Thursday, November 16, 2017

Poondu Podi-Garlic Powder Recipe-Poondu Milagai Podi for Rice-Idli-Dosa

Poondu podi or garlic powder is very flavorful and easy to make. It needs very less ingredients which are commonly available in most of the households. This poondu podi goes well with both rice and idli, dosa. I always have different homemade podi varieties, so that it will comes handy when you are hard pressed for time or not in a mood to cook yet need to fix a quick lunch. Though I love all types of podis, the karuveppilai  podi is one of my favorites. Today we will learn how to make garlic/poondu podi following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Poondu Podi

Poondu Podi

Poondu Podi

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Yields:1 Cup
 Recipe CategoryPodi Varieties-Garlic
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Oil - 1 tsp
   Garlic - 1/2 cup peeled
   Red Chillies - 8-10
   Channa dal/kadalai paruppu - 1/3 cup
   Urad dal - 1/4 cup
   Hing - 1/4 tsp flat
   Salt needed


Preparations

Peel garlic and chop it into medium sized pieces. Find an easy way to peel garlic.

Method 

In a pan, dry roast bengal gram dal/channa dal on medium heat stirring continuously until it turns golden brown. Remove from pan.

Garlic Powder Recipe

In the same pan, dry roast urad dal and red chillies, stirring continuously until dal turns light brown. Remove from pan.

Poondu Milagai podi

Heat a tsp of oil and fry the garlic on low medium heat stirring continuously until all the moisture evaporates and the garlic becomes golden brown and a little crispy. Leave it to cool.

poondu podi without coconut

Now grind everything together with hing and salt needed to a slightly coarse powder. Do not powder it finely.

Poondu Milagai podi for rice-idli-dosa

This poondu podi goes well with idli, dosa and rice. It tastes awesome when mixed with hot steamed rice topped with a tsp of ghee. I love it with rice than with idli and dosa. For idli and dosa, my sesame seed flavored idli milagai podi is my first choice.

Storage and Shelf life  

Store it in a glass bottle or an airtight container. It stays good at room temperature for 2 months. Avoid using wet spoon when handling the podi.

I love homemade podis as we can customize it to our taste. If you like homemade podis, then do check these homemade podis varieties which might come handy, when we  need to fix a quick lunch.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Masala Buns Recipe-Potato Stuffed Masala Buns-Aloo Buns

Potato stuffed buns are very easy to make. They can be had for breakfast, dinner or as a tea time snack. I have used potato fillings for the buns, you can use any filling of your choice. The options are endless. Though I don't bake buns often, I was very happy that these potato stuffed buns turned out very soft and delicious. Today we will learn how to make potato stuffed masala buns following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Potato Stuffed Masala Buns

Potato Stuffed Masala Buns

Potato Stuffed Masala Buns

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Yields: 5 Masala Buns
 Recipe CategoryBakes-Breakfast
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   All Purpose flour/maida - 300 grams or 2 cups
   Salt - 3/4 tsp
   Butter - 1 tbsp or 1 1/2 tbsp oil
   Milk for brushing - 1-2 tsp

   Yeast - 2 tsp
   Sugar - 2 tsp

   For the Potato stuffing

   Boiled Potatoes - 3 medium sized
   Onion - 1 chopped finely
   Ginger - 1 inch piece
   Green chillies - 1-2 or chilli powder
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt as needed

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 3 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves


Proofing the Yeast

Mix sugar in 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Add yeast to that water, mix well and set aside for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you will find the yeast frothy (as in the picture below), which means, it is working and active. If it is not frothy, then the yeast is not working. You have to get a new pack.

Method

In a bowl mix together all purpose flour, salt, soft butter and the yeast + sugar mix.

dough preparation for masala buns

Add more water, little at a time and make a slightly loose/soft dough but not sticky.

Grease your hands with oil and knead the dough until smooth.

Coat/smoothen the dough slightly with oil all over, cover it with a damp cloth and let it sit for one hour. In the meantime we will prepare the potato filling.

Masala Buns Recipe

How to prepare potato stuffing 

Boil potatoes, peel the skin and mash it well. Do not make it to a paste.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add curry leaves, finely chopped onions, ginger and green chilli.

Saute until onions turn transparent.

Add mashed potatoes, turmeric powder and salt needed.

filling for masala buns

Mix well and turn off the heat. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and leave it to cool.

Make golf sized balls from the potato mixture.

Potato Stuffed Masala Buns recipe

After 1 hour -

Line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminium foil or grease the tray with oil.

