Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bittergourd Prawn Curry

Bitter gourd helps in maintaining the blood sugar levels and helps the body function normally. It is bitter in taste and thus goes its name. It is a well known home remedy for diabetes Mellitus. It is used to treat disorders like piles, skin disorders, alcoholism, cholera etc., The fresh juice of Karela is effective in treating the earlier stages of cholera and types of diarrhoea.This is my usual way of preparing curry with bittergourd, usually i add prawns to make them more tasty else its too hard for my picky eaters...

1cup Bittergourd (chopped finely)
20nos Prawns
1no Onion chopped
1no Tomato chopped
1/2tsp Red chilly powder
1/2tsp Coriander powder
5nos Curry leaves
1/2tsp Mustard seeds n urad dal

Heat oil in a kadai, add the mustard seeds n urad dal n let them splutters..add the chopped onion n chopped tomatoes, cury leaves n stir them until they get cooked..add the washed prawns to them n fry until they change the colour, add the bittergourd pieces to them also add the redchilly powder, coriander powder n salt...toss everything well, i wont add water, usually i cook them in simmer with lid closed...cook until they get well cooked n put off the stove until the oil get separates...

Spicy curry goes prefect simply with hot steaming rice...

On the way to: Eat Healthy - Fight Diabetes by Sangeeth

RM#2 Day 30 - Badam Saffron Burfi

Waohhhh!!!!! Today is the last day for the recipe marathon...we gonna finish today the recipe marathon...we were 24 to run along for the event. Last day we gals were planning to prepare some sweet treat to end up the RM...DK proposed us to prepare any sweets with nuts n saffron.. i choosed almond n prepared almond burfi with saffron..they turned out awesome n comes my simple badam saffron burfi..

1cup Almonds
1cup Sugar
1/2cup Milk
few Saffron strands
2tbsp Ghee

Soak overnite the almonds...remove the skins n grind the almonds pieces with milk into bit coarse paste...Take a heavy bottomed non stick pan, add the grounded paste n sugar also saffron strands...stir them continously until the almond paste get off from the bottom of the pan..add the ghee n stir again for a while..for me it took half an hour to get the correct consistency..

Arrange a wax paper n spread the burfi..let them cool..cut them as any shape as ur desire...arrange them in a air tightened box..can keep them in room temperature for three days...can also conserve them in fridge, just microwave before serving..

Delicious Burfi!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My Entries For Rice Mela

Srivalli announced Rice Mela...following dishes goes for this awesome event...

1)Cabbage Lemon Rice
2)Snakegourd Masala Rice
3)Mixed Vegetable Fried Rice
4)Karapu Annam/Chilly Rice
5)Coriander Tofu Biriyani
6)Sprouted Moongdal Fried Rice
7)Tofu Fried Rice
8)Cheesy Green Peas Pulav
9)Cauliflower Spicy Rice
10)Soyachunks Fried Rice
11)Mushroon Fried Rice
12)Zucchini Rice
13)Okra Fried Rice
14)Coconut Milk Riceflour Dumplings
15Okra Prawn Fried Rice
16)Coriander Pulao
17)Ghee Rice
18)Sprouted Moongdal Idli
19)Chicken Yoghurt Briyani
20)Carrot Curd Rice
21)Oats Idli
22)Zucchini Idli
23)Stuffed Chicken Masala Idli
24)Carrot N Broccoli Fried Rice
25)Tomato Thokku Rice
26)Paneer Rice Pudding
27)Green Capsicum Pulao
28)Prawn Briyani
29)Olaiappam-Sweet idli
30)Carrot Poha Kheer
31)Rava Carrot Bonda
32)Carrot N Paneer Fried Rice
33)Spicy Tomato Pulao
34)Redcabbage Paruppupodi Rice
35)Moongdal Murukku
37)Parboiled Rice n Coconut Chakli
38)Chick peas Murukku
39)Cauliflower Greenpeas Masala Rice
40)Beetroot Moongdal Rice
41)Sponge Dosai

Cauliflower Green Peas Masala Rice

Hope this is my last entry for the Rice Mela by Srivalli...this is one of the simple n easy version , also a lunch box menu , my mom used to prepare when we r kid, i love this masala rice n continuing still to prepare, as its one of my favourite...

2cup Cooked rice
1cup Cauliflower florets
1/2cup Green peas(soaked overnite)
1no Onion chopped
2nos Whole spices
5nos Garlic cloves
1tbsp Fennel seeds
1tsp Red chilli powder
1tbsp Coconut grated

Heat enough oil in a kadai, add the whole spices n let them fry...add the finely chopped onions n chopped tomatoes n stir them until they turns transculent n mushy... add the green peas now n stir them for a while, meanwhile grind fennel seeds, garlic cloves n grated coconut into fine paste....once the green peas get bit cooked add  the grounded paste n stir for a while..

Add the cauliflower florets to the kadai, add enough salt n red chilly powder n close them with a lid, cook them in simmer until the oil get add the already cooked rice to the masala n toss gently until they get well mixed...

Serve hot with any choice of side dishes...

Eggless Oatmeal Banana Wheat Pancakes

We are almost nearly the last day with Recipe Marathon...its has been really very exciting n fun to run along with 24 co-runners...Here comes a simple n quite healthy version of pancake..Dee of Daily tiffins announced an event with low sugar sweet treats...i used honey in this pancake , thought this pancake may suit very well to the event...

1cup Rolled Oats
1cup Yoghurt
1/2cup Wheat flour
1/2cup All purpose flour
1cup Banana puree
2tsp Honey
1tsp Nutmeg powder
1tsp Cinnamon powder
pinch Salt
Oil as per need

Soak rolled oats in yoghurt atleast for day morning..mix wheat flour, all purpose flour,banana puree, honey, nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder n salt...make them as thick batter...

