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May 25, 2017

Khoya Kaju Recipe – Restaurant Style Khoya Kaju Gravy Recipe

I have never heard about khoya kaju gravy until my reader friend Dheepika requested me to try this recipe after having in an Indian restaurant. When she told me about this recipe, I browsed and shared the recipe links from 2 different websites to her. She went through them and told me about the color & texture of the gravy along with a picture of one she had in the restaurant.When I browsed for the recipe, I found khoya kaju gravy tastes sweets with mild spices basically.But Dheepika told the restaurant people made it red in color by adding red chilli powder as they asked for a spicy version. Based on her inputs, I followed the recipe of white based khoya kaju curry from spice up the curry and I used red chilli powder in place of green chillies.I tried it yesterday for our dinner.After tasting this, Sendhil told Khoya kaju curry would be white in color in most of the hotels. Some people may add food color to present it red in color, he added. Whatever it is, gravy came out delicious and very flavorful.We loved it with roti. Thanks to you Dheepika for making me try this restaurant style gravy. Soon I will try to share the recipe of khoya kaju white gravy. Though this gravy is very high in calories with full of ghee, cashews and khoya, everyone must give a try at home as it tastes so good & delicious Love Struck. We can indulge in these type of gravies at least once in a while for celebrations and occasions.So friends, do try it and share your feedback with me Happy .Lets see how to make this restaurant style khoya kaju gravy with step by step pictures and video !


Khoya Kaju Gravy Recipe


Khoya Kaju Gravy Recipe Khoya kaju gravy recipe - Side dish for roti, naan, kulcha
Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Side dish for roti
Serves: Serves 3-4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Cashew nuts - 1/2 cup
  • Unsweetened khoya - 1/4 cup
  • Ghee + Cooking oil - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1 no
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Cardamom powder – a pinch (optional)
  • Fresh curd/yogurt – 2 tbsp
  • Sugar – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Kasoori methi – 1/2 tsp ( crushed, optional )
  • Fresh cream - 1 tbsp
To cook & grind
  • Big onion - 1 no or 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 1 no
  • Pepper corns - 2 nos
  • Cashew nuts - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 1/2 cup
METHOD

  • In a wide bowl, take the chopped onion, cashews, pepper corns, cinnamon, cloves along with water. Boil and cook for 5 minutes till onion turns soft. Grind everything to a smooth paste and keep aside.

  • Heat oil + ghee in a good non-stick pan and roast the cashews till golden.Remove in a plate. In the remaining oil+ghee, saute bay leaf and add the ground onion paste. This paste gets stuck to the bottom easily as it has cashews.So keep the flame very low and mix it till thick. Scrape the bottom and sides if needed and mix well.

  • Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt, sugar, cardamom powder and garam masala powder. Mix for a minute in low flame. Then add curd and mix well.  Add 1 cup of water and boil the gravy till oil starts to float on top.

  • Lastly add the crumbled khoya and mix well. Gravy look orange in color. Add the roasted cashews,mix well and switch off  the flame. Then add crushed kasoori methi, fresh cream and mix well. Serve with roti, naan or kulcha !
  • Enjoy !

Note
  • Reduce the quantity of red chilli powder if you want mildly spiced gravy.
  • Skip red chilli powder, dhania powder, garam masala powder and add green chillies while boiling onions to make a white based gravy.
  • You can add more khoya if you want more creamy gravy.
  • Adding kasoori methi is optional. But it adds flavor.

Try this yummy, creamy, rich & delicious Khoya kaju gravy at home !
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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 !!
How to make vegetable stew
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January 24, 2017

