Friday, November 30, 2018

Carrot Cheese Paratha | Carrot Paratha | Paratha Recipe

Carrot Cheese Paratha, a delicious stuffed paratha that can be prepared in no time.  I have been thought of making this paratha for every long time, but ST is not fond of any meal with slight sweet in it. Also I was thinking that the paratha might have slight sweet in it,because of carrot. Finally keep the doubts aside and tried it last week, Yes it has mild sweet taste but not at all overpowering and with other spices and cheese, it tastes so good. Even ST had it without any complaints :- ). Ok, now let's check out how to make this super easy carrot paratha. 

Carrot Cheese Paratha

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Paratha | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
For dough
Wheat flour - 1 cup
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Water - as needed
For Stuffing
Carrot - 2 
Cheese - 1/2 cup
Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste


Procedure
Take the flour in a bowl, add salt & oil and mix it with flour well. Then add water to the flour.Mix it with your hand and gather it together as a single mass , now knead the dough well until the surface looks smooth.Cover it with lid and set aside for minimum 15 mins.Next grate the carrot finely and add into the bowl along with the other ingredients of the stuffing. Mix it well.Pinch medium lemon sized balls from the dough and roll it as smooth. Take the rolling pin and roll into small disc, place the stuffing in the center.Pleat the sides towards the center and seal it. Keep the sealed edge downside and roll into thick paratha(if needed add more flour for dusting).Heat the tava, grease it will oil and place the rolled paratha on it.Cook it on both side until the brown spots appears on both sides.Tada, Tasty Carrot Paratha is ready.

Notes:

  • You can add more or less cheese as per liking.
  • Here i have used Mozzarella cheese,but you can use any cheese you like.
  • Grate the carrot finely, it helps to roll the paratha evenly.



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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

How to Clean Vazhaipoo | Banana Flower

Vazhaipoo/ Banana Flowers are the blossom that grows on banana plant and it's used in south indian cooking a lot. We make usili, kola urundai, vadai,poriyal with banana flower, all are really delicious and we as a family love them in any form. But cleaning banana flowers is such a painstaking process and also many beginners are not aware of this, so this post might useful for all the beginners in cooking and  experts this post  is not for you :-) but if you're willing to take a look on how i clean my vazhaipoo/banana flower, you're more welcome.
At one time, when we were in hosur and i was still a beginner in cooking then, bought a vazhaipoo, called Amma & asked about the cleaning method and did all the cleaning, it took around 2 hrs. Once finished cooking them, i had noticed that it had a strong bitter taste and wondered why it had such a bitter taste, then again called Amma, she told that very rarely some vazhaipoo/banana flower has strong bitter taste(mild bitter taste is normal) and it's not advisable to consume them. Later i threw them in trash with heavy heart. So always taste a bit of  raw florets, if it doesn't have any bitter taste, proceed cleaning them, else discard them. Lesson learnt that day !!! Ok, now it's time to check out the cleaning method.


How to Clean Vazhaipoo | Banana Flower

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 0 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Basic | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
Banana Flower - 1 

Procedure
First take the banana flower, peel the first layer of petal and you can see the banana florets inside, remove them and place it on the plate. Do the same for next couple of petals. Next take one flower in your hand and inside you can see a stamen(the one with round head ) and a transparent layer.Remove them and discard it. Similarly do the same for all the florets. As you go on, the florets became smaller in size inside. At that stage, there is hardly any transparent layer, so just remove the stamen alone.At one stage, you find it hard to remove the petals, at that stage, don't remove the petals, you can used them as it. Just remove the stem from it and chop them along them with florets.That's it, now it's ready to chop and cook.
Notes:
  • Your hands may have dark stains while cleaning. To remove that, just apply some coconut oil on hand after cleaning , rub it with tissue paper and wash it with hand wash or you can use the hand gloves to avoid staining.
  • Banana florets becomes dark when keep it outside for long. If you're not cooking them immediately, put them in butter milk, it helps to become dark.