Heat a nonstick pan r tawa..pour a ladle of pancake batter n cook on both sides until they turns brown also get well cooked..

Friday, November 28, 2008

Red Cabbage Paruppu Podi Rice

Red cabbage r more healthy n rich in antioxydant than green cabbages..Keeping it in the refrigerator once bought, will help it retain its vitamin C content. Keep the cabbage whole in a plastic wrap / bag in the vegetable section of your refrigerator. If you do need to store a section of the cabbage, cover it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. You should use it in couple of days though. To get best benefits slice or chop the cabbage and let sit for 5-10 minutes before cooking. Cook gently, steaming or sautéing for 5 minutes or less.The anthocyanins in red cabbage can actually protect the brain cells from damage in conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.

I already prepared salad with red cabbage, i prepared stir fry with redcabbage too..but as i have picky eaters at home, i prepared redcabbage with rice just to insert this awesome veggie n also tossed them with paruppu podi... they turned out really delicious...

1cup Basmati Rice (cooked)
1no Onion (chopped)
1cup Redcabbage (chopped)
1/2tsp Red chilly powder
1/2tsp Coriander powder
5nos Curry leaves
1/4tsp Mustard seeds
1/4tsp Urad dal
2tbsp Paruppu podi

Heat enough oil in a kadai..add the mustard seeds n urad dal to the hot oil n let them splutters..add the chopped onions, curry leaves n cook them until the onions turns transculent..add the roughly chopped red cabbage pieces with red chilly powder n coriander powder with enough salt..close the kadai with lid n cook the veggies for a while...mostly the red cabbage will turn bit black if they r bit cooked..almost black if they r cooked well.. add the paruppu podi to the cooked red cabbage...

Toss this cooked cabbage stir fry with the cooked rice n serve hot!!!!!

Sending this rice to: FIC - Purple & Black by Sunshinemom
Srivallli's Rice Mela

RM#2 Day 28 - Carrot N Paneer Fried Rice

Simple n quick  fried rice with grated carrot n paneer...this fried rice is completely very easy to prepare with easy ingredients.. can feed easily kids  if they r picky eaters with this fried rice, some kids will like to eat anything with cheese as this fried rice have paneer cubes, it will turn a real big hit among kids for the sure..also can prepare very quickly even u have sudden guests r also for potluck..colourful, cheesy rice can be served simply with potato chips r with papads...

2cups Basmati rice (cooked)
1cup Carrot (grated)
1/2cup Paneer cubes
1no Onion chopped
2nos Green chillies(slit opened)
1tsp Garam masala powder
1/2tsp Red chilli powder
1/4tsp Cumin seed powder
1/4tsp Pepper powder
5nos Curry leaves
2nos Whole spices

Heat the oil in a kadai..add the whole spices n fry until they turns brown..add the chopped onion to the hot oil n stir it until they turns transculent..add the grated carrots,curry leaves, slit opened green chillies n paneer cubes to the kadai, stir everything for a while, add all the spice powder with enough salt, close the kadai with lid n let them cook for a while...

After few minutes, add the already cooked basmati rice to the kadai n toss them gently until they get well mixed..serve them with papads, chips r else with any spicy gravies...

Sending this cheesy fried rice to: Srivalli's Rice Mela
                                                  JFI - Carrots by Cooker
                                                 Eat Healthy - During Pregnancy by Sangeeth

Check out my co-runners: 1) DK 2) Srivalli3) Ranji4)PJ5)Curry Leaf6)Medha7)Bhawana8)Raaji9)Ruchii10)Anu11)Kamala12)Roopa13)Divya Kudua14)Rekha15)Divya M16)Lakshmi17)Raaga 18)Lakshmi Venkatesh 19)Sripriya20)Viji21)Kamalika22)Pavani23)Karuna24)Roochi

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Black-eyed Beans N Carrot Masala Vadai

Black-eyed beans have a smooth texture, pealike flavour and are good when mixed with other vegetables.Like most beans, black-eyed beans are rich in the best sort of fiber - soluble fiber - which helps to eliminate cholesterol from the body. They are a good source of folate, potassium, copper, phosphorous and manganese. As a high-potassium, low-sodium food they help reduce blood pressure. Not only are they low in fat, but when combined with grains, beans supply high quality protein which provides a healthy alternative to meat or other animal protein. Beans also contain protease inhibitors which frustrate the development of cancerous cells. Adding carrot to this protein packed beans makes more healthy n delicious, they ressembles quite tasty as channadal masala vadais..i prepared this crispy vadais for evening snacks..they turned out yummy..

1cup Blackeyed beans (soaked overnite)
1no Carrot (grated)
1no Onion chopped
2nos Green chillies
1/2tsp Fennel seeds
1inch Ginger
2nos Garlic pods
5nos Curry leaves
2tsp Coriander leaves chopped
Oil for deepfrying

Grind bit coarsely the soaked black eyed beans, take off from the mixie... add the chopped onion pieces, grated carrots,curry leaves,coriander leaves to the grounded batter..chop finely ginger as small pieces, crush the garlic pods, also cut green chillies as small pieces ..add everything with enough salt again to the grounded batter..

Mix everything well with ur hands,heat the oil for deep frying... make small balls from the vada batter n flatten them as vadais...drop slowly one by one to the hot oil, fry them as small batches..fry until they turn brown n crispy..drain the excess of oil in a paper towel..

Crispy Masala Vadai!!!!!

On the way to: JFI - Carrots by The Cooker
                        Eat Healthy - Fight Diabetes by Sangeeth
 also sending to: My Legume Love Affair Sixth Helping by Suganya of Tasty Palettes, event by Susan..
                       EFM - Savouries by Srilekha ..

