Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Homemade Granola Recipe - Healthy Homemade Muesli Recipe

Homemade Muesli Recipe
Granola / Muesli is my favorite ever since I tried making granola bars. I already have posted a stove top version of making muesli long back but I used quick cooking oats that time. but nowadays I love the baked version more as it is less time consuming and is so crispy perfect with a bowl of chilled milk...yumm!!

I had a small pack of rolled oats which my aunt gave me which was from US so wanted to use it for this baked version...Will you believe I made and clicked the pics 2 yrs back and only now I am posting it...this is one of my oldest drafted posts and here today it comes live :)

I don't have a particular recipe for granola just mix and match each time and it comes our good.But this time I measured everything for posting sake so here comes the homemade granola recipe.I usually buy kellogg's granola but now I have started making my own batch at home, it is less expensive and also you can plus or minus the ingredients according to your liking.

Homemade Muesli Recipe

Homemade Granola Recipe

Preparation Time:15 minutes | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Makes:2 cups
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: World

Rolled oats -1 cup
Cornflakes - 1/4 cup
Almonds - 3 tbsp chopped
Walnuts - 2 tbsp
Dates - 3 finely chopped
Black Raisins - 10
Powdered demerara sugar - 2 tbsp
Honey - 2.5 tbsp
Vanilla essence - 1/8 tsp
Butter / Cooking Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Salt - a tiny pinch

Method:

  1. First mix honey and oil in a separate bowl.Take all other ingredients in a oven safe bowl / tray then add the wet ingredients. Mix well.First I added only 1.5 tbsb honey then I added little more honey at this stage after taste checking as I felt sweet was a bit less so have given the measure in total as 2.5tbsp.How to make granola recipe - Step1
  2. Preheat oven at 165 deg C and bake it for 25-30 mins or until the granola turns crisp and starts to turn golden brown.After every 10mins give a quick stir so that its evenly baked.Spread it in a tray, cool down completely and then
    How to make granola recipe - Step2
Serve warm with milk and fresh cut fruits.
Granola Recipe

My Notes:

  • Plus or minus the ingredients as per your choice and add honey/sugar accordingly.
  • If you use quick cooking oats then the baking time may vary, it may take just 15-20mins so keep an eye.
  • If you dont have demerara sugar, add powdered white sugar though brown sugar is recommended for granola.
  • You can even add other nuts and dry fruits of your choice.
  • I used cooking oil, if you are using butter then melt it and then mix with honey then add it.
  • I have tried with jaggery syrup and it tastes good too.Replace sugar with 2 tbsp jaggery syrup.
  • After the wet ingredients are mixed it may look a bit sticky but after its baked it will be crispy and separated.
  • Make sure you cool down completely and then store in airtight container.Keeps well even for a month.
  • The baking time may vary depending on the type of baking tray too so keep an eye after 20mins.I have tried both in glass bowl and cookie tray, it takes little lesser time for the glass bowl so I am just telling you this in advance.
  • Granola should be golden brown not on the darker side else it will give a bitter taste.
  • While serving you can add fresh cut fruits with milk and enjoy.
Granola Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Aloo Matar Recipe - Aloo Mutter Masala - Potato Peas Gravy

Aloo Matar Recipe
Aloo Matar is a simple Punjabi style gravy that serves as a great sidedish for roti and pulao. I clicked this gravy a while back and totally forgot about it and I realised it only when one my reader asked about it as I had put it on the coming up next section then I changed my mind and posted some other recipe.

