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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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Falooda Sev Recipe-How to make Falooda Sev at Home

Falooda is a very popular dessert made by combining rose syrup, falooda sev,basil (sabza/takmaria) seeds, sweetened milk and ice cream. Falooda sev is usually made with arrowroot powder or cornflour. Today I am going to share with you how to make falooda sev at home from scratch using cornflour.

Falooda Sev

Falooda Sev Recipe

Falooda Sev

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Recipe CategoryHow to-Basics
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Cornflour - 1/2 cup
   Water - 1 1/4 cup
   Sugar - 2 tbsp
   Oil - 1/2 tsp for greasing
   Ice cold water - 1 big bowl
   Sev Maker


Preparation

Grease the sev mold with oil and keep it ready. Use the disc with small holes.

sev maker

Keep a bowl of ice cold water ready.

Method 

Mix cornflour and sugar in a bowl.

cornflour and sugar mixture

Add water slowly stirring continuously to prevent formation of lumps.

falooda sev from scratch

Heat a pan, then simmer and add the cornflour+sugar mixture gradually, stirring continuously.

cooking cornflour to make falooda sev

Cook until the mixture becomes thick and glossy. Switch off the flame.

 how to make falooda sev

When the mixture is hot, using a spoon, fill the mixture into the sev mold and press it over a bowl of ice cold water.
Falooda Sev Recipe

Refrigerate the sev with water for 20-30 minutes. Then strain it and use it to make falooda or to garnish kulfi ice cream.

How to make Falooda Sev at Home

Storage and shelf life - Store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Stays good for 2 days.

I prepared this sev to make falooda ice creams. Recipes coming soon.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Mango Mastani Recipe-Mango Milkshake with Ice Cream and Nuts

Mastani is a popular and delicious dessert made with fruits, milk, ice cream and assorted nuts. Mango mastani is thick milkshake prepared with mangoes and chilled milk, topped with a scoop of ice cream, chopped mango pieces, nuts and cherries. Today we will learn how to make mango mastani following this easy recipe.

Mango Mastani

Mango Mastani

Mango Mastani

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryMango-Milkshake-Dessert
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Mango -1 1/2 cup chopped
   Chilled Milk - 1/3 cup
   Sugar - as needed
   Vanilla Ice cream - 2 large scoops

   For Garnishing

   Mangoes cubes -as needed
   Almonds - 10-12
   Pistachio - 10-12
   Cashew nuts - 10-12
   Glazed Cherry - 4-5


Preparation 

Chop and dry roast the nuts separately. Keep it aside.

Chop cherries into small pieces. Reserve 2 whole cherries for garnishing.

Method 

Peel the skin and chop mangoes roughly. Blend it with 1/3 cup of chilled milk, needed sugar to make a thick puree. The mango puree should be thick and not runny.

how to make Mango Mastani

Take a glass and fill up to 3/4 of the glass with thick milkshake.

Now top it with a generous scoop of ice cream. Then garnish with chopped mango cubes, chopped nuts and cherries.

Mango Mastani Recipe

Decorate it with a cherry and serve immediately.

Repeat the same process for another glass of mango mastani.

Mango Mastani makes a delicious treat for all mango lovers.

Check out more delicious Mango Recipes.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Vellari Pazham Milkshake-Cucumber Fruit Juice Recipe

Cucumber Fruit known as "vellari palam" in Tamil is available abundantly during summer. This fruit is very nutritious and has many health benefits. As this fruit is high in water content, it helps prevent dehydration. Though I am not a big fan of vellari pazham, I love the milkshake prepared using this fruit.

Vellari Pazham Milkshake-Cucumber Fruit Juice

Cucumber Fruit(Vellari Pazham) Milkshake

Cucumber Fruit(Vellari Pazham) Milkshake

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Serves: 1
 Recipe CategoryMilkshake-Fruit Juice
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Cucumber fruit-vellari Pazham - 1 cup chopped
   Chilled Milk - 1 cup
   Sugar to taste
   Ice cubes - 2-3


Method

Wash, peel the skin and remove the seeds. Chop the vellari palam roughly.

Vellari Pazham-Cucumber fruit
Vellari Pazham-Cucumber fruit 
Blend the cucumber fruit with 1/4 cup of milk to a smooth paste. Then add the rest of the milk, needed sugar, ice cubes and blend it smoothly.

Refrigerate it and enjoy chilled.

Beat the summer heat with a chilled glass of refreshing cucumber fruit milkshake.

