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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 – 2 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds – 1.5 tbsp ( OR cumin seeds)
  • Pepper corns – 1 tsp
  • Cardamom – 10 nos
  • Nutmeg - Very small piece (optional)
  • Saffron threads - Few
  • Sugar - 1/2 – 3/4 cup
  • Dried Rose petals - 1 tbsp OR rose essence - 1 tsp
  • Pista – 1/2 tbsp (Optional)

  • 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 !
Thandai powder recipe
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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

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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 ~!
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February 6, 2017

Kerala Vegetable Stew | Ishtu Recipe – Side Dish For Appam, Idiyappam

 Kerala Vegetable stew recipe
Vegetable stew also known as Ishtu is one of the most popular side dish recipes served for Appam and Idiyappam/Noolappam in Kerala. I make appam at least twice in a month for breakfast as it is our family favorite. Usually I make mixed vegetable stew, potato kurma/ paya or onion chutney as side dish for appam. I learnt this stew recipe after watching a cookery show by a Chef in Raj TV. He addressed this recipe as “Restaurant style Vegetable Stew”. I got attracted by the title and wrote down the recipe in my cook book. Its a very simple & healthy vegetable stew recipe that looks colorful with awesome flavor and rich taste of mixed vegetables, coconut oil & coconut milk. I made this stew in pressure cooker to make my job easier.So its color was pale white but it tasted great. We loved it a lot with appamHappy.This veg stew post was lying in my drafts for long time.So I thought of bringing out today.Happy Friends, do try this easy, Kerala style vegetable stew recipe at home & relish it with appam or idiyappam for your breakfast. For variations, you can use potato instead of mixed veggies and make it as potato stew. Ok lets see how to make vegetable stew with step by step photos !
Check out my other “Kerala Recipes” too!
Vegetable stew recipe

Kerala Vegetable Stew Recipe


Kerala Vegetable Stew Recipe How to make Kerala style vegetable stew recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish For Appam
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 240ml
  • *Mixed vegetables ( Carrot, Beans, Potato) - 3/4 cup
  • Big onion - 1 no ( Slice thinly)
  • Ginger - 2 inch piece ( Slice it thinly or finely chopped)
  • Green chilli – 2-3 nos ( slit)
  • Thin coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Thick coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Salt – As needed
  • Sugar – A big pinch
To temper
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1 no
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Curry leaves – Few
** Carrot – 1 medium, Potato – 1 medium, Beans – 4 nos
METHOD

  • Grate or chop 1 coconut into pieces. Grind to a smooth paste adding 1 cup of water. Strain the thick coconut milk and keep it in a bowl. Again grind the coconut adding 1 cup of water.Take the second milk by extracting it. Keep in another bowl.
  • Wash and chop the vegetables of 1 inch length. Slit the green chilli, slice the onion.Chop the ginger into small pieces or slice it thinly.
    Vegetable stew recipe
    Vegetable stew recipe
  • Heat coconut oil in a pressure cooker base. Saute bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves. Add thinly sliced onion, ginger pieces and slit green chilli. Saute till onion turns transparent. Make sure color of onion stays white and not brown.
    Vegetable stew recipe
    Vegetable stew recipe

  • Then add the chopped mixed vegetables, a big pinch of sugar and saute for a minute. Sugar helps to retain the color of vegetables.Add the required salt and the second coconut milk.Mix well and close the cooker. Cook for one whistle in very low flame. It takes 7-8 minutes.Open the cooker after the steam is released.Veggies would be cooked soft.
  • Now add the thick coconut milk now and give one boil.Check for taste, add more salt if needed. Switch off the flame. Garnish with curry leaves and set aside. Give a standing time of 15 minutes and serve with appam/idiyappam.
    Vegetable stew recipe
  • Enjoy !


Note
  • Add more green chilli for spicy taste.
  • Add cashew paste for thickness and richness to the stew. Grind 6 cashews and add the paste.
  • This stew has a mild masala flavor.
  • Coconut oil is very important for tempering. Do not skip it.
Try this Kerala style vegetable stew with appam and enjoy !!
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