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Friday, April 30, 2010

Shahi Tukra - A sweet with Bread

Shahi Tukra  - A delicious cold dessert 

My attempt in making shahi Tukra, I should start like this. I saw a cookery show and was tempted to make this sweet, as my breads were nearing the expiry date.

It was quite different from the appearance they showed in the TV, but the end result was amazing. I was very much surprised to taste my sweet, and u know my daughter loved it.(That's my success) and hence posting this recipe.


For this sweet you need

8 -10 slices of bread
4 cups of milk
2 cups of sugar
Few strands of Saffron
1/2 tsp. of cardamom powder
1/2 tsp. of orange colour powder (optional)
Oil

For Garnishing

Few nos. of chopped almonds
Few nos. of raising(Slighty tossed in ghee)
Few strands of saffron

Preparation

Cut the edges of the bread and make the desired shapes.

In a pan, heat oil and fry the shaped bread slices in batches, till they turn golden brown and drain them in a kitchen towl to remove the excess oil.

In a heavy bottomed pan. Add milk along with  sugar, saffron, cardamom powder and orange colour powder and bring it to boil.

Now pour this boiled milk on top of the bread slices and refrigerate them.(pour the milk gently on top of the bread slices, so that the flavoured milk gets absorbed and don't soak them in milk )

Keep the remaining milk stirring until it gets reduced to 1 cup of mik.( U can see the picture of my milk, it still has to get reduced slightly, but you need lot of patience during this time).

Take the refrigerated bread slices and get ready for garnishing...


This is a cold dessert and hence after garnishing refrigerate them...

Delicious shahi Tukra is ready to serve.

Serve it cold .....

Sending this sweet to the CWS- cardamom seeds event hosted by Priya

OPTIONAL : You can also garnish with pista's and cahews ;-)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Simple Potato Fry

Potato Fry

A delicious side dish with potatoes . A must to try with curd rice/Sambar rice.


For this fry you need

2 nos. of potatoes
1 tsp. of sambar powder
2 / 3 nos. of crushed garlic
Salt to taste
Oil

Preparation

Wash and chop the potatoes.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the crushed garlic and saute for a min.

Now add the chopped potatoes along with sambar powder and salt. Mix them well.

Add little water ,cover with a lid and cook them in low flame until the potatoes get softened.(Stir them occasionally to avoid the potatoes from breaking ).


Serve it with hot rice....

Monday, April 26, 2010

Dal Bonda

These are perfect , wonderful and tasty evening snacks with coconut chutney as a perfect side dish.



For this Bonda you need

1 cup of  whole urad dal(without skin)
1/2 cup of Thuvar dal
1 onion
2 green chillies
A sprig of curry leaves
1 tsp. of cumin and pepper
Salt to taste
Oil for frying.

Preparation

Soak urad dal and thuvar dal seperately for an hour.

Heat 1 tsp. of oil in a pan.Saute the cumin and pepper. Keep it aside.

Grind the urad dal with very little water until fluffy.

Grind the thuvar dal coarsely. Mix with the grinded urad dal.Chop the onions and green chillies. 

Add the onions, green chillies, cumin ,pepper, curry leaves along with salt and mix it well in the batter.

Heat oil in a pan. Wet your right hand and make small ball. Drop it in oil.

Fry them in medium flame until they turn golden brown .

Hot crispy bonda's are ready to serve...



Serve it hot with coconut chutney....


OPTIONAL: We can all add some cashews and coconut for more richer taste ;-)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Idli Millagaipodi with Nuts

Idli Millagaipodi with nuts


For this powder you need

100 gms. Red Chillies
50 gms. of urad dhal
50 gms. of channa dhal
10 - 15 nos. of cashews and Badams
Handful of peanuts
1 garlic pod
1 spoon of Asafoetida

Preparation

We should fry all the ingredients separately

Heat oil in pan,
First fry the red chillies well along with asafoetida.
Next fry the urad dhal well.
Next fry the channa dhal well.
Next fry the nuts.

Allow this to cool .You can grind it along with the garlic either coarsely or to a smooth powder and store in a air-tight container.

Idli millagaipodi with nuts is ready to taste......


Serve it with Hot Idli's or Dosa's

Monday, April 19, 2010

Saudi Champagne

Saudi Champagne

A non-alcoholic carbonated drink , quick and easy to prepare. A very popular drink in Saudi Arabia served in almost all  the restaurants :-)


For this champagne you need

1 bottle of apple juice
Soda
7 up.
1 apple
1 orangle
A handful of fresh mint leaves

Preparation

Slice the apples into small pieces
Slice the oranges.
Mix  the soda and 7 up with the apple juice in a huge glass jug and garnish them with sliced apples , oranges and mint leaves.

Serve with ice cubes...


Saudi Champagne is ready :-)

Sending this entry to Srivalli's Thanda Mela Event

Saturday, April 17, 2010

100th Post - SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia - 100th post

Hurray!!!!!! I have come to my 100th post 

I would like to thank all my readers and friends who have supported me by their feedbacks and suggestions.

Saudi Arabia - what strikes your mind first, the camels, desserts and mainly petrol... is that all.

Want to know more !!!!!

Ok herecomes some information regarding Saudi Arabia

After marraige , when I came to Saudi Arabia everything was new to me.

