17 January 2018

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Jwarichi bhakri recipe - Jolada rotti - Jowar roti - Sorghum flatbread

jwarichi bhakri

Jwarichi bhakri recipe  - Today I am sharing an easy version of making jwarichi bhakri recipe of Maharashtra. This bhakri is similar to bajre ki roti which I have posted earlier.  This quick to prepare roti is made by adding the flour to  boiling water and then knead to a soft dough which is very easy to roll as roti. Making bhakri by kneading the dough in cold water and then flattening it from the hand is time consuming and messy. This method saves time and the preparation is an enjoyable task. Jwarichi bhakri goes well with zunka, vangi bharta, bharli vangi, usals, spicy sabzis, yogurt chutneys and pickles. I make roti often for dinner, hot roti is a healthy and guilt free dish to serve and in comparison it is a low carb flatbread. This is called as jolada rotti in Kannada and is a popular flatbread of North Karnataka. Try and enjoy the bhakri by following this easy method and serve the dish to your family.
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11 January 2018

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Satyanarayan Pooja Mahaprasad Recipe

Satyanarayan Pooja Mahaprasad

Satyanarayan Pooja Mahaprasad recipe step by step photos - Today I am here with a traditional mahaprasad recipe which is prepared during Satyanarayan pooja and Ganesh chaturthi festival. I have performed Satyanarayan pooja in shravan month. During this pooja, mahaprasad is offered as naivedya to Lord Satyanarayan. The same prasad is also prepared to offer Lord Ganesh during Ganesh chaturthi festival. This is the traditional method of making prasad by using ghee, rava, sugar, banana, milk and cardamoms in proper proportion. This is a very simple dish to prepare but need some patience as it requires continuous stirring. It tastes absolutely divine and is worth the effort. Read the full recipe to prepare popular mahaprasad in a traditional way to offer God during festival and pooja occasions.
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27 December 2017

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Nuggekayi huli recipe - Drumstick curry - Murungakkai curry

nuggekayi huli

Nuggekayi huli recipe - Drumstick curry - This drumstick huli is a konkani style toor dal and red coconut masala paste based curry. Drumstick is my all time favorite vegetable pod, so I make curry and sambar often with it. This curry has a slightly sour taste as I have used tamarind and such curries are called as huli in kannada.The flavor of drumsticks, curry leaves, fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and garlic enriches the curry and also enhances the taste. Drumstick is a seasonal vegetable pod and is commonly used in sambar and curries in Karnataka. A very simple yet delicious hot drumstick curry really goes well with steamed rice.
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23 December 2017

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Foxtail millet dosa recipe - Navane dose - Rala dosa


Foxtail millet dosa recipe - It is my pleasure to introduce you, a very healthy dosa recipe made with foxtail millet and split black gram lentils. This dosa is usually served as a breakfast dish, but it can also be had for lunch, dinner and is easy to pack in the lunch box. Like rice dosa, the dosa was crispy, delicious and goes well with coconut chutney and sambar. Many people do not know about the foxtail millet. There is a misconception that foxtail millet and quinoa are same. To clear your doubt, I have to say that these two are entirely different cereals. Foxtail millet has harder cover and it takes longer time to cook. This millet can be a substitute to rice while making dosa, idli, uttapa, khichdi and pulao. This is called as navane in kannada, rala in marathi and kangni in hindi. It is a diabetic friendly cereal. The great advantage of eating foxtail millet is that it is useful in reducing weight as it contains less carbohydrates and lots of fiber.
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20 December 2017

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Cheese omelette recipe - Cheddar cheese omelette


Cheese omelette recipe - A very delicious omelette prepared by using eggs, cheddar cheese slices and pepper powder. This is one of the easiest egg dishes to prepare and is a popular cuisine of the world. Using eggs in various dishes is very common to non-vegetarians. Omelette is a hassle free dish which can be cooked in few minutes. This omelette pairs well with couple of bread slices toasted in butter.

Most of the time I like to make onion omelette with green chillies and fresh corianders. I make it  often, but both the versions are my family's favorite. Eggs and cheese combination tastes great and this can be prepared with only few ingredients, if you don't like a long list of ingredients. Making pepper powder in a dry mixer jar is very easy, and can be stored for a long time to use in such dishes as and when required.

