22
Mar 17

Paneer (cottage cheese) stuffed idli

Especially for kids:

Mother’s days and nights revolve around their kids…preparing their Tiffin, getting him ready for school and once they came back home, take up their lessons and also cook delicacies that they relish.

Here is a delicacy from south India with some variation, I used whole wheat for dough and stuffed with paneer serve with chutney or without chutney. I bet that kids will love this, rather they don’t need chutney.

You may prepare this on the upcoming birthday party of your kids and get rid of your worries.

Ingredients:

For batter:

  • Wheat: 1 cup
  • Boiled rice/parboiled rice: 1 cup
  • Urad dal (split black gram): half cup
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon

For stuffing:

  • Paneer (Cottage cheese): 200gm
  • Oil: 1 tablespoon
  • Onion: 1 no. (Small size)
  • Green chili: 1 no (optional)
  • Salt: ¼ teaspoon
  • Chat masala: ½ teaspoon

Preparation:

For batter:

  1. Wash wheat, rice and dal each separately with water, so that all dust particles get removed properly.
  2. Soak wheat, rice and dal in separate bowl with double quantity of water for 5-6 hours or overnight.
  3. Grind the dal with equal amount of water to a very smooth paste (~ 10-15 minutes) in a ‘dosa grinder’ or ‘mixer grinder’. Keep aside.
  4. First grind the wheat with required quantity of water to a fine and smooth paste, add the rice into wheat paste with required quantity of water to a fine paste.
  5. Take out this paste and mix with dal paste, stir well cover the mixture; leave it for 5-6 hours for fermentation.

For stuffing:

  1. Grate the paneer. Keep aside.
  2. Chop onion and green chili into small pieces. Keep aside.
  3. Take fry pan, put oil, when it starts to smoke add chopped onion and fry it on high flame, add green chili, stir it and fry it till light golden color appears.
  4. Add salt and chaat masala and grated paneer; fry for couple of minutes , put off the flame stuffing is ready, let it cool.
  5. Take spoonful of stuffing and make them ball. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. After fermentation, stir the batter with ladle, if required add some water and salt to get the consistency, Smear the idli stand cups with little ghee/oil.
  2. Pour fermented mixture in idli stand cavity up to one fourth, put one prepared stuffed ball in each cavity and again Pour fermented mixture in idli stand cavity ; place the idli cooker on the gas with a cup of water, place the idli stand into the idli cooker and close the lid as shown in photo.
  3. Cook until toothpick inserted near the centre of the idli comes out clean; it will take about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Take out this idly with the help of spoon, and transfer into serving plate.
  5. Light Paneer (cottage cheese) stuffed idli is ready to serve with masala Sāmbhar and coconut chutney.

    Paneer (cottage cheese) stuffed idli

    Paneer (cottage cheese) stuffed idli

Ingredients

Ingredients

Grind the dal

Grind the dal

grind the wheat

grind the wheat

grind the wheat with required quantity of water

grind the wheat with required quantity of water

smooth paste

smooth paste

add the rice

add the rice

add the rice

add the rice

fine paste

fine paste

fine paste

fine paste

cover the mixture

cover the mixture

Ingredients

Ingredients

smoke add chopped onion

smoke add chopped onion

add salt and chat masala

add salt and chat masala

add salt and chat masala

add salt and chat masala

Add grated paneer

Add grated paneer

batter and stuffing

batter and stuffing

batter and stuffing

batter and stuffing

Pour fermented mixture

Pour fermented mixture

put one prepared stuffed ball

put one prepared stuffed ball

place the idli stand into the idli cooker

place the idli stand into the idli cooker

Paneer (cottage cheese) stuffed idli

Paneer (cottage cheese) stuffed idli

Paneer (cottage cheese) stuffed idli

Paneer (cottage cheese) stuffed idli

Paneer (cottage cheese) stuffed idli

Paneer (cottage cheese) stuffed idli


10
Mar 17

Boondi ka laddu

In India gifting your friends and family during festival is very popular. This festive season gift your near and dear ones a basket full of homemade delight ’Boondi ka laddu’, that comes laden with pure ghee (clarified butter) cashew nut and Raisins.

