Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Strawberry Banana Milkshake Recipe

Strawberry Banana Milkshake Recipe

Strawberry and Bananas make a great combo for milkshakes, actually banana goes well with many fruits when blended into a shake.I made this strawberry banana milkshake a while back and was sitting in my drafts, so when I was planning for today's quick post, this milkshake came to my mind.I usually prefer my milkshakes to be lite and healthy especially when its with fruits so did't use icecream , but if you are planning to make for kids you can add a small scoop of icecream too.

Strawberry Banana Milkshake Recipe

Strawberry Banana Milkshake Recipe

Preparation Time:10 mins | Making Time : 2 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Smoothie | Recipe Cuisine: World

Strawberry - 5
Banana - 1 small
Chilled Milk - 1 cup
Honey - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. Trim of the leaves and chop strawberries roughly.Slice bananas.Add milk,strawberries and banana in a blender.
    How to make Strawberry Banana Milkshake Recipe - Step1
  2. Add honey,sugar and blend until smooth and creamy.
    How to make Strawberry Banana Milkshake Recipe - Step1
Serve Chilled.
Strawberry Banana Milkshake Recipe

My Notes:

  • .I haven't added icecreams , but if you prefer you can add a  scoop of vanilla or strawberry icecream while blending.
  • You can even freeze bananas and add it while blending gives a nice thick and creamy shake.

Strawberry Banana Milkshake Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Grape Sorbet Recipe - Easy Sorbet Recipes

Grape Sorbet Recipe

I made this grape sorbet when I tried grapes granita, I made the juices seperately and freezed it in individual containers.Though the making of granita and sorbet is somewhat similar, the texture makes all the difference.Enjoy making and eating sorbets this summer, sure a better healthy alternate to icecreams!

Grape Sorbet Recipe

Grapes Sorbet Recipe

Preparation Time:10 mins | Freezing Time : 10 - 12 hrs | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: World

Grapes - 2 cups
Water - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Fresh Orange Juice - 1/2 cup

Method:

  1. Remove the grapes from its stem, rinse it well.Transfer it to a blender / mixer.
    How to make Grape Sorbet Recipe - Step1
  2. Grind it well without adding water. Strain through a metal strainer.Extract the juice completely.
    How to make Grape Sorbet Recipe - Step2
  3. Add orange juice and sugar.Mix well till sugar completely dissolves.How to make Grape Sorbet Recipe - Step1
  4. Pour in freezer proof container and freeze for 3 hrs.
    How to make Grape Sorbet Recipe - Step2
  5. After 3 hours once it starts to freeze, transfer to a mixer and blend it.Do this every 2 hours to get a smooth mixture.Then finally freeze it for 4-5 hrs or overnight.Scoop and serve immediately.
    How to make Grape Sorbet Recipe - Step3
Serve chilled.

Grape Sorbet Recipe

My Notes:

  • Adjust sugar according to the sourness of grapes.
  • Choose some pulpy grapes which gives a nice color and flavour.
  • Grinding gives a  smooth texture.The first few times when you grind it will still be transparent and runny, after blending for few more times, it will give a soft texture.
  • The more you blend the more creamier your sorbet will turn.
  • Freeze the serving bowl for atleast 30mins so that after the sorbet is scooped into it, it will not melt quickly.
  • Alternatively, churn the mixture in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • I used my icecream scooper to scoop out and it was very easy.
  • Stays good even for 2 weeks or even more if freezed.But I bet it wouldn't last that long. :)
Grape Sorbet Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rajma Chawal - Kids LunchBox Idea 49

Rajma Chawal

Rajma Chawal is a great combo for lunch and lunchbox. I made this easy rajma chawal last week to club it and post for the lunchbox menu.Next week will be my 50th lunchbox menu  and yes its going to be a happy dance as I was waiting to hit the 50th menu :)


Rajma Chawal

Kids Lunch Box Idea49 - Rajma Chawal

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins
Recipe Category: Lunch | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Click the links below to get the full recipe with stepwise pictures:

Here is the lunch box menu for today:

Rajma Chawal Version1
Rajma Chawal Version2

Other Recipes:

How to cook basmati rice
Rajma Masala

Rajma Chawal
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Vegetable Biryani Recipe - Chettinad Veg Biryani Recipe

Vegetable Biryani Recipe
Vegetable Biryani is a quick and easy one pot meal that you can make for lunch.You need to plan few things before hand like making ginger garlic paste,chopping veggies and making the spice powder ready,then making biriyani is so easy.I always follow ammas biryani recipe, but through the years have adapted few other recipes which are easy and quick too and once such method is this one.Chettinad Cuisine uses special ingredients and freshly ground spices which lends a unique flavour, this biryani is the best example for it as it was very well received by all at home.We had it with onion raita, will post it soon.The ingredients and method seems a bit long, but once you get the ingredients ready making is very easy.

