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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Avocado Salad Recipe-Easy Salad Recipes

Avocados can be enjoyed in many ways other than guacamole. Avocados contain a wide variety of nutrients. They are low in sodium, high in dietary fiber and has no cholesterol. Avocado salad is absolutely delicious and takes only 5 minutes to make! Today we will learn to make a simple salad with avocados.

Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad Recipe

 Avocado Salad Recipe

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Serves: 1
 Recipe CategorySalad-Avocado
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Avocado - 1 ripe
   Onion - 1 medium size
   Tomato - 1 large
   Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped
   Lemon juice - juice of 1/2 a lemon
   Salt to taste
   Pepper powder to taste


Preparation

Peel avocado, discard the seed and dice it into medium sized pieces.

Method

In a bowl, combine together avocado, chopped onion, chopped tomatoes (remove the seeds), coriander leaves and lemon juice.

Add salt and pepper powder to taste. Mix well to combine and enjoy!

Variations - You can also add a little chopped cucumber and capsicum to the salad.

Tips - To find out if an avocado is ripe, gently press it with your fingers, if it yields to pressure and leaves a dent, it is ripe.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pudina Thokku-Pudina Kothamalli Thokku Recipe-Mint Thokku for Rice-Dosa-Adai

I love thokkus as they come handy when you do not find time to make chutney or cook an elaborate meal. Pudina Thokku is very flavorful, easy to make and very delicious. It goes well with rice, idli, dosa, adai or as a spread for bread. Today we will learn how to make Pudina/Mint Coriander thokku following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Pudina Thokku-Mint thokku

Pudina Kothamalli Thokku-Mint Thokku

Kothamalli Pudina Thokku-Mint Thokku

 Prep Time : 20 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Yields: 3/4 cup
 Recipe CategoryPickle-Mint
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Mint Leaves - 3 cups firmly packed
   Coriander leaves - 1 cup
   Red Chillies - 6 or (9 grams)
   Tamarind - 15 grams or gooseberry sized ball
   Salt as needed
   Oil - 7 tbsp


Preparations

Wash mint leaves, spread it on a kitchen towel and dry it in shade inside the house for an hour. Wash coriander leaves, spread it on a kitchen cloth and dry it, in shade separately. (use the leaves alone and not the stem).

drying mint leaves

Method

Heat 1 tbsp of oil and saute the red chillies. Remove from heat.

In the same pan, saute the mint leaves until they wilt. Remove from heat.

Pudina Kothamalli Thokku Recipe

Grind red chillies, tamarind and salt (I used 1 tbsp rock salt) together coarsely.

Mint Thokku for rice,idli, dosa

Then add the sauteed mint leaves, coriander leaves (you do not have to saute coriander leaves) and grind everything together, adding little water (approximately 1/3-1/2 cup water)  to a very fine paste as shown below.

pudina thokku recipe

Heat oil in a kadai, add the paste gently into the oil and cook on medium heat stirring continuously until oil separates.

pudina kothamalli thokku recipe

Mint thokku is ready. Enjoy it with rice, idli, any dosa, adai, pesarattu or use as a spread for bread.

Storage and Shelf life - After it cools, store it in a clean, dry bottle or an airtight container. It stays good for 10 days in the refrigerator. Take only needed quantity daily using a dry spoon.

Check my Karuveppilai thokku recipe.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Keerai Thandu Kootu-Keerai Recipes-Healthy Recipes

Keerai thandu is a rich source of fiber and is very nutritious. You can use the tender stems of thandu keerai or mulai keerai (amaranth) for making this keerai thandu kootu. It goes very well with rice. I usually prefer simple and nutritious lunch. Our lunch on that day was lemon rasam, carrot potato curry, rice, keerai thandu kootu and curd. You can follow me on Instagram to get more lunch menu ideas. Today we will learn how to make keerai thandu kootu following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Keerai Thandu Kootu
Keerai thandu kootu-Lemon Rasam-Carrot Potato Curry

Keerai Thandu Kootu

Keerai Thandu Kootu

 Prep Time : 20 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves: 3-4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Keerai Thandu - 2 cups chopped
   Tur Dal - 1/4 cup
   Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
   Salt needed

  Fry and Grind

   Urad dal - 1 tbsp
   Red chillies - 3
   Raw rice - 1/2 tsp
   Grated coconut - 3 tbsp

   For the seasoning

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


Preparation

Select tender stems for making this kootu. Wash keerai stems (thandu) and remove/string the fiber as you do for french beans. Chop it into 1 inch pieces as seen in the picture below.

Pressure cook dal with 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder for 3 whistles or until soft and mushy. Mash it well. (Soak the dal for 15 minutes in hot water prior to cooking to save time and fuel). If you are new to cooking dal, refer how to cook dal.

amaranth keerai thandu kootu

Heat 1/2 tsp of oil and saute urad dal, red chillies and rice. When dal turns golden brown, add grated coconut, saute for a few seconds and switch off the heat.

