February 28, 2017

Nendran Banana Chips / Kerala Banana Chips


We always buy Nendran Banana Chips at shops. Even though this is a very good snack, we worry because of the oil used. The best alternative is to prepare at home itself. It is a quiet easy only and will be good to try at home.

Full Video Summary:





Recipe Cuisine : Indian | Recipe Category: Snacks
Preparation Time: 5 mins  | Cooking Time: 10 mins | Yields: 1 ½ cup

Ingredients:
Raw Nendran Banana
1
Salt
To taste
Coconut Oil or Any Cooking Oil
To deep fry the chips

Procedure:
1. Take 1 tsp of water in a small bowl and add required salt. Mix them well till the salt dissolves in the water completely. Keep it aside.
2. Heat the oil in a frying pan.
3. Cut the head and tail of the banana.
4. Using the knife, slit the skin of the banana at 3-4 places vertically. Now it will be easy to remove the skin of the banana.
5. Now slice the banana into very thin slices using the slicer into the hot oil. Be careful at this stage. [ Refer Video]
6. After few seconds, add the salt water (from 1). Now you will get lot of sound from the pan. Don’t panic. Leave it for few seconds.
7. Then using the ladle, turn over the banana slices and cook till the bubbles stops completely. Keep the flame at medium through out the process.
8. Now using the ladle, take the chips and drain the oil. Using the tissue paper, extract the excess oil too.
9. Allow it to cool down completely and then store it in an air tight container.
         
  Wow really yummy and crispy homemade Nendran Banana Chips is ready to bite!

Note:
1. No need to add turmeric powder because the banana itself has the yellow color.
2. You can also slice a banana into a plate and then put them into the hot oil later.
3. Coconut oil gives very nice aroma to the chips.
4. Don’t overload too many slices into the oil.


February 27, 2017

Green Turkey Berry / Pachai Sundaikkai Kuzhambu without Tamarind

     



         The most famous recipe with sundakkai is bajji(sabji). In villages, since turkey berry is abundant, there are many more equally good recipes. Turkey berry is one of them. This goes very well with Rice, Chapathi, Idli and Dosa also.

Quick 1 min Slide Show Video:







Recipe Cuisine : South Indian | Recipe Category: Kuzhambu
Preparation Time: 15 mins  | Cooking Time: 30 mins | Yields: 3 cups

Ingredients:
Sundakkai / Turkey Berry
1 cup
Salt
To taste
To Fry and Make Paste:

Oil
2 tsp
Cumin Seeds
1 tsp
Pepper Corns
½ tsp
Garlic Pods
4
Chopped Onion
1 cup
Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp
Coriander Powder
2 tbsp
Curry Leaves
1 spring
Grated Coconut or equivalent
¼ cup
To Temper:

Oil
1 tsp
Mustard Seeds
½ tsp
Curry Leaves
½ spring
Chopped Onion
1 tbsp

Procedure:
1. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and wait for popping. Then add peppercorns fry for a min.
2. Add chopped garlic pods and fry till nice aroma comes out.
3. Add chopped onion and sauté till they become translucent.
4. Now add curry leaves and sauté for few seconds.
5. Add red chilli powder and coriander powder. Mix them well and fry till the nice aroma comes out. Switch off the flame and allow it to cool down completely.
6. Add grated coconut with the above mixture and grind them into a fine paste using the mixie with little water. Keep it aside.
7. Crush the turkey berries with backside of the ladle or hand blender (paruppu maththu). Immediately put them into the water to avoid the color change.
8. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and wait for popping. Then add curry leaves and sauté till they crisp.
9. Then add the chopped onion and fry till the onion becomes translucent.
10. Now add crushed turkey berry (from 7) without water and sauté till they become tender.
11. Now add the ground paste (from 6), enough water and salt. Mix them well. Close the lid of the pan and cook for 7-10 mins.
          Yummy and tasty turkey berry kuzhambu is ready!

February 23, 2017

Dates Chocolate Truffle




Everyone would love Dates Chocolate Truffle as it looks like a ball of chocolate.quick to make; the Dates make it very healthy also.





Recipe Cuisine : International | Recipe Category: Dessert
Preparation Time: 10 mins  |  Yields: 10 Truffles

Ingredients:
Finely Chopped Dates
1 cup
Coco Powder
2 tbsp
Honey
2 tbsp
Water (if required)
2 tsp
For Dusting:

Coco Powder
3 tbsp or required

Procedure:
1. Grind the dates into coarse paste using the dry mixie jar (in pulse mode).
2. Then add coco powder, honey and water.
3. Grind them into a little bit coarse paste.
4. Transfer this mixture into a bowl. Mix them well with your hands or spatula.
5. Make gooseberry size balls from the mixture and keep it aside.
6. Sprinkle the dusting coco powder on the plate.
7. Roll the balls over the coco powder and keep it in the refrigerator for 2-3 hour.  Now truffle is ready to serve.

Note:
1. Since we are adding coco powder it will be slightly bitter.
2.  You can store at room temperature for more than a week.
3. Don’t grind for too long because the paste would stick with the jars walls and the mixie would stop.


February 22, 2017

Raw Papaya Paratha | Easy Paratha Recipes

In my hometown, there is abundant papaya. But my family does not like to have more of it. I made this papaya paratha and didn’t tell about its ingredients. Everyone liked and devoured it.

