Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sundal Podi Recipe / Curry Masala Powder Recipe

Sundal Podi Recipe

Sundal Podi or Curry Masala Powder as we call it is a quite essential one, it can be handy and can be used for sundal varieties and also while making vegetable curries and stir fries.As navaratri is nearing thought to post this sundal podi recipe


Sundal Podi Recipe

Sundal Podi Recipe  - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes: 1 cup
Recipe Category: Baby Food | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Coriander Leaves - 1/4 cup
Chana Dal - 2 tbsp
Urad Dal - 2 tbsp
Dry Red Chilli - 6 small

Method:

  1. Measure and get ready with all the ingredients.Transfer all to a kadai,dry roast till golden.
    How to make Sundal Podi Recipe - Step1
  2. Cool down and transfer the roasted ingredients to a mixer jar, grind it to a powder little coarse.
    How to make Sundal Podi Recipe - Step2
Cool down and then store.
Sundal Podi Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can even add a tsp of pepper corns and jeera if you are planning to use it for vegetable curries and poriyals.
  • Adjust spice level according to your preference.
Sundal Podi Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

How to cook pasta perfectly

How to Cook Pasta

This post is pending for a long time as few readers have been repeatedly asking me to post how to cook pasta for a long time.I am not fond of pastas but can have it once in a while but hubby loves them especially in white sauces.I have used fusilli pasta here, you can use any type of pasta of your choice like penne,macroni,shell,disc etc.


How to Cook Pasta

How to Cook Pasta Perfectly  - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes: 1 cup
Recipe Category: Baby Food | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Pasta - 1 cup(I used Fusilli)
Water - about 3 cups
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1/4 tsp

Method:

  1. Take water in a sauce pan, add salt and oil to it.Boil it.
    How to make How to Cook Pasta - Step1
  2. When it starts to boil, add the pasta and cook in medium flame.Stir inbetween.
    How to make How to Cook Pasta - Step2
  3. Keep cooking and make sure you stir inbetween.Cook until it becomes soft but not mushy.It should have the crunch to bite at the same time it will slightly bend,thats the right stage.Switch off and drain water.
    Hot to make How to Cook Pasta - Step3
  4. Rinse it well in running water.Strain,fluff it up and use it for your recipes.
    Hot to make How to Cook Pasta - Step4

My Notes:

  • Adding oil makes it less sticky.
  • Rinse it well then fluff it.
  • The timing differs for each variety of pasta.
How to Cook Pasta
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Raw Banana Porridge for Babies - Nendran Banana Porridge

Raw Banana Porridge for Babies

This Raw Banana Porridge can be started for babies after 6 months.This porridge is very healthy and filling for babies.Nendran Banana / Ethaka powder porridge is a traditional baby food in Kerala,it is considered one of the best weight gaining porridge recipes.I got this powder and porridge recipe from my neighbour.

Check other baby food recipes
Check other porridge recipes

Please remember mothers feed is the best and its always good to start with other food only after the baby finishes 6 months.Always consult your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

Raw Banana Porridge for Babies

Raw Banana Porridge for Babies Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes: 1 cup
Recipe Category: Baby Food| Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Raw Banana Porridge Mix - 2 heaped tsp
Water - about 3/4 cup
Unrefined Cane Sugar - 2 tsp

Method:

  1. Take cane sugar in a bowl,add water preferable hot water.
    How to make Raw Banana Porridge for Babies - Step1
  2. Mix well,break the lumps and Set aside.Take porridge mix in a sauce pan, add water.
    How to make Raw Banana Porridge for Babies - Step2
  3. Whisk it well.Now strain cane sugar mixture to remove impurities.
    Hot to make Raw Banana Porridge for Babies - Step3
  4. Whisk it well.Till this stage do it off the stove.Now heat it up an cook in low flame.It will start to thicken as you can see.
    Hot to make Raw Banana Porridge for Babies - Step4
  5. Cook in low flame till it reaches a thick porridge consistency,it should coat the laddle.At this stage switch off.
    Hot to make Raw Banana Porridge for Babies - Step5
Serve warm.

