Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How to Grow Mint at Home in Pots-How to Grow Pudina

Growing Mint or for that matter any herbs is very easy and you do not need much space. A small balcony is enough to start a herb garden. As mint is easy to grow, you can start your own herb garden with mint. Homegrown mint is fragrant, flavorful, tastes better than what you get in the market and of course pesticide free. Today we will learn how to grown mint easily at home in pots/bags.

Mint-Pudina

How to start 

You do not have to buy mint plant from the nursery. I personally feel, it is a waste of money. Get a bunch of mint/pudina from the local vegetable market. When buying mint from the market, select mint with thick stems as seen in the picture below.

Use the leaves for making dishes like mint pulao, mint thuvaiyal or mint chutney and reserve the thick stems.

The best time to plant is late in the day or in the evening after sunset. So in case if you are not planting them immediately, keep the stems in a glass of water as seen below.

how to grow mint/pudina at home

Mint needs good quality, rich and well-drained soil. I used the same potting mixture, I used for growing vallarai/brahmi.

Before planting wet the soil. Then plant the stems in a pot/container/grow bags with some spacing between the stems. Sprinkle water well after planting. Make sure that the pot or container you are using has holes for proper drainage.

Ensure that the soil is moist (not wet nor dry), so avoid over watering.

how to grow mint/pudina at home in pots/grow bags

Keep the mint plant in a place where it will receive morning sunlight and partial afternoon shade. Within a few days, you will find new leaves coming up. Add vermicompost once in 10 or 15 days.

As Mint spreads fast, make sure the pot/bag is broad enough.

Once fully grown, you can harvest mint leaves and enjoy using it in your dishes.

I love to flavor my buttermilk, lemonade, iced tea etc with homegrown fresh mint leaves. I also make many dishes with mint leaves. Check out my Mint Recipes.  Mint tea is good for digestive problems. If you suffer from cold, blocked nose, headache, steaming with fresh mint leaves helps to alleviate the problem.

If you like gardening, check my Organic Kitchen Garden.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bulgur Wheat Upma Recipe-Bulgur with Mixed Vegetables-Bulgur Indian Recipes

Bulgur wheat as I have mentioned in my earlier bulgur recipes is very popular in Middle East. I love it as it cooks faster and is so versatile. You can make khichdi, salad, biryani, pulao, upma etc with bulgur. I personally do not prefer eating rice everyday. I include a variety of grains and bulgur is one of my favorites. Bulgur is high in fiber and low in calories. As I love upma, I often make South Indian style upma with bulgur and it tastes awesome. Today we will learn how to make bulgur upma following this easy recipe. 

Bulgur Wheat Upma

Bulgur Wheat Upma

Bulgur Wheat Upma

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves:1
 Recipe CategoryUpma-Breakfast-Dinner
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Onion - 1 big
   Green Chillies - 1-2
   Ginger - 1 inch piece
   Beans - 4-5
   Carrot - 1
   Capsicum -1 small
   Bulgur wheat - 1/2 cup
   Salt to taste

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Red Chillies - 2
   Hing - a pinch
   Curry leaves - a spring


Preparation

Wash and cut all the vegetables into small pieces and keep it ready.

chopped vegetables and bulgur

Wash and place bulgur in a bowl. Add a little salt (1/4 tsp) and a cup of boiling water to the bulgur. Mix it well and keep covered. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, the bulgur would have absorbed all the water.Drain excess water if any. Fluff it with a fork and keep aside.

preparation bulgur upma

Method

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutter, add urad dal, red chillies, hing and curry leaves.

When dal turns golden brown, add finely chopped onions, green chilli and ginger.

sauteing onions

When onion turns transparent, add the vegetables (except capsicum), needed salt and cook covered on medium heat. Sprinkle water if required. Stir in between for even cooking.

Bulgur with mixed vegetables

Once the vegetables are cooked, add the capsicum and cook for a few more minutes.

Add the bulgur, mix well and cook covered for 3-4 minutes.

bulgur upma recipe

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

how to make bulgur upma

I had this upma for lunch along with a glass of spiced buttermilk (masala chaas). Try this simple, healthy, nutritious and filling upma either breakfast, lunch or dinner and give me your feedback.

Check out more Bulgur Wheat Recipes and Cracked Wheat Recipes.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pepper Cumin Rice-Milagu Jeeraga Sadam-Milagu Sadam Recipe

Milagu sadam can be made in a jiffy, if you have cooked rice ready. This pepper cumin rice is not only easy to make but has lot of medicinal properties. Cumin and pepper has antioxidant and antibacterial properties and is used to cure common cold, mild digestive problems, improves appetite and also enables weight loss. Both pepper and cumin has anti cancerous properties. Today we will learn how to make milagu jeeraga sadam following this easy recipe.  

