Pidi Kozhukkattai

Pidi Kozhukkattai:

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 a 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 chili or Tomato chutney.

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Ingredients:

Red rice flour- 1 cup https://www.chettinadsnacksonline.com/collections/flour-items/products/red-rice-puttu-podi

Moong dal partially boiled-1/4 cup

Coconut-1/4 cup

Salt-1 tsp

Water-2 cups

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To season :

Oil-1 tbsp

Mustard seed-1 tsp

Urad dal-1 tbsp

Channa dal-1 tbsp

Cumin seed-1/4 tsp

Curry leaves-2 twigs

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Method to prepare:

In a pan dry roast red rice flour for 2 to 3 minutes, collect and keep it ready.

Heat pan with oil and temper the ‘To season’ ingredients.

Add curry leaves, water and add salt and allow to boil.

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Now add red rice flour and stir it constantly.

When the mixture becomes thick add partially boiled moong dal and grated coconut, mix all together well in medium flame.

 

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Switch off the stove, allow it to room temperature.

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Grease your hands, take a small amount of kozhukkattai mixture and hold it in your palm to get finger shape.

Boil water in Idly pan to steam the Kozhukkattai.

Steam cook kozhukkattai 10 to 15 minutes.

Delicious soft red rice Kozhukkattai is ready.

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Mixed nuts Kozhukkattai

Mixed nuts Kozhukkattai:

Healthiest Innovation in our traditional recipe. Kozhukkattai is traditionally made with rice flour as a base and filling prepared in various combinations to stuff inside the Kolukkattai, including spice 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 Chettinadcookbook.

Mixed nuts Kozhukkattai
Mixed nuts Kozhukkattai

Ingredients: To prepare the outer covering

Rice flour-1 cup ( yields 20 to 23 Kozhukkattai)

Salt-1/2 tsp

Oil-2 tsp

Ingredients for filling mixture:

Dates-15 nos

Kiss-miss, dry grapes- 1 tbsp

Coconut grated-2 tbsp

Almond-fist full

Cashew nuts- fist full

Pista, walnut -5 to 10 each (optional)

Peanuts-1 tbsp

Cardamom-1/2 tsp

Ghee-2 tsp to roast the nut mixture

Method:

Coarsely grind all the above-mentioned nuts in a mortar or pestle, collect it separately.

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Grind the dates and dry grapes together for a minute to mash it well.

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Heat pan with one teaspoon of ghee and slightly roast the nut mixture.

In a wide pan add roasted nut mixture, dates mixture, and coconut.

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Mix it well all together and make it into a small gooseberry sized balls.

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In a vessel boil water, take another pan to add the rice flour, salt, and oil as mentioned above.

Gradually pour boiling water into the rice flour and mix it with the ladle to a tight dough.

Make the dough to small lemon size equal balls, Now grease your fingers and palm, make the balls to thin patties or cup-shaped to fill the mixture.

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Make it to your desired shape, such that the filling does not come out of the outer covering.

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Steam cook the Kozhukkattai, in two batches for 10 to 15 minutes.

Mixed nuts Kolukkattai is ready. Exclusively prepared for this Ganesh Chathurthi from Chettinadcookbook.

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Note:

If you prefer to have a more sweet taste, add some grated jaggery with the mixture.

One teaspoon of sugar can be added in rice flour while mixing the dough.

Coconut Burfi

Coconut Burfi:

Coconut Burfi can be prepared within few minutes, with minimal effort, time and ingredients. It is interesting, isn’t it? Yes, only two main ingredients Coconut, sugar, and a little milk are added to improve the texture and soft bite of burfi. This is a traditional sweet recipe made often for festivals and functions. This granny coconut sweet will be tastier with fresh hand grated coconut, desiccated coconut will not give you the good results as fresh one does.

Piles of coconuts at home? Try this burfi to consume fresh coconuts without wasting.

