Saturday, February 28, 2015

Rice Carrot Sambar and Beans Poriyal - Kids Lunchbox Idea 38

Rice Carrot Sambar and Bean Poriyal

I am really not sure whether these days kids pack such south indian lunchbox recipes as I see and hear only tiffin items or variety rice as their favorite lunchboxes from kids and my daughter is no exception to it.

I remember during my school days it was mostly rice and poriyal with some kuzhambu or atimes variety rice and only during rare occassions amma packs me poori and chapathi or any tiffin item.But I should admit she took so much pains referring to so many tamil cookbooks to try something new, And on the other side I wouldn't touch anything new by the sight of it ;) My friends were so excited with my lunchbox than me.I don't know whether I can keep upto my mother but make sure to pack mittus lunchbox healthy at the same time include her favorites so that the lunchbox is back empty.I should say I am lucky with mittu as she isn't fussy like me.

But those days we had  aaya amma bringing lunch to school which was hot hot so rice when mixed with sambar, rasam or curd and kept can be had.But now the plight is when we mix and keep kids complain that it becomes dry however runny we keep so they always prefer to take rice and kuzhambu separately.

Rice Carrot Sambar and Bean Poriyal

Rice Carrot Sambar and Beans Poriyal

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins
Recipe Category: Lunchbox | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Click the links below to get the full recipe with stepwise pictures

Here is the kids lunchbox idea 38:

Rice
Carrot Sambar
Beans Poriyal

Other Related Recipes

Drumstick Sambar
Vendakkai Sambar
Carrot Poriyal
Beans Poriyal

My Notes:

  • You can even mix with rice and sambar but if you are packing early then I would recommend to keep rice and sambar separate so that they can mix and eat.
  • Add ghee to sambar.
  • I just made regular sambar and not arrachuvitta sambar just gave reference to it.
Rice Carrot Sambar and Bean Poriyal
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Holi Recipes / Holi Festival Recipes / Recipes for Holi

Holi Recipes, Recipes for Holi, Holi Festival Recipes

Here is a collection of  holi recipes some recipes are very easy which takes just 10 mins to prepare and 20 mins of cooking time.The collection includes sweets and savoury snacks mostly south indian varieties

You can find a collection of holi recipes which includes sweet recipes,snack recipes,paratha recipes,drink recipes etc






Gobi Paratha

Khoya Gulab JamunSweet Somas
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Easy Millet Kanji Recipe (Millet Flour Porridge)

Easy Millet Kanji Recipe

This millet kanji is very easy to make just like how we make sathu maavu kanji / ragi kanji.It is best suited for breakfast as it keeps us full and stay energetic throughout the day.I had little millet flour after making cookies and instant dosa so used that to make this kanji for me and amma.We just loved it with the added flavours and temperings am sure no one will complain, best for summer.

One fine day, It was lunch just for the two of us amma and me, as she had tooth ache she asked if I can make some porridge for her, As I was also in no mood to eat rice I skipped it, okay I admit that I seek all reasons to skip rice ;) haha So quickly made this millet flour porridge and we had a hearty and healthy meal.We had it with leftover chutney, but this porridge tastes good on its own that you don't really need any sidedish.
Easy Millet Kanji Recipe

Millet Kanji Recipe

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

Millet Flour - 1/2 cup
Water - 2 cups + 1/2 cup
Thin Chilled Buttermilk - 1 cup
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - a small sprig
Mor Milagai - 2
Garlic - 1 pearl

Method:

  1. Take millet flour in a pan and dry roast for 5mins in low flame.Switch off and cool down.Add 2 and 1/2 cups of water to the flour and whisk it well.
    How to make millet kanji - Step1
  2. Now heat this mixture, keep stirring to avoid lumps formation.While stirring make sure you stir till the bottom so that it doesnt get stuck to the bottom and get burnt.Keep whisking.
    How to make millet kanji - Step2
  3. At one stage it will become so thick as shown.Switch off the stove and cool down.In a tadka pan fry mor milagai.
    How to make millet kanji - Step3
  4. Now take buttermilk and add it.Mix well to form a thin consistency,Add water if needed.
    How to make millet kanji - Step4
  5. In the same tadka pan add mustard seeds let it splutter.Then add curry leaves and crushed garlic,Transfer the tadka to the kanji, crush mor milagai and add it.Mix well.
    How to make millet kanji - Step5
While serving crush more milagai and serve chilled.

