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February 2, 2019

Beetroot Rice Recipe – Beetroot Pulao – Beetroot Recipes

beetroot pulao
Beetroot rice (Beetroot pulao) is one of the yummy, colorful, kids friendly rice varieties for lunch box. It can be prepared in 2 ways. One by making beetroot masala and mix with leftover cooked rice. Second is one pot method using pressure cooker. We can call it as beetroot pulao. Recently my neighbor gave me some beetroot rice to taste. We loved it very much. So I got the recipe from her and tried in my kitchen. As I wanted, its a very simple recipe without any grinding job. All you have to do is just saute all the spices, beetroot , add rice and cook. It can be done under 15 minutes. You can prepare it easily for your lunch box. Even kids would love to eat this rice as it looks colorful.  Friends, do try this easy beetroot pulao recipe for your lunch box or a quick weekend lunch. You will love it ! Here you go, Indian style beetroot rice recipe with step by step pictures.

Beetroot rice

Beetroot rice / Beetroot pulao recipe


Beetroot rice / Beetroot pulao recipe

Beetroot rice / Beetroot pulao recipe for lunch box.



Cuisine: Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 250ml
  • Beetrrot - 1 ( 3/4 cup chopped beetroot)
  • Green peas - 2 tbsp ( optional)
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup ( I used loose basmati rice used for making hyderabadi biryani)
  • Cooking oil + ghee - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Star anise - 1
  • Shahjeera / Black cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - few
  • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Green chilli - 2 to 3
  • Dhania powder / coriander seeds powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Salt - as needed
HOW TO MAKE BEETROOT PULAO
  1. Wash the basmati rice and soak in water for 15 minutes.
  2. Wash and peel the beetroot skin. Chop into small pieces and set aside.
  3. Chop onion, slit green chilli. Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker base.
  4. Saute the whole garam masala one by one. Then add cashew nuts, onion.
  5. Saute till onion becomes transparent. Then add ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell goes off.
  6. Now add the chopped beetroot, green peas. Saute for a minute. Add turmeric powder, dhania powder and garam masala powder.
  7. Saute for few minutes. Lastly add water, soaked rice, salt and pressure cook for one whistle in low flame.
  8. Open and fluff the rice gently. Serve hot with onion raita !
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash the basmati rice and soak it in enough water for 15 minutes. Wash and peel beetroot skin. Chop finely. Finely chop onion, slit green chilli. Set aside.

  • Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker base. Saute cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise, bay leaf. Add shajeera, cashew nuts, big onion, green chilli and saute till onion becomes transparent.
  • Beetroot rice
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute till its raw smell goes off. Then add chopped beetroot, green peas and mix well for few minutes.
  • Beetroot rice  Beetroot rice
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander seeds powder, garam masala powder and salt. Mix in medium flame.
  • Beetroot rice
  • Add 1.5 cups of water and bring to boil. Add the soaked rice and mix gently without breaking the rice. Close the cooker lid. Keep the flame high till steam comes out.
  • Beetroot rice
  • After steam starts to come, lower the flame completely and put the weight valve. Cook in very low flame for one whistle. Switch off the flame. Let the steam release. Then open the cooker and fluff the rice gently. Serve hot with onion raita, chips !

  • Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of green chilli as per your taste.
  • You can use red chilli powder instead of green chilli but taste of pulao varies.

Try this yummy, colorful beetroot pulao and share your feedback !
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January 7, 2019

Mushroom Biryani Recipe Without Coconut Milk - Kalan Biryani Recipe

  Mushroom biryani recipe

This mushroom biryani recipe ( kalan biryani in Tamil) is an interesting, easy South Indian biryani recipe I learnt from my neighbor who is from Madurai, Tamil nadu. It is an easy and flavorful biryani recipe without coconut milk.  I prepared it with basmati rice (loose basmati rice from Reliance fresh). You can use jeeraga samba rice or normal rice too. I have tried many biryani varieties like Dindigul thalappakatti biryani, Coimbatore Angannan biryani, Pakistani biryani and Thala ajith biryani with mushroom replacing chicken and mutton. Recent days I have been trying varieties of mushroom recipes at home. Last weekend I tried this kalan biryani using a pressure cooker easily. This is my neighbor’s family recipe. When she shared it with me, I became so happy and tried it confidently. As expected, it came out so good. I loved the flavor of mushroom and freshly ground masala in this biryani. I did not make any side dish. I just served it with onion raitha. If you like, you can make brinjal masala gravy or plain salna as side dish for mushroom biryani.  Everyone liked it very much. You can make this healthy mushroom biryani for lunch box as it takes less preparation time. Lets see how to make mushroom biryani recipe / kalan biryani with step by step pictures.

