Saturday, February 13, 2016

Aloo Poha - Kids Breakfast Idea 20


Aloo Poha

Aloo Poha is quick to make and whole some too.With peanuts and potatoes it is so filling for breakfast.This is best for thosse hurry burry mornings when you have to pack lunch for the kiddo and also get them reasy.It hardly takes 10mins to put together if you have boiled potatoes in hand.This is a great alternate to our usual Poha Upma

AS Aloo Poha itself is filling I just added a chocolate beverage(my favorite Maltova :)) with it.After the shoot I had the liberty to enjoy it myself as mittu was off to school.

Aloo Poha

Kids Breakfast Idea20 - Aloo Poha

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
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Here is the kids breakfast menu 20:

Aloo Poha

My Notes:

  • I used thin aval.You can use any type of aval.Even red aval is good.
  • Add more peanuts,you can add fried cashews too.

Aloo Poha
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Oreo Mousse - Easy Valentines Day Recipes

Eggless Oreo Mousse Recipe

If you are looking for last minute dessert ideas for Valentines day am sure this Oreo Mousse will be apt.very easy to put together and delicious to eat..Who can say no to this oreo goodness?! I am not a big fan of oreo biscuits but mittu loves so I buy them occasionally.

Eggless Oreo Mousse Recipe

Eggless Oreo Mousse Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : 3 small cups
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: Indian 

Fresh Cream - 1 cup(250 ml)
Ore Biscuits - 8
Sugar - 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. Take fresh cream in a mixing bowl,whisk it until soft peaks form as shown below.Now take your favorite oreo flavored biscuits.I used strawberry cream biscuits.How to make Eggless Oreo Mousse Recipe - Step1
  2. Take 5 oreo biscuits,break it roughly,set aside.Now take other 3 and powder it, Set aside.Add crushed oreo biscuits to fresh cream mix it.Then add sugar.
    How to make Eggless Oreo Mousse Recipe - Step2
  3. Add more if you want,reserve little for garnishing.Now to assemble take any serving glass first add powdered oreo,press it to make the top even,
    How to make Eggless Oreo Mousse Recipe - Step3
  4. Then add fresh cream mixture and finally garnish with crushed oreo biscuits.Chill it atleast for an hr.
    How to make Eggless Oreo Mousse Recipe - Step4
Serve chilled.
Eggless Oreo Mousse Recipe

My Notes:

  • While whipping be very careful, don't over do as it will end up buttery.
  • If you prefer add some chopped nuts to the mousse.
  • I am really not sure whether hand whisk can be used to whip fresh cream but with what I heard from my friends, it will take time in handwhisk to achieve soft peak consistency.
  • Let it to set atleast for an hr or 2.
Eggless Oreo Mousse Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Karamani Kuzhambu Recipe(with coconut)

Karamani Kuzhambu Recipe

Karamani Kuzhambu was on my mind for quite sometime and when I saw Shanthi aunty post Arai Puli Kuzhambu picture I asked her for the recipe and tried this karamani kuzhambu the next day itself.It was tangy and yummy perfect with hot rice.She posts such a nice spread of breakfast and lunch recipes that I almost faint everyday seeing it ;) Aunty you are truely an inspiration to all working moms out there!

Karamani Kuzhambu Recipe

Karamani Kuzhambu Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 2 hrs | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Side dish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Karamani (Black Eyed Pea)- 3/4 cup
Small Onion - 6
Tamarind - 1 big lemon sized ball(enough to extract 1 cup slightly thick pulp)
Sambar powder - 4 tsp
Coconut - 1/4 cup grated
Coconut - 2 tbsp chopped finely
Salt - to taste

To temper :

Oil - 1 tbsp
Urad Dal -1 tsp
Chana Dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a small sprig
Hing - a generous pinch

Method:

  1. Dry roast karamani till slightly browned.Soak for 2 hrs atleast.Pressure cook with enough water for 4 whistles or until soft.Drain water and set aside.How to make Karamani kuzhambu - Step1
  2. In a pan heat oil add the dals let it fry till slightly golden,then add small onion and curry leaves fry for 2mins.Then add sambar powder.
    How to make Karamani kuzhambu - Step2
  3. Fry for a minute then add cooked karamani and mix well.Soak tamarind in a cup of water,mash it well.
    How to make Karamani kuzhambu - Step3
  4. Strain to get the pulp alone, add little water and let it boil for a good 15mins.Add required salt.
    How to make Karamani kuzhambu - Step4
  5. When the gravy becomes slightly thick and by now the raw smell of tamarind must have left, at this stage add grated coconut and coconut pieces.
    How to make Karamani kuzhambu - Step5
  6. Mix well and let it to simmer for 5mins or until slightly thick.Finally drizzle gingelly oil.
    How to make Karamani kuzhambu - Step6
Serve hot with rice.
Karamani Kuzhambu Recipe

My Notes:

  • Boil well until raw smell of tamarind leaves.It may take time so simmer and you can go ahead with other works too.
  • The orginal recipe uses yam and black chana.You can also use one tomato while sauteing onion.
  • Cook karamani only until soft not too mushy as it is going to simmer for a good 15-20mins along with tamarind water.
  • This recipe uses grated coconut as such which is the specialty of the recipe.
  • Adjust consistency according to your liking.
  • It was a bit spicy so added a tsp of jaggery syrup and it was yummy.
Karamani Kuzhambu Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Baby Corn Vegetable Hakka Noodles Recipe

Baby Corn Vegetable Hakka Noodles
I love hakka noodles a lot more than instant noodles.Even mittu is fond of hakka noodles these days so I add a lot of veggies to serve her.As an additional benefit even hubby and amma loves noodles. so I make it once in a while to satisfy our noodles cravings.

