Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cauliflower pakoda recipe | Cauliflower pakora

Cauliflower pakoda recipe with video
Cauliflower pakoda | Gobi pakora is a easy and tasty tea time snack made with cauliflower. I have already posted gobi 65, veg pakora recipe, but this one is more of South Indian style cauliflower pakoda. I just sprinkled little chaat masala in the last to enhance the flavour. You can serve this as a tea time snack or serve as an accompaniment for a southIindian meal. We used to have this cauliflower pakoda with curd rice too. Try out this crunchy cauliflower pakora and let me know how it turned out.
Cauliflower - pakoda

Cauliflower pakoda recipe

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 35 Mins |Serves: 3

     Cauliflower florets   2 cups
     Besan | Kadalai maavu  1/2 cup
     Rice flour   1/4 cup
     Red chili powder   1 tsp
     Salt   as needed
     Baking soda   a pinch
     Oil   for deep frying
     Chaat masala   2-3 pinches (optional)
                                         Video of how to make cauliflower pakoda

Cauliflower pakoda
  • Wash the cauliflower florets and keep it aside. 
  • In a pan add water and add little salt. Bring it to a boil. 
  • Add the cauliflower florets to this and let this stay in hot water for a minute.
  • Drain the water completely and keep it aside. 
cauliflower pakoda
  • In a bowl add the besan, rice flour, red chili powder, baking soda and salt. 
  • Add little water and make a thick paste out of this without any lumps. 
  • The consistency should be little thicker than an idli batter. Beat the mixture with a spoon nicely to get a nice airy batter. 
cauliflower pakoda 2
  • If you add more water by mistake add 1-2 tblsp of rice flour to bring it to the right consistency.
  • Add the cauliflower florets to this and mix well and let all the florets get coated with the batter evenly.
cauliflower pakoda 3 
  • Heat the oil for deep frying. When it is hot, bring the oil to medium flame and put the cauliflower florets in oil and fry in batches.
  • Let this cook and gets golden brown on the outer side. 
cauliflower pakoda 4
  • Once it is done take out from oil drain in kitchen towel. 
  • When it is hot sprinkle some chaat masala on this and serve hot. Adding chaat masala is optional, you can skip this too.
cauliflower pakoda
  1. You can add ginger garlic paste to the batter.
  2. Ajwain | omam can also be added to the batter. 
  3. Ensure that the batter should not be too thin, else the batter will not get even coating and also will absorb oil.
  4. Keep the cauliflower florets ready and mix the batter just before frying. 
  5. I made the mixture on one shot and kept one batch without frying inside the refrigerator and fried after 3 hours. It turned out pretty well. 
  6. Do not fry in low flame. It will make the pakoras soggy. 
  7. Finely chopped coriander leaves can be added to the batter to give a nice flavour. 
  8. Enjoy the cauliflower pakoras | cauliflower pakodas with ginger tea or filter coffee.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Undhiyu recipe | Gujarati Undhiyu

Undhiyu is a popular gujarati recipe made with veggies which are specially available during winter. In Tamilnadu we make 7 kari kootu and thalagam during winter season with speically available winter vegetables like mochai. A similar type of  mixed vegetable is made with seasonal veggies in Gujarati cusine too. Suruti papdi is one of the main vegetable in this undhiyu and it is similar to the mochai but smaller in size. The use the whole one as such in the Undhiyu. The main spice which gives flavour to the curry is the blend of ajwain(omam), coriander leaves, green chili and coconut. Also we can say the spice mixture is similar to the aviyal with the domination of coconut in it.
Though i have heard the name of this dish, never know how it is made. They make methi muthias and deep fry this or steam it and add to the Undhiyu.

 Last week a friend of mine messaged me that her hubby is going to mumbai and will get all the winter vegetable from there to make this Undhiyu recipe. She asked me whether i am interested to post the recipe in my jeyashri's kitchen. I readily accepted and she also taught me how to make undhiyu too. This is the recipe she learnt from her mil, so if you have any idea of more authentic version please leave it in the comments section.  As in my opinion, even if you do not have few ingredients, just try it out with the country veggies available in the market and enjoy this delicacy. Thsi is a semi dry masala,  generally served with pooris, we had with plain rice and papad. Just use a handful of all veggies, it will give a good volume.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Spicy Tawa idli recipe | Masala idli

Recipe of how to make spicy tawa idli with video
Tawa Idli is a popular street food made with left over Idlis, which serves as a delicious snack |tiffin. Generally we make idli upma or podi idli recipe using left over idli. This recipe of spicy tawa idli i saw in Tarla dalal's space and bookmarked it too. Yesterday i had a whole lot of 7 idlis which was left and made this tawa idlis. It turned out pretty well and got ready in 10 minutes. Kids loved the idlis and it tasted similar to the tawa pulao. If you are looking for some more recipes using left over idlis, try out the
spicy tawa idli

Monday, November 21, 2016

Coriander pulao recipe | Coriander Pulav

Coriander pulao with video
Coriander pulao | Pulav is an easy  pulao recipe, serves as a Lunch box recipe and quick dinner recipe too. The fresh coriander leaves and coconut with other spices makes the pulao so aromatic. I have already posted coriander rice recipe. This recipe was passed on to me from my cousin, who sent me a you tube link for this recipe reference. I found the recipe simple and nice and tried it at home last week. The pulao was huge hit at home. So tried it again today, to make a post on how to make coriander pulao. I enjoyed the pulav with onion raita for my lunch today. Try out this easy pulao recipe and let me know how it turned out.
coriander pulao