Vegetable Biryani Recipe

Chettinad Vegetable Biryani Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 1 hr |
Cooking Time
: 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Mixed Vegetables* - 1 cup
Small Onion - around 12
Tomato - 2 small sized chopped roughly
Ginger Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Mint Leaves - 1/4 cup loosely packed
Coriander Leaves - 2 tbsp + 2 tsp for garnish
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1.5 tsp
Curd - 2 tbsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Ghee - 1/2 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp
Cashews - 8
Water - 2 cups
Salt - to taste

To roast and grind:

Cloves -2
Cardamom - 1
Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
Pepper Corns - 1 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Star Anise - 3 petals
Marathi Mokku - 1/2

To temper:

Bayleaf - 1
Green Chilli - 1 slitted
Kalpasi - 1/4 tsp

Mixed Veggies* - I used cauliflower,peas,carrot,potato

Method:

  1. Take the spices and dry roast it till slightly browned.Cool down and grind it to a semi fine powder.Set aside.
    Vegetable Biryani Recipe - Step1
  2. While you start making the gravy, soak rice for 30mins atleast.Get ready with your veggies,onion and tomato.In a pressure cooker, heat oil+ghee add kalpasi,bayleaf and green chilli.
    Vegetable Biryani Recipe - Step2
  3. Then add ginger garlic paste and saute for 2mins.Then add onion , tomato and saute till tomatoes turn mushy.Then add coriander and mint leaves, saute till it shrinks.
    Vegetable Biryani Recipe - Step3
  4. Then add the veggies and mix well.Add red chilli powder,coriander powder and the spice powder that we made.Saute for few mins.
    Vegetable Biryani Recipe - Step4
  5. Then add curd, mix well, it will look like a thick gravy.Drain water from rice and add it.
    Vegetable Biryani Recipe - Step4
  6. Give a quick mix.Add 2 cups and water and pressure cook for 4 whistles in medium flame.
    Vegetable Biryani Recipe - Step4
  7. Once pressure releases, take off the weight and place the cooker in a dosa tawa for 3-5mins in low flame and switch off - This step is purely optional but gives a nice fluffy rice.Then open and fluff it up.
    Vegetable Biryani Recipe - Step4
  8. Heat ghee in a tadka pan, fry cashews till golden.Add it along with chopped coriander leaves and remaining ghee.Mix well.
    Vegetable Biryani Recipe - Step4
Serve hot with onion raita!
Vegetable Biryani Recipe

My Notes:

  • Keeping in dum removes excess moisture and gives nice fluffy rice.Sometimes I do this when I feel the rice is sticky.But this is purely optional, I have given so that it will be useful when there is excess water.
  • You can make ginger garlic paste, the spice powder mix before hand and store it.
  • Soaking rice gives soft fluffy rice.
  • I used the veggies I had in hand, you can use veggies like beans,baby corn etc
  • Kalpasi is a very important spice in chettinad cuisine so dont skip it.
Vegetable Biryani Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Salt Lassi Recipe - Easy Lassi Recipes

Sweet Lassi Recipe

Salt Lassi can be prepared in many ways, one of the kind is masala chaas recipe which I posted a while back.This time I made it with just minimal ingredients and here is my version of a simple salt lassi recipe.Salt Lassi has cooling effect and helps in digestion better and is best when had in summers.I rarely make salt lassi and one of the occassions was to click for this post, I often go for sweet lassi without malai.

Sweet Lassi Recipe

Salt Lassi Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Beverage | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Chilled Thick Curd(Yogurt) - 1 and 1/2 cups
Jeera powder(Roast & ground) - 1/4 tsp
Chat Masala Powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Cream (Malai) - 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. Take curd in a mixing bowl.Add salt,roasted jeera powder and chat masala powder.Add malai.
    How to make sweet lassi - Step1
  2. Blend it well using your hand blender or you can use your mixie and blend it till frothy.
    How to make sweet lassi - Step2
Serve chilled and frothy with a sprinkle of jeera powder.

My Notes:

  • Adding malai gives a richer and creamier lassi.
  • You can add a pinch of black salt too.
  • You can even use hand whisk to blend it together.
Sweet Lassi Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mor Milagai Recipe - Sun Dried Chillies

Mor Milagai Recipe

It is my long time wish to try mor milagai, usually we buy it from supermarkets.This summer mor milagai was the first summer special I tried and the next was vadams but I posted vadams first.I just tried a small batch as nobody is so fond of it except me and amma can have it occasionally.I love to have with kanji, neeragaram, kambu koozh or just curd rice.

