Mar 29, 2012

Horlicks Mysore Pak

 Horlicks Mysore Pak a wonderful twist to traditional mysore pak. Actually my bournavita fudge recipe was born from this recipe. I first tasted this horlicks mysore pak in Ananda bhavn in Bangalore and that was just melt in mouth, too delicious is a small word to express that taste. I tried this three to four time and first time I got halwa texture and some how we finished it that day. Second time I got it with a very hard texture like we can not eat it with our teeth (you can imagine how that will came just like a stone and hubby made so many jokes on this humm ok it happens.). Finely fourth time I got almost near by texture. And finely 5th time yeppeee I got it just perfect, That was just melt in mouth. Insted of horlicks I tried this with milk powder too that taste almost alike. I wanted to post step by step pictures for this recipe but all those pictures in my laptop and my laptop got some problem so will post all those pictures after I get my laptop back. Till that hope you all like this recipe If you have any doubts in this recipe just leave a comment...
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:---
Chick pea flour -- 1 cup
Horlicks  --- 3/4 cup
water  -- 1/4 cup (to make horlicks paste)
water  --- 1/2 cup (to make sugar syrup)
Sugar -- 1& 1/2 - 2 cups
Extra ghee - 2 tab sp
Ghee -- 1 cup(clarified butter)

1. Take 1/4 cup water, boil till warm and add horlicks and make a paste and set a side.
2. Heat extra ghee in a pan till smoking stage and add to chick pea flour and first mix with a spoon (because ghee is very hot) then rub with your hand till chick pea flour turns in to crumbs texture.

3. And sieve through a sieve to get a lump less smooth powder and leave a side.
4. Take a big heavy bottom pan add sugar and 1/2 cup water and make a 1 string consistency syrup.

5. Now add fried chick pea flour little by little after you finish adding flour add  horlicks paste immediately ( This process you should do fast other wise mysore pak will turn in to burfi so do this work as fast as you can)
6 By the time you finish adding flour and horlicks paste, this mixture will start bubbling and become thick.
7. In the same time heat 1 cup ghee on the other side till smoking stage.
8.By the time you finished adding chick pea flour the ghee should be ready with very hot smoking stage.
9. Now start adding ghee little by little keep string this processes will take 15 sec. by the time you finish adding ghee.
Here In this stage of Mysore pak don't change your attention other wise Mysore pak may become a big disaster so keep your eyes and attention in  mysore pak pan.Keep stirring while you adding ghee and do this process in a medium heat. If you fallow the steps of that 15 sec. time I am sure you can make a delicious Mysore pak.
10. By the time you finish the ghee you can see the bubbles all over the mixture in the pan and it will start leaving the sides of the pan in this stage..
11.Immediately pour this mixture in to a greased plate leave it to cool for 10 min. and cut in to pieces.

This recipe gives soft mysore pak not the hard one which we get in the store and this will sty for 6 months.
This is my finel recipe for Blogging marathon 14th edition group 2 in the theme of combo theme of 3. Lets check the Marathon page for other recipes..

Mar 28, 2012

Gongura Pulihora

Gongura Pulihora a delicious twist to traditional pulihora (tamarind rice). After I came here for the first time I saw fresh gongura in the market yestarday. Then I remember this Pulihora recipe will be the pefect choice for my BM theme so I picked up 2 bundles. Insted of only gongura you can use mixed leafy vegetables like gongura, palak, chukkakura or amaranth.And this my twist to the traditional dish today hope you all like this.
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:---
Rice --- 2 cups
Gongura (Red sorrel leaves)  --- 2 cups
Tamarind paste --- 1 tab sp ( Soak index finger sige tamarind in warm water,extract thick juice and that should be one tab.sp).
Green chillis --- 4 slit.
Turmeric powder --- 1/4 teasp
Salt --- 1 tea sp or according to your taste
For powder:--
Methi seeds (mentulu) -- 6 seeds
Mustard seeds(avalu) --- 1/2 tea sp
Dry red chillies ---  4
Dry roast all these ingredients in pan, grind in to a fine powder.
For tempering:--
Ground nuts --- 1 tab sp
Chann dal ---   1 tab sp
Mustard seeds --- 1/2 tea sp
Cumin seeds -- 1/4 teasp
Dry red chillis ---  3 broken
Curry leaves --- 2 springs
Asafoetida ---  1/4 tea sp
Oil ---- 1 tab sp
1. Soak rice in four cups of water for  ten minutes then add turmeric and cook till done, spread in a big plate to cool. Each grain shoul be separate cook rice like that.
2. Wash and pat dry gongura leaves.
3. Heat one tea sp oil, add gongura leaves  roast them on a low heat till they lose their raw smell remove from heat  let it cool.
4.Paste gongura leaves in a bleander and set a side.
5. In a deep frying pan heat remaining oil fry ground nuts till golden, remove and set a side, then add channa dal, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, broken red chillis, asafoetida, curry leaves one by one fry for a while and add gongura paste, Tamarind paste cook till oil comes out from the sides of the pan.
6. Add Methi, mustard, red chilli power, fried ground nuts mix well switch off the heat, add this mixture, salt to taste to rice mix well to combine every thing cover and let it sit for at least 1 hour.
Serve this tangy gongura pulihora with pappad, curd chilli and curd.
This is my sixth recipe for Blogging marathon 14th edition group 2 in the theme of combo theme of 3. Lets check the Marathon page for other recipes..

