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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Kitchen Tips.....

Kitchen is an integral part of our home and most Indian women spend a major time in cooking for their loved ones. Cooking and maintain   the kitchen is very tough .But we can make it easy with the help of some tips and tricks.

Working in kitchen can really be fun if you know some basic keys. Here are some special tips to make your work interesting and comfortable.



 1- When curd is becomes sour then add a cup of water and wait one hour . Now stain water hence curd becomes sweet.

2- When you feel a problem of Ant then put the  mustard oil in all the corners in the rooms.

3- Put the 3-4 clove in sugar container to keep ants at bay.

4- When boiling eggs ,add a pinch of salt to keep the shells from cracking.

5- Always store mushrooms in paper bag in the refrigerator.

6- Put some rice grain in with your salt to absorb the moisture.

7- If  you are making gravy and accidentally burn it, just pour it  into a clean pan and continue cooking it.

8- To prevent chopped brinjal from turn  black keep them in salted water.

9- Always keep dough covered with a moist cloth to avoid a dry crust from forming on it.

10- Add a tbsp. of fresh lemon juice when cooking rice to get fluffy and whiter grains.

11- If you keep a piece of blotting paper at the bottom of the container, it will keep biscuits fresh for a longer time.

12- Apply some lemon juice on the cut surface of the apple to avoid browning. They will look fresh for a longer time.

13- Apply mashed banana over a burn on your body for cooling effect.

14- To keep celery fresh for a long time, wrap it in aluminium foil and place in the refrigerator.

15- Place some chopped onion in the vessel having burnt food, pour boiling water in it, keep 5 minutes and then clean.

16-To remove the skin of almonds easily, soak them in hot water for 15-20 minutes.

17-. Immerse coconut in water for ½ an hour to remove its hust.

18 - When boiling milk smear ghee on the edges of the vessel to prevent overflow.


 19- While making dosas, put two tbsps of cooked rice into the batter. The dosa will flip over easily and will be crisper.

20- While boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the natural sweetness.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Sooji Cack....



A delicious Indian cake recipe made with sooji or rava. The recipe involves baking in an oven. Alternatively, you could also use a microwave or cooker.

Preparation Time-15 min.
Cooking Time- 25min.
Sooji Cack

Ingredients-

2 cups Sooji (semolina)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup curd (dahi)
1 cup Fresh cream
1/2 cup Milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
Some Chocó chips

METHOD-

                  Take sooji, baking powder, baking soda into the mixing bowl.
                  Add curd, cream, sugar Chocó chips and vanilla essence to it and   mix well.


                Pour the mixture into the baking bowl, preheated for 2 minutes at   a temp. Of 100c & well oiled at sides. bake for 20 minutes, slowly   increasing the temperature from 150c to 300c

                Insert a toothpick into the cake and check it should come out    clean cake should not stick to the toothpick.

             Cake is ready.

             Garnish with some cherry and Chocó chips.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Tomato Chutney.....

INGREDIENTS-
·         Tomato,chopped-4
·         Green chilies,chopped-2
·         Curry leaves-8
·         Cumin seeds-1 tsp
·         Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
·         Asafoetida-1/4 tsp
·         Pinch of Turmeric
·         Cooking oil-2.5 tsp
·         Chili powder- 1/4 tsp
·         Sugar- 1/4 tsp(optional)
·         Salt- to taste

METHOD-
1.    Heat 1.5 tsp of oil in a pan and add cumin and asafetida.
2.    Now add chopped tomatoes and green chilies, stir fry for few seconds.
3.    Add salt and turmeric, cover and cook on low flame.
4.    When tomato  become soft then blend and make a smooth puree.
5.    Heat 1 tsp oil and add mustard and  Curry leaves.
6.    When seeds start crackling pour the tempering over the tomato puree.
7.    Add  chili powder, pinch of sugar in the tomato puree and give it a boil.

8.    Add fresh coriander and serve with any type of dosa and idli.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

sooji Cutlet...


Suji Cutlet
Preparation Time-10 min.
Cooking Time-20 min.

