Friday, 23 September 2016

Sweet Melon Milk Shake / Melon Milk Shake

Sweet melon milk shake is an easy to make, healthy, tasty and refreshing drink!  

Though I bought this fruit named as "sweet melon", there are many other references such as honey dew melon, cantaloupe, musk melon from the same family!  

So you can try whichever melon available in your town or according to the season and follow the same recipe.



                                                        
PREP TIME
15 min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
30 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Sweet Melon Milk Shake
Recipe type: Beverages
Cuisine: 
Serves: 1 to 2 (approximately)

Ingredients:
Honey dew melon - 2 cups (peeled and cubed)
Milk - 1 cup
Vanilla essence - ½ tsp
Sugar / Honey - if required
Ice cubes - 2 to 3


Directions:

In a blender/ mixer, combine melon, milk, vanilla essence and ice cubes.



Blend until smooth and frothy.

Serve chilled.




Note:


I didn't add honey / sugar for the milk shake, because there is enough sweet from melon itself.

Add ice cream according to your preference.


Instead of vanilla essence; try adding cardamom powder for flavour.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Sura Meen Kulambu / Shark Fish Curry - Tamilnadu Style

This spicy, tangy and aromatic coconut based curry is prepared  using baby shark fish / Sura(in Tamil).   This fish has very less bones, so kids love to eat without any fuss.

Sura fish fry is a hit in our family; soon will try to post the recipe. 


I have already tried, Sura Puttu(scrambled fish stir fry) and Shark fish cutlet.  Do check this.

Prepare and enjoy this lip smacking gravy with your family members!

                                                         
PREP TIME
15 min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
30 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Shark Fish Curry 
Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: South India
Serves: 3 to 4 (approximately)

Ingredients:
Shark / Sura meen - 250 grams (deskinned and cut into desired shape)
Shallots -10 piece / Big onion - 1
Tomato -1 (finely chopped)
Garlic - 5 cloves (finely chopped)
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Red chilli powder - 2 tsp
Corriander powder - 4 tsp
Tamarind – 1 big gooseberry size


For seasoning: 

Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Oil - 1 to 2 tbsp


To roast:
Oil - 1 tsp
Pepper -½ tsp
Cumin seeds - ¼ tsp
Fennel seeds (saunf) – ¼ tsp
and grind it along with
Coconut – ¼ cup
Ginger - a small piece
Garlic - 3 to 4
shallots - 2 to 3 / Onion - ¼ piece of one full

Monday, 12 September 2016

Lady's Finger Raita / Vendakkai Pachadi

Vendakkai pachadi is a delicious kerala style raita usually served as an accompaniment in sadhya menu during onam festival and vishu.

Generally, Pachadi is a favourite dish in our family and this variety is one among them. This a simple, healthy and tasty yogurt based accompaniment. 

Some would prefer this pachadi with grounded coconut paste added; but here I have excluded it. 

Try and let me know your feedback.

Also try my other pachadi / raita recipes:

Bitter gourd Raita / Pavakkai Pachadi
Kerala style Pineapple Pachadi / Raita
Beetroot Raita / Pachadi - Kerala Style
Vellari Pachadi / Yellow Indian Cucumber Raita - Kerala Style
Ashgourd Raita / Poosanikai Thayir Pachadi
    
                                                                                      


                                                         
PREP TIME
10 min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
25 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Lady's finger Raita
Recipe type: Veg accompaniment
Cuisine: South Indian
Serves: 2 to 3 (approximately)

Ingredients:

Lady's finger - 20
Green chillies - 3 or 4 (finely chopped)
Yogurt / curd - ¾ to 1 cup
Salt - to taste

For Seasoning:
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Curry leaves - few
Red chilly - 1
Oil - 2 tsp


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Purple Cabbage Poriyal / Purple Cabbage Stir fry - South Indian Style

Purple Cabbage is a low calorie vegetable but with good amount of carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals.  It's a boon for weight watchers because of its low calorie content.  It's also high in antioxidant level than the normal cabbage.

The deep colour in purple cabbage indicates a richer supply of anthocyanins, which can help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease and many other diseases.

Despite, its health benefits, it's not a common day-to-day vegetable though to an extent used in salads.

