August 28, 2017

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Quinoa idli recipe - How to make idli with quinoa

Quinoa idli in a serving plate
Quinoa idli recipe -  Quinoa idli is a healthy and tasty South Indian style idli. This idli is best for breakfast and can also be packed in the lunch box. This idli is prepared by using quinoa, rice and split black grams. I made this for my sons as quinoa is one of their favourite grains. I made the quinoa idli couple of times and the proportion of ingredients given below is perfect to make soft idlis. 

This idli tastes very nice with the unique flavour of quinoa. The method of preparation is similar to rice urad dal idli. Quinoa is a tiny grain and its health benefits are numerous. It is high in antioxidants, rich in protein and contains essential amino acids. Quinoa is an excellent source of magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and dietary fiber. Hence using quinoa in diet in any form is beneficial.
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August 24, 2017

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Ganesh Chaturthi recipes - Ukadiche Modak recipe - Steamed Modak - Fried Modak recipe

Ganesh Chaturthi recipes - As Ganesh Chaturthi is fast approaching, I have compiled few recipes which are usually done during Ganesh Chaturthi. During this festival, Lord Ganesha is offered with several traditional sweets and savory snacks. Among them very popular sweet and naivedyam is modak. 

There are several varieties of modak like ukadiche modak, fried modak, baked modak, khawa modak, chocolate modak, dry fruit modak etc. Besides this, variety of laddus, karanji, puran poli, varieties of kheer or payasa, savory snacks like chakli, kodubale etc. are also prepared to offer as naivedyam to Lord Ganesh.
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August 23, 2017

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Baked spicy sweet potato - Baked genasu - Kananga recipe

Baked spicy sweet potato in a serving plate
Baked spicy sweet potato recipe - This is a simple, tasty and easy to prepare oven baked dish. This is a perfect snack for us when we do not like to eat steamed sweet potatoes or any other dish made out of it. Keeping in view the taste in mind, I have used very little spice powder which goes very well in this dish. As the outer skin is nutritious and it gives crunch to the dish after baking,  

I have not peeled the outer skin of the sweet potato. If you do not like it you can peel the skin very easily with the help of peeler and then bake it after applying spice powder as per your liking. I have just sprinkled small amount of spice powder to make it less spicy. 

When we like to have spicy slices, I apply more spice powder along with some oil, so that a uniform coating of spice powder is on the sweet potato slices. If you like potatoes, sweet potato can be replaced by potato and the dish can be prepared in a similar manner. 
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August 10, 2017

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Green apple chutney recipe

green apple chutney in a serving bowl
Green apple chutney - Chutney is a common side dish in Indian meal. There are several varieties of chutneys which is served as a side dish or a  spread for bread sandwich. Green apple chutney is a slightly sweet chutney. I made it with fresh raw green apples along with its skin. This chutney can be relished with roti, paratha, dosa, idli, uttappam, samosa, dhokla and sandwiches. The method of preparation is so simple and it takes only few minutes as it doesn't require any cooking. It is very tasty, healthy and needs only few ingredients.
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August 6, 2017

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Narali bhath recipe - Sweet coconut rice

Narali bhath is a traditional sweet coconut rice of Maharashtra usually prepared during the occasion of Narali purnima festival. This festival falls on full moon day of Shravan month, the fifth month of Hindu calendar. Celebration of Raksha Bandhan and wearing holy thread called Janivar (Janva) also falls  on this day. 

Narali bhath is usually made with basmati rice, coconut, ghee and jaggery. Any other rice can also be used in place of basmati rice but basmati rice enriches the flavour. The flavour of this dish can also be enhanced by adding spices such as cloves (lavang) and green cardamom powder. To make it more rich you can also add dry fruits such as cashew nuts, raisins and almonds.
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August 2, 2017

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Fried peanuts recipe - Fried groundnuts recipe

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Fried peanuts or groundnuts recipe - As the name suggests, fried peanut is an Indian deep fried snack which can be served with tea, coffee or cold drink at any time of the day. It is rainy season. Kids stay at home after school. To meet the increased demand from kids for crunchy snacks, busy moms are looking forward for some easy snack recipes. One such snack is fried peanuts. 

This is a munching snack for kids while watching television or reading books. If you are a busy mother and want to make some easy and tasty snacks to munch, this is an ideal snack. The whole process of preparation and frying takes very less time. The reuse of oil used for deep frying is not recommended. Hence, it is better to use limited oil for frying and  fry the peanuts in batches. 
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