Almond Halwa

Almond Halwa:

Tooth-some Almond halwa, easy recipe to prepare this healthy and rich sweet.

Almonds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients and Almonds are a fantastic source of Almonds are a fantastic source of antioxidants.

Vitamin E is the name for a group of fat-soluble antioxidants.

These antioxidants tend to build up in cell membranes in the body, protecting the cells from oxidative damage.

Almonds are among the world’s best sources of vitamin E, with just one ounce providing 37% of the recommended daily intake.

Ingredients:

  • 1cup almonds, soaked in warm water and peeled
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • A pinch of saffron
  • ⅛ tsp. cardamom powder
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 tbsp ghee or 2 to 3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • Few drops of rose water
Preparation:
  1. Wash and soak badam in warm water for an hour. Peel off the skin and rinse them.
  2. Blend badam, saffron with milk or water to a smooth paste.
Method:

Heat a nonstick pan or heavy bottom pan, add half of the ghee, add the ground paste, sugar, cardamoms and cook till the halwa thickens, constantly stirring in medium flame otherwise, it may get burnt.

Add few tsp of ghee in intervals and stir.

when it reaches the desired consistency without sticking to the bottom of the pan(folds can be made) switch off and add a spoon of ghee.

Serve badam halwa with added nuts.

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Ivy Gourd/ Kovakka Varuval

Ivy Gourd/ Kovakka Varuval:

Inviting taste of this Ivy gourd Varuval is a good companion with plain cooked rice and sambar or stuff in the roti, roll and serve. Simple recipe with fewer ingredients, really you will enjoy the unique taste of this garlic flavored varuval. Many of us do not know the health benefits of Ivy gourd learn more from,

https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/ivy-gourd/

Ivy gourd, with its nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants help in strengthening the nervous system. Ivy gourd help in dealing with numerous nervous related problems

Ingredients:

Ivy gourd-500 gram serves 4 people

To grind:

Chili powder-1 tsp

Salt- 3/4 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Garlic-5 pods

Tomato- 1 small

Cumin-1/2 tsp

Fennel seeds-1/2 tsp

Method:

1.Clean and cut Ivy gourd to thin lengthwise slices.

2.Grind all the above ‘To grind ingredients” to a smooth paste.

3.Heat pan with 1 tablespoon of oil, fry kovakkai for 3 minutes.

4.Add ground masala paste to it mix well, sprinkle half cup water, close and cook for 5 minutes till it becomes soft.

5. Fry until the water evaporates.

Aromatic kovakkai varuval is ready to serve.

IIvy Gourd/ Kovakka Varuval
IIvy Gourd/ Kovakka Varuval

 

 

Roasted Egg Slices

Roasted Eggs:

Roasted Eggs hardly takes no time to prepare. Makes your cooking more simple and worth by its appearance which relishes your meal.

Most of us used to dispose of the yolk, But should you eat egg yolks? The short answer is: Yes!

The yellow stuff in eggs contains many important vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your health. Egg yolks contain nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin, which are important for your eyes. They also contain choline, which is good for your brain and nerves.If you only care about protein, egg whites are a great food. You can buy them pre-cracked and pasteurized in cartons at your grocery store for easy cooking. Some people even add them raw to smoothies. The white generally contains 4 to 4.5 g of protein and only around 17 calories, making it an excellent part of a healthy diet. Eating egg whites in combination with egg yolks makes the whole egg a nutritional powerhouse.

Source: http://www.healthline.com/health/egg-yolk-nutrition#nutrition2

Roasted Eggs
Roasted Eggs

Ingredients:

Eggs (Hard boiled)-2 nos

Pepper powder-1/2 Tsp

Salt-1/4 tsp

Chili powder-1/2 Tsp

Turmeric powder-1/4 Tsp

Method :

Boil eggs for 5 minutes in a medium flame peel its shell and slice it as shown below.

2. Heat pan add a teaspoon of oil, drop all the above-mentioned ingredients except eggs.

3. Sprinkle some water, mix all the ingredients caution: cook in low flame.

4. Place the boiled egg slices on the pan such that masala sticks to the egg on cooking, allow it to get roasted for 3 minutes in low flame.

5. Carefully turn the egg slices to the other side to get roasted on both the sides.

Well coated masala on egg slices are ready to serve.

Enjoy the complete taste of Egg roast.

 

 

Butter Murukku

Butter Murukku:

What can be made special for this festival/Tea time snack?

Varieties of Savouries and sweet recipes are found on browsing,  

Which will be more easy to prepare with minimum time, less effort and delicious lip smacking snack?

Here is an idea of your choice, Butter Murukku in only four steps of effort. Mix all the ingredients, stuff the dough in the press of your desired shape. Fry it in the hot oil, your favorite snack is ready in few minutes of effort. Enjoy this with your family.

