Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Avocado Chapathi-Avocado Paratha Recipe-Avocado Indian Recipes

Avocado is considered a "super food". Do you know it improves your skin and helps prevent many life threatening diseases. Though high in fat (healthy fat), it helps in weight loss. I had a ripe avocado which I added to the wheat flour and prepared a dough. I did not add water or oil to make the dough. The oil in the avocados were enough to make the dough. The avocado chapatis or avocado parathas were super soft and very delicious. Do try this healthy, super soft and delicious chapathi with the goodness of avocados!

Avocado Chapathi-Avocado Paratha

Avocado Chapathi-Avocado Paratha Recipe

Avocado Chapathi-Avocado Paratha Recipe

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Avocado
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Avocado Pulp - 3/4 cup
   Whole wheat flour - 1 1/4 cup
   Onion - 1/2 an onion (grated)
   Green chillies -1
   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Garlic - 2-3 grated
   Lemon juice - 2 tsp
   Salt as needed
   Ghee/clarified butter (optional)


Preparation

Mash avocado well. Add lemon juice, salt needed and mix well.

Add grated onion, grated garlic, finely chopped green chillies, finely chopped coriander leaves and mix well.

How to prepare avocado roti

Add whole wheat flour and mix well with the avocado mixture. No need to add water. Knead it into a soft pliable dough. If needed, you may add a tsp of oil, though not necessary. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes. (If you feel the dough is too soft, you may add a little more flour).

Avocado Chapati-Desi Recipes with avocado

Divide the dough into equal parts. Flatten it and dust wheat flour.

Avocado Chapati recipe

Roll it out into a circle of 5 or 6 inches in diameter, dusting wheat flour. Repeat the same of the rest of the balls.

how to make Avocado Paratha/chapati

Method

Heat a tawa, place the rolled out dough on the tawa. When you find bubbles forming on the surface, press it gently with a kitchen towel or ladle and flip it over to the other side.

Cook the other side and remove from heat. Apply ghee (if preferred) and serve hot.

Avocado Paratha Recipe

Side Dish for Avocado Paratha 

As we have added avocado and made this paratha, you do not have to make any elaborate side dish for this. Pickle or thick curd or even tomato chutney will go well with this paratha.

Try this healthy avocado chapati and give me your feedback.


Refer more Avocado Recipes.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Apple Kheer-Apple Payasam Recipe

Apple Kheer/apple payasam is easy to prepare and tastes absolutely heavenly. I had lots of apples lying down in the fridge with no takers. So I decided to make apple kheer and believe me, it was a hit. You can make this kheer for any festivals or any special occasions. I personally do not like apples but I loved this apple kheer. Today we will learn how to make this apple kheer following this easy recipe.

Apple Kheer-Apple Payasam

Apple Kheer-Apple Payasam

Apple Kheer-Apple Payasam

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 25 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryDessert-Apple
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Apple - 1 cup grated
   Milk - 4 cups + 1/4 cup
   Sugar - 1/4 -1/3 cup
   Ghee - 1 tsp
   Cashew nuts - 15
   Almonds - 5
   Cardamom powder - 2 powdered
   Saffron strands - 4-5


Preparation

Blanch almonds. Soak cashew nuts in hot water. Grind coarsely 5 cashew nuts and 5 blanched almonds in 1/4 cup of milk. Keep it aside. Chop the remaining soaked 10 cashew nuts and keep it aside.

Soak saffron strands in a 2 tbsp of warm milk and keep it aside.

Method

Boil milk on medium heat until it  reduces to 3/4 its original quantity. Keep stirring, so the it does not get burnt.

Add the ground cashew nut and almond paste and cook for a few minutes stirring continuously.

how to make apple payasam

Add sugar and let it dissolve completely. You can also add 2-3 tbsp of condensed milk. In that case, you can reduce the sugar or omit it. Remove from heat.

Apple Payasam Recipe

Wash, peel and core an apple and grate it. Heat a tsp of ghee and saute the grated apple for a few minutes or until it is cooked but not too mushy. Leave it to cool completely.

how to make apple kheer

Add the sauteed apple, saffron milk, cardamom powder and mix well.

Apple Kheer recipe

Cook on low heat for a few seconds and remove from heat. Leave it to cool completely.

Then add the soaked and chopped cashew nuts and refrigerate for 2 hours.

This apple payasam should be served chilled.