Mar 27, 2012

Burrito With A Twist

Burrito is a type of Mexican food, A wheat tortilla  filled with refried beans and meat then fold in to a roughly cylindrical shape. In Mexico the filling will be refried beans, meat, but there are many ingredients we can see in United States. Generally they include the combinations of ingredients are Mexican style rice, or plain rice with beans, Lettuce, salsa, meat, avocado, cheese and sour cream. But To day I give a twist to that Mexican favorite food with Indian ingredients.Actually we can choose many  Indian ingredients like pulav with kurma any vegetable rice with gravy curry or dalmakhani, plain rice with any gravy curry and chutney. In this recipe my choice was simple dal chawal, aloo ki sabji with salad and little green chutney. I really enjoyed this as my today's lunch. It's filling I like the different flavors what I tasted in US.. Next time will try the other combinations

Whole wheat tortillas --- 2
Plain steamed rice  --- 1 cup (can use any other rice like pulav, jeera rice)
Dal thadka -- 1 cup (can use any dal like palak dal or dalmakhani )
Aloo ki subji --- 1/2 cup
Green chutney --- 1 tab sp
Carrot --- 1 small cut in to long strips
Cucumber --- 1 small cut in to long strips If you like can add any other salad s that is totally your choice.
Chopped coriander --- 1 tab sp
Photobucket METHOD:---
1. lightly heat tortillas on a hot tawa both sides.
2. Place warm tortilla on a plate or work surface keep a tab sp of rice sprinkle 1/2 tea sp of green chutney, top with dal, aloo ki sabji, carrot and cucumber strips.
3. Sprinkle 1 tea sp of chopped coriander and start folding.
4. First fold from sides the start rolling like a mat roll and place the burrito fold side down in the serving plate.
Serve hot with raita or yogurt.
This recipe is for blogging marathon 14th edition under the theme of combo theme of 3 now for the last 3 recipes my theme is Traditional dishes with a twist.
This is my fifth recipe for Blogging marathon 14th edition group 2 in the theme of combo theme of 3. Lets check the Marathon page for other recipes..

Mar 26, 2012

Carrot And Pesarapappu Dosa- Carror And Moong Dal Dosa

Carrot and Pesara pappu dosa, this is not Andra pesrttu. This dosas are made with split moong dal (pesarapappu). No need of fermentation because we are mixing this dal batter with already fermented dosa batter. Just soak dal for 2 hours grind and mix with dosa batter this process will take only two and half hours time. If you dont have dosa batter then mix 1/4 cup rice flour to dal batter and add 1/2 tea sp of cooking soda or 1 tea sp or 1 small pack of eno mix to combine every thing (don't over mix after you add eno)  you carrot and moong dal dosa batter is ready. Even you don't have any of this ingredients grind dal with carrot by adding thin lightly sour butter milk then add 1/4 cup of pan cake mix and mix well and this variation also makes a soft delicious carrot and moong dal dosas. Hope you all like this recipe.
pesara dosa INGREDIENTS:---
Moong dal -- 1 cup soaked in water for 2 hours
Dosa batter  ---- 1/2 cup
Carrot  ---- 1 big chopped
Green chillies --- 2 chopped
Ginger  --- 1/2 in ch piece pealed and chopped
Salt to taste
Oil for frying dosa s
Grated carrot  --- 1/4 cup optional for topping ( you can top this dosas with chopped onion and chopped palak, methi leaves or any other vegetable. but adding other vegetables give a different flavor, they dominates carrot flavor so adding other vegetables is totally your choice.).
Photobucket METHOD:---
1. Drain water in to other bowl from moong dal ( so that we can use the same water for grinding the dal. So before you soak dal wash the dal well for 2 times and soak it in the fresh water.) and grind dal with ginger, green chilli, carrot, salt in to a fine paste.
2. Take the ground dal in to a mixing bowl and add dosa batter mix well to combine every thing.
3. Heat a skillet or a dosa pan in a medium heat and pour 1 ladle batter on hot pan, spread it in to a circle drizzle a little oil along with edges, sprinkle some grated carrot on top and let it cook for 1 minute.
4. Then flip the dosa other side, cook for one more second.
5. Serve hot with coriander chutney or onion chutney (spicy chutney s will be the best choice for this dosas.).
This is my fourth recipe for Blogging marathon 14th edition group 2 in the theme of combo theme of 3. Lets check the Marathon page for other recipes.. 

