Sunday, June 28, 2020

Thakkali Pulissery/ Tomato in seasoned buttermilk

Lots of buttermilk and curd, mangoes, icecream ..... isn't it the best part of summer. Though we like the plain buttermilk , seasoned buttermilk is something that pairs better with steaming rice. We tend to make it more often and is kind of staple at south indian households. We just had it for lunch yesterday and it reminded me, how this post had been in the draft for years now. So I decided to work on it today. After all, its been a while that I visited by blog baby. Everytime, I shout out my come back, it ends up in 1 or 2 blog post and then again, I disappear. I think, I have become lazy in blogging. I definitely need to overcome my laziness before I commit to regular blogging. Well, coming back to the recipe, it is simple and just perfect for your summer lunches. If you have not tried this version of pulissery, I would strongly suggest to do so. It takes simple lunches to another level. I am sure you would like it. 






Ingredients
  1. 2 tomatoes, halved and cut into slices
  2. 2 1/2 cups of curd @ room temperature
  3. 1/2 cup of drinking water
  4. 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
  5. 1 tsp of chopped ginger
  6. 2-3 green chillies
  7. 1/2 cup of grated coconut
  8. 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  9. Salt to taste 
For tempering
  1. 2 shallots finely sliced
  2. 2-3 dry red chilly
  3. 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
  4. 1-2 tbsp of coconut oil
  5. 1 strand of curry leaves
Method
  • In a pressure cooker, add the tomato and salt. Pour in about 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook it under pressure until the first whistle blows. 
  • Meanwhile, whisk the curd with the drinking water and keep it aside.
  • Grind the ingredients 4-8 to a coarse paste. Keep it aside.
  • Release the pressure and gentle mash the tomato with the back of the laddle. Add the ground paste to the cooked tomatoes and cook it on middle heat. 
  • Once the mixture is cooked for about 1-2 minutes, reduce the heat to medium and add the whisked curd to it. Keep stirring continuously on medium heat to avoid the splitting of curd. Keep stirring it untill the mixture gets warm and starts foaming up. This should take about 5-10 minutes. Do not boil it or overheat it. The best way to know if it is ready is to lift the laddle and if you see vapours released from the back side of the laddle, then the heating is enough.
  • Remove it from the heat and keep stirring it for another 3-4 minutes and transfer it onto a serving bowl.
  • In another skillet, heat the coconut oil. Add the mustard seeds and let it pop. Add the sliced shallots, red chilly and curry leaves. Fry it for about a minute or two. 
  • Remove it from the heat and let it stand for half a minute before you add it on top of the buttermilk mixture. Give it a stir and serve warm.
  • You could refrigerate it for about 3-4 days. If you refrigerate, warm it just a little before use or just pour it cold, over steaming rice.
Tips
  1. If you do not like the skin of tomato in the pulissery, you could peel it out before cooking the tomatoes.
  2. You can cook the tomatoes in a sauce pan too. I use cooker, to reduce the time in cooking.
  3. Do not add too much water to curd else it would get watery. We love it to be thick to have the richness of the buttermilk. However, if you prefer it too be watery , you could go ahead and add more water as required. Remember to use drinking water as we wouldn't be boiling the mixture.
  4. Use the buttermilk that is maintained at room temperature else there are high chances of the buttermilk getting curdled.
  5. You will need to keep stirring it continuously and adjusting the heat to prevent curdling of the buttermilk.


Saturday, May 30, 2020

Instant Unniyappam

My mom's version of instant unniyappams have been always a hit. It always helps to bring down our cravings for unniyappams and to finish off the overripe bananas. And the word instant is so apt. As it doesn't need any soaking of white rice and hence no delay in making it.





Whenever we have guest who pay a surprise visit and I have hardly anything to serve them to snack on, I choose to make it. It has been a hit. Make it and let me know if you loved it.




Ingredients
  1. 2 overripe bananas, peeled
  2. 1/2 cup of shaved/grated jaggery
  3. 1 1/4 cup of rice flour
  4. 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  5. 3 tbsp of rava/semolina
  6. Oil for frying
  7. 2 tsp of black sesame seeds
  8. 2-3 tbsp of coconut bits or thengakothu
  9. Ghee for frying the coconut bits
Method
  • In a saucepan, add the grated jaggery and 1/4 cup of water. Heat and melt it. Let it cool down a little.
  • In a blender take the over ripe bananas, rice flour and the melted jaggery. Blend it well to form a batter.
  • Remove it on to a bowl. The batter would be thin. Now add the rava and the baking soda and mix well to form a thick and dense batter.
  • Heat some ghee in a pan. Fry the coconut chips/bits in it. Drop in the fried coconut bits and sesame seeds to the batter. Mix it well to evenly distribute the ingredients. I haven't added any coconut bits and sesame seeds to it as I was out of the ingredients while making this batch. But adding it definitely enhances the taste.
  • Heat a Appe pan/ Unniyappa Chatti with oil in it. The holes of the Appe pan should be 3/4 filled with oil. Once the oil is hot turn down the heat to medium and drop in half tbsp of batter into each hole. 
  • Turn the unniyappam once its cooked on one side (about 1-2 minutes), to cook the other side too.
  • Drain it onto a plate lined with tissue paper. Serve it warm.
Tips
  1. The batter shouldn't be runny, but a thick batter that it should drop into the oil as a mass.
  2. You could choose to use whole wheat flour too instead of rice flour.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Peanut Butter Cookies (3 Ingredient Cookie)