Enjoy making this payasam for Pongal. Wishing you all a very Happy Pongal.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Roasted Bell Pepper Pasta Recipe-Penne Pasta in Roasted Bell Pepper Sauce

Roasted Bell Pepper Pasta is a very simple and delicious dish. Instead of the usual tomato sauce, I used roasted bell pepper and tomato to make this bell pepper pasta sauce. The sauce is very easy to make. I mixed it with white sauce to make creamy bell pepper sauce. Once it is ready, just toss your favorite pasta with the sauce and enjoy. Today we will learn how to make roasted bell pepper pasta following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Roasted Bell Pepper Pasta

Roasted Bell Pepper Pasta

Roasted Bell Pepper Pasta

 Prep Time : 25 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryPasta
 Recipe CuisineInternational
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Pasta - 2 cups (any pasta)
   Red Bell Pepper - 1
   Tomato - 1 big

   Olive oil - 2 tsp
   Garlic - 3 cloves minced
   Onion - 1 small
   Almonds - 6-7 blanched and peeled
   Oregano - 1 tsp
   Basil - 3/4 tsp
   Chilli flakes - 3/4 tsp (optional)
   Pepper powder as needed
   Salt to taste

   Butter - 1 tbsp
   Wheat flour - 2 tsp flat
   Milk - 3/4 cup

   For Garnishing

   Cheese as needed- grated


Preparations

Apply oil all over the tomato and red bell pepper. Roast bell pepper and tomato on fire until charred.

Keep it covered in a bowl or wrap it in an aluminium foil for 10 minutes, so that you can peel the skin easily.

roasting red bell pepper

Peel the skin, discard the seeds and chop it finely.

roasted red bell pepper and tomato

Method 

Heat olive oil in a pan, saute garlic and onions. When onions turn transparent, add the chopped bell pepper and tomato. Saute for a few seconds and add blanched and chopped almonds. Turn off the heat.

roasted bell pepper pasta recipe

Once it cools, grind it to a  fine paste. This is our roasted red bell pepper sauce.

How to Cook Pasta

Bring plenty of water to boil in a pan. Add a little salt and 2 drops of oil.

When water starts boiling, add the pasta and keep stirring to prevent it from sticking with each other.

bell pepper pasta recipe

Cook until al dente. It should not be mushy but perfectly cooked. Taste pasta to make sure it is well cooked.

Drain the water (reserve a little of the pasta water) and run cold water over the pasta.

cooking pasta

Heat butter in a pan over low heat, add wheat flour (or maida) and cook on low heat until butter and flour are well combined. Cook for another 1 minute. Do not let it brown.

Reduce the heat to low and add milk (milk should be at room temperature) little at a time, stirring continuously to prevent lumps.

Cook stirring continuously until the sauce thickens.

how to prepare bell pepper pasta

Turn off the heat and add the roasted red bell pepper sauce. Mix well.

how to make bell pepper pasta

Add salt, pepper powder, chilli flakes, dry oregano and basil or you can add mixed Italian herbs powder also.

Roasted Bell Pepper Pasta sauce

Add the cooked pasta, 2-3 tbsp of reserved pasta water and just heat it.

Roasted Bell Pepper Penne Pasta

Grate cheese over the pasta and garnish with fresh parsley, if available.

Enjoy it warm. You can serve with few slices of garlic bread or salad, if preferred. Garlic bread is great with pasta.

Variation - You can omit tomato and use 2 red bell peppers instead of 1 tomato and 1 red bell pepper and follow the same procedure.

Enjoy more Pasta Recipes .

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Kohlrabi Stir Fry-Noolkol Poriyal Recipe

Kohlrabi is known as "Noolkol" in Tamil. Kohlrabi is packed with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. It is high in dietary fiber and low in calories, so good for weight loss also. I keep my cooking as simple as possible, because I love it that way and also it is healthy. Healthy cooking doesn't have to be boring or complicated. Learn how to make a simple, healthy and delicious stir fry with kohlrabi/noolkol following this easy recipe.

Kohlrabi Stir Fry-Noolkol Poriyal
My Lunch-Pepper rasam-potato fry, noolkol stir fry, rice and curd

Kohlrabi Stir Fry-Noolkol Poriyal

Kohlrabi Stir Fry-Noolkol Poriyal

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves:2
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Kohlrabi
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Kohlrabi/Noolkol - 4 small ones
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt needed
   Coconut - 1/4 cup grated (fresh or frozen)

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Red Chilli - 1
   Green Chilli - 1
   Hing - a pinch
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Preparation

Wash and peel the skin of kohlrabi. Grate it and keep it aside.