I always like eggs because it makes life easier in the kitchen. This is one of the egg dishes which I always prepare when we need urgent snacks either for breakfast or in the evening. Though I have used cheddar cheese slices in this recipe, you can substitute it with any other cheese like mozzarella, amul cheese slices and grated cheese.

While making cheese omelette cook it till the base and surface become firm, then place the cheese slices and cook till the cheese melts. Once the cheese melts immediately fold the omelette and cook on low flame for a couple of minutes and switch of the heat. Cheese  become chewy if it is overcooked. Here is the quick fix cheese omelette recipe for those who like to eat eggs in the form of omelette regularly.
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18 December 2017

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Whole wheat carrot muffins recipe

 
Whole wheat carrot muffins recipe with step by step photos - As the name suggests, this is a muffins prepared with whole wheat flour and carrots. This is a breakfast, evening snack and can be packed in the snack box. This is a kids friendly snack which can be prepared very easily and quickly. I use wheat flour everyday to make phulka and chapathi. 

Carrot is also used often in our house. It is a nutritious root vegetable and raw carrot is used in the form of salad all over the world. I have tried this muffin couple of times, it was truly delicious and is a healthy, guilt free snack. Varieties of muffins are available in cake shops and bakeries, but carrot muffins are not available. Therefore usually it has to be baked at home.

The method of preparation is similar to the walnut banana muffins, but In this muffins I have used oil and curd instead of butter and banana. For the sweet taste, I have added very less quantity of sugar powder, however you can increase the quantity of both sugar and oil. Butter can also be used along with oil to get more tastier muffins. I bake carrot muffins during the season of Delhi carrots which has a vibrant orange colour with a pleasant sweet taste.

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins Recipe

Delicious and healthy muffins made with whole wheat flour and carrots.


Recipe type: Snack 
Cuisine : World
Yield : 8 Muffins


Ingredients
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup curd / yogurt
  • 1 cup grated carrot / gajar
  • 1/4 cup sugar powder / or as required
  • 1 tb sp oil / or as required
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven at 180 degree Celsius for 10 minutes.
  2. Grease the muffin moulds with oil and set aside.
Method
  1. Pour the curd in a bowl. Add sugar powder to it.
  2. Stir well with a wire whisk till the sugar powder combines with the curd.
  3. Add oil to the yogurt mixture and stir with a wire whisk. You can add butter at this stage.
  4. Place a strainer on the bowl and sieve together the wheat flour, baking soda and baking powder.
  5. Add the grated carrot to this flour.
  6. Fold and mix the flour to make a smooth and thick dropping consistency muffin mixture.
  7. Fill the 3/4 part of the greased muffin mould with the mixture.
  8. Preheat oven at 180 degree Celsius for 10 minutes.
  9. Place the muffin moulds in a muffin tray.
  10. Bake in the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 20 minutes.
  11. Remove the tray and allow it to cool.
  12. Invert the muffin moulds on a plate and serve the whole wheat carrot muffins.
Whole wheat carrot muffins - step by step pictures

1. Put the curd in a bowl and add sugar powder to it.
2. Stir the curd with a wire whisk till the sugar combines well.
3. Add oil to it. If you like you can add butter at this stage.
4. Stir with a wire whisk till oil combines well with the curd.
5. Place a strainer on the bowl. Put wheat flour, baking soda and baking powder in it.
6. Sieve the flour in the bowl.
7. Add grated carrot to it.
8. Fold and mix to make a smooth and thick dropping consistency muffin mixture.
9. Fill the 3/4 part of the greased muffin mould with the mixture. Place the moulds in a muffin tray.
10. Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake the muffins at 180 degree Celsius for 20 minutes. Remove the tray and allow it to cool.>
11. Invert the muffin moulds on a plate and serve the whole wheat carrot muffins.

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06 December 2017

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Cheese sandwich recipe - Mozzarella cheese sandwich

cheese sandwich
Cheese sandwich recipe with step by step photos - Cheese sandwich is one of the easiest sandwiches which can be prepared very quickly. This sandwich is made with bread slices and mozzarella cheese slices. Mozzarella cheese melts quickly, so it can be prepared in a jiffy. When the bread and cheese are shop bought and you don't even need to make much of an effort. 

Bachelors who love to cook with less ingredients can try this sandwich as a breakfast snack in the morning or they can carry on the go while travelling. This is also a kids friendly snack which can be served in the morning or after school. It can also be packed in their snack box. Just toast the bread on a pan with butter, place the slices of cheese on it. 