Check out my Pakistani style biryani with mushroom, Dindigul thalappakatti biryani, Kovai angannan biryani, Thala Ajith biryani, mushroom peas pulao

Mushroom biryani recipe

Mushroom biryani recipe - Kalan biryani


Mushroom biryani recipe - Kalan biryani Mushroom biryani recipe - Tamil nadu style kalan biryani

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



INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 250ml
  • Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Black stone flower / Kalpasi - 1
  • Bayleaf - 1
  • Big onion - 1
  • Ripe tomato - 1
  • Indian button mushroom - 10
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Biryani masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup (soaked for 15 minutes)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - 1.5 cups
To grind masala
  • Small onion / shallits OR big onion - 7 nos /1 no.
  • Green chilli - 2
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Garlic - 5 cloves
  • Mint leaves / Pudina leaves - a fistful
  • Coriander leaves a- fistful
HOW TO MAKE MUSHROOM BIRYANI - METHOD
  • Wash and clean mushroom. Slice it and keep aside. Wash and soak basmati rice for 15 minutes. Wash and chop onion, tomato. Grind all the ingredients given under “to grind” to a smooth paste. Set aside.

  • Mushroom biryani recipe
    Mushroom biryani recipe
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Saute cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bayleaf, black stone flower. Add onion, saute till transparent.
  • Add the ground masala paste and saute in low flame till raw smell goes off. Add chopped tomato and saute till mushy.
  • Add sliced mushroom and saute till it shrinks. Add salt, turmeric powder, biryani masala powder or garam masala powder.
  • Mushroom biryani recipe
    Mushroom biryani recipe
  • Mix well and add soaked rice along with water. Mix gently. Close the pressure cooker and keep the flame high. Let the steam comes off. Then put the weight valve and reduce the flame completely. Cook for one whistle. It takes 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Mushroom biryani recipe
  • Switch off the flame and let it rest till steam releases completely. Open the cooker and fluff the rice gently with a fork. Serve hot with onion raita or brinjal gravy / salna as side dish.

  • Mushroom biryani recipe
    Enjoy !



Note

  • Add more green chillies for spicy biryani.
  • For variations, you can replace green chillies with red chilli powder and dhania powder. In that case, you can add 1 tsp each.

Try this yummy mushroom biryani recipe and enjoy !
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August 17, 2018

Cabbage Peas Biryani Recipe – Cabbage Rice Recipe

Cabbage biryani recipe

Cabbage peas biryani (Muttaikose pattani biryani in Tamil ) is an interesting biryani recipe that many of us never thought of making it. In my family, both Sendhil and Raksha are not a big fan of cabbage just because of its smell. So I always look for some flavorful recipes like cabbage kurma, cabbage vada, cabbage sambar where the smell of cabbage should not be dominant. This Indian cabbage peas biryani is one such recipe. Its a very simple recipe that can be prepared in a pressure cooker directly. I tried it for our Sunday lunch. It came out so well. Everyone liked and had it without any complaints. The best part is you cannot even find a trace of cabbage’s raw smell in this biryani. Working women and bachelors can make this cabbage rice for your lunch box easily. Lets see how to make South Indian cabbage biryani recipe with step by step pictures.

Check out my Purple cabbage poriyal, Purple cabbage salad, Cabbage stir fry, Cabbage kootu recipes too.
Cabbage biryani recipe

Cabbage Peas Biryani Recipe - Cabbage Rice Recipe


Cabbage Peas Biryani Recipe - Cabbage Rice Recipe

How to make cabbage peas biryani recipe for lunch box.