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Recipe Cuisine : South Indian | Recipe Category: Paratha
Preparation Time: 5 mins  | Cooking Time: 20 mins | Yields: 5 nos.

Ingredients:
For Dough:

Wheat Flour
1 cup
Salt
As required
Oil
2 tsp
Water
As required
Oil
For making paratha
For Stuffing:

Grated raw papaya
1 cup
Finely Chopped Onion
¼ cup
Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp
Coriander Powder
2 tsp
Turmeric Powder
¼ tsp
Garam Masala Powder
½ tsp
Salt
Required
To Temper the Stuffing:

Oil
1 tsp
Cumin Seeds
1 tsp
To Garnish:

Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves
(optional)
1 tbsp

Procedure:
How to make grated papaya?       
a. Cut the papaya into two halves horizontally.
b. Peel the skin of the papaya using the peeler.
c. Then cut it into small pieces.
d. Grate them using the grater and keep it aside.

Making dough:
1. In a bowl, add wheat flour, salt and oil. Mix them well.
2. Then add water little by little and knead it into a soft dough. Keep it aside for 10 mins.
Making Stuffing:
3. Heat the oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and wait for splutter.
4. Then add the chopped onion and sauté till they become translucent.
5. Now add the finely chopped tomatoes and sauté till they become mushy.
6. Add grated raw papaya (from d) and sauté till the raw smell of the papaya goes off.
7. Then add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Sprinkle little water; Sauté till the papaya becomes tender.
8. Add finely add garam masala powder and chopped coriander leaves (if used). Mix them well and cook for 2 mins. Allow it to cool down completely.
Making Parathas:
9. Now divide the dough (from 2) into a lemon size balls.
10. Now dust the dough ball and roll it into a small circle. Keep 2 tbsp or required amount of stuffing in its center. Then bring the edges to the center.
11. Again dust the stuffed balls and roll it carefully.
 12. Heat the tawa and transfer the papaya paratha, sprinkle the oil and cook both sides till the black spots starts.
       Really healthy and tasty raw papaya paratha ready to serve. Serve it with raitha.

Note:
1.  Sprinkle required water till the papaya becomes tender.


February 21, 2017

Eggless Zebra Cake (with Whole Wheat Flour)

Zebra Cake is a mixture of both vanilla sponge cake and chocolate cake. The Zebra’s skin like pattern make it very attractive and tempting for both kids and adults alike. Since the pattern itself pleasing, you don’t need additional cream to decorate.




Quick Video:


Recipe Cuisine : International | Recipe Category: Baking
Preparation Time: 15 mins  | Baking Time: 35 mins | Yields: 9 inch cake

Ingredients:
Dry Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/4 cup
Corn Flour
¼ cup
Powdered Sugar
1 ½ cup
Baking Powder
1 ½ tsp
Baking Soda
½ tsp
Coco Powder
2 tbsp
Salt
¼ tsp
Wet Ingredients:

Milk
1 cup
Oil
½ cup
Vinegar
1 tbsp
Vanilla Essence
2 tsp
Luke Warm Water
2 tbsp



Tools Needed:
Small Bowl
2
Large Bowl
2
Balloon Whisk
1
Spoon
2
Ladle ( 2-3 tbsp measure)
1
9 inch cake pan
1
Flour Sieve
1


Procedure:
1. Add vinegar with milk and keep it aside. Do not mix them. Leave it for 5 mins.
2. Add coco powder with luke warm water; mix them well and make a smooth paste without lumps. Keep it aside.
3. Sieve wheat flour, corn flour, baking powder and baking soda together for 3 times. Keep it aside.
4. After 5 mins, the milk becomes curdle. Now mix them well with balloon whisk.
5.  Add this curd mixture in a wide bowl. Then add the powdered sugar and salt; mix them well with whisk for 1 min.
6. Now add sieved flour (from 3) 3 tbsp at a time and mix them immediately without lumps. Do this step till all the wheat flour is mixed.
7.  Then add vanilla essence and oil. Mix them gently till the oil mixes with the batter completely.
8. Now divide this batter into two equal parts.
9. Add the coco paste (from 2) with one part of the batter. Mix them well till the coco paste completely mix with the batter.
10. Meanwhile, grease the 9 inch cake pan with oil and dust with flour.
11. First pour 2 tbsp of white (plain) batter at the center of the greased cake pan.
12. Then pour 2 tbsp of coco mixed batter (from 9) on the center of the plain batter. Do not shake the pan, the batter will spread by itself.
13.  Again pour 2 tbsp of plain batter on the center of the coco batter. Do the steps 11-13 till the end of the batter.
14. Preheat the oven for 200 degree Celsius.
15. Bake the cake at 180 degree Celsius for 35- 45 mins or the inserted tooth pick comes out clean.
16. Allow it to cool down completely and take it out from the pan. Again cool it over the wire rack.
17. Then cut them into small pieces and enjoy with hot Masala Tea.

Note:
1.  You can get powdered sugar by grinding 1 ¼ cup of granulated sugar using dry mixie jar.
2. You can use 1 cup of curd instead of milk and vinegar.
3. You can pour even ¼ cup of batter at a time. But with this measurement you will get more number of lines.


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