31 December 2015

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Bhindi pakoda recipe - Ladies finger pakora

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Bhindi pakoda recipe - Bhindi pakoda belongs to appetizer and snack category of Indian cuisine. The main ingredients are ladies finger and besan. Bhindi pakoda is one of the most easiest deep fried snack that you can make at anytime as ladies fingers are available throughout the year. 

Actually, I wanted to make kadai bhindi with the ladies fingers available in my refrigerator. But, the quantity of ladies fingers were very less and also I had to prepare evening snacks. First I thought to make onion pakoda. Later, I changed my mind and made this bhindi pakoda to utilize the ladies finger in a nice way. 

The pakoda was crispy and tasty. To get the pakodas crispy you have to fry it on low flame. One important thing is that it tastes best when served hot. Variations can be made with this pakoda by adding refined flour and corn flour. It tastes delicious with these ingredients.


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Bhindi Pakoda Recipe -Ladies Finger Pakora Recipe
ladies finger pakoda ready to serve
Prep time : 15 mins      
Cook time : 25 mins        
Total time : 40 mins
Recipe type : Appetizer-Snack  
Cuisine : Indian                
Serves : 2
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

Ingredients 
  • 1 cup gram flour / besan
  • 20 ladies fingers / bhindi
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala
  • 3/4 tsp ajwain powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp salt
Method
  1. Wash and pat to dry the ladies fingers. Chop off  tip and top of the ladies fingers. Then slice into two pieces.
  2. Put half of the besan into a large bowl. 
  3. Add 1/4 tsp of salt and mix well. 
  4. Coat the ladies fingers and remove them onto a plate.
  5. Add remaining besan into the same bowl. 
  6. Add chilli powder, garam masala, ajwain powder and remaining salt. 
  7. Add lemon juice and some water to make a thick paste.
  8. Dip the besan coated ladies fingers in this paste. 
  9. Heat oil i a pan and fry the above prepared bhindis on low flame until golden brown and crisp. 
  10. Serve the bhindi pakoda hot.
Bhindi pakoda - step by step pictures

1.  Wash and pat to dry the ladies fingers. Chop off  tip and top of the ladies fingers. Then slice into two pieces.
wash and slit the ladies fingers
2.  Put half of the besan into a large bowl. Add 1/4 tsp of salt and mix well. Coat the ladies fingers and remove them into a plate.
coat with besan
3.  Add remaining besan into the same bowl. Add chilli powder, garam masala, ajwain powder and remaining  salt.

4.  Add lemon juice and some water to make a thick paste. Dip the above prepared besan coated bhindis in this paste.
make paste of besan and dip the bhindis
5.  Heat oil i a pan and fry the above prepared bhindis on low flame until golden brown and crisp.
fry the bhindis until crisp
6.  Serve the bhindi pakoda hot.
ladies finger pakoda ready to serve

23 December 2015

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Jowar raagi badam cookies - Sorghum finger millet almond cookies

Jowar raagi badam cookies in a serving plate
Jowar raagi badam cookies recipe - Jowar raagi badam cookies are one of the most healthiest and kids friendly cookies. Cookies prepared in combination with both the flour are excellent in taste. I have added only almonds, but you can add some more dry fruits like cashew nuts and walnuts. I had some millet and jowar flour in stock, so to utilise the flour in a nice way, I prepared this cookies. It came out very well. It was flavorful, crispy and tasty. Cookies are one of the most important items for kids and this is the perfect treat for them. This can even be packed in their tiffin box.


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Jowar Raagi Badam Cookies Recipe
Jowar raagi badam cookies ready to serve
]Prep time : 15 mins   
Cook time : 20 mins        
Total time : 35 mins
Recipe type : Cookies      
Cuisine : World              
Yield : 20
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

Ingredients 
  • 1 cup jowar flour / jola / sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup finger millet flour / raagi flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar powder
  • 10 almonds, blanched, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
Method
  1. Put the butter in a large bowl. Add the sugar powder. 
  2. Sieve the finger millet flour, jowar flour and baking soda together.
  3. Add this flour to the sugar and butter mixture. 
  4. Add the almonds to the butter, sugar and flour mixture. 
  5. Mix well and knead it to a soft and smooth dough.
  6. Preheat the oven at 180 degree celsius for 10 minutes.
  7. Take a large gooseberry sized dough.
  8. Flatten it with your hands by placing on a rolling board. 
  9. Level the surface and arrange them on a baking tray.
  10. Bake it at 180 degree celcius for 15 minutes. Allow it to cool.
  11. Jowar raagi badam cookies are ready to serve. Store in an airtight container.
Jowar raagi badam cookies - step by step pictures

1.  Put the butter in a large bowl and add the sugar powder to it.
Jowar raagi badam cookies recipe -step 1
2.  Sieve the finger millet flour, jowar flour and baking soda together. Add this flour to the sugar and butter mixture. Add the almonds and mix.

