Thursday, August 25, 2016

Potato Podimas Recipe-Urulaikizhangu Podimas-Easy Side Dish Recipes

Potato podimas is a quick and easy side dish made with mashed potatoes. It is served as an accompaniment with rice. I love it with rasam and sambar sadam. Learn to make potato (aloo in Hindi and Urulai kilagu in Tamil) podimas following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Potato Podimas

Potato Podimas

Potato Podimas

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 5 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Potato
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Potatoes - 4 medium size
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Lemon - 1
   Salt needed

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 2 tsp
   Bengal gram (kadalai paruppu) - 2 tsp
   Hing - a pinch
   Ginger - 1 tsp finely chopped
   Green Chilli - 1-2 finely chopped
   Curry Leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped


Preparation

Pressure cook potatoes until soft. Peel the skin and crumble it. Keep it aside.

Method

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, bengal gram (chana dal) and saute until dal turns light golden brown.

Add ginger, green chilli, turmeric powder and curry leaves.

Potato Podimas Recipe

Saute for a few seconds, add crumbled potatoes and salt needed. Mix well and turn off the heat.

Squeeze juice of a fresh lemon and mix well. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and enjoy.

Urulaikizhangu Podimas

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sweet Appam Recipe without Baking Soda-Sweet Appam with Rice flour-Wheat flour-Rava

This sweet appam is very easy to make and I could not wait to share this recipe, for this festive season. It needs no soaking or grinding of rice to a smooth paste. As I have not added cooking soda or baking powder or banana, this appam will not be spongy. It will be a little crisp on the outside and soft on the inside but definitely will taste very delicious. It can be made during festivals or can be had as an anytime snack. You can also give this healthy snack to your kids after they get back from school. Today we will learn how to make sweet appam without baking soda following this easy recipe.

Sweet Appam-Appam without Baking Soda

Sweet Appam Recipe without Baking Soda

Sweet Appam Recipe without Baking Soda

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Yields: 14 sweet appams
 Recipe CategoryHealthy Snacks-Appams
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Rice flour - 1/4 cup
   Wheat flour - 1/4 cup
   Semolina/rava - 1/4 cup
   Jaggery - 1/2 cup +1 tbsp
   Coconut bits - 1/3 cup
   Cardamom powder - 2 pods powdered
   Ghee/clarified butter - as needed


Preparation 

Heat 1/4 cup of water, add jaggery to it. Keep stirring on medium heat for the jaggery to dissolve. Switch off the heat, filter it and set aside to cool. You do not have to make jaggery syrup.

Heat a tsp of ghee and fry the coconut bits until they change color to light brown. Keep it aside.

ingredients for sweet appam

In the same pan, add another 1/2 tsp of ghee and fry the semolina on low heat until it changes color very slightly.

frying coconut bits and rava separately

Method

In a bowl mix together, semolina (ravai), rice flour, wheat flour, coconut bits, cardamom powder and filtered jaggery water.

Appam with Rice flour-Wheat flour-Rava

Mix well and let it sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add needed warm water to get a dosa batter consistency.

sweet appam with jaggery

Heat paniyaram/appam pan , add 1/2 tsp of ghee to each cavity/mould. Fill it with the prepared batter.

how to make sweet appam

Cook covered on low heat. Once it starts to leave the sides, flip it over to the other side.

Cook uncovered until done. Insert a toothpick in the center of an appam to check if it is cook. If it comes out clean, the appam is cooked. Repeat the same process for the rest of the batter.

Usually the appam in the center will get cooked faster, so if needed, you can remove the center one and shift the corner ones to the center.

Sweet Appam Recipe

Enjoy making these sweet appams/appe for Krishna Jayanthi or any day for that matter and leave your feedback.

Note - You can use any cup measurement for this recipe.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Aval Kesari-Poha Kesari Recipe-Avalakki Kesari Bath-Gokulashtami Special

As Gokulashtami is nearing, I wanted to share an easy sweet made with flattened rice/beaten rice (known as aval in Tamil). The method is similar to rava kesari but is made with poha/aval. It is easy to make and tastes delicious. Usually we make thattai, seedai and murukku for Krishna Jayanthi, but if you do not find time but still want to do something for Krishma Jayanthi, you can make this poha kesari or even vella aval. Today we will learn how to make aval kesari following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Aval Kesari-Poha Kesari

Aval Kesari-Poha Kesari

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryDessert-Poha
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Aval/Poha/flattened rice -1/2 cup
   Sugar - 1/2 cup
   Ghee/clarified butter - 1/4 cup
   Orange food color - a drop
   Cardamom - 2 pods (powdered) or 1/8 tsp
   Water - 1 cup
   Cashewnuts - 5-6


Preparation 

Heat a tsp of ghee and fry cashew nuts until golden brown. Remove it and keep it aside.

