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Friday, April 28, 2017

VEPPAM POO RASAM / NEEM FLOWER RASAM / TAMIL NEW YEAR RECIPES - VIDEO RECIPE

neem flower rasam
Veppam Poo Rasam / Neem Flower Rasam Recipe:

Veppam poo rasam is one of the healthy & famous Rasam recipe of Indian cuisine. Its extremely easy to prepare and I learnt it from my MIL. Usually the neem tree flowers during April month. We used to collect and dry it to crisp. It can be powdered and used in various dishes like pachadi, rasam etc. We know Veppam poo is loaded with healthy nutrients & medicinal properties. It is very good for digestion and stomach cleaning. Try to include this healthy soup in your diet atleast once in a week. Since the dried neem flowers are fried in ghee/ oil, you wont feel the bitterness and the rasam tastes absolutely addictive!
Lets see how to prepare this flavorful rasam in this easy video recipe!

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Ingredients


  • Neem flowers dried - handful
  • Thick tamarind juice - 1 cup
  • Tomato - 1
  • Garlic - 4
  • Red chilli - 1 or 2
  • Pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Jaggery - 1 tsp
  • Hing / asafetida pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee - 1 tsp
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
neem flower

To temper:

  • Oil - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Split urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - a few
Health Benefits of Neem Flower:
  • Helps in improving digestive health.
  • Dried flowers are very good for eyes and used to treat eye problems.
  • It is very good for liver health.
  • It removes the unwanted toxins from the body.
  • It acts as a purifier.
  • It is very helpful in curing skin problems.
  • It is used in natural beauty creams and aromatherapy.

Method

  1. Clean and dry the neem flowers until they're crispy and done.
  2. You can store this dried neem flowers in air tight container. It has a long shelf life.
  3. To start with, soak a ball of tamarind in warm water for 20 mins and extract thick tamarind juice out of it.
  4. In a blender, add tomato, garlic, red chilli, pepper, cumin and curry leaves.
  5. Grind to coarse paste.
  6. Transfer to mixing bowl.
  7. Add tamarind juice and 3 cups of water.
  8. Add turmeric pwd, hing, jaggery and salt.
  9. Stir well.
  10. Keep in flame and allow to boil.
  11. Meanwhile heat ghee in small frypan.
  12. Add dried neem flowers and saute in low flame until golden. (be careful not to burn it)
  13. Turn off flame.
  14. Wait for the rasam to boil. (stop the flame, once the first bubble appears. If its overboiled the rasam turns bitter)
  15. Now add the ghee fried neem flowers to hot rasam and turn off flame. Enjoy the visual treat of neem flowers floats beautifully on top of the rasam & its tempting aroma.
  16. Heat 1 tsp of oil in small frypan.
  17. Temper with mustard, cumin, split urad dal and curry leaves.
  18. Pour it over hot rasam.
  19. Sprinkle freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  20. Healthy flavorful delicious Veppam poo rasam is ready.
  21. Enjoy hot with steamed rice or serves best as healthy soup.
neem flower rasam

Falafel Recipe / Crispy Fried Chickpea Fritters - Easy Video Recipe

falafel recipe
Falafel Recipe 

Here goes our delicious falafel recipe, which is a traditional Middle Eastern favourite dish. Its very easy to make this versatile dish at home. It is made from white chick peas, fresh herbs and spices. It tastes heavenly with crispy outside and moist inside with a tempting flavor. It is served best with hummus, (here's the recipe for homemade hummus), tomato salsa and green salad. Here's our tasty falafel video recipe..enjoy!!!

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Ingredients

  • Chickpeas / kondakadalai / garbanzo bean / chana - 1 cup
  • Cumin pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic - 4
  • Sliced onions - 1/2 cup
  • Sliced coriander leaves - 1/4 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to deep fry

Method

  1. Wash and soak chickpeas for 5 to 6 hours.
  2. Drain water completely through a colander.
  3. Add it to blender. Add salt, cumin pwd, baking soda, garlic, sliced onions and coriander leaves.
  4. Grind to coarse paste without adding water.
  5. Transfer to mixing bowl.
  6. Heat oil in frypan.
  7. Take a small lemon sized ball out of it as shown in above video.
  8. Pat it flat.
  9. Drop in hot oil gently.
  10. Dont overcrowd the oil.
  11. Deep fry in medium flame.
  12. Once the falafel turns crispy & golden, drain from oil.
  13. Crispy delicious homemade falafel is ready.
  14. It makes an excellent combo with evening coffee or tea.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

