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MIXED PEAS VADA / MIXED PEAS FRITTERS

What is Holi?

This year the festival of colors Holi falls on March 10th this year. It is the festival of colors and celebrated by Indian community worldwide.
he festival signifies the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and mend broken relationships. This year prepare this Mixed Peas vada to celebrate the festival. It is something different and absolutely lip smacking. Please be responsible and consider the environment when you celebrate. Lot of sweet and savory delicacies are prepared to treat family and friends. This year the celebrations have taken a back seat due to the current virus situation worldwide. Let us all pray and hope the situation improves worldwide.

What is the theme for this week?

For 237th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme we decided to blog for Holi festival #HoliOnMyPlate. D check out all the wonderful recipes from me and my fellow bloggers for lots of idea to make something delicious last minute.

Recipe for Mixed Peas Vada:

What are the Ingredients?

  • 2 Cups Rice Flour
  • 1.5 Cups Roasted Moong dal Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Multigrain Wheat Flour
  • 2 Cups Boiled Chickpeas
  • 1 Cup Green Peas
  • 5 Green Chillies
  • 2 Cups Chopped fresh Coriander
  • 2 Tsp Ajwain / Carrom seeds
  • 1.5 Tsp Jeera
  • 2″ Ginger
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Cream
  • water for the batter
  • Oil for frying
  • Generous Pinch of Hing /Asafoetida

Method to prepare these Vadas:

  • Take a wide bottom bowl. Add rice flour , roasted moong dal flour, multigrain wheat flour , jeera, ajwain , turmeric, coconut cream, salt ,hing chopped onion and red chilli powder.
  • In a blender add green chillies , ginger, boiled chickpeas , green peas and fresh coriander. Add a cup of water and blend to make a fine paste. Mix this paste to the flour.
  • Add a little water slowly to make thick vada batter . It should be vada batter consistency.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan. Once the oil is hot take a spoon full of batter and deep fry until both the sides are well cooked.
  • Serve with any green chutney or sauce.
  • I served it with Nandos extra hot Sauce. It was just mind blowing.
Enjoy with family and friends !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PISTACHIO COATED DRY FRUITS & SEEDS BALL

We are all gearing up for Christmas and long holidays to celebrate the festivities.Gifts will be exchanged with family and friends during this festive occasion.If you are looking for last minute gift ideas then this recipe is perfect . It is quick and nutritious too. People will not mind spending on healthy ingredients. Check out this delicious Pistachio Coated Dry Fruits and seeds ball. What is Christmas? Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.It is a time to exchange gifts and treat your family and friends. Homes are well decorated with Christmas tree and presents are wrapped and kept under the tree. Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas or simply Santa, is a legendary figure originating in Western Christian culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved children on the night of Christmas Eve or during the early morning hours of Christmas Day. What is this week’s Foodie Monday Bloghop Theme? This week’s 225th # Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #ChristmasTreats was suggested by our fellow blogger Mayuri dee who blogs at https://mayuris-jikoni.com/ . She is a humble person who is always ready to guide . She is such a wonderful collection of traditional Gujarati recipes and some amazing bakes as well. You need to check it out. I have bookmarked her Karela Nu Shaak recipe, Kansar recipe to name a few. I love the way she explains the recipe and weaves a wonderful write up sharing her memories of that recipe.
Recipe for Pistachio Coated Dryfruits and seeds Ball: Ingredients:
  • 400 Gms dry fruits and seeds Mix (Details in Notes)
  • 180 Gms Shelled Pistachios
  • 100 Gms Chocolate Raisin
  • 2 Tbsp Choco Chips
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
Method: Coarsely grind the shelled pistachios . Transfer it to a plate. Grind the dry fruits and nuts mix to a fine powder. Heat a wide bottom pan. Add ghee. Now add the ground dry fruit and nut mixture and keep the flame low.Ghee is fully absorbed in 1-2 minutes. Switch off the flame. Now add the chocolate raisin and choco chips. It will melt in the heat itself. Take the mixture and make small balls. Roll the balls in the coarse Pistachio powder. Repeat the process for the balance mixture. Store them in an airtight container and gift them to your family and friends this christmas!!!
God bless us all!!!!!!!!!
Notes:
  • This dry fruit and seeds mixture consists of dried apricots,Pumpkin seeds,Sunflower seeds,Almonds,Dates,Cashews,Raisins, Hulled Buckweet,Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Dried Goji Berries,Sultanas, Dried Coconut pieces.
  • This will keep you energised .
  • These Balls are Nutritious
  • Dry fruits and seeds are used raw
  • You can avoid Chocolate if you want to have it on a regular basis.
  • You can replace normal chocolate with dark chocolate
  • No refined sugar is used. Sweetness is from Choco chip, chocolate raisins and dates.
  • Stays good in airtight container for a month provided you can resist eating them.
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MASALA NIMKI /SPICY FRITTERS

Diwali the festival of lights is around the corner.We always look forward to this vibrant festival. The best time to celebrate with your family friends and treat them with so many delicious sweets and savory recipes. One such recipe i am sharing today. Try this absolutely lip smacking masala Nimki.

