Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mango Yogurt Popsicles Recipe - Mango Popsicles Recipe

Mango Yogurt Popsicle Recipe
Yes its popsicles raining at home....I have already made 2-3 popsicles for mittu and I wanted to post some fruit based popsicles...mango is in season so first I thought of making mango lassi popsicle then I changed my mind as I wanted to try layered popsicles....here is the delicious combo of mango yogurt popsicles.I loved them so much that I couldnt stop with one :) But thank god I had 9 popsicles in total so everyone at home had their share heartily :))
I wanted to use my new popsicle mould that I got here in CBE....so CBE'ans I hear you...you can check out DuraiSingh at Gandhipuram where you can find 2 varieties of popsicle moulds....and yes I got these from there only but this time I used icecream sticks instead of the popsicle moulds.In Chennai, I saw popsicle moulds at Currimboys, you can check out there.
Mango Yogurt Popsicle Recipe

Everytime I remove the popsicles out of the mould, I feel like bringing the sky down yes I am so happy seeing the clean demoulded popsicles....Mittu shouts amma woooow and me beaming with pride and joy...:D Now I am set to make more varieties of popsicles as I haven't got bored of it still....Its summer so its the best time to reslish these popsicles so am utilising it completely :) But the only thing is that popsicles are damn tough to click as it melts so quickly...next time I have to be even more quick while clicking them.

Mango Yogurt Popsicle Recipe

Mango Yogurt Popsicle Recipe

Preparation Time:20 mins | Freezing Time : 8 hrs | Makes:9 small popsicles
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Alphonsa Mangoes - 2 (pulp should come to 2 cups)
Yogurt - 1 cup
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Water - 1/4 cup

Method:

  1. Take curd , add sugar to it and whisk well,Set aside.Wash mangoes, peel off the skin and chop them into pieces.Transfer to mixer, add sugar.How to make mango popsicles - Step1
  2. Blend it well.If it is too thick add water and whisk it well.Now take your popsicle mould and pour the mango puree.
    How to make mango popsicles - Step2
  3. The mango puree may be to 1/4th of each mould.Then add yogurt and finally finish it off with mango puree layer.
    How to make mango popsicles - Step3
  4. Cling wrap it with aluminum foil,Carefully prick with a knife then insert icecream sticks.Alternately you can even close it with your popsicle mould lid itself.
    How to make mango popsicles - Step4
  5. Freeze it for atleast 8 hrs or even overnight.Then take it out and carefully show the outer surface under tap running water.Carefully pull out the popsicles.Mittu wanted it so badly that she couldnt wait for me to click so so one is empty :)
    How to make mango popsicles - Step5
Serve it immediately.

Mango Yogurt Popsicle Recipe

My Notes:

  • Mango and yogurt ratio is purely your choice. I wanted more mango in my popsicle so added only little yogurt.Its your choice.
  • If you like elachi or saffron flavour add a pinch of it in the mango puree.
  • Dont have a popsicle mould?! dont worry use disposable plastic cups or even thick paper cups cling wrap aluminium foil and us icecream sticks and freeze it.It demoulds easily or you can even cut the cups,tear it to get the popsicles out.
  • Choose ripe mangoes or any juicy mango type, alphonsa suits best.
  • Adjust sugar quantity according to the sweetness of your mango variety.
  • If you are serving only 2-3 popsicles and want the rest to be stored then again close it with aluminum foil and freeze it.
  • You can even add any flavoured yogurt of your choice like strawberry yogurt etc.
  • You can even add plain milk with sugar replacing yogurt layer.
  • For easy demoulding - show the popsicle moulds in warm water, then pull the stick out slowly to get the ice pops clean.
Mango Yogurt Popsicle Recipe
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mushroom Pepper Fry Recipe - Restaurant Style Mushroom Recipes

Mushroom Pepper Fry Recipe
I have tasted mushroom pepper fry in a restaurant  and I wanted to recreate the hotel style pepper mushroom at home too....Last time when I bought mushrooms there were little big so the flavours were not blended well so this time I took a pack of small button mushrooms and made this spicy mushroom pepper fry yesterday to pair it along with pulao and it turned out finger lickingly good that the curry was almost over soon after I clicked, So I made it again with another cleaned batch of mushrooms to pair it with corn pulao for lunch :) Now I have started liking mushrooms again so its going to be mushroom love atleast for a while now or until I forget this pepper fry :)

Before you ask me, let me tell you thats the new steel pan I got from Chennai :)
Mushroom Pepper Fry Recipe

Mushroom Pepper Fry Recipe

Preparation Time:15 minutes | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Starter | Recipe Cuisine: World

