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JEERA COOKIES / CUMIN COOKIES

Today’s post is a very delicious and interesting Jeera cookie recipe. Loaded with the goodness of Cumin and whole wheat. These are eggless and refined sugar is replaced with palm jaggery that is mildly sweet.Roasted Cumin adds a nice flavor to the cookies. These flavorful cookies are perfect tea time accompaniment.

My son is back home for the weekend and these cookies were served to welcome him.Both my boys loved it to the core. A perfect treat for my boys.

Recipe for Jeera Cookies:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Whole wheat Flour

1/4 Cup Ghee / Clarified Butter

1 Tbsp Jeera / Cumin

1/4 Cup Palm Jaggery Powder

1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

3 Tbsp Milk

1/2 Tsp Salt

Method:

Dry Roast Jeera / Cumin on low flame untill they turn aromatic.Ensure not to burn them. Let it cool completely. Lightly crush them using a rolling pin or mortal pestle.

Take a bowl. Add jaggery and ghee. Whisk untill the jaggery is nicely dissolved and the mixture is creamy. Take a wide bottom bowl. Add whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and lightly crushed jeera. Slowly unfold the creamy ghee and jaggery mixture into the dry flour mixture.Mix using a spatula.The flour mixture should be lump free.Slowly add milk and mix it with your hands to form a soft and smooth dough. Cling wrap and refrigerate for about 10 mins. The dough will not be sticky.

Remove the refrigerated dough. Roll the dough on a clean platform. Cut it into desired shape using a cookie cutter.

Place these cookies on a baking tray.Pre heat the oven for at 180 degree celsius for about 10 minutes. Place the baking tray in the pre heated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes . Please note that the temperature varies for every Oven. You need to keep a close watch to ensure cookies don’t burn.

As the cookie egdes turn golden brown , remove the tray from the oven and allow it to cool completely. The cookies will be more crisp once completely cooled.

Enjoy!!!!!

This recipe is adapted from Poonam’s blog for Recipe swap Challenge for August.You can find her recipe here. Thank you Poonam for the wonderful recipe.

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GULAB JAMUN (INDIAN DESSERT)

Rakshabandhan is round the corner. This is celebrated on the last day of Shravan which usually falls in August. This is celebrated to strengthen the brother sister bond.The sister prays for the well being of her brothers and ties rakhi on his wrist.The brother wows to protect his sister at all times.

I remember how we used to celebrate when we were kids. There used be so much enthusiasm as we always looked forward to yummy food, new clothes and the ceremonies. It makes me nostalgic every year as my brother and cousin brothers are all far away and we don’t get a chance to meet very often. Every year i continue to pray for their well being no matter where they are. We are connect by heart.

To celebrate this wonderful festival and my humble contribution for 208th #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #MeetheBandhan is this melt in the mouth Gulab Jamun. This week’s theme was suggested by Archana who blogs at https://themadscientistskitchen.com/ . She has some amazing collection of Goan recipes. You must check her blog.Her recipes are loved by her teenage children. You will get a lot of ideas to cook for your teenagers.

Recipe for Gulab Jamun:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Khoya / Dried milk solids
  • 1/4 Cup Maida
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Cardamom Powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp Ghee / Clarified Butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp Warm Milk (use it as needed to knead a smooth dough)
  • Oil for frying

For Sugar Syrup:

  • 1.5 Cups White Sugar
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Tsp Cardamom Powder

Almond slivers to Garnish

Method:

Take a wide bottom bowl . Add khoya, cardamom powder, baking powder and maida and mix well . Add ghee and mix well untill combined. Add warm milk little by little untill it comes together to form a soft smooth dough. Cover and allow it to rest for 20 mins. Take small portion of the dough and shape it into round balls using your palm. Ensure there are no cracks. Heat the oil.Ensure the oil is not too hot.Deep fry these balls on low flame till they are golden brown and ensure all sides are cooked.Remove them and transfer them to a plate once done.

Take a wide pan. Add sugar, water and cardamom powder and keep it on medium flame untill the sugar is fully dissolved.Once it starts to boil add the lemon juice and allow it to boil for another 5 mins. Once done switch off the flame and allow it to cool.

