Drumstick Perattal

Drumstick (Murungakaai)Peratal:

We are really gifted with this wonderful iron rich vegetable, we can find abundant of drumstick in the markets during this season. Consuming seasonal vegetables is a clever idea to maintain our health. The tree full of green, long drumstick is an eye catching view in this season.

Normal we have some hesitation to have Drumstick in our lunch box, because of its hard skin, children also will not know how to eat carefully.

In this yummy dish we boil and remove the skin, we are using the pulp present inside the drumstick which will be tastier.

Delicious Drumstick perattal can be served with plain cooked rice and ghee, side dish for roti and can be used as stuffing in Masala dosa.

Know some health benefits of Drumstick, before you consume,

  • It is a rich source of highly digestive proteins, calcium, iron, Vitamin C, and carotenoids.
  • Drumstick soup helps to control any kind of chest congestion, coughs and sore throats.
  • Juice extracted from drum stick leaves, when mixed with milk and offered to children will greatly help to strengthen their bones as it is said to be a great source of Calcium.
  • Drumstick leaves juice gives a good glow to your skin and face also drumstick is said to be a great blood purifier.
  • Drumstick leaves are used to treat many problems such as the wheezing of asthma, bronchitis, and tuberculosis.
  • Soup made with drumstick leaves and flowers are highly beneficial in preventing infections such as throat, chest and skin.
  • Drumstick-leaf juice is also very beneficial for pregnant women as it can help them to overcome sluggishness of the uterus, ease delivery, and reduce post-delivery complications.
  • Inhaling steam of water in which drumsticks have been boiled helps to control asthma and other lung problems.
  • Because of the high calcium, iron, and vitamins, drumstick leaves can be used as a wonderful tonic for infants, growing kids and teens to promote strong and healthy bones.
  • Pregnant women should often eat drumsticks as it helps to ease any kind of pre and post-delivery complication.
Drumstick Perattal
Drumstick Perattal

Ingredients

Drumstick-5 to 7

Onion(shallots)-1/2 cup 10 to 15

Garlic cloves-4 chopped

Tomato- 1 small

Curry leaves

Salt-1/2 tsp

Chilli powder-1/4 tsp

Pepper -1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder a pinch

To Temper:

Oil-1 tbsp

Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds few

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Method to prepare:

Clean and cut Drumstick into long pieces, boil until soft for 3 whistles approximately.

When the boiled drumstick comes to the normal temperature, open peel by holding one end of the boiled piece with a fork and take gently the soft pulp with the spoon.Collect the pulp and keep ready for perattal.

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Heat oil season it with the above-mentioned ingredients.

Add, chopped onion and garlic saute until golden brown.

Add chopped curry leaves, tomato, turmeric powder, salt, and chilli powder saute till the tomato leaves its skin. (Gram masala also can be added if preferred)

Add the drumstick pulp finally and saute for 3 minutes in a medium flame.

Delicious Drumstick perattal is ready to serve with plain cooked rice and ghee, roti and can be used for Masala dosa stuffing.

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Sweet Potato Roti

Amazing taste of sweet Potato roti and its wonderful health benefits is an interesting story of this recipe. Flavoured roti or chappathi is an innovative idea of making roti in a daily basis. This sweet potato roti is very soft in texture, natural sweet in taste and the smell of sweet potato gives entirely a different experience.

Health benefits of Sweet Potato:

They are high in vitamin B6. They are a good source of vitamin C. While most people know that vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses, few people are aware that this crucial vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and is essen­tial to helping us cope with stress. It even appears to help protect our body against toxins that may be linked to cancer. Sweet potatoes contain iron. But iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning, and the metabolising of protein, among other things. Sweet potatoes are a good source of mag­nesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. They contain Vitamin D Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and it supports the thyroid gland.

Sweet Potato Roti
Sweet Potato Roti

Ingredients:

Sweet Potato-200 gram

Wheat flour-250 gram

Chilli powder-1/2 tsp

Hing-1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds or ajiwain-1/2 tsp

Salt-1/2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Boil sweet potato peel skin mash it.

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In a wide bowl add wheat flour and all the other ingredients mentioned above, mix well such that all the ingredients get mixed.

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sprinkle some water and mix as we do for normal roti/ chapati.

set aside for 10 minutes.

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Make the dough into small balls and roll it to your desired shape.

Heat tawa and cook both the sides by sprinkling some oil on its sides.

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Delicious sweet potato roti is ready to serve with any interesting side dishes.

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Veg Mutton Soya Biryani

Veg / Soya Mutton Biryani:

Biryani is one of the best aromatic and delicious meal with Indian spices. Mostly it is believed that Biryani will be delicious only with mutton and chicken varieties, but the taste and flavour can be done in vegetarian too. The style of mutton biryani as veg recipe especially for you!Protein rich soya is essential for our healthy life.

