Sunday, April 26, 2015

White Sauce Sandwich - Kids Breakfast Idea 10

White Sauce Sandwich

I clicked this breakfast idea long back but was busy with lunchbox series and other stuffs that I couldn't post this. I will sure continue this series once the lunchbox series hits 50 and am looking forward for the day :) I have paired it with milk and oranges alternatively you can make orange smoothie too.

White Sauce Sandwich

Kids Breakfast Recipes Idea10 - White Sauce Sandwich

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

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Here is the kids breakfast menu 10:

White Sauce Sandwich
Orange
Milk

My Notes:

  • If you are making this sandwich in the weekdays then make the white sauce the previous night and refrigerate it.
White Sauce Sandwich
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Puliyodharai,Carrot Kootu - Kids Lunchbox Idea 45

Puliyodharai, Carrot Kootu

Puliyodharai and Carrot Kootu is todays lunchbox menu, to add on to kids fav I have included vadams too.....You can even pack a cup of curd with it.Amma always insists to add kootu to menu when there is puli sadam for lunch , as the rice is dry this kootu will compensate while eating together as a combo.I am planing to post a easy puli sadam recipe that amma makes, may be that will be helpful for lunchbox too.

I am nearing the half century for the lunchbox series, yayy just 5 more menu to go and wind up this series as of now.

Puliyodharai, Carrot Kootu

Kids Lunch Box Idea45 - Puliyodharai, Carrot Kootu

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins
Recipe Category: Lunch | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
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Here is the lunch box menu for today:

Puliyodharai
Carrot Kootu
Koozh Vadam

My Notes:

  • You can make the spice mix powder for puliyodharai the previous day itself, even the tamarind paste does stay good.So if you are ready with the puliyodharai paste and spice powder then morning just make rice and mix it up.
  • I usually fry peanuts and add it after mixing the rice to give a nice crunch while eating.
  • You can adjust spice level according to your kids preference or more little more jaggery syrup as kids will love the tangy and sweet taste.

Puliyodharai, Carrot Kootu
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Musk Melon Ice Lollies Recipe / Cantaloupe Mini Popsicles

Musk Melon Ice Lollies
Ice Lollies / Ice Pops can be a mini version of popsicles.A month back when I was searching for interesting popsicle ideas, happened to see a picture of these ice lollies and got tempted by the cute look of it.They had used ice trays for freezing ice lollies and that seemed like a great idea.So immediately made these with musk melon / cantaloupe.These are very cute for serving kids, you can make use of any fruit juice to make these lollies.As I had 2 big muskmelons waiting, I used them up.
Musk Melon Ice Lollies

Ice Lollies Recipe

Preparation Time:8 hrs | Processing Time : 10 mins | Makes:4 popsicles
Recipe Category: Popsicles | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Musk Melon - 2 cups chopped
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Lemon Juice - 1 tsp(optional)

Method:

  1. First cut the fruit into 2 halves. Then scrap the center seed part and discard it. Chop into cubes.Take in a blender with sugar.
    How to make musk melon ice lollies - Step1
  2. Blend it well, Now add lemon juice.Pour into ice tray.
    How to make musk melon ice lollies - Step2
  3. Wrap it with a aluminium foil.Freeze for 2 hrs.Then insert tooth picks and freeze for 8 hrs or overnight.Then carefully remove the foil and show the bottom part in running tap water.Slowly remove the lollies.
    How to make musk melon ice lollies - Step3
Serve immediately!
Musk Melon Ice Lollies

My Notes:

  • You can use papercups for freezing too.If you have popsicle moulds then use them.But usually lollies are mini version of popsicles so I used icetrays.
  • Freezing for atleast 8 hrs is required but I kept it overnight.
  • For easy demoulding - show the popsicle moulds in warm water, then pull the stick out slowly to get the ice pops clean.
  • Adjust sugar according to the sweetness of the fruit.
  • I used half of it for making these lollies and used the other half for juicing it.
Musk Melon Ice Lollies
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Carrot Kootu Recipe - South Indian Kootu Recipes

Carrot Kootu Recipe
Carrot Kootu Recipe is from amma, I love carrot kootu even when I was reluctant in touching veggies.Now mittu takes after me, she loves to have this with rice and ghee.Today I made this carrot kootu after such a long time so thought to blog it as well, I also planned a lunchbox menu with this for this weekend post :) You can feed this kootu even for babies who are starting solid foods, just skip coconut part and proceed.
Carrot  Kootu Recipe

Carrot Kootu Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Carrot - a and 1/2 cups finely chopped
Moong Dal - 1 and 1/2 tbsp
Toor Dhal - 2 tbsp
Big Onion - 1 small sized chopped finely
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Salt - to taste

To grind together:

Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
Jeera - 1 tsp

To Temper:

Oil -1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dhal - 1/2 tsp
Hing(Perungayam) - a generous pinch
Curry leaves - few
Green chillies - 1 chopped roughly

Method:

  1. Dry roast moong dal till golden brown.Pressure cook both the dals with 1 cup of water,salt and turmeric powder, Cook until mushy and soft. Mash it well with a laddle and set aside.
    How to make Carrot  kootu - Step1
  2. Grind together coconut and jeera with little water to a fine paste.Chop carrots finely and set aside.
    How to make Carrot  kootu - Step1
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, urad dhal, green chillies and curry leaves.Let it splutter, then add onion and hing saute till onion turns transparent.Then add required salt and chopped carrot.
    How to make Carrot  kootu - Step2
  4. Saute for few mins until raw smell leaves.Then add cooked dal water alone and required water.
    How to make Carrot  kootu - Step3
  5. Cook till carrot turns soft.By then the water would have been absorbed too now add dal and let it boil for 2mins.
    How to make Carrot  kootu - Step3
  6. Then add the coconut paste and allow it to boil till it becomes thick.Switch off and serve with hot rice.
    How to make Carrot  kootu - Step3
Serve hot with rice!
Carrot  Kootu Recipe

My Notes:

  • Add the coconut paste only after the veggie is cooked.
  • The curry will thicken with time so switch it off accordingly.
  • You can also replace toor dhal with chana dal too.But adding a combination of dal gives nice flavour to the kootu.
Carrot Kootu Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ulli Theeyal Recipe - Kerala Style Ulli Theeyal

Ulli Theeyal Recipe
Ulli Theeyal is a popular Kerala sidedish, For those who are new to this...Ulli means Small Onion.Theeyal is a typical Kerala dish which is included in Onam Sadya Menu only in some parts of Kerala.Theeyal can be made with Shallots(Small Onion / Ulli), Pavakkai(Bittergourd),Okra(Vendakkai) etc.But Ulli Theeyal is a great combination, as shallots in this tamarind coconut based gravy pairs so well.I loved it with rice and with idli dosa for the next day. I love coconut oil flavour so this ulli theeyal recipe was a great treat for me.

The curry is thickish perfect to pair with rice, I had little leftover which I had with dosa the next day and I just loved the combo.
Ulli Theeyal Recipe

Ulli Theeyal Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: Indian | Reference:YummyOYummy

Small Onions - 1/2 cup skin peeled
Tamarind water - 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Water - as needed
Salt - to taste

To roast and grind:

Coconut - 1/2 cup
Coriander Seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Pepper - 1 ts[
Dry Red Chillies - 3
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp

To Temper:

Coconut Oil - 1 and 1/2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - a small sprig
Dry Red Chillies - 2

Method:

  1. Dry roast all the ingredients listed under 'to roast and grind' till nicely browned, keep sauteing in low flame.Cool down and then transfer it to a mixer jar.How to make capsicum rice - Step1
  2. Add little water and grind it to a fine paste,Set aside.Heat oil in a kadai - add mustard seeds,curry leaves and red chillies let it splutter.Then add small onion and saute till it turns transparent.Then add turmeric powder,red chilli powder and jeera powder.Add required salt.
    How to make capsicum rice - Step2
  3. Saute well till onions turn soft.Then add the coconut paste and saute for 2mins.Then add little water along with tamarind water.
    How to make capsicum rice - Step2
  4. It should more like rasam in consistency at this stage.Let it boil and become thick, oil will seperate at this stage switch off.
    How to make capsicum rice - Step3
Serve with hot steamed rice!
Ulli Theeyal Recipe

My Notes:

  • The orginal recipe called for tamarind paste, I had tamarind water which I had after making rasam so I used it.If you are using tamarind paste then just 2-3 tsp would be enough.
  • Adjust spice according to your taste.
  • Let it boil for a good amount of time so that curry becomes thick.
  • If you don't have coconut oil then add normal cooking oil but I recommend adding coconut oil to get the full flavour of theeyal.
  • This keeps well for the next day as well, but keep refrigerated and heat it up.Actually this tastes even better as it rests. :)
  • I used my earthernware kadai which lifted the flavour of theeyal, you can use normal kadai.
Ulli Theeyal Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Paal Ice Recipe / Milk Ice / Milk Popsicle

Paal Ice Recipe
Paal Ice - Have you tasted Paal Ice/ Milk Ice?! It is one among my favorites.I have seen and tasted Paal Ice during my school days where we get these from small thallu vandi(small cart) vendors, they used ring a special bell stopping at each house which would alarm all kids to come out to buy ice pops.After that I haven't seen or tasted paal ice not really sure whether paal ice now exists.Also now I am scared to expose mittu to these street selling ice pops, as I am not confident about the water they use.So thought to try paal ice for her at home.Paal ice which I tasted was creamy but am sure they would not have used any expensive and rich ingredients like condensed milk etc.....Having been successful with cornflour to get the creamy texture, I decided to use cornflour and the end result was great.
Paal Ice Recipe
I hope regular readers know about my popsicle mania so I am enjoying making different popsicle varieties this summer and mittu is enjoying eating them :) Of all the popsicles tried so far for this summer, this paal ice and rose milk ice tops the list.Mittu always asks me to use the popsicle lids seeing me use icecream sticks, so this time to fulfill her wish I used the color color lids which came with my popsicle moulds.

