07
Feb 19

Apples

Apples are delicious, during the apple season high quality apples one can get at low price. I would like to upload and talk about this juicy, crunchy and wonderful fruit and their recipes. How it can be consumed in different ways:

This is the most popular favorite fruit among the health conscious and fitness enthusiast, who firmly believe “health is wealth”

“An apple a day sends a doctor away” Its daily intake boosts metabolism, improves heart, bones, teeth and skin health. It helps to relieves constipation and diarrhea too; above all it boosts brain power. This wonderful fruits contains ‘vitamin B Complex’, beta carotene and many more vitamins and minerals.

Apples are the symbol of youthfulness and fertility ever since. That’s why once upon a time there used a slogan…

“An apple a day, do not doctors to pay.”

Apple trees originally grew in Asia and Europe about thousand years ago, now it is grown all over the world. Different types of apples are grown as per demand i.e. cooking purpose, raw eating purpose and cinder producing purpose.

Asian apples are extremely sweet, especially in Indian sub continent. The skin of ripen apples are red, pink, green, yellow, golden and rusted color. They also differ in size significantly. Japanese consumers prefer the large size apples.

Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures i.e. apples are eaten with honey at the Jewish new year to symbolize a very sweet new year.

Eat apples whatever the way you like, it gives advance nutrition. Eating them whole gives maximum benefits, but cooked dishes of apple can be fun while cooking and serving as well as tasty too.

Following recipes you can prepare with help of ‘Indian Cooking Manual’. I have already linked the recipe, you just click…

When I was in London, I saw there were apple toffee, candy and many more things are available in the stores.

Chocolate coated apples also available at the tourist places, so the proverb of now a day is …

“An apple a day keeps a doctor away”

Delicious and nutritional tips for using apple and its recipes:

You can serve it as juice or mixed with other fruit juices and prepare blend fruit juice.

Following are some apple preparation; Indian cocking manual will help you to prepare them:

  •  Low calorie fruit cream
  • Dreamy fruit dessert
  • Apple kheer
  • Apple juice
  • Apple shake
  • Apple lassi
  • Green apple chutney
  • Boiled apple for toddlers
  • Apple custard
  • Apple cake
  • Apple jam and jelly
  • Apple sandesh (Bengali sweets)
  • Fruit salad
  • Add few pieces of apple in your vegetable salad
  • Apples can be served with ice-cream, yogurt and cereals.
  • Prepare apple smoothie with curd or milk/almond milk/coconut milk.

28
Dec 18

Jackfruit seed Sāmbhar

Authentic south Indian cuisine in which I used fresh ripen jackfruit seeds: which is available in summer season, eat this Sāmbhar with rice and papad; makes it a complete meal. Jackfruit seed has high quality proteins which aids in building muscles. The proteins we get from it are free from cholesterol.

Ingredients:

  • Tuvar dal (split pigeon pea): ½ cup
  • Sāmbhar masala powder: 2 teaspoon
  • Garlic flakes: 3-4 nos.
  • Tamarind: 5 gm
  • Turmeric powder: half teaspoon
  • Coriander leaves: 25 gm
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Jackfruit seeds: 10-15 no.
  • Carrot: 1 no.
  • Drum stick: 1 no.
  • Tomato: 2-3 nos.
  • Madras onion: 8-10 no.
  • Green chili: 1 no.

For seasoning:

  • Refined oil: 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard seed: half teaspoon
  • Cumin: ½ teaspoon
  • Curry leaves: 1-2 twigs
  • Red chili: 1 no.
  • Asafoetida: 1 pinch
  • Fenugreek seed: one fourth teaspoon
  •  Madras Onion: 1 no.

Preparation:

  1. Wash Tovar dal; put green chili, garlic, onion and 3 cups of water into pressure cooker. Boil dal in the pressure cooker on high flame. Bring to full cooking pressure, reduce to low flame and cook for 3-4 minutes. Allow cooker to cool and open.
  2. Pulverize the dal. Add salt, turmeric powder, chili powder, and Sāmbhar powder and tamarind pulp into the dal. Mix properly and Keep aside.
  3. Soak tamarind in half cup of water, keep aside.
  4. Roughly chop all vegetables, add one cup of water and boil it (You can boil vegetables into pressure cooker).

Method:

  1. Add boiled vegetables into prepared dal, mix slowly. (Be careful otherwise vegetables get mashed)
  2. Add coriander leaves, cook for 4-5 minutes at low flame, so that all flavor will mix properly.

seasoning:

  1.  Take fry pan, put oil in it, when smoke begins to come add whole red chili, mustard seed, and cumin and fenugreek seed; sputter it for few seconds.
  2. Add asafoetida and chopped onion, stir and fry till it becomes brown in color. Add curry leaves; wait for few seconds, put off the gas.
  3. Pour this seasoning on the prepared Sāmbhar, cover for few minutes.
  4. Mouth watering jackfruit seed Sāmbhar is ready to serve with Rice, Dosa, vada and idly.

