Thursday, February 27, 2014

Masala Peanuts

Masala Peanuts

Masala Peanuts are a crunchy & crispy bites which can be enjoyed as a evening  snack along with your tea or coffee. To make them healthier I microwaved this goodies and they were as perfect as a deep fried one's. I shared both the versions for you all to explore & can choose the option you like. 

Masala Peanuts
Prep Time-5mins | Cook Time-5mins| Yields-2servings
Ingredients 
1/4Cup besan 
2Tbs rice flour
1/2Cup peanuts
1Tsp red chili powder
1/2Tsp salt (Adjust as needed)
4Tsp water
1Garlic minced
1/2Tsp oil 
Few curry leaves 
Directions
Microwave Version: 
- In a bowl add all the above ingredients & mix them well. Adjust salt & chili powder if needed.
- Take a microwave safe bowl or on small cookie plater & apply oil to it. Now lay peanuts so that they won't touch with each other. 
- Microwave it for 2mins & shuffle them. Now microwave them for 3mins & the masala peanuts are ready. 
Deep Fried Version: 
- Take an pan with enough oil to deep fry & bring it to boiling point. 
- Add little by little of peanuts to pan and fry them crisp. 
- Remove them & lay them on a paper towel to remove extra oil. 
- Repeat the same with rest of the peanuts. 
Note:
- You might have to microwave peanuts in small batches if your are using a small bowl or plate. 
Masala Peanuts

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Black & White Wednesday #118 - A Round Up

Enjoy the virtual treat & the round up of BWW#118 with wonderful Black & White pictures from my friends. 
"Unripe Grape" by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yums 


"Purple Sprouting Broccoli" by Simona of Briciole


"Black eyed beans" by Chitrangada Kundu of Color and Spices


"Orange Punch" by Cinzia of Cindy Star Blog


"Spices Love" by Aparna of Stories From The Mahe Coast


"Vine Tomatoes" by Me 


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sambar Powder | Sambhar Podi

Sambar Powder

Sambar powder is one of the basic spice powders where every south indian household has it in their kitchen racks. This powder recipe has different variations from region to region. I got this recipe from my mom & she makes a fresh powder of this recipe every time she makes sambar. She prefers using fresh powder to stored one because of it's flavor. She uses the same recipe when making it in bulk too.

Sambar Powder
Cook Time-10mins | Prep Time-5mins | Yields-5Tbs of powder
Ingredients 
2Tbs chana dal / senaga pappu 
2Tbs urad dal / minapappu 
2Tsp cumin
1Tsp methi
5Tbs coriander seeds
6Red chili's 
2Tbs black pepper
2Strands of curry leaves 
1Tsp hing / Asafetida
2Tbs grated dry coconut 
1Tsp oil
Directions 
- Heat pan with 1/2tsp oil & to that add chana dal & urad dal. Fry them till they change light to a little darker shade.
- Transfer them on to plate & allow them to cool. 
- Now add another 1/tsp oil to pan & rest of the ingredients other then coconut . 
- Fry them to till they are changed to a little darker shade & switch off heat & allow it to cool.
- Once they are cool enough grind them to a smooth powder along with coconut.
- Store it in a air tight container for freshness. 
Similar recipes you might like:

Sambar Powder

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Paneer Masala Curry

Paneer Masala Curry
Paneer masala curry is a easy side dish for roti , pulkha & naan. The gravy is thick, creamy & spicy which makes the dish more delectable. You can use this gravy as a basic for any gravy dishes & replace paneer with aloo, capsicum etc...This dish takes less oil & made healthier to reduce some calories from it.


Paneer Masala Curry

Prep Time-15mins | Cook Time-30mins | Yields-4servings
Ingredients
15Paneer cubes 
1Cup chopped onions 
4Tomatoes sliced 
1/2Anise flower 
1 inch piece cinnamon 
2Cloves 
2Elachi pods
1Tsp garam masala powder 
2Tsp red chili powder
1/4Cup coconut milk 
1Tsp sugar (optional)
2Tsp + 2Tsp oil
salt 
Cilantro for garnish
Directions
- Heat pan with 2tsp oil. To that add anise flower, cinnamon, cloves & elachi pods. Fry them for 1min.
- Add onions to pan & fry them till they are translucent. To that add ginger garlic paste & fry it for few seconds.
- Now add tomatoes to pan & allow them to cook soft with a closed lid. 
- Once tomatoes are soft & cooked perfect switch off heat. Allow it cool completely.
- Grind the tomato mixture to a smooth paste without adding any water. 
- Heat a pan with 2tsp oil & pan fry paneer till they are light brown on all sided.
- Now add the tomato gravy, garam masala, coconut milk, sugar, Red chili powder & salt.
- Cook till gravy becomes thick & garnish with cilantro. Switch off heat & serve warm. 
Note: 
- You can replace oil with butter. 
- Replace paneer with any vegetable you like.
- Adding of sugar balances all the flavors in the dish. 
Similar Recipes you might like:
Ghugni

