Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Beans Kootu-Beans Kootu Recipe-Easy Kootu Recipes

Beans kootu is a very simple Tambrahm dish which can be done in just 15-20 minutes. It can be had as an accompaniment with rice or with chapati. I have make few alterations to the recipe, so it tastes slightly different from the regular South Indian kootu. Today we will learn how to make beans kootu following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Beans Kootu

Beans Kootu

Beans Kootu

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryBeans-Kootu-Side dish
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Beans - 1/4 kg/250 grams or 1 3/4 cup chopped
   Tur dal - 1/4 cup
   Tamarind - very less
   Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
   Hing - a pinch
   Salt to taste

   For Grinding

   Coconut - 1/4 cup
   Coriander - fistful

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds - 1/8 tsp
   Red Chillies - 3
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Preparations

Pressure cook dal with 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder for 3 whistles or until soft. Mash it well and keep it aside.

Pressure cook beans with a little salt, 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder and little water for 1 whistle. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and keep it aside. Alternatively, you can also steam beans or cook covered in a pan but make sure you do not overcook it.

Soak tamarind (take less than what you take for rasam) in a cup of boiling water for 20 minutes. Extract the juice and discard the pulp.

Grind coconut and coriander to a fine paste and keep it ready. (if you want it spicy, you may add a small green chilli)

We have the cooked beans, cooked dal, tamarind extract and coconut paste ready (picture below). Now making this kootu is just a breeze.

Method

Heat oil in a pan/kadai, add cumins seeds, red chillies, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.

Once cumin seeds sizzles, add tamarind water, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, hing and salt needed.

beans kootu with coconut

Add the beans and cook until the raw flavor of the tamarind goes or around 5-6 minutes on medium heat.

how to make beans kootu

Then add the cooked dal and the ground coconut paste. Mix well and boil on low heat for a few minutes.

Beans Kootu recipe

Remove from heat. Beans kootu is ready to be served. It goes well both with rice and chapati. 


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

21 Easy Sandwich Recipes For Breakfast-Snacks-Lunch (Plain,Toasted Sandwiches)

Sandwiches are quick and easy to make and also very delicious, satisfying and filling. It makes a filling breakfast, can be had as a snack or as a light lunch or brunch. It can be toasted, plain or grilled. It is great for parties, picnics and for breakfast on the go. You can be packed these sandwiches in your kid's lunch box or snack box. Sandwiches doesn't have to be boring. If you are looking for sandwich ideas, find a variety of easy and delicious sandwiches below.




2. Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich (Guacamole Egg Salad Sandwich)







5. Corn Spinach Sandwich (corn palak sandwich)


6. Easy Vegetable Sandwich (special presentation for kids) 
































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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Curd Sandwich-Dahi Vegetable Sandwich Recipe

Curd Sandwich or Dahi Vegetable Sandwich is a quick and easy sandwich which makes a filling, delicious and healthy breakfast. It can be had as a snack or can be packed for lunch. In this recipe finely chopped vegetables are mixed with hung curd* and spices, to make hung curd sandwich spread. This colorful sandwich is easy to make and tastes very delicious. It is a great way to sneak vegetables into your kids diet. Today we will learn how to make Curd Sandwich-Yogurt Sandwich Indian style following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Curd Sandwich-Dahi Vegetable Sandwich

Curd Sandwich-Dahi Vegetable Sandwich

Curd Sandwich-Dahi Vegetable Sandwich

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 5 mins 
 Serves:1-2
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Bread
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Bread slices - 8
   Hung curd* - 1/2 cup heaped
   Carrot - 1
   Capsicum - 1/4 of a capsicum
   Cabbage - 2-3 tbsp finely chopped
   Tomato - 1 small (seeds removed)
   Salt as needed
   Pepper powder or paprika as needed
   Italian seasonings (optional)

   Butter/olive oil/Ghee to toast


Preparations

How to make Hung curd* - Line a strainer with a cotton cloth or muslin cloth. Strain the curd (around 2 cups of curd) for about 3-4 hours to drain off all the water from the curd. You can keep the curd along with the strainer in the refrigerator to prevent it from getting sour. After all the liquid in the curd drains, it becomes thick and creamy. This is hung curd.

Finely chop all the vegetables. You can also use grated beetroot and cooked sweet corn.

Method

In a bowl, add all the chopped vegetables.

Add hung curd, salt, pepper powder (or paprika or chilli powder or finely chopped green chillies), Italian seasonings and mix well. You can add some grated cheese to the mix, if you like it more creamy. Our hung curd sandwich spread is ready.

how to make curd sandwich-dahi sandwich

Spread it on one side of the bread. Cover it with the other bread and press it well.

Dahi Vegetable Sandwich Recipe

Slightly apply ghee or butter on the outside of the bread. Heat a tawa and toast both the sides of the sandwich.

Cut diagonally and enjoy it with green chutney or tomato ketchup.

