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CAULIFLOWER BEANS & CAPSICUM CURRY

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This is a simple recipe that goes well with rotis and rice. This has a lot of taste, color, flavor and fragrance all along with the nutrients and the fiber from the vegetables. Tickle your taste buds and enjoy!

Ingredients:
Cauliflower - 1Beans - Chopped -2 CupsRed Capsicum - 1 Onion - Finely Chopped - 1/2 cupGinger garlic-optional Red Chilli Powder - 1 Tbspn (Adjust as per your spice levels.)Corriander Powder -1 TbspnMasala powder-1/2 Tsp..optionalTurmeric Powder - 1/4 tspn Salt (to taste)Cilantro (Optional) - For aroma, taste ,n  garnishing. For Seasoning:
Cumin seeds - 1 TbspnMustard seeds - 1 TbspnOil - 2 Tbspn
Method:
Place a saute pan on medium heat and add oil to it.Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds once the oil is hot.Once the mustard seeds start sputtering, add the finely chopped onions to the pan and saute them till the onions turn translucent.Add the freshly cut beans to the pan and saute them for 5 mins.Add the red capsicum pieces and the cauliflower florets to the pan. Add t…

BASIL GINGER SOUP

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BASIL- GINGER SOUP
Basil ginger soup- which is also called as Thulasi allam soup is very good for winter evenings. This recipe is passed to me from my grand mother. This hot soup is very soothing and can help to prevent cold / alleviate sore throat.

Ingredients:
Basil / Thulasi leaves- a handfulGinger / allam paste- 2 tbspWater - 2 cupsCorn powder -1 tbsp (mix with 2 tbsp water and keep aside)Cardamom powder of 3 nosPepper powder 1 tspSalt to taste
Method:
Place basil / thulasi leaves, ginger paste,water, cardamom powder along with pepper powder and salt in a microwave safe glass bowl.Micro high for 5 minutes.Remove it outside and add  corn powder(mixed in 2 tbsp water) to this boiled soup and stir well .Again micro high for  5 minutes and remove it outside and mix them well.Now again place the soup bowl in microwave and micro at minimum temp 180 W for 3 to 4 minutes.Switch off and remove it..Cover with a lid and set it aside for 5 minutes and serve hot..Do not filter, drink as it is.It c…

COLD PREVENTION

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Tips to prevent from cold:

Not to be exposed to the dust, pollution and cool breeze. Cover yourself properly and cover your nose and mouth .Sanitize with a sanitizer, after washing hands properly.Drink lots of liquids and water. (at least 2 litres of water a day)Drink boiled milk to which turmeric powder is added. Do not eat heavily prefer a light food,but do not skip the food completely.Adequate sleep (at least 7 to 8 hours) is needed for body immunity.Fruits containing Beta carotene have to be taken.Orange, red,yellow, green coloured fruits and vegetables are to be eaten.Daily food which contains Vitamin-C are to be eaten.Food supplements that provide Zinc should be eaten.Light exercises are to be done.Adequate rest should be taken in intervals. These are some of the tips to be followed to prevent yourself from cold.

VEGGIE CUTLET

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Veggie Cutlet A tasty snack item which can be either deep fried or shallow fried according to your choice .Every body craves for such tasty snack item at evening tea time.

Ingredients:
Mashed Potatoes-2 cupsFinely chopped capsicum-1 cupFinely chopped Carrot- 1tbspFinely chopped Onion -1/2cupFinely chopped Methi-1/2 cupFinely chopped Cilantro -2 tbspFinely chopped Curry leaves 1 tbspBread powder- 2 tbspGinger garlic paste(optional)-1 tspGaram masala powder - 1/2 tspRed chilli powder 1/2 tspCorn flour 2 tbspCooking Oil or Butter - For frying. Salt (to taste)
Method:
Mix all these materials in a mixing bowl and make small patties with it. Add a little oil or butter to a hot pan and fry the patties evenly on both sides.Serve them hot with Ketchup or BarbQ sauce or Ranch.Adjust chilli powder / masala according to your tastes.