Easy Millet Kanji Recipe

My Notes:

  • Roasting the flour is optiona but I recommend doing so to get a nice aroma.
  • Always use a heavy bottomed vessel to cook the koozh else it will stick to the bottom.
  • While cooking keep in sim and cook else lumps may form easily.Keep mixing with a laddle / whisk.
  • You can even make it sweet but adding jaggery syrup.Check in my sathu maavu kanji post.
  • Make sure you cool down the koozh completely before adding buttermilk / milk else it will curdle.
Easy Millet Kanji Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Paneer Paratha Recipe - How to make Paneer Paratha

Paneer Paratha Recipe
Paneer Paratha is made atleast twice a month to pack for the lunchbox but somehow it gets missed to get pictured everytime I make it.The urge of this post is actually after tasting paneer paratha at a restaurant which was so pathetic that the next day I made this and clicked it.When I saw the menu card that read Paneer Paratha with Chole , I was very tempted and ordered it thinking that mittu will also share it with me as she loves paneer paratha made at home.But it was a disappointing day, both the paneer paratha and chole was so average...Mittu just tasted one mouth and refused to eat further so I had to push it inside.

I make another version with vegetables and paneer , will share that soon.You can check out other paratha recipes here.

Paneer Paratha Recipe

Paneer Paratha Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 5 mins per paratha | Makes : 5 parathas
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Wheat Flour - 1 cup
Crumbled Paneer - 1/2 cup
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Roasted Jeera Powder - 1/2 tsp
Chat Masala powder - a tiny pinch
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Salt - to taste
Oil/ Ghee - to toast

Method:

  1. In a wide mixing bowl add wheat flour, salt and first give a quick mix for salt to be even. Then add water little by little, gather to form a soft pliable dough.Once it is gathered to a mass add 1/2 tsp oil and knead it once.The dough should not be too tight or too loose, it should be non sticky at this stage.Allow it to rest for a while until we prepare the sauce.
    Chapati Pizza Recipe - Step1
  2. Crumble paneer well with your hands, add all the spice powders, coriander leaves and  salt.Mix well and set aside.How to make atta dough - Step1
  3. Now pinch a lemon sized ball , Flour the surface and roll the chappathi dough slightly thicker..Spoon the paneer mixture may be 2-3 tsp.Gather the dough from all sides like shown below.
    How to make Paneer paratha - Step1
  4. Seal it completely, flip over and press it well with your hands so that the stuffing is even on all sides.Then roll into slightly thin parathas as per your preference, dust flour then and there to avoid sticking.
    How to make Paneer paratha - Step2
  5. Heat a dosa pan and carefully transfer the paratha, drizzle oil / ghee .Once it starts to bubble on one side,Flip over to other side and cook till brown spots appear here and there.It will start puffing up when we press it.Cook well on both sides.
    How to make Paneer paratha - Step3
Serve hot with any pickle of your choice or with curd!
Paneer Paratha Recipe

My Notes:

  • The spices are mild here if you want you can add a little more to make it spicy.
  • I used homemade fresh paneer so it was easy to crumble.If you are using frozen paneer then thaw it first then crumble it.
  • Roll your parathas thick or thin as you like it. 
  • While rolling for the first time don't give more pressure in the center as the filling is going to be placed in the center and rolled again so make sure the center part is little thicker.
  • While making parathas always keep the flame in medium high and keep adjusting so that the parathas cook perfectly and soft too.
Paneer Paratha Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich Recipe

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich Recipe
I saw Mayonnaise Sandwich in the menu card of a restaurant but didn't taste it.So the idea striked when I made homemade eggless mayo, I made this sandwich too.I wanted to make a healthy version of sandwich so chose the no toast option and hubby enjoyed it for breakfast.It is quick to make and sure a healthy alternate to the usual toast sandwich.This sandwich has no cheese but still is creamy and perfect for breakfast  / snack time.

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich Recipe

Mayo Sandwich Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Makes : 3 sandwiches
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Bread - 6 slices
Cabbage - 1/4 grated
Carrot - 1/4 cup grated
Capsicum - 1/4 cup chopped
Mayonnaise - 1/2 cup
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Tomato Sauce - 1 heaped tsp
Salt - to taste

Spice powders:

Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Roasted Jeera Powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Chat Masala Powder - 1/4 tsp

Method:

  1. Grate cabbage and carrot, chop capsicum into small cubes and get them ready.Transfer them to a mixing bowl and mix well.
    Mooli Paratha Recipe - Step1
  2. Add all the spice powders along with salt,tomato sauce and lemon juice.
    How to make Chapati Pizza - Step2
  3. Whisk mayo well until its creamy, then measure 1/2 cup and add it to the vegetables.Mix well.Check and adjust salt.How to make Chapati Pizza - Step3
  4. Take a bread slice, spread the mayo veggie mixture generously, close with another slice of bread.Cut into diagonals and serve.If you want you can toast the bread.
    How to make Chapati Pizza - Step4
Serve immediately!
Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can use any salad vegetable of your choice.Else use boiled corn ,baby corn etc.
  • I wanted to make a healthy sandwich so did not toast them.You can either toast the bread slices then spread mayo else make the sandwich then toast it.
  • There can be a lot of variations with the veggies and spice mix.If you want add some chilli flakes and just oregano.
  • I used homemade mayonnaise, you can use store bought ones too.
  • If your homemade mayo has salt, then adjust while adding the veggies.
  • Serve immediately else it will become soggy.
Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Chapati Pizza Recipe - Easy No Oven Pizza

Chapati Pizza Recipe

Chapati Pizza Yayyy Now I have another easy pizza that I can make anytime.Though I make some onion capsicum cheese topping with leftover chapathis, heat it up and serve, I have never thought of this chapati pizza idea.I saw this recipe in Divyas space and instantly loved it, with my slight variations I tried it and it was a instant hit.After that I've made it so many times for mittu when she screams for snacks at odd timings.As I always have chapathi dough stored, it becomes handy when I want to make this chapati pizza.

I have already posted oothapam pizza and now this chapati pizza is gona be a hit with your kids for sure.Do try this and let me know how they like it!

Chapati Pizza Recipe

The chapathi dough and the pizza sauce can be made and stored well ahead of time if you are planning this for a gettogether or for a party.I used homemade chilli flakes for this.

Chapati Pizza Recipe

Chapati Pizza Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : 2 to 3 pizzas
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Chapathi Flour - 1 cup
Salt - to taste
Water - as required
Capsicum - 1/3 cup chopped
Grated Cheese - 1/4 cup
Oil - to toast

For the sauce:

Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Garlic - 12 tsp finely chopped
Big Onion - 1/2 cup
Tomato - 1 big sized
Tomato Sauce - 1 tbsp
Chilli Flakes - 1 tsp + little while serving
Oregano - 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/8 tsp

Method:

  1. In a wide mixing bowl add wheat flour, salt and first give a quick mix for salt to be even. Then add water little by little, gather to form a soft pliable dough.Once it is gathered to a mass add 1/2 tsp oil and knead it once.The dough should not be too tight or too loose, it should be non sticky at this stage.Allow it to rest for a while until we prepare the sauce.
    Chapati Pizza Recipe - Step1
  2. Blanch tomatoes till its skin starts to peel off by itself, drain water, remove the skin and trim the edge.Cut into half and transfer to a mixer.
    How to make Chapati Pizza - Step2
  3. Grind it to a smooth puree without adding water.Set aside.Heat oil in a kadai - add garlic and saute till golden brown, then add onion and saute till transparent.How to make Chapati Pizza - Step2
  4. Then add tomato puree and let it boil for 3mins.Then add tomato sauce,pepper powder,chilli flakes and oregano and let it cook until the sauce is thick.
    How to make Chapati Pizza - Step3
  5. Once the sauce comes together to a thick spreadable consistency switch off and set aside.Take chapathi dough and start rolling into slightly thick chapathi's.In parallel toast capsicum in 1/2 tsp oil till it shrinks a bit.
    How to make Chapati Pizza - Step4
  6. Heat a pan, cook chapathi on both sides.I removed from flame and then arranged the toppings.Spread the sauce.
    How to make Chapati Pizza - Step5
  7. Spread it such that it covers the whole chapathi then sprinkle sauted capsicum.Finally add grated cheese and then carefully transfer the chapati pizza to a heated pan.
    How to make Chapati Pizza - Step6
  8. Close and cook for a 2mins in low flame.When you open the cheese should be goey.Carefully remove it from the pan.Sprinkle oregano, pepper powder and transfer to serving plate.
    How to make Chapati Pizza - Step7
Use pizza cutter to cut into wedges and enjoy it hot.
Chapati Pizza Recipe

My Notes:

  • Make sure you cook in low flame after the topping is added as the bottom may get burnt.
  • You can arrange the topping keeping it in the tawa itself, but since I had to click stepwise I brought it back to my counter,then arranged clicked the steps then placed it on the tawa.I used my thin iron tawa so the heat was quick.
  • Makes around 3-4 pizzas.
  • So not make very thin base, it may get burnt easily.Don't make it thick it will be very hard chewy.
  • As the sace I mad already had onions I didn't add raw onion, its your preference.
  • You can even add any other vegetable of your choice.
  • I used mozarella cheese.
  • Be creative and use your own topping idea, I have just given the suggestion. :)
Chapati Pizza Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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