Ingredient-

·         Sooji / rava/semolina : ½ cup
·         Water: 1 cup
·         Corn kernels: ¼ cup
·         Fine chopped capsicum: ¼ cup
·         Fine chopped onions: ¼ cup
·         Fine chopped coriander leaves: 2 tbsp
·         Fine chopped green chilly : 1-2
·         Salt to taste
·         Oil 1 tsp
·         More oil for deep frying
·         Bread crumbs: ½ cup
·         Chilly flakes: 1tbsp
·         For making batter -------
·         Maida/ all-purpose flour: 1 tbsp
·         Water ¼ cup
Method-

1.  Heat the pan at medium heat and add water, sooji, onion, capsicum, corn, coriander, green chilly, salt and oil.

2.  Cook and stir it continuously till mixture starts leaving the surface.

3.  Transfer the mixture in a plate and let it cool down (approx 10 min).

4.  In the meanwhile take maida in a small bowl and make a batter by mixing little water at a time and  keep it aside.

5.  Take bread crumbs in a plate .

6.  Mixture should be warm before making the cutlets.

7.  Now take some oil in your palms and take small amount of sooji mixture in your hand.

8.  Make a round  shape or your favorite shape cutlet. Make all the cutlets and keep them in a plate.

9.  Now dip the cutlets in the maida batter and roll them in bread crumbs.

10.    Deep fry them in medium hot oil till they are golden brown and crispy from both the sides.

11.    Serve them hot and crisp with green chutney or ketchup.

You can add more finally chopped veggies and you can make any shape cutlets of your choice.


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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Uttapam Pizza.....


     Uttapam Pizza is a healthy yet tasty alternative to our very own pizza. Touches from the south India make it truly stand out and keeping you safe from frequent consumption of maida which is not quite great for health.

Preparation Time- 30min.
Cooking Time- 10 min. 


Ingradients-

·         Rice 2 cups

·         Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 1 cup

·         Salt to taste

·         Oil as required

·         ½ Cup or 6-8 tbspn Tomato sauce  or pizza sauce

·         ½ Cup Sweet corn  boiled

·         3-4 Green olives sliced

·         2 tbspn Chopped onion

 .       2 tbspn Chopped capsicum

·         Mozzarella cheese grated 2 cups

Method-

For Uttapam batter-(Like dosa batter)

Soak rice in six cups of water and urad dal in four cups of water separately overnight.

Drain and grind them separately, using a little water, to a smooth paste. Mix them in a deep vessel.

Cover and keep the batter to ferment for a minimum of six to eight hours in a warm place.


For making Pizza-

Heat a tawa, put a teaspoon of oil and wipe with a muslin cloth. Spread a ladle of batter thickly. Cover and cook for a minute. Drizzle some oil all around.

Spread tomato sauce or pizza sauce on uttapam and Sprinkle sweet corn , olive slices, slice onion ,capsicum and grated mozzarella cheese. Cover and cook on low heat till the cheese begins to melt.

Now your Uttapam Pizza is ready .Serve hot.

 

Tomato sauce made up of tomato puree cooked with onion, garlic, salt and black pepper powder.


Uttapam Pizza

Suji uttapam....


Suji Uttapam is a very delicious and quick breakfast recipe made with a suji  and  vegetables.




Preparation Time-20 min.
cooking Time- 20 min.
Serve- 2-3 person

Ingradients-

Suji Uttapam

·         1 cup Semolina (rawa/suji)

·         3 tbspn curd

·         Salt to taste

·         3-4 chooped green chilli

·         4 tbspn finally chopped French beans

·         4 tbspn finally chopped cabbage

·         4tbspn grated carrot

·         2 small chopped onion

·         2 small chopped tomato

·         2 tbspn chopped coriander leaves

·         Oil   


 

 Method-

 

Mix together suji along with water, curd and salt and keep aside for 30 min.

Add  green chillies,  tomatoes, onions and all chopped veggies and coriander leaves and mix well and keep aside.


Heat   a non-stick tawa and drizzle some  oil all around. Pour a ladle full of batter on tawa and cook till golden brown in color on both sides. Serve hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup.




You can add more vegetables like, grated beetroot,  finally chopped capsicum, finally chopped spinach etc.