Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rava Maida Appam | Rava Paniyaram | Appam Recipe

Rava Maida Appam, an easy to make snack with rava and maida. As Karthigai deepam is nearby , i have seen a lot of appam recipe online that are used to prepare especially for this festival.In our home, normally we prepare kozhukattai on karthiga deepam. Though we don't have the habit of making any appam on karthigai deepam day, we make this appam for diwali, aadi festival and even for evening snacks.
In my school days, Amma used to make this as evening snacks and i liked it so much back then(of course now also). More than the appam, i liked the batter so much and asked Amma to keep some batter aside without frying. I liked to dip the fried appam in the batter and eat. Yeah, it's a weird combo, but i like it so much that way.Still i reserve some batter when i'm making this appam and have it with fried appams.You can't get over certain habits right???
Ok, enough with the stories, if you're looking for easy appam recipe for this karthigai deepam, here it is, so easy and not just by the ingredients, even with simple ingredients, it taste absolutely delicious.

Rava Maida Appam

Preparation Time : 40 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsMakes : 12 to 14 
Recipe Category: Sweets | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Rava/Semolina - 1/2 cup
Maida - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/3 cup
Grated Coconut - 2 to 3 tbsp
Cardamom - 2 
Oil - for deep frying
Water - as needed

Measure the rava and take it in a bowl, add enough water just to immerse the rava and let it set aside for 30- 40 mins.After 40 mins, all the water would be absorbed,at this stage, add sugar and maida.Then add the grated coconut and mix it well. Let it set aside for 15 to 20 mins. The resting time helps to dissolve the sugar. Don't tempt to add water now,once the sugar dissolves, the batter comes to pourable consistency. Finally add the crushed cardamom seeds into the rava maida mixture and mix it well. The batter should be thick and pourable(if needed add water now and make it as pourable consistency) as shown in below pic.Heat the oil for deep frying,take a spoonful of batter and pour into the hot oil slowly.Cook on both sides until it becomes golden brown, then remove it from the hot oil and drain it on tissue paper.That's it , Tasty Rava Maida Appam is ready.
  • Keep the oil in medium flame while cooking the appam.
  • Adding coconut enhance the taste of appam. 
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tomato Soup | Thakkali Soup | Soup Recipe

Tomato Soup, a quick and easy to make soup with tomatoes. Though we don't have the habit of having soup at our home regularly, once in a while, i prepare this tomato soup along with some sandwich or panini.Yep, that is a combination inspired from panera bread combo menu. As temperature is dropping here now, these combination is our absolute favorite to have it as dinner or as lunch on those cool days. 
Here in the soup recipe, i haven't use any cream at all and make it as very lighter as per our liking. But if you like rich tomato soup, instead of maida mixture, you can use heavy cream, that will make it as more like restaurant soup.

Tomato Soup

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Soup | Recipe Cuisine: General
Tomato - 4
Garlic - 2
Butter - 1 tbsp
Bay leaf - 1
Maida/All purpose flour - 2 tsp
Milk - 2 tbsp
Beetroot - 1 inch small piece
Pepper powder - to taste
Salt - to taste
Italian seasoning - to taste(optional)

Wash and take the tomato, cut a cross on both sides of the tomatoes. Heat a pressure cooker with butter.Add the garlic and bay leaves ,saute till aromatic. Then add the tomatoes and saute in butter for 1 min.Then add enough water and small pieces of beetroot(forget to take pic of that),cover the pressure cooker with lid  and cook it for 3 whistle.Let it cool a bit, then remove the skin of the tomatoes & bay leaf and put it in the blender and grind into smooth paste.Transfer the tomato puree into the pan along with the leftover cooked water from the tomatoes(if needed add more water at this stage),mix it well. Put it on flame and then add required salt.Let it bring to boil, in the mean time, mix the maida with milk without any lumps and add into the soup and mix well.Add pepper powder to taste, mix well. Let it simmer for few more mins and switch off the flame.That's it, Soothing Tomato Soup is ready. Sprinkle some italian seasoning on top while serving.

  • Beetroot gives bright color to the soup.
  • Maida helps to thicken the soup, so add more or less of maida depends on the thickness you want.

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