Cleaned Mushroom - 1 cup chopped
Whole Pepper - 1 tbsp
Capsicum - 1/2 cut lengthwise
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Big Onion - 1 cut lengthwise
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 2 tsp finely chopped
Salt - to taste

To Temper:

Oil - 1 tbsp
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - a small sprig
Red Chilli - 1 whole

Method:

  1. Dry roast whole pepper for 2-3mins or till nice aroma comes.Powder it coarsely,Set aside.Heat oil in a pan - add the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter.
    How to make pepper mushroom fry - Step1
  2. Then add onion,ginger garlic paste and saute till golden brown.Add capsicum and saute for few mins until it shrinks a bit.
    How to make pepper mushroom fry - Step2
  3. Add mushrooms and saute well.It will start leaving water , then add pepper powder,coriander,red chilli and garam masala powders and mix well.Cook in low medium flame for 5-7mins till mushrooms turn soft and the masalas come together.Add required salt, give a quick mix garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
    How to make pepper mushroom fry - Step3
Serve hot with phulka / chapathi.
Mushroom Pepper Fry Recipe

My Notes:

  • Adding capsicum is purely optional.
  • You can even add fennel powder if you dont like to add whole fennel seeds.
  • This is spicy fry so adjust spice powders if you want to reduce hotness.
  • Adding freshly ground pepper powder gives a great flavour.
  • This pairs well with phulka / white pulaos / or even with plain rice.
  • Mushrooms cook faster so dont overcook.No need to add water just saute in oil.Mushrooms will leave out water and thats enough for it to get cooked.
  • If you want more gravy then add tomato puree after onion is fried.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Jacket Potatoes Recipe - Easy Starter Recipes

Jacket Potatoes Recipe

Jacket Potatoes was on my tobake list since I saw it in SK's no oil cookbook. I just adapted the recipe from there but modified it according to my preference and convenience as usual and it turned out super good that it didn't last that long.There is a lot of variation in jacket potatoes - I saw some with whole potatoes baked with skin but I preferred this way.

It is a great appetizer/starter to serve for guests or for your kids, they will sure enjoy it.I loved the chilli flakes in each bite...hot and yummm!!

Jacket Potatoes Recipe

Jacket Potatoes Recipe

Preparation Time:20 minutes | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Starter | Recipe Cuisine: World

Potatoes - 3 small
Cheese - 1 small cube grated

For the inner stuffing:

Rajma - 1/4 cup
Big Onion - 2.5 tbsp finely chopped
Garlic - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Tomato Ketchup - 1 tbsp
Oregano / Mixed Herbs - a pinch
Olive oil - 3 tsp
Salt - to taste

For the outer covering:

Chilli Flakes - 1 tsp
Olive oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oregano - 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Soak rajma overnight or atleast for 8 hrs, then pressure cook for 5 whistles, set aside.Heat a pan with oil - add onion,garlic and saute till golden brown.Add tomato ketchup, oregano and saute for 3mins.
    How to make jacket potatoes - Step1
  2. Then add cooked rajma and toss it well until the sauce nicely coats rajma.Set the stuffing aside.
    How to make jacket potatoes - Step2
  3. Boil 3 whole potatoes with skin for 4 whistles along with salt and water. Peel of the skin and cut them into half and scoop out the inner part as shown in the pic.Don't dig in more just scoop it gently with a spoon.1 half crumbled so only 5 halves were there for me :)
    How to make jacket potatoes - Step3
  4. In a mixing bowl - add all the ingredients listed under 'For the outer covering' mix well.Then take each halved potatoe and sip it in the chilli flakes mixture so the outer surface of the potato is coated well with the chilli flakes mixture.Arrange it in a baking tray with aluminium foil.Meanwhile preheat oven at 180 deg C for 10mins.
    How to make jacket potatoes - Step4
  5. Spoon the rajma mixture and carefully fill in each potatoes scooped portion.Then add grated cheese. Bake it for 15-20mins until cheese melts and outerlayer becomes slightly browned.
    How to make jacket potatoes - Step5
Serve it hot with extra cheese if you prefer :)
Jacket Potatoes Recipe

My Notes:

  • Choose small tender potatoes so that it cooks faster and its easy to scoop.
  • While scooping dont give pressure, just do it gently.I didnt get it perfect too but its okay for first timer I guess ;)
  • I used the scooped potato portion for aloo paratha.
  • You can use any bean of your choice.Using smaller variety beans is easy to fit in the scooped portion so I suggest dried butter beans / soya beans.
  • If you dont have olive oil,then go ahead with cooking oil.
  • If you choose bigger potatoes then filling the stuffing will be easy but while eating, the outer layer of potato will be bland and not juicy.
  • You can even skip peeling the skin and bake it as such.
  • You can even grill it for the last 3mins to get a crispy outer layer but the cheese will get crispy too.If you prefer that way then go ahead.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Karupatti Coffee Recipe - Palm Jaggery Coffee Recipe

Karupatti Coffee Recipe

Karupatti Coffee(கருப்பட்டி வெல்லம் / Panai  Vellam) is black coffee without milk made with palm jaggery.If you prefer you can make this coffee with milk but traditionally it is made like this so wanted to post it the same way.Palm Jaggery is is natural and unrefined so sure a healthy alternate to sugar coffee.This coffee is very refreshing.