In the same pan, fry the poha/aval on medium heat, stirring continuously, until it changes color slightly.

frying cashew nuts and aval

Once it cools, grind it coarsely in a mixie or blender.

roasted and ground aval

Method 

Boil a cup of water in a pan. When water starts boiling, reduce the heat to low and add the coarsely ground poha slowly with one hand and keep stirring with your other hand.

how to make aval kesari

Add a drop of orange color or a pinch of kesari powder. Mix well and cook stirring on medium heat.

Beaten rice kesari

When it thickens slightly, add sugar and a tbsp of ghee.

Avalakki Kesari Bath

Cook stirring for a few more minutes and add another tbsp of ghee.

Keep cooking on medium heat until it leaves the sides of the pan.

Poha Kesari Recipe

Add the rest of the ghee, cardamom powder and cashew nuts. Mix well and remove from heat.

aval kesari recipe

Enjoy making this quick and easy poha kesari for Krishna Jayanthi.

Some Recipes for Janmashtami

Uppu Seedai

Vella Seedai

Thattai

Murukku Recipes

Vella Aval (quick and easy)

Instant wheat flour appam

Check out more Krishna Jayanthi Recipes

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Keerai Sadam-Keerai Rice Recipe

Keerai Rice/sadam can be made with arai keerai or siru keerai. Except for cleaning the greens, this recipe is a breeze to make. Instead of always making keerai masiyal, keerai poriyal or keerai kootu, you can try this for a change. Even fussy kids who refuse to eat greens will love this keerai rice. Today we will learn how to make keerai sadam following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Keerai Sadam-Keerai rice

Keerai Sadam-Keerai Rice

Keerai Sadam-Keerai Rice

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins (excluding cooking rice)
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Rice
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Arai Keerai or Siru Keerai - 2 1/2 cups firmly packed (leaves alone)
   Rice - 3 cups cooked
   Onion - 1 (thinly sliced)
   Roasted peanuts or cashew nuts -2 tbsp
   Salt needed
   Ghee/clarified butter - 2 tsp

   For the masala powder

   Coriander seeds/dhaniya - 1 1/2 tsp
   Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
   Bengal gram/chana dal/kadalai paruppu - 1 tsp
   Red Chillies - 3

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 1/2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Bengal gram - 1/2 tsp
   Hing - a pinch


Preparation

Wash and clean the keerai. Use the leaves alone, discard the rest. You can use siru keerai or arai keerai. Chop the leaves roughly and keep it aside.

Heat 2 tsp of ghee and saute cashew nuts until golden brown. Keep it aside.

preparations for keerai rice

Heat 1/4 tsp of oil, add coriander seeds, bengal gram, urad dal and red chillies. Saute on medium heat until dal turns golden brown.

Once it cools, powder it and keep it aside. This is the masala powder we are going to use.

making masala podi

Method 

Heat oil in a pan/kadai, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, bengal gram, hing and saute until dal turns golden brown.

Add thinly sliced onions and saute until it turns transparent. Add a little salt to hasten (quicken) the process.

sauteing onions

Add the washed and chopped greens and saute until it wilts slightly.

Then add 2 tbsp of the prepared masala, salt needed and cook for a few more minutes.

keerai rice recipe

Add the cooked rice and the cashew nuts or roasted peanuts along with the ghee.

siru keerai sadam

Mix well so that the rice is well coated with the masala. Turn off the heat and enjoy it hot with raita, papads or any vegetable curry.

Note - You can use any rice for this recipe. To make it more nutritious, use brown rice.

Keerai sadam recipe

I made keerai sadam, beetroot channa curry, arbi tomato curry and masala chaas for lunch.

South Indian lunch

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sevai Recipe from Scratch-Traditional South Indian Rice Noodles-Homemade Rice Noodles

Rice noodles known as "sevai" in Tamil are noodles made from rice. It is more or less similar to idiyappam except for the method of preparation. Now-a-days as we get instant sevai packets or sevai flour in the market, rarely do we make rice noodles at home from scratch, but still I wanted to share this traditional method of making sevai from scratch. My aunt does not like the instant varieties available in the market and prefers to make it at home. She makes it once every week for evening tiffin or for dinner. I have given 2 methods of making sevai, the first one is an easier version and the second one (which my aunty follows) involves double cooking, which keeps the sevai very soft even after hours of preparation. Today we will learn how to make sevai at home following this easy recipe with step wise pictures. 

sevai-rice noodles

Sevai Recipe-Rice Noodles from Scratch

Sevai Recipe-Rice Noodles from Scratch

 Prep Time : 45 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 3
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Dinner
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Parboiled rice - 1 1/2 cup
   Salt - 1 tsp
   Oil - 1 tbsp

   Steamer
   Sevai maker or regular press


Batter for making sevai

Wash and soak parboiled rice (used for cooking) for 3 hours.

