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April 29, 2016

Mango Kesari Recipe – Mango Sheera – Kesari Varieties

Mango kesari recipe
Mango season has started. Last year I shared few ripe mango recipes like Mango ice cream, Mango sago and Aamras. This year I wanted to start my mango recipes with this easy and yummy mango kesari as I love to make different varieties of kesari at home. Mango kesari is nothing but our usual rava kesari cooked with mango pulp. It is known as Aam ka sheera in Hindi, Ambyacha sheera in Marathi and Mambazha kesari in Tamil. Yesterday I tried it for the first time I followed the procedure of my rava kesari recipe and prepared this. It came out so well with the awesome flavor of ripe mango. Do try this kesari recipe for a change. You will love it for sure. Lets see how to make this easy, delicious mango kesari. Even beginners & bachelors can make a perfect kesari by following this recipe.
Check out my Semiya kesari, Karnataka Kesari bath, Milk kesari, Microwave Rava Kesari recipes too.
Mango sheera recipe

Mango kesari recipe


Mango kesari recipe How to make rava kesari with mango pulp - Mango sheera / Mango kesari recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 250ml
  • Rava/Sooji - 1/2 cup
  • Mango Pulp - 1/4 cup ( Use 1/2 of ripe mango or readymade mango pulp)
  • Sugar - 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee - 3 tbsp
  • Cashews - few
  • Water - 2.5 cups
  • Lemon yellow food color – a pinch ( Optional)
METHOD

  • Take the ripe mango, peel the skin. Remove the pulp and grind it to a smooth paste without adding water. Measure 1/4 cup of it and set aside.I used readymade mango pulp here.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a kadai. Roast the cashews till golden and remove in  a plate leaving the ghee in the kadai. Add the rava. It should sizzle in the sides as you see in the picture. Roast it in medium flame for 3-4 minutes. Remove in a plate.
Mango kesari
Mango kesari
  • In the same kadai add 2.5 cups of water and 1/4 cup of mango pulp ( you can add 1/2 cup of mango pulp if you want more mango flavor) I din’t want dominating mango flavor in my kesari, so I added the pulp half the quantity of rava.
Mango kesari
  • When the water comes to roll boil,lower the flame completely and add the roasted rava. Mix it well using a whisk. Make sure there are no lumps in it. Rava splashes, be careful while mixing. After all the water is absorbed by the rava, close the kadai with a lid and keep the flame medium. Let the rava cook well for 2-3 minutes.
Mango kesari
Mango kesari
  • Open the kadai and add sugar. Mix well with a whisk without lumps. It will become watery. So mix well till the kesari becomes slightly thicker.
Mango kesari
  • Add the remaining 2 tbsp of ghee and cardamom powder. Mix till the ghee is absorbed by the kesari. Don’t wait for the kesari to leave the sides of kadai. Remove it as soon as the ghee is absorbed by the kesari.
Mango kesari
  • If you keep on stirring after this stage, kesari will become hard and chewy.So remove the kesari in a ghee greased bowl or plate. Don’t worry, Kesari will be very slightly watery, sticky and it falls like a ribbon as shown in the picture. It will thicken and tastes soft when it becomes warm. You can make them into pieces if you spread the kesari in a plate OR serve it as a scoop in bowls. Enjoy !
Mango kesari


Note
  • Add 1 cup of sugar if you want more sweetness in your kesari. As we are adding mango pulp, the quantity of sugar I mentioned here is enough.
  • You can add more mango pulp if you like dominating mango flavor.
  • I have used readymade mango pulp here. You can take the pulp from the ripe mangoes, grind to a puree and use it.
Enjoy this easy, yummy mango flavored kesari at home with your loved ones Happy
Mango kesari recipe
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April 27, 2016

Murungai Keerai Sambar – Drumstick Leaves Sambar Recipe

Drumstick leaves sambar
Whenever I buy Drumstick leaves/Murungai keerai (in Tamil), my first choice is to make sambar with it. I make Murungai keerai poriyal, adai and even kootu/Poricha kuzhambu with it. But drumstick leaves sambar is my family favorite. Its been long time since I shared sambar varieties in my blog. So I thought of sharing this healthy murungai keerai sambar recipe for rice. Lets see how to prepare this yummy drumstick leaves sambar at home.
Check out my Murungaikai sambar/Drumstick sambar & Drumstick masala recipes.

