November 26, 2013

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Mix dal appe recipe - How to make appe with dals - Healthy breakfast Recipes

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Mix dal appe recipe with step by step photos - This mix dals appe is a protein packed tea time snack, prepared using extremely healthy ingredients like bengal gram dal, green gram dal, black gram dal and toor dal. This appe has an inviting aroma and it has an excellent texture and is crisp from outside and soft from inside. It takes the shape and size of the mould used.

Dishes prepared with lentils are staple food in India. lentils are the perfect legume which provides protein, carbohydrate, iron, magnesium, potassium and fibers. I always look forward to cook and serve nutritious snack that are easy to cook with easily available ingredients in the kitchen.

This is a hassle free dish which can be prepared very easily. Dal appe tastes great when served hot with chutney and is a breakfast or teatime snack. This can also be packed in the snack box for kids. The batter can be prepared well in advance and kept in the refrigerator to be used as and when required.

Sometimes both kids and adults refuse to eat daal, sambar and kadhi. They do not understand the nutritional value of lentils. Making such appe with lentils is such a healthy way to feed them nutritious food. It is something different than regular rice appe and this can be made more veggie version by adding carrots, corn and fresh grreen peas. Appe prepared with pumpkin is also a popular dish and it has a sweet taste.

I still remember when I was a kid, my mother was making lentil dosa, appe, usli and pancake in combination with vegetables to serve us delicious, healthy snacks. I have also used the same trick on my kids when they were small and they ate the snacks happily. Appe prepared with lentils served along with fresh coriander mint chutney and  tomato ketchup  was  one of their favorite snacks. During rainy days hot appe with a cup of tea is a sure winner.
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November 20, 2013

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Tikhat shankarpali recipe - Khara shankarpali recipe

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Tikhat  shankarpali  recipe - Tikhat  shankarpali recipe - This is a spicy version of shankarpali prepared with wheat flour. This shankarpali is mildly flavored with cumin seeds powder, coriander powder, asafoetida, chilli powder and carom seeds. Though the method of preparation is similar to the sweet shankrpali, the ingredients used in this shankarpali is totally different. 

The taste of this shankarpali is slightly spicy which goes well with hot tea, coffee and soft drinks. I learnt this shankarpali from my mother. During diwali festival and in our summer vacation my mom was making both sweet and tikhat shankarpali in large quantities as we were demanding snacks regularly. It is an excellent snack to relish along with sweets like laddu and barfi. 

Usually shankarpali is made with sweet version but  this is an innovative and unique version of my mom's recipe liked by many of my friends. The quantity of ingredients I have used in this recipe is to adjust the taste bud of my family members. However you can adjust them to suit your loved ones taste. I am also making both versions of shankarpali every now and then to serve kids, friends and guests. 
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November 18, 2013

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Badam kesar milk recipe - Almond saffron milk recipe

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Badam kesar milk recipe - Almond Saffron Milk, popularly known as Badam Kesar Doodh, is one of my most favorite drinks, which I love to make it on weekends or on special occasions. It is prepared with Almond, Milk, Saffron, Cardamom and Sugar.  The Cardamom and Saffron give a perfect balanced flavor and beautiful cream colour to the milk. 

Apart from its beauty and flavor, it also leaves the rich creamy taste in the mouth and comforts the throat with its texture.. At the same time, this milk is highly nutritious due to the numerous nutrients contained by both milk and almond. Note that saffron produces heat in the body. Therefore, expectant mothers should avoid excess intake of saffron. Very small quantity of  saffron can be taken as an ingredient in the sweets or milk.
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November 11, 2013

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Shankarpali recipe - How to make shankarpali - Diwali snacks recipe

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Shankarpali recipe - Shankarpali is one such snack that I prepare every year during Diwali Festival. This is a fabulous snack, prepared by using all purpose flour and semolina. Addition of semolina adds extra taste, texture and crunchiness to the Shankarpali. 

The dough is kneaded with sugar water to get slightly sweet taste that we like shankarpali this way. The small portion of dough is rolled out to thin roti, then cut into square shape and deep fried till golden brown and crispy. This Shankarpali is purposely puffed  just to make it burst in the mouth on biting, while eating. This is a mouth watering snack that served with hot  tea or coffee.
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November 1, 2013

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How to celebrate Deepavali festival - Diwali festival

How to celebrate Deepavali festival - Diwali festival - We are Wishing a Very Happy and Joyous Diwali to our sons, relatives, friends and readers. May God bless you and your family with Happiness, Peace and Prosperity. May your future shine as Bright as Diwali Lights, as Colourful as Rangoli Colours, and as Sweet as Diwali Sweets. Celebrate and Enjoy Diwali. Happy Diwali.

Deepavali or Diwali is a festival of lights. Deepavali means row of lights. During this festival the house is decorated with lights. Rangolis with colourful powder are drawn in front of the door and Lords in the puja room. This festival is celebrated for  five days. On all these five days homes are lit with diyas, candles, lanterns, and lights. People enjoying the sound and light of firecrackers by bursting them. 

Dhanteras is the first day of the diwali festival. On the night of dhanteras, rangoli with colourful rangoli powder is drawn in front of the god and steel pot with water is kept on rangoli. The pot is decorated with marigold flower, kumkum and turmeric powder. A fresh coconut is placed on the top of this pot. A ritual of puja with ghee arati is made to it. 

Narak Chaturdashi is the second day of the diwali festival. This day is celebrated by early morning, oil massage is made with coconut oil and bathing held with scrubbing fragrant ubtan powder, followed by a special puja and breakfast with sweets like chibud rasayana, sweet poha, variety of laddus, karanji and snacks like chakli, shankarpali, chiwda etc. 

Lakshmi Pujan is the third day of diwali festival. It is celebrated in the evening. On this day in the evening before 6 p.m. house and Gods are decorated with marigold flower, rangoli and is  lit with diyas, lanterns and lights. The puja is made between 6 p.m. to  8 p.m. Variety of sweets and snacks are offered as naivedya to God and they are distributed after puja. After the puja, people burst crackers, sparklers and enjoy the sound and light of fireworks. Special dinner with kheer, pulao, fried kurdai, vada, poori, delicious sabzis are prepared to serve the family members. 

Padwa or Balipratipada is the fourth day of diwali festival. This day is celebrated as padwa. A main day of diwali festival. In my region newly married daughters with their husbands are invited for special meals. They are served with gifts and ornaments. 

Bhaubeej is the fifth day of diwali festival. It celebrates the rituals by performing a puja or arati by sister for her brother, she draws a tika or tilak on his forehead, followed by serving a delicious special meal, then brother offered a lovely gift to his sister.
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