Monday, 11 December 2017

Uttapam/Savoury Pancake


This is a very famous breakfast/snack dish from South India.It is healthy no doubt as it contains the dals plus the fermentation process.Nowadays you get the ready made batter mix in the market but the taste of home made fermented batter has no match!So go ahead for these delicious home made uttapams..

Ingredients-
rice(2cups)
urad dal(1cup)
chana dal(2tbspn)
fenugreek seeds/methi(1tbspn)
salt
oil/ghee
baking soda
water for soaking,grinding
veggies - onion,tomatoes,green chillies,coriander leaves.

Method -
Wash and soak the rice and dals for 6-7hours.
Grind the mixture to a fine paste by adding little water at a time.
Keep the batter covered outside the fridge overnight for fermentation.
Next day morning add salt and baking soda and mix well.
Chop the onions,tomatoes,chillies and coriander leaves finely.
Heat a non-stick tava.
Drizzle one tspn of oil or ghee.
Pour a laddle full of batter and let it spread(on its own).
Add some chopped veggies over it and salt as per taste.
Cover and cook.
Serve hot uttapam with sambar and chutney of your choice :)

Monday, 4 December 2017

Coconut Ladoo/Narkel Naru/Nariyal Laddu - Durga Puja Special

Coconut/nariyal as in hindi/narkel as in bengali/naal as in konkani is a fruit/nut which is used in every Indian and typical Goan homes in some form or the other.It has a lot of medicinal benefits but today I shall not go into those details and restrict my post to coconut ladoos.These ladoos are a hot favourite in our home and they just disappear in no time.A very good alternative to sweet if you dont want to have those ready-made sweets/mithais.These are a must-have ladoos in every bengali home during Durga Puja.They are called as "narkel narus" in bengali.We love to have it in any season..:)So here goes the recipe.. 

Ingredients-
coconut
sugar
jaggery/gur
kalakand/sandesh(optional)

Method -
Grate the coconut.
Adjust the amount of sweet as per your preference.Typically same amount of sugar/jaggery as the amount of grated coconut.
Generally we use half sugar and half jaggery.
This is how we love it in our house.
You can use only sugar or only jaggery.
Mix the mixture of coconut,sugar and jaggery with your hand well.
You can also add some mashed sweets like kalakand or sandesh if you wish.This is optional.
Now transfer this mixture into a kadai and put it on sim flame.
Stir it continuously till a whole lump is formed.
Remember this step is really important so that you can make perfect ladoos.
Once done, remove the mixture from flame and make round ladoos.
Thats it..lovely delicious ladoos are ready to be had anytime:)

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Tomato-Carrot Soup


With the onset of winter who would not love to have a bowl of healthy yummy hot soup!! This soup is really simple and easy to prepare.It can be done in a very short time.In the steps below I have fried the veggies in oil, but this step can be skipped and you can directly pressure cook.I have not included any spice/chillies in the preparation so that it can be comfortably served to kids with no worries..and my fellow simply loved it :P
 
Ingredients-
tomato (500gm)
carrot (2medium)
onion (1big)
garlic (5-6cloves)
salt
oil
butter
black pepper powder
water

Method -
Roughly chop the onions and garlic cloves.
Chop the tomatoes and carrots in cubes.
Heat 1 table spoon oil in a non-stick pan.
Fry the onion and garlic for 2min.
Next put in the chopped tomatoes and carrots.
Add salt as per taste.
After another 5min, add sufficient water and transfer the stuff into a pressure cooker and cook till the veggies get soft.
Once done, strain the soup with the help of a strainer.
Now add the seasoning before serving.
Add salt, butter and black pepper powder.
Serve this yummy hot tomato-carrot soup with bread toast or sip it as is.. :)

Friday, 24 November 2017

Banana Malpua



This dish gives a lovely banana flavor to the typical malpuas.The preparation is simple, but frying takes time as you have to be patient to fry the malpuas one by one so that they get soft from inside and crispy from outside.The banana malpuas come out so delicious that you will worth the time spent on them.. :)

Ingredients-
banana
all purpose fluor/maida(1/4cup)
wheat fluor/atta(1/2cup)
sooji(1/2cup)
sugar(1/4cup)
salt
freshly grated coconut
milk
fennel seeds/saunf
black pepper
oil/ghee for frying

Method -
Mash a banana into a large bowl.
Add atta,maida,sooji,pinch of salt,sugar,coconut to it.
Mix well.
Then add milk to make a consistent batter.
The quantity of milk can vary, as you can add more as and when it gets soaked.
The quantity of sugar can also be adjusted.The measure given here doesn't make it too sweet.
Once the batter is ready add half table spoon saunf and 4-5 crushed black peppercorns.
You must be wondering why black pepper in this sweet dish, but believe me it tastes amazing.
Heat some oil in a kadhai. I mixed some 3-4table spoon ghee with the oil.
Pour a laddle full of batter into the oil.
Fry on medium heat on both sides till brownish.
The above quantity made around 20-22 malpuas and got vanished in a couple of days :)