My Notes:

  • Amma suggested to roast the powder for a while then add water and cook it so nowadays I am doing that.
  • As we are making powder using raw banana, cook in sim for more time to avoid stomach upset.
  • For sweetner, you can either add palm sugar or jaggery syrup too.
  • You can even add karupatti(Palm Jaggery) syrup.
  • You can even add a drop of ghee which is optional.
Raw Banana Porridge for Babies
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Raw Banana Powder for Babies / Nendran Banana Powder for Babies

Nendran Banana Powder Recipe

This Raw Banana Powder is a staple baby food in Kerala.I saw this in many websites when I was googling for more baby food recipes.Then coincidentally my neighbor was also telling me the health benefits of Nendran banana, and also this helps in healthy weight gain and supplies all the essential nutrients required for the baby.

You can start this porridge after 6 months.

Please remember mothers feed is the best and its always good to start with other food only after the baby finishes 6 months.Always consult your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

Check other baby food recipes
Check other porridge recipes
Nendran Banana Powder Recipe

Raw Banana Powder Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes: 1 cup
Recipe Category: Baby Food | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Raw Nendran Banana(Kerala Raw Banana) - 3

Method:

  1. Take the raw bananas,trim both the edges.Then slit it in the rims then peel off the skin.
    How to make Nendran Banana Powder Recipe - Step1
  2. Peel off the skin from all the 3 bananas and keep it ready.Using a slicer slice it as thin as possible.
    How to make Nendran Banana Powder Recipe - Step2
  3. See how thin it is,the thinner the slices it will get dried up quickly.Let it get dried up in hot sun.
    Hot to make Nendran Banana Powder Recipe - Step3
  4. It took 2 days to get dried up fully.Transfer it to a mixer, powder it fine.
    Hot to make Nendran Banana Powder Recipe - Step4
  5. Use a fine sieve to sieve it.Discard the coarse seed part.Cool down then store in a clean airtight container.
    Hot to make Nendran Banana Powder Recipe - Step5

Nendran Banana Powder Recipe

My Notes:

  • The porridge mix powder keeps well for 3 months in room temperature itself.
  • Make sure the slices are dried completely before grinding.
  • My neighbor suggested to remove the seeds before slicing.Slit open in the center then remove the seeds,then slice and dry it.As my bananas were a bit tender, I skipped that step.But as you can see the seeds were all sieved and discarded.
  • Make sure to remove the seeds as it might affect baby's tummy if given at a earlier stage that is after 6 months.
Nendran Banana Powder Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Chocolate Milk Recipe - How to make Chocolate Milk

Chocolate Milk Recipe

Chocolate Milk is very easy to make,just with few basic ingredients you can make this yummy drink,kids will love it for sure.If you are like me thinking how could just blending these ingredients would make a tasty drink then you should definitely try this and see...this has become one of my favorite drinks now and ofcourse mittus too :)

The quantity shown below is just for picture sake, it may vary with the measure of ingredients used in this recipe...

Chocolate Milk Recipe

Chocolate Milk Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 1
Recipe Category: Beverage | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Full fat Milk - 1 cup(Boiled and chilled)
Unsweetened Coco Powder - 1.5 tsp
Vanilla Essence - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 2 tsp

Method:

  1. Take milk in a bowl.I boiled it and chilled it for an hr.Add good quality coco powder.
    Chocolate Milk Recipe - Step1
  2. Add sugar, vanilla essence.
    Chocolate Milk Recipe Recipe - Step2
  3. Using a blender blend it for few seconds until frothy.Chocolate Milk Recipe Recipe - Step3
Serve warm or chilled with a pinch of coco powder sprinkled...Yummm!!Chocolate Milk Recipe

My Notes:

  • If you don't have a blender use mixie with whipper blade or mix all the ingredients in a bottle with lid and shake it well until frothy and blended,Serve.
  • Reduce cocoa powder as per the variety , else it may taste bitter.I used Hersheys.
  • The color depends on the variety of cocoa powder.
  • Good quality coco powder is one of the important factors to get perfect chocolate milk.
  • Adjust sweetness according to your taste.
  • If you like cinnamon flavour then add a pinch of it.
  • I prefer it chilled but its purely your preference.
Chocolate Milk Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Kambu Maavu Puttu Recipe - Pearl Millet Recipes

Kambu Maavu Puttu Recipe
I made kambu maavu using whole kambu(Pearl Millet) last week so wanted to try puttu first as this recipe was apt for the homemade flour.I just tried with a small amount of flour and regretted later as the flavour was soo good. I thought it would be tasting bland but it proved me wrong.Try it urself and see, best for breakfast too.

