Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ragi Puttu

I must admit that I had not tried ragi before Jordan. My mom says, she has tried her best to feed me ragi, when I was a kid but I used to refuse. When I started giving solid food to Jordan, I had to give him ragi because every other person whom I asked of options, would start with ragi. Now when you give a food to the baby, it's like the presidents assistant tasting it before it is being tasted by the president himself. So I got to taste it too before Jordan. And I must say that I liked it. And then I started hunting for ragi recipes and to my surprise there were so many interesting recipes. One among them is this puttu. 







Jacob doesn't like it. I usually say that is because of his mental block of considering it to be baby food. But his dislike for ragi puttu has never stopped me from making it. When he has the normal rice puttu, mama and Jordan enjoy this ragi puttu . It's awesome. You should try it. 




Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of ragi flour
  2. 1 cup of puttu podi/ rice flour
  3. 6 tbsp of shredded coconut
  4. 1/2 cup of Water
  5. Salt as required
Method
  • In a bowl, mix the ragi flour, rice flour, 4 spoons of shredded coconut and salt until all the ingredients get distributed evenly.
  • Now sprinkle the water little by little into the flour while you mix the flour and rub it in between your palms, to avoid lumps and to evenly distribute the water and get the mix moist. Cover and leave it aside for 10 minutes. 
  • Check if the puttu mix has become dry after 10 minutes. If so, sprinkle some water to moisten  it.
  • Get the puttu maker ready by making the water boil in the bottom portion of the puttu maker(puttu kodam) or pressure cooker. Meanwhile, drop in a layer of coconut to the bottom of the puttu maker and top it with the puttu mixture. Place it on the puttu kodam and steam it on medium heat for about 8-10 minutes. Remove it from the heat and transfer it on to a plate.
  • Serve it hot with some kadala curry or chicken curry or beef curry or bananas. 
Tips
  1. The idea is to get the  flour moist. Do not add more water at a time. Doing it slowly is the key to get the perfect moist puttu powder. 
  2. I have added puttu podi or rice flour to the mix. You could make it with ragi flour alone. My family likes it this way(mellowing down the taste of ragi).




Saturday, July 22, 2017

Grilled or Roasted Corn / Indian Style Corn on the Cob / Bhutta

Those rainy days, when you step out of the shuttle just right infront of the lady who would be roasting corn and its hard to resist and not give up on having those warm corns...and then bitting into the corn kernels while you walk back to the apartment...




That was the scene some 10 years back when I was working and not married...These days the scenes have changed. Its like buying the corn and getting it grilled at home and enjoying it at the comfort of home while you watch rain pouring down, from the window. Life changes but the tastes or the preference to certain foods hardly changes.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blackberry Lemonade

When it is super hot, all you would need is a drink that could cool you down. And if it looks pretty too then you could enjoy its beauty while you sip it, when everything else that surrounds you looks dry and withering away with the heat. These days, I have been drinking a lot when compared to eating. When I say, drinking, I mean lemonades and coolers :P etc. This Blackberry lemonade is one such drink that you would want on such days. You cannot say no to this pretty drink and when you do drink it, you'd be glad that you tried it.






Lil J doesn't eat blackberry as such, but for this lemonade I did have to restrict him from having more. try and let me know if you did like it.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Grape Raita

I love to have some raita to pair with fried rice or biriyani. It was not long ago that I realized that fruits too pair well with curd to make a raita, when I had made the pomegranate raita. So when I happened to think of grapes in my raita, I googled to see if I was the only crazy one to think of such a combo. I was glad to see that they did exist.













But you know what, you should try this raita. Its amazing to see how people go "what, grape raita?" to "wow" after they try it. Grape and curd just pair so well. Even if you have no side to go with your rice, just this raita is enough to make the meal special.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Blueberry Loaf

Berries in cakes/bread/loaf is one of my favorite version of having them. Blueberries in a loaf is just superb to have with some hot cup of coffee. Hmm...my mouth gets all watery whenever I think of them.








When made at our home, these don't last long. When I say long, I meant not even a day. Yes, it gets over in a day. These are so light and fluffy and soft that anybody would fall for it. And its pretty hard to deal with the temptation that you tend to eat one slice after the other.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blackberry Smoothie

Its always a joy to slurp over a smoothie on a hot afternoon. I consider it as a fun activity during my summer while I catch up on some movie :). And unlike having too many dishes to do after a whole lot of cooking, this is pretty simple and filling too. And I love smoothie because these are the most disguised way of making some fruits or berries go into my toddler....Shhh It's a secret. I cannot let that get revealed to him.






These blackberry smoothies look so pretty and taste amazing. We have been into too much smoothie lately, as the temperature rise and drink it as is, or may be even have it with cereals or oats. They are good.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Mango Ice Cream ~ Without Ice-Cream maker

Not a single summer passes by without having ice cream. Well, I wouldn't mind having it during chilled weather too. But the flavour of fresh mangoes in ice creams can be enjoyed only in summer.