By now the dough would have doubled. Punch the dough with your fist and knead it again slightly.

masala buns from scratch

Divide the dough into 5 equal parts. Take one part, make a smooth ball out of it, flatten it slightly and place the potato filling.

Bring the edges together and pinch to seal it. Shape it into a bun, smoothen the top and place the buns with the sealed side down on the baking tray. Repeat the same for the rest of the dough balls and the potatoes.

aloo buns

Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees C.

When placing the buns on the baking tray, place it with enough space between them. Brush the buns slightly with warm milk.

Bake at 200 degree C for 20 minutes.

Reduce the temperature to 175 degree C and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until done. I used the top coil alone for 5 minutes to brown the top towards the end of baking.

masala buns

Remove from oven and place it on a wire rack. Once warm, you can enjoy potato stuffed masala buns with ginger tea or coffee or even have it for breakfast.

Note -  You can add garam masala powder to the potato filling if you prefer. You can add chilli powder instead of green chillies.

You can use any filling of your choice other than potatoes (For example - with mushroom, paneer or any vegetables).

The timings may differ depending on the oven settings, so keep an eye while baking the buns.

You can check my

Eggless Garlic Rolls  and more baking recipes  

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Besanwali Bhindi-Besan Bhindi Masala-Stuffed Lady'sfinger Fry with Gram flour

Besanwali Bhindi is a dry sabji which is very popular in Rajasthan. It is very simple to make and tastes good. It goes well with chapati and rice. I personally like it with rice and dal. It is prepared with lady'sfinger, besan and various spice powder. Today we will learn how to make Besan wali bhindi or lady'sfinger with gram flour following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Besanwali Bhindi

Besanwali Bhindi

Besanwali Bhindi

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Ladiesfinger
 Recipe CuisineRajasthan
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Lady's finger - 250 grams/1/4 kg
   Gram flour/besan/kadalaimavu -1/4 cup

   Salt to taste

   Spice Powder    

   Roasted cumin powder - 1 tsp
   Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Fennel powder (saunf/sombu) - 3/4 tsp
   Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
   Amchur powder - 3/4 tsp
   Carom seeds/ajwain/omam - 1/2 tsp
   Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 3-4 tbsp
   Cumin seeds
   Hing - a pinch


Preparations

Choose tender lady's fingers, the size of your ring finger. Wash it well and pat it dry with a towel. Spread it on a plate and let it air dry (this will prevent slimy or sticky bhindi fry) until we prepare the other things needed for the dish.

Dry roast gram flour/besan on medium heat stirring continuously until you get a nice aroma of roasted gram flour.

Once it cools, add all the spice powder mentioned under "spice powder" and salt needed. You may adjust the spices according to your liking.

easy besan wali bhindi-besan okra

Add little water and make a paste.

Besanwali Bhindi recipe

Cut the top and tail of the lady's finger. Then slit the ladies fingers leaving an 1 inch at the base/bottom. Do not slit it into 2 halves.

Apply or stuff the prepared masala paste on the insides of the ladies fingers as shown below.

Stuffed Lady'sfinger Fry with Gram flour

Method 

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add hing and the masala stuffed ladies fingers.

Besan Bhindi Masala

Mix well and cook covered on low heat. Stir or toss gently at regular intervals. 

Lady'sfinger Fry with besan

Once the ladies fingers are cooked, turn off the heat. (Once done the color will change).

Serve besan wali bhindi (dry sabji) with rice or chapati. Check out more than 150 Side Dishes For Chapati.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Homemade Kadai Masala Powder-Kadai Masala

Homemade masala powders add more flavor and taste to the dishes. It is also economical and  versatile. Kadai masala powder is easy to make at home. It heightens the flavor of the dish and takes it to a different level. You can use this powder for all kadai dishes both vegetarian and non vegetarian. Today we will learn how to make kadai masala powder following this easy recipe with step wise pictures. 

Kadai Masala Powder

Homemade Kadai Masala Powder

Homemade Kadai Masala Powder

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Yields6 tbsps
 Recipe CategoryHomemade Masala Podis
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author

   Ingredients needed

   Coriander seeds - 3 tbsp
   Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1 tbsp
   Fennel seeds/Saunf - 1 tsp (optional)
   Whole black peppercorns - 1 tsp
   Dry red chillies - 8-9
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
   Cloves - 3
   Cardamom - 2
   Bay leaves - 2


Method 

Dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, black pepper and red chillies on medium heat stirring continuously until you get a nice aroma. Remove from the pan.

Homemade Kadai Masala powder

In the same pan, dry roast cinnamon, cloves, cardamom (without the pods) and bay leaves together.