Check out more Milkshake Recipes and Fruit Juice Recipes.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tomato Semiya-Vermicelli Tomato Bath-Thakkali Semiya Recipe

Tomato Semiya/Vermicelli Tomato Bath is a very delicious South Indian breakfast/dinner recipe made with semiya and tomatoes. The procedure is similar to my tomato rice. It can be made quickly and can be had for breakfast or dinner. It also makes a light lunch.  If you are bored of eating semiya upma, try this tomato semiya for a change. Today we will learn how to make vermicelli tomato bath following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Tomato Semiya-Vermicelli Tomato Bath-Thakkali Semiya

Tomato Semiya-Vermicelli Tomato Bath

Tomato Semiya-Vermicelli Tomato Bath

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe Category: Dinner-Breakfast-Vermicelli
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Vermicelli - 150 grams
   Oil - 1/2 tsp for cooking semiya
   Onion - 1 cup chopped
   Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Green chilli - 2 slit
   Tomato - 3-4 medium juicy tomatoes

   Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
   Sambar powder - 2 tsp
   Salt needed

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Cashew nuts - 4-5 (optional)
   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Preparation 

Grind 3-4 juicy tomatoes and keep it aside. We need 1 1/4 cup of tomato puree.

Fry cashew nuts in a tsp of oil until golden brown and keep it aside.

Bring plenty of water to boil with half a tsp of oil and a little salt. When water starts boiling, add the semiya and stir. I used a full pack of savorit semiya 150 grams packet.

thakkali semiya recipe

Cook until it becomes soft but not mushy.

cooking vermicelli

Check by tasting it or pressing it with your fingers. Once cooked drain the water completely and pour cold water over it to stop further cooking. Drain the water using a colander and set it aside.

how to cook vermicelli

Method

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

When onion turns transparent, add ginger-garlic paste, green chillies and saute for a few more minutes.

sauteing onions

Add tomato puree, turmeric powder, sambar powder, salt needed and cook on medium heat.

 how to prepare tomato vermicelli

Cook until the rawness of the tomato goes and it starts to leave oil.

how to make tomato semiya

Add the cooked semiya and mix well so that it is well coated with the tomato mixture.

Thakkali Semiya

Garnish with coriander leaves, cashew nuts and serve hot with onion raita or pickle.

You will love my other

Vermicelli Recipes

Tomato Recipes 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Vazhaipoo Murungai Keerai Poriyal-Drumstick Leaves Banana Flower Stir Fry Recipe

This is a very simple and very delicious stir fry (yes, I mean it) made by combining banana flower and drumstick leaves. Both banana blossom and drumstick leaves are rich source of fiber and other vitamins and minerals. Banana flower is good for women who suffer from excessive bleeding (menorrhagia) during menstruation. Both banana flower and drumstick leaves helps to increase breast milk production. Drumstick leaves are rich in antioxidants which helps protect cells from damage. Though cleaning both drumstick leaves and banana flower is a pain, it is worth the effort. Both are inexpensive and available all round the year. Including it in our diet often is an inexpensive and healthy way to meet some of our nutritional needs. If you have not tried combining these two, then I strongly recommend it. Today we will learn how to make vazhaipoo murungai keerai poriyal following this easy recipe.

Vazhaipoo Murungai Keerai Poriyal-Drumstick Leaves Banana flower stir fry

Vazhaipoo Murungai Keerai Poriyal

Vazhaipoo Murungai Keerai Poriyal

 Prep Time : 30 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Onion - 1 cup finely chopped/2 medium sized onions
   Garlic - 4-5 cloves finely chopped
   Drumstick leaves - 1 cup firmly packed
   Plantain flower - 1 cup chopped
   Salt to taste
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Grated coconut - 1/4 cup

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Red chillies - 2-3
   Hing - a pinch


Preparation

Clean banana flower and chop it finely. Keep it in diluted buttermilk until use, to prevent discoloration. Check out how to clean banana flower? if you are new to it. Drain the buttermilk and pressure cook banana flower with salt, turmeric powder and less water for 2 whistles.

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker. O
nce it cools, squeeze out the water from the plantain flower and keep it aside.

Wash and remove the drumstick leaves from the stalk. Avoid using matured discolored leaves. Chop it roughly and keep it aside.

Method 

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, red chillies and hing. When dal turns golden brown, add finely chopped onion and garlic.

Saute until onion turns transparent.

sauteing onions

Add drumstick leaves and cook covered. It will not take more than 5 minutes for the leaves to get cooked.

Drumstick Leaves Banana Flower Stir Fry

Once the leaves are cooked, add the cooked banana flower and salt needed (as we have cooked the banana flower with salt, add salt accordingly).

Mix well and cook covered for another 2 minutes.

Add grated coconut, mix well and switch off the heat.

Drumstick Leaves Banana Flower Stir Fry Recipe

Serve as an accompaniment with rice. Enjoy!!

Tips to clean Drumstick Leaves - Though drumstick leaves are very good for health, not many prepare it as cleaning drumstick leaves is a pain. I will suggest an easy way to clean drumstick leaves- all you have to do is to roll it tightly in a paper and keep it in the refrigerator overnight - next day you will find the leaves would have shed off from the stalk. As I have a drumstick tree in my house, I love to use it fresh from my garden. Always it is better to cook fresh leaves, but at times, when you do not find time, you can follow the above tip.

