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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

BACK TO BLOGGING AFTER A BREAK..! / MY NEW KITCHEN..!!

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Hi all, I am returning to my blog after nearly a months break. It has been a busy last 3-4 weeks...!!!   Yes, we recently moved our family to Dubai City,  from India. And slowly settling down in the new place. 


Needless to say, we are all adjusting to our new home and loving being here in this new environment..:)









Thanks so much for all your kind comments & well wishes. It has been wonderful to have so many beautiful bloggers & friends come by each week and share their very best. Thank you once again, for all your support, messages & emails..:)


I really love my New Kitchen. I love the light, soothing colors & the beautiful cooking range.  And so glad to see my dream kitchen come to life and all thanks to my dear hubby :)

Yeah..I’ll get back to the kitchen and try out some yummy exciting dishes and share with you soon. 


I clicked these pics with my hubby’s smart phone yesterday...here comes some of them juz for u ..:)











So, I’m back from my little ‘vacation’ and I’m ready to share up some tasty & healthy recipes, so keep an eye on the site :)


Bye for now..!




Wednesday, April 03, 2013

How to make Kuzhi Paniyaram / Masala Paniyaram / South Indian Style Recipe / Taking a short break !

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Kuzhi Paniyaram ( hot & sweet version )   
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Kuzhi Paniyaram is a popular South Indian dish, that makes a quick, healthy, light lunch or snack box. This is a favorite of both kids and adults equally.  
This delicacies can be made sweet or spicy.   In the spicy version, sauted onions and green chillies are mixed up with the batter. 
The batter prepared for Paniyaram is the same as that for Idly & Dosa. So it can be prepared easily from left-over idly or dosa batter too. 
Go ahead and try this quick & easy Paniyaram recipe at your home & enjoy..:)
To prepare Batter:

Ingredients:
·    Raw rice         - 1 cup
·    Boiled rice     - 1 cup
·    Urad dal         - ¼ cup
·    Fenugreek      -  tsp
Method:
1.   Wash and soak raw rice, boiled rice, urad dal, fenugreek for atleast 2 to 3 hours.
2.   Strain the water and grind it to fine batter ie. Like idly, dosa batter.
3.    ( The batter shouldn’t be very smooth or very coarse )
4.   Close the vessel and set aside for 3 to 4 hrs for fermentation'
5.   Now, the batter to prepare  kuzhi  Paniyaram is ready.
6.   Divide the batter to two equal halves for to prepare savory & sweet Kuzhi Paniyaram.
To make Kuzhi Paniyaram – Sweet Version:
Ingredients:
·Jaggery powdered                      - ½ cup
·Cardamom pwd                          - ¼ tsp
·Finely shredded coconut             - ¼ cup
·Ghee roasted broken cashew nuts   - 2 to 3 tbsp
·A small pinch of salt to enhance sweetness.
Method:
1.   To one half of the batter, add all the above ingredients.
2.   Mix well.
3.   Grease the paniyaram mould with  ½ tsp of ghee in each hole.
4.   Pour the batter in the greased moulds.
5.   Allow it to cook in medium flame for 2 to 3 mins.
6.   Now flip the other side and cook further for 2 mins.
7.   Once the paniyaram turns brown with crisp edges, turn off flame.
8.   Lipsmacking  Sweet  Kuzhi  Paniyaram  is ready ...!
9.   Serve hot and enjoy the delicious taste of this authentic dish...:)
To make Kuzhi Paniyaram - Savory -hot &  spicy version 
Ingredients:
·   Finely chopped onions             - 1
·   Green chilly                            - 1
·   Curry & coriander leaves          - a handful
·   Oil                                         - 1 to 2 tbsp
·   Hing                                       - a pinch
·   Mustard                                  - ¼ tsp
·   Cumin                                    - ½ tsp
·   Toor  or chana dal                    - 2 tsp
·   Salt                                        - a small pinch
Method:
1.   Heat oil in a fry pan.
2.   Add mustard, cumin, curry leaves, hing and toor dal.
3.   Wait to crackle.
4.   Add onions, green chilly and toss for a minute or until tender.
5.   Turn off flame and add coriander leaves
6.   Drop this mixture to the other half of the batter. ( to make the paniyarams more nutritious, you can also add grated carrots, chopped spinach or even spring onions and cabbage.
7.   Mix well.
8.   Grease the paniyaram  pan with oil.
9.   Spoon each hole with batter to ¾ th of the hole.  
10.Heat the pan on medium heat and cover with a lid.
11.Allow to cook for 2 to 3 mins.
12.You can notice the top part steam cooked.
13.At ths point, flip over to the other side and cook for 2 more mins.

14.Delicious, sofy & fluffy  paniyarams are ready.
15.Arrange on serving trays.
16.Serve hot as it is or with green chutney or with your favorite chutney.
Similar Recipes:
·        Sweet Appam
·        Coconut Milk Appam
·        Idiyappam
·        Adirasam Sweet