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Monday, August 3, 2015

Javvarisi Semiya Payasam - Vermicelli Sago Kheer Recipe

Javvarisi Semiya Payasam
Semiya Payasam is my favorite but only next to Sago Payasam. Nowadays mittu is fond of sago payasam she calls it balls payasam :) Lately I am having a great liking towards payasam made with jaggery than sugar so wanted to try this combo of Javvarisi Semiya Payasam with jaggery.I made this payasam long back and it was sitting in my drafts waiting to get attention, as its Aadi 18 today thought to post this easy payasam.

Javvarisi Semiya Payasam

Javvarisi Semiya Payasam

Preparation Time:10 mins | Processing Time : 20 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Sago - 1/3 cup
Vermicelli - 1/2 cup
Crushed Jaggery - 1 cup, Water - 3/4 cup
Full Cream Milk - 2 cups
Ghee - 2 tsp
Water - as required to cook sago and vermicelli
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Cashews - 8 broken
Raisins - 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. Soak jaggery in warm water, crush it well. Then heat it up until it is slightly thick (no string consistency needs to be checked).Cool down, strain and keep aside.
    How to make Jaggery Syrup
  2. Soak sago for atleast 2 hours, just sprinkle water don't add more.Drain water, rinse sago well and cook in water(till immersing level).Cook till the sago pearls turn transparent.Drain and set aside.
    How to make Sago Vermicelli Kheer - Step1
  3. In a pan roast vermicelli till golden,Then 1 cup water and cook till it gets cooked to soft texture.
    How to make Sago Vermicelli Kheer - Step2
  4. Take both cooked sago and vermicelli in a pan.Add jaggery syrup and heat it up.Cook for 3-5mins in low flame.Then add cardamom powder.
    How to make Sago Vermicelli Kheer - Step3
  5. Switch off and let it cool down.Meanwhile fry cashews and raisins till golden brown.Boil milk and set aside to cool.
    How to make Sago Vermicelli Kheer - Step4
  6. Once milk is cooled down add it to jaggery mixture and mix well.Finally add ghee fried cashews,raisins and mix well.This step can be done off the stove to avoid curdling.
    How to make Sago Vermicelli Kheer - Step5
Serve hot / warm!
Javvarisi Semiya Payasam

My Notes:

  • Soaking sago helps in easy and fast cooking.But if you are using the nylon variety sago no need to soak.
  • The quantity of sago and vermicelli depends on your liking.
  • When milk is added to hot jaggery syrup there are chances for curdling so I make sure to cool down a bit then add it.Else you can keep the flame in low then add milk.
  • I used full cream milk so did'nt reduce it further.If you feel your milk is little runny then let it simmer to make it thick and creamy.
Javvarisi Semiya Payasam
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Aadi 18 Recipes - Aadi Perukku Lunch Menu

Aadi 18 Lunch Menu
We celebrate aadi 18 every year by making pooja near the water tank and tying sacred yellow threads, we usually tie it around our wrist but it is said that married women tie around their neck.Other than that we don't have the custom of making any special lunch menu for aadi 18 but this year I wanted to post a traditional aadi 18 lunch menu but totally forgot about the festival coming around.Yesterday morning when I was checking mittus calendar saw the holiday for aadi perukku on Monday..only then I realised Aadi 18 festival is coming Monday(Aug 3 2015).Mittu had a holiday yesterday so thought this is the right day for me to get into action....So far I haven't cooked such a elaborate variety rice lunch menu all my self (except for the regular meals with payasam vada) so this is sure a achievement for me...It actually looks elaborate but it was easy as once rice is done then 4 rice varieties gets done in no time..So this is the lunch menu I prepared yesterday Coconut Rice,Lemon Rice,Sweet Pongal,Tamarind Rice,Curd Rice,Payasam,Medu Vadai and Appalam.

Only yesterday, I realised my capability to manage such lunch menus single handedly.....It was sure a tiring day but was happy and content after I finished the lunch menu and clicked it.Even the vadas came out perfect inspite of me rushing with other items and house chores...Yayyy!!
Tamarind Rice
Aadi perukku also known as as Aadi 18 is a Hindu Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Adi which genrally falls mid-July to mid-August. The festival pays tribute to water's life-sustaining properties. For the blessing of mankind with peace, prosperity and happiness, nature worship in the form of Amman deities are organized to shower Nature’s bountiful grace on human beings.It is also known as Pathinettam perukku and ‘perukku’ means ‘rising.’ The festival coincides with the annual freshes of the rivers and to pay tribute to water's life-sustaining properties. It is celebrated near river basins, water tanks, lakes and wells etc. of Tamil Nadu when the water level in the rises significantly heralding the onset of Monsoon.
Mulaipari and Adiperukku:
Mulaipari (Sprouting or Germination of Nine Grains or Navadhanyam in a basket or clay mud pots) is a very important ritual which takes place at almost every village Goddess celebration. In its most original form, it is an exclusively women’s ritual and is of great importance for the whole village. The participants of the processions carry earthen pots with grown grains (nine different types of grains) inside on their heads and walk towards a river where the content is dissolved. The procession is accompanied by Amman. The ritual is very elaborate. Before the procession starts, special songs and dances ( Kummi Pattu, Kummi ) are performed. The original meaning of the ritual performance is a request to the village Goddess for rain and fertility of land, in order to secure a rich harvest. 
Source : Wiki
Curd Rice