Diwali is called the Festival of Lights and is celebrated to honor Lord Rama . It is believed that on this day Lord Rama returned to his kingdom after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.

The whole house is decorated with beautiful diyas and lights. Many of us are now celebrate green diwali hence no crackers and pollution.I am happy to decorate my home and spend time with my loved ones. Living abroad we do miss the typical celebrations way back in India. We make the best of out whatever is available.Try to help the local street vendors by buying mud diyas from them You will help to light up so many homes and help them celebrate festivities too.

This week we at #Foodiemonday #Bloghop decided to share some amazing recipes for #218th Theme #DiwaliDhamaka.It will help many of you who are still thinking what to make. Check out all the fab recipes for #DiwaliDhamaka.

Recipe for Masala Mathri:

For the Dough:

  • 2 Cups -All Purpose Flour (Unbleached)
  • 1/2 Cup Whole wheat Atta
  • 1 Tsp Kalonji / Nigella Seeds
  • Salt to Taste
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  • Water for kneading (about 1/2 Cup)
  • Oil for Deep frying

For Masala Sprinkle:

  • 1.5 Tbsp Pudina Powder /mint leaves powder
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 Tsp Chaat Masala
  • 1/2 Tsp Kala Namak / Black Salt
  • 1 Tsp Ghee for greasing
  • 1 Tsp Amchur / Dry Mango powder

Method:

Take a wide bottom bowl. Add all purpose flour , whole wheat flour, salt and Kalonji. Mix well. Add ghee and mix again to get a crumbly texture. Add water slowly to knead to a stiff dough. Ensure not to add more water. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.

Once the dough is ready divide the dough into small equal balls depending on size of the nimki you prefer. I made about 25 Nimkis. Take a dough ball and roll it into a round disk. Apply ghee and fold it into semi circle. Apply ghee again and fold it into a triangle.

Pick the Nimki and press the edges lightly.Repeat the process for the balance dough balls.

Heat oil in a deep pan. Once the oil is hot, deep fry these nimkis on low flame as it will ensure the inner layers are also fried.Each set will take about 15-20 minutes. So patience is the key.Once they turn golden brown transfer them on to a Bowl.

In a bowl add all the ingredients of Masala for sprinkling. Grease the nikis with ghee and toss them in this masala untill evenly coated. Tranfer them to a plate and allow it to cool completely. Once cooled store them in an airtight Container.

Enjoy with your family and friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY AND SAFE DIWALI!!!!!!!!!!!!

DO YOUR PART TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PULIODHARAI /TAMRIND RICE

 

Hello !!!

We are all so happy  to welcome Goddess Durg this Navratri. During these 9 days we offer rice varieties as offering to the Goddess.It is celebrated with great pomp and show . It is slightly different compared to the celebrations in the North.

Many keep Golu (Doll collection) at home.Everyday a new prasadam is offered to the Goddess.I love the Tamrind rice offered at temples as Prasadam. This is one of my most favourite dosh at home. The tamrind mix can be prepared well in advance. This recipe always makes me nostalgic as it was a menu on our cards whenever we used to travel long distance by train. I miss those days now.

For #165th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop  #NavaratriSpecial is this simple and yummy Puliodharai / Tamrind Rice.

Recipe for Puliodharai / Tamrind Rice:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Rice

Salt to Taste

For Masala:

2 Tbsp Channa dal

1 Tbsp Urad dal

8 Dry red Chillies

1/4 Tsp Fenugreek seeds

2 Tsp Dhania / Coriander seeds

2 Tsp White Sesame seeds /Til

1/2 Tsp Turmeric

1 Tsp Oil (I have used Gingelly oil.You can use any cooking oil)

1 Tsp Black Pepper Corns

1 Big Lemon Size Tamrind soaked in hot water

2 Tsp Jaggery

For Tempering:

2 Tbsp Gingelly Oil

1/4 Cup Peanuts

2 Sprigs Curry leaves

1 Tbsp Channa dal

1 Tbsp Urad dal

1 Tsp Mustard Seeds

Generous pinch of Asafoetida

4 Dry red Chillies

Method:

Cook rice and allow it to cool.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add oil.Once the oil is hot add Channa dal , urad dal.Once they turn slightly brown ,add fenugreek seeds ,dry red chillies,pepper corns and coriander seeds. Saute for a few seconds. Now add sesame seeds and sute untill they pop up and you can smell the aroma. Switch off the flame and allow this mix to cool. Now grind the mix with turmeric and salt to taste.