Mor Milagai Recipe

Mor Milagai is nothing green chillies soaked in curd , salt and sundried till crispy.It is one of the popular condiments in South Indian Cuisine.

Mor Milagai Recipe

Mor Milagai Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 8 hrs soaking time | Processing Time : 20 mins | Makes : 1 cup
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Green Chillies - 30 chillies
Sour Curd - 1 cup
Salt - 3 tsp

Method:

  1. I took about 30 chillies which came around 1 cup.Slit open each chilli for the salt and curd to get inside, set aside.Take curd in a wide mixing bowl.
    Mor Milagai Recipe - Step1
  2. Whisk the curd well.Marinate the chillies.Add salt and mix well.
    Mor Milagai Recipe - Step2
  3. Set aside overnight.Then next day morning take the chillies and spread it in a plate and keep it under sun the whole day.
    Mor Milagai Recipe - Step3
  4. Then again take the chillies and soak it in curd.Keep it marinated the whole day.Then next day sun dry it.Repeat this process for atleast 4 days then sun dry it for a week atleast, depends on the sunlight you receive.It may look ripe after 3-4 days don't worry just keep drying it in sun.I transferred to a plate after 3 days of drying.
    Mor Milagai Recipe - Step4
  5. Sun dry it till its completely dry.Then store in a airtight container and fry when you need it.Heat oil in a tadka pan, once oil is hot add few chillies and fry till dark brown.
    Mor Milagai Recipe - Step4
Serve with curd rice!
Mor Milagai Recipe

My Notes:

  • If the curd is very thick dilute it little.I used homemade curd which was apt.
  • You can use any variety of green chilli.I used the long stout variety.You can even use thin variety.
  • Use a clean laddle to mix , don't use your hands.
  • It is a must to soak it atleast for 4 days so that curd and salt to get inside.
  • Store in airtight container and refrigerate it.You can even keep this upto a year .
  • While frying, once oil is heated up, lower the flame and then fry the chillies to avoid burning.
Mor Milagai Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Easy Rajma Chawal Recipe

Rajma Chawal Recipe
This Rajma Chawal Recipe is quick and easy one which I happened to see in a instagram page.As soon as I saw the recipe, it sounded very easy and thats what I wanted as I was planning for a lunchbox menu.I have already posted rajma chawal recipe, a different version but this version can be done in a jiffy so its apt for packing lunchbox.

I have already posted 2 versions of rajma masala one is my own version and other punjabi version, you can check out the variations.


Rajma Chawal Recipe

Rajma Chawal Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 8 hrs soaking time | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Basmati Rice - 1/2 cup
Rajma - 1/2 cup
Jeera - 1/4 tsp
Big Onion - 1 small
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 3/4 tsp
Chana Masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 2 tsp finely chopped
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste

To grind together:

Tomato - 2 medium sized chopped roughly
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Garlic - 4

To temper:

Ghee - 1 tbsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Green Chilli - 1 finely chopped

Method:

  1. Soak rajma in water overnight or atleast for 8 hrs. Drain and discard the water. Grind the ingredients listed under 'to grind' to a smooth paste.
    Rajma Chawal Recipe - Step1
  2. While you start making the gravy, soak rice for 30mins atleast and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles with 1:1.5 ratio, fluff the rice and set aside.In a pressure cooker, heat oil add 1/4 tsp jeera let it splutter then add ginger garlic paste fry for 2mins.
    Rajma Chawal Recipe - Step2
  3. Then add chopped onion and saute till transparent then add tomato puree along with the spice powders(red chilli,coriander and chana masala powders) let it boil for 3mins or until the raw smell of tomatoes slightly leave.
    Rajma Chawal Recipe - Step3
  4. Drain water from rajma and add it.Add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 1 whistle in medium flame then simmer and give 5-6 whistles(depends on the variety of rajma) without adding salt.
    Rajma Chawal Recipe - Step4
  5. Once pressure releases add required salt, heat a tadka pan with ghee, add jeera and green chillies let it splutter, pour this tadka over the gravy, mix well then garnish with coriander leaves.
    Rajma Chawal Recipe - Step4
Mix with hot steamed rice and enjoy rajma chawal!
Rajma Chawal Recipe

My Notes:

  • In the orginal recipe I referred , rajma masala powder was used. I didnt have it so replaced it with chana masala powder.
  • You can have the gray with rotis or phulkas too, tastes great!
  • I cooked rajma until soft and not mushy.If you want you can cook it for extra few whistles mash the rajma and let the gravy boil for few mins to make the gravy more thicker.
  • Adjust spice level according to your taste.
Rajma Chawal Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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