3.  Knead it to a soft and smooth dough. Use milk if required.
Jowar raagi badam cookies - step 2
4.  Preheat the oven at 180 degree celsius for 10 minutes. Take a large gooseberry sized dough and flatten it with your hands by placing on a rolling board.

5.  Level the surface and arrange them on a baking  tray. Bake it at 180 degree celcius for 15 minutes. Allow it to cool.
Jowar raagi badam cookies - step 3
6.  Jowar raagi badam cookies are ready to serve. Store in an airtight container.
Jowar raagi badam cookies ready to serve

20 December 2015

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Anarse with rice flour and jaggery recipe - Atrasa - Kajjaya

Anarse in a serving plate
Anarse recipe -The basic ingredient of this sweet is fresh rice flour. Rice flour is prepared in a special way for this sweet. Rice is soaked continuously for three days by changing water each day. On fourth day, drain water and dry the rice under shadow. Make fine flour with this rice and use this rice flour for preparing anarse. Making anarse by using such rice flour makes it crispy and layered. Being fried in ghee, this sweet is high in calories and highly addictive. The poppy seeds adds extra taste and crunchiness to the sweet. Anarse is made during special occasion like Diwali and Ganesh chaturthi festival. Actually I made it during Diwali festival, but I couldn't post it at that time. It came out very well. It was crispy and reasonably sweet. You can add more jaggery if you like a more sweeter version. We all liked it a lot. Do try this anarse and I am sure that you will like it.

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Anarse Recipe - Atrasa Recipe - Kajjaya Recipe
anarse is ready to serve
Prep time : 8 hrs 20 mins
Soaking time 3 days
Cook time : 1 hour
Total time : 3 days 8 hrs 30 mins
Recipe type :  Sweet
Cuisine : North Indian
Yield : 20 Anarse
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

Ingredients 
  • 1¼ cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup jaggery
  • 2 - 3 tbsp milk
  • Poppy seeds or khus khus as required
  • Ghee for frying

For the rice flour
  1. Wash and soak 2 cups of rice in sufficient water for 3 days. Change water on everyday. 
  2. On 4th day, drain water and spread the rice on a thin cloth and dry them under shadow. When the rice completely dries up, make smooth flour from it. 
  3. Use this flour as much as you like to make anarse and reserve the remaining flour for any other use. 
Method
  1. Put the rice flour in a large bowl. 
  2. Add the jaggery powder and mix well. 
  3. Add the milk if required and knead it to a smooth dough. Keep covered for 7 - 8 hours.
  4. Then knead the dough again to smooth for 4 -5 minutes.
  5. Take a small lemon sized dough and roll it to round ball shape.
  6. Coat one side of the dough ball with poppy seeds. 
  7. Place it on a rolling board and gently flatten it with your fingers to make a round shape or roll it with a rolling pin.
  8. Heat ghee in a small frying pan and slip the anarse slowly in it. 
  9. Fry on low flame until golden in colour and crisp from both sides.
  10. Drain ghee and allow them to cool.
  11. Store in an airtight container. 
Anarse - step by step pictures

1.  Put the rice flour in a large bowl. Add the jaggery powder and mix well.
Anarse recipe- step 1
2.  Add the milk if required and knead it to a smooth dough. Keep covered for 7 - 8 hours. 
Anarse recipe - step 2
3.  Then knead the dough again to smooth for 4 -5 minutes.Take a small lemon sized dough and roll it to round ball shape. Coat one side of the dough ball with poppy seeds.
Anarse recipe - step 3
4.  Place it on a rolling board and gently flatten it with your fingers to make a round shape or roll it with a rolling pin.
Anarse recipe - step 4
5.  Heat ghee in a small frying pan and when ghee melts, slip the anarse slowly in it
Anarsse recipe - step 5
6.  Fry on low flame until golden in colour and crisp from both sides
Anarse recipe - step 6
7.  Drain ghee and allow the anarse to cool. Then store in an airtight container.
anarse is ready to serve

16 December 2015

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Besan khawa burfi recipe - Mawa besan burfi

Besan khawa barfi in a serving plate
Besan khawa burfi recipe - This burfi is a delicious treat for people of all age group. This is a popular traditional sweet prepared with gram flour and mawa. Preparing sweet with these combination is very easy. I adore the melt in mouth texture and flavour of these burfis. The interesting part is it is a durable sweet that you can store it for about a month in the refrigerator and it remains as fresh as freshly made. Do try this excellent sweet, you will find it more interesting. Also check out some other delectable sweet recipes in this space.