Coimbatore Annapoorna Hotel Sambar Recipe – Restaurant Style Idli Sambar Recipe

Coimbatore Annapoorna hotel sambar recipe
I make varieties of idli, dosa at least thrice in week. So I keep trying different side dishes, it may be either chutney or sambar. As a result of this, I could share a collection of South Indian style 50 chutney recipes and 30 idli sambar/Tiffin sambar recipes in my blogTongue. In my idli sambar collection, I have already shared few hotel style sambar recipes like Saravana bhavan hotel sambar, Tamilnadu style hotel sambar ( Madurai, Tirunelveli), easy restaurant style sambar, Udupi hotel style sambar and AAB sambar recipes. But my collection won’t be a complete one without some of the most popular idli sambar recipes like Coimbatore Annapoorna Hotel Tiffin sambar and Madras Ratna Cafe Sambar. I have tasted this sambar only once from Hotel Sree Annapoorna Sree Gowri Shankar near Coimbatore Bus stand and that too before marriage. To be frank, I did not remember its taste at allBatting Eyelashes.So I was hesitant to try this sambar recipe from other blogs. Recently my friend Sudha suggested me to try this sambar recipe from Kannamma’s blog.Thank you so much Suguna & Chef Mr.Palanisami for sharing this wonderful recipe with usHappy . After seeing the excellent feedbacks from many readers of Coimbatore, I got the confidence to try it. Just like other hotel sambar recipes, this one also calls for roasting, grinding and adding freshly ground spices.But the ingredients for sambar powder is different. Actually my friend had advised me to use half the quantity of ingredients as the yield of this sambar will be more for a 2-3 members family. So I halved the quantity of sambar powder ingredients & dal, modified the cooking procedure slightly for ease. As per the original recipe, drumstick is one of the most important ingredients. But I have skipped it as the cost is very high in market ( Yes, Rs.15 per drumstick Worried). Still the sambar came out finger licking goodPeace Sign. Raksha & Sendhil loved it a lot. Friends, do try this yummy hotel style sambar recipe at home (If possible with drumstick). Its one of the best side dish for idli/ mini idli, dosa, pongal and vada. You will love it for sureParty. Ok, Lets see how to make this yummy, Coimbatore special Annapoorna hotel sambar recipe with step by step photos and a video !! Don’t forget to go through the “Points to note” given below.

UPDATED :  Recently I tasted this sambar in Annapoorna hotel, Coimbatore. I felt the sambar was more sweet in taste and I could smell some ginger too. So I have updated this recipe based on the one I tasted. Also I tried this sambar with drumstick and updated a picture below. When I added drumstick, it tasted good with rice as well. So this sambar can be had with rice if you add drumstick. But reduce the quantity of jaggery if making for rice. Also see the actual color of sambar. I served it with brown rice idli below.




Annapoorna hotel sambar powder recipe

POINTS TO NOTE
  1. As per the original recipe, the quantity of drumstick should be twice that of toor dal. For this quantity, u should use 1 drumstick. Chop into small finger size pieces.Alternatively, you can use 2 brinjal, 1 medium carrot,1 medium sized potato. But flavor of the sambar may vary.
  2. If you add drumstick, u can serve this sambar with rice too. Color of the sambar also varies.
  3. This Sambar masala needs 12 ingredients. So please keep them ready in a plate before roasting. Roasting the spices perfectly is the key for this sambar.So do not burn them.
  4. According to the original recipe, the quantity of tamarind and jaggery should be equal. But I reduced the jaggery as Sendhil doesn’t like the sweet taste in sambar.
  5. I used long red chilli but original recipe called for using guntur chilli. So slight color deviation in the sambar was there. 
  6. The original recipe called for pressure cooking tomato, onion and drumstick pieces separately for one or two whistles in high flame whereas I cooked them along with the dal by keeping them in a small box inside the cooker. Refer the pics and video for more detail. I did this to reduce the cooking time of sambar.
  7. As a general rule of hotel sambar, it tastes the best when you give more standing time.So if you prepare this sambar for your guest, prepare it 3-4 hours in advance. Reheat it at the time of serving.
  8. The yield of this sambar will be more as it thickens when cools down.So add little water at the end, mix well, check for salt and then serve.
  9. If you want to make this sambar only for 2 people, use half of the quantity of ingredients mentioned.
  10. Adding ghee at the end is a must. It gives awesome flavor to this sambar.
  11. Garnish with coriander leaves without fail.
Annapoorna hotel sambar recipe

Annapoorna Hotel Style Idli Sambar Recipe


Annapoorna Hotel Style Idli Sambar Recipe Coimbatore Annapoorna Hotel Idli Sambar Recipe - One of the best hotel sambar recipes !
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish for Idli, dosa
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
To pressure cook
  • Toor dal - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cooking oil - Few drops
  • Tomato - 1 no ( Chopped)
  • Big onion - 1 no ( cube cut)
  • Drumstick - 1/2 no ( Chop into small finger size)
For sambar powder
  • Sesame oil/Gingely oil - 2 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper corns - 5 nos
  • Red chilli - 2 to 3 nos ( I used long variety, 3 Guntur chilli can also be used)
  • Coriander seeds/Dhania - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tbsp
  • Grated coconut or dry coconut - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves -  5 nos ( 1/2 sprig)
  • Asafetida - 2 big pinches
  • Jaggery - 1 tsp to 2 tsp (I used 2 tsp after tasting the original sambar)
  • Ginger - 1/4 tsp ( chop finely, optional)
  • Tamarind - Medium gooseberry size
  • Water – 2 + 1/2 cup ( To boil + grind)
To temper
  • Sesame oil/Gingely oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
To garnish
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp ( finely chopped)
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
METHOD