RM#2 Day 27 - Spicy Tomato Pulao

Needless to say how healthy tomatoes r...they r great source of vitamins like A, C, K , fibres, potassium, iron etc...Though techincally tomato a fruit, they r used as vegetable for cooking...can list out a long list of health n nutritional benefits of eating tomatoes,The presence of antioxidants in tomatoes is said to be helpful in cleansing the body, of toxic compounds. Lycopene, present in tomatoes, has been known to neutralize free radicals and cut the risk of prostate cancer. Those who eat raw tomatoes have been found to have much less risk of developing rectal, colon or stomach cancer. It is believed that tomatoes block the effects of nitrosamines and thus, reduce the risk of lung cancer. Researches have suggested that eating tomatoes might help reduce the risk of heart attack. The vitamin K present in tomatoes helps in keeping the bones strong and healthy. Having everyday tomatoes keep us away from constipation, diabetes, jaundice, liver disorders, morning sickness, obesity n urinary tract infections...Coming to my spicy pulao, its one of the easiest way to prepare something special for sunday also if u have sudden guest at home..can serve them with any sort of spicy gravies..

2cups Raw Basmati Rice
1no Onion(big)chopped finely
4nos Tomatoes chopped
1tsp Ginger paste
1tsp Garlic paste
2nos Green chillies slit opened
3cups Coconut milk
Whole spices as per need
1tsp Red chilli powder
2tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
1/4cup Mint leaves chopped
Oil + ghee

To Grind
1tsp Poppyseeds
1tsp Coriander seeds
1/2tsp Cumin seeds
1no Cinnamom stick
3nos Cloves
1tsp Fennel seeds

Grind everything as finepaste with enough water from the list 'To grind'..keep aside...grind bit coarsely the tomato pieces...Heat enough oil+ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the whole spices n let them fry..add the onion pieces, green chillies, ginger paste, garlic paste n stir them well until the onions turned transculent n also the raw smells goes away, now add both grounded paste, red chilly powder n let them cook in simmer for a while until the oil gets separates...

Now add the coconut milk, chopped mint leaves with enough salt n bring them to boil..meanwhile wash thoroughly the basmati rice with enough water, drain well the excess of water...add this washed rice to the boiling spiced coconut milk n cook them in medium hight flame for few minutes n finish them in simmer, finally add the chopped coriander leaves n put off the stove..

Boiled eggs r Spicy Potato chips goes awesome with this pulao...

Sending this pulao to: Srivalli's Rice Mela

Check out my co-runners: 1) DK 2) Srivalli3) Ranji4)PJ5)Curry Leaf6)Medha7)Bhawana8)Raaji9)Ruchii10)Anu11)Kamala12)Roopa13)Divya Kudua14)Rekha15)Divya M16)Lakshmi17)Raaga 18)Lakshmi Venkatesh 19)Sripriya20)Viji21)Kamalika22)Pavani23)Karuna24)Roochi

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Vegan Peanutbutter Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

Peanutbutter am using for the first time for making some cookies...i never tried anything with peanut butter..this time i was curious to taste those famous peanut butter n bought them just to give a try..using peanut butter i tried this vegan cookies with oatmeal n chocolate chips as i have picky eaters at home...adding oatmeal n chocolate chips with the peanut butter, really masked the peanut flavour a bit, everyone liked them much n these awesome n crunchy cookies vanished within few hours...i used apple sauce n canola oil for the vegan version of this cookies...

3/4cup Rolled Oats
1/4cup All purpose flour
1/4tsp Baking soda
2tbsp Canola oil
2tbsp Apple sauce
1/4cup Packed brown sugar
1/2tsp Vanilla
4tbsp Peanut butter
2tbsp Sugar
1/4cup Chocolate chips

Take a large bowl, add the rolled oats, all purpose flour, brown sugar, sugar, peanut butter, oil, apple sauce (unsweetened) vanilla extract, chocolate chips,baking soda..mix everything with ur hands n turn them as soft dough..

Preheat the oven at a baking sheet in the middle rack, make small balls out off the dough n flatten them as cookies..bake them for about 30 minutes r else until they slightly brown...

Let them cool n arrange them in an air-tightened box for a week...

RM#2 Day 26 - Vegan Avocado Brioche

Avocado is a pear shape with dark green or blackish skin with a large seed. It is a fruit belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family. Avocado is often on the hate-list of those people who want to lose weight, but avocado should be every woman's best friend. They are rich in vitamin E which is said to be a beauty vitamin because it is valuable for healthy skin and the prevention of wrinkles. Avocadoes also supply a considerable amount of potassium and large quantities of the extremely healthy monounsaturated fats. These especially the oleic acid and the other nutrients avocado contain that make them one of the most powerful antioxidant foods. Pureed avocado is good for invalids, sick children and those people who are recovering from operation as its easily digestible and contains some antibacterial and antifungal chemicals. Health Benefits of the avocoda r really a big list...It is a good antioxidant.It can be used in the treatment of skin disorders.It is used to heal people who suffer from digestive and circulatory problems.Oleic acid in avocado can be used to lower cholesterol level in the blood.Potassium in avocado regulates pressure of blood.Sodium reduces the risk of high blood pressure and stoke.It improves the ability of the body to absorb carotenoids. I have already prepared eggless brioche, this is my another brioche without egg n butter...This recipe is adapted from Vaishali's Avocado Brioche, i did slight changes,but not definitely the whole recipe..