Lemon Rice

Aadi 18 Lunch Menu - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Lemon Rice
Coconut Rice
Sweet Pongal V1 / Sweet Pongal V2
Tamarind Rice
Curd Rice
Ulundu Vada
Sago Payasam
Appalam

Other Variations:
Payasam Recipes
Kalakandu Sadam
5 Arisi Pongal
Thengai Podi Sadam
Maanga Sadam

Serve and enjoy with your family!
Coconut Rice
Sweet Pongal

Payasam,Vada
Aadi 18 Lunch Menu
Aadi 18 Lunch Menu
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Aloo Tikki Chaat - Easy Chaat Recipes

Aloo Tikki Chaat Recipe
Aloo Tikki Chaat is very easy to make and it is one of my favorites.Who hates chaats?! ;) Aloo Tikki can be used in many chaat recipes, I even love to have it as such with just sweet and green chutney hence this easy aloo tikki chaat idea.I made sweet and green chutney last weekend and now enjoying the chaats :) Homemade chaats are always special as they are guiltfree and you can be well assured to serve for kids too.Mittu has just started relishing chaats and I am happy that she is loving homemade chaats as well.

I have already posted Aloo Tikki Recipe and Aloo Tikki Dahi Chole Chaat, but this one is a very easy and simple version.I also tried a easy version of sweet chutney which I will be posting by this weekend.

Aloo Tikki Chaat Recipe 

Aloo Tikki Chaat Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Makes : 8 tikkis
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

For Aloo Tikki : 

Potato - 2 and 1/2 medium sized (comes to 1.5 cups after mashing)
Bread Crumbs - 1/3 cup
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Chat Masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 1/2 tbsp finely chopped
Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
Cooking Oil - to toast
Salt - to taste

For Aloo Tikki Chaat:(Makes 2 plates)

Aloo Tikki - 4 (I used only 4)
Sweet Chutney - 2 tbsp
Green Chutney - 2 tbsp
Raw Onion - as needed
Red Chilli Powder - just a pinch
Chaat Masala powder - as needed
Plain Sev - 1/4 cup
Coriander Leaves - as needed

Method:

  1. Cut each potato into 2 halves and pressure cook for 4 whistles or until soft.Peel off the skin and mash it well without any lumps.Add red chilli powder,garam masala powder,cumin powder,chat masala powder,lemon juice,coriander leaves and required salt to the mashed potatoes.
    How to make aloo tikki - Step1
  2. Mix well to form a smooth dough.Pinch a lemon sized ball and roll it well, then flatten them into round patties as shown below.How to make aloo tikki - Step2
  3. Roll the patties in breadcrumbs so that it coats well on all sides.Now finish the batter by repeating the process.I just made 6 tikkis for click sake and reserved the batter for later use.How to make aloo tikki - Step3
  4. Heat dosa pan - drizzle oil, add the aloo tikkis and toast well on both sides till they turn golden brown and slightly crisp.How to make aloo tikki - Step4
  5. Take the tikkis in a serving plate, drizzle sweet chutney and green chutney.How to make aloo tikki - Step4
  6. Sprinkle raw onion,sev , coriander leaves.Sprinkle a tiny pinch of chat masala powder.How to make aloo tikki - Step4
Serve immediately.
Aloo Tikki Chaat Recipe

My Notes:

  • Coating them with breadcrumbs then toasting gives a crispy outer layer and soft inside.
  • You can even add 1/4 cup boiled peas along with potato.
  • I used my potato masher to mash the potatoes, if you don't have one then mash it well with a laddle.
  • The dough should be tight enough to hold together, if the dough is watery / runny then your tikkis will break when you toast them.
  • Alternatively you can deep fry them too.
  • Flip over the tikkis gently while toasting them in tawa.
  • I used my cast iron dosa tawa to toast, you can even use nonstick dosa tawa.
  • You can even toast the tikkis in ghee.
  • The quantity of chutneys,sev and other garnishes depends purely on ur preference.
Aloo Tikki Chaat Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Easy Eggless Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe
Chocolate Pudding is our family favorite, Mittu just goes crazy when she sees it.I make it for her as a after meal surprise dessert or back from school dessert atleast 2 weeks once.I usually make puddings with custard powder but this time I tried with cornflour and it was equally good and I didn't find much difference.This is such a easy and delicious pudding that you can make to impress your loved ones and guests.