Karam Dosa

The next two recipes in this week I have taken is Dosa for Blogging marathon 14th edition in the theme of combo themes of 3. This karam dosa recipe is a mix of 2 dosa recipes which is Pullatlu and pulibongaralu.Pulibongaralu is one of the dosa veriety which we make with left over sour dosa batter in this we add onion and green chilli paste to make the sour batter to spicy . Will post pulibongaralu recipe soon.Now lets check the recipe for Karam dosa.
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:---
Dosa batter  --- 1 cup
Curd  ---   1/2 cup
Ragi flour  --- 2 tab sp
Maida  ----  2 tab sp
Onion --- 1 medium chopped
Green chillies  --- 4 or according to your taste
Salt  --- 1/2 tea sp
Cumin seeds --- 1 tab sp
Oil for frying dosas
1. Grind onion, green chillies in to a coarse paste.
2. Beat curd and add dosa batter,  onion, green chilli paste, salt to taste, maida, ragi flour, cuminseeds mix well to combine every thing. Can add little water if required.
This batter should be like othappam batter.
3.Heat a skillet or a dosa pan in a medium heat and pour 1 ladle batter on hot pan, spread it in to a circle drizzle a little oil along with edges and let it cook for 1 minute.
4. Then flip the dosa other side, cook for one more second.
5. This dosas will be very soft so be care full when you are flipping the dosa and make little thick then normal dosa.
Serve this dosas with coconut chutney or pappulapodi.
Actualy no need of any chutney for this dosa we have already added green chilli and onion paste, this paste will give a chutney flavor and spicy taste to this dosas.
So serving with chutney is totally your choice.
This is my third recipe for Blogging marathon 14th edition group 2 in the theme of combo theme of 3. Lets check the Marathon page for other recipes..

Mar 25, 2012

Oats And Corn Khichdi

I am a person who like to have porridge in breakfast.This I have started 2 years back I normaly have porridge for my dreakfast with any cereals like oats, wheat, ragi . Normaly I used to take them with milk, honey and fruits. Being a spicy food lover I get bored with this sweet poridge and I tried to mix my cereals with Dal or sambar then I got this Idea of making upma and kichdi with my cereals and I like that taste.So that I change my breakfast some days spicy and some days sweet. In that arry of spicy poridge recipes this Spicy Oats And Corn Khichdi is my favorite breakfast. Hope you also like this version.
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:---
Oats  ---   1 & 1/2 cup
Split moong dal  --- 1/2 sup
Sweet corn kernels  --  1/4 cup
Green peas  ---  1 tab sp
Onion  ---- 1 medium size chopped
Ginger, Green chilli paste  --- 1/2 tea sp
Kasuri methi ---- 1 tea sp crushed (you can use fresh methi leaves also)
Cumin seeds  ----- 1/2 tea sp
Oil   ----- 1/2 tea sp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder --- 1/4 tea sp
You can add any other vegetables like choped carrot, beans, spinach, cauliflower and curry leaves. I have only peas in my fridge so I didn't add any other vegetables.
1. Wash and add 1 cup water to moong dal, start cooking in medium heat till dal splits.
2. Now add turmeric powder, green peas, chopped onion, sweet corn and cook till dal become soft and vegetables are cooked ( If you would like to cook this in a preasure cooker then cook for 1 whistle).
3. Take an other pan and dry roast oats for few seconds switch off the heat and set a side
4. Add ginger green chilli paste, oats, kasuri methi, salt to taste, 1/2 cup more water to dal mixture mix well and cook for 5 minutes, switch off the heat.
If you like to make your khichdi in a thin consistency the add some more water, bring to a full boil and then add tadka.
5. In a small pan heat oil add cumin seeds fry for a while and add this to oats and corn khichdi mix well adjust the taste and serve hot with pickle or as it is.
This is my second recipe for Blogging marathon 14th edition group 2 in the theme of combo theme of 3. Lets check the Marathon page for other recipes..

Mar 23, 2012

Ragi Java -- Ragi Kuzhu

Yet another week of Blogging Marathon. This week I have chosen the theme of  combo themes of 3. In this theme we have to cook 2 recipes from any 3 themes. So first two I am goikg to cook with whole grains. In this whole grains my first choice is Ragi - Finger millet. My recipe for to day is Ragi java aka Ragi Kuzhu means Finger Millet Porridge with butter milk.This Ragi java is a perfect break fast for summer. One portion of porridge will keep you cool and full for long time.For kids you can make this with milk and sugar or jaggery. And here is the recipe...
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:---
These ingredients make 2 glaces of ragi java.
Ragi flour  ---- 1/2 cup
Butter milk  ---- 1& 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Water  --- 1& 1/2 cup
sliced onion -- 1tab sp
chopped coriander  --- 1 tab sp
chopped green chilli   -- 1 tea sp optional
If you like can add 1/2 cup of broken rice Biyyapu rava again that will increas calories so I didn't use in mine. And can use cooked wheat rava also.. that is totally your choice. You would like to add any of this rava first cook rava and then add ragi flour to cooked rava then cook again till it become like a porridge
 1.  Dilute ragi flour with 1/2 cup water and set a side for over night. means you are going to ferment the ragi flour
2. After 8 hours or next day morning in a heavy bottom pan boil 1 cup water, bring to a full boil then add fermented ragi flour batter and cook in a medium heat, stir continously.
3. Add little salt and stir and cook for 10 minutes in a medium low check whether it is cooked or not dip your finger in cold water, touch the ragi mixture, If it is not sticking to your finger then it is cooked.
4.Switch off the heat and set a side to cool. After some time Ragi poridge will become thick.
5. Now add butter milk, sliced onion,chopped coriander and green chillies mix well to combine every thing and enjoy this healthy breakfast with a pickle or just like that.
My choice is with a piece of lemon pickle or just coriander and cumin power (dhaniya jeera powder).
After adding butter milk you fell still it is thick the add some more water or butter milk adjust the salt. I like my java little thick..
This is my first recipe for Blogging  Marathon 14 th edition in the theme of combo theme of 3 let s check the marathon page for the other recipes.

