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August 21, 2017

Kozhukattai Dough/ Kozhukattai Maavu With Store Bought Rice Flour in 3 Ways

How to make Kozhukattai dough( Kozhukattai maavu in Tamil) with step by step pictures and video. Dough for kozhukattai outer covering (Mel maavu) can be prepared at home using raw rice or with store bought rice flour. Kozhukattai made using homemade processed rice flour always gives the best and soft kozhukattai. But many of us like to ease our job by using store bought kozhukattai flour or idiyappam flour. Yes, ready made kozhukattai maavu or idiyappam maavu also gives decent results when compared with the traditional ones.
Kozhukattai maavu
So I have shared 3 methods of making kozhukattai outer cover using store bought rice flour. You can try any based on your liking. I learnt method 1 & method 2 from my MIL. Method 3 is from my friend Shalini. She also taught me a traditional method of homemade kozhukattai dough. I will share it tomorrow. I personally like method 2 because I follow the same procedure for making idiyappam. So I am used to this method and its more convenient to me. There are few points you should keep in mind to make soft and crack free kozhukattai. I have shared few tips and tricks to make perfect kozhukattai dough. I have also made a short video on the making of this dough in 3 ways. I hope beginners would find it useful. North Indian style modak dough differs in method and ratio of water & flour. I will share that post later. Now Lets see how to make kozhukattai maavu using rice flour with step by step pictures and video.
Kozhukattai dough recipe

Kozhukattai dough - Kozhukattai maavu in 3 ways

Kozhukattai dough - How to make Kozhukattai maavu in 3 ways

How to make Kozhukattai dough using store bought rice flour

South Indian
Cooking basics
20 nos

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Store bought kozhukattai flour or idiyappam flour - 1 cup ( I used Anil kozhukattai maavu)
  • Water - as needed ( 1.5 to 1.75 cups)
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Sesame oil or ghee - 1 tsp
  • Sesame oil - to grease hands

How to make Kozhukattai dough in 3 ways

  1. Method 1 : Heat 1.5 cups of water in a bowl adding salt and oil.
  2. When the water roll boil, add the rice flour.Stir without lumps.
  3. Mix well in low flame till its thick.
  4. Dough will be formed.Remove from flame.
  5. Cover till it becomes warm. Remove in a plate and knead with greased hands.
  6. It will become smooth and crack free.Cover with wet cloth and lid till use.
  7. Method 2 : Boil 2 cups of water adding salt & oil/ghee.
  8. Let the water roll boil.Add the required water to 1 cup rice flour, mix well.
  9. Knead when warm. It will become smooth and crackfree.Wrap with wet cloth and cover with lid till use.
  10. Method 3 : Mix 1 cup rice flour and 2 cups of water adding salt & oil/ghee.
  11. Heat a kadai and add the rice flour batter.
  12. Mix till thick in low flame. Knead after it becomes warm.
  13. Wrap the dough with wet cloth and cover with a lid till use.

Kozhukattai dough - Step by step photo

  • Always prepare the stuffing/pooranam before making kozhukattai dough because fresh dough gives best kozhukattai.
  • Method 1: Measure 1 cup of store bought idiyappam flour or kozhukattai flour. Boil 1.5 cups of water in a kadai adding salt and oil/ghee.
  • Add the rice flour to the water and mix well till it becomes thick and forms a dough. Touch the dough with your fingers to see if its sticky. If its slightly sticky or non-sticky, dough is done.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Switch off the flame, transfer to a plate.Let it become warm enough to handle. Grease the hands with oil and knead the dough for 5 minutes till smooth and crack free.
  • Wrap the dough with wet cloth and cover it with a lid till use. You can store the dough for 6 to 8 hours without refrigeration.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Method 2:Take 1 cup of rice flour in a plate. Keep aside.
  • Boil 2 cups of water adding salt and 1 tsp oil/ghee in a wide bowl.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • When the water roll boils vigorously, remove and add to the rice flour gradually. Mix with a ladle.Add water little by little and keep mixing. Kozhukattai maavu takes 1.25 to 1.5 cups and not more. But I always boil more water and keep it ready in hand to mix if needed.So I have mentioned 2 cups of water.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Mix to become thick,non-sticky dough. Transfer to a plate and cover till warm. Knead with greased hands for 5 minutes till smooth and crackfree.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • When the water roll boils vigorously, remove and add to the rice flour gradually. Mix with a ladle.Add water little by little and keep mixing. Kozhukattai maavu takes 1.25 to 1.5 cups and not more. But I always boil more water and keep it ready in hand to mix if needed.So I have mentioned 2 cups of water.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Method 3: Mix 1 cup of rice flour with 2 cups of water and 1/2 tsp salt. Whisk to make a thin batter.Heat 1 tsp ghee in a kadai and add the rice flour batter.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Mix in low flame till it becomes a thick dough.It leaves the pan and becomes a smooth dough. Keep stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Remove the dough to a plate and cover till warm. Grease hands and knead well for 5 minutes till dough becomes completely non-sticky and smooth without cracks.
    How to make kozhukattai dough
  • Cover the cloth with a wet dough and keep aside till use. Keep the stuffing inside the dough and make kozhukattai.
    How to make kozhukattai dough

