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December 25, 2017

Millet Pongal Recipe Using Millet Ven Pongal Mix

Millet pongal
Recently I got a packet of Millet Ven Pongal Mix / Siruthaniya pongal mix & Millet Sambar rice mix from Native Food Store. I tried Pongal mix for my weekend breakfast as I got up late. Its so easy and quick to make.  Our breakfast got ready under 15 minutes. This millet pongal mix is a combination of roasted moong dal, varieties of millets, pepper corns, jeera, salt and cashews. I just followed the instructions given in the pack. All we need to do is to add the mentioned amount of water and cook this mix in a pressure cooker. We can also season it with curry leaves and hing in ghee at the end to make it more flavorful. It came out very soft, flavorful & tasty just like homemade ven pongal. Sendhil & Myself loved it very much. We enjoyed it with coconut chutney. Friends, Native food store products are available online and they deliver their products all over India. I would strongly recommend to buy this pongal mix from them. I am sure you will love its taste and buy it often. Working women and bachelors can buy this product to make a quick and healthy breakfast/ dinner. Ok, now lets see how to make Millet ven pongal using Native food store’s millet pongal mix.

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Millet pongal

Millet Pongal Using Pongal Mix


Millet Pongal Using Pongal Mix Millet Ven Pongal recipe using Pongal mix from Native food store.
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Millet Recipes
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
To season
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves - Few
  • Chopped Ginger – 1 tsp 
  • Hing - a pinch
METHOD
  1. In a pressure cooker base, take the millet pongal mix.
  2. Add the mentioned amount of water given in the pack.
  3. Cook for 2 whistles in very low flame.
  4. Open the lid after steam is released. Mix well.
  5. Season curry leaves, ginger and hing in ghee. Add to pongal.
  6. Mix well and serve hot with coconut chutney !
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Take 1 cup of pongal mix in a pressure cooker. Add 4 cups of water, mix well. Close the lid.

  • Pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles. Remove the lid after steam is released. Mix well. Its consistency would be just right. Heat ghee & temper ginger bits, curry leaves & hing. Add to pongal, mix well.
    Millet pongal
  • Serve hot immediately with coconut chutney. You can add a tsp of ghee while serving If you like. This pongal tastes very soft & flavorful !
    Millet pongal

    Enjoy !

 

Try this healthy, yummy, quick millet pongal with pongal mix. You will love it.
Siruthaniya pongal
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November 26, 2017

Mushroom Peas Pulao Recipe – Mushroom Rice Recipe

Mushroom peas pulao recipe
Last Sunday I prepared this mushroom peas pulao with some leftover mushrooms and fresh green peas. Its a very simple and easy pulao recipe just like my vegetable pulao. It can be prepared directly in a pressure cooker. So it gets ready under 15 minutes. No grinding or big chopping works needed. You can prepare it for your lunch box easily and quickly. Since its a mild pulao recipe without much of garam masala powders, you can enjoy it with any spicy kurma as side dish. But my family liked it with simple onion raita. Usually people add coconut milk instead of water. But I used only water to cook the rice. Still it was good with nice flavor. Lets see how to make this simple and quick mushroom peas pulao with step by step pictures.

Check out my crispy mushroom 65, how to choose n buy, clean mushroom, Thalapakkatti biryani with mushroom, Thala ajith style biryani with mushroom and easy mushroom biryani in pressure cooker.


mushroom pulao

Mushroom Peas Pulao Recipe


Mushroom Peas Pulao Recipe

Mushroom Peas Pulao - Easy Pulao Recipe using a pressure cooker


Cuisine: Indian
Category: Mushroom Recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Mushroom - 10 nos
  • Green peas or dried peas - 1/4 cup
  • Basmati Rice - 1 cup
  • Water or coconut milk - 1.75 cups
  • Cooking oil+ Ghee - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cardamom - 1 no
  • Black stone flower/ Kalpasi - 2 small
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Ginger Garlic Paste - 1.5 tsp
  • Green chilli - 3 nos ( Use 2 for less spice)
  • Mint leaves - a handful
  • Salt - as needed
  • Lemon juice – Few drops

