Thursday, 8 October 2015

Shevayee Upama ( Vermicelli Upama )


Shevayee or Vermicelli as they are commonly known can be cooked into various ways . You can make sweet sheera or savory upama or even make payasam . Make the upama healthier by adding lots of groundnuts and chana to it .

Planning nutritious breakfast everyday is a challenging task for every woman .  This yummy upama will truely satisfy your need for providing nutritious breakfast as well as your family's need of having a tasty breakfast .





Ingredients :


2 cups ....................... Shevai ( vermicelli )
1/4 cup .....................groundnuts
1/4 cup ...................roasted chana daal ( daale )
2 tbsp .....................oil
1 / 2 tsp ..................mustard seeds
2 ..........................green chillies ( cut into 4 pieces )
1/4 tsp ..................hing ( asefoetida )
10/ 15 .................curry leaves
3 / 4 tbsp .................scraped coconut ( for garnishing )
fistful ......................fresh coriander leaves chopped ( for garnishing )
sugar and salt to taste





Method :


In a kadhai heat oil and add mustard seeds.

When mustard seeds splutter add hing , curry leaves and chillies .

Add groundnuts and roasted channa daal and stir for 5 minutes.

You will get a nice nutty aroma.

Now add the shevai and stir for 2 minutes till they are light pink in colour .

Add 3 cups water , salt , and sugar .

Cover the kadhai with a lid and  cook on a low flame till all the water is absorbed.

If you find the upama dry add some more water as needed .

Garnish with coconut and chopped coriander and serve hot with tea or coffee .


Saturday, 3 October 2015

Jackfruit Muffins

Nowadays the markets are loaded with Jackfruits . Jackfruit comes in two varieties. In karwari we call these varieties " kappo" and "barko" . The kappo variety has firm texture whereas the barko variety is very soft and juicy .

This barko variety is usually used to made various dishes like sweet dosas, idlis , cakes etc . No essence or any extra flavor is needed in these muffins as the jackfruit itself imparts an lovely flavor to these muffins . If the jackfruit is very sweet you won't have to add sugar at all . So decide the amount of sugar accordingly.

So make these simply yet delicious muffins when  the season is in full swing .





Ingredients :


2 cups..................sweet jackfruit plup
1 cup....................rawa ( dry roasted for 5 to 10 minutes )
1 cup..................wheat flour
1 cup..................milk
1/2 cup..............sugar ( if needed)
1 tsp...................baking powder
1/2 tsp...............baking soda
2 tbsp...............pure ghee
few..................broken cashewnut pieces ( optional)



Method :


Mix everything except the baking powder and soda .

Keep aside for 2 hours .

If the batter is too thick add some more milk and mix.

Grease the muffin tray .

Add baking powder and soda to the batter and mix well.

Pour spoonfuls in the mould .

Bake the muffings in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes .

Insert a toothpick to check if the muffins are baked.

If the toothpick comes out clean without any batter sticking to it muffins are done.

Remove the tray from the oven and let the muffins cool down.



Sunday, 27 September 2015

Kadhi Gole

Pulses and daals are one of the main sources of proteins for vegetarians . Today's dish Kadhi Gole which is an authentic maharashtrian dish is made with raw chana daal and very few basic ingredients.
It tastes yummy with rotis . If you want to serve it with rice keep the gravy thin.







Ingredients : 

For gole ( balls )

1/2 bowl ....................raw chana daal
2 tsp ......................... ginger garlic chilly paste
1 tsp .........................dhana jeera powder
1/2 tsp ......................turmeric powder
salt to taste

For Kadhi ( curry ) : 

2 large cups ....................very diluted butter milk (sour )
or 1 cup ...........................thick sour curd ( dilute with water and make thin )
1 tsbp ..............................besan  ( channa daal flour )
2 / 3 tbsp ...........................oil
1 tsp ...............................mustard seeds
8/10 ..............................curry leaves
1/4 tsp ...........................hing ( asefoetida )
1/2 tsp ............................turmeric powder
1 tsp ............................ginger garlic chilly paste ( optional )
2 tsp ..........................sugar
salt to taste


Method :


Soak the channa daal overnight and grind it to coarse paste without water.

Add all other ingredients meant for making balls .

Keep this mixture aside.

Now heat oil in kadhai and add mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves .

Mix besan , sugar , salt , ginger garlic paste and turmeric powder in buttermilk.

Pour this diluted mixture in the kadhai .

Stir constantly at low flame.

When the curry starts boiling carefully add small balls of the above mixture.

Do not stir once you add the balls as they may break.

Cook for 5  to 10 more minutes .

Serve with hot rice and pickle.







Wednesday, 10 June 2015

paneer capsicum stir fry




This very simple yet amazingly tasty dish will be loved by all . It has less oil and loads of nutrition . Children love this not so spicy dish inspite of addition of capsicum in it .






Ingredients :


250 gm .......................paneer cubes ( cottage cheese )
250 gm ......................capsicum ( deseeded and cubed)
2 ...............................onions ( chopped)
1/2 tsp......................garam masala powder ( cloves, cinnamon and cardamom )
1/2 tsp......................pepper powder ( optional )
2 tbsp.......................fresh cream
1/2 tsp.......................sugar
1 tbsp........................ghee / butter
salt


Method :


In ghee saute onions till translucent .

Add capsicum and cook for 2 to 3 minutes but keep them crisp.

Now add all the masalas and stir fry for 1 minute.

In the end add paneer and gently mix everything .

Take care not to bread the paneer cubes.

Cover the pan with lid and cook for just 2 minutes.

Add cream and switch off the gas .

Serve warm with rotis.