Protein rich soya is essential for our healthy life. This can be used alternatively in the usage of mutton.

Veg Mutton Soya Biryani
Veg Mutton Soya Biryani

Ingredients:

Soya Chunks-1/2 cup(soaked and cut into small cubes

Basmathi rice-1 cup

Onion chopped-1 big

Tomato chopped 2

Green chillies-2

Curry leaves-1 twig

Coriander-1 tbsp

Cashew broken-1 tbsp

Chilli powder-1 tsp

Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Ghee-2 tbsp

Salt- 1 tsp

Ginger Garlic paste-2 tsp

Coconut milk- 1 cup 0r curd 2 tbsp

Water-1 cup

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To Grind:

Coriander, Mint leaves-1/2 cup

Fennel seeds-1 tsp

Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Black pepper-1/2 tsp

Ginger+Garlic few

To Temper:

Bay leaf-1 long

Cinnamon-1 inch piece

Cardamom-2

Black pepper-1/4 tsp

Cloves-3 nos

Star anise-few

Jathi pathiri-1 inch

Method to prepare Biryani:

1Soak Soya chunks cut into small cubes.

2.Golden fry cashews in s.

3.Grind the above mentioned “To grind” ingredients to a paste.

4.Wash and soak rice. Cut tomato, green chillies and onion.

5.Heat Pan, add 3 tbsp of oil and season with above To temper ingredients, add ginger garlic paste and fry till it looses its raw smell.

6. Add cut onion, tomato, and green chillies fry for 3 minutes, add soya chunks.

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7. Add the ground paste and saute for a while till it changes its smell.

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8. Now add, chilli powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder and salt mix well.

 

9.Finally, add soaked rice, coconut milk or curd and water cook in the pressure cooker for 2 whistles.

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10.Mix well once done add few drops of lemon juice if necessary.

11.Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with chopped coriander leaves and fried cashews with the ghee.

Delicious Veg biryani is ready in non-veg style.

Veg Mutton Soya Biryani
Veg Mutton Soya Biryani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rava Kozhukkattai

Rava Kozhukkattai:

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

Ingredients:

Fine Rava / Sooji -1 cup

Milk -1 cup

Cardamom powder-1/4 tsp

Grated coconut-1/4 cup

Jaggery grated- 3/4 cup

Cashew-few broken

Ghee-1 tbsp

Method:

Heat pan with Ghee golden roast broken Cashews, collect and keep it aside.

In the same pan fry Sooji / Rava for 2 to 3 minutes in medium flame.

Melt jaggery by sprinkling some water, once done strain it to remove unwanted particles.

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In another pan boil milk, while it starts boiling temperature, add roasted Rava and stir constantly.

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When it becomes thick, add melted jaggery, grated coconut, and cardamom powder, mix well.
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Make it into small lemon sized balls, place cashews on making every ball and steam cook it for 10 minutes.

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Rava Kozhukkattai
Rava Kozhukkattai

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bitter Gourd Golden Fry / Chips

Bitter Gourd Golden Fry / Chips:

The name is enough to make kids run away,  I am sure there are still some people who hate this vegetable. This type of fried recipes will grab their attention, it is really awesome to match with plain cooked rice and sambar. My mother used to crush this fried bitter gourd and simply mix with rice and eat this is very good for diabetics. This can be stored for 3 to 4 days in a container.  Complete taste of bitter gourd can be enjoyed from this bitter gourd fry. It is must to take once in a week for healthy living.

Health Benefits:

It has lots of benefits, like intestinal health and helps get rid of nematode worms. It is so good for diabetic patients, does not cure diabetes but it helps lower the sugar level. This healthy vegetable has beauty benefits too. Bitter melon is invariably good for your skin. It helps gets rid of acne and gives you a flawless complexion. There are several other health benefits of bitter gourd-like weight loss and beauty care. It contains a laxative property.

Ingredients:

Bitter gourd-250 gms

Buttermilk or sour curd-1/4 cup this helps to reduce the bitterness of the vegetable

Salt-1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

Rice flour-2 tsp

Method:

Wash and slice bitter gourd, deseed it.

Sprinkle some buttermilk, add salt, turmeric powder, and rice flour mix it well to marinate for 20 minutes.

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Heat oil and squeeze and drop a few slices carefully into the hot oil.

Stir occasionally, drain and remove from oil once the sizzling sound reduces.

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This can be fried golden crispy or partially cooked shallow fry.

Golden fry:

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Partially cooked, shallow fry:

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