Extract the puree from the soaked tamrind and remove the pulp.Heat the Kadhai . Heat oil. Add all the channa dal,urad dal and peanuts.Once they turn brown,add mustard ,red chilli ,curry leaves and  asafoetida. Now add the tamrind extract. Once it starts to boil add jaggery and mix untill it fully dissolves.Now add the masala powder and mix well. Once the oil starts to leave the sides switch off the flame.

Add this mixture to the cooled rice and mix well. Offer this as Prasadam to Goddess and seek her blessings.

May Goddess Durga bless us all!!!!!!!!!

Happy Navratri!!!!!!

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KHAJOOR MODAK / DATES MODAK

 

Hello!!

We are set to welcome our dearest Ganesh ji this week to our humble abode in order to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi.It is celebrated very grandly in India and Hindus around the world Lord Ganesha i s a remover of Obstacles also known as Vignaharta.He is also known as Elephant God .We always start any auspicious occassion by seeking the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

Aum Gan Ganapatye Namah
Vakra Tunda Mahaakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kurume Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvataa
Shri Vighna Vinaashakaaya Namaha, sarvobachaaraan samarpayaami. 

May Lord Ganesha Bless us all.

My humble contribution for 161st  #Foodiemonday #Bloghop #GaneshChaturthiRecipe is this simple and quick Khajoor Modak.

Recipe for Khajoor Modak:

Ingredients:

1Cup =160 ML(Makes 10 Modaks)

1 1/2 Cup  Dates (Soft Medjool dates seedless)

1 Cup Almonds

1 Cup Cashews

1/4 Cup Raisins

1Tbsp Ghee

Method:

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add ghee.Once the ghee melts slightly roast the cashews ,alomonds and raisins(Separately for a few seconds).Once done remove from the ghee and transfer it to a bowl and allow it to cool.Leave the extra ghee in the pan. When it is warm blend all the dry fruits to a fine mixture.Transfer this dry fruit mixture to the pan with ghee. Blend the dates also to a fine paste.Transfer the dates paste to the pan with dry fruits powder. Mix all the ingredients. Add some ghee if you feel the mix ture is dry. Make small balls of this mixture and shapre it as a modak.

Khajur Modak is Ready.

My Sacred offering to my Gannu ji. May Lord Ganesha Bless us all!!

Wishing all my readers a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!!!!!!!!!!!

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MIXED VEGETABLE TAHIRI

 

Hello!!!

Hope you had good Diwali celebrations. We had a good one too. After feasting on some yummy dishes for the last few days its time to have some simple and healthy food that is easily digestible and can be cooked within short time.We need some respite after the festivities. I am sharing a simple Mixed vegetable Tahiri from the Awadhi cuisine.

Awadhi cuisine ‎ is a cuisine native to the city of Lucknow, which is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India.The Awadh region has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, and the cuisine of Lucknow bears similarities to those of Central Asia, Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad. The city is also known for its Nawabi foods. The cooks during this period introduce dum style cooking.The richness of Awadh cuisine lies not only in the variety of cuisine but also in the ingredients used like mutton, paneer, and rich spices, which include cardamom and saffron.

My contribution for 115th #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #AwadhiCuisine is this simple and healthy Mixed Vegetable Tahiri.

Recipe for Mixed Vegetable Tahiri:

Ingredients:

2 Cups Basmati Rice(wash and soak for 30 mins)

1 Cup Cauliflower Florets

1 Carrot sliced cut into 1 inch cubes

2 Medium size Potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes

1 Onion slice length wise

2 Capsicum cut into pcs

1/2 Cup green peas

1/2 Tsp Turmeric /Haldi

1 Tsp Coriander Powder

1/4 Cup fresh coriander finely chopped

2 Red chillies

6 Garlic cloves

1 Inch Ginger

1 Tsp Jeera /Cumin seeds

6 Pepper Corns

1 Inch Cinnamon stick

5 Cloves

1 Bay leaf

Juice of 1 lemon

3 tbsp Oil

Salt to taste

Method:

Wash and soak basmati rice for 30 mins.

