Milagu Vadai-Pepper Dal fritters

Milagu Vadai-Pepper Dal fritters:

Milagu vadai is made out of Urad dal and pepper to deep fry in oil,  this will be crispy and yummy with any combination of the main meal or can be consumed as snacks with tea or coffee. This can be stored in an airtight container for a week time. This Vada is served as nievedyam for Anjaneyar on his auspicious birthday, as he loved the divine taste of this vada devotes make this as a Garlandfor him to get his blessings.

Ingredients to prepare:

Urad dal-1 cup

Peppercorns-1 tsp

Asafoetida-2 pinches

Salt-1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp

Rice flour – 2tbsp (this gives additional crispiness)

Hot oil to mix batter-1 tbsp

Oil-200 ml to fry

Method:

  1. Wash and soak Urad dal for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain the water completely from soaked urad dal. let it stay on the colander for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Now, add Urad dal, Peppercorns, asafoetida, and salt to a mixer jar, grind to a coarse batter.


4. Transfer to a bowl, add cumin seeds chopped curry leaves if preferred.rice flour and hot oil one tablespoon which helps us to have crispy vada.

5. Mix well by beating it to have a smooth batter. Wet your hand, take a lemon sized batter to place it on a Butter paper close it with another oil spread butter paper or polythene cover press gently by your hand as thin patties make a hole in the middle.

6. Heat oil in a pan wet your hand and remove vada from the paper, drop it gently to the hot oil fry both the sides till it turns golden yellow drain the oil and collect to the tray. Crispy Milagu vada is ready to serve.

Note:

  1. Do not soak urad dal for a long time.
  2. Do drain the water completely to have the coarse grind of batter, do not make a smooth paste.
  3. Add hot oil to have crispy vada.
  4. Make thin patties to fry.

 

 

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Butter Sticks

Butter sticks: 

The snack has a different version to impress children and snack lovers, in that category we have Butter sticks as an innovative recipe. What is special in this snack!!! even though it has the site of Murukku it is unconventionally made to sticks which melt in the mouth with the fresh aromatic cumin bite. This will tempt children to enjoy a snack box favorite by its finger-like crispy fries.

Ingredients:

Raw rice flour-1 cup

Besan flour-1 3/4 tbsp (Chickpea flour -kadalai Mavu)

Channa dal flour-1 3/4 tbsp (fried channa -Pottukadalai Mavu)

Butter-2 tbsp or 40 grams

Cumin seeds-3/4 tsp slightly crushed

Salt-1/2 tsp

Method:

In a wide bowl mix, all flour items with salt, cumin seeds, and butter mix well, add water little by little and mix to a consistency of the chappathi batter. (as smooth butter)

Take a portion of the mixture fill in the press, on a tray or sheet, do a long press, cut in to finger length sticks.

Heat oil and deep fry to golden yellow. (sizzling sound reduces once done)

allow it to room temperature and store in an airtight jar.

Serving suggestions:

Gathering at Brunch- Butter sticks with Juice,

At Lunch  Butter sticks with soup

At supper Butter sticks with Cofee or tea

 

 

Coconut Rice

Coconut rice:

Easy cooking fried rice variety, healthy and flavourful rice recipe to pack your lunch box.

Coconut is a less rich source of vitamins, the highest of which in include B vitamins such as folate and thiamine. While coconuts have gain popularity for their purported disease-fighting properties, Food Science suggests that the fatty acids in coconut contain powerful antioxidants that help boost the immune function and reduce systemic inflammation in the body. It is these antioxidants that some believe may help reduce the risk of metabolic and aging-related diseases by eliminating free radicals that cause cell damage.

Ingredients to prepare rice:

Grated coconut-1 cup

Rice-1 cup (Basmati long grain or raw rice is fine)

To season:

Red chili-2 nos

Urad dal-1 tsp

Cashews broken-4 to 5 nos

Mustard seeds-1 tsp

Oil-1 tbsp

Curry leaves-2 twig

Method to prepare :

1. Wash and soak rice for 10 minutes cook with 2 cups of water. Spread cooked rice in a wide bowl to normal temperature. To enhance the richness of coconut flavor, you can boil rice in coconut milk+ bay leaves can be added while cooking rice you can remove the leaf before seasoning. it gives a nice aroma to the rice.

2. Heat pan with oil season with mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, red chili, and cashew nuts fry till golden brown.

3. Add curry leaves and grated coconut fry for a minute.

4. Add cooked rice in it, sprinkle salt and mix gently. Serve with any vegetable masala or simply with pickle.

Note: If you cook rice in coconut milk, reduce grated coconut to 1/2 cup.

Vathal Kuzhambu

Vathal Kuzhambu:

South Indian meal has a variety of Kuzhambu combinations, sweets, and vegetable as a side dish to make the meal as Maharaja meal. Vathal kuzhambu  is a tangy, sweet, sour and bit more spiced curry to eat with plain-cooked rice this can be stored for 3 to 5 days. Suitable to serve with Idli dosa also.

This method of preparation can be followed to do curries with, (Vathal) sun-dried berries (manathakkali vathal) or Sunda vathal Thakkali (Tomato)kuzhambu, Poondu (Garlic)kuzhambu, kara kuzhambu. Lovers across the world for this kuzhambu which gives a satisfying feel of a complete meal with tongue-tickling dishes.