Paneer Masala Curry

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Palak Roti | Spinach Roti


Palak Roti
Palak Roti or spinach roti is a healthy & nutritious dish that is easy to make & delicious to have. I added a hint of garlic to this dish to remove the muddy smell of palak & it sure did it's magic in this dish. These roti's can be enjoyed along with any curry , yogurt & a pickle

Palak Roti
Prep Time- 40mins | Cook time-15mins | Yields-5 roti
Ingredients
1Cup atta flour
2Cups chopped spinach 
1Garlic clove 
2Green chili
1Tbs oil
Salt 
water 
Directions
- Grind spinach, garlic & green chili to a smooth paste.
Palak Roti

- Mix atta flour, spinach paste & salt. 
- Using a little water or as needed to make a dough.

Palak Roti

- Divide the dough in to 5 equal parts. 
- Take 1 ball of dough & dust it with atta flour. using a rolling pin roll the dough flat as seen in the pic & keep aside. 
- Repeat the same with rest of the balls. 

Palak Roti

- Heat a pan with 1/2Tsp oil. Place on roti on the pan. Allow it to cook on onside & rotate it to the other side & add another 1/2 Tsp oil & brush it thru the roti.
- When you see the dark spots as above remove roti on to a plate. Repeat the same with rest of the roti's. 
- Serve them with any side dish you like.
Note:
- Adjust water according to the spinach paste. 
- I used a very little oil in making them. Use oil as needed.
- Use multi grain flour for a healthier version of this roti.
Make sure the the dough is equally distributed.
- Dust the dough in between rolling, if needed. 

Palak Roti

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kandi Pachadi {With Garlic}

Kandi Pachadi (Toor Dal Chutney) which is a authentic Andhra delight is enjoyed with rice & a dollop ghee. My husband who is from nellore (A district of Andhra) typically enjoys this dish along with Minumula chintapandu pachadi (Urad dal & tamarind chutney). I make two variations of this chutney at home which are with garlic & without garlic. I love garlic in this dish as it boosts the chutney with flavors.


Kandi Pachadi
Prep Time-15mins | Cook Time-15mins | Yields-4servings
Ingredients 
1Cup toor dal / Kandi pappu
4Red chili (Depends on your spice level)
3Garlic pods
1Tsp cumin / jeera
1Tsp hing / asafoetida
1Tbs tamarind pulp
1Tsp ghee / butter
1Tbs oil
Salt
Seasoning 
1Tsp mustard
1Tsp cumin / jeera
2Red chili cut equally
1Tbs oil
Directions
- Heat pan with ghee. To that add toor dal & fry till the dal changes a slight color (On medium heat it takes 2 mins). Switch off heat & transfer dal in to a bowl. Allow it to cool. 
- Heat pan with oil. To that add jeera, red chili's, garlic. Fry them till jeera starts jumping & add hing. Switch off heat. Allow it to cool & transfer the seasoning in to a blender.
- Coarse grind them first & to that add toor dal, tamarind & salt. Grind the ingredients while adding little water at a time. This is time you can adjust salt. Chutney should be thick so check water while you are adding. 
-Transfer the contents in a bowl.
Seasoning
- Heat pan with oil. To that add mustards, jeera & red chili's.when mustard starts jumping add hing & switch off heat.
- Mix seasoning with chutney & it's ready to serve.
Note: 
- This stays good when refrigerated for 3 to 4 days. 