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


INGREDIENTS

1 cup - 250ml
  • Chopped or grated Cabbage – 1 cup
  • Basmati rice – 1 cup
  • Water – 1.75 cups
  • Big onion – 1 (Sliced thinly)
  • Green chilli- 1 to 2 nos (adjust)
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Mint + coriander leaves – fistful
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- as needed
  • Curd – 2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice – Few drops (optional)
To Saute in oil
  • Cooking oil + ghee - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos.
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Star anise - 1
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Black stone flower / Kalpaasi - 2 nos

METHOD

  1. Wash and soak basmati rice. Wash and chop cabbage, onion and set aside.
  2. In a pressure cooker base, heat oil , ghee. Saute the biryani masala spices.
  3. Add sliced onion, gg paste and green chilli. Saute till onion becomes transparent.
  4. Add chopped cabbage , green peas and saute till it shrinks. Then add spice powders and salt.
  5. Saute for a minute. Add mint + coriander leaves. Mix well. Add soaked rice, water, curd.
  6. Mix well and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
  7. Fluff the rice gently with a fork without breaking the rice.
  8. Serve cabbage peas biryani with onion raita !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES


  • Wash and soak 1 cup of basmati rice in 1.75 cups of water for 15 to 30 minutes . Wash and chop cabbage into thin slices. Chop onion, green chilli and set aside.
    Cabbage biryani recipe
  • Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker base. ( I used a kadai and transferred to a pressure cooker later). Splutter cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bay leaf, star anise and black stone flower. Add onion, green chilli and ginger garlic paste. Saute till onion becomes transparent and raw smell of ginger garlic emanates.
    Cabbage biryani recipe
  • Add cabbage, frozen green peas and saute till it shrinks. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Add mint + coriander leaves and saute for a minute. Add curd and mix well.
    Cabbage biryani recipe  Cabbage biryani recipe
  • Add soaked rice, water, salt and lemon juice (optional). Mix well and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mix gently with a fork without breaking the rice. Serve hot with onion raita !
  • Cabbage biryani recipe  Cabbage biryani recipe
  • Enjoy ! 
Note
  • Adjust the quantity of spice powders as you like.
  • You can add 1 chopped tomato instead of lemon juice but color of biryani changes slightly.
  • You can also use jeera rice / seeraga samba rice instead of basmati rice.

Try this easy, yummy cabbage peas biryani and share your feedback with me !
Cabbage peas biryani

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May 23, 2017

Aloo Dum Biryani Recipe – Baby Potato Biryani – Small Potato Biryani Recipe

In my veg biryani series, I had already shared a Chettinad style baby potato biryani in pressure cooker. But this baby potato Dum biryani is a completely different version. I tried this recipe after watching this video. Usually aloo Dum biryani is prepared by shallow or deep frying sliced potatoes, marinated in curd+ spices mixture, made into a gravy and then layered with parboiled basmati rice. When I was browsing for various small potato biryani recipes, I was scared to see the tedious process because I had very less time in hand to prepare our Sunday lunch. But convincingly, I got this recipe.Feedback from readers made me try this recipe without any second thoughts. I loved the idea and simplicity of this recipe.Yes, This baby potato biryani is a much simplified version when compared with the traditional ones.This recipe involves no marination, no frying and taste wise there is no compromise at all. It tasted great just like Hyderabadi Veg Dum biryani. We all loved it & relished with onion raita. You can try this biryani for any special occasions like birthdays, wedding anniversary to treat your family. Kids would love this biryani for sure as it has their most favorite vegetable – Potato Winking. You can try this biryani in a pressure cooker using regular potato as well. Lets see how to make aloo dum biryani recipe using baby potato with step by step pictures and video !

