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February 27, 2017

Vegetable Pulao Recipe – Karnataka Style Veg Pulao Recipe

Karnataka style veg pulao recipe
Mixed vegetable pulao is a must and should recipe in all the weddings, lunch buffet and parties in Karnataka. In our school moms group, we used to conduct kitty party once in a month in one of our houses. Mostly it would be a lunch party. I still remember Tara’s kitty party lunch menu. I had this pulao for the first time in her house and after that in few hotels, marriage functions and birthday parties. My friends call this as “Palav” in Kannada Happy. I am a big fan of this Karnataka style pulao especially for its wonderful flavor.I don’t mind eating one full plate of itTongue.I got this recipe from Tara and made it for our Sunday Lunch last week. It came out very well with the awesome masala flavor which is the highlight of this pulao. Tara makes it super spicy and very tasty.The whole pot gets emptied in few minutesLaughing. Thanks a lot Tara for teaching me this wonderful veg pulao recipe to me. Now I am confident enough to try this rice variety for my guest & parties.This pulao looks mild green in color.In some hotels here, they serve a red colored pulao adding red chilli powder. If you are looking for that version, check out this delicious and Restaurant style SPICY VEG PULAO recipe which I learnt from my another friend Megha Happy. Now lets see how to make this yummy, Karnataka style Vegetable pulao with step by step pictures and video !


Veg pulao recipe Karnataka

Karnataka style vegetable pualo recipe


Karnataka style vegetable pualo recipe How to make Karnataka style veg pulao recipe at home
Cuisine: Karnataka
Category: Rice varieties
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Sona masoori / Raw rice - 1 cup ( Use good quality ones)
  • Water - 2 cups ( to soak rice)
  • Mixed vegetables - 1/2 cup ( 1 Carrot, 5 beans, 1 potato, fistful peas)
  • Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1 no
  • Black stone flower - 2 nos
  • Marathi moggu - 1 no
  • Star anise - 1 no
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Big onion -1 no ( sliced)
  • Tomato - 1 small ( chopped finely)
  • Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Crushed kasoori methi - 1 tsp ( optional)
  • Salt - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Green chillies - 6 nos ( use 8 for more spicy taste, 4 for less spice)
  • Mint leaves - a handful
  • Big onion - 1/2 no
  • Cinnamon - 2 inch piece
  • Cloves - 3 nos
  • Cardamom - 2 nos
  • Ginger - 1.5 inch piece
  • Garlic cloves - 8 nos
  • Water - as needed ( to grind to paste)
METHOD

  • Wash and soak 1 cup of rice in 2 cups of water for 15 to 30 minutes. Wash and chop the vegetables into small cubes.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • Grind the ingredients given under “ To grind” to a smooth paste by adding required water. Set aside.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base and add the whole garam masala. Saute until aromatic and then add sliced onions. Saute till transparent. Now add the tomato pieces and saute till mushy.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • Add the ground masala paste. Mix well for a minute. Now add chopped vegetables, mix well for a minute. Then add the soaked rice along with water. Add dhania powder, crushed kasoori methi(optional) and required salt in the water. Mix well. Take some water and check for taste. Add more salt if required and slit green chilli for spicy taste.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • Pressure cook in very low flame for two whistles. Open the lid after the steam is released completely. Fluff the rice gently with a fork. Remove in a plate and serve hot with onion raita ! This rice looks slightly mushy when hot. But rice grains become fluffy and separate as it cools down.
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
    Karnataka veg pulao recipe
  • If you are making it for parties or functions, make this pulao one hour in advance and let it be in the cooker to stay warm. If it cools down, sprinkle very little water and reheat it for few minutes before serving. Tastes and smells yum !
Enjoy !
Note
  • My friend Tara adds 8 to 10 chillies for the mentioned quantity. But I used 6 as my chillies were spicy. Adjust the quantity based on your taste. You can even add slit chillies in the water if you feel spiciness is less.
  • If you want, you can use red chilli powder instead of green chillies while grinding the masala.
  • Addition of dhania powder and kasoori methi gives a nice flavor to pulao. Kasooi methi is not added usually in Karnataka style pulao, but i followed my friend's suggestion :)
  • Good quality raw rice is used for Karnataka style pulao. You can replace with basmati rice of you wish.In that case, use 1:1.5 cups of rice and water ratio.
  • For variations, you can use coriander leaves instead of mint leaves but flavor may vary. 