METHOD

  1. Wash and clean mushroom. Slice it and set aside.
  2. Heat oil + ghee in a cooker. Saute whole garam masala.
  3. Add onion, gg paste, green chilli, mint leaves and saute till transparent.
  4. Add mushroom, peas and saute for a minute. Add rice, saute for a minute.
  5. Lastly add water or coconut milk and mix well.
  6. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash and clean mushroom with a cloth. Remove the stem and slice it. Keep aside.Finely chop onion and slit the green chilli. Wash the basmati rice and set aside. No need to soak it.
    Mushroom peas pulao
  • Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker base. Saute cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, cardamom and black stone flower. Add fennel seeds, big onion, gg paste and green chillies. Saute in medium flame till onion turns transparent.
    Mushroom peas pulao
  • Add mint leaves, mushroom and peas. Mix well. Lastly add the washed rice and saute for a minute.
    Mushroom peas pulao
  • Then add 1.75 cups of water or thin coconut milk. Sprinkle few drops of lemon juice. Mix well and pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle. Remove the lid after the steam is released.
    Mushroom peas pulao
  • Mix gently, fluff the rice and serve hot with any spicy kurma or raita !
    Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of green chilli as per your taste.
  • You can use thin coconut milk instead of water.
  • I used lemon juice. You can saute one finely chopped tomato along with onion.

Try this easy, yummy, healthy mushroom pulao and enjoy ! I served with raita and Paneer 65.
Mushroom peas pulao recipe
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November 23, 2017

Chow Chow Poriyal – Spicy Chayote Curry Recipe

Chow chow poriyal
Chow Chow Vegetable( Chayote in English, Ishkus in Hindi, Seemai Kathirikai in Tamil, Seeme Badanekayi in Kannada, Seema vankaya in Telugu) makes its appearance in my kitchen at least twice a week. I make sambar, poricha kuzhambu and kootu with it. Chow chow poriyal was in my try list for long time as I have never seen my mom & MIL making poriyal with it. Here in Bangalore, most of the hotels serve this chow chow curry in their lunch thali. So I wanted to try that way. Its a very simple dry curry recipe but spicy in taste. People call it as Seeme Badanekayi Palya in Kannada. As chow chow vegetable is bland in taste, I have used spice powders to bring the masala flavor. I prepared this chow chow curry directly in a pressure cooker to ease my job. Yes it was done under 10 minutes. This recipe is ideal for bachelors and working women to whip up a quick side dish for sambar rice and curd rice. Do try this spicy chow chow curry for rice and enjoy. If you like, you can have it with roti a well.

Check out my other PORIYAL RECIPES too !

chayote curry

Chow Chow Poriyal / Chayote Curry Recipe


Chow Chow Poriyal / Chayote Curry Recipe

Chow chow poriyal for rice,roti - Chayote dry curry recipe, spicy in taste !


Cuisine: Indian
Category: Poriyal Recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS


  • Chow Chow / Chayote - 1 no (Big)
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Garlic cloves - 5 nos
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
  • Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Salt & water - as needed
To Temper
  • Coconut oil or cooking oil - 1.5 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few

HOW TO MAKE CHOW CHOW PORIYAL

  1. Wash and peel the skin of chow chow/chayote. Slice the head and tail portion.
  2. Chop into small cubes.Chop onion and garlic finely.
  3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Splutter mustard seeds, urad & chana dal.
  4. Saute onion, garlic and chayote. Add salt and spice powders. Mix well.
  5. Add very little water and pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles.
  6. Boil if there is excess water. Let it become dry. Lastly add grated coconut, mix well and serve !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash and slice the head and tail part of chow chow. Peel the skin completely and chop into cubes. Chop onion and garlic cloves finely and set aside.
    Chow chow poriyal
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and curry leaves. When dals turn golden, add chopped onion, garlic and chow chow cubes. Saute for a minute.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhania powder, garam masala powder and salt. Mix well.
    Chow chow poriyal
  • Add little water say 3 tbsp and mix well. Less water is needed because chow chow will release some water while cooking. Pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles.
    Chow chow poriyal
  • Open the lid after steam is released. Mix gently and check for excess water. If its there, boil in high flame for a minute to drain all the water.Do not mix often because poriyal may become mushy. Toss gently. Poriyal should be dry. Lastly add grated coconut, mix well and serve with rice or roti !
    Chow chow poriyal
    Chow chow poriyal
Enjoy !