Notes

  • First make the stuffing part/pooranam before making the dough because dough should not sit for long time.
  • Kneading is important to make the dough crack free.
  • Dough should be non-sticky and smooth without cracks to make perfect kozhukattai.
  • I used Anil Kozhukattai maavu.You can use idiyappam flour as well.
  • Water quantity may vary as per the flour you use. Anil kozhukattai maavu takes 1.25 to 1.5 cups of water.

Make this kozhukattai dough using store bought rice flour and ease your job !
Kozhukattai maavu preparation
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August 19, 2017

Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe With Jaggery, Coconut Milk

Last year I shared an easy paal kozhukattai recipe with milk, coconut milk and sugar. I know paal kozhukattai is a very popular dessert recipe in Chettinad, Tamil nadu. So I was looking for some authentic recipes to try it. Finally I found it from an YouTube video of Nagu’s Nalabagam. Based on that recipe, I tried it yesterday for my Thursday Guru pooja neivedyam. It was very tasty with the nice flavor of coconut milk, jaggery and moong dal. It is prepared without milk. Still kozhukattai came out very soft. Addition of cooked moong dal makes the paal kozhukattai thick and more flavorful.
Paal kozhukattai with jaggery
I guess there are many variations in this particular recipe. Friends from Chettinad region, do let me know if there is any change in this recipe. I am happy to try again and post it. Ganesh Chaturthi is fast approaching. I think many people make paal kozhukattai apart from other kozhukattai varieties. Try this yummy paal kolukattai with jaggery. You will love its result. Lets see how to make Chettinad style paal kozhukattai with step by step photos.
I will try to share some useful kozhukattai video recipes from tomorrow for Vinayagar Chaturthi Happy.

Do check out my easy paal kozhukattai with milk, my MIL’s style paal kozhukattai with jaggery.

Chettinad Paal kozhukattai recipe





Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe

Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe

How to make Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe With Jaggery & Coconut milk

South Indian
Dessert
4

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Store bought kozhukattai flour or idiyappam flour - 1/2 cup ( I used Anil kozhukattai maavu)
  • Water - 3/4 to 1 cup
  • Thick coconut milk -1/2 cup
  • Grated jaggery - 3/4 cup ( Add 1 cup for more sweetness)
  • Moong dal - 1.5 tbsp
  • Water - 3 cups for cooking the rice balls
  • Cardamom - 2 nos
  • Sesame oil or ghee - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp

How to make Chettinad paal kozhukattai

  1. Dry roast and pressure cook moong dal. Grind coconut and take coconut milk.
  2. Boil water. Add 1 tsp oil and salt.
  3. When the water roll boil, add the rice flour. Stir well.
  4. Mix well in low flame till its thick.
  5. Dough will be formed.Remove from flame.
  6. Remove in a plate and knead with greased hands for 5 minutes till smooth.
  7. Make small balls from the dough and keep in a plate.
  8. Boil 3 cups of water. Cook the balls till it floats on top.
  9. Melt jaggery, strain and add the syrup, cardamom powder, moong dal. Boil for 5 minutes.Lastly add the coconut milk, mix once and switch off the flame. Serve hot!