Coarsely grind fresh red chilli, garlic and ginger.

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add oil. Once the oil is hot add cumin, pepper corns, cinnamon,cloves and bay leaf and roast for a few seconds until fragrant. Add sliced onions and roast until they turn slightly brown.Now add potatoes and roast for 5 minutes. Once done add all the other veggies.Mix well and roast for 2 -3 minutes.

Now add coriander powder,turmeric, ginger-garlic-chilli paste and chopped fresh coriander and saute for 2-3 minutes.Now add the drained basmati rice, lemon juice ,salt and 4 cups of water .Mix well. Cover and cook only medium flame until the rice is well cooked. Mix well .Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with any raita and salad of your choice.

 

Enjoy and relish this one pot meal with your family and friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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CARROT PAYASAM / CARROT PUDDING

 

Hello!!!

Diwali is fast approaching.Hope you are all geared up to celebrate this festive spirit.Me and my family are all set to celebrate the festival of lights.We don’t burst fire crackers in my part of the world, yet we celebrate this festival with all fervor.We make lot of snacks and sweets at home and share it with friends and neighbors. But we do miss the celebrations with family and friends in our home country.We are pampered with new clothes and gifts from parents and in laws. This is the best time of the year.

Today i am sharing a very simple recipe of Carrot Payasam / Carrot pudding for 114th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Diwali that can be prepared in a very short time.

Ingredients:

1 Cup =250 ml

2 Carrots (medium sized)

6 Kaju Katli pieces

1.5 Tsp Ghee

1 Cup Milk (increase the qty of milk to adjust the consistency)

6 Almonds slivered

Method:

Blend the boiled carrots and kaju katli pcs to get ta fine paste. Heat a wide bottom pan. Add ghee.Now add the carrot paste and keep stirring until the raw smell is gone. Then add milk and keep stirring until the ghee starts to leave the side and the mixture starts to boil. Add sugar if you need to adjust the sweetness.Switch off the stove and allow it to cool. Garnish with slivered almonds and serve.

Enjoy this yummy and healthy Payasam this Diwali!!!!!!!!!!

Notes:

1.I had some kaju katli so i have used it in the payasam. You can add cashew or almond paste.

2.Adding sugar is optional as per your sweet tooth.

3.Increase the quantity of milk to adjust the consistency as per your requirement.

 

Wishing all my readers a very Happy Diwali!!!!!!!!!!! Play safe!!!!!!!!

 

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KONDAKADALAI SUNDAL / CHICKPEAS SUNDAL (GANESH CHATURTHI SPECIAL)

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वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ ।
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥
Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha |
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa ||

Ganesh Chaturthi will be  celebrated  this year on 25Aug ,with great devotion all over India. People bring home murtis (Idols) of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in a special way for a day and a half, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or 11 days depending on the family tradition and commitment of each individual.
On the last day of worship the idol is taken out in a colourful and musical procession to be immersed traditionally in water. Ganpati is one of the most popular God. His blessings are invoked at most religious ceremonies as He is the one who can remove all obstacles to success. He is the giver of fortune and can help to avoid natural calamities.

All rituals start with Ganapati Pooja so that all obstacles will be removed.

My Contribution for 106th #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #GaneshChaturthiSpecial is a simple Chickpea Sundal that is always prepeared at my place as an offering to Lord Ganesha.

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Recipe for Kondakadalai Sundal:

Ingredients:

1Cup =250 ML

1 Cup Boiled Chickpeas /Kondakadali

1.5 Tsp Split Black gram

1/2 Cup Freshly grated Coconut

1 Tsp Mustard

A Pinch of Asafoetida

4 Dry red chillies (roughly torn)

Salt to taste

2 Tsp Oil

Method:

Soak Chickpeas overnight. Drain the water and then pressure cook the chickpeas with some water and salt untill they are nicely cooked and soft. Drain the water and it can be used for soups,rasam or sambhar.

Heat the oil in a wok. Add split black gram, asafoetida and mustard. Once the mustard splutters add the red chillies. Saute for a few seconds .Now add the boiled chickpeas and mix well .After 3-5 mins add freshly grated coconut. Mix well and switch off the flame.

Tranfer it to a cup and offer it to Lord Ganesha along with Modak as an offering. After the prayers distribute to everyone.

May Lord Ganesha shower his choicest blessings on everyone !!!!!!!

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