EGGLESS BANANA CAKE

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EGGLESS BANANA CAKE
Ingredients:

Maida/ All Purpose flour - 2 cupsBaking powder - 1 TbspnEating soda - 1 TspnSugar - 1 1/4 cupVanilla essence - 2 TspnsCardamom/ Cinamon powder - 1 TspnButter - 8 Tbspns/ 1/2 cupVegetable oil - 2 TbspnsSalt - 1 pinchMilk - 1 CupBanana - 3 no.s (pureed)Whipped cream- For IcingRaisins - 2 TbspnsFlaked Almonds - 5 TbspnsMethod:
 Preheat the oven to 350F. Take maida in a bowl and add soda, baking powder, salt, sugar to it. Mix well. Add milk to the above dry ingredients and whisk it with the hand grinder. Add butter, vegetable oil to this content and mix it for 5 mins. Add the essence, cinnamon/ cardamom powder, pureed banana to the content. Lastly add the dry fruits(here I am using almond flakes and raisins. You can replace them with walnuts, cashews as per your taste.)Now take the baking bowl, grease it with butter or spray oil and sprinkle little coat of dry flour to the bowl. Take the batter and pour it into the baking sheet. Remeber to allow the rai…

REPOSTING FOR EVENTS

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I am reposting to these events.
1.Spinach & lentil soup-----ONLY GREENS --Hosted by simplysara07@gmail.com.
http://simplysara07.blogspot.com/2010/11/only-greens-event-announcement-and.html


2.Tomato -Pappu pulusu----CMT EVENT-Daal,Sambar-Conducted by  Jagruthi - Hosted by vaasupriya@gmail.com.
http://enveetukitchen.blogspot.com/2010/11/announcing-complete-my-thali.html

3.Egg less Banana cake ----Veggie /fruit a month-Banana--Hosted by   aaipey@gmail.com
http://usmasala.blogspot.com/2010/12/event-announcement-veggiefruit-month.html

PANCH DAAL-KHICHDI

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PANCH DAAL KHICHDI

Panch daal -khichdi, a very healthy recipe full of protiens. It is necessary for every adult to have it atleast weekly twice..its very healthy for both children and elders.
Ingredients:
Rajma-50 gmsChanna -50 gmsKabuli channa -50 gmsMoong daal -50 gmsUrad daal(black gram)-50 gmsEach variety 1 small cup, Soak them each seperately in different dishes
Basmathi rice 50 gmsGreen chilli 3 nosGinger garlic paste 1 tsp(optional)Raw coconut 2" pieceOnions2 nos(chopped)Oil 3 to 4 tbspGaram masala powder 1/2 tspGhee 1 tbsp( optional)SaltWater for cooking


For paste:
Grind green chillies ,raw coconut ,and ginger in to a paste.




Method:
Wash the soaked daals and micro  half boil  them in a micro safe bowl  at high 900 watts for 10 minutes by adding 3 glasses of water.Stir twice in between.Keep aside by covering with a lid.Place oil in another micro safe bowl and add chopped onion and micro at 900 w for 2 minutes.Remove outside and mix well.Now add green chilli,coconut, and gin…

SPINACH & LENTIL SOUP

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This is a vey simple, tasty and nutritious soup. It is high in protiens, iron, vitamin A and lots of fiber. This is a yummy way of making kids get all the needed nutrition. Hope you guys will enjoy this soup in the cold weather as much as my family did.

Ingredients:
Toor Dal - 1 HandfulChana Dal - 1 HandfulUrad Dal -  1 HandfulMoong Dal- 1 HandfulWhole Moongdal(green) - 1 HandfulSpinach -1.5 cupsTomatoes - 2 Garlic - 3 finely choppedCarrot and peas - 1/2 cupCumin seeds - 1 Tb spnGhee (Butter) - 1 Tb spnSalt ; Pepper- To taste


Method:
Rinse all the dals in cold water.Add the rinsed dals, chopped spinach, water in pressure cooker and cook them.Add ghee to a hot saute pan. Once the ghee is melted and starts bubbling up, add the cumin seeds, chooped garlic and pepper corns to it.Saute them for 2 mins and add chopped tomoatoes to the pan.Once the tomatoes turn soft, add chopped carrots and peas to the pan and saute them. Add salt to sweat the tomatoes faster. Cook for 10 mins until the vegeta…

RAJMA CURRY

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RAJMA CURRY
Rajma curry - punjabi vegetarian dish is a very tasty recipe which can be served along with roti's or chapathis and steamed rice.It is not only popular in north India ,but all over for its taste..