Yogurt Sandwich Indian style

Variations - You can spread tomato ketchup or thick green chutney on the bread slice and then spread the hung curd mixture. It gives a different taste.

You can add any vegetables of your choice. Make sure to grate or chop it finely. You can add herbs of your choice (mint, coriander etc).

You can add seasonings of your choice like chaat masala, chilli powder etc. This hung curd sandwich tastes good even without toasting.

You might like my other

Bread Recipes 

Sandwich Recipes

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Atta Ladoo with Jaggery-Wheat Flour Laddu Recipe-Easy Laddu Recipes

Atta Ladoo is made from whole wheat flour and needs very less ingredients which are mostly available at home. It can be had as a snack any time of the day. It is good for kids and can be given as an after school snack or can be packed in their snack box. I have not added sugar but have prepared the laddu with powdered organic jaggery, so it is all the more healthy. It is easy to make and tastes very delicious. Today we will learn how to make wheat flour/atta ladoo following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

atta ladoo-wheat flour laddu

Atta Ladoo with Jaggery-Wheat Flour Laddu

Atta Ladoo with Jaggery-Wheat Flour Laddu

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Yields: 15 Laddus
 Recipe CategorySnacks-Laddu
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Wheat Flour/Atta - 1 cup
   Ghee/clarified butter - 1/2 cup
   Powdered Jaggery - 1/2 cup
   Nuts - 1/2 cup flat (mix of almonds and cashew nuts)
   Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp


Preparation and Method

Dry roast the nuts and chop it finely or grind it coarsely once it cools.

Dry roast the wheat flour on low heat stirring continuously for 7-8 minutes or until it changes color slightly and you get a nice aroma of roasted flour. 

roasting wheat flour

Add melted ghee and roast for another 3-4 minutes on low heat.

how to make atta laddu

Add the roasted and coarsely powdered nuts. Mix well.

Wheat Flour Laddu Recipe

Once it is warm, add the jaggery powder and mix well (do not add powdered jaggery/powdered sugar when it is hot).

Atta Ladoo with Jaggery

Mix well and make even sized balls from the mixture. The balls will be a bit loose or too soft but will become firm after few hours. 

Atta ladoo recipe

Storage and Shelf life 

Store it in an air tight container. Stays good for 10-15 days at room temperature.

Variations - You can add a little roasted and coarsely ground sesame seeds also.

You can make these laddus for any occasions or for any festivals.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Barley Tomato Pilaf Recipe-Tomato Peas Barley-Easy Barley Recipes

Barley is a rich source of dietary fiber and contains both insoluble and soluble fiber. It contains many vitamins and minerals needed for good health. The fiber in barley helps in reducing blood cholesterol and also helps prevent diabetes. It also aids in weight loss as it keeps you full for a longer time, thereby preventing you from eating other unhealthy stuffs. Barley can be substituted for rice in almost any recipe. Today we will learn how to make Barley Tomato Peas Pilaf following this easy recipe with step wise pictures. 

Barley Tomato Peas Pilaf-Barley Recipes

Barley Tomato Pilaf

Barley Tomato Pilaf

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves1
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Barley
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Barley - 1/2 cup
   Onion - 2 medium size
   Green chilli - 1 slit (optional)
   Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Green peas (fresh or frozen) -1/4 cup
   Tomato Puree - 3/4 cup
   Salt needed

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Sambar powder or Paprika powder - 1 tsp

  For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Hing/asafoetida - a pinch
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Mint leaves - 2-3 (optional)


Preparations

Wash and soak barley overnight. Pressure cook with enough water for 5-6 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and fluff the barley with a fork. If there is water, drain it, fluff it and keep it aside.

Grind 2-3 ripe juicy tomatoes and keep it aside. We need 3/4 cup of tomato puree.

If you are using fresh peas, cook it until soft and keep it aside.

Method

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and hing, when mustard seeds splutters, add finely chopped onions, curry leaves and green chilli (if using).

Saute until onions turn light brown. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

barley tomato pilaf recipe

Add boiled peas, tomato puree, sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt needed.

how to make barley tomato pilaf

Cook on medium heat, stirring from time to time, until the rawness of the tomato goes and the mixture becomes thick.

Add the cooked barley and mix well.

barley with tomatoes and peas

Garnish with coriander leaves and a few mint leaves. Enjoy with potato curry or any raita of your choice.

Barley Tomato Pilaf

Check my other favorite Barley Recipes-

Barley vegetable soup,

Barley spinach khichdi

Homemade health mix powder with barley .

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Quinoa with Black Beans and Tomato-Quinoa Black Bean Salad Recipe

I love quinoa as it is healthy, easy to cook and super delicious. You can make this salad in a jiffy, if you have leftover quinoa or cooked quinoa ready. It is wholesome, easy to prepare and makes a filling lunch. Today we will learn how to make quinoa with black beans, tomato and capsicum following this easy recipe.