Once the sugar syrup is warm add the deep fried balls .Allow it to soak for 30 mins. Garnish with Almond slivers and serve.

Enjoy !!!

Wishing all my brothers a very Happy Rakshabandhan!!!!!!!!!!

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GLUTEN FREE MASALA ROTTI

Today one of the buzz word is Gluten free food.Some people have intolerance for Gluten and have to avoid eating food that have gluten. What is Gluten?
Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. It is found in many types of foods .

A gluten-free diet is necessary for most people with gluten allergies or celiac disease, a condition which causes intestinal damage when it is eaten.

Today I am sharing a healthy and easy recipe that is regular at my place.Not that we are gluten intolerant but we love this dish.My Contribution for 206th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Glutenfreetreats suggested by our co blogger Sujata dee who blogs at
https://batterupwithsujata.wordpress.com .She is a baking queen .She has some awesome baking recipes and lovely bengali sweets too.Check it out.

Recipe for Masala Rotti:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Besan
  • 2 Cups Jowar Flour
  • 3 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 2 Onions finely Chopped
  • 1.5 Tsp Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Cups Finely Chopped Palak (You can use any greens of your choice)
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • A generous Pinch oh Hing
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • Oil for making Rotis
  • Water to Knead the dough

Method:

Take a wide bottom bowl and mix all the Ingredients. Heat a tbsp of oil and pour the sizzling hot oil to the flour mix. Mix well. Add water in small quantities to make a dough. It should be the same consistency as the dough for making Akki Rotti.

Take a Tava / Griddle. Add a tsp of oil and grease the whole tava. Take a big lemon size dough and pat evenly on the tava. Switch on the flame. Put some oil on let it cook on medium flame. Ensure not to burn. Once it is done remove from the tava and serve. Repeat the process for the balance dough.

Serve with any chutney of your choice. I served it with Palm Jaggery and Curry leaves Chuntey Powder. It was a mind blowing combination.You need to try it to believe it.

Notes:

  1. You may use banana leaf or butter paper to flatten the dough and then transfer it on to the griddle.

2. You may use methi or any greens instead of Palak

3. Don’t skip the addition of sizzling hot oil to the dough mix. It is an important step.

4. Feel free to add carrots/ Zuchinni /Cucumber

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CHATPATA MASALA BUN / SPICY BUN

Monsoons are in full swing in many parts of the world.I am sure this weather calls for something hot and spicy to eat. Today I am sharing a simple masala bun recipe to enjoy in this wet weather. My family loves to have spicy snacks when there is a heavy downpour but we try to avoid deep fried snacks as far as possible.

Some clicks while I was travelling.

This week’s theme 203rd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #RimJhimBarse was suggested by me.Do visit my blog and show some love .It will motivate me to improve and share more recipes with my readers. Do check out some wonderful recipes from my fellow bloggers for this theme.

Recipe for Masala Bun / Spicy Bun:

Ingredients:

5 Burger buns

4 Red Onions finely chopped

2 Green Chillies

3/4 Tsp Tikka Masala

1 Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste

2 Tsp Tomato Puree

3 Tsp Oil

1 Tsp Jeera

1/2 Tsp Coriander seeds Crushed

1/2 Cup Fresh Coriander

1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder

2 Tsp Ghee for Toasting buns

Salt to Taste

Method:

Heat oil in a wide bottom Pan. Once the oil is hot add jeera, crushed coriander seeds, green chilli and ginger garlic paste.Saute for a few seconds and add the finely chopped onions.Saute untill they turn golden brown.Then add finely chopped coriander, tomato puree,turmeric,tikka masala and salt .Mix well and keep it on medium flame untill oil starts to leave the sides. Switch off the stove once done.

Slice the buns into halves. Toast the buns until crisp.I have used ghee to toast the buns.

To assemble:

Toasted side to face up.Spread the onion mixture evenly. Garnish with fresh coriander ,finely chopped onions and green chilli . Serve hot and enjoy!!!!

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

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INSTANT WHITE DHOKLA

Hello !!

Today is a easy Instant Dhokla recipe.Please your family or guests with this delicious recipe that can me made in a jiffy. I will take you down the memory lane today.