5cups All purpose flour
1/2cup Silken tofu
1cup Avocado Puree
1/2cup Luke warm water
1tbsp Sugar
1tsp Salt
2tbsp Active dry yeast
1/4cup Sugar
2tbsp Canola oil (for shaping n brushing)
Take the luke warm water, add the salt, 1tbsp sugar n active dry yeast, stir everything well , keep aside..let the yeast turn foamy, dont disturb them for 5 minute...
Take a large bowl add the all purpose flour, pureed silken tofu n avocado puree, 1/4cup add the foamy yeast to the bowl..start kneading..first the dough will be extremely sticky, knead about 15 minutes, grease ur hand with oil if they r sticky...turn them as smooth dough n elastic, wont be sticky...take another bowl, brush the bowl with enough oil n transfer the dough to it..keep the bowl in a warm place for 1 hour...

Punch the dough n divide them as per ur i dont have brioche mould..i turned them as small balls n just placed them side by side n made them as a flower with 4 petals.. grease the mould with oil before playing the dough..let them stand for 1 more hour in a warm place, they will again double their volume..

Preheat the oven at 350F..brush the remaining oil over the dough n bake them for about 30 minutes..Let them cool for few minutes...serve them with any choice of spreads r can have them simply...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Olaiappam - Sweet Idli

Olaiappam , sweet appam an authentic breakfast in TamilNadu...its a steamed version of appam..can be a snack also..Learned from my Mom, this is one of the traditional breakfast..this recipe was passed by my grandmom to my mother n from my mother to me...preparation of this idli ressembles as much as tamilian's daily breakfast idli, but we need to add sugar r else jaggery as by our preference.. lets go for the recipe..On the way to Rice & wheat sweets/Diabetic friendly sweets by Mythreyee of Paajaka..

1 cup Raw rice
1 cup Idli rice
1/2cup Urad dal
1 tsp Fenugreek seeds

Ingredients 2:
1 cup Sugar
1/2cup Moong dal
1/2cup Grated coconut
1tbsp Cardamom powder(optional)

Soak both rice n urad dal with fenugreek seeds separately atleast for 5 hrs.. drain it and grind the rice coarsely n urad dal to soft..mix both to form the thick batter(batter must be thick coz while steaming, we will add sugar so that batter may become watery, if its not thicker it might be very hard to steam cook them). Let the batter to ferment n double their volume else preheat ur oven to 350 F n put off, keep the batter in the oven for 6 hours.

Roast the moong dal until they turns brown. Add the cardamon powder (optional) , sugar to the batter n mix them well, now batter will be like Idli batter..Grease the idli plates n fill them with the batter, springle the moong dal n the grated coconut over them. Steam cook as idlies for 10 minutes, once done remove them from the plates.

Olaiappam is done..can eat without any side r else with chutney..olaiappams can be stored in fridge for 2 days, heat them in microwave before serves..

Sending this Sweet idli to: Srivalli's Rice Mela...
November's Theme - Sweets by Srilekha

RM#2 Day 25 - Carrot Poha Kheer

I have already prepared carrot kheer with almond n sago...they turned really delicious, now comes my another culinary experiments with carrot n poha (aval) as kheer...Needless to say how delicious they r!!!..its quite simple n colourful as well as healthy as we r adding carrot puree to prepare this kheer...

2nos Carrot (cooked n pureed)
1/2cup Poha (flattened rice flakes)
1cup milk + milk maid
1/2cup Sugar (can decrease if needed)
10nos Cashew pieces
1tbsp Cardamom powder
2tsp Ghee

Bring boil both milk +sugar n milk maid...meanwhile dry roast the poha in a warm kadai...keep aside..add the carrot puree to th boiled milk, can add water if needed n bring again to boil, put the flame in simmer n cook them for few minutes..its time to add the roasted poha, keep the flame in medium high, cook until the poha gets cooked..fry the cashew pieces with the ghee, add them to the kheer...add the cardamom powder to the kheer n stir them well before switch off the stove...

Delicious Kheer!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

RM#2 Day 24 - Prawn Briyani

Prawns r good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, they r also excellent source of protein...having prawns is one of the greatest way to get iron, zinc n vitamin E...they r low in saturated fats...I love prawns, this briyani is one of the simplest way of preparing prawns with rice...adding prawns to any veggies r with rice, makes them more comes my simple way of preparing prawn briyani..

1cup Cleaned Prawns
1no Onion chopped lengthwise
2nos Ripe n juicy tomatoes chopped
1tsp Ginger paste
1tsp Garlic paste
2nos Green chillies slit opened
1tsp Red chilli powder
1/2tsp Garam masala powder
2Cups Basmati rice
2cups Coconut milk
1cup Yoghurt
Ghee+oil as per need
1/2cup Mint leaves chopped
2nos Whole spices(bayleaves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom,star anise, cloves)

Marinate the prawns with red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt n also with half a cup of yoghurt for half an hour...Heat ghee n oil in a heavy bottomed vessel... add the whole spices to the hot oil n ghee n let them add the chopped lengthwise onions n finely chopped tomato pieces with slight opened green chillies..stir them until they get bit cooked, add the ginger garlic paste n fry them until the raw smells goes away...

Now add the marinated prawns to the vessel...heat 2tsp of ghee separately in a pan, dry fry the washed basmati rice for few minutes...mix now both coconut milk, remaining yoghurt n make them as 3+half cup by adding some more water...pour this coconut milk -yoghurt to the cooking spiced prawns...add the chopped mint leaves also...bring everything to boil..

Add the already fried basmati rice to the gravy..cook them well in medium high flame until the gravy gets absorbed by the rice...garnish them with few mint leaves...
Serve hot with any choice of Raithas!!!!

