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Monday, May 31, 2010

Vendaka Thayir Pachadi / Bhindi Raita

I luv okras in any form....after my addiction to kadai bhindi this is next to it. Tried this from Nags space with not much of modifications. I have had this once in Saravana Bhavan as a starter for meals not knowing that this was so simple to make it at home.I can guarantee even those who hate okras will like this.
Bhindi or Okra Raita / Vendaka Thayir Pachadi
Ingredients
  • Vendakka / okra - 10 to 12
  • Onion - 1 medium sized finely chopped
  • Oil - 1tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies - 1 finely chopped
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Thick curd - 1 cup
  • Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
Method:
  1. Wash and chop the okras into thin rounds .

  2. Heat oil, add mustard seeds let it splutter add jeera fry for a minute, now add onions, green chillies,curry leaves and okra.

  3. Saute for 5-7 mins till onions turn light brown and the okra loses its stickiness.Fry till okras are light crispy. Drain it in a tissue paper to take out the excess oil and keep aside to cool.

  4. Beat curd, add salt. Now add the fried okra mixture and mix well till all is combined.Sprinkle chilli powder on top if needed.
This pachadi goes well with rotis, rice or even as such which is what I did :)

Bhindi or Okra Raita / Vendaka Thayir Pachadi
The nice crunch in the onions with okras dipped in thick curd was yummy......so do give it a try. For me anything dunked in curd has a special place in my tummy so is this one. I luv the vendaka puli pachadi also...will post the recipe sometime soon.
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Oats Wheat Sesame Crackers / Squares

I tried Rc's sesame sticks and just luved the taste. I modified the recipe a bit instead of APF I added wheat flour.... sure a guilt free snack with the goodness of wheat,oats and sesame! The first pic was clicked 2-3 months before and the second click was the recent one....hence the variation :)
Wheat Sesame Crackers

Ingredients :
  • Wheat flour (Atta) - 1 cup
  • Oats - ½ cup powdered coarsely( I used quaker)
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp (add more if you prefer crispy crackers)
  • Sesame seeds - ¼ cup
  • Garlic paste - 3 tsp
  • Salt per taste
  • Baking Powder - ½ tsp
  • Water - as reqd to knead the dough
Method:
  1. ln a bowl add the wheat flour, oats, baking powder, and salt. Add garlic paste, sesame seeds.

  2. Combine well, add oil.Melt the butter lil(mine got melted by itself after I took it out from chiller due to this scorching summer ;))and add at this stage. Add water little by little to form a thick chapathi like dough. Keep aside undisturbed for 30mins.

  3. Divide the dough into half. Roll each half thin and cut into squares or sticks. Combine the scrappings and repeat the same with the other half too.

  4. Preheat oven to 180C for 10 mins. Place the squares on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 15-18 minutes or until the crackers are crisp. The baking time depends on the thickness of the squares and the oven settings

Store in a air tight container. It can be stored upto a week.I strongly recommend adding atleast 1tbsp butter.

Wheat Sesame Crackers

The crackers were crunchy and little crispy...we enjoyed it as a teatime snack.The sesame flavour in every bite was so tasty.
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Pomegranate Juice Recipe (Mathulam Pazham Juice)

Pomegranate Juice is one of the refreshing drinks packed with vital minerals and vitamins that our body needs, Its very refreshing too. I luv juices very much if I hate any fruit I'l drink it in the form of juice...but pomegranate is in my fav list so either juice or fruit I just luv it! I need some juice or the other to beat this summer....so here is one of my favs.
Pomegranate Juice
Ingredients:
  • Pomegranate - 2 small sized
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Honey-1 tsp
  • Water - 1/4 cup
Method:
1. Peel off the skin and blend the fruit along with honey and lemon juice.

2. Add water, filter, chill it and enjoy the juice.

Pomegranate Juice
My Notes :

  • Lemon juice helps to reduce the bitterness of the seeds.
  • Adjust water according to the thickness of the juice
Have a great week ahead and happy mothers day to all mothers out there!

Pomegranate Juice
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Chewy Dates and Biscuit Bars

I happened to try these tasty and simple bars long back.This has been in my drafts for so long....and finally posting it for one of my readers who mailed me asking for what is the third pic in my banner......:) So here it is for u.....These set of pics are again one of my pers favs :)
Dates Biscuit Bars
The below measurement yieded me about 8 small squares.
NOTE : I didnt piece the biscuits, as I was doubtful whether it wud be difficult to combine so I made a coarse powder out of it. Here goes the recipe with my minor modifications:

Ingredients:

  • Dates - roundly 10-12 chopped into small pieces.
    I blended them , chopping is fine too

  • Elachi powdered - 1/2 tsp [optional]
  • Marie Biscuits - 4 coarsely powdered
  • Ghee - 1 tsp + a little for greasing
  • Polythene sheet [I used milk cover]
Dates Biscuit Bars
Method:
  1. Heat 1tsp of ghee in a pan and add the blended dates. Stir it continuosly, try to do this in low flame. After abt 2-3 mins the dates would have become soft and it will look stickier.

  2. Switch off at this stage, stir in the powdered biscuits, powdered elachi and mix well till all is combined well.

  3. Spread the polythene sheet on a plate and add a few drops of ghee on it to grease.

  4. Transfer the mixture to one half of the sheet, fold the other half and press to flatten them. Refrigerate it for an hr to set and for the bars to be firm.

  5. After an hr the bars would be perfect to be cut, now cut them with a sharp knife into small squares or ur desired shape.
These are quick bars which were chewy and tasty........Am sure kids wud luv it...cant stop with one bite!


Store them in air tight container, this keeps well for 2 days. Am not sure whether this wud last even longer, I cud test it only for 2 days by the time it got over :)
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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