Quinoa with Black Beans and Tomato

Quinoa Black Bean Salad Recipe

Quinoa Black Bean Salad Recipe

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves:1
 Recipe CategoryQuinoa
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Quinoa - 1/2 cup
   Onion - 1 finely chopped
   Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
   Garlic -2-3 cloves
   Capsicum - 1 small size
   Tomato - 1 big
   Black Beans (cooked) - 1/4
   Paprika - 1 tsp or as needed
   Salt needed
   Olive oil - 2 tsp
   Fresh lemon juice - 1/2 tsp

    For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Preparations

Wash quinoa well and cook covered with 1 cup of water in a pan. Fluff it with a fork and keep it aside.

If using dried black beans, wash and soak it overnight. Pressure cook with a little salt for 3 whistles until soft.

Finely chop onions, ginger (after peeling the skin) and garlic finely.

Method

Heat oil in a pan, add onions, ginger and garlic. Saute until onions turn transparent. Add paprika and saute for a few more minutes.

Quinoa with Black Bean, tomato and capsicum

Add chopped tomatoes, capsicum, cooked quinoa, cooked black beans and salt needed. Mix well (no need to cook) and remove from heat.

Quinoa Black Bean Salad recipe

Add lemon juice and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Enjoy it warm. As we have added lot of vegetables and black beans, you do not need any side dish for this. But if preferred enjoy it with raita/pachadi.

Check out more Quinoa Recipes.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ulundhu Kanji-Urad Dal Porridge Recipe-Ulunthan Kanji

Black gram dal/black lentils is called "Ulunthu" in Tamil, "Minumulu" in Telugu, "Urad Dal" in Hindi and "Uddu" in Kannada. It very nutritious and is packed with numerous health benefits. It is extensively used in many culinary preparations in India like making dal, dosa, idli, urad dal balls, urad dal rice, vada etc. It is a great protein source for vegetarians.

Good for women's health

Black gram is very nutritious as it contains high levels of protein, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and vitamin B. As it is a rich source of iron, it is especially good for women's health. Traditionally it was given when girls attain puberty as it is said to strengthen the uterus. It also helps boost milk supply in lactating mothers. Check out more on tips to improve lactation.

Keeps you energetic

As it is rich in iron, it gives stamina and keeps you active and energetic for a long time. It also helps improve immunity.

 For strong bones

It has anti-inflammatory properties. People struggling with back pain, joint pain can include urad dal in their diet as it helps decrease inflammation and pain. Being rich in various minerals like phosphorous, potassium, iron and magnesium, it is good for bone health and also helps in maintaining bone mineral density.

Good for skin and hair

It can work miracles for the skin and hair as it contains various minerals needed for healthy hair and skin. It keeps your skin glowing and wrinkle free.

Caution - It contains high quantity of oxalic acid, so it should be avoided by people who suffer from kidney stones, gall stones and rheumatic patients. Consult your doctor before including any new food in your diet.

Urad dal porridge or ulundu kanji is very delicious, easy to prepare and keeps you full for a longer time, hence helps in weight loss also. Today we will learn how to make ulundu kanji following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Ulundhu Kanji-ulunthan kanji
 .Ulundhu Kanji-Urad Dal Porridge-Ulunthan Kanji

Ulundhu Kanji-Urad Dal Porridge

Ulundhu Kanji-Urad Dal Porridge

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves1
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Porridge
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Urad dal - 1/4 cup
   Rice - 2 tbsp flat
   Garlic - 2-3 cloves
   Fenugreek seeds - 1/4-1/2 tsp
   Salt - a pinch
   Palm Jaggery or jaggery - 3-4 tbsp or as required
   Coconut Milk - 1 cup
   Dry ginger powder - a pinch (optional)


Preparation

Wash urad dal, fenugreek seeds (vendhayam) and rice together. Add 2-3 cloves of garlic and a pinch of salt.

Take jaggery or palm jaggery in a vessel. Add a little water and heat it stirring until it dissolves. Strain it to remove the impurities (use a stainless steel strainer). No need to prepare any syrup.

how to make urad dal porridge

Method

Pressure cook urad dal + garlic mixture with 1 1/2 cups of water for 5-6 whistles. Keep a vessel inside the cooker and pressure cook as shown in the picture below.

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mash it well when it is hot.

Ulunthan Kanji recipe

Add jaggery water and mix well.

Urad Dal Sweet Porridge

Add coconut milk, dry ginger powder (if using) and enjoy the porridge warm. Check how to extract coconut milk.

Ulunthan Kanji

Note - If you want it thick, reduce the quantity of coconut milk. Use urad dal with skin (whole or split) for more health benefits. You can double the quantity if needed.

Few Urad Recipes with urad dal as the main ingredient

Soft Idli

Dosa 

Ulundu Bonda 

Medhu Vada 

Urad Dal Rice 

Black Gram Sundal 

Keerai Vadai 

Dal Makhani 

Payaru Ulundu Urundai (Urad dal Green gram balls)

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