Pudding Recipes : 
Chocolate Pudding
Rose Pudding
Caramel Pudding
Vanilla Pudding
Bread Pudding
Red Velvet Pudding

Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : 4 small cups
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: Indian 

Boiled Milk - 1 and 1/2 cups + 1/2 cup
Cornflour - 2 tbsp
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
Cooking Chocolate - 2 tbsp + for garnish
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp

Method:

  1. Take cornflour and coco powder in a mixing bowl,whisk it well.Then add sugar and whisk well.How to make Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe - Step1
  2. Add vanilla essence.Add 1/2 cup milk first and whisk it well without any lumps.
    How to make Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe - Step2
  3. Add remaining 1 and 1/2 cups of milk and whisk well.Now transfer this mixture to a pan and heat it up.Keep in low flame.
    How to make Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe - Step3
  4. Keep whisking, once it starts to thicken use a laddle and keep stirring.Add cooking chocolate shavings.
    How to make Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe - Step4
  5. Keep stirring well,  at one stage it will become thick.It will coat the laddle well, it will be thick,creamy and shiny at this stage switch off.
    How to make Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe - Step5
  6. Wash the moulds well and keep it ready.Scoop the pudding and fill it in the desired cups.Chill the pudding atleast for an hour or until serving time.I had lids so closed and refrigerated it.Garnish with chocolate shavings and sugar beads.
    How to make Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe - Step6
Serve chilled.
Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe

My Notes:

  • After setting for a hour the pudding can be easily demouldable.I clicked it as soon I poured the pudding so it was goey, either way it tastes delicious.
  • You can replace cornflour with custard powder too.
  • A layer of pudding skin forms so if you like it then refrigerate as such without covering.If you dont like pudding skin wrap the pudding bowls/cups with a cling wrap and then refriegerate. 
  • If you prefer add some chopped nuts to the pudding and then set it.
  • I used weikfield coco powder for this pudding.
  • This pudding keeps well for 2 days when refrigerated.
Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe (Eggless & Butterless)

Eggless Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe
Whole wheat cakes and muffins were always my dream though have tried quite a few times but have failed miserably.But when I saw this recipe, it tempted me so much seeing the texture so baked it the next day itself and believe me it was soo good that the lil one loved it so much.Even hubby who always complains about my whole wheat trials gave a thumbs up to this.I am sure this is going to be my keeper recipe for whole wheat bakes.

Eggless Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe
With no doubt I can say this is one of my best bakes so far especially with whole wheat flour.The muffins were not dense as it always happens with whole wheat bakes, with so less oil and no fatty ingredients I was awed by the outcome of these muffins, any one could easily fall for these healthy muffins.

Eggless Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe

Eggless Whole Wheat Muffins Recipe

Preparation Time:15 mins | Baking Time : 25 mins | Makes:10 medium sized muffins
Recipe Category: Cakes | Recipe Cuisine: Indian ReferenceVegRecipes

Whole Wheat Flour - 1 cup
Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
Choco Chips * - 2 tbsp
Salt - a pinch

Wet Ingredients:

Warm Water - 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup
Granulated White Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vinegar - 1/2 tbsp
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
Olive Oil - 3 tbsp

Note : I used dark choco chips only for the leftover batter so used just 2 tbsp.If you are using for the full batter then use 1/3 cup

Method:

  1. Take whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt in a fine sieve.
    How to makeEggless Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe - Step1
  2. Sieve it well,Set aside.In a bowl of warm water add sugar to it.Whisk it well until it dissolves completely.
    How to make Eggless Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe - Step2
  3. Then add vanilla essence followed by olive oil.Whisk it well.
    How to make Eggless Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe - Step3
  4. Add vinegar and whisk it.Finally add the flour mixture and keep whisking.
    How to make Eggless Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe - Step4
  5. Whisk well so that there are no lumps, it should be a creamy batter.The batter will be little runny.Line muffin liners in your muffin pan and keep it ready.Preheat oven at 180 deg C for 10mins.
    How to make Eggless Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe - Step5
  6. Spoon the batter till 3/4 of the muffin liner and bake in preheated oven for 25-30mins ir until the top turns golden.I had leftover batter for second batch baking so added chocochips.Insert a tooth pick in the center to check, if it comes out clean then your muffins are done.
    How to make Eggless Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe - Step6
  7. Fill the muffin liner and bake in preheated oven for 25-30mins again.
    How to make Eggless Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe - Step6
Cool down then store.
Eggless Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe

My Notes:

  • I used homemade whole wheat flour so it required little more water than mentioned.The orginal recipe calls for 1/2 cup water but I need 3/4th cup in total to get the desired consistency of the batter.It depends on the variety of whole wheat flour.You need to note that the batter should be flowing and little runny so adjust accordingly.
  • You can even replace half and half of wheat flour and maida.
  • You can use 1/2 tbsp lemon juice to replace vinegar.
  • If you want to add choco chips to the whole batter then add 1/3 cup.
  • I used dark choco chips so the muffins were apt in sweetness.If you are milk / sweet choco chips then reduce sugar a little may minus 1 or 2 tbsp.
  • I got 10 medium sized muffins as my muffin liners were a bit small.
  • You can even bake this cake in a cake mold / loaf pan in that case it may take more time to bake may be 35-40mins.
  • Timing may vary..so plus or minus 5mins according to your oven.
Eggless Whole Wheat Vanilla Muffins Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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