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

preparations for keerai thandu kootu

Method

Cook chopped keerai stems in a cup of water with needed salt and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder until tender.

keerai stem kootu

Once it becomes soft,  add the cooked dal and the ground paste along with 1/2 cup of water.

how to make keerai thandu kootu

Simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes. You may adjust the consistency of the kootu by adding more or less water. Check for salt.

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

keerai thandu kootu recipe

Enjoy keerai thandu kootu with steamed rice or rasam rice.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Pesto Pasta Recipe-Easy Pesto Penne Pasta

Pesto Pasta is so easy to make and tastes great. If you have pesto with you, this can can be made in a jiffy. You can replace penne with any pasta you want. Today we will learn how to make pesto penne pasta following this easy recipe.

Pesto Pasta-Easy Pesto Penne Pasta

Easy Pesto Penne Pasta

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 5 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryDinner/Lunch/Pasta
 Recipe CuisineInternational
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Penne Pasta - 2 cups
   Olive oil - 2-3 tsp
   Pesto - 2-3 tbsp
   Parmesan cheese - as needed
   Salt as needed


Preparation

Bring plenty of lightly salted water to boil in a pan. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. (it should be soft but not mushy). You can check it by tasting it.

cooking pasta

Reserve 2-3 tbsp of the water and drain the rest of the water.

Method

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add pesto and warm it a little. (refer recipe for Basil Walnut Pesto

pesto pasta recipe

Add the cooked pasta and 2 tbsp of the reserved pasta water. Mix well so that it is well coated with the pesto.

Top it with cheese and enjoy delicious pesto pasta warm. (you can use any cheese but parmesan is preferable)

Easy Pesto Penne Pasta

Enjoy more PASTA RECIPES from Padhuskitchen.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Avocado Milkshake Recipe-Butter Fruit Milkshake

Avocado is known as "Butter Fruit" in India. Avocados are extremely delicious, versatile and nutritious. You can make variety of dishes with avocado like avocado dip, sandwich, guacamole, salad, avocado egg sandwich, pasta etc. It's creamy texture makes it a great spread for bread. You can use it instead of butter. Avocados are extremely high in good fat. They are good for the skin and the heart. I love the buttery taste of the avocados and love to eat directly with a spoon with some powdered jaggery or love it sliced up with some salt and pepper. This milkshake is creamy and delicious. Today we will learn how to make avocado milkshake following this easy recipe.

Avocado Milkshake

Avocado Milkshake Recipe

Avocado Milkshake Recipe

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

   Ingredients needed

   Avocado -1
   Milk - 1 1/4 cup (boiled and chilled)
   Sugar or powdered jaggery to taste


How to cut Avocados

Cut the avocado lengthwise around the seed. Twist to open it and discard the seed/pit.

how to cut avocados

Scoop out the flesh using a spoon (picture below).

Method 

Blend the avocado flesh, milk and jaggery until smooth. The milkshake should be of pouring consistency. If it is too thick, add more milk and blend it again. Adjust sugar according to your taste. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy chilled avocado milkshake.

avocado-butter fruit

Tips - How to find out if an avocado is ripe

Gently squeeze the avocado with your finger tips. If it yields to pressure and leaves a dent, the avocado is ripe.

If it does not yield to pressure and is hard, it is unripe. If it is mushy, it it over ripe.

Check out more Milkshake Recipes, Fruit Juice Recipes and more beverages.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

How to make Cookies in Pressure Cooker-How to make Cookies/Biscuits without oven-Cookies in Cooker

In India, it is not common to have an oven at home, that is the reason I posted cake in pressure cooker long time back. From that time, I got queries like - can be bake chocolate cake in cooker, can we make carrot cake in cooker, can we make cookies in cooker, can we bake muffins etc. That is the reason I kept the title as Cookies in Cooker which means, you can bake any cookies in cooker following the method given below. (also cookies with egg, eggless cookies). I got lot of  request asking me to post how to bake/make cookies in cooker. Today we will learn how to bake cookies in cooker following this easy method.

Cookies in Pressure Cooker- How to make Cookies without oven

Cookies-Biscuits in Cooker

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Yields: 6
 Recipe CategoryCookies-Snacks
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup
   Melted ghee or butter - 3 tbsp
   Salt - a pinch
   Sugar (powdered) or powdered jaggery - 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp
   Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp


Preparing the cooker for baking cookies

Take a pressure cooker or any thick bottomed pan, spread a layer of sand or salt (about 1 inch) inside the cooker.

Then keep any stand or perforated plate which comes with the cooker. I kept two such plates to raise the height.

Pre heat the cooker (or 
any thick bottomed pan) with the sand/salt on high flame for 10 minutes.

preparing cooker for making cookies

Method 

Take melted ghee in a bowl, add powdered sugar or organic powdered jaggery, vanilla essence and salt. Mix well.

biscuits-cookies in pressure cooker

Add wheat flour and mix well to form a dough. You do not have to knead the dough. Keep it covered in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

cookie dough

Divide the dough equally, form balls and flatten it. You can make a design with a fork, after flattening it as I have done. 

Grease an aluminium cooker container or any aluminium tin, place the cookies on it leaving enough space between the cookies.