Note

  • Chow chow needs less water and less time to cook. So do not add more water while pressure cooking.
  • Chow chow becomes mushy if you cook for more time in pressure cooker. So its better to cook in high flame for 2 whistles. It cooks in the steam itself.
  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder to make it more spicy.
  • You can also skip garam masala powder but it adds a nice flavor to the curry.
  • You can follow the same recipe and use bottle gourd / sorakkai instead of chow chow.

Try this easy, yummy chow chow poriyal at home and enjoy with sambar rice, rasam rice & curd rice.
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November 2, 2017

Javvarisi Upma – Sago Upma – Sabudana Upma Recipe

Recently I started making javvarisi upma at home for breakfast and dinner. This is a South Indian style sabudana upma without using potato and peanuts. Actually I came to know about sago upma(Sabudana in Hindi, Saggubiyyam in Telugu) from my friend Shalini. She taught me a version with nylon javvarisi. I will share that recipe later. Today I have shared javvarisi upma with big, white sago pearls. My MIL makes a similar upma without soaking sabudana.She roast it and make just like javvarisi payasam. I too follow this method for making kheer. But I couldn’t make upma as javvarisi becomes sticky.Once I make it perfect, I will share that version.
Sabudana upma
Last week I made this upma by soaking sabudana overnight. It came out very well, non-sticky and tasted great. I added vegetables like carrot and capsicum to make it colorful. Sendhil & Raksha loved it a lot. Now I am confident enough to try North Indian sabudana khichdi too. Hope I will start to explore more sabudana recipes from now. Now lets see how to make South Indian style Javvarisi upma with step by step pictures.
Sago upma

Javvarisi upma - Sago upma - Sabudana upma recipe


Javvarisi upma - Sago upma - Sabudana upma recipe

South Indian style Sabudana upma - Javvarisi upma recipe with step by step pictures


Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 5 Hours
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 5H20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

To soak ( 1 cup - 250ml)
  • Javvarisi / Sago / Sabudana - 2 cups ( White big )
  • Water - to soak sago ( I used 1.5 cups)
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 4 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 2 tsp
  • Big onion – 2 nos (medium sized)
  • Green chillies – 2 to 3 nos (Finely chopped)
  • Carrot - 1 no (Small sized, Finely chopped)
  • Capsicum - 1/2 no
  • Curry leaves – Few
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece(Finely chopped)
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (chopped finely)
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Salt - as needed

HOW TO MAKE SAGO UPMA

  1. Wash sabudana twice. Soak it overnight adding water.
  2. Temper mustard, urad and chana dal. Saute onion, chilli , curry leaves and vegetables.
  3. Saute till veggies turn soft and cooked. Add soaked sago and mix well adding salt.
  4. Keep mixing in low to medium flame till sago becomes transparent.
  5. Lastly add lemon juice and coriander leaves. Serve hot !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP


  • Wash the sabudana twice or thrice. Soak in water over night or atleast for 5 hours minimum. The level of water should be 1/2 inch above sabudana. The next morning sabudana absorbs all the water and grows in quantity. If you take a sago and press it, it should be mushy. It shows sago is soaked well.Fluff it well without any water and keep aside.
    Javvarisi upma
Javvarisi upma

  • Wash and chop onion, chilli, carrot and capsicum finely. Set aside.
Javvarisi upma
  • Heat oil in a good non-stick kadai. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal and chana dal. When it turns golden, add finely chopped onion, green chillies, curry leaves, capsicum, carrot , required salt and mix well. Take care while adding salt because sago upma takes less salt unlike other upma recipes. Saute in low to medium flame till carrot becomes soft. No need to add water.
    Javvarisi upma
  • Now add sabudana and mix well.Keep the flame medium and stir it well. Sabudana turns transparent. It takes nearly 20 to 30 minutes to become transparent completely. So keep tossing patiently. Make sure it is not sticking to the bottom of kadai. Do not add water. Cover and cook only if needed. Sabudana tastes soft when its cooked completely. You can taste and find it. Sometimes a layer of sabudana sticks to the bottom of kadai. Don’t worry. You can serve it as adai at the end. It tastes crispy.
    Javvarisi upma
  • Switch off the flame. Sprinkle lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves.Mix well and serve hot !
    Javvarisi upma
  • Enjoy !

