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BATATA HARRA / SPICY ROASTED POTATOES

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I am here with a very simple and delicious recipe from the Lebanese Cuisine. In my quest to search Levantine Cuisine I have come across such wonderful recipes ranging from salads to dips to spicy vegetables. Levantine Cuisine includes recipes from Syria , Lebanon, Palestine.Israel, Jordon , Cyprus(East Mediterranean shore). I wanted to make so many recipes but stuck to a simple one as I am travelling and have limited access to many Ingredients.

181St #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #LevantineCuisine was suggested by Sujata Shukla who blogs at https://www.pepperonpizza.com/. Thanks for suggesting such a wonderful theme that introduced us to many wonderful cuisines.

Recipe for Batata Harra / Spicy Roasted Potatoes:

Ingredients:

6 Medium Size Potatoes Peeled and boiled

2 Garlic Cloves minced

1.5 Tsp Chilli Flakes

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Tsp Crushed Coriander Seeds(Must be Coarse)

1 Tsp Turmeric

1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro finely chopped

1/2 Cup Fresh Dill Leaves finely chopped

1/2 Cup Fresh Parsley Leaves

3/4 Tsp Coarsely ground Pepper

Salt to taste

Juice of 1 Lemon

Method:

Boil the potatoes and allow it to cool. The potatoes should be cooked but ensure it is still firm. Once cooled cut them into bite size cubes.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add minced garlic and
turmeric and coarsely crushed Coriander seeds. Roast for a few minutes. Now add the cubed Potatoes and mix well.Add half of parsley , cilantro and dill leaves and chilli flakes. Mix well untill the potatoes are well coated for about 5 mins.
Add salt and Coarsely ground pepper ..Once done switch off the flame. Add lemon juice and mix well.

Garnish with remaining Parsley , Cilantro ,dill leaves and chilli flakes.

Serve with any Rice dish or you can just have it like this .

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

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ROASTED FOXNUT SALAD / MAKHANA SALAD

 

It’s Monday !!!!!!!! I am back with another quick healthy and yummy recipe this week. Today’s recipe is a low calorie recipe without any fancy dressing.It can be whipped within 10 mins .It is light and filling at the same time.Low calorie recipes are good for weight watchers. Always consult a professional nutrition who can advise you as per your body conditions. When we are not hungry we prefer to have something light. This recipe comes to my rescue.

For 180th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #LowCalorieFood my humble contribution is this simple and delicious Roasted foxnut salad.This theme was suggested by fellow blogger Sujata roy who blogs at https://batterupwithsujata.wordpress.com. Check out some wonderful low calorie recipes from my fellow bloggers too.

Recipe for Roasted foxnut salad/ Makhana Salad:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Makhana / Foxnut

1/2 Green Bell Pepper finely chopped

1/2 Carrot finely Chopped

1 Japanese Cucumber finely chopped

1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin

1/4 Tsp Red Chilli Powder

Salt to Taste

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 Tsp Coarse Pepper powder

1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Coriander

Method:

Take  a wide bottom pan. Add 1/4 tsp oil. Add jeera /Cumin .Once it splutters add the foxnut or makhana. Now add chilli powder and salt to taste and roast on low flame for about 3-4 minutes.Once done switch off the flame.

In a wide bowl add finely chopped Japanese cucumber, Green bell pepper ,carrots and coriander. Sprinkle salt , coarse pepper powder and lemon juice. Mix with a spatula. Add the roasted foxnut just before serving so that  foxnut is nice and crisp.

Enjoy this simple low calorie salad anytime !!!!!!

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MANGO THOKKU MINI DOSA

 

A warm hello to everyone from this part of the globe. We are approaching month end already in this year.Time just flies. We are all looking forward to the Chinese New year as we get a good break from work.I am very eagerly looking forward to it.Atmosphere here is so festive with all the Chinese new year decor. Places are all vibrantly decked up.

Today amazing theme for 179th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Foodmagbest was suggested by Seema who blogs at www.mildlyindian.com.Check out her wonderful blog for awesome recipes. Thank you Seema for the wonderful theme which really got me thinking .Due to hectic work schedule  just managed to make a very simple yet delicious dish.