Try this yummy, spicy Karnataka style veg pulao for your weekend lunch or lunch box,Enjoy !
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February 23, 2017

Thandai Masala Powder Recipe – How To Make Thandai Powder At Home

Thandai masala powder recipe
Thandai is a very popular drink in North India that is mainly served during Holi festival and Maha Shivratri. This drink is the best coolant for body with lots of  health benefits as it is prepared with the combination of nuts, whole spices and milk. Yesterday my neighbor called me to enquire whether we get readymade thandai masala powder or thandai syrup at shops nearby my house. I browsed for some good brands and told her to get Patanjali or Haldirams Thandai powder as these are the well known names to meHappy. She searched in shops but couldn’t get it. So I thought of preparing homemade thandai masala powder and share with her. As I had already shared the recipe of thandai from scratch, I know making at home is very easy. I used to make it regularly for every Maha Shivaratri festival along with our South Indian style arisi vella puttu and offer to Lord Shiva. This year I was planning to make the same following my recipe. But now after my neighbor’s suggestion, I wanted to make and store this homemade thandai masala in advance and prepare it quickly on Shivrathri day. I watched some You tube video recipes and adapted this recipe.I have also watched a video from BBD TV’s travel escapades in which the preparation of thandai with & without bhang from a popular shop in Ujjain was shown.I found it very useful. For this thandai powder recipe, I could see many variations across the web.Some recipes are very simple with just 4 ingredients and some recipes are with bhang as well. But in this recipe, I have not used BhangWinking  . Basically bhang balls are made from hemp seeds and leaves which are washed, cleaned and grinded to a smooth paste. But it should be used in minimum quantity as over dosage induces psychosis, excitement, uncooperativeness and hallucinations.
Thandai masala
This is a very simple thandai masala that can be prepared with easily available ingredients. I have used Khus Khus in this recipe. I know its banned in some of the countries. In that case, feel free to skip it.Yesterday I made thandai using this powder and it came out very well. It was refreshing and we loved it a lot. I have passed some of this powder to my neighbor. I hope her family will like it tooPeace Sign. Ok, lets see how to make Thandai masala powder at home with step by step pictures.
Thandai masala powder ingredients

Thandai masala powder recipe


Thandai masala powder recipe How to make thandai masala powder recipe at home
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Drinks Recipes
Serves: Serves 12-15
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Almond/Badam - 1/4 cup
  • Cashew nuts – 2 tbsp
  • Melon seeds - 2 tbsp
  • Khus khus – 3 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds – 2 tbsp ( OR cumin seeds)
  • Pepper corns – 1 tsp
  • Cardamom – 8 nos
  • Nutmeg - Very small piece (optional)
  • Saffron threads - Few
  • Sugar - 1/2 – 3/4 cup
  • Dried Rose petals - 1 tbsp or 15 nos OR rose essence - 1 tsp
  • Pista – 1 tbsp (Optional , I used it)

  • To make thandai ( For one serving)

  • Boiled milk – 1 cup ( At room temperature, use full fat milk)
  • Thandai powder – 1 tbsp ( Adjust)
  • Ice cubes – few ( 2 nos)
METHOD

  • Take all the ingredients for thandai masala and keep it ready. Grind them to a fine powder using a mixie. Sieve it and again grind the coarse ones. Use the remaining leftovers for making fresh thandai or lassi. Mix the powder well with a spoon and store in a box. Thandai masala powder is ready !
  • This powder can be stored for 2 months in an air tight box. Use clean spoon to handle.
    how to make thandai powder at home
    Thandai powder recipe
    Thandai powder recipe
  • To make Thandai : Boil thick, full cream milk and let it cool down to room temperature. In a wide bowl, put few ice cubes, add 2 cups of milk and 1 tbsp ( i.e 5-6 tsp) thandai powder. Mix well. Check for taste and add more sugar or thandai powder if needed.
    Thandai powder recipe
  • Strain it using a cloth strainer( Tea strainer) and serve it. If you want to serve later, refrigerate it till use. It tastes the best only when served chilled. The more the standing time, the more tasty it would be!
  • Straining is more important.Do not forget to strain the milk after adding thandai powder.
    Thandai powder recipe
Enjoy !