On the way to: Srivalli's Rice Mela
Check out my co-marathon runners: 1) DK 2) Srivalli3) Ranji4)PJ5)Curry Leaf6)Medha7)Bhawana8)Raaji9)Ruchii10)Anu11)Kamala12)Roopa13)Divya Kudua14)Rekha15)Divya M16)Lakshmi17)Raaga 18)Lakshmi Venkatesh 19)Sripriya20)Viji21)Kamalika22)Pavani23)Karuna24)Roochi

Cherries Clafoutis

Cherries calfoutis is well known as Calfoutis aux cerises in french...this is one of the famous dessert prepared with cerises here...almost everyone know this delicious cerise dessert prepared with milk, egg n flour..for a change is used corn flour instead of all purpose flour n used cerise jam for the colour...they turned out awesome, here is the recipe...

1cup Cerises (i used bottle cerises)
1/2cup Corn flour
1/2tsp Baking powder
2nos Eggs
1/2cup Sugar
pinch Salt
2tbsp Butter (melted)
1tsp Vanilla extract
2tbsp Cerise Jam
1/2cup Milk

Beat well the eggs, add the salt, sugar, cerise jam, vanilla extract n melted butter n beat them well until they turn mix both the corn flour n baking powder together...mix them with milk n egg mixture....take cake mould, arrange the seedless cerises in the mould..meanwhile preheat the oven at 350F..

Pour the clafoutis batter over the cerise..arrange the mould in the middle rack of the oven, bake them for 30-35minutes r until they turn brown...

Serve hot r chilled as per ur need...Delicious Cherris Calfoutis !!!!

On the way to: AFAM -Cherry host by Rachel, Event started by Maheswari
                       Srilekha's November's Theme - Sweets

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Red Cabbage Salad

Cabbage is anti – inflammatory vegetable Cabbage contains lactic acid that acts to disinfect colon...Cabbage can also be used to reduce headache pain...Another benefit of cabbage is in it's anti –cancer properties and is also said to be able in treating other skin conditions... Drinking cabbage juice from the stem is a good remedy for ulcers. Drink fresh cabbage juice if you suffer from gastritis... This is another benefit of cabbage. Drink 25 – 50 ml cabbage juice everyday to treat headache, asthma, bronchitis and other digestion problems.. White cabbage juice dabbed on mouth ulcers will make the healing faster.Don’t buy halved or quartered heads of cabbage even if it’s well wrapped. As soon as the leaves are cut, cabbage will loose it’s vitamin C...Wash cabbage only when you are ready to use it... Look for solid, heavy heads of cabbage, with no more than 3 – 4 loose outer leaves. Here comes one of my easy salad...

1cup Red Cabbage shredded
1no Carrot grated
1/2cup Corn kernels
few Lettuce leaves
Pepper powder
1tbsp Olive oil

Take the shredded red cabbage, grated carrot, corn kernels n roughly chopped lettuce leaves in a large bowl...add enough salt, pepper powder n olive oil to the veggies, mix everything well..

Serve them immediately..

Sending this colourful Salad to: FIC - Purple by Sunshinemom
                                                Eat Healthy - Fight Diabetes by Sangeeth

RM#2 Day 23 - Chocolate Ricotta Cheese Cake With Chocolate Gelatin Ganache

Chocolate is one of the most popular sweet-tasting treats in the world and has been for centuries. Cacao, the source of chocolate, contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay. Of course this is counteracted by the high sugar content of milk chocolate.The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation. Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, a mild mood elevator.The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fat which may raise good cholesterol. Drinking a cup of hot chocolate before meals may actually diminish appetite. Men who eat chocolate live a year longer than those who don't.The flavanoids in chocolate may help keep blood vessels elastic.Chocolate increases antioxidant levels in the blood.Mexican healers use chocolate to treat bronchitis and insect bites.The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being. Chocolates also have good n bad sources for ur health..anyway consume them with moderation..

Here comes my chocolate recipe with ricotta cheese...the cake was really too soft n fluffy, i did a ganache with chocolate, low fat cream n gelatin to decorate them..yummy delicious chocolate cake...

2+1/3cup All purpose flour
6tbsp Cacao powder
2nos Large eggs
4tbsp Butter
1cup Sugar
1tbsp Vanilla extract
1/4tsp Salt
1cup Ricotta cheese
2tsp Baking powder
1cup Milk

Whisk well butter, eggs n sugar until soft n fluffy...meanwhile mix all the dry ingredients like flour, cacao, baking powder together, add the ricotta cheese n salt to the egg-sugar mixture...preheat the oven at 350F....beat everything well, now add the dry ingredients together, at this stage the cake batter will be to thick, add the cup of milk n turn the batter watery..

Pour the batter in a cake mould n bake them for 30 minutes in middle rack..if they r done, keep aside n let them cool..

For Chocolate Gelatin Ganache:
1cup Chocolate chips
1packet Gelatin powder
1cup Low fat cream

Warm the cream, add the chocolate chips n gelatin powder n mix everything well...once the chocolate n gelatin get well mixed, pour them over the already baked chocolate cake...keep them in fridge for about 2hours r until the ganache gets well settled...decorate the cake as per ur wish...

Delicious Chocolate cake for everyone!!!!

Check out my co-marathon runners: 1) DK 2) Srivalli3) Ranji4)PJ5)Curry Leaf6)Medha7)Bhawana8)Raaji9)Ruchii10)Anu11)Kamala12)Roopa13)Divya Kudua14)Rekha15)Divya M16)Lakshmi17)Raaga 18)Lakshmi Venkatesh 19)Sripriya20)Viji21)Kamalika22)Pavani23)Karuna24)Roochi

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Simple Gobi Masala

Cauliflower  contains vitamin C and folate. Folate helps the blood work more efficiently and is often recommended for preventing anemia. Folate is also essential for proper tissue growth and not getting enough can make you succeptible to many diseases down the road such as cancer and heart disease. Vitamin C is considered an antioxident. When used alongside other antioxidents such as vitamin E and betacarotene, you can keep your immune system strong. Three florets of cauliflower a day will provide you with 67% of your daily vitamin C requirement. When purchasing cauliflower, make sure the tops are white. If the floret has begun to spot brown or puple, it is past its nutritional peak. Serving the cauliflower raw will give you the highest nutritional benefits, however, if you must cook it, lightly steamedwill also keep its cancer-fighting components intact. Here comes my simple way of preparing cauliflower masala with simple ingredients, usually i add green peas n prawns, as i was out of stock i simply prepared this masala...