Mar 22, 2012

Dates And Oats Bobbatlu

To day is the last day of this week marathon. This is my final recipe for this Festival food- quick and easy Mithai theme. I wanted to post a bobbatu recipe for this last day because tomarrow is ugadi. Bobbatu is the special dish for this Ugadi feast . Again I tried a different filling for bobbatu. This time I want to make a healthy and insted of sugar or jaggery I want to use some thing else. The Dates came to my thought and some  thing I want to mix with dates . I have already posted a recipe with dry fruits and dates so not dry fruits. My next choice is oats Yes it is a different combination for bobbatu filling. So here came the recipe.
Photobucket INGREDIENTS: ---
Wheat flour --- 1 cup
Water  --- 1/2 cup
Salt a pinch
Oil or ghee for frying
Mix salt and wheat flour add water and make a soft dough cover and set a side.
Dates  ---- 100 gms
Oats   ---- 1/2 cup Powder
Milk  --- 1 tab sp
Cardamom powder  --- 1/2 tea sp
1. Remove seeds and chop dates add milk to dates and cook,keep on stirring on a low flame till the dates melts and become like a paste.
2. Now add oats powder, cardamom powder mix well to combine every thing with in few seconds it will become like a lump switch off the heat and let it cool.
3. Make small balls out of this dates and oats mixture and set a side.
4.  Make small balls out of  dough and press in to small puri keep the Dates and oats mixture ball in the center of the puri and close from all sides to cover the filling.
5. Press this stuffed ball s in to round thick chapathis.

6. Heat a tawa (griddle) sprinkle little ghee and fry this Dates and oats bobbatlu both sides till it turn in to nice golden.
Serve with ghee in Ugadi thali or thick condenced milk or rabdi  is the perfect choice for this Dates and oats bobbatlu.
Enjoy your festival meal with this delicious Dates and oats Bobbatlu.
This is my 7th recipe for blogging marathon 14 th edition in the theme of Festival food - quick and easy mithai, lets check the marathon page for other recipes.
My other Bobbatlu recipes...
Kova bobbatlu
Protein roti

Mar 21, 2012

Ragi Halwa

Todays my recipe for blogging marathon is Ragi Halwa. I started using Ragi in my food almost 15 years back. I use this millet in many way like ragi jawa with butter milk is must in summer. That gives a good energy and keep your body cool and I add 1 tab sp of ragi flour in may every day chapathi dough.Because this finger millet is rich in fiber, calcium and protein so here is the recipe..
Ragi flour  --- 1 cup
Wheat flour  --- 1/4 cup
Sugar  --- 1/2 cup or according to your taste
Milk ---- 1 cup
water 1& 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder  --- 1 tea sp
Cashew nuts  --- 10 broken
Raisins  -- -  10
Ghee   --- 1/4 cup
1. Heat 1 tab sp off ghee in a non-stick pan add wheat flour and fry till nice aroma comes out and add this wheat flour to ragi flour.
2. Take both flours in a bowl and mix well, add milk  and water to this flour mixture mix well and make sure that no lumps in this mixture, sat a side for 10 minutes.
3. Heat the remaining ghee and fry cashew and raisins remove from ghee set a side, set the ghee also aside this we are going to use in the next step.
4. Now pour the flour and milk mixture in to a non-stick pan add sugar and start cooking in a medium heat.
5. Keep stirring till the mixture becomes thick this will take 3 to 4 minutes when it starts thickening add 1/2 ghee and stir well and keep on stirring.
6.With in few minutes the halwa will absorb all the ghee then add the remaining ghee and keep stirring.
7. In this stage add cardamom powder,fried cashew and raisins mix well and cook for few more minutes.
8. By the time you will see the halwa leaves the sides of the pan and ghee will start s comming out.
9. At this time grease a plate with little ghee and pour this ragi halwa in the greased plat and flaten with a spoon or knife, Cut in to desire shapes or you can serve it in the bowls also.
Inted of milk you can use all 2 & 1/2 cups of water  and can add grated coconut this will increase the taste.
This is my 6th recipe for blogging marathon 14 th edition in the theme of  Festival food - quick and easy mithai, lets check the marathon page for other recipes.
My other Halwa recipes...
Maida Halwa
Dry fruit Halwa 
Water melon halwa 
Gajar Halwa 
Weat Halwa 
Rava kesari