Note

  • There is no hard and fast rule in the quantity of ingredients for masala. You can reduce or increase it as per your like.
  • I felt pistachios are not needed as it was not mentioned in the Ujjain video.Still I had used just 1/2 tbsp of it. Do not add more. It would dominate the other ingredients in flavor.
  • Do not add more pepper corns. The color of thandai is usually sandal in color if its made without bhang. It looks green when bhang is added.
  • Adjust the amount of cardamom and fennel as they are the flavoring ingredients for thandai.
  • Straining is more important.Do not forget to strain the milk after adding thandai powder.
Try this Thandai powder at home and enjoy this refreshing drink instantly at your will !
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February 20, 2017

Instant Mor Kuzhambu – Easy Mor Kulambu Recipe Without Coconut– Indian Bachelors Recipes

Easy mor kuzhambu recipe without coconut
Mor kuzhambu ( Vegetarian buttermilk gravy in English) is our family favorite kuzhambu varieties for rice. Usually I follow my MIL’s or MOM’s recipe. But sometimes I make this easy mor kuzhambu recipe when I have to cook for myself and Raksha as Sendhil is not fond of this version. Its a very simple, no grind mor kuzhambu recipe without coconut. I started making this by following Revathy Shanmugam mam’s recipe from Aval vikatan supplementary issue. But then I made some changes and making it in my own way! I won’t say this one tastes so good like authentic more kuzhambu. But this recipe is surely a quick fix for bachelors & working women who wants to whip up a gravy within 10 minutes for lunch or dinner after coming back from office. It tastes great with fried papad and potato fry or brinjal roast. I served it with yam fry. The taste of this kuzhambu reminds me North Indian style Dahi kadhi slightly. This kulambu can be prepared with or without vegetables.Sometimes I add fried manathakkali or sundakkai vathal too. If you wish to add vegetables, you can add cooked lady’s finger (Vendakkai) or pumpkin( Poosanikai in Tamil). Do try this easy, Instant mor kuzhambu recipe and let me know your feedback ! Lets see how to make South Indian style Mor Kuzhambu with step by step photos.

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February 16, 2017

Sprouted Green Gram Curry – Pachai Payaru Kuruma For Chapathi, Rice, Dosa, Idli

Sprouted green gram curry for roti, rice
My MIL had told me to include pulses in our regular diet at least once in a week as they are a good source of protein for vegetarians with lots of health benefits. Usually I make sundal with green gram, chana, black urad dal. In my family, we love to eat sundal recipes but not oftenTongue. So when my MIL told me to include legumes, I found making some curry, gravy for roti or kuzhambu recipes for rice by adding pulses is the best way to make my family eat it. So I started preparing varieties of curries and gravies for rice, roti and even for idli, dosa. This South Indian style green gram curry is our recent favorite. Green gram also known as Mung bean in English, Pachai payaru in Tamil, moong sabut/mung sabut in Hindi, Cheru Payru in Malayalam, Hesaru kaalu in Kannada, Pacha Pesalu pappu in Telugu is a very healthy pulse with high fiber and nutrient values. Recent days I have been eating mung sprouts salad for weight loss.So I tried this pacha payaru curry recipe from a Kerala YouTube channel “Garam masala” with the leftover sprouts mainly for Sendhil and Raksha. I made it with slight modifications to suit our taste buds. It came out really well with a mild sweet taste of sprouted green gram. We all loved it very much. It was a good side dish for roti/ chapathi , idli, dosa and rice. As the yield of this gravy is more, we had this gravy for dinner and the next day’s breakfast & lunch as well Silly. For variations, this curry can be made with mixed sprouts or with soaked green gram dal, chana or cowpeas. I am happy that I have got a healthy, yummy green gram dal curry recipe to include in our regular diet. Ok Friends, lets see how to make this healthy mulai kattiya pachai payaru curry/ sprouted green gram dal gravy with step by step photos and a video !
Check out my Green gram dosa, green gram rice upma and green gram sundal recipes !
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February 14, 2017