After 3 hours, drain the  water and grind the rice to a very smooth paste adding little water. The consistency should be that of idli batter. Do not add too much water while grinding. Add a tsp of salt and mix well. Grinding it to a smooth paste is very important.

The batter is the same for both the methods.

Grease the sevai maker with a few drops of oil and keep it ready.

Method 1 

Add a tbsp of oil to the batter and mix well.

rice noodles batter-sevai batter

Bring water to boil in a steamer or idli pan/kadai. Place the greased idli plates (you can also use damp cloth) and pour a ladle of batter into the idli moulds. Steam cook the idlis for 15 minutes or until cooked. These idlis will be very hard compared to our regular idlis.

how to make sevai at home

Now put 1-2 hot idlis into the sevai maker and press to get hot rice noodles or sevai. Repeat the process for the remaining idlis. (If the idlis get cold, you will find it very difficult to press, so keep the rest of the idlis inside the steamer or idli pot to prevent it from getting cold, as you will be making it in batches).

Put the remaining idlis in batches into the sevai maker (sevai nazhi) and press it to get hot rice sevai/noodles.

making sevai using sevai nazhi/sevai maker

Let the sevai cool. Then you can season the sevai as per your liking. You can make varieties of dishes using the sevai.

Method 2

Prepare the batter as mentioned above.

Heat a tbsp of oil +2  tbsp of  water in a kadai or pan preferably nonstick for beginners.

easy sevai recipe

When the water starts boiling, switch off the flame and add the batter gradually, stirring continuously with your other hand using a dosa ladle or spatula.

how to make sevai at home

Switch on the heat and start cooking the batter stirring continuously until it comes together to form a dough.

making of rice noodles

Transfer the dough to a plate. Grease your hand with a little oil and knead the dough slightly to make it smooth.

 Sevai Recipe from Scratch

Divide the dough into 8 balls. Bring water to boil in an idli cooker or steamer, place the greased idli plate on top of it and then place the balls on the idli plate, cover it and steam cook for 15 minutes.

Traditional South Indian Rice Noodles

Now add the warm steam cooked balls, one at a time into the sevai maker and press to get steaming hot sevai as seen in the picture below. Repeat the process for the rest of the balls before it gets cold.

Wow, look at the delicious sevai on the plate. In this method the sevai is more softer than the first method.

You can follow the first method when you run out of time. In that method the sevai is good but not as soft as in method 2 which involves double cooking.

Homemade Rice Noodles-sevai recipe

Note - If you want to make this for dinner, you can make the sevai in the morning or afternoon itself and season it just before dinner time. You can also have it plain with sweetened coconut milk.

You can make a variety of dishes using the plain sevai - For eg - you can make sevai biryani, sevai pulao, tomato sevai, lemon sevai, coconut sevai, tamarind sevai (just mix pulikachal with sevai-check my recipe for pulikachal), mint sevai, jaggery sevai etc. I made lemon sevai, coconut sevai, vella sevai and vadam. I have given the link for the seasonings below.

Lemon Sevai (elumichambala sevai)

Coconut sevai (thengai sevai)

Jaggery sevai/vella sevai

Vadam as side dish

Vadam-Lemon sevai-coconut sevai-jaggery sevai
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Carrot Milkshake Recipe-Carrot Recipes

Carrot milkshake is delicious, easy to make and very nutritious. Carrots have amazing health benefits. Carrots are best known for its high vitamin A content and high levels of beta carotene. Including carrots often in our diet improves eyesight, digestion, boosts immunity, helps to prevent cancer and premature aging of skin. Carrot is known for its anti-inflammatory properties also. Apart from health benefits, it has beauty benefits also. If you wish to  have a healthy, clear and glowing skin, including carrots in your diet often may help. I have not added any sugar to this milkshake, so it is a healthier version of milkshake. Even kids who do not like carrots will love this milkshake. It is a delicious way to sneak carrots into kid's diet. Today we will learn how to make carrot milkshake following this easy recipe.

Carrot Milkshake

Carrot Milkshake Recipe

Carrot Milkshake Recipe

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 5 mins 
 Serves: 1
 Recipe CategoryMilkshake-Carrot
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Carrot - 1/2 cup grated
   Milk - 1 1/4 cup (boiled and chilled)
   Almonds - 4-5
   Dates - 4


Preparation

Wash, peel the skin and grate carrots.

Soak almonds in hot water for 30 minutes. Remove the skin and grind it coarsely with dates.

Method 

Heat a pan, add grated carrots and saute them on low heat. You may sprinkle 1-2 tbsp of water. Cook until the raw smell of the carrot goes. Do not overcook the carrots. Leave it to cool.

Grind the carrots with 1/4 cup of milk.

how to make Carrot Milkshake

Then add the rest of the milk, dates-almond paste and blend until smooth. Enjoy!!

