Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THENKULAL MADE WITHOUT THENKULAL PRESS/NAZHI


Ingredients

rice flour 1 cup
urad dal flour 1 heaped tbsp
ghee  1 tbsp
salt to taste
ajwain 1/2 tsp
hing little
water to mix
oil for frying

Method
mix the flours, salt, ghee, ajwain, hing well
add enough water to make a dough like for roti
take a thick plastic sheet, grease it well
take a big ball of the dough, pat it quite thin on the sheet
don't bother about the shape
cut into thin slices, if the pieces are long, cut across, so they're divided into smaller pieces lengthwise
heat oil in the mean time, take out pieces from the sheet, carefully put in oil, fry till light brown on both sides.
( first I thought of rolling them into thin long pieces, then decided that it will take long, so decided to do it this way, it came out well), as we're more bothered about the taste than she shape, right?

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Rice Pakoras


Ingredients

left over  rice   3 cups
onion 1 big finely chopped
green chillies  5-6 finely chopped or you can use chilli pdr also
besan/ chickpea flour  2 cups
salt to taste
oil for frying
hing little

Method
mash rice well, add rest of the ingredients, mix well
heat oil, make small pakoras ( what I do is drop small pieces in hot oil)
fry till brown and crisp, drain well
serve hot
this tastes good plain, even when cold
this is what I made this evening, as the rice was a bit overcooked, so made the pakoras which disappeared sooner than it took me to make them ! also my daughter's friend liked them too !

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

ONION-CARROT SOUP

INGREDIENTS

onion 2 big finely chopped
carrots  3 big finely chopped
butter  2 tbsp
salt and pepper pdr. to taste
water as needed
milk about 1- 1 1/2 glasses
cheese grated 4 tbsp
flour 2 tbsp ( I used wheat flour as I prefer it than all purpose flour, you can use what you prefer)

Method
in a big pan, heat butter, fry onion till transparent

add carrots, add enough water to cook the carrot, keep the pan covered

once the carrot is cooked, slowly sprinkle the flour little all around and stirring at the same time till you finish adding all the flour, then add 3 glasses of water and boiled it well

 then added milk
at this point, with a hand blender, I blended it slightly, as I like to feel the veges when I eat, so, the carrots  looked as if they're grated ( add more water / milk to get the consistency you like)

then I added the seasonings, once it came to a boil, simmered for 3 minutes, added cheese

serve hot with toasted garlic/ plain bread

This was our dinner 2 days back, as we had a big bowl of soup each with 2 slices of garlic toasted, it was really filling

sorry that I forgot to click the pics, realized my mistake after I finished my soup ! my hubby and daughter also liked the soup a lot.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Real Quick Chocolate Cake in Microwave- just 5 minutes

all purpose flour  1 cup
sugar  1 cup heaped
cocoa pdr.  3 tsp
baking pdr.  1 tsp
vanilla essence  1 tsp
oil 1/3 cup
buttermilk   3 tbsp
milk    4 tbsp
eggs  2

Method
in a bowl, beat eggs and sugar well, add oil, beat well
add the flour, baking pdr., cocoa pdr. and beat well
add buttermilk, milk and vanilla
beat well
grease a micro-safe dish well
pour the batter
bake in high power for 5 minutes

the batter must be slightly thinner than the normal cake batter.
pl/ note- it may take longer, if your microwave power is little low, may be 8 minutes
to test, pierce the centre with a knife / toothpick, if it comes out clean, the cake is done

I baked this cake for my husband's 70th birthday today !
my hubby, daughter, grand-daughter loved the cake, as it is really soft and spongy and above all they didn't have to wait long to eat the cake.

those who wish can add some nuts and raisins if desired

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

" Thatai" - spicy rounds


Ingredients

rice flour  1 cup
maida/ all purpose flour  1 cup
semolina/ suji ( fine)   1 cup
salt to taste
 hing  1/4 tsp
butter  3 tbsp

to coarsely powder
roasted dal ( pottukadalai)   3 tbsp
dried red chillies  6-8 or as per taste
curry leaves dried   2 sprigs
oil for frying

Method
in a big  bowl, mix rice flour, semolina, maida, salt, hing well
add the powdered ingredients, butter, mix well
add enough water to make a dough like for roti
take small amounts of the dough, flatten it in a foil, which is greased or thick plastic sheet, from where you can easily remove to fry ( when you flatten, it should be as thin as possible)
deep fry in hot oil, drain well and store in air-tight containers once cool.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