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Besan Khawa Burfi-Mawa Besan Burfi 
Besan khawa barfi ready to serve
Prep time : 10 mins    
Cook time : 40 mins    
Total time : 50 mins
Recipe type :  Sweet    
Cuisine : North Indian  
Yield : 9 large sized burfi
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

Ingredients 
  • 2 cups gram flour / besan
  • 300 grams khawa / mawa
  • 1 cup sugar,  powdered
  • 3/4 cup ghee
  • 10 cardamoms, powdered
Method
  1. Heat 1/4 cup of ghee in a non-stick pan. Add besan and roast on low flame stirring continuously until it turns golden in colour and release nice aroma.
  2. In the meantime grate or crumble the khawa in a large plate.
  3. Add the grated khawa to the besan and keep stirring on low flame for 10 minutes. 
  4. Add the sugar powder and mix stirring continuously.
  5. Add the remaining ghee and keep stirring on low flame for 7 -8 minutes. 
  6. When the besan khawa mixture absorb the ghee and releases nice aroma, switch off the flame.
  7. Add cardamom powder and mix well.  Keep it aside until the mixture is warm. 
  8. Once the mixture is warm, transfer it to a mixer jar and just whip it once or twice. 
  9. Spread in the greased tray. Cut into barfi shapes. Allow them to cool. Store in an airtight container.
  10. The besan khawa barfi  can be saved for about 15 days at room temperature. 
  11. Then refrigerate until use.
Besan khawa burfi - step by step pictures

1.  Heat 1/4 cup of ghee in a non-stick pan. Add besan and roast on low flame stirring continuously until it turns golden in colour and release nice aroma.
Besan khawa barfi - step 1
2.  In the meantime grate or crumble the khawa in a large plate.
Besan khawa barfi -  step 2
3.  Add the grated khawa to the besan and keep stirring on low flame for 10 minutes. Add the sugar powder and mix stirring continuously.
Besan khawa barfi - step 3
4.  Add the remaining ghee and keep stirring on low flame for 7 -8 minutes.
Besan khawa barfi - step 4
5.  When the besan khawa mixture absorb the ghee and releases nice aroma, switch off the flame. Add cardamom powder and mix well.  Keep it aside until the mixture is warm.
Besan khawa barfi - step 5
6.  Once the mixture is warm, transfer it to a mixer jar and just whip it once or twice. Spread in the greased tray. Cut into burfi shapes
Besan khawa barfi - step 6
7.   Allow them to cool. Store in an airtight container and serve. This can be stored for about a month in the refrigerator.
Besan khawa barfi ready to serve

01 December 2015

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Green smoothie recipe - Apple spinach mint smoothie - Palak smoothie

Green smoothie in a serving glass
Green smoothie recipe  - This apple spinach smoothie is alternative to breakfast and perfect evening refresher for those who are looking forward to include low calorie food in their diet to loose weight and balance the sugar level in blood. This is a nutritious drink  with all goodness of healthy leafy vegetable spinach, and apple. It is prepared with only five ingredients. This smoothie is very light on stomach, satiated and gives you an energy boost. A perfect green drink which is low in calories and fat which can be prepared effortlessly. The apple, spinach and  lime juice complement each other. Mint and curry leaves adds fresh flavor. This smoothie has a wonderful taste which makes you drink more and more.  If you are looking for a healthy drink then try this green smoothie and enjoy.

Green Smoothie - Apple Spinach Mint Smoothie Recipe


Prep time :  
Cook time :  
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Recipe type : Drink-Beverage
Cuisine :Indian
Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients 
  • 1 apple
  • 15 spinach leaves / palak
  • 10 mint leaves / pudina
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1/2 cup water
Method
  1. Wash the spinach, curry leaves and mint leaves separately and drain them. 
  2. Wash and cut the apple into large pieces. 
  3. Put all the leaves and chopped apple along with 1/2 cup of water in a mixer jar. 
  4. Blend it to a smooth paste to make green smoothie. 
  5. Add more water if you like thin consistency. Transfer the smoothie to a bowl. 
  6. Squeeze the lime and mix well. 
  7. Pour the apple spinach mint smoothie in serving glasses and serve.