GREEN CHUTNEY / GREEN CHUTNEY FOR CHATS - VIDEO RECIPE

chutney for chats
Homemade Green Chutney for Chats

Today am posting the most favorite Indian accompaniment Green chutney recipe, as some of my readers mailed me to share the video recipe of it. This is one of the simple and easy to prepare chutney with aromatic fresh herbs like mint & coriander leaves at home. The flavor of the homemade green chutney will be irresistable and tastes more yum than any store bought ones. It is widely used for garnishing almost all types of chaats and makes an excellent dip for pakoras, tandoori chicken, dhoklas, sandwiches and for most of the Indian starter recipes. Check out this easy & quick recipe!

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Ingredients

  • Sliced mint & coriander leaves - 1 cup
  • Sliced ginger - 1 tsp
  • Green chilli - 1 or 2
  • Cumin pwd - 1/2 tsp 
  • Chat masala pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice - few drops
  • Yoghurt - 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Wash and slice coriander leaves and mint leaves.
  2. In a blender, add mint leaves, coriander leaves, sliced ginger, green chilli, salt, cumin pwd, chat masala pwd, oil, lemon juice and yoghurt.
  3. Mix well without adding water.
  4. Blend it to smooth paste.
  5. That's it...flavorful vibrant delicious homemade green chutney is ready.
  6. It makes an excellent spread for sandwiches, dip for snacks & tandoori dishes.
chutney for chats

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

TOMATO PASTA / CREAMY TOMATO PASTA - Easy Video Recipe

pasta recipe
Creamy Tomato Pasta 

Looking for a best Indian style pasta recipe that tastes best for a family dinner or party? Then here is the easy tomato pasta recipe that will never fail to impress. No wonder, pasta is one of the most popular dish among kids. Its fast and simple to prepare and everyone loves the creamy yummy taste. In this recipe, the vegetables are cooked in tomato based sauce and served over creamy pasta. Check out this easy video recipe to make perfect tomato pasta.

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Ingredients

  • Pasta or macroni - 200 g
  • Olive oil or cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilli - 1
  • Onion sliced - 1/2 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Tomato - 2 big
  • Vegetables like (carrot, beans, capsicum) sliced - 1 cup
  • Red chilli pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Onion pwd - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Garlic pwd - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Garam masala pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - few drops
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Add pasta to pan.
  2. Add enough water, salt and olive oil.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Cook the pasta until it is soft. (take care not to mash it)
  5. Drain the water.
  6. Set it aside.
  7. Heat olive oil in pan.
  8. Add cumin seeds, wait to splutter.
  9. Add green chilli and onion.
  10. Add salt and saute until the onions turn light brown.
  11. Add ginger garlic paste and cook until raw smell goes.
  12. Now add the sliced veggies carrot, beans, capsicum ( you can add any vegetables of your choice) and saute.
  13. Add red chilli pwd and tomato puree. (cook tomato in hot water for 2 to 3 mins, peel off the skin and blend the tomato to puree)
  14. Mix well.
  15. Add tomato ketchup.
  16. Add garlic pwd and onion pwd (don't worry..if you don't have, just add little garam masala pwd)
  17. Stir well.
  18. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook until masala thickens.
  19. Squeeze few drops of lemon juice.
  20. Add cooked pasta and mix gently.
  21. Its optional you can add 1/4 cup of grated cheese in this step, if you're preparing for kids.
  22. Turn off flame.
  23. Sprinkle freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  24. That's it...creamy delicious Indian style tomato pasta is ready.
  25. Enjoy hot as snack or dinner.
pasta recipe

Friday, April 21, 2017

PANEER BUTTER MASALA / PANEER MAKHANI - EASY VIDEO RECIPE

butter paneer masala
Paneer Butter Masala Recipe 

Paneer Butter Masala is one of the most popular & frequently ordered dish in any Indian restaurants. This creamy delicious masala is absolutely easy & quick to prepare at home. In this recipe the succulent chunks of paneer is cooked in a thick, spicy cashew based creamy masala. It is best served with tandoori roti, naan, paratha, phulkas and fried rice. Try this best video recipe of paneer butter masala at your home that tastes perfect & more delicious than the ones you get in hotels.