Pepper Cumin Rice-Milagu Jeeraga Sadam

Pepper Cumin Rice-Milagu Jeeraga Sadam

 Prep Time : 20 mins (including cooking rice)
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves: 1
 Recipe CategoryRice-Lunch
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Cooked Rice - 2 cups
   Whole black peppercorn/milagu - 1 tsp
   Cumin seeds-jeeragam - 1 tsp
   Salt to taste

   Ghee/clarified butter - 2 tsp
   Cashew nuts - 7-8

   For the seasoning

   Sesame seed oil/nallennai - 3 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Bengal gram/channa dal - 3/4 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Preparation 

Cook rice in such a way that each grain is separate. You can use white rice or brown rice or even millets like varagu, kuthiraiwali or saamai. Spread it on a plate to cool.

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

In a kadai/pan, heat 1/2 tsp of oil, saute cumin seeds and peppercorns on medium heat until you get a nice aroma. Remove from heat and leave it to cool. Then powder it coarsely and keep it aside. Our milagu jeera podi is ready.

Method 

In the same pan, add the rest of the oil and heat it. Add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, bengal gram (kadalai paruppu) and curry leaves.

Milagu Jeeraga Sadam Recipe

When dal turns golden brown, lower the heat and add the pepper + cumin powder (milagu jeera podi).

Saute for a few seconds, add salt needed, cooked rice and a tsp of ghee.

pepper cumin rice recipe

Mix well so that the rice is well coated with the pepper cumin powder and the seasoning. Add cashew nuts and turn off the heat. Enjoy it with papads.

Milagu Sadam

Best side dish for Milagu jeeraga sadam -  Personally I feel vadam, appalam, potato roast and any kuzhambu goes well with milagu jeeraga sadam. You can even crush appalam and mix it to the pepper cumin rice before serving.


Enjoy more Rice Recipes from Padhuskitchen.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sutta Kathirikkai Gothsu-Roasted Brinjal Gothsu-Side Dish for Pidi Kozhukattai

Upma Kozhukattai/pidi kozhukattai with brinjal gothsu is one of my favorite dish. Both pair very well with each other. I have already posted brinjal gothsu but this brinjal gothsu is different as this is made from roasted brinjals, which gives a smoky flavor to the dish. This gothsu can be served with upma kozhukattai, ven pongal, chapati and arisi upma. Today we will learn how to make brinjal gotsu with step wise pictures following this easy recipe.

Sutta Kathrikai Gothsu-Brinjal Gothsu

Brinjal Gothsu-Sutta Kathrikai Gothsu

Brinjal Gothsu-Sutta Kathrikai Gothsu

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 3-4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Brinjal - 3 medium size
   Onion - 3/4 cup finely chopped
   Tomato - 3/4 cup finely chopped
   Green chillies - 3-4 slit
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt needed
   Thin Tamarind extract - 1 cup
   Rice flour - 1 tsp

  For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Hing - a generous pinch
   Curry Leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped


Preparation

Wash and wipe the brinjals dry. Insert a skewer through the brinjal and roast it over fire until the skin become charred as seen in the picture below. Repeat the same for the other two brinjals.

Put them in water and peel off the charred skin. Cut it finely and keep it aside.

Cut onion and tomatoes finely. Slit green chillies.

Soak a grape sized ball of tamarind in hot water and extract thin tamarind juice. We need 1 cup of thin tamarind extract. Discard the pulp.

Mix rice flour with 2-3 tbsp of water and keep it aside.

fire roasted brinjals

Now keep all the ingredients ready.

ingredients needed of brinjal gothsu

Method 

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add hing, curry leaves and green chillies.

seasoning

Add onions and saute until onions turn transparent.

sauteing onions

Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, salt needed and saute until tomatoes are slightly cooked.

Brinjal Gothsu-Side Dish for Pidi Kozhukattai

Add tamarind water and cook covered on medium heat until the raw flavor of the tamarind goes.

brinjal gothsu recipe

Kathirikkai gotsu recipe

Once the raw flavor of the tamarind goes, add the chopped brinjal and cook on low heat for another 5 minutes until the brinjal is well incorporated with the gravy.

Sutta Kathrikai Gothsu recipe

Add the rice flour mixture and cook for a further few minutes.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with upma kozhukattai or arisi upma or chapati or even ven pongal.

side dish for upma kozhukattai

Note - You can adjust the consistency of the gothsu as preferred. The gothsu should neither be too thick nor too watery.

Check my Upma Kozhukattai Recipe or click the picture below for recipe with step wise pictures.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Falooda Ice Cream-Easy Royal Falooda Recipe

Falooda is a delicious cold dessert/beverage and is very popular, especially in India, Pakistan and Middle East. It is very simple to make at home. The combination of sabja seeds, falooda sev, ice cream, jelly, rose syrup, sweetened chilled milk is heavenly. Today we will learn how to make Royal Falooda following this easy recipe.       