I have made this gravy quite a few times now after that and we love the gravy with soft piping hot phulkas.The recipe is a modified version of my aloo gobi that I posted a while back. Quick lunch ready with Phulka,Aloo Mutter Masala, Masala Chaas and Jamuns for dessert :)

So now without any delays let us get on to learn how to make aloo matar gravy....Shall we?!
Aloo Matar Recipe

Aloo Matar Masala Recipe

Preparation Time:15 minutes | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Potato - 2 medium sized
Green Peas - 1/3 cup tightly packed
Big Onion - 3 tbsp finely chopped
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp finely chopped
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 2 pinches
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Tomato Sauce - 1 tsp
Fresh Cream - 1 tbsp(optional)
Coriander leaves - just for garnish
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Jeera - 3/4 tsp

To grind to a paste:

Big Onion - 1 roughly chopped
Tomatoes - 2 roughly chopped

Method:

  1. Wash potatoes, peel off the skin of potatoes and chop them into bite sized cubes,Set aside.Grind the ingredients listed under 'to grind' to a fine paste,Set aside.How to make aloo matar- Step1
  2. In a pan heat oil - add the items listed under 'to temper' allow it to crackle,then add ginger garlic paste give a quick saute.Then add tomato puree nad saute for few mins till raw smell leaves.Add required salt.
    How to make aloo matar - Step2
  3. Then add tumeric powder,garam masala powder and red chilli powders, give a quick mix, let it cook for 2-3mins until it becomes thick.Then add potato and peas.
    How to make aloo matar - Step3
  4. Mix well till the masala coats well with the veggies.Saute for 2-3mins.Then add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles in low flame.Once pressure releases open and let it boil.Adjust salt and spice level at this stage.
    How to make aloo matar - Step4
  5. Then add tomato sauce, fresh cream and bring to a boil.Once it reaches gravy consistency and oil separates switch off and garnish with coriander leaves and sprinkle a pinch of garam masala powder.
    How to make aloo matar - Step5
Serve hot with roti / rice or any pulao of your choice.
Aloo Mutter Masala

My Notes:

  • Cooking the veggie along with the gravy takes a little more time but adds more flavour to the veggie and gravy too.You can do this in pan too.
  • I added cream just for making the gravy creamy, you can even skip it.
  • Adding tomato sauce gives a nice tanginess to the gravy.
  • I used fresh green peas...you can use frozen or even try with dried variety.But soak dry peas overnight , then add it.
Aloo Mutter Masala
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Akkaravadisal Recipe (Iyengar Style Akkara Adisil) - Gokulashtami Recipes

Akkaravadisal Recipe(with jaggery)
Akkaravadisal also called as Akkara Adisil is a traditional Iyengar speciality.I have already posted akkaravadisal with sugar version, this recipe is Iyengar Style which uses jaggery, the recipe is also different so wanted to make a separate post, also we have Gokulashtami tomorrow so thought of posting it now.I love anything sweet so its was sure a treat for me , akkaravadisal is always my favorite ever since I tasted it and akkaravadisal always reminds me of Sri Krishna Sweets, I have had it once and just loved it so much.

Traditionally in temples they cook akkaravadisal in a bronze pot the one we use for making sweet pongal...Though it takes time the taste is just awesome...If you have bronze pot and time in hand then you can try with that :).Akkaravadisal is a slightly different take to sweet milk pongal which has its own unique flavour and texture.I love to have it hot hot with a drizzle of ghee....Divine!!

Wishing you all a very Happy Gokulashtami!!

Akkaravadisal Recipe(with jaggery)

Akkaravadisal Recipe - Ingredients

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

Raw Rice - 1/2 cup
Moong Dal - 3 tbsp
Crushed Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Boiled Full Fat Milk - 3 cups + 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Ghee - 1/4 cup
Cashews - 6 broken
Raisins - 10
Saffron - 4 strands
Cardamom powder - a tiny pinch
Edible Camphor - a very tiny piece

Method:

  1. Take powdered jaggery in a pan, add water to it and mash it well so that the jaggery dissolves quickly.Then heat it up and let it boil for in medium flame for 3-5mins until the syrup becomes slightly thick...no need to check for any consistency.Strain to remove impurities and set aside.
    How to make akkaravadisal - Step1
  2. Rinse raw rice and moong dal well strain water.Dry roast it for 3 mins until nice aroma comes.Then in a thick bottomed vessel add 3 cups of milk and add raw rice moong dal to it.
    How to make akkaravadisal - Step2
  3. Add a small plate inside the vessel, this is to avoid milk from overflowing.Carefully place the vessel inside a pressure cooker containing little water.Close and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles in low medium flame.Once pressure releases take out the vessel from the pressure cooker open and mash it well with a laddle.
    How to make akkaravadisal - Step3
  4. Now add the jaggery syrup and mix well.Then switch on the flame, keep the vessel and add remaining 1 cup milk to it and let it cook for 5mins in low flame.Now add ghee.Add edible camphor and cardamom powder and mix well.Simmer for another 5mins till it comes together.
    How to make akkaravadisal - Step4
  5. Take a tsp of warm milk and add saffron to it and crush it well.Fry cashews and raisins in a tsp of ghee.Finally once the rice dal mixture comes to a more pudding like consistency add saffron milk, cashews and raisins and switch off.
    How to make akkaravadisal - Step5
Garnish with more cashews, raisins with a drizzle of ghee.Serve hot...Bliss!!Akkaravadisal Recipe(with jaggery)

My Notes:

  • You can add 1/4 cup ghee for the above measure as its the perfect measure.Ghee should nicely float on top thats the speciality of akkaravadisal. I used 1/8 cup while cooking and just drizzled few tsp ghee while serving :)
  • Always choose a tall broad container to pressure cook as milk tends to boil. Also dont add the rice dal directly in the pressure cooker, the milk will boil and overflow.
  • Also make sure that milk-dal-rice mixture should only be half of the container to avoid milk boiling and overflowing while it is getting cooked.
  • Akkaravadisal thicken with time so switch off accordingly.The consitency should be more like pudding.
  • If its thick while serving add little warm milk mix well and then serve.
  • Mash the rice and dal well.
  • Always use a thick bottomed vessel to make this sweet as it tends to get burnt at the bottom easily.
  • You can even use raw milk but I always prefer to use boiled milk.
  • I used Aavin green packet which is full fat milk.
  • You can add hot water to jaggery so that it dissolves quickly.
Akkaravadisal Recipe(with jaggery)
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Krishna Jayanthi Recipes - Gokulashtami Recipes - 2014 Special Recipes

Gokulashtami Recipes - Krishna Jayanthi Recipes - Janmashtami Special Recipes 2014
Gokulashtami marks the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.We usually offer homemade butter and aval for Lord Krishna on the day as butter and aval are his most favourites.Janmashtami is celebrated for the birth of Hindu Lord Sri Krishna.This year 2014,Gokulashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanthi falls on 17th August Sunday.People in Tamil Nadu mostly usually serve aval(poha) dishes and fresh homemade butter as naivedyam to Lord Krishna and draw footprints in houses to symbolise Krishna's childhood sport of stealing butter from houses :) The foot print is drawn with a special homemade flour made into a batter and drawn with hands.

Here is a collection of easy and traditional gokulashtami recipes some recipes are very easy which takes just 10 mins to prepare and 20 mins of cooking time.The collection includes sweets and savoury snacks mostly south indian varieties

You can find a collection of gokulashtami recipes which includes seedai recipes,aval recipes,home butter,murukku recipes etc
Homemade Rice FlourUrad Dal FlourHomemade ButterHomemade Ghee
Uppu SeedaiVella SeedaiMaida SeedaiRava Seedai
Aval LadduPaneer JamunAval PuttuAkkaravadisal
Rava LadduAval PayasamAval PayasamThenkuzhal Murukku
AkkaravadisalThattaiMullu MurukkuAval Kesari
Nei AppamWheat Flour AppamButter MurukkuAval Jaggery
Paal PayasamAval UrundaiPottukadalai MurukkuMilk Kesari


Written by: SHARMILEE J
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