2cups  Cauliflower florets
1no Onion chopped
1no Tomato chopped
2nos Whole spices
1tsp Fennelseeds
5nos Garlic pods
1tsp Chilli powder
1/2tsp Garam masala powder
5nos Curry leaves

Heat enough oil in a kadai, add the whole spices n let them turn brown, let add the chopped onion, curry leaves n chopped tomatoes n stir them until they get cooked, meanwhile grind the fennel seed n garlic pods into bit coarse paste...add this grounded paste to the already cooked onion n tomato mixture...let them cook for a while until the oil get separates, now its time to add the cauliflower floret to the kadai, turn them for a while, add the red chilli powder, garam masala powder n salt, cook them in simmer..

Usually i dont add water, as cauliflower florets will get easily cooked, put the flame in simmer n close the lid, check occasionally n stir them until they get well cooked...if u need to be a bit gravy add some water, i prepared them as dry masala...can also add grated coconut while grinding fennelseeds n garlic pods...

Serve them hot as side for any rice dishes r simply with parathas n chappathis...

On the way to: Eat Healthy - Fight Diabetes by Sangeeth

RM#2 Day 22 - Rava Carrot Bonda

Rava Carrot Bonda, an easy, quick n tasty snacks for evening time, goes prefect with coconut chutney r else with hot coffee r tea..grated carrots will give them an awesome colour..need less time to prepare with simple ingredients...

1 1/2cup Roasted Rava
1/2cup Idli batter
1 no Onion finely chopped
3 nos Green chillies finely chopped
1/2cup Carrot grated
1/4tsp Baking soda
6 nos Curry leaves
3 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
Salt as per need
Oil for deep frying

Take a large bowl,mix roasted rava,idli batter,salt n keep them aside for 1 hour..rava will absorb the water from idli batter n will be thick..add the finely chopped onions,baking soda, chopped green chillies, grated carrot pieces to the rava mixture n chop finely the curry leaves n cilantro leaves n add them too...batter consistency should be like as shown in picture, if its too watery add a bit rava, if its hard, add r sprinkle some water to the batter..

Heat oil in a kadai...make small balls from the bonda batter n fry them until they turns golden brownish..fry them in batches..dont over crowd..

Serve them hot with coconut chutney..

On the way to Srivalli's Rice Mela
                       Cooker's JFI-Carrots
 also to EFM - Savouries by Srilekha

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Friday, November 21, 2008

RM#2 Day 21 - French Beans Moongdal Stir-fry

French beans are neutral in nature and can be consumed frequently. French beans make great soups and are highly nutritious. Do not eat French beans raw, as they contain red blood cell coagulant that causes food poisoning.French Beans - Containing protein, fat, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins A, B, D and starch. French beans also contain much iron, which aid blood cells production. Vitamin B in them benefits the Qi (vital energy), the spleen and kidneys...before using the french beans wash them under running water. Remove both ends of the beans by either snapping them off or cutting them with a knife. French beans r known as Haricots verts in french...

This stir fry is kinda quick, easy, healthy as well as tasty...Moongdal r really healthy, they r rich in fibres, good for diabetic peoples, aged peoples..instead of adding urad dal n channadal , its better to add moongdal while preparing vegetable stir fry...

2cups French beans pieces
4tbsp Moongdal
1no Onion chopped
2nos Green chillies slit opened
2tbsp Grated coconut(optional)
1/4tsp Mustard seeds
1/4tsp Urad dal
2nos Dry red chillies
5nos Curry leaves

Heat oil in a kadai, add the mustard seeds, urad dal n dry red chillies, let them crack, meanwhile soak the moongdal in hot water, add the chopped onion pieces to the hot oil n stir them until they turns u need to add the slit opened green chillies n curry leaves...cook for a while..add the chopped french beans, soaked moongdal with enough salt to the kadai...stir them occasionally, add a half cup of water, close the kadai with lid n cook them until the water get evaporates r until the veggies get well cooked, add the grated coconut n put off the stove...

Easy, tasty n healthy frenchbeans moongdal stir fry!!!

On the way to: Eat Healthy - Fight Diabetes by Sangeeth

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Eggless Brioche For Good Cause

Brioche, one of the famous highly enriched French bread, whose high egg and butter content give it what is seen as a rich and tender crumb. It has a dark, golden, and flaky crust from an egg wash applied before and after proofing.My version of brioche is quite with butter n with silken tofu...for my surprise they turned out awesome...i have already prepared them with eggs before blogging, but after start blogging i learned more about egg replacements like silken tofu, flax seeds, so am trying nowadays mostly my bakes as eggless version...

4cups Flour
1/2cup Luke warm milk
1/4cup Sugar
2tbsp Active dry yeast
1/2cup Silken tofu
4tbsp Butter (room temperature)
1tsp Salt

Add the 1tsp of sugar, salt n yeast to the luke warm milk in a large bowl, let them stand until foamy...whisk the silken tofu into the milk-yeast mixture n set aside...In a large bowl, add the flour, remaining sugar n butter, now add the tofu-milk-yeast mixture n mix everything well with wooden spatula...knead them slowly until the dough turns smooth...

