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IVY GOURD PICKLE /KOVAKKAI URUGAI

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Summers call for pickle making. Being a working professional I am unable to make pickles with the elaborate procedures that my grandmom, mom and mother in law make. I mostly get my stock from them .I love instant vegetable pickles and do make in small batches regularly.I have a few recipes on my blog.Today i am sharing this wonderful Ivy Gourd pickle that can me made with easily available ingredients in your kitchen.It is finger licking good.

My humble contribution for this week’s 196th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #It’sPickleTime . This wonderful theme is suggested by Aruna who has just joined us .She has an amazing collection of recipes and blogs at https://vasusvegkitchen.blogspot.com.

Recipe for Ivy Gourd Pickle / Kivakkai Urugai

Ingredients:

  • 25 Ivy Gourds washed and dried
  • 4 Green Chillies cut into halves
  • 10 Garlic pods
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 3 Tbsp Gingelly Oil
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida / Hing
  • 2 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Tsp Red Chilli Powder (I have used coarse Kutilal powder from Everest)
  • Juice of 1 Lemon

Method:

Wash the ivy gourd and dry them neatly.There should be no moisture.Once they are completely dry cut each ivy gourd into 4 parts. You can use both red and white ones. Add salt ,slit green chillies and keep them aside.

Take a wide bottom pan. Dry roast the fenugreek seeds until they slight colour and you can smell the aroma. Do not burn them . Tranfer it to blender and blend it to get fine powder. Add it to the ivy gourd mix.

Heat the same pan again. Add Gingelly oil. Once the oil is hot add mustard seeds and asafoetida. Once the mustard seeds splutter add garlic pods and chilli powder.Mix well for a few seconds untill the raw smell is gone. Pour this mixture on the Salted Ivy Gourd and chilli mix. Add the lemon juice and mix again.Keep it covered for 30 mins. Transfer this pickle to a dry glass jar .

Enjoy this pickle with Curd rice or Rotis!!!

Stays good for 10 days if you can resist eating them and use dry spoons.

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EGG CURRY (SOUTH INDIAN STYLE)

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Today I am sharing a very simple egg curry recipe from the southern part of India . My boys love the egg recipes and this one of their favorite. Egg are a great source of protein and good for health when eaten in moderation.

For people who don’t eat eggs can replace it with potatoes or Paneer. I bet you will love this yummy recipe to the core.

This is my humble contribution for this week’s 195th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #ThirdLetterMagic suggested by Amrita who blogs at http://thefoodsamaritan.com/

Recipe for Egg Curry (South Indian Style):

Ingredients:

  • 5 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 4 Red Onions finely Chopped
  • 3 Large Red Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/2 Lemon Size Tamrind soaked in water
  • 1 Tsp Jeera
  • 1 Tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard
  • 1/2 Tsp Black pepper powder (Coarse)
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • A generous Pinch of Asafoetida
  • Salt to Taste
  • 2 Sprigs of Curry Leaves
  • 2 Tbsp Gingely Oil

Method:

Peel the boiled eggs and keep it aside. Take a wide bottom pan. Add 2 tsp oil. Add a little chilli powder, some pepper powder and turmeric powder. Make dents in the boiled eggs and roast them on medium flame until they turn golden brown .Transfer it to a plate once done. In the same pan add 1Tbsp oil. Add jeera , mustard, asafoetida .Once the mustard starts to splutter add the finely chopped Onions and roast well. Once it turns slighlty brown add finely chopped tomatoes. Add curry powder,curry leaves and salt . Allow it to cook until the tomatoes are nicely cooked. Squeeze the soaked tamrind and add the water to the onion tomato mixture.Allow it to cook on low flame for about 10 mins. Allow this mixture to cool.

Once the mixture reaches room temperature blend it to a fine paste. Heat the same pan. Add remaining oil. Add the ground paste and balance chilli powder and allow it to boil .Once it starts to boil add the fried eggs. Garnish with coarse pepper powder and curry leaves.

Serve hot with Rice or Rotis and enjoy.

Notes:

I have used Aachi brand curry powder. You can use south indian curry powder.

Try These Egg recipes:https://preethicuisine.com/dim-kosha/

https://preethicuisine.com/spicy-egg-masala/

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RIPE MANGO SALAD(SUMMER SPECIAL)

Warm Hello!!!

Summers are in full swing in this part of the world.Treating my family with some delicious salads to beat the heat.This Ripe Mango salad can be eaten just like that to satisfy your hunger pangs or as a light snack with some Nachos or fryums or even crisp toasted bread.

There are many types of salads and can be served warm or cold.Salad is basically a mixture of various types of veggies , meat or both, nuts garnished with difference types of salad dressing which depends on your preference. You can make different types of salad to suit your palate.