Paal kozhukattai recipe - Step by step photo

  • Dry roast moong dal in a cooker base. Roast till it gets nice aroma. Add water and pressure cook till soft. Mash it and set aside. Grind 1 cup of grated coconut adding 1/2 cup warm water.Strain and extract thick milk from it. Keep aside.
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
  • In a wide kadai, boil 3/4 cup of water ( flour : water ratio is 1:1.5 or 2 cups based on the flour). Add 1 tsp sesame oil or ghee and salt.Let the water starts to roll boil.When the water starts to roll boil, lower the flame completely and add the rice flour.Mix without lumps.It will become a thick dough.
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
  • Switch off the flame, transfer to a plate.Let it become warm enough to handle.
  • Grease your hands with oil and knead the dough for 5 minutes till it becomes non-sticky, smooth and crack free.Cover the dough with a wet cloth till use.
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
  • Make small balls or cylinder shaped lengthy ones with the dough. Arrange them in a plate. While you roll the balls, cover the remaining dough with wet cloth. It should not dry.
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
  • Boil 3 cups of water in a wide bowl. When the water roll boils vigorously, add half of the rolled balls. Let it cook in high flame for 2 minutes. Do not cover it. Cooked kozhukattai will float on top. Now add the remaining rolled balls and cook everything together for 3 minutes.Stir it once in the middle gently. 
  • Alternatively you can steam cook the balls in idli pot for 10 minutes and remove when warm. Please check my easy paal kolukattai recipe for step-by-step pictures. 
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
  • Strain the jaggery syrup and add to the cooked kozhukattai water. Mix gently and boil for a minute.
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe
  • Add cardamom powder, boiled moong dal and thick coconut milk. Mix well and boil for 1 minute in very low flame. Remove and serve hot or cold.
    Chettinad Paal Kozhukattai Recipe

Notes

  • Adding oil in the water helps to cook the dough non-sticky and soft.
  • Kneading is important to make the dough crack free.
  • Kozhukattai will break and dissolve in water if you add without boiling the water. Water should roll boil well.
  • I used Anil Kozhukattai maavu.You can use idiyappam flour as well.
Try this yummy paal kozhukattai with jaggery and coconut milk. You will enjoy it !
Chettinad paal kozhukattai

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August 16, 2017

White Sauce Pasta Recipe – Creamy Garlic Pasta In White Sauce - Indian Vegetarian

White sauce pasta recipe with step by step photo. My daughter loves penne pasta in creamy white sauce than red sauce. So I made this Indian vegetarian, creamy garlic flavored white sauce pasta at home for our breakfast yesterday. Basic white sauce can be prepared with 3 major ingredients - butter, all purpose flour and milk. It makes the white sauce thick and rich without cream. Garlic and Oregano is used to give a nice Italian flavor. So never attempt this recipe without these ingredients. Original Italian white sauce pasta calls for using heavy cream instead of milk. But I used very simple and easily available ingredients in this recipe.

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August 11, 2017

Easy Kalakand Recipe With Condensed Milk - MilkMaid Kalakand

Last year during Diwali, I tried this easy kalakand recipe using paneer and condensed milk ( Milk Maid) by watching YouTube video. Kalakand recipe is nothing but a rich milk cake. It is one of the popular desserts in West Bengal, Rajasthan, Delhi and some places in North India. Traditionally it is prepared by boiling and thickening milk with sugar. It takes hours to prepare.
Easy kalakand with condensed milk
This easy and instant kalakand recipe calls for just 3 ingredients namely Paneer/Chenna, Condensed milk and cardamom powder. For variations, it can be prepared with ricotta cheese instead of paneer and rose water or kewra essence can be added instead of cardamom powder. It can be prepared so easily and quickly. Its ideal for beginners. In North India, I heard people make Kalakand for Janmashtami as it is a milk based sweet. So I thought of sharing this easy and instant kalakand recipe for this Gokulashtami. Do try this easy, Instant Kalakand recipe using condensed milk and store bought paneer. Lets see how to make it with step by step photos.
easy kalakand recipe

Kalakand recipe with condensed milk


Kalakand recipe with condensed milk

Easy, instant kalakand recipe with condensed milk / milk maid


Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 6 - 8 pieces
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes



INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese - 1 cup ( I used Milky mist brand)
  • Milk maid or Amul condensed milk - 200 ml tin
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Butter or ghee - 1 tsp

METHOD

  1. Crumble or grate the paneer.
  2. In a kadai, heat 1 tsp ghee and add the condensed milk. Mix well.
  3. Add grated paneer, cardamom powder and mix well.
  4. When the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of pan, switch off flame. 
  5. Transfer to a greased or butter paper lined bowl. Refrigerate for an hour. Cut into pieces.
  6. Garnish with chopped nuts. Serve !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES



  • Take the store bought paneer and grate it. Measure 1 cup from it ( loosely packed) and keep aside.Line a pan with butter paper or grease it well with ghee and set aside.
    Easy kalakand with condensed milk
  • Heat ghee in a non-stick kadai and add the condensed milk. Mix well in very low flame.
    Easy kalakand with condensed milk
  • Add grated paneer, cardamom powder or rose water and mix well. Paneer absorbs condensed milk and it will thicken initially. But if you keep mixing in low flame, mixture will become loose and watery.
    Easy kalakand with condensed milk
  • Keep the flame medium and stir well. After 3 to 4 minutes, it will start to thicken and leave the sides of pan. Mix for a minute. You will see the mixture becoming grainy and thick. Switch off the flame and remove the pan immediately.
    Easy kalakand with condensed milk
  • Pour it to the butter paper lined pan for 2 inch thickness. Level it and refrigerate it for 1 to 2 hours till its well set. Garnish with chopped nuts and stud it well. Cut into pieces and serve chilled for best taste.
    Easy kalakand with condensed milk
  • Enjoy !

