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May 20, 2017

Pressure Cooker Cake Recipe – How To Make Eggless Cake In Pressure Cooker

Pressure cooker cake recipe
Eggless vanilla cake using a pressure cooker is my long time pending readers requested recipe. Many readers who tried my eggless cakes using convection oven had requested me to share some eggless cake recipes using a pressure cooker. Long back I had shared an eggless chocolate cake in a pressure cooker. But its procedure and recipe is completely different from the usual cooker cake. I used water in the bottom of cooker instead of salt or sand. Today I have shared the proper & perfect pressure cooker cake using powdered salt. I followed my eggless tutti frutti cake recipe and made it using pressure cooker instead of baking in oven. This simple, eggless cake recipe is made without using condensed milk or butter. Curd and cooking oil are the major ingredients. Cake came out really well, spongy and very soft as expected Love Struck. The texture of the cake is equally great with the oven ones. There is no much difference in baking time as well. This vanilla sponge cake can be used as the base, decorate it with simple frosting and enjoy for birthday & anniversary celebrations Or it can be relished as simple tea time cake as well.For variations, you can mix in some tutti frutti to make this cake colorful. Friends, do try this cake during this vacation for your kids. I am sure you will get perfect results. I tried frosting the cake using Amul fresh cream.It tasted great but its texture was not so perfect. Soon I will try to make a simple and easy frosting recipe using fresh cream and share here. Lets see how to make eggless vanilla sponge cake in a pressure cooker with step by step pictures and video !

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May 19, 2017

Vegetable Sagu Recipe – Karnataka Style Saagu Recipe - Side Dish For Poori, Set Dosa

Vegetable sagu recipe - Karnataka style
Sagu is the most popular side dish for poori, set dosa, rava dosa & even for rava idli in Karnataka hotels just like vegetable kurma in Tamil nadu.It is served along with coconut chutney.In Kannada Sagu means Kurma.Being in Bangalore for the past 10 years, I had tasted this saagu ( mixed vegetable sagu) several times in restaurants, marriage functions here.In some places, potato sagu is served instead of vegetable sagu.During avarekalu season ( Field beans), avarekalu sagu is served.  Recently I got the recipe from Nagalakshmi ( one of my friends in School moms group). Actually she shared two versions. One is the green version and the other one is red.But I wanted to try the hotel style sagu recipe.So I chose the green version and tried it for Ragi Poori. It came out really well. Before posting here, I shared a picture of this sagu with my friends in Whatsapp, got their approval about the color & texture and posting it confidentlyHappy. The flavor and texture of this sagu is very similar to south Indian veg kurma.Coconut, poppy seeds are the most important ingredients.It forms the base for this gravy. You could find many variations in sagu masala.But tastes good in all the ways ! Lets see how to make Karnataka style mixed vegetable sagu recipe with step by step pictures.
Mixed vegetable sagu recipe

Saagu recipe / mixed vegetable sagu recipe


Saagu recipe / mixed vegetable sagu recipe Karnataka style mixed vegetable sagu recipe - side dish for poori, set dosa, rava idli and rava dosa
Cuisine: Karnataka
Category: Side dish for poori, dosa
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250 ml
  • Mixed vegetables - 1 cup ( 1 medium carrot, 5 beans, 1 potato, handful green peas ) ( Cauliflower, knol khol can also be used)
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Tomato - 1 small ( optional)
  • Salt & water - as needed
To Grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Green chillies - 3 nos ( use 2 for less spicy taste)
  • Poppy seeds/Khus Khus – 1.5 tsp
  • Fried gram dal – 1.5 tsp
  • Big onion – 1/2 no (medium sized)
  • Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch
  • Garlic cloves - 2 nos
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cardamom - 1 no 
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
  • Tamarind – A pinch (Optional)
To Temper
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
METHOD

  • Wash and chop all the vegetables finely. Grind all the ingredients given under “ To grind” to a smooth paste. Set aside.

    Vegetable sagu recipe
    Vegetable sagu recipe
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves.Add the finely chopped onion and saute till transparent.
    Vegetable sagu recipe
  • Add the chopped vegetables and required salt. Mix well and add ground paste.Saute till raw smell goes off. 
    Vegetable sagu recipe - Karnataka
  • Lastly add 1 cup of water. Mix well and Pressure cook for 1 whistle in low flame. Open the lid after the steam is released. If its watery, boil for a minute. If its too thick, add some water to adjust the consistency. Mix well and serve with poori, set dosa or rava idli.
    Vegetable sagu recipe - Karnataka
  • Enjoy !

