Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Rice Vermicelli/Rice Noodle Pancake

Rice Vermicelli/Rice Noodle Pancake

Rice vermicelli pancake is filling and yummy breakfast.This recipe is inspired from the crispy Asian style rice noodle pancakes. This is a sweet version with plantain, dates and eggs. You can also make a savory version as per your taste. Try this you will surely love it.

Dried rice noodles- 5 oz.
Sweet ripe plantain- 2 small chopped
Milk- 1/3 cup
Chopped dates- 1/3 cup
Chopped nuts- 1/4 cup
Sugar to taste
Cardamom powder- 1/3 tsp
Salt- a pinch

Soak dry rice noodles in hot water for 10 minutes. When soft drain into a colander and set aside. When all the water drains off break into smaller pieces.
In a separate bowl beat eggs, milk, sugar and cardamon powder. Add rice noodles, chopped plantains, chopped dates and nut and mix well.
Heat pan and lightly grease with butter. Take ladle full of the rice  noodle mixture and place on hot griddle. With the back of the spoon press lightly to form a disc. Cook on one side for three minutes or till golden brown and flip to the other side and cook. Serve with coconut sauce flavored with cardamom.

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Baby Scallop Ginger Stir Fry

Baby Scallop Ginger Stir Fry

Scallops Stir fry is tasty and it cooks fast. It is a star when it comes to quick fix meals. This is the first time I cooked scallops and I am already in love with this sea food delicacy. The recipe is adapted from here.  It has a mild sweet flavor with a soft buttery texture. Scallops can be pan roasted and the flavor is enhanced with ginger,soy sauce and  oyster sauce, along with the crunch of walnuts. Try this you will surely love it.

Scallops- 1/2 lb
Onion- 1 medium
spring onions- 1/3 cup
Walnuts- 1/3 cup
Chopped ginger- 2 inch thick
Oyster sauce- 1 tsp
Soy sauce- 1 1/2 tbs
Sugar- 1/3 tsp
Dried red chilly flakes- 1/2 tsp(optional)
Vegetable oil- 1 tbs
salt and pepper to taste

Toast walnuts in a large skillet over medium flame. Toast for 2-3 minutes and set aside.

Wash and pat dry the scallops and add a pinch of salt and pepper and mix.

Heat oil in the pan, saute chopped ginger for a few seconds and add scallops. Fry the scallops two minutes on each side. When one side turns slightly golden turn to the other side and fry. Drain from the oil and set aside.

In the same pan sautechopped onions, when it becomes translucent add dry chilly flakes, toasted walnuts, spring onions, fried scallops, oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar. Mix well and stir fry in high flames for one minute and switch off the flame.

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tomato Dates Curry/Thakkali Enthapazham Curry

Tomato Dates Curry/Thakkali Enthapazham Curry

This is a sweet and sour curry made with tomato and dates. It can be served as a chutney or as a thodu curry for sadhya. It can be served along with pickles and pachadi. It is quick and can be made in a jiffy. Try this you will surely love it.

Tomato- 3 medium

Dates -8-10 seedless
Ginger- 2 tsp chopped
Onion- 1 small
Tamarind- small ball
Jaggery- 2 tsp (powdered)
Curry leaves- a few
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Chilly powder-11/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/8 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
salt to taste

Soak  dates for one hour. When it gets soft remove seeds and mash  with hands to into a pulp. Soak tamarind and also extract its pulp.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it splutters and add chopped onion,ginger curry leaves. Saute till it turns golden brown.

Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till it is soft. Next goes in turmeric powder,chilly powder, fenugreek powder, pepper powder,cumin powder, salt. Saute this for a minute and cover and cook for three minutes. Now add the dates pulp  and tamarind pulp. Cook for another three minutes and allow it to reduce and thicken. Finally add powdered jaggery and mix till well blended.

Try it,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Elaneer Rose Payasam/ Rose Tender Coconut Payasam

Elaneer Rose Payasam/ Rose Tender Coconut Payasam

 Elaneer payasam is made with young tender coconut water. Elaneer is refreshing and sweet in its own. Tender coconut meat will be soft and jelly like and can be scooped with a spoon. This payasam is made extra flavorful with the addition of rose petals. You can use tulasi leaves instead of rose  petals.Sago pearls is also added and helps thickening up puddings Try this, you will surely love it.

Tender coconut meat - 1 cup
Tender coconut water- 1 1/2 cup
Milk- 1 1/2 cup
Condensed milk- 1/2 tin
Sago pearls/ chowari-1/2 cup
Sugar- 2 tbs
Rose petals - course paste- 1 tbs
Rose water- a few drops
Chopped cashew nuts- 8-10
Crushed cardamom- 2-3

First step is to cook the sago. In a heavy bottom pan add 5-6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the chowari and allow it to boil for two to three minutes, drain and add fresh batch of boiling water (again 5-6 cups) and continue cooking till it is clear and translucent.  Strain and run under cold running water and set aside.

