Wednesday, June 12

Broken Wheat And Carrot Idli..

Broken Wheat and Carrot Idli.. To cook this idli it was there in my wish list from a very long time and i use to postponed it every time or use to forget to soak the broken wheat... But last week i cooked this idli for a breakfast and good things was that i took the pictures also to post it on my blog :) Actually i was having a problem to take them out from the moulds, but i still manage to take them out in a better shape.. I served this idli with mix vegetable sambar and coconut chutney.. You can even eat them without any side dish, they were very soft and tasting simply awesome and very filling too..
Preparation time: 40minutes + 1 hour for fermenting
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Makes:12 dalia idlis.
1 cup broken wheat
1/2 cup urad dal
1-2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup shredded carrot.
For Tempering
1/2tsp mustard seeds
1/4tsp channa dal
1/4tsp urad dal
5 to 6 curry leaves
1tbsp oil.
Cooking Method
Soak the urad dal and broken wheat separately for 30 mins. Grind the urad dal first into a smooth paste adding enough water. Transfer the urad dal batter to a large bowl. Drain the water from broken wheat before adding to urad dal paste since it absorbs a lot of water. Then add broken wheat, salt, carrot and mix well.
Set it aside for 1 hours. You can refrigerate the batter for later use if you wish.
Now make the tempering by adding all the tempering ingredients. Then add it to the idli batter and mix well once again. Make idlis as usual by pouring the batter into greased idli moulds and steaming on low flame for 12 to 15 mins.
The broken wheat idlis were soft and spongy and made a great breakfast!

Tuesday, June 11

Lady's Finger & Kasoori Meethi Fry (Okra With Dried Fenugreek Leaves Stirfry)

Lady's Finger & Kasoori Meethi Fry. I cook okra twice a week, because it is the most favorite dish in my family and it cooks very fast and saves lot of time.. Adding kasoori meethi to okra it takes the dish out of the world and it is very healthy too. Very simple dish with minimum ingredients...You can serve this with Roti's or as a side dish with rasam rice..
250 gram bhindi
2tbsp kasoori meethi
1 onion, 2 green chilly (finely chopped)
1tsp garlic and garlic paste
1/2 tsp turmeic, 1/2tsp coriander powder
1/2tsp cumin seeds
1/2tsp mustard seeds
Oil and Salt as per the taste.
Cooking Method
Cut the okra in to small pieces (Do not add a water on okra keep them dry while cutting)
In a deep frying pan add oil, mustard and cumin seeds, when they splutter, add garlic paste, onion and green chilly, fry to golden brown to lite brown. Then add turmeric, coriander powder stir for 30sec
Now add okra and mix well, Cover the lid and cook till the okra is soften. Then add Salt and Kasoori Meethi and again close the lid and cook for another 3 to 4
Garnish with coriander leafs
Serve hot with Roti.

Wednesday, June 5

Shamrock Milk Shake Cup Cakes..

Shamrock Milk Shake Cup Cakes... The shamrock refers to the young sprigs of clover or trefoil. It is known as a symbol of Ireland, with St. Patrick having used it as a metaphor for the Christian Trinity, according to legend. The name shamrock is derived from Irish seamróg, which is the diminutive version of the Irish word for clover (seamair) meaning simply "little clover" or "young clover. (Source from wikipedia)
Recipe adopted from Laura Vitale.
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 cup of Unsalted Butter, softened at room Temperature
1/4 cup of Vegetable oil
2 Eggs
2tsp Vanilla
2 tsp of Baking Powder
1/8 tsp Salt
1 1/3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/3 Cup Whole Milk.
For the Frosting
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 tsp of Mint Extract
4 cups of Confectioner Sugar
Pinch of green food color.
Baking Method
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your cupcake tin with liners and set aside.
In a small bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder, set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar, oil and butter. Add the eggs and vanilla, cream together until you get a smooth mixture. Add the dry ingredients and with the speed on low mix together and slowly add the milk and just mix everything to combine. DO NOT OVERMIX! Make sure you give everything a good stir with a spatula from the bottom to incorporate any bit that wasn't mixed.
Scoop the batter into your lined cupcake tin, make sure it's only filled ¾ of the way up because they will rise. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool for about 45 minutes before frosting.
To make the frosting combine together all the frosting ingredients and mix together to combine. Add the frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.

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