Friday, November 22, 2013

Idli Podi

Idly podi is must item in our home. I love having idli and dosa with this spice powder.Usually when ever we travel from idea,i used get kgs idli podi prepared  and packed by MIL for us.Last time got podi was over. I never like store bought one. So started preparing on my own.

Urad Dal                          1 cup

Channa Dal                       1/2 cup

Red chilli                          8 - 10 Nos

Garlic                                6-7 pods

Curry Leaves                    5 -6 Strands

Salt to taste

Heat pan first dry roast red chilli and curry leaves till turns crisp and transfer it to plate.
Then in the same pan add urad dal until turns brown or nice aroma comes and transfer into same plate.

In the same pan dry roast channa dal till turns golden brown and transfer to plate.

Let the ingredients cool completely,transfer into blender with salt.

Blend it as a coarse powder.

Enjoy it with Idly or Dosa.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Eggless Dates Cake

My hubby always ask me to bake with wheat flour.A year back when i saw this dates cake with wheat flour in Spicy treats ,want to try out immediately .That is time i started learning baking so it didn't come out well. Now i wont say I'm became expert in baking, but corrected the mistakes made last time , now  it came out really well.


Wheat Flour           
1 ¼  cup
All purpose Flour
¼ cup
½ cup
20 Nos
¼ Tsp
Baking Powder
¼ Tsp
Baking Soda
2 Tsp
½ cup
1 ½ cup
½ Tsp
Chopped Nuts,Raisins
¼ cup
Soak Dates in 1/2 cup of warm milk for half an hour and then grind it to smooth paste.

Preheat the oven to 350F.Grease the baking pan with oil.

In a mixing bowl, take milk and sugar, whisk until sugar dissolves.

Add oil/butter (melt the butter if using) ,vanilla,salt and dates mix well.

In a separate bowl sift wheat flour,all purpose flour,baking soda and baking powder.

Mix the dry ingredients to wet by adding gradually. At last add chopped nuts and raisins.

Pour it to baking pan and bake it for about 40 -50 or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

Sending this recipe to CWS event happing Priya's Virundhu

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rajma Masala | Red Kidney Bean Masala

Rajma masala is an authentic Punjabi recipe.Best combo for Roti or chappathi. Kidney bean has many health benefits , it has good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, kidney beans' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes.

Rajma                         3/4 cup

Onion                         1 Nos

Tomato                      2 Nos

Ginger Garlic paste   1 tsp

Red chilli powder      1/2 tsp

Coriander Powder     1 tsp

Cumin Powder          1/4 tsp

Garam masala           1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds             1 tsp

Salt to taste

Wash and soak Rajma for over night. Pressure cook Rajma with salt it for  5-6 hisses.

Heat oil in pan, add cumin seeds,Once splutter add ginger garlic paste. Cook until it raw smell goes.

Add chopped onions , cook till it become translucent.

Add tomatoes, all masalas,salt and cook till the tomatoes become juicy and separates from the sides.

Add cooked rajama along with the water , and mix well. (Add more water if required.)

Let it cook until rajma coated well the gravy.

Serve hot with Chappathi or rice.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili

I tasted the Paruppu Usili's only in restaurant .In my house hold Usili's are not even cooked once.
I want to try Paruppu usili with cluster beans when ever i bought ,but not able to do so. I tried for the first time and it came out very well.

Cluster Beans                  2 cups

Toor dal                       1/8 cup

Channa Dal                  1/8 cup

Red chilli                     2 Nos

Mustard seeds             1 tsp

Curry Leaves             5-6 Nos

Turmeric powder      1/4 tsp

Hing  a small pinch

Salt to taste

Cook cluster beans till turn soft and keep it aside

Soak the channa Dal and Toor dal for an hour.Drain water blend it along with the red chillis in a blender as a coarse mixture.

Steam cook the Dal mixture for 5 - 10 minutes.Once cool down scramble and keep aside.

Heat oil in pan , add hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves. Once splutter add dal mixture and cook for 2-3 mins.

Then add cooked cluster beans,mix well and cook for 2 minutes.

Serve hot with rice and curry.



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