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Monday, 21 May 2018

Mixed Dal Vada / Kootu Vada


Ingredients:

1 cup chana dal / kadalaparippu
1/2 cup toor dal / thuvaraparippu
1/2 cup urad dal / uzhunnu parippu
2 tbsp green chillies, finely chopped
2 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
3 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
1 sprig curry leaves, chopped
1/4 tsp asafoetida/ kaayam
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp crushed pepper
salt to taste
oil for frying

Preparation:
  1. Wash and soak the chana dal, toor dal and urad dal in water for 1 hour.
  2. Drain the water and grind it all together into a coarse paste without adding water.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and add chopped ginger, green chillies, curry leaves, coriander leaves, asafoetida, fennel seeds, crushed pepper and salt and mix well with your hand.
  4. Make small balls out of the mixture and flatten them with your palms like parippuvada.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and drop the prepared vadas gently to the hot oil and fry them on medium flame until they turn golden brown....Serve hot..

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Custard Falooda


Ingredients:

For Custard:

2 cups milk
4 tbsp custard powder
3-4 tbsp sugar

For Vermicelli:

1 cup milk
1/4 cup condensed milk
2-3 tbsp sugar

1 cups fruits, chopped
1 tbsp basil seeds/ sabja seeds
nuts, chopped
2-3 tbsp tutti frutti
vanilla ice cream, as required
cherries for garnishing

Preparation:
  1. Soak basil seeds in 1/2 cup of water for for 10-15 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, add custard powder and 1/2 cup of milk and mix well without any lumps.
  3. Heat remaining milk in a saucepan adding sugar on medium flame. When it reaches the boiling point, add the custard mixture and stir continuously until it becomes smooth and thick.
  4. Remove from the flame and then keep it in refrigerator to cool.
  5. In a pan, boil 1 cup of milk adding condensed milk and 2-3 tbsp sugar. 
  6. Add vermicelli to it and cook it on low flame till it turns thick. Then keep it in refrigerator to cool.
  7. To serve, take tall glasses and add little soaked basil seeds and then layer with 2 tbsp custard.
  8. Then add chopped fruits and then layer with little cooked vermicelli and top it with a scoop of ice cream.
  9. Garnish it with nuts, tutti frutti and cherries..Serve immediately...

Unni Madhuram / Sweet Banana Dumplings


Ingredients:

2 ripe plantains / nendrapazham, finely chopped
5-6 bread slices
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
3-4 tbsp sugar
6  chopped cashew nuts, roasted
1 tsp ghee
oil for frying

Preparation:
  1. Cut bread into pieces and make bread crumbs using a food processor or mixer.
  2. In a bowl, add the chopped plantains, half of the bread crumbs, cashew nuts, cardamom powder, sugar and ghee.
  3. Then mix it well with your hand and knead to form a dough.
  4. Make small balls out of this dough and roll each ball in the remaining bread crumbs and make even balls.
  5. Heat oil in a deep pan and fry each balls till golden brown on medium flame.
  6. Remove from the oil and drain them onto paper towel..Serve with tea..

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Elaneer Sarbath/ Tender Coconut Sarbath ( Pondam Sarbath)


Ingredients:

2 tender coconuts / elaneer/ pondam
lemon juice of 1 lemon
sugar as required
ice cubes

Preparation:
  1. Make hole on fresh tender coconuts (use young tender coconuts that has pulpy flesh) and pour out the tender coconut water into a large bowl.
  2. Then cut open them and scoop the pulp and add to the tender coconut water.
  3. Add lemon juice and sugar to this and mix well. Add ice cubes and serve chilled...
  • You can also add 2 tsp basil seeds/ sabja seeds/ kaskas (soaked in 1/4 cup of water for 10 minutes).

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Broccoli Manchurian


Ingredients:

1 medium broccoli
1/4 cup ( 4 tbsp) all purpose flour
3-4 tbsp cornflour
1/4 tsp pepper powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1- 1 1/2 tbsp red chilli sauce
3-4 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp sugar
1 small capsicum, cubed
spring onions, chopped
salt to taste
oil

Preparation:
  1. Clean and cut broccoli into florets and keep it aside.
  2. In a bowl, add all purpose flour, cornflour, pepper powder, chilli powder and salt and make a  batter without any lumps adding about 1/4 cup of water.
  3. Dip the broccoli florets in this batter until well coated for about 15 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the marinated cauliflower florets till crispy and golden brown.
  5. In another thick bottomed pan, heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil ( same oil used for frying broccoli) and add chopped onion, garlic and green chillies and saute well until onions are soft and lightly browned.
  6. Add cubed capsicum and saute for a minute.
  7. Add tomato sauce, soy sauce, chilli sauce and sugar to this and mix well.
  8. Then add 1-2 tsp cornflour mixed with 1/2 cup of water and mix well.
  9. When it starts to boil, add the fried broccoli florets and stir well for 2-3 minutes. Adjust the salt.
  10. Garnish with chopped spring onions and remove from flame...Serve hot...