August 2015 i met a wonderful lady Kritika who introduce me to two other wonderful ladies Jolly and Waagmi. They had started this Group called Foodiemonday Bloghop.My journey with this group started on a very beautiful note and is still going strong. I came across many good people who are more than friends today. I can go on and on writing about each one of them. Some came and left due to their personal commitments.We are all still in touch. We have learnt a lot and still learn from this group.People are always ready to share info that is helpful to everyone. We are still going strong and today we celebrate our 200th Post. I am the oldest member of the group now.

To celebrate our 200th Post our theme today is #200Notout.We planned to do the round robin method. I had to cook from Priya’s blog as alphabetically she is after me. She is an amazing blogger and blogs at
https://thephotowali.wordpress.com/ . I chose to make Safed dhokla from Idli batter from her blog. She has explained it in detail and you can get the recipe here.

Recipe for Instant Dhokla:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Idli Batter
  • 1Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 3/4 Tsp Jeera
  • 1 Green Chilli Finely chopped
  • Finely Chopped Coriander to garnish
  • 1 Tbsp oil for tempering and greasing the utensil used for steaming

Method:

  • Grease the bottom and sides of a large, wide bowl with some oil.
  • Pour the fermented batter into the greased bowl and keep it ready.
  • Pour about 1-1/2 cups of water in a big wide bottom pan or pressure cooker and place it on high flame. When the water comes to a boil, place a stand inside the cooker / wide bottom pan and place the greased utensil with the batter on top of it. Close the lid. Steam on high flame for 10 minutes. If you are using a pressure cooker do not put the whistle. Switch off the stove.
  • Let the Instant white Dhokla rest for 2-3 minutes more after switching off the stove, then take out the steaming vessel.
  • Now prepare the tempering for the Dhokla. Heat a tablespoon of oil and add mustard seeds ,green chilli and jeera. Let them splutter. Pour this tempering evenly over the steamed dhokla. Garnish with finely chopped fresh coriander .
  • Cut into pieces and serve hot.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

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EGG CURRY (SOUTH INDIAN STYLE)

Hello!!!

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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RAGI KANJI /FINGER MILLET PORRIDGE

Hello!!

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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HULLED MILLET GULIAPPA

Hello !!!

This week I have teamed up with Alka Jena who is a good friend and guide from Odisha . Both of us are full time working professionals and and have a passion for food blogging.This is our passion and we try our best to keep it alive inspite our hectic work commitments and hectic schedules. I am sure many working woman can relate to our stories.We decided to explore the flavors of regional cooking and showcase the recipes from all parts of India out of which many areas are unexplored. We will pick one state every month.

This month we will be sharing some wonderful recipes from Karnataka from where i belong.I will be sharing some healthier version of recipes along with Alka who blog at www.culinaryxpress.com

This week i am sharing a very healthy and easy breakfast recipe called Guliappa in Karnataka , Paniyaram in Tamil Nadu and Gunta ponganalu in Andhra .I have made these using hulled millet. Millets in general are an
excellent source of dietary fiber. It is also a good source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and copper. It is Gluten free. Millet is alkaline which makes it easily digestible, and helps maintain pH equilibrium in the body and low in Glycemic Index. A good substitute from White Rice which high in carbs.

Now Coming back to the recipe:

Recipe for Hulled Millet Guliappa:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Hulled Millet
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Urad Dal /Black Gram
  • 1 Tsp Methi seeds / Fenugreek
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 Big Onion finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chilli Finely Chopped
  • 1/2 Carrot Grated
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped fresh Coriander
  • Few Curry leaves finely Chopped
  • 1 Tsp Mustard
  • A generous Pinch of Hing
  • Oil
  • 1 Tsp Grated Ginger

Method:

Wash the millets and soak it in water for about 4-5 hours .Wash and soak Urad dal and fenugreek seeds as well separately.

Grind all the ingredients separately to get a smooth paste. Allow it to fermant overnight.

Take a wide bottom pan. Add a tsp of oil. Add mustard seeds and once they splutter add the chopped onions and slightly roast them for about a minute. Add grated carrots , chillies, grated ginger,salt ,chopped curry leaves and coriander and mix well. Add this mixture to the millet batter and mix well.

