22
Sep 18

Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

Do you love the bitter gourd? If yes, then must prepare this delicious stuff bitter gourd in which dry coconut, melon seed and roasted peanuts to be used.

An exciting flavor that will delight your mood…

Ingredients:

  • Bitter gourd: 150 gm
  • Green coriander: 1 tablespoon
  • Olive oil: 3 – 4 tablespoon
  • Fennel seed: 1 teaspoon

For stuffing:

  • Spring onion: 20 gm.
  • Dry coconut: 3 tablespoons
  • Roasted peanut: 3 tablespoon
  • Melon seed: 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder: half teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  •  Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Dry mango powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar: half teaspoon (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Ground the peanut, dry coconut and melon seed in a grinder, keep aside.
  2. Wash and Trim the both ends of bitter gourd, cut into 2-3” pieces, again slit these pieces longitudinally, take out pulp, keep aside.
  3. Chop spring onion, bitter gourd pulp and coriander leaves, keep aside.

For stuffing:

  1. Take a mixing bowl; put ground peanut, coconut and melon seed along with spring onion and coriander leaves. Add 1 teaspoon oil, raw mango powder, coriander powder, sugar, salt and turmeric powder mix properly. Now stuffing is ready. Keep aside.
  2. Take a bitter gourd and stuff the stuffing in it. Press tightly with your thumb. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a heavy bottom pan. Heat oil, add fennel seed, sputter for few seconds; add a pinch of turmeric powder put stuffed karela pieces into it. Cover and cook on low flame.
  2. Keep turning the sides, so that it gets cooked from all sides. Cook properly; it will take about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Now, stuffed karela is ready to serve as side dish with any meal.
  4. It is great as a travel food. It will remain fresh for 3-4 days at room temperature.
  5. Note: heavy bottom pan works better. This is served with rice or paratha.
    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    chopped  and slit bitter gourd

    chopped and slit bitter gourd

    preparing stuffing

    preparing stuffing

     stuffing Ingredients

    stuffing Ingredients

     raw stuffed bitter gourd

    raw stuffed bitter gourd

    add fennel seed,

    add fennel seed,

    put stuffed karela pieces

    put stuffed karela pieces

    put stuffed karela pieces

    put stuffed karela pieces

    Keep turning the sides

    Keep turning the sides

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut


11
Sep 18

Sattu ka laddu

Since it is rich in proteins, sattu is beneficial for health and well being of growing kids. Sattu is prepared by one of the healthiest cooking method that is “roasting”; in this the nutrients value remains intact and can be stored for months.

Making chana ka sattu is a time taking process; I used here readymade sattu flour from Bihar but if you don’t have, just grind the roasted chana dal to fine powder. Sieve it, use it.

“Sattu laddu” is very easy to prepare it does not need to be cooked or fried, just add Indian spices, green cardamom and sugar powder or Jaggery and some dry fruits.

Ingredients:

  • Sattu (roasted chana dal powder):100 gm
  • Unsalted butter/Ghee: 50 gm.
  • Sugar: 80-100gm
  • Green cardamom: 1- 6 no.
  • Cashew nut: 10-15 no.
  • Almond: 10-15 no.
  • Pistachio: 10-15 no.
  • Saffron: 1 pinch
  • Milk: 1 -2 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Grind green cardamom to make powder, keep aside.
  2. Slice dry fruits thinly, keep aside.
  3. Grind sugar to make fine powder, keep aside. Soak the saffron into tablespoon milk for 10-15 minutes.