Note

  • Use white big sago variety for this upma.Do not soak in excess water ( i.e more than 1/2 inch) to cover sago. It will turn mushy. For 2 cups of sago, I used 1.5 cups of water. 
  • You should cook the sago in low to medium flame without adding water. So you should keep tossing it.
  • If you cover cook it for long time, sago may stick to the bottom. So keep stirring it in the middle. 
  • Be careful while adding salt because sago needs less salt.

Try this easy, yummy javvarisi upma for your breakfast or dinner and enjoy  !

Javvarisi upma
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October 31, 2017

How To Make Chole For Bhature & Puri – Chole Recipe Video

Chole Recipe/ Chole ki sabji also known as Black chana masala is the perfect side dish for Bhature/ bhatura and puri. Chole bhatura is the one of the popular breakfast & lunch combo in North India. Its originated from Punjab. Authentic Punjabi chole recipe calls for using fresh Chole masala powder. Today I have shared an easy chole recipe I got from a cookbook by Nita Mehta.
Chole bhatura
In this recipe, I have used store bought chana masala powder. It came out really well and tasty. We enjoyed it with bhature for our weekend lunch. To make black colored chole, we need to add tea bags or dried amla powder while cooking kabuli chana. Also we have to use Anardhana powder ( Pomegranate seeds powder) , dhania powder, chole masala powder and roasted cumin powder in the masala. I was able to achieve its color to some extent as I used less tea powder. This is one of the easy chole recipe as it has no grinding works. If you are looking for chole recipe with homemade chole masala powder, please check my Punjabi lunch menu post in which I had shared an authentic chole recipe. Soon I will try to make a separate post. I will share the bhatura recipe in this week. Now lets see how to make Chole recipe for Bhatura with step by step pictures and video !



Chole recipe

Chole Recipe / How to make Chole for Bhatura


Chole Recipe / How to make Chole for Bhatura

Chole recipe - How to make chole for bhatura and puri.


Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 hours
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 10H20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

To pressure cook (1 cup - 250ml)
  • Kabuli chana/ White chana - 1 cup
  • Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
  • Tea powder - 2 tsp ( tie in a cloth ) OR 2 teabags
  • Cinnamom - 2 inch
  • Cardamom - 2 nos ( Use black cardamom if you have)
  • Cloves - 2 nos ( Optional)
  • Water - 2.5 to 3 cups
To Saute & Cook
  • Cooking oil - 4 tbsp
  • Big onion - 2 no ( finely chopped)
  • Ripe tomato - 5 nos ( Medium sized, finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 2 nos ( finely chopped)
  • Ginger - 2 inch piece (Finely chopped or julienned)
  • Anardhana powder/ Dried Pomegranate seeds powder – 1.5 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chana masala powder - 2 tsp ( I used MDH brand)
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp (Optional)
  • Salt - as needed