This week’s theme was suggested by our co blogger Swati who has a wonder compilation of recipes and blogs at www.foodtrails25.com.

My humble contribution for 194th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #SummerFruitFest is Ripe Mango Salad.

Recipe for Ripe Mango Salad:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Ripe Mango cut into cubes
  • 1 Onion Finely Chopped
  • 2 Red Tomatoes finely Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • 1/4 Tsp Tamari Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Dill Leaves
  • Black Salt / Kala Namak
  • 1 Tbsp Peanuts Roughly Crushed
  • 1 Birds eye Chilli(Red Color)
  • 1/2 Tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper finely Chopped

Method:

Crush the peanuts and bird’s eye chilli using a mortar and pestle. Keep it side. Take a wide bottom bowl . Add all the above ingredients and mix well. Lastly add crushed peanuts with bird’s eye chilli and mix again.

Allow it to rest for about 10 minutes. Serve with Nachos / fryums / crisp toasted bread and enjoy. It can be savoured just like that as well.

Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Other Salad recipeshttps://preethicuisine.com/roasted-foxnut-salad-makhana-salad/

https://preethicuisine.com/refreshing-summer-salad/

https://preethicuisine.com/brussel-sprouts-kai-lan-salad/

https://preethicuisine.com/3c-kosambari-3c-salad-no-onion-and-no-garlic/

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DIM KOSHA /BENGALI STYLE SPICY EGG MASALA

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I am back from my wonderful Delhi Trip .Getting back to my daily routine slowly. Starting to blog from this week. Today’s recipe is for all the Egg lovers.My Boys are fond of egg recipes and Dim Kosha is one of their favorite ones.Hence I thought to blog about it.

Today’s theme has been suggested by our wonderful co blogger Sujata Roy who has some awesome collection on her blog
https://batterupwithsujata.wordpress.com/ .

My humble contribution for 193rd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Bengalifoodfest is this bengali style spicy egg masala / Dim Kosha.

Recipe for Dim Kosha/ Bengali Style Spicy Egg Masala:

Ingredients:

  • 6 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder / Haldi
  • 1 Tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Fenugreek seeds / Methi
  • 1 Tsp Jeera Powder / Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Dhania Powder / Coriander Powder
  • 4 Tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt as per Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Ghee
  • 1/4 Tsp Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Coriander Chopped
  • For Paste
  • 2 Onions Cubed
  • 2 Tomatoes Cubes
  • 1/2 Inch Ginger Chopped

Method:

Peel the shell of the eggs . Marinate the eggs with little salt and turmeric and keep it aside.

Make a coarse paste of onion ,tomatoes and ginger.Keep it aside.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add 2 tbsp oil. Roast the marinated eggs untill they turn golden brown. Transfer the eggs to a plate.Once done add the remaining oil to the pan.Add bay leaf and methi seeds for 10-15 seconds.

Once it starts to sizzle add the ground onion tomato paste and saute on medium flame untill the raw smell goes off and oil starts to separate from the sides. Now add jeera powder, dhania powder,chilli powder, salt , 2 tbsp water and mix well.Saute for 3-4 minutes.Oil surfaces on the top. Add a cup of water and allow it to boil.

Once it starts to boil add the fried eggs, garam masala, sugar and ghee. Allow it to simmer on medium flame for about 5 minutes.Masala will be slightly thick and dry. Switch off the flame. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander .

Serve hot with Rice or Phulkas.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Notes:

I have adjusted the spices to suit the palate of my family.You can increase or decrease as per your taste.

Do share your feed back and tag me in case you try this recipe.

Other egg recipes.https://preethicuisine.com/spicy-egg-masala/

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RAGI KANJI /FINGER MILLET PORRIDGE

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I am just back from my India Trip. Had a wonderful time in Delhi with Colleagues and friends.Weather is getting hotter day by day.Summers are in full swing in many parts of the world.I am always looking for some healthy home made summer coolers to keep you hydrated all the time.

Today I am sharing a very simple ,easy and healthy recipe that can be had for breakfast or anytime of the day to beat the heat.It is filling and delicious.

This is my contribution for #flavorsofregionalcooking.This month we have decided to share recipes from Tamil Nadu.

Recipe for Ragi Kanji / Finger Millet Porridge:

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp Ragi Flour
  • 1.5 Cup Water
  • 1.5 Cup Butter Milk
  • Salt to Taste

For seasoning:

  • 1/2 Tsp Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/2 Tsp Channa Dal
  • 1 Red Chilli Broken into Pcs
  • A generous pinch of Hing / Asafoetida
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Curry Leaves

Method:

Mix 3/4 cup of water and Ragi flour in a pan and ensure it is lump free.Cook on medium flame until it is cooked and thickens. Mix well and ensure it does not burn.Switch off the flame and allow it to cool completely.