Note

  • You can add some sugar ( say 1tbsp) if you feel sweet is less.
  • Fresh chena tastes the best. But I used store bought paneer.
  • If you mix for long time, kalakand may become chewy.So remove at the right time.
  • If you are not able to cut into pieces, refrigerate for more time.

Easy, yummy, Instant kalakand is ready to serve !
how to make kalakand with condensed milk
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August 9, 2017

Maida Seedai Recipe – Sweet Seedai - Seedai Varieties - Gokulashtami Recipes

I wanted to post no burst Maida seedai recipe during last year Gokulashtami but I couldn’t. So this year I thought of starting my Gokulashtami recipes with some interesting seedai varieties. For Krishna Jayanthi, we make seedai recipes using rice flour. I came to know about this maida sweet seedai ( Inippu seedai) and maida kara seedai recipes when my fellow bloggers posted it. When I read this seedai is a no burst, fool proof recipe that is ideal for beginners, I was very happy and confident to try it.

Maida sweet seedai recipe
I thought maida has to be steam cooked to make this cheedai. But when I saw this easy, instant sweet seedai recipe in Sharmis passions, I tried it immediately. But I used less milk. Even though its my first try, it came out really well. It had cracks but still I was happy with the results as it tasted great. My MIL usually says sweet seedai have mild cracks. The taste of this sweet maida seedai reminded me tea kadai vettu cake and sweet maida biscuit. This seedai tastes crispy outside and soft inside. You can store this seedai for a week and enjoy. If you trying for the first time, do follow the same quantity mentioned in this post. Once you get them perfect, you can make in bulk quantity. Friends, do try this interesting seedai variety for Gokulashtami and enjoy. Lets see how to make Maida sweet seedai with step by step photo and video !

If you are looking for vella seedai and uppu seedai using store bought idiyappam flour, please check THIS LINK.

Maida seedai recipe


Maida sweet seedai recipe

Maida sweet seedai recipe

How to make easy, no burst maida sweet seedai recipe

Indian
Snacks
40-50 nos

Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • Maida / All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
  • Melted Ghee - 1 tsp
  • Powdered sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Boiled milk – 2 to 2.5 tbsp (at room temperature)
  • Cooking soda - 1/8 tsp ( a big pinch)
  • Cooking oil - to deep fry
  • Sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp (Black or White)
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee or oil - to grease hands

How to make maida sweet seedai

  1. Take 1 tsp melted ghee in a bowl.
  2. Add cooking soda, powdered sugar, maida, sesame seeds and cardamom powder.
  3. Mix well till crumbly.
  4. Add milk gradually and make a slightly sticky dough.
  5. Grease your fingers with ghee or oil and make small balls.
  6. Spread them in a dry cloth and rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Deep fry till golden in low to medium flame. Remove and store after it cools down.

Maida sweet seedai recipe - Step by step photo

  • Powder 1/4 cup sugar along with 2 cardamom. Remove in a bowl and measure 1/4 cup from it.
    Maida sweet seedai recipe
  • In a wide bowl, take 1 tsp melted ghee. Add cooking soda, powdered sugar, all purpose flour, sesame seeds.
    Maida sweet seedai recipe
  • Mix well till crumbly to spread the ghee in flour. Add milk little by little and make a slightly sticky dough. Take care you add the milk slowly else dough will become very sticky. Don't worry if its too sticky, add 1 tsp more maida and try to bring the dough slightly sticky. No need to rest the dough. Roll the balls immediately.
    Maida sweet seedai recipe
  • Grease your fingers with ghee or oil and roll the seedai. Make small sized, smooth balls without cracks using three fingers.Do not roll tight. Spread them in a dry cloth. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
    Maida sweet seedai recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Drop a pinch of dough. If it comes to the top immediately, oil temperature is right. Lower the flame completely. Take the balls and make a perfect round if its flat.
    Maida sweet seedai recipe
  • Drop 10 to 15 seedai per batch by standing a feet away( Just for precaution) But don't scare, this seedai never burst. Do not disturb the seedai in oil till it starts to float on top. Then toss the seedai with a ladle and cook till golden in color uniformly. Keep tossing whenever needed. Flame should be low to medium for uniform cooking else seedai will become dark brown quickly.
  • Remove when the bubbles reduces. Do not wait for the bubbles to stop completely. This seedai becomes slightly bigger in size after frying. It tastes soft when hot. It becomes crunchy when it cool down. Store it after they cool down. Enjoy. It stays good for weeks together.
    Maida sweet seedai recipe

