Sunday, August 9, 2020

Bonda / Undan pori

Imagine you are at a chaikada/tea stall and you have a wide variety of palaharam(tea time snack) infront of you. Without any second thought what would be the one palaharam that you would go for? For me, it is Pazham Bonda/Undan Pori. Do not ask me why? I just love this non fancy and simple snack so much. It was not a frequently made snack at home, though they are quite easy to make. I wonder why? But when we would visit Kerala, I grab on these, every single time, I would go to a bakery or chai kada. Even the shop owners have given me that look/stare when I walk out of there shop, not settling in for any other option, in case they might have ran out of these bonda. It is so addictive for me. If you have some overripe bananas that you are looking forward to using up, try these. It is a different, simple and easy snack to put together for tea time. Uff ! Now I am craving for Bonda.  







Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  2. 1 tbsp of rice flour
  3. 2 cardamom, peeled and powdered
  4. Big pinch of  baking soda
  5. 1/4 tsp of cumin seeds
  6. A pinch of salt
  7. 1 large very ripe banana
  8. 1/2 cup of shaved jaggery
  9. Oil for deep frying
Method
  • In a pan, add the jaggery and 1/2 cup of water. Melt it and strain it to separate impurities. Keep it aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, mash the banana in a bowl, Add the cooled and melted jaggery and give it a mix. 
  • In another bowl, take the ingredients 1-6 and give it a whisk to distribute it evenly. To it add the banana and jaggery mixture slowly while you mix it into a sticky and soft dough. Keep the dough aside for an hour to rest.
  • Heat the oil for deep frying. You should have enough oil to have the balls immerse in it completely while frying. 
  • Once hot, grease your hands with some room temperature ghee or oil, pinch a lemon size of dough and roll it gently . Slide it slowly into the oil for frying. While frying, turn it over at times to ensure even cooking of all sides.
  • Remove it onto a plate lined with paper towel. Serve it warm with some hot chai

Tips
  1. Try to keep the oil medium hot, so that the bonda can cool through. If the oil is too hot, the out layer would brown faster , however the inside would remain uncooked. And if oil is not hot enough, then it would end up absorbing a lot of oil.
  2. Only cooled , you could store these in an air tight container for about 2 days.



Monday, July 27, 2020

Kappa Chips/ Tapioca chips

I love munching on these Tapioca chips. They are so addictive that you can't just stop. I remember getting it while we used to take the train ride form kerala to the township that I grew up in. Forget about these chips getting to the destination, it just wouldn't survive the four day train journey. We would finish it off in the train itself. 




I somehow prefer these match stick shaped tapioca chips rather than the round ones. My lil one also loves it, so its just the perfect excuse to make them at home. I used to think that it would be a huge task to chop those hard tapioca roots. But I was surprised when I actually tried them the first time. Wasn't at all difficult as I had expected. I would suggest to make it at home if you are a tapioca chips lover like us, because nothing beats the taste of freshly homemade chips. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Sloppy Joes

This lockdown has taught us and made us experience so many things. It had made us appreciate the little things that go unnoticed in our busy lives and to be happy and content with it and explore more joy with whatever little we have. It has given us the time to be with the family, the entire day, which otherwise would have been spent at office or school. We used to eat out once a week, or once in two weeks atleast. But the lock down and fear of corona has made us give it up completely, which made us try different recipes that we had never tried before. It has taught us, that you need not have to go to a beach or park to do the picnic and have fun. You can absolutely enjoy a picnic in your own little patio, while staying home and adhering to the instructions by the governing officials, and help curb down the ever rising number of people infected by covid-19. 





This sloppy joe was one of items that we had on our picnic menu. It was delicious. Juicy with all the sauces that go in it and with the ease with which it all comes together, makes it a perfect item for your grill parties or picnics. So grab the recipe and make it for your family patio picnics :)

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Bread Upma


Bread is one constant thing on my grocery list. I usually buy it as a back up plan - what if I get up late and it's already late for us to start with office or school work. Also, what if I have nothing planned for tea time I can turn it into sandwich or bread butter etc. But sometimes this back up plan never gets used up and that fresh loaf starts turning hard and dry that no one feels like having it. To finish of such dry bread, I go for other options like bread puddingbread pakora, bread rollFrench toast, bread upma etc.  The dryness of the bread never shows up in these options and you get to use your not so fresh bread in an appealing manner. 



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. 






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.

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 😊

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