‘Happy holi’

Ingredients:

For boondi batter:

  • Besan: 200 gm.
  • Food Color:
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Ghee (clarified butter): for deep frying

For sugar syrup:

  • Sugar:  200 gm.
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Green Cardamom: 5-6 no.
  • Cashew nuts: 10-12 no.
  • Raisins: 15-20 no.
  • Melon seed: 1 tablespoon

Preparation:

For sugar syrup:

  1. Take a large pan; pour sugar as well as water in it, and Let the syrup boil for 3-4 minutes.
  2. To test the readiness of sugar syrup, pour a little amount of sugar syrup in a cup ¼ filled with water, if it get dissolved immediately, continue boiling for a minute and put off the flame, if it doesn’t dissolve immediately means it is ready, put off the flame.
  3. Add cardamom powder, raisin and cashew nut. Keep aside.

For boondi:

  1. Take a wide vessel; Put besan add water in small quantity to make a smooth batter. It should neither be too thin nor thick just like dosa batter, add color as per your choice. (See photo…)
  2. Take a fry pan, Heat ghee on medium heat (to check if oil is ready, pour   batter, if it comes up slowly means it is ready, if doesn’t wait for couple of minutes ant test again).
  3. Take a ladle full of batter on boondi ladle/maker and gently tap it. Droplets of batter will fall into the hot ghee and beautiful round shaped boondi will appear. (If boondi is not round in shape and get tail end means, the batter is thin add bit of gram flour and check again) Fry for a minute and take out, put it into sugar syrup. Repeat the process for rest of the batter.
  4. Mix them properly let it cool till you will able to bind the boondi mixture in the shape of laddu by help of your fist.
  5. Take one handful mix; shape the mixture in laddu by using your hand/fist, depending upon size of laddu 15-20 laddu will be ready.
  6. Decorate with Chandi ka verak, delicious laddu is ready to be served.
Boondi ka laddu

Boondi ka laddu

Ingredients

Ingredients

sugar syrup

sugar syrup

boondi batter

boondi batter

full of batter on boondi ladle

full of batter on boondi ladle

beautiful round shaped boondi

beautiful round shaped boondi

put it into sugar syrup

put it into sugar syrup

Repeat the process

Repeat the process

round shaped boondi will appear.

round shaped boondi will appear.

Mix them properly

Mix them properly

Boondi ka laddu

Boondi ka laddu

Boondi ka laddu

Boondi ka laddu

Boondi ka laddu

Boondi ka laddu


09
Mar 17

Meethi boondi

The joy of sharing sweets during festival has no bounds. Holi means variety of sweets and namkin, fritters, chat etc…

Today I am going to upload the ‘Meethi boondi’…

Excellent flavor and eye catching…

‘Meethi boondi’ is an authentic sweet of Indian cuisine. In the festival of Holi, it is used as a Prasad in the Holika dahan day along with murmura (puffed rice).

Ingredients:

For boondi batter:

  • Besan: 200 gm.
  • Rice flour: 1 table spoon
  • Meetha soda/cooking soda: 1 pinch
  • Food Color:
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Ghee (clarified butter): for deep frying

For sugar syrup:

  • Sugar:  200 gm.
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Green Cardamom: 5-6 no.
  • Cashew nuts: 10-12no.
  • Raisins: 15-20 no.
  • Melon seed: 1 tablespoon

Preparation:

For sugar syrup:

  1. Take a large pan; pour sugar as well as water in it, and Let the syrup boil for 3-4 minutes. When you touch it; between your index finger and thumb and pull it apart, it should form a string. Put off the flame. Add cardamom powder, raisin and cashew nut. Keep aside.