Recipe for Mango Thokku Mini Dosa:

Ingredients:

1 Cup =250 ML

2 Cups Dosa Batter

1.5 Tbsp Mango thokku

4 Tbsp Dry Chutney Powder

2 Tsp Dry Dill Leaves

1Cup Pomegranate Arils

1 Cup Cheese

Method:

Take a wide bottom bowl. Add dosa batter and mango thokku and mix well. Heat the Tawa. Once the tawa is hot, pour  the batter to make mini dosa. Once the bottom starts to turn crisp and brown and the top is also cooked sprinkle chutney powder, some cheese and a little dry dil leaves.Once done repeat the process for the remaining batter.

Transfer the dosa to a plate . Garnish with pomegranate Arils and enjoy the cheesy Mango thokku Mini Dosa.

My boys just loved it for breakfast and now they want me to pack it for lunch as well.

You must try it to believe it.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

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VENDHAYA KEERAI MOR KOZHAMBU / FENUGREEK (METHI) LEAVES YOUGURT CURRY

 

Welcome to my first post in 2019. Hope the new year has started on a fantastic note for all of you. For me it has started on a very positive and encouraging note. I am sharing a very delicious and healthy curry with fresh Methi Leaves. There are many recipes with methi leaves. This one is a keeper for sure as it is finger looking good. It goes well with hot rice , Rotis and even Dosa. Try it to believe it.

Theme  for 177th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop   #MagicofFreshMethiLeaves  was suggested by Sasmita who blogs at www.firsttimercook.com. Check out her blog for the wonderful recipes. I am so happy  as I wanted to share this awesome recipe with all my wonderful readers.This Methi curry is loved by my family and a regular dish at my place.

Recipe for Vendhaya Keerai Mor Kozhambu / Fenugreek (Methi) Leaves Yogurt Curry:

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Toor Dal /  Pigeon Peas

1/2 Cup Channa Dal / Bengal Gram

2 Cups Roughly chopped Methi Leaves / Fenugreek Leaves / Vendhaya Keerai

1/4 Tsp Turmeric

Salt to taste

2 Cups Yogurt plus 1 Cup Water Mixed well (without any lumps)

1 Tsp Tamrind Paste

/4 Tsp Hing / Asafoetida

1 Tsp Ghee

Few Curry Leaves

For Tadka / Tempering:

2 Tsp Oil

4  dry red Chilies(Round ones)

1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds

For Masala / Paste:

3/4 Cup Grated Coconut (Fresh)

4 Green Chillies

2Inch Ginger

1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Coriander leaves

Method:

Wash both the dals and pressure cook with enough water  upto 3 Whistles or untill soft. Once the pressure is released, remove the dals and mash well. Channa dal will not be fully mashed. It is ok. Keep the mashed dals aside.

Mix the thick yogurt and water untill smooth and ensure there are no lumps.Keep it aside.

Grind all the ingredients for the masala or paste untill smooth.You can add little water in order to get smooth paste. Keep it aside.

Heat a wide bottom Pan. Add Ghee. Once the ghee melts add  Mustard seeds and asafoetida. Once it splutters add the chopped Methi leaves and cook untill done. Approx 5-8 mins. Now add the mashed dals and mix well.Add turmeric and mix well. Add the masala / paste and mix well. Add 1/2 cup water and allow it to simmer on medium flame for about 8-10 mins.

Once done lastly add the beaten yogurt and mix well. Switch off the flame immediately. You can garnish with some Tadka and serve hot with Rice, Rotis and Dosa.

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

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STUFFED PARCELS

 

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We are all gearing up for Christmas next week. We are on a baking spree to celebrate the festivities with our family and friends. Along with baked goodies do try this savoury stuffed parcels thats goes well as starters. I am sure it will be loved by your family and friends.

My humble contribution for 175th  #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #ChristmasSpecial is this simple and delicious stuffed parcels.A vegetarian dish that will make you drool and crave for more.