Friday, November 18, 2016

Sprouts Tikki recipe | Moong sprouts tikki

Sprouts tikki

    Sprouts tikki|Moong sprout patties is a healthy tikki recipe, made using sprouts. I have already posted a moong oats tikki recipe. As posted in my Instagram, i went as a judge for a healthy breakfast Masterchef contest, conducted by a nutritionist here in Singapore. It was a my first experience of judging a competition . A truly wonderful opportunity also to learn new things from many people, who participated in the competition. It was agreed by me to post the winner's recipe in jeyashri's kitchen, i tried the recipe made by Swati verma, the winner of the competition. She did a breakie platter, with these sprouts tikki, avocado dip , a healthy berry muffins and a fantastic kale banana smoothie. Will try to share other recipes later.
   This tikki can be made with the ingredients easily available at home. She used oats in this recipe. I realised that i was running out of oats when i started making the tikki I used the porivilaga urundai maavu which i had left . Alternatively you can use sathu maavu or besan too. Scroll down to the end of the post to get the serving ideas.
   Before publishing this post, came to know that today is Swati's birthday. Through this post, on all your behalf, wish Swati a very Happy birthday. Wish you many more success to come.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Porivilangai urundai recipe | Porul vilanga urundai | Healthy ladoo

Porivilangai urundai | Porulvilanga urundai (recipe with video) is a healthy multigrain ladoo recipe made with jaggery for sweetness, and generally we don't use ghee for this recipe. This urundai is generally hard and we break with hammer or keep it inside our mouth for a while and it gets softened. I think most of the South Indians have a good memory associated to this porulvilangaai urundai. I have noticed this recipe in amma's hand written cookery notebook. She always keep a note of all recipes she learn through our relatives and tv shows. Whenever i go to there i will have a glimpse of those recipes, but i never find time to note the recipes down. This particular porulvilanga urundai recipe is taught by my athai and she had noted down the recipe too. When i wanted to try this, i called her up and asked her for the measurements. The urundais turned out perfect. If you don't have flour mill nearby, you can try with kanji maavu | sathu maavu too.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Sukku Milagu Kuzhambu | South Indian gravy recipes

Sukku Milagu kuzhambu - Recipe With video
Sukku milagu kuzhambu

Sukku Milagu kuzhambu is a south Indian gravy, made with freshly roasted pepper, dry ginger(sukku) and few other Indian spices. We make Milagu kuzhambu but this is one is slightly different form that. Few days ago, while i was cleaning  my cupboard, found a collection of old cookbooks which i had bought few years back. While i was going through the few books, i saw this sukku milagu kuzhambu and tried this today at home. From the morning it was raining here badly and so i thought this would be perfect for the rainy weather. I made Vazhaithandu (banana stem) paruppu usili to pair with this sukku milagu kuzhambu.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Bhatura recipe | How to make bhature | recipe with video

Bhatura recipe

Bhatura | Chole bhatura is a recipe, is a most popular punjabi recipe. Whenever we go to restaurant bhatura is a the first one Varun will order. I have request from readers for a long time to post this recipe of bhatura. I have tried this twice from a popular cookbook, but it didn't turn out well. Yesterday when i had soaked frozen chole, i planned to make channa masala. Then this thought of making chole bhatura came to mind and tried this again from here . It turned out very perfectly. Try out this easy recipe of bhatura recipe and let me know how it turned out.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Spinach Soup recipe | Palak soup

Palak soup

Palak soup | spinach soup is an easy and healthy soup with spinach, garlic and milk as the main ingredients. Soups are always loved by everyone at home. Most of the days our dinner will be accompanied by a soup. This is a very simple soup made in one shot in a pressure cooker. You can replace spinach | palak with pumpkin, broccoli, carrot or any veggie of your choice.
Enjoy this rainy weather with a hot bowl of soup. Check out my other soup recipes. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Batata Poha recipe | Easy Breakfast recipes

Batata poha recipe with video

Batata poha

Batata poha is a Maharastian breakfast recipe made with poha|aval . This can be had for breakfast or evening snack or for a light dinner too. Though i make poha upma at home regularly, i always want to learn the Maharastrian style batata poha. They make Kande poha also without the addition of potatoes. This upma is loved by all at home. I have learnt this recipe from my son's friend's mom. I immediately tried this at home yesterday and turned out very well. Try this easy batata poha upma for breakfast.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Red bean quesadilla recipe | quesadilla recipe with video

Red bean quesadilla
Red bean quesadilla, i wanted to post for a long time. This can be made with store bought tortilla or home made tortillas. We have tasted this quesadilla many times in Myras beach club here in Singapore. This is the first time i am trying red bean quesadilla  at home and they turned out very well. I have done a similar filling for making a wrap, when i did a cookery show in London, in June. This can be made with left over chapathis too. Try out this easy quesadilla recipe for kids lunch box or evening snack time. Check out my tortilla pizza and jacket potato recipe. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Ginger thogayal recipe | Inji thuvaiyal | Ginger chutney recipe

Ginger thuvaiyal

Ginger thogayal | inji thuvaiyal is a south indian variety of chutney variety, generally served with plain hot rice and ghee. This inji thuvaiyal is a perfect one which aids in digestion after all these diwali sweets and deep fried snacks. A perfect recipe which can be a best accompaniment for rice, idli, dosa or even chapathi too. Also i wanted to thank all you for the overwhelming support for the diwali recipes. I will continue to give my best in all my recipes. Try this easy thogayal |thuvaiyal at home and let me know how it turned out. Check out my thengai thogayal recipe and Peerkangai thuvaiyal