Ingredients measurement:

Coconut freshly grated -2 cups

Sugar-1 1/2 cup

Milk-1/4 cup, this is used to avoid crystallization soft and gives white texture.

Elaichi powder-1/2 tsp

Nuts finely chopped as per your interest not mandatory

Method:

Take a wide thick bottom pan or non-stick pan,  Add grated coconut, milk, and sugar together.

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Bring it to boil on a medium flame, stir it continuously.

After five to ten minutes you can observe the bubbles will get reduced, this is the time to add cardamom powder.(Elaichi powder)

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Gradually burfi leaves the sides of the pan to form the right consistency.

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Pour it gently into the greased plate, sprinkle some finely chopped nuts and make the surface even with ghee dipped knife or spoon.

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Allow it to cool and make slices according to your desired shape.

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Aval Upma / Poha

Aval Upma / Poha:Method -2

Aval upma is otherwise known as Poha popular breakfast in India. Iron-rich poha is an all-time favourite breakfast recipe, especially in Maharashtra. In fact, poha can be had any time – packed in a box, a snack on the move, or a tea-time accompaniment.We Indians love our poha (or beaten rice pilaf). It can be prepared very easily and is highly nutritious as a lot of veggies can be added to it. In different states of India, poha is made in different ways and is a staple breakfast item in many households.
Packed with iron: Eating poha regularly can prevent iron deficiency or anaemia as it contains 20 mg of iron in every 100g raw rice flakes. Children, as well as pregnant and lactating women, can benefit greatly from consuming it. Softened poha is also a great way to add dietary iron when an infant is weaned from breastmilk. Sufficient iron helps the body to form haemoglobin that carries oxygen to body cells and also builds immunity. Squeeze a cut lemon on the poha as it helps improve iron absorption.

Aval / Poha / Flatten rice Upma
Aval / Poha / Flatten rice Upma

Ingredients to prepare: Serves 2 people

Aval-200 gms Thick flatten rice flakes

Onion-1 chopped

Green chillies-2 nos slit

Lemon -1/2

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Salt-1/2 tsp

Sugar-1/4 tsp

Coconut grated-1 tbsp

You can make it simple without vegetables also.

Vegetables as per your interest:

Potato boiled, cube cut and roasted 1/2 cup

Or

Green Peas stir fried for a minute or 2-1/4 cup

Or

Capsicum cube cut stir fried for a minute or 2

To Temper:

Oil-1 tbsp or ghee

Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp

Urad dal-1/2 tsp

Channa dal-1/2 tsp

Peanuts-1 tbsp

Cashews broken-1/2 tbsp

Curry leaves-1 twig

Method:

  1. Wash Flatten rice / Aval/ Poha in running water two to three times, drain it in a colander.
  2. Poha should not be soaked, but it should be soft and intact. Mix salt and sugar to it, keep it ready for seasoning.
  3. Heat pan with oil, add peanuts fry for a while, add channa dal fry it then finally add mustard and urad, allow it to temper. Fry dals and nuts carefully one after the other into golden brown.
  4. Now add chopped onion and green chillies, add vegetables as you prefer, sprinkle some turmeric powder, stir it well.
  5. Now time to add washed poha/Flatten rice or Aval to the seasoned mixture, stir it all together and close the lid for a minute to cook.
  6. Do not cook for a long time. Aval cooks faster and gets mashed.
  7. Squeeze lemon juice and grated coconut mix well.
  8.  Delicious and healthy aval upma13517979_1128281850546757_1599659263_o is ready to serve.

 

 

 

 

 

Beetroot Puri

Beetroot Puri:

Mind-blowing puri with innovative ideas of mixing healthy vegetables or greens has a fantastic fusion and gives an attractive colour which decorates the festive table or the children’s lunch box with more appeal as mini puri’s. It has a soft texture and delicious taste. Add more dark coloured vegetables in your diet, that gives you sufficient nutrients to your body.