Transfer the kneaded dough to a large buttered bowl...cover the bowl with lid r plastic wrap n arrange them in a warm place until they double their size r for about 1hour... punch the dough down...divide them into 3 pieces, roll them well with ur palm of your hand n form as smooth ball..

Roll each ball as thin ropes..braid the ropes together, press the dough together to the i dont have brioche mould, i just turn aroung themselves to make sightly like flower shape brioche..if u r having brioche mould , go ahead with them...

Place the braided brioche loaf on a greased baking sheet, brush them simply with melted butter....Bake them at 350F for 25-30 minutes..Let them cool for 10 minutes before serving..Brioches are best when eaten straight from the oven..

Thursday, November 20, 2008

RM#2 Day 20 - Sprouted Lentils Gravy

Sprouts are very nutritious because they contain all elements a plant needs for life and growth. The endosperm of the seed is the storehouse of carbohydrates, protein, and oil. When the seed germinates, these become predigested amino acids and natural sugars upon which the plant embryo feeds as it grows to maturity. When used as food, the life force is released and supplies the energy which is capable of generating healthy cells in the body and supplying us with new vigor and life. Used as an adjunct to the diet, sprouts can retard the aging process, since they contain ample amounts of male and female hormones, available in their most assimilable form. Processed foods often lack the vitamins and minerals necessary to a balanced diet. Research shows that, in sprouts, one finds one of the foods highest in vitamin and mineral content. Sprouts should, therefore, occupy a prominent place in the diet. This is one of my simple way of preparing gravy with sprouted lentils...

2cups Sprouted Lentils
1no Onion chopped
1nos Tomato chopped
1tsp Fennel seed
1/4cup Grated coconut
2nos Cloves
1nos Cinnamon sticks
2nos Bay leaves
1tsp Chilli powder
3tsp Coriander powder
5nos Curry leaves

Grind the coconut with fennel seed with half a cup of water...heat oil in a kadai, add the bay eaves, cinnmon sticks n cloves n fry them until brown, add the chopped onion, chopped tomatoes n curry leaves, once the onion turns transculent, add the sprouted lentils, chilli powder, coriander powder n salt..fry them for few minutes until they raw smell of the powders disappears..

Now add the coconut-fennel seed paste..add enough water , let them cook for a while r until the sprouts get well cooked..

Serve hot with rice, chappathis, parathas!!!!

Sending this delicious gravy to: My Legume Affair - Fifth Helping by Briciole Event started by Susan
                                               JFI - Sprouts host by Ammaluskitchen
                                               Eat Healthy - During Pregnancy by Sangeeth.

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Tomato Thokku Rice

A large consumption of tomato can help improve skin texture and color. Tomato is a good blood purifier. Tomato helps in cases of congestion of the liver (protects the liver from cirrhosis) as well as for dissolving gallstones. Tomato is a natural antiseptic therefore it can help protect against infectionNicotinic acid in tomatoes can help to reduce blood cholesterol, thus helps prevent heart diseases. Vitamin K in tomatoes helps to prevent hemorrhages. Tomato contain lycopene (the red pigment in tomato), this pigment is a powerful antioxidant that can also fight cancer cells...This tomato thokku can be handy , they can be served as side dish for idlies, dosais...if u r bored of preparing any gravy for rice, just prepare this thokku, mix them with rice, ur tomato thokku rice is ready, can serve them with eggs, papads r simply with potato curry...

2cups Cooked Basmati Rice
2nos Onion(Big)
6nos Tomatos(ripe n juicy)
1/4tsp turmeric powder
1tsp cumin seed
2nos Green chillies
2tsp Coriander leaves
5nos curry leaves

To grind:
1tsp fennel seeds
3tsps poppy seeds
2tsp Coriander seeds
5nos red chillies
1tsp Cumin seeds

Grind all the ingredients from the list to grind as fine paste with enough water... Chop finely the onions n tomatoes n slit open the green chillies...

Heat oil in a pan add the cumin seeds n let them splutters, add the onions with salt n turmeric powder..once they turns transculent add the tomatoes pieces n stir until they turns mushy, add the grounded paste to the veggies n stir them occasionally, keep them in simmer, cook until the oil gets separated..add the coriander leaves n curry leaves ..put off the stove..Let them cool..

Add enough tomato thokku to the already cooked rice, add enough salt if needed....prepare this rice before half an hour while serving...

Serve them with boiled eggs, papads r simply with potato curry !!!

On the way to Srivalli's Rice Mela...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Paneer Rice Pudding

Paneer is a good source of calcium, which helps build strong bones and teeth, and also prevents osteoporosis. Cheese provides 25% of the calcium in the food supply.Paneer in moderation, is associated with lower body weight as well as reduced risk of developing insulin resistance syndrome. Paneer is a good source of protein and it reduces cancer risk.they can prevent stomach disorders and even help with your bones as you get older, especially in women, also helps in lower, back and joint pain. i prepared paneer at home for making kadai paneer, they were some leftover paneer laying in my fridge...i want to prepare them as something creamy sweet, so prepared them as pudding with rice, they turned out delicious.

1cup Paneer pieces
2tbsp Almond powder
1/2cup Raw rice
1/2litre Milk + 2tbsp of milk
1/2cup Sugar
1tsp Cardamom powder
few strands of Saffron
1tsp Ghee
few pomegranate pieces

Take a pressure cooker, add 1tsp of ghee n roast the raw rice for few minutes, add the milk n sugar, close the cooker with lid n pressure cook them upto 5 hisses...keep aside n let them cool...grind finely paneer pieces n almond powder with 2tbsp of milk into thick the pressure cooker n blend bit coarsely with hand blender, add the thick grounded paste of paneer-almond, bring everything to boil, add the cardamom powder n saffron strands, put off the stove...keep aside n let them cool...conserve them in fridge for atleast 1hour...