Carrot Milkshake Recipe

Are you wondering how to include more carrots in your diet, click the link below for 25 more Carrot Recipes.

Carrot Recipes 

Padhu's Tips - I usually grind almonds (after removing the skin) and dates together with a little water and store it in a bottle inside the refrigerator. I use it to sweeten my porridge, milk, oats etc. It stays good for 4-5 days. You can also try it and reduce the use of refined sugar.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Coconut Mango Overnight Oats Recipe

Delicious, filling, packed with nutrition, this Coconut Mango Overnight Oats (or for that matter any overnight oats) is a great alternative to traditional breakfast. They are just a breeze to put together and will keep you feeling full all morning. When you make it the day before, you can get up leisurely the next morning. I love to start my day with anything healthy and delicious and overnight oats is one of my favorites. Today we will learn how to make this easy, make-ahead breakfast packed with the goodness of oats, mangoes, coconut and almonds.

Coconut Mango Overnight Oats

Coconut Mango Overnight Oats

Coconut Mango Overnight Oats

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Serves: 1
 Recipe CategoryOats-Overnight Oats
 Recipe CuisineInternational
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Rolled Oats (old fashioned oats) - 1/3 cup
   Milk - 1/3 cup
   Ripe Mango - 1/2 cup chopped
   Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
   Honey - 1-2 tsp
   Almonds - 5-6


Preparation

Soak almonds in hot water for 5 minutes. Remove the skin and cut it thinly lengthwise.

Peel the skin and chop mangoes into small pieces. Choose ripe and sweet mangoes.

Method

Take a glass bowl or mason jar, layer it with rolled oats, top it with milk, chopped mangoes, grated coconut, slivered almonds and honey. Cover it and refrigerator overnight.

Take it out the next morning, mix well, top it with more mango pieces, almonds and grated coconut. Enjoy!

Note - You can use quick cooking oats also.

For a thinner consistency, add more milk.

For vegan version -Use almond milk or coconut milk instead of dairy milk.

Check out my

Pina Colada Overnight Oats

More Oats Recipes

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Oats Cranberry Cookies-Oats Cranberry Whole Wheat Walnut Cookie Recipe

Oats Cranberry Whole Wheat Cookies are made with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, dried cranberries and walnuts. These cookies are soft, chewy, healthy, flavorful, and of course very delicious.  It is loaded with oats, cranberries and walnuts. You need just 15 minutes to make these delicious oatmeal cookies. They make perfect snack or a healthy dessert. Today we will learn how to make oats cranberry cookies following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Oats Cranberry Cookies-Oatmeal Cranberry Whole Wheat Walnut Cookies

Oats Cranberry Whole Wheat Walnut Cookies

Oats Cranberry Whole Wheat Walnut Cookies

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 16 mins 
 Yields: 30 Cookies
 Recipe CategorySnacks-Cookies
 Recipe CuisineInternational
 Author:
 Recipe Source- Kingarthurflour

   Ingredients needed

   Butter - 85 grams
   Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup powdered
   Egg - 1
   Rolled Oats (old fashion oats) - 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp
   Cranberries - 1 cup
   Walnuts - 1/2 cup
   Vanilla essence - 1/2 tbsp

   Whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp
   Salt - 1/4 tsp
   Baking powder - 1/4 tsp
   Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
   Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp


Preparation

Chop walnuts into small pieces.

Sieve together wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder. Keep it aside.

Bring all the ingredients to room temperature.

Pre-heat oven at 180 degree C for 10 minutes.

Line baking tray with parchment paper.

Method 

Beat together butter and sugar until smooth.

Oatmeal Cranberry Whole Wheat Walnut Cookies ingredients

Add egg and beat again. Add vanilla essence and mix to combine.

Oatmeal Cranberry Whole Wheat Walnut Cookies Recipe

Add rolled oats, cranberries and flour (mix of whole wheat flour + baking soda +baking powder + salt + cinnamon powder).

Oats Cranberry Walnut Cookies

Add chopped walnuts and mix well to combine.

oatmeal cookies with cranberry and walnuts-oats cookies

Drop heaped tablespoon of dough on the parchment lined baking tray, leaving enough space in between. Then flatten it a little.

easy oats cookies

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until edges starts browning. (Reverse the tray after the initial 7 minutes of baking and continue to bake until edges starts to brown).

how to make Oats Cranberry Walnut Cookies

Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the pan. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!!

Storage - Store it in an airtight container. Stays good for 3-4 days at room temperature.

Variations - You can substitute raisins in place of cranberries.

You can make these cookies with all purpose flour also.

It is preferable to use rolled oats to get a good texture. But if you cannot get rolled oats, you can use quick cooking oats also.

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Oats Recipes

Cakes and Cookies Recipes

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