  • In a cooker base, add toor dal, 2 cups water, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and few drops of cooking oil. In a small box, add chopped onion, tomato, drumstick pieces or other vegetables if using. Add 1/4 cup water. Keep the box inside the cooker.
    Annapoorna hotel sambar recipe
  • Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Open the cooker and take the box out. Keep aside.Mash the dal with a whisk or ladle. Set aside.
    Annapoorna hotel sambar recipe
  • In a kadai, heat 2 tsp sesame oil.Roast methi seeds, cumin seeds, chana dal, urad dal, red chilli, pepper corns, dhania and roast till dals turn golden in color. Add pinched tamarind. Saute for a second. Add the curry leaves, hing, grated coconut, ginger and jaggery. Saute for 30 seconds. Grind this mixture to a smooth paste adding 1/2 cup water. Slightly coarse paste is also fine.
    Annapoorna hotel sambar recipe
  • In the same kadai, add the ground paste + 2 cups of water.Mix well and boil for few minutes. Add the cooked onion+ tomato + Veggies mixture.Boil for a minute. Add the mashed dal, required salt & boil the sambar in medium flame for few minutes.
    Annapoorna hotel sambar recipe
    Annapoorna hotel sambar recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai and when it gets heated , splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves.SWITCH OFF THE FLAME ! Add red chilli powder, mix well quickly and add this to the boiling sambar. Do not burn the red chilli powder. Boil the sambar for a minute.
  • Last but not the least, add 2 tsp ghee,  chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Serve hot with idli !
  • This sambar becomes thick as it cools down.So add water to adjust the consistency before serving.Check for salt as well.
    Annapoorna hotel sambar recipe
    Annapoorna hotel sambar recipe
Enjoy !

Note
  • Adjust the quantity of red chilli & chilli powder if u want more spicy taste.
  • Do not add more tamarind. Tamarind should be minimum for idli sambar.
  • This sambar becomes thick as it cools down.So add water whenever needed, mix well. Check for salt and serve.
Annapoorna hotel style idli sambar recipe
Enjoy this yummy idli sambar with piping hot idli ! Tastes great Love Struck

Annapoorna hotel style idli sambar recipe
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January 20, 2015

Kulcha Recipe|Plain Kulcha Recipe

Plain kulcha recipe

I have tried Kulcha only once when i prepared Punjabi lunch menu and that too it was stuffed Amritsari aloo kulcha,not the plain one.I have forgotten the taste of all the other recipes i tried for that Punjabi platter but i still remember the softness of the kulcha i made.At that time,i had followed the recipe from “The Hindu-Food Safari” Section which was an excellent,fool proof,easy kulcha recipe without yeast.So i made this plain kulcha following the same recipe for our Sunday breakfast.Kulchas are meant to be thick & round but i made it thin as per my family’s likings & i am bad in making shapesTongue.It came out really awesome.I couldn’t believe when Raksha had 3 kulchas and asked for moreSurprise.Not just Raksha,even Sendhil & myself loved its softness very much, though we felt bad about the maida used in itWorried .Sendhil was asking me the difference between Naan & kulcha.So i browsed & found some points which i have shared them below.He told me to try the same recipe with wheat flour too.I must give it a try.I made Restaurant style dal fry as side dish for Kulcha.It was a lovely combo.Friends,try this plain kulcha recipe without yeast.I am sure u won’t regret itHappy .Just grease the kulchas with butter or ghee & relish it with the most popular side dish Punjabi Chole.It will taste heaven i say !
Here is difference between kulcha & naan for your reference

Naan Vs Kulcha
  1. Naan and Kulcha are flatbreads that have Indian origin. While Naan is the more celebrated type of bread, Kulcha is a typical Punjabi bread that has old Punjabi traditions.
  2. Naan is made in oven or earthen ware made of clay using charcoal to provide heat to cook the bread whereas Kulcha can be made on stove top too.
  3. Naan is made with yeast and sometimes with milk and yogurt to make it soft and also to give it a bounce. But Kulchas are made using baking powder,baking soda,milk & yogurt to give softness.
  4. Although Kulcha is similar to naan in looks and flavor, it is typically thicker and fluffier than naan.
  5. Naans are usually oblong in shape while Kulchas are round.
Source : http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-naan-and-vs-kulcha/
Ok,Lets see how to make this soft kulcha recipe with stepwise pictures.
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