Method:

    1. Take pan melt butter: add sattu, powder sugar, green cardamom powder and sliced dry fruits; and mix all things properly along with saffron milk. (Add more milk to reach the binding consistency if needed).
    2. Take one handful mix; shape the mixture in round (laddu) by using your hands, depending upon size of laddu 10-12 laddu will be ready.
Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Ingredients

Ingredients

add sattu, powder sugar, green cardamom powder

add sattu, powder sugar, green cardamom powder

ground sugar  & Sliced dry fruits

ground sugar & Sliced dry fruits

ground sugar  & Sliced dry fruits  mix

ground sugar & Sliced dry fruits mix

Take one handful mix

Take one handful mix

Take one handful mix

Take one handful mix

shape the mixture in round

shape the mixture in round

shape the mixture in round (laddu) by using your hands

shape the mixture in round (laddu) by using your hands

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu


04
Sep 18

Japanese green tea culture

Today, while I was preparing tea, I thought of writing about this green tea: has a typical flavor and it is best on its own without sugar, milk and any other natural flavor. And the monsoon climate of Japan is truly magical for me. The sky may be dull and gloomy, but mood become cheerful.

The love of tea takes special place in my heart…drinking tea is not only pleasurable rather it gives refreshment and its benefits go far beyond…

There are thousands types of tea in the world, they traditionally classified as Green tea, Black tea, Yellow tea, Herbal tea, Flavored tea, Blended tea, White tea & Oolong tea.

All non herbal teas are made from camellia sinensis (botanical name) plant. The Japanese green tea is immensely popular across the world and also made their way in India too.

The powder green tea is used in religious rituals called “Tea ceremony“is the part of Japanese culture.

In the traditional cuisine with all most every meal in the Japan accomplices by fresh brewed pot of green tea.

Actually the green tea is elixir of Japanese and they think it has innumerable health benefits (about life span).

Plenty of researches in Japan showing that drinking green tea is not only improve your health, it can be protect your teeth, improve your brain healthcare for your heart, lower the risk of diabetes and good for those who wants to reduce their weight.

Above all green tea is very effective in keeping skin and hair beautiful.

This is why green tea is staple drink of Japanese cuisine.

“This is the green tea magic”.

Japanese green tea

Japanese green tea

Japanese green tea

Japanese green tea

Japanese green tea

Japanese green tea


28
Aug 18

whole Mung (green gram) tadka

Serving this whole mung tadka in combination with wheat/corn chapati or with steamed rice: result in a complete protein level.

It is very easy to digest and used in north Indian house as daily meal.

Ingredients:

  • Whole Mung: 150gm.
  • Onion: 1no. (Small)
  • Tomato: 1 no. (Small)
  • Green chili: 1 no.
  • Red chili powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: half teaspoon
  • Ginger: 2” (grated)
  • Garlic: 3-4 flakes
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon stick: 1 inch
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Cooking oil/Ghee: 1 teaspoon
  • Butter: 100 gram
  • Garam masala powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Chopped green coriander: 1 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Soak Mung overnight.
  2. Chop tomato, onion, garlic, ginger, green coriander and green chili, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Boil soaked Mung with salt, turmeric powder, chopped ginger, bay leaf and double quantity of water in a pressure cooker on high flame.
  2. Bring to full cooking pressure, reduce to low flame and cook for 2-3 minutes, allow cooker to cool and open.
  3. Take fry pan and heat ghee, put 1 teaspoon of cumin and cinnamon, when it begins to sputter add
  4. Chopped onion, garlic and green chili, stir fry till it onion gets translucent. (Keep it stirring otherwise it may burn)
  5. Add chopped tomato and fry  till oil separates from the masala.
  6. Add red chili powder and stir it for few seconds, add boiled Mung and water to your requirement. Lower the flame; boil it about 2-3 minutes (Slow cooking brings more taste and flavor)
  7. Note: (Stir it frequently to prevent dal from setting into the pan bottom.)
  8. Add Garam masala and coriander leaves, put off the flame.
  9. Transfer into serving bowl, add extra ghee (optional) and chopped coriander leaves.
  10. Now ‘Mung dal Tadka’ is ready to serve.
Whole Mung (green gram) tadka

Whole Mung (green gram) tadka

Ingredients

Ingredients

Boil soaked Mung with salt, turmeric powder, chopped ginger, bay leaf and double quantity of water