Falooda Ice Cream

Falooda Ice Cream

Falooda Ice Cream-Easy Falooda Recipe

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryDessert-Ice Cream
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Milk - 1 1/2 cup
   Sugar - 1 tbsp
   Jelly - 1/2 a packet
   Sabja seeds/basil seeds/tukmaria - 1/2 tbsp
   Falooda Sev - 4 tbsp or as needed

   Fruits

   Pineapple
   Apple
   Pomegranates
   Mangoes

   Nuts

   Almonds - 10-12
   Cashew nuts - 10-12
   Pistachio - 10-12

   Glazed Cherries - 2 tbps
   Vanilla Ice Cream - 2 generous scoop


Preparation 

Boil 1 1/2 cup of milk and reduce it to 1 cup. Sweeten it with sugar. Cool and refrigerate it. We need chilled milk for making falooda.

Prepare jelly as per instructions on the packet. You can use any flavored jelly (preferably strawberry or raspberry flavor). Vegetarian jelly is available in the market or you can use agar agar. One packet of jelly makes 4 faloodas.

Soak 1/2 tbsp of sabja seeds in 3/4 cup of water for 20 minutes. Drain the excess water and keep it aside.

Prepare falooda sev as given in the Falooda Sev Recipe. You can also use ready made falooda sev. If you cannot get or if you do not want to make falooda sev at home, you can use cooked fine vermicelli.

Chill the glass in which you are going to layer the falooda for 10 minutes in the refrigerator.

Clean and cut all the fruits. I have used pineapple, apples, pomegranates and mangoes. Avoid fruits with high water content like watermelon, cantaloupe etc. You will need 1 cup of mixed fruits.

Toast almonds, cashew nut and pistachio separately and chop it. Keep it aside.

Chop glazed cherries and keep it aside. Reserve 2 whole cherries for garnishing.

Method

All the ingredients are kept ready below. Once the ingredients are kept ready, making falooda is a breeze.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to layering. It is your personal choice. For royal falooda, you can start with rose syrup but since I am not fond of rose syrup, I have skipped that. 

ingredients for making falooda

Layer the bottom of the glass with jelly.

Then top it with sabja seeds.

falooda ice cream recipe

Then top it with a layer of falooda sev.

Then add a layer of mixed fruits.

falooda ice cream

Add chopped nuts followed by chopped glazed cherries.

how to make falooda

Add half cup of chilled sweetened milk.

Top it with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Garnish with some nuts, cherries and fruits. Finally decorate it with a whole cherry and serve chilled.

Royal falooda

Repeat the same process to make another glass of falooda.

Check out my Mango Falooda Recipe

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Fruit Salad with Ice Cream-Mixed Fruit Salad Recipe

Fruit salad  is a very delicious dessert which can be made in just 15 minutes. Kids and adults alike will enjoy it a lot.  I have made it in Indian style with sugar syrup and topped it with vanilla ice cream. Learn to make this delicious Indian style fruit salad with ice cream following this easy recipe. 

Fruit Salad with Ice Cream-Indian style

Fruit Salad with Ice Cream

Fruit Salad with Ice Cream

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategorySalad-Fruits-Dessert
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Mixed Fruits - 2 cups
   Sugar syrup - 4 tsp 
   Vanilla Ice Cream - 2 generous scoops
   Assorted nuts - 2 tbsp toasted (optional)

   Wafer biscuit for decoration
   Cherries for decoration


Preparations

Nuts - You can use almonds and cashew nuts if preferred. Toast the nuts separately and chop it finely. (I have not used nuts)

Fruits - You can use any fruits of your choice. I have used papaya, pineapple, pomegranates, mangoes, apple, banana and few grapes (use seedless grapes). Wash and cut all the fruits into small pieces.

Sugar syrup - In a pan, mix 3 tbsp of sugar and 3 tbsp of water. Heat to dissolve the sugar. Then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat, add 2-3 drops of lemon juice and leave it to cool.  After it cools, refrigerate the sugar syrup.

Method 

In a glass bowl/cup, mix together fruits (1 cup), 2 tsp sugar syrup and nuts. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Place a cherry and a wafer biscuit and serve chilled. Repeat the same for another bowl of fruit salad.