Purple Cabbage Poriyal is a successful attempt to include it in our routine diet to reap its benefits for a healthy living and it became an instant hit in our family!

Here's the recipe to try it out in your homes for its benefits.


PREP TIME
15 min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
35 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Purple Cabbage Stir fry
Recipe type: Accompaniment 
Cuisine: South Indian
Serves: 2 to 3 (approximately)

Ingredients:
Purple cabbage - 2 cups ( shredded / finely chopped)
Onion - 1 ( finely chopped)
Green Chilli - 2

Ginger - 1 tsp(grated)
Red chilli powder - ¼ tsp(optional)
Grated coconut - ¼ cup

For Seasoning:
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
Urad Dhal - ½ tsp

Cumin seeds -  ½ tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt - to taste




Directions:

Grate and chop the cabbage into bite size pieces; keep aside.
Heat oil in a kadai; add all the ingredients under "For seasoning" one by one.

After it crackles, add chopped onion, grated ginger and green chilli. Fry till onion becomes translucent.

 Now add chopped cabbage, salt, red chilli powder and water (just sprinkle). Give it a mix.

Close the pan with a lid and cook in medium flame till the cabbage becomes soft and water dries up.

Sprinkle grated coconut and give it a thorough mix; switch off the gas.

Colourful & nutritious Purple Cabbage poriyal is ready to eat.



Note:

Adjust the spice level to suit your taste buds.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Radish Mutton Gravy / Radish Mutton Kulambu/ Mullangi Kari Kulambu

This is a lip smacking mutton gravy with Radish and full of South Indian flavors.  It goes well with steamed rice, idli, dosa and appam.

Try this spicy, mouthwatering gravy for this Sunday!

PREP TIME
15 min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
35 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Radish mutton gravy
Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: South Indian
Serves: 4 (approximately)

Ingredients:
Mutton (bone - in) - ½ kg (clean and cut into medium sized pieces)
Small onion - 10 (slit it into two pieces)
Tomato - 1 (finely chopped)
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Red chilli powder - 1½ to 2 tsp
Corriander powder - 4 tsp


To Grind:
Pepper - ½ tsp
Cumin seeds - ¼ tsp
Saunf - ½ tsp
Ginger - 1' piece
Garlic - 5 to 6 cloves


For Coconut paste:

Coconut - ¼ cup

For Seasoning:
Cinnamon -1
Cloves - 3 or 4
Cardmom - 2
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Oil - 2 tbsp




Saturday, 6 August 2016

Chocolate Panna Cotta

Here is a perfect dessert treat, "Chocolate Panna Cotta" to celebrate the 4th year anniversary of "Poornima Cookbook"!

I am excited and thankful to my family, friends and followers for their encouragement & support throughout this journey.

Feedback from those trying my recipes, keeps me motivated to post more and more.

Pannacotta is a classic, popular, easy to make Italian custard. Pannacotta means "cooked cream" in Italian.

It is made by simmering together cream, milk and sugar; mixing this with gelatin and letting it cool until set. You can try out adding different flavours, but this one is for the chocolate lovers!

Check Vanilla-pannacotta-with-pomegranate jelly which is one of my earlier posts!

Let's go through the recipe now.


PREP TIME
10 min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
20 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Chocolate Panna Cotta
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 (approximately)

Ingredients:
Milk - 1 cup (250 ml)
Heavy Cream - 1 cup
Un-flavoured Gelatin - 2½ tsp
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
Dark chocolate - 150 g

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Pudina Thogayal (thuvaiyal) / Mint Thogayal (without coconut)

This is a very simple but tasty & flavorful thogayal recipe using mint as a main ingredient. Though I used to prepare mint chutney often, thogayal is new to me.  I learnt this recipe from my friend Latha Balaji.  It goes well as an accompaniment for rice and with idli, dosa as well!

Let's check the recipe now,


PREP TIME
10 min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
20 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Pudina Thogayal / Mint Thogayal
Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: South India
Serves: 2 to 3 (approximately)

Ingredients:

Mint Leaves - 1 bunch / 1 cup tightly packed
Urad dhal - 2 tbsp
Red chillies - 3 to 4
Tamarind - a small piece
Asafoetida - a pinch

Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp(preferably sesame oil)