For boondi:

  1. Take a wide vessel; Put Besan, rice flour and soda, add water in small quantity to make a smooth batter. It should neither be too thin nor thick just like dosa batters (flowing consistency) add color as per your choice. (See photo…)
  2. Take a fry pan, Heat ghee on medium heat (to check if oil is ready pour batter ,if it comes up slowly means it is ready, if doesn’t wait for couple of minutes ant test again).
  3. Take a ladle full of batter on boondi ladle/maker and gently tap it. Droplets of batter will fall into the hot ghee and beautiful round shaped boondi will appear. (If boondi is not round in shape and get tail end means, the batter is thin add bit of gram flour and check again) Fry for a minute and take out, put it into sugar syrup. Repeat the process for the rest of the batter.
  4. Mix them properly let it be cool, stir occasionally, after getting cool it will get separated.
  5. Meethi boondi is ready; decorate with flower petals, delicious and eye catching ’Meethi boondi’ is ready to be served.
Meethi boondi

Meethi boondi

Ingredients

Ingredients

sugar syrup

sugar syrup

 form a string

form a string

smooth batter

smooth batter

add color

add color

tap it

tap it

Droplets of batter will fall

Droplets of batter will fall

Deep fry dry fruits

Deep fry dry fruits

Deep fry dry fruits

Deep fry dry fruits

Mix them properly

Mix them properly

put dry fruits into sugar syrup

put dry fruits into sugar syrup

stir occasionally

stir occasionally

add green cardamom powder

add green cardamom powder

Meethi boondi is ready

Meethi boondi is ready

Meethi boondi

Meethi boondi

Meethi boondi

Meethi boondi


09
Feb 17

Ridge gourd peel ki chutney(beerakaya/peerkangai chutney)

‘Ridge gourd peel ki chutney’ provides key nutrients of many vitamins, minerals and fiber which is present in the outer skin. The ridge gourd peel helps to prevent age related macular degeneration.

This is one of the basic and popular south Indian chutney; it is served with hot steamed rice, a tablespoon ghee, hot rasam and papad…delicious…very delicious…

Ingredients:

  • Ridge Gourd: ½ kg (~2 cups of peel)
  • Madras onion: 6-8 no.
  • Tomato: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Cooking Oil – 1 table spoon
  • Urad Dal / split black gram- 1 table spoon
  • Dry Red Chilies: 2 no. (As per your taste)
  • Garlic: 4 to 6 cloves
  • Ginger: 2” pieces
  • Tamarind – 1 table spoon (as per your taste)
  • Jaggery – 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon

Seasoning:

  • Cooking Oil – 1 table spoon
  • Mustard Seeds: 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Dry Red Chili: 1 no.
  • Urad dal: 1 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – 1 twig
  • Asafoetida: ¼ teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Wash and discard the sharp edges and veins of the ridge gourd, peel the skin of ridge gourd shown in the photo. You can use the pulp of this in other recipes, for this recipe you need only the peel, peel should be thicker than normal peel, the peeled portion can be used as per your normal preparation.
  2. Chop onion, garlic, ginger and tomato, keep aside

Method:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil, Add cumin sputters it for few seconds, add ginger, garlic, onion, tomato, and curry leaves one by one into one minute intervals.
  2. Add salt, tamarind pulp and red chili, fry for couple of minutes, cover it and cook till it is done (liquid dried up). Put off the flame, allow to cool.
  3. Grind fried and cooked peel of ridge gourd, Make course paste, Ridge gourd peel ki chutney is ready after seasoning.

Seasoning:

  1. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal, dry red chili, asafoetida and curry leaves. Let it sputter, add grinded chutney, fry for couple of minutes on medium flame (continue stirring), put off the flame, transfer into serving bowl.
  2. Ridge gourd peel ki chutney is ready to be Served with rice, idli or dosa.
  3. It can be served with steamed rice or chapati also.
Ridge gourd peel ki chutney (beerakaya/peerkangai chutney)

Ridge gourd peel ki chutney (beerakaya/peerkangai chutney)

