Wheat Ragi Mini Bread

Wheat+Ragi Mini Bread:

Rich in Iron, Calcium, fibre and gluten-free. It’s packed with calcium, good carbs, amino acids and Vitamin D. Easy to prepare, healthy to have as breakfast. Tomato chutney and the combination of coconut chutney will enhance the taste to enjoy the breakfast, simply awesome with powdered sugar cane jaggery. (Nattu chakarai)

A whole grain is one which contains all three parts of the kernel – the bran, germ and endosperm while refined grains are processed to retain only the endosperm. This makes whole grains healthier as they contain the fibre-dense bran and along with other essential nutrients that are not lost due to processing.

Wheat Ragi roti
Wheat Ragi roti

INGREDIENTS:

Wheat flour -1 cup

Ragi flour-1 cup

Rice flour-1/4 cup

Buttermilk 1/4 cup

Water-2 cups

Salt-1 tsp

Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp crushed

Onion-1

Green Chilli-1

Curry leaves+ coriander leaves

Method:

  1. Chop onion, green chilli, Curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  2. Add above mention flour items in a wide bowl add buttermilk and water mix well without any lumps.
  3. Add chopped veggies, salt and crushed cumin.
  4. let it sit for 5 minutes, Heat mini uthappam pan, pour on it and cook both the sides, sprinkle some oil or butter while making.
    Wheat Ragi roti
    Wheat Ragi roti

    Serve hot with the desired combination as mentioned above.

Cauliflower Yoghurt Curry

Cauliflower Yoghurt Curry:

Bringing more captivate recipes has become our focus to grab your attentiveness along with the traditional recipes. Widespread vegetable Cauliflower, with interesting recipes, is liked by all which makes the meal well satisfied. Creamy yogurt curry is toothsome and succulent with the roti, plain cooked rice, bread toast and with any main meal.

Taste: Mild spice, creamy and Aromatic with moderate spices.

Cauliflower Yoghurt Curry
Cauliflower Yoghurt Curry

Ingredients:

Cauliflower-250 gram

Ginger garlic paste 1 teaspoon

Onion-1 big

Tomato -1 big

Salt-1 tsp

hili powder-1/4 tsp

Garam masala-1/2 tsp

Yoghurt-1/4 cup

Coconut milk-1/2 cup

chopped coriander leaves

To grind:

Green chili-4

Fennel seeds-1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp

Pepper few corns

Whole cashews- 3 nos

Coconut grated-2 tbsp

grind to a smooth paste.

Method:

1. Clean Cauliflower florets,

Add about 2 Tbsp salt per quart warm water to get it nice and salty. Submerge the head, florets down (they float, so a weight to keep it submerged will help). Let sit 5-10 minutes, remove, rinse. The salt in the water helps to kill the bugs and encourage them to let go

2. Cut onion, Tomato, grind the “To Grind” ingredients, keep ready.

3. Heat pan with one tablespoon of oil, season with little fennel seeds and curry leaves.

4, Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a while, add cut onion and stir for 2 minutes till it gets translucent.

5. Add cauliflower florets and tomato saute for another 3 to 5 minutes, add salt, garam masala powder, and chili powder.

6. Add ground masala paste, water and yogurt allow it to cook soft.

7. Finally, add thick coconut milk and let it boil for 2 minutes in low flame.

Sprinkle some Coriander leaves and serve.

Cauliflower Yoghurt Curry
Cauliflower Yoghurt Curry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prawn Pepper Curry

Prawn Pepper Curry:

Aromatic Indian spices have innumerable health benefits, which adds taste and smell to the non-vegetarian dishes. Indigenous food of Chettinad is prepared with aromatic spices in a specific proportion as masala. Nowadays, we travel overseas for the sake of job and studies, conventionally we are adapted to that taste. Even though, we hang on our mouthwatering aboriginal recipes. It has an unshakable unique place.

Prawn Pepper Curry is simply awesome with the roasted fresh ground masala. Combination-Roti, Naan, Plain cooked rice, and rasam.

Prawn Pepper Curry
Prawn Pepper Curry

Masala Ingredients to grind:
Red chili-3

Pepper – 1/2 tsp

Cumin-1/2 tsp

Fennel seeds-1/2 tsp

Elaichi-1

Cinnamon- 1/2 inch

Cloves-2

Coriander seeds-1 tbsp

Coconut grated -2 tsp (for aroma)

Roast all and grind to a smooth paste.

Ingredients to prepare Curry:

Prawn- 500 gram

Onion-1 big

Tomato 1 big

Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

Pepper powder-1/2 tsp

Salt-1 tsp

Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp

Curry leaves-1 twig

Coriander leaves chopped to garnish

Oil for seasoning

Method:

1.Deshell and devein prawn, wash thoroughly mix with the turmeric powder and salt, keep aside to prepare.

2. Roast above-mentioned masala in a teaspoon of oil and grind to a smooth paste.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil season it with few fennel seeds, add ginger garlic paste saute for a while, add chopped onion saute till it gets translucent now add chopped tomato and little salt cook it becomes mushy.

4. Mix fresh ground aromatic masala with the other ingredients, add one cup of water allow it to boil well for 5 minutes.