Take a big bowl. Add water,buttermilk,salt and whisk well.Pour it onto the Cooled ragi and whisk again to mix well.It should be lump free.

Heat a small pan with oil. Add channa dal, urad dal ,red chilli and once it turns slightly brown add mustard seeds , curry leaves and asafoetida.Pour it on to the Ragi Mixture. Serve in small earthern pots.

Enjoy this delicious and healthy Summer Cooler!!!!!

Do try this healthy and yummy recipe and share your feedback. https://preethicuisine.com/ragi-ambali-summer-cooler/

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KOTHAMBARI SOPPU TAMBULI / CORIANDER TAMBULI

Today I am going to share a popular recipe from Udupi Cuisine. Kothambari soppu Tambuli is perfect recipe to beat the heat. Perfectly goes well with piping hot rice and ghee.

This week’s theme for #191 #Foodiemonday #Bloghop #DahiDelights was suggested by Priya Iyer who blogs at https://thephotowali.wordpress.com/   Check out her blog for some wonderful recipes.

This is one of the most easiest and healthy recipe that can be put together in just 5-7 mins.I am sure you will love it. Try it to believe it.

Recipe for Kothambari Soppu Tambuli / Fresh Coriander Tambuli:

Ingredients:

  • Fistful of Coriander Leaves
  • 2 Tbsp Thick Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup grated coconut
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1/2 Tsp Jeera
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Few Curry leaves
  • Salt to Taste
  • Generous pinch of hing
  • 1 Tsp Ghee

Method:

Grind Coriander , grated coconut and green chilli to get a smooth paste. Do not add water. Next add thick yogurt and blend well. Make a fine paste. Transfer this mixture to a bowl. Add salt and mix well.

Heat a small wok or Pan. Add ghee .Once the ghee melts add jeera ,mustard seeds , hing and curry leaves.Once they splutter pour this over the Coriander yogurt Coconut mixture.

Serve with Piping hot rice ,ghee and bendekayi Ajethna. A perfect udupi lunch affair. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RATALYACHA GOD HALWA /SWEET POTATO HALWA

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I recently joined a group Recipe Swap Challenge where the members are wonderful bloggers. We are paired one blogger and we have have to cook any recipe from their blog. I was paired with Archana who blogs at
https://themadscientistskitchen.com/ . I had short listed many recipes but settled to make Sweet Potato Halwa / Ratalyacha God Halwa.Glad I tried this recipe. I did tweak in a little as i did not have condensed Milk.You can read original recipe here.

Recipe for Sweet Potato Halwa / Ratalyacha God Halwa :

Ingredients:

1 Big Sweet Potatao

2 Tsp Brown Sugar

2 Tbsp Ghee

A generous pinch of Cardamom Powder / Elaichi Powder

1 Tbsp Milk

8 Raisins

4 Almonds Chopped

Few Strands of Saffron

Method:

Pressure cook the sweet potato upto 2 whistles. Allow it to cool .Peel the skin once it reaches room temperature.Mash the sweet potato and ensure it is lump free.

Soak Saffron in milk and set aside.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add ghee and fry the almonds and raisins and keep it aside.In the same wok add the mashed sweet potato to the remaining ghee and allow it to cook for about 5 mins on low flame. Now add sugar and saffron soaked milk and cook it on low flame.The gooey halwa will start to thicken as the ghee leaves the sides of the pan. Garnish with raisins and almonds roasted earlier. Switch off the flame .

Serve hot and Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MINI EGGLESS BANANA BUNDT CAKE

Hello World!!!!!!!!!

Today I am very excited to share an easy eggless cupcake that is so easy to bake. You can even bake after you are back from work with easily available ingredients in the pantry.The cakes were gone as soon as they were out from the Oven.Had to make a second batch to click the pictures for blog.I was glad to bake again as my biggest critics loved them.

This week the theme #Minicakes was suggested by me for 190th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop .Look out for some amazing mini cake recipes by my fellow bloggers.

These cakes can be given to your kids for School snacks or even evening snacks.We adults will also love them along with the kids to satisfy our sweet cravings.

Recipe for Mini Eggless Banana Bundt Cake:

(Makes 8 Mini Bundt cake)

Ingredients:

1 Cup All Purpose Flour (Unbleached)

3/4 Cup Powdered Brown Sugar

1 Tsp Baking Powder

2 Ripe Bananas

2 Tbsp Milk

Method:

Sift the unbleached all purpose flour twice in a wide bowl. Sift the baking powder as well and add it to the flour.Mix well and keep it aside.

In a blender add bananas and brown sugar and blend to make a fine paste.