    Jackfruit seed Sāmbhar

    Jackfruit seed Sāmbhar

    Ingredients:

    Ingredients

    chopped ingredients

    chopped ingredients

    Wash Tovar dal; put green chili, garlic, onion and 3 cups of water into pressure cooker

    Wash Tovar dal; put green chili, garlic, onion and 3 cups of water into pressure cooker

    Roughly chop all vegetables, add one cup of water and boil

    Roughly chop all vegetables, add one cup of water and boil

    add asafoetida

    add asafoetida

    Add boiled vegetables into prepared dal

    Add boiled vegetables into prepared dal

    mix slowly

    mix slowly

    add coriander leaves

    add coriander leaves

    Pour this seasoning

    Pour this seasoning

    Jackfruit seed Sāmbhar

    Jackfruit seed Sāmbhar

    Jackfruit seed Sāmbhar

    Jackfruit seed Sāmbhar

    Jackfruit seed Sāmbhar

    Jackfruit seed Sāmbhar


21
Dec 18

Cheese stuffed Besan palak cheela

This is the favorite breakfast for health conscious & fitness enthusiast who wants to eat protein rich food and avoid eating carbohydrates, especially for those who would like to go keto diet.

It is very healthy and tasty too… enjoy the recipe, pair with soup and it’s a complete meal…

Here I stuffed cheese slice in it, which is loved by children too…

Ingredients:

  • Besan (chickpea flour): 1 bowl
  • Spinach (chopped):  2 bowl
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Ajawine (carom seed): ¼ teaspoon
  • Cooking oil/butter: for roasting

Preparation:

  1. Grind spinach along with water, strain it and prepare 1 cup of spinach juice. Keep aside.
  2. Take a mixing bowl; put Besan, spinach juice, salt, Ajawine, make a smooth paste without any lump. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a non stick pan; apply one spoon of butter, grease all over on it.
  2. Pour ladleful of batter on the centre of the tawa and quickly spread with circular motion.
  3. Cook from one side, spread ½ teaspoon of butter on the side and top. Wait for few minutes, the edges get lifted from the edge, flip it and cook both sides. Put cheese slice and fold the cheela in triangular shape or your desirable shape as shown in the photo.
  4. Transfer into serving plate ‘Besan palak cheela stuffed with cheese’ is ready to serve along with chutney or tomato ketchup.

    Cheese stuffed Besan palak cheela

    Cheese stuffed Besan palak cheela

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    put Besan, spinach juice, salt, Ajawine, make a smooth paste without any lump

    put Besan, spinach juice, salt, Ajawine, make a smooth paste without any lump

    put Besan, spinach juice, salt, Ajawine, make a smooth paste without any lump

    put Besan, spinach juice, salt, Ajawine, make a smooth paste without any lump

    apply one spoon of butter

    apply one spoon of butter

    quickly spread with circular motion

    quickly spread with circular motion

    Cook from one side

    Cook from one side

    flip it and cook both sides

    flip it and cook both sides

    Put cheese slice and fold the cheela

    Put cheese slice and fold the cheela

    fold the cheela in triangular  shape

    fold the cheela in triangular
    shape

    Cheese stuffed Besan palak cheela

    Cheese stuffed Besan palak cheela

    Cheese stuffed Besan palak cheela

    Cheese stuffed Besan palak cheela


18
Dec 18

Red coconut chutney (Kerala style)

Coconut chutney is mandatory with south Indian breakfast like Dosa, Idly, Uttapam, Appam and many more…it is quick to prepare if you have grated coconut with you.

Today I am going to share Kerala style red coconut chutney; Just blend coconut and Kashmiri red chili and temper with oil and seasoning.

This chutney is used in every Malayalam home almost every day.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Coconut:  half (medium size)
  • Kashmiri Red chili: 5-6 no.
  • Madras onion (shallots): 4-5 no.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Water ½ -1 cup

For seasoning:

  • Refined oil: 1 table spoon
  • Mustard seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Dry red chili: 1 no.
  • Curry leaves: 1-2 twigs
  • Asafoetida: 1 pinch
  • Madras onion (shallots): 1 no.

Preparation:

  1. Take fresh coconut and break it.
  2. Scarp only white portion of coconut through coconut scraper.
  3. Chop one shallot for seasoning, keep aside.
  4. Chop red chili, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Put scraped coconut, onion, salt and red chilis into grinding jar; grind well with help of water (amount of water depends according to consistency of your choice). Keep aside.
  2. Take a wok, put oil and mustard seed, when it sputters, add red chili and Asafoetida, add chopped shallots, stir fry until it becomes translucent; Pour ground coconut paste into the wok; add water if required to get consistency of your choice.
  3. When it just starts boiling put the flame off, transfer into serving bowl. Decorate with fresh curry leaves.
  4. Good accompaniment of south Indian Tiffins or snacks.