Serve chilled, garnish them with pomegranate pieces!!!

Sending this delicious pudding to: Rice Mela by Srivalli
                                                    Srilkeha's November's Theme -Sweets

RM#2 Day 19 - Redbellpepper, Celery N Pasta Soup

Bell peppers are packed with several nutrients. They are a good source of vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6, beta carotene, and folic acid. Bell peppers also contain a large amount of phytochemicals that have exceptional antioxidant activity. When comparing the nutrient values of the different bell peppers, studies have shown that red bell peppers have significantly higher levels of nutrients than green. Red bell peppers also contain lycopene, which is a carotene that helps to protect against cancer and heart disease. Possibly due to their vitamin C and beta carotene content, bell peppers have been shown to be protective against cataracts.Eating celery will reduce high blood pressure and give the effect of calmness. Celery clears uric acid from painful joints and may help the treatment of arthritis and rheumatic problems.Celery also helps the kidney an acts an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.Another benefit of celery is the fact that you can eat a lot of it without thinking much about your waistline. Celery actually has almost zero calorie. This soup tastes awesome,colourful, flavoursome also very easy...

2cups Redbellpepper pieces
1/2cup Celery pieces
2nos Potatoes chopped
1no Onion chopped
5nos Garlic pods
2nos Tomatoes chopped
1/4cup Cooked Pasta
2tsp Soya sauce
1/2tsp Pepper powder
Olive oil

Heat enough olive oil in a pressure cooker, add the onion pieces n garlic pods to the hot oil n stir them until they turns transculent, add the tomatoes pieces, celery pieces , redbellpepper pieces n potato pieces n cook them until they turns tender...add the soyasauce, salt n pepper powder with enough water , close the lid n pressure cook them until 3 hisses...

Blend them bit coarsely with hand blender r food processor, add the cooked pasta to the blended soup..

Serve hot with bread slices!!!!!

On the way to: Eat Healthy - Fight DIabetes by Sangeeth

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mixed Vegetable Pasta Salad

Who will say no to Pastas??...i love anything with pastas...pastas can be prepared as gratins, with any sorts of sauces, simply with ketchup r else as salads with any meats r with any version of dressing is with yoghurt, mayonnaise, olive oil n dry herbs...simple, quick, tasty n healthy also colourful to eyes...

1cup Any pastas(leftover r freshly prepared)
1no Carrots
1no Cucumber
1/2 cup Corn kernels
1no Tomato
1/4cup  Red Cabbage chopped

Yoghurt dressing:
1no Greek yoghurt
2tsp Mayonnaise
1tsp Olive oil
1/4tsp Pepper powder
1/4tsp Dry basil leaves

Cut r grate the carrot, chop finely the cucumber, chop the tomatoes as small cubes...take a large bowl add the pasta, chopped red cabbage, corn kernels, grated carrot pieces, chopped cucumber pieces, tomato cubes..toss everything n keep aside..

Take a bowl add the yoghurt, mayonnaise, olive oil, salt pepper powder n dry basil leaves, mix everything well...serve them with the pasta salad as per need..

Simple, easy n quick as well as tasty pasta salad ~~~~

Sending this delicious pasta salad to: No Croutons Required by Holler
                                                        Eat Healthy - During Pregnancy by Sangeeth..

RM#2 Day 18 - Green Capsicum Pulao

Capsicum is a vegetable that comes in an exciting range of colors, like green, red and yellow. It is native to America and in fact, has been cultivated by the people of the tropical Americas since thousands of years. Known by a number of names, like chili pepper, bell pepper and red or green pepper, the vegetable is used as a spice, medicine and obviously, a vegetable. Apart from being great in taste, capsicum also holds a great degree of nutritional value and accords numerous health benefits to people..beneficial to the mucous membranes, eyes and skin ,helps wards off infection, promotes cardiovascular health, by helping lower blood pressure,has antioxidant properties that neutralize the free radicals responsible for damaging tissue and cells ,has anti-inflammatory properties,helps reduce cholesterol and  effective in warding off strokes and heart attacks, speeds up the metabolism and helps burn more calories ,good for treating colds and fevers,stimulates stomach secretions and improves digestion ,lowers triglycerides, has a laxative effect, triggers the release of endorphins, good for in vitamin A n C...i prepared pulao with this awesome vegetable, simple, tasty n flavoursome pulao...

2cups Basmati rice
1cup Grated coconut
1cup Green Capsicum pieces
1no Onion chopped
2nos Whole spices
2tsp Ginger garlic paste
2nos Green chillies slit opened
1tsp Garam masala powder
5nos Curry leaves
2tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
1tsp butter r ghee

Grind the grated coconut with 1cup of luke warm water n extract the coconut milk, continue once again n extract again the coconut milk, makes this milk as 4 cups by adding more water...wash thoroughly the basmati rice n cook them with coconut milk, 1tbsp of oil n with enough salt...keep aside n let them cool...

Meanwhile, heat oil with 1tsp of butter r ghee, add the whole spices n fry them until they turns brown, add the chopped onion with ginger garlic paste, stir them until the raw smells goes away, add the slit opened green chillies, garam masala, curry leaves n cook for a add the capsicum pieces to the spices n stir them until the capsicum pieces turns bit tender, try to keep them crunchy else they will turn add the already cooked coconut flavoured basmati rice to the spiced capsicum pieces, toss them gently n add salt if neede, garnish them with chopped coriander leaves...

Serve hot with any type of raithas!!!!!
On the way to Srivalli's Rice Mela
                                   Eat Healthy - During Pregnancy by Sangeeth..

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