Kohlrabi-noolkol

Method

Heat oil in  a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, hing, red chilli, green chilli and curry leaves.

Kohlrabi Stir Fry recipe

When urad dal turns golden brown, add the grated kohlrabi and turmeric powder.

how to make noolkol poriyal

Sprinkle water and cook covered stirring in between. Add salt to taste.

Noolkol stir fry

Once the vegetable becomes tender, add grated coconut, mix well and remove from heat.

Noolkol Poriyal Recipe

Serve delicious kohlrabi stir fry/noolkol poriyal as an accompaniment for rice.

Check out my Noolkol Kootu Recipe 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Parangikai Paal Kootu-Sweet Pumpkin Milk Kootu Recipe

Parangikai Paal Kootu is a simple, mildly sweet stew/kootu prepared with yellow pumpkin, milk and sugar. As this kootu is slightly sweet, it goes well with vathal kulambu or spicy thogayal and served with rice. Today we will learn how to make Pumpkin paal kootu following this easy recipe.

Parangikai Paal Kootu-Sweet Pumpkin Milk Kootu

Parangikai Paal Kootu

Parangikai Paal Kootu

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Kootu
 Recipe CuisineTamil Brahmin
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Tender Pumpkin/pagangikkai - 1 1/2 cup chopped
   Sugar - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Milk - 1 cup
   Rice flour - 2 tsp
   Salt to taste

   For the seasoning

   Coconut oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
   Red Chillies or green chillies - 2
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Grated coconut - 2 tbsp (optional)


Preparation

Peel the skin, discard the seeds and chop pumpkin into small pieces. Use tender pumpkin for this kootu.

Method 

Cook pumpkin with salt and just needed water until tender. (if there is excess water after cooking, you may drain it).

Then add sugar and cook until sugar dissolves. (Traditionally sugar is added to this kootu but I have added jaggery as I do not prefer to use sugar).

how to make paal kootu

Mix rice flour with milk without lumps. Then add the mixture to the cooked pumpkin.

pumpkin sweet kootu

Cook on medium heat until it boils well and the consistency becomes saucy.

Heat coconut oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, red chillies and curry leaves. When dal turns golden brown, add the seasoning to the kootu and mix well.

Parangikai Paal Kootu recipe

Garnish with grated coconut and serve with vathal kulambu and rice.

Note - You may use coconut milk instead regular milk or you can use half of regular milk and half of coconut milk.

Check Parangikai Kootu for chapati and rice.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Eggless Rava Cake-Sooji Cake-Semolina Sweet Cake Recipe

This is one of the simplest and easiest cake made with semolina and loads of nuts and dry fruits. The preparation time for this cake is not more than 10 minutes. Make this easy and quick cake for New Year and spend more time with your family and friends rather than in the kitchen. Today we will learn how to make Eggless Sweet Semolina cake following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Eggless Rava Cake-Eggless Semolina Cake

Eggless Rava Cake

Eggless Rava Cake

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Serves: 5-6
 Recipe CategoryCake-Snacks-Semolina
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Semolina/rava/sooji - 1 1/2 cup fine variety
   Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt - 1/4 tsp
   Sugar - 1 cup powdered
   Oil/Ghee - 1/2 cup
   Curd/Plain - 3/4 cup
   Milk - 1/2 cup

   Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
   Baking soda - 1/8 tsp
   Tutti fruitti - 1/3 cup
   Raisins - 1/4 cup
   Cashew nut - 8-10 


Preparation

Use fine semolina for making this cake. If you cannot get fine rava/semolina, dry grind the regular rava for a few seconds in the mixie.

Before baking, preheat the oven at 180 degree C for 10 minutes.

Break cashew nuts into small pieces. Set aside.

Method

In a bowl, add rava, cardamom powder, powdered sugar, salt and mix well.

Sooji Cake

Add any flavorless oil or ghee and mix well.

how to make sooji cake

Add beaten curd and mix well.

eggless rava cake

Add milk, mix well and keep it covered. Let it sit for 30-40 minutes.

Semolina Cake Recipe

After  40 minutes

The consistency of the batter should be that of idli batter consistency. If it is too tight, add a little more milk and mix well.

Add baking soda, baking powder and mix until well combined. Add cashew nuts, tutti frutti, raisins (I used black ones) and fold gently.

