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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Thursday, March 16, 2017

20 Easy Egg Recipes for Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Egg is a good source of protein, calcium and has several vitamins essential for our health. Eggs are so easy to cook and are so versatile. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner or even as a snack. Find below 20 easy egg recipes for breakfast, for lunch, for rice and for dinner.

Breakfast Recipes with Eggs-Egg Breakfast Recipes

Egg Recipes For Breakfast

Savory French Toast

Mushroom Frittata (Italian style mushroom omelette)

Mushroom Omelette Indian Style

Egg Veg Omelette

Street Style Bread Omelette

South Indian Style Quick Omelet

Egg Kathi Rolls

Muttai Dosa (egg dosa)

Guacamole Egg Salad Sandwich

Omelette Sandwich

French Toast

Egg Bhurji Sandwich

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites

Savory Breakfast Quinoa Egg Muffins

Egg Noodles

Waffles

Lunch Recipes with Eggs-Egg Lunch Recipes

Indian Style Lunch Recipes with Eggs

Muttai Thokku

Egg Fried Rice

Egg Bhurji

Egg Biryani

Egg Poriyal

I have not included cakes and biscuits recipes with eggs. You can check that in my Cakes and Bakes section.

I have listed only 21 Egg Recipes above, for more egg recipes check the link below

Egg Recipes 

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Palakkai Kootu Recipe-Raw Jackfruit Kootu

We have a big jackfruit tree in our backyard. So every time during jackfruit season, I make many dishes with jackfruit. This kootu is easy to make and tastes similar to vazhaipoo kootu. I have shared an easy method to clean raw jackfruit, so do check that before making this dish. Today we will learn how to make South Indian style palakkai kootu following this easy recipe.

Raw Jackfruit Kootu-Palakkai Kootu

Palakkai Kootu-Raw Jackfruit Kootu

Palakkai Kootu-Raw Jackfruit Kootu

 Prep Time : 30 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves: 3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Jackfruit
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Raw Jackfruit - 2 cups chopped
   Tur dal - 1/3 cup
   Tamarind - Gooseberry sized ball
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt needed

   Roast and grind

   Bengal gram dal/chana dal - 1 tbsp
   Coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
   Red Chillies - 2
   Raw Rice - 1/2 tsp
   Coconut - 3 tbsp

  For the seasoning

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

   For garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Preparations

Heat 1/2 tsp of oil and fry bengal gram (kadalai paruppu in Tamil), coriander seeds, red chilli and raw rice on medium heat, stirring continuously until dal turn light golden brown. Turn off the heat, add grated coconut and fry in the heat of the pan.

Once it cools, grind it to a fine paste. Keep it aside.

ground masala paste for kootu

Soak tamarind in hot water for 20 minutes. Extract a cup of tamarind juice. Discard the pulp.

Pressure cook dal with turmeric powder until soft. Mash it well and keep it aside.

Cut raw jackfruit and keep it ready. Check out my easy method to cut raw jackfruit. (in this method we cook jackfruit and then only chop it), so do check my method to cut raw jackfruit before proceeding to the next step).

We have kept the chopped cooked jackfruit, tamarind extract, ground paste and dal ready. Now making this kootu is a breeze.

preparation for palakkai kootu

Method 

In a pan, add the cooked and chopped jackfruit, turmeric powder and tamarind extract.

how to make palakkai kootu

Cook on medium heat until the raw smell of the tamarind goes.

raw jackfruit recipe

Add the cooked dal, ground paste, a cup of water and mix well.

Raw Jackfruit Kootu recipe

Boil on medium heat for a few minutes, stirring from time to time until the kootu becomes a homogeneous mixture.

Heat 2 tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, red chillies and curry leaves. When dal turns golden brown, add it to the kootu.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice and papads or as an accompaniment for rasam or sambar or curd rice.