Though I have used only two cheese slices on each bread slice, you can use more or less cheese slices and even grated cheddar cheese goes well with it. Toast the bread slices on low flame till the cheese melts and delicious sandwiches are ready to be served. Note that toast the bread on low flame to prevent the bread from burning and  turning dark brown as breads get burnt easily. 

If you like some spicy taste, you can sprinkle some pepper powder on the cheese slices before it melts. During the melting process of the cheese side by side you can prepare hot tea or coffee which is a good accompaniment to it. 

This is a unique sandwich with crisp outer part and soft inner layer. Kids who are poor eaters and choosy can be served such sandwiches to get rid of their tantrum on food. You may even include this in small birthday parties as snack along with other special dishes. This sandwich even goes well with tomato ketchup and dipping sauce like mint coriander chutney. If someone wants to have it with sweet taste, a spoonful of jam can be layered on the bread slices. 

Home made bread is always better than shop bought. But for your convenience always try to buy whole wheat bread slices which is not only tasty but also healthy. If you like to make bread at home check the whole wheat bread recipe which I had posted earlier. White sauce sandwich and jam sandwich equally tastes great and these are popular among all age people.
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22 November 2017

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Whole wheat honey bread recipe

Whole wheat honey bread recipe - This is a soft, moist and  healthy bread made with wheat flour and honey. I call it  healthy because wheat flour contains natural antioxidants, fibers, B vitamins along with unique flavor, colour and texture. This bread also carries all the goodness of honey and yogurt. Honey is a healthy sweetener and enhances the taste of bread. Note that use of honey is optional and if you do not like to add honey you can skip it.

I have baked this healthy bread few days back. I set aside the dough for about 4 hours to rise higher enough to get the light and soft bread. Usually, I store bread at room temperature up to 3 days. Therefore I make only one loaf at a time. Several years back, I had joined a cookery class to learn  various cakes, breads, cookies and ice cream. There I learnt this bread. Since then I baked it a few times and every time it has come perfectly, so decided to share this recipe with you all. 

Bread is very handy and is useful in making quick sandwiches and toast. Freshly made green chutney with fresh cucumber and tomato slices make a healthy sandwich. A layer of jam and cheese on the toasted bread slices make delicious jam sandwiches and kids love it for sure. Peanut butter sandwich and white sauce sandwiches are one of the popular sandwiches. You can make bread upma, double ka meetha, shahi tukda, bread rasmalai and bread jamun with this bread.
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20 November 2017

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Rice appe recipe - Akki appe - Tandula appe - Paniyaram

rice appe in a serving plate
Rice appe recipe - Appe or paniyaram is a rice based konkani dalicacy prepared by using a special mould due to which the appe takes the round shape. This rice appe has slightly sweet taste as jaggery is added and has coconut flavor. Basically rice, jaggery, rice flakes, coconut and fenugreek seeds or methi are added in this  appe. Rice appe is a popular breakfast snack and is usually served with ghee. 

This is very tasty, addictive and is very filling. It is flavorful and soft. In this dish addition of coconut enriches the taste. The batter needs to be fermented well to make a spongy soft appe. Once the batter is fermented, it can be stored in the refrigerator for further use. You can use this batter to make hot appe as and when required to serve your kids and other family members. 

Back to the memory lane, my mother used to make it at least once in a month and served us hot directly from the appe pan. When the fragrance of appe spreads in the kitchen mouth starts watering, and you may feel like to have it immediately. This is one of the best snacks to serve when guests or friends visit. 

This is very easy to make though it looks bit tedious. Once a batter of perfect consistency is prepared, making appe is very easy. Non-stick appe pans are readily available in the market and the same can be used for preparing appes. Note that always grease the mould with ghee instead of oil to increase the taste of the dish.
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14 November 2017

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Keerla palya recipe - Bamboo shoots sabzi - Kalale palya

Keerla palya in a serving plate
Keerla palya is one of the popular side dishes of Konkani cuisine. This is one of the best side dishes which goes well with rice and chapathi. The keerla  palya requires tender bamboo shoots and chickpea. This is prepared in coconut based masala paste. Bamboo shoots are not available here where I am currently staying, therefore I could not take a photo of the whole bamboo shoots.  But I got a box full of chopped frozen bamboo shoots from my native. 