How To Make Chocolate At Home – Homemade Chocolate Recipe With Cocoa Powder

Easy-homemade-chocolate-recipe-using-cocoa-powder
Easy homemade chocolate recipe using milk powder and cocoa powder with step by step photos and video !
Wish you all a very happy Valentine’s day Happy When I was looking for some interesting Valentine’s day special recipe, homemade chocolates came to my mind. Long back I have shared a Vegan version of chocolate recipe using cocoa powder,honey and coconut oil. Though it is an easy, perfect and fool proof recipe for homemade chocolate ,the flavor of coconut oil would be dominant which many people don’t like itTongue.  Many of my readers who had tried that recipe requested me to share an alternative for coconut oil. I tried it with butter and even with dalda but it didn't work.So I was looking for a chocolate recipe that uses butter and cocoa powder. I came across this homemade chocolate recipe without oven in YouTube video . I just halved the quantity of ingredients and tried it today. It came out really well Dancingbut not tasting like silky smooth Dairy milk.It was pretty good in taste like Five star chocolate with a mildly chewy, fudgy kind. But its quiet addictive to eat :) To make Dairy milk kind of chocolate, we must use cocoa butter to achieve the silky texture. In India, cocoa butter is not easily available and its very costly to buy online too. Another easiest option is to melt dark compound or white compound chocolate either in microwave oven or stove top ( Double boiling method) and make chocolates. It tastes really good equal to the store bought ones. Soon I will make a detailed post on that. But this chocolate recipe is made with 4 simple ingredients like milk powder, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla essence and Butter ( clarified ghee). Cooking procedure is also easy. You don’t need to check for one string consistency sugar syrup. Its just mixing and freezing. Homemade Chocolates would be ready ! Now anyone can make chocolates at home using this recipeHappy. This chocolate tastes the best when served chilled. But it stays good for an hour without refrigeration. So you can make this ahead and serve kids for birthday parties.Kids would love this chocolate for sure. Do try this easy homemade chocolate recipe for this Valentine’s day and have a great celebration. Surprise your Husband and Kids with this lovely chocolates this evening Love StruckCool . Soon I must try Raksha’s favorite Milk chocolate/ white chocolate as well by replacing cocoa powder with milk powder. Now lets see how to make chocolate at home using cocoa powder and milk powder with step by step photos and a video for better understanding ! Hope you will try and like it HappyPeace Sign.

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February 9, 2017

Microwave Oreo Cookies Brownie Recipe – Eggless Brownie In 2 Minutes

Oreo cookies brownie recipe
This is a super easy and quick eggless brownie recipe using Oreo biscuit in microwave under 2 minutes. I have already shared an eggless microwave Oreo cake which is a super hit recipe in my blog. After that, I couldn’t try and share any Oreo based recipes in my space. For this Valentine’s day celebration, I wanted to post some simple, quick and easy recipes. When I saw this easy Oreo cookies brownie recipe in THIS video, I was so tempted to try it. This is my first attempt of making a brownie with biscuit base. It came out really well and tasted mildly sweet, chewy, soft and fudgy. Myself and Sendhil enjoyed it a lot. I served the warm brownie with a scoop of Ice cream and topped with some Hershey's chocolate syrup. Its a prefect dessert ! Our Valentine’s day celebration started with this brownie todayBlushing Love Struck.Friends, If you are looking for some quick and easy Valentine’s day recipes, this is for you Happy . All you need is a pack of Oreo biscuit, milk, very little butter and baking soda.This is one of the best Oreo recipes ideas. Don’t hesitate to try it, just go on. Everybody would love its taste for surePeace Sign.Ok, enough of hype, Lets check how to make this eggless, microwave Oreo cookies brownie recipe with step by step photos and a video.
Do check out my 1 minute microwave brownie recipe too !