Check out other noodles recipes:
Chinese Style Vegetable Hakka Noodles
Veg Hakka Noodles
Egg Noodles
Schezwan Noodles
Baby Corn Vegetable Hakka Noodles

Baby Corn Noodles Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: Chinese

Noodles - 1 packet(150 gms)
Baby Corn - 1/2 cup cut lengthwise and parboiled
Carrot and Cabbage - 1 cup chopped finely
Capsicum - 1/4 cup chopped finely(I used yellow, green capsicum)
Garlic - 2 tsp chopped finely
White vinegar - 1/2 tsp
Soya Sauce - 1/2 tsp
Spring Onion(white part) - 1 tsp
Spring Onion(green part) - 2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1 heaped tsp(preferably freshly ground)
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste

Method:

  1. Boil water(well enough for the noodles to immerse fully) and add 1/2 tsp of oil in water. In boiling water add the hakka noodles. Check if its cooked then drain the water and keep the noodles aside.Chop the veggies and keep it ready.Baby Corn Vegetable Hakka Noodles Recipe - Step1
  2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan - Add garlic and spring onion white part fry for a minute.Then add finely chopped carrot and cabbage.Keep in medium high flame and saute the veggies until raw smell leaves. Then add capsicum and stir fry for few mins.
    Baby Corn Vegetable Hakka Noodles Recipe - Step2
  3. Then add baby corn and toss it well.Then add vinegar and soya sauce.Baby Corn Vegetable Hakka Noodles Recipe - Step3
  4. Add pepper powder and toss it well.Cook in high flame for 2mins stirring continusouly.Fluff cooked noodles.Baby Corn Vegetable Hakka Noodles Recipe - Step4
  5. Now add the noodles.Add remaining oil.Keep in high flame stir well then again simmer. Stir well until veggies gets mixed well with the sauces.Baby Corn Vegetable Hakka Noodles Recipe - Step4
Serve hot!
Baby Corn Vegetable Hakka Noodles

My Notes

  • Add oil to boiling water so that the noodles dont stick to each other once cooked.
  • After the veggies are added dont overcook as the noodles will become very soft. 
  • Parboil baby corn by just add it to boiling water cook for 2mins then drain and set aside.
Baby Corn Vegetable Hakka Noodles
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Thinai Pongal,Sambar - Kids Breakfast Idea 19


Thinai Pongal,Sambar

Pongal Sambar is a classic combo, to make it more healthy I used thinai this time.I make varagu pongal often and its our most favorite, this time replaced varagu with thinai and it turned out quite good so thought to share it in kids breakfast series.Pongal is heavy so its perfect to serve for breakfast keeps you full till lunch.

I was craving for venpongal during my pregnancy, yes I loved it so much that I even asked amma to make it atleast once a week.....You get all pamperings during pregnancy and I made use if it completely. :) I used to order only pongal whenever we dined outside during that time that mittu used to tease me saying that the baby is going to eat only pongal when it comes out haha :)

Thinai Pongal,Sambar

Kids Breakfast Idea19 - Thinai Pongal,Sambar

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
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Here is the kids breakfast menu 19:

Thinai Pongal
Tiffin Sambar

Other Variations:

Ven Pongal
Saravana Bhavan Sambar
Tiffin Sambar

My Notes:

  • For thinai give atelast 4-5 whistles.Other than that you can use same recipe as varagu pongal.
  • Use ghee generously.

Thinai Pongal,Sambar
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whole Wheat Garlic Focaccia Recipe

Whole Wheat Garlic Focaccia Recipe
Focaccia is in my totry list since a longtime.Lavi always insisted me to try Focaccia from the day I bought an oven.I was somehow not comfortable trying breads when I first started baking.Now that I've tamed the yeast, its a breeze to bake breads and I enjoy baking them.One fine weekend morning I tried this focaccia bread for breakfast and it was perfect with soups.But I loved to have it as such itself, it had a crusty top with a soft bread texture inside.

Whole Wheat Garlic Focaccia Recipe

This is perfect with a mild soup or you can have it with some cheese spread if you have it as such.I made it with 100% whole wheat flour and I didn't miss white flour at all as the taste and texture was great.

