 3, 2017

Calamari fry

Calamari/Squid - 10 No's ( Cleaned and cut into ring shaped)
Green chilli - 8 No's (crushed)
Curry leaves - few
Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
Salt as required
Oil  - 3tbs

Wash the calamari nicely and cut into ring shaped. Add all the above said ingredients and mix well. Take a pan add oil (you can also use oil spray ) and fry till its cooked well. When done remove from heat and serve with rice.

Pumpkin Unniappam or Pumpkin paniyaram

Wheat flour - 1 cup
Rice flour - ½  cup
Jaggery - ¾ cup - Add half cup of water to melt and strain it and keep aside

Pumpkin - 1 cup mashed
Cardamom powder - ½ tsp
Sesame - 2 tsp
Coconut bits - ¼  cup fried in ghee
Oil for frying

Mix wheat flour, rice flour, mashed pumpkin and melted jaggery by adding little water  for the batter. The consistency of the batter should be like idli batter.  Then add the fried coconut pieces, sesame seeds, cardamom powder, baking soda and mix well.  Take the appachati, add some oil to heat and heat on low flame, when the oil is hot, take a spoon of batter and drop/pour into the appachati.  Cook of low heat, you have to turn the appam in between, When the appam changes its color tto dark golden brown remove and drain it in a paper towel and serve....

This is a nice evening snack and also prepared during  Onam, Vishu, Krishan Jayanthi and so on.....

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Broccoli & Onion Pakoda

Gram flour - 3/4th  cup
Rice flour - 1/4th cup
Broccoli -1 cup - (cut into small florets)
Onion -2 large (Peeled and sliced thin)
Green chilli - 5 no's
Ginger - small piece, chopped finely
Curry leaves - few
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt as required
Oil for frying

Take a large bowl add in gram flour, rice flour, salt and mix well. Then add in the sliced onion, broccoli florets, green chilli, ginger, curry leaves, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and mix well with your hands till u get a thick crumbly dough.
Note:  - if  required you can sprinkle some water.

Now heat oil for frying. Take the pakoda mix in your hand and drop them into the hot oil. Fry till they are golden brown. when done, drain them in paper towel and serve....

A nice evening snack......

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cactus Pear juice

Cactus pear - 2 No's
Sugar - 2tbs ( can add more or less according to your taste)
Water - 1 and half cups
Lemon juice - 1 tbs

Cut the fruit into half and scoop out the flesh and put it in a bowl. Now take the blender and add water, scooped cactus pear, sugar,  lemon juice and blend well.  Drain using a strainer and server with few ice cubes.