Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Avocado Dip / Guacamole

This Mexican dip is simple, tasty and takes less than 10 min to prepare using easily available ingredients in our house hold.

You can mash the avocado roughly or smooth according to your preference.  


Try this and give your feedback!

                   
PREP TIME
10  min
COOK TIME

TOTAL TIME 
10 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Avocado Dip / Guacamole
Recipe type: Dip
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients:

Avocado(big) - 1
Lime juice - 1 or 2 tsp
Onion - ½ from 1 (chopped)
Tomato  - ¼ from 1 (De - seeded and chopped)
Green chillies - 1 (finely chopped)
Coriander leaves - few
Pepper
 powder - to taste
Salt - as required


Saturday, 9 December 2017

Red Aval Upma / Rice Flakes Upma / Poha Upma / Aval Upma

Rice flakes / Aval / poha is a flattened or beaten rice; which is commonly used in many Indian dishes.

Though white Rice flakes is commonly used in our day-to-day cooking, I prefer to use red rice flakes (made from red rice) for its nutritive value since it is high in fiber and iron content comparatively.


Though I have already posted kesari, payasam / kheer, ladoo and snack recipes using red rice flakes, here is an easy to prepare and simple south Indian breakfast recipe (Aval Upma) using red rice flakes.

Let's check the recipe now;

                   
PREP TIME
15  mins
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
20 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for  Red Aval Upma / Poha Upma
Recipe type: Tiffin item / breakfast recipes
Cuisine: Indian
Serves - 2 to 3(approximately)

Ingredients:
Red rice flakes  - 2 cups
Roasted groundnut - 1 or 2  tbsp

Turmeric powder - ¼ (optional)
Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Green chillies - 3 to 4 (slitted)
Grated ginger - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - for garnish
Lemon juice - to taste
Grated coconut - 1 tbsp(optional)
Salt – to taste 


For seasoning:
Mustard Seeds -  ¾ tsp
Channa dhall - 1 tsp
Urad Daal - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - few
Oil - 1 to 2 tbsp


Monday, 4 December 2017

Carrot Soup / Cream of carrot soup

This carrot soup is colourful, refreshing and full of nutrients; a soup perfect for winter months! Though I have tried several soup recipes; this is the first soup post in my blog!

Do try and give your feed back!

                   
PREP TIME
15  mins
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
30 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for  Carrot Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Serves - 3 to 4(approximately)

Ingredients:
Carrots (medium seized) - 3 (chopped roughly)
Cauliflower - 3 to 4(small individual florets)
Garlic - 2 to 3 cloves (chopped)
Onion - 1 medium (finely chopped)

Water / Veg stock / Chicken stock - 2 cups
Salt - to taste
Pepper powder - as required

Butter / Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Cream - 1 tbsp

If you felt the soup is thick either you can add milk or water to dilute.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Ragi Pakoda / Ragi Pakora / Finger Millet fritters

Pakoda / Pakoda is a tasty Indian tea time snack usually made with gram flour, onions and spices.  To give a healthy twist, I have tried using ragi flour; it turned out very tasty and crispy.

Try this easy to prepare and quick snack along with tea; enjoy your evening!


Check my other recipes using Ragi / Finger millet;
Ragi Idli / Spongy Ragi Idli / Finger Millet Idli 
Ragi Koozh / Ragi Porridge using Jaggery
Ragi Cupcakes / Ragi Chocolate Cupcakes / Finger Millet Chocolate Cupcakes
                   
PREP TIME
10  min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
20 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for  Ragi Pakoda
Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients:
Ragi flour - 1 cup
Rice flour - ¼ cup
Big onion - 1(thinly sliced)
Green chillies - 2 to 3 (finely chopped)
Red chilli powder - ¼ to ½ tsp (optional)
Ginger - 1"(grated)
Curry leaves - 1 or 2 sprigs (chopped)
Salt - to taste
Oil - for deep frying




Thursday, 16 November 2017

Green Chutney For Sandwiches and Chaats / Corriander Mint Chutney

This green chutney gives refreshing look and taste & also easy to make using ingredients easily available in most homes. This green chutney can be used as sandwich spread or dressing for chaats.

You can also serve it along with samosas, tikkis, cutlets as a dip.  Some people prefer to add garlic instead of ginger in chutney.  Try according to your preference.

Now let's check the recipe,
                   
PREP TIME
10  min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
10 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for  Green Chutney / Corriander Mint Chutney
Recipe type: Veg accompaniment
Cuisine:  North  Indian

Ingredients:

Corriander leaves - 1 cup
Mint leaves -  
½ cup
Ginger - 1 " piece
Green chilies - 2 to 3 (Adjust according to your spice level)
Lemon juice / Vinegar - 2 tsp
Chat masala - 
½ to 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

Directions:

Add corriander leaves, mint leaves, ginger and green chilies in a mixer; grind it into fine paste by using water.
Once you remove from the mixer add chat masala, vinegar / lemon juice and salt; mix well.

Store it in a air tight container and refrigerate. 


Note:
You can store upto one week in fridge.

Adjust the green chilli amount according to your preference.


You can use garlic instead of ginger.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Raw Banana Fry / Plantain Fry / Vazhakkai Varuval

Try this spicy Raw banana fry / Vazhakkai Varuval (in Tamil) which I learnt from mom.  We can also deep fry the raw banana slices and add it to the masala for variation. 

It is usually served as a accompaniment for rice with sambar, rasam or curd.  

Let's check the recipe now,
                    
PREP TIME
10  min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
25 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Plantain Fry / Vazhakkai Varuval
Recipe type: Veg accompaniment
Cuisine:  South Indian
Serves: 3 to 4 approximately

Ingredients:
Raw banana - 3 to 4
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Oil - 2 to 3 tbsp

To Grind:
Coconut (grated) - 3 tbsp
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic - 4 to 5
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Red chilli powder - ¾  to 1 tsp
Salt - to taste


Monday, 16 October 2017

Malai Ladoo / Paneer Ladoo Using Condensed Milk

If you are fighting with time for last minute diwali preparations, here is not only a quick and easy sweet but also tasty sweet recipe for you to cherish the occasion!

Try and give your feedback!
                    
PREP TIME
5  min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
10 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Malai Ladoo / Paneer Ladoo
Recipe type: Indian Sweet
Cuisine:  North Indian
Yields: 10 ladoos(approximately)
Ingredients:
Paneer - 250 gms
Condensed milk - ½ cup
Cardamom powder - ¼ tsp
Almonds / Pistachios - for garnish
Ghee / clarified butter - for greasing the plate