Eggless Sooji Cake

Grease a baking tin with oil or ghee. Scatter few nuts, raisins, tutti frutti into the baking tray and then pour the prepared batter. Tap the tin lightly for the batter to settle evenly. Sprinkle some tutti frutti, raisins and nuts on the top.

Semolina Cake Recipe

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degree C for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.  I turned on the upper coil for last few minutes for browning the top of the cake.

Once done, remove it from the oven and leave it to cool. Then run a knife around the sides of the cake and invert it onto the plate. Cut the cake once it is completely cooled. 


Note - Do not prepare this cake without the tutti frutti, nuts and raisins as it is that which makes the cake special.

Bake the cake immediately after adding baking soda and baking powder.

You can make this cake in a cooker or any heavy bottomed vessel. Check my Vanilla cake in cooker for the method.

You can also steam this cake. Check my banana steamed cake for the method.

You can also microwave this cake.

You can use any cup for measuring but use the same cup for measuring all ingredients.

Do check my

Eggless Savory Rava Cake

Eggless Mango Semolina Cake 

Quick Hide and Seek Biscuit Cake  (easy and quick, yet tasty)

More Cakes and Cookies Recipes 

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Easy Oats Recipes-30 Oats Recipes For Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Oats are gluten-free whole grain and a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. It is loaded with antioxidants. Oats helps reduce cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels. As oats is a rich source of fiber, it gives a feeling of fullness and we are less likely to overeat. So oats can help in weight loss also. Here are a few collection of oats recipes which you can include in your diet. Find below 30 interesting  ways to include Oats in your diet.
Oats Breakfast Smoothies

Add oats to your smoothies and make it more nutritious and filling.

Oats Dates Milkshake

Banana Oats Smoothie

Pomegranates Oats Smoothie

Oats Carrot Smoothies

Oats Apple Smoothie


Overnight Oats- Breakfast on the go

Breakfast ideas to make ahead of time to make your mornings less hectic.

Pina Colada Overnight Oats

Coconut Mango Overnight Oats


Oats for Lunch

One of the simplest way to reduce weight and get into shape is to add more fiber to your diet. Oats fits that bill perfectly.

Oats Bisibelabath

Curd Oats

Oats Khichdi

Tomato Oats

Oats Lunch recipes-Lunch recipes with oats

Oats for Babies

Banana Oats Porridge for Babies


Snacks with Oats 

Oats is not only rich in fiber and various important vitamins but is also a great source of energy. It can be given as after school snacks for kids and also as tea time snack for adults.

healthy snacks with oats-Oats snacks

Oats Laddu

Oats Cutlet

Eggless Oats Cookies with raisins

Eggless Wholewheat Oats Cake

Oats Cranberry Cookies

Homemade Granola Bars

For more Oats Recipes check out the link below-

Oats Recipes

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Bread Omelette Recipe-Bread Omelet Street Food

Bread Omelette is a very popular street food and is loved by people of all ages. It is a quick fix for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is healthy, easy to make and really tasty. Today we will learn how to make bread omelette following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Bread Omelette

Bread Omelet Street Food

Bread Omelet Street Food

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Yields: 1
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Bread-Eggs
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Bread slice- 2 (any bread)
   Eggs - 2
   Onion - 3 tbsp finely chopped
   Green chilli - 1 finely chopped
   Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped
   Salt to taste
   Pepper powder to taste
   Oil for greasing the tawa


Method

Break 2 eggs into a bowl. Add finely chopped onions, green chilli , coriander leaves, salt and pepper powder.

bread omelet recipe

Add a tsp of water and beat well with a fork until foamy. Apply butter and toast bread both the sides.

Bread Omelette Recipe

Grease a tawa and heat it. Pour the egg mixture on the tawa. Tilt the pan slightly to get thin, bigger omelet as we have to place 2 bread slices on the omelet.

omelet

When it is half cooked, place both the bread slices on top of it (as seen in the picture below) to absorb the uncooked egg mixture.

Then turn the bread over to the other side.

how to make bread omelet

Now flip the omelette with the bread slices to the other side carefully or you can fold the omelet on the side of the bread, over the bread slices and then flip it over (to get a rectangular shape).

Once it is cooked, flip again, fold it and serve immediately with tomato ketchup or green chutney.

bread omelet street food

Enjoy more Bread Recipes and Egg Recipes from Padhuskitchen.

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