5. Finally, add prawn and cook for 3 more minutes in medium flame, sprinkle some pepper powder mix well.

Scrumptious Prawn pepper curry is ready to serve, garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies finger fry/ Vendakkai Varuval

Ladies finger fry:

Ladies finger fry is a wonderful combination with plain cooked rice and sambar. Neither gluey nor sticky, an unbelievable taste which really satisfies your meal.

Mainly children used to avoid this nutritious vegetable because of its gluey nature, even though we have many tips and tricks to reduce its nature we couldn’t satisfy, is accepted. This recipe will be up to your satisfaction.

Ladies finger fry/ Vendakkai Varuval
Ladies finger fry/ Vendakkai Varuval

Ingredients-1:

Ladies finger-500 gram

Onion-1 big

Tomato -1 medium size

Chili powder-1/2 tsp

Sugar-1/4 tsp (optional, this enriches the taste of the dish and glassy appearance)

Garlic cloves-3, peeled and crushed

Oil -75 ml (shallow fry)

Ingredient-2

Salt

Turmeric powder

Yoghurt-2 tbsp

Method to prepare:

Wash and cut Ladies finger to 1 1/2 inch pieces, take a mixing bowl and add Ingredient-2 along with these pieces.Mix well, set aside.

Peel and cut onion lengthwise, tomato into small pieces and make garlic cloves crushed.

Heat oil in a wide pan shallow fry prepared ladies finger to golden yellow.

 

Fry little by little to have an even fried vegetable.

Drain oil, collect it in a paper towel.

Heat another pan with a tablespoon of oil, season it with mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Add crushed garlic to golden fry, now add onion saute for a while till golden brown.

Time to add tomato, salt, sugar and chili powder, saute till tomato leaves its skin.

Finally, add fried ladies finger stir on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Delicious Ladies finger fry is ready to serve.

 

 

 

 

Plantain(Banana)stem Stir fry

Plantain(Banana)stem Stir fry:

Most part of the Banana tree is used in our cooking, raw banana, flower, and shoot. We know the complete plant is nutritionally rich and contain numerous medicinal value to consume.

The plantain will only fruit once. After harvesting the fruit, the plantain plant can be cut and the layers peeled (like an onion) to get a cylinder shaped soft shoot. This stem is rich in fiber include banana stem at least weekly once in your lunch and love to have it with rice.

Banana stem Poriyal (stir fry)
Banana stem Poriyal (stir fry)

Here are some health benefits of banana stem:

1. For Kidney Stones: Nowadays even doctors recommend including banana stem in the diet, for patients who suffer from gall bladder stones. If you are suffering from gall bladder stones, include banana stem in the diet at least weekly once.

2. For Weight Loss: Banana stem is full of fiber, a cup of a banana stem is very filling and will keep you satiated for a long time. Try to include it in your weight loss plan for fast results 3. Hyper Acidity: Drinking a cup of banana stem juice helps in treating

3. Hyper Acidity: Drinking a cup of banana stem juice helps in treating hyperacidity. You can also have it in empty stomach 4. For

4. For Constipation: Since plantain stem is full of fiber, it will greatly help people who are constipated. If you want to consume it as a juice for treating constipation, make sure not to strain the juice. 5. For Diabetic Patients:

5. For Diabetic Patients: Banana stem is excellent for diabetics, as it does not raise the blood sugar level sharply but drink the juice without straining it to retain the fiber.

6. For Urinary Tract Infections: Banana stem juice is also very effective for treating urinary tract infections. Clears the infection in the urinary track.

Many people don’t use banana stem in their diet because it takes the time to clean and cut the banana stem. But banana stem once cleaned and cut can be soaked in buttermilk. This buttermilk can be consumed by adding a little salt to it.

Method to prepare Poriyal :

It is very simple to prepare in few minutes after chopping. This healthiest dish can be taken with rice and sambar.

Ingredients:

Plantain stem (Vazhaithandu)-  500 gram

Onion-1

Green chilli-3

Salt-1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder optional

Pepper powder

To temper:

Oil-3 teaspoon

Mustard seed-1/2 tsp

Urad dal-1/2 tsp

Curry leaves few

Step:1- Peel the outer layer of the shoot and chop the softer part of the stem into small pieces, drop into the buttermilk mixed water to avoid discoloration, this water can be consumed by adding a little salt in it, peel and chop onion and green chilies.

Step:2- Heat pan with oil and season it with the above mentioned to temper ingredients.

Step: 3- Add chopped onion and green chilies along with the curry leaves.

Step:4- Squeeze or drain water from the chopped plantain stem and drop it into the pan, saute altogether in medium flame until the stem gets soft cooked.(Chopped stem can be steam cooked to add)

Step:4- Finally add salt, pepper powder, and fresh grated coconut to enhance the taste.

Plantain stem stir fry is ready t serve.

Banana stem Poriyal (stir fry)
Banana stem Poriyal (stir fry)

 

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

Assafoetida

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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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.
IMG_3551Switch off the flame and allow it to cool. Add ghee if you prefer more.

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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 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.