Note
  • Adjust the quantity of green chillies as per your spice level.
  • Adding tamarind is optional while grinding masala.
  • You can add 1 tsp of ginger,garlic paste instead of ginger &  whole garlic.
  • You can also add few mint leaves while grinding.
Try this easy, Karnataka special vegetable sagu for poori, dosa. Its flavorful and healthy too!
Vegetable sagu recipe - Karnataka
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May 16, 2017

Ragi Poori Recipe – Finger Millet Poori – Ragi Recipes

Ragi Poori Recipe
I am happy to share a millet recipe after a long time in my space. As you all know, I have been trying varieties of Poori recipes during weekends and sharing the same in my web page. Soon I will make a collection of them in my page for quick reference. Last weekend I tried ragi poori for our Sunday breakfast. Ragi (Finger millet in English, Kezhvaragu in Tamil, Mandua in Hindi, Ragi in Kannada, Koovaragu in Malayalam, Ragulu in Telugu) is a very healthy millet that is rich in calcium & iron.Usually I make recipes with ragi flour at least once in a week to include it in our regular diet.  Most of the time I prepare ragi dosa as its a quick, easy and instant dosa recipe. Sometimes Ragi porridge/Ragi kanji and ragi idli. Recently I came across this finger millet puri in some websites. I quickly browsed for the recipe, made some changes and tried it. It came out really well and soft.Though it looks hard & dry in the picture, the actual texture and taste was really nice. We are adding equal quantity of wheat flour to the ragi flour to give a binding to the poori dough. Rava is used to maintain the puffiness of poori for long time. Ghee is to give softness.Do try this poori  for a change with a healthy addition of Ragi.You will like it I think :). Lets move on to the recipe of how to make Ragi poori with step by step pictures ! Please watch my basic Poori video for reference as the ingredients and the method of making this ragi poori is almost the same.


Finger millet poori

Ragi Poori - Finger Millet Poori Recipe


Ragi Poori - Finger Millet Poori Recipe How to make Ragi Poori/Finger millet poori recipe for breakfast - Basic poori recipe with a healthy addition !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast Recipes
Serves: 9 nos
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 2 Minutes
Total time: 22 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Ragi flour / Finger millet flour - 1/2 cup
  • Wheat flour / Atta - 1/2 cup
  • Ghee - 1/2 tsp
  • Rava/Sooji - 1 tsp ( I used upma rava,coarse ones)
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil - to deep fry poori
METHOD

  • In a wide bowl, take the ragi flour, wheat flour, required salt, rava, ghee and mix well. Now add water gradually and make a thick dough.No problem if the dough is slightly sticky and have cracks.
    Ragi Poori recipe
  • Now grease your hands with oil lightly.Knead the dough very well for 5 minutes.Dough will become smooth and non-sticky. Do not rest the dough. Make poori immediately else it may drink oil.
    Ragi Poori recipe
  • Make small balls from the dough and set aside.Keep it covered with a plate. Take one ball, dust in wheat flour and roll into small, thick poori. Poori won’t puff up if rolled thin.
    Ragi Poori recipe
    Ragi Poori recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai and when it gets heated , drop a pinch of dough.If it rises to the top immediately, oil temperature is right.Oil should not be smoky hot.Drop one poori and when it starts to float on top, press it with a ladle gently. Poori puff up well. Flip the poori and lower the flame to medium.
    Ragi Poori recipe
  • Cook the other side and remove in a tissue paper. Again increase the flame and drop another poori. Repeat this and make all the puri. Serve hot with kurma! I made Karnataka style vegetable sagu as side dish.
    Ragi Poori recipe
  • Enjoy !