Heat the guliappa pan. Add 1/4 Tsp of oil in each mould. Pour a tsp full of batter in all the moulds.Cover the pan and allow it to rise and cook. As soon as it starts to leave the sided turn them to cook on the other side. As they turn brown and crisp remove them from the pan .

Serve hot with any Sambar or Chutney. I served it with Spicy Onion Chutney. It was enjoyed guilt free.

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PUMPKIN STIR FRY / POOSANIKAYI PORIYAL

Hello!!

The weather is returning to normalcy after the typhoon effect. Storms and typhoons have affected many parts of the world.Hope life will be normal soon.Many parts of the world are ready to welcome Fall season. Beautiful colours of the leaves gives a new hope to everyone.Pumpkins will flood the market during this season.

My humble contribution for our 163rd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #PumpkinTreats is this simple and delicious Pumpkin stir fry / poosanikai Poriyal. Pumpkins  are also known as Squash in many areas.The seeds and flowers are also edible .There are many popular delicacies with this popular fall vegetable.

Recipe for Pumpkin Stir Fry / Poosanikai Poriyal

Ingredients:

1 Medium Size pumpkin( cut into cubes)

1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds

1/4 Tsp Asafoetida / Hing

1 Sprig of curry leaf

1/4 Cup Finely chopped Coriander

3 Red Dry Chillies roughly torn

3/4 Tsp Vatha Kozhambu Masala (Store Bought)

1/4 Tsp Turmeric

Salt to taste

2 Tsp Oil

Method:

Wash the pumpkin and cut it into cubes.I have not peeled the skin as it was tender.Heat a wide bottom pan. Add oil. Once the oil is hot add mustard seeds.Once it splutters add the red chillies, turmeric , curry leaves and asafoetida.Mix well. Add the chopped pumpkin. Mix well. Close the lid and allow it to cook on medium flame for about 5-7 mins. Once done add the vatha kozhambu masala and salt to taste. Add 1/2 cup water. Mix well and let it cook untill pumpkin cubes are well coated with the masala. Do not overcook as it will turn mushy.

Serve hot with Rice  or Rotis!!!

Enjoy!!!

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PAHARI ALOO PALDA

Hello

Today I am sharing a wonderful recipe from the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh .Himachal Pradesh apart from being blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, is also a wonderful blend of exquisite  pahari cuisine that gives any  one  a perfect reason to fall in love with this beautiful mountains dotted state. Himachali or pahari cuisine has a unique aroma and flavour to it due to the use yoghurt and cardamom and cooking on slow flame. Himachali dishes have a lot of influence of Punjabi and Tibetan style of food.I love recipes using humble potatoes.

Pahari Aloo Paldah is a flavorful yogurt based gravy made with basic spices. Goes with piping hot rice or rotis. One of the best Pahari dish I have had till date.This is my contribution for 129th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #HimachalRecipes.

Recipe for Pahari Aloo P alda:

Ingredients:

2 Medium size Potatoes

1 Small Onion finely chopped

200 Gms thick Yogurt

1/4 Tsp Chilli Powder

1/4 Tsp Turmeric / Haldi

1 Tsp Coriander Powder

1/4 Tsp Garam Masala

1 Tbsp Raw Rice

1Tbsp Mustard Oil

Salt to taste

1/2 Inch Cinnamon Stick

2 Cloves

1 Green Cardamom

1 Black Cardamom

Pinch of Asafoetida

1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin

Coriander Finely Chopped (I did not have  stock so have not used)

Method:

Mix yogurt and turmeric in a bowl and keep it aside.

Peel the potatoes and  slice them into thick pieces and boil them and keep it aside. Make a fine paste of raw rice and green cardamom. Add this paste to the yogurt mixture and mix well.

Take a heavy bottom pan. Add mustard oil. As it reaches nearly smoking point add black cardamom , Cinnamon  stick , cumin seeds ,cloves and asafoetida. Once you get the aroma add the finely chopped onions and saute on medium flame untill translucent. Now add the boiled potato pieces, coriander powder,salt, chilli powder and garam masala. Toss the mixture untill all the potato slices are nicely coated with the masala for about 3-4 mins. Reduce the flame and add the yogurt mixture. Let it simmer for about 2-3 mins. Once done switch off the flame .

Serve hot with Rice or Rotis.

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