Whole Wheat Garlic Focaccia Recipe

Whole Wheat Garlic Focaccia Recipe

Preparation Time:30 minutes | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: World

Whole Wheat Flour - 2 cups
Instant Yeast - 1 and 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Luke warm water - 3/4 to 1 cup
Salt - to taste
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp

For the garlic spread:

Melted Butter - 1 tbsp
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Oregano - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Chilli Flakes - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 1 tsp finely chopped

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl, take flour,sugar,salt,olive oil and yeast - Mix well first.Then add luke warm water.How to make Whole Wheat Garlic Focaccia Recipe - Step1
  2. Knead it well to a smooth slightly sticky dough. Set aside undisturbed for atleast 1 hour or until the dough doubles in size.Punch down and knead it once again.
    How to make Whole Wheat Garlic Focaccia Recipe - Step2
  3. Chop garlic finely.In a bowl take melted butter,olive oil along with oregano,chilli flakes,garlic,coriander leaves and required salt.Mix well and set aside.How to make Whole Wheat Garlic Focaccia Recipe - Step3
  4. Preheat oven at 220 deg C for 10mins.Take the dough in the pan you are going to bake, sprinkle little flour.Roll it to 1/4 inch thickness.Spread the garlic butter mixture over it and spread it evenly on all sides.The dough will become little loose after adding butter and oil.How to make Whole Wheat Garlic Focaccia Recipe - Step4
  5. Make dents with your fingers and bake in preheated oven for about 20-25mins or until you see a golden top.Cool completely,then slice and serve.
    How to make Whole Wheat Garlic Focaccia Recipe - Step5
Serve  warm with soup!
Whole Wheat Garlic Focaccia Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can even make it fully with maida, sure will taste great.Else try 50-50 of whole wheat and maida.
  • You can lay silver foil / butter paper in the baking tray.I forgot to lay it but the bread demoulded perfectly, as there is lot of greasing it didn't stick at all.
  • Garlic pieces were crisp, if you like it to be chewy then add garlic alone finally may just before 10mins of baking completion time.You can even add sliced onion.
  • You can add a tbsp of grated cheese for topping.
  • While rolling, you can make it a perfect square too.
  • The kneaded dough should be sticky when you leave it for rising.May be while rolling you can sprinkle little flour if it sticks.If the kneaded dough is stiff, then your bread will be hard.It should not be like chapathi dough, you should see wrinkles and the dough should stick a little atleast.
  • Give cooling time, then slice it.
  • Don't over bake just bake till the top turns golden, else the inside bread will become hard.
Whole Wheat Garlic Focaccia Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chilli Baby Corn Recipe - Sidedish for Fried Rice

Baby Corn Chilli Recipe
Baby Corn Chilli is a great starter, It can be served as a sidedish for fried rice.If you are serving it with any fried rice you can make it gravy kind, if served as starter make it dry or semi saucy as per your preference.Manchurian / Chilli Recipes are hubbys favorite so I make it quite often :

Check out more recipes already posted :
Baby Corn Chilli Recipe

Baby Corn Chilli Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Side dish / Starter | Recipe Cuisine: Indo Chinese

For the batter :

Baby Corn - about 15
Cornflour - 3 tbsp
Maida - 2 tbsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - to toast

Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Big Onion - 1/4 cup chopped lengthwise
Green Chilli - 1 chopped finely
Spring onions(white part)- 1 tsp white part
Capsicum - 1/3 cup chopped lengthwise
Garlic - 1 tsp chopped finely
Soya sauce - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Sauce - 1/2 tsp
Tomato Sauce - 1 tbsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Spring onions(green part)- 2 tbsp green part

Method:

  1. Boil water, switch off and add Baby Corn to it and cook for 5mins.Then cut them into strips.
    How to make Baby Corn Chilli - Step1
  2. In a mixing bowl take cornflour,maida,pepper powder and salt.Add little water to make a smooth paste.
    How to make Baby Corn Chilli - Step2
  3. Get all your ingredients ready.Dip baby corn strips into it and fry it in a pan with little oil.You can deep fry it too.
    How to make Baby Corn Chilli - Step3
  4. Drain it in tissue paper and set aside.Heat oil in a pan - add green chillies,garlic and spring onion white part and saute for 2mins then add onion, saute for a while till its transparent then add capsicum and saute for few mins.
    How to make Baby Corn Chilli - Step4
  5. Then add toasted baby corn along with sauces(tomato sauce,chilli and soya sauce).Add pepper powder.
    How to make Baby Corn Chilli - Step5
  6. Give a quick toss. Garnish with spring onions green part, give a quick mix and serve hot.
    How to make Baby Corn Chilli - Step5
Serve hot with any fried rice of your choice or just as a starter.Serve immediately before it becomes soggy.
Baby Corn Chilli Recipe

My Notes:

  • Don't skip spring onions as it gives a nice flavour.
  • Adding onions is purely optional, you can skip that too.
  • Chilli sauce and soy sauce forms the base for any Chilli. 
  • The consistency is purely your choice, you can make it saucy / dry.
  • Always serve hot as it may turn soggy when resting time is given.
  • Make sure not to saute the veggies for a long time in the sauce as the veggies need to be crunchy.
  • Dont add more soya sauce than the mentioned amount else it will change the taste and make the Chilli more darker in color.
Baby Corn Chilli Recipe
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