    Red coconut chutney (Kerala style)

    Red coconut chutney (Kerala style)

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    grind well with help of water

    grind well with help of water

    Seasoning

    Seasoning

    Seasoning

    Seasoning

    Seasoning

    Seasoning

    Seasoning

    Seasoning

    Pour ground coconut paste

    Pour ground coconut paste

    Pour ground coconut paste

    Pour ground coconut paste

    Red coconut chutney (Kerala style)

    Red coconut chutney (Kerala style)

    Red coconut chutney (Kerala style)

    Red coconut chutney (Kerala style)

    Red coconut chutney (Kerala style)

    Red coconut chutney (Kerala style)


17
Dec 18

Makai ka kheecha (cornmeal porridge)

I had been on trip to London. My daughter in law ordered to home delivery for lunch to an Italian restaurant. I tasted one of the dishes named ‘Polenta’. This dish made from cornmeal and taste is awesome.

That moment I recalled my childhood day, actually it was resemble to our Indian recipe ‘Makai ka kheecha’. The next morning I prepared the dish with some variation as ‘Makai ka kheecha’ traditionally served as ‘Halwa or Porridge’, but in my recipe I set this porridge in a greased plate and after cooling, cut into square and rectangle.

Many decades ago; this cornmeal recipe was traditionally associated with lower class, poor, rural and peasant people for their everyday nutrition. But now for couple of decades it has become popular in all segment of Indian society and available in the top restaurants too.

So, plan to prepare the recipe and enjoy the recipe…you may serve as porridge or make slice as per your choice but it is important to take care of the texture and consistency.

Very light to eat as breakfast…or with evening tea… as light meal…

Note: Traditionally it is made from yellow cornmeal.

Ingredients:

  • Makai ka Aata (cornmeal): 100 gm.
  • Water: 400 ml
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Butter: 2 table spoon
  • Roasted cumin powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Meetha soda (soda bicarb): 1 pinch (optional)
  • Turmeric powder: 1 pinch (optional)
  • Garlic paste: ¼ teaspoon (optional)

For seasoning:

  • Cooking oil: 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin ½ teaspoons
  • Mustard seeds: ½ teaspoon
  • Curry leaves: 1 twig
  • Green chili: 1-2 no.
  • Fresh coriander leaves: 2 tablespoon (chopped)

Preparation:

  1. Chop the coriander leaves, slit green chili keep aside.
  2. Grease a plate with ghee/oil, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Boil water in a thick bottom pot; bring the water to boil, add salt and 1 tablespoon of butter in it, add cumin powder, garlic paste and meetha soda too.
  2. Add cornmeal into the boiling water in a steady manner: continue stirring until become thick, cover the pot and cook on lower flame for 10-12 minutes, add remains butter. It is necessary stir occasionally to cook evenly and prevent settling down on the bottom.
  3. Cook until it comes to the halwa consistency; pour it on the greased plate, allow cooling and cut into rectangle or square shape as you wish. Keecha is ready to serve on the table after seasoning.

Seasoning:

  1. Take a fry pan and heat oil, when it starts to smoke add cumin, mustard seed and green chili.
  2. Sputter it for few seconds; pour this seasoning over the prepared kheecha.
  3. Transfer into platter and decorate with coriander Leaves. Now Makai ka kheecha (cornmeal porridge) is ready to serve.

    Makai ka kheecha (cornmeal porridge)

    Makai ka kheecha (cornmeal porridge)

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    add cumin powder, garlic paste and meetha soda too.

    add cumin powder, garlic paste and meetha soda too.

    add cumin powder, garlic paste and meetha soda too.

    add cumin powder, garlic paste and meetha soda too.

    add cumin powder, garlic paste and meetha soda too.

    add cumin powder, garlic paste and meetha soda too.

    Add cornmeal into the boiling water

    Add cornmeal into the boiling water

    Add cornmeal into the boiling water

    Add cornmeal into the boiling water

    It is necessary stir occasionally

    It is necessary stir occasionally

    pour it on the greased plate

    pour it on the greased plate

    allow cooling

    allow cooling

    Seasoning

    Seasoning

    cut into rectangle or square shape

    cut into rectangle or square shape

    Makai ka kheecha (cornmeal porridge)

    Makai ka kheecha (cornmeal porridge)

    Makai ka kheecha (cornmeal porridge)

    Makai ka kheecha (cornmeal porridge)

    Makai ka kheecha (cornmeal porridge)

    Makai ka kheecha (cornmeal porridge)