Recipe for Stuffed Parcels:

Ingredients:

For Dough:

1 Cup Multi grain Flour

1/2 Cup Sooji / Rava

1/2 Tsp Ajwain

1/2 Tsp Chilli Powder

Salt to taste

2 Tbsp Oil for Kneading the dough

Water as required

For Stuffing:

3 Boiled Potatoes

2 Onions finely chopped

1 Green Chilli Finely chopped

1/2 Cup Finely chopped Coriander

1/2 Tsp Garam Masala

1/2 Tsp Tikka Masala

Salt to Taste

2 Tbsp Oil

1 Tsp Jeera

1/2 Tsp grated ginger

1/4 Tsp Haldi /Turmeric

3 Garlic pods finely chopped

1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs

1/4 Tsp Amchur Powder

Oil for Frying

Method:

For dough:

Take a wide bottom bowl. Add multigrain flour, rava , ajwain and chilli powder.  Heat 2 Tbsp oil and once it sizzles add it to the flour mix. Mix the ingredients well. Add water as required and knead soft dough.Cover the dough with a damp clean cloth and allow it to rest for 30 mins.

For the Stuffing:

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add oil. Once the oil is hot ,add jeera. Once it splutters add grated ginger and finely chopped garlic.Once it turns slightly brown add the finely chopped onions and chopped green chillies.Saute untill they turn slightly brown and oil starts to leave the sides. Add garam masala, tikka masala, turmeric ,salt and amchur powder and mix well. Saute for a minute and then add mashed boiled potatoes.Mix all the ingredients well.Lastly add bread crumbs and finely chopped coriander. Mix well and keep it on medium flame for 2 mins. Once done switch off the flame.

For the Parcel:

Take a lime sized dough and roll the dough on a flat surface into desired shape. Place the stuffing in the center. Fold the dough from all the sides.It will overlap and look like small parcels.

Take a wide bottom pan.Add oil for deep frying. Once the oil is hot  deep fry the parcels.Repeat the process for the remaining parcels.

Serve with any green chutney or Ketchup.

 

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PESTO COATED SMASHED POTATOES

 

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I am back with another interesting recipe this Monday. An appetizer to treat your family and friends for all occasions.This is a crowd please for sure and will leave your guests craving for more. Loaded with cheese and herbs will take this humble potato to a new level.There are close to 4,000 varieties of potato including common commercial varieties and come in different colors too.

My humble contribution for #172 #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #InternationakFeast as suggested by our fellow blogger  Mayuri dee who blogs at https://mayuris-jikoni.com .A simple dish loved by many all over the world.The potatoes are coated with pesto and loaded with cheese and herbs.Calling all potato lovers to try this  lipsmacking dish .

Recipe for Pesto Coated Smashed Potatoes:

Ingredients:

10 Potaotes (Medium sized or Baby potatoes)

Salt to taste

1.5 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tsp Dill leaves to sprinkling

1 Tsp Chilli Flakes for Sprinkling

1 Tsp Pepper Powder for Sprinkling

1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese

For Pesto:

1 Cup Chopped Coriander( 250 ml cup)

3 Garlic Pods

2 Tsp Olive oil

1/4 Cup Roasted Cashews

1 Tbsp Lime Juice

1 Green Chilli

Salt to taste

Method:

Grind all the ingredients of pesto to a fine paste and keep it aside.

Boil the potatoes with 1/4 Tsp salt. Once done transfer the potatoes on to  the baking tray with parchment paper. Just smash the potatoes using a flat surface of a glass  or a potato masher. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and drizzle some olive oil. Place the tray in a pre heated oven at 180 C for about 15 mins. Now remove the tray and reverse the sides. Sprinkle salt and pepper an drizzle olive oil. Now place the tray in the oven for another 15 mins. Once done remove the tray from the oven. Sprinkle  cheese generously ,chilli flakes and dried dill. Drizzle the pesto over the roasted potatoes and place it in the oven for another 10 mins.

Once done remove from the oven .Transfer it to a plate. Drizzle the remaining pesto and serve.

Enjoy with family and friends!!!!!!