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June 16, 2016

Veg Dalcha Recipe, Ghee Rice – Brinjal Gravy For Biryani

Dalcha recipe and ghee rice - Bagara khana
When I shared Muslim wedding biryani & Kuska recipes in my Biryani series, few readers asked me to share Muslim home style Brinjal gravy ( Kathirikai Kuzhambu) for biryani. I did share an Ennai Kathirikai Gravy for biryani. But later I realized it was not the one my readers asked for. Again I got a mail and a comment in my biryani recipes to share Muslim Veg Dalcha recipe which is served as a side dish for ghee pilaf/Nei choru and they call it as Bahara Khana. Its very special among Nagore,Tamilnadu and Hyderabad Muslims. I started searching for the authentic recipe and found it in Jaleela Kamal mam’s blog. Recently when I was telling about Thalcha kuzhambu to my dad, he told he had tasted it in his friend Mr.Ibrahim uncle’s house & called him immediately.I talked with his wife Sharmila Banu aunty and got the recipe for Dalcha along with ghee rice. She told they make dalcha with mutton & vegetables. But she suggested me to use brinjal and bottle gourd as I asked for a vegetarian version.It was very similar to Jaleela mam’s recipe.It is so easy and quick to make. So I was double happy and satisfied of trying the authentic, original, traditional Muslim style Dalcha gravy recipe.You can prepare Dalcha and ghee rice simultaneously if you have 2 pressure cookers in hand. Sharmila aunty told me to use DUM method for making ghee rice just like Hyderabadi biryani . But I did it in my cooker directly as I started cooking very late. Soon I will try to make a detailed and perfect ghee rice post. Aunty was sooo sweet and patient. She spent nearly half an hour over phone and shared many of their specialty recipes for Iftaar and RamadanLove Struck. I must try to post them one by one soonWinking. Thanks a bunch Aunty and Jaleela Mam for sharing this wonderful Dalcha recipe.Now lets see how to make South Indian Veg Dalcha gravy with step by step pictures.
Check out my 40 Veg Biryani Recipes too !
Veg dalcha

Dalcha recipe&Ghee rice


Veg dalcha recipe Veg dalcha rcipe with ghee rice - Muslim style
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup – 200ml
To Pressure cook for Dalcha
  • Toor dal - 1/4 cup
  • Chana dal - 2 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1 no or small onion - 5 nos ( sliced)
  • Tomato - 1 no
  • Green chilli - 1no
  • Garlic cloves - 4 no
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind – A big gooseberry size 
  • Brinjal - 2 nos ( cut into 4 or 5 pieces)
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Raw mango – 2 pieces ( optional, I din’t use)
  • Mint+coriander leaves - a handful
To temper:
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
  • Big onion – 1/2 no ( sliced)
  • Cinnamon – 1 no
  • Cloves -  1 no
For ghee rice
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cups or 1 cup water + 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • Cooking oil + Ghee – 2 tbsp ( use groundnut oil )
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp ( for garnishing)
  • Whole garam masala – 1 each ( Cinnamon, cloves, Cardamom, Kalpasi, biryani leaf, marati moggu)
  • Big onion – 1 no
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Mint + coriander leaves – a fistful
  • Green chilli – 1-2 no ( slitted)
  • Tomato – 1/2 no (optional)
  • Lemon juice – few drops ( optional)
METHOD