I just soaked them in water for an entire day by changing water at regular intervals  to remove the bitterness of the bamboo shoots. Bamboo shoots are available with hard brown colored layered outer cover and you have to peel them off to get the tender white colored bamboo shoots for curry. Then these bamboo shoots are chopped and soaked in water by changing the bitter water several times before the use. 

Every house hold has its own version of making dishes of bamboo shoots. This is my version which my family likes a lot. Bamboo shoots are also used to make sukke and phodi. Curry made in combination with sprouted green grams, fresh green peas and toor dal also tastes great. 

This coconut based curry is flavored with fried coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds and spluttered mustard seeds. I have used a very small quantity of tamarind in this dish as I like it in the dish which increases the taste especially when having with hot rice. But it is totally optional and you can skip it.

Other palya recipes you may like
Spouted green gram palya
Malbar spinach palya
Black eyed beans palya

Keerla Palya Recipe - Bamboo Shoots Sabzi - Kalale Palya
keerla palya
Prep time :
Cook time:
Total time:
Recipe type : Side Dish
Cuisine : Konkani Cuisine
Yield : Serves 3
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped bamboo shoots / keerl / kalale
  • 1/2 cup brown chickpea / chana
  • For the masala paste
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1 heaped tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds, fried
  • 1/6 tsp fenugreek seeds / methi, fried
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, spluttered
  • Small gooseberry sized tamarind
For the tempering
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
Method
  1. Peel the outer hard brown coloured cover of the bamboo shoots until you find the tender white portion. discard the brown hard cover and use only white portion of the bamboo shoots.
  2. Chop this bamboo shoots and put them in a large vessel. Add sufficient water and keep aside.
  3. After every 5-6  hours drain water and add fresh water to it. Repeat this process for an entire day and then the bamboo shoots are ready to be cooked.
  4. Rinse and soak the chana in sufficient water for 7-8 hours. Put them in a pressure cooker and take 3- 4 whistles. Do not over cook till they become mushy.
  5. Put the ingredients mentioned under "grind to paste" in a mixer jar and grind it to a smooth paste using very little amount of water.
  6. Add the boiled chana to the cooked bamboo shoots. Add the masala paste and salt. Add water if required.
  7. Bring it to boil and simmer till you get the desired consistency. The palya should be thicker than currry.
  8. Make a temperimg with the ingredients mentioned under "for the tempering" and pour it on the keerla palya and mix.
  9. Serve the keerla palya hot with rice and chapathi.
Note
  1. Do not cook bamboo shoots without soaking and changing water several times. If you use them directly the dish may taste bitter.
  2. You can also use sprouted green grams, toor dal and green peas in the place of brown chickpea.
  3. I have used basic spices such as coriander seeds, mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds to get the traditional taste of the Konkani cuisine.
  4. However you can use any sabzi masala instead of these spices.
  5. Please use only small quantity of fenugreek seeds to avoid extra bitterness in the curry.
Keerla palya - Bamboo shoots sabzi - step by step pictures

1.  Chop this bamboo shoots and put them in a large vessel. Add sufficient water and keep aside.

2.  After every 5-6  hours drain water and add fresh water to it. Repeat this process for an entire day and then the bamboo shoots are ready to be cooked.
soaked keerl or bamboo shoots
3.  Rinse and soak the brown chickpea for 7-8 hours. Drain water and add fresh water. Cook in a pressure cooker and take 3-4 whistles.
soaked and boiled chana
4.  Boil water in a large pot and add chopped bamboo shoots. Cook till they become soft.
boiled bamboo shoots
 5.  Add the boiled chickpea to it.
add chana in the bamboo shoots
 6.  Grate the coconut in a large plate. Fry the coriander seeds, methi seeds and mustard seeds.
ingredients to make masala paste
7.  Put the above shown ingredients in a mixer jar and grind it to a smooth paste adding very little water.
ground masala paste
 8.  Add the masala paste to the boiled chickpea and bamboo shoots.
add masala paste to the keerl and chana
9.  Add salt and mix well. Add water if the gravy is too thick. Bring the sabzi to boil and simmer till you get the thick consistency. 
cook the bamboo shoots sabzi
10.  Make a tempering with curry leaves and mustard seeds. Pour them on the bamboo shoots sabzi.
pour tempering on palya
11.  Mix the tempering till it combine well.
simmer the palya
 12.  Serve the keerla palya or bamboo shoots sabzi with rice and chapathi.
keerla palya ready to serve

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