July 7, 2019

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Methi nippattu - Menthe soppu nippattu - Fenugreek leaves nippattu

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Methi nippattu recipe - Methi nippattu is a crispy tea time snack prepared using wheat flour, gram dal flour and fenugreek leaves. This delicious and flavorful snack is very durable and can be stored in an airtight container for several days. Being a durable snack this can be sent to students staying in hostel or convenient to carry while travelling. Whenever I use fenugreek leaves for other dishes, I always think about methi nippattu. Then I make it in small quantity. This is a good tea time snack.

I fried nippattu on medium flame. Snacks fried on medium flame absorb moderate amount of oil. Deep frying on low flame gives shiny light colour to the snacks but these snacks absorb more oil. Deep frying on high  flame absorb less oil.  Because of  it's high temperature snacks burn  and the end product is dark brown. Therefore deep frying on medium flame is recommended.

Choice of oil is also important for deep frying.  Refined sunflower oil, safflower/kardi seed oil, soya bean oil or groundnut oil  are best for deep frying. I use New Saffola Gold oil brand, a  blend of rice bran oil and safflower seed oil, manufactured by  Marico ltd. While  buying oil, always check for the "Free of Trans Fats" label. This oil is not sold in loose. It  is available  in sealed  plastic can.
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February 18, 2019

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Rava coconut ladoo using sugar syrup - Semolina coconut laddu recipe

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Rava ladoo with sugar syrup recipeRava ladoo with sugar syrup recipe with step by step photos - Rava coconut ladoo is a popular Indian sweet prepared with semolina, coconut and sugar syrup. This is one of my favorite ladoos which I love to make often. Rava ladoo is a tasty sweet ball which is easy to prepare. 

This ladoo is  usually made during the festival like Ganesh Chaturthi, Deepavali and other special occasions such as birthday party, pot luck party and get together party. There are two ways to make rava ladoos. This one is prepared using sugar syrup and another method is ghee roasted rava is mixed with sugar powder and ladoo is prepared. 

Rava and coconut is an awesome combination and coconut not only enriches the taste but also enhances the flavor. The texture of the ladoo depends upon the sugar syrup and the level of frying rava. Rava should not be raw as it spoils the taste. 

If it is difficult to bind the ladoos, you can use some melted ghee to soften the mixture. Do not use excessive ghee. Rava ladoo using sugar syrup method is very easy once you prepare the syrup with exact quantity of ingredients and follow the steps properly. When the rava absorbs the syrup, it is easy to bind the ladoos.

I know everyone has their own version of this popular ladoo but this one is introduced to me by my mother. I still remember my mom making this in large quantity to distribute among friends and relatives in packets in special occasions and during festive season. I simply enjoy having this burst in mouth sweet balls and this is undoubtedly one of the delicious sweets
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September 12, 2018

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Ukadiche Modak using mould - Ganesh Chaturthi Naivedya Recipe

Ukadiche Modak recipeWishing You All a Very Happy, Joyful and Prosperous Ganesh Chaturthi. Here is an elegant Modak to offer Lord Ganesh as Naivedya during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. 

Ukadiche modak is a steamed rice flour sweet dumpling with coconut, jaggery filling, popular in Maharashtra and Southern India. Both Ukadiche Modak and fried modaks are very essential naivedya during Ganesh Chturthi festival and Sankashti Chaturthi day. Modak is distributed as prasaad after Lord Ganesh's pooja. 

I have already posted hand made traditional Ukadiche Modak and deep fried Talalele Modak recipe. Both taste great. Steamed modak can be prepared in two ways. First method is hand made modak and second method is using the mould. Both the modaks are prepared with almost same ingredients. Only the method of making modak is different. 

The taste, flavor and texture of mould made modak is similar to the hand made modak. Variety of modak moulds are available in steel and plastc, in the utensils shop. But plastic moulds are so easy to handle than steel mould. Check out handmade handmade ukadiche modak and deep fried modak
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Talalele Modak Recipe - Fried modak - Ganesh Chaturthi Modak Naivedya


Wishing you all a Very Happy and Prosperous Ganesh Chaturthi.
Fried modak recipe - Today is Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival which is celebrated with full swing all over India for ten days till Anant Chaturdashi. During these 10 days various dishes and snacks such as Ukadiche Modak, Fried Modak, Chakli, Kodbale, Besan Ladoo, Rava Ladoo and kheer made with moong dal, chana dal, etc. are offered to Lord Ganesh as naivedya and distributed as prasaad. Talalele Modak is a traditional Maharashtrian deep fried Modak prepared with wheat flour covering and coconut jaggery filling. Usually, for Naivedya 21 Modaks are offered to Lord Ganesh. 
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Ukadiche Modak recipe - Handmade Rice flour dumplings with coconut jaggery filling - Ganesh Chaturti Naivedya

Ukadiche Modak recipe - Ukadiche Modak is an essential Naivedya or Prasad which is prepared to offer Lord Ganesh during Ganesh Chaturthi festival or Sankashti Chaturthi day. Today I am sharing with you all a traditional, authentic Ukadiche modak of Maharashtra. Modak is steamed rice flour dumplings filled with coconut and jaggery mixture. It has an inviting flavour and sweet taste. This lovely modak is so soft and delicious too, try this modak and taste it. It is one of my favorite sweets and I like the preparation. It is a very simple dessert that you can make it easily and it doesn't need any practice. Modak moulds both in steel and plastic is available in the utensil's shop, and I'll post modak using mould recipe in due course. 
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March 18, 2018