Ingredients to prepare:

Rice flour-1 cup (150 gram)

Gram flour – 1 1/2 table spoon

Fried channa dal flour-1 1/2 table spoon (grind roasted channa dal in a mixer)

Butter-1 table spoon

Salt-1/2 Tsp

Chilli powder 1/2 Tsp

Asafoetida-1/4 Tsp

Oil 150 ml to fry

Method:

1.Take a perfect measurement of all the above-given ingredients to a flat bowl, mix well.

2.Add water gradually and mix it to a thick dough.

3.Fill in the Murukku press with the dough, make it into the desired shape of murukku (3 or 4) on the plate. I have used the star shaped plate.

4.Heat oil in a thick bottom pan, once the oil gets heated, drop the Murukku gently into the hot oil and fry till golden yellow or until the sizzling sound reduces.

Butter Murukku
Butter Murukku

 

 

 

Malli Rasam

Malli Rasam:

Rasam which makes our meal more special in many ways by its digestive property, aroma, and flavor. We have plenty of interesting recipes to prepare Rasam. It is a fluid in consistency basically prepared with Tamarind extract and Indian pepper. Aromatic substances like Lemon, Pineapple, Rose water and Goose berry can be added. Here we make rasam with the healthy seed.

Why do we prefer with Coriander seeds?

Coriander seeds Prevents Menstrual Irregularities

Keeps a Check on Cholesterol,

Better digestion,

Facilitates Hair Growth, 

Helps Tackle Diabetes

Beautiful Skin

Prevents Menstrual Irregularities

and the seeds contain linoleic acid that also has pain relieving properties to diminish irritation.

Coriander seeds as Malli in Tamil.

Malli Rasam: Fresh ground Rasam mix is the key secret to enhance the taste of Rasam.

Malli Rasam
Malli Rasam

Ingredients: To Coarse grind

Malli Rasam: Fresh ground Rasam mix is the key secret to enhance the taste of Rasam.

Malli Coriander seeds-1 tbsp

Pepper corns-1 Tsp

Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Red chili-2

Garlic 3 cloves

Ingredients -2

Turmeric powder-1/4 Tsp

Salt-1/2 tsp

Tamarind extract-1 tbsp

Tomato-Water 3 cups

To Temper:

Oil-1 tsp

Mustard seeds-1/2 Tsp

Asafoetida 1/4 Tsp

Curry leaves and Coriander leaves to garnish.

Method:

Coarse grind Ingredient-1

Take a bowl, add water, Ingredient- 2 and mix well.

 

Add coarse grind mixture to the rasam.

Heat pan with oil and season it with the above mentioned To Temper ingredients.

Add chopped tomatoes and saute well till it leaves its skin.

Gradually add the rasam and allow it to boil.(Do not boil more than a minute, taste and smell may vary)

 

Switch off the flame and garnish with Coriander leaves.

Aromatic healthy Corainder rasam is ready to serve.

This can be taken as soup to drink or with plain cooked rice.

Mixed Vegetable Masala (Perattal)

Mixed Vegetable Masala:

To read recipe in Tamil click link below

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We cook vegetables in the different combination of a meal as mild and spicy to satisfy our taste buds and balance the health benefits according to our weather conditions. Koottu, Poriyal, Avial, Perattal, Mandi, Pachadi. Puli

Koottu, Poriyal, Avial, Perattal (Masal, Thovattal, Kola, Mandi, Pachadi.

Puli kuzhambu, Vathal Kuzhambu, Thanni Kuzhambu, Sambar, Rasam, Soup.

The mixed vegetable is a delicious and nutritious dish to go with Roti or plain cooked rice with the combination of rasam or sambar.

Mixed vegetable Perattal
Mixed vegetable Perattal

 

Ingredients:

Mixed Vegetables as you wish -500 gram

Carrot, Beans, Beetroot, Capsicum, Potato, Green peas, and cauliflower.

Soya (Meal maker) optional

Onion-1 big

Tomato- 1 big

Masala powder-1 teaspoon

Chilli powder-2 teaspoon

Salt-1 tsp

Ginger garlic paste

To Temper:

Oil-1 tbsp

Fennel seeds-1/2 tsp

Cumin- 1/2 tsp

Method to Prepare:

Clean and cut all the vegetables in equal size(to the size of peas)

Heat oil in a thick bottom pan, season with fennel and cumin seeds.

Add Onion and saute for 2 minutes, add ginger garlic paste and stir for a while.

Add cut potatoes and beetroot saute for more 2 minutes.

Now add all other vegetables and Tomatoes, saute for 2 more minutes.

Add masala powder, salt, and chili powder, mix well.

Add a half cup of water and close cook for 5 minutes in a medium flame.

Allow it to cook soft. Now mixed vegetable is ready to serve with rice or roti.

According to your preference, you can add little coconut milk or grind 2 table spoon of coconut and cumin seeds to a smooth paste and mix with the vegetables while cooking. This helps to increase the quantity, aroma, and flavor.

 

 

 

Vinayagar/Ganesh Chathurthi Special

Vinayagar/Ganesh Chathurthi Special:

Varieties of 9 wonderful and easy Vinayagar Chathurthi Neivedhyam recipe links are provided below, click blue link for more detailed recipes.