Notes

  • Do not add more cooking soda. Seedai may disperse in oil.
  • Do not make the dough too sticky and loose. Seedai will dissolve in oil.
  • If the dough is too sticky, you can add 1 to 2 tsp more flour to achieve the right texture.
  • After rolling, if the balls flatten, it shows moisture is more in the dough. In that case, roll it again and then drop in oil.
Try this easy maida sweet seedai for a change and enjoy with family !

Easy maida sweet seedai recipe - No burst seedai
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August 7, 2017

Cheese Garlic Bread Recipe Without Oven – Garlic Cheese Toast On Tawa

Easy cheese garlic bread recipe on tawa with step by step photo and video. This instant garlic bread recipe without oven was in my try list for years. Sendhil is a big fan of Pizza hut and Dominos style garlic bread. So I wanted to try garlic bread from scratch at home. But before that, I thought of trying this easy, homemade garlic bread recipe using regular white bread. I watched few YouTube video recipes and tried this easy and instant cheese garlic toast for our Sunday breakfast. I tried on dosa tawa as it would be quick to make. It can be served as breakfast, dinner or for evening snacks after the kids come back from school.
Cheese garlic bread recipe without oven

Actually I tried a toast in microwave as well. But it was slightly chewy in taste. But the ones I made in the pan was really great. The corners were crispy and middle portion was soft with a nice flavor of garlic, butter and cheese. If you are calorie conscious, you can skip the cheese and make it as plain garlic bread. If you wish, you can bake this in convection oven. As you all know, garlic bread tastes the best only when served hot. So it doesn’t suit for lunch box. You can make this for kids breakfast, dinner or evening snacks. Ok, lets see how to make homemade cheese garlic bread without oven with step by step photos and video.

Garlic cheese toast on tawa



Instant cheese garlic bread recipe without oven



Cheese garlic bread without oven

How to make easy, instant cheese garlic bread recipe

Indian
Breakfast/Dinner
6 nos


Ingredients (1 cup - 250ml)

  • White Bread Or Wheat Bread - 6 slices
  • Butter - 1/4 cup (At room temperature)
  • Garlic cloves - 5 to 6 nos
  • Red Chilli Flakes - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/8 tsp
  • Grated cheese - 1 cup (I used Amul Mozarella cheese)
  • Oregano + Basil seasoning - to sprinkle
  • Butter or olive oil - to grease

How to make garlic bread without oven

  1. Melt 1/4 cup soft butter in a bowl.
  2. Add crushed or grated garlic, salt and chilli flakes to it.
  3. Mix well and apply on one side of bread.
  4. Heat a dosa pan with butter.Cook the garlic spreaded side till golden brown.
  5. Flip the bread and grate cheese on top.
  6. Cover and cook till cheese melts.
  7. Remove, sprinkle seasoning and serve hot!

Cheese Garlic bread recipe on Tawa - Step by step photo

  • In a wide bowl, take 1/4 cup of soft butter. Melt in microwave or stove top.
  • To the melted butter, add crushed or grated garlic cloves. I used my garlic press and crushed it nicely.
  • Add salt, red chilli flakes and mix well. Apply this garlic spread on one side of the bread slice.
    Easy Cheese garlic bread on tawa
  • Heat a dosa pan and drop the garlic spread side facing down. Cook till golden in low to medium flame. Apply melted butter or olive oil on the other side.
    Easy Cheese garlic bread on tawa
  • Flip the bread slice. Keep the flame very low. Grate cheese on the top.Cover and cook in low to medium flame till cheese melts and sides become crispy. Remove, sprinkle oregano,basil seasoning and serve hot.
    Easy cheese garlic bread recipe

Notes

  • For low calorie version, you can skip cheese and use olive oil instead of butter.
  • Add more cheese if making for kids.
  • You can bake in convection oven at 180c for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • You can also add pepper powder in addition to chilli flakes.

Try this easy, instant cheese garlic bread recipe at home and enjoy !

Easy garlic bread on tawa
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