Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Home made Croutons from Baguette | How to make Croutons

Croutons, a small pieces of crunchy baked bread served along with soups.Whenever i had plan for making soup at home, i just grab a bag of croutons from the grocery shop, it adds nice texture to the soup. But the recently bought ones are not so good and found it super salty which i don't like it at all and haven't had a single piece of croutons. That's when i started searching for the recipe online and amazed how easily it can be made and customized at home. In today's recipe, i haven't used much spices or herbs in the croutons,just gone with simple garlic flavor. But you can add any dried herbs as per your liking.Now let's check out the recipe.

Home made Croutons from Baguette

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 10 minsMakes : 2 Cups 
Recipe Category: Sides | Recipe Cuisine: General
Baguette bread - 1/2 loaf
Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Garlic - 1 pod
Salt & pepper - needed

Preheat the oven at 350F.
In a bowl, add the oil and butter mix it well, then add the finely minced garlic, salt and pepper.Mix it all well together and keep it aside until use. Take 1/2 loaf of baguette bread , cut into thin slices first.Then cut them into bit size pieces, put them in the baking tray and pour the butter & oil mixture on top of it.Toss them well until all the pieces coated well with oil and butter mixture. Place it in the oven and bake it for 10 mins, in between take the tray out once and flip all the bread pieces and put it back in the oven. Tada, Home made Croutons are ready.

  • If you like little more brown on top of the croutons, keep it in the oven for few more mins.
  • Make sure to flip the bread pieces once in between while baking.
  • Here i have used a pinch of salt only, since i found that the salt in the bread is enough, but feel free to add more as per your liking.
  • Stale bread works better for making croutons.
  • Instead of whole garlic, garlic powder can also be used.
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Urad Dal Laddo with Jaggery | Sunnundalu | Ulunthu Ladoo Recipe

Urad dal ladoo, a delicious and healthy ladoo made from the unskinned urad dal and jaggery. Ever since i knew about this ladoo through social media, i wanna try this at home because basically i love urad dal and its flavor, so i knew that this was my kind of ladoo. Finally today i give it a try and as expected it's so good with wonderful flavor and texture. Definitely it's gonna be a keeper recipe. 
After six months of moving here and there, finally we moved into a apartment last week here at Canada. Things are getting settled slowly and i will post regularly hereafter. And this is the first recipe that i have tried here for blog sake and want to make something sweet, that's the main reason for making this ladoo today. Glad that i tried, really it's awesome on every bite. So if you're looking for healthy ladoos, definitely this urad dal ladoo is one among them and it's ideal for growing kids too. 

Urad Dal Laddo with Jaggery

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 minsServes : 15 
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Urad dal - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1/2 cup(heaped)
Rice - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 1/4 cup
Cardamom - 2

Heat a pan and add the urad dal. Start roasting when it slightly changes its color, add the rice.
Roast till nice aroma comes from it and also it becomes golden brown. It may take 8-10 mins on medium flame.Remove from the flame and transfer to the bowl to avoid further browning.Let it cool down completely and then add the dal into the mixie jar. Next add the cardamom, grind into coarse powder and then add the jaggery.Grind into fine powder and transfer into a vessel . Heat the ghee and add into the dal mixture.Mix it well with your hands and make ladoos out of it.That's it, Tasty & healthy Urad dal ladoos are ready.
  • Make sure to use the good quality jaggery, if the jaggery has any impurities then make a syrup with little amount of water, strain and use it. In that case, you may not need the mentioned amount of ghee or no ghee at all. That too tastes good.
  • Dont grind the dal mixture into too fine,it makes the ladoo sticky while eating.
  • Adding rice helps to avoid the sticky texture of the ladoo.

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