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January 4, 2015

Dindigul Thalappakatti Veg Biryani-Mushroom,Soya Chunks Biryani Recipe--Sunday Lunch Recipe-1


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In this New year,with all your support and blessings,i have planned to start biryani series from this week.I guess most of u make ( Both vegetarian & Non-vegetarian) make biryani in weekend especially on Sunday.Even i too make biryani mostly on Sundays,make myself free and enjoy my time with my family.To me,Biryani is an easy to make yet very rich & delicious one pot meal that make everyone drool over its smell & color.I keep trying varieties of biryani recipes by watching TV shows,by referring blogs or cookbooks.I thought of blogging the same here as it might be useful to people who look for varieties of biriyani recipes.So every Sunday,you can expect some yummy biryani & pulao recipes in my blog.Actually i wanted to start this series with “How to cook Basmati rice” post.But i still have some work pending to bring that post here.As i am in Salem,i  couldn’t do it.So i thought of starting this series with this popular biryani recipe in which i used jeera rice.Generally vegetarians have less options for biryani varieties.So i used to refer non-veg biryani recipe too & try it  by replacing chicken or mutton with vegetables like mushroom,Gobi/cauliflower and soya chunks.You can find one such example here. Even today,i have shared Dindigul thalapakatti biryani which is the most popular mutton biryani of Dindigul district.For this recipe,I referred so many sites and read readers comments to get some idea about its color,the rice used in it etc.Finally I landed upon here & tried this biryani by making small changes in the actual recipe to achieve its brown color.I used mushroom & soya chunks/meal maker in place of mutton ;).The taste was awesome. It came out super flavourful with minimum masala.Raksha & Sendhil loved it a lot.Raksha told me to make the same biryani next day too for her lunch box .So i made a minimum quantity for her using rice cooker.Now i can confidently try this biryani for my guests too.I served this biryani with simple onion raita as a side dish.I made fruit custard for dessert & curd rice as well.So last week we had this biryani,raita, fruit custard and curd rice for our lunch.It was simple yet divine ! I have updated this recipe with a full video. Do watch it !
I will try my level best to collect the best biryani recipes, try them in my kitchen and share it here.Wish me Good Luck Happy.Leave your feedback or share the picture if u try any biryani recipes from this series.It will motivate me to try n post more.Check out my other biryani & pulao recipes that are popular in my blogCool

I have updated this recipe with a video. Please check it !


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October 26, 2012

VEG LASAGNA RECIPE WITH EASY HOME MADE PASTA & BECHAMEL SAUCE



Last month i was asking my sister & friends in abroad to suggest me some international recipes..They told me about this famous lasagne and i had no clue about it.To be frank , i did not know how to pronounce & spell ( it is la-zaa-ne-aa) Winking smile.. I asked my hubby regarding the same & he said he had tasted this in US & UK.. I searched for some good recipes .. Most of them were with beef and egg. I wanted a pure veg recipe..There are 2 choices for veggies.One with spinach & the other one is with veggies like carrot , aubergine & mushrooms..I finally decided to go with my Microwave oven manual recipe..By referring some videos on NET , i got the idea of how to arrange it. I bought the lasagne sheets in Nilgiris , Brigade road.. Somehow i successfully prepared it yesterday. We loved it. My husband told “This tastes better than the ones served in restaurants”. I felt it had a slight bland taste.But he said it would be more bland with lots of cheese but mine was spicy, flavourful & better.WOW ,What else i want , i was very happy Party smile..Please make sure u eat it hot , at least warm Winking smile
One sad thing is , i had no casserole or lasagne pan .I made with my baking pan .I was not able to make many layers as my pan was broader and lesser in height Also i prepared less quantity of sauce & vegetable mixture.So I made a single layered lasagna.But i have given the quantity of ingredients to make 3 layers..Soon i’ll update the picture with many layers Smile. Do leave ur  suggestions if any changes can be made in this recipe..
About the sauce , i got béchamel sauce recipe from the manual and the pasta sauce from here .. Both are very simple and easy to make. No fancy ingredients..All are easily available in stores..I’ve tried to capture step by step recipe. If u have ready made store bought sauce , this dish can be made in jiffy. Ideal for potluck & parties..As i prepared the sauce @home , i felt it time consuming. But the sauces can be prepared well in advance and refrigerated.When i was preparing the sauces , my hubby sniffed  , came to kitchen & asked me whether i am making any italian recipe.Thumbs up. It smells awesome..Try this recipe and let me know how it turned out !!
 