Note

  • Do not add more ghee. Poori won’t puff up.
  • Poori should be rolled thick to puff up well.
  • Adding Rava is also optional.
  • Do not rest the dough for long time. Poori may absorb more oil.
  • Poori won’t puff up if oil temperature is less. So maintain proper heat.
Ragi Poori with mixed vegetable kurma is an yummy combination. Do try it !
Ragi Poori - Finger millet puri
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May 14, 2017

Veg Mayonnaise Sandwich Recipe – How To Make Mayo Sandwich Recipe Indian

Mayonnaise Veg Sandwich
Vegetable Mayonnaise sandwich was in my try list for long time. I make sandwich recipes only during weekends if I have less time to prepare breakfastWinking. Most of the time I make vegetable sandwich in this way. Recent days I started looking for varieties of Indian vegetarian sandwich ideas. One such recipe is this Veg Mayo sandwich. In fact my friend Shalini told this recipe long back but couldn’t try it. Last week I bought a box of Fun Foods Veg Mayonnaise ( eggless mayonnaise) to slather in Veg burger for my daughter. Suddenly I reminded about this sandwich and tried it with few leftover bread slices at home. As the sandwich filling/spread is a no cook recipe,I felt it very easy to make.The only time consuming part is to grate or chop the vegetables finelyTongue. When you make it for just two people, its not that difficult too. I have toasted the bread with butter before filling with the mayonnaise spread. But toasting the bread is completely optional. If you want to prepare a quick and simple sandwich, you can just smear butter in the fresh, plain bread slice and enjoy it. If your kids like this sandwich, you can pack this for their snack box. Overall, this sandwich is a good choice for Indian vegetarians to make a quick breakfast or dinner. Ideal for bachelors and working women. Lets see how to make Vegetable mayo sandwich recipe with step by step pictures. I will upload the video soon.

Check out my Grilled Cheese sandwich and paneer sandwich recipes too !



Mayo sandwich recipe

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich Recipe - How to make Indian Veg Mayo Sandwich


Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich Recipe - How to make Indian Veg Mayo Sandwich Easy, quick Vegetable mayonnaise sandwich recipe for breakfast or dinner !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sandwich recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Bread slices – 6 nos ( I used white bread, U can use whole wheat bread too)
  • Eggless Mayonnaise – 1/2 cup ( I used Fun Foods brand)
  • Grated carrot – 1/4 cup
  • Capsicum – 2 tbsp ( Chopped finely)
  • Big onion – 1/4 cup ( chopped finely)
  • Boiled Sweet corn – 1/4 cup
  • Chopped Tomato - 1 tbsp
  • Black Pepper powder – 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli flakes – 1 tsp
  • Chat masala powder - 1/2 tsp ( optional)
  • Salt – as needed
  • Grated Cheese  or cheese slices – 2 tbsp /  3 slices (Optional)
  • Butter or ghee - As needed ( to toast the bread)
METHOD

  • Take a bowl and mix all the ingredients except bread slices. Make the filling and keep it ready.
    Vegetable mayonnaise sandwich
  • Heat a dosa pan and melt a tsp of butter. Toast a bread slice till golden brown on both the sides. Toast all the slices similarly.
    Vegetable mayonnaise sandwich
  • Take a toasted slice and spread the mayonnaise stuffing.Cover it with another slice of bread. Cut it diagonally and serve immediately.
    Vegetable mayonnaise sandwich
    Vegetable mayonnaise sandwich
  • For variations, you can skip the toasting part and make it in raw bread to make your job simple. If you use fresh bread, this sandwich would be very tasty. For this, apply butter on one side of bread, spread the filling and cover with the another buttered bread slice. You can also grill this sandwich if you wish.Enjoy !

Note
  • Adjust the quantity of pepper powder as per your taste.
  • You can add grated cheese in the filling if making for kids.
  • You can make this sandwich using fresh, raw bread slices without toasting them.
  • For variations, you can keep slices of onion, tomato, cucumber instead of making filling with mayonnaise.
Try this easy, yummy veg mayo sandwich for your kids. They will love it.
Veg mayonnaise sandwich
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May 12, 2017

