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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How to make Chakli / Spicy Murukku / Easy step-by-step Recipe:

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Chakli  is a crispy and delicious snack which we can finish off in no time.  This traditional popular snack is usually prepared during festive season in every house. 
 There are many variations in preparing this yummy snack.  Today, I am glad to share with you an easy recipe of Chakli, which turns out very crispy and never be a flop at any time !  
Lets go to the recipe..:)
·         Rice flour                   - 1 cup
·         Urad dal flour             - ¼ cup
·         Split chick peas flour  - 2 tbsp
·         Butter                        - 2 tbsp
·         Asafetida                   - a generous pinch
·         Sesame seeds           - 1 tbsp
·         Cumin                        - 1 tbsp
·         Red chilly pwd            - 1 ½ tsp ( optional )
·         Oil to fry
·         Salt to taste
1.     In a mixing bowl, add rice flour, urad dal flour, split chick peas flour, salt, butter, cumin and asafetida.
2.     Dry roast the sesame ( til ) seeds in low flame for a minute and remove from flame.
3.     Add them to the flour mixture prepared above.
4.     Sprinkle water little at a time and knead to smooth & soft dough. ( but the dough shouldn’t be sticky )

5.     Clean the Murukku mould and grease it with oil. 
(this mould you can buy it in any Indian stores ) 
6.     Place bits of dough in the Murukku mould. 
7.     Press the mould on the damp cotton cloth or plastic sheet.
8.     You will find the dough coming out shaped.  
Place any small bottle lid at the centre ( as shown in the below pic ) and slightly rotate the maker round and round in concentric circle, until you make spirals. 
( don’t worry, if you don’t get perfect spirals to form a circle, just you spread it wide on the plastic sheet and drop it in the oil, still it tastes equally yummy …! )
9.     Now heat oil in a wok.
10.  When the oil is hot enough, turn the flame to medium and remove the discs carefully from the damp cloth or plastic sheet  to your hands and then drop it into the hot oil.
11.  Fry in low medium flame, to make sure the Chaklis get cooked evenly to crisp and brown.
12.  Drain with a perforated ladle and remove from heat.
13.  Put it on a tissue paper, for oil to be sucked from the Chakli.
Crispy & Crunchy Chakli is ready..!
14.  Use all the dough like this.
15.  Serve after the Chakli / Murukku cools down a bit.
16.  Store it in an air-tight container and Enjoy this crunchy snack in the evenings with tea or coffee..!
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Monday, January 28, 2013

How to make Spicy Drumstick Chicken Fry / Chicken Leg Fry / Chicken Drumsticks

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Spicy  Drumstick  Chicken  Fry   is an Indian food recipe that is easy to prepare & is a favorite for generations. You can play around with the spices of your choice for added flavor. 
This is my family favorite & so simple to prepare. I first got the recipe from a friend who was excellent in preparing Chicken dishes.  I tried this dish last week and it just came out superb!  
Try this Southernish deep-fried Chicken  recipe,  this is sure to please your family..:)
·         Chicken legs                          - 3 or 4
·         Red chilly pwd                       - 2 tsp
·         Turmeric pwd                         - ¼ tsp
·         Lemon juice                           - 2 tsp
·         Thick Yoghurt                         - 2 tbsp
·         Ginger garlic paste                 - 1 tbsp
·         Pepper pwd                           - ½ tsp
·         Cumin pwd                             - ½ tsp
·         Coriander pwd                        - 1 tsp
·         Red food color                      - a pinch
·         Oil to fry
·         Salt to taste
·         Curry leaves, onion & lemon slices for garnishing
1.     Clean and wash the Chicken legs.
2.     Make small slits on each leg piece.(around 4-5 slits for each piece)
3.     In a mixing bowl, add red chilly pwd, turmeric pwd, salt and lemon juice.
4.     Mix well into a paste.
5.     Coat the chicken pieces well with this paste.
6.     In another bowl, add yoghurt, ginger garlic paste, pepper pwd, cumin pwd, coriander pwd, red food color (optional) and 2 tsp oil.
7.     Stir well to smooth paste.
8.     Generously  cover the chicken pieces with this masala mixture.
9.     Refrigerate and allow to marinate overnight or atleast 3 to 4 hrs.
10.  Heat oil in a fry pan.
11.  Add the marinated chicken pieces to the hot oil.
12.  Keep the flame in medium and fry.
13.  Deep fry them by turning the pieces at regular intervals so that the chicken gets cooked evenly with crisp outside.
14.  Once the chicken is done,  drain them in kitchen tissue.
15.  Garnish with fried curry leaves and serve warm with onion slices & lemon wedges.
16.  Tasty & delicious  Chicken  Leg  Fry  is ready.!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

How to make Paruppu Podi at home / Paruppu Podi Recipe / Lentils Spice Powder

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How to make Paruppu Podi at home:
Paruppu Podi is my favorite podi and it makes a quick n hearty meal, when mixed with hot steaming rice and a dollop of ghee..!!
Even though,  Instant rice mixes are available at shops, the home made recipes are more flavorful and nutritious,  as it is preservative-free..!

Try this simple, tasty & spicy  Paruppu  Podi  recipe  and share your comments..:)
·      Toor dal                     - 1 cup
·      Fried gram                 - 1 cup
·      Cumin seeds              - 1 ½ tsp
·      Curry leaves               - handful
·      Pepper                      - 1 tsp
·      Red chilly                   - 6 to 7
·      Hing                          - a generous pinch
·      Salt as needed
1.   Dry roast toor dal in medium flame.
2.   Once it turns golden brown, add cumin seeds, curry leaves, pepper corns, red chillies and hing.
3.   Fry for few more minutes.
4.   Remove from flame.
5.   Spread it in a plate and allow to cool.
6.   In the same pan, dry roast fried gram and garlic separately.
7.   Dry roast for 3 to 4 mins in low flame.
8.   Allow to cool completely.
9.   Add all the ingredients to mixer.
10.Grind everything together coarsely, by adding salt as you need.

11.Delicious Homemade Paruppu Podi is ready to enjoy with hot steaming rice & a little ghee.
12.Store it in an air-tight container. It has shelf life for 1 to 2 months..!!
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