Monday, 19 October 2015

Karamani Sundal

Here's a version of sundal with no coconut. Delight your health conscious friends with this sundal for the upcoming pooja.

Ingredients :

For the powder

2 tablespoon dhania
4 dried red chillies
2 teaspoon chana dal
2 teaspoon urad dal

Other ingredients 

1 cup Karamani/Lobhia/Cowpeas  (soaked overnight)
2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
A few curry leaves

Pressure cook Karamani for 3 whistles. Keep aside.

Dry roast ingredients mentioned under “for the powder” till it turns brown. Grind to a coarse powder in a mixer.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add curry leaves, boiled Karamani, a teaspoon of the powder and mix well.

Serve hot or pack for snack box.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Eggless Chocolate Mousse

I am so excited because this is my 50th post and wanted something special. Chocolate is special for everyone, isn't it ? So here's a melt in mouth Eggless Chocolate Mousse. 

Indulging once in a while is ok ;-)  ;-)  ;-)

Ingredients :

1 cup dark chocolate
1 cup milk chocolate
2 cups whipped cream 
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Method :

Take the powder for whipping cream. Mix with required quantity of cold water. Beat for 5-7 minutes till it forms peaks. Keep the whipped cream in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes. (I have used "Blue Bird whipping cream ". It is my most reliable whipping cream)

 Melt the dark chocolate and milk chocolate with 2 tablespoons of milk in a microwave for 1 - 2 minutes. Mix thoroughly till it is completely melted and blended. Add the powdered sugar when it is still hot and mix thoroughly.

Mix the whipped cream and chocolate mixture thoroughly. Put them in the serving containers. Decorate with chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours and serve chilled.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Golden fried baby corn

Tender baby corn marinated with ginger garlic paste and deep fried to a golden colour. Perfect for the monsoon season.

Ingredients :

1 tablespoon corn flour
1 tablespoon maida
1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
1 teaspoon pepper
Salt to taste
8 -10 baby corn peeled
Oil for deep frying
1-2 tablespoons of water

Method :

Marinate baby corn with ginger garlic, pepper and salt for an hour.

Make a batter with corn flour, maida, water and salt. Mix the baby corn pieces with this batter. The batter should not be runny.

Deep fry the baby corn pieces in hot oil till golden brown.

Serve hot with onion slices and lemon wedges.

Amla Raitha (Nellikai Thair Pachadi)

Here is a recipe adapted from the book "Beautiful Children" by Tarika Ahuja. The book is about how food can affect the health and emotions of a child. There are a lot of interesting recipes in this book which are healthy and at the same time appealing for children. This recipe using Amla (Gooseberry) is a must try for everyone. Amla is rich in Vitamin C and extremely healthy. 

Ingredients :
1 teaspoon urad dal
1/2 teaspoon methi seeds
1 teaspoon oil
1 green chilli de-seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons grated coconut
3-4 amlas (cooked in a pressure cooker and de-seeded)
2 cups curd
a pinch of asafoetida
Coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :

Roast urad dal and methi seeds in oil for a few minutes. Add asafoetida. 

Grind with cooked amla, coconut, green chillies. 

Add curd and mix well. Serve raitha garnished with coriander leaves.