Mango Frooti Recipe – How To Make Frooti At Home

Frooti is my most favorite mango drink since childhood. I guess most of you are like me Winking.On those days, for any small functions at home like birthday party or guest visits, Frooti bottle makes its presence without fail Happy. My mom used to serve it as a welcome drink. Even though there are many soft drinks available in the market, the craze for this store bought mango drinks like Frooti, Maaza or Slice never goes away. But once my family had a bad experience after drinking Frooti in a tetra pack. It must be an old stock I guessWorried. So we stopped buying it and started running miles away whenever I see it in functions or parties. I restrict Raksha & Sendhil too. Last week I bought few alphonso mangoes and a raw mango to try some interesting recipes with it. When I was browsing for it, I saw few homemade Frooti recipe. I never imagined Frooti making process at home would be so easy with very less ingredients and that too without any preservativesBatting Eyelashes. What else I need to try this !Happy I became very happy and tried it immediately with an over ripen mango which I wanted to finish off.This juice came out yummilicious in tasteLove Struck. It tasted very close to Frooti, Maaza or any store bought mango drink. Sendhil & Raksha loved it and gave a big thumbs upParty.You can make this as concentrate, refrigerate & store it, add ice cold water to dilute it and drink chilled anytime.The best part is we didn’t get any stomach pain, loose stools, cold/throat infection or feverPeace Sign. As everyone says, Homemade is always the best !! Now I don’t have to buy the highly priced mango drink from shops anymore. I have tried this drink thrice so far with different mangoes and observed few points. To make a perfect homemade Frooti recipe, you must follow this.
1. Use only Alphonso mangoes.It works the best ! Taste differs for Badami, malgova or Banganapalli mangoes.
2. Mango should be over ripen.Make sure it doesn’t have sour taste. You can clear off the over ripen ( about to decay) mangoes by making this drink.
3. The ratio of ripe mango & Raw mango should be 2:1 based on the size of raw mango.Raw mango is just to give mild tanginess.
4. Quantity of sugar differs as per the sweetness of mango.
5. Color of the juice also varies based on the color of mango.
Now I can confidently prepare this mango juice for my guests.  You too try this recipe in this summer vacation for your kids and family. I am sure your kids will sing  “ Mango Frooti Fresh and Juicy” Laughing. Ok, Lets see how to make Homemade mango Frooti recipe with step by step pictures and a video !

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May 9, 2017

Simple Potato Poriyal Recipe – Boiled Potato Curry For Rice - Urulai Kizhangu Poriyal

Potato poriyal
Potato curry ( Urulai Kizhangu poriyal in Tamil) is known to be one of the best side dish recipes for sambar rice, rasam rice, Dal rice or even curd rice for many South Indians. Sometimes I love to have it rolled in chapathi as its a dry curry.Indian style potato roast or potato fry ( Aloo curry in Hindi) can be done in ‘N’ number of ways. People prepare it with their own variations and style. Most of us have adopted our mom’s recipe when we were beginners in cooking. Yes, I too learnt this way of making boiled potato curry from my mom. She makes it for rasam rice. Every Thursday Dal/Paruppu,Tamarind pachadi/ Puli pachadi, Rasam, Potato curry and Papad would be our lunch menu before my marriageWinking. But amma makes spicy potato curry whereas I prepare a less spicy version. So adjust the quantity of chilli powder according to your taste.  In most of our houses, potato curry makes it appearance once in a week at least for our kids sake as this would be the favorite side dish for many. In my house too, I make this potato poriyal mainly for Raksha’s lunch box as she loves to take it without any complaints and brings back empty lunch box in the eveningHappy.So I pack Dal rice( Paruppu sadham) and Potato curry (Urulai kizhangu poriyal in Tamil) at least once in a week for her lunch box.Its also an easy side dish to prepare during busy morning hours.When you have boiled potato ready in hand, this poriyal can be done under 10 minutes.I am sure bachelors and working women find this recipe useful. Do try this easy and simple boiled potato fry and let me know your feedbackHappy. I love it with Sambar & Rasam sadam. Lets see how to prepare South Indian style Potato poriyal with step by step pictures and a video !
Check out my MIL’s Potato poriyal version which I make it specially for my guests Winking.Also check out my no onion no garlic Brahmin style potato curry !