One of the simplest cookies ever, with minimal ingredients, super addictive etc. are some of the characteristics of these cookies. They are so easy to make that you could even chose to involve your kids in making it. When we have the urge to make something sweet and have, this is one go to option. In minutes you have warm cookies, to calm down your cravings.









Now that kids are home, it is the best recipe to go with, for cooking with kids. It is hardly a recipe but hey correct measures are a must to make the cookies stay in shape. So why don't you grab the measures and make some cookies for your family.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Happy Easter everyone !

Hope everybody is doing good at the respective places that you are at. We are doing fine too. Before you start asking if I made it today, the answer is No, I didn't. This time we had a very minimalistic Easter celebration. Just because we have the groceries for the next two weeks stocked up, due to lock down, we didn't want to use it all up in a day. But, wanted to celebrate it in a simple way with so much thanksgiving for all that we have for today.










This cake reminded me of how simple things can also be made more special. With minimal ingredients this cake was made to happen in a matter of an hour or less, but was very yum and appreciated far better than the cakes that would have involved too much effort. You don't have to make things complicated or put in extra efforts to make it special. Simple things can also make it to your memories. Such was this year's Easter. No potlucks or family visits or get togethers but still it shall be in our memories with the simple menu and a lot of catch up with family and friends over video chats :).

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Aloo Curry / Aloo Masala

Some tastes just get stored in your taste buds, that you would never want to get away or alter a particular recipe in any way, to make even the slightest change. This aloo curry is one such recipe. No matter what, I would just blindly follow this recipe, that my mom always used to make. As kids, we used to love it and we still do and can just scrap off the bowl untill the last bit is consumed.






If you are wondering what is so special about this recipe then let me tell you that, this recipe has the minimal ingredients that could be used to make a potato curry, so amazing and finger licking good. It is just one of the perfect recipes I have ever known. While it cooks in the pressure cooker, you could parallely work on the poori /parathas/rotis that could pair well with it and make an awesome meal in just half an hour. So here is the recipe for that awesome aloo curry.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Khandvi

Ever since I started blogging, these pretty khandvi's had been in my to make list. Come on, there would be hardly anyone who wouldn't notice them. They are so pretty that you just can't resist to taste them and once tasted, you will fall for it. 





Usually when I give a try for the first time, I make it during snack time, so that if it doesn't come out well or if it is not liked by anyone, they would have an alternative in the pantry to go grab some quick bite. When I tried these the first time, Jacob thought I had really put in a lot of effort to make these. When he tasted it he liked it and then started asking how I made it and he too was amazed that these pretty looking khandvis are quite easy to make. They look so much more pretty for the least effort that goes into making it. So if you too want to try making it, here is the recipe.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Tutti Fruiti Cake

I know I know.... I have been missing in action for a while now right? I did not post even during the holiday season, when the cooking actually takes its peak, with all the baking, parties and potlucks. Last year, we had been facing a lot of health issues and it was so hard to keep up with everything, that I thought, may be, keeping it slow would be one way to get through it. So after a break, last weekend, I thought to get back but then the flu hit the entire family and the blogging went down to square one. Guess this year too, would be no different. While we are still recovering from flu, I wanted to post something colourful and hence this post.




It is so hard to start again from where you stopped. I have been thinking for a while to get back. But I still was not able to get through my laziness. Finally after all the push from all who told me to start again, here I am. I hope to keep up with your expectations and also to find that same energy to keep blogging. Today's post is a simple but feel good cake - both in its taste as well as looks. If you are among the lucky ones to have got a long weekend, then do bake it and enjoy it with your family and friends.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Dates Bar

What is the most exciting part of the trip for you ? You would call me crazy if I say getting ready for the trip, packing up food to eat while on the drive etc. is very exciting for me. And yes to make sure that we don't get bored of the same item, I pack up different things that we could munch on. This dates bar was experimented for one such trip and I must say, even before we started the trip , it got over :). These are super yum and filling too.