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February 7, 2017

Eggless Dates Cake Recipe With Whole Wheat Flour & Oats

Eggless dates cake
I had a pack of black dates lying in my pantry for months. I found dates cake would be the best option to finish off the leftover. So I tried it following THIS healthy, no egg, no butter date cake recipe using  whole wheat flour and instant oats.As this cake recipe is without butter, condensed milk I was doubtful about the texture of cake and flavorThinking .But to my surprise, it came out very well with an awesome flavor just like Christmas fruit cake.It tasted great and secured 100 marks in my homePartyApplause.Yeah Raksha and Sendhil loved it a lot. Unless you say, no one could find out that this cake is made with dates, whole wheat flour and oats. Its texture was very soft and spongy. As my cake had cracks on top, I have given some suggestions below to avoid it.This cake can be made in pressure cooker as well. I strongly recommend everyone to try this recipe at home to enjoy a gluten free cake.I am sure its result won’t disappoint you. You can add chopped walnuts, cashews and almonds to make it more healthy. So try this healthy, guilt free, eggless dates cake recipe at home (Indian Khajoor cake) and share your feedback with me Winking. Lets see how to make it with step by step photos.
Check out my eggless, butter less banana cake too !
Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour

Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour & oats


Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour & oats How to make eggless dates cake with whole wheat flour and quick cooking instant oats
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Cakes
Serves: 12 pieces
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 40 Minutes
Total time: 50 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Whole wheat flour - 3/4 cup ( I used Aashrivad atta)
  • Quick cooking oats - 3/4 cup ( I used Quaker )
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup ( Granulated)
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp ( levelled, weikfiled brand)
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp ( levelled, Bakers brand)
  • Black or brown Dates - 20 nos ( Deseeded, chopped & ground)
  • Boiled milk - 1.5 cups
  • Cooking oil - 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
METHOD

  • Deseed, chop and grind the dates in batches. Heat 1.5 cups of milk and add the ground dates to the hot milk. Let it soak for 10 minutes. If using brown dates, soak for 30 minutes. In the mean time, mix the dry ingredients.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
  • Add vanilla essence and cooking oil to the soaked dates + milk.Mix well with a whisk.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
  • In a wide bowl, take the whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.Mix well.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry flour mixture. Mix well with a whisk. Do not over beat. Just mix gently in one direction.Cake batter looks thick but pourable.See the picture below.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
  • Grease a baking pan ( I used loaf pan) with oil and pour the cake batter till 3/4th of the pan.Preheat oven in convection mode at 180c. Keep the baking pan inside the oven.Bake the cake for 30 - 35 minutes. Insert  a toothpick or back of a spoon in the center of cake. If the spoon comes out clean, cake is done. If not, bake for another 5 minutes.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
  • I baked for 40 minutes but cake had cracks on top and the crust was slightly roasted.So I feel 35 minutes baking time would be enough. So keep an eye after 30 minutes. Remove the baking pan and let the cake cool down completely. Do not try to remove the cake. It will break.
  • After the cake is cooled down, run a knife on the sides of cake and invert the pan on a plate. Just pat it. Cake comes off easily. Make slices and enjoy ! Cake tastes more sweet on first day. But it tasted perfect the next day. This cake stays good for 2 days. Store in an airtight box. No need to refrigerate.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
Its a great teatime snack ! Enjoy !!

Note

  • Add more dates and less sugar if you want natural sweetness in the cake.
  • Do not skip vanilla essence as it gives a nice smell when combined with dates.
  • Baking time depends on the heat of oven.Keep an eye after 30 minutes and check with a spoon. Do not over bake.
  • This cake is too soft and moist. It may break or crumble. Cut slices carefully!
  • If using brown dates, soak for 30 minutes in milk.
  • Do not grind all the dates in one time. It will stuck to the walls of mixer. So chop the dates and grind 4-5 in one batch.
Enjoy this super soft, moist, guilt free, eggless dates cake recipe ~!
Eggless dates cake recipe


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