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Friday, February 27, 2015

YOGURT DIP RECIPE | SUMMER RECIPES

Yogurt-dip
Generally yogurt dip will be made with greek yogurt. But in normal Indian homes buying greek yogurt and making it at home will be bit out of question of turns out expensive too. Greek yogurt dip will be very thick and creamy and will be perfect for dips. I have already posted a sour cream dip recipe.  While some part of the world is experiencing heavy snow till now, here Summer already started  and to beat the heat we are taking loads of water, cucumber, coconut water, oranges and all. Some times get bored with eating the cucumbers or salads as such. So to make it interesting and cool, i am sharing you the recipe of yogurt dip . Just try with any salads or even for tikkas. I will be sharing some summer cooler recipe here often. Stay tuned.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

MOONG DAL BHAJIYA RECIPE | MOONG DAL PAKORAS

Moong dal Bhajiya
Looking for a interesting and easy tea time snack, then this moong dal bhajia | Pakora recipe is a perfect one for that. I happened to taste this in a friend's place during Navratri last year. Later i noted down the recipe from her but completely forget about that. When i was going through my last year's notebook, i happened to see this recipe of moong dal pakoda. So made this yesterday. It turned out very well. She didn't add onions to the recipe when she made it, but i added in the post. This pakora tasted great without onions too.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SWEET BEEDA RECIPE | MEETHA PAAN RECIPE

Meetha-paan
When i posted the recipe of Paan juice , i told i will post the recipe of sweet beeda too. I got the gulkand and cherries from India during my trip quick trip in February first week. Before this Chinese New year long weekend holiday here, i went to the Indian shop to buy veggies. Saw betel leaves over there and thought this will be the right time to buy this and make a post for meetha pan. Me and my hubby do not eat paan or any supari too. In our friends group all of them love paan. So we had a get together during the long weekend holidays and so i clicked this before going to the party and took it for them. Gulkand played a wonderful role in the taste of paan(as said by my friends). This video helped me in making the shape of the paan. Stay tuned for recipes using gulkand coming up in jeyashris kitchen.

Monday, February 23, 2015

RAGI ALOO METHI PARATHA | MILLET RECIPES

ragi-aloo-paratha
Ragi also called as Kezhvaragu in tamil | Finger millet in English , is an easily available millet everywhere. Generally my mom makes puttu with ragi and also dosai and adai too. Though i have tried these all, wanted to try something new with ragi flour. This ragi aloo methi paratha i have tried for the mangayar malar book . Ragi is an excellent source of calcium and very good diabetics. It is a very good source of iron too. You can make this as a stuffed aloo paratha too.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

GREEN CHUTNEY FOR CHAATS AND SANDWICHES | CHAAT CHUTNEY

Green chutney for chaat 
I have already posted a version of green chutney in my Khaman Dhokla recipe, but Green chutney is a simple and no onion and garlic one, shared by a punjabi friend. This green chutney goes perfectly all Indian chaat and sandwiches. I didn't give stepwise pictures for this recipe as it is just grinding of all ingredients. Also i have another recipe for green chutney with yogurt, which can be used as a dip for paneer tikkas |kebabs too. Will post that soon.

Friday, February 20, 2015

CORN AND SPINACH SANDWICH | CHEESY CORN AND SPINACH SANDWICH

corn-spinach sandwich
Few days back while casually talking with a friend she was telling that she made corn spinach sandwich for breakfast. I have heard about this winning combo of cor, spinach and cheese in sandwich but never tried. So wanted to try out this cheesy corn and spinach sandwich as i had all the ingredients at home. It turned out very well, clicks were not upto the level i expected but i don't want to miss posting this recipe. You can try this sandwich on weekend for breakfast or for evening snack too. Perfect snack for kids when they come back from school.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

GUTTI VANKAYA KURA| ANDHRA STYLE STUFFED BRINJAL RECIPE

gutti-vankaya kura
Gutti vangaya kura is basically a dish from Andhra. I happened to taste this in a friend's place few months back. Hooked by the taste of this andhra style stuffed brinjals recipes, noted down the recipe from her. Last week while going to drop the kids to class, saw this cute brinjals | eggplants in the Indian store located there. They were so fresh too. Picked a pack of this keeping in mind to make the Gutti vangaya kura a popular andhra dish, made during weddings too. Everyone has their own touch of making this dish but i adopted this from my friend's recipe, from whom i learnt andhra style pulihora.

Monday, February 16, 2015

KHATTA DHOKLA RECIPE | MILLET DHOKLA RECIPE

Khatta-dhokla
Khatta Dhokla is a healthy gujarati snack made with rice and urad dal. I wanted to try this for a long time . Since i have tried idli withVaragu , i thought let me replace in this dhokla recipe too. Varagu arisi is  also called as Kodra in Hindi and Harka in kannada and Koovaragu in malayalam. The dhoklas turned out very soft and spongy. I just tried this recipe in small portion and also  i have mentioned in the ingredients list too. Try out this Millet Khatta dhokla and enjoy your evening snacks.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BHINDI FRY RECIPE | VENDAKKAI VARUVAL | LADIES FINGER FRY

Bhindi -fry
Bhindi fry | Vendakkai varuval is a crispy recipe whic hcan be had with rice and also as a tea time snack. We always make Vendakkai curry | Poriyal but i wanted to make varuval | fry for a long time. Yesterday when i saw fresh ladies finger in the nearby Indian shop , i bought  the and made vendakkai varuval with a portion of the vendakkai i bought. The ladies finger fry turned out so crispy and kids took with rice and dal for lunch box.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SWEET AND SOUR TOFU WITH VEGETABLES | TOFU STIR FRY

sweet and sour tofu
Tofu i rarely use in cooking, and even if i use i add it instead of paneer in gravies. Though i know it is a very good source of protein, i somehow didn't like to attempt it in any other form. When i gave the Singapore recipes for Aval Kitchen in Sept 2014, this sweet and sour tofu was one among them. I know few recipes with tofu which they deep fry too. When i tried this sweet and sour tofu, i liked it very much. I like the addition of pineapple in this. So i wanted to share the recipe too here. This can be had as an evening snack or can be served with vegetable fried rice. This dish is a mix of sweet and sourness and not being a lover of local Singapore veg food, personally i liked this very much. Will post the gravy recipe also soon.