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Ingredients

  • Paneer / cottage cheese - 200 g
  • Butter - 3 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli - 3 to 4
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Cinnamon - 1
  • Onion - 2
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Tomato (big) - 2
  • Cashew - 10
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Red chilli pwd - 3/4 tsp
  • Turmeric pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander pwd - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Dried methi (fenugreek) leaves - 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Wash and cube paneer to small pieces. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in frypan.
  3. Add cumin seeds and wait to splutter.
  4. Add red chilli, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and toss.
  5. Add onions, salt and fry to transculent.
  6. Add ginger garlic paste and saute.
  7. Add tomatoes and saute until soft and cooked.
  8. Add cashew and cook for a minute.
  9. Turn off flame and allow the mixture to cool.
  10. Add to blender and grind to smooth paste.
  11. Melt 1 tbsp of butter in frypan.
  12. Add bay leaf and toss.
  13. Add red chilli pwd and fry.
  14. Add the freshly ground masala paste from blender.
  15. Add turmeric pwd, coriander pwd and garam masala pwd.
  16. Add sugar and stir.
  17. Let it cook in low flame for 2 to 3 mins.
  18. Now add 1 cup of water and combine.
  19. Cook for few more minutes.
  20. Add fresh cream and combine.
  21. Add paneer cubes and simmer the flame.
  22. Cook until the masala thickens.
  23. Crush and add dried fenugreek leaves.
  24. Add a tsp of butter and turn off flame.
  25. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and fresh cream.
  26. Restaurant style rich n creamy butter paneer masala is ready.
  27. Enjoy hot with roti, paratha, chapati or any rice dishes.
butter paneer masala

HUMMUS RECIPE / HOMEMADE HUMMUS - EASY VIDEO RECIPE

homemade hummus
Hummus Recipe

Looking for healthy homemade hummus recipe? Then here goes the very easy to make recipe and it tastes out of world than anything you can buy at the stores. This delicious dip recipe is a combination of chickpeas, sesame, garlic, lemon juice, cumin and salt. Also you can alter sesame with tahini paste, if you're having it (nothing but sesame paste). This addictive creamy smooth chickpea paste combines excellent with any snack. My favorite combo is with chicken tikka and grilled chicken. Do check out this easy video recipe and make your own hummus at home!

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Ingredients

  • Chana - 1 cup
  • Sesame seeds - 4 to 5 tbsp
  • Garlic - 4 to 5
  • Cumin pwd - 1 tsp
  • Olive oil - 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Wash & soak channa in water overnight or minimum 6 hours.
  2. Drain water and add to pressure cooker.
  3. Add 1 cup of water and pressure cook until soft & tender.
  4. Drain water completely.
  5. Add to blender.
  6. Add sesame seeds, garlic, salt, cumin pwd and olive oil.
  7. Add lemon juice and blend to smooth paste.
  8. You can add 1 to 2 tbsp of water to achieve the smooth consistency.
  9. Blend until creamy & smooth.
  10. Transfer to serving bowl.
  11. Garnish with red chilli pwd and coriander leaves.
  12. Healthy delicious homemade hummus is ready.
  13. It makes an excellent dip for tandoori dishes, french fries and any snack of your choice.
homemade hummus

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PURAN POLI / HOLIGE / BOBATLU - EASY VIDEO RECIPE

poli recipe
Puran Poli Recipe

Today's recipe is one of the most healthy & mouth-watering puran poli. It has a tempting aroma & unique flavor with delicious soft chewy taste. It makes a perfect sweet for many festivals and special occasions. In this recipe, the mixed flour rotis are stuffed with cardamom flavored sweet lentil & jaggery filling. Lets see how to prepare this traditional puran poli with this easy video recipe.

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Ingredients

  • Gram dal / kadalai paruppu / split bengal gram / chana dal - 1 cup
  • Jaggery - 1 cup
  • Ghee - 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Cardamom pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Wheat flour - 1 cup
  • Maida flour - 1/2 cup
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - a pinch

Method

Lets make inner purnam stuffing

  1. Wash and soak gram dal (kadalai paruppu) in water for 10 mins.
  2. Add it to pressure cooker along with 1 cup of water and cook until soft.
  3. Drain water and mash the cooked gram dal.
  4. Set it aside.
  5. Heat ghee in a frypan.
  6. Add mashed gram dal and saute in low flame.
  7. Add cardamom pwd and powdered jaggery.
  8. Cook until the jaggery dissolves and the mixture thickens.
  9. Turn off flame.
  10. Allow the purnam stuffing to cool.
  11. Make small balls out of it and set aside.