This recipe can be followed with green peas as pulp with green chilli instead of red, 🥕 carrot or palak. As ground paste to mix with flour according to your colour preferences.

Beetroot Puri
Beetroot Puri

Ingredients to prepare:

Wheat flour-2 cups

Beetroot small-50 gms approx

Salt-1/2 tsp

Ginger -1-inch, skin peeled

Red chilli-2 nos

Oil to fry puri’s

Method:

Peel and grate the beetroot. Grind to a smooth paste with skin peeled ginger and red chilli.

Take a wide bowl, add wheat flour, ground beetroot puree and salt, mix it well, sprinkle little water and make it a tight dough as we do for normal puri.

Divide the dough into small lemon sized balls.

Flatten it into puri patties.

Heat oil and deep fry puri by turning both the sides.

Serve with potato peas masala or vegetable white kurma.

Green Puri with fresh peas

Sweet seeyam / Susiyam

Sweet seeyam / Susiyam

This special sweet has the different name  as Sweet Seeyam , Susiyam and Munthiri kothu. Although it carries different names in our region,
recipe followed is more or less same and ingredients. Seeyam will be delicious when dipped in fresh ground batter and deep fried. If you are health conscious, this can be done in Kuzhipanayaram pan. Heat pan when it is hot sprays some oil on the pan pour batter little less than half of each pit and drop a small ball of filling on it,  pour little more batter on top to cover the ball when the surface is cooked slightly brown turn on the other side cook and serve .

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Ingredients to prepare:

Batter:

Raw rice-1 cup

Urad dal-1 cup

Filling:

Channa dal or Whole moong dal-1 cup

Jaggery powdered-1 cup

Cardamom powder-1/4 tsp

Cashews-10 or 15

Coconut-2 tbsp(grated)

Ghee 1 tsp to fry cashews

Oil to deep fry seeyam-150 ml

Method to prepare:

1.Wash and soak raw rice and urad dal for an hour, grind to a smooth batter.

Add 1/4 tsp of salt and mix it to a dosa batter consistency, keep aside ready.

2. Fry Cashews into golden brown.

3. Pressure cook dal with 1 cup of water, remember,  cook well as a smooth paste, do not add much water to boil.

When it comes to room temperature mash it and add powdered jaggery, cook on stove until it gets thicken , add grated coconut, cardamom powder and mix well.

This mixture can be prepared in pre- hand, keep refrigerated.

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4.Make the filling to a small gooseberry size balls keep roasted cashews in the middle of the ball as shown in the picture.

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5. Now it is time to make seeyam, Heat oil in a pan, dip the filling balls in the batter one by one and drop into the oil gently without touching each other. Make sure the balls well coated in the batter  or otherwise filling may disperse in the oil.

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Turn occasionally, fry golden yellow and collect from oil.

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Toothsome sweet is ready to serve.

 

 

 

 

 

Pineapple Kesari

Pineapple Kesari:

Kesari is the easiest sweet in all to prepare and delicious to eat, we can make this method of preparation in Semiya, Varagu rice, Aval (flatten rice) and much more to enjoy the taste of this kesari in a different base ingredient. We never bored to taste it.

Here we have fruit flavoured recipe with Pineapple or banana this will be aromatic and delectable with the fruit bite.

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Ingredients to prepare:

Rava Sooji-1 cup

Pineapple sliced-1 cup

Sugar-1 1/4 cup

Ghee-3 tablespoon

Elaichi powder-1/4 tsp

Cashew-6 to 8

Dried grapes, kissmiss / dry grapes-1 tsp

Food colour lemon yellow – 1 or 2 pinch, I have used sunset orange

Water-2 cups

Method to prepare:

1.Heat 1 tbsp of ghee and brown roast cashew and kiss miss collect and keep aside.

2. Roast sliced pineapple in the same ghee till it gets half cooked for 3 minutes approximately.

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3. Now roast the measured sooji in ghee for 3 to 5 minutes in medium flame stir.