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April 25, 2016

Thalippu Vengaya Vadagam Recipe – Kari Vadagam

Vengaya-vadagam
I am a big fan of Vengaya Vadagam/ Small onion vadagam since my childhood.This younger generation people may not be aware of this traditional recipe and slowly its forgotton by our people :( When I was young, my dad used to buy a packet of thalippu vengaya vadagam from an Iyer mess every year during summer. My mom adds it in Thuvaram paruppu sadam, Kootan choru and we love to have it as a side dish for curd rice too. . After marriage, I was amazed to see my MIL making Kari vadagam/Vengaya vadam on her own. She says its a very simple recipe preparation and can be easily made at home. Our job is to just mix and make balls. Sun will do the remaining part, she says funnilyHappy.Since Sendhil is not fond of vadagam, she stopped making it for some years. This year, I requested her to make this yummy onion vadagam for me. Last week we prepared it in Bangalore. I felt the chopping part and sun drying part takes more time. But the end result will be worth the wait. It came out great with wonderful aroma while frying. Iam enjoying it by making vadagam chutney/thogayal and use it for tempering Vatha kuzhambu and Kootu varieties. Nowadays my lunch smells divine because of this vadagamLove Struck. You too give a try and feel proud to make your own homemade vengaya vadagam recipe. Lets see how to make this easy and yummy Thalippu Vadagam/ Kari vadam at home.
Check out my Koozh Vadam, Killu vadam and Javvarisi vadam too.
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Vengaya vadagam recipe


Vengaya vadagam recipe How to make thalippu vengaya vadagam recipe
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Homemade
Serves: 15 balls
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 10 days
Total time: 10days30Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 200ml
  • Small onion/Shallots - 1.5 cups ( chopped)
  • Garlic cloves - 1/2 cup ( Chopped)
  • Chopped curry leaves - 2 tbsp
  • White urad dal - 1/4 cup ( soak in water for 30 minutes)
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Toor dal - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1.5 tbsp
  • Methi seeds -3/4 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Castor oil - 2 tsp
  • Cooking oil - to deep fry vadam after drying
METHOD

  • Wash and soak the white urad dal for 30 minutes.Wash and peel the small onion and curry leaves.Chop it finely. Peel and chop garlic cloves. Measure them in a cup. Take everything in a wide bowl. Mix well.
  • To this add, mustard seeds, methi seeds, toor dal, cumin seeds, salt, red chilli powder. Mix well using your hands. Drain the water from the soaked urad dal and grind it coarsely without adding water. Dal should be coarse.
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  • Now mix the dal with onion mixture tightly and make balls of small lemon size. Let it dry under the Sun for a day.Coarse Urad dal paste acts as a binding agent here. So do not skip this step, If you wish, you can spread the mixture as it is without making balls and sun dry them. In that case, take the required amount of dried vadagam, keep in a separate bottle and use it. Reserve the remaining vadagam without touching often because there are chances of getting worms quickly. 
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  • On the same day night, take the partially dried balls. Break into crumbs and add castor oil to it. Mix well and make tight balls again. Let it dry over night under the fan. The next day, sun dry the balls.As the balls dry, it will loosen. So roll it tight everyday. Repeat the same process until the balls dry completely and becomes black in color.
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  • It will take nearly one week to 10 days to for the balls to dry depending on the weather/heat. For me, it took nearly 10 days. My MIL says it takes a week in Salem. After the balls are dried well, store in an air tight box.
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  • For adding this gravy, take one ball, break into small pieces and fry in oil until it emits a nice aroma. Add to vatha kuzhambu, Kootu and poricha kuzhambu recipes.
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Enjoy !