Lets make outer dough

  1. In a mixing bowl, add wheat flour and maida flour.
  2. Add a pinch of salt, and mix.
  3. Sprinkle water little by little and knead to smooth soft dough.
  4. Add oil and knead well.
  5. Let the dough rest for 5 mins.
  6. Divide it to equal sized balls.

Lets make poli

  1. Take one dough ball, dust with flour and roll it to small thick disc.
  2. Now stuff the purnam ball inside and seal the edges as shown in video.
  3. Roll it to thick round disc.
  4. Heat butter in frypan.
  5. Place the rolled poli and fry until it is golden on both sides.
  6. Remove from pan with a dallop of butter.
  7. Lipsmacking healthy delicious puran poli is ready.
  8. It makes a nutritious after school snack for kids.
  9. Also its a prime sweet prepared during many festivals like Diwali, Navratri, holi, etc. 
poli recipe



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Vanjaram Fish Fry / Seer Fish Fry / King Fish Fry - Easy Video Recipe

seer fish fry

Spicy Vanjaram Fish Fry 

Since childhood I am a seer fry fry lover and my mom prepares it often for sunday lunch. This delicious fish fry is very popular in South Indian restaurant menu. Its quite easy to prepare this authentic traditional vanjaram fish fry at home with minimal ingredients. The fish is marinated with aromatic Indian spices and shallow fried in oil to golden brown. We know this king fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and packed with proteins, so makes a nutritious meal for kids. Here is the easy video recipe to make brilliantly tasting seer fish fry at home.

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Ingredients

  1. Vanjaram / seer fish - 1/2 kg
  2. Turmeric pwd - 1/4 tsp
  3. Red chillil pwd - 1 tsp
  4. Pepper pwd - 1/2 tsp
  5. Coriander pwd - 1 tsp
  6. Cumin pwd - 1/2 tsp
  7. Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  8. Thick tamarind juice - 2 to 3 tbsp

Method

  1. Clean and wash the fish slices.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add turmeric pwd, red chilli pwd, coriander pwd, pepper pwd, cumin pwd, salt and lemon juice.
  3. Add thick tamarind juice ad mix to thick paste.
  4. Apply the masala over the fish and coat well.
  5. Allow to marinate overnight or minimum 4 hours in refrigerator.
  6. Heat oil in frypan.
  7. Add marinated fish and shallow fry in low medium flame.
  8. Fry until the fish is cooked to brown on both sides.
  9. Thats it delicious restaurant style vanjaram fish fry is ready.
  10. Enjoy hot with steamed rice or with roti dishes.
vanjaram fish fry
My favorite combo is vanjaram fry along with onion sambar rice:)

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Babycorn Masala Recipe - Easy Video Recipe

Babycorn Masala 

Here comes the restaurant style creamy delicious babycorn masala recipe. This simple & classic recipe can be prepared very easily at home in less time. It makes a great side dish for rotis, naan, biryani, pulao, phulkas or steamed rice. This rice cashew based gravy tastes absolutely delicious with mild spicy flavor along with the crunchiness of babycorn. Today we will learn to prepare babycorn masala at home with this easy video recipe.

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Ingredients

  • Babycorn - 200 g
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Capsicum cubed - 1 cup
  • Onion - 2
  • Tomato - 2
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Green chilli - 2
  • Turmeric pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli pwd - 1 tsp
  • Coriander pwd - 2 tsp
  • Cumin pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Thick cashew paste - 2 tbsp
  • Dried kasoori methi pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - few drops
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Wash & slice babycon and capsicum to pieces.
  2. Heat oil in frypan.
  3. Add cubed capsicum and toss for a minute.
  4. Drain and set aside.
  5. Heat oil in frypan.
  6. Add sliced onion and toss till light brown.
  7. Add green chilli, ginger garlic paste and fry for few minutes.
  8. Add mashed tomato, turmeric pwd, red chilli pwd, coriander pwd, cumin pwd and salt.
  9. Fry the masala in low flame.
  10. Add 1 cup of water and allow to boil.
  11. Add sliced babycorn and stir.
  12. Cook covered until the babycorns are cooked tender in the masala.
  13. Add thick cashew paste and dried kasoori methi powder.
  14. Mix well.
  15. Add sauted capsicum and combine.
  16. Squeeze few drops of lemon juice.
  17. Turn off flame and garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  18. Restaurant style creamy delicious babycorn masala is ready.

Serve hot with chapati, roti, paratha, naan or any bread of your choice.