Monday, February 9, 2015

MILLET COOKIES RECIPES | EGGLESS THINAI COOKIES

MILLET-COOKIES
During my trip to India in December, i got millet flour packets from a near by store located nearby my in laws place. I was totally clueless what i am going to do with those flour packets and kept it in the freezer. Today when i was planning to make a Millet post, though i have many other recipe ideas using millets, baking with millet flour keep on lingering into my mind. So for the first time baked a cookies without following any recipe just put the ingredients according to my own imagination . It turned out truly perfect. I used Organic Naatu sakkarai in this recipe, but you can replace with jaggery or palm sugar too.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

SUMANGALI PRARTHANAI PROCEDURES | FOOD AND PROCEDURES

sumangali-prarthanai
  Sumangali prarthanai | Mangili Pondugal is always performed in all Brahmin family. I wanted to write a detailed post on this for a long time but this time i happened to click few pictures as we did sumangali prarthanai in my in laws place. Though it was bit tough for me run around with camera, my husband took the entire responsibility to click the pictures . My mother in law too was very cooperative and explained me all the procedures in every step which was easy for us to take the pictures. But still i won't say the pictures are very explanatory. But for us to host the function and take the pictures is a bit tough task. But  i  make it sure that i will explain about this pooja, so that it will be useful for the next generation to follow. More than that it will be useful for me when i do it during my kids wedding .
  The tradition behind performing the pooja is to seek the blessings from the ladies who passed away in the family as sumangalis. The procedure may slightly vary from each family but 90 % it is the same. We , my in laws side hail from North Arcot District of Tamilnadu, follow this method and in my mom's house, they hail from Tanjore District, it was almost the same but slight variance will be there.
  Let me explain about this according to my knowledge. If anything i missed out or any doubts please feel free to leave your comments. This is an elaborate post.

Friday, February 6, 2015

RASA VADAI | RASAM VADAI RECIPE

Rasam-vadai

Rasa vadai | rasam vadai, is a popular south indian tiffin| snack. I hvae tasted this first in Sangeetha restaurant in Chennai. Me and suresh used to visit on most of the friday evenings, while coming back from work. My sister only insisted me try the rasa vadai there. After that, i never had a chance to taste the vadai. But my sister is an expert in making this and for a long time she was telling me to post the recipe of rasa vadai. It is nothing but soaking the vadai in rasam but the recipe of rasam makes this dish so yum. Scroll down to the notes section to read out the tips. Enjoy your weekend with this vadai.
  I don't know whether i have justified her recipe but according to me it tasted awesome. Check out my Sambar vadai recipe and thayir vadai recipe.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

MOMOS RECIPE | VEG MOMOS RECIPE

veg-momos
Veg momos is in my to do list for a long time. Also i tried this a couple of times but the clicks and the decent shapes were not satisfactory and so didn't blog the momos . I have a reader request also for this momos from few people and so without much a long wait i thought i will post the recipe of how to make momo. It is a steamed savory dumpling, a popular one in Tibetian cusine. In many parts of Delhi, hot momos are sold in streets during winter.  Coming to shaping of momos, it is more like our kozhukatai, but pleating will be done which comes by practise and also patience is required. So momos are not the one made in a jiffy but it takes time to shape them. But it is worth putting the effort. I made the stuffing very simple like how we make for spring rolls 

Monday, February 2, 2015

METHI MUTHIA RECIPE| MILLET METHI MUTHIA |MILLET RECIPES

methi-muthia
Muthia is a healthy gujarathi snack, generally made with palak, methi, cabbage or lauki too. A diabetic friendly recipe and also no compromise in taste too. Generally to make this we use besan | kadalaimaavu and wheat flour. I used jowar flour and bajra flour to make this methi muthias. It turned so well and you can also replace the flours too if you want. Even you can use any millet flours to make this muthia. A very healthy and yummy snack which can be made easily. Try out this traditional gujarathi Methi muthia recipe. For buying millets in Singapore contact Bhairavi Naturals. They deliver good Organic Millets at your door steps .

Sunday, February 1, 2015

HOW TO FREEZE GREEN PEAS | INDIAN KITCHEN BASICS

How to freeze peas

Wheni started this Indian Kitchen basics series, this post for how to freeze peas was in my list. I was waiting for the green peas season. Though i got lot of them during my vacation in India, i couldn't click as it was very busy. Last week, during my trip to little India market here, i got the fresh green peas and made this post. Though we get frozen peas in many cities , still when we make it at home we feel so happy and good. This frozen peas at home can be stored in the freezer for 6 to 8 months. We can just straight away use this frozen peas from the freezer . No need to pressure cook the peas.You can use this peas for pulaos, curry and gravy too.