Few weeks back, my neighbor gave a pack of fresh karupatti which she got from her hometown, I wanted to try recipes with it so this is my first easy recipe with karupatti. As the one I got is fresh she insisted to break the whole karupatti into pieces and refrigerate it.But if you buy the packed ones which is a vailable at many supermarkets, then you can refrigerate it as whole itself.

Karupatti Coffee Recipe

Karupatti Coffee Recipe

Preparation Time:5 minutes | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Drinks | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Water - 2 cups
Palm Jaggery - 1/4 cup
Instant Coffee powder - 1 tsp (OR) Coffee Decotion - 2 tsp

Method:

  1. Boil water till it bubbles up, add palm jaggery and let it boil for 3mins.
    How to make karupatti coffee - Step1
  2. Then add instant coffee powder OR coffee decotion and let it boil.
    How to make karupatti coffee - Step2
  3. Let it boil for a good 5-7mins.Strain and serve hot.
    How to make karupatti coffee - Step2
Serve hot with breakfast or with teatime snacks.
Karupatti Coffee Recipe

My Notes:

  • Adjust palm jaggery according to the sweetness you like but 1/4 cup for 2 cups of water is just right not too sweet.
  • You can add 1/4 tsp ginger chopped while boiling water.
  • If  you prefer, you can add 1 cup milk and 1 cup water but traditionally karupaati coffee is made without milk.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Side Dish for Chapathi - Chutney Recipe for Idli Dosa - Potato Chutney

Potato Chutney Recipe

I had been wanting to post this chettinad style chutney recipe since long and finally I am here with the chutney recipe which goes as a great sidedish for chapathi,idli and dosa.This is nothing with potato tomato chutney but addition of potatoes makes it all the more tasty and interesting recipe.
I am a bit busy here at Chennai so kindly bear with some simple recipes this week....will be sure back with some interesting recipes next week okay?! :) I haven't checked my mails yet, will be replying back soon.

Potato Chutney Recipe

Potato Chutney Recipe

Preparation Time:10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Potato - 1 big chopped into bite sized pieces
Big Onion - 1 finely chopped
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Water - 1/2 cup
Salt - to taste

To grind to a paste:

Big Onion - 1 chopped roughly
Tomatoes 2 roughly chopped
Garlic - 4 cloves
Red Chillies - 2

To temper:

Cooking Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Gingelly Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a small sprig
Hing - a tiny pinch

Method:

  1. In a mixer add the ingredients listed under 'to grind' and grind it to a fine paste,Set aside.Heat oil in a a kadai - add onion and fry till transparent.
    How to make potato chutney - Step1
  2. Then add onion tomato paste and let it boil for few mins until raw smell of tomatoes leave.Then add potatoes.
    How to make potato chutney - Step2
  3. Add 1/2 cup water, Cover and cook for few mins until potatoes turn slightly soft yet crunchy enough to bite.Let it cook for 3more mins.Add required salt.
    How to make potato chutney - Step3
  4. Meanwhile heat a tadka pan - add the ingredients listed under 'to temper' let it splutter then add it to the chutney
    How to make potato chutney - Step4
Serve with chapathi / idli / dosa

My Notes:

  • Don't overcook potatoes, it shouldn't be mushy thats the speciality of this chutney.
  • You can even add 1/2 tsp sambar powder for extra flavour.
  • If you dont prefer gingelly oil, then add 1 tbsp cooking oil itself.
  • This is mildly spicy, adjust red chillies according to your taste.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jam Popsicle Recipe - Easy Popsicle Recipes

