Monday, January 25, 2016

Roasted Spicy Brinjal

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Ingredients
brinjal cut into thin rounds as needed
oil for shallow frying 
salt to taste
lime juice little

for masala
3 red chilies
2 green chilies
ginger 1 tbsp chopped
coriander seeds 1 tbsp
turmeric pdr. 1/4 tsp 
grind all well

sprinkle little salt on brinjal pieces well on both sides, spread masala well , shallow fry on both sides till brown. serve hot with some lime juice.
 

Easy Cheesy-Onion Soup

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Ingredients

onion cut long and thin  1 cup
oil 2 tbsp
butter 1 tbsp
ginger finely chopped 1 tsp
vegetable stock about 1 1/2 cups or use water
corn flour 2 tsp mixed in 1 cup water + soya sauce 1 tsp
salt to taste
spring onion chopped 2 tsp
cheese grated 2 cubes

Method
in a pan heat oil, fry onion till brown on low flame, remove cool, grind with little vegetable stock or water to a thick paste
heat butter in a pan, fry ginger, add onion paste, fry for 2 minutes on low flame, add vegetable stock/ water, then add corn flour mixture 
salt to taste, simmer for 10-15 minutes, then add spring onion and cheese, remove from flame and serve hot garnishing with some spring onion and toasted bread slices 

Spicy-Sweet Radish Chutney

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Ingredients
radish 2 big grated
chana dal  2 tbsp
urad dal  1 tbsp
mustard seeds 1 tsp
cumin/ jeera 2 tsp
coriander seeds  2 tbsp
curry leaves 10-15
oil
dry red chilies 4-5 or as per taste
salt to taste
gur 2-3 tbsp grated or you can use 10=15 dates soaked in little water

Method
Heat 1 tsp oil fry grated radish till light pink stirring continuously, remove cool
in a pan, add 1 tsp oil, add the 2 dals, fry till light pink, then add mustard seeds, once it crackles, add jeera and coriander seeds, along with curry leaves and chilies, once all are well roasted, remove cool. grind these ingredients well, then add radish, salt and gur/ dates, grind well, adding little water if needed. this will go well with bread, roti, dosa, idli.
 

Vegetable Vada

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 Ingredients
onion finely chopped  1/2 cup
spinach/ palak finely chopped  1/4 cup
radish grated  1/2 cup
coriander leaves finely chopped  2-3 tbsp
saunf/ fennel seeds  1 tsp
besan/ gram flour  2-3 tbsp
rice flour 3 tbsp
soda bi-card  1/4 tsp
turmeric pdr.  1/4 tsp
hing  1/8 tsp
green chilies finely chopped as per taste or chili pdr.
salt to taste
water as needed to make mix
bread crumbs to coat
oil for frying

Method
mix all the ingredients, except the last 3 well, then add little water to mix, as it should be thick enough for you to roll it flat, then coat well in bread crumbs, then deep fry the vadas till brown and crisp, serve hot with chutney or ketchup

Chocolate coated dry fruit kachoris

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 Ingredients
for dough
all purpose flour/ maida 1 cup
 salt a pinch
ghee/ butter 2 tbsp
milk 3-4 tbsp
water as needed to make a soft dough
oil for frying

for stuffing
cashew nuts roasted and powdered 2 tbsp
peanuts roasted and powdered 2 tbsp
almonds powdered  2 tbsp
sesame seeds roasted  2 tbsp
dates/ figs finely chopped  2 tbsp
raisins chopped  2 tbsp
cardamom pdr. 1/2 tsp
condensed milk  2 tsp
honey 1 tsp
white chocolate pieces chopped 2 tbsp
cocoa pdr. 1 tsp
mix all well and make small balls

melted dark chocolate for coating 1/2 cup ( easy to melt chocolate in micorwave for 30-50 seconds depending on the quantity)

Method
take small amount of dough, roll, put stuffing, cover well , then deep fry till light golden, drain well
when cooled, dip in melted chocolate to coat well, refrigerate for 10-15 minutes to set well, then serve.

Sweet And Spicy Lime Pickle

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 Ingredients
normal limes ( that we get in India), washed, wiped dry and cut into 8 pieces or as desired
sugar  3/4  cup
vinegar  1/2 cup
red chili pdr.  1/2 cup or less
salt  1/4 cup
turmeric pdr.  1/2 tsp
hing  1 tsp
oil ( gingelly(til) oil or normal cooking oil    1 cup
mustard seeds  2 tsp

for powder
mustard seeds  1 tbsp
jeera  2 tsp
methi seeds  2 tsp
roast these till mustard seeds crackle, stirring continuously and nice aroma comes, cool and powder

Method

 In a big vessel, mix lime, sugar, vinegar, salt, turmeric well and store in a clean glass jar or porcelain pot, stirring well each day for 7-8 days
heat oil in big kadai, add mustard seeds, once it crackles remove from fire, after 2 minutes, add hing, chili pdr., lime, powdered masala, mix well, store in a clean and dry glass jar. If used carefully, this will last for 2 months at room temperature, then you may need to store in fridge if it lasts still !

 tips- mustard seeds like vinegar is a preservative, if it is roasted well, it also gives nice flavour . Jeera is good for digestion along with hing. Turmeric has got anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer properties.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Surprising Household Uses for Apples

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1.Prevent Sugar from Crystallizing
Brown sugar is much healthier (and arguably – tastier) than white sugar. The only problem with it, is that it tends to clump and crystallize. To prevent this from happening, put a piece of apple in a small fabric pouch and add it to your container of sugar. The apple will increase the moisture and prevent it from clumping.
 2.Accelerate Ripening of Fruits
Some fruits emit a gas called Ethylene that hastens the ripening of other fruits. If you want those avocados and bananas to ripen quicker, place an apple next to them, that ought to do the job. 

3.Preserve Baked Goods
Bread and cakes tend to dry out quickly, even when kept in a sealed container. To keep them from drying out, put half an apple into the container you keep your baked goods in!
4. General Cleaner
Instead of using chemical-filled industrial cleaners, why not make your own effective, antiseptic, deodorizing cleaner? Simply mix equal amounts of apple-cider vinegar and water into a spray bottle, and there you have it!
5. Natural Sweetener
Apples are an excellent replacement for sugar, as they add their unique flavor without overpowering the dish/drink. Apples contain fructose, which is healthier than white sugar and even more so than artificial sweeteners! Try adding grated apples to dishes instead of sugar and you’ll be amazed!
6. Make a Fancy Drink
In recent years, flavored vodka has become quite popular, but its price can be much higher than regular vodka. If you fancy some apple-flavored vodka, simply follow this recipe:
  • Cut some apples and put them in a sealed jar.
  • Cover the apples in vodka, seal the jar and it let sit for a few days.
  • If the taste is not yet to your liking, simply let it sit until you're satisfied with the taste.
    7.Fix Over-Salted Food
    If you happen to add too-much salt to a dish you’re making, just cut a few pieces of apple and put them in the pot. The apple pieces will absorb the salt without damaging the flavor of the dish.