RECIPES OF SWEET AND SAVORIES FOR DIWALI/DEEPAVALI

20 October 2014

Moti choor Ladoo/Special Laddu



Deepavali is incomplete without sweets.I dont eat much of sweets,since most indian sweets are too sweet to my tastebuds.But still its diwali which happens only once a year and you got only one festival to celebrate in big way.I have already started planning the menu and the dresses are bought,only crackers are left out to buy. The little one is eager to know when is diwali ,so she could wear her new dress.I tried this laddu last week which needs less amount of sugar than south indian ladoos.The sugar syrup consistency should be thinner like you make for jamuns.Make this for your loved ones and of course for yourself and have an extra laddu since its my birthday on this diwali. :) 


Ingredients
Recipe Source:Tarla dalal 

Besan flour-1+1/2 cup
Milk/water-3/4 cup
To make sugar syrup 
Sugar-1+1/4 cup
Water-1+1/2 cup
Rose water-2 tsps
Orange Food color-a pinch
Cardamon powder-1 tsp
Chopped and Roasted nuts-2 tbsps
Oil to fry

Method


1.Combine 1+1/2 cups of water and sugar in a vessel and bring to a boil.Add the rose water and the food color to the syrup.The syrup doesnt need to boil more than 6-7 minutes,the basic consistency is enough for making this laddu.Switch off the heat.


2.Mix the besan with 3/4 cup of water to make lump free smooth batter .Add cardamon powder and also the food color to the batter.Since i get very coarse kind of besan flour here, I have powdered it to medium fine texture. 


3.This is the laddu ladle i have used which has small holes then previous ladle used for south indian laddu.Heat a pan with oil until it turns medium hot,place the ladle over the oil and pour the batter over the ladle.Gently stir the batter to let the batter flow in all holes.Cook the bhoondi for 3/4th and remove them with jarini/holed ladle to strain the excess oil


4.Re-heat the sugar syrup to warm,add the bhoondi and gently stir and let it soak for twenty minutes.Make sure all the bhoondis are completely immersed well(Off the flame,while you soak the bhoondis in the syrup)


5.Drain the excess syrup by placing the soaked bhoondi in colander or strainer.Add the chopped nuts.Gently squeeze them and make it into fine laddu







11 October 2014

Lemon Sevai



Lemon sevai is quick and easy dish to be made for dinner or breakfast.The light version and easily digestible.I made small portion of this along with sweet sevai.You can check basic method of idiyappam recipe here and another version of idiyappam here.


Ingredients
Idyapppam/Sevai -2 cups
Onion slices-1/4 cup
Cumin/Channa dal/Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Hing-a pinch
Coriander leaves-1/4 cup
Green chillies,slited-2 
Lemon juice-2 tsps
Turmeric powder-1/3 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil-1 tsp


Method


1.Chop the onion into slices and slit the green chillies.Set aside.Make ready of the cooked idyappam on other side.Heat a pan,add the oil,cumin ,green chillies and hing.Stir them for a minute.


2.Add the sliced onion along with coriander leaves.Saute it for a minute.Let the onions are not over fried into crispy.Add the lemon juice and stir quickly


3.Soon add the turmeric powder ,salt and 2 tbsps of water.Bring it to the boil and then add the cooked sevai or idiyappam.Donot add too much of water as sevai can turn soggy.


4.Saute the idyappam for two minutes on heat and Switch off the flame.

Lemon sevai is ready



25 September 2014

Kids Lunch Box Ideas

                                                                           Making toddlers eat healthy Indian food is tedious job for many mothers.I know how kids make big fuss on eating regular comfort food.I do get lot of inquiry for what i packed for school lunch and did she finished it.Some child make big fuss on eating certain food and other kind make fuss in eating itself.If the kid has low appetite,the reasons could be many like taken too much medicines for cold or less physical activity or illness. Every mom have tough time feeding the kids.The kids should be feed with liquid to semisolid and solid food.For all kids,rice,dal,fruits and vegetables should be the primary food.If you feed chips or other junk food for snacking,the kid will not eat the food on time.Once in a while, giving a mix of dry ginger,pepper and cumin powder will induce the appetite for the kids.Plan a menu with their favorite dishes,and feed them on time.Sometimes toddlers will bring the food back from school.For those kids, you can send two slices of bread and a serving of fruits.Once the kid returns from school,you should feed the rice or chappathi.You can make Bread with nutella or jam,Poori or chappathi for their lunch box.A bowl of curd rice or paruppu(dal) rice with ghee can be given too.You can pack lemon rice or any non sticky rice dish for lunch.Here is the list of lunch box (no mess) recipes 




Channa Veg roll



Veg Frankie 

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Mayo Sandwich

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Cheese Toast 

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Macaroni
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Foot Long
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I am sending the entries to the event for Kids Lunch Box recipes by indusladies

  
     



21 September 2014

Bisibela bath - Huli Ana - Karnataka dishes

                                                               
 I had a Q&A session with a reporter about food blogging and it has published in NEWS TODAY today's edition (20/09/2014) .I love bangalore city for its nature,food and the climate.The food in bangalore is too good and less expensive compared to chennai.All these years i made my friend shalini's recipe for bisibele bath which was quick and easy.This time i tried to make bisibelebath powder with byadgi chillies.It is sure worth to try this most favourful huli huli ana with authentic flavors.It stays too hot for long time.I am sure many gonna try and give thumbs up to me.

                                               You can find the bisibela bath powder recipe here...



Ingredients
Bisibelebath powder-5 tbps
Rice-200 gms
Toor dal-100 gms
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Vegetables as available
Drumstick,carrot,beans,potato,white pumpkin-2 cups,chopped
Small onion-8-10 nos
Tomato-1,chopped
Tamarind-Lemon size,soaked in 1/2 cup water
Salt to taste

To Season
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Curry leaves-10 nos
Oil/Ghee-1/4 cup
Cashews-10 nos

Method

1.Wash rice and dal ,add turmeric and 6-7 cups of water.Cook it in pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles
2.Heat a pan ,add the seasoning ingredients,once the mustard splutter ,add the small onions ,tomato and vegetables ,saute for two minutes.
3.Extract the tamarind juice from the pulp and add the tamarind juice (around 1 cup)to the pan
4.Add a cup of water and close the lid ,let it for cook in low flame until all vegetables are 3/4th cooked
5.Add the salt and bisibele bath powder to the pan
6.Add the rice to the pan and continue to cook in low flame for 5 minutes 



19 September 2014

Bisibella bath powder





As festivals are around the corner ,I think we all need to make big stir up in kitchen back to back.Since, my recipe is too long,I cut short the long list of ingredients into bisibella bath powder now.You can make this powder prior.It comes handy while making bisibella bath.I used byadgi red chillies which gives nice flavor and color to the dish,yet it will not be much spicy.




Ingredients 
Red chillies-10-14 nos
Hing-1 tsp
Coriander seeds-3 tsps
Bengal gram dal/Kadala paruppu-2 tsps
Fenugreek seeds-1/2 tsp
Dry Coconut/Koparai-4 tbsps



Method
1.Heat a pan and dry roast all the ingredients altogether 
2.Cool the ingredients and grind it into fine powder



It can be stored for a month as well!!



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