Mar 20, 2012


To days recipe is one more traditional sweet recipe from andhra cuisine. This sweet is specially made on the day of Hanuman jayanthi or on stardays and tuesdays in Hanuman temple in my home town to offer god as prasadam. And the recipe is Appalu which is made by wheat flour and jaggery. this recipe is my 5 th recipe for blogging marathon and here I go with the recipe.
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:--
Wheat flour  -- 1 cup
Rice flour   --- 1 tab sp
Grated jaggery  -- 3/4 cup (you can use sugar also)
Cardamom powder  --- 1 tea sp
Ghee  ---- 2 tea sp
Water  --- 1/2 cup
Oil for deep frying
1. Take grated jaggery and water in thick bottom pan and cook it till jaggery melts no need of making any consistency just cook till the jaggery melts.
2. Now add ghee and cardamom powder and bring to a full boil.
3. Switch off the heat and add flour s slowly mix well to make a soft dough.
4. This dough shoul be like athirasam(arselu) or nippattu dough consistency that you can make small ball and press with your hand.
5. Set a side and let it cool.
6. Make small balls (golf ball size) out of this dough.
7. Now grease a plastic cover or you can greas your palms  and take this dough ball and press gently in to round shape (like masala vada).
8. Heat oil for deep frying, Slowly drop this Appalu in to the hot oil, fry in a medium heat.
9. Fry till they turn in to dark brown color remove from oil and press in between two laddels to remove extra oil ( normaly this appalu dont drink oil much so ne need to press them to remove extra oil. If you feel  that they drunk oil the do this pressing process).
10. Now Appalu is ready to serve.
Take care when you mixing the dough that shoud be in right consistency, if the dough is too hard then your Appalu will become hard. If the dough is too watery the Appalu will absord a lot of oil so take care when you mix the dough.
This is my fifth recipe for blogging marathon 14 th edition in the theme of Festival Food - quick and easy Mithai lets check the marathon page for other recipes

Mar 19, 2012

Timmanam A Traditional sweet from Andhra

After all my Laddu and burfi recipes to day I am going to post a traditional Andhra recipe Timmanam - Kobbari payasam . Timmanam is a sweet made by coconut and rice flour so that in some places of  Andhra people call this as Kobbari payasam. This sweet is very famous in Konasema is a delta located in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. This place is well known after its coconut production  because of that like in kerala people use coconut a lot in there cuisine here. Timmanam - Kobbari (kobbari means coconut in telugu) payasam is very famous in this region. This payasam is specialy made on the day of Atla - Thadiya This festival will fall in the month of september. On that day married women fast for the whole day,  do puja in the evening.Pray god for the long life of there husband, offer Dosa, coconut chutney and timmanam and distribute this prasadam among the neighbour married women. So this is the tradition and here I go with this traditional Timmanam - Kobbari payasam for blogging marathon.
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:--
Milk  -- 1 cup
Thick coconut milk  -- 2 cups
Rice  --- 1/4 cup soaked in water for over night
Grated coconut ---- 1/2 cup
Grated jaggery  --- 1/2 cup or you can use sugar also insted of jaggery but my choice is jaggery.
Cardamom powder  --- 1 tea sp
Cashew --- 10 broken
Raisins  --- 10
Ghee  --- 1 tea sp
1. Remove rice from water and grind with grated coconut in to a fine paste and set a side.
2. Boil milk in a thick bottom pan, bring to a full boil and add coconut milk again being to a full boil and reduce the heat add ground paste and stir continuously to avoid lumps, with in few minutes the mixture become thick.
3. When the mixture starts to become thick add grate djaggery or sugar, cardamom powder give a good stir and cook for 2 more minutes and switch off the heat.
4. In a other small pan heat ghee fry cashew and raisins add this fried dry fruits to payasam
The consistancy of this payasam should be like a very thick soup or like firni.
Now Timmanam - kobbari payasam is ready to serve
This my fourth recipe for blogging marathon day 4 in the theme of Festival Food - quick and easy mithai and lets check the marathon page for other recipes for to day.

Mar 18, 2012

Bournavita fudge - Bornavita Sukdi

I wanted to do some thing different in burfi for this festival time. And I wanted to make with wheat flour, then thought of sukdi a famous sweet from Gujarathi cuisine but wanted to do some thing different with that. when I was checking my pantry I saw small pack of  Bournavita which was laying from few months. The I got this Idea of Bournavita fudge with wheat flour in the way of sukdi . Hope you all like this recipe and here it is......
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:---
Whole wheat flour --- 1 cup
Bournavita  --- 50 gms meand nearly 1/2 cup
Sugar  --- 3/4 cup
Poppy seeds  --- 1 tea sp
Seasame seeds -- 1 tea sp
Cashew nuts --- 1/4 cup broken in to small pieces
Ghee  --- 1 cup
1. Dry roast poppy seeds, seasame seeds in a pan and set a side.
2. In the same pan take a tea sp of ghee and fry cashew pieces and set a side.
3. Grease a plate with little ghee and sprinkle fried poppy seeds, seasame seeds, cashew pieces ste a side.
4. Now in a thick bottom pan heat rest of the ghee and add wheat flour and keep on stirring till raw smell goes and flour turn in to pink color.
5. Add bournavita mix well and switch off the heat add sugar immediatly mix well to combine every thing.
6. Pour this mixture in to the greased plate and flatten with a spatula. This work you have to do very quick other wise the burfi mixture will get set.
7. Make marks in wich shape you want.
This is my third post for blogging marathon 14th edition in the theme of Festival food -  quick and easy mithai lets check the marathon page for other recipes.