Note - You can store the remaining sugar syrup in a glass bottle in the refrigerator. You can use it to sweeten  fruit juices, smoothies, cold beverages etc.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Couscous with Fruits and Nuts-Easy Fruity Couscous Recipe

Couscous is very easy and fast to cook. It is so versatile that you can combine it with any vegetables, herbs or fruits to make a filling meal.  I have prepared couscous by combining it with nuts and fruits to make a delicious meal.  It can be had for lunch or for dinner. Learn to make couscous with fruits and nuts following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Couscous with Fruits and Nuts

Couscous with Fruits and Nuts

Couscous with Fruits and Nuts

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 5 mins 
 Serves: 1-2
 Recipe CategoryCouscous-Lunch-Dinner
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Couscous - 1/2 cup
   Sugar - 2 tsp
   Saffron - 4-5 strands
   Milk - 1/2 cup
   Water - 1/2 cup
   Salt needed
   Ghee/clarified butter - 2 tsp

   Nuts-Fruits-Paneer

   Almonds -10-15 chopped
   Pistachio - 10-15 chopped
   Cashew nuts - 10-15 chopped
   Raisins - 20
   Apple - 1/2 cup chopped
   Pineapple - 1/2 cup chopped
   Pomegranates - 1/3 cup 
   Paneer - 10 small cubes

   For the seasoning

   Butter - 1 tbsp
   Cloves - 2
   Cardamon - 1
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
   Green Chilli -1 slit

   For Garnishing

   Fried Onions - 1 tbsp (optional)
   Coriander leaves -1 tbsp finely chopped


Preparations

Fry nuts (almonds, pistachio, cashew nuts) separately in a tsp of ghee stirring until lightly browned. Keep it aside.

Fry the raisins in 1/2 tsp of ghee until they puff up.

Clean and chop all the fruits and keep it ready.

Cut paneer into cubes and fry on low heat in 1/2 tsp of ghee until lightly browned.

ingredients to make fruity couscous

Take couscous in a bowl, add sugar to it and mix well.

Soak saffron stands in a tbsp of warm milk. Mix 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 cup of water and bring it to boil.

Pour the boiling milk + water mixture over the couscous, add the saffron milk, mix well and keep it covered for 10-15 minutes.

adding milk to couscous

After 15 minutes, the couscous would have absorbed all the liquid. Fluff it with a fork and keep it aside.

Adding saffron flavored milk to couscous

Method

Heat butter in a pan, add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and green chilli. Saute for a few seconds and then add the couscous and needed salt.

Mix well so that the couscous is well coated with the butter. Switch off the heat.

Easy Fruity Couscous Recipe

Add the nuts, raisins and paneer.

easy couscous with fruits and nuts

Add all the fruits and gently mix to combine.

how to make couscous with fruits and nuts

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and fried onions.

It can be had on its own or if preferred enjoy it with any onion tomato gravy.

You will love my other Couscous Recipes.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mango Falooda Recipe-How to make Mango Falooda at Home

Mango Falooda is a very delicious, cold and rich layered dessert/beverage prepared with mangoes, milk, sabja seeds, falooda sev, assorted nuts and ice cream. It is very easy to make mango falooda at home. The taste of mango falooda is heavenly. Before the mango season ends, indulge in this rich dessert and enjoy. Learn how to make Mango Falooda at home following this very easy recipe.

Mango Falooda

Mango Falooda

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Serves2-3
 Recipe CategoryDessert-Mango
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Milk -1 1/2 cup
   Falooda Sev - 1 cup cooked
   Basil seeds/sabja seeds/tukmaria - 1/2 tbsp
   Chopped mangoes - 1 cup
   Mango Puree - 1 cup
   Sugar as needed
   Almonds - 10-12
   Pistachio - 10-12
   Cashew nuts -10-12
   Glazed cherry - 2 tbsp chopped
   Vanilla Ice cream - 2 generous scoops


Preparations 

Boil 1 1/2 cup milk on medium heat until it reduces to 1 cup. Add 3 tbsp sugar, cool and refrigerate. We need chilled milk.

Soak sabja seeds in 1/2 cup of water for 20 minutes. Strain water if any and keep it aside.

Chop mangoes into cubes.

We need 1 cup of mango puree also. Mix sugar with mango puree and refrigerate.

Prepare falooda sev as given in the Falooda Sev Recipe and keep it ready.

Dry roast almonds, pistachio and cashew nuts separately. Chop it and keep it aside.

Chop cherries. Set aside 2-3 whole cherries for garnishing.

Before layering, chill the glass in which you are going to serve mango falooda for 5 minutes in the refrigerator.

The preparations are done and everything is kept ready in the picture below.

Ingredients for Mango Falooda

Mango Falooda Layering 

Now we will start layering-

Layer the bottom of the glass with sweetened mango puree.

On top of it spread a layer of sabja seeds.

layering mango falooda

On top of the sabja seeds layer, spread a layer of falooda sev followed by a layer of mango pieces.

how to prepare mango falooda

Then add chopped assorted nuts and cherries.

adding nuts and cherries to falooda

Now add the chilled sweetened milk.

easy mango falooda recipe

Add a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and tops it with nuts, cherries, and mango pieces.

how to make mango falooda

Decorate it with a whole cherry and serve chilled. Enjoy!! Repeat the same for another glass of mango falooda.

How to make Mango Falooda at Home

You might like my other Mango Recipes.


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