With the crunch of the walnuts and flax seeds and the sweetness from the dates, and the feel good factor that I am munching on something healthy, makes this snack option the perfect and the preferred one. You could add or delete the ingredients, except for dates, as per your creativity or liking to make it interesting for you are your family. They are perfect for kids snack box too. Here is how I made it.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Chicken Pot Pie

Fall is in the air and with the speed at which the time is flying,  soon it would be holiday season too. One favorite thing of mine, during the holidays is the extensive baking, which leaves our house smelling good and warm. This chicken pot pie is one perfect bake for this chilled weather. With all the buttery crust and the melt in the mouth chicken mixture in it, it is one of our favorite and the best baked ever. Try making it at home and enjoy this fall/ winter season.












Sunday, September 22, 2019

Methi Dal Curry / Lentil Curry with Fenugreek leaves

As the weather starts giving the signs of winter approaching, we reside to comfort foods to be made at home more often. Dal is something I associate eating quite often, while growing up. I remember me complaining to my parents that I am tired of eating dal and I wanted something else to be served. But my parents made sure it is made often because apparently dal is good for growing kids. 





Now as  a mother, I ensure we do include dal in the menu quite often because we too have a lil one who is growing just too fast. But to avoid monotony we make slight variations in dal curry, that no one complaints. This dal curry has some homegrown and freshly picked methi/fenugreek leaves that went into it. It tastes amazing, we poured over some steaming white rice and topped with some ghee. Ahh, now I am hungry !

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Peanut Masala Fry/ Masala Kadala

I would call it a time pass snack. Peanuts are best associated with snacking while you are out tripping on a beach etc. You are sure to get some from the vendors to munch on. This peanut fry just adds on to the flavor of peanut and gives it a bit spicy and crunchy texture that you just can't stop munching. 







Fry and stock it for the rainy days ahead so that you get a handful of it while you go rain watching by the side of your bedroom window 😊

Friday, August 23, 2019

Hummus using Chickpea

Yay It's Friday! It seemed like it took too long to get here since the last friday. With the hectic schedules, sickness loaded week, doctor's visits, sleepless nights..ufff. So this friday was so looked forward to. Not that we had to go for a trip or have fun over the weekend but just to sit back and breath. 





We usually do have family movie nights on friday's. When I say movie nights I should be specific that movies are ALWAYS animation. For some reason the lil one just won't sit for movies that has human appearance. He clearly is someone who prefers imagination over reality. Anyways, to have something to munch on while we watch the movie is a bonus. This hummus is something that is perfect for such movie nights. Healthy, easy to put together and loved by the family, what else do we need. If you have pita bread, have it toasted to pair with this dip. You could also have some veggies or chips too to go with it.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Peanut Balls/ Chikki Balls/ Kadalai Urundai

One big addict to these yumm chikkis is at my home. Jacob just loves it. When we go shopping he always keeps saying that he just can't find out one thing among so many things in an isle. But somehow, when it comes to finding out chikki in an isle, he will hunt it down somehow. 





After our marriage it didn't take long for me to realize that he liked it. As every grocery shopping list would have it included. He gets overjoyed to see it and they vanish quickly too. So we tend to make it often at home these days.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

American Omelette

We as a family, love American breakfast. And so we dine quite often at Denny's or IHOP. I particularly like the fact that, when you make it at home, even though you don't prep much the previous night, for your breakfast next morning, you could get it ready on time. And the best part ; I don't have to plead, to have it finished. Since they like it, the breakfast vanishes quickly.





Now American Omelette, unlike the Indian styled ones; are not cooked thoroughly. It took quite some time to get it right. I would end up overcooking it everytime. So its would be just like the Indian Omelette with some cheese and vegetables in it. Clearly, they cannot be tagged under American Omelette. The fact was, even though the base would get cooked, the surface of the Omelette would remain liquidy and uncooked and it would make me flip it and cook. So one trick helped me to balance even cooking of the Omelette without flipping, which make perfect American Omelette. What is that one trick? Well you will have to check out the recipe for that :).  


Monday, August 5, 2019

Blueberry Icecream

Summer is going by like a flash. Lil J was sick when it was winter. We thought things would get better when it is summer. But looks like it is never gonna get better. The never ending fever and cold is draining us out of  energy and patience too. This year we have not been having any cold treat just to make sure we are not the ones who trigger the sickness.




When working on this blueberry icecream's post I remembered how much we enjoyed it last summer to make different flavored icecreams at home and have it post lunch on hot summer afternoons. They are simple to make and great to enjoy with your family. While we are yet to enjoy icecreams this summer, I would definitely like you too enjoy your summer with homemade and yummy icereams with your family. So make it and enjoy it.

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