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May 8, 2017

Chitra Pournami – How To Celebrate Chitra Pournami At Home – Pooja Procedure

Chitra pournami pooja celebration at home
Hello Friends, In this post, I have shared the importance of Chitra Pournami– (A festival with my name Winking) celebration, how to celebrate it at home with its pooja procedures as per my family’s practice. I have also shared the links for Chitra pournami recipes for neivedyam. Hope this post would be helpful for beginners. I must thank my Mother-in-law for giving me detailed guidance about this celebration. Please visit my in-laws blog “ LEARN KOLAM” for Rangoli/ Kolam ideas for this festival.
Chitra Pournami is a ceremony observed on the Poornima day (Full moon day) in the Tamil month of Chithirai that falls any day between April 15th – May 15th. This year 2017, it falls on 10th May-2017 ( i.e on Wednesday). Chitra pournami is one of the important festivals celebrated in Tamil nadu.
This auspicious day is celebrated as Chitragupta’s Birthday. Chitra Pournami /Chithirai pournami (in Tamil) ritual commemorates Chitra gupta who is known as the assistant of Lord Yama, the God of Death. Chitra means collection of Pictures and Gupta means Hidden. Chitra Poornima is the day dedicated to Chitra Gupta, the Keeper of Deeds. Lord Brahma created Chitra Gupta through the Sun God and he is considered as the younger brother of Lord Yama. It is believed that Chitra Gupta examines the good and bad performances of each individual. When a person dies, his soul first goes to Lord Yama, where Chitragupta tallies the deeds and report it to Yama. He reads out the good and bad deeds of the person.He is the Devata for planet Kedhu. Worshipping Chitra Gupta on this day would ward of kedhu dhosha in one's horoscope.Worshipping Vinayaka also ward of this dosha. There is only one temple in South India for Chitragupta at Kanchipuram. Chitra Pournami is a very auspicious day here. The day is also dedicated to Indra, the head of Devas. It is on this day that the star Chitra and Pournami (full moon) come together.
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May 7, 2017

Easy Tomato Onion Thokku Recipe In A Pressure Cooker–Pressure Cooker Recipes Indian

Easy tomato onion thokku

Easy tomato onion thokku recipe using pressure cooker - Recipe with step by step pictures and Video.
Last week I prepared this easy tomato onion thokku recipe (Thakkali Vengayam thokku in Tamil) as a side dish for Instant poha idli.As the poha idli tasted bland without sourness, this thokku was ideal for it. Some of you would have noticed this thokku in that plate I think. Usually I prepare my mom’s style tomato thokku in a kadai. But recently I tried making it directly in our Indian pressure cooker.I feel this easy and quick one pot method is time saving when compared to the thokku cooked in a kadai. Yes, by the time you steam the idli, this would be ready. So this method will help bachelors, working women and housewives to make a quick side dish for idli, dosa and chapati/roti during busy morning hours. Nowadays Raksha likes to have it with idli. So I pack idli and thokku for her lunch box at least twice in a week. I hope your kids will love it too. Do try this easy tomato onion thokku in pressure cooker for a change and tell me how it helped youHappy. Lets see how to make tomato onion thokku with step by step pictures and video !
Check out my another version of tomato onion thokku recipe – Chef Venkatesh Bhat’s recipe if you like! Also check out my no onion no garlic tomato thokku too.


Easy tomato onion thokku

Easy tomato onion thokku recipe using pressure cooker


Easy tomato onion thokku recipe using pressure cooker How to make tomato onion thokku easily in a pressure cooker
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish for idli dosa roti
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

  • Ripe Tomato – 4 nos
  • Big onion – 2 nos
  • Red chilli pwd – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powd – 1/4 tsp
  • Hing / Asafetiida – 1 pinch ( optional)
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - To garnish
  • Salt & water - as needed
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal - 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
METHOD

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and chana dal.Add curry leaves and chopped onion. Saute till onion turns transparent.
    tomato onion thokku
  • Add the chopped tomato and saute for a minute.Add turmeric powder, salt and sugar. Saute till tomato turns mushy.
    tomato onion thokku
  • Now add the red chill powder and saute till its raw smell goes off. Mix for a minute. Add 1/4 cup of water at the end. Do not add more water, moisture in the tomato & little water is sufficient to make thick thokku. Mix well and cover the cooker with a lid.
    tomato onion thokku
  • Pressure cook for 2 whistles in high flame. Remove the lid after the steam is released.Mix well and check if there is excess water and thokku is watery . If so, boil for a minute in high flame.
  • Remove the thokku in a bowl.Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy with idli,dosa drizzling a tsp of sesame oil. Tastes yum !
    tomato onion thokku
  • Enjoy !

Note
  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli powder as per taste.Use 1/2 tsp for less spicy taste.
  • Garnishing with coriander leaves make it more flavorful.
  • If you like thokku to be watery and thin, add more water.
  • Use fully ripen tomato for best taste.
  • You can make the same thokku in kadai as well. But you should cook the onion in water before adding tomato and spice powders so that onion tastes soft.

Try this easy tomato thokku in a pressure cooker and have a quick side dish for idli,dosa !
Vengayam thakkali thokku
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