Mar 17, 2012

FriedChannaDal & Oats Laddu - Putnalu - Oats Laddu

Fried channa dal (Putnalu, veyinchina senagapappu) and oats laddu Yes normaly we make Putnala laddu with only Putnalu and jaggery. This time I wanted to make it little different mixing some other ingredient to Putnalu. First I thought of mixing dry fruitd like powdered cashew and badam. Then I thought already I am making laddu with Putnalu that is very rich in protein high in calories so what else we can add. Then suddenly oats came to my mind yes good choice isn't it?. Like that this recipe born. The recipe is very easy to make and laddus's taste so delicious hope you all like this recipe.
Today is the second day of blogging marathon and this recipe is the better choice for my theme Festival Food - quick and easy mithai. So let's check the recipe..
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:---
Putnalu (Roasted channadal, Dhaliya) --- 1 cup
Oats  ----  1/2 cup
Grated jaggery  ---- 1 cup (you can adjust according to your taste)
Cardamom Powder  -- 1/2 tea sp
Ghee (clarified butter)  --- 1/2 cup 
Camphor(pachi karpooram)  --- a very small piece
If you do not like to add full ghee then reduce ghee to 1/4 cup and add 2 tab sp s of hot milk when to making laddus.
1. Roast putnalu till the raw smell goes.
2. Grind Putnalu  and oats in to fine powder (If you do not have cardamom powder then add cardamom seeds to putnaalu and grind in to fine powder)
3. Melt ghee and set a side.
4. Take Putnalu powder, oats powder, Grated jaggery, cardamom powder, camphor and mix with your hand to combine well every thing.
5. Now add melted ghee little by little at a time and make laddus.
This laddus will stay for one month out side no need to keep in the fridge, store in a air thight container , If you add milk to make laddus then they will stay for 2days out side and for 1 week in the fridge.
This is my second recipe for blogging marathon 14 th edition in the theme of Festival food - quick and easy mithai let's check the marathon page

Mar 16, 2012


One more Sweet recipe for this festival season. This recipe is very easy to make in very less time. No need of making syrup and no deep frying and grinding. Only thing you have to do is curdle the milk means, you have to make fresh paneer. Yes the recipe is Shondesh as traditionally Bengalis call this sweet but rest of us known it as Sandesh. Freshly made paneer with little sweet taste and nice flavor of cardamom or any other flavor like saffron.
To day another edition of blogging marathon started  and I have chosen Festival food easy mithai for 7 days. For this  seven days I am going to post easy mithai recipes. In those this Delicious Bengali delight Shondesh is the first recipe and here I go with the recipe
Recipe source from eCurry
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:--
Milk  --- 1 lit.(whole milk)
Lemon juice or vinegar --- 1/2 cup (I used 1/2 cup of curd)
Sugar --- 1/2 cup (check the sweet and adjust)
Cardamom powder  -- 1/2 tea sp
Cashew powder --- 3 tab sp
1. Boil milk in a medium heat and bring to a full boil, keep stirring.
2. Add Lemon juice stir well, increase the heat little bit. The milk will curdle in few minutes, When the milk start curdling you can see the clean water from the sides. When you see this way water switch off the heat and do not over cook. over cook makes your paneer hard.
3.Tranfer the paneer though a sieve or cheesecloth, pour some cold water over paneer and let it drain all the water for 1 hour.
4. Take paneer in to a mixing bowl. Here you can do the process in a food processor but traditionaly Shondesh is made with hand. So mash the paneer with your hand and knead for about seven minutes.
5. Then add sugar, cashew powder, cardamom powder and knead for 3 more minutes by the time you can fell your hands will becoming oily and paneer will become smooth.
6. Take a small portion from the smooth paneer mixture and roll it in to rounds.
This should be soft out side If you take off the paneer from heat in right time then you get a soft Shondesh. If you over cook the paneer it will become hard and you get cracks out side so take care when you are making paneer.
This is my first recipe for Blogging Marathon 14 th edition in the theme of Festival food - quick and easy mithai and lets check the Marathon page.