Ingredients

Ingredients

discard the sharp edges and veins of the ridge gourd

discard the sharp edges and veins of the ridge gourd

peel the skin of ridge gourd

peel the skin of ridge gourd

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients

Add cumin

Add cumin

add ginger, garlic

add ginger, garlic

add ginger, garlic, onion

add ginger, garlic, onion

add ginger, garlic, onion, tomato

add ginger, garlic, onion, tomato

add ginger, garlic, onion, tomato , and curry leaves

add ginger, garlic, onion, tomato
, and
curry leaves

add ridge gourd peel

add ridge gourd peel

Add salt, tamarind pulp and red chili

Add salt, tamarind pulp and red chili

fry for couple of minutes

fry for couple of minutes

cover it and cook till it is done

cover it and cook till it is done

Grind fried and cooked peel of ridge gourd

Grind fried and cooked peel of ridge gourd

Make course paste

Make course paste

Seasoning

Seasoning

add mustard seeds, urad dal, dry red chili, and asafoetida

add mustard seeds, urad dal, dry red chili, and asafoetida

add curry leaves

add curry leaves

add grinded chutney

add grinded chutney

fry for couple of minutes

fry for couple of minutes

Ridge gourd peel ki chutney (beerakaya/peerkangai chutney)

Ridge gourd peel ki chutney (beerakaya/peerkangai chutney)

Ridge gourd peel ki chutney (beerakaya/peerkangai chutney)

Ridge gourd peel ki chutney (beerakaya/peerkangai chutney)


06
Dec 16

Raw banana poriyal/dry sabji (south Indian style)

Raw banana is easily available in all over India especially south India, rather banana is staple food in south India. It can be cooked in many ways; I am sharing here today the south Indian ways of cooking, very easy to cook called ‘raw banana poriyal’.

In this recipe, fresh coconut, curry leaves and black pepper gives mild sweet and spicy flavor. This is very healthy and nutritious too. It goes very well with noon meal with Sāmbhar and steamed rice.

Ingredients:

  • Raw banana: 2no. (Medium size, vegetable verity)
  • Onion: 1 no. (Small)
  •  Garlic: 2-3 flakes
  • Sesame seed oil/cooking oil: 2 table spoon
  • Salt: half teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Cumin: ½ teaspoon
  • Mustard seed: 1 pinch
  • Black pepper powder: ½ teaspoon.
  • Split black gram: 1 tablespoon
  • Curry leaves: 1 twig
  • Asafoetida: 1 pinch
  • Turmeric powder: 1 pinch
  • Fresh scrap coconut: 1 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Chop onion, and garlic into small pieces. Keep aside.
  2. Boil/ microwave the raw banana
  3. Peel and grate the banana, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take fry pan, put oil and heat.
  2. When it smokes, add mustard seeds, and split black gram, wait till it sputters.
  3. Add turmeric powder and garlic; stir and fry (keep it stirring otherwise it may burn).
  4.  Add scraped fresh coconut, onion and curry leaves, and fry for few minutes.
  5.  Add, grated raw banana in small quantity to avoid sticking; keep stirring, cover it and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium/low flame.
  6. Add salt, Put off the flame, now raw banana poriyal/dry sabji (south Indian style) is ready to serve.
  7. Transfer into serving bowl; serve this as a side dish at lunch or dinner.
Raw banana poriyal/dry sabji (south Indian style)

Raw banana poriyal/dry sabji (south Indian style)

Boil/ microwave the raw banana

Boil/ microwave the raw banana

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients

add mustard seeds

add mustard seeds

add mustard seeds, and split black gram

add mustard seeds, and split black gram

add mustard seeds, and split black gram

add mustard seeds, and split black gram

Add turmeric powder and garlic

Add turmeric powder and garlic

Add scrapped fresh coconut

Add scrapped fresh coconut

Add scrapped fresh coconut

Add scraped fresh coconut

 Add, grated raw banana

Add, grated raw banana

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keep stirring

keep stirring

Add salt

Add salt

Raw banana poriyal/dry sabji (south Indian style)

Raw banana poriyal/dry sabji (south Indian style)

Raw banana poriyal/dry sabji (south Indian style)

Raw banana poriyal/dry sabji (south Indian style)