Homemade Kadai Masala podi

Once it cools, dry grind both together to a slightly coarse powder.

kadai masala

Use this flavorful, homemade kadai masala powder
 when making both vegetarian and non vegetarian kadai recipes.

Kadai Vegetables

Kadai Mushroom 

If you have no time to make this masala powder, you can also prepare like I have made my kadai paneer but adding freshly prepared masala gives a nice flavor to the dish.

Kadai Paneer 

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

How to Clean Kitchen Sink-How to Clean Stainless steel sink

A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen. As I spend most of my time in the kitchen, I like my kitchen to be clean. I enjoy cooking only if my kitchen is clean. The kitchen sink is very important and should be not be ignored. It should be kept clean to prevent bacteria growth. As I am allergic to chemical products, I avoid using harsh chemicals for cleaning purposes. I use vinegar, baking soda, lemon and salt for cleaning purposes. These are eco-friendly, non toxic alternatives to harsh chemicals. Find methods and tips on how to clean a stainless steel kitchen sink.

how to clean stainless steel kitchen sink

How to clean stainless steel kitchen sink

How to Clean Kitchen Sink

  Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Method 1

   Synthetic vinegar/white vinegar
   Baking soda

   Method 2

   Lemon juice
   Table Salt

   Other things needed

   Rubber gloves
   Scrubber
   Old toothbrush
   Soft cloth


How to clean kitchen using eco-friendly alternatives

Method 1

How to clean stainless steel sink using vinegar and baking soda 

First rinse or wet your stainless steel sink with water.

Sprinkle baking soda (or cooking soda) all over the sink. (Baking soda is a natural cleanser). Then add 1-2 tbsp of white vinegar. Spread it all over the sink area using a nylon scrub or any non abrasive scrubber.

How to Clean Kitchen Sink

Let it sit for 15-20 minutes.

Do not rinse the sink. Take 3-4 drops of dish washing soap in a scrubber and scrub in a circular motion all over the sink with little water.

how to clean kitchen sink using natural products

Using an old tooth brush, scrub the holes of the sink drain and tap/faucets. You can also rub a used lemon peel and clean the tap.

Then rinse the sink and the tap thoroughly with plenty of water.

Finally wipe the sink with a dry cloth. Keep your sink dry when not in use to prevent water marks and rust.

You can do this once in a week or once in 15 days depending upon the condition of your sink.

kitchen sink before and after cleaning
Before and After cleaning kitchen sink 
Method 2 

How to clean stainless steel sink using salt and lemon juice 

If you do not have vinegar and baking soda at home, clean it with lemon and salt.

Instead of vinegar and baking soda, use equal quantity of lemon juice and salt and follow the same procedure above.

For tough strains 

Mix equal parts of lemon juice and baking soda together. Rub the mixture on the area, leave it for 30-40 minutes and then scrub using a scrubber. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Don'ts 

Do not use steel wool for scrubbing as it will leave scratches.

Never leave dirty dishes in the sink. If you feel lazy to wash the dishes immediately, you can put it in a plastic tub and leave it outside the kitchen.

For Regular everyday cleaning

Clean using a few drops of dish washing soap and a scrubber. Rinse it well with water and wipe it dry with a soft cloth.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Potato Bonda Recipe-Aloo Bonda-Batata Vada

Potato bonda/urulaikizhangu bonda also known as batata vada is a deep fried delicious snack prepared with potatoes and chickpea flour batter. It can be had as an appetizer or as a tea time snack. I have given two versions - one is the regular deep fried bondas and the other is a low fat potato bonda made in paniyaram/appe pan. Today we will learn how to make potato bondas with step wise pictures following this easy recipe. 

Potato bonda-aloo bonda-batata vada

Potato Bonda Recipe-Aloo Bonda

Potato Bonda Recipe-Aloo Bonda

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Yields:10-12
 Recipe CategoryTea time snack-Appetizer
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Potato - 4-5 medium size
   Onion - 1 big finely chopped
   Green chilli - 1-2 finely chopped
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt to taste

   For seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Cashew nuts -5-6 chopped
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Hing/Asafoetida - a pinch
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Lemon juice - few drops

   For the Batter

   Gram flour/besan/kadalai mavu - 3/4 cup
   Rice flour - 1/4 cup
   Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
   Cooking soda or baking soda - a pinch
   Hot oil - 1 tsp
   Salt as needed
   Water as needed

   Oil for frying


Preparations

Pressure cook potatoes for 3 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker. Peel the skin of the potatoes and mash it without any lumps when it is slightly hot.  Don' t make it to a paste.