Mar 15, 2012

Sarva Pindi - Ginnappa - Tapala Chekka for ICC

Sarva Pindi - ginnappa or tapala chekka these are the names for this mouth watering snack in Andhra Pradesh. The name is different but the recipe is almost same, and the main ingredient is rice flour.In my mother's place we used to call this as tapala chekka. Her version  of this recipe is with grated bottle gourd, ginger green chilli paste and soaked chana dal. she never add onions to this recipe.After marriage my MIL's recipe is with onion, spring onion , ginger garlic paste and peanuts. And my MIL used to call this as Ginnappa or karam appalu.What ever the name is the recipe is little similar to Akki roti which is a very famous snack in Karnataka.
You can make many variations to this recipe with adding grated bottle gourd, chopped greens like menthileaves, palak and totakura. Sarva pindi - Tapala chekka is the recipe which Valli has chosen for this month ICC. And here I used the great old version of Serva pindi given by Usha. Only thing I added to this recipe is grated bottle gourd. Now here is the recipe.
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:---
Rice flour -- 1 cup
Sesame seeds -- 1/4 cup
Soaked chana dal - 1 tab sp (optional, remove from water and add to the flour)
 Peanuts -- 2 tab sp (roaste and remove the skin,crush then little bit)
Cumin seeds --- 1 tea sp
Green onion chopped -- 1 tab sp
Curry leaves -- 1 spring chopped
Salt  -- 1/2 tea sp or according to your taste
Oil -- for frying the appalu (rice pancakes)
Bottle gourd  --- 1/2 cup grated
For paste:--
Green chillies --- 5
Garlic -- 3 cloves
Onion --- 1 small chopped
Coriander leaves -- 1/2 cup chopped
Grind all above ingredients in to a coarse paste.
1. Take rice flour in a mixing bowl  add  crushed peanuts (soaked chana dal if using), sesame seeds, cumin seeds, chopped green onion, ground paste, salt, chopped curry leaves.
2, Squeeze the water from grated bottle gourd and add this to flour mix well to combine every thing well.
3.Now add 1/2 cup warm water to the flour mixture and make a soft dough this dough should be like a soft chapati dough.
4. Divide the dough in to equal portions.
5. Spread little oil on the frying pan or a wide vesal (ginne or tapala).
6. Take one portion of the dough and press it with your hand like a flat cake and make holes in the middle of the cake with your finger.
7. Sprinkle little oil on top of the appa and drop little oil in the holes.
8. Keep the flame in mediun heat, cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes.
9. Remove the cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 to 15 more minutes or till the cake turnes in to golden brown.
10 Then flip the cake other side and cook for 2 minutes remove from cake from pan and serve hot.
Serve with coconut chutney ot simply with tomato sauce and my choice is
Take 1 tab sp of chopped onion and 1 tab sp of chopped tomato, 1 tab sp of coriander add a pinch of salt and 1/4 teap of coriander and cumin powder(dhaniya jeera powder) mix well to combine every thing
Sprinkle this onion and tomato mixture on the top of appa sqeeze a little lemon juice and and enjoy yummmmmmmyyyyy...

Mar 10, 2012

Paneer - Atta Laddu With Ugadi Lunch Menu Idea - 1

In the array of my festival recipes this Paneer atta laddu is one different and quick recipe. Normally I use ghee or milk to make this type of flour laddu s. This time I want to make atta laddu in a different way so that I used mashed paneer insted of ghee.I think Paneer is better then ghee in Fat content.You can use store brought paneer also for this recipe but freshly home made paneer gives a better taste.
Photobucket With this atta laddu here is a menu Idea for Ugadi lunch Hope you all like this...
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:--
Atta --- 250 gms
Paneer ---- 150 gms
Ghee --- 50 gms
Sugar --- 200 gms (powder)
Cardamom powder --- 1 tea sp
Cashew nuts --- 25 gms ground in to coarse powder
Cashew nuts --- 20 no.
1. Mash paneer well, to make a smooth dough ( like what we do for rasgullas)
2. Heat ghee in a frying pan, fry cashew nuts till golden remove and set a side.
3. Now add wheat flour to the same ghee and fry till it gives a nice aroma.
4. Add sugar powder, cardamom powder, cashew nut powder give a quick stir and switch off the heat and set a side to cool.
5. After few minutes check the flour and sugar mixture if you can hold the mixture to make laddus then add mashed paneer, mix well to combine every thing.
6. Make small balls out of this wheat paneer mixture, keep each fried cashew on each laddu and give a nice round shape.
You can use grated jaggery in the place of sugar but sugar is the best combination with paneer (thats my choice).
This laddus will stay for 2 days out side because of paneer will stay for 1 week in the fridge

7. Beerakaya Bajjilu.
8. Salt.
9.Dosakaya chintakaya Pachadi (dosakaya mukkalapachadi).  (Dosakaya chintakaya pachadi recipe is comingup)
10. Rice.
14.Perugu (yogurt)
15. Ghee.
This is what I made for this lunch Idea you can increase or decrease the items in the menu and you can change them also that is your choice. Means you can make rava kesari in  the place of semiya kesari and you can change the curries too even you can change bendakaya pulusu to Mukkla pulusu. But when you plan for Pulusu, mudda pappu is a combination then no need to make sambar .
And can add rasam also in this menu which I for got to keep that in the thali, I made tomato rasam also for this.  This is just an Idea you can change the menu as you like. And ohh yes you can make bobbatlu also which I didn't make. Hope this is helpfull for you in this festival time.