  • In a pressure cooker base, take the toor dal + Chana dal and soak it adding 2 cups of water. Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of warm water separately in a bowl.
  • Chop onion, peel garlic and slit green chilli. Chop the brinjal into pieces vertically and immerse in water till use.Add the chopped onion, green chilli, one whole tomato, Mint + coriander leaves, turmeric powder,garlic cloves, few drops of oil, G&G paste to the pressure cooker. Mix well and pressure cook the dal mixture very low flame for one whistle.( You can  add chopped tomatoes if your dal cooks well. My dal doesn’t cook mushy if I add chopped tomatoes.So I added as a whole tomato)
Veg dalcha recipe
  • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mash the dal well with a whisk or mathu. To this, add chopped brinjal & bottle gourd ( and Mutton pieces if using), salt, red chilli powder and dhania powder. Again pressure cook in high flame for 1 or 2 whistles just for the brinjal to cook. Brinjal should retain its shape. ( ** Refere NOTES for an easy method)Open the cooker after the steam is released and add the tamarind extract + Mango pieces ( If adding). Mix everything and check for taste.Add more salt , chilli powder based on your taste. Let the mixture roll boil well.
Veg dalcha
  • Heat ghee in a small pan and saute cinnamon, clove, sliced big onion. Saute till onion turns golden brown.Remove and add it to the boiling dal mixture. Switch off the flame and remove it. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with Ghee rice or biryani. Enjoy ! 
Veg dalcha
  • For ghee rice : Wash and soak basmati rice in 2 cups of  hot water for 20 minutes. In the mean time, chop the onion, tomato, slit green chilli. Heat a pressure cooker with Oil +ghee and splutter the whole garam masala items.  Add the chopped onion, green chilli, g&g paste and tomato pieces ( skip tomato if u want white pulao). Saute until tomato turns mushy.Now add 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of coconut milk and soaked basmati rice ( U can use water or coconut milk completely) . Add the required salt and add chopped mint+coriander leaves, few drops of  lemon jucie.Mix well and pressure cook in low flame for 1 whistle.
Ghee rice recipe
Ghee rice recipe
  • Remove after the steam is released.  Fluff the rice with a fork and serve it. Keep dalcha as the side dish ! This combo tasted simply great : )) Enjoy !!
Ghee rice recipe
NOTE
  • **While making dalcha, you can keep the brinjal pieces in a small bowl inside the cooker and cook all the other ingredients together.After opening the cooker, mash the dal well, add the cooker brinjal pieces and then you can add tamarind extract, give a boil & temper it. By doing this way, you can avoid pressure cooking for 2 times. I just followed what Aunty told me. So I have cooked twice here. Next time, I am planning to try this method.
  • If you want to follow DUM method for making ghee rice, Just add the rice, water, coconut milk and mix well till all the liquid is absorbed by the rice and becomes thick. Now switch off the cooker. Heat a dosa pan well ( Use a very old, unused dosa pan) and Place the cooker over it. Cover the cooker with a cotton cloth and then place a plate or lid. No need to use the cooker lid. Above this, place a bowl full of hot water. Let the flame be high and dosa pan be very hot. This heat will spread to the cooker and rice cooks soft n fluffy. Remove the cooker after 10 minutes and check the rice. This was the method suggested by aunty. Soon I will try to make a detailed post for this. By doing this way, color of rice can be maintained white.
Ghee rice
Try and enjoy this most popular Muslim style Ghee rice + dalcha combo at home. I am sure you will love it. I made this and some curd rice for our Sunday lunch. It was comforting !
veg dalcha recipe
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January 17, 2016

Veg Biryani Recipes – Collection of 40 Veg Biryani Varieties

Veg biryani varieties
I have been sharing varieties of Vegetable Biryani recipes for the past few months in my Sunday Lunch recipes series. Usually people make different types of biryani on weekends especially Sundays, for special occasions like marriage, festivals,  get together/ party, anniversary & birthdays. Not just for Sunday lunch, many people make veg biryani for daily lunch box too as most of them are easy to make one pot meals. So I made a series of different types of veg biryani recipes on Sundays to explore biryani varieties for Vegetarians. I was happy that I could try & share 40+ biryani & pulao recipes. I have made a list of veg biryani recipe in my website and stacked all of them in one page for your quick reference. Please click on the specific image to view the respective recipe.In this collection, you can find the links for Biryani spices list,How to cook basmati rice & Jeeraga samba rice with a side dish for biryani, Indian Veg biryani recipes, Easy vegetable biryani for bachelors, Hyderabadi Veg biryani, Kerala veg biryani, Veg Kofta biryani,Veg Dum biryani, Pakistan biryani, Sindhi biryani, Tamilnadu muslim style biryani, Kuska/plain biryani, Mushroom biryani, Cauliflower biryani, Baby corn biryani, Brinjal biryani, Sweet corn biryani, Soya chunks biryani, Tomato biryani and some of the most popular Biryani recipes in Tamil nadu like Ambur biryani, Dindigul Thalapakatti biryani, Coimbatore angannan biryani and Anjappar biryani recipes replacing mutton & chicken with vegetables. I have also shared a Celebrity biryani recipe”Thala Ajith biryani”-You must try this once. You can also find some Healthy biryani recipes like Mixed pulses biryani, Spinach/Palak biryani, Bittergourd biryani, Qabooli chana biryani,Rajma biryani,Pakistani style mushroom biryani, Millet biryani,brown rice biryani and Kathal biryani. Apart from these recipes, I have shared few pulao recipes like spicy veg pulao,Mushroom pulao and tomato pulao. Friends,do try these recipes during weekends and share your feedback here.Thanks for visiting this page. Hope you find it useful.
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January 4, 2016