Paal Ice Recipe

Paal Ice Recipe

Preparation Time:8 hrs | Processing Time : 10 mins | Makes:4 popsicles
Recipe Category: Popsicles | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Milk - 2 cups
Cornflour - 2 tsp
Water - 2 to 3 tsp
Milk Powder - 2 tsp
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 3 tbsp

Method:

  1. Take milk in a pan and boil it.Meanwhile in a bowl add cornflour and milk powder with little water to make a smooth paste.
    How to make grape popsicle - Step1
  2. Boil milk in simmer, let it simmer till it shrinks a little.Now add cornflour milk powder mixture, add sugar.Keep stirring.
    How to make grape popsicle - Step2
  3. Then add cardamom powder and stir well.At one stage it will become creamy but not too thick like custard.
    How to make grape popsicle - Step3
  4. You can still pour it but will be creamy.At this stage switch off and cool down.Once it cools down completely,pour it into popsicle moulds till 3/4th.
    How to make grape popsicle - Step4
  5. Close it with a lid and freeze for atleast 8 hrs or overnight.Next day take it out and carefully show the outer surface under running tap water.Carefully pull out the popsicles.
    How to make grape popsicle - Step5
Serve immediately!
Paal Ice Recipe

My Notes:

  • Dont have a popsicle mould?! dont worry use disposable plastic cups or even thick paper cups cling wrap aluminium foil and us icecream sticks and freeze it.It demoulds easily or you can even cut the cups to get the popsicles out.
  • There can be many variations to this paal ice, you can add a tsp of vanilla essence to get vanilla flavour or crush few saffron strands and add it.I tried vanilla essence for 2 popsicles and it was like eating vanilla milkshake , yes I loved it :)
  • Make sure to cool down the milk mixture completly before adding it to the mould.
  • You can even insert icecream sticks, thats the way they sell in thallu vandi.
  • Freezing for atleast 8 hrs is required but I kept it overnight.
  • For easy demoulding - show the popsicle moulds in warm water, then pull the stick out slowly to get the ice pops clean.
  • I used milk powder for extra flavour, but you can skip that if you want.
Paal Ice Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Phulka, Capsicum Gravy - Kids Lunchbox Idea 44

Phulka, Capsicum Gravy

Phulka Capsicm Gravy is a very simple and easy lunchbox menu.When I heard from Padma that the lunchbox came back clean with this menu, I was way too tempted to add this to my lunchbox menu as well.Also this gravy is very much suitable for kids as its not at all spicy.Wrapping phulkas / rotis in aluminum foil makes the rotis stay soft for a longer time.

Phulka, Capsicum Gravy

Kids Lunch Box Idea44 - Phulka Capsicum Gravy

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins
Recipe Category: Lunch | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
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Here is the lunch box menu for today:

Phulka
Capsicum Gravy

Phulka, Capsicum Gravy
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Black Grapes Granita Recipe - Easy Granita Recipes

Grape Granita Recipe

Granita is a perfect treat for summer that too with fresh fruits and no ingredients to add on calories it is healthy too.I had some grapes remaining after making grape popsicles so made granita and sorbet with it.After trying watermelon granita , I havent tried any granita recipes so this summer tried this grape granita and so here is the grape granita recipe.

Grape Granita Recipe

Grape Granita Recipe

Preparation Time:7 hrs | Processing Time : 10 mins | Makes:6 small Granitas
Recipe Category: Granitas | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Grapes - 1 cup
Water - 1/3 cup
Sugar - 1/4 cup

Method:

  1. Remove the grapes from its stem, rinse it well.Transfer it to a blender / mixer.
    How to make grape Granita - Step1
  2. Grind it well without adding water. Strain through a metal strainer.Extract the juice completely.
    How to make grape Granita - Step2
  3. Then add water and sugar mix well with a spoon for the sugar to dissolve well.
    How to make grape Granita - Step3
  4. Transfer to a freezer proof container.Freeze it for atleast 8 hrs.Use a fork to scrap the mixture and serve it immediately.
    How to make grape Granita - Step4
Serve immediately!

My Notes:

  • Fork helps to scrap and give nice texture than a spoon so I recommend using a fork to scrap.
  • Adjust sugar according to the sourness of grapes.
  • Choose some pulpy grapes which gives a nice color and flavour.
  • Freezing for atleast 6 hrs is required but I kept it overnight.
Grape Granita Recipe


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