Saturday, 12 November 2016

Dates and Nuts Ladoo / Dry fruits Ladoo - No Sugar Ladoo

Dry fruits ladoo is an easy to make & tasty sweet and the most important is that it is without any added sugar!  This ladoo is highly nutritious with all natural goodness. 

It is also suitable for festive seasons and we can indulge without guilt!


                                               
PREP TIME
10 min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
15 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Dates and Nuts Ladoo / Dry fruits Ladoo
Recipe type: Sweet
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2 to 3 (approximately)

Ingredients:

Dates - 1 cup (deseeded)
Raisins - 10 to 15
Mixed nuts 
 - 1 to 1 ½ cup
(cashews, badam, pista, walnut)
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Ghee - 2 tsp

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Green Gram Sprouts Salad / Moong Sprouts Salad

Green Gram Sprouts Salad is a nutrient dense salad added with cucumber, carrots, onion, tomato along with spices to improve the taste.  As this is delicious & low calorie salad, You can eat this to your stomach's content and feel full without guilty.         

Do check my post How to Sprout Moong Beans ( Green Gram Sprouts) at home.



                                               
PREP TIME
15 min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
20 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Green Gram Sprouts Salad
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2 to 3 (approximately)

Ingredients:

Home made Green gram sprouts - 1 to 1½ cup
Onion - ½ portion of one medium seized (finely chopped)
Tomato - 1 small (chopped)
Cucumber - 1 small cucumber (finely chopped)
Carrot - 1 or 2 tbsp(grated)
Coriander leaves - 1 or 2 tbsp finely chopped
Lemon juice - from 1 lemon
Chat masala - ½ tsp
Pepper - as required

Salt - as required



Friday, 14 October 2016

Kerala Style Raw Papaya Stir Fry / Green Papaya Thoran / Omakka Thoran


































Raw(green)papaya / Omakka (in Malayalam) / Papalikkai (in Tamil) is a rich source of dietary fibre, in addition to Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Folate.

Regular consumption of this nutritious vegetable will be helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and digestive tract disorders. 

Though we eat papaya fruit regularly since childhood, raw papaya as a vegetable and that it can be cooked as a tasty & healthy dish is something non known to many. 

Raw papaya is crunchy and tastes more like cabbage. 

I learnt this recipe from my friend Sindhu Menon; thank you Sindhu! 

Try this; you will like it!

Note: Pregnant women should consult with a doctor before eating raw papaya.



                                                 
PREP TIME
15 min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
25 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Raw papaya stir fry
Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: Kerala
Serves: 3 to 4 (approximately)

Ingredients:
Raw papaya - 1 small
Onion - 1(finely shopped)
Salt - as required

To grind:
Grated coconut - ¼ to ½ cup
garlic - 2 to 3
Cumin seeds - ½ tsp
Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

For seasoning:
Coconut oil - 2 to 3 tsp
Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 or 2 sprigs

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Black Eye Bean Sweet Sundal / Karamani Sweet Sundal / Karamani Vella Sundal - Navarathiri Recipes

Black Eye Bean Sweet Sundal is one of the "easy to make" recipes and a favourite of mine. For those who have seen my previous post of Green Gram Sweet sundal, here is a variation of seasoning with red chillies. Try this; you will like the mild spice taste along with sweet.

Black eye bean / Karamani (in tamil) is a nutritious legume especially high in fibre and rich in B-vitamins. Include in your diet for a healthy living.


Check also my other Sundal recipes:


                                                        
PREP TIME
25 min
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME 
35 mins
                                                                                                                                                   
Recipe for Black Eye Bean Sweet Sundal
Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: Tamilnadu
Serves: 3 to 4 (approximately)

Ingredients:

Black eye bean / Karamani - 1 cup
Jaggery – ½ to ¾ cup

Grated Coconut - 2 to 3 tbsp
Cardamom powder- 1 tsp(optional)
Salt - to taste

For Seasoning:
Oil - 2 to 3 tsp
Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
Red chillies - 2
Curry leaves - few

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