Friday, June 12, 2015

Ragi Ladoo With Jaggery



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Hello everyone, lately i have really become a health conscious person the result of that is the introduction of ragi in to the daily diet.

Today this recipe for ragi ladoo is also a result of that... and recently i have made the ragi khuz in a very traditional way, i will be updating the recipe for it soon.

Ok coming back to today's recipe, normally white sugar is being used for making ladoo's but i am totally against the white sugar and try to my max to avoid the usage of white sugar in my recipes. But i can never stay away from sweets as i have a very strong sweet tooth :D so i replace sugar with jaggery which is a healthier version of sugar, not only that consumption of jaggery means consumption of iron.

This recipe is a double damaka as Ragi is high in absorbable calcium, iron and fiber.... when combined with jaggery this becomes very nutritious sweet to be consumed.

Lets treat our sweet tooth in a healthy way...


Ingredients:

Ragi powder 1 cup
Ghee 1/2 cup
Jaggery grated 3/4 cup to 1 cup (adjust to ur tastebuds)
Cardamom powder 1 tsp
Salt 1 pinch

Method:

Pour the ghee in a roasting pan and once heated add the ragi powder to it and keep roasting for 15 - 20 mins.

After it has been nicely roasted remove from heat and add the cardamom powder, salt and grated jaggery and mix well with your fingers and make the ladoo's while the mixture is hot (or it may be hard to make the balls)

TIP: if the mixture becomes cold and it becomes hard to make the balls, heat the mixture in microwave for a minute.



Store in an airtight container.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Curry Leaves Powder For Rice & Idli



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Nowadays 99% of all are facing the hair fall problem... but if we observe the food pattern that has been changes vastly from the previous generation we will be able to understand that is the main reason for all type of health problems that we are having today.

Our grand parents used to prepare food in such a care and not only that they even have few recipes that will be a cure for few small illness like fever, headache, body pain etc...

I remember that my great granny was 98 years old when she expired and i have never seen her take any sort of medicines. If she has fever the only thing she used to do is make some hot hot rasam and a dal chutney with lots of garlic and pepper as a side dish, she eats that for dinner and the next day she will be fit and fine as usual.

That is the power of food, I very much believe the words "what we eat today makes our tomorrow".
After me coming to Qatar i have started to have this hair fall prob as a major issue. not only that i hear a lot about this in the recent days from most of my friends circle... i basically am a clean eater in the sense i dont pick the curry leaves from the dish and leave it aside, even though i consume i have this prob. so thought of making the curry leaves powder and every day i am consuming 2 tbsp of it with just a spoon of rice and a drop of ghee.

The powder is so flavor filled and aromatic and tasty too... Thought of sharing this recipe with everyone as it will be very useful for all hair losers... not only curry leaves but the other main ingredient in this recipe is urad dal which is believed to be nutritious and helps for the strengthening of the back and spine for the female...

Sharing is caring...

Lets stop shedding... LOL


Ingredients:

Curry leaves 1 - 2 cups (the more the better)
Urad dal 1/2 cup
Red chilli 8 - 10 (adjust to taste)
Coconut grated 1/4 cup
Asafoetida/ Hing 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method:

Dry roast the *curry leaves, urad dal, red chilli and coconut gratings separately in a pan and let them cool.
*I prefer roasting the curry leaves in the microwave is much easier, Spread the leaves in the plate and microwave on high for 1 min 30 secs, wait till they cool to become crisp or microwave for another 30 secs.*

After all the ingredients are cooled, grind the curry leaves, red chilli, coconut gratings, hing and salt to a fine powder.

Now add the urad dal and grind it till coarsely powdered. Store in a airtight container.

Serve with ghee and steamed rice or idli/dosa.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Dhaba Style Kadai Paneer






Paneer is an important ingredient in my kitchen... we all love paneer in any form. anything that deals with paneer will always be on my favorite side. Not only a tasty ingredient but also a healthy one... almost all of my grocery list will contain paneer and capsicum in it. This dish is quiet easy to make and can be enjoyed alot. Most of the dhaba's will be making this in the same way...

So why are we waiting for... Lets get into the recipe...


Ingredients

Paneer 1 cup cubed
Onion 2 cubed
Tomato 1 cubed
Capsicum 1 cubed
Tomato puree or tomato sauce 1/4 cup
Chilli powder 1 tbsp (adjust to your taste)
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Garam masala 1 tsp
Dried methi leaves 1 tbsp crushed
Oil for seasoning
Ginger garlic paste 2 tsp



Method

In a pan add the oil and ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes and then add the cubed onion, tomato, capsicum and paneer and toss them till they are semi cooked, remove them from heat and keep aside.

Now add the tomato puree to the pan with little water, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt, keep mixing till the raw smell goes.

Once the raw smell turns into aroma add the cubed veggies and paneer to the tomato puree mixture and mix well till everything is combined.

Finally crush the dried methi leaves over the mixture and give it a last stir.

Serve hot with roti.


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