Monday, 14 May 2018

Kadala Masala / Black Chickpeas Masala


Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup kadala /black chickpeas
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 cup thengakothu/ coconut slices
2 onions, chopped
1 tbsp chilli powder
1-1 1/2 tsp pepper powder
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
oil as required

Preparation:
  1. Soak kadala/ chickpeas in water for 5-6 hours or overnight and then pressure cook it with turmeric powder, coconut slices and salt adding enough water. 
  2. In a bowl, mix chilli powder, pepper powder and garam masala with little chickpeas cooked water to a smooth paste and keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add chopped onions and saute well till transparent.
  4. Add the masala paste (step 2) to this and saute well till the raw smell disappears.
  5. Then add the drained kadala and mix well till the masala is well coated with the kadala.
  6. Adjust the salt and spice level. Add curry leaves and mix well. Switch off the flame and serve as a side dish..

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Luqaimat / Sweet Dumplings


                 As the blessed month of Ramadan is approaching, the theme chosen for this month's Muslim Food Blogger's Challenge is  "Ramadan food from the Islamic world". I tried an Arabic dish known as Luqaimat for this challenge. Luqaimat / Fried sweet dumpling is a very famous Arabic dessert which is usually made in the month of Ramadan for Iftar. These fried dumplings are crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle and is dipped / coated with the sugar syrup or date syrup...

Ingredients:

For Batter:

2 1/2 cup plain flour
3 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp yeast
2- 2 1/4 cup warm milk
3 tbsp thick yoghurt
oil for frying

For Syrup:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
pinch of saffron

1 tbsp sesame seeds for sprinkling

Preparation:
  1. Mix together the milk, yoghurt and yeast in a small bowl.
  2. Add the plain flour, cornflour and salt in a large bowl and add in the milk mixture little by little and mix until you get a thick batter. The batter should not be too thick or watery.
  3. Keep this batter covered in a warm place for about an hour till it is doubled.
  4. In a saucepan, add sugar and water and bring to boil. Add saffron and cardamom powder and let it boil until the syrup slightly thickens. Allow it to cool completely.
  5. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan/ kadai and drop little batter using a spoon or by hand and fry them until they turn golden on all sides.
  6. Remove from the oil and drain them onto paper towel..
  7. Place the dumplings in a serving plate and pour the prepared sugar syrup all over and garnish with sesame seeds and serve..
  • You can also use date syrup instead of sugar syrup...

Monday, 7 May 2018

Blueberry Ice cream


Ingredients:

2 cups fresh blueberries
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup whipping cream
2/3 cup sugar or as required ( or use 3/4-1 tin condensed milk)
1 tsp vanilla essence

Preparation:
  1. In a small saucepan, add the rinsed blueberries, 2 tbsp water, 1 tbsp sugar and 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice and cook over low heat until tender for about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Then switch off the flame and allow to cool completely and then puree it in a blender and keep it aside.
  3. Heat milk and sugar in a pan at medium flame stirring till the sugar has dissolved completely. Switch off the flame.
  4. Transfer this to a large bowl and allow to cool at room temperature.
  5. Once cooled, add the blueberry puree, whipping cream and vanilla essence and beat well using an electric beater till everything is combined.
  6. Pour this mixture into freezer safe container, cover tightly and allow to freeze for an hour.
  7. Then remove the container from freezer and beat it again, cover and freeze for 8 hours or until set..
  8. To serve, keep it out of the freezer for 5 minutes, scoop out and then serve :)

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Vendakka Thakkali Ularthu / Okra - Tomato Stir Fry


Ingredients:

250 gm okra, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 onion, chopped
3 green chillies, chopped
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 big tomato, chopped into small pieces(remove its seeds)
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
salt to taste
oil as required

Preparation:
  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry the okra pieces and keep it aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp oil used for frying okra ( remove excess oil) and splutter mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  3. Add sliced onion and green chillies and saute well.
  4. Add turmeric powder and chilli powder and saute well till the raw smell disappears.
  5. Add the chopped tomato and saute well till it turns soft. Add salt to this and mix well. 
  6. Then add the fried okra and stir well till the masala is well coated with okra.
  7. Remove from the flame and serve hot with rice....

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Fish Kabsa


Ingredients:

1/2 kg thick flesh fish, cut into pieces ( I used kingfish)
2 cups kaima rice/ basmati rice
3 cups of water
3 tomatoes
1 1/2 tbsp ginger, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp garlic, chopped
2 big green chillies, chopped
1 big onion, chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 or 1 dried lemon
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

For Masala Powder:

1 tbsp pepper corns
1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
3 cardamoms
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 big piece cinnamon
1/2 bay leaf
small piece of nutmeg
4 cloves
1/2 tsp dry ginger powder/ chukkupodi
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Preparation:
  1. Wash the rice, drain it and keep it aside.
  2. Blanch the tomatoes (add tomatoes in a pan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes and then transfer them to a bowl of cold water), then peel off the skin and grind to a paste / puree and keep it aside.
  3. Prepare masala powder by grinding together all the ingredients under "For Masala Powder" to a fine powder.
  4. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies and onions and saute well till it starts to change colour.
  5. Add turmeric powder to this and mix well.
  6. Add cleaned fish pieces and mix well adding little salt and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Then add pureed tomatoes ( about 1 cup) and mix well.
  8. Add 3 cups of water and allow it to boil. When it starts to boil, add drained rice and salt and mix well.
  9. Then add  about 2 1/2-3 tbsp masala powder ( step 3) and mix well.
  10. Add dried lemon and cook covered for 1 whistle at high flame and then reduce the flame and cook for another 1 whistle.
  11. When the pressure releases, open the pressure cooker and then serve garnished with coriander leaves...
Recipe Source: Magic Oven
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