Sunday, June 9, 2019

Malar Unda/ Pori Ladoo

I still remember the first time I ate Pori Ladoo. One of the peon uncles from my father's office has asked to come to their home and it being a chance for us as kids to see the farms and the crops they cultivate etc., my father took us one day. They served us with these pori ladoos. Those were huge in size. I was glad that they were huge, because we were taught to be decent and just pick one when offered and don't just hog over the entire plate of it when served. So the huge one was equivalent to eating three actually :). Ever since we returned, I used to nag my mother to make it at home. And then one day my mother made it.







The other day, me and Jordan stepped into an Indian store to grab some rusk and tea biscuits for Big J, being down with fever. I was in a hurry to get back home and my lil guy kept on checking out everything kept in the isle and asking me what it is. When he landed on the pack of pori ladoo he was like "Mama, can I get it?" Immediately, I had the flash back of my childhood when I asked my mother to make it. We didn't get the pori ladoo though but I promised I shall make it for him and we made it the same day. Seeing him relish, I was assured he has my genes too :D. Anyways, coming back to Pori Ladoo, if you love these ladoos and crave for them, try making it at home. They can be made in no time.





Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup of grated jaggery
  2. 1/4 cup of water
  3. 3 cups of poha / puffed rice
  4. 1/4 tsp of dry ginger powder/ chukku podi
  5. Ghee for greasing hands
Method
  • In a pan, add the grated jaggery and water. Keep it on heat and let the jaggery melt. Once melted continue to heat it on medium heat, untill the jaggery thickens to soft ball consistency. To check for the right consistency, pour a drop of the melted jaggery into a bowl of water. Melted jaggery shouldn't dissolve but should be easily molded into a soft ball of jaggery. When such a consistency is attained, switch of the heat. Add the dry ginger powder and puffed rice and mix it well for the puffed rice to get coated in the jaggery syrup.
  • Grease your hands with ghee and start forming balls out of the puffed rice. If the mixture seems to be too sticky to work with, add bit more of puffed rice and mix it well.
  • You need to be quick while making the balls. Divide the entire mixture into improper balls first and then go about shaping them into proper balls later.
  • Let it cool down completely before you store them in air tight container.
Tips
  1. Always keep every ingredient ready before you start with the making of pori laddu. This will help to add the ingredients on time and make the balls out of the mixture quickly.
  2. Once the right consistency of the jaggery syrup is attained, immediately switch off the heat and remove it from the fire.
  3. You could dust your hands with rice flour to make the balls. However, to get the shine on the laddu ghee is recommended.
  4. You could add cardamom powder to make it more flavourful. My family doesn't prefer the taste of cardamom and hence I have skipped it.




Sunday, June 2, 2019

Mango and Chia Seed Pudding

Something cool and healthy to have in the upcoming hot days of summer - that is what today's post is all about. The best part of this pudding is that there is no cooking involved, isn't that a relief , now that the hot days are approaching. I have used mangoes here while we try to make the best use of this lovely fruit this summer. You could go with berries or any fruit of your choice.









We love it as a good option for breakfasts or as desserts post lunch/dinner. They are good either ways. Another plus is that you can never go wrong in this, after all, all it takes is mixing the ingredients and chilling. Anyone could do it right? So get your kid also participate in preparing something delicious and healthy this summer vacation season and enjoy as a family.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Cherry Loaf

One good thing about summer is the cheeries . We cannot have enough of them. Even though we don't mind having it raw; trying different and variety desserts out of them is fun. This cherry loaf was just an outcome of a such a trial and we loved it. The bite into a juicy piece of cherry within the loaf piece is so refreshing.





The loaf is very easy to put together. At the same time, it is so addictive and gets over really quickly that you may want to bake more than a loaf at a time if you would want them to last more than a day :). Here is the recipe for the cherry loaf.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Mango Pudding

Mango - one fruit that is always looked forward to be enjoyed during summer in different forms is my favorite among fruits. May be because of the rendezvous that we do have with the best tasting mango during summer. It always happens with us that we tend to research/try different mangoes available in the market  and by the time we have spotted the best source for the delicious mangoes the summer comes to an end and we have to wait for another summer to come to enjoy this fruit.