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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Home made Pav bread | Pav bread using Tangzhong method

Pav bread , a soft and fluffy dinner rolls & it's served with pav bhaji across India. Though i make pav bhaji at home regularly, i never tried pav bread on my own until very recently. Once i had started to make pav bread at home, i realized how soft and delicious it is than the store bought ones. Not only pav bhaji, you can make vada pav also with this pav bread.
Here in the recipe, the tangzhong method of bread making technique is used. Tangzhong is a method where  flour and water roux is used to make soft and fluffy bread which was originated from Japan. Before making this pav bread, i have baked coconut buns once using Tangzhong method and the bread was so soft and delicious, so when i saw this recipe  for pav bread using tangzhong method from Gayathri's space, without a doubt i tried it at once and as expected the pav bread was so soft and delicious. Sure it's a keeper recipe.
Before checking out the recipe, i have to let you guys know one thing first, here in the recipe, there is no step by step pics like my other posts. Currently i'm not having my camera with me and it takes another week to get my camera back, since i don't want to keep my space idle for that long, i'm posting this recipe without step by step pics, the final pictures was taken in one of my successful attempts of making this pav bread, once i got the camera, will update the step by step pics, now let's check out the recipe.

Home made Pav bread

Preparation Time : 2 hrs | Cooking Time : 20 minsMakes : 12 
Recipe Category: Bread | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
All purpose flour - 2 & 1/2 cup
Sugar - 3 & 1/2 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Curd - 1/4 cup
Milk Powder - 2 tsp(optional)
Instant yeast - 2 tsp
Butter - 3 tsp
For the flour roux
All purpose flour - 8 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup

Procedure
First let's make the flour roux, for that, take the all purpose flour and milk in a sauce, whisk it until all mix together well. Then put it in the low heat, continuously whisk & cook till it becomes thick dough.Remove from the flame,transfer the flour roux into a bowl,cover it with cling wrap(if you're using for later) and let it cool completely. Next for the dough, add the flour,sugar,salt,milk powder and yeast in a bowl. Mix it well.Make a well in the center and add the prepared flour roux, butter,curd  and mix it all together until it looks crumbled.Next add  1/2 cup(approx) of water and make a slightly sticky dough.Transfer the dough on to the working surface and kneed it for 10 mins until it becomes soft and non-sticky. It should pass the window pane test(That means you can able to stretch the dough without breaking such that the light can pass through it).Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with cling wrap, let it rise for double in size. It takes 1 to 1&1/2 hrs approx. Once the dough is doubled in size, punch down the extra air and cut the dough into 4 equal parts.Take each part of dough and make three balls out of it. Keep the dough inside your palm and roll into smooth balls. 
Do the same for the remaining dough and place it on the greased baking sheet. Cover it with cling paper and let it rise again for 30- 40 mins.Preheat oven at 350F. Once the dough doubled in size, brush it with milk on top and place it in the oven & bake it for 20-22 mins mins.Remove from the oven and brush the top with melted butter on the top. Let it cool completely on wire rack.
Tasty and soft Pav bread is ready to serve.
Notes:
  • While preparing the roux, make sure to stir it continuously, it tends to clump together at the bottom quickly.
  • Cool the roux completely before use it in the dough.
  • Kneed the dough for 10 mins is must to get that soft , smooth & non-sticky dough. 
  • Even without milk powder also, it turns out fine. 
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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sweet Potato Halwa | Sakkaravalli Kizhangu Halwa | Deepavali Sweet

Sweet Potato Halwa, a quick to make halwa from the sweet potato. If you' ve been following my blog regularly, you might know that for this week i'm posting the colorful dishes with the naturally available ingredients without using any food color. Though i have been bought sweet potato regularly, i never thought of making halwa, mostly have made stir fry or just steam and have it for evening time, but when signed up for this theme, i wanted to make something sweet with sweet potato since it's deepavali time !!!
So i had started searching for the dessert recipe with sweet potato, that's when i came across this halwa recipe from manjula's kitchen, the recipe was so easy and sounds tasty too.In the next couple of days, i had prepared this and as expected the taste and texture was amazing, unless you have told, no one can find that this halwa is made from sweet potato. ST also didn't find out and keep on asking me what halwa it is till he finishes off his share of halwa :-)
Unlike other halwa recipe, it doesn't need lot of sugar and ghee, still it's lip smacking delicious. Adding milk gives such a rich flavor to this halwa.It's so simple to make, even beginners can try without any difficulties. But one thing you have to make sure that the mashed sweet potatoes are sauteed well in the ghee before adding any other ingredients to avoid that raw potato flavor in the final halwa. Now let's check out how to make this delicious halwa.  