Palakkai Kootu Recipe

Check out more Jackfruit Recipes

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Thandai Recipe-How to make Thandai-Holi Special

Thandai/Sardai is a very delicious cold drink made during Holi festival. It is prepared with a mixture of almonds, pistachio, whole peppercorns, fennel seeds, melon seeds, cardamom powder, saffron, milk and garnished with dried rose petals. Last year I wanted to make thandai for holi but could not make it. This year made it at the last minute. I got this recipe from North Indians living here but adjusted the ingredients to suit my taste. The result was awesome. It tastes best when chilled. Today we will learn how to make Thandai following this very simple and easy recipe. 

Thandai Recipe-How to make Thandai

Thandai Recipe

Thandai Recipe

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 5 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryBeverage
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Milk - 2 cups (1/2 liter)
   Saffron strands - 6-7
   Sugar - 3 tbsp or as needed

   To Grind

   Almonds - 8-10
   Pistachio - 8-10
   Cashew nuts - 6-7
   Khus Khus (kasa kasa) - 1 tbsp

   To Powder

   Whole black peppercorns - 8-10
   Cardamom - 5
   Fennel seeds (sombu) - 1/2 tsp
   Cinnamon - 1 inch stick

   For Garnishing

   Dry Rose Petals - 6-7


Preparation

Boil milk, add sugar and mix well until it dissolves. Leave it to cool.

Soak saffron in a little hot milk and set aside.

Once milk is warm, mix the saffron flavored milk with the rest of the milk.

Thandai Recipe

Soak cashew nuts, pistachio, almonds in hot water for 1-2 hours. Soak khus khus also in hot water separately. Remove the skin of almonds and pistachio. Then grind everything together with a little milk along with khus khus to a paste. Set aside.

How to make Thandai

Grind cardamom (discard the pod), whole black pepper, cinnamon and fennel seeds to fine powder. (I have used 1/8 tsp cinnamon powder in place of cinnamon stick).

Method 

Now add the ground paste, ground powder to the milk and mix well.

Thandai -Holi special

Garnish with dried rose petals. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours and serve chilled.

Thandai tastes best when served chilled. Enjoy making thandai this Holi.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Samba Godhumai Rava Kozhukattai-Broken Wheat Upma Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe

Instead of making upma kozhukattai always with rice rava, you can try it with cracked wheat rava (samba godhumai ravai in Tamil and dalia in Hindi). It is equally delicious. It is easy to make and more healthy also. I am sure you will love it. It can be had for breakfast or for dinner. Today we will learn how to make samba godhumai pidi kozhukatti following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Samba Godhumai Rava Kozhukattai-Wheat Rava Kolukatai

Broken Wheat Upma Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe

Broken Wheat Upma Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 20-25 small kozhukatais
 Recipe Category
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Broken wheat - 1 1/4 cup
   Tur dal - 3 tbsp
   Coconut - 1/3 cup grated
   Carrot - 1 small grated (optional)
   Water - 3 3/4 cup
   Salt needed

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 2 tsp
   Bengal gram dal (Chana dal) - 2 tsp
   Hing/asafoetida - a generous pinch
   Red Chillies - 2-3
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Preparations

Dry roast cracked wheat (samba godhumai rava) until hot to touch.

Soak tur dal in hot water for half and hour. Drain the water and grind it coarsely without adding water.

Method 

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, chana dal (kadalai paruppu), hing, red chillies and curry leaves.

When dal turns golden brown, add the ground tur dal.


Saute for a 2-3 minutes on low heat and then add grated coconut and carrot.


Saute for few seconds, add water and salt needed. (taste the water to check for salt, if the water is slightly salt, it will be perfect once the upma is done).


When water starts boiling, reduce the heat and add cracked wheat rava gradually with one hand and stir continuously with your other hand to prevent formation of lumps.

Cook covered stirring at regular intervals until all the water evaporates.

Broken Wheat Upma Pidi Kozhukattai

Leave it to cool. Once it is warm, divide the mixture equally and make ball out of it. You can dip your hands slightly in water when shaping balls to prevent it from sticking to your hands.

