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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Strawberry Halwa


Ingredients:

200 gm strawberries
1/2 cup corn flour
1- 1 1/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp ghee
1/2-3/4 tsp cardamom powder

Preparation:
  1. Wash and chop the strawberries and puree it until smooth using a blender ( about 1 cup) and keep it aside.
  2. Add corn flour to 2 cups of water and mix well without any lumps.
  3. In a thick bottomed pan, add the strawberry puree, sugar and 2 cups of corn flour solution and stir continuously at medium flame till it starts to thicken.
  4.  Add 2 tbsp of ghee to this and stir well till it starts to separate from the pan.
  5. Add cardamom powder to this and stir well.
  6. Then add remaining 1 tbsp of ghee and stir well. When the mixture separates from the pan, switch off the flame.
  7. Transfer to a greased steel plate and level/ flatten smoothly with a spoon and garnish with cashew nuts. 
  8. Allow to cool completely and then cut into desired size pieces and serve...

Friday, 21 April 2017

Chena / Yam Chips


Ingredients:

200 gm yam/ chena
3/4-1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
1 sprig curry leaves
oil for frying

Preparation:
  1. Peel off the outer skin of yam, wash it properly and then cut it into thin round slices..
  2. In a bowl, add chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  3. Mix the yam slices with this mixture and keep it aside for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a deep frying pan and fry the curry leaves and keep it aside.
  5. Then add the marinated yam slices and fry them in batches on medium flame, stirring occasionally until crispy and golden brown on both sides for about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Drain them on a paper towel and let it cool. 
  7. Garnish them with fried curry leaves...Store in an air tight container..

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Magic Bars


Recipe Source: Bake Along Fondbites..

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup oreo biscuits, crushed
1 1/3 cups cornflakes
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, toasted and broken into pieces
400 gms condensed milk

Preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree celcius. Line up an 8 inch square baking pan with aluminium foil with hangouts on both sides.
  2. Melt the butter and pour into the prepared baking pan.
  3. Add crushed oreo biscuits and spread it out evenly and press it down gently with your fingers.
  4. Then spread out the broken cornflakes evenly by gently pressing it.
  5. Spread out the chocolate chips evenly on top.
  6. Add walnuts over top of the chocolate chips. 
  7. Pour condensed milk over all the ingredients on top and tap it down twice.
  8. Then bake it in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  9. Let cool on wire rack and then lift the aluminium foil hangouts gently and peel the sides.
  10. Cut it into desired size pieces using a long knife or a bench scrapper and then serve.....

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Payar Curry / Black Eyed Beans Curry


                      This is one of the popular curry in Kasaragod area...It is also known as Payar manhathanni, Payar vellam etc because of its watery consistency....

Ingredients:

1 cup black eyed beans/ payar (vellapayar)
1 1/2-2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 green chillies, slit
1 big onion, sliced
1 big tomato, chopped
1/4-1/2 cup grated coconut
small lemon sized tamarind
2 tbsp coriander leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
oil

Preparation:
  1. Wash and soak black eyed beans in water for 3-4 hours. 
  2. Cook the soaked beans/ payar in a pressure cooker with chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, green chillies, onion, tomato, 2 crushed garlic, tamarind, grated coconut and salt adding enough water for 2 whistles.
  3. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker and add the coriander leaves. Adjust the salt and spice level and and allow it to boil at medium flame. Switch off the flame.
  4. Heat oil in a small pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add 1 crushed garlic, dry red chillies and curry leaves and fry and pour this over the curry...Serve with rice....

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Prawn Manchurian


Ingredients:

1/2 kg prawns, cleaned
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
2 tsp garlic, chopped
2 tsp ginger, chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
1 big onion, chopped
1 small capsicum, chopped
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tbsp chilli sauce
3 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp vinegar
a pinch of pepper powder
salt to taste
spring onions, chopped
oil

Preparation:
  1. In a bowl, add plain flour, cornflour, ginger-garlic paste, 2 tsp soy sauce, a pinch of pepper powder and salt and mix well adding little water.
  2. Add the cleaned prawns and marinate till the prawns coat well in this paste and keep it aside  for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and fry the marinated prawns till golden brown and keep it aside.
  4. In another pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and add chopped garlic, ginger and green chillies and saute well for few minutes.
  5. Add chopped onion and saute until slightly browned. Add chopped capsicum and stir well for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add chilli sauce, 1 tsp soy sauce, tomato sauce and vinegar and mix well. 
  7. Add 2 tsp cornflour mixed with 3-4 tbsp of  water and bring to a boil.
  8. Then add fried prawns and stir well for 2-3 minutes for the sauce to coat well. 
  9. Garnish with spring onions and serve hot as a starter or as a side dish...
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