 
INGREDIENTS FOR PASTA SAUCE
 
  • Big ripe tomatoes – 6 nos ( blanched & pureed )
  • Big onion – 2 nos ( very finely chopped )
  • Garlic – 6 cloves (minced)
  • Olive oil – 4 - 5 tbsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1 tbsp
  • Parsley ,oregano , thyme and basil mix –1 tbsp ( i used garlic bread seasoning ) OR Oregano – 1/2 tbsp & Basil – 1/2 tbsp
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Salt  & water – as needed
  • Cheese – 2 tbsp (optional)
 
METHOD
 
In a bowl , boil the tomatoes till it cracks. After it cools down, remove the skin and grind them coarsely to make a puree.
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In a kadai , add oilve oil and saute the finely chopped onions & garlic cloves. Saute till turns translucent.Now add the tomato puree , salt , bay leaf & 1/4 cup of water..Allow it to boil for few minutes.
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Then add the seasoning ( crush it lightly with ur hands), black pepper powder & some more water.Allow it to cook uncovered for 10 - 15 mins in low flame. Finally when it turns thick ( sauce consistency) and leaves oil, Switch off the stove..
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U’ll get a nice aroma..Remove the bay leaf & store in a bottle after it cools down .Refrigerate it till use. Its shelf life is around 5 days..The sauce gets a nice color if u use ripe , coloured tomatoes..No need to add canned tomato puree. I dint use.
NOTE:
This sauce can be used for making simple pasta & spaghetti recipes ..Ur kids would love this..
 
 
 
INGREDIENTS FOR BECHAMEL SAUCE / WHITE SAUCE
 
  • Milk –  1.5 cups
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Pepper corns – 6 nos
  • Big onion – 1 no ( cut into slices)
  • Maida / All purpose flour – 2 tbsp
  • White pepper powder – 1 .5 tsp ( i used black pepper powder)
  • Nutmeg powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Butter – 3 tbsp
  • Salt –1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  • Water – as needed
 
METHOD
 
  • In a  milk pan , boil the milk along with bayleaf , onion and pepper corns.Boil it for 5 mins. Strain the milk and allow it to cool.
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  • After the milk cools down , add maida to it and mix well without lumps. Now melt the butter in a pan and add the milk mixture to the pan  with sugar & salt. ( as per the actual recipe , maida has to be roasted well in butter before adding milk , but u may get lumps while roasting. So i added the maida with milk without roasting.) . I kept the milk in a bowl . I added the melted butter to the bowl.I got this step from here..
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  • Now allow the milk to boil till the raw smell of maida emanates. Keep in low flame. Add more milk if necessary.Finally add the pepper powder & nutmeg powder.Boil for few mins.It will thicken and reaches sauce consistency. Remove & store.Make the sauce slightly thin (ie tomato ketchup consistency)
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INGREDIENTS FOR VEGETABLE LASAGNA
 
  • ** Lasagna sheet – 9 nos ( Follow as per the instruction given in the box. Put the sheets in salted hot water for 10 mins , make it soft & then arrange them)
  • Brinjal ( long green variety) – 4 nos
  • Mushroom – 7 nos
  • Carrot – 2 nos (finely chopped)
  • Bell pepper – 1/2 no ((finely chopped )
  • Big onion – 2 nos
  • Garlic cloves – 6 nos (minced)
  • Salt & pepper powder – 1/2 tsp each
  • Lasagna pan (13x9x2) – 1 no
  • Thermal foil – 1 sheet
  • Ricotta cheese – 1 can
  • Grated Mozarella Cheese – 1 cup  ( I used pizza cheese alone )
 
METHOD
 
  • Chop the brinjal into round slices & immerse in water till use.
  • Clean & cut the mushroom into small pieces.
  • Finely chop the carrot & capsicum . Boil in water till it is cooked.
  • Heat water in a big vessel , add salt & a drop of oil , allow it to boil. Add the lasagna sheet and keep it for 10 mins in fire-off. This makes the sheet soft. Remove the sheet & proceed..
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  • Finely chop the onions & garlic cloves.In a kadai , heat the olive oil and add the onions & garlic cloves .Saute till turns transparent.Add the cooked carrot &capsicum. saute for few seconds. Then add 3/4th of the pasta sauce.Mix well. Add salt & pepper powder.Mix well and switch off the flame. Set aside.