Broken Wheat Upma Pidi Kozhukattai Recipe

Steam cook the balls for 10 minutes in a steamer or you can even use the pressure cooker for steaming but without weight.

Once done, remove from the steamer. Enjoy it with hotel sambar or kathirikkai gothsu or sutta kathirikkai gothsu .

Note - Water measurement changes according to the quality of rava. I used slightly coarse rava. For that I used 3 cups of water for 1 cup of cracked wheat. If it is fine, you can use 2 1/2 cups of water for 1 cup of wheat rava. You have to find out by trial and error. You can use any cup measurement for this but use the same cup for measuring all the ingredients. 

Check more Samba Godhumai Recipes.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Vaya Tiffin Boxes-The Vaya Tyffyn-Premium Lunch Box-A Review

When I received the Vaya Tyffyn box, I was super excited. I have never seen such a beautiful, elegant, extremely sophisticated tiffin/lunch box. I remember taking steel lunch box/dabbas to school and college. By lunch time, the food will become cold and of course the problem of leakage was always there.

The Vaya Tyffyn  has changed all that. It has come up with an innovative solution by introducing an elegant vacuum insulated lunchbox for carrying warm and fresh home-cooked meals.

Lunch in Vaya Tyffyn box
Mixed veg sambar-rice-keerai kootu-broad beans stir fry in Vaya Lunchbox
It comes in three beautiful variants - Graphite, Maple and Wool and in two sizes (1000 ml and 600ml). I choose the Wool variant as it looked very colorful.

Vaya Tiffin Boxes-wool variant

Key Features of Vaya Tyffyn

Vaya Tyffyn is the most advanced thermally insulated lunchbox. It is designed using state of the art technology to make sure your food stays the way you like it, whether hot or cold.

It comes with 3 high quality copper finished stainless steel containers and a Bag Mat/carry bag which doubles up as a table mat.

Vaya Tyffyn

All three variants of Tyffyn is made of the highest food grade stainless steel approved by FDA (Federal Department of Agriculture, USA). The inner containers are also food quality stainless steel material coated on the outside with an elegant copper finish.

The lids are made of shatter-proof durable FDA approved BPA free plastic.


Bag Mat/carry bag which doubles up as a table mat. Easy to carry and compact.

Vaya bagmat

What I loved about Vaya Tiffin boxes

It looks stylish with amazing graphic designs. I loved the wool variant very much.

I personally avoid using plastics as much as possible and particularly for packing lunch.  I loved Vaya tyffyn stainless steel containers with copper finish. It keeps food fresh and free from artificial odor. We can avoid taking lunch in plastic containers. I would say it is an environment friendly lunch box.

Keeps food warm for 5-6 hours -  As the vaya tyffyn keeps the food warm for 6 hours, we do not have to re-heat food.

I loved the stylish Bag Mat - An incredibly smart shoulder bag that unzips into a table mat. You can pack and carry your vaya lunch box in it and during lunch time, unzip it into a table mat. You have a pouch for keeping cutlery and a napkin also. The Bag Mat is made of a specially coated material, which repels water and food stains. So you do not have to worry about spilling or staining, you can easily wipe it off with a damp cloth. Super easy to clean!

The stainless steel latches and the double-shot container lids prevents messy leaks. I tested it by packing rasam rice and there was totally no leakage. The finger grooves on the container lids, helps in opening the container lid smoothly without spilling.

All the three containers comes with an easy to fix partitions, so you can carry more variety. I tested it by packing gravy on one side and dry sabji on the other side. What was surprising was the gravy (keerai kootu) did not even seep to the other side (have a look at the first picture above).

Vaya Tyffyn (Premium Lunch Box) makes a great gift as it can be carried to work place, school, college, picnics or anywhere outside. It can be gifted to anybody irrespective of the gender. As lunch box  is used almost everyday, it makes a wonderful gift and  is sure to remind the recipient of the gift-giver.

It comes with 1 year warranty. You can purchase Vaya Tyffyn in their website https://vaya.in/

Vaya tyffyn is now shipping globally also. Check the link below

https://vayalife.com/

It is also available in Amazon also.