Other Potato recipes:

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PULIODHARAI /TAMRIND RICE

 

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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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BLACK EYED BEAN CURRY / ARACHUVITTA KARAMANI SAMBHAR

Hello!!

I am back with another exciting recipe with black eyed beans.It is a simple and delicious recipe that can be made with few available ingredients available in your kitchen.Any curry with fresh masala is always lip smacking and flavorful.It is a powerhouse of energy.

This week’s theme was suggested by my fellow blogger Seema who blogs at https://mildlyindian.com. Check out her blog for some amazing recipes.

My humble contribution for #164th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Beanpower is this black eyed bean curry / Arachuvitta Karamani sambhar.

Recipe for Black eyed bean curry / Arachuvitta Karamani sambhar:

Ingredients :

1 Cup Black eyed bean

3/4th Cup Toor dal

Salt to taste

1/2 Tsp Mustard / Rai

1 Sprig Curry leaves

1 Tsp Ghee

Pulp of Tamrind (1/2 lemon size)

5-7 Mor molaga / Dry curd chillies

For Masala:

2 Tsp Channa dal

1 Tsp Moon dal (Split)

1/2 Tsp Black pepper corns

8 Dry Red Chillies

1.5 Tsp Dhania

1/2 Cup Grated Coconut (you can fresh or desiccated)

1/2 Tsp Tamrind

Method:

Dry roast all the ingredients mentioned for the masala. Dry roast grated coconut for a few seconds only. All the ingredients to cool.Grind all the ingredients until powdered fine.Add /2 water and grind to make a fine paste.

Soak black eyed beans for one hour. Boil black eyed beans and toor dal upto 2 whistles in a pressure cooker. Allow it to cool.

Take a wide bottom pan.Add  ghee. Once the ghee melts roast the  dried curd  chillies untill they turn brown. Remove and place it on a paper towel. Now add the boiled beans and dal.Add tamrind pulp and masala paste and mix well. Add salt to taste. Mix well and allow it to boil for about 20-25 mins on low flame.Once done garnish with mustard tadka ,curry leaves and fried curd chillies.

Serve hot with rice or rotis!!

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

 

 

 

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LEMON RASAM / NIMBEHANNU SAARU

 

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Weather in this part of the world has been affected by Typhoons. To keep up with this bad weather this simple yummy and tangy Lemon rasam comes as a rescue.This recipe has been passed on from our greatgrandmothers who had such simple home remedies. We can have it as a soup or it goes well with Kootu or Spicy Kozambhu ,piping hot rice ,ghee and papad.

This week’s theme was suggested by Sasmita who blogs at https://www.firsttimercook.com. Do check her blog for the simple and yummy recipes. My humble contribution for 162nd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Lemonaffair is this simple and delicious Lemon Rasam.

Recipe for Lemon Rasam / Nimbehannu Saaru:

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Boiled and Mashed Toor dal

2 Medium Tomatoes

2 Green Chillies finely chopped

2″ Ginger grated

3 Cups of water

Salt to Taste

1/2 Cup finely Chopped Coriander

Few Sprigs of Curry leaves

1/2 Tsp Mustard / Rai

1/2 Tsp Jeera

2 Dry Red Chillies

1 Tbsp Ghee

Juice of one Big Lemon

Generous pinch of Asafoetida /Hing

Method:

Boil the dal in a pressure cooker and mash it nicely.Keep it aside. Take a wide bottom pan. Add water, chopped tomatoes, grated ginger,finely chopped green chillies , half of chopped corianer. Keep it on medium flame and let it boil untill the tomatoes turn mushy. Mix well. Now add the dal and mix well. Let it boil for 5 mins. Pour the tadka and mix well. Let it boil for 2-3 mins. Switch off the flame and add the lemon juice.

Garnish with the remaining coriander and serve as a soup or pair it with kootu or spicy kozambhu and Rice and Papad.

For Tadka:

Heat the ghee. Add mustard seeds and red chillies torn into pieces.Once it splutters add jeera and curry leaves and a generous pinch of Hing.Switch off the flame.

This is good for sore throat as well.

 

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

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KHAJOOR MODAK / DATES MODAK

 

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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!!!!!!!!!!!