Try these yummy, flavorful vadagam at home and enjoy your lunch !
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April 22, 2016

Veg Hakka Noodles Recipe

Veg Hakka Noodles Recipe 
Hakka noodles, or Hakka mee, is a type of noodles - It is yellow in color, normally served in soup and with meat such as pork or chicken fillet, with vegetables and egg ( Source: Wiki).Usually I make Veg noodles with store bought plain noodles.For the first time, I bought Ching’s Hakka noodles and made Vegetable noodles for our breakfast combining Indian & Chinese style.I never thought its so easy and quick to make. I followed the instruction given in the pack on how to cook hakka noodles and cooked it perfectly. Noodles was firm yet soft. It came out well and tasty. Sendhil & Raksha loved it so much. Rice Vinegar & Soy sauce are the star ingredients for this recipe. But I used White vinegar and little tomato ketchup too. I am happy that I tried hakka noodles at home.For a no onion, no garlic version, just skip those ingredients from the list and follow the recipe. Soon I am planning to try Schezwan and more varieties with hakka noodles.Now lets see how to make this Kids friendly, quick and easy Veg Hakka noodles.

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April 20, 2016

Samosa Recipe – How To Make Punjabi Samosa

Punjabi samosa recipe
Long back I have shared a samosa recipe with potato stuffing.This version is purely a Bakery style Punjabi Samosa recipe. I learnt this recipe by watching an Youtube Video by chef Harpal singh and from this blog. Chef had explained the folding part very well. Even though the folding technique looked simple, it needs some practice to make it perfect.After 2 attempts I got it right but not so perfectTongue.I have given stepwise pictures for folding.Hope it is easily understandable.For variations, you can make the stuffing with mixed vegetables instead of potato.It stayed crispy for half an hour, but its better to eat it hot to enjoy its actual taste. Lets see how to make this most popular Punjabi Samosa recipe with step by step pictures to make at homeHappy.

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April 18, 2016

Thayir Vadai Recipe – South Indian Curd Vada

Thayir vadai recipe 
I am a big big fan of Tamil nadu style thayir vadai. I love it more than sambar vadai & rasa vadai. My FIL used to buy thayir vadai/Curd vada ( Perugu vada in Telugu) from hotel Saravana bhavan and Guptha sweets whenever we visit Salem. On Tamil new year day, I made no onion urad dal Vada/Ulundhu vadai for Pooja.Then I prepared this Thairu vadai using the leftover vada. It came out very well. I served it by garnishing with grated carrot & kara boondhi just like the way served in restaurants. We loved it very muchLove Struck. Long back I have shared my daughter’s favorite North Indian Dahi vada recipe. And now I am happy to share my most favorite South Indian Thayir vadai recipe with you all. Try it during this Summer Vacation and enjoy with your family. Lets see how to make South Indian Thayir vadai/Curd Vada Recipe.
Thayir vadai

Thayir Vadai Recipe - Curd Vada


Thayir Vadai Recipe - Curd Vada Thayir Vadai - South Indian Curd Vada Recipe
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: Serves 5
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 50 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
For making vada
  • White round Urad dal - 1/2 cup
  • Green chillies - 2nos
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Asafetida/Hing - 2 pinches
  • Salt & water - as needed
For Curd Vada
  • Fresh thick curd - 1 cup
  • Water - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - as needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Cashew nuts - few
  • Hing - a pinch
To garnish
  • Grated carrot - 2-3 tbsp
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Kara boondhi - as needed
METHOD

