Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rabri Recipe - How to make rabdi or rabri recipe

   Rabri Recipe

Rabri is sweet thickened milk with layers of cream or malai.Rabri or Rabdi is usually topped up with nuts and flavoured with rose essence and saffron.It can be prepared easily at home but little more effort of stirring often to get the rich and creamy dessert.It tastes great as such or even as sides for malpua,jalebi,gulab jamun etc.I made this rabdi to accompany malpua so clicked it for a separate post too.I love chilled rabri, how do you like your rabdi to be?

Now lets get on to rabdi recipe.


Rabri Recipe

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Rabri Recipe

Rabri Recipe

Preparation Time:15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Makes:1 small cup
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Milk - 2 cups(1/2 litre)
Saffron - 6 strands
Rose Water -2 drops
Pistachios - 1 tbsp chopped
Almonds - 1 tbsp chopped
Sugar - 1/4 cup

Method:

  1. Add milk to sauce pan.Boil milk then simmer stirring occasionally.How to make Rabri Recipe - Step1
  2. Scrap the sides and keep mixing the malai.Add sugar and simmer for few mins, thick malai will start to form.Scrap the sides,the color will change to ivory after simmering with sugar.
    How to make Rabri Recipe - Step2
  3. Now add saffron strands and cook for few more mins until its thick and creamy.How to make Rabri Recipe - Step3
  4. Add pistachios(reserve some for garnish),then add rose essence.
    How to make Rabri Recipe - Step4
  5. Finally add chopped almonds, mix well and switch off.The rabri will thicken when it cools down, so switch off accordingly.Chill it for an hour or so.How to make Rabri Recipe - Step5
Serve chilled!

Rabri Recipe

My Notes:

  • I used cows milk.
  • If you use full fat milk,it will get thicken soon.
  • Use thick bottomed pan and keep stirring to avoid burning at the bottom.I used my steel thick bottomed sauce pan.
  • You can even add dry fruits of your choice.
  • You can even fry the nuts in ghee and add it.
Rabri Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lehsun ki Chutney Recipe - Lasun Chutney - Garlic Chutney for Chaats

Lehsun ki Chutney Recipe

Lehsun Chutney or Lasun Chutney is a spicy chutney accompanied with Bajra Roti or with any chaats.I love garlic chutney so this was a treat for me.You can accompany this chutney with many chats,sandwiches and snacks too.

Lehsun ki Chutney Recipe

Lehsun ki Chutney Recipe 

Preparation Time:10 minutes | Cooking Time : 0 mins | Makes:1/4 cup
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Garlic cloves - 1/2 cup
Kashmiri Red Chilli powder - 1 and 1/2 tsp
Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Water - as required

Method:

  1. Peel the skin from garlic,measure and transfer to a mixer jar along with salt,red chilli powder,lemon juice.How to make Lehsun ki Chutney Recipe - Step1
  2. Add little water and grind it to a semi fine paste.
    How to make Lehsun ki Chutney Recipe - Step2
Serve hot with bajra roti.
Lehsun ki Chutney Recipe

My Notes:

  • I used Kashmiri red chilli powder for less spice and bright color.You can use normal chilli powder too in that case reduce it a bit.
  • Adding lemon juice reduces the pungent flavour of garlic.
  • It is very spicy so adjust spice level according to your taste.
  • It stays good for about a week if refrigerated.
  • I added gingelly oil and had it with rotis.
Lehsun ki Chutney Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Bajra Roti Recipe - Bajra Ki Roti Recipe

Bajra Roti Recipe
Bajra Roti is a staple roti in Rajasthan though these days it is made in all other regions as well.Bajra / Pearl millet or Kambu is a very healthy millet which has great cooling effect.Bajra Roti with lahsun chutney and raw onions is a great combination.The rotis are slightly crispier at the edges with a crumbly texture.We loved it with the spicy lehsun chutney and raw onion slices.

I used homemade bajra flour, you can either make bajra flour at home or buy from any supermarket.

Bajra Roti Recipe

Bajra Roti Recipe 

Preparation Time:15 minutes | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Makes:8 small rotis
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Bajra Flour - 1 cup
Wheat Flour - 3 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Water - as required

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl,take bajra flour,wheat flour and required salt,mix well.Then add water little by little.How to make Bajra Roti Recipe - Step1
  2. Knead it to a soft dough.Make small lemon sized balls.
    How to make Bajra Roti Recipe - Step2
  3. Take  a ball, place it inbetween a plastic sheet press it with a flat based container to flatten it.
    How to make Bajra Roti Recipe - Step3
  4. Carefully remove it from the plastic sheet,make all the rotis similarly.Heat  a tawa,now carefully  transfer the rotis to the tawa.How to make Bajra Roti Recipe - Step4
  5. Cook on on one side then transfer to direct flame and cook for few seconds.Brush it with ghee or butter.
    How to make Bajra Roti Recipe - Step5
Serve hot with any chutney of your choice.
Bajra Roti Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can make big rotis too.
  • If the dough is too tight then you will not be able to shape it,the rotis will break.
  • Make sure to cook on one side , only then cook on direct flame.
  • You can make thick or thin rotis.
  • Cook in low medium flame.
Bajra Roti Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Double Beans Masala Sundal Recipe - Navarathri Recipes

Double Beans Masala Sundal 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 Double Beans Masala Sundal Recipe.


Double Beans Masala Sundal Recipe

Double Beans Masala Sundal Recipe  - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes: 1/2 cup
Recipe Category: Baby Food | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Red Double Beans - 3/4 cup
Sundal Podi - 2 tsp
Coconut - 2 tbsp grated
Salt - to taste
Water - 1 and 1/2 cups

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - a small sprig
Dry Red Chillies - 2 small

Method:

  1. Soak double beans overnight.Rinse it well then tranfer to pressure cooker with enough water and pressure cook for 3 whistles in medium flame or until soft but not mushy.Drain water and set aside.
    How to make Double Beans Masala Sundal Recipe - Step1
  2. In a pan heat oil - add the items listed under 'to temper' let it crackle, then add cooked beans.
    How to make Double Beans Masala Sundal Recipe - Step2
  3. Toss it and cook for 2 mins until extra water in the bean is absorbed.Now add sundal powder and toss it well.
    How to make Double Beans Masala Sundal Recipe - Step2
  4. Add required salt, mix well then add grated coconut, cook for 2mins then switch off.
    How to make Double Beans Masala Sundal Recipe - Step2
Serve hot or warm.
Double Beans Masala Sundal Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can even temper jeera for extra flavour.
  • Soaking for 5 hrs is enough but I usually soak overnight so that its soft.
  • I used the red variety,you can even use the white variety double beans.
  • Make sure there is no standing water while adding sundal podi else the sundal will become sticky.
Double Beans Masala Sundal Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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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: 1/2 cup
Recipe Category: Baby Food | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Coriander Seeds - 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.

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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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