Sweet Potato Halwa

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Halwa | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
Sweet Potato(mashed) - 1 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/3 to  1/2 cup
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cardamom - 2 
Cashews - 6

Procedure
First pressure cook the sweet potato and keep it ready, remove the skin and mashed them well.I had approximately 1 cup mashed sweet potato. Heat the pan with 1 & 1/2 tbsp of ghee, add the cashews.Roast them till it becomes slightly golden brown, then remove it on the plate. In the same ghee, add the mashed sweet potato.Saute them in the ghee until it becomes non sticky and move along with the laddle.Then add the milk in to the mashed potato.Mix it well and cook again until it becomes a thick mass. After adding milk, the mixture tends to splatter a little, so be careful while stirring. Next add the sugar and mix it well. At this stage, the mixture becomes little watery, but that's completely normal. Then add the crushed cardamom into the halwa.Add the remaining 1/2 tbsp of ghee into the halwa now and stir it continuously till the halwa becomes glossy, non-sticky and move along with the laddle.Finally add the roasted cashews into the halwa and switch off the flame. Halwa is ready to serve.Tasty and vibrant Sweet Potato Halwa is ready.
Notes:
  • Depends on the sweetness of the potato, you may need up to 1/2 cup of sugar. My potatoes are already sweet, so i have used 1/3 cup of sugar only.
  • Saute the mashed potato in the ghee till it becomes non sticky. That gives the wonderful aroma to the halwa, otherwise you get the strong smell of the potato.
  • Milk gives nice richness to the halwa, if you want more richness, you can add 1/4 cup of khoya too.
  • Cook the entire time in medium flame.
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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Spinach Murukku | Palak Chakli | Murukku Recipe

Spinach Murukku, a delicious and colorful snack made from the rice flour and spinach puree. Last diwali itself, i got this idea of using spinach puree in murukku dough from the fellow blogger friends.It's been in my mind since, at last, few days back gave it a try and i was amazed by how colorful it looks and at the same time it's super crunchy and delicious. For this murukku recipe, i have used my favorite, fool proof "pottukadalai murukku recipe " as base, in that instead of plain water, i used the spinach puree to make the dough. 
While making this murukku, i had noticed few things to take care to get that beautiful  green color, First, the spinach should be fresh and green, so i have used baby spinach, it has bright green color than the regular spinach which is more darker in color. Second, cook it in medium flame and remove from the oil immediately when the "shh" sounds stops and there are no more bubbles around the murukku. If you cook past this stage, then it became brownish green, my first batch turned out like that. Third, puree the spinach with less water, if it needs more liquid to make the dough, you can always add more water, but if you puree it with more water, then you may not need all spinach puree for making the dough, that means less spinach in the dough and the color also not as green as we wanted.
As you all might know that i'm posting colorful dishes for this week BM theme and for day 2, my pick is this Spinach Murukku. They are super cute and very appealing snack  for sure, now let's check out how to make this Green Murukku without any food color :-) 

Spinach Murukku | Palak Chakli | Murukku Recipe

Preparation Time : 1 hr | Cooking Time : 20 minsMakes : 22-25 
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
Rice flour - 1/2 cup heaped
Pottukadalai/daliya/roasted gram powder - 2 tbsp
Butter - 2 tsp
Spinach - 1/2 cup(tightly packed)
Sesame seed - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - for frying
Water - as needed

Procedure
First measure & take the spinach, add into the blender along with 2 tp 3 tbsp of water and grind into smooth paste. Keep it aside until use.In a bowl, add rice flour, roasted gram powder, sesame seed and oil, give it a good mix, then add the butter.Mix the butter with the flour well, then add the spinach puree, if needed add more water and make a smooth dough.Use the star shape disc in the murukku press and fill it with dough and squeeze the dough as concentric circle in the back of the laddle.Heat the oil for frying, then add the dough gently into the oil and fry till the "shh" sound stops.Drain the murukku from the oil and place it on the tissue paper. Once it's completely cooled, store it in air tight container.Tasty and crispy Spinach Murukku is ready.
Notes:
  • You can use black sesame seed instead of white sesame seed too.
  • Cook the murukku in medium flame and also remove them once the sound "shh" stops.
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