Finely chop onion and green chillies. 

how to prepare aloo bonda

Method

Heat oil in a pan, saute cashew nuts until golden brown and remove it from pan.

In the same pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add hing, curry leaves, onion, green chilli and saute until onions turn transparent.

sauteing onions

Add turmeric powder and salt to taste.

bonda preparations

Add the mashed potatoes, cashew nuts, mix well and switch off the heat.

urulaikizhangu bonda recipe

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and keep it aside to cool. Once it cools, add 3-4 drops of lemon juice and mix well.

urulaikizhangu bonda

In a bowl, mix together gram flour, rice flour, chilli powder, salt and baking soda.

how to make potato bonda

Add water little at a time so that the batter is neither thin nor too thick. It should be of coating consistency. Add a tsp of hot oil to it and mix well. This is the bonda batter.

bonda batter

Divide the potato mixture equally and make balls out of it. (I made some smaller balls to be fried in paniyaram pan).

Now dip 3-4 potato balls in the prepared batter in such a way it is well coated on all the sides.

batata vada

Heat oil in a kadai, drop a small drop of batter into the oil, if it raises to the surface immediately, the oil is ready for frying.

Reduce the heat to medium and drop 3-4 of the batter coated potato balls into the oil. 

Do not disturb for the first few seconds, then stir, flip it over and fry until it turns golden brown.

Remove from heat and place it on a colander or paper towel to drain excess oil. Repeat the same process for the rest of the potato balls.

Aloo bondas can be served with coconut chutney, green chutney or ketchup.

Enjoy hot piping aloo bonda with a cup of adrak chai or South Indian filter coffee.

aloo bonda recipe

If you do not like frying like me, you can still enjoy aloo bondas by frying it in paniyaram pan.

Potato Bondas in Paniyaram Pan 

Heat a tsp of oil in all the cavities/holes in the paniyaram/appe pan.

Place the batter coated potato balls in the cavity and cook covered on low heat.

Flip it over 2-3 times until it browns evenly on all the sides. Repeat the same process for the rest of the potato balls.

Enjoy low fat-guilt free potato bondas with tea.

My View - You cannot compare the deep fried potato bondas with the paniyaram pan fried bondas. Both tastes good but no doubt the deep fried ones scores better. The paniyaram/appe pan aloo bondas is a healthy alternative to deep fried aloo bondas. You can enjoy it without any guilt feelings.

Low fat Aloo bonda-Bonda in Paniyaram/appe pan

If you love bondas, do not forget to try my

Vegetable Bonda and Mysore Bonda

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Kalakand Recipe-How to make Kalakand-Instant Kalakand Recipe

Kalakand is a delicious dessert prepared with paneer/cottage cheese. Authentic kalakand takes a long time to prepare. This is an instant version of kalakand recipe made using condensed milk and paneer. I wanted to try this instant kalakand for diwali, when I saw it here. It takes just 15 minutes to make this kalakand. It can be prepared even by novice. Today we will learn how to make kalakand using milkmaid following this easy recipe.

Kalakand-Instant Kalakand Recipe

Instant Kalakand Recipe

Instant Kalakand Recipe

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Yields: 6-8 Kalakands
 Recipe CategoryDiwali Sweets-Dessert
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Milkmaid/sweetened condensed milk - 200 gms/ 1/2 tin
   Milk powder (dairy whitener) - 1 tbsp heaped
   Paneer - 200 grams
   Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
   Pistachio - 2 tbsp


Preparation 

Grease a plate with few drops of ghee or you can use a baking tin lined with parchment paper.

Squeeze out water from the paneer if any. Grate or crumble paneer. You can use the mixie to crumble paneer using the whipper button just for a second.

In a pan (preferably non stick), mix together paneer, sweetened condensed milk/milkmaid and milk powder.

kalakand using condensed milk/milkmaid

Mix everything well and then switch on the heat. Mash well and cook on low heat.

How to make Kalakand

The mixture will start thickening. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

Easy and quick kalakand recipe-Diwali sweets

Cook further until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.

Remove from heat and transfer the mixture into the greased tray or plate. Spread it evenly to 1 inch thickness and press it well.

Smoothen the top and decorate it with chopped pistachios. (I removed the skin of pistachios by soaking it in hot water for 10 minutes. Then chopped it finely and garnished it.)

Instant Kalakand Recipe

Let it cool completely. Once it cools, refrigerate for an hour and cut it into pieces. Enjoy making this instant kalakand for this Diwali 2017.

For more such easy recipes and traditional Diwali sweets and snacks, refer the link below

75 Diwali Sweets and Diwali Snacks

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