Jam Popsicle Recipe
Popsicles - Yayy!! Finally I made it too. Last summer Lavi gifted me this popsicle mould..As soon as I reached home I tried rosemilk popsicle for mittu and the popsicle broke but still mittu enjoyed it....After that I didnt get chance to experiment much so packed and kept it safe. This summer I want to make full use of it so dusted, took it out and tried chocolate popsicle and rose milk popsicles...Even after freezing it overnight then showing it in warm water the popsicle didnt come out clean both the times the popsicle broke, I was so disappointed and was kept worrying about it.The next day I just poured water and freezed it...voila it came out clean I was overjoyed seeing it..I had the same happiness when I first baked my cake and the cake came out clean from the tin.....:)
Jam Popsicle Recipe
I actually wanted to post fruit based popsicles like mango,orange popsicles etc...but I first wanted to try and post a simple popsicle so tried this jam popsicle based on my jam milkshake...It is so easy to make and am sure kids will love it too.I loved it too....:) Now that I bought another set of new popsicle mould just yesterday(I accidentally found it in a supermarket.....yayy!!)I have no more excuses this summer so am going to try more popsicle recipes once I return back from Chennai, cant wait :))
Jam Popsicle Recipe

Jam Popsicle Recipe

Preparation Time:7 hrs | Processing Time : 10 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Popsicles | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Milk - 2 cups
Jam*(check my notes) - 2 tbsp or as required
Sugar - 3 tsp

Method:

  1. In a mixer/blender add milk, then jam,sugar blend it well.
    How to make jam popsicle - Step1
  2. Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds or any teacups till 3/4th of the rim,close the moulds with the lid.
    How to make jam popsicle - Step2
  3. Freeze it for atleast 6 hrs.Then take it out and carefully show the outer surface under tap running water.Carefully pull out the popsicles.
    How to make jam popsicle - Step3
Serve immediately!
Jam Popsicle Recipe

My Notes:

  • Dont have a popsicle mould?! dont worry use disposable plastic cups or even thick paper cups cling wrap aluminium foil and us icecream sticks and freeze it.It demoulds easily or you can even cut the cups to get the popsicles out.
  • Add nuts of your choice while blending with milk.
  • Freezing for 4-5 hrs is enough but I kept it overnight.
  • *I used Kissan Mixed Fruit Jam, you can use any flavoured jam of your choice.
  • For easy demoulding - show the popsicle moulds in warm water, then pull the stick out slowly to get the ice pops clean.
  • For even more thicker and richer version boil and thicken milk and add 1/2 cup condensed milk while blending.
  • The variation is endless...you can replace jam with nutella,peanut butter etc.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thinai Payasam Recipe - Easy Payasam Recipes

Wishing you all a very happy tamil new year!!
Thinai Payasam Recipe

I wanted to try thinai payasam(foxtail millet kheer) since I started experiment with the millet and when I was thinking of some special post for april 14th tamil new year, also I was guilty that I hadnt posted millet recipes for a while now so this thinai payasam was apt. The payasam came out so good, it was creamy and tasty.....Why not try millet payasam for a change am sure you will love it too.

I will be in Chennai next week, have the pics ready for next weeks posts but have to find time and mood to post it...Lets see :)
Thinai Payasam Recipe

Thinai Payasam Recipe

Preparation Time:10 minutes | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Payasam / Kheer | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Thinai (Foxtail Millet) - 1/2 cup
Jaggery - 3/4 cup(crushed)
Boiled & Cooled Milk - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1.5 tsp
Cashews - 1 tbsp broken
Elachi powder - a tiny pinch

Method:

  1. In a tsp of ghee roast thinai till nice aroma wafts and the color changes slightly.Now add water and let it cook till it turns soft.While thinai cooks roast the cashews 1/2 tsp ghee and set aside.
    How to make thinai payasam - Step1
  2. Powder jaggery....I used my hand mortar and pestle for this.Measure 1 cup and transfer it to a mixing bowl.Add water to it.Mash it up well, I used my potato masher for this.Strain to remove impurities.
    How to make thinai payasam - Step2
  3. Heat it up to melt it and boil in medium flame for 3mins until frothy and slightly thick.In low medium flame,add cooked thinai and stir well to avoid lumps.Cook for 3mins, Keep stirring.Now add elachi powder.
    How to make thinai payasam - Step3
  4. Add milk and keep stirring continuously.One it all combines together, add roasted cashews give a quick mix and switch off.
    How to make thinai payasam - Step4
Serve hot / warm.I love it chilled :)
Thinai Payasam Recipe

My Notes:

  • Use milk at room temperature.Take care while adding milk, keep stirring continuosly to avoid milk from curdling.
  • Thinai cooks faster so I cooked it in tawa itself.You can even pressure cook it with 1:2.5 cups ratio for 2 whistles.While cooking thinai dont mash it up, you should be able to feel the texture while eating.
  • If you want a more richer version then cook thinai itself in milk instead of water.
  • You can even add 1/4 cup coconut milk for extra flavour.Add it after adding milk.
  • Make sure you make the jaggery syrup slightly thick before adding thinai so that payasam is creamy and not watery.
  • I used normal vellam(jaggery) , you can even use paagu vellam.
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