Karivepaku Podi/ Curry Leaves Powder – Indian Condiment Recipe

Karivepaku PodiKarivepaku Podi is fragarant and spicy condiment which is usually served with steamed rice or Indian breakfast recipes. It makes any boring Indian meal into an interesting combo. I sometimes add a tablespoon of this to any vegetable to make it aromatic and special!

 

 

 

 

Makes – 1 1/2 cups of podi
Preparation time –  5 mins
Cooking time – 15 mins + 5 mins blend time
Ingredients:

  • Curry Leaves (wash, pat dry, packed) – 2 Cups
  • Dry Chillies – 12 or to taste
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 Tbsp
  • Coriander Seeds – 1 Tbsp
  • Chanadal – 2 Tbsp
  • Urid Dal – 2 Tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Tamarind – lemon size ball
  • Dry Shredded Coconut – 1/2 Cup
  • Oil – 3 Tbsp

Process:

  • In a skillet add 1 tsp of oil and heat till moderately hot. Add chanadal and fry till aromatic and golden. Remove dals from pan and set aside.
  • Then add 1 tsp of oil and fry urid dal till golden and put aside.
  • Add coriander seeds, cumin seeds and fry on low to medium heat moving around till fragrant. Then remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Similarly in a tsp of oil fry the curry leaves pressing with ladle till crisp and dry. Set aside.
  • Again add 1 tsp of oil and fry red chillies fry till crisp then add in tamarind, dry coconut and fry till fragrant (approx 30 secs) on low heat.
  • Wait till all the dry roasted ingredients cool completely. Blend in a dry mixie jar with required salt till you get a fine powder. (do in batches depending in the size of the mixie jar). Mix well till incorporated if done in batches.
  • Store the powder in a dry air tight container. Use whenever desired. Serve with steamed rice or Idli, spread on dosa or simply sprinkle on a piece or bread. Enjoy!

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies – With and without Oven

Chocolate Chip Cookies EgglessChocolate Chip Cookies is a classic American recipe for a reason. They are soft and chewy. These Cookies are easy to make at home. So let’s start making them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makes – 15 Cookies
Preparation time – 15 mins
Baking time – 10 mins
Ingredients:

  • All Purpose Flour (Maida) – 1 Cup
  • Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 1/8 tsp
  • Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
  • Butter (at room temperature) – 1/2 Cup
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips – 1/4 Cup to 1/2 Cup
  • Cashews – 1/4 Cup
  • Sugar – 1/4 Cup
  • Light Brown Sugar  -1/3 Cup
  • Milk – 2 Tbsp (Optional)

Process:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line the Cookie Baking sheet with parchment paper or butter it.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add in flour, baking soda, salt. Mix together until well combined.
  3. In another bowl add in the butter and mix well until creamy (approx 30 secs).
  4. Add in the sugar and brown sugar, mix well with butter until combined (approx 1 min).
  5. Add in the vanilla extract and mix well.
  6. Add in the flour into the butter and sugar mixture (do this in three additions for easy mixing).
  7. Combine the flour and butter together to make a soft dough.
  8. If needed use splash of milk to properly bind everything together.
  9. Add in cashews, chocolate chips and mix well with the cookie dough.
  10. Shape the dough into cookies and place them on the baking tray leaving atleast 2 inches of space between each cookie.
  11. Bake them for 10 mins or until the bottom of the cookie is golden and tops slightly start to change their color.
  12. Let them sit in the baking tray for 10 mins then carefully transfer onto a cooling rack.
  13. Serve them warm or at room temperature.

For Baking without oven.

  1. Preheat the pressure or any thick bottomed pan with 1 – 2 Cups of salt on high heat for 10 mins (Cover the pan with a lid)
  2. Place a small container or pressure cooker plates on top place the baking pan or plate on top.
  3. Put the shaped cookies on the plate and put the plate into the pan.
  4. Bake them on high heat for 10 mins or until bottoms are golden.
  5. Once done, turn OFF the heat and remove the tin from the pan and let it cool for 10 mins on the countertop.
  6. Serve them warm or at room temperature. Your Eggless Cookies are ready without oven.

Tips:

  • Adjust the cooking time and temperature depending on the pan you are using to bake them on the stove.

 

 

 

 

 

Dal Tadka Fry

There are literally hundreds of varieties of dal as every household have their own version of making dal. Here I’m making Tadka Dal much in North Indian Style. So the recipe goes like this..

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • Toor Dal (wash, rinse and drain the water soak in enough fresh water for 1 hr) – 1/3 cup
  • Chanadal (wash, rinse and drain the water soak in enough fresh water for 1 hr) – 2 Tbsp
  • Onion (chopped) – 2 Tbsp
  • Tomato (chopped) – 1/2 medium size
  • Ginger (minced) – 1 tsp
  • Green chillies (finely chopped) – to taste
  • Salt – tot aste
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida (Hing) – generous pinch

For Tadka:

  • Ghee (Clarified Butter ) – 2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Dry red Chilli Whole – 3 no
  • Garlic (minced) – 1 Clove
  • Cilantro (finely chopped) – 2 Tbsp
  • Lemon Juice – to taste
  • Kasoori Methi – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – generous pinch
  • Red Chilli Powder – to taste