First we should wear Abaya(Black dress) while going out- COMPULSORY

Second we cannot go to any place alone.

Third the climate is very very veryyy hot....

Fourth , you know what is the cost of petrol here... very very less.

Fifth they give respect for families.... , in restaurants we have two sections, one for families and another for bachelors. Bachelors are strictly not allowed in family section and this also applies to some super Malls.

Sixth , You have no Theaters , but have lots of super malls and of course parks and zoo(but animals are kept in AC, so most of the time you cannot see them out). During Ramzan the whole city will be glowing with lovely lights and in the morning complete silence.

Seventh , the school timings all schools starts here by 7.30 and ends by 1.00 clock(because of the climate).so the children here should get ready by 6.30 .

Eigth , Must definitely say about their prayers, during the prayer times all the shops will be completely closed.

Ninth Sand storm , a horrible thing here... (I will upload some photos in facebook so that you can see how the   city gets changed during sand storm.

Tenth, ALCOHOL is strictly prohibited here :-) How does it sound!!!!!


What else is special in Saudi Arabia???

Saudi Champagne -Coming soon ;-)



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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Microwave - Beetroot Halwa

Beetroot Halwa 

A delicious indian sweet , easier to prepare in microwave.


For this Halwa you need

2 cups of grated beetroot
2 cups of milk
1 cup of sugar
4 tsp. of ghee

For garnishing

6 nos. of chopped cashews and almonds

Preparation

Mix ghee with the grated beetroot in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 5 mins.

Add milk,sugar, mix them well and cook for 40 mins, stirring every 5 mins.(Cook until the milk evaporates).

Garnish them with chopped almonds and cashews...


Yummy delicious beetroot halwa is ready ....


Serve the dessert either hot or cold.


Sending this to  MEC Kids party Food Event hosted by asankhana, started by Srivalli

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Aloo Mutter

Aloo Mutter

A lovely and an easy side dish with Potatoes and peas, in a mild blend of spices, that goes very well with chapathi's.



For this side dish you need

2 potatoes
1 cup of peas
1 onion
1 tomato
2 green chillies
1 tsp. of ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. of chilli powder
1 tsp. of coriander powder
1/2 tsp. of garam masala powder
Coriander leaves for garnishing
salt to taste
Oil

For seasoning

2 nos. of cloves.
1 bayleaf
1" cinnamon stick

Preparation

Pressure cook the potatoes , peel the skin and dice them.

Chop the onions, tomato and green chillies.

Heat oil in a pan, add the seasoning ingredients saute them for a  min.

Add chopped green chillies and onions , saute till the onions turn soft.

Add the  ginger-garlic paste saute for a min.

Add the chopped tomatoes ,turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala  and saute them well, until the tomatoes gets cooked well and oil gets seperated from the mixture.

Add the peas with a cup of water and cook them till the water has lessened Cover and cook for 5 mins in medium flame.

Add the potatoes.

Garnish them with fresh coriander leaves.

Aloo mutter is ready to serve... 


  Serve it hot with Chapathi's....

Monday, April 5, 2010

Award with my Favorite Picture :-)

Award


Kiran tagged me with TAG Award and this award comes with a set of rules


Pass it on to 7 friends
Post a favorite picture/pictures


This is my favorite picture which I took recently , its my sweet princess Saadhna :-)




I am passing this award to

PremalathaAravindhan
Pavithra
Krishnaveni
PS
Geetha Achal
Madhuri
Sathya Sridhar

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Okra / Vendakkai curry

Okra / Vendakkai curry

A quick, easy and a tasty curry that goes very well with rice.


For this curry you need

15 - 20 nos. of Okra/ vendakkai/lady's finger
1 onion
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
1 tsp. of chilli powder
1 tsp. of coriander powder
1 tsp. of yoghurt
Salt

For seasoning

1 tsp. of mustard and urad dal
A sprig of curry leaves

Preparation

Heat oil in a pan.

Add mustard and urad dal , when they stop spluttering add the curry leaves.

Add the chopped onions, saute them till they turn translucent.

Add the chopped okra with turmeric powder, chilli powder ,coriander powder, curd and salt.

Mix them gently and keep stirring occasionaly till the okra's are cooked.

Delicious vendakkai curry is ready to serve.


Serve it hot with rice....

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Adai - Lentils Dosa

Adai  - Lentil Dosa

Adai is a healthy,protein rich diet as it contains lentils. This is one of the traditional south indian recipe served with aviyal.


For this Adai you need

1 cup of raw rice
1/2 cup of thuvar dal
1/2 cup of (urad dhal and moong dal)
3/4 cup of channa dhal
A small piece of ginger
4 nos. of garlic
10 red chillies
Few curry leaves
3 onions
1 tsp. of aniseed (optional)

Preparation

Soak rice and dals in water for about 4 - 5  hrs.

First grind the ginger and garlic,now drain the water from the soaked dals, grind them coarsely with red chillies and salt .Chop the onions.

Add aniseed, curry leaves and the chopped onions to the batter and mix well.

Heat a griddle. Pour a ladder of blatter on the griddle and make a perfect round shape. Make a small hole in the centre of the adai.

Sprinkle oil on to its sides and in the centre.

When they turn golden brown, flip to the other side and sprinkle some oil.

Healthy crispy adai is ready to serve...


Serve it hot with Avial (or) Coconut chutney and enjoy.......