Then place the tin inside the cooker (or 
heavy bottomed pan) using tongs as the cooker/pan will be very hot.

how to make cookies without oven

Reduce the heat to low and close the cooker without weight/whistle and gasket. If you are using heavy bottomed pan, cover the pan with a lid

cookies in cooker

Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies/biscuits starts to brown near the edges. Once the bottom starts browning, switch off the cooker and let the cookies be inside the cooker for 5 minutes. It took 20 minutes for me. The timings will vary depending on the size of the cooker, the amount of heat etc. 

Then remove the cookies gently and place it on a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will be soft but once it cools it will become crisp.

Storage - Once it cools, you can store it in an airtight container.


Note - You can use the same salt and sand over and over again for baking in cooker.

Use an old cooker as baking in cooker often, will damage the cooker.  

You can bake any cookies, cakes, muffins following the above method.

You can add coarsely powdered nuts to the cookie dough. I baked 2 batches - one plain batch and other with cashew nuts, both in pressure cooker following the above method.

Do keep an eye on the cookies after 10 minutes of baking.

Check my Cake in Pressure cooker  or click the picture below to take you to that page. (you can bake any cakes, be it chocolate cake, zebra cake, cakes with eggs, eggless cakes etc).

Also check my Steamed Cakes

Banana Steamed Cake

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Semiya Payasam with Condensed Milk-Quick Vermicelli Kheer Recipe

Onam is just a few days away, then comes Navratri, then Diwali, so we might be having lots of work during those days. I thought of posting an easy payasam recipe which can be done in a jiffy using condensed milk. No more stirring the milk for a long time. Today we will learn how to make semiya payasam (sweet vermicelli pudding) using condensed milk following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Semiya Payasam with Condensed Milk

Semiya Payasam with Condensed Milk-Quick Vermicelli Kheer

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategoryDessert
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Vermicelli/semiya - 1/3 cup
   Milk - 3 cups (I used 3.5% fat)
   Condensed milk - 100 grams
   Cashew nuts -6-7
   Raisins - 10-12
   Ghee/clarified butter - 1 tsp
   Cardamom - 3 pods (powdered)


Preparation 

Heat a tsp of ghee, saute the cashew nuts until golden brown. Remove from pan. Saute raisins until they puff up. Remove from pan.

In the same pan, saute the vermicelli on low heat until golden. Keep it aside.

Keep all the things ready. You can use milkmaid or amul mithai mate for this recipe. (I used only 1/2 a tin of 200 grams amul mithai mate)

Vermicelli Kheer Recipe

Method 

Boil milk in a pan, add the roasted vermicelli and cook stirring until soft and tender.

cooking vermicelli

Once the vermicelli is cooked, add the condensed milk, mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.

vermicelli kheer with condensed milk

Add cashew nuts, raisins, and cardamom powder. Your payasam/kheer is ready. Enjoy it hot or cold!

quick vermicelli payasam

Note

You can adjust the consistency of the payasam to your liking, by adding more or less milk. If you like thin payasam, add more milk. As this payasam cools, it will thicken further, you can add more milk and adjust the consistency to your liking.

If you like the payasam too sweet, you can add more condensed milk.

You can make this for onam sadya also, though this is not the traditional way of making payasam.

Check out the traditional way of making vermicelli payasam with milk or click the picture below to take you to that page.

I am sure you will love my collection of  Payasam Recipes.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Beans Thoran-Kerala Style French Beans Stir Fry Recipe

Thoran is a coconut based vegetable curry from Kerala. It is one of the dishes served for Onam Sadya. Beans thoran is a simple and nutritious stir fry which goes well as an accompaniment with rice. Thoran can also be made with other vegetables like pumpkin, carrot, cabbage etc. Today we will learn how to make french beans (green beans) thoran following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Beans Thoran-Kerala Style French Beans Stir Fry

Beans Thoran-Kerala Style French Beans Stir Fry

Beans Thoran-Kerala Style French Beans Stir Fry

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineKerala
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Beans - 3 cups chopped or 500 grams
   Salt needed

   For Grinding/pulse

   Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
   Green chilli - 1
   Garlic - 2
   Pearl onion - 3
   Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Coconut oil - 2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Red Chilli - 1
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Preparation 

Sting the beans, wash it and chop it into small pieces as shown below.

Grind/pulse coconut, green chilli, pearl onions, garlic, turmeric powder and cumin seeds just for a second.

Method 

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add red chilli and curry leaves.

Beans Thoran Recipe

Add the coconut mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat.

Kerala Style French Beans Stir Fry Recipe

Add the chopped beans, salt needed and mix well.

  how to make beans thoran

Sprinkle water and cook covered, stirring from time to time until the beans becomes tender. You may sprinkle more water if required, in between to prevent it from getting burnt.

French Beans thoran-Kerala style

Enjoy delicious Beans thoran with steamed rice.

Note - Use coconut oil for authentic Kerala dishes. You can omit garlic and pearl onions, if you do not prefer.

Check out more Kerala Recipes

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