4. Boil water, add food colour, roasted pineapple slices and a tbsp of ghee, now add roasted sooji in the boiling water and mix constantly allow it to cook soft .

5. Reduce flame, gradually add measured sugar to it, mix well without any lumps.

6. Let the mixture coagulates and cook well for two minutes, add rest of the ghee to it.

7. Finally, add elaichi powder and roasted cashews. Aromatic and delicious pineapple kesari is ready.

Note:

Reduce flame while adding sugar to avoid forming lumps mix well and increase the flame gradually.

Pineapple can be alternated with banana.

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Add boiled water to cook sooji.

Seempal

Seempaal:

Seempal is a simple and elegant dessert prepared from cow’s colostrum milk. Milk that we get from the cow after giving birth to young ones( first three days). We get this from the cattle farm or you may get it by requesting the milk man. He may deliver you from the farm. Calves will consume very little milk in the beginning during that period we get this  milk for seempal preparation. This is very special and tasty sweet.

Seempal
Seempal

Ingredients:
Cow’s milk (Colostrum) 1 L
Jaggery 1/3 cup

Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp
Instructions:
Pour the milk into a nonstick wide bottomed pan and heat on a medium flame stirring continuously.
After a few minutes, the milk would start to curdle.
Keep stirring the milk until the curdled milk gets reduced to 3/4 th, and added the jaggery at this stage.
Keep on stirring until the jaggery dissolves and the colour would change to the pale yellow.
Continue stirring the milk until you get the preferable consistency.

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If you cook more it becomes rough or hard.
Switch off the stove at any point after adding the jaggery since many like it with whey.  switch off and let it cool for some time before storing in a container Better store in the refrigerator for longer shelf life.

Green Mango Chutney

Green Mango Chutney:

Wonderful and lip smacking taste with the combination of idli Dosa and plain cooked rice.

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Ingredients:

Mango 1 small

Ginger-1 inch

Green chilli-5 nos

Salt-1 /2 tsp

Coconut grated-2 to 3 tbsp

Urad dal-1 tbsp

Mustard-1/2 tsp

Curry leaves-2 to 3 twigs herbs can be curry leaves or Coriander leaves and Pudina as you prefer.

Method:

Wash and peel Mango and Ginger, cut into small pieces.

Heat pan with 2 tsp of oil-temper with mustard and urad dal.

Add Ginger, Green chillies and cut mango pieces.

Saute until the mango cooks soft, now add salt and herbs of your choice, saute for a while and switch off.

Allow it to cool and grind to a coarse paste by adding a little water.

 

 

Mango Thokku

Mango Thokku:

Mango Thokku or pickle has a heavenly taste with curd rice, nothing can be compared is the well-known fact. Mouth watering is the suitable word to describe the taste of this mango thokku. During mango season, we make pickles is our traditional practice. Mango pickles loved by all age people moreover, children will eat food by themselves without feeding.

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Ingredients to prepare:

Mango-2 or 300 gms

Chilli- powder-2 tbsp

Methi powder-1 1/2 tsp

(brown roast 1 tsp of methi seeds in a hot dry pan and powder it)

Salt-1 tbsp

Grated Jaggery-1 1 /2 tsp (to balance the taste)

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Mustard seeds-1 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves-1 twig

Assafoetida-1/2 tsp

Sesame Oil-50 ml or 4 tbsp

Method to prepare:

1.Wash and wipe mangoes with a clean towel.

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2.Peel skin and grate it.

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3.Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, add asafoetida and curry leaves .

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4.Now add grated mangoes saute for 3 minutes.

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5.Add turmeric powder, methi powder, and chilli powder and cook for few minutes until it leaves oil on its sides.

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6. Add grated jaggery and mix well, allow it to cool and store it in a clean container.

Mango Thokku
Mango Thokku