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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How to make Garam Masala / Indian Spice Mix at home ?

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Garam Masala  /  Indian Spice Mix:
Garam Masala  / Indian Spice blend is an easy recipe to make at home. It is far more flavorful when homemade,  than the storebought ready made packets ..!
The word  " garam"  means hot and  " masala" means mixture. This blend of freshly ground spices adds a wonderful authentic flavor and aroma to the curry dishes added…!!
Check out the easy recipe & spice up your meal::!
Ingredients:
·         Bay leaves                    - 20 g
·         Cloves                          - 20 g
·         Cinnamon                     - 20 g
·         Nutmeg                         - 10 g
·         Javantri / Mace              - 10 g
·         Cardamom / Elaichi       - 20 g
·         Marathi moggu              - 20 g
·         Star anise                     - 10 g
Method:
1.     Mix all the spices and dry roast them to slightly dark shade.
2.     Take care to roast the spices in low flame, else they will get burnt.
3.     Once they’re dry roasted perfectly, remove from flame and allow to cool.
4.     Grind in a mixer or food processor  to fine pwd.
5.     Store the Garam Masala in air tight container.
6.     This remains good & aromatic for few months.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Mothagam / Modakam ( Sweet Kozhukattai recipe ) / Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes:

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Mothagam  ( Sweet Kozhukattai recipe )
Sweet Kozhukattai or Mothagam is a delicious sweet & is a favorite for Lord Ganesh. It is a special dish prepared for Ganesh Chaturthi. 
My MIL makes it more frequently with different fillings like coconut stuffing, chana dal stuffing, sesame filling, savory filling etc. 
Even though the preparation is time consuming, everyone love to do it & enjoy this delicious treats.
This sweet dumplings can also be served as evening snack with tea or as dessert, 
Now, I am glad to share with you, the recipe of protein rich – Modaks. 
Ingredients:
For Outer Covering:
·         Rice flour / Idiappam flour               -  1 ½ cup
·         Oil                                                  - ½ to 1 tsp
·         Salt to taste
For Pooranams:
·         Jaggery                                          - 100 g
·         Coconut grated                               - ½ cup
·         Cashew                                           - 8 to 10
·         Almonds                                         - 10 to 12
·         Fried gram                                      - 3 to 4 tbsp
·         Peanuts                                          - 2 to 3 tbsp
·         Cardamom pwd                               - ½ tsp
·         Ghee                                              - 1 tsp
Method:
To Prepare Outer Cover:
1.     Add water to a bowl and heat it.
2.     Once water starts boiling turn off flame.
3.     Add a tsp of oil, a pinch of salt and mix well.
4.     Add Idiappam flour little by little and combine with a laddle to soft dough.
5.     Cover it with a damp cloth and set aside.  ( Wet cloth prevents the dough to get dryness).
6.     The outer dough is ready.  Roll them to small balls.

To Prepare Pooranam:
1.       Mix all the ingredients, given to prepare Pooran.
2.       In a mixer, grind them coarsely.
3.       Add a tsp of ghee and knead them well.

4.       Roll them to small balls and set aside.
5.       Lipsmacking Poornam ready for stuffing.
To make Mothagam:
1.     Grease banana leaf or plastic sheet with oil.
2.     Take a lemon sized ball, grease your hands with oil ( to avoid sticking of the dough ) and flatten them gently to small disc shape.
3.     Place the coconut Pooranam ball in the middle.
4.     Cover it from all sides as shown below.

5.     Place them in a greased idly plate.
6.     Similarly for modak shape, flatten the dough ball to thin disc.
7.     Keep the poornam ball inside.
8.     Gather the edges together  and seal the poornam with a peak as shown in the pic.
9.     Now we can get the lovely modak shape.
10.  Arrange them in greased idly plate.
11.  Steam cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
12.  Serve them after they cool down.
13.  Tasty tasty Kozhukattai ready..!
For  all  the  Ganesh  Chaturthi  Special  recipes  click  here ...!