Ingredients:

Vathal-1tsp to make powder

Onion-1/2 cup

Garlic 7 pods

Tomato-1

Tamarind-lemon sized ball

Chilli powder-2 tsp

coriander powder-2 tsp

OR sambar powder-3 tsp

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Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

Salt-1 tsp

Jaggery grated-1/2 tsp

To season:

Oil-2 tbsp

Vathal(sun dried berries) (manathakkali vathal) or Sunda vathal – 2 tablespoons

Fennel seeds-1/2

Cumin seeds-few

Methi seeds-few

Curry leaves-2 twigs

sesame oil-1 tsp

Preparation:

1. Peel and cut pearl onion, Garlic and tomato.

2. Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of warm water and extract the pulp.

3. Roast 1 tsp of vathal and crush it to powder this is to get the additional flavor of vathal infused kuzhambu.

4.  In a bowl, pour 2 cups of water, salt, tamarind extract, chili masala powders, turmeric powder mix and keep ready.

Now half of the preparation is ready.

Method:

 

Heat oil in a pan, add “To season item” Vathal to proceed with other items when spluttered add curry leaves and cut vegetables saute for 3 minutes until you get a nice aroma.

 

Now add the mix which we have prepared already point-4 above along with roasted crushed vathal powder.

Allow it to boil till you get the semi-liquid consistency, you can notice the oil gradually floats on top this the time to add jaggery and sesame oil.

Mix well keep simmer for 2 minutes.

Transfer to a serving bowl.

 

 

 

 

Peanut Dal (Kadalai Pachadi)

Peanut Dal: Sounds new and different right?

Yes, Peanut is a tasty nut and easily available in all stores at any season. It has high nutritional values. Peanuts are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. We have tried making recipes with Peanut as chutney and chalna, but this combination of dal and cooked peanuts are delicious with the soft bite of peanuts. I have tasted in our Chettinad marriage feast, really a wonderful side dish named “Kadalai Pachadi” served in the meal, with great curiosity I met the cook and got the recipe to try at home, came out well. This can be served with Plain cooked rice, roti Dosa and idli.

 

 

What is the difference between a peanut and groundnut?

Groundnuts often serve as cooking oil or herbal supplements, while peanuts can be eaten raw or fried. However, peanuts can be turned into peanut butter or snacks to be used as a food supplement by humans. Peanuts look cute as meal decoration (in cakes, cupcakes, pudding, biscuit, etc.). Both are rich in oil and have their own nutritional values. Though the spelling is different, the two names have a lot in common and are often used interchangeably to describe peanuts. Now you know the difference between peanut and groundnut. Peanuts are delicious types of groundnuts, and groundnuts usually refer to multiple oilseed plants that can serve different purposes for both people and animals. Read more: https://www.legit.ng/1190041-difference-peanut-groundnut.html

Ingredients for recipe:

Raw Peanut- hand full, soak for two hours

Toor dal cooked -1/2 cup

Onion-1

Tomato-1

Green chili-4

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Chili (sambar masala) powder-1/2 tsp

Salt-1/2 tsp

Tamarind extract 2 tsp(optional)

To season:

Oil-1 tbsp

Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp

Urad dal -1/4 tsp

Asafoetida-1 pinch

Curry leaves- 2 twigs

Coriander leaves-chopped few to garnish

Method:

Soak peanut and cook with chopped onion, green chili, and tomato for a whistle in a pressure cooker.

Pressure cook Toor dal 2 fistfuls for serving 4 people.

Add, salt, turmeric powder, chili powder tamarind extract and both cooked toor dal and peanut vegetable mix with 1/2 cup of water, allow it to boil for 3 minutes ina medium flame add asafoetida.

Finally, season it with the above-mentioned ingredients, garnish with chopped coriander and serve.

Note: Do not add more water the consistency should be thick.

 

 

 

Ginger Prawn Spiced curry

Ginger prawn:

Prawn is a common name for small aquatic crustaceans with an exoskeleton and ten legs, this variety of seafood will be soft and delicious with the simple recipes. Naturally, Prawn is sweet so we can add either more spices in the recipe or more sweet sauce to enhance the taste according to our preference to treat our taste buds. Here we have chosen the option of Indian style ginger curry which goes well with rice or roti.

Ginger prawn curry
Ginger prawn curry

Ingredients:

Prawn de-shelled and washed-1/4 kg

Onion chopped-1

Tomato chopped -1

Ginger grated 1 tsp which enhances the flavor and aroma

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Chilli powder-1/2 tsp

Salt -1 tsp

To Grind:

Ginger 1 inch size peeled

Garlic 5 pods

Cumin seeds-1/4

Fennel seeds-1/4

Coriander seeds-1 tsp

Cinnamon stick 1-inch long-1 pc

Cloves-3

pepper-1/4 tsp or few

Almond-4nos

Heat pan and roast the above items for 2 minutes and grind to a smooth paste

To season:

Oil-2 tbsp

Fennel seeds-1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds-2 pinches

Curry leaves-1 twig

Coriander seeds-1 fist full to garnish

Method :

  1. Wash and clean prawns, add turmeric powder, salt mix and keep aside.
  2. Heat wok with oil add seasoning item, once pops add curry leaves, chopped ginger and Onion saute until golden yellow.
  3. Add tomatoes, salt, turmeric powder, garam masala powder 1/4 tsp (if you prefer) and chili powder, add a cup of water and allow it to boil for few minutes.
  4. Add fresh grind masala to the cooking mixture, when the mixture boils add the prawns to cook in the mixture let it be cooked for 4 more minutes.
  5. Finally, add chopped coriander leaves and transfer to the serving bowl. yummy ginger prawn is ready to serve.