HOW TO MAKE CHOLE RECIPE


  1. Wash and soak Chana overnight or 10 hours in required water.
  2. Pressure cook Chana adding tea bags, whole spices and baking soda.
  3. Cook for 2 whistles in low flame. Remove the tea bag after its cooked.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai. Saute onion adding anardhana till brown. Add tomato,chilli & ginger.
  5. Saute till mushy. Add spice powders, cook till oil separates.
  6. Lastly add cooked chana with water, simmer gravy for 10 minutes. Serve with bhatura !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash and soak kabuli chana (white chana) for 10 hours or overnight. Chana becomes more than doubled in quantity after its soaked. I got around 2.5 cups. Drain the soaked water. In a pressure cooker base, take soaked chana, baking soda, 2 tea bags or 2 tsp tea powder tied in a thin cotton cloth, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Add 2.5 to 3 cups of water. Pressure cook in very low flame for 2 to 3 whistles.
    chole recipe
  • Chana cooks soft and becomes black in color. Remove and squeeze the tea bag slightly. Discard it. Keep the cooker aside.
    chole recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Saute onions till transparent. Add anardhana powder and saute till onions turn brown in color without burning. 
    chole recipe
  • Now add finely chopped tomato, ginger and green chilli. Add required salt and saute till tomato becomes mushy
  • Then add red chilli powder, dhania powder, garam masala powder, sugar and cumin powder. Saute till onion separates from the gravy. It takes 5 to 7 minutes.
    chole recipe
  • Add the cooked chana along with black water and whole spices added in the cooker. Mix well and add chana masala powder/chole masala powder. Mix well and check for taste. Add more salt & spice powders if needed.
    chole recipe
  • Boil the gravy for 10 minutes in medium flame till it comes to desired consistency. I made it thick. You can make it slightly watery if you like. Switch off the flame and serve hot with bhatura or puri.
    chole recipe
    Enjoy !

Note

  • Addition of tea bags is essential to get black colored chana after cooking. So do not skip it.
  • Adding Anardhana powder is for flavor and to get dark colored chole masala.
  • You can also use store bought chole masala powder instead of chana masala powder.
  • Adjust the quantity of spice powders as per your taste.

Try this easy, yummy Chole masala recipe at home. Enjoy with bhatura !

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October 17, 2017

Cornflakes Mixture Without Oil – Kellogg's Corn Flakes Mixture / Chivda

Cornflakes mixture using Kellogg’s corn flakes. It is made without deep frying in oil. Recently my daughter Raksha tasted this cornflakes chivda in her friend’s house. She told me to try it for Diwali. I asked her friend’s mom for the recipe and tried it today. Its a very easy, quick and healthy snack as it has very less oil. Kids & adults would love this for sure.Its quiet additive !
Kellogg's cornflakes mixture
Many of us buy corn flakes cereals (Kelloggs or Kwality brand) for breakfast. If you have it in hand, you can make this corn flakes mixture in the next 10 minutes. You can pack this for your kids snack box or for their teatime after coming back from school. It can be stored for 2 to 3 days without losing its crispness. Friends, diwali is incomplete without mixture recipe. If you have not done any mixture recipe, you can try it now. Try this easy, low calorie Kellog’s corn flakes mixture at home and surprise your family.Check out the video recipe below.

Cornflakes mixture recipe without oil

Cornflakes mixture


Cornflakes mixture Low calorie cornflakes mixture recipe using Kellogg's Cornflakes with less oil!
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: 4.5 cups
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

  • Kellogg's corn flakes - 2 cups (Original, plain flavor)
  • Roasted peanuts – 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Cashew nuts - 2 tbsp (broken, optional)

To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 /2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp ( add 1.5 tsp for more spiciness)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Chat masala – 1/4 tsp(optional)
  • Sugar – 1/4 tsp
  • Dry grapes/Raisins – 1 tbsp (optional, add if your kids like it)
METHOD

  • In a kadai, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and cumin seeds. Add roasted peanuts, curry leaves and mix well.
corn flakes mixture step1
  • Lower the flame completely and add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and sugar. Mix well.
Corn flakes mixture
  • Lastly add the cornflakes and mix well in low flame till its coated with chilli ppowder. Check for taste and add 1/2 tsp more chilli powder at this stage, mix well and switch off the flame.
corn flakes mixture step2
  • Store in a box after the mixture cools down. Stays crispy and good for 2-3 days when stored in an air tight box.

    Note
    • Do not use raw corn flakes for this recipe. You should deep fry it or microwave before making mixture.
    • I used Kellogg’s brand corn flakes cereals,original flavor. 
    • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder as per taste. But keep the flame low while adding chilli powder else it will burn.
    • For variations, you can add raisins and cashews. Saute raisins till it bulges. I din’t use as my daughter doesn’t like it.
    • You can also add little chaat masala for more flavor.
    Try this easy, yummy, low calorie corn flakes mixture for this Diwali & kids lunch box. !
    Kellogg's corn flakes mixture
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