But no matter what, we do enjoy this fruit during summer as if there is no end to it. In the form of drinks, desserts etc. they are always in high demand at home. This time we tried the pudding that is very easy peasy to put together and highly appreciated by everyone. These are great to treat your friends for a summer party. So try and let me know if you liked it.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Thai Yellow Fish Curry

Being from the south, coconut is one ingredient that we tend to add in most of our dishes. While trying different cuisine, we have felt that, thai dishes have a very close resemblance to the dishes that we make every other day and also is being appreciated by our taste buds. This thai curry is just the perfect dish to make on a busy weekday when you might want to just spend the least time in the kitchen but would be craving to want a restaurant style dinner.






It may sound impossible but this curry is so simple to put together that, in just 30 minutes, you would have made the most amazing dinner for your family which would taste so delicious that it may look like as if you slogged in the kitchen to put it together and who wouldn't love to be appreciated for the end result where you would've just put in the least effort :P. So here's the recipe that I follow to have a easy peasy thai curry.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Soya Chunks Ularthiyathu

Lent and advent are two times of the year that we try too many recipes. Because feeding pure non veg family, vegetarian food alone for those number of days is a difficult thing. Soya chunks is one thing that remains in stock during this time. Nutritious and similar in taste to chicken/meat makes them a hit at home.

Soya chunks ularthiyathu is so simple. I have used a some what similar recipe as that of beef ularthiyathu, but this soya chunks ularthiyathu is half the effort and mess that is created by beef. So why don't you too try it. It goes perfect with chapathi or rice. Don't forget to make additional chapathi or rice. Because I know it is gonna be a hit and they would eat more than usual :).

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Garlic and Herb Pull Apart Bread

It is very unlikely to get this freezing cold in our part of the world. It doesn't snow but it snowed...atleast on the mountains, that is visible from our nest. Even though we would love to stay all tucked in the blanket, we have places to go to and so it doesn't get any better. Should I mention the countless number of times that the kido has fallen sick in the past one month...uff..I just want it all to end and embrace the warmth of the sun which seems to be hiding somewhere. I know I am going to say something totally contradictory when it would get too hot in summer. But hey isn't that human :D.




Anyways, coming back to food, we have been trying to keep ourselves warm with some great food which is easy to make and provides warmth to the body in this dropping temperature. This bread is just the perfect one for the crazy weather conditions. They are great for the tea time with some hot cup of coffee or tea. It has a blend of a variety of flavours that will definitely wake your taste buds esp. if you have been under the weather lately given the crazy weather. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Stuffed Ladysfinger / Bharvan Bhindi / Bhindi Sambhariya

Watching television was never an addiction to me and after having Jordan I ignored it purposely to reduce screen time for him. But at times to keep my sanity I switch it on for him. One day accidentally I saw some basics of cooking being taught in a food channel and they were showing 3 different dishes with one single vegetable. The veggie being okra, which is a family favorite I chose to watch it. Thankfully Jordan cooperated as he started imitating the lady by cooking in the vessels he borrowed from mamas kitchen. 







The recipes were simple and that we usually see or eat everyday. But everyone has got their own version and this version sounded cool. So I made a note of it and tried it. It was a hit. So here is the recipe that I got hold of and is a keeper.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Eggs Kejriwal

Simple breakfasts with complicated names can make my lil one finish it without throwing fits. And it can also spark a little conversation about how the dish got its name :). Which in this case was so funny when I announced what we were going to have for breakfast. Isn't that, little joys of having a family breakfast over the weekend, when its rainy outside and there is no rush to get to anywhere and you have all the sweet time in the world to just sit and relax and have your breakfast and chit chat as a family.




When I got to introduce myself to Eggs Kejriwal, I was so curious to know and try it. It is one of the different versions of bread and egg combo that one can have for breakfast. The melted cheese and the sunny side up, sandwiched between the bun when taken a bite into, can be just a yummy treat everyone would wish to start a day with. So if you are an egg lover and love having it for your breakfast, then I would definitely recommend to try it. You would love it.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Peanut Chutney (Dry version)

The idea of a very fulfilling breakfast for me would be Idli/Dosa with some chutney. Simple yet very delicious and it does please the South Indian in me. It never seems monotonous if we keep switching between the chutneys that we eat with the dosa/idli. We have chutney fans here in our home and I can always have the dosa/idli batter handy and be ready to just feed them with just some chutney done.