Boil milk in a sauce pan. Make a paste of rose petals. I used the paste of two red rose.

Make a paste of tender coconut meat . Add this paste, cooked chowari, elaneer/ coconut water and  rose petal paste into a heavy bottom pan and mix. Cook this in medium flame for 2-3 minutes. Add milk, chopped cashew nuts and stir occasionally. When it starts to thicken add condensed milk, crushed cardamom and sugar and mix. After two minutes switch off the flame.

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sesame Brittle/Ellu Mittai

Sesame Brittle/Ellu Mittai

Ellu Mittai/ sesame brittle is old fashioned sugar and nuts candy. Earlier I posed sesame ladoo recipe with jaggery. This brittle is made with sugar. It is easy to make at home and make crunchy,delightful and tasty snack. Crispy nuts with the rich caramel flavor is something that is irresistible and kids will surely love it. Here I have used sesame seeds,but you can use peanuts, cashew nuts or any nuts of your choice.

Sesame seeds- 1 1/2 cup
Sugar- 1 1/2 cup
Water- 3 tbs
Oil- 2 tbs
Ghee- 1 tsp
Baking soda- 1/4 tsp
salt- a  pinch
Cardamon powder-  1/2 tsp


Dry roast sesame seeds till it starts popping up and there is a nice aroma. Allow this to cool down.
Grease a baking pan with ghee and set aside.

In a heavy bottom pan add sugar, water, oil and a pinch of salt. Put this on the stove on low medium flame and heat it. The sugar will start melting and slowly caramelize. There is no need to stir in the first stage. Allow it to slowly melt. It will take around 10 minutes.

When it starts getting deeper color stir and make sure that all the sugar has melted evenly. Add a pinch of baking powder  and when it starts bubbling add cardamon powder and roasted sesame seeds. Give it a quick mix and pour on greased tray. Press and flatten with the back of a spoon or with a rolling pin.

Allow to cool and the break into small pieces.Store in air tight containers.

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Hope you will all enjoy!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Crab/Njandu Thoran

Crab/Njandu Thoran

If you love crab/njandu,here is a tasty dish that you can try. Crab is a tasty and fragrant sea food and it is one of my favorite.It is a quick side dish that is best with steamed rice and moru curry.This is very similar to prawns thoran.Try this you will surely love it.

Crab- 4 medium
(approximately one cup of cooked crab meat)
Onion- 1 small chopped
Grated Coconut- 3/4 cup
Green chilly-3-4 chopped
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Garlic- 4 pods
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/4 tsp
Tamarind pulp- 2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves -a few

Clean and cut crab, add a pinch of salt, pepper powder, turmeric powder and 2 tbs of water. Cover and cook for five to six minutes.When it cools down break the shell and scoop out the meat and set aside.

Chop onion , green chilly,ginger and garlic into small fine pieces. In a mixer add coconut, ginger and garlic and pulse till it forms a course mixture.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Next add curry leaves  chopped shallots,  green chilly and curry leaves. Saute this till onions turn golden brown. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder and coriander powder and saute till raw flavor disappears. Add the coconut mixture and tamarind pulp and finally the crab meat. Saute in medium high flame for  three to four minutes. Serve with rice.

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Padavalanga Chena Kootu/ Snake gourd Yam Curry

Padavalanga Chena Kootu/ Snake gourd Yam Curry

Padavalanga Chena Kootu/ Snake gourd Yam Curry is delicious and healthy combo of vegetables and chickpeas. Kootu curry is an integral part in Kerala Sadhya and is relished along with aviyal and erisseri .Kootu curry has a wonderful aroma of roasted coconut.You can use any combination of vegetables and lentils to make kootu curry. Earlier I posted a combination of plantains and yam. Try this, you will surely love it.

Chena/elephant yam- 2 cups
Padavalanga chopped- 2 cups
Chickpeas- 1/2 cup
Whole Black Pepper- 1 tsp
Dry red chilly- 4
Grated coconut- 3/4 cup
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Cumin- 1/3 tsp
Ghee- 1 tsp
Jaggery - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
For seasoning-
Shredded coconut- 1/3 cup
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Whole Pepper - a few
Dry red chilly -2
Curry leaves- 2 springs

Soak chickpeas for about 4 hours and then pressure cook it and keep aside. Add water to the same level as chick peas in the pressure cooker and cook till three to four whistles.

Cut yam and padavalanga/snake gourd into cubes and cook them along with salt and turmeric and sliced green chilly. Add a little bit of oil to prevent sticking. You will need around a cup of water to cook the vegetables. Add the cooked chick peas and mix.

Heat one tsp of oil in a pan and roast dry red chilly, whole pepper and cumin. Add this with 3/4 cup of grated coconut and make it into a fine paste. Add this to the cooked vegetables along with one tsp of powdered jaggery.Mix well.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When the splutter add dry red chilly, pepper corns and curry leaves and fry for a minute. Add shredded coconut 1/3 cup and roast till brown. Add this to the cooked vegetable and mix. Serve with rice.

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

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