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  • Heat olive oil in a separate pan and saute the brinjal & mushroom pieces till it shrinks in size. Add the required salt & set aside.
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  • Now take the lasagna pan or casserole..Brush with oil or butter.I kept a thermal foil at the bottom as my pan is in a bad condition but that is not necessary..
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  • Boil the lasagne sheet in a bowl of water for a minute.Take it out and then place the lasagne sheet in the pan.. Fill the gaps by keeping small pieces of sheet..Spread the white sauce over the sheet ..
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  • Now spread the carrot mixture with pasta sauce which we kept ready. Spread a layer of sauteed brinjal, mushroom mixture.. Again spread a layer of white sauce and cover with ricotta cheese.
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  • Place another sheet above this and repeat the same procedure starting & ending with white sauce. Make 2-3 layers as per the quantity of vegetables available..Finally cover the mixture with a lasagne sheet & spread 1 cup of mozzarella cheese over it. Cover it fully without any gap.
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  • Now close the pan with a thermal foil and bake in a preheated oven at 180c in convection mode for 30-40 minutes. Mine took 35 minutes. Please keep an eye after 25 mins.If the color of the sheet turns golden brown on top & cheese melts, stop baking and give a standing time of 10 minutes.
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  • Remove and enjoy eating hot !!
Note :I baked for 30 minutes with thermal foil and it dint get brown. So i uncovered it and baked for another 5 minutes.The point is the outer layer has to be slightly browned. So keep an eye !!
 


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September 10, 2012

Mushroom Biryani Recipe | Mushroom Recipes

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This is my first post on mushroom recipes..When i was young , i used to think mushroom is a non-veg food.So i never thought of having mushroom recipes..But after marriage , i tasted mushroom Manchurian in a restaurant and loved it..I loved its softness..I tried the same for my daughter. She too liked it a lot.I’ll post that recipe soon. This time i wanted to try a rice variety with mushroom to pack for my hubby’s lunch..I googled so many recipes, got the idea and tried in my own way ..It tasted great. My husband told his friends liked it a lot. I felt very happy…. I used less oil and ghee. Please adjust them according to ur taste..

INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 200ml
  • Mushroom – 4 nos (big)
  • Green peas – 1/4 cup (optional)
  • Cinnamon – 1 small piece
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Cardamom – 1 no
  • Biryani leaf – 1 small
  • Big onion – 1 no
  • Tomato – 2 nos ( very small.. if big use one)
  • Ginger & garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt  - as needed
  • Basmati rice – 1/2 cup ( soak rice in required water for 10 mins)
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Oil & ghee – 1/2 tbsp each
To grind:
  • Coriander leaves – 1/8 cup
  • Mint leaves – 1/8 cupl
  • Cashews – 4 nos
  • Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
Lime juice – few drops .
METHOD
  • Wash the mushroom pieces by keeping little water in a bowl.
  • Take the pieces out and wipe it with a clean cloth. ( Actually it is not necessary to wash the mushroom. its just enough to wipe with a clean cloth.But i washed it to remove the mud )
  • Cut each mushroom into 3-4 pieces of medium size.Set aside..
  • Wash & Soak rice in the required water till use ( say for 10 mins)
  • Grind all the items given under “to grind” to make a smooth paste.
  • In a cooker base heat oil and add cinnamon, cloves , elakki and biryani leaf. Then saute onions , ginger & garlic paste till its raw smell disappears..
  • Now add the tomato pieces and saute till it turns mushy.
  • Add red chilly powder , salt and turmeric powder..
  • Add the mushroom pieces and the ground masala paste.
  • Mix well and finally add the soaked rice with the required water.
  • Cook for 1 whistle by adding a tbsp of ghee..
Fluffy , yummy biryani is ready to serve with a simple raita !!

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NOTE
  • For variations , lime juice can be added at the end before serving instead of adding tomatoes..
  • U can also fry the basmati rice in ghee before soaking in water..
  • For cooking basmati rice , Rice and water quantity of 1:2 would be sufficient..I used 2.25 cups which made the rice little mushy . My husband likes that way. So i used more water.
  • If served for guests, add more ghee while sautéing..

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