This peanut chutney is one among the many chutneys that we make to have with dosa and its so flavourful and delicious that even the little one keeps asking for more. I do make it less spicy for my kido. if you would want to spice it up as per your taste, just increase the amount of chillies that goes into it.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Banana Bread Waffles with Blueberry and Quinoa

Weekend mornings are about some hot breakfast served and all of us sitting down together to have some talk over breakfast. When compared to the weekdays, where there is no sitting down for breakfast, I overlook for weekends to come to have some family breakfast and also gives me an opportunity to try new things for breakfast :). This waffle comes together in just minutes and its another recipe to use up those overripe bananas yet not let the consumer know about the presence of overripe bananas in it :).




The little crunch of quinoa and a bite into some juicy blueberries is an additional bonus of these waffles which makes it a joy to have it for breakfast. We love the waffles that we get in Costco and so I got inspired to try this recipe and I must say that this recipe is just the alternative to those waffles. Try it and let me know if you like it. 


Monday, December 24, 2018

Tutti Fruiti Cookies

When its the happiest time of the year, you got to cook something that would look happy too. These cookies bring out that prettiness in the form of mosaic pattern of red, green and yellow that makes it so perfect to bake in this season.




Not just in its looks, they taste great too. Moreover, it is very easy to make. I usually do these for parties, where in I just make and chill the dough the previous day so that all I got to do is just slice and pop it in the oven on the day of the party. That way I don't have to deal with the messier part of making these cookies. At the same time, serve these cookies fresh for the party. 


Ingredients
  1. 1 stick of softened unsalted butter
  2. 1/3 cup of sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp of Orange zest
  4. 3/4 cup of tutti fruiti
  5. 3/4 tsp fo vanilla extract
  6. A pinch of salt
  7. 1 cup of flour
Method
  • Beat the softened butter and sugar untill creamy. Add the orange zest, tutti fruiti, vanilla extract, salt and flour.
  • Beat it again untill combined.
  • Remove the dough on to the counter top and shape it into a log of about 1 1/2 inch in thickness. Wrap it in a cling wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Slice the dough log into cookies of even thickness and spread it on a baking sheet.
  • Bake it in the oven for about 12-15 minutes or untill they are golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove it onto a wired rack to cool down before you store it in a air tight container.
Tips
  1. Chilling the dough helps to let the dough turn firm to help in cutting it evenly. So do not skip on that one.
  2. If using salted butter, avoid adding the salt in the recipe.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Cranberry Pickle ~ No cook version

If you want to stock on some pickle without much effort then this pickle is the best. Effortless and tasty - two characteristics of this pickle that makes me make it every year during this time. Pickle is not mandatory for me to have with my meals generally, but during Advent/Lent it is one thing that I would prefer with my meals. And this cranberry pickle is the best. 



The very first time I made it, I was a little hesitant how it would turn out to be and hence had made it in very small quantity and it was so awesome that it vanished in less than a weeks time. Now, every cranberry season has to have this pickle made at home and in larger amount too. Here's the recipe to the awesome cranberry pickle.

  

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Cranberry and Pistachio Cookies ~ Eggless

Eggless christmas treats is always a thing of worry for me when I pack the christmas treats for friends who don't consume eggs esp. because I believe that eggs is an unavoidable ingredient in cakes and cookies. Their absence is always felt in terms of quality of a baked goodie. But this cookie proves it all wrong to me. Its eggless and I can't tell you how many I ate at one go and so did my two boys. They are so good with the bite of cranberry and pistachio as a bonus. They hardly last at our place.






I have a recent crush on these cranberries. I didn't like them earlier but since last year I am kind of hooked. I can't get enough of them, either in the form of fresh or dried ones. They have been impressive every single form that I have tried it. These cookies are just one of them. The recipe for these awesome cookies is as below.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Swedish Chicken Meatballs

Happy Thankgiving everyone ! 

These meatballs were clicked last Thanksgiving. I am glad that I am able to atleast post it this year. With the new schedule/routine in life I have just not been able to take care of my blog baby. Blogging has really taken a back seat, but cooking and clicking had not ..he he.. So, hopefully I should be atleast making an attempt to post once in a week. 








It just seemed ages when I logged in today to pen down this post. It really felt like I was in a happy place which gave me a platform to make new friends across the globe, an encouragement to try new things and ideas, and a place which helped me keep myself busy and creative. How can I be not thankful to all the people who have encouraged me to carry on with the blog. How can I be not thankful to this little space which gave me so much happiness by providing new friends, opportunities, etc. Hence this post is dedicated to all those who have been with me and my blog Palaharam in every little way possible. 

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