For more information visit their website Vaya.in and also check their  Facebook page and instagram page.

Vaya lunch box- lunch in vaya lunch box
Mixed veg poricha kulambu-keerai kootu-snakegourd stir fry and rice in stylish Vaya Lunch box
What are you waiting for! Go ahead, order yours and enjoy the warmth of home cooked meals wherever you go using Vaya Tyffyn.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Raw Papaya Kootu-Green Papaya Kootu Recipe

Raw papaya (pappali kai in Tamil)  contains many essential nutrients and minerals which are good for our well being. It also contains active enzymes called papain, which helps improve digestive disorders. Being high in fiber content, they also help beat constipation. I make it a point to include raw papaya once in 15 days. This kootu made with raw papaya is very delicious and similar to chow chow kootu. Nobody will find the difference unless you tell them. Today we will learn how to make kootu with raw/green papaya following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Raw Papaya Kootu-Green Papaya Kootu

Raw Papaya Kootu-Green Papaya Kootu

Raw Papaya Kootu-Green Papaya Kootu

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Raw Papaya - 2 cups chopped
   Green chilli - 1
   Tomato - 1
   Moong Dal - 1/3 cup
   Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt needed

  For Grinding

   Coconut - 1/4 cup
   Green chilli - 1
   Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Red chillies - 1
   Asafoetida/hing - a pinch
   Shallots - 6-7 or 1 small onion
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Preparations

Grind coconut, green chilli and cumin seeds to a smooth paste.

Peel the skin, discard the seeds and chop raw papaya into medium sized pieces.

raw papaya recipe

Method

In a cooker, add chopped raw papaya, moong dal (or a mix of moong dal and tur dal), chopped tomato, green chilli, turmeric powder, a cup of water and salt needed. (moong dal - pasi paruppu in Tamil).

Pressure cook for 2 or 3 whistles.

Green Papaya Kootu recipe

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and add the ground paste.

Mix well and boil for 4-5 minutes on low heat, stirring from time to time.

Raw Papaya Kootu recipe

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it sizzles, add urad dal, red chillies and hing. When dal turns golden brown, add chopped onions and curry leaves.

Saute until onions turn transparent. Then add to the kootu and mix well.

papali kai kootu

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Note - You can prepare this kootu without onions also. Just skip the onions while seasoning.

This kootu goes well with both rice and chapati. Check out more Kootu and Poriyal Recipes.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Personalized Aprons from Perfico-A Review

I always wanted an apron with Padhuskitchen embroidered on it but could never find time for it. When perfico approached me asking me to review their personalized kitchen aprons, I decided to accept it, as the product was a good fit to Padhuskitchen also.

Perfico.com is an online shopping portal specially created for beautiful personalized gifts.

About their Personalized Kitchen Aprons

The apron is made from high quality material (polycotton), and beautifully embroidered.

It comes in a standard Adult size and child sizes.

There are variety of printed aprons in white with lot of unique and fun designs. Most of the printed apron comes only in white color. I personally felt they could have more color options.

The embroidered apron comes in 3 colors  BLUE, BLACK or WHITE.

Perfico apron

I choose a black apron from their wide variety of aprons and wanted Padhu's Kitchen embroidered on it. I had the choice of choosing the color of the threads. For threads, you have a choice of standard Pink, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Red, Orange, Green and Black threads.

Once you choose everything, they send you the preview of the apron for you to confirm it.

You can buy personalized Kitchen Aprons online from their website perfico.com.

Apart from aprons, they have a wide variety of beautiful personalized gifts. You can choose personalized gift for any occasions from wedding, house warming, return gifts for kids, funny gifts, gifts for professionals and lot more.

What could give a person more happiness than getting personalized gifts with their name or photo on it. If you are looking for unique personalized gifts, then head on straight to Perfico.com and choose from a wide range of beautiful personalized gifts for your friends, relatives, near and dear ones.

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