Boil soaked Mung with salt, turmeric powder, chopped ginger, bay leaf and double quantity of water

Boil soaked Mung with salt, turmeric powder, chopped ginger, bay leaf and double quantity of water

Boil soaked Mung with salt, turmeric powder, chopped ginger, bay leaf and double quantity of water

allow cooker to cool

allow cooker to cool

put 1 teaspoon of cumin and cinnamon

put 1 teaspoon of cumin and cinnamon

Add chopped onion, garlic and green chili

Add chopped onion, garlic and green chili

Add chopped onion, garlic and green chili

Add chopped onion, garlic and green chili

Add chopped onion, garlic and green chili

Add chopped onion, garlic and green chili

Add chopped tomato

Add chopped tomato

fry till oil separates from the masala

fry till oil separates from the masala

Add red chili powder

Add red chili powder

Add red chili powder

Add red chili powder

add boiled Mung

add boiled Mung

add boiled Mung

add boiled Mung

Whole Mung (green gram) tadka

Whole Mung (green gram) tadka

Add Garam masala powder and 2 tablespoon of coriander leaves

Add Garam masala powder and 2 tablespoon of coriander leaves

Add Garam masala powder and 2 tablespoon of coriander leaves

Add Garam masala powder and 2 tablespoon of coriander leaves

boil it about 2-3 minutes

boil it about 2-3 minutes

Whole Mung (green gram) tadka

Whole Mung (green gram) tadka

Whole Mung (green gram) tadka

Whole Mung (green gram) tadka

Whole Mung (green gram) tadka

Whole Mung (green gram) tadka

Whole Mung (green gram) tadka

Whole Mung (green gram) tadka


17
Aug 18

Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

It was hot sultry evening, a fresh breeze coming from the sea make it ideal climate. I was strolling in my lawn at Anuvijay Township very near to Kanyakumari.

There is a papaya plant in my garden; the plant is easily grown without much care. Papaya is known as super food.

There is no vegetable in my refrigerator, so I decided to prepare ‘Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)’. The taste is amazing.

Ingredients:

  • Raw papaya: medium size (~ 400 gm)
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Coriander powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Chili powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard oil/cooking oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Mustard seed: ½ teaspoon

For wet paste:

  • Madras onion: 10-12 no.
  • Garlic: 3-4 flakes
  • Poppy seed: 1 tablespoon
  • Sesame seed: half teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Peel off onion and garlic, Keep aside.
  2. Dry grind poppy seed, sesame and salt together, and then add garlic and onion into it. Grind the wet masala till fine paste. Keep aside.
  3. Peel off papaya, discard the seeds and chop into small cubes.

Method:

  1. Take a pressure cooker: put oil, when oil starts to smoke, add mustard seeds, and sputter for few seconds.
  2. Add chopped papaya stir fry for couple of minutes, add wet masala, salt, coriander powder, chili powder and turmeric powder (keep it stirring otherwise it may burn).
  3. Stir fry for couple of minutes or till liquid dries up; add a cup of water.
  4. Close the cooker; cook on high flame, bring to full cooking pressure, reduce to low flame and cook for 1 minute. Allow cooker to cool and open.
  5. Serve hot with poori, bread or chapati.
    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    peeled papaya

    peeled papaya

    chopped papaya

    chopped papaya

    add mustard seeds

    add mustard seeds

    Add chopped papaya

    Add chopped papaya

    add chopped papaya

    add chopped papaya

    add wet masala

    add wet masala

    add wet masala, salt, coriander powder, chili powder and turmeric powder (keep it stirring otherwise it may burn).

    add wet masala, salt, coriander powder, chili powder and turmeric powder (keep it stirring otherwise it may burn).

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    Stir fry for couple of minutes

    Stir fry for couple of minutes

    add a cup of water

    add a cup of water

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)