Kambu Maavu Puttu Recipe

Kambu Maavu Puttu Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 1
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Bajra Flour - 1/2 cup
Water - as needed
Cane Sugar - 1/4 cup
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Cardamom powder - a tiny pinch
Ghee - 2 tsp
Salt -a tiny pinch

Method:

  1. Dry roast the flour until aroma comes,my flour was already roasted so just roasted for a minute and proceeded.Now sprinkle water may 2 tbsp.
    Kambu Maavu Puttu Recipe - Step1
  2. Mix well without any lumps, try to hold the flour tightly with your hands if it holds then this is the right consistency,stop adding water.
    Kambu Maavu Puttu Recipe - Step2
  3. Transfer the flour to a steamer plate and steam for atleast 15-20mins in low medium flame.The color of the flour must have changed by now.
    Kambu Maavu Puttu Recipe - Step2
  4. Transfer it to a mixing bowl add cane sugar,cardamom owder,ghee,sugar and salt.Mix well.
    Kambu Maavu Puttu Recipe - Step2
Serve hot / warm!
Homemade Bajra Flour

My Notes:

  • Mix well with your hands soi that there are no lumps.
  • The puttu will be seen dry even after steaming, after adding sugar ,coconut and ghee the puttu will become moist as seen.
  • I used a cloth on the steamer plate and spread the flour on it, it gives softer puttu.
  • I shaped the puttu using a small cup.
  • You can even add sugar or jaggery to the puttu.I used unrefined cane sugar.
  • The flour took a little longer to cook, it took 20mins for me.You can see the color and texture change after steaming.
Kambu Maavu Puttu Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Pineapple Pulao Recipe - Easy Pulav Recipes

Pineapple Pulao Recipe
This Pineapple Pulao was in my mind since I tried Kashmiri Pulao.This Pineapple Pulao is another take or short route to the traditional Kashmiri Pulao.If you like mildly sweet pulao recipes then this is just for you.I made this for amma as she loves such pulaos with fruits and nuts.

And this bowl was gifted to me by Shyamala of myhealthykiddo and I so love this bowl :) Thanks a lot Shyamala for all those thoughful gifts!

Restaurant Style Pineapple Pulao

Pineapple Pulao Recipe

Preparation Time:30 mins | Cooking Time : 25mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Basmati Rice - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 cup
Milk - 1 tbsp
Saffron - a tiny pinch(5-6 strands)
Big Onion - 1 medium chopped lengthwise
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Ghee - 1 tsp + 1 tsp
Cinnamon - one 1/4 inch piece
Cloves - 1
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Star Anise - 1/2

Fruits & Dry Fruits & Nuts:

Pineapple - 1/2 cup chopped
Almonds - 3 tbsp
Tutti Frutti - 1/4 cup

Method:

  1. Get ready with all your ingredients.Soak saffron in a tbsp of warm milk,Set aside.Soak basmati rice in water for atleast 20mins,Set aside.How to make Pineapple pulao - Step1
  2. After 20mins, drain water from the rice add saffron milk along with spices.Add water.
    How to make Pineapple pulao - Step2
  3. Pressure cook for 3 whistles or until rice is done.Switch off,let the pressure release bu itself.Slowly open and fluff it up with a fork.Add ghee.
    How to make Pineapple pulao - Step3
  4. Add required salt,mix well and set aside.Take pineapple in a pan,add sugar and cook covered for 10mins.
    How to make sago vadam - Step4
  5. When it becomes a bit soft,switch off.Add a tsp of ghee toast almonds,then tutti frutti.Set aside.
    How to make Pineapple pulao - Step5
  6. Heat oil in a pan - add jeera,let it crackle then add onion fry till transparent then add cooked saffron rice.
    How to make Pineapple pulao - Step6
  7. Now add pineapple,tutti frutti,almonds and toss it well.
    How to make Pineapple pulao - Step7
Your Pineapple pulao is ready to be served.
Pineapple Pulao Recipe

My Notes:

  • If you dont want the spices to come while eating then discard them after cooking the rice.
  • Dont add pineapple while rice is hot it will leave out water.
  • You can even add  fried onions.
  • Choose pineapple that is just ripe, the pieces should not be mushy.
  • You can skip jeera while tempering and add roasted jeera powder too.
  • Presoaking rice not only cooks the rice faster, it gives nice soft fluffy rice.
  • The pulao is mildly sweet.
  • The addition of tutti frutti adds a nice twist to this rice.
Restaurant Style Pineapple Pulao
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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