  • Wash and soak the urad dal for an hour or two. Drain the excess water completely. In a big mixie jar, grind green chillies, ginger and hing without adding water. Add the drained urad dal and grind it without water. It would grind coarsely.Wipe the sides of mixie jar. Now add 2 tbsp of water.Grind again. Add water in only a tsp or tbsp at regular intervals and grind a smooth & soft batter. Batter should not be watery or too thick. It should be airy & weightless. So add less water and grind the batter patiently. You can use ice cold water too. Do not add salt while grinding the batter. Remove the batter and check its consistency. For this,drop a pinch of batter in a bowl of water. If it floats on top, batter is just right. Remove the creamy batter in a bowl. Beat it well using your hands or an egg beater to make the batter airy( Updated tip from Sujata).Add finely chopped curry leaves, Pepper powder if you wish and required salt if you are going to make vada immediately. Else keep the batter in the refrigerator till use without adding salt.
  • Heat oil to deep fry and check its temperature by dropping a pinch of batter. If it rises immediately, oil temperature is right. Simmer the flame and drop the vada into the oil.Fry in batches,3-4 at a time in medium flame. Remove in a tissue once it turns golden on both the sides. Make 5 vada and keep it ready.
Check out my Medhu vada recipe using MIXIE for more details !
Thayir vadai recipe
  • Take 1 cup of thick curd in a wide bowl. Add 2 tbsp of water or little more and whisk it. Add salt and check for taste.Make sure curd is not too thick or too watery.
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  • Now boil water in a wide bowl till it starts to bubble. Drop the vada in the water. Let it be inside hot water for just a minute. Then remove the vada and put it in the curd mixture.
Thayir vadai
  • Let the vada soak in curd mixture for 30 minutes to 4 hours. Make sure vada is well immersed in curd mixture.Temper mustard seeds, urad dal, hing, curry leaves, cashews and add to the curd. You can also add a finely chopped green chilli and add while tempering.
  • Just before serving, add finely chopped coriander leaves, grated carrot and Kara boondhi. Serve immediately and enjoy !!
Thayir vadai
  • Yummy Tamil nadu style thayir vadai is ready !! Enjoy !

Note
  • Grinding vada batter properly is more important. If the vada turns out hard, it won’t absorb the curd mixture properly.In that case, you can dip the vada in hot water for 30 minutes before putting in curd mixture.
  • For variations, you can grind green chillies+ginger to a paste and mix with curd instead of grinding with urad dal. But add less green chillies ( 1 or 2) because curd mixture will become too spicy.
  • Dipping in hot water helps the vada to become soft and absorb the curd mixture.
  • If the curd is too thick, vada won't absorb it.So add little water & whisk it & dilute before you drop the vada.
  • Don’t worry even if the vada is too cold or at room temperature. Dipping in hot water makes it warm and helps to absorb the curd.So you can make thayir vadai with leftover vadai easily as I did.
  • Do not forget to garnish with coriander leaves, grated carrot and kara boondhi.
Curd vada recipe
Enjoy this yummy, creamy, spongy, juicy thayir vadai !! Tastes absolutely yum !!
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April 17, 2016

Killu Vadam Recipe – How To Make Killu Vathal–2 Versions

Killu vadam recipe
I have never thought I would make Vadam/Vathal in Bangalore. This year Bangalore’s weather is equally hot to Salem. So I told my MIL to make Vengaya Vadagam and killu vadam for me. Last year when I posted Arisi Koozh Vathal recipe, I had mentioned about my mom’s Killu vadam recipe using leftover rice. Before marriage, I have helped my aachi & mom to make this killu vadam. She makes in lots and store for months together. Its a very simple recipe that is made with pazhaya sadam. After marriage, I learnt another version of killu vadam from my MIL. In this version, boiled rice is soaked in water for two hours, ground smooth adding spices and cooked to make it thick like a koozh. Then it is pinched into small pieces and spread on a paper or cloth. This one tastes so crunchy with melt in mouth texture. But this is a time consuming job when compared with leftover rice killu vathal. Both the versions has its own advantages and disadvantages. So I have shared both the version of making killu vadam. Choose any as per your liking and try it. But however you make, it would be loved by all. The flavor of onion reminds you onion pakoda while eating. You can enjoy this vadam with Sambar sadam, Tamarind rice and lemon rice.Ideal for travel. Try it and share your feedback here. Lets see how to make Killu vadam at home.
Check out my other SUMMER RECIPES too.
Killu vadam