Procedure:

  • Start by pressure cooking the dals. So for this add in the soaked dals, onion, tomato, 1 Cup of water, ginger, green chillies, asafoetida, salt into the pressure cooker.
  • Mix all these well and pressure cook till 3 whistles or until the dals are mushy.
  • Turn off the cooker. Allow the pressure cooker to release its pressure once you hear three whistles.
  • Mash the cooked dal slightly with the back of your ladle.
  • Now heat ghee for preparing the tadka, once it is enough hot add in mustard seeds allow them to pop
  • Then add in cumin seeds, red chilli whole, garlic and saute them until garlice slightly changes its color.
  • Add in red chilli powder. garam masala powder and fry for 5 secs.
  • Immediately add in the cooked dal followed by kasoori methi, salt and simmer for 10 mins. (Add water to bring to right consistancy if needed before simmering)
  • FInish it off by adding some lemon juice, cilantro. Serve with rice or rotis.

Radish Stir Fry

Simple and tasty side dish which goes well with rice, rotis, chapathis. No need to chop onions or cook tomatoes.
It can be made with just few ingredients but a great blend of vegetable(Radish) and protein (dal).

Ingredients :

  • Shredded Radish – 2 cups
  • Dry Shredded Coconut (Unsweetened) – 1/4 cup
  • Red Chilli Powder – 2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Garlic (chopped) – 3 big cloves
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
  • Dry red Chillies – 3 no
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil -3 Tbsp

Procedure :

Step 1 : Mix the Shredded Radish with 1/2 tsp of salt and rest it on the countertop for half an hour.
Step 2 : After half an hour squeeze out all the water oozed out from the radish.
Step 3 : Blend coconut, salt, red chilli powder together till fine powder is formed and everything is blended very well.
Step 4 : Turn on the stove, heat oil in a pan.
Step 5 : Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, red chillies, garlic .
Step 6 : Saute well till the garlic slightly turns golden brown in colour.
Step 7 : Add the shredded radish into the pan and cook it well till all the raw flavour of the radish goes away and cooked well.
Step 8 : Add the coconut mixture into the pan and mix everything well.
Step 9 : Cook till all the flavours are blended very well.
Step 10 : Turn off the stove and serve it hot with rice

Tips : 1.Salt the radish with no more than 1/2 tsp of salt otherwise the entire dish tastes very salty
2. Squeezing out all the moisture from the radish improves the taste of the dish.
3. Do not burn the garlic or shredded coconut, they produce a lot of flavour to the dish when cooked right
4. Try to use fresh garlic and fresh dry coconut in this curry.

Spinach Rice

This is a great lunch box idea, quick to make yet really tasty. Spinach rice is filled with the nutrients from spinach and paneer (Indian cheese).

Serves – 2 adults
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 40 mins
Ingredients

  • Oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Ghee (Clarified Butter) – 1 Tbsp
  • Whole Garam Masala – Cloves – 2 no, peppercorns – 5 no, Cinnamon – 1 inch piece, Bay Leaf – 2 no, Star Anise – 1, Black Caradamom – 1 no
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Onion (Sliced) – 1 Cup
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Garlic – 2 big pods
  • Green Chillies – to taste
  • Mint Leaves (no stalks) – 2 Tbsp
  • Cilantro – 1/4 Cup
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Spinach (chopped) – 1 to 1 1/2 cups (tightly packed)
  • Carrot (shredded) – 1/2 cup (used for color contrast)
  • Basmathi Rice (washed, rinsed, drained, soaked for 1/2 hr) – 1 Cup
  • Water – 2 Cups (if cooking in a pan, 1 1/2 cups if cooking in a rice cooker or a pressure cooker)
  • Yogurt – 2 Tbsp
  • Paneer (stir fried) – 1/2 cup
  • Garam Masala Powder – 1/4 tsp

Procedure :

Into a wide non stick pan, add oil, ghee, heat it up, once the oil is enough hot add the whole garam masala ingredients and fry for 30 secs.

Add cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle, then add sliced onion and pinch of salt, cover and cook till the onion are soft.

Meanwhile lets prepare the masala that goes next, into a blender jar add ginger, garlic,green chillies, mint, cilantro, curry leaves, salt and blend till coarse.

Add this masala to the cooked onion and mix them together, add spinach, carrot and cook for 5 mins.

dd in the soaked rice, fry the rice for 2 mins stirring carefully. Then add in water, yogurt, paneer cover and bring the mixture to a boil.

Cover and cook till tiny bubbles show up floating on top of the rice. At this point mix well and cook for 15 mins on lowest heat setting.

Enjoy flavorful and simple to make Spinach Rice with Raitha of your choice or you can even have it as is.

Nov 08

3 Badusha/ Balushahi Recipes- Diwali Special Dessert Recipe

Ingredients

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Oct 22

Kaju Katli/ Kaju Barfi – Quick Indian Festive Dessert Recipe

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Oct 17

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Jul 14

Banana Caramel Crunch – No Machine Ice Cream

Banana Caramel Crunch

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Jul 10

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Jun 20

Mango Delight – Quick Mango Dessert under 15 mins

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Jun 19

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Jun 16

Cheese Vada – Quick Evening Snack under 20 mins

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Jun 06

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