When I say homemade ice cream, it can be as creamier and rich as the store bought ones and No, you need not have an ice cream maker to make one like that. It's pretty simple . Do try it and enjoy it. You can thank me later :).

Friday, June 2, 2017

Homemade Doughnuts or Donuts

There was a time when every other week of grocery shopping would include a donut purchase too. I used to love it. My favorite was the sugar glazed donut. It never made sense to me to make it at home because, Jacob was not a big doughnut fan.







It had been a while that we had bought any doughnuts and lil one was watching something on the tv and came up to me requesting to make doughnuts. Well, I thought why not make it for teatime snack. And soon we were kneading the dough for donuts. Lil one loves to help me while I am making something that includes kneading. So we did it together in the first half of the day. I waited for him to nap before I fry them, because I would need some piece of mind while I am doing some frying and to avoid any accidents I wanted him to be away from the kitchen. After he woke up, he came running, still a little dizzy from the sleep and said, "Mama, I am done napping, Can I get doughnuts? " It was so funny. But seriously, this guy never forgot about the doughnuts, though he was included only in the first stage of kneading.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mango Ladoo

There are umpty ways to relish the mangoes. As soon as they appear in the market, we get so excited to have them. My lil one hates all fruits but mangoes and pears. So I try not to make him overloaded with mangoes in just one form, that he starts hating them too. So every time he is served with it, there is some variety. It could be some drink or dessert or salad etc. This mango ladoo was just another version.











One day, after having lil J put to nap, I returned to the kitchen, just to find Big J searching the entire pantry to find something sweet to eat. Now a sweet craving is very unusual of him. I was looking for some reason to finish off the condensed milk left in the refrigerator. I had some dry coconut powder too and mangoes are always found at home, during summer. So I quickly made this 3 ingredients ladoo, which we happily munched on and had some left over to be chilled too.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jeera Rice

There are times when you have people visiting around dinner or lunch time. And you get confused what to serve them with, when you might have prepared/decided to keep a simple dinner for your family and also have very less time to be creating something very jazzy. So in case, plain rice was on your family menu and you are not happy to be serving the same for you guests, just a simple seasoning could lift that simple rice to be a very simple yet a crowd pleasing one.








For me, my toddler has certain picky days when he would refuse the common or usual family menu items and to make it interesting for him, I convert a small portion of cooked rice into flavored rice for him to enjoy.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Pazha Manga curry/ Mango Curry

When it is summer, somehow to feel better and fresh from the scorching heat that leaves you dull and drained out of energy, you start thinking about good things that summer gives and it is things like Mango, Watermelon etc. This year my mind is stuck with mangoes. Well, every year it does :). May it be in the form of drinks or icecream or even curry, I just looove them.



This curry is an absolute bliss. I had a hard time finding smaller variety of mangoes with which it is usually made. But it didn't stop me or my craving from relishing it. They just make way to a happy meal. You got to try it and I am sure you would get hooked to it.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mango Salsa

With the weather getting better, you might be planning for a barbecue party. For any party or get together, this summer, this Mango Salsa would be just perfect to include in the menu. This is one thing that could be made in just minutes time, when you have many other things to worry about. And its least likely that anyone would not like it. At our home, at the very sight of it, everyone just digs into it.










Serve it with some tacos, chips or nachos or may be just like a salad. they make one amazing starter.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Unniyappam

Holidays, while in hostel, were most looked forward to. The last few days of holidays would be spent by mummy asking what I wish to take back with me to the hostel? For me, Unniyappam would be one constant thing on the list.







The goodies taken along with us helps to bare or overcome the home sickness as well as to survive the terrible hostel food.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Indri Appam / Pesaha Appam and Paal

I might have already spoken to you about the  tradition that we followed on the Maundy Thursday as kids. It's basically visiting every house and taking part in the breaking of the bread ceremony post church. It was real fun. My brother used to be the Indriappam kothiyan and I would love vattayappam. But now I like both. I guess taste changes over the years. Jacob and Jordan both prefer vattayappam over Indriappam. So we make both Indriappam and vattayappam and hot cross buns for our Maundy Thursday celebration. And yes, Pesaha Paal is a must. And it is liked by all.






This Indriappam is from our last Pesaha. Yes, as usual I have been delaying the post and then I thought I should post it atleast before next Pesaha to share the recipe. So here it is . Have a blessed Pesaha and a very happy Easter in advance. oh ya, and you could add may be a small piece of turmeric to get hold of Judas in your group. The person who gets the piece with turmeric is called Judas. Just for fun :).

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Watermelon Juice

I dislike Summer. Its hot. Its dusty. It drains away energy from me. Mangoes and watermelons are what makes me love it a bit. When you get back from a days outing, all tired, a glass of mango shake/ mango lassi or plain lassi or watermelon juice could just refresh me up and help me gain back the energy.




I used to love the way they arrange the watermelons and mangoes underneath a stall roofed with palm leaves, during summer. And its so strategically placed at the entrance of the store, that you just can't miss picking them up even though you might have forgotten to write it down on your grocery list. So we ended up buying it on every grocery shopping.

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