Tuesday, August 30, 2016

HOW TO MAKE EASY WITHOUT LUMP MODAK / KOLAKATTAI'S OUTER COVERING AND KAJU MODAK

INGREDIENTS for covering
rice 1 cup soaked in 1 cup water
water 1 cup
salt wee bit
oil 1 tsp

METHOD
soak rice in 1 cup water for 3 hours, drain well, then grind using the same water to a smooth batter
boil 1 cup water, adding salt and oil, once water boils, add the batter on low flame stirring continuously. It will be easier if you use a non-stick pan/ kadai. Stir till it will form a ball together and when you touch with your finger , if the dough doesn't stick, that means it is cooked, cool, remove, cool and mix well with your hand to a soft dough. To make modak, apply oil in your hand, take a small ball, roll well, then flatten, then holding the centre with your thumb and pointing finger, make the edges thin, as you keep turning it around to get a even cup shape. Put the filling of your choice, cover, either together like a cone shaping well, or crescent, fold the edges like we do for gujia.

FOR FILLING
the traditional filling with coconut
for 1 coconut grated
gur/ jaggery roughly the size 1 medium orange
water wee bit
mix alCl together in a kadai, keep stirring till it becomes thick and dry, then only when you stuff it will be easier and also in case you want to make it the previous day of the Chathurthi, it will last well, even if you can't make use all the fillings the same day, as we normally make different types of modaks, vadai, kheer, idlis and so on.

For til filling
roast 1 cup til well, cool
gur/ jaggery about  2-3 tbsp
power both together well, this you can make in larger quantity and keep, as it won't get spoiled and can be even eaten plain, as it is good for health, as til is rich in calcium, gur is rich in iron.

KAJU FILLING
kaju/cashew nut 1/4 cup micro high for 2 minutes or keep it out in the Sun for some hours for the moisture to dry from kaju

sugar 2-3 tbsp
cardamom 2-3
powder all together to a fine paste or you can powder kaju with cardamom, and  add powdered sugar and mix well

FOR SPICY FILLING
normally vada batter is steamed in idli plate-like 1-2 idlis  for about 10 minutes, cooled and crumbled well
for tadka 3 tsp oil
mustard seeds 1 tsp
urad dal 2 tsp
chana dal 2 tsp
green chili finely chopped 1 tsp or use chili pdr. to taste
curry leaves finely chopped 1 tsp
hing 1/4 tsp
heat oil 3 tsp, add mustard seeds, once it crackles, add the dals, fry till golden, add green chili, hing, curry leaves, then add the crumbled vada mixture which was steamed, mix well, cool, stuff in modak


WHAT TO DO WITH LEFT-OVER DOUGH OR FILLING?
Normally my mother used to make more dough, as she and all of us loved what some call as amni kolakattai ! it is nothing except that you add salt and chili powder to taste along with little hing to the dough, mix well, then roll into small balls, steam those balls for 7 minutes, then cool. Heat 2 tbsp oil, add mustard seeds, once it crackles, add little hing, add the steamed balls, roast well, adding wee bit chili pdr. if desired, this is surely a big hit, as normally there are too many sweets in festive days, so this one just disappears in few minutes !

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Sabudana-dates-carrot kheer

Ingredients

sabudana 1/4 cup wash and soak overnight
dates 3 tbsp de-seeded and chopped
carrot grated 1/4 cup
milk 500-600 ml
sugar 1/2 cup or to taste
walnuts chopped 2 tbsp ( optional)

Method
cook sabudana, carrot and dates in milk, stirring from time to time on low flame once the milk comes to a boil. Once sabudana is well cooked, it becomes transparent then add sugar to taste, boil till sugar melts stirring from time to time, let it boil for another 2-3 minutes, remove, serve hot/ cold garnishing with chopped nuts.

Best wishes to all for the Ganesh Chathurthi on 5th, as people in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu will be busy with the festive preparations, next shall be putting how to make modak batter and some new fillings ! Keep watching and enjoy good health with simple recipes, as I believe in simple cooking, which should be healthy and filling and high thinking ! 

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Sabudana / Sago pancake

INGREDIENTS

sabudana soaked and drained 1 cup
potato boiled mashed 2
green chutney 1/2 cup
salt to taste
paneer crumbled 1/2-3/4 cup
green chili-ginger paste 2 tsp
oil to cook

For chutney
coriander leaves 1 cup
green chilies 3-4 as per taste
roasted chana dal ( pottukadalai) 3 tbsp
salt to taste
fresh grated coconut  2tbsp
lime juice 2 tsp
for tadka
oil 1 tsp
mustard seeds 1 tsp
urad dal 2 tsp
curry leaves 8-10 chopped
hing 1/4 tsp

For pancake
mash well sabudana and potato well, add salt, green chili-ginger paste, mix well
heat a tawa, add oil, spread well, take a big ball of sabudana mixture, pat well with your hands, as thin as possible, spread on tawa, patting little, put oil, cook on low flame, cover with a lid, till the bottom is nice brown, turn it over gently, spread some oil on top and turn it over gently, cook again till the bottom is also getting brown, at this stage, spread chutney on top, sprinkle some paneer, cover and cook for 2 minutes on low flame, serve hot, with more chutney if desired.
 for chutney, grind the ingredients to a fine paste adding salt to taste. for tadka, heat oil, add mustard seeds, once it crackles, add urad dal, as it turns brown, switch off the gas, add hing, curry leaves, pour over chutney, mix well.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Health benefits of flax seeds

Flax seeds are now-a-days talked as super foods, may be for the following reasons-

1) flax seeds are rich in fibre, aids in digestion and prevents constipation.

2) It is said ti aid in weight loss.

3) they're good in regulating estrogen in women and maintain hormone balance.

4) they also help in menopausal symptoms and PMS syndrome.

These seeds can be sprinkled on salads, can be powdered and used in desserts, cutlets, and it is also used in making ladoos for women after delivery ! \So, its use is highly beneficial to health, use your imagination to use it as much as possible in some form in your daily diet.
 
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

HOW TO REMOVE LABELS FROM JARS EASILY

I'm sure that all of us had problem removing those sticky labels from the jars, here is an easy way to solve this perennial problem, with baking soda and vegetable oil ! simple and common ingredients found in almost all kitchen, right?

Mix equal parts of these together and form a runny paste. 

Remove the label. Running the jar under hot water makes peeling the label off easier. 


When the jar is dry, apply a thick layer of the paste over the gluey area. 


Let it sit on the jar for at least 10 minutes. Then, using a paper towel, wipe the paste off the jar. All traces of adhesive material should wipe away too. 


Wash the jar again using soap to remove any remaining oil residue. 

 
 This method also works well for wine bottles and cosmetics containers too.


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

TO REMOVE ODOR FROM FRIDGE

Storing half a lemon in the fridge will help prevent unpleasant odors OR use baking soda around 2 tbsp put in a small cup in any corner, there will no more bad smell when you open your fridge !


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SPARKLING, PERFUMED MICROWAVE- LIME COMES HANDY !

Heat up a bowl of water and lemon wedges in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Once you've done so, try cleaning the inside of your microwave. Those previously hard-to-remove stains will now be easily removed and the 'food smell' will be neutralized.

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