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Zucchini dal recipe - Curry for rice and roti

Zucchini dal
Zucchini dal recipe -Zucchini dal is a healthy and delicious curry prepared to serve with hot plain rice, roti or chapathi. Similar type of dal can be made by using beans, brinjal, potato and ivy gourd. This is a South Indian konkani style curry which uses fresh coconut as key ingredient for the masala paste. In this masala paste, I have used green chillies instead of red chillies. I often make vegetable dal with such masala paste to serve with rice. The combination of thoor dal, masala paste and above mentioned vegetables are awesome. There are several other ways to make dishes with zcchini such as zucchini dosa, kadhi, sambar, stir fry etc
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March 17, 2018

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Amrakhand recipe - How to make mango shrikhand


Amrakhand recipe - Amrakhand is one of the popular Maharashtrian desserts made with hung curd, mango, sugar and the flavor is infused with cardamom powder. It is prepared during festivals and weekends, usually served with pooris. When it comes to making dessert I always prefer to make smooth and creamy amrakhand which is not only easy but also very quick to prepare. The hung curd is available in sweet shop, otherwise you can also make it at home by draining the thick yogurt through a muslin cloth. Hung curd is called chakka in Marathi. Whenever I have large quantity of yogurt in stock, I make hung curd at home. I prefer to use alphonso mango for this dessert, as it has thick and sweet pulp which is perfect for the thick, creamy amrakhand.
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Pineapple raita recipe - How to make ananas raita


Pineapple raita recipe - Raita is a yogurt based dish which you can enjoy with variety of fruits and vegetables. It is commonly prepared in North Indian homes. Pineapple raita is a very delicious raita made with pineapple and immersed in yogurt and sugar. Cumin seeds powder, pepper powder and chilli powder is also added to increase the flavor and taste. Pineapple is a fruit with tangy and sweet taste. It contains some amount of calcium, potassium, fiber and vitamin c. It is low in fat and cholesterol. Yogurt is a tasty food that can be eaten in many different ways. Yogurt provides numerous health benefits. Consumption of fresh yogurt helps in smooth digestion. So, pineapple raita is a perfectly healthy dish.
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March 4, 2018

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Egg bhurji recipe - Anda bhurji - Motte bhurji

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Egg bhurji recipe - Egg bhurji is a popular dish among non-vegetarians. This dish goes well with chapathi, roti, paratha, pulao and fried rice. The hot bhurji is addictive and makes you craving for more. In this recipe I have used the same ingredients which I used to make bhurji since decades and the same is loved by my family members. The use of ginger garlic paste along with onion enhances the taste. In this dish the use of coriander powder, jeera powder and grama masala is essential for the spicy taste and to add flavor. This is an easy  dish which can be prepared quickly. Eggs are very handy when you run out of vegetables or kids make special demand for non-vegetarian dishes. I love to make this delicious, spicy and tempting side dish often. I have been eating egg bhurji since my childhood and never get bored with it. Also check egg omelette recipe and cheese omelette recipe in this space.
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February 26, 2018

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Foxtail millet idli recipe - Navane idli - Raala Idli

Foxtail millet idli

Foxtail millet idli recipe - Foxtail millet idli is a healthy and tasty idli for those who love to add low carb food in their diet. Foxtail millet is a diabetic friendly millet and obviously it is low in carbohydrates and rich in fiber. This millet has low glycemic index and it is an ideal substitute for rice. It helps to lower the level of blood sugar. Foxtail millet contains antioxidant and it helps to get rid of toxins from the body. Thus one can maintain a good health from consuming the food prepared with foxtail millet. The method of preparation of this idli is similar to quinoa idli which I have posted earlier.This idli is easily digestible, soft and tasty. It can be served either for breakfast, lunch, dinner and is very easy to pack in the lunch box along with some dry chutney powder. Sambar, coconut chutney and idli make a great combination. Also check foxtail millet dosa recipe which I have posted earlier.
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January 30, 2018

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Cheese peanut butter sandwich recipe

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Cheese peanut butter sandwich recipe - This is an easy and simple recipe which can be made in a jiffy. Both kids and adults will love to eat any variety of sandwiches. This sandwich is made by using only four ingredients. This is best to serve in the morning as a breakfast dish or evening tea time snack. In this recipe, bread slices are roasted in butter. Then cheese and peanut butter is spread on the bread slices. Then these slices are again roasted until the cheese melts and the slices become crisp. It tastes great with tomato ketchup and dipping sauce. Also check out cheese sandwich recipe which I have posted earlier along with step by step pictures.
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January 25, 2018

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Haldi ka doodh reccipe - Fresh turmeric root milk

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Haldi ka doodh reccipe - Today I am sharing a very simple, unique and healthy recipe of fresh turmeric root milk. Fresh turmeric roots are in season in Maharashtra. It is available during winter season. Turmeric root milk is a very popular drink and during off season turmeric powder can be used to prepare this milk. Haldi ka doodh is a very tasty, soothing, healthy and comfort milk. It has a subtle flavor and often consumed to comfort the sore throat. Whenever any one of our family member is having cold and cough, I make turmeric milk and give them to drink during night for a couple of days. When fresh turmerics are not available, I use the same method with turmeric powder. First boil the milk and add sugar to it. Then make the turmeric milk by adding turmeric powder in the milk and bring it to boil. Turmeric roots dry or fresh has medicinal properties and turmeric milk is one of the best ways of consuming turmeric. It has strong antioxidant properties and thus it helps in maintaining good health.
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