Ingredients:
Rajma 1 cup Chopped onion 1/2 cupChopped tomato 1/2 cupJeera 1/2 tspCloves and cardamoms (Adjust  the amount according to your intake of spice levels)Oil 1 to 2 tbspCilantroGinger garlic paste 1 tspGreen chilli slits..of 2 nos.Chilli powder - 1 tspn Dhania powder - 1/2 TspnGaram Masala - 1 TspnTurmeric/ haldhi- 1/4 tspnSalt - To tasteMethod:
 Soak Rajma for atleast 12 hours, and pressure cook it for 3 whistles. Take some oil into pan then add jeera, cloves, elaichi, ginger garlic paste, onions(only fry half the amount of onions) after the oil is hot.In the meanwhile grind the tomato and other half of the onions to paste. After the onions are translucent add green chilli slits, curry leaves,tomato and onion paste, haldhi, chilli powder, salt, garam masala, dhania …

SAGO KHEER / SAGGU BIYYAM PAYASAM

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SAGO KHEERSago / saggu biyyam 1 cup Washed and soaked  in water for 4 hours
Milk 2 cupsSugar 1 cup Saffron (kumkuma puvvu)a pinchDry nuts 1 tbspRaisins 1 tspGhee 1 tbspElaichi powder 1 tsp Method:
First of all place 1 tsp of ghee in a micro safe bowl and heat it for micro high at 900 degrees watts for 30 seconds.Remove it outside and stir well.Then add dry nuts and micro high it for 2 minutes and keep it aside..Boil milk in another micro safe bowl in  micro mode  at 40% heat(medium 360 degrees watts) for 10 min.By then the  milk starts boiling then add sago and cook for 4 minutes in micro at 60 %(540 degrees watts).Stir in between for one time.Then remove outside and stir well and now add the sugar,and   dry nuts which were already fried and mix well.Again cook  at micro in 540 degrees watts i.e. 60% for another 4 minutes.Remove outside and now lastly add saffron and elaichi powder ,stir well and again micro it in minimum that is 180 degrees watts for another 2 to 3 minutes.Remove it ou…

STAR FRUIT-SWEET & SOUR

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STAR FRUIT - SWEET & SOUR
Star fruit-sweet and sour chutney is very delicious.I experimented it and its very yummy with dosas,chhapathis  and especially with  curd rice etc ..especially the sweet n sour ,tangy taste
is so yummy which one can try it easily for its taste..
Materials:
Chopped star fruit  1 cupSugar half cupJeera 1/2 tspMustard seeds 1/2 tsp Red chilli  1 full Salt Oil 1 tspHing a pinchOil 1 tsp
Method:
Place mustard seeds, chilli slits,jeera powder,hing,with 1 tsp oil and micro high for 2 minutes.Mix well once in between.Now add chopped star fruit and 50 ml of water and micro high for 5 minutes.Next add sugar and mix well.Now lastly micro in 80% for 6 mins.Mix well removing it outside,now if u feel it to be more thicker micro it for another 2 to 3 minutes.Remove outside ,mix well and let it cool.Transfer it in to another bowl and freeze it.Serve it chilled..

MINAPA ROTTI / DIBBA ROTTI /CRISPY UTHAPPAM /URAD DAAL PANCAKE

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MINAPA ROTTI.. DIBBA ROTTI..  MINAPA ROTTI / DIBBA ROTTI Dibba rotti is also called by several names.It is a quite tasty,crispy uthappam type recipe ideal for evenings.It is a lightly heavy dish made in indian homes..
Materials:
Urad daal -1 cup Wash and soak it in water for 6 hours
Rice ravva - 2 cups Soak in water for atleast 6 hours
SaltOil 1 cup Method:
Wash and soak urad daal and grind in to a paste,adding water.The consistancy should be like idli batterSoak rice ravva in water for 6 hrs ,then drain the water and mix with the urad daal batter.Allow it to ferment atleast for 6 hours.Place a thick bottomed pan on the stove and add 2 tsp of oil to it.Next place 2 to 3 laddle fulls of batter,lightly  spread it,add 2 to 3 spoons of oil and allow it to shallow fry,covering with a lid,in low to medium heat.After it is done toss it to other side and add 2 tsp oil.Remove it after done.It takes atleast 5 to 10 minutes to shallow fry on both sides.It is crispy and looks spongy..It consumes a l…