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Banana Flower Recipes 

Drumstick Recipes

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

How to Grow Vallarai at Home

The botanical name of vallarai is "Centella asiatica" and is commonly known as centella and Gotu kola. It is known as Indian Penny Wort in English. When I posted Vallarai Thuvaiyal recipe, I got many queries asking me how to grow vallarai at home, hence this post. Vallarai as we all know is a medicinal herb and is are used for improving memory and curing many diseases. You can make many dishes like dal, thuvaiyal, podi, kootu with vallarai. As I am passionate about cooking, I love using fresh herbs from my kitchen garden. Nothing can beat the flavor and taste of home grown herbs and vegetables. Today we will see how to grow vallarai at home in a pot.

Vallarai-Brahmi

Vallarai/Gotu kola (brahmi booti in Hindi) is quiet easy to grow at home and needs low maintenance. You do not need much space as it can be grown in pots. Even if you have a small balcony, you can grow vallarai or for that matter any herbs. I am by no means an expert in gardening but love to share my experience. 

What you need to grow vallarai at home 

1.Any container or grow bag or pot

2. Vallarai - 3 or 4 plants with root.

3.Potting mixture

4. Of course interest

I used a mixture of vermicompost, cow dung manure, coco peat (coir dust made from coconut husk- available ready made in the market in blocks), little soil (I used red soil as that is what is available in my place) and sand to grow vallarai. Make sure the potting mixture is loose and porous for the plant to grow well. 

vallarai in grow bag

There should be proper drainage in the container or grow bags. Make holes in the container, if it is not there. Fill the container with the potting mixture. Pour water lightly to wet the soil. Our container with potting mixture is ready.

Get a bunch of vallarai from the market. You will definitely find at least a few with a little root (even a little root works). Keep aside 3-4 plants with root.

Once the pot is ready, plant the vallarai with root 4-5 cm deep and pack the soil around it well.

Place the pot in a place that receives morning sunlight or partial afternoon sunlight. That's it.

Sprinkle water until the root takes hold and the plant settles. Once the plant settles, you can water the plant, if the soil is dry. Make sure the soil is damp and not soggy. So avoid over watering the plants. 

how to grow vallarai at home

As it is a creeper, it will multiply and will grow well provided it gets enough water, sunlight, food (manure) and of course your care.

Once grown well, you can pluck the leaves alone and use it for cooking and leave the plant for it to grow again. 

Get started and have a small herbal garden in your home/balcony and enjoy the flavor, taste and freshness of home grown herbs.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Rava Kara Kuzhi Paniyaram Recipe-Sooji Vegetable Appe-Easy Snacks Recipes

If you are looking for some quick and easy appetizers/snacks, then these semolina savory paniyarams fit perfectly. Rava Kara Paniyaram is a very easy snack prepared with semolina. I have made it savory by adding sauteed onions, green chillies and ginger. It can be given to kids as an after school snack. You can also add grated carrot, beetroot or sweet corn to make it more healthy. It can be had as a light tiffin or as a tea time snack. Today we will learn how to make rava kara paniyaram following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Rava Kara Paniyaram

Rava Kara Paniyaram-Sooji Appam

Rava Kara Paniyaram-Sooji Appam

 Prep Time : 5 mins (minus standing time)
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Yields: 12 Rava Paniyarams
 Recipe CategorySnacks-Appetizer
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Rava/somolina/sooji - 1/2 cup
   Curd - 1/4 cup
   Onion - 1 medium size
   Ginger -1/2 inch piece grated
   Green chilli - 1 finely chopped
   Grated carrot - 1/4 cup
   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Cooking soda - a pinch
   Salt needed

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Urad dal - 2 tsp
   Bengal gram/channa dal - 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   Oil for making paniyarams - 4-5 tsp


Preparation

In a bowl, mix rava and curd together with a little water. Let it stand for 1 hour.

how to make sooji appam

Heat oil in a kadai/pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal and bengal gram dal (channa dal). When dal turns golden brown, add finely chopped onions, green chillies, ginger and saute until onions turn transparent.

Rava Kara Kuzhi Paniyaram

Add the onion mixture, grated carrot, salt needed, cooking soda to the rava + curd mixture and mix well. Add needed water to get idli batter consistency.

rava paniyaram batter

Method

Heat a paniyaram pan /appe pan, add 1/4 tsp of oil inside the holes.

Fill the holes with the sooji batter.

how to make kara rava appam

Cook covered on low heat. When the sides start to leave, flip it over to the other side using a spoon. Cook on low heat until it browns. You can flip 2-3 times and cook until it browns evenly on all the sides.

Sooji Appam

Repeat the same process for the rest of the batter.

Enjoy with tomato chutney or tomato ketchup or any chutney of your choice.

Check out more Rava Recipes and more Snacks Recipes.

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