How To Cook Basmati Rice For Biryani,Pulao

How to cook basmati rice for biryani
In this post, I have shared how to cook basmati rice in a pressure cooker, open pot, rice cooker and Microwave oven.
Basmati rice & Seeraga Samba Rice/Samba rice is one of the most important ingredient for making biryani and pulao recipes.This fragrant rice gives a nice flavor,aroma to the dish and makes it more special.Perfect cooking of basmati rice yields a fluffy,slender,long grain look that makes the dish more appealing to our eyes.So most of us always look for basmati rice cooking tips,correct water ratio,soaking time & proportions to cook it perfectly.Having tried more than 30+ Veg biryani recipes using basmati rice,I thought of sharing my observations and tips to cook a perfect basmati rice in various ways in this post.Cooking jeera rice/Seeraga samba rice is very simple.I have shared the details below.Basmati rice can be cooked in a pressure cooker,rice cooker or in a pot(Open or closed).Its cooking method completely depends on the dish we make.For making one pot biryani or pulao recipes,pressure cooker method or closed pot method is the best whereas for Dum biryani,open pot cooking is preferrable.I personally like to cook basmati rice using open pot method as we can have control over the cooking of rice and remove them without breaking.So in this post,i have shared how to cook basmati rice using pressure cooker,rice cooker,microwave and open pot method.There are many brands of Basmati rice available in the market.But i prefer & buy Kohinoor & India Gate basmati rice.Ok,enough of stories,lets see how to cook basmati rice perfectly with stepwise pictures and its health benefits at the end of this post.
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December 18, 2015

Eggless KulKuls Recipe-Kalkal(Gul Gul)-Goan Christmas Recipes

Kulkuls recipe
I was thinking to make some special Christmas recipes apart from cakes and cookies.Last year I shared Kerala’s Achappam/Rose cookies recipe.Similarly this year I wanted to try something interesting.So I asked Raksha’s Christian friend Reena’s mom.She told me about this kulkul/Kalkal recipe which is most commonly made in all South Indian Christian houses during Christmas.I browsed for the recipe and found Kulkuls (Gul Gul,Kidiyo,Kidyo, Gala Gala, Kala Kala in Tamil nadu) is a Goan special Christmas sweet recipe. This sweet is most popular among the Anglo Indians as well. Traditionally the Christmas goodies, called kuswar are specially prepared by the Catholics in Goa and are distributed to neighbors, friends and relatives during Christmas.It is a deep fried sweet recipe made of maida/All purpose flour,sugar,eggs,semolina and coconut milk.Being a Vegetarian,I was looking an easy,eggless version and found the recipe from HERE.It came out very well with a crispy & crunchy taste.Raksha & Sendhil loved it a lot and finished the whole batch in few minutesHappy.This recipe din’t disappoint me even if it’s a first attempt.So Friends do try this easy,yummy & unique kulkuls recipe during this Christmas.I am sure your family members would enjoy it to the core.Lets see how to make this Goan special Christmas sweet recipe – KULKULS with stepwise pictures !!
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December 14, 2015

Thala Ajith Biryani Recipe - Mushroom Biryani - Vegetarian Version

Thala Ajith biryani
Hi Friends,
Today I have shared a yummy & delicious celebrity biryani recipe that belongs to our South Indian actor, The Ultimate Star Thala AjithHappyDancing.I have been his fan for years and I am extremely happy to try and share his style of biryani in my blog.Few months back,I came across this recipe in a popular Tamil magazine (Kumudham Snehidhi). Our blogger friend Sundari Nathan shared the screen shot of the recipe page with me as per my request.So sweet of you dearHappy.When I read the article,it is said Thala is a great cook and an expert in making biryani. He used to prepare and serve a delicious mutton biryani for his Co-stars & workers in his shooting spot.Director Mr.Venkat Prabhu and South Indian actress Miss.Parvathy Nair have shared the method of making Thala biryani with all the minute details.Everybody had praised the taste & Thala’s passion of cooking biryani.Having tempted by the article, I tried this recipe at home by replacing mutton with mushroom & soya chunks.I used my own measurements as the quantity of ingredients were not specified in the magazine.I have tried this recipe twice in the past 2 weeks.It’s a very simple bachelor kind of recipe without much fancy ingredients & grinding job.To make this post more special, I served Thala Biryani in Thala Vazhai ilai with onion raita,Plain salna,Chilli potato and Semiya payasam ;).We all loved its awesome aroma and taste.I have shared the screen shot of the article below for your reference in Tamil.If you wish to try Thala’s actual Non-veg biryani using mutton,it will help youHappy.
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