13 Healthy Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Most of us eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. After all, they have been a part of our diet since the dawn of history. We eat them raw, cooked, frozen, drink them as juices and combine them with just about any other food we eat. But just like anything else that’s been around for so long, there are many things you don't know about fruits and veggies that can be very useful and important to know.
1) Never mix grapefruits with medications.
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Grapefruits are among the most nutritious fruits out there but they can also be bad for you if you are taking certain medication. The chemicals in a grapefruit can cause a bad reaction with some drugs that can even have fatal results. If you’re on medications, be sure to check with a medical professional before drinking or eating any amount of grapefruit.
2) Fruits and veggies have a lot of fiber.
The benefits of fiber include keeping your bowel movements regular, helping lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and help you feel fuller for a longer time. Even if you don't need any more of the vitamins, minerals and other healthy ingredients in fruits and vegetables, they are still one of the best things you can eat on a daily basis.
3) The skin is usually the best part
In many fruits and veggies, such as carrots, apples, and cucumbers, a high percentage of the nutrition is actually stored in the skin. This means that when you peel it off, you’re actually peeling away nutritious benefits. Make sure to wash your fruits and vegetables well before eating them and I guarantee you'll get used to eating them with the peel in no time.  
4) Bananas are fascinating
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Two incredible things you never knew about these delicious sources of potassium and vitamins: First, bananas are technically herbs and belong to the same "botanical family" as mint or basil. Secondly, in 1950 almost all of the banana species in the world where wiped out by the Panama Disease. Today, most of the bananas sold and eaten around the whole world are direct decedents of the same Asian breeds that survived the disease.
5) Eating fruits and vegetables hardly affects your weight
All fruits and all vegetables are low in calories, this is why you hear nutrition professionals and doctors tell you to eat them for snacks. While a bag of chips contains fat, oil, and a lot of calories, a handful of carrots contains none of those things. It is absurd how much fruit and vegetables you can eat before the calories start stacking up so don’t be afraid to eat them. That said, some fruit may carry a high amount of sugar, so don't over-do it on sweet fruit.
6) Broccoli has more protein than a steak
Calorie for calorie, there is more protein in broccoli than there is in an average steak, and with no saturated and trans fats or cholesterol, you can get all the protein you need with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease. So if you are trying to grow and strengthen your muscles, broccoli is the food for you.
7) The most hated vegetable in the world is one of the best
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Brussels sprouts reign supreme as the least enjoyable vegetable by children, and also some adults. It might be because of their bitter taste, the repungnant smell or even just its bad reputation. However, Brussels sprouts are among the most nutritious veggies you can ever find. They have no fat, no cholesterol, hardly any calories and plenty of vitamins and minerals. It's a shame that none of these facts make them taste any better…
8) Orange peels are amazing
It's been said before that the skin of the fruit can be better than the fruit itself. Orange peels have over four times the amount of fiber then the actual fruit, and contain more antioxidants than the "flesh" inside. The only drawback is that it’s difficult to find a way to eat it. The best way to do it is to grate it up like cheese into an orange zest. You can use is to season all sorts of foods, add to baked goods or mix with your yogurt or cereals.
9) Peppers encourage clotting
While most people use them as spice and not as a whole food, peppers (spicy ones in particular) can work wonders to promote the clotting of blood over wounds. According to some experts, you can even sprinkle some cayenne pepper into a wound where it will act as gauze.
10) "Negative calorie foods" are a myth
fruits and vegetables
 
You may have heard that some fruits and vegetables require more calories to digest than they actually give, meaning eating them will actually make you thinner. Unfortunately this is wrong. While there are foods that have very few calories, you still only burn about 10% to 20% of their calorie intake. Let's take for example a stalk of celery that’s about 10 calories. While eating and digesting it you will burn about 2 calories which means you still had an intake of 8 calories.
11) Onions are ridiculously healthy
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Sure they can make you cry and they make your breath smell terrible, but you should forgive them for all of that. The reason onions do those things is the exact same reason why they are good for you. Onions contain over 100 sulfide compounds which give a number of health benefits such as the prevention of asthma and some types of cancer. You don’t have to eat it raw, just eat it.
12) Pineapples are bad for your taste buds
Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain which breaks down proteins in your mouth, namely your taste buds. After eating a pineapple your palate will be much less sensitive until your mouth can heal itself, which takes about a day. Pineapple is still a great fruit for you, but you should probably let a freshly sliced pineapple sit in the fridge for a bit before eating it. This will give time for the enzymes to break down and they will have a much weaker effect.
13) Apples can wake you up better than a cup of coffee


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It's hard to believe this fact so just try it for yourself and see. If you’re finding yourself a little low on energy during the afternoon then consider eating an apple in the morning. Thanks to its high carbohydrate, vitamin, and mineral content, an apple can give you a steady supply of nutrition to help you stay energized all day.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

How to Keep Your Food Fresh for Longer

Nothing is more wasteful than food that hasn't been eaten and allowed to go bad. It's not only a waste of money but also a waste of good food that in other parts of the world would be worth more than gold. So as to not throw away good money after good food, here are some great tips to help you keep your foods fresh and tasty that much longer.
 
Apply a little butter to the cut side of a cheese wedge to make sure it doesn't dry out. 
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Store potatoes with a few apples, this will stop them from sprouting. 
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As for mushrooms, these you should store in a paper bag, not a plastic one, to keep it fresh. 
tips for fresh food
 
If you keep milk in the fridge door, it will go bad sooner than if you had put it in the middle of the fridge. 
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Wrap lettuce in tin foil to keep it fresh and crisp for much longer.
tips for fresh food
 
Use, or rather, re-use bottles to close up your plastic bags.
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Rinse strawberries in a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 10 parts water. Drain, rinse and put in the fridge for strawberries that will last for 2 weeks longer. Make sure you keep the mixture diluted so you don't taste the vinegar.
tips for fresh food
 
Store eggs on the middle shelf of the refrigerator to make them last 304 weeks longer than their date of expiration.
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To revive old bread, rub an ice cube on it and then bake it for 12 minutes.
tips for fresh food
 
If you cook corn kernels in a bowl topped with a plate, it will reduce the number of unpopped kernels.
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Tomatoes last longer when stored in room temperature, not in the fridge.
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Cheese should be kept in the warmest part of the fridge, such as the vegetable or cheese drawer.
tips for fresh food
 
Keep older foods in the front of the fridge so you don't miss out on their expiration date.
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Carefully wrap the crown of a batch of bananas with cling film to block the air and extend their shelf life for 3-5 days more.
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If you store onions in tights, they'll last up to 8 months longer.
tips for fresh food
 
If your fridge smells - clean it immediately. It means that something is rotting in your fridge, and if it stays there it will quickly spread to your new food. If the smell is strong, use disinfectant.
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