Killu Vadam Recipe


Killu Vadam Recipe How to make killu vadam recipe - 2 versions
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Vadam/Vathal
Serves: 2 cups
Prep time: 120 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 140 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
Version - 1
  • Leftover Rice - 2 cups
  • Green chilli - 3 nos
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera - 2 tsp
  • Small onion - 15 nos
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 lemon (small size)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - very little
Version - 2
  • Steamed rice/ Boiled rice - 1 cup ( Lunch rice, saapadu arisi)
  • Green chilli - 3 nos
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera - 2 tsp
  • Small onion - 15 nos
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 no ( small size)
  • Salt - as needed'
  • Water - 5 cups ( as needed)
METHOD

    METHOD –1
  • Add water to the leftover rice till it immerses and leave it overnight. The next day morning, take the rice and drain the excess water. Take the rice in a big mixie jar.Add green chillies,Hing and salt. Grind to a smooth paste adding very little water if necessary. Add water in a tbsp only if needed. It should come like a thick paste.So do not make it watery. Its the most important point to keep in mind.
  • After grinding the paste,transfer it to a vessel. Chop the onions into small cubes and add to the rice paste. Add cumin seeds.Sprinkle few drops of lemon juice. Mix well and check for salt. Take a cotton cloth or plastic sheet/Polythene sheet. Pinch the rice dough and arrange it in the cloth as shown below. Let it dry under the sun for 3-4 days till it shrinks and change in color. Keep it under the fan during night.
  • Heat oil to deep fry and fry the vadam till it becomes crispy. Deep fry one or two to check whether its dried up completely. If its not chewy and soft inside, vadam is dried. Else sun dry it for another day or two.Fry the vadam till onions turn slightly golden brown. Do not burn them.Remove and serve with rice varieties !!
  • Remove and serve as an accompaniment for rice.
METHOD –2
  • Wash and soak the rice for 2 hours. Grind it to a smooth paste adding green chillies, hing , salt & enough water. I added 2 cups of water to grind it.
  • ( Actually this batter has to be fermented over night.But I skipped this step and made the batter instantly by adding lemon juice for sourness).
Killu vadam recipe
  • Add 3 cups of water in a kadai. Let it roll boil.Add the rice paste and mix well.
Killu vadam recipe
  • Add cumin seeds & required salt. Mix well and boil the mixture till it becomes a thick paste. After it becomes a thick paste and leave the sides of pan, add water around the paste and cover the kadai with a lid. Adding water in the sides help to prevent the burnt bottom. Keep the flame low and cover cook the mixture till it changes its color to pale white.
Killu vadam recipe
Killu vadam recipe
Killu vadam recipe
  • After the mixture is cooled down, add lemon juice and chopped onions.Check for taste.Pinch into small pieces by dipping your hands in water.Spread them on a white cloth or polythene sheet.
Killu vadam recipe
  • Let it dry for 3-4 days till it shrinks and changes in color. Keep it under the fan during night.
Killu vadam
  • Heat oil and deep fry one or two to check whether its dried up completely. If its not chewy and soft inside, vadam is dried. Else sun dry it for another day or two.Remove after the vadam is fried well. Onions should turn slightly golden brown. Do not burn them.Remove and serve with rice varieties !!
Killu vadam
Enjoy !


Note
  • As I told, method 1 is easy compared with method 2.Its ideal for beginners and leftover rice can be used effectively in this summer. Even my choice is for Method – 1.
  • In method 2, you can add more water while grinding & cooking the batter. If the batter is too thick, vadam may taste hard.So make the batter slightly thin.
I love to have Killu vadam with Sambar Sadam more than other rice varieties. What’s your choice ??
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