  1. Erukkam Kozhukkattai:

Name of this dish based on the flower Erukkam poo in Tamil, commonly known as Crown flower loved by Lord Ganesha. Kozhukkattai as eivedhyam, prepared in the shape of Erukkam poo, his desired flower. Tastes great with both sweet and spicy fillings.

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Erikkam kozhukkatta

2. Pillayar Patti Mothagam:
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Vinayagar Chadhurthi, with the unique recipe prepared in Pillayar Patti – Modhagam. We believe that Lord Ganesha likes Modhagam, so we call him as Modhagappiriyar in Tamil, means who loves Modhagam. This is the reason behind we prepare various types of Kozhukkattai and show our devotion towards Ganesha. This the unique type of Modhagam prepared in Pillayar Patti during this Chathurthi. Freshly prepared with soaked raw rice and moong dal.

Pillayar Patti Mothagam
Pillayar Patti Mothagam

3. Neer Kozhukkattai:

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Kozhukattai is nothing but a rice dumpling, made by steaming freshly ground rice into balls, it can be made as both sweet and salt version. As we know any steamed food is extremely good for health. Here is the salt version.This will be soft and tasty with Kanagambara chutney.

4. Varagu Arisi Kozhukkattai:

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Varagu rice kozhukkattai
Varagu rice kozhukkattai

Millets are becoming trendy food and wholesome nutritious to all age category, nourishing dishes are prepared with millets.

Millet provides a host of nutrients, has a sweet nutty flavor, and is considered to be one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains.

Kodo millet(vara gari si) kozhukkattai is very palatable and soft when compared with other varieties of kolukkattai. Excellent breakfast or dinner with poondu (garlic) chutney.

Kodo millet can be used in the place of raw rice in all dishes alternatively, the taste will be better when compared with rice.

5. Mixed Nuts Kozhukkattai:

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Healthiest Innovation in our traditional recipe. Kozhukkattai is traditionally made with rice flour as base and filling prepared in various combinations, including spicy and sweet. Here,  I thought to prepare something  healthier to consume and without any artificial sweet or sweets like sugar and jaggery. Dates are naturally sweet in taste and the crunchy nuts added are very healthy. This wonderful combination of nuts and dates, filled in rice pod is heavenly in taste. Exclusively prepared for this Ganesh Chathurthi, recipe from Chettinad cookbook.

Mixed nuts Kozhukkattai
Mixed nuts Kozhukkattai

6. Pidi Kozhukkattai:

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Red rice  is usually eaten unhulled or partially hulled and has a red husk, rather than the more common brown. Red rice has a nutty flavor. Compared to polished rice, it has the higher nutritional value of rice eaten with the germ intact.

Kozhukkattai made out of healthy red rice will be soft and melts in our mouth.We call it as, “Pidi” Kozhukkattai because we catch to hold the mixture to get its shape. Delicious red rice kozhukkattai can be served with Red chilli or Tomato chutney.

Pidi Kozhukkattai
Pidi Kozhukkattai

7. Rava Kozhukkzttai:

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Wish You all Happy Ganesh Chathurthi,

Glad to note that we have achieved 350 posts in our blog – http://www.chettinadcookbook.org . To celebrate both Ganesh Chaturthi and our achievement we have a treat with the unique recipe Rava Kozhukkattai. easy to prepare in few minutes of effort. Rava has the quality of easiest and fast cooking ingredient in all to choose. Rice can be replaced by Rava to make Kozhukkattai.

Rava Kozhukkattai
Rava Kozhukkattai

 

8. Ragi Kozhukkattai:

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Puttu kozhukattai:

This can be made with Rice flour, Wheat flour, Ragi flour etc. Here I preferred to do with Ragi flour because of its high nutritional value, the same recipe can be followed for all type of  flour,  cooking time may vary.

Raagi Puttu Kozhukkattai
Raagi Puttu Kozhukkattai

9. Sivapparisi Kozhukkattai:

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Soft and Creamy kozhukkattai made out of red rice :

Can be cooked in boiling water and season it with mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves.

Sivaparisi/Red rice flour makes this sweet pal kozhukkattai more delicious.Normally pal kozhukkattai is prepared with white rice flour, mini balls cooked in milk and added jaggery or sugar,here we use red rice flour for its health benefits and natural sweetness present in the rice enhances the taste.This also equally delectable and soft.

Elai Adai:

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Elai adai is kerala special dish. It has wonderful aroma cooked in banana leaves, this is steam cooked variety. Healthy, soft and delicious sweet liked by all. This sweet is specially made during vinayagar chathurthi as prasadham to lord Ganesha.Fillings can be sweet or spicy according to your preference.

Banana leaves are also excellent for cook, as it allows the steam to penetrate the food inside or on top of it. You can use banana leaf to line a steamer, or to wrap your food and then steam it.

Elai adai
Elai adai