Mar 6, 2012

Kova bobbatlu

The days are flying, it's already March.The sun God started doing his job, After ten o clock can not go out because of hot weather. March is like a festival time with Holi and Ugadi (Telugu New Year). Slowly small mangoes are coming in to the market for Ugadi and Jasmines are spreading there sweet fragrance all over.In this month we have two festivals Holi is on eighth March, of course women's day also and Ugadi the Telugu New Year is on 23 rd March. For us Ugadi means get up early in the morning take a oil bath, go to the temple and pray God for a great year a head. Having Ugadi pachadi and a elaborate lunch with Bobbatlu, Garelu and pulihora Wow yumm isn't it.. Every year we make bobbatlu with Dal and jaggery let's try this year with a different filling. and I came up with this KOVA BOBBATLU. For this you can use Home made kova or a store brought kova too But fresh home made kova gives a superb taste and aroma. I tried with both home made kova and store brought also I like the home made one. check my kova recipe here. Normally we use All purpose flour(maida) for Bobbatlu but in this recipe I used atta I feel instead of maida atta gives a unique taste to this so that is totally your choice can use maida also. I prefer less sweet so adding sugar also is your choice I gave the measurement for normal sweet tooth you can increase or decrease the sugar. So here is the recipe..
Photobucket INGREDIENTS:--
Kova --- 100 gms
Sugar  --  50gms
Cardamom  --- 4 no.
Cashew -- 10
Almonds  -- 10
Atta  -- 1 and 1/2 cup
Salt  ---  a pinch
Water for mixing the dough
Ghee  --- 1/4 cup ( you can fry this bobbatlu with oil also but tastes better with ghee)
kova bobbatlu METHOD:--
1. Take atta in a mixing bowl add salt and enough water to keand a soft dough. Keand the dough well for ten minutes, cover and leave a side for 1 hour.
2. Make a course powder of cashew and almonds.
3. Make sugar and cardamom in to a fine powder.
4. Take kova in to a bowl add cashew, almond powder,sugar and cardamom powder mix well to combine every thing
5. Heat 1 tea sp of ghee in a non-stick fry pan add this kova mixture and fry for few minutes.
( This process helps you remove the moisture in the kova mixture. when we add sugar to kova that leaves some moisture because of that you can not  make balls out of the kova mixture.If there is moisture in your filling, that will come out when you press the bobbatlu). Swetch off the heat and set a side
6. Make small balls out of this kova mixture.
7. Make small balls out of this dough and press in to small puri keep the kova mixture ball in the center of the puri and close from all sides to cover the filling.
8. Press this stuffed ball s in to round thick chapathis.
9. Heat a tawa (griddle) sprinkle little ghee and fry this kova bobbatlu both sides till it turn in to nice golden.
Serve with ghee in Ugadi thali or  thick mango juice  is the perfect choice for this kova bobbatlu.
Enjoy your festival meal with this delicious Kova Bobbatlu.
Check out my Bobbatlu recipe here 
Check out the festival recipes here

Mar 1, 2012

Allam Charu - Ginger rasam

After a small break I am back with this spicy rasam recipe. Actually this recipe I wanted to post in Blogging marathon but because of my health problems I couldn't post at that time. Ginger is a fresh herb which we use a lot in our Indian cooking. This aromatic root vegetable is a best home remedy to enhance digestion and controls airsickness. Two small pieces of ginger every day before meal is very beneficial for digestion,  and ginger is a good remedy for joint pains too. So here is the recipe for Allam charu.
Allam (ginger) -- 1 inch piece
Black pepper seeds  ---  1 tea sp (miriyalu)
coriander seeds   ---  1 tea sp(dhaniyalu)
Coconut  --- 1/2 inch piece (dry or fresh)
Dry red chillies  --- 4-5 according to your taste
Add little water to above ingredients and make a paste and set a side.
Tamarind  ---- index finger size pieces 2 soaked in warm water for ten minutes.
Toor dal   --- 3 tab sp soaked and cooked till very soft, mash well.
Oil   --- 1 tab sp
Mustard seeds  --- 1/2 tea sp
Cumin seeds  ---- 1/2 tea sp
Green chillies  --- 3
Salt    --- 1 tea sp or according to your taste
Water   --- 2 cups+ 1 cup to make tamarind juice
chopped coriander leaves -- 1 tab sp
Few curry leaves.
1. Heat 2 cups water in a heavy bottom pan bring to afull boil.
2. squeeze tamarind juice and dilute with 1 cup water and add this tamarind juice to boiling water.
3.Add mashed toor dal and cover with alid, continue boiling in a low heat for five minutes.
4.After five minutes add ground rasam masala paste give a good stir, boil for five more minutes.
5. Heat oil in a other pan add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, green chillies fry for a while and add this to boiling ginger rasam, switch off the heat.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice and bringal stir fry (vankaya kura) or potato sitir fry ( bangala dumpavepudu) and enjoy your meal.