Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kadhamba Kootu (Mix Veg kootu)

Brinjal - 1
Potato - 1
Drumstick - 1
Cauliflower - 1/2 cup
Peas - 1/2 cup
Tomato - 1
Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Green chillies - 2
Salt - to taste

Roast and grind:
Oil - 1 tsp
coconut scrap - 5 tsp
Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp

For tempering:
oil/ghee - 3 tsp
Mustard,Urad -1/4 tsp
hing - a pinch
Curry leaves - few
Cashews - 10

Chop all vegetables.
Roast all the items given under"Roast and grind" till golden brown and grind it coarsely with green chillies.
Pressure cook toor dal with 2.5 cups of water. When cooked, mash toor dal.
Add chopped vegetables, turmeric powder and salt to toor dal and cook.
When vegetables are cooked, add the ground paste and let it boil.
Switch off the stove when it thickens to a kootu consistency.
Do the tempering and pour over the kootu.
Kadhamba Kootu is ready!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Nellikkai Pachadi (Gooseberry Pachadi)

Gooseberry(big) - 6
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Mustard, Cumin, Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
Red chilly - 1
Curd - 100 ml
Coconut scrap - 5 tsp

For tempering:
oil - very little for tempering
Red chilli - 1
Mustard, urad, cumin - 1/4 tsp

Steam cook gooseberry. Remove seed and add salt to the fleshy part of gooseberry.
Fry mustard, cumin, methi and red chilli in very little oil and grind it along with gooseberry.
Add curd to the ground paste and keep aside.
Grind coconut to fine paste and add this to the mix.
Do tempering and pour it over the mix.
Tasty Nellikkai pachadi is ready to serve!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fruit-Yogurt Parfait

Parfait doesn't have a standard ingredient list. One can add as many ingredients as desired and is layered one above the other. Parfait is served chilled!
Ingredients include nuts, cereals, fruits, chocolates, cream, yoghurt and so on.

Parfait Encyclopedia - Just have a look!
I took one cup of plain yoghurt(can use flavoured yogurt also) and one cup of mixed fruits(apple, pomegranate, kiwi, strawberry). Chop the fruits. Arrange yogurt and mixed fruits in layers.
Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Sending this to 'Celebrate-Olympic Games Event' linking to Priya's announcement page and Jagruti's Announcement page

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Eggless Wholewheat Bread Steamed Pudding

Wholewheat Bread crumbs - 1 cup
(Wholewheat Bread - Keep in microwave oven for 2 minutes and grind it to get bread crumbs)
Milk - 3 cups
Sugar - 1/4 cups ( I used dark brown soft sugar)
Butter - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp for caramel

Boil milk. Add sugar and mix well. Keep in sim for 5 minutes.
Take it from the stove and add bread crumbs and butter and mix well and let it stand for 20 minutes.
Take the vessel for steaming, apply butter/ghee to the vessel, add sugar(1 tbsp) and heat till it changes colour to darkbrown/till it crystallizes. Switch off the stove.
Add the bread mixture slowly to it(don't mix) and steam cook for 1 hour.
When done, cool it and upturn the pudding and eat it hot or refrigerate and have a chilled pudding.

Sending this to 'Cooking with Wholegrains' event. Tagging to Priya's page and Jaya's page

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Whole wheat flour Dosa(Kodhumai Dosai)

Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
Rice flour - 2 tbsp (for crispiness)
Cumin seed - 2 tsp
Green chillies - 2
Curry leaves - few
Water, Salt, Oil - as required

Grind cumin seeds, green chillies and curry leaves.
Mix wheat flour, rice flour, salt, ground paste.
Add water and bring it a medium consistency not too thick nor too thin.
Spread it in tawa like dosa.
Healthy Kodhumai Dosa is ready!

Sending this to 'Cooking with Wholegrains' event. Tagging to Priya's page and Jaya's page

Caramel Apple (Dates version)

Caramel apples are prepared by dipping the apple in hot caramel and decorated by rolling it over nuts, raisins and whatever sweet things that comes to one's mind and is cooled to set. Caramel is prepared using brown sugar, heavy cream and butter. I wanted to try this with the dates dipping and so comes this post. Though we don't get a smooth silky texture like that of caramel, the taste of dates version is good.

Apple - 2
Wooden Skewer/Stick - 2
Dates - 10
Honey - 2 tbsp
Milk - 3 tbsp
Dark brown soft sugar (optional) - 2 tsp
Soak dates in warm water to make it soft and grind it to a paste by adding water/milk to it.
In a pan, heat sugar, add boiled milk and mix well.
Add the dates paste and cook till it leaves out the edges of the pan.
Add honey to this and mix well.
Wash and clean the apples, take off the stem. Insert a skewer or stick in the center of the apple.
Dip this apple in the hot dates dip, roll it, arrange it in a plate and cool in refrigerator for few minutes until the dip sets.
Otherwise, slice the apple, dip in the dates paste and enjoy eating ( I like it to eat this way as it is more easy)!

Sending this to 'Celebrate-Olympic Games Event' linking to Priya's announcement page and Jagruti's Announcement page

Monday, July 2, 2012

Bahraini Muhammar (Sweet Rice)

Muhammar is one of the most famous Bahraini dishes. It is a sweet rice dish and usually accompanied with spicy side-dishes mostly with Fish.


Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Water - 6 cups
Sugar - 1/4 cup
(I wanted it to be less sweet, so used 1/4 cup. Change to 1/2 cup according to your taste) 
Ghee - 1/4 cup (melted)
Rose water - 2 tbsp
Saffron - 1/4 tsp
Cardamom - 3 crushed
Cloves - 3
Cinnamon stick - 1
Salt - to taste


Soak Saffron, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon in rose water and keep aside.
Wash basmati rice and cook in 6 cups of water. When it is half cooked(cooked about 10 minutes in boiling water with salt) remove from stove and drain water.
Add the drained rice to the pan, add sugar and mix well. Add melted ghee and mix well.
Pour the rosewater mixture over the rice and mix well.
Close the lid tightly and cook for 20-25 minutes.
Sweet Muhammar is ready to serve!

Sending this to 'Celebrate-Olympic Games Event' linking to Priya's announcement page and Jagruti's Announcement page