Kandi Pachadi
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Draniki | Potato Pancake


Draniki
Prep Time-15mins | Cook Time-15mins | Yields-4Servings 
Ingredients
1Large potato 
1Medium onion sliced thinly 
1Tsp chili powder
1 Egg 
1Tbs oil
Salt
Directions
- Wash & wipe potato with a towel & peel off the skin of potato. Now grate the potato in to a bowl. 
- Squeeze out the extra water out of potatoes using your hand. 
- Now take the left out dry grated potato in a bowl & to that add onions, salt, chili powder & break an egg directly in to the bowl.
- Mix them well using a spatula. 
- Mean while heat a non stick pan with a 1/2 tsp oil.
- Add a ladle full of batter to pan. Allow it to cook a little crisp & reverse it to cook on the other side to crisp. 
- Transfer the pancake to plate & repeat the same with rest of the batter. 
- Serve it along with ketchup & enjoy.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cucumber Kimchi (Oi Kimchi)


Cucumber Kimchi
Kimchi is a Korean side dish & also a national dish which is fermented under ground from couple of days to months for a perfect taste. This dish is mainly made of napa cabbage & other vegetables to which seasonings are added to flavor up the dish. 
Kimchi is not a vegetarian dish as it has fish sauce, but it can be made vegetarian by avoiding the sauce from it. I made Cucumber kimchi or Oi Kimchi where Oi means Cucumber in korean. This is a instant kimchi that is enjoyed by koreans mostly in summer. I got this recipe from here & loved it as it tasted.

Cucumber Kimchi
Prep Time-20mins | Yields-6 Servings
Ingredients
1Big Cucumber / 2cups bite size chopped cucumber 
1Cup chopped onions 
3Scallions / spring onions
2Garlic pods chopped or minced 
2Tsp sea salt / rock salt 
2Tsp red chili powder / cayenne pepper powder (Adjust according to your spiciness)
1Tbs vinegar 
2Tsp honey
1Tbs sesame seeds 
Directions
- Wash & clean wipe the cucumber before cutting it in to pieces. Now cut them to bite size pieces.



- Chop the scallions in to equal pieces & keep aside. 
- In a wide pan take cucumbers, scallions, onions & garlic.



- Now add salt, vinegar, chili powder, sugar & sesame seeds.
- Mix them well using spatula & kimchi is ready. 
- Transfer kimchi to a air tight container & allow it to ferment for 8hrs.
- After 8hrs refrigerate it & enjoy it along with rice.
Note: 
- You can avoid fermenting and enjoy the dish as it is. 
- It stays good for 1 week when refrigerated. 


Cucumber Kimchi

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Black & White Wednesday #118

I'm so happy to announce the Black and White Wednesday #118 event @ my blog.This event was initially started by Susan of The well-Seasoned CookWich was passed on & now being managed by Cinzia of Cindystar.



Simple rules: 

1. Send in a Black & White or a monochromatic pic of a food or something represents food.

2. A file size should be as mentioned below:
For portrait/500 wide & 700 long
- For landscape/700 wide & 500 long or 600 square
3. Send in your Pics to Valli.sunil@gmail.com with below details: 

- Subject : BWW#118
- Name
- Title of pic
- Url to your page 
4. Event starts from 19th Feb14 & ends on 26th Feb14.

5.Non bloggers can send in your pics to the above mail id & I would be happy to post it for you. 

6. For queries you can leave a comment below.


 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Red Velvet Cookies


When you really want love you will find it waiting for you ~~ Oscar Wilde

Red Velvet Cookies

Valentines day is always a special & leaves many of us with a sweet print on our hearts. This year I planned for a cake then thought will make cupcakes & ended up making cookies to celebrate this special day. Made this simple red Velvet cookies & flavored them with coconut flakes to make them special. 

Red Velvet Cookies

Prep Time-30mins | Cook Time-20mins| Yields 25 Cookies
Ingredients
1Cup all-purpose flour
1/4Cup icing sugar
1/4+1Tbs cup dry coconut flakes
4Tbs butter (@Room temperature)
1/2Tsp baking powder
1/2Tsp vanilla extract
1Tbs+1Tsp milk 
1/2Tsp red food color
Pinch of salt
Directions
- Preheat oven @ 350 degrees. 
- In a bowl sift flour. To that add baking powder, coconut flakes & salt. Keep the bowl aside.
- Take another bowl to that add sugar & butter. Beat them to smooth & creamy consistency. To that add vanilla extract, red food color & milk. Beat it for few minutes. 
- Now add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients & form a dough. 
- Using a rolling pin roll the dough in to a flat layer. Using a cookie cutter cut them in a desired shape. Repeat the same with all the dough.
- Arrange them on a baking tray & refrigerate them for 15mins - 20mins.
- Now bake them for 17mins - 20mins @350 degrees.
- Remove them and allow them to cool on the counter & store them in a air tight container.
- Red Velvet Cookies are ready to enjoy.

Red Velvet Cookies

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Sending these yummy cookies to Lets cook sweet treats for Valentine hosted by Nayana Kanabar of Simply Food.