Now add this banana mixture to the flour and mix well.Ensure not to overmix. Add milk and mix again.The batter is ready.

Preheat the oven for 10 mins at 190 Degrees Celsius.Grease the bundt pan with oil and dust some flour. Now pour the mixture into the greased bundt pan upto 3/4th. Tap the pan in order for the mixture spreads evenly and there are no air bubbles.

Place the pan in the pre heated Oven and bake for 30 mins or untill the toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Notes:

Do not over mix the cake batter.

You can use baking spray to grease the pan instead of oil.

You can add chocolate chips or small pcs of chocolate to the cake.

Adjust Sugar if you like the cakes to be too sweet.

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CARROT VADA / CARROT FRITTERS

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I am back with my Monday Post .This week I have a very interesting recipe for our theme.The main ingredient is Carrot .

Did you know that the International Carrot Day or the Carrot Day is
celebrated every year on April 4th and is the pinnacle for carrot lovers all around the world. It is the day when the carrot is celebrated through carrot parties and other carrot related festivities.
The Carrot Day was founded 2003 to spread knowledge about the carrot and its good attributes around the world.The day is increasingly popular and April 4th 2012 carrot celebration was reported from France, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Australia, UK and Japan. Source:Internet


 
      

This week’s wonderful theme was suggested by my fellow blogger Poonam who is an amazing blogger and blogs at https://poonambachhav.blogspot.com/ .    Do check her blog for some recipes. My humble contribution for 189th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #CarrotkaJalwa is Carrot vada.

Now coming back to the recipe.I wanted to try something different and delicious at the same time. As I saw the flaxseed meal in my pantry , this carrot vada idea stuck me. It was so delicious and was wiped off in a jiffy.

Recipe for Carrot Vada / Carrot Fritters:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Grated Carrot
  • 1.5 Cup Rice Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Flaxseed meal
  • 1Tsp grated Ginger
  • 2 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/4 Red Chilli Powder
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander
  • 1/2 Tsp Jeera
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • Oil for Shallow frying

Method:

Take a wide bottom bowl. Add grated carrots, rice flour, flaxseed meal ,grated ginger,red chilli powder, asafoetida ,freshly chopped coriander,salt and green chillies. Mix all the ingredients well. Add water slowly to get a nice soft dough. Allow the dough to rest for 10 mins.

Take small portions and shape it in round flat vada. Heat oil in a wok. Once the oil is hot shallow fry the vadas. Remove from the wok once both sides are cooked. Serve hot with any Red Chutney / Green Chutney /Ketchup or Chiili Sauce.

This is good for your kids lunch or snack box. Fussy eaters will fall in love with this vada.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

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NAVALKOL PALYA / KOHLRABI STIRY FRY

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As a part of my our final series of exploring Recipes from Karnataka this month, I would like to share a simple and healthy Navalkol Palya. This is a simple stir fry that goes well with Phulkas , rotis and Rice. This is a simple recipe that can be easily made by an newbie who wants to learn cooking or even for bachelors.I am sure your family will be impressed. Simple recipes are always the best.

The taste and texture of kohlrabi are similar to those of a  broccoli stem or cabbage heart, but milder and sweeter, with a higher ratio of flesh to skin. The young stem in particular can be as crisp and juicy as an apple, although much less sweet .

The bulbous kohlrabi stem is frequently used raw in salad or slaws. It has a texture similar to that of a broccoli stem, but with a flavor that is sweeter and less vegetal.It is also known as Navila Kosu in Karnataka.

Kohlrabi leaves are edible and can be used interchangeably with collard greens and kale. Source:Internet

Recipe for Navalkol Palya:

Ingredients:

  • 4 Medium Sized Navalkol / Kohlrabi
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 3 Red Dry Chillies roughly torn
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 Tsp Coconut cream
  • 1/2 Cup grated fresh coconut
  • 1/2 Tsp Urad dal / uddina bele
  • 1/2 Tsp Channa dal / kadale bele
  • 10 Curry leaves
  • 1/2 Tsp Oil

Method:

Wash Navalkol and peel the skin. Finely chop them and keep it aside. Take a wide bottom pan. Add oil. Now add channa dal and urad dal .Ensure you do not burn .Once they turn slightly brown add mustard seeds and asafoetida.

Once the mustard seeds splutter add red chillies and mix well. Later add the chopped navalkol and mix well. Add salt , 1/2 cup water and keep it on medium flame. Cover the lid and allow it to cook for about 15-20 mins.Once the vegetable is cooked add coconut cream and grated coconut and mix well. Mix well and let it cook for about 1-2 minutes.

Once done garnish with curry leaves and serve with Rotis /Phulkas /Hot Rice.

Enjoy!